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  1. JWBee

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    Hey all. So I’ve had this coupon book from Point Loma Sportfishing burning a hole in my pocket since February. My only experience is 4 half day boats and have been wanting to go on one of the longer trips, only problem is they haven’t done any island trips for yt in a while. And I’m not sure if I have enough experience to hop on a tuna trip before I’ve even caught a yt. Is the next month or so my last chance to hop on the mission belle before the season ends? Will they go back to the islands at all before February? Im not sure how the “seasons” usually run, so should I be in a hurry to use these coupons or will I have a bunch of good fishing opportunities before the end of January? Thanks in advance -jack
     
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    They'll be fishing offshore for tuna as long as they are around and biting. However, I wouldn't be intimidated. When the YFT really bite, they bite better than any other fish in the sea. Just go up to the deckhand when you first get on and let them know it's your first trip like this.

    They will probably go back to the Coronados when the tuna move out of range (Could be a week or a month). There's no guarantee the yellows will be there in large numbers and biting then though. There is really nothing like a wide open YFT bite, I'd go go go!
     
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    Yes, go have an amazing tuna trip right now.
     
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    I’m with you I’ve got this gift for a 3/4 day trip from last Xmas and was trying to go last month but it didn’t happen now I’m wondering when the best time would be in the next month as I gather it might be over soon, I know a lot of people don’t plan their trips by Moon phase but in the notes that I have kept during my LMB fishing days I caught bigger fish during the new moon phase and next was full moon and then the quarterly moons that was for fresh water with trout also in those catches. I don’t have many notes on salt water but I’m leaning on going on a Wednesday or Thursday on a new or full moon coming up I’m off work on those days and I figure less people on the boats mid week so if you want to meet up?
     
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    The best moonphase for saltwater/tuna fishing is hotly debated. I also prefer the new moon (especially for bluefin) but there's a lot more factors going on in the ocean than your local lake. The timing of tide, swell, water temp, chloro blooms, etc.

    Midweek is definitely better, less people on the boat and less boats putting pressure on the fish. I think you're right about a wednesday or thursday. When they are close like they are, they get beat up on the weekends, and sometimes takes a day or two for the smaller split schools to reconfigure into big, hungrier ones.

    So if you can swing it I'd go next Wednesday. With the time of the year it is I think getting on them now takes precedent over trying to get the perfect moon phase, but to each their own.

    This is all just my humble opinion. Take it for what it's worth. GL
     
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    Get on it, no reason to wait. With that, there is often a great yellowtail bite at the Coronados in fall...
     
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    Get on it while you can. If things heat up on a good school... you'll get all the experience you need going forward! Figuring out a YFT bite will only help you with the YT later on.
     
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    Thanks all for the insight! I guess I’ll stop being a weeny and hop on one of these offshore trips. And I’m glad to hear there still might be some island action before the years up!
     
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    Sadly man, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s are tough for me this year. I work nights so I’d have to take two days off to be able to make one of the all day boats. I noticed that the loads for Friday and Saturday are relatively light this week so I might hop on one of those, most likely Friday unless something comes up
     
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    Thanks again everyone. As far as gear do you think what I have will cover it
    Sabre 270 w/ sealine 30h 20# mono
    Sabre 670 w/ jig master 25 and 30# mono
    Calstar 665h w/ Baja special 50# mono
    I have a old glass 40# stick but not a specific reel to pair with it

    I’m thinking with some 15 flouro I should be good right? I have mustard live bait hooks from 4-2/0 and light wire circle hooks in the same size
     
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    Sounds like you're right in the money...
     
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    Agreed. The basic principles are the same.

    • Choose the liveliest bait you can, and butt-hook it (ask deckhand to show you)
    • Cast your bait on the windy side of the boat (wind in your face, you're in the right place).
    • Follow your bait, Over/Under to keep bait straight in front of you. If it doesn't swim away from the boat, get a new bait right away.
    • Backpedal your bait so you can always feel it. No slack line.
    • When you get bit, let it run 4 seconds (4 Mississippi), then engage the reel and start winding (no need to "set" the hook).
    • Listen and follow everything that the deckhands and captain tell you.
    You'll be just fine. Just remember that it's supposed to be FUN, so don't stress out. A positive, can-do attitude can smooth over a lot of beginner errors (we've all made them).
     
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    Dude, get on the tuna bite while they’re still here. 100% worth it, a fun experience.

    Just be prepared for the amount of trolling you’ll be doing looking for schools. I suggest going with someone you know or someone on this forum to talk to lol.
    I still haven’t caught a YT, but managed to land my 1st YFT on Saturday. Will definitely be doing it again soon... hopefully haha
     
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    I’m hopping on tomorrow! I appreciate all the tips! There’s 7 spots left if anyone wants to hop on
     
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    Knock em out.. pool forward to the report
     
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    I guess I’ll be bringing a book or extra beer money. Cuz all my friends are lame smh
     
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    Make friends with a deckhand or long timer.. talk about bait selection, hook size effecting bait action, equipment that has stood the test of time... You will need to take notes.. haha..
     
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    I’d love to go, but literally just went last week and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to justify it to my wife. Good luck, please post a report!

    Hope you get to experience the feeding frenzy too! It’s insane!

    Phillip and Tony were awesome. What Werfless said, listen to them and pick their brains!
     
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    You’ve got the goods man.. get out there and have at it.
     
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