The forecast is looking pretty bad right now, so unless there is a dramatic change, we are staying tied to the dock until Monday.
If you have not been using Windfinder for your marine forecasts, you should start.
Windfinder has been very, very accurate over the last two years and has allowed us to run when other boats did not.
The wind is not going to stop all of our fun this weekend.
Team Shake N Bake will be at the Deep Canyon Challenge festivities, even though we are probably not fishing.
Say hi if you see us there.
TJ, our crew leader from yesterday, is an eternal optimist and wanted to run again today, as he still had memories of a 70 fish day on Saturday.
They got two today.
A commercial buddy with very, very, very good sidescan sonar confirmed what we thought.
They are down around 100 feet and eating squid.
They will come up again and when they do, we will be there.
If you want to go fishing right now Clark is absolutely killing it surf perch fishing.
Our crew for today was completely jacked up (one of them fished yesterday) and so were we after an incredible PM bite yesterday.
We waited and we waited, but it never came.
We got one on the troll and that was it.
No other strikes.
It was lousy fishing for everyone and none of know why, but we are sure going to try and figure it out.
After a lot of talk about water temps, too many boats, the full moon, etc... we were a little worried that fishing sucked right now.
We went with the pack and nobody was doing anything so we decided to find our own fish.
Clark got a tip from a buddy so we headed out that direction.
We got close to the numbers when a troll rod went off and Clark pitched some bait.
Our crew was composed mainly of veterans who had plugged the boat a few times last year.
Within minutes all six rods were bendo and the chaos began.
35 fish later a sled (yes an open sled 40 ish miles offshore full of charter customers) trolled over our bait stop and killed it.
We went back on the hunt and pretty soon we had them BOILING around the boat.
Every bait got bit within seconds.
We broke out a topwater lure and watched tuna boil on it on the surface.
The bite was savage, with tuna slashing around the boat and fighting over our bait.
A great crew, great ocean, and great fishing.
At it again in the AM with TJ and his crew.
Clark and DirtyE just texted me that fishing was slow.
Less than 20 fish.
They would boil and then disappear.
Clark and I are at it again in the AM.
Clark just texted me that today's crew "absolutely crushed it".
Bait, fly rod, swim baits, and iron.
Great ocean, great crew, great fishing.
It took a little bit, but DirtyE and Clark got it done.
That is all I know.
We ran out to the honey hole again today.
We hooked up in a few minutes and it went WFO.
We filled up one box and then hunted for more tuna.
We got another stop going and got all the fish we wanted and headed home.
Great crew, great fishing.
It was a big tidal exchange today, so we slept in.
We pushed off from the dock at 8 AM.
We ran west and one of our crew saw some jumpers.
We stopped, we trolled for 300 yards, and did not start the motors until it was time to go home.
We were plugged by 11:10, three hours and ten minutes after leaving the dock, including a 45 mile run.
Great crew, great fishing, and a great ocean.
John and I are at it again in the AM.
No sense in prospecting so we ran right back to the honey hole from yesterday.
Apparently the word got out and there were tons of sport and commercial boats there.
We had a "practice" stop and put 4 in the box right away.
It took another 1/2 hour and then all hell broke lose.
Every rod was bent and every bait was bit.
We converted some walleye fisherman and some nonfishermen into tuna killers.
The marine, of course, tallied the most kills, with 12 for one rod.
We ran in at 27 knots on a flat ocean.
Clark does not understand what a day off is, so he is deckhanding on a buddy's boat.
(Update- Clark and TunaMatic ended up with 40, 36 more than their previous best day).
John and I are at it in the AM.
I can't wait for the alarm to go off tomorrow.