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One stop late in the day accounted for all of our tuna. We ended up with 68 yellowfin 6 bluefin 29 yellowtail 7 bonito.
Here is a good look at one of today’s schools doing its best to look like a ball of bait. Our Evringham bros. sardines were too much for them to handle and the frenzy was on. 75 yellowtail. 25 calico bass. 23 Barracuda. Very good surface action.
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Hi friends. Final day here at Isla de Guadalupe on our Great White shark diving/research trip was a fantastic day. We had two sharks around the boat for most of the morning and sign of that Yellowfin tuna once again. Only a handful of people got in the cages today as today we were on one mission; get tissue samples for Omar and Cesar. After trying to get a good sample from one from the Supreme we knew what we had to do. Put Omar, Cesar, and Chugey in the skiff. After having several good looks at the animal, she was just too far out of reach on every pass. But the last pass, it was go time. All or nothing. Chugey cocked the dart back and got her. A beautiful display of aim and strength and wouldn't you know it, we got the sample. After two days of patience, Omar and Cesar were rewarded for their perseverance and it paid off. They now are all smiles, ear to ear. In the name of science; booyah.
Today was also a day for a little crew cage-time as well. Drew H. and Drew C. got a couple looks at one and it was time for the birthday boy, Chef David Schooler, to get his turn. The picture of Schooler in a full wet-suit was enough for most of us to call it an awesome day but after only about five minutes in the cage, Schooler got out for, as he said "fear of not living to see another birthday". Well, I figured I'd go join Scootch in the cage as he filmed the action and I'd like to spend a couple minutes talking about my experience.
First off, that was the coolest thing I have ever done in my life. The next coolest thing isn't even close. Petting Grey Whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon was a unique experience but that was nothing in comparison to being underwater and being a fingertip away from touching one of the deadliest creatures on the planet. Scootch, myself, and galley assistant Jamie, had probably one of the best shows in the cage in the three days down here and it's one we won't soon forget. Looking this creature in the eyes will humble any person and Shark Week on an HDTV does the Great White shark no justice. at all. I found myself having to put down the camera for a few occasions as trying to get a good shot was taking away too much from just admiring the presence of this majestic creature. Aside from being inches from this beast, on the next pass, we got to witness Chugey lunge the dart into the shark from the skiff as we were underwater. Game over. Sample acquired. After the sample, all we saw was a white flash as the best propelled itself from our viewing and we propelled ourselves out of the cage and the chores of closing up shop began to prepare for the ride back to Ensenada. I'm sure we'll have an accumulation of all of our photos and underwater footage from Scootch on our website and our Facebook page in the next few days. Be sure to take a peak. All in all, it was the experience of a lifetime. Everyone on-board, especially the crew of the Supreme would like to issue a major thanks to Tom and Honey Pfleger, Chugey, Scootch, Cowboy, and everyone at PIER for allowing us to be apart of this adventure. Hopefully, it won't be our last.
So that is all. Our crossing from the island to Ensenada is a tad windy but we're aren't rolling around too much so we're happy with our ride at the moment. We're scheduled to arrive to Ensenada tomorrow morning and our ETA back to San Diego is sometime tomorrow in the early evening. We'll be tying up the Supreme for Thanksgiving and we'll return to fishing for our 12-day departing on the 29th of November. We have a few spots still available so if you're interested in being apart of the big tuna chase, give Susan a call at 619-390-7890. Speaking of Susan, tomorrow (the 22nd) is her birthday and we all would like to wish her a very happy birthday and thanks for being the glue to our operation. Happy Birthday, Susan! Good night everyone and we'll chat with you on the 29th.
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Hi friends and happy Sunday y'all. Day two of our Guadalupe Island Great White shark adventure started off the same as it did yesterday. A couple of viewings for the folks in the cages and a decent sign of that 60-100 lb. class tuna swimming but it wasn't as consistent as it was yesterday, atleast on the tuna end of things. We had sporadic shark viewing today with the majority of our views being of the "smaller" sharks. A while after lunch, "Large Marge" showed up and boy, did our viewers get the thrill of their lives. Up close and very personal cage-time as this creature really put on a good show for our party of three inside the cage. Even seeing her from the boat, it was a sight that we all won't soon forget. Aside from that, our next best viewing went to Polaris Supreme crewmen, Jed and Ensenada scientist, Omar. After hanging out in the cage for a while and without seeing a shark for a couple of hours, patience paid off and they were both treated to a nice showing on about a 15 foot shark. Most everyone had the opportunity to get a nice viewing and we're looking to finish up tomorrow with a banner day. Our weather today was much better than yesterday's wind, cloud-cover, and light rain showers that would most definitely wash off our bronze. Today, we had premium bronzing for most of the day and great visibility for our divers. Let's hope for a repeat manana. We'll chat with you tomorrow evening and wish us luck.
