David & I cleared the OC inlet at 0630 and had planned on going to Hot Dog and on out to the 40 fa line for wahoos. Our good friends at NWS made a horrible forecast, and the 5-10 knots 2-3' turned out to be 15-20 knots and 4-6', so we turned to the Hambone because it was closer and also we had heard of hoos there on Saturday. It got so rough that we put lines in at 20 Fa Fingers, along with 5-6 other boats (one of whom later told me there was a yft bite there, but we didn't get one - he did). At 1100 hrs, we had trolled across the Chckenbone and to the middle of Hambone, when the long rigger (red/black witch w/hoo) goes off and we put a 50 lb wahoo in the box. That was the only hard pull of the day. We had two short pulls, one on a wahoo rig (red/black) and another on a flat line (red/black w/hoo), but neither came tight. I guess all three pulls were red/black. Others out there caught several wahoo. According to the radio, there was an early bft bite at Masseys Canyon on wwwb (big fish) and in the afternoon, there was a good yft bite on top of the Hot Dog (120' of water).
Van "Classic Hooker"
10-14-2007, 08:14 PM
Thanks Van. Sounds like a tough day. I have a sinking feeling in my stomach that the year is over for me. Doesn't sound like to tuna bite is going to turn on anytime soon.
10-14-2007, 08:23 PM
Great job on the wahoo. Sorry I could not make this trip. Glad to hear you had some pullage.
10-14-2007, 10:56 PM
Thanks Van another great trip and yum Wahoo.We''ll get one on the Wahookings lure at 20 kts that will be wild.:clapping2:
10-15-2007, 06:48 AM
Can you believe we ran to 100 fathoms of the Washington yesterday in a 24ft. boat from Oc. ? Unfortunately our report was exactly the same. One big wahoo well over 60 lbs. and nothing else to show for it.
Russ - We tried to raise you several times on the radio, but you were too far out. Congrats on the wahoo. That's a lot of steaks! Where was your bite? Right after we caught our hoo at the Bone, we heard several guys catching yft right on top of the Dog. Did you get in on that bite or had you already had enough of battling the seas by then?
10-15-2007, 07:33 AM
Nice Hoo Van and David, sure been tough finding tunas this year out of OC, Thanks for the report
TEAM BILL ME
10-15-2007, 08:45 AM
Van, we tried callin you too.
10-15-2007, 10:37 AM
Nice work on the hoo. Last year a good fall bite came in when the temps at the dog reached 68*. We're there right now so hopefully them yeller rpts are true. It's been a good bit since I've been out, may give it a look Wed.
10-15-2007, 04:55 PM
Our bite came in about 40 fathoms way south of you guys. One stud of a wahoo! He smoked my little TLD 25 then ran straight at the boat. I had my cousin on the rod and it was his first offshore fish ever. He thought the fish was gone but had the sense to still wind for all he was worth. When the line came tight again I saw the rod bow and knew he just saved the day. So now he's got a big smile and one heck of a first fish story to tell.We fished all day not reaching port until dark. I have to tell you running 70 miles out in that Bimini 24 footer was pretty impressive! Thanks again Bill for a god trip and meat on the grill!