My First Ultra Long Range Trip

Anglewood

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Feb 16, 2012
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Culver City, CA
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Connor
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Intrepid, New Del Mar
Dave,

Thanks for the report! After several 7 and 8 day trips, I am going on my first 15 day in March and can't wait. In fact, I just finished up servicing a couple of Maks that I got for the trip, and one of them was brand new! Other than Cow rigs, what else did you find useful? I am sure a few Wahoo rigs are in order, but beyond that I am not sure (bait rig?). I gotta say that your report definitely got me excited, I won't be able to do another cow trip after this one for quite a while, but I will be sure to try and make the best of my first. Also if it is not too much trouble, what piece of gear did you find useful on a big trip that you wouldn't necessarily have on a shorter trip?

Thanks again for the report and pics, definitely got the juices flowing...

-Connor
 
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pele

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May 20, 2009
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ken
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Pangamaster

Cow Town Here I come!
Jul 1, 2008
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Dave,

Thanks for the report! After several 7 and 8 day trips, I am going on my first 15 day in March and can't wait. In fact, I just finished up servicing a couple of Maks that I got for the trip, and one of them was brand new! Other than Cow rigs, what else did you find useful? I am sure a few Wahoo rigs are in order, but beyond that I am not sure (bait rig?). I gotta say that your report definitely got me excited, I won't be able to do another cow trip after this one for quite a while, but I will be sure to try and make the best of my first. Also if it is not too much trouble, what piece of gear did you find useful on a big trip that you wouldn't necessarily have on a shorter trip?

Thanks again for the report and pics, definitely got the juices flowing...

-Connor
Hey Connor,
Besides what I mentioned in my report not much really. I was way over prepared.....I'm sure you have your wahoo jigs and bombs ready to go. I caught all of my fish on a bomb. I saw some people get them on your standard wahoo jigs as well. The smaller sizes were getting bit better. Smaller bombs and jigs. Have some good quality 4 hook bait makers for tubes. Also have some 2 hook rigs for cabs. Be prepared to switch them up depending on what's biting. Having a 2 hook Cab rig on when the tubes are biting just wastes your time. We spent very little time wahoo fishing and it wasn't any good until that last epic bite.

For me the only difference in gear from a shorter trip....was well ....using way less gear. When we were in the Cow country all that I ever fished was Cow gear. (100# - 130#) Whenever there was a lull or at the end of the day I put on my new top shots if needed. For me I spliced my topshots on so I used a loop puller to do this. I only use the Bob Sands knot on the shorter trips so I became much better at that. I just did it right out on deck. I had some loop to loop connections and didn't like those as much. The loop connection area is basically 2x as much spectra so it seemed bulky and floated a bit more. Oh I guess there was gloves....i liked gloves on my hands when the big fish were pulling. Helped keep more of my skin on.

You are so stoked right now. Some good words of advice I got.....put your credit card away! You more than likely already have all you need! It's really easy to buy a bunch of shit you wont need.

Have a blast. Enjoy the vibe. Go everywhere with your eyes wide open!
dave
 

Anglewood

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Feb 16, 2012
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Culver City, CA
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Connor
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Intrepid, New Del Mar
Hey Connor,
Besides what I mentioned in my report not much really. I was way over prepared.....I'm sure you have your wahoo jigs and bombs ready to go. I caught all of my fish on a bomb. I saw some people get them on your standard wahoo jigs as well. The smaller sizes were getting bit better. Smaller bombs and jigs. Have some good quality 4 hook bait makers for tubes. Also have some 2 hook rigs for cabs. Be prepared to switch them up depending on what's biting. Having a 2 hook Cab rig on when the tubes are biting just wastes your time. We spent very little time wahoo fishing and it wasn't any good until that last epic bite.

For me the only difference in gear from a shorter trip....was well ....using way less gear. When we were in the Cow country all that I ever fished was Cow gear. (100# - 130#) Whenever there was a lull or at the end of the day I put on my new top shots if needed. For me I spliced my topshots on so I used a loop puller to do this. I only use the Bob Sands knot on the shorter trips so I became much better at that. I just did it right out on deck. I had some loop to loop connections and didn't like those as much. The loop connection area is basically 2x as much spectra so it seemed bulky and floated a bit more. Oh I guess there was gloves....i liked gloves on my hands when the big fish were pulling. Helped keep more of my skin on.

You are so stoked right now. Some good words of advice I got.....put your credit card away! You more than likely already have all you need! It's really easy to buy a bunch of shit you wont need.

Have a blast. Enjoy the vibe. Go everywhere with your eyes wide open!
dave
Thanks a lot Dave,

You are not the first person that has said to ease off on buying stuff. I'm having dinner with some fellow long rangers tomorrow, I'll be sure to grill them there and get a better idea of what I should be looking at.


-Connor
 

fuj

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Aug 13, 2006
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Mark
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nope
Blue Marlin, yummy....
Yup, not bad. Drew prepared it two ways - poke and grilled. Grilled was very good. Poke was too but the meat is rather sinewy, which made eating it raw a bit of a challenge.
 
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DMcD

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Nov 21, 2011
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Idyllwild, Ca USA
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Dennis McDougall
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None
Just curious...was there any particular reason the marlin was kept? Reason I ask...year or so ago I was on a 12-day on the RS...I think we were down on the Ridge somewhere when this guy who was fishing a dropper loop hooked a heavy that turned out to be around a 70 lb BSB. Fish was pretty much gut-hooked and bleeding rather badly. Even though we were all pretty sure the fish would never make it, the crew was getting ready to release it (SOP) when Brian walked by, looked at the fish, and said "looks like dinner to me." 2 nights later Drew prepared these 4-in. thick grilled BSB filets with some sort of awesome-sauce for dinner. God...it was good! Drew also kept the carcass and later turned it into some of the best fish chowder I've ever had...along with fresh-baked bread, or course.

