The Pacific Queen out of Fishermans Landing teams up with 976-TUNA for a 2 day trip. Trip leaves Friday June 9th at 9 pm. This trip will be heading offshore for tuna and yellowtail. Early Booking Price is $450.00, normal price is $550.00Meals and permits not included and will be collected on the boat. Simply book right on line or call for reservations at 310-328-8426. PASSPORT IS REQUID. Charter Master Earl The Pearl
Well it was just another day at the office, with excellent weather, and good fishing. It was our typical day, with a few fish in the morning, and couple mid-day, and the bulk coming in late afternoon. It was our best day yet, with another 3 fish over 200 pounds coning in, and the majority of the fish in the 140 to 180 range. We also added a handful of Wahoo to our catch. Lucky anglers today, Mike Brown with a 213 pound Yellowfin tuna, Kirk McCoy with a 204 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Joe Amagrande with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna. Mike Brown also had another 2 fish in the 180 to 190 range. Honorable mention, Adam Hinkle, on his first trip, he caught his personal best 5 times, and yes he did get 5 showers, Also if you know Don Burnside, he’s famous for chunk fishing, but yesterday he caught 4 sardine fish in the late afternoon, way to go Don. So with that note, will close for now, until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p
Weather continues to be excellent, with a slight breeze, sunny, and warm. The morning was a bit slow, but the afternoon things did tune on. It was a 50/50 day, with half the fish coming in on Sardines, and the rest on the kite. Most of the fish were in the 130 to 150 pound range, and three fish over 200 pounds. Lucky anglers today, Kirk McCoy with a 214 Yellowfin tuna, Joe Amagrande with a 209 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Nick Didovic with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna.
Flyers are getting harder to make, but we did get a tank to fish the kite tomorrow. Most of the flyline fish came on 80 and 100 pound test fluorocarbon. So until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p
Weather continues to come down, with 10 to 12 knots of breeze, slightly overcast, and warm. We didn’t have a lot of action today, but all the fish we caught were in the 160 to 190, with two fish over 200 pounds. Lucky anglers today, Steve Emmert, with a 236 pound Yellowfin tuna, and this is Steve’s second fish over 200 pounds this trip. Adam Hinkle was the other lucky angler, with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna, and this is Adam’s first longrange trip, and yes he got his personal best shower. Honorable mention, Jack Preston, with a 197 pound Yellowfin tuna.
It was a bit tougher to make a tank of flyers tonight, but we did make that tank. We have 3 full days left, before we call it a trip. This is what a long trip is about, not a lot of fish, but the one’s you get are quality.
Well today our weather came down some, with only 12 to 15 knots of breeze, overcast skies. We did see a little sunshine to day, and it was greatly appreciated. But enough about the weather, fishing was a bit slow today, but the quality continues to be excellent. Most of the fish were in the 130 to 180 pound category, with two over 200 pounds. Lucky anglers today, Craig Miller, with a 226 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Allen Hartman, with a 206 Yellowfin tuna. We did some trolling today, and only produced 2 Wahoo for our efforts.
We had a small hit of Yellowfin in the morning and a hit in the afternoon, and that was our day. 12 Yellowfin and 2 Wahoo. We are hoping this was a down day on the bank. We did see lots of life, with fish around the boat all day long, they just had lock-jaw. We will try to make another tank of flyers tonight, and give it the old college try tomorrow. Team R/p
Change, that’s how our story starts. First the weather, we had 22 to 25 knots of breeze all day, overcast skies, and choppy. Our morning started out with no fish in the dark, and no fish by 0900 hours. But after lunch, things got right back on track. We ended our day with quality Yellowfin. The grade of the fish is beautiful, with most of the fish in the 150 to 190 pound range, and we did have another two Yellowfin over the 200 pound mark. Lucky anglers today, Don Burnside, with a 230 pound Yellowfin tuna, and Ron Lewis, with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna. Honorable mention, Bob Wolfson, with a 199 pound Yellowfin tuna. We will try to make a couple of tanks of flyers tonight, so wish us luck, team R/p.
