July 2004


July 28, 2004 - Daiwa Pacific Charter...... Lisa and I were joined by Kelly Donahue, Frank Tupas, Dan Peters, George Nichols, Kevin Drath and some of their friends for a charter trip on the Daiwa Pacific. I was a carryover of a trip that was canceled last year due to boat problems.

We got to the fishing grounds in the dark and were surrounded by 40-50 boats based on the lights we could see all around us. We started slow trolling in the dark, but Kenny had reported that they were not getting any jig fish, just bait fish as a result of him picking up meter marks, chumming and stopping on the fish.

Sure enough, about 6:30 we stop and start hooking fish. I lost three fish right off the bat. Lisa hooked up near the bow and she landed a fish before me! It was a toad! I finally hooked a fish and got it in. They were definitely tougher than what we had been catching in the weeks prior to the charter. Everyone worked well together and I don't think there were any fish lost due to tangles. Lisa, Frank and Kelly got tangled on the bow, but Nick worked diligently and got them untangled without losing any fish. One young fellow named Sam, and avid angler, had the hot stick and was constantly hooked up. We picked at fish all morning, Sam was always hooked up, then about 9am the bite shut down. We trolled, chummed, slowed down, circled on meter marks but didn't get any more bites until 1pm. Then we hit some feeders and the race was on again. We ended up with 50 Albacore after what started as a slow pick in the morning accounting for half the fish. Then we saw a kelp stringer. We stopped and got into some action on the yellowtail. There were a couple of albies picked up too.

I ended up with 8 albacore and 2 yellowtail. Sam with the hot stick got 8 albacore but no yellows. Lisa got 3 albies and 1 yellowtail. The jackpot fish #7 was easily identified by it's size when all the fish were up on deck. It turned out #7 - Gary "No Jackpot" Crosslin wasn't in the jackpot. Then #3 was the next in line, but the crew finished landing the fish so it didn't count. After matching several fish on the balance bar, #1 (DA) won the jackpot!

We had weighed the fish on the boat and the 2 biggest were clearly in the 40 pound range. Mine was close with the scale teetering between 39 and 42 pounds due to the movement of the boat. If it was 40 pounds, it would make me an official member of the Marlin Club. Ken said they could weigh it at the landing. When we got in, H&M said their scale was broken, Point Loma couldn't find theirs, and Fisherman's Landing didn't have a clue. However, Fisherman's Landing did have a scale built into the pavement and we weighed the fish there - 40 pounds even, but the scale didn't have any decimal point. I went into the office to get a weigh slip and they had no idea what I was talking about. Finally I got Jim Mahon to sign a piece of paper indicating the weight of 40 pounds. I have submitted it to the Marlin Club, but don't know what they have decided.
 

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50 Albacore, 13 Yellowtail

 


 


 


 


 


 











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

       

         


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


July 17, 2004 - I fished with Dennis Hytinen on the Aluminator. Tim "Swazi" was also on the trip. We picked up 7 Albacore and one Yellowtail. We were out by the 483, east of the dumper.
 


















Sherrita


July 3, 2004 - Private boater Captain Greg Rodgers of the En Fuego reported early limits of 20 albacore today and another 10 released. Greg was fishing down toward the 213 Bank in the area of latitude and longitude coordinates 3154 and 11754 which is 57 miles 205 degrees from Point Loma. He saw a tailing marlin in that same zone. They had a nice stop in the dark a short time before daylight when the fish came to the boat while they were drifting, tying on hooks and getting ready to troll. Greg said that there were a lot of sport boats working this zone. The albacore were quality size fish and went up to around 30 pounds. They had another nice stop at 3151 and 11745 which is inside the 213 Bank and above the 1010 Trench at 55 miles 196 degrees from Point Loma.

Greg put the big jigs out at that point and began to work in toward the Hidden Bank to try and find some yellowtail. They had not gone very far when they got bit by a marlin. It hit a Zuker slant faced dorado color jig and was boated in about 40 minutes. The jig was rigged with 130 pound test fluorocarbon line and a 7/0 stainless Mustad open style hook. It was caught on 40 pound test by Gary Lamoureux and was the first of the year to be weighed in at the Marlin Club. It was a nice big fish that weighed 191 pounds. The coordinates were at 3154 and 11739 which is 50 miles 193 degrees from Point Loma. Congratulations to Gary and Greg and the crew of the En Fuego!
 


July 2, 2004 - Albacore fishing picked up and the reports basically said 'take the day off....', 'Call in sick..' and 'It doesn't get any better than this..'. So I called Mark who was ready to go and Lisa took the day off. Mark brought his kids, Nina and Mike.
 

We started a little later that we normally do, left the slip at 5:15, and the bait dock at 5:30 and headed to the 390 based on information about the bite from the day before. We got there by 8am. To say the 'fleet' was there was putting it mildly. At one point we could count 50+ boats and there were many more we couldn't see. I would estimate over 100 boats and there weren't any party boats where we were. Some boats had already limited by the time we got to the 390 area.

 

Our first fish was a trolled fish and Lisa brought it in. She did very well considering she hadn't caught anything this big in 2 years. We didn't get any bait fish on this stop. Next we got 3 jig fish, Lisa and I took the port side rods and Mark let Mike reel in the starboard fish. Lisa's got off after a couple of minute, the hooks pulled out.  Just as mine was ready to gaff, it tangled with Mikes line which was coming across the back of the boat because the rod was still in the rod holder. My line was cut of by Mike's fish before we could gaff the fish. I lost my Catchy Tackle Purple lure.

 

Lisa hooked up on a bait fish while I was fighting my fish. Mark gaffed her fish. Mark put out a 12lb rig and got hooked up. After loosing the jig fish, I put out a bait and got bit.  As I got my fish to the boat, Mark was still fighting his fish on 12 pound test. Of course my fish went straight for his line. Once we tangled, Mark put his line in 'free-spool' and it cut me off. UGH! We picked up 2 more jig fish and 2 baitfish.

 

After trolling a couple of hours with no bites, we put out a couple of marlin jigs and started trolling to te 302. Lisa spotted a kelp paddy. I hooked up a yellowtail, then Lisa did. We landed those fish and i got hooked up again, but this one went straight for the paddy and broke off.

 

We caught 8 albacore (4 troll, 4 bait) and 2 yellowtail. There was a lull in the bite which seemed to be around the time of tide change and then it picked up again in the early afternoon.

 

Our passengers had a great time. Mike reeled in his second Albacore of the year and Lisa got her first Yellowtail ever and her first albacore of the year.
 


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Lisa's 1st Yellowtail


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Lisa's 1st Yellowtail


Lisa's 1st Yellowtail


Lisa's 1st Yellowtail


Lisa's 1st Yellowtail
 



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