Here is my trip report from the 13-day annual November Red Rooster 3 trip sponsored by Accurate Fishing Products. After loading some very fine looking sardines we headed south to get down to business. Andy Cates was skippering this trip and we were headed to one of his favorite places to fish (Clarion Island). We had the usual 3 and half days to tie on our hooks (you have to tie real slowly and check the knot for a long time).
Jack Nilsen and Leo Reihsen were the Accurate hosts for this trip and brought 40 Accurate reels and Calstar rods for the passengers to use on the trip, along with many other prizes that were raffled off or given out for instant contests or daily prizes. (There were 2 Boss reel and 2 Calstar blanks won as daily prizes on this trip.) Congratulations to the daily prizewinners. In addition I was able to provide additional prizes from Izorline (fluoro, mono, spectra, wind-ons, flex-wrap); Mustad (the #39943, 4X strong, 6/0 size Demon circle hooks are fantastic); Baja Fish Gear (gift cards, rod ties); Salas lures; and Calstar (for additional loaner 770 series rail rods). Thank you to all these manufactures for supporting this trip and making everyone’s trip more enjoyable.
The fishing results were 15 over 200# with everyone getting several over 100#. There were a dozen Wahoo to add a little excitement on the troll and around 40 Dorado to get everyone jumping around. Several first time long-range passengers scored a cow or a personal best. (You can tell by the really wide smile on their face.) Congratulations to Charlie Martinez for catching the largest fish on an Accurate reel. He received an Accurate trophy for his 267.8# YFT. Tom Allen was 2nd with a 261.8# and Ernie Osuna was 3rd with a 255#. Dave Rrilhante won the trolling jackpot with a 170# YFT.
I was using this trip as a test platform for a revised yummy flier hook configuration. (It skipped and flew exactly as I hoped. I’ll post an update to my previous yummy posting and provide you the details.) I also was able to check out a prototype for a potential new Calstar rod. Looks promising as it behaves like they want it to. It could be available very soon. And I finally got an opportunity to fish my “180# line class, “all black rod” to test out my latest engineering fishing hypothesis. It worked really well on the 175# tuna. I am real excited to try this again in January. I need a few more fish with this hypothesis before I can talk about it.
The crew consisted of Andy making the big decisions upstairs, Joe, Tom (check out the photo with a Accurate spinning reel and a cigar), Nick, Trevor, and Fernando supporting us on the deck, with Stan and Chapman doing a fantastic job keeping us well nourished.
Maybe it is something about Accurate sponsored trips, but it seams as if there are a large number of repeat passengers year after year. It certainly was true for this trip. Check out the photos of people having fun. If you are interested in joining in on the fun next year, contact Christina or Linda in the Rooster office. You better hurry, as the trip is almost full.
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