Why choose the Polaris Supreme?
Twenty-five years in business coming this May for the Polaris Supreme. This powerhouse in long-range sport fishing was launched in May 1985. Since her launch she has been maintained in top-notch condition and is constantly being upgraded with the most advanced machinery fish finding electronics and safety systems of any vessel in the San Diego fleet. Owner and Captain, Tommy Rothery has been full time operator of the Polaris Supreme since her launch and was co-owner with Bill & Ingrid Poole until 1991 when he and his wife (and secretary) took over full ownership. They have maintained the down to earth family operation that has made their clients want to come back year after year.
The Polaris Supreme has it all! The wheelhouse is in constant flux. It’s always interesting to go up and talk to Tommy and Drew to see what they have added. To date the wheelhouse has four color meters, (two variable frequency) one scanning sonar, two radars, four SSB radios, four VHF radios, satellite phone, private satellite direct connect between the twelve long range code boats, XM satellite weather service, state of the art imagery from Ocean Imaging, computer water temperature tracking by color. OK, you get the idea. Let me just say and much, much more.
When choosing a long range operation to fish with, one of the Polaris Supreme’s charter heads probably put it best when he said, "When I go on a hunting or fishing trip, I feel the main thing a sportsman should look at is the guide and the team he has surrounded himself with. Yes it is important to have a great platform to fish on like the Polaris Supreme, but it just doesn’t matter to me how many amenities a boat or lodge has if the guide or captain doesn’t put forth an outstanding effort and produce a good catch year after year". "And that’s what I have been accustomed to, the consistent great service that Captain Tommy Rothery, Captain Drew Henderson and their experienced crew have produced year after year for me".
Owner Captain Tommy Rothery has been working on long range sport fishing boats for 34 years and was one of the youngest deck hands to acquire his 100 ton oceans captain’s license at the age of nineteen. In 2009 he showed the hands on attention you would expect of the owner of a long range sport fishing boat who cares about his customers by running all trips throughout the season. The second lead on the Supreme is Captain Drew Henderson. He is starting his 10th season on the Supreme and has worked in the sport fishing industry since the age of 13, when he started working for his dad Captain John Henderson. Drew, who normally gets to run 1/3 to ½ of the trips on the Supreme understood Tommy’s reasons for wanting to be hands on and running all the trips last season. But he’s probably the only one, except for Tommy’s wife Susan, who hopes Tommy spends more time on land this year.
The second Captain Rich Elais has been long range since 2000 and is hoping to get his shot at the helm soon. Richie’s enthusiasm for long range fishing is a perfect example of how, once it gets into your blood, it consumes your life. He loves his job!
Deck hand Jed Scott has six years on the Supreme and is working towards his captain’s license this year. He is a favorite among our novice anglers known for his patience in teaching new techniques.
The galley team of chefs , David Schooler and Barry Benson, with galley assistant (and deck hand) Mark Clark make an unbeatable team putting out consistently, trip after trip, some of the best food as well as being the most friendly galley crew in the fleet.
Come visit the Polaris Supreme crew at the upcoming Fred Hall Show. Or visit them on line at www.polarissupreme.com They are truly a first-class operation. You won’t be disappointed.