Wahoo Trio Sweeps
“You don’t have to go all the way down there to have a great six-day fishing trip,” said Qualifier 105 owner-skipper John Klein at Point Loma Sportfishing September 23. “We didn’t go past Uncle Sam and we still got limits of yellowtail and yellowfin tuna.”
Klein’s anglers also had great fishing at Cedros Island. Wahoo swept the jackpot spots. Tony Lourenco Sr. of Half Moon Bay won first place for a 55.7-pound wahoo, Jim Merrill of Oceanside won second for a 48.2-pounder, and Doug Biddinger of Downey won third place for a 42-pound wahoo.
Fish With Bill
Have the time of your life and appear in a Standup Fishing video! Anglers wanting fast fishing on school tuna, large tuna, wahoo, dorado, yellowtail and the occasional marlin can cast in style aboard Independence on a prime fall ten-day trip departing October 14 with Bill Roecker. Alijos Rocks, The Ridge, and possibly the southern banks will be visited by the big new boat. There’s no better time to fish off southern Baja, especially for tuna of 30 to 100 pounds. Even a “cow” or 200-pound yellowfin could happen to you.
Standup Fishing sponsors have put up numerous prizes, like a new Accurate 665N reel, a new Seeker rod, reel fillers of Soft Steel line, jigs from Tady, t-shirts, hooks from Mustad and Fish Trap swim baits will be given away to lucky anglers.
Bill Roecker will give each angler a personal DVD of the best video on this great trip after completion; He’s giving a second Standup Fishing DVD and Sportfishing Calendars for 2005 and 2006, and donating three signed copies of the book Fresh One! That’s a $64 value for all anglers aboard!
Fisherman’s Hardware is also a trip sponsor, so even more goodies are likely to be offered the lucky, videotaped fishermen on this trip with Bill Roecker. Enjoy great food and spacious, easy accommodations. The 112-foot Indy returns to Point Loma Sportfishing October 24. For information, call the Independence at (619) 226-6006.
“Being that fishing has been painfully slow up above,” wrote Polaris Supreme skipper Drew Henderson in his trip update, “we had to travel a great distance to the Promised Land. But Promised Land it was. Not more than three minutes went by before we were engaged in wide-open yellowfin tuna fishing. We got what we wanted there and made another rare 6 day trip move. It worked out for us, we had a pretty descent catch on wahoo. Everybody on board had plenty of chances to get a few to the boat and everyone did. We caught a bunch more in the morning and took off in search for dorado holding kelps but came up short only finding one empty lonely kelp. All together we put together a great six-day trip.”
Drew docked the rig at Fisherman’s Landing September 24. He said his anglers had “…all you wanted on the small yellowfin,” and “…great weather.”
Sean Winder of Stanton won first place, for an 89.9-pound yellowfin. “He ran at the boat,” said Winder, “and then he left.” Some 45 minutes later the fish was back at gaff.
Winder said he fished with a sardine on a 3/0 Eagle Claw hook, with 40-pound clear Izorline and 50-pound Spectra backing, an Avet JX reel and a Calstar 865L rod.
Richard Velgardes of Temecula was second, for a 51-pound wahoo, John McNally of San Clemente had a 49-pound wahoo for third place, and Jay TeVelde of Visalia stood in with the winners holding his 32.4-pound amberjack.
Got 21 Species
Mark Pisano docked the Independence September 24 after a five-day trip that plugged south as far as the 14 Spot, where he said he found good fishing. Some dorado and a wahoo were also caught on kelps above that area.
Gilbert Cano of Upland cast out a Tady 4/0 jig in scrambled eggs color, had a strike and reeled in a 28-pound yellowfin tuna that won first place. He said he fished with 40-pound P-Line, a Saltiga 40 reel and a Calstar 670 rod.
Carlos Vasquez of South El Monte was second, for a 26-pound yellowfin.
Limits of Yellowfin
Andy Cates took his Red Rooster III anglers on a five-day trip that visited the 13 Spot and San Pablo, where they took limits of yellowfin tuna and also had a good catch of yellowtail and a few wahoo. He said the yellowfin on the 13 bit wide-open, and that there were some sizeable yellowtail there as well.
Lonnie Swartz of Henderson, NV had an unusual fish for such a trip: a 17.5-pound bonito he caught on a sardine and 30-pound line.
Bryan Bauer of Oakridge, NC won first place for a 34.8-pound yellowtail. He said he fished with a sardine, a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook, 50-pound Izorline on a Penn 4/0 reel and a Pacific Stick six-foot rod.
Jake Bailey of Las Vegas was second, for a 28-pound yellowtail, and Kent Fukimoto of Santa Ana was third, for a 27.9-pound yellowfin tuna. Ki Song of LA won the trolling jackpot for a 43-pound wahoo that bit an orange and black striped Marauder.