Malahini 3/4 day Yellowfin Tuna Limits on light gear

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Should Rodney Keep making videos?

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  1. Rodmaster858

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    Hello fishing friends,

    I finally got a chance to fish out on the salt water this year with all the buzz with the yellowfin and dorado biting! My friend, myself and his dad went out on the Malahini 3/4 Deep sea charter last week right before labor day weekend.

    I brought 3 poles with me ; 2 deep sea rods with 30 + 40 lb test AND my light gear bass rod :)

    Setup on the light gear :
    - 7'9 Mojo Bass, St Croix medium-heavy action
    - Shimano Curado 300ej
    -20 lb test P-Line
    - 1/0 & 2 Owner hooks (size of the hooks went very well with the save of the live sardines that day)

    It took us 2 hours to go west and south from the mouth of SD bay. When we got there we saw so many kelp paddies I was soooo excited to hook up my first. Feeling the adrenaline pumping it felt anti climatic when not a single fish was taking lines. second third paddies all came with the same fate... hours go by.... and at this point I was thinkin to myself..."at least im out here having fun and meeting awesome people"


    Around 2:30 pm hit and Mike the captain yelled out "there are nice numbers on this paddy, Lets hope they bite"
    As soon as we pulled up the 3/ 4 trolling rods bit, and everyone knew that this paddy was the ONE. hahaha

    5/5 casts I threw I hooked and landed a yellowfin tuna! I was so stoked. The decks that were pretty clean prior to this paddy are now... "bloody decks" Lol


    For the fun of it I just sticked to my light gear because I LOVE feeling the full strength of these little monsters.

    The yellowfin tuna were a bit small but still amazing to catch and hook up
    ~ around 8 - 14 lbs
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    **I had also caught my first Dorado! (17 lbs)

    I had also made a youtube video of my experience on the Malahini. Again I am not a professional fishermen like some of you here on this page. I fish and film just for fun :) so please comment on my page !





    * Also I had met some awesome amazing people on the boat. I hope to see you guys again!


    Numbers on the boat:
    100+ yft
    45 Dorados
    40 yellowtails (all small )
    10+ skip jack tunas


    -Rodney

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    Are the Skipjack good eats?
     
  3. filippo

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    Great report and cool video! It sucks to go all day with no bites, but you just need one spot and the rest is history. :)
     
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    Yes, along with bonito. Spike and bleed right away, if you're on a cattle boat make sure your burlap is good and wet when you put the fish in and make sure they stand up so they can bleed. Hopefully they have an salt ice slush box for long term storage.

    Not a lot of people like to take them because they say they're not good eating, but that's because they don't care for them properly and they don't have a "fin" or "tail" at the end of their name, but even those fish will have ****ty meat if you don't take care of them.
     
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  5. CrazyDonkey

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    For me, I would rather have one good spot instead of a pick bite all day, more exciting and fun.

    Edit: I say keep making videos, I can't watch them where I am but videos are awesome...just don't get mad when people critique your fishing style/form etc because it's bound to happen, lol.
     
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    great job rodmaster858!
     
  7. Rodmaster858

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    Thanks guys I really do appreciate the positive feedback! I mainly do this to share my experience and hopefully break a smile or two. Wish you all happy fishing days. Fish on!
     
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    good stuff bro!
     
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    Are you kidding Rodney? Don't ever stop making these videos! A lot of us that can't get out there live vicariously through your awesome accounts! Can't believe the speed of your hookups! Seconds after the bait went in the water! FABULOUS!
     
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    I have enjoyed every one of your videos! keep on keepin' on!
     
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    Thanks man :) Yea it was amazing how fast the hook ups were! Have you been out there lately ?

    I shall! Thanks for this :)
     
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    I was out on the Sea Adventure II on the 30th and the Ocean Odyssey 4th-6th and the bite was pretty much the same. We would scratch a couple of fish on a kelp here and there but on one paddy each day it was wide open catching! One of the guys on the last stop of the day this past Sunday was pulling a small backlash out of his line after reeling in a YFT and he got another one on just the hook! Too bad these YFT don't have a little bigger shoulders...
     
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    I'm going out tonight on a 6 pack charter. . . Fingers crossed!!
     
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    Great Post man i couldnt help myself and booked a trip, im going on my first offshore trip in two weeks Aboard the san diego out of seaforth landing with a couple friends, any tips on a good setup?. I was thinking about heading over to squidco and asking for help. I have one of their mediu setups, its a penn jigmaster spooled with 25lb mono and a varmac rod, although ive used a shakespeare tidal wave 7 foot medium heavy rod with it. How much will this help me?

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    that should do fine upto a 30# bite. anything over, u'll b playing the drag game. just pay attention to the ppl around u, on a cattle boat, they can really work against u.
     
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    Great work Rodney. I have to say, you are one courteous fisherman!
     
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    Going out Sunday , see how it goes !!! :D:D:D
     
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    @Rodmaster858 your vids are well done its so legit!

    I've got a question about the light stuff. I've seen a lot of people having success with the revo 50s and i'm wondering if the smaller revo inshore would be able to handle school size up to maybe 15-20 pound tuna? I've got a short 30 mono leader backed by 55 pp. I'm sure I can land a few but i'm worried about the drags and possibly getting spooled by a nicer grade fish
     
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  19. CrazyDonkey

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    The drags are not the issue as you never even come close to using your full drag, most people run their drags at 25-30% of their line rating. With 30lb line you should probably be running 7-9lbs of drag, it's more about line capacity than drag in my opinion.
     
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    Thanks ! I try to be :) Momma raised me right :p
     
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