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The week started out about as good as it gets with Mike arriving in Garibaldi Tuesday around 3:00 pm. I had given him fair warning to be ready to fish that afternoon, so after a 5 hour flight…2 hour drive…we were now headed further west in hopes of an afternoon bite.
Del Stephens was aboard to offer some insight into the Oregon Tuna Fishery and its history…plus we all know Del is an all around great guy! Mother Nature gave us a super ocean and best of all, fish played ball! We made the long 14 mile run out at 25kts and were fishing in 30 minutes!

Started with troll gear…Archer Bars and a couple of clones…10 minutes in…ZINNNGGGGGG! Double on with the Archer bar getting slammed! Went on to catch a few more on the troll gear and then Del showed him the Tuna Bite on the slide…FISH ON! So we have two hanging on the Archer Bars…Del has just made it a triple and I’m tossing out a few live baits…after boating the 3 we had on…5 more came on the little squiggles. Day 1: 2 hours of fishing yields 6 troll fish, 1 plastic and 5 live bait fish.

Day 2: Troll day…all troll gear all day long…the Archer Bars made a strong showing again by hooking double digits for us on a day we put 20 in the boat…had we not taken 200+ pictures…we could have put 50 on the deck…they were slamming the bars 2 and 3 at a time. We got bit on clones and cedar plug chains as well. This was also the day of the “big fish”…Mike was kind enough to take the blame in his blog on Sport Fishing Magazines home page…however we all know it was knot/captain failure.

Day 3: Another late start and another great day or should I say half day, we never really fished a whole day. Mike fished 6 straight days and I managed 7 out of 9 days…we put about a dozen fish on the boat and called it good.

Day 4: Tuna Time took Mike out at 5:30 for a “real” day of Oregon tuna…a rough ocean, running 9 lines and pulling blue cord. They had a ball in the snotty seas and managed 8-10 fish before calling it and running home with the north winds howling! He really enjoyed his day with Dick and believes they too hooked a big fish. Thanks again Dick!

Day 5: Tournament Day…with Mark Mc, Marty and Mike on his boat the” Shake-n-Bake”…can’t beat spending a day with a couple of the most informed and seasoned anglers on our coast. Mike Mazur had plenty of good things to say about Mark and Marty…Marty got the nod for best angler! The whole fleet represented what is so awesome about this group…he was very impressed with everyone’s effort in helping the needy in our communities and each other. There are many fishing tournaments that donate fish…but we’re the only one that focuses on it. Hats off to all the Dogs!

Day 6: While we should be frowned on for leaving Del and John the mess…Mike wanted another day so how could I say no? Nalu and Seely rounded out the crew so we again left late…found a decent ocean and caught 7 or 8 fish…again picture taking was killing the fishing time…but it was cool to learn how to get good outdoor/fish photos. Nalu was a big help in this process being a fine photographer himself.

Dinner last night at Jake’s downtown and he has had a good taste of Oregon and our fish. We ordered everything from crab cakes, jumbo prawns, halibut cheeks, salmon, steelhead and tuna… and some Oregon Pinot to wash it all down…fantastic meal…he was talking about moving by the time desert arrived! Fresh berry cobbler with ice cream…you kidding me? It was sick!
Anyway…you can expect a nice story on our fishery coming next summer (June 08)! Thanks to everyone that helped with making his stay a special one!
 

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Mike turned out to be a true classic 'great guy' that can fish on my boat anytime he ventures back to the Northwest. Like Bud indicated, he really liked Oregon, was very impressed with the fishery that we have here and enjoyed almost all of the people he met and thought that Bud (and friends) did a truely fantastic job with the tourney.

He would like to come back and catch some salmon and halibut............just because he has never caught either one, but he is on his was to Puerto Rico for another tough job.

He had some interesting things to say about what is happening with the swordfish fishery in Florida. Most folks know that Florida has been wacking the swords at night.............but he was saying the new fishery is during the day in 1,500 ft. of water. Mike said that the swords sink to the depths during the day and basically lay on the bottom til nightfall when they start to feed again. So the locals have been fishing in the deep water and really doing well on the big swordfish and it seem that when you find one sword there are usually a bunch that hang together. Very interesting...............we could target super deep butts and hope that a sword comes along...............where's my electric reel.

Marty
 

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I will second the Nice Guy aspect of Mike. Got to talk to him at dinner after the tournament. He did seem very impressed with what was going on.
We sat in my office last night and watched your 2007 videos...there will be some love coming Tracker's way...he was impressed with your work...minus the beating heart crap...not really something the Editor would sign off on.

The Killer Whale stuff really had him pumped as did the underwater shots.

The Top Gun sound track...Lovin' it!
 

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Yeah Tracker, I begrudgingly had to tell him that at least some of your stuff was semi-ok/decent, perhaps even marginally good.:grin: The underwater stuff is nice.

Of course we couldn't help but fill him in with a full explanation of the Tracker saga to give him some perspective.:pp
 

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Sounds like you showed him a real good time. Can't wait too see the article. Remind us when it comes out, I'm sure I will forget by then.
 

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I gave him A couple jars of those "bludgend" tuna, hope he dont die!!...LOL!

The stuff is the bomb, just smoke. (keta's recipie)
 

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I believe it starts out with someone doing all the leg work selling the tourney idea well enough to have the magazine send someone out from the other side of the country to cover this and to be a great host as well if indeed this is the same person or not, an Attaboy is definitely deserving. U da man Mr Bud!!!

Actually it's kind of good the article will not come out until the beginning of next season, as the timing will help in the pregame to fire up the masses for next summer. Lots of folks will begin to shift gears soon and move onto other interests.

BTW........Day 5,,,,,,,,,,who is this Marty guy you are referring to?? :)
 

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Not to diss the boat owner...Mike, it was great that you took those guys out!

Mike, from Sportfishing Magazine, was a great guy and I think he got some awesome action shots.

Big thanks to Mike, the Shake n Bake's owner, for a first class trip on a first class boat. This being the Shake n Bake's first season, along with Mike's, of Tuna passion I think it went well.

We did not have a problem with numbers after we finally changed game plans in the middle of the day, but could not find any size.

Great day on the big blue and I look forward to next years OTC.
 
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