Fishing Reports 2009

 

Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

Foursome For Joe’s Guys

Joe D’Aquisto docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing January 5 after a ten-day trip with 15 anglers, who bagged four cows along with a good catch of other tuna.

Michael Rosenthal won first place for a 231.7-pound tuna that bit his sardine on a 3/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He said he fished with 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Avet 30 reel and an "Armbreaker" short rod of five feet made by Calstar.

Hans Rueckert of LA took an hour and a half and a skiff ride to bag the larger of his two cows for second place. That one weighed 220.7 pounds. The smaller one went 202.6 pounds. He used the same outfit: a sardine on a 4/0 ringed Super Mutu hook on 80-pound Big Game on a Tiagra 30 reel and a Calstar 7670 H rod.

Terry Marx of Las Vegas won third place for his 220.5-pounder, which he got with a sardine on a 7/0 ringed Super Mutu hook tied to 130-pound Yo-Zuri line and 130-pound Line One backing on a Penn 50 SW reel and a Lamiglass acid wrap 5110 rod.

Ed Scheenstra of LA bagged a 205.4-pound tuna.

 

CAPTAIN: JOE D’ACQUISTO          

DATE OF TRIP: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26th 2009 –TUESDAY, JANUARY 5TH 2010

LENGTH OF TRIP:    10 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  ALIJOS ROCKS, 300 POUND BANK, RIDGE, & SAN BONITOS ISLAND

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: TRIP 28S09/ NEW YEARS SPECIAL 2009

FISH COUNT:      149 YELLOWFIN TUNA 96 YELLOWTAIL 35 DORADO 1WAHOO

1st PLACE JACKPOT    231.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MICHAEL ROSENTHAL OF PHOENIX, AZ

2ND PLACE JACKPOT   220.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY HANS RUECKERT OF GRANADA HILLS, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   220.5 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY TERRY MARX OF LAS VEGAS, NV

205.4 LBS CAUGHT BY ED SCHEESTRA 202.6 LBS CAUGHT BY HANS RUECKERT

Jan. 4, 2010

Good Afternoon Folks

We ended our trip by going into the beach and catching some bottom grabbers. We are all done and on our way home. We should be at the dock at 8:00. Weather is absolutely beautiful. Have a nice afternoon. We will report back later.

Joe and Crew RR 3

Jan 3, 2010

Good Evening Folks

We had a good day of yellowtail fishing and are heading up. We will be finishing up the trip tomorrow. We are going to do a couple drifts for some rockfish then heading home to San Diego. The yellowtail are from 16 to 18 pounds. We've had a great trip and are looking forward to going home to weigh up our catch. Have a great night we will report back later.

Joe ands Crew RR 3

Jan 2, 2010

Good Afternoon Folks

Today we fish the ridge for a couple of hours. We had some yellowtail, handful of tuna and one wahoo. We are heading up to Benitos island tomorrow and will be trying our luck for yellowtail. Most of the fish on the ridge we're small and we threw them back. We are hopping for better quality tomorrow. Wish us luck.

Joe and Crew RR 3

Jan 1, 2010

Good Morning Folks

We have sixty fish for the morning and are still fishing. The fish is fifty to sixty pounds with an occasional one ninety to one hundred. This is beautiful fish for the RSW. We are stocked with are morning and are hoping it will continue. Will report back this evening. Also Happy New Year to all.

Joe and Crew RR 3

Dec. 31, 2009

Good Evening Folks

We had a good one on the bank. We ended up with nine fish. The smallest was one eighty pounder and the biggest was two hundred and seven pounds. We ended up with three or four over two for the day. Tomorrow we will be fishing the flathead bank to try and get some more fish to round the trip out nicely. We will report back later.

Joe and crew RR3

Dec. 30, 2009

Good Evening Folks. We arrived at the three hundred pound bank at eleven o'clock. We got the anchor down at one. It took a little while for the fish to get on us but at three we where busy. We ended up with eight fish, one maybe over two, the rest where one hundred and twenty pounds to one hundred and ninety pounds. We had a few casualties and lost one big one at gaff. We are staying here tonight and will be here tomorrow. Wish us luck. Will report back tomorrow.

Joe and Crew RR3

Dec. 29, 2009

Good Afternoon Folks. We started out great this morning on forty pound fish with a handful of better ones. This afternoon the current changed and the fish all moved off the edge. We are now heading into to the lower banks in hopes of trophies. Wish us luck.

Joe and RR3 crew

Dec. 28, 2009

Good evening folks, We got down to the rocks at ten and started to fish. When we first started it looked really good and then the current died. We didn't get our current back all day till dark. We scratched during the afternoon on that forty to fifty pound fish. Which was average for the day with an occasional twenty five pounder or seventy pounder. We will be here tomorrow wish us luck. The weather is beautiful, grease calm.

Joe and crew RR 3

Dec. 27, 2009

Good morning folks

We are heading out on our annual 10 new years with a great group of anglers. We are planning to go to Alijos Rocks first to get some filler fish and then go down to cow town from there. We will be at the rocks tomorrow. Wish us luck and we will report back later.

Joe and crew RR3


Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

Net Update

December 21, 2009

Rooster Gets Supercow

Andy Cates brought Red Rooster III home to H&M Landing December 21 after a ten-day trip with 23 anglers sponsored by Izorline and Accurate. The H&M building was flattened when he left, but on his return there was already a shell up for the new landing offices. Both Fisherman’s Landing and H&M will have new quarters next summer.

The big fish caught on the Rooster was a 332-pound giant yellowfin caught by Dana Sterling, a retired angler now working in the marine coating industry.

"Remember that," he told Bill Roecker at the scales. "You’ll be seeing something about it pretty soon."

Sterling only needed 45 minutes to quell his trophy. "My best fish before this one was only 126 pounds," he remarked.

Dana used a sardine on a 4/0 ringed gorilla hook, which he tied to 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon and 130-pound Power Pro Spectra. He fished with an Avet VX 50 reel and a Calstar 765 H rod.

Bill Falls of Las Vegas got the trip’s other cow, a 237-pound tuna taken on a sardine and a ringed Super Mutu 7/0 hook dangled from a fishing kite. He used the boat’s kite gear: 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Power Pro Spectra on an Accurate 80 reel (the anglers call it "the tractor," and a Calstar 6460 XXH rod.

The two cow catchers posed with Farrey Flessender of Santa Rosa, who got a 180-pound tuna, good for third place. Bruno Buzinskis of La Crescenta got honorable mention and the trolling jackpot for a 135-pounder.

 

Dec. 11- 21st 2009

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH – MONDAY, DECEMBER 21st 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    10 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:   MAG BAY, ALIJOS ROCKS

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: TRIP 27S09/IZORLINE/CALSTAR SPONSOR 2009

FISH COUNT:    270 YELLOWFIN TUNA 105 YELLOWTAIL 1  WAHOO

1st PLACE JACKPOT    332.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DANA STERLING OF LOS ANGELES, CA.

2ND PLACE JACKPOT   237.9  LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BILL FALLS OF LAS VEGAS, NV,

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   180.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY FARREN FESSEDEN OF SANTA ROSA, CA.

ETA  8 AM MONDAY

Dec. 19, 2009

Good evening folks. We finished off here this evening at Cedros. Pretty poor here today, just not much sign of yellowtail of any size much less big ones. We had a dozen small fish in the morning at Natividad end didn't stop until the North end of Cedros. We scratched at mostly small yellows with a few decent ones mixed in. Guys got to keep a few for the RSW but that was about the extent of it. Better than nothing. The weather is really nice and it looks like a nice ride home tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Dec. 18, 2009

Good afternoon folks. We are going to take off soon and head up to Cedros to see if we can finish off with some nice size yellows. The action is not as red hot as yesterday but still good flurries to put together a nice day. So far an 85 pounder has won the daily Jack pot being a Accurate Boss Reel. Thanks Jack. That guy is stoked. We have great weather for the ride up. We are all looking forward to getting in and then coming back down for another shot at this great action at Alijos and the possibility of a lifetime cow on the Lower Banks. Give the office a call and we will see you on the 26th.

Andy Cates

Dec. 17, 2009

Good afternoon folks. After yesterday with more non biting fish, this is a great change. Nice fishing on 40 pound fish with a few bigger. We are still hoping for an afternoon shot on possibly a few better grade fish. This is great filler fish and after the slow fishing for big one the last three days this has got everyone smiling and having a great time. The sign of big fish on the beach is good but we are at a point where we need to catch something and this so far has worked out. The big fish may bite after Christmas that Moon phase was good last time. If you are interested at a shot at a big one we do have some spots and the trip after Christmas is a go. Call the office and book for what might be the Moon phase we are waiting for. Like I said very good sign of big ones just have to be there at the right time.

Three days of fishing in there got us 21 tuna and a real big one over 300 pounds .

We plan on doing this tomorrow for half a day and let everyone have fish for the RSW tank to take home. Thinking about Cedros for the last day to finish off on Yellows. We will see.

Andy Cates

Dec. 16, 2009

Good morning folks, yesterday was long. Fish boiling around the boat with very few bites. Most of what we hooked we lost. We did manage to catch 7 tuna throughout the entire day. Two biggest fish were a 310 and a 225. Yah that was nice but a lot of people never got a bite.

This morning there was no sign and now we are driving around looking for anything to catch.

Andy Cates

Dec. 15, 2009

Good morning folks, pretty tough day yesterday. The medium grade fish on the upper end was our first stop. We picked off 7 fish nothing big. They did not bite and we proceeded down to try for bigger fish only to have 25 knots of wind and spend all afternoon dragging anchor. Very frustrating. Needless to say we didn't catch anything in the evening. So far this morning we have hooked about 10 fish and lost everything but two. A couple of fish around 100 pounds. The bigger ones we had on didn't work out. Oh and we got a wahoo this morning. Stoked. We have fish on us right now but the main hit is over hopefully we can pick throughout the day.

We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Dec. 13, 2009

Good morning folks.

Another day of travel and everyone is ready to go. Just a few last things to rig up and then a few days on the Lower Banks. The prospects sound good with a few more big fish caught yesterday and hopefully more sign today as the moon goes down. We will be on the grounds early tomorrow morning.

Andy Cates

Dec. 12, 2009

Good morning folks.

We left yesterday on a 10 day Izorline, Accurate, Calstar sponsored trip. We had a nice giveaway and raffle provided by the sponsors.

A lot of new faces this year, we are hoping that the New Moon has an impact on the big fish and they make a showing this week. We have the weather for it and coverage by other boats in the fleet. I hope our timing is good and we can put together another nice trip.

Andy Cates


Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

Net Update

December 11, 2009

Two-Week Rooster Trip

Andy Cates docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing December 11 after the 14-day Rod & Reel Radio trip with 21 anglers. He had three cows aboard, although anglers remarked that sharks ate several big tuna that might have otherwise qualified.

Two of the cows nearly made super cow class. Todd Cameron, who works for Southern California Edison, had the jackpot winner, a 296.5-pounder.

“I’ve been fishing long range for four years,” he told dock reporter Bill Roecker, “and my best one before this was a 232-pounder.”

Cameron said he baited a sardine on a 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hook, tied to 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon, 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Line One Spectra on a Tiagra 50 reel and a Shimano TLT 660 H rod.

“He bit like a shark,” said Cameron. “then he took all my line, all but about 50 yards, and then he went down, for an hour and a half.”

Jim Ballard of San Jose won second place for a 282.3-pound tuna. He bagged it with a sardine on an 87/0 Eagle Claw hook on 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon, 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Line One Spectra. He fished with a Penn 50 VSW reel and an Oceanmaster five and a half-foot rod.

“My best fish before this was about a 50-pounder,” he said with a grin.

Veteran angler Ray Bolduc of Placerville rounded out the jackpot with a 222.4-pound tuna. He flylined a sardine on a 4/0 Gamakatsu J hook tied to 130-pound Jin Kai line and 130-pound Izorline, with 130-pound Magic Braid Spectra backing on a Penn 50 SW reel and a “…four-foot Sabre rod.”

Archie Irion won the trolling trophy for a 77-pounder. Cates reported the trip fished at Clarion and the lower banks, for about 200 tuna and a dozen wahoo.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    14 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:   LOWER BANKS, CLARION   

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: ROD & REEL RADIO 2009

FISH COUNT:      196 YELLOWFIN TUNA  10 WAHOO

1st PLACE JACKPOT    296.5 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY TODD CAMERON OF LONG BEACH, CA.

2ND PLACE JACKPOT   282.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JIMMY BALLARD OF SAN JOSE, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   220.4 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY RAY BOLDIC OF KELSEY, CA

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 77.0 LB. YELLOWFIN TUNA LBS CAUGHT BY ARCHIE IRION OF ESCONDIDO, CA

 

ETA  6 AM  Dec. 11

Dec. 8, 2009

Good evening folks. We finished off right at dark with a school that bit a little. No big fish, biggest around 150 pounds but none the less a nice way to finish off. The weather is nice down here and we are hoping it stays for another day. We are going to try and get in early Friday morning and will have an updated ETA on Thursday.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Dec. 7, 2009

Good morning folks. Another day of decent fishing. Mostly stock grade fish being 80 to 100 pounds with one big one at 285 pounds. Action throughout the day and good weather.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Dec. 5, 2009

We had a nice day of fishing today. Flat calm weather and fish from 130 to 190 pounds. Seemed to have at least 1 or 2 on throughout the day. One Jack pot fish that goes 270. A few other chances on bigger fish but didn't work out.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Dec. 3, 2009

Great day of fishing today. Excellent action on 75 to 100 pound fish. A few bigger ones mixed in to keep the challenge up. Biggest fish about 200 pounds. We needed that. Hopefully tomorrow is another great day.

Andy Cates

Dec. 1, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday we were plagued with rough weather and caught absolutely nothing. More of the same this morning but it does seem to be settling down a little. We will see how it goes here today and decide if we go to the outside or sit in here on the beach and pray for change. We will report again tonight.

Andy Cates

Nov. 29, 2009

Good morning folks. The weather has started to come down. Boy, yesterday was cold and windy , now that we are further south it is starting to warm up. We will be on the grounds tomorrow morning and excited about the day. Another day of rigging and we should be all set.

We will report tomorrow on our progress

Andy Cates

Nov. 28, 2009

Good morning folks. We left yesterday on our annual Rod and Reel radio 14 day trip. We got a nice load of sardines and right now we are headed to the lower Banks. This group is very excited at the prospects and hopefully we see the sign that was around last week. I would like to thank Rod &Reel for the great giveaways including a Seeker custom wrapped certificate for a brand new rod. Nice way to start your trip. Five Star fish processing for 150 dollars worth of certificates and other sponsors. Izorline , Catchy tackle, with some more great items.

We are in the wind here today but looks like it will pass in a couple of days. Hopefully we can get some chances at big fish here this week.

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    12/9 DAYS

AREA FISHED: CLARION AREA

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: ACCURATE FISHING PRODUCTS 2009

FISH COUNT:     250 YELLOWFIN TUNA 58 WAHOO

1st PLACE JACKPOT      258.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MILES YAMAGUCHI OF RIVERSIDE, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT     212.8 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA\CAUGHT BY STEVE ROMAK OF, LINCOLN, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT     186.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DAVID BRILHANTE OF SAN DIEGO, CA

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 39.3 LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY CHARLIE MARTINEZ OF LAKEWOOD, CO

Additional  notable catches: 220.0 LBS CAUGHT BY MILES YAMAGUCHI

 

Nov. 20th, 2009

Good morning folks. We had another great day of fishing yesterday. Worn out anglers after 3 days of non stop pulling on fish. Biggest fish yesterday was about 180 pounds but the action on the 70 to 120 was excellent.

We are headed up to finish off on the beach. Hopefully we can get a shot on big ones to finish off with . A few Jack pot fish would be nice.  Great weather today. Enjoying a nice day of travel.

We will report again tomorrow,

Andy Cates

Nov. 19th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday was another great day of fishing. Nice weather with plenty of action on 70 to 120 pound fish. Biggest fish landed was 180 pounds. No chances at big ones but what a great caliber of fishing.

