Excel 8 day report. June 10th-18th

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Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
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David Rouse
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I tried doing the on the water report but the internet was really slow. On the morning of the 10th we checked in with Jason the office manager for the Excel. A couple of hours and the red shirts are pushing the dock carts down to the Excel. After everyone was on we made a bee line to the bait barge. After getting bait the captain made a call to where we’re going. The rocks were out because of the weather so we went to the bottom of the ridge and it was game on. Yellowtail were eating jigs and baits and people were getting bit deep and fly lining. The yellowtail were not the big ones I have caught at the rocks but a solid 15-20 pound average with some going 30 pounds. I was having luck on the scrambled egg 6X and had my limit of 15 in a couple of days. I handed off a few yellowtail to others to fill the limits and share in the wealth. After we had our fill with almost boat limits of yellowtail the captain called out our next stop. Yep you guessed it. Bluefin! We didn’t start off the trip in the bluefin grounds because of the wind so I thought that the captain made all the right moves keeping his customers comfortable and dogging the wind. As we make our move up the line the captain calls a short meeting about getting sleep when you can. Traveling up the line try to sleep because these bluefin can bite at any time. Before we get to the grounds Vance gives a short seminar on bluefin fishing. After all these years I have never been bluefin fishing. I do mostly 16 and 18 day trips so this was new to me. The guys that knew how to flat falls go rewarded and a few with bait also get in on the action. Knife jigs were the go to jigs on this trip. If you knew how to work them you had a good shot of getting hooked up. I tried the flat falls and I sucked at it. I went to live bait with a 10-12 ounce sinker and was rewarded with my first bluefin. Again those guys with the knife jigs and 100-130 we’re getting bigger fish. 140-200 and I noticed the bait were mostly smaller fish. In the end I did okay catching many bluefin and handing off a few. Next time I need another 6 arms working those jigs. It’s a lot of work but the rewards can be a huge bluefin hitting the deck. So my biggest bluefin on bait was maybe 70 pounds caught in the day time on. 30 pound fluro. Most of my other bluefin went 40-60 pounds and I handed one off that was around 85 pounds on 30 fluro. The food was excellent and the crew busted there buts staying up 20+ hours. Everyone on the trip were great hanging out for 8 days on the water sharing the rail doing what we love to do. Long Range fishing.

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hucklongfin

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MarkT
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Soda, it was great fishing with you! It was a lot of fun down on the Thetis with those YT. It was a total yoyo bite and you had to stay off the bottom or the Mexican rockfish would grab your jig in a second. I gave away a dozen and kept 5.

The ride back up hill was better than the ride down! How often can you say that?

I was glad I was able to get a 128# BFT that first night on a flat fall so I didn't feel the need to fish all night the next couple of nights! I got a couple more during the day on both fly line and a sinker rig that I gave away.
 
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Blind Luck

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    Mike Grieco
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    Soda Pop should write a book about his long range travels....some of you vets could write the history of SD long range.
    I had never heard of Clipperton til you guys all chimed in on the Furthest Traveled thread.
     
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    Soda Pop

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    Feb 12, 2011
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    David Rouse
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    Soda Pop should write a book about his long range travels....some of you vets could write the history of SD long range.
    I had never heard of Clipperton til you guys all chimed in on the Furthest Traveled thread.
    Been to HB bank over 70. It adds up when doing 6-8 16 day trips a year. I cut back to only 4-5 long trips but added a few 7 and 8 days with a couple of 11 days tossed in this year.
     
    Blind Luck
    Blind Luck
    I've been to HB Bank many many times.... oh wait..you don't mean Huntington Beach ...Never mind
    🤣🤣🤣
    Looking forward to going further south past the ridge....
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