On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

jer dog

Fishing is life
Jun 22, 2006
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Garden Grove
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Gerry
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One that floats
Today fishing is red hot. Getting close to 50 fish and we’re still fishing. Maybe not the cows we all would like to have but you take what we are given. Most the fish are in the 80LB class with a few standout fish up to 177. Small sinker with a 2-4 ounce was working great today. I hooked 6 tuna today and handed off four of them and landed two myself. This group is really fun to fish with and we all make sure everyone is taken care of. Lots of handoffs today to people who couldn’t get bit. It always amazes me when you hand off a fish the next time they go in the water they now are getting bit. There self confidence rises to a hole new level. Then they start handing off fish. It’s teamwork here on the BIG X. the crew has been nothing but amazing. We’re going to finish up here tomorrow as we need to start heading up the line.
How cool is that.
 
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woodfish330

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Aug 14, 2012
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John
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Fishead
SODA....I'm with you, the only thing better than "catching" .... is the feeling you get when those you help....pass that rod too get their fish. That smile. ... that little dance.... that little cheer.... that High five. Dude...that's Long Range GOLD! The Surgeon. ...getting his first one over a.buck... that little dance he did... His wife of 31 years has NEVER got to see that.... but you did! Share the GOLD brother! Thanks for sharing. ...inspiring!
 
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rccalhoun

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Jul 30, 2009
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san jose ca
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bob
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none yet
there's one trip where everyone shares the catch at the fish processor...thus everyone goes home to a full freezer. one for all and all for one. its a trip of a lifetime........everyone needs to pull on a few and be included. love your attitude and actions!
 

Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
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Fresno, CA
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David Rouse
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Long range fishing
We are finishing up our trip down here with some wahoo fishing. Only 1 wahoo so far. Very slow but everyone is more than happy with the way the tuna fishing ended up . We woke up at 3AM for are last of a chance at tuna. Nothing bit till around 630AM and we finished up our tuna fishing around 8 in the morning. About 8 smaller grade tuna were caught in the 40-60 lb range.
 

woodfish330

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John
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Fishead
SODA....Over 160 posts and reactions to your thread brother.....that's great. Think We were all suffering from the winter fishing blues....and you kept us up to date with the almost daily updates. THANK YOU VERY MUCH BROTHER!
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You didn't have to.....yet you kept your BD brothers "in the loop". Selfless reporting...on the spot. God knows we needed it...lol. Smooth seas and safe travel to you and your fellow anglers. I appreciate you brother!!
 

Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
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Fresno, CA
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David Rouse
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Long range fishing
We are now heading up the line. Only 1 wahoo today and a few tuna in the morning yet everyone is having just a great time. Met some new people that I will fish with in the future. I can’t say enough about the excel fishing boat. The crew is top notch and helpful to anyone at anytime. Are trip started off about as slow as it gets yet we stuck with it and stayed positive. Each day fishing got better and better. At no time did we loose confidence in captain Justin Fleck. He is a seasoned captain that has a wealth of knowledge. I can’t say enough about his crew. Each and everyone are great in customer service. The anglers I fished with are some of the finest you could spend 16 days with. We all worked as a team. No wonder the charter trip is named team Hoo. If we get time will make a stop for yellowtail. That’s a couple days up the line if not three days. It all depends on the weather and speed up the line.
 

woodfish330

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John
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Fishead
......laughing. I would be a liar... If I didn't admit to leaving a setup ready upstairs for the trip home on the long ones. What can you do....When you run into a big school of 100 lb. plus "foamers" on the way back. Got allot if crap about keeping 1 ready.... but also was the first one in the water and got a nice fatty.... When we stopped. Besides mine....4 others were taken on the boat rods. (only other rigged rods). Just don't let them get that soap or bleach on it while they clean the boat....bleach and spectra don't do well together. Other than that....I believe it's "BEER-THIRTY" Brother! :cheers:
 
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Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
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David Rouse
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Long range fishing
Rolling up the line in normal sloppy seas. Not to bad but a spray coming over the rail that’s annoying when taking down all my tackle. Part of the game. I have seen much worse weather traveling up the line. After the rods and reels are taken apart it will be luch a nap and movie’s after that. We will not be fishing anymore this trip. It’s okay with all the passengers. Everyone has a lot of fish they will be coming home with. Weather should lay down once we get closer to the beach.
 

Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
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David Rouse
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Long range fishing
It’s been a bumpy couple of days heading up the line. We are passing time watching movies and taking naps. We will be in San Diego tomorrow. As far as what time it all depends on how good of speed we make. As of yesterday the captain gave his daily briefing after dinner. He said it looks like 7am but that could change. It could be later. He didn’t anticipate the weather or he said we would have left early down below. It will smooth out sometime today. Today I will pack my duffel bags and get everything in order to offload when we get In tomorrow. This has been a fun filled trip. Can’t wait till next year. I will go home to my wife unpack and wash all my gear down and do my laundry. April I will be doing an 18 day on the Royal Polaris. I will be out on the fishing grounds Once again before Long.
 

hagridfish

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Oct 21, 2008
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Aurora Colorado
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Kevin
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None
Thanks so much David. As always, your reports are excellent! I do look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. Enjoy the trip on the RP. Later my friend...………….. :-)
 
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JohnTFT

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Feb 11, 2007
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The "718"
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John
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A big Steel One
It was a great trip.

