Capt Markus Rocks!!! Drew Ford Charter 8/20

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Be patient guys post to follow, BKII is cleaning up my chicken scratch & turning it into a novel, post will be up in a few minutes...

We all know the offshore scene has been more miss than hit lately, and as charter master for the yearly Drew Ford 1-day, the pressure was on this year like no other due to the record poor season. This is the second year we’ve booked with Markus on the New Lo-An and once again, he didn’t disappoint. He and I had been going back and forth with the always tough decision of going offshore and being at serious risk of getting skunked or playing it safe and at least pulling on some dinks. At the end of the day, I left it to the expert and Markus delivered once again.
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We&#8217;re down to the wire and I&#8217;m making last minute calls to my guys telling them we are leaving ASAP so take your gear to work and head straight for the docks. We ultimately shoved off at 7pm Friday night and headed to the bait receiver to plug the tanks with dines. We cleared the point and made a short pit stop where Markus made the call to dump one of the tanks of perfectly good bait to make room for the candy!<o:p></o:p>
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It&#8217;s 4:30 AM when the first baits hit the water and within a half an hour we were greeted with some quality biters. One fish on, then another, and another &#8230; straight down the port side like one of those chasing light strands at Christmas time. We boated four white seabass and broke off at least as many. Shannon was one of the first to get picked up. She got ripped hard and proceeded to chew me out for setting her drag too tight (again). During the flurry, I ended up boating two myself. On my third bite, she was directly to my right so I handed her the rod and watched her do work, s personal best and first white seabass for her. By the end of the day, she was checking and setting her own drag and even showing up a couple of the guys who were giving her a hard time by tieing her own dropper loop while they waited for the deckies to do theirs. Can&#8217;t wait to see her kill fish with me at The Ranch in a few weeks!<o:p></o:p>
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There was a lot of excitement on deck which seemed to have rousted the remaining few who decided to sleep in. By about 7:30AM, the late risers are up and going but at that point, unfortunately, the bite has pretty much shut off. The smell of breakfast burritos permeates the air and has everyone&#8217;s mind on food, but we&#8217;re all still reeling from the morning rush as we anxiously hoped for another wave. <o:p></o:p>
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In the meantime, Mr. Drew, who hasn&#8217;t been on the annual trip in a number of years, unceremoniously makes his way through his morning routine. He casually enjoys his cup of morning Joe and a hearty breakfast before hitting the rail. He nonchalantly grabs himself a bait, secures it to the hook, strolls to the rail and drops in between me and Whitey. Literally before we could even exchange our morning pleasantries, he&#8217;s hooks himself a screamer and off to the bow he goes. Fifteen minutes later, he approaches me with an ear to ear grin and what ended up being the jackpot 32 lb. yellow &#8230; go figure! Meanwhile, as the morning wears on, stomachs are rumbling and seeing as how nobody else is getting bit, people are heading off for the monster breakfast burritos. Mr. Drew&#8217;s already had his fill so he heads back over to tank and pins on another bait. No sooner does it hit the water and bam &#8230;another quality fish. This time it&#8217;s a nice white seabass. As I watch the action unfold, I digress &#8230; it&#8217;s great to see him back on the trip having the time of his life and what a surprise, he turns out to be the hot stick to boot!<o:p></o:p>
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We continued scratching throughout the day and as the sun sinks below the horizon we close out our day with 15 WSB, three yellows, about a dozen calicos and a hand full of rockfish. Mr. Drew, true to form, graciously declined the jackpot money and insisted it instead be awarded to second place, which ended up being me. His generosity must have rubbed off on me because I decided to do everyone a solid and use it to cover the snacks and drinks on the galley tab and supplemented the crew tip with the rest.<o:p></o:p>
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As mentioned, the breakfast burritos were monster and the rest of the meals were delicious and just as plentiful. Markus and his crew were once again top notch, professional and courteous alike. He made every effort to turn what was sure to be a record poor season boat ride into a phenomenal trip.<o:p></o:p>
 

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fishnazzi

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Very nice............looks like a great day........Can't wait for the novel!!!
 
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fishnazzi

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The novel was worth the wait..............sounds like it was an excellent day.
 
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Reel hip

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Wow you guys had a great trip. It was not an accident that Marcos put you on the fish. A true professional for sure!
 
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Blackfish

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great post...read like a magazine article.
 
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marlyn

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    WTG markus!
     
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    26grumpy

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    SCI at her finest !!

    Great read and pics, got me pumped up again !!
     
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    ambush1

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    nice way to pull on the fish
     
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    GUERO

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    Carl

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    Great report and pics!....:appl:
    BTW.. I hope Shannon was on her best behavior and didn't cause any trouble with your coworkers that can't be smoothed over, with time......:D
    Did Shannon get her wsb on the new BKII stick you guys showed me a few weeks ago?
     
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    Sherm

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    Nice report and trip. Thos guys ont he bat sure don't look like they are dressed for August. WSB this time of year? Something is wrong with that picture.

    Congrats again on the nice CATCH REPORT
     
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    jayyyy

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    Doesn't surpise me that Markus put you guys on the fish, he is just living up to his reputation, congrats on a great trip.
     
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