This morning we checked out a little bit different area after loading up on mackerel. We saw good signs of life but very little fish. We hit a few spots of bigger fish on our way back out for no response. In the late afternoon we got one to respond with a great show but not much go. Best fish of the day was "Frank from Long Beach" with a 227.
Today was a study in frustration. We had multiple stops today with 150 - 300 plus pound fish boiling aggressively all around the boat. The visuals were simply amazing. Any attempt I make from here, in writing, will pale in comparison to watching it happen. The frustrating part was that it was incredibly difficult to get one to eat bait with a hook in it. We did manage a couple of nice fish today and lost a few others, but bites were hard to come by. Our anglers are hanging tough because they can all see the potential.
I know Tim said it last trip and I'm repeating it now. This fish is going to bite down here. I know it. When it does there will be a reckoning. I just hope I'm on board to dish it out.
The "looking" for larger tuna went very well today as we found what we were looking for. The catching part wasn't exactly what we had in mind. These fish continued to frustrate both captains and anglers with their reluctance to bite. The high note of the day was young Chris Taylor who managed a new personal best yellowfin at 202#.
The weather is beautiful and we will take full advantage of that fact by continuing the effort for trophy size fish.
Today we had a good warm up with lots of yanking and cranking. We put aboard a nice sample of school size yellowfin and 15 # yellowtail and released as many as we kept. The weather has finally straightened itself out and gone flat calm. We will be taking advantage of the weather and will be looking for larger tuna tomorrow.
Traveling down this morning our ride was a bit on the sloppy side but mellowed out throughout the day. By dark it was very nice. We spent the day rigging up gear and relaxing as we will begin the fishing part of our voyage tomorrow.
If you're checking in from Northern California (Hammond, Hirsh, Doi, Grove, etc....) come see me at the upcoming fishing shows in San Mateo and Sacramento. Golf anyone?
Well, we are back out on the water again, after enjoying friends and family for the holidays. Currently we are heading down on the Newell / Hyabusa 10 day trip. Our bait is beautiful and our weather less than ideal, but improving. We have high hopes for good fishing and will post daily.
Whew! Man are we glad that is over with! It is early on the 20th and we are finally enjoying a relatively calm ride after yesterday's bumpy passage that is probably best described as relentless. Again, it wasn't horrible, but the ride included plenty of motion and was not a joyous experience. Oh there were a few good ones that came over the top to the exclamations and delight of a hearty few. But, most of us simply endured the shellacking looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.
With that out of the way we are pleased to be arriving at our predicted time of 10:00 a.m. this morning fully intact and ready to pitch off this fine load of fish and get our anglers on the road home for the holidays. They will definitely be enjoying a wealth of product as the whole catch of variety combined with the almost couple of dozen larger yellowfin tuna adds up to a healthy quantity of fish by any standard. Not that we slammed the fish every day in fill the boat fashion, but, when you put a little something in the hatch every day it has a way of adding up to a good catch in the end. All things considered, we are pleased; especially with this fantastic group of anglers. They are the real bonus of the voyage. The opportunity to spend good times on the ocean with such exemplary individuals is high on the list of reasons we choose this style of fishing. This group is no exception. Many thanks to Pete and Phyllis Tiernan for their company and efforts in rallying the northern contingent as well as all anglers on board. It is our genuine pleasure to fish with all of you.
As we shut down for the holidays we want to extend our most sincere best wishes to all Royal Star anglers as well as any and all others following along with our daily reports. We are well aware that times are lean for many out there so most importantly this season we wish for good health, spiritual happiness, and strong family in support of all. Of course it wouldn't hurt for wealth to rain down from the sky but that is secondary to the list above. Best wishes to all during this holiday season and our most sincere thanks to all Royal Star anglers who have fished with us throughout the years. You are the reason for our success. We never forget to recognize this fact and look forward to many years of good fishing and good times to come.
