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Open party weekend availability is a unicorn right now. Honestly, if you don’t have a weekend date booked already, in all likelihood you won’t fish until October. Seriously. Even for me. I’m getting on the Pacific Queen Sunday night next weekend, fishing Monday. As of this writing, there are only 6 spots left!
You may be asking yourself why? Pictured above, anglers aboard the Old Glory display why. Yellowfin up to over 100-pounds appeared, and guess what? They showed up this week ready to play. We’re not talking one boat either. Several boats reported big scores this week on these bigger fish. Said Capt. Keith Denette (below, second from left) of Constitution Sportfishing, “PV meets San Diego. Back in from a 1.5-day trip with an epic catch. Wide open big yellowfin tuna from 40-110-pounds” Wow! Wow! Wow!
So what should you bring to cash in on these fish?
Here’s what I’m thinking…
Stealth Rig – 20# mono over a deep spectra backing. Tip it with 20# fluoro and terminate with a size 1 or 2 hook. This is what was working last week when the fish were smaller and line shy. It could go that way again. Have it in the arsenal.
Multiple Bait Rods – on top of the 20 setup, I’m thinking a minimum of 2 and maybe 3 (30, 40,60). The windows of opportunity can be small and by the time you re-tie, it may be over. Also, the schools are a mixed bag of fish. The little ones might be the first to bite, and then guys start getting broken off. You want to be ready for that. If you have it, bring it.
Optionals – from what I’m hearing now, you’d be fine with the above, but I’d also consider: something for a heavier jig (flatfall, colt sniper etc.) those foamers of bluefin (last we heard) were responding well to it. I still want to have a popper option. And I always bring the long rod for surface iron, just because.
I hope everyone gets a shot at this bite. It’s looking really good, but you never know how long it will last.
Get out there and enjoy it.