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Old 07-28-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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Left Pensacola Friday at 6:30pm headed toward the Petronius. Stopped at the Hogue for bait and preceded to some bottom spots in 170'. The water looked like bayou chico on a bad day. Needless to say we bounced around multiple spots and only had one snapper @ 13lbs. Picked up and headed to the Yellow Momma for some bait. Huge hardtails hit diamond jigs every drop. Blackfinwere present, but the cuda's wouldn't leave our plugs alone so we shot over to the Petronius. At 4am it was a parking lot of boats, mostly just hanging out waiting for the sun to peak over the horizon. The water was green/blue at best, but there were tons of flyers so it wasn't too discouraging.

At 6:15 the first tuna began busting on the southwest side of the rig. Blackfins, yellowfins, bonita, and flyers were going nuts - yft from 5 - 100+ lbs. We chased the schools and managed one 50lb yft along with several bft. Most of the people we saw hooked up were throwing topwaters. Several sporties were trolling through the crowd, but I never noticed them fighting a fish. There were two larger boats flying kites, and I am curious as to their success. If anyone has info on the success of the kites, please let me know. Anyway, the fish went down from 8-9am and popped back up from 9-10, although there were fewer schools and they wouldn't stay up long at all.

Here are a couple of pic's, the yft ate a Yo-Zuri popper and the3 yr oldhit an Oreo on a circle hook.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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Default RE: Petronius Saturday 7/26

Congrats... We caught our YFT there early afternoon on Saturday. We were live baiting with no luck and then caught our fish chunking... Ours weighed 53 pounds and those schools jumping all looked like clones.
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Sounds like an awesome trip!!! Nice catch too! How did you get the oreo to say on the hook HAHA! Another quick question...about how far out of the Pcola pass is the rig? Thanks
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:13 AM   #4
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We fished there Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Saw literally thousands of tuna jumping when the storm came through Sat. evening, but were not able to really fish for them due to weather. Lost a 65 lber Saturday at the boat, and caught 5 yellowfin up to 50 lbs Sunday morning, all on poppers. We destroyed the blackfin on jigs during the night, and picked up a few rainbow runners trying to chunk for yellowfin.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:39 AM   #5
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you really saw thousands busting? we were there sat evening and only saw 3 or 4 bust in the midst of the whitecaps SW of the rig. my guys wimped out on me and we headed in late sat. night. lets see some pics of your yfts...congrats if you arent BSing.
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the3 yr oldhit an Oreo on a circle hook.







Congrats...how do they grill up? LOL!



Congrats on the fish!:clap
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:47 AM   #8
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Default RE: Petronius Saturday 7/26

These are the two biggest. We lost a 65+ lber sat evening right before the storm that was in a school that surfaced 10 yards from our boat. After a 45 minute fight on a spinning reel the line broke.

We were on the 40 ft Cabo Flybridge, and yes we saw thousands of tuna. They were in every direction about .5-2 miles from the rig. Several schools with fish that were well over 100lbs.

Saw a good number of tuna Sunday morning, and caught 5 like I said, but didn't see anything like the numbers we saw Saturday evening.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:03 PM   #9
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congrats...thats awesome. looks like we missed out...shouldve gotten there earlier and stayed later. i cant believe my atlanta boys wimped out. were yall on the Reel Obsession?
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:08 PM   #10
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That was us. The folks that own the boat bought it a month ago, and have NEVER done any offshore fishing.They didn't even own any fishing gear. Needless to say, they are fired up about fishing now.
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