Daily Fish Report

Captain Mike Ramirez

Tuesday, September 30

The Hot Spot

Hello Anglers, today we fished the Ridge there was very good sign of school size tuna. There was also descent sign of yellowtail for those who wanted to fish the bottom. We also had a couple of Wahoo in the mix. Were gonna give it another day tomorrow wish us luck.

Reported by:Mike Ramirez









DateDescription
September 2014
09-30-2014 The Hot Spot
Hello Anglers today we fished the Ridge there was very good sign of school size tuna There was also descent sign of yellowtail for those who wanted to fish the bottom We also had a couple of Wahoo in the mix Were gonna give it another day tomorrow wish us luck More ...
09-29-2014 Traveling south
Hello anglers Today we started the day off with a full tackle seminar The rest of the day was spent rigging crimping and wiring We were lucky enough to find a kelp late in the day witch had a handful of dorado on it We also made a quick stop and picked up a few yellowtail for dinner We will be getting to the zone mid morning tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-28-2014 Phenix Rods
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Phenix Rods day trip We cleared the point around headed south I haven't decided where we are going to start yet but will keep you informed Wish us luck More ...
09-27-2014 All Good Things Must Come To An End
Hello anglers Today we spent the day braking down all the gear and scrubbing the boat The weather is a little sloppy but not too bad We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing Tomorrow morning See you there More ...
09-26-2014 Offshore report
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore and it really worked out well We were able to find several kelp pattys that were holding dorado The weather was good and the fish were biting just a fun day of fishing Even a few Kansas boys got in on the dorado action We will check in tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-24-2014 Good Fishing
Hello Anglers We started the morning with beautiful weather and biting yellowtail The bite kept us busy through out the day Most of the fish were good grade - lbs We will be heading offshore tomorrow in search of Dorado Wish us luck More ...
09-23-2014 Long Day
Hello anglers Today we were offshore looking at a new area It didn't quite work out the way i planned We looked at a lot of good water for very little results We did end up with a handful of wahoo late in the day We will be looking for yellowtail tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-22-2014 Good Times
Hello anglers Today was another great day of tuna fishing The YFT started biting around in the morning and didn't stop All the fish were good grade - lbs Once we had our fill we left the zone to concentrate on something else We will check back in tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-21-2014 YFT on the chew
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowfin tuna We rolled into the area around noon and it didn't take long to find a school The school sized tuna were very eager to bite the hooks The guys using the poppers did especially well We were also lucky enough to get a few wahoo in the mix We will be in the same area again tomorrow wish us luck More ...
09-19-2014 First day
Hello anglers Today we departed on our th annual Big Al s Tuna Tourney We picked up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around noon We are headed south We will check in tomorrow and let you know how things are going Wish us luck More ...
09-18-2014 Excel Has Excellent Dorado Fishing
Capt Justin called in from the Excel with an update we ended our day with a nice day of Dorado fishing jumping from kelp to kelp The Dorado fishing was very good only miles from home it is looking good for the next few weeks We had a great trip Wahoo fishing at the rocks tuna offshore Yellowtail near the beach and topped it off with the Dorado fishing we will be back at the dock in the morning More ...
09-15-2014 Excel Has All The Yellowfin They Can Handle
Capt Justin called in from the Excel and said they had very good fishing today we got into an area that was showing good signs of Yellowfin Tuna They were mixed grade fish from to lbs and they were biting good everyone got all they tuna they needed so we are crossing tuna off our list We will now start concentrating on Yellowtail and Dorado for the rest of the trip we still trying to stay in front of the storm which is halfway up the Baja coast Everyone is doing good and fishing hard in excellent weather we will check More ...
09-13-2014 Update from Pelagic 8 Day Trip
Captan Justin Fleck called in this morning with an update from the Pelagic day trip The weather looks like there will be a little break between storms We are heading South and are planning on checking out the Rocks and the Ridge We are excited to see what is going on down there as nobody as been there in a while Stay tuned More ...
09-03-2014 Excel Drifts All Day On Bluefin Tuna
Capt Justin from the Excel called in a report for their final day of fishing thsy headed west looking for Bluefin and found a school right at daylight and drifted it all day It was hot and hectic at the beginning and then settled into slow plunker we ended up with Bluefin Tuna They ranged in weifgt fron to pounds with a few larger than that really good signs of Bluefin Tuna in US waters We were really stoked to get on that school and drift all day long we left them biting and are headed for San Diego More ...
09-01-2014 Albacore!
Captain Justin Fleck called in with an update from the Big X We have been fishing pretty close to home today We started catching fish around miles from Point Loma We spent our day moving from school to school and there is a ton of bait and lots of Yellowfin Tuna We did get a special surprise today an Albacore We are hoping to see more of these this Fall We will be heading West in search of Bluefin Tuna tomorrow We will check back in later More ...
August 2014
08-31-2014 Seeker 3 Day is on it's Way!
Captain Justin Fleck called in tonight with an update from the Excel We left today on our Seeker day trip We have bunch of new faces and some regulars too We got a nice load of bait and we will check in tomorrow a More ...
08-30-2014 Update from the Islands!
Captain Justin Fleck called in with an update from the Big X We spent the past two days down at the Islands trying to avoid the winds and swell from the Hurricane We had very good Yellowtail fishing We got them on YoYo Iron Fly-lined baits Dropper Loop and a few guys were fishing the Surface Iron We also had some quality Calico Bass to go along with one big Halibut We are going to head up now and we will check in tomorrow More ...
08-27-2014 Bluefin up to 125 pounds!
Captain Justin Fleck called in from the Excel with an update from offshore We have had pretty good fishing on Bluefin to - big one at and Yellowfin Tuna There is very good sign of Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna in local waters We are moving down South to catch some Yellowtail We will check back in with you later on More ...
08-24-2014 Excel Starts Fishing Early
Capt Justin from the Excel called in today as the left on their Day Brad Merritt trip and decided to start fishing early We rolled right a school of Yellowfin Tuna that wanted to bite just miles from the dock in US waters Everyone is having a good time as we started off right out the gate We are keeping an eye on a hurricane that is about mile below us coming up the coast want to make sure everyone is safe and sound We will check in again tomorrow More ...
08-23-2014 Biting Bluefin
Hello anglers Today we fished for bluefin tuna They were true to their reputation finicky moody and most of all frustrating to fish for There was no shortage of fish but it wasn't till late in the afternoon they decided to bite There was good action on the mid-grade fish - lbs well into the dark We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning More ...
08-22-2014 Trophy Hunting
Hello anglers Today was another good day of tuna fishing It never really got wide open but we were able to scratch away at the yellowfin for most of the day The weather has been epic We are going to look at a different area tomorrow in search of a few trophy bluefin Wish us luck More ...
08-21-2014 Offshore report
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The morning was a little slow for us but around lunch time we connected with a school of yellowfin tuna We were able to pick away at them all afternoon into the dark We are going to stay on the grounds and give it one more day Wish us luck More ...
08-20-2014 Yellows still biting!
Hello anglers Today was another good day of yellowtail fishing It never seems to get old watching them zip across the surface with their backs out of the water chasing baits or someones jig The chaos started as soon as the sun started to rise and didn't slow down till around The Salas x seem to be working the best but we did have several on the surface iron We left the YT grounds around lunch time headed offshore in search of yellowfin tuna We will check back tomorrow and keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
08-19-2014 Yellowtail report
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail It started off hot and heavy as soon as the sun began to rise We were able to keep - fish going at any given time This lasted for about an hour and just like that they were gone We were still able to scratch away at the yt threw out the day and it all added up to a great catch Most of the fish are very good grade - lbs We are spending the night here and giving it another morning Wish us luck More ...
08-17-2014 First day
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Ballast Point Brewery day trip We picked up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around We are headed south wish us luck More ...
08-04-2014 Bluefin up to 120 Pounds!
Captain Justin Fleck called in with an update from the Big X We have been fishing offshore for days now There are Yellowfin Tuna from San Clemente Island down into Mexico It seems to be an afternoon bite right now We did pick up Bluefin Tuna up to pounds right near San Clemente Island We are seeing these large Bluefin Tuna as close as miles from Point Loma It is not often that we get to fish those guys so close to home We have one more day tomorrow and then we will be heading back to Point Loma We will More ...
08-02-2014 Opahlicious!
Captain Justin Fleck called in late last night and gave us an update We headed down to the Islands We had Yellowtail this morning We then did a little looking around and we hooked Opahs We landed of them Captain Justin said I have been on the Excel a long time and I had only seen one Opah br br We are running back up to fish for tuna offshore in the local zone More ...
08-01-2014 CHECK THIS OUT!
We headed south on our Sogioka Stires trip to fish for yellowtail at the island and ended up catching three opah in shallow water Armando Castillo 's Joe Ludlow 's and Travis Savala 's We hooked five of them all at the same time Oh by the way yellowtail fishing was good too More ...
July 2014
07-31-2014 70 mixed fish on day one!
The Excel checked in this morning with an update from the Sogioka day We got mixed fish on our way out We started seeing fish at miles It s kind of cool catching fish on the first day We are down South and are looking for Yellowfin Tuna on the kelps We will check in tomorrow More ...
07-25-2014 Excel Getting Tuna Close To Home
Capt Justin called in from the Excel called in a report as they moved into the upper zone as they searched for some tuna We are only - miles from Point Loma as this is where you need to be if you wanted to catch tuna We started slow this morning but things really picked up the rest of the day we got a lot of the to pound range with an average size of lbs It seems like every boat in the area is floating sideways and getting into this bite We will be here again tomorrow and hope for More ...
07-22-2014 Excel Has Great Yellowtail Fishing
Capt Justin called in from the Excel and reported that they had some really good fishing again today on the Yellowtail fish were from to lbs They were biting yoyo surface sluggo just about anything you put out got bit some of the best Yellowtail fishing we have had in a while The winds are up so we are staying close to the beach to keep everyone comfortable and safe Tomorrow we will get close to the island and try for some Halibut or Bass Then we will head up north in search of tuna to round out the trip We More ...
07-12-2014 Excel Is At The Ridge
The Excel called in and update and had stopped by the islands for Yellowtail and it really didn 't work out there was plenty of fish around Looks like they are transitioning from one side of the island to the other side we scatched a few We decided to head for the ridge and arrived at am at the Yellowtail started biting and we put together a decent score We also got a couple seabass in the mix we are now trolling around for Wahoo Good weather and good conditions we will see what happens and hope to get better action More ...
07-10-2014 Excel Headed to Islands
Excel checked in as they left yesterday for a day trip and are headed for the islands in search of Yellowtail to start the trip The weather is looking good for the next few days of the trip the islands have been producing some good grade Yellowtail and a few Halibut and White Seabass We have high hopes for our stop at the islands prior to heading south we will check in again soon and give you an update of how things are going More ...
07-02-2014 Almost time to go fishing again!
Hello Everyone We have spent the last three weeks doing a little bit of maintenance on the Excel The crew and I took the boat to dry dock the day after we got back from the last trip I'm happy to tell you that both of the inspections done annually by the USCG went very well and we have a clean bill of health for another year There's just a few more projects that we need to button up and then it's back to fishing Our new schedule has been released and hopefully everyone has had a chance to check it More ...
June 2014
06-04-2014 Headed Home
Capt Justin Fleck called in from the Excel to say they finally made it down to the lower zone even though we were able to catch a few fish we really wanted to get here to fish We tried the Buffer zone fish and we saw a few signs of life but the water was noticebly green and fishing wasn 't very good So we headed to Hurricane Bank for our last couple days and things really worked out well for us We managed Wahoo and Yellowfin for our two days out there lot of high 's and we did manage More ...
06-01-2014 Rough and Tough
Captain Justin Fleck called in from aboard the Excel We arrived at the lower zone we could see signs of life We got busy right away We hooked a few fish The fish were jumping and boiling and then all the sudden they took off The weather is rough but it is coming down This morning we hooked a few fish early in the AM but around daylight the fish disappeared again Early this AM chartermaster Kim Hasselbalch caught a nice on a fly-lined mackerel We are now on the move More ...
May 2014
05-28-2014 Hurricane Slowing Down the Excel
Capt Justin called in from the Excel with an update that they were still in limbo from the tropical storm and is preventing us from fishing where we wanted to We did a little bit of fishing around Alijos Rock for some good yellowtail and there were signs of tuna around but they didn't want to bite We went in and checked the lower banks off the coast of Baja which had good water around but no signs of fish so we are currently headed south to hurricane bank with a eye on the storm Hopefully this storm will continue to More ...
05-26-2014 Enroute to the Rocks
Captain Justin Fleck called in this morning with an update from the HCI Day Trip We are currently watching the hurricane and our plans are to fish at Alijos Rocks The conditions look good there and there is good looking water and degree water temps We will be hoping for some Yellowfin Tuna Yellowtail or even some Wahoo Stay tuned we will update you tomorrow More ...
05-19-2014 We finished off strong!
Captain Justin Fleck called in stating We found the fish There were some big spots up fish jumping around pushing bait around Everyone had a shot at one or two big ones Like they say it was better late than never We finished off with a couple more cows and lost a few at color We are now on our way up the line We will be arriving on Thursday the nd We will be checking in along the way More ...
05-15-2014 Wahoo for Everyone
Capt Justin called in to that he is not sure what is going on with the tuna there seems to be plenty of life around but they jsut refuse to bite We were able to put together a decent day trilloing for Wahoo on the high spots everyone now has a couple Wahoo in the hold We did manage to get a few tuna up to lbs but not like it was a few days ago We are at the halfway point and hoping the tuna will start to bite soon We have days and the weather is very nice we More ...
05-13-2014 33 Yellowfin this Morning
Capt Justin Fleck called in from the Excel and said they had another nice day with the tuna showing up before daylight and then for whatever reason disappearing around noon We did manage to put tuna on the deck this morning from - pounds there we no signs of cows around for us or any of the other boats down here We didn 't hook one or see one today hopefully they are only taking day off and will be back tomorrow There is still lots of life around and we are having some nice weather we will check in again More ...
05-12-2014 Lots of Life
Captain Justin Fleck called in early this morning with an update from the Big X We arrived at dark yesterday As soon as we started fishing we had to going at a time Once the sun came up we could see Jumpers and Birds There is a lot of life out here right now During the day it kind of slowed down Most the fish are in the to range But there are some bigger fish around This morning was the same action as yesterday Pictured here is Al Merrick with a nice one We will stay in touch More ...
05-09-2014 Big AL Charter Headed South
Capt Justin Fleck called in for the Excel to let us know that the are headed south on the Big Al day charter with a great group of anglers on board The fishing down below has been epic the last few days and we are hoping to get down there before it changes the are getting several shots a day at some cows We have had a few seminars so far and Big al has held a few raffles giving away some reels for the anglers and everyone is doing good It was a little choppy just outside San Diego and More ...
April 2014
04-24-2014 Fishing has improved!
Captain Justin Fleck called in this morning with an update from the Excel The fishing on the nd was slow so we made a move After anchoring up at our present location we caught tuna between and pounds We a lot of fish in the high s There is some Wahoo to go along with the Tuna We had or yesterday and we caught a few for meals This morning it started of steady We had or fish as of AM John Montgomery caught a in the dark Stay tuned for more updates More ...
04-22-2014 Off to a Slow Start
Capt Justin Fleck called in to say that they started fishing this morning and things have been a little slow There is a sign of fish around but the currents have been back an forth and making it difficult We did manage a couple fish up to lbs After looking around there was not a lot of signs of fish around and we decided to make a move and try something new tomorrow That is the good thing about day trips we have plenty of fishing time Hopefully we will find a good parking spot tomorrow and start putting some fish More ...
04-16-2014 San Diego Bound
Hello anglers For the last couple of days we've been traveling up from Cabo Weather has been a little windy and choppy but not too bad We should be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow around am See you there More ...
04-12-2014 Nice way to end it
Hello anglers This morning was a great way to end the trip with a couple of cows hitting the deck and a handful of - pounders in the mix Big fish of the day went to John Hodes with a pound YFT and Ray Ayus Jr with a pounder We are now headed to Cabo Id like to thank Jack Nilsen and Gary Gillingham of Accurate Reels for all the work they put into the trip The weather continues to be good More ...
04-11-2014 One Morning Left
Hello anglers For the last couple of days we've been fishing the lower zone We have had good hits in the morning on tuna and then are able to scratch away at the wahoo for the rest of the day We have added two more cows to are list Dennis Plog with a pound Yellowfin tuna and Kevin Leong with his second cow of the trip a pounder We have one more morning here before we have to start heading to Cabo The weather is still flat calm Wish us luck More ...
04-09-2014 Early Morning At The Bank!
Hello anglers Today started off with a bang The fish came through around and were biting We kept - going in the dark with most of the fish being better grade Once the sun came up it seemed to slow down but we were still able to scratch at tuna and wahoo all day We did have two cows out of our morning bite James Hassen landed a lbs YFT and Don Louchios also bagged a pounder We will stay another night and see what tomorrow brings Wish us luck More ...
04-08-2014 Scratching away
Hello anglers This morning started off pretty slow with very little sign of tuna around but after lunch was a whole different story It never really got wfo but steady one to three going till dark Most of the fish were - lbs class with a couple of pounders in the mix We are going to give it another try tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
04-07-2014 Hurricane Bank
Hello anglers Today we spent another day on the bank It was a little slower paced today but we did manage to land some quality fish We ended up with a dozen or so lbs class YFT one cow landed by Kevin Leong and a handful of - pounders We are going to give it another day down here The weather is flat calm Wish us luck More ...
04-06-2014 The Bank
Hello anglers Yesterday we spent the day fishing the buffer zone With very little sign of fish and poor conditions we made a move to the bank We had steady fishing this morning on the wahoo then around noon we put the anchor down and scratched away at the tuna till dark Most of the fish were - lbs with a handful of pounders in the mix We are going to spend the night here and try it again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
04-04-2014 Almost there
Hello anglers For the last two days we've been traveling south The guys have been rigging and prepping all their outfits and hopefully we are all ready We reach our destination tomorrow morning The anticipation is definitely building We will let you know how we end up tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
04-02-2014 Rolling down
Hello anglers Today we had our first seminar just after breakfast We spent the rest of the day rigging and prepping Continuing south we still have a few more days before we reach our destination The weather has been good Wish us luck More ...
04-01-2014 First day
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annaul Accurate Reels day We picked up a good looking load of sardines and cleared the point around noon We are headed south in very good weather wish us luck More ...
March 2014
03-23-2014 A Better Day!
Captain Justin Fleck called in early this morning with an update from the Big X The fishing was slow in the morning yesterday but things turned around in the afternoon We ended up with tuna yesterday up to pounds We have a couple more days and then we will be heading back to the Cape More ...
03-20-2014 Clipperton Update
Captain Justin Fleck called from aboard the Excel today The Internet Phone was not working at Clipperton Atol Everyone is safe and sound and we did have some decent fishing We only managed one cow which weighed The majority of the fish were in the to pound class Since we struggled with the cows we are now on the move We will arrive at either the buffer zone or the bank tomorrow Stay tuned More ...
03-10-2014 Almost to Cabo
The Excel is almost to Cabo The weather has been very nice We are picking up the rest of our passengers at tomorrow Then it will be a three day drive to Clipperton We will keep you updated as we go More ...
03-09-2014 On our way to Cabo
Captain Justin Fleck called in yesterday from the Excel They departed from San Diego with passengers We will be picking up the remaining passenger and then head to Clipperton We are looking forward to this trip and will stay in touch with updates as we go More ...
03-04-2014 Wrapping it up
Hello anglers For the last three days we've been working our way up the line and after thirteen days of beautiful weather it finally caught up with us Its not too bad - knots just enough to get the front windows wet and make the boat move With countless pounders in the hold and seven pounders id have to say this trip worked out very well We also had a pretty good wack at the wahoo for a couple days not bad for fishermen I would like to thank Salty Dawg for sponsoring the trip and all the giveaways I would More ...
03-01-2014 Working up the line
Hello anglers Today was are last morning down here We had some action on the mid-grade YFT - lbs before we had to start working our way up the line The weather has been great the whole trip and looks like it should stay that way for a couple days at least We will check back tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
February 2014
02-28-2014 Last Morning
Hello anglers Today was a little slower than previous days but we were still able to scratch out a day We ended up with a handful of nice grade tuna - lbs We also had half dozen wahoo in the mix The weather down here is beautiful We will give it one last morning before we have to start working are way home Wish us luck More ...
02-27-2014 Wahoo and Cows
Hello anglers Today we concentrated on wahoo and bigger tuna We were able to scratch away at the wahoo for most of the day with nearly everyone getting at least one or more In the afternoon we tried our luck at the big tuna and were able to land a handful of - pounders We did get one cow a lbs caught by Bill Sandborn We will be giving it another try tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
02-26-2014 Early Morning At The Bank!
Hello anglers This morning was basically a repeat of the last three mornings except it started biting a little earlier in the morning It was very hectic at times and seemed like every person on the boat had a fish on Most fish were caught with sinker rigs and a handful coming way of yo-yo jig Alan Hermer scored his first cow on a PL a pounder We also landed a handful of lbs fish It slowed down around am We decided to pull the anchor and make a move We will be traveling the rest of the day and be More ...
02-25-2014 Biting Yellowfin Tuna
Hello anglers Today was another productive day It started about in the morning and didn't slow down till just before lunch We kept - fish going all morning and the kite was getting bit as fast as we could put it out Most of the YFT were in the - pound class with a handful of bigger ones No cows today but still a beautiful grade of fish We plan on giving it one more day before we make any moves We will keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
02-24-2014 Good Times
Hello anglers Today was one of those days that everything just goes the way you want it to It started off around in the morning with a couple of better fish lbs hitting the deck by way of yo-yo jig After that it never stopped We were able to keep - fish going all day well into the evening Most of the tuna were in the - pound class with a handful of bigger ones Big fish of the day were James welbourn lbs Tim Newton lbs David Rouse soda pop lbs and Greg Winfree with a pound yellowfin tuna We More ...
02-23-2014 Steady Action
Hello anglers Today we started off the day in the gray light and never stopped We had steady action through out the day on the - lbs tuna What a change from yesterday Most of the fish came on fly lined baits and the kite We will be spending the night here hoping we can do it all over again Wish us luck More ...
02-22-2014 Hurricane Bank
Hello anglers Today we arrived mid morning to The Bank We were welcomed by plenty of action on the school size tuna and a handful of wahoo We saw multiple spots of big ones but they were way off the edge We are going to spend the night tonight and hopefully its a morning deal Wish us luck More ...
02-21-2014 Last minute adjustments
Hello anglers For the last couple of days we have been traveling south The anticipation is starting to build The guys have been rigging tackle wiring bombs and crimping leaders The weather has been outstanding and looks like it will hold for at least a couple of days longer We will be arriving at our destination mid morning tomorrow Hopefully we will have a good report for you Wish us luck More ...
02-19-2014 Rolling down
Hello anglers Today we started the day off by having one of our tackle seminars We went over a few of the outfits we will be using later in the trip Once the seminar was over we spent the rest of the day prepping and rigging Still traveling south for at least a day or two enjoying this beautiful weather we are having I will check in tomorrow and keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
02-18-2014 Fresh out of the gate
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Salty Dawg Custom Rods day We picked up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around noon We are headed south not quite sure of our destination but will keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
02-16-2014 Eta
We will be arriving to Fishermans Landing around tomorrow morning More ...
02-13-2014 Headed for Home
Just checking in as we head to Cabo to drop off the anglers from the BHP Trophy Tackle charter for their fly home part of the trip the trip turned out to be a great sucess and everyone is going home with a smile on their face We fished this morning for some smaller grade tuna and then decided to go out and try for Wahoo and we able to put of the skinnies on the deck Watching the wahoo off the stern cutting folks off was a sight to see over all it turned out to be a great trip More ...
02-11-2014 As Good As It Gets
Our New York charter is going great and the early morning bite has been as good as it gets Pretty much everyone who drops down on a sinker rig are getting bit almost too good with a fire drill around the boat trying to save all the fish Most fish are from to lbs we are getting lots from - the kites have been getting bit on the way out with most fish being released back to the wild One more cow was added coming in at caught by Ted Prager on a chunk and we are trying to save their More ...
02-10-2014 EXCEL LONG RANGE SPORTFISHING TRIP UPDATE (020914)
STILL FIRED UP THEY'RE HAVING A GREAT TIME More ...
02-09-2014 Good Move to the Bank
Captain Justin Fleck called from the Excel We moved to the bank and we started getting good action at AM We were catching them on sinker rigs PL and Skipjacks The fishing was hot and heavy and then slowed down in the afternoon We did get some nice fish and lost a few big ones The weather is really nice The fishing this morning was very similar to yesterday We did get one cow at pounds We still have a few days here at the bank and we will check back in later More ...
02-09-2014 EXCEL LONG RANGE SPORTFISHING TRIP UPDATE (020914)
PHENOMENAL Another banner trip Signature of the long range More ...
02-08-2014 Buffer Zone Update
Capt Justin called in to say that they the buffer zone another day and we say some really big fish but getting the to bite was really hard We did manage cows coming in at and most of the fish we are seeing are the to lb grade The to grade fish are missing in action so we decided to move out to the bank and see what happens and give the buffer zone a break for a couple days Hopefully they mid grade fish will be around and have a shot at some cows We will check in again tomorrow More ...
January 2014
01-29-2014 Wrap Up from Team Hoo Trip
Captain Justin Fleck called in to wrap up the Team Hoo Trip We stopped on the way home for some Yellowtail action We will be back in SD tomorrow AM and we will turn back around and get back at it We will update you in a few days More ...
01-22-2014 Cows and Hoo
Captain Justin Fleck called up early this morning with an update from the Team Hoo day trip We started at AM yesterday morning and had good fishing for Tuna We ended up with tuna We had a sunny day with clear skies Next we fished for Wahoo and had some decent fishing for Skins It's nice to see them showing up And then we finished the day off with more tuna fishing We had tuna cows and skins for our efforts We started fishing again today at about and we will update you later on how we do More ...
01-10-2014 Headed Home
We are coming to the end of our trip and are headed back up the line along the Baja coast a day early as we had no real shots at any cows this morning We stopped by Alejos Rock and found that there was not to many signs of fish around and decided to continue up the line in search of some yellowtail or any other fish willing to bite The weather forecast for the ride home looks great and everyone is relaxing and enjoying the ride we will check back in soon More ...
01-07-2014 Fishing continues to be great
Capt Justin called in to say that things are still going going in the lower zones with several shots at some cows But we are winning some battles and loosing some we are releasing many between - pounds Later today we went on the troll for some wahoo and managed to put some on the deck Big fish honors went to Kurt Weisenhutter bringing in a cow that taped out at around lbs We 'll continue down here tomorrow looking for more cows before we start making our way back up the line More ...
01-05-2014 We've been very busy!
Captain Justin Fleck called in this morning with an audio update Sorry we haven't been posting too many reports We are on a limited load trip trip with anglers Everyone is doing well The weather is flat calm The tuna are biting everywhere we go We are putting together a good score on the big ones Good fishing on fish to pound fish with a shot a big one every now and then br br The latest cow was caught last night by Al Scow see report photo He caught this pound on a sardine and a sinker rig We are More ...
01-03-2014 Better Grade
Captain Justin Fleck called in around PM with an update from the Big X We had very good fishing yesterday at the Bank We tagged tuna in the to pound class We also had cows and a bunch of fish in the to class The grade is much better than previous days We are sitting put today Right now the current is slack The fishing was very good yesterday in the afternoon until dark We are hoping for the same conditions this evening More ...
01-02-2014 Excel had a great day yesterday landing Tuna on the deck from Sunrise to Sunset
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We had a really nice day yesterday We were catching tuna from Sunrise to Sunset The grade of the tuna was to lbs There were some bigger ones mixed in we got a few more Cows a pictured above a There are a lot of fish in the to category The weather has come down nicely BR BR On fishing we caught Tuna yesterday we also released some It was good fishing all around We've seen a few Wahoo this morning so we'll try to get some of those today Everyone More ...
01-01-2014 Excel reports good fishing with lots of action on tuna to 210 lbs.
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We got down to the Banks yesterday midday after bouncing around a little bit the fishing has been good Most of the fish we're catching fish from to lbs We got several fish in the to we caught one Cow at that we caught yesterday afternoon Anyway we're getting steady action they started biting in the morning and we usually have or hooked The guys are having a good time the weather is coming down we're looking forward to the next couple days here We're hoping to catch a couple more More ...
December 2013
12-29-2013 Wahoo Seminar Today
We are traveling South Today we had a wahoo seminar covering techniques and safety Most guys spent the day rigging up and making leaders We have one more day of traveling and will start fishing on the st br br We are very pleased that the Chargers made the playoffs More ...
12-28-2013 Just Leaving on Limited Load Trip
We left yesterday on a limited load trip with passengers in flat calm weather We are heading to the Hurricane Bank Almost everyone has a single stateroom Our hopes are high We will try and update you every day during this trip More ...
12-22-2013 Excel finishes their 7 day at the Islands. Anglers got their share despite average fishing
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We ended up working up the line and fished the Islands Yellowtail fishing was a little off We still got our fair share It wasn't good fishing by any means but the Island are always nice and we got some good Yellowtail a couple Halibut and some nice Bass We're on the way home now the weather is nice flat calm We'll be in tomorrow and shut down for the holidays go back out on the th More ...
12-19-2013 Excel gets into some fantastic tuna fishing at the Ridge
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We got down to the Ridge yesterday morning Things started out slow but once we figured out where the best place to fish was the fishing just took off It was one of those situations where there was almost too much tuna around You couldn't put a bait or jig in the water without getting a tuna It was tough to fish for anything else but it was fantastic tuna fishing We also had good Yellowtail fishing BR BR Anyway the weather is flat calm and we'll concentrate on some different More ...
12-16-2013 Excel departs on Melton International 7 day trip & begin targeting tuna
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel which just departed on their Melton International Day trip We left yesterday with anglers We picked up some bait and cleared the point just after noon Today we are out offshore looking for some tuna There have been rumors of some Bluefin still being around some Yellowfin Nobody has fished this local offshore zone in quite awhile The conditions are right the weather is calm and we have some high hopes We'll be working our way south all day keeping our eyes open That's our game plan we'll report later if we end up More ...
12-14-2013 The Excel is heading back to San Diego & enjoying the ride
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We're on our way up and overall I'd say the ride was pretty good We had a couple bumps in the road but nit bad at all We'll take that ride every time We'll be in tomorrow morning that's Sunday around - o'clock We'll off load our catch then do it all again That's what's going on here We'll check back with you again tomorrow More ...
12-12-2013 Excel is heading back to San Diego with some real trophies & lots of happy anglers
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We ended up finishing off our trip yesterday We had good fishing in the morning which was welcomed after a slow day the day before There was a good sign of fish around but the sharks put a damper on things Yesterday we had zero shark issues and we had a shot at some real big ones Big fish of the day was caught by Shannon Nutt she piked up a lb Yellowfin Tuna her personal best Eric Mulhardt picked up a his personal best Ron Walker got a which was More ...
12-09-2013 The Excel reports that the tuna bites have slowed at the Banks but the quality of fish is still good
Justin Feck checked in with this report for the Excel Tuna fishing here at the Bank has taped off We're getting good quality fish just not as many We only had or fish yesterday or the day before a handful for today Like I said the quality is pretty darn good out here The weather has been up and down with some rain But it's been tolerable We're still scratching at the Wahoo in between tuna bites BR BR That's about it We have Cows so far We just got a Steve Lindsay got it on a kite with a Yummee More ...
12-07-2013 Excel checks in & reports 20 to 40 tuna to day. Most are 60 to 90 lbs but the totals include 5 Cows
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We're still out here at the Bank This is our th day scratch fishing There are times where we get fish going At other times there is really nothing going on We've been able to stay busy doing something There's a good sign of tuna around Most of the fish are to lbs We do have Cows on board up to lbs We also have caught Wahoo We get anywhere from to tuna per day with some Wahoo The overall grade is nice so we have no complaints We have more More ...
12-04-2013 Excel's anglers are having a good time landing 35 Tuna from 60 to 205 lbs.
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We got down to Hurricane Bank around - and we saw a decent sign of fish around They didn't bite all that well but they did keep us busy Yesterday we ended up with Tuna any where from to lbs and everything in-between We also caught a handful of Wahoo The biggest fish was the lb Tuna caught by Richard Carin We also caught a couple 's Anyway we see good signs around and the weather is beautiful hot but nice We're going to do it all again today We'll check More ...
12-02-2013 Excel should arrive at Hurricane Bank on Tuesday morning.
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We are still on course for Hurricane Bank we should be down there Tuesday morning The weather is holding up for us We've had a little bit of rain but not too bad We'll check in tomorrow afternoon More ...
November 2013
11-30-2013 Excel leaves on their 16 day Pelagic trip
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We left today on the Pelagic day trip We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by or so We're going down heading for Hurricane Bank we'll we what how everything shapes up down there with the weather We'll start out on the outside with the ability to work inside if we need to He hope everybody had a good Holiday we'll keep you informed More ...
11-25-2013 Wrapping it up
Hello anglers Today we spent the day breaking down tackle packing and scrubbing the entire boat We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning We will be in for a couple of days over the holiday I would like to take a second and thank all the guys from Team Hoo for a great trip especially Ken Bell who will be retiring from long range fishing Thanks for all the great memories Happy Thanksgiving More ...
11-24-2013 Cedros Yellows
Hello anglers Today we fished Cedros Island We arrived just before noon and it didn't take long before we found the first school of yellowtail It was pretty hectic for a few hours there were many times when every person on the boat had one on We were able to get what we needed on the yt I can't say enough about the weather it has been beautiful We will be working our way up the line tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
11-23-2013 Wahoo on the chew
Hello anglers Today we fished Alijos Rocks As soon as we rolled in the wahoo were eager to cooperate We were able to stay busy threw out the day with jig strike after jig stike Everyone got in on the action All the skin were good grade - lbs The weather is as good as it gets Witch made for a very enjoyable day We will be working up the line tonight and be at Cedros mid day tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
11-22-2013 Dorado Bonanza
Hello anglers This morning we woke up to big dorado all around the boat Once we had our fill of flatheads we pulled the anchor and went on the search for tuna We were able to pick off a handful of school size tuna on some nearby porpoise We also had a few wahoo to go along with the yft We were hoping to stumble across a school of giants but no luck today We will be working up the line tonight looking at a different area tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
11-21-2013 Lower Banks
Hello anglers Well for the past two days we've been fishing the lower banks The first day was a little slow it took a bit to figure out where to be but once we did it was game on This morning started out with a handful of cows lbs yft then mid day school size tuna on porpoise and then late in the evening all you want big dorado What a day We are going to spend the night on the anchor and try to do it all over again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
11-19-2013 Ridge Report
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We had good action in the morning with the school size yellowfin tuna and dorado biting It seemed like every bait that hit the water was a bite Once the tuna started to slow down and we had plenty of dorado we pulled the anchor and trolled for wahoo the rest of the day We were unsuccessful in landing any of the skinnys Tomorrow we be down on the lower banks in search of tuna Wish us luck More ...
11-18-2013 Offshore report
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The morning started off slow but it didn't take long once we found the right group of porpoise We were able to stay busy for most of the day scratching away at school size yellowfin tuna We will be sliding south tonight and be on the Ridge tomorrow morning Wish us luck More ...
11-17-2013 Rigging and prepping
Hello anglers After breakfast we had our tackle seminar then spent most of the day prepping and rigging We were able to stop this afternoon and scratch up a handful of nice grade yellowtail - lbs before it got dark on us We will be fishing offshore tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
11-16-2013 Excel wraps up an excellent trip in the lower zone
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We never did find anything floating on the way up from the lower zone We ended up having a great trip anyway The weather was fantastic the group did well Tuna fishing was about as good as I have ever seen it down there The quality of fish was very good anywhere from lbs to lbs and everything in between Then the Wahoo fishing was fantastic A lot of people got their st nd rd or th Wahoo Anyway it was a great trip We'll be back at Fisherman's Landing on More ...
11-16-2013 Tea Hoo 10 day
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Team Hoo day trip After picking up a good looking load of bait we cleared the point around We are headed south not quit sure where are destination will be but i will keep you posted once i make a decision The weather is nice and the cocktails are flowing Wish us luck More ...
11-12-2013 Excel has a great day in the lower zone catching some nice tuna & a good Wahoo catch
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We've been very busy down here at the lower zone We've had very good fishing on tuna weighing anywhere from to up to lbs Most of the fish down here is to lbs There sure is a lot of it around We've been able to get them over for all days we've been down here It's just fun fishing all around The trick down here is you want to lb test and a fly lined sardine get it away from the boat It's also pretty good Wahoo fishing between our tuna More ...
11-10-2013 The Excel is having a very good day in the lower zone, over 100 Tuna so far
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We got down to the lower zone last night started fishing first thing this morning We are seeing very good signs of both Tuna and Wahoo down here The Tuna is mixed grade anywhere from to lbs We have about or so Tuna for the day and maybe Wahoo The majority of the Tuna is going to be in the lb range There was one school that we hit that were to lbs We got about or out of that school There's a lot of life down here and the water More ...
11-09-2013 Excel catches some Dorado on a kelp then decides to head down to the lower banks
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We spent yesterday offshore and we found some nice warm water with good color Unfortunately we only found one large kelp We were able to pick up or Dorado There were a couple of Wahoo swimming around but we were unable to get one of those We saw a lot of porpoise with tuna on them But they hadn't settled in yet Anyway it seems like the lower banks are starting to liven up So we have decided to head on down there It is a long ways down for a More ...
11-07-2013 Excel's Brad Merritt 10 Day trip leaves heading to Alijos Rocks
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel on the Brad Merritt Day Trip Most of the people on this trip have come for years years and we're ready for a good trip The weather is flat calm the forecast indicates it will be good the next few days We had a full seminar the st day about what king of outfits to use We covered Wahoo fishing bait tank etiquette just general information Anyway everyone is getting prepared to start fishing tomorrow morning BR BR We'll start off at Alijos Rocks on our way down see what develops More ...
11-05-2013 Wrapping it up
Hello anglers Today we spent the day traveling up the coast braking down tackle and scrubbing the boat The weather is good with a light breeze and sunny conditions We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning See you there More ...
11-04-2013 Yellowtail report
Hello anglers Today we were on the yellowtail grounds Just to start off the weather is beautiful We had steady action on the yellows for most of the day Most of the fish came by way of yo-yo jig with a few others on dropper loop The combo of good weather and good fishing made the day an enjoyable one Tonight we are going to be working up the line Wish us luck More ...
11-03-2013 Alijos Report
Hello anglers Today we fished Alijos Rocks It wasn't quit what we expected We arrived around and after trolling around for about an hour with out a strike we put the anchor down We were able to scratch away at a handful of yellowtail and did manage to pick off one wahoo The weather has also come up - knots for most of the day We left the rocks about headed up the line Hopefully it was just a down day We will be fishing the beach tomorrow for y t Wish us luck More ...
11-02-2013 Ridge Report
Hello anglers Today we started on the lower end of the Ridge and again we had a very successful morning The school size yellowfin tuna were eager to bite Once we got our fill of this size fish we headed offshore We looked at several kelps and a couple different spots of porpoise for very little We were able to troll up a few nice wahoo We are headed out to Alijos Rocks We will be there first thing in the morning Wish us luck More ...
11-01-2013 Ridge action
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We arrived around it didn't take long to find a nice area of school size yellowfin tuna Once we got the anchor down it was instant We had three to ten fish going all the time for several hours When it finally started to slow down we pulled the anchor and went offshore for the afternoon It was not as successful as the morning but we did manage to land a few wahoo We will be on the Ridge again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
October 2013
10-31-2013 yellowtail on the chew
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail We were able to stay busy through out the day Most of the fish were very good grade - lbs The weather is still very good We will be sliding down tonight and be on the Ridge tomorrow morning Wish us luck More ...
10-30-2013 Good Grade Yellowtail
Hello anglers Today we spent a few hours pulling and tugging on some nice grade yellowtail - lbs We are going to slide south tonight and be fishing for y t first thing in the morning Wish us luck The weather continues to be beautiful More ...
10-29-2013 Fresh out of the gate
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Accurate Day trip After picking up a good looking load of bait we cleared the point around We are headed south and the weather is just about as good as it gets We will check in tomorrow More ...
10-28-2013 Justin reviews the Colonello trip & talks about what he sees for the future
Justin Fleck called in with this fish report for the Excel We ended up having another great day of Yellowtail fishing yesterday to finish up our trip The Colonello Trip has been a big success Lots of action almost everyday of the trip There was really only one slow day when we went down to check the lower banks We had very rough weather that day but it was worth the run down there to check it out The guys have caught lots of tuna lots of yellowtail dorado wahoo even a few grouper The highlight of the trip had to More ...
10-26-2013 After picking up some Dorado yesterday, the Excel goes to the Rocks for some Wahoo & Yellowfin tuna
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel The day started out a little slow We looked around the Ridge and even though the conditions were great and we saw a lot of fish They just wouldn't bite We went out off the Ridge and found a kelp where we had very good Dorado fishing and even token Wahoo So everybody had plenty of Dorado to take home And it ws fun fishing while it lasted BR BR Today we are at the Rocks When we rolled in the water was degrees and a beautiful blue color The Wahoo More ...
10-24-2013 Excel reports catching some good school-sized Yellowfin, but doesn't do as well fishing kelps
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We fished the ridge yesterday where we had excellent fishing on school-sized Yellowfin tuna We had Wahoo a couple handful of Yellowtail and a few Grouper All-in-all it was a great day of fishing with a lot of action BR BR Today we are offshore looking for kelps with Dorado or Wahoo We haven't had much luck We've caught a few loose Dorado A couple of porpoise areas that had a little tuna on them but they wouldn't have anything to do with us Let's see what we come up with More ...
10-22-2013 Excel has a good day catching Yellowtail before heading to the Ridge
Justin Fleck called in with this report for the Excel We ended up having a good day yesterday we scratched Yellowtail up until about PM At o'clock it was like someone turned off the lights and they all went away It was fun while it lasted and everyone got a lot of fish BR BR Today we fished until just before lunch It wasn't as hot heavy but there was still good action We ended up getting to fish on each drift That made for a good morning and the quality of fish was fantastic BR BR We're going to slide More ...
10-21-2013 The Excel starts their trip with a bang!
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We started our trip off yesterday afternoon down the beach We had some Yellowtail action not much We had or fish They ran to lbs BR BR This morning we're down around the Islands We're in an area with a lot of birds and a lot of bait We got on a school early and they are biting The hot ticket is the yo-yo irons the Salas X junior in blue white or the scrambled egg colors have been dominant We'll give you an update later we just hope these fish More ...
10-20-2013 Excel departs on Dan Colonello 10 Day Trip & the prospects are looking good
Justin Fleck called in with this report for the Excel as they departed on the Dan Colonello Day Trip We're headed down south the weather is calm right now Checking with some boats it looks like there is some Dorado down below some Wahoo on kelps and good Yellowtail fishing They are also starting to see more tuna so it should be interesting If we get on anything we'll report again later More ...
10-17-2013 Excel finds a kelp with Dorado & Wahoo then targets Yellowfin
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report Our Day Open trip is rolling right along After the strorm passed through and with the flat calm weather we went back offshore We looked around and found some kelps that produced some very good Dorado action There is lots of quality Mahi Mahi around We had a bit of a surprise when the Wahoo got on the kelps as well We were able to scratch them and we got or BR BR Today we are offshore above a little ways looking for some Yellowfin tuna Let's see if we can More ...
10-14-2013 Big X is able to get on Dorado, Wahoo, Yellowfin & Yellowtail all in the last 2 days
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We fished down off the Ridge yesterday looking for a kelp paddy We had a good fishing on kelp paddy Dorado and a few Wahoo Then late in the day we found some porpoise that had Yellowfin swimming with them BR BR Today we ran up the beach to get away from the storm that's coming so we ran up north We had good Yellowtail fishing today We'll continue to head up north to see if we can stay out of the storm So far we have great fishing and no More ...
10-12-2013 After getting a fair share of Bluefin the Excel heads south & finds some Yellowfin
Justin Fleck called in with this report for the Excel We finished off our day yesterday with limits of good grade Bluefin They bit all the way up until dark was a great way to start the trip BR BR Most of today was a travel day as we slid down until late in the day we found some porpoise Of course there were some Yellowfin tuna mixed in The grade was mixed with a lot of to lbs with a few at lbs We scratched up around Yellowfin but we'll continue moving south We want to take advantage of the More ...
10-12-2013 The big X starts the day slow but in the afternoon they find a good Yellowtail school
Justin Fleck called in with this report for the Excel We started off the day down the Beach looking for some Yellowtail and to get out of the weather for awhile The morning started out on the slow side We could see the Yellowtail about everywhere we went We saw them up on birds cruising with Dolphins bait balls There was a very good sign Yellowtail down the beach We just couldn't get them to bite and it really got slow In the afternoon everything came back up it was very good Yellowtail fishing for us from PM until dark A More ...
10-10-2013 The Excel starts their 10 Day Open trip with over 120 Bluefin to 65 or 70 lbs.
Justin Fleck checked in with this report from the Excel We departed yesterday on our Day Open trip We started offshore today things started slow and about mid-day things started popping We got on a nice Bluefin school The average size of the Bluefin was about lbs up to about or lbs Our anglers have about of them so far and they're still biting We're having very good action and there are a lot of Bluefin around for October It's crazy if you think about it Guys are seeing massive quantities of Yellowfin down below The Yellowtail fishing has been consistent More ...
10-08-2013 San Diego bound 0630.
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore We had action threw out the day but never really connected with the right school We are calling it a trip and rolling up in beautiful weather We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning More ...
10-07-2013 Yellowtail on the chew
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail The morning started off pretty slow but once we found the right school it was game on We were able to keep - fish going for several hours They seemed to be eating anything that went in the water and as fast as it started it stopped Just like someone flipped a switch and it was over We will be working our way up the line tonight and be offshore tomorrow for our last day We will be searching for the elusive tuna Wish us luck More ...
10-06-2013 Biting Wahoo
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We had very good wahoo fishing We were able to scratch away at the skinnys for most of the day It was nice to get everyone at least one wahoo to take home The weather is as good as it gets We will be working our way up the line tonight and fishing for yellowtail tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
10-05-2013 Good Sign
Hello anglers Today we ventured down to the lower banks There was very good sign of life bait birds dorado and small tuna - lbs not quiet what we were hoping for but it looks very promising for future trips Tomorrow we will be on the Ridge looking to tag a few more wahoo Wish us luck More ...
10-04-2013 Ridge action
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We had a handful of wahoo in the morning before we found a kelp that was loaded with big dorado After getting our fill of mahi-mahi we continued south and were able to pick off a couple more big wahoo We will be offshore tomorrow in search of Yellowfin tuna Wish us luck More ...
10-03-2013 Alijos Report
Hello anglers Today we fished Alijos Rocks We arrived around and it didn't take long before the first wahoo hit the deck We had good steady action up until lunch thats when it started to slow down It might have been partly do to the sharks that started getting very aggressive witch made it difficult to land anything Nevertheless it was a great day of wahoo fishing with several people getting their first one We will be looking at a different area tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
10-02-2013 Morning Bite
Hello anglers This morning we were at Cedros Island It didn't start off all that great with the seals eating the first three fish we hooked in the grey light but it didn't take long after that to find a school of yellowtail that wanted to bite It was hot and heavy for a few hours and once we had our fill for the day we decided to start sliding down to Alijos Rocks We will be there around tomorrow morning Wish us luck More ...
10-01-2013 Nice weather
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail There were plenty of fish to be had yet very few were eager to jump on the hooks We managed to put together a day with some nice grade yt and even nicer weather We are going to spend the night at the island and see what the morning brings Wish us luck More ...
September 2013
09-30-2013 Tough Day
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore It was very poor threw out most of the day We did have a few stops on some smaller school size tuna witch we saved for a fresh fish dinner We also had a handful of nice dorado We will be sliding down tonight in search of bigger and better things Wish us luck More ...
09-29-2013 Day of preparation
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Phenix Rods day trip We picked up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around We will have a tackle seminar later this afternoon and be on the tuna grounds tomorrow morning Wish us luck More ...
09-26-2013 what a day
Hello anglers Today we started off looking for yellowfin tuna The morning was a bit slow but we had several kelps with small grade fish on them that kept us busy We got on one last kelp just after the lunch call that was LOADED We finally found the grade of fish that we were looking for and they sure wanted to bite We drifted for a couple hours until everyone had what they wanted to take home I would like to use the phrase Aquarium style fishing to describe what we experienced today We will be in on the beach More ...
09-25-2013 headed up the line
Good evening anglers Today we started out on the ridge There was an incredible amount of small yellowtail and tuna around It seemed like everywhere we stopped we caught and released more fish than we could handle Around mid morning we decided to take off and start heading up to the tuna grounds In our travels we found several nice schools of small grade yellow fin tuna We released pretty much everything we caught It sure is encouraging to see so much tuna around It seems like just about everywhere we have gone this trip there has been sign of tuna More ...
09-24-2013 another fun day
Hello anglers We arrived at the rocks right at day light After taking a look around we had a few stops on wahoo and also had a few nice dorado in the mix We decided to take off and head into the ridge the rocks just didn't have enough sign to keep us around We did get lucky and found several kelps in gorgeous water that had a little bit of dorado on them We kept busy for most of the day until we broke out of the good water We will be somewhere on the ridge tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-23-2013 rolling down
Good evening anglers Today we woke up with good sign of yellowtail around the boat Although we saw plenty of fish around we opted to take off and go look at an area of warm water in hopes of finding a few Dorado We managed to find a ton of kelps that had a few on them The weather is very nice today and we will continue heading south we will check back in tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-22-2013 success
Hello anglers Today we started off at Benitos island We woke up up with high hopes but shortly after we started fishing the whole place changed right in front of our eyes The water temp dropped a whole degree very quickly and things just didn't look right We opted to make a run down to Cedros where we were greeted with steady yellowtail fishing all day long Some of the guys kept the bite going all the way through dinner What a fun day We will be spending the night and trying for a few bigger ones in the morning and More ...
09-21-2013 Off to a good start
Hello anglers Today we started out on the yellowfin grounds We got on a school in the grey that really wanted to bite unfortunately they were on the small size We continued working our way south and managed to put together a good day we had several good stops on nice quality tuna from - pounds and even had a few nice dorado mixed in We will be heading down to an island tomorrow to try for some nice yellowtails We will check in tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-20-2013 Excel returns from their 8 Day Pelagic Trip
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We're headed back from our Pelagic Day trip The weather did come down for us as advertised We were able to get on some nice areas of Yellowfin tuna that wanted to bite well Everybody has plenty of tuna to take home now So with the good tuna fishing the Yellowtail fishing the Wahoo fishing some Dorado mixed in this was a very good trip BR BR We want to thank Pelagic for all the clothes they brought out for all the passengers and the crew Anyway we are pleased with More ...
09-18-2013 The Excel has a good day fishing for Yellowtail
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We left Alijos Rocks and worked our way up the beach We ended up with a little better than Wahoo a little bit of Yellowtail a little bit of Tuna action The weather was coming up so we ran to the beach to seek some shelter The Yellowtail fishing was good We had steady Yellowtail fishing from just after daylight until almost dark BR BR Now we are offshore today but things have really come down for us today Today we are in search of some Yellowfin Bluefin maybe a Dorado More ...
09-15-2013 After landing enough Yellowtail for everyone, the Excel moved on to Alijos Rocks for some Wahoo
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report Yesterday we fished down the beach for some Yellowtail We had some good action in the morning we were able to get on the right school We had good action for quite awhile It was a good grade of fish to lbs I think everybody got a few of them We kept working at it throughout the day scratching here and there We made a nice day of it on that Yellowtail BR BR We decided to make a move down while we had a break in the weather We checked More ...
09-12-2013 Excel leaves on the Pelagic Gear 8 Day trip with a stop scheduled at the Bluefin grounds
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We left today on our Pelagic Gear Day trip We're rolling down but we're going to stop at the Bluefin Grounds The fishing is just too consistent to pass by So we are going to stop and see if we can get a little Bluefin That's our game plan we shgould be at the Bluefin grounds around in the morning We'll check in again tomorrow More ...
09-11-2013 Excel finishes up the Gallagher 8 Day trip on the Bluefin grounds to cap off a great trip
Justin Fleck called in with this report for the Excel We ended ourtrip on the local Bluefin grounds where we had excellent fishing on mixed grade Bluefin The Bluefin weighed anywhere from to lbs Most of the fish we caught were around to lbs This stop was icing on the cake for our Gallagher Day trip BR BR We started the trip offshore catching some nice Yellowfin Then we rolled down to the Islands where we caught Yellowtail The highlight of the trip was the Wahoo we caught at Alijos Rocks Then to come back up here and top it off More ...
09-09-2013 More Wahoo at the Rocks
Captain Justin Fleck called in with an update this evening from the Excel We started the morning at the Rocks with excellent Wahoo fishing We caught about in the morning And we did start to see some Tuna showing up We hooked one but it came unbuttoned These are some of the first Tuna being seen at the Rocks We then moved up the beach and caught some Yellowtail And finished up the afternoon catching a load of Mackerel at the islands We will be spending the next day and a half at the Bluefin Grounds trying for some of the More ...
09-08-2013 Excel catches 112 Wahoo in just a few hours & Justin talks about the incredible fishing going on
Justin Fleck called in to give us this report aboard the Excel We had excellent Yellowtail fishing yesterday around the Islands Then we decided to make a break down South while the weather was nice We had very good Wahoo fishing today In fact it was the best Wahoo fishing I've seen all year We had Wahoo for just a few hours to lbs BR BR It's pretty incredible the amount of fish that is around everywhere now The tuna that's up above the Yellows along the Ridge the Dorado that's starting to move in now the Wahoo moving in It's More ...
09-05-2013 Excel leaves for Alijos Rocks on the Gallagher 8 Day trip
Justin Fleck called in with this report for the Excel We left today on our Gallagher Day Alijos Rocks Special We'll start off our trip tomorrow morning offshore Thursday to see if we can get some Yellowfin and Bluefin located Some very good action has been reported on Yellowfin Bluefin action with Bluefin up to lbs We're going to take advantage of the good weather to see if we can put something in the fish hole before we slide down to the Rocks More ...
09-05-2013 Like an Aquarium
What a way to start out a trip We got on a school of - pound yellowfin tuna just after lunch that bit like crazy For three hours it looked like an aquarium around the boat with free swimming tuna and dorado everywhere All it took to get a bite was simply drop a bait in the water didn't matter what pound test you had and you were bit No casting required After we loaded up the RSW we were able to successfully pass the school on to several other boats in the area who all caught fish It was just More ...
09-03-2013 End it with a Bang!!
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore No sign of those big bluefin this morning so we continued to work up the line It didn't take long before we found a large kelp with a even larger breezer of tuna just upswell The first baits that hit the water were instant bites This kept up for the next two hours It was a mix of both yellowfin and bluefin tuna School size - lbs We were finally out of time what a great way to end the trip We will be at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning More ...
09-02-2013 BIG BLUEFIN
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore It started off slow in the morning catching a handful of school size yellowfin tuna The afternoon brought a nice surprise We ran into a school of BIG Bluefin tuna - lbs We started hooking them as soon as we stopped We were able to land a handful of these monsters we also lost a handful of these big ones but thats part of the game We will be starting our morning off trying to catch a few more trophys Wish us luck More ...
09-01-2013 Yellowtail on the chew
Hello anglers As we were working our way up the line this morning we ran into a school of hungry yellowtail They were very eager to say the least As soon as we stopped they came right to the boat It is hard to say what worked the best since they ate everything from yo-yo jigs to fly line to dropper loops It didn't matter what you used The grade was outstanding - lbs After getting our fill of yt we continued working up the line We will be offshore tomorrow targeting tuna Wish us luck More ...
August 2013
08-31-2013 Ridge action
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We arrived this morning around It didn't take long to find a batch of wahoo They seemed very eager to bite the jigs After catching a couple dozen of those toothy critters We anchored up for yellowtail It took a few minutes but once they found us it was game on Most of the yt are good grade - We will be working are way up the line tonight We will check back tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-30-2013 Alijos Report
Hello anglers Today we fished the rocks We arrived around ten this morning and it didn't take long for the first jig strike It was pretty hectic there for a bit with free swimming wahoo all around the boat After a couple hours of fast and furious wahoo fishing it just shut off like a light It was about three o'clock when someone flip the switch and they stopped biting We trolled around for a few more hours before leaving the rocks We will be looking at a new area tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-29-2013 Alijos Rocks Bound
Hello anglers Today we started off the day with a full tackle seminar We are traveling south headed to Alijos Rocks We will be arriving at the rocks mid morning tomorrow The weather is flat calm Wish us luck More ...
08-28-2013 Nice weather
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Meltons Tackle day trip After picking up a good looking load of bait we cleared the point around We will be heading south the rest of the day The weather is beautiful Wish us luck More ...
08-27-2013 Traveling north
Hello anglers Today we finished off our trip on the bluefin grounds There wasn't quite the sign of fish as the day before but we were still able to get a few The sun is finally starting to shine and the weather is looking good We will be at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning More ...
08-26-2013 Bluefin Bonanza
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore We stopped on a school of bluefin around this morning and drifted till dark We were able to keep two to ten fish going threw out the day Most of the fish are in the - pound range with a few bigger ones in the mix We will be here again tomorrow and try to do it all over again Wish us luck More ...
08-25-2013 Sideways Rain
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail It was an interesting day to say the least It seemed that we had all the elements against us Wind Rain Seals eating our y t We did manage to land a handful of nice y t - lbs It was quite the adventure We will be on the bluefin grounds tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-24-2013 offshore scene
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore We were able to scratch away at the yellowfin tuna for most of the day Most of the fish were in the - pound class We will be headed in towards the beach tomorrow in search of yellowtail Wish us luck More ...
08-23-2013 Offshore Bluefin
Hello anglers Today we started on the bluefin grounds We were able to scratch for most of the day and put a decent score together We even had a few dorado in the mix We will be looking at some new water tomorrow wish us luck More ...
08-22-2013 Fresh out of the gate
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Merritt day trip We picked up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around noon We will have a full tackle seminar this afternoon and spend the rest of the day rigging We will be fishing offshore tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-19-2013 The Excel has a good day fishing for Yellowtail, tomorrow they'll head for Alijos
Justin called in from the Excel with this report we hit the Islands yesterday There was a pretty good sign of Yellowtail all around The water was starting to cool off and green up a little bit It looked like some change was coming BR BR So we opted to head for the Ridge today It was a long ways to get down here But the drive was worth it We got down here about o'clock this morning and we had very good Yellowtail fishing You could catch all you wanted It was a good grade to lbs and a good More ...
08-18-2013 Excel's Ballast Point Brewing Company 7 Day group has another good day fishing & head to the Islands
Justin Fleck checked in with this report for the Excel We fstarted off our Ballast Point Brewing trip on the Bluefin grounds We had very good fishing on that lb Bluefin class Some were a little smaller some a little larger The last or of them were all to lbs There is a very good sign of Bluefin around BR BR We slide down to the lower zone yesterday We saw a good sign of Yellowfin and Yellowtail We ended up with about mixed fish for the day It wasn't what we were hoping for with the sign of fish all More ...
08-16-2013 Excel's Ballast Point Brewing Company 7 Day group is on a Bluefin school & has just over 100 fish
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel on its Ballast Point Brewing Company Day group A new area of Bluefin popped up yesterday as of late last night We rolled in here first thing this morning and we got on a school right away So far we have just over of these beautiful Bluefin Most of them are in the to lbs class There is just an incredible sign of fish around Everybody down here is drifting and catching fish The weather is flat calm you couldn't ask for a better set-up We just wanted to give an More ...
08-15-2013 Excel has another fantastic day fishing for Bluefin
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We finished off our Tuna Wars day trip yesterday We had fantastic fishing on Bluefin It was a good grade Bluefin it was a great way to finish off a good trip Then we ended up going to the beach late in the afternoon We got some Reds some Lings to add to the pile today BR BR Anyway we left today on the Ballast Point Brewing Company Day trip The guys are having a good time as they brought some special items beers and spirits for the crew to try More ...
08-14-2013 Good Fishing at the Bluefin Grounds
Captain Justin Fleck called in this morning with an update from yesterday's action at the Bluefin Grounds We arrived in the late morning We made a stop on a sonar school We had good plunker action Some of the Bluefin Tuna are to pounds Most of the Bluefin are - pounders with a few pushing We already have or on the boat this morning in another plunker bite The conditions look very good We are expecting a very good finish to Summer and into the Fall We will be home around AM tomorrow morning More ...
08-14-2013 Bottom Grabbers
We stopped and made a few drifts for Bottom Grabbers Dave here got a nice Lingcod We'll be back in San Diego at tomorrow Morning More ...
08-12-2013 Good Yellowtail Fishing
Captain Justin Fleck called in from the Excel to update everyone We had very good fishing at the Ridge for Yellowtail The fish were mainly to pounds with a couple big ones We have a beauty to weigh at Fisherman's Landing Not much Tuna or Wahoo at the Ridge weather was up We did check out the Rocks with very good conditions but not Wahoo and the weather was up there too We are working our way up to the Bluefin grounds and we will spend two days in that zone We will check in tomorrow More ...
08-10-2013 Excel has a good morning Yellowtail drift, at daylight the bite deteriorates & they head to Alijos
Justine Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We started the day at the islands and things were look'n good We started hooking Yellowtail about in the morning We kept it going up until daylight At daylight there was a little flurry and then it kind of deteriorated It was tough to get back on that fish BR BR We decided to move around check some other spots It didn't really work out The conditions still look good the fish'n is still around It was just off the bite for us this morning We decided to bail out of More ...
08-08-2013 Update from the Big X
Captain Justin Fleck called in with an update from our current day trip We started the day looking for Yellowfin Tuna outside the Island We ended up with about of them The weather is up with to knots of wind with a little swell We are going to fish the Island tomorrow before we head down to the Ridge or Rocks We will check in tomorrow More ...
08-07-2013 The Excel stops at the local Bluefin grounds & lands 120 Bluefin, the largest weighed 184 lbs.
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We had a good day yesterday at the local Bluefin grounds to miles from home We had a drift right out of the gate for of those fish Most of the fish were to lbs a couple and 's mixed in To top it off at the end we hooked a big one that we fought for hours with a lb test we ended up getting it it was a lbs Bluefin caught at miles BR BR We went back and got another so we ended up with about Bluefin yesterday More ...
08-06-2013 Justin Fleck reviews the 1st day of the Seeker Rods 3 Day trip
We received a call from Justin Fleck as the Excel left on their Day Seeker Rods trip We saw some interesting water down around to miles from San Diego Not all that productive though we did see lots of Bluefin around they just weren't biting We ended up with about Bluefin and miscellaneous Yellowtail off of kelps The fish ranged in size from the little guys to the bigger guys and a couple of Dorado in the mix as well We'll be up a little higher in the local zone The local guys had better Bluefin fishing than we did down More ...