Cows were hard to come by. 60-125 grade fish was the most prevalent size.

We never got a good chunk line going. I felt if we did we could have landed some larger grade fish. I caught one on a chunk that went 140.

Wahoo is bycatch on a trip called the cow hunt, and wont comment on a fish that takes away from my tuna fishing time.

Captains patience was the key. Fleck never made a wrong move in his strategic anchoring of the Excel. At one point he moved 50' to be on better bottom. The move had maximum impact on the current which greatly improved fishing.

Moves to deeper water to limit shark interactions was another strategic move. Allowed us to fish for YFT and not other unwanted species.

Crew was the Excel A-Team - Mike, Renee, Luke, Timmy, Vance, Jake, Nick

Team Hoo doesnt disappoint. If you want to fish with a group of hard fisherman and like to have a good time Team Hoo is it.

Special Recognition to Soda Pop - the most generous man in Long Range.

There were a bunch of first timers on the boat and Soda was there with, information, gear loaning and lots of hand offs. A stand up guy who has a great time.
 

Russ Scholl

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Apr 1, 2018
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Tuscaloosa
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Russ Scholl
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Kayaks
It was a great trip.

Cows were hard to come by. 60-125 grade fish was the most prevalent size.

We never got a good chunk line going. I felt if we did we could have landed some larger grade fish. I caught one on a chunk that went 140.

Wahoo is bycatch on a trip called the cow hunt, and wont comment on a fish that takes away from my tuna fishing time.

Captains patience was the key. Fleck never made a wrong move in his strategic anchoring of the Excel. At one point he moved 50' to be on better bottom. The move had maximum impact on the current which greatly improved fishing.

Moves to deeper water to limit shark interactions was another strategic move. Allowed us to fish for YFT and not other unwanted species.

Crew was the Excel A-Team - Mike, Renee, Luke, Timmy, Vance, Jake, Nick

Team Hoo doesnt disappoint. If you want to fish with a group of hard fisherman and like to have a good time Team Hoo is it.

Special Recognition to Soda Pop - the most generous man in Long Range.

There were a bunch of first timers on the boat and Soda was there with, information, gear loaning and lots of hand offs. A stand up guy who has a great time.
I had such a great time on this trip. The very best part was enjoying the company of my fellow fishermen and fisherwoman !
 

woodfish330

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Aug 14, 2012
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John
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Fishead
Sometimes we doubt the "impact" we have on each other's lives. How can a few interactions as individuals or a group have such lasting implications. To help.... to give of yourself.... to give of your time, to share what YOU'VE learned.... and what you bought ... selflessly. These things....and human willingness are some of the greatest unspoken gifts we can share with one another. No one tells you...."You must give now". It's that propensity to be a better human..... that sneaks up... and makes you reach out to those who are in need of your guidance....your gift.... your words.... your patience and understanding.

Some people step up. Some resist. Some do nothing. SODA....thanks for seeing / feeling the moment was right... and stepping up. Helping those who needed guidance....confidence....or just a shoulder to cry on for a moment. I truly believe.....that the long range fraternity needs more people like you brother. It's THAT kindness and selflessness that helps grow our love for fishing into a life long hobbie....that we too will share with others. :notworthy
 

canyonman

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Dec 2, 2005
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brooklyn
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joe
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Independence
Sounds like a good trip John. I’m glad you guys found that grade of fish. I was sure it was only a matter of time. The Indy left a day or so before you guys rolled in and they had stellar fishing. We didn’t see that grade in December. Pretty much go big or go home for us. Looks good for future trips
 
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ifish42na

No Bad Days
Oct 23, 2004
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Basil
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Friends With Boats
Happy for all on this trip. I did a couple of Team Hoo trips on the XL, always had an awesome time and learned a lot from these guys. Then today I was reminded one year our Trophy/BHP flydown charter left the day after Team Hoo got in, we left the sound system in place and 6 of us or so plus the crew sailed down the Baja Coast, relaxing and just getting some tackle ready, waiting to get to Cabo and pick everyone up. But on that glorious Super Bowl Sunday morning, Jason treated us to a full blown tailgate party with all the fixings, pool bets and big screen HD action while the Baja coast melted by. A great time with the crew. We even had some nice video if you want to see.
 
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Spear or rod

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Aug 31, 2008
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San Francisco
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Tommy T
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Anything that floats
The PL68 ....removed the treble. Slid a 9" octopus style skirt half way up the lure body until it stretched without tearing. Tied it on with floss. Replaced stock treble with 8/0 7691 Mustad hook. Got it? Never tried a "sluggo" tail....
Would really like to see a pic of this rig if you ever get bored enough to dig one out & take a pic. Thx for awesome idea.