ZZZZZ -- I think that you may be onto something! I'll have to try that. The only time that I've talked to my bait is when it u-turns and runs back under the boat, and then I cuss it out.
I agree with everything you guys have said. I’ve been fishing six to eight day trips for some years now and always appreciate the trips. Recently in the last three years with the Guadalupe island closures I’ve been left to wonder if the days of the long range trips are just a memory of the past. It was the days of the skiff chasing down the big ones that got me really moving to the longer trips.Wise to be grateful for those times. Lucky dudes. That was the pinnacle of LR fishing
I grew up drooling over those island trips. The Islands closed. Booked Clipperton. Also did get to fish legitimately outside Clarion 2006. Would had been a dream to anchor
Closest I ever got to Clarion. A few big fish scattered on the side scan. Boat stopped. I already saw the targets ahead of the boat on the side scan. Ran down and deployed a greenie off the bow that could swim fast enough out. To cut the fish off on the way to the chum. 220
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I love islands. My dad started talking us on barrier island exploring and camping trips along the GOM as young kids.
I loved Clipperton. My 1st cow (246) was there. So interesting to explore the atoll. It wasn't to hard to get on the atoll but a little hard to get off! We swam out over the reef through the very small slot to get to the skiff. Great memories! Thanks for all the great pictures in this string! Scott
I used to race District 37 with his son Mitch until he got paralyzed at a race. I got #4 the year Mitch got # 8 . Mitch still owns and runs Pro circuit.Not fishing related but have to acknowledge what a great friend Jim Peyton of ProCircuit became. We fished many trips together, including Clipperton, before he passed. He and his sons owned a motorcycle racing shop that had a Supercross race team (still do) and did dirt bike modifications. Huge company known worldwide.
I would buy a stock bike for my son and drop it off at Procircuit and it would come back looking like the bottom picture. No labor charges and all parts at his cost. He was always hooking my son and I up. Got the best seats at local supercross events and got to sit with the ProCircuit race team in the team trailers, basically going where most people were not allowed, all because of Jim.
I could never thank him enough for all he did for us....and I met him fishing long range...
RIP Big Jim...
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Nothing good ever lasts……….Just sitting here on this rainy day thinking about how long range used to be and really missing it. I miss when the Excel was owned by Bill Poole. He wasn't afraid to run a light load trip. Miss skippers, Randy, Pat, and Shawn. Fishing tight in at Clarion using nice big salamis, fishing Socorro , fishing the lunker hole at San Benidicto using cabbies, fishing 8 straight days at Roca Partida catching nothing but straight cows. Miss the Dennis Braid thanksgiving trip, fishing with Dennis, Timmy, Kenny, Ralph, Al, Basil, Bergie , Jan, Bob and many other great people catching lots of big fish year after year. Miss Al Scows May trips, lots of big tuna on those trips also. I know things change and there is still good fishing to be had but I'm really lucky to have experienced it back then when there were many options of places to fish. Anyway, enough reminiscing, tight lines ... Steve.
Went to clipperton in 2003 on the rooster. took over 6 days to get there. Yes quite the boat ride. adventure of a lifetime.This thread makes me wish I found LR fishing sooner (and had the money back then), all of it sounds amazing (except the long boat ride down and back).
Now, when leaving the Atoll, you also think about all of the sharks you have been catching every day.. I just hoped the skipp would not be overturned going through the reef.I loved Clipperton. My 1st cow (246) was there. So interesting to explore the atoll. It wasn't to hard to get on the atoll but a little hard to get off! We swam out over the reef through the very small slot to get to the skiff. Great memories! Thanks for all the great pictures in this string! Scott