“It was always the inside joke between me and Sam when we owned the Pacific Queen when we ran local trips. We would never give in and always fish to the last possible minute, thus came the term "fish to the nine mile bank," reported American Angler skipper Brian Kiyohara July 2.
“Last night we went the distance and looked for something different. We started at 120 miles with the Searcher. They had a school of bluefin tuna for 14 fish and a kelp for 30 nice yellows and a few albacore. In that same zone we could only manage a dozen yellows and one bluefin and that was it.
“After a long morning, we reevaluated the game plan and started traveling up in order to give us a shot at albacore hopefully during the evening bite time. We ran several hours and didn't catch a fish for five or six hours and morale was getting low. At 6 p.m., by sheer luck, we ended up at the right place at the right time. We got on a little postage stamp of fish and our guys took full advantage. We caught 56 albacore between six and dark, and morale flew off the scale.”
Captains Sam Patella and Brian Kiyohara
(619) 223-5414 - Point Loma Sportfishing
Intrepid Finds fish
“We had a great day catching nice grade Tuna and Tails,” read the report for July 1.
“Our morning bite was all large Yellows and provided some exciting action on the jumbos. Tonight we are moving off to another offshore area in search of kelps and other types of fish to add to our catch.”
Captains Kevin Osborne and Rick Kelly
(887) 686-7827 - Point Loma Sportfishing
Rooster On Yellows
“Good evening folks, wrote Red Rooster III skipper Andy Cates July 1. “We had fantastic yellowtail fishing today. 18 to 30-pound fish with great top water action. We had hour after hour of non-stop cranking and pulling. What a great day! It's been a while since we have seen that type of yellowtail fishing.”
Captains Andy Cates, Joe D'Acquisto, John Grabowski
(619) 224-3857 - H&M Landing
RP On Albies
“Our weather today was a little on the breezy side,” read the Royal Polaris report for July 2, “with an average of 15 to 18 knots and mostly cloudy skies for the majority of our day. Fishing started out on the slow side, and we had to scratch at yellowtail and albacore for most of the day, but right before dark our fortunes changed.
“Eddie found a huge breezer of beautiful grade Bluefin tuna and they were definitely hungry! Right away we bent the whole boat and chaos ensued. Every single bait that hit the water was an instant bite on 20 to 45-pound Bluefin.
“After everything settled in and it seemed like it was over, a batch of 20-pound albacore swam through and crashed the party. In an instant we were right back to tight lines and bent poles. Tonight we will drift through the same area in hopes of finding some the same hot action in the morning. Wish us luck.”
Captains Frank LoPreste, Roy Rose, Billy Santiago Jr.
(619) 226-8030 - Fisherman’s Landing