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.SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FROM 7 AM THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING..

. Synopsis: OFFSHORE FLOW WILL DEVELOP AND BECOME STRONG TODAY WITH SOME GUSTS OVER 30 KNOTS. THE WINDS GRADUALLY WEAKEN SATURDAY. WEAK ONSHORE FLOW RETURNS SUNDAY STRENGTHEN MONDAY AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE ARRIVES.

TodayWind NE 10 to 15 kt. to 25 kt iafternoon. Wind waves 5 ft. Swell W 3 to 4 ft at 12 sec. TonightWind NE 15 to 25 kt..10 to 15 kt after midnight. Gusts to 30 kt. Wind waves 6 ft. Swell N 2 to 4 ft at 6 seconds. SatWind NE 10 to 20 kt. NW . Gusts to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft morning... 2 ft or less. Swell N 2 to 3 ft at 6 seconds. Sat NightWind NW 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt...becoming N after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 4 ft becoming 2 ft Swell W 3 to 5 ft at 11 seco. SunWind E 10 k Wind waves 2 ft. Swell W 2 to 3 ft at 18 sec. MonWind S 10 kt. Gusts to 15 kt afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Swell W 3 to 5 ft.

 

2017 Tide Logs just came in-- makes for a good gift, Call JD's and pick on one up

----------Friday Dec 2 nd 2016 -------------

Dirty green with a lot of sheep to it- - Catalina's out there in a haze of wind gusts-- wouldn't want to be headed back to the beach today-- , off the dock made two cast in that wind- got to spots I hadn't fish before, one small sand bass- sweet-

She's a hooting--

Nice woman came in the shop this morning, Sandy wanting to get her son a gift for Christmas-- not knowing the fishing world she was a little hesitant in the wrong purchase of a gift.. I assured her-- she wasn't alone in her thinking. I suggested a fishing lure, most people are afraid to buy the "wrong one or type" , consequently then fishing lures are never given as a gift and the anglers have to buy them themselves. Trust me, a good lure is welcomed, you'll see them drift away in fishy thoughts as the gift of a lure is opened.

 

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----------- Thursday's Report ------------

Anybody want some live squid-- we're here fishing the "Pipe" and looking to give it away--- How'd you do at the Pipe-- couple of sand and calico bass, saw one guy fight a Black Sea Bass- quiet other than that, Where'd you get the Squid--- Catalina's Isthmus, there were a dozen light boats selling it there last night- we went out to the Tanner after than but the wind came up 20- 25 knts, un-fishable for us-- couple guys didn't feel well --- gave up and came back in--- fished the Pipe this morning-

The Sea of Cortez is subject to high winds and seas during these Santa Ana type conditions-strong to near gale force winds over the north and central Gulf of California beginning late Friday night into early Sunday. Minimal gale force winds will be possible across the northern Gulf of California early Saturday afternoon, with seas building quite high for the Gulf into the 10 to 11 ft with these strong winds.

A look into this weekends weather, tomorrow to Sat shows a N/E Santa Ana wind developing strong offshore with the Tanner Bank area being blow out tomorrow and into Sataturday, it swings to come out of the west in the afternoon with Sunday morning hours better, afternoon at 15 knts west - Inner waters much better

 

---------------- Wed's report ----------

Flat seas, cold and flat morning, light marine haze, light S/E wind, filling morning tide, then it dumps out the rest of the day

4 or 5 miles off Dana Pt, a pod of Pilot Whales seen, big news for the watchers-- not a whole lot around these days, Other's asking for any squid boats around, ch 11 no reply 10:30 am

A few more Calicos starting to bite, getting used to the water temp change

Private Sportfishers either headed south or coming north these days have a Northwest ocean swell that prevails off Baja California norte, seas a 8 to 12 ft range. Seas will subside 6 to 7 ft Continued pulses of northwesterly swell will push across the area through the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend.

Still boats out on the Tanner or surrounding banks drifting for the Bluefin Tunas last night and this morning- seas fair - 10 ft, 10 seconds, 10 knts

three cast 3 bites one 14 inch halibut- outgoing tide- water dirty green lots pf plankton life and small 2-3 inch smelt swimming into it

Small Shark swimming along the beach, Balboa pier -caused a White Shark alert!

Large school of Orcas spotted- from Main beach to Crystal Cove --seen from a distance they were spread out headed north west along that 1,000 ft depth , also a couple of gray whales around, in shallow at 70 ft of water off Long beach headed south --

Ive got at least eight of them north laguna--there's another eight over here 1:40

There's at least 25- 30 of them--- moving at 3 knts--

Stupid guy on a Jet ski-- buzzing around them-- the whales watchers were amazed at his foolishness 2:08

33:31.04/ 118 03.3 moving 7-8 knts west-- headed for the outer oil rigs and the shelf along it.

by 3:30 the pods of Orcas were still headed west- and the Jet skier was still tagging along-

--------------------- Tuesdays reports ---------

Clear blue skies a wisp of clouds far away- Light Santa Ana's brisk and cool- the sunshine helps to warm up things , Gusty N/E 5- 15 wind chop against west swell , sloppy

Coastal waters hovering around the 59/ 60 degree mark! clean green, Seas offshore. Tanner Bank Wind Direction N 360 deg true / 9.7 kts - Wave Height 11.2 ft /11 sec. Air Temp 59.2 °F - Water Temp: 62.1 °F , one or two sportboats out there today---

Live Squid being sold this evening-- at Catalina check on ch 11 , White boat white light- Isthmus area. No moon tonight-- should be a few Seabass around with these tides

 

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---------Closed Monday ----- 59 degrees in the harbor this morning, strong draining tide- murky looking- , outside up on the flats it warms to 61 degrees and a clean green -

--------- Sunday Nov. 27th 2016 -----------

Whale watching boat hoped to get out for a mid morning's run out of Newport--- turned around--- here it comes-- the Wind - it's smoking out here-- were headed back in- 10:25am

Clearing west 15-25- 30 kts gust wind due with short period swell following-- made three casts off the dock in that outgoing rain swelled tidal water . one nice multi spotted halibut, not quite 20 inches .

With the wind blowing and the seas rough- not much in the way of fishing- except a few boys finding little pockets of "out of the way" wind spots making cast to the spotties in the harbor, waters dirty with the outflow of rain water and there's trash/ weeds washing out with the mornings high tide

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With the local fishing on hold-- and time to think of up coming Christmas gifts for yourself , family or friends,

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

Forecasted to blow early afternoon and it did, strong, wind and chop out of the south as this low approached then swung around this afternoon- , good tidal movements and a few out on the flats hooking halibuts and gotten broken off off a couple of fish, sharks, GSB early in the day--- most folks got off the water early in the day---

 

------------------- Fridays Reports ------------

Cool morning hours- light marine haze on the water, seas fair with a light bump to it-- not many whales spotted just yet-- the Pipeline artificial reefs and stones above north Newport holding bass and a few yellows

 

 

JD Happy Thanksgiving We fished yesterday at the pipe 80 feet 2 nice yellows in the afternoon 8 black seabass released in the morning Wishing you well Billy

Sounded like the same guy from last weekend trolling Halcos lures, says he's got Yellowfin again today-- 32:41 / 118:08 ---- 11:42pm

 

 

 

Prospector you on this side--- yea--- lets go down a couple--slow down were right behind you--- - they went down to the other channel but failed to make the connection --- we'll Bob missed the opportunity of a lifetime--- A shot at one of the Last Billfish of the year-- where a 1/2 mile below the Newport Bell Buoy!! -- Yep up swimming around on right the surface and naturally the boat calling didn't have a rod aboard! - they played around with the fish for a 1/2 hour!-- Right off the coastline--

Just now from nb bouy Sent from my I phone Robert B.

 

No Joke, the boat called in on the phone , unbelieving just what he's seen ! 3:51 pm

 

This past season there were those who wanted to challenge those Giant Bluefin Tunas with the antique fishing tackle-- Bamboo rods old fashioned reels and lines made from twisted linen flax threads. Well they tried and the found what a challenge those old timers had with the tackle.. Now winter time its a chance to refurbish what was worn, new drags and rudimentary bearing need care.

 

 

 

--------------- Thanksgiving Day-- Closed --------------

Light marine haze, milky white horizon- seas fair--it's due to blow on the outside and a short period swell to come in. Batten down the hatches. Tomorrow morning looks a little washboard, NE wind chop West swell at 8 sec - better in the aftenoon

How'd you do, got short bit, made one drift got the short bite, don't know how with that treble trap hook. 10:13am

Someone else was speaking of Yellowtails--

and it was said that they did well on the Bluefin last night-- they were biting the 200 lb stuff in the dark!-

For the visiting relatives over the next few days, still a few Humpback whales and some dolphins around-- Dana to Laguna , watch for the shearwaters birds and the bait schools. The Gray Whales will start their southward winter migrations soon.

Question comes to mind from a salesman in the shop earlier, he was about to send in his projected sales for the next season- sales forecasting--, We spoke of El Ninos and La Ninas', of yellowfins, yellowtails and bluefins, - the bait schools are fair here off our shoreline more offshore, waters temps still holding at 63/65, it she holds steady for an another month we'll be on the way towards a good season. Below 62 and things go south pretty quickly from there- Question on the yellowtails bio -mass left after 3 or 4 years of heavy fishing and the lack of good breeding grounds off Cedros a couple of years ago and what about the yellowfin where'd they go, the bluefin should hold into the spring or longer it seems and where were the dorado last years. The marking of smaller game casting reels was Shimano's new Trank , to take the place of the Curadao and upgraded for saltwater use. Priced in the 280/300 range it's due out in February for it's first run, it should fill those wanting to cast a level wind reel with some power behind it and reasonably priced, matched with at new Talavera rod a package price runs close to $400 - Should be available in limited numbers after Feb. 2017- JD

Happy Thanksgiving!

weather's got the flag almost stiff here early in the afternoon- a bit wet making the crossing to Catalina for the holiday weekend

---------------------------- Tuesdays Reports --------------

Blue skies-- different day than yesterday's blow- seas a little unsettled still, wind light from the west--

That sweeping front up north of us will get pulled into the northwest by the jet stream all this week, late next weekend /Sunday that front behind it will come our way-

Sportboats out on the Tanner this morning-- Tanner buoy shows - Wind Speed Wind Speed 13.6 kts Gust 17.5 kts- Wave Height 8.5 ft-Wave Period 11 sec -/ NW 314 deg true - Air Temperature 61.0 °F 5-Water Temperature: 63.9 °F

A look into the San Clemente Islands closures- the island ( Pyramid Cove) will be open Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, closed for most of the day Sat and 1/2 open on Sunday--

Coastal fishing, --- Check out the flats above Newport for any bird activity-- might be a yellowtail or two about!

