6/13 - 6/18 2017 Alan Tani SOA Charter to Guadalupe

Amadeus

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Mar 17, 2011
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A bit of chaos several weeks prior to departure due to the great uncertainties about conditions, so Capt Mike offered to extend our 5-day to a 7-day by either leaving earlier or coming back later. Would have been nice but no can do given people's booked flights and/or schedules; it was highly commendable and generous that he made the offer. The only thing that was possible was to leave at 9AM vs. the original 11AM...every little bit helps.

One member in our group of 26 had a bad fall en-route to Ensenada and had to disembark to get medical attention when the boat did the obligatory check-in. We later got word that other than some major bruises and some disorientation, he didn't have anything broken. Not the best start for any trip but it could have been worse so we left for the overnight run to Guadalupe.

The following is an account to my best recollection given the numerous stops made and my snoozing in between...

About 1-2 hours after dawn Wednesday we set out some trollers; mine went out with a cedar plug. After a few false positive stops, my setup ended up being the only one out as we got to the island. About ten minutes after turning northwards around the island, Capt. Mike called for a chum line and I start winding in my jig when I hooked up to a juvenile YT. Though it was released, I felt good for breaking the skunk for the boat. We ended the rocking and rolling day (including night fishing) with 10 YT and a bunch of hog Calicos.

Started the next day with a scratch bite like the previous day until 8AM when the bite went WFO for an hour and a half and we picked up 45 YT. I got two on flyline and here's a picture of my first one:



...and my second:



After that it went back to being a scratch bite for the rest of the day with the wind and water smoothing out gradually. Picked up more YT, Calicos, and rock fish (the dinky Calicos and the rockfish all went back). Capt. Mike sighted YFT at two stops but they had lock jaws. At the start of night fishing two more YT were picked up with a third popping off. Since the few macs we had all got picked up by YT, about 6 of us fished sabiki's for macs and got 30-40 for our efforts.

Friday also was a scratch bite day but we did have ONE 30lb YFT by our one and only female angler on-board landed at the same spot where they were sighted the previous day. I managed another two YT; one on dropper and one on flyline.

Scratch bite on Saturday until late morning when the boat started the return trip back to Ensenada and it was back to the routine of trollers, chum line stops, and a scratchy bite. After 3pm, the trollers picked up three schoolie YFT and one more on a surface iron. Capt Mike tried to put us back on that school but it wasn't meant to be and he called it trip a bit after 4pm.

Boat total was 75 YT, 5 YFT, and a bunch of Calicos. The largest YT was 65 lbs confirmed at Five Star; the rest were 25 lbs or larger.

Two notable observations while at Guadalupe: (1) the "taxman" was not seen once, and (2) the sea lions were only a "minor" annoyance unlike the experience the Shogun trip that returned three days before our trip left.

My setups that landed my four YT:
  1. Daiwa SMF170H on a Okuma Oceanic OC-C-701MH 20-40 Lbs with 50lb braid, 40lb mono top shot, and 40lb fluoro leader got three via flyline.
  2. Daiwa Sealine 400H on a Okuma Catalina CT-T-601MH 30-60 Lbs with 65lb braid, 50lb mono top shot got one on dropper loop. Was very surprised that I didn't get rocked given that I only did 5 cranks back up after hitting bottom.
A lot of us got away with using less than the "recommended" 60lb minimum--probably because it was early in the season.

Not the most optimal conditions or most productive trip, but I got Guadalupe off my bucket list and landed four decent sized YT...and that's good enough for me.
 
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hucklongfin

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I got a couple of 8#+ Calicos on Wednesday on the dropper loop. Personal bests for me! I got rocked on dropper loop, yoyo and even surface iron. I had a couple of jigs break, one a yoyo jig hitting the deck attached to a YT and a surface iron while on a fish. Only time I've fished and felt that 5# Calicos were nuisances that kept jumping on my iron rather than the target YT. Guadalupe is sure a cool place!
 
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Fishybuzz

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Thanks for the report........beautiful island that can be very frustrating at times.....
 

Anglewood

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Thanks for the report. The 'Lupe seems to be a mixed bag so far this season, but there is still plenty of time for things to develop before my trip there in late July/early August. Congrats on the solid YT.

-Connor
 

perrorace

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Its just how Mike Keating has always run and owned the SOA .. HE has never advertisid,NOBODY treats his clients better..he runs a LR boat to catch fish. Just ask any other LR Skipper and they will tell you , the respect he has in the code group. He is a very intelligent man, fishes daylight to dark and never puts his binos down .Where it could possible make a difference.He knew he was heading into tough fishing conditions, so he made a jester for his clients..all out of his Pocket.. WE all should be as lucky to fish with MIKE....
 

