10/28/14

Posted: 00:18:29

10/27/14

A picture perfect ending. The grumpy weather rapidly subsided leaving behind a big, rolling, mixed ground and wind swell that served to emphasize the good fortune of what became zero wind by noon. Though it wasn't an early slam dunk like yesterday (for us it rarely is) we put in the time, ground out the miles, passed many an unproductive kelp, then finally, through the old collective network of valued friends, got dialed into the goods.

Blue glory; neon blue, yellow, and gold. Made to order mid to “ballslapper” grade dorado were primed for our arrival napkin tucked into shirt, fork and knife in hand. As ready and wanton as them after a full morning and them some of barren offshore looking this group of anglers wasted no time in laying waste to the suicidal gamesters whose numbers were impossible to diminish by our relatively paltry extractions. Of the thousands surrounding that comically small piece of flotsam our limits didn't even make a dent; good news for the next guys that arrived to partake in the bounty, and the upcoming runs.

Fat, happy, and sated after the feast a couple more hours of fruitless looking did nothing to diminish spirits before throwing in the towel on the first of our two late season three day runs. The opportunities and production on this voyage lived up to billing in every respect, and remain in place for the next group departing on Friday.

Variety, sufficient quantity, and quality – the standard tenets of long range success that anyone following this daily narrative have heard me recount probably too many times, were the result of our efforts this time. In retrospect what an ideal three day voyage: a first afternoon offshore for good action on yellowfin tuna, a second, full day at the island that produced a fantastic shot on quality yellowtail and variety and also protected us from difficult weather, and finally a last full day offshore that resulted in wide open fishing for beautiful grade dorado. We could not be more pleased; good fortune in every respect.

We bid farewell to this group of anglers highly optimistic that our distinct approach to long range fishing provided the confidence and motivation to fish with us again on Royal Star. Many new faces on this run are now among our elite legion of fishing partners. Our gratitude to one and all for venturing this voyage on Royal Star. It is our greatest pleasure to provide you with a quality, professional long range fishing adventure.

Final voyage photos feature a couple of long time Royal Star veterans who fortunately had the time to squeeze in this late season three day run. Danny Abifadel, who has a permanent position in Royal Star history with a couple of epic jumbo wahoo catches a few years prior, landed this one of many nice dorado in the warm afternoon sun. Lannie Woulff didn't miss out on the fun either landing a full limit of the beautiful, delicious, dorados during the afternoon fun.

Tim Ekstrom

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10/27/14

Posted: 00:52:29

10/26/14

Much to be thankful for today; the right place at the right time being foremost. Steadily increasing wind and seas made the salient lee of Isla San Martin mighty useful, but not before we compiled an excellent morning score on 12 – 22 pound yellowtail. From the opening bell at daylight through around 0930 the yellows, and plenty of opportunistic jumbo 'cudas and other toothy varieties, made for non-stop action

Following our day making morning hit we passed the remaining time spot fishing for variety mixing in a few more yellows, plenty of opportunists, and even an errant croaker in the process. In light of limited options on the outside due to grumpy conditions that we spent a few hours verifying, this day of fishing lands square in the category of success. Quality fish in the hatch, a full day at the rail, and weather made good through prudent planning and a healthy portion of good fortune; we'll take it.

Now for the final round offshore. Mahi Mahi are in the plan in addition to a few more yellowfin tuna. And, if we are really lucky, perhaps a lone skin, or two. The nasty wind and seas are schedule to be gone tomorrow, and good riddance. We'll see if we can put the improved conditions to good use in a full day of looking offshore. Photo today features master angler Robin Yi joining us for the first time on Royal Star. Robin snared a nice croaker just before this dandy yellowtail that came on the very next drop.

