Here we go again. Arrive/depart today. Off with the old, out with the new. 5 days. That's how long we have on this one. 5 days. Weather forecast looks terrific for at least the next few days so that's wonderful. We have another first for me this trip. Before this trip I have never loaded up with straight mackerel for bait. Other than the last trip but that was a 1.5 day trip. This is long range. Straight mackerel. That's 3 top tanks, and 2 big slammers full below deck. All full of mackerel. So this will be interesting. It looks like great yellowtail bait. Not great for chumming but great for catching the yellows, and I'm sure the bluefin will eat them too, just not as well as the sardine. Oh well. It is what it is. We'll just make lemonade, that's all.
So to start things off tomorrow we will be fishing for those yellowtails. And most likely, we'll be doing that for the next couple of days before getting in the hunt for the blues. Action. We want action. Wish us luck.
Drew and crew.
I think I'm going to start naming my reports. This one is called "We should have stuck with the game plan". The plan was to start where we did, and if it didn't look good run up 40 miles to the next spot arriving just after lunch when it's bite time there. Well we started off slow. Conditions were a little funky. We saw some fish, but they didn't really bite. We caught a few yellows and the biggest ling cod I've ever seen brought up on this boat, but it wasn't good enough to stick around. So we started off sticking with the plan when we left and went north but then we decided to do some radio fishing. I heard 4th hand and then 3rd hand that a boat had a couple really good dorado kelps the day prior almost in striking distance and then really good yellowtail in the afternoon definitely in striking distance. Then I saw on my water temp chart that same water just a few hours below us so we made the move. Obviously by my whining you can tell it didn't work out. We didn't find much kelp in the good water. We found one OK kelp but we only caught a handful of flats. There was a few wahoo swimming around it but we didn't catch any.
So that's OK. We're not worried. We still have yesterdays afternoon yellowtail hot spot to fish. Not today. Should have been here yesterday. Maybe that should be the name of the report. We saw some and caught a few but it was nothing good. So here we sit. I'm not sure if we stuck with the game plan that it would have worked out. There already was a boat on the spot we were headed to and it's kind of a one boat spot so maybe we didn't miss anything.
It's funny. I haven't written this long of a report in a long time. If fishing was good today I probably would have written one paragraph. I needed to rant. Anyways we're going to stick it out here and regroup and try it again in the morning. Hopefully we find some yellows to work with but either way we plan on looking for a dorado kelp in the afternoon. Hopefully I only write one paragraph tomorrow.
Drew and crew
~~Sep. 7 "Feeling Better"
I can't say I had the highest of hopes for this morning. It seems like up and down this whole coast in the mornings has no current. As you know, no current = no fish. So we bailed on our yellowtail spot after 8:00 am and went kelping. I believe we found our first winner ohhh around 10:00 or so. It was good for 20 dorado. Another 1/2 hour later we found another that was good for another 20. Another 1/2 hour later... and so on and so on. We had a good day of kelping. Most of our passengers on board have never been in a dorado bite before today. It was jaw dropping for them. Lots of fun. We're feeling better.
Now we're going to catch our yellows. We're going to head into the coast for tomorrow and try and get a bunch of those. See? I write short reports on good days. Hopefully I keep them short.
Drew and crew
Today was not a bad day at all. We tailed it. The yellowtail bit a little. We fished a fun little pinnacle rock most of today. Conditions weren't perfect for drifting today. For starters it was windy as heck here last night and yesterday. We didn't see any of that because we weren't here but we got some of the after effects of it. We had no wind at all yet we were rolling our pa toots off for the first couple hours of the morning. Because we had no wind we were drifting with the current so it made fishing that spot difficult. The fish wanted to be right on the edge of it and we would end up drifting right on top of the pinnacle and we were losing a lot of the fish we would hook. The simple solution would be to anchor up off the edge but we tried that and the fish wouldn't bite on the anchor. So it was really good fishing but landing them was tough but we were still able to land plenty.
After lunch things straightened out and we were able to make a few good drifts but then I watched the entire school on my meter swim to the deeps and vanish. After that we couldn't find the fish on that spot anymore. They swam away. So we looked else where and we were unsuccessful at finding any more yellers. That was fine though. We still caught plenty today. It was a good day.
Tomorrow we're going to finish the trip off looking to top off on dorado. If we can get it done early enough we may have some time to try for some more yellows. Otherwise we'll just be rolling on home after wards.
Drew and crew
We spent today offshore mostly looking to top off on dorado. There were 7 of us long range boats looking to do the same today. There was plenty of this warm water for all though. Unfortunately there wasn't enough kelps with fish on them for all. We were one of the more lucky ones. We didn't completely top off but we were only 20 fish shy. Along with the dorado we caught some small tuna off a few spots. 3-5 pounders. Now keep in mind most everyone on board have never fished out here in there lives. When everyone on board hooked one of these tuna at once, it was great. They were all so excited and they all just loved it. Don't worry, I very much encouraged the release of these fish. This was a great group of guys. Great. Super laid back and just enjoyed every minute out here. Caught a bunch of colorful jumping dorado, lots of yellers and even a marlin. I can't wait to have them back. And you know it's true too because I usually don't write that. I love all our passengers.
Tomorrow we get in and leave again for just 2 days this time. Hopefully we get out of there good and early and then et some fishing in tomorrow. I have no idea what we'll do after that though. Time will tell.
Drew and crew