Today we traveled down in the morning with jigs in the water. In the afternoon we looked for wahoo and school size tuna. The only bites we had today were a few marlin (released). We have high hopes for tomorrow as we found better water conditions tonight and our weather is forecast to come down in the afternoon. Pictures should start showing up tomorrow.
We traveled down all day in improving weather. We kept busy in seminars and rigging tackle. We will take a look around tomorrow for Wahoo and school size tuna on our way to the lower area. Hopes are running high as we await reports from our code boats a day ahead of us.
After a healthy dose of friends and family we're thankful to be out on the water again. We are currently heading down on the " Let's Talk Hook-Up " ten day. Our bait is beautiful and the weather sloppy but predicted to get better. We will be traveling tomorrow and in contact with the boats below us. We have big fish in mind and will cover the tackle and techniques tomorrow along with a raffle hosted by "Rock Cod Rick" of Let's Talk Hook-Up fame.
We have plenty to be thankful for here on Royal Star today with continued beautiful weather, a great catch in the hatch, and the boat running flawlessly. We will be in at 0700 tomorrow where we'll unload and get the boat ready for Bill Poole's memorial which should depart between 1200 and 1300. Royal Star regulars who wish to pay their respects are welcome to come down and accompany us out to the Point for the ceremonies.
We leave again on our annual Let's Talk Hookup 10-day Saturday so look for reports to resume on the 29th. From Tracy, Tim, the crew and myself, we wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and are thankful for your support and patronage.
Our final shots show retired Ocean Beach firefighter John Stuemke with a 242 while the crew do the heavy lifting for John Pasmakian helping show off his 275.
Our beautiful flat calm weather continues as we travel up the line while the guys reluctantly break down their gear. The deck is filled with mixed emotions from the euphoria of experiencing the fish of a lifetime to the melancholy realization of the trip coming to an end.
The Royal Star crew and I are grateful to Tom Walker for making this an annual charter. It has become a truly special group of guys that have a great time whether we're getting em or not and are devoted to the pursuit of big fish. It is an honor to take them out cow hunting each year.
Today's shots show chartermaster Tom with a 203 and last year's hero Dennis Williams (who caught the 380) with a 226.
Once again we didn't rack up the numbers but the quality made up for it. Another 14 went into the hatch today, 7 of which were 205-275, 1 at 325, while the rest were the 160-190 stockers. That makes 31 over 200 and 1 over 300 in four days of fishing which definitely compares to the '05' season. A bit of advice for those of you going out on the upcoming round of trips is to bring all the heavy gear you have and stock up on 100 and 130 fluoro. Almost all our fish were hooked on sardines this trip so the 8/0 and 9/0 2005 Eagle Claws were used by most of our anglers. We called it a trip at dark and are presently enjoying a beautiful ride up the line while reliving the memories of another great trip.
Today's first shot shows Rudy Scott with his 325, the second shows Tom White posing with one of his two cows landed today, a 257.
Another nice day on the big fish although the law of averages caught up to us with at least six heavy cows gaining their freedom. Regardless of the heartbreaks we're very stoked with 15 nice fish going in the hatch with five from 205-290. We are going to finish up the trip here tomorrow with high hopes for another shot at these cows.
Today's first shot is for Tom showing his brother Dale Kurata with a 231, we all miss you. The second is of Rob Gillanders, he is on the right with the trip's best so far which went 290.
Another epic day of cow angling in the lower zone today in beautiful flat calm weather. Overall a little better sign than yesterday with this fish putting on a better visual display which gave us a better idea of how much is around. By day's end a 200-300lber blowing out around the boat became commonplace. We put 16 fish aboard with 12 of them going 205-276 with the smallest going 180. There were a few threes landed by our codeboats today and I expect to see this area kick out many more.
We have two more full days in this area so hopefully we can keep up this pace.
Today's first shot shows longtime Royal Star regular Rick Sweetster with his first of two over two today, a 234. The second shows the hot and heavy action with three cows hanging in the corner.
