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locvetter

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    Having just seen Wahoodad's neat report on a special trip, and with an 18dayer coming up for me, got me to thinking what would be a dream-come-true trip? Trying to keep it in a real world mode - (no Spiderman plucking us all after landing three super cows straight home with no four days up hill.)

    Mine would be:
    • Incredible load of bait, so there would be the option of no real need to make bait
    • To Ensenada for 'Lupe permit.
    • Alejos for afternoon and next morning wide open 'hoo fest with 50lb and above on three different jigs and bait, including some great ariels. On one retrieve: Stop before lifting the jig out of the water at the boat, but in spite of this precaution a giant leaps into the boat with no warning, grabbing the jig in mid air, but hurting no one.
    • Leisurely ride to HB,noticing schools of tailing marlin, very near the boat. Cast some bait for them, but bit only by huge bull dorado. Everybody gets two.
    • Delightful conversation on the way, solving all problems of the world of long range, including ways to have the Mexican government see their way clear to allow our boats to once again fish their wonderful spots - thus ensuring a bright future for us to indulge our passion on future voyages.
    • At HB, jumbo squid show the first night. Rare sharks add interesting but do little damage. We get 26 cows and 6 super cows. All agree there is plenty of time for other options, so
    • To Guadalupe, where tmtc 40 to 82# yellows add interest. YFT come in waves, to be had on 80 lb. Two people get Opah! ON dropper loops, while fishing yellows, 16 big white sea bass come aboard.
    • We track a bit inward on the way home and bluefin foamers DECIDE THEY WANT TO PLAY! And 50 to 110 lb fish and one outlier 282# blue cow is landed
    • On the way home, inside the Coronados, there is an engine problem, seven knots of breeze, we drift, and while the cause of the problem is obvious, it takes about 90 minutes to fix, and in the drift several of us get big halibut. No damage to the boat. We were already ahead of schedule.
    • Not a single other-than-easily-solved tangle.
    • No lures fail
    • Textured and varied personalities, but no real that guy.
    • Several periods of relatively no activity, with people trying different tactics, many with great success.
    • Get a fish on each of the 11 rigs I brought.
    So Hoo, Dorado, Cows, Super cows, blue cow, Opah, Yellows, White sea bass and big halibut. (that is all the ones I like to eat.) Come home with exactly 30 fish.

    I think, right now, that would be what would be fun starting January 20, 2019.

    What would be yours?
     
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    swami 805

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    Flylining Skippies into a foamer of perfect eating size grouper and hauchinago on the iron. A few legit shots at Elvis. Shit! wish I was going
     
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    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
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    Flylining Skippies into a foamer of perfect eating size grouper and hauchinago on the iron. A few legit shots at Elvis. Shit! wish I was going
    Looks like a couple of open spots...
     
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    NaplesJohn

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    A way to do that with all retained fish being able to go RSW...wahoo popsicles early in trip not so much. Maybe all of the above in a tag and release deal like the RS was doing, with the opportunity to keep a few late in trip RSW fish. Oh, and some epic calico bass fishing coming and going...oh, and calico bass tacos!
     
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    FishRock

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    A way to do that with all retained fish being able to go RSW...wahoo popsicles early in trip not so much. Maybe all of the above in a tag and release deal like the RS was doing, with the opportunity to keep a few late in trip RSW fish. Oh, and some epic calico bass fishing coming and going...oh, and calico bass tacos!

    We hit wahoo at the rocks on the way south a few years ago. It was day 2 of a 14 day trip. I stopped fishing after boating 5 wahoo since I was concerned that they would not age well in the RSW for 12 days. Crew on the AA added a little extra salt to the RSW and ran a bit cooler for the next few days. End result was that the wahoo were just fine when we unloaded. I was totally surprise. So if the crew knows how to properly handle fish you are OK.

    I cannot believe that people are still stuffing fish in burlap sacks on day boats. I bleed and ice every fish that hits the deck on my boat no matter how long or short the time.
     
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    caveman

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    Loc,
    It would be interesting to see a report after your 18 day to see what worked, what didn’t from all of your research and experimenting. I've read your posts on knot strength, etc, and always learn a little more, some from the research itself, some from the comments.I have used some tips from BD posts that have become habits, some which just didn’t work for me. We all figure out what works for us, your input after the trip would be a great read.
     
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    potuna

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    Well I have a few thoughts but it will all be up to Roy where we go. Possibly go to the rocks to break up the ride to hurricane. See how that is and go from there. If big tuna bite well we could go inside and fish our way home and get that variety.
     
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    potuna

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    Preparations have begun, its so clear here after New Year’s Eve rain I can see San Clemente Island from my deck.

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    Steve K

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    Jan 2, 2005
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    My gear is all stored away in my stateroom. Head out tomorrow morning, can’t wait.
    Was worried about you and that back trouble. Glad to hear you made it. Pretty cool you got to board early. Are you guys sleeping on the boat? Although I don’t expect Loc will be able to sleep for at least a couple of days. ;)
     
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    potuna

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    Was worried about you and that back trouble. Glad to hear you made it. Pretty cool you got to board early. Are you guys sleeping on the boat? Although I don’t expect Loc will be able to sleep for at least a couple of days. ;)
    Back is back to good to go, I met Loc, Don and a few of the other passengers. I’m close to the landing so I’m spending the last night in my own bed with the wife. I’m only bringing a backpack with iPad, reading materials and toiletries and a box of frozen giant squid.
    When I left Loc was already building rods, my only concern is a decent spot for my tackle box. RP has a strange layout for boxes, they have plenty of room but the benches could be an issue. I have to be kind to my back, we’ll see.
     
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    locvetter

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    Was worried about you and that back trouble. Glad to hear you made it. Pretty cool you got to board early. Are you guys sleeping on the boat? Although I don’t expect Loc will be able to sleep for at least a couple of days. ;)
    Sleep is over rated?????
    Actually, I am pretty good at napping. We shall see. At the Vagabond tonight,

    Thrilled to see that in my stateroom will not need the ladder I brought. (Did need the ladder for the roof top box I ended up buying to get everything in and on my SUV.) EVERYTHING FIT IN ONE CART! MINE IS NOT THE BIGGEST BOX ON THE BOAT -- DON THE CHARTER MASTER GETS THAT HONOR.
     
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    Steve K

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    Sleep is over rated?????
    Actually, I am pretty good at napping. We shall see. At the Vagabond tonight,

    Thrilled to see that in my stateroom will not need the ladder I brought. (Did need the ladder for the roof top box I ended up buying to get everything in and on my SUV.) EVERYTHING FIT IN ONE CART! MINE IS NOT THE BIGGEST BOX ON THE BOAT -- DON THE CHARTER MASTER GETS THAT HONOR.
    Don, I assume Big Daddy. Have heard a few stories about his gear.
    Would love to fish with him some day.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Dream 18 day?

    A totally hot red headed nymphomaniac roommate and a quick limit of Wahoo all over 50#.

    If you’re gonna dream, dream big!
     
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