JUST A TASTE--EXCEL PHENIX RODS 2016 10 DAY

NaplesJohn

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John
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Wilderness Systems T-160...and just sold the boat!!!
Though we got back in on the 5th of October, I am just getting back home and have begun the photo editing process that will bring the report to life, both for those that were not on the trip, as well as the gang of misfits that again made the trip special. To think that last year the trip was seemingly dominated by wahoo with 160 or so caught...

Cliff Notes version, we had great wahoo fishing, both at Alijos and the ridge. After putting on a great load of smaller but super healthy sardines we started heading south, opting for Alijos as the entire fleet was at, or enroute to the Ridge. Arriving in the afternoon we quickly got to work on the wahoo, putting 70 in the hatch in near glassy weather. We spent the night, and got at it again, ultimately tagging another 100 wahoo, with an additional 107 caught on the ridge. These fish ate bait, jigs, bombs, surface jigs for buddy Ed, Marauders and the Cowbell on the troll, and even the popper for me. We also caught trip near limits of school grade tuna, a good whack on the grouper, around 75 yellowtail, and the stray amberjack--read the full report for the details once I get it posted up (hopefully over the weekend). Interestingly what was hot last year was not hot this year. Last year pink and black 6X jrs were the ticket...this year raiders and bombs were the hotter choice. Unfortunately the yellows continued to be hard to find, though reading reports on trips leaving after ours, there seemed to be a few more on the chew. Two years for us without any long-rod yellows to play with.
 
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backlashjack

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    Sold the boat, now I just rent a stateroom on the EXCEL
    Glad to see you guys had a fruitful and safe trip
     
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    NaplesJohn

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    Wilderness Systems T-160...and just sold the boat!!!
    Trust me...if you read my previous 3 reports on the Intrepid, and the last 2 on the Excel...it will be worth the wait. Probably a three beer report. So, here is a question...installments or one full report???
     
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    dinko

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    Trust me...if you read my previous 3 reports on the Intrepid, and the last 2 on the Excel...it will be worth the wait. Probably a three beer report. So, here is a question...installments or one full report???
    one.. very, very, very, long report .. at least a six pack worth
     
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    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
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    Trust me...if you read my previous 3 reports on the Intrepid, and the last 2 on the Excel...it will be worth the wait. Probably a three beer report. So, here is a question...installments or one full report???

    Day One: Sunday, September 25th......
     
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    NaplesJohn

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    Well two for a long report...and one for the daily grind. Sorry Steve, I will stick with my "normal" epic read! Day One...we got bait and traveled...and ate...and slept until we were hungry, and then ate again until we were sleepy:-)

    Hoping to get it published this weekend!
     
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    lee337

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    One day at a time. It gives me something to look forward to every day!!! Thank you in advance.
     
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    Steve K

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    Jan 2, 2005
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    18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
    Well two for a long report...and one for the daily grind. Sorry Steve, I will stick with my "normal" epic read! Day One...we got bait and traveled...and ate...and slept until we were hungry, and then ate again until we were sleepy:-)

    Hoping to get it published this weekend!

    "And later, we get to eat some more." :)
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Make it three for the long report! We've waited a week, we can wait a few more days.
     
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    NaplesJohn

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    Wilderness Systems T-160...and just sold the boat!!!
    Something is wrong, weigh-in pre trip 180.2 ---- post trip 179.8. Last year I gained 7 pounds that took me a year to shed! Maybe the 22 laps to a mile deck walks paid off...didn't need the treadmill:-) Still waiting for additional photos from Ed...blame delay on Ed!!! Just sayin'
     
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    dinko

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    Something is wrong, weigh-in pre trip 180.2 ---- post trip 179.8. Last year I gained 7 pounds that took me a year to shed! Maybe the 22 laps to a mile deck walks paid off...didn't need the treadmill:-) Still waiting for additional photos from Ed...blame delay on Ed!!! Just sayin'
    your in deep shit Gonzalez !!
     
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    sierraed

    Long rods and big boats
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    It will be well worth the wait.....

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