Offshore TOMAHAWK 1.5 day (8/1-8/3)

streetnfish

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Hey guys,

I was able to score the last spot on the Tomahawk for a 1.5 day. My goal was to score some bluefin tuna for a friend, who is out of state, and his advice was to try and get on a trip with Capt. Mike Loust who we fished with previously on another Long Range boat. As you know, for the last week , most of the San Diego boats have been targeting yellowtail/dorado as the bluefin bite had dropped off. The Tomahawk had a 1.5 day trip returning sun morning and Mike reported that they had some bluefin and he though that things were about to turn around. So I'm walking down the dock to the boat and I hear Mike on the PA telling everybody "We're going tuna fishing folks !" Stoked ! now just hoping the fish cooperate.
I get on the boat and meet the crew. Capt Mike Loust and 2nd Capt Frank. On deck was Brad, Robert, Aaron (I think), and a cutie pie named Fatima. Darren (I think) was in the galley. I also knew Brad from his work on another boat a few years back. We had a full boat of 30 peeps with a mixed crowd. We had a Long Range captain, a hand full of rental rodders, a few newbies, and a few guys who new their way around a sportboat.
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We stopped off at the barge and loaded up on some nice 4-5" dines.
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We shoved off for the bluefin grounds and Mike gave us the rundown. Heavy Flatfalls for night time fishing with nothing less than 80lb gear. Daytime Flatfalls on 50-60lb gear. Sinker rigs on 40lb and flyline setups from 25-40lb. We hit the racks and got some sleep. Woke up around 4:30 to the boat slowing down and we were on the grounds. So was everyone else it seemed. There were at least 20 other boats scattered over a large area. We stopped on a few schools for nothing. There was a bit of a breeze and some swell in the water. So definitely needed a toss upswell to be vertical when reaching the boat. Unfortunately , no biting fish as our early sunrise approached.
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We kept looking around a greylight approached and suddenly Mike got a good school to get under the boat. A few splashes around the boat . A few guys started flylining dines and the fish reacted ! A few minutes later and we had fish on the boat.
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I put away my heavy outfit and tossed out a dine on 30lb flouro (Penn Fathom 25N/Calstar 800M/50lb spectra). Off the downwind corner with the chum and I'm bit before I reach midstern. Few minutes later and I'm on the board.
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Soon the fish are blowing up around the boat within casting distance. They are still "being bluefin" but a lively dean on 25-40lb test and good line management resulted in a bite.
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Nice sized fish from 20-40lbs were coming aboard. The crew were doing a good job. Managing lines, gaffing fish, and gilling/gutting them quickly before dropping them in the RSW.
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The fish were stayin with us and you could see blow ups and foamers all around as far as the eye could see. Guys started hooking up and soon I got my second fish. Sweet ! Mission accomplished !
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Fatima got on the tank and lit them up for us !
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You definitely had to work for them but fish were coming aboard with 1-5 fish hooked up the whole time. Mike was in the horn letting us know the depth of the fish as well as what techniques he thought we should use. He was also down on the deck managing the chaos which comes with tuna fishing. We got a few yellowfin starting to come in also. There was a huge hammerhead swimming around an Mike mentioned that sometimes the tuna were associated with them or vice versa. A mako came in and attacked one of the tuna at gaff. He paid for that mistake !
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I kept fishing to see if I could get some yellowfin but soon ended up with another bluefin. There were a few guys with out a fish so I handed off my next three fish. And they were all landed so the guys were Super Stoked !
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One of the guys bought me lunch for handing off a fish as well as helping him with a few backlash. Man that Darren hooked up a nice shrimp veggie wrap and fruit salsa that I can definitely recommend !
