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Long Range Report: Plunking away at the Guadalupe

Ridge bite sparkles but then slows

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Oct 08, 2019

SAN DIEGO — In a tricky bite that demanded lighter tackle to hang a fish, the long range fleet finessed their way to good scores of island yellowfin ranging from 40- to 100-pounds. With the fickle tuna seldom eating anything heavier than 50-pound test, the losses were great on the 100-pound class fish. But persistence and patience paid off in the long run as boats posted good catches. Strong fishing continued on the Ridge and at the Rocks with a few good wahoo scores and solid yellowfin tuna fishing. But by weekend, with rougher weather, the bite began to slow.

Rooster at the big island


The Red Rooster III was at Guadalupe Island and found the light line bite on heavy fish challenging. Capt. Andy Cates filed this report, “Decent fishing this morning with some heavy losses. We had to force them to the boat. Yesterday was slow all day but we managed to land the majority of the few bites we had.”


Working hard, the group found their mojo and posted the best day of the trip, “We had an excellent day on 35- to 60-pound yellowfin to finish off our trip at the island. Steady action throughout the day. We will be on the beach looking for yellowtail and rockfish in the morning.”


The skipper added, “When fishing the island we’ve found on days with no to little current, a long rod is very helpful in getting a bait out. A Calstar 100j matched with an Accurate Valiant 500 has been a good example.”


Star at the ’lupe


bendoontheroyalrsBENDO ON THE Royal Star with a spinning reel. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL STAR SPORTFISHING

The Royal Star arrived at Guadalupe Island after a comfortable passage. Capt. Brian Sims was at the wheel of the big sportfisher and gave this report, After a calm crossing we started looking in the early afternoon. We worked for a while before finding a little bit of fish to work with. We picked away at 30- to 50-pound yellowfin tuna for the remainder of the day.”


RP arrives at the big island


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A QUALITY ’LUPE yellowfin landed on the Royal Polaris. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING

The Royal Polaris also arrived at the island and found positive sign but few fish willing to cooperate. The boat filed this report after day one, “We arrived to our first destination at 1100 hours, did some looking around, found a good spot to drop the anchor, and get busy. Things were looking great, fish on the up and down (fish meter), fish boiling around the boat. Things just looked fishy. But the bite was tough.”


The boat moved down to the Ridge for more of the same. “Well things are tough all over. We arrived to the rocks around 1100 hours, we did the wahoo trolling thing, and they did the not biting thing. It was a very tough day of catching. We landed a handful of wahoo, some small yellowfin, and a couple of yellowtail.”


Big X scores wahoo


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A NICE STOP on the Big X. PHOTO COURTESY OF EXCEL SPORTFISHING

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OVER THE RAIL on the Excel. PHOTO COURTESY OF EXCEL SPORTFISHING

The Excel has been on a run of good wahoo fishing this season and the latest trip with the Phenix group was another example. The boat filed this report, “The excellent fishing continues down south. Another beautiful day here on the Big X. Sixty more wahoo made it into the RSW. The Phenix Rods group is doing it right catching a mixed bag of wahoo, tuna, yellowtail, and grouper.


Another day of wahoo fishing and the boat was over the hump, ”The Phenix Rods group is well over 100 wahoo for the trip now mixed with tuna, grouper, and yellowtail. Excellent trip.”


Supreme on the ridge


The Polaris Supreme was back down on the Ridge where the fishing this season has been very good. The boat sent this report, “This nice grade tuna (20- to 40- pounds) are really giving us a hard time. We must've made over a dozen anchor jobs today following them around. Finally just before dark, it wanted to settle in and bite good. We were keeping 10 going at a time for a while. It was all that nice quality with no skipjack.”


The following day, another report, “We had a nice day on the wahoo with a few good grade tuna and a little grouper thrown in. The fishing started around 1 AM in the morning on mostly small yellowfin tuna and continued on until after daylight. There is definitely a lot of pulling and jerking going on with that small grade fish but not a lot of tagging for the amount of fish we are landing. The weather has been giving us some serious grief. Last night it was up to and exceeding 20 knots. Mid-day it slowed down to where we could troll around and it wasn't too bad but by sundown it was snorting again.”


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A PAIR OF RIDGE wahoo on the Intrepid. PHOTO COURTESY OF INTREPID SPORTFISHING

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