Captains Justin Fleck and Mike Ramirez
(619) 223-7493 - Fisherman’s Landing
What A Day
“We had a phenomenal day on the ocean,” noted the report from American Angler January 12. “It started about 3 AM and from there it was beautiful, steady fishing throughout the day, with some 40 to 80-pounders and the rest of the tuna being 100 to 180lbers. The weather is nice, but forecast to change here pretty soon, so we're going to start traveling before the wind comes up. We'll check back in while we're on the road.”
Captains Sam Patella, Brian Kiyohara and Ray Lopez
(619) 223-5414 - Point Loma Sportfishing
Tried New Water
“We decided to make a move and check out a different body of water,” said Intrepid skipper Kevin Osborne January 12, “and it paid off big time. We had a good day yesterday, but we felt that the conditions could have been better and that there were more fish to be had elsewhere. It was just after lunch when we got to the area and it was instant.
“A couple of Frigate birds showed the way to a body of fish breezing on the surface and all it took was a few baits to spark interest. These fish are down right mean! Four out of the six fish hooked on the slide found freedom whether it was a chew off a pulled hook or what ever, some after 2 hours. At times we had 10 fish hanging: flylined baits, squid, kite, it all worked.
“We ended up with 22 fish from 140 to 250 pounds with a few even bigger fish lost after long battles. There were a couple handfuls of smaller fish in the 60 to 80 pound range to go with it, but hooking one of these lunkers was not difficult for the period of time that they were on the corner. We will be starting in the same area in the morning. We can hardly wait to see what a full day here will produce. Some times thinking outside the box really pays off and the best part is that we have it all to ourselves.”
Captain Kevin Osborne and Mike Pritchard
(887) 686-7827 - Point Loma Sportfishing
On The Way Home
“We left the Island yesterday at about noon,” said the report from Red Rooster III skipper Andy Cates January 13. “We have had a nice ride so far and expect to get in on Monday a little early. After leaving the epic fishing at the Bank, we had saved room for a few fish at the Island in hopes of a couple of Jack Pot fish. First day was more of the same with a little morning show on fish from 80 to 170 pounds, just enough to make you feel like you were on to something. That died out.
“Yesterday before we left we made a good move and had a chance at a couple of big fish and things worked out. Butch Oldenkamp, on an Accurate 12, landed this 256 and It looked like that might be first place until Tom Kelleher landed a 286 on the kite. This took first and second and it looks like one of the low 200's from the Bank will be third. All in all it worked out great.
“Now we are on our way home and we have a great catch with happy and tired beat up anglers. The boat leaves on another long trip on the 19th of January. John Grabowski will be running the boat. With the fishing at the Bank and the chance of a cow at the Island it is a great setup. Also some wahoo can be had, we did pick up 50 wahoo at the bank. That rounds things off nicely. If you are looking to come out and get in on some of this we do have a spot or two on the next trip. Call the office and let them know.”
Captain Andy Cates and Derek Waldman
(619) 224-3857 - H&M Landing
Made A Move
“Much slower today,” said the report from Royal Star January 12, “but we did put a few nice fish in the hatch, the biggest of which was 204 pounds. After catching a handful of wahoo amidst dwindling sign of tuna, we took off for a different location to spend the next two days. The guys pull over a 175-pounder for Mitch Otera in today's shot.”
Captains Tim Ekstrom, Randy Toussaint and Brian Sims
(619) 224-4764 - Fisherman’s Landing