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Old 12-15-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Could not resist the weather forecast so I pulled together a crew of friends to make an overnighter in search of tuna. Chose to put out Friday night to conserve fuel as well as get sleep. Arrived at M. Developer around 5am Saturday. Seas were snotty but manageable, but not the 1-2 that had been forecast as winds were 15-20 knots.

YFT were on the surface virtually the whole 24 hours we were there. Problem was they were all 25-30 lbs. It was still an awesome sight to see small YF bust flying fish one after the other all day and night.

We had no trouble catching them, caught them chunking, jigging and on poppers. I kept thinking the larger YF would turn on, but they never did. We did catch one nice mahi as well as jumped off two others on poppers.

This was my first trip to try out the new FLIR system on the boat. I was major impressed!



one of the zillions of small YF we caught


The mahi we caught on a Frenzy Popper


Nephew fighting one on a popper


Me managing the chunking butcher shop


Brandon fighting another on a popper


Image looking out bridge with naked eye


FLIR image of same scene


I wish I had taken better pics of the FLIR as it was amazing. I would see dophin jumping, birds flying by etc... all stuff that I would have zero idea about w/o FLIR.


Overall a fun trip with good friends on an awesome fishery!
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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Nice Bull Fin even if he is 'long armin'' it, a little bit.

I'm sure it would have been nice to pick up some larger specimens of YFT but you did better than most.

Yeh, FLIR is worth every cent. During one tournament, I had to run the boat all night because of heavy rain, wind and seas about six to eight. We were out around MARS and it is pretty congested out there with Drill Ships relocating, etc. The rain was so heavy that the wipers couldn't keep up. If I had not had FLIR, I would have been very stressful; even though I had good radar, etc. I love it.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:36 PM   #3
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That's were we originally were headed but decided to head the other direction. That's the only floater. Out there right
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24ft: it's the further most east of the rigs, somewhat out there by itself which is one of the main reason as well as being far enough south to change things up a little. Plus it's a big rig.
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Great report as always! I'm wondering how you got the bull dolphins dorsal to stand up for the photo, or if it just happened to be like that.
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Thanks for info MSVIKING
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Great catch and report Robert.
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Man that is awesome!!! Big ole Bull!!!! Love that FLIR system!!! Got me drooling all over the place!
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MsViking what was the surface temp at the M Developer?
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The temp at M. Developer was 75-76F and FYI it was 70 on the coast, so quite a temp diff. There were so many small tuna that in hind site, we should have live baited for blue marlin as I have no doubt they would be there! I just kept thinking the 100# plus YF would turn on so we kept at them till we were worn slap out.
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