At 0520 while still driving in the dark as we are passing the E BFly at 24 kts I just happened to glance to port and see an odd dark shape in the water that turned out to be a very large kelp paddy with a bunch of birds on it. Fearing that we took it too close aboard at high speed, I wasn't sure it would still produce, but after some time it came back to life. All the YT you wanted, unfortunately we were after bigger game -- tuna... and the little YT were consuming all our bait but wouldn't take iron. We worked it for quite a while hoping that it would attract other game, but alas no joy.
Hit some more paddies on the way to the Mushroom for only one more nice homeguard YT that may be the biggest I've seen in years. I had the first crack at it and broke my 25 lb pink ande; then Morgan finished the job with 40lb. it weighed 32.2 lbs at the dock bled.
Made it all the way down to the Dumper in PERFECTLY FLAT Conditions -- it was awesome! 67-69 deg water. Chased multiple pods of porpi for nada, then while trolling on the way back up the line at 1430 got a double -- first on the zucchini broomtail long that broke the line; then the blue and white jethead set very short. Hearing that TIAGRA 50W LRS sing has got to be the best alarm clock known to true fishermen. Brought in one nice BFT that weighed 33.05 at the dock bled. No others showed.
We hit several more paddies on the long trip home for nada and didn't make back to the dock until 2005 and home by 2335. Another 23 hour trip, but a great day to be on the water. Saw water temps up to 71.6 degs and the bait was the best I've seen all year and lasted all day.