San Diego’s long-range sportfishing fleet has a new long-ranger, Bill Poole’s 90-foot Polaris Supreme, launched last week.
The half-dozen or so long-range boats take anglers as far as the Revillagigedo Islands, 400 miles south of Baja California’s tip, and Costa Rica’s Clipperton Island, in search of 300-pound-plus yellowfin tuna. It’s the only such sport fishery in the United States.
Poole, 63, who started in Southland party-boat sportfishing in 1946, has pioneered long-range tuna trips to Mexican waters.
The Polaris Supreme, powered by twin 640-horsepower GMC V-12-92 turbo engines, has 29 long-range trips scheduled, from June 7 to Dec. 27. Trips range from 4 to 16 days and cost from $650 to $2,400. Fuel capacity is 4,000 gallons, which means the boat can reach the Galapagos Islands and return with only one fueling stop.
Poole, who built the Polaris Supreme in 14 months at his Chula Vista boatyard, said the Supreme is an improvement in several areas over the Polaris Deluxe, his 78-foot long-ranger of recent years.
“I guess I’m happiest about the better configuration of the Supreme’s 13 staterooms,” he said. “I think we’ve made better use of available space.
“I was never happy with the speed (10 knots cruising) of the Deluxe. But this time we have much more horsepower, and I’m sure we’ll cruise at around 13 knots. Also, we’ve got some exciting electronics aboard. Our Weatherfax machine will give us a twice-a-week readout of sea temperatures anywhere in the world. That can save us a lot of time--and disappointment--by tipping us ahead of time if drops in sea temperatures in areas where we want to go have chased the fish away.”
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