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    My First Bluefin EVER!!!

    Congrats on your fish. Outstanding! Particular good to see you caught it on the Grande. The Grande, ex America, holds a special place with me. Serious sportfishing followed by a 40 year professional career on oceans and seas all over the world, for me it all really began on the America many...
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    Offshore My best season in 65 years

    Good thread. Thanks. Once got to watch the battleship Wisconsin enter SD Bay. A truly amazing and patriotic sight. What a beautiful ship and Her decks were lined with crew members dressed in their whites.
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    Offshore Oceanside 95 7/2-7/4/21 1.5 day

    Albacore really liked that boat. The New Salty Dog, now the O95, had 2 - 500 fish days, back in the day, when fishing out of Morro Bay. The hull is double planked Philippine mahogany. Believe it remains the biggest Ditmar Donaldson ever built.
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    Offshore Oceanside 95 7/2-7/4/21 1.5 day

    The O'95 (ex New Salty Dog) has always been a "very fishy" and a great riding vessel.
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    Inshore Limits of Local Scooter on Fortune 7/3

    Various SoCal species have been called the "perfect passenger" fish. The Pacific Barracuda has be one of the tops. They pull, but very catchable, they eat the iron and even dead bait. Minimal amount of chum is needed to keep them in the area.
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    Offshore Albacore 2021? Friedman Adventures Podcast has high hopes

    Years ago and prior to any Albacore appearing for that year, I got a call from my best friend Billy Miyagawa Sr, owner of Zukers. He asked if I'd be interested in going on an exploratory trip with Gary Black on the Conquest. Billy explained it would be just the crew, Billy and myself and a...
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    Islands 6-20 Catalina

    Catalina is an amazing fishery. The amount of pressure put on it over a whole lot of years, but it continues to produce.
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    Inshore New SoCal Fisherman/ 6-1-21 Fishing Report (Dana Point)

    A couple of 1/2 day trips out of Dana Point Sportfishing can be a great tutorial. Not to steal their fishing spots, but to learn some of the basics. I believe if you approach a crew member with your honest open attitude and ask them for advise they'll help you out. Simple stuff like bait...
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    Islands Coronados and 9Mile 5/12

    I was recently in Independence CA. Sorry to see the little town no longer has a grocery store. But, they do have a brand new Shoe City. WTF is up with that?
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    Offshore Offshore yellowtail

    Tails typically get tattered from thrashing on the deck when they're brought on board. Try holding one above the water before bringing them on board. You'll likely find their tails untattered.
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    Inshore Holy flat fall Batman, these things really work!

    That 14 foot (14') Calico must have been a mofo!! Lol. Just kidding, looks like the flat fall is the real deal.
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    Offshore Albacore 2021? Friedman Adventures Podcast has high hopes

    I found Albacore to get squirrelly as hell when they mixed with BFT. Albacore would be great for the SoCal fleet. But, I'd guarantee some would be complaining there were no 200# fish.
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    Offshore Half Day AM on the New Seaforth 4-6

    Caught my first salmon years ago off Ensenada/Todas Santos. I was throwing a blue & chrome Tady and catching a few barracuda. Then one of those "barracudas" jumped.
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    Offshore Top Gun80 Multi Day trip cancelled

    Top Gun 80 - Bob Taft. I've known Bob for many years. Nobody wants to catch fish more than him. Trust his expertise in fishing as well as his expertise in safety and weather. Morro Bay - different world. I ran boats up there for a few years. The Marauder, a 70' Seaway, and the New Salty Dog, a...
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    Mouth hooked sea lion.

    Years ago a buddy hooked a porpoise/dolphin while fishing off Cabo. He said it swam straight to the boat. They were actually able to coax it onto the swim step where they removed the sizable Marlin lure. He said that dolphin cried like a baby. After removing the hook, he slid back into the...
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    Another young boat owner in need of some help

    Lots of good advice here. If you live in the Ventura County area you're likely aware of how quickly conditions can change in that area. Crossing the shipping lanes can be touchy/hazardous in restricted visibility. The entrance to Ventura harbor can break at times. Learn the anchorages in the...
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    Food recs for offshore

    Snack - Spicy Crackers. Put 4 sleeves saltine crackers in large plastic jar with screw on lid, dump 2/3 cup canola oil, at least 2 Tbs red pepper flakes, and 1 package dry Ranch Dressing mix. Shake jar to mix all ingredients. Warning ! These things are Habit Forming. Goes very well with Coors Light.
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    Offshore Here's a good read of Escaping earthly reality to enjoy the wet worlds harmony while a sucsseful Scouting mission 1/7

    If your radar is not equipped with "Collision Avoidance" I strongly urge you to become familiar with Rapid Radar Plotting. At the very least be able to properly tune/adjust your radar and be able to determine CPA of another vessel and the other vessel's relative motion track, RML. Mis use of a...
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    Offshore Here's a good read of Escaping earthly reality to enjoy the wet worlds harmony while a sucsseful Scouting mission 1/7

    Your knowledge and proficiency with your electronics may need a little work. "We were using radar but the fog was so low it was picking it up everywhere". ?? Not sure what that is suppose to mean. It makes no difference to the radar if the fog was low or not. Brings to question the quality of...
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    Offshore Grande or Liberty? Didnt do too well on our own boat 10/20

    Appears you're referencing the photo of the Vantuna, which is actually kind of funny. This is NOT a passenger carrying sportfishing vessel. It is now a privately owned yacht. Perhaps the majority of the fish ever caught from this vessel were Albacore lift poled from racks at the stern of the...
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    Offshore newby on the 371

    In my opinion, backing a hook out is often the best way to go. Trying to push the barb on thru previously uninjured flesh is risky, due to unknown blood vessels, nerves, muscle tendons etc. YouTube has some videos on the procedure. It is often called snapping the hook out. When in doubt...
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    Offshore Fun on the Pacifica

    The Pacifica, Aztec and the Cortez were all built for and operated by the Ashley family. The patriarch was Whitey Ashley, who operated boats, many years ago at Pacific Landing in LB. I had the pleasure of knowing Whitey. Nobody fished harder than Whitey. His post season commercial trips with his...
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    Offshore 412 pound BFT!! Wow!

    Back in the 80s the Pedro seiners were calling those huge BFT "College Educations". Believe there were a number of 600-1000+ lb fish captured outside of Cruz.
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    Offshore Showgun 1.5-9/22

    Do all crew members of USCG licensed passenger carrying boats of the So Cal sportfishing industry now receive mandatory random drug screening? Very glad all, reportedly, recovered. Making a go in the sportfishing business is always difficult. Add COVID and it becomes impossible for too many...
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    Offshore First time out to Catalina on the Arima 1511

    Catalina Island is an amazing fish habitat. It has been very heavily fished since the post WWII era. We all need to do what we can to keep it that way. Fish it, enjoy it. But, most of all respect it. With that respect it will remain a great destination for many years to come.
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    Offshore Who does this ???

    Madrugador? Just a heads up. Get ready for the elitist, isff, to do a spelling correction on your very well stated post.
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    Offshore First time out to Catalina on the Arima 1511

    Go to the backside of Catalina. Find the thick kelp beds, assuming they are still there. With a smaller size boat like yours find an opening in the kelp just big enough for your boat. Drop your lines straight down, using just enough weight to get you down. Live squid, when available, is the...
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    Offshore Who does this ???

    Madrugador ?? I always thought it was a play on the name of the Madruga family. A well known family in the San Diego fishing scene for many years.
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    Offshore Most dangerous offshore experience

    It was my pleasure to work with the guys and ladies of the USCG throughout my entire 40+ year career. They do an excellent job. As you travel north along our Pacific Coast, the better they get. I truly believe the CG personnel working the drastic coasts of OR and WA are hand picked individuals...
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    Offshore Most dangerous offshore experience

    When crossing a dangerous bar in a small boat Life Jackets can and do make a difference. A prudent boater would wear them. A knowledgeable, responsible operator would demand you wear them.
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    Offshore Most dangerous offshore experience

    Yes and Yes. It is perhaps the method of fishing with the largest momentary adrenaline rush. Amazing stuff when they really get with it. It is a combination of strength and good timing. I was very fortunate to experience it. There were times we could actually see the Albacore flash red as they...
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    Offshore Most dangerous offshore experience

    Gary and I were friends for many years. Actually Gary was just one of the guys fishing in the racks on these commercial trips on the America. It was many years later when he got his Captain's License. Gary was an absolute monster lift poling Albacore in those days. The Captain for these...
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    Offshore Most dangerous offshore experience

    Post sportfishing season, on the ex America (now the Grande), stern railing removed, commercial racks hung into the water from deck level, wearing black hip boots, bait poling Albacore, lift pole using live bait, fish lifted and flipped onto the deck, deck became very bloody, deck hose running...
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    Offshore Baja fish tacos.

    Soupfin Shark was once commonly used in So Cal for fish & chips. Very good taste, and white, flakey meat. Don't know if they're still used. Wife's fish taco slaw is outstanding. She uses equal amount of red and green cabbage, red and green onions, lots of fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, just...
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    Offshore Navigational hazard 9/9

    When transiting through the South Pacific, avoiding Hump Back Whales and Giant Sea Turtles was always a challenge. We always did our best to turn our ship and miss them. Each are fantastic majestic animals and we always did our best to avoid them. But, who knows what happened at night. The...
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    Offshore Navigational hazard 9/9

    You're certainly correct about the common sense part. Those six 65s were built in Lantana FL in about 1983. They were not fishing boats. Although, I'm sure lots of fish were later caught off of them. They were built specifically for oil field work in CA's Santa Barbara Channel.. Nice handling...
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    Offshore Navigational hazard 9/9

    I was once our company's on site representative for the construction and testing of 6 65ft USCG Certified Vessels. At sea trials the USCG inspector asked for a "crash stop", full ahead slammed straight into full reverse. I refused. The inspector respected that. From full ahead we took them out...
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    Offshore 9/5 Pursuit Sportfishing - Catalina

    Please remember boats do change crew and ownership. But, often the boat will unfairly carry a bad reputation for many years. Making a profit in a sportfishing operation is tuff. During COVID it is probably impossible in many cases. I agree, notifying the owners of the landing of problems is a...
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    Offshore Navigational hazard 9/9

    Agree with just about everything you wrote. But, I believe the CG requires a vessel, in Restricted Visibility, be able to come to a stop "within half the distance of visibility". Not sure how CG would feel about running with that small spot light constantly lit. CG states, "No other lights shall...
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    Offshore To go or not to Go?

