The Last Five
“This one’s the last of our summer five-day trips,” said Norm Kagawa after docking his Shogun at fisherman’s landing September 25. “Today we’re leaving on a ten-day special collection charter.
“We had decent yellowfin fishing on kelps, good yellowtail fishing at Cedros Island, and we fished a day at Guadalupe Island for bigger yellowfin. We got 22 and only lost four or five to the white sharks. Whitey was eating some small yellowtail we were also catching there.”
Crewman Mark Gillette wrote on the 22nd, “Shogun took her guests into Cedros Island today to experience some hands down fantastic yellowtail fishing, or should I say catching. Superbly biting fish entertained our guests from mid morning through the day, until we left Cedros in ambitions to Guadalupe this afternoon, around 1500hrs. The grade of this Cedros fish today was 18-25 lbs., the best grade on average for yellowtail for us this summer. These fish were just shy of the grade we caught on our Baja Dreamer June 8 day voyage. Today's photo is of angler and chartermaster Chris Clements, who owns and operates Baja Dreamer Tackle in Bakersfield, Ca. Here Chris displays a fine yellowtail, an average fish for the day for us today.
Leo Wegner of Rancho Santa Margarita was first, for a 110-pound tuna he bagged with a sardine on a 6/0 Mustad hook, tied to 40-pound fluorocarbon leader and Jerry Brown 80-pound Spectra. He fished with a Newell 338 reel and a Calstar 700M rod.
Ray Ponce of El Dorado Hills was second, for a 74.8-pound yellowfin, and Peter Lee of Northridge was third, for a 60.8-pounder. Mark Serrano of Downey won the Rollo jackpot for the largest yellowtail, a 28.7-pounder.
“I watched your short video, ‘What About My Fish?’ said chartermaster Chris Clements. “I thought it was very informative and very well-done.”
Mike Lackey docked his Vagabond at Pt. Loma Sportfishing September 25 after a three-day trip with a catch of yellowfin tuna which swept the jackpots.
Jim Merkel of Ridgecrest won first place with a 30-pounder. He said he got it with a sardine on a 3/0 Eagle Claw hook, 40-pound Izorline on a Penn 12LT reel and a Seeker 660 rod.
Tom Goettle of Carlsbad was second, for a 27.4-pounder, and Dave Delmotte of Seal Beach was third, for a 27-pound yellowfin tuna.
Spirit Hits Ridge
Brian Evans skippered Mike Keating’s Spirit of Adventure on a six-day adventure that tried The Ridge and Alijos Rocks. His anglers got some nice fish at both places.
Ray Salvador of San Bernadino won the first-place jackpot for a tall, 65.4-pound wahoo that made the mistake of feasting on his Salas purple 7X jig.
“He was chasing a hooked skipjack when he saw the jig,” said Ray. He said he was using 50-pound Maxima line, a Trinidad 20 reel and a 700H rod.
Dale Prichard of Redondo Beach was second, for a 63.6-pound yellowfin tuna, and Tim O’Shea of San Diego was third, for a 53.3-pound yellowfin tuna.