Hoos Tuna Run & Gun 2022 Trip Recap

threewaves

Yellowtail
  • Feb 1, 2014
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    Dave
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    Pursuit 2870 - BFG
    Just returned from our 11th annual Hoos Tuna Run & Gun aboard the Intrepid - 15 Day

    We had a very successful trip starting off with 4 days of travel to Hurricane Bank in nice weather. After a couple days there catching a decent number of wahoo, and a few good sized tuna on the troll and flyline, we decided the signs of big tuna were just not there and decided to make the move up to the Lower Banks were we spent time at the Potato Bank. 3 other boats were already there, and none had caught a single tuna and soon those boats departed. Marlin on the other hand was wide open for everyone. We caught marlin on fly line, sinker rigs, the kite and jigs, in crazy numbers. We gave it the college try over the next 48 hours and hooked up a couple monsters but only landed one 263#er.

    As the quantity was not there we decided traveled up to the Thetis Bank and the 38 spot along the Ridge. We found good fishing on 25-35# yellowtail, so we stuck around for a couple days. These fish were big and mean and we probably had a 30-40% loss rate between getting rocked, tangles and busting line until we stepped up our gear. 80lb spectra and fluoro was the minimum required to wench these beasts up above the rocks.

    Our next move was to the upper end of the Ridge where we found more yellowtail, some mid grade tuna and an occasional dodo. We ended the trip fishing cod and rock fish as we traveled back to San Diego. All in all we plugged the boat will all the meat everyone wanted and got to pull on many big fish (albeit Marlin). In addition to a great time had by all we had almost flat calm conditions from the time we left HB until we returned to SD. Crazy good weather, with cloud cover and mild temps. We were very thankful for out weather.

    On a final note, we were not sure what to expect with Brian Torres' departure as head chef. He was an awesome chef and great person that we spent many years with. He is now on to new and exciting things with his future restaurant. He his not someone that can easily be replaced. That said Chef Christian Biscocho with Ed Carillo (helping out as assistant on this trip) absolutely knocked it out of the park. The food was unique and refreshing and definitely not something I was expecting from past experiences, however I can honestly say it was amazing. Yes we had the prime rib, filet mignon, lasagna, & wagyu burger standards, but things like Pho, Fish Soup, a Chicken Stew dish and other new additions were phenomenal. If we couldn't have Brian, we could not have had a better replacement than Christian. Big Props to the deck crew, the galley crew and the captain for such a great trip.

    Already looking forward to 2023.
     

    Tunahead

    Long Time Tuna Abused Member
  • Aug 11, 2006
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    Costa Mesa
    Name
    Ron
    Boat Name
    several
    Great report and read. Glad ya got some fish.
    Sounds like you all had a good trip, ate well. LOL
    What no pics? The gang likes pics here?

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    jbarbosa

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    Oct 24, 2003
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    San Diego, CA
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    Name
    John "Rio" Barbosa
    Boat Name
    cabo panga
    Just returned from our 11th annual Hoos Tuna Run & Gun aboard the Intrepid - 15 Day

    We had a very successful trip starting off with 4 days of travel to Hurricane Bank in nice weather. After a couple days there catching a decent number of wahoo, and a few good sized tuna on the troll and flyline, we decided the signs of big tuna were just not there and decided to make the move up to the Lower Banks were we spent time at the Potato Bank. 3 other boats were already there, and none had caught a single tuna and soon those boats departed. Marlin on the other hand was wide open for everyone. We caught marlin on fly line, sinker rigs, the kite and jigs, in crazy numbers. We gave it the college try over the next 48 hours and hooked up a couple monsters but only landed one 263#er.

    As the quantity was not there we decided traveled up to the Thetis Bank and the 38 spot along the Ridge. We found good fishing on 25-35# yellowtail, so we stuck around for a couple days. These fish were big and mean and we probably had a 30-40% loss rate between getting rocked, tangles and busting line until we stepped up our gear. 80lb spectra and fluoro was the minimum required to wench these beasts up above the rocks.

    Our next move was to the upper end of the Ridge where we found more yellowtail, some mid grade tuna and an occasional dodo. We ended the trip fishing cod and rock fish as we traveled back to San Diego. All in all we plugged the boat will all the meat everyone wanted and got to pull on many big fish (albeit Marlin). In addition to a great time had by all we had almost flat calm conditions from the time we left HB until we returned to SD. Crazy good weather, with cloud cover and mild temps. We were very thankful for out weather.

    On a final note, we were not sure what to expect with Brian Torres' departure as head chef. He was an awesome chef and great person that we spent many years with. He is now on to new and exciting things with his future restaurant. He his not someone that can easily be replaced. That said Chef Christian Biscocho with Ed Carillo (helping out as assistant on this trip) absolutely knocked it out of the park. The food was unique and refreshing and definitely not something I was expecting from past experiences, however I can honestly say it was amazing. Yes we had the prime rib, filet mignon, lasagna, & wagyu burger standards, but things like Pho, Fish Soup, a Chicken Stew dish and other new additions were phenomenal. If we couldn't have Brian, we could not have had a better replacement than Christian. Big Props to the deck crew, the galley crew and the captain for such a great trip.

