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Funjunkie74
05-13-2007, 10:34 PM
Well, as many of you know, I went out on the Shogun overnighter from Fisherman's Landing.
If any of you never been or seen the Shogun before, if you ever have the opportunity, HOLY COW!!! This thing is a cruise ship!!
Take a look at this galley!!
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0264.jpg

Off to the left of the above picture is the stairway to the bunks, er...suites, below.
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0265.jpg

I have never seen staterooms so nice or clean!! A lot of the guys and myself were all laughing over the fact that this boat actually supplies sheets on the beds. In weird way, it doesn't really feel like we're going fishing!! ahahaha. We've become use to the vinyl sticking to our arms and legs!!:rofl:
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0266.jpg

So anyhow, here comes the fishing report...enjoy!!

9:00pm An anxious and slightly excited Funjunkie arrives at Fisherman's landing. Sign in, pick a bunk and head to the boat.
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0260.jpg
She is an intimidatingly huge boat!! I've seen some wide loads, but this takes the cake!

So I quietly get aboard and look around for staff/deckhand to guide me in, but no where to be found. Instead, just did the usual, put the rods in the holders and set my bag on the racks...and found my self in an Albackore ad!! I can't even tell which one's mine!!
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0262.jpg
And the wall of gold and silver...doesn't anyone use graphite reels anymore??
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0261.jpg

After noticing and greeting some fellow patron's of Young's Tackle, I started my usual Funjunkie talk-a-thon with everyone and enjoyed the moment...
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0259.jpg

Look down at the watch and it's 10pm!! Everybody finally loads up and away we go! I decided since I worked all day and was really tired, that after a few beers to head down into the bunks and sleep for the long day ahead...zzzzzzzz.

5am, wake up and hop out of bed to find myself in the middle of...I'm not sure. I had not the slightest clue of where we were. It was pitch dark, I saw some lights in the distance and that was it. Got a water, asked the cook "where da heck are we?", "Coronado Island" he replies...oh, I see, cool. Head out onto the deck to find some of the guys already up and fishing away~! Nothing really came up, but as we are all optimists, you can feel the "hope" for something with every cast.

6am, the sunrises and we start fishing (officially).
Unfortunately though the weather was really cloudy and cold. This was a sure sign that it was going to be a little harder to catch fish and we were going to have to work at it!!
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Well, I'm going to fast forward the middle here, cause it was basically a lot of hit and miss, move and jab, cast and wind, and then finally at the end...the sun comes out and we hit the mother load! Bonito heaven! And a few REALLY nice sized YT!!
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0278.jpg
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After a lot of casts, many bird's nests (argh!!) and just a couple tangles, it's finally time to go home. I like how this next picture came out, it really tells you how we all felt about that last spot after so many unsuccessful stops all afternoon...can you hear him whisper "We came, we saw, we fished yo ***** off!!"
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0280.jpg

We returned back to dock at around 6:30pm. I slept the whole way home and again, didn't know where we were until the galley cook came to wake us up...he said, "we're inside the harbor, time to pay you tab." That's one alarm clock I don't want to have...:evil:

http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/HPIM0284.jpg
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Oh, and then here's the after I got home pics of the fish...
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And in response to another post regarding eating bonito, here's a few prime examples of what it looked like on our dining table...

Sashimi:
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/DSCN0299.jpg

Grilled:
http://fishingnetwork.net/images/tmp2/DSCN0300.jpg

2Bin
05-13-2007, 11:19 PM
The bonito sashimi looks really good.

great report!

craznazn
05-13-2007, 11:37 PM
Nice boat...and a nice haul. Bonito sushi is good, but there's nothing like having a smoked collar. Good eating.... :D

POSTAL
05-14-2007, 12:29 AM
Nice trip!!That boat looks pimp 8) ..How much is a ride on that boat?catches look great :D

halo16
05-14-2007, 12:35 AM
Funjunkie74.

Damn, Thats a nice ship, the picture of the galley is awsome!

Thanks for the very cool pictures and great report, cool you met up with fellow patron's of Young's Tackle. Nice report and good catch!

