10/31/09

Posted: 14:09:00

The coast was good for us today. We found some yellowtail that wanted to play for awhile. Then we found some school size tuna that were good for some cast and swing type action. The weather is nice and we will be looking for some more yellowtail tomorrow.

Today's picture took some doing to capture. Once we got it we had to post it. Here's Hot Bobby, enjoy!

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10/30/09

Posted: 09:55:00

We rolled in today looking for Wahoo and action. We came up with some of both. We had action on school size tuna and yellowtail where they ate bait and jigs equally well. We spent the majority of our day looking for Wahoo and were relatively successful. I say relatively because when it comes to Wahoo I almost always want more. Our weather let up nicely by mid day but the breeze stiffened at dark. We are heading up to try our luck on the coast tomorrow.

Today's photo shows happy anglers and their Wahoo. From left to right: Daryl Neher, David Boone, Mike Rode, Robert "HB" Hirsch, Michael Green, Scott Nickerson, Norm Rodewald, Jeff McNeely, Pete Glynn, and David Green.

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10/29/09

Posted: 08:02:00

Today we never moved the boat. It seemed that we had at least one of something hooked all day. Most were good grade tuna 75-95 lbs. Dorado and small tuna provided a little action at times throughout the day. We didn't land as many tuna as we would have liked but we ended the day with a very respectable score. Our weather is improving and we are changing locations for tomorrow's fishing. Action is what we are after, along with a little more variety.

Today's shots are of David Green, who landed a 125# yellowfin today, pulling on an 80 pounder. And Mike Rode with a toothy speedster.

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10/28/09

Posted: 07:29:00

We awoke this morning in less than favorable weather conditions. Fortunately we were fishing on the anchor and this minimized the effects of the weather. The small tuna got with it right away and we picked a few keepers and released quite a few. The dorado and yellowtail were also mixed in. Around 10 in the morning we made a move and it paid off with a slow scratch on nice yellowfin tuna from 70 to 95#.

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10/27/09

Posted: 07:11:00

The guys took full advantage of traveling today. We got all of our rigs in order and took some time to relax in the nice weather. The ride was broken up by a single kelp which held a handful of nice grade dorado which will make a nice meal.

Todd Steckel is stoked after landing this beauty yesterday.

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10/26/09

Posted: 07:04:00

We got started early this morning finding a school of tuna in the grey. We landed a handful of 60 - 75# fish and a handful of 20 - 30 # fish. The rest of the morning was spent hitting spots for five to ten fish each. After lunch we found a spot that stuck with us for a couple of hours, yielding better than two fish per rod. In the late afternoon the spots stopped responding and we took off for other fishing opportunities.

So far we're off to a great start here. We have a very respectable amount of tuna onboard and are switching over to Royal Star Fresh Fish mode for the remainder of the trip. We will be traveling with our eyes open tomorrow and back to full fishing mode on Wednesday morning.

Two pictures today. First Brian Zimmerman is all smiles as he pulls on a nice one with a boiling tuna in the background. Second, Scott Nickerson shows off the last fish of a stop.

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10/25/09

Posted: 06:56:00

The fishing part of this trip started early as we decided to put the brakes on and start fishing today. It was a very good decision as we had good fishing on a mixed grade of yellowfin tuna. The smaller grade is 20 - 30 # and the larger 50 - 75#. We are getting a fifty - fifty mix of sizes. We are staying put for the night and will be hard at it in the morning.
Our photo today shows three happy anglers after the last stop of the day. From left to right, David Boone, Mark Rhodes and Tim Wilson.
( "Big fish Tim" sends his love to Rose and Nadia)


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10/24/09

Posted: 15:43:00

It's a turn-around day here aboard the Star with all of the requisite tasks taking place before heading back out on another 10 day adventure. We are heading down in great weather with a very good load of bait and an experienced group of anglers onboard. Chartermaster Brian Zimmerman held a raffle where 8 guys won new Avet reels to fish this trip. After a lot of rigging and a fabulous lobster dinner ( thanks Randy ), we hit the rack eager for the fishing to begin.

