Excel 16 day

wahoodad

Yaddah X3
Apr 27, 2003
5,131
2,830
113
US/Mexico
Name
Choate
Boat
Highliner
Just a quick little report from our recent 16 day trip on the Excel. Being that fishing at the now sole premier fishing spot we can hit on long trips, Justin had it set up to check in at Ensenada before rolling all the way down, to allow Guadalupe if things didn't turn out well at the bank.
We loaded up some excellent bait, really nice sized sardines, been cured for 11 days (Thanks to Everingham Bros for that), and rolled to Ensenada. Check in went smooth, and we were back on our way.
Two days of travel, and next stop was Alijos. Weather had been crappy, one of those "glad we are going downhill and not uphill" treks. Thus, the water was pretty roiled up at the stones. We spent quite some time there, so I knew he was seeing the wily speedsters on the machines, but the water was all ripped up and foamy. We snared a few.
We made the 1 hour move to Alijos bank, had a jig strike by a marlin.
We all had our Ooooos and Ahhhhhs, got our standard jumping marlin pics, safely released the striper, and continued to the bank.
Clearly the wahoo wanted to play friendlier here, and we scratched out a afternoon, hampered by the marlin. One stop, I think we had 15 marlin on at once!
Justin anchored on one of the high spots, and a pretty decent yellowtail bite on the dropper loop ensued, until those hungry brown denizens of the dark showed up and ruined the party.
Upon awakening around 3:30 am, my roommate Peter run in for a fresh cup of coffee, said he had 3 yellows already. By the time I poured my cup and doctored it up with foofoo juice and sweetener, I walked out to discover he already had another on.
We pulled the anchor, ran back to the rocks to scour that place again, found the skinnies a little more willing. We fished there until midmorning, then rolled back out to the bank to make a withdrawal. Shortly after lunch with a fair catch of wahoo and yellows on the boat, Justin came down and said we were heading to the other bank, Hurricane.
2 days later, right after lunch, we arrived at HB. A few wahoo, but mostly small tuna. We tried a few anchor jobs, but again, mostly sharks, skipjack, and small tuna. Nice for bait, but if there are no biguns around (which there were not), they turn into shark magnets. We did catch a few tuna from 25-50 lbs, but zero sign of better models.
We stayed until a while after dinner, but it was a straight shark fest.
3 days of travel were next, in not the best of conditions, but Guadalupe was our next stop.
Guadalupe saved our trip, plain and simple. From gray light until dark, in a total plunker style bite, you could catch fish from 40-157 lbs, on fly line sardine, chunk, or kite. Bobber balloon and helium balloon worked as well. I did not see one popper fish, nor and on jigs, sinkers and bait, or PL68/flatfall.
Start the morning off at 80# test, downgrade line test as it got lighter and lighter, then increase as darkness aproached.
We spent the last two days looking for BFT outside of Ensenada. Aaron on the Apollo reported some, but we did not stop the boat once.
Justin and crew were top notch, Mark and Machado in the galley did stellar work.
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Workplacesafety

Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses
Feb 20, 2010
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Long Beach Ca.
Name
Jeff Bruner
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14ft Valco, San Diego Long Range Boats
Looks like the marlin took a DTX minnow. Beautiful pictures, thanks David. Gotta love those Old Yellers!
 
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wahoodad

Yaddah X3
Apr 27, 2003
5,131
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113
US/Mexico
Name
Choate
Boat
Highliner
Looks like the marlin took a DTX minnow. Beautiful pictures, thanks David. Gotta love those Old Yellers!
That is not a gaff in the photo of the marlin. They slide the Y down the line, try and get the Y right on the hook, and push it out for a quick release on the marlin.
Zero marlin were hurt on this voyage :D
 

swami 805

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 9, 2016
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Bill
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sunk it
Nice pictures. As much of a pain in the ass the carp are they sure light up nice. Man tough sledding to scratch out a trip. Looks like a fun trip despite the lack of jumbos. Thanks for the pictures
 
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GaffnLaff

Rum is Tackle
Dec 3, 2003
588
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43
Bay Park
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Dave Cairncross
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Currently looking for a new Ho'ing opportunity
Great pics and awesome report!
 