Our morning started out with Yellowfin in the 130 to 180 pound range, and a few over the 200 pound mark. But just like the first three days, after 0900 hours, thing went to a halt. We did pick away at some quality fish for the rest of the day. We also added 4 Wahoo to our count. Lucky anglers today, Craig Miller, with a 201 pound Yellowfin tuna, Kirk McCoy, with a 204 pound Yellowfin tuna, Mike Brown, with a 206 pound Yellowfin tuna, and big fish honors goes to Steve Emmert with a 224 pound Yellowfin tuna, and honorable mention guest to Ed Delaney with a 195 pound Yellowfin tuna.
Only a handful of sardine fish caught today, with the kite being the ticket to getting a quality tuna. We made another tank of flyer’s tonight, and we are hoping for another good day tomorrow, so wish us luck. Team R/p
Well our day was about the same as yesterday, with excellent grade Yellowfin biting. We had 3 fish over 200 today, with Craig “Mr. Burns” Miller, taking down two giant Yellowfin ( 210 & 224.8) . I guess you could say, today was his lucky day. Allen Hartman was the other lucky anglers with a 202 pound Yellowfin tuna.
We caught fish on the chunk, kite, and sardine’s. We had a handful of fish in the morning, and the rest came throughout the day. Nothing steady, but we are picking away at quality fish. With no sign of Wahoo today, it was a Yellowfin day. Most of the Yellowfin were in the 160 to 185 pound range, with a few in the 130 to 150 category.
We made another tank of flying fish, and we are hoping tomorrow will bring bigger and brighter things. So wish us luck and we will keep you posted on our daily events. Team R/p
We arrived to our destination in the early morning hours. We made a quick tank of flying fish. We didn’t hook our first Yellowfin until sunrise. It was a slow morning, but the afternoon made up for it. We ended our day with 25 Yellowfin (130 to 186 pounds), and 4 Wahoo. We did have a few heartbreaks, from hooks pulling, to line breaking. But tomorrow is another day, and with two tanks of big baits, we are hoping for better results. Big fish honors goes to Ron Lewis, with a 186 pound Yellowfin tuna. We had many other fish in the 180 to 185 range. Weather today, 15 to 18 knots, clear skies, and a bit choppy. But the wind keeps it cool for all aboard, so thank mother nature for the breeze.
It’s wonderful out here on the Royal Polaris, with great weather, and good fishing. As this would be our last day of traveling, before we start fishing. Well guess what? Right before lunch, Dharyl saw a Dorado jump, then another one. So he called Jonathan up top. Jonathan turned the boat, and bingo!!! Not only did the Dorado bite, but the Wahoo moved the Dorado out.
We had limit style Wahoo fishing for our passenger today. Most of the Wahoo were in the 25 to 40 pound range, with the Dorado going 18 to 25 pounds. We ended up with limits of Wahoo (85 Skin), and 14 Dorado for our 17 anglers today. We are now underway to our destination again, so until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p
Hello everyone; Well today was a good day. It was our last travel day, before we start fishing. But you never know, what might happen next, Right before lunch, we saw a Dorado jump, then another, so we turned the boat, and BINGO!!! We ended getting daily limits of Wahoo (85 skin) and 14 Dorado for our efforts. Most of the Wahoo were in the 25 to 40 pound range, with a few larger one's, and the Dorado were in the 18 to 25 pound range. We departed the area around 17:00 hours, and we are movng south once again. So until tomorrow, wish us luck. Team R/p.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range News ~ Intrepid Final Day
We ended up having a great day of tuna fishing on the Hurricane Bank. We had steady action all day on 120 to 160 pound fish. Our weather was gorgeous all day and everyone had a blast. This was our last fishing day of the trip and it was a great way to end the trip. We will be traveling north for home over the next few days. Our weather forecast is good. Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Intrepid Back To The Bank
Captain Bill Cavanaugh called in with an update from the Intrepid. We have spent the past few days in the buffer zone. There is an incredible sign of fish here right now. It is not user friendly though. The Brown Sharks are ravenous and eating everything.
We decided to move back to the bank and we have found improved conditions here included better currents. Check out these pictures from today. We did catch some nice Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna.
We had a nice day of fishing. There was a lot of sign; jumping fish and bird life. We caught 22 tuna most of which were over 100 pound mark with 3 fish over 200 pounds. It turned out to be fun day. We will be here again tomorrow, hopefully the fish want to cooperate.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - Buffer Zone Success On The Intrepid
Captain Bill Cavanaugh called in with an update from the Intrepid out of Point Loma Sportfishing. We arrived at the Buffer Zone and had some good fishing in the AM. The fish started biting in the morning and we had decent fishing on 75 to 150 pounds. We also had a couple bigger fish blow up on the kite but we were unable to landing any cows today. Conditions look good right now.
