CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE

Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by picasso, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. NaplesJohn

    NaplesJohn Never Forget 343

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    As always a great narrative, that somehow is strengthened without the inclusion of photos. The mark of a great writer...though I secretly wish their were pictures :-) Thanks for the report!!
     
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  2. JohnnieB

    JohnnieB SelFishAddiction

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    I Enjoyed the trip through your great read, Thank You!
     
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  3. Workplacesafety

    Workplacesafety Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses

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    Fine job as always Joe.
     
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  4. picasso

    picasso Well-Known "Member"

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    THE AFTER PARTY

    The fishing was over.
    We started packing our stuff to be ready for the early departure in the morning.

    After dinner, the Skipper came down and held a seminar to go over the procedure for tomorrow and collect our tabs for the trip.

    We polished off the last of the booze and hit the bunk room early.

    Tuesday morning

    We woke up back at the dock in Paradise Village.

    Between cups of hot joe, we empty the bunk room for the last time, and stash our gear on the back porch.

    Everyone is catching a flight to somewhere today,
    but there's still time to hit the breakfast buffet at the resort.
    Afterwards, we scatter.

    I went for a walk, and then grabbed a shower and a soak at the spa. Felt good.

    Met up with everybody back at the pool, where we had some more drinks and some snacks until it was time to leave for the airport.

    We went back to the boat for our luggage and our coolers.
    In a chest freezer on the dock, there was a large trash bag for each of us.
    Inside was about 50 lbs. of chilled, vacuum packed bags of tuna.
    I wasn't thrilled to see all of our valuable meat being squished down inside of that freezer.
    I let everyone else go first, and then grabbed the last bag.
    I tore it open to check the contents and was pleasantly surprised.
    There were a couple of pieces of the belly flap on top, skin still attached.
    The rest of the bags had one or two pieces of loin.
    The meat was still firm, not frozen, but well chilled.
    I slide the treasure into my portable cooler bag and headed up the ramp to the waiting taxi van.

    Back at the airport, we got everybody checked in, and waited for our departure with another cocktail.

    We finally boarded, El Chivo and I settled back into our seats and promptly ordered martinis.
    El Chivo and I toasted ourselves and congratulated each other on a job well done.

    After our meal, El Chivo asked me,
    "Now that our adventure is over, and in light of all that internet crap we endured, what are your feelings about the boat?"

    I thought about that as I looked out the window and took a sip of chilled vodka.

    I told El Chivo what I didn't like.

    I didn't like the thirteenth guy, whoever he was.
    Twelve was OK, ten would be better.
    That may have been part of the reason I didn't like the bunk room.
    It was warm and crowded.
    I told El Chivo I didn't like being the first guy to sign up on his charter,
    and ending up in a shoe box for a bunk, with my gear pigeon holed on the other side of the boat.
    I told El Chivo there was something to be said for air conditioned two person staterooms.

    I told El Chivo I didn't like the fact the boat attaches the short piece of fluorocarbon to the spectra main line using a variety of knots.
    Low profile, or not in a couple of cases, I just don't like the knot bumping the guides.
    I told El Chivo I watched the crewman sling baits with those big outfits, and it doesn't slow them down at all, but for mere mortals like myself, who use an underhanded lob to get their bait away from the boat, time and time again, that knot would bump the guide, jerk the bait, and over run the spool a bit.
    It's not a deal breaker, just irritating, and a hindrance for the newbies I brought with me.

    Then I told El Chivo what I did like.

    I told him, "It's kind of old school, and who's more old school than me?
    It reminds me of my early days.
    Flying into Mexico, hitting the street, drowning in all of the sights, the sounds, the smells, the aroma.
    You can taste the soil in the air.
    It reminds me of the early days of sport fishing. When some guys would say 'let's go fishing'.
    It's not a yacht, it's not a panga, it's a real, genuine San Diego style party boat, with a big tank of live bait, a walk around deck, a driver, a deck hand, a shower, and a chef.
    And, we get to stay out for a couple, or three nights at a time.
    None of that 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. stuff they sell you in Baja."

    I told El Chivo, "I was looking for something like this when I discovered those long, two week trips out of San Diego to far away places.
    On some of the boats though, you're so insulated from the world, it's easy to forget you are a guest of a foreign country.

    On this boat, the ambiance, the crewmen, the chef's menu are all reminders of that fact, and enhances what is a fishing trip with some cultural exchange."

    I told El Chivo, "For me, and I learned the hard way, a long time ago, to never speak for others, this experience is way better.

    It's like concentrated long range.
    I can't wait to experience it again."

    I told El Chivo, "If they had let me choose the music, and if they had let me drive the boat back part of the way to Puerto Vallarta, I would have given the trip a 10 out of 10.
    As it is, I'm going to deduct half a point from the boat, and half a point from the charter master, and give the trip a nice out of ten possible."

