Around the world in eighty months



SAN DIEGO — The finger you see surfing the Pacific between Hawaii and the Marshall Islands is Chris Fischer's, and at the moment, it's a powerful digit. Wherever he drags that finger — across the South Pacific, through Micronesia, to Australia, along the underbelly of Asia, around the coasts of Africa, past islands and inlets and isthmuses of all ilk — he draws the possible path of what he intends to be an unprecedented journey.

In a nutshell, here's what the founder of Fischer Productions and the host of "Offshore Adventures" has in mind: seven years, around the world, whacking monster fish, making television, and along the way developing a snapshot of Earth's oceans in the early 21st century.

"I have a feeling we're going to get to places where it's going to be so bizarrely wide open, and there are going to be so many fish, we're going to look at each other and say, 'How can we leave?'" Fischer says as he looks at the atlas.

He's sitting in the cabin of a 126-foot former crabbing vessel with its old name, Arctic Eagle, still emblazoned on its mighty hull. It's a ship that has been, and can go, just about anywhere in the world, with enough gas and supplies to support fishing expeditions of nigh-ridiculous ambition.

"We can go to nowhere," he says, "and stay for a very long time."