Excel Captain Justin Fleck check in January 28 with an update from the Excel:
“We have finished up at the Hurricane Bank. We departed one day early due to weather conditions. We have moved up the beach to San Quentin. We are going to finish up here fishing for Yellowtail and Reds & Lingcod. The weather is flat calm.
“We ended up having six days at the bank. We had nine cows and everyone ended up with a couple big fish of 100 pounds or better.”
The boat’s office reported January 24:
“The Indy returned this morning with a great catch of Yellowfin Tuna and some Wahoo. A huge thanks to everyone who made the trip this year and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year."
“Hard earned fish today,” reported Red Rooster III January 29. “The sharks ate us up starting first thing in the morning and continued to dark.
“Sonny Jones dragged a 205 through the sharks and Rocco dragged a 203 through them. The bread and butter grade was around but no current all day made it hard to fish. Hopefully we have current tomorrow.”
Royal Polaris reported January 30:
“With the improvement of our weather, things are on the upswing. We had an excellent day today, with the Yellowfin making a great showing. The Yellowfin were in the 85 to 125 pound range, and there was plenty of action for all aboard. We did get a couple of Wahoo, but no big numbers on the skin, this whole trip.
“It was a very good day fishing the sardine, as the kite was hard to keep up. We will try to make a tank of bait tonight, and give it a try again tomorrow, so wish us luck.”
Final Fishing Day
“We had another very good day of tuna fishing down here,” wrote Royal Star skipper Brian Sims January 19.
“We had steady action on a beautiful grade of fish. Most were between 130 and 175 pounds. These bruisers were boiling around the boat all day, putting on a great show. Today’s shot goes to Sueng Kim with his 192-pound yellowfin tuna.”