The Pacific Star teams up with 976-TUNA for a 2 day trip leaves from Pierpoint Landing Departing on Wed June 14th, 09:00 PM.This will be a freelance trip heading to the Islands for seabass, yellowtail, and rockfish. Early Booking Price is $300.00, normal price is $425.00Meals and permits not included and will be collected on the boat. Simply book right on line or call for reservations at 310-328-8426. Charter Master Earl The Pearl
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Well we arrived at our starting point yesterday and were greeted with less than good conditions and sign of fish. Throw in a more than healthy shark population and things are tough out here. We gave it another morning with the same results , so we're off to the promise land, we did have some Wahoo action , but the writing is on the wall, time to move.
Fishermans Landing Long Range News - The Excel Report
Captain Justin Fleck called in today with an update from the Excel out of Fisherman's Landing. We are having a nice ride down on our Okuma 15 day trip in beautiful weather. We made a quick stop by the bank on the way down and the Alijos Rocks area. We caught some Yellowtail for dinner. It looks pretty interesting down there there is nice warm clean water and a lot of life in the area.
We will be fishing tomorrow AM. The Okuma 15 day group is ready. We will check in tomorrow if there is something to report.
Reported by:Justin Fleck
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris The Easter Bunny Delivers
We arrived in the dark to the spot of Yacoob’s large fish yesterday. Immediately, we started hooking fish, but they were the smaller variety with most 40-50lbs and a couple in the low 100’s. The bite stopped as the sun came up as we sat there wondering if we would get anything of size in the next 6 hours. The kite was getting hoo’d and there were no signs of bigger fish. I was starting to think about the content of this report being how much fun we had despite the tough fishing conditions. Right then, the Easter Bunny delivered in a big way, things changed quickly and the kite started getting smashed. Dave “Clicker” Edgar got the first nice one at 222lbs (his 2nd 200lber of the trip). Next up, a couple huge boils on flyers and crushed baits came back. John Yamate was up and had one of the coolest blowouts I have seen with the perfect view of a very large fish coming 2/3rds out of the water. After a great battle, 4 gaffs hoisted John’s 306lber over the rail (his 2nd career 300).
Next up, Jonathon Hodes got up and his flyer was boiled on. 30 minutes later, John had a 226lber (his 2nd 200 of the trip). Richard “Big Fish” Losey and yours truly stepped up to the plate. My flyer started out nervous and was met head on by a fish that came airborne and gulped my flyer in a mouth the size of a 5 gallon bucket (2nd coolest bite ever). Richard got smashed just after mine and he was on. After our battles, Richard landed a beautiful 212lber and I was lucky enough to land a 274lber. Next up, Stan “The Cowman” Cowan who came out of retirement to join us on the trip. His flyer got smashed by another giant and killed his bait. Roy, the Tuna Whisperer was able to tease the tuna into a re-bite and game on. When it came to gaff, the fish weighed 226lbs, which was our 6th fish over 200lbs this morning. Last up, Uncle Vince Corbacci, his story requires a new paragraph.
Well, Vince is a veteran of long range fishing and is well respected and loved on the boat. He is an avid poker player, great fisherman and friend of mine. Well, Vinny told several of us that this was going to be his last long trip as it was too hard on his body. As such, he wanted to go out in style. I’d say it was a success as Vinny grabbed his big gear, got a flyer and went out on the kite. Within a few seconds, he had several very large, very hungry tuna competing for his bait. At that point, the wind picked up and the flyer was above the water. 2 huge fish got fully airborne trying to get the airborne flyer. Tommy told him to put it into freespool and as it hit the water, a beast of a tuna jumped 10′ in the air and landed on his flyer, an unbelievable bite (supersedes the coolest ever)! He was told to wind and wind he did, as fast as he could. The only problem is in the excitement, Uncle forgot to put his reel in gear and the fish was swimming around with his flyer deep in his belly. After a bit of encouragement by Roy, Vince slammed it into gear and was on. This fish planed out wide, going around the boat several times. The first gaff went in then the 2nd, 3rd & 4th. In fact a 5th gaff was needed to pull in Vinny’s 326lber. Wow, talk about a microphone drop! Congrats Uncle!
