I have been on land while my guys fished the last two days.
Fishing went from pretty good to terrible real fast.
We are shutting down for a few days to regroup.
The good news is a commercial buddy ran into a very big school of fish not that far offshore.
Hopefully they are headed our way as this is the slowest start to a season we have ever seen.
The last two trips have been decent with lots of troll fish and opportunities for bait fish, with both days being in the mid to low 20's fish counts.
The high winds have not made it easy to get them going on bait.
As soon as we can get our charter license processed (2-3 weeks) we will be adding the Double Down to the fleet.
Double Down is a SNB's slightly smaller sister.
She has a big cockpit, big fix boxes, and quiet and smoke free Cummins motors that give her a cruise speed around 25 knots.
Tuna finally showed up in good enough numbers for us to run.
We ran 60 miles SW on a flat ocean.
We got out to a spot that had produced good numbers the two previous days and started trolling.
After a few hours we got a quad on the troll, but they would not touch the bait or iron.
5 or so hours later we got another quad and one on iron and that was it for the day.
Unfortunately the boats around us did worse and the two charters that went on 7/20 got 1 fish for 20 rods. Ouch.
We are sitting it out for a few days.
The good news is that I talked to a buddy who has been on the fish for 10 days and he has followed them north from the border and is almost west of Ilwaco.
There is a huge mass of tuna headed our way and they should be within our range in 4-7 days.
Clark fought a long, hard battle with depression and finally succumbed to his demons and took his own life on July 4th.
We will never find a better captain, friend, or human being.
Team Shake N Bake is like family, so we lost a family member.
We are going to drown our sorrows with saltwater as that is what Clark would have wanted as the ocean was the one place he was always happy.
When we have had some time for the wounds to heal up a little bit we will announce the when and wear for Clark's celebration of life and I am pretty sure it will involve saltwater and boats.