Check out this beautiful fish we caught on the popper.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Intrepid Bank Slow
Captain Bill Cavanaugh checked in from the Intrepid with an update from the Hurricane Bank. We have been fishing at the bank and conditions have been tough. We have been seeing fish but they never really settled in. They would pass through in waves but never really got biting well. The current has not cooperated. It is not exactly slack but it's not moving much either. We did catch some fish but it's been tough. We have made a move and are headed to the buffer zone to give it a shot. We still have some time and are hoping to put together a decent end to the trip. Stay tuned we will call in tonight. The weather is flat calm!
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range - The Intrepid Getting Started
Hi Everyone. Just getting started down here. A few tuna and wahoo for us so far. Jennifer Ramey got a 205 lb. yellowfin tuna to start things off for us. Hope this keeps up for us. Captain Bill Cavanaugh.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star Half Full
Still a slow slog today reaching deep into that well of patience aforementioned. In almost primo weather we watched and waited, then waited some more, for something, anything, to arrive on scene and motivate focused participation at the rail. And come day's end, with a rare few highlights to celebrate and a positive sense that our destiny here will not include the catch of fish that we seek, a move to the north east offered promise. Not that we harbor any illusions about what we left there three days prior, but there was big potential in the way of life, and a much larger area to prospect. That alone is reason enough to make the move.
In the way of weather we'll have an easy time of it. Near flat calm conditions with a decreasing long interval swell establish a gentle rhythm as we glide gracefully east ideal for relaxation and leisure upon the open sea. That's the cup half full perspective that well serves the cause when fishing slows down. Overall things could be far more difficult than we have it now. Among the several anglers today who came out with a winning hand was Royal Star veteran Stanley Koh. Investing plenty of time and effort at the rail a familiar pattern of Stanley with a fish on the end of his line has emerged. In today's image Stanley's “luck” produced this fine mid afternoon 214 - a trip maker to be sure.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star In Stride
A long day of waiting for the big hit ended up being just that. It didn't happen. The weather turned for the better, all systems were primed and ready, then we were denied; all dressed up and nowhere to go. Conditions were most likely to blame; slack current the majority of the time left even the best presentations meandering around the boat ignored by lazily patrolling wahoo and tuna.
We've definitely fallen into a rhythm we don't favor here absorbing jabs and body blows in stride. They haven't scored a knock out punch yet, and they won't, due to all of our intimate understanding of this fishery. Foremost patience is only way out of this box when our time comes due. And overall that is exactly what this current slow period down here is – the inevitable correcting of an equation that favored us for a long, long time. Ride it out, keep fishing, don't snivel, and never, ever quit or tap out. Words and actions to live by if one seeks consistent success. That said a sanity preserving acceptance of the mathematical inevitability of slow fishing goes a long way in such times.
Fortunately “slow fishing” in today's case did not mean stopped. There were a handful plus of bright moments including the one captured in this image. Long time Royal Star veteran Bob Palatella picked off this beautiful mid morning 235 on the flylined sardine while a mere handful of his fellow anglers shared the rail. Nice.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star On Em
We found what we were looking for. Not in great numbers, but plenty to justify the journey and place these anglers in the position they came for. It didn't come easy; we had to fight sloppy sea conditions, grinners, and a host of additional tormentors. But this is not an unusual story in the giant yellowfin tuna arena. As the saying goes: “it's always something”. Foremost in the present is that we have “something” to work with. The first, second, and third deuce sliding over the rail, in addition to a couple of handfuls of their slightly smaller brethren, has a motivational affect that ultimately leads to more opportunity. As usual results are directly related to time spent at the rail.