Thanks

Funjunkie74
05-14-2007, 08:34 AM
2Bin> Yeah, the sashimi not only looked good, it actually tasted really good too!! :D

Craznanzn> I had this conversation with some of the people on the boat. I've never "smoked" any thing before. Barracuda and bonito seem to top everyone's list of "fish to smoke". Does everyone own a smoker? (Do I hear a new topic??)

Postal> That boat was PIMP!! It was only $125 for the overnight trip!! I posted it up here last week to see if any of you wanted to go...but no takers! Ya'll missed out!! They go back to being a $2500+ long range boat after next week.

Halo16> Thanks! It was cool to have met up with some of these guys, because they FISH!! They annually do the 5-day Young's tackle charters...they fly to Cabo...they're all over the place! I learned a lot from these guys and they were super-cool to come over, lean in and give me a few tips here and there.

hookemdano
05-14-2007, 11:15 AM
Great report and pics! :thumb:

That's a sweet boat. Looks like someone really takes pride in their ride.

JapanRon
05-14-2007, 12:15 PM
Hi Funjunkie74,

Thank you much for your outstanding report and pics. Learned a lot about the Shogun.

WTG on the fishys and sashimi,

tsurikichi

Lightline
05-14-2007, 03:27 PM
That was way cool.

EricU
05-14-2007, 06:26 PM
Those photos are good enough to make a brochure for the Shogun.

Nice job building suspense in your report. I almost thought it was going to be a lousy day.

What did the Shogun set you up with as far as bait?

Great report.

Troutman65
05-14-2007, 07:59 PM
Thats a great report with Awesome pics. Wish I could of made that trip. Thanks for the report !!!

Funjunkie74
05-14-2007, 10:11 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed my report as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Too bad that no one, at least that I know of, from this board could join me on this trip. I look forward to taking more pictures of you guys fishing with me next time!

Now to the questions:
We had small to medium size sardines. They were so small that I thought that they were chovies!! ahahaha...

But as we all know, bonitos will bite anything that moves.
Metals, lures, bait, my finger.... :twisted:

boxl0bster
05-15-2007, 01:20 AM
man i saw your post but its so far for me to go out there. way to slay man!

sansou
05-15-2007, 01:28 AM
Great report Joe!

Bummed I could not make it out there at the Rockpile (I assume that was the default destination).

Next time! Great pics by the way!

Funjunkie74
05-15-2007, 09:19 AM
Great report Joe!

Bummed I could not make it out there at the Rockpile (I assume that was the default destination).

Next time! Great pics by the way!


That would be an affirmative. We hit everywhere in that area and nothing was happening during the day. But as we all hope, at the last minute, they come out to play.

Missed you out there Rich!

Ensenada is calling out to you....Rich....Richard....Richardo.... :wink:

smokehound
05-15-2007, 04:27 PM
DUDE i love this charter! These guys REALLY know how to find the boners.

Any word on when the cost will drop down again? do they only do that on holidays?

D-PESCADOR
05-17-2007, 08:34 AM
great job killing and grilling 8)

Funjunkie74
05-17-2007, 08:57 AM
DUDE i love this charter! These guys REALLY know how to find the boners.

Any word on when the cost will drop down again? do they only do that on holidays?

I'm not sure as to how this opportunity came about. The sales man inside me is telling me, they did this for two reasons:
1. Fishing is slow during this season anyway, so why not take shorter trips.
2. It's a good way to advertise how awesome the boat is by offering short trips for cheap.

There are anglers like me that can not afford to go on 10-day trips for $3,500 which is what the Shogun specializes in. So we would never really know how great the boat is. These short trips give the opportunity to experience the Shogun and possible entice us to take a longer trip.

So I don't think it was a "cost drop down" but more of an "still not summer, let's get people interested in us" deal. For this reason, I don't think you should hold your breath for a constant price reduction. Instead, get on the boat while you can!!

Funjunkie74
05-17-2007, 08:57 AM
great job killing and grilling 8)

Thanks!

smokehound
05-24-2007, 01:50 PM
h..holy crap.. ten day trips!? I must attend this at once!