Down south 7/21 on Pride, WFO yellows

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  1. Iceberg

    Iceberg Jeff

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    Late report but it's been a long weekend. A buddy chartered the Pride for an overnight Thursday night/Friday night. We got rigged up for paddy fishing and a flat fall for some possible tuna. More people paid than originally planned so the charter master said the tab was on him. What?? The beers were flowing after that.

    In bed by 11:30pm, up in the galley solo at 5am because I can't sleep. We slide up on a good looking paddy around 6:15am. Every bait in the water is picking up an ~8lb yellow plus or minus. After I deck 4 quick yellows on bait (bouncing, no gaff) I switch to irons. Colt sniper was pretty much every cast. I reached my limit by 6:30ish AM and started filling my buddy's fish bag. You could drop your bait in the water and watch three yellows fight over it and watch them take your bait. Set hook, deck, repeat. There were a few 10, 15, and I think the jackpot on this stop was a 38lb yellow.
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    We probably could have grabbed some more on this stop but went searching for Dorado. About and hour later another good sized paddy. Put the half eaten breakfast burrito down and grab the gear. Once again, entire boat hooked up. I went deep into the tackle box and threw everything at them with my bass rod, 15lb test. Hooked yellows on snipers, krockodiles, poppers, tady's, butterfly's... you name it. Started throwing the yellows back towards the end of this stop. Left them biting and had boat limits by 8:30am. Stupid wide open, enough for me to take a selfie while hooked up. (At bow, no other lines around)
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    We trolled, picked up a few bonies and a decent dodo. Two more dodos picked up off a paddy. We did fish a good sized paddy where we could see the big dodo in the water but they didn't want to bite. My buddy Brian did hook a baby mako that was released.
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    Overall it was one of "Those trips" where the fish were chewing the paint off the boat. Captain and crew were awesome, weather was awesome, sunset was awesome and open tab was awesome. Sat on the bow for 2 hours on the way home with some good tunes and even better whiskey to enjoy the sunset. Hope I'm invited again next year.
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  2. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    NICE LOAD, great report and pics. Now I'm hungry dammit! LOL
    Good grade of yellows, better now it seems. I'm on it Thursday!
     
  3. tunacraze

    tunacraze Well-Known "Member"

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    Doesn't get much better than that! Open bar tab and WFO fishing!!?? Holy crap! Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. RockHopperNCKA

    RockHopperNCKA Well-Known "Member"

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    Man, I don't know if I woulda been able to put the popper set-up down.

    Awesome fishing. Thanks for the report!
     
  5. simmo13

    simmo13 Well-Known "Member"

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    Now that doesn't suck. Wow!!!!
     
  6. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Just plain awesome.....:cheers:
     
  7. pgangler

    pgangler 12Wt

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    Enough with the food porn - I'm dyin' here!! :D
     
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