08-04-2013 Excel finishes up their Sogioka/Stires 7 Day Trip fishing for some Beach fish & everyone has fun
Justin Fleck called in from the Excel with this update We finished up our Sogioka Stires Day Trip by fishing along the beach We had some excellent fishing on shallow water Rockfish Bass some Halibut It was just good to get everybody out at the rail yank'n and crank'n Yesterday we looked offshore We covered all of the same territory where we were catching that Yellowfin tuna last week and the week before that It seems like that fish has moved up a little closer to home We didn't have much success we only ended up with All-in-all we had a More ...
08-02-2013 After another day of good Yellowtail fishing, the Excel likes what they see offshore
Justin Fleck called in from the Excel with this report We had another good day of Yellowtail fishing yesterday Pick'n at them at a time A good grade today a better grade than yesterday A lot of the fish are to lbs a few in the upper 's or lower 's There is a good sign of Yellowtail around the islands We're happy to see that for upcoming trips BR BR Today we're out offshore looking at some warm water There is a sign of Yellowfin around some Dorado on kelp paddies We have high expectations for today It is encouraging More ...
July 2013
07-31-2013 Good Yellowtail Fishing at the Islands
Captain Justin Fleck called in with a detailed report from the Excel tonight Today we fished the Islands we had good fishing for Yellowtail We ended up with LIMITS of Yellowtail in total for our anglers They were biting the YoYo today really good Salas x Blue and White and Scrambled Egg were the ticket We also got a solo White Seabass at dark We making some Mackerel for tomorrow We will check in later More ...
07-30-2013 Excel heads south from the Bluefin grounds and finds a nice paddy & catches 51 nice Yellowtail
Justin Fleck called in to give us this update for fishing aboard the Excel We started the morning in the Bluefin grounds We noticed right away that things had changed it just didn't look the same as the day before We got lucky a little school stuck with us the fist thing in the morning We were plunk'n away at that nicer grade fish After awhile it dried up and we decided to slide south the rest of the day We didn't find much below the B uefin grounds but we did find a nice kelp paddy just before dark That More ...
07-29-2013 One stop shop
Today was our first day of fishing here on the Sogioka Stires seven day trip and what a day it was We got on a school of bluefin in the morning and it stuck with us until dark Most of the fish were in the - pound class with a few bigger and a few smaller At the end of the day we ended up with daily limits of tuna and a couple of dorado to go with them What a great start The weather is perfect offshore so we will spend the night here and see what tomorrow will bring More ...
07-27-2013 Bluefin Bonanza
Hello anglers Today we fished the bluefin zone The morning started off pretty slow but it didn't take long to find a kelp that was holding a school of bft We settled into a plunker for several hours with one to three fish going all the time When the school finally left us we didn't have to go very far to find another one All in all the day went very well and we have plenty of bluefin to show for it We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow More ...
07-26-2013 Afternoon Bluefin
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Bill Poole Memorial day trip After picking up a decent looking load of bait we cleared the point by We decided to swing by the tuna pins and try our luck We were able to scratch away at the bluefin until dark The fish were a mix grade - lbs We are now sliding down to the lower bluefin zone Wish us luck More ...
07-25-2013 Biting Bluefin
Hello anglers Today was a great way to end a trip We found a kelp early this morning with a nice school of bluefin on it We plunked away at the tuna for several hours When that was gone we were able to find a sonar school of bft It was steady action till it was time to call it a trip The bluefin are all mixed up grade anywhere from - lbs Our E T A for Fishermans Landing is tomorrow morning More ...
07-24-2013 Nice weather
Hello anglers Today we looked at a new area but it did not work out so well for us We will be working up the line tonight and be offshore tomorrow We will be targeting the elusive bluefin tuna Wish us luck More ...
07-23-2013 YFT on the chew
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore It worked out very well We had steady jig stikes threw out the day With a few schools sticking with us Most of the yellowfin were in the - lbs range The weather is still beautiful We will be offshore again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
07-22-2013 offshore scene
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore We were able to scratch away at school size dorado for part of the day We also put a few tags on a handful of y t We will be looking at a new area tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
07-21-2013 ridge action
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge It was just what we needed As soon as the anchor went down the yellowtail began to bite and didn't stop till we pulled it The grade of fish was excellent - lbs The weather is outstanding We will be offshore tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
07-20-2013 the Rocks
Hello anglers Today we fished Alijos Rocks It wasn't quite what we were hoping for The jig strikes were few and far between We were able to scratch away at a handful of yellowtail and a few nice wahoo We will be checking out a new zone tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
07-19-2013 Sliding down
Hello anglers This morning we had a full tackle seminar and spent most of the day rigging up all our outfits We were able to stop on a nice kelp and catch a handful of yellowtail for the galley We will continue sliding south tonight and be at Alijos Rocks in the morning Wish us luck More ...
07-18-2013 Fresh out of the gate
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Team Hoos Tuna Rodeo day We pick up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around We will be sliding south the rest of the day Wish us luck More ...
07-16-2013 Stout/Eppler 3-day
Today was our first day of fishing on this years Stout Eppler -day trip The weather has come up quite a bit and the bluefin fishing came to a sceeching halt We did see one gigantic school of - pounders but they just didn't act right We managed to pick off ten good ones It breezed up a little more in the afternoon so we passed the time working down swell where we picked up limits of smaller grade yellows on kelps Even though we would've like to drift on bluefin all day in grease calm weather these are the cards More ...
07-14-2013 Lil Al's Oil Patch Trip on the Excel gets the Hat Trick -- Bluefin, Yellowtail & Wahoo
Justin Fleck checked in from their Lil Al's Oil Patch Day Trip We're finished off some very good Wahoo fishing It was a very good grado of Wahoo at Alijos Rocks There are some really nice Wahoo settled in there The water is degrees and purple and they were biting We ended up with in a couple hours of fishing The guys had a great time All anglers had at least BR BR The fishermen on this trip pretty much had the hat trick We started off with Bluefin offshore on that to lb fish Then we went to the Ridge More ...
07-13-2013 Excel has another very good day at the Ridge before heading to Alijo.
Justin Fleck checked in with this report from the Excel We had a very good day again at the Ridge We had excellent excellent fishing on good grade Yellowtail anywhere from lbs to lbs They would eat whatever you wanted to throw at them We finished up on the Yellowtail around o'clock Then we looked around and all indications are very positive for future trips We decided to finish out our trip at Alijos we are headed that way right now We'll see what that area has tomorrow Saturday morning After that morning stop we'll be heading back up to San More ...
07-11-2013 Excellent on the Excel
Captain Justin Fleck called in with a wrap up from yesterday We saw excellent sign of Bluefin We saw more schools than we have seen in many many years We also caught a good sampling of Yellowfin Tuna We ended up with Bluefin Tuna up to pounds Yellowfin Tuna to pounds and couple of Dorado and a few Yellowtail We are now at Cedros fishing Yellowtail They are biting good We have this morning They are biting everything The weather has been beautiful Guys are doing excellent on the Excel We will check in tomorrow More ...
07-10-2013 Bigger Class Bluefin Today
Captain Justin Fleck called in this morning from the Excel We have a great group of guys on the Little Al's Oil Patch Special We started fishing around yesterday morning We had good fishing on a bigger grade of Bluefin Tuna today in the to pound class They were biting heavy line right out of the gate We stayed busy for several hours with to going at a time It was hot and heavy for a long time We ended up with fish before it dried up We then searched around and found a few kelp paddies and caught a few More ...
07-08-2013 Lil Al's Oil Patch
Today we departed on our Lil Al Oil Patch -day trip around After picking up our load of bait we cleared Point Loma at We will be starting off our trip looking for bluefin tuna tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
07-07-2013 80 Bluefin Tuna in just a couple hours
Captain Justin Fleck called in this evening with a wrap up from today's events We fired up the motors at AM and by we found a nice school of Bluefin The Bluefin Tuna started to bite around AM and we called it quits at AM We fished for a couple hours and caught around Bluefin Tuna As we headed North we saw lots of signs of fish This Summer is shaping up nicely BR BR We will be at port tomorrow AM We will quickly turn around and head back out on another day trip More ...
07-06-2013 Healthy Fishery of Bluefin Tuna
Captain Justin Fleck called in last night update us on the current Excel trip We spent some time goofing around at the Islands We did catch some nice big yellowtail and a couple Halibut In addition we had a couple premium sized Yellowtail We are done on Yellowtail BR BR We then moved offshore to the Bluefin Grounds We spent the morning looking around with some other boats The fish did not bite until we all spread out around PM We did have good fishing from PM until dark The majority of the Bluefin are to pounds There are some fish More ...
07-05-2013 On-the-Water Report from the Excel before they head up the line.
Justin Fleck called in with this on-the-water report from the Excel He reported that they had a good day yesterday They were looking for kelp patties to see if they might catch some Wahoo They had a good time catching Wahoo a Yellowfin and Dorado Justin felt that what they saw was very encouraging for upcoming trips BR BR They are headed up the line to check out Cedros Benitos They will be targeting Halibut and some Calico Bass They will also be looking to find more Bluefin Yellowfin More ...
07-03-2013 Made it to the Zone
Captain Justin Fleck called in this afternoon to update us on the Excel Yesterday was a travel day we did catch a few fish including some Dorado Today we made it down to the Ridge and we anchored up The Yellowtail fishing was excellent Pretty much every bait that hit the water was bit We finished up on Yellows and are now searching offshore for a Lucky Wahoo Kelp The weather is very nice and everyone is stocked We will check back later More ...
07-01-2013 Excel reports as they head for the Tuna grounds on an 8 Day Trip
Captain Justin Fleck called in to check in We are sliding into the Bluefin Yellowfin Zone We should start fishing around noon We are currently getting rigged up There has been signs of to pound Yellowfin Tuna The Bluefin are in the to class The weather is beautiful with winds less than knots There are of us out here looking around We will check back in later More ...
June 2013
06-29-2013 San Diego bound 0700.
Hello anglers Today we hit a few kelps in the morning before having to call it a trip We ended up with a handful of yellowtail and a bluefin to finish off the trip The weather continues to be nice We will be arriving at Fishermens Landing See you there More ...
06-28-2013 working up the line
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore We were able to scratch away at school size yellowfin tuna - lbs for most of the day We were also lucky enough to find a school of that big bluefin thats been around They were not very cooperative boiling all around the boat refusing to eat a hooked bait Seeker pro staffer Gary Hawes was lucky enough to hook and land a pound bluefin We will be working up the line tonight and be offshore tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
06-27-2013 offshore scene
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The weather was flat calm with very little to no wind We had very poor luck with the bluefin but we did manage to put together a nice day on the yellowfin tuna Most of the fish are in the - lbs range with a few stand outs We will be spending the night here tonight and doing it all over again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
06-26-2013 Island Fishing
Hello anglers Today we fished San Benitos island We ended up with a handful of school sized yellowtail plus a couple of larger units We left the bush around and slid over to the north end of Cedros The calico bass fishing was as good as it gets We were also able to pull a few trophy yellows out of the kelp The weather was flat calm all day We will be trying our luck in the bluefin zone tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
06-25-2013 Tough Day
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore I wish i could tell you it was a great day with fish everywhere but that was not the case Today is one of those days i wish i didn't have to report There were plenty of kelps around but very little fish When the day was over we ended up with a handful of yellowtail and one bluefin We will be fishing the coast tomorrow in search of yellowtail Wish us luck More ...
06-24-2013 Seeker 6 Day
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Seeker Rods day trip After picking up a decent looking load of bait we cleared the point around noon We will be having seminars this afternoon in preparation for offshore fishing tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
06-23-2013 Thank You Hereos
Hello anglers Today we are working our way up the line scrubbing the boat and braking down all the tackle The weather is beautiful and everyone is relaxing in the galley It was an honor to be part of this trip and look forward to next year On behalf of myself and the entire Excel crew id like to thank the men and women of the Armed Forces We will be arriving at Fishermens Landing tomorrow More ...
06-22-2013 Cedros Island
Hello anglers Today we fished Cedros Island The yellowtail fishing was a little tuff to say the least but we were able to put together a great day with a handful of big halibut and outstanding calico bass fishing The weather is nice and all the guys seem to be having a great time We will be working our way up the line tomorrow We will check back in later More ...
06-21-2013 Biting Bluefin
Hello anglers Today we had steady action threw out the day The bluefin decided to cooperate this morning We started off with a good school of - pounders We had several stops and the numbers started to add up quickly We will be trying our luck at one of the islands tomorrow Wish us luck The weather continues to be good More ...
06-20-2013 Offshore Bluefin
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The morning started off pretty slow but around lunch time the bluefin started to cooperate We were able to put together a nice afternoon The tuna are good grade - lbs We will be here again tomorrow to do it all over again The weather continues to get nicer all the time Wish us luck More ...
06-19-2013 kelp patty fishing
Hello anglers Today was the first day of our annual Boat Load of Heroes five day trip We started off the morning with a full tackle seminar Around noon we found our first kelp it was hot and heavy for about a hour After the dust settled we had over a hundred school size yellowtail We were able to find a few more kelps to put together a good day of y t fishing Tomorrow we will be fishing offshore targeting bluefin tuna Wish us luck More ...
06-18-2013 Boat Load of Heroes
After an amazing finish to the long season on our day HCI JUNE AHI trip with YellowFIn Tuna over pounds we are excited to start the summer schedule Our First trip is the BOAT LOAD OF HEROE'S this years heroes are all Purple Heart recipients Al Gross one of partners in the Excel created the Boat Load of Heroes c charity to further the work he had done for years as a charter master aboard the Excel Al Gross took young Purple Heart veterans fishing on his trips at no cost to them Now he has taken his love for our More ...
06-10-2013 Last Minute Cancellation
We just had a cancellation on our Angler's Choice -day trip departing With the Blue Fin Tuna up over lbs and the great sign of Yellowtail and Yellowfin tuna coming up the line this is a rare opening that will surely be filled fast Don't miss out on this opportunity to hop on a great trip that had been sold out for months Call the office at - or a href 'http www excelsportfishing com pages schedule php' target ' blank' b BOOK ONLINE a b now More ...
06-08-2013 Update from the Islands
Captain Justin Fleck called in to report the Excel is rolling home in flat calm weather We fished up the beach We had fantastic Yellowtail fishing They bit on the YoYo iron The fish were - pounds We ended up with Yellows We then did some Halibut drifts We had nice sized Halibut up to pounds There was good signs of life around Our stop at the islands was a nice way to break up the trip We will arrive in Point Loma tomorrow morning and our next trip will not be for days or so Then we are off on More ...
06-06-2013 Scouting for Upcoming Trips
Captain Justin Fleck called in to update everyone on what is going on The Yellowtail are biting at the Islands Ridge Rocks and Offshore In addition we are seeing signs of Yellowfin Tuna to pounds and big Bluefin Tuna being caught which is really exciting The coming Summer is really setting up to be excellent br br We do have spots available on the Bill Pool Memorial Tournament set for July th through th We have spots available You can a href http www excelsportfishing com pages schedule php target blank b BOOK ONLINE b a or call the office at More ...
06-04-2013 Stomping on the hatches
We had a nice day today picking up wahoo and a couple smaller grade tuna The fish holds are now wedged and the passengers and crew are exhausted but happy The mood on deck is a happy one with a few people breaking down some gear but most of the HCI JUNE AHI group are celebrating their successful trip with an adult beverage or two Our timing was good and we were rewarded with tuna and wahoo of those tuna are over pounds with a few more pending that we will have to weigh when we get back to San Diego More ...
06-03-2013 Three more cows! We are full!
Captain Justin called in this morning to report a slower night bite last night We did catch more cows and filled the fish holds The boat is full We don't have any more room for tuna We have a few cracks to fill with Wahoo The weather is flat calm and life is good More ...
06-02-2013 Almost Full
The Excel called in this morning and they have had excellent fishing Lots of big fish during the day Then during the night the cows came back We had cows since we last reported br br We are spending the day today fishing for Skinnies br br Check back later More ...
06-01-2013 Update from Captain Fleck aboard the Excel
Captain Justin Fleck called in this morning to let everyone know that they had a huge day again We had Yellowfin The fishing was best from PM to PM and then again from AM to daylight fish last night with cows The trip is going well We will check back in later and are hoping for another good night tonight More ...
May 2013
05-31-2013 Good fishing
We finished up our second day of fishing here at the bank a so far we like what we see Ten cows have hit the deck already with a few more that got away for one reason or another big tuna have been tagged and many smaller ones have been released The best fishing for us has been from pm to daylight We also have about wahoo Here is a list of the cows Mike Hubbard Roland Reesby Mark Meisenburg Bill Fung C J Cathy Preis Kim Hasselbach and Chris Forster Great job Let's keep it going Thanks for checking in More ...
05-30-2013 Night Time Bite!
Captain Justin Fleck called in early this morning to report very good fishing from PM throughout the night We had lots of Yellowfin tuna including cows The largest fish was caught by chartermaster Kim Hasselbach Stay tuned as the trip has just begun and we will be updating you as we go More ...
05-29-2013 Skins, Cows and Heat
Captain Justin Fleck called in from Hurricane Bank to report Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna tagged we had two fish at There is good sign of Cows and Wahoo The weather is hot We wish there was a little wind to cool us off Our group is having a good time and we will call in another report tomorrow More ...
05-27-2013 Excel heads south to Hurricane Banks
Excel is headed south on their June AHI Day trip to Hurricane Banks We are just passing by Alijos Rocks The water is blue and the water temp is degrees We spotted some Yellowtail on Kelps and some Bluefin Tuna and everything looks good We expect a fine late Spring early Summer season BR BR If you'd like more information on any Excel trips call - - BR We are also booking our trips online at b a href http www excelsportfishing com pages schedule php OUR WEBSITE a b More ...
05-27-2013 Jackpot winners from the Excel
We offloaded our catch yesterday in beautiful San Diego weather said the Excel's report May BR BR Here are the jackpot winners st place Steve Lindsey -pound yellowfin BR Second place Bill Sandborn pictured above -pound yellowfin BR Third place Tom Donohue -pound yellowfin BR Honorable mention goes to Chris Elvert for a and Jim Dekay with a Both are personal bests Congratulations to all for a fantastic trip Today we departed on our June Ahi day trip BR More ...
05-25-2013 Jackpots
We offloaded our catch yesterday in beautiful San Diego weather Here are the jackpot winners st place Steve Lindsey pound yellowfin nd place Bill Sandborn pound yellowfin rd place Tom Donohue pound yellowfin Honorable mention goes to Chris Elvert and Jim Dekay both are personal bests Congratulations to all for a fantastic trip Today we departed on our June Ahi day trip We will keep you updated thanks for checking in More ...
05-20-2013 Strong finish
We've picked off more big tuna and a handful of wahoo for our last hours of fishing Five more deuces also hit the deck The sharks were an absolute nightmare but for whatever reason they didn't mess with the real big ones Here are the lucky anglers Bob Kelley Pat Gallagher Steve Lindsey Bill Lynd and Chris Elvert Great job We are now headed up the line breaking down gear and cleaning up the boat The weather is decent with kts of wind and just a little chop More ...
05-18-2013 Encouraging Sign
Our morning started out a little on the slow side but the afternoon more than made up for it wahoo and tuna made it aboard with several casualties due to the sharks The locals ate the first five or so tuna hooked and just when we thought all hope was lost they backed off and let a few through Big fish honors today go to James Hassen with a pounder and Curt Weisenhutter with a Both fish were caught on sardines We have two more days to fish and we hope to get a few more opportunities Wish us luck More ...
05-17-2013 Chased away- But at a good time
Fishing has really slowed down and every bite counts I've been struggling on the decision whether to move location or not Theres not a lot of fish around but what's here is excellent quality It turns out that mother nature will make the choice for us as Tropical Storm Alvin makes his way toward us with - mph winds Needless to say we will not mess with Alvin and make a move to the inside to finish our trip We picked up wahoo and more tuna with two cows Dewitt Aden caught a on a skipjack and Lou Michels got a More ...
05-16-2013 Big fish in small doses
Overall tuna fishing has backed off to a slow pick one at a time But the grade is fantastic It seems like most of the tuna that was here a couple of days ago is off the bank with a couple of schools of bigger fish still hanging out shallow Seven more cows have made it aboard with several high 's Thankfully the wahoo fishing is still decent to help keep everyone at the rail Heres a list of the cow club members Bob Seidler Richard Karron Donald Bigler Curt Wiesenhutter Bill Sandborn Steve Lindsey and James Dekay Congratulations to all More ...
05-14-2013 So far, so good
We've been at the bank for about hours now and so far we like what we see Al's Bulls and Cows group has put down good grade tuna and wahoo Very similar to the last time we were here tuna at night and wahoo during the day Biggest tuna so far was caught by Tom Donohue on a flylined sardine Toms' fish went pounds on the scale Stephan Heitzmann also picked up a cow at There's a lot of good grade fish from to in the mix as well All that we can hope for is for more of the same More ...
05-12-2013 Happy Mothers Day
Everything is on schedule here on the Excel and our eta remains at tomorrow morning Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend Picture of the day is from May It's the charter master Big Al and I celebrating his pounder What a couple of handsome young men we were Time flys when your having fun Thanks for checking in More ...
05-11-2013 Travel day bliss
The weather has come down beautifully and is now flat calm Sun is shining and everyone is having a great time We had our second seminar today where we covered big tuna tackle and technique Some of the guys even organized a poker tournament We have one more day of travel and we should arrive to the bank around on Monday morning Wish us luck More ...
05-10-2013 Going fishing
After a well deserved week off the Excel departed yesterday on our Big Al's Bulls and Cows day trip We have assembled an excellent group who are all ready for a great time As always the give aways are awesome on this trip Al started off last night by handing out eight Penn Internationals four 's and four 's to the lucky ones drawn and there are many many more great prizes still up for grabs The weather is nice and the reports from down below are getting everyone fired up Today we will have our first seminar of the trip More ...
April 2013
04-29-2013 Almost Home
The ride home has been a little on the bumpy side but we've seen a lot worse Overall I'd have to say it wasn't that bad We are now miles from home and the weather is getting flat calm again The time has been used to just relax read books play cards watch movies or just get caught up on sleep Pat Gallagher won the cribbage tournament and will take home a trophy and the coveted title Cribbage Master until he defends his title next year Today we will be having a Wii bowling tournament and tonight will be the final More ...
04-27-2013 A few more memories
Hello Anglers Today we are heading up the line in a bit of choppy weather The passengers are all down stairs breaking down their remaining tackle watching movies and getting ready for the cribbage tournament later this afternoon Here are a few more pictures from earlier in the trip Justin More ...
04-26-2013 Pair of Deuces
We finished off our trip last night with a backward schedule The tuna bit a little all through the day and when we braced ourselves for the evening hit it never came The overall grade was better on average with a couple more cows coming aboard Andy Marcum with a and Pat Gallagher had a We are now headed up the line in choppy weather on our way home More ...
04-24-2013 Scratch, scratch, scratch
It's been the same routine here on the bank You look at tuna all day that just doesn't want to bite until after dark During the nights we scratch our - fish with a couple shots at big ones by sunrise When the sun comes out they get lock jaw again There is still some wahoo around to keep anglers at the rail during the day With three fish holds full we are now into our final well of fish Thanks for checking in More ...
04-23-2013 Tuna at night and wahoo during the day
We saw very similar conditions last year on this trip Wahoo bite during the day and the tuna even though you see them all day only seem to bite at night We did pick up three cows last night Kevin Kirby picked up a on the chunk Michael Holiday caught a even on a sinker rig And Brandon Wilske landed a just before daylight also on a sinker rig Many other fish in the - pound range were boated last night We are still putting together a nice score and the weather is as good as it gets out here Thanks More ...
04-21-2013 Good weekend
Fishing in the last hours has picked up and we are finally putting a score together We've picked up another tuna up to pounds and more wahoo Conditions are changing around all the time out here and we do see signs of fish wanting to bite at night again if we can keep this pace up for a few more days it would make a lot of people happy including myself Wish us luck More ...
04-20-2013 The fish are here
For the amount of fish you can see around the bank they sure don't bite very good We managed to pick off tuna and seven wahoo for our first day There were anglers fishing ALL night and never did get a bite It's been all daytime fish for us with the afternoon being the best Big fish of the day was about pounds caught by Butch Wilson on the kite We have six more days here and we are hoping that the big ones show up again The weather is perfect now More ...
04-19-2013 Making a move
This morning the conditions didn't look right and there was definately less sign of fish We picked up just a few tuna and wahoo for the morning and we left Our eta to the bank is More ...
04-18-2013 First day
We fished the Buffer Zone on our first day and picked up tuna to pounds and ten wahoo There is good sign of mid grade fish here but no real showing on cows We will give it one more day here to keep it honest before we make a move to the bank Wish us luck More ...
04-15-2013 Seminars, rigging, and darts?
Hello Anglers we have spent the last day and a half just traveling south in perfect weather The days have been used to give two seminars already and rig up passengers for the upcoming adventure Reports from down below sound outstanding and as you can guess everyone is anxious to start fishing Also yesterday we had our coveted Big Fish Special Dart Tournament This is an excellent way to get everyone outside to have a little fun Ralph always provides great prizes We will report again tomorrow More ...
04-13-2013 A fresh start
We arrived to Fishermans Landing yesterday morning to offload our catch from the Accurate Reels trip Trip totals were tuna and wahoo Jackpot winners are st place Jonathan Jeffers pound tuna nd place Ken Cirks pound tuna rd David Caveness pound tuna Good job guys Today we departed on our annual Ralph Mikkelsen day trip After picking up our load of bait we cleared Point Loma by We are currently headed south in flat calm weather with high hopes Wish us luck and thanks for checking in More ...
04-08-2013 Long Shot
We decided to make another move and try one last area before calling it a trip Although they weren't all giants we had good fishing on mixed grade tuna up to pounds after lunch By the end of the day we tagged tuna and wahoo and they are now chilling in the RSW for the ride home There were definitely a handful of heavy fish that were hooked during the bite but for one reason or another they were lost This was exactly what we needed to end our trip on a high note good action I want to take a More ...
04-06-2013 Hard to swallow
Hello Anglers sorry for the lack of reports but to be honest there is really nothing to report about There is no way to sugar coat it fishing is tough The sharks eat nine out of every ten wahoo that you hook and every tuna landed is a miracle It is too late in the trip to run back to the bank so we have to play the card that we were dealt We have managed to open the hatch every now and the but not as much as we like to There is still a little time left in our More ...
04-03-2013 Don't fall into the water
We made a move last night with hopes of greener pastures Unfortunately all that we found were nasty aggressive sharks that ate most of our wahoo and destroyed some tuna We did manage to sneak a dozen or so skin and nine good grade tuna by the tax man Big fish honors goes to Jonathan Jeffers for his pounder caught on a PL right at dark Hopefully there are a few more of those around The good news is that we still have a lot of time left and the weather is coming down all the time More ...
04-02-2013 Lock Jaw
Yesterday was very similar to the day before with a slow pick all day long on wahoo and tuna Again we had fish up to pounds but we have yet to break the pound mark This morning however the fish are still around but you can't buy a bite right now The rough seas are defiantly not making it easy but for what you see on the machines one would think you would do better We have decided to bust a move and look for something better No doubt about it this fish is still here and it WILL bite again More ...
March 2013
03-31-2013 Easter Sunday Fun Day
I would call our first day here on the bank a success We managed to keep something hooked pretty much all day and when the sun went down I was pleased with what went in the hatch There is good sign of both wahoo and tuna here but unfortunately the weather is making things a little tougher than they need to be The tuna range from - pounds and every wahoo we catch is a good one There is great potential here to do very good on both species for sure Hopefully we can get a few good days of weather More ...
03-30-2013 Final day of travel
ETA to hurricane bank is tonight Wish us luck More ...
03-29-2013 Travel Day
Today we had our second seminar of the trip the BIG TUNA seminar Several outfits were covered including flyline chunk yo yo and kite rigs As you know there are endless ways to rig your tackle successfully These are only recommendations from the crew and what we as a boat have had success with on previous trip Tackle and technology are constantly changing and you need to be on the cutting edge or you will find yourself left behind We are here to help The rest of the day was used to just hang out and relax with the sunny skies More ...
03-28-2013 Healthy Fishery
We started out our morning with a full seminar on wahoo fishing safety and bait tank ettiquit After enjoying a delicious lunch of Jason's famous pull pork sliders on fresh baked buns we decided to make a stop to try and burn some calories We fished just over an hour at Alijos Rocks where we picked up beautiful grade yellowtail They were hittin' Water teperature color and signs of fish are all excellent for this time of year Most fish came on the fly lined sardines but there were a few iron eaters in the group as well Needless to say More ...
03-27-2013 And away we go
Yearly maintenance was wrapped up on Monday and the boat looks great We loaded groceries fueled up and departed on our first trip last night Accurate Reels day trip with Jack Nilsen as charter master The bait looks excellent and the weather is flat calm The passengers and crew are just happy to be going fishing We will start reporting daily again and we appreciate everyone checking in Wish us luck More ...
February 2013
02-27-2013 Excel announces new long range Clipperton trip, now you can fulfill one of your bucket list items
For years now Captain Fleck has been hearing from passengers the desire for us to make a trip to a place that on its own invokes historic exciting and bucket list worthy emotions We've put out the feelers and come to the conclusion that it is time to go again We are happy to announce we've added a new trip to our schedule the name of the trip is Ultra-limited Clipperton Express BR BR The trip will be a Fly Fly out of Cabo BR The trip dates will be - BR The passenger load will be an elbowroom-loving BR BR More ...
02-20-2013 Justin Fleck talks about the improvements to the Excel
Skipper Justin Fleck told Bill Roecker Our boat work is going well this year on Excel's interior down in the bilge and below deck that's where we're doing some maintenance We have high speed Internet on the boat now actually since Dec It revolutionized how we do business Anglers can track us and live the moment vicariously You can see every cow or skin landed It won't be long until you'll be able to log onto the website and see streaming video in real time Skipper Justin Fleck told Bill Roecker Our boat work is going well this year on Excel More ...
02-14-2013 Boat work
Hello Anglers We've been busy down in National City with our annual boat maintenance Things are moving along great We hope to have all of the work done on the bottom of the boat so we can get back in the water and back to Point Loma soon We'd also like to take a second to thank everyone from the Kil Song day charter from last week Everyone had a wonderful time Jackpot winners were as follows st place Scott McCall with a pound yellowfin nd place Max Dallarso with a pound yellowfin rd place Phillip Bruce with a pound yellowfin More ...
02-14-2013 Excel Under Repair
Excel is in for her annual boatwork Excel's Facebook site has been posting some photos of the developing tasks and jobs BR More ...
02-01-2013 Disappearing Act
The cows have pulled a no show on us the last couple of days Fortunately for us there is good sign of - pounders in the area and everybody has been able to put a couple of those in the fresh well for the table when they get home Everyone is haveing fun throwing their poppers and jig around Tomorrow will be our final morning to try for trophies before we put it on course for Cabo to drop everyone off The weather was choppy for the past two days but it has come down nicely for us Wish us luck More ...
January 2013
01-30-2013 Off the bite
Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta has slowed way down On our way down to Cabo to pick up our passengers all you heard was epic fishing reports coming out of this region There's no doubt about it there is a lot of big fish here Driving around the area we are constantly stopping on fish they just don't bite Like anyplace else this place will start biting again We have had scratch fishing on the jigs and poppers during the day on - pound fish and every night we get a shot or two at some cows on the baits We More ...
01-27-2013 There is hope
Our day started out similar to yesterday with a little bit of action on smaller grade tuna up to pounds We decided to move on from that area in search of bigger fish Late in the day there were a few birds schools around with some good grade tuna crashing underneath We picked off ten fish - pounds with five cows Phillip Bruce was first to hook up with his biggest tuna ever at pounds Next was Max Dallorso with a Then Nonon Alvarez David Christopher And the final cow was caught by Scott McCall with a chunky Overall I'd have More ...
01-26-2013 Wrong size
Today we started fishing outside of Puerto Vallarta in grease calm weather Even though we did see lots of fish they were not the size that we were hoping for Most of the guys were able to get a couple on the poppers and jigs but for the amount of fish around here they just didn't bite very well We did see a little bit of sign late in the day of bigger grade fish pushing bait around Our plan is to start in this area in the morning and if it doesn't work out there is a lot of good More ...
01-25-2013 Left Cabo
Hello Anglers we successfully loaded all of our passengers and gear in Cabo San Lucas and everything went smooth The weather down here is post card perfect with sunny skies and flat calm seas We are currently headed down to the lower zone and should be fishing by Saturday morning Everyone onboard including myself are excited to get fishing again Wish us luck More ...
01-22-2013 Headed to Cabo
Hello anglers Today we departed on our first annual Kilsongs Jig n Pop This is a day fly down fly back trip After picking up a good looking load of bait we were able to clear the point by There are a half dozen people who decided to ride the boat down The weather is perfect and we are making good speed We will be in Cabo San Lucas friday morning to pick up the rest of the people We will check back in tomorrow More ...
01-21-2013 Excel's "Team Hoo" Charter trip returns with 21 Yellowfin over 200 lbs.
Justin Fleck brought Excel home to Fisherman's Landing after the -day Team Hoo charter with Mark Dorton as chartermaster for his anglers The group scored tuna over pounds despite tough weather and large swells We lost a lot of big fish as a result said Justin including two or three really big ones right at gaff We spent four days at the Hurricane Bank and three days at Clarion Island The size of the cows ranged from pounds two of those seen in the lineup shot as honorable mention down to pounds BR BR Jason House of Reno NV won first More ...
01-20-2013 Eta
Ride home was perfect Our eta is tomorrow morning Once again I want to thank Mark Dorton for all of the effort that he puts into every Team Hoo trip Team Hoo Rules More ...
01-19-2013 Great traveling weather
The ride home so far has been picture perfect Flat calm seas and NO wind Team Hoo is having a great time just hanging out during the day and letting loose in Club Excel at night This group knows how to party Here are a few more pictures from the trip Thanks for checking in More ...
01-17-2013 Strong finish
Our final morning produced four more cows for Team Hoo Roger Elkins who has been fishing the Excel for as long as I can remember had never caught a cow before this trip Today Roger started things off in the dark with a pound kamikaze tuna that went nuts after it was gaffed This is Rogers third cow for the trip with a fourth fish that may make it that taped out at Dr Lee Erlendson was next with a chunky Jake House caught his first ever cow a long and skinny pounder And the final fish of the trip was More ...
01-16-2013 Current change
Conditions were completely different here today We still managed to have a few shots at biggins including a pounder caught by John Nappo of Trophy Tackle John's tuna came on the chunk There were tuna and wahoo that made it into the RSW well for our day Unfortunately we lost several heavy fish today due to miscellaneous reasons Tomorrow will be our final day here to hopefully pick up a few more jumbos Wish us luck More ...
01-15-2013 Made a move
Although we were having steady fishing at the bank we just weren't getting shots at and jumbo cows like the guys here We used yesterday as a travel day where we made our way into the island As advertised we picked throughout the day on good grade fish with a few shots at cows We hooked five cows and landed four of them from - pounds Jason Smith started it off at with his third cow for the trip a Jason later in the morning picked up a both on mackerel BJ Beck boated a pounder after seeing the fish twice More ...
01-13-2013 Another great day of fishing
Fishing remains outstanding down here in the lower zone The wind backed off just a little bit making it comfortable here on the anchor We picked up another fish from - pounds today Hopefully the weather continues to come down and the tuna keep biting like they have been Wish us luck More ...
01-12-2013 Strong winds, Good fishing
The wind picked up quite a bit today and it got nasty down here in the lower zone But that didn't stop Team Hoo from kicking butt once again We picked up more big tuna from - pounds with three more cows Unfortunately with the bad weather comes heavy casualties on the tuna We lost way too many fish today but that's how it goes sometimes The forecast looks a little bit better for tomorrow so we will stay put and do it again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
01-11-2013 Not even rough weather can stop Team Hoo
Team Hoo put together a huge day down here in the lower zone The morning started out a little on the slow side but around the tuna went crazy We ended up getting fish out of the hit from - pounds Six cows for sure and another six that taped out right at We will see if they make the cut back at the dock The overall grade today was awesome with most of the fish going over pounds There were also a few wahoo in the mix to spice things up The weather is breezy and choppy which makes these More ...
01-10-2013 Team Hoo is off and running!
We arrived to the Lower Zone just before lunch and found a nice hit on wahoo right out of the gate The hot ticket was the Salas Xjr in pink or black and orange There is also pretty good sign of tuna of all sizes Some schools have - pounders and others are straight big ones We scratched steady at - pounders throughout the day The big ones showed up at dark and we hooked five and landed four all four were cows Xavier Vega and Jason Smith both had fish right at Pete Price picked up a and Joe Lanoue More ...
01-09-2013 Final preparations
Today is our final travel day on our voyage south to the fishing grounds The weather has been choppy the whole ride so far but is finally showing signs of backing off The Team Hoo group is doing great and will use today to make any last minute changes to their tackle Our eta is tomorrow morning Wish us luck More ...
01-08-2013 Seminars and travel time
We've been traveling south in rough seas and high winds but everyone is staying comfortable We had our first seminar yesterday covering wahoo fishing and safety Today's seminar will cover tuna fishing kite fishing chunk fishing bait selection and bait tank ettiquit Spirits are high and Club Excel was in full swing last night We will check in soon More ...
01-06-2013 Team Hoo 15-day
Hello Anglers We departed today in cool weather with our Team Hoo charter Since we were able to bait up yesterday on the boats arrival day this morning went very smooth and we cleared Point Loma by Everyone is excited to be out again hanging around with their buddies enjoying a beer and watching some football with great food Life is good We will check in daily wish us luck More ...
01-05-2013 Excel returns from 10 Day Fisherman's Warehouse trip with plenty of Yellowtail, Dorado & nice tuna
Mike Ramirez docked Excel at Fisherman's Landing January following the annual Fisherman's Warehouse trip of days this year with anglers and chartermaster Rick Iwatsubo The group fished the inner waters off southern Baja for plenty of yellowtail some dorado and small tuna and a variety of bottomfish Tuna were scarce said Mike but one big yellowfin found a bait on the -Pound Bank The Ridge has cooled to degrees he said BR BR That big one weighed in at pounds before it was gilled and gutted for the RSW tank It was caught by Jim Settle pictured above of Nipomo on More ...
01-04-2013 Wrapping it up
Hello anglers Today we are traveling up the line headed for San Diego Our E T A to Fishermans Landing is I would like to take a minute and thank Fishermans Warehouse for sponsoring a great trip We would also like to thank all the people who contributed prizes for the trip Seeker Rods Eagle Claw Daiwa Gamakatsu Okuma Mustad Pacific Catch P-Line The Fish Sniffer Accurate and Tuff-Line Thanks again everyone for a great trip See you at the dock More ...
01-03-2013 Working up the line
Hello anglers We started the day offshore fishing but with the cool water temp and the off color water we had very little hope in finding anything so we opted to swing by one of our favorite halibut holes Luckily there were a few around and we were able to put aboard a half dozen nice flattys Tomorrow we will be traveling up the line and getting everything cleaned and prepped for our return We still have beautiful weather Check back tomorrow for E T A More ...
01-02-2013 Nice weather
Hello anglers This morning we woke up to virtually no wind and just a small ground swell A nice change from the past three days The first part of the day was filled with hot and heavy yt action With most of the slugs taken by the yo-yo iron After the action had slowed down we decided to pull the anchor and head offshore in search of the elusive yellowfin tuna We looked at a lot of good water and also found plenty of dolphin none of which were holding any tuna We will be working our way up the line More ...
01-01-2013 Hunt For Ahi
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We had good action threw out the day on quality yellows with a few nice bottom grabber to go in the mix The weather is getting better and better all the time The only thing we are missing is tuna They were not very cooperative today We will give it one more day before we have to start working our way up the line Wish us luck More ...
December 2012
12-31-2012 First cow
Hello anglers Today we spent another day on the lower banks We were able to capture a few tuna with one stand out pounder caught by James Settle His personal best by lbs We also had a handful of nice dorado to add to the mix The wind has came up - knots but is forecasted to come down tomorrow We will be working our way up the line tonight and be on the Ridge first thing in the morning Wish us luck More ...
12-30-2012 Lower Banks
Hello anglers Today we targeted giant yellowfin tuna Unfortunately with no success We were able to capture a few nice dorado and a handful of grouper We will be spending another day down on the lower banks in search of tuna The weather is a little wet but the seas are flat calm We will check in tomorrow wish us luck More ...
12-29-2012 Big yellows
Hello anglers Today was just about as good as it gets We had a great day on the big yellowtail most of witch were - lbs The weather is grease calm and everyone is having a great time Since everyone has plenty of yt we will be venturing down to the lower banks in search of giant yellowfin tuna Hopefully we will be successful tomorrow wish us luck More ...
12-28-2012 Ridge action
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge It started off pretty slow this morning with a handful of school size tuna and a dozen nice yellowtail After making a short move we were able to find a school of yft that were eager to bite Most of the tuna were in the - lbs class We will be looking at a different area tomorrow hoping for bigger and better things to come Wish us luck More ...
12-27-2012 Day of preparation
This morning we started the day with a full tackle seminar going over all the outfits we plan on using this trip Then spent most of the day rigging up We were able to swing by the yellowtail grounds and pick up a handful of yt for the galley We are continuing to work our way south and will be on the Ridge tomorrow midmorning Wish us luck More ...
12-26-2012 First day
Hello anglers Today we departed on the Fishermans Warehouse annual -day trip After picking up a good looking load of bait we cleared the point around We are headed south in nice weather and looking forward to starting our trip We will keep you posted wish us luck More ...
12-18-2012 Living the dream
We have spent the past two days working our way up the coast in beautiful weather The Melton Tackle group enjoyed good fishing on yellowtail reds lings and halibut I have to say the variety on this trip is exceptional Lots of tuna yellowtail dorado wahoo grouper and now rockfish and halibut Awesome With the fish holds full and a big storm coming we decided to get up into the bay early and keep everyone comfortable We will be back at Fishermans landing at tomorrow morning I want to thank Brandon and Melton Tackle for another great trip this year and More ...
12-15-2012 Ridge Variety
Once again the yellows started biting in the early a m This time it was All the way until daylight every bait that went to the bottom was a bite After the sun came up the tuna got on us and we finished off on our quota for the trip The rest of the day was spent scratching at yellowtail and grouper along the Ridge Another great day on the water Tomorrow we will be working up the beach looking for more action More ...
12-14-2012 Mahi madness
We did the complete tour of the lower banks today with no success on bigger tuna The highlight of the day was when we found a bird school mid morning with dorado crashing through some bait Everyone got in on the action with lots of free swimmers around the boat There was also one fat wahoo caught before daylight We are going back up to the ridge and see if we can get a few more bigger tuna and maybe some yellows Wish us luck More ...
12-13-2012 Good angling
We started the day off with a gray bite on yellowtail that lasted until breakfast Like clockwork the tuna showed up immediately after and bit full speed until we left them at because we had enough Now that everyone has plenty of fish for the table we decided to slide down to the lower banks and take a shot at finding some trophies We will spend some time looking for cow sized tuna and maybe some dorado Wish us luck More ...
12-12-2012 Stellar Day
We ended up with a huge day These tuna bit all the way until dark The later it got the better the grade was More and more of the size tuna This morning crew member Dillon woke me up at and told me the yellowtail were biting It was full speed until daylight on - pound yellowtail on the dropper loops Needless to say our Melton Tackle -day is going great More ...
12-12-2012 Lunch time report
Mid day report here from the Big X is wide open tuna on the ridge The grade is - pounds and everything in between The rookies the pros the girl the boys everyone is getting in on the action We will report again later More ...
12-11-2012 Ridge Variety
We arrived to the upper end of the Ridge late in the morning and found a little action on just about everything Wahoo tuna and yellowtail were all in the mix but just when we thought that we were on something the current quit and the place turned into a desert with no signs of life We managed to pick up a few more yellows after dinner before we pulled the anchor and continued working south to put ourselves in position for something a little different tomorrow The weather is flat calm and the passengers are doing great We will check More ...
12-10-2012 Bill Roecker updates his Top Ten Tuna list
The -pound yellowfin weighed yesterday by the Excel at Fisherman's Landing was acceptable for the jackpot by boat rules That makes it acceptable to me for the top tuna list now modified to reflect John Petruescu's incredible catch by a rookie no less of the biggest yellowfin tuna ever caught Here it is Bill Roecker s Top Ten Tuna BR BR John Petruescu pounds Excel Hurricane Bank weighed at Fisherman's Landing December BR Mike Livingston pounds Vagabond Southern Banks weighed Pt Loma Sportfishing December BR Mark Gasich pounds Polaris Supreme Clarion Island weighed Fisherman's Landing November BR Dave Manella pounds Royal More ...
12-10-2012 Melton tackle 10-day
Hello Anglers we are currently out on our annual Melton International Tackle ten day trip with anglers onboard Brandon is our chartermaster once again and he does a great job Last night was the big give-away event where it seemed like Brandon brought the whole store with him There was an incredible amount of free gear Thanks Brandon We are headed to the Ridge to start off our trip hoping for a few wahoo to get this party started Wish us luck More ...
12-09-2012 Bringing home the catch
First of all I want to thank everyone who came down to the landing yesterday to see our catch Our Braid Products -day trip returned to Fishermans Landing yesterday in the early morning The trip produced fish over pounds and another fish from - pounds The overall grade was awesome The highlight of the morning was when John Petruescu's fish went an amazing pounds on the certified scale at the landing This makes Johns yellowfin tuna the largest one ever caught Great job I want to congratulate everyone who was a part of this trip Jackpot winners were st Place John More ...
12-08-2012 Almost Home
The ride home overall was good with just a couple of bumps here and there We will be arriving to Fishermans Landing in the early A M tomorrow and will be weighing the big fish around Everyone onboard is very excited and anxious to see the official weight No matter what it weighs it still is the catch of a lifetime Good luck John We will see you at the Dock More ...
12-06-2012 Fat and Happy
So far the ride up has been better than expected Everyone is just relaxing playing cards watching movies or just taking advantage of the wifi onboard checking in with friends at home Lots of storytelling going on about the fishing that we we were all honored to be part of Lots of guessing going on as well about how big is Johns fish really going to be Needless to say everyone is happy onboard and are enjoying the great food that Chefs Jacob and Vince are putting on the table Hopefully the weather stays reasonably flat the rest of the way More ...
12-04-2012 All topped off
No doubt about it we were all part of something special during this trip The overall grade of tuna was as good as I've ever seen it down here Literally every bait that went in the water you felt as if a pound tuna was going to bite at any second I love that We finished strong here the last two days with not only John's fish that taped out at an amazing pounds but many other trophies too Al Merrick boated another cow at pounds his best yet Soft Steels Tony Garza picked up a pounder today to go along More ...
12-03-2012 Mega Cow on the Deck
pounder John Petruescu caught this giant on a big bait It tapes out at pounds More ...
12-02-2012 Getting closer
We had another great day here on the Big X tagging more big tuna most of them over pounds including five more deuces Again several tuna were released Today they seemed to prefer the flying fish for bait Big fish honors goes to Skip Kenison for his Bob Kelley Ralph Mikkelsen Andy Marcum and Bryan Porter We have room for about more big tuna down in our wells and we will be topped off More ...
12-01-2012 Still Going
The cows showed up a little bit earlier today and we had nice fish onboard just after breakfast During the middle of the day though the smaller tuna found us and basically made it un-fishable They would eat any bait thrown in the water Finally we had to move the boat to try and shake them off and we ended up with some action in the afternoon All together we tagged good fish and released several Four more cows made it into the RSW More ...
November 2012
11-30-2012 Another five cows
The tuna pulled a no-show this morning and we thought that maybe they had left the area But just before lunch we stumbled upon a good sonar school and put together another great day There were tuna from - pounds that came aboard and fish from - that were released back to the wild Don Burnside caught two more cows today taking his trip total up to six and a couple other maybes Shannon Nutt picked up her third cow for the trip Andy Marcum got a Biggest fish of the day goes to David Petruescu with a pounder his third More ...
11-29-2012 Filling up too fast
Fishing continues to be outstanding for us down here Another ten cows hit the deck today with the biggest fish weighing just over pounds caught by James Hassen Don Burnside was a rockstar today boating three cows in a row and landing several other fish just under pounds Don picked up all three cows on skipjack Due to the fact that we are filling up so fast with fish we decided as a group to cut off anything under pounds for the next couple of days since we have five more days to fish down here and are running out of More ...
11-28-2012 Like you read about!
Fishing down here is as good as it gets You know how when you are reading an article or a story and you think to yourself That's Crazy that sounds too good to be true That is how it is right now All the - pounders you want with a shot at a trophy today for us with nine cows for sure and another half dozen right there at or just under pounds Big fish today were Al Merrick and Andy Marcum Tony Garza Ralph Mikkelsen Don Burnside Steve Linsey John Petruescu and David Petruescu all had fish just over the More ...
11-27-2012 Good Fishing
We arrived at the Bank yesterday morning where we found good fishing on excellent quality yellowfin tuna The average fish today was - pounds with a handful of jumbos Big fish honors go to Al Merrick with his David Petruescu Steve Lindsey and Shannon Nutt and Brian Porter each had one right at the pound mark As usual you tend to loose a few heavies when you have fishing like this We will be spending the night and be here tomorrow More ...
11-26-2012 Ready to Rumble
The past couple of days have been used to prepare the boat the passengers and all the gear aboard the Excel for what we hope will be an exciting first few days of fishing Everyone on here is ready to say the least The weather has been flat calm for the entire ride so far We will be arriving to the Bank at daylight tomorrow and see what she has to offer Wish us luck More ...
11-24-2012 Braid Products 16-day
Hello Anglers We left yesterday on our annual Braid Products -day trip with many familiar faces as well as a couple of new ones After picking up an excellent load of bait we cleared Point Loma just before Today we are traveling south in good weather heading for the lower zone We will be having the first of our seminars today where we will cover wahoo fishing wahoo safety and bait tank ettiquit Everyone onboard is just relaxing and catching up with old friends More ...
11-20-2012 Excel's Team Hoo charter returns from a remarkable Dorado & Wahoo trip
Excel arrived at dawn to Fisherman's Landing November after a wonderful -day trip to southern Baja with fishermen Justin Fleck skippered the trip for Carl and Mark Dorton and their Team Hoo charter He backed the boat in as the sun was popping up making a pretty waterfront scene Justin made perfect decisions said chartermaster Mark Dorton to dock reporter Bill Roecker We had some remarkable dorado fishing The wahoo fishing was perhaps even more remarkable with about seven skins per angler and near-limits on tuna and dorado It appeared that all anglers were well-satisfied with the catch It was awesome More ...
11-18-2012 Unbelievable
Just when you think this trip can't get any better it does We hit the mother load of premium grade yellowtail this afternoon In about two hours of madness Team Hoo threw on their daily limit of - pound mossbacks and literally left them biting on the corner It's been quite a while since we have seen this grade of yellows bite like they did today What can I say other than this groups timing was perfect We are now heading north toward San Diego Tomorrow we will be scrubbing the boat getting everything ready for our arrival on the th More ...
11-17-2012 It's only getting better
What a day We picked up another big wahoo today along with finishing off on our tuna quota The action was fast and furious with wahoo zipping around eating everything in the water We decided to leave before lunch and leave the rest behind for future trips It's nice to finally see this much wahoo again We will be working up looking for yellowtail tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
11-16-2012 Team Hoo gets the Gators!
Team Hoo is simply a phenomenon Wherever they go they catch fish and have a good time doing it The last two days have been very busy catching good grade tuna and alligator sized wahoo They started out their trip loading up on tuna then it was all the dorado they could handle and now they have over of these monster wahoo down in the fresh well what's next More ...
11-14-2012 Team Hoo is on a roll!
Team Hoo put together another good day here on the ridge We boated tuna in the - pound range with a few smaller ones that we released To spice it up a little bit there were some huge wahoo around stealing lots of hooks We did manage to get eight skinnies up to pounds down in the RSW For the guys that wanted to drop to the botom there were a few nice yellows swimming around Add in the amazing weather we are having and you have yourself a perfect day We are going to spend the night here and try More ...
11-13-2012 Dorado and Tuna for everyone
Today we found wide open fishing on both tuna and dorado on the offshore grounds The first couple of floating objects we found were absolutely loaded with good grade mahi When we had enough of those we moved on and shared a school of - pound tuna with our friends on the Searcher that swam around the boat like an aquarium until we finished off on those too There were also a few wahoo in the area What a great day Tomorrow we will be in search of better grade tuna Wish us luck More ...
11-12-2012 Alijos vs. Team Hoo
We arrived to the Rocks around lunch time and were greeted by hungry aggressive wahoo The first stop was out of control with all the trollers hooked up and the madness began Baits bombs jigs what ever you threw out it was bit It didn't last long but what a rush We managed to boat fish with severe casualties Everyone had their shot today at some trophy skin but in the afternoon the current died and all the fish seemed to vanish We decided to be thankful for what we got and started heading in towards the ridge for tomorrow The More ...
11-11-2012 Excel's Merritt trip returns with 5 Cows, November 10, 2012
Excel arrived November after the annual Merritt trip with chartermasters Brad Jeanie Merritt on board along with other anglers There were five tuna over pounds on the boat said skipper Justin Fleck Yellowfin fishing was good he said on tuna from footballs to cows We tried Alijos and we got a few wahoo there but the bronze whaler sharks were there and they ate almost every tuna and a couple of the wahoo The whalers were ten to feet long and thick BR BR LA motorcycle officer and Excel regular Roy Moy only needed minutes to subdue his first-place -pound tuna More ...
11-10-2012 Team Hoo Rules!
It's that time again Time for Team Hoo to let loose and put together another great trip All the usual suspects are present and ready to open Club Excel at any moment The weather is a little sloppy right now but the forecast looks great More ...
11-09-2012 Travel Time
Not much to report here just cruising home in rainy overcast weather We will be back to Fishermans Landing tomorrow at Thanks to Brad Merritt for being such a great host as usual See you guys next year More ...
11-07-2012 Ridge, Take Two.
Today was pretty uneventful for us here on the ridge The morning was slow with little to no current anywhere The afternoon was much better and we found action on mostly small tuna and yellowtail with a couple pargo and a wahoo mixed in The weather is still excellent as we travel north looking for a little more action before we call it a trip More ...
11-06-2012 Ridge Action
Today we started out on the lower end of the ridge where we found ourselves in a slow plunker bite on mixed yellowfin to pounds yellowtail dorado and good grade wahoo Even though the tuna were nice ones the bites wer few and far between We decided to make a move to the top of the ridge where we found good fishing on school sized tuna just before dark As I'm writing this report the gang is downstairs catching a few yellows on the dropper loops and we also picked up a nice seabass tonight Hopefully they keep biting throughout the More ...
11-05-2012 Steady pick
We had a better day today down here on the big fish grounds The Merritt group picked off more tuna up to just over pounds The bite started a little earlier today and we kept one hanging most of the day Big fish today was caught by Bill Siddall on the kite Bills fish taped out at pounds Gail Wade Adams also picked one up right around the pound mark on the kite as well Most of the fish today were in the - pound range and everything in between What a privilege it is to have an opportunity for a More ...
11-04-2012 Merritt group is doing good aboard the Excel
Things seem to be rolling right along here on the Merritt ten day trip Yesterday we had wide open fishing on both school sized tuna from - pounds and all the dorado one could ever wish for We also picked off a few more wahoo Since everyone has plenty of fish for the table now we decided to try for some trophies today It was tough to get a bite but when you did it was the right kind We ended up with eight tuna up to pounds Big fish honors go to Paul Viale with a Ron Moy and Dennis More ...
11-02-2012 Wahoo
We arrived to Alijos Rocks at lunch time and it didn't take long to get our first couple of jig strikes on big wahoo Just when it looked like it was heating up the current stopped and this place all of a sudden looked like a desert After making a few laps for nothing thankfully the flow started again and we continued to have good fishing until dark This was a good starter kit for the trip and the Merritt group is off to a great start We will try to keep the ball rolling for tomorrow More ...
11-01-2012 Merritt 10-day
Hello Anglers we departed yesterday on our annual Brad Merritt -day trip with a fun batch of passengers who make this trip a real pleasure to be on Our bait looks great and the group is in good spirits as we head south in beautiful weather Today we had our first seminar where we covered wahoo fishing wahoo safety bait selection and bait tank ettiquit We will be arriving to Alijos tomorrow to start off our trip Wish us luck More ...
October 2012
10-31-2012 The Excel has a great Yellowtail day
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail We were able to stay busy through out the day Most of the fish were very good grade - lbs The weather is still very good We will be sliding down tonight and be on the Ridge tomorrow morning Wish us luck More ...
10-30-2012 Smooth Sailing
Hello Anglers Today we spent our morning looking around for a kelp with some dorado We were able to troll up a few tuna but didn't spend much time fishing them as every one has all they need We never did find that kelp but that's fishin' We will be arriving at Fisherman's Landing at A special thanks goes out to everyone at Accurate for providing their top of the line demo gear for the passengers to use Additionally our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by Hurricane Sandy More ...
10-30-2012 Excel returns from Accurate Fishing trip with plenty of Yellowtail & Yellowfin
Mike Ramirez made it two trips back to back as the Excel relief skipper ran the boat on the second trip that arrived at Fisherman's Landing October just in time for spooky night It was an a href http www accuratefishing com target blank Accurate a sponsored trip and the chartermaster was Gary Gillingham of Accurate BR BR The Ridge was good on yellowfin up to about pounds said Mike to dock reporter Roecker The temperature there has dropped to about degrees real good for tuna Most of the yellowfin were to pounds We had beautiful weather We saw an awful More ...
10-29-2012 Afternoon bonanza
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail It started off a little slow but ended with a bang We scratched at the yellows for most of the morning but the afternoon is when it got busy With - fish going all the time things got a little hectic The grade of the fish was also very good - lbs The yo-yo jig was the ticket xjr in blue and white or scrambled egg was almost a guaranteed bite Tomorrow we will give it a few hours of offshore fishing before we have to call it a trip Wish us luck More ...
10-28-2012 YFT on the chew
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge once again and once again it worked out well for us The yellowfin tuna were on the chew It seemed like every bait that hit the water was a bite The fish were all in the - lbs range with a few bigger ones in the mix We also had a handful of big wahoo to go along with all the tuna The weather is beautiful With flat calm seas and just enough breeze to keep you cool We will be working our way up the line tonight and be in yellowtail mode tomorrow More ...
10-27-2012 Struck out
Hello anglers Today we swung for the fences but struck out It's not too often that you get a chance at a cow on an day so we went for it On the upside the weather is nice and we have plenty of time left in our trip We are heading North in search of greener pastures We will keep you posted More ...
10-26-2012 Exploring new area
Hello anglers Today we fished the lower end of the Ridge We had scratch type fishing With - going all day The grade of the fish is impressive With the yellows from - lbs and the yft - lbs and all in between We will be headed south tonight to explore a new area Wish us luck More ...
10-25-2012 Ridge action
Hello anglers Today we fished the Ridge We arrived around As soon as we drove over the shallow i saw a school of yft on the sonar It responded to the baits well We stayed busy for the next two hours Most of the fish were in the - lbs range with a few bigger ones in the mix We will be sliding down tonight in search of better grade tuna Wish us luck More ...
10-24-2012 rigging and prepping
Hello anglers This morning we had a full tackle seminar We spent the rest of the day putting together outfits and rigging everyone up The weather is a little choppy but is forecasted to come down tonight We will be arriving at the Ridge tomorrow around noon Wish us luck More ...
10-23-2012 Excel returns from an 8 Day Trip that yielded some nice Wahoo and Yellowtail
Excel docked under Mike Ramirez' hand at Fisherman's Landing October after an eight-day trip with anglers aboard They found good fishing said Mike It was a lot of fun he remarked We saw a lot of life BR BR A gold Raider jig turned the trick for Russell Fujizawa of Gardena who got a -pound wahoo and won first place He said he used -pound Izorline and -pound Izorline spectra on an Avet HX reel and Calstar H rod BR BR William Ring of Mission Viejo won second place for a -pound wahoo and Richard Ogawa of Palo Alto took third More ...
10-23-2012 Rolling down
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Accurate day trip We picked up a good looking load of bait and cleared the point by We will be heading south for the rest of the day Wish us luck More ...
10-22-2012 San Diego bound 0600.
Hello anglers Today we travelled up the line working are way to San Diego We broke down all our outfits and gave the boat a well deserved scrub We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning I would like to thank everyone who came out on the trip We all had a great time Hope to see you all next year or sooner More ...
10-21-2012 Big yellows
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail I would have to say it was more about quality than quantity Since we were only able to scratch away at a handful of fish today at least they were all good ones - lbs The weather is still very good We are starting to work our way up the line Wish us luck More ...
10-20-2012 keeping it going
Hello anglers Today was another action packed day As soon as we reached are destination it was game on After several hours of pulling on yellowtail we were greeted by a large school of big dorado After getting our fill of these nice fish we decided to start working our way up the line We will be checking in tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
10-19-2012 The rocks
Hello anglers Today we fished at Alijos Rocks The wahoo fishing was pretty steady for most of the day Just about everybody was able to tag at least one There was very little sign of any tuna but the wahoo sure made up for that The weather is about as good as it gets We will be headed up the coast in search of the elusive yellowtail We will check back in tommorrow Wish us luck More ...
10-18-2012 Calm after the storm
Hello anglers Today we arrived at the Ridge We were welcome by flat calm seas and YFT witch were eager to bite our hooks As soon as the anchor went down the action started and didn't stop till we pulled it four hours later It seemed like every bait that hit the water was a bite Most of the fish were - lbs with a few stand out pounders I am not quit sure were we will end up tomorrow but i will keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
10-17-2012 sliding down
Hello anglers Today we spent the day sliding down the line Mid morning we had a tackle seminar and made sure everyone was prepared We will be arriving at the Ridge in the morning The weather was a little sloppy today but is coming down as predicted We will be checking in tomorrow to let you know how we did Wish us luck More ...
10-16-2012 Off to a good start
Hello anglers Yesterday we departed on our annual Johnnie Kash Memorial Loaded a good looking load of bait and cleared the point around Today we are fishing offshore so far we've tagged a handful of school size tuna and a few nice dorado We will continue to work south keeping an eye on Hurricane Paul witch hopefully won't be a issue I will check back tomorrow and keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
10-16-2012 Excel returns from Braid Products 10 Day trip, October 15, 2012
Justin Fleck docked Excel at Fisherman's Landing October after a ten-day Braid Products trip with anglers and chartermaster Dennis Braid aboard We had excellent fishing for yellowtail dorado and yellowfin said Fleck to dock reporter Bill Roecker We found a lucky spot for yellowfin and we left the yellowtail biting more than once you could call it limit-style fishing The water down below in cooling continued skipper Fleck it's down from to or degrees now Also we had a young lady catch a big goldspotted sand bass It weighed pounds The world record for goldspotted sand bass is pounds four ounces More ...
