Epic Tuna fishing on the big bertram.

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  1. Surg

    Surg Expert Marine Electronics

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    It's been as good while since I post a report. This weekend was the best local trip we have been on as far as I can remember.


    I got to know these guys after installing three NSS12 Evo 2's with all the bells and whistles on their Bertram and it's been great fishing with them over the past year.

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    Thursday morning The A Team headed to Nachos from Redondo to plug the tanks with bait. The crew consisted of Steve T, Brian D, David J (DJ), JC, Dan from the O-95, to our dismay Dan Burns (Corona King)...

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    Nacho had some great Dines that were 10 days old so we picked up 9 scoops.

    The game plan was to go all the way down to the 43 where the bulk of the fish were getting caught and do our thing. On the way down DJ spots tuna crashing 5 miles off of Cat 33.19.066 118.06.588! Unfortunately we didn't get them to go, but we also didn't try as hard as we could have. We got back on course for the 43 steaming at 23 kts burning "god knows what per hour"... Sadly the 43 was not productive, so we we headed into pyramid for the night. We were able to make some small squid there while we prepped dinner. DJ made some awesome Baby Back Ribs to feast on and caught a few laughs.

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    Steve had a fish hanging that bit a dine at 6am. Fought on a United Composits stick with a new prerelease progear V42 second gen with 65 braid and 40 flouro. Steve fought it for an hour and handed the rod to CK since it was his rod for the remainder of the four hour fight. Yes, 5 hours total to land this 80# class tuna. I don't think the Coronas helped Dan one bit. We might have to start calling him Corona Queen.

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    During this time we had several other hookups, landed other nice fish and lost a few.

    My 86# BFT came on a new ProGear V20 reel backed by 40# PowerPro spectra with 40# Seaguar Pink Label Flourocarbon leader spooled/rigged by Josh K at the MDR Westmarine mated to a custom wrapped 8' Shikari BT 80-30 by Moon with a #4 Owner Gorilla hook that I tied on with a 4-5" Sardine. The fight lasted one and a half hours (heavy drag) with the fish taking me around the boat at least 4 times as well as chris crossing with other people's lines that were also fighting fish. Dan (aka GolfBall) sunk a gaff into it for a round of high fives...

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    DJ landed a nice fish on my 60# setup with a Saltiga LD30 in 45 min, another on my 40# V20 combo that went over an hour, and possibly more on other rods. He had one fish destroy his Gold Trinidad, so we were more than happy to have him fish our rods.
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    Steve was on fire that day. This from him "40 pound first fish handed to CK after 1 hour. Handed off a fish to DJ on 40. Handed off a fish to Surge on 40. Hooked and landed 40 pounder on 25 pound on boss. Hooked and lost 70 pounder on 25 pound boss after 2 hour fight. JC fish might have been 100. It went on crazy run and almost spooled him on 40 pound." sadly I lost that fish that Steve handed me on JC's rod. That was probably 3-4 fish lost on that stick.

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    This from Brian " I got bit on blue and chrome Tady 45 heavy jig on the sink at grey light. Lost the fish after 7-8 seconds. Various sizes and colors of flat falls and a few poppers didn't get touched! One tunas stomach contained macs, dines, red crab, squid and our chuck chum dines. Fish bit on all those except macs plus frozen squid. My first fish in dark bit 60# with dines and torpedo sinker tied with rubber band 10' above hook and dropped down to 100 feet."

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    GolfBall was assisting most the trip but he got to fight his fish on the cursed rod that had previously lost 2-3 fish. He managed to break the JC Rod curse...

    This from him "2.5 hours for mine. I backed off the drag a bit so I didn't lose it. JC had lost 2 in a row on that rod, and I didn't want to make it 3."

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    Towards the end I decided to experiment and pin a small squid on a 3/0 Owner Circle hook tied to 80# flouro backed by a ton of 80# spectra. I chummed with frozen squid from another trip. After 5 minutes while it was in the holder the clicker on my new SALD-50 2 SPD starts screaming and was off to the races. This reel was mated to a non production 8' UC Rod that felt like a broom stick known as the DB-80 (Dan Burns). This rod could not have had a better name. At first glance it it looks like a good stick, then you get to know it alittle bit and you begin to think it was a bad investment, but when duty calls amidst the shit storm it rises to the occasion. It proved to be a perfect match for this reel on 80# fishing heavy drag. I'm only 5'5" and I thought I was going to get totally corn holed with it, but it was very manageable and I got a 60+ pound YFT to gaff in 15 minutes.

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    I love circle hooks!

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    We did one drift away from the fleet and had fish boiling around the boat the whole time. You could lob dines onto the boils.


    From there we headed to the Redondo fuel dock to weigh the fish and take some team pics.

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    Thanks to everyone on the trip that pulled their weight. We all made a great team together.

    It's hard to believe the quality of fish that are now in our local waters. Now is the time to invest in those epic fishing memories that will last a lifetime.


    Sorry for the long winded post, but It's been a while fellow BD'ers...
     
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  2. Jason

    Jason I break stuff @ BD Admin

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    Beautiful boat and good fishing! Only bad part was having CK in there...
     
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  3. fishincrazy

    fishincrazy 100 Ton

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    What a trip...great report. Love the NSS incredible technology.
     
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  4. alex morataya

    alex morataya Well-Known "Member"

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    epic is an understatement! congratulations to you all for the quality fish!
    digging the circle hook shot, gonna start using them soon.

    Thanks for the fish porn!
     
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  5. jacksrbetter

    jacksrbetter Lobster Diver

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    Awesome nice post
     
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  6. nu2reels

    nu2reels I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Not long winded, was a greet read! Thank for the update!
     
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  7. fish_guts

    fish_guts Member

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    looks like an epic trip! and sick boat too!
     
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  8. Surg

    Surg Expert Marine Electronics

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    Thanks everyone. I just updated it with a meter shot of the tuna under the boat too.
    We only did one drift and had them boiling around the boat the whole time. I'm really surprised they didn't eat the artificials or poppers.
     
  9. Surg

    Surg Expert Marine Electronics

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    Lol. We all bust his balls any chance we get. He's definitely entertaining.
     
  10. flyliner

    flyliner @thereelflyliner

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    Such an awesome trip Surg, congrats. And thanks again for getting down to my boat on such short notice last night and solving my sounder issue! You are the man!
     
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  11. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Awesome, a day to remember!
     
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  12. Surg

    Surg Expert Marine Electronics

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    I forgot to mention that Roger (Scubapro5) came to help me fillet and also took some fish home. Thanks for the help bro.
     
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  13. Surg

    Surg Expert Marine Electronics

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    No problem bud. The boats still looking good!!!
     
  14. mokahehteh

    mokahehteh Waterman

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    Fantastic report! Way to put the wood to those brutes!!!
     
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    Nice catch guys, and great read. Thanks for the report!
     
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  16. Lucky B

    Lucky B Well-Known "Member"

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    Sick trip! What transducer is that boat running and what kind of sonar is that? Slick setup!
     
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  17. Lotsa Luck

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    Solid day, solid post. Nice job boys.
     
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    Great job!!! We saw you on the 43. We waved you thru the drift on the big paddy we got the dodos on. But was not much going on anymore. We where about out of bait !!! Got a few but none like those units!!! TL
     
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  19. sixty

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    Awesome trip. That's how you fish a big Bert!
     
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  20. jim isbell

    jim isbell I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    What a time it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow. On that first shot, the guy on the deck, is he lifting with his rod under his arm? That looks like a hard row to hoe.
     
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