Thinking about running out for bluefin

Discussion in 'Southern CA Private Boater Offshore Trip Planning' started by Kerbking, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Kerbking

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    With the talk of the fish covering such a huge area I'm going to have to try my luck Saturday. Question is, where to start? Mushroom? 278? It seems like they are closer than the 1010 or 238... Any info would be appreciated, and of course a report will follow!
     
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    Screw the bluefin....FIND THE ALBIES!!!!!! :hali_ruahahaha:

    How epic would it be if you found a WFO albie bite all by yourself, all alone?!?! Good luck out there. I don't have any feedback what so ever but I'm sure you can find plenty by looking at some of the reports in this section. Go get 'em! :2gunsfiring_v1:
     
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    I wonder if it's not so much where you look, but WHAT you fish with. As in recent years, it seems that the BFT are eating tiny baits, yet everyone is fishing for them with large sardines.

    How about tiny swim baits or jigs?
     
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    Go west young man. The area I have been watching the last couple days seems to be holding fish that arnt too much on the move. If my boat wasent getting serviced I'd triangulate the 43-157-cross area's, but thats just me!
     
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    you can have the albies, i will take bluefin, 100 pounders. :)
     
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    I was thinking about the same... But.. Blue Fin has been very finicky for the last 2 years. You find them, you bait, you throw everything at them - no bite.... Just no bite.. they sank as soon as you are in the snugging range...
    I would wait another week.. and of course, - reports.....
     
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    slow troll mudler minnows that would be plenty small.

    And I would take BFT anyday over albies.
     
  8. titan1953

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    :food-smil:food-smil
    And I’ll take whichever shows up at the party.
     
  9. Markus

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    As they say; "West is Best"

    On a different note, it hasn't been "no bite fishing". It's been tough to get a bite, but if you do, you've got a good chance of catching a very nice tuna.

    They definately have not been biting well enough to get good sportboat scores, but if you are good at picking and casting a bait, have some decent 30# gear, and cast a a megabait into the the boilers whenever they come up, you have the potential to have a very nice day. They are defintely not rent rod friendly (this is why we love albacore or YFT), but for an experienced angler it is really exciting (and challenging) fishing.

    Last time we were out we landed a dozen tuna to 45# (out of about 25 hookups), saw some real nice ones and spent 2 1/2 hours pulling on a swordfish. I thought it was a pretty darned enjoyable day and if you're taking a private boat wouldn't just a couple 40 to 80# BFT or a shot at a sword make your day?

    good luck everyone

    -Markus

    The small bait idea always sounds good, but how do you fish a 1" sardine or mackeral on anything heavier than 10#?

    I find that if you can find a school away from a bait ball, you'll usually get at least a few bites on regular sardines.

    If casting into a foamer, a small megabait can often work wonders.

    Flourocarbon is key.
     
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    I've had fantastic success (on a private boat) long trolling 3" hoochies East Cape style for good sized bluefin. Elephants can dust off a half a ton of food, but they absolutely love peanuts.
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    Last year no trolling worked. But chumming sardines and long soak worked great for us. Maybe or hopefully it will work again.
     
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    That looks to be SE of the 182. Might be a place to start.......unfortunately i will be busy next few days so I won't be able to run out and take a look.
     
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    They work for albacore too...
     
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    I love pulling on BFT. I too would take 100lb BF over Albies. Hardest fighting fish hands down! However, I just thought the hunt would be fun.
     
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    Canyon baits...perfect.
     
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    I haven't heard of anyone being sucessful with butterfly jiggs either.
     
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    You heard it from the Man right here - mega baits if they are on bait and a sardine if they are not.. Markus has the perspective on these fish that we can all benefit from. Wish I lived in SD instead of way up north here so I could bop out there and give it a whirl. Anyone hear of any more fish up behind Catalina? Another post said a seiner got some up that way.
     
  18. Kerbking

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    Thanks everyone, that's some good intel. We are still a game time decision, but if we go I will report back on how we do!
     
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    gee it's a tough decission, 150 gals of fuel, 2/3 scoops of bait , case or two of beer, food...for fish that you can find, you can see, that foams on bait, run and gun...and if your lucky or good you may get one or two in the boat...

    Have to weight this on the scale of todays economy.....

    I listened to and chatted with a coulpe guys on the 182, and 43 , yesterday saying the water was rough the wind was up.. and the bluefin just won't bite... and they did everything known to man to get them in the boat.......That justs sucks..............Kudos to you guys that go.........
     
  20. Kerbking

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    Yeah, if it was going to take 150 gallons of fuel I wouldn't go with how shy they are, but I get 3 to 5 MPG on the diesel, so it won't be nearly that bad. Combine that with the fact that I don't drink on the boat and my trip just got a lot cheaper!
     

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