Apologies for the late report as I just returned home last night and spend the day processing fish. An amazing trip this year. We were able to put together a great group of 23 anglers ranging from 1st timers to seasoned offshore anglers. Phenix Rods was on board and provided an Axis and Black Diamond Hybrid rods for raffle and I paired up the Black Diamond with a Makaira 15 SEa filled with 100lb spectra. J.T. was the lucky winner: Twenty-three showed up with high hopes. Good to have in the face on what was marginal fishing the few days leading to ours. Capt. Mark was realistic with his synopsis and gave it to us straight - a real tough bite with maybe a few on the flat-falls, early. They had 1 bait fish for two days effort on the trip preceding ours so he wanted to make sure we all understood. Off we headed for a zone not too far away. We'd be on it by 0400. Damn near all of us were up to drop flat-falls at o-dark. Lot's of effort with this group all ready with the right gear and jigs. Tried as we might, not a single bite for our 3 hour effort. Off to look for signs... A sonar mark here, a fast-moving school there, some scattered birds but nothing really organized. In fact it was more dead than alive. But, we had good 68 degree, slightly off-color water so we kept looking as we considered our next move While in transit from one zone to the next, a better sign on of life with birds, breezers and jumpers gave us a good thrill so we shut down on and commenced the drift. Not long into it - a bite with instant break off. And then another bite, and another. A steady pick shaped up quickly and before you know it, we'd finished our 4 hour plunker bite with 25 fish to 70lbs: We were so stoked to find a spot of fish that wanted to play. That said, it was BFT fishin where light line, small hook and lively bait worked best. #20 and #25 is what was getting bit - Pretty instant on the 20lb and if you soaked a good bait on 25lb, you'd get your shot. Despite 4 breakofffs/sawed-off in a row, I stuck with the 20lb and dealt with the consequence. A change up to a circle hook lead to the second biggest fish of the trip - a nice 60lb class fish challenged me good on my bass rod: We had at least a half dozen first timers on the boat and I am pretty sure they all got bit with most taking a fish home. I was very pleased to see most everyone get bit and work well with one another. Of course we had many lost fish as well but if I had to guess, the boat did good overall with more wins than losses, despite my 1 for 5 ratio, haha! Day two we fished with the fleet at the 'Nados. Pretty much not stop action on the 5-10lb YT and a great calico bass bite in the afternoon: Good times for sure.