We missed again this morning folks. I'm not very happy about it, but I've excepted it. We've definitely put in our work this trip. Not necessarily physically these last couple days but mentally for sure. I am drained. We didn't want to spend another afternoon like we spent yesterday so we left the grounds and fished the Coronado Islands this afternoon. We didn't see much yellowtail. Myself or the other long range boat here. I heard some good analogies this trip by other captains on the radio that I'd like to share. Looking at the fish reports is like watching sports center. They keep showing you all the top tens, but they almost never show the other Joe's, and sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield. Most guys the last couple days have been the bugs.
There have been quite a few firsts for me lately. First of all I've never spent this much time fishing this close to home other than my 3/4 day days.. I have never been anchored up right outside the harbor on the second night of the trip. We were there catching bait. I've never captained the boat to San Clemente or the Coronado Islands. There's probably more. Oh yeah, I've never seen the 5 freeway from the boat. Mark thought it was a bird school. In his defense, I had to give it a double take too.
So that's it. We're going home and we'll be leaving for 5 tomorrow. Tommy is coming back out so he'll be deciding where to go. I'll tell you though, it's tough to pass on this fish. Unfortunately for us, it's the best grade of tuna around. It's great for the 1/2 day boats though.
Drew and crew
We got in there and got things done pretty fast this morning. We docked at 6:30 and were off loaded and on our way to the fuel dock after an hour. We handled fuel and an oil change and had passengers on the boat by 10:00. So we got a good jump which allowed us extra time and the bait receivers to search through our options to ensure we had the best bait available. We took what we call firecracker sardine. A mix of mostly 4-6 inch sardine. It didn't look so hot going in but it's seems to be getting the hang of living in our wells now.
It didn't take long before we were arriving to the fishing grounds. We found a few schools before dark and scratched out 20 something tuna before dark. We're going to drift here tonight and start off here in the morning.
Drew and crew
We drifted most of the morning until around 9 or so. We drifted due to us catching fish. We caught a whole lot of fish this morning. They weren't the same 20-25+ pounders we've been getting. There were a few of those, but these were about half that size. It wasn't what we were hoping for but they were still fun. The guys were having a blast. They were getting some practice at the whole tuna fishing thing, picking a good bait, where to drop in, follow your fish... And they got to use some of there tags as well.
After that we thought it would be a great idea to make a few hour run and get to San Clemente Island to catch those big yellows we caught there a couple of trips ago. In theory it sounded great, but we didn't catch very many yellows. We ended up bailing on it and looking for some bluefin that's been hanging around there. We saw one pretty good spot around there but they wouldn't bite. At dark we ended where we'll start tomorrow. Some boats had some pretty good days here today on a very good grade of yellowfin along with some of that 25-50 pound bluefin as well. Oh how I hope we can get in on some of that tomorrow.
Time will tell. Cross your fingers at home. We'll take some good luck anywhere we can.
Drew and crew
We had a slow day today. The morning seemed promising. We caught a little but we saw a whole lot. If just one of those schools we saw this morning wanted to bite a little we would of had a great day. That seems to be the deal this year though. Today, we hit the wrong schools. We caught about 20 ish this morning from 30-50 pounds. The afternoon stunk. We ran in to where we finished up last night and it was muerto. We ended up in an area late that had mucho fish but unfortunately they were all small. We didn't even try them. It wasn't worth wasting our precious sardine for.
The good news about not catching much fish this afternoon is we still have some of a tank of sardine left to fish with this morning. It's 4:00 AM as I write this and we just finished up with our attempt at bait making. We caught plenty of bait, but it wasn't a good size for the tuna that's out here so we're going to try and make some lemonade here. We're going to take our big spanish mackerel and take it to where the 150+ pound bluefin live. We'll do this after we run out of sardine this morning. No one has tried that cow BF with a couple tanks of spanish yet. Maybe that's the key to it all.
The weather remains great. We had a few hours this afternoon where things were getting interesting. We had a descently strong wind out of the southeast and with it came some rain. It wasn't all that neat but it didn't last long. Things went back to butter. Nice.
Drew and crew
Good evening everyone. We wrapped up our trip today. And it was an interesting day. First off the weather continued to produce variable wind. Flat calm and gorgeous. Onto the fishing. As you know we almost had no sardine today. We used it well though for the time we had it. The bluefin floated today. Everywhere you looked there was a 30-50 pound bluefin gently rolling on the glassy surface. Other times you would see the whole school swimming on the surface. It definitely had that feel to it. We caught 30 fish from 30-50 pounds this morning before we ran out of bait. For the time being it was great but sad when we ran out. We still had a couple tanks of big mackerel to use and Tommy had it figured out where we would use it. So we made a few hour move and it didn't take long after we arrived to the honey hole before we were gettinum. Big yellowfin. 45-65 pounders. It felt like we were anchored up at Alijos Rocks when the tuna were around there. Those fish liked our mackerel. We caught a few over 20 of those bad boys before they quit biting. I wish we could be in 2 spots at once.
So we have a 1.5 day trip leaving tomorrow afternoon Aug. 27 and we want you to go. Let me try and talk you into it. Now this is me speaking truth. Not blowing smoke at you. The weather still is fore casted to be great great. Variable wind. Now I told you we had great fishing this morning while we had bait. A lot of the boats that had just left on there trips that had bait all day drifted all day. Not all but a lot. They drifted and they caught. It's a good time to go fishing I'd say. Good grade, good fishing. Let us take you fishing, feed you great, show you a good time and hopefully the bonus, catch lots of fish.
Drew and crew