Going fishin' on Spike Taft's 'Sea Venture' - 1979 - 4 days to Guadalupe.
4 WWII vets & 4 VN vets - all gone now save 2.
Had quite a few really great trips to the big isl. with both Spike & son Bob circa '79 - '81.
Always looked forward to chances at huge bass, big YT's and an occasional BFT & BSB.
Penn 146's, 500's (some fancied up with bolt on transmissions) & 4/0's comprised our (& most others) stock crankers.
Some BSB back when it was OK - actually I believe it still is in Mexican waters, but now we know better.
A 284# caught on AA 5 dayer at the Big Isl. near South Rock while anchored up for BFT. Was very slow, so my bud dropped 1/2 a whitefish on a dropper loop.
All 3 pictured here pulled on this guy - Vince (AA crewman who anchored the team) in the middle.
Same fish with Pauly & Donna (AA crew & cook) admiring - Per Dan Sansome was largest BSB caught to date (1989) on the AA.
AA again - 10 dayer. Up all night for a 3 BSB effort on the Ridge. Maybe '91. Dane (long time AA crew member) assiting
with what we guessed about a 200#er.
10 minutes later hung a wahoo on the mornings the 'first light' troll. Hit the rack soon after.
Last one, Polaris Supreme - 10 day- about '92. Mark Halsome (sp.) skipper. This one went well over 200#.
Gave it to the crew, since right after landing it, Mark got on intercom and announced
"BSB are not allowed in the jack pot". Soon after the announcment another angler siddled up to me and said
in a low voice, but just about load enough for all nearby to hear, "You know, you just got screwed don't you?".
There was no discussion of this omission pror to the catch nor was that common at the time.
What was becoming common practice was that bottom fish, if not allowed in 1st place, could take 2nd, but no worries.
Turns out a whopper 92# wahoo caught earlier on won the JP. All fun stuff.