Shogun Let’s Talk Hookup 6 day Oct. 23-29

Scott McPherson

Throw a couple of Wilson’s here
Aug 17, 2017
163
237
Califonia
Name
Scott
Boat
Shogun
I wanted to give a report for those that are about to fish or those that can’t go because of health reasons. Thanks to all BDers for all the knowledge passed along from their trips. It’s long winded but I like reading fish stories, and telling them too. Forgive my grammar and spelling please. I’m writing this as the boat moves up the line. I wish you all great luck. Enjoy.

Great service from the word go. Check in etc. Got sardines loaded nice bait. Ready for fishing.

The let’s talk hook up passengers were all a pleasure to fish with. Ron filled in for Rick. Ron was a great charter master. He is also a great fisherman. A bunch of Bloody Deckers were on the boat. Many of whom I’ve learned a lot from, much respect. Thank you to all passengers it was great to fish with you.

Food was outstanding!! Dustin and Daniel in the galley great team. Best food I’ve had on a boat.

The deck crew are absolutely spectacular Captain Rene, Bobby, Dave, Conner, and Kazi.

Fishy boat-Great Captain. They make great fishing decisions to get you on fish. These guys blew me away on how well they cared for all of us. Boat was super clean bathrooms were always clean too.

Made some bait first night near San Clemente

Fished Tanner Cortez zone with a bunch of other boats. Got on a school of schoolie bft 20-40

Got red hot for a bit.

Fly line shoulder hooked Sardine. I used 30 lb gold label flouro and 50 lb prospec on a tac 10 paired to a calstar 800ml. 2/0 gama nautilus h/d, Owner size 2 worked too.

Kept 2 bft lost 1 hooked and handed another 3. Rene told me I Didn’t want to max out on smaller grade early. Super Fun though.

Went on the hunt for bigger models didn’t take long. Captain told us nothing under 50lb

Used tac 12 800xh 65 prospec to 50 saiko flouro. Got bit on a nicer model fought for 30 minutes but teeth chaffed through. Oh well, foul hooked or something.

Finally got into some kite fish. Rotation started seeing some 150lb fish coming over rail. That night was time to flatfall.

Caught a 70-80lb bft on a Daiwa sk jig silver glow ,great fight. Got another fought for 30 minutes hook pulled. I Saw my line had boat rub on it at 300 ft Dave cut out that section and tied a uni to uni( this will be critical later.)Off to bed. Next day tons of big fish all around us. Many kite fish 150-340. The crew killed it they really know how to fish the kite. Bait fishing was tough. Lots of rail time STAY AT THE RAIL!

Long day lots of fish of lifetimes for my fellow passengers. Everyone was cheering each other on. They all tried to stay clear of hooked fish. Great respect and camaraderie.

Sun went down and it’s flatfall time. Some nice fish caught. Most of the gang went to bed, most having a big fish under their belt. It was 3 of us and crew flatfalling. Rail time is key. Rene kept telling us depth. 240-320. Tried to keep the jig in that zone. Lots of scope from wind drift, getting sloppy but very fishable with the wide platform of the Shogun.

Got bit on the grind right at 300 ft

(Sam at island tackle had marked every 100 ft of spectre for me). That knot that Dave tied the previous night was outside my reel when I got bit. The head shakes were painful felt like someone trying to jerk the rod out of my hands. Worked my ass off to get the knot back on the reel. Fish took it off 2 more times before I got it back on for good. This fish beat my butt in. What an amazing animal. An absolute epic battle. Deck hand Dave was with me the whole time.