So far this morning similar results, maybe not quite like yesterday, just yet.

Andy Cates

Nov. 17th, 2009

Good evening folks. Great day of fishing here today on 80 to 120 pound fish with one stand out fish a 225. Nice weather and good fishing we will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Nov. 16th, 2009

Good evening folks. Alijos was slow and not much sign. We are headed down and the weather is getting better by the hour. Tomorrow we will be fishing and hoping it goes well. We will report again tomorrow. Andy Cates

Nov. 15th, 2009

Good morning folks. We are making our first stop at Alijos Rocks. We will be there at lunch time and give it the afternoon. If we see good sign and stay I will be all for that. The weather is a little choppy but will be fine on the anchor. We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Nov. 14th, 2009

Good morning folks. We just left on our annual 12 day fly home Accurate trip This morning we went over a few things and proceeded to hand out some 50 different rods and reels brought by Jack and Leo. We all miss Del Marsh and know he is with us on this voyage. Plenty of laughs and stories about the man. We will miss him.

The daily Jackpots will include accurate reels and other items to keep things interesting throughout the trip. Nice to see some new faces on the trip and of course the return guys that have made this an annual vacation.

So far the weather is nice, a little wind but we are going with it on our way down.

Another day of travel tomorrow with another seminar and raffle .

We will report again

Andy Cates


Fish Of The Year? Already?

Andy Cates docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing November 1 after the 14-day annual Winter Wanderlust trip of 14 days with 20 anglers. He had two very large tuna aboard, one he estimated at over 330 pounds.

“There weren’t many close to 200 pounds,” Cates told Bill Roecker as he cinched up the big one. “They were either 220 or more or they didn’t make it.”

Hoisted on the certified scales, the massive critter came in well over its estimated weight, tipping the digital scales to 351.2 pounds, a weight that has in past years often made fish of the year honors.

The giant yellowfin was caught by 75-year-old Bob Peters of Medford, OR, and won first place in the jackpot. He said his best previous tuna went 260. Bob said he used a sardine on a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook, tied to 130-pound pink Yo-Zuri leader, 130-pound Izorline and 100-pound Line One Spectra.

As Cates was hoisting the tuna, I remarked to Bob, “That is one big SOB, he might be bigger than Andy thought.”

“I called him a lot worse than that,” said Bob, “when I was pulling on him.

“He made several runs,” added Bob, “and took about two-thirds of my line. He came up in the front of the boat, on the port side.”

Jim Kokesh of El Granada had a fish on the cusp of 300 pounds, but the scales said it weighed 294, good enough for second place. Kokesh said he took it with a sardine on a 5/0 Super Mutu tied to 100-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Blackwater Spectra. He used a Penn 50 reel modified by Cal Sheets and a Boomer Jr. rod.

“He fought long and hard,” said Kokesh, “for about two hours.”

John Nelson of Escondido won third place for a 277.2-pound tuna.  That one bit on a live skipjack festooned with an 11/0 Mustad 7691 hook. Nelson said he used 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Line One Spectra on a Penn 70 VSW reel and a Calstar 7455 XXH rod.

“He took me around the boat once,” said Nelson. “He came up in the port corner.”

John Wichmann of Oceanside bagged a brace of cows weighing 236 and 258 pounds. He fished sardines on 5/0 Super Mutu hooks. He fished with 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 reel and a Calstar 7465 XH rod.

Mike Butler of Sonoma took a 235.8-pound tuna on a four-pound yellowfin pinned to a 12/0 Mustad 7691 hook. He told dock reporter Bill Roecker he used 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 W reel and a Super Seeker 6463 XXH rod.

Joe Davidson of San Pedro caught a 226.5-pound tuna on a sardine and a 12/0 Mustad circle hook. He fished with 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader, 130-popund Izorline and 130-pound Izor Spectra on a Shimano TTS 50 reel by Cal sheets and a Calstar 655 XXH rod.

Larry Martin of Dayton, NV bagged a 265.5-pounder with a sardine on a 9/0 Eagle Claw hook. He fished with 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon, 130-pound Maxima line and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 reel and a Calstar 7465 H rod.

“It took about an hour and 15 minutes,” said Larry, “in the skiff. Everyone should go for a skiff ride at least once!”

Charles Tanaka of San Francisco got a 256.5-pound tuna with a sardine on a 5/0 Super Mutu hook. He told Roecker he used 130-pound Seaguar and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 topless reel and a Calstar 770 H rod.

David Snyder of Thailand came back to the US to fish, and caught a 220-pounder on an 8/0 Mustad J hook, a 94150, he thought. He used 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Izor Spectra on a Penn 30 T reel by Cal Sheets and a Calstar 7465 H rod.

“My best fish,” he told Roecker. “He fought for 45 minutes, and he came up at the bow.”

Fred Wakefield of Tustin got the trip’s “small cow,” a 211.9-pound yellowfin that bit on his sardine and a 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He said he fished with 100-pound Momoi Diamond line and 130-pound Power Pro Spectra on a Sheets-treated Penn 50 W reel and a Calstar 760 H rod, custom-wrapped by Melton’s. He said the fish fought for 40 minutes and came up on the starboard stern corner.
 

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    14 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:   HURRICANE BANK, CLARION

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: WINTER WANDERLUST 2009

FISH COUNT:  215 YELLOWFIN TUNA  & 77 WAHOO

1st PLACE JACKPOT   351.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BOB PETERS OF MEDFORD, OR            

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  294.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA\CAUGHT BY JIM KOKESH OF EL GRANADA, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   277.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JOHN NELSON OF ESCONDIDO, CA

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 54.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA  CAUGHT BY LYNN FREED OF CANOGA PARK, CA

 

                                                258.1 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN WICHMAN

                                                256.8 LBS CAUGHT BY CHARLES TANAKA

                                                256.5 LBS CAUGHT BY LARRY MARTIN

                                                236.2 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN WICHMAN

                                                235.8 LBS CAUGHT BY MIKE BUTLER

                                                226.5 LBS CAUGHT BY JOE DAVIDSON

                                                220.4 LBS CAUGHT BY DAVE SNYDER

                                                211.9 LBS CAUGHT BY FRED WAKEFIELD

 

Oct. 31st, 2009

Good afternoon folks.

It looks like 8:30 AM ETA at the dock tomorrow, Nov 1, 2009

Andy Cates

Oct. 29th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday we finished off with great action on 60 to 90 pound tuna with a few bigger ones mixed in. We picked off a really nice fish in the afternoon, and then not much before dark. A nice way to finish the trip. The weather was nice last night. We will have an updated ETA on Saturday for our arrival on Sunday.

Andy Cates

Oct. 27th, 2009

Good evening folks. We ended up leaving the Bank after a day with virtually no sign.

Today was our first day at the Island. Really a lot of small fish and sharks. The water is cooler so our bait stopped dying, so that's good. We did manage to get three nice fish today mixed with the small fish and sharks off the Island. The day was ok but a lot of work weeding through sharks and little tuna.

We have one more day and we are hoping to finish off with a bang,

Andy Cates

Oct. 25th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday was even slower and things seem to be slowly going down the tubes. 24 tuna and 10 wahoo. The day brought two big fish a 270 in the morning and a260 in the evening. It looks like we hooked two other big fish the entire day unfortunately they fell off. With so few chances at big ones you really don't get much, you can't expect to get everyone you hook.

This morning we have one fish. 195 in the dark on a skip jack.

The weather is great, a little hot but very little wind.

Andy Cates

Oct. 24th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday was a bit slower. a scratch in the morning with one fish 225 and then a big dead time and another shot in the evening. One more big fish a 250 in the afternoon. 32 tuna and 12 wahoo for the day.

So far this morning one bite one fish. A 270 in the gray and nothing to go with. It sure seems like less and less every day.

Andy Cates

Oct. 22nd, 2009

Good evening folks. We started off with a bang here today with 53 tuna and a handful of wahoo. We had a few chances on cows but first day jitters got the best of us. Biggest fish was a 233 and other were 80 to 160 pounds some fish bigger than 160 but not many. It was great action and got us started nicely. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Good morning folks. We will be at the Bank this morning just after breakfast and get the trip started. The weather is great which is different and hoping it stays. We will report tonight on our day.

Andy Cates

Oct. 19th, 2009

Good morning folks. We left yesterday and are on our way down on our first extended day trip. 14 days to the Hurricane Bank. We have a nice load of bait and spread the bait out anticipating the hot water below. Last report was 83 degrees and the bait needs plenty of room in those conditions. So far things look good. The hurricane has moved up to the North east and gives us a clear path to the Bank.

A short stop tonight to try for squid and then proceed down. We will report as we go Andy Cates


Net Update October 18, 2009

By Colin Sarfeh for FishingVideos.com

October calls.  In my past years, October has brought images to mind of Halloween, pumpkins, colorful leaves, and changing winds.  Oh, and one other thing: the collapse of the summer fishing season.  But after my first 10-day long range fishing adventure, I will now imagine epic battles with 100-pound Yellowfin Tuna, water-ripping tussles with Lamborghini-laced Wahoo, and one on one fisticuffs with high-flying Dorado or mossback Yellowtail.

On October 7th I boarded the Red Rooster III, skippered by Andy Cates. I had been anticipating this trip for over nine months (this was a college graduation present given to me by my parents; I consider it the gift of all gifts).  Our generous sponsors from Newell, Yo-Zuri, Seaguar, and WestCostAngler.Com donated many prizes, including reels, fluorocarbon, lures, hooks, bait rigs, T-shirts, and much more. 

After rigging and tackle seminars and much anticipation, we arrived at The Rocks at 10:30 AM on Friday morning.  For those of you who have never been to Alijos, but have always wanted to go, the three rocks stand above the water as the pinnacle of an under-water mountain. For the first-timer, this is just amazing. I’m sure any angler who has been to the rocks can attest to this. 

We spent four full days at the rocks, with steady fishing on the 60 to 100-pound Yellowfin Tuna, as well as a pick on the Dorado, Yellowtail, and Wahoo.  The Wahoo were few and far in between, but those who put in the time casting bombs and jigs got their chance at 40-60 pound ‘hoos.  The hot jig seemed to be either the chrome and blue or gold and blue Catchy Tackle Sea Strike 33’s.  There were many Wahoo bite-offs when fishing straight mono for tuna, but whenever anyone tried the wire for the ‘hoos, the picky fish wouldn’t come anywhere near the bait.

As far as tuna fishing goes, during the first two days the fish seemed finicky, and many anglers had to drop to 40-pound gear to get bit, which resulted in longer battles.  This author caught two of the 70 to 80-pound class tuna on a single-speed Avet LX loaded with 40-pound mono and got absolutely worked by the fish before finally getting them in.  After that, it was 50-pound mono and 2-speed reels for me, which worked out nicely as the fish were biting on the 50 and 60-pound gear on days three and four.  Fluorocarbon was a big help in getting bit, as most of the fish were striking after a long soak (thanks again to our generous friends from Seaguar). 

After the sunset on our fourth day of fishing, we pulled anchor and headed towards the ridge where we hoped for a better bite on Wahoo. On our way closer to the beach, skipper Cates found a floating kelp patty that was absolutely loaded with 10 to 30-pound Dorado, which all anglers took advantage of.  This bite was like nothing I have seen before, but is common to long-range ventures.  The hungry Mahi were eager to bite bait, jigs, or anything we threw at them.  After a couple re-drifts on the patty, our RSW hold was satisfied with limits of healthy “flapjacks.” 

After a day of pick fishing on yellowtail, grouper, and rockfish, along with some snotty weather on the ridge, we finished the trip targeting some heavier yellowtail in Turtle Bay and later at Cedros Island.  At Turtle Bay, the Yellowtail were thick, biting on yo-yo and surface iron, as well as on dropper-loop and fly-lined sardines.  These fish were in the 10 to 20-pound category, nice fish to play with on lighter gear, but Capt. Andy wanted the bigger fish.  After a quick jaunt to Cedros Island, we anchored up in a weather-free bay where the bigger 30 to 40-pound yellows started biting on both the fly-line or a sliding sinker rig with a greenback Mackerel pinned on.  Forty or fifty-pound gear was the standard here and still meant a tough fight with these homeguards.

All good things have to come to an end.  “Time to break down the gear and prepare for the ride home,” said skipper Cates.  As quickly as the trip came, it ended.  It’s a sad time when you have to finally stow away the rods and reels until it comes time for the next adventure.  The travel day home is spent reminiscing on the good times, friendly pranks, and great fishing spent with newly acquainted friends.  That’s what its all about – just being out there away from everything and sharing the rail with great people (the awesome fishing helps too!). 

Red Rooster III docked October 17 at Lee Palm Sportfishers to unload our catch, the final chapter of this young angler’s first true long-range voyage.  It couldn’t have ended any better as I ended up taking third place honors in the Jackpot for an 83.7 yellowfin tuna I caught with a sardine pinned on a 2/0 Hayabusa circle hook while using an Avet LX 6/3 with 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon, 50-pound clear Izor mono, and 65-pound Izor spectra and a Seeker 6465H Rod. 

Chris Natividad took second-place with an 88-pounder, just shy of the first place 92-pound YFT Kelly Harlow caught.  Kelly seemed to be the hot stick of the trip, but a quick mishap with a fighting belt got him a fun nickname (which my new buds from the trip should all remember, but can’t be repeated online) and that stuck for the remaining days of fishing.

As the next summer’s fishing season comes to a close, I will no longer look to pack away my tuna gear, but will embrace the changing of the season with a smile on my face, knowing that the potential for epic fishing is only a few hundred miles south of the border.  New friends, beautiful scenery, and awesome fishing await our waters below.  I want to thank Bob Peterson and friends from WestCoastAngler.com and Richard Hightower from Newell Reels as well as Andy Cates and the crew from Red Rooster III and many other experienced anglers aboard for “taking me under their wing” for my first long-range trip. 

I couldn’t have asked for better people to fish with and would advise any who are looking to embark on their first trip to fish with any of these generous anglers.  So, the next time October calls, there’s no doubt I’ll answer.  But what happens when December or January arrives and the cows start calling?  That’s soon to be answered.                                                              


 

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH – SATRUDAY, OCTOBER 17TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    10 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:   ALIJOS ROCK, CEDROS  

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: NEWELL/YO-ZURI SPONSOR

FISH COUNT:      171 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 210 YELLOWTAIL, 26 GROUPER, 17 WAHOO

                                                LIMITS OF DORADO

1st PLACE JACKPOT  92.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY KELLY HARLOW OF ALOINE, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT 88.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA\CAUGHT BY CHRIS NATIVIDAD OF SAN JOSE, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT 83.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY COLIN SARFEH OF LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 32.00 LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY RICHARD HIGHTOWER OF LA MIRADA, CA

 

ETA 7-8 AM Saturday Oct. 17th

Oct. 15th, 2009

Good evening folks. We finished the trip with great fishing on yellowtail. Good action in the morning and then a move up to Cedros paid off with chances at yellows from 25 to 40 pounds. The morning fish were mostly 15 to 18 pounds. We are breaking down the gear and headed up tonight. It looks like we will be in a little early, shooting for a 7:00 AM arrival at the landing. Great 10 day trip thanks to West Coast Anglers, Newell Hayabusa and Seaguar.

Andy Cates

Oct. 14th, 2009

Good evening folks. We started on the upper end of the ridge, we got caught in some choppy weather and only spent half a day there. Only one wahoo, although it did seal the trolling Jack Pot and a few smaller grade tuna and yellows here and there. Most of which were released.

The weather is much better now and we are looking forward to fishing yellows tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Oct. 13th, 2009

Good afternoon folks. We had a long morning looking for kelps. We finally found a nice kelp with enough Dorado to finish us off for the trip. Nice fish also. 10 to 25 pound dorado included as usual good action. We have not seen sign of wahoo and kelps are few and far between. Tomorrow we will try the ridge in hopes of at least settling the troll Jack Pot.

Andy Cates

Good morning folks. The morning ended up being best yesterday. Up until lunch we had steady fishing and then all afternoon just picked at best. 44 tuna 3 wahoo a few yellows and a few dorado.

