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Join WON for two days of prime outer islands fishing aboard the Ranger 85, May 19-21

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Apr 09, 2019

OXNARD — Two full days is a lot of time to fish, and when it’s at the outer Channel Islands, the possibilities are rich.

“Bring your white seabass gear. If they are there, we’ll fish them,” Capt. Frank Ursitti, Ranger 85 owner said. The same goes for yellows, and odds are there will be a few halibut drifts in productive outer islands waters.

whiteseabassWHITE SEABASS ARE a favorite target of the Ranger 85, and WON has an outer islands charter out of CISCO’s May 19-21 on the big, comfortable boat. Sign up now, spaces are filling fast.

“Ranger 85 has produced record catches of white seabass year after year. Multi-day trips fishing legendary destinations such as Santa Rosa, San Nicolas and San Miguel Islands increase your odds of landing this highly sought after species,” Ursitti added.

The big sportfisher is hosting a Western Outdoor News charter, May 19-21. WON saltwater editor Merit McCrea will be onboard with VMC Hooks for everyone and filler spools of Sufix monofilament, Daiwa J-BRAID, and Yo-Zuri Top-Knot fluorocarbon for every angler to use. McCrea will write a story on the trip, so this is your chance to get your photo in the pages of WON.

The trip is limited to 30 passengers and the $425 fare includes meals and on this boat, they are GOOD. It’s an excellent deal.

Capt. Robert Gray will run the Ranger 85. The young captain is a hard-charger and will steer the boat to the best bite, but it’s sure to include some outer islands grade rockcod and bonus-sized lingcod. With access to deeper waters where fish haven’t seen a hook in nearly 20 years, the rockcod fishing will be excellent.

The Ranger 85 is a comfortable boat, beautifully maintained, with 3 air-conditioned bunkrooms, a spacious galley and hot showers. The 2-day trip departs on Sunday evening on May 19 and returns Tuesday evening on May 21 at CISCO's in Oxnard. This trip is sure to sell out fast so call today!

For reservations, contact Cameron Gauci 949-366-0921 or email For the boat’s complete schedule of departures, visit

GAME FISH WILL be the primary target, but the outer islands are famous for big red rockcod. There’s every chance the Ranger 85 will take a few rockfish drifts in the newly opened depths. WON PHOTO BOB SEMERAU

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