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August 2006

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:   FRIDAY, JULY 28, TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2006 (no pictures available)

LENGTH OF TRIP:     4 DAYS

AREA FISHED:          COLONET, OFFSHORE

FISH COUNT:             70 YELLOWTAIL

                                  6 DORADO

                                19 YELLOWFIN

                                40 ALBACORE

1st PLACE JACKPOT       68.9 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY KENNETH RIEGER OF MISSION VIVIEJO, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT       57.5 YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BILL BROGAN OF ORANGE, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT        57.4 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY PAUL WARD OF COSTA MESA, CA

Note: This trip was sponsored by BluefinJim.com

Aug. 2nd, 2006

Good morning folks, With the bait situation once again a problem we decided to head down in hopes of action on yellowtail at one of the Islands. We won't be there until later but maybe a stop on the way down at one of the beach spots. The weather is good inside and we are still waiting for things to calm down on the outside for later this trip. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Aug. 3rd, 2006


Good morning folks. Yesterday we got a decent start on yellows and hoping for a full day of action today. A lot of small fish to weed through but fish up to 30 pounds mixed in. We got to the North end of Cedros at 2:30 in the afternoon after checking some beach spots only to find poor conditions. We loaded up on mackerel last night and are ready to go today. We will report again tomorrow.
Andy Cates

Aug. 4th, 2006

Good morning folks. Another day of yellowtail fishing brought us an exceptional grade of fish from Cedros and Benitos. With an ending drift on school size yellows to finish off the day . With plenty of yellows on the boat we decided to investigate the offshore scene on our last day. So far not to impressed with the size of fish mostly releaser size tuna , but the day is young.
Andy Cates

Aug. 5th, 2006

Good morning folks. Yesterday brought action on kelps with Dorado, Yellowfin and Yellowtail. The yellows were good size the others were marginal. The action provided another day of action but no Jack pot was settled on the day. Although a nice Dorado was trolled up and looks to have sealed that contest. A great catch of yellowtail and the variety of yesterday made for a nice 4 day trip. Today we leave with the Ono Custom Rods 5 dayer, that leaves a little more breathing room in the southern waters. We will report again tomorrow

Andy Cates

Aug. 7th, 2006

Good afternoon folks. Yesterday turned out to be a great day of offshore fishing. Nice hits on albacore and good kelps with yellows and dorado. With 300 mixed fish to start the trip off, getting the sweat off for at least the first day. Today started out good at Guadalupe scratching 22 tuna before the wind came up and blew us off. Numerous anchor jobs that would not stick left us scratching our heads in grief. Tomorrow we are going to try it again and hope to get the anchor to hold and of course get some fish. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Aug. 8th, 2006

Good afternoon, What a difference a day makes.  We were able to anchor up and hold our hot spot for the entire day.  The only bad part of the day was that the great white sharks also knew where to find us and our hooked tuna. Our loses to the sharks were not bad but it did make things more exciting than normal. We have landed 55 yellowfins and a couple of tails so far today.  Last night the tuna put on a little frenzy at dusk and we are hoping for the same.

Mr. Ono

Aug. 9th, 2006

Good evening, We are on our way back to San Diego.  We finished up here this morning with a few nice yellows but that was all.  Conditions have changed and the fish were not in the biting mood.  All in all we had a very enjoyable time this year. We are already making plans for next year's Ono Custom Rod 5 dayer.  We will have photos from this trip on Friday.

Mr. Ono

DATE OF TRIP:  Saturday, AUGUST 5, TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2006 (click here for pictures)

LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREA FISHED:          Offshore and Guadalupe

FISH COUNT:              178 YELLOWTAIL

                                  19 DORADO

                                  88 YELLOWFIN

                                 119 ALBACORE

1st PLACE JACKPOT       63.6 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BRYAN KITAHARA OF PLACENTIA, CA.

2ND PLACE JACKPOT      63.2 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY BOB MICHENER OF OXNARD, CA.

3RD PLACE JACKPOT      62.9 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY TOM CLARK OF THOUSAND OAKS, CA.

