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Badmug
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Houston
Member since Feb 2007
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Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
Right now I'm in my rack aboard one of the boats, returning to San Diego after spending seven days fishing the Pacific along the Baja Peninsula. It sounded like a great idea 8 months ago and it may sound good after after 3 months of recovery. Right now all I want to do is hop on my flight back to Houston and get back to civilization. We caught boat limits of Yellowfin and Yellow tail along with 21 wahoo to 60lbs. Right now we're jogging back north just past Ensanada as processing will not offload our tanks until 0530. We put 1100+ miles on this boat since last Saturday....at an average speed of 10.1 mph. I'm pretty sure this is one and done for me. Any of you guys make long range trips an annual thing? If so, how in the world do you make yourself do it ever again?


No Colors
Ole Miss Fan
Dove Field
Member since Sep 2010
6130 posts

re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
I have often wondered if that long range model wouldn't work well in the GOM. Especially considering that we could basically access the same fish (on YFT smaller size, comparable numbers) on a three day trip instead of the 8, 10, and 14 day trips.

To me, the difference between a three day and a 10 day is huge.

I would think you would meet some cool people inboard. The camaraderie , food, and scenery holds the most appeal. That, and the idea that you can book a single ticket for a reasonable amount of money. The problem with a multi pax long range trip in the GOM is being responsible for a $10,000 charter, and then wrangling all your buddies to come up with the money. And dealing with all the guys who back out at the last minute and leave you short. That's an obstacle.

I'd like to hear more about your trip.


baldona
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Florida
Member since Feb 2016
3990 posts

re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
I agree I'd love to hear more? How many days did you actually fish compared to motoring down and back? I agree, I've spent 36 hours on a 36 foot boat fishing for swords and I'm not sure I'd want to spend 10 days fishing either, maybe once though would be worth it.


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Sparkplug#1
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Member since May 2013
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re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
It’s not for everyone. I’d rather be out on the water than on land.


fishbaja2
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
Possession limits prohibiit gom doing long range. Mexico its no problem to have piles coming out once the boat pays mex fees. You can cut off some time by jumping on Diego long range boats outta Cabo. Target islands to fish are south west of Cabo It's where I cut my teeth on pelagic fishing and the environment/ community is much much different in the west coast. Folks don't have to buy 100k + boat to fish tuna , dorado , yellow tail , white sea bass and can spend all their money on gear and pay reasonable amount to fish limited person slow cattle boat.


Sea Hoss
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North Alabama
Member since Jul 2013
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re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
Bucket list trip for me! I've done plenty of 3 day trips in the GOM. If you can find 10 people to commit, you start collecting 1/3 of the money 8 months out and then the next third a couple months later. Collect the final third a month before the trip is take place and make sure everyone who pays a deposit understands this is non-refundable unless you find a replacement for yourself. I started doing this method 10 years ago and have not had a single person back out since. I do a couple of trips a year, but normally just back to back days in Venice now.


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Kingpenm3
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Xanadu
Member since Aug 2011
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re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
quote:

Right now I'm in my rack aboard one of the boats


Links?

What size boat?

How many fishermen/crew?


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baldona
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Florida
Member since Feb 2016
3990 posts

re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
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Possession limits prohibiit gom doing long range. Mexico its no problem to have piles coming out once the boat pays mex fees.


Who needs more fish than what you can catch out of Venice though?


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omegaman66
LSU Fan
greenwell springs
Member since Oct 2007
9951 posts

re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
My daughter recently moved to San Diego so I am sure I will be making a long range trip there periodically. Does that count?


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TopWaterTiger
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Lake Charles, LA
Member since May 2006
6953 posts

re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
thats a long time to be on the open waters of the Pacific. How were the seas? I'd imagine you fished and slept most of the time.


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CHEDBALLZ
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
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re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
Sounds interesting.


