Quick and dirty . 425 bait no fish , Hidden dead , west loop around through 371 , 11 Skippies. 371 to 425 , nada. Couple patties with smaller yellows , lock jaw. Temps 69-71 . Green blue . I couldn't find the right kind . Good luck !
Probably ran out of food source and retreated south. I saw almost nothing as far as bait . The 425 had some bait balls on the high spot early morning but that was it . I guess it's back to the balloon and Clemente .
Had a buddy who is a fish magnet report the same thing , only with a couple yft sprinkled in with the skippies.
I started bleeding , icing and making poke out of fresh ones last year , and they are pretty fricken delicious that way .
Thanks for the report .
I'm going broke heading south. May have to target YT this weekend.
I like the optimism. I'm sorry if I shined light on skipjack as a lousy catch . It's just that we had high hopes for bft and yft again . My 11 year old son caught his first skipjack last year and insisted we eat it sashimi style . We did and not bad . Pound for pound an impressive fight on light gear .
Skipjack got their "cat food" reputation long ago when the local boats trying for albacore would run across them, and to get the fishermen to feel OK about pulling away from a foaming school of skipjack to go look for albacore (to get the counts up for the reports in the local newspaper) the crews kicked them around. Plus back in those days the fish were not bled, just stuffed into damp gunny sacks. And just like bonito and barracuda and most fish, a long day in a damp gunny sack is NOT the way to have good eats.
We are very fortunate here in SoCal, since the vast majority of the fleet has made the investment in refrigerated sea water holds, and the crews have been trained to bleed and treat the tuna-family fish with respect. Especially if you get them properly vacuum-sealed, you have better than restaurant-grade fish any way you want to prepare them for months to come.
The fish I had Five Star process for me last year was awesome.
Multiple times I put out YFT, BFT and Skipjack sashimi....every time Skippies won out especially with the people who weren't mega fish lovers (I prefer BFT)
I cold smoked some YFT and Skippies and Skipjack was far superior in texture and slightly better in flavour.