Look for a round of photos and perhaps a few more thoughts to follow before Christmas. Otherwise Capt. Brian Sims will commence reporting on the 26th as he will be in command of the next ten day voyage. There are plenty of big ones still down there as well as lots of good fishing elsewhere. I know we have a few spots available on the 26th for any of you last minute anglers who want to treat yourselves to some good fishing to end the year on a high note. If so, give Tracy a call.
Have a fantastic holiday season and thanks again to all from the Royal Star team 2008.
Capt. Tim Ekstrom
Capt. Randy Toussaint
Capt. Brian Sims
Capt. Sean Bickel
Capt. Gregg Tanji
Capt. Isaac Sullens
Crewman Blake Wasano
Crewman Steve Gregonis
Chef Drew Rivera
Chef Jeffery Grant
Galley Assistant Eduardo Vargas
Office Manager Tracy Toussaint
Office Assistant Ann Van Dyke
Well after all my griping and whining about not be able to get in a groove this trip, the fish gods finally relented and washed away our sour disposition with a four hour burst of nonstop, full speed action on mixed fourteen to eighteen pound yellowtail and twenty to thirty five pound yellowfin tuna. The therapeutic effect of getting a bite on nearly every bait or lure that hit the water was unmistakable in the smiles, laughter, and colorful banter between anglers who took full advantage of the opportunity to fill out limits and satiate themselves with pure catching action. What a relief.
Better yet, what a perfect example of why there is no room for quitters or defeatists in fishing. It sure would have been easy to say the hell with it and run straight home. Like I stated in a report a few days back - it is not in Randy's or my nature. If there is any way to squeeze out an extra hour, an extra morning that could profoundly impact a trip that is the path we will choose - every time. I cannot express the number of occasions when we have produced incredible fishing in eleventh hour of a voyage through pure determination, and some cases obstinacy, that has transformed the entire tone of an adventure from morose to jubilant. Those of you who have followed these reports over the years are well aware of this tendency. Thank goodness for it. The reality of it is that there are those inevitable times out here when good luck fails you and you are left to make your own. "When the going gets tough, the tough double down." I love that saying.
Speaking of tough going, we knew there would be a price to pay for spending the final morning below. With the bountiful results in perfect condition in the RSW tank, we blasted off for home in sloppy sea conditions that reached the lower zone, as forecast, the night before. So once again we earn the northward miles fully satisfied that the effort and sacrifice is well worth it. Similar to the previous voyage, the ride and sea conditions are far from horrible, but one is definitely utilizing all available handholds when navigating the galley or companionways down below. On these occasions there is nothing like a good book, or the standard travel day movie marathon in the galley, to pass the time. Look for tomorrow's report with a few final thoughts before we shut down for a quick holiday break.
Fortunately there was a consolation prize of 20 - 40# yellowfin tuna near the big fish zone today. If there hadn't been, boy it would have been ugly. Once again, we encountered spot after spot of not biting big fish (in today's case the word fish was replaced by many colorful, and some not so colorful expletives) that gave us nothing in the form of excitement; not even one boil. Maddening is a good term to describe the frustration experienced on the bridge. Disappointing and disheartening are probably most appropriate to describe the sentiment on deck. As I ventured yesterday, we knew it would be no picnic. We knew we would require some divine intervention; that key element of nearly every successful fishing scenario. We didn't get it. It was our turn in the barrel. Nothing more. Nothing less. As one of my chief mentors Steve Loomis used to always say. "If you come out here often enough, you will sit in every seat in the arena". No doubt we have had a remarkable share of good fortune of late. Not this time. That's not to say we blanked out here. We certainly had a few opportunities, and landed a few big ones. But, the overall results were far below our standards, and definitely fell short of our goal.
So, with the bad news out of the way we were mighty pleased to boat forty something of the 20 - 40# school fish that saved our bacon with some quick paced action at the rail both in the morning and afternoon. The action was typical of dolphin fishing with lighting quick stops for a handful or two then we were off to get on them again. Like I said we were mighty thankful for the respite from the big fish grind, however brief, and all anglers eagerly joined the fray glad for the opportunity to clobber something, anything that wanted to bite. In addition to the actual catching portion of our fishing day, we were graced with glorious, flat calm weather that was almost surreal in light of what was happening three to four hundred miles above here. Needless to say we were glad for it. Beautiful, grease calm weather has a way of taking the sting out of even the toughest day of fishing. Every positive counted as a bonus today. Believe me, nothing good, however trivial, was overlooked.
