January 2016 American Angler 14-day Trip

The annual 14-day Accurate sponsored American Angler trip just keeps getting better and better every year.  This year was a perfect example.  All 26 of us (19 passengers and 7 crew) had a great time for 14 days.  In addition to all of this fun and laughter, we fished for 6 1/2 days and caught 15 YFT over 200# and one 300# tuna.

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Here is the gang, tired from smiling, laughing, calling each other “affectionate”  names and pulling on some big tuna

 

This trip should be pretty full already for next year.  A special thanks to Accurate (for supplying loaner ATDs), Calstar (775 rail rods), Izorline (spectra, mono and fluoro), Baja Fish Gear (gift cerficates & clothing), Salas Lures (PL-68s and 6X jigs), Sportsman Seafood (discount processing) and American Angler Sportfishing (Brian and his crew really know how to run a first rate operation).  I will let the following photos describe the fun and success we had on the trip.  I gave a daily prize out every day for the largest fish caught that day.  Thank you to my sponsors for supporting the fun and games.

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Jackpot Winners: Ron Bryan 280#, Russ Hanano 267# and Kohei Kikuchi 260#

 

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Matt Salas won a Boss 2-speed reel for his 250# YFT

 

 

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The banners say that today was Izorline day on the Accurate trip. Izorline products were awarded for the largest fish that day

 

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John Flocken won Izorline spectra, XXX mono and fluorocarbon for his 205# YFT

 

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Russ Hanano won a $100 Baja Fish Gear gift cerficate along with other logo products for his 267# YFT

 

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Kohei Kikuchi won a Calstar 775 XXH rod for his 260# YFT

 

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Ron Bryan won a Accurate plier, sheath and lanyard for his 280# YFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Champions from the “31” tournament on the way home. The yellow t-shirt is the coveted winners trophy.

 

 

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Darrell won more 31 games than anyone else and got a 219# YFT

 

 

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Dale showing off a “laughing” rail technique and also landed a 200# YFT

 

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Pat Sr. (aka 349) with a almost cow (196#) Crewmember Justin helping out

 

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Buddies, Mato and Drew (Curtis F. Chapman)

 

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Russ was able to talk s_ _ _ to Kehei after landing this 267# (bigger than Kohei’s 260#)

 

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Sr 349 and Jr with Sr’s 244# YFT

 

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Sr 349 with his 244# YFT (I don’t think he is going to change is nickname to Sr 244)

 

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Kohei congratulating Russ on his 267# YFT

 

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Yet another photo of Sr with David and the 244# YFT. After catching a 349# YFT, Sr sure knows how to take pictures. Maybe it is his manager Matt Salas.

 

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Matt Salas and his buddy Seth Taylor along with the Accurate reel winning 250# YFT. The tuna is really big but Seth is really really tall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New crewmember James with my almost cow (197#) caught on the 8 1/2 ft Calstar rail rod

 

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Breath Matt. In, out, in, out …………….

 

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Talk to Tom Mato if you need your BMW serviced at Crevier BMW (part of the Penske Automotive Group)

 

 

 

 

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John Flocken won the Izorline spectra and fluoro with this 205# YFT

 

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Rail shot of Flocken’s cow

 

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Darrell with a bent Calstar (probably the 219# YFT)

 

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Mato, quite posing for photos and turn the handle.

 

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Fred having fun with Justin and Matt lifting his tuna

 

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Matt with Kambiz

 

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Baby brother Ed Flocken with a bent Calstar and a Accurate 50W

 

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Me bending a Calstar 775 4XH with a Accurate Super 12

 

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Kohei enjoying the moment with David, Matt and his 260# YFT.  Hurry up and got in the photo Fred.

 

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Russ with a ATD-50W. He looks like he is having a good time.

 

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Kohei caught this 260# just so he could advertise his son’s business Pacific Heating

 

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Rail shot with Kohei’s 260#. This was the fish that won him a new Calstar 775 XXH rod.

 

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Dale with a nice evening bite tuna

 

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Steve with his 245# YFT. He also landed a 214# YFT.

 

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Ron, with Matt and his 280# jackpot YFT

 

 

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Fred, que pa so

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John, are we having fun yet? What a bunch of psycos. Makes for a great trip.

 

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Kambiz smiling while turning the handle

 

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Kohei, looks like he is fishing in his undies

 

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Matt sharing the moment with Drew and his 250# YFT

 

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Tom Mato and I caught twin cows on Accurate reels and Calstar rods (hope you like the banner Jack)

 

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Seth with a nice one on the rail (James, Matt and David)

 

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The crew holding up Kohei’s 300# YFT

 

 

 

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The 300# super cow earned Kohei the Accurate jackpot trophy. Congratulations!!!!!!

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This is the new Accurate 300 Valiant reel. Very solid and lots of drag. This is a mid grade tuna, that I broke the 50# mono.

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Calstar BRT 130 rod bending with a ATD-80 and 40# of drag

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Steve, focusing on the tip

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John Yarbrough with Alfredo in the background

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Ron, prying on a good one.

 

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Thanks Justin for jumping in and taking this water shot

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