Saturday my wife and I decided to take our daughter out for a short local trip. We were not expecting this.
Our daughter is almost two now and gets bored easily, so my plan was look around the horseshoe to try to locate a school of cuda or maybe get lucky and find some leftover yellows.
Worst case scenario we could feed the birds and play in the bait tank. Low expectations family trip.
Anyway, we got to the boat at 9:00 a.m. and made our way to see Mike at San Pedro bait to get half a scoop of sardines (this is my daughter's favorite part of any fishing trip).
After playing with the bait, my daughter decided to take a nap while my wife and I headed outside of the harbor and started looking for birds.
I looked all over the north horseshoe but didn't see much. I could see several boats out on the 150, so naturally we headed north west in the opposite direction.
My daughter was still sleeping, so we decided to take a little look in the channel to see if we could find a kelp paddy holding some yellows. At about 10 miles out, my wife and I see several large boils off in the distance, but whatever it was sunk out before we got to them.
We kept going and then turned back around to see some terns working pretty hard. They were moving pretty fast, but we were able to get in front of them. I shut the boat down and brailed some bait.
To our surprise tuna started crashing everywhere....and not a single boat anywhere near us.
All I had set-up was a light tackle spinning combo - a Shimano Stradic 5000 FJ and a Trevala 66m rod with 15 pound test and a light wire circle hook. Oh well, that was going to have to do.
Instant hook-up on a small sardine. Within 30 seconds it was looking like I was going to get spooled so I ran up to the bow and my wife chased down the fish. As we were chasing the fish down I could see free swimming tuna everywhere up on the bow.
Eventually after getting my butt handed to me on the light spinning gear (too much fun by the way) I started to gain some ground and we were able to sink the gaff into a very nice yellowfin tuna.
The school was still with us and I landed three more much smaller fish in short order on more appropriate gear. Unfortunately after that my daughter was starting to look a little green, so we called it a day a noon and headed back to the slip.
If I had had some of my buddies with me we could have really messed them up. This was a big school and they really wanted to bite.