3.5 day Pacific Voyager 11/21-11/25

Corndog

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Sep 22, 2009
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Jason Jones ( Lone Shark)
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Century 1801, Hobie PA14 & SoA
Corndog and Brandon, it was a pleasure fishing with you guys on this trip! Watching you guys landed those fish on 30lbs test was special and I learned a few things!
Kevin I enjoyed your company no doubt. Those Tuna on 30lb in reflection were pretty rad. On 7 day in September on the Spirit every big fish hooked on 30 unfortunately found their freedom. I've lost plenty in my younger days trying to count chickens before the eggs hatched and lost too many trying to rush it. Those fish hooked on lighter line definitely require some Patience lol.

I hate hooking bigs on light. I'd rather get the right gear bit and pull like hell lol

Hope we hit it again in the future
 
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tunastryker25

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Kevin
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Triton 2486 WA
In the last 30 or so minutes of your epic smack down on light line, I sworn you were going to loose that triple digits fish, especially at color when it was going ape shit! Patience was key for sure!

Looking forward to sharing the rail with you again soon.
 

Tunahead

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Aug 11, 2006
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Ron
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several
Long read and report, but lot of good info.
Nice fish, and load. That boat has always
been "fishy" with Mark on the fish. LOL
 

hucklongfin

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MarkT
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Blazer Bay 1860
Sounds awesome with a 100# and a 200# on a semi-local trip! I had 2 trips on the PV this year, it's a great boat/crew. Cruz must be new since Jeff retired earlier this year. I thought Dom was replacing him as the chef?
 

chachi10

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Chachi
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None
Is it the same Cruz who was cooking on the San Diego this year, bigger Mexican guy with some tattoos?
Really funny guy and I'd like to see what he can whip up now that he's got some freedom in the from the standard burritos and burgers on single day boats.
 

stairman

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May 16, 2009
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ramona /ca/usa
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doug
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yak and lowe duck hunting skiff but they identify as sportfishing crusiers
only one thing to say.....these are the good old days
 

Corndog

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Sep 22, 2009
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Jason Jones ( Lone Shark)
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Century 1801, Hobie PA14 & SoA
Is it the same Cruz who was cooking on the San Diego this year, bigger Mexican guy with some tattoos?
Really funny guy and I'd like to see what he can whip up now that he's got some freedom in the from the standard burritos and burgers on single day boats.
Cruz's cooking was rad. Breakfast and lunch he usually gave u the option between or items. It was all good. Really enjoyed the chow
 
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kevina

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 10, 2006
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redondo beach
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kev
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25' aqua sport
Grab a beer before starting this one.
Before getting into any details I would first like to thank Dave B. for letting me onto this private charter, after a late in the game Cabo cancellation I was lucky enough to jump on. Secondly, the Captain and crew of the Pacific Voyager, you made this trip amazing and one I will never forget.

Day 1 -
I got to the dock early around 9 am for a noon departure and to my surprise, I was not the only 1. In fact, more than half the charter was there and ready to board. I introduced myself to the guys that were there and went to grab my gear. In the parking lot I met the Charter master Dave and hopped a ride in his dock cart down to the boat. Once onboard everyone got situated and got checked in. Soon thereafter Captain Mark called all into the galley for a trip rundown and safety brief. I remember Mark asking for opinions and taking votes on what we should chase first. The yellowfin had been biting well 3 days before but a big storm that brought high winds and heavy rains, that may have changed that and we would be the first to find out. After a short deliberation, we had decided to make a short run and look for yellowfin before pursuing big blues on the outside. We baited up with nice deans 4-5 inch mostly and took our time doing so, doing our best to keep the bait in good shape for the next 3 days. We pushed out of the harbor and were pleasantly surprised to find calm seas and almost no wind. Figured we had about 2-3 hours of sunlight so we concentrated close and slept at Coronados that night. The afternoon showed promise with a stop on a good school of yft but only managed a few skipjack. Dinners, drinks, sleep and high hopes for the trip.

