Commander Ellis Skidmore with his day’s catch while fishing with Anibel on the panga Avaspa. Ellis got 7 of the excellent eating chulas, and 1 black skipjack. The fish were taken on a weighted red feather and Rapalas.
The blue water is steadily making its way back closer to shore, with it currently being about 8 miles off the beach. The action is still slow for sailfish, with a per boat average of only about 1 a day. A few blue and striped marlin are also being caught.
Jim Watson, Mike Hedrity, and Chuck Fischer of Arlington, VA fished today with Mike Bulkly and Francisco on the panga Huntress. They got 2 sailfish and a striped marlin. Mike told me they went 28 miles on a due South heading.
Jim Watson with his sailfish
There are very few people fishing, with only about 8 to 10 boats a day leaving the municipal pier.
Chuck's striped marlin
Light tackle and fly rod action has been excellent inshore on the hard fighting black skip jack tuna (barilettes) and chulas.
Chulas are a small 4-6 pound tuna. The three main characteristics is they have teeth, are very tasty with a light colored meat, and are rarely seen breaking on bait on the surface. They are usually taken by trolling a Rapala.
Eighty-eight year old Commander Ellis Skidmore (USN-retired) of Madras Or and Eric Skidmore of Bend OR fished with Cheva and me on the panga Dos Hermanos II. We would pull up on a school of the breaking skipjacks, with Eric on the bow with the fly rod, and Cheva casting a 1 oz crippled herring from the stern with a spin rod. Cheva would get bit instantly, and passed the rod off to Ellis. Eric was way behind his Dad's count of 30 caught and 22 brought to the boat, but both had a great time.