Prowler owner-operator Buzz Brizendine called in to say that SAC is ready to make use of a tuna spotter plane beginning next Saturday, when the Prowler will be out on a day and a half trip. Buzz said there was good-looking water out toward The Dumper.
Long range boats are starting their spring week-long trips now, and boats remain fishing in southern waters for a few more weeks. That fishing has consistently been very good the whole season, which began in October.
Bank Still Chewing
“The past couple of days have been pretty much identical down here at the Bank,” noted Excel skipper Mike Ramirez May 20. “Tuna action throughout the night for those who want to put in the time, steady action on big wahoo in the a.m., and the tuna show up again and bite all afternoon. Everybody is catching plenty of fish and having a great time. According to my notes, we have an even dozen cows now and a ton of 180 to 190s. The overall grade is awesome. Al Merrick, a pioneer in shaping surfboards, is now blazing a trail here on the Excel as well. Every time I turn around he is hooked up. Not only does he have three over 200 pounds and many other quality tuna, Al is a wahoo fishing machine. Al Scow, Bob Kelley, Curt Wiesenhutter, and Donna Manuszak have also added cows to the count. Needless to say there is incredible sign of fish around and it is just a great time to be fishing. There is room on the upcoming 14-day trip that leaves this weekend. If you have the chance, I would take full advantage of this opportunity and get on the boat.”
Captains Justin Fleck and Mike Ramirez
(619) 223-7493 - Fisherman’s Landing
La Paz Slows
“Well a little of this and a little of that,” reported Jonathan Roldan (www.tailhunter-international.com) after a slow week’s fishing, “roosterfish along the shores were still active. Pargo and cabrilla also bit, but that always works better when you have bait! We had some really exciting catches on big amberjack and some very nice dorado were picked up as well as a few marlin. Here’s one example of crazy fishing. The awesome yellowtail bite we had going for three months fell apart about three weeks ago. Waters are just too warm. We’re gearing up for the blue water species like dorado and tuna. One of our pangas went out for dorado and came back with two nice yellowtail! Go figure!
“As for what’s coming up? The conditions look ripe. The waters look good. They are already up into the low to mid-80’s on the surface. Air temperatures are in in the mid-90s. I continue to think we’re right on the cusp of some really good fishing!”
Current Sets Off East Cape
"A big week for billfish and Roosters," said the May 20 report for the week at Rancho Leonero http://www.rancholeonero.com. "A very very good billfish bite right off the hotel. Most fish are being released within sight of Leonero. About an even mix of Sails and Stripers this week. Last week there were no sailfish around. Bigger Gallo's all week, fish in the 15 to 35#-pound range being released daily. Lots and lots of Roosterfish around. As usual this time of year, the Humboldt current has wrapped the cape, pushing the warmer water up into the Cortez making for stellar fishing.
"Billfish-Taking about half and half trolled lures and live bait. Anglers are seeing lots of tailers. A little line shy, but almost all boats targeting billfish releasing at least one or two per day. An even mix of Sails and Stripers. Very close inside, 90% of the fish released are within sight of the hotel.
"Roosterfish- An improving bite. Bigger fish this past week. Russ from Cabella's fishing a half day yesterday, released seven between 15 and 35#'s... The fishing for Gallos as in past years, will definitely improve through July. Taking flies aggressively. The Gallos are really knocking the Sardine.
"Inside- Big Sierra are being taken daily. It's way late for Sierra, that said big Sierra to 10#'s are being taken daily. This has been a big Pompano year, and the good fishing continues. Drift fishing using live sardine has been working all this season. Lots of Pompano coming to the cleaning table daily..."
10th Annual “Friends of Rollo” Spring Shootout Results
The Spring Shootout is presented by The Marlin Club of San Diego. All the proceeds from this event benefit “Friends of Rollo” Kids Fishing Foundation. These are the results of the Spring Shootout:
Mark Woodard Yellowtail 33.4lbs
William Witkowski Yellowtail 29.0lbs
Marcus Hale Yellowtail 26.8lbs
Bob Woodard Jr Yellowtail 25.2lbs
Kyle Witkowski Yellowtail 23.6lbs
Cameron Bingham Yellowtail 22.6lbs
Eric Davies Yellowtail 21.4lbs
Mark Woodard Yellowtail 20.6lbs