A quick photo update as Capt. Randy Toussaint hammers the newly fabricated bow plates into position. Between this project and the now installed lower aluminum cap rails across the stern Royal Star will sport a new look and be structurally superior from here forward. Along with a shiny new paint job the old girl will be ready for action come April again slinging fish aboard with the best of them.
After thirty years of hauling anchors from the bottom it was time to pay some much needed attention to metal supporting our anchor winch and bow roller. Just the man for the job Captain Randy Toussaint inspects his handy demolition that revealed structural aluminum behind the "skin" in beautiful condition. This is an improvement that will serve well until the end of our time with Royal Star; in other words forever.
A couple of images to share today heralding the arrival of our annual maintenance period. Arriving from the latest voyage on the 17th the boys wasted no time getting down to the business of replacing the cap rails that saw almost thirty years of service on Royal Star. In addition to new rails our girl this year will be sporting a shiny new exterior paint job and plenty of mechanical improvements inside. I will update the site a few times or more with photos of the projects as they progress. As always masters of all trades Capt's. Randy Toussaint and Brian Sims will lead the charge performing multiple tasks while keeping the projects on schedule.
On the fishing side we'll keep a close eye on happenings below in preparation for our next fly down/fly back voyage departing April 12th. Beyond that the local fishing, signs offshore, and water conditions within a few hundred miles suggest that a spring/summer burgeoning with potential is already upon us. The June eight day runs, the newly added May three days - all these voyages offer potential far different that the accepted "norm". It is no stretch to envision wahoo and yellowfin in abundance at Alijos rocks and on the ridge, or solid action offshore on yellowfin, dorado, and yellowtail in May and/or June well within reach of our three day runs with "El Nino" conditions established in full force. Keep this in mind as you make your long range fishing plans for the upcoming summer. Everything is way early this year, and more surprises are likely to come. Meanwhile enjoy the day's photos of the stern and side of Royal Star less cap rails - an unusual sight to be sure!
A good morning bite followed by a steady afternoon scratch provided for a fine finish to the trip today. Our final tally was 25 yft from 100 to 175 with one at 205.
One would definitely like to be starting the trip today as the conditions and sign are stellar now, at least we got a couple good shots.
The following anglers were in the cow club this trip:
Scott Jarrett 308
Kevin Leong 284
Don Louchios 274
John Santaella 273,271,205
Tommy Nishi 250
John Harrington 225
Our first bona fide morning bite so far this trip was the first sign that things are finally perking up. No big cows but by day's end we hatched 30yft, most of which were 70 to 140 with a few larger.Hoping to finish up with a repeat tomorrow.Johnny Harrington is in today's shot with his 225, sorry for the blur.
Little better scratch today especially this afternoon when we boated the bulk of our 22 yft. The fish were all mixed up from 60 to 170lbs with one at 225 taken by Johnny Harrington at sundown.
We are sitting tight with two more days of angling.
Certainly not much of a change for the better on the fishing but the weather is beautiful. We did boat a few nice fish throughout the day from 60 to 140 with one standout for Tommy Nishi that tipped the scale at 250. Sitting tight hoping for improvement before its time to go.
John again in todayís shot with his second cow, a 271.
We started off the day with a shot at a big one but unfortunately it didnít end in our favor; the law of averages paid us a visit. We bumbled along the rest of the day picking a fish here and there from 60 to 160lbs but overall pretty poor by our standards. Sitting tight hoping for a change tomorrow.
Scott Jarrett is in todayís shot with his 308.
A little better sign today with a handfull of 100 to 170ís in the mix with the smaller grade but overall the island was reluctant to surrender its bounty. We did
go two for two on the cows landing a 308 for Scott Jarrett and a 271 for John Santaella which keeps the energy level up at the rail.
Sitting tight in good weather hoping it continues to improve.
Kevin Leong is in todayís shot with his 284.
Very slow aside from school fish from 30 to 60lbs but we did capitalize on our three opportunities at trophies.
First to boat a cow was Don Louchios with a 277 followed by John Santaella 276 and Kevin Leong 284.
We are sitting tight hoping some mid grade fish join the fray tomorrow.
John is in todayís shot with his 276.