CAPTAIN: TOM FERRARI
DATE OF TRIP: 1/5-1/20/2015
LENGTH OF TRIP: 15 DAYS
AREAS FISHED: HURRICANE BANK, CLARION, ALIJOS ROCKS
TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: TRIP 1W15-LOFTUS & MARTIN CHARTER
FISH COUNT: 84 YELLOWFIN TUNA 81 WAHOO
1st PLACE JACKPOT 201.6 YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JEFF HARNISCH OF PIERCY, CA
2nd PLACE JACKPOT 195.8LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JONATHAN JEFFERS OF REDWAY, CA
3rd PLACE JACKPOT 191.0LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JOHN PETERSON OF LANCASTER, CA
NOTES: TROLLING JACKPOT 60.4LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY GEORGE BLANKS OF IRVINE, CA
Jan. 19, 201
Sorry for the lack of updates, but our satellite communications have been giving us problems.
The last couple of days of the trip have been spent in constant overcast, rainy, and windy conditions. Even with those adverse conditions the anglers on the trip really fished hard. It always seemed like the majority of the group was at the rail trying. Despite their never quit attitude the fish just weren't very cooperative.
The picture I'm posting with the tuna is of Dennis Monaham and John Peterson, good friends for a long time. There's a funny story about these two fish. John's fish is about 175 lb and Dennis's is about 150 lb. John hooked his fish in the dark on a chunk and was fighting it for a little while before Dennis hooked his, also on a chunk. The fish natural decided that they had to circle around each other much to my distress. After spinning Dennis' rod around John's circling tuna for quite a while I felt the spectra grab onto the tail of John's fish. The fish spooked, ran and cut through the mono. Disappointed he retied and went back at it while Dennis played out his fish and the crew gaffed and boated it. When we went to untangle the tail wrapped fish the line came tight over the side. Dennis was still on a fish! He fought the second fish and landed it. The first fish was John's still stuck on the line, the second was Dennis' s original fish hooked in the mouth! That had everybody shaking their heads and laughing, especially when John accused Dennis of trying to steal his fish. That was pretty classic.
I decided to make a quick pit stop on the way home to try for some wahoo. We only had about 2 hours to spare, but we managed to scrape together 33 wahoo. It was a nice way to break up the ride home.
The passengers are great spirits now waiting for the football games to start. We have nice traveling weather and are hoping it stays this way all the way to the dock.
for the Red Rooster III crew,
Jan. 12, 2015
The last two days have been fairly productive. The guys have been trying to fool these tuna using a lot of different methods. I think that's part of the fun of these long trips. You get a chance to experience a lot of different techniques all on the same trip.
The skipjack fished on the big gear has produced a couple of nicer fish every morning. That's always an exciting way to hook up. The kite has also been fairly productive. Don Rolstad got bit by a nice tuna on the way out. He didn't even have a chance to get geared up before he was pinned to the rail!
Yesterday was our best day as far size goes. We had three tuna tape out over 200 lbs and most of the rest of the fish that we caught were good size. We have a couple of more days here so hopefully we can keep picking away at these nice tuna.
for the RR III crew,
Jan. 10, 2015
After a day and a half of basically fruitless searching we have decided to pull stakes and make a move. It wasn't that the fish wouldn't bite, it was that we really didn't see much fish. We will be at the new fishing grounds first thing in the morning. Hopefully the next couple days are more action packed.
Speaking for the RR III crew,
Jan. 9, 2015
Today was our first fishing day of the trip. It wasn't our first day of catching. We spent some time scouting around, trying to get the lay of the land. We chased down a couple of nice bird schools only to find that they were holding small fish. We did managed to scrape up a couple of wahoo, a handful of tuna, and some dorado. Hopefully our scouting today pays off with fish tomorrow.
Jan. 7, 2015
We started off the day with a couple of raffles from Loftus & Martin (L&M) and Tom Kelleher. L&M raffled off a pair of Okuma Makaira rods equipped with Okuma Solterra reels spooled with spectra backing, 50 lb maxima line and a Capt Jimmy bomb. The ready to fish outfits were won by Tom Kelleher and Don Rolstad. Tom Kelleher raffled off a custom Seeker 6465 XXXH rod. The proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets are going to the charity Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise which helps US marine families. Lars Fahlberg was the lucky winner. Everybody also received a L&M "super" goody bag. After the festivities had died down we decided to stop to try for some wahoo. We stayed pretty steady jig striking on wahoo all afternoon. We finished up the day with 44 wahoo for our efforts. Definitely better than traveling all day. Right after a very nice sunset I put the boat back on course and resumed our travels south.
Jan. 5, 2015
Happy New Year! Our first trip of the year has begun. We are headed down on a Loftus & Martin 15 day trip. The sardine we picked up on the way out of the harbor looks pretty good. They are a little on the small side but it was the only thing available. We are headed south hopefully with good fishing off the bow.
Mike made a great dinner tonight. Bacon wrapped scallops over a New York Steak. It was a good way to start the trip.
Tom Ferrari and RR III crew.