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    Rail Rod for LR trips

    gladiator. that 80W is a huge reel and heavy to fish with.
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    Upcoming trip on the Angler

    Good luck Steve. I will be up fishing in Alaska. Enjoy the warm weather while I play in the rain. Mon 15 56°/52° Showers 58% NE 12 mph Tue 16 56°/49° Showers 58% NNW 12 mph Wed 17 56°/51° PM Showers 55% ESE 11 mph Thu 18 56°/51° Showers 58% ENE 14 mph Fri 19 58°/50° Showers 41% N 13...
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    Quiver thoughts Shimano Tiagra 30LRS on a UC Viper 7’6”?

    I would invest in a Makaira 20 or 30. I have both reels and they are way lighter than the old Tiagra reels and they free spool like a dream.
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    American Angler Izorline 7/31-8/6 6-Day report

    Great report Dan. WOW what a call by Ray. Amazing trip for everyone.
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    I know it's not Long Range but I am going to Alaska

    all close friends. I will have to deal with it on one of my many long range trips however it's been smooth sailing the last couple of years knock on wood.
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    Izorline/Turners 8 day Searcher 7/29-8/6 BEWARE!!! I went photo happy

    great pictures and report. thanks for taking the time.
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    I know it's not Long Range but I am going to Alaska

    Talking with my friends that go every year a 15-20% tip for the lodge and they split it up like the long range boats do. Bear viewing another 15-20% tip because it's not part of the lodge. Same boots I wear on the long range boats · XTRATUF Boots
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    what to tip on 8 day trip?

    15%-20%. Not everyone tips this good but the crew works long hours and are in your corner for you every step of the way.
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    I know it's not Long Range but I am going to Alaska

    Where can I find one of those.
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    I know it's not Long Range but I am going to Alaska

    Packing for a trip to Port Loins Lodge in Kodiak Alaska. First off I will start with a bear viewing seaplane fly in trip and sit close to view the bears as they fatten up eating Salmon before the winter months arrive. Next I will be fishing the ocean off Kodiak Island where we hope to find...
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    Finally, going fishing

    Good luck Dan. You so well deserve this trip. Now go test those doctors. If I were a betting man I would say those doctors fixed you up to go after those speedy Wahoo and those hard pulling Yellowtail. There are tuna at the rocks now. 20-40 ponders
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    Just picked up some wahoo candy and taking about legends.

    With captain Jimmy’s wahoo bombs not being sold anymore I scored 4 of his bombs looking at the bloody decks classified adds the other day. Captain Jimmy and I go way back when Loftus & Martin use to do 15 day trips back on the Red Rooster. All these guys are up in age and no longer fish but boy...
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    Help me understand wind-on’s / top shots

    I was looking at those trips. I don't want to fight a 1,000 bluefin but I sure want to feed them and record them underwater
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    Help me understand wind-on’s / top shots

    I don't make them I just call Basil and leave it to him. Zero failure and customer service is the best. ......................................................................................................................................................................... Basil Pappas BHP...
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    Jigging rod for cow yft

    John at Trophy Tackle knows his sh*t. If I were you I would call him and get what you want. 5 star customer service.
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    Independence 8 day trip report

    That's John
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    Independence 8 day trip report

    Yep the TV worked.
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    Capt Jimmy’s Bombs

    PM sent.
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    Independence 8 day trip report

    Not on the Jan. trip. If I wasn't on the Indy at the same time I would jump om the Team Hoo.
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    Independence 8 day trip report

    The pictures from our 8 day
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    Independence 8 day trip report

    Just got back from an 8 day fishing adventure on the beautiful independence fishing vessel. First off I want to thank the captain and his entire crew. Okay so let’s get started. I met a guy on BD that was going to be his first ever trip on any San Diego boat. We met up once I arrived in San...
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    Wahoozie BOMBS

    Yes I do have his contact info. But PM me as I need to check with Jimmy. We go back... way back
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    Wahoozie BOMBS

    PM me.
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    Indy.....GRAFTECH/AVET OPEN... 8 Day roll call July 13-21

    Min I think it might be a little early for the Wahoo... but I hope I am wrong.
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    Helmet straight helmet

    Hey did I mention I am leaving on an 8 day Wed. July 13th. One of 8 trips on Long Range boats this year. I love going Long. Those of you who have fished with me know it's not all about how many fish I can catch or out fish everyone. It's all about meeting new friends and enjoying myself. Still...
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    Indy.....GRAFTECH/AVET OPEN... 8 Day roll call July 13-21

    Packed and ready to leave Fresno on Tuesday morning. See you when I get in town Pat.
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    Fishing is my drug of choice

    This sums it up.
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    Steve K…a true long range friend!

    Steve K is a standup brother. He even puts up with me on 16 day trips as a roommate. And I yell and talk in my sleep. Steve might even share a night of me yelling some kinda of sh*t. Heck I don't remember what I say. Always looking to sharing the rail with you brother.
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    Free Fishing Rods To a Veteran

    Class act all the way.
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    SHOUT LANCE HEAVY JIGS @ TROPHY TACKLE

    Sh*t John I can't even use those web pages. I just call shoot you my order.. don't ask price and bingo it arrives in a couple of days. Always outstanding customer service. ALLWAYS! Thanks for the years of helping me get what I need... or as my wife puts it... ANOTHER ROD..LOL Dam right another...
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    Preparing these days when you get close to your trips. The new check list can have you fishing

    Now I don't want to start a sh*t show here but in these days of Covid... whether you believe in it or not...vaccinated or not.... there is some stuff you can do to get ready to go on your trip. I myself live my daily life up till about 2 weeks before I get ready for my trip. This way if I get...
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    New Video FinsNFeathers 3 Day RP trip , 2021

    Sorry to hear that brother. I see in the video the guys really missed you. Next time you get em.
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    New Video FinsNFeathers 3 Day RP trip , 2021

    Marty, What happened you get sick before the trip?
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    New Video FinsNFeathers 3 Day RP trip , 2021

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    Tribute to my good Long Range Fishing buddy Charlie "The Bear" Bullan

    RIP Brother. Wonderful tribute Doug.
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    BLUEFIN JIG SET UP

    I am on the trip before you and the one after yours. Stan Vanderburg- LIMITED-LOAD 11 Day .... 10-31-2022... Fri. 11-11-2022 .................................................................................. THANKSGIVING CLASSIC, BOB SAND'S TACKLE-OPEN 11 Day.... 11-25-2022.... 12-6-2022...
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    1 Open spot on the 8 day July 13th Indy trip

    still an open spot on this 8 day.
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    Shogun 3 day June 11-14

    When you hook into a big fish slowly push up the drag. I use Mak's 20-30 and 50's. The reason for this is I see guys pulling hooks at the start of a big run. I go about half way then more as the fight goes on. On 130 I set my drag about 30-32... and I can hammer to full when the fish is on the...
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    Roll Call Searcher 8 day 7/29-8/6

    Logan, I sent a PM. take a look. good luck on your fishing adventure
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    Indy.....GRAFTECH/AVET OPEN... 8 Day roll call July 13-21

    With a little less than a month away the Indy 8 day will pull away from the dock's in San Diego and load up on some of the best bait I have seen in some time. I just got back last week from an 8 day and the bait was big and healthy. The Yellowtail and Bluefin have been on the crew and maybe this...
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    1 Open spot on the 8 day July 13th Indy trip

    remind me. It will be great to catch up brother.
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    1 Open spot on the 8 day July 13th Indy trip

    GRAFTECH/AVET OPEN 8 Day Wed. 7-13-2022 10:00 AM Thu. 7-21-2022 7:00 AM 31 $3,695 1...
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    Independence 8 day fishing report. Outstanding fishing!

    Above the fluro. Had to jam a toothpick in the weight so it would not slide down. Deckhands can show you that trick and most boats have toothpicks in the galley.
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    Independence 8 day fishing report. Outstanding fishing!

    So this was a trip where I had the honor of taking a special needs young man with me as my guest. See Chris has autism. I took him down to San Diego a couple of days before the trip to show him around. He’s been counting the days for months so the day I picked him up he thought we would stay at...
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    Polaris Supreme June 13-2day

    Bring your heavy gear. 80-130 but also be prepared to go as low as 40-60. Leaving tomorrow on a 8 day and the overnight- 3 day boats coming in this morning had lots of 100-180 pound bluefin very close from the landing. Right now it’s good fishing. Lots of heartbreak fish lost due to fishing the...
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    New pre-parking payment system

    Got this email today for the Friday departing on the independence.
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    Indy roll call ..... 8 day ... June 3rd-11th

    Best Western Yacht Harbor Hotel very close to where you are. See you on Friday AM. If you need help with your gear let me know.
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    Vagabond Memorial Day 2.5-day 5/27-5/30

    Handing off a fish makes someone's trip. In my book your a great guy. Congrats on your trip. And you made some big smiles for some of the anglers.
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    Independence Sportfishing ........ Fish Report for 5-29-2022

    They are at the rocks. I talked to a crew member today. Great fishing and the bait making was off the hook. Every drop you have a few baits... didn't take them long to get a tank full of what those yellowtail like.
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    Independence Sportfishing ........ Fish Report for 5-29-2022

    Independence Sportfishing Fish Report Fish Report for 5-29-2022 Trip 22-9 Phenix Rods Roger Eckhardt Update 5-29-2022 Indy Crew Report: We departed on our first 8 day trip. The annual Phenix/Rogers with a great group of anglers. We made our way south and started out fishing for yellowtail...
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    Sell at the Top

    Intrepid then the Indy. I think the Intrepid is about 15 years old now and the Indy close behind it.
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    Sell at the Top

    I am still fishing 80-100 days a year. Leaving Friday on a 8 day and taking a guy as my guest that has autism. Just got a fishing report and it's very good fishing where we are going. Yellowtail in the mid 35-45 LB range. I will take that any day. The extra add on's ....... gas surcharge and...
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    Indy roll call ..... 8 day ... June 3rd-11th

    Chris, See you next week. If you need any help PM me. And if you need a ride from the airport I will be in town the day before. What hotel you at? Any help you need just let me know. I fish with John from Trophy tackle on the Excel a few times. Great guy. See you in a few days.
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    Current gas surcharge and permit fees. 8 day independence

    Just to let you know I leave next Friday on the independence 8 day trip. Looks like the permits went up again. If I remember correctly my last trip was $155 and now there at $180. Gas surcharge is $40.00 per day making my check in total $500.00 per person. I am not complaining just wanted to...
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    GRAFTECH RODS/AVET REELS/TURNER'S-OPEN8 Day ..... 1 open spot just came up.

    GRAFTECH RODS/AVET REELS/TURNER'S-OPEN 8 Day Fri. 6-3-2022 10:00 AM Sat. 6-11-2022 7:00 AM 31 $2,495 1...
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    Wahoo fishing in June

    I am on the trip before you. June 3rd. I will bring my wahoo gear but chances are very slim but ya never know.
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    Excel is on the bluefin

    The Excel had a amazing score last night on the bluefin. There back. Get ready.
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    Indy roll call ..... 8 day ... June 3rd-11th

    Went over and got Chris’s bags today. He likes taking 3-4 showers a day. Lots of clothes but heck he’s clean all the time. Lots of clothes. He changes after every shower. Also have crew treats and lots of sodas for everyone to enjoy.
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    Indy roll call ..... 8 day ... June 3rd-11th

    So every year I take a guy with me as my guest fishing... this will be his 3rd trip. See this guy has autism but boy he loves these long trips. The crew and I will hand him off a few fish to keep him busy. He loves going to Squidco tackle the day before and seeing Joey. His favorite fish to...
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    Vagabond 2.5 Day 5/13-16

    A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY brother Steve. Maybe you did not get those bluefin to bite your line but hey it was your birthday and you were where you wanted to be. If I get lucky I will send you a 50 LB box of bluefin wahoo or tuna... on my dime..... Your one cool dude. Let me know... I can ship it UPS...
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    LR raffle prizes and swag

    T-Shirts with the name of the trip on them. It also depends how long the trips are. Like if it's 8 day or longer maybe wahoo jigs or bombs to try out. Gift cards to the fish processing is another great giveaway.
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    It’s been real!

    Jon, Not only will I miss you at the rail I know there is tons of anglers That will be missing your smiling face. Keep in touch... you will be missed.
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    Pics from Panama, Bahia Honda, Coiba Island, Hannibal

    Thanks for posting. looks like a lot of fun.
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    Intrepid in bad weather

    The boat took the Stabilizers off a few years ago.
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    Vermillion Red Power Pro Spectra Braid OK to use on long-range sportboats?

    Basil Pappas BHP Tackle, Inc. 73 Norma Road Harrington Park, NJ 07640 Shop: 201-767-9028 iPhone: 201-835-5887 I get all my Jerry brown here. I call and place the orders. He also sells other terminal tackle. Basil is the best period.
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    Off to Galapagos and Hannibal, Panama

    That was my report. Went there 3 years ago and going back next year.
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    Off to Galapagos and Hannibal, Panama

    Galapagos Islands on the ship and touring the Islands with the zodiac boats. Enjoy your trip.
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    Got Jon Scobey's .... thanks

    thanks for the PM got it.
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    Graphtec/Avet 16 Day Report 3/29/22 to 4/13/22

    That fishing was great.
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    Happy Easter

    HAPPY EASTER
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    Wahoo bomb setup

    What trip are you on in Nov. on the Indy? I am on both 11 day trips. I have been know to catch a few wahoo on my past trips. I can help you out.
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    Graphtec/Avet 16 Day Report 3/29/22 to 4/13/22

    Great report Min. It was a true treat sharing this 16 day with you and everyone on the trip. Thank you for posting it. Until next time keep in touch and keep me in the lupe.. we need to do another trip again some day.
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    Rod tube

    Buy a PVC pipe and don't forget to get the caps for both ends.
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    Royal Polaris updated report..... Great wahoo fish.... Tuna are getting Taxed BIG TIME

    The Last Three Days By Dharyl Shelbourne | March 26, 2022 | 0 Hello everyone; Well, the last three days have been, excellent on Wahoo, but poor for Yellowfin tuna. Fishing for the Yellowfin was very good, but the taxman was out in full force, and he loves the tuna, just as much as us. Our...
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    Fuel Surcharge

    Ya but check this out... I have a truck and my wife drives a Tesla Model S and we both get that money. I told her just enough to buy a new rod and some jigs.. LOL
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    Satellite TV on the Long Range boats not working again?

    That would be a 100 days of missing Long Range fishing every year. .... O and I do take a big cooler on my trips so everyone can enjoy a cold soda. So NO I won't stay home... but thanks for your rude post.
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    Satellite TV on the Long Range boats not working again?

    So last year when I went on a few long range trips the TV was not working. Now I get it if it's a short trip and everyone is busy but I really enjoy sports on the 4 day ride down to the bank. I just found out they never fixed the problem on many of the boats after making a few calls. DISH...
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    Fuel Surcharge

    Yes that’s what I wrote earlier on the page.
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    My booked fishing trips.... not all long range

    She’s been on lots of seaplanes both small and big ones. Also loves to travel on helicopters.
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    My booked fishing trips.... not all long range

    We have been to Denali before. It was great. Lots of bears. We rode in the old school bus. Had a great time.
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    My booked fishing trips.... not all long range

    no they had 2 trips that went. I will PM you or call you about why my wife and I decided not to go.
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    My booked fishing trips.... not all long range

    invest... invest... invest... let your money make more $$$$$$$
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    My booked fishing trips.... not all long range

    No but I sure wish she would. She wants to go back to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. She's not much into fishing. Also Antarctica is in the works and so is south Africa. I am trying to talk her into doing the bear viewing flying in on a seaplane. She would love that.
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    My booked fishing trips.... not all long range

    Longe Range fishing trips booked...
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    Wahoo bombs & jigs solid vs. braided wire sizes preferences ?

