3:45 PM Breaking News / Reports: Great reports coming in from guys fishing threshers off of Newport Beach today. With perfect conditions and marlin tides multiple t's were seen slashing bait on the surface! I personally hooked two. Great day on the water.
8:51 AM Breaking News / Reports: Looking at perfect marlin conditions, Team PCS charged out to the 289 Tuesday morning on Huckfin. With Bill at the helm, Drew as the angler and Scott on leader they hooked their first marlin within fifteen minutes of lines out trolling ballyhoo. The battle lasted over two hours on light dacron and ended with a nice release!
9:23 AM Breaking News / Reports: Congratulation to Team Dialed Inn for winning the 2013 Church Mouse tournament yesterday. Great job guys!
Bertram Yacht, the legendary American manufacturer of luxury sport-fishing yachts, is pleased to announce that San Diego-based Kusler Yachts, Inc. is the newest dealer in the Bertram family, servicing California and the peninsula of Baja California. "Kusler Yachts is proud to be associated with the quality sportfishing platforms Bertram provides us,” said Michael Kusler, president of Kusler Yachts, Inc. “As avid boaters and fisherman ourselves, we are insistent on the best, and our clients rely on that commitment to quality and expertise. As we like to say, “If you are going to go fishing, why not do it in style," added Kusler. The introduction of a California / Baja California dealer is the newest in the signing of sportfishing focused dealers representing Bertram in the United States. “We are very excited to have Kusler Yachts as our newest dealer,” said Bertram Vice-President of Sales Don Smith. “Kusler Yachts will be a strong addition to our dealer network with their commitment to customer care, shipwright knowledge, passion for boating, and their sportfishing expertise.”
Before we could meet other fishing vessels, the fleet had headed in because of an impending storm. All day Sunday we had a gale blowing, giving us 10-18 foot seas and driving rain. In the Pacific Northwest, boarding windows come and go, as the ability to launch the small boats is impaired by the fickle weather.
September 22 Central Coast Fishing Update
Tuna fishing continues with albacore catches from the Rodriguez Seamount, Arguello Canyon and the Davidson Seamount. In some central coast areas, longfins are smacking trolled lures just 10 to 15 miles from the beach. Fish are running to 30 pounds, with 20 pounders the average size. Channel Islands fisherfolk are finding sporadic bites of white seabass around the east end of Santa Rosa Island and the southeast portion of Santa Cruz Island. Bounce-ballers are boating halibut from Chinese Harbor, Smugglers Cove, Christy's Ranch and Bechers Bay. Along the mainland coast, halibut are active near Rincon Point, Padero Lane, Goleta, Ellwood and Gaviota. Thresher shark are on a roll near Rock Island, Goleta, Naples Reef and Gaviota. Pier anglers are hooking into a few T-sharks along with other species of shark, they are hauling up a few halibut, scoring well on surfperch and nailing good quantities of mackerel. Read More...
Question: The problem I have at the moment is driving me crazy! I am having a bit of bother with one of my Penn 525 mags. It's the original one that I have had for a good few years but has been well looked after and serviced by myself. Basically the last 2 trips out it has started screaming intermittantly through the cast! Some casts not at all and other casts it will start halfway through as it starts to drop out of the sky. It's sounded like the ratchet vibrating on or engaging. At first as when I fiddled with the ratchet button mid cast it would stop the screaming. Problem solved I thought ! I sanded the ratchet pawl down to nothing so that it cannot engage but next trip out exactly the same. I am using braid on this reel and I know It does not come off as smooth as mono so this may well be making things worse ? However I used it all last year with no bother at all with the same line so it's not the only cause. Bearings are fine and everything else looks to be Ok so what could it be? It can't be anything bad like a bent spindle or else it would do it all of the time. Could the bearing inners be turning on the spindle maybe? Could it be the nylon bearing retaining clip/ratchet cog catching on something?
I have always been a huge fan of the custom-built, East Coast boats. The Carolina flair and classic lines of a Merritt, Rybovich and Buddy Davis are the “Holy Grail” of sportfishing boats in my book. When I got my first look at the Regulator 28 idling down Newport Harbor—from its proud North Carolina design and that pair of twin Yamaha Outboard F300C 4-stroke engines on her stern—I knew this sea-trial assignment was going to be like no other before it.
When we think of bluefin tuna out here on the West Coast we often think of nice 30 to 40-pounders with the occasional 100-pounder and that’s a nice fish--don’t get me wrong. When the guys on Prince Edward Island think of a nice Bluefin, they are thinking something in the 900 to 1000-pound range.