We were excited to head back out to the honey hole with a bunch of killers who have plugged Shake N Bake many times.
We never quite made it out to our numbers when we saw some meter marks and started trolling.
We hooked a double on the troll, threw bait, and then the ocean exploded with jumpers all around our boat.
The stop lasted over an hour and then we were sharked up.
We trolled a little bit more and did it all over again and plugged the boat and then some.
The school of tuna was HUGE- we drifted 2.5 miles and never lost them (check out our Raymarine sonar shot of a lull in the school).
They have finally popped and they are hungry and huge and their are lots of them.
Sitting out the wind for a few days and then after them again next week.
David Vedder and his wrecking crew plugged the boat today.
Great fishing, fishermen, and a decent ocean.
At it again with John and Darrel in the AM.
Our customers for today cancelled because they heard fishing was slow.
Momma needed tuna for our Christmas tuna, so we turned it into a crew trip.
We had the entire Shake N Bake team, plus Mark Youngblood and the Buishnell boys.
Because it was a crew trip, we violated the No Kill Bags rule.
We ran out to the honey hole and jumped some birds.
Pretty soon we were half plugged.
We did it a few more times and pretty soon it was WFO and the boxes and 3 kill bags were plugged.
John and I are at it again in the AM and we can't wait.
I just got a text from Clark.
They plugged the boat in one stop!
Mark Coleman did well up north.
It looks like the fish may have popped.
Me, Clark, John, and DirtyE are at it again in the AM.
Last Friday our Simrad autopilot went out and it really sucks to actually have to drive a boat.
TJ from Coastal Marine Electronics saved the day by driving to PDX and picking up a new Raymarine Autopilot and coming down Sunday to install it.
It was a bitch, as some of the stuff was in the bilge under the fish boxes, which is a pretty disgusting place.
Clark took one for the team and crawled in and got it done.
She is put back together and better than ever.
Having excellent sonar is a game changer for us, as now we know when to stay and when to look for fish.
DirtyE is running in and just texted that they got blanked.
It is hit or miss right now.
They have to pop soon, as we have not had a year where they did not since I started in 2006.
This year is shaping up a lot like 2012 where July and August sucked (way worse than now) and then it went WFO in September and stayed that way until the end of October.
We are sitting out the big wind this weekend and DirtyE is at it again on Monday.
Damn. Slow again.
I just heard from Clark and DirtyE.
Fishing slowed up a bunch today.
Single digits for them.
It is really hit or miss right now.
Today was a miss.
DirtyE and Clark are at it again in the AM, armed with some new intel of a WFO bite in some new waters.
We were running out to yesterday's spot when we called Opportunity and they had been on the same spot since daybreak (they overnighted) and it was dead.
Clark said go south and inside, so we did.
We started to troll and one of the crew saw a big pile of birds and we slid in.
Three minutes later, 6 rods were bent and tuna were boiling.
We kept them at the boat for around and hour and had fish hanging the whole time.
Eventually the sharks got us and we went back on the hunt.
We jumped some more birds and got a few more and then it went dead and stayed dead.
The ocean was like glass.
Great crew, ocean, and fishing.
DirtyE and Clark are at it again in the AM.
Almost plugged. Good fishing.
We did not fish yesterday and are damn glad we didn't, as everyone who did took a savage beating.
We looked and the day old SST shot and took our best guess.
We went deep SW and started trolling when one of our crew said "birds" and we saw a HUGE pile of birds.
We slid in, Clark and John pitched bait, and the ocean exploded.
5 minutes later 6 rods were bent over and our Raymarine sonar screen was lit up with tuna, the most I have ever seen.
The fish stayed with us for an hour and when finally got sharked up, we were more than 1/2 plugged.
We trolled for 4 hours and it was deader than dead, so we started to troll east and jumped another pile of birds and put 3 more on the deck.
All of the fish were pigs.
Great ocean, crew, and fishing.
Clark and I are at it again in the AM.
We ran out 24 knots on a sporty ocean to a spot that had been good yesterday.
We trolled up a few, but no takers on bait.
We were marking a lot of fish and bait, but they would not come up.
We had one bait stop where we went 0/4 and then it shut down.
A commercial buddy of ours got them going on the jackpole at the end of the day, so we have some ideas for tomorrow.
Fishing is good one day and slow the next and their is no rhyme or reason to it.
We did have a confirmed SWORDFISH SIGHTING from 70 miles west of Newport.
At it again with John in the AM.