With my Sunday almost done, I realized the weather was down and I still had some daylight left. So, I hooked up the trailer and took the boat out for another run on the engine. Fishing was a bonus the went with a blind jig strike on a Dorado.
I still can’t believe that the are this many fish on the 9 mile bank. The water has been great all year and people have been pulling a lot of good fish from Dorado to Yellowfin to Yellowtail (we hooked a marlin last week) on the 9. As it has been doing for the past month or so, super nice water started about 5 miles out with moderate life.
I left the house around 2:30 and was heading out the channel around 3:30. Ran into porpoise at about 7 miles that looked good. I metered some life down deep, but what ever it was, it didn’t want to come play. As I crossed over the north end of the bank, there were some whales and a fair amount of bird life. I did a little trolling for nothing then moved to the west side. Again I started to see bird and dolphins. I started to troll down the edge of the bank and ended up with a blind jig strike for a nice female Dorado about 15 pounds.
The strike wasn’t what I expected. I had the cedar plug on the Diawa 50 on the port out roder. I heard a thump and turned to see the rod in the water only being held by the bungee chord. I grabbed it and started to reel. The do-do quickly jumped and I knew I both had a fish and was very luck to not lose the rod. For some reason the drag didn’t let go which caused the whole rod holder to pivot in the main holder. I think something broke inside of it. This let the out out roder pivot striat back and the rod flew out.
Then my lack of gaff skills kicked in. I made to good pulls at the fish with no luck. Then, remembering I had 150# leader for the cedar plug, I just bounced the fish in. It hit the deck and the hook popped out. Again; luck.
1 nice female dorado about 15 pounds.
Monsoon conditions prevailed across San Diego all weekend, so it was warm and muggy. There was a slight southerly flow, but very little swell. The 6-9 knots of breeze gave a light chop, but nothing too bad.
"WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. MIXED SWELL W 1 FT AT 11 SECONDS AND SW 3 FT AT 11 SECONDS."
Water temp ranged from 72-74 and it was super blue.
75 and humid was the theme for the day. The skies were pretty overcast.
This was the second run since I noticed the oil issues on the engine. I did a little trolling and the oil seems ok from my night time check. I will look again in the day light. Now I think that it is much more likely that the oil issue was condensation and blow-back from the hard trolling at 33 hundred RPM. Trolling at 22-26 hundred seems much better.
Fuel Burn: 17.2 Gallons
Distance: 51.6 nautical miles
Fuel Fill: 17.043 gallons