To the delight of the rare sniveler who whines about, but ironically still reads, my daily narrative containing excessive detail about the broader aspects of offshore fishing, today's piece is abridged by necessity. Somehow in the heat of battle today I managed to rack up my writing hand relegating me to one handed chicken pecking to get the job done. But have no concern; I'm a quick healer; and have difficulty containing the insufferable condition of wanting to share my perspective of this world beyond simple dead fish, hooks, and lines.
It's too bad today in particular because there were epic details, namely gigantic balls of day time squid being harried and mauled by yellowtail and sea lions, that readily supplemented our bait supply with an unending supply of fresh, live "soft bait"; that part was cool enough in itself. Throw in a full day of steady angling for quality yellowtail, a few exotics, and pristine, flat calm island lee conditions and the result was exactly as it should have been. Happily satisfied, we ended the day working offshore pushing for a final half day offshore in search of perhaps a few more tuna and variety in the form of dorado.
From reports on the outside things are definitely shaping up offshore right on schedule. Full moon coming, good weather in the forecast, and some good stops on 15 - 25# yellowfin tuna yesterday late, in addition to steady yellowtail and dorado action on kelps, indicate that the vanguards are finally being shored by reinforcements. Looks like it is time to jump on a 1 1/2 day if you have been waiting.
Photo today features long time Royal Star angler Eddie Garratt and Captain Gregg Tanji with Eddie's late afternoon surprise. While fishing for yellowtail with the yo-yo iron Eddie picked off this beautiful, twenty six pound "Butt" that was obviously among the thousands of sub surface predators to pull up a chair for the squid banquet. Needless to say, after a full day in the primo "RSW" tank, this big butt will provide quite the banquet himself. And what do you know, after typing this report my hand feels better already. Look for tomorrow's report with plenty of details.