CONDOR 208 Yellowfin to 65+ Bloodbath Massacre 8/25

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Tunahead, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Well, damn the fishcounts, time to get 21 hot sticks on Condor and put
    the wood to some tuna! LOL We rolled at 9 with Capt. Scott, 2nd Vinny,
    Capt. Mike, Tad, Matt and deck, and Billy cooking awesome food all trip.
    Many a Condor regular, my sidekick Norm Engle, ex-Dodger-Phils pitcher
    Kevin Gross, Paul & son, and many more and the smack was flyin' early.
    After a load of pretty lively nice dines it was off to the West at 10.

    We headed west towards San Clemente Island where a fairly good area
    of yellowfin had been jumping with porpoise for days, some biting, some
    not. We dropped some iron, flat=falls in the grey 4-6am window but
    nothing bit. At 6am time to fire up and start hunting. Some light and
    overcast, it was evident we're in the zone with several well know long
    range boats around us on the move. We trolled for few hours for little.

    Around 11am, IT HAPPENED, the school of yellowfin to die for...short
    story...we slayed 182 on a 1.5 hr wide open ripper and Scott finally
    yelled STOP FISHING. Gunnys were splitting and full, fish all gil cut
    bleeding nicely, time to tag em all and get into the RSW hold and take
    a TIME OUT. I quit after 15, giving 5 to a couple others short a few,
    as did many others. After some water, iced tea, beers and more Scott
    said WELL you ready to get the rest for limits now? HELL YA!!! The deck
    opened, baits flew in the water and KAWHEE was heard around the rail.
    I started with 30lb on my JX/700M and got rocked, this was no football,
    to the bow and back and the new titanium shoulder felt no pain and was
    still lifting! LOL After a 15+min fight a nice one abiout 35+ hit the deck.
    Norm and one other got nice ones mid 30's+ too, and more came aboard.
    By the time that bloodbath was over, we had just over 200 yellowfin. Insane.

    After a handmade sirloin burger by Billy, we trolled into the PM, by a paddy
    for nice dorado on a Jigstrike, then 3 more back to the paddy for 4 total.
    Still only 4pm, HEY let's go to the 43 and see if any bluefin home. We
    did a couple drifts, tried a dine with a 3/8oz rubber core to slow drop
    thru the zone ( a method that worked for blues at the 43 last year) but
    no biters. Dropped a blue and chrome tady, megabaits, as did others
    for nada. Out of nowhere we hear KAWHEEEE on the bow=big one!!
    This fish ended up the JP 65 maybe pushing 70. Later 3-4 others got
    nice ones 50-60's too, pushing us to 208, 2 short of limits for 21 (BFD) LOL
    All you can say for the fishing was WOW, the best day of year on
    Condor so far, and one hopefully a good sign of things to come in fall.

    Beat like dogs, we all hit the shower and settled in for Billy's killer
    Chicken Fettuchini Alfredo/Salad dinner to die for and hit the rack.
    For me, not knowing if I'd ever be able to fish for tuna ever again
    after left shoulder total titanium replacement surgery...I was more
    than greatly relieved to know...I still can. Good to go. THANKS to
    Scott and crew and everyone I fished with again on Condor. I'm beat.
    Hope to see you all again soon. I'm going to be packing tuna awhile now. LOL

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  2. strackle99

    strackle99 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Captain tuna scores again.

    Great job
     
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  3. @-EZ

    @-EZ Fail, try again.

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    Wow! Congrats on still being able to fish. I believe that to be the most important point in this report.


    Thank you for sharing.
     
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  4. MJB

    MJB I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice day!
     
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  5. oh da shiz

    oh da shiz did you say go pheeesh

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    nice load of fish right there... looks like a fun and great trip
     
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  6. ash

    ash Chief Inspiration Officer

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    WTG Ron! Your positive attitude is a fish magnet.
     
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  7. JIM E

    JIM E Member

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    Holy Moly awesome grade.... one for the books for sure
     
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  8. Erawk

    Erawk Get bent!

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    Helluva trip! Glad your shoulder held up.
     
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  9. simmo13

    simmo13 Well-Known "Member"

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    Yah Ron. Sounds like a blast and stoked your back.
     
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  10. JTL750

    JTL750 Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice jon Ron, way to slay em. I'm gonna have to jump on the big bird soon. I've been out a dozen times this year and still haven't caught a tuna. Not even a bite. I'm starting to seriously doubt my fishing skills. A trip on the bird should lift my spirits and help me to kill this skunk.
     
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  11. fish_guts

    fish_guts Member

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    Nice Ron!!! another killer trip on the Condor!!

    Glad to hear the shoulder is doing well!!!
     
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  12. Randy V

    Randy V Slamma Jamma

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    Tuna stacked like cordwood on a hot deck - mmm, tasty!

    LOL

    No RSW on that boat?
     
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  13. Vermonster

    Vermonster Well-Known "Member"

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    Wow, awesome report! Congrats!!!
     
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  14. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    CAN YOU READ? DUH? LOL
    I said the bags were full, all fish gil cut bleeding nicely and TIME TO TAG and put in RSW holds. LOL
    Oh course at 90x26ft it has 2 huge RSW holds and an RSW slammer too FYI>


    PS ...the fish weren't on the deck 2-3 mins before tagged into the RSW.
    I just had some of that tasty Sashimi "cordwood"...pretty tasty stuff! LOL
     
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  15. PCH

    PCH El Nino 2015!!!!!!

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    Dumbass can't read LOL
     
  16. BretFarewell

    BretFarewell Newbie

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    Wow, what a trip. Great job!!
     
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  17. Second Row

    Second Row You Should Have Been Here Yesterday

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    bloodbath
     
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  18. muledeer07

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    Great story and pics as always Ron. So happy to hear your shoulder held up. Great to see Scott back on the boat as well. So basically not many jig fish?
     
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  19. robaire

    robaire Angler

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    Good to hear the new shoulder held up.
    It's been 22 years since I tore apart all my ligaments in my left shoulder.
    Only bothers a little bit if I am doing bar dips.
    Also good to see big numbers on The Bird.
    Robert
     
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  20. SSUfish

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    You dirty dog, how do you always time things perfectly? Nice job!
     
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