08/21/14

Posted: 00:09:30

08/20/14

We had a productive day of fishing in very nice weather. We found some 8-22# dorado mixed with yellowtail and yellowfin. Later in the day we found some biting 18-25# yellowfin. We are enjoying great fishing, great friends and great weather.

Todays photo is of Royal Star regulars Danny Abifidel and “Buford” with a pair of nice Dorado.

Brian


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08/19/14

Posted: 15:24:27

08/19/14


In near windless conditions, we had a good morning of yellowtail fishing. With enough prime yellowtail resting in our tanks, we are heading up the line to focus on tuna.

Brian

08/19/14

Posted: 02:00:08

08/18/14

Today came together nicely as the yellowtail were very cooperative. They bit all presentations throughout the day. After topping off our bait supply, we are spending the night and will be looking for a little more action in the morning.

Andrew Branks holds the gaff For John Principato on this quality yellowtail.

Brian


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08/17/14

Posted: 23:17:42

08/17/14


This morning we looked offshore on our way down the line. Finding nothing that held our interest, we arrived at an island and focused our attention on yellowtail. We scratched some 22-25# fish right away, then they quit biting. We toured around finding action on smaller fish,(mostly released), and a few better models. We are staying for the night and will be looking for action on the quality yellows in the morning.

Brian

08/17/14

Posted: 00:56:27



08/16/14


We departed on the annual Nakamura 7 day with a good load of bait and nice weather. With good prospects on our bow and time on our side, a well rounded adventure is in our future.

Brian

08/15/14

Posted: 23:17:33

08/15/14

Beginning our day in the company of a few colleagues at “Happy Jacks Fish Farm” we quickly succumbed to claustrophobia heading west to answer our calling. A few nice ones did result from the early session setting us up for a fish rich tour that had only bonus potential at this stage of our voyage. Starting on day one, in this case actually the first afternoon, good fortune has followed us the entire way. The only off days on the fishing, catching really, were those necessary to make way from point A to point B. It has been a good run, tremendously successful in every category.

Primo weather, fishing and catching that in every way defines long range, we could not be more satisfied with the results. Beginning with Izorline representatives Tom and Dale Kurata, both of whom are pure class individuals that are a pleasure to share time at sea with, this group of veteran and novice anglers melded into a working, fish catching machine from the moment they stepped on board. They had the right mind set and approach. The catching was the bonus due to one and all recognizing the value of good manifested by good. Instinct or intentional such results are not by accident; hard effort and optimistic faith more often than not do work.

But enough of the philosophical assignations. The big three were again achieved in stunning proportion. Quality (and then some) in the form of 80 – 125# bluefin, quantity, to the point of us driving away from fish numerous times to remain within our Mexican limits, variety, in both scenery and species as good as any voyage I have every piloted - this run is as good as one will ever experience. We are grateful for it.

To end today's tale our final search mission revealed more and more yellowfin tuna as we headed into zones not recently traveled. They are almost everywhere in varying size classes ranging from six to twenty five pounds. Rest assured that there is a lot of good fishing on yellowfin due to come for both us and the local fleet; a banner late summer/early fall season awaits.

Hanging it up in the late afternoon, we spruced our girl up and prepped her for the next seven day run. Captain Brian Sims takes the helm as the long time group assembled by Mako Nakamura and Ross Meyers stages to take advantage of such incredible potential. Look for Brian's reports to follow. Final voyage photos feature Donn Walker with a 35# class bluefin landed a few couple of days prior, and Charter Master Tom Kurata with a dandy seventy five pounder landed on the iron on day one.

Tim Ekstrom

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08/15/14

Posted: 01:29:49

8/14/14

Very good fishing again offshore. As much yellowfin tuna in the 12 – 20 pound class as one desires to catch, and the coveted bluefin still providing shots at the quality everyone seeks, about sums it up. This is a setting that we as a fleet have not experienced for many years. The consistency of production and incredible opportunities are not limited to one or two areas; the whole ocean offshore from west of San Diego to west of Ensenada is loaded with potential. It's like driving down to the supermarket and picking up your fish, simple as that.

Not to take anything away from the fisherman, of which I am one, but there are rare periods when it actually does come easy – all things just seem to fall in place. For the local San Diego sport fishing fleet Captains, who have endured a lot of tough conditions and marginal offshore fishing since 2006, this opportunity is hard earned and well deserved; the sweetness of this success is like none other.

Relative to upcoming voyages I can only say all signs suggest that these epic opportunities will continue. In fact there may just be more surprises in store as we push into September. Larger yellowfin tuna, Bigeye tuna, and even big albacore have been known to appear in such conditions. I wouldn't actually offer this notion as a prediction, but it would not surprise me in the least if any, or all three, of the above listed occurs.

With that in mind, and I haven't even mentioned the coastal fishing and what is bound to come up the line in the warm conditions, we do have a number of spots available on upcoming September seven day voyages. The Saturday to Saturday format of these trips is ideal but fishing is the real story. The September 6 – 13th and September 20 – 27th have plenty of space available for any and all looking to make a late summer/early fall run. There is more, a lot more, incredible fishing in our near future. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity in any way possible. Whether an overnight voyage or one of our upcoming long range adventures one will never see a better time.