Rest assured that less a significant reversal in conditions and production we will have ample time in the water during the next three full days. Nowhere better to go, time on our hands, and excellent weather in the forecast are a combination ripe with potential. Photo today features master angler Kevin Leong who broke the ice in style breaching the 200 pound mark by 32 pounds.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range, The Intrepid Fishing Up
We traveled most of the morning before we arrived at our first destination. Hit some fish on the sonar right on the edge of the Bank, got the anchor down, and had zero current. Within a few minutes we had number of striped marlin in our chum and hooked a couple of them. Good life, decent water, good marlin, no tuna. That was basically our day. Our weather continues to be nice and we are fishing our way up the coast from here. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range The Intrepid, Very Poor
We are online again, our wifi signal dropped for the better part of day. Fishing for us was very slow yesterday and we made the decision to take off and look at the lower banks. What we caught and the sign of fish we were seeing, or lack there of, was not worthy of spending any more time in the Buffer Zone. We will give it an honest effort tomorrow and then fish our way up the coast. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range, Tough Day on The Intrepid
Tough fishing for us today. Just a little sign all day and managed less than 10 fish for our efforts. Our weather was up a bit and we had 15 to 18 knots of wind most of the day. The wind came down late afternoon though and we are hoping for better results tomorrow. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range News. Intrepid Headed For The Zone
We awoke to calm seas and no current. Unfortunately this place has been dependent on water movement to catch fish and we had none all morning. Our charter master Mike Boshard picked up our only fish today which looked like it was right around the 140 lb. mark. We departed for the Buffer Zone at 0900. We will try our luck there tomorrow. Wish us luck, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star, Closing Bell
It ended just like it began. And we were happy for it. Scratching away at something is far better than nothing. Though the morning began with dismal one fish, our slowest start yet, and had a rather ominous feel, things perked up a few hours later. We settled in as the area came to life and picked away at some nice fish until the closing bell sounded. As the island faded astern we made way north in bumpy conditions.
Pleased to know that the forecast promises better going tomorrow we're even more pleased to know that the majority of these anglers will be jetting their way home from Los Cabos avoiding what is forecast to become a very unpleasant ride home. A brief respite from the breeze tomorrow and Wednesday then the chin straps will be buckled down tight on the crash helmets as the wind gets to howling. Fun.
For now though the final miles en transit will be enjoyed in good company sharing tales, ale's, and spirits. Photo today features Charter Master Glenn Evans with his sweet 125 sliding over the rail courtesy of Captain Blake Wasano. More about Glenn later. For now we sign off holding on tight. Yes sir!
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris From The Bridge
The spot we’ve called home for the entire trip so far until around 10AM this morning to make sure it wasn’t going to go wide open, but we only got a few bait fish tuna and a handful of wahoo for our farewell last stand here. Decent tuna in the low 100’s, but nothing big enough to claim the last Accurate reel still up for the angler lucky enough to win it. After the morning attempt Jonathan started up the engines and we will now switch locations for a half day or so fishing that will end the trip. We’ll get there before sunrise and have until sometime early afternoon to try and put a good topper on an already outstanding trip.
No one is expecting anything over and above the quality and quantity we have already experienced, but fishing being the capricious sport that it is, no one is ruling anything out either. Traveling weather so far is acceptable (as if we had a choice anyway) with some occasional swells and bumps letting us know that the ocean is still out there, but really not an uncomfortable ride at all.
The bulk of the day was spent either watching movies or napping and at least getting a start on breaking down and packing up. When we finish up tomorrow we’ll still have plenty of time to do all that before getting to Cabo early Wednesday morning. Check back tomorrow for what will be the final report fishing wise.
Point Loma Sportfishing Long Range News From The AA
We struggled all trip with current conditions and finally on our last day of fishing we enjoyed steady current. With the good conditions came steady fishing as we had fish hooked all day long. Mike Barrera picked up a 223lb fish that was our only cow but we had many fish in the high 100’s. We are now headed up the line hoping that our Wednesday weather forecast changes.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star - Improvement
Marked improvement in sign today; and production reflected such. I wouldn't go as far to say that it met our high aspirations, but by the current standards of success we were pleased to see the area surrounding the island come to life, and to have something to work on. Right now every one landed counts big time, and is sincerely appreciated. There were about thirty of those appreciable moments by the time darkness fell. That's thirty more than we had at dawn. Success.
So comes the final day tomorrow. As diverse as conditions around here have been there is no telling what may be. Just about every day thus far has been vastly different. I expect the same tomorrow; hoping of course that the difference will be beneficial to our cause. Photo today features Royal Star angler Ray Fassio who is visiting the giant tuna precincts for his first time. Ray ended the day right with this clean, 120 pound model.