We have one final morning to find some justice. If it is to come for us this voyage, the ridge is where it will happen. With the calm weather and no particular hurry, we will give it the majority of the morning and see. Here we go.
Certainly a ray of hope shined upon us in the morning, but the afternoon became near drudgery with only an occasional bite on a ninety to one hundred twenty pound yellowfin tuna that showed us a thing or two on how to avoid capture. Perhaps it was the weather, perhaps it was the lighter gear necessary to entice a response, perhaps it was a little tough luck, or perhaps it was a combination of all three. Regardless, we were stung by the reality of another slow day that produced almost a couple of handfuls of ninety to one hundred twenty pound tuna, but didn't quite appease the growing pang of hunger for some real deal action.
And so the search continues. With the reality of our present status, and our final full day of fishing looming large in the equation, we have reached the crossroads between full scale retreat or forging ahead in the quest for giant yellowfin glory. Consistent with our nature, the choice is obvious. This is one of those situations when one of our favorite sayings, courtesy of one of my all time favorite crewmen Jim Wood, applies. "When the going gets tough, the tough double down" Such is the reality of our present situation. Ask yourself the question. Would you rather spend your final day seeking the opportunity to make a single catch that could very well be the apex of your entire fishing life? Or would you rather throw in the towel and seek pure quantity of ten to twenty five pound fish for the sake of satisfying the primal catching urge?
Both answers are correct. When it comes to the opportunity to catch trophy yellowfin tuna however, our game plan tomorrow speaks for itself. This is what anglers can expect when fishing with us on Royal Star. The results, on average of course, speak for themselves. Don't place my confidence out of perspective however. I am saying some serious prayers for tomorrow as we need all the help we can get - and then some.
I have to say that following our first afternoon of steady action we have been engaged in a real battle to establish any kind of momentum here. Whatever the reason, we are ready for it to end as we definitely have some ground to gain in the fishing category. Actually, I should say the catching category as the fishing thus far has been great. It's the catching, that aside from a few flashes in the pan, we are still waiting for. Overall it was a different story today with a little more wind and a severe lack of dolphins until late when the sneaky devils finally appeared but were in no mood to settle down and allow us to work effectively. As I said, nothing is coming easy - yet.
The good news of the day is the 211# yellowfin tuna and a 155# simultaneously hooked and landed by long time Royal Star anglers Tom Cahillane and Len Cunningham from an afternoon spot that was the real deal but again showed scant interest in biting. There is some real justice due down here, and I sincerely hope that I am present on the day of reckoning to mete it out. That day will definitely not be tomorrow however as we are bailing out in search of greener pastures elsewhere. That's not to say that we are completely over targeting trophies this voyage. But we are in need of a break. With the wind coming on and a unanimous desire to stop the boat and fish, we will be doing just that for what we hope will be the entire day.
Finally, a call out goes to Mrs. Esmay from Dan who is presently on top of the world with a 268 and a 188 in the fresh tank thus far. Dan wanted you to know that he is having a great time, sends his love, and is looking forward to seeing you upon our return.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, man I hope I am here the day these big ones decide to bite. They are here, they are plentiful, and they are nearly driving us mad as spot after spot is attempted for zero and then an occasional fish or two decides to climb on. I can write about the potential all day long trying to convey what we are seeing and how it relates to what will inevitably come. It is simply a matter of time. Results however are what matters. 268, 198, and 188 were the big fish of the day with a handful more in the 90 - 150# class for the day's fortunate few. There were opportunities, the weather was perfect, and the ocean was beautiful. I can't really offer anything more. This is classic big fish angling. One may fish for three days waiting for the opportunity to pull on a fish of a lifetime. The potential justifies the effort; at least for a few days anyway.
