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48 yellowfin 89 skipjack 36 yellowtail 5 dorado. Aquarium style on a lucky kelp.
Saturday Aug. 4th, 2012
Hello from the bridge of the fabulous Polaris Supreme.
Fishing for Saturday was another mixed bag out here on the offshore tuna grounds.
Like yesterday, it started out slow, but by mid day we had found our stride and started connecting with those beautiful 35-45 lb yellowfin tuna. We scratched at them all afternoon and by the end of the day, we had put another fantastic day together. We also came upon a nice school of Blufin to cap things off.
The rack of lamb dinned with all the trimmings was a great way to end things. Chef Schooler has been fatting us up nicely.
Weather is still good and knowing the potential for Sunday, well were pretty pumped up!
Check back tomorrow for a detailed recap.
Todays report was compiled by Charter Head Tom Chaparro.
Well, we started off in the hot yellowtail zone this morning. Us and 4 of the other long range boats. I'm not at all going to call it a bust, it just wasn't what we were hoping/expecting. Things were a little on the slow side. It perked up for a little while but it was short lived. It wasn't bad. I mean we caught almost 50 yellows there before lunch. And they were nice ones too, let me tell you. 26 pound average is my guess without weighing a single one. Maybe 28, OK. But by lunch it was done, done, done. So we got mobile. It wasn't for a few hours before we found something worthy to shut down on. We found a kelp and caught another 25 beautiful tails. I mean beauts.
So we can't complain. 75 gorgeous yellowtail today to go with flat calm, sunny weather. I can think of many, many days out here where I would have paid plenty for a day like we had today. We're making that move while we still can. We'll be getting our Island on tomorrow. Hopefully we can put some more quality yellows on board and fish our last couple days up there in tuna land.
Getting to know your crew: Mark didn't inherit his eating habits from his dad. Nope. Mr. Clark himself is out here in the flesh and I've bussed his plate twice now and I haven't seen a finished plate by a long shot. Mark would never. Especially now with him being hungry all day and all with the diet. Oh, and I guess I have tendonitis in my Supinator muscle which is awesome Stoked.
Matt Hess? Shame on you buddy. I'm supposed to give you a shout out here and I don't even no what to say to you I'm so disappointed. Oh well, see you next time I guess. And Joe Miller. My buddy Joey. You were the first one Jed and I asked about. Get yourself all fixed up and we'll see you next year. We love you and we miss you buddy.
First of all, what the heck was that?! Did you see that tonight?! Holy Toledo! It was like a rocket or something, blasting through the sky, then all of a sudden, boom! It just lit up. For a second there, I thought that was it. I thought, see you later world,. This is it. Then it was just out of control. I watched it with the gyros for a while and it was zippin and zappin all over the place with a huge green glow in it's wake. Wow!! And the whole fleet saw it. From here, out to there, and into there and all the way down there. I can't wait to hear the explanation. I'll remember that forever.
OK. Onto fishing.. Today, we had a bad day. Just an old fashioned bad day. And I wish that was all I had to say about that, but you make me write more to you. That wouldn't be good enough. So I'll explain it. Last night I downloaded what I thought was a tasty looking water chart. It shows much much less warm water around but there was a lovely looking strip of warm headed southeast from Clemente. So I thought I had this great idea to start at the Island, and leave when they closed it down at 11:30. Well it's what we did. We started at the Island, only we didn't catch a whole lot. A handful of nice yellows and some junk was all. So we stuck with the plan and headed down that strip of warm water. You know, the promise land, so I thought. I was wrong. And that's all I have to say about that.
We did experience some great flat calm weather. And we caught our first ever American wahoo in November, so that was cool. Good boat, good crew, and good food. We just missed the good fishing. Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you. Sometimes you're sitting field level, and sometimes you're sitting nose bleed. That's all a part of the game.
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