CONDOR 10/22 SCI backside big tuna rocker!

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CONDOR 10/22 backside of SCI
We rolled at 9 with Capt Rob, 2nd Vinny, Scottie and Miguel on deck and
Mike cooking great food in the Galley all trip. After a nice load of cured
hot dines it was OFF w/17 for the backside of San Clemente Island for dawn.

We started in the dark, some bait, 3 of us fished hell out of Glow Charteruse
Flatfalls, and 1 guy got a 50lb Bluefin on his. Nice. LOL We gave it a go
on the blues a good 2+ hrs, then it was time to go hunt bigger yellowfin. I'm
tired beat up and lost 2 big ones on 30lb, the 2nd I fought 45mins, only
to see him at color and throw a 2/0 Circle hook. LOL SO A beat man, I'll make it
short and sweet....we fished hard all day, stopped on umteem dozen meter marks,
jumpers, porpoise schools, you name it, but only had 1 school that really bit hard
and stuck with the boat a couple hours. There was carnage...my 1st and many
broke off 30, some using 20 like sewing thread. LOL Others, like my 2nd came
unhooked, or had bad knots go KAWHAP. One guy lost 2 flatfalls and the fish
when bit-bad knots likely. His buddy had 3 come unhooked on flatfatls, but got
1 late with it. All this goes with game, fish hard on light line and pray to hell you
deck 1 or 2. LOL For the end of October in the 70's offshore, who can complain.
We ended up with 18 Yellowfin 25-40+lbs and 1 bluefin 50lbs, for only 17 winders!
Not monsters, but bigger than those schoolie 10-15lb' inshore models. The
volume of tuna still behind SCI is amazing. Getting them to bite the challenge.
As I always say "You never know, unless you GO" !!! LOL

TACKLE=bring 20-50 lb rigs. 20-25-30 got bit best. One guy got 1 on 40.
Make sure you have stealthy rods, don't bring twigs to a dog fight! LOL
20lb=#2 hook 25lb=1/0 hook 30lb 2/0 J or circle hook seemed to work best.

THANKS to Rob and the whole crew, we had a rocking good time! Time for this
old bionic winder to hit the jacuzi with the trainwrecked body. Cataract surgery 11/15
so I'm calling it a season most likely. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR ON CONDOR.
IT WAS GREAT FUN FISHING WITH ALL YOU ALL SEASON. SEE YA ON THE NEXT ONE!

"SOMETIMES I THINK...LIFE IS JUST A RODEO...THE TRICK IS TO RIDE
AND MAKE IT TO THE BELL"!!!! =John Fogerty


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Thanks for sharing and good luck with your eye surgery.
Robert
THANKS can't wait to get it over with LOL

Said it 50 times, heard it 100 times yesterday from everyone. We've NEVER
seen yellowfin act this finicky in history. More like they been learning from the
bluefin? LOL Little hooks, light light, boat shy, too crazy for words. Fun though! LOL
 
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TITLE SHOULD READ CONDOR but unable to edit here. LOL
We rolled at 9 with Capt Rob, 2nd Vinny, Scottie and Miguel on deck and
Mike cooking great food in the Galley all trip. After a nice load of cured
hot dines it was OFF for the backside of San Clemente Island for dawn.

We started in the dark, some bait, 3 of us fished hell out of Glow Charteruse
Flatfalls, and i guy got a 50lb Bluefin on his. Go figure. LOL We gave it a go
on the blues a good 2+ hrs, then it was time to go hunt bigger yellowfin. I'm
tired beat up and lost 2 big ones on 30lb, the 2nd I fought 45mins, only
to see him at color and throw a 2/0 Circle hook. LOL SO A beat man, I'll make it
short and sweet....we fished hard all day, stopped on umteem dozen meter marks,
jumpers, porpoise schools, you name it, but only had 1 school that really bit hard
and stuck with the boat a couple hours. There was carnage...my 1st and many
broke off 30, some using 20 like sewing thread. LOL Others, like my 2nd came
unbuttoned, or had bad knots go KAWHAP. One guy lost 2 flatfalls and the fish
when bit-bad knots likely. His buddy had 3 come unhooked on flatfatls, but got
1 late with it. All this goes with game, fish hard on light line and pray to hell you
deck 1 or 2. LOL For the end of October in the 70's offshore, who can complain.
We ended up with 18 Yellowfin 25-40+lbs and 1 bluefin 50lbs, for only 17 winders!
Not monsters, but bigger than those schoolie 10-15lb' inshore schools. The
volume of tuna still behind SCI is amazing. Getting them to bite the challenge.

THANKS to Rob and the whole crew, we had a rocking good time! Time for this
old bionic winder to hit the jacuzi with the trainwrecked body. Cataract surgery 11/15
so I'm calling it a season most likely. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR ON CONDOR.
IT WAS GREAT FUN FISHING WITH ALL YOU ALL SEASON. SEE YA ON THE NEXT ONE!

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Great report n pics Ron. Thanks for puttn up a blurb. Bummer you lost ur fish. Good luck on eye surgery next. Till next season. Crappie time.
 
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Great report n pics Ron. Thanks for puttn up a blurb. Bummer you lost ur fish. Good luck on eye surgery next. Till next season. Crappie time.
Hell I thought you were the 1st one that booked for the new Wednesday night trip?
OR was that Hammer? LOL LOL LOL Good luck with those crappie too. LOL
 
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Those fish look chunky!
YEP these yellowfin not missing any meals this season (or bluefin)
I may have lost 2, had the the biggest fish and hardest fight in years
for me goin' for close to an hour. That's the thrill of tuna fishing, win
or lose. If you catch my 2nd lost, with a 2/0 ringed circle hook and 50ft
of XXX 30 that would be the other scoundrel who found freedom. ENJOY! LOL LOL

I got 3 more 3 weeks ago so got plenty of yellowfin/yellowtail for winter still.
What else but another strange season, with new surprises in tackle. See ya 2017
 
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Glad that you had the fun of the fight, at least! I will enjoy sharing the rail with you next May on the Condor 4 Day, put me on your list for when they start booking in December, remember I need a lower double if at all possible. Still a couple of years away for my eye surgery they tell me, best of luck with yours!
 
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-Nice report, As usual... I like the pic with all that elbow room at the corner.. woulda shoulda coulda but didn`t.
Yep, fishing with only 17 on a 90x26 platform in shorts in October=PRICELESS!!
Now it's been raining on and off here in Costa Mesa all day. Hit our weather spot. LOL
 
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Next time someones on the big Bird and Rob is on board, call him Melmac. it's an endearing term that Chuck Taft used to call him based off of the old Elf character.
Then tell him Brent said high. I would do it myself but had a Kinney Transplant have not been out all year and wont until next year.
Tight Lines.
 
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Great post Ron!
Glad that you had the fun of the fight, at least! I will enjoy sharing the rail with you next May on the Condor 4 Day, put me on your list for when they start booking in December, remember I need a lower double if at all possible. Still a couple of years away for my eye surgery they tell me, best of luck with yours!
THANKS Gary/Goose. Sore all over, must have fought something. LOL
Be good to get cataract gone, after 7 shots in the eye. I'll keep an eye on
next year's schedule Goose, let ya know when up, maybe early spring.
Only you can call, book, and reserve double. LOL They go fast!
 

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Well, Ron, when it comes to long Condor trips, you may not be the official Chartermaster but you are definitely the Chief Arranger. Hmm -- would that make you the Long Arranger?
 
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