Bobby, kazi and Rene helped me in the corners keeping the line off the boat. Back and forth across the stern. This crew was absolutely amazing. There is no room for error on these big fish they were preventing me from blowing it. I was hoping the fish would be over 100lbs. After about 20 minutes Dave says. “Scott I think this might be a COW!!!” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was trying to focus on maximizing constant pressure. Keeping the rod bent and working leverage. I finally get it to deep color with drag all the way forward and palming the spool. I needed more drag just to lift this beast. I didn’t set it heavy enough. Three crew members try to gaff it as the fish explodes/ slams into the boat throwing water everywhere. Fish takes a long violent run. I’m pinned in the port corner. It makes another 10-15 circles. Every time they have to use the y to keep it off the boat. By this time I’m dying. With the crew yelling at me to lift and keep lifting I lean back with everything I got. 4 gaffs sink home in an explosion of water and yells from everyone, we got it! I hadn’t seen it yet because the boat lights were right in my eyes. I look around the deckhands and see them opening the gate for my fish! I can’t believe it. They were bringing some huge kite fish over the rail earlier. They get it on board everyone yelling SUPER COW!!! I’m humbled and in a state of shock I think I just caught a super cow on a flatfall! Everyone was screaming and high fiving I layed down next to the fish on a bloody deck. It dwarfs me I’m 6’2 200. They tape it out carefully and say “Scott it’s 313”. I am over the moon. Truly a fish of a lifetime. The battle was epic and violent. I just can’t believe it still. It took forever to fall asleep after I finally go to bed.

Everyone on this trip is so nice rooting for each other and helping each other out. No “that guy”. Lots of fun and laughs.

Gear for my bft.

(Sam at Island tackle set this rig up. From rod and reel to flatfall rigging. )

Talica 20 Cal blue print added a lower gear and a dawg with a tiburon handle.

100 prospec to a 10 turn San Diego knot 200 lb leader jobu and assist hook nomad buffalo 320 red and glow. I charged it every time I could with a blue light.

Calstar 775 h factory with rail foregrip extended and shrink wrapped.

Since weather was coming up we headed south for yellowtail.

Water had cooled so Renee kept running south to get us on fish. Great fishing decision, and he made it happen. Pretty much close to wide open on yt for about 4-5 hours. Yo yo, bait, and surface iron. So much fun everyone had a blast.

Grade 10-20 lb maybe a few larger.

Used multiple rigs for yo yo. Loved getting them on the long rod. Also got a ton of calicos(released). Everything seemed to work.

Salas 6x and 6x jr. Tady 4/0.

Surface iron jri dw1, tady 45, Salas 7x. We had a great rotation on the bow throwing surface iron. Schools of yt chasing our jigs.

Last day not much fishing. We had run down south to get that better grade yellowtail. Headed to port.

Takeaways if you’re going out soon.

Bring it all 30-100

Nomad 320 red glow. Have it rigged with 200 charge the glow whenever you can.

Gamakatsu nautilus hd 2/0

Stay at the rail

Listen to the crew



Thank you to Let’s talk hookup and Shogun Sportfishing

Good luck to all

Stay safe

Scott







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Baja22

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 3, 2016
141
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Chula vista
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Jon
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Floating type
Congrats . I’ll be on the gun on the 8th for a 9 day
 

potuna

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Jul 23, 2011
813
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San Diego Ca. USA
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Pete
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Royal Star, Excel, Royal Polaris, Red Rooster, Shogun and somebody else's.
Nice report and way to go on the super, congrats.
 

FishRock

Still trying to figure it all out
Mar 27, 2013
1,955
2,650
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JAM
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Thunnus - 22' Koffler BayBee (1990)
You stayed at the rail and proved once again that if you keep a hook in the water you just might catch something.

Definitely an accomplishment to be proud of! Well done and thanks for sharing the story.

Glad to see the Shogun is doing well.
 
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richardblufin

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Jun 23, 2009
838
622
POWAY CA
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Richard Jones
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Bigger is Better Thats what she said
WOW what a catch. Fish of a lifetime. Love the Shogun they are all business. Great folks! Man no wonder you where getting strong head shakes from that Bad Boy. Fantastic Catch.
 