10/23/09

Posted: 12:29:00

Nothing fancy to wax about today as we travel up the line in very agreeable weather on schedule for our 0700 arrival tomorrow. More than anything I would say this group of anglers exuded their contentment quietly today satisfied to enjoy the ride while anticipating our return. Although we spent the majority of this voyage in scratch mode, we prevailed in the end with yesterday's phenomenal action launching us into the victorious category we perpetually strive for. The big three - quality, variety, and sufficient quantity were all achieved while enjoying a spectacular opportunity to fish and experience Baja California's amazing scenic diversity. We are mighty thankful that it all worked out as drawing it down to the wire and pulling it off always produces its own special brand of satisfaction and triumph.

Huge thanks to Larry Fancher, his group, and all other anglers who joined this veteran charter that we have enjoyed the privilege of fishing with for many years. With the consistent success this time of year produces, and our drive to continue delivering impeccable standards, we look forward to many more voyages with Larry in the future.
Now it is time for a shift change as we depart again tomorrow with Captain Brian Sims at the helm on our annual Ventura County Anglers ten day voyage. With another incredible group of anglers ready for action, and an extremely favorable set up for departure, Brian and the guys will be heading for points south continuing daily reports and photos as the excursion unfolds. Good times abound on Royal Star and plenty more are on the horizon and beyond.

A final photo for this voyage is another shot I snapped as we entered a huge spot of mixed yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dolphins, whales, and thousands of screaming, hungry seabirds crashing on the surface. These are those amazing occasions when all senses are engaged by surroundings that are so magical and outrageous they defy description often rendering anglers speechless in the face of the stark reality of a healthy marine ecosystem in full swing. It takes a few moments to absorb. That is if you are a thinker anyway. There is definitely more to a long range voyage than just pulling in fish.

Tim


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10/22/09

Posted: 07:29:00

With the wind howling and short, beach chop standing up straight from strong northerly current a goal as clear as producing a catch was the priority for night time anchorage. Thankfully, a little local knowledge garnered about twenty years prior led us to a piece of heaven where the night was passed in blissful tranquility. It is amazing how such a simple maneuver has a profound effect on the entire demeanor of everyone on board. In today's case it was as if the glorious night time reprieve reset the tone. Anglers awoke to a completely changed ocean becalmed by a gentle breeze and charged with life as the profound weather change elicited what we call a "float day". The simple term describes the ocean when everything, all the sea life comes alive on the surface voraciously feeding and providing an incredible visual demonstration of just how much fish is actually down there.

So, after six days of effort, we finally landed smack in the middle of a huge float combining 25 - 35# yellowfin tuna and 17 - 22# yellowtail in a maelstrom of activity that amounted to full speed action for this deserving group of anglers who earned the opportunity with admirable poise. The irony of it was in short order we were doing our best to avoid the yellowtail that did their best to disrupt the stops on yellowfin tuna a number of times showing up out of the clear blue while we drifted along catching tuna. When the yellows did arrive they came with knife and fork in hand annihilating everything in the water to the surprise of many anglers who thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to "potluck" style long range action. For the most part however, we quickly discerned the pattern and focused on the tuna that were fat and spirited giving anglers a thrill both at the end of their lines and on the surface. Several stops, but one phenomenal stop in particular, found Royal Star perfectly centered in a huge foamer as the rapidly moving fish pushed a giant ball of doomed sardines to the surface and absolutely destroyed every individual as we observed with jaws agape at the genuinely amazing show described by one angler as a "National Geographic" moment. With the entire array of sea life in on the destruction, the layers of activity were astonishing. I have to admit however that many anglers probably missed a lot of the details as they were fully engaged in battle focused on hauling in their opponents amidst the borderline chaotic activity associated with wide open tuna fishing.

The big show finally petered out by mid afternoon so we figured to put the finishing touch on the day with a quick sustenance stop targeting just enough calico bass for lunch tomorrow then attempting to close out the day with a few trophy yellowtail. On the bass front I can only say that there was no fishing going on at all as the zone we worked produced straight catching on perfect 2 - 3# Calico's that were so voracious they let nothing, and I mean nothing, sink more than three or four feet before bona fide hoards of bass chased and competed for whatever target was presented. Needless to say we caught our fill in short order and gave it an extra twenty minutes of catch and release because we were all having so much fun. And finally, the last move to target a few trophy yellowtail produced exactly that and a few "extry's" from a classic "sundowner" where the big yellows came up crashing around the boat. Perfect targets for the surface iron enthusiasts and vulnerable to the live mackerel as well, we picked off just enough of the trophies to produce the profound effect the sight these incredible fish has on anglers while taking a reasonable amount in light of what we already have in the hatch.

