Sportys anchoring for tuna vs drifting

So Cal Adventure

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I am looking to go out on a sporty this week and have heard that many of the boats are mostly anchoring on the high spot S of Clemente. I am worried about booking passage on a boat that doesnt do that because I have found that you can drift out of the zone for an hour or more while 1 guy tries to boat a big fish on light line (while the clock ticks away...) And so goes the day...

Is that why many of the sportboats are anchoring? Whats the story? This surely keeps the other fishermen in the zone, right? I'm Interested to hear some opinions.
 
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freegaff2

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I get the general impression the sportboats drifting have been able to keep at least a plunker bite going with chum...just keep fishing. On anchor, there is less room across the stern than the entire port or starboard rail ;)Downsides to both, I guess...limited load would help a bunch...
 

PoolMan

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If you have a 42 foot Bertram and count the difference in dollars spent versus the big tuna experience of a lifetime (either on your boat or on a sportboat) you better sell that boat soon. You should be out there 2-3 days a week right now to get one while they are here if you can afford to slip and maintain that boat. Not trying to hammer on you but that is the reality of this bite. Find some good HO's and get out here ASAP.
 

Slice-Of-Life

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If you have a 42 foot Bertram and count the difference in dollars spent versus the big tuna experience of a lifetime (either on your boat or on a sportboat) you better sell that boat soon. You should be out there 2-3 days a week right now to get one while they are here if you can afford to slip and maintain that boat. Not trying to hammer on you but that is the reality of this bite. Find some good HO's and get out here ASAP.
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The bigger question is if you have a 42 ft Bertram why haven't you and your buddies gone down there for a multi day trip. Diesel $2.00 a gallon split 4-6 ways is a no brainer
2.00 $$ a gallon. Can you please give me coordinants to that please. My boat holds 500 and that price would be really nice!!!
 

mike garrahan

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I was out on a 2 day trip last Thursday and Friday. We fished the area just south of San Clemente. We were drift fishing like most of the other sportboats. Fishing was very tough. We got a couple of nice ones on the kite and about 6 or 7 hookups on bait but most of the bait fish were lost. The fish were very line shy. If you fished 60 or 80 it was very hard to get bit. If you fished 30 or 40 you could get bit but very tough to land the bigger fish. If I had my own boat I would be out there flying a kite. Also on a private boat you have the ability to chase the fish down if you hook one on lighter line.
 

KID CREOLE

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Well I'm paying $2.30 a gallon for diesel at the pump for my truck, its gotta be less at Jankovich for bulk
 

sixty

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Heard San Pedro fuel dock was well under $2..... if I had a 42 Bert i would be out there for the next week. Im in if you need a deck hand!
 
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flyhigh123

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these boats still want to catch as many fish as possible. if the drift bite is better, then trust the captain. if the anchor bite is better, then trust the captain. they make money catching multiple fish