03/03/15

Posted: 10:17:09

03/03/15
We arrived to the Cape this afternoon and are presently enjoying beautiful balmy weather with a good load of bait aboard. After loading all our passengers we will continue our Southerly trek, ultimately ending up at our destination Thursday morning. Look for fishing reports to start on Friday.

03/01/15

Posted: 00:39:25

We have a couple of big changes to our schedule that have opened opportunities to add a number of shorter voyages in the upcoming summer/fall 2015 season. Beginning in May we now have available two “mini” long range voyages. Departing Friday May 22nd, returning Monday (Memorial Day) May 25th, and departing Friday May 29th, returning Monday June 1st these new 3 day voyages will host 24 anglers at an all inclusive price of $1125.

Taking this rock solid warm water cycle into account, and all indications presently on the water, the signs bode well for real deal offshore tuna and coastal fishing opportunities on these runs. Incorporating the weekend into each voyage we hope to provide the time and motivation to any and all anglers seeking to make a Royal Star voyage for their first time. Of course these voyages extend an open invitation to all, but our sincere desire is to host as many new anglers as possible introducing our distinct form of long range fishing to aspiring multi-day fishermen.

Also added to our 2015 schedule will be two new October 5 day voyages. These voyages, first departing Friday October 23rd, returning Wednesday October 28, second departing Wednesday October 28, returning Monday November 2nd, will host 24 anglers at an all inclusive cost of $1995. There is a component to these newly added Fall five day voyages that we are presently working to achieve, but the continuance of this warm water cycle again suggests that both offshore tuna and exotics, and coastal variety will be the main fishing focus of these condensed long range adventures.

For those interested in any of these newly added Royal Star voyages please give Tracy, Brian, or I a call in the Royal Star office as soon as possible. We anticipate significant interest, especially in the May three day’s, in advance of, and at the upcoming annual Fred Hall show in Long Beach next week. All three of us will be available both in the office and at the show looking forward to speaking with you!

Tim Ekstrom

02/27/15

Posted: 04:58:40

2/26/15

A couple of announcements to share as the boat completes the final travel leg in improving conditions. 2:00 pm at the dock is the final ETA after a long slog up the line fighting strong southerly current and moderate seas. Remaining on schedule the boat will depart again on the morning of the 28th returning south to the blessed lands.

We have a couple of big changes to our schedule that have opened opportunities to add a number of shorter voyages in the upcoming summer/fall 2015 season. Beginning in May we now have available two “mini” long range voyages. Departing Friday May 22nd, returning Monday (Memorial Day) May 25th, and departing Friday May 29th, returning Monday June 1st these new 3 day voyages will host 24 anglers at an all inclusive price of $1125.

Taking this rock solid warm water cycle into account, and all indications presently on the water, the signs bode well for real deal offshore tuna and coastal fishing opportunities on these runs. Incorporating the weekend into each voyage we hope to provide the time and motivation to any and all anglers seeking to make a Royal Star voyage for their first time. Of course these voyages extend an open invitation to all, but our sincere desire is to host as many new anglers as possible introducing our distinct form of long range fishing to aspiring multi-day fishermen.

Also new to our 2015 schedule will be two new October 5 day voyages. These voyages, first departing Friday October 23rd, returning Wednesday October 28, second departing Wednesday October 28, returning Monday November 2nd, will host 24 anglers at an all inclusive cost of $1995. There is a component to these newly added Fall five day voyages that we are presently working to achieve, but the continuance of this warm water cycle again suggests that both offshore tuna and exotics, and coastal variety will be the main fishing focus of these condensed long range adventures.

For those interested in any of these newly added Royal Star voyages please give Tracy, Brian, or I a call in the Royal Star office as soon as possible. We anticipate significant interest, especially in the May three day’s, in advance of, and at the upcoming annual Fred Hall show in Long Beach next week. All three of us will be available both in the office and at the show looking forward to speaking with you!

