LR's AMAZING Season

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Imgoing to steal some spotlight from Bill Roecker and re-post some reports fromthe LR Fleet. Just AMAZING fishing this season, makes me want to get on a boat right now. Hopefully some of you guys going (or just coming back) will post some pics. Those of you fisherman (or women) who havnt gone and done a 12+day trip, here is some fuel for the fire!

The EXCEL: The Excel Mikkelsen Trip is a HUGE Success in the endthey released any fish not over 200 lbs.<font color="black"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
Justin Fleck called in with a wrap up of the Mikkelsen Big FishSpecial Trip. "We had a fantastic trip. The fishing was so good down hereon both big tuna and wahoo that we nearly filled the boat to capacity in thefirst few days. The overall grade of fish down here is phenomenal, with most ofthe tuna being in the 130 to 200 lb. class. After everyone got plenty of fishto eat we decided to start releasing fish early on in the trip. Some days we'drelease as many as 50 quality tuna. By the end of the trip we were releasinganything under 200 lbs. which included a lot of fish in the 170 to 190 lb.class.


"According to my notes we have 21 Cows over the 200 lb. mark that weweighed on the boat scale. Maybe a couple more that snuck into the fish holdsduring the heat of the battle. Sometimes it got hectic back there and we had toget the fish down. So maybe a few more.<o:p></o:p>

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Apr 28: Well we almost had a &#8220;good trip,&#8221; falling justshort of our perpetually fluid goal line in the eleventh hour. It could havebeen fantastic, could have been a winner, but now we travel northward harboringpangs of accomplishments only the future can yield. Thirty nine yellowfin overthe two hundred pound mark, a wealth of 160 - 195's, a slew of Wahoo, andanother boat load of tuna from 50 - 180 pounds released; <o:p></o:p>



Apr 26: How about thisfor a dilemma: following another fine morning hit that included

four more giants, we were completely shut down from our tuna fishing by

relentless, ravenous wahoo. Chunks, any form of live bait, and any type kite
presentation resulted in the almost immediate loss of one's hook followed by
what became quite the variety of unflattering insults and hand gestures. What a
pain in the neck, and wallet, as the stripped marauders accounted for an
impressive tally of equipment by day's end<o:p></o:p>






RED ROOSTER III

Good morning folks. Yesterday was our last day of fishing. What a classic dayat the Bank. A couple of cows in the morning , wahoo fishing until theafternoon and nice tuna fishing until dark with another cow added in. Wefinished it off and now have great weather going up the line.<o:p></o:p>

It looks like 18 to 20 fish over 200, plenty of wahoo andplenty of decent size tuna . Really a nice trip. Plenty of room to move around.With only one other boat around we pretty much had the run of the place. That'sthe beauty of winter long trips.<o:p></o:p>


RoyalPolaris (Clipperton):

Fishing today was great. We had 59 Yellowfin tuna and 10 Wahoofor the day. There were a few fish under a 100 pounds, but most were from 120to 216 pounds. We had at least 15 fish in the 175 to 190 class. The fish hereare longer in length and not as much girth and definitely meaner than any otherplace we fish.<o:p></o:p>





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04-21-2012 - Wow,today was something right out of blue planet, as the ocean was alive with tuna,and Wahoo jumping as far as you could see. It was quite spectacular to say theleast. As far as fishing, it too was spectacular. Again the grade is awesome onthose 130 to 200 lb. tuna. We had 3 or 4 of those 199 to 220 lb. fish today.Chef Michele got a 220, Jim Chivas in with a 202, and Dennis Saylor in with a200 lb. fish and it goes down from there. The Wahoo made a brief showing aswell. Rick has a message for girt, he has Popsicles. We have enough room for 1more days fishing, as we are stomping on the hatches to get the lids on. Theweather still great. Good night, Jeff and the Indy crew


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04-20-2012 - I must say things arerolling right along down here. We are into our 4th and final well, with 2 daysof fishing to go, right on schedule. Today was outstanding fishing for 130 to200 lb. tuna, very busy to say the least. There were a few at the 200 lb. mark,and lots of 150 to 190 's thrown in. the weather is absolutely gorgeous. Wehope to keep the pace going for the next few days, if all goes well. Thanks forchecking in, the Indy crew
 

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Do we all fully realize that we are blessed to be living in what is truly "The Golden Age" of long-range yellowfin fishing??

