Golden tuile, black bass and yellow fin tuna

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By Scott Lenox

Watch the video of the daily catch at Sunset Marina with Captain Mark Hoos!

Have a nice summer everyone ! It really is summer now that the summer solstice has arrived. Today we had the longest day and shortest night of the whole year and if the weather could be like today was everyday, I wish it were all year . It was absolutely beautiful today with sunny skies, light winds and very comfortable temperatures. It was a great day on the water!

The tuna bite has picked up nicely in recent days with a better class of fish ending up in fish boxes around town. Today Captain Chris Watkowksi and his mate Jacob Bialk of the Spring Mix II had a great day with nine yellowfin and a bonus mahi.

Captain Joe Drosey and the crew of Rhonda’s Osprey had a great day in the canyon today and put nine yellowfin in the box.

Captain Chris Little of Talkin’ Trash had a great day roaming the canyons with eight yellowfin tuna for his crew. Photo by OC Fishing Center

RoShamBo’s Captain Willie Zimmerman set his anglers on yellowfin tuna today too with eight fish for the fish cleaners. Photo by OC Fishing Center

Captain Mike Burt of the Pumpin’ Hard found the yellowfin tuna today and put 5 and a mahi in the box for his customers.

The water cleared up very nicely with the rising tide this afternoon and Captain Wayne Blanks and his crew were at the Route 50 bridge to take advantage of it. The crew had this 29″ Guardian Rockfish and several other throwbacks.

Michael Marisa fished the south pier with Gulp and minnows at the end of the ebb tide and landed his limit of four plaice keepers.

The Morning Star’s Captain Monty Hawkins… ‘took his day’ today and put some meat on deck!

The day started fairly normally, even if we tied it up a little later than usual. Light rail too. Five regulars were all I had and all I wanted yesterday.

Yeah. That’s when we left, on the 20th.

Yeah…

I like to go deep. Working holiday? Busman’s vacation?

Just, “go fishing”, it works.

A crewed trip. The crew and I fished with some valued customers. No reef raffle, no fish pool.

You could call it a “non-profit” trip.

Damn, I haven’t had the chance to catch bass this season. Not to mention, anyway. With only 8 on board, however, even I got to fish a little this trip. Not a lot anyway. It seemed like there was always captain stuff to take care of.

As usual, I mentioned goose eggs on tuna. Put a yellowfin tuna in the boat just as we were making our last stop for the tiles on day two. I had a few spreader bars switching to a different fin – bam!

Rich had drawn the lucky blue ticket. He enjoyed the catch but we all got a piece.

Our first fall of the trip started with a piece of distant bar bottom. Lightly fished, here are usually old school jumbos.

Were.

Good start.

Then a long paddle to a deeper hole. The tiles are more my way of thinking, not the tuna. They are downstairs.

Even though it’s 1,000 feet deep.

Or more.

Bob and Mr Meadows caught some nice ones. Bernie, as always, was the first or second hookup on every drift – the coolest too. Everyone had a respectable fish or two (or three.) Mate Brian, however, caught the boss of bosses just before sunset.

Nice tiling. As my crews have often done over the years, the boys cleaned them before thinking about the weights.

Brian’s carcass weighed 25.25 pounds and measured 37 inches.

I was happy to bend a rod.

It’s a crew trip that I do once a year. You could call it a “fun journey”, but it’s still a lot of work.

A lot.

A good night’s rest and back to fishing for others as soon as this mini-hit wears off.

Cheers

Monty

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