Sorry for the hi jack, but it’s sort of related. I have an 81 TR (painted) under a Montauk, I’m rehabbing.
I was going to replace all of the hardware, short of the bearing buddy axle, with new parts, so I can use the trailer during the rehab process, ultimately getting a galvanized one down the...
It looks fabulous, and I'd like to do this too, but I see only four screw mounts built into the deck, holding a lot of weight, and the weight is not centered. Do you lash it down when underway? Will it take an offshore pounding?
And the thought of adding the weight of two more batteries to...
Well, after sleeping on it a couple of nights,
I can tell you this.
The Osunas have been doing it since 1983.
They own a fleet of boats.
The guys on my crew were XLNT.
I still think not telling me the boat wasn't ready is shady.
I'm one little gringo.
They won't miss me.
You won't see me in...
We woke up.
Well, you know the rest.
We packed up our crap.
Ten men doing manly things in a manly way,
meant we were anxious for a hot shower,
a real toilet,
where you didn't have to hold your finger on the button,
while you tap the motor with a pair of pliers.
And our own beds to...
yup, you got it,
coffee and cigarettes.
"Who wants to go fishing?", Roberto yells out to all of us.
"If you do, time to get up now."
A Fernando fruit bowl to start the day.
For the next couple of hours,
Roberto took us to a high spot,
and we fished for bottom critters...
I woke up to the smell of brewing coffee,
and burning cigarette tobacco.
At seven a.m.,
after another one of Fernando's energy packed fruit bowls,
we were fishing again
Overnight, the crew had replenished our supply of squids,
and netted a couple of bonus puffer fish.
Those are like...
I woke up to the smell of brewing coffee and burning cigarette.
When I got upstairs, Fernando was waiting for me with a steel thermos mug full of coffee.
"Jose", he said, "I want you to use this cup for all of your drinks during the course of the voyage.
When the trip is over, take it...
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...
On Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:38:21 AM PDT, Billy Keleman <[email protected]> wrote:
Thanks for the kind words.
My trips are 2300 and up to 4 anglers. I dont do any open party trips. what month are you looking at?
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...
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...
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...
The first 400 yards went on low, and slow, with an extreme criss cross every so often. Something about the edges where the line meets the spool's sides, makes me nervous.
I wound the last hundred yards on wet, thru my fingertips, with the weight of a bare hook. Just like I would be doing on...
Andre, I don't know if this will work for me.
I decided to try it though, and filled my SX with 500 m of 30 pound braid and went to set the drag. That thin line seems to bury itself rather easily.
I thought about re winding with a criss cross motion, but I'm sure I won't be able to do that on a...
We got off the boat,
but had time for breakfast,
before leaving for the airport.
There was a special guest invited today.
He showed up just as we finished eating.
His real name is Joe,
but everyone called him Dad.
He's Magic's pop,
and Junior's grandfather.
Eighty something year old...
but not enough.
Up early again,
to try for them.
You know it's the same old story.
A fight for love and glory.
A case of do, or die.
Time to fish or cut bait.
We hit the gap between two islands until the sun came up.
The mood was mellow.
We moved to another...
Everyone was up early and enthusiastic,
ready to try for them again.
It turned into a long, slow day,
typical of what the season had been about this year.
Mother Nature added to the misery.
Bluebird skies of yesterday were gone,
to be replaced by a hot...
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...
Steve, I'm like the captain, I feel like each angler is my tool, so I'm fishing ten outfits all the time...the lads caught 15 tuna for me, 100-150 lbs. Those are big fish for most of these guys.
I'm down for a Pee Vee trip with you anytime.
You want two spots on next year's trip???
(It's a long, long, long ways...
if you don't like reading,
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...
I was up at five a.m.
We were already tied up, back at the dock near Paradise Village.
A couple of hours later, we were getting off the boat.
The Colorado gang went shopping for more coolers.
The Texans had an early flight and headed off to the airport.
Jason was hanging in town for a...
Up early again.
The weather has taken a turn.
It's breezy now.
Whitecaps on the surface of the ocean all around us.
I order breakfast from Pepe while my shipmates soak baits.
Jean Luc asks me if I'm planning to fish today and I tell him no.
I explain to him, that since I didn't try for...
The whole gang was up bright and early,
anxious to use those squids for bait this morning.
I rose with the sun, knowing that the crew would be putting the balloon rigs out once they could see them.
I looked at my watch.
It was seven a.m.
Chicago Steve had just put the finishing...
Woke up, and was in no hurry.
We wouldn't be reaching the fishing grounds for a while.
I went to see Pepe, and get some breakfast.
When we reached the area northwest of San Juanito Island,
Keith pulled back the throttles, and set up the boat for it's first drift.
I asked him to tune up...
"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.
Thank You for the kind words.
I left long range behind,
but have been posting pretty regular on the Mainland Mexico board.
Puerto Vallarta is/was my playground the past few seasons.
San Clemente Isaland may change all that....
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...
"Round 'em up...."
We turned the herd back to Pee Vee.
We partied into the night.
We give Cherry a fancy bandana for ropin' his Super.
We give him a new nickname too.
We give the Hot Stick a fancy bandana too.
That Gal, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, looked pretty pleased with herself.
"soon we will be livin' high and wide...."
Mike, the New Guy.
He'd been in that saddle all day long.
Waitin' for the call.
Then, hopin' for the call.
Then, beggin' for the call.
The call came and he answered it.
In the dark,
He liked what he heard.
The other balloon rig went off.
"Hell bent for leather...."
We was up early again the next day,
thinkin' it could be a repeat of yesterday.
We struck fool's gold.
We was hopin' to wrassle up a couple in the morning,
drive the herd down a ways,
and check out a different waterin' hole on the way back to Pee Vee...
"Keep them dogies rollin'...."
I checked the roster.
EVERYONE of the Wild Bunch had taken a shot.
We needed to get Charlie one over the rail.
I told him to stand by for the next hit on the balloon.
He went to go put some fluid in him.
That gives me a chance to tell you about Charlie & Magic...
"Cut 'em out, ride 'em in..."
Captain Jake was hollerin' around the camp outside.
Most of us was still sleepy-eyed.
He went thru the bunkhouse, headed to the bow,
"Buenos dias, little bluebirds."
"Time to wake up now my little babies."
Then, on his way back to...
"Let's move 'em out...."
Everybody was up nice & early, ready to hit the trail hard.
As far as first days go, it was pretty darn good.
We must have been in a good spot.
Although we hadn't hooked anything,
by mid-morning, we'd seen more jumping tuna, and diving bird schools, than Jake had seen...
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,
in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,
contacting the owner of Apollo,
about hiring his platform,
and his crew,
Accurate w/ the guts of a 30, the angler stated.
Only issue would be capacity, he said.
Accurates are like Ferraris, he said.
Maintenance is the key he said.
Take care of it, it will take care of you, he said.
Good luck, I said.
THE NEXT DAY
We partied hard into the night, while the crew ate dinner, processed our fish, cleaned up the boat, got ready to catch more squids for bait, and did their best to make sure each of us was content.
They are simply amazing.
Overnight and into the next morning, Hot Dog drove us to a...
MONDAY, THE PRESIDENT'S DAY
As the red sun rose in the pink sky,
little did we know,
what Mothers Earth and Nature had in store for us today.
"Old Mike" hooked up a Whopper.
With cheese on it.
After a while, "Old Mike" quit making any headway,
and handed off the rod to Hot...
In between the King's breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks,
we managed to pull five tuna over the rail today.
