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--------------Oct 25 th -------

Sprinkling of clouds inland, coastal marine clouds on the water- seas calm and flat- a ground swell from the west- no wind-

Boats scattered to their secret spots along with another 40 boats all in the secret spot- all in hopes of something-- not much reported by 9 am-- stand by--


------------------ Friday's Reports-------------

Moving east right now-- we've got 6 wahoo tailing-- see where were at-- -- got to go get some wire and throw on these guys-- 11:46am

One sleeper early on this morning-- sunk out before Kyle could get baits to it-- 19/ 35? 7 am

boats spread out far and wide 43, 182, east end, west end, 14, rigs, off the Domes, Clemente, 9 mile bank- banks of fog mid channel went away leaving flat seas--

they don't want to bite-- we're slow trolling baits by them they just don't want to bite-- ah man-- good video thought =-- hey skipper you seeing any kelps out there-- nope just wahoo- --- thanks--

All we've been seeing is straight wahoo-- swimming on the surface-

we're down here at the numbers from yesterday's wahoo- must be 40 boats here-- some are fishing yellowtail others wahoo and others marlin-- party boat coming down here to fish the yellows got a wahoo on the maurader-!-

Caught 1st one around  1:30PM second 3 mins after marauder went back in on Dawghaus


We were near Doghouse when they caught those two back to back Wahoo’s  yesterday. Amazing!  I thought Doghouse said they caught them on a red Maurader.    Is that correct.?

We spent most of the day boxing the area for Marlin. Nothing! Thanks, David S



Water temps from yesterday--- 68.to 73.5

From the looks of it-- you'd say the West end of the island looks the best for warmth-- maybe there's a Blue or Black marlin swimming there- should be!

good luck this weekend-- JD



------------------- Thursdays Reports------------

Nice day!- you should be out there--

Did you bait it-- no but we drug the jigs around it several times hoping to get lucky-- --- it's something you aught to know about before you ran over it- -- just east of you --there's what looks like a telephone pole upended with only a few inches showing on the surface-- off the Domes-

and Relentless releases another fish this morning halfway between the Domes and San Onofre-, 21 and 40 came up and zipped that Joe-ye plunger - the one we got two fish on already this year -- dropped a bait back on that new Trinidad and circle hook-- slid it back on the slide and tightened the line- came up flying-- tough fat fish hooked right before the tide this morning 8:15 released an hour later--

Good temp break inside the island off the east end-- Kyle's working that area, Long Point's got a degrees and a half break there- lots of trash in the water--no glowing reports yet from the West end of the island eithere - yet--

Bob W. you on this side -- go down a couple-- We just released one--- jig fish -- we're down near the south end of the 9 Mile Bank-- one strike---- lots of flyers down here-- there were lots of birds--- about 2 outside the bank-- don't see the birds now-- 10:59

Strong tide flow draining this mid day- partial solar eclipse today-- wonder if the fish change habits during it's phase?

18/ 37 had the Wahoo too!--- Doghouse caught em'w with jigs, one and a second one 30 seconds after putting them back in the water---

Not much happening in the inside of the island water temps up to 74 degrees but more like found in the 72 degree water

Trent and Howard ran south to the outside west side of the Butterfly-- found a healthy paddy and loaded up with dorado 12 to 24 lbers and yellowtail and Yellowfin tunas 8- 10 lbs-

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------------------------- Wed's reports-----------

This morning brings another treat-- an est. 50- 60lb White Sea Bass came in the harbor this morning--three guys in a small skiff-- taken on live squid- Marlin being caught one day- White Sea Bass the next-- !

Photo's of Geoff H's released marlin yesterday trying to throw that Mackeral Clone!







Radio report-- from one boat on the A bank to the East end--- for what its worth-- we got spooled on 50 lb outfits with Blue Marlin lures! right on the 152 ( East end of Catalina) - birds, bait seals-- two big holes on the strikes--- never saw em', never as a windshield wipe, just big holes and the reels dumped out line-- before I could get the boat turned to get the belly out of the line they both came off! That was about a hour and a half ago-- 1:12pm


Heading south this year ?--


Keeping a eye out for the current conditions down there-- Long range boats scoring well on the smaller 20- 30 Yellowfin- some Dorado and wahoo- even wahoo less than 5 lbs hitting their jigs-- No word on the Marlin fishing yet--- Their bigger Yeowfin came from below Mag out toward the Hurricane bank area and so far the weather's been faiR with a steady 15- 18 west breeze- - -

fueling at Turtle is Med style,

the saliboat ragatta Baja HaHa departs SD on Oct 27-- Turtle Bay on the 30th of Oct, Nov 3 in Santa Maria/ Mag Bay and 5-7 to Cabo San Lucas.


Hey JD you on this side-- making the crossing back from the enchanted Isle , ran across some porpoise, had some marks under it -- looked like tuna 31/00 4:32pm the weather at the island and the quietness of it made it the best time of the year to go over--



--------------------- Tuesdays Report --------------------

Gray skies again- light wind from the south this morning-- ground swell from the west every so often- small wind chop from the southwest-- seas good-

A phone call this morning-- having just released one after 4 days of traveling looking for the marlin- from Dana to the Hidden Bank below the border and all points above-- right after the mornings high slack tide- marlin crashed the mackerel clone with bird on it-- line in hand as he's was still letting it out --- 9:10 am hooked- 01/ 25 off Encinitas Hooked

Took a boat ride myself this morning-- ran out half dozen miles south-- found a kelp and sat on it for a while-- slow rowed a mackerel around it and dropped some lures deep- nada, spent the better half or the rest of the morning zig-zagging with a rigged bonito splashing on the surface and a ballyhoo running deep. nice morning-- no bites -- best part was running back to work-- didn't see a car, bus, or have any traffic jams while going to work!--

E-mail from Derek, at Basin Marine-- we just saw a 10-12” diameter sea turtle 5 feet off the sea wall on A-dock here at the Balboa Yacht Basin! Ever heard of a sea turtle in the harbor. Next time I will be faster with a picture.

fishing shallow off the beach another marlin releaed and a couple more follows-tight to the beach off the Domes- 250 ft. but quiet other than that.

West end of Catalina looks to be warming up- maybe these upcoming Santa Ana will stir things up--


----------------------- Mondays Reports ----------

Cloudy gray skies, calm seas light southwest 2-3 kts- clearing with a light westerely afternoon hrs-


Hey JD thanks for the wahoo pep talk on Friday. It worked out great on Saturday for us. Got Billy his wahoo he has been chasing. We got a double and landed this 51.6 lb. beauty 4 miles off the domes on a seven strand black and purple wired and lost the other on a mackerel clone that has seen better days.
Can't wait for next weeks pep talk on swordfish! Best,
Derek, Basin Marine

We had a triple, on the bird schools and dolphins-- turned out to be a triple on the yellowtail -all over 30lbs - on the marlin lures!

lots of life here 11 over 35 --- 18 over 35 --- 72.5 degrees purple blue

Provider had feeders close to those nuimbers and currently chasing down some tailers( maybe Wahoo tailing?) that were up right now--- 10:51am

E-Mail report from Clemente Is this weekend--Hello JD : still amazing fishing in the Bight.
Left Newport with sardines & an easy 50 pieces of mackerel in 10 minutes at the mouth. Made our way over to the lee of Clemente working several large paddies on the way. Overall water temp down 2 degrees from last Friday.
First pass was an instant quad on yellows. A good current running downhill we worked 200'-120' with consistent biters.The dogs found us after 2 nice passes. We fed them well today! Limit style fishing with great friends & numerous adversaries. Vigilant ..
PS. Hoping to head to the Cortez area on the next high pressure, please join us if you can . Thanks Rory

Vintage releases one this afternoon , jigs strikes that has a fish crossing the wake after a jigs- takes a dropback, 20 Dacron Released- trying for a qualifying fish the the T/C good job- JD congrats- 2:17pm 4 off the Domes ( Dolly Pardons)





Water temps from 8 days ago on the left- 69-74.5 degrees and on the right-- for five days ago water temp image - a compressions of the warmth and a concentrations of the conditions.



and Mondays water temps on the lest and yesterdays on the right -same degree range--














-------------------------------- The Weekends Fishing reports ---------------

Boy , I guess I missed that one- a Blue battle that went into the night on the 9 Mile bank yesterday afternoon-- I just didn't hear it on the radio from where I'm at-- 5 1/2 + fight on a big est 600 lb Blue Marlin by the Snooper out of SD. They've been on the water a lot this season and are skilled marlin fisherman--

and a E-mail from Rod Halperin- they too lost a Blue Marlin off Catalina's leeward side-

Second C lost a big one Yesterday off Arrow Point. Just after 11 AM we got a great visual on the fish as it crashed the spread, taking a swipe at the stinger then pouncing on the drop back before crushing the Cousins Petrolero on the long rigger. We got the hook back on the bait, but the fish was hooked solid on the jig and went ballistic. We nearly got spooled before we could turn the boat around and give chase. 5 1/2 hour battle on 40# and the fish was still green. Had it near the boat for about an hour, but never could get close to the leader. fish looked well over 300#.  Really hard to control these big fish on striper gear and 15 foot leader.

We've been following aa Blue Whale for a while s staying off to it's side - spectator

Joe-- We just had a bite--- couple of miles inside of you- towards the Slide- just had him on for a few seconds--- 15 over 13 , 10:19 am

and another call from another Joe-- they had gone out to the oil derrick Sat am finding all the flyers and fin bait there--- making a tack to the south off the dropoff- one marlin comes in on the Petrolero, makes a run-- boat settles down and the other rods goes off, a double that both fell off

We're bit-- sounded like Kyle--- 12:59 pm low Slack tide today-- 1:41pm--

The Day went by again with little on the marlin reports except a zip here - there- reports of fish on the 302 and 9 again- but I'm not sure--

A few bonito along the beach/ coastal waters and cooler waters to the north - better fishing tomorrow-

------------------------Sats Reports -----------------

Still a few clouds around-- west/ southwest light wind- seas fair.

Just had one come unbuttoned - I'm west of the point-- Dana, Bk and Pink jig-- 9:43am Sleeper


JD just wanted to share the dorado Dustin Cookman
Caught. T
he fish was a 30 lb bait fish on 20lb dacron we were seven off the beach between the 14 and Dana Point


Still waiting for some marlin reports today-- so far as of noon no bites in the SD waters???- Hey JD-- we just busted one off between the 14 and 267 inside a couple of miles-- jig fish-- 12:12pm


Must have been a down day-- only a few strikes today--??-- barometer, wind, sun, water temps seemed to drop a bit overnight from yesterdays wind?-




Wahooooo------ Bill Seiler aboard Nuevo with Dave and Derek New------ Congrats-- JD . Billy had been after the Whos for the better part a week now- got one!




