please disregard the msg i sent you.
figure about $200-250/day for a long range trip; this includes all your meals (5/day, nobody EVER goes hungry). coming from the east coast it's not worth anything less than a 5 dayer.
the fish vary with the season. early summer you get smaller-sized albacore and yellowtail. by mid-summer, dorado, school bluefin arrive and the albies get bigger. by sept., the bigger bluefin and some yellowfin get in. the longer (8-10 day) fall trips go pretty far south and get into wahoo and cow yellowfin. it varies, some years are quite different, but that's the general pattern.
on an 8-day trip you'll generally fish about 5 days, unless the fish are very close to SD or very far away south. the trip to alijos rocks is about a day and a half.
other than tuna, lotsa yellowtail and a few grouper, black and white seabass, cabrilla, an occasional striped marlin. at night, it's lotsa fun breaking out a freshwater bass outfit and catch small yellowtail and sierra mackeral; even making bait, like squid and salami mackeral are fun.
the picture is of the rail of the royal star backing into the slip on the trip just prior to my 8 dayer, three years ago. the biggest fish are close to 300#, the smaller fish are around 100#.