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On occasions The Fisherman staff gains special access, insight, and experience of the most unique fishing that exists. This section is devoted to our most unique coverage. Join us as we take you along on assignment with staff of The Fisherman magazine.


TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- AN ELITE OPERATION

Jumbo yellowfin tuna continue their onslaught and give everyone aboard the Excel a run for their money. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the elite mates, everything remains a well oiled machine.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- HURRICANE BANK

Capt. Justin Fleck made the right call moving to Hurricane Bank and less than a day after arriving, jumbo yellowfin are flying over the rails and tuckering out anglers all around the Excel.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- GO BIG OR GO HOME!

Although multiple yellowfin exceeding the 200 pound mark have already hit the deck, Capt. Justin Fleck knows there are bigger fish to be found. The anglers aboard the Excel wrap up another day at Clarion Island before proceeding to Hurricane Bank.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- COMING TIGHT ON THE COWS

Arriving at the fishing grounds off Clarion Island, it wasn't long before the sound of screaming drags and thumping tuna tails reverberated around deck.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- THE TECHNOLOGICAL WONDER

Locked, loaded and ready for action! As the Excel nears the fertile waters of Clarion Island, Tim takes us through the last of the crew's tackle prep and gives us a tour of the boat's engine room and mechanical systems.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- ARRIVING IN CABO

Day 3 at sea and the Excel finally arrives in Cabo San Lucas to pick up the remaining anglers. The quad copter is deployed for a few overhead shots and the long steam to Clarion Island begins. Cow yellowfin lay just around the corner!
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- TAILGATING AT SEA

Steaming south to Cabo San Lucas, the tireless tackle preparation continues but this didn't prevent the boys aboard the Excel from enjoying a traditional Super Bowl tailgate party.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- YELLOWTAIL HIT THE DECK

Continuing on their way to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and the land of monster yellowfin tuna, the Excel stops for a hot yellowtail bite and Tim announces the winner of the Super Bowl pool!
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- UNDER WAY

With everyone aboard and gear loaded, the crew of the Excel stocks up on live bait and departs San Diego Harbor for the tuna grounds.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- ALL ABOARD!

Having arrived safely in San Diego, Tim Smith, John Nappo and the boys from Trophy Tackle board the Excel and prepare for the epic long range fishing expedition ahead.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- GEARING UP

The fishing trip of a lifetime is approaching fast. One of the tools we will be using for capturing video from outside of the boat will be this Phantom II quad copter. We now have the ability to get camera angles that, at one time, could have only been possible with another boat or helicopter. Let's hope we don't fly her into the water! Remember, starting February 1st visit the TheFisherman.com to follow all the action on the Excel fishing Trip.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC

Multi-media specialist Tim C. Smith is on the fishing adventure of a lifetime aboard the long-range California fishing vessel, Excel. For 18 days starting Feb. 1, he'll be sending daily reports – including video recorded by a drone camera. Catch the action exclusively at TheFisherman.com.
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