January 31, 2010 at 4:12pm
I generally do not respond to this kind of thing on the Internet but you statements are so agregious that I feel compelled to do so. Bo, you called me no less than five times between the time that you booked the trip and the day of the trip to tell me that Tuna was what you were after. That says one thing to me, we have to catch tuna. I left the dock that morning with a solid game plan to put you guys on some tuna similar to what I was catching the week prior. We departed the dock with 50 pounds of pogies and several other larger fish to use as chum and bait. This is the same setup that worked so well for me the prior week. We also had two jig rods and four brand new jigs. I also had two older jigs. That would normally be plenty of jigs for a day of chunking for tuna. I have been fishing this area with great sucess for several weeks and I felt well prepared.
We made a long run in rolling seas to give you guys a great chance of sucess. When we arrived, I noted to you that the conditions were very different and that the water Wes dirtier and colder than it had been. We were, however, marking good fish is the same area that they had been hanging. I proceded to try to figure out how to beat drift over them, as the wind and current were pushing us pretty fast. I actually found a bit of am eddy that slowed us down a bit and we proceded to chum and chunk as well as jig. This produced two blackfin but no yellowfin. We worked hard at this until 12:45 when in a last ditch effort, we set the diving baits and tried that. With no sucess, after one pm, we headed further southeast in search of tuna and cleaner water. We arrived at a rig 17 miles southeast to find the se conditions and with tuna marking as well. We chummed and jogged as well. We had no sucess but not for lack of trying. At 3:50, we headed back toward the pass. At no time did you ever ask me to bottom fish. On the way in, and with you guys asleep on the bean bags, I decided to stop at another rig on the way in. We stopped and marked fish. Once again, we had a few cut offs but no sucess. We stopped at the next rig and pulled wahoo baits. We stopped at the last two rigs near the pass and did the same. Was that effort? Again, still no request to bottomfish. With the sun setting, we entered the pass. We ran up the river, still no request to bottomfish. We pulled in the marina in the pitch dark with the marina closed for hours. I announced that the marina was closed and that I would have to fuel in the morning. Since you were driving back to the casinos, my floacan would aurfice for fuel numbers. You said nothing nor did you ask to bottomfish. I gave you the total and you seemed very surprised. The fact is that fuel coat what it cost and there is little that I can do about it. I took every step that I could to catch fish for you but it was flat out a difficult day. Just ask the clients of two other boats that got totaly skunked that day. I will not mention who that was but you can figure it out as there were only five boats out that day. We settled up and you told me that the remainder of what you owed me was all that you had. Was I upset about no tip? Yes, a bit because I felt that I had gone above and beyond and never quit until we ran out of water to fish. I did not, however, express that to you. Obviously, you knew that you had done something wrong.
I fueled the boat the following morning before my charter and as it turns out, my flowscan was 2 gallons off in your favor. Sorry that I undercharged you. I also found the one banana that must not have gotten thrown off when we found the bananas that you guys brought. I threw it away, I hope that you don't mind. In the end, I find just about everything that you have said to be false. That is except for the part about getting in late and not being able to fuel. I generally sorry that you did not enjoy your trip and I certanly would have altered out iteriary if you would have asked to do so but you simply did not. Gamefisher is a term used by
Myron, not me. I wish you the best in the future and I would be happy to furnish several other captain's contact info if you would like to fish Venice again.