WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS/RANGER 85 CHARTER
LIMIT STYLE ROCKFISHING for WON-Ranger 85 charter to Channel Islands.
OXNARD — The sponsor supplied swag of Lazer Sharp hooks, Yo-Zuri fluoro and Sufix monofilament line all would be put to the test over two-days as big rockfish of all stripes filled bags aboard Ranger 85.
Blowing weather caused a delayed 11 p.m. departure for the 31 anglers aboard the sportfisher leaving out of Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard. Wind and high waves would hamper the charter throughout the trip but at first light, white seabass would be the target off Santa Cruz Island.
Before leaving the dockside, chartermaster Ted Reed helped out by giving away packets containing hooks from Lazer Sharp and a spool of Yo-Zuri fluorocarbon. A raffle for a pair of $50 gift certificates provided by Turner’s Outdoorsman netted the prizes for two of the three lady anglers aboard. Genevieve Herrera, Oxnard, and Carol Goldston, Garnerville, Nevada both took home the valuable certificates.
Turner’s gift cards valued at $50 were also won by Ben Grey and Santiago Rojas, both of Irvine.
SANTIAGO ROJAS WON one of four $50 gift cards from Turner’s Outdoorsman.
Ranger 85 skipper Dustin Tench told everyone how to set up for the island, “We’ll target white seabass here and see what happens.” Once on station at the island the dropper loops and jig fished squid did not turn up any hits on croaker but the rockfish were on the chew.
Oscar Miranda, Baldwin Park, scored early with a big salmon grouper and Carol Goldston continued her winning ways with big reds coming over the rail. Throughout the charter it would be Carol that would prove to be the “hot stick” of the trip.
Tom Carney, Oakview, fished the charter once again, and showed up in the counts in a big way with several nice fish taken off the bow. “Just like old times,” expressed Carney, a frequent angler on this WON charter. Tom brought along Valerie and Jake Gaona, also from Oakview, to fish the charter.
One of the best reasons to fish a charter is when the boat’s cook is especially adept at putting out scrumptious eats along the way. Ranger 85 has a prize in Nancy Scurka who pumped out homemade blueberry crumb cake just for starters on the first day out. Lunch was made up of huge chicken breasts on rolls along with pasta salad and all the trimmings and dinner could not be beat.
NANCY SCURKA, COOK aboard Ranger 85 serves up another great meal to angler Valerie Gaona.
A break in the winds gave Captain Tench the chance to move Ranger 85 up to Santa Rosa Island. Here there would be the possibility of some larger model reds and lings and a bit more cover for the overnight stay alongside the island.
While filleting the days catch the deck crew of Manny Vargas, Rick Whalen, and Chris Wise, announced the first day jackpot winner. Big fish honors went to Vern Baker for his huge chucklehead taken while fishing squid strips soaked deep.
Those hardcore anglers up before dawn on day two worked to make squid and gave a try for a biscuit or two. The white seabass would not show and Ranger 85 moved off in search of bigger rock fish.
Lingcod began to chew and Carol Goldston again proved her ability to get fish by pulling doubles on ling more than once. Carol fished with her son, Tom Goldston who had his share of ling and reds, both large and small.
Bob Antonelli had brought his four-man crew down from San Francisco for the WON Charter and they were not disappointed. Big ling, chucklehead, reds and salmon grouper filled their sacks and gave them stories to tell for the year to come.
BOB ANTONELLI WITH big chucklehead displayed by Ranger 85 deckhand Chris Wise.
Two Peters Brocamontes, both from Santa Paula, once again fished the Ranger 85-WON charter and showed plenty of action. The two supported each other though it is never certain if Peter A or Peter B caught more fish.
As the day wore on a final call for “Lines Up!” came from Captain Tench and Ranger 85 headed back to the CISCO’s docks, arriving an hour later than scheduled due to rough seas.
A big lingcod taken by Fred Rousseau would hold up as the winner of the second day’s jackpot.
Respectable fish counts of 2 ocean whitefish, 1 California sheephead, 560 rockfish, and 23 lingcod made for big bags of fillets for everyone aboard. Ted Reed once again fished to feed the homeless, as he does on all of his ventures, and brought back loads of rockfish for his charity.
Contact: Ranger 85, Channel Islands Sportfishing Center, 4151 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, California Phone (805) 382-1612 www.ranger85.com
RANGER 85 CAPTAIN Dustin Tench shows off a jig-eating red.
WON CHARTER REGULAR Fred Roberts took doubles on big reds and more.
TED REED FISHES to feed the homeless. His catch is donated to charitable organizations. To help, visit Facebook.com/FishingToFeedTheHomeless.