“The skins bit the bombs real well,” commented Seaforth Landing manager John Yamate. “They bit bait, too.”
Yamate had the trip’s biggest fish, which weighed 281 pounds on the boat and 253 pounds (gilled and gutted) at the dock. John also had a 230-pounder, accounting for a third of the cows (there were six, all caught on the kite and therefore ineligible for the jackpot).
Yamate said he got one of his cows on a flying fish and one on a mackerel. He used 130-pound Blackwater Spectra on a Penn 80 reel and a Calstar 770 XXHG rod and got the big one in 20 minutes. The smaller tuna fought for 30 minutes, he noted.
Bill Nakaki of Tracy took his best tuna ever, a 264-pounder that bit on a flying fish and a 12/0 ringed Super Mutu, he said. He fished with 130-pound Line One spectra on a Penn 50 reel blueprinted by Cal Sheets and a Calstar 6460 XXH rod.
Ron Jew of San Francisco caught a 259-pounder on a mackerel and a 14/0 Gamakatsu hook. He said he used 130-pound Line One spectra on a Penn 50 W done by Cal Sheets back in 1980 and a Calstar 765 H. The fish fought hard for two hours.
“He kicked my butt so hard I had to part my hair to brush my teeth,” agreed Jew, “and all of that.”
Richard Losey of Carlsbad found a 242-pounder with a salami mackerel on a Mustad 11/0 Demon hook. He fished with 130-pound Line One spectra on an Accurate 50 reel and a Calstar 655 XXH rod, to take his best fish ever in 30 minutes.
Steve Franco of Pacifica bagged a 217-pound tuna with a sardine on a 20/0 Mustad hook. He said he fished with 130-pound Line One spectra on a Shimano 50 W reel and a Calstar 655 XXGH rod.
Mike Hieshima of Carpinteria won first place for a 198-pound tuna he caught with a sardine on a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook by Owner. He told dock reporter Bill Roecker he used 100-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon leader and 100-pound Line One spectra on an Accurate 30 reel and a super Seeker 2 x 4 rod.
Susan Beck of San Clemente won second place for a 196-pounder, and Bill Nakaki of Tracy won third place for a 182-pound tuna.
Captains Frank LoPreste, Roy Rose, Billy Santiago Jr.
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