    In a few weeks Captain Jimmy might open up his webpage . I talked with him a few days ago. He is still healing from his broken ribs.
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    The one that got away

    So this happed at the lower banks two years ago.... potato bank.... Fishing is slow... I hook a good one and hand it off to a guy that's never done these 11 day trips. As I get bit I asked him what's the biggest tuna you have ever boated... he said soda about a 35 pounder... I smile and said try...
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    Fuel Surcharge

    Our 16 day on the Indy gas surcharge will be $480.00 for this trip. That's $30.00 per day so if it is a 3 day then it's $90.00 and could go up or down depending on the price per gallon.
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    Fuel Surcharge

    Pm you Gary
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    ROYAL POLARIS fishing report

    7 days till we leave.... 11 till we get to HB... your just going to have to wait... LOL LOL LOL
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    ROYAL POLARIS fishing report

    Wahoo On the Bite By Dharyl Shelbourne | March 21, 2022 | 0 Hello everyone; Well, the weather is good, and so is the bite. Tuna fishing is on the slow side, but the Wahoo make up for the non-biting Yellowfin. We see plenty of Yellowfin tuan, they are just not on the bite yet. The Yellowfin...
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    Bought another toy for the 16 day trip on the independence leaving next week. UNITED COMPOSITE GP80 TILEFISH. Thanks Jake. If you ever want a custom rod this guy knows he’s stuff. All top shelf components. TITANIUM TIXNZG GUIDES. will pair this up with my new Avet Raptor
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    Thank You Jake. Your the best brother.

    Thank You Jake. Your the best brother.
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    UC GP80 TILEFISH

    mmmm I just bought a Avet JX Raptor 2 speed. This might work. Beautiful rod. Leaving in 9 days.
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    So I bought a new toy for this trip not that I really needed it. So I hear a lot of guys on BD like there Avet reels so I called up John at Trophy Tackle and asked him to send me this reel and I will see how i like it compared to other reels i have used over the years. Its a Avet J/X 6/3 MC...
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    Fuel Surcharge

    Soon I will get a email from Judy about how much the added $$$$ for the fuel on the 16 day trip that departs in 2 weeks. I will let everyone know what it is. Either way I am going fishing. I have 8 trips booked from 11-16 days...
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    A Freelance story

    Wow .... Thanks so much for taking the time to put a smile on my face and just thinking about your 22 day trip. Ok back to packing for my mini long range 16 day in a couple of weeks.....
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    Mike, three 20's .... three 30's and two 50's all Mak for the big fish ... paired with UC Viper two of them... one Invictus some 3 and 4X rods and wahoo I have five set up's UC and a few phenix rods all in the 40-50 and 50-100 range ... all 7.5 feet
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    Dam right brother your going to love the 16 day. Welcome to the big league of fishing. See you in in line Sunday AM
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    looks like a storm petrel. They love to hang out on the boats. Lights always attracts them to...

    looks like a storm petrel. They love to hang out on the boats. Lights always attracts them to the boats.
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    Stateroom near the bow on the Independence?

    I have been in stateroom C before. I don't get seasick but the boat rides good. If you feel a bit sick best to go outside and get some fresh air. I have also seen guys slepping in the galley however the higher you get the more it rocks. Good luck... also bring patches for behind your ear.. I...
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    Long Range Tackle Box-Milwaukee Packout?

    What 8 day are you going on brother... boat and date.... I am on a few 8 day trips on the Indy... but any boat that goes out long range will be a treat in it's self....
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    welcome brother... bought a new toy today a Avet raptor 2 speed reel...
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    I hear we have a change in the group. I want to welcome Shon on the Indy 16 day. The guy is excited to be part of this 16 day... and it's his fish ever long trip. You know on these long trips the group always helps the newbie out... my tackle box is open for you Shon... don't you worry I and...
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    1 open spot on the Indy ... July 13-21 ... 8 day ... GRAFTECH/AVET OPEN

    Trip is sold out. The last spot is gone.
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    Big Fish Fighting Techniques - Alan Tani

    Square up on the fish.
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    1 open spot on the Indy ... July 13-21 ... 8 day ... GRAFTECH/AVET OPEN

    I moved my buddy I take as my guest fishing with me to the June 8 day trip. So now there is a rare open spot that I am also on that are great dates for fishing. This spot won't last long. If you book it I will see you onboard the Indy in July. I am also on the June 8 day trip and the 16 day...
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    Sad news about the Chief Sportfishing boat

    Yes this was the boat and captain Mike was the very first captain I ever fished with... now look where I have been on over 780+ long range days on the water and I am still fishing 80-100 days every year. The love of long range fishing now is much more than just fishing.
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    So long my friend…..Jesus Companioni!

    RIP my brother. You will be missed.
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    So long my friend…..Jesus Companioni!

    RIP my brother. I just loved this guy. He was a great teacher and had the art of fishing in his blood. I had the pure pleasure fishing with him when he was a deckhand and a captain on a few of the Long Range boats.
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    Royal Polaris 18 day... 18 Ultra Limited Load ... 1 spot open

    This is a very rare open spot on the RP that just opened up. I am already booked on the Indy 16 day or I would hop on it. This spot won't last long. Your charter host will be none other than John Collins a great guy with a wealth of knowledge to share the rail with for 18 days. Tue Mar 15 8...
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    T-minus 27 days. Almost done shopping for the crew for their treats and I am all finished up with buying my sodas for anyone that’s going to need something a little different than the soda machine in the galley.
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    A Freelance story

    Andre, Great to see you posting some great story. I almost booked that 22 day trip when it came out but ended up booking 4... 16 days and a few 8's and 10 day trips. I thought you might of gone to that special place south on a 6 day boat ride... and I myself love ridding the boat to see whatever...
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    "Eight days a week", at the bank.

    O boy... I really enjoyed the fishing report and pictures. And thanks so much to take the time for us here stuck on land in the cold weather. 1 Month I will leave on a 16 day.
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    "Working at the bank" / Excel’s Ultra-Limited Load 2/2/22 – 2/18/22 16 day report.

    Steve thanks for the report. I know most everyone you talked about.
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    Before Covid hit the US Mint's webpage had them. This time I had to spend a little more and got them off E-Bay. Here's a funny one.... $2.00 bills are easy to get.... My wife ordered $500.00 bills from her bank. They stop making them in 1935 LOL My wife is a CFO at the bank. She felt a little...
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    Shon.... If you are even thinking about going I would call and get on the waiting list. No money down and if you have to work it's not a problem. The trip is sold out and has been all year.
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    RP 22 Day

    I was wondering the same thing... I almost went on this trip but Clipperton was not a sure thing. I will kick my ass if they ventured down to this place on my bucket list.
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    GRAFTECH RODS-AVET REELS 16 day Indy ... March 28 - April 13

    With a little over a month to go I have been taking inventory of all my tackle you might need on a 16 day. Rick Ozaki once again will be our charter master on this trip. It's always great seeing Rick and meeting up with the group from last year and getting a chance to meet and get to know the...
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    Fred Hall show canceled

    Where the heck did this post go???? Fred Hall show canceled
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    Long Range Starter Kit

    This is a real sale. OMG if your getting into Long Range fishing this is a person you can trust.
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    Fred Hall show canceled

    Looks like the Fred Hall show is canceling the show this year.
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    60# reel for Lupe

    No X wife. Married 41 years and I have the greatest wife a man could ask for.
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    60# reel for Lupe

    I went on the Lupe 6 day last year and we fished 4 days. The cost was right about $780. That being said the Excel did two trips and both sold out. Did a trip on the Rooster and we fished 2 days at the Lupe and it was around $480 but that trip also sold out. There is still a market for boats...
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    Pacific Sportfishing show review.

    Yes. I bought them for my friend I take fishing as my guest on a 8 day trip every year on the independence
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    Pacific Sportfishing show review.

    So we had a friend go down to the show with my wife and I yesterday. It’s a lot smaller than the Long Beach Fred Hall shows I have done in the past but I wanted to check it out. Lots of reel manufacturers we’re there and a few rods companies had some smaller types of booths. Also there were a...
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    How to choose and present a bait correctly

    When I am ready to get a bait I like to be last in line.. why you may ask... because it might take me a minute to catch the bait I have picked out after looking at all the baits. I want a bait that's the most lively and not red nose or missing eyes. Sometimes it can be hard because the best...
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    60# reel for Lupe

    TAC16 Caught on the Excel back in December... not even close to being spooled on 60 LB. fluro with 65 LB. spectra fill only 3/4 om the spool.
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    Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival This Weekend

    I have the best wife in the world. I am one lucky guy.
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    Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival This Weekend

    I think I will check this show out this year. I will give you a report after I go there Saturday.
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    Soft sided coolers. Most of us had soft sided zip up coolers and checked the 50 pound bag on our flight home.
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    Some of the bunks are way larger than the long range fleet has... some are about like a long range boat
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    It is a charter boat. However you can call the boat and maybe be part of a group. Just show up... no tackle needed.
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    Some more pictures of our trip
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    The popper fish weighing in at 255 was caught on 65 lb spectra and 100 lb top shot. Okuma spinning reel and a rod rated for about 50 lbs. unbelievable fight but luck was on our side. Pictures show the popper.
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    You can just walk on the boat. Everything is set up. I had to bring some of my toys... 2 rods and 2 reels. But you don't really need anything.
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    3.5 day trip report from PV fishing the No Tuna No Chinga

    We had a group of 6 guys that booked this trip. I have never been on Danny’s boat No Tuna No Chinga. We had great fishing for tuna and grouper on this trip. This boat is the real deal and for you folks that don’t have the time doing a 16 day chasing big tuna this operation is great. We did a 3.5...
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    RP 22 Day

    I was going to book this trip when I seen it come up but did not know about Clipperton so I booked 5 - 16 days trips this year and a few 11 day trips.
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    Fishing in Puerto Vallarta January 2022

    Just got back last night fishing with Danny and the cows are on the chew, Everyone boated lots of tuna in the 140-250 pound class and tons of grouper. This boat ir the real deal and Danny and the crew are fantastic at what they do. 3.5 day trip
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    Bait is an issue

    Gary, Just talked to my buddy that just got off the Excel 16 day. Bait is still small and not the best bait your going to see. I am still thankful were getting bait.
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    Bait is an issue

    Leaving Friday to board a boat in PV. Next long range is in March on the Indy... a 16 day.
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    Bait is an issue

    If your going out on one of the long range boats the bait is not the best. I just got back a couple of weeks ago from a 16 day trip. We had to downsize on our hook size. When the baits big and in great shape you can fish a 4/0 - 5/0 super mutu. I went with a Charlie Brown circle hook in 2/0 and...
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    April long trips

    James Stinnett yes I am on Stan's 11 day James.
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    April long trips

    Any month going long can be sharky. I do a few 16 day trips every year. Just got back last week and the tuna fishing was very good... wahoo not so good. I caught 15 tuna and 2 wahoo and we only encountered 1 shark. Was on the Indy with my good buddy Steve in April and wahoo fishing was off the...
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    UNITED COMPOSITE FISHING RODS/FISHING WITH BUBBA 16 day trip report

    Haven’t signed up yet. Might be busy those dates brother
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    UNITED COMPOSITE FISHING RODS/FISHING WITH BUBBA 16 day trip report

    We departed for our 16 day fishing adventure on the Indy Jan. 6. Judy in the office wanted everyone to start checking in and to get a covid test at 5AM.. After everyone was checked in the captain ask the red shirts to start the boarding and it right around 630. A few of us came down the night...
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    JAN 6 22 16 DAY ON THE INDEPENDENCE ROLL CALL!

    Packed and ready to roll. See you boys Thursday around 5AM for check in.
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    Does anyone know what happened to Jesus A long time deckhand - captain

    I know awhile back our good friend Jesus a deckhand - captain for many years was going though some really bad health issues. I have known captain Jesus for many years fishing with him on many boats. I was just wondering if anyone has updated information. Thanks. He is pictured on the left...
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    30lb. ON 15 DAY TRIP

    If I fish live bait for wahoo I use my 30 LB wired up. I don't fish bait much because I like to cast the bombs but I would not leave 30 LB. at home... take it...
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    JAN 6 22 16 DAY ON THE INDEPENDENCE ROLL CALL!

    Well we depart in a week. Most of my crap is packed. Just need to bundle up my rods and pack what reels I need for this 16 day. Leaving the day before for the 6 hour drive to San Diego and picking up Quinn at the airport. After that will go over to Squidco tackle then check into our hotels and...
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    JAN 6 22 16 DAY ON THE INDEPENDENCE ROLL CALL!

    Hey I am one of those weirdo's that will be on this trip. I will need 2 dock carts for all my soda pop's and crap. Excited to be part of the drama.. LOL
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    Season's Greetings to all

    I leave Jan. 6 for a 16 day on the Indy.
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    Season's Greetings to all

    To all my Bloody Deck friends have a great holiday season. Hope the new year will be a fishy one.
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    In the water report. Excel 6 day Lupe trip.

    Ryan it was great sharing the rail with you. Nice fat Yellowtail. Great job on the jig stick.
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    In the water report. Excel 6 day Lupe trip.

    We ended up leaving a day later because Mother Nature was in charge. San Diego had wind and rain so departing a day later was a smart move. Everyone spent the night and we departed fisherman’s landing around 4am. So let’s talk fishing Guadalupe island. First day was windy and cold. Fishing this...
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    Delay on the Excel 6 day Lupe trip

    Checking into Ensenada then working our way to fish Guadalupe. We will arrive at the island around noon tomorrow and start looking around.
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    Delay on the Excel 6 day Lupe trip

    It’s 3AM and the BIG X started their engines. 4AM and we’re on our way to get bait and then head to the check in at Ensenada. Once we clear customs next destination will be Guadalupe island. Everyone enjoyed a great dinner last last night and everyone got a chance to get to know one another. Had...
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    XL Guadalupe 12/8-12/14 2021

    Thanks Tim. Great seeing you this morning.
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    Delay on the Excel 6 day Lupe trip

    Well Mother Nature tossed us a curveball on our departure today. San Diego weather is rain and high winds. We loaded all our gear and everyone is staying on the BIG X tonight. We loaded all our stuff in between heavy rainfall weather. One onboard the crew tossed the gear inside the salon so we...
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    Final report on the Brandon Miller 11 day Indy

    One of those cooling towels he won in the giveaways.
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    Final report on the Brandon Miller 11 day Indy

    First I want to thank my good buddy Dale Hightower for the seaguar Fluorocarbon and Hyabusa hooks. Everyone got a Fluro spool in 40 or 50 in there goody bag and the anglers put that fluro to good use on the mid size grade tuna. Ok so we were on our way early as everyone was in line raring to...
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    Guadalupe Island Excel #2 ... Departure Dec. 14th ... 6 day Roll Call

    Heading to the Lupe once again. Packing my rods and reels needed for this Lupe style fishing. Line class - 50-60-80 and 100 with Fluro for all my top shots. Will be fishing the BIG X for 4 days at the Lupe. Excited to be on this Excel trip #2 fishing in Dec. This will be my first time fishing...
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    Prepping the Arsenal

    Your on a fishy boat. Captain Roy is a fishing magnet and loves catching any type of fish. Enjoy your first long range trip. Your all setup brother.
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    On the water short report. Brandon Miller’s 11 day independence.

    Eric caught a lot of fish but no cows for him or myself. Lots of big fish but it’s luck of the draw sometimes. Great guy to share the rail with.
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    On the water short report. Brandon Miller’s 11 day independence.

