By: Terrence Berg
Boats running to the Cortez Bank are also seeing exceptional fishing on a wide variety of mixed fish, from bottomfish to pelagic species. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had a historic 1.5-day trip Sept. 2, when 221 bluefin tuna from 15 to 25 pounds were put on the deck, along with 32 yellowtail from 20 to 40 pounds. On Sept. 4, the seas were windy and up, but the bite on big yellowtail was still as good. Bluefin were scratchier and conditions were difficult. Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing was on the Cortez on a two-day trip with 22 anglers, and they had 50 bluefin, 24 yellowtail, 24 calico bass, a barracuda, 80 bonito, 77 sheephead, 112 whitefish, 87 rockfish and one sculpin. Wind is the only thing that seems to be slowing this action right now, and fall is traditionally one of the calmer times of year on the Cortez.