Saltwater Kodak TUNA Trip 9 21

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I'd been watching for a weather window that corresponded with no boat projects. The weekend was good but I wasn't ready so Monday was the target. Long time fishing buddy Hank and Hemi GTX - Dannan were crew.

Hank and I loaded up ice and launched Sun afternoon to be serenaded all night by the sea lions. We got bait and started out at 5:05 toward some numbers well past the 125 longitude we had received- about 72 miles. Radar and AIS were helpful as well as the nearly smooth water. We saw commercial boats for quite a ways out but did not hear another sport fisher until we were back near West Port. Sunrise was just a promise when we got into light fog and rain.

Three hours later we were passing 125: 10 when I saw a jumper- stopped and brailed some anchovies, threw a swim bait and hooked up anchovies. No action so went a little further and set up the trolling rods and got a hit that Hank reeled in after a pretty long fight. Nice 22# in the bleed tank. Trolled further and got another single then a double a bit further. I had a birdie splasher out that attracted a lot of sea birds and a thresher shark that swam by and slapped at it several times. We pulled it in as I didn't want to lose the rig. We added a couple more cedar plugs to the spread as that was the only lure getting hit.

The next troll hit had three rods bending and we got two in and managed to get some more on live bait which is always a fun goal. A couple of the fish dove deep with surging that pulled the pole tip near the water. Big strong fish that weighed 30 # but felt much bigger.

Don't be that guy segment:
Hank had one of the heavy surging fish and I had dropped a live bait that got wrapped on his line and had knotted my swivel so he couldn't reel in past the rod tip. I was working my short leader lose when the Tuna took off again and drove the bait hook thru my little finger. I didn't have my knife or pliers on me so called Danan to cut the line- several times. He did- Hanks line not the leader but they all agreed it was better than the alternative though thankfully the swivel slipped up the line. The tip of the hook was just under the skin so we pushed it thru and nipped it off. Got the first aid kit out and cleaned and bandaged and went back to fishing. ( getting a tetanus booster today )

We had one more troll hit /bait stop and exceeded the 12 fish we thought would be enough for the three of us. Found 15 in the kill bags.
We fished the pink sand eel swimmers that were the hot bait last week but all troll fish were on a variety of cedar plugs except for one blue dog shark that chewed up a clone.

Started back at 1 in bumpy water that smoothed down about 40 miles from WP. Good day, and crew. Danan helped the 'old guys' a lot- he's holding a weighed 50#s of Tuna. 👏

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The Peddler

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Ouch, that hook in the finger makes me cringe!

Good trip!
 
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Nicely done Greg - way to thread the needle and get out there. I gotta ask - once you felt the hook - did you feel the urge to dive deep, or just circle at the surface?
 
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Avoiding going deep was foremost!!! Glad my line slipped.
The tip of the hook is visible in the pic. Dannan used his pliers to cut the ring loose then rotated the hook thru to cut off the barb.
Proud to say I didn’t whimper but could have used a cedar plug to bite on. :)
 
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I'm really happy to see it finally work out for you Greg. Been some lean times out there. But it sure makes it worth it when you can put a few in the box and enjoy the thrill. And Ouch. Had a like hook in the web of my hand like that, had to cut out. It only hurts when it gets cold, rains, snows, sunshines, or gets foggy. :-)
 
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Yikes! You got stuck bad! I took a couple flat fall hooks to the palm this weekend and one with the barb. First time that’s happened for me.

Nice work on the fish!
 
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The hook in the finger is a good reminder to have a decent tool on the boat to cut the barb off a hook off.

Yep, the first aid kit should have a pair of clean diagonal cutters sufficient for hooks being used. For Hali that might be a small bolt cutter
Buddy pulled a 100# Hali over the gunnel and the hook embedded in his thigh. flopping fish tore him up. We made him a 1st aid kit and one for us with more than just a small kit.
Bad on my part Not having knife and pliers at the ready...
 
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I took a pair of bolt cutters, sprayed some WD on them, then sealed them with my vacuum packer. Carry them next to the first aid kit. Used them a couple months ago and had to repackage them...
 
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When I do stupid stuff it's because I didn't follow my favorite cautionary saying--

Learn from the mistakes of others...
You'll not live long enough to make them all yourself!!


Hopefully somone will do better
 
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After a full-on impalement of my little finger...almost a complete pass-thu, "The tip of the hook was just under the skin"

I thought it was a little iddy-bitty problem until the pics came up. OUCH!! :eyepoppin

I guess we should now carry on board gun powder, just in case...and more whiskey!? : farmer :

Glad you got into them...Thanks for sharing!! 🍻🥃
 
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GregE

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No gun powder--- tetanus booster and antibiotics and it's much better :)

Dannan is a Marine officer so I had visions of "Now, don't whimper Cupcake" though he didn't say it. ;)
 
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Nice write up, nice photos and a very memorable trip in the books for ya Greg! Way to get em! That photo is worth a second viewing.
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GregE

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Yuck, Mark

I can only hope someone is encouraged NOT to let this happen

Hope to get another Tuna trip in but need to get Judy out for salmon before it closes but have to make a trip to Portland Wednesday
 
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