Photos today feature a couple of anglers living the dream. Dennis Wilson, no stranger at the rail of Royal Star during the past many years, caught fire yesterday on the bluefin. He is pictured here with crewman Blake Wasano and one of his several thirty five pound class prizes landed. Young Nick Landon, who already graced the daily update early in the voyage, earned another billing with this catch today. Patiently awaiting a bite all day Nick proved the virtue and value of pure will and effort with the capture of this eighty five pound class beauty. At fourteen this young man is proving that there is still hope for the next generation; among them real fishermen do exist.

Tim Ekstrom

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08/14/14

Posted: 00:22:56

8/13/14

A calm, relaxing ride north doing a little fishing for fun, and the stew pot, along the way. Beautiful scenery new to most of these anglers demonstrated to even the uber veterans that we still have a few original options in our repertoire. Time is the most challenging obstacle when it comes to tours off the beaten path. In this case we are golden, and took full advantage.

An easy afternoon cruise following the morning fun settled one and all. Muscles sore from reefing on quality yellows yesterday were rested as we all took advantage of the travel time to sling a few yarns, have some laughs, and enjoy the good company of friends old and new. This was another ideal example of how diverse, and how satisfying, long range fishing typically is. Amongst like minded individuals time passes all too quick calling anglers back to resume the fun.

Offshore returns to the docket tomorrow as we set up the final push with tuna in mind. A few yellowfin to round out the catch and fill the gaps then back to the search for the jumbos that lurk somewhere beyond. Photo number one today features master angler and Royal Star veteran Kevan Yamahara with a fine example of our quarry. This eighty pound class bluefin tuna, and a few handfuls more of his cohorts, will do just fine. Photo number two will do as well; another fathometer image of one of the schools under us a few days prior. This was a good one.

Tim Ekstrom

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08/13/14

Posted: 00:29:15

8/12/14

When it comes to coastal yellowtail fishing this is the way to get it done. Fantastic, steady action on beautiful, 22 – 25 pound class fish, began mid morning and carried on through mid afternoon. A few “shakers” occasionally flashed through, prompting the auto release response from one and all, but this grade overall is what we are always on the lookout for: good fishing.

By far the standout feature of the day was the action on the surface iron; the pluggers were in hog heaven. I do not know the exact percentage but of the “as many as we wanted” total for the day at least twenty five percent, perhaps more, came on the plugs. The insanely aggressive bites made the day for me and all the plugging enthusiasts whom could not get enough of the big yellows wildly slashing, jumping, and hammering the jigs often in pairs and even in packs of three, four, and five. In any case it was as good of plugging as one could ever hope to see. The fish were in that mode - fired up, aggressive, and serious about chasing down something to eat.

Between the wild antics on the plugs, accompanying hoots and uncontainable exclamations of amazement as the fish ridiculously sacrificed themselves in pursuit of their last meal, and steady production on the bait outfits of choice, the day was a resounding success. Throw in great weather, fine working conditions, and the completely unique, Jurassic scenery that identifies long range fishing, and these anglers take leave of this destination with a sense of awe and accomplishment; a day to remember to be sure.

Photo today features long time Royal Star and long range fishing veteran Tom Walker who is no stranger to the epic action experienced today. Chalk up another great one for the master who has shared so many incredible fishing experiences with us on Royal Star that it would take volumes of narratives to recount. The seasoned veteran took his time today enjoying the opportunity in every form. Here is Tom and Capt. Brian Sims with a nice one coming over the rail mid afternoon.

Tim Ekstrom

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08/12/14

Posted: 00:32:01

8/11/14

A lot of looking today as we crossed the bad lands heading south. What a desert; no birds, no life - a sterile ocean transmitting the obvious to my obstinate refusal to eliminate this zone entirely, before today. Now I am convinced. We gave this zone, above and below, two thorough runs in the past week. Now we can check it off the list for a while with a clear conscience.

Setting up a few days of coastal yellowtail fishing after our epic beginning offshore the run down ultimately served a purpose. Shifting gears for at least a day we will focus on variety in scenery and species targeted before trekking north again to finish on the offshore grounds; kinda hard not to with the caliber of action and quality of both species of tunas now available in Mexico's fertile waters. But for now we are in yellowtail mode, the signs discovered late in our previous visit to the lower climes convincingly beckons. Beautiful weather, a wealth of time, and an RSW tank holding pure gold position us exactly where we prefer to be; now to keep a firm hold on the ball.

Photos today feature long time Royal Star veterans Barney Wegener, with his dandy 122 pound bluefin tuna, and John Finneran with his pristine trophy that squeaked in just under the 100 mark at 99; both worthy triumphs by any standard. A quick admin note to conclude today's narrative is a couple of spaces have just come available on our Saturday August 30th - Saturday Sept 6th seven day. At this point the fishing speaks for itself, and I beileve that plenty more is yet to come. The history of that time frame, and that voyage in particular, is rich with exploits of triumph and success. Rest assured that the present set up suggests nothing other than the same. Good times and good fishing await. If you can make it give Tracy a call.

Tim Ekstrom




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