The lower banks???

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    Ive been searching through the fleets fish reports but havent really seen any info on the lower banks. Does anyone know if the lower banks, Potato, Morgan, Thetis Banks etc have had any fish on them in the November time frame. All I could find were reports from the Ridge area or Hurricane.

    Trying to plan my next trip. Im already booked on an 8 day early November variety trip but might changes this to a 10 day late November for a shot at a cow if the banks have been producing

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    Lower banks are spotty at best. The 10 day boats will usually give it a 2 day shot. Not because they really expect anything other then some nice Grouper, but after visits to the Rocks and spots along the Ridge (which is the upper part of the lower banks) You have your Yellow Tail limits and maybe a Wahoo limit to boot, and they still have two day's to kill. But yes it's possible to get a cow. If you really want a cow and don't have a cow budget, try three or four 2 day trips for the Bluefin.
     
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    I got a cow and a super on the lower banks in early Nov 2 years ago. I had been there a month earlier (early Oct) and it was empty.
     
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    This is from 2005 as a reminder to everyone of the inner banks potential.

    A look back at the epic 2005 season.. Maybe lightning will strike again ??
    Enjoy the



    From the Excel’s archives
    More than 200 pounds
    [ added October 15, 2005 ]

    Hello Anglers,

    Today we arrived at the dock and offloaded fish then did jackpot. We brought back a very nice variety of fish and seven fished weighed more than 200 pounds. The big ones that we weighed were as follows. Gerald Steinberg: 189.8 and a 156.7 Ron Hughes: 168.3 Jim Barker: 176.8 and a 202.7 Alan Berdan: 166.6 Tim Turner: 216.6 (second place jackpot) Bill Siddall: 233.1 Louis Jimenez: 167.7 and a 278.8 Art Jipping : 168.3 Craig Arnold: 227.2 (first place jackpot) Chiang Chun: 255.4 Mike Lovelle: 205.7 ( third place jackpot) This afternoon we are leaving on a Kashiki 8 day trip and we will check in through out the trip. Wish us luck on our trip. Shawn and the crew
    Fishing Report by: Shawn Steward
    October 15, 2005 Photos from the Excel trip.

    Another banner day!
    [ added October 29, 2005 ]

    Hello Anglers,

    The 29th was another banner day for Justin as he and the crew and the angler'spicked up 21 more big ones 10 of which were from 205 to 250 pounds. The fish he caught were in a different area that he found while looking for dorado and wahoo on kelps offshore. Tomorrow they are going to work up the ridge looking for some wahoo. The weather is very nice for them. Shawn for the EXCEL
    Fishing Report by: Shawn Steward
    October 29, 2005 Photos from the Excel trip.


    COWS, and lots of them!!!
    [ added November 08, 2005 ]

    Hello Anglers,

    Today was a day that all of us in the sportfishing community will remember for the rest of our lives. COWS, and lots of them for the fleet. I don’t think that words can do much justice for the fishing we had today. Our day started by shutting down in the dark in the morning on a mark and drifting on it until after dark in the evening when we finally boated our last 200 pounder. When all the fish were tallied up we had 47fish over 170 pounds for the day and 22 of them were over 200 pounds. A couple of standout 200 pound fish were a 266, 247, 248, 285, 260. Along with the fish we taped over 200 pounds we had 8 fish from 195 to 199 . We are happy to say that everybody on board has one of these fish of a lifetime and we are going to fish here one more day before we head up the line. We will check in tomorrow.
    Fishing Report by: Shawn Steward
    November 08, 2005 Photos from the Excel trip.


    Royal Star..
    11/30/05
    I must say I'm speechless after today's fishing so I'll let the numbers speak for themselves. We ended up with 30 fish out of two stops, 26 of which were 203-280 with 4 from 180-195. Our code boats in the area also had big days, thus making 11/30/05 one of the best days of cow fishing in the history of long range. The weather is grease calm which is making this experience all the more surreal. We are going to give this one more day before starting to work back up the line.
    11/29/05
    We didn't rack up the numbers today but the quality made up for it. We ended up with 11 fish, 8 of which were 210-287, one at 308, and two that were 190. Our hook to land ratio was much better today thanks to the proper gear, we only lost three which is impressive considering most of the fish were over 240. The weather is glassing off which should also help in the landing of these cows.
    11/28/05
    Another truly incredible day of cow angling here on the southern banks that started first thing this morning with a drift for 11 fish, 10 of which were 205-287. We put together a few more stops in the afternoon for a total of 23 fish for the day, 14 over 200 and the rest going 160-195. Losses on 200lb plus were extremely high today due mostly to short topshots, fluorocarbon, and low diameter lines such as Momoi. This gimmick gear just didn't hold up to this size fish combined with less than optimal weather. The rig of choice was a 50w with a 100yd topshot of 130lb izorline.