That Guy was still sleeping when Aaron, with an E, got the party started with an estimated 120 something pound yellowfin tuna fish.
Later in the day, Joe the crane guy...
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...
Thanks for the compliment. Always nice to wake up to one of those on a Saturday morning.
I'm afraid I'm one of the guys who won't be signing up for any long range trips out of San Diego, since I've discovered the many joys available down in Puerto Vallarta.
It's apples & oranges to...
Ten thirty a.m.
The Orca effect is in effect.
Nothing has worked today, and we still have three anglers aboard who have yet to "catch" a fish.
After yesterday's glory, many of the victorious are content to sit on the sideline, chit chatting, and nursing...
MONDAY MORNING, 1/8/18
Si, se puede...
We got up at five,
and jigged some more with the PL-68 lures.
We put some of the live squids we caught last night,
on hook rigs, and staggered them at various depths,
using lead weights of various sizes.
The crew put some squids under the helium balloon...
We got to the "start searching" grounds around three a.m.,
where the Skipper cut the engines off.
For a couple of hours,
we were able to drift in silence,
while the motion of the ocean,
rocked you to sleep.
About five a.m.,
we slowly rose,
and started jigging some PL-68 fishing...
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...
I asked one of the processors to "steak" out a wahoo for me as I like the visual presentation on the plate.
They hemmed and hawed, you could tell they didn't really want to do it.
I said OK, OK, fillet it, and they were all smiles.
Maybe they don't have a saw, maybe "steaking" nicks their...
Trying to get back to the original post...
1. Flybacks have their share of fans, and haters. Because of the logistics involved, they don't work for everyone.
But for some anglers, once the fishing for big tuna is over, it's nice to get off the boat and avoid the long three day ride home.
Back to the original question,
None of that usual stuff is in play on your trip.
In Pee Vee, the fishing grounds are only five or six hours, not days, away.
At the end of the fishing day, they'll motor over to some shallows where you'll spend the night, sans engine noise.
Next morning, a...
I can't believe you're still riding that tub.
I do love Aaron, and Russ, and Charlie, but c'mon.
After the trip we did together, I told The Kid never again.
You'd have to pay ME,
and even then I'd have to think twice.
I don't know if this is relevant or not.
I took a trip on a boat where they unloaded into slushy bins.
Somehow, according to my notes, I caught six tuna on the boat, but they turned into four tuna at the processor.
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,
He and I fished long range together on the Royal Star a...
Don't give up on that trip yet Lou.
Rosie Flowers, formerly of Fisherman's Processing took over an outfit called Cedros Adventures. Check them out on Facebook. I think their season just started....good luck.
I'm still high from that fish,
When the last one you caught was a cow, it sticks with you.
And I'm ready to go back again right now, even though the fishing is slow.
The boat called me and said they had an open spot in April, but it's the one weekend I can't get away, dammit.
Steve, I looked...
I woke up around three,
tossed and turned until five.
Shark was sawing logs.
We settled up our tabs,
and the crew filled our coolers with our precious booty.
Dad took a moment to say a few words.
He talked about the good will at the rail,
in spite of the tough...
I woke up and realize my face is numb,
and frozen into a smile.
Did it really happen?
Or was it just a dream?
Three thirty a.m.
The engines fire up, and we head out to hunt some more.
The rest of the guys are fishing.
I'm slow to get started...
It turned out I was bit good, by a tuna dragging me to the stern.
We picked up a couple of loose lines along the way.
He turned around and took me back towards the bow,
and we picked up all the other loose lines we could find.
About midships, when I saw that tangled up wad of...
I'm up early today.
Without the boat noise,
or the rocking & rolling,
along with the lack of sleep.
combined with my tiredness from standing at the rail all day unfulfilled,
I slept pretty good.
I sipped coffee and watched the PL-68 guys get some exercise while I...
I'm slow to rise.
Another rough night without sleep.
The boat's engine noise, and the weighting & unweighting in the bunk, kept me awake as the boat travelled overnight to the happy hunting grounds.
By seven a.m., I'm finally ready...
Steve K. bids me good...
Valentine's Day, 2017
I kissed Honey good-bye,
and hopped in a taxi to the airport.
I couldn't get to sleep at all last night,
the anticipation, my imagination running wild.
Nine o'clock in the morning, LAX, and I'm tired already.
I found my gate, and surveyed the crowd.
(You knew it was coming.)
12 ANGRY MEN
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...
THE AFTER PARTY
The fishing was over.
We started packing our stuff to be ready for the early departure in the morning.
After dinner, the Skipper came down and held a seminar to go over the procedure for tomorrow and collect our tabs for the trip.
We polished off the last of the booze and hit...
During lunch I overhear the Skipper tell someone that he wants to start heading back around three p.m.
My other brother Tim is up next on the balloon rig.
We tried a few spots and the clock ticked off the last minutes of the trip.
Around two p.m., the Skipper found another one of those...
THAT WOW FINISH
Monday, 5 a.m.
I get up to go pee.
When I come out, I see the crew in the bow, trying to jig up some squid.
Cant. Evaristo goes by me with about a one foot specimen,
and deposits it in the bait tank.
"Not so far."
I guess the squidding is slow.
In the afternoon...
Much, much later in the day...
The Skipper drove us to an area where the birds were crashing on baits at the surface of the water.
Tuna were jumping clear out of the water.
Porpoise were swimming all around the boat.
It was like one of those National Geographic specials...
SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY
I'm up to answer nature's call.
Fire up engine number one.
Fire up engine number two.
We head off to the hunting grounds to start jigging.
It was a bust.
The whole morning was a bust.
My brother Joe got bit, it looked like a heavy, was on it for a...
By lunchtime, remember those fish tacos, it was clear that Wee Ho was the hot stick of the morning.
I think he got four bites.
I don't know that he landed them all.
Washington Jon got bit a couple of times, couldn't keep pace with Wee Ho.
After two fish, my brother Tim took his foot...
1/7/17 Saturday morning, four a.m.
Time to get up and get jiggy with it.
We took a short ride to the hunting grounds while trying to wake up, get dressed, and pour some coffee down our gullets.
Antonio is slicing & dicing some fresh fruit and putting it on the counter for...
(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...
Good morning Warlord,
My buddy The Kid is putting together a charter on the new Maximus.
Jan 6 3.5 day trip. I'm thinking of going, there are a couple of spots available.
I was wondering what, if anything you have going on in PeeVee next season.
I couldn't have done it without you.
As far as sidekicks go... you're no Kid...
but I'd use you in a pinch
Many would disagree with your statement.
Let's just hope we can both make it to the rail again some day.
TUESDAY, MAY 3RD
THE FINAL CURTAIN!
Up and at 'em for the ride from West LA to Diego.
On the freeway.
At the landing.
Say "hi" to the fellas.
The boat arrives.
We unload our gear and observe the unloading of our precious cargo.
MONDAY, MAY 2ND
STRIKING THE SET!
Going back to work, I'm stiff walking up the hill to my office, but I'm happy and healthy overall.
No complaints at all. I'm enjoying the high that comes after a good trip.
It doesn't last forever, so enjoy it while you can.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH
THE WRAP PARTY
I couldn't sleep.
I figured I would get ready to disembark.
Shower first, cup of joe second.
Went up for coffee, and Mike hit me with some waffles.
They hit the spot perfectly.
I excused myself to finish packing.
I'm ready to...
FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH
THE CURTAIN FALLS
We're rocking and rolling as the Star beelines towards Cabo San Lucas
It was tough to sleep without an aid of some kind.
