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apogee

My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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But what about the toilets? I wanna know about the toilets....
I am glad you asked, even though I can plainly see that your intent is to continue to be a wise ass. The toilets and shower area's were acceptable for the most part. The carpet has been replaced, as well as the old showers, since my last experience aboard this vessel. The showers now have glass shower doors and at least one has a 'wand' style shower head. More attention was paid to keeping the heads policed. A marked improvement...... Ap
 
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SCHeadhunter

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Sold to the man with $$$
Some people see life as the glass half full, Others half empty. You can go on the same trip and people have very different perspectives and perceptions of reality. Personally, I think it’s all good. Lucky to be living in these times, Fishing on these boats, enjoying the friendships that I have.
Coming off a major health issue and getting to go on a nine day and having the physical ability to actually catch all those fish, I’m super stoked for you Cory.
I just hope you keep coming back
 
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apogee

My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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Not true! At least five and one day was destroyed by bad weather, or it would of been six!
Cory you count funny. We were underway from the 09/09-09/12 When we stopped and caught YT in the AM and then left the bigger YFT biting. We finished up that day a little further down the line, and the move worked out wonderfully. We traveled the remainder of that day and all night out to the Rocks. We fished the Rocks on Friday the 13th, and it seemed lucky to me. We left the rocks at 1500 and traveled the remainder of the day and all night to a high spot north of Mag Bay and the Ridge. We were on it because it was reported to be an early morning bite that sporadically shut off. For us it was slow until around 0800 and it went WFO. Everybody loaded up and we went trolling. Bang, bang bang, Wahoo city and everything else to boot. Somewhere around 1600 an announcement was made that there was possible inclement weather on it's way so we headed north. The following day it was windy and we stopped after several hours of pushing north, but you could not fish it, and why would you want to, everybody on the boat had almost full limits in our three days of fishing for most of the day. We moved again. We started out heading north and we motored all the rest of the day and all night in search of the BFT and the following day we were basically as far south as we started the previous day before. We spoke of it at the table figuring the skipper was most likely running a pattern in search of the BFT. The cook overheard part of our conversation and ran up to the skipper and started an unfounded rumor that 'some' of the customers were accusing him of running around in circles to burn up time. I did not care for that too much. We traveled for the rest of the trip right back to within 30 miles of Pt. Loma, where we eventually after some real captain shit of hunting with sonar found a school in the late afternoon that would hang with the boat. We fished for several hours until the sun hit the horizon on a slow pick, and then beat feet back into the harbor where we tied up to the bait dock so people could use their cell phones. At 0400, we paid out tabs in the pilot house and tied to the egress at 0530. That was three days of solid fishing for the most part and everybody loaded up. We were 12 fish short of a full load when we went local and we capped that perfectly before we pointed the bow at home.......I'll update to 3 1/2 days of fishing. Which was fine, we loaded up up bigtime and that was good. Very very good...Best overnight fishing trip I have ever been a participant............Ap
 
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apogee

My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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I have never been asked nor seen a poll among passengers about where to start a trip or finish one for that matter.
The Jefe calls those shots.
Well now you have at least heard of the time it happened. I was along for the ride no matter what decision was made. Would not even have chimed in except that was the purpose of the group decision making process. Great ride, and a wonderful trip............Ap
 
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JohnTFT

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Feb 11, 2007
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The "718"
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A big Steel One
Well now you have at least heard of the time it happened. I was along for the ride no matter what decision was made. Would not even have chimed in except that was the purpose of the group decision making process. Great ride, and a wonderful trip............Ap
I will check it out.

Been on the boat for 20 trips.

Never seen it,

Heard of it.

And knowing Justin - it was some bullshit thrown around at the top of the dock - and the Jefe never heard nor knew about it.

Glad you had a limits 3.5 day with better than average clean heads.
 
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Bill W

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  • Jan 12, 2006
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    I am glad you asked, even though I can plainly see that your intent is to continue to be a wise ass. The toilets and shower area's were acceptable for the most part. The carpet has been replaced, as well as the old showers, since my last experience aboard this vessel. The showers now have glass shower doors and at least one has a 'wand' style shower head. More attention was paid to keeping the heads policed. A marked improvement...... Ap

    Sorry Ap, but I was curious if you would bring the subject up. Thanks for the response.
     
