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Reader Reports: Late Season Yellowfin

Reader Reports: Late season catches

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Dec 12, 2019


Reader Report by Brian Wicklund


Jim Wicklund took son and daughter-in-law (Brian and Melissa) out for some late season yellowfin on his boat Sea Venture (23’ Parker) on Veteran’s Day. Southeast of the Butterfly they metered fish and were able to chum them up. They caught quality fish throughout the day ranging between 25 to 35 pounds. No jig strikes for the day, all caught on live bait. Pictured is Mel with her largest fish to date; 35-pound yellowfin tuna caught on 20-pound gear and a 40-minute fight.

Reader Report by William Platte


Good end of season halibut out of Morro Bay. This one went 44 pounds.

Reader Report by John Cookson


Brian Goode, from Corona, was fishing on the private boat Real Overtime out of Newport Beach. This 284 pounder was recently caught on a kite near San Clemente Island.

Reader Report by Tom Foster


The bass bite has been tough, to say the least, the last couple weeks at Castaic. Despite that, I have been able to land a few decent fish. I landed this 6.5 pounder from shore using a ghost shad colored jerk bait.

Reader Report by Andrew Gibbons


I landed this fish using 2-pound test on the Juniper Point shoreline using yellow gulp eggs.

Reader Report by Drew Boles


This fish tipped the scale at 8.1 pounds throwing big swimbaits down to 30 to 45 feet. I battled the storm by my lonesome out on Lake Berryessa on my Hobie ProAngler 14’. I slowed down the retrieve and got hammered.

Reader Report


Caught this 11-pound striper from shore on a deps 250 slide swimmer on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

Reader Report by Ryan Gray


My name is Ryan Gray, and I am the son of, Scott Gray. Scott John Gray, aged 57, passed peacefully on Nov. 11, 2019. After suffering a heart attack, he passed away at Alta Bates Summit Hospital, Oakland. He was an active participant in California’s fish and wildlife community. Scott was a long-time subscriber and contributor to WON. Loving son of John and Mattie Gray, he is survived by his son, Ryan, daughter Anna, his brother Brian and sister Linda. Funeral services are still pending, but currently estimated to be early 2020.

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