"What a great way to end our trip!" Captain Justin Fleck reported February 3 aboard Excel.
"We ended up with 18 big tuna for our day, five over 200 pounds, and another two over the 300 pound mark. Big fish honors for the day goes to the team of Ryan Van Cleave and Neil Peters who combined efforts to land a giant 356 pounder. The fish was caught on a Calstar 6455 XXH rod, a Penn 50 W with 130-pound Berkley Trilene, a two foot 130-pound fluorocarbon leader from Berkley, and a black 9/0 Eagle Claw 2004 series hook. The other super cow goes to Rick Iwatsubo, who after a two hour battle, landed an impressive 302 pound tuna.
"Other big fish were caught by Lee Erlendson with a 262, Carl Dorton with a 228, Al Scow "the fisherman's pal" with a 236, and Jim McCafferey from Medford, NJ had a career day with a 219 in the morning and a 263 in the afternoon. We are now headed up the line toward San Diego. Our ETA to Fisherman's Landing is around 0700 on Friday morning."
Shogun Opens The Door
Skipper Bruce Smith of the Shogun has been biding his time, waiting for the bite to match the show of big tuna he’s been seeing. Yesterday, things fell into place.
“Finally, we got into biting fish. It started on the anchor first thing, then slowed down in the afternoon. At 15:00 the fish started to pop again and we slid into a good school. We had eight going, there were 200-pounders doing back flips on the stern and the kite was going off.
“It was a fun time, something this group needed and deserved after a few slow days of fishing. No major tackles failures today, I am happy to report. Gary Teraoka's nub connection landed another cow for Dave Stewart that taped out at 220 pounds.”