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#1 Kilsong

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:39 PM

Originally I booked the Maximus for 3 1/2 trip in Dec, but the trip was cancelled due to double bookings by mistake.  Instead, I chartered with Capt Danny Osuma of the Marla VI for two consecutive 2 1/2 days trip in Dec.

 

1st trip:  Dec 7 - 10

2nd trip: Dec 12-15

 

The main target is cow over 200 lb yellowfin tuna.  Big cow are year round at Tres Maria Islands, but the prime time is from Nov to Jan. 

 

Capt Danny Osuda is regarded as the best Capt in PV by many. 



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:07 PM

Kil.

Barry just visited in Westport WA and told me about your trip. Unfortunately the ocean was 5' @ 8 seconds with 2' wind waves and we didnt got out fishing.

What is the plan and status of the PV trip?

 

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:32 PM

Kil.

Barry just visited in Westport WA and told me about your trip. Unfortunately the ocean was 5' @ 8 seconds with 2' wind waves and we didnt got out fishing.

What is the plan and status of the PV trip?

 

Haroldo

Harold,

 

We had one spot open on the second trip.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:54 AM

Here is my flight schedule:

 

Arriving at PV on 11:49 a.m. on Dec 7, 2013

Leaving PV at 2;45 p.m. on Dec 15, 2013

 

They are going to pick us up at the airport. Let me know your flight schedule.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:14 PM

Do you still have a spot open for the trip...? definitely interested.

#6 Kilsong

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:16 PM

Do you still have a spot open for the trip...? definitely interested.

The trips are full now. 



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:24 PM

Do you still have a spot open for the trip...? definitely interested.

One spot on the second trip (Dec 12 - 15) is open due to cancellation. 

Let me know you are still interested in the trip.



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:10 PM

One fishermen in Mexico joins the trip. The trips are full now. There are big tuna there, but not in big number yet. Scott Osuna returned for an overnight trip to Tres Maria Island with 5 tuna in 170 lb - 200 plus lb range yesterday. 10 days to go !!

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 12:51 AM

I fished several Capts including Capt Manny and Capt Keith of the Maximus in PV. They all were great.
I tried to fish with Capt Danny Osuna over 10 years and I finally have an opportunity to fish with him  on these trips. 
 
I fished on 2 1/2 days and 3 1/2 days trip with the Maximus before and I always thought the trips were too short for me flying from NJ.  
So I decided to charter two consecutive 2  1/2 days charters with Danny Osuna this time. 
The first trip is Dec 7 - 10 and second trip is Dec 12 - 15. So I can spend time in old town from Dec 10 - Dec 12.
who knows. I might go fish during two trips. :)
 
This trips are for big yellowfin in 100 lb - 300 lb range. I have several Black Hole prototype rods  as well as a few reels from JM to test on these trips. This is basically live bait fishing trips, but we are going to use jigging and popping rods when opportunities come.  I remember I had 8 - 9 yellowfin on poppers before breakfast on the Maximus trip. Capt Keith is very good at chasing tuna under the birds. I admired how hard Capt Keith and crew worked hard for their customers whenever I fished with the Maximus. 
I only hear only about good things about Osuna brothers. So I have lots of expectations from them on these trips. :)
One more week ! I can't wait.
 
Here is a picture of 283 lb cow I landed with Capt Danny in 2015 and I hope I can break my personal best on these trips 
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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:21 PM

Bites are on !!!

I talked with David who just returned from fishing Tres Maria Island.
He said they didn't have any problem to get bites with 120 - 180 lb tuna, occasionally with 200 plus lb tuna.
They needed only 10 - 15 seconds to get bites on the last day.

I suggest to bring squid jigs as they catch squid at night. Squid is like candy for yft.

Weather looks great.

Saturday 12/7
Morning
Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.
Seas: WNW 1.5 meters at 9 seconds
Winds: NNW 9 to 13 knots
Afternoon
Light winds with a slight chop. Small long period swell.
Seas: WNW 1.5 meters at 12 seconds
Winds: N 8 to 11 knots
Sunday 12/8
Morning
Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.
Seas: NW 1.4 meters at 10 seconds
Winds: NNE 9 to 12 knots
Afternoon
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.
Seas: NW 1.3 meters at 9 seconds
Winds: NNW 11 to 15 knots
Monday 12/9
Morning
Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.
Seas: WNW 1.2 meters at 8 seconds
Winds: NNW 8 to 11 knots
Afternoon
Light winds with a slight chop. Small long period swell.
Seas: WNW 1.3 meters at 13 seconds
Winds: N 10 to 14 knots
Tuesday 12/10
Morning
Light winds with a slight chop. Small long period swell.
Seas: SW 1.3 meters at 18 seconds
Winds: NE 7 to 10 knots
Afternoon
Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small long period swell.
Seas: WSW 1.5 meters at 17 seconds
Winds: NNE 10 to 14 knots

#11 Kilsong

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:49 PM

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.
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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.

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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.
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double hookups with mahi-mahi
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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.
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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.
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Finally we had a hookup around 5:00 am.
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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.
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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.