    I looked at El Chivo, sitting in the seat to my left, and he is looking at me, the way he looks at me, when I talk to him like this.
    He turns his head, and leans to his left out into the aisle.
    Using his left hand, he motions with his index finger for the stewardess to come to him.
    When she arrives, beaming at him, he takes that same finger and points it at me, and says,
    "Bring that man another cocktail."
    She looks at me, I beam back at her, and say,
    "Why not?"
    She looks back at El Chivo, and says,
    "Why not indeed!"

    Back in rainy, cold Los Angeles around six p.m.,
    I said "Adios" to El Chivo and Wee Ho in the baggage area.
    I said good-bye to my son Freddie and grabbed a taxi.
    I never saw my brothers.
    I figured they got held up in customs or immigration.
    Because they fit the profile, this often happens to them.

    POST SCRIPT
    When I got home, I put the cooler in the garage and said hello to Honey.
    Wednesday morning I sorted the packages and put some in the freezer and and set some aside for friends.
    That night, Honey & I had sashimi.

    Let me preface this by saying we've enjoyed the product provided by the San Diego fleet and it's processors for years. We get lots of compliments when we share it with friend and family.

    But that night at dinner, after just a couple of bites, I remarked to Honey that this fish had a flavor and texture like we hadn't had before.
    Or maybe, only that tuna that they serve you on the boats.
    Honey looked at me and said, "that's funny, I was just going to say the same thing."

    Maybe, it's because it didn't sit in an RSW tank for a week or more.
    Maybe, it's because it hadn't been sitting underneath a ton of tuna.
    Maybe, it's because it didn't have to endure that long, bumpy ride home.
    Whatever the reasons, and I'm still not crazy about that dockside chest freezer deal, where my valuable meat is under everybody else's, the end product turned out pretty darn good.
    I passed some of it out at work, and the jury returned a unanimous verdict,
    "Noticeably Tastier."


    THANKS FOR GOING ALONG ON THE RIDE.
    STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT ADVENTURE.....RIDING SOLO ON THE APOLLO!
     
  5. tunacraze

    tunacraze Well-Known "Member"

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    Magnificent! Thank you! Look forward to your report from the Apollo!
     
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  6. terryc.

    terryc. Well-Known "Member"

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    Thank you very much for taking the time to do such an excellent write up I am going on Johnnys trip next month on said boat first big tuna trip ever and looking forward to it more now.
     
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  7. wahoodad

    wahoodad Yaddah X3

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    [QUOTE="picasso, ]


    THANKS FOR GOING ALONG ON THE RIDE.
    STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT ADVENTURE.....RIDING SOLO ON THE APOLLO!
    [/QUOTE]

    You aren't going solo, you are going with me. :D
     
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  8. skipjackrobert

    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice write up..
     
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  9. JohnnieB

    JohnnieB SelFishAddiction

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    what was supposed to be the load on the original trip?
     
  10. hagridfish

    hagridfish Well-Known "Member"

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    I always like your writing Joe. Very skilled and polished.
    Thanks you for a fabulous story. Spun with a mastery of the language. You truly are talented.
    Thanks for a great story. Hope to fish with you again one of these days. :-)
     
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  11. mmsblee

    mmsblee I Pity The Fool

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    I enjoy every word and your very honest perspective!
     
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  12. snaphappy

    snaphappy Member

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    Man what a great report! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm still in disbelief about the fish though. So the meat was not frozen, just chilled and you put it in a soft cooler with no ice and it was still sashimi grade the next day? I wouldn't of guessed that possible with a yeti let alone a soft cooler bag. Pretty darn cool though if I'm understanding you right.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2017
  13. nick17yz

    nick17yz TUNA TOKER

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    I sold 12 spots. Its a 12 load trip plus me though.

    I would agree that 10 people would be nicer as far as everyone getting 2 bunks and the galley fitting everyone a little more comfy.

    Some of my guys loaded on the boat before we got there and hogged up a lot of the bunks. I wont let that happen again.
     
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  14. PheasantHunter

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    Thanks for writing this up, it helped me mentally escape to Mexico (and get out of this -10 degree weather in Montana). I have added this trip to the bucket list.
     
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  15. DC61

    DC61 Well-Known "Member"

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    You are a very talented writer. Very enjoyable!
     
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  16. twotrack

    twotrack habitual scopolamine abuser

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    Keith's trip that just got in yesterday had a 310, a 276, and other random acts of grossness.
     
  17. ironchucker

    ironchucker Unknown "Member"

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    Bravo! Thanks for the story brother. Sounds like a great time. Looking forward to fishing with you soon.
     
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  18. wdlfbio

    wdlfbio Once you go Cat, you never go back

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    Quite an enjoyable read. Please use a camera next time :)
    :finger:
     
  19. The Dr.

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    Great report as always Joe! A pleasure to read.

    One of these days or years we will fish together...

    Maybe you need to make a trip to NorCal and I can show you around the Delta!
     
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  20. Corndog

    Corndog Landlocked

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    Joe after re-reading this I'm so happy to see u catch your cow on our Feb trip. Congrats again
     
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