Vagabond Memorial Day 2.5-day 5/27-5/30

goodkarma

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Jun 22, 2005
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Chris
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19' Carolina Skiff
Vagabond Memorial Day 2.5-day 5/27-5/30

We lucked out on this trip and hit the nail on the head for the big BFT bite. It started the first night about 10 PM when we hit a school Capt. Andrew “Fluffy” originally thought was smaller fish…but, everything that bit was between 80-170 lbs. We finished that bite with 20+ fish in that range. I got two between 150-170 (whole weight), and my trip was already made the first night. That drift lasted about 2.5 hours. Stayed up until 4 am that night, but after that initial school it slowed down.

During the day on Saturday things slowed down, a few fish on Colt Snipers and a couple handfuls of kelp patty yellows until the afternoon. Caught a small one on the Sniper. I believe in the afternoon things picked back up, and a sinker rig plunker bite developed. I got one afternoon fish about 150 lbs on a small knife jig on straight tie 100 lb. A cow was also caught on a sinker rig this afternoon. Saturday night a wide size range of fish were caught on the knife jig.

Sunday was all about the sinker rig during the day and afternoon (at least for me). I planned to just hook and hand this day. Throughout the day, I was able to hook and hand two fish on the sinker rig and 80 lb line which were both in the 150 lb class. Biggest fish I’ve ever handed off, but was already 110% satisfied.

I can’t say enough good things about the entire Vagabond operation. From the Capt., all crew members worked so hard and were outstanding, none of these big fish come to the boat easily. The Chefs in gallery were also great - friendly, funny, excellent food. Just an all around phenomenal trip.

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woodfish330

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  • Aug 14, 2012
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    Brother...such a great trip.... report and pictures!! Sometimes everything aligns... this was one of those. You were prepared..... You were vigilant... you payed attention. All of that payed off. Good Karma takes many forms.

    So, next time you go... if things turn south... reread your post... and remember Sometimes we get it.... and sometimes we don't....lol. Thanks for sharing Brother.
     
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    goodkarma

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    19' Carolina Skiff
    Congrats on the trip! WTG handing off those fish, maybe the fish of a lifetime for those folks!
    These fish are so special. The first one I handed off was to an older gentleman I had just met, who was kind of struggling. He had hooked one on his own earlier, but it bit him off early in the fight. On the second day, the first one I hooked went to him. He was so elated when that fish hit the deck. He said, "I'll never forget you, the crew, or this fish." It kind of choked me up a little, so I just nodded my head.
     
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    Fishboss

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    These fish are so special. The first one I handed off was to an older gentleman I had just met, who was kind of struggling. He had hooked one on his own earlier, but it bit him off early in the fight. On the second day, the first one I hooked went to him. He was so elated when that fish hit the deck. He said, "I'll never forget you, the crew, or this fish." It kind of choked me up a little, so I just nodded my head.
    You are living up to your nick, brother. Respect.
     
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    goodkarma

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    19' Carolina Skiff
    Phenomenal results. I get your handing off after boating three over 150#. The fillet tab accumulates quickly with fish that size. Congrats to you for making other anglers’ trip.
    Exactly. My processing bill will have some sting to it, as it is, but it's a good problem to have once in a while.
     
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    Fishboss

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    Exactly. My processing bill will have some sting to it, as it is, but it's a good problem to have once in a while.
    My bill for 5 fish #60 - 125 included airfare to the East Coast, but the fun of eating the fish every possible way and sharing it with friends made the cost worthwhile. After 11 months, deep frozen in 3 mil vacuum bags, the fillets are fine, even for sushi, not to mention the grill.
     
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    goodkarma

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    19' Carolina Skiff
    What jig is that on the deck on the 4th picture? It looks totally mangled on the top and bottom
    It's called an Ocean Cat knife jig. It was Katy Perry/glow and 300 gram size. It got bit pretty well the first night, but after two fish it was toast. Not an expensive jig at all, so I got my moneys worth.

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    woodfish330

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  • Aug 14, 2012
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    @rubberhook..... 4X Strong trebles are the way to go...if possible. If you don't think....pinning that mouth shut doesn't help the angler...and speed up the fight.... you may have learned something today!! Thats a good thing. Try it. They can't get oxygenated fast enough for the amount of energy they burn...during the "life or death" fight. Makes them tire more easily. Learned it from Tuna "Legends". Good luck. Be safe brothers.
     
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