INDEPENDENCE 5 DAY TRIP
by Don Padick
Wednsday: After a long day and night of traveling we woke to excellent weather, good seas and high hopes for some tuna action. Fishing was tough, action was sparse and hookups hard to come by. We managed a couple of double jig strikes for albacore and a quick snap on the yellowfin tuna with 8 13-15 lb fish hitting the decks in a short flurry on action. Total for the day 4 albacore and 8 yellowfin tuna. With the offshore action slow and the weather expected to pick up Captain Kyle made the call to head the Independence for San Benitos Island in hopes of some quality yellowtail fishing.
Thursday: We arrived at San Benitos Island early Thursday morning. Captain Kyle put us on a school of yellowtail and we were instantly hooking quality 15-20 lb yellows. We were on fish, hooking yellowtail all day and ended the day with 155 fish in the hold. The taxmen(sealions) were patrolling the fishing grounds in force and mandatory donations in the form of fresh yellowtail and yo-yo irons were required of every angler on board. The majority of fish came on the yo-yo iron with a handful of fish caught on dropper looped or flylined sardines. A fun day of fishing and great day on the water.
Friday: We started the day at San Benitos before making the short run to Cedros Island. Great call Captain. The yellowtail bite busted wide open with 15-20 pound yellows swarming the boat and hitting just about every bait or jig that hit the water. We put over 250 yellows on the boat in a few hours before leaving them biting in search of a few jumbo yellows the fill out our limits. Are efforts were rewarded as we landed several yellows in the 30-36 lb range and lost a few larger models to the ever present taxmen. A bonus 27 lb halibut came up on an iron to top off an awesome day of fishing. We opted for an early dinner in order to start up the line in hopes of hitting a few tuna schools on the way back to the docks before calling it a trip.
Saturday: We motored up the line all night and into the morning hours. A sudden jig strike followed by a lone baitfish hookup raised everybodies hopes as two nice 30 lb bluefin tuna hit the decks. With a couple of hours to fish the area we made the best of our fishing time and were able to slide in on several schools of breaking bluefin. Fifteen nice bluefin in the 25-32 lb range were landed before we needed to pack up a head for the docks.
Sunday: We arrived back at the docks of Point Loma Sportfishing at 7 am July 4 th, just in time to celebrate Independence day. How appropriate. Great Crew, awesome boat, experienced anglers, gourmet food and plenty of hooking up. What more could one ask for. SFRs very own Homan Khaki took 1st place jackpot honors with a nice 36 lb yellowtail, followed by David Lee's 35 lber. Yours truly rounded out the JP honors with a sturdy 32 lb yellowtail. The Independence has a full schedule of trips for the entire 2010 fishing season and the way things are looking its going to be another epic year
San Diego, CA