With an improving weather and sea forecast, and a taste of some good fishing Saturday, anticipation is very high for the day!
August 1st, 2010
Anticipation so high, that Todd decided to go for round two, and stayed over night with us to fish one more day! What a glutton for punishment! Joining Todd were Len and Pablo, to round out the crew for the day. Pablo has fished with us before, but this was Len’s first (and we hope not last) time fishing with us for Tuna.
We had re-baited the crab pots Saturday night and left them for a long soak, so we idled out of the harbor into a dark ocean to try and find the illusive Tuna. We slowly worked our way west until we had sufficient light to see, then pushed the throttles forward and headed out. For lack of any better reports on the Tuna’s whereabouts, we pointed the boat to the same fishing grounds as we had left the day before. The sea conditions were much better than Saturday, so we quickly made our way out the 40 + miles to some fishy looking water.
Sort of the same program as the day before…. gear out and “FISH ON!”. Trolling along we had fairly steady action, until the bite cooled down after awhile, and we decided to move to an area the radio chatter claimed a little better action. Again we trolled and hooked the occasional fish (all nice fish, with one of them 27-28#’s!) when near the end of our turnaround deadline of 12:30, the action picked up some and we had a very nice load of big fat Tuna loaded and iced in the fish boxes. On each of our stops to land fish, Todd had been going up on the bow of the boat to cast butterfly jigs with one of our lighter weight spinning outfits. On about the third stop, he hooked a fish! Now catching a Tuna on a troll rig is a thrill indeed, but hooking one on a jig rod is about the ultimate experience! Because they have not been tired by their usual blazing 100 yard run on the troll, a fish hooked just under the boat is something else again! As Todd found out, it becomes a real question in your mind whether you will be able to overpower this dang fish or not! After a skillful battle by Todd (and the Tuna :)), he was finally able to muscle the fish to the surface, where we gaffed it and hauled it in to the boat. Very nice job Todd!
After cleaning and straightening up the boat and bringing out the traveling chairs, we headed back (very fast!) on a flat ocean to hopefully collect some more crabs from our pots. Upon arriving at the crab pots we pulled the first one to find 8 very large and feisty (OUCH!!!) male crabs. The other pots also contributed some big crabs to our growing collection, which we stowed and headed back to port.
Back on the dock we hauled the fish and crab up to the fillet table and processing gear to package the catch for the trip home with our guests. The fish get filleted and packed in the vacuum packaging machine, and the crab get cleaned, boiled, and packed in bags, and all goes into coolers and ice.
Our thanks to Todd, Len and Pablo for all your hard work cutting, packing and cleaning. You are gentlemen of the first order! We hope that this was a day you won’t soon forget. We know that we sure won’t!
Thanks again guy’s, we had a GREAT day and weekend!
Below is some proof of all of the fish and sea stories you have been telling, enjoy!