Messed around and got a triple digit

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by silentsmell, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. silentsmell

    silentsmell Newbie

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    Allen N
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    We set our course towards the 43 out of Shelter. Got on the water around 6:30 and decided to skip bait because there was a line (later, heard the bait was good size sardines, damn) On the way, stopped on a nice paddy and lost a nice yellowtail to the paddy, damn. Conditions were nice and there were signs of life, porpoise, swordfish and makos, oh my!
    We reached the high spot around 10am and it looked like we were late for the party, damn. Noticed that there was a paddy in the midst of it all but no one was hooked up and some were motoring up to leave. Cast the popper, surface iron for 10 minutes, nada, I wish we had bait, damn. My buddy, Bob, gets ready for a nap and tells me there are no fish.
    I grab his brand new Fathom 30, just to mess around. I drop a megabait down to about 200 feet and I think to myself, why am I doing this? No idea, so I put it in gear and start my retrieve. About 100 feet up, I hook up and I tell, Bob. He looks over and tells me to shut up. After nearly getting spooled, I flipped it to sunset and told him to chase this fish down.
    I'm thinking this is a Mola the whole time. It's just swimming and I don't feel any tuna-like head shakes. The past month we've put in 10 days chasing these things and went 1 for 8. Lost them either to pulled hooks or terminal failure.
    After getting 75% of the line back, the battle begins. Running around the boat and gaff myself in the back, damn (not as bad as it sounds) and still not thinking this is a tuna. After almost an hour of this, we get it to color and we realize this is going to be tough with only one gaff, damn. Stick it with the gaff and thankfully I watch a lot of Wicked Tuna, so I ghetto rigged a tail rope.
    I guess this is why Bob always brings a bottle of champagne on the boat. Keep at it guys, they are still out there! Thanks to all the guys who've provided tips and advice.

    Too long, didn't read? 189.6lbs at the 43 around noon, megabait, siwash hook. Gill hooked, lucky she didn't saw me off.

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  2. stairman

    stairman ......

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    There you go laying down with a fat girl again! nice fish good story!
     
  3. farhangs

    farhangs Member

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    Insane. Way to stick with it
     
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  4. MikeeDaGuy

    MikeeDaGuy Fishin FIN-Attict

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    Beautiful, great story and a pics to prove it!

    Congrats

    Thanks for sharing
     
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  5. mike82

    mike82 Well-Known "Member"

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    Awesome!!! Fun reading!
     
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  6. jollanes

    jollanes Farming Specialist

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    Love the write up and beautiful fish!! Tails Up!!
     
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  7. Troy

    Troy Under the Radar

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    Nice!

    +1 for the Ice Cube reference.
     
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  8. 18parker

    18parker Member

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    Awesome ......great job!!!!!
     
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  9. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Epic! Congrats on a fish of a lifetime. I metered some fish out there the same day but didn't bother to drop a jig.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. Nudle

    Nudle Member

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    WTG! That's a trophy
     
  11. YangReaper86

    YangReaper86 Newbie

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  12. la vida

    la vida Now I love our Prezzz!!!

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    That is just great!!!!!!
     
  13. ROSSOLY

    ROSSOLY Member

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    nice story and fish
     
  14. LuvBigBoats

    LuvBigBoats Gone fishing

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    Damn! Nice fish.
     
  15. Pez Vela

    Pez Vela Captain

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    WTG and great story!
     
  16. mleroux21

    mleroux21 Newbie

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    Great job on that fish!! Kudos for trying something different.
     
  17. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    NICE ONE Allen, way to GO! LOL
     
  18. tommysdad

    tommysdad Member

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    Damn, indeed.
     
  19. momaguro

    momaguro Member

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    Thanks for the report: They are hunkered down and not running on the surface like recent past. Fantastic lifetime catch in local waters! Big congratulations and reward for your patience and persistence.
     
  20. Headshot

    Headshot Member

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    Wow, what a beautiful fish, congrats on landing that beast!
    Thanks for the report!
     

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