    We are going to give it at least three more days in this area so hopefully we can keep the good reports coming.

    From the Archives of the American Angler…

    Tues. Nov. 22, 2005

    CME4TUNA is back
    Capt. Sam Patella brought back the American Angler this morning with 48 YFT over 100lbs and 4 of those were over 200lbs (the largest @ 277lbs). The weather was gorgeous for the entire trip and everyone on the boat had at least one over 100lbs (many of the passengers also had a personal best this trip). We want to thank Mike Farnsworth for all of his hard work putting this charter together and thanks to everyone on board!

    Check out jackpot winners below and the gang with nicest fish of the trip. Thanks again everyone.

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    Jackpot winners:
    1st place: Hal Friedlander 236 lbs Yellowfin Tuna
    2nd place: Chris Matro 207 lbs Yellowfin Tuna
    3rd place: Danny Chi 205 lbs Yellowfin Tuna
    Honorable Mention:Mark Byrum/Don Banks 277 lbs Yellowfin Tuna

    The boat will depart on Sat. Nov 26th for our 10 day after-Thanksgiving trip with Capt. Brian at the helm. Start checking back for daily fish reports on Monday night, Nov. 28th!


    And a Happy Thanksgiving to all - have a great day with your family and friends,

    The American Angler crew


    Mon., Nov. 21, 2005


    THE FINAL JOURNEY

    This morning we stopped to make a few drops to catch some fish for lunch. It didn't take but a couple of drifts and we were on our way. The weather once again is unprecedented - the ocean having that mirror look to it which we call Glass. Know that the trip is over tomorrow and we will return with another outstanding catch of Tuna over the 100lb mark with 4 fish weighing in at 202 to 277 which was the primary goal of this trip.
    We would to thank Mike Farnsworth and his group of guys for being a part of this very special trip. With all the effort that went into landing each and every fish, it was well worth it.
    Oh by the way, lunch was wonderful and tomorrows eta is 0515.

    GOOD NIGHT MAY THE BIG TUNA GODS KEEP LOOKING OVER ALL OF US.

    Thank You all.
    Your Crew, Sam, Matt, Ray, Mitch, Paul, Taco and Hoffy.



    Sun., Nov. 20, 2005


    FUN FISHING ON THE LAKE

    After a wonderful night of traveling we stopped this morning to fish for some Yellowtail, which was a nice steady pick on either flylining a live bait or your favorite Yoyo jig. And then, just before lunch it was time to hit the road, roll up and try a couple of our other Yellowtail spots - none of which panned out. We are going to make a stop in the morning and try to catch some lunch before it's time to bundle up the Rods and call it a trip.



    Good Night,

    The Gang



    Sat., Nov. 19, 2005


    ANOTHER DAY OF BEAUTIFUL WEATHER

    This ocean has just been flat calm for our entire trip and was again for today's fishing. We ran up to fish on the ridge today in hopes of catching a few Wahoo and Tuna and that's pretty much how the morning went. There are still a few Wahoo around but it just depends what day you come across them to see if you get a sample or have a nice day on the Skinnys...today was just a sample for us. We did have some action on the 20 to 30lb Tuna to break up the morning before it was time keep rolling up the line in order to make it up to the island for Yellowtail fishing in the morning.
    The photo of the day is Walt Bryce with his Wahoo of the day. It doesn't matter what Walt has on the other end of his line - you can bet he will have the drag just hammered down to the max. Those fish don't stand a chance.

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    Good Night,

    The A.A. Gang



    Fri., Nov. 18, 2005


    BACK ON THE COWS

    When the sun came up over the horizon something did not feel right, and with that being the case it was time to spread out to get back in the zone - No guts, No glory. It was around 7:00 am when Capt. Brian Simms was 20 miles below the old area to let us know that he was on the big ones. By 10:00 am the rest of the gang showed up on scene and everybody had good fishing - thanks to Brian on the Q-105. We had 4 different stops for a total of 11 fish ranging from 155 to 277. Thanks to the team work of our fleet it looks like we are in store for some more of this unbelievable fishing in the near future. The photo of the day is Hal Friedlander with his cow.

