“Today we had spectacular yellowtail fishing,” said the report from Excel Aug. 16, “on good grade fish. This was exactly what we needed to break the ice. Most of the yellows were in the 18 to 25-pound class with a few bigger ones in the mix. Now that we are good on yellowtail, we will be back in the offshore grounds tomorrow looking for tuna and dorado.
“We experienced another excellent day again today,” noted Independence skipper Jeff DeBuys Aug. 16, “as the weather was great and fishing was even better for us. We again had excellent fishing for big yellowtail, 25 to 40 pounds and wahoo up to 45 pounds and bull dorado, and grouper to 50 pounds. Action packed doesn’t begin to describe today. Wahoo bombs, and raider jigs for the Hoo, and Salas 6X, and sardines for the yellows and Dorado.”
A Good Yeller
Bill Cavanaugh docked Intrepid at Pt. Loma Sportfishing Aug. 16 after a four-day trip to offshore waters, where kelp paddies furnished his 21 anglers with a good catch of yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tuna.
The best yellowtail won first place for Fred Rodriguez of Redlands. He told dock reporter Bill Roecker his 38.8-pound prize winner bit on a sardine and a 3/0 Mustad J hook tied to 30-pound fluorocarbon and 30-pound P-Line. He fished with a Quantum reel, but didn’t know which model, and with a Pacifica seven-foot rod. He said it was a 10-minute fish.
Richard Casa of San Bernadino won second place for a 21.4-pound albacore, and his brother Patrick of Highland won third place for a 20-pound yellowfin tuna.
Supreme Rogger Charter
Tom Rothery brought his Polaris Supreme home to Fisherman’s Landing after a five-day trip with 21 anglers aboard, including chartermaster Eric Rogger.
“I had no trouble getting a limit of tuna,” commented Eric. Skipper Ekstrom echoed that sentiment, saying all anglers got limits of bluefin and yellowfin tuna.
Doug Aihara of Los Angeles won first place for a 47-pound yellowfin. He said it came on a sardine and a 3/0 Owner J hook on 40-pound P-Line. He used 60-pound spectra, an Accurate 870 reel and a seeker Black Steel 6470 rod.
Robert McKlemury of waverly, TN won second place for a 42-pound yellowfin, and Shely Fried of Northridge won third place for a 40.6-pound yellowfin.
Royal Star returned to Fisherman’s Landing Aug. 16 under owner-skipper Tim Ekstrom’s hand. His 25 anglers had about all the fish they wanted, a mixed catch of bluefin, yellowfin, yellowtail and dorado, from open waters the 25 passengers fished during their six-day trip.
Mike Nagao won first place and the Izorline Trophy for his 47-pound yellowfin tuna. The trophy was presented by Tom Kurata of Izorline. Mike said he got his fish with a sardine on a 3/0 Owner Mutu hook tied to 40-pound Seaguar Premier fluorocarbon and 65-pound Izorline spectra. He fished with an Avet JX reel and a Calstar 800 H rod.
Ed Lemmon won second place for a 43-pound yellowfin. Kyle Suezaki of La Palma won third place for a 42-pound yellowfin and also won the Sportsman’s trophy.