Skins Go Off
“We had an epic day of wahoo fishing down below,” reported American Angler August 23, “which in modern times does not really come that often. With all the fleet running mid to longer trips it is tricky to find the right timing for a window of opportunity to run down below. Reading this every angler wants to be here but many times it is tough due to everyone’s schedule. This trip it worked out great as the place had many days rest, the weather is flat calm, and we had lots of wire. Today was a tackle shops dream as there was non-stop action from the time we got here to the time we left. The water was exceptionally warm which also meant lots of shark activity and losses. With that being said we realize how lucky we really are for this day of angling and the opportunity for a shot at these big ‘gators. Father-son team Ryan and Tom enjoyed the moment and the gaff shot leaves us all wishing we were the one getting our tag ready to put on that guy.”
Independence posted results from August 22:
“We had another successful seven-day adventure again this year with plenty of action on inshore and offshore species. Many thanks to everyone who made the trip this year and to Harry for all the great reels the lucky anglers won on the trip.
Jackpot Winners were:
- 1st place, Greg Pomish, 48.6-pound white seabass;
- 2nd place, Jason Mavar, 42.8-pound white seabass;
- 3rd place, Min Myint, 42-pound white seabass.
- Honorable mention Ben Mihm 51-pound white seabass; Jean Yeh 41.6-pound white seabass.
Red Rooster III reported for August 22:
“First kelp for 30 dorado. Next kelp, more dorado. epic finisher! Picking off a few decent yellows this morning. Not as much sign as yesterday and we’re going to give it until lunch before we head offshore. We had 30 yellows for the morning and then the sea lions started to eat us up.”
On August 23. The Rooster posted her winners from the Barnett/Izorline charter.
- 1st place jackpot: 44.5-pound white seabass, Richard Barnett of Ojai (Received the Izorline Lunker Award)
- 2nd place jackpot: 34.3-pound yellowtail caught by Bill Langer of San Jose
- 3rd place jackpot: 30.4-pound bluefin tuna, Tim Lesure of Oak View
- Trolling jackpot: 57.6 wahoo caught by Chuck Barnett of Ojai
Fish count: Limits of dorado, 350 yellowtail, 102 yellowfin tuna, two white seabass.”
“We had an action-packed day here aboard the Royal Polaris,” posted the boat August 24. “We were headed south and the plan was for mostly a travel day headed to Cedros, but plans quickly changed. We started off this morning by finding our first kelp early, and there was no shortage of kelps today. We had steady action all day long and most of the kelps we found were holding fish. We ended up with daily limits of 12 to 15-pound yellowfin tuna as well as some beautiful 18 to 25-pound yellowtail. We even caught a few handfuls of dorado. Our weather today was outstanding, sunny and warm, with just enough breeze to keep it comfortable. We are now headed for the island and should be there in the early hours of the morning. Hopefully the yellowtail are there waiting.”
Royal Star had this report August 23:
“We were offshore today in very nice looking conditions. We came up with some school size yellowfin tuna, some good grade yellowtail and some nice size dorado. Just enough action to keep everyone entertained. Dennis Dowden had a nice day with a 26-pound yellowtail amongst his catch today.”