We now have Guadalupe Permits!
I'm pretty sure I have written a report very similar to this one not too long ago but here we go anyways. We had a good morning and a good evening today. It was the in between part that stunk for us. It was a long afternoon but you always forget about the afternoon when you're pulling on fish into dark. I don't even remember anymore. Anyways we ended up with just shy of a hundred tuna for the day and we're going to drift all night and start where we end up in the morning. We will be drifting because it is fantastic weather and we don't need to put out the sea anchor or idle up and down swell all night because it's good drifting.
I was told second hand today that my reports make it sound like fishing was less good than it actually was and I have to say that I totaly agree. I have sat at home in the past and reminessed by reading some of my past reports and have thought to myself how much better that perticular day actually was than I was reading so I will try and be more accurate with my reports starting with today. As I write this we have just departed from a 2+ hour drift on the bigguns so I'm still pumped. Take a journey with me.
We started off our morning drifting in flat calm conditions which it remained for the rest of the day. We fired up after daylight and didn't find much to work with for a few hours but mid morning we started stringing some stops together on the yellowfin tunas for a couple of hours before they went down for pretty much the rest of the day minus a couple stops mid afternoon. In between that after lunch we bumped into a couple big balls of dorado. That's something we haven't seen yet this year. They were a bit on the smaller size for the most part but they were still fun to watch and catch. Most of them were the size that's to big to bounce over the rail without a gaff but small enough to make it very difficult to gaff so we lost our fair share. Mostly guys grabbing the line trying to swing it over on there own.
After around 4 oclock we were getting low on bait and decided to use the remainder of it trying to catch bluefin tuna. Things were looking grim for us after a couple hours driving around in the zone without seeing much but around 6:30 things got nasty. My sonar made that beautiful sound the says fish fish fish with every pulse and then it was drifting for a few hours and hooking for 2. I'm not sure how many of the 60-90 pound maybe a few over 100 pound beasts we hooked but I can tell you we landed 13 of them and when you land that many you usually lose that many too. I watched one gentleman get spooled instantly on 50 pound test. Instantly. I watched that same angler later land one on 60 pound test. Everyone on board had their chance at a biggun this evening and half the boat did get one.
We're headed for the dock now and we'll be there tomorrow around the 0700 hour. We'll have a busy little turn around but we'll get the job done. We always do. See you later from the wheel house of the Polaris Supreme.
Drew and crew
Good evening folks from the bridge of the Polaris Supreme. Let me just start off by telling you how beautiful of a night it is out here. First of all the ocean is flat calm. Just a super light breeze and no sea. It's almost like we're in the bay right now. The moon is full, huge and bright as can be and it's lighting up the night.
We left today on an Eric Rogger 5 day charter. I think it's in the 30's on number of consecutive years he's been doing this one so our hat goes off to him. Owner/operator Tommy is back on board so I'll be running as second captain this trip. I think the sardines grew about 90 percent in length and weight since the last time we got bait 3 days ago. They're lunkers. They'll make great yellowtail bait and I'll bet the bluefin will dig them, we'll have to see about them yellowfin.
I guess you can tell by my questioning of the last paragraph that we didn't get in them this afternoon. The darn fish just moved too far away for us to reach on our departure day today. We got there minutes late but there was some pretty darn good hits this evening so we're excited about tomorrow.
Drew and crew