Sat 8/15 from fishing to catching

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by mavcarey, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. mavcarey

    mavcarey Newbie

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    Drove down from SB to SD Friday afternoon to fish with my cousin who just moved up from Hawaii and a couple friends on my buddy's 29 ft Pursuit, the Antares. Launched in Mission Bay around 4am Saturday morning.. Waited about an hour for bait, meanwhile making friends with they guys next to us on the boat Legal Tender. Bait was mostly mini macs but really lively ones. Headed about 12-15 miles off La Jolla, slightly north.

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    Found birds around 8:30 with a few tuna busting underneath them, we picked up 1 smaller yft and the skunk is off early. Turned around and found the birds again who were now on a paddy holding a couple dodos. They were lock jaw so I hopped in and shot one, the other bagged out when the one I shot got put on the boat.

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    After that we tried long soak with a big group of boats. Marks were good, other boats were hooking up, but we just couldn't get em to go so it was back to the troll. After a few hours of trolling, and another long soak still nothing else.

    Here's where I want to give a huge thanks to the guys on the vessel Legal Tender. Around 1pm we still had only the 2 fish and they called us over to a paddy with a dorado and yellowfin bite saying they were gonna head in cuz they were running out of ice. It's a shame to have to leave for anything less than a full fish box. We ran over and dropped ice on their boat. Awesome to see you guys hook up right after that!

    Then the bite was on for us too. Saw dodos around the boat, but first bite was a solid 25-30lb yellowfin. From there it was tuna and dodos every few minutes. We drifted that for and hour or so, with 10 or so boats around. Decided to head up to about where the paddy was, rest of the boats were still drifting. We got in the area and a few mintues in the tuna were still biting up there, and we had that part of the school all to ourselves for 2 or 3 hours. Left them still biting with both the kill bag and hold pretty much full.

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    Our total was 18 yft (almost all in the 20-30# range, with a few just over 30), and 5 dodos.
    Lesson for the day, is instead of complaining about how long you have to wait for bait, make the best of it and chat with the people around you. It's easy to be nice, and it could pay off. A win-win for us and Legal Tender. Thank you guys!
    Tons of gopro footage to go through, coming later.

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  2. Shark Meat

    Shark Meat Diehard/Determined CAPT

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    Nice work
     
  3. Antares

    Antares The popcorn police

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    Looks like you had a great trip.
     
  4. Jdouglas

    Jdouglas Member

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    Nice haul! Love the part when you just jumped in an shot one!
     
  5. Rabid Fish

    Rabid Fish Well-Known "Member"

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    Lol way to smack em silly bud
     
  6. scottiesq

    scottiesq Newbie

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    It was a pleasure Fellas. Very happy you crushed it. Big thank you for the ice, it allowed us to stay and catch three more, until we were full too.
     
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  7. Vermonster

    Vermonster Well-Known "Member"

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    Wow, that's a load of fish! Congrats, very nice!
     
  8. pappyhat

    pappyhat Pappy

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    Nice pictures and a great trip for you all..
     
  9. colemans224

    colemans224 Member

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    Damn, that's a lot of meat! Congrats!
     
  10. sash1mi

    sash1mi Newbie

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    Great catch...congratulations!!!
     
  11. mavcarey

    mavcarey Newbie

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    video from our first tuna of that afternoon. my cousin battling the thing on spinning gear.
     

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