Grant’s Ultimate Fishing Challenge

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A group of skilled fisherman are about to depart on an 18Day trip on the RP named Grant’s Ultimate Fishing Challenge. This was the former Nakaki/Sooge trip, then Nakaki and now handed to John Yamate and me. For those wondering, Grant is my dad and he passed away in 2019. Frank graciously asked me to honor him in the naming of the Charter.

He loved catching big fish, but more so he loved the experience. He loved 98% of the people (except for the occasional “That Guy”) and people enjoyed him. During the memorial, I was amazed to see so many long range friends in attendance. It truly made me feel proud and fortunate to be a part of this culture. For those that don’t know, he passed while on a double hook up of bluefin at Clemente, very poetic!

Thank you to past, present and future fishing friends. I’m very excited to fish with you and grateful to those that make the experience so amazing!

Our 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID and it reminded me how fortunate we are to be able to do this. Next time you jump on a boat, appreciate how lucky we are to be fishermen and how special the experience truly is... and don’t be That Guy!

Cant Wait!
Mike
 

fsh4calico

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Oct 31, 2004
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Pete
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A group of skilled fisherman are about to depart on an 18Day trip on the RP named Grant’s Ultimate Fishing Challenge. This was the former Nakaki/Sooge trip, then Nakaki and now handed to John Yamate and me. For those wondering, Grant is my dad and he passed away in 2019. Frank graciously asked me to honor him in the naming of the Charter.

He loved catching big fish, but more so he loved the experience. He loved 98% of the people (except for the occasional “That Guy”) and people enjoyed him. During the memorial, I was amazed to see so many long range friends in attendance. It truly made me feel proud and fortunate to be a part of this culture. For those that don’t know, he passed while on a double hook up of bluefin at Clemente, very poetic!

Thank you to past, present and future fishing friends. I’m very excited to fish with you and grateful to those that make the experience so amazing!

Our 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID and it reminded me how fortunate we are to be able to do this. Next time you jump on a boat, appreciate how lucky we are to be fishermen and how special the experience truly is... and don’t be That Guy!

Cant Wait!
Mike
Mike,

Looking forward to meeting you. I was fortunate enough to get the last spot on this trip. Very excited and can't wait.

Pete
 

Steve K

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Mike, wonderful you’re able to honor your father’s memory, his legacy, this way. A few of us are especially interested in following your trip as we’re right behind you. Plotting timelines, I see you’ll be leaving the lower zone as we arrive. Our 16 day trip on the Independence departs 4/14, probably arriving to the Bank on the 18th.

Best luck, catch a few, leave some for us. ;)
 
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Holi-e-Mackeral

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I wonder if little Frank will make an appearance.

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Yellowtail Dan

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    Have a great trip and great job remembering/honoring your Dad. I'd give up a lot to be able to spend a day fishing with mine again
     
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    A group of skilled fisherman are about to depart on an 18Day trip on the RP named Grant’s Ultimate Fishing Challenge. This was the former Nakaki/Sooge trip, then Nakaki and now handed to John Yamate and me. For those wondering, Grant is my dad and he passed away in 2019. Frank graciously asked me to honor him in the naming of the Charter.

    He loved catching big fish, but more so he loved the experience. He loved 98% of the people (except for the occasional “That Guy”) and people enjoyed him. During the memorial, I was amazed to see so many long range friends in attendance. It truly made me feel proud and fortunate to be a part of this culture. For those that don’t know, he passed while on a double hook up of bluefin at Clemente, very poetic!

    Thank you to past, present and future fishing friends. I’m very excited to fish with you and grateful to those that make the experience so amazing!

    Our 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID and it reminded me how fortunate we are to be able to do this. Next time you jump on a boat, appreciate how lucky we are to be fishermen and how special the experience truly is... and don’t be That Guy!

    Cant Wait!
    Mike
    Hey Mike,

    What a great way to keep your dad's legacy alive! Simply awesome. Good luck, be safe and have tons of fun like always!!!