A few well earned hello’s. John wants to send a big hug to Cindy, Jeff, Jennifer & Seaforth Landing for his 2nd over 300. Kevin Shannon sends his love to Susan & Briana. Stan says poke is on the way to Wendy. I’d like to send a Happy Easter to all the Hieshima’s. Now for Uncle Vince, he would like to thank his lovely wife Suzanne for allowing him 43 years of fishing on these trips. He sends his love to his grandchildren Hinani, Alina, Ariton & Rider, his kids Joe, Sabrina & Tina and to his daughter and son in law. I’ll get the rest tomorrow.
We had one of the most enjoyable mornings I can remember on these trips (5 over 200 and 2 over 300). It must have been all the luck you guys wished us! We are breaking down gear and starting to rest.
We started the day with a flurry of fish in the dark followed by a slow pick on smaller tuna and beautiful wahoo. The balance of the day we tried several spots and had issues with toothy critters stealing our gear. However, by late afternoon, we found a few fish willing to cooperate. It started with a couple of live flyers getting smashed yielding 90lbers for Gary & Stan (team Santa Barbara). The next group of fish to follow were much larger, taking ripping runs off our big gear. At one point, we four large fish going. Unfortunately, only one came to gaff for our talented lucky angler, Yacoob Vahed.
Yacoob was new to our group and fit in well from the start. He defines rail time as one of the first out to fish in the morning and one of the last to leave the rail in the dark. He went up on the kite and hooked his fish as it was starting to get dark and it became very dark by the time it was finished. This fish was one of those wild & squirrely tuna that took a long outside run and had a finish reminiscent of a kamikaze fish. It darted down the side and to the back of the boat with gaff handlers in chase and Yacoob wedged in between getting bounced around. It came over the rail and looked fat enough to be a 300lber but just a little on the short side. It went up on the scale and settled in at 257lbs. Unfortunately, it was 5lbs short of his personal best, but we showered him down anyway. Congratulations to Yacoob! He asked to pass along a special note to his lovely wife Lali and says he misses you. He also claims there is nothing as special as time with you, except maybe catching a 257lb tuna (my addition). He asked if he could please put a deposit down for next year.
We had a very good day of fishing as the tuna continue to get bigger and the sharks backed down to next to nothing. Wahoo fishing continues to be good with many of the fish in the 40-50lb range. The larger fish seem to be moving in as the average was closer to 100lbs. We had a few that were in the 120lb range and a couple more in the 150lb range caught by Jeff Bishop and John Yamate. One lucky standout fish today was caught on the kite by your favorite ghostwriter at 213lbs. Here’s the brief story.
As a precursor, I had 3 nice fish over the past few days that took too much line and broke off. I was committed to not let that happen again so I adjusted the drag to the stupid tight setting before watching my double trouble go out. The fish could only take 50yds on the initial run and that was it. The only problem was that it came to the boat rather green and was simply swimming in aggressive circles rather than laying over. Roy made the comment that it looked hungry and wanted to eat, so toss in a few sardines to slow it down. It eventually came to gaff and several passengers and crew showered me down for my personal best. Unfortunately they missed the mark by 108lbs, oh well! That wasn’t the best part as after I dried and changed, I went on deck to a tar and feathering in the form of an ice water bucket followed by a pitcher of flour exploding on me. I’m told it was hilarious, but all I could see was a giant puffball. Someone said payback is a #%&*! Enjoy the photos! We have a day and a half left before combat fishing, where retaliation is in the planning. Wish us luck on a few more of these larger fish!
Things are picking up, as the sharks let a few of the nicer fish through today. Kevin Crow, started out with a nice 164 pound Yellowfin tuna, followed by a number of 100lb tuna, and a bunch 50-80lb Yellowfin tuna, for our group. While we didn’t have the shark issue, the bigger fish hooked found their freedom in the rocks. We continue to have good wahoo fishing, both on the anchor & troll with a few nice sized fish (yes, the pink ribbons continue).
