Offshore Memorial Day on the Pac Voyager 2021

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tgorman

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Todd Gorman
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Wow what a trip. Lots of personal best on some beastly fish. This is a 20+ year charger on memorial day and I've been lucky enough to go with this crew a few times.

Only game in town right now.. is the big boys. Capt Mark told use that the bite had been at night and that we should be prepared with 100# gear and either Flat Falls (caught both mine on Flatfalls on the drop) or the sinker rig.

Jackpot fish below was more the crew than me. I hooked and stayed on it for 20-30 minutes and tapped out. I knew it was big and told Cody am not going to kill myself and the ENTIRE crew took a whack at it. They taped out to 192 and 185 When we weighed them on short without kills and blead out they were 164.

So, this was personal best for me. Been fishing out of San Diego for 50 years and never one over 100. so to get 2 about an hour apart. Was a trip of a lifetime for me. Feel bad for Brad and Chuck who had to cancel and glad I was able to fill the last spot.

Lady luck was working for me, as I got on from the waiting list last minute and 8 hours later catch my personal best. No bad :-) Than at daybreak get the Jack Pot fish. There was an equal sized fish if not bigger Day 2. His tapped out a little less than mine, but his weighed more on scale.

But this one was an absolute beast, we had to the boat 5+ time and it just turned its head and took 100yrds I cannot take credit for the fish, I hooked it.. but it kicked the behinds off of Cody, Mitch, Charlie and the Capitan. I'd take my 5 min every once in a while.

After 2 hours. Capt Mark said give me a whack at it, he thought it was tackle and soon found out the rod and reel/drags were all fine.
Total fight time was just under 3 hours.

We put 28 on the deck and more than half of those were 100# + and for every one that had smiles the Bluefin won the war and we must have had 50 breakoffs, Several after 2+ hour fights. On one of the last stops we went 3-12 and the Capt was not amused :-( If you've ever fished with Mark.. well ya know how he is.

Just about any color on Flat Falls. Obviously you one that glows in the dark for the night drops. 4 oz sinker rigs seemed to get bit the most. Problem with that is it was 40-60# test and smaller reels. You need 80-100# 2 speed is a must.

I cant say enough good things about this crew. They have been together 5+ years and they make it fun and they are darn good.

Thanks to Capt Mark, Charlie, Mitch and Cody and the new cook Will.
Great crew and great boat to fish.

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Was absolutely shocked at how well the rod worked. This was a build I put together and wasn't sure if I was going to sell it or keep it.
Varamac VC-5- 7' 30-60 We had it on almost max drag of 30#'s and it never bottomed out. The whole crew loved it.
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Mark- “We still have fish going?”

Crew- “No they came off”

Mark speaks to the choir, “Great job guys”

puts boat in gear and drives off

🤣🤣
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tgorman

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Todd Gorman
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Robalo R180
That fish was angry as hell! Good fishing with ya hope to join you guys next year
Likewise Matt It so nice to fish when there is cooperation and most people know each other vs 30+ on an overnight boat. night and day difference.
PS my fish tapped out bigger! :-) I dont trust no damn scale on grass LOL.


But who cares.. when they have to lift your two fish with a forklift 8-)
 
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hucklongfin

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Yep, lots of big fish caught... and lost! That fish was pissed off and didn’t want to die! I was 1 out of three, with a few bumps on the FF. The 1 was about 50#, caught on a 40# sinker rig with a 6 oz sinker and a 2/0 hook.
 
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MattFred1414

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    Likewise Matt It so nice to fish when there is cooperation and most people know each other vs 30+ on an overnight boat. night and day difference.
    PS my fish tapped out bigger! :-) I dont trust no damn scale on grass LOL.


    But who cares.. when they have to lift your two fish with a forklift 8-)
    I was surprised when my bigger model weighed 106 bled. I thought it was in the 90s.
     
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    mhanson59hb

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    Wow you guys, nice report and great fish! I have always wondered what would happen if I ever hooked one of those brutes. Probably take me to the wood shed....
    :D

    I was on the Top Gun 80 two years ago and hooked up, but it jumped 3 times and cap said it was a marlin. 10 minutes and the hook pulled.

    Maybe one day!
     
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    kuyamonster

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    Way to go, Todd! Amazing beasts and enjoyed the report. Makes your catch all the more special on a custom wrapped rod you built. Can't sell that stick now, great memories are attached! 😁 Oronoz and the boyz run a tight ship for sure. (Pardon the pun) Hot local boat that flies under the radar in SD but always crushes it. One of many reasons she's hard to book or fish on. Great job on your first triple digit fishes...🐟
     
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    bullyo

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    I went one for seven on this trip. You name the calamity and it happened to me!

    I suck again!
     

    gettingbentwithbo

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    Love that picture of the fish on the forklift. Really shows you just how big these things are.
     
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