Incredible Tropicals A Day Away
Reports from the past few days show that fishing for yellowfin tuna and wahoo at the San Benitos Islands has never been better, nor has it ever been anywhere near as incredible as it is presently. There have also been reports of a strong uphill current, so maybe the body of fish now a day away will ride northward.
If it does, local fishing will be historic as well. Hang on to your rods!
American Angler reported September 15: “We had outstanding fishing on 25 to 35-pound yellowfin tuna and several bonus wahoo. Usually we all take pictures of standout-sized fish, but today’s pic is of a standout situation. Father-son team Galen and David Steward share the moment of Dave’s first wahoo ever.”
Excel reported skipper Justin Fleck’s post for September 15: “Capt. Justin checked in from the Excel and they are at the ridge and did not like what they saw. The water had changed and was a little dirty and not much sign of tuna and no wahoo.”
Fleck said, “We decided to head up to where everyone had been getting some tuna. We got there at mid day and got into some decent grade yellowfin and a few skipjack tuna, the bonus was that there were some wahoo around and we were getting two or three once in awhile, We did find one kelp where we got 16 wahoo and ended the day with 25 more wahoo for our group. We are going to hang around here and try again tomorrow before we start headed up the line for the docks.”
“Good evening from the Independence, wrote skipper Jeff DeBuys on September 13. “Today was one of those days you read about and wish you were there. Things got rolling last night with tanker seabass biting along with big yellas, and after daylight full speed wahoo fishing, 50 to 70-pound fish biting everything we had. The yellowfin tuna fishing was as good as it gets on 25 to 35-pound fish with a handful of those fish up to 50-pounds. When the dust settled we had our daily limits of tuna and 86 of those toothy gators. Epic doesn’t even describe today’s fishing. We are going to try this again tomorrow.”
On September 15, skipper Jeff noted, “Today we went looking around for some more wahoo and then yellowtail. We saw yellowtail sign in a couple of different areas but due to the lack of current they were reluctant to bite. We got a sample on both wahoo and yellas, before calling it quits. We will be on the hunt tomorrow again for more yellas, so tune in then.”
Over The Rail
“Captain Kevin Osborne called in,” said the boat’s office September 14, “with an audio report from the Intrepid out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego, CA. Sorry about the lack of pictures and reports our WIFI is down. Yesterday we had excellent fishing on yellowfin tuna (15 to 30-pounds). We also had a handful of dorado, wahoo and grouper. Today we are fishing for wahoo and the fishing is really good. The wahoo are in the 25 to 50-pound range.”
“Wow! What a day. 2015!” enthused Drew Henderson for the Polaris Supreme September 14.
“We started it off early on anchor. The sun wasn’t even up yet and we were catching tuna and wahoo. For about an hour there on anchor we were gettinum. We had about 30 of those 25 to 30-pound pound tuna and almost 20 wahoo before an hour. Things slowed so we pulled anchor and got nasty. We had a couple other bingers for wahoo for about 10 each time, and of course we would catch that big tuna during those drifts. After that though, us and the three other boats that were here pretty much had the wahoo caught for the day. There were a few left to be had, but we mostly caught that tuna up to perhaps 40-pounds the rest of the day. Not wide open. We’re not fixed up. Just steady for most of the day. Before dark we started the troll of shame. I’ve never done that the second day of the trip. We got two passengers out of there and still have two or three left who haven’t caught a wahoo yet. Oh, they had their chances. Some of those guys on that team lost four or five skin today. But that’s wahoo fishing. Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.
“We’re going to try this again in the morning. I would love to get 40 or 50 more tuna and a couple more handfuls of wahoo. That would be epic. After the morning hit we’re going to make a run and try for some yellows in the afternoon.”
Red Rooster III reported for September 15: “Nice wahoo and tuna this morning, kicking out another great day here. We travelled through the morning and finally started fishing before lunch. Nice fishing after two on yellows and a few dorado in the mix yellows are still biting.”
This Is Livin’
“We are leading a beautiful life here aboard the Royal Polaris,” said owner-skipper Frank LoPreste’s report for September 14.
“Weather is epic with a slight ripple and plenty of sun. In my 50 years as a skipper I have never seen fishing at this island this good and I guarantee you there has never been a day in the last 50 years where this much wahoo was caught at this island.
“For the four boats that were here there were more than 200 wahoo landed. We had limits of excellent grade yellowfin tuna and 47 wahoo.”
On September 15 the boat reported, “Our weather continues to be excellent, with flat seas, clear skies, and warm. We made a move to the south, and the move paid off with limits of yellowfin tuna and a dozen wahoo and one yellowtail. We are now headed to the bait grounds. We will try to fill two tanks with Mackerel. So until tomorrow, wish us luck.”
Tim Ekstrom reported for his Royal Star September 14: “An epic day of fishing here to be sure; the best I have ever seen, or heard of, in this region. Real deal action on 25 to 40-pound yellowfin tuna and beautiful grade wahoo both wowed this group of anglers and flat wore them out. Production today wasn’t a matter of opportunity; it was a matter of horsepower. Midday in particular was the kind of cast and swing style action on beautiful grade yellowfin that we have desperately yearned for this entire season. How sweet it was. Throw in the surprisingly steady fishing for 35 to 60-pound skin, again real deal long range ‘bingos’ where five, eight, ten anglers had fish going at the same time while charged up wahoo exploded on retrieved lures and tossed baits all around the boat, and this day becomes something very special – extraordinary truth be told.
“I don’t toss around those terms lightly describing fishing. Overuse of such adjectives diminishes the significance of the handful or two of days out here when magic occurs: when all conditions and factors unite to make reality of the dream we fishermen passionately pursue. This was one of those days. In pristine conditions – flat calm seas, crystal clear water, a sheet glass surface that served as a lens into the deeps revealing hundreds of tunas and wahoo patrolling below – fishermen practiced their passion gloriously unobstructed. Mother Nature was very kind to us today; a beneficent favor to this group of anglers, and a long waited reward to Captain and crew. Very gratifying, I have to say. Now we’re in the market for more. Photo today features a first time Royal Star angler, Rodney Evraets. He and Ed Burke were among many to score these dandy grade skinnies today. Good livin’; yes sir!”
Spirit of Adventure posted the winners from their latest trip: