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Long Range Report: Seven and eight-day trips make hay

Excellent fishing on several different species

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 23, 2019

SAN DIEGO — With a wide array of game fish choices, long range skippers have been putting together some terrific summer trips sampling the best that Baja sportfishing has to offer. Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, dorado, slug yellowtail, wahoo, grouper, white seabass and even a handful of striped marlin bent rods aboard long range boats up and down the peninsula. The veteran skippers have been combining bites both north and south to fill the holds. This week’s positive news was a big northbound push of warmer water holding wahoo, dorado and school yellowfin tuna.

RP scores Rocks wahoo


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A DANDY WAHOO landed on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ROYAL POLARIS


The Royal Polaris made tracks for Alijos Rocks in search of northbound wahoo. A batch of warm water has pushed schools onto the legendary offshore pinnacles. The boat sent this message: “We arrived at the Rocks at sunrise and put the jigs in. It wasn’t long before we had a hook up. Our first wahoo of our season. We trolled around all morning and picked at the wahoo with a few yellowfin tuna making it into the RSW. Sometime around mid-morning we went out to the bank for a few yellowtail. Great weather and good fishing.”


The boat then moved inside for a spot at the yellows. “Today we had a mellow kind of a day with yellow in it. We arrived at our spot at daybreak and just as the first call for breakfast was called, the yellowtail decided to join us and boy, they were hungry. We had a great day of yellowtail fishing on a nice grade of fish.”


Intrepid down below


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A NICE WAHOO score aboard the Intrepid. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE INTREPID

The Intrepid was on the annual Ray Jarvis Memorial 8-Day with Capt. Bill Cavanaugh at the wheel. The boat made a bee-line for Alijos rocks and was rewarded with good wahoo fishing. The boat sent this report, “We fished at the Alijos Rocks for wahoo yesterday. The fish we saw were a better grade than we have seen lately. The average skinny we put on the boat was in the 35- to 40-pound range and some were right around 50 pounds. The tables are set for the wahoo to start filtering into that area with a good supple of warm water.”


The boat then toured the ridge and was not disappointed by the yellowtail bite, with a bonus of marlin and white seabass, “Another good day of fishing for us. We ended up catching limits of yellowtail from 20 to 30-plus pounds, with the biggest around 35 pounds. We also got a white seabass that weighed 35 pounds, a grouper, 4 marlin and a handful of 20-pound yellowfin tuna.”


Big X scores bluefin


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A LOCAL BLUEFIN taken on a night bite aboard the Big X. PHOTO COURTESY OF EXCEL SPORTFISHING

The Excel departed Point Loma on the annual Tuna Rodeo 8-Day Trip with reports of some better bluefin fishing. Before heading down below, the boat took a shot at the fish and were reported with a ripper bite that went into the night. Capt. Justin Fleck sent this report: “We left on our Tuna Rodeo 8-Day Trip and decided to take a shot at the local bluefin for the afternoon. Just before sunset we found the school that we were hoping for and drifted until 10:30 pm pulling on quality tuna. A great start.”


American Angler scores


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A GIANT YELLOWTAIL displayed by Capt. Rafa Garcia on the Angler. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN ANGLER

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JP WINNERS on the Angler. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN ANGLER

The American Angler was on the same bite and also found some willing bluefin. The boat sent this report, “This group definitely exemplifies brotherly love as they hooked and handed to each other gorgeous 70- to 90-pound bluefin tuna and had each others back throughout the trip. Congrats to jackpot winners, 1st place, Josh Anguiano with a 98-pound bluefin tuna, 2nd place was Kevin Kinyon with a 97.5-pound bluefin and 3rd place was Dane Johnston with a 97-pound bluefin tuna.” Over 95 percent have signed up for next year — we are grateful — thank you!”


Indy on yellows


The Independence began the Sherman’s Tuna Runners 7-Day Trip. With a pass over the Ridge, the boat sent this report after three days of exceptional yellowtail fishing, We had good yellowtail fishing again on premium grade fish in the 25- to 40-pound range. We also had 6 white seabass as a bonus today in the 20- to 25- pound class. Weather remains beautiful and we are heading up tonight in search of yellowfin tuna.”


The yellowfin schools have been increasing in northern waters and the big sportfisher found a spot. “We have spent the last two days working north and have enjoyed good yellowfin tuna action at times. The weather remains very nice and we will finish the trip in the northern tuna area in hopes of glory.”


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