Tim Ekstrom

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10/26/14

Posted: 00:04:02

10/25/14

We started off on the right track beginning the first of our impromptu October three day runs with an afternoon of offshore fishing for dorado and yellowfin tuna. An opening sortie short on action was thankfully transformed in the final minutes of daylight when Captain Brian Sims, wearing his engineer hat this run, eagle eyed a fat kelp paddy with no time to spare. Well after the sun had set we put the waning twilight to good use and followed through deep into the dark. Those schoolie yellowfin and a couple of handfuls of dorado were overly eager for a few minutes and took a beating for it. And it was a good thing.

Setting the right tone of success for this adventure tomorrow will see a shift in strategy as we head for the coast and some variety angling. Old man weather is forecast to kick up his heels for a day so the plan is predictably consistent with conditions. We'll scratch and scrape up anything worthy of a tag but of course yellowtail will be the main target. Reports from the beach indicate good opportunity with favorable conditions and weather a platform for success. With this load of bait, and a group of anglers ready to rock, a full day of fishing is bound to produce. We shall see.

Tim Ekstrom


10/25/14

Posted: 02:25:36

10/24/14

A little bass fishing ion nice weather capped off our trip before heading up the line in very nice weather. We will be in at 06:00 tomorrow. Many thanks to our great group of anglers this trip and especially our charter-master Bob Stenbro of Tiburon Engineering.

Tim Will be back at the helm for the first of two Three day voyages.

Brian

10/24/14

Posted: 00:27:20

10/23/14

Today we went coastal. It took a little looking around but we put together a very good day of yellowtail fishing. The scenery, the flat calm weather and the biting fish combined for the full experience of long range fishing. Brian Williams shows one of his yo-yo yellows.

Brian


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10/23/14

Posted: 01:22:57

10/22/14


Variety is the spice of these fall trips. Different species, area's and methods. Today we checked another species off the list. The dorado we found were aggressively feeding as they turned the water another shade of fluorescent blue. It took a few stops, but we managed to catch as many as our anglers either could reasonably use or legally could take. The fish ranged from 15-25# and put on a great show. We will be back on the coast for our final two days of fishing looking to tangle with some yellowtail.

Clyde Wickham managed to get into both pictures today. First he is all smiles as he shows off one of his dorado. Second he is “that guy” as crewman Paul Caramao holds one up for Jan Abbott. All in good fun.

Brian


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10/22/14

Posted: 05:06:01

10/21/14

Today we enjoyed the fast paced action of wahoo fishing. It wasn't sheer pandemonium as we caught them one to four at a time, but it felt like it for the anglers who chased the speedsters around the boat. There were a few amazing rescues of fish that by all means should have been lost, and a few unexplainable losses right next to the boat. That is why the celebration is so pronounced when one of these coveted speedsters hits the deck.

Two photo's today, first Steve Holmes caught his first ever wahoo today, then followed it with three more. Second Lon Storms, Paul Kelleher, Anthony Foster and Marty Colling were the chosen ones for one stop.

Brian


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10/21/14

Posted: 00:32:52

10/20/14

This morning we had some action on the tuna while looking for yellows around a couple of shallows. With limited success finding the grade of yellows we were after, we started looking elsewhere. After a few hours of looking we threw in the towel and traveled for the afternoon with just a couple dorado strikes for our efforts. We will be in a different area tomorrow focused on some variety for the day.

Brian

10/19/14

Posted: 23:36:10

10/19/14


Very good tuna fishing this morning turned into a slow scratch by late morning. We took the opportunity to do a little prospecting and located an area holding bait and some dorado. First time Royal Star angler Anthony foster gets the honors today with a 22# yellowfin.

Brian


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10/18/14

Posted: 23:41:10

10/18/14

This morning started off a little on the slow side. After some searching in a new area, we found what we were looking for, tuna biting everything in the water. The fish were all mixed up as far as size goes from release models to 30 pounds. We spent the afternoon engaged in cast and swing style fishing. At dinner our weary anglers were happily recounting stories of the day's battles.

Pictorial honors today go to Captain Willy Cloyes and his wahoo. Caught while we were in search mode.

Brian


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