All told it was as near a perfect ending as we could ask for once again demonstrating the merits of pure tenacity in the equation of fishing success. That said there is also an undeniable amount of luck in timing. It just as easily could have been another day of cruddy weather and tough fishing so it is appropriate to assign a proper amount of success to good fortune instead of taking full credit. I'll be the first to admit that even the best fisherman can wind up on the losing end. Not for us this time though. Thank goodness.

Finally, enjoy today's photos one of which I took from the bridge looking over the bow as the big foamer I described rolled through us. I know the photo is a little small but look at how close the fish were tearing through the bait literally right under the anchor. The second photo is of anglers lined up at the rail in action during the same stop. For a few minutes there everyone had one on; just how we like it. The boys were blissfully busy yesterday. Finally. Enjoy your day and look for the final report and photos tomorrow.


Tim


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10/21/09

Posted: 07:14:00

Well it didn't come easy, but we finally found the action. Blustery, bumpy conditions, made more pronounced by a stiff uphill current, were the theme, but fortunately the yellowtail we encountered were in a biting mood swarming the boat on a couple of occasions that provided full speed action on any choice of tackle fulfilling just about every angler's yellowtail expectations. For the most part yellowtail are now checked off the list with the vast majority of anglers releasing, recording, or enjoying the show from the sidelines after two good shots at them.

On this note I have to commend these anglers who set an incredible example for the rapidly dwindling "old school" approach that traditionally retained fish after fish, regardless of whether there was a strategy for utilizing them or not, until they found themselves with a confounding quantity of product they were scrambling to give away at the conclusion of their voyage. The vast majority of Royal Star anglers now have a plan in place, regularly reference our tally board on which we record every individual fish that is stored in our holds by number and species, and opt to catch and release when their goals for retention are reached. This approach should be embraced by all long range anglers, actually all sport anglers in general, as we are the highest profile user group out here. Our image is extremely significant and should project responsibility and a strong sense of stewardship for these resources we have the privilege to exploit. Now I am not going all green and touchy feely on all of you, I am as hardcore as one can be when it comes to loading up on fish, but I am also keenly aware that this world has evolved, the stakes are profound, and we all must be at the forefront of the trend to preserve what we have. Think about this on all your future fishing excursions. If you don't have a direct use for the fish, such as personal consumption and/or sharing the fantastic product with family and friends, think about releasing it for the next round.

So, with my sermon of the day completed, we will be dedicating our final day's effort targeting yellowfin tuna on the outside. The good news is that the tuna also appear to be in abundance in this zone, in many cases right alongside their yellowtail buddies, but as of yet they are not showing quite the same enthusiasm for coming on board. We did have a handful of stops today that produced thirty six tuna in the 20 - 35# class, so our hope is that if the weather straightens out even a notch or two that the tuna will get with the program. As I mentioned there is no shortage of them around. The weather forecast indicates impending improvement so we will see if a reprieve is in the cards for our final day of fishing tomorrow.

For our photo today I am pulling one out from a couple of days back at Rocas Alijos. Charter master Larry Fancher is well known for his fantastic groups he has assembled for many years. In fact, I think Larry's long range beginnings might even precede mine going back to the old RP days in the mid eighties. Larry's cheerful demeanor and focus on making a good time of any circumstance is a huge attraction to his annual ten day Royal Star voyage that is always exceptional in every respect. As evidenced by the photo, Larry doesn't do half bad at the rail either always landing his share with a smile. Our thanks to Larry for his many years of support and the many more to come.

Tim

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10/20/09

Posted: 07:09:00

Our goal of positioning anglers for an opportunity on wahoo was accomplished, but not quite to the degree we were hoping for. The good news is that the fish we did land were fairly well distributed among anglers, and the size class was what we were aiming for. We did see sign of mixed grade dorado as well as potential for school size yellowfin, but our cap was set, and effort dedicated to targeting wahoo before the forecasted weather change arrived to rain on our parade. Our final trump card we were saving for a strong finish to the day failed us completely and left us holding the bag and hunkering down as we all became acquainted, or reacquainted, with the ultimate law of long range fishing. The law in these precincts dictates that what goes down must come up. As such we settled in for an uphill ride that definitely provided some excitement but was actually more civil than we anticipated at a significantly reduced velocity. The key in such conditions is to take your time, go easy, and recognize that no amount of consternation will change the elements. "It is what it is" is one of those pieces of wisdom we often reference to bolster the grit required to put adverse operating circumstances in their proper place. It works.

