Offshore Liberty Full Day - 7/13

Aug 16, 2021
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John Blum
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Pacific Offshore
Summer is officially here !

Took the liberty out of fishermans landing on Wednesday 7/13/22

35 Anglers
-83 Yellowtail (7-27 lbs)
-40 Bonito (3-10 lbs)
-3 bluefin Tuna (40-50lbs)
-2 dorado

Fished 25 miles southeast of the Coronado islands. Got into the zone at about 9am.

First stop was the big bonito on a troll feather strike. Fish charged at the boat full steam. Anyone with a bait in the water was bit. We put 15 on the first stop. Shortly after we had our second stop with another 25 bonito.

Later in the day we located a large kelp that was holding yellowtail. We caught some great grade yellows . Drove back to the same kelp 4 different times and got yellows on every drift. Ended up with 83.

On the way home we spotted massive school of mixed yellowfin and bluefin on the surface crashing bait.

I grabbed a 40lb setup with 2/0 hook and lively sardine. Cast upwind and was bit within 30 seconds. Fish took me around the boat. Over and under the circus of lines. Deckhand put a gaff in it a few min later . Nice 40 pound bluefin. One of 3 landed.

One of best 5-5 trips I’ve been on. I ended with 5 yellowtail, 3 bonito and 1 bluefin.

Recommend 30lb setup with size 2 jhook.
I was fishing mono, no fluoro was needed, as the fish were not line shy at all.

-Tight Lines

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Danthefishman

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Dan
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Sounds like a great day! You sure you guys were 25 miles south of the islands? Or just 25 miles south? That's a long run if so. Thanks for any Info, I'm headed out tomorrow and still deciding the game plan.
 
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FishCommander

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Conor
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Sounds like a great day! You sure you guys were 25 miles south of the islands? Or just 25 miles south? That's a long run if so. Thanks for any Info, I'm headed out tomorrow and still deciding the game plan.
I'm heading out tomorrow as well. I am also very skeptical 25 miles south east of the islands. Long run for a day on the liberty

I'll be on the Nooner
 
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Steve Francis

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Cool report and pics....NICE LOAD of fish for a 5-5 on Liberty! Solid Work. LOL
The Liberty has been extremely fishy from the first day old Pierpoint Landing put it in the water. Another outstanding Ditmar Donaldson built in Costa Mesa. I was a deckhand on there when Jim Roddy, RIP, ran the boat. Oceanside, San Pedro and Morro Bay. Good times.
 
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Tunahead

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    The Liberty has been extremely fishy from the first day old Pierpoint Landing put it in the water. Another outstanding Ditmar Donaldson built in Costa Mesa. I was a deckhand on there when Jim Roddy, RIP, ran the boat. Oceanside, San Pedro and Morro Bay. Good times.
    I know it well, grew up in Long Beach, and now in Costa Mesa. Dad had me on Matt Walsh 1950 age 4.5 winding on cuda at the shoe. Then grew up in HS on Pacific Queen with Eddie McEwen out of old Pacific Landing. Lot of memories.
     
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