COW Down in PV - Mexico!

Discussion in 'Washington Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by Cohoho, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Cohoho

    Cohoho I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Lake Tapps, Washington
    Name:
    Cohoho
    Boat:
    COHOHO - 23 ft Wooldridge Super Sport Offshore - SOLD
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    The trip was out of PV - Mexico on board the Apollo for 3 days of adventure in Mexican waters, with wild and funny Mike Jewett at the helm. It was awesome! A couple years ago, MikeeDaGuy put out an invite for the trip, I missed it the first year, but as soon as it was announced myself and a buddy jumped, as we have been talking about this trip for three or four years. After several talks with Mikee, I were able to get more slots on the boat, we added 2 more for 4, then 3 more for 7, so 7 out of 12 was our Washington gang. Once on board the Apollo, it was quite easy to see why Mikee has repeat guys, they were all awesome dudes that I am sure I will be seeing again on other trips in my future. The boat, food and comradery on the boat was excellent, we had a wonderful time sharing stories, having a few drinks and eating. The cook (Chris) was great, the relief Captain (Justin) was one of the most knowledgeable guys I have met on any boat, could have picked his brain for months. Deckhands were extremely hard working but one in particular was a bad ass young guy (Alex) that worked harder than anyone I've seen before this date.

    Fishing - We rail soaked alot of bait during the course of the trip, but most of the bites came off the balloons. I was lucky, to be next in line when the bait exploded in the water. Immediately, Alex started coaching, as I was pretty excited for sure. At first, we weren't exactly sure what was on the other end of the line, and I was beginning to think, oh this is isn't that bad as I managed to get close to the rubber band that connected the balloon to the line. I was smiling and hamming it up for the cameras, thinking I kicked this fish into submission. LOL. Following the fish around the boat, it surfaced about 100 feet from the boat, both myself and Alex looked at each and thought it was not a Tuna at first...... til the fin showed, he told me to get ready and then all hell broke loose. The fish realized it was hooked at this time, the fish dove and dove and dove peeling line like it was attached to a Greyhound bus. The look on my face, as told from Mikee, went from shear happiness to "Oh F#@&" in a matter of seconds. Now it got real, seriously real, two turns on the handle then the beast took four, three turns it took six... Another lap around the boat, some weird stuff around the anchor, some water from the Captain and some more coaching from both Captain and Alex, I finally heard the most wonderful words of - Color! But it too was put to rest as the fish dove deep again. So some more small turns and it taking more it finally began to spiral. I could barely get a 1/8th of turn on the reel on each loop it made. Finally, I heard gaff, then the call for another and one more, it wasn't til I heard Captain state "get the 4th gaff with the large opening" that I realized maybe this is a seriously big fish. With five guys pulling and lifting, I watched this beautiful creature hit the deck. I was literally exhausted, arms and hands cramped, but somehow managed to do it all in 44 minutes, but trust me - it felt like hrs... I have never ever been this tired, ever! Like a orchestrated show Alex was dispatching the fish and pulling the heart for me to take a big tasty bite out of, as this was my first big Yellowfin ever! It quickly became beer time for me while the fish was prepped for photos. A lot of high fives from everyone on board, made me realize, I got my bucket list fish, I got my bucket list fish! And it was a freaking big Cow to boot, almost a Super Cow. I'm still smiling and probably will be til next trip down in the beautiful warm waters way south of Washington...

    In the end the three biggest fish were 160, 239 and my, I got the lucky "Once in a Lifetime" 284 pound Yellowfin Tuna that I now dubbed "Beast of the Deep". Some variety fish were caught too, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and a Hammerhead Shark. We all went home with some fine, perfectly cut and packaged Ahi. Thanks to my awesome Washington buddies for coming along - I am forever grateful. Thanks to the Apollo crew for being awesome and a special thanks to MikeeDaGuy for getting me on the trip. I will remember this trip forever. If any of you doubters a few months ago are still doubting, DONT! Get ahold of MikeeDaGuy and book one of these trips with Mikee, Captain Mike on the Apollo in the future, you will not be disappointed.

    More photos to come, just awaiting an email from a guy with some serious ones he took...

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  2. Sea Sport

    Sea Sport Made in Washington

    Location:
    Auburn, WA
    Name:
    Chuck Masonic
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    Excalibur-2700 Sea Sport Pilot-
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    SWEEEEET!!!!
     
