Spectra Sportfishing First Offshore Trip 9-20 to 9-22 Excellent Fishing

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Fishingguy, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Orange County
    Name:
    Billy
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    Parker
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    [FONT=&quot]Spectra gets some tuna!!![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The islands have been really slow and so has been the local fishing. Yes rock fishing is great, but with all these reports of tuna, I just had the itch to go. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I had 3 special friends in town that have never caught tuna and wanted to try. So we planned it out and they were available to go for a couple of days but a very different schedule. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]It was kind of like a 2.5 day, but much of it was travel time, due to us being located in Long Beach. We ended up with 19 yellow fin tuna for the 3 of them, and lost over 30 fish over the 2 days. How did we lose so many fish? Really, the light line, small hooks, and bad weather made it really difficult to land the fish. I cannot remember the last time I used that small of a hook compared to the size of the fish. It was definitely difficult fishing. Now I understand others on this board why they were losing fish as well. We were all ALONE.....not a single boat in sight, sporty or private. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Reports over the weekend were dead slow, but I did anticipate that with the weekend crowds. I checked the weather before I left and it looked crappy. Of course NOAA was off just a tad as weather was snotty as hell. Lots of wind up to 25-30 knots all day. It never backed off, not even at night. The only way we could sleep is driving the boat down swell at night barely in gear, just to get a decent nights rest (or lack thereof). <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]


    [FONT=&quot]not the best weather, but not good by any means, but fishable[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]This was Spectra&#8217;s first tuna trip and my first time down there this season. Normally I would have fished Diego many more times, but grant it this is my first year in business, I had to take care of things in long beach. Spectra have never seen a tuna on the deck and I was hoping we could change that. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]So we met up Sunday night, as departure was set for 3am on Monday morning. Odd hours but that was just the request from my friends. We grab some dinner at Roscoe&#8217;s Chicken and Waffles in long beach and stuffed ourselves. [/FONT]



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    Since we didnt know what to expect, I wanted to make sure we were all covered with gear up to 40lbs...with a few bigger set ups , that we didnt even touch
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    I know some guys are going to laugh, but the coffee grinders did very well for casting the small pieces of chunk. Hey whatever works to get the fish. But these spinning reels performed excellent and was a blast to fish with .
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    Our primary gear we used were the new Shimano Talica II Speed reels. They are just simply awesome...The small reels did everything we needed them to do. They casts amazing with small sardines. Very smooth smooth reels.

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    [FONT=&quot]The ride down was ok, not decent by any means. When we got in the area, we searched for meter marks and it was game on. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Here is what worked for us:<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]-20lb Fluoro <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-Size 2 hooks<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-chunk bait, Sardines<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-Lots and lots of chum, we brought 60 Scoops of bait for us. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-drift fishing<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-always keeping a steady chum with a few chunks here and a few there<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-BE PATIENT<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Here is what DID NOT work:<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]-heavier line <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-my favorite 1/0 ringed mutu owner circle hook<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-TROLLING, like Markus said, just shut down and chum<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-small egg sinkers with the chunk bait<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]-and bigger hooks.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]By all means, I&#8217;m sure there are many ways to catch these fish but this is just a little summary of what worked for us. I&#8217;m no guru, but just want to share the information. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]On the first day, we got to the grounds around 2pm ish, in 66.6 water. We found the fish around 4 pm on a meter mark and plucked away 7 tuna. We lost over 15 the first day. Very very frustrating. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Day 2, <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We knew what to do now and were able to almost double our catch with 12 yellow fin tuna. They didn&#8217;t start biting till about 2pm when the weather came up. Very tough if I was in a small boat. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Day 3 <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We are almost out of bait, no chance for tuna..... [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]All in all, excellent fishing, you just have to be patient and put in your time and chum chum chum. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]A big success for us was the ability to carry 60 scoops of bait for us 6 total guys (crew included). This boat was designed for tuna fishing and it proved itself. Also, the big refrigerated fish hold got to see tuna for the first time as well. All filets and fish came out perfect, nice and chilled. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The boat has plenty of room, has a huge bait capacity and very comfortable. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The Spectra is a very fishy boat.......the fish seem to like us! :) If you would like to book a private charter with us, feel free to give me a call at <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]562-266-6228[/FONT]


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    And Yes, I know I look like a dork with the camera mount on my hat, but I have some really good footage that I will update to my website later.



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    Notice the boat almost side ways with the swell.....bad weather.
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    tiny size 2 hooks
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    Cant tell, but the refrigeration is on and its pretty cold in the hold....doesnt freeze it but nice and cold....
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    big one..... yellowfin
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    over 30 chunks we counted and a full sardine in one tuna...
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    plenty of fresh tuna
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    Day 3.....we were low on bait.....saw some tuna to boil, but not enough to get them going....


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    Spectra is a great choice for private groups. Lots of space!
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    Thanks for reading.....good luck out there.
     
  2. Saluki

    Saluki .

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    Outstanding thread Billy!

    Congrats!!!!!
     
  3. Hurricane

    Hurricane My Best Catch Ever

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    That is a sweet report. Any location to where you were alone? Heading out tonight.

    Congrats!
     
  4. Sewer

    Sewer Newbie

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    NICE
     
  5. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    Outstanding report. Very nice grade of Tuna......Thanks

    The tuna full of chunks is awesome!!! That right there is proof of how to catch these finicky fish.
     
  6. I hate seals

    I hate seals Advertiser Advertiser

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    Great report, great boat.

    So where did ya fish?

    That would be $2100.00 in bait down here, wow.
     
  7. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    my guess is the 43...
     
  8. Paul Ward

    Paul Ward Well-Known "Member"

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    the photos of the chunk bait in the tuna proves that style of fishing works but takes patience.The fish eats 20 chunks without a hook in it then it get comfy and takes your matching but hooked bait.
     
  9. umoa

    umoa silent

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    holly mother of god, glad to see you going out for tuna! that is a pig starry.


    where did you get the flip hat mount?
     
  10. GETSUM

    GETSUM Well-Known "Member"

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    WAY TO GO BILLY.
     
  11. I'M OFF

    I'M OFF Really off

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    Great read, great report, Love the boat!
    Nice job on some quality.
     
  12. psfish

    psfish Newbie

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    i got to get on your boat soon. dang, even kalbi for dinner! sweet!

    nice haul!
     
  13. Now that's a report!!! Great job Billy. I don't usually do charters, but if you serve those ribs, I'm in!!!:D:D:D
     
  14. PaDDy Killer'

    PaDDy Killer' Well-Known "Member"

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    Patrick
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    Great report Billy! Nice job getting some tuna on the boat.
     
  15. chronzzz

    chronzzz Newbie

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    good job boys!
     
  16. ambush1

    ambush1 Swagger Lures,

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    brett bumz
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    good to see the local boys hittnig up off shore
     
  17. swordfisherman

    swordfisherman Newbie

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    nice grade of fish, nice weather?
     
  18. spooledagain

    spooledagain Does it taste as good as it looks

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    Nice job guys!! How much did the 'el grande' go? Looks like a great time, way to make it happen.
     
  19. seasonsfishing

    seasonsfishing Captain 100 Ton MNC

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    I saw you in the gyros steaming down with the black smoke out of the stack and knew it was you guys on a bad weather day on Monday when we were fishing the Catalina Classic.

    Nice work Billy and glad to see you get the first tuna on the boat, more to come....
     
  20. CALICOWHISPERER

    CALICOWHISPERER Vintage Rod Enthusiast

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    R&R
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    :notworthyWay to go guys...I'm switching to spinners!:chestram2
     

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