03/31/09

Posted: 08:16:12

Dr. Stuart Exall does the honors today - and I do mean honors as this accomplished angler and stellar individual has been a part of so many fantastic past Royal Star voyages. In fact, Stuart was the first angler on Royal Star to tag and release a yellowfin tuna over 150 pounds way back in 2003 at Clipperton Island. As such, a Revillagigedo tagging voyage was a natural and a huge hit as Stuart released giant yellowfin after giant yellowfin to his heart's content and thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty of this spectacular archipelago he loved to fish in for so many years. Our thanks to Stuart for all the years of good times and we are looking forward to fishing with you on the next Revillagigedo tagging voyage!

Tim

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03/27/09

Posted: 13:01:53

As Rodney had the honors yesterday, it is only appropriate that Ken Volk is featured today. First of all I, and certainly almost every angler on the February Revilla tagging voyage, am very grateful for Ken's contribution of numerous cases of delicious wine that he produces and markets under his name. In addition to being generous, Ken introduced many anglers to the fine points of wine tasting and/or consumption and the festive atmosphere brought about by the shared camaraderie of such occasions. For those individuals who enjoy fine wine, I would highly recommend you try the Ken Volk brand. I am far from an expert but Randy most certainly is and gave a few of Ken's varietals high marks. Returning to my opening comment, Ken Volk and Rodney Sharp are good friends that have shared the rail on many fishing voyages over many years. The two make a great team and complimented this latest voyage with their passion for fishing, colorful dialogue, and easy going nature whatever the occasion. Thanks again to Ken for the fantastic wine and participation in the Revillagigedo tagging project. I look forward to the next adventure!

Tim

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03/26/09

Posted: 13:00:00

Today I'll tell you about an angler I have had the great pleasure to fish with now a couple of times since 2005. Rodney Sharp has the distinction of being one of the most positive individuals I can recall with a quick, succinct, upbeat comment or retort for just about every situation and query imaginable during a long range voyage. In my estimation, Rodney is one of those admirable individuals who passes through making the most of everything along the way. I really enjoy sharing the Revillagigedo tagging experience with anglers who are innately aware of the magic these islands possess and the blessing this opportunity represents. Rodney's photos tell the story well so I'll stop trying. Enjoy.

Tim

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03/25/09

Posted: 10:56:16

The big project is proceeding on schedule with splash down on Monday accomplished and the work continuing back at Fisherman's Landing. I am sending photos today of the launch process and the tow back to the dock as we are not quite operational yet. Needless to say, as seen in the photos, we have added to our repertoire by towing Royal Star back from the yard ourselves using Randy's big boat and skiff with Randy and Brian at the helms while I directed the operation from the bridge. Throughout the process, that was smooth as silk, and the result - a safe, flawless return to our home berth, everything went as as planned with a only minor adjustments necessary to accomplish the task. Now that we are back in the water we hope to up and running by the beginning of next week. We will keep you all posted as continue sending photos.

Tim

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03/23/09

Posted: 09:00:00

Today's photos feature another angler with whom I go way back to the early nineties fishing together on Royal Star. Don Franks made several voyages to the Revillagigedo's in the days of old as well as now as a participant of the Revillagigedo tagging project. Don's easy going style and affable demeanor make him a welcome addition to every voyage and his affinity for taking a sharing his photos is a bonus to everyone as well. Don always was a progressive angler who limited his take by releasing fish when he reached his personal goal way before the majority of anglers adopted this approach. As such, the Revillgigedo tagging voyage was a perfect fit for his style reflected in Don's every action during this voyage. My sincerest appreciation to Don for his participation and the many hours of good conversation we always share during these adventures.

Tim

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03/20/09

Posted: 09:16:12

Another round of maintenance shots before I return to the fishing format. I do want to bring the report on the 16th to everyone's attention as it was a few days late in being posted. It is now in it's proper order and features some more great fishing photos. In the meantime all is proceeding well and we are actually buttoning up a few major systems in preparation for our return to Fisherman's Landing on Monday.

