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Old 04-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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Left out Tuesday night around 8 pm and headed to Ram Powell doing the 8 knt crawl. Stopped at a snapper spot since one of my friends from Minnesota had never seen a ARS, caught solid snaps on every drop, released them all and chugged on towards Ram. Arrived around 430 AM and got our tuna spread ready for dawn. At dawn there was not any surface activity but we were marking both YF and BF on the sounder. Over the next few hours we caught numerous BF and lost numerous YF all on the troll. I have always seen sharks around the rigs, especially close to the rigs, but this trip we had sharks everywhere even out to Ĺ mile or so off the rig. We lost numerous YF to sharks boat side! I have video I will post later of me smacking a shark with my gaff boat side as we argued over whose YF it was!! He won!. The long fights of the YF were a dinner bell for the sharks. Thatís the first time I have ever seen them this thick and far away from the rigs. We even hooked and caught numerous sharks trolling!! And these were not makos. My sister foul hooked a shark on a spreader bar that had us convinced she was fighting a solid YF only to be heart broken when up pops a shark after an hour of a fight!! Shark was hooked in dorsal fin.


After mid morning we decided to let the sharks have Ram Powell and we headed to Horn Mt. Horn had tuna as well, just none larger than 50lbs or so. There were sharks but nothing like Ram Powell. After catching a few trolling as well as chunking we decided to troll the open water to the east looking for temp break that Hitonís indicated might be there. Hoping for a pointy nosed fish. No luck finding the rip or catching anything out in the open water.

We then picked up and ran to Amos Runner. First pass around the rig we get a solid double on the troll. I saw one of the fish hit as it cleared the water when it pounced on the lure. The smaller of the two (maybe 40 lbs) came in easy. The larger one that I estimate to have been well over 100lbs my nephew fought on 50 lb for over an hour all around the rig before the fish finally got caught in cable about 150í down off the rig! Eventually had to break the line. When the line came in it was covered in a black tar like substance. Hated to lose that one as he was a monster. Oh well, thatís fishing.

Had planned on spending Weds night offshore but forecast had seas picking up so we decided to 8knt it back to port. Arrived safe and sound at marina at 530 AM.

Overall, great trip, tuna were plentiful just no giants. Water was gorgeous blue! Good times with family and friends.

Robert

Fueling up at Sportsman's


One of the half dozen snaps we caught and released


My sister hooked at Ram


One of the first YF, check out the blue water!!


Shark that was foul hooked in dorsal fin, I wanted my lure back!!


My Minnesota buddy and a YF


My nephew fighting the YF we lost after over an hour of fighting!

Me getting ready to gaff a YF


Another one hits the deck


Me backing down on a YF


Getting ready to clean the six we kept


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Old 04-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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Great report, glad you guys found some. Awesome looking water! I'm going crazy trying to get back out there and finding the right work/weather correspondence.
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Nice fish, looks like a very productive trip.
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Awesome report!!! Been a while since I have made a trip offshore! Starting to feel the need! Thanks again
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Thanks for the report! I'll be headed out this weekend. Hope you left some out there!!!
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Congrats on the haul. Envy is an understatement.
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Good job!!!
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Nice trip!
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #9
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Great report Robert! Mark had told me you had a good one so I was waiting for the report (although my lazy ass rarely posts them anymore). Thanks for sharing.
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Robert you are going to make me get another yacht again..!! Your's sure looks good..!!
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