“We started out on the local tuna,” said Joe, “and it was ok. Benitos was very good for yellowtail. We got a few wahoo at Alijos Rocks, found some wahoo and dorado inside, and went down to the Finger to finish up. We got a dozen fish on the boat there, but lost at least 30. My advice to anglers coming out is listen to the crew, and use big gear.”
Matt Prewitt of Gaviota caught a 212-pound yellowfin with a sardine on an Owner 7/0 ringed Super Mutu hook and 100-pound Izorline. He said he used 130-pound Izorline spectra on an Avet 30 reel and a Calstar 655 XXH rod.
Dan Jiminez of Alhambra bagged a 204-pounder with a sardine on a 4/0 ringed Super Mutu hook and 100-pound Big Game line, with 130-pound Izorline spectra on a Penn 30 SW reel and a Calstar 665 XH rod.
Marvin Lee of Taiwan used a sardine under the kite and one of the boat’s rigs to take a 202-pound tuna, and Jeff Vocelker of Woodland Hills took his best fish ever, a 200-pound tuna, on a sardine and an 8/0 ringed Super Mutu on 100-pound Big Game line and 100-pound Power Pro spectra wrapped on an Okuma 30 reel and a Daiwa six-foot rod. He remarked that the fish took him around the boat four times and fought for an hour and a half.
Captains John Klein and Joe Crisci
(619) 223-2786 - Point Loma Sportfishing
Triple Skinny Win
Three wahoo swept the jackpots for the Excel after Mike Ramirez docked the boat at Fisherman’s Landing November 2. The trip was eight days, the Haj Shimada charter, with 31 anglers and chartermaster Haj.
“We fished on The Ridge,” said Mike, “where it was 75 degree, and at Benitos, in 67 degree water and great yellowtail fishing. We also got some local tuna at 160 miles.
Nouri Zalta of Newport beach won firt place for a 45.8-pound wahoo. He said he nabbed it with a gold Raider jig on 40-pound Izorline XXX and 65-pound Power Pro spectra on a Trinidad 20 reel and a Seeker 6470 rod.
Sharon Asato of Honolulu won second place for her 38.4-pound skinny, her first wahoo and her first jackpot. Dave Robinson of Chino Hills took third place for his 37.8-pound wahoo.
Captains Justin Fleck and Mike Ramirez
(619) 223-7493 - Fisherman’s Landing
Southern Banks Cows For Intrepid
“A great ten-day fall trip. We got all we wanted,” said chartermaster Stan Vanderburg of Rod & Reel Radio at Pt. Loma Sportfishing after skipper Kevin Osborne docked Intrepid following the trip with 25 anglers.
Dave Mosher of Fairfield won first place for his 240-pound yellowfin. He said he got it to the boat in 45 minutes, after it ate his sardine on a 5/0 Owner tournament hook on 100-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Izorline spectra. He fished with a Tiagra 30 LRS reel and a Calstar 765 L rod.
Ed Mark of Goleta won second place for a 232-pounder. He fished a sardine on a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook on 130-pound Seaguar Premier fluorocarbon and one of the boat’s loaner rigs.
Jason Ysais of Sylmar bagged a 218-pound tuna with a sardine under the fishing kite, on a 6/0 ringed Suerp Mutu hook and another boat rig: 130-pound Seaguar Premier fluorocarbon, 130-pound Line One spectra, an Avet 50 reel and a Super Seeker 6463 XXXH rod.
Dennis Padgett of Victorville caught a 207.4-pound tuna with a sardine on a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He used 100-pound P-Line, 130-pound spectra, an Avet 30 reel and a Super Seeker 2 X 4 rod.
Stan Vanderburg of Simi Valley got a 206.5-pound yellowfin tuna with a sardine on a ringed Gamakatsu hook and 100-pound Maxima fluorocarbon. He said he fished with 130-pound Power Pro spectra on an Avet HXW reel and a Super Seeker 2 X 4 rod.
Steve Metzler of Rancho Mirage took 40 minutes to land a 207.2-pound tuna on a sardine and a 3/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He said he fished with 90-pound fluorocarbon and 100-pound spectra on an Avet 50 reel and a Super Seeker 2 X 4 rod.
Those six fish made the 200-pound mark. Several others were close.
Captain Kevin Osborne and Mike Pritchard
(887) 686-7827 - Point Loma Sportfishing
The Island Report
“Reporting from the Royal Polaris: weather is wonderful, with clear skies, a slight breeze out of the northwest, and sunny. Our morning started out with a seminar. After the seminar the crew went right to work, getting everyone ready for a fun day of fishing. Once we arrived to San Benitos islands, it didn't take long for the Yellowtail to start biting. It was very good fishing, on 18 to 30 pound Yellowtail. After 3 hours of fishing, we had over 100 Yellows. As the sun was setting, we started our travels south. We should arrive to our next destination in the early morning hours.”
Captains Frank LoPreste, Roy Rose, Billy Santiago Jr.
(619) 226-8030 - Fisherman’s Landing
“This morning was good,” said the report from Shogun for November 1. “It was good fishing for wahoo; big wahoo, upwards of 60 pounds. We had lots of bite offs, lots of burned lines, lots of lost jigs and lots of smiles to go around. I would like to say it was great wahoo fishing, but alas we still have a few wahoo "virgins" on board that we are going to take care of tomorrow, or I should say, hopefully take care of tomorrow. We didn't target the yellowtail today but we did end up with a little over 20 good grade fish for those who let their jigs sink a little too deep.”
Captains Norman Kagawa and Bruce Smith
(619) 226-8030 - Fisherman’s Landing