-------------------- Fridays reports -------------------

A touch of Fall in the air- puffy clouds and light southwest wind.

There's a line of kelps from the bank toward the rigs-- 4 out of 5 times we got the dorado by slow trolling a mackerel around the kelp a hundred yards---, we had a double hook up -- leader must have broken the short flat line just went screaming as we went by a kelp-- 10:32am-

One marlin seen sleeper on the 14 sunk out before they could get a bait on it--

A call from Tim M saying he's just released an est 140/145lb Striped Marlin-- hooked off the 152 East End of Catalina-- 10 minutes before the tide change--- a freshly rigged Flying Fish Lure using those Owner long shanked hook-- sharp as pins-- stuck well and held!





And Kea Kai releases another one this morning down off Camp Pendleton-- drop back mackerel to a fish- congrats to Ryan--!


Steady westerly from 10 am on--taking the top layer of warm water off and drving it southwards towards Oceanside---


Whale watching boat all excited about something they wouldn't discuss over the radio-- 8 below the harbor off Laguna - exotic whale- ? Humpback

that was as a dorado--- seems like thinks are going off- 2:14pm

Came up on a paddy 6 -7 off the headlands of Dana--- inside the 267-- looked down and saw the dorado tossed out a hand full of chum and they came up everywhere-- every bait was a dorado- they wanted the mackerels-- I ran out of them first -- not really that excited on the sardines-- 12- 15 lbers-

Westerly for most of the day-- the old saying of three storms from the northwest will chase these fish out of here.

----------- Thursday's Reports ----------

Morning starts out with clear skies and a west wind early-- hazy marine layer-

And a word from the master anglers himself -Hi JD , Sub Chaser crew (average age 80+) released a 300# blue on the 152 Tuesday after 5
hours ( 7:30pm)
. Angler Gus Chabre ( couldn't tag,  so no qualifier for the Tuna Club ). Crew Bob Hetzler, Tom Shaver, Gus and myself.
B. G.
-- Congratulations to a hared fought battle and the release--an lifetime of dreams realized-! JD

-- Email this morning

Hey JD

We left the harbor at noon to fish the local bank, conditions were insane. Found a series of 3 large kelps and tossed in a mackerel. Whammy!

westerly still blowing mid day--

we were getting bity using the bird teasers-- got bit twice with it--

3:30 Hey --- we just got bit off!-- hummmm-

Radio reception a little off today--

Oil rigs Wahoo--- reports of a worker on the Huntington oil rigs ( offshore 9 miles) seeing wahoo under them-- chasing bait-- amazing!

Newports Bait receiver has good sardines and anchovies today

A few wahoo , 3-4 mies inside west end towards Pt. Firman, skippys in the area -a few fish seen jumping around


A check with San Clemente Island Security- shows Pyramid Cove to be open for Friday, Sat and Sunday, the inside of the island ( lee side) is hot ( out for 5 miles) from the Head up to the West end of the island Hot/ active" from 8 am till 8pm Sat and Sunday


Least we not forget Mexico's tropical weather just yet-- Shower activity associated with a trough of low pressure that extends from the Gulf of Tehuantepec southwestward for several hundred miles has lost some organization since yesterday. Slow development of this system remains possible over the next few days as it moves slowly northward or northwestward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...60 percent.

and Ana is moving closer to Hawaii At 800 am , the center of tropical storm Ana was located near latitude 14.1 north, longitude 150.5 west. Ana is moving toward the west near 10 mph, 17 km/h. Ana is expected to turn toward the west-northwest today, then turn toward the northwest on Friday with little change in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Ana will pass near the Big Island Friday night and Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph, 95 km/h, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Ana is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday

-------------------- Wed's Report's------------

San Onofre- Nuclear Power Plant was testing their warning signal today-- don't get freaked out-- only a test!

Andy's released two so far this morning-- others had sleepers turn into feeders chasing flying fish - didn't want the tossed mackerels -- on the flyers-- Below Dana- above Oceanside




no Wahoo stories so far- that I know of yet-

Marlin fishing at at Catalina-- good- their catching them ! This mornings E-Mail from Warren- Jr. Hey JD, Not sure if you heard but the xJewelLure released two yesterday right outside the 152. He called me this morning at 9:30 and said they just released two more that were part of a triple hookup. There's only two guys on the boat so the third went under the boat and broke off. All 4 fish were right on top of the same spot (within a half mile).

And yesterdays from Warren himself fished the 152 area today and angler Marc Bacon released two marlin at around 12 noon and 1:30. Both fish ate the same purple/black Hi-5 jig within a 1/2 mile of each other. A few flying fish were the only signs in the area. When we quit fishing at sun down the Sub Chaser was still fighting one and into their fourth hour. Not sure of the final results. 20# dacron qualifying fish for Gus Chabre (hopefully). Fantastic weather with no wind or swell. Let's hope it continues.

Here’s a pic of one of those dorado hanging around the 14 mile bank.  Big fat female dodo.  Pic doesn’t do it justice.  Ended up with 3 after farming a couple.  Never saw any bulls swimming around.  I can only imagine how big they are….


And congrats to Tom S. for his qualifying fish on 20 lb Dacron releasing the fish last week- --






Coastal water temps from 67 to 76 degrees--


We just saw a flying fish-- we just hooked a marlin here by the paddy outside Newport-



and Mark C. releases one on the Sporty Game-- -after and hour 1/2 battle off Onofre ate a bait then spit the hook only to atack the jig! -- water the warmest there 73.5 degrees 12:09pm












JD- yesterday off Newport we spotted what we thought was a pack of tailing marlin. My dad cast a mackeral on them but was immediately bit off? Very strange we thought. They popped back up again and we approached them a second time; that's when they swam right off our bow and we realized it was a group of 3 wahoo. I jumped in and shot one with the speargun! Wahoo tailers on a glassy day in mid October, definitely amazing.

( I'd heard the wahoo tailing like geese in a "V" shape pattern right on the surface-JD) -

Hey JD, Here's a picture of the Marlin we caught yesterday on the Kea Kai. We were happy to  get our second satelitte tag deployed! It was a sleeper that ate a perfectly casted mackerel by Jock A. The fish put on a great show for us. Sam Long did a great job wiring the fish. Dave Elm placed the tag and I captained the boat and got a few good pictures. Ryan Griffin










Updated IGFA website with the BAC's Masters Great Marlin Race with the information and the news page along with the photos.


------------------------ Tuesday's Reports --------------------

Flat seas this morning- a groundswell moving in from the west--- gray skies, light wind ripple on the waters leaving meandering paths of slicks- nice--

Water blue and 71- 72 all the way to the beach-- sterile

In response from a private sportfishing boat just having taken on fuel at Turtle Bay--- -- I understand people are asking about turtle bay. Plenty of fuel when we went thru on sat. 16 pesos a liter. No dock, have to use a buoy and back into pier. Lots of damage in the town so they can use clothes, shoes, etc. our fishing was terrible. Hope It changes for everyone else

The Dorado bite slowed down for now--- but were east of the 14 a couple of miles---- dove it -----about 30 dorado around a--- but I saw two Wahoo------ so epic to see them --- the dorado bite just seemed to slow down--- Just saw a dorado boil off my bow so there still here-- we're leaving the kelp-- 24/ 55 , Christin broke off one dorado and things kinda slowed down after that--- 11:18am

about a mile away was where we started and drifted this far down--

Striped Marlin fishing today-- a few and far apart today- 9 had a bite early am-Swordfish being seen between the islands good tide for them today--

Red billed tropic birds showing up in the skies--

Great News !! the Kea Kai sets free another marlin today--- it too has a Satellite tag in its back-- that's the 6th out of 7 Satellite tags for the Great Marlin Race that have been deployed .-- Be interesting to see where these marlin head off too-- pending much in the way of weather changes or conditions the next few weeks -- see if these marlin stay around for a while or leave-- north or south or west?

Ali lost a pair off the 152 and two others were caught there!-- not much in the way of life showing - few showers of bigger sauries, but something must be holding them there-- then coming across the 14 outside-- kelps with better grade dorados under them-----

More and more reports of wahooooo- better get the wire out-- single strand 86 lb w/ Aki Twist 4/0-5/0 hook should work well.

------------------ Monday's Reports ----------------

They were after it-- Steve had said earlier last week-- Going out to catch a Swordfish or a Blue Marlin-- 18 minutes on 130 lb tackle estimated 400 lb Blue Marlin caught by Anthony Hsieh aboard the Bad Company this morning-- --- Congrats--JD fishing the between the leeward side of San Clemente Island and Catalina island was the area-- Swordfish boats had been working the area yesterday--

Now, since they got the hard fish to catch out of the way-- they're after Swordfish to round out the day-- might as well-!!-

Bad Company

Blue Marlin caught between the islands -- going to Avalon for weigh-in after they try for swordfish! Anthony was the angler

And the Don Juan-- just leaving Newport this morning--- water turns brilliant clear blue several miles out-- why not put em' in--- Bang -----Wahoo- est 50lbs-- slams the rigger Flying fish lure - boated! -- that's the way to start the day! 51.3 lbs!!! Congrats caught it on Dacron line too-



Other's fishing the 9 mile Bank off SD had Stripers going

We're the only ones here-- found a nice paddy- banging out the dorado--- 33:15 / 117:45 10:32am the only other big blue I know thats been we

We got one going -- came up in the jigs got a bait back to it-- 9 mile bank-- 12:58pm

Sub Chaser breaks one off on 20 lb tackle--- fishing off the 152 East end of Cat- 2:17pm

The only other Big Blue Marlin I know of being weighed was 1931 Alfonse Hamann;s 692 lb fish, 13 ft 5" 65" girth 1hr, 52mn battle for a Marlin, called a Swordfish, or Striped Marlin it was A Blue

So Steve calls in-- they got the Blue-- stuck around looking for the Swordfish-- find one-- bait it-- but it doesn't take the bait--- close--- heads towards Avalon to weigh the Blue-- dragging a couple of marlin lures and hooks a striper and release it- off the east end of the island 15/10 -- can't get much better that that! - - catch a Blue, bait a Sword and release a Striper all in one day off So Calif-- Remarkable!-- 3:44pm



First fish for a Navy guy we've got on board 1 1/2 hours on the fish! mackeral colored jig raised him up dropback bait--- picked up only two greenies this morning ----good thing we did-- took the dropback-- one of our big blue marlin jigs got cut off so we assume it was a wahooooo 2:30

Hi JD, In Cabo for long weekend fly fishing for Dorado - great fishing not manny boats out. A few hotels open, some stores, gas ok, town on generator power. Airlines on limited flights, Private air open ((we were one of the first planes in) . If anyone comes down please bring a little extra cash for some of the charity's the can your help. Good contact Becky or Tracy at the Pisces fleet . Mark C

Looks like he needs a Corona !

