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The morning started off so promisingly. We had plans to haul butt down to the lower grounds where there had been some good kelping but we got stopped short. The setup was epic. We had a 1-2 degree water temp break, and we were instantly catching fish. They were mostly small yellowfin. There was a sprinkling of 15-20+ pound tuna in there but most were throwbacks. But it felt like the school of straight bigs was right off the bow. We found a nice kelp and caught a dozen nice yellows and some more of that small tuna with a sprinkle, and again, we felt like it was soon coming. It never came. We stayed very busy but unfortunately it was mostly that throwback yellowfin. Eventually we gave up on what we thought was our honey hole and we never found much else the rest of the day. The lower zone produced enough for the couple boats that were down there so we're going to start down there tomorrow.
The weather was great most of the day. It got a bit breezy late but hopefully that comes down tomorrow.
Today we had about as good of yellowtail fishing as you can get. Quality to quantity ratio, holy Toledo. 18-25 pound fish and they were biting pretty much as full speed as yellows bite for a couple hours and after that it slowed down but they were still biting well for a couple more. If you have read my past reports you know that surface iron fishing on big yellows is my favorite kind of fishing and it was pretty much wide open on the surface iron. Holy Toledo! I'm not the only one who felt this way either. We have a Polaris Supreme first timer on board, his name is Josh and he may love it more then me. He named his dog after a surface iron. Tady. How cool is that? We've had a tank of mackerel on board for about 3 weeks and we finally let them go today. On hooks that is before getting eaten by yellows. In the late afternoon ewe looked for bait and found some a couple hours before dark and caught a tank full of nice mackerel. We restocked our supply. We made a couple drifts along a kelp line while the sun set and tugged on a few calico bass and now we're headed up to fish tuna tomorrow. Sweet dreams.
Oh yeah, Happy Anniversary to Renee. I think you know who that's from Renee.
We had some good tailing today. We were a little slow out of the gates. We didn't get on them until a few hours after daylight but when we did it was good fishing on the 18-25 pound fish. We had one of those good old long drifts where we were gettin um. Of course after a while we had a lull so we went searching and found some mixed grade yellowtails eager to bite. They were mostly 10-14 pounds with a few 16-18 pounders in the mix but it was still fun and they were biting. We did that for a couple hours and left them biting to find the bigger grade of fish we were fishing in the morning and wouldn't you know it, we got an evening whack. A sun setter. Now this fish seemed to be even bigger than the morning grade. I'm talking 22-28 pounders this time. Maybe a few bigger. At dark we decided we had enough yellowtail and we'd like to top off with some more yellowfin and try for some bluefin in a couple of days so we'll be running up tonight. The weather for us was good
and the forecast for the future looks tasty. 5 knots of wind makes my mouth water. Everyone on board here is fat and happy. What I mean by that is they're being fed well and are having a good time.
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.
Fishing reports for ocmd are updated each week, usually by Thursday morning. The reports are compiled by an outside contractor who receives the information from bait shops, marinas and fishing guides.