10-14-2012 Travel Time
As the forecast predicted the weather came down for us and we had an excellent ride home The gang relaxed today watching football and breaking down their gear The anglers enjoyed the prime rib for dinner and everyone raved about the bread pudding for dessert This was one of the best trips for the year so far The Braid Products group had good fishing on tuna giant dorado yellowtail and wahoo Thanks to everyone for another great trip Our eta to Fishermans Landing is tomorrow morning More ...
10-13-2012 Grand Finale
We finished our trip off this morning with good fishing on premium grade yellowtail The fish were a solid - pounds and they started biting at daylight Mackerel on the dropper loop or sliding egg sinker was the hot ticket to get a bite We finished off our quota around and called it a trip We are currently headed up the coast in choppy weather with both rsw wells stuffed with quality fresh fish Fortunately we left a little early to make the ride up as comfortable as possible It looks like better weather is on it's way More ...
10-11-2012 Morning mayhem
Our day started at when the yellowtail started biting like crazy Literally every bait that went in the water was a bite After daylight the tuna pushed the yellows away and it was as good as it gets on - pound fish until we left them biting on the corner at We had daily limits of both tuna and yellowtail This group is living the dream as they say Everyone has plenty of tuna dorado yellowtail and wahoo to take home Life is good We spent the remainder of the day working our way up north in search of a little More ...
10-10-2012 Ridge Tuna
Yesterday was used to check out several of the high spots off of Cabo San Lucas known as the lower banks There is definately a good set up down here with clean water and plenty of bait life but I think we were a little early We didn't see anything that resembled a tuna But today we made up for lost time and went to work on the ridge We had very good fishing on school sized tuna with some nice yellowtail in the mix Everyone caught fish today We will be spending the night to try for a few more More ...
10-08-2012 Magnificent Frigate Bird
We headed inside last night to take a look around in the warm water just off the coast The water reached temperatures above degrees It was just after lunch when we found an area with many birds and if you looked closely you could see dorado just breaking the surface These fish look amazing in the water when they are lit up with bright blue green and yellow After a few decent stops we were watching this one frigate bird that looked suspicious We drove over to investigate and when we got close you could see a massive school of big More ...
10-07-2012 Alijos
We arrived at Alijos at about this morning and found the conditions to be completely different from when we were here just a week ago The fish are still here but they just moved locations The Braid Products group enjoyed wahoo action throughout the day with some big dorados mixed in as well Some of the wahoo are giants There is still a sign of tuna here We boated a handful of smaller grade tuna and lost a couple heavy ones to the sharks We decided to continue south on our trip to take a look at some areas that haven't More ...
10-06-2012 Travel day
Today was a traval day here on the Excel where we had our tackle seminar in the morning and used the rest of the day to rig up tackle for the next few days We decided to start out at the Rocks and see if any new wahoo have moved in The Braid group is ready and excited to get to work Wish us luck More ...
10-05-2012 Thank You
We finished off our Phenix Rods Blackwater trip with a little offshore action on yellowfin and bluefin This group of anglers were some off the nicest people I have ever fished with I want to thank Mel Fai again for his generosity and the amazing amount of give aways that he provided I want to thank all of the new people to the boat who are now part of the Excel family Thanks to the Chicago Tuna group it's always a pleasure Last but not least I want to thank all of the regulars that make this adventure every year THANK More ...
10-05-2012 Phenix rods 10 Day Excel Sportfishing trip returns, October 5, 2012
Excel docked at Fisherman's Landing under Justin Fleck's hand October after a -day trip with Mel Fai as chartermaster We had good wahoo fishing and big yellowtail said Fai This is truly an outstanding operation Our group had fun BR BR Kevin Massard of St Charles IL won first place for his -pound wahoo He said it bit on a sardine and a Mustad J hook tied to -pound a href http www seaguar com target blank Seaguar fluorocarbon a He fished with -pound Power Pro spectra and Avet JX reel and a Calstar H rod It's my best wahoo noted More ...
10-03-2012 The magic kelp
We spent the day offshore in flat calm seas and sunny skies looking for that Magic kelp The morning was busy getting steady jig strikes on school sized yellowfin and a few dorado There was a mid day slow period where we basically ran out of the life but late in the afternoon we found the kelp that we were looking for and it was good fishing for everyone on tuna and big dorado It's always nice to be rewarded for the many long hours that the crew looks at a blank ocean just for that one moment when you see More ...
10-02-2012 Yellowtail and Tuna go nuts!
Yesterday we had a big day here on the Phenix Rods Blackwater trip with wide open fishing in the morning on smaller grade tuna and in the afternoon the yellowtail went crazy until everyone onboard had enough I haven't seen yellowtail bite that aggressively in a long time These guys are worn out Today was used to get caught up on rest and put new to shots on reels in preparation for hopefully another good day tomorrow We will be offshore in search of dorado and bigger tuna for the rest of the trip Wish us luck More ...
September 2012
09-30-2012 Lots of action today
Today we found good yellowtail fishing in the morning just before sunrise They didn't stick around for very long but when they were here they were biting After the yellows backed off we made a few moves trolling up dorado from stop to stop until we reached our final destination where we had incredible yellowtail fishing again all the way into the dark I hate to sound like a broken record but once again the Salas Xjr in blue and white or scrambled egg patterns were the hot ticket We will be looking for a little bait tonight before we try More ...
09-29-2012 Watch the wahoo
Better results today on the hook to land ratio on the wahoo that is We were still unable to land any big tuna due to the shark issue Wahoo fishing was good in the morning but just before lunch something changed and they backed off There were also a handfull of nice yellows boated We are making a move to the inside for tomorrow to see what the beach looks like The weather is flat calm for our ride across Wish us luck More ...
09-28-2012 Shark nausea
We arrived at the rocks late in the morning and conditions still look pretty good Although I can see steady fish marks they don't bite very good We definately had some shots at both wahoo and big tuna but the sharks were a big issue The guys hooked better than a dozen heavy fish and we never landed a single one What a shame Again there were several anglers that landed their first wahoo today and that is pretty cool We are going to spend the night and see if we can figure out how to get a few tunas away More ...
09-27-2012 Ready for action
We took a flyer out to the west yesterday where we found just a couple of tuna and small yellowtail and dorado on kelps Late last night we could see the hurricane backing off and heading out of the picture so we decided to slide down all day keeping our fingers crossed that the coast will still be clear for tomorrow At this point it looks like we will have the green light and be at the rocks in the morning Everyone onboard is excited to get down to business Wish us luck More ...
09-25-2012 Phenix Rods / Blackwater 10-day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our Phenix Rods Blackwater Fluorocarbon -day trip It looks like Hurricane Miriam will be in our way for a couple more days so we decided to look out west for offshore tuna for the first day of our trip There is a ton of bluefin and yellowfin that is unaccounted for and we hope to find it tomorrow The weather looks favorable so we are going to go for it Wish us luck More ...
09-25-2012 Excel returns with near limits of Yellowfin, & Wahoo
Excel skipper Justin Fleck parked the big rig at Fisherman's Landing September after an eight-day trip with anglers and chartermaster Dan Colonello Fishing at The Rocks was slow said Justin but we got some wahoo there The offshore fishing was good for smaller fish all you wanted We had near-limits BR BR Thaweesak Math won first place for a -pound yellowfin he got with a sardine on a a href http www ownerhooks com target blank Owner Mutu hook a tied to -pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and -pound Line One spectra on an a href http www accurate fishing com target blank More ...
09-24-2012 Travel Day
Today we travelled north in beautiful weather The passengers used this time to enjoy some movies play games and take advantage of the wifi to check in at home The crew cleaned and scrubbed the boat making the old girl shine once again The boat looks great I want to thank Dan Colonello for all of his hard work putting this trip together Also thanks for the generous amount of nightly give aways including custom wrapped Calstar rods wrapped by John Carlson and Steve Goodwin Avet and Pro Gear reels and tons of other useful tackle and gear Our eta is More ...
09-23-2012 Finished with some acton
We finished off our Colonello -day trip with action on just about everything Around mixed fish went in the hatch today mostly smaller tuna with some nice sized yellowtail and dorado also making the grade The signs of fish down here are really encouraging for upcoming trips Hopefully conditions stay the same We will be traveling up the line tomorrow cleaning and scrubbing the boat in preparation for a quick turn around on Tuesday More ...
09-22-2012 Skinnies
We fished Alijos today where we had some action on wahoo Many of our anglers caught their first skin today and as the captain and crew we love to see that The conditions have changed here and it actually looks really good for upcoming trips The water is degrees and gin clear with lots of bait around to keep the fish happy Not much sign of bigger tuna today for us but you definately get the feeling that they are here No doubt about it we will be keeping our eyes on this place More ...
09-21-2012 Variety from the Ridge
We've spent the last two days fishing the Ridge for a mixed bag of yellowfin yellowtail dorado wahoo and grouper The dorado are huge I just wish that there were more around here The tuna fishing was excellent this morning on school sized fish from - pounds biting everything including the popper The Colonello group now has quantity and variety now we are just looking for quality We will be making a move out to the Rocks to see if we can get some jackpot fish tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-19-2012 Yellowtail were hittin'
Today we had excellent fishing on - pound yellowtail From the moment that we arrived the bite was on hitting just about everything that went in the water Once again the Salas Xjr in blue white or scrabbled egg patterns were the top producers After everyone had their fill we called it a day and continued south to fish the warm waters below The weather remains just perfect for us More ...
09-18-2012 Slow Start
Today we fished offshore in a pocket of warm water where the fleet has ben seeing fish for quite a while Even though we had some action on tuna throughout the day very few of them were worthy of putting a tag on Tomorrow we will be in a different area hoping for better results The gang is all doing just fine and remain optimistic knowing that we still have lots of time left in the trip Wish us luck More ...
09-17-2012 Colonello 8-day
We departed today on our annual Colonello -day trip with many familiar faces Dan had some very generous give aways tonight at dinner which included several custom wrapped rods among other things Tomorrow we will be offshore looking for tuna Wish us luck More ...
09-11-2012 Excel returns from Pat Gallagher 8 Day Trip with near limits of Yellowtail & best Bluefin catch
Mike Ramirez docked Excel at Fisherman s landing September following the Patrick Gallagher eight-day trip with anglers The angler disembarked with a fine catch that included near-limits of yellowtail a huge bluefin tuna best so far this year and some exotics two escolar and one big oilfish BR BR The big bluefin was caught by fireboat skipper Gary Schall of Huntington Beach The fish taped out at pounds said Mike in an interview with dock reporter Bill Roecker On the scales it weighed pounds so Ramirez did a good job with his estimate BR BR Schall said he hooked the monster More ...
09-10-2012 200 Pound Bluefin Hits the Deck
Early this morning we caught a large bluefin tuna that taped out to over pounds We look forward to seeing this fish on the landing scale This Cow Bluefin Tuna was caught using an a href http www sportfishingreport com hitCounterForButtons php url www accuratefishing com target blank strong Accuarate ATD strong a More ...
09-10-2012 Morning Bite
Hello anglers This morning was very interesting to say the least Angler Landon Yacobucci had stayed up all night fishing and was rewarded escalar and large oil fish lbs Then around angler Gary Schall hooked something big About an hour later a big BFT hit the deck Taped at We also had a good morning on the YFT - lbs All in all it was a great morning we are headed back to S D now and expect to be at Fisharmans landing at about I want to say thanks to Pat Gallagher and all the people that helped put this More ...
09-09-2012 Good Times
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The morning was tough with choppy weather and very little sign of fish By the afternoon things started to look up with the weather coming down and the fish starting to cooperate We found a kelp just before the sunset that had a nice school of dorado on it plus a handful of nicer grade yft We will be looking at a different body of water tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-08-2012 Working up the line
Hello anglers Today we spent the day traveling up the line We had - knots of wind most of the day but its starting to come down now and should continue to threw out the night We will be on the tuna grounds first thing in the morning Hopefully the tuna and the weather cooperate Wish us luck More ...
09-07-2012 Bigger and Better things
Hello anglers Today we fished for yellowtail The action was hot and heavy as soon as the anchor went down It lasted till dark with most of the fish in the - lbs class With most of are passengers getting there fill of yt we will be heading offshore in search of tuna Wish us luck More ...
09-06-2012 Just fishing
Hello anglers Today we fished the ridge We were able to scratch a handful of yellows and a few nice grouper The tuna fishing was pretty tough today but i guess thats why its called fishing not catching We will be traveling up the line tonight in search of bigger and better things Wish us luck More ...
09-05-2012 Sliding south
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore working down a temperature break We scratched at dorado and yft most of the day We finally found the right kelp just before dark We were able to get all the dorado we needed Most of them were the - lbs class with one stand out pounder Tomorrow we will be fishing on the ridge We will keep you posted Wish us luck More ...
09-04-2012 offshore kelp action
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The morning was slow with a few strikes and a couple of kelps that produced a handful of YFT and a couple dorado Finally around lunch time we found a kelp with a good school of tuna on it Everyone was able to tag several tuna and even a token bluefin We will be traveling south all night looking at some warmer water tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-03-2012 Fresh out of the gate
Hello anglers Today we departed on the annual Gallagher day After taking care of a few minor repairs and picking up a descant load of bait we cleared the point around We will be fishing offshore tomorrow The weather looks good in the forecast wish us luck More ...
09-01-2012 Morning go around
Another productive day here for the Big Al's Tuna Tourney charter Got on a nice spot of better grade yellowtail just before daylight and successfully filled our quota for the trip Spent the rest of the day looking offshore with little luck Tomorrow will be our final day hopefully we finish with some of the quality tuna that's around Wish us luck More ...
August 2012
08-31-2012 Yellowtail Bonanza
We were fortunate to find an area today that was absolutely wedged with biting yellowtail With all the warm water around the bait situation has been a little rugged for a while Simply put sardines do not like hot water Fortunately for us this body of fish bit the yo yo irons as good as I've ever seen it Wide open yellows and not a single bait hit the water Gotta love it Although just about everything was working the old favorites like scrambled egg and blue and white Salas Xjr were doing the best Sardine pattern x was the hot More ...
08-30-2012 Solid tuna fishing
We put another good score together today here in the lower zone The best fishing was in the morning where we had the tuna on the corner eating everything in the water Again the fish were - pounds for the most part with some pounders mixed in There were also a few more wahoo caught while looking around After our morning fix we decided to head out to a temperature break looking for kelps or anything else floating that might have fish built up on it Just as we were going to throw in the towel we found a kelp that More ...
08-29-2012 Two days down below
We have had good fishing down here for the past two days in grease calm weather Most of our time and energy has been spent catching lots of school sized tuna from - pounds and good grade yellowtail to pounds as well There are also some wahoo and dorado to be had from time to time while trolling around Everybody on board is having a great time and catching plenty of fish We will be looking for more wahoo tomorrow down below in degree water Wish us luck More ...
08-27-2012 Travel day
Today was pretty much a travel day for us here on the Excel Anglers used this time to rig their gear or have a few adult beverages while hanging out in the warm Baja sun We did fish a little in the afternoon where we picked up a dozen yellows or so Tomorrow we will be down below in the warm water looking fo action Wish us luck More ...
08-26-2012 Big Al's Tuna Tourney
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our th annual Big Al's Tuna Tourney After picking up our load of bait we cleared Point Loma just after lunch We will be headed south tomorrow in search of tuna yellowtail dorado and wahoo Wish us luck More ...
08-25-2012 End it with a bang!!
Hello anglers Today we had a great day of tuna fishing Started off with a few kelps that produced a handful of tuna and a few dorado Soon after we were able to get on a school of biting tuna witch lasted for two hours After the smoke settled we ended up with a overflowing box of YFT with a few BFT in the mix as well Fish were - lbs We are headed back to San Diego now and have very good weather I would like to thank Brad Merritt for putting this trip together and all the hard work More ...
08-24-2012 Hunt For Ahi
Hello anglers Today is one of those days that i wish i didn't have to report Have you ever had a day when you zigged but should have zagged Thats what today felt like We were able to catch a handful of tuna and a token dorado Weather is still beautiful We will be taking a look at a new area of water tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-23-2012 yellowtail fever
Hello anglers Today was another great day of yellowtail fishing They started biting in the grey light and never stopped Every fish was a slug With most of them in the - lbs class with a handful of pound trophies We will be traveling all night tonight and be on the hot tuna grounds tomorrow morning Wish us luck On a side note the weather has been flat calm this whole trip and looks like more on its way More ...
08-22-2012 Just what we needed!
Hello anglers Today was just what we needed The yellowtail action was hot and heavy for most of the day The average fish weighed - lbs With a few bigger in the mix We will do it all over again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-21-2012 offshore scene
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore The weather was as good as it gets i wish i could say the same about the fishing It was a tough day with very few kelps to be found We did manage to get on a few paddys that paid off With a handful of YFT and a couple of better grade bluefin We also had good action on the dorado We will be looking at a different body of water tomorrow wish us luck More ...
08-20-2012 report
Hello anglers Today we departed on the annual Merritt day trip We picked up a full load of bait and cleared the point by We will have a tackle seminar this afternoon and be traveling the rest of the day We will be on the tuna grounds first thing in the morning Wish us luck More ...
08-18-2012 Dorado limits
We had another nice day offshore in flat calm seas The Ballast Point group finished off on their dorado limits and also picked up more mixed tuna Tomorrow is our last day down here and we hope to finish with a few bigger models Wish us luck More ...
08-17-2012 Offshore fishing gets hot again
Yesterday we went on a flyer outside of where we've been fishing and it really didn't work out Even though there is beautiful water we only managed to put yellowfin and ten dorado in the hatch It was worth a look Today things turned around and everybody had good fishing including us Kelps with mixed schools of yellowfin bluefin dorado and yellowtail were quite common today It's starting to look the way it should out here again Not to mention the weather is grease calm and the ocean looks like a sheet of glass this afternoon We will be out here More ...
08-15-2012 Feeding frenzy
Today we had spectacular yellowtail fishing on good grade fish This was exactly what we needed to break the ice Most of the yellows were in the - pound class with a few bigger ones in the mix Now that we are good on yellowtail we will be back in the offshore grounds tomorrow looking for tuna and dorado Wish us luck More ...
08-14-2012 A down day
We decided to start our trip off in the local tuna zone to see if we could have a repeat of last trip Even though we still see very good sign of fish they just wouldn't get with the program We ended our day with tuna and a couple dorado With the tuna down for now we decided to make a move south for a couple days to let this fish up here regroup Wish us luck More ...
08-13-2012 Ballast Point Brewery
We departed today on our Ballast Point Brewery -day trip with happy anglers and a whole lot of excellent beer If you've never tied their beer before I highly recommend it It's amazing After picking up our bait we cleared the point just after noon We will be fishing tomorrow morning in the tuna zone hoping to start the trip off right Wish us luck More ...
08-12-2012 Feet up on the dash
We have been traveling up the coast in perfect weather just cleaning the boat and doing some general upkeep The passengers are mostly just hanging out and enjoying themselves reminiscing about the spectacular trip that they have just been part of Wide open fishing on bluefin the first day wide open yellowfin the second good wahoo fishing at the rocks wide open yellowtail on the ridge and to round it all off we have had flat calm seas the entire time I want to thank charter master Al Petrovich and the entire Tuna Wars group for another outstanding tip We will More ...
08-10-2012 All topped off
Today we found ourselves looking for yellowtail at the ridge It didn't take long before we found a good school that was ready to bite For the better part of two hours we had ten to fifteen fish going all the time It was as good as it gets The fish were biting everything from the dropper loop to the surface iron After we got our share of these quality yellows we made a move to look for trophies The next spot we hit was much of the same with a better grade of fish After everybody got their fill of More ...
08-09-2012 Alijos looks better
We decided to give the Rocks another try after last weeks skunk just because the conditions looked like they were going to change The water has come up to degrees now and there is some wahoo that moved in After picking off skin we tried for tuna for a while and boated nine tuna up to pounds Unfortunately we lost at least that many to the sharks All things considered I think this place will be really good in a couple more weeks with this warm water around The highlight of the day was seeing many anglers catch their first ever More ...
08-07-2012 Thieves in the night
I can't believe how good fishing is right now We had a stop yesterday that produced limits of bluefin tuna and this morning in the same area we had a nine hour drift that yielded limits of these beautiful grade yellowfin tuna Like I said UNBELIEVABLE Needless to say the entire boat is fired up and having a great time I have to say that the Tuna Wars group did awesome in the heat of battle and the crew was amazing to keep all of these fish from tangling each other We are now headed down to the warmer waters below More ...
08-06-2012 Tuna Wars Goes To Battle
We had an amazing day today with the Tuna Wars group Not only did we have limits of bluefin tuna by lunch time we also had good fishing on yellowtail yellowfin tuna and dorado These guys had a huge day There was one stop where we had - pound bluefin crashing everywhere around the boat We only landed one but lost seven others what a heartbreaker There were also some of that good grade yellowfin in the mix We will be here again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-05-2012 Tuna Wars 2012
Hello anglers Today we departed on our Tuna Wars charter with a full load of familiar faces After picking up our bait we cleared Point Loma just after noon We will be starting off our trip offshore looking for tuna Wish us luck More ...
08-04-2012 Grand Finale
We finished up our trip with good fishing on - pound tuna offshore There is incredible sign of fish moving into the local waters in day range Very exciting I want to thank the Sogioka family for being such good friends and I wish them the best in these difficult times We will miss you Norm Excel Family More ...
08-03-2012 Alijos to Offshore Tuna Grounds
Today was used as a travel day to put us in position to fish the offshore zone for tomorrow This was a mile move We did fish a little in the lower area where we picked up more yellowfin and a couple of dorados We will be in the upper area by daylight to finish our trip Wish us luck More ...
08-01-2012 Check yellowtail off the list
Today we fished the Ridge where we had incredible fishing for good grade yellowtail in the - pound class When the yellows started biting full speed the Sogioka group came together like a finely tuned machine and went right to work The forktails were pretty much dominating the bite but every once in a while a tuna or dorado would squeak through After four hours of madness everyone had all they wanted so we decided to look around and see what else was available Tomorrow we will be looking for action in another area Wish us luck More ...
July 2012
07-31-2012 Offshore Tuna, Take Two
We did a little looking around this morning in the dark and were able to find a school about minutes before daylight It took a little while before they came back around but when they did it was worth the wait We picked up bluefin out of our gray bite and didn't move far before we found another school where we picked up yellowfin and more bluefin Mix in a few dorado and yellowtail and call it an awesome day Just before lunch we called it a day and started sliding down toward the ridge to see if we can keep More ...
07-30-2012 Busy afternoon
We arrived to the tuna grounds just after lunch today and it didn't take long to get things figured out There was plenty to look at all afternoon and we put together a nice score on yellowfin bluefin dorado and yellowtail There is still incredible sign of fish down here and one can only hope that it sticks around for a long long time We will be here again tomorrow More ...
07-29-2012 Sogioka / Stires 7-day trip
Hello anglers Today we departed on our annual Sogioka Stires -day trip After picking up a nice load of sardines we cleared the point before We are currently headed south in flat calm weather planning on fishing tuna for the first couple of days Conditions look good Wish us luck Justin More ...
07-28-2012 Offshore mix
We fished local offshore waters today where we scraped up a mixed bag of yellowtail dorado and bluefin tuna In the morning conditions looked great and were going from stop to stop finding kelps and seeing good schools of bluefin In the afternoon the wind came up making it tough to get anything located The highlight of the day had to be when we ran across a school of bluefin in the - pound range and they put on quite the show Even though the tuna seemed to boil and jump out of the water on every bait without a hook More ...
07-27-2012 Bill Poole Memorial 2-day Trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our second annual -day trip with a full load of passengers After picking up a nice load of bait we cleared Point Loma just before noon Our game plan is to work offshore tomorrow and try to locate some tuna yellowtail and dorado The weather looks like it may blow just a little but I think we will be ok Wish us luck More ...
07-26-2012 What a great time to be Fishing
We fished the lee side of the island in the afternoon hitting some of our halibut spots along the way Fifteen flatties made the grade and are now chilling in the RSW well Just before dark we pulled up tight to the island and had good bass fishing on the plastics and surface irons Fun stuff This morning we finished off the trip with excellent rock dippin' for quality reds and lings along the beach This is one of those trips where we had good fishing everywhere we went I love it when that happens I would like to thank Melton More ...
07-25-2012 One anchor job
We got to the beach just after and it didn't take long to find a good school of yellowtail to go to work on After dropping the anchor the yellows attacked the boat eating everything we put in the water Fly lined baits yo yo's surface iron dropper loops poppers you name it they were eating it When the dust settled we had all the quality yellowtail that we could handle There were also a few bonuses in the mix with ten yellowfin seven bluefin one pounder and a dozen or so dorado also coming aboard We will be on the More ...
07-23-2012 Bluefin Go Nuts
The bluefin went nuts today for everyone offshore We hit a school just after daylight and it bit like crazy until we left them biting at am These guys did great This is the most aggressive bluefin that we've seen all year and I'm glad that we were able to experience this There are a few first timers on here and the asked me is it always this good I give them the old Fleck smirk and say of course it is But we all know the truth this was something special We are now headed for the beach to see More ...
07-22-2012 Life is good
The Melton Tackle SportfishingReport com trip started off today with excellent fishing in great weather They picked up daily limits of bluefin tuna up to pounds with some yellowfin yellowtail and dorado to go with it The conditions down here are perfect and the sign of tuna is outstanding for upcoming trips We will be out here again tomorrow trying for a repeat of today More ...
07-21-2012 Melton Tackle and SportfishingReport.com 6-Day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our Melton Tackle and Sportfishingreport com -day trip with passengers After an early jump we picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by noon It looks like the weather should be nice for us so we will start off our trip in the offshore grounds Wish us luck More ...
07-20-2012 Stout and Eppler Magic
I don't know how they do it but this group always seems to catch fish We had another good day with action on bluefin yellowfin yellowtail and dorado Passengers and crew had a blast I want to thank Mr Stout and Mr Eppler for another great experience See you next year for the th anniversary More ...
07-19-2012 Mixed bag
We ended up putting together a nice day out here on the tuna grounds There seemed to be a good mix of bluefin and yellowfin in the area with fish up to pounds There were lots of guys that not only caught their biggest tuna ever but their first tuna ever It's always great to see kids out here too just having a blast We also picked up a few yellowtail and dorado off of a kelp Our plan is to fish out here again tomorrow and see if we can get a few more before we head home Wish us More ...
07-18-2012 Stout/Eppler 3-day trip
Today we departed on our th annual Stout and Eppler -day trip with a full load of anxious anglers It's always a pleasure to have these guys on the boat they are one of my favorite groups We will start our trip off in the tuna zone hoping for glory Wish us luck More ...
07-16-2012 Offshore Bluefin
Hello anglers Today we fished offshore for bluefin There was very good sign of fish but they were not very eager to bite the flylined baits We did manage to land a handful of fish up to lbs Tomorrow we will be working our way up the line and enjoying this beautiful weather We will check back in tomorrow More ...
07-15-2012 A day at the island
Hello anglers Today was a relaxing day at the island Since we have all the yellowtail we need we concentrated on halibut and bass We had little success on the flat fish but the bass more than made up for it We had many personal best calicos we left the island around pm headed up to the tuna grounds Wish us luck More ...
07-14-2012 Cocktails and Calicos
Hello Anglers Today we travelled to Cedros Island We arrived around pm There was excellent fishing on calico bass with a few yellowtail in the mix There were times when you were bit as soon as your plastic hit the water The bass were good size ranging from - pounds The weather is still unbelievably calm We're going to anchor here for the night and see what the Island has to offer tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
07-13-2012 Ridge Goes Off!
Hello Anglers The last two days we've had incredible fishing We started off yesterday fishing yellowtail on the ridge After only a few hours of fishing we were close to limits Most of our bite came on flylined sardines yo yo jigs and a few on the popper Today we headed off shore looking for yellowfin tuna and dorado Friday the th was anything BUT unlucky for us We had steady fishing all day with the best action coming late this afternoon Most people got all they wanted At one point every bait that hit the water was an instant hook More ...
07-12-2012 Great Raffle Prizes!
Hello Anglers Just taking a second to thank Ken Bell Eric's Tackle and Avet reels for great give aways this trip Ken and the guys raffled off Avet reels last night Here is a picture of the winners Mike More ...
07-10-2012 Excel returns from their Seeker Rod Trip with the largest Bluefin weighing 70.8 lbs.
Jason Flores of Rancho Cucamonga won first place for his biggest fish ever on a five-day trip with skipper Justin Fleck aboard the Excel The boat docked July after the Seeker trip which featured rod designer Randy Penny as chartermaster and anglers aboard This crew was amazing commented Penny to dock reporter Bill Roecker and the service level was the best I ve seen Penny described some events at Cedros Island We got four calico bass at once with an Alabama rig We fished for everything on the trip and we apprehended all species BR BR Jason's bluefin tuna weighed in More ...
07-10-2012 Team Hoo's/Tuna Rodeo 8 day Trip leaves on the Excel for the Tuna grounds
Mike Ramirez checked in from the Team Hoo's Tuna Rodeo Day Trip We're traveling down the line here with beautiful weather We're traveling down South and will be looking for some tuna tomorrow BR More ...
07-08-2012 Round Two
Today was very similar to yesterday with good yellowtail fishing through the morning and bass in the afternoon The wind picked up here at the island but we were able to stay on top of the yellows all the way until they seem to vanish at lunch time Then it was off to the kelp where the bass were eager to chew everything that we threw at them It made for a nice day We are now headed up the beach to see what kind of action that we can find for tomorrow More ...
07-07-2012 Sweet Island Bliss
With the increasing winds last night we decided to make a move to the island for a couple days Just after daylight the whole south end lit up with birds and breaking fish and we were able to hit spot after spot until lunch These fish were hitting Just after lunch we made a move up the lee side where we picked up a few halibut and also had excellent bass fishing Tonight we will enjoy the calmness of the anchorage and will be back at it tomorrow More ...
07-06-2012 Excel returns with the largest Bluefin caught so far this year -- 95.8 lbs.
Excel docked at Fisherman's Landing July under skipper Justin Fleck's hand The boat had the biggest bluefin tuna brought in so far this young season Here are the jackpot numbers BR BR st - Edward Collins Bellingham WA -pound Bluefin Tuna BR nd - Steven Kenney Las Vegas NV -pound Bluefin Tuna BR rd - Roland Reesby San Clemente CA -pound Bluefin Tuna BR Honorable Mention - Michael Hines Tucson AZ -pound Halibut BR More ...
07-06-2012 Offshore mix
We fished offshore today where we found a little bit of action on both bluefin and yellowtail Both the yellows and tuna were good grade We will be out here again tomorrow and hope to find the big one Wish us luck More ...
07-05-2012 Seeker Rods/ Berkley 5-day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our Seeker Berkley -day trip with a nice mix of veterans and rookies We have been fishing with Seeker Rods and Berkley Big Game monofilament here on the Excel since before I started working here in They are both excellent sponsors for us and we are proud to have them After picking up our load of sardines we cleared the point just after We will be starting off our trip in the offshore grounds tomorrow looking for bluefin tuna Wish us luck More ...
07-04-2012 Fireworks on the 4th
What an awesome way to end our Braid Products -day trip The morning started out a little on the slow side for us but once we found them we were going from spot to spot of jumping bluefin After stringing a few stops together our last stop was a doozy - pound bluefin chewing for over an hour These fish have a reputation for breaking tackle and they did just that Unfortunately we ran out of time and had to call it a trip but what a finish I would like thank Dennis and all the passengers for making this trip More ...
07-03-2012 Tough Go
Today we had a tough time getting one of these bluefin schools to bite There were definitely a few schools around but we never found the right one The wind has completely gone away for us now We are going to spend our last day out here and see if we can have a little better luck tomorrow More ...
07-02-2012 Heading up
We spent half a day making drifts around the island where we picked up more halibut and a few nice yellowtail There were also a some calico bass to be had Just after lunch we decided to start heading offshore to give the bluefin another try It looks like the weather is finally going to give us a break More ...
07-02-2012 Alijos disappoints
We made a move to the rocks last night to try for jackpots and maybe a wahoo or two but unfortunately it didn't work out Conditions and water temp looked good just no fish We will be offshore tomorrow More ...
07-01-2012 Halibut
We made it to the lee side of the island late in the afternoon with enough time to make a few halibut drifts It wasn't long before the first one hit the deck then another then another then another These flat fish bit all the way until dark Michael Hines had the biggest one going pounds on the boat scale WOW Because of the choppy seas outside we will be spending the night here More ...
June 2012
06-30-2012 One stop shop
Today we had some of the best yellowtail fishing that I have ever seen Not only did we load up but the overall grade was outstanding We also had a few tuna in the mix Since we are all set on yellows now we will be heading back out to try for bluefin tuna But first we will make a quick stop at the island tomorrow to goof around a little bit More ...
06-29-2012 Pit Stop
We made a quick stop today at the island where we made a couple of drifts for yellowtail Everyone got to yank and crank on some fish until the sea lions got on us and really made it tough to land anything We left at lunch time a put it on course for our next destination for tomorrow More ...
06-28-2012 Timing is everything
Today we enjoyed good fishing for bluefin tuna in beautiful weather We hit a few different schools throughout the day to rack up a tally of tuna before we decided to slide south and look at a few different areas below for the next couple of days Looking at the forecast it looks like the wind will be back for a few days up here so it's a good time to go south Wish us luck More ...
06-27-2012 Braid Products 8-day
We departed today on our annual Braid Products -day trip with a lot of familiar faces Picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by It looks like the weather will be better tomorrow so we will start out the trip looking for bluefin tuna offshore There will be a full tackle seminar given this afternoon to prepare everyone for what we hope will be a busy day tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
06-26-2012 Heading home
Yesterday was a long day for us here on the big boat We covered a lot of ocean in rough weather for just two tuna I know that the fish are still around but this spell of bad weather doesn't help things I'm sure that we will get back on them when the weather straightens out Today we made some drifts in shallow water where the guys enjoyed good fishing for reds and other assorted rockfish The weather is still grumpy so we will be hugging the coast on our way up the line to keep it comfortable Our eta is More ...
06-24-2012 Good move
Today we had excellent fishing on good grade yellows on the beach The very first shallow that we checked this morning was wedged with - pound fish and they were hungry eating everything we threw at them It didn't take long to get what we needed and now we are headed out to try for offshore tuna tomorrow Hopefully the weather out there has changed it's tune More ...
06-23-2012 Consistent
The yellowtail bite started off just like it has with good action through the morning We had about or so and released a bunch more After lunch there seemed to be a lack of current and it became noticeably slower for the guys at the rail A quick move to the shallows provided good action on cabrilla calico bass and other light line biters to pass the time We decided to make a move to the inside for a couple days to see what we can come up with Our targets will be tuna yellowtail and grouper The weather is nice More ...
06-22-2012 Off to a good start
We arrived at the Rocks just after this morning It didn't take long for the yellowtail to find us and before I knew it we had a dozen or more bent rods Most of the yellows are good grade with a few throw backs mixed in Cris Cornette had the biggest forktail of the day going just over pounds on his hand scale We ended up with daily limits for all passengers Also there was fair sign of tuna around this place and we managed to capture seven yellowfin up to pounds Cris Cornette had the heartbreak of the day when More ...
06-21-2012 Travel Day
Even though we went right through the bluefin grounds today the weather was a little on the sloppy side and we couldn't see much fish around Around noon we decided to put it on course for the Rocks to try our hand at yellowtail and tuna for a couple of days Our ETA is tomorrow morning wish us luck More ...
06-20-2012 Avet Reels/Soft Steel 7-day
Today we had a quick turn around at the dock Arrived around dropped off the Heroes loaded groceries cleaned the boat got some bait loaded passengers and cleared the point by Not bad The Avet Reels Soft Steel group has a good mix of regulars and new anglers who are all here for the same reason they all love to fish We are currently headed south in choppy weather coming up with a game plan for the trip Wish us luck Justin More ...
06-19-2012 Heroes get on the bluefin
We had a good day here with a a six hour drift catching bluefin tuna The first minutes were hot and heavy with every bait that went in the water getting bit After that it turned into a plunker bite with one or two fish hanging all the time This was the Heroes first wide open tuna bite and even though it started off a little scary at times they ended up settling down and doing great Here are some pictures from our day More ...
06-19-2012 Headed home
The weather has changed for us and is now very windy and choppy We decided to hug the beach on the way home to try and avoid some of the swell This also gave us a chance to make a few drifts for reds and lings before calling it a trip The Heroes had a chance to cover all their bases on this trip yellowtail yellowfin bluefin and now rockfish What a great trip More ...
06-17-2012 Heroes Day Two
The morning started off good with a few stops on yellow fin tuna and everything seemed to be right on track for us here on the Excel But just when we thought we were on the fish it seemed like the whole ocean went dead There were a couple of boats that connected today but most of us never found the right school We had just a few scattered strikes in the afternoon and that was it The guys are all still having a blast though just waiting for the next big hit More ...
06-16-2012 Heroes Trip
Hello Anglers We departed last night on the first annual Heroes trip Today we are having good action fishing yellowtail on kelps We'll give you a full report later tonight Everyone is having a Great time Justin More ...
06-16-2012 Fishing with Heroes
The Heroes showed up to the Excel yesterday afternoon not really knowing what to expect They put their gear onboard and were then driven to Ingrid Pooles house via limo bus to enjoy food and drinks with the owners and friends of the Excel Ingrid is such a great hostess and her hospitality knows no boundaries Time seemed to fly by as Ingrid told numerous stories about Bill Poole and the legacy he has left to all of us We then moved the event over to one of our favorite restaurants the Bali Hai on shelter island drive for more drinks More ...
06-09-2012 Excel returns from the last trip of the Long Range Season
Excel skipper Justin Fleck docked the big rig at Fisherman's Landing June after the boat's last long trip of - BR BR The best fishing on big tuna I've ever had under the lights he told dock reporter Bill Roecker The cows were free-swimming right through We also had great wahoo fishing on The Bank for near-limits On the way home we tried The Ridge which was excellent and found tuna outside BR BR A dozen cows were decked Mike Carlson of Portland OR won first place for his -pounder BR BR My best before was a -pounder he remarked This More ...
06-08-2012 Smooth sailing
The weather has come down for us and it is now a very nice ride up the line Our move to the beach was definitely the right move to make since we not only had good fishing but we missed the entire storm out west With the wind down the other boats were able to get right back on the bluefin tuna and it sounds like good fishing again I would like to thank Kim Hasselbach for putting this trip together and making it such a success We will be arriving to Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning around to offload our catch More ...
06-06-2012 RIDGE LOOKS GREAT!
We just checked out our first spot and conditions look great There's a lot of yellowtail around and they are all good grade As a bonus there seems to be a fair amount of gulf groupers in the mix to keep things interesting I just talked with a boat up the beach a ways and he is experiencing the same good fishing that we are Things are shaping up nicely Here are some photos from our morning More ...
06-04-2012 Excel Update from the Lower Zone
Even though we could definitely see some jumbos around the boat this morning we came up empty handed on the big tuna We decided to use up the last of our RSW well and filled it up with some more quality wahoo The wahoo fishing remains excellent down here There were some real trophies caught today With the fish holds full and the passengers and crew exhausted from all the action from the past week we decided to head up a day early This will give us an opportunity to check out some of our favorite spots for our upcoming trips More ...
06-03-2012 Fill it up
Night fishing down here in the lower zone has been as good as I've ever seen it Literally every bait that goes in the water gets a bite This morning was visually amazing There were - pound tuna swimming under the lights eating everything that went in the water Many anglers could see the tuna take their bait We are now just a couple of fish away from plugging the boat so we will save those spots hopefully for a couple of cows Everything else will be released unharmed Speaking of cows Kim Hasselbach Steve Alexander William Fred Falls Richard Rudy More ...
06-01-2012 An all day event
The fishing down here in the lower zone has been as good as it gets You can walk to the rail and cast a bait and have a very good chance at hooking a fish at any time of day or night The best time to be in the water has been from midnight to that's when they really bite We have been here just under two days now and we are already in our final well Not to mention that the weather is flat calm I will send pictures for this update as soon as I can More ...
May 2012
05-31-2012 Great Day To Be Fishing
Today was one of those occasions where it didn't matter where you were fishing or what boat you were on you were catching fish For us the move payed off big time as we put together an outstanding day on big tuna The fish ranged from - pounds with big fish honors going to Tom Payne for his personal best at pounds There was good sign of fish all day today and we hope to keep the ball rolling Every passenger landed at least one tuna today which was nice and there were plenty of personal bests to go around In More ...
05-30-2012 Shark Grief
Although wahoo fishing was outstanding again today we didn't do very well in the war with the sharks It truly is a shame to hook so many big tuna just to have the sharks eat them There was better sign of tuna here today than yesterday but with the obvious obstacle we decided to move on and try another location tomorrow We still have plenty of time left in our trip and we all know that it just takes a couple of good days of action to get 'er done Everyone here is in good spirits and are really enjoying the More ...
05-29-2012 Log Jam
We had very good wahoo fishing today down here in the lower zone The sign of fish here is still incredible After getting our wahoo fix we turned our attention toward tuna for the afternoon I can't say that I see giant schools of tuna around but I do see enough sign to hopefully make a nice catch Unfortunately there are a lot of sharks around and they took more than their fare share from us today Tomorrow we will concentrate on tuna for most of the day and see if we can't have better luck staying away from the sharks More ...
05-28-2012 Thank You
We are on our last day of travel and the weather is picture perfect The HCI June Ahi group is making last minute adjustments to their gear and they are ready to rock We will be arriving to the lower zone tomorrow morning Also I hope that everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend and I want to thank all the men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice so we can live how we do From the Excel crew and family THANK YOU More ...
05-27-2012 Seminars, rigging, and relaxation
It's always nice to see a group that knows when it's time to go to work and when it is time to just relax This group seems very comfortable in their surroundings We had our first seminar of the trip where we covered wahoo tackle wahoo safety and bait tank etiquette The next seminar later today we will cover tuna fishing rigging and proper bait selection The weather is still a mess but not a problem for us as we head south Looking at the weather forecast it looks like the weather will be flat calm by the time we start More ...
05-26-2012 June Ahi
The Excel pulled into Fishermans Landing yesterday and offloaded the catch in beautiful San Diego weather The fish coming off the boat looked great We fueled up loaded supplies loaded passengers and headed out again The weather is a little on the grumpy side but fortunately for us the wind and seas are behind us I haven't decided yet where we are going to start off but I do know that everyone on board is excited just to be fishing More ...
05-25-2012 The Excel returns from
Mike Ramirez skippered Excel on her latest trip of days and docked the big boat at Fisherman's Landing May with a dozen cows or tuna over pounds aboard Mike remarked that the weather was pleasant and enjoyable the whole time The catch was very good with plenty of tuna and wahoo Many of the tuna were in the to pound range The best yellowfin was taken by Excel regular Big Al Scow of Rancho Palos Verdes It was a standard tuna fight said Al He came to the gaff in about minutes Big Al got his -pounder with a double sardine More ...
05-24-2012 The Excel returns tomorrow at 6:00 AM with 12 Cows & plenty of Wahoo, May 24, 2012
Mike Ramirez checked in with this update on the Excel We are just wrapping up our Big Al's Pals Gals Day Trip It's been a beautiful trip lots of fun just a good load of people on board Great weather throughout the trip we arrive tomorrow at Fisherman's Landing AM If you want to check out the catch come on down We ended up with Cows quite a few of those 's 's and plenty of Wahoo as well More ...
05-21-2012 The Excel leaves the lower zone after getting a few more big ones, May 21, 2012
We just finished up our trip last night said the report by Mike Ramirez We had a nice hit after dinner for about a dozen big ones maybe to BR BR We left the lower zone last night we are just traveling up the line today We have beautiful weather the guys are recuperating breaking down their tackle cleaning up We'll be traveling the rest of the day today and tomorrow working up the line Hope the weather stays the way it is It is beautiful We'll check back later Thanks More ...
05-20-2012 The bank is still on the chew
The past couple of days have been pretty much identical down here at the Bank Tuna action throughout the night for those who want to put in the time steady action on big wahoo in the a m and the tuna show up again and bite all afternoon Everybody is catching plenty of fish and having a great time According to my notes we have an even dozen cows now and a ton of - 's The overall grade is awesome Al Merrick a pioneer in shaping surfboards is now blazing a trail here on the Excel as well Every time More ...
05-18-2012 The fishing has changed in the lower zone with the bite coming later in the day, May 18, 2012
Mike checked in from the Excel We're still down here in the lower zone the fishing is still very good Things have changed around a little bit most of the fish is being caught late in the day pm into the dark A lot of night time fishing We had a good night last night from about to o'clock in the morning We landed or fish with a couple pounders It has been very good but the fishing makes up for it late in the day We'll keep on plug'n away we're putting together a good trip The weather has been More ...
05-16-2012 The Excel adds another 6 Cows to their total in the Lower Zone, May 16, 2012
Today we fished the Lower Zone said Mike Ramirez from the Excel We had another good day of fishing stayed buzy all day long scratch'n away We added another Cows to our total The biggest one was a We have good weather down here We'll try and do the same thing tomorrow Check back wish us luck More ...
05-15-2012 Special June 2.5 Day Trip
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05-15-2012 The Excel went Tuna hunting today and came away with some quality fish, May 15, 2012
Mike Ramirez called in with this report on the days fishing aboard the Excel For the last days we have been fishing the Lower Zone Yesterday we had really good Wahoo fishing throughout the day So we decided to move to another area and focus on Tuna today We scratched out the day today and we ended up with a handful of quality Tuna Big fish honors went to Big Al he ended up with a We also had a handful of high 's just a good quality of fish We'll be here again tomorrow we'll check back to let you More ...
05-12-2012 The Excel heads to the Lower Zone, with a stop at Alijos Rocks for some Yellowtail, May 12, 2012
Mike Ramirez checked in with this report Today we had our Big Tuna Seminar and got our Big Tuna gear all squared away We're working our way down south toward the Lower Zone We were able to swing by Alijos Rocks on the way we got a handful of those nice Yellowtail we'll make a good meal out of that We're just continuing down south with beautiful weather We'll be back tomorrow More ...
05-11-2012 The Excel checks in as everyone goes to the Wahoo seminar, May 11, 2012
Today we spend the day going through our Wahoo outfits We had a Wahoo seminar today going through all our rigs ll the stuff we recommend wire leaders Wahoo bombs jigs So we fine tuned all our Wahoo equipment today Tomorrow we will be having a big fish seminar We'll let you know how that goes The weather continues to be fabulous cruising on down here Wish us luck we'll check back in tomorrow More ...
05-10-2012 The Excel leaves on the annual Pals & Gals 15 Day Trip, May 10, 2012
Mike Ramirez called in to give this report from the Excel Today we departed on the annual Pals Gals Day Trip We have a beautiful load of bait cleared the point around noon Headed down in beautiful weather We are headed to the Lower Zone and will be targeting giant Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo Wish us luck we'll check back in tomorrow More ...
05-01-2012 Photos from Accurate Reels Trip on the Excel
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April 2012
04-30-2012 Photos from the Dock
Here's a few pictures from the dock today We had great weather and happy Anglers The Jackpot winners were Andy Marcum Chris Forester and Micheal Holliday Great job to everyone Heck of a trip Let's do it all again next year Justin More ...
04-30-2012 Excel comes home from the Mikkelsen Big Fish trip with 21 Cows
Justin Fleck docked the Excel at Fisherman's Landing April after the -day Ralph Mikkelsen Big Fish Trip with anglers aboard They fished at Hurricane Bank and the Buffer Zone off Clarion Island The all-time leader with six super cows to his name Ralph The Long Ranger added a -pounder to his score as chartermaster The fishery looks very healthy down there said skipper Justin to dock reporter Bill Roecker noting the water temperature varied from to degrees as it warms again This was a great time to be fishing His anglers cut off over tuna on their way to collecting cows More ...
04-29-2012 Smooth Ride
The weather has come down for us and it is now a very nice ride We made a quick stop this morning to put a few Reds in the RSW well and then it was back to work with the crew cleaning and scrubbing the boat in preparation for our arrival tomorrow morning Out ETA to Fishermans Landing is roughly I'd like to take a moment to thank all the passengers for making this trip such a huge success every year Thanks to Ralph and Mark for all their hard work behind the scenes to make sure that everyone has a More ...
04-28-2012 Moving on up
The weather so far for the ride home has been a little on the sloppy side I'm just glad that we are on this big tank of a boat that handles the weather very well We are currently working our way up the beach keeping our eyes open for any signs of fish for our upcoming season Conditions look good and I hear rumors of bluefin and albacore already being seen along with a healthy body of yellows making their way up If we see anything at all we will try it Here are some more pictures from our fantastic trip More ...
04-26-2012 The Excel Mikkelsen Trip is a HUGE Success in the end they released any fish not over 200 lbs.
Justin Fleck called in with a wrap up of the Mikkelsen Big Fish Special Trip We had a fantastic trip The fishing was so good down here on both big tuna and wahoo that we nearly filled the boat to capacity in the first few days The overall grade of fish down here is phenomenal with most of the tuna being in the to lb class After everyone got plenty of fish to eat we decided to start releasing fish early on in the trip Some days we'd release as many as quality tuna By the end of the trip we More ...
04-24-2012 They're Back
Although it has been excellent fishing on mid grade tuna for the past couple of days it seemed like the wahoo and cows had moved off the shallows But in the past hours it seems like they are back and ready to play ball Yesterday afternoon was very fun fishing for the guys when the wahoo fishing caught fire In the evening is when the cows showed up and decided to bite steady for quite a while It's not all cows though there are lots of - 's being released back to the wild This morning fishing is still going full More ...
04-22-2012 Good Action
Fishing has been very steady for us here on the bank with most of the action coming in the afternoons The grade is still outstanding as most fish are in the - pound class Most of the fish are being released and a few have made the cut and are now chilling in the RSW well We now have just a little room left for a few cows and some cracks to fill with wahoo From here on we will be releasing anything under the pound mark More ...
04-20-2012 More Cow Bell
Another incredible day here Like yesterday they started biting in the dark and continued biting until the dinner call was made Three more cows hit the deck today starting with a caught by Charles Middleton and ending with Chris Forester and Tom Ciciliano boating a pair of pounders At the end of the day we put fish from - down in the RSW well and released fish from - Everyone is doing very well More ...
04-19-2012 Holy Cow!
We had an unbelievable day down here on the Big X The fish started biting at this morning and were still biting when I went to bed at midnight We kept fish from - pounds and released more unharmed Big fish honors goes to Chris Forester for his pounder Chris also had a and a John Montgomery picked up a Bob Orth Dolores Weisenhutter and Peter Gammarano There's many in the - class as well We still have five more days to fish so for now we rereleasing anything under pounds We also picked up another wahoo during the mayhem More ...
04-18-2012 Good fishing
What can I say that I haven't said already fishing is down right good From sunrise to sunset the anglers pulled on big tuna and wahoo Hopefully it keeps up Here are some pictures More ...
04-17-2012 Great start
We arrived to the bank just before lunch and it didn't take long to figure out that we were in for a good day Our first jig strike yielded wide open wahoo for a good minutes before we drifted off the shallow Once out in deep water the tuna took over For the afternoon rally we boated tuna from - pounds to go with our skin from the initial stop Most of the fish were around the pound mark We did hook a couple of heavier fish late but for miscellaneous reasons they got away There is incredible sign of both More ...
04-15-2012 Just cruising
The weather has come down for us and is quite nice now With the wind and swell down it seemed like everyone was outside getting some sunlight and getting a jump on rigging their tackle The passengers and crew also participated in the annual Big Fish dart tournament on the upper deck The winners were rewarded with tackle and cash prizes provided by Ralph Tonight after dinner the gang enjoyed a friendly game of bingo in the galley Ralph and Mark really go out of their way every year to make sure everyone is entertained on the way down and back More ...
04-14-2012 The Excel leaves on the Ralph Mikkelsen 17 Day Big Fish Trip
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We are currently heading down on the B Ralph Mikkelsen Day Big Fish Special B We left yesterday morning with a little bit of rain a little wind but not to bad We have a good load of bait cruising down south right now It is a little bumpy going this way but the weather forecast looks like it is going to lighten up by the time we start fishing BR BR We are heading down to Hurricane Bank to start off the trip We'll probably be on a similar schedule More ...
04-13-2012 The Excel's Accurate 16 Day Trip returns with 9 Cows and happy anglers
Jack Nilsen and Gary Gillingham of Accurate met the Excel at Fisherman's Landing April after a good -day trip with a fly home option which most anglers used Justin Fleck skippered the trip and owner Al Gross got his first cow on his first long trip The -pounder was the biggest of the trip but Al wasn't in the jackpot Skipper Justin told dock reporter Bill Roecker that nine cows were caught and Fleck also remarked that tuna and wahoo were both thick on the Hurricane Bank and in The Buffer Zone Water temps were about degrees BR BR Big Al More ...
04-13-2012 Mike Ramirez checks in from the Excel, May 13, 2012
Mike Ramirez checked in from the Excel Today we just spent the day checking all of our outfits fine tuning the equipment adjusting harnesses checking drags making sure all knots tied properly We do reach the Lower Zone tomorrow morning and hopefully we have something good to report We'll check back tomorrow evening and let you know how the day went More ...
04-10-2012 Flat calm seas as we head up the line
Hello Anglers We're heading up the coast in glass conditions One of the smoother rides we've had We also had an opportunity to stop and fish for yellowtail for an hour early this morning The six passengers that remain on board had a great time pulling on fish Pound for pound yellowtail will rival any fish in fighting strength We also boated a nice gulf grouper to go along with the yellows We're continuing our travels North toward San Diego We remain on schedule Mike More ...
04-09-2012 Departing the Cape
Hello Anglers We arrived to the Cape aound local time We quickly cleared customs and the passengers flying home were free to catch a water taxi to land so they could later catch their flights home The weather was a perfect degrees and sunny The crew and the passengers that remain on board started heading North toward San Diego around We'll be arriving in San Diego early Thursday morning Justin More ...
04-07-2012 Topped off
The past few days have really made the trip for me It's always nice to get on a body of fish that wants to bite good and gets everyone involved Seeing the look of enjoyment on the faces of the anglers is very gratifying for the entire crew Fishing has been red hot down here on both tuna and wahoo and everyone is doing well Every morning we get a shot on big ones and today was no exception The bite started out slow just after daylight but by it was as good as it gets Just before lunch we slid More ...
04-06-2012 Life is good
We had good fishing here again today with a m Tuna and p m Wahoo I'll send a full update with pictures later Everyone is doing great Justin More ...
04-05-2012 The Lower Zone gets Red Hot!
What a great day here in the Lower Zone The Accurate Reels group got the whole long range experience today The tuna started biting in the dark and kept on biting throughout the entire day The tuna are mixed up sizes from - pounds with most of the fish being cookie cutter pounders Late in the morning it turned into a wahoo festival and everybody got in on the action It seemed like the wahoo were a little bigger today on average and I could see some real trophies hit the deck It always amazes me how healthy this fishery remains More ...
04-04-2012 Things are looking up
Today was just what we needed good wahoo fishing in the morning and nice hit on big tuna in the afternoon The wahoo fishing was fast and furious when we first got on them eating everything that hit the water As luck would have it one of our wahoo drifts evolved into a hit for big tuna with a couple of cows mixed in Sam Raiter picked up his second cow of the trip going on the scale And big fish honors goes to Eric Maulhardt with a personal best pound tuna Congratulations to both of you There was good visual More ...
04-03-2012 Not feeling it
Daylight started out the same here with no flow and very little sign of fish Just after breakfast we had a small window of opportunity when the current started moving just barely but it was enough to spark a few bites for us We picked up eight tuna - pounds and just when it looked like things were going in the right direction the current stopped again It is amazing how dependent this fishery is to tidal flow One minute your looking at jumping tuna and wahoo as far as you can see and the next minute it looks like a More ...
04-02-2012 Excel's Accurate Trip is off to a strong start scoring on both Cows and Wahoo, April 2, 2012 Report
The first fish of the trip was boated just after AM said the report from Excel April by skipper Justin Fleck by Justin Medeiros on a glow in the dark PL Justin's fish went pounds and was by far and away his personal best until his kite turn came around Justin raised the bar quite a bit when he landed his second cow of the morning a -pounder caught on a double sardine rig There was a nice showing just before daylight where we picked off a dozen more nice tuna up to pounds As soon as the sun came up More ...
04-02-2012 A change in conditions
A different day here on the bank with zero current for most of the day It wasn't a total loss though there was a small window late in the day when things got interesting and we ended up with tuna and more wahoo Just before dark the bank came alive and you could literally see jumping tuna in every direction With this much sign around we decided to try it one more day Hopefully these cows get back in the shallows and we can get a few chances tomorrow The weather is very good now with no wind and just a More ...
04-01-2012 Cows and Skin
The first fish of the trip was boated just after am by Justin Medeiros on a glow in the dark PL Justin's fish went pounds and was by far and away his personal best until his kite turn came around Justin raised the bar quite a bit when he landed his second cow of the morning a pounder caught on a double sardine rig There was a nice showing just before daylight where we picked off a dozen more nice tuna up to pounds As soon as the sun came up our current died so we decided to make the tour More ...
March 2012
03-31-2012 Belts, Harnesses, and Tuna Tubes
Today is our final day of preparation and the anglers and crew are just making a few last minute adjustments We had a hands on seminar in the stern of the boat where the crew helped to properly adjust the anglers belts and harnesses This is a good way for them to get comfortable wearing the gear The crew also covered proper technique at the rail We also took time to fire up our new set of tuna tubes that were designed and built by our friends at Deep Blue Marine We met these guys at the Miami Boat Show earlier More ...
03-30-2012 Seminars and rigging
The weather is now beautiful on our ride down and just about everyone is outside enjoying some sun We had our tuna seminar this morning where we covered several outfits and techniques Most of these guys have done this many times so we tend to want to help out the new guys most to quickly get them up to speed with the rest I have to say that this is a pretty easy group to work with We are still pointed for the bank with an eta of tomorrow night just after midnight Hopefully that good grade fish is around and More ...
03-29-2012 Excel leaves on their Accurate Reels 16 Day Trip, March 29, 2012
Justin Fleck called in with this update for the Excel The weather seems to be getting a lot better the further south that we go Making for a nice ride for us heading down Today we had our first seminar we had Wahoo safety bait tank etiquette things like that to get people started Accurate reels gave everybody tee-shirts and broke out a bunch of loaner gear Roughly rods and reels that they bring out on all their trips for their passengers to enjoy It is a great way for them to get familiar with their products The rest of the More ...
03-28-2012 16-days with Accurate Reels and friends
We are headed south on our Accurate Reels -day trip with anglers Pelagic has also joined us and has provided a ton of merchandise for the passengers and crew including t shirts sweatshirts shorts jackets hats visors backpacks and duffle bags Soft Steel Ultra donated some line and leader material for the trip as well I've always been a fan of theirs and I'm glad to see them making a comeback Currently we are motoring down in windy choppy conditions pointed toward the bank to start off with the intention of working into the island to finish We will keep a More ...
03-19-2012 Ready to go Fishing!
Everything is moving right along here on the Big Boat as our maintenance period is quickly coming to an end I feel like a proud papa when I walk around and see how good the boat looks with all the fresh paint new carpet new cabinets and countertops and all of the top of the line upgrades that we've done to the Excel The satellite television and wi-fi are up and running flawlessly Just as a token of our appreciation to our passengers we are now offering free wi-fi to all of our anglers who join us here on the Excel More ...
February 2012
02-22-2012 Boat yard
Hello Anglers Well we've been in the boat yard for a couple weeks now and we're making our final preperations before we go back into the water A few things we took care of here were We had our props cleaned and re-tuned Got a fresh coat of paint And we continued with a few more upgrades Including air purifiers a second tv for the galley and brand new Bose surround sound Things are going well here and we should be back at Fisherman's Landing either late this week or early next week We'll try and keep you updated Justin More ...
02-07-2012 The Excel returns from their 15 Day Trip with 14 Cows and one Super Cow in the hold
My Wife Told Me To Go Fishing and it was a good thing opined long ranger Mike Gooing of Costa Mesa because he picked up three more cows to add to his record of about years worth of long ranging Two of them weighed and pounds but Mike won the jackpot for his second-ever -pound yellowfin tuna The first one came back in the year dock reporter Bill Roecker took over the beat from Pug Jones This one weighed pounds when skipper Justin Fleck hung it on the Excel's scales at sea Excel and Gooing arrived at Fisherman's Landing February after More ...
02-04-2012 Great day at the island
With the weather being flat grease calm our speed going home has been better than average We decided to use the extra time goofing around at the island where we found excellent fishing on yellowtail and halibut Our first stop of the day quickly found us all bent over on a full speed yo yo bite on - pound yellows It's nice to see that there is still incredible sign of fish here this late in the season We left them biting to go make a couple of drifts up in the shallows hoping for a halibut or two After just More ...
02-02-2012 Topped off
What a way to end the trip good tuna fishing and excellent wahoo fishing I know that a good wahoo count isn't going to make the headlines but it is still one of my favorite fish to eat and catch After a few more bingos today that puts our wahoo tally over the mark for the trip Not to mention the fact that the tuna bite went full speed at the end topping off our fish holds and making a lot of people very happy We picked off two more cows and lots of fish from - pounds that all went More ...
02-01-2012 Excel is still one the search for the big 'uns
Conditions changed on us here said Excel skipper Justin Fleck January but fishing was still good Only one cow hit the deck caught by Mike Jennings on a chunk His fish went pounds and is his personal best Mid-grade tuna from to pounds were still plentiful and most of these guys are releasing their fish still trying for that big one We are now in the final RSW well with two more days to fish Hopefully we use up the remaining space for big 'uns More ...
January 2012
01-31-2012 Still going strong
Conditions changed on us here but fishing was still good Only one cow hit he deck caught by Mike Jennings on a chunk His fish went pounds and is his personal best Mid grade tuna from - pounds were still plentiful and most of these guys are releasing their fish still trying for that big one We are now in the final rsw well with two more days to fish Hopefully we use up the remaining space for biggins Justin More ...
01-29-2012 More cows
We had a big day here with tuna and more wahoo hitting the deck Since I last checked in we've had five more cows come aboard Phil Ruemmler got two at and Tim Turis has a Nonon Alvarez and Doc Gooing picked off a What a great time to be fishing I'll send pictures later Justin More ...
01-28-2012 Doc gets a monster
We've been very busy here on on Big X with good action on this mid grade tuna Most of the action comes before daylight on big baits and chunks Al Merrick picked up a pounder on a chunk Doctor Gooing added on to his impressive resume with a pound monster also caught on the chunk There's no doubt about it these big tuna are here and every bait that hits the water has a chance of producing a fish of a lifetime Justin More ...
01-26-2012 Accurate 16 Day
The b Excel b has an b Accurate Reels b Day Trip departing on Wednesday March th We have a few spots on this ride down trip with an optional fly back You fly back on April th Call the Excel Office at - to get in on the action More ...
01-25-2012 Report from the Excel Leaving on their 15-Day Trip, January 25, 2012
We're traveling down to the lower zone our ETA will be tomorrow morning just before daylight reported Justin He went on to add The guys will spend the rest of the day getting their last minute preparations on their gear checking harnesses checking connections fresh top shots all that good stuff getting ready to go It looks like the weather forecast for the next several days looks very very good so we are about that Keep checking in for the next several days hopefully we have some good reports for ya More ...