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The sinker rigs were working also on 30 and 40lb. Some of the guys that were adept at it were hooking up multiple times. Of course there were lots of fish lost but they were sticking with us still on the same drift. After awhile Mike said he was starting to see some larger fish down deeper at 20-30 fathoms. People were still flyling and I decided to try a lighter flatfall setup. (Tiburon SST 8/Calstar 765ML) I tossed out a 200g bridled SK jig for a few drops with no takers. Switched it out to pink/chrome 200g SK with rear assist hooks. During my 3rd drop, my line suddenly goes slack ! Put it in gear, wind down, and the rod loads up ! Definitely a nicer fish. I work him around the boat and Brad does a good job of keeping me free from tangles and the bottom of the boat. Finally I get a nice one on the board !
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We went well into the after noon and the fish continued to cooperate. Many of the other guys along with the crew started handing of fish also so everyone got into the action as we approached limits.
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After that super long drift, Mike took us off to try some of the many foamers we saw. It was really something to see all the spots of foamers and breezers around. You really just had to look around and pick one to drive to.
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It was all you want foamers that you could drive right up close to. I mean looking straight down into them from the bow close ! Getting them to bite was a different matter ! They were on huge schools of these 1-1.5" bait fish. They were bigger fish too. 50-100lbs. 100g Colt snipers right through them and nothing. Mike said they would only eat small "dart" type lures and he sat not to use less than 50lb on these fish. Needless to say a few guys hookup on the next foamer on Lexa's and 30lb. Two are immediately bit off and on is spooled almost as quickly! A couple of the crew members tie on some darts and one is bitten off on the next foamer. Brad ties on another Dart and Aron ties on a small Shimano Coltniper Stickbait. They both hook up on the next foamer and get to pull on a couple of fish. They have fun getting worked on their light gear but they both get the fish to the boat it relatively short order.
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We went into the evening an got one last fish on a small coltsniper (60-80g)
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We tried flatfalling in the dark to see if we could land one of the bigger models but only resulted in 1 small fish. With that we wrapped it up and headed home with full boat and crew limits.
As far as what worked: during the day, 30lb test was the rule. But you needed to be able to pick a good bait, hook it well, cast it away from the boat, and manage it until It got into the zone. Miss one of those check boxes and no bites for you. This was the main issue for most of the inexperienced guys. Some guys dropped down to 25lb and suffered on bigger fish. Long fights or bitten off. A few fish were caught on 40lb but but it was rare. Sinker rigs worked well. But you needed to be able to manage your depth properly to get to the right depth. The guys who could do that did well. As far as Flatfalls , again depth management and jig wt , I believe, were key. I marked the line on all my heavy rigs for this trip and had a much easier time staying in the proper zones. 400-500g jigs might be good to have in your arsenal to get down quicker. I has a 300g SK and still had to cast down wind to be vertical at 300ft when reaching the boat. I only got 3 bites and they were all while working the jig vertically. Most of the guys on the boat were just dropping straight and were scoped way out.
As far as losses I saw: Most were from not following the fish resulting in tangles and burn offs. Others were from not using adequate gear. Quite a few older spinning reels were noted to be making odd noises during the first run with fish broken off later. Also a few guys fishing the Lexa 400 type reels seemed to not be able to turn the handles sufficiently to gain line and lost fish after long fights for various reasons. If you are gonna fish the lighter gear, make sure you know how to properly fight a fish to increase your odds. Finally make sure you can tie good knots for hooks and line to line connection.
As for the crew, I was a pleasure to fish with these guys. It was great to see Mike running his own boat and managing all the new responsibilities. He's a great fisherman makes the boat a fun place to be. He's got a young crew who are all hungry and willing to work. They are not perfect and learning the ropes but were totally fun and personable the whole trip. Brad, who I fished with when he was totally green a few years ago has matured nicely. He runs the deck well and has become quite the fisherman, hooking and handing several fish while also working the deck. I'm looking forward to fishing with them all again.
All in all it was a great trip with a lot of fun guys to fish with and I'm glad the fish cooperated. Anyway, good luck out there guys !

