CORONOADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL

The yellowtail bite at Los Coronados islands continues to be excellent, especially for mid-week boats that don’t have to battle the weekend boat traffic. The mid-week trips have been averaging about one yellowtail per rod. On March 26, San Diego was on a three-quarter-day trip with 49 anglers, and they landed 75 yellowtail from 18 to 35 pounds. Malihiniu out H&M Landing was out with 40 anglers March 26, and they had 23 yellowtail — along with 36 rockfish and one lingcod. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 37 anglers March 26, and they caught 32 yellowtail and 10 rockfish. There are an uncommon number of lost fish on these trips. Anglers need to be spooled with fresh 40-pound-test line, properly set drags and make sure the guides aren’t rough. The crew of San Diego has been stressing the basics, and the anglers on this boat have been coming home with more fish than other boats for that simple reason.