Thanks To The Reelers
American Angler posted October 4:
“Ken’s Custom Reel’s seven-day trip, with Wes in the sponsor’s seat, returned early this morning. A huge thanks to Ken and Wes for your continued support and generosity to the American Angler!
“Congrats to JP winners:
1st Dick Brown 32.5#-pound wahoo
2nd John Lingenberg 28.8-pound wahoo
3rd Todd Craig 27.8-pound yellowtail (we’ll remember that weight for a while)
Capt Ray turned around for the first 10-day of the season – check back!”
Captain Justin Fleck called in to the office October 3 with an update from the Big X.
“We have had very good fishing for wahoo. We currently have around 90 wahoo and the fishing has been very good. It’s been controlled chaos on the boat. We have seen jumping wahoo and lots of flashes. We will continue fishing here and then head up the line tomorrow.”
“We arrived to our destination after lunch,” said the late posting for Independence October 3, “and saw sign of yellowtail immediately. We stopped the boat and they were biting. We made numerous drifts and scratched away for most of the afternoon. Late in the day it all evaporated and we called it quits. Most fish were 15 to 18-pounds, biting the Salas yoyo jigs the best. Due to some technical problems we were unable to post yesterdays report. Yesterday, Indy had a good day of wahoo fishing during the day and a good bite on premium yellowtail during the night. We are on our way up to finish the trip with some kelps tomorrow.”
Polaris Supreme posted the following report October 3:
“I’m not sure what to think about this place. Things just aren’t normal here. Maybe it’s the 85-degree water, maybe it’s the lack of current and wind. We just don’t know but things don’t seem right. There’s sort of a lack of life but then again there isn’t. We see the tuna driving around on the machines. Not definite cows but nice fish. The wahoo are still plentiful. But we just don’t see it up top like we normally do here. It’s weird.
“Anyways on with today’s report. We were up bright and early fishing hard. Shark after shark, after small tuna. After breakfast and a couple hours we went trolling for wahoo. That wasn’t hard. We caught plenty of those. Then we tried trolling the yummy flyers around on the kite but that didn’t work. Then we tried slow trolling live bait but that didn’t work. So after lunch we sent everyone to bed including the crew. We were going to try it in the dark. Pull an all-nighter if that’s when the fish want to bite. The handful of nicer tuna that we caught yesterday was in the dark so maybe that was the ticket. The shark fishing was good. We’re going through a lot of tackle, that’s for sure. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring. We’ve seen this place do a 180 plenty of times day to day. Hope it does.”
Red Rooster III posted October 4:
“Good morning, guys. We had very slow fishing from 3 o’clock on yesterday and ended up with 42 wahoo and 2 smaller tunas. We’re hoping we get the morning bite going early today and rack up a few more hash marks on the total count. Wish us luck.”
Royal Star summed up the day October 4:
“Today we started out offshore and found plenty of life. Mixed skipjack and yellowfin tuna kept us busy all day. The guys were all smiles as they chased their prize fish around the boat. Matt LaTendresse bested this 26.6-pound yellowfin today.”
“Congratulations to our jackpot winners!” said the report for October 4 from the Searcher.
- John Waggoner, Prospect, KY, 52.4-pound wahoo
- George Hartlmaier, Parowan, UT, 45-pound wahoo
- Steve Heffner, Hailey, ID, 42.6-pound wahoo.”