Skinny Pirates Come Back Fat
The American Angler report on September 15 said, “Capt. Ray and the guys brought the Skinny Pirates home with enough tuna and yellowtail for everyone’s sushi platters and bbques. The bluefin were a beautiful grade up to 50 pounds.”
“Thanks to Chris Cruger, The Original Skinny Pirate, for organizing the trip and for the nice UV protected long sleeved shirts he gave everyone. Also want to extend thanks for generous donations made by 5 Star, Ballast Point Brewery, Waterfront Bar, Ken’s Custom Reels and of course to all the skinny pirates who came fishing,” the report stated. The jackpot winners were:
1st place: Steve “Big Bird” Powell 50.2lb bluefin
2nd place: Jerry Sato 49.4-pound bluefin
3rd place: Matthew Smith 47.6-pound bluefin
Honorable Mention: Joe Torres 44.2-pound Yellowtail
Excel skipper Justin Fleck checked in with his office with this report. "Yesterday we fished down the beach for some Yellowtail. We had some good action in the morning, we were able to get on the right school. We had good action for quite awhile. It was a good grade of fish 18 to 30 pounds. I think everybody got a few of them. We kept working at it throughout the day scratching here and there. We made a nice day of it on that Yellowtail.”
"We decided to make a move down while we had a break in the weather. We checked out Alijos Rocks. We rolled in here late this morning and all this Wahoo moved up on the shallows and we had fantastic Wahoo fishing. We kept busy until about 3:00 o'clock and then the current changed. The Wahoo got a little stale and just stopped biting altogether. We're going to spend the night here and hope for better conditions in the morning. We'll take another whack at them before we move up and try for that offshore tuna towards the end of our trip. We'll check in again tomorrow."
The report from Independence September 15 said, “We returned from our seven-day this morning, and our winners were: First place Kevin Kwon, with a 50-pound bluefin; second place, Huy Huynh, with a 48-pound bluefin and Mike Giardino, third place, with a 47-pound bluefin “
“The Intrepid returned this morning, September 15, from our Seaguar / Hightower eight-day trip,” according to the intrepid report. Jackpot winners are:
1st Place: Steve Williams with his 50-pound Yellowfin Tuna
2nd Place: Stan Fein with his 43-pound YFT
3rd place: Al Smetona with a 38-pound YFT.
Skipper Derek Waldman docked Red Rooster III September 15 after four days of fishing offshore. His anglers had limits of yellowfin tuna, 74 bluefin, 39 dorado and 16 yellowtail.
First place: 44.8-pound bluefin, Greg Riggen of Sylmar
Second place: 38.2-pound bluefin, Barry Golden of Ventura
Third place: 37.9-pound bluefin, Steve Bratcher of Simi Valley
Trolling Jackpot: 36.6-pound bluefin, David Weaver of Ely, NV
“Well the weatherman was wrong again,” said the report from Royal Polaris September 14. “Our weather didn't get windy and rough, but it was a great day. We had 10 to 12 knots of breeze, sunny, and calm seas. As for fishing it was a good day on Yellowfin and Dorado, that is if you found the right kelp. We found a few good kelps. We had an excellent day of fishing.
This came in from skipper/producer Dan Walsh, who is taking his usual after-motocross vacation with a group of friends at Rancho Leonero:
“With water temps in the mid 80's, we limited on Dorado, three nice bulls and three very respectable smaller almost-bulls, along with seven schoolie-size ahi and a ton of some of the largest skippies I've ever seen,” he reorted.
“Fishing with Santos on El Guapo with Carlsbad residents Mike Mason and George Mironoff, using all Accurate Reels and Seeker Black Steel rods, 30 and 40-pound topshots of fluoro. Fishing today about eight miles from the Ranch, we were back on the beach by 1 P.M. We started the day making some squid for bait, then picked up sardinas from local bait brothers.”
The Searcher reported for September 12: “We are having a good morning with action on good-sized yellowtail in the 20-pound range. We are having to work at getting bites but we are seeing good signs of yellowtail and we are hoping they bite a little later. Pictured is Craig Gantz from Mission Viejo and Capt Greg from Team Searcher.”
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