I try to rise.
I go up for coffee that turns into bacon & eggs.
I excuse myself to go down and start...
THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH
THE "WOW" FINISH
Now, or never.
We drop the anchor and start trying.
Ryan gave me another hot bait and I soaked it in the zone for nothing.
We got on the move.
I got bit!
I moved the drag lever forward, struck a pose...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH
THE PLOT THICKENS...
The engines fire up a half hour earlier than usual, waking me from my slumber.
I'm guessing I slept, but I don't feel like I did.
I try to rise, then decide to nap another ten minutes.
Ten minutes turned into half an hour.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH
ONE MORE TIME...
The engines starting waken me.
I finally got a good night's sleep.
Always a good way to start the day...a fruit bowl and a chat with Obi Wan.
Breakfast, and I watch the other passengers as they come & go.
MONDAY, APRIL 25TH
SHOWTIME, PART TWO
Sleep was difficult.
I was reliving all of those glories of yesterday.
I got up and took a shower.
I layed back down and cat napped for a couple of hours.
The diesel engines, which had been silent all night, roar to life.
I rise for...
SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH
Engines slow, but don't quit.
Some ham & eggs for breakfast.
I'm dressed in my costume and ready to fish the southwest corner, where we make our approach.
We stopped and I soaked a sardine for nothing, except a view of a beautiful...
BACK TO FISHING...
The curtain fell on our performance and we brought up the lights.
Cue up the music, load up the trucks, we're on the road again.
Another tough morning for me.
But I'm glad I got up early and "tried" for them.
Time to try for a nap now.
I go to the bow and cast out a sardine on the starboard side.
Using my 100 lb. outfit, I'm fishing just below the Skipper, as he stands outside the wheelhouse, and watches the action along the rail.
Everything appears to be "normal".
I get bit by a smallish tuna, I push the drag...
SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD
Someone left a jig tied on their outfit and it's banging on the house as the boat rolls left, then right, on the anchor.
The noise woke me, and now i'm lying in my bunk.
I figure I might as well go soak a bait as lie here.
When I get there, Jordan is...
FRIDAY, APRIL 22ND
I'm up & at 'em.
Eggs Benedict, hot coffee, and a fruit bowl for dessert.
Telling myself to "relax" and just "have fun".
I've soaked two baits and I've hooked two sharks.
Crewman Steve gives me a shark fighting lesson...
While consuming my eggplant parmesan, which was way better than it sounds, I tried to forget about Clarion, and recall what I could about the pattern at the Shimada.
We wouldn't have to fish for bait now, the crew would do that.
We probably wouldn't be doing as...
THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST
THE CURTAIN RISES...
THE OPENING ACT.
5:00 a.m. I'm up, and at 'em.
5;30 a.m. It's still dark outside.
I gulp hot coffee, gobble my black beans w/ chorizo & eggs.
I take some tylenol to stay ahead of the pain.
I feel good.
I wish everyone around me, "good luck" in the...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH
THE DRESS REHEARSAL...
5:00 a.m. Shower & look for a cup of Joe.
Find one & sit down to chat w/ Chatsworth Steve and Dennis Dee.
Dave B. from Ramona is on the back deck, and we finally get a chance to say "Hi".
6:30 a.m. Bacon & Eggs. Can you smell them?
TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH
THE CAST ARRIVES...
5:30 a.m. Up and at 'em to get ready.
7:30 a.m. Taxi to LAX.
8:30 a.m. Find the Warlord for that cocktail I promised him.
10:30 a.m. Our flight boards passengers. I bid the Warlord good luck as he heads towards the coach section, and I take my seat...
SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH
THE SHOW LOADS IN...
2:45 a.m. Rise & shine for the drive from west LA to Diego.
I really missed my chauffeur/sherpa, aka The Kid this morning.
6:00 a.m. Arrival at the landing.
Rather than board in order of ticket purchase, the Star has a first come/first served...
"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...
Here are the Headlines from yesterday.
It was a beautiful day at the landing.
Textbook San Diego sunshine.
Traffic was not horrible.
Chatted with everyone while waiting for the boat to arrive.
Load out went smoothly.
Breakfast @ The Fig Tree Cafe was fantastic.
Picked up fish from Rosie @...
Not that any of this matters, I'm just an armchair angler,
but the Star leaves Cabo Tues. afternoon, 30 hours later would put them in prime position to check out Clarion Island Thursday morning, maybe even make some bait.
Fish it till about lunch, decide to stay or go,
18 hours later would put...
Good luck Rick!
I've seen you in action so I'm confident you'll get your share.
Last one on means first one to get bit, doesn't it?
Look forward to reading your report.
I hope there's a happy ending in it for you...
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...
DAY THIRTEEN Sunday, November 22nd
Four thirty a.m.
I'm up and at 'em, getting ready for a six a.m. departure.
Eight thirty a.m.
We are off the boat, sitting at Captain Tony's restaurant, having breakfast.
Ten thirty a.m.
At the airport, I chat it up with Nubs & Dr. John while we wait for...
Seven thirty p.m.
Just before dinner, we had another meeting.
Jack said a few nice words to the group, we applauded the crew.
Then Jack told us he had an announcement.
Apparently, this afternoon, after Miles landed his fish,
unbeknownst to me,
some of my fellow anglers had gone to the rules...
Three fifty p.m.
Back at the rail, keeping my foot on the gas.
I hear a commotion from the other side of the boat,
where I remember seeing El Machete fishing the heavy tackle,
on a helium balloon rig,
in lieu of the kite.
He's hooked a heavy, but he's on the heavy tackle.
After a battle, he is...
After a beer, reality set it.
Given the quality of talent on this boat, I knew no lead was safe.
I knew I should "keep trying".
Keep my foot on the gas.
We were fishing a drift.
Everyone was lined up on the port side, the bright sun shining down on us.
Pita Phil was at the end of...
We anchored on another spot for lunch,
and the grouper festival continued.
After lunch, Nibbles was working the chunk bucket, so I took the lesson I requested yesterday,
at the rail today
I recorded his answers in my notebook,
and stowed the notebook back in my cabin.
When I came back...
DAY TWELVE Saturday, November 21st
...soak baits like there's no tomorrow.
Four thirty a.m.
I'm up and at 'em.
Six thirty a.m.
We're close to terra firma again, so the satellite dish is working, and we're watching the news in the galley.
There's a lot going on in the world, so we have...
DAY ELEVEN Friday, November 20th
Five thirty a.m.
Finally a good night's sleep.
We're hauling ass, a tiny bit of pitch & roll.
Comfortable, but not smooth.
Breakfast with Nubs.
I asked him about his next adventure,
and that led to a good conversation about the differences in the...
DAY TEN Thursday, November 19th
Let's "try" for bait.
Four thirty a.m.
On our way offshore.
Six thirty a.m.
Three so far.
Laurens (I told you he was a "hot stick") got another nice one.
A pep talk from Alec.
Seven thirty a.m.
Sometimes your the windshield, sometimes you're the...
DAY NINE Wednesday, November 18th
The boat's motors, coming to life, awaken me.
One thirty a.m.
I dress and rig to catch bait.
No one else is trying, so I go lay down again.
Three thirty a.m.
We try again.
The howling winds have subsided.
BEST DAMN DAY EVER, part 2
Making bait, been up since two a.m.
It was Italian for dinner tonight.
A big 'ol slab of hearty lasagna.
Family style with Laurens,
Charley and Magic,
Fresno Donna, for a change,
and Leo, who brought the wine, and was kind enough to share with the rest of...
