Few days before the yearly charter as usual the phone is blowing-up by the usual suspects with wanted an updated game plan. Knowing Markus is busy really didn't want to bother him but by Tuesday I make the phone call & he said he was hoping to find us some good numbers of Bluefin the first day with high hopes of wanting to go trophy hunting on Sunday. He mentioned the larger model bite has been inconsistent but encouraged us to check it out & if we couldn't find them we would continue on in our local waters... Well Friday the 14th arrived & as Markus & I took care of business he explained that the Bluefin tuna just vanished & the bite fell apart. He knew of many boats covering a vast area trying to locate them again & have came-up empty.. Markus had plan-B but was not very excited about it being Saturday & dealing the crowds of boats.. As Markus boarded he saw a pile of pink rods & said, "this must be Shannon's section" Well actually Markus she cant come on this run as she just had surgery but I stole all her gear... We were blessed with some flat seas, minimal wind, & lots of sunshine on the entire trip! On deck we had chef Steve, Matt #1, Matt #2, & Dominick, all had a great attitude & they were always there to help. Saturday morning at grey light we start dropping jigs & fishing some bait trying to get something on the boat but unsuccessful. Markus makes a move & locates some scattered fish on the sonar & we repeat, first fish hooked was by me on an SX & 30lb 5/0 circle. Shortly after putting the reel & gear & winding tight we realize I have a marlin as she jumps multiple times.... Knowing I wasn't going to kill her & not wanting to waste an hour of our time trying to get her boat side & start thumbing the spool & bust her off. Through the first day we managed to scratch out about 40 yellowfin tuna. Having overshot fish & making a few moves Markus found some productive water. Through the trip was encountered about 20 dry kelps besides 2 5lb rat yellows which were released. We only managed one troll fish on the entire trip which put a huge bend in Zanes troll stick but few minutes into the fight the fish came unbuttoned. It was tough to find a true pattern that worked consistently as there was none. Some guys getting bit on 40lb mono without flouro, while at times I couldn't get bit on 30lb spectra with 15lb flouro with a small hook, but that rig was deadly at times, we managed a few on the flat falls, colt snipers, a handful on the popper.. by the way there's a very large hammerhead out there with a $40 popper piercing.. We had a few new guys to our group & it was important to me they caught fish & had a great time along with the usual group of guys. After day one came to an end Markus ran back in to re-load the bait tanks. Day 2 Sunday morning fishing was a bit better & we had 2 great stops & managed about 140 yft. 180 yft for the trip. As the bite died most of us worked together & tried to switch things up & managed to scratch out a few more fish, Markus would always suggest dropping to the light line & trying smaller baits, or a smaller mega bait / jig. Ken "Jig Stick" found he was more successful fishing the biggest bait he can find. I gave it a try & it also seamed to work for me also as the bigger baits are more lively / better swimmers. Steve is Markus's / The New Lo Ann's new cook & the food was on-point, The usual breakfast burritos, burgers, chicken bacon sandwiches, pork loin & prime rib dinner was also excellent! Well another successful charter! A couple of the guys managed to take some pics & ill post them as they come in. Thanks to Penske Ford & Bill Drew for the continuation of such a great event. Thanks to Ali & Zane for the swag, along with a great group of guys to fish with!! Ofcoarse thanks Markus for another stellar trip! Also thanks to Sean at Fishermans Processing for meeting as the boat Sunday evening on our return. Made arrangements as years past & this year roughly 14 out of the 22 passenger used FP to have their fish processed. Deckies still had enough fish to fillet & kept busy & were actually encouraging having fish processed!