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What a Great Trip
RP Family & Friends,

We have had a very pleasant ride up toward Cabo. Most of the passengers spent the day packing and relaxing. Poker, cribbage, books and movies were the main activities of the day. We had a phenomenal prime rib dinner with all the fixings. Everyone aboard truly deserved a quiet day and nice dinner to recharge before heading home...

The trip was outstanding and exceeded any of our long range trips prior. The boat totals for the trip were 220 tuna and 259 wahoo. In addition, we released more than 150 tuna in the 80-190lb range and a few that were likely over 200lbs. The boat ended up with 31 tuna over 200lbs. The 200lb Club for the trip are as follows:

- Clyde "the Glide" Smith tied his best trip ever with 5 tuna at 201, 205, 224, 234 & 235
- Frank "the Crank" Fink with a 243
- Jim "Chopper" Travis had his personal best at 232
- Marc "I'm having soooo much fun" Calder a first timer had a 225
- Jack "Babyface" Gruschus had 2 tuna at 228 & 208
- John "the Best of the Best" Yamate had 2 at 202 & 232
- John "I need a backup" Natsume had his personal best at 234
- Ron " Maybe I have the Flu" Jew tied for 2nd in the jackpot at 243
- Mike"Your humble guest author" Hieshima had 3 at 218, 207 & 206
- Chris "I can't stop talking" Peterson had 2 fish at 225 and won jackpot with a 245
- Billy "The tuna slayer" Boulder had a 214
- Sue "Another one hits the deck" Beck had a 202
- Gary " Welcome back" Cotter had 2 at 234 &205
- Mike "I'm not that guy" Ashford tied for the 2nd largest at 243
- Rick "East Cape" Tyrer had 3 on his first adventure fishing long range at 227, 222 & 203
- Warren "Please no wasabi on my" Hamachi, another first timer had 2 at 209 & 207
- Bill "Where's Tsuj" Nakaki had a 229
- Roy "Bring on the hose" Rose won the crew fishing tourney with his personal best of 204

I can't say enough for the efforts of the crew. They were at the top of their game the entire trip and will be hard to top in the future. Thank you on behalf of all the guests on this trip, we really appreciate all you have done...

Thanks to you for following the trip, I'm already looking forward to next year (only 365 days remaining). Until then...

"BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe" [:{|)
 
The Last Bite
RP Family and Friends,

Once the crew rearranged the fish last night, it appeared we could fit 2 more of the larger models in the remaining space before departing at noon for Cabo. We did just that adding 2 more 2's to the boat total to 31 tuna over 200lbs. Mike Hieshima (me) caught his 3rd over 200 early in the morning at 206lbs and Roy caught a 204lber. Let me tell the story of Roy's fish...

Earlier in the morning, Bill Nakaki and a few of us devised a fishing tourney for the crew. The basic rules were simple, we would give the entire crew 30 minutes to catch the largest fish while worked the deck. At exactly 10am we called the crew (including Bill Golder and John Yamate designated anglers for Anthony and James) to the back of the boat and asked them to choose a rod and reel. Surprisingly, almost all of them chose 100lb outfits
except Roy stuck with the 130 Blackwater and 8/0 circle hook


(instead of 130lb covered in the seminar). In addition, most chose 5/0 hooks instead of the requested 6/0's. Just before the start, we added a little twist and cut off all of their hooks adding a bit of pressure and testing their knot tying skill. Once the buzzer sounded, Ron Jew and John Natsume each sent a full scoop of bait flying and the wahoo were quick to react. It took about a minute to get a hook and bait. Talk about rude, they were pushing, shoving and stealing bait from each other. Speaking of bait, the importance of selection (also covered in the seminar) was pretty much out the window, 3 of them hooked salami mackerel onto 6/0 hooks (another no no). The first volley of casts were hysterical with no "low bridge", "going out" or other pleasantries. During the first round, all contestants received an accidental spray down (payback gentlemen). It was like a spider web of spectra with casts flying in every direction. There was no "following of baits" (tsk,tsk) and every bait was picked or wahoo'd immediately with a 3 way tangle in the corner. The result of the first few minute, 0 fish and 1 tangle. From there the crew settled in and started hooking fish with Eddie hooking a wahoo and running to the bow. The back was bedlam with fish darting every which way and half the guys getting picked again. There was no calm in this storm as they had the fever as bad as any 3/4 day boat reaching the albacore grounds. From this point, it got a bit blurry as guys were crossing lines, wahoo ripping thru the corner and scoops of baiting being crushed right on the stern. By the halfway mark, there were 6 wahoo on board with Big D in the lead. That's when the Tuna decided to show. John Yamate hooked one and was blocked from passing around the corner by Dharyl, Terrence and his son. He squeezed by finally as the fish was 3/4 up the starboard side of the boat. His fish came to gaff and was a 75lber taking the lead over Big D's nice wahoo. Just as John's came aboard, a couple nice tuna showed up and were inhaling everything that hit the water. By now, there were only a few minutes remaining to officially hook a fish. Bill Golder did just that and went screaming up the port side. A minute remaining and Roy hooked the big one letting everyone know in his giggling Roy voice saying "just hooked the big one, yeah". A minute remaining with Bill and Roy hooked up and not following their fish. One last bait and just after the buzzer, Terrence hooks a nice one but was disqualified. Big D reached over his shoulder and flipped the reel into free-spool hoping to saw off Captain Roy's fish. The deck hose was used to distract Roy but as he was being hosed down, all he could say was "It's working, it's working". A few minutes later Roy's was gaffed by first timers Cliff & Ted from Arizona along with a 3rd gaff as backup by Sue Beck. The gate was pulled and the gaffing team slid aboard the 204lber. In 30 minutes of fishing, the crew landed 6 wahoo and 3 tuna with one over 200. Pretty impressive if you ask me. The event was captured on video and Big D intends to put it on You Tube next week...