    Already looking forward to 2023.
    If there are no pics,........ THE WHOLE TRIP DID'NT EXIST.....
     
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    pthein

    Dorado
    May 14, 2006
    111
    78
    SF
    Name
    Phil
    Boat Name
    35' Cabo / Intrepid
    O it happened!! Cant say enough good about the entire trip! The boat was well run and the moves we made were perfect for the type of trip we wanted. Every trip is different. In the end we pulled on LOTS of fish, had great weather, a premiere boat that was well run with a good crew and absolutely awesome food!

    Here is a bunch of random photos... over 800 photos and just trying to sort through them!

    Couple of tips on what worked:
    -Tuna in the lower zone were 100# Fluoro and 5/0 Circles - the bait was awesome!
    -YT Dropper was a minimum of 100#
    -Wahoo was JRI Hoocide in Green or Pumpkin
    -YT YoYo was JRI 66

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    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
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    Steve
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    18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
    Well here’s a nice picture. Congratulations to Phil on his Cow.
    Intrepid does a pretty good job reporting on both their website and on Facebook.

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    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
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    Looking at the pics of the tuna and Wahoo from Hurricane Bank, looks like they enjoyed decent fishing, just not enough big ones to satisfy the group.
     
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    pthein

    Dorado
    May 14, 2006
    111
    78
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    Name
    Phil
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    35' Cabo / Intrepid
    The trip is not a big fish or bust kind of trip. We are a hybrid trip with the first part focusing on Trophy fish and then working our way home fishing variety and avoiding the 4-day boat ride home.... it works really well! 15-day trip with 9 days of fishing!

    If we had found more activity in the lower zones we would have spent more time there (4-5 days) with plenty of time left to fish our way home. Pretty awesome!!
     
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    Brad I

    Common Sense Isn't Common Enough
    Jun 20, 2015
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    Brad I
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    Nope
    Christian was 2nd on our 10 day trip in early October. I think it was his first time on the boat. From talking with him, he was way too experienced to be a 2nd. Nice that he both got a shot at being the main chef and that he did so well. Very pleasant guy too. 8-)
     
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    Guyster

    www.RingedHooks.com
  • Jul 10, 2005
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    Guy
    Boat Name
    none
    Just returned from our 11th annual Hoos Tuna Run & Gun aboard the Intrepid - 15 Day

    We had a very successful trip starting off with 4 days of travel to Hurricane Bank in nice weather. After a couple days there catching a decent number of wahoo, and a few good sized tuna on the troll and flyline, we decided the signs of big tuna were just not there and decided to make the move up to the Lower Banks were we spent time at the Potato Bank. 3 other boats were already there, and none had caught a single tuna and soon those boats departed. Marlin on the other hand was wide open for everyone. We caught marlin on fly line, sinker rigs, the kite and jigs, in crazy numbers. We gave it the college try over the next 48 hours and hooked up a couple monsters but only landed one 263#er.

    As the quantity was not there we decided traveled up to the Thetis Bank and the 38 spot along the Ridge. We found good fishing on 25-35# yellowtail, so we stuck around for a couple days. These fish were big and mean and we probably had a 30-40% loss rate between getting rocked, tangles and busting line until we stepped up our gear. 80lb spectra and fluoro was the minimum required to wench these beasts up above the rocks.

    Our next move was to the upper end of the Ridge where we found more yellowtail, some mid grade tuna and an occasional dodo. We ended the trip fishing cod and rock fish as we traveled back to San Diego. All in all we plugged the boat will all the meat everyone wanted and got to pull on many big fish (albeit Marlin). In addition to a great time had by all we had almost flat calm conditions from the time we left HB until we returned to SD. Crazy good weather, with cloud cover and mild temps. We were very thankful for out weather.

    On a final note, we were not sure what to expect with Brian Torres' departure as head chef. He was an awesome chef and great person that we spent many years with. He is now on to new and exciting things with his future restaurant. He his not someone that can easily be replaced. That said Chef Christian Biscocho with Ed Carillo (helping out as assistant on this trip) absolutely knocked it out of the park. The food was unique and refreshing and definitely not something I was expecting from past experiences, however I can honestly say it was amazing. Yes we had the prime rib, filet mignon, lasagna, & wagyu burger standards, but things like Pho, Fish Soup, a Chicken Stew dish and other new additions were phenomenal. If we couldn't have Brian, we could not have had a better replacement than Christian. Big Props to the deck crew, the galley crew and the captain for such a great trip.

    Already looking forward to 2023.
    Great report, did you guys check out the “buffer zone” on your way to the lower banks?
     
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