1. “Striper Mania” at the California Aqueduct near Taft stays the top pick. The stripers are excellent and many anglers are still reporting 25-fish-plus days. While most are under the 18-inch minimum size, the two-fish limits is pretty easy to get and a 35-pounder was caught here this week. The best bite is on cut sardines, but fish are also showing on blood worms, lug worms, Gitzits, Senkos, and just about everything else. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657. Also check out “Poor Man Aqueduct Fishing” on Facebook.
2. The 22nd Annual Cachuma Lake Fishing Derby will be this coming Saturday and Sunday, and the lake received a 2,000-pound plant for this event. Registration is $40 per angler, and cash prizes of $599 and $300 will be awarded for the biggest and second biggest catch for trout, bass, crappie, and catfish. The two largest carp will win $100 and $50. For more information, call the derby hotline at 805-696-8381 or go to www.troutderby.org. For fishing information, call the marina at 805-688-4040.
3. The bluefin tuna bite out of San Diego stays in the top picks. The bite surged on Monday and Tuesday this week with a number of boats posting two-fish limits for all anglers on board. These are mostly 20 to 40-pound class fish, but fish to 200 pounds have been caught the past could of weeks. There have also been a lot of small yellowtail to seven pounds and bonito in this bite. The skippers are running to offshore kelp paddies or hitting bird schools or just metering fish. The three-quarter day, overnight, and 1.5-day boats out of San Diego and Oceanside landings are fishing this bite. For information, check with Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627, or Helgren’s Sportfishing at 760-722-2133. A reminder: You will need a passport for these trips.
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