With that in mind we will be mixing it up again tomorrow planning to target both trophy yellowfin as well as whatever we may find in an alternate starting zone offshore. Time and a favorable weather forecast remain on our side so we will continue the search and hope for even better fortune tomorrow.
Finally, Pat Newton would like to express his love and devotion and wish his beautiful wife Susan a happy birthday. It is not any wife who would sign off on a fishing trip over her birthday so Susan earns high marks in our book and is obviously a catch. Also Susan, Pat was one of the lucky few on our final stop today landing a fat, ninety pound tuna that is now residing in premium condition in our fresh tank. I hope you enjoy the catch as much as Pat did.
The inevitable fall from grace occurred yesterday as we searched far and wide, found a tremendous quantity of fish, and ended the day with very little to show for it. For whatever reason, just about everything we encountered had chronic lockjaw ignoring our offerings with complete indifference as we utilized every trick in the book to effect a change. Nothing worked - especially in the afternoon that became a tedious march toward a predictable end as school after school was tempted but refused to respond with even a half hearted showing of any kind. As one would expect, extreme frustration was the tone on the bridge but thankfully the atmosphere on deck was light as epic, flat calm weather and all time scenery provided plenty of entertainment for those waiting patiently and passing the day outside. I suppose the old saying "that's why they call it fishing, not catching" is most appropriate. Needless to say we are relocating to a different zone tomorrow confidant that we can scratch this area off the list for a while and focus on the more productive stretch discovered last voyage. With a wealth of time, good working weather, a perfect load of bait, and the drive and motivation to fish for jumbos, we are hoping to get back in the saddle tomorrow and beyond.
We got off to a good start with plenty of yanking and cranking, jerking and pulling, winding and grinding, and/or any other like description characterizing full speed action on mixed yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and incredibly bothersome, aggressive, watermelon sized skipjack that ransacked the action nearly every time we stopped on a school of 15 - 35# tuna. In spite of the voracious skipjacks attempts to overwhelm us, we managed to catch and successfully release a significant number of yellowfin tuna carrying electronic "archival" tags as well as begin our first hold with a decent layer of 20 - 35# fish. Mission accomplished.
As I reported prior to our departure, we are joined on this ten day adventure by Senior Scientist Kurt Schaefer and Scientist Dan Fuller from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission who are conducting tagging research on yellowfin tuna this voyage by deploying archival tags in tuna that are volunteered by anglers for science. This project has been embraced with tremendous enthusiasm by all Royal Star anglers on select ten day voyages since October 2002 and this voyage is no exception with anglers at times today lined up at the rail with specimens for tagging while already landed volunteered tuna we being outfitted with archival tags and recorded. The unique opportunity to participate in this high profile scientific project is an incredible experience for anglers to enjoy and remember and one that we are very fortunate and proud to be a part of.
So the plan moves forward and tomorrow will be dedicated to the offshore effort in search of tuna as well as whatever other game fish we are fortunate enough to find. Like today, grease calm weather is again in the forecast so we will see if we can put it to good use.
What a day to be on the ocean! Calm winds and near zero seas made for a heavenly ride ideal for a day of seminars, equipment preparation, and most importantly relaxation - for our anglers of course. The boys put in a full day and then some rigging gear and bringing anglers up to speed on tactics and techniques we expect to utilize throughout the upcoming week of angling.
This voyage we are very pleased to enjoy the company of about half a dozen anglers completely new to the world of long range fishing. Needless to say we are eager to begin angling and introduce the group to this fishery that will likely defy every notion of "good fishing" they ever knew. I have to say that taking all into consideration, and using the law of the sea as a measure, we should find ourselves amidst some kind of action during this voyage that will put all of our deck skills and experience to the test. I am really looking forward to the opportunity as there is nothing like sharing the experience of a giant yellowfin tuna coming over the rail with an angler who has never seen anything like it. To see the look of pure amazement at the first sight of one of these cows is worth a thousand days out here. In fact, such compelling moments are the reason most of us in the long range sport fishery enjoy this occupation. It is much more than just earning an income.
