82 On The Ridge
Excel skipper Justin Fleck reported for August 11:
“We have spent the last 1.5 days down at the Ridge. We had pretty good fishing. We wish there was more Tuna. We did catch 40 yellowfin tuna, some wahoo and grouper too. The yellowtail fishing was very good. The water is 82-degrees and a beautiful blue. We are working out way back up the line and will let you know if we find some good action!”
Aiming For Shortfin
“Good evening everybody,” wrote Independence skipper Jeff DeBuys August 11, “today was pretty much like the past few days down here. We’ve been working hard at it with good results. It’s plain and simple scratch fishing. Today we had 110 mixed fish; tuna and yellowtail for the effort. We did have one standout tanker white seabass in the morning. We are making the long move up to the bluefin grounds and will be there in 30 hours.”
Some Big Biters
Jesus Companioni is driving the Intrepid on an eight-day trip. He reported August 11:
“Today we are back in U.S. waters with our focus on the fickle bluefin tuna. As you can tell the weather is great and the fish are biting. Everyone is having a wonderful time. Great window to be out here, wish us luck. Intrepid and crew.”
“Today didn’t fair out like we planned, wrote skipper Drew Henderson for Polaris Supreme August 10. “It proves that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching. We didn’t have the awesome weather that we had yesterday, but it was certainly fishable. Our common yellowtail zone has been producing fairly well over the past few weeks, but there are those off days too. What’s encouraging though, is there is also school of yellowfin tuna down South as well. It’s great for keeping our options open for when the tails don’t want to cooperate. My feeling is the tails just took a day off to regroup and we’ll get at it first thing in the morning and start tagging some fish right away. On a brighter note, we did move north a little ways in the early afternoon and hit a giant breezer of tuna. Pretty close to a football field size I would say, and we managed to get a nice chunk of them to stick with us. It took some shoveling of bait to get them to stick, but they did. Nothing like a nice chaotic tuna bite to break up the day. We managed to turn it into a nice 100 fish stop of a pretty good grade I might add. All and all, we ended up putting a descent afternoon and everyone got to tag plenty of tuna. Tomorrow is a new day, we’ll cross our fingers that the fish Gods are on our side tomorrow and we’ll check back in after we wrap it up for the day.”
Andy Cates posted for Red Rooster III August 11:
“30 yellows for the morning. A little better than yesterday morning and the conditions are a little better with less wind.
“Dave got a nice white seabass. Caleb Peterson had a nice yellow on the Iron. 41 yellows for the morning. Our best drift was first thing in the morning and now we are getting one at a time. Ed and Nate posed holding up a nice Yellow.”
Plenty Of Sun
Royal Polaris reported August 12:
“Weather was quite good today with not much breeze and abundant of sunshine. Fishing continues to be a struggle as we scratched away all day for 45 nice yellowtail (20 to 28 pounds), and 30 yellowfin tuna.
“We are now making the 320-mile trip north, where we will fish bluefin tuna for two days. We have an excellent group and they are having fun. Tonight is rack of lamb for dinner, which they are looking to enjoy.”