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I went on this trip with BAOSABI, LONGGAR and a buddy Duke. We left Dallas at around 11:30PM and got to the dock a little after 7 am. Loaded the boat and we were off at 9AM Monday morning. We steamed 12-13knot straight to Jean Claude Boudreax and Pardia(?) so we could get there for the night and morning bite. Seas were 1-3 all trip.

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First night we have consistent fishing on everything. LONGGAR working the rail chunking and it pays offs with one 50lb tuna. SpecialK and tuna on subsurface lure.

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Friends working topwater and subsurface.
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BAOSABI has a good tuna follow a shibuki to the boat and hooks up right next to boat. He turned it's head a few times and mate gaffed tuna. Total fight time - 1min. There were many tuna I hooked also that could have been gaffed green all around 50lb but these always ended up pulling hooks on me.

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I had no luck at night until 2-3AM. I hooked 2 off the bow as I continually casted. They went about 50lb. As I continued to hook up tuna the hooks kept pulling after I fought them into death circles. Total 5 pulled hooks on ST66 3/0 on different lures. I went to stern and casted by myself as I saw busting tuna. I consistently hooked into 10-15lb blackfin that liked to sit under the boat. Then I hooked into a good size tuna I estimate at 100lb that I was waiting for. When I fought the tuna into death circles I could feel the weight and size of the fish as I lifted the rod. This tuna went under the boat and swam small circles on me as if he knew I was bent over the rail and could not give him pressure. It is tough fighting a fish with long rod bent over and you cannot get any leverage. As I fought it and turned his head enough for me to fight under my arm I broke him off as the line rubbed on hull. There were a few other break offs with other people also by the bottom hull and I had totally forgot about the push pole. I went back and forth from jigging to casting throughout the night into morning with only blackfin and small yellowfin off jig.

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We trolled ALL day with one 40-50lb tuna to show and one 5-10lb mahi. I was told we had a 200lb billfish hooked up but he spit the lure after first jump.

The second night was a new night and I was ready to erase my bad luck with pulled hooks. I casted most the time as we saw tuna chase flying fish. Throughout the night I believe I had 2-3 hook ups. One was another good size tuna I estimate around 80lb. He took a good 75-80yard run then another 25yard or so. Again the tuna gods showed me no love and hook pulled during death circles. WHY?!!! Many tuna won their freedom this trip from me and I hope they come back bigger and stronger. Their day to die was not this trip and not by my hands. The night ended as we picked off tuna slowly and limited with all tuna averaging 40-60lb.

Duc996 made sashimi and seared tuna for the whole boat. Although I didn't have any sashimi I tasted the seared tuna and it was fantastic.
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LONGGAR AND BAOSABI
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Back home.
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Me, longgar, baosabi, duke
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Thanks to mates and captains for a good trip and it was nice meeting everyone.
Congratulations to everyone that caught their first tuna.

Loaded up and on the way back to Dallas.
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***GEAR USED BY ME***
Reel
Shimano Stella 18000SW
Shimano Stella 20000SW
Shimano Stella 8000SW w/10000 Spool

Rods
OTI G3 400G
OTI G3 600G
Ocean Revolution BD100

Line
Tuffline XP 65lb
OTI PE6/PE8

Leader
Varivas 130lb
Sami super secret leader

Lures/Jigs/Hooks
Owner ST66 3/0
Owner ST66 4/0
Tackle House Shibuki
Shimano Ocea Pencil
Maniac Watermelon Popper
OTI Blue Jumbo
OTI Glow Jumbo
 

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Thanks for posting up Rich. It would of topped of the trip if you had landed that monster that pulled off under the boat. Longgar and Duke have some great action video and pics that I hope they post.

Lots of Tuna Snipers 40-60lb. on the trip whopping some tuna a$$. Special K almost landed a 60lb. YF in 15 sec. on a Sniper but the deckhands were busy at the time and the tuna decided to make a run for it's life. Sorry but I was retarded and couldn't multi-task like Rich to take pictures and fish at the same time.



Soul's Brabus Shibuki after the trip.
 

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Great report Rich. You're a picture takin ass. Looks like a really good time, wish I'd been able to get away. I still haven't set eyes on Boudreaux. The bigger boys will be comin in the fall. Does anybody have any idea what FW gets on a private charter?