Sorry about all the extra pics at the end. If I can figure how to take them off I will.
If anyone knows how I can edit the pics at the end without deleting my other pics, shoot me a PM please !

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Nice report! Thanks! Is that the California flyer all chewed up? Did y'all fly the kite at all?

Also how did you mark your line for judging depth?
 
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Nice report! Thanks! Is that the California flyer all chewed up? Did y'all fly the kite at all?

Also how did you mark your line for judging depth?
Yes flew the kite. Only 1 blowup and no connection. Marks are from previous trips. As for my line, I marked off 100' on the ground. and walked it off the reel. Made 1.5 foot marks with sharpie every 100' for 500' of line. Girlfriend helped with holding line as I walked it off.
 

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    I was watching you guys on marinetracker at work,there was a shitload of boats in that area even the dana pride 3/4!
     
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    Insaine 1.5 dayer with a big fish too boot. Handing off tunafish 🤙🏾 great info. The visuals :D

    Yep Mighty Loust. Put his time in on 2 premier LR boats. He's going to make a name for himself. Racoon eye lifer

    Did a 9 day with him in 2019. At Alijos after the spawn. Handlined a greenie out of the slammer, just before dinner. Sent it down. Got bit. Fishers thought it was a junk fish. Loust stuck the only Alijos yellow and we knew it was yellow coming up from the tail beat
     
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    Hey guys,

    I was able to score the last spot on the Tomahawk for a 1.5 day. My goal was to score some bluefin tuna for a friend, who is out of state, and his advice was to try and get on a trip with Capt. Mike Loust who we fished with previously on another Long Range boat. As you know, for the last week , most of the San Diego boats have been targeting yellowtail/dorado as the bluefin bite had dropped off. The Tomahawk had a 1.5 day trip returning sun morning and Mike reported that they had some bluefin and he though that things were about to turn around. So I'm walking down the dock to the boat and I hear Mike on the PA telling everybody "We're going tuna fishing folks !" Stoked ! now just hoping the fish cooperate.
    I get on the boat and meet the crew. Capt Mike Loust and 2nd Capt Frank. On deck was Brad, Robert, Aaron (I think), and a cutie pie named Fatima. Darren (I think) was in the galley. I also knew Brad from his work on another boat a few years back. We had a full boat of 30 peeps with a mixed crowd. We had a Long Range captain, a hand full of rental rodders, a few newbies, and a few guys who new their way around a sportboat. View attachment 1305589
    We stopped off at the barge and loaded up on some nice 4-5" dines.View attachment 1305591View attachment 1305592View attachment 1305593View attachment 1305594
    We shoved off for the bluefin grounds and Mike gave us the rundown. Heavy Flatfalls for night time fishing with nothing less than 80lb gear. Daytime Flatfalls on 50-60lb gear. Sinker rigs on 40lb and flyline setups from 25-40lb. We hit the racks and got some sleep. Woke up around 4:30 to the boat slowing down and we were on the grounds. So was everyone else it seemed. There were at least 20 other boats scattered over a large area. We stopped on a few schools for nothing. There was a bit of a breeze and some swell in the water. So definitely needed a toss upswell to be vertical when reaching the boat. Unfortunately , no biting fish as our early sunrise approached.View attachment 1305601
    We kept looking around a greylight approached and suddenly Mike got a good school to get under the boat. A few splashes around the boat . A few guys started flylining dines and the fish reacted ! A few minutes later and we had fish on the boat.View attachment 1305602View attachment 1305603
    I put away my heavy outfit and tossed out a dine on 30lb flouro (Penn Fathom 25N/Calstar 800M/50lb spectra). Off the downwind corner with the chum and I'm bit before I reach midstern. Few minutes later and I'm on the board. View attachment 1305615 Soon the fish are blowing up around the boat within casting distance. They are still "being bluefin" but a lively dean on 25-40lb test and good line management resulted in a bite.View attachment 1305616View attachment 1305617View attachment 1305618
    Nice sized fish from 20-40lbs were coming aboard. The crew were doing a good job. Managing lines, gaffing fish, and gilling/gutting them quickly before dropping them in the RSW.View attachment 1305619
    The fish were stayin with us and you could see blow ups and foamers all around as far as the eye could see. Guys started hooking up and soon I got my second fish. Sweet ! Mission accomplished !View attachment 1305620View attachment 1305621
    Fatima got on the tank and lit them up for us ! View attachment 1305628View attachment 1305629View attachment 1305630View attachment 1305631
    You definitely had to work for them but fish were coming aboard with 1-5 fish hooked up the whole time. Mike was in the horn letting us know the depth of the fish as well as what techniques he thought we should use. He was also down on the deck managing the chaos which comes with tuna fishing. We got a few yellowfin starting to come in also. There was a huge hammerhead swimming around an Mike mentioned that sometimes the tuna were associated with them or vice versa. A mako came in and attacked one of the tuna at gaff. He paid for that mistake !View attachment 1305632View attachment 1305634View attachment 1305635
    I kept fishing to see if I could get some yellowfin but soon ended up with another bluefin. There were a few guys with out a fish so I handed off my next three fish. And they were all landed so the guys were Super Stoked ! View attachment 1305637View attachment 1305639View attachment 1305640View attachment 1305641
