Bob Sands 11 day trip report.

Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
3,180
8,179
Fresno, CA
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David Rouse
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Long range fishing
We rolled out of San Diego the day after thanksgiving. We steam over to the bait docks and started loading bait for our 11 day fishing adventure. This year the baits been a very good grade but unfortunately the bait they had was on the smaller side. Next we cleared the point and the captain came down for the safety seminar and to introduce the crew. Next day we have a seminar on wahoo fishing and yellowtail fishing. At that point everyone on board wants to know where we starting out at. Captain says we going to the ridge and work our way down to the lower banks. We arrived at the ridge and team 1 is up to troll. It takes a few then we hear HOOK UP. Everyone starts to toss their go to jig and a few give the old sardines a try. We score a few wahoo and captain says team 2 your up. It didn’t take long with team 2 and there fancy nomads to get the party started. Once again everyone goes for their favorite offerings but not much on that stop. Team 3 is now up and the wahoo get a bit shy. We go to another spot and bang it’s what we were looking for. Many wahoo in the 30-40 pound range with a few larger models in the mix. Okay captain wants to put the hook down and start working on the yellowtail. Everyone is enjoying great yellowtail fishing and some bonus grouper also get a spot in the RSW. After we get our feet wet and everyone has some fish it’s time to head south to the lower banks. Captain wants to go over fishing big fish in the 250-350 range. Everything has to be perfect to get these fish in. Please get with a deckhand to check your connections. The crew is here to help. We get down to the banks and look around. It’s dead with no life at all. No birds no porpoise and no action. We moved to another bank. It’s dead. Captain makes a call to leave after a day and a half. There were 2 other boats when we left and on those 2 boats a total of 3 big fish. Not worth wasting our time. We go back to the ridge and hit a honey hole on big yellowtail. Theses fish were in the 20-35 with a few close to the 40 pound mark. After loading up on smaller grade tuna and big yellowtail we give it a shot on the wahoo. O no they disappeared. Captain says were heading to the rocks. Will be there in the morning before the sun comes up. Once the sun comes up team 4 is up. It takes a while before the wahoo get out of bed but once they were up it was game on. Last teams up to troll. Not long it’s a 2 way hit and off goes the jigs and bait and here comes wahoo over the rail in big numbers. Once the dust settles I take a peak at the board. 27 wahoo for the day so far but far from over. We ended up with over 60 wahoo for the trip. They like bombs better than bait and the raider jigs caught a few but most everyone was using a bomb. Didn’t really matter on color or who made them these wahoo wanted the offerings this time. Also wired or fluro didn’t matter this time. After fishing the rocks we head to the beach to finish up our trip. We fished Yellowtail to fill up numbers on the boat. Good size of yellowtail we’re caught on the beach with a 6X yo yo being to hot ticket. The dropper loop gang also caught their share. I want to thank Bob Sands Tackle for the generous swag and the crew of the independence sport fishing vessel out of San Diego
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Guyster

