Offshore Limits on the Poppers by 9:30 am - 7/18

flyliner

@thereelflyliner
Aug 19, 2007
1,957
2,972
Santa Monica
Name
Jonathan
Boat
31' Cabo Express
My wife asked me late Saturday night if I was fishing Sunday. So all of a sudden I was fishing Sunday….lol.

Got down to my boat in San Pedro around 6 am this morning with plans to take a look at a new zone.

Got into the area around 8 am and went up into the tower to look around and spotted a foamer right away. First cast with the popper and I am on. Made quick work of a nice 60 pound fish and I was pretty happy.

Climbed back up into the tower and spotted another huge foamer. Unfortunately when I got up to the bow to make a cast I realized these were all really big fish. I paused for a moment to consider what I was getting myself into, but made the cast anyway. On the second “pop” I get rolled on by a 200+ and I immediately regretted my decision. After 15 minutes of pure torture, I tighten down the drag and start pulling as hard as I can and thankfully the hook pulls.

Doesn’t take long to spot my next foamer and on my third cast of the day I am on again. Feels like a good fish, but certainly catchable. He goes on a few long runs and takes me around the boat a couple times making a good showing of himself. He was still a little hot when I brought him to gaff and almost ripped the gaff out of my hand when I stuck him. Not sure on weight, but I would say 80-90 ish.

Its 9:30 am and I am done. I didn’t bring ice as it was a last minute decision to go, so I filet and bag both fish on the water and put them in my small refrigerator in the cabin.

Back in the slip before noon. Great day.

Jonathan


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djd35de

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  • Jul 18, 2005
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    Chula Vista
    Name
    David
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    18.5 Boston whaler
    My wife asked me late Saturday night if I was fishing Sunday. So all of a sudden I was fishing Sunday….lol.

    Got down to my boat in San Pedro around 6 am this morning with plans to take a look at a new zone.

    Got into the area around 8 am and went up into the tower to look around and spotted a foamer right away. First cast with the popper and I am on. Made quick work of a nice 60 pound fish and I was pretty happy.

    Climbed back up into the tower and spotted another huge foamer. Unfortunately when I got up to the bow to make a cast I realized these were all really big fish. I paused for a moment to consider what I was getting myself into, but made the cast anyway. On the second “pop” I get rolled on by a 200+ and I immediately regretted my decision. After 15 minutes of pure torture, I tighten down the drag and start pulling as hard as I can and thankfully the hook pulls.

    Doesn’t take long to spot my next foamer and on my third cast of the day I am on again. Feels like a good fish, but certainly catchable. He goes on a few long runs and takes me around the boat a couple times making a good showing of himself. He was still a little hot when I brought him to gaff and almost ripped the gaff out of my hand when I stuck him. Not sure on weight, but I would say 80-90 ish.

    Its 9:30 am and I am done. I didn’t bring ice as it was a last minute decision to go, so I filet and bag both fish on the water and put them in my small refrigerator in the cabin.

    Back in the slip before noon. Great day.

    Jonathan


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    That's the kind of trip I dream of ! Nice work.
     
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    Oct 23, 2019
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    San Clemente
    Name
    Jon
    Boat
    Robalo R180
    My wife asked me late Saturday night if I was fishing Sunday. So all of a sudden I was fishing Sunday….lol.

    Got down to my boat in San Pedro around 6 am this morning with plans to take a look at a new zone.

    Got into the area around 8 am and went up into the tower to look around and spotted a foamer right away. First cast with the popper and I am on. Made quick work of a nice 60 pound fish and I was pretty happy.

    Climbed back up into the tower and spotted another huge foamer. Unfortunately when I got up to the bow to make a cast I realized these were all really big fish. I paused for a moment to consider what I was getting myself into, but made the cast anyway. On the second “pop” I get rolled on by a 200+ and I immediately regretted my decision. After 15 minutes of pure torture, I tighten down the drag and start pulling as hard as I can and thankfully the hook pulls.

    Doesn’t take long to spot my next foamer and on my third cast of the day I am on again. Feels like a good fish, but certainly catchable. He goes on a few long runs and takes me around the boat a couple times making a good showing of himself. He was still a little hot when I brought him to gaff and almost ripped the gaff out of my hand when I stuck him. Not sure on weight, but I would say 80-90 ish.

    Its 9:30 am and I am done. I didn’t bring ice as it was a last minute decision to go, so I filet and bag both fish on the water and put them in my small refrigerator in the cabin.

    Back in the slip before noon. Great day.

    Jonathan


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    Excellent work! What reel did you use?
     
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    Weekend Bender

    Keeping it clean
    Aug 28, 2008
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    256
    Laguna Hills Ca.
    Name
    Chris
    Boat
    N/A Just the gear
    You need to do a tutorial on how to fish the popper on tuna schools...yellowfin and bluefin. I would love to see your techniques on approaching and casting and retrieving.

    Just have Ali pin it.

    Seriously, nice job AGAIN!
     
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    Omarkayak

    I've posted enough I should know better...
    Jul 26, 2007
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    664
    Northridge, CA
    Name
    Donald W. Clarke III
    Boat
    11+ ft, Ocean Kayak Scrambler, P 'N' Queue Pod
    Magnets, bitches! You must have fish magnets built into your boat. Marvelous trip and report as usual, thanks for the vicarious fantasy.

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
     
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