I only got one bite - 5/16 on the Eclipse

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by doncatfish, May 16, 2016.

  1. doncatfish

    doncatfish Well-Known "Member"

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    Short story - bring the heavy string

    Long story - Went on the Avet sponsored overnight trip fishing 5/16. The Avet rep was generous enough to raffle off 2 very nice reels and give hats to all 28 anglers, nice start to the trip. As we were exiting Mission Bay, holy cow was it washing machine conditions. The 7 - 8 second short period swell was pumping in, wasn't long till a number of folks were green. Really crappy seas until about 3:00 am, then it began to lay down.

    Slow start to the day, though tons of life - bait balls and dolphins all over the place, but no tuna. We finally located a school that wanted to play early in the afternoon, which stuck with us for about 2 hours. Nice show, jumping fish, crashing on a popper, showing really well on the meter down to 300 feet deep. Lots of disappointed anglers though. First 8 fish hooked for the boat came unbuttoned, as these were nice sized units which tested every possible weak link in the chain. I had the 9th and final BFT hookup of the day on a modified flat fall (thank you Breck at Hogan's in Dana Point for the modification suggestion) with 50 lb. test, had the fish to gaff in 15 minutes. It hit on the sink about 180 feet down. I took the standard hooks off the flat fall, as I was frustrated from losing a few large bluefin last year by coming unbuttoned, and replaced them a single 11/0 hook. Stoked to land another nice one this year, the lack of fish in the counts certainly does not represent the opportunity to catch a trophy fish. I think I was lucky to have hooked one of the smaller units, this one taped out at almost 60, I bet a number of the other hooked fish were in the 100+ category, we saw those fishing jumping clear out of the water. Leave the light shit at home, you need a setup capable of hurting very mean tuna.

    Enjoy the photo of the stomach contents - no surprise to see all the red crab and chummed sardines.

    I haven't fished the Eclipse for a couple of years, I must say I was totally impressed with Adam the captain. He had a guy on the top with glasses all day, and 2 folks in the wheel house on the glasses as well. I liked his demeanor and drive to put us on the fish. Unfortunately I don't remember the cook's name, but huevos rancheros for breakfast, incredible pork sandwiches with potato salad for lunch, and Chinese chicken salad for dinner was really good, long range quality eatings. I will fish with these guys again for sure.

    money shot.jpg BFT2.jpg flat fall.jpg stomach.jpg
     
  2. Erawk

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    Awesome stuff, thanks for the report.
     
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  3. chamackO

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    looks like that split ring held no problem. good to know
     
  4. mahyar

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    very nice.:appl:
     
  5. gillyd

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    Very nice fish, so the other 8 fish that were lost all pulled the hooks or were there some bust off's?
     
  6. Vermonster

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    Nice fish! Congrats!
     
  7. MikeyLikesIt

    MikeyLikesIt did you say F I S H I N G ???

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    Nice fish there Don!
     
  8. fishsmith

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    Way to be prepared! Congrats on another great day!
     
  9. doncatfish

    doncatfish Well-Known "Member"

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    The reasons for the high loss rate varied - I know of a couple of fish where the hook just pulled out, but I believe most losses were due to bad connector knots - either mono to fluro or the braid connector knot. Another guy was just chewed through after a while, disappointing as some of the fish were on for a long time before finding their freedom.
     
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    Another one on the Shimano Flat Fall. Nice Work!!!
     
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  11. ARTURO

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    Nice Rpt. and thanks for the insight on the modified flat fall.
    Way to go " DonTUNA"
     
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    Well done. Thanks for the info and report.
     
  13. NGSD1

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    During the Make A Wish Tournament last year I was getting my ass handed to me on break offs. We won the tournament but if it was up to my knots we would have lost it. The rest of the crew had a perfect score. The RP John Collins and SD knots are the ticket. After I corrected my knots life got better.



     
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    Opportunity + preparedness = SUCCESS...!!!

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  15. califblondee

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    Very nice, I would have been happy with that one fish. One of these days I hope to catch one! What size was your flat fall?
     
  16. doncatfish

    doncatfish Well-Known "Member"

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    That's not the standard split ring either, I swapped it for a larger, heavy duty one.
     
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  17. c-nut

    c-nut Fishing addict

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    Don,
    Nice tuna, I'm curious in regards to your Flat Fall set up. Did you tie your line to the split ring next to the hook or the opposite end of the lure. I had good hook ups last year but lost a few as well.
    Thanks in advance, nice report thanks.
     
  18. c-nut

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    ok , I now see from your pic you tied to the opposite end from the hook. I see it mostly done the other way, but looks like it works both ways.

    Debbie, you get a nice close up on the lure of you tap the photo, it's a 160g lure.
     
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  19. DEGBTI

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    hmmm
     
  20. Phat Boat

    Phat Boat I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Very nice fish, great job and I will be changing the hooks on my flat falls. Thanks for the tip.
     

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