We now have Guadalupe Permits!
We had a very busy turn around today. It was time to change oil and fuel filters and make a repair. But all is good and we're under way. Our new computers are getting more and more dialed in. I now have spell check. I love sitting back in the chair now and typing these reports. Not now though because the letters shrunk on me again. I'm going to have to figure that out. So here we go again on another 5 day. Our baits good we think. Time will always tell. It's looking like things might get a bit breezy the next few days so we have Cedros in mind. We're going to fish tuna tomorrow first and then most likely fish the Island the day after for a couple days and let the weather come down before finishing up in tuna land for our last day. That's the game plan at the moment anyway. Things change out here all the time though. In the end we just take it one day at a time.
The official weigh in is in. We have Mark weighing in at 231.4 pounds. And in the left corner we have Justin weighing in at 228.2 pounds. If your just tuning in, he who loses the most weight by October 1 wins the bet. I'll keep you posted after each progress report hopefully at the end of each trip. This excites me. Competition. I love it.
Drew and crew
Today was rough.I'm not talking about the fishing. I'm talking about the weather. We were expecting this though. We knew it would be this way so we had plans all along to keep it a down swell day. We started west and moved east jigging up small tuna. We expected this as well. We must of caught 50 tuna this morning but only 10 of them wound up with tags stapled to there gills. All the rest went back into the ocean to fight another day. Right before lunch we hit a nice kelp and caught 20 nice yellows. We thought we were going to string together a few kelps after that but that was the last thing we saw all day long other than a few jig strikes on throw back tunas. So we're headed to the Island now and we'll be there before daylight. Wish us luck.
Good news. We're getting our Gunny back August 8th. I miss that well done steak eating man. If you're reading this Guns, bring another blanket. I've been using your's aqnd it's been working great. I've been putting it on top of my blanket though so if you want it back it shouldn't have my cooties on it.
Drew and crew
We had a good day. We had a great day actually. From about 8-12 it was pretty darn good fishing. We scratched before that and we scratched after that. And from 5:30 until close to dark we had very good fishing. The best of the day. Heck, I'll call it the best of the year for us. Quality and quantity. Through out the day the fish was all mixed up. !4-22 pounds. This evening I don't think I saw more than 2 fish below 16 pounds. Most were bigger then that. Like I said, we had a good day. And we did it in the wind too. All day long it was windy, windy, windy. But we didn't care. We were catching fish.
We're going to stay the night and try and get another good hit in the morning and take it from there. We may mess around up the lee of the Island or take off offshore and look for tuna. We'll play it by ear. First things first, we want a good hit.
Drew and crew
I just woke up and thought I'd better write this before I forget about it. Last night after our late hit we made a 5 mile move tighter to the Island in this little bay, if you would. Man o man was it good sleeping. The boat just gently rocked us to sleep. Gently. The AC was pumping and we were all beat from our day and kind of sick of the wind, so we came over here, out of the wind and fell asleep with our thumbs in our mouths. Now it's getting about time to fish. I'll let everyone sleep another hour and then it's wake up time. See you tonight.
Midday report: We left The Island around noon. It wasn't as good today as it was yesterday. It was still good, we were just hoping for a little more in a shorter time. It might be because of all the bait that's around here. I can't imagine they haven't been just stuffing there face all night and morning. i've been fishing that Island for 15 years and I haven't seen anything like it. Even the Godfather himself called it an "unbelievable" amount of bait there. And then at noon when we were looking for one more stop, all the life vanished Just like that. Poof. I didn't give it any time after that looking. We left right away. So it took us a couple hours longer then I was expecting and we were just a stop shy of what I wanted but we're still looking good on yellowtail. We saved a little room for tomorrow.
So we took off in search of tuna/dorado this afternoon, and we were unsuccessful. The ride up so far has been fine. The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow. It should be good to start and only get better throughout the day. We deserve it. The reports above in tomorrows tuna zone for us were good today. There were some productive kelps up there today. We want some.
Drew and crew
Happy Anniversary, Renee, thanks for letting me go fishing, I love you!!!! D
Today was just one of those days for us. Well, I was controlling where we fished so I guess I just had one of those days. No, we're a team out here, WE had one of those days. We zigged instead of zagged. We turned left instead of right. During our zig, we found two kelps that were truly loaded with nice looking tuna according to my machines, but darn-it if they wouldn't bite. We have to figure they were kelps that got fished the day before and needed more time to recoup. During that time, there was a small area of kelps being found that were holding Dorado and mostly small tuna, but they were all taken by the time we made it in there. We tried to pick off one into the east and then north but we never could find much before we ran out of time. We scratched out a bit more than 50 mixed fish today so it wasn't a total loss. We just had one of those days.
The weather right now couldn't be better. We deserve it. We had a windy few days to start out the trip. All and all it was a great trip. A great group and good fishing. We'll be home tomorrow and back out for another 5 shortly there after.
As of now I'd pick Mark to win the "Biggest Loser" competition. Chef David made an amazing lasagna last night and Justin had a big ole piece while Mark ate a salad. Who would of thought our hill- billy, poor grammar speaking Mark "the crow" Clark would pass up lasagna for a salad. Next thing you know he may exercise during his way... OK, I can't even finish writing that it sounds so ridiculous.
Drew and crew