Jim Matthews’ Picks of the Week

By: Jim Matthews

1. The bluefin tuna bite broke wide open this past week with the fish showing as close as six miles off the coast from Long Beach to San Diego. The volume of fish being reported is simply unprecedented. San Diego’s three-quarter day fleet switched to the bluefin and have been averaging from a half to a full fish per rod this past week, while overnight boats have been getting one to two fish (limits) per angler. The best news is these are bigger grade fish running from 30 to 40 pounds with a lot of bigger fish up to 100-plus pounds. The bigger fish are smokin’ anglers unprepared for the bigger fish. Check the latest scores on 976-TUNA and jump on a mid-week or weekend boat to get in on this incredible early-season tuna.

2. The yellowtail bite all along the coast and at the local islands remains exceptional. There have been a number of overnight boats the past week or two where scores have been two to five fish per rod, and these yellowtail are all 20 to 30 pounders or better. While the Coronado Islands are currently not being fished (Mexico has mandated that anglers fishing there have a Passport), the yellowtail are thick in U.S. waters, too, all the way up into the Channel Islands. Catalina has been particularly good, and even half-day boats are getting shots at the yellowtail. Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA for this action, too.

3. Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains is staying in the top picks because of two things. First, the bite lulled a little during the full moon and not as many fish were caught this past week, and second, both Jess Ranch and DFW trout are going in this week. With heat being forecast for the weekend, this will be a good place to escape. For an update, check with the rental shop at 909-867-2009 or go to the website at gvlfishing.com.

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