The Calstar sponsored 6-day trip on the Red Rooster 3 left the docks by noon on September 26, 2014. Skipper Andy Cates assessed the current fishing conditions and made the call that we were going to do some traveling to execute his plan. With a storm coming up from the south we were going straight to the top of The Ridge and then stay ahead of the storm by traveling north (opposite of what we normally do). Calstar provided loaner Graphiter rods. We loaned them out to the passengers, everyone received a Calstar t-shirt and we had a raffle where every passenger won a couple of prizes from the generous sponsors that support my trips.
We started fishing at the top of the Ridge looking for tuna and caught wahoo. Oh well, no complaints there. We did find the tuna and proceeded to catch our limits of tuna the first day. So much for Andy’s plan for fishing for tuna at the Ridge for 2 days. At night we moved inside of the Ridge to target yellowtail. We trolled for yellowtail and hooked wahoo. Oh well again. We did find the yellowtail. We move up north that night (more like bounced up north) and we did completed our trip limits of yellowtail. We move up north that night and fished kelp patties for dorado for our last day. We caught trip limits of dorado and called it a trip. The results was more than 30 wahoo and trip limits of yellowfin tuna, limits of yellowtail and limits of dorado. That was some pretty good fishing.