You get that one, he's still hanging straight down, he's definitely over two hundred --- How you doing Nate--- got smoked twice! 11:29

Turns out it was a school of Giant Black Sea Bass that swam though taking their baits-

Cleaning up the boat?,, getting it "put to bed" for a while- take some Pledge spray wax on a soft towel and a quick wipe down with it on the rods and reels, that'll help a lot in preserving them for another day on the water.

 

------- The Weekends reports -Closed Monday ----------

---------------November 20 th ----------

First words I heard on the morning vhf radio--

You get him?---- yea --that's like 2 for 9--- you get your's --- go it in on the plastics--- 12 lb bass outfit----what's it looks like- 20- 25lbs?--- don't know his still ripping line! 10:32am

Layers of clouds overhead- seas calm- ground swell low

Still fightin' it--- yep --ok, I'll let you get back to work-- 12:13 pm --aahh broke it off-- must have been a Black-- Sea Bass-- 12:31pm

lowering ceiling

Kyle calls in--- they were coming up to the west end of Catalina--- after spending the night at Santa Barbara Island--- this morning 7:30 am coming up on the N/E side of the Osborn Bank, Pacific Pioneer raised a marlin on the squid teaser, the drop back bait-- was squished but the fish didn't take it, close----- maybe their last shot at them this year as the waters temps are starting to drop and that cold front the north signals winters approach. The BAC's Last Marlin of the Season a year ago was released by Paul H. on Nov 21, off a day from today's shot at one and two days from Saturdays release of a marlin. A battle in remarkable crystal blue water with a tough fish-- great times-- released with a conventional spaghetti tag, the fish had earned its release un hampered of a large tether to it- 30lb tackle, Yesterdays game played at 4 -3- 1, all behind the boat, raised up on either jigs or teasers, take or not of the drop back baits. The fish came up in the ares the wasn't much bait metered, while other areas thick with finbait showing hadn't held the fish , to date as of Nov the 19, Paul H aboard the Pioneer as the last one released-- Congrats! JD

Good Karma having spent the evening and morning hours up on the Tanner, among the fleet that enjoyed last evenings sunset and this mornings glossy rise. The Tunas obliged all.

E-mail from Warren G. Wanted to report on our Mag bay trips. On both trips we released in excess of 100 marlin. That's right!! In fact the captain and mate are saying more like 250 for the two trips combined. We got wahoo and dorado also but concentrated on marlin. Weather was great for both trips. The fish for both trips were 6-8 miles above the Thetis Bank so the 30 mile trip back and forth from Santa Maria was a limiting factor on how long we were able to fish each day. The fishing area covered at least 2 miles by 4 miles every day. Birds diving on the bait the marlin were chasing. At least 10 to 50 or more marlin on every bait ball. That's a lot of marlin!! During the first trip bait was plentiful in Santa Maria but for the second trip we had to get mackerel from Mag Bay which also cost us some time. All fish were caught on live bait using 9/0 or 10/0 circle hooks with 3 feet of 60# fluoro to 80# leader. The deck hand would grab the leader and the fluoro would break between the swivel and the hook. We used hundreds of hooks and many many yards of fluorocarbon. Lots of doubles, triples and some quadruple hook ups. Amazing we never had one outfit get spooled but came close many times. Captain Bill and mate Cain did a superb job. We drove away from the fish every day. They were there weeks before we got there and I'm sure they are still there. Hopefully they will move down off Cabo and make a great Thanksgiving/Christmas present. A 50 foot cast or simple dropback was almost always successful. Crystal clear calm water made it even more fun.

 

-------------- Sat's report -----------

Lofty could cover moving in--- wind light from the west/ southwest-- seas fair and mild- Friends and family gathered together to wish a departed friend of the sportfishing community, John Muckenthaler, a loving send off. John was one of the old school private sportfishers who seemed to always be out there first on the fishing grounds and last to leave - The Motovator's legend will continue on strong - Vaya con Dios!

Those out wanting to find some fishing close to home-- found the Halibut fishing still fair to good for this time of year-- 75/ 65 feet of water wa a good depth- the first one was close to 22 lbs-- we lost the second on -- we think it too was a halibut-

A quick review of the last marlin weighed from the BACs yearbook- Dec 3rd had a couple years 1978/ 1995 and the latest at Dec 8th 1974, today's world with released there were fish I believe all the way up to Dec 31!

Got a limit of yellowfin--- where was that skipper?--- about 5 south of Catalina , just trolling through the dolphins, pickin' em off one by one every 15 minutes -- how big are they--- about 18- 25 lbs--- got ten, how's the weather--- perfect--- what's you location we're at 33.06 118.06, what's the boat name-- Lone Wolf-- last weekend I was out here got 6 of em, today got my girlfriend out here with me-- we got ten- on the one lure - silver and blue Halco, going 9 miles an hour , find the dolphin troll right through them every time--- sweet congrats-- 2:04pm

Cirrocumulus ( Mackeral Sky) overhead this afternoon, above 18,000ft

You headed to the Tanner--- Yea-- we were there last night -- very-very good fishin in the dark last night we were done by 9 , we're headed there tonight-- headed to the island first get bait and be there by 7:30pm-- troll home for the last marlin--- , now the questions comes who's to catch the last Bluefin tuna of the year-- or the First Marlin or Tuna of 2017?

A call in from Mike aboard the 44 ft Pacifica Federal who had made the run out to the Tanner last night-- a little wind chop as they rounded Clemente then it flatten out with a ground swell laying down- approched the Tanner Bank- and found a City of boats, must have been close to a hundred boats out there big and small. coming up to the fleet they not wanting to come charging in-- put them in a mile short of the fleet- to see which way they drift-- arriving at 5:30 am for the dawn bite at 6:30 sunrise, by 6:45 they had three fish going , landing two of them, starting the drift at 42/05 and ended up 42/03, didn't have to run up to the fleet as it looked everyone was bit there too. they went landing two more later -- 6/0 circle hooks, 80 Fluoro carbon and a 1 1/2 os egg sinker, Blue Sharks the enemy out there as they chewed off a lot of baits, Congrats to the Choumas Tuna boys!

 

Nice sunset

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

Morning hours clear and cold- by mid morning warming and sunny- Light winds south of Newport - Small craft warning northwest of it.- Tides still full and strong- not many boaters on the radio--

Several boats were headed out to the Tanner tonight to be there by 4 am tomorrow to catch the early morning bite. No place for light line-- 50 at the minimum 60- and 80 even better. With the Full moon it's been a little difficult to getting the live squid, Sunset this evening5 pm - Moonrise at 9:30 so there's a 4 hour window in the dark best time to get the bait. Outside two harbors/ catalina was an ares the squid boats were selling it-- try ch 11 to contact them

The last Marlin of the season--- ?? there was one caught last Monday by the Bull Pen up on the Osborn Bank, Couple of boats will be trying from them this weekend- to get a satellite tag in one for the tracking of these last season fish- remarkable there travels---

Weather like this, you'd think some big old' swordfish would be up basking in the warm sunshine-- old timers would say they'd turn sunburn pink, so got out looking for a Pink swordfish!

just starting to get some current- uphill lots of mackerel, some bass spitting up red crab - that's it-- 2:22pm

I couldn't figure it out--- just saw a tail slashing around -- that was a thresher shark! 4:04pm

 

Several boats tring to call -- squid boats- Natchos-- looking for squid-- no reply yet--

Have a great Weekend! JD

 

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

Clear skies and light wind, the cool air last night settled the water's sediment leaving clear clear water this morning-- wind swung from the south to a afternoon west 10- 12 kts- light wind chop

A weather window of opportunity- Friday and better on Saturday and into Sunday before that front moves in on Sunday Night—to fish the Bluefin out on the Tanner Bank-- weather looks OK for tomorrow at least wind wise, still a sea to it and on Saturday looking better with wind down and seas subsiding same on Sunday

Boats still heading south to Mag Bay-- I think the Bounder had close to 300 fish released for their time there- now down in San Jose Del Cabo for the winter months, and Pescador and others have made their way back north after having one of the best trips ever- Spectaular fishing with multiple groups of feeders on small sardines- the green back mackerels were like candy to them-- If you headed south -- bring lots of hooks!

and JD's has unrigged Ballyhoos in the dozen pack in stock- give us a call if you need them.

Coming up to the Christmas Season -- one of the best gifts any boater could have would be a set of Fraser Volpe Stedi-eye Mariners Gyros- Only a few avaialble before Christmas- if interested give us a call and we'll reserve a pair for you-

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And from the Tanner Bank- eariler this week from Mark C, Did a quick trip out to the Tanner Bank and ended up with one nice BF Tuna at 95 lbs. if anyone has the time they are still out there. They are only eating squid so we had to make a run to Nachos bait barge in Los Alamitos. Very early bite at Grey light then shuts down. Mark

 

Couple of days old report-- from the Bounder out of Mag Bay---- Hi JD, The update from the Bounder Crew for Saturday 42 Marlin and 1 Dorado. The spent time with the 6 go pros getting some great pictures. Jeff W.

 

And todays weather out on the Tanner--Wind Direction : NW ( 310 deg true )- Wind Speed: 25.3 kts - Wind Gust 29.1 kts - Wave Height 14.1 ft -Wave Period : 9 sec - Air Temperature 62.2 °F 5-- Water Temperature : 66.9 °F-

 

And from Carl L who's international pre set knob and drags were serviced-- JD --The 30 w worked great! Caught the 76 pounder in 45 min on dac. Fished the Tanner on Sunday on Provider. Best, Carl L.