DAY EIGHT Tuesday, November 17th
"The Day in the Bay"
One forty five a.m.
I can't sleep, so I get up to make bait.
Dr. Death is in the stern alone, already trying.
Crewman Nick Maurer is trying in the port corner.
I fall in line with them.
On our way to the grounds.
The wind is...
DAY SEVEN Monday, November 16
The Winds of Change
Three forty five a.m.
Andy fires up his engines.
I get dressed thinking we're going to make bait.
When I get there, I'm the only one.
Four fifteen a.m.
He pulled the anchor and we are on the move.
Five forty five a.m.
The Kid talks me...
DAY SIX Sunday, November 15th
Three thirty a.m.
Wake up call.
I didn't sleep well.
Noises in the night.
Got myself up to go try for bait.
Six thirty a.m.
We got some!
Then we went off to "go look".
Ten minutes later, Andy found a spot.
Fresno Donna was the first to get bit.
DAY FIVE... the second half
I slide into a booth and wait for breakfast to be served.
Looking out the galley window, reliving the experience in my mind, my sensitive nature overwhelms me and I can't help but shed a tear, or two, of joy.
Some guys at the next table saw me, so I pretended I had...
DAY FIVE Saturday, November 14th
4:30 a.m. Wake up.
Andy wants to start looking around.
I barely slept last night, thinking about this morning.
Like a kid waiting for Christmas.
6:00 a.m. A good start.
We stopped to drift about an hour ago.
I took my first bait to the bow.
The Kid was...
DAY FOUR, Friday the 13th
I slept good last night.
I woke up to the smell of bacon frying.
At six o'clock, I was having a first cup of fresh Joe.
I shared a table with "Nubs" Teraoka, and quizzed him about the wahoo set-up I saw him sporting yesterday. That discussion evolved into a broader...
DAY THREE November 12th
Happy Birthday B.D. Laurens.
Forty five years young, I think he said.
He's one of the many "hot sticks" on board.
When he speaks...I listen.
It is a "nothing" day today.
so after breakfast,
I took it "easy".
9:30 a.m. The Captain calls us into the galley to share...
DAY TWO November 11th
Happy Birthday Kid!
Thirty six years young.
After breakfast, we kept unpacking.
A mid-morning seminar/booty give-away broke up the routine,
and set the table for lunch.
Seafood chowder in a fresh-baked Sourdough loaf/bowl.
After that, we rigged some wahoo...
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...
Cool story, brah, but it wasn't just the commercials.
I was always curious about this subject.
I wondered why i couldn't go where the other guys had gone before me.
So I googled the topic just as you posted it.
Franks' version of the facts is there.
And some other interesting reading material...
Wow, what a thread.
The old guys are stirring it up all over this board.
Kenny Tulao. Now, there's a legend.
Can you say Calstar?
Met him right before he passed.
His picture was hanging on the wall in a booth where I met the late, great Rollo Heyn.
Right before he passed.
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"...
The red tags tell the crew that fish is designated for Fisherman's Processing's icy, slushy bins that are located nearby.
The white tag tells the crew that fish is designated for a cart ride up the dock to be sorted by the passengers.
Good luck trying to get the eight sign ups, I hope you get 'em.
If you look at the trips scheduled for this November, they've sold a total of three spots since January.
For one reason or another, few are willing to commit to this operation for Bank/Clarion trips.
Frank has tried in the past, I...
Alaska Bill, was that the Wahoodad trip after Xmas w/ Mike Pritchard running the boat??
I was your new best friend for about a new york minute before you caught that cow.
Fishing the N/W corner of the buffer zone for days, we landed over twenty cows and Ed Otero got his Super??
You were a...
IDK, that's his guess.
I guessed the switch 'cuz I had a car with the same problem.
Heat = resistance? He only had the problem after driving the boat to Catalina twice.
Failed both times.
He put two new batteries in it after the first failure.
Maybe they're not charging.
Spark, fuel, or air...
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.
Andre, thank you for the compliment.
I write them, among other reasons, hoping to inspire others to take the step up to real long range fishing. The apex of the sport.
I try to stay positive.
Why do you have to throw a shot at Jim in this thread?
Roger that Jeff.
The Kid could probably give you more of what you're looking for than I can.
Best that I can remember, recall, heard from others, or read on the internet, the trip went like this:
The best score was done with the sinker rig in the pre dawn hours, pitch dark, dark side of the...
Chapter Twenty Three
Sunday, April 26
A "nothing" day for me. I continued to craft a story while thinking about those poor devils still on the boat.
Monday, April 27
My sciatic nerve woke up in time to walk with me to work today.
I sent an email to Sean & Rosie at Fisherman's...
Chapter Twenty Two
Saturday, April 25
We waited for the immigration agent to arrive with our visas.
I had been up since three a.m., writing the story, drinking coffee, chatting with passengers.
The Admiral tells me I look like a sailor with a liberty pass.
My old man would have been...
Chapter Twenty One
Three thirty a.m.
I couldn't sleep.
I laid in my bunk, writing the story in my head.
I figured I might as well get up and write it on paper.
I grabbed a quick shower, some more instant coffee, and sat down in the galley to write the next great American novel about a Japanese...
Thursday, April 23
Four thirty a.m.
The Skipper wakes us up to make bait.
Some of us made it onto the deck.
Five forty five a.m.
The Skipper decided to go look for some victims.
We caught a few small tuna, and a lot more sharks.
Even I caught a tuna.
When I went to the bait...
Wednesday, April 22
Four thirty a.m.
Back at Clarion Island, and up early, we tried to make bait.
Seven fifteen a.m.
We didn't catch shit for bait.
We went offshore looking for birds around the island as we enjoyed breakfast.
His Lordship, daimyo Allen, is...
After I got over myself, I tried to hunt down The Kid.
He told me he missed three bites this morning, and he looked a little down.
As I was talking to him, he got bit.
It was a shark.
Guess who came to me this morning to borrow a leader?
I told The Kid about the G-man...
Tuesday, April 21st
I would suggest you pour yourself a drink and find a seat.
This is going to be a long one.
I woke up around one o'clock last night.
That dream shook me up.
I couldn't get it out of my head.
I tried to sleep, but my mind wouldn't let me.
Before I crashed into my bunk, me and The Kid had a chat about our past, our present, and our future.
I told him about the weird dream I had had, about Musashi and Kojiro.
He wasn't really interested, and went back to playing his video game.
Maybe it was that chat, maybe it...
Four twenty a.m.
I finally got a half a night's good sleep.
I peeked outside and there were anglers at the rail.
I went and showered, and waited for another turn on the kite.
I ran into Near Beer Bob while getting a cup of coffee.
He said he made two...
Sunday, April 19th, half-way thru the adventure.
On deck at seven for a kite turn.
Seven forty five a.m.
I got a seventy five pounder off of the kite, and killed it quick.
It's a perfect size for the RSW (refrigerated salted water) and...
Saturday, April 18th, Three a.m.
I rose to try for them.
Nothing going on, so I go for coffee. My own instant.
Almost nothing going on.
A couple of jig fish were caught, including Old Dog with his old PL-68.
Mr. Hot Stick.
Five thirty a.m.
I say eff this...
A New Day...Friday, I think...Four a.m.
I was woken from my sleep, probably by The Kid going out to go fishing.
I took my sweet ass time getting going, but was on the deck at five thirty with a cup of coffee in my hands.
The lads had made a good score this morning.
Last night I had the weirdest dream.