That area we got onto last night turned out to be the real deal here today with good cow action for the entire fleet. We ended up with 10 fish, 7 of which were 207-265, an amazing average with the smallest fish going 160. 100-130lb fluorocarbon topshots with a flylined sardine accounted for all the bites today. Overall incredible sign of 200lb plus fish combined with the fact that it is just showing up in this area bodes well for a great winter. The water temp is still 78 degrees so I wouldn't be surprised if this fishing goes past January as it did last year. On that note we have two spots on the next 10 day leaving Nov 28 in addition to spots available on the 10 day leaving on Dec 26 and the 15 day leaving Jan 22. If one of these trips fits your schedule give Tracy a call and get in on this.
Todays shot shows Tom Nordstrom and Chip Mezin with a brace of deuces, 216 and 222 respectively.
Very slow for us today with a few handfuls of school tuna, a 110lber, and a few dorado going in the hatch. On an an encouraging note, we got into an area this afternoon where we saw a few spots of big cows that didn't cooperate. Needless to say we'll be starting here tomorrow.
The wahoo mission was tough today as we worked down the Ridge but we did manage to boat 7 of the speedsters so it wasn't a total loss. Conditions are perfect so hopefully we get a better shot at them on the return voyage. We are running down to the lower banks tonight with a beautiful weather forecast so hopefully the big ones show. Today's shot shows Steve Grove with a nice skin.
We began our annual Las Rocas charter today with good fishing on 15-30lb tuna with a few yellows thrown in. Exactly what we were hoping for to get everyone working together and get the kinks worked out before continuing down. We are presently traveling towards the Ridge enjoying beautiful warm flat calm weather, needless to say the bar is open. Our plan is to target wahoo tomorrow as we work towards our ultimate destination which is the lower banks where we can spend as many as five days targeting big fish. All is well here and hopes are high that the cows will be home.
Well it appeared as though the tab for all the good weather we enjoyed during the voyage had come due as the wind and sea state rapidly built throughout the morning. We buttoned things up, forewent a planned stop or two to target a few lunch fish, and pushed to gain altitude before things got too uncomfortable. Then, instead of getting worse, the sea state began to improve helped along by a ten to twelve foot northwest swell at a long interval that stretched the ocean out to a perfect distance for Royal Star to ride up and over what came at her as opposed to down and through. Though far from flat calm, it was as comfortable an uphill ride as one could hope for considering the forecast and potential for much worse. Anytime we can roll and slide up the line rather than smash and bang our way through is a bonus from my perspective.
So we ended on a good note satisfied that we constructed a well rounded voyage taking advantage of nearly every opportunity available to us during this round in the lower reaches. Through our experience, information network, and local knowledge we managed to squeeze eight full fishing days into this ten day voyage providing our anglers plenty of opportunity to target the big three that I always tout as the barometer of success on long range voyages. Quality, variety, and sufficient quantity were again achieved this voyage through plenty of leg work and solid planning. I can't say that we annihilated the fish, or are coming in with the hatches packed full to the brim, but, relative to what was available during this time frame, we are plenty satisfied. Throw in the bonus three hundred thirteen pound yellowfin, and two others over the coveted two hundred pound mark, and we are ecstatic.
In the end, going back to what I was mentioning in yesterday's report, it is all about the anglers on board and how they enjoy themselves both individually and as a group during the voyage. In this respect I can honestly say that I couldn't have the privilege to fish with a better group of individuals who obviously came on this trip to catch a few fish, but as important to have a good time doing so. On the final day of fishing when everyone was hooting, hollering, cajoling, and ribbing one another upon the capture of a wide variety of incidental miniature junk fish it really sank in. A little laughter goes a long way and a lot of laughter has a contagious effect that lightens the atmosphere and brightens everyone's demeanor. My sincerest gratitude to Fred Fukunaga and this entire group of fantastic anglers who made this trip a pure pleasure to run for both my crew and I. Fred and I share a history of at least seventeen years fishing together on Royal Star and I confidently state that I have never spent a day on any voyage he has headed up as Charter Master that I did not enjoy and appreciate. Again thank you to Fred and every angler on board this voyage. I look forward to the opportunity to fish with all of you again!
