Saltwater – Intrepid steams north, crushes albacore rather than cancel charter due to Kay

THIS 125-POUND BIGEYE caught by Steve Sedach was another bonus species caught board the Intrepid during an 8-day charter that started off Northern California.

With a bigeye also bagged, SoCal species now on radar as the Intrepid heads home


FORT BRAGG – With Tropical Storm Kay on its way late last week and all eyes glued to the Windy app watching it spin toward Southern California’s offshore fishing stage, the bulk of the sportfishing fleet and private boaters alike decided to sit this one out and stay tied to

MITCH CHIVARA with a 25-pound-class albie that fell for live bait during an 8-day charter that turned into a rare NorCal/SoCal combo trip.

the dock for the weekend. The crew Intrepid opted for the “road” less traveled to not only keep an 8-day charter online, but to make it an outside-the-box trip to remember.


The charter left on Thursday with Kay right smack in the Intrepid’s rearview as she motored north, ahead of the spin cycle. After a long run, passengers found themselves off the Northern California coast between San Francisco and Fort Bragg targeting albacore.

As of press time (Monday) the Intrepid had 36 albacore and a 125-pound bigeye tuna on deck according to Intrepid Sportfishing’s Office Manager Katie Schmidt who also told WON the 116-foot vessel captained by Bill Cavanaugh was on its way south with plans to chase bluefin tuna.

The trip will be back on the dock in San Diego on Friday, Sept. 16, likely with a very diverse NorCal/SoCal mixed-bag fish count that is a rarity to say the least.

THE INTREPID booked it for NorCal with Tropical Storm Kay looming, and by Monday she had 36 albacore on deck to go along with a nice bigeye tuna. The Intrepid is now fishing SoCal waters on the way back to San Diego, and compiling a very unique fish count to put it mildly.