“Then, like magic, the wind abated, the rugged, very sloppy sea state diminished, and the fish began to show. What followed was a banner afternoon/early evening of yellowfin tuna action that fulfilled many anglers vision of the Clipperton dream.
“Big fish were far more abundant today with the afternoon average 110 to 195 pounds, and plenty of those in the 140 to 180-pound class. There was some real deal pulling going on as these anglers were intimately acquainted with the fact that the Clipperton yellowfin tuna is of a completely different caliber that its brethren to the north. Highly spirited is an understatement when describing these warriors, supercharged and bad to the bone. No kidding, I would confidently venture that an average Clipperton yellowfin is a third again as strong as a yellowfin in the Revilla's and above; of course every rule has its exceptions, and I don't seek to start a cat fight among the champions of the northern climes. It is what it is. To a man everyone on board Royal Star at present now ardently believes. Seeing is believing. Simple as that.
“Photos for the day feature first time long range angler "Ming" all the way from Thailand. Prior to this journey Ming's largest tuna was around forty pounds. He handily dispatched this 181 to make his voyage early. Photo number two features the man himself Corbett Wright whose joy depicted earlier in the voyage in no way meant that he is not hard core when it comes to ‘the show.’ If I had to guess who among this group of anglers would break the ice with the first deuce Corbett would have been at the top of the list. Here he is with his late in the day 225 and a dazzling sun and Clipperton isle in the near background. There is no place like it; entirely unique.”
Captains Tim Ekstrom, Randy Toussaint and Brian Sims
(619) 224-4764 - Fisherman’s Landing
We’re in the middle of the long range season, at the All-Star break for the Fred Hall Shows, if you will. The two boats out fishing at the moment are Royal Star, at Clipperton Atoll, and Intrepid, on her way south for several trips in Panama. Royal Polaris will be out looking, not for fish, but for whales, seabirds and other pelagic critters.
On recent occasions dock reporter I’ve seen some interesting things coming off the boats. Several times since big tuna season began anglers have asked me the identity of goldspotted sand bass, snowy grouper and needlefish, all common in the tropics, but not much seen up here in the temperate zone.
Early in February I saw Giovanni Braida, who was just off the Royal Polaris, loading a wahoo into his vehicle that looked as though it had been unzipped along its keel from gullet to tail.
“I’ve seen a lot of gaff-ripped fish,” I said to him, “but I’ve never seen one quite like that. What happened? I suppose he came in pretty easy after that.”
“Hell, no!” said Braida. “It just made him really mad. He took off then, and it was a long time before I got him back.”
AFTCO Launches New E-Commerce Site
(Press Release) Today AFTCO (the American Fishing Tackle Company) launched a new AFTCO site for the AFTCO fishing tackle division, and its first ever e-commerce site for the AFTCO fishing clothing division.
Saltwater anglers can now find answers to questions about AFTCO roller guides, rod parts, gaffs, fishing harnesses and fishing belts, outrigger clips, Unibutts, and all other AFTCO tackle items. They can now also make direct on line purchases from the entire AFTCO fishing clothing line, including fishing shorts, fishing shirts, fishing pants, fishing gloves and more. A dealer locater makes it easy to find the AFTCO dealer nearest you to purchase AFTCO tackle or AFTCO clothing.
The site includes easy direct links to both the Guy Harvey and Al Agnew e-commerce sites, as AFTCO is the clothing licensee for both these famous artists. It also includes old photos depicting AFTCO’s long history of resource and industry involvement that dates back to 1958. In the video section, you will find a collection of the coolest saltwater fishing videos to share with your fishing friends. Visit aftco.com.
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