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03/18/09

Posted: 08:20:00

It was an action packed day with all of us on our game installing the newly rebuilt Twin Disc MG518 transmissions fresh from the shop. I am sending along a good bunch of photos detailing the installation process today and tomorrow for all to enjoy and appreciate. The combined ability and effort of us all really comes in play in these situations. In addition to the usual suspects of Randy, Brian, Sean, and I, I want to mention our good friend and fleet mechanic Tom Dale whose expertise and skill keeps us on the right track whenever grandiose maintenance projects are at hand. In the end, all proceeded as planned with a ton of projects coming together by day's end. Speaking of day's end, I am including a shot of Randy and I that captures the essence of our twenty year friendship and twelve year partnership better than any I have seen in some time. The photo was taken just as we were finishing up and were both feeling a satisfying sense of accomplishment unique to this type of effort. As you can see in the photo, we still work hand in hand, just as we have since day one of our joint venture in the purchase of Royal Star. So far we have only gotten better with age. And we intend to keep it that way.

Tim

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03/17/09

Posted: 09:21:00

My partners and I were hard at it today fitting out the new plumbing that delivers sea water for cooling and circulates coolant within the new engines as the main focus. I took a few moments off the job to snap some shots of Capt. Randy Toussaint and Capt. Brian Sims in the depths of boat work mode. As I was relating a few days back we are intricately involved in every maintenance aspect of Royal Star from designing to fabricating and installing all the integral mechanical systems. These shots do a good job of demonstrating just how capable and talented Randy and Brian are. Otherwise all is proceeding well with the transmissions back and scheduled for installation tomorrow. I'll do my best to grab a few images of that process and share them accordingly. Also, the fishing photos are far from over as I have a multitude of beautiful images yet to post.

Tim

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03/16/09

Posted: 08:23:00

Floyd and Jan Abbot have been a welcome duo on Royal Star for so many years that my memory of the exact time of their first Royal Star voyage escapes me. The one thing I do know is that they have been a part of so many epic adventures, from local areas to Panama and everywhere in between, that our genuine affection for both Floyd and Jan goes far beyond the deck of Royal Star. Floyd and Jan contribute so much to the voyages they join with their comfort on Royal Star extending to everyone on board in the form of camaraderie at the rail when fishing and fine company wherever the good times are at day's end. For all their years of loyal support and anglers they have introduced to long range fishing on Royal Star we are much indebted to this incredible couple. Thank you both and we look forward to many more shared memories on Royal Star and beyond.

Tim

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03/13/09

Posted: 08:39:01

A quick collage of photos today as we are under the gun for timing. Enjoy and look for plenty more to come!

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03/11/09

Posted: 16:31:00

Not enough good things can be said about Dr. Dave Hall. Most of you that follow these updates probably know Dave by now as he has graced Royal Star with his company and many fishing accomplishments over the past ten years. Today I am including a couple of photos featuring Dave and his brother Doug both of whom have enjoyed the Revillagigedo tagging voyages for three consecutive years. When it comes to "Dr. Dave" I could easily write a thousand words while recalling incredible experience after experience we have shared on Royal Star. Suffice to say that Dave is at the top of my list for anglers I enjoy spending time at sea with and I look forward to the next, and many more new, adventures.

Tim

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03/10/09

Posted: 16:30:00

I've got a ton of photos remaining and plenty of time to share them all as the month progresses. Today's selections feature Cabo San Lucas resident and avid angler Mike McHatton who joined us last April on the Revillagigedo tagging adventure and returned this February to experience what he described as the finest fishing he has ever seen again. Mike is an exceptional individual and garnered our complete respect as a fisherman and individual with his notable history and extensive background in the fishing world. In addition, Mike's abundant enthusiasm and contagious personality is a welcome component that I look forward to again this coming April. As a testament to the objective and success of this project, a better example than Mike McHatton cannot be found. With many years of experience, in just about every arena the west coast world of spot fishing has to offer, Mike's perspective and support for this idea is profound. I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend time at the Revillagigedo Islands with such an exceptional angler and look forward to the next trip and beyond.

Tim

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03/09/09

Posted: 14:21:00

We're back from the show and back at it in the yard installing the new main engines today. Of course there will be much to do and plenty to refit as the largest portion of the job is now at hand. They are in however and shy of a few external parts, that will be reinstalled and buttoned up over the next few days, they fit pretty much as anticipated. Now the real work begins and I will keep you posted as the project progresses. Today's photos feature some of the action while fishing photos from the latest Revillagigedo tagging voyage resume tomorrow. Enjoy!

