Today we started off with a cow. Pete Grey of “Let's Talk Hook-Up” fame landed his personal best Yellowfin, a 222# beauty. After a couple more stock grade fish the conditions changed and we were in search mode. In the late afternoon we got on a spot and had some good action on the right grade of fish. We landed two more cows, 227 and 202 and a couple of 190's. Maybe things are looking up.
Today was a little slower than we hoped for although the size average was up. We had two deuces today. Long time regular Lon Storms caught his first cow ever. Bob “Turbo” Ryan caught the last fish of the day a fat 220# fish.
Today was one of those days when a good fishing move did not pay big dividends in fish in the well. We had steady action for a couple of hours in the morning, but lost quite a few to the tax man. We then trolled up some wahoo and then took off for greener pastures. We gave this place a thorough check and leave secure in the knowledge that this was not the right time for this area.
Our weather continues to be excellent.
Today we started off with a couple of handfuls of tuna between 70 and 176#. When the bite ended we went looking for wahoo. After a couple of hours of good wahoo fishing we went back to concentrating on tuna with limited success. Overall not exactly what we were hoping for, but the wahoo put a smile on everyone's face.
Today we got off to a good start, catching a mixed grade of yellowfin tuna from 70-216 pounds. This experienced group of anglers calmly went to work and made the most of the opportunities. Our weather is beautiful with just enough wind in the afternoon to effectively fly a kite..
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Today we traveled in flat calm conditions while we finished our preparations for
tomorrow's fishing. Epic is the only word that adequately describes both the sea
state and the overall feel of having this great group of anglers on board.
We picked up our anglers in Cabo today and headed out in very nice weather. The
seminars, giveaways, and rigging have started, but will hit a fever pitch as we
travel towards our fishing destination. The excitement level is high as the
latest reports are of good fishing on our bow.
Ownership transitions in the fishing world always have their inside story. The reason why is often untold in the excitement of new partnerships and new business ventures seeking their brand of success. Fisherman’s Processing, only four years into it’s esteemed, incredibly successful history, boasts one of these stories worth telling.
Frank Lo Preste, the man at the center of this transition, is content to transfer his shares, in accordance with the founding partnership agreement, to managing partner Sean Sebring. Rosie Flowers, who has proven herself an unmatched powerhouse in the realm of customer service, organizational management, and quality control, will also purchase a significant interest in Fisherman’s Processing to the delight of the present shareholders. Introducing the new ownership team of Fisherman’s Processing 2014: Sean Sebring, Rosie Flowers, Tim Ekstrom, and Randy Toussaint!
The real story behind this opportunity reveals yet another success for Frank Lo Preste, who has a well established history of such accomplishments dating as far back as the mid 1980’s. Iconic long range sport fishing partnerships such as Brian Kiyohara and Sam Patella, Tim Ekstrom and Randy Toussaint, as well as several other successful solo operators in the local sport fishing fleet all have Frank to credit for their initial ownership opportunities.
Frank is a man quick to identify what it takes in young individuals to succeed. Always ready to offer upward mobility to dedicated employees Frank long ago understood that the measure of business achievement is not just money in his pocket; it is money in the pockets of all of those instrumental in the development, management, and success of his many business ventures.
Fisherman’s Processing Managing Partner Sean Sebring is one of those individuals. Working as Fisherman’s Landing dock manager for nearly twenty five years Sean approached Frank in 2009 with a new idea about fish processing. Sean was short of the necessary capital but brimming with initiative so Frank readily jumped on board recruiting his long time friends Tim Ekstrom and Randy Toussaint to assist in bringing Sean’s idea to fruition. From the onset it was understood by all that Sean would purchase Frank’s shares in the business as soon as he was ready. Frank ventured his time and capital to see one of his long time dedicated employees become an owner; a successful small businessman joining the ever growing ranks of young men and women whom he has provided opportunity and seen thrive.
The nobility of Frank’s support for those who have helped him achieve success can not be overstated, and is sadly lost in some extremely unfair, and very unfortunate mischaracterizations about him. High achievement always comes with detractors, and Frank Lo Preste has his share. But none of those questioning his motives or morals really know the man, or his consistent history. The old saying “actions speak louder than words” in this case applies.
No one is better suited than this author to speak to Frank’s character and long history of sharing his knowledge and success. Beginning my career in long range sport fishing on the deck of Royal Polaris in July of 1987 I have been mentored in the art of achievement by Frank through the present day. From purchasing my first home to purchasing my first (and only) long range sport fishing vessel Royal Star in 1996 Frank is an invaluable resource and friend in my life. And I am only one of many.