So now we are set to begin arriving at our first destination in the a.m. tomorrow seeking whatever game fish are available to warm up anglers and acquaint all with how we run the deck on Royal Star. After what we hope will be a good first outing, we will continue down the line to look offshore the following day in what is forecast to be perfect working weather. If you are on our team wish for good luck and many fish to come.
We're back at it traveling south on our next ten day voyage headed up by Chartermaster Pete Tiernan who has assembled another fine group of anglers representing the northwest state of Washington. With a perfect mix of seasoned long range and novice anglers, this voyage promises a good time for all as potential for good catching and a much better weather forecast combine to provide a variety of attractive opportunities to begin and set up our strategy for this trip. We will see how it all unfolds.
For the present, we plan on a full day of travel and rigging tomorrow in preparation for our first destination where we will arrive in the a.m. on Friday. Needless to say we are keeping close tabs on the big fish action below and will be dedicating at least a portion, perhaps even a majority, of our effort in search of the ultimate glory targeting giant yellowfin tuna. We are pleased with our present position and the overall set up so now we leave it to the fish gods to determine how it plays out.
Look for reports to continue throughout the voyage with both Captain Toussaint and I sharing duties on deck and at the helm.
Well it was no picnic with every mile of northwest travel earned, but overall I would classify this passage as little more than uncomfortable earning about a two or a three on a scale from one to ten. It comes with the territory so to speak and strictly adheres to the unique law of long range sport fishing that states "what goes down must come up". So, we are lined up for a San Diego arrival of around 0930 tomorrow with the weather improving throughout the day allowing us to get on the throttles and make up some time we lost from the weather.
After laying in for one night, we depart again on the Pete Tiernan ten day voyage with both Captain Toussaint and I on board. In addition, Kurt Schaefer and Dan Fuller from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission will be on board to continue the voluntary yellowfin tuna tagging project that is part of the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics or TOPP study being conducted in the North Pacific since 2002. Thus far the TOPP yellowfin tuna tagging project on select Royal Star fall ten day voyages has been a phenomenal success with hundreds of electronic "archival" tags deployed and numerous tags returned following long periods of liberty at sea.The data these tags has provided over the past six years has literally rewritten the book on yellowfin tuna behavior as well as provided incredibly valuable information about movement patterns of yellowfin tuna in this region. As always, we look forward to Kurt and Danny joining us and our contributions to the success of this project.
In concluding this voyage, I must again express my complete satisfaction with the catch on board as well as this fantastic group of anglers who were a genuine pleasure to enjoy time with at sea. With another dandy of a catch featuring the coveted three - quantity, quality, and variety, we are grateful that our timing and strategy positioned us to take advantage of the ideal opportunities that were available in so many different areas throughout this voyage. By taking our time and working our way down and back, we were able to maximize both fishing time and opportunities thanks to good timing and undeniable benevolence from the fish gods. So we are calling this one another glowing success and end with an expression of sincere gratitude to this fantastic group of anglers and Pete Gray from Let's Talk Hookup for sponsoring this annual ten day that has graced the Royal Star schedule now for nine years. Thank you again Pete and anglers and look for reports to continue after the tenth.
Jackpot winners this voyage
1st. - Steve Brunst - 298 yellowfin tuna
2nd. - Riggs Smith - 275 " "
3rd. - Patrick Dunn - 233 " "
Congratulations men on a job well done!
Well we had a great finish in the form of good action on 14 - 16# yellowtail with a few release size yellowfin tuna in the mix. Conditions on the top end of ridge, and the entire southern Baja coast for that matter, are still ideal for all game fish in addition to the trophy yellowfin down below. As such, I have a very optimistic outlook for upcoming voyages in both December and January.
To that end we do have a few spots available on the December 26th Newell ten day voyage if any of you big fish enthusiasts can break away and join us. As I reported earlier in the trip, signs of trophy yellowfin are very good in several zones suggesting a very strong probability of plenty more giant yellowfin action to come. With water temps still in the 76 - 78 degree Fahrenheit range and predominately northerly current, all indications point to even more fish filling in over two months. Of course time will tell as will we in our daily reports.
