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We headed out of Tiki around 12:00 and went to the yacht basin to top off with gas. Around 1:00 we cleared the jetties and headed straight for boomvang. We got there around 5:30. It was completly flat and we could have gone alot faster but we wanted to save gas. We brought 90 extra gallons of gas with us in plastic cans. We added the gas to our tank and trolled a little till it got dark. We picked up a few dolphin trolling. Once dark we tried to get black fin for chunking and that wasn't hard at all. Soon after we began chunking we had a yellowfin on. Those 2 speed avets are awsome. So we got that yellow fin to the boat in around 25 minutes. We went back for another drift and got a double hook up on 2 yellow fin. That was so cool! After those long battles running around the boat we went back for another drift wondering where we would put any more fish since the chest was getting full. So we went back for another drift and landed a 35 lb. black fin that we released. We did the drifting thing a few more times and landed 2 more yellow fin. We managed to move things around in the chest to fit a total of 5 yellow fin and 2 dolphin. There was no way we could fit another yellowfin and it was 2:00 at night so we just all went to sleep while drifting. Around 6:00 we woke up and only drifted 4.6 miles from boomvang. We started heading in to get bottom fish not knowing were we would put them. We found alot of AJ's at a wreck in Ricks book that measured to 40 inches. We cut off half the 3 AJ heads so we could fit them in the chest. ( They were still legal with the heads off). We headed in After that. FYI we were on my boat which is a 25Ft parker sport cabin. With 4 people total on board. Also there were 2 other boats there one was was a striper and the other was a catameran, just curious what they caught. Great first trip to the floaters!!
Trip totals= 5 yellow fin to 52 lbs.
3 Amberjack to 40 inches
2 dolphin to 25 inches
1 red snapper

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Thanks for the report -- I look forward to the pictures. Sounds like a great trip.

Just curious on this one thing:

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There was no way we could fit another yellowfin and it was 2:00 at night so we just all went to sleep while drifting. Around 6:00 we woke up and only drifted 4.6 miles from boomvang.
Is it normal to have one person stay on watch? I have never tried this so I have no clue myself.
 

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You are right about staying up. We had the radar alarm and vhf on the loudest possble setting to wake us up plus my dad never fell asleep he just rested.
 

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myprozac said:
You are right about staying up. We had the radar alarm and vhf on the loudest possble setting to wake us up plus my dad never fell asleep he just rested.
Makes sense to me -- thanks for the response.
 

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It was our first long range trip and we were really watching our gas levels strictly. Next time out there we will be able to do more.
 

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Glad you had plenty gas. Dont let the calm seas fool you when its gets rough your fuel economy will suffer. Just keep up with the fuel. Im glad you had a good trip sounds great and congrats. PS I havent seen any fresh tuna steaks

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We were getting 1.3 to 1.5 miles a gallon and we took your advise charlie about that gas and got 30 more gallons to total 90. Getting back to the dock we only burnt 239 gallons on a total of 290. We also made alot of stops for ling and snapper on the way home. I ended up gettin sick out there and it turns out I have ear infections that drained into my throat. I lost my voice completly from it. Dad left that night and I left to houston that today to the doctor. I will drop off some steaks this weekend. We also left a motor on 3/4 of the night.
 

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Forgot to mention that we thought it would be a great idea to bring our mechanic Pat Garret on our first long range trip just incase.

Thanks for that pic captian blood. yall where in that striper right? What where yalls totals and were did yall go later on that night? Nansen?
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Thanks for the good read, report and pictures myprozac and Captain Blood. Sounds like both boats had great trips and got to bring some YFT to your tables. (I know my table is still waiting on that memorable taste that makes us go far and deep)
Thanks to that Striper boat you saw(Tall1fin's boat), I got my 1st YFT experience. I also got the "Over-night watch" experience to ensure we didn't drift into anything. Strange thing when you look up every 30 minutes or so and it seems you haven't moved a football field. But the funniest thing was when my cell rung at about 3am and I talked to my wife to try and explain what I was doing. (I got to do that again)
 

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I will be out there next open window. There wasnt much current at all and that made it nice. Pat brought a pair of nightvision goggles with and that was really cool to see the stars with. When we look up, there were like 10000 stars and with the goggles there where like 10000000000000000000000000 stars. Also kinda cool to use insead of our radar . GOOD LUCK NEXT TIME.
 

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I saw you all leaving Saturday; my folks own the house at the mouth of your canal. I figured that you all were doing an overnighter given the time you were leaving. Glad to see you all had a good trip. You couldn't have asked for better weather.

Stuart
 
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