Although the Tuna were pretty much only hitting one at time, our lightweight jig rods were able to convert a one fish stop into two or three, each time we paused the troll to land a fish.
August 14th, 2010
By the time our guests Ray, Brain, Jafar and Lawrance arrived at the boat, we had our ice on-board, and things ship shape, ready to go. After our usual safety briefing, we headed out through the hole into a pre-dawn dark ocean. After it got light enough to see, we headed out to a point we had plotted on the GPS which had sounded promising for holding a school of Tuna. At about the 25 mile mark (a little shy of our goal), things began to look favorable (color and temp) so we stopped for a quick test run. After deploying the gear and trolling for a few minutes, the sound of a screaming reel alerted us that we had found the day’s first Tuna!
The morning proved to be a little slow, with a fish here, and a fish there, and no real hot bite, so we moved around a bit, but could not seem find the magic spot! The ocean conditions were good and actually got better as the day progressed. Although (as is usual when the weather is hot in the valley) we had to contend with the fog during various times in the day, but that’s why we have a good radar!
As it got around to late morning, the catching really started to pick up. When we stopped to land a troll hooked fish, we pulled the lightweight jigging rods out of the holders and were able to pick up an additional 1, 2, or even 3 extra fish at each stop. Catching a big Tuna on a jig is truly an experience that has to be tried to be believed. We typically hook them directly under the boat (perhaps 20′-30′ down) where they make several blazing runs straight down several hundred feet! Wow, do they ever put up a fight!
At about 12:30 after filling up the fish boxes with some very nice Albacore, we cleaned up the boat, and turned toward port (leaving a very active school of Tuna!) and our waiting crab pots. About half way back to shore, we spotted the spout of a whale, so we slowed to take a look, when suddenly, a very large Humpback Whale surfaced a couple about 50-75 yards from the boat. He surfaced and spouted a couple more times before finally sounding. This was a very special occasion, as we got a chance to see and hear one of the worlds largest animals closer than most people ever will. What a thrill!
Back near shore at the pots, we pulled them from a depth of 40′-60′ to find some very big nice crab waiting for us, which rounded out the day nicely.
On our return to port, we off-loaded our catch, fueled and put the boat to bed, and then got busy processing the fish and crab. A regular part of our routine now is to steam the crab and grill some Tuna steaks to snack on while we work. There is NOTHING better than fresh hot steamed Crab, moist hot Tuna steaks, and a cold beer or glass of wine.
What another great day. We are very lucky guys indeed.
Thanks for sharing the day with us!