A whole lot of pent up energy here, that's for sure, as the final day passes in sublime tranquility - a sea reformed, waiting, for the next enrage to come. Though now that doesn't matter; we pass through jubilant, cognizant, and vigilant wringing every ounce of serenity, every moment of comfort, from a sea passive and becalmed.
I suspect this extended calm will elicit a result offshore and coastal very different this year than the relentless north westerlies and screaming California current of 2011. It is a little early to be projecting or prophesising but at least the prevailing conditions are far from what occurred last season. Whether this bodes well or otherwise is yet to be seen.
For now though I will offer encouragement in the form of various signs of small bluefin tuna offshore as well as big bonita and a few yellowtail around kelps. It isn't much, but it is something. And for this time of year something is enough.
But we are shutting down again for a few weeks, out of the picture, shore bound. That is of course unless something, anything, shows up in numbers sufficient for us to schedule an impromptu shorter voyage. For those of you who have expressed interest in this idea keep a sharp eye on our website. As of now it appears that there may be at least one Royal Star 1
1/2 day in the next month or two, maybe more. While we are in I will continue to post full resolution photos from this voyage as well as pertinent information that comes along.
Captain Brian Sims and I will be taking the office helm as Tracy steps out for a little R and R with R.
Photo for the day features another long range legend with many years, many voyages, and many giant yellowfin to show for his invested time. Don Louchios, here with crewman Blake Wasano, and Kevin Leong(who jumped in for me as I switched to photo mode)is rightfully pleased after landing his first ever giant, this hearty 238, while fishing with a chunk.
Traditionally a live bait enthusiast, Don has now expanded his long range portfolio to include the title of "Chunk Master". From the look of everyone in today's photo the end was well worth the means.