Joe Machado Memorial Fund

As many of you may know by now, Capt. Joe Machado (The backbone of Everingham Bait Company’s boat operation for the past 30 something years)  lost his battle with cancer a few days ago.  A memorial fund has been established for private support to his wife to help defray the big costs she has upcoming and we encourage anyone who has fished out of San Diego and ever been to the bait barge to make a donation, no amount is too small.  He was a hard working man who dedicated his life to making sure we all had bait, was the best at what he did and put 110% into his livelihood and this donation is what would have meant the most to him.

Make checks payable to:
Joe Machado Memorial Fund
Mail to:
Joe Machado Memorial Fund
c/o American Angler
1403 Scott St.
San Diego, CA  92106

if you want to pay online, go to and use the following email address to send the funds to:

joe machado


Another James Gang Hardware 5 day trip is coming to an end and this one like all of them in prior years was really special. What makes us treasure this trip is not the fishing, not just the group that we have aboard but it’s the whole picture including behind the scenes. What this picture includes is the planning of all the details that can only be accomplished by family, friends and the whole community that comes along with being part of this group. As a representative of the aa family we are honored and appreciate our relationship with this group and we look forward to many more in future years.

The guys


We traveled down the beach in search of yellowtail and because we had some of our guys ahead of us it really narrowed down the hunt. When we arrived on scene it was very good action on good grade fish. Because it was flat calm there was lots of visual as they really wanted the surface iron. George Nazaroff captured several as the Salas 7x was everyone’s jig of choice.

The guys



After yesterday’s choppy weather we woke up in flat calm weather and enjoyed some steady morning fishing on small yellowfin tuna. They bit pretty good until about 11 in the morning then they went down and disappeared. We looked around for a few more hours for no luck before we started traveling down to put us in position for yellowtail tomorrow. Some of the younger generation did not take the afternoon off but instead prepared one our favorite dinners showing off their barbecuing skills.

The guys


We all set goals for what we would like to accomplish and the same goes for us on the boat. We told ourselves that if we could catch 20 nice bluefin we would be stoked because where we were going above the banks the weather forecast was for choppy weather. When we arrived on scene the weatherman was correct and throughout the day it picked up to a steady 20-25 kts. We were lucky enough to find a few dabs of fish and ended up with close to 30 nice grade fish that included a few in the 70-80lb class. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the grounds is for it to increase so we are moving on as we will never put a fish before safety.

The guys


We got off to a great start as we were able to take advantage of the great local yellowfin bite and did good on the day of departure. It was total déjà vu many times today as I would unhook a fish look up and reach for a tag and it would be from someone like the guys in today’s picture. It makes us feel older to think how many times that this exchange has happened over the last 12 years as trust me it has happened a lot.

The guys

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Seeker trip returns

The guys came home to very warm weather to unload their fish, but they made the best of it and got the job done.  Beautiful catch and what a super nice group of folks.  A huge thanks to Pat Doyle for representing and organizing!  See jackpot winners below

1st place  Chris McClary          76lb tuna

2nd place  Marlene McClary     44lb tuna

3rd place   Bill Cashman           43.5lb tuna

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As Bill so eloquently put it “a rose between two thorns” and how romantic that husband and wife took jackpot together

The guys get a night in and tomorrow hello James Hardware Gang!!!



reallybruceWe went looking for a few exotics to mix it up and had great conditions but only partial luck. We had beautiful blue 81-83 degree water, found a few kelps and ended up with a couple of handfuls of dorado and 3 wahoo such as the one displayed with Bruce Warmuth. We finished up the day and trip with some fast paced yellowtail action and we are traveling home in grease calm conditions.

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8/24/14 NailBiter

We started our yellowtail adventure where the fleet left off a week ago with great fishing. Having done this a few times before, we were apprehensive about conditions being the same. Unfortunately we were right about being apprehensive as there was next to no sign of fish where they had been. Starting from ground zero, it took us til lunchtime to get them located and with luck on our side we ended up having a great day. Most of our fish were on the yo-yo but the bait guys also did some damage and it was a godsend that we stayed busy.

The guys