Long Range Reports:
Chins To The Wind
American Angler posted November 7: “With our chins up we headed into the eighth inning looking for vengeance and because the gang kept such a positive attitude, today brought good things to good people. Finally waking up to beautiful weather, it was a good start from the beginning. Working together with our fellow code boats like a well-oiled machine, we were able to get on some frisky tuna action that lasted all day. User-friendly 15 to 30-pound yellowfin bit, just how we like it, stop after stop. Bites came fast and so did good morale and by the end it was a well-deserved day for everyone and hands down lady luck was on our side. Dina Wheeler even managed to pick up the seasons third albacore. Feeling like we are back on track, we are hoping to keep the ball rolling as we head into our last day.”
To The Ridge
Off on a 10-day trip for the Excel, Skipper Justin Fleck started off at the islands. “We had great yellowfin tuna yesterday, he wrote November 7, “and had daily limits. We stayed the night and did not fair as well and got a few yellowtail and then headed offshore and managed about a dozen dorado. We are now headed south to The Ridge in search of wahoo. We will check back in again later.”
“Beautiful weather and good fishing,” reported Independence skipper Matt Kaullen November 7. “Everyone had a chance to pull on school size tuna today and bit of wahoo. We are headed north tonight looking for more wahoo in the morning.
“We had a great day fishing for wahoo,” he posted the next day. “We were able to get everyone a wahoo to take home. Lots of fun in the sun today. We are traveling north tonight looking for more fish in the morning.”
Now At Work
Royal Polaris filed this report November 9: “We arrived at Hurricane bank at 04:00 hours. Weather has been on the breezy side all day but plenty comfortable on the anchor. Our fishing today would be described as a slow scratch. The largest yellowfin was caught by Harold Davis on a rainbow runner on the kite at 201-pounds.
“We had around 10 fish in the 150 to 175 category. We ended the day with 28 yellowfin tuna and 29 wahoo. We do not see a lot of signal, but we will get an earlier start in the morning and hope to have a good report for you tomorrow. Dinner tonight was an excellent Os0-Buco.”
Over The Rail
Royal Star skipper Tim Ekstrom wrote November 7: “Good fishing today; again the quality of these yellowfin tuna being the real draw. By numbers alone one could easily mistake this outing for an average affair – a nice day but nothing to write home about. But beautiful 90 to 150-pound yellowfin coming over the rail just about all day long is anything but average in these parts – I think. Whether this is another gift of El Nino or the new norm out here remains to be seen. For now we’ll consider the bounty from a fisherman’s perspective and save the questions, and projections, for later. I’ll even go cliché on you – it doesn’t get any better than this. It’s a bit of a copout for one who likes to write but fits the bill perfectly today. This is good fishing, good living – exactly what we hope to find every time. Of course reality does not allow such fortune but for a handful of occasions, perhaps a few more during really good seasons, per year. So we take this at face value, harkening back to sentiments expressed in yesterday’s narrative. It’s a fine note to close on, as is today’s photo selection. Mike Reardon, Royal Star veteran and exceptional angler in any setting, made good on the opportunity to battle this beautiful, 140-pound class yellowfin tuna.”
The next day Tim wrote: “The overall grade today was still excellent, mostly fish in the 60 to 80-pound class, but the standout big boys were decidedly absent; only a couple of 100-pound class yellowfin were seen. Every day is different. Regardless of today’s results we can rest assured that those bigger fish are still around. They just chose a different routine today beyond our reach and/or fishing savvy. Day’s end brought us to a beautiful anchorage enhanced by scenery that can only be described as spectacular. A massive, towering bluff reflecting fading evening hues and the near volume of wash rocks diffusing mid-oceanic surf provided proper contrast for a grateful farewell.