We are enjoying a great tri-tip dinner and will be putting in a few hours supplementing our bait supply. Can’t wait for Roy’s comedy club stand up routine on the bait tank, which is scheduled for 8pm (he’ll be here all week). All kidding aside, the crew on the RP sets the standard for long range fishing and once again are keeping us on the fish, out of tangles, fed exceptionally well and most of all having fun.
We are looking forward to landing a few more of the larger models tomorrow! Wish us luck!
We had a fun morning with good bait fishing and very good action on the kite. The sharks allowed a few more fish through the gauntlet today, but unfortunately no big ones made it through. We had surprisingly good wahoo fishing with the assistance of a little pink duct tape. It all started with someone putting a little piece of bright pink tape on the hook and catching a couple in a row. Next thing you know it, 3-4 more hooks have pink ribbons and more success. Shortly thereafter, everyone had pink ribbons on the hooks and someone went so far as to wrap a mackerel in pink tape and send it out (really).
We had a personal best and first catch today as Daniel caught his first wahoo and received a shower as it was gaffed. We then had a last man standing competition trolling for wahoo in which the last person to catch one received a dual deck hose shower. The nicest guy on the boat finished last, proving the old saying. Congrats to Steve Wong!
A few hellos. Brian (who caught a couple nice tuna and wahoo) says hello to Deanna, Rilee & Ethan (he is having a great time!). Rich Losey wanted to wish his beautiful wife Linda a Happy Anniversary! He also wanted to say Dad loves you to his little boy Aaron (let’s have a group awwwwww!). Doc Stan Kanow would like to say hi to Mark and Carolyn. He hooked a couple big fish today but got rocked on both.
We had a fun day of fishing at the Bank highlighted by 5 fish that weighed over 200lbs. Yours truly caught the first fish of the day that went all kamikaze in the dark and weighed in at 204. Doc Gary landed a beautiful 202lber shortly thereafter. Jonathon Hodes landed a 201lber on the kite in the morning as well. We were in the midst of trolling for wahoo when we saw some nice fish crashing just off the Bank. As soon as the first bait went out, our charter master extraordinaire (or ordinaire to some) hooked and landed the biggest fish of the trip so far at 215lbs. As soon as the second bait went out, Sue Beck found her Penn 80 almost down to a third of a spool. As she has done so many times before, Sue wrestled in a 209lber for her efforts and gave us the .5 thumbs up (sorry, inside joke). In any case, bites were difficult to get but the fish quality is excellent.
A funny thing, sometimes the fish just don’t cooperate and you spend a lot of time fishing but not catching. Today was one of those days. Jonathon served dinner after the sun went down, not funny, except he was wearing a head to toe bright green spandex body suit (who knows). Credit to Jonathon for being so strange!
We made it to our destination at 12:30 in the morning. The crew got right to work and started collecting flying fish and loaded us up. We moved to our spot at about 3am and everyone was up excited to fish. Cranking glow in the dark lures gave way to fishing skipjack in the dark. Doc Gary Edwards hooked and landed the first tuna of the trip on a skipjack, a beautiful 180lber. Next up, Daniel Artea hooked and landed his personal best and at 5am, received his morning shower. We had a good morning session and then spent some time cruising the bank for wahoo, which was good fishing. Daniel’s friend, Dave Edgar caught the big fish of the day at 212lbs before Daniel landed his second personal best (shower #2) at 180lbs. Stan Kanow and Rick Allen did really well each catching a couple nice tuna and wahoo.
Since it was the Daniel and Dave show, they were part of the funny story of the day. On Daniel’s first fish he used his friend Dave’s favorite rod, Roy accidentally bumped his reel and threw it out of gear causing a pretty big backlash that they simply wound over to land the fish. He was so excited after his personal best shower, he set the rod back without telling Dave. Well, Dave picked up the outfit and cast out a prized tube mackerel (limited supply) only to find a huge backlash. After many expletives about his friend Dave and with the help of others (me), he cleared it and was winding in his dead prized mackerel when boom, he gets a bite that turns into a 212lber.
