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Old 03-19-2017, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Hot yft bite 3/17-3/18

Aloha Everyone!

Me and my friend Jason planned a last minute overnight trip. I scrambled so find a crew since most of the people i normally fish with some of you included were not able to make it. It ended up just being the two of us. We left out of Orange Beach at 3am friday and headed straight out to Horn Mountain. Seas were very calm so we made to Horn in just over 2 hours. When we got there we were pleased to see a drill ship a mile off from Horn. We took out our jigging rods and diamond jigs in an attempt to get some black fin into the boat. No takers on the Jigging so we decided to get the trolling gear out and make some passes on the rig and nearby drill ship. Made our first pass on the drill ship and got a double of dink yellowfin. We mad a few more passes but had a big sporty continually trying to cut us off or run us over i laughed my ass off when i later heard him hailing the drill ship on channel 16 asking him which direction the current was going! We left the drill ship and drew a line to Na Kika. Not 30 minutes later we got a double of big skipjack in the blind on my 5" Menehune Series (See Attached Photo). Boated one but the other spit the hook close to the boat. Both were 25-30 pounds. Continued towards Na Kika and when we got there we found another drill ship and lots of activity at Na Kika but not the kind we were looking for. There were at least 3 supply boats all right up on the rig. Trolled a little more around there with no love so we headed to the rig we had planned to spend our night. Made it to Blind faith around 3pm and had some dolphins working the area. No knock downs but it was promising seeing the porpoise there. We caught a few hours of sleep and at sunset broke out the jigging gear again. We were seeing some solid marks less than 100' down i assumed were yellowfin. I told jason once we got a dozen blackfin on the boat we would try chunking. Luck would have it as soon as i dropped my diamond jig down for number 12 i hooked up to a screamer yellowfin. He was taking all kinds of line and heading right between two rig pilings! We were lucky enough to maneuver the boat and steer the tuna away from the rig. My reel was definitely capable of handling the tuna. I recently bought a 10000SW Spheres but the rod was just getting by. Twenty minutes later we got the yellowfin to the boat and sunk the gaff. Ended up being around 70 pounds. With action that hot i decided we start chunking immediately so i began cutting our blackfin into 2"x2" chunks and meticulously disguised the 6/0 hook into on. I got about 5 chunks off the boat and we were tight on a nice yellowfin. Ended up catching 2 more on the chunk in no time at all. THEY WERE VERY HUNGRY. We made an easy 2 man limit in around an hour and decided to hang out for a while and watch the large squid and fry flying fish swimming through the transom lights. We made our way home and stopped by Horn Mountain again to visit a friend who had came out friday afternoon. He reported to us that they had seen no yellowfin caught at Horn Mountain. We wished them luck and made it back to Orange Beach around 5am due to our much needed naps along the way home. Turns out a two and crew and two mornings out on the gulf can wear you out!

Tight Lines Everyone!
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Very nice report. Great catch.
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Sounds like a blast, great report!
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I'm Going soon , great trip
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Cool Nice catch !!

Thanks for the report Nick, sounds like it was a great trip with good action...
Wow, Jason surely got his range extended to reasonable range now on his beast of a boat.
Did you catch the name of the sport fisher cutting you off ??
Wish I had been home.
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Great report. Nice for you to take the time to provide all that detail and conditions at each rig/drill ship. Congrats on the fish and going that far with just the 2 of you is definitely an investment in effort and cost. Nice job.
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Thank you Floorman!
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Sounds like a blast, great report!
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I'm Going soon , great trip
Wish you the best of luck. If your able to get that far on your vessel it should be worth it.
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Thanks for the report Nick, sounds like it was a great trip with good action...
Wow, Jason surely got his range extended to reasonable range now on his beast of a boat.
Did you catch the name of the sport fisher cutting you off ??
Wish I had been home.
We defenitly missed having you out there Frenchie! I didn't catch the name of the sporty trying to kill us. It easily could have escalated to harsh words but we decided to just laugh at the situation. Stay safe out there we both are looking forward to getting out again when you get back!
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