Archive for August, 2012
Yesterday the entire fleet that was fishing the lower yellowfin tuna grounds had great fishing. When we woke up this morning it seemed like a no brainer that we would be busy this morning, but we were counting our chickens before they hatched.
By 8 in the morning we were still skunked and it quickly became 2 in the afternoon and we were still fish less. Literally we were just about out of time when we got on a bluefin deal and scratched about 35 fish, which didn’t totally heal the wound but it sure helped stop the bleeding.
Today’s photos are of the 5 older patriarchs of the James Gang Hardware trip and a couple of the younger guys, showing off their mustaches.
Looking Forward To Next Year’s Trip,
It’s tough when planning a fishing trip to know when “it’s the best time to go”. Pretty much the only solution is to just… go…. because it is impossible to know about the weather, fish behavior, and all the other variables involved.
Today was another one of those lucky days where it all came together as we enjoyed great weather and steady fishing.
Morris Beliakoff and Ray give us an example of the better grade fish and John Samarin shows his smile during the fight.
Everything Is Good,
We are always very truthful when it comes to our daily fish reports as we know fishermen catching is not always good.
Today, we were once again very lucky and enjoyed another great day of fishing that was highlighted by exceptional weather.
Looking for better grade tuna,
Because of the weather forecast, we were expecting choppy weather but were pleasantly surprised when we woke up and it wasn’t that bad. We took advantage of the decent conditions and had great fishing on school-sized yellowfin tuna…. which was just one of the many things that we had to be thankful for today.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch of homemade Piroski (handmade by Debbie Mendrin) that was out of this world and enjoyed barbecued Chicken Shash-lik for dinner (cooked by Dan Shubin and Friends).
These amazing meals were the icing on the cake of a great day and we look forward to many more.
Thinking Of All That Could Not Make It With Us,
Dave S. would like to wish his wife Marleen a Happy Birthday and would also like to let her know that all is well
This 1.5 day trip returned early morning with a light catch produced from lots of kelp paddy hunting, but for two 12 year olds that were on this trip – who both landed Dorados….it was a success story in its own right. Pictured below is wonderful regular passenger, Gerald (on this trip, Grandpa “G”), and grandson Tommy with his dorado. You have to agree, that’s what it’s all about.
Thanks to Ken and to everyone for coming out!
The boat turned around with the famous James Hardware Gang Charter – check back for reports
The boat returned with tuna, nice yellowtail catch and a few dorado from this 4 day open trip sponsored by our generous friend, Matt Salas. Thank you Matt for the Salas lures, t shirts and Blackwater flourocarbon that you gave to everyone!!
Congrats to jackpot winners:
1st place Dexter Wilson 32.6bft
2nd place Jeff Geyer 29.8bft
3rd place Andrew Arvanites 29.0bft
Honorable Mention: Carl Olson 38.4yft
Also check out family pics below – Geyers and friends and the Kalla father/sons team
The boat departs this afternoon for a Kens Custom Reels 1.5 dayer
Today was the last day of the trip and as always we were looking for that Going Home Stop! and it felt like at any moment it was around the corner.
We had action all morning up until after lunch on 15 to 25lb Tuna with the one stand out fish caught by Carl shown in the photo of the day. The only problem was lack of Meat in the stops – anywhere from 1 to 3 on the trolling lures and if we were lucky a bait fish or two.
We ended the day with 38 Tuna and a couple of Dorodo to finish up things.
We would like to Thank all of our gang and our sponsor Matt Salas for being a part of this 4 day trip and for his nice giveaways.
There were plenty of good times and good weather the whole trip.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH,
Sam, Taro, Ray, Cam, Boom Boom, Josh and Paul
This report combines the last two days of fishing.
Yesterday we started out the day in the gray with some of those 30 to 35lb BFT mixed with some of the school size YFT, and throughout the day we found the random Kelp that would produce Dorado.
Today we got lucky and found a couple of Kelps that were packing with the Nicer grade Yellows. We have one more day out here before we call it a trip, and we’re hoping for the right signs in the morning.
The photo of the day is Dexter with one of the BFT from Yesterday’s bite.
GOOD NIGHT AND WE’RE KEEPING THOSE FINGERS CROSSED,
The AA Gang
This long time group of regulars, with an complimentary addition of newcomers, came home with a nice catch of Yellowfin, Bluefin, Yellowtail and Dorado…and icing on the cake…. great weather on this 7 day.
A huge thanks to Russ Kimura and George Uesugi for organizing and keeping the group together. We appreciate you here on the American Angler
Congrats to jackpot winners!
1st place Lloyd Okimura 43.0lb yft
2nd place Tim Kimura 42.4lb yft
3rd place Kyle Grudnitski 40.6lb yft
Thanks to all
With another day of good weather we had the chance to go where no man has gone before, at least this season. We found Kelps holding Dorado but most importantly, Good Grade Yelllows and we picked up a couple of BFT for our efforts. We also saw a nice school before daylight that never let us get close to it.
Now that the trip is all said and done the Gang has plenty of fish and mostly beautiful weather the entire trip.
We would like to thank all of the Gang and of course, George and Russ for being the Charter hosts.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH,
Your Crew Sam, Taro, Cam, Boom Boom, Brad, Paul and Gregg