    One of our best and most memorable vacations ever was on a mooring in Avalon. Best friend loaned me his 43' Viking for a week. We sailed from and returned to Newport. Flat calm both directions. We trolled and fished some days around the island. Cruised the moorings each evening in a Zodiac. Went...
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    Offshore 9/5 Pursuit Sportfishing - Catalina

    I ran sportboats in So and Central CA in the early 70's. I've seen various posts on BD from inexperienced guys who were very good at bitching and complaining, totally unwarranted. But, after rereading your well written post, I feel it is likely 100% true. You clearly said it was the PURSUIT...
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    Offshore 8/30 Dodos and Dales

    IMO, fresh and well kept dorado are one of the best eating fish. Along with spring time, cool water calico bass. Good report. Enjoyed your photos.
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    Offshore A wild day offshore 8-20

    This is just TOTALLY Amazing. These people seeing sharks. And in the OCEAN no less. Just amazing . . . . . . . .
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    Offshore I am no expert but

    Some of those old rhymes can be less than accurate. Perhaps one of the best known is, "Red in the Morning, Sailors take Warning". I was told the red in the morning was reference to a red sky as the sun rose with an approaching storm system in front of it. Since storms typically approach our area...
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    Offshore VAGABOND Aug 7-10

    I'll be honest. As I first started to read your post I'm thinking, "There's no way I'm going to read all of this thing". But, as I read on you began to do a great job of explaining just what a So Cal sportboat trip truly feels like. Good Job. I commend you. Thanks for a different and very good...
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    Offshore Solo Sesh - Got 'Em - 8.4.20

    Great report. Obviously a very squared away operation. WTG.
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    Offshore One Dead, more Missing off San Clemente Island: 7/31/20

    While in the water, just splashing large amounts of water into the open waist of the pants will also entrap air. No need to fling them in the air.
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    Offshore 7-10-20 tuna offshore

    Any idea what those Bonita weighed? Nice catch BFT and the Bonita.
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    Offshore Bookends by 11

    Well Done in all aspects.
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    Offshore 52.5x52.5x80/800 Big ones bit today

    Congrats. Outstanding. Your methods and sources of info were well selected. The rest was up to you. Good job.
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    Offshore Sportboat Grande confirms albacore rumors

    Small Albacore - In the early 70s I was a DH on The Liberty fishing out of Morro Bay, with Capt. Jim Roddy. That year very small Albacore were common, weighed about 5lbs. Often these small fish weren't even big enough to stretch out the bungees on our boat lines. We called them Coke bottles...
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    Offshore 43 Area, Clemente, Catalina 5-8 thru 5-10

    Really enjoyed your report and photos. That is truly So Cal PB sportfishing. BFT are great, but an anomaly for our waters. Certainly a trip your son will always remember. Thanks for the post.
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    Offshore a little birdie told me......

    The closest I ever caught Albacore was just off of San Onofre, not far from Barn/Yellowtail kelp. I was running the New Salty Dog and we were covering the 1/2 day run out of O'side landing. Believe we caught about 18 fish. The NSD was a very fishy boat. While running out of Virg's in Morro Bay...
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    Offshore a little birdie told me......

    Yes, I've also caught Albacore when stopping on a kelp paddy. I recall an occasion when we caught Albacore, Dorado and an Opah off the same paddy. Albacore and Dorado typically don't like the same water temps. So that was somewhat of a surprise. Finding fish on a paddy was not. BTW, those fish...
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    Offshore Offshore report and FD vent

    I found when BFT mixed with Albacore, the Albacore seemed much less likely to go WFO.
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    Offshore Offshore report and FD vent

    Years ago a rumor spread early that a tug on their way to Hawaii had caught some Albacore about 100 miles off SD. I next received a call from Billy Miyagawa Sr, one of my best friends, asking me if I'd be interested in going on a crew and friends only exploratory trip with Gary Black on the...
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    Offshore San Diego Bay and Commercial Fisherman

    Believe the captain's license you're referring to is likely the USCG license to Carry Passengers for Hire. Don't believe there is a commercial boat captain's license requirement. At least not by the USCG.
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    Offshore 2019 Offshore - reason for my best season

    In the mid 70s we, The New Salty Dog, had one of the first Wesmar scanning sonors among the So Cal sport fleet. It scanned underwater very much like a radar sweep. You could select angle of tilt, range and sector to be scanned. You could read the manual cover to cover. But, it wasn't until I...
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    Offshore Why the launch ramps are closed

    Having lived in Italy I soon found out they were great people to live among, but extremely difficult to work with. They did not like following rules. They would rather argue and discuss a task, instead of just accomplishing it. Waiting in line was almost nonexistent. They would think nothing of...
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    Offshore Why the launch ramps are closed

    DC61 - We lived in northern Italy for 4 years. Their medical services are definitely NOT better than those in the US. I believe Italy also tends to refer to their senior living and assisted care facilities as hospitals. They are NOT.
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    Offshore Fun day on the Speed Twin

    This would have been mid 60s. Red Covey had ran boats for years out of O'side prior to that. That's where I first met him. Good guy. Yes, believe the Speed Twin may have once towed 100 water skiers.
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    Offshore Fun day on the Speed Twin

    Recall when the Speed Twin first came to CA. Red Covey ran the boat out of H&M Landing.
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    Offshore November Catalina Tuna

    Any BFTs may have gotten lucky. Believe you would have nailed them also. Great fall catch. Congrats.
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    Offshore Close call with a wave runner today

    Years ago I had one of our boats totaled by a SeaDoo. Actually just a moment before the 8&10 yr old riders had bailed off and their SeaDoo slammed into our stbd bow as it skipped across the water. The kids had done a 180 at speed right in front of us and came back at us. Seemingly realized they...
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    Offshore Tough Trip On The Tribute 10/25/19

    Outstanding trip and post. A Captain politely fishing is not a bad thing, believe me. Indication he wanted the fish to start eating perhaps even more than you did. IMHO - Your comment about the Captain fishing next to you was less than stellar and totally uncalled for.
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    Offshore New daiwa lx hd 400 vs wide open yft

    Enjoyed the video. Had to wonder if that loose line, sometimes seen on your spool, was going to cause you problems when the fish ran?
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    Offshore Grande or Liberty? Didnt do too well on our own boat 10/20

    Per a follow up post by, it appears the Van Tuna to still be in the SoCal area. It remains a spectacular vessel. When Gilbert VanCamp had it he would put the racks on and go out and lift pole Albacore with the commercial fleet. Just for recreation. That really is good times, truthfully. Much...
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    Offshore Submarine

    FYI - I've found subs on the surface can be very unpredictable. It just isn't their element, even US subs. Once while conducting ops with a government owned ROV (maritime drone) in Navy dedicated water space (all other USN involved vessel were to have stayed clear of the area), I had a US fast...
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    Offshore Submarine

    Sighting that thing or something similar should be passed to the USCG with co-ordinates and approximate course and speed. They'd want to know. FYI - The last US diesel-electric sub was the Dolphin. The Dolphin conducted R&D operations for the USN offshore San Diego for many years. Believe it now...
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    Offshore Grande or Liberty? Didnt do too well on our own boat 10/20

    Very interesting that you've narrowed it down to those 2 boats. They are 2 of the first 85' So Cal sportfishing boats. Built for and operated by Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach in the early 60s. At the time Pierpoint had Ditmar Donaldson of Costa Mesa build a fleet of 4 85' vessels; Liberty...
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    Offshore YAY Pegasus!! RESCUE

    Thanks and Congrats to the Capt and crew of the Pegasus. Reportedly US Navy Seals who said they didn't even have time to don PFDs? ? Glad everyone is OK.
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    Offshore BFT on Ali’s 34 SeaVee

    The info passed on by Ali and Billy K on this relatively new fishery has been nothing short of fantastic. Good work guys. Keep gettin em! I continue to wonder are these cow BFT descendants of the fish who used to snap our boat lines, 300# parachute chords, back in the 60s and 70s? Regardless...
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    Offshore I can die now.... 9/22 - Nine Mile Bank

    Congrats. Great job. Although, I kind of wish you would have caught it from your Innovator. Lol
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    Offshore WFO YFT Skippies - New Lo An Charter

    When lift poling Albacore from the rack, you can see some fish actually momentarily tread water with their long fins, flash purple then grab the bait. Totally true and Great memories. It was Gary Nordbye, RIP, who pointed that out to me when we were late season commercial fishing on the America.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    IMHO, the vast majority of the SoCal sportfishing fleet is operated like this. These may be mostly planked, wooden boats. Go back to 3 of the first 85 footers, the Liberty, the Freedom and the Grande (ex America). Each are a product of the early 60s and have safely carried many thousands of...
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    Offshore Islander Charters - 3.5 Day - Video

    I first met Buzz when he was a pinhead on the Oceanside. Good guy and great career.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Typically would there 2 separate claims-cases? Maintenance/Cure and Personal Injury.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Thanks. Do all maintenance and cure claims filed go to court? Is each claim filed as a lawsuit? Fortunately, I have never had one and have never been involved in one.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    What you thought is not correct.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    C Correct. The injured crewman is absolutely entitled to maintenance and cure from the owner. Typically, would an attorney expect a portion of those amounts? Aren't these actual amounts for medical treatments and usual/normal living costs until the injured has reached maximum recovery? Seems...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Just an observation. Seemed just a PO Box # a bit odd for a law firm.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    While you're away is your law firm's PO Box looked after? Didn't see an address, just a PO Box number.
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    Offshore First trip to SoCal, Skunk, but fun experience.

