Report from Friday night... Been on a quest lately to get my son his first yellowtail... hes been watching YouTube videos and hes been so pumped up he almost couldnt contain himself anymore. Hes caught bass bonito barracuda skipjack rock fish and surf fish of all kinds, but no YT yet. So we booked an overnight trip on the Thunderbird a week ago when they had been bangin fish at San Clemente. Theyde been pretty steady on the fish 50 -70 a day... 50/50 ratio... rats to nice fish. Weather moved in on Wednesday, and they didn't fish Thursday or Friday so Im gettin a little anxious to say the least. I got confirmation @ about 2:30 Friday that we were a go, we trucked down to the landing, checked in @ 8:00... departing at 9:00... so we thought. When we didn't start boarding on time I knew something was up. We got to the bait receiver by 10:00... and were advised that we were gonna hang out there for an hour or two, that the weather was coming down rapidly, and that the bite had been mid morning to afternoon, so we shouldn't miss anything other than some really bad residuals. Guess it was 30 knot winds and 2-3 knots of current, 7-8ft @ 12 seconds crossing for the last two days. water down to 60.3 from 64.5. Nasty stuff. Kid hit the rack straight away... I got everything rigged... and we fired up @ about 11:45 and were on our way. I woke up at 3:30 to use the facilities, and it was no joke, pretty nautical to say the least. But junior was still sound asleep, thank God. So I went back to the rack. Next think I hear is the boat throttle back, so I jump out my bunch and Junior not in his bunk??? I one-eyed half asleep run up the stairs... and there he is sittin in the galley with a burrito in one hand and a bottle of Valentines hot sauce in the other!!! just BSing with the cook. Said he slept all night, never even woke up, didnt hear a thing . 6:20am... were just pullin in tight to the island and its beautiful... dead calm... blue skies. Captain Jeff starts marking fish right away and they start chumming heavy... no raise... so we ran up the line West to East. Second stop we anchor up... Luis is throwing scoops as we get on the set. And then signs... fish are coming up. Big Calicos boiling all around the boat. Rats start to boil back behind them. Junior hooks a fish... calico. Next cast he gets BIT on his MegaBait... green mack... and he looks over at me and he knows this one aint no calico!! hes on the rail and its peelin drag off his Tranx 400... and a few minutes later... his first yellow ever hits the deck!! first one for the trip as well... he was so happy he didnt even know what to do... hahahaha... neither did I for that matter!!?? but the bite didnt last. I think we got 3 fish there. wide open shortly calicos. a few toads. 2 more Rats come on, and then nothing the rest of the morning until we moved off the island to the east onto the reefs. Got really windy and choppy out on that end. started catching rockfish, and then the yellows start going crazy in our chum line. But they would NOT come to the boat. They just sat 100 - 150 yards off the stern puttin on a show. 1:00... gettin late... We started getting bites... long soaks... but a pick bite... every 10 minutes a biter... I finally get bit... 30lb... Fathom15 - Seeker 270H-8... fun fish... think he would have gone almost 20lb... pretty close. We only got (7) yellows total for the day... I was just stoked my sons got his... and then I got one... I really like fishing with Jeff... hes so in the know about what to do and how to get it done. Its never ever for lack of trying. And Steve & Luis on deck are top notch. Steve is the tangle master... amazing. they both would periodically take the time to show my son things, little tips, and I appreciated that so much. Its nerve racking to take your 10 year old on his first overnight 130 miles round trip in bad weather. But they were really cool. So not alot of fish... but one of my favorite trips Ive ever had. Proud Papa day for sure.