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Long Range Report: Ridge bite back in the spotlight

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Oct 16, 2019

Good mixed-bag fishing with quality wahoo catches

SAN DIEGO — With improved weather, the Ridge bite rebounded with good mixed-bag catches of yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado, grouper and big wahoo. The many high spots that make up the ridge continued to produce good catches of quality game fish. Guadalupe Island proved challenging with a fickle bite on light-line yellowfin. The boats still put together catches but it took determination and lots of rail time.


Intrepid returns


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A DANDY GULF grouper caught on the Intrepid. PHOTO COURTESY OF INTREPID SPORTFISHING

The Intrepid arrived in San Diego harbor with a nice catch of wahoo, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado and grouper. The boat was on the annual Dave Berutich 10-Day. Capt. Bill Cavanaugh was at the wheel and filed this report, “We put together a solid trip on our annual Dave Berutich 10-Day. We experienced decent yellowfin tuna fishing, some excellent yellowtail fishing, incredible dorado action, scratched at quality wahoo, picked up a handful of trophy gulf grouper, and finished the trip off with some good fishing on reds and lings. An overall good trip”


Indy on the Ridge


qualityindQUALITY SCHOOL YELLOWFIN landed on the Indy. PHOTO COURTESY OF INDEPENDENCE SPORTFISHING

The Independence was down on the Ridge experiencing the same good fishing. Capt. Matt Kaullen was driving the boat on the Indy Shootout 10-Day and sent this report, “We made a little move to put us into position for a variety package and it has paid off so far. We had good fishing for yellowfin, yellowtail, dorado and wahoo. Lots to do down here and the guys are excited. We will be here for a couple more days with the same thing on our mind. The bombs will be flying I am sure as we have a very eager bunch who really wants wahoo.”


Excel sticks big wahoo


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JIM BARKER WITH a 74-pound wahoo landed on the Excel. PHOTO COURTESY OF EXCEL SPORTFISHING


The Excel was targeting the Ridge and Rocks for wahoo on a classic fall 10-day trip. The big sportfisher got off to a big start with the catch of a big wahoo. The boat sent this brief message: “We are out on our Malibu Tackle 10-Day Trip. Jim Barker started things off with this beautiful 74-pound wahoo caught on an orange and black Salas Christy 2. What a way to start it off!”


Supreme on the Ridge


hookeduponrpHOOKED UP on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING

The Polaris Supreme was also down on the Ridge on the annual AHI Trip. The boat sent this report, “Fantastic start to the AHI Trip. Lots of dorado action and some quality wahoo. Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to really focus on the wahoo, as there are some quality fish around. We were able to pick the 20- to 30-pound yellowfin tuna for most of the day. There were also some nicer yellowtail caught on occasion as well.”


Star at Guadalupe


The Royal Star was at the big island with Capt. Brian Sims at the wheel. The boat was continuing a string of good island trips. The skipper sent this report as the trip was winding down, “We had scratchy fishing this morning with excellent water conditions. When the current died, we went in search of a new area. Shortly after lunch we found what we were looking for and enjoyed an action packed afternoon and evening on yellowfin from 40 to 60 pounds.”


The next day, the skipper made a move, “We started in a different area for the morning and connected with a pretty good bite on 40- to 50-pound yellowtail. A bonus during this bite was a couple of handfuls of 50- to 60-pound tuna and one that went 101 pounds. For the afternoon, we scratched at the 30- to 40-pound tuna until the sun went down.


RP at the big island


The Royal Polaris was also at Guadalupe Island and also struggled to find a bite. The boat with Capt. Roy Rose at the wheel filed this report, “Well after a very slow morning, things changed after the sun set over the mountains. We had a few yellowtail and yellowfin tuna for our morning. From 0900 to 1600 hours, things were very, very slow. We fished the second half a day in the beautiful weather and caught several fun-size to fighting-size yellowfin tuna.


Angler at the ’lupe


The American Angler was the third boat at the island this week with Capt. Ray Lopez in the wheelhouse. The skipper sent this report, “This trip has been consistent in a few ways, slower mornings with things heating up in the afternoon to before-dark action. We've had triumphs and heartbreaks and Mother Nature’s definitely still playing a role here. It has been beautiful weather our entire stay and everyone is doing well.” The next day, the pattern continues, “Good scratch fishing — slow in the morning but the afternoon action makes up for it.”


Rooster on the Ridge


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A SLUG YELLOWTAIL taken on a wahoo bomb aboard the Red Rooster. PHOTO COURTESY OF RED ROOSTER SPORTFISHING

The Red Rooster III was the last boat on the Ridge but there were plenty of fish to go around. Capt. Andy Cates sent this brief message: “Great fishing on the Ridge with steady action on wahoo, yellowfin, yellowtail and dorado, It was a classic action-packed day on the Ridge.”


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