Fished last week with Russell, Robert, Ryan and Mitchell aboard the Journeyman with my 3 close friends Big Country Pat, Monkeyboy Erwin and Anthony Aladdin. First off, if you haven't seen the Journeyman, it is a spectacular fishing platform that is kept absolutely pristine. In fact, it was almost too nice for my motley crew as we are more fit for a dirty panga with a bucket for a head. Food was fantastic and the guys provided a service level more fitting of a yacht for the rich and famous. The good news is that we were able to easily break them down to their essence of being dirty old fisherman... Day 1: Reached the destination at 4am, turned on the lights and had squid on us immediately. Unfortunately, the dolphin were on us too and we were only able to put a couple in the tank. Started our first drift at grey light and Monkeyboy pinned on a squid and hooked our first fish. For the record, if Monkeyboy put as much time at the rail as he does drinking, he would be world class, but suffice it to say he kinda sucks at fishing. Even with such lowly skills, the talented crew was able to coach him into turning the reel right side up and helping him land the first fish, a nice 100lber. The second squid was already set on the kite and got blown up by a nice one. Aladdin took the rod and got abused for an hour by a 170lber that won it's freedom as the flouro pulled from the wind on. Monkeyboy got another one, about 130lbs as even a blind squirrel can grab his own nuts and that concluded the morning tuna bite. We picked off some really nice Dorado throughout the balance of the morning, landing a few nice ones. We had a nice afternoon pop and I skillfully landed a 100lber followed by a nice Dorado. Aladdin used his 2nd wish by rubbing the lamp and redeemed himself with a nice 130lb tuna that did further ass kicking. Fricken Monkeyboy was on fire and caught (as gracefully as a linebacker doing ballet) the biggest of the day at 150lbs. Big Country ranchero'd a few (1 sail and 1 nice tuna) and ended up catching the smallest Dorado of the trip. Aladdin hooked another nice one late that ripped at the gaff and the line parted, I say he should have used his last wish. A great first day... Day 2: Woke up early and the crew had already made a bunch of squid, but we tanked up a few more. Since we ended the day catching fish on cabbies, all of my brilliant friends started fishing with them not remembering that we went 2 for 2 on squid the day prior. I made comment to Big Country who is as dumb as he is big and he still set out a cabbie to swim around in the grey light. So I was the only one who put out a squid and within 5 minutes got picked up by a good one. Shortly after my bite, Pat got bit on a plunker rig and was on. After doing 6 laps around the boat, it finally settled in and cooperated and taped out at 229lbs. As karma would have it, I was up next on the kite and as I was halfway thru my gatorade, the kite got blown up by a nice one. Pat despite being 6'4" and over 250lbs pulls like my 14 year old daughter and was still on his fish. My simple goal was to land a 2nd one in the same time as his first. Since the fish was on kite gear, I buttoned it down and landed the 2nd one just after Big Country landed his, a nice 140lber, mine was 170lbs. I have never had two nice ones on the deck at the same time and was totally stoked. Anthony rubbed the lamp and used his last wish hooked and landed a 150lber later in the day. Another great day... Last day: We made another batch of squid and this time, the geniuses finally caught on. The only problem was the fish had changed behavior and were not super active. Russell started chumming cabbies and the fish finally came around and started to eat. Needless to say, my genius friends continued to soak squid as the fish were blowing up on cabbies. I started to say something, but they just aren't that bright. I pinned on a cabbie, casted and was rewarded with a bite right away. Shortly after we hooked a couple nice fish in a row. Big Country, Monkeyboy and I had a triple going as Aladdin was trying to figure out how to get another wish. The Journeymany being complete walk around made it easy to pass by each other with ease and tangles were avoided. It was a shocker, but I landed mine first, a 130lber. Monkeyboy who had not yet recovered from his first day looked like he had run an iron man and was spent as the fish came to gaff, a twin to my fish. Big Country had a battle of his own going on as the fish was having his way with him. After 40 more minutes Pat's squeals of agony worked as the fish finally cooperated and came to gaff, a nice 160lber. Great last day... Fella's, if you want a great experience on a fantastic fishing platform, with great crew and great time, I'd suggest chartering the Journeyman. Thank you to Russell, Robert, Ryan and Mitchell. This was the best trip we have taken to PV, period!