Shogun 6/19-6/27 First Wahoo of the season

Tugboat64

150lb tuna club
Sep 8, 2017
536
441
La Mirada/Whittier
Name
Logan
Boat
Wanting a bigger boat
Hopped on my first 8 dayer not knowing I was going to be on one of my best trips ever.

First day, got down to fisherman’s about 5:40 to wait in line. At 6:30 Jen was sitting at the front desk starting paper work and taking temperatures. We left by 8:00 after they returned from fueling and baiting up. Captain Paul came down and gave us the talk for what was going to go down. Told us we were headed approx 80 miles from Fisherman’s for a bluefin bite that was doing pretty well for the big boys. After hours of traveling we set the trollers out and I started off with a black and purple marauder and got hit with ing a half hour of trolling for a bonito. Fishing was slow that whole day and only 6 fish were kept. 3 BfT 100-150lbs and 3 YFT 30ish pounds.

day 2: Paul made the run 100 miles south with the rest of the LR fleet. Saw the Intrepid and I think the excel down there. We ended the day with 70ish BfT 20-70lbs and only 20 YFT up to 35lbs. 5 BfT came on the kite the rest were fly lines on foamers or sinker rig. 40-60lb leaders were key. I pulled one YfT and missed 3 other BFT that were easily 60+lbs. one chewed through the kite line on 100lb test.

day 3: Travel day, Paul said we were heading down to alijos so we travelled all day withsome rollers heading the same way.

Day 4: Got to the rocks about 3:30am and made some mackerel to go YT fishing. We started on a hot bait nite then decided we had enough so we moved over about a half mile and the bite went just about wide open on 30+lb YT. By Noon we had over 100 YT but the tide switched and so did the bite. So Paul makes the decision to pull the anchor and move more towards the rocks. As we locked in the anchor 4 70+lb wahoo swam off the bow so every crew member and a few other guys all grabbed whatever jigs we had and attempted to hook some of these fish. Unfortunately none were hooked but it was a good sign. By 4:00 I went down and took a nap but when I woke up there was a wahoo being brought over the rail and smacked by a bat. Next thing you knew everyone was trolling hoping for their shot at wahoo. Paul started trolling groups and one by one each group got between 1 and 3 fish on the troll. Then my number came up. I trolled a yellow and orange Nomad DTX 200. My nomad was the only jig to hook 4 wahoo on the troll. It took about a half hour but I hooked up with about a 30 lb wahoo, it was a start. By then it was dark so we decided to head back over to the bait area and make some more bait for the next day.

day 5: We were joined at the rocks by the Royal Star who was on a 7 day trip. They were about a quarter mile from us in the morning but we were working together so it paid off. We worked the yellowtail untill about 8:00am and at that point we had over 260 yellowtail. After that we headed back over to the rocks to try for some more wahoo. Wahoo fishing was pretty slow but I did get one luckily. We rolled up on a partty and I was sitting on the troll with 3 other people well those 3 people decided to leave the trollers out and go get their rods instead so I got the good karma of helping the deckhands out and got a wahoo out of it. When I started reeling in the jig I got hit and just reeled like none other. It turned out to be about a 50 lb wahoo which was plenty for me. Only 2 were caught for the day so by 4:00 we had to start heading back up north through nasty seas. The weather was blowing 20’s with swell 5ish foot. day 6: Thos travel day was a rough ride, almost everyone was popping Dramamine, sleeping or being sick as we ventured up north once more.
Day 7: We woke up to some early morning bluefin down deep so I went with a torque 40 on 60lb but got no love. It took a while but we finally got on some fish that wanted to bite. I pulled one BFT about 40lbs on 20lb test with a bass rod basically so I was proud of my self. That was all I got for the day. The total for that day was about 40 BFT

Day 8: We were about 100 miles out still fishing for bluefin. We hit lots of achools all day but only got so lucky and pulled a few better sized fish. Overall it was slow but that was expected.

Lots of Personal bests for the trip like for myself, my uncle, and dad. We all got our personal best yellowtail. I got my hbest and first Wahoo, we all caught newspecies ofbottom fish. Oh and we all caught a large bill at the end of the trip. Between tips, tabs, and processing it was another 1500$.
Thank you to all those on board the boat and thanks to Steve Carson for Sponsoring the trip
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After this trip I would easily recommend this boat to anyone looking the crew were all very helpful and skilled.
Thanks
-Logan

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pacificscout

Hey! You got any frozen ice?
Jul 28, 2012
4,099
3,282
Fullerton
Name
Wally
Boat
16ft Scout EMBUSTERO
Fun and easy to read report.
Looks like that trip had it all.
Memories being made. ✌
 

yakmandan

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 30, 2007
630
724
AZ.
Name
DAN
Boat
19ft Bayrunner Baja
Love the food porn
Looks like you guys had a nice trip congrats on the Wahoo
 
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Tom123

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jan 31, 2020
257
188
LA
Name
Tom Furukawa
Boat
None
Great report. This is why we fish. It's for trips like these that'll stay in the memory banks for a long time.

