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    Marla's 11/1/19

    I woke up Friday morning, November first, and grabbed a cab to LAX. I hopped on board a Delta flight something something, bound for Puerto Vallarta. Sunny Mexico, baby. I was on an undercover mission to find out all I could about the Marla's Sportfishing group. Bit of background. Five or six...
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    THE BIGHT, 9/15/19

    Like some kind of modern day Captain Ahab, and his white whale nemesis, I've been chasing, some might say obsessing, after one of those monster sized blue finned tunas, that have been lurking in our local waters the past couple of seasons. The bite going on just off our shores here in Southern...
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    Apollo, August 18

    I've been trying to catch one of those bigger blue fin tuna for a couple of seasons now. The only way to do it, is to spend time on the water. Way back in early July, looking at the San Diego landings, and their schedules, trying to find a boat with an open spot, that would be fishing around...
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    Another Pee Vee report...

    But this one is from the Pacific Voyager, out of San Diego. Got on board last Thursday night, to fish with a couple of buddies, Dave B. and Tee Dubs, on one of Dave's Tuna Time Charters. We were headed out, along with 15 other anglers, to chase the mixed grade blue fin tuna, that were swimming...
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    April 4-8, 2019

    THIS ONE IS FOR ZACK... Eight returnees from last year, and three new guys, descended upon Puerto Vallarta Thursday afternoon, and met up at the boat. We were on a three day vacation, with a little bit of fishing on the side. A bunch of old tuna anglers, we've been fishing together for...
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    Apollo report, Feb 1-4

    (It's a long, long, long ways... if you don't like reading, skip it.) Just How Far Is It To Heaven? I wonder if one day, there will be a trip I take, that won't be "story" worthy... It wasn't this one. If you are my faithful reader, you may recall that, last year I chartered the Apollo...
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    Apollo Opening, Jan 31-Feb 4

    One of the anglers on our charter has to bail out. He's offering a deep discount to someone, hoping to sell his spot, and I'm trying to help him. PM me for details if interested.
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    CONSTITUTION CAPER, 11/18

    "We the people..." It was last June, and I was flipping the pages of the weekly fish rag, when I spied an advertisement for the sportboat, Constitution. In the ad, they had posted their schedule for this Winter's season, when the boat would be running trips out of Puerto Vallarta again. Last...
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    AZTEC ADVENTURE

    Like all of the other salty guys I know, I have been following the exploits of the San Diego fishing fleet as they search out & destroy the blue fin tuna at San Clemente Island the last couple of seasons. It seems these days, instead of having to travel to the Revillagigedo Island chain off of...
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    overdue trip report, sort of...

    More story than report, it's a long one. The That Guy, Those Guys, and That Gal Tale I thought my days of chartering fishing boats were behind me, but there I was, last Spring, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, contacting the owner of Apollo, about hiring his platform, and his crew, for this...
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    TRIPLE A RATED ADVENTURE

    ONCE AGAIN I'LL REMIND YOU I DON'T DO FISH REPORTS. I WRITE STORIES ABOUT MY ADVENTURES. IF THAT DOESN'T SOUND GOOD TO YOU, STOP READING NOW! "One little Indian, two little Indian......" a child's nursery rhyme. Yada, yada, yada, once again I find myself at the airport in Puerto Vallarta...
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    EL CHIVO DEL CONSTITUTION

    EN LA CIMA DEL MUNDO I woke up last Saturday morning, hopped in a cab, and headed to the airport. I boarded a flight for Puerto Vallarta, and when I arrived, I took a cab to the Paradise Village resort, where I jumped on board the Constitution, that was tied to the dock. Myself, twelve other...
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    PACIFIC VOYAGER JUNE 2-3

    I was itchin' to go fishin' and needed some salt water and a good cheeseburger. I saw an ad for an opening aboard the Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing. It was a Tuna Time charter, and I know the guy who runs them, Dave B. He and I fished long range together on the Royal Star a...
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    APOLLO ADVENTURE

    (You knew it was coming.) 12 ANGRY MEN Preface It was around Christmas last year. I was perusing a fishing message board when I noticed a friend had just posted that he had an opening in Feb. 2017 on a charter he does aboard the Apollo. Those are about as rare as rare can be. The Apollo is a...
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    CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE

    (Given the recent events, I thought this post would be more appropriate here. Mods can move it to the Mainland Mexico fish reports board if they desire.) RIDING THE RAILS WITH EL CHIVO The trip started last July. I got a phone call from my buddy I used to call The Kid. He's all grown up now...
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    Showtime on the Star

    "Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends..." The latest road trip, on this thrilling adventure ride we call San Diego Long Range Fishing, started last August when I contacted the offices of Royal Star about an opening I had seen on their Spring schedule. It was a first for me...
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    ORCA

    Looking at my latest edition of The Reel News, a newsletter for members of ORCA, the Old Reels Collector Association. It's a "members only" publication and this month's edition lists all of the members. Not too many Californians do I see, but I recognize a couple of names, I would think some...
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    Blue Dream at the Buffer Zone

    a story about a fishing trip... That time of year again. Fall Round-up on the Cattle grounds. The Kid and I were hooking up one more time, for another adventure on the Red Rooster out of San Diego. It's the same trip we've been on the past three years. We're not newbies, but we're not...
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    One Man Charters, 8-24

    I thought my turn was never going to come, but here I am. A little bit late, but what the hell. Based on the lack of storms this past winter and the warm temperature of the water offshore, I advised my buds to skip the three to four day trip this summer and be prepared to fish "close range"...
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    Won't start...