Andreya calls in with a report of releasing two marlin today fishing down SD way Mike and Rick the anglers, jig fish and a dropback fish- and yesterday Nat releases a marlin hooked with a dropback bait and when brought to the boat they inserted one of the Satellite Tags for the Great Marlin Race - that was instituted in the Balboa Angling CLub's Master Angler Tournament, the Satellite tags could be , if not used during the tournament may be used after wise for another 60 days to fall within the tagging platform for the study-- Congrats to Nate and the crew for safely releasing the 5th out of 7 sat tags that have been funded for- They also lost a Blue Marlin yesterday after it hit a 5.5 Blue Marlin Lure--

Black fin calls in his--- his son was hooked up to his first marlin----- having caught a wahoo earlier in the day they were running back to get it weighed and trolling a marlin jigs it gets bit-- 13/ 41--- the marlin spits it--- 3:20 -

- E-Mail-Hey JD, got this by catch going for Marlin,  ate a Sardine colored Maruyama lure. Logans biggest fish to date. Will get back to u on the weight. Jeff Black Fin 46.6 lb on 30 lb. Fun times!

41/29 Hooker--- between 178 and the 9 Mile Bank we just released one ---Kathy the angler Stan the Captain-- Dropback bait -- came up on that Green and Black Eye Candy-- again! 3:33

Not bad for a mid day in October---- weathers about to change--- stand by--




--------- The Weekends Reports ---------

Wide open dorado-- we've got 13 on board so far four miles outside of oceanside ------ 33.05 / 117:37 --- 9:22am

Phone call this morning from Dave O. on his Sleeper-- was fishing the backside of Catalina yesterday maybe 10 off thee island- had 8 Yellowfin Tunas off the porpoises and hooked a marlin--

Kelps below the 302 holding dodos

JD: Incredible day on the water!  Another "exotic" in October, Short Billed Spearfish.  What a season!  Unbelievable fishery we have.  And it's not over yet!  DAA

Just had a nice bite here-- you see it? well no-- it wasn't small though, still using that silly string, no your stuff-- what'd yu get bit on-- -- petroelo --looks good here flyers doradeo I like my spot-- good then stick it out and catch one, you still inside that high spot-- yep-- 10:10am

Slack tide today-- 12:08

We just let one go-- bait fish--( I thnk he said 12/38 )-- active sleeper that enhaled the bait-- 12:28am

14 west of the 302 just landed a 44lb Wahoo--- 10:44am !! Wahooooo 38/ 49 ?

just had another strike-- MJG-- 05/ 38

we just had a long drift had three or four hammerheads eating the tunas-- !


In the next month, dozens and dozens of private sportfishers will be headed to the south for their Fall fishing-- The Mainland, San Jose, Cabo and maybe not so far south-- in checking with Gary Gram and his Internet connections (as it's been dicey in the mid-section since the storms) for the Fueling operations out of Turtle Bay and Mag Bay and the Cape

Jose Angel Sanchez of Cedros Outdoor Adventures reports, There is no fuel at Cedros for yachts but at Bahia Tortugas there is. C. O. A. is trying to provide more services to boats (showers, meals, internet, air trips, emergency, parts, electricians, mechanics, etc) for next year too.
Fuel wasn't a problem in Cabo but will double check with Tracy at Pisces, says Yes there is fuel in Cabo. I don’t think San Jose is operational,  in Cabo there is fuel. The IGY marina has one pump open and Marinas de Baja the little marina, had the slips taken out by the hurricane but will have fuel starting next week.

Not sure about Mag Bay , maybe someone will have word and pass it along- thanks- JD

Ch 72-- first liar doesn't stand a chance with these guys-- !

Scratchy report of a fish being fought for 4- 5 hours now --seeing a good look at it and getting the leader on the rod-- at least once so far- 12:45pm

the afternoon hours wade away--

How 'ed you do--- got four dorado--- any marlin-- had three good bites but never saw em', where'd you fish --east end? --- never never made it past the inside of the 14.---- , Tracy -Blue Chip got one off the Domes ---

where' you fish?-- west end looked beautiful up thee --lots of life up there but nothing for us lots of warm water up there-

We lost two jig fish today--- where' you fish--- stock spot ---kiddy pond---

huge stringer of paddyes tied togeather-- 1/4 mile of it -dove it looking for wahoo -- couple of bigger 8+ fish yellowtails trout sized -6 off the beach

So Vick on his Sleeper calls in with an afternoon request--- you got any skirts--- just had a wahoo- peal off 50 60 yards, came off--got everything back except the skirts shorter! - coming back from off the Domes had a strike 4:49pm-- so close - ah- aa-

And heading west out of Newport 3 off the outer rigs- dropoff -72 degrees lots of life in the area Tailer up high and dry--

- 1 sleeper and one dropback-- fish- and another tripple off one boat-- upper - outside of the 9 mile bank-- we've caught 21 marlin this year!!!


Late afternoon report from yesterday- of Wahoo under a paddy 8 off the beach coming back from Catalina to Newport--

Mile or two off the East end of Catalina-- - fair amount of life, porpoise, birds some bait-- while others are boxing the Mackerel Bank-- no reports of marlin yet-- 9am

Hot Reels releases a small 70lb Striper- off the East end 152 this morning- Jaz Lure-- not much in the way of sightings-- just a blind strike- 10:14am

8 out of Newport another report-- this time a sleeper-- high and day-- sunk out before they could get a bait to it--10:30am

- mid mornings high tide slack--- there's a guy off to your right that's on a fish right now--- 11:19 high tide today-- 11:21am

scatchy report-- day of the dorsdo-- 15- 30lbers and rat yelltails under paddies-- he said 40 % of the kelps were holding--

Dreadnought gives us a call-- saying they had been chunking a kelp paddy on the 277--- dorado under it-- but reluctant to bite-- when up out of the deep comes an Wahoo to investigate --- no bites but good to see one -- water 71 degrees-- -

seeing more bait and sealife

9 mile bank was said to have the marlin bite- also the coastal self below Dana pt-5- 7 off the beach

8 strikes and tagged 2 fish today-one boat Squared Away-- Art and Ted the anglers-- 74.5 degree water - right in the middle of the 9 Mile Bank - lock jawed after the tide change----- one jig fish- one dropback bait-- -- looking for Blue Marlin and Wahoo now!

-----------------------Friday's Reports -------

Boats covering the water this morning--- not much said about sighting of fish so far--- a paddy off SD held Dorado- good sized-- Sea were flat and calm this morning-- cloud cover something like 3,00 feet up kept a glassy slivery gray sea - nice morning--

Took my yacht out this morning for a quick ride-- found a couple of kelps 3- 4 off the beach- and deep dropped a bonito at about 500 ft and another bait out at 100 ft - spent the morning slow rowing- keeping the baits deep-- no bites but a nice row-- next time-- JD

At 8 out of the harbor 73 1/2 blue Trents friend finds a paddy- has Dorado under it-- they catch their fair shair-- and call Trent on the beach-- he motors out and takes over the paddy for the 1/2 shift--

Clemente Report from Decker-- having fished the calicos today-- but seeing a few of the sportboats working the 9 fathom spot off the west end of the island for the yellows-- seals can be a problem--


E-Mail-- Clemente Report ---- Hi JD. H

My brother Sean & I took a couple of friends on a bankers run to Clemente after getting some great passes from the Newport bait receiver. Slimy lime green sardines with a few Mack's to save us sabiki time..
I followed up on a friends trip that got the yellowtail bite going in the fog a few days back . Leaving Newport we were working the canyon for tuna Great paddies solid temp break along the drop off. We metered bait & tuna from 60-120. No one wanted to come up a play.
We made our way west along the lee and worked toward the rock. Once I set up the drift in 100-140 we started hooking them. Nice schoolie tails hitting 20-30-40 lb flouro leaders. Flyline, egg sinker, or even near the bottom.
Every drift was a single double triple.
One for us, two for bowzer. We split up one side feeding the dogs the other hooking and pumping the quarry to the gaff. No boats in sight.. Flat calm back to Newport by 600. Vigilant out..

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----- Thursdays Reports ------ -

Nice Fall day-- wind light with a few clouds - west southwest- slight wind ripple on water-

A call from Russ Armstrong-- they had fished yesterday inside Clemente Island releasing one fish, out of three strikes between the 289 and the Mackerel Bank--

The Balboa Angling Club will be setting up their new board members for next year- if interested in becoming a BAC board director-- give the club a call they would be glad to welcome you into their nominations- balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net

- Tomorrow the White Sea Bass Grow Out pens here in Newport will be releasing their batch of fish at 12 noon over 5,000 off and running in that outgoing tide. When received from the hatchery there were about 3 inches ( 6- 8 months old) , now at close to a year old -10 and 12 inches healthy and frisky- ready to charge the world-- Adios---

Reports of big BIG Bluefin Tunas on the Cherry Bank along with swordfish in the area-

- just had a jig bite--- off Clemente-- ( inside) 3:59pm

One boat off the East end-- been on a fish for over three hours now?????


ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Watch El Niño is favored to begin in the next 1-2 months and last into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2015.

