Tomahawk Tomahawk Extended 1.5 day 7/9-7/11

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Olddog8, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Olddog8

    Olddog8 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Poway,ca
    Name:
    Rick
    Boat:
    Sold long ago
    • Messages:
      (924)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,032)
    Left Tuesday morning with a half load of 14 people. I was immediately impressed by the helpfulness and friendliness of the crew during the onload. Limited tackle storage but more than enough for us. Plenty of rod storage. Boat was very clean and bunks were large with fresh pillow cases and blankets (I should have taken a pic of the bunk room but didn't).

    Picked up Bait and headed out towards the 425? Ish. Tuna everywhere but most with lock jaw. One 35lb BFT hooked and landed on bait and two YFT hooked on poppers (one landed). That was it for day one, basically a tuna watching trip.

    At night we move to a different area that didn't pan out so back to the area from the Tuesday.

    After 3 Bluefin trips this year I finally got bit Wednesday evening fishing live Bait on 40lb. It had been so long since I've even had a bite that I was like "holly shit, I'm actually bit", the fish pealed 200 yards of line off at 15lbs of drag, paused, and then kept going. While talking with the deckhand we both thought I needed to go past strike on my reel. Finally, with about 75yds of line left the fish finally stopped and turned. I quickly gained about half my line back but the fight continued for an hour and ten minutes at 20lbs of drag (tested when I got home).

    About 45 minutes into the fight my left arm was shot and I could no longer keep a good bend in the rod with my arm at that drag level. I decided to kneel and use the rod like a Rail Rod to keep pressure on the fish.

    Long story short, got the fish, an 82lb BFT and it fought well beyond its weight class, I've caught larger but none fought harder. The rod held up beyond what I thought it was capable of. Even the deckhands and the Captain couldn't believe how squirrelly this fish was, it did figure 8's at the boat and kept changing directions. I couldn't have got this crazy fish without the help of the crew. I'm serious when I say that, Scotty took the rod from me (yes took, I never give it up) and fought the fish while straddling the anchor (I couldn't have done that). Mike the cook came out to help gaff the fish. Truely top notch crew.

    The crew was Long Range quality. The Captain was first rate. The cleanliness was impressive. My only issue was the cost of food, but this seems like a fleet wide issue. I will be looking at the Tomahawk for future trips.

    20190709_112036.jpg IMG_1324.jpg IMG_1344001.jpg FullSizeR001.jpg 20190709_112026.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
    jsl, HighRootz, repo805 and 39 others like this.
  2. mrkrabs

    mrkrabs I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Santee/ca/usa
    Name:
    Marty
    Boat:
    Lard ass
    • Messages:
      (2,284)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,845)
    :jig::appl::finger: NICE FISH
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  3. carnage007

    carnage007 Member

    Location:
    Encino
    Name:
    nick
    Boat:
    to poor
    • Messages:
      (316)
    • Likes Received:
      (101)
    @Olddog8 Nice write up and great fish, I have a 2 day charter 9/11 to 9/13 on the tomahawk and have spaces let me know if you are interested. It is nice to hear another good review of the boat and crew
     
    CartridgeCalls and Olddog8 like this.
  4. fishfish

    fishfish I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Santee
    Name:
    Gerry
    Boat:
    Sold and Gone!!!
    • Messages:
      (2,636)
    • Likes Received:
      (735)
    Nice fish and sorry bout the food issue.
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  5. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Ron
    Boat:
    several
    • Messages:
      (7,870)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,894)
    NICE ONE! You win! Old guys ROCK. Hope to be in the
    game soon again too. LOL
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  6. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    City of Angels
    Name:
    ChoeMan
    Boat:
    Never
    • Messages:
      (3,056)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,335)
    :appl:
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  7. Abusaade

    Abusaade Member

    Location:
    Compton, Ca
    • Messages:
      (390)
    • Likes Received:
      (238)
    Nice fish . 40 lbs seems to be the line class that’s been hot lately. At 20 lbs of drag , you must have one hell of a knot to sustain that pressure .
    What type of knot did you use?
    I would like to know
     
    karlk1125 and Olddog8 like this.
  8. Olddog8

    Olddog8 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Poway,ca
    Name:
    Rick
    Boat:
    Sold long ago
    • Messages:
      (924)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,032)
    On this one I had the RP knot Spectra to mono, Seagar knot mono to floro, and San Diego knot to a #1 Owner ringed circle. If I have doubts on a knot I start over. And yes, I think the connections were on the edge along with that little hook.
     