    One of our best vacations ever was a week on a mooring in Avalon on a buddy's yacht. Just me and the wife. We fished calico bass on the mooring and then big calico bass on the backside. Trolled for marlin at the Slide. Actually got bit and it hung for about 4 jumps. Great dinners in Avalon every...
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    Offshore Big Girls 9/13

    Congrats - Outstanding! You've obviously done your homework. Yes, BD has provided some very good info on these cow BFTs.
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    Offshore 9/12 SCI Bluefin

    31 Innovators are truly special boats. I am so fortunate to have been involved in the Innovator Boats project. Look forward to reading reports from Rocky and his new boat. First fish I ever caught on an Innovator was a 5 minute Blue Marlin with Capt Pete Groesbeck on the sticks. It was on the...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Good post. Likely many have never even seen a Certificate of Inspection - COI. Lots of information here. Recall early on when an apparent attorney said the crew even took the time to launch one of the vessel's life rafts and escape the scene. Take a look. They don't even have life rafts. Life...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Totally true. Typically the tonnage of a vessel is listed as GROSS tonnage. This number has absolutely nothing to do with the weight of the vessel. It is a complicated calculation that has to do with cubic cargo carrying capacity. Even passenger carrying vessels are rated by their Gross Tons and...
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    Offshore Deep Drop Swords

    Congrats to all the anglers and crew of the Kea Kai. An amazing and unbelievable feat.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Believe the required fire fighting equipment would be spelled out on the vessel's COI. That would include handheld fire extinguishers and their specifications, as well as fire hoses - their lengths & numbers and fire pumps. Fire Flash Over - I'm sure this phenomenon is being looked at. Could it...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Very enlightening and informative. Makes me wonder what a group of Lithium batteries would act like when they began to blow. I have seen the term "flash fire" used in reference to the galley/salon areas. It was said these Lithium battery fire/explosions can be conducive to "flash fires." Could...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Elitist or just being a jerk, or phishing?
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    You are correct, the boat was a total loss. But, what about the liability portion of the Boat's Policy? Those numbers could likely far exceed the insured value of the vessel. That is what insurance companies try to protect, limit and/or avoid. I also agree with you about the news media. They're...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Be careful! God forbid if you were ever involved in a maritime accident case. IMO - Old Larmo is just as likely to show up on the other side of the aisle once in the court room. He's trolling for deep pocket$. Follow the money and you'll likely find him.
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    Offshore 9/12 SCI Bluefin

    Congrats. Outstanding informative report. Keep gettin' em. Hope your Innovator went to a good home. Lol. Those boats are truly meant to fish.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    There has certainly been an attorney(s) seemingly hovering over this tragedy from day one. Many of their totally unproven remarks and accusations have been, and remain, unacceptable. But, they certainly have received a bunch of free advertising. Heck, even Larry H. Parker pays for his own ads...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I can honestly say I don't know if there were smoke detectors in the salon or not. But, apparently somehow you do? Amazing. I do understand, as yet, no mention of audible smoke alarms has been reported. Larmo, it is as if you just sling things out there, against the wall. Then wait to see what...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Hold it. Didn't you just say in your first paragraph according to you, "they as a crew are one". Then you say, "It really sucks if you did your job and someone else didn't and you get grouped into one." ? ? ? Wouldn't you be the one doing that grouping? Maybe I'm missing something.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I have not heard of any owners cringing and whining. I believe they would prefer their vessels to be as safe as financially possible. The costs of these type of modifications may not be sustainable for some owners. That would be extremely unfortunate, particularly when you consider their current...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Engine rooms have inherent dangers and hazards. To have passengers pass through the engine room in an emergency situation seems highly unlikely. Locate the berthing escape trunk exit on the main deck as far aft as possible. Yes, location near the aft end of the deckhouse is NOT desirable.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    STCW/ISM courses provide excellent safety training. Each are a part of a vessel's SMS, Safety Management System. This may possibly become a future requirement.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    The intent was NOT access to the engine room. The intent was a better non redundant emergency escape from the berthing area to the open main deck, versus entry to the galley/salon area which the forward berthing exit already provided. A passage such as this would be an escape trunk that did NOT...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Per yesterday's overhead photos of the charred remains of the Conception, the fuel tanks appear to be P&S outboard wing tanks running longitudinally. Perhaps making a C.L. aft bunk room emergency exit up to the main deck even more do-able.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Until recently I hadn't noticed the majority of the victims were females, 21 females and 13 males.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    You state, "This guy actually went to bed." So, you learned there was a designated night watchman? I was not aware one had been designated. BTW - you have no idea when "this guy" may have removed his clothes. If the designated watchman went to bed there is absolutely no proof the Captain was ok...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    CG inspection is THE standard of safety which must be met by CG Certified vessels. Certain safety criteria must be met. And beyond that whatever the on site CG inspector deems appropriate. Not exactly correct to state it as treatment by the industry. When actually it is the industry complying...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Purely hypothetical and there is also no report that the owner did this. Short answer - NO. Owners cannot over ride the rules and requirements of the CG.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Vessel owners cannot over ride the requirements and laws of the USCG. There is also no evidence that the owners of the Conception ever tried to do that. Believe smoke inhalation would make the victim unconscious. Death would follow the period of unconsciousness.
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Per today's NTSB report, 5 crew members were asleep on the bridge deck. 1 crew member was asleep in the below deck berthing. There was no watchman when the fire broke out. Early on some here had felt that was the case, no watchman. They were correct. 1) If the Captain failed to appoint a night...
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    "Create division??" I was offering much deserved credit to these mariners. Who was it who spoke of some alleged subculture and division?
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    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    When I look at Seaway's list of Sportfishing boats built I immediately see the Aztec and the Cortez. Anyone of us who knew Whitey Ashley has to smile and realize just how well those boats must have been built. There was once a rumor that Whitey had every single gear box available for the main...
  111. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Tom - I was the first relief operator for Jon Sato on the Maurader out of Port San Luis when the boat was new. Believe it was one of the first, if not the very first, Seaway Boat to operate commercially on a regular basis above Point Conception. We knew the hull had likely limitations and...
  112. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Well, once again you thought wrong.
  113. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Could a few of these $13 items have prevented this tragedy? At a minimum, something similar should be required of passengers wishing to charge their batteries. Outlets available should be clearly indicated and monitored by the crew. Anything short of that may require they ban the charging of any...
  114. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Today is 9/11. Take a look back at this. Hey Larmo and others - These were the Captains and crews of US commercial/passenger carrying vessels. Are they also part of that dark, odd, sexually challenged subculture you referred to? Your exact words: "Many captains and crewmen are in this...
  115. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Had to go back to page 7 to find this post of yours.. Wow. Very deep and dark, maybe even a bit disturbing. You appear to refer to masculinity at least 5 times in this post. Not sure what's going on there. Perhaps it would best be looked at by a professional in that kind of thing. Must admit I...
  116. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Each crew member was tested individually. Each, including myself, would void into an examiner provided container as the examiner observed the process. There were no prosthetic penises or substituted urine. Believe you've been reading too many adventure novels or trashy articles. Each were also...
  117. S

    Offshore Oceandide 95 1.5 day 9-7

    Doesn't get any better. Outstanding job Dad. And congrats to your son, job well done.
  118. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I was merely seeking clarification of your generous offer to these apparently new clients. "droned on and on about over auto-correct", really? Hardly. One observation letting the guy know his AC wasn't working correctly is far from that. But, some people do not like errors pointed out. Do they?
  119. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    The question I asked was honest and serious. I'll ask again in a slightly different manner. Does your generous pro bono offer extend beyond action taken, by your newly acquired clients, against the boat's policy? IOW if your clients seek retribution other than the from the boat's policy, are you...
  120. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    So your pro bono activity wouldn't include taking action against any individual, just the boat's policy? I do not profess to be anything more than just one of the many thousands of concerned and bereaved observers.
  121. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    What are "limitation action cases"? Perhaps a response to the recent filing by attorneys of the limitation of liability on behalf of the owners of the Conception? Of course any additional legal counsel by you and your legal team for those clients will also be pro bono??
  122. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    This investigation began on day one as a potential criminal investigation. It did not "evolve" into that. Innocent until proven guilty, unless you're Brett Kavanaugh.
  123. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Seems at this point it is known that Lithium batteries were on board. The status of a roaming patrolman is not known. At least not yet. Let's wait and let the investigation tell us whether either were a factor. I do not trust the news media to be accurate on this. Their previous erroneous...
  124. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Somewhat ironic that equipment from the dive industry, Lithium Batteries, may be the downfall of the SoCal sportfishing industry.
  125. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Wooden Inspected Vessels may still be the majority of the SoCal fleet. The Qualifier 105 and the Vagabond are 2 of the first metal boats I recall. Poole Boat Works began producing a number of metal hulled boats. Perhaps one of the most liked boats in SoCal has been and remains the New LoAnn...
  126. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    There are abundant questions about the bodies of the 4 passengers initially found on the ocean surface near the vessel. The only report I saw said they were drowning victims. But, that was as reported by the press. Unfortunately, their reporting has been less than stellar.
  127. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    It is certainly very possible, if not likely, their legal counsel also advised them on when to file.
  128. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I once carried 135 LAUSD students and chaperones, twice a day, on whale watching trips during the winter. On those trips below deck berthing was always secured, no access possible.
  129. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    You realize the owners of the Conception were likely instructed and directed by an attorney(s) when they filed this action. More proof that bottom feeders do feed on other bottom feeders.
  130. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I use LiPo batteries on RC airplanes. Charging of those batteries takes place in an inverted clay pot and they are stored in a closed/sealed ammo box.
  131. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Your ability to be wrong is nearly surpassed by your ability to exaggerate. "Days" were not spent talking about auto correct. Merely an observation. As an attorney, I assume you are aware of the importance of the correctness of written words. Although, I shouldn't assume anything. Maybe you're...
  132. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Once again wrong. Deckhands are present on Inspection Day(s). They conduct the drills for the on site CG inspector.
  133. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Classic Monday morning quarterbacking.
  134. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    How pompous and assuming can you be? WTF. Just more outright bloviating. The correct answer is absolutely, 100% YES!! For the last 37 years of my career all of the above and more was required of the vessels I operated. And it was my responsibility as Master to make sure it happened. I thought...
  135. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Yes it is especially dangerous. Why else would I mention it? Although, yet to be determined if this practice is the responsibility of the crew. How versed must a crew be on the batteries brought on board and charged by the passengers? Also, yet to be determined.
  136. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    You went one layer deeper and once again fell into a hole you know little about. Drills are inspected. They must be logged and memorialized in the vessel's log book. Falsification of these entries is punishable by revocation of license, potential fines and prison time. These entries are observed...
  137. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    You likely know very well in today's business environment self regulation and improvement of any industry tends to be rare, if at all. Unless it is going to produce more profit for that business. I honestly believe many of the dive/sportfishing operations may not be able to afford the...
  138. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I do believe I'd be prone to shit can your auto correction function. It tends to make you look less than literate.
  139. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Training, if any, is spelled out in the CFRs which, along with the CG, govern the operation of these passenger carrying vessels. Ask your congressmen to come back from vacation, get off their asses, quit campaigning and pass some meaningful legislation. Spoke with a friend who has been with US...
  140. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I see nothing new here. Did the owner's of the Conception refuse to turn over some records or information making the warrants a required piece of the investigation? It doesn't say that. If that were actually the case I believe the news media would have been all over that.
  141. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    If I made an improper implication about you, please advise. Once I made some mental corrections to your post it became more understandable. Not necessarily correct, but I was able to read it. "633 deaths in 2018, 19% were CONTRIBUTED to alcohol use". If I may give you a hand here, perhaps you...
  142. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I believe private boats are often operated on our coastal waters by impaired individuals, but they are seldom, if ever, checked. Add the use of recreational marijuana in CA and the problem increases many fold. Have you ever seen a passenger individually instructed on the management and operation...
  143. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I knew occasional random boardings were conducted. In fact I had a friend operating a very well known SoCal large private sportfishing vessel enroute to Cabo and off the coast of Baja boarded in the middle of the night by a USCG deep water vessel. I wasn't referring to that type of boarding...
  144. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I feel when it comes to personal liability in this tragedy it will likely come down to 2 items. (1) If there was a designated roaming patrolman and they failed to carry out their duties, i.e. fell asleep, there is fault. (2) If the captain failed to designate a roaming patrolman, there is fault...
  145. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Once again, READING COMPREHENSION. I was not referring to the amount of recreational boating accidents. Of course those are published. I was referring to the amount of recreational boaters potentially found impaired by drugs or alcohol, if they were to randomly check. But that is NOT done on...
  146. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Add: Emergency escape will be obvious and easily used. Emergency lighting will illuminate the escape hatch. A video of each vessel's particular escape passage will be included in the pre departure safety briefing. The routing of emergency escapes will terminate on the open main deck in an area...
  147. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Not looking for sides. Just an observation which seems to have impelled itself in your side. How in the world do you know what people want? Trial court judges and opposition attorneys must have a lot of fun with you. BTW, what was the name of your law firm? Oh ya, you decline to say.
  148. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Wow. The barrister seems to be quite upset when other litigators come at his potential to rake in substantial dollars. Even turned to very foul language. Interesting.
  149. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Results of private boat operators (such as a 40' Cabo etc) DUI/BUI checks would be enlightening. But, those checks are NOT conducted in mass random numbers on our ocean waters within our inlets and bays, near shore or offshore waters.
  150. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Mr Larmo, you are quite confusing and inconsistent. A few posts ago you said it was "ridiculous" for a private boat owner of a 40' Cabo to maintain some very basic mariner skills and practices. "Ridiculous" was your words not mine. Now you feel it would be a good idea for passengers to be...
  151. S

