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Big yellowtail, yellowfin tuna highlight long-range fishing action

September 2, 2009 |  1:10 pm

Jon Kuch of Yorba Linda displays 54-pound yellowtail caught aboard the Royal Polaris.

Several vessels returned today from the long-range fishing grounds off Baja California, all with impressive hauls of tuna and yellowtail.

Anglers aboard the Royal Polaris, which docks at Fisherman's Landing in San Diego, got into a night bite that produced 106 quality yellowtail, including a 54-pounder caught by Jon Kuch of Yorba Linda (pictured).

Kuch used heavy gear and a dropper-loop rig, with a sardine for bait, and subdued the fish in 10 minutes.

Rudy Sgontz of Chico won the jackpot with an 83-pound yellowfin tuna, also caught on a sardine.

Top angler aboard the Spirit of Adventure, which docks at neighboring H & M Landing, was Bob Tiffany of Myakka City, Fla., who used a rental rod to bag a 59.8-pound yellowfin tuna after a 30-minute struggle.

Anglers aboard the Royal Star, which runs from Fisherman's Landing, found large yellowfin to be cooperative at Guadalupe Island. The largest was a 91-pounder by Doug Taylor of Oak Park. Second place in the jackpot went to Mike Nagao of Whittier, who caught an 82-pound tuna, and Bryan Sherman of Calabasas won third place for an 81.5-pound Guadalupe Island yellowfin tuna.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Jon Kuch of Yorba Linda displays 54-pound yellowtail caught aboard the Royal Polaris. Credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com