Most models predict El Niño to develop during October-December 2014 and to continue into early 2015 The consensus of forecasters indicates a 2-in-3 chance of El Niño during the November 2014 - January 2015 season. This El Niño will likely remain weak) throughout its duration. In summary, El Niño is favored to begin in the next 1-2 months and last into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2015

San Clementes Island Schedule-- Friday inside lee of island from White Rock down to Pyramid Head- hot 8am till 10pm, Sat open , Sunday open--

Fridays SCI Hazardous Operations Area Schedule for 10-Oct-2014
Area Start Date Stop Date Altitude
SHOBA/LAND 09-OCT-14 22:00 10-OCT-14 04:00  
LTR4 10-OCT-14 08:00 10-OCT-14 12:00 0:5K
2852NXWTR 10-OCT-14 08:00 10-OCT-14 20:00 0:1KFT
SHOBA/WBX 10-OCT-14 14:30 10-OCT-14 15:30 3K:40K
SHOBA/LAND 10-OCT-14 21:00 11-OCT-14 04:00  
Sat's SCI Hazardous Operations Area Schedule for 11-Oct-2014
Area Start Date Stop Date Altitude
SHOBA/LAND 10-OCT-14 21:00 11-OCT-14 04:00  
SHOBA/LAND 11-OCT-14 21:00 12-OCT-14 04:00  
Sundays SCI Hazardous Operations Area Schedule for 12-Oct-2014
Area Start Date Stop Date Altitude
SHOBA/LAND 11-OCT-14 21:00 12-OCT-14 04:00  
SHOBA/LAND 12-OCT-14 21:00 13-OCT-14 04:00  


Hoot, Hoot---- A celebration of his Life--- for Bob Butte, who and his wife Carol put together and ran the Invitational Church Mouse Tournament out of Avalon as a fund raiser for the youth groups of Catalina, a hugh success. The celebration of Bob's life will be held Saturady Oct 11th at the "M" restaurant in Avalon from 12 noon till 3 pm, afterwards a continuing celebration to be held at the Casino Dock Cafe from 3 pm on--- all are welcome.


-------------------- Wed's Reports ------------------

Light westerly with a hazy marine fog/ cloud on the horizon- seas fair and calm- residue swell from the south still there-, water conditions got mixed up the past few days- swirling eddies and currents , full moon tides swell on the beach-

We spent the morning hours working the 14 first hand, bait deep not much surface life, Vick had a bite that drew us to the East end-- sent the rest of the day and into sunset there for no bites, one jumper behind us that we scarred up , Trent had a fish bite inside the A bank- that was about it for the four or five boats in the area- that I know of-- big ground swell from the south churned up the sediment around the island-- water turquoise blue- scenic with the crashing wave's mist being blow up the cliffs in the afternoon wind and sunlit behind it and nothing broke!- JD

Boats out of San Diego working the outer banks of the 302 found a lot of eel greass , kelps right on the bank 70 1/2 -south of there 5 cleans up 2- 3 degree break -- a pack of a dozen tailers seen there yesterdsy morning- one fish caught ( there's bunching up) ---- bait at buoy #1 sd

The morning bite didn't come off as hope for during the slack tide- maybe this afternoon they'll come up-

Midday they stuck it out for the day--- Hooker- release's one- right off the electric power plant here in Catalina-- Mean Joe Green Eye Candy-- 21/ 18-- nice sized fish too-- 2:50pm

Couple of other bites off San Diego area-- some Dorado bites - couple of marlin bites there too- -

Not much seen today on those outer banks 309 one bite at 30/ 27 was a bite in towards the 9

77 yellow 25 misc rock fish-- newport partyboat-- -

Let's hope these marlin stay around for the rest of the Fall season-- even if they don't-- the groundwork has been laid we'll be able to follow their paths of migration in a few months thanks to the efforts of these boats and their sponsors. Next year and the following years we hope to establish a better understanding of these exciting gamefish of the sea--

Hi JD, Here's the latest update on the MABT Great Marlin Race:-


Fish #1 -Team Charisma, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 12th
Fish #2 - Team Hooked, Dana Angling Club - Tag deployed on September 12th.
Fish #3 - Team Kea Kai, Los Pescadores Fishing Club, In Memory of Joe "Grrr" Houck - Deployed on Sept 18th.
Fish #4 -Team Joint Venture, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 27th.
Fish #5 - Team Andrea, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #6 - Team Kea Kai, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #7 - Team  Royal Slam, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed

Hi JD , Mike on Scott's Johnny I , here's the short verson of the blue marlin we hooked up at 9am just 3 west upper nine-- almost got spooled crew got all the lines in quickly--- backed down within an hour got a visual of a large blue marlin , called in a buddy  who was nearby  for one more exprienced marlin fisherman and he dropped off his son for help in dealing with this fish. Backed down on the fish for 4 hours then got in front of him for 3 hours trying to wear him out ---- then backing down again for another 4 hours, that worked as the fish gave us 4 great jumps 15 feet from the boat, had him and us wore out. 2 miles east of 43 at 8: 36 in the dark and fog , the fsh got tail wrapped right next to the boat, rod tip bouncing up and down like crazy---- fish broke the 60 lb rolled and then swam away. Epic battle in so. cal waters, --- fish jumped right behind boat at sunset and the size was at least 13 to 14 feet long and 3 plus feet from back to belly, a real sea monster -- jig that got bit was a Matsura black and red called the aztec that style jig has gotten all our bites this season Dana Bait and Tackle in San Diego carrys them. Good fishing and a great fishing season to all - Mike


Hi JD,
I was talking to our Penn rep in Oregon and they had a stop last weekend for 80 plus albacore just 20 miles off Tillamook Oregon. All on live bait - the most anchovy he has ever seen in area - yesterday a pack of salmon drove a huge school of anchovies from the inlet up a local river which ended up suffocating and millions of anchovy washed up on the shoreline.  They also saw a 50 lb plus dorado weighed in from the albacore grounds.  Mixed skipjack and bluefin too.  Their catching salmon at first light, then running offshore for limits of albacore...few boats pulling at least one marlin jig too as a jumper was seen in area. Bob Hoose


--Some folks say the hurricanes will push warm water our way- no, the hurricanes follow the warm water they don't make it--- warm air will be transformed our way, the swell and a surface force of lapping waves would helps along the kelps -- but it would take several months for hurricanes, one after another to create such a current that would move such a body of water, lets say 50 ft deep- 300- 500 miles wide and 300- 500 long to move all that water a thousands miles north- it just doesn't happen--if anything the hurricanes remove the warmth of the water and leaving its's path cooler water see below-- 8 days ago, 3 days ago and now 1 day ago-- Simon off Mag to Turtle Bay


------------ Tuesday's Reports------------

Gone fishing again!!

------------ Monday's Reports ----------

Fingers of fog surrounding the Catalina Channel- from Long Beach and San Pedro- stretching out along the beach -14 to the East end, and the island

Hey JD you on this side-- yep- what's up-- we just released a marlin we're between the 209 and the 181-- 20lb test on a Trinidad and a 2/0 hook ran out of Newport this morning down to Dana for bait under the full moon- soon as it set the wind came up- we sat it out in the harbor then made the run down here in glassy calm water-- saw him swimming on the surface -- pinned on a mackerel and he charged it--est 100 lb fish- and there's a sea turtle here too- about 7 shy of the 181-

no click- no nothing-- just cut clean off- 390 didn't see nothing didn't hear nothing --- lost two lures --just gone???-

Sperm Whales seen-- large group of them--15- 25 at least two different groups-- Moby Dick Sperm whales are the largest toothed whales on the planet, and perhaps the most abundant of the great whales, they aren't easy to find. because they don't stick out of the water very much and their distinctive blow is small and easily missed. Unlike most whales where the spout shoots straight up high into the air, the spout of the Sperm whale is aimed to the left and forward. It doesn't spray up more than six or eight feet, making it hard to spot from a distance.

rat yellows on the302 lots of paddys w/ rats-

Big swell approaching the beach, East end of Catalina and Pyramid coves-

Vick scores with a fish 1-1/2 off the east end light-- took a lot of line out--jig fish-- solo- 3:44- 4:10 released


Hi JD,Thought I'd share some photos of the swordfish we almost had. Found him in the Gyro's and baited with one of those frozen squids you have between the 267 and the 209. Had him on for 1/2 an hour in the right gear and had the leader several times, but could not get a gaff in him… spit the hook but got some great photos…perfect size around 200-250. What a blast PS-thanks for the Ballyhoo! Jeff-Black Fin…


------- the Weekends Report -------------

Patches of fog-- 200 yard to 1/2 mile to further offshorel fog associated with upwelled cold water-- otherwise fine seas- a ground swell from the south building-- Foggy 499, Foggy Catalina Channel 200 yd vis early this morning-

There's only one way to break in a new boat , Bob and Sally Kurz's new Royal Slam- with a triple on the marlin--- managing to get one of the three to the boat for a First official release for the boat-- and---- Sally managed to land the First Big Eye Tuna of the year weighed in at the SD Marlin Club at 64 lbs-- fish were between the 302 and 371- Congrats on the catches- JD

We just had a finner up threw a bait on him -- sunk out- outside the 9 10:24am foggy

One sleeper hooked up Catalina- only a few sightings so far today- another just seen 30/ 33 above the 302 10:44am

Mean Joe Green -- Eye Candy got bit--- big fish--- just released one 11:16am, 125

Reel Dream just relased one-- off the East end-- tossed a bait to it-- 11:29am

One guy says he's hooked to a Blue Martlin-- been two hours so far---

Still pulling- backing down on it------ 12:20pm on that big fish--

Hi JD,  Fished with Dave Herrera (certified IGFA observer) Saturday out of San Diego.  I have been pulling Blue Marlin gear , along with the Stripper stuff.  I was in the tower and Dave in the cockpit when the big rod goes of on short corner, Black & Purple w/ birds.  Fish sticks and we end up releasing a Blue (confirmed by Dave) between an estimated 250 & 275lbs.  Fish went vertical nuts at leader, very exciting fish to catch. .Dave on the fish.  Cell phone didn't take good ones of it under water and when at leader it was so hot we didn't get a chance to take anymore.  Only the 2 of us, I was running the boat & on leader and Dave was not wanting to mess around with photos...Above the 9 mile bank at the tip of it, 75 degree water.  There was a clean green and clean blue break, just got back into the blue water when it hit the port short corner on a Black & Purple Collector w/birds. Dave P.    (Teaser)




Hot Spot--- we're 6 off the Slide--- just got spooled by one of the big boys-- 35 lbs of drag never stopped it-- took everything-- saw feeders behind us-- turned around and went over it---- turned back downhill when she hit-- took about 600 yards, Kathy couldn't get it out of the rod holder ---she couldn't even attempt to-- not enough line and not enough time- They coming up---- -feeders came up closer to the island too and another big fish lost close to the island- 2:20pm

Parker-- coming up behind us---- we've 500 yards of line out in your direction---- 3:12pm


Dave on the Sleeper released one--- one out of two maybe three on the jigs this morning 1- 1/2 off the end of the island early -- then coming back across the 14 Mile Bank 76 degrees and seeing a splash out front of them - see a Wahoo go down the side of the boat- but didn't turn on the jigs-- water deep blue -- and Vick on the his Sleeper also just had a jig bite on the 14 next to him! 3:33pm, and in the shipping lanes Bounder turns on a feeder and has a jig bite that falls off - 3:35pm



------------------------ Sat's Reports ------------

Good radio reception-- which adds in a lot of conversations---Seas calm and pleasant -

Boats fish everywhere- and for most anything-- wahoo, bluefin, yellowtail yellowfin dorado marlin swordfish blue marlin spearfish bass and seabass bonitos, skipjacks, bullet tuna, spanish jacks, slender sunfish, pufferfish and mostly just for a while.