That was a hilarious ending to an amazing trip. I have no suggestions on how to make the experience any better except perhaps having my Dad here to fish with me. We can't thank the RP crew enough for the trip. Truly a trip of a lifetime...

"BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe"
 
Full
RP Followers,

We had another great day and filled the RSW tank early this morning with several nice fish over 200lbs. Jim "Chopper" Travis caught his personal best, a 232lber. Jack "Baby face" Gruschus caught his 2nd 2 at 208lbs. Gary " Welcome Back" Cotter caught his 2nd over 200 at 205lbs. Clyde "The Glide" Smith matched his record of 5 over 200lbs with a 207lb beauty. We had 20 wahoo that filled the remaining voids. From that point on, we cut off all tuna including several that were likely right at the 200lb cut off. Officially, we are now at 29 fish over 200lbs, unofficially 31 ,

The entire group is exhausted but has found energy to catch mackerel for the morning bite. While I use the word exhausted, it is the type of fatigue that only arises from having 9 days of truly amazing fishing days in a row. Veteran and first timer alike agree that it would be difficult to make the trip any better...

While I mentioned Roy numerous times, the crew deserves like billing as Dharyl, Eddie, Jonathan, Kenny, Terrence, Anthony and James have done a tremendous job making the trip incredible for us all.
By far, the RP crew excels in service, fishing knowledge and personality. It reminds me a lot of reunions of old friends who haven't seen other for some time..

Personal Notes:

Cliff wanted to say hi to his kids Kayleigh and Daniel. Just so you guys know, he is having a great time and has been a great fit with the group...

Marc sends his deepest love to Sherrie and he is looking forward to seeing you in a few days...

"BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe"







 
OMG
RP Followers,

OMG! What a great evening bite. We had our slowest morning followed by our best afternoon/evening. We ended up the day with 6 fish over 200lbs bringing our trip total to 25. Several of the big ones came up as matched pairs with Chris "I can't stop talking" Peterson catching a 245, which matched up with Clyde "the Glide" Smith getting his 4th over 200 at 245. Mike "the Author" Hieshima caught his 2nd with a 207. Bill "Tsuj is coming next year" Nakaki caught a 229. The last matched pair came in the dark with Frank "the Crank" Fink catching a 245 matched with Ron "I could really use a brew" Jew catching a 245. Despite our cut off at 150, we are very close to filling the last RSW well. The cut off tomorrow will be 200lbs...

It is difficult to describe the talent of the crew. The last fish of the day were the really mean pair of 245's that took many laps around the boat and twisted and turned numerous times around the anchor line. There were several hair raising moments and all we could do was watch the artistry in motion. It is obvious they have worked together for many years and seem to know what each other is thinking before needing to say anything. They have an incredible passion for saving our fish of a lifetime and it is truly a joy to experience...

The vibe around the boat is at an all time high. Everyone emptied the galley to watch Frank and Ron land the last 2 fish. High fives for both anglers reminded me of winning the big game and having your close friend as the hero. The applause for angler and crew was louder than I have experienced on any trip. Truly camaraderie at it's best. As I am typing, Ron and Frank are cheering for every mackerel caught as bait for tomorrow. I think the last battle may have been too much and they are now suffering from the Roy Rose giddy laughter syndrome..

Personal Notes:
Clyde Smith sends his love to his lovely wife and wants her to know that he is having one of his best trips ever with four fish over 200lbs...

So until tomorrow, wish us luck and we will keep you posted on our daily events. Before I forget, the weather is just gorgeous.

"BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe"



















 
Even Better...
RP Family & Friends,

Our fishing so far has truly been off the hook. It may be difficult to believe but today was the best day so far. We had a constant pick of really nice grade tuna mixed in with really nice wahoo and ended the day getting slammed by a school of nice tuna. Today had a different twist, all veterans agreed they have never seen chunk fishing as wide open as today. We probably had 20 fish over 100lbs on the chunk. To say the least, it was an extremely productive technique with some of the guys hooking fish every other drop. As for big fish, we had 5 fish over 200 today. Jack "Baby-face" Gruschus started us off and needed a back up to land a very nasty 228lber. Big fish honors went to John "I may be small but carry a big 770XH stick" Natsume with his personal best of 234lbs that at times looked to be catching John more than vice versa. Clyde "the Glide" Smith had his 2nd 200lber of the trip with a squeeker at 201lbs. John "I really could use a Latte" Yamate also had his 2nd over 2 at 202lbs. The first timer but no rookie of big tuna fishing, Rick "the Stick" Tyrer from the East Cape is outdoing everyone with his 3rd tuna over 2 at 203lbs...

Since we are on our last RSW tank, we have been extremely selective in which tuna are allowed to ride home with us. If I had to guess, we released 35+ tuna between 100- 125lbs. The plan is to only take the larger models from this point on...

We are currently catching bait to replenish the supply while being entertained by the Roy and the crew. It definitely helps to make bait while laughing and having fun to fight the effects of the triptofan sleepiness from a great turkey dinner (with all the fixings) making everyone tired...

Just a quick note about Roy... For those of you that know him, he is at the top of his game this trip, you do know what I mean. For those that don't, he has an incredible talent to deliver a tremendous fishing experience and punch lines from the crack of dawn until the late evening. He is doing a great job on the boat and we are all having an incredible time...

So with that note, wish us luck and we will keep you posted on our daily events. The R/p crew.

"BeNt RoDs 4 LiFe"

















 
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