    Well almost another trip in the books. We got a early departure the day after thanksgiving. Everyone was ready to head south for a 11 day fishing adventure. Talking inline with some of the fellow angles on the trip and seeing what big fish were reported on the lower banks that’s where everyone...
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    Avet 11 Day on the SOA

    Jake, Thanks for the report on your trip. Glad you had fun. That to me is the most important thing is to have fun. And hooking and handing off fish.... a big Congrats are in order. Will talk soon my friend. Have a great Thanksgiving.
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC 11 day- ROLL CALL -On the Independence

    It's time to break out the shorts and T-Shirts with the flip flops if you arrived in San Diego. See you tomorrow when I arrive.
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    Bring beer on the boat or buy?

    O ya they will. They never have a problem with it. Bring all the beer and anything you want.
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    Happy Thanksgiving .......... So who is going fishing

    I see a lot of action coming up in the next few days at the docks. I leave Friday for 11 days on the Indy. Some of you will be departing the same day as other boats leave Saturday - Monday. Good luck to all the anglers going out after Thanksgiving. The docks will be a mad house as people...
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    ALIJOS ROCKS

    On a recent trip I took a few pictures when we were really close to the rocks. ............................................................................................................................................................ Rocas Alijos, or Escollos Alijos (English: Alijos Rocks) are...
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    Indy 10 day trip report .

    When we were there only marlin were in full force. Only 1 tuna at about 50 pounds. It's killing me.... it's all timing ... leaving in about 9 days.. hope it holds
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC 11 day- ROLL CALL -On the Independence

    Judy will show up around 530 or 6 ..... She will send out emails before go depart. I will be in line around 6 or 7 AM
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC 11 day- ROLL CALL -On the Independence

    I wanted to but the boats I ride said to much liability however I am going to Antarctica next year and that's on thing on my bucket list. Water temps in the summer ( Dec. - Feb. ) are a chilling 30 at best.
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC 11 day- ROLL CALL -On the Independence

    So with 10 day's till we depart on the Indy we are in the final stages of making sure everything is in order. Always the 1st. things I pack are my passport and my meds. Without a passport you don't go and without my meds there could be trouble at sea. Next is looking through all my fish tackle...
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    Indy 10 day trip report .

    booked on the Indy John.
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    Indy 10 day trip report .

    Yep the dairymen were in full force and great guys.
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    Indy 10 day trip report .

    Departing day after thanksgiving on the 11 day Indy trip. Good luck brother
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    Indy 10 day trip report .

    So I wanted to book this trip for the longest time. Had my name on the wait list and bingo someone could not make the trip so I was lucky to get a spot. A big thanks to the couple from Germany that could not make it.... I got 1 of the 2 spots and another guy gobbled the other spot up. Everyone...
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    Captain Jimmy’s wahoo bombs

    Line twist would be right. It's also the way I was thought years ago from a deckhand.
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    Stan’s 11 day independence on the water report

    We are heading uphill from our 11 day independence fishing trip. Our 1st destination was the lower banks. We hit all of the lower banks for only 1 tuna in the 45 pound range and many marlin. Not what we wanted to start our trip. The next destination was the ridge where is was wide open on tuna...
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    11 day departing today.

    The gals that do the bedding on the boat do my laundry. Do in 2 hours. Give them $50.00. There great!
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    11 day departing today.

    Just got back this morning from a 10 day. Now on the 11 day turnaround. At the bait docks right now. So far it’s a great group and we are heading south to the lower banks. Checking spots along the way. Charter master Stan just loaded everyone up with some nice swag and he’s having a raffle after...
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    On the water report. 10 day independence.

    Food is always great on the independence.
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    On the water report. 10 day independence.

    We will be home tomorrow morning. A bit about how the trip went. It started off a bit slow but improved in the days to come. If you wanted tuna in the 25-45 and you were in the water with a 1/0 or 2/0 hook you were almost guaranteed a tuna. 40 pound line worked good and 50 was not a problem to...
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    Come on Saturday.

    O brother. Have a great trip. The Lupe is such a special place to fish.
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    Vagabond 8 Day

    Thanks for the report. I depart Friday on the Indy for a 10 day.
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    Captain Jimmy's Wahoo Bombs will not be taking orders for now... refunding orders placed

    Captain Jimmy called me last night. He cracked his rib and is in the hospital for now. Jimmy is 78 so the healing will take some time. If you had a order placed you will be getting a refund. I had a order and have already have a refund. Jimmy and I go way back and I wish him a speedy recovery...
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    Come on Saturday.

    Good luck Gene. I depart Friday on the Indy for a 10 day. Might see you on the water... but if you go to the Lupe we won't see you... Indy has no permits this year... but that's ok.. I did go to the Lupe a couple of months ago and will be back in Dec. on the Excel. Again good luck brother...
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    Trip Insurance

    That's the guy I use. Great guy.
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    Wahoo Set-Up

    The guy is looking for help. He is NOT looking for someone to bash a boat. Got it!
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    Wahoo Set-Up

    The Excel will take good care of you. Show them what you have and they will dial you in. No need to worry when your on the BIG X. Steller crew always there to help you out. I will see you boys on the water. I leave Friday for a 10 day on the Indy. I will be on the Excel in Dec. for a trip to the...
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    This is what 21 days of packing looks like

    I do many trips each year. Part of Long Range fishing to me is getting to spend time with people on the boat. I love the travel days. I also do a few 16 day trips and it takes 4 days of travel to the fishing grounds.. that's 8 days of travel...the ocean has a lot to offer... not just fishing. I...
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    Independence Sportfishing ......... we got into some yellowfin and wahoo

    =AZX6r920ogmpQHwkpgLDnPqTrlFsZCB5dTNXV_qJhmB9a__CkW4w8dtKoORXMD28lxNXrbhmcqDSO3_l5LKPVk6B2c0X402RfuC7MOJuxC155o9b5JiDSwHIZpGfOxUKf9PrD7p1i1JxccA5-lJf1b1Z&__tn__=-UC%2CP-R']Independence Sportfishing 1h · trip 21-29, the first of many for this 10-day ...The gang is back together for the Brett...
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    Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi has a week signal at best on the Excel-Indy and the Red Rooster. If your lucky you might be able to check some E-mails... try downloading a picture it will take you 3 days....
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    This is what 21 days of packing looks like

    You can just sleep on a pillow of soda pop cases... LOL Can't wait till the 16 day with you brother. A lot of soda pop and crew treats in that pile of gear. Only taking half the 1st. trip and the second half will go on the second trip. Everything is marked trip #1 and trip #2...
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    This is what 21 days of packing looks like

    Only half of the stuff is going on the first trip..... don't run brother... LOL thanks
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    This is what 21 days of packing looks like

    So I am getting ready to do back to back trips on the independence. First trip will be a 10 day fishing adventure leaving next Friday October 22nd and returning November 1st. Then my 11 day will depart November 1st. And return November 12th. Lots of crew treats for both trips. And lots of soda...
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    Guadalupe Report

    Super Mutu in Owner hooks start at a size 4/0 ... with the grade of fish at the Lupe I have no problem doing a 1/0 or a 2/0 Mutu. Make sure they say Mutu. Charlie Brown hooks are another great hook.
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    American Angler 8-day Oct. 1-9

    Great report... I truly enjoyed the read...... sometimes the view and what lives in the water at the Lupe is better than catching a fish.... One time the whale shark was on the port side of the Rooster and I got one of the deck brooms they scrub the deck with and everyone was taking that deck...
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    OPEN SPOT ON THE INDY

    Should I book it... Wait a minute I am on this trip.... LOL
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    Guadalupe Report

    Thanks for the great report.
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC SPECIAL-OPEN 11 Day .... 1 open spot

    Welcome to the trip. If you need any questions asked just shoot me a PM. See you at the dock.
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    Guadalupe Update

    Thanks for the report. Be at the Lupe in Dec. on a 6 day on the Excel. Glad you guys had a great time.
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    Special Assignment San Diego Long Range Sport Fishing

    I just love this video.
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    Fighting the fish styles??

    From time to time a big tuna will not do circles like most of the time. When this happens I point the rod when the fish is on the surface with my drag in full and wind on em. Sometimes I will even back up by pulling and winding. You don't see it very often and a crew member will be there to help...
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    BFT Still on the Chew (American Angler)

    WOWWWW that's what I am talking about. Congrats to the crew and you guys. well done brother. Thanks for posting this.. I am leaving on the 22nd. Blood is flowing now big time.
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    Searcher 7-Day Report, 9/26-10/3, Guadalupe Is

    Thank you for the report and congrats are in order on your great fishing adventure. I just love fishing the Lupe. I have seen many great whites get air like a rocket being launched from under the water. It's an amazing sight.
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    FISHING THE CHUNK??????????

    I was on the Excel and the guys that were chunk fishing were out of chunks. I hook a cow... about a 210... deckhand says to me... Soda what's your number... I said... Fu*k it chunk it for the guys that are wanting chunks ... the deckhand says to me... Soda that fish is a cow.... Fuc*t it... I...
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    Time to rig? Pre-trip schedule

    Getting ready for back to back trips on the independence. First trip departing October 22 returning November 1. Then a 11 day departing November 1 and returning November 12th. Have to pickup some reels being serviced at squdico that are ready.
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    Quandary: what am I going to do with all the fish I catch?

    Picking up at the airport is cheaper than UPS to your front door
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    Long Range boats need to update there tackle recommendations

    Ya that would fly over really good.... LOL LOL LOL
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    Long Range boats need to update there tackle recommendations

    search function.. I am lucky just to get on one of these machines at my age. If I need to order stuff online my wife does that for me.
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    Long Range boats need to update there tackle recommendations

    Its all the boats. Not naming any.... Old school tackle list... brings back memories when I was young
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    Long Range boats need to update there tackle recommendations

    Most all the Long Range boats need to update there tackle recommendations. For instance Newell reels back in the day were the go to reel. I still have a few but I really don't fish them with the reels they have on the market today. Tiagra 50 is another reel back in the day we use to use for the...
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    Spirit of Adventure 9/19-9/27

    O boy..... I really enjoyed this post. The write up and the pic's were fantastic. Bravo. Thanks for taking the time brother. Great boat and a truly great operation.
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    Excel Guadalupe island trips. December- 2 trips scheduled

    Ryan, I will see you on the trip. Was at the Lupe a couple of months ago and it was great fishing... payed a few taxes but not bad.
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    Red Rooster 6 day fishing report..... Guadalupe Island

    Watch for more reports to come. Doing a 10 day then 2 11 days and a couple of 16 days. Thanks brother
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    Back to back 11 day trips on the Indy

    I am trying to get on a trip in Jan. I am on the waiting list on the Indy for a 16 day trip. It has to be early Jan. because I leave for PV 1st week of Feb.
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    5-8 day gear recommendation

    If you are looking at going on a 8 day trip Wahoo will be in the picture. Oct. and Nov. can be some really good months. You will need a 40 LB bait setup with wire leader and some wahoo bombs and jigs. I really like the Captain Jimmy bombs in green. There are also raider jigs that work really...
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    Advance reservations required for fish processing

    My reservation was in my junk mail. Glad you guy's gave me the heads up.
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    Fighting the fish styles??

    Tim is the best I have ever seen a guy using the harness. You want to ask how to fish the harness this is the guy you want to pick his brain. I have fished with Tim and he's a master of this type of fishing. I like the rail. I am 5'3 and the rail is my friend. It's always a great treat fishing...
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    Advance reservations required for fish processing

    I always give the guys loading my fish $20.00 to $40 bucks.
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    Advance reservations required for fish processing

    That's my understanding. I heard this from 2 different captains on 2 different trips I was on. Both boats said there catching so much fish that the crew is working 18 hour days. It must suck to be a deckhand on a overnight or a 2-3 day boat. Never get any sleep.
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    Advance reservations required for fish processing

    Call one of the processing company's and ask them. They might do it but I can not give you a honest answer. Best call or email them.
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    Advance reservations required for fish processing

    I would highly recommend getting a reservation at one of the fish processing ASAP. with all the day boats coming in with bluefin and yellowtail you might make your reservations online or by calling the processing company of your choice. Last month a few on our trip didn’t have reservations and...
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    Back to back 11 day trips on the Indy

    I am excited to be apart of Stan's trip. See you on the rail.
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    Back to back 11 day trips on the Indy

    Made a bit of a mistake. ( 1 ) trip is a 10 day and the other is a 11 day ... and another 11 day ... after Thanksgiving... Got a bit excited.
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    Back to back 11 day trips on the Indy

    The other day I was lucky enough to get on Danny's 11 day trip on the Indy. Well today Judy calls me and said there is a open spot on Stan Vanderburg's trip and did I want it. I called the boss ( my wife ) and she said sure go out and enjoy yourself and I thanked her and now I am doing back to...
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    I’m sure I’m on a LR boat at 2am

    Speedy recovery brother. Now close your eyes and use the rail on those big cows. In fact.... will save them bigger cows for you to catch one day soon. Best of luck..... keep dreaming of the rocks .... and points south.
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    Going Long with Fins-N-Feathers Video !!!

    What's this about joining the web page to see the video ?
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC SPECIAL-OPEN 11 Day .... 1 open spot

    Ready for Tuna and Wahoo. Still that 1 open spot on the Indy. Lots of giveaways and A great group to hang out for 11 days.
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    Indy ... Tackle Express/Brett Edmondson ... 10 day ... Oct. 12th

    Got on Danny's 10 day and canceled Bret's 10 day trip. Wife has plans
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    2022 Guadalupe specific trips?

    I booked trip #2 in December. Can't wait.
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    8 day SOA 9/3-9/11

    Thanks for the report and pic's. Sounds like everyone enjoyed the SOA. Great boat.
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    BRANDON MILLER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC SPECIAL-OPEN 11 Day .... 1 open spot

    I booked this trip awhile back and it sold fast. Just had a rare open spot come up. I don't think the spot will last long... so just a heads up. I ( Soda Pop ) will be in rare form for this trip..... This is Brandon's charter and it sounds like a great bunch that are already book for this 11 day...
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    Excel Guadalupe island trips. December- 2 trips scheduled

    Excel has the Lupe dialed in. I had to book trip #2 because I come home from a 11 day the day before trip #1 leaves. Gives me a few days with the wife.
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    Excel Guadalupe island trips. December- 2 trips scheduled

    Owner super mutu only makes 4/0 and bigger. Mutu will work just fine.
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    Excel Guadalupe island trips. December- 2 trips scheduled

    I like the ringed circle hooks but have been bit on J hooks also. Circle hooks I feel I get the fish to stick better. I fish Owner Mutu or Charlie brown hooks. If you don't have the hooks you need I will have tons to share. It will be great to share the rail with you.
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    Excel Guadalupe island trips. December- 2 trips scheduled

    Michael, I booked trip #2. just because I am coming in the day before on a 11 day. The $550.00 is not included in the trip price and there are also Mexican permits that are more to add on. Call the Excel office to see what the total of everything that's extra... not included in the price of the...
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    2022 Guadalupe specific trips?