 

Looking forward to the Thanksgivings Weekend - San Clemente island will be open on Thursday but limited hours on Friday and closed most of the day Sat and Sunday-

 

 

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Sorry Closed for a couple days-- JD

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Great mix of clouds this morning--

E-Mail from Mag Bay-- Bounders Report -Hi JD, Bounder crew took Thursday off and spent the day making about 400 pieces of bait. They left early Friday morning and it paid off. The days total of 60 Marlin 1 Sailfish and 1 Dorado. Not a bad day of fishing! They will be back at it tomorrow Jeff W-

Headed to Mexico-- beter bring a lot of hooks and some leader material.! and lots of sabiki rigs-- sinkers too!

 

Big old breezer, we slid in-- had like four going- then three -then two-- there a lot of boats on it?-- no - still meetering fish-- 11:01am

We've got three on board, fishing over here on the 270,

What was that you just pulled over the rail-- 4 inch red flake swimbait accounted for a 20 Yellowtail off the rigs-

Still yellowfin up to 10-5- 20- 25lbers 277 to the 152 on the hole heads--

 

Nice sunset!

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Come on in-- were almost out of bait and haven't had a bite for twenty minutes- tuna fishermen south of the 209- Seas calm and welcoming- light east breeze has the water sparklin' with the mornings sunlight.

 

E-mail this morning- JD, got this yesterday about 12 miles in front of the Domes off of a dolphin school, it bit a cedar plug. I was on the Wide Open with Jeff Bacon. The water temp was 70.6° degrees, ocean was grease, didn't see another boat all day long. Gotta love CA weather! Steve R.

 

See all the birds in front of me-- ----- see it pushed up - there's a gigantic amount of it here-- 10:45am

Get yourself can of phosphorus spray paint and hang a dozen 1- 1/2 oz egg sinkers on a string and spray paint em' The phosphorus egg sinkers with the live squid was said t o be the secret while fishing those 100 lb Bluefin out on the Tanner Bank Sportboats fishing 32.42:00 / 119.05:22--- 32.44:42 / 119.12:53 --- 32.45:15 119.05:03 over the past few days-- not many shops carry such colored egg sinkers make em' yourself.

Couple of boats calling for any squid boats at Catalina--- no reply

 

--------------- Thursdays reports --------

It just dosen't get any better weather for the middle of November-- warm and sunny seas welcoming, life's good, fish are happy . Go fishin!

Report from Mag Bay-- Bounder-- ( In two days fishing off Mag Bay they had beaten their own Southern California's record of 97 marlin catches in one season -- the only reason thier two day score wasn't higher was they were runnng out of bait! ) Hi JD, Here is the update from the Bounder Crew. 2nd day feeders everywhere! We only ended up with 48 for the day as we are trying to conserve our bait. Bait was is a little hard to make. Weather has been very nice. We will report back to you. Jeff W

there's a lot-- Im seeing tons of splashes out for three miles, dolphins there's like 3,000 of em- South of Newport towards Dana-- moving south

3 to 5 off the coast off Newport- found a paddy stacked up with 10- 15lb yellowtail-- they're around!

Hot Hot Hot-- No wind calm seas--

 

EL NIÑO DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña conditions are present and slightly favored to persist (~55% chance) through winter 2016-17. La Niña conditions were observed during October, . Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system reflected weak La Niña conditions. Given the current atmospheric and oceanic conditions, along with model forecasts, the forecaster consensus favors the continuation of weak La Niña conditions through December-February (DJF) . At this time, the consensus favors La Niña to be short-lived, with ENSO-neutral favored beyond.. Seasonal outlooks generally favor above-average temperatures and below-median precipitation across the southern United States

 

--------------- Wed's the 9ths Report ----------

Light cloud cover- Light Santa Ana's sweet- seas calm except a long peiord swell from the west movings in - Small craft warnings to the west

E Mail from the Bounders Crew-- just arived in the Mag Bay area--- Hi JD, Here is the report from the Bounder crew in Mag Bay for there 1st day fishing. Hello Jefe and wifey we had a 52 fish day. Great weather lots of fish, saw one sail FUN. Tailers pushing bait balls allow their friends to come in and feed.

One marlin seen yesterday by the whale watching fleet outside Dana-- big fish, and today a large Mola Mola kept their interest up

Hot hot Hot

 

Water temps from lower Baja and Sea of Cortez 65 to 85 degrees

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The main marine issue continues to be repeated sets of large, long period northwest swell, generated by powerful storm systems over the north central Pacific. An earlier set of northwest swell with wave heights in excess of 8 ft lingers over much of the area, and will be reinforced by another set of northwest swell with 12 to 16 ft waves covering the area northwest of a line from 30N122W to 14N140W. Maximum wave heights will subside to 8 to 12 ft as this set will sweep southeast through Thursday, with another set following through Sunday.

 

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

Light west wind as this marine haze lifts-- calm seas- long period west swell

Mackerel and schools of small bonitos harassing the sardines along the coastline-- Newport's Bait barge is out- it's Dana or San Pedro/ Long Beach or make your own.

Looking forward, SCI pyramid cove and inside of the island closed friday, Sat 3 pm till midnight, Sunday basically all day-

The hot ticket- when available getting squid for live bait for the tunas--

Weather looks fair to good for the next week- , building tides and moon-

Out searching---- one little pod of dolphin that might have been holding but couldn't get anything to go out of it-- waters cooled down a bit and not much life. We left out of Dana nd worked from the 209 towards the island over the banks not much there-, another boater came back on-- he's broke off two fish 14 miles out of Oceanside, thanks--- where it looks the warmest water to be--

----Closed Monday---------

------the first week of November----------

Light foggy conditions along the coast - for the most part burning off by mid morning- seas calm wind light from the south 2 knts-- looks like were in for another week of sunny weather-

E-Mail late yesterday afternoon--- Hi JD its Kyle we got a sat tag in the fish on Friday released in good health big fish About 225 lb biggest one all year!. Tuna Club sat tag Paul H was the angler, Oz was the spot, Only fish for Friday-- Bull Pen got one today Saturday--- jig fish eye candy bugger ! Only two fish for the two days and at least 25 fish seen sleeping--- no bites !!! Thanks Kyle

One boat on the 209 asking if fishing any better there than their , got one school of breaking tunas got one fish at 20 lbs broke off another- 277 no much thee either--11:31

Not much in the way of a strong tide- but a good "float/ basking" tide for swordfish

Whale watchers-- report while looking for Minki whales off Dana-- "lots of fish here"

Not quite 6 miles s/sw/ of the 209 a little bit of tuna foaning here- couldn't get them to go-12:50, others saying - they really responded, it was actually a kelp paddy- we left em' biting- 32/11

Newport Bait Barge will be closing for the winter season till early Spring 2017

Bull Pen caught another two more today- up near the Osborn Bank-/ Santa Barbara Island

Vick calls in having caught his yellowfin just below and inside the 277- 30 fish on a small B/W mini Jethead-

 

 

Good afternoon JD!! Yes Nov.Good Karma. Capt Jimmy D and angler Brian G getting it done this AM. Jumper turned tailor wanted to bite! 2 other shots. Sleeper. Tailer. No jig bites.

 

Capt Dave on the Bull Pen took care of that this AM going 2 for 2.

Headed to the east to find miles of tuna off the West end of Catalina and we let Shawn get in on the action!! Once again! Out creating memories on the Good Karma

 

 

 

 

 

 

------------------ Sats' reports -------------------

Fog all along the coastline this morning-- by 10 am most of it had burnt off leaving as marine haze, very little wind ,calm seas. 3 to 5 miles it clears off--

Izors Reef-- pea soup thick! 10:30am

E-Mail from KK at Mag Bay --Marlin bite still a few miles north of Thetis. Caught ten in an hour today after catching a few wahoo above on the ridge. Very little life from Santa Maria down to Tosca. Weather improving. Fuel in turtle just under $5/gal. Here in Mag our source, (not at the pier), $4/gal. Also so far no sign of tuna or dorado. KK

no fog on the 277 but quiet fishing-- yes on the fog-- no takers--

Bottom fishing remains fair to good with the coastal fishing for rock cods and halibuts

It's a long run but the sport boats are working Cortez , Tanner Bank and to a lesser degree further northwest the Cherry bank for those bigger Bluefins

Bull Pen-- you get one-- yea came in on the rigger-- big fish-- , I think Jimmy K had a fish on too - still do not know if PP got there fish yesterday-- Good Karma was up there looking too-

Fog Bank rolled in 5 pm

 

------------------------------ Fridays Fishing ------------------

Flat calm. blue sky, no wind-

You hear that---- no what--- Kyles on one--- 11:29 - they had seen a jumper just north of the bank fifteen minutes ago- , ( Osborn Bk) Slack tide today 11:40 am---- several boats up there in search of the marlins--- the gagging team as well and others headed that way for the weekends fishing--

seen a few tunas ---looked like they were headed into Mexico--- smaller fish- wouldn't take anything we had to offer-

Go get em' Kyle the fleet cheers on-

West end of Catalina-- ton of bait there-- 4-5 lb bonitos birds-- looks good too!

Took my small skiff out this morning- went to the usual spot-- birds, dolphins feeding on bait balls of sardines- it looked like- deployed a rigged squid 900 ft deep down- spent the better half of two hours rowing around from sunrise till time to head back to the shop - no bites- tells you something about not much in the way of sharks around-- but beautiful morning .

Orcas around?

should be a nice sunset-- Cirrus clouds above 18,000 ft

I hear you caught em yesterday-- Hi JD yeah sure did! On the dolphin. Mostly on the troll with the black and purple rapala. Got a few baitfish on 8lb for the club board- 66 degree water off east end of Catalina

looking for the marlins and tuns- they ran to the 289 down the Ridge to the 43 not much---no life--

 

--------- Thursdays reports ---- -

light west wind, seas are better than yesterday- skys blue light haze.

