Combat style fishing on the 150 - 6/11

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jeffdalton

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While waiting for my boat maintenance to be completed, all the 150 reports prompted me to take the day off and jump on the Enterprise 3/4 day boat.

I knew it was going to be crowded, but when I found out I was going to be fishing with 85 other guys, I was somewhat concerned. Well, let's just say it was crazy from the get go!! Tangles, Tangles and more tangles. I realized early on I needed a game plan to be successful. After watching endless hookups on the stern end up in failure. I began to sense a pattern and I developed a stratetgy that paid off quite well.

As the boat would find a school and slow down, the line to the bait wells was ridiculous! The guys would bait up and throw out while the boat was sliding in. My strategy was this, I would wait until the line dwindled and the tangles had formed on the stern and would simply grab a bait and literally run up to the bow and cast out so that my line would end up straight out, allowing me to soak it and avoid the endless tangles on the stern. This method also allowed me to fight most of my fish away from the chaos in the stern.

The fishing was wide open at times and a pick on others. Many fish were lost due to tangles, light tackle, misfortune and often times angler error. Some guys lost their cool and that often meant lost fish. I will say the crew was excellent and managed the chaos quite well. We ended up with over 100 fish and I was lucky enough to go 4 for 4 on the larger grade tails. Most fish exceeded the 20lb mark and some were over 30.

I had a blast, but fishing elbow to elbow with 85 guys is not something I would do on a regular basis. I'll be happy to be on my own boat next time. Good luck to everyone this weekend....it will be crazy out there!!!

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Wasitrytofish

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Nice work.
Took my two olders and a ckient yesterday. The youngsters had the luck. They went 1-1 on bait and 1-4 on irons. 2 total. Great day close t home.
Here's my 12 year old:
So bitchin watching him fish the iron and then suddenly he says "I'm on" and I look over and he's just riding the rail while the fish takes it's first run to the bottom:

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Johnlgarrison

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    Wow you and 84 of your closest friends. You are much braver than me. Nice job on landing anything.
    I think If I were a boat salesman I would ride on these trips and hand out business cards like an attorney at a car accident.
     
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    jeffdalton

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    Wow you and 84 of your closest friends. You are much braver than me. Nice job on landing anything.
    I think If I were a boat salesman I would ride on these trips and hand out business cards like an attorney at a car accident.
    Not braver....less intelligent. Reason number 1 as to why I own my own boat. Crazy as hell out there with 85 guys!!!
     
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    daer1303

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    I was right there with you. When I saw the line to board that morning thought it was going to be much worse. At least we ended up on the fish.
     
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    OILAGER

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    Jeff, I was out there on my boat and I couldn't believe how packed every one of the cattle boats were....and how many PB'rs were out there. I counted over 100 at around 11:00 a.m.
    It was kinda funny when the cargo ship came right through the fleet causing everyone to disperse.
     
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    jeffdalton

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    Jeff, I was out there on my boat and I couldn't believe how packed every one of the cattle boats were....and how many PB'rs were out there. I counted over 100 at around 11:00 a.m.
    It was kinda funny when the cargo ship came right through the fleet causing everyone to disperse.
    Yes, it was crazy packed. I've never had to actually wait in line to get a bait. As a private boater myself, I could not believe the conduct of some of my fellow boaters. Guys were literally following us where ever we went and they did it blatantly. I was more amazed at how many idiots would just haul ass through a group of boats that were hanging fish. It really just boils down to greed and mostly inexperience. I will say that Andy the captain kept his cool and only rarely showed frustration. He actually went as far as to wish all the PB'ers luck as we passed them in line to get bait. Look we all know its crazy out there, but a little common sense goes a long way. Stay calm, catch fish and enjoy the moment.
     
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    jeremyv75

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    While waiting for my boat maintenance to be completed, all the 150 reports prompted me to take the day off and jump on the Enterprise 3/4 day boat.

    I knew it was going to be crowded, but when I found out I was going to be fishing with 85 other guys, I was somewhat concerned. Well, let's just say it was crazy from the get go!! Tangles, Tangles and more tangles. I realized early on I needed a game plan to be successful. After watching endless hookups on the stern end up in failure. I began to sense a pattern and I developed a stratetgy that paid off quite well.

    As the boat would find a school and slow down, the line to the bait wells was ridiculous! The guys would bait up and throw out while the boat was sliding in. My strategy was this, I would wait until the line dwindled and the tangles had formed on the stern and would simply grab a bait and literally run up to the bow and cast out so that my line would end up straight out, allowing me to soak it and avoid the endless tangles on the stern. This method also allowed me to fight most of my fish away from the chaos in the stern.

