We now have Guadalupe Permits!
And we're off again. This time for 8 days. We got a pretty good jump at things today. We cleared the point at lunch time which keeps our options open on where we can fish tomorrow and the next day. I'm still not sure where we'll be tomorrow. I may not be sure until I wake up in the morning and look at the hurricane coming up from below the cape. As it's forecasted now, it's definitely going to effect our decisions on where we'll fish this trip and when. But don't worry at home, we'll keep a safe distance from the dangerous winds at all times. Find out tomorrow where I decided to start fishing.
Drew and crew
Well, we got our tail on today. We started up there and caught a few, then we went there and had a couple of real nice drifts. Good tailing on medium sized yellows. We'll call them 12-14 pounders with a few smaller and a some in the 16 pound range. We were completely OK with them. I spent my whole time there in the pit with my butt in the air stapling tags on the customers fish while the rest of the crew were gaffing. After a couple good drifts, and I mean good ones, the fish stopped biting. No one knows why, they just quit biting so we had to make a move again. Now if I had remembered there was a Charger game on at that moment it would've been a great time to listen to it being we were making a 3 hour move. But I forgot all about it. I was too busy thinking of our next move and the future moves of this trip. It was a good game too. If you weren't paying attention we beat the 2014 super bowl champs. !0 point under dogs. Beat them up. That's right Seattle. Look out nation.
We didn't catch much when we arrived to our new hot zone. A couple of handfuls of nice yellowtails and then it got dark so now we sit on anchor. We can safely fish one more day here before the storm pushes us out of here. Which direction we'll go? I'm not sure yet.
Drew and crew
It was a rather slow day out here for us. Not miserably slow but it definitely could've been better. I'll just break it down for you so you know what I call a slow day. We caught 68 yellowtail, 4 bonito, 6 barracuda, 4 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 6 Sheepshead, 4 oceanic whitefish, 5 vermilion rock fish and 6 unspecified rock fish. We let some go too. We threw in the towel around 3:00. I may have a trick up my sleeve. I may tell you about it tomorrow. Anyways, we left the grounds because they're calling for wind here tomorrow and we hate wind with a passion out here on the ocean. I don't even like it on land. We're going to a less windy spot. I'm just not sure where yet. Find out tomorrow.
The weather now is fantastic. Very little wind and along with that comes very little sea state. It's nice. Steamy too. You should see Mark's shirt. It looks like he fell in the water. I offered anyone 20 dollars to wear it today but I got no takers.
Drew and crew
Yesterday morning I was looking at the positions and forecasts of positions and conditions of hurricane Odile and it sure looked to me like we'd be able to go around it that night. So after consulting with Tommy, he did some research and he agreed. And by dark yesterday I was 95 percent sure we could do it. Not enough. We need 100 percent out here. So we headed straight west most of the night until I got an update on the storm at 2:00 am which made me 100 percent sure we could easily make it around the storm. So we hung a left and we've been traveling all day heading for Alijos Rocks. We had some choppy weather this morning but we couldn't tell by our ride because we were going with it. Down swell = a good ride. The weather is nice now that I write this and we're expecting the same the next few days at least.
We usually expect a couple travel days on an 8 day trip and today was one of ours. We did try really hard though to find a nice big dorado kelp but we were unsuccessful. The only kelps we found weren't big enough to hold a school of mahi. So we'll have to do it tomorrow or the next day. Or the next, OK. We'll be concentrating on wahoo first thing tomorrow. We'll be saying our wahoo prayers tonight. I'll check back later.
Drew and crew
We had bad odds today. We fished for wahoo and our fish hooked to fish landed ratio was poor. It always is with wahoo but I feel today was extra bad. I think if you're landing half of what you hook with wahoo you're doing OK. Today at best we were 1/3. At best. I called out to 2 of our anglers fishing today and asked what there ratio was for the day and I got a 1/2 and a 1/4. Then my buddy Dave came up to the wheel house and said he was 0/4. So that gives you an idea. If we would've caught half of what we hooked today we would've had a really good day.
Alright. I'm done whining. I'm still glad we came here. Everybody got there chance at a wahoo and there's still a chance for some more tomorrow. We're headed inside now and we'll be fishing for wahoo while we're looking for tuna first thing tomorrow morning. The weather now is fantastic. A little weird this morning with mixed swell and a wind coming from the southwest but it's beautiful now.
We couldn't come to an agreement on a price for someone to wear Mark's shirt today. Justin wanted 200 and Mike said he'd do it for 150 but I couldn't find enough people to chip in. It was a good one too. He was wearing a white shirt today, so by 9:00 this morning he could've entered a wet t-shirt contest. He may have won too if you're into guys like Mark.
Drew and crew
"Fixed up" is a good expression to describe our day today. We had very good yellowfin tuna fishing. We arrived to our destination shortly after breakfast and after about 1/2 an hour of searching we found what we were looking for. A school of 25-30 pound yellowfin. It bit for a little while before we had to relocate the school, which we did a few times. After that we found a different school of a more mixed grade of 10-30 pounders that we hit a couple times. Then we found a school of mostly 16-22 pounders that we did well off of. I think you get the point. We had a good day. Along with all the tuna we caught, we also managed 7 wahoo and 4 dorado. I'll say it again, we had a good day. We're feeling satisfied. Worth the days travel to get where we've been the last couple days, that's for sure.
The weather today was fantastic. Fan tastic. We'll be traveling tonight and sleeping in tomorrow. We're shooting to be fishing tomorrow afternoon. We'd like to top off on some yellers.
Drew and crew
Today was mostly a travel day for us. We did have a nice little surprise in the morning. We had a double jig strike on wahoo. Then we had a couple more singles. Then we had one more single a little later along with a few dorados. When we got to the yellowtail grounds in the afternoon we found mucho wind. It was blowing 25-30 knots right through the grounds we were planning on fishing so we fished elsewhere. We found a little spot with some current before dark and we captured 6 cow yellows, we're talking 30-40 pounders, to go along with lots of 10-12 pounders and some bonito. Action is what we call that. We now have to head north and we'd like to find some dorado tomorrow. It's going to be a bumpy/windy ride up tonight and we hope for it to back off tomorrow for our fishing and ride home.
The ride going up last night wasn't good, although I can't say it was awful either. It was just your average windy rough ride up the line. I'm just not used to it, that's all. The weather for the most part these last couple months for me has just been so good. It doesn't matter because the weather got good again for the important part which is the fishing. And we took advantage of it. We found our dorado kelp. The dorado were small to big and they were plentiful. It was our first dorado kelp of the year. Finally. Though we've had plenty of other specie to keep us busy this year. If you know me you know I'm all about the competition so I like to make searching for kelps fun. Today I challenged Mark to a kelp off which means the person who finds the loaded dorado kelp wins. He found it and of course I couldn't be happier about it. It may be the only thing I'm glad to lose to. Of course he wanted me to tell you all about it. He finally beat me. It was the cherry on top of this wonderful trip. Another one in the books. We're headed back to the barn all fat and happy. Fat from too much eating and happy with all the fish we caught. We'll be dockside tomorrow morning at 6:30 and yes, we will be heading back out to sea. I'll be taking the LA Rod and Reel club out fishing for a couple days.
Good fishing again today in the local tuna grounds it sounds like. Let's make it one more tuna trip for the year before it's over. Our October 3rd and 6th trips are both for sure goes. Let's, and by that I mean you, make our September 26th and 29th trips a go too. Come fishing! My baby can be without her dad for another week if it means she gets those shoes she's been begging me for. 5 months old and she's already begging for shoes. Holy Toledo.
Drew and crew