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Long Range Report: Bank bite improves, then sputters

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 26, 2019

Decent plunk on 120- to 140-pound fish with two cows in the mix, topped by a 287

SAN DIEGO — The Royal Polaris was the first boat to arrive on the long range grounds in well over a week. The boat, and the fleet for that matter, was trying to get back the momentum in a sputtering long range campaign. A lack of consistent conditions has dogged the fleet. With only a handful of long trips on the schedule, the boats are long overdue, and deserving of a good whack on quality fish. It is within this framework that the Royal Polaris arrived on the Hurricane Bank.


RP starts well


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A 94-YEAR YOUNG angler lands a fine wahoo aboard the Royal Polaris. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


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HERB YANAMAKA WITH a respectable 187. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


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A FAT WAHOO on the pink bomb on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


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OPEN THE GATES for a biggie. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


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CURT McCOY WITH a 287-pound toad fatty landed on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


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STEVE MURADYAN WITH a dandy 224. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


The Royal Polaris arrived at the bank with tuna on the mind but the wahoo fishing stole the show. The storied sportfisher, under the tutelage of Capt. Roy Rose, sent this message after the first day, beginning with Wi-Fi: “Well I guess that the Wi-Fi gods are on our side. For the first time in two years, we have Wi-Fi on the bank. I don’t know how long we will have it, but it’s here for now.”


The report continued, “We arrived to our destination at 06:30 hours. It was a little early for wahoo fishing, so we dropped our anchor and played the waiting game. The fish won that game, as the only thing we landed was some small yellowfin tuna. We pulled our anchor and started trolling. It didn’t take long for the Double D and the Nomad to stop the boat. These two lures have been hot on the wahoo. The wahoo fishing was not wide open, but steady. We trolled around the bank for some time, and there was no sign of larger-size yellowfin. The wahoo kept ouranglers busy for most of the day. The giants didn’t show up for us.”


After jinxing themselves on the Wi-Fi, the boat finally delivered a message four days later. “We are back online. For the last four days, we have had not Wi-Fi for the boat. Over the last four days, we have had decent fishing on wahoo and yellowfin tuna. The last two days, the bite started to slow down. The numbers aren’t great, but the quality is good.”


The report continued, “The largest yellowfin for the trip so far goes to Kurt McCoy with a 287-pound giant yellowfin caught on the kite. Most of the other yellowfin are in the 120- to 140-pound range, with one more over 200 pounds. The lucky angler was Steve Muradyan with a 224-pound giant. Other notable catches include anglers, Rocky Opliger with a 189-pound yellowfin tuna and Herb Yamanaka with a 192-pound yellowfin.”


A little side pot made things interesting. “On this trip there is Jerry’s dollars, for the largest fish caught everyday over 100 pounds. Bruce Posthumus leads the way with two days of big fish, but the trip is still young. We will try to make some flyers tonight, since the moon is not so bright. We are hoping less moon may also help the tuna fishing.”


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