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Bill W

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Jan 12, 2006
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Bill Walsh
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Red Rooster
Slower the tail beat, larger the fish. Great fish and report.
 
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gettingbentwithbo

Get Bent!
Mar 7, 2009
2,334
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gettingbentwithbo.com
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Bo
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14' Starcraft SF SS
My God! Fish of a lifetime.
 

vipertom1970

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Oct 26, 2015
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tom
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2018 Parker 2320 SL
I was on the Shogun 8 day trip right before your trip and I would give this boat a 10+. The crew, Dustin and Daniel were excellent, Rene was a little shy but opened up on the last day and I landed 4 wahoo first time on the boat :). One of the guys in my group actually became a charter master for October 2021.
 
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mike garrahan

TheSabreGuy
Sep 7, 2007
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mike garrahan
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23 ft. crestliner
It was a great trip. The crew did an excellent job. I don't think they lost any fish at gaff and these were big mean fish. When they gaffed Scott's fish it was a real battle, water flying everywhere and the fish was pulling the guys all over the place. I got a 230lb kite fish that broke one gaff. I think that there were 3 fish that went 300lbs or more and 8 or 10 that were 200lbs or close to it.
Bait fish were hard to hook. There was a mix with some in the 50 to 60 pound range and others way bigger. I got tired of not getting bit on my 60lb outfit so I threw out my 40lb outfit that I use at Guadalupe for the 80lb and 90lb fish, an Avet MXL raptor filled with 65 JB spectra and 40lb Seaguar fluro. It worked great. I got bit immediately and then I immediately got spooled. After that I listened to the crew and went back to 60lb and 80lb.
A really good group of guys on the trip. I already signed up for next years trip.
 

Tom123

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Jan 31, 2020
301
228
LA
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Tom Furukawa
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None
Wow! Awesome job. Congrats! Found myself cheering ya on while you described the battle.

Great report with lots of detailed info.
 

Mr. lucky

Well-Known "Member"
Sep 17, 2004
93
221
Poway
Name
Jason Gutzmer
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La Rana
I got off the Pegasus this morning and seeing your supers up there was impressive.
 

NaplesJohn

Never Forget 343
Jun 9, 2010
682
682
Port Aransas, TX, USA
Name
John
Boat
Wilderness Systems T-160...and just sold the boat!!!
F$#@! Awesome....we are out on the RP leaving on the 1st....excitement is building! Your battle story had me right there!!! Thanks for sharing!
 

Scott McPherson

Throw a couple of Wilson’s here
Aug 17, 2017
163
237
Califonia
Name
Scott
Boat
Shogun
It was a great trip. The crew did an excellent job. I don't think they lost any fish at gaff and these were big mean fish. When they gaffed Scott's fish it was a real battle, water flying everywhere and the fish was pulling the guys all over the place. I got a 230lb kite fish that broke one gaff. I think that there were 3 fish that went 300lbs or more and 8 or 10 that were 200lbs or close to it.
Bait fish were hard to hook. There was a mix with some in the 50 to 60 pound range and others way bigger. I got tired of not getting bit on my 60lb outfit so I threw out my 40lb outfit that I use at Guadalupe for the 80lb and 90lb fish, an Avet MXL raptor filled with 65 JB spectra and 40lb Seaguar fluro. It worked great. I got bit immediately and then I immediately got spooled. After that I listened to the crew and went back to 60lb and 80lb.
A really good group of guys on the trip. I already signed up for next years trip.
Mike
It was a pleasure sharing the rail with you Pat and everyone else. I hope to join you again next year. Enjoy the fish.
regards
Scott
 

Scott McPherson

Throw a couple of Wilson’s here
Aug 17, 2017
163
237
Califonia
Name
Scott
Boat
Shogun
I wanted to give a report for those that are about to fish or those that can’t go because of health reasons. Thanks to all BDers for all the knowledge passed along from their trips. It’s long winded but I like reading fish stories, and telling them too. Forgive my grammar and spelling please. I’m writing this as the boat moves up the line. I wish you all great luck. Enjoy.

