Penn 3 day, Searcher 9/17-9/20

Tugboat64

150lb tuna club
Sep 8, 2017
571
494
La Mirada/Whittier
Name
Logan
Boat
Wanting a bigger boat
As always, I had a blast with Steve Carson from penn, he runs an awesome charter on these boats.

Short story: 1 Marlin approx 250lbs, 12 BFT up to 40lbs, 30ish YFT, 10 short of limits of dorado for 26
15-25lb test was go to the whole trip. Zero flat fall bites for bluefin, 3 did come on colt snipers though.
Wide open dorado, literally casted a dead sardine with a 3/0 hook, and 60 lb test, with FISH TAGS, and still go bit

We left about 10:00 from fisherman’s and loaded with bait by 11;00. Armando, who was the captain for this trip, informed us we were going to run to San Clemente.In previous days, there had been some big 200+lb bluefin caught but more 20-40lbers caught. Armando said we would not target the big ones, unless we came across them. So for the whole first day of the 3 dayer we traveled up to the west end of San Clemente, Osborn bank zone through nasty nasty weather. 6-8 footswell and 12-20 mph winds.

Day 2: Woke up in the zone about 1:30-2:00am. We tried and tried, but got nothing when working the flatfalls. It wasn’t until about 7:00 until we hooked a few bluefin. At 7:30 we started searching for more schools, so I asked Ryan the deckhand, if I could troll a little bit and he gave me the go ahead. I trolled a purple and black cedar plug daisy chain on my tld 30 with a 30-80 tiburon rod. After about 20 minutes Armando turned the boat and had Bryce the newest deckhand, start chumming. Immediately after, my clicker starts screaming. I look out and I see a huge boil. My uncle yelled bluefin so I thought it was a cow tuna, but it was the second boil out of the water that showed me it was a monster marlin. This marlin screamed 34 pounds of drag like it was nothing. The fish took me up the side of the boat until he made one last jump and came unbuttoned. The deckhands guesses it was probably over 200, closer to 250lbs. On that stop, while I played with a marlin, we hooked 2 more bluefin on the slide. We spent the rest of the day plunking at fish, and I got My chance at one. At 10:00 I hooked a bluefin just as armondo started the motors. This fish i hooked came on 20 lb test. A #2 circle hook, a 2 ounce torpedo sinker with a rubber band, and a bass rod as the crew called it. It took me nearly an hour, and a record amount of line on mine until the fish got into gaff range. After I got him on the boat, he weighed about 38lbs which won me third place in the jack pot.

with bluefin being bluefin, my tuna was the last once caught for the day so Armondo told us we were going to move down south and work the dorado and yellowfin.

day 3; we woke up in the nastiest weather of the trip down at the corner. It was an uncomfortable swell that made fishing wet and difficult. It took us an hour through pain and misery until the voyager (not sure if it was just called the voyager) called us into a party that was housing wide open dorado. After2 passes on the patty, we left to go find our own fish. We saw lots of patties all day which held fish,but not enough to make second passes on.It wasn’t until about 4-5:00 we found our own garage door sized patty that let the mayhem begin. We chummed and within seconds, boils erupted all around the boat. The bite went so wide open, not only could you cast a dead bait in and get bite instantly, not only could you fish a sardine with 100-200 pounds line and get bite, but you could even use your own fish tags as bait and hook them. Yes, I said fish tags. We made 3 passes on the patty and by then it had started getting dark so we called it. We were 16 fish short of limits for everyone, but everyone had atleast 5 dorado.

Overall, BFT fishing was slow as usual but we still produced a little bit. Many bites on light tackle but not as much Landing. My uncle hooked 4 BFT but was the only one to get 2 blue fin. As usual,Steve ran a fantastic show; we had many rental rod guys who hadn’t really been fishing for Pelagics before, but this sure changed it. The one thing Steve does that I have not seen other sponsors do is, if you want to learn a new method of fishing, or just learn to catch fish such as these dorado, he would nearly drop everything and show you how he would personally do it, and 99% of the time those who followed his teachings got bit.