Lots of action today on 40-80# yellowfin as well as a couple big boys. Here's Sharon from Oahu with yet another nice one. This is her first cow congrats Sharon. She is giving the guys a run for their money. Our weather continues to be stellar to say the least. We have 2 more days down here and we're hoping to stay on it. Wish us luck. Matt and Indy crew.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Indy Picking Away
Little bit tough conditions for us out here but we're rolling right along. We are still seeing fish putting on a show but you would think that you could hook a lot more... so we sit here and wait for more to surrender. We are still steady picking away at good grade fish 120-200+. We have had some great wahoo fishing to go along with this beautiful weather and we are gonna give another shot tomorrow. Wish us luck. Matt and Indy crew.
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris Alijos Rocks
By the 2nd Day of travel, we settle into story telling mode. We are treated to hearing the same stories for the 27th time. However, we are all gluttons and listen attentively even though most of us can recite verbatim the end to every story. Stories about rods getting thrown over (most involving my favorite retired gynecologist, Doc Gary aka Hands of Gold). Big fish caught and lost in every conceivable way, stories about “That Guy”. Adventures of Little Frank, Ultimate Fishing Challenges of the past. All really good stuff and worthy of telling a couple dozen more times.
The reality is that we look forward to hearing them over and over, mainly because we all know the next chapter is about to be written.
Speaking of which, we had some bait issues and had to make a stop to replenish at Alijos. We had fun catching Olive and snowy grouper, yellowtail and 1,500 mackerel to supplement or surviving supply. We are now headed on our way to the lower zone ready to do battle.
We had a big birthday today… John Yamate turned a young 60! Some may say he’s over the hill, but all you need to do is watch him fish to know he’s simply on to the next! Happy Birthday to a great guy and great fisherman!
Well it was just another day at the office, with excellent weather, and good fishing. It was our typical day, with a few fish in the morning, and couple mid-day, and the bulk coming in late afternoon. It was our best day yet, with another 3 fish over 200 pounds coning in, and the majority of the fish in the 140 to 180 range. We also added a handful of Wahoo to our catch. Lucky anglers today, Mike Brown with a 213 pound Yellowfin tuna, Kirk McCoy with a 204 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Joe Amagrande with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna. Mike Brown also had another 2 fish in the 180 to 190 range. Honorable mention, Adam Hinkle, on his first trip, he caught his personal best 5 times, and yes he did get 5 showers, Also if you know Don Burnside, he’s famous for chunk fishing, but yesterday he caught 4 sardine fish in the late afternoon, way to go Don. So with that note, will close for now, until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p
Weather continues to be excellent, with a slight breeze, sunny, and warm. The morning was a bit slow, but the afternoon things did tune on. It was a 50/50 day, with half the fish coming in on Sardines, and the rest on the kite. Most of the fish were in the 130 to 150 pound range, and three fish over 200 pounds. Lucky anglers today, Kirk McCoy with a 214 Yellowfin tuna, Joe Amagrande with a 209 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Nick Didovic with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna.
Flyers are getting harder to make, but we did get a tank to fish the kite tomorrow. Most of the flyline fish came on 80 and 100 pound test fluorocarbon. So until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p
Weather continues to come down, with 10 to 12 knots of breeze, slightly overcast, and warm. We didn’t have a lot of action today, but all the fish we caught were in the 160 to 190, with two fish over 200 pounds. Lucky anglers today, Steve Emmert, with a 236 pound Yellowfin tuna, and this is Steve’s second fish over 200 pounds this trip. Adam Hinkle was the other lucky angler, with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna, and this is Adam’s first longrange trip, and yes he got his personal best shower. Honorable mention, Jack Preston, with a 197 pound Yellowfin tuna.