With the great weather we have we decided to head east and spend a day looking for kelps. The big hope is to find sign of wahoo but we will take some dorado for the RSW tank as well. Depending on how today goes will impact our next move . We are finished with the Rocks and we'll be looking elsewhere.

Andy Cates

Oct. 12th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday we started off well and seemed right on schedule. The afternoon shut us down with only a few tuna for our efforts. 25 tuna 4 wahoo and a handful of yellows. Very little after lunch.

So far this morning seems to be better with 23 tuna and 1 wahoo, few yellows . The weather is great, almost no wind. Hopefully we can keep it rolling today and not fall on our face like yesterday.

Andy Cates

Oct.11th, 2009

Good morning folks.

Good fishing yesterday on 70 to 90 pound tuna. Good fly-line action with a few flurries on the Kite. 50 and 60 pound seem to be the ticket. Took us a while to get that figured out with heavy casualties in the beginning . Not much wahoo around with just a few mixed in a day for that dedicated angler that will focus on the jig. Nice weather today with just a slight breeze, enough for the kite.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Oct. 10th, 2009

Good morning folks, yesterday was a bit slower than it has been . We were still able to keep interest with 25 tuna and 7 wahoo. There is Dorado mixed in to keep things interesting as well. The tuna are decent size 60 to 100 pounds and quite challenging on the light line. Still hard to get a bite on 50 pound and not to much on the Kite, it make for long epic battles.

We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Oct. 9th, 2009

Good morning folks. We had a nice travel day and will be at the Rocks at 1030 in the morning. Everyone is ready to go and waiting for the arrival. Looks to be decent weather just hope the fish are biting today.

We will report tonight

Andy Cates

Oct. 7th, 2008

Good evening folks.

We just left on The Yo-Zuri , Newell 10 day trip. Co sponsored with West Coast Anglers and started the trip with a great raffle and giveaway. Newell reels Catchy tackle and other great items. We have a great load of bait and right now we are headed to Alijos Rocks, Tomorrow will be a travel day with seminars and rigging . Nice weather so far.

Andy Cates


Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

Net Update September 27, 2009

Big Opah Dives Out

Opah aren’t commonly seen on the docks, and most caught by the long range fleet seem to get hooked near dawn or dusk, so the 102.9-pound moonfish caught by Rob Pennell of Pt. Loma on the five-day Pennell trip aboard Red Rooster III with skipper Andy Cates was a mite unusual.

Cates brought the boat home to H&M Landing September 27 with a load of mixed fish. He said he’d fished as far south as Turtle Bay and had spent a good deal of time fishing offshore.

“I thought I had a bluefin on when he almost spooled me at first, and then went straight down,” said Pennell of his opah. “It took about 30 minutes to get him in, and I credit the crew for it.”

He said it bit on a sardine and a 2/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He used 30-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader, 30-pound Izorline and 65-pound Izorline Spectra backing on an Avet LX reel and a Kencor seven-foot rod.

The big opah won first place in the jackpot. Pennell said it bit around three in the afternoon, and that it was associated with a school of albacore.

Ed Blinks of San Diego won second place for a 36.7-pound albacore. Grant Morgan of Pauma Valley won third place for a 29.3-pound albie.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:   TURTLE BAY OFF SHORE

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: FREELANCE TUNA FISHING 2009

FISH COUNT:   LIMITS OF YELLOWTAIL, 90 DORADO, 116 YELLOWFIN TUNA ,9 ALBACORE, 1 OPAH

1st PLACE JACKPOT 103.00 LBS OPAH CAUGHT BY ROB PENNELL OF SAN DIEGO, CA                              

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  36.7 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY ED BLINKS OF SAN DIEGO, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT  29.3 ALBACORE CAUGHT BY GRANT MORGAN OF FALLBROOK, CA

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 28.7 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY PETER LANG OF SANTA ROSA, CA

 

 

Sept. 26th, 2009

Good evening folks.

We finished the trip with a few albacore and Yellowfin. Also a nice Opah that was a real surprise. Yesterday was another day of kelp fishing with great action once again. Nice weather added to a great trip.

Andy Cates

Sept. 25th, 2009

Good morning folks. Great yellowtail fishing yesterday. 15 -18 pound fish with a few bigger and great surface action. Nice weather today heading out offshore looking for tuna. Hopefully we get the right lucky kelp.

Andy Cates

Sept. 23rd, 2009

Good evening folks.

We started off the trip with great action on Dorado and small yellowfin tuna. Nice grade of Dorado 10 to 30 pound fish. Mostly 20 pounders. The kelps were few and far between but we managed to pick off three lucky ones with good fish.

Tomorrow we try for yellows. Nice weather and looking forward to more action tomorrow.

Andy Cates


Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

Net Update September 21, 2009

Mr. Izorline Shows ‘Em How

An Izorline trip of five days aboard the Red Rooster III with skipper Andy Cates and 27 anglers ended at H&M Landing September 21.

“We fished dorado and small yellowfin the first day,” related Cates to dock reporter Bill Roecker.

“On the second day we had some excellent yellowtail fishing off Natividad Island. Then we went over to Guadalupe Island and fished a day and a half for trophies and sharks.”

Anglers aboard said they saw one huge white shark come up and clear the rail height, flipping over. They were mightily impressed.

Izorline owner Steve Ichinokuchi caught several large tuna at the big island. One of them weighed 93.9 pounds and won first place for Steve.

“I got him right out of the middle of Shark City,” said Ichinokuchi. “It took about 30 minutes.”

Steve said he used a small new Accurate B2-30 Xtreme reel with 500 yards of Izorline Spectra and some 30 yards of Izorline fluorocarbon leader on the front end to take his tuna. He baited a sardine on a 1/0 Mutu hook and used a Calstar 700 M rod.

Roland Tittle of Fallbrook won second place for a 71-pound tuna. He won the Izorline trophy for the best fish (other than Ichinokuchi’s) caught on (50-pound) Izorline. Scott Peterson of Las Vegas won third place for a 65-pound Guadalupe Island yellowfin tuna. He also won the coveted trolling jacket for the best trollfish, a small wahoo caught at the big island.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  GUADALUPE, CLAM BAY, OFF SHORE

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: IZORLINE--2009

FISH COUNT:      LIMITS OF DORADO, 315 YELLOWTAIL 105 YELLOWFIN TUNA

1st PLACE JACKPOT 93.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY STEVE ICHINOKUCHI OF LAKEWOOD, CA.

2ND PLACE JACKPOT 71.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY ROLAND TITTLE OF FALLBROOK, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT  65.0 YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY SCOTT PETERSON OF LAS VEGAS, NV

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 27.6 LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY SCOTT PETERSON OF LAS VEGAS, NV

 

Sept. 20th, 2009

Good afternoon folks.

We left the Island after 6 good size tuna and a dozen yellows. No current this morning but a few fish before heading home. It looks like great weather for the way home. We should be in at 800 in the morning.

See you then

Andy Cates

Good morning folks.

Yesterday we successfully managed our Jackpot fish with 14 tuna and 1 wahoo . We took care of 1-3 and the trolling Jackpot. Same thing as it has been . Lots of sharks and casualties. Good enough for JP but that's about it. It would be vey hard to make a catch here. We are on the north end this morning hoping for a few yellows before we head up for home.

Andy Cates

Sept. 18th, 2009

Good evening folks.

Great yellowtail fishing today. With what we were hoping for by 200 we decided to head out Guadalupe and try and settle the Jack Pots. The weather is great and we are having a pleasant crossing.

Hopefully the sharks don't beat us up to bad tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Sept. 17th, 2009

Good evening folks.

We had a great first day offshore. Great action on Dorado and smaller grade yellowfin . The dorado were nice grade and some of the tuna were good but a big percentage were little. Quite a bit of release size tuna. The weather is epic and we are headed in for yellowtail action. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates


Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

"In The Weeds"

Andy Cates docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing September 16 after the four-day Charkbait charter with Charkbait owner Mark Smith as chartermaster. He said he took his 30 anglers to San Pablo, where yellowtail were thicker than flies.

George Kosmos of San Diego won first place for a 32.6-pound yellowtail. Kosmos said he baited a sardine on a 2/0 Mustad hook to take his forktail. He used 30-pound Big Game line and 65-pound Power Pro Spectra on a Newell 332 reel and a Seeker 665 rod.

Joe Flewelling of Phoenix, AZ won second place for a 32.4-pounder, and Gabriel Lopez of LA won third place for a 31.4-pound yellowtail.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    4 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: CHARKBAIT TRIP 2009

FISH COUNT:      392 YELLOWTAIL, 80 DORADO & 62 YELLOWFIN TUNA

1st PLACE JACKPOT  32.6 LBS YELLOWTAIL CAUGHT BY GEORGE KOSMOS OF SAN DIEGO, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  32.4 LBS YELLOWTAIL CAUGHT BY JOE FLEWELLING OF LAVEEN. CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT  31.4 LBS YELLOWTAIL CAUGHT BY GABRIEL LOPEZ OF LOS ANGELES, CA

Sept. 14th, 2009

Great day today with action on yellows and tuna. Wide open on yellows 15 to 25 pounds and a pick on a few 12 to 25 pound tuna. Tomorrow we will look for kelps in the morning offshore and then head it for home before lunch

Andy Cates

Sept. 13th, 2009

Good evening folks.

We had pretty good action today on mostly dorado but one stop on 18 to 30 pound tuna. Fishing kelps throughout the day with 120 mixed fish with the dorado being decent 10 to 30 pounds. Tomorrow we will be trying for yellowtail.

Andy Cates


Sept. 11, 2009

Good evening folks. We had a nice day today. a 1.5 day trip that found great action on yellowfin tuna, dorado, yellowtail and a few nice size albacore for Jack pot. Tomorrow we leave on a four day trip see you then.

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES                

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH –TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:    4 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  60 MILES INNER BAY

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: LABOR DAY TRIP 2009  

FISH COUNT:    90 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 42 BLUEFIN TUNA, 28 DORADO & 4 YELLOWTAIL

1st PLACE JACKPOT   50.5 LBS BLUEFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BENNY HOURANI OF BONITA, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT   42.1 LBS BLUEFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY KARL YOUNG OF CORONA, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   40.6 LBS BLUEFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY AL BABASHOFF OF MONTEBELLO, CA

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 27.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT DR. ERIC BLUESTONE OF SHILLINGTON, PA

 

Sept. 6th, 2009

Good evening folks.

Well today was better was a better day than a day of "working" but not by much. The only reason being is most of the yellowfin were pretty small. We did get some nice dorado mixed in so the variety was nice. A little over 100 mixed fish with some releases made for decent action, once again small fish. The weather looks to be improving so we will be out west again in search of Bluefin. Hopefully we can find a school that bites.

Andy Cates

Sept. 5th, 2009

Good evening folks.

The weather picked up in a big way and made things pretty tough. We did manage to pick 40 bluefin and a couple of albacore. Anchored worked best for us and made it more enjoyable with the weather.

Tomorrow we will be inside fishing yellowfin with hopefully better weather.

Andy Cates

 


CAPTAIN: JOE D’AQCUISTO          

DATE OF TRIP:  SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH –FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  GUADALUPE ISLAND 80-112 MILES OFF SHORE

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: ARNIE COHEN CHARTER          

FISH COUNT:      123 ALBACORE 79 YELLOWFIN 38 BLUEFIN 7 YELLOWTAIL 7 WAHOO 1 OPA (98.8 LBS)

1st PLACE JACKPOT            71.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY WAYNE SEBERN OF GROVER BEACH, CA                             

2ND PLACE JACKPOT          69.4 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY ED SCHEENSTRA OF ONTARIO, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT             69.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY SAM LEWIN OF PRESCOTT, AZ

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 50.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DON SHAPEN “Gidget” OF WINNETTA, CA. ALSO TROLLING JACKPOT 50.1 LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY RICK WEBB OF SIMI VALLEY, CA

 

 

 

ETA is Friday @ 8:30 AM

Sept. 4th, 2009

Good Evening Folks

We finished our trip offshore and had excellent fishing. We had a mix of twenty five to forty pound yellowfin and bluefin. The morning started of slow and the afternoon was great. What a way to end a great five day trip .We will be heading home tonight and back at the dock between eight and eight thirty. The group had a great time and enjoyed themselves. Thanks to all and have a great night.

Joe and RR 3 Crew

Sept. 2nd, 2009

Good Evening Folks

We fished the island today and had good fishing in the morning. We had good grade tuna and a handful of nice grade yellowtail. We have left the island because the south swell from the hurricane has rolled the water over and will take a couple days to recover. We are on our way to finish offshore to try for more variety and to get some more good quality. We have a great catch at this point in the trip and the folks are happy. We are hoping for more good things to come tomorrow. Wish us luck. Will report tomorrow with hopefully good news from the offshore grounds.

Thanks

Joe and Crew RR 3

Sept. 1st, 2009

Good Evening Folks

We had a good day at the island with thirty one trophy size tuna and seven surprise wahoo to end our day. We are going to try this again tomorrow. Wish us luck and we will report back later.

Joe and Crew RR 3

Aug. 31, 2009

We fished offshore today and had an excellent day on albacore, yellowfin, and an opa. The grade is beautiful. We had a stop late on twenty five to forty pound yellowfin tuna and are on our way to Guadalupe Island. We will be there in the morning and are looking forward to the chance at catching some trophy's. Wish us luck.

Joe and RR 3 crew


Aug. 29, 2009 Good evening folks

We had an excellent day on albacore, bluefin, yellowfin and dorado. The grade is beautiful. There are big schools mixed with the majority being albacore. We had a fun day of steady action and are looking forward to coming back on a five day. Will be back at the dock tomorrow at 8:00 or 8:30.

thanks

Joe and Crew RR3


CAPTAIN: JOE D’ACQUISTO

DATE OF TRIP:  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26TH – FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     1.5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  87 TO 100 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAN DIEGO    

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: FREELANCE

FISH COUNT:                       12 ALBACORE 8 BLUEFIN

1st PLACE JACKPOT            40.3 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY ROSS CURTIS OF FALLBROOK, CA                  

August 27, 2009

Good evening folks Today was a tuff day for the entire fleet as a whole not much was caught. We saw lots of fish just couldn't get them to bite. We had bluefin tuna 30 to 50 pounds maybe a couple bigger and had albacore 18 to 30 pounds. Will be back at the dock at 7 o'clock and leave tomorrow night on another day and a half.

thanks

Joe and crew RR 3


CAPTAIN: JOHN GRABOWSKI  

DATE OF TRIP:  SUNDAY, AUGUST 23RD – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     2.5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  OFF SHORE   

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: FREELANCE

FISH COUNT:         237 ALBACORE, 19 YELLOWFIN, 3 BLUEFIN, 2 DORADO  -  TOTAL: 261 MIXED TUNA

1st PLACE JACKPOT            54.5 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY DAVE SUMMERS OF PHOENIX, AZ                               

2nd PLACE JACKPOT            48.7 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY BOB MICHENER OF OXNARD, CA

3rd PLACE JACKPOT            45.1 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY AARON MATSON  OF RIVERSIDE, CA                                                

We just returned this morning from a 2.5 day trip that departed 1800 Sunday September23,2009. Our fishing consisted of two days of offshore Albacore, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna fishing. The weather was picture perfect and the distance we fished for this length trip ideal. Very good Albacore fishing with a sprinkling of both Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. It was typical Albacore style fishing with stop and go short stops throughout the day with the occasional wide open biting heavy line type fishing. It was a very good trip for these fortunate anglers, we hit it just right. We are very fortunate to have had excellent timing on this trip AND we are very thankful for our good fortune.

John Grabowski and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

 

Net Update August 23, 2009

Paul Sweeney Reports

Great Variety, Great Group

The Red Rooster III docked August 23 at H & M Landing after a five-day Arnie Cohen charter to Guadalupe and Cedros Islands. Skipper Andy Cates was at the helm.

"We had a great variety and a great group of guys," Cates said after weighing the jackpot fish. "We finished up the trip fishing albacore."

