CONDOR 8/23 Big Tuna Trainwreck at the 43

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Tunahead, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Well gang we rolled at 9pm w/Capt Scott, 2nd Vinny, Tad,Rob,Matt on deck
    and Buddy making awesome food all trip, like killer Lasagna Dinner! Many a
    regular like Norm, Hammer, Justin, Kevin, Mike, Stu, many more and next thing
    you know we got 34 hot sticks ready to go rockin'! The wind was about 15-20+
    so after loading a big load of mid dines with a few bigger, some mixed macks,
    we tied up off the end of the receivers until midnight for the ride out to the 43.

    We arrived just before dawn, and after a meter mark started dropping the
    flat falls, Tady9's, butterfly jigs, the whole tackle store down to 300-400ft where
    some big bluefin were hanging out. Long story short, it was scratch all day,
    1 here, 1 there, but some some bigger model bluefin, then yellowfin started
    coming over the rail. Most over 50, mostly 70-90+, no small schoolies.
    The bait was hot, and we found a LOT of meter schools of tuna, many with
    lockjaw. The only real flurry was a sundower for about 8-10 fat yellowfin,
    and like all day, there was carnage. Many battles lost, some won. See tackle.
    We ended up with 19 Bluefin and 17 Yellowfin for 34 winders. Many lost.
    I and many joined the 0-fer club losing fish in crossovers, tangles, just fishing! LOL
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Norm Engle who got his PB 75lb yellowfin at dusk. AWESOME!
    Even our one veteran lady angler got a nice 75+ after a long long fight! Too cool.

    TACKLE some go to info if you're headed out hunting these brutes:
    Don't even bring 30lb or less....like bringing a pea shooter to a Lion hunt.
    Some tried 30-35 for a 2+hr butt kicking, most got sawed off in the end.
    With 30+ people on a sportboat, in crossovers, light line the first to get sawed!
    40lb w/flouro=got bit more often maybe but the fights lasted 2hrs or more
    50 w/flouro got bit, more hit or miss, but got some bigger fish on deck
    60lb we tried it, especially with iron, butterfly and flat falls, etc worked fine
    but never got a bite with bait, even with nice macks pulling it out far & fine.
    Hooks, some used 1/0-2/0 J's and many also unbuttoned/lost fish too.
    A 2/0-3/0 Owner ringed or regular circle hook worked best for most landed.
    Sinkers...2oz sliders or 2-4oz torpedo with rubber bands 2-3ft up the line.
    Some had single speed reels, the fight was way longer, and brutal too.
    Bring 2 speeds, or borrow one, the less time on these beasts the better!
    Tady9. TLC Blue/Chrome, all/any Butterfly, Flat Fall, Colt Sniper a shot. LOL

    We never trolled, although had the kite up for awhile, and even had a
    school of 200+ bluefin jumping 200yards from it, but no takers. On a big
    yellowfin meter mark, Justin hooked a 100lb Marlin, jumps and released.
    All in all a long hot brutal day on the rail. Some won, some lost-FISHING! LOL
    Remember what I've always said...YOU NEVER KNOW, UNLESS YOU GO!!

    I'll let the pics do the talking for the fish, this old winder is beat up and tired now.
    Time to hit the jacuzzi and a long long nap! See you in a few weeks maybe.LOL
    THANKS to Scott and the whole crew, we had another wild time on Condor.

    OTHERS ADD YOUR PICS to the report as I couldn't get them all! LOL

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  2. rdrblck66

    rdrblck66 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I was on trip also Hooked 2 Monsters and unfortunately 0-2. Fought 1 fish for over 1 1/2. Awesome trip though! 1st time on boat Great Captain Great crew Huge bunks great air conditioning Great food. Boat is HUGE so much room to fish. accommodates 8 ft.+ rods. Great Boat!! The Big afternoon bite was Un F#cking believable. The deck hands were truely incredible. So many Huge fish hooked. The one that hung by me during my Battle (apologize for not remembering his name) was one of the best ones of all time!! My advice for guys going to Battle this fish 2 speed reels with very low gear ratios. Even though one guy caught a monster on a Baja special.
     
