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The yellow fin Tuna fishing was just great.


The Family and i took our vaction this year in PV Mex.

We all had a great time. The highlight for my son and I was hooking up the Captain Manny of the Pacifico.

I read a lot good things about him, and the boat, and spoke to him Manny times before the trip. I could t this was a boat that would be open to kids.

If the fish were around, Capt. Manny would do all he could to put us on them. We weren't disappointed.

We arrived at the dock Wednesday June 4th, at 4:45, for 5:00 am departure.

Stopped and picked up bait, and were in route by 5:30 am, on our way to the banks, about 46 miles out.
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About 20 miles into the trip, the wind was picking up to about 10-12, and the swells were coming from the south in sets of 3-4 about 4-6 '. :td: Not looking to promising, Capt. Manny asked if I would like to turn around, and fish either Thursday or Friday, at no charge...which ever day promised the best weather, would be our "go" day. Since our schedule was pretty open, i said sure, lets go back.
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Right then,:tu: :tu: :tu: i new i had picked the right Captain. I have not fished many 6 pack boats, but I don't think its common practice for a captain to offer to go back, after 1.5 hours out, and take you out the next day, at no additional charge. 8* :tu: Class act in my book. Hats off to Manny.

Well the next day, the weather was much better, but the bait had rolled, so we stopped again for bait. By 5:45 we again in route for the "Banks"

We arrived to our destination just after 8 am, and stuck the feather out.
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Five minutes in...double hook up. Yes, both my son and I were on our first YFT EVER.

About ten minutes in, my son got bit off, and minute or so later, my fish was to color and on the deck.

High fives to all. My son was a little bummed, but he new it wouldn't be long before the next fish would hit the deck.
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We tossed some live bait, but no takers...Manny and Mario tossed surface plug, but no love...so out goes the feathers again...10 minutes later...double hook up. One on the plug, and one on the feather.
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Fish on deck.

Jacks big cathc of the day.

10 mintutes later..
HOOK UP.....
This time Jack is on again. I toss out a live bait, but no love. Jacks fish to color in no time. Gaffed and picture ready...

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I tossed out an Iron, but no love at the surface, and Jack tossed out a live bait. I forget what the bait was, but it was about 6-8" long, and had a big eye. Made our horse dines look like a baby.

I continued with the Iron, but decided to let it sink out.....BINGO...fish on. I got it to color, but took a another run, and broke me off...FARMER Mike. I got a little impatient and tried to muscle it in. :
Feathers back out, and 10-15 minutes later, Double hook up.
Jacks fish comes to color and Mario gets a perfect gaff shot, and an opportunity for a classic bloody picture.





To shorten it up a little, we were limited out in two hours. Total fish hooked up on, 15, total farmed, 5. Jack got six, lost 2, one on a bite off, and one that shook loose at the surface...I landed 4, lost one to the props (farmer Mike), one broke off, and one that spit the hook.
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We left the tuna biting, and decided to try for some C&R on the bill-fish. Mario set up the out riggers and we had four lines out. Trolled the area for a few hours, and then headed to the bill fish area...but the water was a dirty green, and a little blown...gave it a shot for another hour, and called it a day.



Headed back to Marina, cleaned the fish,

thanked the crew verbally and monetarily ;), and took a few pounds back to the resort for dinner. Tasted great.

I was planning on taking about 15 pound back with me, but decided it was too much of hassle,

so i gave it to our favorite pool sid waiter, who was happy to have it. Pedro was a super nice guy. Understood customer service, and you could tell, was just a good guy. Hats off to Pedro. The rest of the fish was left with the crew to do as they please.

Another great trip with my son, that I will always treasure the memories from. I loved watching him pull up, and reel down, unconsciously making funny faces during the fight.

Here is a short video of one of his landed YFT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34V7Ck9KASU

All though these weren't monster size YFT, they were IMO, quality size, and perfect for a day on the water with my son Jack.

Thanks for reading...

Below are some more pics.




snooze on the way out


 

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What an entertaining report! Thank you for taking the time and detail! Your son will now expect every fishing trip to bear as much fruit! :p Congrats on a successful trip, glad you had a great family vacation! Bill
 

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That was an incredible trip Mike. Those memories will last forever. I can't wait until my boys are old enough to fish for tuna with me. Your daughter has grown fast. Last time I was at your house she was still a baby.
 

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Great report and what wonderful memories you and your son have..you went fishing with IMO the best of the best..Manny is outstanding I have fished with him several times on the Pacifico and have always scored well on tuna.
 

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Post of the Year!!! Great story and wonderful pics. Those pics of your son are PRICELESS. His intense look as he works the fish and the smiles later on are what life is all about. Great job to you on being a good Dad!!!
 

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Great pics and video.
My memories with my kids fishing and camping are the most vivid.
Wish i had pics and video. We once got a Trifecta on the Horses Shoe
Kelp. Had to keep a hand on his belt buckle so the yellows didn't pull him over. It was so much more fun just to watch him i quit fishing.
We limited on YT,Calico's, Barrie's, and got a Halibut in the 80s. I'll never see those days again. I think it was the round sterned Victory with Don McClean at great old skipper. I'm not sure of the boat?
 
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