***2015 hours update***
At the conclusion of Chef Schooler's delicious seared Ahi dinner, the battle ensued. A singing battle between classically-trained Riley McGuire versus relief crewmember, co-owner of the M/V Pacific Queen, and my roommate, Drew Card. Early on, It looked like a sure runaway for Riley but with a some expert coaching from Drew Henderson and myself, Drew rocked a lovely rendition of Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline". After a vote, it was decided that both Riley and Drew would ultimately have to share victory as no winner could be decided upon. If I personally had to pick a winner it would be Riley on every level except for two; singing most out of key and crowd participation (you just can't help belting out the words to the chorus of "Sweet Caroline"). Those two victories definitely went to Drew. A little post-dinner fun lasted for only a few minutes as rain squalls bombed through and the wind began to howl. It only lasted about an hour or so and we're now sitting comfortably as we get rested up for our final day tomorrow. So that is all. Just thought it would be fun to send out a little bit of an entertainment report to hopefully, well, entertain you. Reports aren't always about fishing and bronzing conditions. We'll chat with you tomorrow. Good night.
Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Hi friends and good evening from Guadalupe Island. We cleared Ensenada customs at 0100 on Friday morning and traveled all throughout the day to arrive to the island last night at around 2200. We got our bearings straight this morning and got the cage in the water around mid-morning. While eating breakfast and awaiting the cage briefings, we had a friendly juvenile shark swimming right next to the boat for an hour or so. When we got our divers in the water, it wasn't long before this little guy was giving our divers a nice little opportunity for some up-close and personal views. While in the cages, our divers saw Yellowfin tuna in the 50-100 lb. range all throughout the day, which made for some excitement from us fishermen and fisherwomen on-board. Although the "smaller" shark was a sight to see, we had been hearing rumor of a giant female lurking around these parts. In the afternoon time, we saw her, Large Marge. Not necessarily the longest shark seen but my goodness, she is one of the girthiest sharks our scientists have ever seen. In all honesty, this beauty of a shark is as wide as a school bus. Only a few of the divers were able to see her from the cages but the folks who viewed her from the boat were in shock by the size of this animal. Hopefully, everyone gets to witness this behemoth from the cage.
With our shark viewing and tuna viewing all day, we're hunkered down in the cove and the guys and gals are enjoying some Prime Rib before they hit the racks. It was a successful first day of "getting our feet wet" and tomorrow, we're hoping for a full-day of sharks and tuna and hopefully some time for a little research for our PIER guys and our scientists from Ensenada, Omar and Cesar. Omar and Cesar are hoping for some tissue samples so we'll hopefully make their wish come true. The female we saw today has plenty of tissue to give and hopefully, they can get a sample from her and not the other way around. We'll report with you tomorrow.
One stop shop. 111 yellowfin 146 skipjack 54 yellowtail 15 dorado.
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Hi friends. We arrived in this morning from our annual Blue-White 5-day and said goodbye to Robin Gledhill and the gang. We can't say enough about the boys, they are one cool group of guys and they just flat out get it. Having a good time on the boat is a given, provide some good entertainment, a family atmosphere, and some of the best wine you can find on the west coast. Mix that with the added bonus of stellar fishing and you have the 2011 Blue-White trip. Phenomenal fishing for the guys and they went home stoked. We say thanks to the gang and we'll see you again next year.
We'll be at the docks for a few hours and then we'll be departing for a 1.5 day trip. Fishing is getting good in the old area so we'll be racing down there this evening. Wish us luck and we'll chat with you tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Hi friends. Plain and simple, the dynamics of the water conditions where we've been having great days on this tuna for the past couple of weeks has changed. The schools that were so abundant not twenty-four hours ago were nowhere to be found and we drove around all day for not a whole lot. Amazing how things can change so quickly around here and it's going to be interesting where these fish pop up next. Anyhow, with our limited time frame to try and locate something, we looked at a couple areas that looked good as far as water temperature but we never saw any life and struck out today. At 1030 hours, we made the call to break down the gear, serve lunch, and prepare for the journey home.
So that is all. The 2011 Blue-White trip is in the books and what a great trip it turned out to be. We thank Mr. Robin Gledhill for putting together quite the cast of characters and just creating a fun-loving atmosphere that is truly one-of-a-kind. An excellent charter for us to have on-board the Polaris Supreme and we look forward to seeing everyone next year. With that, our weather is great and we'll be arriving to the docks sometime around 0730 tomorrow morning. We'll be departing the same evening for a 1.5 day trip so look for reports to resume on Friday. Take care.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Hello everybody. Top to bottom, a fine day of Yellowtail fishing for us on the Supreme today. Our hunt for some premium grade 'tails in the very early morning was unsuccessful but we managed to get a few once the sun was above the horizon. There was a good amount of fish but not enough action to keep us there so made a quick tour around to a different area and in the afternoon time, the Yellows got with the program and bit very well for us. Sonar schools and meter marks were what we located and once the bait/jigs hit the water, it was game on for 18-25 lbers. Just an awesome grade of fish to pull on. Surface iron fishing was hot today as the "Big Banana" was tossed around and handed off to many individuals who were willing to take their chances at wrestling a Yellowtail on a 9'3" Ulua. The weather? Excellent bronzing conditions, just how we like it.