Never before have the opportunities, techniques and equipment ever been so good, and these reports are testimony to that.

I stole the phrase The Golden Age from an elk outfitter I've been talking to. He used it to describe the current state of big elk hunting in the western US. ;)
 

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Simply epic. This is exactly what the fleet needs (and every boat, captain, deckhand and angler has earned it). Tough times, tough economy, its great to see it and I'm glad I get on a boat this year. Hope the chickens follow suit of the cows for the sake of the overnight boats.:2gunsfiring_v1:
 

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X2....I'm hoping that the day fleet catches a break this year and the fishing is WFO in their range......
 

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I hope it stays on the bite for all. We our Cow newbies and heading down late next Month on Excel's June Ahi. My goal is to get a 100lber and some Wahoo. Anything else will be a welcome bonus. Just happy to go on a longer trip, relax, and forget about life's worries.
 

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hey steve
hopefully the wahoo will be around when we get down there. gotta use some of my tackle bag full of wahoo jigs!
been more than a few years since i caught one of those speedsters.
my goal is to catch ONE wahoo. anything more will be gravy.
shellback
 

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absolutely epic.first time lower zone angler.experience of a lifetime.can only hope next year is as good or better
 

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some of us would love to have one trip like this in a life time, my 5 day last year 20 anglers{great people!} food out of this world, fishing ME 10 YT ,about half the group the same and the other half not even this much, all about the last day of fishing, try again this year{cubs fan, maybe next year}
 

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Just booked the Excel May 10th 15 day trip. Looks like the fish and wahoo are around. Just have to wait and see.
 

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Simply epic. This is exactly what the fleet needs (and every boat, captain, deckhand and angler has earned it). Tough times, tough economy, its great to see it and I'm glad I get on a boat this year. Hope the chickens follow suit of the cows for the sake of the overnight boats.:2gunsfiring_v1:
X1000!
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I hope the chickens follow suit as well, all I could afford right now is 1-2.5 day trips and I am looking forward to this upcoming season. When I grow up I want to be a long range fisherman! <o:p></o:p>
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I have a question about your beginnings for some of you long rangers. I do about 3 charters a year and spend about 2300 a year, should I sacrifice my three trips and do one longer trip, like a 6-8day trip next year? Or should I fish more than once a year like I do currently? It&#8217;s been on my mind lately, because I really want to experience LR. <o:p></o:p>
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My only concern is not having the proper gear; I have gear from an Avet Sx, MXL, Diawa 35 and 50 2spds, is that enough? Now this is what I have in two speeds, amongst other sets up I have. <o:p></o:p>
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Thanks in advance for the advice! <o:p></o:p>
 

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Mike,
If you go long like a 8 day you will go to the rocks if the fish are there. You need 30,40,50,60,80 set ups. If you need to lower this I would take 40-60 and 80. Maybe even toss in a 100lb setup. The boats have gear to rent at a great price. You might catch Wahoo,Yellowfin tuna and Yellowtail. Might even catch some Dorado.
 

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X1000!
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I hope the chickens follow suit as well, all I could afford right now is 1-2.5 day trips and I am looking forward to this upcoming season. When I grow up I want to be a long range fisherman! <o:p></o:p>
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I have a question about your beginnings for some of you long rangers. I do about 3 charters a year and spend about 2300 a year, should I sacrifice my three trips and do one longer trip, like a 6-8day trip next year? Or should I fish more than once a year like I do currently? It&#8217;s been on my mind lately, because I really want to experience LR. <o:p></o:p>
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My only concern is not having the proper gear; I have gear from an Avet Sx, MXL, Diawa 35 and 50 2spds, is that enough? Now this is what I have in two speeds, amongst other sets up I have. <o:p></o:p>
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Thanks in advance for the advice! <o:p></o:p>
YES GO LR! I've been saying we need one of these!
I would do only 1 short and 1 long late in the season!

2013?
Like TUNADWR SAID they have big gear on the boat! This would be a great chance to test out some HD rigs!
 