I fell asleep thinking about the Shimada Seamount, and I ended up dreaming about a book I read many years ago. It was a fiction/history thing about a classic duel or showdown between two of Japan's greatest swordsmen.
Miyamoto Musashi and...
The few small wahoo we caught were donated to the galley for dinner tonight.
Not much tastes quite as good as fresh wahoo, so I ask The Chef to take me off of the beef scheduled for this evening, and I'll join the fish eating guys, The Admiral and The Tank Brothers, that I met last...
Wednesday, April 15th,
TAX DAY at Clarion Island, en route to the Shimada Seamount...
I wondered if I sent that check in before I left town???
At three a.m., for the first time in four days, the speed of the diesel engines changed.
The Skipper takes the throttle down a few RPMs...
Breakfast At Sevens.
It's a new day, but I don't know what day it is.
I sat down at a table with Near Beer Bob and Ed Moustache.
I already told you I was sharing shelf space with the daimyo Lord Allen.
I'm thrilled beyond words just to be able to write that sentence.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
A Bloody Mary.
Ah, the good life.
I sure am lucky.
The Skipper is trying to locate some warmer water so we can search for kelps, and find something we can kill and grill.
I shared a table with the G-Man, Culver City Mike, and Big...
Monday, April 13th
I got up to answer nature's call, and I saw a few gents sitting in the galley when I stopped for a glass of mizu.
My sleep was better last night, thanks to some earplugs, and some ventilation.
I went back downstairs to try and catch forty more winks...
After the seminar, the sponsors gave away a bunch of swag.
The Trokar guy sent some hats and hooks for everyone as well.
Jay the Printer passed out some shirts he made for the occasion.
I put one reel on a rod and took a timeout for lunch.
The Chef served up a flank...
It's four a.m. and I'm laying awake in my coffin.
The Kid and I are in Cabin 12.
I gave him the upper bunk, as a favor, after he laid a guilt trip on me about having it the past few trips.
It was odd, the way I remember it, I was going along with what he wanted.
His berth is super...
One by one, I introduced myself to the rest of the slayers.
There was Shoboshi (fireman) John.
Culver City Mike.
Lance "the other legend".
Roland "Tsuru" .
Don Don, squire to the Lord and Lady.
The Tank Brothers, Richard and Robert.
SHOGUN arrived at the dock at eight thirty.
It was already locked and loaded for battle.
We boarded ourselves and stashed our kits in cabins down below the deck level.
I discovered we had a daimyo lord aboard when the porter helped him and her Ladyship, with their things, into a...
“Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner…”
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...
Alan, I used the very same set-up as you described, last November, and landed fatties on both.
I know it won't mean much coming from me,
but I thought we should get back on topic...
I may take off the training wheels in a couple of weeks, while on the Shogun,
Depends on how the trip goes, I'll...
Been a fan since he was the salt water guy @ Western Outdoor News.
Picked up the premier issue last year, with an autograph, of course.
Did the same this year, and thanks to The Kid, I got a couple of bonus autographs from the Team Cheezy Poof boys, who were pictured in one of the articles...
I just wanted to say "thanks" to you and your boy for autographing my copy of The Bight.
I will treasure it always, and put it up there between the "bookends".
I'm sorry I wasn't there to say "hi" to you guys, I'm sure we would have shared a laugh or two...
Please express my thanks to...
Another disciple of Harvey the Hook.
I met him on the Q -105, where he used to live part time.
I visited both of his museum locations. Elsinore, when he got it all done, was an amazing place.
He was pricey, but he'd load you up w/ freebies after you sealed the deal.
I bought some Putters from...
Well, I was waiting for an appropriate time to make my one and only self serving bump up to the top of this thread,
but you guys keep beating me to the punch.
Reply #100 seems like a good place to say "Thank You" to all of you nice people who posted your comments, especially to the
"Sweetie, it's Papa."
"Wake up Sweetie, it's Papa."
My right eye opened slowly.
The room was dark. What little I could see appeared to be shadowy figures swaying back and forth.
"Are you up Sweetie?"
My ear, and my brain, recognized the voice of The Kid...
Six fifteen in the morning.
Another rough night of weighting and unweighting.
My back is not happy.
Maybe I am getting too old for this shit.
In the middle of the night,
I cracked the window open to get some fresh air.
That threw off the direction of the A/C,
Five a.m. on our last day, after another sleepless night.
A little wind put the boat in a rolly-poly mode, which my back muscles didn't care for.
More stuff banging around, more strange noises kept my brain asking the question, "Hey, what was that?"
This morning, no...
At two thirty a.m. we rose and made bait for the final assault.
We are moving now, getting into position for the morning bite.
At five thirty, I went in for a rinse.
Had a late breakfast with Chapman again, after he served everyone else.
The Kid didn't take my success this morning very well.
We're not gonna be roommates anymore, he says.
We're not gonna be fishin' buddies anymore, he says.
We may not even be friends anymore, he says.
I tell him I'm pret-tee popular right now,
and there would be no shortage of...
In the bright sunlight of a new day, we harvested my beast in the bow.
Portside, where it began.
I must be dreaming, as this time it was Caleb as the celebrity gaffer, in the number four spot.
Fist bumps and high fives all around.
OK, it was just me & myself.
The bait fishing turned into tuna fishing around five a.m.
With no current, everyone was angling in the stern, shoulder to shoulder, in the dark.
Welcome to Tangle City, Mexico.
I stayed up for this?
It was my first shot in the morning grey light bite of the trip.
Tuesday the 18th
Maybe slept a couple of hours, I don't know.
My mind kept replaying yesterday's highlights.
Not a bait used.
One fat jumbo on the kite, and one trophy contender on the troll.
Before breakfast, I'm having coffee with Al and Chapman.
Al, who has a house in Cabo, is...
We had dinner and tried to make bait again afterwards.
We failed miserably and were forced to try again at three a.m.
My "booze cruise" has become a working vacation
The "Love Boat" has turned into the Amistad.
Somebody asks if this is what I signed up for.
I tell them I think I'm...
Two good baits, and two nice fish.
When I used to come out here, I had a checklist.
1. Get bit.
2. Pull on a big one.
3. Land a big one.
3. Try and catch a wahoo.
Hit all four bases for a grand slam of a trip.
In the old days, I'd be done now, and ready to head...
At seven thirty a.m. we are still miles from the Zone,
and the anxiety level is rising.
The try for bait at Alijos Rocks had cost us a shot in the grey light this morning,
but as Andy often says, "You HAVE to try for them."
The check in with the Mexican Navy camp goes...
Friday morning, day three, and I slept in.
Again, not really slept, tossed and turned more like it.
The motion of the boat, rather than rocking me to sleep,
keeps nudging me awake.
The engines and other noises in the night never let my brain relax.
At breakfast, we dine while Jack...
It was pork chops for dinner tonight,
but the food didn't taste as good as before.
The bitter flavor of dead sardine lingered on our palates.
I climbed into my shoebox, er, my bunk and tried to sleep,
but instead, the rocking of the boat,
and things that go bump in the night,
"Sweetie, it's Papa."
I could hear The Kid's voice calling to me from somewhere.
I thought I was awake, but my vision was blurry, my head was aching,
possibly from the cheap booze we drank last night,
possibly from the throbbing knot on my forehead.
"I'm getting too old for this...
The boat came in this morning with a load of anglers and their fish,
so we can't start boarding till they come from re-fueling and prepping the boat.
We've all been up since o dark thirty,
after a sleepless night,
and we're chompin' at the bit to get aboard and get going.
