NOAA finally got one right, they had the wind dropping on sat night. Sure enough woke up at 4am Sunday, and it was blowing 2 gusting 4knts. Seas still 5' with a 1 ft wind chop at the buoy. So i figured we would give it a go, if too rough, would work the bull reds being caught on the beach. Other than seeing the intimidating 10-15ft breakers on the shoals the seas were fishable, and the ride wasn't too bad, just had to slow down a bit and run about 25knts.
Stopped at 8a on the way out, had a crew that just wanted to catch, didnt really care about table fare. Dropped out a spread of ballyhoo to see if any kings were hungry enough to eat em, nothing there. Couple commercial guys were there, but quickly left. We got into the bonito, INSTANTLY (prob why the commercial guys left) they were thick around the reef, released close to 20, several double hook ups and one triple (that was a mess me and 2 people on their first trip ugh :banghead ). Crew had a blast catching, so we stayed put for the day trolling north and south. About 30 minutes before we were going to quit, BAM, a much bigger fish, handed the rod off, not a single jump, i thought it was a king, it turned out to be a 14lb Phin. Stuck him in the box, and headed home. Great day, accomplished what we wanted.... Phin pic attached, not going to bother with Bonito shots haha I think the Phin was lost being in on 8a, however we did see a free jumping Sail as well as couple fliers on the reef. Water temp varied from 77-79 deg
And I was stuck here all day. As the saying goes:
A bad day of fishing is still BETTER than a good day at work.
I'm going to try and get out this Wednesday for some phin fishing.
Joseph B...aka...Ancient Mariner