3 Day Report - Pacific Voyager - Phoenix Fishing Charter - Dare I say "Epic" Bluefin Fishing!!!
Hide-ho Friends and Neighbors... It's been a while since I've checked in but I wanted to give a quick report anyhow... Although technically the Pacific Voyager isn't a "Long Range" boat, we were in long range water so I suppose this report is where it belongs... Anyhow I don't have a lot of pictures or any of that jazz but figured I had better report something after the "epic" trip we had on the PV... I basically stumbled onto this boat because of my buddy Len from Arizona... (Thanks Pal!)... He called and despite my protests said that despite how busy we both are with work we NEED to go fishing... Unfortunately our schedules only allowed us to get away for three days so this trip was a perfect fit! Day one (7/12, we departed Seaforth at about 10:00PM on 7/11) started out slow as we went to the west to investigate reports by the spotter plane that bluefin were seen at 80 miles... Although things were pretty thin out west from what we could find we did manage to pickup a few bluefin and some yellows on patties... At that point Captain Mark said screw this, we're going south... At about 6:00AM on 7/13, things started off with a bang and we got into a fairly decent morning bite with bluefin from 30 to 40 pounds with some mixed in yellows (quality yellows BTW 20-40#)... I think we were roughly 210 miles down at this point... Things thinned out and we started looking again... By 9:00AM we stopped on a small sliver of kelp that turned into the bite of a lifetime... From that point on we picked at quality bluefin (from 30 to 35 pounds with some mixed in yellows)... Long story short (sorry I'm tired) we ended up drifting approximately 7 miles and battled the fish for 9 hours straight... The spotters and seiners came close but apparently found better grade elsewhere as they left us alone... We ended up having to leave the fish still biting and head home around 7:00PM as this was a three-day trip with another charter scheduled to go out behind us... Fish count (15 anglers): 150 Bluefin Tuna 50 Yellowtail 1 Dorado Special thanks to Captain Mark and the Crew of the Pacific Voyager (Todd, Kyle, Matt & Jeff in the galley). These guys really took care of us and I have nothing but great things to say about this boat and crew!!! Another High-Five to Ted from Phoenix Fishing who was our charter master. Thanks Len for inviting me as this was one of those trips that few anglers stumble across... Wow... Truly Epic! The fish are biting so get on a boat and get down there!!! Happy Fishing...
This post edited by wifi 07/15/2012