Offshore Shogun 8 dayer 6/19-6/27 Great BFT And wahoo

Tugboat64

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  • Sep 8, 2017
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    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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    woodfish330

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  • Aug 14, 2012
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    John
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    Fishead
    Brother.... you had a great trip. You know multidayers are like a marathon... not a.sprint! All of you got personal bests. You got an early season wahoo. Those Alijos yellowtail..... they're brutal. The ones at the Coronados.... pretty easy compared to a deep rock yellowtail. As for the weather.... well that's fishing. You didn't expect a "cruise" did ya? Thanks for posting and the food picts made me hungry...lol. Good for you guys! Be safe out there.
     
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    Rimack

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  • Jun 24, 2011
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    gary
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    WORKING ON IT.
    epic trip and beautiful photos....im hungry now.
     
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    Tugboat64

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  • Sep 8, 2017
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    Logan
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    Nothing like Sitting on the back about dropping the dropper loop on 80 pound and reeling in yellow tail like rock cod with your left leg sitting on the rail 😛
    80 lb?? I was using a makaira 20 and 135 lb and still got my butt worked. those things pulled 35 pounds of drag, they are no joke
     
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    Tugboat64

    I've posted enough I should edit this section
  • Sep 8, 2017
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    La Mirada/Whittier
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    Logan
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    Also forgot to add the important part. For the BFT and YFT 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.
     
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