www.RingedHooks.com
  • Jul 10, 2005
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    We rolled out of San Diego the day after thanksgiving. We steam over to the bait docks and started loading bait for our 11 day fishing adventure. This year the baits been a very good grade but unfortunately the bait they had was on the smaller side. Next we cleared the point and the captain came down for the safety seminar and to introduce the crew. Next day we have a seminar on wahoo fishing and yellowtail fishing. At that point everyone on board wants to know where we starting out at. Captain says we going to the ridge and work our way down to the lower banks. We arrived at the ridge and team 1 is up to troll. It takes a few then we hear HOOK UP. Everyone starts to toss their go to jig and a few give the old sardines a try. We score a few wahoo and captain says team 2 your up. It didn’t take long with team 2 and there fancy nomads to get the party started. Once again everyone goes for their favorite offerings but not much on that stop. Team 3 is now up and the wahoo get a bit shy. We go to another spot and bang it’s what we were looking for. Many wahoo in the 30-40 pound range with a few larger models in the mix. Okay captain wants to put the hook down and start working on the yellowtail. Everyone is enjoying great yellowtail fishing and some bonus grouper also get a spot in the RSW. After we get our feet wet and everyone has some fish it’s time to head south to the lower banks. Captain wants to go over fishing big fish in the 250-350 range. Everything has to be perfect to get these fish in. Please get with a deckhand to check your connections. The crew is here to help. We get down to the banks and look around. It’s dead with no life at all. No birds no porpoise and no action. We moved to another bank. It’s dead. Captain makes a call to leave after a day and a half. There were 2 other boats when we left and on those 2 boats a total of 3 big fish. Not worth wasting our time. We go back to the ridge and hit a honey hole on big yellowtail. Theses fish were in the 20-35 with a few close to the 40 pound mark. After loading up on smaller grade tuna and big yellowtail we give it a shot on the wahoo. O no they disappeared. Captain says were heading to the rocks. Will be there in the morning before the sun comes up. Once the sun comes up team 4 is up. It takes a while before the wahoo get out of bed but once they were up it was game on. Last teams up to troll. Not long it’s a 2 way hit and off goes the jigs and bait and here comes wahoo over the rail in big numbers. Once the dust settles I take a peak at the board. 27 wahoo for the day so far but far from over. We ended up with over 60 wahoo for the trip. They like bombs better than bait and the raider jigs caught a few but most everyone was using a bomb. Didn’t really matter on color or who made them these wahoo wanted the offerings this time. Also wired or fluro didn’t matter this time. After fishing the rocks we head to the beach to finish up our trip. We fished Yellowtail to fill up numbers on the boat. Good size of yellowtail we’re caught on the beach with a 6X yo yo being to hot ticket. The dropper loop gang also caught their share. I want to thank Bob Sands Tackle for the generous swag and the crew of the independence sport fishing vessel out of San Diego
    We rolled out of San Diego the day after thanksgiving. We steam over to the bait docks and started loading bait for our 11 day fishing adventure. This year the baits been a very good grade but unfortunately the bait they had was on the smaller side. Next we cleared the point and the captain came down for the safety seminar and to introduce the crew. Next day we have a seminar on wahoo fishing and yellowtail fishing. At that point everyone on board wants to know where we starting out at. Captain says we going to the ridge and work our way down to the lower banks. We arrived at the ridge and team 1 is up to troll. It takes a few then we hear HOOK UP. Everyone starts to toss their go to jig and a few give the old sardines a try. We score a few wahoo and captain says team 2 your up. It didn’t take long with team 2 and there fancy nomads to get the party started. Once again everyone goes for their favorite offerings but not much on that stop. Team 3 is now up and the wahoo get a bit shy. We go to another spot and bang it’s what we were looking for. Many wahoo in the 30-40 pound range with a few larger models in the mix. Okay captain wants to put the hook down and start working on the yellowtail. Everyone is enjoying great yellowtail fishing and some bonus grouper also get a spot in the RSW. After we get our feet wet and everyone has some fish it’s time to head south to the lower banks. Captain wants to go over fishing big fish in the 250-350 range. Everything has to be perfect to get these fish in. Please get with a deckhand to check your connections. The crew is here to help. We get down to the banks and look around. It’s dead with no life at all. No birds no porpoise and no action. We moved to another bank. It’s dead. Captain makes a call to leave after a day and a half. There were 2 other boats when we left and on those 2 boats a total of 3 big fish. Not worth wasting our time. We go back to the ridge and hit a honey hole on big yellowtail. Theses fish were in the 20-35 with a few close to the 40 pound mark. After loading up on smaller grade tuna and big yellowtail we give it a shot on the wahoo. O no they disappeared. Captain says were heading to the rocks. Will be there in the morning before the sun comes up. Once the sun comes up team 4 is up. It takes a while before the wahoo get out of bed but once they were up it was game on. Last teams up to troll. Not long it’s a 2 way hit and off goes the jigs and bait and here comes wahoo over the rail in big numbers. Once the dust settles I take a peak at the board. 27 wahoo for the day so far but far from over. We ended up with over 60 wahoo for the trip. They like bombs better than bait and the raider jigs caught a few but most everyone was using a bomb. Didn’t really matter on color or who made them these wahoo wanted the offerings this time. Also wired or fluro didn’t matter this time. After fishing the rocks we head to the beach to finish up our trip. We fished Yellowtail to fill up numbers on the boat. Good size of yellowtail we’re caught on the beach with a 6X yo yo being to hot ticket. The dropper loop gang also caught their share. I want to thank Bob Sands Tackle for the generous swag and the crew of the independence sport fishing vessel out of San Diego
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    Great Report, thank you
     