Todd Olson of Northridge won first place with a 54.3-pound yellowfin he caught at Guadalupe Island. Todd fly-lined a sardine on a 2/0 circle hook, 40-pound Izorline, a Shimano TLD reel and an old Saber rod.

Tom Jenkins of El Monte was second with a 53.6-pound tuna and first time long ranger Rachel Bleau of Oak Park took third with a 51.7-pound yellowfin.

"I loved it!" Rachel said. "I want to come back soon, so I'm saving money now, and I'm starting with the jackpot money!"

Captain John Grabowski leaves on a three-day trip later today.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES     

DATE OF TRIP:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 18TH –SUNDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  OFF SHORE, GUADALUPE, CEDROS

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: ARNIE COHEN CHARTER          

FISH COUNT:         150 YELLOWTAIL, 50 YELLOWFIN, 38 ALBACORE, 3 DORADO

1st PLACE JACKPOT   54.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY TODD OLSON OF NORTHRIDGE, CA                                   

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  53.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY TOM JENKINS OF EL MONTE, CA                                          

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   51.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY RACHEL BLEU OF OAK PARK, CA

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 28.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY RANDY MARK OF WEST HILLS, CA

You are invited to view gnosino's photo album: Fishing Trip 2009

Fishing Trip 2009

Aug 18, 2009
by gnosino

Message from gnosino:

Thanks Andy and crew for a great time...hope you enjoy the "action photos"
sorry youre getting all of them.
Gino Tomasino
 

August 22nd, 2009

Good morning folks.

After a day of getting violated by the white sharks, we are heading up and finishing offshore. About all we ended up with was the Jack pot and some heads of tuna and yellowtail. a very frustrating day for all. Oh we did get some good pictures of sharks though. Nice.

Andy Cates

August 20th, 2009

Good evening folks. We had a decent day of yellowtail fishing today. Average size fish was a little better, with more fish in the 25 to 30 pound range. Steady fishing most of the day with long drifts keeping 2 to 5 fish going. Actually a nice pace for the group.

We left after the guys lost interest and are now heading out to Guadalupe for a chance at trophies. The fishing hasn't been red hot out there but they still want a chance. Offshore scene still sounds tough but maybe our last day.

Andy Cates

August 20th, 2009

Good morning folks, yesterday was very tough offshore. Very little sign of keeper size tuna and spotty on kelps. The weather was nice and we covered a lot of area to the south. The results were the same with small tuna. We decided to head down to the Island in hopes of some yellowtail action to get the trip started. Tough start here so far.

Andy Cates

Eight-Footer, Long Soak

Bob Peterson charter mastered the West Coast Anglers five-day trip on Red Rooster III with skipper Andy Cates. He thanked FishingVideos.com, Avet and Five Star Fish Processing for their sponsorships of the trip, which docked at H&M Landing August 18.

Brian Crill won the jackpot for a 60-pound yellowfin tuna he got at Guadalupe Island.

“It was a 30-minute fight,” said Bob. “He bit after a long soak.”

Crill baited his ‘dine on a 3/0 Eagle Claw hook. He used 40-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon leader and 65-pound Izorline Spectra on an Accurate 665 reel and a Seeker eight-foot rod.

Rudy Morfin of Carson won second place for a 59-pounder, and Bob Boyce of San Diego got third place for a 57-pound yellowfin tuna.

 

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES     

DATE OF TRIP:  THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH – TUESDAY, AUGUST 18TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  OFF SHORE, GUADALUPE, CEDROS, SAN BENITOS

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: WESTCOASTANGLER.COM

FISH COUNT:   210 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 150 YELLOWTAIL, 53 DORADO, 15 BLUEFIN, 14 ALBACORE

1st PLACE JACKPOT   60.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BRIAN CRILL OF SANTA BARBARA, CA                                 

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  59.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY RUDY MARTIN OF CARSON, CA                                           

3RD PLACE JACKPOT   57.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BOB BOYCE OF SAN DIEGO, CA

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 32.7 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY WENDELL FOX OF FOSTER CITY, CA

 

ETA 8:00 AM Aug. 18

August 16th, 2009

Just finishing off here and heading up the line. A little scratchy for yellows today but we still managed 130 fish. Stopping and going most of the day with a couple of nice drifts in the morning. Offshore tomorrow.

Andy Cates

August 15th, 2009

Good afternoon folks. We left the Island after a slow day of watching tuna and not catching much tuna. The Jack pot was settled but only 14 tuna made for a long day. We are going in for hopes of a day of yellowtail fishing and then spend the last day offshore,

Andy Cates

August 14th, 2009

Good morning folks.

A great day of fishing yesterday. Offshore action with Yellowfin tuna, Albacore, Dorado, yellowtail and Bluefin. Flat calm weather, just a classic day. Today we will be at the Island trying for a few trophies.

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: JOE D’ AQCUISTO       

DATE OF TRIP:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH – THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH  2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     1.5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  80 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAN DIEGO   

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: FREELANCE

FISH COUNT:                       31 – YELLOWFIN TUNA

Aug

                                                17- ALBACORE

                                                2 YELLOWTAIL

1st PLACE JACKPOT            39.3 LBS BLUEFIN CAUGHT BY PHIL GROSSMAN OF LOS ANGELES, CA

August 12th, 2009

Good evening folks

We had a good day and half.  We had a mix bag of bluefin, albacore, yellowtail, yellowfin, and yellowtail. Great weather and good fishing. we'll be in at 8:00 to unload and will be turning around for a five day. Wish us luck.

thanks Joe and RR3 crew


Aug. 10th, 2009

Good afternoon folks. We had a little action on decent size yellows this morning 15 to 25 pound fish. It shut off after the Giant Squid got on us leaving us with 46 yellows for the day. It was fun while it lasted. So far our plan has worked on the weather, With a nice ride up the beach and looking to have a comfortable dinner tonight . Lets hope it holds.

Tomorrow night we leave on 1.5 day trip. Lets hope this weather comes down even more.

Andy Cates


August 9, 2009

Good evening folks.

Spent most of the day drifting and picking at Bluefin. We also through in 8 albacore with 77 Bluefin. Nice weather made for a nice 1.5 day trip. We will be in tomorrow and heading out the day after on another 1.5

Andy Cates


Dandy Guadalupe Tuna

A four-day trip with 30 anglers returned to H&M Landing August 8. Andy Cates skippered the trip. His anglers caught a lot of fish offshore the first day and got some high-quality yellowfin at Guadalupe Island. They also took some nice yellowtail at San Martin.

Lisa Kenny of Pt. Loma took her first tuna, a 53-pounder, at the island with advice and assistance from skipper Cates. She said the fight left her stoked but tired.

Charles Seifert of Newbury Park won first place for a 63.7-pounder. He bagged that yellowfin with a sardine on a 3/0 Mustad 91450 hook on 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 65-pound Power Pro Spectra on an Avet HX 5-2 reel and a Calstar 700 H rod.

Don Cox of Costa Mesa won second place for a 63.1-pound tuna. Terry Ekstrom of Algonquin, IL won third place for a 59.3-pound Guadalupe Island yellowfin tuna.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES     

DATE OF TRIP:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH –SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     4 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  GUADALUPE, SAN MARTIN

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: JACKSON/BEKENDAM

FISH COUNT:     145 YELLOWFIN TUNA  125 YELLOWTAIL 25 DORADO & 6 BLUEFIN TUNA

1st PLACE JACKPOT     63.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY CHARLES SEIFERT OF NEWBURY PARK, CA                         

2ND PLACE JACKPOT    63.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DON COX OF COSTA MESA, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT    59.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY TERRY EKSTROM OF ALGONQUIN, IL

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 16.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY CHUCK JACKSON OF CRYSTAL LAKE, IL.

 

August 6, 2009

Good evening folks.

We had a nice day at Guadalupe and nice it was to get out of the weather. 53 tuna and 2 yellowtail for the day. All day in the same spot with good fish boiling around. Tomorrow we are heading into the beach to get out of the weather Andy Cates

August 5, 2009

Good evening folks.

Through the rough weather we managed to stay busy all day. Starting the morning with a couple our drifts on school size tuna and then getting a variety on kelps. The yellowfin were a bit smaller than we like but with the conditions we were happy to be catching fish. we will be at the Island tomorrow in hopes of getting a few trophies. The weather outlook does not look real good so we might be finishing up at the Island.

WE WILL REPORT AGAIN TOMORROW

Andy Cates

 


August 4, 2009

Offshore & Guadalupe

Joe D’Aquisto had the Red Rooster III for a four-day trip, so he took his 31 anglers offshore for a day and then to the big island. They ended up with a respectable trip, catching over 100 yellowfin and 60-plus yellowtail, as well as an assortment of other fish, including some bluefin and albacore.

 Henry Cortez of Orange County won first place in the jackpot for a 61.9-pound tuna. He said he bagged it with a sardine on a 3/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He used 40-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon and 40-pound blue Izorline on a Trinidad 20 reel and a Calstar nine-foot rod.

Steve Hiramatsu of Orange won second place for a 59.5-pounder, and Ryan Scott of Huntington Beach got third place for a 57.9-pound yellowfin tuna.

CAPTAIN: JOE D’ACQUISTO        

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY JULY 31- TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     4DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  140 MILES SOUTH OF SAN DIEGO & GUADALUPE ISLAND

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: BLUEFINJIM 2009

FISH COUNT:        101YELLOWFIN TUNA, 63 YELLOWTAIL, 48 DORADO, 7 BLUEFIN TUNA & 4 ALBACORE

1st PLACE JACKPOT   61.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY HENRY CORTEZ OF ORANGE, CA                                

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  59.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY STEVE HIRAMATSU OF ORANGE, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT  57.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY RYAN SCOTT OF SANTA ANA, CA

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 36.4 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BILL CAMPBELL OF ANAHEIM , CA

Aug. 3, 2009

Good afternoon folks

We are just leaving the island and heading home. We had an ok morning with 15 more of that nice grade Tuna and one 30 pound Yellowtail. We saw a lot of fish, it just wasn't in the biting mood yet. We'd like to thank Bluefin Jim and all the sponsor for a great trip and also a great raffle. Thanks to Owner Hooks Salas Jigs ,Lead masters, Fish Trap Jigs, Whopper Stopper Rods, Izorline, Tim Baily and associates, and last but not lease Fisherman's Wholesale. Once again thank you very much and we should be back at the dock between 9:00 and 10:00 all depends on weather and what kind of speed we make.

Thanks Joe and the Crew RR3

Aug 2, 2009

Good evening folks

Today we had a great day at Guadalupe. We had 30 to 60 pound yellowfin tuna and 18 to 30 pound yellowtail. We are spending the night at Guadalupe in hopes that the great grade of tuna decides to bite in the morning our time here is limited so wish us luck. Will report back tomorrow.

Thanks Joe and crew

Aug 1, 2009

Good evening folks

Today we fished offshore on kelps and had 120 mixed fish. A Mixed bag of dorado, Bluefin, Yellowtail, Albacore and yellowfin. We had steady action on kelps. Tonight we are heading to Guadalupe island to try for some trophy tuna and yellowtail. Wish us luck. will report tomorrow.

thanks Joe and crew

JULY 31, 2009

Good evening folks

We just left on a four day bluefin Jim. Bait is in good shape and by the sounds of the fishing it is looking to be in good shape as well. Tomorrow we will be fishing offshore and going from there. Wish us luck and we will report later.

Joe and crew


Boy & Kite: Winning combo

Andy Cates brought Red Rooster III home to H&M Landing July 31, after a four-day trip, the Mahoney Charter, with 29 anglers. They had a mixed catch that included some quality yellowfin from Guadalupe Island.

Frank Lo Galbo of Rancho Palos Verdes is 15, and goes to the Army-Navy Academy in Carlsbad. He won the jackpot for his 83.3-pound tuna, on his first trip ever.

"I wasn’t expecting any fish this big," he said at the scales. "And I didn’t think they were as strong as they are, either."

Frank took his winner on the double trouble sardine rig under a fishing kite on the boat’s kite rig.

Steve Blakeley won second place for a 67.2-pound tuna, and Stefani Merli got third place for a 63.7-pound yellowfin.

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES   

DATE OF TRIP:  MONDAY, JULY 27TH –FRIDAY JULY 31ST 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     4DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  GUADALUPE

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: MAHONEY CHARTER 2009

FISH COUNT:                       138 YELLOWFIN TUNA  28 BLUEFIN TUNA 14 ALBACORE 4 YELLOWTAIL

1st PLACE JACKPOT            83.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY FRANK LO GALBO OF GARDENA, CA                           

2ND PLACE JACKPOT          67.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY STEVE BLAKELEY OF SPARKS, NV

3RD PLACE JACKPOT          63.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY STEFANI MERLI OF GARDENA, CA

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 47.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY LORI ANDERSON OF LONG BEACH , CA

July 28th, 2009

Good evening folks.

Today we spent offshore and had a long drift for 30 bluefin from 25 to 40 pounds. We had a few other stops and it looks like 44 and 3 yellowtail for the day. We are on our way out to the Island in hopes of a repeat of today. A 4 day limits us to a day out there but its better than none. Hopefully we get a few chances.

Andy Cates


Net Update July 27, 2009

Rooster Aligns Albies

Red Rooster III returned under Andy Cates’ hand to H&M Landing on July 27. The trip was the annual Glenn’s Alignment Charter of three days with chartermaster Glenn Kerr. The 31 anglers aboard found a mixed catch of bluefin and albacore.

Ralph Hughes of San Diego won first place for a 29.3-pound bluefin. He said he caught it with a sardine on a 3/0 Mustad hook on 30-pound Izorline. He fished with a Penn 535 reel and an Allstar six-foot rod he said he won on a previous trip.

Jeff Brady of Newport Beach won second place for a 27.7-pound albacore. Thomas Escalante of Ventura won third place for a 24.6- pound albie, and he also won the coveted Red Rooster III trolling jacket for the best fish on the troll, a 27.9-pound albacore.

 

July 27th, 2009

Good morning folks.

We ended up scratching 60 mixed fish off kelp paddies. A long picky day on albacore Bluefin yellowfin dorado and yellowtail. The variety was there just not in big groups. The weather is still nice but the albacore and Bluefin are down right now. Hopefully they pop back up again soon.

We are leaving on a 4 day trip today so if need be we may be doing some yellowtail fishing at one of the Islands.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

July 26th, 2009

Good morning folks.

Yesterday fishing was a bit on the down side. We did manage to scratch out 75 tuna for the day . They were hard earned and came in little stops throughout the day . Glad we were able to put something on the boat, although much less productive than it has been. The weather is still nice and looking for kelps today to add some variety.

We will report again tonight

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES   

DATE OF TRIP:  SUNDAY, JULY 19-FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  OFF SHORE, CEDROS

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: NEWELL/YO-ZURI CHARTER

FISH COUNT:                   LIMITS OF ALBACORE, 203YELLOWTAIL, 89 BLUEFIN, 3 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 2 DORADO & 1 HALIBUT

1st PLACE JACKPOT            41.9 LBS BLUEFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY  RAYMOND GALLEGOS OF LONG BEACH, CA                        

2ND PLACE JACKPOT           40.8 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY  RICARDO GALLEGOS OF MORENO VALLEY, CA                                 

3RD PLACE JACKPOT            39.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BOB MICHENER OF OXNARD, CA

 

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 21 LBS BLUEFIN CAUGHT BY CHARLES LAIR OF MORENO VALLEY, CA

 

 

Net Update July 24, 2009

Newell/Yo-Zuri Trip Bags Variety

Albacore, bluefin and yellowtail made up the most of the fish caught on the five-day trip with skipper Andy Cates that returned July 24. Cates docked at H&M Landing and offloaded an excellent catch that included limits of albacore, plenty of yellowtail, bluefin and a few yellowfin and dorado. The fish were caught offshore and at Cedros Island. Two brothers who work for the LAFD won first and second in the jackpot.

Raymond Gallegos of Long Beach won first place for a 42-pound bluefin tuna. He said he got it with a sardine on a 3/0 Mustad hook he tied to 40-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 40-pound Big Game line. He said he used a Trinidad 40 reel and a Calstar 700 H rod.

