I had a busy week and the trip last week on Sunday was hard to recover from. There is lot to do to keep everything in order to do these trips right. Lures need to be re-rigged, line and reel maintenance and the boat always needs something. That all takes time so I wasn't sure if this weekend included a fishing trip. Well, the weather looked like we were going to get another break in the winds and the fishing had been good. A little voice kept saying "You gotta go when the gittins good". I couldn't pass up on a chance at another epic trip so I made the decision Saturday and changed the oil in the motors and rounded up a crew!
This weeks crew included some guys that I have wanted to go for a while, but the timing just had never worked out, until now. A lot of times I have guys on board that haven't fish much or don't pick up on how blue water fishing works. This week was not the case. With a crew of outdoorsmen everyone was working like a well oiled machine very quickly and that was good cause we were gonna need it!
When something works, don't change it. That was the plan with todays trip. Do what we did last week. The ride out was great and I was so looking forward to a calmer day of fishing. As red hot as it was last week, we started a little slow. Maybe a half hour of trolling before a small Wahoo came aboard. Wendall joked that he was starting to get worried but we had dinner in the boat for the skipper so all was well. About half way down Galvez the action started to heat up with bird action that resulted in a mix of Mahi, Wahoo and 1 Yellowfin in the boat. Last week I had wondered if I should have just stayed at Galvez where there were fish instead of heading south so I spent a little more time there this week but still continued slowly south. All the guys got in on leadering and gaffing. After one Mahi turned sideways right as Bordo went to stick him and got away, almost all the gaffs were picture perfect the rest of the day. Two notes on gaffing for the day. Bordo came within an inch of free gaffing the escapee which would have been total redemption and Dustin can no longer bust my balls for my wayward attempt a few weeks ago after one of his frenzied flailing attempts that ended in the fish just being pulled in ungaffed. I mean you can only give someone so many shots before you call it!
We made it to Baby bank and caught fish there too. The Skipjack were another addition to the box as they were under the birds as they were last week. Though they were not the big bombers from last week, they were welcomed on the boat as species number 4. We had a respectable box of fish by now, not 21 fish, but it had to be in the high teen club. I figured it was too late to head to stu bank. Its a good 35 min troll there and why leave fish to find fish right? Well, Dustin had that gleam in his eye. Probably the same one I had last week so we pulled in the lines and ran there in less than 15 min. It took about 30 minutes to pick up, but when it did we started getting Yellowfin. Unfortunately the sharks zeroed in on them too and we lost 3/4 of one and a whole one along with the lure to the tax collectors. Now its getting a little late and the wind has picked up to around 20 mph with some rain. We were all hoping the wind would lay down after the rain, but it was not to be. It was the steepest 3-4' I had been in for a while as it was a building sea. Great only 30 miles to go in this slop! The good news is there were fish all along the way with Galvez blowing up as we got near the center. There were birds everywhere with no one direction to target. We continued to pick up all four species including a 3 banger consisting of a Yellowfin, Wahoo and Mahi. And then it happened again, no not the center line slamming down with a huge Wahoo on the line. It was another Rainbow runner coming over the rail to make it another Guam slam! 5 species in one day two weeks in a row! By now the box had to have near 40 fish in it and even though I had brought extra ice and some ice blocks, it was hard to keep them all buried in the ice. It was hard to leave the red hot bite, but with the ice situation and the time we turned towards Agat. I keep bragging on how great the ride is on the Kuleana is, but everything has it's limits. With just topping off the fuel tanks at 240 gallons, 6 people, gear and what has to be 4-5 hundred pounds of fish and ice. Kuleana met her match. Normally she can get up on top and run, but the steepness of the waves with the heavy boat made it too rough. So we trolled. Its a long run back, but the good news was, we kept catching Mahi. There was a small weed line 6 miles off Galvez that kept producing fish. About half way we pulled in the lines to make better speed and the closer we got the more it laid down.
Sure made for a long but productive day. Got back to the house at 8pm and then still had to wash the boat. Saved fish cleaning til the next day. Everyone commented on how well they had slept! Final count was 17 Mahi, 11 Wahoo, 8 Yellowfin, 6 Skipjack Tuna and 1 Rainbow runner. 43 fish. The teamwork on the boat was spectacular. Wendall wrapped it up best with "That was one epic day". Sure was. Until next time.....