Tomahawk 4/21/18

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by RideHPD, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. RideHPD

    RideHPD Enthusiastic Idiot Rookie

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    Eric Marin
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    Didn't see any chatter from this weekend so I thought I thought I'd write this up late. Meant to do it right after getting off but wanted to surf to make up for a lack of bending. Bummer because I get the feeling that they might have bit well today and I don't think many if anyone had enough reservations to leave the dock.

    Count: 1 40lb BFT, 1 rat yellow
    20 anglers, I think 9 were rent rods.

    We stayed closer to home than the rest (50-80mi) and while we found some fish they were really boat shy and would bail as soon as we got on them. Seiners really seem to be putting pressure on them, just look at the 150 the Lo Ann had that was rashed up escaping the net. The one tuna we did have came on 30lb fluoro, and a 2/0 ringed circle, so they weren't exactly line shy, more just skittish in general. I may be wrong, but I believe the tuna were mostly found further south closer to 80mi down where we started and ended and the stops further up the line were mostly yellows. There were a ton of paddies around, we stopped on 10 or more and drove past maybe 15 or more others without anyone home.

    As far as gear I brought 17lb, 25lb, 30lb, 40lb, 60lb, and a flatfall rod to switch to 80/100lb if needed. At the rail at 3:40 and stopped first at 4:30 I think. Dropped the glow for nothing, no takers on bait either. Drove around a bit more, Honestly don't remember if we stopped again between then and when we picked up the first fish at around 8:30 I think. It was said they'd mostly started getting with it around 9 or so once the sun broke through. Fished 25, 30, and 17 and had several interactions on 25. 4 crushed dine heads without blood, so guessing rat yellows. Picked off 2-3x that felt more like tuna. They'd hit the bait hard and pull for maybe 1 second before knocking the line slack, wouldn't run with it, or the bait would get real scared or maybe picked up then nothing, then another burst, then nothing, repeat, very similar to smaller bonito. Tried putting the reel in gear instantly and after a 1 second pause instead of the 3-5 if they sustain the run as normal. Would like to hear if anyone has advice as hookset continually seems to be something I could improve on.

    Pushed on northward til maybe 14:00 then flipped it around and went back south and found a school back near the some of the fleet that acted about the same. Another person and myself got ripped off, same kind of thing where they'd hit and let go. They came up from 60' to 20' below the boat, and light weights to get the baits in their face didn't work, nor did flat falls.

    We came up on that school at about 19:00 when we should've been heading back, reset on them, and then stayed with them for an hour trying to get them to go and stayed at the rail frantically changing out baits til after 20:00.

    Hindsight 20/20 had we gone further south and stuck with the fleet we may have gotten them to go, but as always, no guarantees. Jeff came up with a game plan to try something different, which has the potential to produce really special trips. Between those informed options there really is no right or wrong choice, but he certainly fulfilled his promise to fish it hard, adjusted to the situation upon arrival, and found the fish, they just wouldn't cooperate. With the south pushing in and warmer weather I wouldn't be surprised to see warmer water push back up after the upwelling from last week and their behavior improve. And with a trip leaving last night after learning those lessons, even without having fish on the deck, I think being on the water today may have been well rewarded for their faith.

    Regardless, everything outside of the fish not cooperating was a ton of fun. Trevor, Chapo, Mikey and the gang are really awesome and make the experience that much more valuable. Edmar is a great cook and the food was delicious. The boat's a bit different with a high rail line in the stern, but the rail line is pretty flat, so the bow isn't super high, so I'm excited to get back on when they start acting right and want to choke poppers down. Weather was pretty sporty at times going down and heading back up but the bunks are low enough that you really don't feel it that much and were really comfortable.

    Sorry for a scatterbrained after action report, as I'm still adjusting a bit. If I missed anything please ask. 20180421_064236.jpg 20180421_064011.jpg

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  2. DMcD

    DMcD Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice report, Eric. Thanks for taking the time. You'll hopefully get'em next time.

    DMcD
     
  3. Billy L

    Billy L Tuna, lobster, Alaskan Halibut killing specialist

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    Imagine bass rod with anchovies on the rats.
     
  4. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Thanks. Always liked party boats with bait tanks at the bow. Keeps the crowd spread out.
     
  5. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Love that boat, glad to see Edmar still working on her. He's a really good chef, and a really nice down to earth positive person as well. I'm going to try and make a point to fish this boat as much as I can this year.
     
  6. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    It was hero to zero, well not quite, at least one. Last week they killed it and on this trip they paid their dues, no worries, it happens to every good Captain!
     
  7. Tomahawk Sportfishing

    Tomahawk Sportfishing Advertiser Advertiser

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    Great report.....Thanks Eric....we'll get em next time!
     
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  8. muledeer07

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    Nice report and thank you for that. Thats why its fishing. Until the seiner pressure stops its going to be hit or miss for awhile. Still gotta try.
     
  9. RideHPD

    RideHPD Enthusiastic Idiot Rookie

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    Thanks for having me, I'm looking forward to next time!

    Seriously, the food was great, I felt bad not polishing off breakfast but with the windswell I couldn't stay in the galley any longer.

    I've yet to find a sportboat that doesn't make you feel like family, which leads to the only problem I ever have with them, feeling bad you can't ride with all of them at the same time. I can't imagine how awesome the crew trips must be.
     
  10. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

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    Great report. Thanks.
     
  11. Blue Frontier

    Blue Frontier Well-Known "Member"

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    Thanks for the report.
     

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