It's November in So Cal. By all rights BFT tuna fishing let alone all tuna fishing should have been over for quite awhile. Not in 2016. For the 2nd year in a row we have had unprecidented fishing. Last year BFT and then the Wahoo came near the end of the season and this year Trophy sized BFT. We have been chasing these BFT all summer and have found them every time went out. We have logged several trips over 175 miles. We have used the down rigger. We have used the Kite with Yummy Fliers and we have seen the BFT on every trip without landing one. We have bounced poppers off of the foamers heads. We have hooked up twice with the Snipers getting chewed off AND HAVE NOT Landed One BFT. This time it would be different. BFT are finicky fish to say the least. Some say that they are smarter than the other tuna. Some say that they are better survivalists and fighters than the other tuna. The bottom line is they are not easy to catch and in order to get a large BFT you have to do most of the things if not all of things right or they will not wind up on your dinner table. You need to be at the right place with the right gear prepared with the right knots and have the right bait and then present it to them in the right way. With that being said if you land one it is by far the best quality tuna for Sashimi and Sushi. And if it is cared for in the proper way and eaten within a day or two it WILL most likely be of a higher quality then you are used to getting in restaurants. DELISH. My oldest son and I left Point Loma SD on Friday evening at about 7:30 pm on the New Lo-An which we booked late Thursday eventing taking two of the last spots on the boat. The reason for selecting a sport boat verses firing up the diesel in the Striper was that the bait of choice was all the way in Long Beach and then after running to Long Beach we would have had to run home and then take the 85 mile run from Newport Beach to the Tanner Bank where the BFT were now living. That process would have taken too much time and effort for our schedules. Unfortunately my other sons could not join us. We arrived at the Tanner at about 6 am which was almost two hours after the bite had started the previous day. Upon the diesels shifting into neutral I quickly pinned on a market sized squid on my 60# rig which was a 6 1/2 ft. rod that had a Talica spooled with 65# max cuartro braid with a 60# flouro leader, a glow in the dark 1 oz sinker and a 3/0 Gamakatsu ringed circle hook. I dropped down to about 180 ft and got picked up, I put the real in gear and watched my line scream off. I had the first fish on the boat and landed it in the fastest amount of time on the boat. It took me about 15 minutes. That was the last time I got picked up by a BFT for the day. I hooked into a blue shark and a bonito. My son got picked up and hooked 4 BFT and landed one in about 45 minutes on #80. He had one on #40 rig for about 1 1/2 hrs and due to the orders of the captain had to button the drag all the way down and the #65 braid snapped. Heartbreak.He felt like that one was a beast. We had drifted off of the edge and the captain wanted to get everyones line back in the water to beef up the count. So the order was button it down all the way. It was a stellar trip for us. We both got our BFT. The boat got 18 fish for 32 anglers. We thank all of the crew and Keith the skipper of The New Lo-An. It was a great boat with a great crew. It ain't over until the Fat Lady Sings!