Tom Rothery docked his Polaris Supreme June 30 after a five-day Wagstaff/Beck trip with 24 anglers. The Supreme docked at Fisherman’s Landing and skipper Rothery weighed the best of the catch.
His last report came Sunday, June 28. It read, “The morning started off with great fishing on the nicer 30-pound-plus yellows. In the afternoon it was really wide open on the 16 to 18-pounders. Justin also landed a nice halibut. And still, our weather is absolutely gorgeous.”
Phil Dudley of Huntington Beach won first place for a 38.2-pound yellowtail. It bit a sardine on a 4/0 ringed Mustad hook tied to 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 65-pound Izorline Spectra. He fished with a Penn Baja Special reel and a Pacifica six-foot rod.
“He pulled hard,” commented Dudley. “They got big shoulders.”
Mike Wintjen of Long Beach was second, for a 36.8-pound yellowtail. He said it fought for 20 minutes.
Mike's dad Norm Wintjen of San Pedro won third place for a 36-pound ‘tail, and Paul Fernandez of Orange was the lucky angler with a 31-pound halibut, which he brought into the lineup.
Captains Tommy Rothery and Drew Henderson
(619) 390-7890 - Fisherman’s Landing
Quality At Alijos
“We had a good day fishing once again here at the Rock,” said the Intrepid’s report for June 29.
“The tuna were not as numerous as last trip, but the quality is the same. We also had a very good day of yellowtail fishing with many choosing to release their yellows. It is so good to see that there are people who wish to preserve fishing for future generations. Everyone tagged a few and kept the standouts, but released anything on the smaller side of the scale.
“Our weather is good and we are going to stay here for at least another day. Pictured with the yellowtail is Peter Thomson, a first-time long ranger, and he wishes to say Happy Birthday to Stef. Also pictured is Mike Shirer and one of the nice tuna he caught today."
Captains Kevin Osborne and Rick Kelly
(887) 686-7827 - Point Loma Sportfishing
Sweet Day At Big Island
“It was another wonderful day here at Cedros Island,” read the Shogun report for June 29. “The fishing was never wide open, but steady throughout the day with one to six fish on the end of the line all the time.
“First thing, before pulling anchor, the premium grade yellows made a showing, dropper loops with mackerel were the rigs of choice. After that it was out to deeper water to find schools of roaming school-grade fish, which today made up the majority of our catch.
"What was exciting today was to watch ten to fifteen yellowtail follow surface iron to the boat before one would race out from the pack and annihilate the 7X! What a show! This didn't just happen once, but many times during the day.
“Two white sea bass were also landed by Bob Kasaki (35-pounder) and Steve Hernandez (20-pounder). This morning’s weather was warm with hardly a breeze, so common to the South End and the Keller Canal; by afternoon we had a steady fifteen knots and lots of white caps. Also pictured with a premium yellowtail is Bryce Young and his father Roger.”
Captains Norman Kagawa and Bruce Smith
(619) 226-8030 - Fisherman’s Landing
50-Pound Bigeye for Excel
“Our first day of fishing was a success,” said the Excel’s report for June 29, “with 52 tuna and 44 yellowtail going into the RSW well. We even caught a 50-pound bigeye tuna. Most of the tuna were in the 40 to 60-pound class with a few bigger and a few smaller.
“The grade of the yellows was nice, too. The hot sticks today were Jan Howard and Steve Alexander, who seemed like they were hooked up all day. We will stay the night on the anchor and do it all again tomorrow.”
Captains Justin Fleck and Mike Ramirez
(619) 223-7493 - Fisherman’s Landing