07/22/14

Posted: 04:46:50

7/21/14

This was a day that I wish everyone who shares the passion for long range style offshore fishing was here for. It was that
good. A memorable outing producing perfect quantity and quality; what an opportunity. So much so that we are now satisfied to
leave the freshening wind and building seas behind in favor of variety and preferred fishing conditions - we hope.

Weather permitting we'll have the chance to do a little southern offshore prospecting in advance of our ultimate destination.
Some colorful leapers would do wonders for contrast in our burgeoning primary RSW tank; a timid goal in light of the
precedent set. But we must live with the result of our extraordinary good fortune the remainder of this run. Trust that no
one's feelings are damaged by this consequence. The show goes on.

The camera took a timeout today as action at the rail demanded full attention. Fortunately I snapped a few "extry's" during
the first couple of days to make up for the deficit. Long time Royal Star veteran Brett Rapazo saw it all come together when
this corpulent, eighty five pound class bluefin came over the rail yesterday. "Livin' the dream"; one that is our present
reality.

Tim Ekstrom

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07/21/14

Posted: 05:09:13

7/20/14

Another productive outing on U.S. Blues though the devils put us through the wringer as the day wore on. Vast
quantities of bluefin in the 50 - 80 pound class tantalized our appetite for serious, long range style clobbering
but their fickle disposition allowed none of it. We pieced it together, with most of our bluefin catch coming from
one good, extended mid morning go around, while the 15 - 20# yellowfin filled in the gaps when the bluefin went
into afternoon lockdown.

Ample time and the right weather made for an easy decision to remain on the offshore grounds. The size average and
potential for a real deal hit on these bluefin is too good to pass by. Viva El Nino: long range fishing within a
stones throw from home. We'll take it with gratitude. Having seen this program more than once before we abide by
the notion that it is best to fish for them where they are. A past few thousand mile, fishless round trips south
while our local brothers were piling them on have a convincing way of driving this point home.

Photos today feature anglers Ron Ishisaka and Ronnie Koyasako with prime examples of what we all like to fish for.
These seventy five pound class bluefin are the prize summer long range quarry. A few of these dressed and stored
prime in the RSW tanks go a long way toward defining a successful fishing outcome.

Tim Ekstrom

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07/20/14

Posted: 05:32:53

7/19/14

We had an inquiry in the office a few days prior, thankfully the only one of its kind so far, that asked the question:
"How is the Mexican ban on catching bluefin tuna going to affect our upcoming voyage?". My answer: "It's not". We make
due, we make the most of whatever opportunities are available, and we have never had the success of any voyage
predicated upon catching something specific before we leave the dock. This is fishing. It is the great unknown. And
unexpected changes and events, man made and natural, are part of the incessant challenges that make this profession
simultaneously fantastic and maddening.

Today was an ideal example of this reality. Departing on the annual Michael Doi seven day, that is deficit Michael due
to family obligations to all our sincerest regret, we took a tour out west seeking to begin this voyage with a little
U.S. waters bluefin action before pushing south. A short steam out front, a mere three hours, and the search began.
Working west toward the beautiful San Clemente island our fortune took a turn for the better - a dandy area of bluefin
was spotted, tracked, run down, and enticed with epic sardines courtesy of Everingham Brothers.

The result was sixty four bluefin and eight yellowfin for the late afternoon on the day of departure. Who would have
guessed? In fishing anything is plausible. Everyone one of us should keep this in mind. A lot of these bluefin are
already north of the U.S./Mexico border this year: a welcome gift from "El Nino" in the light of the impromptu closure
of bluefin fishing by Mexico. Foremost is our desire for a reasonable resolution to the present closure in Mexico -
there are still many bluefin to the south ready and willing to be caught - but there are viable alternatives; no reason
to be canceling any trips just yet, or falling on our swords.

Apart from just over a handful of fifteen to eighteen pounders the size average of today's bluefin was 30 - 39 pounds.
The yellowfin were 12 - 20. The weather is exactly how everyone wants to see it - flat calm - and forecast to remain
such for the next couple of days. Sounds like good conditions for offshore blue finnin', and that is exactly our plan.
The waters of the United States of America will host Royal Star again tomorrow. With our California fishing licenses
current both Captain Randy Toussaint and I are optimistic about the conditions and potential in this zone. In addition
to these school fish the big boys are also around. Tomorrow is a new day.

Photos feature a familiar father and son on the deck of Royal Star. Steve Masuda and his son Erik masterfully exploited
these thirty five pound class bluefin today enjoying the steady pace of the three hour, late afternoon "plunker".

Tim Ekstrom

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07/19/14

Posted: 08:06:17

07/18/14

We traveled up during the night and fished in U.S. waters today. We scratched
some Bluefin tuna from 15-79# and some yellowfin tuna in the 15# class. we will
be at the dock tomorrow morning and back out on our next adventure.

Tony Teague gets the honors with a 79# Bluefin taken on a chrome jig.

Brian

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07/19/14

Posted: 04:05:34

07/18/14

We traveled up during the night and fished in U.S. waters today. We scratched
some Bluefin tuna from 15-79# and some yellowfin tuna in the 15# class. we will
be at the dock tomorrow morning and back out on our next adventure.

Tony Teague gets the honors with a 79# Bluefin taken on a chrome jig.

Brian

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07/18/14

Posted: 01:44:08

07/17/14

We ventured into the coast today and found great action. The Yellowtail were all
mixed up in size from 12-30#, and more importantly, they wanted to bite. We
caught them steady throughout the morning on both jigs and bait. When the
conditions changed, we headed offshore and found some eager yellowfin tuna. The
size was not all that large, but the action was fast and furious. We will be
moving up tonight, looking for more tuna tomorrow.

Today's shot is of Royal Star veteran Randy Sharon who had a very hot stick
today.

Brian Sims

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07/17/14

Posted: 01:29:35

07/17/14

We worked offshore today in flat calm weather. We scratched at the tuna and
managed to put together a respectable score by the end of the day even though we
never did get a school to stick around and bite. We will be looking in a
different area tomorrow.

Brian Sims

07/16/14

Posted: 01:24:54

07/15/14


We departed today on an open 4-day and did a little tuna fishing this afternoon.
We saw more than we caught but did end up with a few tuna and yellowtail for our
efforts. our weather is flat calm and we will be offshore tomorrow.

Brian

07/16/14

Posted: 01:24:16

07/14/14
We finished up the trip today with stellar offshore angling in beautiful grease
calm weather. Reports throughout the fleet from various zones were all good so
hopefully it just keeps getting better. We will be in 0600 tomorrow and Brian
will be coming back out on another 4-day.
Kevin Leong is in today's shot.

Randy Toussaint

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07/14/14

Posted: 02:10:27

07/13/14

Not much to report as we poked around on the beach for 25 nice yellows and an
assortment of bottom fish this morning.
We ventured back offshore after lunch in much improved weather and had a few
short stops for 20 school grade yft and 2 dorado which I'm sure are the
vanguards of a big run.
We will finish up on the bft grounds tomorrow.

Randy Toussaint

 
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