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Old 01-28-2012, 10:47 AM   #21
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I just left the B-52 Community to Teach here in Pensacola, Any chance you would be willing to take some Aircrew guys out? We were always looking for someone to take us out on a "charter" and I was rarely pleased with the service. Let me know if you think you could stand some Buff crewdogs "helping" you out with gas money.

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Old 01-29-2012, 11:18 PM   #22
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Jonathan,
I don't do charters as I don't have my captain's license. I keep pretty busy with getting the guys out from my squdron. Not sure who you Chartered, but John Eads on the Lucky Strike is one of the best and is some one that have been out with many times. Hes the man as far as Guam fishing goes.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:39 PM   #23
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Wow! Thanks for the post, brings back alot of memories. Was there when it was still HC-5 '95-'98. Went out many times with some squadron buds.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #24
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Wow, keep the reports and pictures coming!!! Brings back a few memories for me as well, Man that water is super pretty there. Miss the South Pacific
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:22 AM   #25
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Been a rough couple of weeks and I didn't get out the past few weekends, but with some old friends in for my squadron's annual SAR eval I had to get them out on the water.... that is, if they passed us!

I had heard some good Mahi reports the last few weeks and figured we would have no problem catching a few. One of my buddies had never been deep sea fishing and I was very confident his first trip would be a memorable one. I got a little worried at the dock when I talked to John Eads who said it was a little slow with just a Mahi here and there and a Wahoo if you were lucky. Ouch, not what I wanted to hear as John is almost always spot on with the info. Oh well, no turnin back now! I figure we will run the coast in Wahoo water and look for birds as the Mahi often are caught right along side the Wahoo or just out another 1/4 mile under the birds. Made it up the West side and well past Ratidian point before we got our first strike...and miss. Got another about 20 mins later on our way to Pati point. Another miss. This one was a Mahi that charged the port rigger and slammed the lure only to spit it right away. No worries, Pati point should be awesome. No one should have fished it for weeks now with all the rough weather we have had. Not so fast my friend! Right through my sweet spot and nothing! Ran the edge all the way out to the point with no hints of fish. Well, we have had some cloud cover to lets push to 45 bank and see if there are any Tuna there. Well, we hadn't seen a bird al morning and if there weren’t any on 45, something has gone terribly wrong in the universe. There they were as planed. Looked good too with a mix of 3 kinds of birds and they were tight and active. After one uneventful pass, they broke up and went searching. We chased them for a few more minutes as I though of what to do next. I didn't want to run back and fish the same water that only recently brought heart ache. I could try the back side, but that was dead the last time I tried that and if it was again, I would have no where else to go. Only one thing to do... Rota banks. There would have to be some fish there. It was a 10 mile run, but the weather man lied again, but this time it was for the good! The forecast called for 10-15 with a 7-8 ' swell. What we got was wind less than 10 with about a 3-4 swell. Off we went.

I had a buddy heading out that way going to do some bottom fishing, but when I was almost there I spotted him trolling and called him on the radio. He had got 3 nice Wahoo and lost 2 more to the sharks. He said it slowed a bit and he was off to deep drop. That was still good news that there was fish there and on our first pass...Bam, fish on! My buddy Jay who never fished like this before did a veteran job on the rod and we soon had exercised the demons off the boat with a nice 30+ lb Wahoo. Not too shabby for a first time! Well for as much detail I have had up to this point, the rest is a crazy blur. Lots of action with mixed results including screaming reels, triple hook ups, broken hearts and a few more fish in the box. The triple Wahoo were all eaten by sharks with one of them finding the hooks. We had to boat a beautiful 100+lb Silver Tip to get my lure back. We then lost a nice 30+ lb Mahi as he had tangled with the STBD rigger and jumped off. Had a Marlin on for 30 seconds and think another took a shot at the stinger as it snapped down hard and left a giant hole left behind the lure. We did manage a few more Wahoo, a Skipjack and a nice Mahi around 35lbs. All in all a great day especially with the weather being nicer than expected. Just shows some times you have to keep your options open and adapt to make it work.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:25 AM   #26
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:29 AM   #27
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Andy sweatin!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:47 AM   #28
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Damn I miss Guam!!!!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:02 PM   #29
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Man I hate when we don't take a lot of photos especially when it was a good day of fishing. We headed out Saturday with our fingers crossed as the small craft advisory was just canceled Friday morning. The forecast was calling for a 7-8' swell, but only 10-15mph of wind. The swell was only around 5' and long, but as the day wore on, the wind picked up to near 20 and made for a sloppy day. The good part was we didn't see another boat all day and the fishing was steady from the git go. We trolled from Galvez down to Stu and back. Every where I expected fish produced some with no one place being red hot. Our percentage for the day was pretty good with the handful of usual outrigger pops and the fish not sticking, but the highlight was running over baby bank and having a heavy Wahoo lure on the port corner go ripping off for 20 seconds only to go slack. As I reeled in the lure to check it, I could feel how hot the reel had gotten. Lure had a few strands missing and one of the wings on the side gone. We reset and turned and bam same spot, same lure, same result. I grabbed the rod this time and line was steady peeling off the reel only to just stop. Reeled it in and the other wing was gone. I'm thinking it was a big crafty Dog tooth, but who knows what lurks out there! There were some other not so exciting, more painful highlights too. Like the pain to my face as one of the larger Mahi smacked me right across the cheek as I slid him into the fish box or when the boat rocked as I was grabbing the rod to put the line in the rigger clip and as I held onto it for balance and it bent then slipped out of my hand and wacked me it the teeth, yes, the teeth! None of that compares to the inner pain and life time of heckling I will receive from Dustin for one of my gaffing attempts gone horribly wrong. First shot was a legit miss as the fish turned super tight as just as I struck. What followed was a blur of frustrated swipes that somehow made it seam like the fish knew what I was going to do before I did. All I remember it what Dustin has told me about it as I have tried to block it out of my memory! We headed back north into the seas that had built up, but the Kuleana took it is stride. Man some days just really show the capability of a cat! We continued to catch fish all the way til the end. It was kind of a contest between the Mahi and Wahoo all day with the Mahi holding a constant slight lead up until we had a few doubles and triples of Mahi right at the end that pushed them ahead for good. We trolled a few miles from Galvez and than picked up and ran. The ride in was awesome. No mono hull of the same size could have run like we did in that slop. Total count was 14 Mahi and 7 Wahoo. We had two nice big Mahi, one of which we weighed that went 28 and many were around 20. Wahoo ranged from 12-20. We did break out the camera early in the day for two fish that had some nice color so here are those two pics. Yes the boat got a little bloody!
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:41 PM   #30
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A couple guys from my work went out on Saturday with John Eads on the Lucky Strike so I was waiting all day for their report. If anybody is gonna catch fish, its John. The report was not good. One Skipjack Tuna...one! Ouch. Sunday was the day after the new moon. I have caught plenty of fish on the new moon, but it is not known as the prime moon phase and many people don't like it. This all lowered my expectations. The good thing was it was a new day and we were headed 30+ miles South and we had caught fish there two weeks ago. You never know unless you go!