    Booking the 2nd trip in December on the Excel to fish the Lupe. Love that place.
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    Excel Guadalupe island trips. December- 2 trips scheduled

    Excel has added 2 trips in December both fishing Guadalupe island.
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    RS 4-day, Sep 11-15

    Wow what do I say here. INSANE FISHING. WTG ... great report and love the pic's... Standing ovation for the RS and captain and crew.
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    Skorext scammed me!!

    thanks for the heads up. We should hunt this scum bucket down.
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    Looking for a spot on DANNY'S XTREME FISHING CHALLENGE-OPEN 10 Day Fri. 10-22-2021 Mon. 11-1-2021 .... Indy

    Just got a spot on Danny's trip. Excited to be part of this group.
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    Indy ... Tackle Express/Brett Edmondson ... 10 day ... Oct. 12th

    Got on Danny's 10 day and canceled Bret's 10 day trip. Wife has plans and I was on the waiting list for this trip. Was going to do back to back but have to spend some time with my wife.
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    1st time roll call Independence

    enjoy are trip brother. Might toss in some Wahoo stuff. I was on a 7 day last month on the Indy and we caught a few Wahoo at the rocks and some HUGE Yellowtail on 100 LB.
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    Will probably fly out for 11/26 Indy Trip, need hotel and place to ship rods to

    Jim I sent you a PM. I am on this trip also.
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    Will probably fly out for 11/26 Indy Trip, need hotel and place to ship rods to

    X2.... Mike will help you with all your needs.
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    1st time roll call Independence

    Boat did not get permits this year. So you won't go to the lupe but its a sure thing you will have a blast.
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    Ramada Inn Oct 22nd?

    yes parking on top the spaces are really wide. Under the hotel there is ample parking but the spaces are small and narrow.
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    Ramada Inn Oct 22nd?

    park upstairs. Huge parking spaces
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    Ramada Inn Oct 22nd?

    I don't stay there anymore. They charge $15.00 a night and the landing is $10.00 I know I might sound cheep but the Best Western Yacht Harbor and parking is free the 1st week and $5.00 buck a day after that. I load my truck up and drive to the landing. Unload my stuff and have the guys in line...
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    Oh, crap! Buying tackle

    A little retail therapy brother... gotta love it.. we think alike. Order from Trophy Tackle all the time. John himself is a long range fisherman and a wealth of knowledge and 5 star customer service.
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    Trip Insurance

    You can up that. I have a $500.00 a year policy that covers up to $5,000 for any of my trips. It also has other things that are covered. Best way is to call Bob and chat with him.
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    What’s in Your Tackle Box?

    Here’s a sample.
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    Trip Insurance

    Bob Dawson Insurance in La Mesa, Calif. That is who my wife picked for my trips.
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    OPEN SPOT, ON THE INDY!

    Thanks for the heads up. I am trying to get on a Jan. trip on the Indy
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    Not fishing,fishing

    They are fishing the Lupe right now. Good fishing going on.
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    Indy ... Tackle Express/Brett Edmondson ... 10 day ... Oct. 12th

    Well I booked this trip a week a ago on the Indy for 10 days out on the water. I was trying to get on Danny's trip and I am still on the waiting list so if that one comes up I will do back to back 10 days on the Indy. Don't think it will happen but I will wait on see. As many of you are aware it...
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    Wahoo and surface iron?

    X2... My last 6 trips I have only used the Captain Jimmy Wahoo bombs in green. I have caught limits ( 15 ) on many trips on these bombs if you work them right. Cast them out and let them sink...about 10-15 seconds... 45 degree and crank as fast as you can with a reel that's fast... 6.4 is what...
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    16 DAY, CLOTHES?

    I do a few 16-18 day trips every year. We go to Hurricane bank. Its a 4 day boat ride with sometimes stopping at Alijos on day 2 for some wahoo and maybe check out Alijos bank about 10 miles from the rocks for BIG Yellowtail. 25-60 pound yellows. Then head to the bank and 2 days latter we are...
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    16 DAY, CLOTHES?

    Many anglers from out of town use Mike. He has 5 star customer service and you as an angler can relax.
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    INDEPENDENCE 3 Day 08.22 - 08.25

    I am on BRANDON MILLER'S trip. You must be on Stan Vanderburg trip. Stan is a great charter master. If a spot opens up I will jump on that trip also.
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    INDEPENDENCE 3 Day 08.22 - 08.25

    great report. Remember it's about having fun... catching fish is a bonus. Looks like you had fun and got a little table fair. Great report. I am on the Indy in Nov. for 11 days and back in March for a 16 day.
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    Red Rooster III 5-day August 26th-31st **NO GUADALUPE BECAUSE 2 PASSENGERS DON’T HAVE PASSPORT**

    They should open up the trip to everyone and kick those lame customers off. It would sell in minutes. Now it might be too late to send info to the Mexican Government. I just got back from the Lupe. Excellent fishing going on right now. Sorry brother it went south for you. I would be pissed myself.
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    Looking for a spot on DANNY'S XTREME FISHING CHALLENGE-OPEN 10 Day Fri. 10-22-2021 Mon. 11-1-2021 .... Indy

    I love the independence. Thanks. Let me know if you hear anything. Thanks brother.
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    I'm booked on the Indy Nov 26 thru Dec 7 trip - how are bunks / staterooms assigned?

    I am on this trip. I really don’t care what stateroom I get. However the 3 room staterooms are nice when only 2 are in there. See you on the trip.
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    Looking for a spot on DANNY'S XTREME FISHING CHALLENGE-OPEN 10 Day Fri. 10-22-2021 Mon. 11-1-2021 .... Indy

    Really trying hard to get on this sold out trip. If your on this trip and not sure you can make it I will take your spot. You can PM me and we can talk with Judy at the Indy office.
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    Red Rooster 6 day fishing report..... Guadalupe Island

    Just got back from fishing the Rooster with charter master Larry Brown. Once we loaded the boat they had already got gas and bait onboard. We steamed our way south for customs check in at Ensenada. After we departed we made a bee line to the Island. We arrived around 9AM and started looking...
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    Need long range destination advice for 2022

    https://marlasportfishing.com/ppec-products/no-tuna-no-chinga-delta-50-ft/#:~:text=No%20Tuna%20No%20Chinga%20Delta%2050%20ft%20The,and%20system%20of%20sound%20with%20connection%20for%20Smartphone. Link above to PV boat that fishes for Cows and super Cows. Its a 6 pack boat.
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    American Angler 6-Day report

    Thanks brother.
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    American Angler 6-Day report

    Fishing the chunk what hook size and line should I go with.
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    American Angler 6-Day report

    Dan.... great report brother.... was thinking you went to some shitty tackle store to have a kid load your spectra for his first go around... then I thought... you wouldn't do that... then when I read you went to Ken's and that happened Ken will find out what went wrong... Ken's place is top...
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    Red Rooster 6 day ... Aug. 14-20 ... roll call

    Leaving this Sat. on a 6 day on the Red Rooster. Just seeing if any of you Bloodydecker's are on the trip. Just got off the Rooster a few days ago and fishing was good and everyone had a blast. We were suppose to fish the Lupe but plans changed at the last moment... still had a great time...
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    Red Rooster 5 day fishing report

    Leaving Sat. on the Rooster.. fishing the lupe. I don't even need to unpack... well a bit of cloths to wash and I am ready to roll. Hope we can share the rail sometime soon. Take care brother.
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    2021 Ballast Point 8 Day - Excel

    Thanks for the fishing report. The BIG X has a great crew. Fishing the Excel in Jan. on a 16 day. The boys are always there to help... o and the food is darn right MMM good.
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    Red Rooster 5 day fishing report

    Yes. It was hit and miss
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    Red Rooster 5 day fishing report

    Just got back yesterday from a 5 day fishing trip on the Red Rooster. First off I want to thank the Crew. There was no missing link to this crew. From Captain Ethan to the deckhands and Mike in the galley ( Mike had a birthday cake made for me.. a huge THANK YOU MIKE ) my birthday was the day...
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    Calling all Hoo Experts

    I am a big fan of Captain Jimmy's Wahoo bombs... I really like the green.... but fast is the ticket to getting bit.... Let the bomb sink about 15-20 seconds... what you want is a 45 degree angle thus covering more of the water column. I am also a huge fan of 130 fluro tied to the bomb with a...
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    Days on the water. Long range fishing.

    My wife is a CEO at a credit union. She’s always kept a spread sheet on my days on the water. Last trip I went over 700 days of long range fishing and she tells me there might be a few before she started the spread sheet. Last trip I was on I now have 701 days of long range fishing. Over the...
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    Red Rooster III 1h · Guadalupe is on fire! Great start!

    Leaving Tuesday for the Lupe on the Rooster. Looking forward to this trip.
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    Red Rooster ...... Guadalupe Island ... 5 day open spots

    Red Rooster ...... Guadalupe Island ... 5 day open spots All Spots are sold out.
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    Red Rooster ...... Guadalupe Island ... 5 day open spots

    Booked and ready for the Lupe. Still unpacking from my 7 day. Only been home for a couple of days. See everyone onboard the Rooster. 2 spots left. Fishing is on fire at the Lupe. Read the American Angler and the Red Roosters reports from the Lupe. Outstanding fishing.
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    Red Rooster ...... Guadalupe Island ... 5 day open spots

    Red Rooster just had 3 spots open up on a 5 day. They will be fishing Guadalupe Island. Trip Price $2220 ...... Surcharge for Guadalupe $450 Last day to book July 29th. I am taking 1 spot if I get ahold of Maria in the office. So 2 spots open.
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    Recommendations for Hotel near Landings

    https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.05226.html?iata=00171890&ssob=BLBWI0003G&cid=BLBWI0003G:yext:website:05226...
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    -Wahoo bombs that we have talked about.....

    Just got back from a 7 day. 11 Wahoo on the first 2. Middle one being my go to one. 130 LB. Fluro.
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    Trip report-independence 7 day. July 17-24

    Capt. Jimmy Wahoo bomb in green...
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    Trip report-independence 7 day. July 17-24

    Indy opted out of getting the permits this year to fish the lupe. I asked Matt. If you don't want to go because you won't fish the lupe send me a PM. I will buy your spot if I am not on a trip. Let me know.
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    Trip report-independence 7 day. July 17-24

    A few days before departure Judy sent out an email tha we would leave between 9:30 and 10. Everyone was in line by 8, so we loaded about 9 after the red shirts assured Captain Matt that everyone’s cart was loaded. At 9:30 we were on our way to the bait receivers. After getting bait and clearing...
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    A family affair....... 3 days on the Royal Star Part 2

    Wahoo are on the chew and HUGE yellowfin at night. Get ready to rock... brother. Enjoy your trip. See you in Jan. for the 16 day on the Excel.
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    A family affair....... 3 days on the Royal Star Part 2

    Great report and pictures. thanks for taking the time. I leave on a 7 day this Sat. on the Indy.
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    American Angler on its way to Guadalupe?!?

    I had one of my renters in the bay area wanting to pay me with square. I about evicted him. I thought he was calling me a square. I got a lot to learn in this new generation. I still use a 100 yards of mono with a little spectra for fishing Wahoo. Old school brother.
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    American Angler on its way to Guadalupe?!?

    For us old folks what the heck is Instagram. It is hard just trying to use my I-phone
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    Albacore update

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    Best shot at Wahoo

    Oct. and Nov. is your best shot. 8-10 day trips for wahoo... If you want to go 16-18 day trips I would pick March and April for Wahoo.
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    WEATHER, JANUARY 16 DAY

    Weather can be a bit cold the first couple of days.. then warmer as you roll south. I always pack for cold and warm conditions. There are no stores out to sea so I bring it all.... jacket...long pants...shorts.... t-shirts.... for a 16 day.... it can get bumpy or it can be smooth in Jan. Great...
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    If you need fish that bad.....just ask.

    Relax brother. I have been ridding these boats over 700+ days... and I have never seen this in my 35+ years. The boats are safe.... Up at the docks you have to watch your stuff.. but being a group once in line and after your trip everyone is like a hawk and were a group that watches out for each...
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    CHARTER MASTERS????????????????????

    This is exactly why I pay my spot. I have been asked a few times to be a charter master. No thanks. I just love to go fishing and enjoy the company of others. It’s a huge amount of work and I always thank the charter master. It’s not a easy task. So to all the charter masters thank you for your...
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    PART 2 - SPRING TIME 8 DAY ON THE EXCEL...THE TUNA GROUNDS

    Great fishing with you guys. Great report. Man we had fun. Group was really great to share the rail with.
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    Ultra limited loads?

    Royal Polaris has a 18 day with 18 anglers. The Excel has 16 day trips limited load and ultra limited load. The ultra limited load everyone gets there own stateroom.
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    Anbody ever order rods, reels, etc from FishingTurbo.com?

    I myself wouldn’t shop there. Try trophy tackle John is a long range fisherman himself and sells great stuff.
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    Donate Bluefin to SD Food Bank?

    Everyone became a account really fast on this post.
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    Shout Hooks and Jigs @ Trophy Tackle

    John at Trophy Tackle is 5 star customer service and a long range fisherman himself. He knows his sh*t. I am a loyal customer of his. Thanks John for all the help over the years. Okay.
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    Best place in SoCal for Diawa Saltiga reel service

    Squdico in San Diego. Call or stop in. Ken’s is also a great place but if you live in San Diego I would just go see the boys at squdico.
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    Roll Call ... Independence 7 day ... Graftech/Avet with Rick as charter master July 17-24

    See you in November for 11 days of fun in the sun. We might even wet a line. LOL.
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    Roll Call ... Independence 7 day ... Graftech/Avet with Rick as charter master July 17-24

    So I do a lot of fishing trips. I love Long Range fishing and meeting new friends and seeing people I have fished with in the past. This trip is very special to me because I am taking a young man (48) that just loves to fish. See my buddy Chris has mild autism. I met him a several years ago...
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    Excel 8 day report. June 10th-18th

    Been to HB bank over 70. It adds up when doing 6-8 16 day trips a year. I cut back to only 4-5 long trips but added a few 7 and 8 days with a couple of 11 days tossed in this year.
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    Excel 8 day report. June 10th-18th

    I will be on the independence July 17th for a 7 day.
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    Excel 8 day report. June 10th-18th

    I tried doing the on the water report but the internet was really slow. On the morning of the 10th we checked in with Jason the office manager for the Excel. A couple of hours and the red shirts are pushing the dock carts down to the Excel. After everyone was on we made a bee line to the bait...
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    Just go lucky... Excel 8 day phenix rods June 10th-18th

    I will try and do some on the water reports if I get time and the WI-FI is working.
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    OSP 2x4 vs. UC 76 Viper

    I have the old 2X4 and the Viper. I like them both but if I had to pick one I would go with the Viper. 288 on the Viper with a Mak 20 .... 100 LB. Fluro
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    Just go lucky... Excel 8 day phenix rods June 10th-18th

    Packed and ready for my 8 day. Going camping this weekend and a bit of trout fishing. When I get home from my camping/fishing trip I will take the drive to San Diego a couple of days later.
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    Bluefin boat recommendation

    https://pacificqueen.fishingreservations.net/sales/ .... Pacific Queen Sportfishing if you can get on it. Most boats are sold out. Pacific Queen is the go to boat for bluefin and they do have some limited load trips. Tomahawk is another. You have to look around to see if you can get on a trip...
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    76 Viper build. What size line would you use?

    I have a Viper that's almost the same colors. Here is the reel I went with. okuma 10th anniversary reel makita 20. It's like the wives... matching shoes & handbag or better yet... the guys can now be matched up. LOL ..I had Basil put 100 LB. Jerry Brown hollow and I fish a 100 LB top shot. Great...
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    Indy 8 day Leaving Friday. Who's going?

    So you got a spot on Stan Vanderburg's trip. Fished with him a few times. Great guy... Tons of fun hanging out with him. I am on the 11 day after you on the Indy. Enjoy your trip. It's a beautiful boat and has a great captain and crew... O and Ed the chef is really great.
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    Indy 8 day Leaving Friday. Who's going?

    Dave have a great time brother. Tell the boys hello for me. I will be on a 7 day in July on the Indy.
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    Just go lucky... Excel 8 day phenix rods June 10th-18th

    What is a down vote? I don't understand? Either way I am going fishing no matter what my votes are.
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    need a 150lb setup any suggestions without breaking the bank

    Gerry I was talking about calling the office and renting on the boat. Ya it would not make sense to rent from the landings ...rent the big grea on the boat.
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    Just go lucky... Excel 8 day phenix rods June 10th-18th

    As most of you know with limited fishing last year because of Covid this year all the boats are sold out. I have been looking at all the boats and stumbled on a open spot that was not on the Excel website the other day. I don't do the online booking because I don't want to pay the Extra % using...
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    need a 150lb setup any suggestions without breaking the bank

    Rent.. call the office and have them save you a set up
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    Guadalupe 2021?

