*DISCLAIMER...These are demanding, fast paced trips that require coordinated movements on a busy, moving deck amongst other anglers and are not appropriate for people with balance, spine, neck or severe health issues, weak, disabled, recent surgery, require canes or crutches, or anything else that would prevent keeping up during the trip.
Depending on the ocean conditions the ride to and from the tuna grounds can be bumpy with occasional harder bumps as you'd expect.
WHEN DO YOU START AND END YOUR TUNA SEASON?
Every year is a little different but in general I’ll get my operation started in Westport by late June.
CAN ANGLERS BRING THEIR OWN FISHING EQUIPMENT?
Absolutley. As a product tester for Okuma High Performance, Tufline, and P-line fishing gear we have access to some of the very best products on the market and with their help, we can actually bring that equipment to you on our charters. We're currently featuring Okuma 6'6" 50-100lb Cedros rods, high end Andros lever drag reels loaded with 50lb Tufline braid. Check them out www.okumafishing.com. You're welcome to bring something similar, please have it loaded 50lb braided line and we will add a P-line flourocarbon leader top shot. WE DO NOT PROVIDE LEFT HAND REELS.
WHEN DO WE MEET AT THE BOAT?
Start times vary a little but you can figure on 5:30am as a general rule. Your captain will coordinate the exact start time a day or two before your trip.
WHEN DO WE RETURN TO THE DOCK?
These trips are approximately 10 hours long. But if we "plug" the boat full of tuna before the end of the day we will return back to port. Our Defiance Gaudalupe boats can hold 35-60 tuna depending on the size class of the fish.
WHERE DO WE MEET YOU IN THE MORNING?
Meet us at our boat, in the Westport Boat Basin. Float 14. Our boats are located to the left of the bottom of the gangway. PLEASE WAIT AT THE TOP OF THE GANG WAY UNTIL THE OFFICIAL MEET TIME, THEN WALK DOWN TO THE BOATS.
IS THE COST OF BAIT & ICE INCLUDED IN THE TRIP?
Here's whats included on this trip:
- Rates include 9% State Sales Tax and:
- Modern, State of the Art fishing boats w/ a fully enclosed cabin and covered outside seating for a warm dry ride out of the wind and spray
- Spacious 13' fishing deck plus forward walk around fishing area
- Enough live bait to feed a 1000 albacore
- 300-400lbs of flake ice to sufficiently chill over 50 Tuna
- High end Okuma ANDROS & Cedros fishing equipment
- All other fishing related tackle
- Offshore Auto inflating life vest for each angler while on board
- Emergency Posisition Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
- Patient, professional, licensed, and insured Captain AND Deckhand
- Your fishing questions answered!
WILL THERE BE A FUEL SURCHARGE?
Every year is different. Most years we do not need to impose a fuel surcharge.
SOME CHARTERS OFFER MULTI-DAY TUNA TRIPS, HOW CAN YOU CAN YOU OFFER A DAY-TRIP?
Our tuna charter is unique because of the type of boat we run, and the number of passengers (6). It’s a 29’ Defiance Guadalupe with twin high horsepower Honda gas engines (www.defiancemarine.com). This size is ideal for getting 6 fisherman plus 2 crew out to the Tuna grounds in a hurry. Our run time to the tuna grounds is about 2 hours.
ARE YOU FISHING THE SAME WATER AS THE MULTI-DAY CHARTERS?
Yes. Speaking for all charters, we all only go as far as we have to find good numbers of tuna. We have an extensive network of Charters, Commercial fisherman, and sport fisherman so our fishing intel is the very best.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH TUNA FISHING?
I got the tuna bug while fishing in Mexico and southern California. When I felt the “pick-up” from my first tuna I was amazed at their speed and strength. I loved it like many do. Warmer climate fisheries to the south have other exciting species to catch as well but, our North Pacific Albacore tuna fishery is one of the very best in the world. Im thankful to have it right here in my own backyard!
GENERAL EXPLANATION OF EXPERIENCE AND THESE TRIPS?
These trips are certainly like nothing else you can find in this state, period. Besides this amazing species and the exciting techniques we use to catch them, being out on the tropical waters of the tuna grounds are just plain neat. I myself feel like I’m back in Baja! These fish are fun to catch, great to eat, and the time you’ll have on board with us and the other anglers (max 6 anglers!) will be unforgettable.
DO YOU CLEAN THE CATCH AND PREPARE IT FOR YOUR CLIENTS?
The clients catch will be cleaned for a few dollars per fish by our deck hand or fish cutters back at port. Some days we can get all or part of the fish cleaned on the way back to port, some days our fish cutters will come aboard at port and clean your fish.
Rubber boots, rain bibs, rain coat (for the blood and saltwater). No coolers allowed on the boat. Bring your lunch down in one plastic grocery bagand we'll put that in our boat cooler.
SIZE AND NUMBERS OF THE FISH?
North Pacific Albacore tuna are a very nice size. On average they are around 20lbs. On a typical day you can expect a few tuna in the 30’s and some of our biggest have been in the mid to high 30lb class. Tuna live and feed in schools, big schools. So, once you get one or two hooked up you can typically keep catching more and more, especially on live bait. Multiple hook-ups are very common and many times we can get everyone on board hooked up at once!
GEAR USED, TROLLING? JIGGING? RODS & LINE, ECT?
Our charter specializes in fishing live bait, starting with out top end live bait tanks. We have a permanent 135 gallon live bait tank specially designed for this type of fishing. Once we get onto the “tuna grounds” we start looking for fish, birds, and bait, anything that might tell us that there are tuna present. If we see any of those signs we will start brailing (chumming) live bait and long-casting swim baits to bring in the fish. If we don’t see any signs of tuna, I’ll put out 4 or 5 troll lines to try and get a bite. Once the first troll line goes zzziiinnnggg, I’ll pull the throttles back and go right into presenting with live bait, and at times, swim baits, surface irons, or jigs.
LUNCHES & SNACKS, SHOULD I BRING MY OWN?
Anglers on the tuna trips will need to bring food and beverage for themselves. Anglers should keep in mind that these trips are 8-12 hours, and will transfer their cold items into the boats cooler. NO GLASS! All other beverages must be in plastic and have a cap or lid to contain their contents. Beer is ok, hard alchohol is not allowed.
OCEAN CONDITIONS; I KNOW "PREPARE FOR THE WORST HOPE FOR THE BEST" WHAT KIND OF CONDITIONS CAN WE EXPECT IN WESTPORT?
One thing that anglers on this trip should know is that we don’t fish in weather or water conditions that are severe. We have state of the art electronics and are trained to use them accordingly. Some folks get frustrated when we have to re-schedule due to weather/water but that decision is for their own good. These trips are “ocean” trips and re-schedules should be part of your expectations, sometimes several reschedules or even years before they get their chance to get out there. We also get a few cases of sea-sickness on these trips. These occurances are few because we run gas outboard engines. Our smaller size is key because we will actually stop pitching and rolling at times. But, if you are susceptible to sea-sickness or are un-sure how you will re-act to being on the ocean, I would recommend talking with your doctor about what may be available for you.
IF RAIN GEAR IS NEEDED DO YOU PROVIDE IT FOR US?
No, you must arrive at the boats dressed in head to toe rubber or gortex rain wear, including rubber boots...rain or shine. Pack light and tight! One small back pack per person. Rain or shine, head to toe rain gear and calf high boots should be considered. I wear them every day myself because when we start getting into the Tuna, the blood bath begins! It will could be EVERYWHERE!