So, with our eighteen wahoo and couple of handfuls of miscellaneous gamesters in hand we head north in search of the final, but rapidly becoming critical, missing element of our vision of a highly successful long range voyage. We have the quality, we have the variety, now we need some form of red hot fishing where all anglers are engaged and some real quantity is coming over the rail. Of course this is my standard I am espousing, but no doubt the vast majority of long range anglers are in line with this perspective. Really it only takes one such bite on any length of voyage to launch it into that caliber of fishing unique to long range so we are hard driving with two full days remaining to get it done. Our northerly track, and the beloved forecasters are promising rapidly improving sea conditions ahead. That should help the cause. Regardless we are hard at it with a solid strategy in place for the next couple of days that will likely include one night anchored in a heavenly sheltered zone. You see, there is always a silver lining to be found.

Photos of the day feature anglers Jesse Salomon and Richard Agrusa obviously pleased with these couple of "skinnies" that fell for the marauders on the troll. Enjoy and look for tomorrow's report.

Tim

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10/19/09

Posted: 07:08:00

One thing certain is that if your options are limited by an impending tropical cyclone, to be stuck in a location that is yielding consistent albeit slow scratching on 70 - 100# yellowfin tuna, 25# yellowtail, a few dorado, and a few wahoo is not all that bad. In fact, all things considered we have been extremely fortunate thus far. That said, I have to say that the green light to hit the road mid afternoon was received with delight as we all have had our fill of this style of fishing for now. One of the huge attractions of a October ten day voyage is the incredible fishing variety offered by the mobility of our vessels and vast area we are able to access. With that ability restored, we are on our way seeking a higher caliber of action anywhere on the inside continuing the quest for tuna, wahoo, and dorado tomorrow. Aside from a bomber southerly swell, the near zero wind conditions made for a gentle, easy motion barely noticeable to anglers who took the late afternoon off lounging and relaxing in conversation with new and old friends.

I have to say that my rather high velocity nature was straining with the constraints of the situation probably, no, definitely more than anyone, so I presently feel like freed Willy heading for the prospect of greener pastures anywhere on our bow. As I have mentioned in the past, it is a true fisherman's nature to be convinced that there is something better out there about ninety eight percent of the time. We will certainly find out in this case as we have three full days of prospecting remaining on the inside. Man does it feel good to be on the move.

One last note I have to mention is that those wily albacore indeed did make another showing out to the west of San Diego as predicted. How about that. It is a great time of year to fish offshore although the windows of opportunity are usually limited by occasional sloppy weather, but more so access, as the local guys need anglers to get out there and go fishing. There have been some great scores on albies over the past four days so if you have the time you have a good opportunity right now.

Finally, our photos of the day feature anglers Dave Povey and Hank Mendoza with a couple of seventy five pound class Alijos yellowfin. Hank in particular was on fire today with three big yellowtail in a row and a three or four tuna for his efforts. Look for our report from the inside tomorrow. Have a fine day.

Tim

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10/18/09

Posted: 07:07:00

We're making progress here adding quality yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and yellowtail one at a time that added up to respectable score by day's end. It is no barn burner; anglers really have to put their time in and focus to get an opportunity at one of these bigger yellowfin, but everyone who worked at it was rewarded. Along with the fishing, the big bonus is the continuing flat calm weather that has a way of making just about any day of fishing on the high seas an enjoyable occasion.

Thus far we are satisfied, but I admit that the inherent fisherman's lust for the extraordinary has yet to be quelled. That opportunity where everyone is simultaneously in action; that scenario when everyone is huffing and puffing thriving on pure adrenaline, is still ahead of us somewhere during this voyage. We hope sooner than later. More than anyone the boys are itching for wide open action to keep our skills honed and demonstrate our incredible ability in the heat of battle. No complaints however. We are biding our time recognizing that the cup is presently more than half full. We aim to keep it that way.

