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Long Range Report: Guadalupe campaign begins

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Aug 06, 2019

SAN DIEGO— Another option opened up for long range boats as the first solid catches of trophy yellowfin tuna were posted this week from two boats, the Royal Polaris and the Royal Star. A few weeks prior, there were were few yellowfin caught at the island but the yellowtail fishing was outstanding. Well, this week, with warming water, the tuna were on the bite and the boats were there to take advantage. Down on the Ridge, the yellowtail bite remained outstanding but the wahoo fishing slowed, perhaps due to pressure. Offshore kelps, with yellowfin tuna and dorado busted up the travel time. The bluefin seem to be sliding up and out west.

RP at the ’lupe


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100 POUNDER AT gaff on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING

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A DANDY 100-pound class yellowfin tuna landed by the legendary John Collins on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING


The Royal Polaris made their first foray into Guadalupe waters this season and posted this report after the first day, Well, our first day of fishing was a good one. We caught yellowfin tuna in the 45- to 90- pound range today. The kite was a good producer today, with half the fish being caught on it, but the other half were caught on the sardine. We did hook a few larger fish, but some of our passenger went down in line size, and you know the rest of the story. The weather is just wonderful, flat seas, clear skies, and sunny. It was just a fun day in the sun.”


The bite continued strong with the island aura rearing its head. The boat sent another report, “Well, all I can say is the bite continues on. We had a very good bite on 60- to 80- pounds, with a few going over the 100- pound mark. We did have some heartbreaks today. If something could go wrong, it happened today, hooks pulled, spectra breaking, top shots coming apart, it happened to us today. The key ticket today was a good bait and 50-pound test fluorocarbon. We also caught a few fish on the chunk, at one point we had 3 fishing going on the chunk.”


Star at the ’lupe


The Royal Star also arrived at Guadalupe under the tutelage of Capt. Tim Ekstrom. The veteran skipper liked what he saw as evidenced by this initial report, “Looks good. Very encouraging sign reminiscent of prior years when some real action went down out here. The grade of fish is beautiful, 50-to 90- pounds with a few bigger, and they are abundant. It is time. We arrived and settled in by late afternoon closing the day on a fine note. A lot of surface show and some pretty fair fishing resulted in a respectable accumulation of both yellowfin and yellowtail. As such’ we are plenty satisfied to hunker in and see what tomorrow brings.”


Indy decks big yellows


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A NICE MAHI on the Indy. PHOTO COURTESY OF INTREPID SPORTFISHING

The Independence returned to the dock with a great catch of tanker yellowtail on an open 8-Day trip The JP winning weights were impressive. 1st place jackpot went to Bob Retmier with a 42.4-pound yellowtail, 2nd place went to Mike Brady with a 38.8-pound yellow and 3 rd place went to Dale Lethcoe with a 37.2-pound yellowtail.


Intrepid whacks yellows


The Intrepid was also down on the Ridge and found outstanding yellowtail fishing. Capt. Sam Moore was at the wheel and sent this report, “Yesterday started off slow. Picking one at a time until about 9AM. We pulled anchor after our picking stopped and made a quick move. When we arrived at our destination, we were greeted with a school of biting yellows that were all in the 18- to 25- pound class. It was wide open action for about 3 hours straight. Every bait that hit the water was a quality yellowtail. Our bite died around 3 in the afternoon and the guys decided to take the time and put new top shots and fresh hooks on all of there outfits. We picked for the rest of the day and managed to keep one going all the time ‘till around dark. We are going to try this again tomorrow.”


Angler returns


The American Angler returned from an Izorline and Calstar sponsored trip with a good catch of yellowtail. Capt Brian Kiyohara sent this report after tough weather to start, “We were dealt a different deck of cards this trip but made the most of it. Even though we caught no tuna, we had great yellowtail fishing which are always a joy to catch and eat. Thanks to Ernie and Roy from Izorline as sponsors and thanks to Pat at Calstar for her generous donation as well. Congrats to JP winners: First Place, Robert Babb with a 25.4-pound, Second place: Rob Mitchell with a 24.8-pound yellowtail and 3rd Place, John Lingenberg with 23.8-pound yellowtail.


Supreme kelp


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A FAT RIDGE grouper on the Supreme. PHOTO COURTESY OF POLARIS SUPREME SPORTFISHING

ThePolaris Supreme was finishing off a 7-day trip and heading up the line rolled through the upper yellowfin zone. The boat sent this report, “Today we were traveling up the line looking for kelps. We found one kelp that was loaded with yellowfin tuna and dorado. It was as good as it gets, like an aquarium in the water. We fished until everyone was content with the number of fish they tagged. Fishing was so good they were eating the trolling lures being dipped in the water. Very fun to say the least.


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COUPLE YOUNG LADIES with a yellowtail on the Excel Kids Trip. PHOTO COURTESY OF EXCEL SPORTFISHING

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