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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Hi friends. We had ourselves a very productive morning down here on the yellowtail grounds. We awoke this morning to beautiful, balmy conditions and after catching only a couple of premiums, we bailed back out to the drift zone. The drift zone once again was kind to us, as that quality 16-22 lb. grade bit the jigs and dropper loops for us all morning. Really fun fishing on a really nice grade of 'tail. Unfortunately, as the wind picked up speed around lunch time, our lines went slack and the yellows stopped biting. Bummer. To throw salt on the wound, the weather kept freshening up and we had to make a run for cover for the afternoon.
I'm thankful to say that we did find shelter for the evening. Although it's still blowing thirty-plus knots with gusts up to forty knots, there isn't the washing machine sea conditions that we had in the afternoon. The wind this evening was like the clock concept of the arena in the second book of the Hunger Games series "Catching Fire". It would blow from the east, then the southeast, then the south, and so on. Every time the wind direction changed, we ran for cover and hid until the direction would change again. We're very smart!
Like I said, we're sheltered away for the night and the wind is letting up now, so we're pumped. We'll try for bait throughout the night/morning and then try for some yellows when we're all finished with the bait-making. After that, we're hoping to bust a move offshore and focus on tuna for the remaining three days of the trip. With a favorable weather forecast, our excitement is high and let's see if we can't get on some of that nice grade yellowfin and bluefin. Stay tuned.
-The Supreme Team
Our partnership with the best live bait boats in the world allowed us to catch 126 yellowfin from 15-25 lbs and 13 bluefin from 30-50 lbs. a 20 lb rod with a #2 hook, a 30 lb rod with a #1 or #2 hook and a 40 lb rod with a #1 hook is all you need. Please be sure to have at least 150 feet of mono on top of your braid. Shock absorption is very important when fighting a fish on a small hook. Fish the heaviest line the fish are willing to bite.
I told myself yesterday that if we caught 30 wahoo today it would be worth the move. We caught 31. Scoooore!
It was good in the morning. By 10:00 we were moving right along on pace to have one heck of a day. Then things went slow. We were able to scratch just enough, and with the expectancy of an evening hit, we still were feeling good. That hit never happened. One here and two there was the rest of our day. But like I said, I'm very pleased with what we caught. It was definitely worth the ride. It helps that every wahoo we caught this trip is a toad. 40-50+ pounds baby.
We're headed up now. We'll have to be making headway toward home for the rest of the trip. We only have a couple of days left. We're going to give it a shot and finding a dorado kelp in the morning. The 3 boats that tried it prior to us struck out so we'll have a back up plan. Our plan B is to fish yellows at an island tomorrow afternoon. See you tomorrow.
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.
Good evening folks. We started this morning off with our efforts toward making some bait but just couldn't get it to bite so we switched gears and got into fishing mode. The guys put 7 yellowfin on the deck then it was wahoo time. For our efforts, we were rewarded with 20 nice skin for the day. No complaints about that. We even managed to land a few more tuna in the middle of of trolling around. When the hoo decided to move on, it was right back to tuna fishing for the rest of the afternoon. All in all, the guys put together a 30 fish day, not bad at all.
Chef Mike and Gringo in the galley still continue to please with todays lunch being a homemade crab bisque along side a stuffed portabello mushroom and ending the day with Mikes famous Polaris Supreme style cashew crusted fresh wahoo, rice pilaf and snow peas the could have been served in any fine dining restraunt. Everyone is geared up for tomorrow and ready to go. So we'll check back in tomorrow night.
Jed and crew
P.S. Donna, Herb says hello and he's having a great time
and MaryAnn, Paul says hi and not to sell the house
We're chalking up today as a travel day. We started off fishing for yellowtails but it didn't work out too well. The people who tried hard got a couple and some nice sheepshead but it wasn't good. Choppy weather too so we started to slide down after a couple hours. After that we looked at a couple spots for nothing. We did the rest of our seminars, that being wahoo and big tuna, and mostly just headed down. It doesn't look like we've seen the worst of this wind yet. We're expecting the worst tomorrow till noon and then it starting to back off. Hopefully it's workable and we can catch some wahoo tomorrow, but if not, we still need to travel down some to put us in position for the following couple of days. I think these guys on here want a cow and we're going to give them some. Or try our best at the very least.
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