2018 EXCEL PHENIX TRIP—A TAIL OF LOSS

NaplesJohn

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Great report John! We haven't had such a detailed report on here in a long while. I miss them. Hopefully maybe you inspired others to write reports/stories.
thank you
I really miss seeing other actual trip reports...funny how they died out. There used to be a few guys that took the time...now not so much. Not counting on a resurgence though. I'll write more if someone wants to pay for my trips
 
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RockHopperNCKA

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    I didn’t find that standard poppers like Halcos were working this trip. I did get 3 on a Heru Skipjack and 3 on a Nomad Riptide. Skipping a jig worked well too! Just straight winding the Skipjack produces an effect like skip jigging but is much easier to do.


    Good to know about the skipjack. Thanks!
     
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    Anglewood

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    Thanks for writing a great report, no matter what, through all of the ups and downs we are all still incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy the San Diego Long Range Fishery.

    -Connor
     
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    Pangamaster

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    Hey John,
    Great report! I had a blast watching you and Ed cast your long rods. You guys were amazing. It was definitely a tough trip as things were never really wide open. Like you ...I have plenty of fish to last the year and I am thankful for that. But next time the fish really decide to bite I am going for some revenge. Lots of great characters on this trip. To me the passengers were the best part of this trip.
     
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    sierraed

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    Hey John,
    Great report! I had a blast watching you and Ed cast your long rods. You guys were amazing. It was definitely a tough trip as things were never really wide open. Like you ...I have plenty of fish to last the year and I am thankful for that. But next time the fish really decide to bite I am going for some revenge. Lots of great characters on this trip. To me the passengers were the best part of this trip.
    Dave, enjoyed sharing the pointy end with you and you’re certainly got in your licks with the jig. I probably asked you 30 times is that a “light or heavy,” and you never tired of the question. We’re changing it up in 2019 so I hope you’ll consider joining us on another 10 day adventure.
     
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    Pangamaster

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    Dave, enjoyed sharing the pointy end with you and you’re certainly got in your licks with the jig. I probably asked you 30 times is that a “light or heavy,” and you never tired of the question. We’re changing it up in 2019 so I hope you’ll consider joining us on another 10 day adventure.

    Hey Ed, keep me in the loop! I know you guys are on some waiting lists for next year. FYI...I was taking notes...what rods, what reels you guys were using..Kind of like a stalker......I need to modernize.... I also watched how often you changed your jigs....Those little clip things came in handy. Always learning something!
     
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    sierraed

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    Hey Ed, keep me in the loop! I know you guys are on some waiting lists for next year. FYI...I was taking notes...what rods, what reels you guys were using..Kind of like a stalker......I need to modernize.... I also watched how often you changed your jigs....Those little clip things came in handy. Always learning something!
    We need to chat. I stopped fishing for 20 years and an entire generation of tackle passed me by, then I modernized after trying to upgrade my old stuff. A bad and expensive detour. Should have started fresh with Tinidad A’s and Talicas.
     
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    Steve K

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    Hi John...
    I see Nick as a crew member. The Excel just got a heck of a crew member there...
    Sorry, Bill, don’t recognize Nick. Where should we know him from, previous boat?
     
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    reellady

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    nice writeup

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    Mike Nall

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    Hi John...
    I see Nick as a crew member. The Excel just got a heck of a crew member there...
    Did you see him in a dream? He’s moved on from the industry as of right now. I wish him nothing but luck in his future endevours and will miss him tremendously on the RR3.
     
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    Bill W

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    Did you see him in a dream? He’s moved on from the industry as of right now. I wish him nothing but luck in his future endevours and will miss him tremendously on the RR3.

    Thanks Mike... We will all miss Him. But more important is Nick is moving forward.
     
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    fyermn

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    Thank You for the Fantastic write up of the trip. My Buddy and I are scheduled to go on this trip in 2019, and I am really looking forward to it.
     
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