Finally a mellow trip on Saturday (8/3) without having to run 100 plus miles. Had lines in at 630am, wham nice Spanish mackerel. 7am long rigger goes off (green small bird chain with a green machine stinger) know right away we brought a knife to a gun fight,,,,who cares I'm on the rod and loving it. 45 long minutes later nice 70lb bluefin is boat side, leader in hand waiting for gaff shot, no gaff shot (said didn't have a good angle) and she rips off another 75-100 hard earn yards. second shot coming 10 minutes later leader in hand and SEE YA! boat in forward idle, she runs under hull and prop cuts top shot.
Total bummer, here we are running over 100 miles all spring/summer for tuna and we lost the fish we wanted 20 miles from home on light inshore gear. Anyway the rest of the day was pretty constant action boating kings, Spanish,bonito and dropping 2 smaller Mahi. Tons of life, huge schools on Bonito busting on top all day and Spanish and kings doing full on air blasts every where you looked. All close to home, hope it stays that way for a while.