    Offshore San Clemente

    While in Japan a couple of my crew members, actually low key mellow guys, got up very early and went to witness one of those huge Japanese fish market auctions. While standing in the back, not saying a word, they were approached by a market official and sternly told they MUST leave immediately...
  152. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Failure to post a roving patrolman or failure for the patrolman to carry out his/her tasks could be considered extreme negligence, perhaps even criminal. But, that doesn't make the crew cowards. Use of the "coward" designation towards the crew could certainly be considered defamation...
  153. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Very surprised when the COTP LA/LB said this morning she didn't know the requirements of having a Roving Patrolman. I believe the CFRs state that on a passenger carrying vessel, when the passenger berthing area is occupied there shall be a roving patrolman.
  154. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Wow. This is almost Deja Vu all over again.
  155. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Of course I realize the different jurisdictions. But, why would it be a good thing for ANY boater to fail to comply with those items. We are all navigating on the same waters. Failure to do that as safely as possible is unacceptable.
  156. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Inability to correctly use the radar and interpret targets is unacceptable for any mariner, professional or private boater. BTW, Seaman's hours are required to be logged, which includes a mandatory period of rest. The required manning of the vessel is mandated and inspected by the USCG.
  157. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I hope the status of the roving patrol/night watchman, or the lack there of, is soon resolved. That absolutely remains an issue. The remainder are simply legal swords thrown by Larmo in hopes of striking something. BTW - Pants are removed when jumping overboard to aid in swimming. Secondly...
  158. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    Ridiculous. Really? So you shouldn't have to comply with any of those items? That would be ridiculous. Is it also ridiculous that some of your legal compadres have now filed on behalf of the owner's of the Conception to minimize, if not eliminate, any and all of their liability in this tragedy...
  159. S

    Seaman’s Manslaughter

    I wonder if owners of private boats, such as a 40' Cabo, in the event of an accident could be subject to these Seaman's Manslaughter charges if they failed to do any of the following: 1) Know how to apply variation and deviation to their vessel's magnetic compass 2) Post a compass deviation card...
  160. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    I knew Gary Lamont captain of the Fishin Fool.
  161. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Prior fires have occurred on CG Certified Passenger Carrying vessels for many years. But, not to the extent of this tragic devastation. It appears part of the cause will likely turn out to be inadequate emergency escape from the berthing area. But beyond that, I feel there is something different...
  162. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    I saw early mention of Lithium Ion battery charging taking place in the galley. But, there's been no further mention.
  163. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    I begin by apologizing, because this is a bit off topic. Larmo, apparently you are an attorney. Although, you decline to give your name or the name of your law firm. As an attorney, there are times when your client's lives are in your hands. How often are you randomly tested for drugs and/or...
  164. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Once again, so many suppositions and cruel accusations. Bottom line, the Federally inspected and approved routing and means of emergency escape for those in the bunk room of the Conception DID NOT WORK. Larmo, Mr Attorney, your litigious remarks and accusations may best be directed at the...
  165. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Larmo - Now I recall you from the Prowler - Attessa IV collision. How many clients did you garner from your sleazy posts about that incident? What is the name of your law firm? Come on, if you're a great litigator you should be proud of it. You are a person who is very easy to dislike. But, I...
  166. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    I thought attorneys were suppose to be outstanding readers. Nowhere in his answers did the owner ever say there was no diesel aboard. He did say there was no propane or diesel within the vessel. The galley was all electric. Do you realize the crew quarters were topside immediately aft of the...
  167. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    You have once again shown your unbelievable ignorance on this subject. Life Rafts on a vessel such as this are round and have a fabric dome. They have no power and are very difficult to paddle due to their shape.They made their way over to the nearest vessel (the Grape Escape) seeking help, in...
  168. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Haven't you ever heard of anyone taking their pants off prior to jumping in the water to aid in swimming? In fact we are trained to take our pants off and we're instructed how to use your pants as a floatation device. But, you seem like a real know it all, so you were probably aware of that.
  169. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Just maybe, since the vessel was Federally documented, operated under the rules and laws of the Code of FEDERAL Regulations (CFRs) and under the jurisdiction of our Federal USCG perhaps the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be involved?
  170. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Unfortunate that no dewatering was conducted by those vessels extinguishing the fire. Recovery of the victims and investigation of the tragedy would likely have been aided had the hull remained afloat. It is beginning to appear that escape from the bunk area via the forward stairs or the aft...
  171. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    So many uninformed, ignorant statements made here by apparent self professed experts. Below main deck port holes, fire surpression systems and launching of the vessel's emergency life raft by the crew - to just name a few. For me, the actual name of Larmo, the name of his law firm, their address...
  172. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Diesel spraying the turbo was only in reference to the Finalista fire not the Conception.
  173. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    I thought the Finalista had 343 Cat main engines. During that vintage of those engines the secondary duplex fuel filter canister was made out of aluminum. Any restriction in the fuel lines would cause pressure that those canisters could not sustain. Often when the canister split it would spray...
  174. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    So many suppositions here. Let the investigators do there job. Any USCG Certified passenger carrying vessel I ran had an all electric galley. Rather doubtful that mixed gas dives were taking place on this vessel. But once again, I should let the investigators do their job.
  175. S

    Offshore Boat fire off Santa Cruz Island 30 dead?

    Conception has crew quarters topside aft of the bridge. An early report stated there was an explosion and the night watch crew member may have been thrown into the water. The USCG press conference mention no fatalities, just 34 persons missing. Earlier KTLA reported a boat offloading what...
  176. S

    Offshore Ranger 85 2 1/2 day 8/23-25

    What did that Bonito weigh?
  177. S

    Offshore Hawaii > Vegas > Bishop > San Salvador > San Diego

    Thanks. Your Sierra photos were outstanding. Is the beautiful girl a disabled Vet?
  178. S

    Offshore My Season So Far.... MULTIPLE Super Cows and much much more!!!!

    Billy, your attention to detail, proper preparation and just good fish sense was apparent from the time you first came on the SoCal offshore scene. Congratulations on another great season and it certainly isn’t over yet. Continued success with your business. You are truly doing it right
  179. S

    Offshore War Heroes

    The Avalon Tuna Club hosted the emotional closing ceremonies where Anthony Hsieh was presented a US Flag from the Commandant of the entire US Marine Corps. Anthony is the real deal. As a teenager he worked on the Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker. Then he went to Harvard.
  180. S

    Offshore War Heroes

    This is how the owners, crews and the guests of some of the finest SoCal sportfishing yachts spent last week end. Their guest were 50 severely disabled US Veterans. Known as War Heroes on Water, this event was founded and hosted, without any public fanfare or publicity, by Anthony Hsieh, local...
  181. S

    Offshore 8/16 Voyager overnight- fun action

    Outstanding quality on that first photo.
  182. S

    Offshore Saturday 08/17/2019 @ the 226/302 and Beyond

    Your set and drift was very apparent to you. Some calm, early, effective action by you would have avoided you approaching too close to the Old Glory. You were able to readily name other sportfishing boats you've had difficulty with. Perhaps indicating a trend?
  183. S

    Offshore Albacore fix

    Thanks, good report. There's just something about Albacore. One of the more memorable trips of my life was fishing with PeaBod, Billy Miyagawa Sr. and Al Chapman (another ex sport boat Capt) on the OP boat, the 44' Pacifica. 100 fish the first day, ran back in to unload, great dinner, slept in...
  184. S

    976 is so bad for the regular angler!

    Fish counts can be a 2 sided coin, at times perhaps inflated and also at times deflated. I'm positive about the deflation, I did it myself when I was running large sportfishing boats. Back in the very good Albacore years 100 fish per boat was considered very good fishing. There were times when...
  185. S


    Thanks. Great report. TG80 and crew are a Bobby Taft operation and it shows.
  186. S

    Offshore Nice cow bluefin on my 25 foot Sea Ray

    20 gal of fuel (gasoline?) stored in your cuddy cabin? Did I read that correctly?
  187. S

    Offshore PB BFT Sunday August 4

    Quality fish, quality time with your Dad. Good stuff.
  188. S

    Oceanside Tuna?

