Booked another fun trip with Bruce Smith and company to spend my double-nickel birthday where I love to be. As most people know, the islands are all about the mossbacks right now. After stopping at the Brouwerij West for an IPA with friends Bill and Bob (and let me say that this landing is spoiled to have such an incredible venue to relax with a cold one before heading off to sea), we were soon picking up loads of sardine and small chovies before heading to San Clemente Island in search of yellowtail. Although the max load was 18, we slipped out with a light load of 14. Beer friendly, kid friendly, dog friendly! If you like beer, check this place out. Bill, Bob and myself feeling good! We felt the first southern swell of the year on the way out but it wasn't too bad. After arriving at the island at about 2:30am, the crew tried making additional squid with little luck. We did have a pretty full tank prior to leaving the harbor, which turned out to be good thing as our fin bait started fading half way through our trip. About 5am, my friend Bill put the first of about 5 yellowtail on the deck fishing close to Wilson Cove. These fish were maybe 10-12 pounds. We picked up anchor and worked up and down the northeast side of the island the entire day, finding pockets of biting YT, along with good size calicos, a few scattered sheeps head, barracuda, and bonita. The highlights of the day was one of the other fisherman hooked a 30+ YT that managed to break his friends rod in half while muscling the toad to the deck. To top that off, Captain Bruce's Uncle Jerry hooked an absolute pig in the back on 20# test with a Tranx 300 and landed a 35# YT after circling the boat at least twice. I'd have to say Jerry was close to 80 years of age, and was frothing like a damn teenager. So fun to fish with him! We fished hard all day, and I did manage my own 10 poundish YT (and farmed 4 ) with some mixed in table fare soon to be ceviche, hamachi, and battered tacos. Most everyone had between 1 and 4 tails. The weather all day Monday was summer at it's best, and on our return could not have been better with the swell pushing us all the way home. We finished our evening trying for the elusive white sea bass to no avail. At about 8pm, Chef Paul's pork chop dinner and Bill's Pinot kept us content for the smooth journey home. Big thanks to Bruce, Bob, Axel, Paul and Jordan for taking excellent care of us. One of the best sportfishing operations I have ever fished with, so consider this my 5 star review. I should also mention, if you want to meet someone who truly loves their job, say hello to Axel on the Fortune. That dude is first class. Sorry for just my goofy photos. If I get a photo of Jerry's toad, it will be posted. Next stop, Eagles Nook, British Columbia! Found the photos! Here is a photo of Axel with the broken rod fisherman, and Jordan gaffing Jerry's toad (20# line and hook still in the back - forgot to mention that!) . Priceless stuff.