Fortunately the next trip in the last week of August was probably the best of the year. Everybody got into the act. Everyone and we came home with 26 quality fish. Bluefin
The rest of the year including this years Make-A-Wish tuna challenge was filled with smaller yellowfin. Brian Sprinkles and Arno's Yellowfin were typical of these fish. Brian and Arno multiple jig strikes were frequent and the fish came readily to the boat despite often bad bait. Except for the Make-A-Wish the weather was nice and everybody usually caught fish. Pat For this years Make-A-Wish we fished below the 295 in really ugly weather. After one wide open stop for 18 smaller yellowfin there was a steady diet of jig strikes for these smaller fish punctuated by one nice stop for more yellowfin and a wave of larger Albacore that cruised by. We managed to boat one Albacore from this surprise visit. We did weigh in fish but didn't place. On Sunday Bruce and Dennis's Dorado Taco dinner was outstanding. While we enjoyed Tacos, Jeff and Tom attended the Make A Wish dinner. At the dinner we did win the Early Bird lottery and scored 500 lottery tickets and several prizes. Our last trip in late September was Another long day on the water in bouncy seas. We covered a lot of ocean for 2 small yellowfin
Bottom Fishing: In April when it was clear that the 9 mile bank had dried up Bruce and I explored the area along the canyon below the rockpile and above the finger bank and found wide open fishing for quality fish. Two more runs to this area also produced fish although the last run in early june found greenish water and produced mostly small fish. In the fall and winter we made three more productive trips to this area the fish were smaller for the most part. We also exolored the Descanso Ridge on a december trip. The area was blanketed by Squid and fishing was slow but this looks like a productive spot to explore in the future. We made only one trip to the 9 mile bank this year and managed 3 modest ling cod and salmon grouper.
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