Constitution 4.5 day SCI Report

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  1. adiballz24

    adiballz24 Member

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    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!

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  2. larry dickson

    larry dickson Member

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    great report, glad to see you get em'
    looking foreward to fishing on that boat in near future
     
  3. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Awsome job and great write up way to go!!
     
  4. JustOneCast

    JustOneCast Arnold

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    Nice work and great report
     
  5. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  6. the_tunaman

    the_tunaman Well-Known "Member"

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    Good report, thanks. Heck of a trip! Looking forward to a 4 1/2 day trip on the Top Gun 80 later this month, and that got me pumped up!

    I'll have to look into the Constitution next year... Sounds like they got it right.
     
  7. carterantebi

    carterantebi I hate fishing

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    Way to kill it out there! Looks like tons of fun, very jealous.Gave you a follow on Instagram.
     
  8. Corndog

    Corndog Landlocked

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    Nice trip! What is the possession limit for Bluefin in California? I thought it was 2×3 and u gave a very detailed account all the way to the knife....I could be wrong. Just thinking out loud. As for the Bluefin what a blast. I got a few last month. I stuck to 60 and up and am glad I did on the 100 class fish.

    Thanks for sharing and awesome pics!
     
  9. the_tunaman

    the_tunaman Well-Known "Member"

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    What a dream... Bluefin biting 60#! I've always had to drop down and go 3:1 or less. 30# for 100# fish... Ain't so much fun.
     
  10. NorCalSoCalIDC

    NorCalSoCalIDC Member

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    Epic! Nicely done way to get em. Can't wait to read the report on the PV trip :)
     
  11. "all-in"

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    how much weight did you use?
     
  12. tresbien

    tresbien No.... But Willing To Learn

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    gotta say congrats on a killer trip
    also gotta say that i am super freaking envious
    way to go Adrien congrats man
     
  13. svue

    svue I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    TORO party... nice haul there
     
  14. PHT

    PHT Member

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    Nice!!! Way to rep your gear too! Should get some t-shirts outta that! Fire up the foodsaver and fill the freezer. Sashimi on the books for days!! Should have mentioned Fishworks...those guys hook you up. Seriously, how BIG is your freezer? I wanna get one that can hold that much fish!
     
  15. Pgnracr

    Pgnracr Member

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    Go on a 16 day trip. I bring back 2000 lbs most of time. But most donate a good amount to charity does two things. Helps the less fortunate. And hugely write off your whole trip tackle time off. It's awesome. I have a big drop freezer. But to be honest I give most away and smoke a lot to preserve
     
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  16. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Quality Bluefin and fishing trip and you aced it! Congrats and fine job!

    Surprised at your results at Tanner and Cortez, long way for virtually nothing. I know the Tanner and Cortez are much closer together than 28 miles?
     
  17. eli672

    eli672 Well-Known "Member"

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    Adrien,

    Thank you for the awesome write up.
    Can you please post how you rigged a sinker rig???

    Thanks
     

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