First boat we came to was hooked up--- middle of the 9 mile bank-- they just leadered one-- 9:31am

We managed to get 8 yellowfin off that paddy --- till you showed up then we only got he one--

11 out of Newport Harbor a Humpback Whales surafces in front of one of the boats--

Seeing anything up there--- Lot of nothing-- little bit of life up here-we went down to the -125 152

14 had a bit of life also but not much life either-- good coverage but not much so far today-- windy last night at Catalina-

We're here below the kidney along with everyone else, had one zip that was it-- I'm inside you headed towards the 371-- make some tacks-- no special place excpt the place you find --Maybe this afternoon-- We worked it hard yesterday- hooked a fish on the drop back and it came over and ate a jig --had him doulbe hooked up amazing how strong these fish are this year-- pulled the 40 and 30 lb lines like it wasnt even there--

Yellowfin at the 182--

Changing water temps-499----looked good- one marlin there so far today-

outside you now- ( Oceanside) we've a few yellowfin and a dorado

it was a afternoon thing for the fleet outside SD

keep hitting it an hitting it- thought it was a marlin at first--- big dorado-- nice big one

1400 ft of water off Abalone-- dolphins -minki whales

just had a knock down-- came in and took the dropback killed it but it didnt stick-- 11:12am

marlin -tuna- I think we had a wahoo too! at daylight- first fish was and dawn-

1/4 to the west from where we were last night was where it's happened same place this morning-- 9 mile bank

you just talked us into one-- we had on- on that old scootersquid-- must have hooked 15 fish on tha lure 11:29

26 / 32 paddy dorado

Green Bean gets hooked up- as the tide starts to flatten on for the midday's low slack tide- stand by-- 12:28pm

went quiet for the midday's reports except the lower class tuna boats on 72

302 marlin released 130 lbs est-- real medicine is on the board! 3:44pm

I'm off the Slide, right off the quarry- MJG --I've got a lot of line out-be careful- - been working the East End for most of the day- 3:40

Hey JD---- We just let one go-- thanks for you help the other day-- hit the oldest lure we had ! 33:18, 118:14 O- Dark Thirty releases one off the inside of the island

Have you ever heard of a mola mola hitting a lure--- landed the SOB got my lure back-- you got anything else to talk about--- bad luck--- he jumped @ &6$#

went up the backside- ribbon rock- out to the 499 and back to the east end-- doing without--

Played around with another swordfish coming up from the 9--- top end of the 9 held the fish (marlin) this morning ----we at least you boss got to pull on one--- it lasted about minute with one of those silly tuna club reels before we got down to the tape.

We were on the 1010 early got jig strikes on football sized yellowfin-- one paddy holding dorado 25- 40lbs -31:29/ 117:51 -- Porpoise holding 25- 26 yellowfin 72degrees 31: 31 / 117:54

Marlin one for two--on the marlin Ken--first one on the 371-- lost the other one 35 over 29 for the second one-- all blind stikes -- its 74 degees on the 9 right here-- fish in tight-

Just in time for those Blue Marlins---

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-------------- Friday's Report ------------------

-Yesterdays bite began at the morning's 10:30 slack tide-- said to go all the way into dusk--- this morning-- only a quick slash at a jig-- a zip and a windshield swipe at another jig and a bit of life starting to show-- 11:00am

Sea calm and gentle- Dozens of boats off the East end- 2- 3 off the island - someone came on and said 16 and 59 had life too-- the outside of the 9 looked good - fair amount of kelps in the area too-

Fished Clemente today for a few. 4 seiner's were working the head and up the frontside. Got 5 YFT on the troll.
Moved in to fish the bass and it was wide open on quality fish. We even got a few yellows in about 15 ft of water! Good day, great weather.

we're not fishing marlin but we just had a double hook up off the Slide just now-- 11:09am

By the noon hour the bite hadn't turned on yet-- maybe boat pressure? moon, no wind, tide, water dropped a degree- too hot- not enough bait, too much bait- -barometer wrong- hurricane coming?- still standing by---

Nice sized mossbacks at the island-- 20- 25lbs--

I just got a really nice dorado this is 15lb + we got dinner!- trolling and I got it on a flying fish ! really fun ---so much going on, lines all over the place--- but I got em!- 1:29pm

We just got --- 5 yellowfin--- we missed the school could have had more- broadtail zucchini, cedar plug natural- they're out here-- 1:31

<------ Yesterdays conquest-- on the Conquest--

that was something- came in and zipped the lure-- ceame in on the othere lure-- dropped back the bait and we were on- 2:30pm



saw a jumper in towards the island from where we are-- maybe 3 below the Mackerel in towards the island-

marking tuna but no catches yet--

Donkeykind wired up--- five minutes after we put the jigs in---2:24

sitting up here on the Horseshoe- nice sized yellowtails here--

That seiner to your right just finished up his set and that harpoon boat below you just stuck a fish-- 5:14pm

Baits the question- not much metered anywhere.

Have a fun cool weekend down on the ocean--

- Go Dodgers!-- ------


------------------------- Thursdays Reports ------------------

Filling moon-- seas calm a light mix of swell -

Right on the tide -- outside the 9 Mile Bank another fish hooked up this morning-10:30- the bite below there-- towards the 302 only one fish so far there-- 7 am on a sonar mark under a kelp-- 10:32am

Double going---- bunga bunga--- 10:41, Blackbeard I think - East end of Cat--

Price of fuel these day-- cheepest it been in about 5 years $3.46 a gal for diesel here at Island Marine Fuels- (949) 673-1103

Hey JD-- Heard you on the radio yesterday and thought you might enjoy some pic's of the two we released yesterday at Catalina. Finally got er job done ! Gary C.

Yellowtail's fishing good off the East End of Catalina too- party boats were there in numbers-- they even caught a marlin of the drift the other day working

below and outside the 302 was another area this morning--

We- released one and taking the second one home to smoke!-- where are you-- stand by--- 38/ 29 --jumper came up- headed towards it- deep water just outside the bank-- What you get bit on---bird and MJG and a Bomboy jig pink and purple--- --- 11:40am

Any idea what this thing is? It was ejected from a fish that we raised for a picture. I have sent it along to a few others to see if they knew what it was. JM

Slender sunfish--


How's it going-- wired--- 2:12-- nice-- looks like a qualifier to me!!

Surely Mermaid had a fish on- just outside the 14 today- too

Howard, T just released one off Catalina--- on 20 lb tackle making it a qualifing fish released for the TC. Conquest- 3:12?

Conquest on a Double hook up-- 3:36pm-- --- no word from them as the minutes tickes away---- tick---

Conquest calls in-- scratchy report--- Conquest--- we've just released the second one so far- 20 dacron--- - 4:28pm-- still on the other fish I think-

How'd you do---- I dumped ono-- must have seen 5 other guys hooked up--- spead out-- inside close to the island-- off on the high spots-

We just crossed over the shipping lanes saw a couple of jumpers 73 degrees 5:12 pm

Seiners mopped up the tuna--

Stand had two yesterday- one bite today-- didnt stick-

First things First got one today too-

Sportboats catching 6- 8 10 lb yellowtails- till the seals take over- east end tight-


-Tuesday's report - gone fishin-- except the boat broke-trolled home on one

---------------- Monday's Report ---------

This time of year between the bouts of the high dry Santa Ana's and cool lows fronts from the north- things begin to congeal- and it looks as though they are again-- Autumn will bring good fishing-

Marlin boats out today--- we'll see what the day brings--- we're on the incoming tide for most of the day

Tuna boats steadily working themselves westward -- either inside clemente anchored off White Rock 20 -30 fathoms chumming in the afternoon or morning hours below the islands and due south 10 off a good break, Cortez or up to the 499, Osborn and Santa Cruz

I've got one going on 6 thread-- solo---- 11:20am

a a excited voice breaks in--- we just had the wahoo bight threw the leader right at the boat--11:22am

Yesterday Jim leaves Dana 4 am returns back to Dana 6 pm- 8 marlin released-

Trent come back on the radio-- after just having lost the marlin on the light linen line- made a couple of jumps- line parted-- got to back off the drag more!-- A Bank- solo

Got a feeder here this morning-- 277 area-- we had a drone up checking out the bikinis on the other boats--had to turn down the volume of the radio- not wanting to hear the other guys down south ( 302) -

Off the Slide we've had two fish up- one on the jig for a jump and another as a follower-- in tight 60 fathom cure and there's a ton of bait here too-

Welcome to the neighborhood the Bad Company's new home port--

Old Ed from off the Lazy Bones-- on the Receiver today- hooked up off the East end of the island--

haven't heard the south boys myself today-


-------------------- Monday's Reports ---------

E-Mail Report this morning-- Hey JD-- Fished with my good buddy Ken Schilling, and Russ out of SD on his boat Sunday.(302)  We had 5 marlin releases that  came  from 3 triples, we got 4 of the fish this way.  We spotted Elvis, had to change gears from 20lb drop back to something bigger.  Boat was stopped and the gear coming in, strippers were all over us trying to eat the jigs dangling  in the water from the rod holders. It was like being in the middle of a fish bowl. Wild, at the last second the skipper took a look at the size of Elvis and threw behind the boat instead and we were hooked up to another mean stripper again, that was fish #5.  Best day ever fishing.  I had 3 fish for the day as my fish never fell off.  All the fish came to leader at least 3 times before the release, very tough fish, One we estimated to be 200 lbs plus.  2 bait fish, 3 jig fish, and a successful double release with fish off both ends of the boat.  All the fish put on great aerial shows, and would not give up.  No 10 minute here! here Chuck (Cowboy).


Hey JD….quick report from the 302. We fished Ken Yasuda’s Encounter yesterday and it was about as good as it gets on the jigs. Lots of multiple hookups; we had a bunch of multiple bites and our last hookup was off a full on indian attack that left us with 3 hanging. We ended up with 9 photo releases and one in the boat (foul hooked fish came up dead) which brought our total to 10 for 13’ish. B/P was the hot color for us but everything seemed to work. The fish would eat dropbacks but definitely preferred the jigs. Matsura & Cousins jigs ruled the day for us.