    Not BFT, but we caught Albacore within sight of the Barn Kelp off of O'side. I was running the New Salty Dog (now the O'side 95). We were covering the 1/2 day run that day. One of my best friends, Billy Miyagawa Sr, had been pulling his gear on the Harbor Fish Mkt boat just outside of us. I saw...
  189. S

    Offshore Old Glory 7/20

    The Tribute and Old Glory were each built by Ditmar Donaldson, but they are totally different hull designs. The Tribute is an 80' hull originally built for Bill Poole and was one of his many boats named Polaris. For many years it was owned and operated by Steve Griffin as the Holiday. Old Glory...
  190. S

    Offshore Great White feasting on a Sea Lion out SCI

    Off of Avila I once watched a pod of Killer Whales devour a group of 6-8 sea lions. Killers first flung the seals into the air like a cat with a mouse.
  191. S

    Offshore Stickbait Tunas.

    Jerking a hook out the same way it went in can be a good. It is a good method to learn. Pulls straight out without endangering new flesh, bones, nerves, blood vessels etc. I'm sure YouTube would have videos on it.
  192. S

    Offshore 7/1/19 Grande

    Interesting you mentioned the Liberty along with the Grande. Each were originally built and operated by Pierpoint Landing many years ago. The Grande was originally the America and often captained by Cookie Cook. The Liberty was often captained by Dick Shaver. Both operations were fish catching...
  193. S

    Tuna Congo Line to SCI?

    29.00/127.00 is approx 560 nm WSW of San Diego. Very doable for a commercial boat.
  194. S

    Albacore 2019

    It always seemed like when scattered, school size, BFT would mix with the Albacore it made the Albacore finicky. Occasionally in those years, the boat lines, typically 300# parachute cord, would get blown up. Probably huge BFT or Big Eye. But, believe they weren't targeted and today's modern...
  195. S

    Offshore 4/24/19 1.5 day Topgun80 Small but fun grade bft

    "Capt Bob Taft returned to his lofty perch". I assume you realize most everything you liked about the TopGun 80 is because of years of forethought and the efforts of Bob Taft. Hooking and handing is a noble unrequired act by a caring Capt. Do you think he may be in his lofty perch electronically...
  196. S

    Offshore Tuesday 4/23 BFT

    Congrats on your early season scouting and catching. 31 Innovators were designed and built to fish. So good to see they're still a solid machine. Odd damage to that fish. Perhaps a purse seine escapee?
  197. S

    Offshore CHIEF 04.17-04.19.2019 BLUFLU OUTBREAK!

    Well written, informative report. Thanks. Happy Easter
  198. S

    Offshore Took the grandson on his first half day

    Outstanding. My first trip on the ocean was with my Dad at about that age. It was on the Estrella out of Pacific Landing LB. All we caught that day were Tomcod. But, I was hooked. 65 years later I retired after a rewarding career on the ocean.
  199. S

    6 Y/O Daughter Tagging Along

    Dress warm. Take precaution for sea sickness. If fishing is bad, the galley and the bait tank can hold the interest of a 6 year old. Be ready to answer hundreds of questions. Introduce her to the deckhands. Most love to help young kids. Take lots of photos. Let her also take photos. Enjoy. It...
  200. S

    Offshore PQ canceled. Lobsters instead

    Thanks. Interesting and informative report. Sounds like a great way to spend an evening. Including starting it off at Pt. Loma Seafood. I'm sure nearly all of us love lobster. But, few of us know anything about the sportfishing lobster boats. Good karma and great read.
  201. S

    Offshore Old Glory Does It Again Big Grade YFT

    Enjoyed your video. Very well done. Nice job.
  202. S


    Beautiful boat. Believe there are many who never had the chance to see these boats operate. Unbelievably hard working. They'd often fished many hundreds of miles offshore beyond sight of the sport fleet. These boats typically "made" their own bait. Meaning they had to run inshore to wrap a fresh...
  203. S


    Remember the Alvey reels?
  204. S


    Yes, they did. IMHO, Judy S was the class act. Smooth, steady, respectful and productive. For me, I just liked seeing some albacore. Lift poling a steady stream of albacore is an unbelievable experience/high. Adrenaline to the max. No need for meth/coke or other stimulants. I was very fortunate...
  205. S


    Agreed, that was very lame. That boat actually continued to do that throughout the season. But, if you can get by that, a couple of the boats seemed squared away and had a decent season. As far as use of that trolling rod: I can recall very well when about the only time you used the rail to...
  206. S


    Just finished watching a series on Netflix called "Battlefish". It is about a recent season fishing commercial albacore out of Ilwaco WA. This series started off pretty weak but got progressively better. Believe there were about 8 episodes. It tells the story of about 5 boats and how they dealt...
  207. S

    Offshore What happened to the Prowler?

    99% percent of us here can honestly say we don't expect to make a dime off this tragic event. But, that is not all of us.
  208. S

    Offshore What happened to the Prowler?

    For most T-Bone means a perpendicular impact. I feel it is very unlikely the Prowler could have survived a T-Bone impact. Yes, photos indicate damage to the stbd side of the Prowler. And splitting open at the deck. Lights can be seen within the hull. Perhaps from the engine room? Again, let's...
  209. S

    Offshore What happened to the Prowler?

    I'm curious. How do you know the Prowler was T-Boned by the yacht? So, you actually know the direction of impact?
  210. S

    Offshore What happened to the Prowler?

    Radar domes? Really, are you serious? Those domes cover various sat com/sat nav coms. Marine radars of the class used here still have an obvious rotating radar antenna. Are there actually attorneys reporting here on BD, just about passing out their business cards? WTF ?
  211. S

    Offshore What happened to the Prowler?

    First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those fatally or severely injured. There has been lots of talk about electronics. But, for the sake of learning from this tragedy a few things should also be mentioned: 1) per USCG regs, NOTHING (electronics etc) relieves...
  212. S

    Offshore What happened to the Prowler?

    Lost of suppositions going on here. Let's wait for the full report. Lots of possible causes. And you can't rule out a possible mechanical/electronic system failure on either vessel. Maybe at this point it would be best to stop and think how would you have avoided the collision, if you were...
  213. S

    Offshore I'm thinking I totally suck at fishing

    I've been through the mid Pacific area of floating trash. Appeared to be about 75% floating empty plastic water bottles with the cap screwed on. Also plastic shopping bags and plastic throwaway lighters. Some years prior the most common debris was parts of floating gill nets. But, that is no...
  214. S

    Offshore O-95 Tuesdays fishing report

    The Oceanside 95 (ex New Salty Dog) was one of the first So Cal one day boats to offer all stateroom berthing. As originally built it did not have a fish hold. So, long range fishing would not have been possible. The hull is double planked Philippine mohagany. Dick Helgren once told me when he...
  215. S

    Offshore 3.5 Day Top Gun 80 8/24 to 8/28

    Once was invited by Bob and went on a crew only trip on Chuck's boat. The target was late season Gorillas just south of the Coronados. Bob said he had to warn me though, that I'd be the only "non Taft" on the boat. Trip included Spike, Bob, Chuck, kids, grandkids and me. Had a great time. Caught...
  216. S

    Pacific Quest crashed

    Does anyone know when this actually occurred? Seems there are many "experts" posting here who really know absolutely nothing. Pacific Quest appeared to have been a good boat.
  217. S

    16' Radon rebuild and stretching

    Very interesting and very difficult times for boat building. I was there. Jim Jenks hired me as Exec VP of Innovator. I'm not big on titles. Basically, I oversaw production and worked together with Pete Groesbeck in designing new models, customer service and testing completed units. Knight and...
  218. S

    16' Radon rebuild and stretching

    Radons have been around for years in various shapes and sizes. All were and remain solid boats. Few may recall that Radon/Radoncraft was once owned by Innovator Boats, Jim Jenks. The same company that built the Innovator 31 Sportfisher. It was in the mid 1980s. Jenks purchased Radon from Don...
  219. S

    Offshore Rpt-Liberty 08-01-18 Tuna and Tails.

    The Liberty has always been a fish catching machine since the day it was built. It has had numerous outstanding operators such as Dick Shaver, Dick Gaspar, Jim Roddy, Tim Voaklander and Gary Nordbye among many. Yes, it was the fastest 85 footer of the day. It was built with twin Cat 343s and...
  220. S

    Offshore Billy K Popped My Cherry 07.26.18

    Billy's attention to detail and preparation are outstanding. He's definitely one fishy guy and always willing to learn.
  221. S

    Offshore 2 islands 1 weekend tradegy

    Thanks to you and the Capt and crew of the Truline for your efforts. Wonder if those chairs floating in the area had been thrown in due to no life ring on the sailboat. Sad deal.
  222. S

    Offshore Rpt.-1.5 day Prowler fishing 07-11-18

    Just a few words on Buzz Brizendine, former owner operator of the Prowler. I first knew Buzz when he was a "pin head" on the half day boat out of Oceanside for Capt Al Chapman (RIP). Buzz is definitely one of the "good guys". My congrats go out to him on his recent "retirement". Good to hear he...
  223. S

    your go to trolling lures

    The overall quality and proven performance of Zukers is hard to beat. Although Bill Miyagawa Sr, co-owner of Zuker, was also one of the very best with offshore live bait.
  224. S

    Up Date on the Sardine Fishery 3-7-2018

    There was a long period when sardines were not among the So Cal live bait source. It was pretty much straight anchovies. Approx 1960 - 1980 or so.
  225. S

    sportboat name changes

    Frank Hall's Sharp Shooter of San Pedro had some bunks under the bait tank. When Howie Clark left sportfishing he went to Tidewater. He ran the Sun Tide out of Hueneme in the early 80s. He later left Tidewater. Last I knew he was in upper management for Crowley somewhere in the NW. I ran the New...
  226. S

    Offshore New Lo An 11/18: Bluefin Tuna Trip of a Lifetime. GO NOW!!!!!!

