"SMASH IT!" Independence 7 Day 2019

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Sherm
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INDEPENDENCE
16th Annual BAJA PADDY HOPPERS (aka Sherman's Tuna Runners)
INDEPENDENCE 7 Day

July 13-20, 2019

The following report is a photo and video chronology of our 7 day vacation of fishing, food, and fellowship on the Long Range boat Independence. It's pretty extensive, so if you have some time, sit a spell and enjoy our on the water adventure.


DEPARTURE
We start off with the mandatory visit to EB bait receiver as the crew loads up our enormous bait slammer and tanks. Capt Mark is very familiar with bait scooping since he runs San Pedro Bait Co. Bait was a mix of small to medium size sardines.



A small glimpse of our giveaway swag.



More stuff.



The lucky grand prize winners of brand new Calstar rods, Rainshadow Rod, and Okuma reel...Randy, Dwane, Fernando and Pat. Congrats guys!




VIDEO: Capt. Ben briefly explains what to expect and what size gear to use.



THE TRAVEL
It was going to take 2 days for us to bomb it down to the Ridge so we had plenty of time to catch up with each other and EAT! So there's plenty of food porn.


First night, Fred and Nancy indulged in the traditional down swell INDY prime rib. Was it delicious? Indubitably!



Followed by apple pie a la mode. Sweet!



All culinary delights on our voyage were created by these 2 divas who think they're on the fashion runway. Josh and his dad, Ed. Haha...



For lunch, a satisfying portion of spaghetti bologuese with a pile of parm. MMM good!




VIDEO: We all celebrate Pete and Mark's Birthday in the salon.


Our lovely couple here is Erin and Tim ready to delight in...



...Slow roasted chicken on rice pilaf and broccoli.



And here's a part of our fantastic crew of Capt. Mark, Brian, Ben, and Austin ready for a dinner break.





THE RIDGE
Day 1


As we approached our first destination, first time long ranger Ron needed some quick omelet energizer.



Our mascot The Joker closely guarded the fluoro depot. Passengers had an unlimited all you could use buffet of 30/40 lb Soft Steel and 50/60 lb Top Knot courtesy of Okuma and Yozuri! We all used both and everyone highly recommended to use it again. Great knot strength, durability, and abrasion resistance.



We arrived at our first high spot right after breakfast around 9:00 am, 3 hours sooner than anticipated due to a helpful downhill current. The pick was dropped and we immediately get into the jacks. The water temp was about 70 and they wanted to chew.


Barry, another first time long ranger, did not take long to capture his first high spot resident.



Randy from OK said this forkie had halitosis, so he considerately administered a mint (7X Salas) to quell the bad breath.



Triple! The bite was outstanding for both bait and jigs. Personally, I did not use a single live bait and slung the surface iron all day. It was a chucker's dream come true.



Dwayne and his slug.



It's a lunch time break from the nonstop action. And this roast beef sandwich was devoured with haste.



Tim displays another minty fresh 7X yeller. Notice a pattern?



Brian will attest that the brute homeguards did not want to stop.



During our daily 4pm snack, Jack came inside and nibbled on the potstickers. That garlic dip was OUTRAGEOUS!



Late in the afternoon, these triggers decided to jump on board. They will be a delectable asset tomorrow.



Roman cleans up nicely donning his dinner shirt for tonight's salad delivery.



Old friends and long time anglers on our trip, Nelson and Mike are about to dig in!



On tonight's agenda: roast pork loin. The tenderness...



And to finish the evening off in style, "Bananas Indy".





THE RIDGE
Day 2


Since we were on anchor all night on our spot, Mark was up early and received a pleasant surprise.



This is the new "SMASH IT!" jig. Lucky for me, hungry aggressive fish can read. The quality yellows were still chewing but the surface iron bite would not be the same as the previous day though due to a change in conditions.



Joe's flylined dine adds another seabass to the fish count and Pat lands a genuine Ridge mossback.



And another wsb on the flyline for Nancy. It's officially a real deal croaker bite.



Now they're coming up in pairs for Ed and Leo.



It's 10 am. It must be soup o'clock on the INDY. Hearty vegetable beef from leftover prime rib. Oh Yeah!



Don't see amberjacks very often in this vicinity.



Yes! Carne asada plate now damn it!




VIDEO: The bite was hot and heavy, Capt. Mark decides to drop a line.


Roger says they're still biting the metal.



Assistant chef Josh is proud to open his trigger fish ceviche bar. Damn good!



Old buddies Dwayne and Ed just lovin it. Ed, we forgive you for wearing that shirt. Haha!



The favorite of many on board, lamb chops, polenta, and squash ragu.


And rounding it off with strawberry brown buttercake.




NORTHWARD


This eggs benedict looks almost erotic doesn't it? Maybe it's just me ? Still the bomb though.