Day 2 -
The day started off slow with us looking at the same area we had found fish the day before and the area that had bit best before the storm. No sooner than getting breakfast and coffee down Captain says we are going to make a run to an area that is seeing a good amount of bluefin and only about 12 miles from where we are currently fishing. I put out a troller and made myself at home in the stern. We had a jig strike or two on skipjack on the way there but nothing that turned into the right kind. Shortly after one of those jig strikes the Captain gets on the loud speaker and lets us know we are on a BIG school of yellowfin, to start the chumline and keep it going strong. If you have not been on the Pac Voyager it is hard to describe but that Captain Mark is a fishing guru and knows exactly what he is looking at on his electronics. He is also very vocal with the crew and passenger about what he is seeing, for this reason alone I will be back. I grab my 30lb stick (self wrapped Calstar 875H with a Penn Fathom 25NLD) and get ready for the boat to go out of gear. Before we stopped we could see bluefin from 40-150 lb and yellowfin 20-40 blowing out of the water full speed. IT'S ON. Baits go out and it doesn't bit right away, as a matter of fact, it takes a good 10 minutes before the first bite but once it started it was on until sundown. 5-6 hours of beautiful grade yellowfin from 20-40 lbs. When the sun went down day 1 if memory serves me right we were sitting right about 150 fish for the 14 guys on board, talk about smacking them. As the sun went down, the crew came around and took tally for who wanted fish fillet, G/G or whole. It was about this time I could smell dinner. Steak, mashed potato, asparagus, and salad was amazing. Cruz our chef for the trip really makes a good plate. Shortly after dinner and a few drinks the Captain gets on the loudspeaker and lets us know we have some big fish under the boat and a flat fall now would be a good idea. Most of the guys were fast asleep after whacking them earlier that day so me and a few others had an open rail, and thats when things got interesting.
On my second drop with the glow jib pictured, i went bendo. Came up quick and easy making me believe i didnt have the right thing on. From the second i hooked the fish I had a crew member with me, these guys are pro's. I walked the fish up to the bow and got color in about 5 min, i saw what i had. Cruz confirms its a big fish. The fish sees boat lights and takes off, taking about 250 ft of line happily i look down at my Penn Squall 50VSW and see he hasn't even gotten to spectra. The fish takes me around the boat 4 times, gaining a little, loosing a little. After about 40 minutes i make a home in the stern, starboard side and its big circles time. The fish is at color for about 10 min and gaffs go in at the 45 min mark, IM SCREAMING. The second captain Charles tells me he thinks I have a cow and takes off for the tape. During the fight we had gone 3/4 on bluefin over 100....i had no idea, I had paid no attention to what was going on and was solely focused on my fish. Tape goes out and Charles lets me know I have a cow, 202LB. HOLY COW. The other two fish were well over a 100. Time for pictures and by this time, i come back to reality, look around and the entire boat is awake and dropping flat falls. F%^K Y#A. The rest of the night went without action, i showered up and layed in my bunk all night, not a wink. Heart was still pumping off the fish of a lifetime.

Day 3 -
This turned out to be our slow day. We fished the same area as the day before and picked away at the same grade of Yellowfin as the day prior but still kept seeing that 100+ bluefin show, no go. About 1 o'clock we decided we had enough of the yellowfin and that it was time to go blue looking, exclusively. We handed off the bite to the Fortune who went full bendo as we pulled away. Again, the crew made quick work of knocking out fillet, G/G while we moved to a new area. I was completely impressed with the fish handling and attention paid to the catch. The day carried on with a few bft schools found but only yellowfin willing to bite. I would say this was a 50-60 fish day, a great day by anyone's standards. The dinner day 3, what a spread. We had baby back ribs that were better than anything I had ever had in a restaurant. Fall of the bone tender and delicious. Cruz made amazing meals all day long and kept the galley stocked with snacks as the days went on but the dinners were out of this world. Day 3 concluded early for me having not slept the day prior but I will say, when I went to bed there were flat falls being dropped and at 10 when I woke up to take a leak a few guys were still dropping. DIE HARDS.