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    SCHeadhunter

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    Cory you count funny. We were underway from the 09/09-09/12 When we stopped and caught YT in the AM and then left the bigger YFT biting. We finished up that day a little further down the line, and the move worked out wonderfully. We traveled the remainder of that day and all night out to the Rocks. We fished the Rocks on Friday the 13th, and it seemed lucky to me. We left the rocks at 1500 and traveled the remainder of the day and all night to a high spot north of Mag Bay and the Ridge. We were on it because it was reported to be an early morning bite that sporadically shut off. For us it was slow until around 0800 and it went WFO. Everybody loaded up and we went trolling. Bang, bang bang, Wahoo city and everything else to boot. Somewhere around 1600 an announcement was made that there was possible inclement weather on it's way so we headed north. The following day it was windy and we stopped after several hours of pushing north, but you could not fish it, and why would you want to, everybody on the boat had almost full limits in our three days of fishing for most of the day. We moved again. We started out heading north and we motored all the rest of the day and all night in search of the BFT and the following day we were basically as far south as we started the previous day before. We spoke of it at the table figuring the skipper was most likely running a pattern in search of the BFT. The cook overheard part of our conversation and ran up to the skipper and started an unfounded rumor that 'some' of the customers were accusing him of running around in circles to burn up time. I did not care for that too much. We traveled for the rest of the trip right back to within 30 miles of Pt. Loma, where we eventually after some real captain shit of hunting with sonar found a school in the late afternoon that would hang with the boat. We fished for several hours until the sun hit the horizon on a slow pick, and then beat feet back into the harbor where we tied up to the bait dock so people could use their cell phones. At 0400, we paid out tabs in the pilot house and tied to the egress at 0530. That was three days of solid fishing for the most part and everybody loaded up. We were 12 fish short of a full load when we went local and we capped that perfectly before we pointed the bow at home.......I'll update to 3 1/2 days of fishing. Which was fine, we loaded up up bigtime and that was good. Very very good...Best overnight fishing trip I have ever been a participant............Ap
    Complete thread hijack! Lol
    Carry on
     
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    apogee

    My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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    I read his report and it looked like more than three days to me. Did I miss something? Morning at San Pablo, morning at the rocks, two mornings at the ridge, a day off shore for bluefin.
    Looking for kelps in between. Unfortunately it sounded like the rocks were not good enough to stay and put another night and day in. On our eight day this season we went straight to the rocks and basically got the helmet and left mid day the second day. That cost us two days of fishing. But that’s the way it goes and when you have wide-open bites it makes it all worthwhile. That’s why you go on 8, 9, 10 day trips, so you get your shot at those wide open bites. And oh the variety too.
    I'm sorry, which one of the people who were there were you? I did not know anybody on the trip, other than recognizing TunaSlams, handle........Ap
     
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    apogee

    My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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    Complete thread hijack! Lol..Carry on
    Amazing, were you on the trip or not? No, I thought so... This thread is about the trip and the details from the paying passengers...So keep trolling........Ap
     
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    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
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    Cory, really stoked for you getting out on the longer trip. I know you fish a lot, overnights, Rubber Ducky with Lal (takes me back to some good old days on Senor Tuna) and other trips.

    Happy to hear you did well and enjoyed yourself. Great report!
     
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    apogee

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    You might want to put up your own thread. We were enjoying Cory ‘s recap of the trip. And what the fuck is trolling?
    Troll: You under a frigging bridge..Now stay on subject, which is the nine day long range trip aboard the Excel. You know the one where you were not there...............Ap
     
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    apogee

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    Cory, really stoked for you getting out on the longer trip. I know you fish a lot, overnights, Rubber Ducky with Lal (takes me back to some good old days on Senor Tuna) and other trips.Happy to hear you did well and enjoyed yourself. Great report!
    Everytime I looked over, there was Cory hooked up and working the rail. Somewhere along the line I think he had a rod failure. I did not see it, but I did see Cory using one of the Trueline sticks and using it well.........Ap
     
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    COSDoug

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    I've been on trips and had a perception completely different from others on the same trip. It's only fair people get to voice their opinions. Way too many times people are wary to speak up for fear of getting torched by die hard patrons of an operation that can 'do no wrong'. Someone speaks their mind, take it for what it's worth but it's never a reason to berate an opinion just because you don't agree with it. Case in point...an unnamed vessel had some behavior recently that I felt was way beyond what I would consider a ' prank'. In fact, in my opinion it was absolutely disgusting. Had it not been for that post I might have gone on that boat. After that account of what happened, not a chance in the world would I ever go on that ride even though it has a large following. But, that's just my opinion
     
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    Tunaslam

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    Cory you count funny. We were underway from the 09/09-09/12 When we stopped and caught YT in the AM and then left the bigger YFT biting. We finished up that day a little further down the line, and the move worked out wonderfully. We traveled the remainder of that day and all night out to the Rocks. We fished the Rocks on Friday the 13th, and it seemed lucky to me. We left the rocks at 1500 and traveled the remainder of the day and all night to a high spot north of Mag Bay and the Ridge. We were on it because it was reported to be an early morning bite that sporadically shut off. For us it was slow until around 0800 and it went WFO. Everybody loaded up and we went trolling. Bang, bang bang, Wahoo city and everything else to boot. Somewhere around 1600 an announcement was made that there was possible inclement weather on it's way so we headed north. The following day it was windy and we stopped after several hours of pushing north, but you could not fish it, and why would you want to, everybody on the boat had almost full limits in our three days of fishing for most of the day. We moved again. We started out heading north and we motored all the rest of the day and all night in search of the BFT and the following day we were basically as far south as we started the previous day before. We spoke of it at the table figuring the skipper was most likely running a pattern in search of the BFT. The cook overheard part of our conversation and ran up to the skipper and started an unfounded rumor that 'some' of the customers were accusing him of running around in circles to burn up time. I did not care for that too much. We traveled for the rest of the trip right back to within 30 miles of Pt. Loma, where we eventually after some real captain shit of hunting with sonar found a school in the late afternoon that would hang with the boat. We fished for several hours until the sun hit the horizon on a slow pick, and then beat feet back into the harbor where we tied up to the bait dock so people could use their cell phones. At 0400, we paid out tabs in the pilot house and tied to the egress at 0530. That was three days of solid fishing for the most part and everybody loaded up. We were 12 fish short of a full load when we went local and we capped that perfectly before we pointed the bow at home.......I'll update to 3 1/2 days of fishing. Which was fine, we loaded up up bigtime and that was good. Very very good...Best overnight fishing trip I have ever been a participant............Ap

