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Oct. 30, 2014

Good evening folks. We had a great day traveling up. fantastic weather.  Captain Margarita made a showing in the afternoon.  Stiff drinks for the afternoon .

We may have time tomorrow evening for a stop at Cedros. We will see what speed we make tonight

Oct. 29, 2014

This was the first long trip of the season. Fortunately the weather window was open for us to travel to the Hurricane Bank on a 14 day trip sponsored by Loftus and Martin. We experienced scratch fishing at the Bank averaging 25 tuna a day a few wahoo every day. There were chances at "cow" tuna each day and we picked off about 10 fish up in the 200 pound class range.

The days were long and a lot more work than what we are used to in October but none the less the guys worked at it and put together a fine catch. The grade of tuna varied from day to day . 80 to 180 pounds would be a good estimate.  The wahoo were surprisingly big as we don't see that grade until later in the year.

We are headed home now after a nice trip and looking forward to heading back down and trying the bank again after the great sign of fish we have seen.

Andy Cates

Art Caballero with his 244 pound Yellowfin caught on the chunk first thing in the morning


Mel Villalbos holding up his 233 #YFT caught on an Accurate 80 with a Calstar rod on a double sardine outfit

Oct. 28, 2014

Good evening folk, another day of scratch fishing at the Bank. Ending the day with 23 tuna and 9 wahoo. All nice grade again today with a couple of 200 pound class fish mixed in. We are headed up the line tonight and hoping the weather is nice for a least the next couple of days.

Andy Cates


Oct. 27, 2014

Good evening folks. Completely different day here with 30 tuna and 13 wahoo. All the tuna today were 70 to 140 pounds. Maybe a couple of bigger fish lost throughout the day but we will never know. 

Andy Cates

Oct. 25, 2014

Certainly better sign this afternoon. More life showed up and we had a chance to pick at better size fish. This afternoon was mostly that hundred plus pound fish with a few 75 pounders mixed in. And one fish up in the 200 pound range.

We will see how it goes tomorrow. 31 tuna and 9 wahoo

Oct. 24, 2014

Good evening folks. We had a long day. One at a time type fishing with a little flurry in the morning and a little flurry in the evening. We picked off a few nice fish with biggest one about 233. We managed to stay interested throughout the day with an occasional better fish mixed in. 28 tuna and a handful of wahoo for the day.

Andy Cates

Oct. 23, 2014

Good evening folks. Tough day today with a fair sign of fish that didn't want to bite No sharks and nice conditions so at least we have that going for us. Not a great first day but the sign brings hope for tomorrow. Biggest fish about 190 caught by Allan Babashof on his new Accurate 30

Oct. 22, 2014

Good evening folks, last day of travel and we will be fishing first thing in the morning. We had a great raffle including two beautiful custom Loftus and Martin Seeker Rods and a couple of nice Okuma wahoo rod and reel combos. We did a group picture and finished getting rigged up for tomorrow

Andy Cates

Oct. 21, 2014

Good evening folks. Not much to report today. A tuna seminar and some rigging.  Hot day today and looks like it will be hotter tomorrow.  Johnny had a another giveaway today after the seminar and we raffled a couple of items.  Nice day really. Wahoo talk tomorrow and a couple Rods and reels to raffle off.

Andy Cates

Oct. 20. 2014

Our first trip down to the Hurricane Bank. Looks like good weather and everything on the boat is running well. 

The bait looks good, healthy enough for the hot water . today is a leisure day with odd jobs around the boat, getting things ready for the long trips.

Johnny had a nice give away and looks like more to come tomorrow when we start our seminars.