Day 4 -
By day 4 I had so already had the trip of a lifetime topped with a fish of a lifetime and I was on cloud 9, with a great night of sleep. My plan for day 4 was to enjoy the time out on the water and the company of a great group of fishermen. It was a slow morning, picking away at a few yellowfin....until it wasn't. We probably had half a dozen stops throughout the morning and at about noon Mark gets on the speaker and lets us know we are on something different. I watched a few hookups, reel screaming runs and snap offs before i bump up to 50lb (a self wrapped Calstar 800xxh with a Penn Fathom 40, braid to the brim and a 50lb flouro top shot). For about an hour I went without a bite and decided i would take my chances at a larger fish and lighter line in hopes of getting a bite. Move to 40lb (a self wrapped Calstar 700xh with a Penn Fathom 30, braid to the brim and a 40lb flouro top shot) nothing. I remember right about the time i was going to go get a beer i look off the stern and see a jumbo boil on the surface and corndog yells out 'fresh-one'. Corndog was hot stick for much of the trip. I ask him what he is fishing and he replies 30, sounds like a bad decision but what the hell....already had a stellar trip. Grab the 30 stick again and take my time finding a bait. Firecracker 5 incher pinned on, watch a fish boil 10 ft from the boat and drop it right where the swirl was still showing and boom, IM ON! FRESH!!!. Fairly quickly, i knew i had a good one on, much better than the 30lb yellowfin we had been on. Took it slow, made my way around the boat a few times and right about the 1 hour mark I get color. 100 ish bluefin SAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEET. Make quick work of the big circle dance and Kody and Mitch stick my 2nd Bluefin of the trip. STOKED on 30LB! Penn Fathom 25nld is a great reel for this grade of fish. For the next hour or so i hung out with Corndog who clearly had a better fish on. I watched his technique for fighting the big fish on light tackle. I always appreciate learning new techniques from seasoned anglers. Gaffs go out and Corndog's 100+ comes over the rail, what-a-slug. At this point, I'm about done...until we get into a wide sundowner. Kite bites, more 20-40lb yellowfin and a sprinkle of 40-60lb bluefin. I pulled 2 or 3 fish in and decided to sit back and enjoy the view. It is incredible to watch a group of guys that know how to fish, in a wide open bite. Dave's group on this particular trip was full of stick's, I enjoyed fishing with every one of them. Sundown came too soon and i was first to breakdown gear and get a shower in. This also meant first at the dinner table. The best of the trip in my opinion, Cruz made a mexican feast. Green chile chicken enchiladas, rice, beans and fresh salad with ice cream sunday deserts. A few drinks and off to sleep.

I woke up at about 3:30 the next morning and we were just pulling into the dock. Squared up in the galley and made sure to take care of the crew. These guys killed it, went above and beyond and deserved every dollar and more. Cruz, Kody and Mitch were so in-tune with one another you would have thought they had been working together all their lives.
Walked out on to the deck and got all my gear up to the truck. When I returned to the boat the fish unloading had started. Finally tally was 14 deck carts full of fish. 12 with whole fish and 2 stuffed to the brim with fillets. Took my fish to Marios, as did most and was impressed 3 days later when I picked them up. Well packaged and more than I expected.
I cannot believe I finally got my cow and a 100lber on the same trip. This is by far the best trip I have ever been on. Best group of folks i hav ever fished with. Best boat and crew i have ever seen. I will 100% be back again and hope to relive this trip next year.
Great Report, I should of grabed a six pak.
 
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Hugo Bendo

Hugo Bendo
May 23, 2009
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Frank
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A few years back. Cruz was the cook on a boat that I have
chartered for many years. I believe he did 2 seasons on
my charter. He cooked up some fine grub. I remember him
saying he was going to the School of Culinary.

One thing I remember when I used to fish the Pac Voy. Was
the Yellowtail chowder that Chef Jeff used to make. BOMB !
Hope Chef Jeff passed the recipe to Cruz !
 
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