Offshore CONDOR 265 TUNA to 70lbs Trainwreck 5/24-25, 2014

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Tunahead

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WOW, god I'm a wreck, but here we go...We rolled at 5pm with 26, Capt. Scott
2nd Mike, Mike,Tad & Miguel on deck, and Billy cooking awesome food all trip.
We loaded unreal great bait, big dines, spanish macks, med mack and pedal
down to start around 120miabout 9am. We trolled, went by some paddys for
nada. Finally had a YF jigstrike at 125, I managed the 1st bait tuna of year!
GAME ON. We wacked a few more, then good lord trollers IN, BIG SCHOOL BF
get out baits NOW.. KAWHEEEEEEEEE.....we got ripped in a wide open 2hr
bloodbath to die for...IN MAY???? Think we got 88 of our 154 blue fin 1st school.
Then we found insane wide open yellowfin, every bait that hit water WHAM,
the kind of action normally seen later in season. THEN we found some big
bruiser BF that wanted to play. Norm got day 1 JP one about 60lbs, and there
were several 40-50's in the mix. Day 2 was more scratch but even bigger
BF, one around 90 , lot more 40-50 then too. Jim got JP D2, what a trip.
After some weigh ups at dock, our biggest bluefin went 90lbs! WOW in May!
We ended up with 154BF, 111YF and 1 YT for 26. LOL. I got my butt kicked
on 15 tuna Sat. did in my thrice=surgically repaired left shoulder and arm
and just watched. Just had to give in I"m 68, the parts are old and time out!
Glad i did as (the fool) only brought a 50qt cooler and had twice that load
piled with a bag of ice. Then WHAM a blowout on the I-5 by Camp Pendleton
(thanks AAA) and finally made it home. I bagged 60 gallon bags of bluefin,
and still a cooler full of yellowfin to go. Anyway, I'll try to post pics, more
later, and others will add theirs TOO. Thanks to all the usual suspects, Joe
Norm and Leann, Hammer and Glenda,Josh, Marcus,Kevin, Mike,Bob,Ben
and all the rest WHAT A TRAINWRECK KICK ASS FIRST TUNA TRIP!!!!

TACKLE NOTES: Some fished 30 and got their butt wupped! (ask Kevin)LOL
these BF ,YF were biting 40-50lb all day long, fishing lighter=useless.
Many prefered J hooks, some of us almost strictly 40, mostly 50lb
Izorline XXX with 50#Blackwater Flouro and owner super matu 3/0 circle
hooks. Our circle hook fish did not come off....100% to the gaff. Your call.
Now about those guys from Bellflower with the PINK line.)#$*#*@())(#-0 LOL LOL
FISH with stuff you're confident in, that's why we have choices! GO FISH!



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Slater

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Unfamiliar with Billy, but is Christoph still burning for the big bird???
 
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Tunahead

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Unfamiliar with Billy, but is Christoph still burning for the big bird???
NO...Billy IS THE MAN cooking now! Awesome chicken and tri=tip dinners!
He was full time deckhand all last season on Condor.

(Chris off doing his catering business full time now we heard.)
 
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Slater

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NO...Billy IS THE MAN cooking now! Awesome chicken and tri=tip dinners!
He was full time deckhand all last season on Condor.

(Chris off doing his catering business full time now we heard.)
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Sad to see Christoph off the boats all-togther, good kid & awesome cook!
 
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opahdad

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What a great trip! One thing though, if this bait situation doesn't change before everyone starts running, you better learn how to fish an anchovy on 40 to 60 lb line. That or hope they want to eat a mackeral all season long.
 
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caserock

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awesome Trip...well done son !!!!
 
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Bondrvr

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26grumpy

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San Diego fishing at its finest right there!!!!! Could I get a train wreck with a heap of carnage on the side?!!! I think this formally ends any debate over "you don't know if you don't go". LOL

Ron I'm so stoked you and Norm were on this one!!!

The force is with you Mr. Stender. :appl::appl::appl:
 
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alysonha

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Thanks for the reports. 130miles south way out of my range , hopefully the tunas are moving north by June & we PB will have the best fishing season..That was an awsome bloody deck
 
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