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We were back on The Ridge today. We got to the spot a little after daylight and we found some action after a little bit of looking. We were making drifts catching wahoo and tuna. No great numbers on the wahoo. We caught one per rod. That's an average though. Not everyone caught one. For example, I believe team Oberg caught 3 or 4, and team Grella caught 5. So it wasn't a great spread but everyone had there chances. For example, team Holeman went 1 for 7 nd team Henry lost a bunch too. But when they weren't losing wahoo they were pulling on tuna. A bit on the smaller side but not too small. We were tagging the bigger ones. It was a fun and productive day I thought. But we always want more.
We left a little while after lunch toward Alijos Rocks and we'll be there all day tomorrow. We'll most likely have to leave tomorrow night though because the wind, she's acoming.
22 Anglers, 22 Yellowtail, and 87 Bonito. Light loads and good action.
Dear Polaris Supreme Anglers,
I hope this letter finds all of you well. As summer fast approaches we have gotten final Guadalupe questions answered. And below I have done my best to try to convey them all to you.
Not all trips will go to Guadalupe. Last year there was already excellent fishing at Guadalupe mid July. In a normal water temperature year like we have now, we start to see Guadalupe produce good yellowfin by mid August. So mid July, mid August is the time slot we may start fishing Guadalupe. Your guess is probably as good as mine. But we do know if the yellowfin do show, they will be there in full force by September and October. Either way we want to be to be prepared for any scenario.
Passports, Visas, Mexican Permits, and Guadalupe Permits (one bracelet for each day of fishing at Guadalupe) will be required by all passengers on all trips four days and longer from July 18th on that may go to Guadalupe. This is a Homeland Security US and Mexico Customs and Immigration requirement to go to Guadalupe Island.
I realize the logistics seem very complex, but all you, as a passenger will need to acquire, will be a passport. We will acquire all other documents.
The decision to go to Guadalupe will be made four to five days prior to departure. This will give us time to prepare our forms, and notify our customs brokers, (Us and Mexican), Department of Homeland Security, Customs, Immigration, Agriculture, and Coast Guard.
We need your passport information now!
Our decision to go to Guadalupe will be made on the basis of whether there is good fishing or not at the Island, weather, input from charter heads and passengers as to their desire to go. The Captain and owner will make the final decision based on the above-mentioned and any other issues that may come up.
A typical route on a five-day trip would be as follows:
Day 0 – Board 9:00am * Depart Landing11:00am * Depart Bait Receivers 1:00 pm
It is 60 miles from San Diego to Ensenada * Arrive Ensenada 7:00 pm *
Two hours to clear * Depart Ensenada 9:00 pm
Day 1 – Fish day light until dark off shore for albacore, bluefin, and yellowtail on
kelps. It is 182 miles from Ensenada to the North end of Guadalupe and 196
miles to the south end. 217 miles from San Diego to north end of Guadalupe.
237 miles to south end.
Day 2 – Fish Guadalupe daylight and on into the night for yellowtail and tuna.
Day 3 – Fish Guadalupe until dark. You could also go back off shore at the end of the
Previous day to fish albacore, bluefin, and yellowtail on kelps this day.
Day 4 – Fish off shore for albacore, bluefin, and yellowtail on kelps. We must be within
60 miles of Ensenada by 4 pm to be into Ensenada by 10 pm to clear out of
Mexico. Depart Ensenada midnight.
Day 5 – Arrive San Diego customs 6:00 am. One hour to clear. Arrive back to the
dock 7:30 am.
The typical scenario for a four-day trip would be one day less at Guadalupe. If indeed the Island was the main destination. The time involved to target Guadalupe on four and five day trips will not allow us to have time to fish Cedros or Benitos. Six or seven day trips will.
This is the longest expected clearing times. We are hoping to keep Ensenada down to one hour and San Diego down to a half hour. There is no scheduled check in into Guadalupe, but we expect to be inspected by Conapesca and/or the Mexican Navy.
Only on trips going to Guadalupe requiring clearance there will be a clearance fee of approximately $3260.00 divided up amongst the passengers on board. This will cover the cost we will be required to pay in and out of San Diego and Ensenada for customs, Immigration and Agriculture. Other cost will include the following
Cost 5-Day: (carrying 24 people)
Mexican Fishing Permit $ 87.00 (cost incurred on all trips to Mexico)
Mexican Visa $25.00
Daily Guadalupe Bracelet $ 5.00 (per day) times 3= $15
Clearance Fee $135.00
Approximate total $257.00
Our bait dying in Ensenada Harbor has been a question brought up and will not be an issue. Ensenada Harbor is very clean, if not cleaner than San Diego Bay in the summer when there is no runoff. It is also cooler than San Diego Bay and chance of red tide is slim in both bays this year with no El Nino.
Thank you all for your patronage. If you have any questions or concerns please call me or Susan at the Polaris Supreme office. 619-390-7890
Polaris Supreme Trip Up Date 11-17-2013
Another productive day of scratch fishing here aboard the Polaris Supreme, off of the Baja Mexico coast. A bit more variety than days past, even to the point of stumping the marine biologist passengers aboard in identifying a bottom dwelling creature or two that were incidental catches. Anything that comes aboard that stumps the boat is typically referred to generically as a "snarf" of some type. Seems as though there's always something new to discover on these trips.
Our weather continues to behave, and we're loving that. I don't believe that we've had 10 knots of wind at any point over the past eight days. We couldn't ask for better weather. The sea temperature is dropping slightly as we head into the more northerly latitudes, though. We were up bright and early this morning, before daybreak, and watched as the moon set in the distance, glimmering off of the calm ocean. It looked like a French impressionist painting, except that we were experiencing it, and it was all around us, rather than someone else's rendition hanging on a museum's wall.
Crewmember Mark modeled his hardhat briefly this afternoon. I think it's in anticipation of his getting ready to do something really stupid, and being sentenced by the rest of the crew to wearing it for an extended period of time. Think of it as the Polaris Supreme's version of a dunce cap. Kristin, I apologize for spelling your name incorrectly yesterday. Happy anniversary AGAIN to both you and Captain Drew.
Dinner tonight is fresh wahoo, with some rice and green beans, I believe. I only eat the dinners to get my hands on the incredible desserts that they've been serving. Not really ... I only eat the desserts to make Captain Tommy feel less guilty for his indulgences.
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