Today's photos feature a fantastic father and son shot of Captain Gregg Tanji and his dad Bob with a ninety five pound yellowfin tuna Mr. Tanji landed on the kite gear. Also, always smiling Bob Hiyane who had good reason to during this round landing three of the bigger yellowfin down below during the first two days of fishing. Finally, I haven't spoken lately of the talent of Chef Jeffrey Grant and assistant Tommy Grant. Take a look at this spectacular example of what these guys turn out daily in the Royal Star galley. I have put the Iron Chef long range challenge out several times in the past based on creations such as these. To date I am still waiting for any takers. And by the way, this savory thing tasted even better than it looked.
Look for Capt. Toussaint's reports to continue as he heads up the next eleven day Las Rocas adventure. With Randy coming back following his month long lobster fishing hiatus stand by for the fishing to really take off. He is just what we need to kick the big fish action into high gear. Enjoy his reports to come and your weekend.
After a the slower pace of big fish angling, and a somewhat lackluster day working up the line yesterday, what we really needed was some kind of catching on our final full day to restore angler's confidence, take up some space and fill in the cracks between jumbo tuna in the RSW tank, and stretch out our muscles with some fun, jerkin' and pullin' type action. In addition, it is always nice strategically to take full advantage of every fishing day possible by working both south and north when the set up and conditions allow for it.
With all this in mind we spent our final day in action mode finding good, steady fishing on school size fifteen to thirty pound tuna and fifteen to twenty two pound yellowtail from just after daybreak through just past sundown aside from about a two hour lull mid morning. It was just what the doctor ordered as all anglers were at the rail eagerly pulling on fish and pulling tags off their rings to identify their product that is certain to be in the finest condition imaginable coming out of our RSW tanks after only one day of travel.
As an aside I'll pass on a quick story to demonstrate the close knit atmosphere of an average Royal Star long range voyage that perfectly identifies what our operation is all about. Expectations and catching goals vary greatly between anglers on just about every voyage as well as catching results due to the multitude of variables inherent in fishing. There always seem to be those times when anglers who are more proficient, or are on a hot streak fill out their limits before others. Also, and now more often than not, many anglers are satisfied with the amount of fish they take well before their limits are reached; this happens especially when the size average of our target species is large. In any case today was a perfect example of the camaraderie between anglers that develops throughout the course of a Royal Star voyage as anglers worked together collectively to round out other anglers catches who were a little shy of the quantity they were hoping to achieve due to that long list of variables mentioned above. No one had to ask, no one had to be asked, it just happened as a matter of course as anglers who had plenty automatically volunteered their catch to the collective goal of making certain every angler on board was satisfied. This is how it should be, and this is how it is on Royal Star. I beam with pride every time I see this occur on our deck. Today was no exception.
I should also mention that I am absolutely certain that this trend is not unique to Royal Star as the vast majority of long range anglers, on all long range vessels, share this perspective. I also know that all my contemporaries that I work with out here promote a similar atmosphere on their decks. It is amazing how important, and how profound harmony on an individual and group level affects the overall outcome of a fishing voyage. Honestly, it is the number one key to success. That is why so many charters form, and so many anglers after a successful outing choose to fish with one another again. Good chemistry between a group of fisherman at sea for one, five, ten, or sixteen days is a recipe for success - regardless of the fishing.
Today's photos feature long time Royal Star veterans and well deserving angler Jim Marshall shown kneeling with his one hundred pound class yellowfin tuna, and Andy Kettley pulling on his one sixty five, and triumphant while the vanquished beast comes over the rail. Congratulations!
Beautiful fishing weather, beautiful conditions, plenty of life, and a little bit of catching today as we worked north hitting all the usual spots along the way. Once again I can't say that production lived up to our standards, and the fact that our voyage is drawing down to the wire is heavily weighing on my humor, but we have the full day tomorrow and high hopes that some form of yankin and crankin action awaits at our next destination. We are one good day of action away from a well balanced, respectable catch. With or without the day we are hoping to find however, we are satisfied with our strategy and efforts. But, regardless of whether we are doing it right, wrong, or otherwise, a good day of catching would presently go a long way.