It was a bit tougher to make a tank of flyers tonight, but we did make that tank. We have 3 full days left, before we call it a trip. This is what a long trip is about, not a lot of fish, but the one’s you get are quality.
Well today our weather came down some, with only 12 to 15 knots of breeze, overcast skies. We did see a little sunshine to day, and it was greatly appreciated. But enough about the weather, fishing was a bit slow today, but the quality continues to be excellent. Most of the fish were in the 130 to 180 pound category, with two over 200 pounds. Lucky anglers today, Craig Miller, with a 226 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Allen Hartman, with a 206 Yellowfin tuna. We did some trolling today, and only produced 2 Wahoo for our efforts.
We had a small hit of Yellowfin in the morning and a hit in the afternoon, and that was our day. 12 Yellowfin and 2 Wahoo. We are hoping this was a down day on the bank. We did see lots of life, with fish around the boat all day long, they just had lock-jaw. We will try to make another tank of flyers tonight, and give it the old college try tomorrow. Team R/p
Change, that’s how our story starts. First the weather, we had 22 to 25 knots of breeze all day, overcast skies, and choppy. Our morning started out with no fish in the dark, and no fish by 0900 hours. But after lunch, things got right back on track. We ended our day with quality Yellowfin. The grade of the fish is beautiful, with most of the fish in the 150 to 190 pound range, and we did have another two Yellowfin over the 200 pound mark. Lucky anglers today, Don Burnside, with a 230 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Ron Lewis, with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna. Honorable mention, Bob Wolfson, with a 199 pound Yellowfin tuna. We will try to make a couple of tanks of flyers tonight, so wish us luck, team R/p.
Our morning started out with Yellowfin in the 130 to 180 pound range, and a few over the 200 pound mark. But just like the first three days, after 0900 hours, thing went to a halt. We did pick away at some quality fish for the rest of the day. We also added 4 Wahoo to our count. Lucky anglers today, Craig Miller, with a 201 pound Yellowfin tuna, Kirk McCoy, with a 204 pound Yellowfin tuna, Mike Brown, with a 206 pound Yellowfin tuna, and big fish honors goes to Steve Emmert with a 224 pound Yellowfin tuna, and honorable mention guest to Ed Delaney with a 195 pound Yellowfin tuna.
Only a handful of sardine fish caught today, with the kite being the ticket to getting a quality tuna. We made another tank of flyer’s tonight, and we are hoping for another good day tomorrow, so wish us luck. Team R/p
Well our day was about the same as yesterday, with excellent grade Yellowfin biting. We had 3 fish over 200 today, with Craig “Mr. Burns” Miller, taking down two giant Yellowfin ( 210 & 224.8) . I guess you could say, today was his lucky day. Allen Hartman was the other lucky anglers with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna.
We caught fish on the chunk, kite, and sardine’s. We had a handful of fish in the morning, and the rest came throughout the day. Nothing steady, but we are picking away at quality fish. With no sign of Wahoo today, it was a Yellowfin day. Most of the Yellowfin were in the 160 to 185 pound range, with a few in the 130 to 150 category.
We made another tank of flying fish, and we are hoping tomorrow will bring bigger and brighter things. So wish us luck and we will keep you posted on our daily events. Team R/p
We arrived to our destination in the early morning hours. We made a quick tank of flying fish. We didn’t hook our first Yellowfin until sunrise. It was a slow morning, but the afternoon made up for it. We ended our day with 25 Yellowfin (130 to 186 pounds), and 4 Wahoo. We did have a few heartbreaks, from hooks pulling, to line breaking. But tomorrow is another day, and with two tanks of big baits, we are hoping for better results. Big fish honors goes to Ron Lewis, with a 186 pound Yellowfin tuna. We had many other fish in the 180 to 185 range. Weather today, 15 to 18 knots, clear skies, and a bit choppy. But the wind keeps it cool for all aboard, so thank mother nature for the breeze.