Amazing photos. You guys ate good too!
 

yakmandan

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 30, 2007
630
724
AZ.
Name
DAN
Boat
19ft Bayrunner Baja
I remember the 1st time I fished on the Shogun I gained at least 10lbs on a five day and slayed the Albie's and bluefin
 
Aug 17, 2017
133
153
Califonia
Name
Scott
Boat
Shogun
Hopped on my first 8 dayer not knowing I was going to be on one of my best trips ever.

First day, got down to fisherman’s about 5:40 to wait in line. At 6:30 Jen was sitting at the front desk starting paper work and taking temperatures. We left by 8:00 after they returned from fueling and baiting up. Captain Paul came down and gave us the talk for what was going to go down. Told us we were headed approx 80 miles from Fisherman’s for a bluefin bite that was doing pretty well for the big boys. After hours of traveling we set the trollers out and I started off with a black and purple marauder and got hit with ing a half hour of trolling for a bonito. Fishing was slow that whole day and only 6 fish were kept. 3 BfT 100-150lbs and 3 YFT 30ish pounds.

day 2: Paul made the run 100 miles south with the rest of the LR fleet. Saw the Intrepid and I think the excel down there. We ended the day with 70ish BfT 20-70lbs and only 20 YFT up to 35lbs. 5 BfT came on the kite the rest were fly lines on foamers or sinker rig. 40-60lb leaders were key. I pulled one YfT and missed 3 other BFT that were easily 60+lbs. one chewed through the kite line on 100lb test.

day 3: Travel day, Paul said we were heading down to alijos so we travelled all day withsome rollers heading the same way.

Day 4: Got to the rocks about 3:30am and made some mackerel to go YT fishing. We started on a hot bait nite then decided we had enough so we moved over about a half mile and the bite went just about wide open on 30+lb YT. By Noon we had over 100 YT but the tide switched and so did the bite. So Paul makes the decision to pull the anchor and move more towards the rocks. As we locked in the anchor 4 70+lb wahoo swam off the bow so every crew member and a few other guys all grabbed whatever jigs we had and attempted to hook some of these fish. Unfortunately none were hooked but it was a good sign. By 4:00 I went down and took a nap but when I woke up there was a wahoo being brought over the rail and smacked by a bat. Next thing you knew everyone was trolling hoping for their shot at wahoo. Paul started trolling groups and one by one each group got between 1 and 3 fish on the troll. Then my number came up. I trolled a yellow and orange Nomad DTX 200. My nomad was the only jig to hook 4 wahoo on the troll. It took about a half hour but I hooked up with about a 30 lb wahoo, it was a start. By then it was dark so we decided to head back over to the bait area and make some more bait for the next day.

day 5: We were joined at the rocks by the Royal Star who was on a 7 day trip. They were about a quarter mile from us in the morning but we were working together so it paid off. We worked the yellowtail untill about 8:00am and at that point we had over 260 yellowtail. After that we headed back over to the rocks to try for some more wahoo. Wahoo fishing was pretty slow but I did get one luckily. We rolled up on a partty and I was sitting on the troll with 3 other people well those 3 people decided to leave the trollers out and go get their rods instead so I got the good karma of helping the deckhands out and got a wahoo out of it. When I started reeling in the jig I got hit and just reeled like none other. It turned out to be about a 50 lb wahoo which was plenty for me. Only 2 were caught for the day so by 4:00 we had to start heading back up north through nasty seas. The weather was blowing 20’s with swell 5ish foot. day 6: Thos travel day was a rough ride, almost everyone was popping Dramamine, sleeping or being sick as we ventured up north once more.
Day 7: We woke up to some early morning bluefin down deep so I went with a torque 40 on 60lb but got no love. It took a while but we finally got on some fish that wanted to bite. I pulled one BFT about 40lbs on 20lb test with a bass rod basically so I was proud of my self. That was all I got for the day. The total for that day was about 40 BFT

Day 8: We were about 100 miles out still fishing for bluefin. We hit lots of achools all day but only got so lucky and pulled a few better sized fish. Overall it was slow but that was expected.

