Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & San Diego Sportfishing Council
July 10, 2011
His Best Tuna
Tim Ekstrom and Randy Toussaint docked their Royal Star at Fisherman’s Landing July 10 after a fine eight-day trip that saw the boat catching quality yellowfin tuna for two or three days, in clean water below the brown and green areas that have kept the fish from moving north past The Ridge. Fishing was beyond excellent, according to Ekstrom’s reports and the remarks from anglers who were there.
Dominic Gobb, a retired military man, got the best tuna, a 107-pounder. He told dock reporter Bill Roecker his best tuna ever fought him for 30 minutes before coming to gaff on the starboard stern.
Gobb said it bit on a sardine and a 4/0 Mustad 91450 hook. He fished with 40-pound Momoi line on a Penn 12 T modified by Cal Sheets, and a Calstar 700 XH rod.
Brent Hirsch of Pismo Beach had a 95-pounder for second place, and Rick Stone of Huntington Beach won third place for a 91-pound yellowfin tuna.
Skiff Trip Returns
Joe Crisci docked Qualifier 105 at Pt. Loma Sportfishing July 10 following an eight-day trip down the Baja. There were 19 anglers aboard for the open-party trip.
Ken Shoning of Las Vegas won first place for a 39-pound yellowtail that bit on his Tady 4/0 jig in scrambled eggs color. He said he used 30-pound P-Line on a Daiwa 40 reel and a GRUSA seven-foot rod.
David Snyder of Parhrump, NV won second place for a 33-pound halibut, and Donald Cooper of Ely, NV won third place for a 20-pound
San Martin’s Producing
Tommy Rothery docked his Polaris Supreme at Fisherman’s Landing July 10 after a productive three-day trip with 24 anglers on the Wayne DeSilva/Jim Seifert annual charter. They had a good catch of yellowtail and bottom fish, and the yellowtail swept the jackpot spots.
Lenny Campos of El Cajon won first place for a 26-pound yellow that bit his sardine on a 2/0 ringed hook. He fished with 40-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon and 40-pound line on an Avet JX and a Seeker Classic 6465 H rod.
Ulises Ochoa of San Diego caught a 25-pound yellow and won second place, and Roger Schwicke of Cerritos took third for a 24.8-pound yellowtail.
Vag Bags ‘Tails
Mike Lackey’s Vagabond returned to Pt. Loma Sportfishing July 10 after a four-day trip down the peninsula to Cedros Island with 20 anglers aboard. They found good fishing for yellowtail and other species.
Mike Hudson of Gilbert, AZ had the big one, a 28-pound yellow that he posed with behind the boat. He said he got it with a Sumo blue and white jig tied to 40-pound Ande line. He fished with and Avet JX reel and a Penn Sabre six and a half-foot rod.
Terry Johnson of Carmichael won second place for a 27-pound halibut, and Ted Phoenix of El Cajon just about matched him with a 26-pound ‘but.
Rooster Whacks Tuna
“Coach” Cliff Clark’s annual eight-day Beefer trip honored deceased chef Jorge Nicifore this year, and Coach had some art commissioned for Jorge’s family and the 28 anglers who made the trip. Jorge’s family was at the dock to meet the
boat and pose with the picture.
Skipper Andy Cates guided the eight-day trip, and he weighed the catch at H&M Landing July 10. His anglers had limits of tuna and yellowtail. One of the yellows was a monster of 57.5 pounds, likely the largest of the season so far. It was caught by Bob Hohman of San Pedro, on a sardine and a 2/0 Owner Gorilla hook, his best yellowtail ever.
Nick Montilepre of Corona won first place for a 78.6-pound yellowfin tuna. The fish ate his sardine on a 5/0 ringed Owner Super Mutu hook. He tied that to 50-pound pink Yo-Zuri fluorocarbon and 60-pound Izorline, and fished with a Daiwa Saltist 30 reel and a custom Truline eight-foot rod.
Ernie Osuna of San Juan Capistrano won second place for a 76.9-pound tuna. Ron Chaing of San Diego got third for a 76.6-pounder, and Scott Marachael of Long Beach took a special fourth place (trolling) jackpot for a 76.3-pound yellowfin tuna.