Cowboy Jack is head "Boss" man on this cattle drive. He' driving a buckboard and he's brought a ton of supplies.
"Left Hand Leo" is riding shotgun on one side,
"Nubs" Teraoka on the other.
"Little" Larry is in the back seat driver position,
pipe smoking Peter Jim...
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."
November 11, 2014.
The Kid's Birthday.
"Sweetie, it's Papa."
Quite an unusual greeting I thought to myself, as I...
Good advice but a little too late.
You see, in the past, and I know you might find this hard to believe, but I've been known to utter a discouraging word or two.
But that was the old me. I've turned a new leaf.
I'm positive all the time about everything.
Of course, I haven't got to the landing...
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...
When I saw the title of your post, and with no offense meant, I was tempted to reply, "...if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it."
My experience has taught me that Long Range Fishing is no place for anyone on a "fixed income".
As for the tip, I tell my pals to budget at least 20% of...
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?
Mojo, (for some reason I love that name),
at some point in the process of going long, you made a decision to go with the crimp system.
Why are you considering wind-ons now?
What is it about the crimp kit that has caused you to re-consider your decision?
I chose wind-ons when I decided to go...
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
Well, you weren't the only persons to find that strange, and it sucks to hear the fish started biting as we drove away.
Calling it a trip at 5:30 p.m. when we were 80 miles from San Diego??
One of my guys was very p.o.ed and visited the wheelhouse.
Other folks just grumbled at the deck level...
I will forward that information to the Captain right away.
I'm curious to know what kind of pattern do you use with ten trollers?
The M & M's ?
The Twin "W's"?
Or my fave, the Bowling Pins?
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...
Naturally, it helps if the trollers put a bend in the rod and "try" to bring the tuna school to the boat, instead of playing their twenty five pound tuna like it's a blue marlin.
It can make a huge difference if everyone works together, but sometimes these things are not mentioned in the tackle...
Nick borrowed someone's satellite phone and called in a report to his lovely wife, who called me with the high and low lights.
The boat started at the Bank last Tuesday afternoon, and the fishing was slow.
A couple of other boats were in the neighborhood, they all scratched away.
My buddy, The Kid, aka Nick Rekrut, left Friday on Shogun.
He's on a 15 dayer, he should be arriving tommorrow morning at either the Bank or Big C.
Tried to talk me into going along, but the call of duty prohibited it.
He promised to call if the bite was off the hook.
Seems like it was just a...
Author's first name is Lincoln.
He went by Arizona Fishkiller on Allcoast where he posted this "almost true" story originally years ago.
He wrote a couple of long stories about his friend, Jerry.
Eventually, he got beat down by the narrow minded among us.
He doesn't fish, or write anymore.
Not talking about the menu,
but it looks like you guys pigged out!!!
I saw some pics on the boat's website,
and it looks like you're travelling with the Mayor of La Paz.
Say "Hi" to Mitch for me, please.
Buy a spring scale and you can answer yourself.
Your reel was designed to fish with 30 lb. line on the troll and provide 9-10 lbs. of drag at strike.
You can turn up the preset for more drag, but you'll lose "free-spool", if that's important to you.
To do what you want to do, and maintain "free...
If you have time, give us a galley report, please.
How's the coffee on board?
I know you are a bit of a connoisseur.
Do they still do a fresh soup every morning?
How's the chow?
The other boat seems to be on a pork fetish.
I think they can use you down at the landing.
Seriously, Jeff, I knew you were a lucky guy, I didn't know you were that f****'n lucky.
I would think there would be any number of organizations that would love to have a guy of your smarts volunteering a day or two a week.
Just pick your interest...
Bread & Butter?
More like burnt toast and moldy jam.
If he was really getting the "bread & butter" stuff, I don't think he would have left the Bank to go find fish, would he??
I bet he wasn't happy when he got to Clarion.
See you in the fall.
Like yourself, and many of the responders, I've been very fortunate, and I'm extremely grateful to have been out on the cow roundup more than once.
I stumbled upon. and rode that dry, dusty, lonely trail more than once, for days at a time.
My shipmates told me it builds character.
So, I've been a little bit under the weather lately, but I wanted to respond to all of the nice folks who took time to post a comment.
#2 Laurens, you were right. Again.
#4 Zack, did you mean that in a good or bad way??
#5 Slider, thank you.
#6 Ticket, I didn't consider that, I blamed my own...
So now, we're all caught up, and back to the beginning.
If only that notebook would show up.
Man, what a story it was going to be.
All it needed was the WOW finish.
That came in the mail yesterday afternoon.
It was Saturday after Thanksgiving.
I worked on the story in the...
I really need my notebook for this part, because this is where I tell you about the partying we did.
No, I mean I really NEED my notebook.
For some reason, I'm extremely fuzzy on this recollection.
I remember, there was an amazing quantity of fine spirits loaded on board when we...
Man, I could really use that notebook now.
I can barely remember our fifth day of fishing.
The Kid got one that tape measured out the same as mine.
He was sure his was larger.
We were gonna take a picture of the four of us when we got back to the landing, with me & him in the...
Day four. The worm turns.
I start off with that thirty five pound morsel I mentioned earlier, and finally put a tag on a fish.
It's the first day we can use the RSW, (refrigerated salted water) and it's the perfect size for sashimi when I get back home.
And as San Diego Dave...
If I had my notes, I could tell you about the fishing.
How The Kid started out fast and stayed strong.
"No Joe, that's not the reel I won this year.
That's the reel I won last year."
How Magic picked up right where he left off, building a stack of tuna deep and wide.
If I had my notebook, I could tell you about the crew.
About Captain Andy, who runs this showboat.
About him going out of his way to help me. Personally checking my tackle, and then adding a choice piece or two to my quiver.
Kept an eye on me, with good reason.
If only I had that notebook, I could tell you about all of the cool people on the trip.
Like Jack Nielsen. Number One on the roster, and number one in our hearts.
We give him the one finger salute often. Mostly when he's not looking.
Jackurate is a great guy. Our Host with the...
It's not a trip report.
It's an almost true story about a fishing trip.
"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
You can buy a chart at West Marine.
West Coast of North America is the one you want.
The Ridge I know is on the Pacific Coast of Baja, just outside of Magdalena Bay.
About two days south of San Diego as the boat goes.
The lower banks I know, Potato, Uncle Sam, etc. are on the Pacific Coast of...
What else would you expect from "that guy"????
I'll cancel my order of pastramis from Johnnie's for everybody then.
Sorry, I didn/t know that!! Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I heard there might be more...
I hope so, The Kid is driving....
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??
Wow B.D. Laurens, who knew?
Hot stick? Yeah, we all knew that,
but fish reporter too??
I'm not surprised YOU made lemonade out of the lemons though.
I'm thinking I'll leave the writing to you and focus on the fishing this time.
I was perusing my latest copy of the REEL NEWS (page 40) from ORCA, the Old Reel Collector's Association.
There was a picture of a a special crate of Von Hofe B Ocean reels.
The author of the article and builder of the crate is Bob Douglas.
I knew I had heard that name somewhere.
Reading between the lines of this post (it's difficult to read as written) I think I understand what you're saying.
First of all, I hope you have a trip of a lifetime.
From where I sit in the balcony, it looked like to me, Nick took a shot
(a clever little double entendre...
Very informative posts being put up between the live reports from Big Ed.
I thank you guys for contributing to the discussion.
Between bites of my wahoo salad lunch, the posts are re-igniting memories of the love/hate relationship we have with commercial fishing.
I reminded of some of...
