“We kept 22 tuna: 260, 250, 225 pounds, and the last fish of the day, caught by Mike Ashford (from Coarse Gold, CA), a 380-pounder. Like the big 324-pounder yesterday, this beast was tail-wrapped. Sure helps things out. What a great way to finish an epic trip. Most of the other fish were 120 to 180 pounds, very nice grade.
“The weather is still nice, lets hope it stays for another three days.”
That 380-pounder may be very close to the 381.1-pound tuna taken last November by Dennis Williams of Carlsbad aboard the Royal Star, with Randy Toussaint at the helm. One of the two will be the fish of the year. We’ll see when Cates hangs his monster on the certified scales.
The Red Rooster will dock at H&M Landing Sunday morning, June 24.
Captains Andy Cates, Joe D'Acquisto, John Grabowski
(619) 224-3857 - H&M Landing
“Here It Comes!” Albacore Headed This Way
The best news this morning for local anglers is that albacore are moving in to a large area south of San Diego. They’ve been caught by at least three boats from 120 to 220 miles south of Point Loma. They’re the right size, too, at 10 to 18 pounds or so. Smaller fish at first are thought to be the best indicator for a productive season.
Brian Sims docked Royal Star after a good three-day trip that produced albacore, big halibut and lots of yellowtail. The trip was the first annual R. J. Allen, Inc. charter, with 25 anglers aboard, and Sims brought his happy anglers back to Fisherman’s Landing about 8:30 in the morning.
“We found the albacore at 120 miles,” he said. “The water’s warming, at 65 degrees and the fish is moving up. Here it comes!
“You can drive around and see fish and get a bite. We got 34 albacore for seven stops. There were bait fish and troll fish. We got one on the cedar plug and the other troll fish on standard feathers in two sizes.”
Steve White of Placentia won first place for a 36-pound halibut. Jeff Persi of Corona tied with Craig Jones of Temecula for second place. Persi had a 25.5-pound yellowtail, and Jones had a halibut of the same weight.
R.D. Martinez of Placentia was the chartermaster. Mike Pitts of Corona posed with a typical albacore.
Captains Tim Ekstrom, Randy Toussaint and Brian Sims
(619) 224-4764 - Fisherman’s Landing