Posted: 15:24:00

There is a usual under current during a long range voyage that broadcasts the overall tenor in many different tones. Most often it is subtle, though obvious to the Captain and crew performing their duties as expert guides, fishermen, and ambassadors. Attention to the pulse of a group is crucial to the success of a trip in many variations; every group has a different feel that the crew gauges then interacts and performs accordingly. Often individuals are reserved in their expressions requiring some studious observation to rightly evaluate; not these guys.

Boisterous, in the good way, focused on making a good time of the experience, and making no bones about the expectation that everyone, Captain and crew alike, join in the fun, consistent of course with our responsibilities, these anglers whooped it up throughout the day despite a marked lack of offshore action. And when we did find our piece of the action on smaller class bluefin the glaring disparity between what we were targeting at Guadalupe, and what was available offshore, lent a more comical pitch to the effort than anything. In comparison it was difficult to muster any serious drive toward production; the little fella's were just too wanton for length and girth.

As such all enjoyed the fishing in lighthearted fashion, and made good use of the opportunity to take it in less any urgency to put a slew of fish on board; far more effort was expended in relaxation and reverie; rightly so. Being the first group of anglers to hang it out and do some real prospecting at Guadalupe this season these anglers were rewarded with the unique satisfaction carried by successful expeditions into the unknown. They knew we were hanging it out there, shared in the suffering of a dismal, rocky beginning on the tuna, and reveled in the triumph of earning the fortuitous turn of events that lead to an exceptional catch of beautiful size class yellowfin tuna. After again reviewing our tally board yesterday I was that much more impressed. Of the fifty yellowfin tuna landed only a handful are under sixty pounds, and at least a third are seventy to eighty eight pounds - on a five day; just like old times; or even better.

Needless to say an appropriate closing note is a reminder to all anglers on upcoming voyages to bring your passport; and if you have not procured one to date it is time to step up and expedite one post haste. It is not certain that all voyages will visit the outside island, that determination will be made at least a few days in advance of a given voyage based on a wide variety of factors, but it is certain that any anglers less a passport will not be on a voyage that does. And right now, based on everything we know, the likelihood that upcoming voyages will include the Guadalupe option is high. If you haven't already done so get your passport - please.

Finally, huge gratitude to Phillips Steel and Wood Group field services for an exceptional voyage of great fun. Between the successful fishing and fine company we could not ask for better times on Royal Star. Now Captain Toussaint takes the helm as I begrudgingly hand it over to administer clerical tasks and nurse a sore eye. Rest assured that the fish killer himself will maintain the momentum as his insatiable thirst for quality yellowfin will only be quenched by exceptional success. God help the poor tuna with Randy back on the water. Meanwhile I will continue reporting one more day and send a few full resolution shots from this voyage. Also, I believe I am scheduled to appear on Pete's show next week. I'll verify that tomorrow. Enjoy today's photo featuring first time long range angler Joe Davis and Captain Brian Sims with a fine example of Guadalupe quality. Have a fine weekend!

Tim Ekstrom

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