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    Quote Originally Posted by Chifunda View Post
    You people are really making me feel old...reading this thread made me realize my last long range trip was almost thirty years ago.

    Yo Yoshida used to charter the Royal Polaris for a nine day invitational trip and I was fortunate enough to be asked aboard one year. Must have been 1983 or '84. Frank Lo Preste was the skipper and he worked his butt off putting us into fish despite the mild El Nino conditions. I was so exhausted by the end of the trip I slept all the way back to San Diego. Good to hear that Frank is still in the business and doing well.

    For what it's worth, my big fish cutter upper is a Forschner scimitar 40634. Nothing fancy but it works.
    Ah.. yo's tackle. I have been on the Royal Polaris,Shogun,Red Rooster when Jorge and Julio were still on it. Really want to get on the Intrepid. I still use a forschner, and my buddy is catching 200lb+ tuna with a pacemaker. I don't ever want to be too old too fish. In the 80's I worked Art's landing,Davey's locker and managed fisherman's supply center. Before building reels for Carl Newell.
    Saw Ralph Mikkelsen at the Bill Poole Tribute dinner he still had the same mustache.



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    Feb 02, 2012

    Ralph Mikkelsen, 80, shows he can still land the giant tuna
    Ralph Mikkelsen of Northridge, Calif., is one tough angler, who on Thursday posed in San Diego alongside a 306-pound yellowfin tuna he landed during a 15-day excursion into Mexican waters.

    The catch, made aboard the American Angler, gives Mikkelsen, who will be 81 next month, six yellowfin weighing 300 pounds or more—a feat that is unrivaled.

    "I’ve been waiting for the next 300-pounder to come for 24 years," he said of his latest catch, made after a 30-minute battle that included several runs up and down the rail.

    Mikkelsen caught his first "super cow" in 1980, a 321-pound yellowfin. His last, before the recent catch was, a 308-pounder boated in 1988.

    As veteran long-range anglers are aware, these are specialized trips and not for the queasy or faint of hard. Giant yellowfin tuna are incredibly powerful and landing them requires strength and stamina.

    Of course it helps to have high-tech fishing gear and multiple-speed reels, which were not available back in Mikkelsen's heyday.

    "He made several runs up high, so I had to keep changing gears," Mikkelsen said.

    The top catch aboard the American angler was a 320-pound tuna by Dennis Saylors.* It was Saylors' first super cow in 20 years of fishing on longe-range boats.

    The American Angler was skippered by Brian Kiyohara, whose passengers landed 27 yellowfin weighing 200 pounds and three topping 300 pounds.

    That's a lot of sashimi.

    -- Pete Thomas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckhand View Post
    Ah.. yo's tackle. I have been on the Royal Polaris,Shogun,Red Rooster when Jorge and Julio were still on it. Really want to get on the Intrepid. I still use a forschner, and my buddy is catching 200lb+ tuna with a pacemaker. I don't ever want to be too old too fish. In the 80's I worked Art's landing,Davey's locker and managed fisherman's supply center. Before building reels for Carl Newell.
    Saw Ralph Mikkelsen at the Bill Poole Tribute dinner he still had the same mustache.
    God bless him, that's mighty impressive!

    I've been on the east coast since Yo's trip, in fact I had to fly back to California to go on it, but I've done a fair amount of fishing since then; from bonefish on Andros to tiger fish in Zambia. Arthritis in my back and knee have slowed me down considerably lately but all in all I feel like I've had a pretty good run.

    As the saying goes, if I'd known I was going to live this long I'd have taken better care of myself.

    As for Newell reels, Carl got a fair amount of my money back in the day, including the upgrade kits he sold for Penn reels. Got them all from Yo, of course. My wife and I used to visit the store and then walk down the street to Sizzler. No, wait! This might not be the best forum to admit that.

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    Sounds like some great times......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogbacchus View Post
    Sounds like some great times......
    Never hooked a tuna as big as yours though! Nice job!

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    And another thing! That wahoo makes me feel positively...inadequate.

    (Chifunda retreats to dark corner and sits all alone, playing with his toes and blowing bubbles in his own spit.) (As opposed to blowing bubbles in someone else's spit.)

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    Just figuring out how to download pictures. Here's a shot of Yo Yoshida on the Royal Polaris.

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    Just figuring out how to download pictures. Here's a shot of Yo Yoshida on the Royal Polaris.

    Any advice on how to make it larger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chifunda View Post
    Never hooked a tuna as big as yours though! Nice job!
    Thanks.I was just the winder! I have been fortunate to fish with John and Wade Richardson a number of times. They have two sportfishers (a 43 Merritt and a 48 G&S) and a mothership in Panama. They are very talented fishermen and their Panamanian crews are top notch. They drive the boat very aggressively when fighting a fish.....makes for a lively time on the leader. Also leads to releasing a very healthy fish. We keep some tuna and dorado to eat, release all billfish.Name:  055.jpg
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    The wahoo was in the Gulf of Mexico and was just plain luck.....

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    This would have been a new world record for 50lb. line but they released it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chifunda View Post


    Just figuring out how to download pictures. Here's a shot of Yo Yoshida on the Royal Polaris.
    Thanks for posting the photo.
    I went on a fujimoto memorial trip on the Royal Polaris. I remember Bruce on the Shogun yelling compliments from his boat on my three 10ft ulua jig rods. Good times.
    Getting a free ticket to the Long Beach Fred Hall Show next week. It's the Mecca for fisherman. I will get to see a lot of old friends.

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