CONDOR 8/23 Big Tuna Trainwreck at the 43

Tunahead

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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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rdrblck66

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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.
 

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Good Stuff Ron! Did you get one??
Nice report Ron. I see Kevin got a nice one. I hope you got a nice one too.
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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26grumpy

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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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Tar Pit

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Great report. Thanks
 

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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 Bluefin 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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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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catchabigone

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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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Very nice grade o'fish
 
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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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MikeeDaGuy

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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
 

Tunahead

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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.
Ha ha ha ha...OF COURSE the boat has RSW holds, 2 and the slammer.
A 90x26 Tuna boat uses gunny sacks for the immediate bite at that time
and cutting the gill plates BLEEDING them for the best tuna possible
before opening the large manhole size covers and lowering into the hold.
Boats like this that even do 2-4 day trips don't use ice. RSW holds my friend. LOL
 
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Tunahead

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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
THANKS MIKEE and EVERYONE....I realized at the end of yesterday, I'm
a lot closer to 71 in December than 30 anymore. LOL Really beat up trying.
If you want to get in the game, be a gamer I say! Having seared tuna now!
I'll take a time out now and watch the show for awhile. See you all in a few weeks. LOL
 
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Wandering Blues

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Thanks for good info. I just ordered up enough 80# spectra to re-spool 3 reels and top with 60/50/40# top shots. Just need to get some larger circle hooks and I'll be ready for my trip next week.

It's solid Intel like this that really helps a brother out. Cheers.
 
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Tuna Master

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Great report Ron and happy birthday Norm! What a great present for him.

Should have joined your party. The prowler did not get an afternoon bite. Ended up with 4 brutes for the boat.
 
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