We had a slower day on tuna where we only scratched a few but it was great weather and we had some smaller kelp yellows to fall back on. Once again Rose O’Brian took the spotlight with a 103lb opah which she was actually targeting.
Our timing was absolutely impeccable as what seemed to be tough conditions ahead of us at the beginning of the trip turned out to be the opposite. We finished off the trip with beautiful flat calm weather and the best tuna fishing that we have enjoyed all year. It just goes to show that it is hard to base a trip on the past as present conditions on the ocean change so fast.
After a night of choppy weather we were relieved to see the weather come down. We were able to reach clean warm water and start working up to the local BFT zone for tomorrow and we saw scattered sign of small tuna. Most of what we saw was really small but we did boat some 15-22lbers which is a good sign for the future. Kevin Yoshimoto caught a couple of decent ones and Larry Martin managed a decent dorado.
We are looking forward to the opportunity to catch a few bluefin tomorrow to top off our catch.
We hid from the weather today and we were extremely fortunate that the yellowtail showed where it was calm. We were lucky enough to once again enjoy steady fishing on 20-25lb yellows as all techniques from the surface plug to the dropper loop all worked well. Jim Zeder poses with a stock grade yellow and Bill Chien caught one of today’s bonus halibut. The guys