2.5 Day Pacific Star

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  1. ftsleepad

    ftsleepad Newbie

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    My buddy Mike has never been offshore and wanted to get into some tuna so about 3 weeks ago, we booked a trip on the Pacific Star. The 2.5 was only $395 so we said we'd give it a try. Since I'd never been on this boat before, I was a bit leery with the previous posts on the boat. We left from the LA area around 445pm and got to the landing at 7:30pm and were the last to sign in. We waited for the boat to return from its previous trip and were stoked to see that the anglers had plenty of fish. Boarded the boat with 26 other anglers and was introduced to Tyler and Ray Ray, captain and second ticket, Jason and Jeff, the deckhands, and Tommy and Keith, the cooks. Apparently Tommy has some culinary experience and we were told to expect treats from the kitchen. Plan was to fish away from the fleet so we went south 120 miles or so. Left at 9pm and started fishing a few paddies around 7:30am the first day. Slow pickings so we continued to our destination. Caught a few troll dorado and picked away at paddy fish all day. My buddy Mike caught his first yellowtail as well as his first bluefin (which won day one jackpot.) Tyler made the decision to move back up towards the pens for day two and we started around 5:30am on those fish. First fish came on board around 7:00am and it was a nice one probably around 30 lbs. Around 8am, the plunker started and we drifted for about 3 hours picking away at some nicer bluefin. I caught 3 with the largest around 40 lbs. The jackpot on day two was a solid 50 lb bluefin that one of the Russians caught. We ended up leaving after another drift and found one large paddy around 3pm that pretty much wrapped it up for us. I ended up with a 40, 38, and 33lb bluefin, 2 25lb yellowtail, 5 more yellowtail ranging from 3-15lbs, and 3 dorado from 8-15 lbs. I don't know what the boat tally was but I'm sure it'll be on the Seaforth site.

    Pros: Left on time, plenty of bunk space, EXCELLENT meals and snacks, captain and crew were friendly and helpful, always worked to untangle folks, and got the fish on the boat.

    Cons: This one's not really a con but meals obviously weren't included in the price, bait got crappy on day 2, and there was that guy....the one with the spectra and super nice setups that couldn't fish to save his life and tangled the shit out of everyone...oh well.

    I'd definitely recommend this boat with this crew. Kudos to everyone for fishing hard. Thanks for the fun Keith, Mike, Mike, Brian, Jay (Milkbaby), Steven, and everyone else. Hope to fish with you guys again soon!
     

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  2. bmtrout77

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    Congrats on a nice trip and thanks for the report.
     
  4. Joefisherman

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    Did the Pacific Star clean your fish for you ?
     
  5. ftsleepad

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    Yup. $45 cleaning bill! They did a great job. Left fish for my sister's inlaws and my friends got a bunch too.

    Boat came in at 430am, a bit early since we had moved up to the area of the pens. I was fishing 40lb fluoro with 2/0 ringed circle first day and moved down to 30lb fluoro with #2 ringed flyliner hooks on the second. Guys were getting bit on 20-40 fluoro and mono, noone got bit on the iron.
     
  6. jscrib

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    Thanks for the report.

    Heading out Friday.

    j
     
  7. eddiefishtaco

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    Nice we were not that lucky on the Pacific star gazing
    Just fished mini yellow tail the size of my shoes
    And we where in a boring boat drive that drained my wallet
    But that is moo moo boat fishing, I liked the boat and crew
    Next time I'll bring a witch doctor to dance around the boat
     
  8. tossmeatuna

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    WTG Paul. Them some good eatin size.
     
  9. Tunahead

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    GOOD JOB Paul, Glad you nailed some nice bluefin & other fish...way to GO!
    Fished the boat since Mike brought it down from Alaska years ago, on a 5.5
    in October, can't wait! LOL
     
  10. stuman

    stuman Brawndo the thirst mutilator

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    What was your total expense for meals and beverages?
     
  11. Joefisherman

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    Thanks for the input Paul.
    I will bring my LARGE cooler for this weekend on the Pac Star 2.5 day !!
     
  12. ftsleepad

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    Yup...between me and Mike, we had 100+ lbs of fillets!
     

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  13. ftsleepad

    ftsleepad Newbie

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    Hey Stu,

    If you wanted the package plan it was $35 per day for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner. I don't eat that much on boats so I opted to buy individual meals. I had breakfast and dinner on day one and just lunch on day two. I think Tommy said the meals were something like $7.50 for breakfast, $7.50 for lunch, and $15 for dinner. Breakfast on day one was blueberry pancakes with strawberry topping, whipped cream and a cream cheese glaze along with eggs and sausage. Lunch was a chicken ceasar salad. Dinner was pork loin with rice, chocolate walnut brownie, and potato salad. Lunch day 2 was cheeseburgers. Don't know what breakfast was as we were ALL fishing! Dinner was some kinda tasty smelling chicken.
     
  14. fly liner

    fly liner I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    good job
     
  15. matrixx611

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    Ron, I think cancelled all their 5.5 day trips cus lupe/cedros are closed
     
  16. LedZeppfin

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    Nice score of fish you got to take home. Congrats on a mixed bag. First time fishing offshore and your buddy wins the jackpot. Isn't it funny how that happens? More fishing $$$ in his pocket.
     
  17. odnealtim

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    i fished that boat earlier this year.... have heard some bad things about it ...but i tell you what very good crew and boat was great tyler was 2nd on my trip and i would definatly fish with them again ... i used to wok on the boats in san diego ,been away for a long time but they were class act and tommy is one hell of a chef, anyways what i experiancd was nothing but class act jmo
     
  18. jayyyy

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    Nice trip/report. Do you have a picture of "That Guy"?:rofl:
     
  19. ftsleepad

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    Lol. No. Too busy fishing to relaly take pics during fishing. Just be careful of the guy with lots of really nice expensive tackle...and blue spectra. Also, my friend left jackpot on the boat after covering fish cleaning. Crew worked hard and deserved it.
     
  20. Wandering Blues

    Wandering Blues I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I enjoy that crew and Tommy's grub is top notch. Interestingly, though, our 2.5 day meal plan was $22 per day for 2 days. I figured they were losing money and they must have been...
     
  21. HUNGRY

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    Nice report. congrats to your friend for winning the jackpot and nice of him to leave the winnings to the crew.
     

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