It’s wonderful out here on the Royal Polaris, with great weather, and good fishing. As this would be our last day of traveling, before we start fishing. Well guess what? Right before lunch, Dharyl saw a Dorado jump, then another one. So he called Jonathan up top. Jonathan turned the boat, and bingo!!! Not only did the Dorado bite, but the Wahoo moved the Dorado out.
We had limit style Wahoo fishing for our passenger today. Most of the Wahoo were in the 25 to 40 pound range, with the Dorado going 18 to 25 pounds. We ended up with limits of Wahoo (85 Skin), and 14 Dorado for our 17 anglers today. We are now underway to our destination again, so until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p
Hello everyone; Well today was a good day. It was our last travel day, before we start fishing. But you never know, what might happen next, Right before lunch, we saw a Dorado jump, then another, so we turned the boat, and BINGO!!! We ended getting daily limits of Wahoo (85 skin) and 14 Dorado for our efforts. Most of the Wahoo were in the 25 to 40 pound range, with a few larger one's, and the Dorado were in the 18 to 25 pound range. We departed the area around 17:00 hours, and we are movng south once again. So until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range News ~ Intrepid Final Day
We ended up having a great day of tuna fishing on the Hurricane Bank. We had steady action all day on 120 to 160 pound fish. Our weather was gorgeous all day and everyone had a blast. This was our last fishing day of the trip and it was a great way to end the trip. We will be traveling north for home over the next few days. Our weather forecast is good. Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Intrepid Back To The Bank
Captain Bill Cavanaugh called in with an update from the Intrepid. We have spent the past few days in the buffer zone. There is an incredible sign of fish here right now. It is not user friendly though. The Brown Sharks are ravenous and eating everything.
We decided to move back to the bank and we have found improved conditions here included better currents. Check out these pictures from today. We did catch some nice Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna.
We had a nice day of fishing. There was a lot of sign; jumping fish and bird life. We caught 22 tuna most of which were over 100 pound mark with 3 fish over 200 pounds. It turned out to be fun day. We will be here again tomorrow, hopefully the fish want to cooperate.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - Buffer Zone Success On The Intrepid
Captain Bill Cavanaugh called in with an update from the Intrepid out of Point Loma Sportfishing. We arrived at the Buffer Zone and had some good fishing in the AM. The fish started biting in the morning and we had decent fishing on 75 to 150 pounds. We also had a couple bigger fish blow up on the kite but we were unable to landing any cows today. Conditions look good right now.
Check out this beautiful fish we caught on the popper.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Intrepid Bank Slow
Captain Bill Cavanaugh checked in from the Intrepid with an update from the Hurricane Bank. We have been fishing at the bank and conditions have been tough. We have been seeing fish but they never really settled in. They would pass through in waves but never really got biting well. The current has not cooperated. It is not exactly slack but it's not moving much either. We did catch some fish but it's been tough. We have made a move and are headed to the buffer zone to give it a shot. We still have some time and are hoping to put together a decent end to the trip. Stay tuned we will call in tonight. The weather is flat calm!
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Intrepid Getting Started
Hi Everyone. Just getting started down here. A few tuna and wahoo for us so far. Jennifer Ramey got a 205 lb. yellowfin tuna to start things off for us. Hope this keeps up for us. Captain Bill Cavanaugh.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star Half Full
Still a slow slog today reaching deep into that well of patience aforementioned. In almost primo weather we watched and waited, then waited some more, for something, anything, to arrive on scene and motivate focused participation at the rail. And come day's end, with a rare few highlights to celebrate and a positive sense that our destiny here will not include the catch of fish that we seek, a move to the north east offered promise. Not that we harbor any illusions about what we left there three days prior, but there was big potential in the way of life, and a much larger area to prospect. That alone is reason enough to make the move.