Intersesting - several of the coastal rock fish, boc

accio caught had full sized squid in them- jugged!

- Rock cod fishing out of Long beach- good-

E-Mail from Warren-- Mag Bay 10 Fishing epic!!! Can't imagine it could be any better. Four square miles of feeders. Driving away from them every day

Out after on of the last marlins of the Year- Bob, Sally and guest Scott were out off the East end of the island this morning-- starting out below on the 209 worked up the line towards the 152- water 68 degrees rich blue on the outside of the 277- -Their mission-- to put a satalite tag in a marlin this time of year and follow it for its 240 day track, part of the Great Marlin Race- remarkable travels these fish do.

San Clemente island looks to be "Hot/ active" for the most of the upcoming weekend-

Nice weather--

local water temps her in So Calif-- 60 to 70 degrees - reported that there are still marlin on the Osborn

Mackeral making at the west jetty -- good all sizes-- a few bonitos mixed in with it--

 

Sad to also report the passing of another one of the sportfishing legends, one who formed big game fishing here in So Calif and Baja to what it is today

JD, I wanted to share with the fishing community that my Dad, John Muckenthaler passed away at 5 pm Saturday October 29th. He went into the hospital 2 days after the Masters Banquet. He lived his life on his terms and was doing what he loved to do right to the end. He touched a lot of people and will be very missed.We are planning to have a cast off outside of Newport with as many boats as we can assemble at 9:30 am Saturday November 19th and a party to follow at the Garden Grove Elks club in Garden Grove 11551 Trask Ave 92843 from 1 pm until 4 pm to toast and celebrate his life ! Mark Mitchell (MOTIVATOR)

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

Fair weather this morning- light marine haze lite by sun, wind west at 5- 7 kts- seas fair- lots of white caps out there this morning--- one cast one bass- quit-

Sportboats still working the water below Clemente island- tuna fishing-

E- Mail from the Mag Bay area from K. K. when asked about the conditions there-- - Wind blowing for a couple days but fishable. Wahoo good on the ridge and marlin as good as it gets a few miles above the Theies. Feeders and tailers on meatballs. 41 caught in just over 5 hours for our crew. Decent bait making in Santa Maria for caballitos and macks in Mag. Scouting a bit out front today and down to Mag on the way to get fuel. KK

big pod of dolphins off Main beach- feeding birds on them-- lots going on --Nat geo stuff-- 12:12pm

Couple of boats out-- 209 -- 267- 277 still looking for fish-- maybe 1 fish caught- 1:30pm

Adding to the Shimano line of their Coltsniper lures - is a new Jerk Bait (casting lure) designed especially for coastal casting for Calico Bass, Yellowtail and even tunas-- there is a sliding internal weight propelled by a coiled spring which helps in the inerishia of the casting- it slides forward during the retrieve helping in the swimming balance of the lure-- two sizes at this time 5 1/5 inch and a 6.7 inch. Colors best for coastal fishing- .

couple of boats talking-- one out off Clemente this morning says they got 8 fish for the day-- tunas--

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You'd not know it- coastal waters had calm seas but at 4 the N/W swell begins to show itself and at 6 off the beach it was time to turn around- added wind and seas made it uncomfortable -- there were other days to head out for the tunas and marlins---

yet Decker stuck it out-- launching out of Dana- able to get a couple scoops of fine 5 inch sardines - they made it out towards the 209-- started up to the 277 in the weather- it got better as the closed the gap towards the island-- saw a boat get bit on a marlin lure-- in the porpoise for a tuna- birds were up- - ran over there dumped in a line of bait-- first two hooked baits in the water were bit-- 15 lb ers saw some other puddings schools of tuna but couldn't get them to go - same guy on the tuna got bit on a marlin-- they went off into the distance chasing it-- 13/ 00

Kent and his son Evan from Sweden today

West Jetty out of Newport- good marlin sized baits--all you wanted this morning, Newports Bait reciver was out.

Keeping tabs on sportfishing yachts heading South, 50 Bertram Janice O will be departing Huntington tomorrow an Andrea too I think- Miss Kelly on the 8th, Bacco the 10th , Bounder also headeds south as is the Jamming on the 9th . Weather looks good for traveling some outside west wind and swell due to back off. coastal traveling better- Gluck- Sailboat Ragatta Baja Ha Ha Ha Ha currently on their way--

Stand by for a World Series Playoff Special- If the Cubs win this evening-- then- just like the Elections fiasco - who wins Cubs or Indians- you use chose your team -- if they win you get a free Colt Sniper, they loose you buy two ! E mail entry only Wednesday- JD !

 

Headed into Mexico - want to get the best deal in US quality fuel-- Election Special-- from now till Election day- Island Marine Fuel's having a 1,000 gal price Special at only $2.30 a gal, you must call for reservations (949 ) 673- 1103

 

-----------Closed Monday --------

-The Weekends Report -------

Overcast - Rain possiable with smoth seas- calm w/ light west wind- 2- 4 kts-

despite radio checks and those calling out asking for fish reports ( same thing) not much said on the radio---

Sport boats outof SD working below Clemente-- and banks below- \

Newport's bait this morning-- large sardines--

Hey JD-- you on this side--- yea what's up-- it raining in there??--- not bad a few sprinkles--- good line of rain out here-- those yellowfin were right where you said they'd be--- thanks-- (west of the 267 4 miles) not bad weather now - better then earlier-- 12:31pm

Got one- 40 lber lost one -desperatations reef --all the way out there for the one-- one other boat out there-- wasnt too bad of weather out there--

Quiet day here in the shop-- chance to work on some tackle and help a few customers in their destination needs- one customer headed to the far- far South Pacific for several weeks of travel, diving and fishing, Rapalas, Halcos and iron all with wire leaders needed, another customer planning a trip out to Christmas Island looking for a travel spinning and conventional outfits and a third headed back to the Sea of Cortez with shoreline casting to the roosters jacks and triggerfish and a forth headed south to Baja aboard their private sportfisher- re rigging marauders and wahoo jigs and light tackle to fish the mangroves inlets within Mag Bays estuary system- a good variety of tackle headed world wide-- and of course the local kids looking for drop lines to fish crabs with , bubblegum's a good bait for em!-

Several boats headed into Mexico this next week-- couple of things that get overlooked in the outfitting and preparations for the trip. Boat needs -Mexican and American flags , extra zip lock bags for fish or tackle storage. Extra flashlight batteries, frozen or canned food for "barter" for some of the locals. Dont forget the Wasabi either! . Fishing needs-Extra bait net, Gaff and fish bat, extra lead sinkers or heaver iron for yo yo fishing, double check sizes on sleeves/ crimps and leader material. Light wire for the Sierra and small swivels, small lures for light tackle casting. JD

~ Like a lake out there this afternoon--- smaller just leagls basses around, not much current or wind.

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

Beautiful morning-- Altocumulus Clouds- 6,000 to 20,000 feet. Wind starting to blow - west early in the day--.

Boats scattered far and wide-- Osborn Bank has the marlin fishers, East end of Catalina Yellowtails and tuna sought, Clemente and below tunas and yellows and even the marlins seen there--

Something just jumped out here-- holly molly! 1:12

we were 4 south of the 267- working up towards the 277-- put on a small black and purple squid lure -- can't keep em off the troll-- put it right in front of those porpoise and we couldn't keep em off it-- 1:58pm

Not much said on the radio today--- one alfer afternoon -- anybody catching anything by San Claments Island?? --- no responce --anybody hear this radio check?-- one 40lb yellowfin- thanks-

 

------------------------ Fridays Reports -----------------

Lazy overcast cloud cover, sun behind it- seas glossy and calm-- no wind-- sweet-

So far barge, crane and security works on the radio-- such a flat day only a few out-- Dozen boats left the harbor so far- The Bait Barge in Newport reported to be open at least for another two weeks. After that make your own or San Pedro or Dana

Boats traveling to Mexico finding better seas than expected and fishing still good for the Wahoos and tunas and Marlin. Some unbelievable counts on the marlins--

there's a t least 500 shearwaters here- not sure how many dolphins-- dozen white sides chasing bait up -- birds are on them-- 12:26pm 2000 ft in depth-

E-Mail this morning-- JD Made a late run out yesterday to the 277. Left about noon got a scoop of bait ended up with two 25# yft all by myself. Lots of tuna crab on the bank. Flat calm nice trip in last night. Bait barge said there are closing the 7th nice bait --Dave

should be a nice sunset--

lots and lots of bait and birds 1/2 ways towards Catalina from Long Beach

A water temp composit for the last three days- ranges from 64 degrees to 69.5 degrees ,

 

 

 

 

 

---------------------- Thursdays Report ------

Overcast- clam seas wind-- horizon line lost after 4- 5 files in gray haze, made two cast off the dock out from - slow outgoing tide two cast two bites one 10 inch spotted bay bass- quit-

We though we'd try it again, we were out here a couple of days ago and did pretty good. We'll work the same area again -267 - found a kelp this morning with good marks below 75- 100 feet- dropped down but nothing- 209 was dead--

Pull the ceder plug if you want to get bit- boys-- pull the cedar plug-- 10:39am

one 20lber---

Came in from the 277 one 25lber from a kelp--

Marlin seen out off the 81 athom spot below clemente yesterday., the tuna fleet seems to be working further south towards the Butterfly Banks today-- and Newport's partyboat was working 2 miles off the east end of Cat/ Church rock- tunas tails?

A check with San Clemente Island Security- shows the "Cove" (D) and inside of the island (B & C) basically "Hot/ Active" from 7 or 9 am till midnight each day, Friday, Sat and Sunday-

we've got breaking fish all around us, but we can't catch one! 11:39am

They say the lobsters "Crawl" during the rainny weather-- stand by for a herd of em'

between the 209 and 277 we saw a bunch of yellowfin come up-- oh about an hour ago--

Small boat pulled into the dock this afternoon-- headed out early this morning - a few birds gathered on the 14 -threw a bait nothing- over towards the East end and down to the277 almost ot toe 209 and inside to the 267-- smooth seas -- not much else- 69 degree water

 

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

Mid level wispy clouds from the west- light wind 5- 8 kts-west- seas fair and calm, marine haze

Cooling air flow from the west--

Private sportfishers heading south over the next week, first 500 miles relatively barren- From Turtle Bay- the Ridge and Thetis Bank to Mag- Wahoos and very good striped marlin fishing " we couldn't go more than 30 seconds without a strike-- two hours and we'd released thirty fish- that was enough.