Tim Ekstrom

02/26/15

Posted: 01:03:41

2/25/15

Everything comes at a price. Often the bill for smooth sailing down the line comes due when traveling in the opposite direction. Such is the case for the boys and hearty, now weary, few presently riding Royal Star up the line. No fun at all the party definitely ended when the boat hauled anchor and departed Cabo harbor. It’s an age old story.

That story now translates into a later than standard arrival Friday morning; one that could still push into early afternoon if the trend continues. But good weather should treat them well today, and allow them perhaps to make up at least a little time. To all anglers planning to meet Royal Star tomorrow (Friday, February 27th) please make certain to call the Royal Star office today after 4:00 p.m., or 1600 hrs. If you do not speak with Tracy directly she will leave the updated ETA for Friday on the message greeting.

Tim Ekstrom



02/25/15

Posted: 02:12:51

02/24/15

After disembarking most of our anglers this morning, we began the trek towards San Diego. We had breezy weather all day and were chipping spray on the windows for most of the afternoon. So far we have been fighting a downhill current. Hopefully that changes up the line.

Brian

02/24/15

Posted: 01:04:55

02/23/15

A little bump and roll headed up the line but nothing beyond the scope of “normal” In fact, after such an extended stretch of glory weather – flat calm with near zero seas – it almost felt necessary to infuse at least some nautical sensation into this run before it comes to an end. And this was the perfect amount; just enough pitch to require attention without stripping one of the pleasure of enjoying the high seas.

Reflecting upon the voyage overall we complete the final travel leg to Los Cabos fat, happy, satisfied. No shortage of product, variety, or quality casts the fishing effort handily into the category of success. None of them came easy but that was for the better; every fish was appreciated as effort rewarded. Most important to the success of every run however is the atmosphere on board; the anglers themselves and their approach to the endeavor.

In this respect this veteran group of Royal Star long range anglers, that welcomed a couple of new recruits this year whom undoubtedly will be joining us on future voyages, has the most significant component of success in the bag before we even depart.

Understanding that the serious pursuit of trophy yellowfin tuna and wahoo is best tempered by recognition of the fact that this is a vacation, the focused tenor is suffused with abundant comedy, indulgence, and relaxation in down times. It goes a long way. We (Captain and crew) shoulder a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety about the individual and overall results during every voyage; that is our role. Anglers who allow us to bear the burdens and trust the fishing results to time in the water, perfect rigging, and Providence come out with a winning hand far more often than otherwise.

Just like any sport if one is all twisted and/or bound up in their approach the results are fairly predictable – not good. The Las Rocas group demonstrates the perfect approach to this game time and again; and the consistent, above average fishing results are a reflection of their knowledge gained over time. Our gratitude to Charter Master Glenn Evans and the entire “Las Rocas” group accordingly. I recall saying something on the way down to the effect of success following positive energy: case in point.

Photos today first feature newly initiated Las Rocas member Bobby Gonzales or “Bobby G!” with his personal best yellowfin tuna (175#) landed on our final morning. Photo number two features the 2015 “Las Rocas” group courtesy of Glenn Evans. Post text is also courtesy of Charter Master Glenn who adds a few words to today's narrative and thanks to the voyage's many generous sponsors.

Tim Ekstrom

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p.s.

On the way down the traditional fundraiser raffle, dedicated to long time Royal Star crewmember Sean Bickel, raised $2,000.00 dollars from our “Los Rocas Group for the 3rd straight year! All of the proceeds will be donated to the trust fund established for his two sons in 2012..

I would like to personally thank the following for donating and being a part of the annual Los Rocas Invitational. Aftco, Accurate, Bill Boyce, Blackwater Finest Fishing Line, BloodyDecks, Brandon Hayward, Baja Fish Gear, Costa Del Mar, Cousins Tackle, Fisherman’s Processing, Fisherman’s Landing Tackle, Fishing Video.com, Fishworks, Inside Sportfishing, Island Fishing Tackle, Izorline, JRI Custom Lures, Jeff Burroughs “Long Range Sportfishing”, Ken’s Custom Reel, Let’s Talk Hookup, Mission Brewery, Mitch’s, Seafood, M & M Fishing Rod’s, Nordstrom Woodworking Studio, Okuma, Owner, Royal Star Sportfishing, Sato Crimp & Winder, Shimano, Pelagic, Tady Lures, Western Outdoor News.