  Tight lines, Shane Hurt



Hey, JD we got a double jig strike late yesterday outside the lower 9, thought it was Marlin... Surprise!! Landed both on Marlin jigs that fortunately had wire double hook rigs. Aditionally we have totaled 5 marlin mostly off the 302 over the past week. Scott H. Crusader




And taking an advantage for some freshwater fishing for Chinook Salmon---- Peter B scores well with this beautiful fish.-

Kelsey Lee released three fish on a triple bait stop-- fishing near the 302 area- Calen,, Chase and Doug M. all released their fish on 20 dacron, 11:45, 12:00 and 12:10pm

We're doing a sandwich tack--- if you've been there-- you know what that is-- 2:15pm


there's aren't even rats-- these mice are smaller that trout!

We just lost a marlin this morning off the Head-- lots of tuna caught here--- three tuna seiner's were there this morning-- three different times they had there nets in the water-- the whole SD fleet was there-- we manage to find one there this morning-- there must have the most everyone from SD Dana and Newport there --stopped for three hours there--

17/15--- Hooker released another one today--- 3.5 black & purple, dorado coloe yesterday---

2 anglers 20 yellowfined tunas and 2 skipjacks-- Bongos Report -Joe was running the boat-



E-Mail from the San Diego Marlin Club Greetings JD
We had some good fishing for our ILTT 10 Boats - 5 fish caught ,4 releases (3 Tagged).
Our boat was the winning team with two fish on 20#. I ended up being Top
Angler with a fish on 20# in 44 minutes. I believe the tournament  had a
total of 12 or 13 hookups, mainly grid 67 One of the caught and released fish was positively identified as a Blue Marlin,which was caught by the Lively One.The Lively One also caught and released a Short bill Spearfish.
During our awards dinner on Sunday Bob Woodard JR. brought a 39.8 Wahoo into the scales-this was caught on the inside of the 9 mile bank.That same day we also weighed in a Blue Marlin (126 lb),that was caught at the Hidden Bank-they also reported two more hookups that appeared to be Blue Marlin.. Wayne S

And more Blue marlin reports and those Damn Peaky Sharks are still showing up! Damn Sharks

I was fishing with a buddy yesterday on his 44' Pacifica "Victory" about 8 miles NE of Pyramid when a 500+ pound blue bit a black and purple Zuker 3.5 trolled on the short starboard corner.  It bit and came greyhounding up the starboard side of the boat and kept going leaving a trail of white wash for a few hundred yards.  The owner of the boat did a great job chasing after it bow first and we got up and down on it in about 20 mins.  10 more mins making progress trying to put the hammer to it b/c I knew we didn't have a chance in a long fight with 100 lb 6 foot mono leader and 50lb main line. Now or never. For the last 15 mins it was holding about 20 feet down below the transom swimming away from us slowly as we were backing down.  It took one nice tail kick and busted off after 45 mins total fight time.  I snapped this pic on the third and final jump after the line broke; it seemed like F&%$ You jumps Another interesting note: I almost threw bait on a well-manufactured fake Marlin sleeper made of a T-bar PVC pipe with a vinyl cutout of a marlin tail even painted with a metallic navy blue.  Very impressed with the thoughtful construction.  I gaffed it and took it home.  Damn Pesky Sharks! Brian Rapf


Hit a black and purple Cousins lure-- Andreya-- Wired---12:09 pm-coming back from the island-Shipping lanes-- - Swordfish hits the Jig--- Coming back into Newport in an hour-- photos coming-- Congrats-- JD's ---- they found Elvis-- rigger goes off thought it was a marlin--- get it to the boat---- we're all still shaking in disbelief! pretty amazing, Nate Shill the angler-

I've only heard or seen a few swordfish taken on lures mostly black and green or black and purple- this on hit the 1220 flat faced pusher head Cousins Black and purple - 30lb tackle-- basically it made the strike tried to shake look e the hooks then sounded

They were carrying the Great Marlin Race tagging system think it was a small marlin they could tag it-- but as they discovered it turns out to be a broadbill swordfish-- -

Not a big fish but a

Not sure if Rodney got a hold of you but we hooked up to a monster blue marlin yesterday. 4 miles above the 289 after a little bit of Tuna fishing with Cory Wells, Jim Wells, Danny Uribe on Provider, Rodney made the call to put in the marlin jigs. Trolled for about 15 minutes when the left rigger went off. A big blue marlin shot out of the water and started running right at the boat. Rodney made a quick maneuver to miss the on coming missile. As the fish ran past the boat the line broke followed immediately by the sound of the right rigger clip popping and clicker screaming.


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Jock on the Kea Kai just called in releasing another fish - ----- with a Great Marlin Race satellite tag-- 95lb fish healthy and actively on his way-- Congrats to the fleet-- JD










8 Clubs, 49 boats, 193 anglers

24 hook up- 15 fish released, 1st Day 9 releases/ 2nd Day 6 released fish

High Club Award went to Pescadors Team #1, 2 nd High Club Award to the Dana Angling Club Team #1 and 3rd High Club to Tuna Club Team #1- Congrats- JD

High Boat Bounder, 2nd Kea Kai, 3rd Poco Loco

High Angler Jock Albright 2nd Bill Buchannan, 3rd Rod Halperin, 4th Vick Sommers, 5th Calen Offield, 6th Drew Lawler, 7th Bob Denault, 8th Brian Fox, 9th Alyson Gillet, 10th Linda Crean, Circle Hook award Vick Sommers

The Great Marlin Race--on the first two fish of the tournament the Satilight Tags were deployed in their releases-Congrats to the Charisma representing the Tuna Club of Avlaon and the Hooked representing the Dana Angling Club for there efforts we are all indebted, thank you.

In 180 days from now the tag will pop to the surface and transmit where these two fish have traveled. A bit of data processing to see which fish traveled the furthest wins the race. And the main reason for the use of the tags is scientific. by then to have recorded all the water conditions and lay track of it's migrations journey though these conditions. And more great news , the other Sat tags not used in the tournament will be used in the next 60 days which keeps them study pool to get a better sampling- best of luck to the other tagging efforts- JD































Team Joker in the 267 area.
Angler Eric Kin
Skipper George Garrett
Gaffer Ted Royal








Species - Wahoo

They plan to head in today and weigh is at the BAC.

Let's throw more gasoline on the fire--- if it's hot now-- stand by not only will you have to start trolling marauder Wahoo Lures-- better break out the Bent Butts-- Positive ID on a 600- 700 lb maybe bigger Blue Marlin off the 312 Fathom spot-- ( outside Oceanside) !! Stand By !!!!!

So Eric hadn't put any of the yellowfin tuna they had hooked on the deck, lost three---- running between spots of fish up they trolled an X-Rap 20 ---goes off--- his friend says- you take it-- it's yours -thinking maybe it's a dorado-- --- he's on--- George G. at the wheel- see's the line take a heavy plunge-- it's a healthy fish-- take your time--- no idea for sure what it is--- Eric's an experienced angler and gets the fish to the boat--- #@%&*%$#@!@1#3 a few words are discussed-- don't loose it at the gaff! ---- it goes in and over the rail-- -- Unbelievable-- Wahoo 28 miles out of Newport, below and inside the 276/ 279 fathom spot (outside Dana Pt.) water was blue and nice-- Calstar Rod GFTR 756XL, Shimano Talica 20 2 speed -60 lb mono and a Rapala XRap -20 Sardine-- ! Congrats JD- I don't recall anyone ever catching a Wahoo here before! 50.1 lbs---Eric Kim of Fullerton, Ca 8/30/14


































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In an request from biologist Owen S. of Southwest Fisheries Science Center The problem is, it is hard to get samples of marlin caught off California. I could use tissue and anal fin samples from any marlin that are kept. If you hear of any marlin killed and kept please let me know. For future samples we'll need the entire fin including the base that attaches the the body owyn.snodgrass@noaa.gov

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Hey JD, we released a marlin Saturday about 8 am midway between the 14 and Avalon bank on the Janice O.    The fish came in and hit a rapala before switching over to a black/purple tuna feather behind a daisy chain.  Congrats to Berkele






















1st Marlin Released --- Congrats to Todd P /Billy and crew for caching and releasing the First Marlin of the Season-- it's going to be a great season- stand by--


















































The fish is being smoked and the skeleton and head were picked up by a researcher from NOAH at Scripps to be studied-------

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-------- First marlin of the season caught-- above the border-- weight 185 lbs-- big fish!! ate a cast bait-- 181 area-- caught July 3 on the 181 by Oceanside's Jimmy Linville weighed 185 lbs caught on bait---photos coming-- Congrats---JD







Hi JD,
I went fishing for my birthday , came up with this 40lb WSB off of Santa Rosa Island. Drizzly morning , but finally calmer weather !

Happy 4th of July!


JD. Did you get the pic of David's halibut.  4# line on the troll. 28.7#. Yesterday.  In the harbor.      Regards.  Hal



And less us not forget the young ones who enjoy the sport of fishing-- released alive and well est. 5 lb Spotfin caught by Rick H's son with -- naturally a gob of mussels-- nice catch!]



1st Tuna BAC and Tuna Club 2014 --- Hey JD--- My 9 year old Trey caught his 1st Tuna yesterday 16.2 on 20lb test line to capture first fish flag honors, then promptly are the fishes beating heart! Sea Myth II , Trent S.

Trey Smith (9 years old) on 20# Dacron – 16.26 lbs. caught on June 30th at 1:27 p.m. 



And making the run south to below San Onofre, Dave E. and son Dustin put's on a pair on too- The WSB went 53lbs The YT was 36.7











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Fishing the old stuff- known as regulations tackle, AKA Linen fishing lines-- 6 thread linen lines, both the Balboa Angling Clubs and that of the Tuna Club of Avalon records were challanged this weekend as anglers who were trying to break the past years catches- Paul H. had it-- them Pete B took it - it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD


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2014 Fish Catches





And Hoose shows off hisYellowtail taken on 12lb test dacron--- nice catch!!!

Penn Fathom 12, Cousins rod, 12 lb Dacron. Epic battle on light tackle. Hoose Pending World Record-- Official weight 45.6 lbs

Hey-- JD
Still  here in Port San Luis about 27lb


Got one today------- but that's as high as she could lift it up.!! 

