Red Rooster III arrived with skipper John Grabowski June 30 after a successful eight-day trip with 28 anglers, a Seeker-Soft Steel excursion that visited Alijos Rocks, Cedros Island and the bluefin grounds offshore. Seeker president Joe Pfister was aboard with some of his reps, and there were plenty of big fish and stories to go with them.
“We had some really good luck with the Mustad Demon hooks,” said Grabowski, “you know, those fine wire circle hooks? They were the most impressive thing on this trip. We pulled really hard on them, with no problems.
“One of those little hooks, a 1/0, got the best fish on the trip, a 140-pound yellowfin at Alijos. The Rocks weren’t red hot, but we had some good fishing there; one day we had 50 tuna and 50 yellowtail. The temperature there is up to 71 degrees, so it will just get better.
The Demon Hook that caught the best tuna so far this season was bent during removal.
“The other thing I liked was the new Dink hooks Mustad is making. Those weighted hooks will probably replace the sliding sinker for long rangers, and maybe they’ll replace a lot of lead heads, too. This fall, the Dinks should be really good for drop back baits on those big tuna off the Baja Coast, especially with baits like Spanish and green mackerel, especially the Spanish.”
The trip produced the biggest fish to come in so far during the 2006-2007 season, a 140-pound yellowfin caught by Miles Redman of Lakewood. Miles was totally stoked to take his best fish ever and his first long range jackpot.
Miles Redman shows off his best fish with Skipper John Grabowski.
“Man, he fought for an hour and 45 minutes,” said Miles. “I was soaking a bait at 150 yards, when he hit it and sounded. He got almost all my line, and we had a backup rig ready. He stopped and took me up to the bow, and then around the boat twice.
“I got him because of the good help I had from second skipper Julio Ochoa, who walked with me, and got me over the anchor line.”
Miles said he fished with a sardine on a tiny 1/0 Demon hook, 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 50-pound Soft Steel line backed with 65-pound Izorline Spectra on an Avet LX reel and a Calstar 700H rod.
Rich “Big Daddy” Davis of Compton won second place and the Seeker Trophy for the best fish taken on a Seeker rod, for a 104-pound yellowfin. He got it with 40-pound Soft Steel line on a Seeker 6465 rod.
Seeker President Joe Pfister and Rich "Big Daddy" Davis.
Tom Golding of Cerritos had a brace of nice Alijos Rocks tuna, and won third place for a 77-pounder.
Big Alijos Rocks tuna for the Red Rooster III Jackpot Winners.
Polaris Supreme Report
“Today was mostly spent traveling up toward San Diego,” wrote Polaris Supreme skipper Drew Henderson June 29. “It was beginning to look like that would be all that would happen, when I heard the most beautiful sound in the world. No, it wasn’t a hookup, but the sound of my sonar lighting up with a school of tuna! We shut down, threw some bait and immediately started hooking fish.
“I was surprised after we gaffed our first fish to see it was a 45-pound yellowfin. The next one was the same size, and the next one too. We ended up doing well there. There were a couple of albacore mixed in and we caught four bluefin with the longfin, three of which were 70-pounders. Another boat saw the same thing ten miles above us, so hopefully, there was more to it. There were other areas where boats seemed to scratch on albacore today, so don't count those out yet.”
At Fisherman’s Landing June 30, Ron Blocher won first place on the four-day trip, for a 65.6-pound yellowfin. John Seymour won second for a 63.9-pounder.
Sheldon Kobold of Phoenix won third place for a 50.9-pound yellowfin.
At the dock June 30, there was this advice from Joe Chait, owner of the Pegasus: “Don’t put your albacore gear away yet. They may not be biting at the moment, but you want to be ready.”