Overnight on the Cortez 10/22

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by hoookup, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. hoookup

    hoookup Member

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    Headed out of Seaforth on the Cortez with 13. Had some 5 and 6 inch deans, and a bunch of great 2 to 3 inch chovies. Capt informed us of a decent bite at the 43 for better quality Yellowfin. Mentiined the casuality rate had been high for the boats fishing it. Sounded good to us so we headed that way. No bites in dark started looking around at daybreak. Found a school and hung a few right away. Managed a solid 30lb er on 25lb with a number 2 hook. Was scratch fishing with one or two going most of the morning. Casualties were extremely high, not based on tangles or getting burned off. Many fish were lost quickly on on their initial runs due to improper drag setting, and as well as the light 20 lb and tiny hooks being used. These fish were solid, definitely finding weak spots in drags and knots. We definitely had our shots. ended up getting 8 or 9, and lost 30 or more. The New Lo Ann was oit there as well and managed 5. The crew did well, always a man on the tank, they got all the fish on the boat the got into gaff range. And keep us from making macrame..We left the 43 at about 130 in search of a few patties we managed a nice 20 lb dodo and a rat dodo.

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  2. tom cindric

    tom cindric Tom-broke-off

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    Cool thanks for the report. Any pbers out there?
     
  3. stuman

    stuman Brawndo the thirst mutilator

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    Nice fish. Sounds like good fishing for quality fish.
     
  4. hoookup

    hoookup Member

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    There were 3 one large yaught, and 2 larger skiffs
     
  5. fubu65

    fubu65 Newbie

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    Nice trip man.
     
  6. jollanes

    jollanes Farming Specialist

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    It's tough to land every fish with small hooks and light line. You can't control pulled hooks. Glad you got one. Too bad some folks had drag and knot problems.
     
  7. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Very nice trip! Nice seeing the better grade YFT
     
  8. Fish Asassin

    Fish Asassin one cast = one kill

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    Many newbies try to stop a tuna on its initial run and tighten the drag. POP! The fish will make thier run then slow down or stop to breathe. Thats when you start to bust his ass. You can bring in a pretty big fish on 20# if you dont horse it. When the fish pulls, you dont. When the fish doesnt, you do. Big Frank taught us that many years ago and would smack your hand if you touched your drag! Lol
     
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  9. doncatfish

    doncatfish Well-Known "Member"

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    Small circle hooks help a lot in the light line, big fish situations too. Nothing more frustrating than having a fish at gaff bite the line and find it's freedom. Doesn't take much of a nick to fray and break the 20 or 15.
     
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  10. hoookup

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    Ps. Forgot to mention..Tuna only wanted the chovies..boiled around the boat most the morning..we did manage one on the chunk..no love on the poppers, flat falls, megabits or the like.
     
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  11. spize909

    spize909 Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice, we spent a long day there Wednesday on the Toronado for zero tuna. I figured if we found some they'd be small. Nice to see there are some bigger fish showing up inside again.
     
  12. gnehekul

    gnehekul I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Dang he went from long beach all the way to the 43? How much fishing time did you get
     
  13. lgd

    lgd Newbie

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    I was with a few friends on a 35' rivera, we were drifting down swell from the cortez next to the impulse. We came from Huntington Harbor, only had sardines, we only hooked 1 fish on 25# mono, and it taped out at 78lbs after a 2+ hour battle.

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  14. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Nice fish, good to see a few better grade around now. LOL
     
  15. spize909

    spize909 Well-Known "Member"

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    Quite a bit actually. I had no idea where we were, just knew we were south. Once we pulled up on the bouy though it was obvious. We probably got down real close to the border as we continued SW a ways from the 43 area. At some point he turned it N but we fished until at least 4. They didn't have a trip Wed night so he pushed it and we didn't dock till probably 10:00 pm.
    I'm liking the looks of that 78 lb'r. Nice fish!
     
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