    LOL that sounds like most of us... we MUST bring our toys.... I just got back a couple of weeks ago fishing the Indy on a 16 day.... I think I had 15 or 16 rigs... Gotta love it... Enjoy your trip brother... Bluefin are on the shew at night.
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    5/23 Let's Talk Hookup...Fuel & Lupe

    Frank does not own the fuel dock.
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    Captain Jimmy’s wahoo bombs

    Green Dorado is what I like. There both good. The head is a darker green.
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    Captain Jimmy’s wahoo bombs

    I do the Team Hoo trip in Jan. on the Excel. Wild times.. great group....
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    Captain Jimmy’s wahoo bombs

    The , goofy dude, orange tee shirt... ;) would be non other than my roommate. OOKKYYY brother. I sure hope to share the rail with you again Steve.... Great guy in my book.
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    Captain Jimmy’s wahoo bombs

    Last month I was on a 16 day and wahoo fishing was really great. Some of the passengers on our trip wanted to know what I was catching all my wahoo on. I told them that I really like the captain Jimmy wahoo bombs and I don’t wire them I use Fluorocarbon 130 LB line. Lately there’s been some...
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    Furthest you’ve fished/furthest the fleet will go

    I live in Fresno Ca. So no I don't fly however Mike Morris http://bigfishtransport.com/ has a service that guys I know love. Check him out.
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    Line Counter

    Basil at BHP tackle I think sells line that has color every 100 feet. You can also mark it every 100 feet with a water proof marker.... I think Basil's way is better. Good luck
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    Fuel surcharges

    When gas went WAY DOWN the boats did not adjust there prices. I don't really care because I will go anyways.
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    Tackle questions for 11 day trip.

    I would have 12 bombs and maybe a few raider jigs. I don't rig mine with wire I use 130 LB fluro. Way more bites. I sent you a PM.
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    Indy 7 day July 17-24

    I don't really do these short trips that often. I just got back from a 16 day on the Indy and our charter master Rick said he had 3 spots on his July trip. So as we are on our way to hurricane bank I had my wife call Judy in the office and took 2 of the spots. I mentor a 48 year old guy that...
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    Tackle questions for 11 day trip.

    http://bigfishtransport.com/ Mike Morris Email: [email protected] Phone: (760) 805-0824 Great customer service
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    3 Year Hiatus! What Did I Miss?

    ?? What boat???
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    3 Year Hiatus! What Did I Miss?

    The Dolphin Hotel is gone. A new one is opening soon with much higher prices and the Vagabond is being remodeled and might be under a different name if the sell went though. Welcome back to long range fishing. O and Mike sold the boat. New owner is great.
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    Tackle questions for 11 day trip.

    Rent the big gear. Excel has Okuma 2 speed reels that are great for the big tuna. You picked a great boat with a great crew. https://wahoobombs.com/ Go to this web sight to order some wahoo bombs.. I like the green... Also pick up some Owner super mutu ringed hooks in size 4/0. 6-8 ounce...
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    16 day Indy report

    Darren it was great sharing the rail with you. I booked for next year as soon as the fish were all sorted out. Hope to fish with you again some time in the future.
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    16 day Indy report

    Not all the wahoo made it. This one we had to pay the taxes on. It was used for tacos and it was delicious.
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    Min it was a blast sharing the rail with you. We will have to do this again. Your a great guy...

    Min it was a blast sharing the rail with you. We will have to do this again. Your a great guy and fun to be around.
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    16 day Indy report

    We mingled inline while getting called up for check in. Its about 5AM when I get over to the landing with my gear and treats for the crew. I am a little different than most anglers. I like to be last to check in and last to board the boat. i meet a bunch of anglers I have never fished with and...
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    Shoutout to Basil

    I only buy my wind on's from Basil. 5 star product and 5 star customer service. Been buying from him for years now.
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    GP 80 TERMINATOR FOR YELLOWTAIL DAN

    Sweet colors brother.
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    Custom Long Range Style Rods

    I second that Jake makes beautiful rods.
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    Red rooster. Different type of trips

    Always looking to book more trips and found this interesting trip. Something my wife would join me on.
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    Braid rotting

    I have never seen this in my 35+ years fishing long range.
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    Classifieds???

    The new classifieds aria joke. You have to PM the seller to ask a question. I bet the seller gets 20 PM’s with the same question.
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    The Night Before Fishing

    Smart anglers don’t stay at the vagabond. That place sucks. Rude employees and you can’t park there if the landings lot is full. Ramada is a option and if the landings lot is full you can pay to park at the hotel.
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    New rod & reel for a 16 day in April on the indy

    I first ordered a Okuma 20 special 10th anniversary reel. Then I called Jake for a custom UC Viper to match the color scheme up. Jake put his amazing craftsmanship to work and matched the rod to the reel. I will be putting a bend in this rod and testing out the Okuma 20 I sent out to Basil at...
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    VIPER FOR SODA POP

    Wow nice Jake. Thanks. Will put that rod to good use in April. Beautiful craftsmanship.
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    Evaluating LR trip in mid June or early Dec

    Oct. or Nov. are your best months for 8-10. If I had to pick Dec. or June I will go with June.
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    Getting very annoying, I can post here but can't open this forum to read.

    Try posting in the new classifieds see how did works out to ask a seller a question. You can not ask any questions you have to PM them.
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    NO LONG SAN DIEGO LONG RANGE SECTION?

    almost done with BD...
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    Hooks with solid ring vs. Loop knot

    Circle hook for fly lining and J hook for fishing skipjack.
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    bringing back faded rods

    I have to figure that one out on my I phone... dam I miss my flip phone...
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    bringing back faded rods

    I didn't get my stimulus check. They say I collected to many can's of soda and make to much... LOL I just might do that....
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    Almost finished packing. I know its early but I have to drive to Texas. Helped out my wife's nephew and his girlfriend. Got them a beautiful 2,800 sq home outside Austin. Do I hear wedding bells for the kids... hope so... Be back to my house April 10th then driving to San Diego on the 13th. See...
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    bringing back faded rods

    I have rods that are faded and was wondering is there any product on the market to making them shine up like when they were new?
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    Brandon, Charkbait has a 30 and pelagic outfitters online had a 20 in the limited blue reels.
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    Hey Paul have a great trip. I will miss sharing the rail with you brother. Good luck.... save some fish for me.... LOL
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    I have been fishing the Mak's from the day they were released. I now have 3- 20's.. 3-30's... and 2-50's... That color caught my eye. Getting a rod built for it right now... hopefully it will be ready for the April trip.
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    Wahoo cow size tuna. Any trip that's 14-18 days from Oct. to June target the same type of fish.
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    They cancelled that trip or I would have gone.
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    I have a couple of Avets with 50 on them... toss that to a cow and see what happens .. LOL won't be good ... LOL
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    Thanks for the invite but I am on the excel every year in that time slot. Roger is a great charter master. Fished with him a few years ago
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    Brother you can try it out if you want.
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    My new reel I ordered Mak 20
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    INDEPENDENCE - Graftech Rods-Avet Reels-16 Day roll call

    42 days or six weeks before we load our gear for our 16 day fishing adventure. I know a few of you Bloody decks guys that are waiting to get on the water to relax and fish for 16 days and leave the crazy times behind us. I am so bored sitting at home that April is something to look forward to...
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    Tackle shops in Arizona?

    Squidco rocks... a must visit tackle shop when in San Diego.
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    Tackle shops in Arizona?

    Trust me Fishy has more inventory than the state of AZ.. LOL
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    Intrepid Hoos Tuna Run and Gun 2022

    After the trip gets back the people that were on the trip get 2 weeks then they open it up. Great charter masters ( Phil & Dave ) Most years it books rather fast. I would call Steve in the Intrepid office and ask.... he knows the best answer. I have been on this trip a few times... great group...
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    8 day advice

    up on the top deck there is rod holders but not many.... also there is rocket launchers were you get 1 or 2 spots... you will be fine... trust me I do 16 day trips and we bring way more rods.... also forward of the numbers taken there are lots of spots... just remember how many people are on...
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    The ultimate destination...

    Alphonse Fishing Company - Seychelles - Saltwater Fly Fishing I love to travel the world and fish. This place got me thinking...
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    2021 L.R Schedules

    Glad to see all the boats solid bookings so far. I have a few trips paid for and I will book a few more.
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    GRAFTECH / AVET 16 DAY ON INDY 4/13/21

    .................................................................................................................................................. Not a wine drinker... but I will have 150 specialty sodas in our room.. LOL
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    Fins-N-Feathers Teaser video

    good stuff right there.
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    Avet-okuma for sale new lower prices ( All Reels Sold )

    ( All Reels Sold ) Thanks to the lucky anglers. Enjoy your toys.
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    Rich I called and left a message. This is soda pop from bloody decks. My cell number is...

    Rich I called and left a message. This is soda pop from bloody decks. My cell number is 925-323-6425. This is in regards to the Avet reel for $150.00. Take care brother
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    Avet-okuma for sale new lower prices ( All Reels Sold )

    Price drop..................................... Avet JX 6:0:1 - 60LB Izorline solid white 3/4 full spool $225.00 - NOW $150.00 includes shipping continental United States
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    UNITED COMPOSITES US80 TILIEFISH

    Bump for a great rod builder ... nice work brother
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    Avet-okuma for sale new lower prices ( All Reels Sold )

    These reels are used but in good condition. Both the Okuma reels do not have reel seat screws and clamps. The avet has everything. ............................................................... Avet JX 6:0:1 - 60LB Izorline solid white 3/4 full spool $225.00 - NOW $150.00 includes shipping...
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    Furthest you’ve fished/furthest the fleet will go

    No check in required at hurricane bank.
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    Furthest you’ve fished/furthest the fleet will go

    Been to Hurricane Bank over 55+ times. Clarion Island around 60 times. It adds up when you do 6-7 (15-18 days trips every year) Never been to Clipperton atoll but someday dream of going. Leaving Friday on the Excel 16 day heading for Hurricane Bank then in April on the Indy for another 16 day.
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    Five Star Fish Processing temporary closure

    It was on there facebook page.
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    Five Star Fish Processing temporary closure

    Due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases we are closing down for quarantine and deep cleaning. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, but the health of our staff and customers is priority.
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    Which Long Range Boat and why?

    I am on the Excel this Friday for a 16 day trip with a load of 18. Biggest boat in the fleet with only 18.
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    Indy 16 day

    Good luck brother. My friend Mike is on your trip. A short guy around 5'4. Were rolling down soon on the Excel 16 day. Leaving Friday for our trip. Tell the crew I will see them on the Indy in April for another 16 day trip.
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day... Jan. 15-31 Roll Call (2021)

    Report from the Royal Polaris with 1 week before we leave on the Excel this has my juices flowing. Nice work RP. 1 Well it was one of those days. We had excellent fishing on Wahoo and Yellowfin. It was one of those days you dream about. We had over 100 Wahoo and close to 50 Yellowfin, up to...
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    Royal Polaris Location

    I am packed for a 16 day on the Excel leaving next Friday. 1 week from today. Hope it holds. This has my juices flowing. Great work RP
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    Royal Polaris Location

    Hurricane bank is a 4 day run. There is never any bait to be made there. Only skipjack to catch and transfer to your big tuna outfit. I have been to Hurricane bank over 55+ times. There are flyers-skipjack to fish tuna but never any bait fishing after dinner.
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day... Jan. 15-31 Roll Call (2021)

    Well once again it's time for our annual 16 day fishing adventure on the BIG X. With less than 2 weeks before we depart I am sure most of us are getting there gear ready. This is one of the fun filled trips I go on every year. I look forward to sharing the rail with everyone on this trip. I know...
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    GRAFTECH / AVET 16 DAY ON INDY 4/13/21

    I just booked this trip. Excited to be part of Rick's group
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    GRAFTECH / AVET 16 DAY ON INDY 4/13/21

    I am looking at doing this trip. Just need to see if I can move some dates around to make it work. I will know Monday. Was on the Indy 11 day a few weeks ago and the crew gave me a heads up on this trip.
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    Passing of an industry legend!

    Prayers to the family. He will truly be missed.
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    Indy 11 day fishing report

    100 lb fluro with a 4/0 super mutu
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    Heading out out on RR III n October

    Great boat... Great crew and some delicious food... Bob Cherry is a expert in wahoo fishing hands down. You picked a great boat. Enjoy yourself.
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    Indy 11 day fishing report

    First of all I want to thank the captain and crew for a wonderful time on the 11 day Indy trip. Before I departed for my 6 hour drive to San Diego Judy informed everyone on the trip that the captain wanted to depart early. The red shirts pushed the carts down to the Indy around 7AM and we pushed...
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    Back to back 3days

    Did back to back 14 then left the same day the boat got in and did a 15. I enjoyed myself.
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    Independence 11 day Roll Call ... Dec. 9 - 20 ... Lower Banks/Ridge trip

    Gregg thanks for heads up. Safe travels up the line.
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    Independence 11 day Roll Call ... Dec. 9 - 20 ... Lower Banks/Ridge trip

    Paul.... I have 4 big outfits packed. 100-150 top shots. Lets hope the lower banks keeps going off. Talked to a couple of people fishing on the Indy and the Excel though the WhatsApp. Lots of BIG FISH around... sadly lots of heartbreaks with people not having adequate tackle for these huge tuna...
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    Independence 11 day Roll Call ... Dec. 9 - 20 ... Lower Banks/Ridge trip

    1 week from today and counting. Looking at the Excel reports of some big tuna being caught on the lower banks I am tossing in some of my big gear. I will try to do some on the water reports if the Wi-Fi works.
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2020 15 day Intrepid Report

    Nope... I talked with him a couple of months ago.... he is spending time with his family and taking a break. I will see if I can get him to give us tease of some more outstanding reports.
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    372 on XL

    Congrats are in order. Nice job Tim. Fished with him on the Excel a couple of times. Great guy. I leave Wed. on a 11 day on the Indy and in Jan. I will be on the Excel for a 16 day. Going to toss in some of my big gear now that we might have a shot. Break out the 50's big boy reels and the 4X...
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    REEL to BUY

    Mark thanks for the heads up. I already have 3 of the 20's but I am going to order another.
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    Independence 11 day Roll Call ... Dec. 9 - 20 ... Lower Banks/Ridge trip

    Just came back fishing the Red Rooster 9 day. Fishing was really good. The Yellowtail fishing was as good as it gets with fish coming over the rail 30-50 lbs. Now its time to get back out on the water for an 11 day adventure on the Indy I was wanting to go on the11 day the day after Thanksgiving...
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    On the water 9 day fishing report

    Fishing the red rooster 9 day trip right now. We departed a few days ago. Plan was to steam down south to the rocks to try for some wahoo. Not many wahoo that wanted to play so after a bit we made a move out to the bank 10 miles from the rocks to see if we could muster up some yellowtail...
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    NOMAD TACKLE/SEAGUAR 9 day on the Red Rooster .. Nov, 3 - 12 Roll Call

    Yes Paul the Royal cancelled that 18 day. I told my friends I got a stimulus check for $7,000 LOL See you in December brother... It will be a blast on the 11 day. Have not rebooked the 18 day in March. I might.... but I might do the June Heat on the Rooster. Wait and see on my schedule.
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    NOMAD TACKLE/SEAGUAR 9 day on the Red Rooster .. Nov, 3 - 12 Roll Call

    Jumping on this 9 day aboard the Red Rooster departing next Tuesday. I will travel down to San Diego Monday morning so I can do some last minute tackle shopping. Squisco will be my first stop. After I get my retail therapy taken care of I will check into my hotel room. Chime in to wish me good...
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    Hi Guys. Checking Back In...

