Dodo Takes First by Paul Sweeney
“It was scattered but the fishing was great,” said Marty Goldsmith of Long Beach, an angler aboard Royal Polaris with Frank LoPreste during a five-day trip that returned to Fisherman’s landing September 8. “The weather was real nice, it got bumpy on the way back but Frank said it was going to lay down in 50 miles, and it did.”
Brita Goldsmith pulled in a 41-pound wahoo while trolling.
“The bigger wahoo were taken on the troll,” skipper LoPreste said.
“For a five-day trip, there was a lot of travel time,” said Dave Nessthus of Mission Viejo, “but once we got to where the fish were, it was worth it. This was my first time on the Royal Polaris, and I really like the boat; this crew is awesome. I’ll be here again next year, that’s for sure.”
Mike “Gomer” Candland, of San Diego, caught a 22-pound yellowtail during “great fishing weather.” Candland said, “Frank got us on the fish and the crew was excellent as always.”
Manfred Schiruska of Woodland Hills won first place for his 44.7-pound dorado, second-best of the season so far. He used an Owner 3/0 ring circle hook with 40-lb Izorline. He fished a Daiwa 50 reel on a GRUSA rod.
It was the right move to go down that far,” added Schiruska, “the Uncle Sam Bank really paid off.”