I chose Sunday for the forecast. The wind was supposed to lay down Saturday night to 10-15MPH with a 6' swell all out of the East. Nope, weatherman lied again! It was a solid 20 all day making for another sloppy day. Guess they call them weather guessers for a reason.

We ran to Galvez and threw out the lines and picked up a nice Rainbow Runner. Skunks gone, streak is still alive! I'd say thats about 30 strait trips on the Kuleana now! Worked our way down and picked up a couple of nice Mahi and 1 Wahoo and then headed to Baby bank. Before we got there, there was a bunch of birds so we gave chase. Bam, double of big near 20lb Skipjack Tuna. Picked up another and figured we would be catching a bunch of them. That wasn't to be as the birds we scattered everywhere, but very active and when we headed over to the gatherings, it usually meant a Mahi or Wahoo on the line. The fishing was good there, but there was another boat, the Flying Proa Two working there also and I wanted to see want was at Stu bank. Just one of those gut feelings. I would have been wondering what was at Stu all day if I did not go. Almost the same thing as we got within one mile of the bank. There was a large 300-400 strong bird pile that we diverted to. Immediately hook up with a few more Mahi and a nice football Yellowfin. Yes, thats 5 kinds of fish in the boat for you guys keeping track at home. I'm calling it a Guam Slam! Now a Marlin would make it a real accomplishment as I have never caught that many species in one day in Guam. The only other normally caught troll fish would be a Kawa Kawa which is a small Tuna, Kinda like a Skipjack. I was hoping for some more Yellowfin, but just like the Skipjacks, that was the last we saw of them.

Well we have a respectable box of fish and its about 1100 so now comes the fun part, heading back into the slop. Back to Baby where we picked up a few more Mahi and another Wahoo, then on to Galvez. There was consistent action along the way as every half mile was 5-10 birds actively feeding and most produced a fish. A few times we would see the Mahi grey hounding into the spread. They normally hit, but didn't every time. Still fun to watch. We were about half way up and the center rod slams down hard. Wendall was quick to turn off the clicker, but I could still hear line pulling off the reel. We both said at the same time, "thats a good fish". We cleared one side and Wendall asked who wanted it. Everyone came up with some good excuse of why they couldn't take it. I think CJ said he had a dental appointment. No one wanted this rod as I think everyone on the boat had there turn in the barrel on the center rod that day. They call it a stinger for a reason and I keep it back there a mile with 7 lines in the water. It is a work out to get it back in with a fish on it. Wendalls no dummy and with the rocking boat he employed an interesting technique. He kept the rod in the holder and reeled backwards. I gave him shit, but he replied, fish is coming in isn't he. I couldn't argue with that. I headed out to deeper water and we cleared all the lines. As the fish got within 25 yards of the boat he took off ripping out about 100 yards which required another "thats a nice fish" remark. I figured it was a big Dogtooth around 50-70lbs. We don't normally see Wahoo that big here and right on the edge of the reef those are the two things you would expect. Wendall picked up the rod and brought the fish back to the boat and we could see it was a monster Wahoo. Biggest I have ever seen in Guam. He was still frisky at the boat, but I got a nice gaff shot near his mouth. As I was about to pull him in I didn't like the amount of mass that was on the gaff. He just wasn't hooked deep enough for a fish of that size. Just as I though to call for another gaff he shook off, but I immediately stuck him center mass behind his head and pulled him in. Nothing like the thud of a nice fish hitting the deck. I'll take guesses from the pictures on how big he was.

Caught one more Mahi and then ran back it. Again, for growing up in mono hull boats and knowing what kind of conditions you can run in and what to expect, I had my doubts how the ride it would be. The Kuleana handled the slop with ease so I set the auto pilot and ran in at nice 22 knots in. I saw two other boats at the banks and I have to give them credit. They must get pounded just trolling all the way back at 7 knots. This boat makes it easy. Woldcat did it right with putting the Honda 225s on them! They are with out a doubt, the best motors I ever had!

Total count was 11 Mahi, 5 Wahoo, 3 Skipjack, 1 Yellowfin and 1 Rainbow runner. 21 fish again! I think I am going to have to start playing blackjack!







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