    Outstanding report. Among the best I've ever seen here. Congrats to you, your Dad and brothers. Job so very well done. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
  227. S

    Offshore 11/14 O95 BITINGGG

    The NSD/O95 handled the Morro Bay weather extremely well. Passenger safety was always primary. We never had an accident or injury. I never rode the First String. But, I do recall when Russ Izor had it built. The boats running along with the NSD in Morro Bay were the Electra & Toronado (both 70'...
  228. S

    Offshore O95 11/16

    I wasn't aware that Helgrens may lose the building to the Seastar operation. A bit of irony. Joe Cacciola, owner operator of the Sea Star came out of the Marines and went to work for me as a deck hand on the New Salty Dog, which is now Helgren's O95. Joe was a great guy and very quick learner...
  229. S

    Offshore 11/14 O95 BITINGGG

    I ran the boat for a number of years when it was new. The O95 (ex New Salty Dog) was built for Sid Moore at Ditmar Donaldson Boats in Costa Mesa. This was Sid's 3rd and final Ditmar Donaldson. It is actually 100 ft long. Dick Helgren told me he opted to call it the O95 because he felt it had a...
  230. S

    Offshore 11/14 O95 BITINGGG

    The O 95 (ex New Salty Dog) is one of the best riding boats in the So Cal fleet, it is "fishy" and has always gotten bit very well. Very happy to hear nothing but good about Rick's operation.
  231. S

    Offshore FML

    Certainly set up well to fish. As it appeared in the photo, looked like it could possibly be top heavy. Enjoy your boat.
  232. S

    Offshore FML

    Wow. Nice boat. But, how's the stability? Any calculations ran?
  233. S

    Offshore Another Epic Bluefin Year (Preview)

    Your operation seems definitely one of the best. Your early season attention to preparation was obvious and commendable. Your reports are spot on and informative. All good stuff. Great season. Congrats and thanks.
  234. S

    Offshore The fat lady bft has not sung yet

    Suggesting drugs not approved by the FDA . . . So, just bypass the FDA and buy those drugs online. Noted.
  235. S

    Offshore Does San Diego have our own killer whales pod

    Many years ago while late season commercial fishing for Albacore off of Morro Bay, we had Orcas feeding on our chum and eyeballing our Albacore as we lift poled them out of the water while we stood in racks that hung within the water. Not good. We left that spot of Albacore to the Orcas.
  236. S

    Offshore 10/6-10/8 weekend offshore trip and fallen angler

    Condolences to his family, friends, boat crew and his fellow passengers. May he RIP. IMHO - Anything further in the way of 12 hr checks by the crew etc. is a bit odd and uncalled for. Unless there had been a prior health incident. But, had there been, they likely would have returned to port...
  237. S

    Offshore I suck at fishing this year and a rescue on the vhf

    Props to the lady on the sailboat for taking a photo of the GPS co-ordinatesand to all involved in the rescue.
  238. S

    Offshore I suck at fishing this year and a rescue on the vhf

    Big Props to Tow Boat Us - Avalon, or whatever tow boat company responded. Outstanding job guys.
  239. S

    Offshore 3 days that lasted forever

    In those days a Penn 349 Master Mariner attached to a D8 was an awesome set up. I'll fess up. In those days we carried a "Sport Pole". It was actually a lift pole, but with guides wrapped on it, just for the aesthetics. It was strung with good 300# mono tied off at the butt. There was no reel...
  240. S

    Offshore 3 days that lasted forever

    Dan, we had a great group of regulars in those days, many who really knew how to fish. A Jigmaster 500 and a 20-30 lb Sabre or Tru Line rod were the usual tackle of the day. The NSD was a solid boat with great equipment. I was fortunate to have a good crew including my 2nd Capt, Mike Loving. The...
  241. S

    Offshore 3 days that lasted forever

    Yes I remember those years. I ran the New Salty Dog every day for owner Sid Moore out of Virg's. Some great fishing. We had 2 - 500 albacore days during those years. Those were fish 20 to 40 lbs. A buddy of mine, Howie Clark, was running the El Dorado. Kenny and Roger Hess were there with the...
  242. S

    Offshore Outer Limits Huge Bluefin Epic Drone Footage

    Outstanding work on the Drone footage! Excellent Post.
  243. S

    San Clemente Island US Navy notice to fisherman..

    Few things that could improve the situation: 1) How many, sport and private, boaters actually read the Local Notice to Mariners where closures and firing exorcises are announced? Not many, if any. 2) US Navy should speak in plain English on Ch 16, no more "Interrogative your intentions". How...
  244. S

    Offshore Friday 08/18 - Relentless Charter - H&M

    Neglect to hold Safety Briefing is a bad deal. That's when you speak up. Not after the charter is completed. We all know fishing can be hit or miss. But, you don't mess with Safety.
  245. S

    Offshore Last sunday 302

    Really enjoyed the video. Nice work with the drone.
  246. S

    Offshore Ali would be proud

    Yep, there is just "something" about an Albacore bite. Too many here on BD have not had the chance to experience it. Maybe some day.
  247. S

    Offshore 08/10 South to North 9 to 182 and back to N. 9. Personal Best trip for me

    Thanks. Great report. Beautiful family. That's what it's all about.
  248. S

    Offshore Rpt.-Wed. 08-02-17 SCI, another big Bluefin on the Toronado!

    Enjoyed your report. Only 9 people on the Toronado? Must have felt like a private Sportfisher. The Toronado has been a strong fish catcher for many years. I knew the boat well when Roger and Kenny Hess had it years ago. Congrats on your great day.
  249. S

    Offshore San Diego Offshore Fishing Report 7-13-2017

    Congrats. Awesome work. So cool to see those fish on the back of a 31 Innovator.
  250. S

    Offshore N9 ,178, la jolla

    IMHO, for eating it is hard to beat Calico Bass. And when you swing on a Calico and it starts taking string . . . that's good stuff. WTG
  251. S

    Offshore Great start with some jumbo bluefin!

    Enjoyed the video. Nice work. Good prep and execution. You're "In Step". Very well done.
  252. S

    Offshore liberty 4/18 Limits BFT

    The Liberty has always been one heck of a fish catching machine. So good to see that tradition continues with the present Capt and crew.
  253. S

    Offshore Do you throw your brother overboard for tuna? Tribute 4/1-4/2 17

    That is just Outstanding. Congrats to your brother. And great support for him from you and your Dad. Great report.
  254. S

    Biggest Bluefin of Last Year (for us)

    Well done, all the way around. Congrats.
  255. S

    Offshore Rpt-Thur.- 1.5 day 12-01-16 aboard the O-95!

    The O'95 is one of the best riding boats in So Cal. It can give you a decent ride in some tough weather. Sorry you didn't get a fish. Good report.
  256. S

    Offshore Bluefin 100lb's on Freedom Nov 5th - Tanner Bank

    Good report and video. Really enjoyed it. The Freedom, along with its sister The Liberty, has an excellent So Cal history, all the way back to Pierpoint Landing in LB. Anyoone recall those twilight WSB runs? Taka Tanaka, among many other good captains, once ran The Freedom.
  257. S

    Albacore vs Yellowtail

    Live bait for trout? Favorite diet for large brown trout is small rainbows. But, using rainbows as bait is very much against CF&G laws. Why do you think the famous AC Plug looks and swims like a rainbow? Research?
  258. S

    Offshore Oceanside 95 10/22

    O 95 is actually 100 ft long. So, you would feel better if there were only 14 people on the boat? Noted. Was the problem truly the quantity of people or the quality of their talents? Compatibility of Spectra sounds like it was also an issue. I've seen this boat catch 500 albacore on one day...
  259. S

    Offshore Late Report But Cool Video - YFT 277

    Nice vid. You're correct, it is long. Track ended up with "Crystal Blue Persuasion", great song from a different era, Tommy James and the Shondells. Really? Lots of BS around about that song. No, it was not about meth or surf or fishing. Actually it had a biblical meaning, James and his group...
  260. S

    Offshore 7 Day Trip on the Indy 9/10-9/17

    Fireworks handled by amateurs and sportfishing are a dangerous mix. If I recall, when the tragic accident happened to Rollo, there were off duty fire fighters on board that trip. Believe they may have even brought those dumb assed fireworks (explosives) with them.
  261. S

    Offshore Liberty

    The Liberty has always been a "fishy" boat since its first days way back at Pierpoint Landing. Now with its recent refit and apparent outstanding crew it has quickly become one of So Cal's Top Dogs. Likely much to the liking of previous Captains such as Gary Norbye, Jim Roddy, Dick Shaver, Dick...
  262. S

    Anyone Know the Boat "Ocean Pacific"?

    The OP boat and the Innovator are classic Ed Monk Jr. designs. I was fortunate to be there among most of that period. Pete Groesbeck was an original contributor, designer and daily participant. Pee Bod, Steve Ruschke, was also a member of our OP marine family. A Classic period with some great...
  263. S

    Offshore Tuna Jihad Cow tippin' - 9/1

    Congrats. Seeing that local big assed BFT standing up in the cockpit and hanging behind that Innovator is just Bitchin'. Period.
  264. S

    Offshore We only live once....8/22 and 8/24 O95

    The O95 is an extremely "fishy" boat. And, with its relatively low profile, it is one of the best riding boats on the coast. I ran it in the 70s, San Pedro-O'side and Morro Bay, when it was new and known as the New Salty Dog. The boat handled the typical rough Morro Bay conditions very well. We...
  265. S

    Offshore Grand Day on the Grande 8/21

    I can only imagine how Arnold "Cookie" Cook, the original Capt of the "America" which is now the Grande, would have reacted to your tackle. To make that more interesting, at that time Gary Nordbye was first deck on the America. Their reactions would have been priceless. Congrats on your fish...
  266. S

    Offshore Eclipse 1.5 day Wed 8/17/2016

    A nice tip means a lot to the crew, particularly towards the end of their season. Sounds like they did a great job for you and you did right by them.
  267. S

    Offshore Pacific Queen, 8/9

    Oh Ya, Gary would have been VERY impressed ! Too funny.
  268. S

    Offshore 209 - 181 - back to 209 - 277 - Catalina report

    To say I'm jealous may sound a bit strange. But, I envision your buddy's boss has a very nice boat and it sounds like it was a nice evening and day on the water. Plus, your report indicated you guys know how to do it right. I realize they weren't your target, but Calico Bass from the East end...
  269. S

    Offshore Gary Nordbye

    Many of us have remarkable Gary stories. Yes, he was truly one of a kind. As someone mentioned previously, calling Gary "colorful" was putting it mildly. I certainly agree with that. Gary stories will live for many years in So Cal sportfishing. Also, as previously mentioned, there is a gofundme...
  270. S

    Offshore Gary Nordbye

    Gary Nordbye passed away on July15 in Las Vegas from lung cancer. Gary was a long standing member of the So Cal sportfishing industry. Believe Gary got his start on the Hurricane with Cookie Cook out of Pierpoint Landing. For those of us who knew Gary, he will always be remembered as a good...
  271. S

    Offshore BFT Limits on the Pac Queen - 7/11

    Though not always in the spot light like some of the "big dogs" The Pacific Queen has remained a class act and a proven fish catcher. I've had the pleasure of knowing and fishing from the boat clear back to its Pacific Landing days in LB. For those of us who knew Eddie McEwen, original owner, we...
  272. S

    Offshore Giant Bluefin Video..

