Polaris Supreme Trip Report 07-11-2014
Hello Sportfishing Fans. We are off on Bill Stephens annual 5 day with out Bill. He couldn't make it due to work scheduling. What a bummer working all year putting together a trip and not being able to go. Any way we all appreciate it. From all of us on the Polaris Supreme Thanks Bill. We have started the trip off with a bang at the bait receiver's picking up a nice load of 6 in. sardines and cured anchovies to go with a couple of tanks of green back mackerel Drew and the boys caught last trip. It looks like there is some tuna fish to catch very close to home so why not stop and try it? We did and we saw a couple schools of bluefin. One acted like bluefin but on the other we hooked 3 and caught 2-35 pounders. I wish that stuff would move south 150 miles. That would make it more convenient for a long range boat. We also caught a handful of yellowfin. We're going to head south and probably start early in on the coastal grounds for yellowtail before heading offshore to the tuna grounds in the afternoon.
The weather is getting windier the further south we go so we're planning on it wind tomorrow.
Like i said before, we were going to start our morning off tailing. Yellows that is and that's exactly what we did. The fish bit OK for an hour or so. They were mixed grade from 10 all the way up to 20+ pounds. Mid morning we headed offshore and had some pretty steady yellowfin striking. We even got them biting bait for a couple stops. On one we had 22 and the other 13! Those are our best yellowfin stops of the year. We kept heading south throughout the day striking them up but the further south we went the smaller the fish got and the windier the weather got. Around 6:30 we stopped on a jig strike and took a good roller and things went flying so with the small grade of fish we were catching and the unsafe drifting conditions, we called it a day. We're headed to Cedros to do some fishing on those big fat yellowtails we've been catching there and to get out of this weather.
We had some good tailing today. We were a little slow out of the gates. We didn't get on them until a few hours after daylight but when we did it was good fishing on the 18-25 pound fish. We had one of those good old long drifts where we were gettin um. Of course after a while we had a lull so we went searching and found some mixed grade yellowtails eager to bite. They were mostly 10-14 pounds with a few 16-18 pounders in the mix but it was still fun and they were biting. We did that for a couple hours and left them biting to find the bigger grade of fish we were fishing in the morning and wouldn't you know it, we got an evening whack. A sun setter. Now this fish seemed to be even bigger than the morning grade. I'm talking 22-28 pounders this time. Maybe a few bigger. At dark we decided we had enough yellowtail and we'd like to top off with some more yellowfin and try for some bluefin in a couple of days so we'll be running up tonight. The weather for us was good
and the forecast for the future looks tasty. 5 knots of wind makes my mouth water. Everyone on board here is fat and happy. What I mean by that is they're being fed well and are having a good time.
July 14 and 15 all in one.
We fished the 14th offshore in some haven't been fished in waters for a while and we found plenty of tuna but they were all small. For the most part it's what the grade of yellowfin is this year so we opted to put tags on them. It bit well on one stop. After a while we wound in the jigs due to constant jig strikes, we couldn't short stop anymore without it costing us time in the local grounds where the better grade was biting. Mark and I played a game we call suicide trolling. We each put out a troll rod and the first one to get a tuna on deck wins. The boat doesn't stop. We both got bit instantly but mine fell off. I kept getting bit but they wouldn't hook. After 30 seconds I realized I didn't have a hook on my jig and by the time I got a different jig out we were past the fish and Mark took his time and wound his in for the victory.
We can't complain about today. The weather was as good as it gets. No wind and no sea. It was beautiful. We also caught 54 30-35 pound tuna and for what was around today, it was a good score. We're headed in and we're going to be the first boat in tomorrow at 0530 hours. We'll be heading back out tomorrow on another 5 day trip. See you then.