Lots of Personal bests for the trip like for myself, my uncle, and dad. We all got our personal best yellowtail. I got my hbest and first Wahoo, we all caught newspecies ofbottom fish. Oh and we all caught a large bill at the end of the trip. Between tips, tabs, and processing it was another 1500$.
Thank you to all those on board the boat and thanks to Steve Carson for Sponsoring the trip View attachment 1162601View attachment 1162602View attachment 1162603View attachment 1162609View attachment 1162614View attachment 1162617View attachment 1162624View attachment 1162625View attachment 1162626View attachment 1162627View attachment 1162628View attachment 1162629View attachment 1162630View attachment 1162631View attachment 1162632View attachment 1162633View attachment 1162634View attachment 1162635View attachment 1162636View attachment 1162637View attachment 1162638View attachment 1162639
also forgot to mention on day 7 we came across a swordfish just sleeping in the afternoon. Captain Rene got upon the bow with a harpoon and stuck it but the barb was bad so itpulled out very easily.
After this trip I would easily recommend this boat to anyone looking the crew were all very helpful and skilled.
Thanks
-Logan

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Great read!!!
Thank you Good job
Nice yt and wahoo
Regards
Scott
 

Lake

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 31, 2003
2,208
2,336
Visalia, CA
Name
Blaine Lake
Boat
none
Thanks for the report. Sounds like a fun trip. I wish I could have done some of these at your age.
 

Yellowtail Dan

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Apr 10, 2006
3,117
3,107
52
Roseville Ca
Name
Dan
Boat
Excel, American Angler
Good boat to be on when the weather is snotty. Always good to finish off June with wahoo at the rocks. Hopefully they hold and start to build. In volume
 

hucklongfin

Deep release specialist
Jul 3, 2003
8,620
5,843
64
Mission Viejo
Name
MarkT
Boat
Blazer Bay 1860
Awesome... first 8 day, first time to the rocks, first Wahoo, toad YT and it all happened in June!
 

screamingreel

Long Range Fanatic
Jan 14, 2006
2,357
2,551
Hayward CA
longrangesportfishingsandiego.com
Name
Jeff Burroughs
Boat
Long Range and Private
Hi Logan,

Thanks for the report. It looks like you had a good trip. Congratulations! If you remember some additional details around which equipment and presentations were most effective at catching the YT, YFT, BFT and Wahoo that would be great too. Rod. reel, line type and rating, leader, hook type and size, bait type, how the bait was hooked, connections used, etc. The more situational details the better...

- Jeff Burroughs
 
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Maing

Maing
Oct 20, 2017
688
390
Washington
Name
Maing
Boat
Me yak fer now
Very good boat to fish for sure! Nice job on the whoo and thanks for the report!!!I whoo, id have to say is the most fun to catch of all the fish out there, that I have experienced!!!
 

Tugboat64

150lb tuna club
Sep 8, 2017
536
441
La Mirada/Whittier
Name
Logan
Boat
Wanting a bigger boat
Hi Logan,

Thanks for the report. It looks like you had a good trip. Congratulations! If you remember some additional details around which equipment and presentations were most effective at catching the YT, YFT, BFT and Wahoo that would be great too. Rod. reel, line type and rating, leader, hook type and size, bait type, how the bait was hooked, connections used, etc. The more situational details the better...

- Jeff Burroughs
For the BFT we started off with 40-60 lb leaders and pulled some 100lb grade in, on day 2 we dropped down to 30 for the schoolie sized and were bit very well. On day 7 it was dropped down to 20 lb if you really wanted but 25 and 30 lb were the tickets. Day 8 was the same as 7. Hooks depended on the bait. #1 circle and j hooks worked good but there were pulled hooks if no top shot. I used a 2/0 for rubber band sinker rig, but for fly lining I had a number 1 j hook with a shoulder hooked bait on 20 lb and about 6 lbs of drag and it worked well.
 

tunanorth

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Dec 4, 2005
5,968
3,967
By the lake
Name
Tunanorth
Boat
Bass Tracker 16
Logan did great on his first "longer" trip, and no doubt another hardcore Long-Ranger has been created.
I brought a number of "field-test" combos for "Slow-Pitch Jigging". Not exactly a new technique, but is just catching on here on the west coast.
Captain Paul was very enthusiastic about it, and borrowed the test setups as often as he could.

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Green Ogre

Well-Known "Member"
Apr 28, 2009
95
146
Orygun
Name
Shrek
Boat
Willie Predator, Learned Dory
Thanks for the write up. Excellent report. I love that boat