Passing his co-ownership of Fisherman’s Processing to Sean Sebring and Rosie Flowers is simply the latest example of Frank Lo Preste’s growing sport fishing legacy. It goes without saying that many satisfied future Fisherman’s Processing customers and employees have Frank Lo Preste to thank for another thriving small business servicing the San Diego sport fishing community.
Fair winds and calm seas combined for a smooth passage across. A degree of calm rare for this stretch of ocean we did not take the good fortune for granted. Spirits were lively and flowing and the last frontier enjoyed by revelers awash in sub-tropical sunshine softened by friendly high clouds and a kind and easy breeze.
Without a doubt this group of anglers has seized upon the essence of long range. Sharing the passion for fishing among those of like mind, making the most of a voyage amidst friends old and new, and recognizing that time is the most valued commodity - the catching plays into these foundational concepts more often than not as destiny fulfilled. I have hit upon this theme a few times over the past year. In many ways out here the group mind can have an effect upon fortune. Though I can not provide direct evidence of this belief I doubt there are many who would disagree.
Good, positive environments tend to produce things beneficial. The opposite is also true. And even when the fishing itself falls off, or fails to deliver, those groups that maintain an upbeat atmosphere can't wait to return and give it another go. It is not just the fishing, or catching, that makes for a successful long range adventure. It is the Captain, crew, and especially the anglers that define success on any given voyage.
In the case of this run we return fat, happy, and satisfied with the end result. Though production tapered off when our big move for glory fell short of our goal we still end the trip with a bounty of fresh, premium RSW product that will be enjoyed by friends and family for months to come. Nine yellowfin tuna over the 200 pound mark presently reside in the tanks as well as numerous others from 140 – 190 pounds. Throw in a handful or two more in the 75 – 120 pound range for each angler, in addition to a few “skin” and the final tally in quantity and quality is impressively representative of big league long range fishing.
Photos today feature another long time Royal Star friend and veteran John Santaella pulling on one of his many vanquished opponents of this run. John and I go back at least 21 years when he first fished for Bluefin with me on Royal Star in July of 1993. I'll never forget the younger, and no less entertaining, John landing ten bluefin over 100 pounds in about a ten hour time frame during that memorable voyage. No less capable now John remains one of the most pleasant, easy going, easy to get along with anglers we are privileged to fish with. Photo number two features a crewman's eye view as a gaff is sunk into this 225 pound, bruiser yellowfin. Captain Brian Sims is on the gaff and held on, true to his reputation, when this big bastard darted just as the gaff struck.
Not really the bang up finish we were aiming for – it just wasn't here. Conditions were still confused, the weather superb, but hardly more than a little fish here and a little fish there added up to exactly that – a little something more in the hatch to maintain the current trend of barely squeaking by. Not that we had a bad day or the on deck atmosphere suffered because of it, on the contrary spirits were soaring as the jokes flew and friendly ribbing continued. An influx of new “skin” helped things flow along as well.
As for this place in general chalk up our relatively paltry results to nothing more that the standard movements of pelagic fish in and out of these zones. What we experienced is nothing new or even noteworthy. To be honest I am actually very pleased with what we scratched together in light of what we had to work with. It could have been a lot worse; of course we know this from first hand experience.
Thankfully the wealth of premium RSW product residing in two brimming tanks before we arrived provided some breathing room to fall back upon. The nice insurance policy allowed a swing for the fence. But instead of a home run we came up with a half hearted grounder that I'd say we just managed to reach base on. Given another chance the plan would still be the same. Complacency, settling for average or good enough, just isn't in my nature. This simultaneous curse/blessing of yearning, of incessantly reaching for something better, is part of the package. And anglers wouldn't want it any other way.
Gliding toward home we actually look forward to the second full travel day of this run in forecast flat calm conditions. Gear will be cleaned and stowed and the day will progress in pure comfort as passing nautical miles and good times among friends blend into memories sublime.
Photo today is another tribute to girl power. Long time Royal Star friend and veteran Tammie Bean is no stranger to pulling on trophy yellowfin. But far from a hardcore angler Tammie always demonstrates that one really doesn't need to be in order to catch a few fish and have fun. Time with bait in the water really is the key to consistent results. Today's image confirms this truism. Here is Tammie with her final fish of the voyage, and our biggest of the day – a fat 150 pounder.