Not so local report
Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:15 AM
We were marking some bigger fish near the bottom (most likely amberjacks) on fish finder, so I tried 5oz~8oz jigs, but those mackerels didn't even allow those big size jigs to get through. It did get through few times, but no luck. After being harrassed by mackerels, we decided to move away from macks.
We went further off shore and started following birds looking for yellowtails, and smaller tunas, but they didn't want our boat to get close. They were there but just too fast to follow, too tricky to go around. We did made few good casts to the boil, but they didn't want to hit our topwater plugs. Tried jigging as well with no luck.
We did saw some mahi mahis swimming near surface. Summer is here!
We didn't catch any decent fish, but had fun catching mackerel for a while and it felt nice on my arms to use those hevier jigs.
Can't wait to get out there again for topwater tuna and mahi mahi.
Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:48 AM
We moved on and started jigging but got too tired after couple hours of jigging at 400' of water, so we called it a day.
We did catch countless macks and sardines (for bait) as well.
Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:56 AM
There were 100s of mahi mahi swimming around and we started casting. On the first cast, they were all over the lure and followed it to the boat, but not touching it. On the second cast, only few followed the lure for few yards. Third cast, they lost interest on lure. Some people call them the most pressured mahi mahi on earth. Every day there's 10~20 mahi boat on the bay, casting lures at them and they were there for couple month already. I guess they've seen most of the lures on the market... Well, we switch around lures hoping to hook one up and I finally did on Saltiga Dorado Slider.
This one was about 32" at the bottom of the forked tail.
We left the bouy and ran around and found some bird activity here and there. We saw some YFT and BFT crushing on surface and I get the chance to cast at them but couldn't hook up with any ... Part of the reason was... I left my off shore tackle box in my car and was using whatever I had in my inshore box...
I hooked up with another mahi mahi later on and I was using heavier gear, #50 braid and 100lb leader, so I tried to yank it up to the boat, and broke my rod in three piece. 40"(at the botom of the forked tail) mahi mahi was little too heavy to yank up with rod. haha ;D I did successfully C&R the fish though. No pics since I wanted to release asap to fight another day.
Can't wait to go out there again for tuna casting game. Biggest I saw was a bout 60lb or so. Pretty big for local off shore fish. Now I have reasonable reason to buy another rod... especially after breaking three rods in past 3 weeks. And I need to bring the right tackle box onto the boat.
Posted 12 August 2010 - 08:40 AM
My fish monger recently had fresh caught mahi on special, and they normally don't carry it. I forgot how good mahi flesh is, and how well it holds up to grilling.
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