Fished the chief with my dad on a 1.5 day left the 27th and fished the 28th for my 30th birthday. We fished close to home for a shot at the big bluefin that have been evading me for an entire calendar year now... and yesterday was not my day. We dropped flat falls from 4am to about 5:45am for nothing then began the search. We flew the kite with a yummy for the entire day but no love either. We stopped on three kelps in the morning but they were not holding. We did stop on one spot of puddling fishing around 8am but they sank out very quickly. We had a double on a blind jig strike around 11am. I was lucky enough to be standing next to the troller that went off while everyone else was either taking a nap or in the galley watching a movie due to the slow fishing. I landed mine the other came unbuttoned. We continued the search and found some dolphins around 6:30pm we trolled them for a while but no takers. We made two more stops on sonar marks in the late evening for no love and I dropped the flat fall for a while during dinner. Long and slow day out there for us but several very large bluefin were caught for the fleet hopefully I will connect with one of the big boys next time. All in all it was great spending my birthday with my Dad and I did catch a tuna.