Long Ranger Passes
We all knew her as Skii, but Hiroko was her given first name. She was a cheerful figure and a devoted angler who fished with her husband Robert Kubota for decades aboard the Royal Polaris and other long range boats at Fisherman’s Landing.
“My beloved wife of 67 years passed away this morning, April 23, at the hospital at Huntington Beach,” wrote her husband Bob in the LA Times. “She was born in Hiroshima Japan, came to this country at three months of age, and grew up in La Jolla and San Diego.”
Skii loved all kinds of fishing, and had infectious enthusiasm for catching anything from lingcod to big tuna.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University while raising three children, noted Bob.
Skii Kubota is survived by the three: Rieko Christine Kubota, Masae Lorane Kubota and Ayako Diane English (Roy); and also by her sister Grace Kubota (Jack) and many nieces and nephews.
The Times obituary said: “Viewing will be April 29 at 11:00 A.M. at The Gardens Crematory, 1835 S. Lewis St., Anaheim, CA We are T-shirts and jeans people, so if you come, be comfortable.”
Adventures Headed South
Royal Polaris stopped At Alijos Rocks on her way south, and found things changed there. Crewman/photographer Dharyl Shelbourne posted April 27:
“The weather continues to be on the windy side, with a stiff northwest wind, overcast skies, and still chilly. We arrived to Alijos rocks, and there was not sign of Wahoo, we did get one Yellowtail, a nice 25-pound ‘tail that we had to fight the seal for, but we won that battle. The lucky angler was Rick Allan. With no sign of Wahoo, we continued our move south.
“We are now headed to Hurricane Bank. The crew was busy again, getting wind-on leaders done, answer question on how and what to do next. Some passengers finished early, and started relaxing, getting ready for the long days ahead. Some read a good book, while others watched ‘The Game Of Thrones.’”
Docks Get Ownership Changes
Frank LoPreste will remain as majority owner of Fisherman’s Landing and Seaforth Sportfishing, noted editor Pat McDonnel of Western Outdoor News in the April 24 edition. Several other ownerships and positions are changing, however, having been approved by the San Diego Port Commission. Doug Kern and Tim Ekstrom will take on minority ownership at Fisherman’s, and Rick Maxa will move into Kern’s former position as Fisherman’s tackle shop manager and partial shop owner.
The changes come with the selling of portions of Ingrid Poole‘s ownership. About the same time, McDonnel wrote, Independence owners Mark Pisano and Paul Strasser bought Poole’s shares at Pt. Loma Sportfishing. The pair are also owners of 22nd St. Landing and the San Pedro Bait Company. The events come soon after recent management/ownership changes at H&M Landing. Business should be much aided by the oncoming warm water season, expected to be unusually good this summer and fall.
Sardines For Bait
According to a piece by Ed Zieralski in the April 16 San Diego Union-Tribune, getting sardines for bait this summer won’t be a problem, regardless of the commercial closure on that take.
Ed wrote, “…in front of what many in the sportfishing industry feel could be an even better ocean fishing season than last year’s epic catch, the sport fleet received some very good news this week.
“It turns out that the recent recommendation by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to shut down the commercial sardine fishery until June 30, 2016 will not impact the fleet’s ability to make bait in Southern California, according to Buzz Brizendine, owner-captain of the Prowler and an at-large member of the PFMC.
“’It won’t affect the fleet at all,’ Brizendine said just after leaving the meeting on Thursday. ‘We have an allowance for live bait, and that should have the fleet in good shape.’
“Asked if the sardine allowance covered the entire fishing season, Brizendine said it does.”