Great service from the word go. Check in etc. Got sardines loaded nice bait. Ready for fishing.

The let’s talk hook up passengers were all a pleasure to fish with. Ron filled in for Rick. Ron was a great charter master. He is also a great fisherman. A bunch of Bloody Deckers were on the boat. Many of whom I’ve learned a lot from, much respect. Thank you to all passengers it was great to fish with you.

Food was outstanding!! Dustin and Daniel in the galley great team. Best food I’ve had on a boat.

The deck crew are absolutely spectacular Captain Rene, Bobby, Dave, Conner, and Kazi.

Fishy boat-Great Captain. They make great fishing decisions to get you on fish. These guys blew me away on how well they cared for all of us. Boat was super clean bathrooms were always clean too.

Made some bait first night near San Clemente

Fished Tanner Cortez zone with a bunch of other boats. Got on a school of schoolie bft 20-40

Got red hot for a bit.

Fly line shoulder hooked Sardine. I used 30 lb gold label flouro and 50 lb prospec on a tac 10 paired to a calstar 800ml. 2/0 gama nautilus h/d, Owner size 2 worked too.

Kept 2 bft lost 1 hooked and handed another 3. Rene told me I Didn’t want to max out on smaller grade early. Super Fun though.

Went on the hunt for bigger models didn’t take long. Captain told us nothing under 50lb

Used tac 12 800xh 65 prospec to 50 saiko flouro. Got bit on a nicer model fought for 30 minutes but teeth chaffed through. Oh well, foul hooked or something.

Finally got into some kite fish. Rotation started seeing some 150lb fish coming over rail. That night was time to flatfall.

Caught a 70-80lb bft on a Daiwa sk jig silver glow ,great fight. Got another fought for 30 minutes hook pulled. I Saw my line had boat rub on it at 300 ft Dave cut out that section and tied a uni to uni( this will be critical later.)Off to bed. Next day tons of big fish all around us. Many kite fish 150-340. The crew killed it they really know how to fish the kite. Bait fishing was tough. Lots of rail time STAY AT THE RAIL!

Long day lots of fish of lifetimes for my fellow passengers. Everyone was cheering each other on. They all tried to stay clear of hooked fish. Great respect and camaraderie.

Sun went down and it’s flatfall time. Some nice fish caught. Most of the gang went to bed, most having a big fish under their belt. It was 3 of us and crew flatfalling. Rail time is key. Rene kept telling us depth. 240-320. Tried to keep the jig in that zone. Lots of scope from wind drift, getting sloppy but very fishable with the wide platform of the Shogun.

Got bit on the grind right at 300 ft

(Sam at island tackle had marked every 100 ft of spectre for me). That knot that Dave tied the previous night was outside my reel when I got bit. The head shakes were painful felt like someone trying to jerk the rod out of my hands. Worked my ass off to get the knot back on the reel. Fish took it off 2 more times before I got it back on for good. This fish beat my butt in. What an amazing animal. An absolute epic battle. Deck hand Dave was with me the whole time.

