RP 10 Day - Report

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  1. norcaltunaclub

    norcaltunaclub www.octunaclub.com

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    Doug
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    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’!

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  2. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  3. the_tunaman

    the_tunaman Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice!

    I thought to myself that the one guy looked a lot like Marciano, until I saw the last few pics and realized that it was, indeed.
     
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  4. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    So, Doug. How long did it take Dave to realize there were no rod holders on the rail and he would have to hold the rod himself when he had a fish to bring in?
     
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  5. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    I'm sure he loves eating 5 Star food, and sleeping
    in A air condition Stateroom , after A nice hot Shower,
    and not having all the Stress of Running his own Boat.
     
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  6. norcaltunaclub

    norcaltunaclub www.octunaclub.com

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    Steve - we told him there are 2 rod holders on the boat, your left hand or your right hand...take a pick!
     
  7. locvetter

    locvetter Well-Known "Member"

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    Fun to hear!
     
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  8. Yellowtail Dan

    Yellowtail Dan I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thanks for leaving some at the rocks for us. We came in behind you and then fought “breezy” all the way home
     
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  9. reellady

    reellady I'd rather be catching TUNA

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    epic Doug
     
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  10. yknot

    yknot Well-Known "Member"

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    Sounds like lots a fun and a great time! Thanks for the write up and photos.
     
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  11. NaplesJohn

    NaplesJohn Never Forget 343

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    What an awesome trip! Glad ya got em!!!
     
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  12. PaDDy Killer'

    PaDDy Killer' Well-Known "Member"

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    Great report! And even cooler Marciano was on the trip with you guys. My favorite tuna captain on wicked tuna.
     
  13. Montaukmaniac

    Montaukmaniac Thats my son, not me.

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    Thanks, great report!

    Love those heftier models at the "Tail" end!

    Tight lines.
     
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  14. Josa1

    Josa1 Well-Known "Member"

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    Great report and pictures,,,,,Thanks! for sharing with us.

    josa1
     
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  15. Tom Honaker

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    My 10 day 1 month ago, Dtx ruled supreme! I gave away a gold glow Dtx 200 in a drawing, it caught 20 + wahoo! It had no paint left on it and was still catching. They got absolutely hammered. Gold glow, nuclear coral trout, pink mackeral, black pink mackeral, orange mackeral. Saw one fish come off, angler error. Im not affiliated with them, but I don't think I'm going out without a couple in my quiver. Glad you had a great trip!
     
  16. back-breaker

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    My dtx was 1 for 1 at the rocks. Moved the front hook up based on input from crew because of the breaks occurring. I fished it with 18 inches of 150 black water.
     
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  17. flickfish

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    A couple of observations on the DTX minnows for this trip on top of keeping the stock hooks is that a short leader (12"-18") swam better than a long leader. The rubber sleeve on the clip of pre-made trolling harnesses impacted action as well to the point where the lure kept jumping out of the water. If the lure jumped out of the water here and there, letting it go further back out helped. But the most important factor is: do not swap out the stock hooks! It makes sense, these lures were tuned with that hardware in mind, anything else will throw it off balance.

    I used hot pink mackerel with a 12"-18" trolling harnesses, no rubber sleeve on clip, clip inverted, stock hooks and went 3/3 on the troll until the bill snapped in half.. Happened on another DTX as well.

    In terms of Wahoo, as Doug mentioned, 6X Jr was hot. Green wahoo bombs were completely out fished by those little jigs. Bombs in general didn't seem to be anywhere near as effective as the 6X Jr.
     
  18. Anglewood

    Anglewood Up to no good...

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    Thanks for the report Doug. I was following you guys closely on FB and it looks like you had an epic trip. Sure do wish I could have been there to share the rail with the whole crew again but I guess that will have to wait until Summer.

    -Connor
     
  19. redsnapper517

    redsnapper517 Well-Known "Member"

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    Wow
    Just Wow. .
    Thanks for a great report Doug . You guys slayed em
     
  20. hilltop

    hilltop lurking in the shallows

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    Nice Trip indeed, what a fun time eh ? Congrats on the epic adventure with such good people Doug. Yew!
     

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