Illwaco Tuna 8/1-8/2

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  1. joel@vomhoko.com

    joel@vomhoko.com Well-Known Member

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    Two Shamrock 26s headed out in tandem early Saturday morning from Illwaco, WA.
    From the Columbia River bar and 25 miles out the conditions we found were dislectic from the NOAA report of 3' seas at 9 seconds, with seas that were @ 7' seas at 5 seconds. So it was a very slow and wet schlogg out. But the seas finally laid down about and we finally hit 61 degree water at the W125 line (@ 45 miles out).
    Both boats quickly landed 2 each, Island Time picked up another on a baitstop and that was it for the day.
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    We trolled into the sunset,.....
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    Got to enjoy the moonlight and drifting on the sea anchor for the night.
    Shamrock in the Moonlight 200801.jpg Then experience a sunrise from a perspective we'd never seen before. 20200802_060615.jpg
    Island Time landed 3 more albacore on Sunday, while we failed to convert from the troll into our boat.
    But the lack of stacked fish was far outweighed by a fantastic adventure.
    Final trip stats were 200nm; 28 hours of engine time; 70 gals of diesel.
     
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    Wow! That's the kind of weekend I could get used to! Beautiful pics and sounds like a great time on the water. :cool::)
     
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    Joel - what a great way to spend a couple of days and watching the sun come up! And running with a buddy far offshore is the way to go. Let's see some pics of the fish though or it's just a fish story :D
     
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    Wow! What an experience! You've got brass tinklers to head out in those conditions! But it paid off.
     
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    Ken, you're absolutely right!
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    Nice!

    I've never spent the night on the pond in mine.

    25 miles of 7 x 5 sounds like a looooong slog.
     
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    Well it wasn't like that the whole way, but certainly some extended toilet boils, earning a new waypoint called "Uck."
    Crew was down for the count and several mad rushes from fetal in the cuddy to the gunwhale. 1 recovered, the other not....note to self: crew must get plenty of rest and no alchohol the day before hitting the big blue, otherwise useless, safety liability.
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    Only running 8-12 knots, not really breaking plane, added concern to the fuel equation on our buddy boat.
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    kinda funny to recognize how ocean conditions can change so dramatically so quickly. For a couple weeks we'd been having winds from the NW that brought a beautiful high pressure system and on this Sat, there was a major shift of wind from the SW. I'm guessing we were in a convergence zone early Sat. morning, which then helped the seas lay down closer to noon and then great the rest of the trip.
     
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    Do you guys run down the coast or trailer down to Ilwaco? Haven’t poked our heads out into the ocean up there yet, looks nasty.
     

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