Aug. 11th, 2006

Good morning folks. Not much to report except for the fact that we got out with a great load of bait. We decided to head to Guadalupe and give it a shot. If anything it will put us in position for yellows at Benitos and Cedros. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Aug. 12th 2006

Good afternoon folks. After 1.5 days of dealing with the elements at the island we have decided to head inside for some action on yellows. Leaving here with 75 trophy yellowfin we feel the work paid off. Today being the better day were we scratched from daybreak until 5:00 . We left at 5:00 and on the move in. Guadalupe can be good for some of the people and tough for the others. Quite a few disappointments with shark bit fish but everyone manage fish in the end. We will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates 

Aug. 14th. 2006

Good morning folks. Yesterday the action was from dawn till dusk. yellowtail on bird schools, drifts and anchored on the structure. A full day of fishing left just a handful of people at the rail with sore arms from the Yo- Yo jig and pulling on fish. Not to much grief from the sea lions and good weather made for a nice day of fishing. Today we are fishing the beach looking for action on yellows and bass. We will be in tomorrow and leaving again on a 5 day trip. We will report again tonight

Andy Cates

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2006 (click here for pictures)

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LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREA FISHED:          offshore and Guadalupe

FISH COUNT:               180 YELLOWTAIL

                                  10 DORADO

                                  80 YELLOWFIN

1st PLACE JACKPOT       73.5 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DAVID ROSENTHAL OF EL SEGUNDO, CA

2ND PLACE JACKPOT       66 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MATT HELBERT OF POWAY, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT        64.7 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY DOAL MILLER OF ENCINITAS, CA

Note: This trip was sponsored by David Rosenthal of WestCoastAngler.com. He supplied all kinds of goodies for the guys such as custom shirts, lots of hooks, lures and assorted tackle.


Aug. 16th, 2006

Good morning folks. With the offshore scene still on the down . we made the run and are starting off at Guadalupe . we won't be there until 10:30 but hoping are timing will be good. if things go well here today we will stay if not we will be in position for yellows on the inside. Hopefully we can find an area of biting fish with tolerable sharks. We will report again tomorrow Andy Cates

Aug. 18th, 2006

Good morning folks. The reports have been hard to send with bad connections.  We are headed to Cedros in hopes of action on yellowtail. We spent the first 2 days out at the Island and scratched some nice size yellowfin. our positioning was not the best and the sharks made yesterday very frustrating . But managed 70 tuna and decided we had enough of that place. We will be at Cedros at 8:30 after leaving Guadalupe at 4:30 in the afternoon. We are hoping for a nice day of yellows and then moving up for kelps in hopes of Dorado. We will report again tomorrow. Andy Cates

 

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2006 (click here for pictures)

LENGTH OF TRIP:     5 DAYS

AREA FISHED:          offshore and Guadalupe

FISH COUNT:               95 YELLOWTAIL

                                    2 DORADO

                                  70 YELLOWFIN

1st PLACE JACKPOT       71.3 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY PAUL SUTER OF  LAKEWOOD, CO

2ND PLACE JACKPOT       69.0 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JERRAD DOBSON OF SAN MARCOS, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT        66.6 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MIKE SMALL OF LAKESIDE, CA

 

Note:  FRED BOWDEN CHARTER

Aug. 21st, 2006

Good morning folks. Today we will be traveling and rigging up for the nest three days at Alijos Rocks. Our annual 7 day is finally here. With good reports from the last boat down and a good weather outlook we are ready to go. A nice load of sardine and mackerel at the bait receivers and a freezer full of squid and flyers puts us in good order for tuna and wahoo. we will arrive in the morning at 830 tomorrow.
Andy Cates

Aug. 23rd, 2006

Good morning folks. Yesterday was quite a disappointment with grief from sharks and non biting tuna. For a while it seemed like we were getting bites just not landing the fish. The question was soon answered with half eaten fish and success on bringing in the sharks. We made several moves throughout the day asking ourselves. This can't be it.  Well it was with only 5 tuna and 11 wahoo moral was down. Hopefully patience pays off and we get some pay back today. The fish are here they just need to get in the right mode. If we can just scratch we will be happy. Visions of loading up have declined. But you never know. That's the beauty of it. We will report again tomorrow

Aug. 24th, 2006

With the thought of leaving the rocks and heading up to Guadalupe we were stopped in our tracks by Wahoo and tuna up on the North end. We trolled up 21 wahoo, some nice big ones and scratched on the tuna until dark. The sharks got on us late and screwed us up. We finished off with 53 tuna and 21 wahoo 12 yellows. With the sign we saw yesterday we had to give it another day and so far the wahoo have bit a little with 21 wahoo so far this morning and 5 tuna. Some smaller grade yellows were caught last night to keep the guys busy but no great big yellowtail like the night before. That one was really nice.
as far as tomorrow goes we will see what time we leave here today. Guadalupe is getting out of our reach as far as timing goes so maybe some yellows on the beach. That decision will come later.

Andy Cates

Aug. 25th, 2006

Good morning folks. Yesterday went about the same at the Rocks. Another 22 wahoo and 44 tuna. The evening brought more sharks that messed up our evening bite and the morning the conditions were poor for tuna. The afternoon we had our best shot on tuna, but once again the current made a dramatic turn and that shut off. The wahoo fishing was on the Anchor that started first thing in the morning an lasted until about 9:30. The ever changing current shut that down and another move found us the tuna.
Another big yellowtail caught on the Iron sealed the biggest jig caught yellow and biggest tuna caught by Jimmy Baxter looks to be around 120 pounds.
We managed a little over 50 wahoo and a little over 100 tuna for three days of scratching at the rocks. Not quite what we had in mind but none the less some nice fish to be had. Things were just off the bite this week. We are headed inside in search of yellowtail we will report again tomorrow.

Andy Cates

Aug. 26th, 2006

Good morning folks. We started at San Pablo only to find Red Tide all over the shallow and 20 miles above. Clam Bay started our day with 45 yellowtail that seemed to just stop biting. A lot of junk mixed in that really didn't make it that good. The quest continued all the way up to Cedros were we anchored up and had an evening bite on decent size yellows until dark. Another 35 yellows there to finish the day.
This morning we are offshore and the story continues with this scene. Decent water with no sign of fish. Hoping for a kelp to finish off with. We are only giving it the morning and heading home before lunch. We will be in tomorrow at 8:00 in the morning.
Andy Cates

CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES

DATE OF TRIP:  SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2006 (click here for pictures)

LENGTH OF TRIP:     7 DAYS

AREA FISHED:          offshore and Alijos Rocks

FISH COUNT:               135 YELLOWFIN, 138 YELLOWTAIL, 54 WAHOO & 12 DORADO

1st PLACE JACKPOT       103.2 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY JR BAXTER OF ALBUQUERQUE, NM

2ND PLACE JACKPOT       88.3 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY MIKE PORTMAN OF SANTA MARIA, CA

3RD PLACE JACKPOT       84.8 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT BY COACH CLARK OF UNION CITY, CA

Note:  84.4 lb YELLOWTAIL CAUGHT BY DON LYTON OF PINION HILLS, CA      

           This is our Annual 7 day trip sponsored by Jeff Johnson

Aug. 28th, 2006

Good morning folks.  After getting bait and traveling down, we will start at Guadalupe in hopes that the water has settled after the big South swell. We will arrive in an hour and begin the search. Several boats down her with no other options we are hoping for a better spread of fish. We will report again tomorrow
Andy Cates

Aug. 29th, 2006

Good morning folks.  Very poor at Guadalupe yesterday. Trying multiple spots on the way down the Island with one wahoo and a yellowtail. A few tuna boiling around but not enough to work with. We left there at 4:00 and started in toward Cedros. With the sign we saw here the other day we are hoping for a good day.
The weather looks great so we are looking at a calm day of what we hope to be good yellowtail fishing.
We will report again tomorrow.
Andy Cates

Aug. 29th, 2006

Good afternoon folks. We left Cedros at about 2:30 in route for Guadalupe. I had a feeling one of these days we would hit it right in here. Today was the day. Great fishing on 18 to 25 pound yellows with perfect conditions. Great visual with yellows swirling around the boat chasing the sardines. With everyone catching the yellows they wanted we are heading back out in hopes of settling our Jack Pot and maybe a bit more. We will be fishing first thing in the morning. Hopefully tomorrow works out any thing like today.
Andy Cates

Aug. 31st, 2006

Good morning folks. We left the island after scratching tuna and yellows for a day and a morning. Yesterday was once again challenging out her. With the white sharks and current changes to successfully catch one was quite a chore. 25 tuna and 8 yellows yesterday and 18 tuna this morning before we left.
We certainly had a lot of chance but the challenge was hard to meet. The hurricane down by Cabo is not an issue yet but will be tracked and monitored closely for the next coming trip .The boats down at the Cedros area see no problems yet , we will report tomorrow on our departure for a 4 day trip
Andy Cates