“I got him in ten minutes, during a wide-open bite of mixed tuna,” he told dock reporter Bill Roecker. “You took my picture before; this is the second year I won this jackpot.”

Not to be outdone by his brother, Ricardo Gallegos of Moreno Valley fished lighter, and won second place for a 40-pound albacore that bit on a 2/0 Mustad tied to 30-pound Seaguar and 30-pound Izorline on a Newell reel and a Seeker rod.

“Scrappy” Bob Michener of Oxnard won third place for a 39.7-pound bluefin tuna.

like this summer is going to be a good one for the off shore fishing. Call the girls now to save your spot!”

 

July 23rd, 2009

Good morning folks.

Yesterday started out nice and ended up nice with good drift fishing on Yellowtail. Bigger fish showed in the evening and we got a shot on Yellows up to 40 pounds. The weather is still nice and today we are spending the time we have looking for Bluefin and albacore. What a great 5 day trip it has been. Coming up with a 3 day we are really hoping to have similar success. As long as this weather holds we should stand a chance. Unfortunately the kelp paddies have not offered much variety just yet but hopefully soon. We will be in tomorrow morning (@7:30) and then leaving as scheduled.

Andy Cates

July 21st, 2009

Good evening folks.

We finished off with a great day of fishing albacore and Bluefin tuna. We decided to head to an Island and try for yellows tomorrow.

Good afternoon folks.

So far we have had a great morning . With a nice long drift on Bluefin and albacore . These albacore are more like it. 25 to 40 pounders as well a the Bluefin. Hopefully this holds up. Good chance we will be at an Island tomorrow trying for yellows.

Andy Cates

July 20th, 2009

Had a nice day fishing albacore with some good action throughout the day . The weather was great , almost no wind. Tomorrow we will spend another day offshore trying for tuna. Finished the day with 123 albacore and 2 yellow fin tuna . Not bad.

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: JOE D’ AQCUISTO       

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY, JULY 17 – SUNDAY, JULY 19 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     1.5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  140 MILES SOUTH WEST OF SAN DIEGO   

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: FREELANCE

FISH COUNT:                       46 ALBACORE, 2 YELLOWFIN, 4 DORADO & 1 BLUEFIN                               

1st PLACE JACKPOT            32.6 LBS BLUEFIN CAUGHT BY DINO MARTINEZ OF COLTON, CA                               

July 19th, 2009

Good evening folks we finished up the last of our three, day and a half trips today. We had scratch fishing. We end up with fifty mixed fish. Forty six albacore, four dorado, two yellowfin and one bluefin. Weather was up but is now coming down and getting down right nice. Fish are down do to the weather. But there are some nice schools around and with the weather coming down they should be getting back on the bite. We get in the morning and turn around for a five day tomorrow. Will report later.

Joe and crew


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES   

DATE OF TRIP:  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH – FRIDAY, JULY 17TH

LENGTH OF TRIP:     1.5 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  160 MILES   

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: FREELANCE

FISH COUNT:                       115 ALBACORE, 13 YELLOWTAIL & 8 DORADO

1st PLACE JACKPOT            35.2 LBS YELLOWTAIL CAUGHT BY JERRY MCALLISTER OF NORWALK, CA                                  

2ND PLACE JACKPOT          31.5 LBS ALBACORE CAUGHT BY HARVEY JOHNSON OF ARLINGTON, TX                        

 

July 16th, 2009

Good evening folks.

The weather got better and so did the fishing. Unfortunately for the the last trip they had to struggle through the weather. This was much different what a difference a day makes. Nice weather and good albacore and kelp paddy fishing. We called it at 530 to get in roughly on time with this weather we ought to be close on timing.

We are going to try and get out a little early tomorrow so we can get a better jump on the day.

Andy Cates

July 15th, 2009

Good afternoon folks.

Well, so far this has been a pretty disappointing day. The wind is up and very few fish to be had. We still have time and maybe we can get on a line of kelps or anything to salvage the day. We are still a long way down and working are way up hoping for a day saver. Lets hope it happens.

Andy Cates


Jorge Nicifore Memorial

John Grabowski docked Red Rooster III July 12 after the eight-day Jorge Nicifore Memorial/Beefer X trip with “Coach Cliff Clark” as chartermaster. Like skippers Toussaint and LoPreste, he fished at Alijos Rocks when the two-degree warming took place overnight, and his group also benefitted greatly from the influx of dorado and wahoo that came through on the break.

Probably the most astounding event of the change was the size of the wahoo Rooster anglers found on the end of their lines.

Ryan Clifton of Truckee trolled an orange and black (think Halloween) Marauder and connected with a giant 88.8-pound wahoo.

“He made a long, long run,” said Ryan, “and then he came in so fast I didn’t think he was still there. When he got close he was so big and striped I thought he was a marlin. He came up on the port corner of the stern.”

The wahoo is the best of the new season. In fact, it’s the best skinny Bill Roecker has seen for several years.

Jeff Johnson of Canyon Lake won first place for a 91-pound yellowfin. It took a sardine on a 2/0 ringed Mutu hook and 40-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader. He used 65-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 665 N reel and a Calstar 700 ML rod.

He said there was also a flood of dorado accompanying the wahoo; “…there was a period when you couldn’t hook anything but dorado as they passed The Rocks.”

Forest Bernard of San Clemente won second place for another XL wahoo. This one weighed 73.4 pounds and was caught with a sardine on a circle hook, on straight monofilament.

Mike Shelton of Florence, AZ won third place for a 71.4-pound tuna.  

 

CAPTAIN: JOHN GRABOWSKI

DATE OF TRIP:  SATURDAY, JULY 4- SUNDAY, JULY 12 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     8 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  THE RIDGE & ALIJOS ROCKS  

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: JORGE NICIFORE/BEEFER X

FISH COUNT:                       440 YELLOWTAIL, 193 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 42 WAHOO, 40 DORADO & 1 GROUPER

1st PLACE JACKPOT            91.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JEFF JOHNSON OF CANYON LAKE, CA                                  

2ND PLACE JACKPOT          73.5 LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY FORREST REYNARD OF SAN CLEMENTE, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT             71.4 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MIKE SHELTON OF FLORENCE, AZ                                             

REMARKS: HONORABLE MENTION 88.8 WAHOO LBS CAUGHT BY RYAN CLIFFTON OF TRUCKEE, CA

July 11th, 2009

We are fighting a very strong down hill current and have been making very poor time coming home. Out ETA as of right now is 1045 AM and that is if we don't get slowed down even more tonight. We have 12--15 knots of Northwest wind with very little seas, the ride has been nice, just very slow going. I will call H & M Landing early in the morning with an exact ETA, give them a call around 800 AM at 619-222-1144 and they will tell you when we are arriving.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

The first annual Jorge Nicifore Memorial Trip is headed home. One of the famous all time memorable quotes of our beloved Jorge I will never forget is "Wahoo, I will show you B's how to catch Wahoo" as he ran out of the galley. As I think back on the past few day's their is no doubt in my mind Jorge was with us as we had the opportunity to try for his favorite fish to catch, the wahoo.

Today conditions never got like we had yesterday and we did not see near the sign of fish we had been seeing. WE caught 38 Yellowfin Tuna and 6 wahoo before departing for San Diego at 1400 hours. Our ride so far has been good with a light Northwest wind and small ground swell. At this time it looks like our ETA into San Diego will be around 1000 AM on Sunday, I will send an update tomorrow afternoon.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

Also, Frank would like to wish his lovely wife Ronni Happy Anniversary

July 10th, 2009

We have changed our game plan for the remaining fishing time we have left on our 8 day adventure. Yesterday I reported seeing pretty good sign of wahoo where we are and we landed one fish around 70 pounds. Well, today the sign of wahoo went from pretty good to I would have to say very good. The amount of fish we saw today on the machine's was impressive to say the least, however, it did not bite all that well., The size is also very impressive, we had 35 wahoo today from 40 to 90 pounds ( that 90 pounds is a guess it could be bigger or a few pounds smaller) and we had a lot of fish from 50 to 70 pounds in that 35 fish that came aboard. It was regulation wahoo fishing, see the fish with the sonar, and if you did get a strike or they responded to the bait you got the "CHANCE" for some. If what we saw today acts even the least bit "RIGHT" we could be in for a fun day tomorrow, time will only tell. Needless to say the excitement level around the boat for what could happen tomorrow is high, even if we can scratch what we had today we will be stoked.

We also had 30 more of the 40 to 70 pound tuna today ( we did not spend much time trying for tuna) and 40 dorado, it was an exciting action packed day. Our weather continues to be picture perfect, we are waiting to see what this place has to offer tomorrow with baited breath. Water temperature 72. 7 degrees, good night.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

July 8th, 2009

Today we had a nice day of steady scratch fishing on the same grade Yellowfin Tuna, 83 Tuna for the day. We also saw a little sign of wahoo in 71.5 degree water, we only managed to catch one wahoo however around 70 pounds. Our weather is very nice with 5 knots of wind, a pretty good size south swell has been rolling threw the past few days. Our plan is to stay here for tomorrow then move up and spend our last day of fishing offshore, please wish us luck.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

July 8th, 2009

We had a fair day on the Yellowfin Tuna yesterday, 53 fish for the day 40 to 70 pounds with one fish going around 90 to 100 pounds. We actually scratched pretty good up to the late afternoon, the fish would not bite late for us. Weather is good, we are going to try here again today, there is plenty of sign of this fish if it starts to bite better we will do good.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

July 6th, 2009

Our weather condition today was a glassy calm ocean with overcast skies and scattered rain showers in the morning, humid and balmy was the way we where describing it down on deck. We had absolutely outstanding Yellowtail fishing on very good grade fish, it was a perfect start to the trip. WE will be in the tuna grounds tomorrow morning and we are hoping we can start putting some quality Yellowfin aboard. I will report back tomorrow night.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

July 4th, 2009

We departed on the Jorge Nicifore Memorial /" Beefer X" 8 day Trip. We departed San Diego harbor 14:20 hours and are presently traveling south, we will start fishing Monday July 6, 2009. We have a great load of bait and the ride going this direction is good, we will report back once we start fishing.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

 

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH –SATURDAY, JULY 4TH  2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     8 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  ALIJOS ROCK, CEDROS ISLAND, THE RIDGE

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: BILLY CASPER/ACCURATE REELS

FISH COUNT:                       160 YELLOWFIN, LIMITS OF YELLOWTAIL, 8 ALBACORE

1st PLACE JACKPOT            143.8 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MARK BOLT, OF SAN DIEGO, CA                                  

2ND PLACE JACKPOT          143.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY ARCHIE IRION OF ESCONDIDO, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT          109.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY ALLEN LEMBERG OF SAN DIEGO, CA                                              

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT CAUGHT BY DAVID CHAOTE. 18.2 LBS ALBACORE

Well-Sponsored Eight-Day

Andy Cates docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing July 4, after the annual David Choate/Bill Casper trip that fished hard at Alijos Rocks for some big yellowfin tuna. Seeker Rods and Accurate reels sponsored the trip, which produced near-limits of yellowtail and about ¾ limits of yellowfin tuna.

The two best tuna were over 140 pounds; quite large for summer tuna.

“Some guys dropped down in line size so they could get bit,” remarked Choate. “I always stick with the stronger line. Some of them got busted off.”

Mark Bolt of San Diego won first place for a 143.8-pound tuna he fooled with a sardine on a Mustad 3/0 circle hook tied to 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader. He fished with 65-pound Power Pro Spectra backing on an Avet LX reel and a Seeker 6470 rod.

David Archibald of Escondido was hot on Bolt’s heels with a 143.1-pound tuna he bagged on 50-pound line. Allen Lemberg of San Diego won third place for a 109.1-pound Alijos Rocks yellowfin tuna.

ETA

8AM Saturday AM—7/4/2009

July 3rd, 2009

Good evening folks. A great afternoon of trophy yellowtail fishing. We left there in the evening and headed up and trolled up a whoppin 8 albacore.

And that was it heading home with decent weather.

Andy Cates

July 1st, 2009

Good evening folks. We had fantastic yellowtail fishing today. 18 to 30 pound fish with great top water action. Hour after hour of none stop cranking and pulling. What a great day. It's been a while since we have seen that type of yellowtail fishing.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

June 30th, 2009

Good morning folks, yesterday was not near the action that we had the day before. A decent scratch with some bigger fish mixed in. A couple of fish around the 100 pound mark and a dozen others from 70 to 90 pounds. 31 tuna for the day and just 1 or 2 at a time for most of the day. With the three boats here things seem to have spread out a bit and it sounds like the scores are similar. We plan to stay here until after lunch and then head in to finish the trip fishing yellows. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

June 29th 2009

Good morning folks.

We had a great day yesterday and are staying at the Rocks again today. We managed two fish over 100 pounds and all other fish were 30  to 60 pounds. Pretty much the same fish as the last trip. Great action.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

June 27th, 2009

Good morning folks.

We left yesterday on another 8 day trip down to the Alijos area.

A great line up on this trip with Billy Casper and David Choate leading the charge.

Accurate reels sponsored gives the group an opportunity to use some of the latest state of the art gear. With 26 Seeker/ Accurate setups we will have the gear in the event the fish want to bite. Other sponsors include Fisherman's landing tackle, Pelagic clothing , Braid,5 Star, Sportsmans Seafood, BHP, and Cal's 2 speed. We had a great raffle last night with some fantastic items to give away, thanks to the above sponsors. We will be at the Rocks tomorrow in the morning.

We will report then.

Andy Cates

 


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH –FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     8 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  ALIJOS ROCK, CEDROS ISLAND, OFF SHORE

TRIP/CHARTER MASTERS: TOM HULTGREN MEMORIAL

FISH COUNT:                       98 YELLOWFIN

                                                LIMITS OF YELLOWTAIL

                                                22 ALBACORE

1st PLACE JACKPOT          61.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DAVID MALMBERG OF ENCINITAS, CA                                  

2ND PLACE JACKPOT         61.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY CHRIS GAULT OF UPLNAD, CA      

3RD PLACE JACKPOT         59.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY  ALEX ROBBIE OF TRABUCO CANYON, CA   

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT CAUGHT BY MIKE REESE. 22.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA

June 24th, 2009

Good afternoon folks.

Another nice day of fishing with trophy size yellows and skiff runs for Calico Bass. We spent the day in various parts of the Island and everyone got a chance to fish from the little boats. The great yellowtail fishing was all done on the big boat. No yellows in the skiffs, although the bass fish was very good.

Tonight we are moving up in hopes of a few Albacore and Bluefin.

Andy Cates

June 23rd, 2009

Good afternoon folks. We left the Rocks yesterday at lunch time. Conditions were funky and we didn't do much. The demand for Cedros was high so here we are. Great action this morning on surface Iron and flyline. Now we are looking around for a few trophies.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

June 22nd, 2009

Good morning folks. We had another decent day, not to hot in the morning but scratched from lunch until dark. 56 tuna and 26 yellowtail. One fish around 100 pounds and lost a couple other bigger fish on light line.

We only had a few yellows last night but at least they were keeper size fish . We plan on staying here until after lunch and then start heading up. Spend a day and a half at Cedros and finish up offshore. Although things do change We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

June 20th, 2009

Good evening folks.

We got to the Rocks just before lunch and had a decent scratch until about 3:00. Conditions took a turn for the worse and everything swam off. We made a couple of adjustments but nothing paid off after 4:00. It was a slow afternoon.

We did manage 50 tuna and a dozen yellowtail that we kept. Tuna being 30 to 50 pounds with a couple just a little bigger. With a full day tomorrow we are hoping to have a bigger window of opportunity . If conditions hold up it looks like there is a chance.

Good kite action for a bit but most fish were taken fly line with 40 pound test We will report again tomorrow.