So, the objective is well defined, and laid out perfectly before us. Thank goodness the weather is ideal for the effort and we are armed to the hilt with a huge amount of sardines to motivate whatever we come across. Needless to say anglers are well prepared and ready to dish out some punishment. Suffice to say that there isn't a while lot of mercy presently being felt for the fish. A few chances is all we need to even up the score. We'll see how it unfolds.
Photos for the day feature first time long range angler Jim Bergschneider and yours truly with a big dorado Jim landed as a consolation prize while targeting trophy yellowfin. The second photo features Royal Star veteran Larry Ritter in action on a jumbo yellowfin that ultimately won it's freedom but did little to damage Larry's indomitable cheerful nature. Actually Larry suffered another huge heartbreak on the same day but fortunately prevailed in the end landing a nice, one hundred pound class tuna to the applause of everyone who by that time was heavily invested in Larry's quest. Congratulations to both anglers on your catches.
I can't say that we have much to crow about in the way of action today as we did a lot of fishing, looked at plenty of mixed grade yellowfin tuna, but in the process stowed very little in the hatch. If it weren't for one amazingly lucky catch, I would say that it just wasn't our day. We did catch a few in the morning, and had a few other chances we did not make the most of, but the truth of it is that there wasn't a whole lot of catching to go around; especially for us as we just couldn't seem to entice one to bite, other than the lucky one, to save our lives. Of course it is all relative, that seems to be the theme I am set on this voyage, as it really doesn't take many of these trophy class yellowfin tuna to make a day good. In that respect, regardless of the limited action, the day and effort directed toward catching trophy yellowfin tuna, was well worth it. Every angler on board, if not already prior to this voyage, is now well acquainted with the demands and routine of offshore giant yellowfin tuna fishing. Typically it is not a crazy, wide open action type scenario. More often, it takes patience, effort, and perseverance to earn the big payoff.
And that leads perfectly to the big news of the day that is a ideal example of the incredible potential this fishery offers, and why it is worth the time, effort, and dedication at the rail. Veteran big tuna angler Mark Oliver was struggling with a run of uncharacteristic tough luck suffering through a couple of days with virtually zero action. With only a few hours remaining, and a "the hell with it" demeanor, he violated the cardinal rule in big fish country switching to the dreaded sixty pound tackle that has a success rate of about five percent when targeting giant yellowfin tuna in these zones. The scenario has been repeated countless times as anglers desperate to get a bite drop down in their tackle size, get a bite, almost inevitably hook the biggest, meanest bastard out there, then walk around the boat for a couple of hours before losing it in a fully predictable, sad ending.
The only real chance an angler has against a super giant when using sixty pound is if the monster runs out, dies and sinks, or becomes tail wrapped, dies and sinks. And admittedly, there is a tangible percentage of times that it does happen. Not very often though. To put it in perspective when we hook a giant on sixty, though we put forth every effort under the sun to land the beast, we, or better said, I, can't get involved emotionally because of the endless heartbreaks suffered as a result of the sixty pound curse. It is just too painful and sickening to endure. I just wait for the result and try to remain detached unless I am called upon.
Not this time. Mark was the anomaly. The one in a thousand that went out and soaked on a back up for almost one full hour, died, sank to the bottom, and was slowly winched in one crank at a time. I have to assign credit to a few products that made Mark's catch as their obvious superiority was the difference in this equation of success. Izorline - the best, strongest, toughest, most reliable monofilament for long range fishing hands down. It is all we use on Royal Star and have for more than fifteen seasons. Mark pulled on his Izor sixty like it was one hundred pound without fail. The other product I was amazed by was Mark's Accurate reel that took a dip and soaked in the ocean for over an hour before being retrieved. When we finally did hoist it back on board it performed flawlessly. No sticky drag and no sign of the abuse it endured other than the water pouring out from behind the spool sporadically.
