Clipperton... let's hear those stories.

Holi-e-Mackeral

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I've been fortunate to fish the atoll 5 times.. It provides some amazing photo opportunities... Fishing varies... The heat can be unbearable.. 110 deg, 100 percent humidity etc... makes the Hurricane bank seem like Minnesota. (all of my trips were in April/May).. on some of them, the weather was only "Damm hot" others, you would run inside when the boat trolled for wahoo.. just too hot to sit out and wait for a troll stop...
Did fish the beach on one of the trips... the reef fishing was amazing...

Jeff.

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ZZZZZ

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Retelling but to the point

A LR captain and fishers. Went skiff fishing at Clip. The captain fired a 7x on a 10 footer with a Newell 533, obviously a Newell back then :D

A 500 pound black marlin. Ate the 7x in the reef key hole. A few hundred feet from the shore
 
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ZZZZZ

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PV 2002
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PV to Clip 2004

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Will invest in Osunas. Did get 1 sailfish in 2007 on a family PV vacation with them. As some big tuna blew out in the distance. While fkng around with a sailfish
 
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AZChrome

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Wild timing for this post. I was just speaking with Steve Carson about Clipperton and how wild that place is last night on FB. Absolutely one of my favorite places to head about and can only dream of being able to visit it some day.
 
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BlueFinGrin

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    I've posted up a few trip recaps about Clipperton here in the recent past. This long range sports-fishing destination is undoubtedly the greatest sport-boat adventure offered by the San Diego fleet. The ride down, and back - is unmatched by any comparison. The Biosphere... (untamed), alone at the Atoll is like sitting front row during a National Geographic Traveller's Masterclass. Fishing down there can be Feast-or-Famine. Without exception, all of my trips there happily were... "Feast-Weeks". The hi-jinks (Crew & Anglers) during this extended voyage are always off-the-hook... (be prepared!!!) - because, before you realize it, you are back in port at Cabo. And that's..., another story all and in itself.
     
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    nicodemus

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    Damn! So cool, thanks for sharing.
     
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    BlueFinGrin

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    Just found this Gem..
    the First trip to Clipperton on the RP in 1983 .
    some bitchin' video.. part 1
    Yep, remember this vividly. Even way back then..., (and still to this present day) Leon Todd's rod building knowledge and craftsmanship can be seen kicking-ass and taking names. Many are unaware of this, but he once told me that he NEVER wrapped a single rod in his entire life. RIP my friend.

    Can't leave this without saying hat's off to Randy and Bill. Their products are simply an awesome option to anyone currently joining in on this incredibly wonderful past time
     
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    Al B.Fishing

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    Thank you for the Color photos as that video and narration as awesome as it was made it feel like 80 years ago😂 Remember the trip and was not on it,but see some familiar faces for sure. If a boat fished there again,rest assured as to going to the atoll to stroll that may never happen again, you are fortunate to be able to say you did👍🏽
     
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    pgangler

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    Very, very cool vid - old school Penn 50's and mono; anglers did most of the work - win or lose. A real shame that RSW didn't exist then (and probably wouldn't have helped over that distance/time scale).

    Makes me thankful for all of the years of great memories the SDLR fleet, their captains and crews and staff have bestowed upon us who are so deeply afflicted with this disease. Many of the happiest times of my life have been on SDLR boats, especially the Bird.
     
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    tunacraze

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    Can anybody put names to faces of the crew in the video? I know Frank and Steve, but what about the rest of the crew?
     
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    tunachris

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    Fished Clipperton on the Star in 2012. Tough fish, long lean and hungry. Remember getting a lot of baits taken by porpoise. Very tough fish, plus super strong current. Not easy to grind on tuna with that current adding to the chore. I think my biggest was about 175~180, and it fought like a much bigger fish. We did the trip out of Cabo as a 14 day, and stopped at Benedicto on the way out to make cabbies.

    At one point we came on a meatball of small blue runners, and managed to fill a bait well with them. Worked like a charm on the tuna. No wahoo to speak of though.
     
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    ZZZZZ

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    I have never witnessed a current that strong. That is not generated by a river mouth

    Don't put the reel in gear. Eventually the mammal will drop it and get bored. If the reel does not go into gear. The porpoise can not steal the bait

    Bait/Cab will be a natural pin cushion wounded. But way out there from porpoise assistance. Part of the food chain with a wounded hooked bait

    We only stayed 2.5 days at Clip. But I got both my 70ishes doing that. Eventually the porpoise dropped the bait and moved on.
     
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    AKSalmon

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    Great video! But I'm curious, when the boat came in with 800 tuna, how much blow back was there from the non-fishing community? Some of those tuna may not have made it all the way to the dinner table...
     
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    Holi-e-Mackeral

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    Yes, when fishing at night with big baits, ie: rainbow runners (some of them 6 to 10 pounds ) or skippies.. the porpoise would pick up your bait, and move off with it.. The second you put your reel in gear, they would drop it... only to do it again and again, until they pulled the bait from your hook... As a side note, we did hook several porpoise each trip when they did get hooked... They usually would come to the boat very easily for a quick release. (unharmed).

    One more thing, on one trip we had pretty good fishing at night fishing chunks.. (also during the day)

    Jeff.
     
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