San Clement Island BFT in October

caserock

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Nov 29, 2005
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Recent trip & likely my last trip this season turned out to be a good one. Pacific Queen with Capt. Gavin.

Day 1 consisted of micro YT and 4 pound YFT. A real baby killing experience but it's what's available.

Day 2 - the captain got some intel and decided to give it a go at San Clemente.

Morning started out nice !!!


We motored around for a few hours trying to get them going -- and we finally found a school of biters !!! Heavy chum and they responded. 2 plus hours of blowups around the boat. These were 40-55 pound grade fish so 30-40 string was in order. I was having a challenge getting a bite so I dropped to 25lb flouro and was rewarded with 2 out of 3 BFT.


Great trip overall as the 2nd day really made up for the day 1 experience !!!! Nice to see this fish respond to Sardines in October.

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mhanson59hb

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Apr 22, 2013
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Congrats and great job on the light string for those brutes. Challenging to say the least!!
 
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Foss

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Great boat and great report! October blue fin...who'd a thunk it?
 

Willdoggy

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Great job. Beautiful day in paradise and some nice BFT for dinner. Awesome!
 

Reel hip

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Bluefin fishing! sucks.................other times its great!

It aint over yet. Nice fish and on lighter string even a better challenge.
Good going!
 

Pgnracr

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Congrats!!! Similar for us. This was our problem. We could not make squid at Catalina, which had worked. We gave in at 2:30 got to our squid area at sci. Finally around 4:20 it floated. Just as I got brailer in the water three huge seals blow it up. I jigged about five. So we move onto desperation, anchored in 360 we chummed cut fresh dead squid. At 6:30 fish are busting all over. But won't touch lines. Marty went to Twenty lb and live squid. After ten minutes spooled. No Love on heavy. So at ten I had 25lb out with live squid again on. One hour 50 minutes see at color. Hook pulls. So two squid left. One gets stolen. Rick finally is bit on 30. Around 45 minutes we landed a sweet 67# bft.
 

Tunahead

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Aug 11, 2006
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Bluefin fishing! sucks.................other times its great!

MAJOR: "What's your take on bluefin fishing Gunny???

GUNNY HIGHWAY"When is sucks, I grab a beer. It reminds me of all 7 ex-wives
and over 40 ex-girlfriends. Five of which stole my pickup at Oceans 11 in O'side over the past 10 years!!! LOL A bluefin hangover can be among the worst too!
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Reel hip

Meet my "Well known Member"
Feb 19, 2008
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Congrats!!! Similar for us. This was our problem. We could not make squid at Catalina, which had worked. We gave in at 2:30 got to our squid area at sci. Finally around 4:20 it floated. Just as I got brailer in the water three huge seals blow it up. I jigged about five. So we move onto desperation, anchored in 360 we chummed cut fresh dead squid. At 6:30 fish are busting all over. But won't touch lines. Marty went to Twenty lb and live squid. After ten minutes spooled. No Love on heavy. So at ten I had 25lb out with live squid again on. One hour 50 minutes see at color. Hook pulls. So two squid left. One gets stolen. Rick finally is bit on 30. Around 45 minutes we landed a sweet 67# bft.
Good going! I still go back to my previous post.

Bluefin fishing! Sucks.........other times it's great! Then it sucks again then it gets great.........Frustrating but I love it .

I've had my share of zeros! had my share of cleaning them filet's also!
 
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IrieMitch

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Anybody been back out there since this post?
 

alex morataya

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quality fish for sure!
nice read and nice pictures, especially the one where you're battling with you fish! looks like you have good eats for a while.

thanks for sharing.