Editor’s notes: The following blog was written and submitted by Dave Anderson
by Captain Dave Anderson
Last Saturday we switched gears from salmon to tuna and ran the Lumacat out of Westport for her first tuna slayfest! We were lucky enough to bring out Ashley Lewis and Kiley Brehm, as well as a few friends from Sportco –- Corey, Tony and Rob.
The night before we looked at recent offshore satellite charts. Based on that data, we decided to head out about 40 miles off the tip of the south jetty.
We arrived at the boat first thing in the morning and got her all ready and loaded up with two scoops of bait and a full tote of ice. Ashley had a radio interview with The Outdoor Line, so we waited until she was done before heading out of the port.
As we rounded past the south jetty we were greeted by a beautiful, almost-flat ocean. These were perfect conditions which allowed us to run 38 knots almost the whole way out.
When we arrived to the tuna grounds, we threw out four swimbaits and began slow trolling. Within five minutes we were on! First stop we were able to put about a hand on deck before we went back on the troll.
However, we immediately hooked up again. We started to chum a little more to get the school up. We also threw out Shimano flat fall jigs in 100 and 130 grams in pink/blue and/or flat side in 112 grams and 140 grams in pink/silver and silver/blue. These jigs got hammered!
We also had the opportunity to put the Shimano Tranx 400 levelwinds to the test — and, yes, I said levelwinds for tuna! These reels definitely stood up to the task of hauling in albacore. They have also been using these reels for awhile now in California hauling in yellowfin and bluefin tuna. We all were a bit skeptical but I can tell you these reels are a force to be reckoned with!
Each stop we’d throw another 10 to 12 on deck before we decided enough was enough. We filled the fish boxes with more than enough tuna for all of us and then some!
I’m happy to say the tuna are here and they are hungry! If you or anyone you know has an opportunity to get out there, now is the time to go! Hop on a charter – you won’t regret it!!!!!!!