I got a text from Clark.
A BIG thanks to the boat "Overtime" that called them in.
That is all I know.
Clark and I headed west after being on the beach for too long due to a storm.
We stopped 35 miles NW and after about 45 minutes of trolling it did not look good, so we ran out another 20 miles.
As soon as we put in we got a double on the troll and had fish boiling behind the boat.
We had pretty steady action the rest of the day with the usual lull in the middle of the day.
We are sitting out the next two days due to more wind, but Clark and Mike P will be at it again Wednesday.
Clark and Darrell went to some numbers a commercial buddy gave us and it went WFO right away with a 14 fish stop.
The chipped away at them and almost plugged the boat under some lousy conditions as the seas built before the BIG storm that is shutting down the ocean for 4-7 days.
While they were at it, a buddy on Reel Therapy hooked a huge BFT and played it for 2.5 hours before he lost it. DAMN.
The 100-300lb BFT (blue fin tuna) have been around for a month or so and more and more of them are coming our way.
We are standing down for the big storm and then going at them hard until the fish leave.
If the water stays warm (67 degrees yesterday) we might just get some halloween tuna again.
We got a good report of lots of tuna 69 miles NW, so we headed that way.
Fishing was solid all day with an excellent troll bite and 5 or 6 bait stops.
Despite having 4 newbies, we almost plugged the boat.
Clark is at it in the AM.
We went out to the same area and it took a little bit but it went wide open with fish boiling behind the boat.
We got a couple doubles on the troll and had three bait stops.
A commercial buddy went from zero to triple digits in 2 hours and we are headed that way in the AM to investigate.
We ran out to where the fish have been for around a week.
We got four early and then it totally died.
At the end of the day we decided to venture west where we saw a line of commercial boats.
Just as we got even with them a rod went off and we put 4 on the deck.
20 minutes later it was time go and I took the motors out of gear and just as I did, a troll rod went off and we put 3 more on the deck.
I wish we had another hour on station, but we were running out of daylight.
John and I are headed their in the AM.
Clark and Mike went back to the same spot and had decent fishing, but said it slowed a bit.
That is all I know.
9/16 tuna. Please, please, please read livebait 101 before your trip or you will be sorry. Excellent fishing and lots of missed opportunities.
I just heard from Clark.
Lots of fish and bait out there.
They had 11 bait stops and it went WFO 4 times.
They had lots of missed opportunities due to lack of preparation.
This is not salmon fishing and it is not easy. If you don't do your homework and have Livebait 101 down, your catch rate will suffer.
Despite the poor conversion rate, they nearly plugged the boat.
Clark and Mike are at it in the AM.
After a week of frustration, Clark got some revenge today.
I don't know all the details, but it was a late bite and they got 24 PIGS and were more than half plugged.
The 20 knot wind in the PM made for tough fishing, but they still got it done.
Clark is sitting out the big wind event, but back at it Wednesday.
Tuna fishing has been hit or miss, with only single digits for us last week.
We converted 2 of our tuna trips into bottom fishing trips ($300 plus tax) and had a great time catching lots of big ling cod, which is way more fun than fishing all day for one or two tuna.
The fish are there, as we are seeing jumpers and seeing them on sonar, they just won't engage.
A number of the fish that are being caught are puking up squid, which means they are down deep eating squid and when this happens we have a hard time catching them.
I got a very good report yesterday from the 126 line off of Westport, which is one hell of a long run.
Clark and Darrel are out there now and hopefully they will find some fish that are willing to play.
The fish pretty much always pop late season and when they do, we will be waiting for them.