Offshore Intrepid 3-Day Trip Report May 6 - 9

2Rotten

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Jan 10, 2010
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Junction City OR
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Rod Lathrop
Boat Name
24' North River Seahawk Hardtop "Sun Dog"
Short report lots of BFT. 300 - 400 Gram Jigs. Sinker Rigs. Daytime and nighttime slayed big BFT. Time to go fishing!

Really fun trip on Intrepid. Captain Sam and co-captain Travis did a great job of keeping us on a really nice grade of fish the whole trip. Chef Perry and sous chef Tito were amazing! Deck hands Min, Ed, Billy and Madison were helpful and super friendly. There were a few schools of catch-all-you-want 20 - 30# fish, but mostly we chased larger models (140 - 180#) and had a steady pick bite the whole trip. One guy got an estimated 250# fish to almost gaff range before the 100# mono top shot gave way.

The first evening we started on one of those schools 20 - 30# size fish. Just about everyone tagged something. We moved on and found pockets of bigger fish. My buddy Trevor picked up a 166# fish at 2:00 am on a 400 gram Pink/Blue Rip Roller. Buttoned down the drag and had that fish on board fast. I hooked up at 2:15 am but one of the hooks was outside the mouth and I had trouble turning the head of that fish. With my UC Viper/Mak 20 and 40# of drag it was not a quick fight, pretty much turned my arms to jello by the time 2 gaffs went in and I had my 163# fish. I was using a 400 gram Shout Lance jig in Lumo Polkadot. These would eventually become the #2 and #3 Jackpot fish.

The Saturday daytime bite was steady action on larger model fish. Trevor transitioned to a Zeus-3 jig stick and 60# leader, hooked a stupid big fish on a 220 gram Shimano Shimmerfall jig. Lost 500 yards of line using 22# of drag, finally turned the fish. Never really got much line back in, suffered a chew-through. Exciting while it lasted. After that during the daytime we fished short 200# fluoro bite leaders when jig fishing, but didn't hook up any more big daytime jig fish.

My first Saturday daytime fish hit a sinker rig 200' down. UC Centaur with a Mak 16 fishing 80# fluoro to a 3/0 Charlie Brown circle hook. 160# fish came to gaff in short order fun!

Sunday the wind came up. I hooked a nice jig fish at grey light. There were a few more sinker rig fish killed. The kite became the weapon of choice, I think 7 fish > 150# came in on the kite Sunday afternoon. Trevor and I didn't get our number called but it was a hoot just to see all these beautiful fish blowing up on the flyer. I hooked up one more jig fish Sunday night right before we called it and headed for the barn, but it was a short biter and gone in 5-cranks.

It was a really fun trip. Kinda exhausting, steady pick bite all day/all night. I never really stopped fishing until we headed north, just cat-napped in the galley when the boat was between schools. I'm embarrassed to say I never changed clothes or even took my boots off the entire trip until we headed north. The bigger jigs (500 grams) didn't seem to work as well as the 300 - 400 gram models. Sinker rig was slow steady big fish if you put in enough rail time. Captains were asking everyone to use 80 - 100# because of the larger models we were marking, several people hooked up under-gunned and it ended not well (predictably). Trevor and I kept 3 fish that produced 225# of vac sealed meat. We hook and handed 5, sent a couple home with crew, and gave 7 whole fish to Danny (a local friend) who helps out people who can use the extra protein.

Food was amazing as it always is on The Intrepid. My apologies to the foodies here on BD, I took hardly any pics. Pretty much just fished. Here is 1 food pic and a few Big Fish pics to get the juices flowing:

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Rod's 163# jig fish:

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Trevor with his first big jig fish:


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Rod with a sinker rig fish:

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short-range

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Jan 3, 2010
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I keep saying I need to go on a trip with you! My kind of angler for sure.
I was stalking the trip on social media and saw you had the same crew as I did on my past 1.75 day.
WTG thanks for the report and now glad this morning that I picked up a UC viper from T over at fisherman's supply.

Thanks again for the awesome report I was waiting for.
 
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tunacraze

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    Great write-up and outing! Schedule shows they left again yesterday on a 3 day and from the track they are taking almost looks like they are heading back to the barn but hard to tell. Weather must have been brutal the last 24 hours. Wonder if they got into fish.
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    Looks like they are coming home early. Inside the Islands now headed home. I wonder what happened?
     
