November 26, 2014
As a few of the locals out today on such a peaceful morning on the water-- you should be out here- he says, bounce balling hopefully for halibuts-- not yet- water 64+ 65+ looking good a bit green but clear- lots of organic plankton doing well in the sunlit waters.
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One day at a time- best to tackle these new computers systems files and what not's one day at a time-- beautiful weather out there today. almost flat calm with a light west by 10 am- hazy bright light on the water. Sparkling as the wind starts to ripple it-
Private sportfishers headed out to the outer banks today and fishing tomorrow and back for the holiday weekend-- others laying off till after Turkey Day and heading south to Mexico-- Baja's got some weather now but due to back off after Thurs. Tanner and Cortez 14 sec 6 ft swell 8-15 knts NW wind today and tomorrow- very fishable, Remembering last years developing Swordfish catch was best the first weeks of December off the back side of Clemente Island they made their whole season up in a couple of weeks !
Our water temps from 63 to 72 degrees-- a check with the water temps off Newport this morning starting at 65 dropped to 64 early mid day- 10 ft vis
And a look at the Baja Water temps from 65 to 82 degrees
A check with San Clemente Island Security they show Pyramid Cove to be open Friday Sat and Sunday-- JD
Strong draining tide these past few days , schools out for many kids taking advantage of the current drift fishing the bays for bass-
--- Monday's Reports ----
- -the Weekends Reports- such as the are- ------
Coastal fishing down to the bass and halibuts-- windy offshore, especially off Huntington/ long beach drainage and the offshore flow off Salt Creek and Donenny
Couple boats out after thresher sharks-- don't think they got any--
Whale watching boats speaking of a diminishing bait availability for their whales
Back in operation again-- I think-- JD
--------Sat's reports ----
Clear blue skies this morning-- flat calm- Catalina lays on a mirror, a band of fog to the west.
Seals being out of control- from the surface to the bottom chasing hooked fish and scarring the rest away-- boats fishing the outer shelf from San Pedro down to the oil rigs- 150 spot, double rigs- bottom fishing for reds etc
From the lack of radio talk I'd guess not a whole lot of boats out-- whales watchers and coastal fishermen after bass or halibuts was about it-
Mag Bay Fish Report-Full Circle-- Hi JD,
We left on our vessel Full Circle on November 2nd. Fished our way down to Magdalena bay. We caught and released five stripped marlin and boated some Dorado, small yellowfin & yellowtail. My group departed Full Circle on Nov.10th and flew back to LA from Loreto. The next group with Robert as captain caught a large Blue Marlin which they gave to residents from small fishing village in San Carlos. This will feed a lot of people! Also boated 19 Wahoo & 27 Dorado right outside of Entrada Mag Bay.
Full Circle crew caught and released a second hefty Blue Marlin. They are now making the trip back to Newport with freezers full of fish! Best, Kasey Sherrill
------------ Fridays Report ------------
We're back in the saddle again--Yahoo----- - Whole new system- computer, printer etc-- new programs -now I've just got to sell another 1,000 bags of anchovies to pay for it all- it's like getting married again-- who, what, where--and how--- It'll take a few weeks to get things sorted out-- forgive me -
- what'd I miss--??--- - not a whole lot --- we're still with the last marlin of the season locally by the Pacific Pioneer, a bunch of halibuts taken and what encourages me the most is the amount of samll fry bait fish in the waters-- At least two spawning and probably three spawns events have occurred this Spring, Summer and now early Fall seasons as multitude of 3/4 inch then 2 inch and 4 inch fry are observed in the bays and harbors and along the coastlines - And that goes for all the other fishes- bass spawning again - halibuts, and almost all fish have have a second or third crop this year-- that bodes well for two and three years from now-- JD
Wahoos and Dorados filling the sacks for those traveling into Mexico- The Cape and East Cape also good wahoos--
Weather forecast-- Subject: El Nino by February
30-DAY WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2014, TO DECEMBER 10, 2014
Posted: November 17, 2014
Synopsis... The longwave trough on November 10 was out at 140W. This teleconnects with a ridge of high pressure at the west coast. Another longwave trough was in the east-central US along the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to the Mississippi River.
In the Near-Term - Southern California Avocado Area - November 12 to 27... On the 13th there is a chance for some drizzly rains in the coastal areas of southern California, especially from LA County and to the south. Another drizzly rain should occur on about the 15th and 20th as fronts pass by to the north. The best chances for rain should be from the 23rd to the 26th.
Summary - November 28 to December 12... We expect warmer than normal sea surface temperatures to continue near southern Baja and along the coast through central California. El Niño will continue to slowly develop. Low latitude westerlies will continue from about 170W to near 135W 33-39N. Troughs and lows will tend to develop along this storm track, then weaken east of 130W. Rains will tend to push into Oregon and Washington. The storm track will gradually try to migrate south through about November 26. After a pause for the first 7 days of December, we look for another rainy pattern from the 8th to the 12th.
