Crowned at Clemente
Independence is in L.A. at 22nd St. Landing for some spring fishing. She just returned from a trip that was more than successful for her anglers, who found some large bottom grabbers and a salmon. The photo sent in makes both the weather and the fishing look very good. Here’s the report for May 7:
“The Independence had fantastic fishing at San Clemente during our recent 2.5 day trip. A red rockfish was gaffed weighed 11.5 pounds. We also had over 35 lingcod, averaging 18 to 25 pounds. We also caught a king salmon.”
“Leaving Acapulco,” said the report from Intrepid May 8, “our halfway point. Our travel north continued, after spending the night in the Acapulco harbor. We have been lucky to make good time to the one stop made during our trip home. This morning we cleared customs and immigration, put some fuel on the boat, and got back on course. The weather this afternoon is beautiful with calm seas, and little to no breeze. Projects around the boat are getting worked on everyday, and the checklist is diminishing. We should be passing Cabo San Lucas in a few days and the final stretch will be in sight.”
To The Brim
“We had another great day,” noted the Royal Polaris report for May 8, “and filled the RSW tank early this morning with several nice fish over 200 pounds. Jim "Chopper" Travis caught his personal best, a 232 pounder. Jack "Baby face" Gruschus caught his second at 208. Gary "Welcome Back" Cotter caught his second over 200 at 205. Clyde "The Glide" Smith matched his record of 5 over 200 with a 207-pound beauty. We had 20 wahoo that filled the remaining voids. From that point on, we cut off all tuna including several that were likely right at 200. Officially, we are now at 29 fish over 200 pounds.
“The entire group is exhausted but has found energy to catch mackerel for the morning bite. While I use the word exhausted, it is the type of fatigue that only arises from having 9 days of truly amazing fishing days in a row. Veteran and first timer alike agree that it would be difficult to make the trip any better.”
Cows Jump On
“OMG! What a great evening bite,” said the report from Royal Polaris May 7. “We had our slowest morning followed by our best afternoon/evening. We ended up the day with six fish over 200 pounds, bringing our trip total to 25. Several of the big ones came up as matched pairs with Chris "I can't stop talking" Peterson catching a 245, which matched up with Clyde "the Glide" Smith getting his 4th over 200 at 245. Mike "the Author" Hieshima caught his second cow, a 207. Bill "Tsuj is coming next year" Nakaki caught a 229. The last matched pair came in the dark with Frank "the Crank" Fink catching a 245 matched with Ron. "I could really use a brew," catching a 245. Despite our cut-off at 150, we are very close to filling the last RSW well. The cut-off tomorrow will be 200 pounds.
"It is difficult to describe the talent of the crew. The last fish of the day were the really mean pair of 245's that took many laps around the boat and twisted and turned numerous times around the anchor line. There were several hair-raising moments and all we could do was watch the artistry in motion. It is obvious they have worked together for many years and seem to know what each other is thinking before needing to say anything. They have an incredible passion for saving our fish of a lifetime and it is truly a joy to experience...
"The vibe around the boat is at an all time high. Everyone emptied the galley to watch Frank and Ron land the last two fish. High fives for both anglers reminded me of winning the big game and having your close friend as the hero. The applause for angler and crew was louder than I have experienced on any trip. Truly camaraderie at it's best. As I am typing, Ron and Frank are cheering for every mackerel caught as bait for tomorrow. I think the last battle may have been too much and they are now suffering from the Roy Rose giddy laughter syndrome.”
Net Update by Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com and San Diego Sportfishing Council.