Washington Canyon Sword
Could not decide on where to go so ran north to the Washington Canyon. Water looked slightly better and slightly better weather than the Norfolk. Crewed up with Wally, Charlie, Doug G, and Doug O. 3-4 foot head seas all the way out but we slogged it to the Washington and the weather got only better from there. Talked with Keith on Teaser who boated 5 big YFT 50-80 pounders on the Washington so we worked that area but nada for us.
Winds layed out nice overnight. Minimal bait in the lights, not a good sign. Couple of nice gaffers circling the boat. One gets hooked up on the strip bait but I screw the pooch on the gaff and gone. Around 1 am line goes off from a skippy strip and fighting good. Doug O on the rod. Fish runs back to the boat and gets tail wrapped and in the process cuts/rips through his gill plate and that took the fight out of him. Pull him in the boat (w/o a gaff) get him measured and he is legal at 50 inches. Good thing too as he might not have survived if he released him.
Back on the troll at first light, drill the north wall, south wall nada. Squid marks everywhere, birds working here and there but no hits. 70-71 degree blended water. Work our way south to the 650 and still nada. Ended the day with not a single pull on the troll but at least we came home with some fresh sword steaks. Tried to raise those around the Norfolk but too far for my little boat. I did hear some fish were caught here and there but I think it was slow up and down the line.