The banks below Mag.-- Finger Bank, Potato, Morgan and Lusitanian Banks were said to be holding big tunas and blue marlins- Bring lots of extra hooks. waters warm- bait sometimes an issue, teasers with dropbacks, mackerels or rigged Ballyhoos was key.

Baitmasters' Unrigged Medium sized 8 1/2" - 9", 12 Baits Per Pack available from JD 's Tackle

 

Warm/ hot water over at mainland's PV-- 92 degrees- fair fishing reported in that hot water--

You couldnt miss em'-- jumping around splashing-- big school and the were holding--- we got in front of them once and got what we wanted out of it-- -- not too many voices on the radio today--

couple of voices saying they were near the 209 area others off Avalon's Slide I think baited a sleeper?

wind backed off.- got nice--

 

Seymour is forecast to turn to the northwest later today, then to the north-northwest and eventually north, with a decrease in forward speed Thursday through Friday. Seymour is forecast to weaken through the day today, with rapid weakening occurring by tonight or Thursday.

 

 

 

----------------------- Tuesdays Reports -------------

-Like a lake here this morning-- what a difference from yesterdays mess-

Tuna fishing-- Dirty green water-- empty of life-- Im going back home-- he said--

Boat Quiteña and a diverse team from Mexico, Texas, Hawaii and here won the Bisbee for a $2,183,000.

And Russ Armstrong aboard the C- Bandit took 2 Place - Congrats to boths temas-- JD

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Clearing wind from the west, current uphill-coastal fishing fair-- - 12- 15 knts

Fishing advice-- easier said than done-- yet- said, adds to ones knowledge of our perspectives of nature- fishing, Customer comes in the shop earlier he's staying on the island for a few weeks with family, He's 7 year od son and him have been trying to catch something-- not knowing much on fishing he's been using refrozen old squid for bait, stinky stuff. no bites, no wonder-, a bit of advice on tides, baits and tackle and he and son are now living the dream! Success! dad and son comes back in for more questions, success!

 

It's not over till it's over-- the Hurricane Season...SEYMOUR CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN..At 800 AM PDT (the center of Hurricane Seymour was located near latitude 15.6 North, longitude 115.0 West. Seymour is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A west to west-northwest motion is expected through tonight, and a turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Seymour is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is expected today. After that, Seymour is expected to weaken Wednesday through Thursday. Seymour is a small tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 961 mb (28.38 inches).

 

-------------- Closed Monday JD ------------

----------------- The Weekends Report ---------

-18-19 on porpoise-- got to go we just lost one on 30lb, and congratulations from the Sae Le Vie --

Broken cloud cover, splats of raid drops - wind light from the south - lots of boats out

09 over 59 lots of fish and lots of boats-- 10:27am 1/2 way from the 209 to the 277 jut weighed one at 39, 2at 27 and a 40 lber-- we're 2 for 3 -- good job--

A-Bank- still looking good for deep dropping a rigged bait!--

Skies grayed over--

Im s/se of you there's marlin mixed in here too- we got one going-- 11:46-- 40/ and 20

Friday we saw twenty fish but couldnt get them to go- yesterday we got one- baited at least 10 -12 fish more -- they'll so full of bait- plugged, was that on squid?- ' the one ge got didn't puke up any-- there's tons of fin bait up there ( Osborn Bank) -

lighting strike between the 181 and the 9 mile bank - ! 12:09pm

we're five for six now-- they're coming up to the boat now-- 20 25 lb fish south of the armada- pickin at em- 2:40

Rain and tuna!

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He said they were eating straight 30, come on over, everything we get in the waters getting bit-- 10:00

Weekend tuna crowds- seems like there 100 boat fleet outside San Mateo Point lots of boats drifting chunking soaking live baits or just driving around looking for somewhere where there aren't as many boats-- -

- any marlin boats out there-- we're about 9 off the straight off the east end of Catalina --there's a marlin up here-- 10:55 am- it's 8 or 9 feet long! ( tides filling till 2 pm thios afternoon

lots of boats headed up towards Huntington Beach to watch the air show--

Fog--- developing-- Carlsbad- southwards, 277 --

baited twenty for nothing yesterday-not sure where-- maybe south-

Osborn holding marlin still-

He said they were getting bit in the porpoise on the smallest purple and black jig they had-- 2-1/4 miles outside the 209 tunas--1:40pm

pertty good yellowfin tuna fishing-- 33. 13 / 117.48 2:14pm

How many did you end up with--- we busted off 4 or 5 and got 4, how'd you do-- we've 8, I think and broke off about the same- had to use a lot of chum it make it work-

Speculator the Air Show over Huntington Beach today 12 noon till 4 pm. rolls, spirals, straight up and down, tight formations and maneuvers--- pretty cool, same thing tomorrow-- bring the Gyros--

Go Dodgers-

Looks like the fleet of 100 air show watchers coming back into the harbor - best view was from the boats- those on the land had the sun to contend with- Bring the Gyros!

 

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

Calm seas, no wind and beautiful weather, got hot early -- good radio reception -- lots of boats out early-- looking--- a few were lucky- a fish or two ou tof porpipus schools 25/ 35 lb fish , smaller grade 8 to 10 off the beach outside of Dana and San Mateo pt. --- outer waters 02 / 14 also had breaking fish-- most fish were hard to get them to take a bait. Sleeper seen off east end of Catalina-was baited twice, kelp seeping til it sunk out- - while othere were drife fishing the 277 for the tunas or closer to the island. Newports Bait-- sardines the size of trout!

We're 6 inside the 209 seeing schools of em', no bites-- were about 6 or 7 inside you. got two so far, picking at em' lost a few more, right out front of the house 11:03am

Every time we throw 4 or 5 baits-- they explode-- we're trying not to use up all the bait-

Prices for a Slip in Cabo---Insanity: Seasoned Skipper contacts IGY Marina Cabo, a few days ago, needs a Slip for 65'. 6 Month and 1 Year Contracts available...otherwise it's Month - Month... "How much for 65' Month??". 8000. "8000 what, Pesos ??". No, dollars, $8,000.00 USD/Month ! --Yikes!

The yearly BAC juniors Tournament awards just this past week-- congratulations to all the kids who fished in it-- from bass to tunas and all in-between this kids did a great job this year-- Sterling Beck was top Junior Angler of the Year and Michael Vaughn was Conservation Angler of the Year-- Congrats-- -Cameron took Small Fry Bass!-

1/2 miles outside the 267, a 1/2 dozen boats working the tunas--

Pretty Cool Air show over Huntington Beach this weekend 12 noon till 4 pm

The Black and Blue Torunament in Cabo--- no qulifing fish the first day-- three fish qualifed yesteday largest fish by Quitena with angler Julio Fernandez's Black Marlin at 534 lbs, 2nd was DRAKKAR's Blue at 349 lbs and 3 largest fish was Fastball's 304lb Blue- their site keeps crashing so hard to tell whos on first today--I think anothe 8 or 9 Blues were boated and a Black- standing by for their weights---??

 

Good luck this weekend-- might check out the A bank, for marlin and a few more jumpers seen out towards the Desperation reef below the south end of Clemente--

 

backside of Catalina and even up to the Osborn bank spots of tunas, hard to get to bite- light lines and lots of chum, still a few marlins around too

 

1. Showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles south- southwest of the Gulf of Tehuantepec Environmental conditions are forecast to be generally conducive for development * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent

 

 

 

----------------------- Thursdays reports --------------

Eggshell blue skies this morning, far horizon milky white with marine haze, seas calm no wind

Local bait receiver here in Newport 4 to 6 inch sardines

We're cutting em' off at this point, , we've done best with a long soak, busted off the first two fish-- Where you at-- about 1/2 way from the 277 to the 209 and inside a bit- you near the Freelance-- they're outside of us--

---- It's all about how good you can Rig things! -------

Rigged- it's all about the rigging!! ---- Rigging Deno Tape, rigging needles, Rigging Wire and threads, Rigging brine, Rigging tools, Rigged Squid and Rigged or Unrigged Ballyhoos - it's all about the rigging!!! Get you rigging supplies at JD's !

 

The Black and Blue Tournaments in Cabo- 1 st days fishing -- no qualifiers weighed so that money rolls over into today's catches-- so far three fish have been boated , a couple of blues and one Black- 1Pm

Old School-- a set of Penn reels in for service today, came up from Mexico where they were work horses -- no telling how many marlins, tunas, wahoos and dorado's they fought but probably in the hundreds if not thousands.

Some of the older reels you can find their manufacturing date stamped on the inside side plate--I believe the first letter denotes the month of production- B791621= February 1979- - 36 years old- and still ticking!

 

saw some breaking tunas just south of it-- threw some plug at them-- moving fast- - not much else here on the 14 mile bank 2:40pm

N/E of the 209 we got a couple 30lbers-- YFT

just a little west of the 14 we've got breaking fish , breaking footballs! 3:55pm

beautiful out here----- but no fish -- so far--

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

Clear skies, seas calm wind calm light marine haze. fair number of boats out report seeing 50- 60- 70 lb tunas jumping out of the water also small 30 40 stuff too no bites, and even small 14 inch Dorado under a kelp- mostly the 209 and south/west wards, quiet in the 312- to the 181 area

Skipper on the 267 still seeing fish--- we were this morning-

Coastal water temps from 63 to 73 degrees--

Warmest water appears to be near the Mackerel Bank and the 289 bank-and a big breakfrom Dana southwards, same from La Jolla southwards

I'm not kidding you-- you can't go for more than a 1/4 withoug seeing jumping fish--- straight in a line from Dana to the 267 --11:40am

(Filling tide- high at 12:38)

Fresh one-- we got a double-- 11:41am

Here it is -- middle of October-- and there's Tunas chasing bait 10 miles from Dana--

seeing a lot of fish not catchin em' frustrating----sooner or later they'll start to bite

289 has them boiling all over-- 1:25- at least thats what he said-- and if your coming over to Catalina from Long Beach check out the mid channel area between the Avalon Bank and the oil rigs- 33.:28.15 / 118.17:33

We're on a triple-- 298-- get on over here--

light westerly 3p

------------- Tuesdays reports -----------

Broken cloud cover - light wind from the southwest- 4- 5 knts-- seas were fair . Several boats headed south to the Cape and beyond to mainland's PV

Lopez Mateos, northern entrance to Mag Bay-- holding some good shoreline fishing for Pacific Black Snook- 12- 30lb fish! Private yachts outside chasing the marlins on the Ridge and outside Santa Maria's outer shelf .