As we were heading back up the line, the schoolie yellowfin went WIDE. So much fish in a large area, it was unbelievable. This one couldn't resist a Yozuri 170 Hydro Minnow. That bait sure catches a lot of fish.



They all couldn't wait to swim into the RSW.



Joe even gets one on the homemade "hotdog" bait.



I brought my swimbait rod and small poppers waiting for this moment to arrive. At one point, I threw out a hookless popper to see how long one would hold on. Yes, almost to the boat! What a blast!



Didn't take long before we were done with the yellowfin and continued northward toward the Bluefin zone. Right in time for a small chicken cobb salad.



And later that evening was one of my faves, charbroiled porkchop and mashed potatoes in some kind of apple gravy reduction? What?





BLUEFIN ZONE


Before we got to the zone, an INDY burger was a must.



Then the 4 pm snack was yellowfin sushi and skippy poke. I could've sat at this table all day.



We arrived just short of the area when Dwayne hooks up on the flyline. Took some skill on 30 lb, but the Soft Steel fluoro held up.

VIDEO: Dwayne and bluefin prize. Heart appetizer!


Mike was on 40 lb and was obvious he was going to kill this thing.



Soon after, Nelson lands this beauty on a flylined dine.



I was standing next to Fernando as we were both fishing a rubberband sinker rig with a 4 oz torpedo and 40 lb fluoro. He got bit as I watched his line unload off his reel.

VIDEO: Fernando's bluefin.


All bluefin bit either flylined 30,40 lb fluoro, rubberband sinker rig, skip jig, popper, or flat fall. So pretty much EVERYTHING! We landed a few more before we ran out of time and fishing was done for the trip. What a great way to end it all with this beautifully serene Baja sunset.



That night, we were served panko encrusted yellowtail on spinach and rice.



Brothers Mike and Pete enjoying their last meal for the trip.



And last but not least our final dessert fudge brownie a la mode.



HOME
These cookie cutter blues all weighed in at the same 75 lbs for a 3 way tie for first place JP! WOW. Great job Nelson, Fernando, and Dwayne!



A huge thank you to owner/operator Capt. Mark, the crew, and the entire Indy operation. It's been an absolute joy to host this trip with these fantastic people. I'm most especially grateful that through the last 16 years, we've all made a group effort to create a culture of fun and no egos. We have a few openings for our 7 day trip in 2020, so if having a great time with friendly folks is the kind of thing you're looking for, gimme a shout.


And a very special thanks to the following for their generous contributions:
CALSTAR RODS
BATSON ENTERPRISES/ RAINSHADOW
OKUMA FISHING/SOFT STEEL
YOZURI
SALAS LURES
BD OUTDOORS
5 STAR FISH PROCESSING
FINS FISHING
STARBUCKS COFFEE



What an absolute blast! See ya on the next one!

-Sherm
Chartermaster :D
 

SCHeadhunter

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Fantastic report. Looks like you guys put a nice catch together and had a great time. Great looking chow too.
 
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IrieMitch

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Wow I’m quite tempted to sign up. Thanks for the awesome detailed report and congrats on the great trip! What a wonderful mix of fish!
 

r8rs4lf

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Wow, that's a report!

Thanks
 

Slater

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thx for sharing, awesome report!
Love me some food porn...
 

alan760

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Great report. Food looks awesome.
 

yakmandan

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Even if you hadn't shown pictures of fish it still would have been a fantastic report. I've fished the Indy 3 times and what I remember best is the food even though the fishing was spectacular.on all three trips I bet I gained at least 15lbs each time. I might do a 7 or 8 day in 2020
 

muledeer07

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Simply !!!! Thank you for that amazing detailed report. It gets no better than that.
 

stella marina

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That was the best food report, oops I mean fishing report, I've seen in a while. Good right up....makes me want to try long range once in my life...looks epic!
 

esgeo

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Great report- thank you for sharing and glad you had such a great trip and nice fishing!
 

stairman

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ok how much weight did you gain?
 

Pangamaster

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Great report! Thanks for taking the time and effort to share your story. This has me pumped up. We leave for 7 on the Indy next Saturday. I have a bunch of new homemade jigs to play with as well as a bucket load of the tried and true varieties.

Now I am officially really fired up!
 
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stickbass

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wow very cool.

question, how many toilets are on the boat for all those big dudes and all that rich food?
 
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Peg North

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Nancy on the croaker! Yeah! I had the pleasure of fishing and bunking with Nancy on an Indy Christmas trip. Great lady, wonderful fun on that trip.
 

Dewey85

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That was an amazing report! I feel like I was there! Oh wait, I was! Good job Sherman. It was a great trip and I can't wait for next years "SMASH IT" tuna run! fyi, I gained 8 pounds respectfully. The chow was top notch. dlh
 

NaplesJohn

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Awesome real-deal longrange fishing report...I love putting together a full-up report, and greatly appreciate the work that goes into the process! I have a 10 day on the Indy in October!!!