In the way of weather we'll have an easy time of it. Near flat calm conditions with a decreasing long interval swell establish a gentle rhythm as we glide gracefully east ideal for relaxation and leisure upon the open sea. That's the cup half full perspective that well serves the cause when fishing slows down. Overall things could be far more difficult than we have it now. Among the several anglers today who came out with a winning hand was Royal Star veteran Stanley Koh. Investing plenty of time and effort at the rail a familiar pattern of Stanley with a fish on the end of his line has emerged. In today's image Stanley's “luck” produced this fine mid afternoon 214 - a trip maker to be sure.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star In Stride
A long day of waiting for the big hit ended up being just that. It didn't happen. The weather turned for the better, all systems were primed and ready, then we were denied; all dressed up and nowhere to go. Conditions were most likely to blame; slack current the majority of the time left even the best presentations meandering around the boat ignored by lazily patrolling wahoo and tuna.
We've definitely fallen into a rhythm we don't favor here absorbing jabs and body blows in stride. They haven't scored a knock out punch yet, and they won't, due to all of our intimate understanding of this fishery. Foremost patience is only way out of this box when our time comes due. And overall that is exactly what this current slow period down here is – the inevitable correcting of an equation that favored us for a long, long time. Ride it out, keep fishing, don't snivel, and never, ever quit or tap out. Words and actions to live by if one seeks consistent success. That said a sanity preserving acceptance of the mathematical inevitability of slow fishing goes a long way in such times.
Fortunately “slow fishing” in today's case did not mean stopped. There were a handful plus of bright moments including the one captured in this image. Long time Royal Star veteran Bob Palatella picked off this beautiful mid morning 235 on the flylined sardine while a mere handful of his fellow anglers shared the rail. Nice.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star On Em
We found what we were looking for. Not in great numbers, but plenty to justify the journey and place these anglers in the position they came for. It didn't come easy; we had to fight sloppy sea conditions, grinners, and a host of additional tormentors. But this is not an unusual story in the giant yellowfin tuna arena. As the saying goes: “it's always something”. Foremost in the present is that we have “something” to work with. The first, second, and third deuce sliding over the rail, in addition to a couple of handfuls of their slightly smaller brethren, has a motivational affect that ultimately leads to more opportunity. As usual results are directly related to time spent at the rail.
Rest assured that less a significant reversal in conditions and production we will have ample time in the water during the next three full days. Nowhere better to go, time on our hands, and excellent weather in the forecast are a combination ripe with potential. Photo today features master angler Kevin Leong who broke the ice in style breaching the 200 pound mark by 32 pounds.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range, The Intrepid Fishing Up
We traveled most of the morning before we arrived at our first destination. Hit some fish on the sonar right on the edge of the Bank, got the anchor down, and had zero current. Within a few minutes we had number of striped marlin in our chum and hooked a couple of them. Good life, decent water, good marlin, no tuna. That was basically our day. Our weather continues to be nice and we are fishing our way up the coast from here. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range The Intrepid, Very Poor
We are online again, our wifi signal dropped for the better part of day. Fishing for us was very slow yesterday and we made the decision to take off and look at the lower banks. What we caught and the sign of fish we were seeing, or lack there of, was not worthy of spending any more time in the Buffer Zone. We will give it an honest effort tomorrow and then fish our way up the coast. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range, Tough Day on The Intrepid
Tough fishing for us today. Just a little sign all day and managed less than 10 fish for our efforts. Our weather was up a bit and we had 15 to 18 knots of wind most of the day. The wind came down late afternoon though and we are hoping for better results tomorrow. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range News. Intrepid Headed For The Zone
We awoke to calm seas and no current. Unfortunately this place has been dependent on water movement to catch fish and we had none all morning. Our charter master Mike Boshard picked up our only fish today which looked like it was right around the 140 lb. mark. We departed for the Buffer Zone at 0900. We will try our luck there tomorrow. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star, Closing Bell
It ended just like it began. And we were happy for it. Scratching away at something is far better than nothing. Though the morning began with dismal one fish, our slowest start yet, and had a rather ominous feel, things perked up a few hours later. We settled in as the area came to life and picked away at some nice fish until the closing bell sounded. As the island faded astern we made way north in bumpy conditions.