Theres an outfit out of Alabama that goes on 3 days where you dont have have to book the whole boat, just your spot. Last trip they hammered the Tuna pretty good. Capt Mike FB Page


Badmug
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Feb 2007
103 posts

re: Any of you baws take long range trips out of San Diego?
Sorry guys, it's taken me a couple days to recover now that I'm back in Houston. My 7 day trip was aboard the Royal Star out of Fisherman's Landing. The boat was nice enough (comparable to the Due South out of Biloxi) and held 24 fishermen and 7 crew. The staterooms are a bit larger and storage more plentiful than Due South. The guys I went with have used the Royal Star for 20 years and trust Capt. Tim's fish finding ability. Tim was very knowledgeable and the crew was excellent. If I ever considered a long range trip again, I wouldn't hesitate to call Royal Star.

As we headed south of San Diego on Day 1 there was a tropical disturbance down around Cabo that was still unsure where it wanted to go. We motored south all day and throughout the night with a plan to arrive at some closed Mexican island by daylight. Was I on a cruise or a fishing trip? With no wifi or cell service and only a DVD player for "civilized" entertainment, I was at a loss for how the remaining 5.75 days would turn out.

The seas were favorable as the prevailing breeze was at our stern. I would guess 2-4' rollers with a good interval and nothing uncomfortable. Last year these guys spent the entire trip fishing Guadalupe Island with very little time in transit. The White Sharks at Guadalupe had gotten too bad this year, taking 9/10 tuna before they get to the boat.

Once the tropical storm fell apart, we continued with Plan A to head down and fish The Ridge. There was a TON of traveling without fishing. I lost count of the stops. We definitely fished mostly underwater "shallows". The boat would see the tuna or yellowtail on the sonar, drop the anchor, and everyone would find a spot on the rail. We free lined 6-8" live sardines or fished deep with slabs. The boat would sit on each spot for 15-20 minutes if no fish were caught which was nice. You'd know if the fish were hungry as there would be multiple hookups almost immediately. One morning we put 235 Yellowtails on the boat in a little over an hour.

The scenery along the way was spectacular, albeit the same everyday. We paralleled the beach a mile or two offshore and could see the occasional car on the Baja Highway. I never realized the topography of the peninsula was as dramatic as it is.

We eventually arrived on The Ridge and began catching 30-40 pound Yellowfin Tuna on everything we put in the water. The crew would start a chum line with live sardines and the action was non-stop. Once the tuna action slowed we'd troll the same area with four rods strapped to the rail and catch Wahoo.

We did come across a few Mexican trawlers pulling huge tuna nets about 65 miles off the beach. They used a helicopter with pontoons on it to spot the tuna and a small fleet of go-fast skiffs to herd tuna into the net. It was amazing to see 25' Pangas out there hand lining for tuna as well. Those guys kept an old rusty full-sized refrigerator on the bow of the boat in place of a 400 quart Yeti. Their eyes lit up when we passed them Miller Lites and lures to troll with. Whale sharks were breaching off the bow with regularity and seals and sea lions would sometimes steal your sardine. An idyllic scene, that's for sure, but we still had 650 miles of Pacific Ocean to get us back home.

We didn't stop much on our way back to San Diego. The weather was expected to pick up with a system coming down from the Pacific Northwest. 15-20 foot seas were called for on our last night. I don't think they ever got that big but the last 36 hours it was definitely too rough to keep from bouncing out of bed. It was one of those situations where drinking yourself to sleep is required. As an aside, nearly everyone on the trip wore scopolamine patches the whole time and had no problems with sea sickness.

We backed into the fish processing plant with 700+ fish on the boat. It was about half 25-40 pound yellowfin tuna and 15-30 pound yellowtail. The wahoo count was 25 or so with the largest being 59.6 pounds. All fish are currently being processed for shipment to all of our homes. I have to admit it's quite an operation with the long range fleet and a very well-oiled machine. I doubt I will ever do it again but a year or two's time may change my mind. This trip will definitely make my next Due South adventure seem like a walk in the park.



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