For our hurricane update I again offer confidence to those with friends and family on board. We are well beyond the effects of hurricane Rick presently fishing in the best possible area to avoid the storm. We are watching it close planning an eventual northerly move to remain well ahead of the tempest. Photos of the day feature anglers Ken Baima with Captain Brian Sims and Dan Green with Isaac and Gregg. These photos are a fantastic example of the fine quality yellowfin tuna anglers are presently targeting at Alijos.

Finally, a call out to Dennis from Dave Povey who is having a fantastic time rounding out his day with 98# yellowfin tuna, a couple of yellowtail, and a nice wahoo. All is well and we are ready to give it our best effort again tomorrow.


Tim

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10/17/09

Posted: 10:54:00

For a day that required pure dedication and effort to reap the rewards available we could not have asked for better fishing conditions. In fact, I have not fished at this place in a long time with such a perfect combination of current, wind, and seas. It was so perfect that it was probably too good as there were plenty of fish around, but they showed little interest in biting. As a description slow would almost be too extreme to explain the pace.

Again however the conditions made for a fine day to be out here trying as good weather and a very relaxed group of anglers made for an easy atmosphere at the rail and a good time. In addition, the excellent quality of the tuna and yellowtail landed, and crashing around the boat, kept anglers motivated and keen doing their best throughout the day to get into the drivers seat and take a crack at one of these hundred pound class tuna.

At present time is still on our side and we are well positioned to clobber these bigger tuna and whatever else comes our way over the next five full days. Our plan includes at least one more day on the outside before considering other options. Of course we are watching the progress of hurricane Rick, that at category five has become the tropical cyclone of the season thus far, but the formidable storm does not appear to be a strategic issue for this voyage for at least a couple more days. We will see. As I mentioned yesterday, and the day before, in these regions, at this time of year, priority one on Royal Star is maintaining a safe distance from such events. As the progress, strength, and heading of such storms can morph and surprise even the best of forecasters, ultimately our game plan is now in the hands of hurricane Rick. If we need to adjust and head north, so be it.

For now anyway all is well and we are looking forward to a more productive day on the big fish tomorrow. Photos of the day feature our good friends and long time Royal Star veterans Floyd Abbot and Ann Van Dyke displaying the fine quality of our quarry at Rocas Alijos. At this size one can see that it doesn't require a huge score to make for a good day. Also, many of you may have spoken with Ann over the past couple of years as she has become part of the Royal Star team joining Tracy in the office on a regular basis. As you can see Ann is well qualified to "talk shop" when you call with plenty of experience at the rail of Royal Star over the past twelve years. Ann captured this dandy yellowfin mid day on the chunk. Have a good Sunday and look for reports to continue.

Tim

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10/16/09

Posted: 10:16:00

Other than a glorious, relaxing day of travel while rigging equipment completely unique to Royal Star, not much to report in the way of action here. Beautiful weather, and a downhill run made for pure enjoyment while anticipation of the fishing to come maintained enthusiasm and kept everyone engaged throughout the day. One correction I need to make is the name of the current tropical cyclone "Rick" that was mistakenly cited as "Patrick" in yesterday's report. Regardless everything else I stated is still on the mark with our vigilance and awareness from long experience in these waters guaranteed. At present we are enjoying fantastic conditions with plenty more in the forecast over the next two days. We are on target for our arrival in the early a.m. tomorrow where we hope to get with the program and put some more quality tuna, with perhaps a few wahoo and yellowtail, on board. No photos today so look for two with tomorrow's report.

Tim

10/15/09

Posted: 07:07:00

We have a start, making a day of it on the outside hunkered down and glad to be as the weather was grumpy and unwelcoming through the late afternoon. Then, like someone turned off a switch, the wind diminished, the seas disappeared almost immediately, and we finished the day in calm conditions scratching a few quality tuna. Satisfied with our results, but itching to hit the road for points south, we continued the journey at dark enjoying a heavenly downhill slide in the residual swell and breeze away from the island. With one full day of travel on the itinerary, tomorrow will be dedicated to rigging, preparation, and relaxation as we push southward with good weather and fishing prospects ahead.

We do have another tropical cyclone (Patrick) way down below we are closely monitoring, but it doesn't appear to be a factor in our game plan for at least the next two or three days. 'Tis the season and we are well versed in the exercise of positioning Royal Star beyond the dangerous reach of these tropical menaces. For families and friends following the progress of this voyage please do not fret or worry. Everyone on board is in highly experienced, cautious, prudent hands. Safety is our preminent objective at all times.

