What was your first SD long range trip? Over 5 days to qualify!

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I'm such a rookie compared to most of you guys!!! Great Read whole thread. Reading this stuff got me frothing and I finally jumped on a trip with the Shogun with Norm driving and Bruce on deck 8 day...Rocks Trip first go.....……..what an eye opener. Been hooked ever since on driving down to Diego...…..
 
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First trip over 5 days was on the Big Game 90 back in 1995. captain Mike ran the boat. It was a July 4th discounted trip. Pay full price and the second gets half price plus a food surcharge. It was really cheep and all I could afford back then. For the past 12 years I have been fishing different long range boats between 80-105 days a year. Over the years I have kept a log and have been to Clarion Island 52 times. I like the 15 and 16 day trips.
 
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1985. Sept to October time frame. 10 day on Polaris Supreme with Tommy Rothery as the captain. We fished the ridge and Alijos.The variety of fish and the time one got to fish hooked me on multi-day trips verses overnight boats. Fished night and day with all kinds of stuff coming off the bottom as well as the usual suspects on top.

Grouper, tuna, yellowtail, wahoo, marlin, and more. The marlin were so thick all got at least one( smoked mine) and we had double & triple hookups while trolling.

Non-fishing event I remember is some of the guys got shitfaced on the 2 day drive back home. They went into one of the deckhands bunk and took out his female blow up doll. They dragged the thing all over the galley having fun and then one of them threw it overboard. When the deckhand found out, he got so mad that I thought a fight was going to happen or that someone would be tossed overboard.

Tommy made peace with all and a deal with all involved and the rest of the trip was peaceful. The deal was one of the guys, when the boat arrived in SD, had to drive ASAP to Hillcrest to but a replacement doll for the crew member and get it back before the boat left that same day while his buddies took care of his gear & fish.

That trip hooked me and been doing them since. Much more now & try to get 3 trips a year in. Time & $ prevents more usually
 
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500 a day, and you wonder why they shut us down/ again be mindful of daily limits/everyonnnnnnne reads them
Early 80s was a much different time and different limits if they were any. These days crews keep track of your catch and make sure you don’t go over.
 
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American angler 5 day to Guadalupe in 1995 or there abouts. Great trip. Loots of big yt and yft. Not alot of great whites back then either or they didnt come by while we were there.
 
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Fist 5 day was a birthday trip on the Polaris Supreme, Tommy was captain. A variety of fish, overall a great introduction.

The 2007 8 day on the Polaris Supreme with Tommy and Drew driving was a memorable trip. We drove a ton on that trip, but it was a great group and I had my own room.
Got me a 72# YFT on the kite, and a 5ft long wahoo. I also had a nice dodo. The great whites got us good. I remember bring back nothing but gills more then once.
Life happened after that trip and I had a 10 year period off the water. I just took a overnight last week and now the bug is back in a big way. Starting my gear collection all over again. I hope to be able to take a 5 plus day trip next year.
 
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Hey Guys,
I know there are a lot of really “Old Time” Long Rangers out there. We have all seen many references to the “Old Days.” What was your first trip? What boat? Charter? Memorable moments?

1985, nope it was ‘86, 10 day on the (almost) brand AA to Alijos & upper banks.
AA was so new, it still had it's christening china to serve dinner on.
Dan Sansome (O/O), the only deck crew I can recall now was "Pauly".
Very few gold reels then & mostly anchovy & Spanish macs f/bait, no dines.
'Our gangs' go to crankers were the relatively new red side plated Penn 4/0s loaded w/40 & 50 mono & the ever present Penn 146's & 500's for everything else (had Penn 9/0 f/ trolling - absolutely horrible for that purpose - tiny drags).
Did well on wahoo - all around 60 to 80# - rare to see one under 40# & only memorable now a/c hoos generally a lot bigger back then (compared to the bulk of what's being caught these days).
YFT to 90# on the long soaks at AJ, & Spanish macs & yo-yo f/YTs on the banks.
Personally memorable: meeting up with a great group of guys that pretty much stuck together on these AA trips for many years subsequnet.
Also memorable: decked 3 BSB in one night - all brutes & back when there was no stigma attached - actually targeted them - of course that's taboo now.
Made several back to back AA 10 dayers after that including 2 where we had to go from AJ rocks back to Cedros to fly passengers out (one illness & one death on family back home). Otherwise never trade those memories - thanks for the trip Dave!
 
