Long Range Reports May 30

Hurricane Slowing Excel

Capt. Justin Fleck called in May 28 from the Excel with an update. He said they were “… still in limbo from the tropical storm and is preventing us from fishing where we wanted to. We did a little bit of fishing around Alijos Rock for some good yellowtail and there were signs of tuna around but they didn’t want to bite.

We went in and checked the lower banks off the coast of Baja, which had good water around, but no signs of fish, so we are currently headed south to Hurricane Bank with an eye on the storm.

Hopefully this storm will continue to move east and we will be able to get to Hurricane Bank.

If it starts heading west we will have to head out and fish bluefin and yellowtail for the remainder of the trip. We will check back in soon and give an update for our plans.”

Close To Zone

“Things on the big girl are good,” reported Intrepid skipper Billy Santiago May 29. “The weather is still holding very nicely.

We basically have been trying to gain some altitude and hope that we could get in on some of that great Bluefin fishing up above.

We have stopped and tried for yellowtail along the way, and at times seen some good sign but all in all, minimal results.

Unfortunately, our last couple of days will be hampered by bad weather as we have a small craft advisory starting Saturday. We were really hoping to finish off with a bang, and put some quality tuna in the fresh well, and hopefully we still will, but usually those bluefin are very weather sensitive so we will just have to see how it plays out.

So far this morning we have hit a few kelps, and picked up about a dozen yellowtail, but we are on the move. We will be in the zone this afternoon, and while we still have good weather we are hoping to run into a god biting school.”

Biscuit Bite

Brandon Hayward reported May 29:

“This has been an incredible month for myself and my clients. It started May 8 when out on a recon trip with my boat partner, John Keeler, when we stumbled onto a good school of seabass, big ones, mostly over 50-pounders. The homeguard yellows have been beating us up, too, with 47 and 51-pounders being the biggest.

Top seabass for the young season is a 66-pounder, part of a double that included a 58-pounder.”

Hayward’s fishing partner John Keeler remarked the first big whites were caught on squid and 7/0 long shanked hooks and 60-pound gear. A bird school marked those first fish.

Hayward takes his clients on short trips anywhere from Dana Point to Del Mar. He can be reached at (949) 212-0719.

Bill Roecker
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