Finally, credit where credit is due, Mark put in his time, knew he was taking a big chance, then pulled on the fish for real when he did hook it. There was no dainty tip toeing around barely pulling hoping the behemoth would give up. That just doesn't cut it when fighting giant yellowfin tuna. Mark knew it, and pulled for all he was worth maintaining the "hell with it" attitude by reefing on his gear as if it were one hundred pound test. It worked, congratulations, now all you other anglers out there don't get any ideas. This was an amazing catch, earned by a dedicated, deserving angler, that, regardless of the huge effort, falls into the category of immense luck. I believe the old saying is "I'd rather be lucky than good" Mark was both. And of course however they come, we'll gladly accept them.
So huge congratulations on the first three hundred pounder of the fall 2009 long range season go to Mark Oliver pictured here with his stocky three thirteen. Way to go!
A slower pace today and overall a different grade of fish as we scratched away at seventy to ninety pounders with a few forties and only a handful from 110 - 145 pounds. No rhyme or reason for the change as conditions were nearly identical and there is no shortage of fish - pretty typical of trophy yellowfin tuna fishing overall. One day it is Katy bar the door type action then, just when you think you are lined up to really clobber them the next day, the pattern changes and they disappear, don't bite, or move to another location. So, with this in mind we didn't get our cage too rattled by today's different results and are content to put forth the effort while waiting for another chance.
This scenario does offer a good opportunity to make the point that we hammer away at constantly in the arena of giant yellowfin tuna angling. Because of the tremendous stakes, the brute strength and unyielding spirit of these behemoths, and the totally predictable unpredictability of their movements and appetite for our offerings, fishing for trophy yellowfin is no time for complacent preparation or half hearted effort. Now I'm not saying that anglers can't or don't have a good time pursuing these monsters, they, and we, most certainly do. But, this is definitely the big leagues and we and our anglers pay a dear price when an opportunity at one, or many, of these giant yellowfin is missed.
Liken it to a big league ball player who is standing at the plate with the bases loaded in the ninth. The opportunity of a career and/or lifetime awaits.The pitcher makes a mistake and serves up a perfect homerun potential fastball right down the middle that seems to hang forever - one that even a marginal hitter would drive into the stratosphere. Instead of knocking the cover off the ball however, the hitter wasn't quite ready, was so mesmerized by the perfect pitch, didn't have his/her grip just right, or made any other number of minor mistakes that resulted in monumental consequences - the ball passed by straight into the catchers glove. Pow! Opportunity lost.The missed opportunity led to the loss of the game and the batter, who knows how significant that moment was, remembers the missing that chance forever. Now this example may be a little more dramatic than necessary, but it does provide all of you with an insight to our, meaning a Captains, perspective when targeting big ones. The margin for error is so inherently high, and the opportunities relative to the amount of time we spend pursuing these monsters are so few, that we are literally sickened to miss even one opportunity due to an avoidable error.
The point of this long winded rambling is to prepare long range anglers hoping for the opportunity at giant yellowfin for the high stakes and emphasize the importance of meticulous tackle preparation and determination to succeed. Doing every little thing correctly does count and the potential reward is well worth it. In the end it all boils down to our anglers; the woes of the Captains and crewmen count for nothing compared to the angler investing the tremendous amount of time and resources necessary to catch a giant yellowfin tuna. So, with all the time and effort necessary to achieve success, it makes perfect sense to tailor your approach and prepare your equipment accordingly. Of course the job of our crew is to make certain all of our anglers are in this category by the time we make the big tuna grounds. But the core motivation and drive must come from the angler him/herself. A lackadaisical approach will produce relative results. By the same token perfect preparation and a razor sharp, focused approach will lead to success. There is very little luck involved. Really.
For our photos today I am sending a Mother and Son sequence that all parents can really understand and appreciate the significance of. Mrs. Susie Tanji and her son Capt. Gregg Tanji are featured in action as Mrs. Tanji pulls on and captures her biggest yellowfin tuna to date. At 188.5 pounds the tuna outweighs Mrs. Tanji by far but that did not lessen her motivation to conquer the beast. As you can all see she certainly did and it was a triumphant moment for both her and Greg, who has been an integral part of the Royal Star crew for almost five years. Simply said, there is no better fisherman and/or crewman on any long range vessel. This was a proud moment for the Tanji's who we were all fortunate enough to share the moment with here on Royal Star. Congratulations!