    Welcome back brother. May your dad RIP. Condolences brother.
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    Independence try out...

    Jake you made a great move. Big boat and rides really good. They serve soup every day at 10AM. Great captain and crew. Sorry to hear about your AA trip getting cancelled. Enjoy your trip. I will be on the 16 day Excel trip around the same time.
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    Best 16 day charters?

    Ted I have fished every month Oct. - June for the Cow Tuna. Jan. and Feb. are my go to months. Those months seem to be the best months. Every year can be different but those months just seem to have less sharks around year in and year out. Some years the sharks just never go away but given the...
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    ROLL CALL FOR RED ROOSTER

    Booked this trip the other day. Love the Rooster. Great crew
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    ROLL CALL FOR RED ROOSTER

    I booked the 9 day in Nov. on the Rooster.
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    ROLL CALL FOR RED ROOSTER

    I am on the 9 day in November on the Rooster.
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    Wind on’s

    I was talking only about fluorocarbon brother. But yes if it’s mono then longer.
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    Wind on’s

    25 is what I always order from Basil. 50 to me is to long of a topshot.
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    4 Overdose on SD Fishing Boat

    =AZXv7zxllTCMiCjn0oyb5i5Baaa1KwO5LKVBwFRcaYzWGd9v4-xXkFTR0yhPf6lW9miecjmpWBgwsjI_l5AHS777vYe6d3fwOCNLVgS6-Qgwd03xcqcz80mfVQPV6QeIsKK3L9O9H1PshWdnPvXLnPo4Mza3Z8H1l3oILgcNDIYUM24zr2GUdgyDRfuRmtVGvdg&__tn__=-UC%2CP-R']Shogun Sportfishing...
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    Shogun crew possible OD.

    =AZVD60186R8dIBEg2LBg-hN_GHfV-ZATyPlWTbKN3MOa9SetxP5_BRvNaAGVCbMT2pQX4HM_LQ3C0fpjgTTN6lhdDZejr1eGPCSdFNHA7urMRRFPOzhgqBBpPaeFCtJeThnNZ9dNMf7mDPnAZjO-Sk8drnFFdOedquZhx672nQ_jicZepICnyJzvyoPp3JLqdN8&__tn__=-UC%2CP-R']Shogun Sportfishing...
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    Shogun - Police

    =AZVD60186R8dIBEg2LBg-hN_GHfV-ZATyPlWTbKN3MOa9SetxP5_BRvNaAGVCbMT2pQX4HM_LQ3C0fpjgTTN6lhdDZejr1eGPCSdFNHA7urMRRFPOzhgqBBpPaeFCtJeThnNZ9dNMf7mDPnAZjO-Sk8drnFFdOedquZhx672nQ_jicZepICnyJzvyoPp3JLqdN8&__tn__=-UC%2CP-R']Shogun Sportfishing...
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    SHOGUN OVERDOSE---STATUS?

    =AZVD60186R8dIBEg2LBg-hN_GHfV-ZATyPlWTbKN3MOa9SetxP5_BRvNaAGVCbMT2pQX4HM_LQ3C0fpjgTTN6lhdDZejr1eGPCSdFNHA7urMRRFPOzhgqBBpPaeFCtJeThnNZ9dNMf7mDPnAZjO-Sk8drnFFdOedquZhx672nQ_jicZepICnyJzvyoPp3JLqdN8&__tn__=-UC%2CP-R']Shogun Sportfishing...
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    Wind on’s

    X2 on the Basil Wind On's. I only use BHP Wind On's
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    4 more days

    Good luck brother. I will be on the Excel in Jan. for a 16 day.
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    COMMUNICATIONS

    This is the App I use on my 16 day trips. Even with the boats slow internet it works. https://www.whatsapp.com WhatsApp
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    ROLL CALL FOR RED ROOSTER

    I have been fishing the rooster for the past 20 years. Longer trips like the 15 day trips. This 9 day looks good for a change.
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    ROLL CALL FOR RED ROOSTER

    Eric, I am thinking about jumping on that trip. Have you done this trip on the past?
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    MOON PHASES FISHING

    Go when you can..... Don't sit home waiting for the moon phase and miss a trip. It will drive you nuts.
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    Back to back trips

    Ya tell her to not buy any shoes for a year... LOL my wife is great.... not only can I go fishing tons of days a year..... she gives me the OK... I am one lucky guy.....
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    Back to back trips

    I have done a few back to back 15 day trips. And when I say back to back on one trip we came in at 6AM then went on another boat that same day that departed at 8AM. The crew from the first boat just loaded my cart and took it over to the next boat. I had my wife put blue yarn on the duffel bags...
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    Back to back trips

    That sounds like Curt. I have fished a few trips with him. A really great guy.
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    ROLL CALL FOR RED ROOSTER

    Look up top. They have a sweet rocket launcher that holds tons of rods. When you reach your destination bring a few downstairs and put them in your number on the side of the boat. Your number is your place for your rods. I fish the boat and your going to have a blast brother. Also keeping your...
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    Night Wahoo

    Wahoo is a daylight fish, however over the many years fishing I have seen maybe 3-4 caught at night. We see them in the water they just don't like to play at night. Be ready because first crack of daylight there ready to play.
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    If you need fish that bad.....just ask.

    Doug, When I first started to read this I was thinking another one of the rats that rip off fish from passengers. Then I was reading more and to find out it was someone you fished with is a complete looser. I bet his home address is 0000 looser lane just off looser drive in the town of looser. I...
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    Some of us are unable to fish right now

    Not at all brother. Those that can fish nowadays is a great thing. I will just be rooting for them every step of the way. I am in there corner cheering them on.
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    Some of us are unable to fish right now

    Thanks brother. I will be looking forward to that day we can share the rail once again.
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    Some of us are unable to fish right now

    Some of us are unable to do what we love.... Go Long Range Fishing. Some of us have to take what is going on right now seriously because of our health or a loved ones compromised immune system. If you believe what is going on or not with the COVID-19 just remember some of us would love to be...
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    My world...

    Steve my brother. I am not fishing these days. Its always better to be safe than sorry. For those of you that our doing trips or waiting for upcoming trips I will be at my home cheering you on wishing I was able to join you. I cancelled 6 trips and I am in the wait and see stage right now. Good...
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    Proper tipping

    I also fished the Big Game 90 with Capt. Mike and if I recall Dave no shoes was the night Capt. I am going back to the early to mid 90's boy I miss those days. Today I am fishing the Excel, Red Rooster and the Indy. Love doing the 11-16 day trips. 4-5 trips a year. As for the tips for the crew I...
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2020 15 day Intrepid Report

    Another great report. Sure miss sharing the rail with ya brother. Some day will hook up again.
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    Lets see your favorite landscape photo from a trip

    Some of the many trips I have been on.
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    Best Wishes For Pappy

    You will be missed Bobby. Also know as junkyard. RIP brother.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effect on the San Diego Long Range Fleet

    I applaud the county for stepping up on this matter. We can all wait to fish another day. I already canceled my trips when this virus went crazy.
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    Did my first 6 day - now I'm hooked

    Welcome to Bloodydecks brother. You will get a lot of questions answered here. There are some really fishy people on here, many of them will give you some great advice. I always say.... if you going to do a 8 long range trip... bump it up to a 10 day.... gives you more time on the water.
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    And then I woke up...

    If you ever roomed with me on a trip BEWARE... I yell and talk in my sleep... Last month on the Excel 16 day trip I was on I caught a 305LB Swordfish on the way down to the bank... I never remember my dreams... my roommate thought it was funny and I told him to put a gaff in it... yelling the...
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    American Angler 14 Day 1/19 thru 2/2

    Thanks for the report.
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    It’s been a bumpy couple of days heading up the line. We are passing time watching movies and taking naps. We will be in San Diego tomorrow. As far as what time it all depends on how good of speed we make. As of yesterday the captain gave his daily briefing after dinner. He said it looks like...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Rolling up the line in normal sloppy seas. Not to bad but a spray coming over the rail that’s annoying when taking down all my tackle. Part of the game. I have seen much worse weather traveling up the line. After the rods and reels are taken apart it will be luch a nap and movie’s after that. We...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    We are now heading up the line. Only 1 wahoo today and a few tuna in the morning yet everyone is having just a great time. Met some new people that I will fish with in the future. I can’t say enough about the excel fishing boat. The crew is top notch and helpful to anyone at anytime. Are trip...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    We are finishing up our trip down here with some wahoo fishing. Only 1 wahoo so far. Very slow but everyone is more than happy with the way the tuna fishing ended up . We woke up at 3AM for are last of a chance at tuna. Nothing bit till around 630AM and we finished up our tuna fishing around 8...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Today fishing is red hot. Getting close to 50 fish and we’re still fishing. Maybe not the cows we all would like to have but you take what we are given. Most the fish are in the 80LB class with a few standout fish up to 177. Small sinker with a 2-4 ounce was working great today. I hooked 6 tuna...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    News alert. Fishing was just a tad bit slower today however the grade of tuna were bigger. Tuna from 80-140 with most of the tuna in the 100 lb mark. Again fishing a sinker in the 2-6 ounce workout the best. Fly lining a sardine didn’t pay off today as much as the small sinker fishing did...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    He is on the bow tossing jigs by himself. He scored 4 nice wahoo. Great guy to have on the trip. He loves his spinning reels and he knows how to use them.
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Sardines are big to medium. Excellent bait. I am using a 4/0 and a 5/0 with no problem. Owner super mutu. If you get the bait we got you will be a very happy camper
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Today on the Excel we finished with a bang. Once the current came back fishing was good. Tuna were caught on the chunk- flying a bait and the kite was productive. We’re going to eat dinner and everyone is whipped so most everyone will get a much needed rest tonight.
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    News flash. Tuna fishing from 8-1 was really good. Again most of the fish are in the 60-80 lb range but today were seeing more better grade tuna coming over the rail in the 100-130 range. Fly lining a sardine. The kite is good today as well. The boat caught several nice size tuna up to 160. As...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Well today it slowed down a bit. Some more wahoo came over the rail while tuna fishing and the tuna were in the 40-140 lb range. Everyone is having a great time on the Excel. If my memory is correct not everyone was lucky to get a tuna over the rail. We had some unwanted Company. Yes the sharks...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    update. Fishing has went from really bad to very good. Current changed and the fish wanted to play big time. What we’re missing is the big cows. John got the only cow so far in the trip. We still have a few more days. Fishing for the 60-100 lb class are not a problem as most all anglers in the...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Islands are off limits.
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Yes using the boat’s Wi-Fi. V
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Today’s fishing report from hurricane bank. Not what we wanted our first day at the bank. Zero wahoo and just a few peanut sized tuna. No Fish we’re tagged today. We were trying everything. Skipjack-fly lining a sardine-sinker fishing- chunk and the kite. I have never seen the bank this dead...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    T- minus 6 hours to our destination. Wind and seas have come up. The captain came down to give us a heads up during dinner last night. Will be at the bank between 9-9:30. Make sure you have everything ready, if not check with a crew member and they will be more than happy to help you guys out...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Update. Most everyone is done rigging the tuna and wahoo gear for tomorrow’s arrival at hurricane bank. Wind has come up a bit. Traveling south it really doesn’t effect the BIG X. it might however be a bit choppy on the anchor when we arrive tomorrow morning. Forecast is the winds will tapper...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Team hoo 10th year. Great bunch of guys. Thanks brother for the information. Hammer down. Got it. Ft
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Update. Just finished a killer bacon burger with tatter tots. Man is was yummy. We had our tuna seminar today going over the different ways to catch tuna the PL-68 for night fishing along with fishing a sinker jig. Also went over how to fly lining a sardine and how the kite works. Now...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    On the Excel 16 day trip right now. We departed San Diego on Wednesday morning. First stop was loading 700 scoops of bait. Spent 2 + hours loading bait for our 16 day trip. We skipped the rocks due to cold water and not much going on. We our now heading to hurricane bank. We’re looking at...
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    Happy New Year... Who is getting ready to go Long Range Fishing 2020 style

    Tony, Nebraska is booked on a 15 day trip on the Intrepid departing Jan. 11 and returning Jan. 26. I bet ya soon you will be reading his trip reports. He is in a league of his own. The man can do such a great report you feel like your right next to him....the way he tells his story.
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    Happy New Year... Who is getting ready to go Long Range Fishing 2020 style

    I am excited to be a part of the Team Hoo Cow hunt on the Excel departing Jan. 15 for a 16 day fishing adventure. Hope everyone has a safe New Year. Now when is everyone going fishing for 2020? Lots of Long Range trips will be in full swing after we all ring in the New Year. Lets see when...
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    Charlie Brown Christmas /Mustad Holiday Special

    Trophy Tackle …. my go to store when ordering out of state. John and his crew are all great in the customer service dept. O ya they have tons of long ranger terminal tackle at a fair price, and rods and reels. John see you in a couple of weeks for our 16 day adventure on the Excel.
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    Independence Sportfishing 15 day trip report.. Nov. 29- Dec. 14

    Mike I had a blast fishing with you and your friends. I hope to do this again with your group some day.
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    Independence Sportfishing 15 day trip report.. Nov. 29- Dec. 14

    Marty, I was there watching every move you made on that BIG FISH. You did everything perfect.... you were pulling hard.... had the right angle..... the fish just won the fight.... it was really great fishing with you and your buddy Kelly. I truly enjoyed sharing the rail with you on the Indy for...
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    Independence Sportfishing 15 day trip report.. Nov. 29- Dec. 14

    Loc, I feel its better to use a J hook for the large baits. It is east to hook it to the back and get the bait in the water ASAP!
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    Independence Sportfishing 15 day trip report.. Nov. 29- Dec. 14

    Greg, Most of us fishing for the Cow Tuna would use about a 5 LB Skipjack with a 10/0 - 12/0 J hook with 130 LB - 200 LB mono or Fluro. The fishing reels most of us used were 50's with a stout 7 foot rod. Something like a 3X5 or a 4X unlimited fishing rod. First you would catch a skipjack on a...
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    Independence Sportfishing 15 day trip report.. Nov. 29- Dec. 14

    This trip departed the day after Thanksgiving. Judy at the office sent out e-mails to everyone that if we wanted to we can load the night before and stay on the boat. Some stayed on the boat the night before.... I loaded my stuff and got a hotel and met up on the 29th with only my overnight...
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    Happy Thanksgiving From Texas

    Have a great flight Joseph. Relax in the Sky Club lounge. I take it you are going fishing? I am leaving soon for a 15 day trip on the Indy. We depart early Friday morning. Happy Thanksgiving
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    Happy Thanksgiving From Texas

    Happy Thanksgiving Freddie. I am packed and leaving Friday for a 15 day trip on the Indy.
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    Red Rooster, Nov. 2019 Accurate 11/8 day video

    Thanks for posting. Enjoyed watching it.
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    Fishing the rail for giant tuna

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    Independence ROGER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC & PHENIX RODS-OPEN 15 Day

    Packed and ready for the drive to San Diego. See you boys Thanksgiving day or early Friday morning.
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    Leaving early Polaris supreme

    Bill good luck on your trip. I leave Friday on the Indy for a 15 day.
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    If the Lower Banks go off-

    I have a Viper brother.... but you make some sweet rods!!
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    If the Lower Banks go off-

    Leaving the day after Thanksgiving on a 15 day on the Indy. Jim good luck on your trip brother. Timing looks right.
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    Weather forecast for next week. Rain.. prepare yourself

