Can any of you OG's fill me in on the history of the GEM trip? I think I had read that it started over on the allcoast board but what year? Who was onboard for the first trip and who has been along since? What boats? How many trips have there been? Anybody have any old pics to post? bert
Capt Dean put us on fish.
One funny story I remember from that trip was some guy who was complaining about the amount of gear (you know about Rick) that was brought aboard by our group. This same guy was complaining about some of us trolling and he couldn't. Deckhand asked us and I told him to take my spot. About 15 minutes later the decky comes up to me and says that b*%^&*#'s rod just broke off below the reel seat and he lost it all.
I guess a wad of bills large enough to choke a horse handed to the first mate with the words 1/2 of your tip made an impression on the crew. Those deckhands worked hard for us as did the captian.
That was my first tuna trip.
I checked my records and the 7 allcoasters on the TAG-I trip caught 39 of the 56 yellowfin the Dolphin brought back. I remember Earl getting hammered by a yellowfin on a spinner, DeepBlueGulf kept going by with a YFT on 30#, TJ had more exotic tackle than I'd ever seen, and Kevin hooked up on the port side. It was a great trip and the most YFT the Dolphin ever brought back when they only allowed 20 anglers. It was one of their first trips to the floaters. We didn't even know that the 3 fish limit was the same as the possession limit.
I need to go through my stuff and see about some I have from Possession Limit trips.
I think some others said it but about the Dolphin, she is without a doubt a slow as snot boat - but at least when Capt. Dean was running it you did know you WOULD catch fish. I'd fish with that man on anything.
If it ends up being the only "party" boat left that heads to the floaters, I'll still go on it. My only regret is that Capt. Dean won't be her Captain.
I saw reference to it, does anyone know whatever happend to Flfatboy after that Venice trip? I hope he didn't have health issues.