Well I got the photos all squared away today as there was no shortage of material. The fall big fish season has officially begun on Royal Star as we acted on information from our good friend Billy Santiago that led to a fine day of pure trophy yellowfin tuna action highlighted by a 254 and a 207, thirteen others from 115 - 188, and a few more just under the one hundred mark. It was classic fall big fish angling with clean, scratch type action that rewarded effort and time at the rail with a real deal opportunity at a fish of a lifetime. We are very pleased with the day's results and the fact that we have plenty of time remaining in this zone to take advantage of whatever this ocean is willing to yield.
If I had to report anything noteworthy or exceptional, although nothing about catching giant yellowfin tuna doesn't really qualify outside these categories, I have to mention that these fish in the eighty degree seawater are showing incredible spirit when hooked giving anglers every bit of their money's worth when they do hook one. Four reels, each backed with four or five hundred yards of spectra, went over the side on back up's today, and at least three or four others threatened to dump all the line before the charging tunas finally turned at the last second. Needless to say it made for exciting times as we went from zero to sixty in short order shifting back into full big fish mode and employing all of our skills to get the job done. This is what we live for. Straight, clean big fish action in good weather that is warm but being cooled to perfection by a soft tropical breeze. We are in high gear now, firing on all cylinders, and ready to keep the ball rolling. We hope the fish show the same enthusiasm tomorrow and beyond as these well prepared anglers are geared up and highly anticipating the next round.
Photos for the day feature anglers Noah Jergler, who took top honors with his two fifty four, and Curtis Cunningham who experienced the full power of a 204 that gave us all we were worth, and then some, in the pride of it's youth. To the victors go the spoils. Congratulations guys!
First of all I made the same grievous mistake as yesterday forgetting to take any photos during the heat of the moment. I hope this isn't viewed as too tragic by all of you following along. I will make up for it over the next couple of days as I now have my camera rigged on a lanyard ready to hang around my neck so I can not forget again - I hope.
More importantly the fishing today did not set any records but we did occupy our time both anchored and drifting in full variety mode. The weather appeared like it was going to spoil the occasion early, but true to the forecasters word laid down by afternoon making for a smooth ride and easy go of it. By far the highlight of the day was an "aquarium style", to quote my good friend Brian Kiyohara, stop on mixed small and "ballslapper" grade dorado with a couple of wahoo in the mix that came on a floating object that was no coincidence.
Those of you who have fished on Royal Star fall ten day voyages are likely familiar with our project that we began in 2005. One hundred percent completely unique to Royal Star, and another example of our insatiable drive to innovate, this effort has yielded many phenomenal stops on dorado, a few handfuls of wahoo, and unlimited potential for a huge hit on wahoo and/or tuna that absolutely guaranteed will happen. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. I can tell all of you that there is nothing to compare with the gratification of a far reaching idea developed, implemented, then realized. The ocean is a remarkable place that consistently yields it bounty to those who strive to stay one step ahead. Recognizing this notion as gospel, but also the fact that evolution has a uncanny knack for marginalizing even the best of efforts, one is only as good as his/her latest attempt. Achievement out here has a way of slipping through your fingers however so I don't want to get too brazen. But, for now we have uncontested bragging rights. So, in full character, I'll gladly take them. I learned long ago that if one does not claim credit for their ideas, and resulting success, that someone else definitely will.
The quest continues as will the reports - and photos. Enjoy your Sunday.
Check off day one as a success with our first full day of fishing progressing according to plan. It did not come easy, as the weather did not exactly cooperate, and the fish were squirrelly and wild. But in the end we collected a good score of twenty to thirty five pound yellowfin tuna all the while gaining ground towards our ultimate destination down below. It appears that we will be getting a good break from the sloppy weather over the next few days so that should benefit the offshore looking effort that is almost wholly dependent on favorable conditions. In the meantime we are targeting wahoo, tuna, and all other gamesters offshore as we continue the southerly leg of this voyage over the next few days. Time will tell.
