I spent Friday and Saturday playing deckhand for Brandon Hayward and two of his distinguished clients. We ran longer than most on Friday morning and ran into consistent spots of breaking fish throughout the day. In the afternoon we ran back inside to the beach and had some fun pulling on 25-30lb yellowtail on the leading edge of a kelp line.
Around 4pm we set course back toward the area we fished in the morning with a goal of hooking a sizable blue fin tuna.
At dusk we had fish coming to the boat and a mixed catch of blue fin and yellow fin. Just before dark, on a long drift -we got the bite we were looking for…after ripping a couple hundred yards of line from a reel set past the strike setting, the hook pulled and we lost the fish! We were pretty stunned, but we had hopes at another shot in the morning.
We set the sea anchor out and sent some baits deep while half of the boat hit the rack. I stayed up most of the night trading turns on deck watch, enjoying the show of stars in the sky, peaceful conditions and warm weather.
At 0430 we pulled the sea anchor and sent some baits deep that resulted in some really nice fish. After a couple hours of picking at them, we began working a course back toward the beach in search of breaking fish and hoping for a big bite. We saw plenty of smaller grade fish doing aerials on our way back in but stayed committed to a big bite that never came to be.
Word back on the dock was that fishing had been rather slow for the boats that stayed closer to home. We were glad we made a bit of a run, caught some fish and had a shot at a serious fish. Thanks for the memories and opportunity to work on the water, Brandon. Great to have met his clients, Brian and Jeff – thanks for letting me get some licks in, fellas.