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Long Range Report: Fleet travels south

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jan 07, 2020

Offshore bluefin, coastal yellowtail, Guadalupe yellowfin and Rocks wahoo all in the offing

SAN DIEGO — The long range fleet was on the move after the holiday traveling south on a series of longer trips. But the opportunities are both near and far. Offshore bluefin are still on the radar, Guadalupe Island has been kicking out quality yellowfin a little more than a day’s travel. Down below, the Rocks and Ridge are still holding wahoo with some better yellowfin breezing the lower banks. There are lots of options for early January trips.


Royal Star starts with bluefin


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A SLUG WAHOO on the Royal Polaris. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


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HOT DODO on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


The Royal Star was on the annual Las Rocas Trip. The group with Capt. Brian Sims at the wheel began the trip by taking a swing through the bluefin grounds, “We traveled down today in breezy weather looking for the elusive bluefin tuna. We found a little in the morning and got on a pretty good area of them in the afternoon. Unfortunately they were not in a biting mood. We managed to hook one on a jig, but it escaped at color. It was about an 80-pound fish.”


The next stop was for some beach yellowtail. Sims sent this message, “We fished yellowtail today as we hopped our way down the beach. We found a few yellows we tagged, and a few bonito that will be bait in the days to follow. In the evening we made mackerel to supplement our sardines.”


RP heads south


The Royal Polaris was also headed south for the kick off of the new year. The boat sent this report, “We’ll it’s a new year, and we departed Fisherman’s Landing on the first of January. We are now headed for points south, with a great load of bait. This is our annual New Years trip that has been going for over 28 years. A great group of anglers. Today was our first day of tackle prep. The crew was busy getting everyone wired up for Wahoo and making kite leaders.


“Well, today was not just another day. We had good wahoo fishing for the morning, but as good as the bite was, the afternoon produced no wahoo for us. So after a very long troll, we made a few drifts for some grouper. We did get a few, and it was time to make bait.”


The report continued, “It didn’t take long, and our group was done with the bait before dinner. Most of the wahoo today were in the 35- to 50-pound range. We also put on a few dorado that we will be having for lunch in the next few days. They bit a variety of bombs and iron. On the troll the Nomad was the top producer, close behind was the Double ‘D.’”


After a terrific day of wahoo fishing, the bite died the following day. “On the move, all good things come to an end. That’s what happened today. We had good wahoo fishing yesterday, only to wake up to only a handful of wahoo for our day. We did find some yellowfin tuna, but it was not what we were looking for. These school size yellowfin gave us some action, but we are looking for bigger and better things.”


The report continued, “So, at 1700 hours, we pulled the anchor, and we are now headed for points west. We will be traveling for the next 36 to 40 hours. We will do some tackle rigging tomorrow, and help out our passengers on their tackle needs. So not much more to report.”


Angler at the big island


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A BEAUTIFUL ’LUPE speciman on the Angler. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN ANGLER SPORTFISHING

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A NICE CATCH of Guadalupe yellowfin on the Angler. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN ANGLER SPORTFISHING

The American Angler under the tutelage of veteran skipper and waterman Brian Kiyohara was back on the water post holidays, fishing Guadalupe Island on Taro’s 8-Day Trip. The skipper filed this report, “We had fish around us all morning, but it was just tough to get a bite. We are very lucky to have a group of hard working individuals and we were able to put together a day on 40- to 70-pound fish. Tomorrow we are trying the near impossible which is locating and catching the year’s first bluefin tuna. Please wish us luck.”


The boat returned with a fine winter catch. “Congrats to jackpot winners. 1st place went to Kevin Nonoguchi with a 155-pound yellowfin tuna, 2nd place was Paul Santos with a 128-pound yellowfin and 3rd place, Kerry Iwanaga with a 110-pound yellowfin tuna.”


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GIRL POWER on the Indy. PHOTO COURTESY OF INDEPENDENCE SPORTFISHING


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