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nice 30 plus lb snapper on a diamond jig.
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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
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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.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 01:22 PM

When ever I came down to PV , I had little time to spend a few days in old town. because I usually stayed at Paradise Village or a condo at Marina Vallarta.
Thanks to Mel who booked a hotel in old town after fishing, I could spend a couple of days with Mel and his wife Rosie.

The Hotel Psada de Roger is only $30 per room per night, but it is very cozy and clean.
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The hotel is located two blocks away from the beach.
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#13 pescador83

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:22 AM

Looks like an awesome trip! Congrats! 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:15 AM

Life in old town starts and ends eatingt at restaurants. There are so many good restaurants in old town.
We went to the beach to have a breakfast.
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Before we pick up Harold from Seattle and Barry from Canada at the airport, we went to
.a small tiny restaurant called Mariscos Polo. Seafood are great and atmosphere is great.

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I was going to visit different restaurants to taste, but we decided to go back to Polo's again for dinner.
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I am well rested and am ready for the second round starting today.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:14 PM

Looks like you living life to the fullest Kil.  Niiiiiice.

 

Jamie



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:41 PM

I am in PV airport waiting for a flight to NJ.
I took 250 photos on these trips as well as lots of video.

244 lb by tape measurement (75' X 51"). It looked 250 plus lb tuna.
The fish took live squid on kite on the last drift of the trip. Funny thing was nobody wanted to fight and I fought.


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:29 AM

Dec 12 - 15 Trip


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Before heading for the boat, we had brunch at a restaurant on the beach.
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Tequila in the morning before fishing is good thing or bad thing ?
It turned out to be a bad thing.
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We met two other fishermen Don and Charles on the boat.

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Horold gave me a plastic banana before we left and I was curious whether plastic banana bring bad luck as real banana. :) Yes, it did.
Even before we left the bay, Three guys started experiencing seasick. They are not novice and are very experienced boat fishermen.
I think Barry and Harold didn't feel good before we left as they had good time at a bar last night. :)
Banana curse was so powerful that it even changed Capt Danny's original plan and he decided to fish closer after he saw miserable condition of three guys for three hours.

We had only one mahi mahi until 10:00 am and Capt Danny decided to run to original area.
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Charles hooked up a fish with new JM Ocean Devil reel and Black Hole Cape Cod Special 450g, but unfortunately it pulled the hook.
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I threw away the plastic banana and was wondering how luck could change without banana. And, Yes it did.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:54 AM

On the way up, we saw birds were working and Don had the first bite.
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Stellas rule.
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It was dark already when we arrived a the destination.
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The small tuna released immediately.
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hard working crew :)
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Don hooked up again
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Charles had a nice tuna, but it pulled hook.
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Fishing slowed down considerably and I went to the bed.
It blew pretty hard and the boat was rolling. I woke up in the middle of night.
I checked the bait live well and found all bait were dead because of rolling seas.
Capt Danny drove the boat to get squid. After catching 30 - 40 squid, we headed to tuna ground nearby. It was dawn already. After we put the bait in the water, we had our first tuna in 10 minutes. While fighting tuna, another line was screaming. While fighting two tuna,another line was screaming.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:03 AM

Charles was fighting a big tuna with JM Ocean Devil reel and Black Hole 450g jigging rod.
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Scott took over.
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Don fighting another tuna with Black Hole Giant rod and JM PE20 reel.
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another double hookup. This is what we call "wide open bites".
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Spiral rod in action. I am a firm believer the spiral rod can stabilize while fighting.

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My job was to take video and pictures on this trip, but I had to fight fish because of multiple hookups.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:06 AM

Don fighting with Black Hole 450g/prototype JM underhead reel.
Don fought 6 tuna in two drift in the morning.

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We decided to go to the dock early after the final third drift.
As soon as we had a hook up, we had another hookup on kite.I took the rod as nobody wanted to fight. I knew immediately this is a big one.
I was expecting this one could break my personal best of 283 lb, but it turned out to be 244 lb by tape measurement. What a nice finish of the trip.

I discussed with Capt Danny and Scott about tackle on the trips. They were very impressed with the action and strength of thin and light Black Hole rods.

We are going to target swordfish on next trip with Capt Danny as he said there are lots of swordfish there, but not many fishermen target them.

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Thanks Danny, Scott and Fernando. You have a great combination.
I feel sorry for Barry, Harold and Charles for not fishing much due to seasickness.
Don't drink too much before the trip next time. :)
Don is old man, but he is a fishing machine and a fine gentleman.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:15 PM

landing 25 - 30 lb snapper with light BH Magic Eye 571XXH rod/JM PE 4 reel



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:59 PM

video of Jureal's fight with a nice yft




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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:51 PM

This picture was taken by the Excel out of San Diego a few days ago.
Popping is not fully utilized on long range boats though they have excellent opportunities on 14 - 16 days trip.
We couldn't use poppers on our trips because of bumpy weather.
I might go back again in late Jan or early Feb next year. I hope I can land a cow on a popping rod next time.

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