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Old 05-05-2006, 07:06 PM
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Started the day with three friends cancelling and an iffy forecast.. down to three people.

my dad, joe(name is fictional to protect his identity haha), and myself headed offshore in 4-5 foot east swells and calm winds..

watched the temperature drop to 48.8 degrees about 7 miles inside of the tip of the toms and then watched it rise another 20 degrees over the next 3 miles. during the same 3 miles the wind went from calm to about 15 knots.

slowed to trolling speed when the water hit 62 degrees and set out the spread of 10 lines and 2 teasers.

within a half hour, around 4:45 in 65 fathoms of 64.5 degree water just inshore of the tip, we had a bluefin slam a canyon runner rainbow squid bar on the right long rigger. the first attempt at grabbing the squid failed but the fish came back again and the line came tight. after a short battle we release a bluefin in the 40-50# range.

while bumping the boat in and out of gear during the fight i was marking plenty of fish between 40 and 100 feet down. trolled the area for half an hour or so trying to get another fish to bite. no luck.

while i'm not big on leaving fish to find fish, sometimes i do. sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. given a choice, i'll take the risk if it means i can bring something back for the table. everything about the warmer water on those sat shots screamed yellowfins to me.

so i left the fish and headed out to the tip in search of warmer water. trolled around, on the edge and off, for about an hour before our second shot at fish.

while trolling downsea in 120 fathoms of water about a mile north of the northeast corner, 6 lines get hit in all.(2 rainbow squid spreader bars, 1 ballyhoo skirted with a purple/black cupped canyon runner jet, 1 ballyhoo skirted with a zuchinni cupped canyon runner jet, a blue/white sea witch skirted ballyhoo and a pink skirted ballyhoo). with only 3 of us on board, people had to earn their keep!!..

while clearing lines and teasers, two dropped off. we got the remaining 4 to the boat, by no means were they massive fish but they all taped over 32".

while cleaning the fish we discovered that they were feeding on 3-4" long fish.

Round 2.

15 minutes later in the same area we had our third shot at fish.

we had put in a couple of blue/silver mamba bars to replace two bars that had baits taken off them in the first rush of yellowfin. both these bars got hit.

the 4 other lines that got hit were a rainbow squid bar, the zuchinni jet/ballhoo combo, purple/black jet/bally combo, and green/yellow skirted ballyhoo.

this time we landed 5 of the 6 fish. three of them in the 30-35# range, the other two around 34"s.

the rest of the trip was uneventful. at night, on the drift, we faced a wind against tide situation. the southwest wind was cranking 20-25 and the water was probably running south around 2 knots.

48 oz of lead did nothing. i don't think our baits got down 30 feet.

decided to run home at first light and hoped the wind was being generated by huge the temperature change. it seemed to have been... could only run 12 knots in the warm water and when we hit the cold water the wind dropped out.

i know the yellowfin weren't huge, but they'll certainly be tasty.

was it worth it for football yellowfin? absolutely. i'd turn right around and go back out.

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Old 05-05-2006, 09:31 PM
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Congrats on a great trip. Those fish would have been a ball on lighter tackle, but you never can tell what you'll get. I troll all 50W's myself. Trip like that bodes well for an excellent year.
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Sounds great. Thanks for the report. We have been watching the warm water closely from here in Ct.
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Yellowfin in early May !!!!!! Many many congrats !!!!!!!!!
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Great report..I looked at the temperature chart last night, and almost creamed myself. Thanks! I can't wait to get out there!
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Pretty work!
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Its eating my lunch,two weekends with bad weather back to back.Blue water just 15 miles out with the man in blue hanging out there with all the wahoo and yft you want.Nice trip for ya'll anyway!
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great post norter. What make and size is the Pez machine?
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:32 PM
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seabass man, the boat's a 2004 36' jersey cape.
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Norter79 - 5/7/2006 7:32 PM

seabass man, the boat's a 2004 36' jersey cape.
Great pics & a great trip! 1 question though, why couldnt you go more than 12knts in the warm water? wind? seas?
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was blowing sw 20-25 in the 69.5 degree water. seas were an honest 5-6 feet about 4 seconds apart. wind was against the water current causing the waves to stack up.. in the cold water the wind was calm as were the seas.
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Nice catch, and the ride is sweet too.
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Stew,
Great job on the tuna!
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GREAT PICS, Were you running spreader's in tight ,what worked best??
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