01-24-2012 Seminars and rigging
Today we will be passing by Alijos Rocks on our coarse line to our first destination The water is surprisingly cold so we will not be stopping We will have our second seminar today which will cover tackle selection for big tuna and proper technique for pulling on these beasts The weather is a little sloppy for now but it looks like it will straighten out before we wet our first lines Wish us luck Justin More ...
01-22-2012 More upgrades
We departed today just after on another -day trip with eager anglers After picking up a nice load of bait we cleared Point Loma at The day was spent settling in and catching up with friends Also on our day in we were able to successfully instal satellite television on the Excel Another great addition to the boat The guys are enjoying the playoffs right now We are currently headed south anxiously awaiting some reports from down below Justin More ...
01-20-2012 The Excel returns from their 15-Day Trip a day early because "their holds were full of fish"
Justin Fleck docked the Excel at Fisherman's Landing January after a -day trip with anglers to the Buffer Zone and Hurricane Bank The big rig's holds were stuffed with large tuna and an excellent catch about half-limits of wahoo one of the best catches so far this year We fished the Hurricane and The Zone he said We got three and a half days on the bank and a day and a half at the Buffer Zone We ended up with seven cows It was a great trip and we were full so we came home a day early BR BR More ...
01-19-2012 Team Hoo finishes strong
We made a stop by Cedros Island today where we filled the last few cracks in the fish holds with nice grade yellowtail Most of the fish were caught on yo yo irons with a few being taken on the dropper loops With the wells being completely full and an unfavorable weather forecast Team Hoo has decided to go in a day early We will be at Fishermans Landing tomorrow morning around More ...
01-18-2012 The Excel stops on the way home to land a few Yellowtail, January 18, 2012
We made a stop by Cedros Island today wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck January where we filled the last few cracks in the fish holds with nice grade yellowtail Most of the fish were caught on yoyo iron with a few being taken on the dropper loop With the wells being completely full and an unfavorable weather forecast Team Hoo has decided to go in a day early We will be at Fisherman's Landing tomorrow morning around More ...
01-17-2012 Heading up the line
We have spent the past two days cruising up in ok weather The wind and swell have picked up a little but it's still comfortable here on the Big X Tomorrow we will try our hand at fishing for a few yellowtail around the islands to fill the cracks in the rsw wells Wish us luck Justin More ...
01-16-2012 Fishing has been steady aboard the Excel, January 15, 2012 Report
The fishing down here has been pretty steady said the report from skipper Justin Fleck aboard the Excel January There is a pretty good grade of tuna around It is all mixed up from to around pounds we really haven't seen too many big jumbos around We've been scratching away Just about all the tuna we have caught we have released the guys have done really well on the tuna this trip We've also had steady fishing on wahoo The wahoo fishing has been good this trip Everybody has a few some guys have done better than others but we've had More ...
01-15-2012 Report from the Excel, January 15, 2012
The fishing down here has been pretty steady Reported Justin calling in from the Excel he went on There is a pretty good grade of tuna around It is all mixed up from to around we really haven't seen too many big jumbos around We've been scratch'n away just about all the tuna we have caught we have released the guys have done really well on the tuna this trip BR BR We've also had steady fishing on wahoo The wahoo fish'n has been good this trip Everybody has a few some guys have done better than others but a good More ...
01-13-2012 Team Hoo gets some rest
After just three and a half days of fishing Team Hoo has almost filled the boat After lunch we had to stop fishing and left them biting to save room for just a couple of trophies The overall grade was better today too I didn't see very many fish under pounds Also we did pick up another cow caught by Jake H on a squid during the night We will be at our next destination tomorrow morning Justin More ...
01-13-2012 After 3.5 days, the hold of the Excel is almost full, January 13, 2012
After just three and a half days of fishing wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck January Team Hoo has almost filled the boat After lunch we had to stop fishing and left them biting to save room for just a couple of trophies The overall grade was better today too I didn't see very many fish under pounds Also we did pick up another cow caught by Jake H on a squid during the night We will be at our next destination tomorrow morning More ...
01-12-2012 Even rain can't stop Team Hoo
We started out the day similar to yesterday with a good little go around on wahoo But after we put the anchor down the rain started coming down and everything got a good rinse Even though it was raining that didn't stop these guys from fishing their butts off and putting together another great day There were no cows caught today but a lot of - 's hit the deck There is only one picture today it's Julia Cain with a nice fish caught on a flying fish under the kite Justin More ...
01-11-2012 Team Hoo is on FIRE!
Our good luck continued today with another excellent showing of quality tuna in the lower zone We started off our day looking around when we got a five way jig strike on wahoo that quickly turned into what looked like a fire drill After picking up around skin we put the anchor back down and went to work on tuna for the afternoon At the end of the day we collected more tuna with three of those going over the pound mark Angler of the day was Steve Olson who picked off a pair of cows Ted Prager jr caught his More ...
01-11-2012 Excel has a good day fishing for Wahoo and Tuna
Our good luck continued today wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck January with another excellent showing of quality tuna in the lower zone We started off our day looking around when we got a five-way jig strike on wahoo that quickly turned into what looked like a fire drill After picking up around skins we put the anchor back down and went to work on tuna for the afternoon At the end of the day we collected -plus more tuna with three of those going over the -pound mark Angler of the day was Steve Olson who picked off a pair of More ...
01-10-2012 Report from the Excel at the Lower Zone, January 10, 2012
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel Its Tuesday morning we just got down to the lower zone and it looks very good There is a very good sign of fish mixed is size any where from to well over lbs blowing out all around the boat We've been here about minutes So far we've got a couple on deck and about or going I'll get out a report later this afternoon with some pictures and we'll let you know how it ended up More ...
01-10-2012 100+ for Team Hoo!
We arrived to our destination around this morning and it didn't t take long to figure out that we were in for a real show It was just like someone rang the dinner bell and they came right to the boat At the end of the day we managed to boat tuna from - pounds with three cows coming over the rail Just as a bonus there were a dozen nice skin to add to the count Needless to say we are spending the night here and Club Excel will be in full swing tonight Great job Team Hoo Justin More ...
01-09-2012 Last minute adjustments
Our final day of travel was spent making last minute adjustments on fishing gear rods reels harnesses etc Everyone on the boat is in good spirits and are anxious to wet a line first thing tomorrow morning We will be arriving in the lower zone early hoping to see signs of those big cows Justin More ...
01-08-2012 Club Excel
As we continue on our voyage south Team Hoo doesn't disappoint Their now famous bloody marys make an appearance every morning and when the last dinner plate is cleared the back deck turns into what we now call Club Excel The group brings their own sound system out and they set it up on the porch area just outside the galley door Also they had another raffle last night where they gave away seven Avet Reels filled with Jerry Brown Line One Spectra The weather remains perfect Justin More ...
01-07-2012 15-days with Team Hoo
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Team Hoo -day trip with regulars on board Even though we are missing a couple of members I am sure these guys will keep all the traditions alive and well The next couple of days will be spent giving seminars rigging tackle and just hanging out and catching up with friends Justin More ...
01-05-2012 Super Cow Hits The Dock
Big Fish On Big XPosted by admin Published in GeneralGail Wade-Adams of Pleasant Hill is a regular on the Excel who s been fishing cows for years On her latest trip she scored a supercow a -pound yellowfin that is the second-largest long range tuna ever taken by a woman Gail fished with skipper Justin Fleck on a ten-day flyer that visited Clarion Island where anglers picked up a nice catch of cows including Gail s -pound whopper before returning to Fisherman s Landing January They also had a mixed catch of wahoo and bottomfish Wade-Adam s catch brings the total More ...
01-04-2012 Re-cap
Hello anglers The ride up has been very comfortable with excellent weather but unfortunately not much to catch We ar going to give it one last shot here today for some yellows and reds before we call it a trip and head for the landing The crew wishes to extend their thank you to Fishermans Warehouse for sponsoring a great trip Special thanks go to all who contributed prizes for the trip Eagle Claw Owner The Fish Sniffer Fishermans Prossesing Five Star fish Prossesing Sportsman Seafood Custom Fishing Gear and Fishermans Warehouse and their pro staff Big Al's Guide Service Intimidator More ...
01-02-2012 Final Day of tthe Excel at the Lower Zone, January 2, 2012
Our final day down in the Lower Zone was very productive for us reported Justin Fleck We started hooking fish in the gray and the school stuck with us Again it was all that big fish lbs or better We had more Cows for our morning go around with the big fish in the morning being on the kite with a mackerel Altogether we had a great morning I think we had of those big ones We're going to be offshore tomorrow see if we can find some Dorado or somewthing that wants to bite We'll be up at the islands More ...
01-01-2012 Report from the Excel at the Lower Zone, January 1, 2012
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel We ended up having a very nice day yesterday We ended up keeping one or two hooked pretty much all day until sunset We ended up with over two and one over three That's a total of Cows We have one more day down here in the lower zone We're hoping to put another nice day together before we start working our way back towards San Diego The weather is very nice we have high hopes for today We'll check in again this afternoon or the first thing tomorrow morning More ...
December 2011
12-31-2011 Report from the Excel while fishing in the Lower Zone, December 30, 2011
The weather is nice fishing has been sporatic Reported Justing Fleck from the Lower Zone he went on We have good times and we have slow times and when the fish are biting we have nice quality fish We had a good stop this morning we got Cows on board and one Super Cow A lot of these bites are coming on a mackerel on the kite Things are going good here We got some good Wahoo fishing when they decide they want to participate We'll try to get a report out tomorrow More ...
12-29-2011 Report from the Excel at Alijos Rocks, December 29, 2011
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel with this report We fished Alijos Rocks yesterday and there was no sign of tuna around anymore we did see some sign of Yellowtail but they were reluctant to bite In a word it was very poor we are going to spend the next few days down below We'll see if we can get some Yellowfin tuna on board before we start working our way back up We'll be down in the lower zone sometime later today We'll be there for a couple of days let's see if we can't get some action The More ...
12-27-2011 Seminars and rigging
We had our first seminar of the trip this morning where we covered trolling flylined baits bait selection bait tank etiquette and following your fish The rest of the day was spent rigging tackle and hanging out Our first stop of the trip will be Alijos Rocks tomorrow around Justin More ...
12-26-2011 Fishermans Warehouse
Hello Anglers We departed today on our Fishermans Warehouse - day trip After putting on an excellent load of bait we cleared the point around Charter master Rick Iwatsubo came equipped with a ton of giveaways which he passed out just before lunch As of right now we are headed south in flat calm weather Justin More ...
12-21-2011 Report from the Excel returning from the Melton Tackle Trip, December 21, 2011
We finished up our trip at Benitos Islands we had good fishing on good grade Yellowtail to lbs reported Mike Ramirez from the Excel He went on to say We had a lot of fun there was beautiful weather We then traveled up got to San Diego with more beautiful weather and everyone on the Melton Tackle Trip had a good time More ...
12-21-2011 Report from the "Docks" for the Excel Melton Tackle Trip, December 21, 2011
Mike Ramirez brought Excel home to Fisherman's Landing December after a nine-day trip to The Ridge and the lower banks with passengers They found limits of yellowtail and a fair catch of small tuna with some other species mixed in We spent one whole day on the lower banks said Ramirez and we located several schools of what looked like big fish but we got no response from any of the schools we tried So we went up to The Ridge and Cedros Benitos and Benitos was very good for nice yellowtail out by the boiler School tuna were thickest on More ...
12-19-2011 Report from the Excel on the Melton Tackle Trip from "The Ridge", December 19, 2011
Today we fished the Ridge area we had very good Yellowtail fishing good grade of yellowtail to lbs report Mike Ramirez then he went on we had a handful of tuna mixed in school sized tuna It has been a very good day of fishing We will be working our way up the line tomorrow Hopefully we will come across something we can work with Wish us luck we'll check back tomorrow More ...
12-18-2011 The Excel Reports from the Melton Tackle Trip to the lower banks, December 18, 2011
Today we fished the lower banks for giant Yellowfin tuna which was unsuccessful reported Mike Ramirez It was just one of those days where things just don't go your way today was one of those days for us We saw several schools they just didn't respond to anything we threw at them After a long day stopping many times for nothing Getting very little response or no response we are going to run back up to the Ridge for tomorrow We'll try our luck on those school sized tuna and Yellowtail again Let's se if we can t snag a Wahoo More ...
12-17-2011 Report from the Excel on the Melton Tackle Trip, December 17, 2011
Mike Ramirez checked in from the Excel The last few days we have been fishing the Ridge area with very good success on school sized Yellowfin tuna Today we are going to be down on the Lower Banks looking around for some trophy Yellowfin tuna Hopefully we have some success we have beautiful weather down here just getting the day started I'll let you know how we did at the end of the day Wish us luck More ...
12-15-2011 Excel Report from the Melton Tackle Trip while at Cedros, December 14, 2011
Today we ended up fishing the south end of Cedros Island it wasn't full speed by any means but we were able to stay busy all day long Mike went on to add We got good grade Yellowtail we were also able to score two big White Seabass We left there about o'clock and we are sliding down to the Ridge we'll be there tomorrow morning We'll check in tomorrow and let you know how we did More ...
12-14-2011 Report form the Excel on the Melton Tackle 9 Day Trip, December 13, 2011
Mike Ramirez checked in from the Excel Yesterday we departed on the Melton International Tackle Day Trip We got a nice load of bait around noon Today we are working our way down south there is a little bit of breeze knots nothing too bad though Hopefully we will find something to work with this afternoon We'll be down around the Bonitas Islands area We'll check back with you later Wish us luck More ...
12-11-2011 BRAID 16 DAY
Jugged Braid -Day Justin Fleck brought Excel home from the annual Braid trip with a dozen cows for his anglers The holds were full of fish about a dozen per fisherman mostly tuna of to pounds Justin said fishing was excellent whenever he could get the boat positioned to take advantage of the current Matt Kimmell of Arlington TX won the jackpot on his first trip for a -pound tuna He also had another of pounds He fished the double sardine rig under the kite with a boat set up an Accurate Atd w filled with pound Jerry Brown spectra and More ...
12-11-2011 Excel finishes the Braid 16 Day Trip with 12 Cows for 23 Anglers
Justin Fleck brought Excel home from the annual Braid trip with a dozen cows for his anglers The holds were full of fish about a dozen per fisherman mostly tuna of to pounds Justin said fishing was excellent whenever he could get the boat positioned to take advantage of the current BR BR Matt Kimmell of Arlington TX won the jackpot on his first trip for a -pound tuna He also had another of pounds He fished the double sardine rig under the kite with a boat kite outfit He said the fish came in after an hour-long fight My best More ...
12-09-2011 Report from the Excel at the Islands, December 9, 2011
Justin Fleck called in with this report It's Friday morning and the ride up the line has been very nice flat calm seas with no wind - a very enjoyable ride towards San Diego Today we are fishing around the islands We've had good Yellowtail fishing so far this morning They are biting the yo-yo iron full speed There are good conditions around the island still It's encouraging to see this much Yellowtail around this late in the year BR BR Tomorrow we are going to be traveling up It's the time to take it easy we'll be breaking down our More ...
12-07-2011 Report from the Excel on the way up the line to return home, December 7, 2011
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel We are currently traveling up we had a nice day yesterday We filled in a few cracks that left in the fish holds with some Wahoo Now everybody is enjoying the morning breaking down their gear waiting for the ride home We left ourselves a little bit of time to stop by the islands on the way home We'll goof around see if we can get some Calico Bass maybe some Yellowtail We hopped around yesterday and things are looking good We'll give another report tomorrow More ...
12-06-2011 Report from the Excel, December 6, 2011
We had good fishing again reported Justin Fleck We finished up on large tuna yesterday morning The last few that we put on board Todd Jergenson first time long ranger got his first cow at on the chunk Kenny Cirks Andy Markham and Matt Kimmel all got their Cows of the trip We ended up with outstanding good fishing we filled up on tuna we have a few cracks left for a few Wahoo maybe some Yellowtail up the line We are currently heading up good weather and the guys are having fun We'll check in again tomorrow More ...
12-04-2011 Repot from the Excel at the Lower Zone, December 4, 2011
Justin Fleck checked from the Excel It is Sunday morning and we are still doen here in the lower zone Yesterday we had a huge day It started out slow in the morning a couple of handfuls of fish that ranged from to lbs A couple of guys had cows yesterday in the morning and something switched in the afternoon and these tuna went crazy biting everything we threw at them At one point in the afternoon we had over of them to pounders We had to shut people down to rearrange some fish But we are all good fishing is More ...
12-03-2011 Report from the Excel in the Lower Zone, December 3, 2011
Justin Fleck checked in from the Excel We are still down here in the lower zone fishing is very very good for those big Yellowfin tuna There are a few Wahoo around but we're not target those yet The Yellowfin are biting the fly-line sardines the chunk has been good and we've also been getting them on the kites with flying fish squid or sardines They are pretty much biting everything we throw at them and we're putting together a good score No fish over lbs but there are a lot of fish in the to lb range The bulk of More ...
November 2011
11-30-2011 Report from the Excel at the Lower Zone, November 30, 2011
Justin Fleck called in with this report on the Excel We got down to the lower zone yesterday morning we have very good fishing down here Good grade Yellowfin down here anywhere from to lbs There are a lot of 's mixed in BR BR Looking at the board from yesterday we had of those big tuna and Wahoo Big fish honors for yesterday goes to Don Burnside with a Jerry Thergesen at Matt Kimmel at Andy Markham with a and the biggest fish yesterday was a caught by Kenny Cirks Starting out this morning conditions look the same the weather More ...
11-27-2011 Ready for battle
Hello Anglers This morning we had our second seminar where we covered big tuna making leaders kite fishing and the importance of a harness and pad that fits your style The rest of the day will be used to make leaders put line on reels and make final preparation Justin More ...
11-26-2011 Seminars and sushi
We started off the day right with a couple of troll fish that went directly to the galley in preparation for a nice sushi spread later in the trip The gang also took part in our first seminar where we covered wahoo fishing bait tank etiquette and general safety on deck After the seminar the anglers finally started putting reels on rods and fresh wind-ons on their reels Everything seems to be on schedule and for the most part everyone is just taking it easy and that is a good thing Justin More ...
11-25-2011 Braid Products 16 day
Hello anglers We departed today on our annual Braid Products day trip These guys are ready to head down and pull on some big tuna for a few days The bait looks good and the weather forecast looks great Wish us luck Justin More ...
11-22-2011 Blowing Up Around the Boat
Excel returned to Fisherman's Landing November after an eleven-day Team Hoo trip to the Southern Banks and Cedros Island Will Smith of South Lake Tahoe got the only cow tuna at pounds but did not enter the jackpot He fished a Eagle Claw hook -pound Trilene line Jerry Brown Spectra a Penn reel and a Calstar M rod Ken Bell of Camarillo got first place with a -pound tuna Ken fished a back-hooked mackerel on an Eagle Claw hook a short topshot of Big Game line -pound Jerry Brown Spectra a VSW reel and a Calstar XH rod John Dillen of More ...
11-21-2011 Report from the Excel on the way home, November 21, 2011
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We spent the last two days working up the line We had good fishing on school sized tuna and also added to our outstanding Yellowtail count Today we are traveling up in good weather to put ourselves in good position to to be in early tomorrow to Fisherman's Landing Our ETA is going to be around AM More ...
11-19-2011 Report from the Excel, November 19, 2011
Justin Fleck called in to give us an update on the Excel We had a nice day of Wahoo fishing yesterday offshore with bird schools and kelps around We put together a nice little count I think we ended up with big Wahoo aqnd finsihed off on our limits of Dorado Altogether a nice day the weather has calmed down nicely flat calm seas no wind now We are going to start working our way toward the Ridge To see if we can get some Yellowfin tuna and maybe some more Wahoo More ...
11-18-2011 All show, no go!
Hello Anglers The same story here today lots to look at but not quite ready Everyone down here is in agreement that any day now this will get good We picked up seven tuna today up to pounds for our efforts We received a hot tip about some wahoo outside Mag Bay so we are changing gears for tomorrow Our target will be skinnies and dorado Wish us luck Justin More ...
11-17-2011 First cow of the trip
Hello Anglers We did the tour of the lower banks today and I have to say that things look interesting to say the least Our morning started off with a full speed go around on quality dorado After cleaning up we didn't go far before seeing signs of tuna starting to move in Although they didn't bite all that well we did get a sample of six tuna for the afternoon Big fish honors goes to Will Smith not that Will Smith with his impressive fish that went pounds Time is on our side and hopefully we can figure these tuna More ...
11-16-2011 First cow of the trip
Hello Anglers We did the tour of the lower banks today and I have to say that things look interesting to say the least Our morning started off with a full speed go around on quality dorado After cleaning up we didn't go far before seeing signs of tuna starting to move in Although they didn't bite all that well we did get a sample with six tuna for the afternoon Big fish honors goes to Will Smith not that Will Smith with his impressive fish that went pounds Time is on our side and hopefully we can figure these tuna More ...
11-15-2011 Fish in the sack
Hello Anglers We started our trip off with excellent yellowtail fishing We're making our way south in search of more fish Wish us luck Justin More ...
11-15-2011 Report form the Excel on the Ridge, November 15, 2011
Justin Fleck called in with this report on the Excel We made a tour over to the Ridge today unfortunately the water pretty much rolled over The whole length of the Ridge is cooler and has turned a dark green color We didn t catch many fish just a few Yellowtail and a few Dorado There was no sign of Tuna or Wahoo BR BR We'll be on the lower banks tomorrow We'll see if we can get some of this big fish located The guys are all rigged up they have fresh leaders and top shots and everything They'll be More ...
11-13-2011 Weathered the storm
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Team Hoo day trip with a good group of friends The weather has been a little on the unpleasant side so far with this huge storm that is passing through southern California and Baja It looks like the majority of rain and wind is behind us for now and we hope it stays like that for a while As for now our plan is to start fishing tomorrow and hopefully get a few fish in the sack before we head down and try for trophies Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-11-2011 Beautiful Weather
Hello Anglers We are heading up the line in flat calm seas We had good fishing yesterday and added some yellowtail and dorado to our count Today we made a few drifts for some rockfish and lingcod Our ETA back at Fisherman's Landing is tomorrow morning Here are some more pictures from the trip Justin More ...
11-09-2011 Report from the Excel at the Lower Banks, November 9, 2011
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We had another very nice day down here on the lower banks we pretty much kept something hang'n throughout the day At some points throughout the day we had as many as or going at the same time Good steady action on these big fish The fish we caught today were a little bigger to lbs was our biggest We did have several fish bust off close to the boat Caused by the rough water boat rock'n around But that tends to happen when you are dealing with fish this size More ...
11-08-2011 Steady pick
Hello Anglers We put together a nice day down here on the lower banks where we were able to keep one going almost all the time The grade of the fish were from to pounds today Although most of our bites came on the kite we did have a few opportunities on the flylined baits Of course when ever you are fishing for this size fish you are going to experience some losses and we had our share for sure The wind is still with us but it's quite comfortable sitting on the anchor We are going to give it one More ...
11-07-2011 Report from the Excel at the lower banks, November 7, 2011
Justin Fleck called in this morning to give us this update from the Excel It is Monday morning and we got down here to the lower banks late yesterday It just seemed like we got here a little too late It sounds like the guys that got here first thing had a little bit of fish established we did manage to five fish This morning we see fish around us boiling around We have one on board and we hope that things get roll'n The weather has come up a little bit Around - knots but still fishable We are hoping More ...
11-06-2011 Report from the Excel. November 6, 2011 AM
Justin Fleck called in to give us this update from the Excel It's Sunday morning and we are heading down to the lower banks we'll be there in about an hour As far as yesterday we fished along the Ridge We had a very nice day mixed Yellowtail Tuna a lot of Dorado and one nice big Wahoo This morning the wind has come up a little bit it's a little breezy down here but still fishable We'll give you a report later on this afternoon Hopefully we'll see some big'uns on board More ...
11-04-2011 Good Yellowtail day today aboard the Excel, November 4, 2011
Justin Fleck called in to tell us these things We had a very nice day we started at the Islands and worked our way down south along the Baja coast Very good Yellowtail fishing on excellent grade I'd say most of the fish weighed to lbs with a lot of bigger ones in there Everybody got excited They were biting the yoyo biting the surface biting the irons and biting the fly line kite They bit anything we threw at them It was good times good weather No real sign of tuna or Dorado down here just yet but very good More ...
11-03-2011 Travel & Tuna Day Report from the Excel, November 3, 2011
Justin Fleck called in with this report from the Excel We just got done wrapping up our first day which pretty much designated as a travel day We had some seminars and spent the day rigg'n up We got a nice surprise as we were going down and we got into an area of nice clean water with a lot of bait life there were a lot of birds around so we went and put some trol jigs out We were welcomed with some Yellowfin tuna in the to lb range We had a couple nice flurries on those where we More ...
11-02-2011 Triple Skinny Win aboard the Excel
Three wahoo swept the jackpots for the Excel after Mike Ramirez docked the boat at Fisherman's Landing November The trip was eight days the Haj Shimada charter with anglers and chartermaster Haj We fished on The Ridge said Mike where it was degree and at Benitos in degree water and great yellowtail fishing We also got some local tuna at miles BR BR Nouri Zalta of Newport beach won firt place for a -pound wahoo He said he nabbed it with a gold Raider jig on -pound Izorline XXX and -pound Power Pro spectra on a Trinidad reel and a Seeker More ...
11-02-2011 and away we go....
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Brad Merritt day charter We have lots of familiar faces on board and are eager to get to work trophy hunting We cleared Point Loma around in calm seas We have a great load of sardines and are making our way south After a quick safety seminar passengers are keeping busy rigging up their tackle using the internet and telling fish stories Jason and Richie are busy as well preparing tonights cuisine Grilled NY steak potatoes and asparagus And don't forget the German Chocolate cake for dessert Wish us luck Justin More ...
11-01-2011 Report from the Excel, Nov. 1, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us this update for the Excel We are just work'n up the line today we'll be in tomorrow about AM So if you want to check out the catch come on down to Fisherman's Landing we'll be there at AM More ...
October 2011
10-29-2011 Report from the Excel while on the Ridge, Oct. 29, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give this update for the Excel We spent another day on the Ridge It was a very exciting day we had a bunch of good grade Yellowtail We also had about a dozen Wahoo in the mix Good grade Wahoo about to pounders It was a very exciting day and a lot of fun It was good weather and we'll be down in this area again tomorrow We'll check back tomorrow wish us luck More ...
10-28-2011 Report from the Excel on the "Ridge", Oct. 28, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us this report from the Excel Today we had another good day on the Ridge a lot of excitement this morning A couple good Dorado stops there were plenty of fish to go around We even managed to troll up a Wahoo nice grade a pounder We'll be here again tomorrow Hopefull we can get a a few more Wahoo and some more Dorado The weather's good everybody's happy and having a good time Wish us luck More ...
10-27-2011 Excel Report from Bonitos Island, Oct. 27, 2011
Mike Ramriez called in with this update Today we fished Bonitos Island We had an exceptional day Yellowtail fishing good grade fish to pounders with a few bigger ones mixed in Pride of Salas X jr in blue and white was the hot ticket Just a good day of fishing a lot of fun Beautiful weather maybe knots of breeze and flat calm seas We're going to be working our way down south for the remainder of the day and we'll be checking in again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
10-26-2011 Excel Report, Oct. 26, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel Today we are going to work down the line We came across a few kelp patties that were holding some nice grade Yellows and one that was holding some nice grade Yellowfin Tuna We will be at the Islands tomorrow fishing for Yellowtail We'll call back tomorrow to let you know how we did Wish us luck More ...
10-25-2011 Last Chance for Excel discount trips
Excel has a very limited number of discounted seats left The new owners discount is available on the remaining trips departing in BR br - b day b b b with the b discount b BR br - b day b b b with the b discount b BR The most affordable long range trips in the San Diego Long Range Fleet More ...
10-25-2011 Excel Report on 8 day Trip, Oct. 25, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us this update We just left on the HAJ Shimada Day Trip We have a beautiful load of bait and we're headed on our way down south The is very nice weather maybe knots of wind We just had our tackle seminar and we are riggin up some people We'll be in touch tomorrow and let you know how we do Wish us luck More ...
10-25-2011 Excel's John Kashiki Memorial Trip Returns With Nice Wahoo
Mike Ramirez tied the Excel to the dock at Fisherman's Landing October after an eight-day trip with anglers We fished on The Ridge about halfway down he said for some good yellowtail We tried Alijos Rocks where we saw good sign of tuna and wahoo We got no big tuna on the boat but we did manage some yellows and wahoo One of the wahoo came on the dropper loop BR BR Tom Wright of Bishop was the fortunate angler who caught that wahoo He bit about or feet down on the drop he told Roecker and we thought at first More ...
10-24-2011 pictures from our last few days
Hello Anglers Here are a few pictures from our last couple days of fishing Fishing has been good with a little bit of everything mixed in The weather has also been very kind to us the last half of the trip Mike More ...
10-22-2011 Report from Alijos Rocks by the Excel, October 22, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in with an update from the Excel We fished Alijos Rocks today and it seemed that nothing changed There was a little sign of tuna but the sharks were there We were overrun by the sharks We weren't able to get any tuna by them We did manage to land a few nice Wahoo and a handful of better grade Yellowtail BR BR That's it from the Excel we are going to begin working our way back up tonight We'll let you know how we did More ...
10-21-2011 Report from the Excel, October 21,2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update from the Excel Today was another good day on the Ridge We started off with steady Yellowtail action After everybody got their fill of those we pulled the anchor and we were able to jig up a handful of nice quality Wahoo We are currently on our way to the Rocks Hopefully we'll get a few trophies tomorrow and another Wahoo or two We'll call in tomorrow and let you know how we did wish us luck More ...
10-20-2011 Report from the Excel, October 20, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel Today was just what we needed We started off on the Ridge great Yellowtail fishing Good grade Yellows to pounders a couple of pounders mixed in We had steady fishing for several hours this morning I think everybody got their fill Then we picked away at the Bluefin that was a nice surprise They ran at to lbs We'll be here tomorrow We have great weather and we'll try to do the whole thing over agin tomorrow More ...
10-19-2011 Report from the Excel8 Day Trip, Oct. 19, 2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel's Day Trip Yesterday we fished offshore and we ended up with a dozen school sized tuna Today we worked our way down the coast we hit several different spots We never really got one to cooperate and we ended up with a handful of better grade Yellows despite the to knots of wind we had all day It was definitely a tough day We're going to be down on the Ridge tomorrow Hopefully we get a little better action a better report Hopefully this wind dies down we'll check More ...
10-18-2011 Report from the 1st Day for the Excel 8 Day Trip, 10/18/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update for the Excel Day Trip Most of the time on the first day was spent on a tackle seminar and getting ready for the real fishing Mike went on to say We are working our way down South we'll be in an offshore zone this afternoon looking around for some tuna We'll see if we have any luck there We'll call back later to let you know how we did Wish us luck More ...
10-17-2011 wahoo at the dock
Here's a photo of all the passengers from the Braid with their trophy sized wahoo More ...
10-16-2011 No Skinnies, All Fatties for the Excel
Excel returned to Fisherman's Landing October after a ten-day Braid Products trip Many remarked on the size of wahoo caught as the crew unloaded the catch Monday morning Most were in the to -pound range These aren't skinnies an onlooker said they're all fatties Excel owner-skipper Justin Fleck remarked on the catch This is what a traditional ten-day trip looks like We had a lot of variety Tuna dorado big wahoo grouper pargo dogtooth snapper and very good yellowtail fishing It was a great trip the guys had a blast BR BR Ryan Christianson of San Diego took first places with More ...
10-15-2011 More Variety
Hello Anglers We made a stop at the island today where we drifted up some halibut and lots of big bull bass This just adds to our already impressive list of species caught on this Braid -day trip Here are some pictures from the past few days to show the variety that is available this time of year More ...
10-14-2011 Topped off!
Hello Anglers Fishing here on the ridge remains outstanding for us with a nice mix of wahoo tuna dorado pargo and some huge grouper Just after lunch both our RSW wells were completely topped off with a great catch so we decided to head north to put ourselves in position to fish a little on the way home Here are some pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
10-13-2011 Excel reports a
Justin Fleck called in to give us an update on the Excel The past two days down here on the Ridge and we have had very very good fishing Things are changing down here changing for the better Wahoo moving in Dorado moving in school sized tuna moving in The Yellowtail fishery down here is unbelievably good I can t believe the amount of fish that has been around this year BR BR Fun fun fishing down here the exciting part is the big Wahoo I can t say enough about how big these Wahoo are Most of them are in More ...
10-11-2011 Report from the Excel, October 11, 2011
Justin Fleck called in to give us an update on the Excel We were at the Rocks yesterday things didn't really shape up the way they did the day before The tuna showed up and boiled around but they were very reluctant to bite We hooked just a couple landed one Virtually no sign of Wahoo we did scratch up some Yellowtail throughout the morning but not enough to keep us out there BR BR We are headed for the Ridge this morning we just started fishing and we're getting a few Wahoo strikes Hopefully things are perking up we will More ...
10-11-2011 day 1 ridge
Hello Anglers This is going to be a short one We arrived at the ridge early in the AM this morning Fishing was a bit on the slow side We ended the day with fat wahoo and a nice mix of dorado and yellowtail Here are a couple of pictures from today and tuna picture from the day before Justin More ...
10-10-2011 First Day Success -- 3 Over the Century Mark aboard the Excel
Hello Anglers wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck October We found exactly what we were looking for here at the Rocks not only a shot at a trophy tuna but a shot at a wahoo as well Although we didn't land everything we hooked there were some very nice fish brought aboard including three fish over the -pound mark BR BR Ryan Christianson in the main photo lead the way with his personal best at pounds Ryan fooled his fish with a chunk just feet behind the boat Chris Barth had second honors with a pounder also his personal best Al Petrovich More ...
10-09-2011 first day success
Hello Anglers We found exactly what we were looking for here at the Rocks not only a shot at a trophy tuna but a shot at a wahoo as well Although we didn't land everything we hooked there were some very nice fish brought aboard including three fish over the pound mark Ryan Christianson lead the way with his personal best at pounds Ryan fooled his fish with a chunk just feet behind the boat Chris Barth had second honors with a pounder also his personal best Al Petrovich rounded out the top three with his tuna weighing right at the More ...
10-08-2011 Rigging up
Hello Anglers Today was spent attending a tackle seminar in the morning and then using the rest of the day preparing their gear to go to battle tomorrow at the Rocks The weather has come down nicely for us and everyone seems to be in a great mood Chef Jason's fresh chocolate chip cookies also helped out I'm sure Our eta should be around tomorrow Wish us luck Justin More ...
10-08-2011 Traveling Down
Hello Anglers We have a nice ride as we head south Here's some pics of people preparing for the fishing that is ahead Justin More ...
10-07-2011 Excel Returns from Phenix Rods 8 Day Trip
Mike Ramirez docked Excel at Fisherman's Landing October after an eight-day trip with anglers that ventured south to below Mag Bay looking for tuna and dorado Tuna were hard to come by by yellowtail and dorado were not and a good catch of those species was made on The Ridge and offshore Mel Fai was chartermaster BR BR Gerry Villalobos of Eagle Rock won first place for his -pound wahoo a baitfish that took his sardine on a a href http www ownerhooks com target blank Owner a Mutu hook on -pound a href http www seaguar com target blank Seaguar More ...
10-06-2011 Excel Report on the Last Day of the Phenix Rods 8 Day Trip
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel We fished offshore today the fishing was pretty slow We do have good weather we are working up the line though Fortunately this is the last day of our Phenix Rods day trip So we'll keep working up the line today BR BR Our ETA at Fisherman's Landing will be AM We'll be turning around and leaving again on a Braid Products Day Trip This is the end of a good trip we had a lot of fun on this trip what a great group of people More ...
10-05-2011 Phenix Rods
Hello Anglers We've had some Great fishing this trip Here are some pics from the last few days Mike More ...
10-05-2011 Report from the Excel, 10/4/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us a report from the Excel Today we just traveled up the line today working north Beautiful weather most of the guys spent their time breaking down most of their gear We are putting ourselves in the Day and one-half zone miles or so from the Pointe We'll check back tomorrow to let you know how we did More ...
10-04-2011 Report from the Excel, 10/4/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel Today we spent the day exploring new waters new areas We got poor results we worked our way back up to the Ridge for the day We had a really good day We had action on Dorado all day long We got a little morning bite on Yellowtail Good grade Yellowtail and good grade Dorado most of the day We are going to start working our way up north It is towards the end of our trip so check tomorrow we'll have another update More ...
10-02-2011 Report from the Excel, 10/2/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give an update on the Excel Today we started off further south from where we had our score yesterday Sunrise brought better action on better grade Yellows with a decent mix of Dorado Once again a yo-yo iron and fly line base were the hot ticket With plenty of Yellowtail on board we set our sights on tuna a dorado We did manage to scratch a few dorado for the afternoon However no big hits We will keep you posted More ...
10-01-2011 Report from the Excel, 10/1/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel We had a great day Yellowtail fishing on the Ridge here Just after lunch we were able to put together a really nice catch of Yellowtail We got a coupleof tuna in the mix even a couple of token White Seabass All-in-all a great day and we'll be here again tomorrow We'll give you a call tomorrow to let you know what we did More ...
September 2011
09-30-2011 Report from the Excel on Day 1 of their Phenix Rods 8 Day Trip
Mike Ramirez called in from the Excel to give us an update Yesterday we left on our annual Phenix Rods Day Trip We traveled down all day giving a tackle seminar and rigging up preparations for tomorrow We will get to the grounds tomorrow probably around We've had nice weather all the way down here we'll check back in tomorrow and let you know how we do Wish us luck More ...
09-29-2011 Excel Returns from "Let's Talk Hookup" Trip with many Yellowtail in the hold
Excel returned to Fisherman's Landing September after a six-day Let's Talk Hookup trip with Pete Gray and anglers that fished mid-Baja waters for yellowtail and tuna We fished offshore at Cedros Benitos and outside Hipolito said skipper Mike Ramirez to dock reporter Bill Roecker Yellowtail fishing was very good BR BR Jan Howard a Braid rep was aboard and confirmed that she had all the yellowtail she needed fish up into the -pound bracket She said she caught and released so many on one day on the same jig that she got sore BR BR Joe Jazsa of Tinley Park IL More ...
09-28-2011 Excel Report from 9/28/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give us an update on the Excel Yesterday we fished offshore a little slower than expected we ended up with a half full of Yellowfin tuna and half a dozen Dorado It was a tough day but it was fish'n not quite catch'n BR BR Today we are travel'n up the line we have beautiful flat calm weather we'll be into San Diego tomorrow around AM More ...
09-26-2011 Report on the Excel, 9/26/2011
Mike Ramirez called in to give an update on the Excel Today we fished Bonitos Island we had pretty good fishing on Yellowtail good grade More ...
09-26-2011 Report from the Excel, 9/26/2011
Mike Ramirez called in with an update on the Excel We had a good day of fishing today we fished Cedros Island We had very good Yellowtail fishing everybody got plenty of fish We also had a few Trophys mixed in up to lbs maybe a pounder We had good weather all day all-in-all we had a really good day of fishing BR BR Tomorrow we are offshore looking for tuna or Dorado on kelp I'll call back tomorrow to give another update More ...
09-26-2011 Great Fishing, Great weather
Hello Anglers We had great fishing the last couple of days at the Islands Here are some pics Mike More ...
09-24-2011 Excel Report 9/24/2011
Mike Ramirez called in with an update on the Excel fishing Today we fished offshore the morning was kinda slow but the afternoon made up for it There were plenty of school sized tuna Dorado on kelps and it bit right into the dark BR BR We are going to head for the Island tomorrow to fish for Yellowtail and see how it goes Wish us luck We'll check back in tomorrow More ...
09-23-2011 Let's Talk Hook Up Day 1
Hello Anglers Today we departed on the annual Let's Talk Hook Up day trip We have a boat load of great passengers regulars and new comers The passengers spent the early afternoon dining on home made pizza and rigging up their gear while the guys loaded bait We took on a nice batch of sardines for our voyage south Wish us luck Mike More ...
09-23-2011 Excel Brings Home Better Tuna
Excel skipper Justin Fleck brought his anglers home to Fisherman s Landing September with a good mixed catch taken from waters down to and below Magdalena Bay BR BR Craig Barker of Rio Vista won first place for a -pound tuna he got with a sardine on a ringed a href http www ownerhooks com target blank Owner Super Mutu a hook on -pound Big Game line an Avet HX reel and a Seeker Black Steel rod after a -minute fight BR BR Mike Flores of Orange County won second place for a -pound yellowfin tuna he got with a sardine More ...
09-22-2011 Trip summary
Hello Anglers With the RSW wells topped off and everybody tuckered out from yanking on fish the whole time the last day was spent breaking down gear and just hanging out and reminissing about the great trip we have all just been a part of I can't say enough about this group af anglers that we have on board the boat Not only are they good anglers that work well with each other they are also just a pleasure to be around Thanks for everything Our eta to Fishermans Landing is tomorrow morning Here are some pictures from the trip JUSTIN More ...
09-20-2011 Excel Report on the Dan Colonello 8 Day Trip, 9/20/2011
Justin Fleck called in to give us this update We made a move to the outside all day yesterday from sunrise to sunset we pretty much had steady fishing on Yellowfin tuna Mixed grade I'd say the majority of them are school sized fish to lbs But there is a good percentage of better sized fish mixed in to lbs There is a good sight of tuna here on the outside guys are having a great time We had a shot at some better ones this morning and guys got what they needed BR BR So we are going to head More ...
09-18-2011 Dinner Report for the Dan Colonello Trip aboard the Excel
Justin Fleck called in to give this report about the Excel Dan Colonello trip The guys had a great day fishing today on good sized Dorado It seemed like everything that we passed that was floating out off the Ridge was loaded up with Dorado They are nice quality and everybody got what they needed Very healthy fish it is good to see these tings come back in big numbers and to see a bunch of them in the water at the same time At one point everybody just stopped fishing to watch these Dorado swim around the boat for several More ...
09-18-2011 Excel catches larger grade of Yellowfin Tuna
Excel headed to the rocks and scored a larger grade of tuna The fishing has been very good with a mixed grade from to pounds More ...
09-17-2011 Early Morning Report from the Excel on the Dan Colonello Trip
Justin Fleck called in to give us a report from the Dan Colonello Trip It is Saturday morning just about sunrise we're roll'n down toward the Ridge Yesterday was pretty much just a travel day our tackle seminars and rigged up stuff and pretty much got everything ready to go People hung out all day relaxing enjoying the nice weather Most guys hung out in the galley lounging around surf'n the internet Just a reminder for guys think'n about coming out on future trips the Wi-Fi is up and running BR BR We're excited about fishing today We should be down More ...
09-17-2011 Excel Dinner Time Report on the Dan Colonello Trip
Justin called in to give us a dinner time report on the Excel's fishing for the day Guys had an excellent day down here fishing around the Ridge Started off catching some Bluefin tuna right out of the gate and a little bit of Yellowfin mixed in then the Yellowtail took over We had excellent Yellowtail fishing though out the day with a few Dorado Grouper tuna sprinkled in But the quality down here is still great I'd call it an to lb average And I think everyone has pretty much all the Yellowtail they can handle at this point BR More ...
09-15-2011 Excel Dan Colonello Trip Report Day 1 on 9/15/2011
Justin Fleck called in to report on the Dan Colonello Day Trip a group of regular passengers on here a bunch of good guys and girls all amped up ready to go fishing We have a nice weather window to work with here and it sounds like the fishing down below is pretty darn good We are going to get our trip started heading down south and see what we come up with We'll have another report tomorrow More ...
09-08-2011 Excel's Big Al’s Tuna Tourney Trip Returns
Justin Fleck docked Excel September after the six-day trip with Big Al Gross Jason Gross and Dave Geis aboard They are three of the partners who recently bought the boat berthed at Fisherman's Landing It was the th annual Tuna Tourney and anglers made the trip scoring near-limits on yellowtail and tuna BR BR The trip started at the yellowfin area some miles south said Geis who noted that a couple of wounded warriors were invited on the trip The soldiers had a great time and one of them said it was the best fishing trip he ever had BR BR More ...
09-05-2011 Excel Report 9/5/2011
Justin Fleck called in to give a report on the Excel We had an excellent day yesterday Yellowtail fishing which was Sunday We made a tour of the Islands and we found good Yellowtail fishing just about everywhere we went We had nice grade fish from to lbs I think everybody got pretty much everything they wanted The yoyo iron was definitely the hot ticket yesterday It was just a fun day for everybody BR BR Its Monday morning here we are offshore at the tuna grounds looking for some Yellowfin tuna We found a nice pocket of degree water Looking More ...
09-03-2011 Excel checks in on the first day of the Big Al's Tuna Tourney Trip
Justin Fleck called in to give us an update on their first day he started off by mentioning that there are some Purple Heart recipients on board then he went on we got down to the tuna grounds and we were fortunate enough to get on a school early and they bit good for us We got off to a good start with the mid-grade fish around lbs mostly Yellowfin with a few Bluefin mixed in Guys has a great time caught plenty of fish BR BR So we are moving on down today sliding down to see if we can More ...
09-02-2011 Excel Pat Gallagher Trip -- 76 lb. Wahoo among the Winners
Nice weather and all the fish you could want came to the anglers on the annual Gallagher trip aboard Excel Justin Fleck docked the big rig at a href http www fishermanslanding com target blank Fisherman's Landing a September with near-limits around Large tuna were hooked and fought at Alijos Rocks during the trip but few were landed said skipper Fleck because of the voracious sharks in the area BR BR Auggie Roberts of Hermosa Beach won first place for an -pound yellowfin he caught at Alijos Rocks with a sardine on a ringed Gamakatsu hook tied to -pound a href More ...
August 2011
08-31-2011 Rare 1.5 Day Trip
The Excel has a rare day trip departing on Tuesday September at PM The fare is and you call book online or call Fisherman's Landing - More ...
08-31-2011 Excel Update 8/31/2011
Justin Fleck called in to provide an update on the Excel this is what he had to say We began the day offshore looking for any kind of life we got into an area where we had good fishing again on Yellowfin tuna mixed grade but the guys were having a blast doing it And we managed to put up plenty of Yellowfin and we're all fixed up on those and there were some nice Dorado to go along with them BR BR We are going to start making our way up to fish our last day in the local zone More ...
08-29-2011 Excel Checks In From Alijos Rocks
Justin Fleck called in with his report from the Rocks We got here a couple of hours before daylight we looked around and really didn't see much then we switched around and started hooking a few tuna Just as advertised the sharks were a nuisance for us It seemed like the tuna wanted to bite a little bit but it was a shame that the sharks got most of what we hooked We did manage to land tuna up to lbs BR BR Something interesting is that we got the first real sign of Wahoo that we have had all year More ...
08-28-2011 Excel Report 8/28/2011
Justin reported that We ended up heading down to the Ridge and doing some yank'n and crank'n on some Yellowtail just like it has been a one stop shop on the Yellowtail down there It is a good grade and good weather since all the guys are having a good time BR BR We are heading out west to see what Alijos has to see if we can get some bigger tuna on board There have been tuna out there in the to lb class Hopefully the shark problem is gone and we can do some fishing We will be out More ...
08-27-2011 Update on Excel Treip 8/27/2011
Justin called in with his latest report on the Excel We started offshore today with basically flat calm conditions e took the opportunity to look around offshore and we were not disappointed We got into a nice area of warm water where there was good sign on mixed grade Yellowfin tuna anywhere from lbs up to lbs We put together a nice day we have like of them on board The guys are happy good action good weather We are going to start sliding down to put ourselves in position to be on the Ridge tomorrow Hopefully this nice weather holds More ...
08-25-2011 Excel 3:00 o'clock Report on the Gallagher Trip
Justin called in at the start of his trip We are cruising down south here on the Gallagher Day Trip It is pretty much the same group that was out here last year a really good group of guys As of right now our plan is to head down the beach and start out on the Ridge and try to get some action before we try and go get our jackpot fish There is still good fish to be had offshore but we will come up with a game plan tomorrow morning and go from there BR BR Check back tomorrow More ...
08-24-2011 New Carpet for the Excel Salon
Thought you might like to see the new carpet that was installed in the Excel Salon More ...
08-20-2011 Trapped 'Tail Tops
Justin Fleck brought Excel home to Fisherman's Landing August He tied the boat off unloaded and weighed the fish on the certified scales at the top of the dock We're getting high speed internet on the boat today said Justin This should help us to get our reports out BR BR Chartermaster Brad Merritt remarked Justin and the crew got us on the fish Yesterday we had to leave 'em biting BR BR Wayne Wilcox of Downey won first place for a -pound yellowtail There were bigger yellowfin and bluefin in the catch but those who caught them failed to enter More ...
08-19-2011 Excel AM Report August 19 -- Good Yellowfin Bite
Justin called in from the tuna grounds with his report Just after daylight we got a beautiful school of mixed Yellowfin anywhere from to lbs Everybody is pretty much fixed up on Yellowfin so we called it a trip early we are roll'n up towards San Diego we will be in tomorrow BR BR Excellent excellent tuna fishing this morning on the Excel We will see you guys tomorrow at the dock More ...
08-19-2011 "Fixed Up"
Justin Fleck called in from the tuna grounds with his report Just after daylight we got a beautiful school of mixed Yellowfin anywhere from to pounds Everybody is pretty much fixed up on Yellowfin so we called it a trip early we are rolling up towards San Diego we will be in tomorrow We had excellent excellent tuna fishing this morning on the Excel We will see you guys tomorrow at the dock More ...
08-18-2011 Update from the Excel on August 18.
Justin checked in with toadys report We are just above the Ridge there is some really warm water down there around degrees But not much fishing just yet it is only a matter of time until that stuff starts moving up Looks good good set up up there it is only a matter of time BR BR Today we rolled back up to the Islands we kind of goofed around on the lee of the Islands We got a spot with some good Yellowtail fishing and some good Calico Bass fishing We are currently heading on up the line looking for More ...
08-16-2011 Excel Started at the Islands Today
Justin called in to give an update on their Merritt Trip Everything started out well in the morning The Yellows started out nice but it didn't take long for the Sea Lions to get on to our game They started eating fish they ate roughly half of what we were hooking and it just wasn't working out so we decided to move BR BR We headed off shore looking for a pocket of clean water outside the islands and it worked out We got out here and found a very good sign of Yellowtail It didn't take long to get fixed More ...
08-15-2011 Beginning of Excel's Merritt Trip
We just made our first stop and according to Justin We are starting where the last trip left off So far we have about Bluefin and or so Yellowtail so far this morning Justin went on to say Things are still looking good not to mention the weather is absolutely flat calm so everyone is having a great time More ...
08-15-2011 Excel checks in again on August 15
Around PM Justin checked in to give us an update We ended up with Bluefin and Yellowfin on a hard drift We drifted with the same school all day he guys had a good day we decided to throw in the towel for for today and start sliding down towards the Islands We'll check back in tomorrow More ...
08-14-2011 Tuna Wars has an excellent Trip
We fished the Ridge Rocks and local Offshore The trip was a success More ...
08-14-2011 Excel Returns from Tuna Wars Trip
After visiting Alijos Rocks and The Ridge Justin Fleck took Excel north to the area where bluefin have been biting over the last week some miles south of Pt Loma His anglers on the annual Tuna Wars charter got over the century hump that day scoring bluefin to go with near-limits of yellowtail some dorado five dozen nice yellowfin tuna and three wahoo Those Alijos tuna swept the jackpot BR BR At the Fisherman's Landing dock August Fleck commented that the weather was beautiful and the fish bit everywhere they went BR BR Frank Griskus won first place for a -pound More ...
08-13-2011 Excel Report August 13 -- Tuna Are All Around
The Excel entered the Tuna grounds this morning This is how Justin described it the first came on real quick mixed Bluefin and Yellowfin and now it has slowed we have one two fish all the time The fish are up to lbs with a lot at of to pounders to go around There is definitely a lot of Tuna around More ...
08-13-2011 End of the Day Report from the Excel
Justin called in to give a report on the fishing today It has been an excellent trip for the 'Tuna Wars' group everybody got a shot or two at some tuna we ended up with over It was good Bluefin tuna fishing with a few kelp patties mixed in with Dorado in them this was a good well-rounded trip and the guys are stoked BR BR The will be at Fisherman's Landing tomorrow before they turn around and head out again More ...
08-12-2011 Excel Runs Into 60 to 110 lb. Tuna at Alijos Rocks
Justin called in to report and he said We slide in there the day before yesterday mid-morning and immediately got on a nice school of Tuna He said they ran to lbs there were a few smaller ones and a few bigger ones mixed in He went on to day there is good Yellowtail around and the Wahoo are starting to move in They landed a few big Wahoo pounders and as he said those Rocks are shape'n up BR BR Justin then went on to say that at least a dozen people on board caught their personal best Tuna That More ...
08-09-2011 The Excel starts off their trip by picking up some serious Dorado and Yelllowtail fishing
Justin called in to give an update on his trip We found some warm water today and we started off the day at a nice kelp where we picked up Dorado Then they went a little further south and got into another pocket of good unbelievable Yellowtail fishing The guys got pretty much anything they wanted It is a real fun day most of the Yellowtail is to lbs Just a good way for the guys to start off a trip The outlook looks really good BR BR Justin signed off by saying that he would check in again tomorrow so More ...
08-08-2011 Excel 7 Day "Tuna Wars" Trip Is Departing
Justin called in and mentioned that the weather was beautiful and they were just leaving They would either stop tomorrow for some offshore fishing or head directly to the Rocks He'll call in tomorrow to let us know More ...
08-07-2011 "He Ran Like A Train!" Great Kelp Paddy Fishing
Justin Fleck docked Excel at Fisherman's landing August after the annual Phil's Propellers Six-Day charter with anglers aboard They fished at Alijos Rocks and on floating kelp mats found from miles south BR BR Those paddies are loaded with yellowtail said Justin to dock reporter Bill Roecker I saw some that had a thousand fish under them The fishing was incredible for dorado also We saw marlin above the Rocks too The dorado were mostly eight to pounds and the yellowtail went to pounds with a few bigger ones BR BR Brown sharks at The Rocks took numerous larger tuna said More ...
08-06-2011 Good Kelp Fishing
We had very good fishing today on the kelps reported Excel skipper Justin Fleck on his report for August We had one kelp with Yellowfin Tuna We also hit up some kelps with Yellowtail and Dorado The fishing are moving closer to San Diego The fishing should pick up nicely for the local offshore fleet in the coming days BR More ...
08-05-2011 Work our way North
Captain Justin Fleck called in to report conditions at Alijos Rocks The fishing was good for nice grade tuna but the sharks were thick and impacted us We did catch our jackpot fish We are working our way North catching Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado Stay tuned fro more updates Thanks More ...
08-05-2011 Good Kelp Fishing
We had very good fishing today on the kelps We had one kelp with Yellowfin Tuna We also hit up some kelps with Yellowtail and Dorado The fishing are moving closer to San Diego The fishing should pick up nicely for the local offshore fleet in the coming days More ...
08-03-2011 Morning Wednesday Excel Report on the Water
Justin called in and had this to report In the morning we had some jig strikes from some Yellowtail in the warm water then that petered out Later the water warmed up and we found a nice kelp patty where we loaded up with Dorado Everyone got limits of Dorado Then they continued on further South until they found some more kelp where they got some nice Yellowtail More ...
08-03-2011 Excel Trip Update
Justin called in and said we didn't go far before we came upon a kelp patty that what I I would say contained Island Grade Yellowtail to pounders with some pounders mixed in Justin continued You can cross off Yellowtail on this trip because we have enough we will go South to Alijos Rocks to see if we can put some Tuna on board get some Jackpot fish BR More ...
08-02-2011 Departing San Diego
Just wanted to check in the Excel left San Diego Justin noted we hit a bit of warm water about miles south of San Diego Which allowed them to board some Yellowtail BR BR Justin will keep us up to date as he moves further south More ...
July 2011
07-30-2011 New Passport Requirements
The Sport-fishing association of California have brought to our attention that all long Range vessels that fish south of Ensenada within miles of the Mexican coast have their passengers carry a valid passport Please bring your passport on your next trip The SAC has contacted Mark Oliver of A Briggs Passport Visa Expediters he can provide expedited passports services in as few as - business days He is offering a discount to the SAC and all long range customers His contact info - or mark abriggs com Please call the office if you have any questions More ...
07-26-2011 Excel Daily Report for Tuesday 7/26/2011
Justin called in and said they went to the beach today fishing around Sacramento Reef They caught Halibut and some Bass and had fun throwing the plastics In the afternoon they went looking for bigger game but didn't have any luck This morning they are looking to see if they can find a school of Bluefin He'll let us know if they succeed More ...
07-25-2011 Traveling North
We will be working our way up the inside looking for bird schools trying to get some White Seabass or Yellowtail We may try our luck at Sacramento Reef Our goal is to work our way back up to the Bluefin area and try to finish the trip with some Bluefin More ...
07-24-2011 Premium Grade Yellows and a few large Biscuits
NEW Owner Operator Justin Fleck just called in from the strong Excel strong with a report from the Islands We had very good fishing for PREMIUM GRADE to pound Yellowtail Most Yellows were caught on YoYo Jigs blue and whie or scrambled egg We did have a few guys stay up last night and we managed to catch a few large White Seabass and more Yellows We are hoping to top off on the Yellows and get back to the Bluefin Grounds to finish the trip More ...
07-22-2011 Bluefin on the Bite
Justin called up to let us know that there is good fishing for Bluefin today We have a kill box on the stern full of Bluefin Other boats in the area are getting fish too It is going pretty good out here More ...
07-22-2011 Report on Sogioka 6 Day Trip
Justin called and said We got down here in the Bluefin zone and it looks like things are going to happen today It wasn't very long after daylight and we got on a spot of fish that wanted to cooperate and it wasn't long before everyone on the boat had one on for awhile And now we have a full box of Bluefin back there Anyway things look good there right now More ...
07-21-2011 Pasco Phil's Turnaround Gets Second
Fresh from a win on the five-day Seeker trip aboard Excel that returned July Phil Ruemmler of Pasco WA did a turnaround trip on the Big X with skipper Mike Ramirez His luck wasn't quite as good because he had to settle for second place on this trip which arrived July but his fish was four times larger than his first-place fish on the first trip a -pound yellowtail His second-place winner this time weighed pounds a yellowfin tuna from Alijos Rocks where the group of anglers found good fishing on the flyline and the kite BR BR Chartermaster Ken Bell More ...
07-20-2011 Alijos Rocks lights up!
We had a great trip with Ken Bell and his group at the Alijos Rocks Three days on the hook at Alijos Rocks showed us why we all love going to the Rocks Very steady action on - lb Yellowtail - lb YFT and a dozen YFT from - lbs made for good fishing and a great charter More ...
07-19-2011 New Owners announce 10% Discount
The new owners of the Excel are offering a special of off published ticket price on any trip that departs before - - To get the discount please call the office - now while spots are available More ...
07-18-2011 3 Days at Alijos Rocks
The last few days we had steady action at the Rocks on Yellowtail and Yellowfin We have a handful of tuna over pounds We will be back at the dock on Thursday We will post some pictures then More ...
07-17-2011 Alijos Rocks Update
Captain Mike Ramirez from the Excel called in to report conditions at Alijos Rocks We have had good fishing for Yellowtail to pounds and Yellowfin Tuna to pounds The weather is great We will call in another report later BR BR FYI the Excel was recently sold to a new ownership group more details to come More ...
07-15-2011 Ken/Greg 7 Day Departs
Hello anglers Today we departed on the Ken Greg annual seven day trip We were able to make a quick turn around pick up a nice load of bait and clear the point by We will be headed south for the rest of the day Weather is nice and the cocktails are flowing Wish us luck More ...
07-14-2011 Pasco Phil Takes Top 'Tail
The Seeker Rods five-day trip aboard Excel returned to Fisherman's Landing July after visiting the bluefin grounds and Cedros Island where the anglers made a good catch of yellowtail and calico bass most of which were released BR BR We released about or of the or so bass we caught chartermaster Denny Kaneoka told dock reporter Bill Roecker I got a bunch of bass on dark-colored plastics Regular Excel angler Phil Ruemmler of Pasco WA won first place for a -pound yellowtail He said he got it with a sardine on a VMC hook and -pound Yo-Zuri tied to -pound P-Line More ...
07-13-2011 Sacramento Reef
Hello Angler The morning started out a little on the slow side for us at the island but the afternoon was good Just after lunch the conditions changed and the yellows started going off After finishing off on our yellowtail we headed in to the shallows where we had excellent bass fishing until dark Tomorrow we will spend a little time looking around Sacramento Reef before we call it a trip Our eta is on the morning of the th More ...
07-13-2011 "Excellent Bass Fishing"
The report from Excel July said The morning started out a little on the slow side for us at the island but the afternoon was good Just after lunch the conditions changed and the yellows started going off After finishing off on our yellowtail we headed in to the shallows where we had excellent bass fishing until dark Tomorrow we will spend a little time looking around Sacramento Reef before we call it a trip Our eta is on the morning of the th More ...
07-12-2011 A Bust And A Blast
Yesterday July was pretty much a bust for us on the offshore scene said the report from Excel Although we were in good water all day and could even see some tuna crashing around we just couldn't buy a bite Today July we found ourselves at the island with steady action on the yellows starting just after breakfast and they didn't slow down until the late afternoon The grade is nice here with the fish averaging pounds or so Most of the fish were spotted up on the surface just cruising around These guys had a great time Our plan is More ...
07-11-2011 Offshore still slow but Yellows HOT!
Hello Anglers Yesterday was pretty mush a bust for us on the offshore scene Although we were in good water all day and could even see some tuna crashing around we just couldn't buy a bite Today we found ourselves at the island with steady action on the yellows starting just after breakfast and they didn't slow down until the late afternoon The grade is nice here with the fish averaging pounds or so Most of the fish were spotted up on the surface just cruising around These guys had a great time Our plan is to try to finish up More ...
07-10-2011 Seeker 5 Day heads to the Bluefin Grounds!
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Seeker day charter After filling up with a nice load of bait we cleared the point just after noon We are heading south and will start our trip offshore for bluefin The forecast calls for good weather Wish us luck More ...
07-09-2011 Excel Coming Home
We enjoyed a fantastic day of yellowtail fishing along the beach recollected Excel skipper Justin Fleck July to start off our trip The forktails started biting in the dark and continued biting throughout the day Most of the yellows were in the - pound class with a few bigger and a few smaller We are going to be here again tomorrow to see if we can do it all over again More ...
07-09-2011 Good Yellow and Calico Fishing!
Hello Anglers Yellowtail fishing was good for us again here on the Excel with quantity and quality They started biting in the dark again and never stopped After everyone had all the yellows they could handle we found a shoreline of kelp that was loaded with big bass It's always fun to watch the calicos boil around and chew the surface iron We finished up around noon and started heading up the line to meet our eta for tomorrow More ...
