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Long Range Report: Wahoo back on the bite

Fleet finds excellent fishing on the skinnies

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Sep 10, 2019

SAN DIEGO — After a strong initial start, the wahoo season regressed into a scratch affair with boats only harvesting a handful a fish for the effort. Well, a new batch of fish has moved in on the high spots and this week one boat found good fishing out at Alijos Rocks. Most boats found above-average fishing to go with an excellent mixed-bag catch of yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado, grouper and cabrilla. Guadalupe continued to be solid with mostly good scratch fishing for 50- to 106-pound yellowfin tuna.

Intrepid on wahoo


The Intrepid was down on the ridge enjoying the resurgent wahoo bite. Capt. Bill Cavanaugh was at the wheel of the big sportfisher and filed this report, “Yesterday was another productive day. We started out just before first light with a couple of wahoo in the dark. As the sun came up we got a nice shot at wahoo along with tuna up to 30 pounds and some quality dorado. After our morning bite we started looking around with the jigs and were pleasantly surprised with steady wahoo strikes. We scratched at wahoo into the afternoon and when the day was over we put together another impressive day on wahoo. We continue to be blessed with gorgeous weather.”

After good fishing on the high spots, the boat fished along the Baja coast for yellowtail. The boat sent this report, “Yesterday was spent looking for yellowtail along the coast. We located some better grade yellows at one spot that looked very promising. The fish we caught were all 16 to 25 pounds and most were caught either on the surface iron or yo-yo jig. It was a very impressive showing. Before we called it a trip, we found a nice stone with reds all over it and it was steady action. Everyone had a blast catching very good quality reds.”

The report continued, “Our jackpot winners were as follows: third place went to Hong Bui with a 45-pound wahoo, second place went to Bob Mc Pherson with a 45.2- pound wahoo, and first place goes to Charlie Seraspe with a 48.8-pound wahoo.”

RP at the rocks


The Royal Polaris made a move outside to Alijos Rocks and was rewarded as excellent wahoo fishing. The boat had Wi-Fi issues and sent this brief report, “Sorry for the lack of reports but our Wi-Fi signal has been down. We are on the Rowdy Rail Trip and we had an outstanding day of wahoo fishing. We will give it another day.”

Indy on ’hoo

The Independence was also down on the high spots making up the Ridge. Capt. Matt Kaullen was driving the boat on the Young’s Tackle Charter and sent this report, “We are moving right along down here with good fishing for wahoo and yellowfin tuna. We have been grinding it out the last few days and have a great catch for the effort. The skinnies have been moving in the past few days and there is no shortage in the ways of school-grade tuna. We will be working up the beach looking for yellowtail tomorrow. The weather is hot and balmy to say the least and we are all in good spirits.”

Supreme Simpatico


The Polaris Supreme was also down on the Ridge with the Simpatico Group and experienced terrific mixed-bag fishing with wahoo leading the way. The boat sent this report: “Had another exciting day of fishing here today. A lot of action, but we were able to be a little more selective today. We were able to catch some more wahoo, yellowtail, tuna, dorado, grouper and cabrilla. Another mixed-bag day. Great action and variety for everyone, a fantastic day on the water.

Star goes short

GROM POWER ON the Royal Star.

The Royal Star, with Capt. Randy Toussaint at the helm, was on the annual Rhodes 4-Day Trip. The wily skipper saw good potential in the local offshore bite, saying, “We got our annual Rhodes 4-Day off to a great start this afternoon with daily limits of 15- to 30-pound yellowfin tuna. We are sitting tight hoping to mix in a few BFF tomorrow.”

The following day, the Star found Bluefin. “In addition to daily limits of quality yellowfin tuna, we boated 12 bluefin from 40 to 95 pounds. We will be targeting bluefin again tomorrow. Hopefully with improving weather they bite a little better.”

Angler at the ’lupe

BARB CARTER WITH a 105-pound Guadalupe yellowfin tuna landed on the Angler. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN ANGLER SPORTFISHING

The American Angler was at Guadalupe Island on the Skinny Pirates Charter with veteran skipper Capt. Brian Kiyohara. The fishing has been a steady plunk, something to be desired at the island. The boat sent this message after a good start, “Our morning began slowly, which heated up to an afternoon full of fun and action and allowed everyone to pull on a few of these 50- to 90-pound grade tuna. We even had a 50-pound-class yellowtail.”

A day later, in the great tradition of the island, the bite died, “Beautiful grease-calm weather and breathtaking scenery today... but with all her majesty, she can be very stingy... 4 tuna for the day. Congrats to JP winners: 1st place, Bill Bigham with a 106-pound yellowfin, 2nd place, Barb Carter with a 105-pound yellowfin and 3rd place, Jesse Spencer with a 92-pound yellowfin. Honorable mention goes to Ernie Kim with a 50-pound yellowtail.

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