SAN DIEGO–The end of 2020 has approached fast and bluefin tuna, yellowtail and swordfish have still been nip in local offshore waters.
The weekend of Dec. 19 realized three ships out looking for bluefin tuna following several days of bad weather. The good bulletin is that 12 to 35 -pound bluefin tuna, 15 to 25 -pound yellowtail, large bonito and an jumble of rockfish search for and burning at the Cortes Bank. Sardines were a good bait for the bluefin tuna that were biting over the weekend. If you are able to locate some of the larger sized bluefin that have gone to 200 -plus pounds in recent weeks, a kite fished frozen flying fish would be a good way to go. Look for rhythm markers, sonar crisscross, blots of interrupting fish and places of gust fish to situate bluefin tuna.
The other offshore fishing operations going on during this late part of the 2020 fishing season has been deep remove fishing for swordfish. The 9 Mile Bank remains a central orbit of undertaking, with the 178 Spot, the dropoff rack outside of Mission Bay and La Jolla, the La Jolla Canyon and the Carlsbad Canyon all being areas where barges have been spread out and getting periodic pierces. Best baits for the swordfish ought to have large-scale frozen squid, mackerel and bonito.
The fishing at Los Coronado Islands remains good for a mix of bonito, yellowtail, reds and assorted rockfish. Most of the yellowtail have been noted and caught by sportboats via situating the fisheries industry with searching sonar and it has been difficult for most private boaters to locate yellowtail with the use of a traditional up and down style fathometer. The best recent sportboat yellowtail weigh was when San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing fished a full day trip on Dec. 19, 2020 with 34 anglers who caught 23 yellowtail, 170 reds and 94 rockfish.
The yellowtail gnaw at Los Coronado Islands are currently in the 8 to 18 -pound range and have been biting best on yo-yo iron, dropper loop-the-loop fished sardines and flylined sardines.
Productive domains for bonito have been at North Island, the Middle Grounds and the lee side of South Island with the Pukey Point area of North Island being the most wonderful. The bonito have been biting on sardines, small chrome jigs and trolled Rapalas.
Fishing for rockfish around Los Coronado Islands has been very successful with the lower part of the 9 Mile Bank and the hard underside towards the east , northwest and north of North Island provide some of the best action for a quality mix of scarlets, salmon grouper and assorted rockfish.
The fishing along the San Diego County Coast remains mostly in a rockfish fish state with good numbers of reds and assorted rockfish sting but there have been periodic registers of yellowtail off La Jolla, Mission Bay and the Green Tank at Point Loma. There have also been some sand bass and calico bass grab off Imperial Beach, Point Loma and Mission Bay.
There have been periodic disturbances of beach bass biting at hard bottom areas off Imperial Beach as well as while net hard-boiled bottom blots to the southeast of the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma. Some calico bass have been biting for crafts fishing hard-boiled bottom areas off the Point Loma Lighthouse as well as while trawl the Jetty Kelp outside of Mission Bay.
An periodic halibut is being caught by ships floating the sandy freighter next to hard-bitten bottom areas off Imperial Beach. Occasional halibut are also being reported by boats fishing off South Carlsbad as well as at the sandy bottom next to the structure of the Yukon shipwreck and the sunken NEL Tower that are located outside of Mission Beach.
Hard bottom and organize spheres ought to have growing the good fishing for rockfish along the San Diego County coast and productive areas include the Imperial Beach Pipeline, the International Reef, the Point Loma Pipeline, the Green Tank, the 270, the upper extremity of La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Leucadia, Carlsbad and Box Canyon.
If the climate and liquid cases remain stable the 2020 offshore fishing season looks a lot like it might just roll right into 2021 on New Years Day. It will be interesting to see what happens and how long it will take for someone to catch the first bluefin tuna or the first swordfish of 2021.
Bob Vanian is the voice, novelist and researcher of the San Diego-based internet fish report service called 976 -Bite which can be found at www. 976 bite.com. Vanian also provides anglers with a personal fish report service over the telephone at( 619) 226 -8 218. He ever welcomes your fish reports at that same phone number or at bob9 76 gnaw @aol. com.