The good fishing continues, despite some rain for a few days but we only stayed off the water on Friday. In fact, we had less rain on the water than we did at the resort. Although we don’t usually have much rain around here, over the past few weeks we’ve had more than in the previous three years combined!
All of the run-off from the arroyos had the close-in fishing a little messed up, but it brought a lot of debris into the system and that has been holding the dorado and bait. The billfish action has been steady, blue and black marlin are finally showing up and the La Ribera drop-off has been the hot spot.
We had 85 dorado and that should continue, after so much rain, we also continue to see good numbers of sailfish (28 released) and stripers (41) and those numbers came right back up on the weekend after the storms passed. We had 7 blue marlin too, all released, as well as one huge 65-lb. rooster.
That was caught by angler Gina Griego of Concord, CA while her brother Jason, Tom White of Hercules, CA and her mom, Irene cheered her on. They were fishing on the CARELESTE with Capt. Carlos and deck hand Jesus and also had 3 nice striped marlin releases, another 25-pound rooster and a 45-pound dorado landed by Gina as well. High boat for the week, in fact was the CARELESTE with 11 dorado, 2 sailfish, 9 striped marlin, 1 amberjack and 2 roosterfish.
There were also a few wahoo and other species caught but the big news was the big tuna. While not in the abundance they normally are (25 last week) it was their size that was impressive. Fishing on the Jen Wren, first time angler, Tom Davenport and brother Bill, landed a 140-pound tuna. They had come down here to celebrate Tom’s birthday, can’t imagine a better present!
Taking turns fighting the brute for a couple of hours, the tired brothers proudly pose with their “fish of a lifetime”.
But wait – there’s more!
As they headed to the bar for a cold one, they said there was one more still hooked up on the Jen Wren III that had been fishing by them.
Just as it was getting dark, they were spotted racing in and the front loader was moved down to the water’s edge. Once the cow-sized fish was dragged off the ramp and pitched it into the bucket, it was hauled up the beach to be hung for photos.
Angler Brad Avrit, left, and fellow angler Dong Nguyen stand by their prize catch, estimated at 280 pounds. What do you think?