I fished with Eric Bergan several times on long range boats, including the Red Rooster III and the Excel. I met him back in the 1990s on the big X at Guadalupe Island, and took his photo as he learned to use the surface iron. He told me he was a wireman aboard marlin cruisers, and wanted to be called Eric The Wireman. I saw him many times coming off boats at the docks and he told me stories about what had happened. He was a good fisherman.
After he passed away April 27 at the age of 50, Eric was mourned by his friend Dave Berutich in the May 11 edition of Western Outdoor News.
“In the late ‘80s,” wrote Berutich, Bergan “…moved to St. Croix, again fishing in all the top marlin tournaments, including the Boy Scout Tournament. Returning to Kona in the early ‘90s, he fished both commercial and sport, again fishing with the elite boats and captains in Kona.
“In recent years Eric had returned to his greatest love, long range fishing, frequently fishing the most successful boats out of San Diego, the Royal Star, the Red Rooster III and Intrepid...I hope you can find some time to remember him.”
La Paz, Las Arenas Going Hard
Tuna are showing up, roosterfish and pargo are biting. Reporting for the week of My 6 to 13, Jonathan Roldan wrote on his Tailhunter (http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/) post, “Roosterfish and pargo really kicked it into a higher gear this past week. As air and water temperatures ratchet up bit by bit and everyone is anticipating the incoming warm-water species, some days it seems like the roosters and pargo just dog-piled onto each other!
“The roosters were in their normal spots along the sandy areas literally terrorizing schools of bait right up to and onto the sand! However, we were also getting them around the rocky areas of the islands as well as over reefs and high spots where we were fishing for pargo and cabrilla! The faster and more mobile roosters often hit the baits before the pargo or cabrilla could get to them and some of the roosters would blow up in spectacular fashion out of the water. We were even hooking some roosters just offshore in deeper water!
“As I said last week, everything just looks primed to blow up any day. Signs of roosters are just one indication, but there’s a ton of sargasso out there floating around and flurries of dorado have been seen under them. As well, schools of fast moving tuna have eluded the pangas and marlin are just starting to wake up and we had several hook ups and break offs this week…”
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