If you ain't first, you are last. Or second. Team Shake N Bake has a good day at the Deep Canyon Challenge.
Fishing went from good to great on Saturday at the Deep Canyon Challenge.
Fish moved in a bunch are were at the corners, 125.00 x 46.00, 42 miles from the bar.
After a couple good bait stops in the AM, it went dead for us.
A buddy (thanks Ray) called us in on some bigger fish.
He did not want to say too much over the air, so we did not realize how good of a school he was on until 4 rods went off at once and we landed the 4 biggest fish of the day.
Fo the next hour or so we were constantly into fish and rarely could get four troll rods out before we got a strike.
We ended up with 45 tuna, some of them pretty big, so we left a wide open bite to make sure we made the tournament weigh in.
Team Meanwhile (Randy Kane's charter) edged us out for first place in the tournament, but we were pretty happy to place.
The $3,000 prize money we won was donated back to the tournament, as I am pretty sure the food bank needs it more than us.
The reports I got from buddies up and down the coast is that fishing lit up everywhere.
Its about time.
At it again in a few days.
We could not ignore the intel that a couple of commercial buddies gave us, so we headed west.
We found some bait balls and trolled up some fish.
Twice we had them boiling by the boat and it went WFO.
We ended up with 29 tuna and a happy crew.
I can't wait for the tournament.
Clark, John, and I have been going a little crazy waiting for tuna, so we rounded up the usual suspects and headed out for a combo trip.
Bottom fishing was excellent and the fishing lawyer, Rob Dolton, was an absolute killer and by far the high stick for the day.
We even got some bonus near shore halibut.
Salmon fishing did not suck either and we ended up with 10 keepers for 20 fish.
I got a report that there is a pretty good mass of tuna 220 miles west and that they are moving east.
I hope they hurry up.
Our commercial buddies are fishing pretty far out, so we are going to wait a week or two to try for tuna.
Salmon and bottom fishing have been excellent and I finally figured out how our trolling valves work, so we ran for salmon today.
The mid-morning bite was excellent and we made it back to the dock with limits by noon.