By: Terrence Berg www.976-TUNA.com
LONG RANGE NEWS: The long range fleet out of San Diego is continuing to hammer away at the giant yellowfin tuna off the tip of Baja. Two boats reported in late Tuesday. The Royal Polaris had excellent action on 100 to 150 pound class yellowfin that day, and there were three fish boated that topped 200 pounds, including one at 225. The Royal Star put 26 fish in the hold from 90 to a high of 245 pounds. This bite just remains excellent.
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE NEWS: The Top Gun 80 was on an overnight exploratory trip this weekend and found schools of bluefin tuna. While only one fish at 65 pounds was landed and another couple lost, it’s a good sign for an early offshore season.
WINDS BATTERING SOCAL BITE: From Tuesday on this week, high winds have really battered the local island and nearshore fishing, and unfortunately it looks like those winds will continue into and maybe through the weekend. Before the weather change the local fishing was really staring to take off with some excellent action this past weekend on rockfish and sand bass locally and yellowtail and white seabass at the local islands.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: While the bite has been tough since winds started late Monday, there is still a very good volume of yellowtail at the Coronado Islands. Sea lions have also been a problem recently. Still on Monday, the San Diego out of Seaforth Landing was out with 26 anglers and they landed 11 yellowtail, two calicos, 40 rockfish, and one ling. This bite just refuses to go away and when the weather changes, it should come back strong.
SAN CLEMENTE AND CATALINA YELLOWTAIL: The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was at San Clemente on Monday with 25 anglers who caught one yellowtail, 136 rockfish, 114 red snapper, 37 sheephead, 21 whitefish, 12 calico bass and four lings. On Sunday, anglers on this boat had 11 yellowtail. The Bongos III out of Davey’s Locker was at Clemente on Saturday with five anglers and they landed 15 yellowtail, 31 red snapper, and one ling cod. The private boaters at Catalina Island have also been seeing an increasing number of yellowtail. The Tornado out of Pierpoint Landing was out with 25 anglers on an overnight trip and they landed two yellowtail, seven calicos, 36 sheephead, 31 whitefish, 211 rockfish, and seven sculpin. And then up came the winds.
LOCAL ROCKFISH BLOW OUT: Before the winds blew out the hot local rockfish action this week, the bite had been excellent. The New Del Mar was out on Monday on a pair of half-day trips and the 30 anglers caught 220 rockfish and two lings. Those have been pretty typical scores from San Diego up into the Channel Islands.
TWILIGHT BASS UPDATE: On Sunday, the Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing was on a twilight trip and the 14 anglers on board landed 53 sand bass and 23 sculpin in a very good bite.