Offshore Tomahawk Chop on the biggies 9/12 1.75 day

Peg North

Peripatetic
May 22, 2009
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West Sacramento CA
Name
"Buggywhip"
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Slow Poke
Boarded 11am Sunday. We spent about 90 minutes, maybe more, at the receiver. Captain Mike Laust put on a sh”&$t ton of baits. Most were on the smaller side, with a few 5” mixed in. We were told to rig up because, Mike came over the speaker and told us it was going to be too rough to rig once underway.

dang. He was not kidding. We turned right in the general direction of SCI, and wow. We took a beating.

we arrived at the spot at about 8/9pm. We were going off meter marks, using mostly knife jigs. The wind made us drift so fast. 500g knife jigs were necessary to get in the deep zone and stay there.

I did this for about 2 hours, no love for anyone, and planned to rest until 3-4 am for pre gray light, gray light, and dawn.

we were metering when I woke up. Still very rough and windy. Major mixed swell and short period about 7 seconds. Yuk. No one caught during the night.

we caught a few school sized on jigs and flat falls. Then we made a move in the afternoon and started the kite and balloon operation. This yielded spectacular results. Most of them over 100, some over 150, and I think 4 cows. All on either fresh dead, popsicle, or yummy flyers. Also there were a couple netted the night before.
We had only one casualty all day(and night), which speaks to the professionals running the deck. Also, passengers were typically very good about winding in to avoid tangles. We all wanted our shot.

the deckhand on the tank brailed baits on Mike’s command unlike anything I’ve seen. No wonder we were so long at the bait receiver! Holy smokes!

my number came up and I was ready. I had the world’s best ever deckhand with me for the whole time. He only asked for the rod to get around the bow or stern, or once when he ran up the rail when the fish tried to beak off under the boat, and at almost deep color while they used the fork to keep line out of the prop. He knew without me telling him that I wanted the test. Once he cleared the hazard, I went right back on. It felt great to not be underestimated. And it made the prize of bringing it up, then gaffes, then hearing the sweet thud and happy whoops from others very special. They taped it out and it came in at 204#. My first cow. It went 218 at the scale.

mike Loust is an animal! He kept us fishing until after midnight because he had found an untouched school somewhere and wanted everyone to get a try. Those deckhands were studs! It was like a 48 hour work day for them. Amazing. Tomahawk is on its game. Seriously. It’s a fishy setup for people who want to fish as a priority, not those who want the fancy boat treatment. No judgment there; I like both. But I was hunting, and needed a guide. Not a lodge. Ya know?

great guys fishing. No jerks. Lots of us caught PBs. Some didn’t catch at all, but stayed up on deck fishing the whole time! Just awesome. Boat full of sportsmen. And me, the salty ol’ lady.

My first cow. Wow. A life achievement. Thanks Tomahawk and all the men aboard.

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Congrats on your PB! Looks like a great time out there. Perfect report, should have a lot of folks lining up to get out.
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Aravon

Calypso
  • Feb 22, 2009
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    CA
    Name
    Amir R
    Boat
    21' ProLine CC
    I bet yours bigger than your husband ..... (Talking about the fish)
    Cool report & pics
     
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    1toughfish

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    Mar 11, 2013
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    San Francisco/Los Angeles
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    Young
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    none
    Congrats and nice job on the fish! That deckhand in the first pic is Brad, super nice guy and really helpful. I went on an extended 1.5 with them in mid July but it was slow unfortunately and I only got one school sized.
     
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    nicodemus

    Fish, he said softly, aloud. I’ll stay with you...
    Apr 10, 2012
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    Nick B
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    African Queen
    Love the shot of the four deckhands bending over in the corner with four gaffs in the air! The perfect picture of a successful end-game. Great job, congratulations on a cow!
     
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    Dbado1

    Almost A Member
  • Jul 17, 2020
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    Arizona
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    Robert D Bado
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    Toyota tundra
    Awesome fish! Congratulations!
    Yes, Loust and crew are the best! Fished with them in August and they never quit! Will definitely go with them again!!
     
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    Carl

    Bridesmaid,,,,,,,Again
    Nov 29, 2004
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    Carl
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    everyone elses
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    Tunahead

    Long Time Tuna Abused Member
  • Aug 11, 2006
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    Ron
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    several
    Well Peg, that's enough tuna you last you
    all winter I'd imagine? LOL
     
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    Peg North
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    Holy smokes. I need a new freezer and more friends! Fishing Fort Bragg in a couple weeks for the toad rockfish and lings. These are excellent problems.
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