So with all the fun in the sun we were having, we had to bail from the Yellowtail grounds at 1700 hours to make it back up to the tuna grounds. We'll be there at first light tomorrow morning and our traveling weather is calm and clear. We're hoping to finish off with some tuna for the couple of hours of fishing we have tomorrow. Wish us luck and we'll chat with you tomorrow.
Monday, September 5th, 2011
Hi friends. Another fine day of offshore fishing today for Yellowfin tuna with a sprinkling of Bluefin and Dorado for a little added color to the wells. We never had a long stop where we plunked away for hours but the fish charged the boat with reckless abandon when we did get a school located and we enjoyed ourselves a very nice day of fishing. They weren't quite eating the trolling rigs on the corner but they were biting the Sardines just fine. What made today a little bit better was the wind that has been hammering the fleet for the better part of a week started to subside and it was a pretty enjoyable day on the weather front as well. Needless to say, we have plenty of tuna for two days of fishing and in-turn, we have plenty for the galley to make all the sashimi goodies that they so expertly prepare. To say the Blue-White group, along with the crew, are stoked is an understatement. Hopefully, we can keep the good times rollin'.
At around 1500 hours, we pointed the Supreme on a southerly course to go try our hand at some Yellowtail fishing. The area we'll be trying will be exclusively for "bigguns" and we'll be there in the dark of the morning to drop some dropper loops on them. The gang is downstairs enjoying wine, cocktails, and most importantly, fillet mignon and lobster tails. We'll chat with you tomorrow and have a fine evening.
Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Hi friends. First day of the 2011 Blue-White 5-day trip was a great success. Our morning was a couple of blind jig strikes for a handful of Yellowfin and for the most part, it was a slow morning. Then, just before lunch, we got on a nice school that bit nails to start out and slowly backed off to one every now and then. When the dust had settled and ordered was restored from the chaos that had ensued, the fish settled into us and we started "plunking" away at a steady pace until Chef Schooler kicked out the carne asada tacos and we went dry for awhile. After lunch, for whatever reason, we hooked one. Then two. Then three. Then four and so on. This is how fishing would be for another few hours on the drift, we would keep one or two hooked and then we would keep four to five going for a bit and back to ones and twos. Just classic plunker fishing for Yellowfin, Bluefin, and Dorado.
The stop was the perfect pace for the gang and by the time we left our glory school and went to go find something fresh, we had a lack of rail participation as the group was either napping, showering, or enjoying cocktails in the galley. These guys know what good times are all about. Catch some fish - relax, enjoy the company of one another and enjoy a key lime margarita. Although we were bummed that we couldn't locate another school, the gang couldn't have cared less. They had a great time today and along with the ibuprofen, the wine was a flowing for the prime rib feast. Sniff-sniff. Sip-sip as they say.
So that's it. We're on the "sack" and we'll be giving the area a try tomorrow for a bit before we bail out to do some Yellowtail fishing. Our weather is still a bit windy but is forecasted to come down. We'll see. Wish us luck, have a happy Labor Day, and we'll report back to you tomorrow.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
Good evening everyone. The galley has been cleaned up, the Sinatra has been turned off, and the wine glasses have been washed and put away until tomorrow night. The Blue/White gang are tucked away in bed in anticipation to do battle with some Bluefin and Yellowfin tomorrow for our first day of fishing. Things are looking good as reports sound encouraging so Robin and company are itching to get after it and kick off the 2011 Blue and White 5-day trip. Before all of the festivities began today, we said good-bye to Mr. Garry Roberts and the gang from our 9-day trip.
We arrived this morning at 0700 and unloaded our colorful catch of various species. Big fish winners go as followed: Dave "Knucklehead" Rouse - 47.4 lb. Wahoo, Steve "Curls" Pistone - 43.4 lb. 'hoo, Mike Grella - 43.2 lb. 'hoo. Congrats gang. Special mention goes to Garry Roberts' Gold Spotted Sand Bass, which apparently weighed in .2 lbs. of tying the world record, word on the dock says. Good going, Garry. It truly was eye-opening seeing all the carts of fish wheeled up to the top of the docks. What variety of fish we had and that's what this 9-day is all about. Our target is big tuna and wahoo but there are plenty of other species that we target and catch on this trip as well. Our species list this year included Yellowfin tuna, Bluefin tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Pargo, Yellowtail, Gold Spotted Sand Bass, Sheephead, Grouper, Amberjack, and we even released a Black Sea Bass. All types of species to catch and what table fare they will be for the gang. We say thank you to Garry and the entire group for being a pleasure to spend nine days on a ninety foot boat with, quite the mix of people to share the rail with. So once again, thank you and we'll see everyone next year.
So that is all. Our bait is looking good, the weather rolling down is fine, and we're hoping to get on some tuna schools tomorrow. Wish us luck and have a happy Labor Day weekend. Stay alive, don't drink and drive.
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