I suppose the only disappointing news is that the flat calm weather we have enjoyed during the entire fishing portion of the voyage has gone by the wayside. Though forecast and expected, the inevitable change was a rude awakening nevertheless. The sea state while traveling northwest is certainly not horrible, but since yesterday afternoon there has been plenty of bumpin' and jumpin' and water flying in all directions. So, on this ride home the bill for the good fishing weather comes due. I can say with absolute certainty however that I am happy to endure just about any punishment on the ride home if the sacrifice secures good weather while fishing; especially while fishing for trophy yellowfin. Amen.
Look for tomorrow's report to conclude this voyage with final details.
Well our patience wore thin this morning and a slight change in conditions motivated us to bail out in search of an area where the catching was a little better and more evenly distributed. In this respect we definitely succeeded with a late afternoon of steady action on 25 - 35# yellowfin with a smattering of good size dorado adding some welcome variety to the catch.
As far as the big fish zone is concerned don't despair if you are on upcoming voyages and giant yellowfin tuna are in your sights. There is still plenty of trophy yellowfin tuna sign around. But the fish during the past couple of days have gone into a not biting mode with almost all show and no go being the standard not the exception.
The good news in the event the big fish aren't willing, as demonstrated in our successful afternoon today, is that there are still plenty of good options to add to the trophy tuna effort that provide all with an opportunity to work off a little steam in the event the big fish gods are cruel in the selection process. In addition, it sure is comforting and convenient for anglers to have something in the hatch when attempting to exclusively focus on trophy tuna. With this in mind we are presently working up the line intending to spend a few hours of the morning tomorrow targeting yellowtail and perhaps even a few more dorado and school size tuna before calling the fishing portion of the voyage and heading for the barn. Thus far we have been blessed beyond belief with six consecutive days of near flat calm weather and it appears that tomorrow promises more of the same. As such we are looking forward to a final morning of fishing as well as what we hope will be a pleasant journey up the line.
Somewhat of a different day down here in that the vast majority of what was seen had a serious case of lockjaw tantalizing anglers with spectacular surface shows while charging up the stern but biting the lines of only a very lucky few. Regardless of whether every school bites or not, I have to say that no matter how many times we observe these huge tuna aggressively catapulting out of the water, and/or rush the transom in a maelstrom of huge boils that resemble the aftermath of grand pianos being dropped from twenty feet high, it just never gets old. In fact, I often seem to be the one most excited, or at least the one most vocal in expressing my uncontainable excitement, as we pull into these stops and the giant yellowfin come flying out of the water. Man what a sight - an indelible image in the memory of every angler fortunate enough to experience the thrill, the adrenaline rush of being in the position to hook one of these bruisers as they plow up the line racing towards you. There is nothing like it. This setting, this fishery for giant yellowfin tuna, in my less than humble opinion, is the unmatched apex of San Diego long range fishing.
Getting back to the catching we did not exactly rack up a big tally today but we did manage a couple of standouts for anglers Riggs Smith, who had his hands full with a rip snorting, possessed by some inner demon, tough as nails 275 that ultimately broke his pole but not his determination, and a 233 for angler Patrick Dunn who manhandled his first two hundred pounder, that was so fat it appeared that it was going to explode while lying on deck, with the equipment and skill of a seasoned veteran. Despite the results of our efforts today that actually made it into the prime RSW tanks, we are not discouraged in the least. As we have experienced on so many past occasions, these grounds change dramatically from one day to the next. Of course this can simultaneously be both good and bad, but it all comes down to how one chooses to view situation. The one consistent factor that we need to feed our optimism is sign of fish. In that respect I can report that this zone did not disappoint in any fashion with plenty of indications, distributed over a broad area, of more good catches to come. As such, with a beautiful catch of trophy yellowfin in the RSW tank, a good load of school fish on board, one more full day we can dedicate to the trophy yellowfin zone, and a final day of epic weather in the forecast, we will be spending tomorrow again in search of the ultimate satisfaction for anglers in the grand arena. We are charged up and highly optimistic about the opportunity we see in this area. Time will tell.
