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Heading to Guadalupe Island!


Our Guadalupe Island permits came today! After five months of red tape and lots of hoops to jump through, the permits were issued to our Mexican representative, Juan Caro. Juan has worked very hard in conjunction with Bob Fletcher President of SAC to meet all the new requirements for applying and receiving permits this year. Our permit now is valid for two years. Hopefully the groundwork has been laid so we can obtain these permits, and any others necessary, in the future.

Aug 22

Hey anglers, We started our trip out to the southwest of San Diego today looking for those big albacore. We had 52 of those fish which isn’t too bad. We were hoping for more but any time you get more than 50 of that size fish, it is definitely worth the effort. All the fish are over 25 pounds with a few 35 pounders mixed in. The hot trolling feather was our Pink Zuker so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick one up at the local tackle shop for your trolling outfit. We have great news: We are headed for Guadalupe Island after receiving our permit today. So we will be one of the first boats to fish there this year. Between the three boats there tomorrow, we should have the island checked out. More tomorrow, Capt Art

Trip Report

Aug 18-21

This 3-day trip had 28 anglers and they caught 14 albacore and 1 bluefin tuna. The jackpot winners are:

  • Mike Montgomery, Fountain Valley, CA — 29.4# albacore
  • Marcus Liese, Las Vegas, NV — 28.8# albacore
  • Del Hays, Duarte, CA — 26.5# albacore
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Trip Report

Aug 21-26

This 5-day trip had 21 anglers and they caught 280 albacore and 5 yellowfin tuna. The jackpot winners are (from left):

  • John Coughlan, Long Beach, CA — 38# albacore
  • Bob Schiffmacher, Yorba Linda, CA — 36# albacore
  • Herb Steinberg, Santa Monica, CA — 35.8# albacore

Photo by Bill Roecker

more trip reports

Aug 21

Hey anglers, We are headed out of the harbor on our 5-day trip and we have a favorable report from the albacore zone. So we are going to start our trip out to the southwest of San Diego. It is unfortunate that our last trip had bad timing but the good news is they are biting again. More tomorrow, Capt Art

Aug 20

Hey anglers: I wish i could ya that they bit for us better than yesterday but they didn’t. So we were able to catch a few more albacore before we went home. There were lots of fish seen–jumping on the meters and sonar, but that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. Hope to see ya on the water and good luck, Capt Aaron

Aug 19

Hey anglers: Well we had a tough day today. The fish wanted nothing to do with us. We saw plenty on the grounds–jumpers, on bait balls, sonar marks, but they just wouldn’t bite. We were able to get some and a bluefin aboard. There are lots of bluefin around also. If they had gotten with the program and bit our hooks, it would of been great! We’re going to stick tough and hope they wanna bite tomorrow. Good angling and hope to see ya on the water, Capt Aaron

Aug 18

Hey anglers: Another 3-day trip here and we’re off to go chase those longfins. We’ll be starting first thing in the morning and hope to have a good report tomorrow. Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon, Capt Aaron

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