07-09-2011 Stout-Eppler Annual Trip Cashes In on Yellowtail and Rockfish
Justin Fleck brought Excel back after the annual three-day Stout-Eppler charter with plenty of yellowtail and bottom fish like red rockfish There were anglers aboard who enjoyed the good fishing at San Martin Island BR BR Yosef Dangor of LA won first place for his -pound yellowtail He bagged it with a sardine on a hook -pound Blackwater Fluoro -pound spectra a Shimano reel and a six-foot rod he didn't know any of the names for his gear BR BR Kent Todd of Chino won second place for a -pound yellow and Calvin Olexa of Cypress tied with Mason Vincent of More ...
07-07-2011 Yellows on the beach
Hello Anglers We enjoyed a fantastic day of yellowtail fishing along the beach to start off our trip The forktails started biting in the dark and continued biting throughout the day Most of the yellows were in the - pound class with a few bigger and a few smaller We are going to be here again tomorrow to see if we can do it all over again More ...
07-06-2011 Stout/Eppler 3 Day Trip Departs
Hello Anglers We departed today on our Stout Eppler -day trip with a lot of familiar faces on board We decided to start our trip off down the beach to see if we can put a few yellowtail in the hold before heading offshore to try for tuna Wish us luck More ...
07-03-2011 Rocks Update
Hello Anglers We ended up spending three days and a morning at the rocks for a total of tuna and limits of yellowtail The tuna ranged from - pounds and everything in between The yellows were a nice grade averaging just over pounds Today we are spending some time in the bluefin area trying to get something located It looks like the weather will be in our favor Wish us luck More ...
07-01-2011 Steady Tailing
The yellowtail fishing down here remains steady reported the Excel June with lots of fish in the to -pound class Most of the bites are coming on the fly lined sardines and just a few on the iron Even though the yellows were willing to cooperate the tunas are a different story We managed to only boat a few of the nicer grade tuna from to pounds today but we did have our chances Quite a few got away after long battles on light gear Our plan is to stay here tomorrow and try to finish up on yellowtail and hopefully More ...
June 2011
06-30-2011 Alijos Rocks Update
Hello Anglers The yellowtail fishing down here remains steady with lots of fish in the - pound class Most of the bites are coming on the fly lined sardines and just a few on the iron Even though the yellows were willing to cooperate the tunas are a different story We managed to only boat a few of the nicer grade tuna from - pounds today but we did have our chances Quite a few got away after long battles on light gear Our plan is to stay here tomorrow and try to finish up on yellowtail and hopefully have better More ...
06-29-2011 We arrived at the Rocks!
Hello Anglers We arrived to the Rocks around this morning and it didn't take long before we found a very nice school of yellowtail to drop the anchor on As soon as the first few baits hit the water it was game on The bite lasted until just after lunch and then they backed off We ended up with just over yellowtail and tuna out of that flurry not a bad start We will spend the night here on the anchor and see if any squid show up in the lights Every tuna that we caught had a belly full of More ...
06-28-2011 Traveling South
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Braid Products day trip Picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by Our plan is to start our trip off somewhere down below and work our way back up the line We will be either on the Ridge or at the Rocks tomorrow to start out trip Wish us luck More ...
06-27-2011 A 9.2 lb. Goldspooted Sand Bass caught on the Excel Trip
Justin Fleck brought Excel home to Fisherman's Landing June after a seven-day trip with a large catch of yellowtail and rockfish including a very large goldspotted sand bass of pounds That one was caught by Jerry Finberg of Camarillo on a Salas X Jr jig in dorado color BR BR Chris Heiland of Phoenix won first place for a -pound yellowtail It bit a sardine on a Owner ringed Super Mutu hook He said he used -pound fluorocarbon -pound spectra and Accurate reel and a Seeker five and a half-foot rod BR BR Nancy Beckstrom of Cedar City UT won second More ...
06-25-2011 Good Yellowtail Fishing
Hello Anglers Yellowtail fishing remains good for us but the offshore tuna grounds are tough We optioned to spend the day on the beach to give our anglers a break The weather is still flat calm Wish us luck More ...
06-24-2011 Excel Checks In
Hello anglers wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck June Sorry for the lack of reports we've been experiencing signal issues with our Internet but we're back on line We started our trip in the offshore grounds for not much action Although we see good sign of fish they're reluctant to bite We've spent the last day a morning at the islands where we've had steady action on good quality yellows We still have a lot of time left to locate some of this tuna offshore BR BR The photo shows a fine Yellowtail caught by Norm Sogioka BR BR Excel s new More ...
06-23-2011 Steady action on quality Yellowtail
Hello Anglers Sorry for the lack of reports we've been experiencing signal issues with our Internet but we're back on line We started our trip in the offshore grounds for not much action Although we see good sign of fish they're reluctant to bite We've spent the last day a morning at the islands where we've had steady action on good quality yellows We still have a lot of time left to locate some of this tuna offshore Wish us luck More ...
06-20-2011 Bluefin Sweep
Three good bluefin tuna swept the jackpots for the Excel trip that returned to Fisherman's Landing June with skipper Mike Ramirez There were also a few albacore in the catch Most of the fish caught by the anglers on the open-party trip were yellowtail and rockfish BR BR Nice weather observed skipper Ramirez BR BR James McCloud of LaVerne got the best bluefin a -pounder He said it fought hard for ten minutes after it took his sardine on a ringed Mustad Demon circle hook He used -pound Seaguar Premier fluorocarbon and -pound Line One spectra on an Accurate BX- reel More ...
06-18-2011 Cedros Yellowtail
Hello Anglers today we started off the morning at Cedros Island looking for yellowtail The warm sunny weather made it easy to spot the big spots of breezing fish We connected on spot after spot of these nice grade yellowtail The yo-yo jig fly-lined sardine and the surface iron all produced for our excited anglers We continued our barrage on these fish until sunset All in all a spectacular day of Spring yellowtail fishing aboard the Excel Tomorrow we will work our way up the line toward San Diego We will keep you posted Mike More ...
06-16-2011 Bluefin Grounds!
Hello Anglers today we looked around in nice weather for some bluefin schools We found a nice spot of jumpers and almost instantly had a few biters on fly-lined sardines We were able to scratch a few bluefin and a couple of nice albacore for the morning The remainder of the day was spent chasing uncooperative bluefin with little success All in all we had a rather slow day We will spend the night on the sea anchor and do it all again tomorrow Let's hope they decide to bite We will keep you posted Mike More ...
06-15-2011 Penn Group Mixed Anglers
We had a great group of mixed anglers said chartermaster Steve Carson after his seven-day Penn trip aboard the Excel returned to Fisherman's Landing June Some were vets and some were beginners The surface iron was good on the Spot On the bluefin bait selection was key BR BR Skipper Mike Ramirez said We tried the bluefin on the way down in sloppy conditions We got four albacore of to pounds We spent a day and a half on The Ridge and then went back up to the bluefin area about miles down There's no edge there but there's some bait More ...
06-15-2011 Today we departed on a 5 Day Trip
Hello Anglers today we departed on an open day trip with thirty one anxious anglers We loaded the boat with some nice sardines and are heading south in beautiful weather Tomorrow we will be looking for bluefin on the tuna grounds Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-14-2011 Excellent Yellowtail
I got a call today from Captain Mike Ramirez aboard the Excel He reported excellent fishing for Yellowtail at the Ridge We did have a decent score on the Bluefin Tuna earlier in the trip We are heading back to the Point and will be unloading tomorrow More ...
06-14-2011 "Spots Of Jumping Bluefin"
Today we arrived at the tuna grounds wrote Excel skipper Mike Ramirez June and were greeted with the nicest weather of the trip After a lone albacore jig strike we soon began to see spots of jumping bluefin After a couple attempts we were able to get one to come to the boat Several anglers hooked up almost immediately on fly lined sardines We continued to drift with one to two fish hanging for most of the time There was definitely no shortage of fish in the area Our next stop had similar results with fish in the to -pound range More ...
06-13-2011 "Anchored Up on the Ridge"
Today found us anchored up on the ridge wrote skipper Mike Ramirez of the Excel June with steady action on a good grade of yellowtail The yo-yo iron and fly-lined sardine were the hot tickets The action remained steady well into the afternoon Spirits are high and the weather is turning in our favor BR More ...
06-13-2011 No shortage of fish!
Hello Anglers Today we arrived at the tuna grounds and were greeted with the nicest weather of the trip After a lone albacore jig strike we soon began to see spots of jumping bluefin After a couple attempts we were able to get one to come to the boat Several anglers hooked up almost immediately on fly lined sardines We continued to drift with one to two fish hanging for most of the time There was definitely no shortage of fish in the area Our next stop had similar results with fish in the - pound range After all was said More ...
06-11-2011 Steady action
Hello Anglers Today found us anchored up on the ridge with steady action on a good grade of yellowtail The yo-yo iron and fly-lined sardine were the hot tickets The action remained steady well into the afternoon Spirits are high and the weather is turning in our favor We will keep you posted Mike More ...
06-10-2011 Plenty of yellowtail
Hello Anglers Today we fished offshore again looking for kelp paddies We found several nice kelps with plenty of yellowtail to keep everyone busy Wind is laying down and tomorrow we will be focusing on yellowtail at the ridge br br Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-09-2011 Good sign of bluefin
Hello Anglers Today found us battling windy conditions in search of early season albacore After a few short stops we managed to capture a handful of longfins There was a good sign of bluefin in the area but we were not able to get them to cooperate With more wind in the forcast we will continue our search offshore We will keep you posted Mike More ...
06-08-2011 Penn Reels 7 day trip
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Penn Reels day trip With a mix of familiar faces and some new ones alike we loaded up on sardines and cleared the point around pm Weather is a bit windy but the ride down is still a nice one After a tackle seminar the rest of the afternoon was spent rigging tackle for tomorrow's fishing We will be looking around for albacore and bluefin on the tuna grounds br br Wish us luck Mike More ...
May 2011
05-28-2011 Hurricane Cows on the Excel's "Fisherman's Pals & Gals" Trip
Big Al Scow's annual Fisherman's Pals Gals trip returned to Fisherman's Landing May after a -day Excel trip with anglers and skipper Justin Fleck at the helm The trip found nine tuna over pounds at the Hurricane Bank and scored limits of wahoo BR BR The wahoo weren't as bad this time as they were last trip said Justin to dock reporter Bill Roecker They weren't biting everyone off all the time The tuna fishing was better BR BR Jan Howard of Mission Viejo who caught two cows agreed She wasn't in the jackpot BR BR The tuna rolled around in More ...
05-27-2011 A good ride
Hello Anglers Our weather has come down for us quite a bit making for a good ride now Our eta to the dock is about tomorrow morning See you there JUSTIN More ...
05-26-2011 Unusual Tripletail
I wasn't aware that the tripletail a sometimes highly-sought Atlantic species existed in the Pacific until Paul Sweeney got a photo of one temporarily in the tanks of the Excel Anglers in the Atlantic think this fish is excellent eating and a good fighter Here s his picture of the first specimen of Lobotes pacificus I've ever seen Sweeney said this little one weighed a pound or two and was released unharmed More ...
05-26-2011 The ride home
Hello Anglers Our trip home has been a little on the bumpy side so far but the passengers are doing great Most people are using this time to catch up on rest while others are watching movies or reading books I will write tomorrow to give you an update on our eta to San Diego on Saturday JUSTIN More ...
05-24-2011 What a great trip!
Hello Anglers We finished up our trip last night and are now on our way home Not only was tuna fishing again good in the morning but the afternoon was steady as well The final well in the center was topped off at dark so we broke down gear and called it Big fish for the day were Roland Reesby with a his first cow Gary Gillingham of Accurate Reels with a pounder and Jim Carlisle boated his second cow of the trip at pounds All three fish were caught just before dark What a great trip Tons of wahoo and More ...
05-24-2011 "On Our Way Home"
We finished up our trip last night wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck May and are now on our way home Not only was tuna fishing again good in the morning but the afternoon was steady as well The final well in the center was topped off at dark so we broke down gear and called it a trip Big fish for the day were Roland Reesby with a his first cow Gary Gillingham of Accurate Reels with a pounder and Jim Carlisle boated his second cow of the trip at pounds All three fish were caught just before dark What a More ...
05-22-2011 Busy At The Bank
The past couple of days have been busy for us down here on the bank observed Excel skipper Justin Fleck May Tuna fishing remains steady throughout the morning and then the wahoo take over for the afternoon Most of the tuna are coming on board before daylight Big fish for the past two days were caught by Chris Perez with a -pounder Luan Pham with his personal best at and Jan Howard boated her second cow of the trip at pounds There have also been several in the to -pound range More ...
05-20-2011 Ted Kamenecka with a 247 pounder!
Hello Anglers Tuna fishing has picked up for us here on the bank Most of the action is from to every morning A good percentage of the fish are in the - pound range with a few cows mixed in One concern of ours is that there seems to be more and more sharks showing up all the time and they are definitely taking their share Hopefully we can keep putting fish aboard that haven't been bitten Ted Kamenecka currently sits at the top of the leader board with a pounder Jim Carlisle also picked up a nice one a t More ...
05-20-2011 Ted Kamenecka with a 247 pounder!
Hello Anglers Tuna fishing has picked up for us here on the bank Most of the action is from to every morning A good percentage of the fish are in the - pound range with a few cows mixed in One concern of ours is that there seems to be more and more sharks showing up all the time and they are definitely taking their share Hopefully we can keep putting fish aboard that haven't been bitten Ted Kamenecka currently sits at the top of the leader board with a pounder Jim Carlisle also picked up a nice one a t More ...
05-17-2011 100+ Skins
Hello Anglers Our first day in the lower zone was a huge success After looking around for a bit we put the anchor down and went to work It didn't take long before we had skin on the board so we turned our attention to the tuna for the afternoon Even though we could see them jumping around the boat it was pretty tough to get through the wahoo We did pick up a few nice ones for the day Jan Howard wins big fish honors today with a pounder hooked on the kite Dave Rocchi plucked a nice fish out More ...
05-17-2011 Down In The Zone
Our first day in the lower zone was a huge success observed Excel skipper Justin Fleck May After looking around for a bit we put the anchor down and went to work It didn't take long before we had -plus skins on the board so we turned our attention to the tuna for the afternoon Even though we could see them jumping around the boat it was pretty tough to get through the wahoo We did pick up a few nice ones for the day Jan Howard wins big fish honors today with a -pounder hooked on the kite Dave Rocchi More ...
05-16-2011 Ride Down is Relaxing
The ride down so far has been pretty uneventful for us here on the BIG X The anglers have used this time to relax and to prepare their gear for when we arrive to our first destination tomorrow morning just after daylight The weather has been a little on the choppy side thus far for us but the forecast looks better Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
05-14-2011 Fisherman's Pals & Gals 15 Day Charter is underway!
We departed yesterday at on our first ever Fisherman's Pals Gals day charter After picking up a nice load of mixed size sardines and mackerel we cleared the point around We are currently heading south planning on starting our trip on the outside working in Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
05-05-2011 Excel Catch: Eight Cows, Gazillion Skins
Wahoo were so thick on the Hurricane Bank that they became pests to the anglers trying for big tuna said the crew and fishermen aboard the Excel's -day Ralph Mikkelsen trip They bit all day long and snipped off the leaders meant for yellowfin tuna Summer tuna were spotted on the way home offering promise of some good fishing to come for the short trips beginning soon Eight cows came home with the anglers Tuna fishing on the bank was unique said skipper Justin Fleck to dock reporter Bill Roecker at Pt Loma Sportfishing May He offloaded his catch there a More ...
05-03-2011 Quick Stop at the Rocks
We made a quick stop at the Rocks this morning where we topped off the fish holds with nice grade yellows Since we can't fit any more fish in the hatches we decided to call it a trip and go home a day early This means that the Excel will be arriving to Fisherman's Landing on the morning of May th around Here are a few pictures from this morning and a couple that didn't make it from the action on the Bank JUSTIN More ...
05-02-2011 Now Looking For Summer Tuna, 'Tails
Tuna fishing has been good at night here on the Hurricane Bank observed Excel skipper Justin Fleck May In fact it's been so good that we have filled the boat and are now making our way up the line Most of the fish have been coming on sardines with a sinker a few chunk fish and a couple caught on skippies The grade at night is better too We also picked up a few more cows in the mix Marc Monforte boated a pair of cows at and pounds Larry Hengsteler got his personal best at pounds As for now we More ...
05-01-2011 Tuna on the bank
Hello Anglers Tuna fishing has been good at night here on the bank In fact it's been so good that we have filled the boat and are now making our way up the line Most of the fish have been coming on sardines with a sinker a few chunk fish and a couple caught on skippies The grade at night is better too We also picked up a few more cows in the mix Marc Monforte boated a pair of cows at and pounds Larry Hengsteler got his personal best at pounds As for now we plan on making a couple More ...
April 2011
04-28-2011 Tuna are here
Hello Anglers Fishing has been good for us down here and just as a bonus the weather is beautiful The wahoo have backed off just a little but every once in a while they swim through and everyone hooks one The tuna are here and beginning to bite too We seem to get a shot or two a day where the big ones swim by and we hook a few Most of the fish are in the - range but we have boated a few cows Big fish honors go to John Vanderventer with a Wayne Newman with a Allan Goldman More ...
04-27-2011 Night Owl Tuna
The tuna fishing down here seems to be on the upswing reported Excel skipper Justin Fleck April with better signs of fish showing up all the time It's strange even though you see them jumping around throughout the day chasing flyers they don't really want to bite until after dark We had good action just after dinner last night and another go around from a m to a m this morning when we landed a dozen or so more of the better grade fish with some smaller ones mixed in Hopefully conditions continue to improve Also the wahoo are still being More ...
04-24-2011 Mean ones
Hello Anglers The wahoo fishing is still good down here in the lower zone Most of the skinnies are coming on live bait with a few still falling for the bombs and jigs A little bit better sign of tuna for us today for us as well The tuna seem to be all mixed up in size from - pounds Heartbreak of the day has to go to Pat Gallagher Pat hooked an estimated pounder on the kite and lost the fish after a courageous gaff attempt by the crew It was one of those mean ones that was still swimming More ...
04-23-2011 Bit full speed!
Hello Anglers We arrived to the lower zone just after breakfast this morning and it didn't take long before the wahoo found us and bit full speed until lunch After finishing off our daily limit we spent the afternoon looking for big tuna with just a little bit of success I can't say that I see a whole lot of tuna here right now but we still have tons of time left in our trip to get them located We will try it here again tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
04-21-2011 Wahoo safety
Hello Anglers We are still just cruising down the line on our way to the grounds Most of the anglers on board are taking advantage of the comfortable ride down to just relax and catch up on rest Yesterdays seminar was based more on wahoo fishing and wahoo safety As for this mornings seminar it was mainly focused on outfits to have ready for big tuna Hopefully the guys get to put all of this knowledge to good use Tomorrow will be our final travel day before we reach our first stop Anglers will use this time to make final preparations More ...
04-20-2011 Big Fish Trip Headed South
The Excel departed today wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck April on our Ralph Mikkelsen Big Fish Special with lots of familiar faces We loaded gear picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point just before The next couple of days will be spent doing seminars preparing tackle and just relaxing on our way down south to our fishing destination As of right now the weather forecast looks very nice We will do our best to keep the reports coming as often as possible More ...
February 2011
02-06-2011 Outstanding Fishing, Outstanding Weather
Justin Fleck brought Excel home from a -day trip with anglers on February We spent six days at the Hurricane Bank and a day at Clarion he told dock reporter Bill Roecker We had outstanding fishing and outstanding weather except for a couple of days on the way home There were four cows aboard including a -pound supercow Allen Krahenbuhl of Oxnard won first place for a -pound tuna He bagged that one with a salami mackerel on an Owner Gorilla hook on -pound Big Game mono and -pound Line One spectra It fought for about an hour he said I More ...
02-05-2011 NIce ride
Hello Anglers As the forecast predicted we had two days of nasty weather Fortunately for us the weather has come down and it looks like we'll have a nice ride for the rest of the trip As of right now it looks like our ETA is tomorrow morning back at Fisherman's Landing JUSTIN More ...
02-02-2011 Steady fishing on quality tuna
Hello Anglers We finished up our trip with steady fishing on quality tuna We managed to get a few more cows Norm Sogioka landed a yellowfin Brad Felger boated a yellowfin and Allen Krahenbuhl caught his personal best a yellowfin We also found time to pay our respects to long time Excel angler Dan Felger up close to the Island Weather forecast looks a little rugged so we're getting a head start toward home Here are some pictures from the last couple days JUSTIN More ...
January 2011
01-30-2011 Tuna and wahoo
Hello Anglers Fishing remains outstanding here on the EXCEL I will report back with more details later Here are a few pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
01-29-2011 Action Picks Up
It looks as if Paul Sweeney has succeeded in his desire to catch a -pound tuna on the current Excel trip In fact the fish he's posing with appears to be well over the mark Skipper Justin Fleck had the following report for January Tuna fishing has really picked up for us in the last hours with our best action just after dark Most of the fish are in the to -pound class We did have a few shots at some heavies but luck was not on our side and they lived to fight another day Wahoo fishing remains steady as More ...
01-28-2011 Bubbles Bags Big Boy
Paul Sweeney of Fishing Videos com is out on the Excel shooting HD video and still photos He wants to catch his first -pound tuna which seems reasonable to expect on a trip into far southern waters The Excel filed it's first fishing report January written by skipper Justin Fleck Our first two days fishing down here in the lower zone have brought good action on wahoo with some quality tuna mixed in The mornings are spent trying for tuna where we have picked up few on chunks and live flying fish The afternoons are used to look for wahoo with More ...
01-28-2011 The best action
Hello Anglers Tuna fishing has really picked up for us in the last hours with our best action just after dark Most of the fish are in the - class We did have a few shots at some heavies but luck was not on our side and they lived to fight another day Wahoo fishing remains steady as well Here are some pictures JUSTIN More ...
01-27-2011 Good action on whoa and quality T!
Hello Anglers Our first two days fishing down here in the lower zone have brought good action on wahoo with some quality tuna mixed in The mornings are spent trying for tuna where we have picked up few on chunks and live flying fish The afternoons are used to look for wahoo with the troll jigs before we try for tuna again just before sunset Congratulations goes to Bob Bubbles Maugh for catching his first pounder today His fish fell for a Yummee Flyer floated underneath a helium balloon and weighed in at pounds on the boats certified scale Here are More ...
01-25-2011 Go for Tuna
Hello Anglers We have spent the past couple of days doing seminars rigging tackle and just hanging out enjoying the weather The guys will be able to wet a line starting tomorrow morning when we arrive to the fishing grounds Our plan is to start off with some wahoo action to get everyone loosened up and then go for tuna We will see how it plays out Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-22-2011 Cleared the point
Hello Anglers We departed today for another day trip picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point around The weather is beautiful for our ride south to the fishing grounds It is nice to see so many of our old friends again Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-21-2011 Big Battles Bring Tremendous Tuna
Justin Fleck docked Excel at Fisherman's Landing January after the annual -day Team Hoo trip with anglers The group found very good fishing off Clarion Island and the Hurricane Bank where they scored the best wahoo catch seen in some weeks Two supercows and three more fish over pounds were caught along with a good catch of to -pounders Yellowtail provided another excellent catch on the way home Using heavy gear paid off for Greg Winfree of Eureka who took the biggest fish of the jackpot winners in the least amount of time Greg got a -pound yellowfin on a salami More ...
01-20-2011 Excel Heads Home
So far we have had a perfect ride home with light winds and calm seas Excel skipper Justin Fleck reported January We did make a couple of stops along the way where we found full speed action on - pound yellowtail tight to the beach The whole group is in good spirits and having a great time Our eta to San Diego will be around tomorrow morning More ...
01-17-2011 Greg Winfrees' second cow!
Hello Anglers Yesterdays bite didn't last forever but we did pick up a few more including Greg Winfrees' second cow at pounds So far for today things look slow so we decided to start working our way up the line to get a little fishing time to break up the ride The weather is as flat as it gets More ...
01-16-2011 Things are going our way
Hello Anglers The past two days have brought us steady action on quality tuna down here in the lower zone Although we are catching plenty of fish luck just has not been on our side for the real big ones It seemed like every time we hooked a heavy fish bad luck would follow with pulled hooks and chew offs But today things are going our way We had a good old fashion gray bite that started very early in the a m Even though we still lost a couple of dandies we did manage to boat five over and one More ...
01-14-2011 'Nother Day In Paradise
Another nice day for us here on the Big X reported skipper Justin Fleck where we picked away at good grade tuna throughout the day The bites seemed to come in waves for us today We would hook a handful of fish all at the same time then nothing for a while next thing you know you hook a few more all at the same time Big fish honors goes to Tedd Prager of Seaford New York with his personal best at pounds That fish was hooked on a mackerel at daylight We did hook one more giant but after a More ...
01-12-2011 Excel On The Grounds
We arrived yesterday morning said the report from Excel January with everyone having high hopes for big schools of biting tuna but quickly found that the wahoo had taken over The anglers enjoyed action all day on mixed-grade skin from to pounds As usual the first couple of stops were like a fire drill with everyone running around the boat trying to stay in front of their fish After everyone settled down including myself we managed to put on about or so for our efforts boy did we go through a lot of tackle We did pick up a few nice-sized More ...
01-12-2011 GIGANTE hooked!
Hello Anglers We had pretty good bite on tuna this afternoon on mixed grade fish from - pounds There was one GIGANTE hooked in the middle of the bite but after emptying out a w and our back up reel he broke off For now it seems like we are in the right place and time is on our side with five more days of fishing down here Hopefully we can use our time wisely and put a nice catch together Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-09-2011 Forecast looks good
Hello Anglers Today is our last day of travel before we start fishing in the early AM tomorrow The guys are using this time to go through their gear one last time to make sure everything is in perfect condition Weather forecast looks good for the next couple of days so that should help us out locating fish that want to bite Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-07-2011 Team Hoo Cow Hunt!
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Team Hoo Cow Hunt We put on a full load of bait and cleared the point by We're heading south in flat calm weather We'll have a full tackle seminar this morning and spend the rest of the day rigging up our gear JUSTIN More ...
01-06-2011 Good Fishing Offshore
We had a good trip said Excel skipper Justin Fleck at Fisherman's Landing January He had just come back from a ten-day trip with anglers It was good fishing offshore The warm water pushed south he added Andy Papworth of White City OR won first place on the trip for a -pound tuna he got with a sardine on a ringed Mustad Demon circle hook He said he used -pound Seaguar fluorocarbon and -pound Spectra on a TLD reel and a Super Seeker XXXH rod Jason House of Reno NV won second place for a -pounder and Chris Kumai of Berkeley More ...
01-03-2011 Quick pass
Hello Anglers We made a quick pass by Alijos today but the water has cooled off to degrees and we could see no real sign of fish For now we are headed toward home keeping our eyes open the whole way The weather has been cooperating for us so far and it has been a nice ride up JUSTIN More ...
01-01-2011 It's All Good
We have had very good fishing here for the past two days reported Excel skipper Justin Fleck January on this good grade yellowfin The fish have been showing up in the early morning and seem to want to bite all the way into the dark Most of the fish have been just over the -pound mark but there are quite a few around There was even a little window in the middle of the day where some wahoo showed up and we were able to pick up skin Unfortunately we are out of time in this lower zone so we will More ...
December 2010
12-30-2010 Good weather and good fishing!
Hello Anglers Today was exactly what we needed good weather and good fishing We got into an area with pretty good sign of - pound tuna and they wanted to bite a little bit for us At the end of the day we had put just over of these beauties in the hatch and hopefully we can get a couple more days in like this before we have to start heading up the line JUSTIN More ...
12-28-2010 "Mother Load"
Hello Anglers We arrived to Alijos this morning with good weather and good conditions but not much fish After trying a couple different anchor jobs that yielded only a few yellows we decided to continue on down the road and look at a little different area for tomorrow The weather outlook is good so we are hoping to stumble upon the mother load Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-26-2010 Million dollar question
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual day after Christmas day trip with a lot of familiar faces After picking up a nice load of bait we cleared the point just after I guess the million dollar question is Where are we going As of right now we are headed for the Rocks to start off our trip to see if we can get everyone a couple of fish in the hold Looking at the weather forecast it looks like we could be in for a little rockin' and rollin' for the next couple of days Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-18-2010 Hitting the deck
Hello Anglers Today the fish were early risers with the first fish hiting the deck just as grey light was aproaching We were able to keep a steady pick on the - lbs Y F T It started to slow down right about lunchtime We pulled the anchor around and started heading north We plan on making a few stops along the way home Wish us luck MIKE More ...
12-17-2010 Decided to bite
Hello Anglers Today we had a small window of opportunity for some reason the fish decided to bite between the hours of am -to pm Never the less it was plenty of time for everyone to land a fish or two we will be here at the rocks tomorrow for half a day before we have to start working north Weather remains nice wish us luck MIKE More ...
12-15-2010 Alijos Rocks..busy for most of the day!
Hello Anglers After traveling south for the last two days we finally arrived at Alijos Rocks We were welcomed with smooth seas and a light breeze just enough to get the kite up It started off slow but once we found the right school we were able to stay busy for most of the day The bulk of the fish were - lbs with a few stand out pounders We will be spending the night here and trying to do it all over again tomorrow Wish us luck MIKE More ...
12-13-2010 Eager to get started
Hello Anglers Today we departed on a day trip We were able to get a early jump and pick up a good looking load of bait We are headed south in flat calm weather eager to get started Wish us luck MIKE More ...
12-09-2010 Fishing the lower banks
Hello Anglers We spent a day and a morning on the lower banks with not much to report Although the fish is still around and boils next to the boat all day it is very hard to get a bite After boating just a couple of fish we threw in the towel and started heading up the line toward San Diego Our eta is on Sunday morning JUSTIN More ...
12-07-2010 Another excellent bite!
Hello Anglers We had another excellent bite early yesterday on good grade tuna Throughout the bite most people were releasing their fish because they were under the pound mark which made me realize that they were ready for a change We left the island and are heading up to the lower banks to try for a giant for the next couple of days Today was spent traveling up in flat calm weather The gang took advantage of the good ride by going through all of their gear to make sure there were no weak spots in their tackle Hopefully luck is More ...
12-05-2010 Action continues
Hello Anglers The action continues here at the island with long drifts on spots of breaking fish It's been a real treat to have this consistent fishing here it gets everyone at the rail and keeps them busy Everyone has plenty of fish in the hatch now so most people have been releasing everything under pounds Dennis Braid has even started a release contest for some excellent prizes We are going to give it another go tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
12-04-2010 Clarion Island Buffer Zone and Congratulations!
Hello Anglers The past two days have been great here in the Clarion Island Buffer Zone with steady fishing on - pound tuna The weather has been holding for us making it easy to locate these bird schools out - miles off the island Some stops you only hook one or two fish and other ones you bend the whole boat One things for sure these guys are having a blast Here are some pictures from yesterday and today On a side note long time Excel chef and brother Jason and wife Hillary had their first child this morning Their baby More ...
12-02-2010 Fantastic day
Hello Anglers We had a fantastic day here fishing bird schools out off the island Most of the fish were in the - pound range with a few bigger ones mixed in Although we definitely could see some cows swimming around the boat I don't think we ever hooked one maybe tomorrow Our best hit was right at dark where everyone who had a bait in the water was bit The weather has backed all the way off so we will drift out here tonight and hopefully do it all again tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
12-01-2010 First cow!
Hello Anglers Fishing here at the bank we began to pick up the pace After a day and a morning we managed to pick up better grade tuna and a dozen skin The tuna are mostly - pounds with a few bigger James Hassen caught the first cow of the trip weighing in at pounds Shin Song of New Jersey boated the second cow tipping the scale at pounds Both fish were hooked on skipjacks We left the bank mid morning and are now heading to the island to try our hand at that Our eta is tomorrow More ...
November 2010
11-29-2010 Getting ready
Hello Anglers We have spent the past two days making final preparations with our gear getting ready to start fishing Our eta to the bank is tomorrow morning The weather has come up a little but the forecast looks favorable for when we start to fish Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-27-2010 Braid products 16 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Braid Products day trip Just about everybody was on board the night before for Jason's Thanksgiving Feast on the Excel which has become quite the popular event Since everyone was here we were able to get an early jump and leave the dock around get our bait and clear the point by We have a good mix of passengers from veteran Long Rangers to first timers wanting to see what a long range trip is all about For the next couple of days we will be traveling south preparing our gear There will More ...
11-21-2010 Over the top
Hello Anglers We have spent the past couple of days working our way up the line stopping along the Ridge along the beach at the islands ending up around S San Quintin Fishing has been a little on the slow side but we did manage to pick up some yellowtail rockfish and a couple of grouper including Mark Dorton's giant in the picture below Our eta to Fisherman's Landing is tomorrow morning where we will offload our catch clean the boat and shut down for a couple of days JUSTIN Charter Masters Ken Bell and Mark Dorton would like to write More ...
11-18-2010 Bill Lynd a 215 & John Kabay catching a 205 pounder!
Hello Anglers Not much action in the afternoon yesterday but we did manage to boat a handful of bigger ones This morning has started off good for us we have a dozen fish aboard and one hanging Two more cows came on with Bill Lynd landing a and John Kabay catching a pounder Both fish were on the fly lined sardines We are going to give this a little bit more time here before we pull the anchor and start working up the line trying for wahoo grouper and yellowtail JUSTIN More ...
11-17-2010 Excellent morning on 80-200 pound fish
Hello Anglers It's about lunch time here on the Lower Banks where we had an excellent morning on - pound fish So far we have fish on board with a couple more on the ends of the lines Most of the fish came on fly lined sardines and a few others on the kites We definitely see good sign of fish around the boat so we are hoping for another hit at sundown Here are some pictures from our morning JUSTIN More ...
11-16-2010 Started off strong
Hello Anglers We started off strong here on the lower banks with good fishing on mixed grade tuna and excellent fishing on dorado The morning started out with a hit on big tuna from - pounds Around though they seemed to lose interest and it was impossible to hook one After looking around for a while the Royal Polaris called us in on a kelp that had an unbelievable amount of dorado After crossing off Mahi from our list we were drifting along and cleaning the boat when a nice school of - pound tuna rushed the boat and started eating More ...
11-13-2010 Time to rig up for cow sized tuna
Hello Anglers We spent the day heading south with sunny skies and flat calm seas I wish the weather was always like this In the morning we had our first seminar on how to rig up for cow sized tuna In the afternoon we went over the proper way to use a harness and how to successfully crimp a leader The gang has been hanging out and enjoying the ride JUSTIN More ...
11-12-2010 Team Hoo 10 Day Trip
Hello Anglers We departed on our annual Team Hoo day trip today with a lot of familiar faces The bait looks good here as we clear Point Loma on our way south in search of big tuna The weather forecast looks good for a while so hopefully we can get on some cows Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-09-2010 Sharks
Hello Anglers Today we arrived at the rocks We were welcomed with - knots of wind There was very little sign in the morning but after lunch things started to turn on We were able to stay busy through out the afternoon on - yellowfin Late in the day sharks became a problem It was hard to get the fish to the boat We're leaving tonight to make our way up the line MIKE More ...
11-08-2010 FIshed the "Ridge"
Hello Anglers Today we fished the Ridge Bad conditions made fishing tough Very little sign of life And very tough to get a bite This place is changing every day We'll be making our way out to Alijos rocks to try our luck out there The weather is still holding for us Wish us luck MIKE More ...
11-07-2010 Nice day of 130#-180# tuna
Hello Anglers Today we started off on the lower banks Even though we had a few casualties we were still able to scratch out a nice day of - tuna There's still an excellent sign of that bigger fish around The weather remains flat calm We'll begin working up the line tonight Wish us luck MIKE More ...
11-06-2010 Jumbo yellowfin
We've spent our last couple days working our way down the Baja Coast We were able to pick up a few quality wahoo and yellowtail on our way to the lower banks We arrived yesterday and had scratch fishing on jumbo yellowfin We put together a nice day with the tuna weighing anywhere from - We're going to make mackerel tonight and do it all over again tomorrow Wish us luck MIKE More ...
11-02-2010 Brad Merritt 10 day Charter
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Brad Merritt day Charter We got a full load of bait and cleared the point by pm The weather is good as we head south to start the trip Wish us luck MIKE More ...
11-01-2010 Wind is hootin'
Hello Anglers We spent half of a day looking around the island with not much sign of yellows The wind is hootin' here and that might have something to do with it At the end of the day we put the anchor down and caught some calico bass and finished breaking down our gear It looks like the weather is a Little choppy now so we will play it safe and keep it comfortable by hugging the beach on the way home Our eta to San Diego is tomorrow morning JUSTIN More ...
October 2010
10-31-2010 Concentrate on wahoo
Hello Anglers The tuna never really showed today so we decided to concentrate on wahoo We spent most of the morning trolling around the Rocks picking and scratching at the skin At lunch we had accumulated more jumbo wahoo and lost a bunch of others We left at and are headed up to Cedros to try for a few home guard yellowtail Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-30-2010 "Big X"
Hello Anglers Our good luck continues here on the Big X where we had excellent tuna fishing until dark yesterday Everyone aboard has their quota of tuna now so we will be concentrating on getting a few more wahoo today before we start working our way home Our weather is flat calm out here so it should make for a nice ride up the line Here are some pictures from the past few days JUSTIN More ...
10-29-2010 Great bites!
Hello Anglers Tuna fishing has been outstanding for us the past two days here on the Excel The gang has been enjoying great bites on mixed grade tuna from - pounds and everything in between There's also been a couple of flurries on big wahoo too The Haj Shimada group is putting together one heck of a trip and we hope to keep the ball rolling I will send pictures tomorrow when I have time JUSTIN More ...
10-27-2010 Good yellowtail fishing
Hello Anglers We started our trip off traveling along the Baja coast looking at shallow spots along the way The anglers had a blast with good yellowtail fishing with a handful of white seabass mixed in Most of the yellows were good grade ranging from - pounds Now that we have plenty yellowtail for everyone we will head to the ridge tomorrow to try for tuna and wahoo Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-25-2010 Haj Shimada 8 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our Haj Shimada day trip Picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point around noon On a side note our good friend John Kashiki passed away this week I have had the privilege of fishing with Mr Kashiki every year since I started working on the Excel years ago JOHNNY KASH as the crew would call him was a good fisherman and just a great person in general He will be missed JUSTIN More ...
10-22-2010 Magic number!
Hello Anglers We've had a couple successful days here at the ridge We stayed busy from sun up to sun down We were able to reach the magic number for yellowtail After that we concentrated on tuna and wahoo We managed to put together a great catch There were plenty of wahoo and tuna to go around We'll be heading North working our way home tomorrow The weather remains good MIKE More ...
10-20-2010 Fill of "Yankin and Crankin"
Hello Anglers Today we spent our time concentrating on the bigger yellowtail and Dorado the live in these waters The tuna were off the shallows which made them hard to locate The anglers all got their fill of Yankin and Crankin on these big mossbacks Most of the fish came on the yo-yo jigs and dropper loops We took off for the beach in the early afternoon The weather is still beautiful We'll be in on the ridge in the morning Wish us luck MIKE More ...
10-19-2010 Arrived to the rocks
Hello Anglers We arrived to the rocks around this morning After taking a look around with the jigs we dropped the hook where we saw the most life We were able to scratch up a few quality tuna some nice yellowtail and one wahoo We're going to stay here tonight and try it all again tomorrow Wish us luck MIKE More ...
10-18-2010 Kashiki 8 day charter
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Kashiki day charter We got a full load of bait and cleared the point by noon We're heading south in grease calm seas Today we're going to have a full tackle seminar We'll arrive at the Rocks around tomorrow morning Wish us luck MIKE More ...
10-16-2010 Fishing our way back
Hello Anglers We've been making our way up the Baja coast in beautiful flat calm weather We really didn't see much to talk about We fished a little bass a little halibut and a little rock fish to break up the ride Our ETA back at Fisherman's Landing is tomorrow morning See you there JUSTIN More ...
10-15-2010 Tuna over 100 pounds!
Hello Anglers Our final two days at the Rocks were very exciting Some bigger fish moved in and our anglers started catching tuna over pounds I'm not sure why they moved in but I hope they stay around for a while Here are some pictures JUSTIN More ...
10-13-2010 The rocks
Hello Anglers Our first day at The Rocks was a success We had steady fishing on mixed grade tuna The passengers also had a couple flurries of nice grade dorado and one wahoo The weather is still nice so we decided to hang tight and give it another day Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-12-2010 Wide open tuna fishing
Hello Anglers Although we never did find any wahoo the gang enjoyed wide open tuna fishing on - pound fish We now have plenty of fish in the hatch so we are headed out to the Rocks to put some time in trying to concentrate on big ones Here are some pictures from the past two days JUSTIN More ...
10-11-2010 The lower banks
Hello Anglers We spent the day making the tour around the lower banks After starting at the bottom end and finishing all the way at the top we came to the conclusion that it's still a little early There was plenty of good water structure and bait sign just no fish yet Tomorrow we will be back on the ridge trying for wahoo Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-10-2010 Biting full speed
Hello Anglers We started off our trip with a bang with excellent fishing along the Ridge Both the yellowtail and the tuna were biting full speed After just a couple hours of nonstop action we had enough and decided to make the jump down to the Lower Banks to give it a look According to the weather forecast it looks like we will have good looking conditions and that is half the battle Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-07-2010 Braid products 10 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Braid Products -day trip with a lot of our good friends aboard We were able to get a good jump this morning with our departure and loading bait was a breeze As of now we are just heading south until we decide whether we want to start out at the rocks or on the ridge Wish us luck More ...
10-03-2010 Steady fishing
Hello Anglers Our second day at the island started off a little on the slow side but conditions changed and we had a nice afternoon Yellowtail fishing was steady again and we even took a break to catch and release a ton of big calico bass The excitement for the day came when angler Chuck Moreno hooked and landed a pound yellow on a rainbow trout colored swim bait while fishing for bass We also made a little time to drift up a few nice halibut JUSTIN More ...
10-02-2010 Kids catching memories
Hello Anglers The gang has been enjoying flat calm weather and sunny skies down here at the islands with pretty good yellowtail fishing to go with it Many of our group are first timers so we had a great time watching them catch their first yellowtail It's also nice to see some kids out here having fun with their dads We will give this one more day down here before we start working our way back toward San Diego Here are some pictures from the past two days JUSTIN More ...
September 2010
09-30-2010 Canyon Lake 5-day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our Canyon Lake -day trip with a brand new group of anglers We decided to start our trip off offshore where we had a little bit of action on school sized tuna At the end of the day we just didn't see enough fish to keep us around so we are making a move to the islands to try for yellowtail tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-28-2010 Greeted by biting yellowtail!
Hello Anglers Yesterday we arrived at Cedros Island around three in the afternoon and were greeted by biting yellowtail We had good action throughout the day with fish up to The best action came on fly lined sardines and yo-yo jigs Today we are traveling up the line to make our ETA tomorrow back at Fisherman's Landing The weather is grease calm MIKE More ...
09-27-2010 Trolling for wahoo
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers Yesterday we started our morning trolling for wahoo We were able to capture a few on the marauders but they didn't seem to want to bite the iron or bait So we decided to drop the pick and try our luck with the tuna We put together a nice catch of - yellowfin with the best bite coming right before dark We're heading for the Islands where we will be targeting yellowtail Wish us luck Mike More ...
09-26-2010 Steady pick!
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers Yesterday was an outstanding day of fishing here at The Rocks We had our first hook up just minutes after dropping the anchor Then we continued a steady pick of great grade yellowfin tuna into the late afternoon The fish were between - with a couple nicer ones mixed in We finished our day off trolling for wahoo We were able to snag a few quality hoos before we had to call it a day We're going to stay the night and give it another shot tomorrow Wish us luck MIKE More ...
09-23-2010 Lets talk hook
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Let's talk hook up day charter We got a full load of bait and cleared the point by noon We'll be heading south all day today and tomorrow and start fishing the following day Wish us luck MIKE More ...
09-22-2010 Yellowtail Halibut
Hello Anglers We finished off our trip with good fishing on yellowtail halibut here at the islands The weather is still a little on the breezy side but a lot better than it has been Most of the yellowtail action was had on Salas x Jr in the scrambled egg pattern The halibuts were all caught on dropper loops except for one that fell for the x Jr as well We are now headed up the line in nice weather to meet our eta tomorrow to Fisherman's Landing See you there JUSTIN More ...
09-21-2010 Excellent tuna fishing
Hello Anglers We finished off at Alijos in style with excellent tuna fishing and some more wahoo The tuna started biting before sunrise and showed no signs of slowing down when we pulled our anchor at lunch because we had enough Most of the wahoo were caught on the iron by guys fishing up the sides of the boat The weather out here is still terrible so we are headed for the beach to look for calm seas and some yellowtail Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-20-2010 Good times for all!
Hello Anglers The past two days out here at the Rocks have been very productive for us Sorry for the lack of reports but the weather has been very rough here and it has been hard to hold a signal on our satellite phone until this morning Fortunately for us the sloppy weather hasn't hurt the tunas appetites one bit We have around of these nice grade tuna and wahoo so far for our small charter During most of the day yesterday it was as easy as casting a bait ten feet behind the boat and you had a bite Good More ...
09-17-2010 Rig up!
Hello Anglers We departed on our annual Collenello -day trip with a lot of familiar faces on board As of now we are headed to Alijos to start off our trip Today we will have a complete tackle seminar and rig up our gear for the trip Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-16-2010 Colonello 7 day charter
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual Colonello day charter We picked up a full load of bait and cleared the point by noon We're heading south to start our trip at Alijos Rocks We'll be there the day after tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-15-2010 We were hit hard
Hello Anglers br br We had a picture perfect day here at the island To start it off we were hit hard in the morning first by the premium sized yellowtail in the dark These yellows were - pounds Then the white seabass showed up and we had a little rally for ten of those beauties After that the school sized yellows took over and we stayed busy through the morning The guys had a blast For the afternoon we anchored up tight to the kelp and had excellent fishing on big calico bass and more yellows We are now working More ...
09-13-2010 Fantastic day!
Hello Anglers We had another fantastic day here at the Rocks The wahoo were biting steady just after daylight until the tuna took over about We called it a day around after the anglers had all the tuna they could use We are now working our way up the beach to put ourselves in position to fish the islands tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-12-2010 Outstanding day of angling!
Hello Anglers Our first day here at the Rocks was outstanding We started off with a few quick stops on wahoo but every time we would stop you could see tuna around the boat After putting the anchor down it took a little time for the tuna to build up but once it got going it was steady until dark We managed to put tuna from - pounds in the hatch for our day There were also some wahoo dorado and yellowtail to be had as well The anglers are excited to try it again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-10-2010 Cirks/Turis 7 day charter!
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our Cirks Turis day charter We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point just after noon Today we are headed South for Alijos Rocks where we are going to start off our trip There will be a full wahoo and tuna seminar this morning for the anglers The weather out here is nice hoping it will hold up for a while Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-05-2010 Game on!
Hello Anglers We were fortunate enough to get into an area where we found good sign of yellowfin tuna At first they seemed reluctant to to bite but in the afternoon they got with it and it was game on The size of the fish were from - pounds a nice grade of fish By sundown everyone had their fill of tuna so we decided to head back to the islands and finish off on yellows The weather out here is as good as it gets Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-04-2010 16-20 pounders
Hello Anglers We had a nice afternoon of fishing on yellowtail at the island Most of the yellows were in the - pound class with a few bigger ones mixed in Now that everyone has a couple of fish and with the weather coming down we will be looking for tuna below the islands next Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-03-2010 Soldiers and anglers
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our Big Al -day trip and once again Al has dedicated several spots for the Purple Heart Foundation for Marines injured in Iraq The soldiers and anglers are excited to be out here on the water We are currently headed south toward the islands to start our trip off with some action on yellowtail Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
August 2010
08-29-2010 Thank you Pat!
Hello Anglers We finished off our trip offshore with a little action on smaller grade yellowfin tuna The weather has picked up a little so we decided to call it a trip and head up the line at a comfortable pace Our eta to Fisherman's Landing is tomorrow morning I would like to thank Pat Gallagher for another outstanding and fun trip JUSTIN More ...
08-26-2010 Good action on both wahoo and tuna
Hello Anglers The fishing is still outstanding here at the Rocks with good action on both wahoo and tuna For the last two days the wahoo have shown up first just after breakfast with the tuna not too far behind Most of the wahoo are great big ones averaging around pounds or bigger The tuna are mixed with the bigger ones showing in the afternoon We decided after three days here we were ready to move on and check out other areas One thing that caught my attention was the warm water pushing up on the Ridge So tomorrow we will More ...
08-24-2010 The day of the frisky wahoo
Hello Anglers We arrived to the Rocks around and were immediately greeted by some frisky wahoo The guys managed to boat a dozen out of the first drift and many many more got away with our hooks and lures We went from drift to drift for most of the A M scratching at skin and when we finally put the anchor down for the afternoon the tuna kept us busy up until dark Most of the tunas were school size today but we did see good sign of the big boys Maybe tomorrow We will spend the night on the anchor More ...
08-22-2010 Gallagher 8 day charter
Hello Anglers Yesterday we departed on our annual Gallagher day charter We got a full load of bait and cleared the point around noon Today is a travel day We are going to have a tackle seminar this afternoon to let the anglers know what to rig up We'll be arriving to Alijos Rocks at tomorrow morning Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-21-2010 Ton of bass!
Hello Anglers We decided to head up to the islands where the gang enjoyed an afternoon of shallow water rock fishing and bass fishing along the kelp There was a ton of bass around and they were hitting the plastics and the surface iron pretty good For our last day of fishing we are making a couple of quick drifts along the beach for a few halibut before we call it a trip Our eta to the landing is tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
08-20-2010 Outstanding fishing on tuna, dorado, yellowtail, and wahoo!
Hello Anglers Our run out to the Rocks payed off for us with outstanding fishing on tuna dorado yellowtail and wahoo The tuna started biting just after daylight and stuck with the boat all day Most of the fish were in the - pound class for the morning with a couple of bigger ones mixed in Mid day a rogue school of dorado found us and made everyone participate in the Mahi Shuffle After a while they backed off and it was back to tuna Just before dark I don't know where they came from a spot of mixed fish from More ...
08-19-2010 "Big X"
Hello Anglers We had another excellent day of fishing here on the Big X There was very good sign of good grade yellowtail all the way down the beach We spent the day going from high spot to high spot from San Roque to Hipolito To go along with the yellows there were a few exotics to be had too We piked up a half dozen grouper two bluefin tunas and some dorado Since we are all finished up on yellowtail we decided to make the run down to Alijos to try for a trophy tuna or wahoo We have a More ...
08-17-2010 Biting yellowtail
Hello Anglers We arrived to the Islands just after lunch and were welcomed by a good school of biting yellowtail Most of the fish were - with a few bigger models mixed in Everybody had a chance to yank and crank We were able to put together a nice afternoon We're going to try and do it all again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-16-2010 Merritt 6 day trip
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Merritt day trip We got a full load of bait and cleared the point around noon We're heading south toward the Islands The weather is glass calm Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-13-2010 " Happy Birthday to Chad from the Excel Crew"
Hello Anglers Today was another successful day at the Islands with steady action on nice grade yellowtail With the better quality fish coming right before dark Whether you were using live bait throwing iron or dropper loop you had a good chance of hooking one of these Home guards We plan on staying the night in the lee of the Island and doing it all again tomorrow Wish us luck MIKE More ...
08-12-2010 Crashing yellowtail
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers After making good speed on our way South we arrived at the islands with plenty of time to take a good look around We immediately started seeing crashing yellowtail under the bird schools It didn't take long to figure out that the hot ticket was a flylined sardine on - lb test with a flourocarbon leader Although the yo yo iron and surface iron did their fair share as well We had steady action until dark By the time the sun set we had yellowtail for our anglers We are planning on spending the night here and More ...
08-11-2010 Annual Haj Shimada 5 day trip
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Haj Shimada day trip We got a good load of bait and cleared the point by noon We'll be heading south for most of the day tomorrow and will start our trip at the Islands fishing for yellowtail Wish us luck MIKE More ...
08-09-2010 Quality yellowtail
Hello Anglers Today was just what we needed We had steady action on quality yellowtail most of the day We even had a few halibut and a white seabass in the mix To top it off we had beautiful weather So over all we had an awesome day on the yellowtail and we were able to get plenty of fish to go around We are going to start working our way up the line We will have our eyes open all the time Wish us luck More ...
08-08-2010 Looking for Longfin
Hello Anglers Hello anglers For the past two days we have been in search of the elusive longfin or any biting tuna for that matter We saw decent sign of fish but never got them to cooperate All that we have for our efforts is a hand full of yellowtail off of kelps We will be headed to the islands tonight and hopefully have better success Wish us luck Mike More ...
08-06-2010 Tuna wars 5 day
Hello Anglers Hello anglers today we departed on the anual Tuna Wars day we picked up a mediocre load of bait and were able to clear the point by noon we are headed south in search of the elusive longfin It looks like the weather is going to be favorable wish us luck Mike More ...
08-05-2010 Good size Halibut
Hello Anglers The albacores were nowhere to be found in the morning so we decided to call an audible and head to the beach for the afternoon We headed into the San Quintin area in hopes of large bird schools with seabass in them Instead we found good fishing on good sized halibut In just a couple of hours we drifted up of the flat fish and lost plenty more Needless to say the guys had a blast and it was a nice change of pace We have one more day of fishing left so we decided to give the lower More ...
08-04-2010 Excellent yellowtail fishing!
Hello Anglers Once again the islands didn't disappoint us and provided excellent yellowtail fishing The forktails started biting just after daylight and kept on hitting throughout the day Most of the yellows were in the - pound range with a few bigger ones mixed in We had all we wanted just after lunch so we decided to head back offshore to see if we could wrap up our trip with some albacore JUSTIN More ...
08-02-2010 75 fish!
Hello Anglers We have spent our last couple of days offshore fishing for albacore Once again we can see very good sign of these fish but they are still reluctant to bite We managed to get about fish for our efforts Most of the fish are big ones - pounds on average so thats nice Tomorrow we will be around the islands looking for yellowtail throughout the day Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
July 2010
07-31-2010 Phil's propellors 6 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Phil's Propellers -day trip Since we spent the past couple of days looking at big schools of albacore that just wouldn't bite out to the west we decided to head south and look for a new area of fish The weather is flat calm so if the fish are out here we should be able to see them Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-28-2010 Stout/Eppler 3 day
Hello Anglers We got an early jump leaving the dock today on our Stout Eppler day We decided to make a pass through the local offshore grounds Although we can see incredible signs of fish we only managed a couple short stops on albacore for our afternoon Tomorrow we will be doing some exploring out to the west to see if we can locate some biting fish The weather forecast looks favorable for the the next couple of days Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-25-2010 The day we hoped for!
Hello Anglers Today was exactly what we hoped for a nice relaxing day at the island We had good yellowtail fishing that started just after sunrise and got better as the day went on Most of the yellows were in the - pound class with a few bigger ones We left the island at dark to head up the line and try to finish off our trip with a few albacore Here are some pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
07-24-2010 In position to fish
Hello Anglers We started our trip offshore in very nice weather We had a couple of quick stops on albacore at first light but unfortunately those would be the only fish we would catch We decided to work south for the rest of the day to put ourselves in position to fish the Islands for yellowtail tomorrow All the passengers seem to be in good spirits Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-23-2010 Sogioka/Stires 5 day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Sogioka Stires day charter We got a full load of bait and cleared the point by noon We are heading south in excellent weather to start our trip offshore Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-21-2010 Yellows...a great day!
Hello Anglers The albacore have once again disappeared for now so we decided to head down to the islands for a day We started looking around at daylight and found an area of bait and birds but there was no sign of fish Around though it was like someone flipped a switch and it was game on The yellows bit very good throughout the morning and before noon we had all that we wanted After cleaning up we decided to pull up tight to the kelp line where guys had a blast catching lots of bass We even managed to pull More ...
07-19-2010 Good fishing until dark
Hello Anglers Our day started out on the slow side with no sign of tuna and only one dorado on the boat In the afternoon conditions changed and the albacore floated We had good fishing until dark with very good fish around The weather is flat calm so we are going to drift out here tonight and try it again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-18-2010 Braid products 5 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Braid Products -day trip Picked up a beautiful load of sardines and cleared the point just before noon It looks like we will start our trip off looking for longfin offshore tomorrow Hopefully this nice weather sticks around for a while Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-17-2010 Excellent yellowtail
Hello Anglers Our good luck continued the last couple of days with good tuna fishing at the Rocks with fish up to pounds and excellent yellowtail again at the islands for us today We will finish our trip off tomorrow trying to capture a few albacore offshore in flat calm weather Wish us luck More ...
07-14-2010 Excellent days of fishing!
Hello Anglers We have had a couple of excellent days of fishing here on the Big X Yesterday we made a quick stop on the yellowtail ground and had very good fishing on - pound mossbacks From to noon it was as good as it gets Just about lunch time we pulled the anchor and started heading south to put ourselves in position to be at the Rocks for a couple of days Today anglers woke up to beautiful weather and calm seas here at Alijos The tuna started biting just after breakfast and we stayed busy into the afternoon It's More ...
07-12-2010 Very Encouraging Day
Hello Anglers Our first day of fishing was very encouraging All of the albacore that has been missing for the past couple of weeks decided to show up and bite for us today The longfin started showing around and all the boats in the area were able to put good scores together of fish or more I say this is encouraging because there is actually some water structure now and hopefully we can stay on this body of fish for a while Here are some pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
07-11-2010 Ken and Greg's Tuna round up
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Ken and Greg's Tuna round up We got a full load of bait and cleared the point by noon We're heading south in good weather And will start our trip offshore looking for bluefin and albacore Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-06-2010 Fished offshore for bluefin
Hello Anglers Today we fished offshore for bluefin We saw lots of fish but it wouldn't cooperate very well We still managed to scratch a handful of fish The weather remains grease calm We're going to look at some different water tomorrow Wish us luck Mike More ...
07-05-2010 Annual Seeker 6 day charter
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Seeker day charter We got a nice load of bait and cleared the point by noon We're heading south to start our trip offshore Wish us luck Mike More ...
07-04-2010 Happy 4th of July!
Hello Anglers Happy Fourth of July Anglers We spent half of our day looking for the illusive albacore with no luck However we did see plenty of bluefin which we were able to get some action on before we called it a trip The weather is now flat calm And the forecast looks very favorable I feel confident that this missing longfin will be relocated in the next couple of days Our ETA to fisherman's landing is tomorrow morning JUSTIN More ...
07-02-2010 Good luck today!
Hello Anglers Our good luck continued today when we arrived at the Rocks and had a nice day of fishing on quality yellow fin tuna and yellowtail Most of the tuna were in the - class with a handful of - 's mixed in Most of the bites came on fly lined sardines but we also managed to get a couple good ones on the yummee flyer as well Do to the choppy weather we pulled our anchor around and started heading north to put ourselves in position to fish for albacore on the way home Here are some pictures from More ...
07-01-2010 The forktails showed up!
Hello Anglers Yesterday afternoon we arrived at Hipolito and could see very good sign of yellowtail but they just wouldn't bite We decided to stay the night and it really paid off for us This morning the forktails showed up in the early a m and bit full speed right up until we pulled the anchor and left them on the corner Once again the hot ticket was definitely the Salas x surface iron Watching a pound yellow crash on your jig never gets old Since we have all the yellowtail we can handle we are headed out to the Rocks More ...
June 2010
06-29-2010 Bluefin up to 60lbs.
Hello Anglers We had another nice day of fishing on the offshore tuna grounds For the amount of fish we saw around they just didn't bite very well But we were still able to string a few nice stops together To keep things interesting we saw a nice mix of bluefin up to s Unfortunately the weather is for casted to come up a notch or two so we will be heading into the beach for the next couple of days to concentrate on some yellowtail Here are some pictures from our day Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-28-2010 Bluefin and Albacore
Hello Anglers Our first day offshore was filled with good fishing on bluefin and albacore The first stop of the day was on a breezer of bluefin that bit every bait that hit the water Unfortunately we were caught off guard and we lost way to many fish right out of the gate When things settled down we were able to go to work and boat just over bluefin with some longfin mixed in The rest of the day was a slow scratch with everything vanishing around dark All things said we had a very nice day Tomorrow we will be More ...
06-27-2010 Braid products 8 day trip
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Braid Products day trip We got a full load of sardines and cleared the point around noon We're heading south to start our trip offshore Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-26-2010 Stuck with us for 2 hours!
Hello Anglers We woke up this morning with calm seas and managed to find some biting fish We got stopped mid morning and had a school of albacore that wanted to bite They stuck with us for hours and were able to put a nice catch catch together After that we were able to keep scratching on quality ablbacore for the rest of the day We will be working our way home with our eyes open the all the time Mike More ...
06-25-2010 20-50 pound yellowtail
Hello Anglers today we fished the ridge and finally found a break All it took was one anchor job to get all we wanted on - pound yellowtails The wind died down and the sun finally shined We will be leaving here tonight headed offshore in search of tuna Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-24-2010 Hand full of yellowtail
Hello Anglers Today is one of those days I wish i didn't have to report We fished offshore in weather that was not cooperative We found plenty of kelps with nobody home We ended up with a few tuna and a hand full of yellowtail for our day We are headed up the line in search of calm seas and biting fish Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-23-2010 Yellowtail up to 50lbs
Hello Anglers Today we arrived at Alijos rocks with choppy weather We managed to scratch away at yellowtail up to fifty pounds We also had a handfull of tuna from - pounds Overall we had a slow day and we are going to leave the rocks in search of greener pastures wish us luck Mike More ...
06-21-2010 The 7 day open!
Hello Anglers Today we departed on a day open We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point at Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-19-2010 Excellent day!
Hello Anglers We had another excellent day of yellowtail fishing yesterday at the islands The passengers woke up to a wide open bite on good grade yellows After making a few more short stops we stuck with the game plan and started heading up the line Unfortunately the weather has picked up significantly and it has made it hard to make any kind of speed Due to the kts of wind and large swell we decided to spend the day working up the Baja coast today Luckily for us the reds bit good and everyone was able to take home some More ...
06-17-2010 The yellowtail were waiting.
Hello Anglers We arrived at the island at and the yellowtail were waiting There were several nice schools running around that bit pretty good when you got on them Unfortunately about the yellows evaporated on us In the afternoon though things perked up and the yellows went nuts There were spots up crashing around and chasing baits and they stayed up until dark What a fun day Tomorrow we will start here in the morning and try for one more shot at the forktails before we head offshore for the afternoon to try and locate some tuna fish Wish us luck More ...
06-16-2010 Fat albacore
zHello Anglers We arrived to the offshore area in the early afternoon but it took us a while to locate the water we were looking for After finding the area we were able to get a couple short stops on some bluefin and some of those nice fat albacore The weather is a little on the choppy side so we're going to use this time to fish the lee of the Island Hopefully the yellowtail will be waiting for us Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-15-2010 5-day open
Hello Anglers We departed today on a -day open with a lot of familiar faces on board Picked a nice load of sardines and cleared the point around noon Our plan is to start our trip looking for tuna offshore and go from there The weather is still a little on the bumpy side we will see if that plays a part in our success Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-14-2010 Fish With Bill—Make A Movie!
