Bill Roecker rounds up the long range fishing reports
Independence reported via skipper Jeff DeBuys August 4:
“We spent the day trying for wahoo today and had some moderate success on them. Most of the gang on board here had not caught them, so today was special for them. The weather was a bit choppy, so conditions were not stellar. We are going to try something else tomorrow; everyone is having a great time.”
Intrepid skipper Kevin Osborne posted for August 4:
“We are out on our Larry Brown trip with all the great friends we have come to enjoy each year on this adventure. Today we traveled down offshore looking for kelps as we made our way to the islands. We had some success on yellows with a couple of the kelps, but never found any good schools. We made it down here around 1600 and started catching both tuna & tails right away, but the bite only lasted for about an hour. With the wind forecast to blow for a couple days we plan to stick around have some fun here around the islands.”
Red Rooster III posted a report August 4:
“Good evening folks. We had a nice afternoon with decent action on school size tuna; 12 to 28-pounds seemed to be the average. We finished the day with 131 tuna and 15 yellowtail. We will be at Cedros tomorrow and give that a try for nice size yellows and maybe a WSB.”
Tim Ekstrom wrote for his Royal Star August 4:
“Less any motivation to relocate we spent another day in coastal heaven going with the flow; and presently the flow is right. Not the big burner of the previous day, we still hatched solid numbers of exceptional grade yellowtail before yielding our sweet spot in search of more. And more there definitely is, but we didn’t make good on it. An improving weather forecast offshore now beckons; but not before we give the lower zone one more thorough look. Interested in both compiling a catch of fish and avoiding a good old fashioned offshore butt kicking we have been studying the set up waiting for our chance. It looks like tomorrow that chance will come; the door is set to open. In perfect time too; all are ready for a change of pace and target species. A few more of these dandy yellows, and perhaps another WSB or two won’t be frowned upon though. One does not waste opportunities in this arena without regret. One more morning shot, if it is to come, should assuage any misgivings about premature departure. After that, no matter what the result, the day will be fine. Photos today feature John La Fargue with a perfect example of the fine yellowtail quality we are enjoying.”
Searcher reported August 3:
“We arrived at the island about 3am and dropped the anchor on a nice ball of yellowtail. Come daylight we got a few but it never really developed. We pulled the anchor and looked around and got into a nice area of scattered fish and picked at the yellows. All the fish were beautiful grade, 18-35-pounds.
We never had any wide-open fishing but other than the midday down period we were able to scratch.
With all the great sign of fish around we are going to stay another day and hope the fish bite better tomorrow.”