Just checking in from our Roy Kato memorial trip. We made it out of the harbor a little on the late side but with a beautiful load of sardines. The Shogun turned south toward to Ensenada. Check in went very smooth and we were pointed for Guadalupe soon after. We were blessed with great traveling weather and arrived at the island at about 3pm Friday. We dedicated an hour to celebrate the memory of Roy Kato, our chef Kenny Kato’s grandfather, where we shared memories and tossed flowers in the water. After paying our respects we worked down the island. We finished the first day with no fish on the boat but had excellent bait making right after dinner. The first morning waking up found us battling wind and strong current but we managed to pick at a few yellowtail. The yellowtail fishing slowed down as our current subsided and we left in search of tuna. We found them not to far away and were immediately given a good showing of boils and jumpers. We started hooking fish on 60 pound but were dismayed at the rate the fish were being lost. Capt. Rene urged not to use less than 80 pound line. As we switched gears to 80 and 100 pound line we started landing fish. We fished into the dark and made our bait easily again right after dinner where we ended our day.
This was our routine the next few days. Waking up fishing yellowtail for the first few hours of the day and then focusing on tuna in the afternoon. We managed between 25 and 50 yellows every morning and 10 to 15 tuna every afternoon. Our yellowtail were mixed grade mostly 18 to 30 pounders, however we managed to land several tails while tuna fishing that are over 50 pounds. Two of our yellowtail could break the 70 pound mark. The tuna were averaging 100 pounds a few 70 pounders and a some being as large as 140. We ended the trip with with 111 Yellowtail, and 45 Yellowfin Tuna.
Crew and passengers will post and provide images but back at the office Jen is the one who makes it all happen!