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The pressure is off. We never made it down to any Island today like we planned. At about 9 am or so the sonar went clunk, clunk and we went sideways for an hour. It wasn't the best grade but it definitely wasn't the worst. It was this years middle grade. 8-14 pounds with a sprinkling of 16-22 pounders in the mix. Like I said, not the best but not the 2-6 pounders either. But for a stressed out 4 day captain, it was lovely. They bit good for about an hour and then they backed off. After that we dedicated ourselves to that zone. We figured that school of 14-25 pounders was just right over there. It wasn't. We didn't see another school of tuna. However, we did find a nice kelp loaded up with big yellowtail. They bit really well for a while too. In fact , they were on the corner like tuna get on the corner for a good 20 minutes and when they backed off the corner, they still bit good for a while. Other then that though we didn't see much other then the occasional small tuna on the trolling jigs but we're stoked for what we got today. The pressure is off.
We're going to stick with the plan and spend tomorrow at an Island hopefully drifting for hours. The weather has finally backed off after a couple weeks of blowing. Hopefully we get some descent weather for a nice long stretch and can get back to fishing where we please when we please.
Back to the Islands starting tomorrow (Nov 1). Please bring a 40 lb yo-yo setup and a 25 lb bait setup. For all you jig fisherman. We will be targeting yellowtail and all other gamefish. Who knows, maybe even a stray Bluefin Tuna. Passport required.
Let me explain to you readers why I had such a great day today. I am in a great mood and here's why. It all starts at the bait receivers. I lifted up the lid for the bait and I saw great bait and alot of them in the box. Then we netted it and it still looked great and after it was in our tanks it still looked great! It was schooled up and hanging low in the tank looking healthy. The best part is we got three boxes of it and for the first time for a while, with the mackerel myself and the crew caught this morning, we have a full load of bait on board. Now we're not totally in the clear yet. The bait had only been in the receiver for a day so it had no time to cure and that's always concerning. It also lost some of it's protective scales as we loaded it so there is a danger of it getting sick but so far so good. We'll know more in the morning. For the first time in 3 nights we're not running in to fish for bait all night so we get to sleep. Stoked.
The other reason I had such a good day is the good day we had today. Our timing was great. I think it started around 4:00. Our first stop of the afternoon was a good one. We landed about 50 of those mostly 20-25 pound yellowfin. After that we went from stop to stop catching anywhere from 5-20 of those beauts. We had one heck of a departure day and those fish were free. Stoked. Oh yeah, the crew and I had a nap today before we got to the grounds and we felt rested and great. Now I'm showered and am going to go eat dinner. Stoked.
We'll be here again in the morning. Tell you about it later.
6 stops worth of picking and scratching accounted for 69 Yellowfin Tuna, 18 Dorado, 57 Skipjack Tuna and 147 Yellowtail. A 20 lb bait rod and a 40 lb bait rod is all you need.
Really wanted to bite today. Limits for passengers and crew, then we released them for an hour. Yes, we actually had to let Bluefin go.
Stopped the boat on multiple schools of tuna. Unfortunately they were still in a funk. When it was all said and done we landed 4 yellowfin. Back at it tomorrow.
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