Photos today feature anglers Nigel Parker, and Vince Varia gladly displaying the upper end of the quality landed at the outside island today. One hundred fifteen pounds for Nigel, and sixty seven pounds for Vince are the highlighted weights with a handful of others in this size class and thirty other twenty five to thirty five pound tuna spread among remaining anglers for the day's total.


Tim

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10/14/09

Posted: 06:56:00

We're taking a unique approach to begin this voyage providing time to do it's work on the dwindling tropical storm Patricia down below and spreading out all of us presently working on longer voyages. So with a relatively short run ahead of us, we will be targeting yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and perhaps a few wahoo tomorrow to the delight of this exceptional group of seasoned anglers. Thankfully, the giant tempest that was forecast to dole out some weather grief on our day of departure never did materialize in San Diego. As such, calm seas and a smooth ride greeted anglers and provided everyone the opportunity to acclimate and enjoy the first day relaxing and tinkering with equipment in preparation for the full seminar and day of fishing tomorrow. We are well prepared with a fine load of bait and plenty of good fishing prospects over the horizon. It looks good on paper anyway.

I'm certain there will be plenty of variables to consider, and the usual host of challenges that keep us on our game and thinking, so ahead we forge excited to be back at it with everything in our control in fine working order. Look for reports to continue and have a fine day.

Tim

10/12/09

Posted: 07:19:00

As we head up the line towards home and the conclusion of this trip, I reflect back on the overall experience. The anticipation on the way to Alijos. The satisfaction of the first wahoo bingo for 12 fish. The adrenaline shot when we got the first evening bite on 85# yellowfin. The happiness at dinner that night as guys told stories of the day's battles. The smiles as dorado jumped around the boat attached to a lucky anglers line. My joy at sabiki rigs full of perfect mackerel. Premium yellows boiling around the boat. Reds coming up in green water. And all the while the events happening in the rest of the world, that consume our everyday lives, haven't even entered our heads. This was an amazing fishing trip. The kind of vacation that's as good for the mind as it is for the soul.

The vacation ends at 0730 tomorrow morning at Fisherman's Landing, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Many thanks to our sponsor Shimano for the give aways and the use of their outstanding Talica reels. They performed flawlessly.

Today's picture is of Roger Nies and an example of the tasty critters we caught today.

Brian

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10/11/09

Posted: 10:51:00

For a day that required pure dedication and effort to reap the rewards available we could not have asked for better fishing conditions. In fact, I have not fished at this place in a long time with such a perfect combination of current, wind, and seas. It was so perfect that it was probably too good as there were plenty of fish around, but they showed little interest in biting. As a description slow would almost be too extreme to explain the pace.

Again however the conditions made for a fine day to be out here trying as good weather and a very relaxed group of anglers made for an easy atmosphere at the rail and a good time. In addition, the excellent quality of the tuna and yellowtail landed, and crashing around the boat, kept anglers motivated and keen doing their best throughout the day to get into the drivers seat and take a crack at one of these hundred pound class tuna.

At present time is still on our side and we are well positioned to clobber these bigger tuna and whatever else comes our way over the next five full days. Our plan includes at least one more day on the outside before considering other options. Of course we are watching the progress of hurricane Rick, that at category five has become the tropical cyclone of the season thus far, but the formidable storm does not appear to be a strategic issue for this voyage for at least a couple more days. We will see. As I mentioned yesterday, and the day before, in these regions, at this time of year, priority one on Royal Star is maintaining a safe distance from such events. As the progress, strength, and heading of such storms can morph and surprise even the best of forecasters, ultimately our game plan is now in the hands of hurricane Rick. If we need to adjust and head north, so be it.

For now anyway all is well and we are looking forward to a more productive day on the big fish tomorrow. Photos of the day feature our good friends and long time Royal Star veterans Floyd Abbot and Ann Van Dyke displaying the fine quality of our quarry at Rocas Alijos. At this size one can see that it doesn't require a huge score to make for a good day. Also, many of you may have spoken with Ann over the past couple of years as she has become part of the Royal Star team joining Tracy in the office on a regular basis. As you can see Ann is well qualified to "talk shop" when you call with plenty of experience at the rail of Royal Star over the past twelve years. Ann captured this dandy yellowfin mid day on the chunk. Have a good Sunday and look for reports to continue.

