Jan. 5th, 2006
The first day of a 15 day trip brought us great
weather with no wind and calm seas. We are on our way down and will be
fishing the day after tomorrow. Today was spent with seminars and
rigging up. A short stop tomorrow for bait and then down to the grounds.
We will report again tomorrow. Andy Cates
Good evening folks.
After a stop for bigger bait we will be heading to the
grounds . We will be there first thing in the morning. The ocean is like a
lake. Flat calm. The reports from the area are good and hope to continue.
Tomorrow will be our first of 10 days of fishing. Hopefully we start off with
Good evening folks.
Our first day of fishing was a huge surprise. One of the
best days we have seen. The typical beautiful grade of fish we have been
getting . The topper was the amount of big fish. 29 fish estimated over 200
pounds for the day and another 40 fish from 160 to 199. Flat calm weather and
great fishing. We are hoping for another nice day tomorrow. Trip sponsors
include Catchy Tackle and Pelagic clothing . We have dirtied up the clothes
and still hoping for a chance to use the lures.
We will report again tomorrow.
Good morning folks. Yesterday we released any fish that
looked to be less than 200 pounds. It's hard to tell until they get on the
deck. We ended up with 8 tuna well over the 200 pound mark and another 3
fish real close. Emerald Argonza landed the big fish for the day One that
estimated 285 pounds. . We kept 14 fish and release another 15 fish
throughout the day. So far this morning Bob Michner has the big one at 272 .
We will report again tomorrow.
Good evening folks. The day could not have gone much
better. The weather laid back down to no wind and just a little swell. The
great fishing continued with an exceptional day on Quality. An all day drift
that brought 10 fish from 225 to 285 and three others from 204 to 220.. There
were three fish in the 270 pound range and one at 283. Fred Knilans landed the
big fish the 283, Dennis Rogers with a 270 , Tim Ivy with a 256 . Mike Deppe,
Gary Rogers, Ray Broders , Ted Kirkbride and a few others also had personals
The drift produced mostly big ones with only having to
release about 12 fish throughout the day.
tonight we are looking for bait and then heading back out
to the grounds. With only enough room for 15 more fish we are going to have to
be very selective. These big fish take up a lot of fish hold space. We will
report again tomorrow.
Good evening folks. Yesterday was a bit slower although some nice big fish
were landed. We kept 8 fish for the day the two biggest were a 258 and a 253.
Only room for a few more fish, and we are going to make sure they are the
right ones. With 5 days left of fishing we have plenty of time for things to
pick back up. Hopefully today we get a few chances at big ones.
Good evening folks. The last two days have been pretty tough for us .A little
change in our luck has put us on the wrong schools. Either smaller fish or
good size fish that don't bite or do not stick around.
Long nights of bait making have also turned the last nights into a lot of
work. Although we have been off the big fish, tomorrow is another day. For
only looking for a few more fish it sure has been tough the last two days.
Hopefully tomorrow that changes.
Good evening folks. After 2 days of looking we fond a spot
of bigger fish that would stay with us. We boated 5 fish, 3 of which estimated
over 200 and two that looked close but were not. That finished us off. We are
going to take advantage of the good weather and work up the line looking for
variety. Yellowtail and grouper are the targeted fish. It looks like we will
have a chance to do skiff trips for bass and other inshore catch and release
fish as well. We may start that tomorrow in Santa Maria Bay and then again up
We will report again tomorrow
Good evening folks. Today worked out pretty good. We
managed to stay out of the weather and stay busy all day catching nice grade
yellowtail. We moved up to the Turtle bay area anticipating the wind and swell
and are going to fish here again tomorrow.
We are trying to time it so this storm blows through before
we head home. So as we speak it is flat calm inside the bay. We will report
ETA will be @ 8:00 AM Thursday the 19th
CAPTAIN: ANDY CATES
DATE OF TRIP: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4 TO THURSDAY
JANUARY 19, 2006
LENGTH OF TRIP: 15 DAYS
AREA FISHED: MAGDALENA BAY
FISH COUNT: 104 YELLOWTAIL BOAT BEST! 59
OVER 200 LBS
1st PLACE JACKPOT 292.7 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA
EMERALD ARGONZA OF
2ND PLACE JACKPOT 284 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA
FRED KNILIANS OF TUSTKIN,
3RD PLACE JACKPOT 282.7 LB YELLOWFIN TUNA
DENNIS ROGERS OF NEW
ADDITIONAL 200 LB CREDITS
||270,248,245,234, 203, 200.9, 200.8
272.7, 236.4, 223.6,200
||282.1, 215.3, 207
||257, 209.6, 200.6,200.4
John Grabowski asked for us to post an update as there
was some difficulty in sending an email report. He will try to send one
again later in the evening when hopefully the signal is stronger. IN the
meantime here is his update.
The ride down was absolute beautiful, the weather
amazingly perfect, sunshine and a nice soft breeze to go with it. They did the
usual, with going over techniques and getting rigged up. They stopped at Mag
Bay for some additional bait. Then headed down to the Baja banks.
They arrived at the banks the other day and reports that
it has been a bit slow as the water has cooled down to the low 60's. They did
get a few Cows a 240,230 and a 215 . They will probably try one more day or so
and if it's still slow they will head further down to warmer waters. The
weather continues to be just great so that is a plus.
We will repost again as soon as we can.
I just spoke to the Captain this afternoon and he asked
me to post another update. Just so you know we have not spoken to or
received a report from the boat since the last time I posted. No one is
slacking off or holding back reports we simply did not get any ourselves. We
are still having difficulty with the email sending reports.
The problem is that the boat is now down at Hurricane
bank where the signal and reception are already minimal on top of the low
signal we already have and you need a real strong signal to email reports.
The Captain said he doesn't think he will be able to send any reports for
the rest of this trip but will call and give me one whenever he can get
through. So please be patient we are doing all we can.
Report: The boat is now at Hurricane Bank they arrived
there Thursday at about 6;00 in the morning and the fishing has been
GREAT! We are hitting nice schools of 120- 275 lb tuna.
Today's top fish/ Anglers so far is a 275 lb tuna
caught by Kirk Agnitsch
he is followed close behind by
now has a 270 lb and then we have
who not only has a 270 to tie but also has a 243lb and 230lb under his belt.
They have also had about 20 wahoo on Thursday and
another 16 today so for those of you who were crossing their fingers for
some tasty Wahoo looks like you'll be getting some.
That is all the report for now, the next report will
most likely be Monday as we aren't in the office on the weekends. -RRIII
We just received a Sat Phone call from the vessel. The
weather at Hurricane Bank was excellent today. Looks like they have 31 fish
over 200 lbs. with 6 of those being 270 to 290lbs. The average fish is about
160-190 lbs. They have room for about a dozen more fish. They will
depart from the bank on Monday evening. If you are in the San Diego area on
Saturday morning drop by the landing and check out our catch.
The last evening at the Bank produced another 6 or 7 fish over
200 lbs. We will be arriving at Alijos Rocks this morning. The weather has
been excellent coming up hill and we have a little space left in our hole for
maybe some smaller units. So we will scout around the Rocks and see what