    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/ca/san-diego Could be rain when loading. I cover my duffle bags with large garbage bags ( thick outside use ) and bring a tarp that you can buy at home depot to cover my dock cart. Just a heads up when loading your carts in the rain. Good luck everyone.
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    1st Trip aboard the Indy in Nov 2019

    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/ca/san-diego Could be rain when loading. I cover my duffle bags with large garbage bags ( thick outside use ) and bring a tarp that you can buy at home depot to cover my dock cart.
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    Independence ROGER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC & PHENIX RODS-OPEN 15 Day

    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/ca/san-diego Could be rain when loading. I cover my duffle bags with large garbage bags ( thick outside use ) and bring a tarp that you can buy at home depot to cover my dock cart.
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    Okuma Makaira 15T II SEa on the water

    Jeff thanks for the report on the new reel.
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    1st Trip aboard the Indy in Nov 2019

    I better start packing. Will be there around 3pm Thanksgiving day. Anyone doing dinner that night? Going to stay at a hotel, most of my stuff I will bring onboard the night before and checking in with Judy at the office. Then in the morning I will just have my backpack. Looking forward to this...
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    Clothing for January 16 day

    It should be warm down below in the lower zone. We travel 4 days south some 1,000 miles. I bring shorts and t-shirts but have been down there when it can be a bit cold in the early mornings. Jacket and sweatshirt in case it gets cold. Any other questions you might have I sent you a pm in your in...
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    RP 11/1-11/11 Part 1

    Great report Blaine. Its all about having a great time out on the water. I will be on the RP in April for a 18 day.
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    ,

    Bump for a great guy. You need not to worry with Steve. A standup gentleman.
  486. Soda Pop

    Spirit of Adventure - October 15-23, 2019

    Thanks for the report Alan. Great boat. I always enjoy myself on the SOA.
  487. Soda Pop

    Independence ROGER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC & PHENIX RODS-OPEN 15 Day

    Friday the day after Thanksgiving ( Nov. 29 - Dec. 14 )
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    Independence ROGER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC & PHENIX RODS-OPEN 15 Day

    I just got the last spot on this trip. Its so close they wanted me to get a cashiers check from my bank. I haven't rode the boat in some time so I understand why they would not accept my check. Not a problem. Just checking to see if anyone is on this trip. This will be my first time on this...
  489. Soda Pop

    Looking for Captain Jimmy’s Wahoo bombs

    ………………………………………………………………….. These are the real deal. I caught over a dozen wahoo on them last year.
  490. Soda Pop

    Upcoming Cow Trips - 16 & 18 day trips

    I really cut down this year on my Longer trips down south. I am booked on the Excel 16 day Team Hoo Cow Hunt Jan. 15-31.. a really fun group and a few east coast boys that fly in for this trip every year. My next trip will be on the Royal Polaris for an 18 day fishing adventure. This trip JOHN...
  491. Soda Pop

    If the Lower Banks go off-

    ……………………………………………………………………... Dec. 18?? I think your on the Dec. 28? if so I am on the trip after you... The Team Hoo Cow Hunt 16 day... good luck.... I use to fish that Thanksgiving trip but its hard on the dates.
  492. Soda Pop

    newbie needs gear recomendation for 10 day trip on The RP

    …………………………………………………………………………. I use to do 6-7 trips a year..anywhere from 15-16....but this year I did something different ……… a few 6 day trips a 5 day and cut the long 15 day trips down to 3 this year and added an 18 day in April on the Royal Polaris …. Hope to share the rail with you on a...
  493. Soda Pop

    Queequeg = Ahab

    I think I have.... as long as its alcohol free I will drink it....
  494. Soda Pop

    Queequeg = Ahab

    I got a PM from him also.... I did not respond and had a soda pop....
  495. Soda Pop

    So, I’m going fishing again...

    Good luck Steve.. enjoy your time out on the water....
  496. Soda Pop

    How many set ups?

    Your good to go... Wahoo... Tuna...Grouper... dorado.. and maybe some bluefin... I did back to back 14- 15 day trips a few years ago.... I packed all my cloths for the first trip and put green tags on for my first trip on the Angler... then I just left my other duffle bags in my truck with the...
  497. Soda Pop

    First time on the Intrepid, Dec. 10-20, 2019

    I have been on the Intrepid close to 400 days. Its a beautiful boat.... one problem about the boat... you can't hear the boat going faster or slowing down... and its too easy to sleep because the engines don't make much noise LOL... ( Queegueg ) for you to come in here and bash Fishybuzz and...
  498. Soda Pop

    So I guess I'll sell?

    Let me know what you have in the way of terminal tackle... and reels... maybe even some wahoo rods Loc.
  499. Soda Pop

    Fluorocarbon for wind-ons for Cow fishing

    ………………………………………………………………………. Rob, What 16 day trip on the Excel are you on. I am on the Team Hoo trip. I myself like fishing Seaguar Fluoro Premier. You will use more 100Lb than any other.... 2nd would be 130... 150 and 200 for kite and big baits. There are a lot of Fluorocarbon on the market...
  500. Soda Pop

    LIMIT STYLE, GALLAGHER/EXCEL 10 DAY

    thanks for the post. looks like a fun filled time on the water. I will be on the Big X in Jan. for a 16 day.
  501. Soda Pop

    UNITED COMPOSITES 76 VIPER RAIL ROD

    Jake. Nice rod. I have a viper but I just might snag that beautiful rod. Never have enough toys.
  502. Soda Pop

    Come on Saturday

    Gene, Enjoy your fishing adventure to the Lupe. Been there a few times this year. Beautiful Island and some nice Tuna and BIG Yellowtail lurking around that Island. Don't dangle any body parts over the rail while on the anchor. Those Great White Sharks are nothing to play with. Have a safe drive...
  503. Soda Pop

    Sad news about the Chief Sportfishing boat

    This was my first Long Range boat I went on years ago. Back then it was called the Big Game 90 then renamed the Chief. This is really sad news. Every trip I have been on over the years I always made a point to see her. It brings back memories. Its very sad news this boat will no longer be part...
  504. Soda Pop

    Mike nail

    Congrats on the newest addition to your family.
  505. Soda Pop

    Red rooster calstar 6-day trip report

    I enjoyed your fishing report. You did amazing brother. As for the 100 pound tuna.... you will get it on another trip.... its always great to have a bucket list and some day I know you will cross that big tuna off your list. I have been fishing the Lupe for 30 + years and have been there a few...
  506. Soda Pop

    First Custom Rod

    Bill has made many rods for me. He can do anything you want. Beautiful art work.
  507. Soda Pop

    1936 Ford Hotrod

    Sweet ride. I have seen this car and its nothing short of a 10 inside and out!
  508. Soda Pop

    looking to contact old crew members and others

    ………………………………………………………………………. bought my very first custom rod from Ono Custom Rods when he had a shop in the bay area many years ago.
  509. Soda Pop

    9 day Excel adventure 09-10 to 09-19-19!

    Great trip report brother. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself. That's what life is all about! Come Jan. I will be on the BIG X for a 16 day. Great boat - Great crew and some mighty fine food. Thanks again for taking the time to post the pictures and the report.
  510. Soda Pop

    Long Range Give Aways

    Bill, Each trip is different when it comes to the swag. I myself go on many trips each year ranging from 5-18 days. I don't go for the swag but there are trips that I get a t-shirt and 2 jigs all the way up to one trip you need to bring an extra duffle bag because the charter master gives swag...
  511. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    ……………………………………………………………………. I used Owner.. but the boat had these bronze hooks made by eagle claw that worked fine.
  512. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    …………………………………………………………………... I used Owner.. but the boat had these bronze hooks made by eagle claw that worked fine.
  513. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    …………………………………………………………………………. We departed on Sept. 8th. Mike on the Spirit is a great guy and its a really great boat.
  514. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    ……………………………………………………………………….. No Yellowtail fishing... we talked to the RP and Yellowtail fishing was very poor.
  515. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    …………………………………………………………………………. Blaine the patch worked great. NO sea sickness at all... he felt great the entire trip. Man those Scopolamine patches are the real deal. He ate every meal and lots of candy and chips.
  516. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    Just got back from a 6 day on the Red Rooster. First I want to thank the Captain & Crew and Mike in the galley. 5 Star customer service! This trip I took a guy with autism with me as my guest. This guy loves to fish and he fished every time the boat was not moving. One day he even got up at 1AM...
  517. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster Roll call .. 6 day IZORLINE ..SEPT. 8-14

    Just got a call from the office. Were going to Guadalupe Island to fish.
  518. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster Roll call .. 6 day IZORLINE ..SEPT. 8-14

    Lake said it perfect. Spot on.... …………………………………………………………………….. You won’t get off the boat. They’ve usually had us set our passports on a galley table, then we wait outside while they do the paperwork, both checking in and checking out. Pretty easy. From most trips I’ve done there we did little...
  519. Soda Pop

    Costello 6-day Long Range Trip on Polaris Supreme

    Not like Tommy and the Polaris Supreme to do that. Wow 6 days... I just got back from fishing Guadalupe Island on a 6 day on the Red Rooster... and I am going back again on a 6 day to fish the Rooster leaving this Sunday. Wow I fished the Polaris Supreme with Tommy many times.... I would be...
  520. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster Roll call .. 6 day IZORLINE ..SEPT. 8-14

    He is a size 9... thanks for thinking of him
  521. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster Roll call .. 6 day IZORLINE ..SEPT. 8-14

    Leaving Saturday for the drive down to San Diego. First stop will be Squdico for a bit of shopping. Need to buy some boots for the guy I am taking with me and some tackle. as of now it looks like we will be fishing Guadalupe Island. I was there 2 weeks ago and fishing was very good with little...
  522. Soda Pop

    2020 long range schedules

    I am already booked on the Excel in Jan. for a 16 day and the Royal Polaris 18 day in April. Both these trips I booked as soon as the boat hit the dock from last years trips.
  523. Soda Pop

    Calcutta Jig Bag

    What am I going to tell my wife... LOL I am going to San Diego this Friday. Anyone selling them down there???
  524. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe Island trip report

    My friend Chris getting fishing lessons in my back yard. His first ever long range trip. A 6 day on the red rooster.
  525. Soda Pop

    Royal Star Guadalupe Report Aug17-24

    They worked great on our trip on the Red Rooster. Got back Friday. Like he said pull hard is the key.
  526. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe Island trip report

    I fish with Larry and give money to his programs. Larry is a great guy that helps many that could never do this.
  527. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe Island trip report

    I forgot to mention the chunk worked at times.... and the hearts from the tuna worked great.... I used a 4/0 hook on the chunk
  528. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe Island trip report

    Yes but I am paying 2 full payed tickets in 2 weeks...taking a special needs kids with me.. 48... great guy...so its 2X permits....tip and soda... more money than a 16 day trip... but worth every dime brother.... this guy loves fishing and has never did this type of fishing... took him salmon...
  529. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe Island trip report

    Either ones were working... didn't really make a difference. I was using J hooks and circles.. both with the same results.
  530. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe sharks.

  531. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe Island trip report

    Just got back yesterday from a 6 day Guadalupe Island fishing trip. We were on the Larry Brown trip fishing the Red Rooster. Fishing the Island was really good at times. So here is what worked for us... 40-50 lb line... I myself fished 50 most all the time....40 got bit better but you were...
  532. Soda Pop

    Guadalupe sharks.

    Just got back from fishing the island. The tax man wasn’t that bad but the sharks really put on a show.
  533. Soda Pop

    Intrepid - Berutich 8 Day

    I am not sure that's a Wahoo brother... looks like a HUGE LOG..... Nice Wahoo... one of those we refer to as logs when they get that big... Congrats are in order...
  534. Soda Pop

    Roll call.... Red Rooster III... Aug. 17-23... 6 day... LARRY BROWN

    I wish,... the taxman is waiting at the Island.... bringing tons of hooks and leaders... part of the game....
  535. Soda Pop

    Roll call.... Red Rooster III... Aug. 17-23... 6 day... LARRY BROWN

    Departing this Saturday Aug.17. I just called the office yesterday... we are fishing Guadalupe Island.. Excited to be part of this trip. looking forward to fishing the Island. Chime in if your on this trip.... or just to give us good luck cheers.
  536. Soda Pop

    Opportunity for Long Range Anglers on the Red Rooster III

    Yes I called the office... there going to the island.
  537. Soda Pop

    Opportunity for Long Range Anglers on the Red Rooster III

    I just bought a discounted trip from a guy that could not make the trip. I will be fishing the Red Rooster departing SAT., AUG. 17 and returning FRI., AUG. 23... this is a 6 day fishing adventure fishing on Larry Brown charter.
  538. Soda Pop

    Opportunity for Long Range Anglers on the Red Rooster III

    This spot is sold.... I just bought it.
  539. Soda Pop

    Opportunity for Long Range Anglers on the Red Rooster III

    I will take it..... I called the number and left a message to buy this trip.
  540. Soda Pop

    How to Treat Seasickness

    I am taking a buddy of mine on a 6 day trip. I took him Rock Cod fishing outside the Golden Gate Bridge for a test to see if he would get seasick. Well he turned green and was very seasick the entire day. I mentor this young man and want him to have a great time out on a long range boat. He...
  541. Soda Pop

    Bad News

    I fished with Bluefin Jim on the Red Rooster awhile back. Great guy. He will be missed by many anglers and friends. Rest in peace my brother.
  542. Soda Pop

    Success Sportfishing with 5 Super cow BFT's..

    Romo is a deckhand
  543. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster III 5 day trip.... July 30- Aug. 4... Seaguar/Catchy Tackle/Hayabusa/NOMAD TACKLE

    Got those small hooks... packed and ready to roll out tomorrow morning. See you on Tuesday brother.
  544. Soda Pop

    Just Booked Excel Trip

    Don't get lost downstairs on the BIG X … LOL .... its a big boat that gets into some BIG FISH.... Enjoy yourself.... I come back in on the Red Rooster that morning.... around 6 or 7am...
  545. Soda Pop

    Red Rooster III 5 day trip.... July 30- Aug. 4... Seaguar/Catchy Tackle/Hayabusa/NOMAD TACKLE

    Just got lucky someone cancelled there trip on the Red Rooster. I have been eyeing this trip for some time but it was sold out. Called the office today and guess what.... I got the last spot due to someone that could not make this trip. Aug. 2nd is my birthday so my wife said go out and have a...
  546. Soda Pop

    Fishing reports are really really good... time to get out on the water

    Mike are you on trip # 19 … FRI., SEPT. 20 THU., SEPT. 26... 6 day trip 29/CALSTAR RODS -- sponsor
  547. Soda Pop

    Fishing reports are really really good... time to get out on the water

    Mike are you on trip # 19 … FRI., SEPT. 20 THU., SEPT. 26... 6 day trip 29/CALSTAR RODS -- sponsor
  548. Soda Pop

    Fishing reports are really really good... time to get out on the water

    LOL. brother..... some day you will be like me old fat and retired.
  549. Soda Pop

    Fishing reports are really really good... time to get out on the water

    Intrepid Sportfishing Fish Report …………………………......………………………………………... Bill Cavanaugh called in from the Intrepid out of San Diego, CA tonight with a wrap up from fishing today. We had another good day of Yellowtail fishing and had limits again! Good biting Yellowtail today similar to yesterday...
  550. Soda Pop

    shears to cut braid?

    BHP Tackle Basil Pappas BHP Tackle, Inc. 73 Norma Road Harrington Park, NJ 07640 Shop: 201-767-9028 iPhone: 201-835-5887
  551. Soda Pop

    Excel-Ballast Point Brewing 8-Day, Sept 2-10

    Matthew have a great trip. Your on the BIG X. Its gonna be a great time out on the water. Great boat and a very helpful crew.
  552. Soda Pop

    Music on deck

    Depends on the trip. The Excel has a 16 day in Jan. and they bring amps-speakers and for the next 16 days its like a concert. I myself love it..... that's why I go on that trip.... some trips don't like music.... that's when my ear buds come in..... it all depends on the trip. Just ask around...
  553. Soda Pop

    At what point?