Tim

10/10/09

Posted: 13:16:00

Today we worked our way up the beach fishing for yellowtail. We found them on every shallow we checked and enjoyed good action in very nice weather.After lunch we checked an inside spot and found about an hours worth of biting bass and some killer scenery. Most were released. An unlucky few will be lunch tomorrow. In the late afternoon we loaded our empty tanks with beautiful green mackerel. We will be hunting premium size yellows tomorrow.

As you can tell by today's picture, there is a very relaxed atmosphere on deck since we have a beautiful catch on board. The wheelhouse is still focused on a great trip, and the deck focused on fun. Ron Rymer and the smallest sand bass ever.

Brian

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10/09/09

Posted: 14:14:00

Well, we definitely did something different today. For starters our weather came down and we enjoyed a calm sunny day. We also concentrated on ground fish and were successful in getting them to cooperate. We added a few more wahoo and a single dorado for a well rounded day. We are moving up the line in this nice weather for tomorrow's fishing.

As these early fall trips are all about variety, Nacho Camarena was all smiles displaying his Broomtail Grouper

Brian

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10/08/09

Posted: 07:03:00

Today started off slowly as our anglers were slow to hit the rail. The stiff muscles from pulling on fish took a while to loosen up. It didn't affect us much as the fish took the early morning off from biting. We did a little moving around and had three stops on wahoo. We were able to ensure that everyone onboard caught a wahoo to take home ( most have more than one ). We then dropped the anchor and the tuna responded right away. After a couple of hours we had enough of these fish onboard and left. We are currently Travelling and will be looking for something different tomorrow.

Royal Star regular Jason Foster does the honors today displaying a nice wahoo.

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10/07/09

Posted: 07:09:00

Another amazing day of fishing down here. The quality yellowfin tuna put on another good showing in both the morning and afternoon. The fish are biting 50 and 60 # line which makes for a good hook to land ratio. Today we mixed in quite a few 15-20# dorado and a handfull of wahoo. Today's pictures show Cathy Preis with a big smile and one of her Yellowfin. The other is a few of the guys "bendo" at the rail

If catching 70 - 100 # tuna, wahoo and dorado sounds like fun to you, give Tracy a call in our office. There are some spots available on upcoming trips.

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10/06/09

Posted: 07:01:00

This was a fantastic day of fishing. We started off with three hours of three to five going on Wahoo and bruiser yellowfin. We then picked for the rest of the day on the yellowfin, with a few flurries mixed in. The average yellowfin is 85#. With just over three tuna and one Wahoo per rod today, we have no intentions of leaving.

Today's picture shows a very stoked Ron Harris with an 80 pounder he subdued on a Shimano Talica 10II.

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10/05/09

Posted: 07:04:00

Today we got off to a quick start with a bingo for a dozen nice wahoo. We continued to look around and things were looking rather bleak. We were finding only small tuna which we released. In the late afternoon we got on a spot of better grade tuna mixed with wahoo. We kept four to six going until dark. The tuna were between 60 and 100 lbs. and the wahoo were all 40 - 55 lbs. It was an exciting finish to our day.

Today's photo is of Kyle Lambie with a nice wahoo.

Brian

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10/04/09

Posted: 07:08:00

Traveling down today, we spent the majority of our time in seminars and rigging tackle. With our weather getting nicer,everyone onboard is ready to begin fishing in the morning. Look for a full report tomorrow.

Brian

10/03/09

Posted: 21:21:32

Having concluded our summer season this morning, we are now focusing on the fantastic fishing opportunities farther from home. Historically productive areas such as "The Ridge" and "Alijos Rocks" beckon as we depart on the first 10 day trip of our fall schedule. Variety of species and quality specimens are the goals of these trips.

With a beautiful load of bait, excited anglers and a professional crew aboard we have high hopes as we head for points south. Many Thanks to Shimano for the giveaways, raffle prizes and also for putting a dozen new "Talica" reels onboard for our anglers to put to the test.

