We had fun last day of fishing! We got to fish until just after lunch. We had steady action for wahoo and some tuna. We are now on our way in for Cabo to drop off those flying home. We will be there the day after tomorrow.
We had relatively steady action on the wahoo throughout most of the day. On top of that we had several nice fun grade tuna. To break up the day we also had some fun grouper fishing. Tomorrow will be our last day of fishing before heading into Cabo.
Fun day today! We started off with another morning rally on some fun grade yellowfin tuna. After that we made a tour trolling the area. We had much better results on the wahoo. Everyone has now tagged one or even several. Plenty of wahoo action throughout the day. Just after lunch we put the skiffs in the water enjoying the reef variety once again as well.
Some more good photos from todays fishing.
We have spent the past couple days fishing very hard. We have managed several decant tuna and a few wahoo. The fishing is in the slow side but we hope for that to change here very soon. To have a nice end of the day, Steve and Joseph had another amazing BBQ.
Completing the first long trip of our 2024 winter season we now launch into a planned six week maintenance period as part of our annual regimen. Upgrades and improvements keep our beloved Royal Star current with all safety regulations as well as cosmetically and mechanically sound. In addition this year will include a brand new, state of the art, sonar and fathometer and transducer that will add significant prowess to our array of fish finding electronics.
Today we were able to get the skiffs in the water and enjoy more variety fishing. While the skiffs were in the water the big boat was trying for tuna. We got one at 160 and a few other small ones. Due to the slow tuna fishing, we will be traveling the next couple days to try a new area. Until then, good luck and safe travels to the Royal Polaris!
Today we managed several wahoo. The tuna fishing was on the slow side but we picked off a few nice fish in the evening. Just after lunch we also had a good shot at some reef variety. That was a nice break in the day.
Everyone was up and at them today ready to fish. We started off trying for tuna but it was on the slow side. We trolled around touring the area for wahoo and only was able to pick off one. After that, we spent the rest of the day taking the skiffs out fishing the reef. Everybody had plenty of fun catching all kinds of fish. While we were in the skiffs, everybody else on the big boat had another shot at tuna. They caught 14 more yellowfin tuna 40-70 pounds and two of them went 140 and 150 pounds.
Well be thankful that you missed this ride! Earning miles at the pace of a three-toed sloth it's looking like 15:00-15:15 for our arrival at Fisherman's Landing today. For our anglers meeting the boat please notify Tracy at the Royal Star office and Raymond and Merrilee at Fisherman's Processing if you will be there today or tomorrow. The processing crew is still planning to stay late offering same-day service for anglers picking up today. Today's image features our good friend Bobby Gonzales in action on our final fishing day of the voyage.
A nice day of travel in good weather overall. But that is soon to change. Not that we’re anticipating anything abnormal. A bumpy ride at this time of the season is par for the course. Prepared for the inevitable the boat is properly ballasted ready for a duty she was built for. But it’s going to cost us some time. Respecting the old bull approach when the weather is up we watch the business and take our time. For those planning to meet the boat our best current estimated arrival time is between 13:30 and 14:00 on Friday. I will update the narrative again first thing tomorrow morning. Tracy will also provide an update on the office phone line after 16:00 Thursday. On the fishing front I have to comment on the fantastic sign of yellowfin tuna we saw late yesterday traveling up the line. Stretched out over 75 miles I am very encouraged by the zone, size of the fish, and water conditions they were in. This bodes very well for the upcoming season. Mark my word.
Three Legends representing the 805! Have you ever fished with these guys?
Good sign of big fish around today early in the morning and late in the afternoon. John with a 247 and Chris with a 283.
A day of leisure as we unwound from a week of hard fishing in travel mode. Complimenting the passage north was fine weather and calm seas. The magic combo that makes any day offshore special along this route in particular the luxury of such conditions cannot be overstated. So passed the day that saw anglers at ease, reminiscing, and hatching plans for future runs. On schedule for a morning arrival in the beautiful southern enclave of Cabo San Lucas anglers will disembark in favor of the express route home or a few “extry” days of fun in the sun.
Had a nice break in the ride for several nice wahoo this morning. It was great getting everyone out fishing today but we still have plenty more water to cover. We plan on traveling through the next couple days.
Couple more Cows have hit the deck! Chris with a 247 and Larry with his second cow in two days. A 205 pounder. Let's get some more!
Scratched to the closing bell adding just shy of a couple handfuls of 100-175’s to the tally. Ample rail time was the theme all along as time in the water in these haunts is typically the key to success. To our great fortune these anglers are perfectly prepared for this style of fishing. Appreciating the fish of a lifetime potential hours in the water with the right gear are built in. Focus and commitment made the catch we now freight in the RSW tanks a win. Though modest in quantity by most standards it is enough. Trophy yellowfin we sought and fortunately we caught, and had plenty of opportunities.
Roger's/Graftech 16 Day Jackpot Winners 1st Roger Eckhardt 238lb yellowfin 2nd Andy Delapena 222lb yellowfin 3rd Glen Mathew 216lb yellowfin Great job, guys. Thank you, everyone, for your help and your company. We can't wait for next year.
They are starting to get bigger! Caught some good ones today, including three cows. Hopefully, things are on the upswing.
Beginning on the right note with a few good ones and a few mid graders we prepared to settle in and make up for the couple of off days prior. To our chagrin the fish had other plans. And again the search was on. Scouring every nook and corner we passed the day intent on relocating those big fish. Less any time to spare we ended the day with a few more victories on almost giants. Versus zero a few 150 - 170’s fit the bill just fine.
Yesterday we departed on our 22 day freelance trip. We are currently rolling south. Conditions have made for a smooth ride and everyone is very excited for the fishing/ exploring to come.
A dreadful morning showing little promise of change set up another long day of searching for the right conditions. A fish here and there provided just enough incentive for anglers focused on grinding it out at the rail. And then it happened as it has so many times past. Late afternoon, one more stop trying something different finally produced that handful of chances we were looking for. Batting .500 in the end all were well fought battles. Those that ended in defeat were simply credited to the reality of this species and grade of fish. Battles royale vs Giant Yellowfin are not easily won. Ending the day on a high note spirits were certainly elevated. To have something to sink our teeth into tomorrow is a welcome change. A flurry of preparation closed out the day in anticipation of better things to come.
Decided to change it up and concentrate on wahoo today. Picked up 30 of these toothy critters and just a few taggable tuna. Try again tomorrow.
A handful of shots and a couple of victories on big ones that definitely reminded us of the scope of this challenge. Far different from big bluefin or yellowfin offshore the dudes frequenting these haunts are built, tough, and street smart. Besting one of these cage fighters is a point of pride hard earned. More or less a waiting game we are content to settle in, forego the pursuit of smaller yellowfin, and wait for the trophies to happen by. Well positioned for success the big bonanzas of ten days prior are currently long gone. Wait, read the conditions, and be patient; the age old fishing success formula.
We are back at it on our February Ultra Limited 16 day trip with 17 Anglers. A slow start so far with just a little bit of the nicer grade tuna being caught so far. We still have lots of time and everyone here is optimistic that Fishing is going to pick up. A few wahoo in the mix as well.