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Wahoo & Cows – Long Range Report

Excel Sportfishing posted the report from skipper Justin Fleck April 22:

“Capt Justin Fleck called in to say that they started fishing this morning and things have been a little slow. There is a sign of fish around but the currents have been back an forth and making it difficult. We did manage a couple fish up to 180 pounds.

After looking around there was not a lot of signs of fish around and we decided to make a move and try something new tomorrow. That is the good thing about 17-day trips, we have plenty of fishing time. Hopefully we will find a good parking spot tomorrow and start putting some fish on the deck.

Everyone is in good spirits, the weather is nice and we will report back in in a day or two.”

Skiffing At Clipperton Royal Polaris posted this report April 22:

“Sorry you have not received reports for the past 13 days. Once you are 150 (miles) below Socorro wifi is no longer operable. Our Sat phone and our Iridium phone would not pick up a satellite at Clipperton.

“Our passengers are a wonderful group and all say they had a sensational trip. Skiff fishing was absolutely phenomenal. Bluestar jacks to 27 pounds, Leatherback Cabrilla to 26 pounds and many other varieties. There were also a few wahoo taken in the skiffs with the best a 70-pound skinny taken by Ken Kouchi on a 6x with a treble hook.

“Tuna and Wahoo fishing were very poor. Largest Yellowfin was a 196 taken by Kathy Rounds. Next was Harmon Ryder with a 194 pound Yellowfin tuna. Bot of these fish were early morning Iron fish. “Once they arrive home our passengers have many stories to tell and a great film of the trip to share with friends.”

Talkmaster Gets Cow

Royal Star skipper Brian Sims had this report April 22:

“Today we started off with a cow. Pete Grey of “Let’s Talk Hook-Up” landed his personal best Yellowfin, a 222-pound beauty. After a couple more stock grade fish the conditions changed and we were in search mode. In the late afternoon we got on a spot and had some good action on the right grade of fish. We landed two more cows, 227 and 202 and a couple of 190’s. Maybe things are looking up.

Rob Taylor with a nice skin.”

Bill Roecker
Bill Roecker owns, where he posts daily reports from the long range fleet and other sources, and Oceanic Productions, which publishe...