SAN DIEGO–At the time of my last report, the fisheries industry for bluefin and yellowfin was going through a bit of a lull age, as tuna bites had slow-footed during the middle part of August. I am roused to have immense report to pass along to you: the big-hearted numbers of tuna were just down for a while and have now come back up and are chewing well. When you add to the picture the good fishing that is currently going on for Dorado and yellowtail, the offshore fishing is as good as it has been all season.
Boats wishing to target bluefin tuna have been finding action while fishing areas such as the back side of San Clemente Island, the Tanner Bank, the deep water inside of the Tanner Bank, the San Clemente Canyon and the San Clemente Basin. The bluefin catch while fishing on the secure at the Tanner Bank have been mostly “smaller” fish that are currently in the 8- to 40 -pound class and the other areas listed above have been furnishing action on big sized bluefin that have gone up over the 250 -pound mark.
Sardines have been working for all sizes of bluefin with kite fished flying fish being the optimum bait for those targeting the jumbo sized bluefin tuna. Meter recognizes, sonar distinguishes and distinguishes of violating or gale fish ought to have leading to most of the bluefin action.
Private boater Floyd Sparks of Tuna Kahuna fished a recent outing targeting the jumbo sized bluefin and reported not receiving much going on while fishing recognises up and down the entire back side of San Clemente Island. He reported assuring a lot of barges wandering and fishing flying fish from kites but did not realise much in the way of separating fish or rhythm distinguishes to stop on. Sparks reported his best-looking area while fishing off San Clemente Island was off Pyramid Head where he saw some separating jumbo sized bluefin that did not want to bite for them on their kite fished flying fish.
Sparks left San Clemente Island and fished his lane dwelling toward San Diego by way of the 43 Fathom Spot. It was in the evening not long before dark when he got to the 43 Fathom Spot where he found a porpoise institution. He trolled through the porpoise clas hoping for a yellowfin and got a trolling strike on a trolled Halco plug. Sparks was expecting the fish to be a yellowfin tuna because it was stole in local schools of porpoise but was pleasantly stunned when they ended up catching a 75 -pound bluefin tuna. Sparks said it was an unexpected channel to have saved the day and articulated a delightful sized bluefin on the boat.
Private boater Tom Golding of Last-place Buck reported about fishing a recent errand to the Tanner Bank. Golding said they fixed near the 9 Fathom Spot where they discovered good angling for bluefin tuna and yellowtail. He was indicated that the three anglers aboard grab their limits of 6 bluefin tuna and also caught seven yellowtail. In addition to catching their limits of bluefin they likewise caught and exhausted three additional bluefin.
Golding said that their bluefin arrayed in sizing from 8 to 15 pounds and the yellowtail they caught were in the 20 – to 25 -pound class. The bluefin were burning on sardines and they caught five members of their yellowtail on cast-iron and two of their yellowtail on sardines. The yellowishes were reported to be biting well on Sumo 6 ponderous jigs and the pierces they only going were coming on the retrieve while the jig was an estimated 6 to 7 feet off the bottom.
In addition to the good bluefin angling there has been good fishing for a mixture of Dorado, yellowtail and yellowfin for barges fishing in Mexican oceans in a region straddling from the Upper Hidden Bank and the 475 Knuckle on down to the region of the 295 Bank and Inner Bank that are located outside of Ensenada. This is a large area of fish and has you fishing between 33 and 72 miles 170 to 190 units from Point Loma. Boats fishing these areas have often been finding near restriction to limit Dorado fishing along with a pretty good mix of yellowtail and improving numbers of yellowfin.
Kelp paddies have lead to most of the action on the Dorado, yellowtail and yellowfin tuna with some blind trolling affects and trolling impress in porpoise institutions also leading to action on yellowfin tuna. Most of the Dorado and yellowtail have been in the 5- to 12 -pound range and the majority of members of the yellowfin have been running from 10 to 18 pounds.
Private boater Louie Zimm of Shearwater fished a recent journey to the 475 Knuckle and reported locating a wide-open dorado bite at a kelp paddie he found at 37 miles 165 severities from Point Loma. He said the kelp paddie was loaded with 5- to 9-pound dorado and that they were biting well on sardines and on a one-half ounce freshwater bass top-water plug. They easily limited out on dorado and Zimm said that he took the hooks off the top-water bass plug and had a blast watching the dorado attack the top-water plug with no fixes in it.
Marlin fishing has been pretty good overall with what I would guess “mustve been” nine or 10 marlins caught and released over the past weekend. There were two primary beneficial regions of marlin pleasure with the eastern part of Catalina producing action for barges fishing off the Slide, around the 125 Spot and in different areas of the 152 Spot. The other beneficial marlin region was in closer to the mainland with some action being found in an area spread from the area of the 267 Spot off Dana Point on down to the area outside of Box Canyon at Camp Pendleton. Deep drop fishing for swordfish have now been inducing specific actions with the back side of Santa Cruz Island, the Slide, the 125 Spot, the 152 Spot and the 9 Mile Bank being areas that have induced penetrating plunge swordfish act in recent days.
The fishing at Los Coronado Islands has not been sampled much lately due to the good fishing in local offshore liquids. The last-place reports were of good mixed bag fishing for yellowtail, bonito, barracuda, calico bass and rockfish. Fertile orbits were Pukey Point at North Island, the Middle Grounds, the north end of South Island and the South Kelp. Private boaters have been doing well on yellowtail, barracuda, bonito and calico bass while fishing sluggish trolled snout robbed sardines.
The fishing along the San Diego County coast has been good for an assortment of rockfish and sculpin with some calico bass and bonito in the picture as well. The water temperature has dropped to the mid-6 0s in a lot of areas along the San Diego County coast and the calico bass gnaw has been time fair since the recent drop in the water temperature. There has been a bit of yellowtail work off the upper end of La Jolla but not much has been caught.
The summer net season continues to be a good one with a lot of selections of quality fish to target be it offshore, at the local Islands or along the coast. Take you pick and catch fish! Keep on fishing and I hope to see you out on the ocean sometime soon!
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