With two tough days on the local albacore grounds under our belts and very little to show for a valiant effort, we opted for a move at day's end believing that even if we caught nothing, it would be better than suffering through another day where we were. This is not to say that there weren't plenty of fish around; there were, but I can only look at them without catching for so long before going half crazy with the need to find something else. Of course this approach does not always work in our favor. Admittedly, I have suffered the sometimes negative consequences of this character trait, but I have also never missed a catch of fish from a lack of boldness or effort.
In yesterday's case we could not have been more fortunate as the fish Gods cast a beaming smile upon us when dawn broke placing us smack in the middle of an ocean alive with life. Whales, dolphins, birds, bait, and most importantly, yellowfin tuna were all around and the tuna were in the right mood to help us settle the score from the past two day's struggle. Yellowfin tuna in the 15 - 25# class began coming over the rail just after we began moving at dawn and aside from a three hour mid day lull did not stop until our departure for San Diego at 1915 hrs. No doubt about it, yesterday was our day to shine as everything we did seemed to fall into place and produce another good stop on fat, school size yellowfin. The ultimate icing on the cake was the final stop that filled out our limits then, just as we were about to leave, ( I actually started to engines in preparation to travel) a school of what appeared to be bigger tuna showed up on the fathometer. It turned out that a school of big eye tuna found us and conveniently settled jackpot positions one, two, and three as the final three fish landed. Unbelievable. Needless to say we are extremely thankful for our good fortune that transformed what was looking to be a tough trip into a banner long range adventure.
We turn the boat around again tomorrow venturing out on our annual Michael Doi four day charter. Captain Toussaint will be joining me at the helm this trip as we return offshore to what we hope will be more good fishing.