Pac Voy 7/7-7/8 BFT, YFT, YT...Video and Pics

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  1. Fishdood

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    Headed out on the Pacific Voyager for a 2 day weekend trip with a good group of guys. Tuna Time Chartered trip.

    First day we caught 5-6 YFT (10-15LB) all on the troll, a bunch of open water YT (5-15LB), and 1 BFT (25ish LB) right before dark on a surface iron.

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    Went to sleep after dinner and was woken up at 2:30am by the night captain Charlie saying he had just hooked one on a flatfall but it pulled the hook, went upto the deck and 2 more BFT were landed right away on flatfalls by the same guy. Both 45lb or so.

    Only 6 people got up to fish, I got out the heavy gear (VISX20, 4X Axis, 100lb braid/130lb wind-on). Using the UV flashlight every couple drops and winding for an hour......at 4AM I was dropping and all of a sudden it just stopped like it hit bottom. No slack just stopped but was tight. Put it in gear and game on. How deep? Who knows. How much drag? A lot. 5 min later Charlie gaffs it and puts it on the boat. Even the thumping from the 75LB (tapped 15 hours later) fish didnt wake anymore people up lol. One more 45lb BFT hooked on bait right after sunrise and that was it.

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    Later that day it was more of the open water YT for full limits for everyone on board.

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    Awesome trip and the charter master David even got to hook a few YT on his 1930's classic rod and reel. That was cool to see.

    Crew was awesome as always and Mark worked hard all day to put us on some fish.

    P.S. Funny part is I added 2 stinger hooks to the top of the flatfall just hours before using it after seeing some others add a bunch so I kinda did it as a joke, it was no joke because my fish was hooked only with the top stinger hooks (1 other BFT was also hooked with only top stingers)
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    Video is just 11min of raw fishing fun.
     
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  2. mikeyG

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    Awesome report and nice bft ! Thanks
     
  3. Tunahead

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    Great report and pics, and NICE FISH Austin. Solid trip! LOL
     
  4. streetnfish

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    Great fishing ! So fun fishing with Mark. He gets more excited than the anglers !
     
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  5. jiggyn

    jiggyn Do you even fish?

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    Amazing
     
  6. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    :appl:Looks like some brought out the trout gear
     
  7. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    :appl:Looks like some brought out the trout gear
     
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    Bad ass!
     
  9. Goijo

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    Fun and entertaining video! WTG getting out of the bunk... who needs sleep when the big ones are biting?!!!
     
  10. Paddyman1

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    Reel nice!
     
  11. Herds

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    Great report looks encouraging out there.
     
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    "Don't throw jigs as the whaler." LOL
     
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    Hell yeah! Decent sacks all around. Thanks for the report. Gettin' me super pumped for a 3.5 day I have at the end of the month.
     
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    Heck yeah!! Dig the old set up getting used, too cool.
     
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    Congrats on the nice BFT. I'm curious about your stinger hooks. Were other guys short bit on jigs that only used the trailer hook? It seems like if the stinger hooks are there then they should always hook the fish before the trailer hook but maybe that wouldn't mean that the trailer hook was going to miss otherwise. Just wanted to ask your take on it? The stinger set up is the same way we rigged the "flat side" butterfly jigs four years ago when we caught bluefin on them before the "flat fall" jigs were the norm.
     
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    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That's a dandy one, congrats!
     
  17. Fishdood

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    The more hooks ya have the better I guess haha. Just depends which way it’s fluttering when they pick it up it seems. I also did not have it crimped I just had it tied to 130lb with a San Diego knot, not sure if that effects the flutter at all.

    Honestly it’s just who gets lucky and happens to have their jig at the right depth right when the tuna swims by. It’s not rocket science, just pure luck.

    The two others that were caught had 2 sardines on the main bottom hook as well.
     
  18. AndyJ

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    Nice trip and cool video. Made me feel at home, like I was there slaying the yellows.
     
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    Awesome.
     
  20. afraser

    afraser I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice catch. Bridle your flatfalls with a large circle hook when fishing in the dark or gray. Way better hook to land ratio, especially on bigger fish.
     
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