Bill Roecker has just signed on with the Excel for an exciting seven-day trip leaving Fisherman s Landing June and returning June There are a few spots yet to be sold on the open-party trip featuring the last of the lower spring prices All anglers aboard will be offered a free DVD of the trip s video br br Bill s sponsors and FishingVideos com will give anglers numerous free items and prizes including a brand new Accurate reel among the other valuable prizes br br This trip has time to visit Alijos Rocks fish the biting bluefin and albacore and More ...
06-14-2010 Rocks Explode For Excel
Our third morning here at the Rocks started out with a bang wrote skipper Justin Fleck June The home guard yellows started biting full speed in the early a m on everything that went to the bottom Most of the fish were in the to -pound range with a few bigger br br After the yellows backed off the tuna took over and we stayed busy for the rest of our stay We decided to pull the anchor around and start heading up the line to put ourselves in position to catch a few albacore and bluefin to finish our trip More ...
06-13-2010 Albacore and Bluefin
Hello Anglers Today we got up to the offshore area late in the afternoon We still managed to scrape up a few Albacore and Bluefin for our efforts We're going to spend tomorrow hopscotching spots up the beach in the morning then call it a trip We'll be back at Fisherman's Landing around am on Tuesday JUSTIN More ...
06-12-2010 Bang!
Hello Anglers Our third morning here at the Rocks started out with a bang The home guard yellows started biting full speed in the early a m on everything that went to the bottom Most of the fish were in the - pound range with a few bigger After the yellows backed off the tuna took over and we stayed busy for the rest of our stay We decided to pull the anchor around and start heading up the line to put ourselves in position to catch a few albacore and bluefin to finish our trip off Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-11-2010 Outstanding day of angling!
Hello Anglers We had an outstanding day of angling here at the rocks Fish started biting early today and stayed with us until dark Both yellows and tuna were all mixed up in in the same schools We are going to stay here for tomorrow and see if we can finish off on these guys before we start working our way home to put ourselves in position to catch albacore on our last day should they show up Here are some pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
06-10-2010 Arrived to the rocks
Hello Anglers We arrived to the rocks this morning in windy choppy weather Because of the weather we decided to bypass the offshore scene and start our trip down here Hopefully we get a break in the weather and can fish for albacore and bluefin on the way back The a m was very slow for us but in the afternoon things picked up and we were able to stay busy until dark Most of the tuna are - pounds a nice grade of fish There were a few yellows to be had as well Most of those came after dinner More ...
06-08-2010 J&T tackle 7 day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our J T tackle day We got a full load of bait and cleared the point around am We are heading south to start our trip offshore Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-05-2010 The hot ticket!
Hello Anglers Once again the island yellowtail didn't disappoint Fishing was excellent on - pound forktails The hot ticket was definitely the Salas x surface iron in any color they really like those things Today we wrapped it up with a quick drift for reds in grease calm weather and they too were on the bite We will be arriving to the landing tomorrow around See you there JUSTIN More ...
06-03-2010 Another fantastic day!
Hello Anglers We had another fantastic day offshore in grease calm weather The albacore and bluefin were on the bite eating everything that we threw at them The weapons of choice ranged from fly lined sardines yo yo iron surface irons and even poppers There were signs of bigger bluefin up to s Since we got all the tuna fish that we can handle we are now heading south to fish the Islands to give it a try for fork tails Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
06-02-2010 Good as I've seen!
Hello Anglers Our morning started out a little on the slow side with just a few bluefin for our efforts However the afternoon was as good as Ive seen it in a long time Both albacore and bluefin showed up to the party and we stayed busy all the way into the dark One of the cool things about this trip is that there is a lot of new guys on here that have never been on a long range trip To see the smiles on their faces and the appreciation that they have for the job that our crew does More ...
06-01-2010 Glowing reports of biting bluefin and albacore
Hello Anglers We departed today on a -day open around picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point at We are currently headed offshore with glowing reports of biting bluefin and albacore Needless to say we are very exited We will be dragging feathers at first light Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
May 2010
05-26-2010 "Big Boat"
Hello Anglers Just checking in here from the Big Boat Things are going well for us here and the boat is looking and running great We still have openings on several trips for the year so heres a chance to get on the trip of your choice I am sure that most of you have been following the reports as I have and are glad to hear of the albacore and bluefin being seen and caught It also sounds like the spring yellowtail bite is in full swing Needless to say we are very anxious to start the season Our first More ...
April 2010
04-27-2010 Happy birthday to Patty
Hello Anglers We arrived at Cedros about in calm weather The yellows were reluctant to bite at first but they warmed up as the day progressed We will be staying here until just after dinner before we shove off for San Diego Our ETA back at the landing is on Monday morning JUSTIN PS We would like to wish a happy birthday to Patty More ...
04-23-2010 Yanking' and cranking' on the bank
Hello Anglers It is on Friday morning and we are headed up the line in choppy weather Our last day on the bank was a little on the slow side so we decided to leave early in the afternoon to allow us a day of yellowtail fishing a the islands Our eta is arriving at Cedros Island around tomorrow Hopefully we can get a little yanking' and cranking' in to break up the ride home Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
04-22-2010 On the way home.
Excel has finished angling on the Ralph Mikkelsen Big Fish trip This year s trip honored the late Bill Poole and according to skipper Justin Fleck s final report from the fishing ground is on the way home br br Fishing has slowed down here the last couple of days wrote Fleck April but we were still able to scratch There has been no sign of the bigger fish around the shallows everything seems to be out in the deep water Robert Orth did manage to entice one cow on the fly lined sardine His fish went pounds on the boat More ...
04-21-2010 Robert Orth lands a 209lb. cow!
Hello Anglers Fishing has slowed down here the last couple of days but we were still able to scratch There has been no sign of the bigger fish around the shallow everything seems to be out in the deep water Robert Orth did manage to entice one cow on the fly lined sardine His fish went pounds on the boats certified scale Today is our last day of fishing and then we will be heading up the line toward San Diego The weather remains favorable JUSTIN More ...
04-19-2010 It’s Not A Misprint…
It 's here on the Big X on Monday morning reported Excel skipper Justin Fleck April and everyone is enjoying a nice breakfast in grease calm weather That 's not a misprint it is the nicest weather I 've ever seen here Zero wind zero swell The wahoo finally backed off this weekend and we had some excellent tuna fishing The kites definitely had the lion s share of the bites but the Yumee Flyer was kickin ' butt as well br br Big fish honors go to Ralph Mikkelsen and George Meigs with a pair of -pounders Auggie Roberts also More ...
04-19-2010 Boating the cows the Big X
Hello Anglers It's here on the Big X on Monday morning and everyone is enjoying a nice breakfast in grease calm weather That's not a misprint either it is the nicest weather I've ever seen here Zero wind zero swell The wahoo finally backed off this weekend and we had some excellent tuna fishing The kites definitely had the lions share of the bites but the Yumee Flyer was kickin' butt as well Big fish honors goes to Ralph Mikkelsen and George Meigs with a pair of pounders Auggie Roberts also boated a cow tuna at pounds and there were lots More ...
04-17-2010 Andy Marcum 220, Joann Ciciliano 227, and Bill Lynd with a 231
Hello Anglers It's here on the bank and it's been a real waiting game There are dry spells on the tuna during the day where you go an hour and a half without seeing anything and before you know it you look up the side and you have three or four hanging We also were able to capture another three cows yesterday Andy Marcum Joann Ciciliano and Bill Lynd with a The gang is down stairs rigging up for today As a bonus the wahoo are still biting good They have been a real pest for our kite anglers slashing their More ...
04-15-2010 Pat Gallagher, George Meigs, Bob Buckland & Jamie Massion go BIG!
Hello Anglers It's lunch time here on the Excel and the guys are enjoying a break after a busy morning The tuna showed for us today mixed in with the wahoo Most of the tuna have been in the - pound range but we did land a few cows Pat Gallagher boated a on the kite just a few minutes ago George Meigs and Bob Buckland also got lucky on the kite with twin pounders We still have a ton of daylight left so hopefully we can keep steady Wish us luck JUSTIN P S While I was posting this report More ...
04-14-2010 Wahoo fishing remains steady
Hello Anglers It is just after here at the bank and the wahoo fishing remains steady We have over skin so far for our small group of anglers here on just the second morning of fishing The tuna fishing has been hit or miss for us so far but we did manage to put together a good afternoon yesterday from until dark Most of the fish were in the - pound range with a few bigger Here are some pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
04-13-2010 First day
Hello Anglers It is am on our first day of fishing and the wahoo are BITING We're busy out on deck so we'll send a full update tomorrow with pictures JUSTIN PS Dennis P says hi to everyone Hope everything went well for Jason R Get well soon More ...
04-12-2010 On our way to the bank
Hello Anglers It's Monday morning here on the Excel and our gang is enjoying a great breakfast and a very nice ride on our way to the Bank Like always on Ralph's trips there were plenty of activities this weekend to keep the guys mind off the long ride First was the NFL style bingo game where new comer to this trip Terry Farmen took the pot after he was the first one to black out his card Second was the dart tournament on the upper deck This is a good way to get everyone outside in the sun and laugh More ...
04-09-2010 Ralph Mikkelsen 17 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Ralph Mikkelsen day around picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point just after It is nice to see all of our friends again We are currently headed south toward the bank for now but can make a turn for Clarion very easily Wish us luck on our trip JUSTIN More ...
04-08-2010 Tribute to Bill Poole-the boat looks great!
Hello Anglers We have just completed boat work on the Excel and I must say that the boat looks great I am very happy with how the heads came out with the new flooring sinks and wallpaper Also the new lighting in the galley salon area really gives off a comfortable atmosphere The exterior stuff came out amazing as well The fresh gloss the new decals the new rod holders up the sides of the boat all come together nicely We are departing tomorrow on the annual Ralph Mikkelsens- Tribute to Bill Poole- day trip Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
March 2010
03-21-2010 "Big X"
Hello Anglers Boat work continues down here on the Big X with plenty of work for everyone Our big projects for this week are painting the house varnishing some doors and giving the salon area a face lift Fortunately for us the weather has been nice so we have made some serious progress Here are some pictures from the week JUSTIN More ...
03-17-2010 Monster fish TV
Hello Anglers We are pleased to announce that Dennis Braid will be filming for episodes of Monster Fish TV It is a show for the Outdoor Channel on the November Thanksgiving Trip To share in the fun and excitement of this TV production just call Dennis or the Excel office to book your spot This trip is limited to passengers Thank you and hope to see you on TV More ...
03-16-2010 Nice to see our friends
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers The past few weeks have been very busy for us but we are getting a lot of stuff done Thank you to all of the people who came down to the Fred Hall Show and stopped by the booth It's always nice to see all of our friends I am sending several pictures from the last three weeks Some of the pictures show us out of the water while we were painting the hull and the bottom paint Others are of the guys staying busy doing projects around the boat JUSTIN More ...
February 2010
02-23-2010 Excel Getting Maintenance
Boat work continues here on the BIG X wrote skipper Justin Fleck February with lots of projects going on First things first though We had our annual Coast Guard inspection this week and I am glad to report that the Excel is in good shape and we passed with no problems ABS also made a stop by this week to check the quality level of our steel hull and fuel tanks and they too were impressed While we are in the boat yard our focus is on painting the hull the transom the bottom paint zincs and the through- hull valves More ...
02-21-2010 "Big X"
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers Boat work continues here on the BIG X with lots of projects going on First things first though we had our annual Coast Guard inspection this week and I am glad to report that the Excel is in good shape and we passed with no problems ABS also made a stop by this week to check the quality level of our steel hull and fuel tanks and they too were impressed As of now while we are in the boat yard our focus is on painting the hull the transom the bottom paint zincs and the through More ...
02-15-2010 Haul out inspection
Hello Anglers This update is to just keep you informed on our schedule for this years maintenance We are currently out of the water down here in National City to do our annual haul out inspection To be quite honest with you the boat is in pretty good shape due to the fact that we have been taking good care of the old girl As far as projects go we will be painting most of the boat this year including the hull the house and several other areas We are also doing some changes on the inside of the boat Like More ...
02-07-2010 Conditions “Still Beautiful Down There”
Excel was next to dock at Fisherman s Landing February Justin Fleck brought the boat home with ten cows caught by anglers on the -day trip br br Asked about the conditions on the lower banks Fleck observed It s still beautiful down there The water s holding up at degrees The guys who put their time in at the rail did well br br On the way home Fleck continued we had good yellowtail fishing on The Ridge They were biting on yoyo jigs and the dropper loop with mackerel br br One more thing that s kind of new More ...
02-04-2010 Plenty of Bass
Hello Anglers We spent the day traveling up the coast in flat calm weather There were a few short stops along the way where guys were able to goof around with their light gear Not much action on the yellows today but there were plenty of bass to be caught Tomorrow we will make a quick stop before calling it a trip and heading for home Our eta to San Diego is on Saturday morning JUSTIN More ...
02-03-2010 Yellowtail on the ridge
Hello Anglers We decided to fish our way up the line starting with yellowtail on the ridge The wind was blowing in the morning making it difficult to find fish Things calmed down in the afternoon and we were able to put together a nice day Tomorrow we will continue up the Baja coast looking for more action on yellows and grouper Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
02-01-2010 They never gave up
Hello Anglers Luckily for us the fish showed again today and we were able to scratch throughout the day Once again it was not fast paced fishing just one or two going at a time I give a lot of credit to these guys even when things were on the slow side they never gave up There were always people at the rail putting in work We are going to spend the night here and try it again tomorrow Here are some pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
January 2010
01-31-2010 Smaller grade tuna
Hello Anglers Completely different day here again That bigger fish that we have been doing well on never showed up We only managed to catch a few smaller grade tuna The weather is still flat calm so hopefully we can relocate these cows again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-30-2010 Beauties hitting the deck!
Hello Anglers Today was a little different with the tuna not showing up until almost We still managed to put together another nice day with of these beauties hitting the deck They really weren't into the kite today most of our fish came on fly lined sardines It is hard to beat this combo good fishing and great weather to go with it JUSTIN More ...
01-29-2010 Excellent fishing in the afternoon
Hello Anglers Our good luck continued today with good fishing in the morning and excellent fishing in the afternoon The morning brought a steady pick on these big tuna and we were able to keep one hanging all the time When the afternoon rolled around things heated up and we had as many as six going until dark Most of the fish are coming on fly lined sardines but some guys are doing very well on the chunk Like Vince Fathead Otani who picked up his second cow today on a chunk Auggie Roberts Bob Bubbles Maugh and Al Merrick also More ...
01-28-2010 Excel’s Fishing Hard On Cows
We had another good day of fishing on big tuna said Excel skipper Justin Fleck January br br The action didn 't start until the late morning for us but once they got on us they stuck Angler of the day had to be Bill Sands of Valley Center Bill started off the day with a -pound tuna for his personal best Later in the day he beat that with a -pounder Both fish were caught on fly lined sardines br br Al Scow the fisherman 's pal also added another cow to his impressive resume with a -pounder caught on More ...
01-28-2010 Stuck with us all day!
Hello Anglers Pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday here on the lower banks The tuna showed up at sunrise and stuck with us all day This is not the kind of fishing where everyone has one on at one time just a nice steady pick with one to three hanging We hope we can keep this pace up for a while Here are some more pictures from today More ...
01-27-2010 Another good day!
Hello Anglers We had another good day of fishing on big tuna The action didn't start until the late morning for us but once they got on us they stuck Angler of the day had to be Bill Sands of Valley Center Bill started off the day with a pound tuna for his personal best Later in the day he beat that with a pounder Both fish caught on fly lined sardines Al Scow the fisherman's pal also added another cow to his impressive resume with a caught on the kite The weather remains outstanding for us so we are going More ...
01-26-2010 Action on big tuna!
Hello Anglers Today we turned our luck around and had some action on big tuna The fish got on us in the grey and stuck with us all day Most of the fish were in the - pound class but we did manage to boat a few fish from - pounds Big fish honors today goes to Vince fat head Otani with his caught on a fly lined sardine with fluorocarbon and an eagle claw hook There were also plenty of heartbreaks today which goes with the territory I guess The weather is now flat calm and we will be here More ...
01-25-2010 Lower banks
Hello Anglers We arrived at the lower banks around and spent most of the morning looking around to try and figure out the water structure After we found where we thought that we wanted to be we put the anchor down and sat for a few hours with no luck In the afternoon it wasn't hard to find fish but they were not the size we were looking for At the end of the day we covered a ton of good territory but came up empty handed We are going to spend the night and hope that it was just a More ...
01-24-2010 Heading down the Baja coast
Hello Anglers Today was our second day of travel heading down the Baja coast The anglers used this time to make a few last minute preparations before we start fishing tomorrow The weather has been up and down all day At times it seems like it wants to settle down and then an hour later its rough again Hopefully it smoothes out by tomorrow br br Wish us luck More ...
01-23-2010 15 day open trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on a day open in rainy windy weather We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point around lunch Encountered some rough weather through out the night but this morning it seems like it's getting better all the time Today we will have a full tackle seminars And spend the day putting reels on rods and rigging gear As of right now we are heading down toward the lower banks Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-20-2010 Kite Rotation 15 Seconds To Two Minutes
Excel returned to Fisherman s Landing January under Justin Fleck s hand after the annual Team Hoo Cow Hunt -day trip The boat was loaded with large tuna up to pounds and visited El Banco off Mainland Mexico as well as the southern banks off Baja Ken Bell and Mark Dorton were chartermasters We found excellent drift fishing for to -pound tuna on huge bird schools down there remarked Fleck to dock reporter Bill Roecker Our biggest fish were all on the southern banks br br It was degrees at El Banco continued Fleck and the bird schools were so big More ...
01-18-2010 Ken Bell and Mark Dorton
Hello Anglers The ride up the line so far has been perfect The charter masters have asked if they could write the update today Some thoughts from Team Hoo charter masters Ken Bell and Mark Dorton We are just finishing up a very successful Team Hoo's Cow Hunt inaugural trip Our original November Team Hoo trips over the past years have been a great success with about a passenger return rate We are looking forward to equal popularity with our new cow hunt trips Starting last November we are featuring Avet Reels on our trips and plan to do so going More ...
01-17-2010 Big Tuna!
Hello Anglers Our good luck continued today when the big tuna started biting again in the early a m By the end of the day our fish holds were completely jugged with fish so we decided to go home a day early Big fish honors go to the team hoo guys with Dean Jefferis with his personal best at pounds Mark Dorton with a and Al Shakespeare with a pound yellowfin tuna Our new eta to San Diego is on Wednesday morning Good job guys More ...
01-16-2010 Great day of fishing!
Hello Anglers We had another great day of fishing down here on the lower banks The action started at and carried on all day The day was topped off with a pair of pounders Eric Griggs of Florida started it off with a pounder caught on the kite Later in the day Wes Neally followed with a caught on a fly lined sardine There were other big ones boated throughout the day The weather is flat calm now and we will enjoy another day here tomorrow br br Wish us luck More ...
01-15-2010 Excellent day!
Hello Anglers We had an excellent day of fishing even though the weather was not in our favor The fish got on us at and we immediately had five hanging They stuck with us all day and we were able to keep fish hooked We ended up with fish from - pounds with some smaller grade fish too Big fish honors go to Ken Bell and Carl Dorton with twin cows that went on the boats official scale We still have three more days down here and the weather forecast looks favorable Wish us luck More ...
01-14-2010 Crazy weather.
Hello Anglers We arrived at the lower banks at and were greeted with kts of wind and - foot swells NOT NICE We did manage to get the anchor to hang and catch a few tuna from - pounds The weather forecast is calling for this wind to back off by tomorrow night lets hope that they are correct Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
01-13-2010 Excellent days of fishing!
Hello Anglers We have had a couple of excellent days of fishing here on the Big X Yesterday we made a quick stop on the yellowtail ground and had very good fishing on - pound mossbacks From to noon it was as good as it gets Just about lunch time we pulled the anchor and started heading south to put ourselves in position to be at the Rocks for a couple of days Today anglers woke up to beautiful weather and calm seas here at Alijos The tuna started biting just after breakfast and we stayed busy into the afternoon It's More ...
01-12-2010 Fishing for cows.
Hello Anglers We stuck with our plan today and had some action on - pound fish throughout the morning and left at noon to head up to the lower banks to try for trophies This move will give us five days of fishing for cows The weather is still picture perfect for us Wish us luck More ...
01-11-2010 Incredible day!
Hello Anglers We had an incredible day of tuna fishing down here The fish were - pounds and they were hittin' Our stop started on a bird school and end up being a six hour drift with three to ten fish hanging the whole time Needless to say these guys are loving it We have just about hit our quota on this size fish so we have decided to spend the morning here and hope for a little more action before we head out on a hunt for jackpots The weather remains flat calm for us More ...
01-10-2010 Started out on a bird school.
Hello Anglers Well we went for it made the move across to Puerto Vallarta to start out our trip The speed was not in our favor on the way down so we didn't get here until after lunch We did manage to catch tuna out of a drift that started out on a bird school The fish were - pounds We are spending the night and will try it again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
01-08-2010 Fun Group.
Hello Anglers Woke up this morning to flat calm seas and no wind Just how we like it We will spend today making final preparations with our tackle before we start fishing tomorrow The passengers were treated to a big raffle last night where Charter Master Ken Bell gave away everything from yo yo jigs to w sized reels I've got to say that this group gets it they fish hard when it's time to and they create a relaxed atmosphere when we travel from spot to spot No matter what the fishing conditions are like this group will have fun More ...
01-07-2010 Team Hoo Cow Hunt 15 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our Team Hoo Cow Hunt -day trip Most of the usual suspects are here and ready to have a good time We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by am Currently we are heading south with high spirits Later on today we will have a full tackle seminar and start rigging for the trip Wish us luck More ...
01-06-2010 Eight Over 200
We spent all our time down there on the southern banks said Excel skipper Justin Fleck at Fisherman s Landing January He had just finished a ten-day trip with anglers br br The water s still at degrees he noted and the to -pounders were really biting good We got near-limits of tuna We also had great yellowtail fishing on the beach br br Dave Parker of Rossmoor won first place for a -pound tuna He said he got it with a sardine on a ringed Super Mutu and -pound Bass Pro Shops line tied to -pound Izorline Spectra on a More ...
01-03-2010 Catching yellowtail and tons of bass!
Hello Anglers We finished up our trip spot hopping up the Baja coast catching yellowtail and tons of bass The hot ticket for the yellows was definitely the dorado pattern Salas X jr on the fast retrieve The bass were hitting everything we through in the water Tomorrow we will scrub the boat on our way up the line Our eta to San Diego is on Tuesday morning More ...
01-02-2010 Excellent tuna fishing!
ello Anglers We have had excellent tuna fishing for the last two days on fish ranging from - pounds At times these things really bit good and everyone had one on This is the perfect set up for a winter -day trip a lot of action and a chance at a cow The weather has also been unbelievable with calm seas and no wind We are now headed up the line toward San Diego and maybe we will get a chance to wet a line for a yellowtail More ...
December 2009
12-31-2009 Biting big fish!
Hello Anglers We found exactly what we were looking for biting big fish The action started just after daylight and continued throughout the day Most of the fish were in the - pound class but we did manage to boat six cows I can't say that it was wide open or that there were giant schools just steady fishing with one to four fish hanging all day We are going to spend the night here and hopefully do it all again tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
12-30-2009 Quick hit for 50!
Hello Anglers We started out today with a quick hit for or so of those pound grade tuna After that we decided to dedicate the rest of the day looking for a kelp or something floating to give these guys a chance at catching a skin Unfortunately the wahoo gods were not on our side and we came up empty handed Talking to the other guys it sounds like a little bit of big fish showed today so we are going to try our hand at trying for giants for the next couple of days Wish us luck More ...
12-29-2009 Excellent fishing.
Hello Anglers We were fortunate enough to stumble upon an area of birds dolphins whales and bait just outside the ridge where we had excellent fishing on pound tuna At times we would locate a school that would really charge the boat and everyone would have one on A majority of this fish is pound range but there are several - pounders mixed in This is exactly what we were looking for to start off our trip Tomorrow we will spend another day to try for a second round on these tuna and then try for trophies for the remainder of More ...
12-28-2009 Mag Bay
Hello Anglers Today was pretty much another travel day for us We did stop briefly on the ridge to pick up some yellows and small tuna for a nice fresh fish dinner Tonight we are headed into Mag Bay to try to catch a few mackerels for the hooks Tomorrow we will be on the hunt for yellowfin tuna Wish us luck More ...
12-27-2009 Full tackle seminars
Hello Anglers We started out the day with a full tackle seminar on stand up tuna fishing After that we used the rest of the day rigging tackle and making leaders The group seems to be working together well and enjoying the ride down in flat calm seas More ...
12-26-2009 New Years 10-day trip
Hello Anglers I hope everyone had a nice break over the holidays I sure did We departed today on our annual New Years -day trip picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by It is nice to see so many of our friends return on this trip every year We are currently sliding south in flat calm weather to start out our trip Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-19-2009 Excel report
Hello Anglers The Excel computer has taken off for the holidays early this year It functions but has been unable to send or receive email messages Justin has been working on getting it back in operation but as yet has not succeeded The fishing has been fine The weather too has been cooperating A full report will be coming as soon as we can fix the computer so please check back More ...
12-11-2009 Delicious bottom grabbers
Hello Anglers We have spent the past few days working our way up the coast fishing yellows and other delicious bottom grabbers Yellowtail fishing has been good at times with fish up to pounds We also managed to capture a few groupers and one big halibut The weather is flat calm now so we are enjoying a nice ride Our eta to Fisherman's is on Sunday morning JUSTIN More ...
12-09-2009 Looking for Gigantes
Hello Anglers Fishing on - fish remained steady down here but there is definitely a lack of cows We did manage to boat a couple of fish in the range early in the morning We pulled the anchor right after lunch and took the tour one last time looking for Gigantes After seeing no sign we started heading north to finish our trip off on the beach Weather is getting better all the time Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-08-2009 Made the move
Hello Anglers Made a little move last night to try and find some cows with much success We were able to pick off a few big tuna With the biggest being a lb yellowfin caught by Dennis Braid We have three more days of fishing left where we hope to find some action on some Big Fish Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-06-2009 Steady fishing
Hello Anglers Fishing remains steady on this - pound fish for us but we just don't see very much bigger fish around right now Steve Lindsey did manage to capture a pounder on the kite Although we do see this stock size fish around here we will be looking in another area tomorrow to try and locate some cows Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-04-2009 Steady fishing
Hello Anglers Hi Anglers The past two days have been productive for us with steady fishing on - pound fish There are definitely some cows mixed in but I don't think that we ever hooked one Here are some pictures from the last two days More ...
12-02-2009 Big Al "the fisherman's pal"!
Hello Anglers We have spent the last three days on the lower banks looking for cows The first day was tough for us with very rough weather and slow fishing Day two was better with calmer seas and better sign of fish We managed to boat a dozen fish from - pounds Big fish honors go to Big Al the fisherman's pal for his pound tuna caught on the kite and James Hassen with a pounder caught on a fly lined sardine Basil Pappas Andy Marcum Steve Lindsey Tom Carlisle and Brandon Hayward and were the other cows There were some More ...
November 2009
11-29-2009 High spirits.
Hello Anglers Today we will finish our last minute preparations and go through all of our gear one last time Everyone on board are in high spirits and look forward to the upcoming fishing We will start looking around tomorrow morning Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-27-2009 Braid charter 16 day!
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual day Braid Charter We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by We're heading south in search of big tuna and will spend the next two days rigging tackle making leaders and spooling reels Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-26-2009 Bill Poole Comes Home
After the memorial ceremonies at the Scottish Rites Center in Mission Valley on Wednesday November a large flotilla of sportfishing boats headed out to the entrance to San Diego Bay early on a beautiful Santa Ana blue sky afternoon br br Led by Poole s last boat the -foot Excel the long line of white sportboats in the procession reminded Bill Roecker photographing from Cabrillo Monument atop Point Loma of the trains that carried the bodies of presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt the Long Black Train that carried the bodies of those famous men to their final resting places br br Most More ...
11-24-2009 Four Threes For Team Hoo
Justin Fleck docked Excel at Fisherman s Landing November after a fantastic ten-day trip that visited The Ridge Uncle Sam Bank Hipolito and the southern banks br br We saw fish all over the place down there he said to dock reporter Bill Roecker They d pop up here over there everywhere you could see It looks real good It was a typical -day trip br br Fleck s anglers had tuna over pounds including four over pounds They were weighed aboard the boat br br Carl Dorton of Tarzana after many years of trying got his -pounder and it proved More ...
11-23-2009 Excel Catches More Supercows
Another good day down here for us reported Excel skipper Justin Fleck November br br A nice school of cows got on us at daylight and we drifted with fish going all day Unfortunately these super cows got the best of us several times and we lost a bunch Several heart breakers today We still put together a nice day Top three fish today were Mark Dorton 's Steve Olson 's and John Malloy 's -pounder More ...
11-23-2009 Absolutely outstanding!
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days traveling up in beautiful weather Today the crew cleaned the boat while the passengers broke down their gear Our ETA back at Fisherman's Landing is tomorrow morning br br A message from Team Hoo charter masters Ken Bell and Mark Dorton We have just concluded a tremendous trip The fishing fun and crew were absolutely outstanding Our big fish success was awesome In addition to the crew we would like to thank Eric's tackle Avet reels catchy tackle and Salas Lures for their help and support br br On Jan th we begin More ...
11-21-2009 Another Good Day!
Hello Anglers Another good day down here for us A nice school of cows got on us at daylight and we drifted with fish going all day Unfortunately these super cows got the best of us several times and we lost a bunch Several heart breakers today We still put together a nice day Top three fish today were Mark Dorton's Steve Olson's and John Malloy's pounder Congratulations to all JUSTIN More ...
11-20-2009 Fantastic day!
Hello Anglers We had another fantastic day of fishing here on the Excel The day started out looking grim with no real sign of cows Just before lunch we found a sonar school of big ones We stayed busy until dark with four to eight heavies hanging all the time The thing about these big cows is that if you have any flaws in your tackle at all these guys will expose them Needless to say we had some heart breakers but we did manage to land fish from - pounds Here are pictures of our top cows Their weights were More ...
11-19-2009 “We Found Them”
We had an excellent day of fishing wrote skipper Justin Fleck aboard Excel November in very nice weather Life doesn 't get any better than this The morning started off with good action on to -pound fish After everyone put a few in the fresh well we went looking for cows and we found them br br Late in the day we hit a sonar school of gigantes The three biggest fish were boated by Bill Cashman who had a Wayne Snowbarger with a and Bill Anderson shown in photo with -pound yellowfin tuna Congratulations More ...
11-19-2009 A good day!
Hello Anglers We enjoyed another good day of fishing We started out the day finding some floating rope where we picked up plenty of dorado for everybody Later in the day we were able to get back on this big fish where we picked up eight out of a hit just before dark Big fish honors goes to Pete Price with a yellowfin tuna his personal best We will spend the night and try again tomorrow Justin More ...
11-18-2009 Excellent day!
Hello Anglers We had an excellent day of fishing in very nice weather Life doesn't get any better than this The morning started off with good action on - pound fish After everyone put a few in the fresh well we went looking for cows and we found them Late in the day we hit a sonar school of gigantes The three biggest fish were boated by Bill Cashman with a Wayne Snowbarger with a and Bill Anderson with pound yellowfin tuna Congratulations you guys Here are some pictures JUSTIN More ...
11-17-2009 Looking for cows.
Hello Anglers Had a tough go at it on the Ridge today Only managed to scrape up a few yellowtail and grouper for the morning Headed out west for the afternoon to try and find a kelp but came up empty handed It was worth a shot Tomorrow we will be looking for cows on the lower banks Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-16-2009 Nice sonar school!
Hello Anglers Once again we started our trip off on the beach and once again we had very good fishing on yellowtail and tuna Our morning started off with a nice sonar school of yellows that stuck to the boat like glue After everyone had their share of yankin' and crankin' we went offshore and found some school sized tuna that also wanted to chew Now that everyone has plenty of fish to take home we will now concentrate on wahoo dorado and giant yellowfin tuna for the next few days Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-14-2009 Team Hoo 10 day trip
Hello Anglers We left today on our annual Team Hoo day trip We got a nice load of bait and cleared the point around pm We are currently heading south to the fishing grounds The weather is beautiful Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-13-2009 Remembering Bill Poole
The following news item came to FishingVideos com from Dan Felger of the LA Rod Reel Club br br BILL POOLE SERVICES br br Place Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley Comino Del Rio S San Diego Please obtain driving directions on line br br Date Wednesday November br br Time AM br br Appropriate dress Dressy casual br br Special note For those who wish to participate in the services at sea there will be shuttle buses from the Bali Hai restaurant at Shelter Island to Fisherman s Landing followed by a reception at Bali Hai Deck shows are More ...
11-12-2009 Excellent action!
Hello Anglers We finished up our trip with excellent action on mixed grade yellowtail The majority of the fish were in the category with a few trophies sprinkled in Also we had a couple exotics with Paul Biale catching his first ever white sea bass And Jeanne Merritt boating her first broom tail grouper After everyone had all the yellowtail they could handle we broke down our gear and called it a trip Tomorrow we will spend the day cleaning the boat as we travel North to meet our am ETA at Fisherman's Landing JUSTIN More ...
11-11-2009 Fantastic day!
Hello Anglers Hi Anglers What a fantastic day we had at the rocks We had excellent fishing on wahoo and school sized tuna When we first arrived the wahoo were going crazy slashing everything in the water We picked up a quick or so by the time things settled down Also we were able to stay busy with tuna for the afternoon The weather remains outstanding for us so we will take advantage of that and run up to the islands to finish off our trip fishing for yellows Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-10-2009 The Big Ones!
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11-09-2009 Alan Lindsey's Big Fish!
Hello Anglers We spent the day looking around for big fish but didn't see much in the morning In the afternoon conditions change and we could see good sign of breaking fish Luck was not on our side today as we were not able to get on a school that wanted to bite We did manage to catch a few tuna the biggest fish was pounds caught by Alan Lindsey on a fly lined sardine We are spending the night and going to try again tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
11-08-2009 Tuna and yellowtail action!
Hello Anglers We had another nice day of fishing with steady wahoo in the morning and tuna and yellowtail action in the afternoon The weather remains nice We are still on the hunt for trophy yellowfin Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-07-2009 Good fishing on yellowtail!
Hello Anglers We spent our first two days along the beach where we had good fishing on yellowtail and school sized tuna The yellows were mostly caught in the morning and the tuna in the afternoon Now that everyone has plenty of fish on board we are going to spend the remainder of our trip looking for wahoo and trophy tuna The weather was choppy for a couple of days but is very nice now Wish us luck More ...
11-05-2009 Getting rigged up!
Hello Anglers We traveled south all day in good weather We had a tackle seminar this morning And spent the day helping anglers get rigged up for the upcoming fishing Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-04-2009 Brad Merritt 10-day trip
Hello Anglers After ten days tied up to the dock we are happy to be fishing again We departed this morning on our annual Brad Merritt -day trip Looks like we have an excellent group of anglers all ready for an adventure We picked up a nice load of sardines and cleared the point before Currently we are headed down the beach to start off our trip Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
October 2009
10-25-2009 Excel Back From Baja
Skipper Justin Fleck brought Excel home from the eight-day Kashiki open trip October There were anglers aboard and the boat fished at Guadalupe Island and on the Baja peninsula They made a good catch of yellowtail and tuna br br Ray Tienda of Parlier had the best tuna a -pounder Ed Ogawa of Del Rey won second place for a -pound yellowfin and Craig Hasagawa of Fresno took third placer for a -pound yellowfin tuna More ...
10-23-2009 On the bite today.
Hello Anglers Our last day at the island was unbelievable The - pound yellowfin tuna were on the bite today We boated just a couple short of fish by the early afternoon and called it good With everybody fat with tuna and yellowtail we are headed in toward Sacramento reef to do some inshore shallow water lite line fishing The weather remains flat calm JUSTIN More ...
10-21-2009 A sad passing.
Hello Anglers We've had excellent tuna fishing at the Island the last two days With most of the fish between - It has not only been a treat to stay out of the weather but also to have enjoyed great tuna fishing The anglers have been having a great time We have one more day here at the Island to try for a few more of these beautiful tuna Some sad news came out Captain Bill Poole the owner of the Excel passed away this morning at his home in Point Loma California Bill was an icon in our industry and More ...
10-20-2009 Guadalupe Island.
Hello Anglers Because of the northerly course of the hurricane coming up the Baja peninsula we decided to head out to Guadalupe Island to spend some time looking for tuna in nice weather At first the tuna were reluctant to bite but we were finally able to get a few schools to cooperate The fish out here are a mix grade of - We still have plenty of time left in our trip to concentrate on putting together a nice catch of tuna The weather is beautiful Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-19-2009 Outstanding day!
Hello Anglers We have spent the past day and a half fishing along the beach Yellowtail fishing has been outstanding once again The yellows are - pounds and they were hitting everything we through at them There was also a fair amount of school sized tuna to be had All in all it was very productive for us We are keeping a close eye on this hurricane just south of us and will make our schedule accordingly Wish us luck More ...
10-17-2009 Kashiki 8 day trip.
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Kashiki day trip We baited up in heavy fog then cleared Point Loma early this afternoon We are currently heading south in grease calm weather to start our trip Wish us luck More ...
10-15-2009 Steady action
Hello Anglers We had a nice day of fishing in flat calm weather in the lee of the Islands The morning started out with steady action on - yellowtail The action continued all the way until lunch Just about everyone got all the yellowtail they could handle We're now heading north to make sure we make our early morning ETA Saturday back at Fisherman's Landing The weather offshore remains choppy JUSTIN More ...
10-14-2009 Looking & searching
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days searching the ridge area for wahoo with not much success We managed to scratch at yellowtail and grouper The weather remains a problem We're heading up to the Islands to finish our trip with some yellowtail fishing in flat calm weather JUSTIN More ...
10-12-2009 Kelp loaded with Dorado!
Hello Anglers We spent the first half of the day looking out away from the rocks We found a kelp LOADED with dorado After that we headed back to the rocks and got our anchor down for the afternoon where we picked off more of those beautiful grade yellowfin Tomorrow we'll be in on the ridge trolling it up to see if we can locate some wahoo Weather is nice Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-11-2009 Steady great fishing!
Hello Anglers Fishing remains outstanding for us here at the rocks The mornings started out a little on the slow side but by lunch things were looking good Again just a steady pick on - pound fish The hot outfit for us was a medium heavy action rod with a Penn filled with pound spectra We are also using short topshots of pound Trilene about feet with a two foot fluorocarbon leader tied to a Eagle Claw black circle hook This set up is perfect for this fishing We will be here for one more day before moving on More ...
10-10-2009 Outstanding day!
Hello Anglers Our first day and a half at the rocks has been outstanding The tuna fishing continues to be fantastic on this - pound fish It is not wide open by any means just nice and steady with - fish hanging all day The best thing about it is that they are not line shy and we are able to get bites on heavy gear There are also a few wahoo and nice yellows mixed in to keep everyone on their toes The weather is finally backing off after blowing for a little more than a week We are going More ...
10-08-2009 "Inshore special"
Hello Anglers We spent the day traveling down south in good weather We had a tackle seminar in the morning and used the rest of the day rigging tackle Our eta to the rocks is around tomorrow morning One other thing of note we finalized the dates on our inshore special five day trip at the end of the month The dates are departing on Wed October th and returning on Mon November nd We decided to put this trip on the schedule last minute for all the anglers who love to fish lite gear in shallow water We will be More ...
10-07-2009 Braid products 10 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Braid Products day trip Made a stop by the receivers and picked up a nice load of bait then cleared the point by As of right now we are headed south to start off our trip Wish us luck More ...
10-05-2009 Excellent fishing!
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days on the ridge We had workable weather Had excellent fishing on yellowtail with some tuna and wahoo mixed in The highlight of the day was wide open yellowtail eating everything we threw at them Most of the fish were in the range with a few weighing up to We got what we needed and are now heading up the line to make our eta at on Wednesday morning The weather remains choppy but everybody remains in good spirits JUSTIN More ...
10-03-2009 Tropical storm Olaf
Hello Anglers Unfortunately we spent our day on storm watch keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Olaf We chose to seek shelter inside Magdalena bay for the day Which cost us a day of fishing but kept everyone safe Big Al's passengers made the best of it with swimming in the degree water and catching their share of spotted bay bass and other exotic inshore species There was also another dozen or so boats in hiding to keep us company The weather is for casted to come down tomorrow We'll be back on the fishing grounds by morning Wish us luck More ...
10-02-2009 A good day!
Hello Anglers Today we had a good day of tuna fishing offshore The fish were anywhere between and The tuna really wanted to bite if you found the right school We also had some nice dorado and wahoo in the mix The weather remains a factor Also Dave would like to say hi to Ben and Kate More ...
10-01-2009 Rain, lightning, and thunder
Hello Anglers We started off our trip on the ridge for good fishing on yellowfin tuna dorado and wahoo the weather unfortunately is unstable We've had rain lightning and thunder We're going to keep a close eye on this weather system and come up with a plan for tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
September 2009
09-29-2009 Big Al Tuna Tournament
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Big Al tuna Tournament Always a fun trip Nice to have these guys back for another adventure Once again involving the purple heart foundation We are heading south toward the fishing grounds The guys are enjoying a nice day just hanging out and having a cocktail Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-27-2009 Fantastic day
Hello Anglers We had a fantastic day of yellowtail fishing at the islands The morning hours brought wide open action on pound class yellows but in the afternoon it was as good as it gets on premium grade forktails After we had our quota we started heading up the line to put ourselves in position to try for a halibut or seabass tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-26-2009 We were busy
Hello Anglers We arrived to the beach at sunrise and as soon as the anchor went down we were busy In fact we stayed busy all day catching - yellowfin It was very good action on the tuna with some yellowtail and dorado mixed in We ended up getting all we needed on tuna so we are working our way up the line to fish yellows tomorrow at the islands The weather remains flat calm for us More ...
09-26-2009 We were busy
Hello Anglers We arrived to the beach at sunrise and as soon as the anchor went down we were busy In fact we stayed busy all day catching - yellowfin It was very good action on the tuna with some yellowtail and dorado mixed in We ended up getting all we needed on tuna so we are working our way up the line to fish yellows tomorrow at the islands The weather remains flat calm for us More ...
09-25-2009 Big Mahi
Hello Anglers We spent the day offshore looking for kelps with dorado under them After hours of searching we finally found one where we put together a nice day on big mahi We are now headed for the beach to try to find some action Wish us luck More ...
09-24-2009 Hooking fish
Hello Anglers We arrived at the island around and immediately could see good signs of fish After having the anchor down for just a few minutes we started hooking fish steady Unfortunately Guadalupe lived up to it's reputation and it was difficult to land a fish We did manage to land tuna up to pounds and good grade yellows before we decided to pull it and leave the island We will continue to slide down offshore tomorrow to see if we can find a kelp with dorado on it Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-23-2009 Lets Talk Hook Up
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Lets Talk Hook Up day trip Picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by We are currently on course for Guadalupe Island to start out our trip Wish us luck More ...
09-22-2009 Struck gold!
Hello Anglers Today we traveled near shore in search for some yellowtail about O'Clock we struck gold we found a spot of yellows that wanted to cooperate and we had what we needed by mid afternoon Shortly after we started offshore and ran into a kelp for a few nice dorado We currently are working up the line and are going to search off shore tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-21-2009 75 tuna and eight skin
Hello Anglers The weather picked up considerably since yesterday and we now have kts and a very big swell The tuna seem to not like the change as we see plenty of fish they just didn't bite as well Just about lunch time we picked up another tuna and eight skin before pulling our anchor and heading for the ridge to try for yellows Wish us luck More ...
09-20-2009 Bigger tuna
Hello Anglers Today was just one of those days when everything seemed to fall into place We arrived at the Rocks around and got a few wahoo right off the bat We got the anchor down and scratched on the bigger tuna up to pounds and good wahoo fishing for most of the day with a few nice pounders in there as well The sharks got on us late so as soon as we called dinner we pulled the hook and started north bound we will check in with you later Mike More ...
09-19-2009 Good yellowtail fishing
Hello Anglers This morning we started off on the ridge with some good yellowtail fishing Later on throughout the day we scratched away at some good tuna and a few wahoo mixed in for an added bonus The water was really warm and shows good sing for our upcoming trips Tonight we head for Alijos Rocks wish us luck Mike More ...
09-17-2009 Benitos Island
Hello Anglers Good afternoon anglers Today we made a brief stop to fish for some yellows around The Benitos island area We fished for about two hours to get the kinks out of our system with good success Tonight we are still travelling down the line and hope to find some better grade tuna tomorrow wish us luck More ...
09-16-2009 Colonello 7 day charter
Hello Anglers Hello anglers today we departed on our annual colonello day charter After getting a full load of bait we cleared the point around pm and headed south wish us luck More ...
09-14-2009 Action all along the "Ridge"
Hello Anglers In the past two days we have had some pretty good action all along the Ridge There has been a good mix of wahoo tuna yellowtail and dorado around The reason I personally like to fish this area is because you never know what will bite next One minute we have fast placed wahoo fishing where they are slashing every bait in the water the next minute there are school sized tuna chewing on the corner We had an awesome night time yellowtail bite where you couldn't get a bait to the bottom without getting a bite There were More ...
09-11-2009 Good fishing
Hello Anglers Today we had good fishing on school size tuna on the ridge The bulk of the fish that we tagged were - with a few bigger There were also yellow tail to be had for those who wanted to try for them We are going to stay the night and see if we can find some wahoo tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-09-2009 Cirks/Turis 7 day
Hello Anglers We departed today on the Cirks Turis day trip Picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point around I am pretty sure that we are going to head down the inside toward the ridge to start our trip Our weather forecast looks good Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-03-2009 A nice afternoon!
Hello Anglers Our day started off slow with not much sign of fish anywhere After lunch things started to perk up and we put together a nice afternoon We ended up with good grade bluefin fatso albacore and seven yellowfin We are going to spend the night and try it again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
09-02-2009 Funky Island
Hello Anglers The island looks different today This very large hurricane swell has the whole island ripped up and foamed up We did manage to scratch out a day with tuna and Guadalupe grade yellows By the afternoon the entire island was in a funk and you could not buy a bite So we left and started heading up the line to finish off our trip offshore The weather up here remains good JUSTIN More ...
09-01-2009 A nice day.
Hello Anglers We put together a nice day at the island The action started just after breakfast and we managed to pick for most of the day About it seemed like something happened and all the fish vanished We ended up with yellowfin in the - pound class for our day We are going to spend the night and try it again tomorrow More ...
August 2009
08-31-2009 Sundown bite on dorado!
Hello Anglers We had a nice day of yellowtail fishing here at the island The morning started out with a bite on larger fish from - pounds After those yellows backed off we didn't go far before finding more fish We picked away at them pretty much all day Late in the afternoon we left and put it on course for Guadalupe Island to try for tuna Just before dark we stumbled upon a nice kelp where we had a sundown bite on dorado up to pounds What a great way to end the day More ...
08-30-2009 40 nice yellows
Hello Anglers We decided to put the brakes on and start our trip off at the islands The hurricane down south is moving north steady so we decided to play it safe and not go down to the rocks We arrived at the island around and picked up nice yellows at the north end We will be spending the night here and try it again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-29-2009 Pat Gallagher trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Pat Gallagher trip This year they have extended it to a seven day trip All the usual suspects are here We picked up a nice load of bait at the receivers and cleared the point by noon As of right now we are headed south but keeping a close eye on a couple of storms down around Cabo San Lucas Wish us luck More ...
08-27-2009 A good day of tuna fishing!
Hello Anglers Today we had a good day of tuna fishing at Guadalupe Island The fish were between - We also caught a few quality yellowtail for our efforts We're going to head north and finish our trip offshore tomorrow The weather remains excellent JUSTIN More ...
08-26-2009 Outstanding day!
Hello Anglers We enjoyed another outstanding day of albacore fishing in flat calm weather Life is good Our first school was in the gray first thing in the morning The anglers had an early wake up call After that we were able to roll from one stop to another until the early afternoon when we decided we had enough and put it on course for Guadalupe Island No real sign of that big bluefin today for us Wish us luck for tomorrow More ...
08-25-2009 Fantastic day
Hello Anglers What a fantastic day we had offshore today It started off with a stop on - pound bluefin tuna These fish are awesome We had about a dozen going right out of the gate When the dust settled we had boated of these beauties There were several heartbreaks today with anglers losing fish just before being gaffed For the afternoon we concentrated on albacore and there was a ton around It took us a while to figure out where to be but when we did it was good fishing We ended our day with longfin bluefin and yellowfin We More ...
08-24-2009 Brad Merritt 5 day trip
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Brad Merritt day trip Picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point by Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-23-2009 50 or so fat albacore!
Hello Anglers We ended up finishing off our trip in style About noon we found a kelp where we loaded up on - pound yellowfin We also had about yellowfin from - pounds There was also or so fatso albacore mixed in All in all it was a fantastic day Justin More ...
08-22-2009 40 yellowfin tuna
Hello Anglers We arrived at the Island around am We immediately slid into a school of - biting yellowfin tuna We landed and had some real heart breakers We had a few more stops in the afternoon and were able to accumulate yellowfin tuna for our day Around we started heading up to put ourself in position to fish offshore for our last day The weather is now grease calm JUSTIN More ...
08-21-2009 Fantastic day of yellowtail fishing
Hello Anglers We bounced back nicely today with a fantastic day of yellowtail fishing at the island This is exactly what we were looking for after a tough day yesterday The yellows were mixed in size from - pounds and everything in between After getting all the yellows we could handle we put it on course for Guadalupe island We will try our hand at some big tuna Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-20-2009 trying for yellows
Hello Anglers Today was a tough day for us Talking to the other boats it seems like the offshore scene was tough for the whole fleet All you can do is shake it off and try again tomorrow somewhere else Tomorrow we will be at the islands trying for yellows Wish us luck More ...
08-19-2009 Annual Haj Shimada 5-day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Haj Shimada -day trip picked up our load of bait and cleared the point by Our plan is to start our trip out offshore and try to locate some mixed tuna before we head to an island The weather forecast looks favorable for the next few days Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-17-2009 Biting yellowtail
Hello Anglers We arrived to the Islands just after lunch and were welcomed by a good school of biting yellowtail Most of the fish were - with a few bigger models mixed in Everybody had a chance to yank and crank We were able to put together a nice afternoon We're going to try and do it all again tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-16-2009 Rally on the kite
Hello Anglers Our day at the island started off on the slow side with just a few yellows for the morning Just before lunch things started to perk up when we were seeing signs of tuna crashing around We had a nice rally on the kite where we boated a dozen or so reel quick After that we started to hook them steady on the fly lined sardines with pound but we just couldn't land very many Now frustrated we decided to head east and try our hand at yellowtail tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-14-2009 Herb Sitton Tuna Wars
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Herb Sitton Tuna Wars charter Picked up some bait and now we're heading out We're going to start our trip offshore tomorrow Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-13-2009 Albies are the good ones!
Hello Anglers We had a productive day offshore with steady fishing on albacore and yellowfin Our totals were longfin yellowfin dorado and yellowtail All the albies are good ones at - pounds I can't say enough about the weather it is flat calm We are going to be in tomorrow morning and will head back out on a -day trip More ...
08-12-2009 Big Boom!
Hello Anglers We started off our trip with a boom Early this morning we got on a line of kelps that produced mixed fish Yellowfin bluefin albacore yellowtail and dorado were all in the mix Our last kelp was a dandy After we got fixed up on it two other boats made their day on it as well We are now headed to Guadalupe Island for tomorrow to see if we can locate some bigger fish Wish us luck More ...
08-12-2009 50 fatso albacore!
Hello Anglers Yesterday started off with some steady action on football sized tuna in the morning for us Mid morning we decided to bust a move to the north a ways where we picked up about fatso albacore and a couple handfuls of nice grade tuna to end our trip Today we departed on a day and a half trip with passengers We are headed back to the same area for tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
08-10-2009 Football size up to 35 pounds
Hello Anglers The day started off kinda slow for us out here offshore Around though we busted through a cold strip of water and found ourselves in degree beautiful blue water We stayed busy for the rest of the day and ended up with yellowfin from football size up to pounds There were also yellows and dorado mixed in We will spend our day here tomorrow to finish off our trip Wish us luck More ...
08-09-2009 Offshore action
Hello Anglers First I'd like to thank everyone for their patience while our INTERNET was down I'm happy to report that we remedied the problem and our site is back up and running We will do our best to keep you guys well informed We departed today on a open charter The weather seems to be coming down all the time Hoping to get lucky and find some offshore action JUSTIN More ...
July 2009
07-31-2009 A 300 fish day!
Hello Anglers A great day all around Clear blue skies with excellent fishing We were able to catch a mixed group of fish including Bluefin Yellowfin Dorado and Albacore The day was one to remember The Excel does have some spots available on our next day trip leaving this Sunday Call the office at to reserve your spot Justin More ...
07-29-2009 Excellent day!
Hello Anglers Today we had excellent yellowtail fishing at the Island The fish are - The weather remains good We're heading offshore to try our luck with the tuna Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-28-2009 Nice grade at 30-40 pounds
Hello Anglers We managed to scratch out a nice day offshore mostly bluefin with a few albacore and yellowfin mixed in The bluefin are nice grade at - pounds The weather is getting nicer all the time here so hopefully tomorrow will be the big float Wish us luck More ...
07-27-2009 Longfin and ten yellows
Hello Anglers Today was a tough day offshore for us The water set up was the same but the albacore were down We ended up with just a handful of longfin and ten yellowfin Tomorrow we will try our hand at yellowtail fishing Wish us luck More ...
07-26-2009 Sogioka/Stires 5 day
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual Sogioka Stires day charter We got a nice load of bait Cleared the point around and are heading south to try to get back on the Bluefin Albacore Wish us luck More ...
07-25-2009 40 albacore!
Hello Anglers We had a nice first day of fishing here offshore We ended our day with albacore and one yellowtail The weather remains outstanding We'll be here again for most of the day tomorrow More ...
07-22-2009 Breaking Bluefin For Excel
We went looking said Excel skipper Justin Fleck at Fisherman s Landing July and we found scattered breaking bluefin of to pounds We also found jumbo albacore of to pounds br br Jan Howard was charter mistress on the five-day Braid trip with anglers br br The bluefin came and boiled on the corner she told dock reporter Bill Roecker in flat calm conditions This was a very mellow group br br Robert Zane of Rancho Palos Verdes won first place for a -pound bluefin tuna He said he got it with a sardine on a ringed Super Mutu hook tied More ...
07-22-2009 Stout Eppler 3 day charter
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Stout Eppler day charter Got a good load of bait We cleared the point around noon Heading back down to the albacore bluefin zone JUSTIN More ...
07-21-2009 JUMBO albacore and bluefin
Hello Anglers First of all I'd like to apologize for the lack of reports for the last couple days We are having problems with our INTERNET We are currently working to remedy the problem The fishing has been good for both JUMBO albacore and bluefin We are putting together a great trip We'll be back at San Diego tomorrow at am The weather remains outstanding More ...
07-18-2009 78 Longfin!
Hello Anglers First of all I'd like to apologize for the lack of reports for the last couple days We are having problems with our INTERNET We are currently working to remedy the problem The fishing has been good for both JUMBO albacore and bluefin We are putting together a great trip We'll be back at San Diego tomorrow at am The weather remains outstanding More ...
07-17-2009 5 day Braid charter.
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual day Braid charter with charter master Jan Howard We got a full load of bait and we're heading for the fishing grounds Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
07-16-2009 Birds fired up!
Hello Anglers We arrived at the island around noon and it didn't take long to figure out where all the fish were There were birds fired up as far as you could see As soon as you were close you would meter balls of yellows After a few drifts everyone had a few fish so we started heading up the line Tomorrow we will make a short stop to try for a few reds for lunch and then we will put her on course for home Our eta to Fisherman's Landing is The weather is very nice JUSTIN More ...
07-14-2009 A real nail biter
Hello Anglers Our second day down here was a real nail biter At noon we had only four tuna and five wahoo on the boat Around this place came alive with birds bait and jumpers all showing up at the same time We ended up with tuna wahoo and yellows by The tuna were mixed grade today but there were plenty of big ones around to keep it exciting Around we pulled the anchor and started heading up toward the islands to get in on some yellowtail action for tomorrow Here are several pictures from our day JUSTIN More ...
07-13-2009 Quality yellowfin and wahoo
Hello Anglers Today we had good fishing on both quality yellowfin and wahoo The action started in the late morning and carried into the afternoon with flurries coming through where you would keep five to ten fish hooked all the time At times the wahoo would show up just to keep everyone on their toes We ended the rally with tuna wahoo and nice yellows We are going to spend the night and try to do it all again tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
07-11-2009 Picked off 85 albacore!
Hello Anglers After incredible reports of albacore fishing yesterday we decided to start our trip offshore As they say every day is different and timing is everything in this business Our timing was one day off There was still good sign of fish around but they just were not that active We managed to pick off albacore one yellowfin and a dorado before deciding to throw in the towel and start sliding south toward Alijos Tomorrow we will be looking for kelps on our way down Our eta to the Rocks is on Monday morning Wish us luck More ...
07-10-2009 Smith/Bell 7 day.
Hello Anglers Today we departed on the annual Smith Bell day Got a nice load of bait and cleared the point around noon Weather is fantastic Justin More ...
07-08-2009 Awesome day!
Hello Anglers We had awesome day of yellow tail fishing today at cedros island we spotted birds diving first thing in the morning and found a good school of yellows with that We drifted with the school for most of the morning with lots of bent rods and big smiles After lunch we went searching on other spots of the island and got into a few bigger yellows All in all a good day Hope to see all you anglers soon More ...
07-07-2009 Albacore and Bluefin
Hello Anglers Today was a little tough but we did scratch together some albacore along with some blue fin mixed in We only fished untill about pm then packed up and started our way down to cedros island in search of yellow tail Wish us luck on the yellows More ...
07-06-2009 Bluefin stuck.
Hello Anglers Hello anglers today started a little slow with a handful of albacore and a few bluefin tuna with a couple of yellowtail mixed in for the morning After a little patience and a lot of luck we were finally able to connect We got on a good school of bluefin that stuck with us from four thirty till dark and we got our fair share of them with a couple of nice longfins to go with We plan on doing it again tomorrow so wish us luck More ...
07-05-2009 Seeker 5 day trip.
Hello Anglers Hello anglers today we left on our annual seeker day trip After getting a full load of bait we cleared the point at one o'clock headed south in search for albacore wish us luck More ...
07-04-2009 Happy 4th of July!
Hello Anglers We fished for just a couple of hours this morning before we called it a trip We managed to pick up albacore one yellowfin and a dorado The longfin were in the - pound range The weather is getting choppy now as we head up the line toward Point Loma Our eta is More ...
07-02-2009 Fishing was awesome
Hello Anglers Once again yellowtail fishing was awesome These - fish were biting as fast as you could throw your surface iron at them After the dust settled and everyone had what they needed we cleaned up the boat and headed offshore in search of some tuna There was plenty of good water around with good bird life but no luck on the tuna fish Tomorrow we will be making a short stop at the island and then heading up the line to try our hand at albacore fishing Wish us luck More ...
07-01-2009 Excel - 59 Tuna and 63 Yellowtail Hitting the Deck
Hello Anglers br br We had another good day of fishing out here with tuna and yellowtail hitting the deck The average size of the tuna were a little bigger today Most were in the pounds or better class The key to getting bit today was dropping down one notch in your tackle Our boat outfits are set up like this ' to ' medium action Seeker rods Penn reels Power Pro spectra backing ft of Berkley Trilene and ft of Berkley fluorocarbon tied to a Eagle claw circle hook This seems to get bit pretty steady Fishing has been good More ...
07-01-2009 The forktails showed up!
Hello Anglers Yesterday afternoon we arrived at Hipolito and could see very good sign of yellowtail but they just wouldn't bite We decided to stay the night and it really paid off for us This morning the forktails showed up in the early a m and bit full speed right up until we pulled the anchor and left them on the corner Once again the hot ticket was definitely the Salas x surface iron Watching a pound yellow crash on your jig never gets old Since we have all the yellowtail we can handle we are headed out to the Rocks More ...
June 2009
06-30-2009 59 tuna and 63 yellowtail hitting the deck!
Hello Anglers We had another good day of fishing out here with tuna and yellowtail hitting the deck The average size of the tuna were a little bigger today Most were in the pounds or better class The key to getting bit today was dropping down one notch in your tackle Our boat outfits are set up like this ' to ' medium action Seeker rods Penn reels Power Pro spectra backing ft of Berkley Trilene and ft of Berkley fluorocarbon tied to a Eagle claw circle hook This seems to get bit pretty steady Fishing has been good here so More ...
06-29-2009 52 tuna and 44 yellowtail
Hello Anglers Our first day of fishing was a success with tuna and yellowtail going in the RSW well We even caught a pound bigeye tuna as well Most of the tuna were in the - pound class with a few bigger and a few smaller The grade of the yellows were nice as too The hot sticks today were Jan Howard and Steve Alexander who both seemed like they were hooked up all day We will stay the night on the anchor and do it all again tomorrow More ...
06-28-2009 RIgger gear
Hello Anglers Today we will have our tackle seminars and spend the rest of the day rigging gear The weather has come up a little but it is a nice ride going down hill Our eta to the Rocks is tomorrow morning JUSTIN More ...
06-27-2009 Braid products 8 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Braid Products -day trip Picked up a nice load of sardines and cleared the point around As of right now we are pointed toward the Rocks to start our trip Wish us luck More ...
06-25-2009 Calico bass fishing was outstanding!
Hello Anglers Today we made a stop at Cedros Island We were able to fish the weather side do to calm seas Calico bass fishing was outstanding on the surface irons and fish traps Every patch of kelp we stopped on was loaded We also managed to pull a couple nice croaker Justin More ...
06-24-2009 Outstanding fishing!
Hello Anglers Hi Anglers Fishing for the past two days has been outstanding Yellowtail fishing was unreal with great quality At times they would get fired up and eat everything in the water The tuna fishing has improved significantly too We picked up yellowfin today all of them were to pounds Here are several pictures from today and yesterday More ...
06-22-2009 Excel Sportfishing - Quality Yellows!
Our trip started out at the Rocks as we arrived at The conditions were less than favorable but there seemed to be a little bit of fish around We scratched through out the morning on tunas of all sizes and some quality yellows Around everything shut off and we didn 't catch much for the afternoon The weather is picking up again JUSTIN More ...
06-22-2009 Quality yellows
Hello Anglers Our trip started out at the Rocks as we arrived at The conditions were less than favorable but there seemed to be a little bit of fish around We scratched through out the morning on tunas of all sizes and some quality yellows Around everything shut off and we didn't catch much for the afternoon The weather is picking up again JUSTIN More ...
06-21-2009 Kite Leaders.
Hello Anglers We spent the day rigging tackle and making kite leaders The weather has picked up a bit so we didn't do much looking around Our eta to the Rocks is around Hopefully they are waiting for us JUSTIN More ...
06-19-2009 Excellent day!