    One of the guys bought me lunch for handing off a fish as well as helping him with a few backlash. Man that Darren hooked up a nice shrimp veggie wrap and fruit salsa that I can definitely recommend !View attachment 1305642
    The sinker rigs were working also on 30 and 40lb. Some of the guys that were adept at it were hooking up multiple times. Of course there were lots of fish lost but they were sticking with us still on the same drift. After awhile Mike said he was starting to see some larger fish down deeper at 20-30 fathoms. People were still flyling and I decided to try a lighter flatfall setup. (Tiburon SST 8/Calstar 765ML) I tossed out a 200g bridled SK jig for a few drops with no takers. Switched it out to pink/chrome 200g SK with rear assist hooks. During my 3rd drop, my line suddenly goes slack ! Put it in gear, wind down, and the rod loads up ! Definitely a nicer fish. I work him around the boat and Brad does a good job of keeping me free from tangles and the bottom of the boat. Finally I get a nice one on the board !View attachment 1305644View attachment 1305647View attachment 1305646
    We went well into the after noon and the fish continued to cooperate. Many of the other guys along with the crew started handing of fish also so everyone got into the action as we approached limits.View attachment 1305648
    After that super long drift, Mike took us off to try some of the many foamers we saw. It was really something to see all the spots of foamers and breezers around. You really just had to look around and pick one to drive to. View attachment 1305650 It was all you want foamers that you could drive right up close to. I mean looking straight down into them from the bow close ! Getting them to bite was a different matter ! They were on huge schools of these 1-1.5" bait fish. They were bigger fish too. 50-100lbs. 100g Colt snipers right through them and nothing. Mike said they would only eat small "dart" type lures and he sat not to use less than 50lb on these fish. Needless to say a few guys hookup on the next foamer on Lexa's and 30lb. Two are immediately bit off and on is spooled almost as quickly! A couple of the crew members tie on some darts and one is bitten off on the next foamer. Brad ties on another Dart and Aron ties on a small Shimano Coltniper Stickbait. They both hook up on the next foamer and get to pull on a couple of fish. They have fun getting worked on their light gear but they both get the fish to the boat it relatively short order.View attachment 1305668View attachment 1305669View attachment 1305670View attachment 1305671View attachment 1305672
    We went into the evening an got one last fish on a small coltsniper (60-80g)View attachment 1305673View attachment 1305674
    We tried flatfalling in the dark to see if we could land one of the bigger models but only resulted in 1 small fish. With that we wrapped it up and headed home with full boat and crew limits.
    As far as what worked: during the day, 30lb test was the rule. But you needed to be able to pick a good bait, hook it well, cast it away from the boat, and manage it until It got into the zone. Miss one of those check boxes and no bites for you. This was the main issue for most of the inexperienced guys. Some guys dropped down to 25lb and suffered on bigger fish. Long fights or bitten off. A few fish were caught on 40lb but but it was rare. Sinker rigs worked well. But you needed to be able to manage your depth properly to get to the right depth. The guys who could do that did well. As far as Flatfalls , again depth management and jig wt , I believe, were key. I marked the line on all my heavy rigs for this trip and had a much easier time staying in the proper zones. 400-500g jigs might be good to have in your arsenal to get down quicker. I has a 300g SK and still had to cast down wind to be vertical at 300ft when reaching the boat. I only got 3 bites and they were all while working the jig vertically. Most of the guys on the boat were just dropping straight and were scoped way out.
    As far as losses I saw: Most were from not following the fish resulting in tangles and burn offs. Others were from not using adequate gear. Quite a few older spinning reels were noted to be making odd noises during the first run with fish broken off later. Also a few guys fishing the Lexa 400 type reels seemed to not be able to turn the handles sufficiently to gain line and lost fish after long fights for various reasons. If you are gonna fish the lighter gear, make sure you know how to properly fight a fish to increase your odds. Finally make sure you can tie good knots for hooks and line to line connection.
    As for the crew, I was a pleasure to fish with these guys. It was great to see Mike running his own boat and managing all the new responsibilities. He's a great fisherman makes the boat a fun place to be. He's got a young crew who are all hungry and willing to work. They are not perfect and learning the ropes but were totally fun and personable the whole trip. Brad, who I fished with when he was totally green a few years ago has matured nicely. He runs the deck well and has become quite the fisherman, hooking and handing several fish while also working the deck. I'm looking forward to fishing with them all again.
    All in all it was a great trip with a lot of fun guys to fish with and I'm glad the fish cooperated. Anyway, good luck out there guys !

    Sorry about all the extra pics at the end. If I can figure how to take them off I will.
    If anyone knows how I can edit the pics at the end without deleting my other pics, shoot me a PM please !

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    Great report.
     
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    Great report! My brother and I are headed out on the Tomahawk on an extended 1.5 this coming Sunday. Hopefully, we get a repeat of your trip! Stoked!!!
     
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