January 10-24, 2017 American Angler 14-day Accurate Trip
We returned from the annual Accurate sponsored 14-day American Angler trip with plenty of smiles and we can’t wait to do it again next year. The weather for the 4 travel days down to Clarion was very smooth. The weather for the 6 days of fishing was big swells and 20 knot winds. Even when it rained, most passengers were at the rail putting in their time. We started at Clarion, but skipper Kiyohara figured out that our best bet was to make it to the Hurricane Bank and be the 2nd boat there. That moved paid off, as we were catching 130# class YFT at the Hurricane instead of 60# YFT at Clarion. Big fish was a 248# YFT caught by Tom Mato with a skipjack bait. There were three over 200#, a dozen 180#-199# and the rest of the tuna were 100#-160# tuna. We picked up a few wahoo and a couple of them were donated to the galley for dinner. The weather and fishing was a little challenging compared to past years, but that did not prevent all the passengers from having a great vacation. On the travel home, we held our 5th annual “31 tournament”. Check out some of the photos of the passengers “trash talking” to each other. Thank you to Accurate for supplying loaner ATD reels, Calstar for supplying loaner rail rods to go with Accurate reels, Izorline for spectra, fluorocarbon and mono, Baja Fish Gear for custom built Cow Bell trolling lures, Salas Lures for pL-68 glow and wahoo jigs and Sportsman Seafood for smoked & jerky tuna as well as discounts on fish processing. We are already preparing for doing this again next year. Call Lori at the American Angler office to join us next year, then I can put a photo of your smiling face on next years trip report.
Thank you to all the passengers and American Angler crew for making this the best trip of the year,