    The fishing was wide open at times and a pick on others. Many fish were lost due to tangles, light tackle, misfortune and often times angler error. Some guys lost their cool and that often meant lost fish. I will say the crew was excellent and managed the chaos quite well. We ended up with over 100 fish and I was lucky enough to go 4 for 4 on the larger grade tails. Most fish exceeded the 20lb mark and some were over 30.

    I had a blast, but fishing elbow to elbow with 85 guys is not something I would do on a regular basis. I'll be happy to be on my own boat next time. Good luck to everyone this weekend....it will be crazy out there!!!

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    Brave man!! Lol. I've been kicking it around also but managed to borrow a buddy's boat.. Still socks I can only make it out tomorrow so you know it's going to be a mad house. It's just a little whaler without bait tank so throwing iron it will be. Can't wait!!!
     
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    Hawaiikaibry

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    Wow you and 84 of your closest friends. You are much braver than me. Nice job on landing anything.
    I think If I were a boat salesman I would ride on these trips and hand out business cards like an attorney at a car accident.

    That is funny.
    I am here on the mainland for a few more weeks.
    Heading out tomorrow.
    I am sure it will be a zoo.
    I think the plan is to avoid the fleet, (I hope).
     
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    jeffdalton

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    andy is just a damn nice guy
    Yes, I found that to be the case. Honestly, I liked the entire crew. They all did a great job. Assertive when they had to be and not afraid to cut lines when necessary. I'm always amazed when guys get pissed when their lines get cut when tangled. Hell, I cut my own line to get out of some of those ridiculous mess...that's why I have multiple rods. Silliness at its finest. :D
     
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    jeffdalton

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    Good luck to all that are fishing the cluster tomorrow. :D
     
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    eyedubu

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    Yes, it was crazy packed. I've never had to actually wait in line to get a bait. As a private boater myself, I could not believe the conduct of some of my fellow boaters. Guys were literally following us where ever we went and they did it blatantly. I was more amazed at how many idiots would just haul ass through a group of boats that were hanging fish. It really just boils down to greed and mostly inexperience. I will say that Andy the captain kept his cool and only rarely showed frustration. He actually went as far as to wish all the PB'ers luck as we passed them in line to get bait. Look we all know its crazy out there, but a little common sense goes a long way. Stay calm, catch fish and enjoy the moment.
    In my minimal experience, a lot of the guys I see out there have lots and lots of dollars, and zero sense. Should be interesting out there tomorrow. Good luck to everyone!
     
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    alex morataya

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    nice strategy! looks like you did very well buddy!
    its crazy to be fishing with 80+ people...I did it last Sunday and struck out. The fish didn't bite for us.
    im glad they bit for you!

    thanks for sharing!
     
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    jeffdalton

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    nice strategy! looks like you did very well buddy!
    its crazy to be fishing with 80+ people...I did it last Sunday and struck out. The fish didn't bite for us.
    im glad they bite for you!

    thanks for sharing!
    Thanks Alex! Crazy is an understatement. :D
     
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    Kyle farmer

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    My strategy was very similar to yours. In the mayhem of a wide open bite yesterday on the southern cal I "screw the stern" and went to the bow and instantly hooked up. Then I had the pleasure of being able to enjoy the fight, rather than worrying about getting tangled.
     
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    jeffdalton

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    My strategy was very similar to yours. In the mayhem of a wide open bite yesterday on the southern cal I "screw the stern" and went to the bow and instantly hooked up. Then I had the pleasure of being able to enjoy the fight, rather than worrying about getting tangled.
    Awesome Kyle! I'm heading out tomorrow on a private charter...wish me luck!
     
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    Nice job Jeff, way to get it done. I hope you nail them again tomorrow.
     
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    yessokk

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    Very nice job Mr. Jeff,
    Your brain was in gear. Something you don't have to worry about with the blood crazed mob at the stern. Everyone is pulled to the stern because that is the way their baits are being pulled. And being that the crowd is at the stern that must be the right place to be. Perfect example of "Crowd Psychology". Now common sense would tell us that the fish are all around the boat not exclusively at the stern. Congrats on a well thought plan of attack which resulted in success. Many times I have fished the bow all by my lonesome. Occasionally an iron man or two but those guys are usually experienced and we can all fish well together.
    Again,,, congrats and thanks for the great post we all learned something.
    Walt
     
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