Tim

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03/08/09

Posted: 09:26:00

What a great time we had at the annual Fred Hall show in Long Beach! Please, please don't let the doomsdayers drag you down. There is plenty of good out there and there are plenty of reasons to keep fishing. In fact, now is an ideal opportunity for anglers to fish Royal Star. I realize there is a powerful myth about Royal Star and lack of availability on most voyages but don't you believe it. If you are considering a voyage this season, now is an ideal time to call. Tracy is in the office and looking forward to hearing from you. Speaking of which, I particularly enjoyed the show this year as we had plenty of time to engage in all out B. S. ing with just about every angler that came along. Randy, Brian, and I had a great time and sincerely appreciate all the kind accolades and support all of our anglers express for Royal Star. Now more than ever we recognize the importance of our dedicated anglers that are far more to us than simply individuals paying the bills. As I stated we share a long history with many, many individuals that translates into personal relationships that far transcend business. There has never been a better example of this than at such events as the Fred Hall show where we have the opportunity to yuck it up with what are genuine friends after so much time at sea together. So, our gratitude is extended to all and from me in particular. Thanks for the tremendous positive feedback on the daily reports. Hands down the most consistent topic of conversation and source of compliments are the daily updates I spend the time in crafting. Hilariously, even a couple of anglers who favor other long range vessels and consider me a real asshole stopped by to compliment me on the quality of my daily updates. I laughed about that later until my cheeks hurt. You gotta love it. Thanks to all and enjoy today's photos!

Tim Ekstrom

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03/05/09

Posted: 08:03:00

After today's report expect a couple of day break as I head up to the show for the weekend. Otherwise, today's feature angler is another that I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming acquainted with throughout the voyage.

One of the many aspects I value about long range fishing is the opportunity I have to meet and interact with such a variety of diverse, interesting, successful individuals. Scott Brickell, in addition to being an accomplished angler, was a character I will not soon forget and sincerely hope I have the opportunity to fish with again. Always the optimist, and generous with his uniquely valuable perspective, Scott had me rolling with laughter as well as thinking deeply following our many conversations throughout the trip. When it came to fishing, Scott was eager and focused while maintaining the ever important joy of the occasion that sometimes escapes those more serious anglers. To each his own of course but I freely admit that it gives me great satisfaction to see anglers express the light hearted exuberance that attracted most of us to fishing to begin with.

That said, enjoy today's photos and look forward to many more. Also, my appreciation and gratitude goes out to Scott. I hope to fish with you again on Royal Star.

Tim

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03/04/09

Posted: 11:33:00

O.K. back to fishing! Today's photos feature an extraordinary angler I had the pleasure to meet on the latest voyage. At fifteen years old, I was thoroughly impressed not only with Jeff Tedmori's skill set. Jeff's demeanor and composure is of a maturity level much greater than one would expect. I have to say that his limitless enthusiasm did somewhat betray his age however especially when it was ten p.m. and he was still going strong angling for night jacks and scooping flying fish and tube mackerel under the lights. Regardless of these antics that reminded much of my first time experiencing the Revillagigedo Islands, Jeff was all business when it came to targeting giant yellowfin. This was demonstrated time and again beginning the first afternoon with his two twenty seven and continuing through the last minute of fishing time. From what I gather talking with Jeff's dad throughout the voyage this young man breathes, eats, and sleeps fishing. He kind of reminds me of someone else when he was young.

One last thing, Jeff, if you are reading this, the miniature fishing pole you left behind became an instant hit with my four year old son Duke when he spied it on the boat Sunday. He took it to preschool for sharing yesterday and refuses to let it out of his sight. The long and short of it is that I'll have to reimburse you for it the next time we see each other; perhaps at the show on Friday or Saturday. One thing is certain. Taking it away from Duke at this point is hardly an option. Thanks for riding with us and I hope we have a long future of fishing together.

