Even though the signs were still around, I was beginning to feel genuine concern when three forty five p.m. rolled around, the sun was getting low, and our grand total for the day was two fish landed from a couple of excruciatingly slow morning drifts. We had almost come to terms with the fact that it was not to be our day, and even did a little sniveling to that effect with our comrades on the radio. Everyone out here does what it takes to pass the time and change their luck and it seems at one point or another we all resort to sniveling when all else fails. It just so happened that it worked for us today as no more than ten passed following a lengthy discussion full of gloom that we ran across a incredible spot of trophy yellowfin that placed these fifteen anglers in the scene they have been dreaming of for almost two months. I can honestly say that I have never seen big fish bite better. In fact, it was too good, and ironically, these big tuna anglers discovered that even fifteen men at the rail of the ninety five foot Royal Star can find their way into big trouble when the fishing is this red hot. Yes, we had a few mix ups as we literally had every single angler pulling on a 160 - 230# tuna several times during this late afternoon ripper, but this expert crew navigated tremendous obstacles minimizing the damage in a couple of horrendous scenarios. Six over two hundred was our grand total and another nineteen from 160 - 195 for the late afternoon ripper that cast a beaming glow over our first day.
And so it continues, and how grateful we are to be a part of. Absolutely beautiful, flat calm weather, an ample supply of perfect bait, a group of anglers living the dream of a lifetime, and four days to go. We can only hope to be as fortunate tomorrow as this was no lead pipe cinch today. As initially reported however, the signs are still here and conditions continue to be favorable so our hopes are definitely slanted in a positive direction.