Hello Anglers We had another excellent day of yellowtail fishing yesterday at the islands The passengers woke up to a wide open bite on good grade yellows After making a few more short stops we stuck with the game plan and started heading up the line Unfortunately the weather has picked up significantly and it has made it hard to make any kind of speed Due to the kts of wind and large swell we decided to spend the day working up the Baja coast today Luckily for us the reds bit good and everyone was able to take home some More ...
06-17-2009 The yellowtail were waiting
Hello Anglers We arrived at the island at and the yellowtail were waiting There were several nice schools running around that bit pretty good when you got on them Unfortunately about the yellows evaporated on us In the afternoon though things perked up and the yellows went nuts There were spots up crashing around and chasing baits and they stayed up until dark What a fun day Tomorrow we will start here in the morning and try for one more shot at the forktails before we head offshore for the afternoon to try and locate some tuna fish Wish us luck More ...
06-16-2009 Excel Sportfishing - The Bluefin Took Over
Hello Anglers br br Started off shore this morning We didn't see much sign for the AM but just after first call for lunch we had a sonar mark where we had a jig strike on albacore The first fifty fish or so were - albacore Then the bluefin took over We picked at the bluefin all afternoon and ended up boating sixty bluefin - We really didn't get a chance to look around to see how much volume of fish are here so we will be here tomorrow The weather out here is as good as it gets More ...
06-16-2009 The bluefin took over!
Hello Anglers Hello Anglers Started off shore this morning We didn't see much sign for the AM but just after first call for lunch we had a sonar mark where we had a jig strike on albacore The first fifty fish or so were - albacore Then the bluefin took over We picked at the bluefin all afternoon and ended up boating sixty bluefin - We really didn't get a chance to look around to see how much volume of fish are here so we will be here tomorrow The weather out here is as good as it gets Justin More ...
06-15-2009 We are back.
Hello Anglers Hey anglers back on the water today starting out the season with an open party day Heading south with looks of good weather Wish us luck Justin More ...
May 2009
05-04-2009 Brace O Threes
Excel returned May under Captain Justin Fleck s hand after the annual Ralph Mikkelsen Big Fish -day trip with anglers Fleck docked at Fisherman s Landing and his anglers sorted out their catch to take home or leave with the processors or a charity There were two tuna over pounds and two over in the catch br br The biggest fish was a -pound giant that bit a sardine fished by JoAnn Ciciliano of Las Vegas It wasn t eligible because it was skiff-chased and caught with help br br He took the bait off the starboard side said JoAnn and More ...
05-04-2009 Liftpoler, Excel Regular Passes
Jerry King was a regular on the Excel for many years Bill Roecker fished with him a couple of times once on a very lucky trip with Bill Poole when a good catch of bigeyer tuna was made This announcement was posted on the Internet by Alex Matsumoto of the Rusty Hook from the Daily Breeze Obituary br br Born May in Utah to Orvall and Edith King both deceased Also preceded in death by his wife Annetta of years son Ronald King and daughter Carol He leaves his brother David and wife Linda King stepchildren Geno and wife Theresa Stipa More ...
05-03-2009 Ride up the line
Hello Anglers Our ride up the line has been fair with times or rough seas and times of a flat ocean We made a couple of stops on the way for some yellowtail action along the beach As of right now it looks like our eta to San Diego is on Monday morning More ...
April 2009
04-30-2009 The lower banks
Hello Anglers We arrived at the lower banks in the dark and were welcomed by kts of wind a large swell and degree milky green water Not good We managed to work our way to the beach and get in on a little yellowtail action to salvage the day More ...
04-29-2009 Ran up Easy.
Hello Anglers Today we ran up easy in very rough weather The passengers relaxed in the galley watching movies We will arrive early tomorrow morning to the lower banks and take a look around Hopefully the weather gives us a break More ...
04-28-2009 23 wahoo and a dozen tuna
Hello Anglers We did not hit the jackpot at The Rock But we did find steady action on a floating pallet where we picked up wahoo and a dozen tuna We decided to start moving up the line due to the unstable weather Our next stop will be up on the lower banks to see if any tuna are still hanging around More ...
04-27-2009 Hunting for Giants
Hello Anglers Fishing in challenging conditions means you need to use all your experience and skills Because of this type of weather all the fish were up close to the island We managed five tuna today in the - pound category The hunt for giants is still on and we are still very hopeful We decided to make a move to Roca Partida for tomorrow More ...
04-26-2009 Trophies
Today was a rugged day fishing here in the Clarion buffer zone But we were able to pick off tuna for our day It seemed that all the life had pushed in closer to the island so we were unable to pursue it We did manage to pick off a couple trophies though with Curt Wiesenhutter landing a yft on a sardine And Joann Ciciliano boating a massive yft Caught on a sardine with a sinker One thing that didn't help us out is the weather We have high winds and choppy seas We still have three days of fishing left More ...
04-26-2009 Trophies
Hello Anglers Today was a rugged day fishing here in the Clarion buffer zone But we were able to pick off tuna for our day It seemed that all the life had pushed in closer to the island so we were unable to pursue it We did manage to pick off a couple trophies though with Curt Wiesenhutter landing a yft on a sardine And Joann Ciciliano boating a massive yft Caught on a sardine with a sinker One thing that didn't help us out is the weather We have high winds and choppy seas We still have three days of More ...
04-25-2009 Beautiful 328.8 Pounder
The fishing in the Clarion Buffer Zone has been pretty good for us You don't drive for very long before you see something worth running for The majority of the fish are in the - pound class but we've managed to put a couple handfuls of pounders on each day Big fish honors goes to James Hassen with a beautiful pounder that he caught on a sardine and a sinker rig Unfortunately the wind is picking up now and the forecast shows a couple days of bad weather for us I hope that it remains fish-able for us Wish us luck More ...
04-25-2009 Beautiful 328.8 pounder!
Hello Anglers The fishing in the Clarion Buffer Zone has been pretty good for us You don't drive for very long before you see something worth running for The majority of the fish are in the - pound class but we've managed to put a couple handfuls of pounders on each day Big fish honors goes to James Hassen with a beautiful pounder that he caught on a sardine and a sinker rig Unfortunately the wind is picking up now and the forecast shows a couple days of bad weather for us I hope that it remains fish-able for us Wish More ...
04-23-2009 Bigger Fish Moving In!
Hello Anglers br br We arrived to the island around and checked in with the camp After the check in we headed out to the buffer zone where we found steady action on mixed grades of tuna The morning schools seemed to be - pound fish for the most part but in the afternoon the bigger fish moved in The tuna bit right into the dark for us Today was exactly what we needed to boost moral after a couple of tough days out at the bank We still have plenty of time left to put together a nice trip Wish More ...
04-23-2009 The bigger fish moved in!
Hello Anglers We arrived to the island around and checked in with the camp After the check in we headed out to the buffer zone where we found steady action on mixed grades of tuna The morning schools seemed to be - pound fish for the most part but in the afternoon the bigger fish moved in The tuna bit right into the dark for us Today was exactly what we needed to boost moral after a couple of tough days out at the bank We still have plenty of time left to put together a nice trip Wish us luck More ...
04-22-2009 Scattered tuna
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days at the bank with very very tough fishing Although we see scattered tuna all around the boat it is nearly impossible to get a bite We are now heading for Clarion We'll check in with the camp at Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
04-20-2009 Ready to fish!
Hello Anglers Today we made final preparations to get ready to fish It looks like we will be arriving at the bank around The weather is still good Wish us luck More ...
04-19-2009 Curt and Delores Wiesenhutter
Hello Anglers We had another fantastic day out here on the Big X The morning started off with a full tuna seminar where we made tackle suggestions and gave tips to catch big tuna After spending the morning rigging tackle and making leaders we prepared the boat for the afternoon events Curt and Delores Wiesenhutter renewed their wedding vows and everyone got to participate After the ceremony the reception was held in the galley where the champagne was flowing After dinner we enjoyed our annual game of bingo Ralph Mikkelsen really goes out of his way to make the trip fun More ...
04-18-2009 Wahoo & Wine
Hello Anglers The weather has changed and is now flat calm Today we stayed busy with a wahoo seminar in the morning a dart tournament in the afternoon and a wine tasting party just before dinner Everyone seems to be enjoying the ride down More ...
04-17-2009 Mikkelsen 17 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Ralph Mikkelsen day BIG FISH SPECIAL around After picking up a nice load of sardines we cleared the point at and are now headed south toward Hurricane Bank There is still a large swell from the high winds from the past week but not a bad ride I am glad to see all of our friends that have been on this trip for many years Let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope the weather continues to come down for us Wish us luck More ...
March 2009
03-03-2009 Super cows!
Hello Anglers What a great way to end our trip We ended up with big tuna for our day five over pounds and another two over the pound mark Big fish honors for the day goes to the team of Ryan Van Cleave and Neil Peters who combined efforts to land a giant pounder The fish was caught on a Calstar xxh a Penn w with Berkley Trilene a two foot pound fluorocarbon leader from Berkley and a black eagle claw series hook The other super cow goes to Rick Iwatsubo who after a two hour battle landed an impressive pound More ...
February 2009
02-07-2009 Two Supercows: Mustad/Bluewater/Accurate Rooster Trip
John Grabowski returned his anglers on the Red Rooster III to the dock at H M Landing February after a -day trip br br We fished the southern banks for five days he told dock reporter Bill Roecker Then we went out to the Buffer Zone and found a lot of smallish tuna Then we went back into the beach for one day and got good ones in an afternoon br br Conditions are still very good on the inside said Johnny G The water s holding at to degrees There s phenomenal squid showing to -pounders They get pushed up More ...
02-06-2009 Excel Gets Her Best
Even in a year of big fish like no other this -day trip was a good one Two supercows were among the tuna over pounds brought in by skipper Justin Fleck when the Excel docked at Fisherman s Landing February with anglers aboard br br The big one a -pounder caught by Neil Peters of Long Beach wasn t eligible for the jackpot being a hook and hand fish but it was likely the best fish ever to come over the rail of the big rig said Fleck br br Three hours said Peters to dock reporter Bill Roecker I had More ...
02-02-2009 Justin Flecks Excel Report February 1, 2009
We had another fantastic day of fishing with tuna from - hitting the deck Eighteen of those came out of one stop at the end of the day Once again there were three veterans that set their personal best today Nonon Alvarez caught a on the kite for his personal best Bob Bubbles Maugh also beat his old mark with a -pounder Eric Griggs caught his biggest on a fly lined sardine and it weighed on the boat scale Bob Buckland also boated a on the kite Once again the weather is beautiful and we hope it holds for our last More ...
02-02-2009 Personal bests hitting the deck
Hello Anglers Again we found the tuna to be cooperative for us down here And once again there were a few passengers with their personal bests hitting the deck today Long time angler Robert Buckland has big fish honors with his pounder caught on a fly lined sardine Pete Price landed his on the same thing Eric Griggs of Florida who set his personal best yesterday beat it today with a pound tuna caught on the kite Last but not least we have Sal Proetto landing his personal best at Carl Dorton also boated a The total for the day was More ...
02-01-2009 Fantastic day
Hello Anglers We had another fantastic day of fishing with tuna from - hitting the deck Eighteen of those came out of one stop at the end of the day Once again there were three veterans that set their personal best today Nonon Alvarez caught a on the kite for his personal best Bob Bubbles Maugh also beat his old mark with a pounder Eric Griggs caught his biggest on a fly lined sardine and it weighed on the boat scale Bob Buckland also boated a on the kite Once again the weather is beautiful and we hope it holds for More ...
January 2009
01-31-2009 Pushing giant squid around.
Hello Anglers We arrived at the lower banks early in the morning yesterday After scouting the area thoroughly we realized the fish had moved The day was not very productive with only one tuna coming over the rail Today our mission was to relocate the fish that were here the past few days Around we found an area of schools of big fish pushing giant squid around We managed to put a nice day together with tuna up to pounds Three passengers set their personal bests today starting with Phil Ruemmler with his pounder Captain peanut butter himself raised the bar More ...
01-29-2009 "GIGANTES" on the beach
Hello Anglers We decided to make a move up the line and finish our trip on the beach The weather on the bank was a little bit too much for some of our passengers even though it seemed like we could scratch out a trip there It's not fun for anyone when the weather is like that and we don't want anyone to get hurt This will give us five days of fishing for GIGANTES on the beach Most of our guys come on these day trips to have a shot at that one giant trophy fish and I think our More ...
01-27-2009 19 tuna and a dozen or so wahoo
Hello Anglers The weather has picked up today and it is down right nasty with kts of wind and lots of rain Luckily we are able to scratch at wahoo and tuna on the anchor We ended up with tuna and a dozen or so wahoo Big fish honors go to Lee Erlendson with a pound tuna caught on a live flyer under the kite Since we were unable to take any pictures today because of the rain here are a few pictures from yesterday More ...
01-26-2009 Six going at once!
Hello Anglers We arrived at the bank just after daylight We really didn't see much sign in the A M Scratched a few handfuls of wahoo throughout the day but still no real sign of tuna Just before dark we got flashed by a decent school of tuna - Before we knew it we had six going at once The excitement was awesome Then they left just as quick as they came We got tuna and wahoo for our efforts We are going to give it one more day just to see if it was an off day Wish us luck More ...
01-25-2009 Counting down
Hello Anglers So far the ride down has been very enjoyable The weather fax is calling for some wind the next couple of days but it shouldn't be that bad Tomorrow we will arrive at the bank just before daylight and start looking around for the best signs of life Everyone on board is doing well and are counting down the minutes until they can wet a line Wish us luck More ...
01-23-2009 Great ways to rig up!
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on a day open trip with passengers After putting on a beautiful load of sardines we cleared the point just after As of now we are headed for the bank to start our trip Today we will have our tackle seminar and start making leaders and rigging other tackle A lot of people ask me how we make our leaders here on the on the Excel Although there are a ton of great ways to rig up I will give you a few suggestions on what we have had success with For fluorocarbon leaders from - More ...
01-07-2009 Skipper Bags A Three
p A phone call from skipper Mike Spaguolo of Freeport Long Island got the information for another giant yellowfin Mike s fish caught aboard the Excel on her latest trip weighed pound on the boat s scales br br It was my biggest yellowfin said Mike He fought for an hour and a half br br Spagnuolo runs a charter boat near his home If you find yourself wanting to go fishing back East you can give him a call at - br br Captain Mike said he baited a sardine on a Charlie Brown ringed circle hook on a -pound More ...
01-05-2009 Excel
Six Supercows For Excel BR BR Excel skipper Justin Fleck returned January after a ten-day trip that produced six yellowfin over pounds The boat also produced tuna over -pounds BR BR For us Captain Fleck said while unloading their catch it was a waiting game We didn t move our anchor for four days Sometimes we saw fish on the meter sometimes we didn t But I ve never seen anything like it I ve never seen this amount of -plus pound tuna before Never They were crashing right through the stern BR BR Chris Kumai of Berkeley used the bow More ...
01-03-2009 Yank and crank on the iron!
Hello Anglers Yellowtail fishing was very good along the beach today The fish for the most part were a little on the small side but it is still fun to yank and crank on the iron Tomorrow we will travel up the line and get the boat all cleaned up Our ETA to Fisherman's Landing is around on the morning of the th JUSTIN More ...
01-02-2009 "300 pound bank"
Hello Anglers We had another good day on the cow grounds today The fish got on us in the gray and stuck with us through the morning Mike Keddy started it off with a pounder and B J Beck was quick to follow with a both caught on the kite After catching a handful more fish in the - pound range our final fish was a pounder caught by Bob Smisek also on the kite That brings us to a total of six tuna over pounds for the trip Unbelievable We left the pound bank around and are now headed north More ...
01-01-2009 The school of giants
Hello Anglers Our luck continued today when another school of giants got on us in the morning When the first fish to hit the deck was pounds I knew we had the school we were looking for The next fish was and the next one was pounds Shortly after that a came over the rail We ended up with fish for our day and lost a few big ones That gives us over and five over pounds for the trip In seasons on this boat I have never felt that the opportunity to catch a plus pound tuna was as good More ...
December 2008
12-31-2008 School of cows!
Hello Anglers We were fortunate to have another good school of cows get on us this morning around Although they showed themselves very well it was tough to hook one We did manage to boat a half dozen big ones with four of those over the pound mark There were also a few heartbreaks The weather remains outstanding Tomorrow we will do it all again Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-30-2008 What a fantastic day!!
Hello Anglers What a fantastic day we had down here on the lower banks The morning started out a little on the slow side with nothing on board until Around and big school of cows showed up and we were able to pick at them all day The final tally was tuna from to pounds Nine of those were over and the gigante caught by Chris Kumai on a fly lined mackerel pinned on an eagle claw and a short fluorocarbon leader Bob Thorson had a career day with a pounder caught in the morning and a pounder landed in the More ...
12-29-2008 Excel- Dec 29
Yesterday was slow for us at the rocks with a slow pick on school-sized tuna and no sign of bigger ones So we made a move in to the beach for today The morning started off with some good action on school sized fish but not really what we came here for In the afternoon there was scattered sign of cows just about everywhere that we went but they just wouldn't bite We managed to hook two fish just before dark on sardines pinned to eagle claw hooks and pound fluorocarbon After two epic battles both cows hit the deck Mike More ...
12-29-2008 John Nappo boated a 261 pounder!
Hello Anglers Yesterday was slow for us at the rocks with a slow pick on school sized tuna and no sign of bigger ones So we made a move in to the beach for today The morning started off with some good action on school sized fish but not really what we came here for In the afternoon there was scattered sign of cows just about everywhere that we went but they just wouldn't bite We managed to hook two fish just before dark on sardines pinned to eagle claw hooks and pound fluorocarbon After two epic battles both cows hit More ...
12-27-2008 Christmas 10 day trip
Hello Anglers i Anglers We departed yesterday on our Christmas day trip around After picking up a very nice load of sardines we were able to clear the point before As of right now we are pointed for Alijos Rocks to start off our trip The weather is a little on the sloppy side but not unbearable Today will be spent rigging tackle and having our seminar on what we should have tied up for the first part of the trip JUSTIN More ...
12-14-2008 Excel Roundup Gets Braid Cows
p Bill Poole was at the dock to meet his boat December when skipper Justin Fleck docked the -footer at Fisherman s Landing with the first big haul of tuna over pounds There were cows aboard Five belonged to jet jockey and regular Excel angler Tim Turis of Atlanta the first time that feat has been accomplished for at least a season Wahoo fishing was so good said skipper Fleck that the skinnies became pestiferous br br We saw wahoo swimming in the chunk line that had tags on them Fleck told Roecker We had as many as five going at More ...
12-14-2008 Tom Barrett of Huntington Beach got a 235-pounder.
p Ken Cirks of Orange nabbed four cows at and pounds which put him right behind his fishing pal Tim Turis Ken told Roecker his rig was much the same skipjack baits on Mustad hooks tied to -pound Momoi line and -pound Line One Spectra on a Penn W reel and a Calstar X XH rod br br Cirks used another new Calstar rod with the guides underneath to go with his new Accurate spinning reel and caught a -pound tuna He said he was hoping for a cow and had no doubt the spinning reel could handle a big tuna More ...
12-12-2008 Great catch of wahoo and tuna aboard!
Hello Anglers Even though we had perfect conditions yesterday we were unable to capture a super cow Once again it didn't take long to go from one school to the next but they had a bad case of lock jaw We are now headed up the line in flat calm seas headed back to San Diego with a great catch of wahoo and tuna aboard It looks like our ETA to home is on Sunday morning JUSTIN More ...
12-10-2008 Good sign of cows
Hello Anglers We have spent the past two days on the beach with heavy winds and choppy seas Although we see very good sign of cows around it is hard to fish them properly We did manage to hook one GIGANTE but we lost him at color He was huge Tomorrow will be our final day of fishing and it looks like we will have favorable looking conditions Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-06-2008 Spectacular! It doesn't get ant Better!
Hello Anglers The past two days have been nothing short of spectacular The wahoo fishing has been as good as I've seen it here Not to mention the fact that we had big tuna yesterday and more today Twenty of those were taped from - pounds The fishing here is very reminiscent of the season where every bait is a potential cow Most of the big tuna are being caught on Skippy's with a handful on the chunk as well Since we have plenty of both wahoo and tuna in our holds we are making the run up to the lower More ...
12-04-2008 Excel December 4
We had a fantastic day of fishing out here on the bank The day started with very good wahoo fishing in the morning where we were able to throw on skins Just after lunch we put the anchor down and picked up big tuna from - pounds Eight of the fish taped out over the mark Big fish honors go to Ken Cirks for his caught on a skipjack He also had a -pounder Tim Turis Dennis Braid Dennis Sailors and Grover Sinsley also had cows The weather is flat calm out here so it is nice on the anchor Tomorrow More ...
12-03-2008 In search of cows or some wahoo
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days fishing the Clarion Buffer Zone for not much success Although we could see at times what I would call very good sign of tuna they were mostly in the pound class Not what we are looking for on a day trip We are now headed out to our next destination in search of cows or some wahoo The weather is good for us JUSTIN More ...
12-01-2008 Alijos Rocks
Hello Anglers We stopped briefly at Alijos rocks to catch some chunks and a few fish for dinner Although we never did see a wahoo the school sized tuna were cooperative and we were on our way in no time We are going to start our trip off on the bank and we will be there early tomorrow morning The weather has backed off and is now a nice ride down JUSTIN More ...
November 2008
11-29-2008 Braid 16-day
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Braid -day After putting on a beautiful load of bait we cleared the point around Today we are heading south in search of giant yellowfin tuna The passengers are enjoying the travel days with tackle seminars and movies The weather is a little breezy but not too bad Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-25-2008 Team Hoo Hip
p Fishing for school tuna was very good at The Rocks and on The Ridge said Chef Jason Fleck of the Excel on the dock November br br His twin brother Justin who s the Excel skipper agreed br br We ve been looking at the big fish down south for a couple of trips he said They ve been laying down there at feet near a feed layer We saw em again this time They re all over down there but we had left when they decided to bite for the Rooster and the Star The odd thing is it More ...
11-24-2008 Outstanding on school sized tuna
Hello Anglers We have spent the past two days working our way up the line Fishing has been outstanding on school sized tuna We also managed to land a handful of bigger fish from - pounds Yesterday we had a fun day fishing shallow water around Cedros Island for yellows and calico bass It is always fun to be able to throw the plastics around Today we will stop briefly for reds for the guys This group really likes to take a few fresh reds home They are still my favorite fish to eat What a good trip for a good More ...
11-21-2008 Dedicate some time for GIGANTES!
Hello Anglers Well the BIG news is that Our friends on the Red Rooster and Royal Star finally got some cows on the lower banks to bite They both could see incredible sign of - pound tuna The Royal star had a pair of jumbos by lunch today one was and the other was Not to mention the other handful of fish from to The rooster also had a half dozen over pounds So if you are one of the many people holding off on coming on a fall trip now you have an excuse to book a spot I know More ...
11-19-2008 Looking for cows
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days on the lower banks in search of cows Although we didn't catch any there was plenty of them around I can't tell you why they wouldn't bite but we tried everything The water still might be a little warm Tomorrow we will be up on the ridge trying for wahoo and yellows Wish us luck More ...
11-17-2008 Excellent fishing on 20-40 pound tuna!
Hello Anglers We started off our trip with a boom and had excellent fishing on - pound tuna along the beach It didn't take long to find our first school and to have the whole boat bent After the dust settled and we had enough of that sized tuna we picked up a half dozen skin and a few handfuls of yellows What a day Tomorrow we will be looking for trophies down on the lower banks Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
11-15-2008 Team Hoo 10 day trip
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Team Hoo Day trip and all of our friends are back I would like to say to our friend Woody that we miss you and wish you were here Best wishes We put on an outstanding load of sardines and are headed south to start off our trip Weather is as good as it gets JUSTIN More ...
11-12-2008 Yellowtail bite was red hot!
Hello Anglers We spent the past two days on the beach fishing yellows The yellowtail bite was red hot again and it didn't take long to get what we needed There were also a few skin and tuna mixed in to keep it interesting The weather has started to pick up a little but it's not too bad More ...
11-10-2008 Steady fishing
Hello Anglers Just to update you on our trip fishing has been good The trip started off at the Rocks with steady fishing on school sized tuna Most of the fish have been in the - pound class Yesterday we made a move to the beach where we have been able to scratch at big wahoo The weather has been in our favor so far but the weather fax shows that some wind is on the way Hopefully it doesn't affect our fishing JUSTIN More ...
11-06-2008 Brad Merritt 10-day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Brad Merritt -day trip After putting on a beautiful load of sardines we cleared the point and are headed south This morning we will have a full tackle seminar and spend the rest of the day rigging our gear The weather is flat calm JUSTIN More ...
11-03-2008 Steady action!
Hello Anglers Halloween found us offshore trick or treating for yellowfin tuna Anglers were treated to a great bite on quality - yellowfin We had steady action from late morning throughout the afternoon with most fish hitting fly-lined sardines on lb line As an added bonus several of our anglers were able to witness the high flying acrobatics of the many marlin that were hooked The prospects for the rest of the week looks great and we will keep you posted Captain Mike More ...
11-02-2008 Hook up!
Hello Anglers Day two at The Ridge found the weather up slightly but this had no effect on the fishing We started the day trolling for wahoo Not long after the jigs went in the water we had our first hook up A few moments later a giant wahoo came over the rail Today the overall size of the fish was much better and jig strikes more frequent Another geat day of wahoo fishing as every angler on the boat has at least one The story remained the same for the yellowtail as well Great fishing on the dropper loop and More ...
11-01-2008 The Ridge
Hello Anglers The wonderful weather continued today as we found ourselves fishing The Ridge for wahoo and yellowtail The day started with a bang as we had a fast and furious stop on wahoo When the trolling jigs were bit the wahoo came charging to the boat Fish were flying all over the place boiling on baits and free swimming in the corner We had fish on the fly-lined baits as well as bombs and jigs Throughout the rest of the day we had steady strikes while trolling with more fish being caught on the iron In between trolling sessions when More ...
October 2008
10-30-2008 Party at the Rocks!
Hello Anglers Today the rocks greeted us with warm weather and calm seas After getting several nice wahoo on the troll we dropped the anchor to fish for tuna We were rewarded with a bite that lasted several hours on yellowfin tuna between and pounds As an added bonus the wahoo showed up and we were able to put about a dozen onboard Tonight we are planning on heading east to fish offshore We will keep you posted Captain Mike More ...
10-28-2008 Steady action on tuna!
Hello Anglers We arrived to Alijos Rocks at am We trolled around for a few wahoo before we put the anchor down We had steady action on tuna - lbs We're heading for Alijos bank for the night and will start there in the morning Mike More ...
10-27-2008 Eric's Tackle 10 day trip!
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual Eric's Tackle day trip We put on a full load of beautiful sardines and are on our way south in search of great Fall fishing action The seas are calm the weather is warm and we have a great group of anxious anglers We will keep you posted Captain Mike More ...
10-26-2008 Excel Tries Island, Ridge
Guadalupe was good tuna fishing for a day and a half noted skipper Mike Ramirez of the Excel after docking the boat on a foggy Sunday morning at Fisherman s Landing October We got some nice tuna off the porpoise And there s a lot of school fish down below We got about three-quarter limits br br The trip was the Kashiki Open an eight-day excursion with anglers and was noted for good weather the whole way br br One of the fish weighed pounds I missed the angler s name but at the scales he said That s the first More ...
10-23-2008 Getting our fill!
Hello Anglers The last couple days we've been fishing offshore for yellowfin tuna We were able to locate a pod of dolphin and keep busy all day We were able to get our fill of tuna so we're heading up the line to concentrate on yellowtail Mike More ...
10-20-2008 Another good day!
Hello Anglers We had another good day on Guadalupe yellowfin We spent the morning and the early afternoon catching - tuna We left the Island around pm to head south We'll be fishing offshore tomorrow Mik More ...
10-19-2008 Guadalupe Island
Hello Anglers We arrived at Guadalupe Island around am this morning We had a steady pick of - yellowfin with a couple nicer ones in the mix We're going to stay the night and give it another shot in the morning Mike More ...
10-18-2008 Hiding Gets Great Guadalupe Catch
Justin Fleck skippered Excel on a ten-day Braid trip with anglers that started out at Guadalupe Island br br We spent our first two days hiding from the weather at the island he said at Fisherman's Landing October and the yellowfin tuna fishing was outstanding We were between the weather disturbances there and as a result had really nice weather the whole trip br br When we got to Alijos Rocks the water had turned over so we didn't stay there long We left and went down to the lower banks where we saw very good sign of bigger fish We More ...
10-18-2008 Kashiki 8 day trip.
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Kashiki day trip Picked up a good load of bait and we cleared the point around pm We're heading south Wish us luck Mike More ...
10-17-2008 Wrapped up the trip
Hello Anglers Today we wrapped up the trip The crew is busy getting the boat all scrubbed up and ready for the next trip an -day John Kashiki trip that will have Mike Ramirez at the helm Out ETA for Saturday morning is a m JUSTIN More ...
10-16-2008 Fishing has been outstanding!
Hello Anglers I apologize for the lack of reports for the past few days we were experiencing problems with our server Fishing has been outstanding and the weather is just as good It is so nice to see incredible signs of tuna just about everywhere that we have been Most of the fish are in the - pound class but we did manage to pick up a dozen or so - pounders We did see some bigger tuna associate with dolphins on the lower banks There were a couple of real heartbreaks on big ones There is also good wahoo and More ...
10-14-2008 Good action on big tuna!
Hello Anglers Today was just what we were looking for good action on big tuna We got the anchor down around and the fish showed immediately We kept at least a handful hanging all afternoon There was also a good amount of nice yellows in the mix along with a few skin Our plan is to give it until about tomorrow and hope for a repeat of today before we start working toward home Wish us luck More ...
10-13-2008 Wahoo and bigger tuna
Hello Anglers We decided to give Alijos Rocks a try today looking for wahoo and bigger tuna The monster south swell caused by the hurricane has rolled the water over Conditions were poor but we managed to scrape up good tuna up to pounds and a few small ones The wahoo's were non existent Tomorrow we will be looking offshore for kelps The weather is very nice now JUSTIN More ...
10-12-2008 Chef Jason celebrates NFL game day
Hello Anglers We managed to scratch out another very nice day on the tuna yesterday Some bigger fish showed up and we had our chances but came up short most of the time The weather has come down significantly and the hurricane is gone so we are sliding down south to the warmer waters Today was spent relaxing and hanging out Something really cool that our chef Jason does on Sundays during football season is he celebrates NFL game day with a tailgate party on the upper deck Complete with dogs brats chips and beer He also sets up the satellite More ...
10-10-2008 Fantastic day of fishing
Hello Anglers What a fantastic day of fishing we had on - pound tuna The yellowfin were showing themselves early but just wouldn't bite Around it was as if someone was ringing the dinner bell and here they came We kept eight to a dozen fish hanging the whole time until we had enough and left them biting It was good We are keeping a close eye on this hurricane below and staying a safe distance away Once it is safe to slide down we will head south to try our hand at wahoo JUSTIN More ...
10-09-2008 Fatso albacores!
Hello Anglers Today was meant to be a travel day with seminars and rigging Around we got into an area of clean warm water and were welcomed by a nice school of fatso albacores We boated a dozen and lost a handful before they left us We didn't go far before finding a kelp where we scratched at dorado and tuna up to pounds Just a couple more jig strikes for the afternoon was it for us but it was encouraging to see the sign of mixed fish in local waters We are keeping a close eye on the weather down More ...
10-08-2008 Marines Score On Tuna, Skins & Tails
p Eight Purple Heart-winning Marines became long range fishermen aboard Bill Poole s Excel on Big Al s annual tuna trip One Lance Corporal Roman Konopotskiy was the group s spokesman and also won second place in the jackpot on his first fishing trip br br There were numerous sponsors and donors for the trip once word got out about the wounded warriors going fishing so all the Iraq veterans got plenty of goodies br br Generous help from all aboard was there for the Marines Each man had a couple of guides to help him learn the ropes of angling More ...
10-08-2008 Braid products 10 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Braid day trip It's good to to see so many returning regulars on board like Al Scow the fisherman's pal and Dan Gramps Felger and all the rest One person who will be missed this year is Jan Howard who was not able to make the trip for the first time that I can remember We picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point just after lunch Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-06-2008 Power of big tuna!
Hello Anglers We finished off our trip at the rocks with scratchy fishing This was exactly what we were looking for a shot at a big one since we have had such good luck on school sized fish so far Some of the marines had a chance to feel the power of a big tuna on the end of their lines The wahoo were also frisky at times What a great way to end a great trip Here are several pictures from the past few days The weather remains picture perfect JUSTIN More ...
10-04-2008 11 tuna up to 90 pounds
Hello Anglers Today was kind of on the slow side as the tuna never got with it There was a little action in the afternoon where we boated tuna up to pounds and ten wahoo We will give it another go tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
10-03-2008 Our good luck continues!
Hello Anglers Our good luck continued today with excellent fishing on - pound yellowfin tuna The day started off with steady jig strikes on wahoo through most of the morning But in the afternoon the tuna came up good and bit all the way up to when we had to drive away from them because we had enough We will spend the rest of our trip trying for a trophy sized tuna Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-02-2008 Everybody had a blast!
Hello Anglers Our second day of fishing was fantastic In the morning we had yellowtail fishing that was as good as it gets Every cast with a surface iron yielded a bite The fish were - pounds and everybody had a blast After we had enough yellows in the hold we headed offshore and had a good hit on dorado There is just something about a good dorado bite that gets everyone pumped As an added bonus there were also several wahoo mixed in to keep us on our toes Combined with flat calm seas this was a recipe for a More ...
10-01-2008 Big Al Tuna Tourney 8 day
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our Big Al Tuna Tourney -day This year Al and his son Jason brain stormed to come up with a way to fill the eight remaining spots on their trip They contacted the Purple Heart Foundation and offered the trip to several soldiers that were wounded in either Iraq or Afghanistan The word spread quickly and donations came pouring in to take these soldiers fishing Mr Poole also donated as well as many tackle manufacturers and web sites including Eagle Claw Owner Pelagic Salas and Bloody Decks Thanks to Carl from Bloody Decks for donating More ...
September 2008
09-30-2008 Good Trip For Young & Old
Mike Ramirez skippered Excel on a six-day Ryes Integrity Auto trip to Guadalupe Island and offshore returning September to dock at Fisherman s Landing and offload his anglers with their catch The trip was very good for tuna up to the mid-fifties in weight br br We had a great paddy the first day said Mike and fishing was good at Guadalupe Island in to -degree water There s lots of to -pound yellowfin tuna at the island br br Docksiders were almost astounded at the albacore in the catch br br On the way back continued Ramirez we had multiple More ...
09-26-2008 Guadalupe Island
Hello Anglers Today we were at Guadalupe Island enjoying the beautiful scenery and catching tuna We had steady action all morning with a handful of fish from - s The afternoon was slow but we were able to catch a few yellow tail We're going to spend the night and try again tomorrow Mike More ...
09-25-2008 Busy all day!
Hello Anglers We were able to locate a kelp patty early which kept us busy all day with yellowfin tuna - We also had good action on nice dorado with one albacore to boot We're on our way to Guadalupe Island in search of trophy size tuna Mike More ...
09-24-2008 Lets Talk Hookup Chi Town
Gary White chartermastered the -man Let s Talk Hookup trip to Alijos Rocks aboard Excel that returned September Hoo A good portion of the anglers of them were from the Chicago area he said br br Justin Fleck skippered the expedition a six-day flyer to The Rocks An oddity of the trip was the taking of a deformed from birth apparently yellowtail curved like a ribbon in the breeze br br The Rocks took care of us again said skipper Fleck Once again the long run to the rocks has paid off for us he wrote September As soon as we More ...
09-24-2008 Reyes Integrity Auto charter
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Reyes Integrity Auto charter We cleared the point around noon after getting a full load of bait We're heading south to fish off shore tomorrow Wish us luck More ...
09-22-2008 Forktails were biting!
Hello Anglers Today we had great day of yellowtail fishing on - pound fish These forktails were biting everything we threw at them The two hot jigs for us were once again the Sea Strike banana split for yo-yo and a sardine pattern Salas x for the surface iron After just a couple of drifts we had enough and put it on course for home Tomorrow we will make a couple halibut drifts on the beach before calling it a trip The boat will be cleaned and scrubbed and be back at Fisherman's Landing at on I would like to thank More ...
09-20-2008 The Rocks Rule!
Hello Anglers Once again the long run to the rocks has paid off for us As soon as we got the anchor down the tuna were biting It wasn't wide open but just nice and steady with three to ten fish hanging all day There were also a few wahoo and yellows mixed in to keep it interesting We are going to stay the night and try to finish off our quota before working or way up the line The weather down here is nice JUSTIN P S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MADISON AND LAUREN FROM DAD AND GRANDPA GLEN More ...
09-18-2008 Alijos Tuna Flyer: September 12 to 18, 2008 aboard The Excel
We boarded Bill Poole s -foot sport fisher on a Friday morning assisted by the crew and Sean Sebring s red-shirted dockworkers Sean inspected the cart loads of gear as required by homeland security There were of us on the six-day Dan Colonello open charter Partner Paul Sweeney and I stowed our clothing and several boxes of sponsor prizes in our stateroom which left just enough room to open the door br br Skipper Justin Fleck ordered lines cast off and we motored out to the bait receivers to load several hundred scoops of sardines then headed south to fish That More ...
09-18-2008 Lets talk hook up 6-day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Let's Talk Hook Up -day trip around picked up a nice load of bait and cleared the point before noon We are currently headed for the rocks Weather is picking up a bit More ...
09-17-2008 Nice hit on Dorado!
Hello Anglers We finished up our trip yesterday with a nice hit on dorado outside of the ridge After we left the kelp we broke down our tackle and called it a trip Today we cleaned and scrubbed the boat thoroughly and took care of a couple of projects around the boat The weather remains outstanding for our ride home Our ETA to San Diego is tomorrow morning Thanks to Dan Colonello for all of the give away prizes and for putting together another awesome trip JUSTIN More ...
09-16-2008 Outstanding fishing!
Hello Anglers Our outstanding fishing continued today with non stop action from sunrise on The yellows were the first to hit us early in the morning as every drop to the bottom was a bite The forktails were - pounds and they were biting good The tuna showed up mid morning and kept us busy into the afternoon When we had enough we pulled the anchor and are now headed offshore in search of dorado More ...
09-13-2008 Colonello 6-day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our Colonello Open -day trip The group and I talked about our options and we decided to swing for the fence We are currently on course for Alijos Rocks Today we will have a tackle seminar in the morning and spend the afternoon rigging tackle The weather seems to be in our favor for the next couple of days so wish us luck More ...
09-11-2008 Excel Sportfishing Fish Report
We spent our day hitting all the spots up the beach and put together a heck of a day wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck September Yellowtail fishing once again was red hot and we got all the we could handle There was also very good dorado fishing to be had Tomorrow we will spend our day trying to locate some tuna to yank on The Weather is a little choppy but not horrible br br Excel will dock at Fisherman s Landing September Bill Roecker and Paul Sweeney are scheduled to depart the same day on Bill Poole s big sportfisher More ...
09-11-2008 Great trip with a great group
Hello Anglers The past two days have been very productive for us in the tuna category Yesterday we sat on the anchor at Guadalupe Island and had a nice hit for tuna and jumbo yellowtail The tuna were all mixed up in sizes from - pounds The yellows were - pounders This morning we worked our way up the line and had some action on offshore yellowfin There were also eight fatso albacore in the mix including a pounder caught by Dan Felger on test All in all we had a great trip with a great group of anglers We will More ...
09-09-2008 All that we could handle
Hello Anglers We spent our day hitting all the spots up the beach and put together a heck of a day Yellowtail fishing once again was red hot and we got all the we could handle There was also very good dorado fishing to be had Tomorrow we will spend our day trying to locate some tuna to yank on The Weather is a little choppy but no horrible JUSTIN More ...
09-08-2008 Cirks/Turis 5 day
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on the first Cirks Turis -day trip Today we traveled straight down to the islands to try for an afternoon hit on yellows but it just didn't work out Tomorrow we will be somewhere along the beach looking for some action Wish us luck More ...
09-06-2008 Eager to learn
Hello Anglers We departed last night on a day trip with anglers Most of the passengers were first timers and were eager to learn The morning started off good with back to back to back jig strikes on yellowfin but it quickly evaporated We did find a kelp just before lunch where we picked up yellows In the afternoon things were looking up when we boated another yellowfin but we ran out of time All in all it was a good trip JUSTIN More ...
09-03-2008 Flecks Fabulous Flyer
We fished at Alijos two full days said Excel skipper Justin Fleck September He was just back from a flyer a six-day trip to Alijos Rocks with anglers We got limits of tuna and wahoo br br We got about percent of our wahoo on the troll he added and the rest were about an even split between bait and jig fish The Raiders were hot this trip br br Fleck s fishermen also had a good catch of yellowtail and some dorado on the Pat Gallagher charter which had Jamie Massion as chartermaster br br Gary Reid of Corona got More ...
09-01-2008 Good fortune continues
Hello Anglers Our good fortune continued today on our way into the beach First thing this morning we found a kelp where we had a nice stop on dorado When we arrived to the shallows the yellows were waiting for us The forktails came crashing up in the stern and they were hitting everything we threw at them We picked up four or five a rod and left them biting to get a start up toward home Tomorrow we will try our luck at bass and halibut for a couple of hours in the morning before we call it a trip More ...
August 2008
08-31-2008 Everyone had one on!
Hello Anglers The outstanding tuna fishing continued today for us They showed up around noon and before we knew it everyone had one on We managed to pick up more skin as well Even Jason and I got in on the action both picking up skinnies on a SALAS x surface iron thrown on our Seeker Ulua's They made an excellent lunch for the boat We are now headed up the line to see if we can get a little action on yellows JUSTIN More ...
08-30-2008 Outstanding day!
Hello Anglers We had an outstanding day of fishing We managed to scrape up wahoo for our morning with most of the fish coming on bombs and jigs In the afternoon we got on some tuna and they were hittin' There seemed to be five to a dozen fish hanging all the way into the dark Most of the tuna were in the - pound class with a few smaller and a few - pounders To go along with the great fishing the weather has been as good as it gets P S we all wish you could be here Patrick More ...
08-28-2008 Haj Shimada Open
Excel returned August to Fisherman s Landing after a five-day Haj Shimada Open The boat s anglers fished Benitos Island and offshore br br It s the same old story skipper Justin Fleck said Good yellowtail fishing and the weather was awesome The water s warm right now with a lot of dorado br br Lyle Foster of Lake Isabella was first place for a -pound yellowtail Lyle fly-lined a sardine on a Owner Gorilla hook -pound Izorline a Penn reel and a Calstar rod It was a good trip said Lyle There were a lot of new guys on the More ...
08-28-2008 Gallagher 6 day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our Gallagher -day trip We picked up a nice load of premium sardines and cleared the point by noon Tomorrow we will be looking offshore to see if we can locate something floating Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-26-2008 Forktails were very cooperative
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days fishing yellows around the islands and dorado on kelps just outside the island The forktails were very cooperative biting just about everything you threw at them After finishing up on yellows we headed out and had about flats and a few small tuna Tomorrow we will be at the Lupe trying for some trophies before we call it a trip The weather remains outstanding JUSTIN More ...
08-24-2008 65 yellowtail!
Hello Anglers We ended up running down to the Islands to do some yellowtail fishing We ended our day with yellowtail We're going to stick it out here and fish the islands tomorrow Justin More ...
08-23-2008 Brad Merritt Charter
Justin Fleck docked Excel at Fisherman s Landing August after the five-day Merritt charter with anglers br br We fished at Benitos offshore and Sacrament Reef said Justin And we did well up toward San Martin too There s lots of exotics headed up this way br br Wayne Wilcox of Downey won first place for a -pound albacore but was tied for the spot by Rod Kiewiet of Altadena with an identical fish Jim Kastorff of San Diego He ties the acid-wrap rods was third for a -pound yellowtail More ...
08-23-2008 Haj Shimada 5 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Haj Shimada -day trip around picked up our bait and cleared the point well before noon We are currently sliding down the beach looking for kelps Wish us luck More ...
08-22-2008 NIce nice halibut!
Hello Anglers We spent yesterday staying out of the weather doing some inland fishing around Sacramento Reef The ground fishing was excellent and after the weather came down we were able to look up the beach for yellows and seabass There were no sign of those guys but we did drift up nine nice halibut Today we fished offshore and had good dorado fishing on kelps There were also a few albacore and yellows mixed in All in all we had a good trip with a good group of passengers We will be at Fisherman's Landing tomorrow at JUSTIN More ...
08-20-2008 Hot ticket
Hello Anglers What a great day of fishing we had on nice sized yellows They started biting around and didn't stop until we had enough The hot ticket for us was once again the Salas x surface iron thrown on the long rod We finished up around and are now moving up the line in search of tuna fish More ...
08-19-2008 Fatso albacores!
Hello Anglers Today we looked offshore on a nice temperature break in calm weather We arrived to the break around and had a jig strike on smaller yellowfin We moved about a half mile and had another jig strike this time they were fatso albacore Moved again a short distance and hooked up on yellowtail Just when we thought we were going to do some business all the life went away Unfortunately the wind picked up in the afternoon and we didn't do much Tomorrow we will be at the islands concentrating on yellows JUSTIN More ...
08-18-2008 Herb Sitton Tuna Wars
Justin Fleck docked Excel at Fisherman s Landing after a five-day charter with anglers He said his biggest fish came from Guadalupe Island br br We had a big hit on yellowtail there he noted br br A sardine provided Bob Fletcher of San Diego with what he needed to attract the best fish of the trip a -pound yellowtail Bob pinned his dine on a Mustad hook tied to -pound P-Line on a Torium reel and a Calstar M rod He said the big mossback fought hard for minutes br br Mike Baron of Riverside won second place for a More ...
08-18-2008 Brad Merritt 5 day trip
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual Merrit -day charter We got a nice load of bait and we cleared the point around noon We're heading south Wish us luck More ...
08-16-2008 Jumbo yellowtail
Hello Anglers The morning started off with good fishing on jumbo yellowtail but the current quit and so did the fish We ended up with yellows most of them - pounders We spent the rest of the day patrolling the island with not much success Tomorrow we will be offshore looking for tuna The weather is still flat More ...
08-15-2008 Concrete on yellows
Hello Anglers We spent the past two days offshore with not much success Though there were a few schools to be had we just didn't get on a good one We did manage to scratch a little bit of mixed tuna We are now headed for the islands to concentrate on yellows The weather remains perfect More ...
08-13-2008 SoCal Tuna Club
A five-day trip aboard the Excel with skipper Justin Fleck ended August when Fleck docked at Fisherman s Landing and let his charter anglers off Tom Thompson was chartermaster br br We had another great morning of yellowtail fishing wrote Justin August but just like yesterday it fell apart midmorning With plenty of school-sized yellows in the hatch we spent the afternoon looking for trophies Though we could see good fish around they just wouldn't bite Tomorrow we will be offshore looking for tuna and dorado br br At the scales Brad Skoglund of Chandler AZ proved to be the winner More ...
08-13-2008 TUNA WARS 5 day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual TUNA WARS -day All the regulars are aboard We will start our trip offshore in search of tuna More ...
08-11-2008 Looking for trophies!
Hello Anglers We had another great morning of yellowtail fishing but just like yesterday it fell apart midmorning With plenty of school sized yellows in the hatch we spent the afternoon looking for trophies Though we could see good fish around they just wouldn't bite Tomorrow we will be offshore looking for tuna and dorado More ...
08-10-2008 Hittin' just about everything
Hello Anglers Our day started off with a bang when a nice school of yellows got on us and started biting good Unfortunately it was short lived and they backed of about The size of the fish were all mixed up from - pounds and they were hittin' just about everything you wanted to through at them After they shut down we did the full tour but didn't see or catch much more We are going to give it another try tomorrow JUSTIN More ...
08-08-2008 Good Bait & Life At Benitos
Mike Ramirez docked Excel August after a five-day trip with anglers br br Benitos was degrees he said and we saw good bait lots of life and lots of yellowtail at Benitos We also fished offshore to the west and there was good life out there clean water with small yellowfin tuna It was at Benitos and to degrees outside We came home fishing on kelps br br Jason Richardson of Redding won first place for his -pound yellowtail taken on a dropper loop and a sardine He said he used -pound line a Trinidad reel and a six and a More ...
08-08-2008 Southern California Tuna Club charter
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Southern California Tuna Club charter around Picked up a very nice load of sardines and cleared the point before noon We are headed down the beach in flat calm weather and will be looking offshore tomorrow for some kelps Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
08-06-2008 Triple jigstrike on yellowfin
Hello Anglers Today we fished offshore checking out a new area of water to the west We found a temperature break early and worked that to the north for most of the day We were able to find some kelps holding dorado early in the morning Things were going slow for most of the day until we got a triple jigstrike on yellowfin of which we landed another dozen or so on bait We tried to hit the same school again but we soon ran out of daylight We will be traveling north tonight and plan on fishing kelps tomorrow Hopefully More ...
08-05-2008 Good hits!
Hello Anglers Today we pretty much had a repeat of yesterdays action here at the island We had good hits in the morning and late afternoon with steady action in between We even got a few more stand outs today one of which being John Speights yellow that went around lbs Our good day of fishing was also complimented with gorgeous weather We will be heading offshore tonight to be in an area of water that hasnt been looked at recently Hopefully we can get on some nice kelps holding some fish We will check in tomorrow More ...
08-04-2008 They started to chew
Hello Anglers We arrived at the island shortly after lunch today to try our luck on some yellowtail We started off fishing the north side of things when we got here and saw a decent sign of fish which we made a few drifts on We got a few nice hits on them before things petered out We then took a look around the island and found a nice area of fish We drifted on them without much success until someone turned on the switch and they started to chew We were able to hit that school til dark and managed More ...
08-03-2008 Fishermans Warehouse Five-Day
Mike Ramirez skippered Excel passengers to Cedros Island and open water kelps then docked the big boat at Fisherman s Landing August br br It was spotty fishing at the island he said good for some boats not so good for others The fish are of good quality though and we had excellent weather br br Nancy Beckstrom of Cedar City UT won the jackpot for a -pound yellowtail She said it bit on a sardine on a Mustad hook a Torium reel and a seven-foot Ugly Stick br br Tom McDyer of Chatsworth found a -pounder and Mark Lemieux of More ...
08-02-2008 Dorado, yellows, and tuna
Hello Anglers Our morning at the island produced a few yellowtail but nothing that matched the evening bite we had witnessed We looked around for a little while picking up a few more fish before heading out offshore in hopes of dorado yellows and tuna We fished offshore the rest of the day as well as our last day for a few more kelps that held more yellows and doardo Unfortunately no tuna We will be arriving at Fishermans Landing on the morning of the rd and heading out again on another day trip Mike More ...
July 2008
07-31-2008 The kelp line
Hello Anglers Today we fished the big island for yellows The morning started off somewhat slow before we got on a nice spot of fish on the kelp line We were able to drift on them for about an hour before they went down After that we just didnt see the sign of life that was here the last couple weeks and started to head around the island to look at some areas that havent been checked out in a while Things werent looking too promising for the first part of the afternoon but we were able to spot some fish More ...
07-30-2008 Keeper forkies
Hello Anglers Today we fished offshore looking for kelps and signs of tuna We covered a lot of ground through a lot of good looking water We were able to locate some nice kelps that were loaded with yellows and a few keeper dorado Although we were able to land a decent number of keeper forkies most of the yellowtail hanging around the paddys werent the size of fish we were after and we released most of them We did see some tuna along the way but they didnt want anything to do with us and we never hooked one We More ...
07-29-2008 Super Yellowtail On Kelps
We spent the last two days looking offshore for tuna yellows and dorado wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck July We spent the majority of Sunday spotting kelps in absolute gorgeous weather Kelps were plentiful and easy to spot and just about every single one was full of yellowtail and dorado Some of the yellows we were pulling off were upwards of lbs Definitely a good day of fishing Since we were pretty much loaded up on yellows and dorado we focused our entire efforts looking for tuna yesterday We saw plenty of sign of yellowfin bluefin and longfin but they just More ...
07-29-2008 Fisherman's Warehouse charter
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual Fisherman's Warehouse charter We cleared the point around noon and started heading south towards the islands Weather remains nice More ...
07-28-2008 Full of yellowtail and dorado
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days looking offshore for tuna yellows and dorado We spent the majority of Sunday spotting kelps in absolute gorgeous weather Kelps were plentiful and easy to spot and just about every single one was full of yellowtail and dorado Some of the yellows we were pulling off were upwards of lbs Definitely a good day of fishing Since we were pretty much loaded up on yellows and dorado we focused our entire efforts looking for tuna yesterday We saw plenty of sign of yellowfin bluefin and longfins but they just didnt bite as well More ...
07-27-2008 Good sign of crashing fish
Hello Anglers We arrived at the Island at first light There was good sign of crashing fish right away The first dozen yellows to hit the deck were all jumbos - Then it died Right about first call for lunch they popped up and stay up They bit good all afternoon We got what we needed by and stated heading north to try for some tuna the last two days The weather remains picture perfect Justin More ...
07-26-2008 Started the trip off with a bang!
Hello Anglers We started the trip off with a bang with good fishing on kelps There was a good mix of yellowtail and dorado on just about every kelp that we found Most of the yellows were - pounds with a few bigger ones sprinkled in Tomorrow we will start off at the islands and try to fill out the rest of our yellowtail quota The weather is grease calm More ...
07-25-2008 Sogioka/Stires 5 day charter
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual Sogioka Stires day charter Picked up a nice load of sardines We cleared the point around noon We are heading south to check out a warm pocket of water outside of San Quintin Wish us luck More ...
07-24-2008 Braid Trip Finds W/O Forktails
Chartermistress Jan Howard had some on the dock remarks about her Braid charter with anglers aboard the Excel after returning to Fisherman s Landing July We fished offshore the first day for albacore she said I got a couple for the galley br br The second day we fished a Cedros at Augustine she continued but the seals were very bad there We went down below to the bays and found some wide-open yellowtail fishing On our last day we fished offshore again and got albies at to miles br br Mike Lerner of LA won first place for a -pound More ...
07-24-2008 Braid Trip Finds W/O Forktails
Chartermistress Jan Howard had some on the dock remarks about her Braid charter with anglers aboard the Excel after returning to Fisherman s Landing July We fished offshore the first day for albacore she said I got a couple for the galley br br The second day we fished a Cedros at Augustine she continued but the seals were very bad there We went down below to the bays and found some wide-open yellowtail fishing On our last day we fished offshore again and got albies at to miles br br Mike Lerner of LA won first place for a -pound More ...
07-24-2008 Afternoon of steady action!
Hello Anglers We finished our trip off in style with an afternoon of steady action It didn't take long to get a jig strike there for a while on albacore with a few yellowfin and bluefin mixed in We called it a trip and are now headed home More ...
07-23-2008 Man were they bitin'
Hello Anglers Today the yellowtail cooperated and we got what we needed by am The bulk of the yellowtail were - and man were they bitin' We are now heading up the line to fish albacore tomorrow The weather remains outstanding More ...
07-21-2008 Yellows going at all times
Hello Anglers We arrived to the Island right around lunch time Kicked the anchor over the side and kept one to five yellows going at all times Things slowed down around five o'clock so we pulled the anchor to look around and never did get on anymore fish We're going to spend the night here and try to get our yellow tail quota before heading up the line Justin More ...
07-20-2008 Looking for action
Hello Anglers We started our trip offshore with not much luck The albacore were down and we didn't see much sign We are sliding down toward the islands to try and get in on some good yellowtail action Justin More ...
07-19-2008 Braid 5 day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Braid day trip with a full load of regulars We topped off on our load of sardines and we are now heading south in beautiful weather Justin More ...
07-18-2008 Everyone that had a bait on had a fish
Hello Anglers Sunday we tried our luck offshore looking for kelps and some signs of tuna Although the tuna action was few and far between we managed to do really well on yellowtail holding on kelp paddy's There is definitely no shortage of kelps out here and nearly every kelp we stopped on had yellowtail holding on it We had some stops where everyone that had a bait on had a fish We even pulled in half a dozen dorado that were mixed in After loading up on yellows we focused our efforts on tuna getting to the albacore grounds at More ...
07-16-2008 Split For First
Justin Fleck tied Excel at the dock July after a six-day trip with anglers many from Tucson and Arizona He weighed the best fish at the Fisherman s Landing scales br br Ken Bell of Camarillo won first place for his -pound albacore which was tied by Garett Cunningham of Tucson In another oddity both men used -pound terminal gear to get their fish Bell used -pound Big Game line and Cunningham fooled his albie with -pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader br br Greg Vinikoor of Tucson used -pound Seaguar and a new Accurate two-speed reel to take his third-place -pound bluefin More ...
07-16-2008 Stout/Eppler 3 day
Hello Anglers Today we departed on our annual Stout Eppler -day trip We put a beautiful load of bait aboard and cleared the point two hours early We did have a little action on albacore in the late afternoon with a few jig strikes and a handful of bait fish Tomorrow we will be offshore looking for some kind of action The weather is pretty choppy and hard to work in hopefully it comes down a bit JUSTIN More ...
07-13-2008 Quick jig strikes!
Hello Anglers Well I would like nothing better than be able to tell you guys that the fish we saw yesterday turned on for us today but that just wasnt the case Our morning started off really well with quick jig strikes to go along with a decent number of bait fish but that action ended early and we ended up driving around most of the afternoon We did get on a kelp holding a good number of yellowtail later in the afternoon but the albacore were down We are going to head down toward the beach tomorrow to see if More ...
07-12-2008 Steady action!
Hello Anglers Today we tried our luck fishing offshore for some tuna fish We had consistantly steady action all day with not much time in between jig strikes however the big stops just never materialized for us We were able to battle and scratch out a decent day of albacore fishing with a few bluefin and yellowfin tuna thrown in the mix Although we did not have a banner day out here there is a good sign of fish here and definitely a potential for a great day of fishing The weather is absolutely gorgeous making spots of puddlers and jumpers More ...
07-10-2008 Seeker Scores Big Mossback
Brian Porter chartermastered the Seeker five-day trip aboard the Excel that returned July with a great mixed catch that produced a mixed jackpot Skipper Justin Fleck docked the boat at Fisherman s Landing and weighed the best of the fish caught by anglers br br It was flat calm the whole time said Justin and we had a lot of kids aboard We found a kelp that gave up yellowtail albacore bluefin and six dorado It wasn t much of a kelp no bigger than one of the tables in the galley br br Gary Hawes of Torrance won first place More ...
07-10-2008 SMITH/BELL
Hello Anglers We departed today on our annual Smith Bell -day trip All of the regulars are here and ready for a good time After getting a beautiful load of mixed anchovies and sardines we cleared the point around JUSTIN More ...
07-09-2008 Great action!
Hello Anglers We finished off our trip in style with an afternoon of great action At the end of the day we ended up with yellowtail albacore bluefin and five dorado Not bad for just a few hours of fishing The weather remains outstanding as we are headed back to San Diego JUSTIN More ...
07-08-2008 40 yellows and one big halibut
Hello Anglers It was tough fishing today at the islands The water has cooled off a little bit which might be the reason the yellows had such tight lips No doubt about it there is plenty of fish around but today was not the right day We ended the day with yellows and one big halibut More ...
07-07-2008 40 bluefin, 12 albacore, and one yellowfin!
Hello Anglers Today was different from yesterday the fish bit a little bit in the morning and went down for the afternoon We had bluefin albacore and one yellowfin for the morning By noon everything went down so we decided to slide down to the islands for tomorrow The weather is flat calm JUSTIN More ...
07-06-2008 100 mixed tuna!
Hello Anglers We started our trip offshore It was slow going in the morning but picked up at noon We scratched out a nice afternoon We ended up with mixed tuna and a few yellowtail Tristian Pyle had a career day of fishing He caught three yellowfin tuna three albacore a bluefin tuna and a yellowtail And the kid is only nine years old Brian Porter would like to wish his wife Happy Anniversary Justin More ...
07-05-2008 Braid Trip Tries Thetis
Limits of yellowtail came to the anglers on the annual eight-day Braid Charter aboard Excel Skipper Mike Ramirez docked at Fisherman s Landing July and summed it up br br We got albies on the first day Then we went to Thetis and had some good yellowtail fishing but got chased off the bank by jumbo squid We went up to the Spot and got some small fish and then back to Thetis We went out to Alijos Rocks for all the schoolie tuna we needed and then up to the albacore grounds for albies and two bluefin br br Charter More ...
07-05-2008 Seeker 5 day
Hello Anglers We departed today on our Seeker day trip We got a full load of bait We cleared the point around noon More ...
07-04-2008 Good action!
Hello Anglers Today we finished our trip with good Albacore fishing A nice way to end a trip Happy th of July from the Excel crew Mike More ...
07-02-2008 Steady action.
Hello Anglers Today we arrived at the rocks at first light There was no shortage of life We had steady action all morning We got all the school size yellowfin we needed Now we're on our way to the albacore grounds We'll be there the day after tomorrow Mike More ...
07-01-2008 Beautiful kelps
Hello Anglers Today we spent the majority of the day looking offshore for kelps We found a lot of beautiful kelps for a few fish Making our way out to Alijos Rocks We'll be there first thing in the morning Mike More ...
June 2008
06-30-2008 Excel Report June 30, 2008
We had an incredible day of yellow tail fishing The best yellow fishing we've seen in a long time Not to mention the average grade of fish was - pounds We stayed busy from sun up to sun down Tomorrow we'll be looking offshore all day for kelps Wish us luck Mike Ramirez skipper More ...
06-30-2008 Incredible day!
Hello Anglers We had an incredible day of yellow tail fishing The best yellow fishing we've seen in a long time Not to mention the average grade of fish was - pounds We stayed busy from sun up to sun down Tomorrow we'll be looking offshore all day for kelps Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-29-2008 Quality yellowtail
Hello Anglers Today we stopped at high spot south of Cedros and caught a handful of quality yellowtail We didn't find the numbers we're looking for so we're continuing south in search of the big score Mike More ...
06-27-2008 Bonus stop for 22 albacore
Hello Anglers Today we left the dock on the annual Braid eight day We got a full load of bait and cleared the point around one in the afternoon On our way south we had a bonus stop for albacore just before dark We're continuing south Wish us luck Mike More ...
06-26-2008 FIshing was red hot!
Hello Anglers We spent the day fishing around the islands for bass and halibut The bass fishing was red hot in the morning around the kelp line They were biting the surface iron and fish traps pretty steady We even managed to drift up a few halibut The biggest flat fish was a pounder caught on a dropper loop Tomorrow will be our final day of fishing before heading back to San Diego Our E T A is on Friday morning JUSTIN More ...
06-25-2008 Steady action.
Hello Anglers The morning started off with steady action on forktails on the ridge It was not wide open with everybody hooked up at the same time or anything just a nice pace of - fish hanging at a time We finished with our quota before lunch so we headed offshore in search of tuna Although we were in good water for most of the day there was no real sign of tuna The weather is still flat calm JUSTIN More ...