    Mike if you want to count half days fine, and two half's make one!

    Recap:
    Day 1-Departure
    Day 2-Travel
    Day 3-Fished YT San Pablo
    Day 4-Fished the Rocks at Alijos
    Day 5-Fished the ridge for Tails, Tuna and Wahoo
    Day 6-Same as 5
    Day 7-Travel
    Day 8-Travel, although something weird happened where we didn't seem to move out of the area, we were supposed to be fishing for Bluefin, but couldn't find any, that's fishing? Weather was nasty as hell anyhow and we made a few Rockfish drift's late afternoon.
    Day 9-Fishing for Bluefin.

    Count them as you like Mike. It was plenty of fishing time for me and boat limits are all that count. I caught more than my share and took plenty of breaks while the fish were still biting.

    Half empty/half full, don't care, I had a blast, the boat, crew, and food were good, although I have experienced better. No worries?

    A happy camper for sure. Cory
     
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    Tunaslam

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    Everytime I looked over, there was Cory hooked up and working the rail. Somewhere along the line I think he had a rod failure. I did not see it, but I did see Cory using one of the Trueline sticks and using it well.........Ap

    Broke my 50 year old Truline 4X on a damn Skipjack, it was definitely rotten all through. That fishing rod caught more fish than most people catch in a lifetime, on all rods combined, I shed a tear for the loss!
     
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    Bill W

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    Went on a Supreme 8 day and first stop ridge. Most of the fish were small tuna and skipjack. Off to the rocks. The rocks did not produce and back to the ridge. One angler was not so happy after the fact and said we wasted a fishing day. I said we did not cause not catching is still fishing. You pay for the ride, fish is optional. We ended up fishing nice grade yellows and had a great time.
     
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    Tunaslam

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    Apr 25, 2003
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    Went on a Supreme 8 day and first stop ridge. Most of the fish were small tuna and skipjack. Off to the rocks. The rocks did not produce and back to the ridge. One angler was not so happy after the fact and said we wasted a fishing day. I said we did not cause not catching is still fishing. You pay for the ride, fish is optional. We ended up fishing nice grade yellows and had a great time.

    Captain's and crew want to catch fish as bad as the passengers, and certainly don't want negative feedback. Captain's make decisions based on facts known, other boat's results that day or just before, things change on the water, fish come and go. It is what it is. The perfect trip is few and far between, enjoy the good times when they come!
     
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    flyliner

    @thereelflyliner
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    Great report and congrats Cory. I very much enjoyed the read.

    Have done several trips on the Excel over the years, including a few 7 days trips with my wife before we had kids.

    Personally I prefer the trips like yours where you get such variety - wahoo, yellowfin, bluefin, dorado, and yellows - sounds like quite the offshore grand slam to me!
     
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    apogee

    My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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    Mike if you want to count half days fine, and two half's make one!

    Recap:
    Day 1-Departure
    Day 2-Travel
    Day 3-Fished YT San Pablo
    Day 4-Fished the Rocks at Alijos
    Day 5-Fished the ridge for Tails, Tuna and Wahoo
    Day 6-Same as 5
    Day 7-Travel
    Day 8-Travel, although something weird happened where we didn't seem to move out of the area, we were supposed to be fishing for Bluefin, but couldn't find any, that's fishing? Weather was nasty as hell anyhow and we made a few Rockfish drift's late afternoon.
    Day 9-Fishing for Bluefin.

    Count them as you like Mike. It was plenty of fishing time for me and boat limits are all that count. I caught more than my share and took plenty of breaks while the fish were still biting.

    Half empty/half full, don't care, I had a blast, the boat, crew, and food were good, although I have experienced better. No worries?

    A happy camper for sure. Cory
    I agree..I was done after my limits which happened right away....Ap
     
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    apogee

    My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic
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    Broke my 50 year old Truline 4X on a damn Skipjack, it was definitely rotten all through. That fishing rod caught more fish than most people catch in a lifetime, on all rods combined, I shed a tear for the loss!
    One of my favorite sticks in my life was a Trueline. I bought it at Sportsville USA on Artesia Blvd Redondo Beach when I was a kid. One day many decades later, the last four inches of the tip broke off on a Blue shark.....c'est la vie.....Ap

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