05/31/08

Posted: 20:52:00

We are heading down on an eight day trip with a great group of anglers onboard and high hopes for good fishing. Currently we are heading towards the offshore grounds with less than favorable weather. If the weather and the fish cooperate we will spend the day working on the bluefin and albacore, if they don't we will continue on down to the rocks.

05/30/08

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05/29/08

Posted: 06:47:00


05/28/08

Posted: 10:18:00

A big thank you goes out to Royal Star angler Steve Grove who joined us with family and friends on the Memorial day one and a half day voyage and fowarded a few photos for all to enjoy. These shots are in stark contrast to the prior two months but are a fantastic example of the diversity we experience throughout the different seasons. Thanks again to Steve and there are still more photos from down below to follow.

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05/27/08

Posted: 07:11:00

Well, I don't have any shots from the Memorial day one and one half day voyage but the group had a great time regardless of the fact that fishing was a little slow. The weather was beautiful and a good time was had by all as Chef's Drew Rivera and Jeffery Grant put on their usual fantastic show and the guys on deck made everyone feel welcome and appreciated as the day of offshore fishing produced a few yellowtail on kelps and loads of hefty bonito. The big news of course is the sign of Albacore and Bluefin tuna offshore that bodes well for a productive offshore summer season. Following our first eight day voyage that returns on June 8th, we scheduled an impromtu one and one half day voyage departing June 11th that presently has plenty of space available. I would comfortably speculate that the odds of some offshore albacore, bluefin, yellowfin, or both will be in the local counts by then so give Tracy a call or check our website for details if you are interested. In the meantime, I have more photos from the Revillagigedo tagging voyages for all to enjoy. There have been some great shots that I sent over the weekend so scroll back at least a couple of days to get caught up. Enjoy.

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05/25/08

Posted: 11:46:00

While scrolling through a few archived photos I discovered a couple featuring Royal Star angler Bruce Posthumous whom I gave honorable mention sans photograph last week. As promised, one can not avoid the camera altogether on the Revillagigedo voyages so here are a few of Bruce and a couple of other fantastic shots featuring the release of some trophy yellowfin tuna.

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05/24/08

Posted: 08:02:00

And the grand finale features the traditional group photo with all anglers and crewmen taken on the final morning in Cabo San Lucas. As we still have a few more photos, I will continue to send them with reports daily. But the time to get back and dedicate our reports to present conditions is rapidly approaching - thankfully.

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05/23/08

Posted: 07:06:00

There may be a few photos repeated over the next couple of days in my effort to detail the process of capturing, measuring, and tagging the trophy yellowfin tuna at the Revillagigedo islands. Without a doubt this is the most exciting, and sometimes dramatic part of the tagging experience as these beautiful beasts are generally docile with handled gently but are like a high explosive charge in their potential to detonate and sow destruction if they react poorly. Fortunately for us we have yet to see one of the big fish really go off while in the scoop or on deck, but that is not to say that all of us involved in the process have not suffered our share of cuts and bruises while getting physical with these monsters.

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05/22/08

Posted: 07:03:00

Well I messed up yesterday giving Dan Fuller and Captain Brian Sims top billing while posting a photo of Warren Sakamoto and I. Here is Dan and Brian with a few other photos to enjoy. The photo featuring the collection of half digested fishes is the contents of a tuna's stomach we investigated.

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05/21/08

Posted: 07:04:00

We are getting down to the final photos that I will stretch out over the next few days. The first photo features the final two men working the on the tagging side of the voyage, Captain Brian Sims and IATTC scientist Dan Fuller. Less the flowery descriptions, these two individuals are best described as professionals that are dedicated to every task that arises during the regular course of the day or night. On any voyage where Brian and/or Danny are present, rest assured that tasks are being handled and seamlessly flow from one to the next.

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05/20/08

Posted: 07:12:00

Today's photos feature Royal Star crewmen Steve Gregonis, Blake Wasano, and Greg Tanji. These young men are the finest, most capable, and most dedicated to the tagging process I have had the pleasure to spend time at sea with on Royal Star. With these guys working the deck on Royal Star, the challenging tasks are made to appear easy as the combination of their skill, confidence, experience, and capabilities combine to create a professional atmosphere that is always in control. It is a genuine pleasure to work with young men who know their business and get the job done with efficiency. Without these guys, we would not have the successful operation Royal Star is today. Thanks to the "boys" and job well done.

