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Long Range Report: Ridge keeps rolling along

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Oct 10, 2018

Dawn-to-dusk bite continues to produce yellowfin, wahoo, yellowtail and grouper

SAN DIEGO — It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but the fishing on the Ridge has been nothing short of spectacular. The fleet managed to dodge a hurricane, feeling little effect, while catching a mix of chunky yellowfin, spots of wahoo, tough fighting yellowtail and wall-hanger groupers kept anglers busy. By week’s end, however, with a new hurricane, there were signs of change. The bite at Guadalupe rebounded with a load of bigger sardines.

Intrepid on Ridge

A RIDGE YELLOWFIN comes over the rail on the Intrepid.

A NICE PAIR of wahoo taken aboard the Intrepid.

The Intrepid was on the annual Dave Berutich 10-Day and the red-hot fishing on the Ridge was first on the itinerary. Capt. Bill Cavanaugh was driving the boat and sent this report, “Yesterday was a solid day for us with quality yellowfin tuna up to 45 pounds. Our morning started out slow and we had about 18 knots of wind out of the northwest. By late morning our wind subsided along with the sea state and we had decent weather for the rest of the day. Our tuna fishing was steady most of the afternoon and the quality was impressive. We also picked up a few wahoo for our efforts. Another good day.”

AA on Ridge

The American Angler was on a string of 8-day trips and the Ridge has been money in the bank. This trip was no different. The big sportfisher was back down where the action was good, reporting: After a prolonged ride down to our destination, we finally got situated and managed to scratch out a nice day on beautiful 15- to 40-pound yellowfin. We definitely worked for our bites but the quality made each catch worth it. Throughout the day we had samples of wahoo swim through to get the blood pumping, and of course everyone hopes for another visit by them again tomorrow. Still having good weather we are camped out and looking forward to more action.”

The fleet has done well to avoid the hurricanes but there was some weather to deal with. “Another nice day down on the tuna grounds. A little change in our biting schedule – once again we had a good showing on 15- to 40-pound yellowfin, then our conditions fell apart after lunch so the wahoo never showed. We still had a fun day doing some yanking and cranking. We’ve had a nice couple days down here on the grounds – changing zip codes and headed up the line.”

RP on the Ridge

The Royal Polaris was also below on the Uncle Sam and sent this brief message. “With a few real slug wahoo, a couple dandy grouper and quality yellowfin tuna biting all day and into the night, this troop was beat!”

BIG X stays busy

The Excel was also in on the party enjoying the rich, productive grounds on the lower half of the peninsula. Capt. Mike Ramirez sent this report with apologies, “I have to start by apologizing for not reporting for the last couple of days but we've been staying busy with yellowtail, tuna and wahoo. It's been nice — they've all been in the same general location. So when you cast out your wahoo bomb, you don't know what you are going to hook! It's been good fishing and most of them are all a good grade of fish. We are going to start working our way up the line tonight. The weather has been great.”

Star at the ’Lupe

PHIL BELL WITH a chunky yellowtail from the ‘Lupe caught aboard the Star.

The Royal Star was on a Larry Brown Charter and took a look at the island, where sharks, small bait and light line has made for challenging fishing. Capt. Brian Sims was at the wheel with some bigger sardines and sent this report: “Today we had good action on both yellowtail and yellowfin tuna. The yellowtail bit for us a little in the morning and then again in the afternoon. The tuna took over. We finished up with a very respectable day. The yellowtail were 20 to 40 pounds and our tuna were 85 to 130 pounds.”

The boat rang up a bonus on the way home, “Today we had a little kelp action on our way to Ensenada. We found three kelps with dorado and small tuna on them. We fished them a short amount of time to scrape the dorado off, leaving the small tuna happily hanging out under their floating home.”

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