CONDOR 8/23 Big Tuna Trainwreck at the 43

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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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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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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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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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Norm wants to thank you for the great pic...:D
Dont you hate when that happens!!!
Looks like you had some great seas Ron.
 
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Great report and thank you for the Intel. Do you know what size flat falls were getting hit.?
The 160,200, 250 all went deep, even on 60-80lb line HOWEVER
I don't recall any fish getting caught with them this trip. We tried though. LOL
Pretty much all nice sardines got the bites! FYI
 
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That's a great report with some of the best info yet. It really sounds like pushing the drag on 40,lb is your best chance. Great report and info!
 
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Ron, great report and thanks for the tackle info . I'll be getting on the Big Bird Sunday night for 2 days . Report to follow .
 
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Norm wants to thank you for the great pic...:D
Dont you hate when that happens!!!
Looks like you had some great seas Ron.
LOL The birthday boy in his finest hour! What a stick!
Actually we had some big rollers, mixed swell late, got pretty
wild when those big yellowfin bit at sundown, ROCK & ROLL. LOL LOL
 
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The 160,200, 250 all went deep, even on 60-80lb line HOWEVER
I don't recall any fish getting caught with them this trip. We tried though. LOL
Pretty much all nice sardines go the bites! FYI
I'll throw everything at them as well lol. But guess I'll start with dines lol
 
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Sorry for my ignorance, i see many 3/4 day boats get into tuna and was wondering if they had rsw. Not all sportboats that fish SD have it , am I correct in assuming that? For all I know The Condor could be a half day boat unless the tuna are close.
 

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Sorry for my ignorance, i see many 3/4 day boats get into tuna and was wondering if they had rsw. Not all sportboats that fish SD have it , am I correct in assuming that? For all I know The Condor could be a half day boat unless the tuna are close.
NP= learning is something we all go through.
Take a look at each of the 4 San Diego landing's websites and
LOOK at the trips and boats offered, and it's pretty clear which
boats are 1/2, 3/4, Overnight to 1.5 day or more.Lot of info.
Most have a Boat Website, some even a virtual tour/photos, list of features!
Go down and look around! Sometimes the crew will let you take a look
onboard in the afternoon before a trip so you can see what boats that
longer trips offer...like RSW's, bunkrooms, and more. Just my suggestion!
Good Luck fishing and learning for the future. We all started on boats somewhere! LOL
 
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Great report and thank you for the Intel. Do you know what size flat falls were getting hit.?
I can't tell what size but the RR3 is having great luck on the big tuna today on the jigs. (See their facebook page) I know some boats fishing the same area are doing well while others can't get a bite.
 
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I can't tell what size but the RR3 is having great luck on the big tuna today on the jigs. (See their facebook page) I know some boats fishing the same area are doing well while others can't get a bite.
HA. We started with big bluefin down 300-400ft, and dropped a tackle store
at them for an hour, before 1 guy got bit on a sardine with a 4oz sinker/rubber
band rig! LOL The volume of bluefin and bait they're feeding on out there now
around the 43 is STUNNING! Now add the big yellowfin moving in to join the
party, and they were mostly metered around 100-150+ more their usual
"cruising" range. Some boats on longer trips anchor up on the 43, and the
fish are right under the boat the next morning, and sometimes you could
drop a Snickers bar on a 3/0 circle hook and get bit. LOL LOL We had a trip
on Condor 2 full moons ago, 1 guy got 8 schoolie yellowfin in a row with the
160 glow white/chartruse FlatFall. Several of us had every other color and
dropped off the bow with him and got NADA! I went back to the stern with
my 20lb rig and got 3 in a row on 4" sardines. Go figure. Damn tuna! LOL

I once read in an old copy of PCS "If you're not getting bit, and not trying
something different....then you're NOT FISHING!!!" Words that stuck in my mind. LOL
 

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Nice report Ron. As I sit here with a broken boat Your trip seems even better!
 
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Question, Is most of the spool braid with a 100 yd top shot of mono and then fluorocarbon leader? Im peeling line off now and going to restring with fresh everything, not sure if not having stretch on the braid is a bad thing?
 
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Question, Is most of the spool braid with a 100 yd top shot of mono and then fluorocarbon leader? Im peeling line off now and going to restring with fresh everything, not sure if not having stretch on the braid is a bad thing?
YES...spool with at least 65...80lb better braid, then a 50-100ft mono top shot
then 3ft or so flourocarbon. Many of us use the Seagaur Knot. Braid gives little
to no stretch. The mono acts as a shock cord, and works best in crossovers. FYI
 
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