    Congrats guys. Great and well directed team work by Greg the Capt. It really was a good team effort. You all continued to "breathe through your nose". As I watched this, I thought about the huge fish that used to blow up and shred our boat lines back in the 60s. Perhaps they were the ancestors...
  273. S

    Offshore Rpt.-2 Day Grande trip ending 06-28-16.

    Enjoyed many outstanding albacore trips on the America with Cookie Cook. Gary Nordbye was first deck and Bill Miyagawa Sr in the galley. The poker games on board were infamous. Can recall guys coming from out of state just for the poker, not sure if they even fished.
  274. S

    Offshore Most dangerous offshore experience

    Interesting article, thanks. But, believe the "Danger Sound Signal" is actually 5 short blasts. And only sounded when in sight of the other vessel.
  275. S

    sportboat name changes

    Recall a time when George Wier ran the H&M 80 and his brother Bobby ran the H & M 85. Certainly 2 different individuals. The New Salty Dog (100 ') did run out of H & M for a short time. Later to run from Virg's Morro Bay, San Pedro Sportfishing (landing owner Gene Gregson) and Oceanside...
  276. S

    sportboat name changes

    I ran the New Salty Dog for Sid and Marion Moore for 2 years when it was new. Excellent boat and it fished well. We had 2 500 fish albacore days with it, one day passenger trips out of Morro Bay.Dick Helgren was always pissed when he ran his Electra in Morro Bay because he had to tie outside of...
  277. S

    Offshore Trophies only 6/8

    Just spoke with the angler in the photo. He said when they cleaned it they found it to be a yellowtail, just darker and thicker than most. A hybrid ? Maybe.
  278. S

    Offshore 11/15 gale warning marlin report

    Wow. That is a beautiful bridge. Congrats on your Nov fish.
  279. S

    Offshore Halloween Hoo @ 277

    Congrats! A Holloween Wahoo is so fitting for this phenomenal year.
  280. S

    Offshore Why Wahoo Are Hard to Catch

    Used to catch Wahoo on boat lines trolled from a 9-10 kt Ocean Survey ship. We never stopped. Lost some, but also landed a few. Largest was 109 lbs, about 100 miles south of Cabo. Parachute cord with a Bungee belly, more parachute cord to 300 lb mono, to wire to a Marauder or a Zuker. Good...
  281. S

    Offshore What would you do?

    Best deal here is that you reflected on the situation. As said before, "Done deal". Tight lines, safe trips and continue to enjoy this amazing season.
  282. S

    Offshore What would you do?

    Sounds like he may have been inexperienced, but trying to do the right thing. He did, you didn't. A patty can be properly shared. He did, you didn't. Consider it a lesson learned, by you.
  283. S

    Offshore Prowler Overnight 10.17

    I've had the pleasure of knowing Buzz since his "pinhead" days on the 1/2 day boat in Oceanside with Al Chapman. Buzz has good fish sense and runs a class operation, one of the best.
  284. S

    Offshore 10/10/2015 - oh sh*t

    Congrats to you, your boys and all who assisted. Accidents do happen. At sea they are often amplified. You all should be commended for the calm, professional and positive way you handled this.
  285. S

    Offshore Blue Marlin Reports Here

    5 blues ? I for one, hope it is true. If it is, it is just another record from this epic season. Bob and his crew, could have the talent to make it happen. . . . .
  286. S

    Offshore 70 lb. Wahoo

    Unfortunately these reports are almost becoming mundane. Catching Wahoo in So Cal waters is EPIC ! CONGRATS !
  287. S

    Offshore Blue Marlin Reports Here

    5 Blues on the Top Gun 80 ? I've fished with Bob Taft, owner operator, of that boat. He does know how to fish/catch Marlin.
  288. S

    Offshore Rpt.-2 day ending 10-07-15 on the First String!

    Thanks. Another quality report along with some good photos.
  289. S

    Offshore First Wahoo Ever Caught Aboard the "Grande" Sept 15, 2015 I've been Sportfishing out of San Diego

    Congrats ! The Grande (ex America) was built in the early 60s with the intention of running some trips to Guadalupe Is, San Martin etc. They had an ice fish hold. Believe they ran a few of those trips, but not many. And I don't believe they ever caught a Wahoo, even then.
  290. S

    Offshore 500lbs MAKO WITH A OPAH !!

    Believe it was the "Gentleman" years ago fishing along the Malibu coast, during a bad fire in the Malibu hills, rescued a panicked deer they found at sea. The next day the deer appeared in their fish count.
  291. S

    Offshore Blue Marlin Reports Here

    The "Vantuna" (Indigo Seas) has been a premier So Cal vessel for many years. Originally built for Gilbert Van Camp, one time owner of Pierpoint Landing. It was built at Ditmar Donaldson in Costa Mesa at the same time the America (now the Grande), Liberty and Freedom were built for the Pierpoint...
  292. S

    Offshore Double Hoos near the coronados 9/28/15

    Congrats ! Also, some nice work with the gaff. Very smooth. Well done. Historical trip.
  293. S

    Offshore 9/26 Blue Marlin

    Amazing. Huge, mean, powerful and should always assume to be dangerous. Glad all are safe. Unforgettable experience.
  294. S

    Offshore 9/26 Blue Marlin

    Amazing. Huge, mean, powerful and should always assume to be dangerous. Glad all are safe. Unforgettable experience.
  295. S

    Offshore FINBOMB catches 662.2lb Blue Marlin

    Congrats ! Just amazing ! If you have a photo of the fish in your boat, would you please post it here. Looked on Instgram and couldn't find it.
  296. S

    Offshore Breaking in the new gaff!

    Some refer to "bait poling" and "squidding" as "Jack poling". Each are not free gaffing. Neither are illegal and never have been.
  297. S

    So Cal Exotics

    Sorry, I'm not clear. You feel ,"the hanging photo definitely looks like it would be towards the tail like a black". WTF ! Blue or Black ? Appears you're saying Black.
  298. S

    So Cal Exotics

    Makairaa - "2nd dorsal and 2nd anal fin do appear to line up wrong". Details ? ? How should they line up for a Black. Most of us are still learning. "Rigor Mortis" , sure that could be a factor. Please explain further.
  299. S

    So Cal Exotics

    Re: The reported Black Marlin. Yes, I'm referring to the pics on JD's site. Yes, the pecs do not collapse into the body. Is that not a true marker ? I do believe some, such as Steve L. And Pete G, are much more qualified to ID a Marlin than I, and likely most on this site. Forget the "big boat...
  300. S

    So Cal Exotics

    Just a fantastic year: Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Wahoo. Has there ever been a Pacific Sailfish or Amberjack caught in So Cal waters ?
  301. S

    Offshore Spencer Tracy, Zane Grey, and THAT Blue Marlin on the New Lo-An

    Excellent report ! ! The New Lo-Ann has been a premier SD platform since the days of Dick Gaydosh.
  302. S

    Offshore Marlin 9-12

    Congrats. Believe your photos substantiate #1 is a blue. The dorsal and lower jaw tell the story. WTG
  303. S

    Offshore Anacapa Island Marlin Report

    So true. And Among other things, I can bet they weren't talking trash on the radio or swearing at other boats. The lines of that Donzi are incredible. Good report and thanks.
  304. S

    Offshore 9/12 Paddy after Paddy for Nada. And..

    In the AM Marine Radio days (2182, 2670, KOU Marine Operator etc ) the FCC would actually monitor freqs and levy fines and pull licenses. Those days are long gone. The rules remain, but they're not enforced.
  305. S

    Offshore 14 mile, 277, and QUALITY Catalina Island YT

    Congrats ! That's some excellent quality So Cal YT. And, one, apparently, Bad Ass Calico. WTG
  306. S

    Offshore Held School of YFT and Dorado for 3 Hours

    Nice Video, class operation. Clean safe, clear deck. Appears you found your own fish. Although, initially you said there were others on the paddy. No radio BS. No yelling or cussing at other boats. No stop watch timing (obvious bragging) of owner/crew/passenger fish. No names boldly written...
  307. S

    Offshore 8/27/15 wahoo @ the 181-182 ridge

    Reported on JD's site to be a 35-40 lb wahoo caught near the 17 fa spot, between SB Is and CI Harbor. 14 year old angler on a pink marlin lure. Coming into Balboa Angling club for weigh and photos.
  308. S

    Offshore 8/22 Oceanside yft and dorado kids trip

    Doesn't get much better. Congrats to all.
  309. S

    Offshore In Memory Of My Brother

    Every day is a blessing and it sounds like you were blessed to share some great days with your brother. May he RIP.
  310. S

    Offshore 8-21 Yellowfin Tuna Fishing with Kevin and Chad Gross (video)

    Enjoyed the video. Good to see that docking line was no longer on the deck in the port corner. Keep gettin' them.
  311. S

    Offshore Elly/Ellen last week

    Just watched the vid again. "Tail" lifted with a grappling hook ? That fish was meant to be caught. Did see his tail flip when he hit the deck. Do they ever catch YFT from a platform in the GOM, like this - bringing him up with a grappling hook after being fought on rod and reel ?
  312. S

    Offshore Elly/Ellen last week

    Just Excellent ! ! Now THAT video is a statement to be saved ! Congrats to all involved.
  313. S

    Offshore WFO SW of the N9

    Well this is BD ! The guy questioning your catch and boat states that he has a "14' Livingston". Classic. Gotta bring a smile to your face, regardless if that is true or not. Keep gettin' them. Just an amazing year. . . .
  314. S

    Offshore WFO SW of the N9

    Really not sure if your question is serious. 36' is in reference to the length of the boat. Guess you could look up the specs of a 36' Hatteras S/F if you need to know the width.
  315. S

    Offshore WFO SW of the N9

    Shows you a photo can fool you. Those are 5 good size guys standing uncrowded across the stern of a 36' Hatt. Like he said, compare the fish to the size of guys feet. I do believe these fish are much larger than they appear in this photo. Just the opposite effect to extending a fish towards the...
  316. S

    Godzilla El Nino

    Well, we may have a wet winter. And that's good. And it may be followed by cooler ocean temps. There are likely few who can recall the really great Albacore years. 63 degree water was ideal. 5 guys fishing straight live anchovies on a 44 SF would catch 100 Albacore, return to trade their fish...
  317. S

    Whose job is it to educate less experienced anglers on sportfishing boats?