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Early 80s was a much different time and different limits if they were any. These days crews keep track of your catch and make sure you don’t go over.


Yes different times but still IMO total waste of the resources ....just like killing tens of thousands of buffalo or millions of carrier pigeons ...... just because you can doesn't IMO make it cool....
 
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6 day on the Vagabond in 1998 went with Larry Cofeen (Cofe Products)....went to Guadalupe we caught YT and YFT ....the rest is history.....
 
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1977 October 10 day on the Holiday with Steve Giffin at the helm $425 including the fuel surcharge, I was 12 years old this trip was a real eye opener. Initially we ran down below Cedros for a slow pick on 20-30lb yellows. On the first stop I remember Giffin denying me a bait in a very gruff way because I wasn't rigged with at least 60lb test and a 6/0 hook, customer service has really improved over the years.

I got tired of trying for yellows and bounced a Newell jig off the bottom for a 80 lb Black seabass, even back then the entire crew was asking / suggesting to me if I wanted to release it. In the afternoon we took off for Alijos, by this time we burned enough diesel to empty the giant fuel bladder on the bow into the below deck tanks. Got to Alijos and quickly put a dozen Wahoo aboard and a 150 lb yellowfin, just schoolie tuna and smallish Dorado for me, but it was as wide open as it gets on those two.

It was flat calm at first light then in the afternoon it started getting really rough.
Even the three Mexican bait boats that were jack poling those school tuna around us all day took off. Then Giffin gets on the PA and tells us not to be alarmed but there is a hurricane heading our way and we will fish as long as possible then head to turtle bay. Heading in to turtle bay I was in the stern watching 13-17ft seas lift up the Holiday and then we wood race down the face, luckily the wind and swell were pushing us.

Spent 2.5 days in turtle bay with torrential rain and 50+ knot winds, wide open spotted bay and sand bass on scampis and scroungers the entire time though. Ended the trip with one day of wide open 30lb class yellowtail 4 hours from turtle bay. Comparing then and now, Customer service is a lot better now, the boats, accommodations and food are better. Fewer L.R boats and that decreased pressure made the sense of adventure and fishing for many species better in the old days.
 
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Yes different times but still IMO total waste of the resources ....just like killing tens of thousands of buffalo or millions of carrier pigeons ...... just because you can doesn't IMO make it cool....
David that’s how it was then, you traded a bunch of rock hard frozen tuna for a couple cases of canned tuna. Personally I like how it is now with quality rsw fish professionally processed. I even take a couple whole fish home and fillet and can them. IMO your analogy is way off the deep end and I didn’t say it was cool.
 
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I think trading tuna for cans is commercial fishing JMO....we can agree to disagree....

you didn't say it was cool.... I am saying it isn't wasn't and isn't cool imo.
 
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Mine can't count. January, 1986. booked form San Diego, but in and out of Cabo, for 10 days at Clarion. Boat called Majestic. Spearfished, fished, and probably the highlight was a wonderful man from Hubbs Sea World Research Institute, Bill Everett. Bill is a serious full time ornithologist and naturalist. What a treat! When I returned to Clarion in 2016, one of the garrison, still driving the panga, was there then. We kibitzed about how the feral pigs and cats had been eliminated, the surging seabird populations. It was great. Gave him a 50 lb outfit (not the newest). Very special place and times. I understand it doesn't really fit this thread, but wanted to share and admit I am old.
 
