You are right, the travel time is a pain! I pick my trips for good weather, usually don't sign up until the last minute after checking the weather and # of fishermen. This trip I signed on early because I knew when I'd be out of tuna. The Big E trips would be great but when I consider the logistics of travel,fish transportation etc. its just too much trouble. I know and have fished with most of the regulars that go and always enjoy them. I'll post a report when I get back.