The fact that I will post two images from our big day in the triangle serves to tell the tale of today's offshore effort. Tough times. Very gruesome. One of those inevitable down cycles that is what it is. Philosophical waxing, cheery spin, and optimistic forecasting are presently pure drivel. This is just a natural function that is to our extreme disadvantage. No amount of b.s. will gloss over the obvious. It will not last forever.
As far as any long term predicting is concerned my guess is as certain as yours. All I can offer is that there recently was a tremendous amount of fish that are now completely unaccounted for. They'll probably show up south west of San Diego about one hundred miles when they come back up. But, I offer that as a reach. The way this season has progressed, there is absolutely no way to guess. They are just as likely to show back up at two hundred twenty miles south east.
So we head into our next four day run shooting from the hip. At the very least, for our anglers, and generally speaking, we are well acquainted with such scenarios. As my good friend and chief mentor from days of old Steve Loomis used to say: "they are not getting any cherries". This is not the first time we have encountered slow fishing and unfriendly conditions. It also will not be the last. It is built into the equation. Strength in the face of adversity is the measure of true character. These times offshore are a test of our mettle; all of us - anglers and crews alike. "When the going gets tough, the tough double down". I love that saying.
Rest assured that it will change; the only bona fide optimistic fact that we can rely on. Beyond yesterday's results, or lack of, we have nothing but gratitude to express about the results of this voyage. We dodged a speeding bullet. Not only did we recover from two days for near zero results, we wound up producing epic fishing for our anglers, and returning with a fine catch in the hatch. Whew. What a colossal relief. In closing I want to thank this fantastic group of anglers who rode out the no fish storm like real gentlemen. They were exemplary in their acceptance of the fact that this is fishing. Although they were getting anxious by the end of day two, they maintained good spirits, and their resolve to make a good time of the experience regardless. These guys were a page in the how to cope with tough fishing book. There is a lot of this going around right now. We share in the good out here, and the not so good. Fortunately the ratio is far in favor of the good.
Photos today feature Royal Star veterans John Finneran and Tom Harrris pleased as can be with their thirty to thirty five pound class "premium" yellowtail. All smiles, and rightly so. Look for reports to continue as Capt. Randy Toussaint and I team up on the next four day. If we can't get 'er done together - look out. We will.