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kbray001

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Aug 18, 2009
772
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93
South OC
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Kirk
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Regal 24
Just a quick little report from our recent 16 day trip on the Excel. Being that fishing at the now sole premier fishing spot we can hit on long trips, Justin had it set up to check in at Ensenada before rolling all the way down, to allow Guadalupe if things didn't turn out well at the bank.
We loaded up some excellent bait, really nice sized sardines, been cured for 11 days (Thanks to Everingham Bros for that), and rolled to Ensenada. Check in went smooth, and we were back on our way.
Two days of travel, and next stop was Alijos. Weather had been crappy, one of those "glad we are going downhill and not uphill" treks. Thus, the water was pretty roiled up at the stones. We spent quite some time there, so I knew he was seeing the wily speedsters on the machines, but the water was all ripped up and foamy. We snared a few.
We made the 1 hour move to Alijos bank, had a jig strike by a marlin.
We all had our Ooooos and Ahhhhhs, got our standard jumping marlin pics, safely released the striper, and continued to the bank.
Clearly the wahoo wanted to play friendlier here, and we scratched out a afternoon, hampered by the marlin. One stop, I think we had 15 marlin on at once!
Justin anchored on one of the high spots, and a pretty decent yellowtail bite on the dropper loop ensued, until those hungry brown denizens of the dark showed up and ruined the party.
Upon awakening around 3:30 am, my roommate Peter run in for a fresh cup of coffee, said he had 3 yellows already. By the time I poured my cup and doctored it up with foofoo juice and sweetener, I walked out to discover he already had another on.
We pulled the anchor, ran back to the rocks to scour that place again, found the skinnies a little more willing. We fished there until midmorning, then rolled back out to the bank to make a withdrawal. Shortly after lunch with a fair catch of wahoo and yellows on the boat, Justin came down and said we were heading to the other bank, Hurricane.
2 days later, right after lunch, we arrived at HB. A few wahoo, but mostly small tuna. We tried a few anchor jobs, but again, mostly sharks, skipjack, and small tuna. Nice for bait, but if there are no biguns around (which there were not), they turn into shark magnets. We did catch a few tuna from 25-50 lbs, but zero sign of better models.
We stayed until a while after dinner, but it was a straight shark fest.
3 days of travel were next, in not the best of conditions, but Guadalupe was our next stop.
Guadalupe saved our trip, plain and simple. From gray light until dark, in a total plunker style bite, you could catch fish from 40-157 lbs, on fly line sardine, chunk, or kite. Bobber balloon and helium balloon worked as well. I did not see one popper fish, nor and on jigs, sinkers and bait, or PL68/flatfall.
Start the morning off at 80# test, downgrade line test as it got lighter and lighter, then increase as darkness aproached.
We spent the last two days looking for BFT outside of Ensenada. Aaron on the Apollo reported some, but we did not stop the boat once.
Justin and crew were top notch, Mark and Machado in the galley did stellar work. View attachment 986515

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Great pics! What were you shooting with?
 
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T.O.T.W.

Time On The Water
Dec 23, 2005
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San Diego
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Chris L
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Leo's
Too bad on the bluefin. They were definitely there. I thought Aaron was pulling our legs until they started blowing out around the boat, and a 100-lb unit went completely airborne. Seemed like they might have gotten with the program with heavier chum. We were pretty much out of bait.
 
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FishRock

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 27, 2013
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JAM
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Thunnus - 22' Koffler BayBee (1990)
David,

Thanks for the report. Looks like a very good trip and the Excel worked hard to make it happen.
 
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wahoodad

Yaddah X3
Apr 27, 2003
5,131
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113
US/Mexico
Name
Choate
Boat
Highliner
Put credit where credit is due: the imagery was provided by Sean Sullivan, AKA Sulli, he is on Pelagic and Okuma pro staff for just that, what he does with his cameras.
 

hilltop

lurking in the shallows
Jan 1, 2010
1,484
678
113
sb 805
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hilltop
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sold, pangas, Intrepid, and diggin the RRIII
Nice write up and epic photos Dave, congrats on the time spent on the water with all the good folks! 15 marlin hooked up at once, what a kick!
 
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SCHeadhunter

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May 22, 2006
651
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93
san clemente
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Tom
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Sold to the man with $$$
Now that's what I would call getting it done the hard way. Glad you guys had permits and landed on some fish.
Thanks for the nice pic of the Polaris Supreme. We appreciate it.
Have a great holiday season David. One day at a time my friend.
Tom