“We just stopped on a school of bluefin on the way home and Alan just boated this beautiful 104-pounder. Sweet!”
Reported by: Excel skipper Mike Ramirez Wednesday, February 15 08:31 PM
“We arrived back from our Soft Steel sponsored 15-day trip under clear skies. We ended up with an impressive catch of fish and we had three fish go over 200 pounds on the scale. Special thanks to Tony Garza and everyone on board for making this trip so awesome. Our jackpot winners are as follows: 3rd place went to Gary Grant with a 170.6-pound yellowfin tuna, 2nd place went to David Tang with a 176.4-pound yellowfin tuna, and 1st place went to Jim Odlum with a 214.7-pound yellowfin tuna.
"Our honorable mentions are David "Soda Pop" Rouse with a 210.5-pound yellowfin tuna and Jim Odlum with a 207- pound yellowfin tuna. Always a pleasure having this group on the boat and we are looking forward to fishing with everyone again soon. We depart on our next trip this Friday, another 15 day trip. Until then, Captain Bill Cavanaugh and the Intrepid Team.”
Tim Ekstrom reported February 19 for his Royal Star:
“Marked improvement in sign today; and production reflected such. I wouldn't go as far to say that it met our high aspirations, but by the current standards of success we were pleased to see the area surrounding the island come to life, and to have something to work on. Right now every one landed counts big time, and is sincerely appreciated. There were about thirty of those appreciated moments by the time darkness fell. That's thirty more than we had at dawn. Success.
“So comes the final day tomorrow. As diverse as conditions around here have been there is no telling what may be. Just about every day thus far has been vastly different. I expect the same tomorrow; hoping of course that the difference will be beneficial to our cause. Photo today features Royal Star angler Ray Fassio who is visiting the giant tuna precincts for his first time. Ray ended the day right with this clean, 120-pound model.”