This trip was once again, super fun. The Searcher runs a nice operation and the crew seem more like friends then deckhands. The food was top notch by Dan in the valley as usual. The bait that was bit was sardines, mackerel were a no go for these fish. The key to bluefin were 25# or less floro, and colt snipers or a rubber band sinker rig. There are lots of fish out there, just a lot of line shy stuff.
Thanks
-Logan

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it was cool to see 2 osprey fly over in formation.

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Also saw this slob just sun bathing in the harbor...

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mask were worn by everyone, I only took it off for eating a tuna heart and a better picture with my tuna
 

Tugboat64

150lb tuna club
Sep 8, 2017
571
494
La Mirada/Whittier
Name
Logan
Boat
Wanting a bigger boat
Not sure if I said it, but the line in my shirt pocket is all the fishing line I wrapped from others when I hooked my bluefin
 

Eric Ancog

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 3, 2018
175
169
Lakewood
Name
Eric Ancog
Boat
Independence, Shogun, Red Rooster III
Great report Logan! Nice to hear you hooked up with a Marlin! That would've been really special. Heading out on a 2 day trip this coming weekend, hope the weather gets better.

-Tight Lines!
 

chilidip

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jul 26, 2006
481
132
North OC
Name
David
Boat
17' Logic CC
Nice! I picked up another 50th anniversary shirt on the last day of the trip. The boat has a great crew and the food is amazing.
 

NaplesJohn

Never Forget 343
Jun 9, 2010
663
604
Port Aransas, TX, USA
Name
John
Boat
Wilderness Systems T-160...and just sold the boat!!!
Nice, appreciate you taking time to post a report! Looks like you had fun despite less than ideal conditions!
 

"all-in"

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Oct 5, 2005
780
326
Garden Grove
Name
Chris
Boat
24, Angler, All-In
I was out on the Vagabond and had a similar trip. We went everywhere looking for fish. We fished the big bluefin one evening and got 4 around 140. We went to the West end of Clemente, Tanner, Osborne, I think Hidden and to the 60. South had all the small stuff (dodos, yft and yt). The rest of our trip was tough. Weather was horrible. Osborne had the best weather of the trip but was still a little rough. The crew worked their butts off the entire trip.
 

Oldtimer2

Well-Known "Member"
Jul 29, 2020
80
133
70
Iowa City Iowa
Name
Rob Malone
Boat
don't got no boat
Tugboat:
sounds like a very decent trip. Congrats.
I'm ignorant. What is "flatfall(s)"??
Thanks.

(Anybody who doesn't believe in Evolution, doesn't pay attention to language. :-) )
 

pacificscout

Hey! You got any frozen ice?
Jul 28, 2012
4,277
3,520
Fullerton
Name
Wally
Boat
16ft Scout EMBUSTERO
Cool report.
Steve from PENN is widely like.
About as liked and as popular as a 25 fathom narrow.
✌ ✌ ✌ ✌
 
Aug 17, 2017
141
212
Califonia
Name
Scott
Boat
Shogun
As always, I had a blast with Steve Carson from penn, he runs an awesome charter on these boats.

Short story: 1 Marlin approx 250lbs, 12 BFT up to 40lbs, 30ish YFT, 10 short of limits of dorado for 26
15-25lb test was go to the whole trip. Zero flat fall bites for bluefin, 3 did come on colt snipers though.
Wide open dorado, literally casted a dead sardine with a 3/0 hook, and 60 lb test, with FISH TAGS, and still go bit

We left about 10:00 from fisherman’s and loaded with bait by 11;00. Armando, who was the captain for this trip, informed us we were going to run to San Clemente.In previous days, there had been some big 200+lb bluefin caught but more 20-40lbers caught. Armando said we would not target the big ones, unless we came across them. So for the whole first day of the 3 dayer we traveled up to the west end of San Clemente, Osborn bank zone through nasty nasty weather. 6-8 footswell and 12-20 mph winds.