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05/19/08

Posted: 06:45:00

The man himself, Kurt Schaefer, Senior Scientist from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, gets the call today with a few great action shots taken throughout the voyage. I have mentioned it before but enough can not be said of Kurt's enthusiasm for his work and the amount of energy he dedicates to these projects. In addition to being a world class scientist with significant accomplishments to his credit, he mixes the right amount of fun into his work on Royal Star, making certain that anglers are enjoying their time while tagging yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Kurt's ability as an angler always seems to prevail as well as he lands his share of specimens for tagging on every voyage - including a few over the two hundred pound mark. It is very safe to say that these projects would not have happened were it not for Kurt and his contributions. As such, we are all privileged that Kurt has embraced tagging projects in these regions and are grateful to be involved.

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05/17/08

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05/16/08

Posted: 07:03:00

Maintaining his preferred low profile, Bruce Posthumous managed to avoid the camera this voyage as a direct subject. Perhaps I will draw upon our albums from previous Revillagigedo voyages as Bruce is a fixture on these voyages that feature catch and release. In this respect Bruce is way ahead of the curve practicing catch and release on giant yellowfin many years before the Revillagigedo tagging trips became a reality. As a fisherman with a keen awareness of the environment and resources around him, Bruce sets an example through both his fishing and character that is worthy of mention. Rest assured that Bruce, like so many other Revillagigedo tagging participants, has likely amassed a school of yellowfin tuna carrying tags in the Eastern Tropical Pacific to his sole credit during the past three years. Thanks for all the good times Bruce and although there is no picture of you posted with this report, you are not off the hook yet.


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05/15/08

Posted: 07:03:00

I believe we are down to the final two anglers yet to be featured - both of which are extraordinary fisherman and long time Royal Star veterans. Chris Yamada took a quantum leap in venturing a tagging voyage as he is an ardent old school angler who gets his share and then some. Of all the anglers who have made a Revillagigedo tagging voyage, Chris is the only individual to date that I worked to convince as I knew he would enjoy the adventure once involved. And the final verdict? You'll have to ask Chris although from the smiles in the photos and the effort he put forth towards the capture of so many big yellowfin, the answer is clear. Thanks for contributing to the project Chris and we hope this is your first of many tagging voyages to come. Regardless, a better fisherman has never walked the deck of Royal Star.

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05/14/08

Posted: 07:10:00

Well I culled through all the fantastic photos to find only one featuring long time Royal Star veteran Murray Darch who shared stories of my youth while running Royal Star voyages fifteen years prior on the ride home. Murray is another one of those anglers who always wears a smile and takes the fishing, good or slow, in stride. In the case of this latest voyage, Murray was wrangling with some difficult luck as he missed on several opportunities at genuine monsters for a garden variety of reasons. This run of challenging luck did not affect Murray's disposition however as he knows the score. As long as one services and maintains the gear properly, the odds will come around. In Murray's case they certainly did as he pulled on many good ones right up to the end.
I am including other photos today and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of the month. We have plenty to share so please enjoy and continue to check in daily.

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05/13/08

Posted: 07:17:00

Today's selections feature anglers Greg Koontz and "Alaska Mike" Norenberg. Greg, Captain Brian Sims, and I are sharing one of Greg's many victorious moments in the photo taken on deck while the solo photo of Greg working on a big one was taken at Isla Socorro. Greg joined us on Royal Star for the first time this voyage bringing with him half a dozen of our favorite OTR harnesses that are manufactured by his business partner Lon Mikkelson in Oregon. Needless to say they were all put to good use and many thanks to Greg for enabling us to introduce, and in the process convert, a few more anglers to the huge advantage a quality harness like the OTR can make when battling giant yellowfin tuna.

Our good friend "Alaska Mike" Noremberg joins us several times annually all the way from Fairbanks Alaska where giant yellowfin tuna fishermen are likely a rare few. In fact, Mike may be the only one. Regardless, we are thankful that Mike joined us on this voyage that was converted from a regular fly down/fly back ten day back in January. Mike ventured the trip to see what the tagging program was all about and was rewarded with the best fishing he has ever seen. Thanks for the vote of confidence Mike and we hope that your effort towards tagging all those big yellowfin tuna will pay big dividends for science.

