Fish Report for 8-16-2008

Pilot Rock Pick Pays Off

Bill Roecker

Art Taylor brought his Searcher home from Guadalupe Island after a four-day trip with 27 anglers. He docked at Pt. Loma Sportfishing, as the Royal Polaris was occupying the facilities at Fisherman's. Chartermistress Jan Howard, a Braid rep, made several notable catches, including a yellowfin on 12-pound line and a large yellowtail on 30-pound.

"We started out on the North End near Pilot Rock," said Jan, "and we got some big yellowtail there, and some bigger ones on the weather side not far away. We had a night bite on slabs of scad mackerel, until the boat ran out of sinkers.

"Whitey showed up," continued Jan, "and he got a lot of the sinkers. Once he breached on somebody's yellowtail coming to the boat."

Gary Holpuch of Golden Shores, AZ won first place for a 40.8-pound yellowtail. He said he got it with a sardine on a 2/0 Gamakatsu hook and 50-pound P-Line. He used an Avet LX reel and a Seeker 670 rod.

Greg Locke of San Diego tied with Ron Servis of Escondido for second place. Both men had 40-pound yellowtail.

Using one of the boat's trolling rigs, Jenel Ross of Lake Forest cranked up a giant black sea bass estimated at 200 pounds, and released it.