Should 16 day trips take a day on the bluefin grounds?

afraser

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Has everyone been watching the reports this week? Yesterday there were boats with 40+ 100-200lb bluefin in local waters. If the bite continues, should the long range boats take a day or half a day to stop on the bluefin grounds? I mean compared to the last reports at Hurricane bank and the buffer zone, there are actually more and bigger fish biting locally (and no sharks), and we could still fish 6 or 7 days at the bank. And the boats that are doing well don't have anglers that are as equipped as the long range boats are. I'd be happy to have one or two 150# bluefin to start my 16 day trip.
 

Steve K

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Let's go South, it's quite tropical there
 

bparker1225

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Correct Tim is the skipper on the current trip and they began heading to the bluefin grounds on the 19th. Tim and Randy are among the best bluefin fishermen/captains there are! This trip returns Wednesday so they willl have plenty of fishing time to put a hurt on them should they still be biting.
 
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Soda Pop

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I have yet to fish Bluefin on a 15 or a 16 day. I leave Friday on the Excel 16 day trip. I think will go to HB to start off. After that will see what happens.
 
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I believe the Royal Star is doing just that at the end of their latest trip. Haven't heard any results yet.
Looks like the RP is going to do the same thing.
 
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afraser

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On the way back is fine IMO but not on the way down as the RSW cannot hold fish that long so why kill them and freeze them?
I'll take the frozen. All sushi is frozen. It comes out great if you use a processor. I'd rather have it preserved in initial state than 5+ days in the RSW (the fish I had last year that was 8 days in the RSW did not come out well). I happen to be on a flyback trip, so the only option is on the front end.
 
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DMcD

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I wonder how the RS and RP handle the fishing license part? Do they have CA licenses on the boat? I can't remember the last time I fished U.S. waters, or had a CA ocean license...
 

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If I had the loot I would charter a big boat with some bros and chase Cow bft for ten days straight or more. Only come in to re load bait if the boat needed to. And if I had that type of loot the bait would be brailed so the boat would need to come in to refill :D

Make big baits too like maybe bonito or big baits off a bush :rodent:
 

makairaa

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I would think it would be more practical on an 8 or 10 day trip. Spend your allotted time at the lupe and then come back for the bluefin. Especially if it is slow south or the weather is up.
 

walkerman

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I think it would depend on the fishing down south. No bueno to leave fish to find fish. Besides, if I had some nice yft, I would rather spend time looking for dorado, wahoo and yt than to go look for more tuna, even if it is bft.
 

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The local Bluefin is certainly very tantalizing. I have a 15 day trip at the end of January. My plan is to head south and fish where it is warm and tropical. IF the fish are still around I would not mind fishing for the big BFT at the end of the trip.

I would not be in favor of it early in the trip. It's just too big of a gamble. You would lose a couple of days. This would mean that you were going to run to Clarion or Hurricane for a 12 day trip. I know the boats do that, but the reason I take a 15 day trip is to not feel the pressure if there is a couple of slow days of fishing.

IF I were signed up for a 5 day trip right now, I would prefer to stay local opposed to fishing Guadalupe. THe local fishing is really good right now.....
 
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JohnTFT

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Im from the East Coast and just dont get excited about bluefin that arent over 400.

I would not be opposed to stopping on the way back.

But, I want to catch big Yellowfin. We dont get the quality Yellowfin on the EC available on the on the long trips.

So, from a very specific perspective would say no. I would rather sit on the Lower Banks for a bite on a really big Yellowfin than to catch Bluefin that we call "schoolies" on the East Coast.
 

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Im from the East Coast and just dont get excited about bluefin that arent over 400.

I would not be opposed to stopping on the way back.

But, I want to catch big Yellowfin. We dont get the quality Yellowfin on the EC available on the on the long trips.

So, from a very specific perspective would say no. I would rather sit on the Lower Banks for a bite on a really big Yellowfin than to catch Bluefin that we call "schoolies" on the East Coast.
There was a time at the lupe were there was plenty of schoolies and beyond you just didn't stand a chance on anything over 200 because of the drop off. Unlike the shallow depths on the other side
 
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I see your point for sure but these are caught LR style :) Your side wants yft certainly but the west coast has been deprived of jumbo bft so its cool for us :D but I do want to go fishing in the tropics preferably when going long

Six boats within 1.5 day range of SD just mopped up some big fish 100-170. Go get on one of the pro 1.5 day boats out of SD now if you can and want a shot at a fish of a lifetime for cheap. If you live there go. Like going to hurricaine overnight

http://www.sportfishingreport.com

Tribute 1.5 day check out this vid
https://m.facebook.com/Tribute-Sportfishing-225190870956880/
 

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