And Cates

June 19th, 2009

Good afternoon folks. We left yesterday on our first string of three 8 day trips. The Tom Hultgen Memorial being the first. Right now we are headed south and looking to be at Alijos tomorrow just after breakfast. We did a seminar today and went over the developing options. The offshore scene for Albacore and Bluefin looks to be a better option for the way back as well as Cedros and Benitos Island for possibly another year of skiff fishing for Calico bass and yellowtail. Things are always subject to change, we will see how it goes at The Rocks first.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  SATURDAY, MAY 30TH –SUNDAY JUNE 14TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:      15 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  CLARION, HURRICANE BANK

CHARTER MASTERS: JUNE HEAT/ACCURATE SPONSOR

FISH COUNT:                       138 YELLOWFIN. LIMITS OF WAHOO

                                                24 TUNA OVER 200 LBS                

                                                2 TUNA OVER 300LBS                

1st PLACE JACKPOT            362.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MIKE ASHFORD OF COARSEGOLD, CA                          

2ND PLACE JACKPOT          304.8 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY PAUL OSTER OF MAMMOTH LAKES, CA                                               

3RD PLACE JACKPOT              295.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY LYNN FREED OF CANOGA PARK, CA

                                               

                                                  270.2 LBS CAUGHT BY ART GREEN

                                                  262.0 LBS CAUGHT BY JOE ARIMITSU

                                                  261.2 LBS CAUGHT BY THAD PEACH

                                                  259.8 LBS CAUGHT BY LEO REISHEN

                                                  252.0 LBS CAUGHT BY BOB MICHENER

                                                  244.2 LBS CAUGHT BY BRANDON HAYWARD

                                                  240.0 LBS CAUGHT BY BOB CHERRY

                                                  239.0 LBS  CAUGHT BY STEVE KNEIP

                                                  238.0 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN KEELER

                                                  236.8 LBS CAUGHT BY MIKE ASHFORD

                                                  236.0 LBS CAUGHT BY THAD PEACH

                                                  232.9 LBS CAUGHT BY ROGER GOLDTHWLITE

                                                  225.9 LBS CAUGHT BY MIKE BUTLER

                                                  218.0 LBS CAUGHT BY BOB CHERRY

                                                  214.0 LBS CAUGHT BY BOB MICHENER

                                                  211.0 LBS CAUGHT BY JOE ARIMITSU

                                                  208.4 LBS. CAUGHT BY STEVE KNEIP

                                                  206.8 LBS CAUGHT BY BOB MICHENER

                                                  202.5 LBS CAUGHT BY BRANDON HAYWARD

                                                  202.3 LBS CAUGHT BY ART GREEN

                                                  202.0 LBS CAUGHT BY WILL WALSH

Supercows Top Off The Last Roundup

Andy Cates docked Red Rooster III at H&M Landing Sunday morning, June 14, after a 15-day “June Heat” trip sponsored by Accurate Fishing Products. Leo Riehsen was the Accurate rep aboard. Many of the anglers were regulars who make the trip each year. This year Brandon Hayward, saltwater editor at Western Outdoor News, was also aboard, on his first trip to the islands as one of the 22 fisherman instead of a deckhand.

“It’s a whole other deal when you get your own cow on the deck,” said Brandon to dock reporter Bill Roecker. “These long trips are the same as the shorter long range trips; you don’t need to take a lot of gear. They have it on the boat. And the costs aren’t bad, either. If you saved $11 a day you’d have the money to go again next year.

“Andy’s perseverance paid off,” continued Hayward. “The big tuna were mostly caught in the last four days, mostly on the kite.”

Brandon had two cows, of 244.2 and 202.5 pounds. He baited sardines on 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hooks, and fished with 1230-poundSeaguar fluorocarbon leader and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 topless reel and a Calstar 7465 XH rod.

It was hard to talk with anyone at the dock, because a huge crowd took just about every square inch of cement on the pad at the scales, mostly on the rumor that the big fish might be a 400-pounder. Channel 8 and 9 were both there, along with several other news outlets, including the San Diego Union Tribune, represented by outdoors reporter-editor Ed Zieralski.

The onlookers were there to see the supercows. The taped weights came in a bit short when the fish were weighed, not uncommon, but perplexing to skipper Cates, who had thought Mike Ashford’s tuna might go 380 pounds. The crowd pressed inward as the fish went up on the scales. The dial showed a weight of 362.1 pounds, just good enough to make the all-time top ten list, in the last spot.

“I’m blown away,” said Ashford, of Coarse Gold, CA. “I didn’t know how big it was until they brought aboard through the gate. It was the last bait of the trip, and I was first in the water. He fought for an hour and 15 minutes.”

Mike gave Roecker a written account of the event. “The fish hit a bobber balloon,” he wrote, “on the last stop of the day. He ran across the stern and up the starboard side to the bow. I put the rod butt in my plate and never moved it. At no time did anyone touch the rod, not did it tough the rail.

“The fish ran straight out, and was tail-wrapped when landed. It took four gaffs to bring it in through the gate.”

Ashford listed the following for his tackle: a sardine on a 7/0 ringed Super Mutu hook, crimped to 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon and 130-pound Power Pro Spectra with a loop connection to 130-pound Line One Spectra with a Teraoaka nub knot connection. He fished with a Shimano 50 LRS reel and a Calstar 7465 XH rod. He also had a tuna that weighed 236.8 pounds.

Paul Oster of Mammoth Lakes won second place for a 304.8-pound tuna that sucked in a tube mackerel on the kite. He used a boat rig with a 12/0 Mustad 7691 hook and 130-pound Izorline Spectra on an Accurate 80 reel and a Calstar 760 XH rod.

Lynn Freed of Winnetka won third place for a 295.3-pound yellowfin, his best ever, that bit a flying fish on the kite and fought for an hour. He pinned his bait on a 9/0 Mustad 3994 hook. He used 130-pound Izorline Spectra on a Penn 80 S reel modified by Cal Sheets and a Calstar 755 XXH rod.

Newport CPA Art Green, a long-time regular, got a pair of cows, at 270 and 202 pounds. Art fished sardines on 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hooks under a bobber balloon. He said he used 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra, with a Tiagra 50 W reel and a Super Seeker 6463 XXXXH rod.

Thad Peach of Stanley, NC got fish of 261 and 236 pounds, with sardines on 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hooks. He went 100-pound all the way with 100-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon leader and 100-pound Line One Spectra on an Avet 30 W reel and a Super Seeker 6463 XXXXH rod.

“I love my custom rail rod,” he told Roecker, “it’s very powerful. I also got some fish on the new Two by Four Super Seeker. I liked that rod, too.

Chartermaster Leo Riehsen of Eagle Rock got a 259.8-pounder with a flying fish on a 9/0 Mustad 7691 hook and the kite, with 130-pound Izorline Spectra on an Accurate 80 reel and a Calstar 7460 XH rod.

 Bob Cherry of Santa Monica picked a pair at 240 and 218 pounds. The big fish took 45 minutes, he said. He used 9/0 Mustad 7691 hooks on mackerel under the kite, with 130-pound Izorline Spectra on a Penn 80 S reel and a Calstar 7455 XXH rod.

Steve Kneip of Bishop bagged a brace at 239 and 204.2 pounds. He baited flyers under the kite on 9/0 Mustad 7691 hooks, with 130-pound Momoi leader and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 W reel and a Super Seeker 6455 XXH rod.

John Keeler of Santa Monica got a 238-pounder in 30 minutes on a sardine and an Eagle Claw 8/0 hook. He fished with 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon leader, 130-pound P-Line and 130-pound Izorline Spectra, with an Avet 50 reel and a Super Seeker 6463 XXXH rod.

Roger Goldthwaite of LA bagged a 232.9-pounder on a mackerel under the kite. He put his bait on a 12/0 Mustad 7691 hook and used the boat’s rig with an Accurate 80 reel.

Mike Butler also used the boat rod and reel to take a tuna of 225.9 pounds, baiting mackerel under the kite.

Bill Walsh of Chino Hills nabbed a 207-pounder in just 15 minutes after it took a mackerel under the kite. He put the bait on a 9/0 Mustad 7691 hook, with 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Avet 50 reel and a Calstar Baja Boomer rod.

Skipper Andy Cates tallied up his catch at 24 tuna over 200 pounds for 20 anglers, on the last trip of the 2008-09 season.

June 10th, 2009

Good evening folks. We finished off our trip today with another great day of fishing. A lot more action today on the smaller grade fish. Fish from 60 to 80 pounds. That meant releasing fish throughout the day. We kept 22 tuna: 260, 250. 225 and the last fish of the day caught by Mike Ashford, a 380 pounder. As the big 324 yesterday this beast was tail wrapped as well. 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 3 days.

Andy Cates

June 9th, 2009

Good evening folks. Another nice day of fishing with 6 fish over 200 and one fish caught by Paul Oster that taped at 324. Once again with most big fish on the kite with a couple on the fly line sardine. Brandon Hayward got a 260 on the sardine as well as Art Green with a 270, sardine fish. With one day left we are hoping things continue and we finish off with more chances at big fish.

Andy Cates

June 8th, 2009

Good evening folks. Today brought even better results than yesterday with the overall grade much bigger. After about 2:30 in the afternoon we went pretty dead but up until then we had some great kite and balloon action. Almost all the fish were taken on the Flying fish with the exception of a few sardine fish.

We caught 32 tuna from 120 pounds on up to 312 pounds. 11 fish over 200 and one fish caught by Lynn Freed that taped at 312 pounds. A fantastic day and we are looking forward till tomorrow.

Andy Cates

June 8th, 2009

Good morning folks.

Yesterday we came across an area we were looking for. Fish that bit a little from 60 to 210 pounds. Quite the mix. Out of the 35 tuna half were 100 pounds or better with two fish over 200 and the rest 60 to 100 pounds. The sharks were a bit of an issue at times it just depended on the spot of fish you hit. The kite and balloons produced the better grade fish with flyers. .

We are on our way back out after a nice night in the bay. Hopefully we get a few more chances.

We did have an Accurate reel winner. I am not sure who it was but I will post later Steve Kneip picked off a 210 pound tuna and Bob Rubalcaba with a 207. I don't think they won any prize because they where kite fish.

Andy Cates

June 7th, 2009

Good morning folks.

We did see sign yesterday and it looked promising. A nice area of big fish that did not produce. So far this morning its more of the same and we are on the search for more cooperative tuna. Hopefully we come up with something today.

Andy Cates

June 5th, 2009

Good evening folks.

We just left the Bank after an epic morning of wahoo fishing . great action that provided everyone with lots of chances. unfortunately we saw very little if any sign of tuna. One little time frame where some 50 to 75 pounders jumped around and boiled on a few baits and that was all.

No sign of better fish and we never caught one or even hooked one. Good thing for the wahoo.

We will be back at the Island late morning and hoping the sign we saw yesterday will get in the bite mode .

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

June 4th, 2009

Good morning folks.

We left the Island yesterday afternoon after a day and a half of looking but not much catching. The sign was good enough but the amount of krill in the water kept the fish from biting the sardine.

Going to the Bank is the next move and we will be there in two hours . With no boats being at the Bank a chance for wahoo seems likely. The big lure is a chance for trophy tuna. Hopefully we have something to work with.

Andy Cates

June 3rd, 2009

It has been a bit rough here with catching the Yellowfin tuna, luckily found 1 spot of Tuna between 80-100lbs, but been hard to catch anything. Caught 1 at 120 lbs, unfortunately, the Sharks have been bad, and there’s been allot of Krill.  We’ll head  towards the Bank this afternoon, and hope for the best there.

June 2nd, 2009

Good evening folks.

Today was a spectacular day as far as weather goes . 75 degree water and 78 degree air temp. Bait looks good and after the last seminar on fishing wahoo we are ready to go. We will be at the Island first thing in the morning. We are going to make one more last stop tonight for squid and see if we can better our catch on that. It won't be hard seeing how we haven't even seen one yet. We do have quite a bit in the freezer along with flying fish so when we get out to the Bank we will have some big bait.

Tomorrow is the first day of fishing, finally.

Andy Cates

June 1st, 2009

Good evening folks.

Another day of travel with a tuna seminar being the highlight.

It looks like the sardines are starting to look better, I was a little concerned yesterday but now it settled in. The weather is great, nice and warm with 68 degree water below the Rocks. Tonight we will try for squid, with no sign last night we are hoping the warmer water will bring us a haul. Right now I have us headed to the Island, mostly due to timing as we can casually make stops for bait on the way down and still be in there early in the morning. One more day of travel and a wahoo seminar and then 8 days of hopefully explosive action.

Andy Cates

May 31st, 2009

Good morning folks.

After a couple of months of maintenance which included some great additions to the boat , we are back out and ready for our last long trip of the year.

Accurate reels sponsored trip has features that include 45 different top of the line outfits for guys to use . Anything from 80's to the Boss series reels. Cal Star and Seeker provide the rods to complete the second to none outfits. Daily Jack Pots for biggest fish or first fish of the day make for a little added excitement throughout the trip. Thanks Leo, Jack and should I mention Del Marsh , Oh boy! for the support on the Accurate sponsored trips.

Today a brief seminar on processing and Jack Pots and then rigging up the sponsored outfits with various top shots . With 2 more days of travel we will have plenty of time for tuna and wahoo seminars that will keep us busy for the next couple of days until we get to the fishing grounds.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates


The Red Rooster III is in port for her annual maintenance. 

Fishing reports will resume when the vessel departs on "June Heat" trips on May 30th.

Rooster Gets Brace of Supercow

The Loftus-Martin charter with 20 anglers aboard the Red Rooster III returned to H&M Landing March 25. A crowd was waiting for the anglers, and there was a stir when skipper Andy Cates hoisted a 327.4-pound yellowfin tuna on the certified scales for first-time long tripper Jeff Cakin of Leavenworth, KS. A few moments later the crowd cheered when Cates hoisted a second supercow, a 302.3-pounder, for Butch Oldencamp of Bakersfield. The fish had taped at 298 pounds, and bystanders gave strong approval for the heavier weight.

“We tried the Lusitania Bank,” said Cates to dock reporter Bill Roecker, “and were disappointed by wind and a lack of fish that wanted to bite. We went out to the Buffer Zone for six days and found very good fishing. We got almost all of the big fish, the 150 to 200-pounders, on two of those days. In the Buffer Zone we found fish under birds, but the best fish were found on the meter.

“Some of the big ones were really tough,” remembered Cates, “especially one that went about 240 pounds and required a skiff chase.”

The big fish was a tub of a tuna, short and rotund, weighing in within a pound of Cates’ taped estimate of 328 pounds.

“I saw the boil when he took, and then he almost spooled the 80,” said Jeff Cakin, who’d been on some fall trips but never on a trip to the Revillagigedos Islands. “He stayed out there at three or four hundred yards. When he came up he was at the bow.

“My best tuna before was a 65-pounder,” continued Jeff. “This is really fun. I’m doing it again. Actually, it was awesome; they fight a lot harder than I thought.”

Cakin said he fished a double sardine rig on the kite to bag his 327.4-pound monster. He used 7/0 Hayabusa hooks on 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Izorline Spectra, with an Accurate 80 reel and a Calstar 760 XH rod. The fight lasted an hour and 45 minutes.

The 302.3-pounder caught by Butch Oldencamp of Bakersfield won second place. It came on a sardine and a 6/0 ringed Gorilla hook, he said. He used 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 130-pound Maxima mainline with 130-pound Line One Spectra on a Penn 30 modified by Cal Sheets and a Super Seeker 6463 XXXH rod.

“It took an hour and a half,” said Butch. “He bit on a long soak. He ran out and got most of my line, then went down and took me around the boat three times. He came up in the port corner. I loved it; I’m signed up again for next year.”

John Raspperry of Ocean Beach scored third place for a 277-pounder. He also got a 248-pound tuna.

“My best fish before was a 106-pounder,” he told Roecker. He said he fished sardines on 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hooks, with a balloon, 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 130-pound Line One Spectra. He used a Tiagra 50 W reel and a Calstar 760 XH rod and got the better fish in an hour and a half.

Chartermaster John Loftus bagged a 265.4-pounder on the double sardine/kite rig. He said he fished with 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Izorline Spectra on a Penn 80 reel and a Calstar 760 XH rod.

John Aviles of Tracy got a pair of cows at 259.7 and 238.9 pounds.

