Long Range Reports
Plenty Of RT
American Angler reported for January 30: “We had a very slow scratch today as we went through some long dry spells between bites. It seems like the ocean is in a funk with the current being either slack or switching all over the place. All said and done we ended up with some nice fish as it seems like there were the hot sticks that had multiple bites or there were the folks that did not get any. We still have plenty of time left so I hope things pick up for everyone. On the glass is half full note we did boat a couple of cows today, with Eric Mulay enjoying his personal best 277-pound tuna that put up an epic battle.”
The next day the report said, “Tough fishing once again as lots of rail time was necessary to catch a fish. We looked at fish all day on the machines but there were periods of time where we would have nothing hooked. Jake Waardenburg has had the hot hand all trip and he shined again today with a 279-pound beauty.”
“Today was a bit slower,” posted Intrepid on January 30, “with a little shot in the morning, a fish every now and then throughout the day, then a short window of opportunity as the sunsets. We did get more of the great quality today with two more Cows coming on. Phil Williams boated a big 270 and Peter Jang landed a 213-pounder just after dark. We did have a huge heartbreak on a very heavy fish in the dark tonight as well! Marvin Yotsuya and Woody battled this beast for a long time only to have the PL68 pull 50 feet from the boat. We are going to sit tight as we are well established here and see what happens tomorrow.”
New World Record Book
The 2016 World Record Game Fishes book is out, going to members of the organization. As usual, editor/artist Adrian Gray has done a super job of making a slick and handsome presentation of what otherwise might be a dull source of information. You can see Adrian’s touch throughout the 424-page oversize book. The outrageous roosterfish cover was painted by Guy Harvey.
Long Range anglers will be pleased to know that Joe Ludlow’s 180-pound opah, featured in my 2015 Sportfishing Calendar month of July, was voted first-place Angler’s Choice. Joe bagged his all-tackle record beauty aboard the Excel, not far from San Martin, as I recall. Justin Fleck was skipper, and took the photos, which have really been around, since the opah is one of the most colorful fish known to man.
Tuna anglers will enjoy the piece by photographer Al McGlashan about the big concentration of cow tuna around the British Territory of Ascension Island. Sardines and chunks were used, just as they are by long rangers. Poppers on long spinning outfits also accounted for big tuna. The author hooked a cow on the spinner with bait, and it put him through some serious misery before the big sickle-fin exploded his 100-pound spectra. He also shot a large tuna underwater (like much of his photography) packing a satelite tag of the pop-off type.
Gary Graham has a roosterfish article, and Gary Carter’s piece is titled “Big Fish Light Tackle” that mentions the all-time mark of a 573-pound Atlantic blue marlin on 4-pound line. Charlie Levine printed a great bit about El Nino, and Matt Harris has a pretty story about fishing peacock bass on flies. Those are just a few of the worthy articles in the IGFA’s new record book, which lists records for all game species, along with illustrated guides for hooks, leaders, double hooks, etc. Forty bucks will get all this, plus a lot more, like dozens and dozens of topnotch illustrations and descriptions of popular species.
This is a valuable book. If you want to set a world record, or just look at some gorgeous fish, or learn something that might help you with your own fishing, you should be an IGFA member. You can find what you want at www.igfa.org.