Tim

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03/03/09

Posted: 08:33:00

A quick departure from the fishing photos as I wanted to update all on the progress of our complete re-power of Royal Star. I'll let the photos tell the story but I will offer a couple of comments. First, as you all can determine from the photos, we waste no time in getting down to business when it comes to a project of this magnitude. Actually, were it not for a few minor logistical hold ups, we would have had the engines out yesterday afternoon. Mid day today sufficed however and now we get down to the task of cleaning and preparing for the new motors. Second, these photos do a fine job of demonstrating that Randy, Brian, and I are hands-on in every aspect of our vessel. If you were ever of the impression that we are the types that sit back and count the profits while others do the dirty work nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do we get dirty, we enjoy being involved in the mechanical and cosmetic maintenance of our vessel. Literally every functioning system on Royal Star has our signature on it after owning her now for nearly fourteen years. It is our pleasure and definitely serves us well when we are far out to sea where service calls are not an option. Tomorrow fishing photos will continue along with mechanical updates throughout the month.

Finally, Capt. Brian Sims will be representing Royal Star at the Fred Hall show in Long Beach tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday while Randy and I continue to hammer away at this project. I will be up on Friday and Randy and I will be there for the weekend. We look forward to the show and the opportunity to see all of you, share a few stories, and extend our gratitude while we are there.

Tim Ekstrom

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03/03/09

Posted: 07:53:00

Another Doug that deserves high commendation is my good friend from Canada Doug Hall. Doug's contagious enthusiasm for every topic we discuss is something I look forward to sharing every time we have the opportunity to fish together. I must admit that Doug's passion for farming (his profession), astronomy, and conversation has provided many anglers and I the opportunity to learn much that we otherwise would not know. Doug's kind disposition is always a pleasure and unmistakable to all who have fished in his company. In addition, his passion for fishing is obvious as he is one of those anglers who always put in his time at the rail though he is quite adept at mixing in plenty of appropriate relaxation when called for.

In one of today's sequences I included a photo that unfortunately includes a hand in the foreground that would typically have relegated the shot to the realm of deleted files. I saved and am posting the shot however as I could write a million words and fail to come close to the story told in Doug's expression. This shot simultaneously tells the story of Doug as an individual and the exuberance all anglers experience when releasing one of these tagged yellowfin tuna.

Our sincerest thanks go out to Doug for the many years of fishing we have enjoyed together and we look forward to your company on Royal Star in the future.

Tim Ekstrom

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03/03/09

Posted: 07:53:00

Another Doug that deserves high commendation is my good friend from Canada Doug Hall. Doug's contagious enthusiasm for every topic we discuss is something I look forward to sharing every time we have the opportunity to fish together. I must admit that Doug's passion for farming (his profession), astronomy, and conversation has provided many anglers and I the opportunity to learn much that we otherwise would not know. Doug's kind disposition is always a pleasure and unmistakable to all who have fished in his company. In addition, his passion for fishing is obvious as he is one of those anglers who always put in his time at the rail though he is quite adept at mixing in plenty of appropriate relaxation when called for.

In one of today's sequences I included a photo that unfortunately includes a hand in the foreground that would typically have relegated the shot to the realm of deleted files. I saved and am posting the shot however as I could write a million words and fail to come close to the story told in Doug's expression. This shot simultaneously tells the story of Doug as an individual and the exuberance all anglers experience when releasing one of these tagged yellowfin tuna.

Our sincerest thanks go out to Doug for the many years of fishing we have enjoyed together and we look forward to your company on Royal Star in the future.

Tim Ekstrom

03/02/09

Posted: 08:30:33

Today's photo's feature long range veteran and tagging enthusiast Doug Taylor who some of you may recall from February 2008 as the first angler to my knowledge ever to release a yellowfin tuna over three hundred pounds. Doug's persistence and enthusiasm for giant yellowfin tuna fishing has led to many great trips on board Royal Star in the past as well as several other big long rangers. From Clipperton to the Revillagigedos Doug has been a memorable component of many long range adventures. In closing for the day, I want to put a broad call of gratitude out to Doug for the fantastic custom T-shirts he has provided for anglers and crew alike on most of the voyages I have shared with him. Thanks Doug for being a part of so many good times and I look forward to the next twenty years.

Tim Ekstrom

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