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    Hey Guys,
    I know there are a lot of really “Old Time” Long Rangers out there. We have all seen many references to the “Old Days.” What was your first trip? What boat? Charter? Memorable moments?

    My first trip was on the Spirit of Adventure in 1993. The charter was the Tim Green charter.....I believe that is still on the books today. I was a deckhand and Marine Biology instructure down at H&M landing at the time. I was working on the Horizon at the time. I was a pretty good fisherman at the time but no long range experience. I was a 90J and Newel 338 guy......aka a 30# class guy. That first trip down at Benito’s I hooked way more fish than anyone......I just couldn’t land shit...... I wasn’t experienced with 40# and 50# line.....later on during the awards ceremony I won farmer of the trip. I went on to fish that same charter for 3 more years......and managed to not repeat as farming champions along the way.

    I’ve since fished all the long range boats minus the searcher....and normally carry 3 - 4 40# rigs as farmer of the trip was burned into my soul......

    Did Bob Steele fish with you on that trip? He did a trip on the SOA every year and was good friends with Tim Green.

    I barely qualify, but my first “long” trip was on the O95 of all boats. Had a blast on a Penn charter. 2003, I think it was. 5.5 days at Guadalupe.
     
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    potuna

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    I think trading tuna for cans is commercial fishing JMO....we can agree to disagree....

    you didn't say it was cool.... I am saying it isn't wasn't and isn't cool imo.
    Again that’s what was done back
    I think trading tuna for cans is commercial fishing JMO....we can agree to disagree....

    you didn't say it was cool.... I am saying it isn't wasn't and isn't cool imo.
    The op asked about how it was back then and that’s how it was. So get off your high horse and remove the stick wherever it’s lodged.
     
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    gregory

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    For me, it was the Haj Shimada 8 day trip on the Excel back in October 1995. I just got married the month earlier and felt so lonely while I was on the boat I couldn't wait to get off it (but that sure changed over the years). And just prior to that, I bought 3 new outfits including a TLD 20 and 2 TLD 30s. Randy Toussiant was the captain and we hit the Ridge. We found a school of giant wahoo which ate our bombs. I didn't think anything about landing a 93 pound 'hoo (on the new TLD 20) since a bigger 'hoo was on the deck (it was captured on film and displayed in the galley of the Excel for years with the crew holding this 106 pound monster).

    I've been doing several 6-8 day trips every year now. These are my favorite trips! But I don't think I caught a wahoo since over #45!!!
     
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    I did a 3.5 day trip on the Big Game 90 in 2005. Lots of fish and variety but no size. The water maker quit one night and the crew didn't drink coffee. That first shot of coffee (full of salt) was a terrible way to start the day! In 2014, finally saved enough to fish the Red Rooster III, caught my first wahoo, wide-open yft and great yt fishing.
     
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    Roadrunner

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    Early 80s was a much different time and different limits if they were any. These days crews keep track of your catch and make sure you don’t go over.

    Here you about the limits. did not realize what I had till the pile started at the docks
    9 from the mid 1980's). Do not even want to say more as things have changed. Wish I would have had 5 star to help me cut and package it all. Finally cried uncle and got a local butcher shop to help. the other guy broke his trailer springs
     
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    sdrepairman

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    Way back in 2015 I was lucky enough to get on a charter on the Apollo off to gaudelupe island. It was supposed to be a 6 day trip but we filled the fish holds cause the fishing was so good and went home a day early.
     
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    spinner

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    my first long range trip was seven days and it was the worst fishing experience of my life and I will not mention any names. the boat was great/the skipper was great/crew bad/charter master terrible and all of his friends on the boat were terrible.
    but I did not give in or give up and went on the royal Starr owned by lepresti and it was like night and day. somebody turned the switch back on. then I met rolls on the rp. he taught me the rules of the road personally one day all afternoon on a travel day
     
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    hucklongfin

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    My 1st 10 day was the Phenix trip on the Excel in 2014 and I've done it each year since then.
     
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