Searcher Guadalupe Report

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Mr GreenJeans

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David
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Just got back from a 7-day trip to the island on the Searcher. It was a light load with 20 anglers plus the Seeker sponsor. We spent the 7 days at the island and caught 216 tuna and nine YT. The bait was quite small, mostly 4-5 inches, with a few bigger ones in the mix. Since the chum was small, the tuna were keyed on small bait and that was what got bit. The tuna just weren’t interested in the occasional larger bait that was presented.

People mostly fished 30 and 40 pound line. The fish would take either, but with small bait, most people dropped down to 30 in order to cast farther from the boat. A short cast invariably ended up with the bait swimming back to hide under the boat. This led to big bait balls under the boat. This brought the tuna in close, and most hookups came near the boat. A surprising number of bites came within seconds of hitting the water.

Most fish were 30-40 pounds with a few in the 60-70 pound range. A couple of time anglers were spooled on 30# line, which suggests there were some plus sized tuna in the mix.

The sharks were around but we only lost a few fish to them. Maybe they were full from feeding at the other boats.

I started out fishing size 2 hooks but had several hooks pull. So I went to size 1 mutu and didn’t have any more hooks pull.

We spent most of the last day fishing for YT. I was lucky and got two on iron. But the YT were not cooperating as we tried place after place and only a few were caught.

Despite the frustrations of fishing small bait, everyone agreed it was an outstanding trip. An average of 10 fish per person of these beautiful island fish was awesome. The crew was great and the food was excellent.
 
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Jaysons999

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  • Apr 5, 2015
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    Jay
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    Thank you for the report. Getting on the rr3 on Friday. Appreciate the intel. Glad you enjoyed your trip!
     
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    surfgoose

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  • Jul 29, 2010
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    Great report, good details! It is nice to see brother fishermen having fun, but this report proves that pictures are a nice add-on but not essential. And no stupid food pictures! Yea!
     
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    Roadrunner

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    John Gleaves
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    Did anybody on your trip try chunking using the tuna that the GW taxed ? Curious as this would work even when they were line shy and only small live bait was in the wells.
     
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    Mr GreenJeans

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    Did anybody on your trip try chunking using the tuna that the GW taxed ? Curious as this would work even when they were line shy and only small live bait was in the wells.

    Yes, they did try chunking for a while. I think it only yielded one bite so they went back to bait.
     
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