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    Good Night,

    The A.A. Team



    Thurs., Nov. 17, 2005


    SAVED IT LATE IN THE DAY

    Today we did the same thing for most of the day, looking at fish that just wasn't in the right mode. It was just around lunch time when we finally found a nice little school of 125 to 155 lb fish that stuck around the boat. We did manage to catch a total of 13 fish over the 100 lb mark for our efforts so we are happy with that considering the way the fishing has been the last couple of days. It sure seems that it is just a matter of time before this fish gets back into bite mode for all to enjoy. The photo of the day is Chris Matro assisted by Ray and Taro. We have one more day down in the Zone so we all have our fingers crossed to finish off with a few more Cows before we head up the line.

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    Good Night and sleep tight,

    The A.A. Team



    Wed., Nov. 16, 2005


    OUR DAY IN THE PICKLE BARREL

    When the sun went down today, we did not have the day we had hoped for but that wasn't due to lack of fish in the zone. The fish are just in that funk mode, we see plenty of tuna - getting the right school to bite was the challenge today. We ended the day with 5 fish ranging from 135 to 196lb.
    The photo of the day is Tony Postolov with his 170 lb Tuna... he wanted to make sure he was on the fish report to prove to Mrs. Postolov he really is on a fishing trip.

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    Good Night,

    The Gang



    Tues., Nov. 15, 2005


    ANOTHER FINE DAY ON THE BANKS!

    Well, let's just start this report out with the weather conditions; Flat Calm and as for the fishing, this is once again just remarkable, to say the least. Today, for our lucky anglers, every fish was a new personal best. We ended the day with 18 fish over the 100lb mark and a token 205lb fish landed by Danny Chi. The photo of the day is of a bunch of the gang that were in on the late bite of the day. This is day one for us down here in the zone and we have at least 3 more days of Cow fishing ahead of us ... so may the Tuna Gods be looking down upon anybody on a 10 day trip for the time being.

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    Good Night,

    The A.A. Team



    Mon., Nov. 14, 2005



    Sun., Nov. 6, 2005



    The Dream

    Our goal coming down to the big fish zone was that everybody on the boat not only have the opportunity to catch one, but to actually land one. We absolutely have the best passengers in the world because to accomplish this task, the the showing of unselfishness was overwhelming. There were kite rotations passed up and actual rods handed off with fish attached - which was one of the best things one could ever see. It seemed like the giver would always be the winner in the end, as the good deed always seems to come back around. Today was a little slower as we ended up with a couple of handfuls, but it was still appreciated as some of the best big fish fishing, ever. There were 6 members of our fleet here today and no matter how good they bit today [or didn't], it was encouraging that all passengers on every boat had a good shot at a big fish.
    Pictured is Jim Miller with a stock 160lb model, posing with Hoffy,Gregg and some good weather.

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    Tommorrow... Variety?

    The Guys



    Sat., Nov. 5, 2005



    Unprecedented

    We once again were fortunate enough to enjoy good tuna fishing for size large. We know that every web report for the whole long range fleet has been talking about this fishing and all we can say is that it is true. Big fish blowing out next to the boat with the chance that a persons next bait can turn into a fish of a lifetime, has totally been the norm. We have several people fishing every stop with 130lb main line with 100lb being the norm [take off the 80lb]. Also, with this great fishing, comes the emotional rollercoaster that goes along with these big fish. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can easily overwhelm a person if things are not kept in perspective. At times losing a big fish can seem like the absolute worst thing that can ever happen, then we think of those experiencing hurricanes, tsunamis, and other disasters both natural and man-made...then things quickly become crystal clear.
    Tonight's picture is our unsung hero, Mitch Coniff. Not only is he the best cook I have ever been on the water with, he is a crucial part of the deck crew when things get going.

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    When The Going Gets Tough - The Tough Get Going,

