Fish Report for 8-16-2011

Uranga Memorial Gets Rare Albacore

Bill Roecker

The first memorial trip for recently deceased Dick Uranga, who was also known to his many friends as "Captain Potatohead," was aboard the Searcher, a three-day trip that arrived at Fisherman's Landing August 16 with 28 passengers. It was skippered by owner-operator Art Taylor.

Three albacore were caught at one stop, noted second skipper Aaron Remy. Two of the fish came on bait and one on a trolled Zucker jig in Mexican Flag pattern. One of the baitfish was handed off to Anthony Yumori of Culver City, by Loren Rowton of Durango, CO. Later Rowton traded a bluefin to Yumori for the longfin. They posed with the albie, a rarity this season, on the dock.

Derek Taguchi of Orange won first place for a 44-pound bluefin tuna. He said he took it with a sardine on a 2/0 Owner Flyliner hook on 30-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon. He fished with 65-pound Power Pro spectra on a Talica 10 reel and a Seeker Hercules 70 M rod.

Bob Bayus of Azusa won second place for a 42.2-pound tuna, and Jim Arens of Bayfield, CO won third place for a 42-pound bluefin tuna.