Pangamaster

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Sounds like the Guadalupe I remember....more typical June fishing at the island. The SOA and Mike are a class act! I took my first 3 long range trips on her back in 94, 95 and 96. The Tim Green Special....which still sails to this day.

Congratulations on a fun trip. I hope Alan is doing ok!
 

bdubs73

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Feb 7, 2008
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Thanks for the report! Nice Yellowtail:) BTW what boat is SOA?
 

hilltop

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kudos on the trip, a few quality yt's is good enough with that view! I'd love to see a shot of that 65lb yt, what a beast!!! Thanks for the report, glad you had a good time!
 

SCHeadhunter

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Its just how Mike Keating has always run and owned the SOA .. HE has never advertisid,NOBODY treats his clients better..he runs a LR boat to catch fish. Just ask any other LR Skipper and they will tell you , the respect he has in the code group. He is a very intelligent man, fishes daylight to dark and never puts his binos down .Where it could possible make a difference.He knew he was heading into tough fishing conditions, so he made a jester for his clients..all out of his Pocket.. WE all should be as lucky to fish with MIKE....
Are you telling us that you were offered 2 more days without any additional price increase? How could the operation afford to do that ? If so VERY Cool , but are you sure?
 

hucklongfin

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He offered to stay out an extra day so we could make a run to the top end of the Ridge (the 13) for no extra cost.
 

CaptJgray

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hell no....
Anybody have any information on when the permits changed to allow species other than YFT, YT, and Wahoo?

the last couple years it was very specific that no bass or rockfish could be kept.
 

hucklongfin

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At the Lupe, all I kept was YT. My YFT came on the way back, west of Ensenada. I'm a SoCal Calico fisherman and don't keep them. But damn, they have a lot of big Calicos at Guadalupe! I guess because they never get targeted.
 

perrorace

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SCHeadhunter... Mike Keating owns the boat He ALWAYS looks out for hisfisherman.. There is nobody else like Mike Keating....He can take his boat where he wants?? Just needs the time????Book a trip you will see...OR on you favorite LR boat !!!! Just ask the Captain about MIKE..Listen to the answer..????
 

SCHeadhunter

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SCHeadhunter... Mike Keating owns the boat He ALWAYS looks out for hisfisherman.. There is nobody else like Mike Keating....He can take his boat where he wants?? Just needs the time????Book a trip you will see...OR on you favorite LR boat !!!! Just ask the Captain about MIKE..Listen to the answer..????
I've been fishing with Tommy Rothery for 30 years and it's the same way. He can do whatever he wants to as well. And his operation is first class.
However, the economics of running 2 more days puts a huge strain on any operation. Crew gets paid, fuel gets burned, food gets eaten etc. I'm stoked that he did that. I have been on trips where we had the option of staying out longer. It's hard to do though. Even if everyone agrees, sometimes guys will agree just because they don't want to disappoint the others. It's a tough spot. This year is a tough year with closures. I expect to see the 5 day summer trips turn into 7's for next season.
The SOA is a totally great boat with a class captain. No argument from me.
 
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Steve K

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I think we all might have great stories to tell about our favorite boat and ownership going the extra mile. I've been fishing the January Accurate sponsored trip on the Angler since 2011. Missed a couple of years, '14 and '15. Once for shoulder surgery, once for a trip to Australia and Tasmania. First year we were scheduled for a 10.5 day, designed to hit the Lower Banks, but that fishing fell flat on its face. Lori contacted everybody and told us it was switched to an 11 day so we could make the run to the Buffer Zone or the Bank. Trip price remained the same and no additional fuel surcharge. That's what keeps us coming back, loyal to our favorite boat.
 

fishcrazy

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At the Lupe, all I kept was YT. My YFT came on the way back, west of Ensenada. I'm a SoCal Calico fisherman and don't keep them. But damn, they have a lot of big Calicos at Guadalupe! I guess because they never get targeted.
That's because all they ever eat for dinner is a mackeral, or a sardine, they don't know what a anchovy looks like unless they get fed some from a sport boat. Ed
 

perrorace

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I TOTALLY agree with the previous posts about other great long range operations.. Thats why the have such loyal clients...These operations are not all about the money.. they understand some clients save there money and vacation time for the YEAR ..... They do what it ever takes to have happy passengers..Sometimes that means 4 days of travel for 1.5 days of wide open fishing... BUTT if they get there and they dont bite... and if a local boat gets lucky..Some people will ask they didnt fish closer to home..Long Range Captains are the best !!