    My buddy has a whaler w/ a 2005 merc outboard on it. Last time out, got the boat to Catalina, started fishing, when we try to start the engine again, it's a no go. We got towed in. Boat ran fine on trailer. Put in two new batteries, and tried again this weekend. Same thing. Got towed...
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    Showdown At Shimada

    “Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner…” Paul McCartney Chapter One The Kid picked me up at four thirty a.m. We were going fishing. It was Springtime in Southern California, and we were traveling down to Mexico, looking to harvest some...
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    Conflict At Clarion

    I don't do fish reports. I write stories about fishing trips. "I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie, and that I was the star of a Hollywood movie." Scott Miller Chapter One November 11, 2014. The Kid's Birthday. "Sweetie, it's Papa." Quite an unusual greeting I thought to myself, as I...
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    Down Low...

    I was told to keep it hush-hush. I was told to "be cool" and "act like you been there before". But I'm so freakin' excited, I'm about to explode. I've only been waiting a year. It's like the week before Christmas, and we start opening presents on Saturday, I think. My buddy is picking me up...
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    Main line or pre-fab??

    Question for you experts using the crimp system. Do you insert your flouro or mono into and crimp onto, the line on the reel, or do you make a prefabricated leader that you weave into your hollow main line?
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    Saturday 8-9

    A buddy is thinking of taking his new to him 24 footer out of San Pedro next Saturday, and trying to talk me into going along. I told him I would post here and see if we can get some help making a battle plan. Anyone care to help us out?? Thanks in advance
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    Intrepid 4th of July 3 day trip

    Subtitled, "The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly (Cue the music) The good started when I got four of my buddies to sign up for the trip. The bad was the trip sold out (last January) before we could get any more on board. The good was riding up into the parking lot last Friday morning and seeing some...
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    Rooster

    Recent reports read like they're stuck between the rock and the hard place with few options. My worst nightmare.
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    Accurate/Red Rooster Trip

    It's not a trip report. It's an almost true story about a fishing trip. The Notebook "What is irony? What is the meaning of 'ironic'?" Denver Charlie Martinez, early in the trip, sitting on the back porch of the Red Rooster III, recalling an episode of Seinfeld, an old TV comedy show Chapter...
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    RR 3 Wednesday???

    Only 48 hours till boarding. Anybody else excited? Too early for a roll call?? Who's bringing lunch?? Paperwork I got from the boat says check in early and bring a brown bag. I won't mention the permit/fuel fees. Jeez. 4500 bones and I can't get a hot dog??
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    Tribute report....

    So what happened this weekend???
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    Wheels too??

    So I need tires for my painted Trail-Rite trailer that has chromed/rusted steel rims. Based on info from this board, I figured to head over to America's Tire to look for trailer tires. Any brandname I should ask for?? My real question is, should I use the opportunity to find some galvanized...
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    Newbie needs help...

    Hi fellas, The wifey sez she wants to go to N.Z. I said OK, but naturally, I'm going to want to fish while I'm there. Can any of you gentlemen/high rollers point me in the right direction to get started? Give me the straight scoop the travel sites won't give me. I've heard about the...
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    SHOGUN follow-up, 8/16-19

    Warning! Warning! No pics, no video. If reading is difficult, err, hard for you, don't bother going any further.... Thursday, 8/16 o dark thirty. My adopted, step-son. in law, Freddie McDonald, he of the famous Old McDonald farming family, showed up right on time. We hopped in my truck and...
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    SHOGUN this weekend???

    Any other BDer's gettin' on board this weekend?? It's finally our turn, we've been waiting since January!!! Me and my party of five are mountin' up and headin' out on a mini-round-up of some of them calves and yearlings roamin' that big blue pasture out there south of the border, down...
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    One way ticket??

    A buddy is trying to sell me on doing a fly back trip this fall. Presently, it looks like there is only one option to fly from Cabo to Dago direct. A one way non refundable ticket is @ $400, the refundable is @ $500. Should I go ahead & buy a ticket now, or wait for some "sale" that you guys...
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    Kids...

    I'm gonna try and do one of those story/reports, even though Cadillac Bob told me you can't write one of these until the trip is over. This one if for all the guys stuck at home with a sick relative, or other family obligations that keep them from going offshore. Seasons come and seasons go...