    I began running large So Cal sport fishing boats in my early 20s. There was nothing better than helping out a newby passenger who wanted to learn. It was the BEST. BUT, whenever I ran across an older gentleman using a pyramid sinker with a large wire leader for Albacore, they would often say...
  318. S

    Offshore 1.5 trip Constitution- 8-6

    Always good to see a sport boat crew complimented at this point in the season. Believe there is at least a couple of months left though. Good report, good fishing, good crew . . . . Good Stuff.
  319. S

    Offshore 7/30-8/2 Big BFTs and a marlin

    Enjoyed your post. You guys know how to do and it shows. Good write up and good fishing. Keep gettin' em.
  320. S

    Offshore Sea Star out of O-side on 7/29/2015

    Back in the mid 70s Joe was first deck for me when I ran the brand new "New Salty Dog". I immediately knew Joe was "a cut above". Intelligent, always wanting to learn, well spoken and great with the passengers. Joe is a straight up guy and runs a top notch operation. Coincidently, Joe's "Sea...
  321. S

    Offshore Tuna Bloody Tuna 7-17 ( video )

    Totally agree. 2 hooked fish don't get "tangled", they get wrapped. Bring the rod tips together and look at the lines. One is either over or under the other. Then you can quickly pass one Rod over or under the other. Enjoyed the video .
  322. S

    Offshore late, i know SD the 8th

    Look at the tail of a gaffed fish before putting it on the deck. Believe you will find it undamaged. Thumping on the deck will cause the damage.
  323. S

    Offshore Don't Forget the Balloons

    Dick Helgren, RIP, swore he once had a 100 fish Albacore stop on a Weber's Bread wrapper.
  324. S

    Offshore 6/12 BFT on 9 Mile Bank

    Really good to see. Sure blows the theory that CA sea lions are starving due to lack of local food source !
  325. S

    Offshore Dominator report and an idea!!!!! Hmmmm

    "Rail Time" is often the secret to the success of those 5% who catch 95% of the fish on So Cal sport boats. I was very fortunate to have Arnold "Cookie" Cook, Gary Nordbye and Billy Miyagawa, all working on the "America" back in the 60s, give me some sound/simple advice. Stay at the rail with a...
  326. S

    HSWRI Seal and Sea Lion Population Trends at the Channel Islands May 14th

    Conservationists estimate the Calif Sea Lion population at 10,000 animals in the 1950s. They now believe to population is about 300,000 and growing. Fit healthy males, females and pups inhabit the huge rookeries on Santa Barbara, San Clemente and San Nic. Those not so fit tend to hang out on our...
  327. S


    Certainly appears to fit all of the USCG criteria for "Carrying Passengers for Hire". Capt and the vessel must be properly licensed by the CG. Just sayin' . . . .
  328. S

    Offshore Awesome birthday trip and great deal Oceanside 95

    I believe in all of So Cal there is not a better riding or "fishable/fishy" boat than the O'side 95. So good to hear it now also has a good Capt and crew.
  329. S

    Offshore New Captain Takes A Risk

    VERY well written report. BIG congrats to Capt. Mike. "Relief Capt" is not an easy seat to fill. Sounds like he did it with knowledge and forethought and did it right. Congrats to you and your brother. This is the way a late season trip was meant to be. Doesn't get much better. Although, I was...
  330. S

    Offshore Striped Marlin 10-2-2014 Coronado Canyon area

    You can't beat the quality and "fish catching" of a Zuker. RIP my old friend of many years, Billy Miyagawa Sr. Bill Miyagawa Jr. carries on the name as longstanding Captain of the Gambler.
  331. S

    Offshore 1.5 day trip report- 10/02/15

    Chuck and Bobby Taft are both outstanding. They truly work hard for their passengers. They come by their talents and work ethic honestly, via their legendary father - Spike Taft
  332. S

    Epic 8 day on Excel!!! Wahoo, Big YT + Monster Dorado

    How could it get any better? Great report, great photos and very well written. THANKS
  333. S

    Offshore Tornado pierpoint fish report.

    The Toronado has always been "FISHY" and a producer. That goes back to the days of "Norms Landing" and continued with Roger and Kenny Hess. Glad you had a good trip. Consistent YFT out of LA/LB is pretty damned amazing.
  334. S

    Offshore When full speed tuna fishing gets old......

    Congrats on a great day. Those photos really are excellent. Definitely a cut above most.
  335. S

    Offshore Nav hazard east of the 51 + nice Dodo 8-30

    In the Pacific NW logs that size and larger are common. When they become water logged they float vertically with the top of the log bobbing at, or just below, the surface, the bottom portion is suspended vertically below the surface. These logs are commonly called "deadheads". Extremely...
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    Offshore Thank you coast guard

    When a boat is loaded down with fuel, fish, bait tanks etc. it can allow the bilge discharge fitting to dip below the water. Unless the pump has a non-return check valve or an elevated hydraulic loop in the discharge hose it can allow water to enter the bilge from the submerged discharge fitting...
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    Offshore 8/27 local DP YFT- Harbor Boat Rentals/Club review

    Very nice day. The bean bag in the bow for the little guy is a great idea.
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    Offshore Holy smokes Batman ! Is that a Wahoo at the 302?

    Lots of "experts" here on BD and they can't even get the origin of that famous football quote correct. It was coach Vince Lombardi who said to one of his players after he had performed an end zone celebration, "Son, why don't you just act like you've been there before?" A classic as only could...
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    Offshore Oceanside 95 – August 17, 2014 – Overnight for a few Yellowfin

    The O 95 is an excellent riding boat and also fishes fantastic. I ran this boat for a few years when it was brand new and known as the New Salty Dog. In those years we fished along side Dick Helgren on the Electra while we fished albacore out of Morro Bay. The boat was a great fishing platform...
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    Calling Out Numbers with no bait and a Bloody Deck (video)

    No, I captain ships world wide since 1976. Worked my way up to captain of So Cal sportfishing boats in 1973. I operated out of San Diego, Oceanside, San Pedro, Avila and Morro Bay. Regardless the size of the boat or ship, deck clutter can often become a tripping hazard. Also, regardless of the...
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    Calling Out Numbers with no bait and a Bloody Deck (video)

    Headed in, apparently on pilot, 4 POB, 4 on or near back deck, no one looking forward. Hmmm......... Oh well . Just sayin'.
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    Calling Out Numbers with no bait and a Bloody Deck (video)

    WTF is all that crap on deck in the port corner? Would hope it isn't a mooring line and a fender? ?
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    Offshore BOAT FIRE !!

    Thank you for your valuable post. It will be read by many. Best and first step is fire prevention. Believe most fires on a small boat that have flamed for over a minute are usually not able to be extinguished.
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    Offshore Top Gun 80....3.5 Dayer Report

    I've known Bobby Taft for MANY years. I also knew his father, Spike. Bob does catch fish. He really works at it for his passengers and hires a quality crew.
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    Offshore Flagstaff Kids Killing Tuna again! 9/21-9/22 Pac. Queen 2 Day

    Nice report, great photos of a family trip. So good to see that the Pacific Queen continues to be a "class operation". For those of us who knew Eddie McKwen, we know that's the way he would have wanted it. Thanks for your report.
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    Offshore New Lo-An 9/14 Thumbs up to Captain and Crew

    Just Excellent - all the way around. Thanks, to you for your great report and the Capt & crew of the NLA.
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    Offshore Albacore Caught

    YFT, BFT, yellowtail, big eye etc. all good fish. BUT, Albacore has been the fish that can put our So Cal sport boat fleet "over the top". I'm talking albacore within the range of overnight boats. Ask any SD sport boat owner/operator. Other exotics may bring out a few people. But, it is...
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    Speed Twin Seabass report

    When the Speed Twin was new it came to H & M Landing in SD. Believe "Red" Covey, formerly of Oceanside area fame, was the first to captain the boat. It pulled 100 water skiers at the same time and set a world's record.
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    Offshore Sea Adventure 80 vs. Top Gun 80

    Had the opportunity, via their invitation, to fish one day with Bobby, Chuck, their kids and their Dad Spike. I was the only "non Taft" on the boat that day. We brought in a 212 lb Big Eye that day. Perhaps the largest tuna brought into SD on a one day trip?
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    Passing of Bill Miyagawa

    Met Bill at Pierpoint in about 64-65. Bill took me "under his wing" and was always there for me. I owe much of my career on the water to Bill. I was blessed to have known him so well and for so long. - Steve Francis
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    Eastern Sierra's 9 / 15~21 Trip Report

    Just a really GOOD report on our "secret" Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley. Thanks, it came out great.
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    Offshore ORCA'S on the Fishfinder !

    Many years ago, fishing late season commercial albacore off of Morro Bay on the "America" (now the Grande) we had the stern bulworks off and racks hanging over the transom. We were "bait poling" and "squidding" albacore near the Davidson bank. Orcas appeared right at the back of our boat and...
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    Lightning Does Strike Twice! Redondo Canyon Dive 11/26/2010

    Many years ago, cira early 70's, Maine lobsters were planted by Cal DFG near the San Onofre power plant area. Local lobster fisherman feared the potential "wipe out" of the Pacific lobsters due to the enhanced battling/fighting capabilities of the Maine lobster due to it's clasping/gripping...
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    Anyone fish June Lake Recently? I am going Sunday

    Set up "On the Marks" - Icy Sign, Old stool, Dead tree, etc. Use fwd & aft anchors. Light line - 3/4# leader about 18" (top quality line) with water filled clear bubble/small treble hook (#14-16) and a good "floatin' bait". Cast out, let sink, allow strike to "load up the rod" and then crank -...
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    Houseboat Vacation- what am I forgetting?

    Best part of Mohave is above Cottonwood Cove. Time is well spent getting up there. Fire Mtn. cove area is excellent. When you cross the wide part of the lake hug the East or West shore, depending on the direction of the wind. It can get pretty choppy in the middle, if the wind comes up. If you...
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    Capt. P-bod Memorial Fund: help the family

    I had the pleasure of giving P-Bod his first job as a "paid deck-hand". I agreed to give P-Bod a position on the deck of the New Salty Dog. I ran the boat out of Oceanside in the mid 70's. P-Bod was just a pin-head on the Victory out of O'side for Capt. Gary Norbye at the time. We were headed...