We cleared the point just after noon and headed south with a fantastic load of large cured sardines (thank you Everingham brothers). Skipper Brian Kiyohara started us off around 120 miles looking for kelp patties. We hooked a lot of yellowtail but only a few of the bigger ones. The next day we moved back up to the 80 mile area and caught our daily limit of bluefin tuna (from 8 to 70 pounds). The next day we did it again for about 60 more bluefin. For our last day of fishing, Brian took us south again (to 160 miles) for bigger yellowtails. After a lot of kelp patty action we turned north and called it a trip.
What a trip it was. We all made new fishermen friends, had great meals (way too much food for most of us) and had a chance to use the latest fishing gear from Accurate, Calstar and Izroline. Accurate provided loaner Boss reels and their matching Accurate rods. Calstar provided several new and popular bait fishing rods and Izorline provided spectra and fluorocarbon. In addition, Salas provided surface and yoyo jigs, Swifty Mfg provided line de-spoolers & spectra washing inserts and Maui Jim supported the trip with a VIP voucher for a pair of sunglasses. Thank you to Baja Fish Gear for providing rod ties and gift cards for the passengers.
On this trip, the ideal set up was a 500 size Boss reel, Calstar 875H rod, 65# Izorline spectra with a short piece of 60# hollow spectra transition piece and a 25 ft section of 40# Izorline spectra tied to a Mustad #39942 4/0 Demon circle hook.
Congratulatons to our jackpot winners. 1st place, John Berekoff 70# bluefin; 2nd place, Tony Contreras with a substantially larger 67.5# bluefin than 3rd place Roger Kuramoto’s 67# bluefin (it was substantial to Tony since it was bigger than Rogers and that is all that mattered to Tony). John Berekoff also won the Accurate trophy for the largest fish caught on a Accurate reel. The daily prize winners were: Arthur Ramirez won a Calstar rod, John Berekoff won a Boss 500 reel, Tony Contreras won a Accurate sweatshirt, John Liu won a complete Swifty de-spooling and washing system and Dr. Mike Uyeki won a sunglass voucher from Maui Jim.
Accurate will be sponsoring this trip again next year (Mon. July 28 - Sat. Aug 2, 2014). It you are interested in joining us next year, give Lori a call at the American Angler office. Check out the following photos of the passengers having fun.
Thanks for checking out my trip report,
|Jackpot Winners (John 70# BFT, Tony 67.5#, Roger 67#)|
|John won the Accurate Trophy|
for the biggest fish on an Accurate Reel
|Arthur won the Calstar Rod|
|Mike was the winner of the Maui Jim Sunglass Voucher|
|John receiving a Boss Reel|
|Tony won the Accurate Sweatshirt|
|Smile for the camera Ron|
|Tony got a bigger BFT than Roger|
|Arthur and Taro with Calstar rod winning yellow|
|Rick and Cam smiling|
|"my fishing buds" (Art, Roger, Tony, Cub)|
|Gary S. (a catching machine)|
|Gordon (really funny dude)|
|Andy (having fun in retirement)|
|Cub, fish tag #4|
|John used a Accurate loaner outfit and won Boss reel, trophy and boat JP|
|Robert, Ray, Jack, Fred|
|Dr. Mike having fun|
|Smile Fred (just like Cam), "bam bam"|
|You've come a long way Trevor|
|Nice Yellow Harry|