For the avocado growing areas from November 29 to December 7, it looks to be dry with a possible Santa Ana or offshore flow pattern with warm conditions. Frost would tend to be limited to the coldest valley areas, while nighttime temperatures will remain mild in the foothills. Frost will tend to be less during this period than is usually seen during the first week of December. This is due to the warm sea surface temperatures still expected to the west of the California coast.
Seasonal Outlook/El Niño Update - December 12 to February 28... The latest guidance from the CFS2 model and Scripps ECPC indicate that El Niño will continue to slowly develop and likely reach a maximum in February.
From the CFS2 guidance, we now see support for above normal rainfall in January, February, and March. In northern and central California we may see heavy rains in December as well. However, the heaviest rains would be in January and February, when above normal rainfall is indicated. The above normal rainfall also extends into southern California, especially in late January and February, and the first half of March.
For the avocado growing areas, after a period of dry warm conditions at the beginning of December, watch for a period of rain between December 10 to 23. From January 8 to 20, look for above normal rainfall in the southern California avocado belt, especially over Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Due to the warm sea surface temperatures to the west of southern and central California, we expect the frost risk to remain a little below normal during January and February.
CFS guidance also suggests that the heaviest rains will tend to focus into southcentral and southern California during the middle of February and again in the first part of March.
d JD's Offers a $100 Gift Certificate reward to the angler with the Last Marlin of the Season Released here in US waters -- who knows that might be Dec 31st! and Berkley add to the growing numbers who want to add to the prizes- from Berkley. a FREE 2,500 yard spool of the New Berkley Pro Spec Braid (your choice of lb test). Retail value $350.00. Hoose
The year's rolling on-- get ready for next year-- the 2015 Tide books are in already--call JD's and reserve yours today-- -
----------Old Info --- Reports , Photos for this season---------------------
Rainbows over Newport The morning starts out with a few bouts of wind and rain under the clouds as they swept by- seas fair- expecting more of a westerly this afternoon to build- tailing weather--
Pacific Pioneer - Released one!! Congrats!! 4 off seal rock Catalina east end of the island-- 69.2 lots of life, birds, porpoise, bait no one here --we're the only boat out here-- Sheet glass conditions-- tough fish almost a hour long battle the fish had only half a bill on it-- ( we call them william for short) - absolute sheet glass out here today--haven't had a ripple in two days,, zero, zero, zero yeaterday Jig fish today mackerel clone! -
Those fish were at box canyon off the domes in 215 feet of water, 72.5 gorgeous blue water John M.
E-mail from a good customer of ours-- having just returned from Easter Island and Pitcairn island 1/2 way between the French Polynesian and South America-- Wahoo fishing go 90 lb 'ers !- on the Fox Trek Travel rods- Now he's off on another trip somewhere- those rods travel well-
Monday morning wahoo
We tried fishing for the yellowtail but got tired of all the seals taking them-- must have been 40 boats fishing there-- so went trolling off the domes -- water 69 degrees-- we had two other bites but they didn't stick -- this one did marauder black and purple-- nice 45lbs-
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
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
JD just wanted to share the dorado Dustin Cookman
Caught. The fish was a 30 lb bait fish on 20lb dacron we were seven off the beach between the 14 and Dana Point
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!
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….
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
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
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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
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
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 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
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.
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 email@example.com
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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-------
------------------ Friday's reports ----------------
-------- 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
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
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
Still here in Port San Luis about 27lb
Got one today------- but that's as high as she could lift it up.!!
Congrats to Aaron Jeffrey of SA with his 152.3 lb Opah!---
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!
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--
LONG-TERM AVERAGES FOR THE NUMBER OF NAMED STORMS ARE 15,, 8- HURRICANES, AND 4 MAJOR HURRICANES ,
THE LIST OF NAMES FOR 2014 IS AS FOLLOWS:---NAME PRONUNCIATION /NAME PRONUNCIATION
---- AMANDA UH-MAN-DUH, MARIE MUH-REE, BORIS BOR-EES, NORBERT NOR-BERT, CRISTINA KRIS-TEE-NUH, ODILE OH-DEAL, DOUGLAS DUG-LUSS, POLO POH-LOH, ELIDA ELL-EE-DAH, RACHEL RAY-CHULL, FAUSTO FOW-STO, SIMON SY-MUHN, GENEVIEVE JEH-NUH-VEEV, TRUDY TROO-DEE , HERNAN HER-NAHN, VANCE VANSS ISELLE EE-SELL, WINNIE WIN-EE, JULIO HOO-LEE-O, XAVIER ZAY-VEE-UR, KARINA KUR-REE-NUH , YOLANDA YO-LAHN-DA, LOWELL LO-UHL, ZEKE ZEEK
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!
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
some day chickens- some days feathers
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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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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--
good site for the seabirds is http://www.montereyseabirds.com/SeabirdTripSpeciesList.htm
, or-- http://www.pbase.com/jpkln/image/
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
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