Glenn Evans, Charter Master, The Los Rocas group.



02/22/15

Posted: 23:47:46

02/22/15

I can't say that our morning roll of the dice produced the best of results. A few fish, a couple of which were worthy, then a long soak for a handful more. Our fortunes dramatically improved however as the day progressed. True to form the Sybil like nature of this area over the past week switched from yesterday's brooding to an abundance of favor. Conditions were right, a completely different batch of fish showed on the grounds, and we got the job done ending the voyage on a high note.

Picture perfect success though did not come without pain. Different that the past couple of days a batch of bona fide giants were in the mix today dishing out some hard lessons. No one did anything wrong, the gear was sound and we were prepared, but there is a big difference when tangling with extra large models – giants in the 250 pound class and larger. They tax the gear in a completely unique way turning 100# fluorcarbon topshots into “light gear” that has a success percentage significantly lower than the 130. Daytime sardine fishermen slinging 25 – 170# yellowfin aboard in fairly short order were simply taken advantage of when a couple of random behemoths crashed the party.

It made for exciting fishing, reminiscent of the “good old days” in these zones. The quantity portion of our definition of success certainly did not elude us; the fish were showing and biting good providing a great send off to one and all. And, by the grace of the fish gods, after a couple of dissapointing bouts with jumbos that ended in defeat, we got a break with minutes to spare.

Long time Royal Star angler Warren Whalen, no stranger to the grit, grind, elation, and agony of fishing for trophy yellowfin lived his moment. A huge bastard was observed slurping sardines close to the boat, as in only a few yards, displacing massive amounts of water in a couple of breath taking boils. He certainly appeared hungry and vulnerable eliciting certainty among the boys and I that someone was eventually going to get the chance they have been waiting for. Sure enough, a couple of minutes later, Warren had him by the tail – literally.

While it probably didn't start out like that it ended with the old bull coming up backward, dead; a gift from the tuna gods considering the size, location, and fighting spirit of his brethren around here. Warren's trophy, that gave it up after nigh an hour of brutal tugging, weighed in at a worthy 306. Accordingly, Warren, and Chief engineer/Captain Paul Caramao, who was hugely instrumental in the successful outcome of this battle, are featured in today's photo. This one is a real dandy.

Tim Ekstrom

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02/21/15

Posted: 22:49:24

2/21/15

Just a few fish worthy of mention today – very few, as in less than a handful. A complete reversal of conditions erased our better fortunes. Scouring the area most of the day we found a bounty of newly arrived aspiring giants – yellowfin in the 15 – 25# class abundant and ravenous, but little good were they to us at this time and place. So fishing goes.

Though frustrating as all get out in a way one has to love the complete unpredictability, the randomness of each day, each voyage, year after year. Experience in fishing instills one hard certainty. Change is to be expected. It is because of this certitude that my optimism about tomorrow remains in positive territory, albeit somewhere just above fifty percent.

What we know, regardless of what ends up in the hatch, is that there is a quantity of quality fish in this area, sometimes available, that compares with any of the best shiny objects ever to attract a fisherman's eye. So we wait, passing one final night in conditions that can still only be described as heavenly – flat calm, balmy, inviting - and see what the new day reveals. Needless to say we are poised to settle today's grudge if the bastards are courageous enough to provide the opportunity. The final push is upon us.

Photos today feature Royal Star veteran Steve Ong who got in the drivers seat a couple of times this afternoon with the right fish on. As it happened twice Steve earned two spots on the day's wall of fame. Snake bit for a couple days earlier in the trip Steve was back in his usual form today; the beauty of long range.

