It took me 57 years exactly. Epic Bluefin fishing on my Birthday

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Johnlgarrison, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Johnlgarrison

    Johnlgarrison The ultimate goal is memories not dreams.

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    It started with my Son calling me around 3:00 pm on Tuesday. He said "Hey Pop's how had would I have to twist you arm to play hooky tomorrow and let's go fishing for your Birthday?" Two seconds later we were planning our trip. Wednesday morning we left my house at 5:00 am in Temecula and we were leaving Oceanside Harbor at 6:15. The bait looked good but all deans so we stopped just outside the breakwater and dropped a Sabaki. I put 8 nice mackerel in the tank in just a few minutes. Turned out we caught Tuna on every one of those baits. We headed toward the domes to fish with 60+ boats. On the way up the line my bait pump tripped the breaker and shut off. We lost about half the Sardines . I quickly got the pump working again and pulled the dead baits out of the tank. I took a pair of scissors and cut the deans into 3 or 4 pieces each for chunk chum. We headed for a patch of water with no other boats for a half mile, spotted some nice meter marks and stopped the boat. We each baited up with a mack and tossed our baits, we had them in the water for about five minutes and I tossed a handful of chunk 1 minute later we had a double hook up.
    I LANDED MY FIRST BLUEFIN ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! I have caught thousands of Tuna in my life but the Bluefin has eluded me till today. The only one left on my list I have not caught is a Big Eye tuna, that's next. We would repeat the same process all morning, toss 8 to 10 pieces of chunks and short time later getting bit. By 11:00 am we had 8 Bluefin 30 to 45 pounds and 2 Yellowfin in the 25 to 30 pound class. We agreed we had more than enough tuna in the box and left them biting. We geared up the big stuff and trolled mackeral patterned marling jigs on the outside of the fleet hoping for one of the bigger bluefin. We did not have any luck but did spot a 10' Hammerhead.

    My tip to you guys is if you don't have mackeral in your bait tank take a few minutes to catch some. Save those dead baits and cut them up for chunk chum. When we cleaned the Tuna they were stuffed with chunks.

    We were back home in Temecula by 2:00 I think I said this yesterday a hundred times "What a Day!"

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  2. xjaydub20x

    xjaydub20x Newbie

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    Awesome! Happy birthday!
     
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  3. Juny

    Juny Well-Known "Member"

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    Rad. Happy Birthday!
     
  4. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Great! Thanks for the report and Happy B-day!
     
  5. ZHALVAJE

    ZHALVAJE Well-Known "Member"

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    :appl: Happy Birthday!!!
     
  6. gecsr1

    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Perfect for you... wow how cool...:)
     
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  7. @-EZ

    @-EZ Fail, try again.

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    Congrats, Mang. Happy belated B-D.
     
  8. wieisme

    wieisme Member

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    Well done, well done sir!
     
  9. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    Honey....what do you want for your birthday?

    John- "I've always wanted a big stinky bloody mess."

    Wishes do come true!!!!
     
  10. slickone

    slickone Newbie

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    Happy Birthday John! Congratulations on your first Bluefin too.
     
  11. Unassailable

    Unassailable Professional Amateur

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    Great post and thanks for the info. Happy belated.:cheers:
     
  12. *****

    ***** Well-Known "Member"

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    Awesome! Tip on the chum: sharpen a tile scraper and get a 5 gallon bucket. Cut a piece of wood to fit in the bottom. Makes a bucket full in 5 mins
     
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  13. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    Happy B-day!
     
  14. socalwhiteboy

    socalwhiteboy Member

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    Congrats and happy birthday!
     
  15. 5-20

    5-20 Poseidon Group's Back Up Trident Thrower

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    Cool. Nothing better than catching some awesome fish on a birthday!!! :)
     
  16. Strrykerr

    Strrykerr Newbie

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    CONGRATS !!! what a happy birthday
     
  17. Aku

    Aku Basstronaut

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    Very cool...not only catching fish on your birthday but also getting to fish with your son. I would give anything to fish one more day with my dad. Congrats and a great day to remember.
     
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  18. la vida

    la vida Now I love our Prezzz!!!

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    Nice day!
     
  19. zanegler

    zanegler Bomboy Lures Are Money!

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    Happy fishday young man. Funny, if the tank hadn't acted up you might not of had chunks and then who knows?
     
  20. the Goodlife

    the Goodlife SMILE!!!!! YOUR NOT DEAD!

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    Awesome!.. way to spend you B-Day!...:hali_olutta::beerbang:
     

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