Offshore East of Osborn Bank 8/20/20

rustman

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Went for a trip just east of the Osborn as I had got some intel the fish were there 33/15 119/00. About five miles from the spot I see fish on the surface all around an area 1/2 mile wide. I pull up on a spot of fish going airborne everywhere. These fish were all 50 plus pounds. Tried baiting them fly lined, sinker rig, poppers, colt snipers, trolling DXT, cedar plug you name it. FN fish were everywhere.

I worked this shit for an hour and a half before deciding to head to my numbers. Got to the numbers and beat the bushes for nothing. Decided to go back to the area that had the fish and they were gone. At this point I was 7 miles from the 499 and decided to head that direction and 3 miles short I find these huge fucking fish everywhere again. No matter which way I looked they were busting bait. Back out with the fly lined 20 lb outfit, 25lb sinker rig and everything else above. This school was busting bait and coming right at me. I pick up my popper stick and threw it right on top of them. 2 pops and this monster 60 lb fish flys out of the water hits my popper with his head and sends it 5 feet away from him, WTF!

Again I work this shit hard and get no joy. It was a show the best I ever seen, but it just wasn’t my day. 142 miles, 11 hours on the water, 3.86 MPG and I’m beat. If a sport boat was around with unlimited bait, they could have killed it.

Good luck out there.
 
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Went for a trip just east of the Osborn as I had got some intel the fish were there 33/15 119/00. About five miles from the spot I see fish on the surface all around an area 1/2 mile wide. I pull up on a spot of fish going airborne everywhere. These fish were all 50 plus pounds. Tried baiting them fly lined, sinker rig, poppers, colt snipers, trolling DXT, cedar plug you name it. FN fish were everywhere.

I worked this shit for an hour and a half before deciding to head to my numbers. Got to the numbers and beat the bushes for nothing. Decided to go back to the area that had the fish and they were gone. At this point I was 7 miles from the 499 and decided to head that direction and 3 miles short I find these huge fucking fish everywhere again. No matter which way I looked they were busting bait. Back out with the fly lined 20 lb outfit, 25lb sinker rig and everything else above. This school was busting bait and coming right at me. I pick up my popper stick and threw it right on top of them. 2 pops and this monster 60 lb fish flys out of the water hits my popper with his head and sends it 5 feet away from him, WTF!

Again I work this shit hard and get no joy. It was a show the best I ever seen, but it just wasn’t my day. 142 miles, 11 hours on the water, 3.86 MPG and I’m beat. If a sport boat was around with unlimited bait, they could have killed it.

Good luck out there.

Hahaha, damn. Have seen fish blow my popper out of the water and miss it, so damn frustrating ... waiting to go tight and nah. Thanks for the report and you'll gettum next time eh
 
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Rustman,

Which brand and size prop are you using? Your MPG is impressive.

I was out there last week and covered 130 miles for zero tunas. Looks like the San Diego fleet has ditched this area.
 
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Great post. Feel your pain. Gaffes a 303 on NLA in year. Fish freaked gaff broke my nose!! So been right with you!! Lol
 
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WTF! U are getting 3.89 MPG!
What kind of war wagon are you pushing?
Not sure about him , but I have a 22 cc with a 200 Yamaha. Alone I get 3.3 to 4.2
With me plus 2 guys running offshore with 100 lbs ice and gear 2 bait tanks ,55 gallons, I get 2.8 to 3.3
 
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I was right out that way as well same day. 6-7 miles west of 499 below Osborne. Ran along the snail and all over the area in between. Never did see them. Put 180 miles in. Hopefully get on em soon. Was a frustrating day for sure.
 
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Anyone who has fished offshore for the last 6 years feels your frustration.. We have all been there... At times it seems impossible that your lure would not snag one they were so thick.
 
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Hey at least it's good to hear they're still around. Thought the Catalina F$(*^@#$%@ing Wine Mixer 2020 may have scared them back to Japan.

Nice boat FYI.
 
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    Thanks for the report! Most of the time, days like that go unmentioned because just writing the report brings back horrible memories. Been there, done that too. Next time!
     
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    Rustman,

    Which brand and size prop are you using? Your MPG is impressive.

    I was out there last week and covered 130 miles for zero tunas. Looks like the San Diego fleet has ditched this area.
    Sea Hawk I am running a Honda OEM Stainless 14.5 X 17 (3) blade and turning 6,000 RPM at WOT.
     
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    We fished same area Wednesday. landed 5, but had to drop to 15 pound... and SMALL hooks.
    It would have been near impossible to put these size fish onboard with 15 lb test. I mean these were the bigger grade 50 to 60 lb avg. with some bigger models. I am sure you got the smaller 25 to 35 lb fish being posted by the fleet, but I haven’t seen any of these fish posted yet.

    I was telling my buddy if we did hook up on 20 we would most likely not win that battle, but it sure will be fun. LOL
     
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    It would have been near impossible to put these size fish onboard with 15 lb test. I mean these were the bigger grade 50 to 60 lb avg. with some bigger models. I am sure you got the smaller 25 to 35 lb fish being posted by the fleet, but I haven’t seen any of these fish posted yet.

    I was telling my buddy if we did hook up on 20 we would most likely not win that battle, but it sure will be fun. LOL


    Somedays, you just have to jump in and force feed them the iron!
     
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    Went for a trip just east of the Osborn as I had got some intel the fish were there 33/15 119/00. About five miles from the spot I see fish on the surface all around an area 1/2 mile wide. I pull up on a spot of fish going airborne everywhere. These fish were all 50 plus pounds. Tried baiting them fly lined, sinker rig, poppers, colt snipers, trolling DXT, cedar plug you name it. FN fish were everywhere.

    I worked this shit for an hour and a half before deciding to head to my numbers. Got to the numbers and beat the bushes for nothing. Decided to go back to the area that had the fish and they were gone. At this point I was 7 miles from the 499 and decided to head that direction and 3 miles short I find these huge fucking fish everywhere again. No matter which way I looked they were busting bait. Back out with the fly lined 20 lb outfit, 25lb sinker rig and everything else above. This school was busting bait and coming right at me. I pick up my popper stick and threw it right on top of them. 2 pops and this monster 60 lb fish flys out of the water hits my popper with his head and sends it 5 feet away from him, WTF!

    Again I work this shit hard and get no joy. It was a show the best I ever seen, but it just wasn’t my day. 142 miles, 11 hours on the water, 3.86 MPG and I’m beat. If a sport boat was around with unlimited bait, they could have killed it.

    Good luck out there.

    Thanks for the info. We came down from SBI and found similar conditions. We found the same schools and got them to play. Hooked up 7 but lost 4. There was some brutes mixed in that really made us work hard on light lines. Luckily we had decent bait and that helped. At one point, we were surrounded by three big boils with fish jumping out of the water everywhere. Those big tunas were boiling right behind our boat just 20 feet away. It was insane. We were there alone with just one other boat within a few hundred yards away. We both saw the same boils and worked it hard. I know they hooked and landed at least one fish due to all the yelling.

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    The fish was killing these tiny 1.5 inch anchovies.
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