20 months of planning, coordination and preparation was finally upon us for our Sato Legacy / 310RodWorks / OC Tuna Charter / United Composites 10 Day trip aboard the Royal Polaris. The anticipation was high as we were all excited about the opportunity to fulfilling our last obligation for our dear friend Brent Ikari aka Sato Custom Rods. On this trip we had the usual suspects from our Summer and Spring trips....a few new faces, but mostly battle tested veterans that have shared the rail with us over the years. The best part…..we had an incredible group of friends that all worked together as a single unit, not a single fish was lost due to a tangle or burn off. Everyone was amazing, helping those who were new to the sport or were having a tough time getting bit. In the end, when you looked at the RP scoreboard, the load of fish were spread out evenly for every angler. Everyone was going home with a lot of fish. Now to the fishing, we started off @ the Rocks for some decent Wahoo fishing….nothing wide open, but a steady pick. The hot lure was the full size DTX Minnow in Orange Mackeral. That lure was getting bit on every single troll rotation. We tried changing out the stock hooks, big mistake. If you’ve been thinking about this, leave them alone. We tried all sorts of hook options, none of them worked well since they were disrupting the how the lure swims and the fish won’t bite it. Big Mikey slayed some scissor lips on a 6X Jr in Green / Pink pattern straight tied to 50lb mono. Yes, he donated a few, but he also scored his bounty as well. The small sacrifices are well worth the $7 spent on those jigs. As for myself, I went 0 for 4 grinding a hot pink 6X Jr tied with a 130lb Fluoro leader. Those darn critters were biting my jig from behind, not from the side. All four times I came back with a 10-12” piece of finely clipped 130lb Seaguar Blue Label, all four top shots were originally 3’ long. With time running out at the rocks (due to other boats arriving) I had a change of plans. Decided to grab my Jig Stick with my Okuma Komodo and tied on a big Daiwa Stick bait. One cast with a slow retrieve produced an incredible blow out on my stick bait, it was awesome to watch. A few minutes later, the wahoo was introduced to the RP welcoming committee. Fired out the stick bait a few more times without any bites, our time was up and it was time to head up the line to the Island. When we arrived at the Island, Capt. Roy said it was going to be “breezy”. Thought to myself “breezy”?? I’ve never heard Roy use that term before. We arrived around 3am and woke up to a stiff 25-30kts morning wind, only to increase to about 35-40kts by mid afternoon. Fish were biting and all of sudden we didn’t care about the wind any more. We had a steady pick on the 60-80lb stock class, with a few stand out 100+lbrs. This would be the trend for the remainder of our stay, until we approached the last 3 hours of trip. Right around 3:30pm, the other Roy was scrapping it out on the bow with a big un on 60lb gear…after an hour or so, he was welcomed aboard. Taped out at 130lbs. About 30 minutes later, Racecar drops a 155lbr on the deck, a few minutes later another 150 hits the deck, then a 175 arrives, now it’s close to sun down and the bite continues to escalate at a rapid pace. Watching all of these big uns coming over the rail had me thinking……should I soak one more bait before we need to leave? Heck yeah. Grabbed my 60lb rig (big mistake) and pin on a big mackeral, 5 seconds later it’s bit. Hour later, the RP crew sinks the gaff in the final 2 fish before we call it a trip. A respectable 130lb and 125lb to cap off an amazing trip and final send off from our dear friend, Brent Ikari. Everything on this trip was outstanding….the RP Crew, Food, Fishing, Laughter, Humor, Libations, and a bunch of talented, respectable fish killing Passengers. I know we’ll all be talking about this trip for many more years to come. RP Livin’!