Fishing Report August 2011By Capt. Hector Mesa
July had offered a great assortment of
fish. We are hoping and looking forward for August to do the same. With the sudden change of weather conditions
and the wide variety of species, we’ve been heading out with all types of tackle and bait. The game plan might change
all of a sudden; depending on what Mother Nature has to offer us that day or what the customer might have in mind to target,
overall we are ready for anything. On every trip we load up with 5 to 6 dozen live pilchards in the live-well,
the cooler loaded with 6 chum blocks, a box of silversides, a box of frozen Spanish sardines, a couple dozen frozen
ballyhoo, a 5lb box of frozen squid, and a gallon size bag full of chunked bonito fillet.
Lately, we’ve been doing pretty
well on an early morning run for black fin tuna while trolling C&H tuna lures, black/purple and dark blue have been choice
of colors. The productive zone has been between 200’ to 230’. As we come out of Government Cut, we head north
to just south of the Twin Diamonds and then troll south to beyond the county wrecks has been the sweet spot. The calm condition
during the day has been perfect and ideal for vertical jigging. This type of fishing technique offers a good battle and it’s
a lot of fun.
Dolphin fishing was a hit or miss in the
beginning of July and if you did find them; it was a bunch of little guys. Some bigger dolphins were starting to show up towards
the end of the month. Reports were showing some in the range of 20 to 30 pounds. With the nice calm conditions, it has also
been a great opportunity to head out to deeper water and do some daytime sword fishing.
So the plan was on, the crew consisted
of my son Hector Mesa Jr., Capt Jorge Fernandez, Jorge Montero and me. We met at 5 am, loaded up the boat
and headed out early to pick up some live pilchards in case we ran into some dolphin on the way to the sword fish grounds.
We were glad we did, we noticed some diving birds at a distance and ran in that direction. We picked up a few dolphins and
continued on with our original venture.
We arrived at the fishing grounds and
deployed the deep drop rig with a large rigged squid down to about 1850 feet. Capt Jorge came up with a good idea to bring
a Penn 30 that was rigged with 80lb braid, three feet of stranded wire, and 12/0 circle hook; just in case a shark decided
to pay us a visit. Well…30 minutes into our drift we had a Mako Shark swimming around the boat. Capt Jorge filleted
one of the dolphins and baited the Penn. The Mako made a couple of dashes at the bait and finally inhaled it, the fight was
on! The shark made several runs, came up and repeated this action several times until it was done. We used a flying gaff and
it took a team effort to get this big guy on the boat.
We decided it was time to head in and
get this guy on the scale. The Mako measured 6’ long and weighted 137lbs. What a great looking meat and tasty too!!
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