Saltwater Westport Tuna Trip 8-3 37 TUNA

masterrep

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Sep 14, 2009
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Bob Oliver
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26 ft North River OS
Made my first Tuna Trip on my 26 foot Northriver. Had a crew of 4 including myself. Went out 50 miles pretty much straight out. Fishing was hot got our first fish letting out a daisy chain out the center rod didn't even get the rod in the holder it was fish on. This was the virgin run didn't try to do a bait stop until we got our 3rd fish on the troll. Once we started doing bait stops we were loading up the boat quick. Fish were boiling around the boat we started with $80 bucks of bait I have one bait well so got almost two full scoops which worked out just right. The water was flat temp was like 62 to 63 degree's. Lost a few that broke off lost a few that didn't stick. Over al I think we kicked butt had a great time. Called the fuel dock on the way in from GH buoy to see if they would stay open for us we made it to refuel at 5:20. Burned 73 gallons of fuel not bad for dual 200's we hold 120 gallons so had plently left over. Did salmon the next day lots of Kings just crazy releasing so many 20 plus pound fish.
 

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easydoesit86

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Apr 6, 2008
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maarten
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Right on, great trip. Was that your first time ever out for tuna, or just on that boat? Either way great job. You must have gone a little south to come in past the GH bouy. Thanks for the post and pics.
 

Hiredgun0007

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Aug 5, 2011
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Jeff
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Boice jet
Thanks Bob for the killer trip. We killed the salmon for two days and the tuna were off the hook. I never thought a bunch of green horns could slay tuna like that.
My canner is canning my smoker is smoking I guess the catching is way more fun than the processing. You didn't even post we loaded the boat 2 days with 25lb kings and released 6 kings over 20 on Wednesday . We also put a 35 lb king in the boat on Sunday. Oh yea you also put us on silvers to make sure we filled our limits every day. Your a great skipper and thank you for one of the best vacations of my life. Mr. Oliver you rock.
 

Trent

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Jul 16, 2009
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Trent E Rickman
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20' NorthWest Signature
Great job guys!

The water was very green and 15 degrees C or 57 degrees F 50 miles straight out from Westport on the 3rd... are ya sure you weren't a little more SW??? Say, somewhere near a 23' Parker? :rofl:

Remember... to your tuna be nice, next time bring ice!

Congrats!!!
 

wdlfbio

Once you go Cat, you never go back
Sep 15, 2008
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laurence
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We were all together, so y'all were certainly sw, about 46.36 x 125.12. You guys kicked ass, especially for virgins. But, you need about 300# of ice next time. Those fish should be better cared for.

Good job on the harvest!
 

masterrep

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Sep 14, 2009
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Bob Oliver
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26 ft North River OS
That would be correct we were more south and yes there was a Parker out there. We did run low on ice. I had a full Costco cooler full of shaved ice as well as a 30 gallon gabarge can full and it wasn't enough. I tried to get one of those large fish bag coolers but couldn't get to Sportco before they closed.
 

masterrep

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Sep 14, 2009
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Bob Oliver
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26 ft North River OS
Awsome job guys! You sure put a smack down on em. So was it your first time fishin for tuna? Thanks for the porn.

This was first trip on my boat have done two trips on the Tornado charter boat. Really wanted to go last year but couldn't get out when the water was right fished for salmon more often because it was so good.
 

masterrep

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Bob Oliver
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26 ft North River OS
Its not like we didn't have ice. Really didn't plan on catching as many Tuna as we did. Note photo with Ice I did have Rock Salt so we made it a slurry.

Does anyone know a good way to load up with shaved ice when your boat is already in the water. I see at the harbor at WP they have a a big hose that blows shaved salt ice for the commerical guys. Can us sport guys get some of that? When on the trailer I knwo you get it from WP seafood and they bring it by forklift to your boat.
 

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WaveDancer

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Aug 26, 2008
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Ken
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Prowling for a Cat
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Does anyone know a good way to load up with shaved ice when your boat is already in the water. I see at the harbor at WP they have a a big hose that blows shaved salt ice for the commerical guys. Can us sport guys get some of that? When on the trailer I knwo you get it from WP seafood and they bring it by forklift to your boat.

Bob,

If you go to the bait dock when they aren't busy, (not early morning), you can tie up and then take a bunch of fish bags up to the ice shed and start shoveling out a tote to transport back down to the boat. Bring zip ties to tie off the bags once full and some sidecutters to cut the zip ties with once back down at the boat.

In case you didn't know, WP Seafoods is where you are buying live bait from.

If you have a full crew, four or more, it doesn't take that long.

The ice chutes you are talking about can cause problems because once you start seeing ice there is almost 500 pounds of it coming once they turn it off, so they normally won't do it unless you have a really big boat.

Good luck and great post!

WD.
 

masterrep

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Bob Oliver
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26 ft North River OS
Bob,

If you go to the bait dock when they aren't busy, (not early morning), you can tie up and then take a bunch of fish bags up to the ice shed and start shoveling out a tote to transport back down to the boat. Bring zip ties to tie off the bags once full and some sidecutters to cut the zip ties with once back down at the boat.

In case you didn't know, WP Seafoods is where you are buying live bait from.

If you have a full crew, four or more, it doesn't take that long.

The ice chutes you are talking about can cause problems because once you start seeing ice there is almost 500 pounds of it coming once they turn it off, so they normally won't do it unless you have a really big boat.

Good luck and great post!

WD.
Thank you thats great advice we will do that next time. Man 500 pounds would be just a little to much wouldn't it. It looks pretty cool when that ice is flying out the tube.
 

wdlfbio

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Sep 15, 2008
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laurence
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Might just load ice into the back of your truck into kill bags, large coolers, large trash cans, etc up top, and then drive to your float. Then tote it down to your boat with a dolly or cart. I'm not aware of a way to ice our smaller boats on the water. And a tote is usually around 400-450#.

Nice to see the heavy start with ice. Too many newbies don't even go out with that much. It is a learning curve. We can tend to 30-35 fish with about 3/4 tote of shaved on board. That's two INSULATED fish boxes and a 30x60 kill bag.
 

Chasin' Tail

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Aug 10, 2008
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Yes we were out there with you and Bill and his Seasport. Wanted to thank Kicthen Pass for getting us to the right spot. He did the reserch and shared his numbers with us which allows us to have a successfull trip. Thanks Bill...

Thats awesome! Great job on your first trip out there!!


I hear Bill had some Kick ass intel for that trip..;)


Those floor fish boxes on the NR's arent insulated, so ice melts in them really fast. Add Lots of salt to keep it cold as long as possible, or go the route of the killbags.
 

fishchasr

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Well done! Sounds like you worked well as a team, and that's what it takes to score as well as you did. Welcome to the dark side. After tuna, salmon fishing will never be the same.