We now have Guadalupe Permits!
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.
Drew and crew
Another fantastic day out here for us. We had a great nights sleep. The boat just gently rocked us to sleep just like a baby. We tried for a gray bite but only caught one. It didn't take long looking for a school before we found one. We short stopped 15 yellowfin and then it didn't take long to find another deal and that one was good for a 2 hour drift. When that dried up it didn't take long to find another one and that one was good for a 2 1/2 hour drift. After that it was lunch time and we're pretty much done with the yellowfin. We spent the last half of the day looking for bluefin unsuccessfully. We're going to head for some new grounds. And by that I mean some water I can't remember ever fishing in. We have reports of some bluefin schools so we're going to check it out. We'll be there first thing. I'll let you know.
The weather today got interesting. It stayed pretty much windless through out the day so it remained similar to a lake, but around 9:00 in the AM it started dumping rain on us. And I mean dumping. Everyone on board scrambled for there rain gear. I got to try out my new Aftco raincoat and it worked great. During the down pour the lightning that was around got pretty darn close so I had everyone go indoors to wait it out. It didn't take long to pass and we continued fishing and catching. After that it stayed dry the rest of the day. The boat got a nice fresh water rinse.
Drew and crew
Judging by how our trip has been so far, if you would have told me we would have 6 bluefin as of 1:00 this afternoon I wouldn't have believed you. But sure enough, those darn bluefins were laughing at us. We saw plenty of them but they didn't give two you know whats about us. Our buddy Brian on the Spirit Of Adventure called us and told us he was seeing the 30-50 pound grade around where he was so we took a little ride down there. It wasn't really biting that well until we got there. Again our timing is on. For the next few hours it was game on. It actually took a while to get them to bite but during the best of it I couldn't get the balloon rigs out fast enough. They were snapping!! We ended up with a couple rounds of the 30-50 pounders with one going around 90 pounds and we also got a handful of 30-35 pound yellowfin there as well.
After it dried up we went looking for another. We found several schools but none that would hang around and bite our baits. Around 6:30 we bumped into another school that stuck and we picked up 21 more of those beauts. And now we drift and do it again tomorrow.
The chefs are getting better and better at there sushi spread. This afternoon it was terrific and I'm pretty sure I heard it's veal chops for dinner tonight. Sweet dreams.
Drew and crew
We finished up our trip today hunting bluefin. They weren't very friendly today. In fact they were down right mean. We saw a tremendous amount of fish today but very few would bite our lines. All day long we were stopping on schools and we have 22 fish to show for it. All of them were nice ones with the biggest going about 60 pounds. !st and 2nd will be easy, figuring out 3rd place in the jackpot may take a while. Alot of 45 pounders to weigh I think.
We're headed in. Tommy's taking the next one out, and I'll be on board.
Drew and crew