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    Tunahead

    Long Time Tuna Abused Member
  • Aug 11, 2006
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    We rolled out of San Diego the day after thanksgiving. We steam over to the bait docks and started loading bait for our 11 day fishing adventure. This year the baits been a very good grade but unfortunately the bait they had was on the smaller side. Next we cleared the point and the captain came down for the safety seminar and to introduce the crew. Next day we have a seminar on wahoo fishing and yellowtail fishing. At that point everyone on board wants to know where we starting out at. Captain says we going to the ridge and work our way down to the lower banks. We arrived at the ridge and team 1 is up to troll. It takes a few then we hear HOOK UP. Everyone starts to toss their go to jig and a few give the old sardines a try. We score a few wahoo and captain says team 2 your up. It didn’t take long with team 2 and there fancy nomads to get the party started. Once again everyone goes for their favorite offerings but not much on that stop. Team 3 is now up and the wahoo get a bit shy. We go to another spot and bang it’s what we were looking for. Many wahoo in the 30-40 pound range with a few larger models in the mix. Okay captain wants to put the hook down and start working on the yellowtail. Everyone is enjoying great yellowtail fishing and some bonus grouper also get a spot in the RSW. After we get our feet wet and everyone has some fish it’s time to head south to the lower banks. Captain wants to go over fishing big fish in the 250-350 range. Everything has to be perfect to get these fish in. Please get with a deckhand to check your connections. The crew is here to help. We get down to the banks and look around. It’s dead with no life at all. No birds no porpoise and no action. We moved to another bank. It’s dead. Captain makes a call to leave after a day and a half. There were 2 other boats when we left and on those 2 boats a total of 3 big fish. Not worth wasting our time. We go back to the ridge and hit a honey hole on big yellowtail. Theses fish were in the 20-35 with a few close to the 40 pound mark. After loading up on smaller grade tuna and big yellowtail we give it a shot on the wahoo. O no they disappeared. Captain says were heading to the rocks. Will be there in the morning before the sun comes up. Once the sun comes up team 4 is up. It takes a while before the wahoo get out of bed but once they were up it was game on. Last teams up to troll. Not long it’s a 2 way hit and off goes the jigs and bait and here comes wahoo over the rail in big numbers. Once the dust settles I take a peak at the board. 27 wahoo for the day so far but far from over. We ended up with over 60 wahoo for the trip. They like bombs better than bait and the raider jigs caught a few but most everyone was using a bomb. Didn’t really matter on color or who made them these wahoo wanted the offerings this time. Also wired or fluro didn’t matter this time. After fishing the rocks we head to the beach to finish up our trip. We fished Yellowtail to fill up numbers on the boat. Good size of yellowtail we’re caught on the beach with a 6X yo yo being to hot ticket. The dropper loop gang also caught their share. I want to thank Bob Sands Tackle for the generous swag and the crew of the independence sport fishing vessel out of San Diego


    Great Report, thank you
    Addl. Great Report and pics...Great trip!!
     
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    surfgoose

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  • Jul 29, 2010
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    I'm officially a geezer -- Another great report, THANKS, and when you write about and take great pictures of big yellowtail and wahoo I really start smiling and nodding my head. Big tractor tuna -- meh. Who needs them? Been there, done that . . . but yellowtail NEVER get old to me.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Jul 3, 2003
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    I'm officially a geezer -- Another great report, THANKS, and when you write about and take great pictures of big yellowtail and wahoo I really start smiling and nodding my head. Big tractor tuna -- meh. Who needs them? Been there, done that . . . but yellowtail NEVER get old to me.
    I’m right there too. I just give the YFT/BFT away... but sign me up for YT and Wahoo all day long! Grouper are good too!
     
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    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
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    David, sure sounds like your kind of trip!
     
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