    The Guys



    Fri., Nov. 4, 2005



    A First

    We hope not to bore everyone with "old time" fish stories, so today we will talk about a new experience. We can modestly say that from old school Clarion, Clipperton, Lunker Hole and other big fish haunts - that we have had the opportunity to see some pretty amazing fishing over the years. Today is a first; we slid into a spot of cows and instantly we had 20 out of 22 anglers bent over on big ones and the only reason that the two couldn't get a bite was because there was no place to drop a line where there was no fish going. I have never been in a situation where it was next to impossible to land a fish. When a 200lber comes up and circles, it takes an area easily 20 feet in diameter, probably more. With 20 big cows hanging like grapes, 20 feet is a dream where in reality there wasn't 2 feet. At first I was discouraged we only landed 9 fish out of that deal [once again overcome by darkness], but after thinking about it we were pretty proud. I honestly think it would have made no difference even if we had 20 Rollos working that bite, as the crew did everything that was physically possible given the circumstances. As it turns out, seven of the nine fish landed, weighed between 208 and 297lbs - as this was truly one of the few times that the saying "I lost a big one" was not overexaggerated. For all of our guys that pulled hooks next to the boat and had other "big Fish" mishaps, tomorrow is another day. We are on a good pace for our dream goal of everyone aboard landing a big fish, as the last stop was not our only one. Please excuse the gaff shot in today's picture because it is merely one of many holes necessary to put them aboard.

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    Telling Stories,

    The Guys

    We still have a couple of spots on our upcoming 11/14 day trip - call the office at 619 223 5414. Its going to be good..

    Thurs., Nov. 3, 2005


    Tues. Nov. 1, 2005

    Sport Chalet returns
    Capt. Sam Patella brought back the American Angler this morning with one for the books. Every angler on board had at least one tuna over 100lbs and 11 of them were over 200lbs. Thanks again to Brad Lemoine and Sport Chalet for the terrific give-aways. See you all next year and some of you on the upcoming 16 day in Jan.!

    Check out jackpot winners below and 15 of the guys with some of their monster catch. Thanks again everyone.

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    Jackpot winners:
    1st place: Monteil Tremaine 261.5lbs Yellowfin Tuna
    2nd place: Bill Randall 244 lbs Yellowfin Tuna
    3rd place: Richard Tanaka 243 lbs Yellowfin Tuna
    Honorable Mention: Rocky Opliger 250 lbs Yellowfin Tuna

    The boat departed at noon with Capt. Brian at the helm for the Anglers Choice limited load 11 day trip. Check back for daily fish reports!


    The American Angler crew


    Mon., Oct. 31, 2005



    HAPPY HALLOWEEN

    Today was a travel day so it was time for everybody to just kick back and watch a movie, read a book or get caught up on their rest. Tonight we had a big drawing and gave away a lot of great things. The sponsor of the trip is Brad Lemoine from Sports Chalet, and we would like to Thank him and all the other manufacturers that donated some great give aways: Coleman,Shimano, Berkly line, Owner hooks, Seeker Rods, Mustad, Maxima, Salas Jigs,Diawa, Izorline and Accurate Reels.

    What a great group of guys to fish with on this trip, there are a lot of regulars that make this trip every year - it is always a pleasure to fish with all of you.

    This was not your usual 10 day trip, it seemed more like you were on a 14 to 17 day trip with the catch that we have onboard. Just to give you an idea of the quality, here are some of the weights of the fish: 261,244,243,250,221,230,219,211,211.5,205,201,198,198,198,195,195,192,198, 192,182,185,180,175,176,171,175,172,171,165,168,161,169,160,169,162,157, 153,156,159,143,140,138,134,138,139,137,125 and we may have missed one or two of them. That is just the fish over the 100 lb mark.
    To say the least WHAT A BANNER TRIP.. Thank you all for being a part of this great trip.

    ETA 0600


    Your Crew, Sam, Gregg, Matt, Taro, Keith and Paul.
     
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    Budget and time are not a problem Im hoping for a cow or two on my upcoming PV trip. Just trying to decide if I want to move from my 8 day to a 10 day. THe extra couple of days would be fun chasing cows but I really dont want to cruise around dead water just to kill the extra 2 days. And I plan to release most of the tuna anyways. Ill keep a couple and hopefully some wahoo. Big tuna are just fun to catch.

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    Go Long.............10 day for sure.
     
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    Another vote for 10

    Maybe it will happen this year. Maybe not. But if you want a shot at a big fish well then 10 day not 8.

    Nice to see the data. It started mid October, in 05

    Good luck :cheers:
     
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    Well I switched my 8 day to the longer trip. I talked to Andy, Red Rooster, and the plan is to hit the lower banks a couple of days for bigger yft. Of course this all depends on water temp and where the fish are. But having the option to go further south sealed the deal.


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    Good call, can't count on the fish showing, but you can put yourself in position for it if the lower bank cycle does happen. I think big fish show up every year but volume and sticking around is needed and sure helps LRing. Cow killer boat

    The shogun found then just after the new year, 2019. 8 cows up to 340. Good 100lber fishing.

    https://www.bdoutdoors.com/shogun-fishing-lower-banks-baja/
     

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