American Angler posted October 10:
“Started the morning out with just a few guys trying and things seemed to start out good. But as it would be, after daylight fish can change their habits and with that said it was hard to hook a tuna. There have been a lot of skipjack tuna, like we have seen in the past, and so it’s just part of the game we play. There is good sign of nice tuna to catch in a few different spots – so the near future looks good for upcoming trips. We have one more place to try in the morning before we head off on another course tomorrow.”
Excel posted October 11:
“We headed down the beach and we fished for yellowtail,” said skipper Justin Fleck. “We were catching them on dropper loops, fly-lined baits, and surface iron. We also had some people catching yellowtail on stick baits and poppers. We are going to head down South and look for warmer water. We are hoping to find some nice yellowtail.”
Fab Skin Fishing
“Good evening from the Indy,” wrote Independence skipper Jeff DeBuys October 10.
“The Ellison group experienced wahoo 101 today, as the morning was just OK and the afternoon was great fishing for skinnies up to 60 pounds; 95 percent of the group caught their first wahoo today, as everyone caught a fish today, and some caught two or three fish. 40 to 60-pounders were the grade, just beautiful. Capt Jimmy’s wahoo bombs, and salas 6x Jr. in pink and black did the trick. We got a few on bait and marauders. Really great weather and an awesome group to fish with equaled an excellent day. We are going to run down to the tuna grounds for tomorrow, so wish us luck.”
The next day he wrote, “Sorry we don’t have any pictures today, but we did have an awesome day tuna fishing for 18 to 35-pound yellowfin. It was just too busy to take a few pics, maybe next time. We made a few drifts in the morning with fair results, but in the afternoon we hit a large school that went ballistic, biting everything we threw at them. Everyone on board needless to say is fat and happy on the tuna thing.”
Skipper Kevin Osborne of the Intrepid posted October 11:
“We hunted in an offshore area for the morning with great-looking conditions in hot 82-degree water for no fish. Then we made it into one of our hot spots from last trip to find company, in several other boats and hordes of skipjack amongst the tuna. It was lots of work to weed through them, but the tuna were there to be caught. We scratched up a pretty decent score of the school-sized fish by day’s end, with a few dorado and small Wahoo (released) to make up the catch for the day. We are going north to try another location in the morning before continuing up the line.”
Chartermaster Tops ‘Em
Tom Ferrari docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing October 10, after an eight-day Sonny Jones charter that visited Alijos Rocks, San Pablo, Canoas and offshore tuna grounds. His anglers tallied 420 yellowtail, 40 dorado, 32 wahoo and 20 yellowfin tuna.
The weigh-in results:
- 1st place jackpot: 47-pound wahoo caught by Sonny Jones of Santa Ana
- 2nd place jackpot: 42.6-pound wahoo, Ryan Bryan of South Lake Tahoe
- 3rd place jackpot: 34.4-pound wahoo, Kendall Fox of Foster City
- Trolling jackpot: 65.2-pound wahoo caught by Scot Pearson of Antioch.
Royal Star skipper Tim Ekstrom wrote October 11:
“The highlight ticker reads as follows: we had some fun, got it done, then sailed off into the sun; that’s how it was. School fish again, with a few standout dorado and yellowtail, were the morning quarry that interestingly, frustratingly, proved reluctant to get with the program. One had to coax and prod, and sift through a dedicated army of watermelon sized skipjack, in order to realize success in the form of a quality tuna or worthy exotic; classic ridge fishing. Aside from the rare occasion when the fishing is “clean”, or less the multitudes of voracious everything’s that inhabit these banks, this is standard down here.
“But now headed west we are liberated from the quantity part of the equation seeking pure quality and variety for the remainder of the voyage. Whether we achieve the goal remains to be seen, but the goal is clear. We have a bunch of fish in the hatch, plenty to satisfy; now the focus accordingly adjusts. And thankfully the effort will be executed in fine working conditions according to weather forecasts. Another blissful stretch of flat calm begins tomorrow and follows through at least the middle of next week. Ah, back to the way we all prefer; perhaps reimbursement for the universal grief Simon broadcast earlier this run.
“On a closing note I again want to remind one and all about the upcoming three day “mini” Royal Star long range adventures we added to the schedule at the end of this month. I am hearing of and seeing some pretty incredible happenings on the local grounds and also in zones well within three-day range down below. Water temperatures in the 73 to 76-degree Fahrenheit range, continuing strong north westerly current, huge amounts of 15 to 35-pound dorado, wahoo still being seen and landed both on kelps and offshore now as close as thirty miles from San Diego; this all happened yesterday! I even heard of a wahoo hooked and nearly landed at the Coronado Islands! This warm water cycle, and everything in the way of fishing that comes with it, is no joke, and promises to hold well beyond this month into November, maybe longer.
“If you have the time these three day runs Saturday, October 25th to Tuesday, October 28th, and Friday, October 31st to Monday, November 3 are a grand opportunity to join a Royal Star voyage and see what we are about. In addition to the incredible fishing prospects (I didn’t even mention the hordes of yellowtail all along the coast) anglers on these voyages will be treated to the Royal Star red carpet standard of service, fish handling, fishing instruction, and of course cuisine. Chef’s Drew Rivera and will be here to amaze and satisfy with their extraordinary culinary talents. With what I am seeing at present on the offshore grounds I cannot encourage everyone strongly enough to make good on this opportunity. Give Tracy or Brian a call in the office or I will be happy to answer any questions upon return from this voyage next week. We look forward to hearing from you!
“Photo today features Royal Star angler Mike Vasile who nabbed this beefy, 30-pound class yellowtail at the crack of dawn amidst steady action on yellowfin tuna; a job well done!”