BOLA 7/5-7/6

Winston.

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Aug 12, 2018
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Winston
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We went down to bola once again for our annual trip this July, the fishing was fantastic as usual.

Day 1
Our captain, Juan, told us that bait had been difficult to make during the past few days so we opted to fish the jigs. We got out to the grounds at about 6:30 and began with a mix of deadheads and prohunter jigs. During our first drop we found out that the fish we were hooking into were abnormally large, they were ripping drag. I got one to stick but a sneaky seal got to it before we could get a gaff into it, and we lost a few more to the rocks. Anyway, we switched spots and got a few yellows to bite in the 20-25lb range. Throughout the day we bounced around from pinnacle to pinnacle getting gold spots, yellows, and plenty Mexican bonita to fill the cooler. Before long the wind kicked up and we began to make our way home. Juan decided to check some spots on the way home and I’m glad he did. We had a few, maybe 3-4, fantastic fish in the 25-30lb grade that kicked our asses.

Here’s your reminder to bring water, it was humid and scorching out there.
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A nice fun-grade yellowtail to start the
day.
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Here’s a nice fish that I hooked using Juan’s gear, an accurate valiant 500nld2 slowpitch with a prohunter safari jigging rod.
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Couple more…
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My biggest of the day.
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Day 2
We opted for the same game plan as day one and fished right out front on the local reefs. Right away we got on some of the bigger 30lb yellowtail. We picked off a few more before the fleet of pangas showed up to see what was going on. The reef was very busy, with at least 8 or 9 boats in an 150 foot radius. But Juan got us on the fish and we filled the cooler before 10am! We decided to finish our day with a swim in Don Juan cove to cool off.

Nice sunrise over Carlos Slim’s yacht.
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First one of the day for me.
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Bending
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Big one for Carlo on the dead head lures.
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Another one on the slowpitch for me.
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Nice yellowtail for my dad.
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Ollin with the biggest fish of the day, 35lbs!
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Thank you for the amazing trip Juan!! We’ll see you soon!
 
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Beer Goggles

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Those fish are pigs- well done! good to see a report. Juan is the man.. I've used Denis's deadheads and I know they work (hit him up he is on bd).. I've never tried to slow pitch style, but it looks like I need to figure it out soon! Good post, great trip..
 
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