Archives for September 2007

Lindy Canyon Report 9/13-14/2007

Got to the Lindy around 3pm and had our first yellowfin on in short order. We were trolling around schools of skipjack breaking water and some yellowfin were underneath.

Our first fish came up on a 9″ canyon runner rainbow squid bar. We landed the 80# yellowfin and trolled on. Two more nice yellowfin hooked up on the same bar but pulled the hook both times.

Around 4:30pm had a quick longfin bite and had two shots at the penguins… both times the fish hit a skirted ballyhoo and a rainbow squid bar… We landed all 4 fish.

Set up on the northeast corner and had small bait in the lights immediately. The squid were not as abundant as they’d been in past trips but we managed to net a few.

Marked fish steadily until midnight without any takers before a sword rig down 150′ gets hit. The sword never came back on the bait and instead switched off onto a live squid on 80# fluorocarbon. After 30 minutes and much luck i sunk the gaff into a fat 60″ sword.

At 4:30am we finally began to pick away at the tuna we’d been marking all night. by sun-up we had gone 7 for 10 on yellowfin on the chunk, releasing 4.

At some point during the night we used the dip net to catch what we thought was a tinker mackerel, but upon closer inspection it turned out to be a 5-6″ wahoo. Pretty neat…

cleaned up and headed home at first light.

9/6-7/07 — Lindenkohl Canyon

Got to the 100 fathom line a little after 8:30pm and started our first drift at 9… After an unproductive, wind-against-current drift i decided to drop the hook in 550 feet of water on top of some bait.

We had a flurry of yellowfin around 2am and had some trouble with the larger fish… We went 3 for 7 on 80 pound fish before the action stopped for a short time.

We began reading fish again around 4:30am and had them under and behind the boat until just before sun-up. Longfin were swimming right up our chunk slick and into the transom lights before swimming off… We fought quite a few fish on the jig, chunks, and dead squid and landed 6.

At sun-up i tossed out a dead squid on 10 feet of 40# fluorocarbon with a wind-on swivel and it was taken about 30 minutes later. We caught another longfin, bringing our total to 7.

Got up on the troll and put another couple of longfin in the boat at the northeast corner of the Lindenkohl before pointing the boat towards the inlet. Both longfin hit 9″ canyon runner rainbow squid bars. had a white take a purple/black wide range and put on quite an aerial display in 45 fathoms but jumped it off before all the lines were cleared.

9/3-4/07 — Toms Canyon

Headed to the toms and had lines in by 2pm.

reached the tip and had a double header of whites come up on skirted ballyhoo.. had one on briefly but pulled the hook.

Circled back around a few minutes later and had another double header of whites come up. We came tight on one and again pulled the hook.

We put two nice dolphin in the box then headed to the NE corner.

Had a 200+- lb blue marlin come up on a 13″ rainbow squid spreader bar and tried to attack it three times before giving up. Tried unsuccessfully to switch it over to a ballyhoo; it just wanted to inhale some squid.

We set up for the chunk in 520 feet of water on the NE side and had yellowfin under the boat immediately.

We went 6 for 9 on 70-80# models before switching over to all sword rigs. The 300# leader didn’t deter the yellowfins and we released another 19 yellowfin by 6am. All these fish ate squids on 10/0 jobu big game hooks and 300# leader…

The marks on the sounder were thick and they stayed under the boat all night.