Fishing was already good, but today, it got even better! The morning bite was quite slow except for Kathy Rounds’ kite fish. I guess it took a feminine touch to bring the first cow on board as she landed a 202. For most of the day a combination of wind and no current made getting a bait out difficult and frustrating and relatively few fish were landed that way. The kite however, had no such problems and began going off in earnest just before lunch and produced steadily throughout the day. We went through the entire rotation and Kathy even caught a second fish from it eventually.
Late afternoon the current began to flow and both methods became effective. At the end of the day we had put on 34 tuna, our best number yet, and the grade was better also with the majority of fish in the 140 to 180 range. But wait, it gets even better! Bruce Wurth crushed his recent personal best with a 213 kite fish, the second cow of the day, and the new big fish on board. He was rewarded with a Royal Polaris shower for the effort.
Sam Lewin, who along with Dave Downs has improved his p.b. every day of the trip landed a 199, and there was at least one other fish in the 190’s. The Wahoo Special Accurate reel qualification was downgraded to largest non-kite fish over 150 (down from 200 yesterday) and was won by Bob Ramirez with a 177.
The reel apparently was destined to go to a Ramirez, because he had to knock his son, Anthony, off the bubble to claim the prize (Anthony’s was 160 something). I apologize to any one I may have missed. When there’s this many quality fish coming over, it’s hard to keep track. As you can imagine, that’s a very good thing!
We had a bit of wind today, but it was much appreciated because the temperature, like the fishing, was hot. By the time you are reading this, it will be Valentine’s Day, and all aboard extend love to significant others on this special day, and for that matter every day. If all this wasn’t reward enough, tonight was Sushi night, and quite a spread it was indeed. We applauded Mark and Dave, our chef’s afterwards, and in their honor here is the………..
POEM OF THE DAY
The R.P. chefs have a knack
Pairing cheese and fish for a snack
They always use Gouda
And Colby of course goes with Jack.