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Long Range Report: Guadalupe, front and center

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Aug 13, 2019

Big Island in form; hot action continues on the Ridge

SAN DIEGO — After good initial reports from the fabled Guadalupe Island, the long range fleet put the destination on the itinerary. With good coverage from several vessels, the island did not disappoint, kicking out beautiful yellowfin tuna in the 50-to 100-pound range. Some better fish were hooked but anglers caught with their pants down failed to land the biggies on light tackle. The Ridge continued to churn out quality yellowtail and the wahoo bite bounced back nicely. Some better quality school yellowfin also showed on the high spots.


RP at the big island


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LOOK OUT! The Guadalupe Island tax man. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING

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OVER THE RAIL on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING

The Royal Polaris was back at the Guadalupe after a very good opening trip. The boat was on the Paul and Ken Karnes 8-Day Trip and bee-lined it to the island. The boat sent this report, “The first day of the PKC open was a good one. We arrived to our destination at lunch, and it didn’t take long to find the yellowfin. Once we dropped our anchor, it was game on. We had good fish around the boat, most of which were in the 50- to 80- pound range. We had a good day of fishing, but with good fishing you will have some heartbreaks. We caught fish on the chunk, fly-line sardine, and the kite. It was about as equal as you can get.”


The second day, the light line- big fish scenario reared its head with some losses, “Well, today started out a bit slow, with only 21 yellowfin being landed by our group. But as the norm, we had casualties in big numbers today. The yellowfin we did land were in the 60- to 90- pound range."


AA at the ’lupe


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MICHELLE UESUGI WITH a dandy ‘Lupe yellowfin on the Angler. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN ANGLER SPORTFISHING

The American Angler began their Guadalupe Island campaign with a nice catch of yellowfin tuna. The island has leaped to life in recent days as schools of quality yellowfin have shown in the shallows. The boat with Capt. Brian Kiyohara at the wheel, sent this wrap, “This group put their time in at the rail this trip which resulted in a beautiful catch of 50 – to 100-pound yellowfin tuna. Congrats to our jackpot winners — who all happen to be long-time passengers and very dear to us. 1st place, Kam Moradi with a 101.5-pound yellowfin; 2nd place, Chuck Hone with a 99.5-pound yellowfin; and 3rd place, Chris Bonafedewith a 98.0-pound yellowfin tuna.


Star at the ’Lupe


The Royal Star was at Guadalupe also with Capt. Tim Ekstrom at the controls. The veteran skipper called it this way, “An easy ride up, carefree with a booming catch of beautiful, Guadalupe yellowfin resting in the hatch. Yet another distinct feature of the outside island is the incredible quality of the tuna and yellowtail that we harvest. The fat content and flavor of the fish out there is in a class of its own. Delicious is an understatement. Whatever the reason — abundant local forage, water temp, etc. the result is amazingly consistent. And this run is no different.


Intrepid returns


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A FAT WAHOO on the Intrepid. PHOTO COURTESY OF INTREPID SPORTFISHING

The Intrepid returned to San Diego with an excellent mixed bag catch. Capt. Bill Cavanaugh was at the wheel and filed this report, “Checking in from our Dave Berutich 8-Day Trip. We've had some exceptional fishing over the last few days. Limit style yellowtail fishing on a good grade of fish up to 25-pounds for the second day in a row. We had some great opportunities on wahoo the following day with fish up to 50- pounds and one fish that looks to be close to 75-pounds. Yesterday we had another great day of yellowtail fishing with hot and heavy action. Mixed in with the yellows and wahoo have been some grouper, pargo, and yellowfin tuna.”


The report continued, “We returned home this morning from our Dave Berutich 8-Day Trip. Our jackpot winners are as follows: third place went to Nicholas Appleton with a 29.1-pound yellowtail, second place went to Stephen Berczik with a 46.5-pound wahoo, and first place goes to David Rosenthal with a 73.1-pound wahoo. Thank you to everyone that fished with us and a big thank you to our charter host Dave Berutich for all of his hard work in putting this trip together. We look forward to next year.”


Big X on the Ridge


The Excel was on the Ridge and experienced the same good mixed bag fishing. Capt. Mike Ramirez sent this brief report, “We've had a couple of nice days down here on the Ridge. Fun fishing on quality yellowtail for everyone. It's nice to see some better grade tuna have started to move in and we’ve had steady fishing on the toothy critters as well. All around nice trip.


Supreme night bite


nightbitepsNIGHT BITE ABOARD the Polaris Supreme. PHOTO COURTESY OF POLARIS SUPREME SPORTFISHING

The Polaris Supreme was down on the Ridge hosting the annual Tom Chapparo 7-Day. The boat got off to a good start on the Ridge with a night bite of yellowtail and seabass. The boat filed this report, “Today started off great. We had a nice little night bite on yellowtail and picked up a few white seabass to go with it. The quality of yellowtail is gorgeous. After daylight, things pick back up and we had great fishing all the way through midday. Half of the fish were 25- to 30- pound range yellowtail. Although a little windy at times our weather was pretty good all day.”


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