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bluewaterpirate posted 11-20-2007 03:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Cleared the Orgeon Inlet at 6:15 and headed ENE toward the 850 line where we found an 8 degree temp break. First line in the water at 7:45 followed by the a tuna on deck 20 minutes later. We fished in and out of a warm water eddie 66.1 to 75.5 degrees for most of the day. Had eleven hookups and put nine in the boat. Largest 43 lbs and the rest in the mid 30's. The weather was great as was the company. We fished from the deck of the Qualifier (53' single engine Mann)captained Terry Brennan and mate Chris who did a terrific job. We were going to fish my Ventura but decided not to because of weather concerns.

Here are some videos & pictures.. 1st three links are video links. Enjoy 31935830/file.jpg 31935835/file.jpg 31921504/file.jpg 31922486/file.jpg 31940901/file.jpg 31940899/file.jpg


Nails posted 11-20-2007 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Nails  Send Email to Nails     
Good stuff - I really enjoyed those pics and videos, and I appreciate the time and effort you took (and have taken in the past) to share those with us. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Tom H

Bella con23 posted 11-20-2007 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Haven't you got a real job? ;-)
Makes me wish I lived down there all year instead of these one or two week vacations. You got my adrenalin flowing!
Excellent documentation as usual.
Thank you for sharing all of it.
bluewaterpirate posted 11-20-2007 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
bella ...... I'm semi-retired .... spent 3- + years in the Navy work as a consultant working with universities to adapt technology into classroom instruction and online. Your tax dollars at work. Thanks for the kind words nails & bella.

Happy Thanksgiving!


bluewaterpirate posted 11-20-2007 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Sorry for the typo 30 + years in the Navy is what I meant to write.
handn posted 11-21-2007 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Hey bluewaterpirate great pics and post. Do you catch as many tuna in your Ventura? If so give me a few pointers.
The local yellow fin in the Sea of Cortez are driving me crazy. Hundreds of miles of trolling, hundreds of gallons of gas and days of effort for one football during our last tuna run. I fish a lot and catch more than my share of dorado, marlin, sails and even wahoo.
I believe it is my boat. I have a 305 Conquest with dual 225 YamaMerc efi 4-strokes and Rev 4 props. The tuna don't seem to like the noise and bubbles, even though my boat seems quiet to me.
My friends who don't know how to fish have junk single diesel boats and junk lures kick my butt every time.
Other than a spreader bar which I will try next, I have tried everything. I troll with feathers, bullet heads, cedar plugs, deep diving plugs exactly the same lures and same colors they use to catch tuna. I rig swimming ballyhoo and sierra but it makes no difference, nada!! I have underwater teasers, surface teasers; I troll slow, troll fast, troll with one engine, use transome clips troll far back, close in but nothing seems to help. The only time I am able to seriously bloody the decks is when I turn off the engines drift into the melee and drop candy bar jigs.
Help me! I love my boat but am about to trade her for a rumbling smoker just to catch tuna.
bluewaterpirate posted 11-22-2007 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     

I have no trouble raising tuna with my Ventura. Try changing the pitch of the engines (tilt) and varying your revolutions. I also find that I catch more fish going against the prevailing current and or wind. I've had really good luck with squid teasers (pink & green) with skirted ballyho on the ends of the teasers on the surface. Pink/white, pink/silver, blue/silver, and purple/silver skirts. I also pull and blue/silver spoon on the downrigger.

There you go.


handn posted 11-23-2007 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Thank's Tom,
I have changed revolutions but not the pitch. My boat runs most efficiently with the engine tilt all the way in, but I will experiment with trimming it out; that would aim the prop wash more to the surface. It would also change the way the hull goes through the water.
I have a squid teaser, I will try running a skirted ballyhoo on the end of it. One of your pictures shows a tuna bite at the end of your spreader bar. I will get one of those.
I don't have a downrigger, but I have planers and monel line and will experiment with those to get the bait down to the fish.
Other fisherman with outboard powered boats claim to catch their share of tuna, Thank's for helping me do the same. Hank
Bella con23 posted 11-23-2007 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Tom - Do you use the downriggers anytime of the year, or is it just the Fall run?
BlueMax posted 11-24-2007 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for BlueMax  Send Email to BlueMax     
Bluewater - I always enjoy your postss - allways informstive and often quite entertaining. This one is no different - excellent as always!

Anchors Away and Semper Fi from Swansboro.

boxers posted 11-25-2007 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for boxers  Send Email to boxers     
Great trip thanks for sharing.

Swithched from 2 stroke 200HP to 225HP four stroke and am hooking many fewer fish. Kept telling people how weird that was that the engine noise was hurting the catch.

Ditto your observations

All the best from Topsail Island, NC

handn posted 11-26-2007 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Yesterday, the Visa card took a big hit at Fisherman's Outfitters. Lots of new fish toys including 2 spreader bars and flourocarbon leader. I am ready for a rematch with those damn tuna. Unfortunately, they are down in East Cape for the winter.
I am also shopping for a rumbling stinkpot. We will see how far that goes.
Brian7son posted 11-29-2007 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     


It's just wrong that you are retired and I'm working Mon-Fri. When I'm off on the weekdends it's either 6-7 foot seas or my kids have some sporting event. I get out on the boat just about every weekend. However, my offhsore trips are few and far between.

That last time I was trolling was in the Whaler event in Bimini this past July.......that's just wrong dude. ;)

Thanks for the show. At least I know what I'm missing.


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