Well...this story is going to be difficult to tell because we only had two yellowfin tuna landed yet we had an outstanding trip. There were very few flying fish around and blackfin were scarce but we managed to pull up quite a load of fish. I'll try to tell as much of the story as I can and hope others on the trip will help me fill it out. We left the docks around 6:15 a.m. and headed out into choppy two foot quartering seas. We were headed for some bait and rig fishing on our way out to Gunnison. Bait was hard to come by but we did bump into a couple of pretty nice sized ling. One of those ling bumped my jig a couple of times but I never got the hook set. John threw out a piece of squid and the fight was on. Another fisherman, (someone help me here), managed to hook into the other ling as well and each fish weighed around fifty pounds. Great start! We only managed to get around 20 baits in the tank and shifted into fishing for bottom fish as we traveled from rig to rig. Various red snapper, a few AJs, a couple of nice warsaw grouper and a blackfin tuna were caught as we fished the rigs. I managed to jig up a scamp grouper that weighed around 25 pounds. That fish made my day. We fished until close to dark before finishing our voyage to Gunnison. One of the entertaining highlights of the daytime fishing was produced by a fellow by the name of Scooter and his portable bow and arrow. Whenever a barracuda would come to the surface he would pull out his archery set, mentally calculate the light deflection and SWOOSH....he nailed them! He would use the attached line to reel in his catch. I have never seen that in person and I must say that it was very entertaining. I am looking into getting a similar setup for ling, triple tail, etc. We arrived at Gunnison around 10:30 pm and started the drift with some people jigging and others throwing poppers. The jigging was incredibly slow...blackfin were just not hitting. Flying fish were also very scarce and it looked like we were in for some tough fishing. As the night moved on we were able to coax up some blackfin tuna and start working on putting fish in the box. Although we didn't catch that many blackfin, the ones that we were able to catch were VERY big. My guess is that the average weight of all of the blackfin was well over 25 lbs. Many of us caught blackfin in the thirty pound range. We caught quite a few blackfin on poppers...and they exploded on the poppers just as if they were yellowfin. I caught one blackfin on a popper that I mistook for a yellowfin because after setting the hook, the blackfin peeled line off of my Stella 20K and headed deep. That fish ran as if he were late to work....it peeled as much line as any yellowfin that I have ever caught. I need to weigh that fish....he was probably well over thirty pounds. I was amazed at the aggressiveness of the blackfin on the poppers...I guess that they were yellowfin wanna-be blackfins. A couple of interesting twists on the night fishing was provided by Capt Mark, et al. Late in the morning the number of us fishing was relatively small so they decided to try looking for some swordfish. They set some nice squid baits down on some heavy mono, (400 lb line I think), with stick lights at different depths. I was very surprised at what I saw between tosses of the popper...I turned around and saw this beautiful 30 pound dorado flapping around on the floor. They were able to catch that dorado on one of the shallower baits. The deep bait had some action too. The deep bait was cut off and about 18" to 24" of the mono leader was sanded down by an apparent billfish....most likely a swordfish. The effort at boating a swordfish was not completely successful, but it did yield the nice dorado and it seems that we came close to seeing a swordie. I was totally spent by daybreak and decided to catch some rest while others trolled some baits around and fished around the Gunnison platform. As I rested I heard that the remaining fishermen found a group of rainbow runners at the rig and they were able to take advantage of the situation by boating quite a few very nice sized fish. I was told that around twenty or more rainbow runners were caught altogether. We then fished more rigs on the way in before heading to Stetson rock. One of the rigs produced some red snapper in the 20 lb. range. Nice sows! Stetson rock produced quite a few kingfish...not much else. All in all we ended up with: 2 - Yellowfin tuna Many Blackfin tuna, (didn't get the totals...but probably 30 to 40) 2- Warsaw grouper 1- Scamp grouper 3-4 Amberjacks Many Red snapper with quite a few sows, (I believe we caught our limit) 1 - Dorado 2 - Ling (maybe three) 20+ - Rainbow runners A few Kingfish A couple of sharks Jen from Sea Center Texas out of Houston was on the trip, (a very delightful young lady), and was able to tank a few specimens to take back to their 52,000 gallon aquarium. She was also able to take size measurements and pictures of a small Ridley Sea Turtle that we scooped up for her research. I plan on framing one of her pictures with the measurements to hang on the wall....it was very cool. Not many yellowfin or blackfin....but....the trip was outstanding. You couldn't ask for a better group of people to fish with....all were very nice and fun to fish with. I still think that The Big E is one of Texas' best fishing platforms and their Captains and crew still rock. Thanks to everyone on the trip...you provided me with another life long memory event. What a trip!