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05/12/08

Posted: 07:00:00

Prior to the April tagging voyage Tim Shields was new to the Revillagigedo island routine and giant yellowfin tuna angling. Tim was well prepared for the trip with perfect equipment and preparation overseen by his good friend Bill Grimsley and a host of other long range veterans. The advantages of using the big gear when targeting giant yellowfin made the right impression on Mr. Shields as he wielded Cal Sheets' custom "80" with authority during many battles with giant yellowfin. The standout accomplishment was Tim's first yellowfin over two hundred that came in at 269, but there were many other epic battles that fine tuned his skills as a giant tuna fisherman during this voyage. In fact, after the fishing we all experienced, Tim now qualifies as a Revillagigedo veteran in every respect. The last thing I can say about Tim's indoctrination into giant yellowfin fishing is that his success was a result of preparation, more preparation, and the right mind set. Tim's enthusiasm for the project was appreciated by all as well as his effort and success. Congratulations from all of us Tim!

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05/11/08

Posted: 08:05:00

A couple of great action shots today featuring another fantastic fisherman and long time Royal Star veteran Dr. Andy Cooperman. Andy was among the fortunate group in our final evening go around to tie in to one of those mega cows that wound up taping 271. There were many memorable battles throughout the voyage but the final round was epic as that last fish was highly motivated challenging all of us to the extent of our abilities. Even after we landed the monster with the big scoop, he still put up a struggle about being tagged and photographed. Apart from the fishing action Andy is also one of those individuals whose character always adds to the positive atmosphere on board during an offshore voyage. Rest assured good times are always to be had especially when we find the combination of Andy and Dave Hall on board.

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05/10/08

Posted: 07:31:00

Mr. Tom Cahillane is a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Making the long haul from New York to fish with us at least a couple of times annually, Tom never fails to brighten any Royal Star voyage with his old school courtesy and brilliant perspective on the world. In addition, Tom is a warrior at the rail keeping pace with the young bucks in top form. To his credit this latest voyage is a 227 and many others in the "on the fence" category. In addition, Tom shared bragging rights with Dr. Dave Hall on a 254 that ate two baits. Needless to say that fish was subdued in a hurry. Today's photos feature Mr. Cahillane with Dr. Dave and the "two pole" 254 as well as with his good friend Leonard Cunningham whom he met on board Royal Star some time ago.

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05/09/08

Posted: 13:36:14

Dr. Dave gets the nod today with several action photos including one following his famous dunking at Isla Clarion. With all Dave's giant yellowfin tuna photos since January, the bar is set rather high, but Dave is one of those anglers who has a great time regardless of whether he is catching a three hundred or a thirty pounder. One thing I can say about Dave is that he is a angler who knows the value of using the big gear when fishing for giant yellowfin. To each his own of course but Dave's success on giant yellowfin while using the 80 size tackle is an example I reference time and again when I see anglers begin manhandled by big tuna when using miniature souped up reels. More important than Dave's fishing style however is his demeanor on board as he is a friend to all and always having a good time. If you are fortunate enough to make a trip with Dr. Dave on Royal Star, you will likely learn a great deal about how many ways there are to enjoy your long range fishing adventure. Thanks from all of us Dave and again thanks for laughing with us when you went over the side.

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05/08/08

Posted: 07:04:00

You've probably all noticed a trend in these reports describing the majority of anglers featured as Royal Star veterans and friends. Especially in the case of the Revillagigedo tagging voyages, this is true for the main reason that I have been promoting in these reports from their beginning. The highly experienced veterans have embraced the Revillagigedo tagging voyages because of the unmatched fishing potential we have encountered now four voyages running. For the finest giant yellowfin tuna fishing one can imagine, in the most beautiful setting available, these anglers are ecstatic to have legal access to this legendary fishery.
No angler demonstrates this motive better than our good friend and superior angler Warren Sakamoto who has likely shared the Royal Star deck with many of you over the past fifteen years. Warren is one of those anglers who always wears a smile and always seems to have a fish on the end of whatever line he is soaking. This voyage was no exception as Warren added tremendous effort to the deployment of electronic and conventional tags. Thanks for sharing all the good times with us Warren and congratulations on the one deuce and at least half a dozen "on the fence" one ninety fives.