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris Saved By Sundown
Today was a very tough day of fishing. We had a nice breeze (much appreciated after yesterday’s scorcher), a decent current throughout the day, and almost nothing, other than Dr. Pete’s, 165 morning bait fish to show for it by 4:00PM. With no kite action (going on two days) and no pickups of any kind, we had pretty much given up hope of seeing another fish for the day. We still wound up with a very slow pick, but at least just before sundown, a handful of tuna showed up biting the kite as well as bait. No monsters amongst them, but good quality tuna just the same.
The Accurate reel from yesterday still went unclaimed as no tuna over 200 was brought in today. This spot has obviously been very good to us over the last several days, and Jonathan figures we owe it at least one more morning to see if the fish decide they want to bite again. From the reports we are getting the alternatives are no better, so we we’ll fish for all we’re worth tomorrow, and if things are looking the same as today and yesterday, we’re outa here and will give another location a chance to finish off the trip for the last half day or so before heading to Cabo.
No one’s complaining that they don’t have enough fish so although we never get tired of catching them, if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen. Food continues to be outstanding, varied, and plentiful, other than occasionally too hot, the weather has been perfect, the fishing has been excellent, and the crew and fellow passengers are friendly and exuberant. What more could one ask for?
Keeping it going here. Giant yellowfin are here and biting. Some days better then others. Stoked to head back out on a 3.5 tonight. Wish us luck. Capt Keith.
Contact us at E-mail, Constitutionsportfishing.com or our 877-304-5094. There are spots available on our upcoming trips. More pictures to follow this incredible trip. See you down here. Capt Keith, Capt Jesus, Capt Evaristo & deckboss Albino.
Fishermans Landing Long Range Update - The Royal Star
Same story here today. We battled our way to a fair score at best in the face of a worthy adversary. Right now this zone is not feeling kindly toward us. Aside from the weather, which today was glorious, our tormentors were abundant, and widely distributed. From a lack of fish, to a lack of fish biting that we did find, to aggressive packs of sand paper skinned locals with seemingly insatiable appetites for more than a few of those we did fool onto the lines, the deck was squarely stacked against us.
It wasn't all pain and woe however. This group is taking the drubbing in stride recognizing that we still have plenty of time, and regardless of current production, or lack thereof, the show must go on. And on it did. A mid day lunch break, that featured high (octane) spirits and a good old fashioned outdoor barbecue set the exact tone that we were looking for. In a scenic setting that can only be described as surreal we stopped the boat, took in the spectacular surroundings, whooped it up mightily, enjoyed a feast fit for a king, then set back out to the grounds after the appreciated by all, incredible respite.
No matter what we do, or how hard we try there are times when the fishing falls flat. Another card or two in the stack, only to be played in the most needful times, can go a long way toward enhancing the vacation aspect of these adventures. Today the time was right. Another day in paradise awaits us tomorrow as we continue to ply the waters waiting for conditions to repatriate the tuna to this sacred outpost. The guarantee in all this is that we will continue working toward the goal of making a worthy catch to the last minute possible. Armed now to the teeth with perfect bait and anglers ready for vengeance, say a prayer for these tuna if they get close to us with an appetite now.
Photo today features long time Royal Star veteran and friend Chip Mezin with his first “photo worthy” tuna of the voyage, a fat, 160 pound model.
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris Be Carefull What You Wish For
Now for today’s particulars: If you’ve been following you know we were fervently hoping for a back off from the wind and a decent current. We woke up this morning to a cloudless sky, a good current that ran strong all day, and zero wind. That you could be this far out in the middle of the Pacific and be grease calm all day, was astounding. We knew we were in trouble when the first beads of sweat began forming around 9 AM! Even assistance from helium balloons failed to keep the kites flying for most of the day and at times you felt like you were baking under the unrelenting sun and heat. Yes, finally you could shoot a bait straight out in nothing flat, but alas, the tuna either didn’t like the change or just took the day off. We only managed to land 4 for the day, and sadly they were not even close to the grade we have come to expect and love. Along with the strong current came some ugly tangles since this was really the first time we had to deal with such conditions, and bait fishing techniques need to adjust a little when it starts flowing hard. Wahoo, however, were a bit more cooperative and we caught 15 skinnys by sundown.