I hate to say it but there is no photo today as the intensity of the pursuit, and nature of the fishing today placed photography in a category so far removed in my mind that I never even thought of it until it was over. If we make a noteworthy catch tomorrow I'll send a couple to make up for it. Until tomorrow have a fine day and great weekend.
Not much more than a day of travel as we worked our way south in search of life finding very little in the way of fish in the process. Statistically, this was no surprise as the first day of ten day voyages at this time of the season is typically dedicated to travel. As such we took the day in stride enjoying beautiful weather satisfied that every mile covered was leading us closer to the action we seek. Tomorrow will tell. With plenty more ground to cover, the trek will continue while we begin looking in earnest early tomorrow. As I have stated on so many occasions, we are well positioned for success with every possible component in our control aligned and operating to our satisfaction. We are thankful as such and are ready to get down to the business of catching tomorrow and beyond.
There is nothing like departing with everything in perfect order complimented by the most beautiful, flat calm conditions one can imagine. For setting a positive tone we couldn't ask for anything more. So, with an epic group of anglers, headed up by Fred Fukunaga's core anglers who have fished with us upwards of fifteen seasons, we are heading south in search of good times and fishing success.
With a wealth of information in hand, and plenty of options to consider, our present strategy is to remain flexible, continue gathering information on our southerly trek, and adapt as circumstances unfold. Nothing fancy about this start, and relatively conventional thinking; especially for this time of the year. At the very least we hope that luck is in our favor as we seek to continue the trend established from the beginning of this fall season. So far there haven't been any slam dunk easy ones, but every voyage has ultimately concluded in the highly successful category with sated, satisfied anglers realizing the incredible potential our fall ten day voyages offer. For variety, quantity, and quality, there is no consistently accessible fishery on the planet that compares. Believe me, we are all extremely fortunate to enjoy the opportunity this fishery represents.
That said we are rolling up our sleeves in preparation for good things to come and will keep you all abreast of our doings accordingly. Daily updates are forthcoming along with photos highlighting victorious anglers and their surroundings. Finally, please give Tracy a call if you are considering any of our fall ten day voyages for the 2010 season. With the tremendous success of 2009 thus far many of our voyages are beginning to fill with reservations. We want to be certain that every angler seeking to fish on Royal Star has the opportunity to experience the consistent superiority of our professional veteran crew lead by Captains Randy Toussaint, Brian Sims, and I. I recognize that you probably don't perceive much modesty in the previous statement. It is a remark I offer however with complete confidence. I promise and guarantee that we back it up every day, every voyage with a professional, distinct, extraordinary approach that can not be, and isn't, bested by any of our colleagues and/or competitors. It is a bold claim that I stand by in every respect. If you haven't fished with us, and do venture a Royal Star voyage, you will too. We look for to the opportunity to convince you. Have a fantastic day!
Today we traveled up in very nice weather. The guys got to unwind, swap fish stories and plan the next trip. I'd like to thank Brian Zimmerman for all of the hard work he puts into this charter. He makes it fun for everyone on board. We will arrive at the dock at 0745 tomorrow. Tim will be back at the helm for the next trip so get ready for a different level of reports.
For what would be our final full day of fishing we targeted two things, yellowtail and flat calm weather. With mother nature's cooperation we found both. In the morning we made a couple of drifts for all of the 15 - 18 # yellowtail that this group wanted. Everything that hit the water was engulfed by hungry fish. It was the biting fish we wanted to round out a great trip. In the afternoon we went looking for Trophy class yellows. After checking numerous, off the beaten path spots, we found just a handful of 30 - 40# fish. We are headed up the line in good weather and will be in on Tuesday morning.
Norm Rodewald ( foreground ) and Rob "Joker" Hart enjoy this morning's yellowtail action. Flat calm weather, sunshine and biting fish are a hard combination to beat.