Sunday, September 3, 2006
Oregon Tuna Classic 2006- Garibaldi, Oregon
Team Eat Me Lures (i.e. MYRTLE BEE), was made up of myself, John, Paul, and Milt.
We ended up with 27 fish.
Sadly, we left a smokin' hot bite and were putting fish in the boat every couple mins. Jumpers and birds crashing the surface, but time became a factor and we had to pick up and bolt in.
Ran 25 knots both ways. the way out was pretty lumpy. We caught air a few times. You could hear the props spinning freely......then BAMMM! but we kept on running hard, and left most of the boats behind.
The one boat that kept up, another Cabo, ran slightly north, as well as us. We seemed to be the only two that initially headed that direction (that we could see). That other boat loaded up the 48 fish. and we came in second with 27.
We jigged up live bait the night before.
(and tried the throw nets...I got like 30 in one cast!) but that was a fluke..next cast?....5.
Milt got some great exercise rippin lips (and eyeballs) of some of those longfinners.
Anyway, caught a few on traps and kept the school at the boat with the live bait being thrown out. Rest came on jigs.
Bloody Decks found our boat with each fish. Here's Paul with a nice hawg!
I even had time to slip into one of the pictures.
The OTC committee, chairmen, and all sponsers that made this tournament possible, and of course the Coast Guard, did a FANTASTIC job putting this event together. Thank you to all; Bud, Mike, John, etc. You've created a wonderful memory in my head that will never escape! Thanks guys, you're a true class act!