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i'd been bustin' my hump all week to get everything done. finished all the household bills, finished all the household chores, caught up on e-mail, pm's and all the boards, then finished up the last reel that HAD to be done before the trip. ok, 11 pm on june 16th. forget this, i'm going to sleep.

tuesday, june 17th - 5am, time to pack. ok, i know all of my long range stuff is in this pile of garbage somewhere.



a quick kiss from the wife and hugs from the kids and i'm off at 8am.



we'll see what this looks like when i get back.



welcome to southern california!



took a little detour and stopped in the city of oceanside, just north of san diego. one of my favorite reels is the progear classic series 501. ken's tackle in oceanside has the one last connection with danny of progear.





it's an easy stop off of interstate 5 before you get to san diego. they've got a great selection of tackle.









this is ken. he does a first rate job of making sure the spectras and topshots are all wound properly.

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wes is the guy that works on all the reels. he does an excellent job and his work includes drag upgrades with cal's grease and carbontex drag washers, bearing upgrades and handle upgrades. from anywhere in california, it would be a very simple matter of shipping you reels down a month ahead of time. you could get your reels serviced, get new topshots and load up on tackle all in one stop. his phone number, btw, is 760-967-7335. i had a chance to talk to wes and was very impressed. i service 100 reels a month, he works on 100 reels a week!!!!!

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i made it to san diego by about 4pm. time to gas up. this is gonna hurt.

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crashed out at the vagabond inn next to h&m landing. and had dinner at miguel's with my brother ed and his stepson joey.

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wednesday, june 18th - we loaded all of our gear into hand trucks and waited on the sidewalk behind fisherman's landing.

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this was funnier than hell! my brother eddie bought his stepson joey a beer, and joey bought eddie a beer. so both of these clowns are drinking on the walkway, at 9am. the lady that sold them the drinks said they could drink anywhere on the walkway but not to take it into the parking lot or out on the street.

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they offered me one, but it wasn't noon yet, so i passed. good thing, too! a couple of cops came by and almost cited them.

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ok, finally on board. meet james and jimmy. these guys cooked our meals.

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getting tackle out already.

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here's the captain, frank lopreste, explaining how the week should go.

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i'm going to be busy this week!

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fresh yellowtail from oven! meet jesus (crew).

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that first night, jay insisted on fishing. it was just a preview of things to come. if there was room on the rail, he was there. i think he was the most intense fisherman on the boat.

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i got to spend the night splicing topshots. here's the blackwater 16 strand hollow core spectra and the blackwater fluorocarbon. this is what the serve looks like.

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ok, i'm organized!

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thursday, june 19th - breakfast!

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joey's first albacore of his life. should have made him eat the heart.

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friday, june 20th - cedros island!

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mike played catch and release.

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don hooked into a nice fish using an okuma cedros rod and an okuma catalina 25. the catalina had a few minor modifications and i basically brought it along to see if i could make it explode. it actually held up well over the week.

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i got one as well. i think it was this fish that turned out to be the 37 pound jackpot winner.

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this fish and several others were handed off to joey. hell, if we're going to pay for his trip, he may as well do some work! not so sure about the split finger technique, though.

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i was actually hooking up pretty well and got this one over to ed.

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saturday, june 21st - joey actually hooked this damned thing!

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joey and ed again!

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roger's first yellowtail!

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mike is hooked on iron.

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that evening we made bait! you've got to watch out for the spines on those spanish macks!

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sunday, june 22nd - right out in front of the saltworks at cedros. we had a great morning bite. lot's of boats out, including the boat i normally fish on, the spirit of adventure!

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wayne was apparently not getting enough to eat. oh, and we were having a slight problem with sea lions as well.

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in the afternoon, we launched the skiffs. there was not time to get everyone out, but the ones that did go had a great time!!!!!!

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the last skiff group had engine problems, like they lost one. sucker fell right off!

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here's how they get them back on board.

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funnier than hell. both jay and warren are so big that the poor skif was running bow down the whole time.

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monday, june 23rd. we headed out to troll for albacore and bluefin. that would get us halfway home. we went the whole day without a bite. the most exciting thing all day was dinner!

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tuesday, june 24th - back to the harbor at 6am.

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i stuck around long enough to load up the gear and weigh one fish that took third place! then back on the road.

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overall, fishing was great but catching was slow. thanks to the captains and crew of the royal polaris and the gang at fullspeedfishing.com!
 

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Point Loma is one of my favorite places, I always go there first when going to San Diego to see family!


Thanks for the great report. Yep, you need to come fish Texas one of these days!

Tom - DBG
 

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Very nice report and a great trip....

Thanks for sharing. For those who doesn't live there (like me) could get a clear picture of the trip by looking your detailed photos.

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Thanks for the report Alan. One of my goals is to make it onto the Royal Polaris for a long range trip someday. Great pics and notes. Were you using sardines to catch yellowtail as well? I saw some bare hooks in some of the shots and was curios.
 

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very nice report with great pics Alan! I feel like I was there :)

Last time I was at H&M landing was July 4th weekend in '06! lol almost exactly 2 years ago. Took a 3/4 day trip to the Coronado Islands and bailed in the 'Cudas and Bonito (only 1 YT was landed on the boat).... It's been a while. I'd definitely like to take a LR out of San Diego some day. It's the birthplace of west coast LR fishing!
 
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