Did my first 6 day - now I'm hooked

Team Brother

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Feb 22, 2020
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Chris Cordova
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Went on the Red Rooster 6 day trip and fished Guadalupe Island. My very first long range trip and now I am hooked and want to catch wahoo and yellowtail. What's your recommendation on how long of a trip to look into and what time of the year is best. I am new to bloodydecks. Thanks Chris.
 

clemente_killa

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Jul 29, 2011
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Casey
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Big X
Welcome to BD! A late summer/early fall 10-day would be a great trip to catch yellowtail and wahoo. Pick a boat that meets your schedule and budget and get your trip booked. All the boats are pretty damn good at catching fish and providing for a great customer experience. After a few longer trips you'll find your favorite boat, captain, and crew.
 

Russ Scholl

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Apr 1, 2018
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Russ Scholl
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Kayaks
Welcome Chris! I am a newbie also-3 trips under my belt starting in 2019. Go on as long a trip as you can. For variety that would be the 8-10 day summer and fall trips for Wahoo and Yellow Tail with Yellow fin also likely. Mahi-mahi also on the possible menu as well as grouper. Good luck!
 
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$norkle

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In my dreams!
Welcome Chris. Agree with the above posts. 8-day should be your minimum target. If it is a warm water year, you can expect wahoo starting in mid-July; if not a warm water year mid-August would be a better start time. YT are often better in the earlier time frame, and wahoo better later in the summer. Dorado absolutely better the later in the summer or early Fall. Whenever you get to go, there can be some exciting fishing to be had.
 

TanstaaflSD

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Dec 3, 2013
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I second the excellent calendar advice.

For your professional (fishing) development >>
- I suggest really respecting and talking with the crewmembers....they know lots about fishing and have seen a lot
- I suggest spending some time at the rigging station - just chatting or listening to the crew and the experienced fishermen, and asking any questions
- Take a few moments to just enjoy the setting and your fellow travelers
- At least once or twice put on your goretex jacket and stay up late and fish and get up early and fish and enjoy the scene
- If the boat asks the fishermen to 'make bait' >> catch mackerel << take part and then -- if the boat permits drop one down and see what is hungry on/near the bottom

- as for gear, plenty of great advice available here.
My 2-cents, buy carefully and buy quality.
Don't be afraid of buying good used gear either from BD Classified or local referrals.

TIGHT LINES !

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy !!!!
 
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ZZZZZ

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If Lupe fishing has been satisfied.

Looking for wahoo and yellows. Fall 10 dayer on a boat with no Lupe permits. That's what I would book with wahoo/yt as the target
 

Soda Pop

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Welcome to Bloodydecks brother. You will get a lot of questions answered here. There are some really fishy people on here, many of them will give you some great advice. I always say.... if you going to do a 8 long range trip... bump it up to a 10 day.... gives you more time on the water.
 

kevina

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Went on the Red Rooster 6 day trip and fished Guadalupe Island. My very first long range trip and now I am hooked and want to catch wahoo and yellowtail. What's your recommendation on how long of a trip to look into and what time of the year is best. I am new to bloodydecks. Thanks Chris.
As everyone else stated, Do a 10 day in the fall. A Smorgasboard. Those are great trips and weather even better.
 

woodfish330

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I agree with SODA. ...10 day trip offers more options travel wise as well. When fishing the "ridge" and ALIJOS. ... the 10 day is long enough to make it .... out and back.... should the weather or fishing be poor at either place. 7-8 day only allows the Skipper to make 1 choice of where he's going....inside first then outside, or visa versa. The 10 day allows the skipper to move back and forth between both targeted fishing areas depending on the conditions and the fishes willingness to bite. That.... my brother made all the difference on many trips I've been on. So 10 day if at all possible....would be BEST in my opinion. Worth the additional costs for sure. Either way....have fun. Welcome aboard brother!
 

Warlord

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X2 on the fall 8-10 day trips. We gave up on September trips after experiencing too many trips in Cubascos.
 

Steve K

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Jan 2, 2005
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Rooster 9 day looks very appealing. If you had a good experience on the Rooster, (hard to imagine not having a good experience) then continue fishing that boat and building the relationship.
 

Mean Gene

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Gene
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I've done 6 and 7 day fall trips on the Searcher and an 8 day June trip on the Roster. Different targets between the two times frames for sure, but both boats are excellent. If you like the Roster maybe just keep up with them. I've been on both full and limited load trips and found I like the limited load a LOT better. Downside is increased cost. Whatever you do, just go. You can not catch fish sitting at home. When you go spend every waking minute at the rail with a bait in the water and above ALL else...have fun.