Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does. The offshore bite on yellowfin, dorado, bluefin and yellowtail has been even better in recent days than it’s been the past week. Most of the boats are now getting full limits of yellowfin tuna from 12 to 18 pounds, with some from 25 to 50 pounds. Add in a few bluefin averaging 12 to 25 pounds with some schools of tacklebusters, and then dorado in the 12- to 25-pound range. There are two sizes of yellowtail in the mix — small rats under 8 pounds that are getting released in big volume and some nice fish from 12 to 25 pounds.
The bulk of the action is from 70 to 120 miles of Point Loma, perfect for overnight to two-day boats to cash in. Here are some recent scores, just to show how good the fishing has been. Legend out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 31 anglers and returned Sept. 25 with full limits of yellowfin (155), 53 yellowtail and 21 dorado. New Lo An out of Point Loma came in Sept. 26 with limits of yellowfin, along with a nice mix of bluefin, yellowtail and dorado. They caught limits of yellowfin off a single kelp on Sept. 25. Aztec out of Seaforth reported in at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 still fishing on its first kelp, and the anglers on board already had over 150 mixed yellowfin, bluefin and dorado. Fortune, on an overnight trip out of H&M Landing, reported that they were on kelp the morning of Sept. 25 morning where the yellowfin and yellowtail were battling for each sardine flipped over the rail. They ended up with limits of yellowfin and a mixed bag of other fish.