Tim Ekstrom

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02/20/15

Posted: 23:20:41

02/20/15

A real day of fishing here. Yes sir. Right out of the gates a steady morning scratch on fish in the 120 – 180 pound range got the blood flowing. A mid morning respite from the easy paced action well prepared everyone for the main event yet to come. One and all were treated to a classic afternoon through evening show on tropical yellowfin best described as epic. Better even than the big spots of birds frantically pursuing vast areas of trophy yellowfin blowing out on flying fish and smaller, unfortunate forage everwhere was the fact that today this fish was in biting mode. If they got close, we got hammered.

Plenty of action was had between spots blasting through also. All afternoon the pace varied from hot and heavy to steady, never less; about three hours of pure fishing bliss. Ranging from 75 – 175 pounds, with at least a couple of big boys hooked we could not haul through the gauntlet, these anglers heaved and cranked to their hearts content for hours on end. It was one of those occasions when an angler did not want to make the mistake of dropping in the water unless they were fully prepared to get a bite and pull on a big tuna for awhile. Today these fish were biting like anglers dream of; like we wait for the vast majority of the time we spend out here. Memories are made, stories are told about these exceptional occasions. This is what we come for.

Two fishing days to go optimism is running high. Energized by a big day of success on so many levels everyone on board is eager to see what tomorrow will bring. We will be here, we will be ready, and we will make good on whatever is to be found. Recalling the fact that every day here thus far has produced signs and opportunities completely different, we're not taking anything to bank; but we will be prepared.

One admin note before signing off today is that two spots just became available on our upcoming fly down/fly back voyage departing San Diego on the 28th. Departing Cabo on March 3rd returning to Cabo on Sat. March 14th this run is coveted by esteemed anglers seeking to avoid the travel time up and down the coast on traditional SD to SD runs. Based on what we are seeing down here I'd safely venture that now is an exceptional time to go fishing if one can squeeze in a voyage.

Photo opportunities today were many but time to be handy with the camera was at a premium. Fortunately I snapped a quick morning image of long time Royal Star master angler Andy Pulido before things really got rolling. This beautiful 180 was the first of several today for Andy who was on a real tear. Good livin'.

Tim Ekstrom

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02/19/15

Posted: 23:47:41

02/19/15

Steady progress late morning through early afternoon with a couple of bona fide long range opportunities that we are in the market for. Pretty well distributed among the group a couple of go -arounds actually ramped up to a pace that had the boys hopping. And they loved it; nothing like breaking a sweat while 120 – 170's come over the rail two and three at a time. With every fish receiving the professional handling that we are well known for the satisfaction of unleashing our talents is universally coveted around here.

But the afternoon was a different story. Languid, balmy, a three hour fruitless search, and rapidly developing festivities below, suggested that the time had come for a distinct change of pace. A scenic interlude, along with a classic Royal Star swim call, fit the bill to perfection. Sometimes stepping beyond the confnes of strict fishing edicts is a breath of fresh air. It doesn't doesn't happen too often, considering the gravity of our principal objective, but there's an occasional break from protocol that refreshes the mind and body in ways profound. This was one of those occasions.

Back to fishing though the quest continues tomorrow amid significantly improved prospects. Primo weather is locked in for at least a couple more days and we are in position to take full advantage. But the obvious unknown remains. Regardless of how good things appear it is still up to the fish. Tomorrow is a new day. Photos today feature master anglers Dale Kurata, with a dandy 125, and “The Legend” Jerry Kruse with his hard earned, mid day 228 that is a story in itself.

Though we are true believers in Black Water flurocarbon, that has been proven over the long run incomparable in strength and performance to all others, I have to laud incredibly impressive results witnessed today. “The Legend”, using 100 pound Yo-Zuri flurocarbon, tail wrapped his insanely spirited prize that gave it's all over the course of a hard fought hour and thiry minute battle. There is no way that one could have applied more drag pressure, for a long time, than we had Jerry set up for. It was the only way that mean bastard was going to yield.

When it was finally boated, after a series of harrowing, jerky runs with strange scraping, rubbing, and vibration, the flurocarbon about three and a half feet above the hook was dramatically chafed and worn at least halfway through. It is nothing short of amazing that that line did not break under that much pressure. Lucky to be sure but also a convincing testament to quality product. In this domain such advantages are the difference.

Tim Ekstrom

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