San Diego Full Day 11/17/19 Classic Plunker Bite

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  1. OG MUDBONE

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    With the forecast calling for some cooler temps, wind, and big swells later this week I wanted to jump on the San Diego full day once more in case the tuna split further south. I’ve done this trip once every other week since August and the local tuna fishing has been off the hook. Today was no exception.

    We ventured southwest into Mexican waters and started seeing signs of life about 20 miles from MB. Put in the trollers and immediately got hit and stopped the boat. Only a few fish were landed on this stop, a skippy and a yft. Continued trekking SW looking for a better school that wanted to cooperate.

    After a bit of searching we finally get on a decent school, throw a couple dippers and fish are boiling around the boat. These were mostly 20-35lb bluefin, mixed with similar sized yft, beautiful grade yft today.

    We would plunk away at this school for the entire day. Not necessarily wide open, but had fish hanging pretty much the entire time, with some exciting flurries. They were boiling on our chum the entire day, often times going full airborne out of the water. A lot of the bft were caught on sinker rig. The yft bit flyline and colt snipers. Same story as it’s been, 20-25lb fluoro and size 2 or 4 hook. Bait selection, presentation, and being able to cast away from the boat was absolutely critical.

    The boat ended with 123 yft, 18 bft, and some skippies. I landed 6 yft and lost another 3 or 4 due to tangled and pulled hooks. One fish gave me the business peeling 100 yards of line before being chewed off. A couple of the yft I landed were 30lb models, with the rest 20-25lbs, lots of fun on light line.

    Booger and the crew were awesome as usual. Shout out to Booger for staying out late, he gifted us a nice sun downer and we didn’t get back to the docks until after 8. Still catching tuna, and quality grade at that, within full day range deep into November is just silly.

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  2. Winstondry

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    Great pics and report, Mark!
     
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    Way to go! Thanks for the awesome report. We are really spoiled with great weather and great fishing!
     
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    Nice pics - good report.
     
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    nice!!!
     
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    Thanks, Alain. Gotta get you back on the big pond someday.
     
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    We absolutely are, I hope tuna this close to home and this late in the season becomes the regular norm.
     
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    You said bait selection and presentation was a key, what does that mean in simple terms?
     
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    Agreed! You may be on to something:

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    Taking the time to pick out a healthy bait. One that has no red/blood marks or bloody nose, missing scales, or is nose diving down into the bottom of the hand well. You want the one that’s hardest to catch. Essentially you want a healthy, strong swimmer.

    Next, just as critical, is getting this bait from the hand well to your hook, and into the ocean as quickly as possible, with as minimal damage to the bait as possible. The less you touch the bait the better. And contrary to what a lot may believe casting the bait the furthest isn’t necessarily ideal, more important is getting the bait into the water as healthy as possible, and being able to direct it away and or down from the boat. Butt hooking is a great way to accomplish this.

    On this trip the tuna weren’t eating every bait that hit the water, and they were maintaining a good distance from the boat. So being able to get a healthy bait out into the zone was critical. The tuna were also being a bit finicky. A part of presentation is adjusting to the current conditions. So dropping down to 25lb or 20lb fluoro, with smaller size 2 or size 4 J hooks yielded better results this trip.
     
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    Thanks that was very informative
     
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    Well done OG Mudbone!! Late season YFT & BFT is never a bad thing!!

    Your tips on a successful trip are great!! Bait selection is something that most people take for granted. Great pics!!

    Mel - Kahuna bass
    Suffering in the Philippines.....not really
     
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