DMcD
 

Bill W

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Jan 12, 2006
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Bill Walsh
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Red Rooster
Very rarely will a marlin come aboard any long range boat. I have not been on the Royal Star in a long time but the boats reputation is very good at following ethics. I assume the fish had a fatal wound or even dead and why waste. Blue marlin is good eats, sailfish and stripers not so good.
 

Pangamaster

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Yup, not bad. Drew prepared it two ways - poke and grilled. Grilled was very good. Poke was too but the meat is rather sinewy, which made eating it raw a bit of a challenge.
Agreed! Poke wasn't the best but it was good. We had it 2 other times.....Blue Marlin Burgers and grilled with a bacon/blue cheese crust....which was amazing!
 

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Just curious...was there any particular reason the marlin was kept? Reason I ask...year or so ago I was on a 12-day on the RS...I think we were down on the Ridge somewhere when this guy who was fishing a dropper loop hooked a heavy that turned out to be around a 70 lb BSB. Fish was pretty much gut-hooked and bleeding rather badly. Even though we were all pretty sure the fish would never make it, the crew was getting ready to release it (SOP) when Brian walked by, looked at the fish, and said "looks like dinner to me." 2 nights later Drew prepared these 4-in. thick grilled BSB filets with some sort of awesome-sauce for dinner. God...it was good! Drew also kept the carcass and later turned it into some of the best fish chowder I've ever had...along with fresh-baked bread, or course.

DMcD
The fish died and actually broke off some where under the boat....all of a sudden it floated up and the crew gaffed it. We shared some filet with the Excel as well.....wonder if they ate any?
 

Pangamaster

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Just doesn't seem right waking up without someone yelling, "Big-Country". Pleasure meeting and fishing with you, Bud.
Ha ha! I had this strange urge to yell out Big Country Just this morning......then I looked around and realized I was in my cube and not in paradise anymore.....sigh.....back to work.
 

screamingreel

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Jan 14, 2006
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Jeff Burroughs
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Long Range and Private
I hear you, Dave. It is more like "Cube Country" at my work too.

- Jeff Burroughs

Ha ha! I had this strange urge to yell out Big Country Just this morning......then I looked around and realized I was in my cube and not in paradise anymore.....sigh.....back to work.
 
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rccalhoun

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Jul 30, 2009
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bob
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none yet
dave fished like a pro out there. we had 2 evenings of hot bites and it got crazy on deck. i am very satisfied with 5 mid range tuna. the boat gear was good and the tackle was reasonable. the food was excellent---fruits and veggies, too. our sponsor (blackwater) had its give away line stolen, also. 17 packs of line stolen. it really stinks to know that we had a thief onboard---i cannot even speculate who it was. it took me a week to recover mentally---i was not prepared for what an adventure this turned out to be...and how bad my skills were. this trip made memories as vivid as anything i have ever done.
 

DMcD

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Nov 21, 2011
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Idyllwild, Ca USA
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Dennis McDougall
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None
Very cool, Dave...better late than never. Took 8 days, but at least there was no theft involved, just some stupidity. Two trips ago after boarding the boat, one of my reel bags with most of my good 2-speeds came up missing. Skipper asked everyone to check their staterooms (twice), skipper and I personally checked the staterooms, again (no joy)...thought the bag had been stolen out of the cart on the dock before boarding. About 4 hours later...after getting bait and we're on our way, this guy comes up from below decks and asks me if this is my missing bag! Yes...Thank You! BTW...you can never have too much underware, especially at my age!

DMcD
 

rccalhoun

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my faith in humanity is restored. good deal! perhaps the blackwater giveaways were lost by the mayhem of boarding or some such.
 

SemperFishing

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Apr 26, 2007
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Dave
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Prefer Long Range or skiffs (great if combined!)
Great report Dave!!! I fished this trip last year with BVD and that guy and his bud are a hoot (Slams his hat down) "THAT IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" LOL. (inside joke). That f*&^er edged me out of first place pot by 1 pound! (216 vs 217). Glad you had a blast and that you got your bag back. That whole bag situation almost happened to me and my buddy in fact. I think its less theft and more you're at the end of the trip, everyone has woken up early and wants off and get started on going home, its dark, etc. Whole lot of room for mix up. We almost had our reel bag (with 10Gs with of reels) get mixed up. For those of us, there are a few options, load your most valued gear in your back pack (I'm use to carrying heavy sh*t on my back, thank you USMC), or tag it with bright pieces of plastic (also a USMC trick).
 
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SemperFishing

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Apr 26, 2007
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UPDATE: said friend with me was on his first cow trip and didn't get one. I got my 4th. He went this year on the braid 15 day (I couldn't go) and got 1 of the 4 cows landed on what Randy described as "top 5 toughest trips in my career." Goes to show...put in that time and fish hard. Cows do happen.
 

Pangamaster

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Jul 1, 2008
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Great report Dave!!! I fished this trip last year with BVD and that guy and his bud are a hoot (Slams his hat down) "THAT IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" LOL. (inside joke). That f*&^er edged me out of first place pot by 1 pound! (216 vs 217). Glad you had a blast and that you got your bag back. That whole bag situation almost happened to me and my buddy in fact. I think its less theft and more you're at the end of the trip, everyone has woken up early and wants off and get started on going home, its dark, etc. Whole lot of room for mix up. We almost had our reel bag (with 10Gs with of reels) get mixed up. For those of us, there are a few options, load your most valued gear in your back pack (I'm use to carrying heavy sh*t on my back, thank you USMC), or tag it with bright pieces of plastic (also a USMC trick).

BVD was awesome!!!