Brian

10/03/09

Posted: 15:58:52

One final word from the hugely successful, Baja Fish Gear/Larry Brown seven day voyage returning today is thank you to all the venues, and individuals sponsoring this voyage. The list of sponsors and contributors is as follows:

AA Worms/Optimum Baits
AFTCO
Baja Fish Gear
Big Hammer Swimbaits-Sunrize Tackle
Booyaa
Braid Products
Chuch Byron Art
Izorline
MDRA T-shirts
Shimano
Sportfishingreport.com
Transition Jigs/Get Bit
Western Outdoor News
Tady Lures
SKB Cases
Salas Lures

Extra special thanks to Ed and Baja Fish Gear

10/02/09

Posted: 21:57:00

I still believe they are here. Not that we have any kind of robust quantity to show for our efforts, but we had a sign, and plenty of additional indications that both the big albacore and better sized yellowfin tuna continue their lurking in this area. Time of day, time of the month, phase of the moon, or otherwise, the list of excuses is vast; and any, or all, are likely to be accurate. At the very least we are grateful to have had one legitimate shot where we hooked a few on the jigs and bait landing five of the big albies to the delight of everyone today. Perhaps even more delightful was the grease calm weather offshore that made for a splendid ride, and breathtakingly beautiful conditions throughout the day. We are very pleased.

My final word on these albacore to the west is as follows: don't be surprised to see a resurgence of fish in this zone even as late as November if anyone has the wherewithal to venture out looking. It has been quite some time but many of you likely remember 1982, 1983, and 1986 or 87, I can't exactly recall, when albacore up to sixty and seventy pounds went off in this zone all the way up until after Thanksgiving. It has been a long time since we have seen this pattern but the water temps are now obviously above normal and showing no signs of rapid, significant cooling. It was this type of condition that preceded at least a couple of those years when the albies hung around through November and the giant albacore showed late. Of course one can never tell, and I wouldn't hang my hat on it, but I am fired up by the idea. Believe me if these fish show again, and especially if the giant albacore make an appearance, I will be out here to fish for them one way or another. That is an occasion too good to pass up.

In closing for this voyage I have to say that I have never seen, or been part of, a better seven day voyage that accomplished the ultimate goals we strive for, and achieve to this degree, perhaps only a handful of times per season. This is one for the books. Epic quality, epic variety, and more than sufficient quantity to satisfy every expectation and then some. In particular the quality, beginning with fantastic grade of dorado found on kelps, followed by premium Cedros yellowtail, then capped by outstanding action on 80 - 124# yellowfin tuna, stood out and identified this voyage in a select category reserved for only an extremely fortunate few. Needless to say this time it was our turn. It wasn't pure luck. Everything occurred by design. But, the luck factor is undeniable in the success of such voyages where everything you seek falls into place. As such we are appropriately grateful as we know it just as easily can unfold in the other direction. Additionally, we are equally grateful to this fantastic group of anglers headed up by charter masters Larry Brown and owner of Baja Fish Gear Ed Tschernoscha. The combination of Larry and Ed as charter masters could not be better as Larry's energetic, spirited attentions are tempered by Ed's mellow demeanor. My sincere gratitude to both as well as the fantastic group of anglers participating in this premier seven day adventure. As always it is our tremendous pleasure to extend the complete Royal Star experience to one and all. Thank you and we look forward to next year and beyond.

Today's photo features two angles of Royal Star angler Gary Hart's 40# class albacore with veteran crewman Steve Gregonis doing the gaffing honors justice with a clean, perfect head shot. Nice going Gary on the final albacore of the summer season landed on Royal Star.

Tim Ekstrom

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10/01/09

Posted: 06:50:00

No question about it, we are on a serious roll here. I'll let the results speak for themselves.

Tammy Holden - 124.5# YFT
Tim Ziegler - 121.5# YFT
Bill Leitelt - 121.5# YFT
Frank Morecino - 117.5# YFT
Ed Tschernoscha - 112 #YFT
Larry Brown - 106# YFT

Throw in another half dozen from 80 - 90#'s, and another handful of 50 - 60's, and we continued our adventure that thus far has certainly been adventurous. With this amazingly solid foundation to work from, we are really going for the long shot tomorrow seeking jumbo albacore offshore in the less traveled western zone. Of all the predictions I have ventured this season the western albacore are the only ones to let me down. I say let me down because I know they are still around, but have not proven me right with any noteworthy showing. The time for a reckoning has arrived. With the luck we have enjoyed this voyage, and the waxing moon now near full, we could just be the one to do it. Enjoy today's photos featuring Ed, Tammy, and Tim Ziegler with their epic catches.

Tim Ekstrom

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