Long Range: Fleet prepares to kick-off campaign

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BENDO ON A BIG YELLOW. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING
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April marks return to action

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON

SAN DIEGO-Last week, the only boat in the long range fleet on the fishing grounds was the Royal Polaris wrapping up a cow trip to the Hurricane Bank. By week’s end, a half a dozen more boats will be back on the grounds. Two months of boat work and maintenance has finally come to an end. Fishing is, once more, in the air. The RP experienced some excellent action on the cow grounds posting good scores of teenager yellowfin tuna and at times, spectacular wahoo fishing. Several trips down to the cow grounds are on the early schedule for some of the boats. Meanwhile, the Polaris Supreme, under new ownership, launched their new season with a trip targeting local bluefin.

Royal Polaris finishes on the baja coast

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A BEAUTY GROUPER taken off the bank on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING

The RP returned to Point Loma with a fine catch of big yellowfin, wahoo, yellowtail and grouper on a well balanced long range trip. Even after leaving the cow grounds, the boat found excellent fishing on the trip up, fishing the Baja coast. The boat sent this final report on the trip, “Well, after great weather and excellent fishing, we are headed for home. We were a bit busy yesterday, so sorry for not reporting. We made a quick stop on the other banks, and caught some grouper and yellowtail. Most of the yellowtail were  the 25- to 45-pounds quality fish. The weather continues to be excellent, with 5 to 8 knots of breeze, sunny, and warm. Our passenger took down all there tackle, cleaned up, and the crew went right to work, getting the boat cleaned up for next trip. We will be keeping our eyes open for any bluefin tuna on our road home.”

New Polaris Supreme returns               

The Polaris Supreme began their new schedule with a series of local trips targeting local bluefin tuna. The boat, with Capt. Aliyar at the wheel, filed this report at the conclusion of a day and a half trip, “We tied up this morning from a 1.5 day trip. We ended up with 24 bluefin tuna up to 95 pounds. We like what we saw out there, good fishing. All the other fish were in the 45- pound range, a good grade of fish.”

The report continued, “We saw some schools of the 80 to 100 pounders. Come prepared with 30- to 50-pound fluorocarbon and small Shimano Flat Falls and Colt

Snipers. The wise angler would also be prepared with a 60- to 80- pound set-up for sinker rigs and larger Flat-Falls.”

OVER THE RAIL on the RP. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL POLARIS SPORTFISHING
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