Day 2: Woke up in the zone about 1:30-2:00am. We tried and tried, but got nothing when working the flatfalls. It wasn’t until about 7:00 until we hooked a few bluefin. At 7:30 we started searching for more schools, so I asked Ryan the deckhand, if I could troll a little bit and he gave me the go ahead. I trolled a purple and black cedar plug daisy chain on my tld 30 with a 30-80 tiburon rod. After about 20 minutes Armando turned the boat and had Bryce the newest deckhand, start chumming. Immediately after, my clicker starts screaming. I look out and I see a huge boil. My uncle yelled bluefin so I thought it was a cow tuna, but it was the second boil out of the water that showed me it was a monster marlin. This marlin screamed 34 pounds of drag like it was nothing. The fish took me up the side of the boat until he made one last jump and came unbuttoned. The deckhands guesses it was probably over 200, closer to 250lbs. On that stop, while I played with a marlin, we hooked 2 more bluefin on the slide. We spent the rest of the day plunking at fish, and I got My chance at one. At 10:00 I hooked a bluefin just as armondo started the motors. This fish i hooked came on 20 lb test. A #2 circle hook, a 2 ounce torpedo sinker with a rubber band, and a bass rod as the crew called it. It took me nearly an hour, and a record amount of line on mine until the fish got into gaff range. After I got him on the boat, he weighed about 38lbs which won me third place in the jack pot.

with bluefin being bluefin, my tuna was the last once caught for the day so Armondo told us we were going to move down south and work the dorado and yellowfin.

day 3; we woke up in the nastiest weather of the trip down at the corner. It was an uncomfortable swell that made fishing wet and difficult. It took us an hour through pain and misery until the voyager (not sure if it was just called the voyager) called us into a party that was housing wide open dorado. After2 passes on the patty, we left to go find our own fish. We saw lots of patties all day which held fish,but not enough to make second passes on.It wasn’t until about 4-5:00 we found our own garage door sized patty that let the mayhem begin. We chummed and within seconds, boils erupted all around the boat. The bite went so wide open, not only could you cast a dead bait in and get bite instantly, not only could you fish a sardine with 100-200 pounds line and get bite, but you could even use your own fish tags as bait and hook them. Yes, I said fish tags. We made 3 passes on the patty and by then it had started getting dark so we called it. We were 16 fish short of limits for everyone, but everyone had atleast 5 dorado.

Overall, BFT fishing was slow as usual but we still produced a little bit. Many bites on light tackle but not as much Landing. My uncle hooked 4 BFT but was the only one to get 2 blue fin. As usual,Steve ran a fantastic show; we had many rental rod guys who hadn’t really been fishing for Pelagics before, but this sure changed it. The one thing Steve does that I have not seen other sponsors do is, if you want to learn a new method of fishing, or just learn to catch fish such as these dorado, he would nearly drop everything and show you how he would personally do it, and 99% of the time those who followed his teachings got bit.

This trip was once again, super fun. The Searcher runs a nice operation and the crew seem more like friends then deckhands. The food was top notch by Dan in the valley as usual. The bait that was bit was sardines, mackerel were a no go for these fish. The key to bluefin were 25# or less floro, and colt snipers or a rubber band sinker rig. There are lots of fish out there, just a lot of line shy stuff.
Thanks
-Logan

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9B883AC9-9F5E-4F41-BA9B-4A1E6C89C15D.jpeg


7FCF9B48-39A3-4F25-AE6C-DF72F9902858.jpeg


it was cool to see 2 osprey fly over in formation.

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Also saw this slob just sun bathing in the harbor...

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mask were worn by everyone, I only took it off for eating a tuna heart and a better picture with my tuna
Nice job on that tuna Logan!!! That was quite a catch on light line.
Can I have my spectra back?
Regards
Scott
 

Tugboat64

150lb tuna club
Sep 8, 2017
571
494
La Mirada/Whittier
Name
Logan
Boat
Wanting a bigger boat
I was out on the Vagabond and had a similar trip. We went everywhere looking for fish. We fished the big bluefin one evening and got 4 around 140. We went to the West end of Clemente, Tanner, Osborne, I think Hidden and to the 60. South had all the small stuff (dodos, yft and yt). The rest of our trip was tough. Weather was horrible. Osborne had the best weather of the trip but was still a little rough. The crew worked their butts off the entire trip.
Yeah we were out there with you and got back to Mission bay with you at the same time. We worked the area with you, and the Excel