After cancelling our trip at the last window due to increasing forecast winds at night, Luke, Joe (Astronut), and Roy (the Great PF) decided to give it a try this past weekend. Seas going out were picture perfect, 1s. Stopped at a couple weed lines with 76 degree temps but nothing was home. I knew it was going to be crowded given the calm seas and as we approached the floater saw 7 vessels on it already… at 4:30. Called over about boats on the other rig and was told only 4 vessels there so changed course. Totally different circumstances than our last trip. Not near as much surface activity but bait and fish marking on the sounder. They just weren’t eating… at least what we were offering: swim baits, poppers, and squid. Our first 3 fish were not notable – I caught 3 hard tails on the squid! Gave up on the squid and cut up a hard tail. Had a nice strike and fought maybe a 40# tuna to color when the circle hook pulled. A little frustrated – we’d been fishing hard for about 3 hours for that bite. About another 3-4 boats had arrived… Just before dusk, we had a double hook up with Joe and Luke both boating their 25#, 40# yft. A little later I have a strike and fight a 40#er to the boat. Another a hour or so later and Luke gets a 50#er on his swimbait. Another couple of hours and Roy and I have a double hook up and a 30# and 40#er in the boat. Another couple of hours and I get a nice strike taking a good bit of line. Fight her to color and she takes another strong run. Back aching from all the casting we’ve done, I get her to the boat and Luke and Joe get a gaff in her, a 70-80# fish in the boat. Closer to dawn, Luke and I have a double hook up and they were both frisky, crossing his line over my rod tip…by crossing over the rod instead of braid on braid saved us. I was able to duck under him, freeing the line and we both boated 40# fish. Saw a good bit of yft busting 1000 yds away from the rig as we were heading home but couldn’t sneak up on them. Seas were sloppy and confused on the way in. BTW, bft were not really active for us. We caught maybe 15 all night with all but 2 (chunk) released. Final tally was 8 yft. 25 – 40#, and final tally on boats was 13 during the night!. Going to final clean, steak, and give most of the tuna away now. Tight lines…and please write your elected officials about this red snapper fiasco – we get 3 days to take our kids/grandkids fishing? Oh, I forgot, we can always pay the CFH $1200-$1500 and extend the season to 49 days. Not!