    Cheers-
    Doug
     
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    The Right Kind

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    Right where they left off...limits of Wahoo

    Royal Polaris Sportfishing

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    everyone; We arrived in the early morning hours, just in time to catch flying fish. We caught what we needed. We dropped our anchor and stated fishing for tuna. Well we didn’t land anything of size. So once the sun came, it was time to troll for Wahoo. The Yellowfin didn’t make a showing, but the Wahoo made up for that. We almost ended up with daily limits. Most of the Wahoo were in the 30 to 45 pound range. Eric Thinido was the lucky angler today with a 50 pound Wahoo, which won him a brand new Cal-Star rod. Not much more to report on, but we will keep you posted on our daily events. Team R/p
    “BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe”
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    nicodemus

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    Right where they left off...limits of Wahoo​

    Royal Polaris Sportfishing

    Hello
    👋
    everyone; We arrived in the early morning hours, just in time to catch flying fish. We caught what we needed. We dropped our anchor and stated fishing for tuna. Well we didn’t land anything of size. So once the sun came, it was time to troll for Wahoo. The Yellowfin didn’t make a showing, but the Wahoo made up for that. We almost ended up with daily limits. Most of the Wahoo were in the 30 to 45 pound range. Eric Thinido was the lucky angler today with a 50 pound Wahoo, which won him a brand new Cal-Star rod. Not much more to report on, but we will keep you posted on our daily events. Team R/p
    “BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe”
    🎣
    Damn! I want to catch wahoo in April! One day....
     
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    Steve K

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    Followed that up with a “slow day“ catching a handful of Wahoo and only one Yellowfin Tuna. A Super at 308!
     
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    nicodemus

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    And followed that up with this:

    What a day we had. The big boys showed up, and the tax man let us fish. Big fish honors goes out to Rick Allen, with a giant Yellowfin tuna, that topped the scale at 398 pounds. Just a beautiful fish. Rick was using a puffer fish, that one of the Yellowfin had just been flushed out. This is Rick’s second 300 pounder for the trip. We also had 3 other fish over 200 pounds. Tom Newman, with a 254, Stan Know, with a 234, and Pete Wright, with a 234 pound Yellowfin tuna. We also had another 10-15 fish in the 120 to 175 pound range. Wahoo fishing today picked up a little. We made another tank of flying fish, and we are down for the night. So that’s our report for today. Until tomorrow, good luck and good fishing. Team R/p
    “BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe”
    🎣
     
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    Steve K

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    Regurgitated Puffer = 400# Tuna, go figure
    Yeah. June Heat 2018. Bob Michener pinned on the only squid we had in the hand well. It was pretty beat up, bleached out white and extremely dead. We all saw it, we all looked at it and wondered... Current was ripping, flyline didn’t work, so he put on 3 or 4 oz. of lead, dropped it in again and BAM! 290 lb Cow! Oh yeah and trolling in towards Hurricane Bank, he was dragging a DTX 200, caught a Cow. Crazy.
     
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    ZZZZZ

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    Many factors probably went into that already consumed puffer bite or not

    But a tunafishes #1 goal is to eat the bait before its buddy or steal it from its buddy. No sympathy, no compassion, no charity, no handouts. Truly survivors of the fittest.

    Bait was already scented with another tunafisheses drool, triggering the steal knee jerk reaction bite? Or the bait was already proven to get bit and that's what a big great cow was hungry for at that moment? Dumb luck? All sounds good to me when tied together

    Congrats all involved. Those big fish lay off the bank. Then come on every few days to feed until its over. Imo
     
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    ZZZZZ

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    Humans think puke is gross. Fish like it

    Laced with stomach acid or whatever

    Always send down the coughed up Octopus for a ling. When in lingolandia. As sure as it gets. Stomach acid washed out. Easier to digest with less energy. With full protein content remaining :D
     
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