    Check out Celebrity Flora. Its there new ship. Were going on there 1st. cruise. ………………………………………………... https://www.celebritycruises.com/galapagos/ships/celebrity-flora/
  554. Soda Pop

    At what point?

    My wife and I are doing some traveling to the Galapagos Islands.... Canada..... Alaska.... has nothing to do with how the fishing is.... its about keeping the wife happy brother.... LOL
  555. Soda Pop

    At what point?

    I am doin something a bit different this year. Not going on 5-6 long trips ( 15-16 days ) I am doing a 16 day in Jan. on the Excel and in April I am doing a 18 day on the RP. This summer I will be doing ( 2 ) 6 day trips and might toss in another 8 day trip. Looking at the Red Rooster for my...
  556. Soda Pop

    Mini-Range on Royal Star 6/7-6/10

    Thanks for the report. Sounds like everyone had a great time out of the water.
  557. Soda Pop

    Going to do some 6 day trips. Need some tackle tips

    I will call the office and check. Thanks for the Info brother.
  558. Soda Pop

    Going to do some 6 day trips. Need some tackle tips

    Steve I am on the Red Rooster Sept. 8-14. I am also looking for another 6 day trip in late July-Sept. I am taking a buddy of mine that has never been on the boats in San Diego. This will be a birthday present for him.
  559. Soda Pop

    Update on one of our brothers Titan05

    your in my heart.... prayers....
  560. Soda Pop

    Going to do some 6 day trips. Need some tackle tips

    Ok so here's the deal. For the last 15+ years I have been fishing 15-16 day trips where we target the huge Yellowfin Tuna and the speedy Wahoo. At times we will also make stops at the rocks for home grown Yellowtail. I need to make some tackle adjustments and need some help in this department. (...
  561. Soda Pop

    Royal Star June 7

    Russ enjoy your first long range trip. I remember the time I first time booking a long range trip... the days went by really slow.... enjoy yourself and take some pictures and post them. I just got back a few weeks ago from a 16 day trip. Been doing these trips for a very long time. You will...
  562. Soda Pop

    So, I’m going fishing

    Enjoy your trip Steve. Have a blast out on the Angler.
  563. Soda Pop

    RR3 Trip Cancelled

    That would cut my cost by $200.00 LOL great post Eric.. LOL
  564. Soda Pop

    RR3 Trip Cancelled

    Time to unpack. Bummer. I don't think I have ever had to unpack.... this will be new to me... LOL
  565. Soda Pop

    Fresno Ca. lakes to fish .... and fishing gear needed

    I just bought a 14 foot boat. I am looking to find lakes in my area to take my boat and fish for trout-Kokanee-Striped bass-cat fish or anything that bites. I don't really want to drive more than 2 hours..... shorter the better..... and maybe a few days where i camp and take the boat.... Mostly...
  566. Soda Pop

    Fresno Ca. lakes to fish .....

    I just bought a 14 foot boat. I am looking to find lakes in my area to take my boat and fish for trout-Kokanee-Striped bass-cat fish or anything that bites. I don't really want to drive more than 2 hours..... shorter the better..... and maybe a few days where i camp and take the boat.... Mostly...
  567. Soda Pop

    Why wait for the funeral ?

    Great guy.... Here is a story about Wayne..... So I fished with him on a 15 day trip on the Intrepid.... about 3 weeks after the trip UPS have a delivery for me..... Its a soda pop clock from Wayne. I was blown away.... that soda pop clocks is in my movie theater and I always smile when I look...
  568. Soda Pop

    RP - John Collins 16 day trip report

    Doug thanks for the report. It was a blast fishing with you. Roy and his crew were amazing. I really enjoyed my first RP trip. I am calling the office today and booking the trip for next year. I really like that next years trip will be an 18 day.
  569. Soda Pop

    Okuma Excel 16 Day April 2019

    Congrats David on another super cow. I almost took a swim over to the Excel to give you a ice cold cherry soda but Roy loved the soda pop collection. Thanks for the report.
  570. Soda Pop

    Satellite TV

    Most of the boats won't get NBC-CBS-ABC any longer. Just came off the RP 16 day.... works about 2-3 days south.... then cuts off.....
  571. Soda Pop

    Congradulations to Tim Turis

    Congrats Tim.
  572. Soda Pop

    On the water report. 16 day RP trip

    Steaming our way South to our next destination. Soon there will be no internet or tv. Next report might take a week. Nice weather with smooth sailing. All tackle in order for our arrival tomorrow morning. Cow hunting begins in the AM. We will also be looking for those toothy critters we call...
  573. Soda Pop

    On the water report. 16 day RP trip

    We started fishing today at the rocks. lots of home grown BIG Yellowtail. After that we loaded up on green backs. Nice looking mackerel and a few scads and tubes mixed in. On our way south. Won’t be able to report from the lower zone. No internet where we headed. Great crew and a great bunch of...
  574. Soda Pop

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    See some of you for dinner. On the road again..... hey wait....someone sang thank song before..... Excited!
  575. Soda Pop

    Threadlock spectra

    I have it on some of my reels. Not a problem.
  576. Soda Pop

    RP trip short.

    Thanks for the info. On the 16 day RP Wed.
  577. Soda Pop

    Fish processing prices?

    Freshly packed RSW fish. I donate all my fish frozen fish to the galley or other customers on the boat. I wait for my fish so that works out for me.
  578. Soda Pop

    Fish processing prices?

    Never said they didn't charge me for ice. I pay $10.00 for 2 bags of ice. I see it on my bill before they load my fish and ice it down.
  579. Soda Pop

    Fish processing prices?

    I tip $20.00 when I pick up my fish from 5 Star. They load it into my coolers and put the amount of ice needed for my 6 hour drive home. Great customer service.
  580. Soda Pop

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    Lots of Crew treats and don't forget the soda pop brother... LOL yep I always overpack.
  581. Soda Pop

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    Packed and ready to hit the road Tuesday. RP departs Wednesday around 8AM.
  582. Soda Pop

    RP update - done with wahoo and 15 cows so far......

    I dip my bait in grape soda pop.... the tuna really love grape soda... LOL
  583. Soda Pop

    2 openings on Excel 16 day

    That's some funny sh*t right there. Not the giveaways you do...those are way better than 90% of other charter masters.... then you have all your toys..... I can't give anyone a ride either.... I have too many dam soda pops.... LOL
  584. Soda Pop

    2 openings on Excel 16 day

    I am on the Excel in January 2020 also. A 16 day. Team hoo trip.
  585. Soda Pop

    2 openings on Excel 16 day

    Wahoo and Cows on the chew. See you out there David. These spots should go with the great fishing that's been reported. Great boat...……. Great crew and some really good food.
  586. Soda Pop

    RP 16 day John Collins' trip - 1 spot just opened up

    With fishing as hot as its been this should go fast. Wahoo and Cows. see you on the trip Doug.
  587. Soda Pop

    The INDEPENDENCE

    I leave next Wed. on a 16 day on the RP. Never fished the boat. Its about time. I remember way back when I was a very young lad I dreamed someday fishing Long Range on the RP. My dream will be fulfilled very soon. I am excited to be part of this upcoming 16 day trip aboard the RP.
  588. Soda Pop

    RP update - done with wahoo and 15 cows so far......

    8 days to go. 75% packed.
  589. Soda Pop

    Shannon Crushes it AGAIN...

    Nice work. I am on the next trip leaving the 24th. A 16 day. Excited to be part of this upcoming trip.
  590. Soda Pop

    New toys for upcoming 16 Day RP trip.

    60 LB spectra with a 40 or 50 LB top shot. I am old school so the top shot will be about 50-75 yards.
  591. Soda Pop

    New toys for upcoming 16 Day RP trip.

    When I was at the Fred Hall show in Long Beach I picked up some new toys for my upcoming Royal Polaris trip in late April.
  592. Soda Pop

    EXCEL new waste management policy

    Great move. Another reason why I will keep booking trips on the Big X. They care about our playgrounds ( Oceans )
  593. Soda Pop

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    Thanks brother.... If you do 6-7 trips a year it don't take long. I cut back on my trips … I am only doing 3-5 of the 15-16 day trips a year now... wife wants to see the world... Next vacation with my wife will be the Galapagos Islands.... I better leave my rod and reel home for this trip...
  594. Soda Pop

    RP - on a BFT bite...

    Time to add some bluefin gear to my 16 day on the RP in April.... nice job RP crew....
  595. Soda Pop

    Just Booked Excel Trip

    Ben you picked a great boat. Lots of rail room to fish. Jason in the office has customer service down. Great guy to ask questions. When you first step foot on the boat the your going to have a blast. Enjoy your time on the BIG X. I ride the 16 day trip in Jan.
  596. Soda Pop

    Bag to carry clothes

    I use duffle bags. No name bags. They look like the name brands but half the price.
  597. Soda Pop

    Tiburon Great Service

    Sounds like they have that Customer service down over at Tiburon Engineering. Thanks for posting. I always do my business with someone who knows what customer service is. If they forgot it or don't know it I don't go back.
  598. Soda Pop

    Is the Independance at the dock at the Fred Hall show .. Long Beach

    Every year I the Indy has been at the Fred Hall show. Just a short walk over the bridge. Is the Indy at this years Fred Hall show in Long Beach?
  599. Soda Pop

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    I always pack my soda cup. I drink OJ in the AM and Soda in the PM. Thsnks for the heads up
  600. Soda Pop

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    I have been on a number of boats in the San Diego fleet for the past 30+ years. I have yet to ride the RP. So about a year ago a buddy called me up and said hey soda you should jump on this trip in April. I thought to my self.. when I was in my mid 20's I always wanted to ride the legendary...
  601. Soda Pop

    Brand new Shimano Torium 20HG reel New low price

    New low price $150.00 includes shipping..... lower 48
  602. Soda Pop

    Brand new Shimano Torium 20HG reel New low price

    $175.00--- Includes shipping lower 48. Brand new Shimano Torium 20HG...… NOW $150.00
  603. Soda Pop

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Hey brother..... I enjoyed every page.... every word.... now its sad.... because its over...… till your next trip.....
  604. Soda Pop

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Jump on a trip. There is no other place like San Diego Long range. Mike I live in Fresno.
  605. Soda Pop

    Cow tuna trips

    I am still going long. I cut back from 7 trips a year to 4--5 trips. I like the 16 days if it fits my schedule. Gives a couple of more days in the lower zone..... its not all about the fishing... its much more than that.
  606. Soda Pop

    Wahoo Bombs.....Which do you prefer?

    Those are the bomb brother. Never have I had a bomb like this JRI. Going to buy a case of these.... there the real deal..... I need 30-40 of these brother......
  607. Soda Pop

    The Fred Hall show .... Long Beach

    great boat.... great operation.... I will stop by and say hello.... Tommy and crew are great!
  608. Soda Pop

    The Fred Hall show .... Long Beach

    Just finished my list for the show. Hope to see everyone at the show. Going Thursday when the doors open.
  609. Soda Pop

    The Fred Hall show .... Long Beach

    Every year I look forward to the Fred Hall show in Long Beach. My wife and I really enjoy talking with reps and talking with travel agents and guides. This years show is almost here. I have my list so I am ready with some kind of plan. I plan on being at the show March 7th. Hope to run into some...
  610. Soda Pop

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Another great read. Thanks Nebraska.
  611. Soda Pop

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Now you see why I have a love for these Long range trips. It’s not always the fishing that keeps me coming back. It’s nature at its finest. The big fish are a bonus but a whale breached out of the water. That’s priceless brother.
  612. Soda Pop

    Spiral Wrapped Rods

    No need for these rods.
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Another beautiful read. Guess what brother. I am loving it.
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    Oldie but Goodie Revisited

    Great post. Love it.
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    AA 14 Day Trip Report 1/27-2/10

    Great fishing report. Sounds like you all had a great time with some great friends ona great boat with some great food. O and you won the tournament. That’s bonus time brother. Thanks for the great report. Enjoying every word.
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    SD Long Range fishing highlighted in NY fishing podcast

    I was on that trip. Great hearing and reliving the adventure. Well put John. Okay
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Another great read congrats are in order for yet another milestone. Beautiful grade fish.
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Another great read. Yep that guy knows them wahoo. I also picked his brain before. Keep it coming brother. Thanks for the professional reports
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    Intrepid 16 Day, Departing 2-17-2019

    You boys have a great trip. Enjoy.
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    Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

    I own a 4 wheel drive truck. It was never seen snow or had the off road experience. It will stay that way. Years ago when our dogs were young we drove them up to the snow line. I am a true California guy that likes the no snow life.
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    RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19, Part 4, Lessons learned

    Loc.... I I seen ya in the deep blue Pacific Ocean on that trip.. .... Great report. Thanks
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    You know what Nebraska, I am sitting here thinking to myself, not only can that guy fish, but he can write so well, that it's like we were there with you! Waiting with baited breath for the next installment.
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    XL at Alijos Rocks

    Tim thanks for the report. The BIG X can smell wahoo really good....
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    Production JRI Intruder Makes It's Debut

    the new JRI direct tie bombs are outstanding. Don't take my word for it...ask Soda Pop. Rodless_Jim is right. The new JRI direct tie bombs are the real deal. PERIOD!! I caught 15 wahoo on the way down at the rocks... lost many more... hey that's wahoo fishing. I used 130 fluro so I lost a bunch...
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    JB Line One

    We were at the same bank and we had good fishing also . I was on the Excel 16 day trip. We returned Thursday with 6 cows and many fish in the 140-180 mark. The rocks on the way down gave us a 5 hour workout on the Wahoo. 106 of the skinnies to start our trip. Good luck RP. I will see you guys...
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    We stopped and fished for yellowtail. We got a few but most of them had locked jaws. It’s a beautiful ride uphill here on the BIG X. We will be at fisherman’s landing tomorrow ( Thursday ) at 5:30 AM. This trip was a great group to fish with. Everyone had a blast. The entire crew on the Excel...
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    The rocks were not as good to us as they were on the way down. We scored right around 35 wahoo yesterday. Most on the troll. They were around they just had locked jaws. Still a great day with calm seas. We might fish tomorrow for a couple of hours but that’s still up in the air. Most everyone...
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    The rocks were not as good to us as they were on the way down. We scored right around 35 wahoo yesterday. Most on the troll. They were around they just had locked jaws. Still a great day with calm seas. We might fish tomorrow for a couple of hours but that’s still up in the air. Most everyone...
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Quick update. A nice stop on 9 very nice grade wahoo. A little slow than the last time we were here but putting some skinnies on the BIG X. We have right around 15 wahoo so far. Took a look at the bank near the rocks. Nothing there.
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    T-minus 1.5 hours till we hit the rocks. Watch out you toothy wahoo we’re comming for ya with bombs at the ready.
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    T-minus 3.5 hours till you’re going to hear GOING OUT-LOW BRIDGE. always good to call out when casting your go to wahoo lures. This group has safety down while having fun. Almost time for breakfast then heading out on deck to rig up my wahoo gear. I will hook up A couple of JRI Jigs and a bait...
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Traveling day with smooth seas. It’s movie day here on the BIG X. Everyone is relaxing and getting ready for wahoo fishing tomorrow to finish up our 16 day fishing adventure.
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Bill the super mutu bent and the shank of the hook broke.
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    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Well internet service has been out due to our southern area we fished. Fishing was good at times but also had its slow times. We scored a few more cows and caught some more wahoo. Tuna were in the mixed bag going 70-240 with the average sitting right around the 100 lb mark. Weather has been...