Long range fishing. We're back. We departed today on a wonderful 10 day trip. An ultra limited load 10 day trip. A fisherman's dream. We got some bait. We loaded up on half 6-8 inch beauts, and then half 4-6 inchers that will chum well and fish well enough. The weather right now couldn't be better. We're just rolling down hill enjoying life. We got some rest and did part 1 of our 3 part seminars. We did that today because we're fishing tomorrow morning. It's been pretty darn good school grade tuna fishing where we'll be in the morning lately, and we're going to try and get a starter kit tomorrow. We're just hoping the fore casted wind will hold up long enough for that. Yup, the wind is coming and it doesn't look like it's going to be very nice for the next few days. Oh well. It is what it is. We'll be doing some traveling through it on a downhill course but it's going to end up effecting some of our early fishing conditions for sure. But then it goes away and becomes lovely again for hopefully the rest of the trip. I'm looking forward to writing to you folks out there the next 10 days. I hope I have nothing but good things to write. Time will tell.
Drew and crew
We had a pretty good day today. We were due in the zone at 8:40 AM but we didn't make that ETA. We got caught up in a stop a few miles prior that bit pretty well for us. Then we spent maybe too much time in that zone looking for another deal that never came. So we mosied on down and found another little zone which gave us our best stop of the day. That was a good stop. We caught a couple tuna reaching close to 40 pounds on that one. And then the life pretty much disappeared until late. So from lunch until 5 or so we didn't catch anything. Then wouldn't you know it, before dark we started seeing life again and stopping the boat and catching fish again. I guarantee you us catching fish right before dark and nothing since lunch wasn't a coincidence. The fish were down hanging low where we couldn't see them and came up late. All and all it was a good day. A nice little starter for our 10 day trip. 15-25 pound yellowfin mostly with a few we let go and some nearing 40.
The weather held up for us today too. It got a little breezy in the afternoon but then it came down late again. We're heading down tonight and we're going to try our hand at some yellers tomorrow morning and take it from there. We're hoping we get a weather window in the morning. It looks like we should but the wind should be with us tomorrow night on through hopefully only the next day.
I'm supposed to let mama bear know that your forever cub is kicking butt. He got himself a nice one and plenty others today. He won't stop yappin about how much he loves and misses his mommy though. Frankly, we're getting tired of hearing it.
Drew and crew
We're chalking up today as a travel day. We started off fishing for yellowtails but it didn't work out too well. The people who tried hard got a couple and some nice sheepshead but it wasn't good. Choppy weather too so we started to slide down after a couple hours. After that we looked at a couple spots for nothing. We did the rest of our seminars, that being wahoo and big tuna, and mostly just headed down. It doesn't look like we've seen the worst of this wind yet. We're expecting the worst tomorrow till noon and then it starting to back off. Hopefully it's workable and we can catch some wahoo tomorrow, but if not, we still need to travel down some to put us in position for the following couple of days. I think these guys on here want a cow and we're going to give them some. Or try our best at the very least.
Drew and crew
Not a very good day for us today. I wish I could call it a travel day too but we did a lot of fishing, just not catching. Well, we did need to travel for 4 hours of the day to put us in position for tomorrow, so maybe I can call it a travel day. Anyways, the weather today was pretty crappy when I first woke up and not much better when we arrived to our first fishing destination of the day at 7:00 AM. That could be why the wahoo weren't there and biting. But after 3 hours there, the weather was nice. The wind backed off and the ocean flattened out. Unfortunately 12 miles below there the current did a 180 and the wind picked up a little and things got jacked up. The swell and chop were coming from every which way and we couldn't pick a smooth course. We got our roll on for most the rest of the day. Spot #2 looked like we could've caught a bunch of nice yellers but the skip jack wouldn't let us have any of it. They were hitting everything we threw in. That's alright though. We needed the chunk for tomorrow. We did get a few nice yellows though.
After that we had a delicious cheeseburger and some took a nap during our 20 mile move. I had high hopes for this place but it was not to be so we threw in the towel a bit before dark to make sure we give ourselves plenty of time to get to our next destination. We'll be hunting for cows tomorrow. We need a little luck and by that I mean good timing. The fish need to be on the bank tomorrow for us because above here didn't seem like the answer for the last couple of days.
Mama Bear: Though we only caught a few wahoo today, your little rascal caught one of them. His first wahoo. I guess the ritual for that is a deck hose soaking? I never heard of that but he got a drenching after that one.
