By: Terrence Berg
This will be the season that anglers remember as the “Year of the Bluefin,” with the best bluefin fishing for the Southern California fleet in modern history — maybe ever. It will be the chalked up to exaggeration when other anglers hear stories from old-timers about this season 20 to 30 years from now. That’s how good it continues to be. The San Diego fleet’s overnight to five-day boats are reporting incredible fishing on bluefin from 40 to 140 pounds. If the boats happen on a school of giants, they bust out tackle, get spooled and feel lucky if one or two 60- to 80-pound-class fish are landed. Occasionally, there is a stroke of luck and someone gets one of the bigger fish. Blue Horizon out of H&M Landing was on a 2.5-day trip this week with 12 anglers. The big fish was a 135-pounder and the smallest of 19 fish landed was a 60-pounder. The anglers also had 35 yellowtail, 19 dorado and one yellowfin tuna on this trip. In addition to the bluefin, more tropical species are pushing up into Southern California waters. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a three-day trip and returned Sept. 2 with 104 yellowfin for the 23 anglers on board, along with 97 bluefin, 56 yellowtail and a dorado. On Sept. 4, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing checked in at 3 p.m. on a 1.5-day trip, and the anglers on board already had limits of yellowtail (five each), 17 dorado, 12 big bluefin and three yellowfin. New Lo-An out of Point Loma, also on a 1.5-day trip Sept. 3 with 21 anglers reported in with 60 trophy bluefin to 80 pounds — and most were in the 65- to 70-pound range. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 24 anglers on a 1.5-day trip Sept. 3, and they caught 105 yellowtail, 28 bluefin, six dorado and two yellowfin tuna. The fishing is simply, well, unbelievable.