Wide-Open Yellowtail And Bluefin Tuna Action On Calm Seas
That dying depression, Eleven-E, had one more gasp, picking up 20 mph and becoming tropical storm/depression Kiko over the past couple of days. Today it’s back down to 30 mph and croaking slowly, moving at just two mph. It’s a wide belief among anglers that such storms move fish northward, and the results, so far as we can tell from here, are good.
American Angler reported August 31: “We spent the night drifting on the grounds and it was so calm the boat barely moved. When we got up in the morning it was socked in with fog, which made it hard to see fish on the surface but when the fog lifted we made up for it in a big way. We experienced wide open fishing on the corner to plunk style fishing on both yellowfin and bluefin tuna as we once again had a huge day. For everybody at home that has loved ones on board, prepare the jars for canning and be sure that there is plenty of rice and wasabi.
The next day, the report said, “We traveled down to the yellowtail grounds with aspirations of keeping the ball rolling. After two outstanding days, we were knocked back to reality as it took us all day to scratch better then 100 yellows. Tomorrow we are working up the line to scrape up a few more.”
“Today we fished the Ridge,” wrote Excel skipper Mike Ramirez August 31. “We arrived this morning around 0930. It didn't take long to find a batch of wahoo! They seemed very eager to bite the jigs. After catching a couple dozen of those toothy critters. We anchored up for yellowtail. It took a few minutes but once they found us it was game on. Most of the yellowtail are good grade (18 to 25 pounds). We will be working are way up the line tonight.”
On September 1, Mike wrote, “As we were working our way up the line this morning we ran into a school of hungry yellowtail. They were very eager to say the least. As soon as we stopped they came right to the boat. It is hard to say what worked the best since they ate everything from yo-yo jigs to 60-pound flyline to dropper loops, it didn't matter what you used. The grade was outstanding 20 to 30 pounds. After getting our fill of yellowtail we continued working up the line. We will be offshore tomorrow targeting tuna.”
“Spectacular fishing barely describes the fishing today on the Indy,” said the report from skipper Jeff DeBuys August 31. “First thing, early morning bluefin tuna ripper, followed by outstanding yellowfin tuna fishing right up till dark. The yellowfin tuna stole the show, although the bluefin were pretty eager too. Throw in a bunch of bull Dorado and call it a great day. With 300 or so mixed fish in the RSW hatch, we are going to sit tight and try this again. Beautiful weather is in the forecast again.”
“We left yesterday and pointed the rig south on a course that put us through some good looking water,” said the report from Independence August 31, “along the way that we found last trip and we are glad to have done so. We ended up with right at 100 mixed fish of very nice grade Yellowfin Tuna and Big Bull Dorado for the day! This fish is on its way guys, it will be in the local zone very soon, with what we saw today. Tonight we will continue heading south and be offshore again tomorrow looking for kelps and open water schools.
“Today was kind of a disappointing day,” said the report from Polaris Supreme September 1. “We woke up catching yellowtail but it quickly stopped biting after daylight. We trolled up the place for several strikes on wahoo but the catching was slim. The ratio of hooked to land is never good with wahoo but this morning it was especially bad. We lost three marauders today. That's about what you lose when you have a 100-fish day on these things and we did not. Anyways, after that we weren't getting strikes anymore so we kept her rolling to a couple of spots I've been real excited about trying for the last couple of weeks and it really bummed me out. No wahoo, no tuna, not even any dorado. A few yellows, was all.”
“So we ran back up to this morning’s honey hole and had a strike where the odds were in our favor. I'm not sure if we lost a fish. Eight lucky anglers caught a nice wahoo. We trolled it up till dark for nothing else. We're going to give it one more chance tomorrow looking in a different wahoo, dorado zone and if it stinks we're going to finish up the trip in the closer to home zone,” the reporte concluded.
“Our Labor Day 3-Day saw lots of Action Fishing,” said the Vagabond’s Facebook posting September 1, “Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Dorado. Steady fishing both days and finished with two wide-open stops on mixed Tuna.
Jackpots were: Todd Wallace in 1st place with a 53-lb Escolar; Brian Miyazaki in 2nd with a nice 44-pound BFT; and Dave McDaniel in 3rd place with a 39.6-pound BFT.
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