Intrepid returned to Pt. Loma Sportfishing June 29, after an eight-day trip captained by Billy Santiago Jr., who covered a prodigious amount of seafloor and water during that short period, venturing south as far as 500 miles. It was an open-party trip, so when I was invited, a quick round of requests was met by generous offerings from many of Oceanic Productions/FishingVideos.com sponsors.
The 18 passengers aboard the sleek sportfisher enjoyed receiving two full rounds of raffled prizes, most of which were put to use on the trip, which started by fishing kelps on the way to Cedros Island. Some small yellowfin and yellowtail up to the 25-pounder I lucked out with on that first day were the reward for our efforts. Bluefin tuna were basically not available during the whole trip, but other species made up for that in plenty. We spent a day at the island for a few big halibut and a smattering of ‘tails off the South End. The next day we fished up the lee side to the Pumphouse, for four big halibut and a few yellowtail slugs to 38 pounds.
Sid Silliman of Upland got the big homeguard, a 38-pounder, on a mackerel and an Eagle Claw 118 Mag hook tied to 40-pound Big Game line and 60-pound Tuffline. He fished a Penn 4/0 on a Seeker 6465 H rod he’d won from Tony Garza of Soft Steel on an earlier trip. Tony was with us on this trip, too, and fished hard for a few good ones, including a brace of wahoo he got later. That experience will come in another installment.
Adam Silberberg of Santa Clarita Valley got a 38-pound halibut with a sardine on a 2/0 Mustad hook; 40-pound pink Yo-Zuri tied to 50-pound Izorline spectra on an Avet LT reel and a Calstar 765 L rod.
Pete Baxter of Crowley Lake banged a 32-pound flattie with a sardine on 30-pound Seaguar Blue Label fluorocarbon and 30-pound Soft Steel Ultra, as Tony was generous with free topshots for all anglers. Pete used a Shimano TLD 15 reel and a Californian seven-foot rod.
Chris Lape of Rancho Santa Fe lifted a 38 and a 25-pound halibut with Spanish mackerel on Owner 4/0 Gorilla hooks, 40-pound Soft Steel Ultra and Izorline 50-pound spectra. He employed an Avet MXL-2 reel and a Shimano Teramar 80 XH rod. I was surprised later when none of these fish made the jackpot. We were all impressed with the size of those fish, but as skipper Billy put it, we couldn’t make a trip on a fish per day, so we boogied south. We had no idea of what lay in store when we made our long overnight run to the famed 13 Spot.
We arrived late, but that made no difference, as we found ourselves fishing near the Indy, as a giant school of crazed yellows tried to eat us out of house and home.
The jacks averaged 12 to over 30 pounds, and for a couple of hours bit on anything we cared to present, from live bait to dead bait and heavy and light jigs in all color combos.
They even took plastic swimbaits, and the event lasted several hours, until we had all we needed.
Chef Kyle Johansen took a busman’s holiday to come along as my photo/video assistant, and he gave me a good job running the big Sony NEX-FS 100U video camera, a recent unit with interchangeable lens capability. Kyle took to it well, and got the majority of our footage, while I shot a smaller Sony a77 combination camera. Kyle got over 40 gigs of compressed video and I popped off 900 still shots and a lesser amount of video, also in the MPEG 4 format. The amount of it all will keep me busy for a long time. Thanks, Kyle.
There had been rumor of biting wahoo on kelps outside and below The Ridge (The 13 Spot is at the north end), so Billy pointed the Intrepid in a southwesterly manner and off we went, looking for more fishing adventure. We were again well surprised and satisfied, but not in the way we thought. The next installment will document that, but first we enjoyed a couple more delicious meals prepared by chefs Perry Mcmillian and Stan Paurazas, who like to fed us ‘till we busted.