Okay, first the rant. Bluefin schools were everywhere, you just had to find one that would bite. I was on the Grande on both 8/31 and 9/1. On both days, we'd finally get a school to go, like 1 out of 10, and within an hour we'd be encircled by private boaters, some within 50 feet (not yards, feet!). I could lob a sardine in their boat if I wanted. At one point I counted 13 within 100 yds of us. Clearly they were trying to use our chum line to catch fish. If you are a private boater, can you try to stay at least 100 yds away? Preferably 200? I mean, bluefin are long soak bites, if you are within 100 yds, you are inside of our lines and putting the fish down!!! I personally caught one of the lures from a private boat about halfway reeling in. You want to drift upwind and participate in the chumliine, fine, but not so close that you are catching our lines!!! 200 yds upwind, 100 yds downwind. You know the bluefin circle the chum, so if you are within 100 yds, you are shutting down the bite! Happened 3 times to us. Okay, now the report. Had to choose between Grande and New Lo-an. Both were good, but the Lo-an got on the bigger fish somehow, despite being very close to us. First day, nothing in the dark, first fish around 6. We had 2 good bites, but the second one was amazing, for bluefin. 360 degree blowouts. All 40-60lb fish. We probably had all 18 people hooked up at one point. Quite a few casualties as some were using 30lb. I personally never dropped below 40 and had the same number of bites as others once I switched to a thinner wire 3/0 circle hook. I did have 3 come unbuttoned with circle hooks which is very unusual, including one on a 5/0 owner circle. I got my 2 bluefin for the day, but it wasn't until late. Nothing on topwater. Poppers, surface iron (one person got one), stickbaits, colt snipers, nothing. Must have made 100+ casts to boiling fish. Hit the spot not more than 2 seconds after the boil many times. Only one other person trying topwaters so we had the bow to ourselves. To the people first trying it out, cast from the bow and then step to the side so the next person can cast, way easier, especially on a bow with little casting room. As for the bait fish, they bit both close to the boat and far away, it was really a matter of getting a frisky bait. By the end of day 1, the baits were all red and lethargic. Tough to get them away from the boat with no wind. Day 2, ahh, no riggin to do, but instead of 18, we have 36 anglers. Turns out, it was just fine. I personally had better luck not casting in early. The Grande drifts differently than most boats, or at least it did these 2 days. Most boats seem to drift stern first, so the bow gets a lot of the chum once the slide is over. On the Grande it mostly drifts forwards, so most people are stuck in the stern. WIth 18 people it was doable, with 36? Yikes! I think I only had 2 long soaks in the stern, one resulted in a fish and somehow the other did not result in a tangle. Yea! I had better luck waiting about 45-60 seconds after the stop and casting off the side or bow. Again, no wind. Again nothing in the dark. A lot of people were casting their baits, but honestly, they would swim right back to the boat 80% of the time. I went to hooking in the back about 3/5 toward the tail. I could direct the bait away from the boat and today every frisky bait was picked up. I caught my "2" by 730 with first biters not until after 6. At one point we had a nice plunker bite drift, but it seemed like only a couple of us were hooking fish. At one point I had 7-8 bites in 15 minutes. I hooked and handed off a number of fish in a row. Got a great bait, hooked him in the back, swung the bait out (not casted), and directed him to swim away from the boat, got a bite or hook up in less than 1 minute each time. I had 4 bait rods and they were all being used on fish that I hooked and handed. I got bit on 60 and 80 when others were using 30, so it really was about the bait and maybe the hook size (3/0 mustad demon circles). If the private boaters hadn't moved in, we would have limited out, but again they put the fish down being with 100 feet of our boat.