Pleased to know that the forecast promises better going tomorrow we're even more pleased to know that the majority of these anglers will be jetting their way home from Los Cabos avoiding what is forecast to become a very unpleasant ride home. A brief respite from the breeze tomorrow and Wednesday then the chin straps will be buckled down tight on the crash helmets as the wind gets to howling. Fun.
For now though the final miles en transit will be enjoyed in good company sharing tales, ale's, and spirits. Photo today features Charter Master Glenn Evans with his sweet 125 sliding over the rail courtesy of Captain Blake Wasano. More about Glenn later. For now we sign off holding on tight. Yes sir!
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris From The Bridge
The spot we’ve called home for the entire trip so far until around 10AM this morning to make sure it wasn’t going to go wide open, but we only got a few bait fish tuna and a handful of wahoo for our farewell last stand here. Decent tuna in the low 100’s, but nothing big enough to claim the last Accurate reel still up for the angler lucky enough to win it. After the morning attempt Jonathan started up the engines and we will now switch locations for a half day or so fishing that will end the trip. We’ll get there before sunrise and have until sometime early afternoon to try and put a good topper on an already outstanding trip.
No one is expecting anything over and above the quality and quantity we have already experienced, but fishing being the capricious sport that it is, no one is ruling anything out either. Traveling weather so far is acceptable (as if we had a choice anyway) with some occasional swells and bumps letting us know that the ocean is still out there, but really not an uncomfortable ride at all.
The bulk of the day was spent either watching movies or napping and at least getting a start on breaking down and packing up. When we finish up tomorrow we’ll still have plenty of time to do all that before getting to Cabo early Wednesday morning. Check back tomorrow for what will be the final report fishing wise.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range News From The AA
We struggled all trip with current conditions and finally on our last day of fishing we enjoyed steady current. With the good conditions came steady fishing as we had fish hooked all day long. Mike Barrera picked up a 223lb fish that was our only cow but we had many fish in the high 100’s. We are now headed up the line hoping that our Wednesday weather forecast changes.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star - Improvement
Marked improvement in sign today; and production reflected such. I wouldn't go as far to say that it met our high aspirations, but by the current standards of success we were pleased to see the area surrounding the island come to life, and to have something to work on. Right now every one landed counts big time, and is sincerely appreciated. There were about thirty of those appreciable moments by the time darkness fell. That's thirty more than we had at dawn. Success.
So comes the final day tomorrow. As diverse as conditions around here have been there is no telling what may be. Just about every day thus far has been vastly different. I expect the same tomorrow; hoping of course that the difference will be beneficial to our cause. Photo today features Royal Star angler Ray Fassio who is visiting the giant tuna precincts for his first time. Ray ended the day right with this clean, 120 pound model.
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris Saved By Sundown
Today was a very tough day of fishing. We had a nice breeze (much appreciated after yesterday’s scorcher), a decent current throughout the day, and almost nothing, other than Dr. Pete’s, 165 morning bait fish to show for it by 4:00PM. With no kite action (going on two days) and no pickups of any kind, we had pretty much given up hope of seeing another fish for the day. We still wound up with a very slow pick, but at least just before sundown, a handful of tuna showed up biting the kite as well as bait. No monsters amongst them, but good quality tuna just the same.
The Accurate reel from yesterday still went unclaimed as no tuna over 200 was brought in today. This spot has obviously been very good to us over the last several days, and Jonathan figures we owe it at least one more morning to see if the fish decide they want to bite again. From the reports we are getting the alternatives are no better, so we we’ll fish for all we’re worth tomorrow, and if things are looking the same as today and yesterday, we’re outa here and will give another location a chance to finish off the trip for the last half day or so before heading to Cabo.
No one’s complaining that they don’t have enough fish so although we never get tired of catching them, if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen. Food continues to be outstanding, varied, and plentiful, other than occasionally too hot, the weather has been perfect, the fishing has been excellent, and the crew and fellow passengers are friendly and exuberant. What more could one ask for?
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