Another Wpm













Congrats to Aaron Jeffrey of SA with his 152.3 lb Opah!---

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Making the crossing back from Catalina--- yellowtail fishing and got em'--- but the bigger news -ELVIS - of seeing a big Swordfish right on todays slack tide in the Shipping Lanes-- having not the bait nor the tackle they just watched-- Stand By!










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Could 'a. would 'a should' a-- that's what we said after weighting in the 65.0 White Sea Bass taken this morning by Mike O. fishing under the 30lb tackle category it would have topped the BAC's fish board for the year- beating out Vicks 59 fish from yesterday and just shy of a club record on 30 be a couple of pounds--- ---Could 'a. would 'a should' a- paid up my BAC dues for this year--- sorry-- doesn't count--- - a lessen to be learned-- all the time money and efforts, really not, for nott cause he's really out just for the fishing-- but it would'a, should'a 's and could have been a BAC winning fi

Stayed good for all day-- seemed like it was going to switch and come around from the west but it didnt, stayed southwest all day- --just right -- didn't made the run for nothing--- came up with a nice 59.6 lb WSB caught it on 12 IGFA line-- not quite a BAC Club Record but close-


The warming El Nino waters bringing us a varity of fish species - from Chris-

JD--  We saw lots off these under the paddies offshore.

What's this - called Jack Mackerel, Trachurus Symmertricus, AKA  Spanish Jacks,  horse mackerel,  - warm water species, a member of the Jack family not a true mackerel-

And from a fish washed up on the beach out front of Newport--- What's this?-- you tell me???? Pacific Hatchetfish, Argyropelecus affinis: The Pacific Hatchetfish has a disc shaped body that tapers toward the end. The body is silvery in color with a black band at the top and a prominent row of photophores along the base. They have transparent anal, caudal and dorsal fins and a very long and narrow tail base. The anal and dorsal fins are without spines and contain 8 to 9 and 12 to 14 soft rays respectively.

They can be easily confused with the Tropical Hatchetfish, Argyropelecus lychnus (oval body, shorter tail base).

The Pacific Hatchetfish is an oceanic and mesopelagic species found in all tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans including all Mexican oceanic waters. They reside primarily between 900 and 2,000 feet in the water column and reach a maximum length of 8.4 cm (3.3 inches).

The Pacific Hatchetfish is a member of the Sternoptychidae or Silver Hatchetfish Family. They are a marine, deep-water species found in the bathypelagic zone, i.e. between 600 and 1,800 feet, where it is dark, cold and without plant life with high water pressures.

At night they undergo mass migrations from depths of up to 12,000 feet to as shallow as 150 feet in search of prey returning to the depths at daybreak. They consume small crustaceans, such as amphipods, copepods, krill, seed shrimp, and fishes smaller than themselves. They are believed to be short lived with many fishes living less than a year. They spawn in open water and do not guard or otherwise care for their offspring.

They utilize counterillumination (with light being generated from a series of photophores) that produces light that camouflages their silhouettes from observers lurking below. Fossil records indicate that these fish have existed from the mid-late Eocene period, about 40 million years ago.

33 pounds at whites caught off latitude by Tim Johnson.  Best. Rob. BACCO


Hooked started the weekend off right. Last squid in Tank Mike W. caught this 28.85lb WSB





Not the scores I was hoping for today-- but those that got our enjoyed the day on the water-- light westerly sprang up mid- late afternoon but not enough to matter-- a few Black Sea Bass mauled the baits that were set for the White Sea Bass and of course there were the sharkers out--






The 2013 HIBT- IGMR is a wrap, and what a race it was! With three tags completing the full deployment period of 180 days and a new distance record for Kona, this was definitely one of the most successful HIBT Great Marlin Race events ever.  

Congratulations to Marty and Mitchell Firestein of the Balboa Angling Club for sponsoring the tag that was placed on this event’s winning marlin. At 2,883 nm, this is the longest distance recorded in an HIBT race and the second longest distance in IGMR history. Following in second place was a Pacific blue marlin sponsored by Bob and Sally Kurz and Rocky Franich that traveled 2,101 nm where the tag reported near Tahiti. Click here to read the full details of this year’s race results.

Our thanks go out to IGFA Representatives Bob and Sally Kurz and IGFA Trustee Emeritus Peter Fithian for coordinating yet another great race at the HIBT.
Additionally, we would also like to thank everyone who sponsored and participated in this year’s IGMR. It is through your support that the data generated from this project continues to grow and has already revealed some amazing marlin migratory patterns. All data collected through the IGMR is available to anglers, scientists, and managers worldwide and will help provide valuable insight into their use of the ocean habitat.

Once our partners at Stanford University interpret the data, the remaining tracks for the Kona, USA 2013 IGMR will be available. In the meantime, we invite you to see your marlin’s tag deployment and pop-up locations. Best,
PS: The 55th HIBT will be held July 26 - August 2, 2014. We invite you to reserve your tag for the 2014 HIBT IGMR by contacting Bob Kurz, HIBT IGMR Event Coordinator.



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He caught it on 40lb tackle which puts him in the 50# class   New Club Record – 66.2 lbs










































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Where did they come from and where do they go-- There are 10 years and older recorded spaghetti style tag studies showing some head south-- some into Mexico, some to the west and some even further to New Zealand- Newer and better studies need to be made--- maybe next years the BAC's Masters will incorporate Great Marlin Race which is used in conjunction of major fishing tournaments around the world to help better understand these migrations for a better fish science management-- Talk to your clubs about sponsoring a tag for next years Masters--- JD

The winner of the 2012-2013 IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is Peter Teakle of Lizard Island, Australia! The satellite tag he sponsored during the 26th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was deployed in a 360 kg (794 lb) black marlin and traveled 2,577 nautical miles in 69 days, creating the second longest billfish track of the research program jointly run by the International Game Fish Association and Stanford University.

“That we’ve now seen the second longest distance of the IGMR project is amazing,” said IGMR co-chair and Stanford University marine biologist, Dr. Randy Kochevar. “But the real win here is that in the past two years we have recorded a total of 31,000 nautical miles worth of data on open-ocean habitat usage available for scientists anywhere. Having access to this kind of data is what researchers need in order to better understand how these incredible animals are using the open ocean.”The winning billfish track, as well as all the other satellite tag tracks generated by billfish tagged during the IGMR, are available on interactive maps on the IGMR website. We invite you to follow the fish and learn more about our billfish research program







A pending club record for the Tuna Club of Avalon-- 51 lb White Sea Bass caught with 6 thread linen line, it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD

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It’s piscatorial soup of mixed sealife that beckons our shores let's see what happens through the course of this year.

June's Report - Bill, the Striped Marlin,Tetrapturus audax  has been following the west winds flow of Central Pacific Gyre’s energy as it translates towards our West Coast, higher in latitude than he feels he’s got a right to be but mother nature takes her course there and so will he, besides he’s got those exploring genes in him and wants to wander around – soon he and his adventurous buddies will be riding those California currents south.   Quick as a wink and just as fast, he’s finding he needs to be. At almost 5 feet long now he’s appetite is becoming fond of the abundant Anchovies he’s finding now. Although small they taste good, he just has to eat a bunch of them. The unusually warm water has spurred the hatching of  20 000 to 30 000 eggs per Northern Anchovy or Engraulis mordax from the Greek word Engraulis (European anchovy) and the Latin mordax (biting) they feed on plankton, primarily euphausids, copepods, and decapod larvae.  This year 39,000 metric tons of Northern anchovies will reach about 25 cm in length and a life span of about 7 years. Diel migrations occurs, remaining at depths during the day and approaching the surface in low-density schools at night. The eggs float, first with the major axis perpendicular and later with the major axis horizontal. Eggs hatch in two to four days, depending on the water temperature. Bill and company will have a steady diet of mineral and protein Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and selenium rich baitfish this summer.  Bill’s southern cousins will soon be chased from the compounds of the Baja Peninsula and make their way around to the Pacific side where it’s a little cooler in semi -tropical conditions.  By August they will visit the sunny shores of California. Those Hurricanes are quite distracting to ones appearance.


Bluefin “Tom” Thunnus orientalis  We made it-- Bluefin “Tom” Thunnus orientalis - we’ll at least a few of us made it. In two and a half month’s crossing some felt that urge to bend it to the north following that cooler flow of water but we stood our ground, followed that Magnetite in the neural pits of our snouts, being warm blooded we just swam a little deeper that’s all. Made it here to the West Coast off Northern Baja to find the surface water a little too warm for our liking, the only place of relief was right up close to the beach where it upwelled cool water from a thousand feed deep and that’s where those anchovies are. We’ll stay around for a while till things heat up. June Gloom’s overcast mornings are shorter with longer bright daylight hours now, Tom’s staying deep unless it’s overcast then come up or towards sunset when those choves came up following that Diel migration. Still only a adolescent at only 20 lbs and 2 years he’s relying on the older mature 4 and 5 year olds of his kind, like freshmen and varsity players in high school they know the ropes. There’s a lot to learn and not many teachers around, some of them have already followed the call of the North and on their way already.   Pesky gangs of their southern brown bronzed yellow skinned cousins are here too, greedy little brats they steal every scrap of food around. Tom and his black sheep cousin Stink Eye have bigger eyes which help in the chase of their favorite foods, California flying fish, Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus californicus the largest member of the flying fish family. Laying egg sacks in the kelp beds of Cedros Islands where they, themselves were nurtured and now follow the course of the yellowtail and have come north in waves, the Leaping Bluefin will follow--

Mike our Yellowfin Tuna,  Thunnus albacares  For two hundred miles out to sea juvenile yellowfin are beings wept along with the California Counter Current as it moves up along the Baja peninsula  Fueled also by the El Nino event Michael and friends have reached 18 lbs and are growing quick, gulping down those Red Crabs their finding along the way. Hummm—like little lobsters –tasty, his own flavor will take on the trait.. Joined in their travels are the dinosaur reptilians of the sea, Chelonia mydas the Green sea turtles and the Caretta caretta, Loggerhead turtles who’ve like Mike’s blue finned cousins have come across from Japan making the overseas 5600 mile crossing just to join in the party.
His bigger brother, Big Eye’d Charlie is along for the ride too. Stink-eye Charlie we’ll call em’, his lifespan is up at 12 years and he’s had sex at age four, lucky guy.  He’s a little different –he’s hemoglobin is able to extracts oxygen efficiently in oxygen-poor condition. And heart has the ability to function effectively in cold subsurface water while following the vertical migrations of organisms into the deep scattering layers. Spending prolonged daytime periods as deep as a 1,000 feet deep preying on sources that the yellowfin does not have access to.  Charlie preys mostly on cephalopods in deeper waters but must periodically return towards surface waters to warm up and watch that afternoon’s sunset
Mike and all his friends will be at our doorstep soon.


