As a fisherman, one must always be ready for what the ocean presents, because you never really know what you will find on any given day. I think that is part of why it is so deeply satisfying to set a goal, target a fish and then succeed with your plan.
This would be the case for the crew of the Bad Company XL led by Capt. Steve Lassley on a recent trip out of Newport Beach, CA. They had been hearing about sightings and encounters with blue marlin, a species very rarely seen in SoCal waters, and had set their goal to go try and catch one.
The Bad Company XL is owned by Anthony Hsieh and Capt. Lassely said that he loves to chase swordfish. So their plan was to break out the 130’s and put out the marlin spread while looking for finning swordfish.
Blue marlin may not frequent these waters, but the crew is no stranger to blue marlin.
“We have caught many blues in Hawaii and Mexico, but never in my lifetime have I caught one here at home”
said Capt. Lassley. “There have been a few reports of blue marlin in the last month, some of which I trust based on the experience of the crews.” He went on, “There have also been some really nice striped marlin that have been touted as blues, but they are still nice fish.”
The fishing in SoCal waters has been epic and exotic this year to say the least. Unusually warm water has pushed up the coast and the tuna, dorado, wahoo and marlin have followed. Many of these “exotics” have been caught in places they should not be.
Capt. Lassley said, “We studied the SST charts and the recent reports and chose an area halfway between Catalina and San Clemente Islands. I found a little spot of puddling tuna and as we worked the area, the blue hit. With Anthony Hsieh on the 130 Penn, and my crew of experienced deck hands, we landed the blue in about 18 minutes. It was a very special fish for us as we had gathered together old friends with whom to share this rare adventure. I even got to take my good friend Peter Groesbeck whom I had fished with for many years. It really was a special time for our whole team; Anthony, Ron, Pete, Eliseo and myself.”
The fish was brought into Avalon and weighed out at 462-pounds. A fine catch anywhere, but incredible when you factor in the location. Capt. Lassley said,
“I may be wrong, but to my knowledge, this is the first blue marlin weighed in here in about 83 years.”
“We also caught a couple striped marlin and saw a swordfish that same day, so I guess we had a glimpse of a possible slam, which is crazy for here.”
Congrats to Capt. Lassley, Anthony Hsieh, and the crew of the Bad Company. Stay tuned because they are gearing up for another trip and Capt. Lassley will follow up with an article on BD.