Insane Topwater Yellowfin out of San Pedro - 7/7

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  1. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    Left San Pedro Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. hoping to get into some tuna and get back home early to help my wife with dinner and get the kids ready for the week.

    Based on intel from the last couple of days I figured there was a zone that probably wasn't getting looked at very much and was likely holding some early season yellowfin.

    Once we got into the area we slowed down and got up into the tower to start looking for signs of fish. Joe got out his gyros, but before he started scanning I saw some fish splashing around right off our port side.

    That "small" spot of fish turned into a giant foamer that engulfed our entire boat. Easily the largest foamer I have ever seen. We spent the rest of the morning going from foamer to foamer. The schools that were mixed with both yellowfin and bluefin were not bitting very well. The schools that were straight yellowfin were smashing any size and color popper that landed in their vacinity.

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    By 11:00 a.m. we started looking for the bigger bluefin tuna to see if we could get lucky and put a trophy in the boat. Well, we did find a couple nice foamers of 100+ pound bluefin, but we couldn't get them to go, though honestly we didn't spend much time at it. They were eating super tiny baitfish so we threw the smaller stuff at them like tiny colt snipers and similar spoons to no avail. I don't usually fish for bft very much, mostly because (1) they hate me and (2) they pull too hard. Yellowfin and I get along much better.

    Anyway - by noon it was time to head back, so we recluctantly left the foaming spots of bluefin. Joe was a good sport, but obviously he would have liked to spend a little more time trying for those trophy fish. I totally get it. Maybe next time I will pass up the yellowfin and focus on the bluefin tuna.....but probably not.....I really enjoy catching those yellowfin tuna on the popper and my ultra light shimano spinning setups.

    Jonathan
     
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  2. nu2reels

    nu2reels Well-Known "Member"

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    Thanks for the report.

    BTW, bluefin hate everyone!
     
  3. Xue

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    This is the report I've been looking for; fish closer to home. Hopefully you didn't have to go too far south to find the fish.
     
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  4. Ryan_J

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    Great work Jonathan! This is going to get people fired up!!
     
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    I will take yellowfin on the popper over flylined or dropper rig bluefin. Nicely done!
     
  6. stickbass

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    i love seeing your reports over the years. you got the blue steel pose down.
     
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  7. dockrat88

    dockrat88 no fish pulling against me shall prosper

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    Good grade early season yellow fin
     
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  8. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    :appl:
     
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  9. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Jonathan you have a sixth sense like no others, and find fish where no one would even try! Totally unreal, you are the best! Congrats.
     
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    Well done amigo!
     
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    Jonathan...... were you throwing bait to keep the school near the boat while you were working them?
     
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    Jon you're such a popper HO! Haha...

    And btw, what's up with your hat? It's actually forward? Huh? Splain!
     
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    The blue shirt strikes again! Great job......
     
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    As usual, Inspiring! Great pictures and a story to get people motivated.
     
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    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Left San Pedro at 5:30 am, had several fish on the boat already by 11:00 am, unless his boat is capable of going at 60 miles per hour, he's already provided enough information...
     
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    Dude,
    When I see a report from you I know it's going to be a good one!
    Well done Bro
     
  18. Xue

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    I should have paid more attention to that. All I saw was "San Pedro" and "foamers". Everything else was a blur, save for the pics.
     
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  19. fv1500

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    No click bait here. I look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your reports. Nice work on the YFT!
     
  20. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    They were not responding to sardines at all. There is tonage of micro bait out there and they are keyed in on it.
     

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