Left SD bay around 6 with my good buddy Michael and a killer scoop of deans. We headed to the islands with plans to get a few yellows then poke around offshore to try and find a tuna. With the current moon phase I had a feeling that we may find some bluefin and the water temp and color was looking good close to the islands.
We arrived at the islands and found clean 63 to 64 degree water and scattered fish around the ribbon kelp area. Michael hooked up on bait and while fighting his fish a spot of yellows blow up and I am able to hang a nice one on the jig.View attachment 1283625
We continued to search but it seemed like the fish went down so we made the call to check offshore around 11. On our way west a whale watching boat called out some numbers of full on foamers so we made the 5 mile run to the area. Thanks again to the captain of that boat!!
On our way to the numbers we started to see spots of big fish in the distance. These were all 100 plus fish and there were foamers up as far as we could see. The first hour we chased these fish but never had a school stay up to get a good cast on.
Finally after about an hour we found a spot that stayed up and I was able to get bit on a solid fish. I fought the fish for about 20 min before the hook pulled. We regrouped and off to the next spot. Michael and I were able to both hook up on the next foamer but his hook pulled but my stayed pinned. I was able to get this fish to the boat in about 15 min on the long rod and was stoked to see how big it actually was when we got it in the boat.View attachment 1283627View attachment 1283628
We took care of the fish and got it packed in the bag and we're off to get Michael one. We found another spot shortly after and Michael was bit instantly on my jigstick. This fish was mean and took a solid hour but we finally were able to kill it. I'll let him post up the pics as they are on his phone. With no more room for fish and running low on ice we headed for home. Thanks to the captain that hooked it up with some ice I owe you one!
All the fish hooked were on the UC Reaper with 40lb topshot and 130lb short leader to the stickbait. I will say that rod is amazing and has tons of power! Such an amazing day close to home with the san diego skyline in view the whole time!
Maybe you have the United Composites RGP900 9 foot 30-60 pound rod ? Seems you do well with this rod.It's the colt sniper stick bait 140mm and is 54 grams I think. But the upgraded hooks add a little weight. It casts really well with the correct rod.
Noo! Lol. I saw his rig .. My old 250 Yammy burned 44 gallons (sad face / heart attack pic here) with not much to show for.WOW! Nice work Michael and Cody! Now tell everyone how much fuel was burned to reallllllly make them cry. Setting the bar high for 2021 guys!
Yea buddy one of the best days I've had and the images of the way those fish bit the lures will be burned into my brain!Man yesterday was wild. Fish going full airborne on the baits got me some type of way! Everywhere you looked there were fish. It was hard to pick which spot to go to. Wouldn’t have want to do it with anyone else.
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Whale watching boats are underrated. I got called in by one once in 2016 when there was miles of foamers literally 2 miles outside Mission Bay. We weren't even past the jetty yet when they called out more tuna than they've ever seen. They were only 30-50lbers and of course they wouldn't touch anything with a hook in it though Frustrating to not hook any but it was crazy fishing bait balls with tuna blowing up everywhere and a marlin circling around too, in clear view of the Belmont roller coaster.I hope you dropped off a loin with the whale watch Capt
Ever seen a sculpin eat a surface iron? LolWhale watching boats are underrated. I got called in by one once in 2016 when there was miles of foamers literally 2 miles outside Mission Bay. We weren't even past the jetty yet when they called out more tuna than they've ever seen. They were only 30-50lbers and of course they wouldn't touch anything with a hook in it though Frustrating to not hook any but it was crazy fishing bait balls with tuna blowing up everywhere and a marlin circling around too, in clear view of the Belmont roller coaster.