A pretty un-inspirational report today as we slogged up the line feeling
somewhat akin to a salmon struggling up river against an unrelenting current.
Though the weather was decent our velocity was abominable setting us up for a
1030 ETA at Fisherman's Landing on Saturday, March 10th. So be it; the important
leg of the northward run was completed in record time and comfort.
For now we primp and prepare Royal Star for our colossal upcoming maintenance
project scheduled to begin as soon as the fish are unloaded and the boat is shut
down on Saturday. For certain I plan to continue the stream of daily reports
during our down time as I still have a wealth of Clipperton images I am eager to
share at full resolution. Also, I look forward to sharing the progress of our
mechanical projects as we continue to invest heart and soul into the safe,
reliable operation of our vessel.
To return to the present however I remind all Clipperton anglers with plans to
meet us on Saturday to call Tracy in the office today after 1400 hrs. to receive
the most current ETA update. If you do not speak with her directly the ETA will
be available on our office answering machine after hours.
Photos for the day feature Thai anglers "Ming" and "Stan" enjoying the moment of
victory with their 185 (Ming) and 207 (Stan) respectively. In the case of "Stan"
this was his third over the deuce for the voyage all of which were taken using
his trusted Shimano Talica 25. If you are heading down to the show look for
Capt. Randy Toussaint and Brian Sims to be present today!
It was in high spirits that anglers departed loading into waiting launches in
the early morning following sincere exchanges of gratitude, affection, and
appreciation. Fine weather followed us all the way into the once sleepy enclave
of Cabo San Lucas to compliment the ultimate leg of the perfect northward
Around the corner was a different story. As so many past Cabo to San Diego
sojourns have demonstrated the fly home option is offered for a compelling
reason. By early afternoon the prior three days tranquility was replaced by
smashing and crashing through sloppy conditions while making slow time of it.
Needless to say the fun is over here. However when I consider the vast majority
of anglers already on board their flights home, or those that remained to enjoy
a couple of days extra in the entertainment laden Cabo San Lucas, I beam with
satisfaction. Good move men, good move.
Back to fishing, yesterday I forgot to mention the tagging anglers had the
opportunity to participate in during this voyage that added to our already
extensive list of tagging accomplishments and complimented the voyage in every
Senior Scientist Kurt Schaefer from the IATTC (Inter-American Tropical Tuna
Commission) joined us on this run seeking 98 volunteered yellowfin tuna to
release carrying archival tags in the waters surrounding Clipperton. I am
pleased to report that the scientific objectives were easily met as all anglers
eagerly volunteered tunas up to 150# for the project. Once again Royal Star
anglers demonstrated an elevated understanding of the responsibility we all
share as sport anglers to enhance the future of our fishery through exemplary
actions and sincere stewardship. My gratitude and respect is extended to
everyone who participated in the success of this endeavor.
Photos for the day feature two strong supporters of the project Robert Limon and
Andre De Botton. Both men readily embraced the releasing of tagged yellowfin
although Mr. De Botton is pictured here with crewman Blake Wasano and a 140#
specimen that received a different kind of tag on its gill plate before being
placed in the refigerated hold.
Last but not least the big Fred Hall show is up and running with both Capt.
Randy Toussaint and Capt. Brian Sims representing Royal Star as I take her up
the line. One announcement to make is the addition of two, brand new 3 day
voyages in early July added to meet overwhelming demand for a few shorter summer
trips on Royal Star. The dates for the new voyages are Sun. July 8th - Wed. July
11th, and Thur. July 12th - Sun. July 15th. The cost of each voyage is $1095.00.
See Randy and/or Brian at the show or give Tracy or Ann a call in the office if
you are interested. Both voyages are prime time and certain to fill so call or
book now to insure availability! Have a great time at the show.