As happens so often when we add more coverage to an area, we find that there is more to it; although in this case I can't say I am surprised. We put together another good day on the 100 - 170# yellowfin but didn't manage to capitalize on the one opportunity we had at a bona fide cow. They are here to be had, as I am certain you will see in other reports, and believe me there are plenty more to come. All indications point to the strong probability of a huge float day on big cows down here. I can't say for certain when, but I feel very certain that it will happen, probably more than once, during the next two months. We will see.
In the meantime we are plenty happy to be here and plan to continue the effort tomorrow. Primo, flat calm weather, so critical in the equation for successful trophy yellowfin fishing, is forecast to continue through the end of the week. As such we hope to put it to good use. Tomorrow is a new day and we are very pleased to be in position to take part in it.
Did I mention that we have a few openings available on the next couple of trips, including the prime fly down/fly back that virtually eliminates travel time to big fish country departing Cabo San Lucas in January? If you have been waiting to see if the big fish are going to show, the wait is over. With very good sign of big cows now in two different zones down here, suffice to say that opportunity is knocking. We would love to see you open the door.
And find out the potential we did with a very good day of offshore action on 90 - 150# yellowfin tuna with a few 165 -170's in the mix and one whopper for veteran angler Steve Brunst that tipped the scales at 298 pounds! Twenty three was the grand total for the day with most coming in the afternoon from several different hits. The best news is the overall sign of fish, in particular big jumbos, or those well over two hundred pounds, was very significant today. Though not eager to bite yet, and I emphasize yet, this new development, as well as the excellent sign and afternoon action on 90 - 170's, has us in high spirits and very encouraged about good things to come in this zone. Mark my words - more, much more good fishing on these trophy yellowfin tuna is coming in this zone over the next two months. This is just the beginning. Conditions are perfect, sign of fish is improving right on schedule, and our combined efforts are keeping us on them when and where they do show.
On that note, tomorrow will be the true test as we will be accompanied by several more of the guys who are eager to join the effort and expand this newly developing zone. Needless to say we will be here as well.
Perfect working weather and an ideal twenty four hour forecast promises another fine day to focus the effort offshore tomorrow. With the signs we saw today we are fired up to get back at it and look forward to what we hope will be more good reports from all of us searching in this zone. After a few fruitless looking missions on the outside this season, we are mighty pleased and grateful that we were the chosen ones this time. With a seamless game plan up to this point, we will see if our good fortune continues.
It was another splendid day to be out here with flat calm weather and very good yellowfin tuna action on 25 to 40's that came on with a bang following a less than stellar morning. As a final bonus, that added more intrigue than actual results, we located a couple of different schools of eighty to one hundred fifty pound yellowfin late that charged up like we were in business only to back off at the last moment and leave us wondering about the potential of this zone.
As we are now in a fine position to prospect with a couple of good catching days under our belts, we most certainly expect to find out tomorrow as we will be in search mode the entire day with the lofty goal of expanding the big fish zone offshore. With the first RSW tank now in full swing, we are equally focused on locating anything holding dorado and/or Wahoo that will gladly be added to our catch and considered a success. The beautiful weather is expected to continue and as such so does the offshore effort tomorrow and beyond.
The first fishing day of December on Royal Star was ushered in with a nice mid day and afternoon hit on twenty five to forty pound yellowfin tuna with a good smattering of fifteen to twenty pound yellowtail in the mix. Beautiful weather, and fine fishing conditions accompanied the effort and a good time was had by all as we stretched our muscles and enjoyed the action that aside from a few short moves was steady into the early evening.
With the first part of the game plan successfully completed, we are continuing the southerly journey in search of any and all game fish tomorrow including trophy yellowfin tuna offshore. A primo forecast promises perfect working conditions offshore so rest assured we will be doing our best to put it to good use.
Time will tell.