Thank You for taking the time to answer my questions, I appreciate it and maybe some other long rangers will as well.
Good info there re the RSW. Thank you Jimmy Bunn, wherever you are.
I will be a more informed angler now.
Last question, do you know where do they offload their catch??
Jeff showed me his system a few years ago.
I went out and bought hooks and hardware.
Got on board the boat and asked the crew to rig them up for me, and why.
They looked at me like I was crazy.
Later in the trip, an angler hooked about a hundred pound fish on a sardine.
When the fish came up...
No offense, but my understanding is, that with modern electronics, everyone knows where everyone is, and where they've been, and can guess where they're going.
The commercials fleet is pretty sophisticated, maybe they do use long range reports, but I'm guessing they know/track fish using a bit...
I believe Birdnest Bill meets that qualification,
volunteered to step up,
and then something hit a snag.
What does it cost to run a website like Bill Roecker's?
Maybe the landing helped him out with that expense for publicity.
To me, it looked like Bill R. carved out a...
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...
The jigmaster was designed to throw light jigs on thirty pound line.
The Senators are designed to fish 40 and 60 lb. line respectively.
Are the sideplates black or maroon??
The Internationals are designed to troll with 50 lb. line. Around here, that means...
Thanks a bunch Mr. Rodless,
I'm afraid your on-the-spot, "live", real time reporting from the Bank and Buffer have raised the bar for all future fish reports and reporters.
No one is gonna want to read some week (or weak, depending on your POV) old story anymore.
I saw your pre...
I bought a 16 gal. tank from Pacific Edge Bait & Tackle.
I mounted it the port corner, opposite my kicker motor, to even out the weight.
I glued a bracket to the hull for the bait pump, although a pump mounted inside the tank would work too.
Overflow goes over the side.
Works so far.
I'm not aware of any drama going on presently, and can appreciate your loyalty to BD, and MOST of the time, I like your take on things, so give me your take on this.
Guy asks me, "Is the whole 'Bloodydecks' culture the image WE, as 'long-range-sportfishermen' want to send to the Mexican...
Great report Kid.
It was a pleasure to meet your Pops. Ask him if it was Valentine's Day the night he squeezed you out.
After he gets done laughing,
tell him my processor said the RSW done Wednesday, was still good to pass out to friends this Monday when I go back to work.
Great topic for discussion and absolutely the worst part of long range fishing.
I'll start by saying I'm the Pusher man. Always have been.
I enjoy the long walk back to the boat and looking around for my fellow passengers when I get there.
It gets kind of lonely...
I've ripped some guys...
A new spool would probably cost you more than the reel is worth.
Having purchased a few used Penn Internationals over the years, and then after removing the spectra from the reels, I've discovered similar spots of corrosion in various spots on the spools.
Cal Sheets suggested I use several...
If you're looking for a reel to fish sardines on cows, look at something newer like the VSX series. A topless frame makes a world of difference.
If you just want some bulletproof trolling/kite/big bait reels that will let you fish 80-130 pound line classes with confidence, then do the...
I'm no expert, but I just got a 50 VSX back from Cal.
The reel was nice before, now it's Very Nice.
The bearing & spool treatments you mention will allow you to fish the sardine more effectively.
The drag upgrade will help you at the end game.
As for whether it's worth the money, you being...
Plenty of hot water for your shower, your favorite table for all of your meals, no waiting for second helpings.
Plenty of time to work on the videos and burn the CD's you'll be giving to everyone on Wednesday morning, right.
What's the problem???
Let's talk fishing..
Do you think that all of this incredible bluefin fishing we've been enjoying this summer will get the attention of the commercials and bring back an larger fleet of seiners to the grounds next spring???
By the by, my fireman buddy offered me up some of that...
Maybe it's the way my twisted mind works.
This is the first summer in a couple of years that we've had a good tuna bite.
You know all of the processors are making money hand over fist this season.
Why would anyone rock the boat??
On another note, how about somebody start a thread to announce...
I know that's Fireman Gary Schall from Long Beach, and he told me he was going out about this time.
He used to run charters on the Q and he's been mentored by some of the best like Paul LePore and Curtis Owens.
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy,
except me of course.
That's the kind of insider information I came looking for, and the kind you won't get from a travel agent.
Almost like you were reading my mind...wow!!
Your best advice is the part about "you're not going to be able to see it all, so best to focus on the things of interest...
Thanks Skipper, I appreciate the offer of help.
Right now, my head is spinning with all of the possibilities.
As of now, fly into Auckland & pick up a rental car.
Head north as far as we can go just to see it, and then turn around and come back down south a wee bit & find a place to stay...
Damn dude, you'd do me like that?????
I'm calling the office Tuesday and asking for a different cabin.
Feeshing is frustrating enough, why you want to add that element to the trip??????????????????????
You might ask your doctor for the pill form of the patch called Scopace.
Your insurance probably will not pay for it, but it's worth the cost.
I only take it when the occasion calls for it, i.e. rough weather riding uphill.
It also works after the symptoms start, so I've shared w/ individuals...
Right now, I'm leaning North Island, December/April. Fly to Auckland, head Northeast to Saltwater for King Yellows.
Looking at Coromandel, Bay of Islands, Tauranga??
Am I on the right track?
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...
You're yanking my chain??
Read the first line of his report...
But in case you're not, when I was a kid, and I eventually showed up from wherever I had been, that's what she'd say to me.
Expressing her relief I wasn't dead??
His report is late, but it's a good one...
Thanks Spike, this might be of interest to you.
I spoke w/ Aliyar @ the rest of the Q gang.
You know Joe C. is on the Rooster.
The best crewman to ever walk the deck, Tim Walker, is on Excel now he says.
Brett the Chef is on the Big E as well.
Chef Chris Veratudella is land based, running a...
Steve, I'm amazed you (and your associates) haven't busted me yet.
I used to be somebody else on another board....
Thanks for the compliment.
I hope you heal up well and soon. I'd like to fish with you someday.
Royal Star, 2013, you and me, whatta ya say???
I'll make you famous.
You're not throwing me overboard for that guy on the waiting list????
You should be careful. You have an image to uphold. If folks find out you're running with THAT GUY, they're gonna change their opinion of you,
Keep it on the down low, will you??
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...
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...
I bought a couple of pics from a guy who used to ride the Indy, I think his name was Barry.
He was a Professonal with better equipment, and I think he was more well known for his car photos.
The quality (lens/clarity) was beyond belief.
I also buy Bill Roecker's photos when I'm lucky enough...
My estimate of a fair value would be $200 apiece, based on these factors.
Those big reels in stock form (30 & 50 lb. class trollers) are sort of obsolete when compared to modern equipment,
and they lack the upgrades necessary to flyline baits to big tuna.
A collector would want the box and...
Being an old Calstar man, I started with the 760 series and had absolutely no complaints, other than they didn't work very well as a "rail" rod in their stock configurations.
I'm 6'3", 210, I have no problem fishing a longer rod and actually prefer it when soaking sardines.
I got to use the...
I was re-reading this great thread and had a momentary flashback to this exact same situation, especially that second part. It made me laugh, and remember the stink eye the skipper gave me when he saw what my intention was.
You know they're biting the sinker baits, but there's absolutely no...
I knew I'd seen you on fire somewhere...Performance Tackle ten day on the Q in the fall...good times gone forever, huh?
I'm riding the Rooster in November and looking forward to seeing Joe in action and hearing that deep baritone as he lays the aluminum bat to some tuna's forehead,
You're right Dad, I should have specified an egg w/ toothpick when I wrote "inline" while cow fishing on the anchor. My bad.
