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Finally finished the steaks, w more than a few beer/sahimi breaks:)
so here's the report:
Arrived thurs night 8:30pm, to clear skies & no wind. unloaded, went up & ck'ed out the "Bill Collector"-WOW! No sign from Tony, but we were hoping for the best.
7am fri. Tony calls, says he's here, we hook up & go meet Eddie @ the dock, go through the gear, load up, & we're off 8:30am. down the river, & out into the blue, first stop @ 4m to load up on hardtails & tease the sharks. gone in
20 mins to a rig about 6-8 further out, lots of football action all over the top
made chunk bait w little blacks & a skippy thrown in, got bored moved out to a floater about 17m offshore. blue water 2500 ft. marking some good fish
start popping(4 guys throwing poppers @ the same time w/out one injury or tangle! good communication!)
Not really any more than football action until a good bite on the livie. hookup, Danny's on, & into more than he bargained for!:D
after about 20 mins & some help, along w/ some kind-hearted ribbing, first tuna's on the deck, around 60#. good start, probably 11:30am.
keep popping & chunking on the 50's. 12:30, Greg's up & rt side goes off. a comical 15 minutes ensues as another tuna noob earns his fins.:eek:
He uncles after that, so I finish the fish & in 5 min's another 60#er hits the deck!
Throughout all of this, Tony's puking his fool head off due to the scopalomine patch, also known as "Manning-itis". we finally convince him to take it off right about the time the left side chunk goes off. We figured tony had already made enough chunks, but he's on and going like a trooper
kills another one in about 15 mins, about 65-70#, puts the rod down, goes over and pukes one more time. we go back for another drift, left side goes off
and it's my turn!:cool: Came tight, got a good run, but the Smitty's plate & harness allowed me to kick it's ass pretty quick, another 65 #er in the box
Well it goes on like this through the day until sunset, then the fish come alive, man!
40,60, 80# YFT clearing the surface by 5 feet at sunset is truly a sight I'll never grow tired of! big fish are starting to bust real close, now so Will, our
#1 primo badass deckhand, tosses a Frenzy on the OTI popper w a Cabo 60.
that's right, a 60 that is now dumping line @ an incredible pace, but making a wonderful sound doing it! Long and short, the OTI popper worked awesome,
And after picking up some line, Will put the short pump to that little pig, and had it in the boat. Awesome rod, guys! cant' beleive that reel held, but later, Greg nailed another one on it, but it dumped the spool in short order
this went on until about 8:30 pm, when we had to leave. The seas were great, the wind was about 5-10, but the 5-man YFT limit had been reached, so with 15 60-80 #yft's in the box, we cleaned up and headed in. no real problems with anything, except the junk reels that me & tony brought. That Penn 8500ss is out, & tony's new Fin-Nor os95 took a dive, too. do not buy that reel!
I want everyone to know that Capt. Eddie is the man. He knew exacly what we wanted & He delivered, big time. Definately the best charter I've ever had, and easily the best capt. Will is an awesome mate & knows those
waters just as good as any captain. there were some tense moments, but absolutley problem-free from start to finish. will somebody please remind me to stop and eat next time?
Venice marina still has it's scars, but all in all it's up and going strong w/ nice amenities, and lots of good people.
I would also like to thank this crew. Y'all made this trip so fun! with the noob action, jokes & smartass comments, and fun fishin', Eddie and the Dallas tuna bunch really made an already good trip an excellent one that I'll remember for a long time.
photo's are forthcoming in a photbucket link from Mojo.
tight lines
-Brian
 
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there is nothing like a wide open tuna bite. i am glad you guys had a great time and got to experience the tuna busting water. thanks for the report and i am like others waiting on the pictures.

i am also glad that you liked your ocean tackle international rod....rick
 

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with a 24 hour trip paid for I would have probably went out for some swords over night......great job on the yf limit though.....
 

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with a 24 hour trip paid for I would have probably went out for some swords over night......great job on the yf limit though.....
argo, the question did come up about fishing other species the rest of the night but there were a few small details that werent favorable.. and after looking at the fish boxes i wasnt too mad at these magnificent creatures anymore. i was pulling in a 10 to 15 pounder bft ever few mins when was asked if it was ok to head in and i didnt object. i think we all agreed that we were ecstatic about the limit on yft and willing to leave a few mile stones unturned til next trip. Capt Eddie and 1st mate Will went beyond any expectation we all had. they showed us different techniques they were using, they were so hospitable that we enjoyed every fish caught, every popper cast. for me, this is the best trip to date. we'll be back to find the bill fish next time hopefully with the same enjoyable atmosphere and the fishes co-operating.
 

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Great report. I haven't fished with Capt. Eddie, but I know he is the top notch fisherman. I am afraid Eddie doen't like to fish with me though because I don't quit easily and continue jigging and popping experimenting different lures and poppers while releasing tuna. :) Whenever I go fishing, I always tell the captains I don't need fish, but I need fishing time. :)
 

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If you dont want to keep the fish thats fine we can fish a lot longer but once you get 15 yellowfin on ice all another 10 hours on the water is going to do on a center console is ruin the fish probably. I can only carry so much ice to get the fish iced down effectively. Had 800 pounds on the boat.
 

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Argo, the boat was full. If we weren't all content and tired,
and the tuna bite was off, I had planned on requesting a couple drops,
but Eddie kept us on the bite, so no complaints here.
Can't wait for the lump action in Jan.
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Capt Eddie!! You did what you should have. no since in getting greedy out there. All I have heard about from Brian is how professional you are!! You , my man, are "da shiznitz!" I cant wait to get down there next year!! I am bringing the wife along.. I heard about the 1 hour boatride to fishable water.... excellent!!!

This trip with Capt Eddie was to TARGET yellowfin tuna.. the goal was accomplised and a full limit was achieved. At that point there is no reason to jeapodize the wasting of 15 NICE tuna..... gotta know when to call a trip! There will be plenty other times to target another species.

Excellent job Captain Eddie!!!!
 

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Eddie, I hope my comments doesn't bother you. :)
I seldom bring cooler whenever I go fishing unless my wife asks me.
I usually ask capts to go home early if we have enough action. I remember one trip to the Hudson canyon trip. We run for 100 miles to Hudson Canyon for an overnight trip and had a blast with big bluefin in 150-250 lbs range. We had a limit of two and released several tuna within two hours. Everybody felt enough. So I asked Capt to go home. :)
When I go to PV next week, I asked Capt already that I would release any fish except a few mahi for dinner, but he asked me to keep tuna as his neighbors need food, so I said OK. :)
 

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No they didnt bother me. Releasing fish is just what it normally takes to keep me out for that long as I normally fill my fishboxes with yf pretty dang quick and to keep the fish in primo condition we head in when the limit is met or box is filled.
 

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The yft that we brought home from our trip with Captain Eddie was the best quality meat that I have ever brought home from a chartered fishing trip. Eddie is right....don't sacrifice the quality of the tuna that you're taking home...get it cleaned and on ice.
 

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I bet you are sick being home after experiencing such a great trip! Great job and hats off to everyone.
 

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Brian, Nice report and pics.. sounds like a great trip by all. Thanks for posting the report. Glad yall limited out.....
 
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