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    SSUfish

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    Sep 14, 2006
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    Looks like they are coming home early. Inside the Islands now headed home. I wonder what happened?
    Their facebook account noted that they cut their trip short due to weather. It looks gnarly out there based on windy.com
     
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    Senko888

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    Fantastic trip and report!
    The way this season’s going, we’ll see a new picture of you and a supercow on half the posts here 🤣
     
    2Rotten
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    Amy and I fish on American Angler next October 16 - 26, hopefully Guadalupe! Heading back to Oregon soon, will be catching Albacore, Halibut, Salmon and Crab all summer
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    Kevin A

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  • Sep 10, 2006
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    Great write-up and outing! Schedule shows they left again yesterday on a 3 day and from the track they are taking almost looks like they are heading back to the barn but hard to tell. Weather must have been brutal the last 24 hours. Wonder if they got into fish.
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    Looks like you said, Went as far as they could Or should I say they went as long as the could take it and had enough and then turned it around as the weather did not promising headed for the dock, At least they tried. The Shogun did the same and was almost able to pull of limits for two days fishing only on the day of departure in the afternoon and a few hours into the 2nd day and called it quits. They did a great job in a small time frame getting almost limits for two days in 12 hours of fishing.
     
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    dtfisherman

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    Nov 9, 2015
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    Danny
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    Short report lots of BFT. 300 - 400 Gram Jigs. Sinker Rigs. Daytime and nighttime slayed big BFT. Time to go fishing!

    Really fun trip on Intrepid. Captain Sam and co-captain Travis did a great job of keeping us on a really nice grade of fish the whole trip. Chef Perry and sous chef Tito were amazing! Deck hands Min, Ed, Billy and Madison were helpful and super friendly. There were a few schools of catch-all-you-want 20 - 30# fish, but mostly we chased larger models (140 - 180#) and had a steady pick bite the whole trip. One guy got an estimated 250# fish to almost gaff range before the 100# mono top shot gave way.

    The first evening we started on one of those schools 20 - 30# size fish. Just about everyone tagged something. We moved on and found pockets of bigger fish. My buddy Trevor picked up a 166# fish at 2:00 am on a 400 gram Pink/Blue Rip Roller. Buttoned down the drag and had that fish on board fast. I hooked up at 2:15 am but one of the hooks was outside the mouth and I had trouble turning the head of that fish. With my UC Viper/Mak 20 and 40# of drag it was not a quick fight, pretty much turned my arms to jello by the time 2 gaffs went in and I had my 163# fish. I was using a 400 gram Shout Lance jig in Lumo Polkadot. These would eventually become the #2 and #3 Jackpot fish.

    The Saturday daytime bite was steady action on larger model fish. Trevor transitioned to a Zeus-3 jig stick and 60# leader, hooked a stupid big fish on a 220 gram Shimano Shimmerfall jig. Lost 500 yards of line using 22# of drag, finally turned the fish. Never really got much line back in, suffered a chew-through. Exciting while it lasted. After that during the daytime we fished short 200# fluoro bite leaders when jig fishing, but didn't hook up any more big daytime jig fish.

    My first Saturday daytime fish hit a sinker rig 200' down. UC Centaur with a Mak 16 fishing 80# fluoro to a 3/0 Charlie Brown circle hook. 160# fish came to gaff in short order fun!

    Sunday the wind came up. I hooked a nice jig fish at grey light. There were a few more sinker rig fish killed. The kite became the weapon of choice, I think 7 fish > 150# came in on the kite Sunday afternoon. Trevor and I didn't get our number called but it was a hoot just to see all these beautiful fish blowing up on the flyer. I hooked up one more jig fish Sunday night right before we called it and headed for the barn, but it was a short biter and gone in 5-cranks.

    It was a really fun trip. Kinda exhausting, steady pick bite all day/all night. I never really stopped fishing until we headed north, just cat-napped in the galley when the boat was between schools. I'm embarrassed to say I never changed clothes or even took my boots off the entire trip until we headed north. The bigger jigs (500 grams) didn't seem to work as well as the 300 - 400 gram models. Sinker rig was slow steady big fish if you put in enough rail time. Captains were asking everyone to use 80 - 100# because of the larger models we were marking, several people hooked up under-gunned and it ended not well (predictably). Trevor and I kept 3 fish that produced 225# of vac sealed meat. We hook and handed 5, sent a couple home with crew, and gave 7 whole fish to Danny (a local friend) who helps out people who can use the extra protein.

    Food was amazing as it always is on The Intrepid. My apologies to the foodies here on BD, I took hardly any pics. Pretty much just fished. Here is 1 food pic and a few Big Fish pics to get the juices flowing:

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    Rod's 163# jig fish:

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    Trevor with his first big jig fish:


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    Rod with a sinker rig fish:

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    Good job Rod! Thanks for sharing your story and the BFT. Hopefully see you again down here in October.
     
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    2Rotten

    Live in Oregon/Love to Fish San Diego!
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Rod Lathrop
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    24' North River Seahawk Hardtop "Sun Dog"
    Fresh Bluefin for dinner last night Brilliant!

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    Dip in garlic/butter, wrap with bacon and throw on hot charcoals, then you got yourself a meal.
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    Squeeze a lime into a 1-gallon zip lock bag. Add fair amount of fresh ginger and a small amount of fresh garlic. Add a couple tablespoons of sesame oil and some Yamaroku soy sauce. Marinate chunks 30 minutes. Sear 60 seconds on copper mat @ 700 degrees. Yum!
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