Jeff DeBuys docked Independence October 2 after a 10-day trip, the Fishin’ Fools charter with Dennis Evans in charge of 28 other anglers. DeBuys tied up at Point Loma Sportfishing and weighed the best of an excellent catch that included limits of yellowtail from Alijos Rocks.
”We had very good dorado fishing and a few wahoo on kelps,” said skipper Jeff. “It was perfect at Alijos Rocks; we had really good fishing on yellowtail and yellowfin tuna.”
Scad mackerel live at Alijos Rocks, and Jerry Mark of Laguna Beach used one to bag an impressive yellowtail, a 57.6- pound mossback.
He pinned it to an 8/0 hook of unknown origin and used 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 80-pound Izorline Spectra on a Tiagra 16 reel with a Calstar 6465 XH rod to do the job in 45 minutes.
“He was out there about 300 yards,” said Mark, “and he bit when I was winding in. He just did his thing. Scad mackerel was a good thing for me; I got a marlin and yellowfin tuna with those, too.”
Ken Aiso of Long Beach won first place, for an 80.4-pound tuna. He got that one with a sardine on a 5/0 Eagle Claw hook tied to 50-pound Seaguar fluoro and 65-pound Izorline Spectra on a Tiagra 16 reel. He used a Calstar 7465 rod, and got his fish in 20 minutes.
John Keeler of Santa Monica won second place for a 74,6-pound tuna, and Dennis Evans of Cedar Park, TX got third place for a 72.4-pound Alijos Rocks yellowfin tuna.
Big Al’s Half
The annual Big Al’s charter aboard the Excel returned October 2 after an eight-day trip with 20 anglers and skipper Justin Fleck at the helm. Big Al was aboard, and showed off his half-shaved, half-unshaved looks at Fisherman’s Landing.
“Today we had an exciting morning trying for tuna,” wrote Justin September 29, “as they splashed around right next to us. The fish pulled a Houdini on us and then fortunately returned around 5 p.m. We could see tuna crashing and birds diving and they came right at us. We had our hands full with up to 7 going at one time and lots of tangles.
"We ended up with a good shot in the evening with over 20 fish. The daily jackpot went to Tom Lane with a 72-pound yellowfin.”
Tom Lane’s fish held up through the weigh-in and he took first place for a 72.2-pound yellowfin. He said he got it with a sardine on a 6/0 Eagle Claw hook tied to 40-pound Berkeley fluorocarbon leader and 40-pound Big Game line on a TLD 50 reel and a Calstar 6460 rod, after a one-hour fight.
Gregg Downing of Guimon, OK took a 72-pound tuna for second place, and Tyler Noriega of Temecula won third place for a 68-pound yellowfin.
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