06-25-2008 Quality yellows
Hello Anglers Today was exactly what we needed good fishing on quality yellows We arrived at the ridge about and stayed busy all day The fly lined sardine on pound was the the most productive method today but there were plenty of fish caught on yo yo's The hot jig was the old faithful Salas Xjr in blue white or dorado patterns The grade of the yellows for the most part were - pounds with a few bigger We are going to spend the night here and try to fill the rest of our quota in the morning before heading up More ...
06-23-2008 Breezers and Boilers
Hello Anglers Today we fished the beach for yellows with not much success Visually it looked great with breezers and boilers of yellowtail around but they just wouldn't bite We ended the day with fish and are headed down to the ridge for tomorrow More ...
06-22-2008 25 nice yellows
Hello Anglers We dedicated our first day to looking offshore trying to find some tuna One element that we were not prepared for was heavy fog It was very difficult to find breaking fish or bird schools with less than mile visibility We managed to pick up nice yellows off some kelps The weather remains outstanding with calm seas and no wind We will try our luck at some yellows on the beach tomorrow More ...
06-21-2008 Weather is as good as it gets
Hello Anglers First off I would like to apologize for the lack of reports over the last few days as we were experiencing some problems with our server Things seem to be back on track now Yesterday we departed San Diego in gorgeous weather for a day trip We quickly got our safety and tackle seminars over with as there have been reports of tuna within one day range After a few hours of traveling out we got into some nice looking water to drop some jigs in We ended up trolling the rest of the afternoon with no takers although More ...
06-15-2008 Down the line
Hello Anglers Today we departed with a full load of passengers on an Open day trip We were able to clear the point at and start our journey on down the line in nice weather More ...
06-12-2008 Solid action!
Hello Anglers Today was a much better day of fishing We had solid action on good sized yellows at the islands The fish were mostly - pounds and we caught them on just about everything Bait yo yo's surface irons and fishtraps Everybody had so much fun today we are going to give it one more day Weather is still beautiful JUSTIN More ...
06-06-2008 Single and double jig strikes
Hello Anglers Today we fished offshore to try and get on some albacore and possibly some bluefin We arrived at the area at first light and put jigs in the water We didnt get a whole lot for the morning but after a few hours we got into an area of water that was holding some longfin We scratched all afternoon with single and double jig strikes here and there with a few bait fish mixed in We ended our day in area that had some bluefin but with more than a dozen seiners and helicopters buzzing around we didnt stand More ...
06-05-2008 "They were biting everything"
Hello Anglers We awoke this morning to discover that the weather although still not great had backed off considerably Always a good sign We started our day off in the same area we fished the morning before to see if we could get on some of the action we had yesterday Things werent looking so great as we werent getting much reaction out of the fish that were around but they just needed a little time to get with it We made a short move and dropped the anchor around a nice area of birds and with good current we were More ...
06-04-2008 Exciting to be with a great group
Hello Anglers Yesterday was a day of hunting for the right spot It is always exciting to be with a great group and feel the excitement of the search build Today our hunting paid off by morning and we had some good yellowtail action at the island The afternoon was a different story conditions changed and the sign of fish went away We are spending the night and are working towards another big morning More ...
06-02-2008 Heading down the beach
Hello Anglers This morning we departed on an open day trip after having a few days in We untied the boat around and after loading bait were clear of Point Loma around Our weather report shows unfavorable weather offshore so we plan on heading down the beach to try our luck at some yellows We will keep you posted More ...
May 2008
05-26-2008 Scratch at them
Hello Anglers br br Today we fished offshore again to try and get some more albacore and bluefin We were able to get on a spot of bluefin fairly early and scratch at them until it was time to start heading in for San Diego We ended up tallying bluefin and albacore for our day We are traveling home in gorgeous weather and will be in at Fisherman's Landing br br Fishing Report by Justin Fleck More ...
05-26-2008 Scratch at them
Hello Anglers Today we fished offshore again to try and get some more albacore and bluefin We were able to get on a spot of bluefin fairly early and scratch at them until it was time to start heading in for San Diego We ended up tallying bluefin and albacore for our day We are traveling home in gorgeous weather and will be in at Fisherman's Landing More ...
05-25-2008 Quadruple jigstrike
Hello Anglers br br Today we started offshore in an area of good clean water in hopes of some early season albacore Around we were able to find a spot of them puddling under some birds but our first two attempts at them yielded no fish However not long after putting the jigs back out did we get a quadruple jigstrike with first season albacore coming over the rail We were able to slide up on a few more schools of fish with some being albacore and some being bluefin We ended up picking all day for albacore and bluefin tuna More ...
05-25-2008 Quadruple jigstrike
Hello Anglers Today we started offshore in an area of good clean water in hopes of some early season albacore Around we were able to find a spot of them puddling under some birds but our first two attempts at them yielded no fish However not long after putting the jigs back out did we get a quadruple jigstrike with first season albacore coming over the rail We were able to slide up on a few more schools of fish with some being albacore and some being bluefin We ended up picking all day for albacore and bluefin tuna We will More ...
05-24-2008 Cedros Island
Hello Anglers br br Today we finished up on yellowtail in beautiful weather at Cedros Island We didnt need much and everything hooked today was of quality including a nice lb halibut landed by John Kukta on a yo-yo iron We will be heading offshore tomorrow in search of some tuna fish We will keep you posted Justin br br Fishing Report by Justin Fleck More ...
05-24-2008 Cedros Island
Hello Anglers Today we finished up on yellowtail in beautiful weather at Cedros Island We didnt need much and everything hooked today was of quality including a nice lb halibut landed by John Kukta on a yo-yo iron We will be heading offshore tomorrow in search of some tuna fish We will keep you posted Justin More ...
05-23-2008 Quality yellows
Hello Anglers br br We had good fishing in the afternoon on quality yellows The fish didn't really show until after lunch but when they arrived they were hungry The forktails were splashing around pretty good eating the surface iron full speed We got what we needed and are now headed up to the islands to do some scouting around Hopefully the weather backs off a little more and allows us to look offshore JUSTIN br br Fishing Report by Justin Fleck More ...
05-23-2008 Quality yellows
Hello Anglers We had good fishing in the afternoon on quality yellows The fish didn't really show until after lunch but when they arrived they were hungry The forktails were splashing around pretty good eating the surface iron full speed We got what we needed and are now headed up to the islands to do some scouting around Hopefully the weather backs off a little more and allows us to look offshore JUSTIN More ...
05-22-2008 Bent it towards the Beach
Hello Anglers br br We had to make a change of plans late yesterday as the wind and swell started to pick up and we didnt want to start off our trip rolling around with the potential for someone getting hurt So we bent it towards the beach in search of some yellowtail We arrived at the island shortly after lunch We looked around a bit before finding a nice spot of yellows that bit but didnt want to hang around the boat for very long We did a little bit more looking around until we set the anchor down for More ...
05-22-2008 Bent it to the beach
Hello Anglers We had to make a change of plans late yesterday as the wind and swell started to pick up and we didnt want to start off our trip rolling around with the potential for someone getting hurt So we bent it towards the beach in search of some yellowtail We arrived at the island shortly after lunch We looked around a bit before finding a nice spot of yellows that bit but didnt want to hang around the boat for very long We did a little bit more looking around until we set the anchor down for the latter More ...
05-21-2008 In search of the elusive longfin
Hello Anglers br br Today went departed on our first day trip of the year We cleared the point at making our way offshore in search of the elusive longfin Wish us luck Justin br br Fishing Report by Justin Fleck More ...
05-21-2008 In search of the elusive longfin
Hello Anglers Today went departed on our first day trip of the year We cleared the point at making our way offshore in search of the elusive longfin Wish us luck Justin More ...
05-19-2008 Arrived at Fisherman's Landing
Hello Anglers br br br Good morning anglers Today we arrived at Fisherman's Landing to offload our catch The Jackpot winners are as follows st Place went to Peter Gammarano with his yellowfin tuna that weighed in at lbs nd place went to Al Scow The fisherman's pal with his YFT that weighed lbs rd place went to David Choate with his YFT that weighed in at lbs We ended up with tuna going over lbs to go along with our wahoo Good jobs guys We will be leaving on a day trip on Wednesday Until then Justin br br Fishing More ...
05-19-2008 Arrived at Fisherman's Landing
Hello Anglers Good morning anglers Today we arrived at Fisherman's Landing to offload our catch The Jackpot winners are as follows st Place went to Peter Gammarano with his yellowfin tuna that weighed in at lbs nd place went to Al Scow The fisherman's pal with his YFT that weighed lbs rd place went to David Choate with his YFT that weighed in at lbs We ended up with tuna going over lbs to go along with our wahoo Good jobs guys We will be leaving on a day trip on Wednesday Until then Justin More ...
05-18-2008 Ride home has been fantastic!
p Hello Anglers br br Yesterday was a fun day along the beach in sunny hot weather Just about everyone caught a few nice yellows for the fresh hold before we called it a trip and started for home The ride home has been fantastic with no wind and very little swell Our E T A to Fisherman's Landing is on Monday morning We will see you at the dock JUSTIN p p -- Start -- p Fishing Report by Justin Fleck p More ...
05-18-2008 Ride home had been fantastic
Hello Anglers Yesterday was a fun day along the beach in sunny hot weather Just about everyone caught a few nice yellows for the fresh hold before we called it a trip and started for home The ride home has been fantastic with no wind and very little swell Our E T A to Fisherman's Landing is on Monday morning We will see you at the dock JUSTIN More ...
05-16-2008 Telling fish tales
p Hello Anglers br br The past two days have been heavenly traveling up the line in flat calm seas The guys have spent the days breaking down their heavy tackle just leaving a couple rigs for yellows Nights have been spent watching movies reading books or telling fish tales about the trip Tomorrow we will give the beach a look and see if there are any yellows to be found It would be nice to end the trip with a few nice forktails for everyone to take home in the fresh well JUSTIN p p -- Start -- p Fishing More ...
05-16-2008 Tell fish tails
Hello Anglers The past two days have been heavenly traveling up the line in flat calm seas The guys have spent the days breaking down their heavy tackle just leaving a couple rigs for yellows Nights have been spent watching movies reading books or telling fish tales about the trip Tomorrow we will give the beach a look and see if there are any yellows to be found It would be nice to end the trip with a few nice forktails for everyone to take home in the fresh well JUSTIN More ...
05-14-2008 Quality was outstanding!
p Hello Anglers br br Our last day of fishing out here didnt differ too much from how things have been going for us We were only able to tag fish today but the quality was outstanding Our big fish of the day was brought over by Peter Gammarano who landed a giant yellowfin that taped out at lbs Our second largest fish was caught by Larry Nelson who managed to land one that taped out at lbs We also landed other fish for the day ranging from - lbs We will be leaving here at dark and get a start More ...
05-14-2008 Quality was outstanding!
Hello Anglers Our last day of fishing out here didnt differ too much from how things have been going for us We were only able to tag fish today but the quality was outstanding Our big fish of the day was brought over by Peter Gammarano who landed a giant yellowfin that taped out at lbs Our second largest fish was caught by Larry Nelson who managed to land one that taped out at lbs We also landed other fish for the day ranging from - lbs We will be leaving here at dark and get a start on our long More ...
05-13-2008 All trophies!
p Hello Anglers br br Well things have remained somewhat consistant with us getting an shot in the early morning and a late afternoon shot with a lot of driving in between Although we havent been landing large amounts of fish the ones we're getting are all trophies Our first morning hit was on a sonar school with Joann Ciciliano landing her first cow of the trip a fish that taped out at lbs We then did a lot of driving around during the day before we got on another spot of birds that were holding some fish It was in More ...
05-13-2008 All trophies!
Hello Anglers Well things have remained somewhat consistant with us getting an shot in the early morning and a late afternoon shot with a lot of driving in between Although we havent been landing large amounts of fish the ones we're getting are all trophies Our first morning hit was on a sonar school with Joann Ciciliano landing her first cow of the trip a fish that taped out at lbs We then did a lot of driving around during the day before we got on another spot of birds that were holding some fish It was in that spot that More ...
05-12-2008 Mikkelsen Trip Bags Cows
p Justin Fleck has his crew out on the annual Big Fish Trip with Ralph The Long Ranger Mikkelsen The trip began with the very good wahoo fishing that s been the trademark lately at Hurricane Bank and has now moved on inside to the waters offshore Clarion Island The wind has been up for several days but the Excel anglers are catching cows p More ...
05-12-2008 Excel Report
p Today started out slow with no fish around in the early morning Around we could see a large bird school with tuna and porpoise pushing a large bait ball around After drifting for a few minutes we started hooking some heavy fish on fly lined sardines and a couple on rubber flyer's The first few fish were in the to -pound class and they just kept getting bigger all the way up to a -pounder that David Choate caught on a Braid Flyer on a helium balloon down wind I wish everybody could have seen the boil it made--wow p More ...
05-12-2008 Started hooking some heavy fish
Hello Anglers Today started out slow with no fish around in the early morning Around we could see a large bird school with tuna and porpoise pushing a large bait ball around After drifting for a few minutes we started hooking some heavy fish on fly lined sardines and a couple on rubber flyer's The first few fish were in the - pound class and they just kept getting bigger all the way up to a pounder that David Choate caught on a Braid Flyer on a helium balloon down wind I wish everybody could have seen the boil it made More ...
05-11-2008 Nice school early
Hello Anglers We thought we were going to have a repeat of yesterday when we got on a nice school early in the morning but things dont always pan out how you expect them to Our anglers were only able to hook two fish and the school didn't stick around Auggie Roberts landed a on a mackerel and that was our biggest fish for the day There was really no sign of fish until late in the afternoon when we got on a bird school holding some fish of which we landed more fish ranging from - lbs We are going More ...
05-10-2008 Excel Report
p Yesterday was tough for us with the weather increasing and no real sign of big fish What a difference a day makes We were lucky enough to get on a school of straight big ones early in the morning just after it cracked gray The school stuck with us for a while and we hooked eight heavies at the same time We were able to land six of the eight and a -pounder Big fish honors go to Big Al The Fisherman's Pal with a giant -pounder he hooked on the Yummee Flyer After we left that drift we were More ...
05-10-2008 Hooked up eight heavies
Hello Anglers Yesterday was tough for us with the weather increasing and no real sign of big fish What a difference a day makes We were lucky enough to get on a school of straight big ones early in the morning just after it cracked gray The school stuck with us for a while and we hooked eight heavies at the same time We were able to land six of the eight and a Big fish honors go to Big Al The Fisherman's Pal with a giant pounder he hooked on the Yummee Flyer After we left that drift we were More ...
05-09-2008 Cows right on the boat
Hello Anglers We arrived at Clarion Island at this morning in very nice weather After checking in with the camp we headed out off the island to the buffer zone which is - miles Right off the bat we could see bird activity with a few breaking fish The first fish that we hooked and landed was a pound yft caught by Curt Wiesenhutter Thats a good sign We were able to pick throughout the day and ended up with tuna three over pounds and one that's right on the fence Other big fish honors go to George Meigs and Marc More ...
05-08-2008 Cows right at the boat
p Hello Anglers br br We arrived at Clarion Island at this morning in very nice weather After checking in with the camp we headed out off the island to the buffer zone which is - miles Right off the bat we could see bird activity with a few breaking fish The first fish that we hooked and landed was a pound yft caught by Curt Wiesenhutter Thats a good sign We were able to pick throughout the day and ended up with tuna three over pounds and one that's right on the fence Other big fish honors go to George More ...
05-08-2008 Excel Report
p We arrived at Clarion Island at this morning in very nice weather After checking in with the camp we headed out off the island to the buffer zone which is to miles Right off the bat we could see bird activity with a few breaking fish The first fish that we hooked and landed was a -pound yellowfin caught by Curt Wiesenhutter That s a good sign p p We were able to pick throughout the day and ended up with tuna three over pounds and one that's right on the fence Other big fish honors go to George Meigs More ...
05-08-2008 Cows on the boat
Hello Anglers We arrived at Clarion Island at this morning in very nice weather After checking in with the camp we headed out off the island to the buffer zone which is - miles Right off the bat we could see bird activity with a few breaking fish The first fish that we hooked and landed was a pound yft caught by Curt Wiesenhutter Thats a good sign We were able to pick throughout the day and ended up with tuna three over pounds and one that's right on the fence Other big fish honors go to George Meigs and Marc More ...
05-07-2008 20kts. of wind
p Hello Anglers br br We woke up this morning to kts of wind and no sign of tuna After throwing down another skin we left before lunch headed for Clarion Island to try for some trophy sized yellowfin tuna Let's just hope this wind backs off a gives us a chance JUSTIN p p -- Start -- p Fishing Report by Justin Fleck p More ...
05-07-2008 20 kts. of wind
Hello Anglers We woke up this morning to kts of wind and no sign of tuna After throwing down another skin we left before lunch headed for Clarion Island to try for some trophy sized yellowfin tuna Let's just hope this wind backs off a gives us a chance JUSTIN More ...
05-06-2008 Excellent wahoo fishing
p Hello Anglers br br Hi Anglers We arrived at the bank around and were welcomed with excellent wahoo fishing It didn't take long to get the boat stopped They were biting the bombs and jigs as good as I have ever seen it We hit the century mark early and tried to anchor for tuna but we never hooked one In the afternoon the wind increased from kts to kt which made it hard to drive around so we sat on the anchor for the rest of the day with a steady pick on skin Tomorrow we will give it More ...
05-06-2008 Excellent wahoo fishing
Hello Anglers Hi Anglers We arrived at the bank around and were welcomed with excellent wahoo fishing It didn't take long to get the boat stopped They were biting the bombs and jigs as good as I have ever seen it We hit the century mark early and tried to anchor for tuna but we never hooked one In the afternoon the wind increased from kts to kt which made it hard to drive around so we sat on the anchor for the rest of the day with a steady pick on skin Tomorrow we will give it until noon here More ...
05-05-2008 Weather is picture perfect
p Hello Anglers br br Feliz Cinco De Mayo We have spent the past two days doing seminars and rigging tackle I would like to thank Eagle Claw for providing us with a nice supply of and circle hooks that we use for sardines and Mustad for providing us with an assortment of D hooks in the through sizes that we use for kite leaders All of the passengers appreciate it very much I would also like to thank Matt Salas of Salas jigs for the new wahoo jigs that I am sure will work great The boat was also stocked More ...
05-05-2008 Weather is picture perfect
Hello Anglers Feliz Cinco De Mayo We have spent the past two days doing seminars and rigging tackle I would like to thank Eagle Claw for providing us with a nice supply of and circle hooks that we use for sardines and Mustad for providing us with an assortment of D hooks in the through sizes that we use for kite leaders All of the passengers appreciate it very much I would also like to thank Matt Salas of Salas jigs for the new wahoo jigs that I am sure will work great The boat was also stocked with brand new More ...
05-03-2008 Mikkelsen big fish
p Hello Anglers br br We departed yesterday on our annual Ralph Mikkelsen big fish special with a full load of regulars Ralph did make the last minute decision to make the trip so that he could dedicate it in memory of his wife of years who just recently past Ralph would like to personally thank all of his friends for the overwhelming support he has received during these troubled times We are currently headed south in great weather toward Hurricane Bank looking for some good wahoo action br br JUSTIN p p -- Start -- p Fishing Report by Justin More ...
05-03-2008 Mikkelsen big fish
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual Ralph Mikkelsen big fish special with a full load of regulars Ralph did make the last minute decision to make the trip so that he could dedicate it in memory of his wife of years who just recently past Ralph would like to personally thank all of his friends for the overwhelming support he has received during these troubled times We are currently headed south in great weather toward Hurricane Bank looking for some good wahoo action JUSTIN More ...
February 2008
02-06-2008 Big Yummy Fliers Worked Really Good
strong Big Yummee Flyers Worked Real Good strong br br Skipper Justin Fleck docked Excel February after a -day trip with anglers who accounted for eight tuna over pounds from the Hurricane and the lower banks br br Justin s brother Chef Jason Fleck said We left with all still fishing hooked up We got big ones on that last stop and left with -pounders still boiling on the corner Most of the stuff was broken down because of expected rough weather The big Yummee Flyers worked real good br br Skipper Justin summed it up in his report from February More ...
02-03-2008 Excel Fish Report 02-03-2008
Hello Anglers br br We started off our morning with steady action on - lb tuna and after picking up about fish we decided to look around for some bigger models Right at sunset we got on a school of big biting fish They bit right on the corner for a solid half hour and everyone that was at the rail had one on Thanks to the efforts of the guys that WERENT listening to the Super Bowl we were able to land fish from - lb with over and one right at It was the best way we could have More ...
02-03-2008 14 at 160-230lb with 3 over 200 and one right at 200!
Hello Anglers We started off our morning with steady action on - lb tuna and after picking up about fish we decided to look around for some bigger models Right at sunset we got on a school of big biting fish They bit right on the corner for a solid half hour and everyone that was at the rail had one on Thanks to the efforts of the guys that WERENT listening to the Super Bowl we were able to land fish from - lb with over and one right at It was the best way we could have ended our More ...
02-02-2008 Excel Fish Report 02-02-2008
Excel Report br br February Once again we had nice weather all day and were able to scratch out tuna with a handful of bigger ones from to pounds Big fish honors go to Kirk Turner with a John Blackman and Mike Wickes with a pair of 's Randy Corbin with one right at and Vince Fathead Otani with one taping at We will spend our last day out here tomorrow to try and get on some more of these Big'uns More ...
02-02-2008 Excel Fish Report 02-02-2008
Hello Anglers br br One again we had nice weather all day and were able to scratch out tuna with a handful of bigger ones from - Big fish honors go to Kirk Turner with a John Blackman and Mike Wickes with a pair of 's Randy Corbin with one right at and Vince Fathead Otani with one taping at We will spend our last day out here tomorrow to try and get on some more of these Big'uns More ...
02-02-2008 Taping at 235!
Hello Anglers One again we had nice weather all day and were able to scratch out tuna with a handful of bigger ones from - Big fish honors go to Kirk Turner with a John Blackman and Mike Wickes with a pair of 's Randy Corbin with one right at and Vince Fathead Otani with one taping at We will spend our last day out here tomorrow to try and get on some more of these Big'uns More ...
02-01-2008 Excel Fish Report 02-01-2008
Hello Anglers br br We arrived to the lower banks yesterday but we were greeted by kts of wind and a nice swell to go with it We spent most of the day on the anchor riding it out Today we woke up to calm seas and very little wind After looking around a bit we located an area of birds with breaking fish After a couple stops we were able to put on tuna most of which were - pounds Noonon Alvarez took big fish honors with a pounder caught on the kite Kevin Kirby also caught a big tuna More ...
02-01-2008 220 pounder!
Hello Anglers We arrived to the lower banks yesterday but we were greeted by kts of wind and a nice swell to go with it We spent most of the day on the anchor riding it out Today we woke up to calm seas and very little wind After looking around a bit we located an area of birds with breaking fish After a couple stops we were able to put on tuna most of which were - pounds Noonon Alvarez took big fish honors with a pounder caught on the kite Kevin Kirby also caught a big tuna on his More ...
January 2008
01-29-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-29-2008
Hello Anglers br br Today we had a similar sign of big tuna around unfortunately the weather has picked up dramatically making it tough to spot fish We ended up with half a dozen really nice fish for our efforts We are now on our way towards Cabo San Lucas to fish the surrounding banks Weather remains tough but so are we br More ...
01-29-2008 Half a dozen fish
Hello Anglers Today we had a similar sign of big tuna around unfortunately the weather has picked up dramatically making it tough to spot fish We ended up with half a dozen really nice fish for our efforts We are now on our way towards Cabo San Lucas to fish the surrounding banks Weather remains tough but so are we More ...
01-28-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-28-2008
Today we drove around looking for birds schools with no real sign of life all morning However around noon we were able to get on a spot that was holding fish and we ended up drifting on it until dark We boated tuna for our efforts all from - lbs Big fish honors go to Tony Gutierrez with a lber Tex Dehart with a lber and Al Scow The Fishermans Pal with a lber We will be staying here tonight and giving it another shot tomorrow More ...
01-28-2008 Big fish honors!
Hello Anglers Today we drove around looking for birds schools with no real sign of life all morning However around noon we were able to get on a spot that was holding fish and we ended up drifting on it until dark We boated tuna for our efforts all from - lbs Big fish honors go to Tony Gutierrez with a lber Tex Dehart with a lber and Al Scow The Fishermans Pal with a lber We will be staying here tonight and giving it another shot tomorrow Justin More ...
01-27-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-27-2008
Today we fished the bank for another morning of good Wahoo fishing We trolled around for awhile but again the current died off leaving us with unfavorable conditions We ending up leaving around lunch We are currently on our way to one of the islands to fish bird school outside the buffer zone Weather is choppy More ...
01-27-2008 Wahoo fishing
Hello Anglers Today we fished the bank for another morning of good Wahoo fishing We trolled around for awhile but again the current died off leaving us with unfavorable conditions We ending up leaving around lunch We are currently on our way to one of the islands to fish bird school outside the buffer zone Weather is choppy Jusitn More ...
01-26-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-26-2008
We arrived to the bank and were greeted by frisky wahoo After just a few stops the current stopped dead in it's tracks and the fish went away The afternoon was spent sitting on the anchor scratching just a few tuna We are going to spend the night and try to round up a few more wahoo tomorrow More ...
01-26-2008 Frisky wahoo
Hello Anglers We arrived to the bank and were greeted by frisky wahoo After just a few stops the current stopped dead in it's tracks and the fish went away The afternoon was spent sitting on the anchor scratching just a few tuna We are going to spend the night and try to round up a few more wahoo tomorrow More ...
01-24-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-24-2008
We stopped briefly at alijos to break up the ride but didn't see much sign In the afternoon we had our final seminar and spent the rest of the day making wind- ons and leaders The weather remains as flat as a lake out here with light showers at times We will be arriving at the bank early Saturday morning Wish us luck More ...
01-24-2008 Arriving at the bank
Hello Anglers We stopped briefly at alijos to break up the ride but didn't see much sign In the afternoon we had our final seminar and spent the rest of the day making wind- ons and leaders The weather remains as flat as a lake out here with light showers at times We will be arriving at the bank early Saturday morning Wish us luck More ...
01-22-2008 Excel Fish Report for 01-22-2008
We departed yesterday on our last -day trip of the season with a boat load of regulars The bait looks great and we are headed south in flat calm weather The options of where to start our trip are wide open Wish us luck More ...
01-22-2008 Load of regulars
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our last -day trip of the season with a boat load of regulars The bait looks great and we are headed south in flat calm weather The options of where to start our trip are wide open Wish us luck More ...
01-21-2008 From The Jaimie To The Petrel
br Justin Fleck docked Excel January after the Jerry Brown Line One open charter of days There were five cows weighed after the trip with anglers Another cow appeared to have left with its angler without being weighed Jerry Brown himself was aboard as chartermaster fishing with several very sore ribs He hooked an estimated -pounder that escaped br br There s tuna from the Jaimie Bank to the Petrel noted Justin We got limits mostly on fish of to pounds with a half-dozen cows The Mustad hooks worked very well with the mackerel bait a lot of the guys were More ...
01-20-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-20-2008
The ride home is flat calm and our e t a is still on Monday morning More ...
01-20-2008 The ride home
Hello Anglers The ride home is flat calm and our e t a is still on Monday morning JUSTIN More ...
01-18-2008 Excel Fish Report 01-18-2008
We finished off our trip in style with a nice little hit on big ones this afternoon Big fish honors go to Ralph Tisher with a lbs tuna The rest of the fish were - lbs All in all we had a great trip with tuna seven cows a couple handfuls of dorado and a wahoo for our anglers The weather remains outstanding for our ride home and our E T A to San Diego is on Monday morning More ...
01-18-2008 Ralph Tisher with a 225lb. tuna
Hello Anglers We finished off our trip in style with a nice little hit on big ones this afternoon Big fish honors go to Ralph Tisher with a lbs tuna The rest of the fish were - lbs All in all we had a great trip with tuna seven cows a couple handfuls of dorado and a wahoo for our anglers The weather remains outstanding for our ride home and our E T A to San Diego is on Monday morning JUSTIN More ...
01-17-2008 Excel Fish Report for 01-17-2008
The past two days have been exactly what we were looking for bigger grade tuna with a few cows mixed in The mornings have been starting off with good action on - lbs fish and the bigger fish being - lbs have been showing in the afternoons Ken Bell boated his second cow of the trip and Steve Howard landed his personal best a pounder There were a few more heartbreaks but all in all we have put together a great trip We have one more day down here before we have to start heading north More ...
01-17-2008 Oh yes a 210 pounder!
Hello Anglers The past two days have been exactly what we were looking for bigger grade tuna with a few cows mixed in The mornings have been starting off with good action on - lbs fish and the bigger fish being - lbs have been showing in the afternoons Ken Bell boated his second cow of the trip and Steve Howard landed his personal best a pounder There were a few more heartbreaks but all in all we have put together a great trip We have one more day down here before we have to start heading north JUSTIN More ...
01-15-2008 Good Action!
Today we had good action on - pound tuna in the morning We boated about fish out of the flurry and spent the afternoon trying to catch a trophy The only thing consistent down here is that every day is different There were big ones seen yesterday but were nowhere to be found today We still have three days of fishing to find the cows The weather remains flat calm JUSTIN More ...
01-15-2008 Good action
Hello Anglers Today we had good action on - pound tuna in the morning We boated about fish out of the flurry and spent the afternoon trying to catch a trophy The only thing consistent down here is that every day is different There were big ones seen yesterday but were nowhere to be found today We still have three days of fishing to find the cows The weather remains flat calm JUSTIN More ...
01-14-2008 Challenges and Rewards
The great thing about fishing is that each day brings new challenges and rewards One day you can not haul them in fast enough the next who knows The cows we all seek can be the hardest to find and so the best when they do bite Yesterdays fishing was the best todays fishing was fishing not catching I can't blame it on the weather because it is as flat as it gets We are making a move south and will be fishing again tomorrow Wish us luck we need all the help we can get JUSTIN More ...
01-14-2008 Challenges and rewards
Hello Anglers The great thing about fishing is that each day brings new challenges and rewards One day you can not haul them in fast enough the next who knows The cows we all seek can be the hardest to find and so the best when they do bite Yesterdays fishing was the best todays fishing was fishing not catching I can't blame it on the weather because it is as flat as it gets We are making a move south and will be fishing again tomorrow Wish us luck we need all the help we can get JUSTIN More ...
01-13-2008 Decided to Bite
The big ones finally showed up for us and decided to bite Lee Erlendson started it off with a lbs tuna caught on a fly-lined mackerel Diane Chambers and Ken Bell followed with a pair of lbs tunas We landed nine others from - and about school sized fish from - lbs There were a couple of real heartbreaks though John Chambers lost an estimated lbs tuna right at gaff after a three and a half hour skiff ride Jerry Brown had the biggest upset after losing an estimated lbs tuna ten feet from the boat The positive thing about it More ...
01-13-2008 Decided to bite
Hello Anglers The big ones finally showed up for us and decided to bite Lee Erlendson started it off with a lbs tuna caught on a fly-lined mackerel Diane Chambers and Ken Bell followed with a pair of lbs tunas We landed nine others from - and about school sized fish from - lbs There were a couple of real heartbreaks though John Chambers lost an estimated lbs tuna right at gaff after a three and a half hour skiff ride Jerry Brown had the biggest upset after losing an estimated lbs tuna ten feet from the boat The positive thing More ...
01-10-2008 All are having a great time
We spent the last two days on the beach trying to locate the elusive super cows Fishing on - pound fish has been outstanding and all are having a great time The weather remains good down here and we have high hopes to find this stuff soon Wish us luck More ...
01-10-2008 All are having a great time.
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days on the beach trying to locate the elusive super cows Fishing on - pound fish has been outstanding and all are having a great time The weather remains good down here and we have high hopes to find this stuff soon Wish us luck More ...
01-08-2008 Thanks again Jerry
Today we are just traveling down outside the ridge in nice weather This morning our Charter Master Jerry Brown held a raffle in the galley with lots of free giveaways including but not limited to a few Accurate Boss reels filled Line One spectra and Momoi monofiliment Avet HX reels also spooled with Line One and Momoi topshots multiple top shots by Basil Pappas courtesy of BHP tackle multiple Raiders Jigs courtesy of Guy and Annete at ringedhooks com plus cash prizes and gift certificates courtesy of Jerry Brown himself in addition to embroidered jackets for everyone on board Thanks again More ...
01-08-2008 Thanks again Jerry
Hello Anglers Today we are just traveling down outside the ridge in nice weather This morning our Charter Master Jerry Brown held a raffle in the galley with lots of free giveaways including but not limited to a few Accurate Boss reels filled Line One spectra and Momoi monofiliment Avet HX reels also spooled with Line One and Momoi topshots multiple top shots by Basil Pappas courtesy of BHP tackle multiple Raiders Jigs courtesy of Guy and Annete at ringedhooks com plus cash prizes and gift certificates courtesy of Jerry Brown himself in addition to embroidered jackets for everyone on board More ...
01-07-2008 Jerry Brown 15 Day
We departed yesterday on a Jerry Brown sponsored day trip in nice weather Today our weather is a little choppy as we are traveling down to the lower banks to start our trip We will have a full seminar this morning and spend the afternoon rigging the passengers gear More ...
01-07-2008 Jerry Brown 15 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on a Jerry Brown sponsored day trip in nice weather Today our weather is a little choppy as we are traveling down to the lower banks to start our trip We will have a full seminar this morning and spend the afternoon rigging the passengers gear More ...
01-05-2008 Zig Zag?
br Skipper Justin Fleck returned anglers aboard Excel to Fisherman s Landing January after a Christmas -day trip to the Southern Banks br br We had good fishing on these medium grade tuna remarked Justin But we just couldn t find the bigger ones It was tough br br Jay Orbon of Morgan Hills took first place in the Jackpot for a -pound yellowfin br br It s just one of those deals said Jay We should have zigged instead of zagged We still had fun br br Robert Smisch of Rosamond was second for an -pound tuna and James Bech More ...
01-04-2008 35 big tuna from 100-250 pounds!
Hello Anglers We had a fantastic day of fishing out here on the bank The day started with very good wahoo fishing in the morning where we were able to throw on skin Just after lunch we put the anchor down and picked up big tuna from - pounds Eight of the fish taped out over the mark Big fish honors go to Ken Cirks for his caught on a skippy He also had a Tim Turis Dennis Braid Dennis Sailors and Grover Sinsley also had cows The weather is flat calm out here so it is nice on the anchor More ...
01-03-2008 Hipolito
We finished our trip off at Hipolito with consistent action on yellowtail We tagged fish out of a couple of drifts The weather remains outstanding and we are making good speed on our way up the line so we will be in early on saturday morning Our e t a to fishermans landing is More ...
01-03-2008 Hipolito
Hello Anglers We finished our trip off at Hipolito with consistent action on yellowtail We tagged fish out of a couple of drifts The weather remains outstanding and we are making good speed on our way up the line so we will be in early on saturday morning Our e t a to fishermans landing is JUSTIN More ...
01-02-2008 School sized tuna
We continue our search to get on a school of cows down here on the lower banks There has been great fishing on school sized tuna and we are continuing to look for signs of cows We managed to put a great catch together and we are now headed north to try to end our trip with some action on yellows The weather is unbelievably good More ...
01-02-2008 School sized tuna
We continue our search to get on a school of cows down here on the lower banks There has been great fishing on school sized tuna and we are continuing to look for signs of cows We managed to put a great catch together and we are now headed north to try to end our trip with some action on yellows The weather is unbelievably good More ...
01-02-2008 School sized tuna
Hello Anglers We continue our search to get on a school of cows down here on the lower banks There has been great fishing on school sized tuna and we are continuing to look for signs of cows We managed to put a great catch together and we are now headed north to try to end our trip with some action on yellows The weather is unbelievably good JUSTIN More ...
December 2007
12-30-2007 The Water Has Cooled Off
We have spent the past two days down here on the lower banks hunting for tuna The water has cooled off a bit which may be the reason we haven't caught much The weather is supposed to get nice for the next couple of days so we can fish in improved conditions With luck we will achieve our goals and make it a great new year start More ...
12-30-2007 The water has cooled off
Hello Anglers We have spent the past two days down here on the lower banks hunting for tuna The water has cooled off a bit which may be the reason we haven't caught much The weather is supposed to get nice for the next couple of days so we can fish in improved conditions With luck we will achieve our goals and make it a great new year start More ...
12-28-2007 yankin' and crankin
We spent the day fishing yellows on the ridge in choppy weather There were plenty of fish around but most of them were on the small side After yankin' and crankin' for a couple of hours we put tags on yellows and released a ton Tomorrow we will be down on the lower banks trying for tuna JUSTIN More ...
12-28-2007 yankin' and crankin'
Hello Anglers We spent the day fishing yellows on the ridge in choppy weather There were plenty of fish around but most of them were on the small side After yankin' and crankin' for a couple of hours we put tags on yellows and released a ton Tomorrow we will be down on the lower banks trying for tuna JUSTIN More ...
12-27-2007 Christmas 10-day
I hope everyone had a great holiday season I know I did We departed yesterday on our Christmas -day with a full load of passengers We cleared the point around and started heading south in choppy weather Today we started the morning with a full tackle seminar and will spend the rest of the day helping passengers get rigged up Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-27-2007 Christmas 10 day trip
Hello Anglers I hope everyone had a great holiday season I know I did We departed yesterday on our Christmas -day with a full load of passengers We cleared the point around and started heading south in choppy weather Today we started the morning with a full tackle seminar and will spend the rest of the day helping passengers get rigged up Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
12-20-2007 Broke My Belt
Skipper Mike Ramirez returned anglers to Fisherman s Landing December after a ten-day trip aboard Excel The open charter brought home six yellowfin over pounds br br There wasn t much to catch on the way down said Captain Ramirez So we just went straight to the lower banks We had a lot of life on to pound fish with the bigger ones mixed in here and there We stayed for five days with nice weather br br On the way back we fished outside Geronimo for three hours and caught a lot of reds br br Bob Neal of Huntington More ...
12-16-2007 Good action!
Today we again had good action on - lb fish We spent most of our time today drifting keeping a slow steady pick with one or two going most of the day Big fish of the day went to En Fuego Jason Smith with one taping out at lbs and honorable mention to Cheese Steele landing one that taped out right at lb Good Job Ladies Weather is as good as it gets We have one more day here before we have to start heading up the line More ...
12-16-2007 Good action!
Hello Anglers Today we again had good action on - lb fish We spent most of our time today drifting keeping a slow steady pick with one or two going most of the day Big fish of the day went to En Fuego Jason Smith with one taping out at lbs and honorable mention to Cheese Steele landing one that taped out right at lb Good Job Ladies Weather is as good as it gets We have one more day here before we have to start heading up the line More ...
12-15-2007 Technical Difficulties
Technical Difficulties Sorry for the delay in the reports guys but we had a problem with our satellite connection for a couple of days So here's a little recap We arrived here on the beach to find the weather a little less than favorable We ended up doing a lot of driving around our first day and ended up with a little over a dozen fish ranging from - pounds Not the big ones we were hoping for but nice fish Our second day out here would end with some of the big boys hitting the deck We were able to More ...
12-15-2007 Technical Difficulties
Hello Anglers Technical Difficulties Sorry for the delay in the reports guys but we had a problem with our satellite connection for a couple of days So here's a little recap We arrived here on the beach to find the weather a little less than favorable We ended up doing a lot of driving around our first day and ended up with a little over a dozen fish ranging from - pounds Not the big ones we were hoping for but nice fish Our second day out here would end with some of the big boys hitting the deck We were More ...
12-11-2007 Get rigged up and prepared!
We spent the morning conducting a few tackle seminars and helping everyone get rigged up and prepared for the fishing to come In the late afternoon we stopped for a short while at Benitos island where we scratched a few yellows before the rain came and the sun set We will be traveling south all day tomorrow hoping to find something offshore Will keep you posted More ...
12-11-2007 Get rigged up and prepared!
Hello Anglers We spent the morning conducting a few tackle seminars and helping everyone get rigged up and prepared for the fishing to come In the late afternoon we stopped for a short while at Benitos island where we scratched a few yellows before the rain came and the sun set We will be traveling south all day tomorrow hoping to find something offshore Will keep you posted More ...
12-10-2007 Beautiful load of bait
Today we left on our annual open day with a beautiful load of bait We cleared the point by noon and started heading on down the line More ...
12-10-2007 Beautiful load of bait
Hello Anglers Today we left on our annual open day with a beautiful load of bait We cleared the point by noon and started heading on down the line More ...
12-09-2007 Very Long Run
Justin Fleck docked the Excel December after a -day Braid trip with anglers They got cows br bR Today we had a very productive day on tuna out here on these lower banks he wrote December We had beautiful weather which helped in finding the bird schools that these fish are on and nearly every spot of fish resulted in a hook up We ended up tagging fish ranging from to pounds with the average size being to Highlight of the day was Warren Bergie Bergman who landed the last fish right after dark which taped out at pounds Br Br More ...
12-06-2007 The Big Ones!
We finished our trip off right with a good hit on big ones The weather is still flat calm which made it pretty easy to get on these schools Ken Cirks caught the big fish of the day a pounder caught pound Big Game and a mustad hook Mike Stiny also had a cow just before dark We are now headed north and will be at Fisherman's Landing on Sunday moning at More ...
12-06-2007 The Big Ones!
Hello Anglers We finished our trip off right with a good hit on big ones The weather is still flat calm which made it pretty easy to get on these schools Ken Cirks caught the big fish of the day a pounder caught pound Big Game and a mustad hook Mike Stiny also had a cow just before dark We are now headed north and will be at Fisherman's Landing on Sunday moning at More ...
12-05-2007 Bite's on!
Today we had a very productive day on tuna out here on these lower banks We had beautiful weather which helped in finding the bird schools that these fish are on and nearly every spot of fish resulted in a hook up We ended up tagging fish ranging from - lbs with the averge size being - lbs Highlight of the day was Warren Bergie Bergman who landed the last fish right after dark which taped out at lbs Way to go Bergie We have one more day down here before we have to call it a trip and start heading More ...
12-05-2007 Bites On!
Hello Anglers Today we had a very productive day on tuna out here on these lower banks We had beautiful weather which helped in finding the bird schools that these fish are on and nearly every spot of fish resulted in a hook up We ended up tagging fish ranging from - lbs with the averge size being - lbs Highlight of the day was Warren Bergie Bergman who landed the last fish right after dark which taped out at lbs Way to go Bergie We have one more day down here before we have to call it a trip and More ...
12-04-2007 The Day The Big Ones Bite
The weather has backed off and is now flat calm No doubt about it we saw very good sign of bigger tuna today but it was just not ready to bite There was pretty good fishing on - pound fish in the morning and in the afternoon it was mostly big ones We managed to catch a handful of - pounders just before dark Let's hope the weather remains good and tomorrow will be the day the big ones bite More ...
12-04-2007 The Day The Big Ones Bite.
Hello Anglers The weather has backed off and is now flat calm No doubt about it we saw very good sign of bigger tuna today but it was just not ready to bite There was pretty good fishing on - pound fish in the morning and in the afternoon it was mostly big ones We managed to catch a handful of - pounders just before dark Let's hope the weather remains good and tomorrow will be the day the big ones bite More ...
12-03-2007 Looking for the Jackpot
We spent the past two days fishing the beach in choppy weather with not much luck The few schools that we have seen have been smaller fish The weather is going to get nice for a couple of days so hopefully the cows show up More ...
12-03-2007 Looking for the Jackpot
Hello Anglers We spent the past two days fishing the beach in choppy weather with not much luck The few schools that we have seen have been smaller fish The weather is going to get nice for a couple of days so hopefully the cows show up More ...
November 2007
11-30-2007 As good as I have ever seen!
We spent the day looking for bird schools miles from Clarion Island Early in the morning there was a giant bird school with lots of fish crashing fish in it We slid up on it and it bit as good as I have ever seen - pound fish stuck to the boat like glue They were biting poppers surface irons and skip jigs right on the corner After a few minutes of fun we left them biting to try and find some trophies We are headed towards the beach to try for a few more cows before we head home More ...
11-30-2007 As good as I have ever seen!
Hello Anglers We spent the day looking for bird schools miles from Clarion Island Early in the morning there was a giant bird school with lots of fish crashing fish in it We slid up on it and it bit as good as I have ever seen - pound fish stuck to the boat like glue They were biting poppers surface irons and skip jigs right on the corner After a few minutes of fun we left them biting to try and find some trophies We are headed towards the beach to try for a few more cows before we head More ...
11-29-2007 Jackpot!!!
Hello Anglers Today we had an exciting morning trying for tuna as they splashed around right next to us Fortunately the fish pulled a houdini on us and then returned around We could see tuna crashing and birds diving and they came right at us We had are hands full with up to going at one time and lots of tangles we ended up with a good shot in the evening with over fish The daily jackpot went to Tom Lane with a pound yellowfin Justin More ...
11-28-2007 Outstanding day!
Report from the BANK Weather has picked up a bit out here with some breeze pushing in some rain but the fishing has remained outstanding We were able to put another banner day together with tuna going into the holds with another of them being released Big fish honors go to Jan Howard and Tim Turis who both got their fish on the kite late in the day We will be staying here at least through tomorrow Hopefully the weather comes down nice enough for us to troll up some more skin wish us liuck More ...
11-28-2007 Outstanding day!
Hello Anglers Report from the BANK Weather has picked up a bit out here with some breeze pushing in some rain but the fishing has remained outstanding We were able to put another banner day together with tuna going into the holds with another of them being released Big fish honors go to Jan Howard and Tim Turis who both got their fish on the kite late in the day We will be staying here at least through tomorrow Hopefully the weather comes down nice enough for us to troll up some more skin wish us liuck More ...
11-28-2007 Successful day!
Hello Anglers Today we arrived at the rocks and after trolling around for wahoo we got the anchor down just after lunch and started picking away at beautiful Alijos yellowfin They ranged from to pounds with the daily jackpot going to Gregg Downing with a pounder Even Big Al made it to the rail and landed a pounder We are hoping for another successfull day tomorrow More ...
11-27-2007 10 over 200Lbs.!!!
Today was our first day at the Bank and it was a good one We started off with a nice hit on wahoo on the shallow We boated about skin out of our first two stops Once we got the anchor down the tuna got on us right away We were able to keep - fish hanging all the way into the dark The tuna bite was started off by Gordon Seward with a pounder caught on the yummee flyer The total count was tuna over pounds with of those over pounds The biggest tuna was caught by Chris Forster just More ...
11-27-2007 10 over 200lbs.!!!
Hello Anglers Today was our first day at the Bank and it was a good one We started off with a nice hit on wahoo on the shallow We boated about skin out of our first two stops Once we got the anchor down the tuna got on us right away We were able to keep - fish hanging all the way into the dark The tuna bite was started off by Gordon Seward with a pounder caught on the yummee flyer The total count was tuna over pounds with of those over pounds The biggest tuna was caught by Chris More ...
11-25-2007 Famous Alijos rocks
Today we stopped at the famous Alijos rocks on our way down the line to see if we could snag a couple fish for dinner We arrived there early this morning to nice weather and cool water It was just beautiful to see We drove around a bit and made a drift for a lone yellowtail before continuing south Our ETA for the bank is around on Tuesday moning Weather is dead flat calm More ...
11-25-2007 Famous Alijos rocks
Hello Anglers Today we stopped at the famous Alijos rocks on our way down the line to see if we could snag a couple fish for dinner We arrived there early this morning to nice weather and cool water It was just beautiful to see We drove around a bit and made a drift for a lone yellowtail before continuing south Our ETA for the bank is around on Tuesday moning Weather is dead flat calm More ...
11-24-2007 Anticipation of catching cows
We departed yesterday on our braid day charter Got a nice load of bait and we cleared the point by am On our way south in anticipation of catching cows More ...
11-24-2007 Anticipation of catching cows
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our braid day charter Got a nice load of bait and we cleared the point by am On our way south in anticipation of catching cows More ...
11-19-2007 Seven Baja Cows
Justin Fleck didn t exactly discover the big tuna on the southern banks this season but he may have been first to make a catch on the cows Fleck docked Excel November after the ten-day Team Hoo trip with anglers Chartermasters Mark Dorton and Ken Bell were aboard and Fleck weighed his catch on the commercial scales at Fisherman s Landing br br There s incredible sign of cows down there reported Fleck at the dock It s like it was two years ago I think maybe we re seeing more -pounders this year br br The water s to degrees More ...
11-18-2007 50 nice grade yellows
Yesterday we fished the island for some yellowtail as we worked our way up towards San Diego We ended up with nice grade yellows before continuing up the line This morning we fished some reds which bit well to end the trip We are now traveling up in beautiful weather Our ETA for Fishermans Landing is See you at the dock More ...
11-18-2007 50 nice grade yellows
Hello Anglers Yesterday we fished the island for some yellowtail as we worked our way up towards San Diego We ended up with nice grade yellows before continuing up the line This morning we fished some reds which bit well to end the trip We are now traveling up in beautiful weather Our ETA for Fishermans Landing is See you at the dock More ...
11-15-2007 Awesome Cow Country
Today was another great day down here in Cow Country Our best stop of the day came just after lunch where we were able to keep fish going steady until dark We finished our day having boated of these bigger fish with of those going over lbs to go along with a few real heart breakers losing some big ones close to the boat Big fish honors went to Dean Jefferis with a fish taping out at lbs and to Billy Webb who landed a lb tuna hooked on the Yummee Flyer We will be traveling north tonight to fish the More ...
11-15-2007 Awesome "Cow Country"
Hello Anglers Today was another great day down here in Cow Country Our best stop of the day came just after lunch where we were able to keep fish going steady until dark We finished our day having boated of these bigger fish with of those going over lbs to go along with a few real heart breakers losing some big ones close to the boat Big fish honors went to Dean Jefferis with a fish taping out at lbs and to Billy Webb who landed a lb tuna hooked on the Yummee Flyer We will be traveling north tonight to More ...
11-14-2007 First 300-Pound Tuna!
Cow catching has commenced Much of the long range fleet has now arrived on the big tuna grounds south of Magdalena Bay Excel has not posted again since the initial report indicating -pound tuna were biting but several other boats did Here s what they re saying More ...
11-13-2007 Cow Country
We have been spending the last couple days down here in Cow Country where we've been having good action on some of these trophy sized tuna For the last two days of fishing we have been able to put tuna down in the fish hold most ranging from lbs - lbs Big fish honors go to Ken Bell and John Dillen each of whom have a fish taping out at lbs John Preston also has a pair of fish taping out at over lbs We are going to spend on more day here on the pastures before we start working up More ...
11-13-2007 "Cow Country"
Hello Anglers We have been spending the last couple days down here in Cow Country where we've been having good action on some of these trophy sized tuna For the last two days of fishing we have been able to put tuna down in the fish hold most ranging from lbs - lbs Big fish honors go to Ken Bell and John Dillen each of whom have a fish taping out at lbs John Preston also has a pair of fish taping out at over lbs We are going to spend on more day here on the pastures before we start More ...
11-12-2007 Cows from 130-190lbs.
The skill of our fisherman produced our first two cows of the season Carl Dorton caught the first one on the kite and Greg Vourdouris soon followed with a cow on a flylined sardine We had other big fish most from - pounds we are spending the night on the anchor and will do it all again tomorrow More ...
11-12-2007 Cows from 130-190lbs.
Hello Anglers The skill of our fisherman produced our first two cows of the season Carl Dorton caught the first one on the kite and Greg Vourdouris soon followed with a cow on a flylined sardine We had other big fish most from - pounds we are spending the night on the anchor and will do it all again tomorrow More ...
11-11-2007 Uncle Sam Bank
We had another excellent day of yellowtail fishing on the Uncle Sam Bank Again they bit into the dark today We got what we needed and started heading south to try and find some tuna Our weather remains good More ...
11-11-2007 Uncle Sam Bank
Hello Anglers We had another excellent day of yellowtail fishing on the Uncle Sam Bank Again they bit into the dark today We got what we needed and started heading south to try and find some tuna Our weather remains good More ...
11-10-2007 Team Hoo 10-day Trip
We departed yesterday on our annual TEAM HOO -day trip Most of the gang is here with the exception of the Delaware Destroyer get well soon Barry This afternoon we stopped at the island for a couple of hours and had a good bite on - pound yellows that bit right into the dark Tomorrow we will be on the ridge looking for more action More ...
11-10-2007 Team Hoo 10 day trip
Hello Anglers We departed yesterday on our annual TEAM HOO -day trip Most of the gang is here with the exception of the Delaware Destroyer get well soon Barry This afternoon we stopped at the island for a couple of hours and had a good bite on - pound yellows that bit right into the dark Tomorrow we will be on the ridge looking for more action More ...
11-09-2007 Thousands of Marlin
Justin Fleck docked Excel November after the th annual Brad Merritt ten-day trip with anglers Tuna fishing remains tough even on the southern banks Frank LoPreste is taking his -day anglers to the Hurricane Bank because of it br br We had some geat wahoo fishing said Fleck and there were school-sized small yellowfin at Alijos Rocks We also fished off Punta Tosca and there were thousands of marlin around Along with some wahoo and dorado The dorado fishing is super for good-sized fish br br In the boat s Internet log November Fleck wrote Today we kept offshore and had More ...
11-07-2007 At the rocks
We spent the last two days of our trip out at the Rocks where we were able to do well with school sized tuna and a few trophy yellowtail We did manage to capture one nice tuna about a pounder We are now headed home in flat calm weather Our E T A is to San Diego on Nov th More ...
11-07-2007 At The Rocks
Hello Anglers We spent the last two days of our trip out at the Rocks where we were able to do well with school sized tuna and a few trophy yellowtail We did manage to capture one nice tuna about a pounder We are now headed home in flat calm weather Our E T A is to San Diego on Nov th More ...
11-05-2007 Go get a few trophies
Today we kelped offshore and had very good dorado fishing with close to wahoo mixed in as well as a few tuna The morning started off slow but we got into different water and nice size kelps kept us active all day The last kelp was loaded with dorado and we had them eating brawturst hamburger pickles and even a serano chilli Tomorrow we are headed to the tuna grounds to try and get a few trophies Justin More ...
11-05-2007 Go get a few trophies
Hello Anglers Today we kelped offshore and had very good dorado fishing with close to wahoo mixed in as well as a few tuna The morning started off slow but we got into different water and nice size kelps kept us active all day The last kelp was loaded with dorado and we had them eating brawturst hamburger pickles and even a serano chilli Tomorrow we are headed to the tuna grounds to try and get a few trophies Justin More ...
11-04-2007 Countless Marlin
Today we fished closer to the beach for wahoo The skinnies were mixed in with big dorado and marlin Before lunch produced decent action with about a dozen nice flats and a dozen hoo and countless marlin released Towards the afternoon the marlin just got to aggressive and we decided to head back out to the tuna grounds Though we saw good sign of birds and dolphin we never saw any schools With our beautiful weather we have decided to stay the night and give the tuna another morning Justin More ...
11-04-2007 Countless marlin
Hello Anglers Today we fished closer to the beach for wahoo The skinnies were mixed in with big dorado and marlin Before lunch produced decent action with about a dozen nice flats and a dozen hoo and countless marlin released Towards the afternoon the marlin just got to aggressive and we decided to head back out to the tuna grounds Though we saw good sign of birds and dolphin we never saw any schools With our beautiful weather we have decided to stay the night and give the tuna another morning Justin More ...
11-03-2007 Active all day
Today we kept offshore and had very good dorado fishing with close to wahoo mixed in as well as a few tuna The morning started off slow but we got into different water and nice size kelps kept us active all day The last kelp was loaded with dorado and we had them eating brawturst hamburger pickles and even a serano chilli Tomorrow we are headed to the tuna grounds to try and get a few trophies Justin More ...
11-03-2007 Active all day
Hello Anglers Today we kept offshore and had very good dorado fishing with close to wahoo mixed in as well as a few tuna The morning started off slow but we got into different water and nice size kelps kept us active all day The last kelp was loaded with dorado and we had them eating brawturst hamburger pickles and even a serano chilli Tomorrow we are headed to the tuna grounds to try and get a few trophies Justin More ...
11-02-2007 Good sign of fish
Today we started off in the infamous tuna grounds and saw good sign of fish early with lots of bird life and dolphin We quickly started marking fish and even ran over some nice size schools of big ones but despite our efforts didn't get a bite By lunch we decided to leave the tuna as they are just not in the right mode and headed west looking for some wahoo We had a few kelps in the evening which gave anglers something to pull on tagging some beautiful dorado and a handful of wahoo We are headed in towards the More ...
11-02-2007 Good sign of fish
Hello Anglers Today we started off in the infamous tuna grounds and saw good sign of fish early with lots of bird life and dolphin We quickly started marking fish and even ran over some nice size schools of big ones but despite our efforts didn't get a bite By lunch we decided to leave the tuna as they are just not in the right mode and headed west looking for some wahoo We had a few kelps in the evening which gave anglers something to pull on tagging some beautiful dorado and a handful of wahoo We are headed in More ...
11-01-2007 Good sign of fish
We started are day off with good sign we saw several large kelps that held wahoo dorado school size tuna and yellowtail but unfortunately we didn't see much after lunch We are going to keep heading down and will be fishing warmer water tomorrow looking for tuna wish us luck Justin More ...
11-01-2007 Good sign of fish
Hello Anglers We started are day off with good sign we saw several large kelps that held wahoo dorado school size tuna and yellowtail but unfortunately we didn't see much after lunch We are going to keep heading down and will be fishing warmer water tomorrow looking for tuna wish us luck Justin More ...
October 2007
10-30-2007 Sign Is Good
Mike Ramirez skippered his inaugural ten-day trip and docked the Excel October at Fisherman s Landing His anglers had limits of dorado and a good catch of yellowtail along with some tuna and wahoo One of the tuna was nearly pounds caught by a lady angler br br It went well said Ramirez The weather was the nicest I've seen in a long time There's lots of black porpoise and good sign of tuna but not many big ones yet The water on The Ridge has improved to degrees and cleaned up with wahoo in it Yellowtail fishing was good at More ...
10-30-2007 Brad Merritt 10 day
oday we left on the Brad Merritt day with a beautiful load of bait and good traveling weather Tomorrow we will go through our seminars and get everyone rigged up to start our trip on the ridge More ...
10-30-2007 Brad Merritt 10-day trip
Hello Anglers Today we left on the Brad Merritt day with a beautiful load of bait and good traveling weather Tomorrow we will go through our seminars and get everyone rigged up to start our trip on the ridge Justin More ...
10-26-2007 Wahoo bit very well
We awoke today to another picture perfect day out on the water Trolling began at sunrise and it didnt take long for that first reel to go off The wahoo bit very well for us early on the shallows Mauraders Raider Jigs and fly lined baits all got bit well as we managed to put a decent score on the boat We trolled around for the better part of the day stopping along the way on schools of nice yellows that were also eager to bite for us We will be fishing here again in the morning before heading out offshore More ...
10-26-2007 Wahoo bit very well
Hello Anglers We awoke today to another picture perfect day out on the water Trolling began at sunrise and it didnt take long for that first reel to go off The wahoo bit very well for us early on the shallows Mauraders Raider Jigs and fly lined baits all got bit well as we managed to put a decent score on the boat We trolled around for the better part of the day stopping along the way on schools of nice yellows that were also eager to bite for us We will be fishing here again in the morning before heading More ...
10-24-2007 Nicer sized tuna
We spent the last few days fishing porpoise schools for some nicer sized tuna Things were looking promising as we had beautiful weather and plenty of porpoise around but most of the tuna schools we were able to get over the top of would not react We were able to scratch at some - lb fish and had a nice bite on some good sized dorado but were only able to tag one fish over lbs We will be fishing the ridge tomorrow hoping for some wahoo and yellowtail Weather remains gorgeous More ...
10-24-2007 Nicer sized tuna
Hello Anglers We spent the last few days fishing porpoise schools for some nicer sized tuna Things were looking promising as we had beautiful weather and plenty of porpoise around but most of the tuna schools we were able to get over the top of would not react We were able to scratch at some - lb fish and had a nice bite on some good sized dorado but were only able to tag one fish over lbs We will be fishing the ridge tomorrow hoping for some wahoo and yellowtail Weather remains gorgeous More ...
10-23-2007 Beautiful warm blue water
Today we traveled south fishing offshore in search of tuna dorado and wahoo We spent most of the day driving through beautiful warm blue water where there were no shortage of kelps but not much underneath them We were able to scratch a few dorado and small tuna before calling it a day and continuing on down the line We will be fishing the lower banks tomorrow hoping for some tuna We will keep you guys posted More ...
10-23-2007 Beautiful warm blue water
Hello Anglers Today we traveled south fishing offshore in search of tuna dorado and wahoo We spent most of the day driving through beautiful warm blue water where there were no shortage of kelps but not much underneath them We were able to scratch a few dorado and small tuna before calling it a day and continuing on down the line We will be fishing the lower banks tomorrow hoping for some tuna We will keep you guys posted More ...
10-21-2007 Excel Sportfishing Fish Report 10-21-07
We arrived at the north end of the island around pm where we saw little sign but managed a few fish before continuing on down We ended up getting a nice hit on some quality size fish late in the afternoon where we managed to keep multiple fish going until dark We are going to leave the island tonight keeping an eye on tropical storm Kiko as we continue to head down the line More ...
10-21-2007 A nice hit!
Hello Anglers We arrived at the north end of the island around pm where we saw little sign but managed a few fish before continuing on down We ended up getting a nice hit on some quality size fish late in the afternoon where we managed to keep multiple fish going until dark We are going to leave the island tonight keeping an eye on tropical storm Kiko as we continue to head down the line More ...
10-18-2007 Started up the line
We spent the last few days trying to stay out of the rough by fishing yellows at the islands We had good fishing on quality sized fish We then started up the line stopping today to fish for some cod before calling it a trip and continuing on home Our ETA is Friday morning More ...
10-18-2007 Started up the line
Hello Anglers We spent the last few days trying to stay out of the rough by fishing yellows at the islands We had good fishing on quality sized fish We then started up the line stopping today to fish for some cod before calling it a trip and continuing on home Our ETA is Friday morning More ...
10-16-2007 An instant bite
We spent the first part of our trip at Guadalupe Island in true sportsman conditions windy and rainy There seemed to be a bit of nice fish around We only had a few pieces of soft bait and they were an instant bite They had no interest in our sardines but we kept at it We are now headed to the beach to try to catch some yellows Wish us luck More ...
10-16-2007 An instant bite
Hello Anglers We spent the first part of our trip at Guadalupe Island in true sportsman conditions windy and rainy There seemed to be a bit of nice fish around We only had a few pieces of soft bait and they were an instant bite They had no interest in our sardines but we kept at it We are now headed to the beach to try to catch some yellows Wish us luck JUSTIN More ...
10-12-2007 Proud As Punch
Skipper Justin Fleck docked Excel after a -day Braid charter that ended at Fisherman's Landing October The Excel's anglers caught a variety of fish including two marlin and two sailfish all released Chartermistress Jan Howard said The trip was slow but skipper Justin did a fantastic job br br He never loses his sense of humor said Jan He's really funny especially when he's up in the wheelhouse talking with fleet He made it a wonderful trip And I got to gaff my first fish That was the most exciting part Br br Vince Gammarano of Oceanside was on his first