Ran out on the Boss Lady with plans for an overnighter. Weather was looking great other than a slight breeze stirring up some chop out of the North, but plenty comfortable on the 50′ East Bay. We got to the canyon with high hopes since a new piece of water moved into their according to the satellite images we saw from Roff’s. As we hit the West Wall we hit the edge of the water and it went up to 77.3 degrees and blue. We had lines in at 4:15 and around 4:40 FISH ON! The center rigger went down (black/purple 8 oz Joe Shute with a medium ballyhoo) then the two long rigger dink baits on circle hooks were hooked up along with some other bites . We ended up pulling one off, got one in after 25 minutes and then right next to the boat we wound up having the hook break on us. Kind of bittersweet, but after seeing the bigeyes were there we made a few changes to our spread.
After that melee, we got back on the troll and started looking for them again. After about 20 minutes, Captain Bill May said, “They are under the boat at 100 feet.” Ten seconds later there were explosions behind every bait. It was insanity, We ended up having 6 come tight. One pulled off on the initial run, and we lost another as the line went slack on the angler and the bigeye threw the hook. After that, we were able to manage getting all four in the boat. We had one straight up and down and the reel cracked, so we had to handline it in the last 50 feet which was wild. Right at the surface the leader parted and Joe managed to get a gaff in it before it sank to the depths. We had the last of the 4 bigeyes in just after sunset, which Bill fought to the end. With everyone stoked and the boxes full of bigeye tuna iced down nice, we started our way back in to Avalon. AMAZING trip! I hope I get to see that again in my lifetime, because it was absolutely incredible watching those 200 pound tunas crashing our baits behind the boat. Thanks to Todd, Bob, Bill, Andy, and Ben for being part of yet again another epic trip with us on the Boss Lady!
We had Todd’s group that fished with us on Boss Lady quite often to change his trip date to an overnighter last night, and WOW, did it pay off. The fishing was nothing short of EPIC! We left Avalon around noon and made our way to the NE Corner of the Washington Canyon where the tuna fishing has been hot for yellowfin tuna and BigEyes for well over a week. The weather could not have been more perfect and the 100 mile ride was flat as could be. We made it to our destination and got on the troll around 4:30. Bill was marking tunas under the pilot whales thick, but we could not get a bite on the troll at all, and it was getting frustrating. I dropped down a planer but that was unsuccessful as well.
30 minutes before dark we decided to stop and drop down some jigs on the tunas heads. BAM! Game on. We were hooked into a BigEye which Ben fought for an hour and 20 minutes while the rest of the guys were bailing yellowfin tuna on jigs. Ben beat the fish and it came up for an easy gaff shot. In the boat came the monster 200# BigEye which is Ben’s first tuna ever! The action was nonstop all night on jigs and freefloating chunks. Bob, Todd, Andy, Bill, and Ben jigged away all night whacking one yellowfin tuna after another. All of the yellowfin ranged from 15-40 lbs.
After catching over 50 tuna, and obviously we had a limit of fish in the box, everyone started to wind down. Andy was still jigging so I wanted to join into the fun and went to the rail with my favorite spinning outfit for jigging. After 10 minutes of jigging, and watching Andy catch and release 3 yellowfin, I finally got my bite, BIGEYE on. The reel screamed off line! We woke up Bill May since we knew we were gonna have to chase this one. After an amazing team effort, and 1 hour and 45 minutes of pulling on this tuna, we landed another BigEye on a jig. Absolutely INCREDIBLE. Nonstop action all night with an awesome group of guys and flat calm seas. It doesn’t get any better.
We ran out early Monday morning and spent most of our time dodging the storm systems on the way out. After we made it to the inshore lumps, we saw great marks and got setup on the anchor. Captain Bill May walked to the back of the boat with his new Fin Nor Offshore spinning reel/Fin Nor jigging stick combo and dropped down an Ava Jig. He was hooked up in no time. After about a 40 minute fight in a downpour and a team effort, we managed to put the 100 pound bluefin tuna in the boat. Always nice to start the day with the first fish successfully on the deck. We continued to chunk butterfish and sardines, and it turned out to be one of those days you dream of.
The tuna had us dancing all over the boat doing the tuna tango with the multiple hookups and the fish running the anglers all around the boat. We went on to get hooked up over 30 times, and at one point we had the fish schooled up thick behind the boat that we were handline feeding the fish and getting hooked up one after another. We had 4 fish on at one point. It was amazing. We wound up putting 3 yellowfin in the boat and releasing over 15 bluefin tuna ranging from 50-110 lbs. The yellowfin were 40 pound class fish. We didn’t get many bites on jigs, most of everything was on sardines and whole butterfish. What an amazing day of tuna fishing on the Boss Lady.
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