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05/07/08

Posted: 07:29:00

Ron Jew has joined us now on two Revillagigedo tagging voyages and on both voyages accomplished many significant feats with his impeccably maintained equipment and consistent effort at the rail. Ron plugged away at the big fish throughout the last trip compiling quite a score of one fifties through one nineties. Then during the final two days at Socorro the stars began to align in his favor. Ultimately I believe Ron ended up with three over two hundred with the highlight being a two eighty seven landed during the final evening hit. What a fish and what a what a tremendous effort Ron put forth to land his trophy weaving in and out of countless close calls during the "nail biter" of a battle. Ultimately Ron earned his unofficial title as Jackpot winner with his 287. Thank you to Ron from all of us and we look forward to fishing with you again next year!

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05/06/08

Posted: 07:17:00

Today's photos feature my good friend Bill Grimsley who in addition to being an exceptional fisherman also has a significant place in the history of Royal Star Sport Fishing. Bill and I met on board Royal Star in 1993, struck up a strong, loyal friendship, and over the next few years developed the ideas that led to the first website, daily reports, and daily photos maintained by a San Diego Long Range vessel. Bill's company, Corporate Network Professionals Inc. has played a crucial role in positioning Royal Star far ahead of our competition in the technology category. Without the outstanding effort and advances Bill and CNP have accomplished, Royal Star would likely have been far behind in the computer realm. Thanks for a job well done Bill and the guys at CNP.

The photo of Bill and I features Bill's 243 taken in the early a.m. on the big bait at Isla Socorro.

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05/05/08

Posted: 06:52:00

Today's photos feature our good friend Jack West who always stands out as a extraordinary addition to any Royal Star voyage with his kind disposition and dedicated angling. Jack is one of those anglers who always seems to get his big fish, and after fifteen years of spending time offshore in his company, I am certain it is not just luck. After so many memorable voyages together, there isn't an angler out there that I would rather spend time with. In addition, Jack's passion for photography has provided us all with many phenomenal images over the years, especially during the most recent Revillagigedo tagging voyage. So huge thanks to Jack for the photos today and the many others to be shared in the upcoming month.

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05/04/08

Posted: 09:19:00

Looking through all the amazing photos we have to send, I will do my best to feature every angler who joined us with a shot or two of their trophies as well as in action, or relaxing, at the rail. Today's photos feature two long time Royal Star veterans. Making his first tagging voyage, Ed Janowski kept the pace throughout the trip and ended on a fantastic note with three over the coveted two hundred mark on our final day of fishing. If I recall correctly, the big fish in the night time photo taped out at 217.
Also featured today is Len Cunningham whom many of you may recognize as the undisputed tagging champion of Royal Star. Len has joined us on all but three tagging voyages including the seven fall ten day Royal Star voyages where voluntary tagging has been performed. I believe Len, as an individual angler, has the greatest number of tags deployed, and the highest number of tags recovered to his credit. Needless to say Len, at the young age of seventy six, commands all of our respect and admiration in this arena. I believe the photo of Len and I features Len's 207 caught mid day at Isla Socorro.

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05/03/08

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05/03/08

Posted: 08:29:00

Today's photos feature Instituto Nacional de Pesca observer Juan Urias who eargerly embraced the fishing responsibitilites that come with his title on this voyage. In addition to becoming very adept with a rod and reel, and landing the 208 pound yellowfin tuna in the photo, Juan is a real gentleman who did a fantastic job representing INP and the Government of Mexico. We are very appreciative for the opportunity to share the concept of tagging voyages with Juan and sincerely enjoyed his gregarious company on board.

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05/02/08

Posted: 07:13:00

A couple of skiff photos today feature fishing veteran and Cabo San Lucas resident Mike McHatton who was indoctrinated to the world of Revillagigedo giant yellowfin tuna fishing in every way imaginable. Kite fishing, skiff rides, big baits, sardines, you name it Mike was up for the challenge and mastered every new method like the veteran fisherman should. The photo taken in the skiff features Mike and I with a one hundred eighty five pound yellowfin tuna landed after a classic Socorro sleigh ride. Thanks again from all of us Mike and please enjoy the photos courtesy of Dan Fuller.

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05/01/08

Posted: 07:14:00

The tale of two tunas I related on Let's Talk Hookup a couple of weeks prior is verified by this round of photos that I jumped in a took with Dan Fuller's fantastic waterproof Olympus digital camera. After being released, these two one hundred sixty to one hundred seventy pound class yellowfin tuna preferred to hang around the boat remaining with us as we drifted for about an hour. To our delight, they contentedly toured around Royal Star in plain view allowing all of us to observe their behavior and graceful form as they went about their business. Enjoy these shots and look forward to plenty more.

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