The fish fought hard and ran Westphal into the kelp several times. If not for the expert and hard-working crew on the Tradition, out of Redondo Beach, the fish would never have some to gaff.
In addition to the lone yellowtail taken, there were several other fish that broke off or just couldn't be stopped. There was also some good calico bass action and a few sand bass taken earlier in the day.
On Saturday morning, the Tradition had a wide-open barracuda bite. The lucky anglers on board caught more than 100 barracuda with a whole day's fishing yet to come.
"This is sure looking good," said Tradition skipper Steven Konrady. "There has been a ton of life here; it looks like it's finally gone off."
The Tradition runs Thursday through Sunday from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. with twilight fishing on Friday and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Additionally, every Friday is a Fishing with Phil day on both the three-quarter-day and twilight trips. For reservations on board the Tradition, call the landing office at 310-372-2111 or the Tradition information and reservation line at 818-455-6566.