By: Terrence Berg, 976-TUNA.com
The fishing off San Diego is the material for dreams. It would be hard to imagine that it can get much better than this. The overnight to 2.5-day trips out of San Diego are returning with a mix of four species of fish: bluefin tuna, yellowfin, dorado and yellowtail. Boats are frequently returning with limits of two species for all anglers on board and a smattering of other fish, and the action is as close as 50 miles from Point Loma. It’s simply fantastic fishing, with light loads and bigger-than-normal fish. Yellowfin up to 80 pounds have been landed on these trips, and most are an honest 25- to 40-pound average. The bluefin are 25 to 35 pounds. The yellowtail real toads are from 15 to 25 pounds, and even the dorado are up to 20 pounds. On Aug. 8, Grande out of Point Loma was out with just 16 anglers (the boat normally holds up to 40), and all anglers had limits of bluefin to 40 pounds and two dorado by 9:30 a.m., on an overnight trip. Seaforth Landing sent out Pride and Voyager, and all anglers on both boats had limits of bluefin. The Pride anglers also had limits of yellowtail. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 2.5-day trip, and the anglers on board had limits of bluefin, yellowfin and dorado. The fleet is heading offshore to get in on this bonanza as the fish push in even closer to the coast. Malihini out of H&M Landing reported 16 dorado, while San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned with 20 dorado. It’s time to respool the reels and go fishing.