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Old 09-23-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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Canyons sept 2,3,4

Got on the helen H for a 72 hour canyon trip. Thanks Peter and Buzzy I shared the $75 off coupons you guys mailed me with my buddy Pete and his friend Craig.

After having been out in hurricane Irene with them in 2012, horrible trip.. I was'nt all that psyhed to go out with them again but the sting on how bad the 2012 trip was had worn off. Pete pm'd asking for some advice on what to bring so writing to him kinda got me wanting to go.

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Bait rod: 50 class rod (big joe built)and a 50 class shimano, 100# mono running line to 2 8oz eggs to a 600# swivel and 80# yozuri flouro, to a 7/0 mustad stainless heavy duty hook.

Spin rod: Spinal Prototype rod - VS300, 100# jb hollow and 80# yozuri flouro windon I made - 230# spro swivel to a #9 owner split ring to a Ronz tuna jig head with the swining hook, pearl white tail.

Jigging rod: 500 gram Batson blank (mudhole kit), spiral/acid wrapped, accurate 665h-2speed 80 jb hollow decade and 130# JAK associates 25 foot windon.

They had just gotten back from a 2 day and they had a very good idea of what was going on out there. Their first fish of the previous trip was a 175# bigeye. We did not troll the first day and we just anchored up and started chunking and jigging.

A few fish came up before sunset, then a bit of a lull in the action. Slow until 10pm or so. I crashed out from 11-2am woke up and I got 5 fish. 4 jigging a ten ounce hammered diamond jig between 125 feet and 85 feet. And one on a white Ronz casting to the shadow line the boats flood lights made. That first night I counted 29 boats including us. 2am-630am 4 fish 50-60 pounds or so and a small 40# fish jigging. (first one ever all other yellows I had ever caught were on the bait rod)

next day bright bright out tons of sun, I had brefis and crashed for a bit, woke up to everyone being excited about mahi around the boat, walked out and saw that where lil chicken mahi. I mean they would have been toaster sized fillets... I threw a few small bucktails tipped with bait to them but they were finicky and really for their size I wasnt too into it. Had some lunch napped and readied for the night chunk bite jig bite. At this point I had broken one fish off on the chunk rod (didnt touch it after that) and 4 jigging and 1 on the ronz. I wish I had packed more ronz tails because that one fish cut it directly in half. (mf'er I had bags and bags of them at home)

That night I ate pork fried rice and chicken marsala ,,, delicous! The crew kept looking at me and I let them know there was enough for them too, they chowed, I chowed everyone was happy. Start jigging, slow action no marks... I stopped counting boats at 57... these fish are going around in circles from slick to slick lost like a mf'er... If they find our slick its going to be hot and heavy and they're gone... I jig for a bit more until 11pm or so... I attempt to sleep until 2am... not happening I wake up to one of the guys from southie who had a beast hit his bait rod and he slammed it into full strike in the verticla rod holder on the deck, before picking up his rod... BOOM! graphite everywhere I imagine... I grab my gear wipe my leader and toss a bottle of water in my back pocket and go out and jig... Capt marks fish at 85 feet. I drop to 95 and jig up into them... zzzzzzzzt Fish 6 hits the deck 1 maybe 2 am... Im Amped its on... nothing else on the jig. At this point the bait guys were doing work with live squid. If you could net a live squid you had a fish on 2 mins later. Matt, was loining the fish and people were taking the squid out of the fish being cleaned and hooking up... At that point I had more than enough fish to bring home for my family of 4, my parents and extended family and friends so I just stayed with the jig

At one point we had a semi-obnoxious drunk guy at the stern wanting to bait fish and I mean hell its not my boat have it. But pete snagged him a live squid and told him to fish it off the bow where he'd been fishing previously. This was after he was telling us about how he cant last very long with his wife and he felt it was due to "infrequency". He wasnt happy about being asked to leave the stern but he did with a bit of profanity... 2 minutes later from the bow we hear I #^&#^&#^&#^&ing love you peetah!!! ZZZZZZZZZTTTTTT he was tight! Slurring drunk and lil wobbly but tight...

I like beer I brought a 6 pack I had 1. I donated the rest to a few of the southie guys who were out on the ride home.

Slow on the report and stuff I apologize but between family and work... you know how it can be at times. I will try and get some pictures up later today. Its surprising how much the boat is actually moving i just had my iphone for pics so you definitely see a need for image stabilization.

I would like to add that the JAK associates windon began to come unraveled at the serve after 3 fish. I was fishing a super tight drag anticipating every fish to possibly be a big eye. No dice for me on that trip but hopefully there will be others.

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Old 09-23-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:43 AM   #3
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Pete had asked what depth I had been jigging and I answered 125

He dropped and I just took a series of dropping, on... Tiiiight! pictures.. It must be the furuno shorts hes wearing.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:46 AM   #4
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bait guys were doing well with the tiny 7/0 hayabusa circle hooks.

The mates were making the best of their down time
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:48 AM   #5
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:51 AM   #6
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One of petes 4 or 5 fish on the ronz, van staal jig rod, dogfight setup.

Love that blue water theres nothing like it.

ride back in was velet smooth, I fueled up with a good breakfast chugged a beer and night night, I woke up somewhere around Marthas...

Final tally was: 6 for me, pete got like 7or 8 and craig got like 6-7

Had a fun time, good crew, great capt and trip was limited for 24 folks and everyone was cool some a little drunker than they should have been but all in all a great time.
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:26 PM   #7
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Awesome trip sounds great
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Nice payback after the Irene trip - it doesn't get much calmer than that for a 72 hour stretch! Looks like you had a blast.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:29 PM   #9
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awesome trip! good for you guys.
I really want to bring my boat back this year but daylight is fading fast.
grateful that we made the trip at least once

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Petes fish

capt jigging outside the wheelhouse

tiny circle hook for chunks
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That is one big ass hook he told me. 10 ounce hammered diamond with a vmc 13/0 jigging hoook
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Great report Vic, you didn't say where but I will beat Fishtails. Nothing makes up for 2012 but this sure takes a little of the sting off.
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pissa report vic - glad u had a great trip

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Just got tbag's epic report from last nite. Reliting the tuna candle in me. Hopefully he'll share his tuna bender tales too
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Awesome looks like fun!

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Awesome report! Makes me really want to get out there!!!

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sounds like a GREAT time Vic, thanks for sharing
reading this is the closest I'll ever be to that but maybe if I was 100% sure of flat calm , I would not

you'll get your bigeye eventually

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Nice haul Vic. Love the Furuno shorts too!
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sounds like a GREAT time Vic, thanks for sharing
reading this is the closest I'll ever be to that but maybe if I was 100% sure of flat calm , I would not

you'll get your bigeye eventually
I got a stack of trans derm seasick patches for you Bruce Lets GO!

Thanks guys yeah it truly was a great time out there having never taken one jigging I was all fired up, Its all I wanted to do! My goal was getting 1 jigging on a rod I built.

I was wishing I had a go pro: The one I had on the Ronz absolutely hammered it 10-15 feet from the stern and it chased it out of the dark 3-5 feet down and the fish was all lit up everyone on the stern saw that fish charge the ronz and I just stopped it, thing absolutely porked the ronz... would have made great footage. All I can remember was that serve better not #^&#^&#^&#^&ing let go!!! I'll feel like a dumbass vs300 sounded broken, like ok thats the clicker but why is it soo high pitched??

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Glad you got some payback for that 2012 debacle. Awesome!

I still have my $75 coupon. Was planning on trying to jump on in early Sept. but it never happened. Maybe next year.
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