Constitution 4.5 Day Report 10/1/17- 10/6/17 20 anglers Approaching a full moon on Thursday 10/5 I booked this trip because I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to land that triple digit bluefin that has been evading me for the past 3-4 years. So I geared up and got my tackle ready to fish for bigger fish. Got on the boat around 9pm on 10/1. Right when I get on I noticed that most of the other passengers have the appropriate gear to handle bigger grade tuna and everyone seems like they've had a lot of experience fishing. The trip had 20 people which was perfect for the boat size. I've heard many stories of the Constitution and their trips out of Puerto Vallarta catching cow yellowfin. So with a light load, prepared anglers, and an experienced and professional Captain and crew I knew this was gonna be my chance to land a big bluefin. Captain Kieth has a meeting and tells us we're gonna try to put meat on the boat the first day and fish for those schoolie yellowfin that have been close to home. So we all start rigging for that and half way through rigging Captain announces that the bluefin started biting better and we're gonna go straight to San Clemente Island to try for that better bluefin. Out came the 30 wides and 100 lb set ups. We were on the bluefin grounds early in the morning and we stopped on marks in the dark to try some flat falls and pl68s. No luck. Right as the sun rose we stopped on another school that reacted to our chum and boom. 3 of us hooked up instantly! 2 guys on sinker rigs and me on a flyline sardine on 40lb test. That first fish kicked my ass! And it was only 40ish pounds! That's how day one started. Below are some notes I took of where we fished and how I caught my fish on this trip. Day 1 (10/2) San Clemente Island, CA 6:30am: 40lb Bluefin - flyline sardine (butt hook) on slide 40lb test 12:00pm: 100lb Bluefin - sinker rig sardine 50lb test 3:00pm: 50lb Bluefin - sinker rig sardine 50lb test 6:00pm: 50lb Bluefin - flyline sardine (nose hook) 40lb test Boat total: 38 Bluefin (15-130lbs) Good plunker style fishing all day. All the fish were caught on bait. Hammerhead sharks taxed a few fish on the boat. Day 2 (10/3) San Clemente Island, CA 12:00pm: 45lb Bluefin - flyline sardine (nose hook) 40 lb test 4:00pm Slow day. Making bait for tomorrow. No luck... 8:00pm: Arrive at Tanner Bank. Boat total: 12 Bluefin (15-90lbs) Overall slow day. Made a 28 mile move to Cortez Bank. Fishing for yellows in the morning. On anchor for the night. Day 3 (10/4) Cortez Bank & Tanner Bank, CA 8:30am: No conditions at Tanner Bank. Making a move to Cortez Bank. 3:30pm: 20 lb Mako Shark (Released) Dropper loop Boat Total: 4 Yellowtail. Lots of bonito and rockfish by-catch. An even slower day than yesterday. Marked a lot of yellows on high spots but they had lockjaw for the most part. Headed back to San Clemente Island to try for Bluefin again in the morning. Day 4 (10/5) San Clemente Island, CA 11:00am: 120 lb bluefin sinker rig 50lb test 1:00pm: 100 lb bluefin sinker rig 60lb test 5:00pm: Pulled the hook on a smaller grade bluefin Boat total: 12-20 bluefin? Not sure but most fish were over 100lbs After all was said and done, I ended up with 7 Bluefin with 3 of them being over 100lbs. 2 at 110lbs and 1 at 120lbs the rest between 40-50lbs. One of my most memorable trips I've ever had. I used two set ups for the fish I caught. 40lb set up was a Shimano Trinidad 16a filled to the rim with 65lb braid and a 6ft fluoro leader on a Phenix Black Diamond 809. That was for lighter fly line. My other rig was a 50-60 lb set up (changed the top shot to 60lb after the first 100lber on day 4). That was an Accurate 600n with 400 yards of 65lb braid 80 yards of 50-60lb izor mono and a short top shop of fluoro. The rod was a Phenix hybrid 700xh. I used 2/0 j hooks at first and switched to 3/0 circle hooks after watching some people lose fish. I would definitely recommend the Constitution to anyone. Great captain and crew. Great food and they know how to properly treat your catch which is very important when catching such high quality fish. I even booked a 3.5 day with them in Puerto Vallarta. Can't wait for that trip! I ended up fillet all the fish myself at home which took a while but is well worth it to me. If anyone has any questions about my trip or what to use or how we got them don't hesitate to ask! If you're on Instagram, make sure to check out my page @thefishingnomad for tips, stories, and ideas! Tight lines!