“The big one took 625 yards of line with the drag down tight,” said John. “He smoked my reel. Then I was in low gear for 625 yards. I used an extra, stinger hook to hold my sardine bait. It was a 2/0 Owner and I put it on a big 8/0 ringed Super Mutu. I was high man on the boat for tuna.”

Aviles used 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Accurate 50 W reel and a Black Steel Seeker 6463 XXXH rod, and brought the big fish to gaff in an hour and 15 minutes.

Woody Woodruff of Torrance spanked a 237-pound yellowfin with a sardine on a ringed 5/0 Super Mutu hook tied to 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Izorline Spectra backing on an Accurate 50 reel and a Calstar 765 H rod. He said his previous best tuna was a 224-pounder, and only needed 40 minutes to finish this one.

Pete Fallini of Santa Barbara bagged a 226.8-pound tuna with a sardine on a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu. He used 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Izorline Spectra on an Avet 50 SDS reel and a Calstar 765 H rod. He said the fight went an hour and a half.

Rich Gallimore of Santa Paul found twin 206-pounders. He fished with sardines on 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hooks. He used 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra, on a Cal Sheets-treated Penn 50 W reel and a Calstar 760 H rod.

Archie Irion caught s 204-pounder. Tom Jackson of Norwalk took a 200-pound tuna with a sardine on a 6/0 ringed Super Mutu hook. He fished with 130-pound Izorline and 130-pound Izor Spectra on a Penn 50 SW reel modified by Cal Sheets, and a Calstar 7465 rod.  rod.

 

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  TUESDAY, MARCH 10TH - WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     15 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  CLARION

CHARTER MASTERS: LOFTUS/MARTIN

FISH COUNT:          240 YELLOWFIN & 45 WAHOO  11 TUNA OVER 200 LBS    2 TUNA OVER 300LBS

1st PLACE JACKPOT    327.2 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JEFF CAKIN OF LEAVENWORTH, KS                           

2ND PLACE JACKPOT   302.3 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BUTCH OLDENCAMP OF BAKERSFIELD, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT    277.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JOHN RASPERRY OF SAN DIEGO, CA

                                               

                                                  265.4 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN LOFTUS

                                                  259.7 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN AVILES

                                                  248.0 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN RASPPERRY

                                                  238.9 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN AVILES

                                                  237.0 LBS CAUGHT BY WOODY WOODRUFF

                                                  226.8 LBS CAUGHT BY PETE FALLINI

                                                  206.0 LBS CAUGHT BY RICHARD GALLIMORE

                                                  204.6 LBS CAUGHT BY RICHARD GALLIMORE

                                                  204.0 LBS CAUGHT BY ARCHIE IRION

                                                  201.8 LBS CAUGHT BY TOM JACKSON

REMARKS:

TROLLING JACKPOT 58.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DAN POPE OF BUENA PARK, CA

ETA FOR THE RRIII 10:30AM WEDNESDAY 3/25/2009

March 21st, 209

Good morning folks. After a long day of weeding through spots of smaller fish, the evening brought a nice hit on bigger fish. 10 fish around 100 or better up to 180 and 4 fish over 200. John Aviles picked off a 250 pounder, John Raspberry with a skiff ride for a 240 pounder Bob Milleson with a 212 pounder and John Loftus with a 277 pounder. All the fish were on the sardine.

Kite and balloons seemed to bring the bigger fish.

Andy Cates

March 19th, 2009

Good evening folks. Yesterday we finished off the evening with a few upper hundreds fish . Right at dark we hooked a few bigger fish and only came up with one a 267 caught by John Aviles. A nice end for the day.

Today was pretty tough with mostly smaller fish 75 to 90 pounders and not much until the evening.

We will try again tomorrow

Andy Cates

March 18th, 2009

Good afternoon, yesterday we had more of the better grade fish from 150 to 200 pounds. With 20 tuna for the day. Two fish over 200. Rich Galamore with a 220 and Pete Fallini with a 217. The wind continues but it is getting nicer.

So far today we have caught 24 tuna from 150 to 200 pounds . Lost a couple of big ones and John Raspberry got his chance and landed a 286 on the kite. We still have a few hours to fish but the afternoons have been pretty slow. Maybe we will get lucky and get a couple big ones.

 Andy Cates

March 17th, 2009

Good morning folks. Our 5 first days at the Island we found great action on 50 to 80 pound fish. As the days went on we started to get better size fish from 120 to 190 pounds. The offshore style fishing provided the explosive action that you see up around the Mag Bay area. We felt like we were on to something with the better size fish in the afternoon. Pete Fallini picked off a 237 in the mix on a fly lined sardine.

Yesterday saw more better size fish including a couple of jumbo fish. One caught by Jeff Cakin a 320 and Butch Oldenkamp with a 298. Also Woody Woodruff with a 237, all fish were caught on the sardine. Along with those big ones we had another 25 tuna from 120 to 200 pounds. Nice day. Hopefully we get some more chance today Andy Cates

March 13th, 2009

Good afternoon folks. As of now it looks like this Mag bay fish likes the new moon a lot more than the full moon. Without surprise but it was worth a look. With 69 degree water we still see sign of fish they just don't bite .

All along the edge of the bank scattered fish which looks to be 70 to 150 pound tuna. We have only caught 4 tuna from 70 to 120 pounds but with the wind and swell today has been very tough. The forecast did not show this wind . If we don't get a hit here this evening, tomorrow will be a travel day as we head outside. It shows the weather better to the southwest but we will see .

Andy Cates

March 11th, 2009

Good morning folks. We left yesterday on a 15 day ride home long range trip. We picked up a great load of bait and have cool but nice weather on the way down. Right now we are headed south and have intensions of starting below Mag Bay. It is not my favorite moon phase coming off the full but it might be worth a look after what we saw and caught a couple of weeks ago. The water charts still shows 70 degree water, so it might be a good bet.

Another day of travel and then get started.

We had a great giveaway from Loftus and Martin and will be getting in on more. We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH – SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP:     16 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  HURRICANE BANK, CLARION ISLAND, MAG BAY

FISH COUNT:       159 YELLOWFIN, 32 WAHOO & 13 GROUPER  (6 TUNA OVER 200 LBS)                 

 1stPLACE JACKPOT         231.8 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BRADLEY WOOD OF ALBION, CA                                            

2ND PLACE JACKPOT         224.6 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JIN SUNG CHANG OF LOS ANGELES, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT         211.5 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY WON KOO LEE OF DOWNEY, CA

                                    209 LBS CAUGHT BY JIN SUNG CHANG

                                    207.2 LBS CAUGHT BY JOHN KEELER

                                    200.9 LBS CAUGHT BY SPIROS SOTIROPOULOS

TROLLING JACKPOT 49.0 WAHOO CAUGHT BY PETER CHAY OF SAN PEDRO

Red Rooster III ETA is 12 Noon on March 1st

Feb. 25th, 2009

Good morning folks.

We started this morning with great weather and sign of small fish on the anchor. After a tour of the area we got on a biting school of 80 to 140 pound fish . Explosive action as fish back flipped around the boat. After an hour and a half of great action we through down the last fish and are headed down towards Cabo. We should be in Cabo by 6:00 in the morning so meeting plane flights should not be an issue.

We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Feb. 24th, 2009
Good morning folks. Yesterday was a travel day after leaving the bank with basically the same caliber of fishing. 14 tuna and 4 wahoo. Biggest fish was 190 right at the end of the evening. We figured we would break up the travelling and finish up our last day at the Mag Bay area. We will be in there tonight and looking for a few Jack Pot fish tomorrow. The weather is great and looks to hold for at least another day . Hopefully we can finish off with a bang and be in Cabo the next morning.
Andy Cates

Feb. 22nd, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday we scratched 13 tuna and 4 wahoo. An evening shot was pretty much our day with a shot for 8 fish from 120 to 160 with a 238 to end the night. Guys, this is slow out here every time you think something might get going it falls apart. Today being an example. it is better than nothing. The weather is great and we are hoping for another evening hit .

Andy Cates

Feb. 21st, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday was a little better with fish boiling around almost all day . Not much in the evening but 19 tuna and 11 wahoo for the day. Half the fish over 100 pounds the others 70 to 90 pounds. The sign of better fish gave us some hope but this morning we are right back where we started with just 3 tuna 80 to 120 pounds. Its early yet and hopefully some time today that better fish moves in and we get a few chances.

Andy Cates

Feb. 20th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday was very slow out at the bank. One fish at 213 pounds and the other seven fish 80 or 90 pounds. A handful of wahoo to go with. Conditions are not that good with current against wind .

So far this morning we have 3 fish one 170 pounder and the other two small 70 to 80 pounds. Hopefully today is better

Andy Cates

Feb. 19th, 2009

Good morning folks. We left the Island yesterday after finding all smaller fish. Definitely a different day. The wind came up and we decided to head out to the bank and see how it goes. So far 3 tuna and a couple of wahoo. The best bite has been in the afternoon so here we sit waiting. Its choppy but not bad on the anchor.

Andy Cates

Feb. 18th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday brought excellent fishing in the buffer zone with great action on fish from 80 pounds to 220 pounds. Kite action as fast as you could get the baits out and fly line hook ups on demand. What a great way to get started. A fine first day of fishing, lets just hope we can back it up with more. We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Feb. 17th, 2009

Good morning folks. We arrived at the Island this morning and currently waiting for the soldiers at the camp. This should not take long and soon we will take a look at some of the bird schools we see out off the Island. The weather is nice and it looked lively coming in here so hopefully there is something to work with. If we find something good we will stay if not we may head out to the bank.

Andy Cates

Feb. 15th, 2009

Good morning folks. The weather is very nice now and the travelling is good. We are headed to the outside right now waiting for another report to finalize our starting point. Hopefully the Bank is on the upswing and we can drive right into good fishing. Wouldn't that be nice. Well we will se how it develops and go from there. Today we did a seminar on the tuna fishing and are now spending the day rigging up. Quite a few new faces this trip so we have our work cut out for us. But for the most part everyone is experienced so that helps. With the supply of big bait we won't be making any stops .

we will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Feb. 14th, 2009

Good morning folks. We left yesterday on a 16 day fly home trip, sponsored by Izorline and Rod and reel radio. We started off with a great load of sardines and a nice giveaway from the sponsors.

Right now after a night of rain the weather is nice, not great but better than yesterday. We are headed outside either to the bank or the Island to start the trip.

We will start the rigging seminars today and some maintenance having things ready for the tuna seminar tomorrow.

We will report again

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: JOHN GRABOWSKI

15 Day Trip January 23 - February 7, 2009

SPONSORED BY: BLUEWATER TACKLE AND SAN DIEGO FLY SHOP, MUSTAD & SONS (USA), ACCURATE FISHING PRODUCTS.

LENGTH OF TRIP:      15 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  LOWER BANKS

FISH COUNT:  158 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 40 YELLOWTAIL, 7 DORADO

                                                 14 OVER 200 LBS - 2 OVER 300 LBS

HONORABLE MENTION          309.6 LBS SCOTTY POMEROY OF MONTCLAIR, CA

1st PLACE JACKPOT              300.1LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DAVID DUDLEY OF EL CAJON, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT               269 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JOE ORNELAS OF OCEANSIDE, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT             268.9 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JACK PRESTON ALTA LOMA, CA

REMARKS:        TROLLING JACKPOT 154.8 LBS CAUGHT BY RICHARD MONDOR

261.4 LBS - KI SONG             

242.6 LBS - MORGAN PROMNITZ

242.1LBS - DR. MIKE GOOING

238.6 LBS - MATT BOWLAND

234.5 LBS- MATT BOWLAND

234.0 LBS - DAVID CHOATE

227.4 LBS -PAUL ZACKS

224.4 LBS -DAVID CHOTE

222.3 LBS -BILL BRANDSTETTER

210.5 LBS - JACK PRESTON

211.3 LBS - KI SONG

206.2 LBS - SCOTT JOHNSTONE

Feb. 6th, 2009

This is our final day of travel on this 15 day ride/ride Bluewater Tackle, Mustad & Sons, Accurate Fishing Products trip. Our weather has been good for traveling and we are right on schedule to arrive in San Diego at 0800 tomorrow Saturday February 7, 2009. We once again would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity of product this trip which we gave to all our passengers and all the Accurate loner tackle which performed flawlessly throughout the trip.

I would like to take just a minute to try and describe some of the sights we encountered this trip. As everyone knows every trip is totally different from any one in the past and anything coming up in the future, these trips are true adventures. Due to the flat calm condition we experienced basically the entire trip ( except one day) we saw some things that most of us on board had never seen during our previous trips at sea.

The ones that stand out in my mind are first and foremost the incredible sight of the 200-300 pound Yellowfin Tuna shredding balls of 40-50 pound giant squid in a complete feeding frenzy just a boat length away, on two different occasions we had not one, not two or even three spots around us but four or five separate spots of squid up on the surface with the Giant Yellowfin Tuna destroying their prey. The sound of the show was as impressive as the sight.

One day we where out looking for fish and came across an area of life on a temperature break that was just incredible, for as far as you could see their was a carpet of Red Crabs covering the surface of the ocean and those same 40-50 pound Giant Squid where on the surface with their tentacle's out of the water and they where vacuuming in the crabs from the surface in groups of 400-500 squid per group, this went on for miles shooting water 10-15 feet in the air. We really thought we where on to something from the distance, once we arrive we just drifted and watched the seen in amazement We saw three swordfish on the same temperature break.

The following day we found an area of fish I have never seen the likes of, for 20 miles we ran through 3-5 pound skipjack on the surface chasing 2-3 inch flying fish. Any direction you looked for two hours was breaking fish, it literally looked like big hail was falling on the water or white caps with no wind. Just the shear amount of life in that area was mind boggling.

In our last stop of the trip for the Big Yellowfin Tuna we where drifting with fish hooked and Tuna blowing out all around the boat, I was on the tank and had a perfect view of this breathtaking sight. Two humpback whales came out from underneath the stern and surfaced 20 feet behind us, as a matter of fact when they hit the surface to take a breath their tails where still under the boat, UNBELIEVABLE SIGHT. You talk about getting your heart pounding and adrenaline rushing, what a magnificent animal just a sardine cast away. They continued on their way but the encounter was talked about on deck right up till dark, it will never be forgotten.

We saw huge areas of Common Dolphins all birded up with good schools of 10-20 pound yellowfin tuna throughout this trip, always a very visual sight as the dolphin ride the bow with the tuna jumping and at time's creating foamers on the surface of the ocean. And lastly we saw many, many sea turtles this trip just minding their own business floating on the motionless sea surface but always it seemed they where in these areas of life we found, go figure.

This was just some of the sights and sounds of this 15 day trip and I'm sure I'm not describing it completely like we saw it but the fact of the matter remains their is much more to a long range trip then just tagging fish. It can be a true Discovery Channel type adventure and one thing is absolute fact, every time we come out here things are different, not any two trips are exactly the same.

John Grabowski and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Feb. 5th, 2009

We put 42 yellowtail into the RSW tank this morning that I'm sure will make it on to the barbecue's of our passengers this weekend for a fresh fish dinner. At 1100 we pointed our bow for San Diego and finished the fishing part of our trip on the eleventh day of fishing, it's been a very successful trip. We are looking at an ETA on Saturday of 0800, if that changes I will post an update tomorrow night. Our weather right now is 10 to 12 knots of Northwest wind and light chop, very good traveling.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Feb. 4th, 2009

We looked at the better grade Yellowfin Tuna all day long today but for the majority of the day it would not bite. At 14:15 we got on a sonar school that finally acted right, it settled in around the boat and we got quite a few chances at really good grade fish. The final total at dark was 15 fish 160 to 278, the show in glass calm weather was spectacular. We lost three real heavies in the last stop of this trip for the Giant Yellowfin Tuna, I can only think of one other real good fish this trip we lost. Our hook to land ratio on the really big fish was outstanding. Standouts today went to David Choate 210, Matt Bowland 240, Scotty Fomeroy 270 and last but certainly not least Joe (from Oceanside) Ornelas 278. Very nice way to end the Big Tuna aspect of our trip. We will be trying for Yellowtail in the morning to put into our RSW tank before putting the Red Rooster III on course for San Diego. I will report coming up the line as to our ETA on Saturday morning February 7, 2009.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III

Feb. 2nd, 2009

We had another good day on mixed grade fish which provided action all day long. Our weather continues to be perfect and looks to remain that way for at least the next 48 hours. The trip is coming along great and we have two more days of fishing before we start our northerly trek towards San Diego. We are looking to finish the trip off trying for more quality Yellowfin Tuna.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Feb. 1st, 2009

We had a good action packed day of fishing today, 101 mixed fish. The tuna averaged 40 to 110 pounds, it was exactly what we needed. The weather is as perfect as it gets, flat calm, no wind and no seas. We are planning on staying around here for another day and take advantage of this great fishing. Everyone is having a good time and enjoyed themselves immensely today. We are all hoping tomorrow is a repeat.