Happy Birthday Jack Yellowtail  Seriola lalandi   Coming to America-- one year old this month, he’s weathered the storms of early life, gotten away from nasty sealion bites, diving long billed birds of prey and big lipped seabasses--- so far.  Pushing 20 inches now and 3.8 lbs with a birthday surprise to his diet’s- Pelagic free-drifting red crabs they taste just like chicken lobsters of the sea  He’s not the only one’s, those overweight Calico Bass in the kelphood also relish them too, stuffing their faces with them like candy bars “ Crunchy on the outside but good inside”. They need to go in a diet.  Jacks older brothers and sisters, older by a year at 8- 12 lbs along with his parents sent word via Jonathan of the assault on their ranks, another 2569 of them taken this month, that 4,747 in 60 days, not counting the privates loss. Like following gospels they go up into that world “up there” and never come back- a fishy heaven sort to speak. Jack will leave his home now and follow the flow of warm water to the north seeking shelter wherever it’s found. His parents and siblings have crossed above the border undetected and finding better lodging and table fare while visiting old uncles and aunts in their retirement homes of Clemente and Catalina Island.

Thunnus alalunga, Art, our four year old North Pacific Albacore is 12 ½ lbs , 25 ½ inches and has come to a border of his own, being chased from the west with the unpleasantries of oppressive summertime heat and to the southeast a finger of that high salinity low oxygen waters that’s moving in– ahh but to the north there’s a path of the beautiful California Current, rich in anchovy larvae, pinheads and sauries. Let’s hope Art finds his way towards our offshore banks before heading north, maybe that tongue of the C C will finds its way below Clemente and 60 Mile Bank, We’d like to meet him again.

The Dolores’s, Dorado Coryphaena hippurus and her girlfriends are still on hold, We’ll see them in the middle of the summer

Strong currents run deep – better sharpen you hooks!  JD

 Jan's report - The first Striped Marlin, Tetrapturus audax  we see in the season may have been born in the Kuroshio Current a year ago as it flows the ocean’s gyre off the North Pacific. he’s 35 lbs now and festive, having survived the snatching beaks of nasty birds and other deep sea gobblers from below. Later on in the season if currents allow are other year old brothers and sisters of his breed are off  the Southern tip of Baja by a thousand miles. Moms were 2 years old and 60 inches when she spawned 20 million eggs with hopes that Dad could fertilized them to develop into planktonic, lecithotropic larvae. Conditions this past year in the northern hemisphere favored a better recruitment of hatching larvae to drift and grow. So right now somewhere swimming in the waters above the Hawaiian Islands or south off Baja hundreds perhaps thousands of miles a 3 or 5 foot long striped marlin lives—let's call him “William” or Bill for short.  Bill will live in the upper surface layer on all sages of his life. Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus orientalis, Born of 5 ft long parents and 130 lbs late in the summer four years ago off the southern coast of Japan, now as one or two years old weighing in at  5 to 10 lbs they begins a two month, 6,000-mile cross-oceanic migration to the Eastern Pacific off Baja California in the Spring. After two to four years foraging off the Mexican and California/ Oregon coastlines they'll be returning home to those same Western Pacific waters where born and remain for another 15- 25 years 10 ft and a thousand pounds, slow growing in later life. While here along our coast the younger fish travel further to the north onto Central Calif. in late springtime and return towards the south as Fall and Winter approaches, the older fish mostly stay south off Baja.  Magnetite, a mineral found in neural pits in their nose detects the earth’s magnetic field for their navigation. Warm-blooded they can heat their bodies 11° F warmer than surrounding water, that’s why the fight so well. Must consume 5% of their body weight daily and must continually swim with their mouths open to force water over their gills. We’ll call him “Tom” the Bluefin tuna. –Hi Tom. His buddy the Yellowfin Tuna,  Thunnus albacares , “Mike” we'll call em’, he’s a resident here on the West Coast part of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and doesn't migrate across the Pacific like the Bluefin. Mike’s a fast grower as a youngster, feeds on plankton and then small fish, krill, squid and. crustaceans. At one year he’ll be 24 inches long and might grow to about 300 lbs . Mike reaches maturity at about 2 years and around 40 inches but he doesn't live that long with average age being just 5-6 years old, he'll be a old man at 8 if he makes it that long.  March 24” grows about 2” a month, by Dec 40 inches, March 24”, Apr 26, May 28,June30, July32, Aug34, Sept36, Oct38, Nov 40 Dec And the North Pacific Albacore, Thunnus alalunga, “Art” ( Starting this lastJan 2014 he’s only 18 inches and 5 lbs ) and his family we hope to see more of, they travel around a lot. Mon and Dad matured at around 35 inches, 28 lbs at 5 or 6 years old and hope to see 13 years.  Albacore are an iteroparous species that breeds seasonally only once a year. Moms lay eggs that are fertilized externally (oviparous) by scatter their eggs throughout the ocean months from November to February which float to within a foot or so of the surface, wave actions mixes them with Dads offerings. That's what a lot of birds are picking at.  A 40 lb female can produces 2 to 3 million eggs then migrates towards two regions of the Northeast Pacific. One towards the northern part of Baja the other is off the coast of Washington and Oregon. In the warmer waters off Baja they make dives to depths exceeding 656 feet during the day and stay near the surface at night, while off the coast of Washington and Oregon they stay near the surface the entire day. Albacore move across the Pacific during the fall and appear in Japan in their late winter/spring fisheries then migrate back to North America. Art never really rest; he’s always on the move because of their demand for oxygen and he eats one-quarter its own weight in food a day. Yellowtail,  Seriola lalandi  We’ve got to call him Jack—Jack comes from the Cedros Islands area.  Last July his Mom and Dad were 4 year olds and 10 pounders Mom laid 450,000 eggs that year – she hopes to live to a ripe old age of 30 years and give off 4 million. Jacks been growing quickly he’s a pound now, darting in and out of kelps beds chasing food and/or not being food himself.  By this summer he’ll be a year old and 4 lbs, by 5 years he'll be 16 lbs.  

Good luck this seson- JD


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--------------------- no longer fishing the reefs  and kelp beds off Laguna-- the Forbidden Zone-- -


Those pleasant trips below the harbor - enjoying the scenery and good fishing with your children, wife or friends are no longer permitted due to some idiotic woman and the Laguna Beach city council--  shame on them- Hope they all get voted off their positions,

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Mexico's--- Subject: Temp import permit

 And for those entering into Mexico for a intended trip a E- Mail forwarded to me for the Temporary Import Permit---  From: Victor Barreda Jr.. [mailto:agebarr@prodigy.net.mx] -( he's a good contact in Cabo/ San Jose- JD )

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Mainland Mexico


=================================================================================================  Personalized hand made Bamboo Rods -- custom regulation made 3, 6 and 9 thread split cane rod for the ultimate  gift-- please allow 4 weeks production time for custom colors,  call 1 800 660 5030- speak to JD       ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Fishing packages available at $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and for only $20,000 you a new pair of Fraser-Volpe Gyros ! Sportfishing Tackle Packages Rods and Reels 2 ea 80lb Trolling Rods and Reels 2 ea 50lb   “     “    “    “     “     “    2 ea 30lb   “     “    “     “     “     “  2 ea  Stand Up Tuna rod and reel 6 ½ ft-20-50lb 2 ea   Med-Light Rod and Reel 7 ft.10-25lb 1 ea   Marlin Casting Rod & Reel






10 ea Marlin Lures, 10 ea Tuna Feathers, 10 ea Trolling Plugs, Asst. Casting Lures, Asst. Plastic jigs , Big Game Hooks, Small Game Hooks, Trolling Swivels, Lead Heads, jigs, Rigging needles, , Leader, Mono- Wire, Fluorocarbon Fishing Accessories Gaffs, Tag Stick, Bait and landing nets, Fish Bat, Safety Lines, Gloves, Fish Flags





Fish Kill



Bags, Tools, Crimping Kit, S/S Pliers, Cutting Dikes, Knives, fish and Drag Scales Outrigger



clips, Flat line Clips,Storage bags, Plastic storage boxes, Lure storage bags






Fishing packages $5,000, $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 Financing Available

 Please call me if I can be of  assistance in any tackle or arrangements 1-800 660-5030- JD Give me a call if you need any charted booking information, glad to help,  call me JD. 
Good Luck
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Call JD's Tackle at 1-800 660 5030, or E-Mail to mailto:jdsbiggame@aol.com  The best cure for sea sickness, ----- the shade of an Oak Tree!- JD

This last year marks  37 years I've been here in this same location on Balboa Island  hearing fish stories,  30 years + from calling in a weekly fish report to the WON and local newspapers, now this -the web site, this past month 1,750,000 hits, 30 +years of outfitting private boats, yachts and super yachts,  of fishing around the globe or watching the Balboa Island Ferry go back and forth with it's little hoot as it crosses the bay. 30 +years of helping kids with drop lines and cut shrimp to growing up and fishing marlin, now their kids come in and I outfit their boats. This shop may not be the easiest to get to but it's one of the nicest locations to have a tackle shop-  Thank you for all for your patronage over the years- JD

  -Great fishin' off Puerto Vallarta, ....some Huge Yellowfin Tuna!  302 1/2 lbs, 80lb tackle, 1hr 12 min: ---JD

Later in the afternoon when the telephone booths began to grow dark at the edges, I punched out of the creek and went home. I had that hunchback trout for dinner. Wrapped in cornmeal and fried in butter, its hump tasted sweet as the kisses of Esmeralda. -----  Uncle Mlford and Dad---My old man on the right- uncle on the left-- sold em' for a $1 apiece and went dancing at the Rendezvous ballroom that night--

A good site for the seabirds is  http://www.montereyseabirds.com/SeabirdTripSpeciesList.htm  , or--  http://www.pbase.com/jpkln/image/  Online Cataloga   nihil lucratus sine labor laboris http://newportbeach.patch.com/articles/helping-newport-beach-anglers-for-35-years-enjoy-the-squirrels    Damn Pesky Sharks-- Nate Dunham with his Thresher shark f- Great photo-- shows how using circle hooks  lets the angler hook the shark in the mouth and can be released if wanted ------------- Photos of the year- 2012