by Bill Roecker
Skippers are now plying the southern waters with the long range fleet. Fishing is good, sometimes spectacular, on tuna, wahoo and dorado. Even some marlin are biting. The only thing still missing from the southern Baja picture is cow tuna, those giant yellowfin, all male, over 200 pounds. These bull tuna, called cows because bringing them over the rail is like lifting a cow, are biting on the Hurricane Bank, but remain elusive so far on the southern banks. At some risk of eating his words, Bill Roecker is predicting the first one from Baja in the next two weeks. Here’s what skippers said about fishing yesterday:
Excel Fishes Alijos
“Today the rocks greeted us with warm weather and calm seas," reported Excel Skipper Mike Ramirez October 30.
"After getting several nice wahoo on the troll, we dropped the anchor to fish for tuna. We were rewarded with a bite that lasted several hours on yellowfin tuna between 20 and 40 pounds. As an added bonus, the wahoo showed up and we were able to put about a dozen onboard. Tonight we are planning on heading east to fish offshore.”
"Good Go Around"
“Today was another beautiful day of weather for us along with a good day of fishing," reported Independence Skipper Kyle Karcher October 30.
"We had a good go around on 30-60 pound wahoo along with some school size tuna there were also a few nice dorado in the mix. The highlight of the day was a few nice grouper with Don Klahs getting a trophy 60-pound plus size gulf grouper he wishes you were here ED. Tomorrow we will try our luck at some more tuna and dorado. Wish us luck.”
Rooster Hits Clarion Buffer Zone
“As we left the bank we were short stopped with a shot on wahoo," reported Red Rooster III Skipper Andy Cates October 30.
"Picking up 60 out of a few stops that brought great action. It did not leave us with much room but after the first afternoon at Clarion that did not look to be a problem.
“The next day at Clarion we saw sign of mostly smaller fish 25 to 80 pounders. With hopes of picking off a bigger one it did not look good. One stop we were graced with one bigger fish, a 240 that just about finished off the trip.
“The inspection at the camp went very smooth and we are looking forward to that fishery later this month as we have a 14 day trip that leaves after Thanksgiving.”
Shogun Ridge Fishing
"Today The Ridge lived up to its reputation as a premier long range destination," reported Shogun Skipper Bruce Smith October 30.
"Cloudy skies with light rain on and off throughout the day kept the heat down within comfort level. The yellowtail were on the bite early, readily taking the traditional offerings, fly lined and dropper loop sardines and yo-yo style jigs. After a few hours yellowfin tuna took the lead, tuna 20-40 pound bit live bait very well.
“After lunch the anchor came up and the marauders went out. It wasn't long before we ran into a 4-way jig stop, straight wahoo, with a few follow up fish biting the tossed iron. A few more stops and it was back on the anchor fishing tuna. The Shogun finished out the day with a last stab at the wahoo, and we ended up with every one on board with at least one for the trip. Truly a great day of fishing, steady action on quality fish on calm seas. We are running south again this evening and will be near Magdalena Bay looking for dorado and bigger tuna.”
Action On Drifts
“An overall great day of angling in beautiful weather here on the lower banks today," reported Royal Star Skipper Randy Toussaint October 30.
"Very action packed from mid morning on with numerous long drifts that produced all the 25-35 pound tuna we wanted, 30 nice dorado, and no less than 50 hookups on striped marlin. We are going to top off our bait supply tonight and move up to the Ridge where we plan on concentrating our efforts on wahoo for the next few days.”
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