“A slower day for us today,” posted skipper Bill Cavanaugh for Intrepid March 10. “Although we did see good sign of this fish today, it just didn't respond that well. Our current was a bit less than we had the day prior, which is most likely the reason for this fish not reacting. Nonetheless, we had an enjoyable day. There were a couple of windows when the wahoo came through and had us busy.
“It’s always fun catching wahoo on the anchor. We did catch some tuna throughout our day, with the largest right around the 150-pound mark. The weather has been perfect with just enough wind to fly the kite. Tonight's dinner was seared fresh Ahi served on a bed of rice with a mango salsa, wasabi mayo, and a sesame/miso sauce followed with a key lime pie for dessert. Amazingly delicious! We are staying the night here.”
“Soon to be in the history books.” wrote Royal Star skipper Tim Ekstrom March 11, “this voyage will be remembered as a scratch affair when in came to the fishing. No fault of anglers, crew, or masters these periods of marginal fishing are built into the equation by Mother Nature and time. Though they can sow disappointment, or at least shatter long developed expectations of pure glory, they must be taken in stride. Slow fishing is one thing, stopped fishing is quite another. This run, thank goodness, was a long way from stopped.
“Having something to fish for, and catching at least a little bit every day, inevitably adds up to a worthy result in the end. And that is exactly where we are again on this voyage following a week at the rail. Five deuces (200-pound tuna) in the hatch, a fair shot at the wahoo, and plenty of mid-range yellowfin tuna for every one of these fifteen anglers to enjoy at the table for many months to come, proved the same old “time at the rail” strategy effective once again.
“So we head for the barn satisfied with the result in light of our options, but admittedly yearning for more. Another voyage is the obvious call; the beauty of fishing defined, and exactly why we are compelled to return. When it is extraordinary we can't wait to do it again. When it is fair we can't wait to do it again and find it extraordinary, etc. It's a perpetual motion prospect that has attracted and tormented fishermen since the beginning of time. In my case, nigh forty years.
“Photo today is a grab from March 6 when Royal Star veteran Damon DiGregorio lambasted this fine 202 minutes after landing a robust 185-pounder.”
“We just returned from a Rice Bowl charter three-day trip this morning,” posted Shogun March 12. “Fishing for yellowtail was a little on the slow side but we had excellent rock fishing: limits of quality reds, lingcod and other various rockfish. The weather was excellent and the water conditions are improving. The first day of fishing we saw virtually no yellowtail but the second day we saw good sign. The water warmed and cleaned through out the day so I suspect if this trend continues there will be more and more yellowtail showing up. As always, Rice Bowl charters put together another fun trip. Howard Hada was the chartermaster this trip and he brought along lots of giveaways.”
Spring In La Paz
“For once, the weather cooperated and we didn’t have too much wind,” wrote Jonathan Roldan for his Tailhunter fish report March 12. “We’re finally getting closer to spring and away from some really crazy winter weather. The result was a pretty good week for fishing action. Not a lot of big fish, but there were some big yellowtail and pargo lost. However, there seemed to be plenty of inshore action, characteristic of this time of year, with a great variety of fish.
“There were a few dorado, but there were some big-time 10 to 20-pound jack crevalle. Good numbers of bonito. A surprising number of 3-8 pound cabrilla, pargo and red snapper as well, despite the waters remaining pretty cold, green and dirty from so much wind for so long. There’s an incredible amount of mackerel and ballyhoo in Muertos Bay which should be bringing in the fish any time!”