Last year we sure had a lot of strange creaturs arive on our shores, not so many this year- except a few, amoung them was this squid found by Richard a good customer of ours and very good fisherman. He came upon this floating on the 14 Mile Bank the other day- bird trying to peck at it—Large squid maybe 6-8 inches in diameter and 3 ½ -4 ft from tail to tentacles, two paw like tentacles were able to extend themselves 15 ft outwards, body seemed to be double ( like a figure 8 sideways) shaped with two sets of flukes ? Animal was still alive still able to use its suctions cups. It’s physical hardness, density was very soft, gaff would tear through it. and very small eyes. Any idea ?

Hey JD, Wow, that is crazy! Looks like a rare deep water species..... Did he by chance keep it? Or does he have the beaks? If so I can identify it, but I usually don't deal with squid that large so the beaks would help. Does he have any other photos of the body? If not I will forward this to an expert and they might be able to identify it. Amazing how long the club tentacles are! What a cool find! Wonder why it was floating. Hope all is well, Owyn --- My colleague believes it is a baby of this species: Architeuthis--

20,000 Leagues under the Sea stuff!

289 held some good sized yellowfin--

 

Coastal fishing-- out as far as the 14-- they didn't see much this morning-- boat just came in-- water nice but no fish. birds or porpoise--

A quick check on the San Clemente Security shows the "Cove" open from Friday afternoon evening 1700 /5pm --open all day Saturday and Sat night until 7 AM on Sunday where it becomes "Hot" again-- Weather this weekend look good - Water temps still reasonable--

anothe Quick check on the AIS has the one of the local sportboats out chasing tuna schools out towards the 209 -- been at it for most of the day---

Go Dodgers-- those boys from back East will be a little warm-- with those Santa Ana's blowing in on Thursday- !

 

------------Closed Monday--

Broken skies, rain on Catalina morning hrs- wind light/ fair from the west- mixed sea,

Radio traffic on the quiet side so far--

More Whale and dolphin sightings these days-- more bait around too- from 1/2 to 8 off the beach Newport to Dana

South-- Cabo the 2016 Los Cabos Offshore Live Scoring First days Fishnig Teams 108, Angler Count: 772 Catch report --- Black Marlin 4, Blue Marlin 41, Weights on biggest fish taken ranged from 391 in First place ( so far) down to 311 lbs

Scratchy report from Pacific P-- says they baited something like 25 fish yesterday about the same same today ( 277) , Gadzuks had a double on baits and a single later on yesterday , groups of sleepers that just didn't want to bite- crystal blue water for that tuna bite about 4 inside the island ( Catalina) on the porpoise on the tuna -- or the tuna on the porpoises, threw some bait and they came to us-- ate everything we threw in the water till we ran out of bait--- this morning the porpoise were on your numbers but we'd had enough of them-- nice weather here inside the island -- for now -2:22pm-

Marlin still arund anothere one cam in hot to the teaser on the 267-- released

Good luck next week- Santa Ana's will keep the waters warm for another week or more

 

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

Light overcast-- bumpy in the am then turning smooth seas, west wind pm no quake--- yet---

Local 3/4 day partyboats fishing the tunas below the 277- 209 area-- lots of boat traffic, putting the fish down--

Not the show on the marlin that was expected, on the numbers this morning but the sleepers we're not there-- only one was released so far--

Los Cabo's Marlin tournament at the Cape-- just finished up yesterday three days of fishing with 37 teams - minimum weight to qualify at 300 lbs--they say 3 Blacks and 56 Blues and a bunch of Stripers caught -- only three fish qualified

1st Place the Pangalisa's Black Marlin at 378 lbs , 2nd Place- Reel Energy Blue Marlin at 370 lbs and 3rd Place went to Chupacabra Blue Marlin at 321 lbs-- not many qualified for the numbers of fish caught--

The Offshore Los Cabos registration 14th and fishing 15 and 16th and the Black and Blue start the 18- 22, and WON Tuna Jackpot is November 2 – 5,

E-Mail this afternoon-- Hey JD We leadered our fist marlin today. Fish was baited 3.5 NM east of the 152. Thanks Jim and Dave on the Eagle Eye-Congrats--JD

 

And the BAC wants to remind those members and non members all are welcome to join us for 2016’s last Potluck Porch Party! Wednesday, October 19th 5:30 pm Please bring a dish to share

 

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-------------------------- Fridays Reports -------------

Overcast, light fog- seas calm, light wind ripple on the water , strong moving tides today-- earthquake? stand by-- !

Found a little spot of fish just south of that fleet-- threw a little bait and they came up good. We'll stick it out here for a while-- threw the popper but they just want the bait-- anyone get bite?-- couple sport boats in the fleet got a few fish hanging- we didn't get any- we're at 14 and 56 we're inside of you.

 

E Mail from Costa Rica- Foxi Lady Just finished a 2 1/2 day trip to the 70/80 mile fads. This is the rainy season in Costa Rica. We had a visitor last nite, it's sitting on a 50 wide- pretty big bird with big talons and we are 80 miles out to sea. Never seen a bird like this out here before, possible osprey?? Anyway they bite in the rain 13/21 blue marlin

The sportboats in search of theose tunas have worked themselves around to the back side of San Clemente island-- 32:51 / 118.40, others working outside Dana 267 and towards the 14- another fleet inside the 181 towards the 312,

Hey Blackman coming in -- slow down there fish here-- they biting ?---yea, fair - we've been here a hour 1/2 picked at em'- throw some chum- a live scoop once in a while 20- 25lb test -- thanks-- 12 noon

we ended up with I think 13 for the 3 of us--- dumped 5 or 6 but it was good for us--

others, down to 15 couldn't buy a bite-

Marlin around--- hard to get to bite too

-that you going away from us--- yea-- that's us--- , that's the third one we've seen - sleeping--- yea they don't want to bite-- we're 2 for 12 now--- really twitchy! below the 14 towards the 267--- 1:56 pm

It was years ago-- but Joe H figured it out -- at least for that year-- late in the Season the marlin would be found lazily sleepers, cast upon cast and no bites, Joe did well by just slow trolling the live baits a long ways back and circled the baits in front of the fish-

The tuna fleet- working a few miles just outside and below the 277

Good Luck this weekend

 

 

------------ Thursdays the 13 reports ---------------

Looks like Fall is approaching-- Light west wind early-- partly cloudy cooler-- seas fair- If you headed South word comes up the line to be aware of shark buoys strung all along the "Ridge" inside the 40/50 fathom line- boats coming into Santa Maria Bay late evening (night) hours finding the buoys a hazard.

Filling Moon-

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP/NWS Status: La Niña Watch Synopsis: La Niña is favored to develop (~70% chance) during the Northern Hemisphere fall 2016 and slightly favored to persist (~55% chance) during winter 2016-17. ENSO-Neutral conditions were observed during September, with negative sea surface temperatures (SSTs) anomalies expanding across the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean by early October. All of the Niño regions cooled considerably during late September and early October,. Subsurface temperature anomalies also decreased toward the end of the month , reflecting the strengthening of below-average temperatures at depth in the east-central equatorial Pacific Atmospheric anomalies across the equatorial Pacific edged toward La Niña during September, with a stronger tendency toward La Niña late in the month. . Overall, the combined ocean and atmosphere system reflects ENSO-Neutral during September, but are more clearly trending toward La Niña conditions. The multi-model averages favor borderline Neutral-La Niña conditions persisting during the Northern Hemisphere fall and continuing into the winter In summary, La Niña is favored to develop (~70% chance) during the Northern Hemisphere fall 2016 and slightly favored to persist (~55%% chance) during winter 2016-17

Wahoo fishing on the Ridge- hot and cold with the amount of boat pressure working the banks and high spots---

That low pressure system below Baja looks to be headed due west-

Lets just try it-- earlier this week a customer came in late in the day-- his friend in Santa Ana wanted to go for a boat ride that afternoon so they figured to try for those tunas, stopped in the shop- picked up a cedar plug and a R/W Tuna feather, seemed simple enough, asked where to go- " get a mile or two past the 14 Mile Bank- try it there-, 15 out of the harbor, weather picked up- they spot a school of porpoise- Let's try it-- out goes the feather and plug-- -- Hey that rod's buckled over - no it wasn't a porpoise - tuna they struggle to get it in w/ the small reel they had used in the slop- 35/40 tuna-- they're still here--R/W feather!

 

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

Overcast-- pleasantly cool wind light seas calm- same thing as yesterday-add in some mid fair west wind in the afternoon- building tides and moon this week- stand by-

Boats out to the marlin grounds-- working outside the Navy's restricted areas , in the lee of Clemente- 67.7-67.8 degrees , taking downhill tacks on the warm sunshine--

Reports from boats traveling southwards to the Cape--- sounds like fantastic fishing!!-- Hey JD Team SANTANA headed south for the tournaments. Only 4 were able to make the trip down the rest will be flying down and boy did they miss some good fishing yesterday we had 26 wahoo 6 yellowfin and released 11 striped marlin on the Ridge. Today we concentrated on the marlin in front of Santa Maria and released 38 striped marlin--- fishing this year is like it used to be.

