Dec 7 - 10 Trip
While I was in Houston, TX waiting for a connecting flight to PV, I got a message from Steve that he couldn't make the trip because Dallas Airport is completely shut down due to icy condition. I called him to find a flight to PV and we would wait until he comes. He waited for this trip for months and I just can not go without him even we shorten our trip.
Fortunately he could find a flight from San Antonio and arrived at midnight.
Mel and his wife was going to fish together, but Rosie stayed at a hotel in PV because she couldn't fish because of pain in the chest.
We left the dock around 1:00 am. We couldn't go where we planned to go, but Capt Danny had an alternative plan and found fish.
This is my first time to fish with Capt Danny Osuna though I tried to fish with him for years.
Scott Osuna worked as a mate/second Capt and Fernando worked as a cook as well as a photographer. It turned out I couldn't ask better combination of crew.
Glad Steve could make the trip. First tuna on the boat by Steve.Underhead reel
I brought rods/reels to test on this trip.
One of them is Jigging Master level-wind underhead reel.
There are many fishermen using spinning reels for big fish around the world. In my opinion, this innovative reel gives two distinctive advantages over spinning reels.
One is it gives enormous cranking power and the other is you can preset the drag as it is a lever drag reel.
decent size of mahi-mahi using the underhead reel.
We had a chance to test the reel for big tuna on the second day, but unfortunately 130 lb leader line got broken.
double hookups with mahi-mahi
Fishing with experienced fishermen like Mel and Steve is a treat and I just could concentrate on my things. Mel lost a huge mahi-mahi estimated over 60 lb next to the boat due to line tangles.
There were good number of tuna in 60 - 80 lb range and nice mahi-mahi, but we headed for big boys expecting they bite well at night.
Capt Danny communicated with a boat fishing there and they said bites were good.
Squid were there, but tuna didn't cooperate.
Finally we had a hookup around 5:00 am.
Mel had a hookup in the morning. 450g Black Hole Cape Cod Special rod he built.
He brought four Black Hole rods and all are spiral rods. I tested spiral rods for years and like Mel, I am convinced the spiral rods stabilize while fighting big fish.
We saw lots of tuna marks on the screen, but they were not in biting mood.
Capt Danny explained he would do some bottom fishing and come back later for late afternoon bites.
I observed how Danny did. All moves he made were right and he communicated with customers constantly in very friendly manner. We brought very light tackle for West Coast standard and he welcomed us to use them. In fact, he encouraged. It is apparent he is very open minded as far as tackle is concerned.
Scott is also liked light tackle I brought. He used my Black Hole Magic Eye 571XXH rod and JM PE4 reel. 571XXH rod is rated for 15 - 25 lb line and is good for fluke or snapper. But when Scott said he would use the rod for bottom fishing, I didn't worry because I caught 60 lb tuna with it.
nice 30 plus lb snapper on a diamond jig.
We went back to tuna ground.
Del had the first hookup. In five minutes, the rod with JM underhead reel got bent.
It was a monster and most line on the reel was almost gone. I increased drag to strike position knowing that we have 80 lb Cortland braid which breaks at 125 lb and 130 lb leader line. But we lost the monster because the 130 lb leader line got broken !
Steve sent out bait on Saltywater OBX500 jigging rod and Avet HX reel and had an instant bite.
5'8" Black Hole Cape Cod Special in action
While they were fighting, I dropped Super Sardine jig knowing that they would bite jigs when it get dark. In two minutes tuna hammered my jig, but it pulled the hook after a brief fight.
This trip is not complete without mentioning about food prepared by Fernando.
Taste are so good and presentation was excellent. .
Thanks Fernando for feeding us 4 - 5 times a day.
It was a fun trip with great guys and great crew.