Sunday, April 26, 2015

Muscat Oman April 2015 (Yellowfin Tuna)

The tale of busting Yellowfin tuna in Muscat always made me feel that it is a task that can be accomplished.
I’ve been hearing stories from friends and clients stating that it is impossible to catch them on topwater but knowing how to approach them with the right presentation they will be no way not to accept our lure offer!
Ala’a visited us this winter to fish for Bluefin tuna in North Carolina and during his stay we talked about the possibility to get those yellowfin tuna on topwater, by the end of his trip he invited me and Bogdan to join him for 3 days in his home town Muscat Oman.

We flew from New York to Dubai and took a 1 hour connecting flight to Muscat, I’ve been over 15 times to Oman but I had never visited Muscat, I was so impressed by the culture and the architect of the city, civilized and well maintained with great hospitality, Make you feel at home!

We set up our gear that night and at 4:15AM Ala’s picked us up from the hotel, at 5:00AM we were on the hunt and in about 1 hour ride we saw the first sign of life, Dolphin all over the place.
We kept on searching for the spinner dolphin until we found them and at first cast right in the middle of the school I came in tight and Bogdan followed me, double hook up and it is not even 7:00AM.
We landed both fish and took a quick picture with no time to waste, we saw feeds after feeds with tuna airing out showing it is true colors and they were after sardine and flying fish.

Than Ala’a turns came and he broke the ice and got his first yellowfin tuna on the El Maestro 710MH matched with a Tackle House Britt in sinking, that lure was so deadly on this trip.
the day became tougher and tougher as more commercial guys join in the hunt to get a piece of the action, I counted over 30 boat at one time and whenever the tuna and dolphin school together all the commercial guys rush to the scene which made it a bit hard for us at the end of the day,
Suddenly the water interrupted in the front of us with tuna airing out, Ala’s and Bogdan get tight and I get a boil on my lure, they both get hooked up on the El Maestro 77H and 710MH and they both landed their fish. We called the day off and headed to the marina with a smile of glory on our faces…

Our second day was very tough we covered some mileages and a lot of ground but we could not find the dolphin.
I was at the bow when I saw squids fleeing away in that Bluewater , at first it took me 5 second to realize what it is and under it I saw the whole school of tuna swimming below us,  I screamed to cast but they were gone already, we kept on searching till we saw a whale and believe it or not the tuna were right next to him,
Ala’s and I made a cast and I saw the tuna airing out on my lure, I screamed big fish.
I set the hook properly and here we go after the long search Ala’a and I are tight but that did not last for too long.
Ala’s fish become unbutton and my line slack out after 3 minutes fight, I retrieve my line to see the Ringed Kudako hook became un-ringed, this is not the first time that it happen to me.
Very disappointed to have such a failure like that and it is not acceptable but things happen and with it we lost the best opportunity of the day,
We ended up playing a bit with the Mahi and the Sailfish and we were so close on scoring a saily but she manage to spit the hook.
On our last day we headed out a bit late and found the tuna and the spinner dolphin in no time,
we saw the feed of the day from a distance and we rushed to it with the 3 of us casting towards the dolphin, I get a boil on my lure and Ala’a is tight, Ala’a does it again on the same set up.
After 4 minutes Ala’a land a nice 80lb on the El Maestro 710MH matched with the Britt, what a start and it only get better and better with more topwater feed but they were all small fish in the range of 20 to 30lb,
I made the call and I asked our Captain to head offshore searching for the big boys, everybody looked at me and said you’re going to leave fish to look for fish? I said yes I have a good feeling.
we made the run offshore till we reached 80 miles and then we start seeing a bit of life here and there but nothing like earlier,
Spinner dolphin interrupted and I casted ahead of the school to see a monster out of the water charging on my lure, he miss it but another one grab it right away.
After 3 minutes I had it to color and I was so happy with the results and the performance of the Race Point 100, it was getting late so we decided to quit and head back with intension to stop at any opportunity,
Bogdan was suffering that day and he was so frustrated as he couldn’t get a bite and we on the other hand did not make it easy on him J
Spinner dolphin on the horizon, the Captain is rushing to the scene and I am handing the Race Point 100 to Ala’a asking him to give it a cast to feel it, after 2 twitch a massive explosion on the Moutoukenmaru.
the fish literally went 5 feet on the air with the lure attached to it is mouth while I am screaming at Ala’a to set the hook.
Ala’s set the hook properly and right away out of good will passed the rod to Bogdan knowing that is the last shot for the day and for Bogdan.
Bogdan is huffing and puffing and I am stressed out as the fish is way too big for the rod to handle, but she did not disappoint me and after 12 minutes we saw the sight of the fish and it was big.
Bogdan gave all what he have and he manage to land the biggest fish on the Race Point 100, that fish was a barrel when it hit the deck, it was just a masterpiece how the day ended and where my instinct took me and how everybody did not mind taking that decision to look for a bigger class fish, it sure paid off!
I want to thank Ala’a for his amazing hospitality and kindness and for that great time spend on the water, we surely had some memory for a lifetime, thank you my friend!!
Tackle used:

Rod: Race Point 250, Race Point 100, El Maestro 77H, El Maestro 710MH, Carpenter, CB One prototype
Reel: Shimano Stella SW18000, SWB 18000 & SWB 14000
Lures: Moutoukenmaru, Shell Shaping, Tackle House Britt Sinking, Gamma, CB One Zorro
Line: Power Pro Hollow 80lb and 100lb
Leader: Saltywater Tackle Twisted Leader
Hooks: BKK Single, Owner, Shout Kudako

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