DirtyE and Clark ran today.
They had a great crew, nice ocean, and great fishing.
They were a couple of fish shy of plugged.
A great way to close out another fantastic day.
Clark, Cooney, and I are going Hollywood on Sunday with a NW fishing show.
We are always a little nervous fishing the day after a big blow.
We were even more nervous when we got across the bar, as the ocean was lousy.
Aaron Walker on the Opportunaty was ahead of us and told us it got better or we probably would have turned around.
After a long, rough out, we dropped gear and got fish right away.
We picked them off in twos and threes all day.
We ran in on a flat ocean and a nice bar.
DirtyE and Clark are at it in the AM.
We went back to the honey hole and got a couple right away and then nothing.
After an hour, I started looking for help and one of the Allrivers Charters called us in.
We saw a HUGE school of jumpers and slid in.
30 fish later we lost them.
We found them again and 28 fish later we were plugged and then some.
Sitting out the wind for a few days and than back at it.
Our buddy Mark Coleman hooked us up again.
For whatever reason, the late season tuna bite a lot better north than they do over the Astoria Canyon.
We ran to Mark's magic numbers, but saw too many jumpers and had to stop.
It was game on from the first stop.
It did not slow down until we plugged the boat and then some.
Great crew, great ocean, great fishing.
We are shutting down for the year on Friday, as we are worn out.
Our good buddy Mark Coleman is going to keep going in October.
Last year he absolutely annihilated them in October and I am pretty sure he will again this year.
He has spots available, so if you want your last tuna fix, get in touch with Mark.
Today was a memorial trip for two fishermen who have recently passed.
One we knew and one we wish we had.
Great stories, Dom Perignon, and a gorgeous ocean.
When I go, this how I want to be remembered.
Thanks for letting Clark and I be a part of it.
Our buddy Mark Coleman's tip was dead on.
We ran 50 plus miles NW on a sloppy ocean.
We saw the Westport fleet and dropped gear.
We got bit right away and were in the fish pretty much all day.
Four hours later we were plugged plus another 12 or so fish we had to stash in our secret fish box.
The fish were ENORMOUS, the biggest grade of fish we have ever seen.
We ran home at 27 knots on a nice ocean.
Great crew, excellent fishing, and pretty good ocean.
We are shut down for wind Friday, but at it again on Saturday.
Clark and I can't wait.
We went really, really deep today based on some intel from a commercial buddy.
It was nice on the way out, but started blowing hard.
Around 1 we found some biters and had them boiling around the boat.
After a practice stop, our guys started clicking.
We had a number of troll bites followed up by 2-3 on bait.
The wind was HOWLING and made it real hard to get them going.
We got some good intel from Mark Coleman and are headed his way in the AM.
The title says it all.
We have some intel and are hyped up to chase charlie in the AM.
Unless we see jumpers, we will be burning a lot of fuel tomorrow.
Not a lot to report.
The bar was lousy so the CG shut it down.
Since it was a birthday trip DirtyE gave our client a birthday present, a free boat tour and bottom fishing trip.
Lets hope the boys can get out in the AM tomorrow.
Our great, secret intel turned sour when our buddies texted that the deep bite died.
We decided to take a chance and fish close in where we chased spooky fish the last two days.
We ran out and got bit pretty soon.
We saw lots of jumpers and got them going for one or two at a time.
Then we found a school of hungry fish.
All hell broke lose and by 11 we were 4 or so fish from being plugged.
And then it died.
5 hours later we got them going again and ended two fish short of plugged and ran in at 27 knots on a flat ocean.
The best part is that my buddy Mitch, out of Newport, told me he cleaned up today, so there are biters headed our way.
The wind is blowing, so we are shut down for a couple of days.