On Thursday, April 6, Fisherman’s Landing reported the ¾ day boat Liberty, fishing with 42 passengers, caught 109 yellowtail and three bluefin tuna. (She tapped that honey hole again next day with 105 yellows and 11 bluefin.) Also on Thursday, Mission Belle of Pt. Loma Sportfishing had 23 yellows for 17. Malihini, from H&M, bagged 42 yellowtail and four bluefin for 44 anglers. Seaforth’s San Diego got 46 yellows and two bluefin for her 47 fishermen, while the full day boat Tribute brought 60 yellowtail and 19 bluefin aboard for 33 anglers.
On Friday Seaforth’s Pacific Voyager had 100 yellowtail and 40 bluefin tuna on a day and a half trip with 20 anglers. The weekend, despite wind, continued with the excellent production. With H&M’s Old Glory posting a day and a half bluefin catch of 23 bluefin. Not bad for early season weekday catches; the fish are nearby and getting interested.
Day In The Pasture
Matt Kaullen is skippering Independence on a long trip into southern waters. On Friday, April 7, Kaullen posted this:
“Lots of action today on 40 to 80-pound yellowfin as well as a couple big boys. Here's Sharon from Oahu with yet another nice one. This is her first cow, congrats, Sharon. She is giving the guys a run for their money. Our weather continues to be stellar to say the least. We have two more days down here and we're hoping to stay on it.”
On April 8, Kaullen posted: We had more good action today on 40 to 80-pound tuna with some shots on the better ones. We picked away at a few more Wahoo as well. Tomorrow is our last morning and we have to start heading up the line. We have better ones on our mind for the morning and hoping it all unfolds."
Skipjack Beats Cranking Glow
“We made it to our destination at 12:30 in the morning,” said the report from Royal Polaris April 9.
“The crew got right to work and started collecting flying fish and loaded us up. We moved to our spot at about three A. M. and everyone was up, excited to fish. Cranking glow in the dark lures gave way to fishing skipjack in the dark. Doc Gary Edwards hooked and landed the first tuna of the trip on a skipjack, a beautiful 180-pounder. We had a good morning session and then spent some time cruising the bank for wahoo, which was good fishing.
“On Daniel’s first fish he used his friend Dave’s favorite rod. Roy accidently bumped his reel and threw it out of gear, causing a pretty big backlash that they simply wound over to land the fish. He was so excited after his personal best shower he set the rod back without telling Dave. Well, Dave picked up the outfit and cast out a prized tube mackerel (limited supply) only to find a huge backlash. After many expletives about his friend Dave and with the help of others (me), he cleared it and was winding in his dead prized mackerel when boom, he gets a bite that turns into a 212-pounder. We are happy out here hunting for more tuna and wahoo at Hurricane.”