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That was a very fun trip. Rtran, Baosabi, Longgar, Duke, and Duc996, it was great to fish with all of you and everyone else!
We had a lot of tuna that just wouldn't cooperate with us.
We had a casting brigade in the bow of the boat. 5 or 6 of us would be casting around each other without much issue.

Final tally...
Boat limit of YFT, school size 40- 60 for the most part.
2 Dorado one probably went 40-45
a bunch of rainbow runners
more blackfin than I can count
1 blue marlin hookup
1 speckled trout....shhhhh!
I would like to add that we trolled for majority of tuesday without the slightest strike...
Captain Ronnie Hale comes down looking at our marginal spread and just laughs. He put out 2 lures and the dorado was in the boat in short order. He threw another lure in middle and the blue marlin was fish on... To bad the hook didn't set better as it would have been sweet to have said our group landed the first marlin!
The deck hands as always did a great job keeping up with the action.
Between the 2 captains Ronnie and Russell(Porkchop) and the deckhands, I can't say I have fished with a more enjoyable bunch of guys. They love to catch fish!

Customcanvas,
There were 14 people on the trip. 1 short of the minimum. It was very much like being on a private charter majority of the time. I have been on the boat with 20+- and it still fished great!
I wouldn't hesitate if I were you to get your name on a trip for this winter. Don't wait long as these winter trips fill up fast.

Easterntackle,
They only have the fish on the ground long enough to get some pictures. As soon as that is over you can grab your fish and have them back on ice.
The ice situation is good. We were even taking ice to put in our coolers as it was melting fast in the sun. They have 2 big fish boxes and to smalls on the stern and 2 additional mediums on the upper deck. All full of ice when we left the dock.
 

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Great report Rich. You're a picture takin ass. Looks like a really good time, wish I'd been able to get away. I still haven't set eyes on Boudreaux. The bigger boys will be comin in the fall. Does anybody have any idea what FW gets on a private charter?

Fred

Beaudreax is a big MF! Perdito is you standard BV/nancen size production rig...

We caught majority of the fish at perdito...Opposite of their last trip.

Call down and ask Jan about the private charter, and let me know when you set it up!:D
14-15 people would be awesome to do again.
 

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Fred,

I try to take more pictures now as when I look back I enjoy it even more.
Also pictures for others to enjoy as it will last a great memories forever.
 

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great trip rich! cool pics. the blackfins looked to be of better size than usual

They were some good size ones around 15-20lb. Those give you a good little fight.
 

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Those are some nice sized blackfin. Looks like a killer trip again. On the hooks that pulled did they just pull loose or did they bend open? I lost a couple from pulled hooks on last months trip,but I think it was my fault trying to put too much pressure on the fish. Great trip guys!
 

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thanks for posting all those pics ... it'll be my turn at end of aug on
the Big E :)

question for you, on the 25 or 26th pic .. the guy with fish on has
a fillet knife in a sheath who is that guy? and can you ask him what
kind of knife that is? It looks like a hard plastic sheath and is what
I am looking for. I am currently using Knives of Alaska Coho but it
only comes with a soft nylon sheath
 

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Those are some nice sized blackfin. Looks like a killer trip again. On the hooks that pulled did they just pull loose or did they bend open? I lost a couple from pulled hooks on last months trip,but I think it was my fault trying to put too much pressure on the fish. Great trip guys!

They pulled. I believe they pulled because of heavy pressure during circles.

thanks for posting all those pics ... it'll be my turn at end of aug on
the Big E :)

question for you, on the 25 or 26th pic .. the guy with fish on has
a fillet knife in a sheath who is that guy? and can you ask him what
kind of knife that is? It looks like a hard plastic sheath and is what
I am looking for. I am currently using Knives of Alaska Coho but it
only comes with a soft nylon sheath

That would be longgar/Gary
 

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Everybody notices something different in pictures. The picture that caught my eye was the one on the top deck with the rod holders. Are those new? I see they are on both the port and starboard side. How many holders are on the top deck railing. It's important to some of us.:)
 

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Everybody notices something different in pictures. The picture that caught my eye was the one on the top deck with the rod holders. Are those new? I see they are on both the port and starboard side. How many holders are on the top deck railing. It's important to some of us.:)

There are the only ones on the top as you see. About 8 maybe on each side.

Bret - I like that tuna you got there.
 
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