A older chart of the Ridge above the Thetis Bank area.

Using daisy chained squid teasers to raise fish and drop back baits can make for incredible catch scores, short 50/60lb mono leaders are easily snapped off at the boat.

sounded like there were tuna at the "Corner"

Sleepers baited/ lee of clemete- 11:39am

5 outside of Dana-- "I'm going drag a mackerel in front of it!- 12:41pm

westerly picked up

Still up there in water temps-- close to 68/70 degrees offshore--

Decker slid by this afternoon- saying he's had good fishing for larger sized tunas on light tackle-- lost the first one quickly- second fish went away after a hour and a half- but they did boat two fish upwards 50 lbs -277 general area-- quite a few sleepers there this morning too-

Bob made the run down the ridge 181- 182-- found good water but no marlin-

San Clemente's Pyrimid cove open this weekend from Friday 1 pm on through the weekend--

 

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---------- Tuesday's reports --------

Overcast-- pleasantly cool wind light seas calm- building tides and moon this week- stand by--

October- has the $ $ $ tournaments in Cabo-- Today's the registration and Captains meeting for the Los Cabo's Billfishing, Next weeks the Los Cabo's Offshore and then the Black and Blue and finally at the end of the month is the WON's Tuna Jackpot -a lot going on--

Some of those Yellowfin's- were reported on the 14 mile bank this afternoon-

Took the day off yesterday-- naturally went fishing causally got to the skiff by 7 am- scrubbed off the bottom scum- made it to the fishing grounds a few miles off Abalone Pt. with a welcoming sea and day- flat calm- deep dropped a 12" squid, with a 2 oz torpedo sinker stitched in the forward bottom and a piece of Styrofoam tucked inside the mantel kept the squid upright and when slow trolled swam in and enticing swooping action as it dove further into the deep- 500- 600 deep, worked it for several hours, no bites not even a shark! but good exercise- next time- JD

E- mail from yesterday--Hey JD! I finally caught, and released, my first striped marlin off the 277 Sunday afternoon! Boat: Edgewater 225 center console Gear: Old Sabre Stroker rod with Penn 6/0 Senator Line: 50lb mono Lure: Sevenstrand Dorado colored Tuna Clone! Sunday morning The morning started with finding a big school of yellowfin all alone SE of the 277, we drifted on them and landed 3 up to 35 lbs. The fish stayed with the boat, but would only eat 15lb, so we had a few losses. decided to head north towards the 277 20 minutes later a Marlin- It took us a little under an hour to bring him alongside the boat, We revived him for a few minutes, but soon he was kicking strongly so we happily let him sink out! Didn't think it was gonna happen so soon, but very stoked to get one and release it healthy! Thanks! Mason

 

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-------------------------- JD's closed Monday---------------------

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

Another fine day here in the southland- dead calm conditions light clouds off to the horizons seas flat- nice day-

Good radio chatter this morning-- more yellowtails caught closer to the US/ Mex border line- Sportboats worked to the west Cortez and Tanner Bank looking for the Bluefin and tunas-- Privates happy to cast to sleepers inside the lee' south end of Clemente- one of the most memorable spots on earth-- or up the backside of the island looking good too

Ocean currents still sweeping southwards in a band extending strongest from Carlsbad southwards off La Jolla,

Periodically the October months have hurricanes developing south of the Cape- just in time for their big game sportfishing events-- currently there

west allowing he events to go on unmolested -

Feeders up-- 10:37am-- Slack tide today--10:20

32 over 117

We, I just released my first marlin! 11:45am--- Congrats from the fleet-- how'd you do yesterday-- -- ah-- we lost two and baited a dozen---

Between the 277- and the east end of the island spots of breaking fish -- tunas - no biters

Following a large pod - with jumping 30- 40lb tunas-- might try a very small rapalla

find the dolphins on the 302 you'll find the fish-- --- Im on the 302 dont see a thing!

29 over 47 kelp holding

we just released a striped marlin just S/E of the 277 12:55pm

Prospector releases three for the day-- !

I'm here on the 181-- it's a 300 lb striper-- big fish---- 2:51pm-- tides about to slack off-

Kyle did one said he's should have done five-- mid afternoon wind between the islands 15- 18 channel crossing as usual sloppy gets better inside the island--

should be another nice sunset--

JD's will be Closed Monday!

south of the 277 some feeders and today- from fishing om 1:30- : pm good sleeper show off the Head-

Bull Pen-- fishing the lee of Clemente - 15 year old young Cole released his first Marlin-- Nice catch! Congrats--

 

 

 

----------------------------- Sat's reports -----------------

Flag's laying limp on the mast-- milky blue horizon, calm seas-promises to be warn and pleasant

Mexican Navy off the Coronado Islands and up towards the "Corner" - checking permits--

Boats scattered far and wide- 181 and 209 looks like it has some upwelling to it-, downhill current winds its way from the 277 inside towards Carlsbad then bends southwards outwards.

southwards below the border 295- kelps holding yellowfin and yellowtails--

31:40/ 117 :50 -- we're done 10:24am

Anyone seen any marlin today Jeff asked--- two jumpers (marlin) seen off desperation reef this morning-- Sleepers baited inside the island -- Go get another one--

Swordfish seen on the north 9 that wouldn't eat-we got a good cast on it-- - lit up purple, looked at it--- went away-- spooked- -- we got a book with a bunch of picture in it, my friend say it was a swordfish !

Marlin still around - fish seen up on the Osborn a morning sleeper or two- jumper off Cat Canyon-- the 172 had green water jumper seen there-- Sleeper on the Mac Bank this morning-- a few more quick feeders closer to the lee of Clemente--, Andy and crew released one out of a bunch of tailers- they sunk out and came back -took a jig-

Scattered catches of tunas -- a few here- there some came in bunches othere's a blind jig strike mid day and mid way between banks--- 1/2 from the 277 to the 289 a bunch of smaller fish came to the boat.

Quote of the day so far--- "Does anyone have any toilet paper?"--- it was that kind of day--

Slowed down for a couple of sleepers-- there's only two of us aboard-- Jig goes off, sleepers under the boat-- it was a bit cahos - reels going off -one spitting the hook it falls off -- end up getting one out of it--- Thabnks it was fun watching it-- - Lee of Clemete I think-

Nice day on the water-- and sunset too-

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

Weather -- like a lake, he said early , light land breeze small wind ripple on the water-- lot's of boats up early-- out looking seeing a few tunas and the occasional hooked up- slow trolling a sardine--267 like a spread out parking lot everyone soaking . Un willing private sportfisher fishing off the Sound end of Clemente was repeatedly told to leave the area by the Navy .

Spent the morning rowing around outside Abalone point several miles--- bait was up early a 1/2 -1 mile off the beach- pushed by schools of 1- 2 lb bonitos-- bridled up one and sent it down 300- 400 feet deep -- no Opah, no shark, no swordfish or marlin or big tuna bite but good exercise!-

32:18.3 / 117:31.49 Kelps holding, yellowtails -- rats - rat fishing

The lure of the rat fishing--- Contestants cast hooks down garbage-strewn alleys in a Baltimore suburb's second annual rat-fishing tournament- Chuck knew exactly where he wanted to cast his hook. "Just down the middle of the alley, near that water",. He wasn't talking about easing a carefully tied fly onto the surface of an inviting pool in a challenging trout stream or flipping an artificial frog into a lily pad. He was one of nearly 40 contestants who cast hooks baited with peanut butter-smeared bacon, bits of hot dog or raw steak down garbage-strewn alleys for the Yellow Rose Saloon's second annual rat-fishing contest. First Place, reeling in a 12 inch. 1-pound rat. "Chuck, you catch it, honey and I'll club it." said his wife, a red aluminum baseball bat at the ready... The aimed for puddles of water that might attract the rodents to drink, or particularly pungent piles of household garbage. "We're sportsmen," he said , who organized the first tournament last year after reading about the city's rat problem, "There's a lot of technique to it "There's more rats in Baltimore than there are people." Thanks for the help, but no thanks, say city officials. "This just does not sound like a reasonable way to address a rat problem spokesman for city’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

181 no life out here-- we came in from the 43 didn't see much here either-- they say one was caught up at Catalina-- ( marlin)

We kept the same school around for about three and a half hours-- nothing secret-- just a steady stream of chum and some live ones out-- right on top of the 267

One yellowfin -- on the troll on the 182-- 20lb fish- 70.8 degree water, what were you trolling--green feather---1:31pm

13 and 36 we had one of your kind swimming around-- basically it popped up around our lunch tack-- around 12 30-- whale watch boat saw one off one off Laguna today-- that's two--

Nice day-- tuna didn't want to bite but the weather was great-- Good luck this weekend- JD

 

-------------------------- Thursdays 6th Report ------

And another nice day here in Newport-- light morning west/southwest wind 2-5 knts--

I don't know how many were hooked up- not many I'd guess- Where you at from the San Clemente Piers to the Domes'' ? we're not far out and literally miles of fish seen here --10:22am

Couple boilers here and there-- sportboats and privates in droves fishing the 267 bank

airplane dope--- while out looking for swordfish--- couple of spots of tuna --08 and 42 that area looks pretty good- lots of birds, 11:02am

Wind freshened from the west early--

I'm right next to that stick boat maybe a 1/2 away-- he's got three buoys / black flags on them--- OK I got you---

we're chasing jumpers around here-- 11:15- just coming up to the slack---

I think I see 5-6-7-8 boats

5 1/2 miles straight out of Dana schools of tunas tons of fish seen- zero on the boat-- - 11:45am

There's a good kelp line just inside that stick boat--- there's a good paddy at 13 and 59--- check it out--

big area of tuna-- boiling on bait right here off Dana--- looks really good tons of bait all on the inside--- 22.34 / 43 85, 12:09

After the mid day slack tide - what radio chatter there was quitted down-- , local pier ( end of the balboa ) had the mackerel catchers on - lots of small 6- 8 inch stuff-

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

Light broken clouds-- wind from the south 2-4 kts- light chop-

Hey--Decker calls - there's tuna out here---- really nice now, a little lumpy this morning west swell /south wind,, but it's really smoothed out now- beautiful fall day-- oh they're small 8- 10 -12 stuff they say there's some bigger yellowfin around-- we probably stopped on 5 or 6 schools of boiling fish, got one of the schools to go on the sardines, 15 test and #4 hook,, Newport had great sardines this morning-- there's only four or five other boats out here that I can see- its 69.3 degrees were in about the middle of the banks, 14, 267/ 209/ 277 right out here in the middle 17 / 57 -- 11:27am

Smaller tunas like these, the question comes to mind- were these fish spawned here on the Eastern Pacific or are these fish transplants from Japanese waters--??