  3. arenpilav41

    arenpilav41 jjpilav

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    Good Stuff Ron! Did you get one??
     
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  4. Hardcor

    Hardcor Hardcore

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    Nice report Ron. I see Kevin got a nice one. I hope you got a nice one too.
     
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  5. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    I got a nice saw off in a 6 fish corner tangle at sunset. LOL I tried.
    I and many ended up in the 0=fer column....glad Norm got a PB 75BF
    for his birthday. Had a couple short bites all day, but pretty hit or miss.
    I got tuna and yellowtail still from last 2 trips so I'm good to go for now. LOL
    I need a time out, still waiting for cataract surgery. It got blurry yesterday, couple times.
     
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  6. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    Ron as always, your reports are the best in the business :appl:

    I'd rather take a shot at quality over quantity any day, good on you for giving it your all.
     
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  7. Tar Pit

    Tar Pit I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great report. Thanks
     
  8. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great report thanks for the good info!!
     
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  9. antnmargon

    antnmargon Newbie

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    Wow Nice report, Will be heading out the 30th. hope to fill my bag! Thanks!
     
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  10. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    "Quality over quantity" Took the words right out of my mouth, Joe.
     
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    Exceptional report as always Ron, Happy Birthday and congrats Norm. Wouldn't expect anything less from Scott, Condor and crew. Good People.
     
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  12. jiggyn

    jiggyn Do you even fish?

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    Wow hit or miss still awesome
     
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    Great report! Thanks for the info Ron.
     
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  14. Beaumont Glass & Door

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    Very well written and informative report Bro.
    Thanks for all the intel and pictures.
    At work right now just wishin I could go fishin and I got invited out for tomorrow :mad:
    Robert
     
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  15. Mojo1

    Mojo1 Well-Known "Member"

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    Fun read and very educational too. Thanks for making the effort to post, I know from experience it's tuff to do especially same day post. I'm going out Thursday and Saturday too, hopefully before they are gone.
     
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  16. catchabigone

    catchabigone Fair is fair. Donate Life. Be an organ donor

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    No ice in those bags? Is there a rsw on that boat? The fishing looked great but fish care is more important than catching if no care is taken off the food. I not busting on anybody I would just fish a boat with ice or rsw when tuna fishing.But that might just be me.
     
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    great report.. sound like u had blast !!!! life is good !!
     
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  18. Shark Meat

    Shark Meat Diehard/Determined CAPT

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    Very nice grade o'fish
     
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  19. Cribbg

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    A special thanks to you Ron, for providing me a Bday cake n well wishes. An especially, the great writeup n photos of our trip fish. Sorry you missed your fish. Was glad to share a piece of mine. You covered.it all. I too only had the one bite early, and got picked off also on a mini-mac.......soaked bout 75 yds out. .Went all day trying 7" knife jig, flat-fall-glow, 6oz rubberbanded sardine to 300'. I used 80#, then to 60#. Finally I went to 50# for nada. After a long day bout 6pm I'm thinking, shower time. Then those fish started popping around the boat. I put on another 5" fly-lined sardine, collar hooked and Bam bam! On 50# fluoro leader 2/0 circle hook. Took me around the boat twice, and after bout 25-30 mins we get him on deck. 75+ Yfin. It was a great Bday trip for me. Not so for many. Lots of casualties.. Pick pick pick, drifting most of the day, until that sundowner. Geez! what a rush. After some rest I'm looking forward to next trip. Thanks again to the Condor n crew for busting their humps all day to make it happen for us. Tangles, tackle issues, etc. guys were great.
     
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  20. MikeeDaGuy

    MikeeDaGuy Fishin FIN-Attict

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    Looks like you got into them good Ron, Congrats to all on board and Happy Birthday Norm!! Congrats on your PB!

    Great Report and Pics as always Brother!!!

    Thanks for sharing
     
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