Arrive/Depart today. I feel that I've written this report before. We added a few things, like crew members, food, new passengers... We took a few things away, like crew members, old passengers with there fish... Anyways, We left again mid morning on Mr. Chaparro's 18th consecutive charter. A limited load of 20 passengers. We got our bait... We'll see... and are underway. We'll be fishing first thing tomorrow for tuna/yellowtail/dorado all day long and most likely working our way back down to Cedros Island. There looks to be some wind on the way so we like to be at Islands fishing when that happens. More comfty that way.
The weigh in happened. Just a 5 day progress report. Mark actually gained weight while Justin lost some. And Mark was the better eater. Unless he's secretly stuffing his face during his watch or something. Maybe he doesn't remember doing it.
Good evening folks and welcome to the last July 31 of 2015 ever aboard the Polaris Supreme. The water we fished today just didn't have that right feel to it if you know what I mean. The whole set up changed since we were there 2 days ago. It was 2 degrees cooler for one thing. Maybe we weren't in the right zone , but I don't think so. I think things were off as far as the tuna and Dorado goes. We were finding bull kelp areas instead of nice bushy kelps and catching only dinker tuna. I only saw one tuna over 10 pounds today and 10 pounds was a lunker. Needless to say we let every single one of them go. So at 7:00 pm, it was looking like we were going to chalk this one up as a travel day. I was just about ready to shower. I mean I literally had all my clothes on the floor with the shower water running when I heard the call. "We have a real nice kelp up ahead". I thought about it and decided I better suit up again just in case and it was the right move. Easily the best kelp of the year. Until well after sunset things were busy and exciting aboard the Polaris Supreme. The whole boat was bit. Every single person. Wide open 14-25 pound yellowtails. It was good. 4 fish per rod that stop. Uh huh. Dinner was much more satisfying than it was flling like it was going to be.
Another reason dinner was so lovely would be a fella, my friend Herb Yamanaka. Very possibly the nicest man in the world. At least tied for the nicest man in the world. Every year he spends I don't even know how much time behind the lathe machine, making everyone on board an original wooden bowl or things like it, and they're wonderful. He works for the Oregon Ducks origination so go Ducks!!!
Tomorrow we'll be arriving to Cedros at about 7 in the am. We're going to plan on wind, and we're going to plan on some good tailing to go along with a good time.
Drew and crew
Good morning. It's morning time for me. 1:53 am. I'm writing about yesterday. I'd call it good fishing. Nothing crazy, just steady scratch fishing for most of the day. Same old grade, 14-22 pounders. Same basic grounds. It was a lot more fun than that sounds though. Come on, good fishing on a good grade of fish. What more could we ask for? Better weather? OK. But sometimes you get wind. When life gives you lemons... Seriously though, we had a whole lot of wind today. Here's the thing though. The boat drifted great. We may have had over 20 knots of wind, but the boat drifted like we had 10. A little wind burn and some chapped lips is all. As long as the fish bite and no one gets hurt.
Good fishing or not, we decided to take a break from that wind this afternoon. We made a little move where the wind gets blocked by The Island. What a difference. I compared it to sitting in a spa. Just that, aaahhhhhhhhh feeling. We even caught some fish. There were some spots of YT's up and at dark we caught 4 grouper, a halibut and a tail on a drift. Then we anchored up for Seabass and had dinner. We haven't caught a Seabass yet but we're hoping at or just before daylight we get some. One boat had some around these parts yesterday.
So that's it. We'll be here again tomorrow. 20 minutes left on my watch and I'll be going back to bed for a few more hours. Stay classy everyone and thanks for stopping by.
Drew and crew
Today was a bit on the slower side. Until the end but I'll get to that. We woke up in hopes of getting a sea bass bite going but that was only a fairy tale. We got a few yellows is all. After, we made some grouper drifts and caught some more of those Broomtail Groupers. Something like 4 or 5 of them along with some calico bass and yellows while we drifted along. And for the rest of the day we pretty much hung out in the lee of the island and drifted here and there and caught a handful of yellowtail here and there.
Like I said, we fished the lee today. No wind for us. It was lovely. We had plans for dinner at 7:30, so at 7:00 i hopped in the shower to get cleaned up because I was serving, and while I was in there, I heard some cheering, and then again some hooting and hollering hen I was getting out. It turns out the first round of cheers came because of a nice sea bass they brought in. The second was for a yellowfin tuna that was landed. I went down and got the tables set and while I was doing this they kept catching yellowtail, tuna and seabass. After we made first call we had a whopping 1 person come in to eat. Team galley understood though. We knew that there may possibly be no fishing time for the next day due to bad weather running up the line. So we kept catching fish and one by one, passengers would come in and scarf down some dinner, which was a lovely meatloaf that was fantastic, and then go back out and catch some more fish.
This lasted until after 9:00 and then we took off. We ended the stop with 30 yellowtail, 5 white seabass up to about 40 pounds, and something like 6 or 7 on the tunas. We prepared the deck for a rough ride home, and set sail toward the beach to try and improve our conditions. The swells always less on the coast rather than offshore. I doubt we'll have any time to fish tomorrow. Travel day.
Drew and crew
There really isn't much to report today.. We didn't fish. We traveled all day. We chose to fish later last night in the windless lee of Cedros catching yellows, tuna, and seabass instead of going offshore in the wind/swell and most likely catching nothing or small tuna. I think we made the right choice. We had a bit of a bumpy ride last night, or so I'm told. As usual I slept through it. We were almost to the coast when I woke up for my watch, so things were a lot smoother. So today we slept in and had a late breakfast of biscuits and gravy. The crew got our scrub on while the customers read, hung out and played poker. After lunch, on cue, most of the boat took a nice nap. Now dinner is at it's end and my watch is almost over and I'm ready for bed.
We'll be arriving tomorrow at 6:00 in the morning. We should have a fairly quick turn around and we'll be back out again, this time for 4. I'll be taking her out and I'm not sure where we'll go yet. Fishing right now is at that stage where things need to and will change very soon. We just hope we're in the right place when they do.
Drew and crew