Just returned from my 4-day trip on the Red Rooster.
Find a parking spot 100 feet from the office. The office staff is on top of everything and my old high school buddy and me are done in 10 mins. We are told that we only have 23 on this trip so things look even better. Boarded and off to bait up at 1:00.
We don't get to the area until after 2pm. We find ten thousand little yellowtails at every stop.(all let go) You hook one and bring him to the boat and 20 more are tagging along. About 4pm thing get better I get a larger yellowtail on the troll and we start tagging some bluefin 15-20 lbs. We get a stop of dodos here and there all in the 8-10 lb class. About 7pm we find the bigger bluefin 20-30 and I'm on my biggest of the day up in the bow when I hear the guys in the stern saying................ Did you see that! What the hell was that just went under the boat???????? I call for a gaff and as I look down at my fish I see this mouth of a killer whale open up and take my fish. That ended that bite.
We have all day to fish and the AM bite is okay. Yellowfin, bluefin, dodos pick all day. Never wide open just 5-8 fish every stop. Again the bigger fish showed up late in the afternoon (after6) We travel all night to the upper zone for our last day of fishing.
Weather up a little in the AM and we are looking. More yellowtail today 15-25 lbs and some yellowfin. We are fishing 20-25lb line most of the trip and as we all stand by the bait tank was hear Andy yell out over the PA, BRALE THE BAIT! HEAVY LINE GUYS! But most all bait up with what they have and all hell brakes loose. Out of 20 hook ups we land 4 fish. We are over 170 miles away so our fishing day ends at 1pm. 17+ hour ride home up hill all the way.
20-30 lb on the bluefin. Small hooks.
20-50 lb on the dodos and yellowtail
Most fish hooked up close to boat.
I think we got over 20 fish on the troll. Ceder plug the best jig.
We did get 3 bluefin on the yoyo.
Low point of the trip was reeling in my line after my fish popped off only to see that my hook came untied. Second captain Joe saw the end of my line and clipped it off to use in his hook tying seminar.
Boat was great and the crew was on top of everything. My buddy and I filled two ice chest for this weekend BBQ and gave over 300 pounds of fish to fishermans processing to be picked up this week.
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