Another reel was there for the taking, but no one came close so it will roll over. By now, everyone has caught lots of big fish and it’s no pressure fishing from here on out. Even a slow day such as this did little to dampen our elevated spirits. We’re sitting tight and hoping for a repeating current tomorrow, this time accompanied by cooperative fish. A little more breeze and clouds would be appreciated also.
It seems when we fish down at the “bank” quite often the phrase “no wonder they named it “hurricane bank” comes up as being over 400 mi offshore it can quite often be choppy. Well today the “bank” could go by a name like “flat calm bank” as the weather was very nice. Fishing at times was slow and there was a mid day lull that lasted a few hours but we had some morning action and it seems like our best consistent action has been in the afternoon. At times we would have multiple fish going and the battles would be epic as these good grade 100-200lb fish take awhile to land on our sardine gear. There were guys that didn’t get a bite but there were some that landed multiple fish and when the sun went down, we had a respectable catch aboard. The guys
We started the day right with a 209 and a handful of other “stock” 80 – 90 pound fish. After that though it was a real struggle; made more so by the appearance of fish, and worthy conditions, but scant production. So goes the battle. Obviously on the down side of the cycle at present all we can do is bide our time, make the most of what we have to work with, and hope (pray) that some change for the better will occur during the next few days.
On the plus side of the equation we are living the dream in the way of weather and scenery. Every evening that blessed refuge behind the island is a heavily respite that can not be overstated. That piece of tranquility replaces the day's challenges with pure delight. But, admittedly, right dow that delight would be magnified ten times over if some stronger fishing production was part of the package. Needless to say we'll be back at it tomorrow kicking, scratching, and clawing our way along until something changes for the better; or it's time to head home...
Photo today features long time Royal Star veteran and master angler Dale Kurata with his hugely satisfying 209 picked off on the sardine right at daylight. Not without an extraordinary number of travails before triumph this success story is directly attributed solid rigging. Without question this fish would have been long gone with anything less.
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris Slowing Down
It turned out to be another very good day on big tuna, even though around 2:00 this afternoon we were stuck on 3 tuna and 3 wahoo. Late afternoon the action picked back up and we wound up landing an additional 12 Yellowfin. You must be as tired of reading about it as we are contending with it, but the total lack of current continues to plague us. It’s actually somewhat amazing that you can spot a floating object, and a half an hour later it’s pretty much in exactly the same area. No, it hasn’t been a burden on kite fishing for most of the trip, but it too saw very little action until late in the day.
Once again, there were some very impressive fish and the average remains 120 and up. Big fish honors today go to Brandon Stevens who landed a 225 off the kite. There was another Accurate reel on the line for a non-kite fish 200 or better and it would have claimed by John Collins who hit the number right on the nose (in addition to a 165 kite fish). John’s bait fish is now the largest non-kite on the boat and this was his second cow of the trip. There were a few other fish in the 190s and Dave Downs got a shower for landing a 150 personal best (beating out 2 other prior p.b.s).
The temperature here is even hotter than the fishing, but a good breeze throughout the day helped out big time. The clock has begun ticking off the number of fishing days left, and the freezers are filling with the current RSW almost full and a second fresh RSW cooling down now and being readied for tomorrow. We’ll do our best to plug that one too in the time remaining.
A fair shot in the early morning for a couple of dandies and a handful more school fish then a long lull until the early afternoon when we got to scratching again. As is so often the case in these zones time in the water, and time spent stationary rather than on the move, are the two keys to success when it comes to big fish. This go to strategy paid dividends again today when seasoned Royal Star veteran George Takenouchi picked off a fine 220 on the flylined sardine at day's end.
In the arguably most spectacular giant yellowfin tuna destination known to fishing we head into day three poised and prepared for bigger and better things to come. It's no barn burner here right now to be sure, but time is still abundant, and there is enough sign around to suggest big potential. Conditions need to straighten out and the fish will move in. A lot of patience is what it will take. Regardless we can not muster a complaint in the way of scenery or potential. This is an awfully fine place to angling for a dream fish. Photo today features George with his well earned prize!