Bobby, kazi and Rene helped me in the corners keeping the line off the boat. Back and forth across the stern. This crew was absolutely amazing. There is no room for error on these big fish they were preventing me from blowing it. I was hoping the fish would be over 100lbs. After about 20 minutes Dave says. “Scott I think this might be a COW!!!” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was trying to focus on maximizing constant pressure. Keeping the rod bent and working leverage. I finally get it to deep color with drag all the way forward and palming the spool. I needed more drag just to lift this beast. I didn’t set it heavy enough. Three crew members try to gaff it as the fish explodes/ slams into the boat throwing water everywhere. Fish takes a long violent run. I’m pinned in the port corner. It makes another 10-15 circles. Every time they have to use the y to keep it off the boat. By this time I’m dying. With the crew yelling at me to lift and keep lifting I lean back with everything I got. 4 gaffs sink home in an explosion of water and yells from everyone, we got it! I hadn’t seen it yet because the boat lights were right in my eyes. I look around the deckhands and see them opening the gate for my fish! I can’t believe it. They were bringing some huge kite fish over the rail earlier. They get it on board everyone yelling SUPER COW!!! I’m humbled and in a state of shock I think I just caught a super cow on a flatfall! Everyone was screaming and high fiving I layed down next to the fish on a bloody deck. It dwarfs me I’m 6’2 200. They tape it out carefully and say “Scott it’s 313”. I am over the moon. Truly a fish of a lifetime. The battle was epic and violent. I just can’t believe it still. It took forever to fall asleep after I finally go to bed.

Everyone on this trip is so nice rooting for each other and helping each other out. No “that guy”. Lots of fun and laughs.

Gear for my bft.

(Sam at Island tackle set this rig up. From rod and reel to flatfall rigging. )

Talica 20 Cal blue print added a lower gear and a dawg with a tiburon handle.

100 prospec to a 10 turn San Diego knot 200 lb leader jobu and assist hook nomad buffalo 320 red and glow. I charged it every time I could with a blue light.

Calstar 775 h factory with rail foregrip extended and shrink wrapped.

Since weather was coming up we headed south for yellowtail.

Water had cooled so Renee kept running south to get us on fish. Great fishing decision, and he made it happen. Pretty much close to wide open on yt for about 4-5 hours. Yo yo, bait, and surface iron. So much fun everyone had a blast.

Grade 10-20 lb maybe a few larger.

Used multiple rigs for yo yo. Loved getting them on the long rod. Also got a ton of calicos(released). Everything seemed to work.

Salas 6x and 6x jr. Tady 4/0.

Surface iron jri dw1, tady 45, Salas 7x. We had a great rotation on the bow throwing surface iron. Schools of yt chasing our jigs.

Last day not much fishing. We had run down south to get that better grade yellowtail. Headed to port.

Takeaways if you’re going out soon.

Bring it all 30-100

Nomad 320 red glow. Have it rigged with 200 charge the glow whenever you can.

Gamakatsu nautilus hd 2/0

Stay at the rail

Listen to the crew



Thank you to Let’s talk hookup and Shogun Sportfishing

Good luck to all

Stay safe

Scott







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It actually weighed 306 gilled and gutted. Captain Rene said add 10% back to put it at 336!!!!
 
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greatbasin

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Jun 22, 2007
439
418
Idaho
Name
Greg
Boat
Knot Yet
Yep, I was there and I’ll say Scott and Mike are not exaggerating about how good everything was...crew, platform and food...second to none! Not to mention what a great group of fisherman to hang out with and to learn from. I hope everybody returns.
Personally I got my biggest tuna ever at 175 lbs. Also the run to the yellowtail grounds was a bold move and so worth it. I got my first YT limit on the iron! So fun!
I am already looking forward to next year.
 

wdlfbio

Once you go Cat, you never go back
Sep 15, 2008
9,269
8,918
maple valley, wa
Name
laurence
Boat
2021 Allied WildCat 30
I hope you took a little break from the rail after battling that beast.
 

afraser

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Apr 20, 2008
1,700
1,257
sf, ca
Name
aaron
Boat
NA
Stay bluefin, stay.... Trip in 6 days... Awesome report and super congrats on a flatfall super. I was feeling sick reading your story just thinking of that connection knot. I thought you were foreshadowing. Happy to hear you got it.

Any other tips on how they were biting the flatfall? On retrieve, stop and go, while jigging, deadsticked, on the fall, etc...
 

cchris

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Oct 2, 2014
440
258
35
Name
Cris
Boat
friends :)
Great fish and awesome write-up. Memories of a lifetime!