August 7, 2014
American Angler posted August 6:
“We fished for yellows again and picked away in the morning with the occasional flurry. We changed location when the conditions switched and found a honey hole where action was as good as it gets. Ending our yellowtail fishing on a high note, we are headed out for some blue water fishing on our last day. Justin is holding up one of the day’s specimens for Larry Knupp that absolutely inhaled a Salas 7X.”
Steady For Hours
“Good evening from the Independence,” wrote skipper Jeff DeBuys for the Indy crew August 6.
“We had another great day today, as things got going early with a couple of flurries of White Sea bass, followed by great action on yellowtail. Salas 6 X Jr. was a big hit for the yellows, and everything else worked. We were steady for hours. The wind was up today, but it couldn’t spoil the hot action out here. We are hoping for a repeat tomorrow, so wish us luck.”
Six Out Of Six
Tommy Rothery reported for his Polaris Supreme August 5:
“This is amazing we have fished six days out of six days. We fished four days in California and two days in Mexico and caught over half a dozen different game species. We wrapped up today in California fishing Bluefin and Yellowfin with good success. The top three fish at the scales will be bluefin. Thanks, Tom Chaparro and gang for a great trip. Stay tuned for Drew and Crew on the three-day leaving tomorrow.”
“Small Yellowfin today and not much until lunch time but afternoon action saved the day. We will be offshore again tomorrow. With the weather getting better we are hoping for a big day tomorrow.”
The next day, he wrote, “We had a nice drift this morning on Yellowfin. A little better grade today but school size fish nonetheless. Great offshore tuna fishing; one stop on 25 to 40-pound Bluefin that produced a handful of fish. Tomorrow we are going for yellowtail. Let’s hope they want to bite.”
Duke’s First Biscuit
Tim Ekstrom posted for his Royal Star August 6: “We put in a full day scouring the southern climes for endless sign of yellowtail that were small to medium grade. I suppose the best news about the incredible sign we rolled through today is the potential for next season and beyond; we’re looking at a future crop of future twenty plus-pounders, enough to satisfy the entire sport fishing community.
“But today’s satisfaction was of a different caliber. It was good, a great time of getting lots of bites and pulling non stop, but the gold ring remained just beyond reach. A few handfuls of the grade perpetually sought were in the mix; the mother lode was not in our path. Another feature typical of El Nino-influenced seasons; often the biggest and best available are close to home. Not that this zone is any kind of write-off, it’s just overrun by pygmies and teenagers. The home guards are still cruising their haunts; we will find them.
“Photos today feature a little windfall that was a day maker in every respect, perhaps even a trip maker. A few nice croakers have an incredibly unique way of eliciting smiles. I don’t know exactly what it is about them but they are likely the most satisfying game fish to land on the west coast. God bless them. Photo features some of the group of anglers enjoying the spoils. Left to right are Duke Ekstrom, Dan Sinclair, Pete Mostert, Craig Heberer, Dave Manning, Fred Meyer, Greg Koonce, Mike Henn, Darren Brumback, David Itano, and Glenn Itano.”
August 6, 2014
Jeff DeBuys wrote for the Independence August 5:
“We made the move to another fishing destination, and by sun down we had some good grade fish for the effort. We plan on fishing around here tomorrow in hopes of some classic yellowtail action for everyone. All is well here on the Indy, and everyone says a big hello to hot dog, and we hope to see you next year. Good weather is abundant down here as well.”
Intrepid skipper Jesus Companioni reported for Intrepid August 5:
“Great yellowtail fishing going on. Here is Marilyn with a good one. Again, the Larry Brown group is enjoying some good fishing for some quality-sized yellowtail, the weather is great as well.
Catching & Releasing
Tim Ekstrom wrote for his Royal Star August 5:
“Day’s end assuaged a wealth of pent up energy with steady yankin’ and crankin’ on variety in beautiful, scenic conditions. Yellowtail, small, medium, and large, made up the bulk of the action while various bottom grabbers provided a few yucks and smiles. Releasing the majority of the small fish in favor of higher roads beyond the ultimate end was well worth the travel time invested. Variety mode along the spectacular coast is the call for us now, and perhaps the next couple of days. “Photo today features the last of our American bluefin landed by Charter master Craig Heberer in the fading evening light. This seventy five pound beauty fit the bill to perfection coming hard earned in blustery conditions on the heavy sinker rig.”
Searcher‘s office reported for August 5:
“Capt. Aaron (Remy) checked in with a quick report tonight: 87 yellowfin and 2 bluefin caught on their first afternoon!” The skipper wrote: “Howdy anglers: We had a great afternoon and some really nice fishing to go with it. The weather is up a little, but supposed to calm down tonight and be better tomorrow. So wish us luck for tomorrow.”