The series started last Friday at the Rita Flynn indoor courts and ended yesterday with a thriller of a match that was the decider.PNG were one up winning the first match on Friday 47-46.Singapore hit back in the next match with a strong performance to come away with a 48-36 win.But the PNG girls worked hard in yesterday’s decider to edge out the Singaporeans to win the series 2-1.The PNG U-21 squad will now be trimmed down from 20 to 15 players.The final 12-member team will be selected in August to participate at the Regional World Cup qualifying tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, from September 24 – 27 this year.
“We are fishing 90 miles offshore where it is always breezy and there is a swell and these are super big, super hard-pulling fish,” Brizendine said. “Nothing less than 30- to 40-pound brand new mono will do.” The threesome was on the Pacific Dawn and had a fabulous trip. Brad Schlerf (who turns 10 today) caught his first albacore while big brother Ryan Schlerf, 12, caught several 25- to 35-pound albacore. John Graber from Carson called in via satellite phone from the brand new luxury long range boat, the Intrepid, and reported wide-open albacore fishing. “This is unbelievable,” Graber said. “Not only did we catch a ton of these giant albies, but we got to see a great show from a marlin that was caught and released.” ESPN Tournament: Congratulations to 12-year-olds Ingrid Camberos and Suzette Martinez from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay for winning an ESPN-sponsored fishing tournament in Washington D.C. Hundreds of kids from all over the United States participated, but these two fantastic future anglers finished first in the nation (five fish, 13 pounds, 9 ounces). Family fun: Art Medina of Torrance was in Loreto, Baja California recently with his daughter, Arielle, for a family location. Loreto is located on the Sea of Cortez, the setting for a dream fishing vacation. According to Medina, Arielle took only 15 minutes to land one of many big dorado. “I have never seen schools of so many monster dorado,” Medina said. “We released everything under 20 pounds,” he said. Arielle wasn’t finished there however as she hooked, battled, and triumphed over a striped marlin. The grueling battle lasted for two hours but she never gave up.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s a sight out of a National Geographic TV special. Finback whales, some 90 miles off the coast near the Cortez Bank, are circling schools of anchovies at high speed and rolling the fish into dense tight balls. The whales then turn on their right side to consume the bounty. Competing with the whales from above are flocks of gulls trying to pick off an easy meal as the bait fish are driven to the surface. From beneath the sea, thousands of 25- to over 40-pound albacore and a good quantity of 12- to 20-pound bluefin tuna also take turns feeding on the frightened baitfish. The best albacore bite in many years got even better for San Diego- and L.A./Orange County-based boats. “We have not seen albacore fishing this good on fish this big for many, many years,” said Frank Lo Preste from the Royal Polaris. “The best part about it is that I think the fish will be here through September. There is plenty of bait and conditions are ideal.” There are things you can do to land these big albacore. “I am a firm believer in fluorocarbon leader,” Legend skipper Shawn Trowbridge said. “We have been using the blackwater fluorocarbon leaders and day in and day out, those guys catch more fish.” Prowler skipper Buzz Brizendine admonishes anglers to come with heavy tackle.
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