  9. Olddog8

    Olddog8 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Poway,ca
    Name:
    Rick
    Boat:
    Sold long ago
    • Messages:
      (924)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,032)
    I'm old, but I pretend I'm not...
     
    picasso likes this.
  10. Jaysons999

    Jaysons999 I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    San marcos
    Name:
    Jay
    Boat:
    16' blue fin "paddy sniffer" 18' Starcraft “Ace of Spades”
    • Messages:
      (1,702)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,567)
    Nice fish rick! Man these bluefin are tough. Last one I caught was the same way just an absolute animal! Some of these fish are unbelievabley strong and determined to keep their heads down. Glad you hooked up.
     
    Abusaade and Olddog8 like this.
  11. Olddog8

    Olddog8 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Poway,ca
    Name:
    Rick
    Boat:
    Sold long ago
    • Messages:
      (924)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,032)
    It certainly didn't want to be Poke', mmmmmm Poke'...
     
    Abusaade likes this.
  12. picasso

    picasso Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    los angeles
    Name:
    joe
    Boat:
    17 Boston Whaler
    • Messages:
      (553)
    • Likes Received:
      (965)
    Good job!!
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  13. fin&featherron

    fin&featherron Newbie

    Location:
    sierra madre ca.
    Name:
    ron
    Boat:
    12 ft
    • Messages:
      (46)
    • Likes Received:
      (12)
    What reel were you using? Must have smoooooth drags!!
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  14. Olddog8

    Olddog8 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Poway,ca
    Name:
    Rick
    Boat:
    Sold long ago
    • Messages:
      (924)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,032)
    JX Raptor with greased drags (inspite of what Avet recommends, much smoother starts than off the shelf).
     
  15. bassmeister

    bassmeister Member

    Location:
    torrance
    Name:
    scott
    Boat:
    17ft astro
    • Messages:
      (523)
    • Likes Received:
      (241)
    Well that's about 82 pounds bigger than any tuna I've got this year LOL! Good looking fish and cant wait till I get a chance at 1 or a few. fingers and toes crossed.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
    Olddog8 likes this.
  16. Wandering Blues

    Wandering Blues I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    The Land of Entrapment
    Name:
    Curtis
    Boat:
    A Pair of Simms G3 Waders
    • Messages:
      (1,259)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,034)
    It ain’t the size of the dawg in a fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dawg. And you and that tuna have have it! Congrats.
     
    bassmeister and Olddog8 like this.
  17. carnage007

    carnage007 Member

    Location:
    Encino
    Name:
    nick
    Boat:
    to poor
    • Messages:
      (316)
    • Likes Received:
      (101)
    @Olddog8 8 was there a soda fountain on the boat
     
  18. Olddog8

    Olddog8 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Poway,ca
    Name:
    Rick
    Boat:
    Sold long ago
    • Messages:
      (924)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,032)
    Nope,
    Water, soda, and beer in the fridge. $1 for water and soda, half what many other boats charge.
     
    Deepsea Warrant and carnage007 like this.
  19. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Irvine
    Name:
    Kevin
    Boat:
    Whichever1is leaving
    • Messages:
      (613)
    • Likes Received:
      (930)
    Congrats buddy, I’m glad you got your prize. Totally agree about this years stock and their ability to punch above weight class. Maybe it’s cooler under the thermocline
     
    Olddog8 likes this.
  20. Smiler1958

    Smiler1958 Newbie

    Location:
    San Diego
    Name:
    Marshall Bubel
    Boat:
    Westerly
    • Messages:
      (78)
    • Likes Received:
      (34)
    Great boat. Well done on the nice BFT.
     
    Olddog8 likes this.

Share This Page