John G and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Jan. 31st, 2009

We found a good amount of fish and marine life today but it was not what we are looking for, lots of small tuna and skipjack areas in open water but no sign of the better grade Yellowfin Tuna that we are after. We are continuing in search mode and hope tomorrow brings better results. The weather is perfect for looking and we have high expectations for the very near future, wish us luck.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Jan. 30th, 2009

Unfortunately the area we started our trip out in has changed for the worse, conditions have deteriorated and the sign of fish we have been seeing all but vanished. We had 7 Yellowfin Tuna today largest being 196 pounds but the majority of what we where seeing was not around, at least we never found it. We are on the hunt and on the move and hope to find a new area of quality fish to work on in the next few days, wish us luck.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Jan. 29th, 2009

Today we had brochure perfect weather and sea conditions, the 48 hour forecast is for more of the same and we are looking forward to that. Fishing today was scratch type fishing on the Giant Yellowfin Tuna but the visual sign and show all day long was spectacular, it just does not get any better. We landed 19 Yellowfin Tuna today 130 to 243 pounds, but the amount of fish landed is not a good indication to the action we had today, it was a busy day from daylight to dark. Stand outs for the day are Mike Gooing 243, Matt Bowland 231, David Choate 219 and 201, Scott Johnstone 210. I have to mention Joe Ornelas lost a fish at gaff today one pull away that looked to be 270 or so, a real bummer. Joe later in the day landed a 150 that eased the pain, but just a little.

We plan on being around here tomorrow and are praying things continue to stay the same.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

PS- Mary and Mike have a great time at banquet.

Jan. 28th, 2009

We have got 31 Yellowfin Tuna the past two day's, all the same beautiful grade as our first day, that being 130 to 294 pounds. Tuesday we had rough weather and had a hard time getting the fish to stay with us but managed to scratch out a day. Today we had beautiful weather and saw tremendous sign of fish that acted much better and bit a little on a few of our stops. The visual show on these Giant Yellowfin at times today was breathtaking, we are very excited to be getting the opportunity to work on this fish right now. Stand outs the past few day go to Jack Preston 213 and 257, Morgan Promnitz 246, Ki Song 214, Paul Zack's 233, David Dudley with a conservatively taped 294. I will report back in the next few days with what we see and put aboard. We are hoping things don't change.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Jan. 26th, 2009

We had a VERY GOOD DAY today on beautiful grade Yellowfin Tuna. 44 fish for the day wit the average size being 130 to 190 pounds, I think we may have had 5 fish under 100 pounds today in the 75 to 80 pound class. We had three cows, Ki Song 247, Bill Brandstatter 214 and David Choate 209. The overall grade was very impressive with a good number of fish in the 180 to 190 range but everything that came aboard was just beautiful grade Yellowfin. The Accurate 665 Narrow 2-speed reel for the largest Yellowfin Tuna on our first day of fishing went to Ki Song with his 247, thanks again to Accurate Fishing Products. One other thing of note we had alot of the sardine fish today on the NEW Mustad 4/0 to 7/0 ringed Hoodlum hooks. No failures on the Hoodlums fishing 100 and 135 pound line and putting good pressure on the fish, they stood up exceptionally. Our weather is perfect and we plan on being around here again tomorrow, we are hoping nothing changes.

John G. and the crew of the Red Rooster III

Jan. 25th, 2009

We departed Friday January 23, 2009 with 24 passengers on a 15 day ride/ride trip sponsored by Mustad & Son (USA), Accurate Fishing Products and Bluewater Tackle and San Diego Fly Shop. We departed the dock at 9:45 and cleared Point Loma in a slight South East condition at 11:00AM, traveling down our first couple of days was very good weather with nice traveling conditions.

Saturday we had part one of three of our on board fishing seminars in preparation of what is hopefully in store the next couple of weeks.

On this trip the generosity of our sponsors has been incredible, every one on board was treated to an assortment of Mustad products including the new 7691Z hooks in 5 sizes, 20/0 & 18/0 circle hooks, 94150 Live bait hooks, hoodlum 4X strong, 39965 circle and 39950 circles all in a variety of sizes and alot of them in the new ringed version. Mustad provided and incredible amount of product for each passenger and the Red Rooster III on board tackle store that will last everyone well into the 2009 season, thank you Steve Tagami and Mustad. Also included in gift bags yesterday through the generosity of Kent and Cal from Bluewater Tackle was custom T-shirts designed specifically for this trip Raider jigs, Salas jigs, Tady Lures, P-Line, Pelagic Gear and Seaguar fluorocarbon and apparel. Everyone also received a $25.00 gift certificate to Cal's two speeds for reel repair when they return.

Today (Sunday) we will be raffling off GLBF70 Super Seeker, GF765/M Calstar Graphiter, GOF-70XH Graftec, Pelagic Tournament Lure Bag, Tournament Dress Shirts all compliments of Bluewater Tackle and San Diego Fly Shop. Sarah at 5 Star Fish processing gave us two $100.00 gift certificates that will be raffled off today as well.

Jack Nilsen brought down eight 50 W and six 665 all with Castar and Seeker Rods to match, all the wonderful Accurate fishing Tackle is available for our passengers convenience throughout the trip. We will also be giving away to one lucky angler that catches the largest Yellowfin Tuna on our first day of fishing an Accurate 665 Narrow two speed reel. Thank you Jack, David and Douglas Nilsen and Accurate Fishing Products.

We are continuing down towards the fishing grounds today and will arrive and start the fishing part of our adventure tomorrow Monday Jan. 26, 2009. We will report as things develop, please wish us luck.

John G. and the Crew of the Red Rooster III


Bill Roecker for FishingVideos.com & the San Diego Sportfishing Council

Net Update January 22, 2009

Afternoons Were Best

Andy Cates brought Red Rooster home from a 15-day trip with 22 anglers, a Catchy Tackle/Pelagic Gear sponsored adventure. Cates said afternoons were best for the tuna.

“We fished six days at the bank,” he said, “and the first four were good. We got a lot of wahoo on the last day. There were no sharks and we had beautiful weather all the way home. We also had lots of new anglers, and they pretty much all got their best fish.”

Nine of the tuna aboard were cows, over 200 pounds.

Peter Jang, owner of Peter J’s Gallery in Newport, won first place for a 243.6-pound tuna he got with a sardine on a 7/0 Eagle Claw hook tied to 130-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra. He used a Tiagra 30 W reel and a six-foot Calstar rod.

Dylan Malmberg of Encinitas won second place for a 229-pound tuna. He bagged it with a sardine on a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu on 100-pound Momoi fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra backing on an Avet 30 W reel and a Calstar 7455 XXH rod. The fish put a three and a quarter-hour hurt on Dylan, he said.

Chartermaster Fred Knilans of Catchy Tackle (Sonny Jones was the Pelagic chartermaster) won third place for a 225-pounder. Fred’s six-year-old son Justin posed with him at the scales and in the lineup. Knilans baited a flying fish under the kite on a 10/0 Mustad 7691 hook on 130-pound Momoi and 130-pound Line One Spectra. He used a Penn 70 CVSW reel and a Calstar 760 H rod.

Art Caballero of Temple City caught a 219.7 and a 213.6-pound tuna. He said he fished sardines on a 7/0 Eagle Claw hook, on 130-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader and 130-pound Izorline Spectra backing. He used an Accurate 50 W reel and a Calstar 760 XH rod.

Rich Rose of Manhattan Beach had a 214-pounder.

Bob Michener of Oxnard got a 207 and a 211.9-pound yellowfin.

Woody Woodruff of Torrance found a 206.4-pound tuna with a sardine on a 5/0 Super Mutu ringed hook. He said he fished with 100-pound Blackwater leader and 100-pound Izorline tied to 130-pound Izor Spectra, along with an Accurate 30 reel and a Calstar 655 H rod. He got his fish in 45 minutes.

Big Yellowfin Teamed On Jig

Gary Teraoaka, Accurate/Izorline rep, sent this one to us:

Dr. Corey Burak (orthopedic surgeon) got a 182-pound YFT with his own Blue/ White 6X. Enclosed are a couple of photos that I took. The third photo (#5612) includes deckhand Bobby (aka Bubbles) who gave Corey a little assistance in landing this big jig fish on an undersized outfit.

Thanks again,

Gary Teraoka

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

TRIP: CATCHY TACKLE/PELAGIC GEAR

DATE OF TRIP: TUESDAY, JANUARY 6TH –WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009

LENGTH OF TRIP: 15 DAYS

AREAS FISHED: HURRICANE BANK

 FISH COUNT: 140 YELLOWFIN TUNA & 260 WAHOO  -  9 CAUGHT OVER 200 LBS

1st PLACE JACKPOT 243.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY PETER JANG OF NEWPORT BEACH, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT 229.1 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DYLAN MALMBERG OF ENCINITAS, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT 225 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY FRED KNILANS OF RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA

REMARKS: TROLLING JACKPOT 55.3 LBS WAHOO CAUGHT BY TERRY ROBB

219.7 LBS ART CABALLERO

214.2 LBS RICH ROSE

213.6 LBS ART CABALLERO

211.9 LBS BOB MICHENER

207 LBS BOB MICHENER

206.4 LBS WOODY WOODRUFF

 

ETA is 7:30-800 am Wednesday January 21, 2009

Jan. 14th, 2009

Good morning folks, yesterday we had a very slow scratch on Tuna and wahoo. 22 tuna and 17 wahoo.

The tuna were smaller grade half 70 to 90 pounds the other half 110 to 160. One fish late 207. Same conditions today and we can't scratch, fish boil around and jump but no bites.

Maybe later things will change. The wahoo we see but they don't bite either.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Jan. 13th, 2009

Good morning folks. A little steadier yesterday with 37 tuna, three of which were 200 pounds or better. Most of the fish were 120 to 170 . A nice pick all afternoon starting just before lunch. We had good flying fish catching last night and hope they get some bites on the balloon and kite.

So far this morning 4 tuna a  couple of 80 pounder and a couple of 100 plus pound fish.

Hoping for another day like yesterday

Andy Cates

Jan. 12th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday we made another move after getting a couple of bigger fish in the morning. That spot just dissolved into nothing . The afternoon brought better fishing with three more fish over 200 biggest being 240. We picked until dark and had the best pick for us so far. We are sitting where we were last night and just 4 fish for the morning biggest being 190. We will se how it goes here today hopefully we can sit in one spot and scratch. 21 fish for the day and once again quite a few losses. Like more than usually. strange?

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Jan. 11th, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday we got the anchor down at around 1100 and saw pretty good sign right away. We hooked one at a time until the afternoon and lost one at a time. In the evening we got a few more fish but really not all that great for what we saw. Biggest fish was 185.

We made a move and have had better luck on bigger fish with a 219 and a 209 another 180 and a 140 pounder for the morning. We are going to try this spot today and see if the ratio of bigger ones is better.   15 tuna and a couple of wahoo for our efforts yesterday.
We will report again tomorrow
Andy Cates

Jan. 9th, 2009

Good morning folks. Another day of travel. Today we will go over wahoo fishing in hopes of getting a few chances be it on the anchor or trolling.

We decided to head out to the bank for starters. Hopefully the action will spread out with the three boats that will be there. Tomorrow at 900 we will arrive and take a look around with the jigs in the water in hopes of a few strikes. Very nice weather again today and the reports from the bank are telling the same.

With the weather warming up it is very pleasant with 73 degree water and climbing. So far the bait looks fine ,we will see what the warmer water does to it but I think we are in good shape.

Andy Cates

Jan. 8th, 2009

Good morning folks. Nice weather on our way down. A big change from last trip. Not nearly as cold either. We picked up a nice load of bait and had a giveaway raffle with items from Pelagic and Catchy tackle. Everyone had a chance to win. Today we will go over tuna fishing and then spend the day at the tackle table putting on top shots and terminal tackle.

Right now we are headed either to Clarion or the bank, not sure we will wait for the reports from Roy at the bank.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates


CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

TRIP: NEW YEARS SPECIAL

DATE OF TRIP:  FRIDAY DECEMBER 26TH 2008 –MONDAY JANUARY 5TH 2009   

LENGTH OF TRIP:     10 DAYS

AREAS FISHED:  LOWER BANK

FISH COUNT:     100 YELLOWFIN TUNA, 100 YELLOWTAIL  & 1  WAHOO

1st PLACE JACKPOT   311.7 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY PAUL PALMER OF TEMECULA, CA         

2ND PLACE JACKPOT  277.3 LBS CAUGHT BY TIM IVY OF SAN DIEGO, CA                     

3RD PLACE JACKPOT  259.0 LBS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY GREG WAHL OF FULLERTON, CA

                                               

REMARKS:        255.0 LBS ALLEN LEMBERG

                                    236.3 LBS MIKE SHELTON

                                    230.8 LBS SARAH READER

                                    228.4 LBS COACH CLARK

                                    226.0 LBS RICHARD ZAWLACKI  

Jan. 3rd,

Good evening folks. Yesterday we never did much more on big fish. We got a couple more high hundreds fish and then fished some common dolphin off the edge for some school size fish. Still did not end up with the biting school . Watching fish boil around and not bite.

So far today we have a couple of nice fish one being 320 and another 235 and just a couple others and a couple of heart break losses. One of these days that biting school of big ones will get on us. Maybe next trip. Tomorrow we will be up on the ridge finishing up on hopefully action on small tuna and yellows.

Andy Cates

 Jan. 1st, 2009

Good morning folks. Yesterday was quite painful watching fish jump around with no bites. It really started to get aggravating by the end of the day.

A couple of boats had great days so there is always hope but they are few and far between. If you don't get the lucky school it can sure be brutal. With manage only 3 tuna yesterday and nothing over 200 pounds. Although there were some great big ones caught by our competitors we were not as fortunate. Fact is there is still a chance.

So far this morning Mike Shelton picked up a 240 and Tim Ivy picked off a 270, one other fish about a 160 pounds at 10:00 in the morning that's been it. We see good fish on us its just getting a bite.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Dec. 31st, 2008

Good morning folks. Nice weather again yesterday. Fish really would not bite but 3 nice ones were caught throughout the day. With only 6 fish for the day the chances and bites were slim.

Alan Lemburg toped the day with a 270. Sarah Reaqde on a balloon with a 234 , Greg Whal with a 242 and Coach with a 245 w. Those were the top fish of the day and just 2 others in the high hundreds . Fish were on the balloon and kite, 3 hooked flyline with mackerel and the rest sardine. Izorline was the line of choice.

Andy Cates

Dec. 30th, 2008

Good morning folks. Yesterday was frustrating yet encouraging with the amount of sign we saw. Incredible show but we could not buy a bite. There were a few fish caught amongst the fleet but really with the exception of a couple of trophies very tough to get anything to bite. This is different with the volume we see and looks good for the upcoming months. The scores won't tell it but what is here could make for a spectacular January.

So far this morning we have seen good sign and actually hooked one. We are looking for another bite but not happening yet.

We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Dec. 28th, 2008

Good morning folks. After a day of travel and rolling our way down with this Northeast wind, we will finally start fishing at lunch time. We decided to go down the inside and start on the ridge.

This will get us in position for the lower banks the following day. The wind is starting to back off and it is finally starting to warm up. That much is nice.

We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates