Flat Water Fishing
Skipper Kevin Osborne posted for the Intrepid July 23:
“What a Great day we had here on the Intrepid. We got on a school of big yellows at 0600 and drifted with them until 1P.M. It was all you wanted on the 18 to 30-pound class Tails, just a beautiful grade of fish with an average of around 22 to 25 pounds. After that was done we got in out of the wind and did some Halibut fishing where we boated a few nice ones, lost a couple nice ones and released several more shorts to grow and fight again another day.
While we were drifting Luc hooked into a Jumbo Yellow of 40-pounds on an explosive surface iron bite and landed him! A few more Big yellows were landed along with lots of large Calico Bass. It was just a great day to be here fishing with friends. We are going to head up the line tonight and fish along the beach tomorrow.” The boat had no photos today, so the shot here shows a video frame grab of Bill Roecker working on a similar yellowtail aboard Intrepid in late June.
On The Deep Jig
Red Rooster III had a great catch on the jig, and the boat posted July 23:
“Hey guys and girls good morning. Our day has been pretty great aside of the weather being a little snotty. Here’s a picture of a nice opah that Gary got this morning.” The previous day, the boat posted: “Good afternoon folks we left today on our annual Charkbait 4 day headed offshore with an excellent load of bait and good spirits. Although the weather is supposed to be a little choppy, every one is fired up!”
Behind The Island
Tim Ekstrom wrote about his Royal Star’s day July 23:
“We put together a solid morning on beautiful grade yellowtail in good conditions. Roughly three hours of steady action fulfilled the majority of yellowtail desires. Fish in the eighteen to thirty pound class were downright voracious for a couple of those three hours hammering everything from anyway presented live baits to the surface iron. That kind of production adds up quick; just how we like it. When came the afternoon breeze we were long gone enjoying the giant lee while prospecting for bait. “We did find the bait, so much of it that stunning is an understatement in description, but the size and species for our gangions was wrong. Sardines, by the millions, provided an all you can eat buffet for myriads of birds and mammals in the region. The show was epic and the scenery incredibly entertaining; the objective of replenishing our supply of live bait fell way short. “Regardless of the anti climatic end the day was a glowing success. Throwing together a catch of yellowtail down here is presently no slam dunk. We have our colleagues and network of information to thank for this one. What comes around goes around. The value of that philosophy in any fishery cannot be overstated.
“Today’s image is another pulled from the first two days of the voyage when we targeted U.S. blues. Gary Kawaoka was one of the fortunate anglers, landing this 85-pound class beauty in the late afternoon.”