I don't think it's crazy hot down at Clarion or HB during Jan and Feb. The tropical weather kicks in around Alijos Rocks which is 2 days travel south. I think on my last trip in January weather was in the low to mid 70s. I typically wear a hoodie or light vest when fishing in the grey light or fishing at night since it can get pretty breezie. I do take a break after lunch and go down in my state room for a nap and chance to cool down and kick off my boots. We did have a huge thunderstorm roll through after dinner one night. IT was nice cuz the whole boat got a good freshwater rinse.in 20 years of fishing the long range fleet 95% of my trips are 5-7 day trips... you get to relax. not a lot of rookies or rude hotheads either. the longer the trip (in my experience) the more I appreciate the other anglers. you get to know each other and learn. i have never been on a longer trip than 10 days... BUT
- from what I have heard from crew members is that the Clarion/Bank trips can become insufferable when it comes to the tropical heat. the further south you go the hotter and more humid it becomes. so if you hate the heat you might want to do some research.
- my wife is an angel BUT if i tell her im going on a 17 day vacation without her she would shut that shit down immediately. taking 3 weeks to go fishing can be super challenging if you have a family and/or social life.
- but overall the long trips are an amazing adventure. fishing is half the fun. the other half is watching all the amazing offshore situations that unfold. shit that non offshore fisherman could ever understand.
Maybe the deckhands were talking about Clipperton and not Clarion.