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X1000!
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I hope the chickens follow suit as well, all I could afford right now is 1-2.5 day trips and I am looking forward to this upcoming season. When I grow up I want to be a long range fisherman! <o:p></o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
I have a question about your beginnings for some of you long rangers. I do about 3 charters a year and spend about 2300 a year, should I sacrifice my three trips and do one longer trip, like a 6-8day trip next year? Or should I fish more than once a year like I do currently? It’s been on my mind lately, because I really want to experience LR. <o:p></o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
My only concern is not having the proper gear; I have gear from an Avet Sx, MXL, Diawa 35 and 50 2spds, is that enough? Now this is what I have in two speeds, amongst other sets up I have. <o:p></o:p>
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Thanks in advance for the advice! <o:p></o:p>
I used to do alot of the short charters/ overnighter, but always found a way to go LR. When the.kids came, it was (is) a little harder plus I live 2500with miles away now, I make the effort, only if its a 7-10 day every other year . I live about 3 hours from the coast; excellent wahoo, small tuna and billfish within 50 miles but don't waste my money. Its LR or nuttin'.
 

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I started many years ago on 1 to 3 day trips....then I.took a 5 day....then a 7 day...and now haven't gone on anything shorter than 8 days for the last. 6 or 7 years....Imo Long Range starts at 6 or 7 days.....

I have been fortunate and have fished all over the globe....and imo there just isn't anything to match a Long Range trip.
 

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I have a question about your beginnings for some of you long rangers. I do about 3 charters a year and spend about 2300 a year, should I sacrifice my three trips and do one longer trip, like a 6-8day trip next year?
Yes.
The difference is a quantum leap.
 

SemperFishing

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Yes.
The difference is a quantum leap.
I'll 2nd that. What kind of charters do you do? Some charters are great, but the only charters that catch more/bigger tuna than LR are the boats out of PV and the Bluefin boats. On a normal 8 day, you'll catch lots of Yellowtail (limits to close to limits is normal), some Tuna (wide ranging depending on the time of year 25-125 pounds) and maybe some wahoo. All this on trip with 5 star dining, big deck to walk around and cast everywhere and hot showers/sun deck/ice cold rinks and a comfortable bunk.

Or, you can go 4Gs and do a 15 day like me and SactoTuna did and curse when you have to weed through the "little" 80-150lb yellowfins that get in the way of that 200lber you're looking for.
 

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Yes.
The difference is a quantum leap.
My problems with money have eveything to do with my just getting married and having kids, I started to late in some peoples eyes, but not mine, but now Im limited for some time. But with all this insight, it seems like a no brainer, going to have to somehow work my way onto an 8 day trip next year.

I will persist until I succeed!

Once again thank you all for the insight and I am sure more questions from me will come, I am sure glad to be on this site with such awesome insight from some great people!
 

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I'll 2nd that. What kind of charters do you do? Some charters are great, but the only charters that catch more/bigger tuna than LR are the boats out of PV and the Bluefin boats. On a normal 8 day, you'll catch lots of Yellowtail (limits to close to limits is normal), some Tuna (wide ranging depending on the time of year 25-125 pounds) and maybe some wahoo. All this on trip with 5 star dining, big deck to walk around and cast everywhere and hot showers/sun deck/ice cold rinks and a comfortable bunk.

Or, you can go 4Gs and do a 15 day like me and SactoTuna did and curse when you have to weed through the "little" 80-150lb yellowfins that get in the way of that 200lber you're looking for.
I get on the Apollo a couple of times a year and do my own charter now as well, this year it will be with Bruce Smith on the Fortune. So I have caught some fish, but want to experience more.

I did get on the Indy 2 years ago out of San Pedro on a two day trip to SC, so I understand what its like to be on a long ranger boat, the only thing missing now going to the distance. Like I said, I will persist until I succeed!
 

SemperFishing

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JJ and Bruce are great skippers. Why not do a Guad trip with JJ? I would jump on that trip...

I think that Steve Tanaka is still on the Fortune...if so, that guy is still the FUNNIEST captain I ever met (I temp decked for about 2 weeks for him back in '99). Would love to fish with him again.

Persistance is the key to success man! Nothing wrong with charters with those boats, an 8 Day is an amazing experince.

I get on the Apollo a couple of times a year and do my own charter now as well, this year it will be with Bruce Smith on the Fortune. So I have caught some fish, but want to experience more.

I did get on the Indy 2 years ago out of San Pedro on a two day trip to SC, so I understand what its like to be on a long ranger boat, the only thing missing now going to the distance. Like I said, I will persist until I succeed!
 

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JJ and Bruce are great skippers. Why not do a Guad trip with JJ? I would jump on that trip...
I have thought about that and will probably start there, I love fishing with JJ and would love to experience Guadalupe Island, its been a dream of mine since I started fishing offshore....