Hey Guys, Just a quick post as I am paying the piper for taking the last 10 days off. 8 Day trip on the Rooster - June 26th - July 4th Day -1: 1/4 of the group arrived 1 to 2 days early for the trip. Which allowed us to hook up with Mike and Alec and go out for Pizza and drinks the night before the trip. Awesome to hang out with the crew in normal conditions..ie not at work on the boat....the prior trip cancelled which is why we got to enjoy this rare privilege. Day 1: Awoke well rested from our stay at the Ramada Inn. Worth if for a few extra bucks to have a nice hotel. I had parked my car in the lot the night prior to insure a parking space...but for some reason this year there were still spaces available on day of departure....even on day we got back which is even stranger. Met up with our fellow passengers....mostly the same old crew. This year we were blessed with some really good talent that transferred over from the previously cancelled 8 day. Jeff, Mitch, Sal etc. We left a bit early loaded up with bait....and headed off to far away places. Day 2: Travel day. No fishing or looking.....making straight for the lower part of the ridge. Rumor was grea fishing on mixed yellows and YFT. Day 3: Arrived at our destination. Somewhere on the lower Ridge...Thetis? The RP had been holding down the fort. First day was mild fishing. Mostly yellows with a few mixed YFT. Nothing special. The normal bait thing was working and for those on the jigs it seemed the smaller Yo Yo jigs were working a tad better than the regular 6x size. A few surface jig fish were also caught. It's facking hot and humid. Day 4: Fished the same area and basically destroyed the Yellowtail for full boat limits. Size was on the small size (12 - 18#'s) but there were some jumbo's up to 40+ pounds in the mix. The yellowfin were a bit harder to land but they were around to in all types of sizes. Up to near 50# and down to release size. The current changed and we headed off to fish the Uncle Sam bank. I think this is where the top 2 tuna came from. Very limited action on long soak bait drifts. But if you got one it was a nice one. Day 5: Off to Alijos with thoughts of Sugar Plums in our heads. The RP had been there yesterday for a 100! Wow! This was my day. We worked really hard for the 27 wahoo we landed today. Trolling and bombing and jigging all day long. I ended up landing 5 of these beauties. 2 on Tony the Tiger trolling and 3 on some homemade wahoo bombs. Purple and Red. Every dog has their day. This day was mine. Day 6: Back to the ridge to work on our YFT limits. Great day with another 150+ YFT landed. They came in on all different ways. Surface jigs and bait. If you didn't get bit right away and let it soak....the yellowtail got you way back. The key for the hot tickets was feeding the bait to the fish in the chum line. 30 and 40# was working fine for this application. I had success with and without fluoro. If it was hot...cheap hooks and no fluoro...slowed down...better hooks and fluoro leader. Day 7 & 8: Driving towards home. Fished for bait for the next trip. Caught about 5 nice Cedros YT.....30#ers in the short time we were allowed to fish. Couple kelps with some nice YT as well. What worked .....really anything for YT. Whatever way you like to catch them. YoYo, Surface Iron or bait.....including dropper loop. YFT mostly bait...but the surface iron guys landed more than their share. Wahoo....mostly bombs...but the standard Iron worked as well. Trolling was either Mauraders or Cow Bells. 40# could have been used the entire trip for just about all types of fishing. 30# was good when the fish got touchy. I had long and short top shots set up. For me I like the 50+yards of mono with a fluoro top shot. I also fished a 7' fluoro top shot tied directly to the spectra.....but the fight was just to violent....no shock absorber sucks for me. Top notch crew and passenger load this trip. Been awhile since I fished with Andy. Love his little Andy"isms" We will be in the "Arena" at day light....this is where you catch the fish. Mike and RJ in the galley were top notch! Derrick, Alec, Fernando and Matt on the deck! Top notch. I can't wait to Red Rooster again!