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  3. bent rod todd

    bent rod todd Ling cod killa

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    Auburn,ca
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    Todd
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    Skipjack 20 open (Ding A Ling) 14ft mirrocraft ( Lil Ding A Ling)
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    Hell yeah congrats, thanks for taking us along.
     
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  4. sealskinner

    sealskinner Retired Pimp

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    Mike
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    Franks ho
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    Look at the size of that tail.
     
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  5. Sky-Guy

    Sky-Guy Member

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    Ryley
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    Thats not a Cow, its a PIGGY!
     
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  6. Frosty Jax

    Frosty Jax Newbie

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    Olympia, WA
    Name:
    Jack Ramsey
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    That is a great story! Congratulations.
     
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  7. picasso

    picasso Well-Known "Member"

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    joe
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    Thanks for the report. I'm sure it will inspire others to take the next step.
     
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  8. Fog Ducker!

    Fog Ducker! Misanthropical member

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    North of Kali!
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    Dave
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    WOW!

    Ducker!
     
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  9. Siv

    Siv I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Normandy Park Wa
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    Dave
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    19' SeaSport
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    Wow...was that a Penn 209 you had on the rod?
    Actually, I'm interested in what you were using to land that monster from an anchored boat. Nice work..
     
  10. Cohoho

    Cohoho I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Lake Tapps, Washington
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    Cohoho
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    COHOHO - 23 ft Wooldridge Super Sport Offshore - SOLD
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    Boat wasn't anchored, but the anchor and bow were an obstacle going around the front with the down pull strength of the fish, it required assistance for sure to get around that area. The reels were Okuma Makaira 2- speeds, want to say 30IISEA if I remember correctly. Anything less than a 30 would have been shredded! I had bad habits from years of little fish that I could man handle, but had to learn quick this wasn't a little fish....
    Hooks - 4x ringed 8/0
    Leader - Wind on Floro 130lb test
    Bait - live squid about 15" long.
    Rod - some Seeker, I think 3X - maybe 7 foot.
    Beer - Pacifica
     
  11. Cohoho

    Cohoho I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Lake Tapps, Washington
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    Cohoho
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    COHOHO - 23 ft Wooldridge Super Sport Offshore - SOLD
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    Some other pictures. I'm 6'1" and 250 for comparison...

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  12. TwoTapPat

    TwoTapPat Oh ya that's jazzy

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    Damn that's a toad. I'll bet it's pretty damn tasty also.
     
  13. MikebSr

    MikebSr Workaholic !

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    No more Please !
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    IMG_7253.JPG I almost feel like I was there ! Nicely written.
     
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  14. Realdeal

    Realdeal Member

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    Ryan
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    25’ NR OS
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    That’s 1 to remember!! Bucket list for sure!!
    Awesome thanks for sharing!!

    Ryan
     
  15. EJ Swanny

    EJ Swanny I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Redondo/WA
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    Erik
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    Hey Mike - I was very interested on how this trip went. Looks like Mikee Da Guy came through...good news. Looks as though you all caught some nice table fare as well.
    Glad to hear...now quit this screwing off and get going on my lamp :cheers:.

    Have alot more questions about the trip, but I'll pick your brain later...damn nice fish....congrats
     
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  16. Grady226

    Grady226 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Marysville,Wa
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    Gary
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    So awesome Mike! Congrats!
     
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  17. Barracuda1

    Barracuda1 Master of None

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    All over this bitch!
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    Fred
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    That's incredible! Congrats
     
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  18. Siv

    Siv I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Dave
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    I’ll bet your hands were shaking when you lifted that first cold Pacifico.
     
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  19. wdlfbio

    wdlfbio Once you go Cat, you never go back

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    maple valley, wa
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    laurence
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    Shazaam. Sushi party at Mike’s house?
     
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  20. MikeeDaGuy

    MikeeDaGuy Fishin FIN-Attict

    Location:
    Frazier Park
    Name:
    Mikee
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    I didn’t come through, Jodie ( Apollo Owner) Captain Mike Jewett Aka HotDog the Crew and everyone on board did. Putting these trips together are a challenge at best. When it finally all works out it’s a beautiful thing.
    I can’t do it without a guy like Mike (Cohoho) and his group, we all need each other. It was an absolute pleasure to fish with these guys, can’t wait to do it again for sure.

    I will see what dates I get for next year, I am sure without a doubt it will be easy to fill!!!

    Tight lines!
    Mikee
     
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