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris The Action Continues
It was another action filled fun day of fishing on the Royal Polaris, which saw 25 quality tuna and a lone wahoo landed. It was a slow scratch most of the day until around 4 this afternoon when nearly half the day’s catch came aboard in just an hour or so. The excellent grade didn’t change and 3 more cows were landed. John Collins got big fish honors with an extremely tough 225, Andre Mc Collough and, Buddy Stevens both got 202s. I believe I may have failed to mention that Buddy also got another 202 back on the 12th. All these cows as well as every cow we’ve landed thus far have come off the kite. Greg Curry was almost there (and a scale may have put him on the mark), but the chart read 199 on his kite fish.
The only complaint anyone can have about the fishing here is the persistent lack of current which makes getting a bait out into the “zone” not impossible, but very difficult. One finds themselves hardly ever straight off the stern where the chum is constantly tossed, and you can imagine how frustrating it is to soak a bait for 20 minutes or so and still find yourself just a few yards from the boat. It certainly makes you appreciate what it was like back in “the old days” before the long range fleet flew kites. Jack downgraded the qualifications for his reel to 175 from yesterday’s 200, and since he was still unable to give it away, drew a number at dinner. Lucky angler with a brand new Accurate 600X is Dr. Peter Douglas. Congrats to Pete and to Bob Ramirez who we sang happy birthday to at dinner tonight. Weather also continues to be beyond excellent. If you’ve got to be stuck in a pattern, this is a good one to repeat. We hope to do just that tomorrow.
We had a great start to the trip as we were able to get situated at a decent spot and able to start picking away at good grade fish. It was nothing crazy but we kept a couple of fish hooked all afternoon. We certainly had our share of heartbreaks but we also enjoyed plenty of happy endings. Matt Hefflinger took big fish honors with a 234 but in addition Pete, Clyde and BS also able entered the big fish club with low twos that weighed from 204-209. The average fish was very nice as the rest were 100-195lbs.
Fishermans Landing Long Range ~ Royal Polaris Less Numerous But Even Bigger
Another great day of fishing here, which saw just a few less fish landed than yesterday. There’s a new king cow on board after today. We continue to be amazed and pleased at the great quality of fish we are catching, and if you hook up, with few exceptions you can expect a 140 to 180 pound fish. One such exception was Skip Kenison, our seniorist citizen, who with a bit of help from the crew brought in a 243 which is the current big fish of the trip. Another exception was Stan Brown’s 202. Both fish were hooked on the kite which outperformed standard bait fishing by far. Once again, the current and wind combination made getting a bait out nearly impossible. The kite is obviously immune to such adverse conditions, and the passengers find themselves biding time for the most part, until it’s their turn on the kite. That’s not to say we didn’t get a few fish on bait, but it’s a lot harder, and more frustrating to do so. If the current picks up or the wind backs off, we could quickly find ourselves with a serious case of sore muscle syndrome! There were several other tuna that also taped 190 to 199.
Jack put up another Accurate reel for the largest non-kite fish over 200 pounds, but once again it went unclaimed and will rollover until tomorrow. I overheard several of the guys commenting that this has become a very relaxing, pressure free trip, mainly because everyone has some great fish under their belt, and plenty of time to add to their totals.
The RSW hold opened up around lunch which always makes you try just a little bit harder in order to bring home the finest sushi grade Yellowfin available anywhere. We’re going nowhere else for now and look forward to repeat performances tomorrow.
We arrived back from our Soft Steel sponsored 15 day trip under clear skies. We ended up with an impressive catch of fish and we had 3 fish go over 200 pounds on the scale. Special thanks to Tony Garza and everyone on board for making this trip so awesome. Our jackpot winners are as follows: 3rd place went to Gary Grant with a 170.6 pound yellowfin tuna, 2nd place went to David Tang with a 176.4 pound yellowfin tuna, and 1st place went to Jim Odlum with a 214.7 pound yellowfin tuna. Our honorable mentions are David "Soda Pop" Rouse with a 210.5 pound yellowfin tuna and Jim Odlum with a 207 pound yellowfin tuna. Always a pleasure having this group on the boat and we are looking forward to fishing with everyone again soon. We depart on our next trip this Friday, another 15 day trip. Until then, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.
The Thunderbird teams up with 976-TUNA for a 2 day trip leaves from Daveys Locker on Sunday July 9th. This will be a freelance trip heading to the Islands for seabass, yellowtail, and rockfish. Early Booking Price is $300.00, normal price is $400.00Meals and permits not included and will be collected on the boat. Simply book right on line or call for reservations at 310-328-8426. Charter Master Earl The Pearl
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