First trip next fall

_dayday

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If all goes according to plan I should be able to get out on a trip next year late summer or early fall. Somewhere between august and October. I'd like to aim for somewhere between a 6-8 day trip. This would be my first Long Range trip. I've done a few over night trips 3/4 day trips and a lot of time on the water locally paddy hopping on my little center console. It looks like a lot of the long range guys have "their boats" that they mostly stick to but I was hoping to get some opinions on why you guys choose "that boat".

Hopefully I'll be on a boat with some of you next year!

Thanks!
 

Lake

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Make it an eight day, in September or October. Any of the real long range boats would be great. They all have loyal followers. I’ve fished over half of them and wouldn’t hesitate to go on any of them again. I’d suggest the RR III for your trip. Priced well. I like the boat a lot, the way it rides, drifts, it’s speed, bait carrying capacity. Andy is still one of my favorites to fish with.
 

FishRock

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SouthBayKiller

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Dylan,

Each boat and its crew has a personality. Some are more luxury and some would best be described as more functional than plush.

I think most would agree they are are good, just some fit them better than others, so ask yourself what is most important to you? Cost, load, comfort, boat ride, etc...
 
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albacore11

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Every year is different than the year before. Under current conditions the later trips are getting better variety than the early ones. This year some fish didn't show in numbers until late Sept: I don't count juvenile or football size fish.

All long range boats are good and the advice offered above about finding a like minded group to fish with should be well taken. The group you fish with can make or break your trip to a greater degree than the boat you are riding.

Warning: once you go long, you won't want to fish any other way, it really is one of life's greatest experiences!
 

RockHopperNCKA

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Spots fill up fast so if you're serious you better get on it soon! I got back from the AssHole Invitational 8 day trip on the Polaris Supreme two weeks ago and that trip is sold out already. I'm going on that trip again next year so I haven't checked many of the other boats' schedules, but I'm sure the 8-10 day trips are filling up fast.
 
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_dayday

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Thanks everyone so far!

I'll start diving in a bit more to see stuff like cost/comfort things.
 

albacore11

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Dylan, one thing I did forget to mention is that you want to go on a charter trip, NOT open party. This may be a tad more difficult to book, as they tend to fill up faster, but talk to the boat's office and the charter master if possible. I, personally, don't do combat fishing, and will not fish with a group that finds that style to be okay.

I will not steer you to one boat over another, I do have MY preference.

Highly recommend that you attend the Fred Hall Show in
Long Beach and take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the various operations and even the boat captains......just can't beat that experience for getting a feel of things.
 
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_dayday

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Dylan, one thing I did forget to mention is that you want to go on a charter trip, NOT open party. This may be a tad more difficult to book, as they tend to fill up faster, but talk to the boat's office and the charter master if possible. I, personally, don't do combat fishing, and will not fish with a group that finds that style to be okay.

I will not steer you to one boat over another, I do have MY preference.

Highly recommend that you attend the Fred Hall Show in
Long Beach and take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the various operations and even the boat captains......just can't beat that experience for getting a feel of things.
Yeah I usually go to the Fred Hall up there each year so I'll make it a point to make sure that I talk with some people!
 

chamackO

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Yeah I usually go to the Fred Hall up there each year so I'll make it a point to make sure that I talk with some people!
I recall when talking to Shogun and Vagabond that they pointed out charters they recommended and even pointed out folks that my brother and I should meet.
 

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As mentioned before they book up fast. Called yesterday for a trip on the RS for OCT 19 and on the standby list.

Also, I would try to find a good group to go with. It's what makes the trip that much better.
 
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RockHopperNCKA

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As mentioned before they book up fast. Called yesterday for a trip on the RS for OCT 19 and on the standby list.

Also, I would try to find a good group to go with. It's what makes the trip that much better.
Morgs brings up another good point. If you find a trip you like and it's sold out put yourself on the wait list. Hell, put yourself on multiple wait lists. In 2017 I was on the wait list for 3 different trips on the Intrepid and it ended up being that I could have made it on all three.
 
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