4 for 5, and 1 for 3 on the last trips, and overall one hell of a start to the season for Coastal Charters Sportfishing and yours truely. All fish were taken on the spinning gear, no jigged fish yet for me but that should change soon. Tripled up in a HUGE school of nice small, manageable fish, and got all 3 back to the boat. First fish taped out at 54" and weighed maybe 80 pounds, second fish was 52" roughly, and the third a cookie cutter from the same school. Picture of me with my now trademark pose and the smaller class around View attachment 7409 I knew I had seen smaller fish up and about, finally put the boat over one of the schools and they cooperated. The fish were very easy to handle in comparison to the 60 plus inch fatties I have been landing of late. Of course we tied into one of those models later in the day, and had to release a very fat 63 incher to end up the day. Had fish all to myself the entire trip, not another boat within site other than 1 commercial that went by. Love days like that. Yesterday was a beautiful day on the water. Oily slick and sunny for a change all day. Had a fish absolutely pretzel a 6x VMC 4/0 treble early in the morning, second hook failure this week on big fish. Back to the drawing board on these, as all the trebles I have used have had issues at one point while tied into a bruiser bluefin. I may switch to a big single or even a double hook. We were called in on that fish by Capt. Rich of Black Rose fishing who was already tied into one himself, and fortunately they landed theirs with no gear failure to contend with. View attachment 7411 After that the action dried up and had a few boats trolling over the area, so decided to move off on my own and find some fish. I located what I was looking for not far away, and stopped the boat right on top of a pod that broke maybe 30 seconds after I powered down. Sometimes you might think I actually knew what I was doing. Willy G hooked up with a fish shortly thereafter, and despite a vailiant effort, ended up passing the rod round the boat, until I finally pulled a little Ahab after 45 minutes and took over to finish the battle. I hate losing fish, and once the rod had been passed and I watched this fish struggle out of range, put the wood to him and ended his misery with very little resistance on his part. Fish was a snake of a 64.5 inch tuna, no belly but a very strong stubborn animal nonetheless. View attachment 7408 Had a few shots later on, but couldnt get any to commit and ended the day with a few baskers going right under the boat, including a monster of 30 plus feet that we spooked and didnt get a picture of. View attachment 7410 Much needed day off today, and weather looks to give me a few more unplanned days ahead. Back at it as soon as the winds lay down.