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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4220.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4222.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4224.JPG 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!!!!! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4221.JPG i made it to san diego by about 4pm. time to gas up. this is gonna hurt. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4228.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4229.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4230.JPG wednesday, june 18th - we loaded all of our gear into hand trucks and waited on the sidewalk behind fisherman's landing. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4233.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42341.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4237.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42381.JPG ok, finally on board. meet james and jimmy. these guys cooked our meals. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42421.JPG getting tackle out already. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42431.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42441.JPG here's the captain, frank lopreste, explaining how the week should go. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42471.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42461.JPG i'm going to be busy this week! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42491.JPG fresh yellowtail from oven! meet jesus (crew). http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42651.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42661.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42681.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42691.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42701.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42711.JPG ok, i'm organized! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4321.JPG thursday, june 19th - breakfast! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42721.JPG joey's first albacore of his life. should have made him eat the heart. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42751.JPG friday, june 20th - cedros island! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42781.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42801.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42811.JPG mike played catch and release. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42831.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42841.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42851.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN42881.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4296.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4297.JPG i got one as well. i think it was this fish that turned out to be the 37 pound jackpot winner. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4300.JPG 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. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4301.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4303.JPG i was actually hooking up pretty well and got this one over to ed. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4306.JPG saturday, june 21st - joey actually hooked this damned thing! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4310.JPG joey and ed again! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4309.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4314.JPG roger's first yellowtail! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4315.JPG mike is hooked on iron. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4316.JPG that evening we made bait! you've got to watch out for the spines on those spanish macks! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4317.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4319.JPG 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! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4323.JPG wayne was apparently not getting enough to eat. oh, and we were having a slight problem with sea lions as well. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4326.JPG 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!!!!!! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4331.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4332.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4333.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4336.JPG the last skiff group had engine problems, like they lost one. sucker fell right off! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4346.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4347.JPG here's how they get them back on board. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4350.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4351.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4353.JPG funnier than hell. both jay and warren are so big that the poor skif was running bow down the whole time. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4360.JPG 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! http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4361.JPG tuesday, june 24th - back to the harbor at 6am. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4362.JPG http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4365.JPG i stuck around long enough to load up the gear and weigh one fish that took third place! then back on the road. http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/data/500/medium/DSCN4366.JPG overall, fishing was great but catching was slow. thanks to the captains and crew of the royal polaris and the gang at fullspeedfishing.com!