I have caught smaller grade tuna fish using a torpedo tied to main line with short length of flouro between hook and other end of torpedo though.
I'm no tuna expert but,
my understanding is that the "rubber band" method, (looping a torpedo sinker of whatever weight needed around your main line @ 8-12' above the hook), was to be used offshore, while drift style fishing on a school when everyone is spread out along the side of the boat...
I sure hope they get it fixed quick, I'm on board next month.
Couln't help but notice you said, "$120 for fuel & $85 for a permit, cash only".
Two hundred per man out of pocket over and above the stated price?
Say it ain't so.
I met Tom decades ago when he used to help out over at Art's Tackle in Gardena. I don't know if they paid him, or he just liked hanging out at the store, but many times I saw him jump in to help a customer when the staff got overwhelmed.
Rode some charters with him, short and long range. He...
Sparky, you are my kind of angler, I love those photos.
I THOUGHT I was all that 'cuz I have a rare Penn/Baker Super 6.
I didn't even know they made it in a 4.
My wallet says, "Thanks a bunch!"
I'm no expert, I just play one on TV, and maybe the photos are "pointless", I don't know.
When I compared the photos, as the poster asked, I saw two anglers exhibiting what some experts might call the "natural" preference to use the "strong" arm to pull on the fish, assuming they're both...
Because I've seen him drive,
and I don't want to miss the boat,
I'll take my chances solo.
Actually I thought of doing that at one point, then realized we're going to be together enough on the boat. No sense rushing it, or adding to his misery.
I would not be surprised one bit, I am the Master of the Malaprop in every language...
Yeah, I know, but I figure they appreciate the effort, and enjoy the giggles. I can't wait to embarass myself again.
Your shoulder should be healed by then, how about joining us???
Absolutely no offense taken man. I'm here to learn the ropes and I appreciate you sharing your experience. Probably won't be the last time.
The fly back thing always appealed to me. I enjoy the ride downhill, unwinding, meeting the fellas, but once the captain pulls the plug on the bait...
OK everybody, I really thought we'd get more input from all those fly back veterans, but no matter.
I went ahead and bought the refundable for now. This way I've got a guaranteed seat.
If a better deal comes along between now & November 18th, I can jump on it without penalty.
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...
Back on topic,
In my short career of long ranging, after years & years of riding the short range boats, I've ridden the Q, Indy, Intreppy, XL, and they're all great and have their own personalities, if you will.
I look for the Excel, with their new ownership group, to push the envelope even...
Nick, right off the bat, a major bonus for signing up, you're fishing with this guy.
I'm sure you read his story on the June Heat trip. He sounds like just the kind of angler you're looking to share a rail with, in your journey thru the fleet.
For sure, you're gonna get a great trip report...
definitely the end of an era.
I was going to say that I think I speak for a lot of guys on the boards, before I remembered I've been instructed not to speak for anyone else, LOL, so I'll just say it for myself.
Seems like you've been around forever, or at least since the dawn of the...
By a wide margin.
Comparing them two is apples & oranges.
Mike P. is outstanding in his chosen field, he gets it, the whole sportfishing experience being for his customers thing.
I would trust him with my life, and I wonder what went on behind the scenes, that led him to leave the "I" boat...
Not to worry boys.
Me & some of the bro's are going to come up with the dough to keep her afloat.
With our "growing" busines up to full speed over in Nevada, we've been looking for a way to launder, errr, "re-invest" some excess funds not earning any interest in the banks.
When Purfield's closed their doors, I looked around and found Baja Fish Gear in Lomita. Nice place, good staff... they get most of my tackle shop money. It.s maybe a tad closer than going to Bob Sands in the Valley.
I also spend a bit at Cosmo's in Koreatown, on Western Ave. near Melrose.
Way, way, way back in the day, that 45 GLS handle was a popular replacement handle on Penn 4/0, yellowtail special type reels.
The black (painted/powder coated???) handle looked good on reels w/ Newell's grey bars/bases and maroon sideplates.
Set you apart from the crowd.
Hi yourself Poppy.
Looks like you're having some fun in the pics on your new/old ride.
Did you see any bluefin/albies on the way home,
other than the pens??
I hope we get to ride the round-up together again.
Every time I slip in that video that W/D gifted us, especially the last part, your...
I got antsey once.
It was January of 2005, my wife and my bank account finally gave me the green light to go on my dream trip... a Fall 10 dayer.
I went to the Fred Hall show like a country boy on his first day in the big city. With the green light from Honey, the money in the bank and...
Only four months old, that's not long in internet time.
I like Dad's idea, Tufline from the factory source.
The same factory puts a bunch of different labels on the same product.
JB can get someone else to help pay his mortgage.
And I like white only. I know some guy complained about it...
Heard from a friend of a friend yesterday,
that The Man is doing much better.
His vision has returned and he may not have to go under the knife at all.
He's back working on a couple of projects he had on the carving board.
This started out as a Kona Mike thread??
Now, it reads like a "there were two Javiers" thread. One that was well-liked and admired by a bunch, and another who many didn't care for.
I'm with the Lou Kohn crowd for now, simply because I haven't ridden with this new guy, Patrick, so I can't...
When I left on this trip, I had it in my mind to post a report here.
Circumstances have changed though, and instead of joining you guys in Metropolis, it looks like I'm going to be hanging around Smallville for a while longer.
You know, that place where their busiest day recently was when...
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...
Picasso expresses his apologies for jacking your thread.
But since it's jacked, and I'm a glutton for punishment...
Picasso didn't care about the money, was just pointing out the policy I/we had enjoyed in the past, had changed in case you were going down to make a pick-up...
Why should I pay for something you've been giving me for free for years?
On a $300 fillet bill, no room for $10 (your cost?) worth of ice? That you've been giving me free for years?
At $.75 per pound of whole fish, there's no margin for ice? That you've been giving me free for years?
Wow, rough crowd,
looks like I stepped on one of your favorites.
Good thing it wasn't Mike's world famous or I'd really be in trouble.
Thanks to all of you for your input.
I guess I'm just one f**ked up individual, incapable of figuring anything out on my own.
Thanks for setting me straight...
I used 5 Star a couple of weeks ago after a 7 day trip, Sarah, Mel, and Marco took excellent care of me at the dock.
I got some done "same day" on the Saturday we got back, excellent product that we enjoyed that night.
I had to go back on Monday for what had been frozen on the boat, same...
Why not tell all of us what boat he's on now...so we can avoid it.
I might do a drive by though to see what this legendendary character looks like. Funny we never heard of him before or after your trip...
I met you in Rio Norte de Tucson or whatever the name of that little pueblo you lived in was.
You don't remember me because you were under the influence at the time.
I didn't call you a liar, I called you an embellisher.
The Q doesn't shut down by choice this time of year. Look at their printed schedule. The had trips in December planned long ago. They can't fill 'em so they cancel 'em. Happened last December too.
What do you mean they don't make any money this time of year? Are you telling me that...
The Baker Reel/Performance Tackle 12 day trip is going for sure, last trip of the year for the Q.
I guess if John Baker told you it's going to the Hurricane, you can take that to the bank.
It's been a 10 day trip in the past, they added two days this year to give us more "time"...
Good morning Kil,
Are you on the Baker trip? If so it will be a great pleasure to meet you and see you in action.
You mention the Hurricane Bank in your post. Do you have it on some authority that the trip will head there?
With Cowtown starting to go off, I anticipate the whole trip may be...