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Left the dock at 6:45 a little to late and the water was not as flat as it was supposed to be.
Had to keep the speed down to 30 mph in order to keep the fuel consumption low at 2.9 gallons per mile.
Made it to the location at 9:30 AM and put them in.
Blue water all the way there and since we could not skip across the tips of the waves, we had to buck an 8 mile an hour cross current.
when we got there it laid down near flat.
The deck hand brought his puny rods. I guess he thought I would not cross over.
Almost immediately put a Cero mack in the box via the meat line and a 9" mex flag.
Its bigger than it looks and since it cooked up as all white meat very close in taste/texture to halibut + there are no regulations, it is now a target species.
Next in the box was a 20+ pound Dorado buck. He came in on a 9" pink and white chuger.
Sorry the deck hand screwed up the photo as it was to bright to see the screen on my phone.
They said look for the birds, well it's just like Alberts, you are not trying to find a huge school of birds 10 miles away, instead get in the zone and watch for a small patch of jumpers with a few birds.
The deck hand complexity missed it, when a patch broke loose 100 yards off the port. I powered up and pushed the gear past speed to get there and to drag the lines through the jumpers as we rounded them.
Deck hand looked all confused as I am yelling jumpers, jumpers get ready!
Bam, 5 way. Mostly peanut Yellowfins and Blackfins but the deck hands puny stick set real short with a ballyhoo and pink skirt was screaming. I cleared the deck and started circling his fish. Took way to long to get it in but Clyde now has his first tuna in the 21 pound class.To bad it's a skippy but he don't care it's his first tuna ever. Had to hold my comments while he was slipping around in the blood. Wonder if they taste different here. they are slightly different.
Clyde is ruined now, never seen a 5 way!
Dragged them a while longer and they came back up on the same little sea mount.
Think we hit another 5 way. Again all peanuts, many Bonita which by the way are the exact size to use for bait on the big tuna.
Full moon and the fish never came up again after 2:00PM.
Started the LTH and hit one more decent Dorado.
60 miles home in flat calm, cruized at 34 mph. The flow meter says we burned 68 gallons leaving 32. will find out for sure when I fill it up.
The down-rigger is for in case the tuna do not come up but you can see them on the finder 60 to 150 feet down. Than you slow down, put out a couple hydro mags, a couple baits with weights and a large bait at the depth you see the fish.
Tuna act like cats. most of the time you can tease a cat from across the room, they will eventually charge and attack. If however the cat is resting fat and full it may just lay there but if you take that same feather and tease the cat right up in its face, it will still strike.
Same with tuna!
This spot seams to be good enough to leave the down-rigger home but I will still carry trolling weights, maybe even get some sinker releases. Also need to cut weight as we may need top speed to get home safe.
How about high speed dive planers atached to the back kleets. Ive been reading up on them and they seam to handle fast trolling with less blowback.. or for the first time i saw long pencil type inline weights for trolling.
I have adapted molds and cast my own in line through wire weights with ball Bering swivels.
However now in order to get down 60 feet you need several pounds. 30 feet is easy.
Also, high speed is 8 knots. this is not really possible. The diver blades will work to about 30 feet at 5 or so knots, give or take.
High speed planers like the 4 pound zwing pull way to hard to manage without commercial gear. That would include my 4 pound 12 inch wide diver blades. You need 900 pound test cable and a winch to manage.
Tried all kinds of stuff. Keep it simple, the dive planes will give you 30 feet.
So will deep dive lures.
Slow down to 6 mph or as low as 3.5