Lot of Variety
by Paul Sweeney
Searcher Skipper Art Taylor docked at Fisherman’s Landing July 4 after a four-day trip with limits of albacore. Norm Fujimoto, of Izorline, chartermastered the trip, in its 12th year. "It was awesome." said Taylor. "We just kicked the hell outta them; as good as albacore fishing as it gets."
Izorline pro-staffer Gary Teraoka said "we were by ourselves, and Art found ’em!" "It was like an eight day trip in four. We had non-stop action from 11 to 2 on our second day and got our limits, so we went to San Martin to fish for table food. We caught rock cod, lings, some reds; a lot of variety for a four day trip."
Fred Sako of Montebello took first place with a 32.8-pound albacore that was rewarded with biggest fish caught with Izorline. Sako was photographed with Fujimoto and an Izorline trophy. Sako used a 94150 Mustad hook custom ringed by Gary Teraoka on 30-pound XXL Izorline backed with 80-pound Izorline Spectra, an Accurate 870 2-speed reel on a Calstar 665 rod.
Rob Manuel of Covina took third place with a 29.6-pound albacore. Manuel used a 4/0 Mustad hook on 40-pound Big Game line, a Daiwa 30 two-speed reel, and a Calstar 665 rod.