Epic day on the San Diego

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  1. Spanky79

    Spanky79 Happiest on the water

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    I had been wanting to fish the San Diego for a while now, but always went for the boats with bunks because I am usually on little to no sleep due to work and how far I live from the dock.

    I spent the day in O.C. and decided to just nap in the car at the landing. Matt had posted he was going no matter how many signed up. We ended up with a 6 pack. Cant get any better conditions to fish bluefin the this.

    We leave the bait barge about 6am. We are told the fish were between 25 and 35 miles out. Sweet 2.5 to 3.5 hours out.

    3 hours later we made a drift that wouldn't stick with us. So off we go again. Just about lunch time someone orders a hamburger and would you know it, the boat slows down. I hear these are big fish throw heavy bait.

    The crew was adamant about having the right gear, that turned out to be a fathom 40 or equivalent size reel, a stiff rod, 2/0 circle hooks, a rubber banded 4oz torpedo sinker just about the mono to flouro knot. Flouro ranged from 50 to 80.
    A few minutes into the drift Doug the chef hooks up, he said here take this. I grab the rod and watch the line scream off the reel, it never stopped.
    Back to my own gear I go. Not long after that 2 of us get bit and it's on. My rail fishing technique leave something to be desired, so I gas quickly. Deck hand James was right there with me to help. We switched back and forth for 20 plus minutes. Then there came a point that I was beat and James was determined to kill this fish. About 20 minutes later the other fish hooked guys the deck. Turned out to be a 160# fish. Now we know why this fish is kicking our asses. A few minutes later l Matt warns us that we need to out the pressure on this fish before we get chewed off. We get the fish to deep color just long enough to see he is about 150#. 30 seconds later we get bit off.
    We figured this was my fault, I should of been using 60 lb mono instead of 50.
    Well, that's fishing, let's try again.
    I re-tye another piece of 50 lb flouro and in the water I go. Deind figure out the was the mistake the fish time until later.
    I am now standing at the rail slowly letting the 4oz sinker do it's job. About 5 plus minutes go buy, I am having a casual conversation with James and as I turn bu head to look at the reel, my line is ripping. I slide it into gear and turn the handle, fish on.
    I learned alot from wstxh James help fish my first fish. Now I am determined to land this fish with our handing on, unless I have to. I immediately flatly the rod and the rail and crank. The fish was staying on the surface, at one point he jumps out of the water, we now think he was tail wrapped but got out of it. I continue to fight the fish another 10 minutes or so until had to take a break. I hand it to one of the other deck hands and he goes to work. He shortly ended up in the corner grinding. When it comes time to gaff the fish he tells me to grab the rod after the fist gaff so he could gaff the fish again. We did, the fish hits the deck thudded. Bingo, a person best for me 110#.

    There ended up being 5 more bluefin caught and several lost.

    To say it was an epic day is an understatement. 6 people on an 65 foot boat is something that may never happen again.
    Thank you to the Captain for taking the gamble with the 6 of us. I know you lost money just to show us a good time. I hope the boat fills up this weekend.

    Between the group of guys and the boat and the amazing fishing, this is one for the books. Until next time boys.

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  2. Tar Pit

    Tar Pit I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great photo of the 7 fish.
     
  3. talltale

    talltale Member

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    Very nice!
     
  4. chinman

    chinman Member

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    Wow!!! 6 pack on the San Diego. DREAM TRIP!
     
  5. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    BOOM!!!!!

    Watch how many heads get on in the next few days..
     
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  6. anthony capito

    anthony capito Member

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  7. geebee

    geebee My Member is Well-Known

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    X2...
    WHATS THAT LITTLE FISH ON THE END - A 50 pounder???
     
  8. stairman

    stairman ......

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    FUCK....I MISSED IT BY ONE DAY!!!!!
     
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  9. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    :appl: Hopefully y’all left them a FAT tip
     
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  10. sdrepairman

    sdrepairman Well-Known "Member"

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    Very nice
    Thanks for the report
     
  11. dockrat88

    dockrat88 no fish pulling against me shall prosper

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    A drift you all will never forget
     
  12. richardblufin

    richardblufin Member

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    Hey is that Cruz with ya in the picture? He used to cook on the boat.
     
  13. One_Leg

    One_Leg Ret. Comm. Diver/Medic

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    It's great when you don't have to worry about the jackpot fish sliding out the scupper!!!
     
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  14. double_entendre

    double_entendre Zat is not my tuna

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    Not to be a total dumbass, but what landing is the San Diego out of?
     
  15. red_eyez

    red_eyez Broke but love to fish..

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    Seaforth landing, man what an epic trip for only 6 guys on big ass boat, very nicely done guys..
     
  16. gettingbentwithbo

    gettingbentwithbo Get Bent!

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    Damn you got so lucky! So jealous!
     
  17. double_entendre

    double_entendre Zat is not my tuna

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    Ahhhhh. Ok. You mentioned OC and threw me for a loop.

    Thanks!
     
  18. Cy Bodden

    Cy Bodden Been there done that

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    C56CB885-98BE-4FEB-B49F-5DDE5C16272D.jpeg My dad is still on a high from that trip yesterday. He was prepped to go on the half day. Things change he’s stoked. I packaged it up for him last night. 65 lb and 120 lb.
     
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  19. Deepsea Warrant

    Deepsea Warrant No Status Required

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    Now that's a great trip.
     
  20. Bubsalsa

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    3/4 day on the San Diego is the new Guadalupe trip
     
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