I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to start this report. Well, the bottom line is the cows gave us the slip today. We got hosed. The 20-60 pounders were there though. They weren't shy to nestle up under and around the boat. They were a little shy to bite though. We ended up with a few over 1 per rod on the tuna today. More than half those were 40-60 pounds and the rest were 20 pounders. Like I said, there were no lack of those fish. This afternoon we couldn't be sitting any better. The fish were under, around, and the school was right behind us where our lines were going, then at 3:30, poof, they disappeared. And the cows never showed. We looked around the bank for awhile after but there wasn't a scale around anymore. So we left and we're not coming back.
The weather today was fantastic so we can't blame it on that. Oh well. At least we still caught some nice tuna and made jackpot easy to figure out. We're going to try and catch some bait tonight and fish for all of the above tomorrow.
Drew and crew
We were back on The Ridge today. We got to the spot a little after daylight and we found some action after a little bit of looking. We were making drifts catching wahoo and tuna. No great numbers on the wahoo. We caught one per rod. That's an average though. Not everyone caught one. For example, I believe team Oberg caught 3 or 4, and team Grella caught 5. So it wasn't a great spread but everyone had there chances. For example, team Holeman went 1 for 7 nd team Henry lost a bunch too. But when they weren't losing wahoo they were pulling on tuna. A bit on the smaller side but not too small. We were tagging the bigger ones. It was a fun and productive day I thought. But we always want more.
We left a little while after lunch toward Alijos Rocks and we'll be there all day tomorrow. We'll most likely have to leave tomorrow night though because the wind, she's acoming.
Drew and crew
We had very good wahoo fishing today. We caught a lot of wahoo. You don't see it much better then what we had today. At least for a few hour window there. We got our scratch on early, then we got our catch on mid to early afternoon, and then we went back to scratching till dark. It was good. I think I may of seen it better, I probably have in 15 years but this was pretty darn close to as good as I've seen, again, at least for that few hour window mid morning.
As much as myself and the rest of everyone on board would love to stay here another day, the wind is coming. We'd have good weather tomorrow but we'd have to seriously pay for it on the ride home if we stayed. So we're headed across to the Cedros area and we're expecting good weather during the ride across. Who knows, maybe we'll find a kelp for some dorado and more wahoo tomorrow morning. If not, we should be fishing for yellows by or after lunch tomorrow.
Drew and crew
Not much to report from us today. It was a pretty uneventful day. We traveled all morning until after lunch when we arrived to the Islands, and we never saw a yellowtail. It was dead as can be at this place. We took the tour, well as much as we could in a few hours, and ended up back here in the lee. We were and still are catching calico bass and things. We did hook something big, a yellow or a big halibut or even a seabass, but we'll never know because the hook straightened out right before we could see it and the fish got away. And that's it. We're going to try and keep our anchor hung right here and see what kind of conditions we have here in the morning for our last day of fishing. As soon as the wind backs off enough for a tolerable ride offshore Tuesday morning, we'll be on our way home.
Drew and crew
I'm pretty sure there are no yellowtail on this side of the Island. If there were, we would have seen them. This place was very lively this morning. Pretty much, everywhere we looked, there was good bait and bird sign. I'm sure if there were any yellows around they would have made a showing. We stayed in the best area for hours, drifting for groupers and halibut and what ever else would bite our lines hoping to see those yellows pop up but they never did. They weren't around here. Unfortunately, we couldn't look anywhere else because the weather was no good. It was fine where we were. A strong wind but the swell was blocked by the Island.
So we're just sitting here now waiting for the wind to back off above here. We're messing around catching bass. The wind pretty much went away in the lee here. Hopefully that's a sign things are backing off up above here. We should be on our way home around midnight. Our weather program shows very tolerable weather then.
Drew and crew
Well the plan worked. We stayed tucked behind Cedros Island till 1:30 this morning. That gave things above time to settle down. The wind backed off at 10:00 last night and it was a surprisingly nice ride up this morning. It was a little herky jerky but much better than we thought it would be. We went full cruise and barely got the windows wet. Due to the nice ride, we had some time to fish this morning and we found some action. We hit up this little pinnacle and it had some 14-18 pound yellows hanging out. We made a few drifts and an anchor job and managed to scratch up more then 2 per rod. We all needed a little action. We'll be a little late getting in tomorrow but it's worth it. We deserved some action after being stuck in the lee yesterday due to the weather.
And that's it. That's the trip and that's the 2015 season for us. It's time to hang with the family and be a dad and a husband. Time for the rest of the crew to do what they do. Until February that is. Then we leave on a long one. It's also time for me to thank all our customers. Thanks for the year, and thanks for the years. It's always fun and it's always different. This year will have a special place in the old memory bank just like all the other years and it's because of most of you reading these posts. And I just want you to know, that we all appreciate what you do for us, and mostly it's as easy as coming out fishing with us. THANK YOU!!!!!!
Drew and crew