 

Wind stayed fair- sung to the wes tseas got a bit bumped up later - by the late afternoon hours it began calming down-- maybe 3 - 5 boaters talking to today-- , I'd bet a swordfish or marlin shows tomorrow- a little after noon - Gluck

San Clemente Islands is active " hot" on Friday from 7 am till 6 pm then it's open the rest of the night and both Sat, Sunday and Monday all clear-

 

 

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

Little touch of Fall weather-- a few broken clouds overhead-- wind light from the south-- seas a bit mixed but fair.

Again not much said on the radios so far-- couple of boats out early taling of tuna catches-- not far from here I think- .

Despite a west 15- 20 knts the long range boats worining along the "Ridge" below Turtle Bay to Mag were still doing well on the Wahoos !

couple of guys I beleive out of SD saying they'd gotten a yellowtail 30# out from under a paddy-- quite a few paddies, mostly smaller yellowtails

pretty slow-- I did scratch one 30 yellowfin outside Dana- long soak light line 3:28pm

Coastal fishing --- fair-- wind against current thing hard to set up on a specific spot without twisting about.

Weekend's weather look promising- with at Santa Ana's flow late in the week-- maybe the swordfish will float--- they're around the drift buoy boys were pulling a few a week.

Following the currents for the past several months at a daily viewing brings one to wonder about their effect on where the bait and sealife appears. Using SCCOOS ( So Calif coastal ocean observing system ) that shows there's a strong upwelling near the 277 the past 24 hours.

 

 

 

Couple of Satellite water temp images-(Left) So Calif 65 to 75 and (right) the "Ridge" 65 to 85 degree

 

---------- Monday's reports ---------

Fair skies with a milky white to the horizon -wind light , out of the South eddy, seas a bit mixed-- Very few on the radio so far--

Yea -- we'll take next Monday off-- for now it's the end of the month paperwork and work on some tackle for the day-- A look at the tides this next few days- and she looks good for a midday's showing of basking fish- " swordfish or marlin " ! Stand By !

As to the world coming to a end tomorrows earthquake prediction-- naw, it's past the New Moon tides were this past weekend, we won't have to worry till the next Super Full Moon - Oct 15/16th when there's really a good tidal swing - maybe as early as the 13 or the 14-- stand by--

Not much going on today-- at least from the radio chatter-- wind freshed up after 3 pm, I went home- JD

--------------------------- The Weekends Blues--------

Cloud cover with a soutwest wind , seas a little bumpy

Tuna fleet using chunk and live baits- yellowfin and Bluefin- couple of areas still prodcing fish-- Off Clementes' China Point 81 fathom spot, right outside Pyrimid Head and closer to the beach outside of Oceanside 12- 15 miles.

Sounded like there were tuna fish outside Salt Creek- 5-6 miles lots of bait there- out to the 267 and up to the 14 Mile Bank-- hard to get them to eat anything!

Continuing with the third year of Great Marlin Race with Striped Marlin tagged off So California, the Hooked out of Dana deploys another tag today- Remarkable travels we are learning , the First years travels were limited to 180 days which showed a wandering path southwestwards off Baja,. Last years 240 day tags found fish swimming all the way to the end of Baja, out to the west a 1/3 way to Hawaii back to Mag Bay -up to Cedros is then to the West towards Hawaii again. A second fish swam to the mid Baja area taking a southwest track for a thousand miles then north aboveHawaii and a third remarkable swim went from So Calif waters down to Mag Bay, back and forth there for a while then made the incredible journey west to beyond Hawaii and returned back towards California a 1/3 of the way-- all this in 240 days. Remarkable science- Thanks Geoff and all those who have help sponsor these archival tags !

 

IGMR Update: 2015 MABT IGMR Race Report Available The IGMR Race Report is now available on the race page or by clicking here. Thanks to all tag sponsors, captains, anglers and crew that made the second year of striped marlin tagging so successful. Tight Lines, The IGFA

Remarkable science on their 240 day travels and depth over 7,000 miles and depths close to 1,000 deep!

Catalina Lobsters--- HI JD its Jolene we ended up with 12 keepers last night. Hannah is beyond excited. Thanks for all your great tips as usual.... Thank you,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--------------------- Sat's reports ----------------

We just had a tailer that sunk out on us-- I'm thinking of working uphill--- get off of some of this boat pressure-- Slack High tide 10 am- quite a few boats below the 181-- just need the fish to show- 10:03am

Lobster buoys - all along the shores and islands-- be watchful they're like mine fields !

Light south wind 6- 7 knts seas generally fair- ground swell coming in form the south mixed with the leftover stuff from the west.

Stories of tunas outside newport prompted a late afternoons boat ride- I only got out 2-3 and tacked to the southeast in that afternoon swell, nary did I see any signs of tunas , did hook a bonito at 12 knts - fun boat ride!

Couple of sleepers-- got the one- inside the 181 , almost an hour battle -- big fish- Hooked- congrats--

Saw a feeder first, ten minutes later we got bit-- just fell off the jig-

Boats were picking at the tunas--and the marlins were taking swipes at trolled jigs all along the "Ridge" or on the drop backed baits, wind from the south increasing a bit- 10- 12 knts- 1 pm

Jumpers---- Jumpers-

Pulling up on a spot on the 302 spots of yellowfin, bluefin it's all here-- 2:40pm

We're on----- 03 and 57 the afternoon bite begins as that afternoon tide begins to shift --we had three on at once-- pulled the hooks on two --

50/ 51 --

Kyle rleased two sleepers outside the head this morning--

we were a mile east of your dumped ours- Man you really back down on em!- 5:05pm

 

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Royal Slam hooked up again after just releasing a bait fish just below the 181-- the second hook up comes just minutes after releasing the first fish - saying-- we'll , we'll go get another one- 2 minutes later !- 10:25am, the tide had just turned- Tuckers Birthday fish-

The tuna fleet- must be 50 boats drifting around a sportboat. we left that fleet and headed west 2 miles found breaking fish-

Seas good, light west wind, small wind chop

Royal Slam releasing the second fish, short rigger, green white-- go find another-- make it three-- 10:50am

And I was going to head out this morning- make a short morning's run in my skiff- maybe fish 3- 5 outside and below Abalone Point- seems like there's always a good break there-- -- Hey JD you on this side-- I'm here outside Main Beach Laguna-- I got schools of breaking tuna here- smaller fish maybe 12- 15-20 lb--- don't have any live bait and I've thrown just about everything I got at em'-- no bites-offcolored green water-- - 11:22am

15 # size 1 hooks we've got 8 on board here off the Dome's in the fleet-- we've got fish under us-- coming up on the chum --

water cooled off 69 degrees off the corner-- made the loop from the 182 down to the corner, no life here--- more up there- birds and bait--

morning bite for the tunas -- we had em up and crashing the baits- seems it was over after 8/9 am- a few still here and there now- 13/over 42

Hey Bob-- we've got Chris on a baitfish, Lady 2 di 4 on the fish -- 11:59 --

And Royal Slam sticks another one on the jigs--- 12:50pm

we've got 5 or 6 on boat-- 20- 25 lb on the 15 lb test lines good battles -10 off Dana-- - we had great bait-- Dana

started down off of Encenada , picked up 4 on the jigs- went we furtehr south and found a wide open bite nothing over 15 lbs though

A few marlins still reported off the Osborn Bank- west end of Cat it's 71 degrees and marlin there too-

smaller yellowfin reported off Newport-- - flat calm afternoon-- seems like a good day to take off early and try for some

gluck this weekend- JD

-------------------- Thursdays Report ------

We're over here by the Dana wharf boats, we got called in over here--- it's going pretty good-- I just broke one off- 10:44am 33:08.1 / 117:45.2

Seas calm, weather fine light west wind 2- 5 knts + building

There's a big school up here now-- We got fish under the boat-- they wont bite we can see them under the water--- use the chunks on 15# someone says-- OK 10:42am --just S/W of the 182-- 3326

Sounds like the tunas were up and about earlier off the Dome's, Below Dana--afternoon bite at 33:15.13 / 117:37.08

Earlier this morning S/E end of the 9 we saw four sleeping marlin-- threw on em' didn't want it-

we went through miles of it-- picked one up in that porpoise, they were in the bird schools, it's little disappointing so far-- saw that one jumper earlier--

fog banks developing

we got a Opah this morning--- fishing in the green water ( inside off SD) bluer cooler water holding the smaller tunas on sauries

We baited a dozen, my brother baited twenty-- couldn't get them to go-- I can get fished metered at 120-- two's and three- single fish-- maybe it was that Santa Ana high pressure that keep them from biting-- I think these fish on are on squid-- seeing the jumpers here now--

- jumper between you and I, 12:12pm ---4 below 226 and and a little below--

Reports come up from Baja- Some of the best marlin fishing he's seen --Millions of em-- Steve L says-- others' on their facebook reports of 15- 20- 25 fish days or more -- and wahoos were stacked up in the corners for the morning's bite, then off to chase the marlins for the day- Daisy chained Squid Teasers work well-

Not sure if any marlin were hung today- feederes seen, jumpers seen tailers - but no bites that I know of-, one boat working off the outer Ridge says flat all day- no swell but a N/W wind on it

 

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

Radio chatter down to only a few boaters out-- kelp paddy west of the corner / US/Mex held yellowfin- others up on the 277 to the 181-182 say looks great but not reports of fish yet-

Sea calm light S/W wind blue clear sky

paddy hopping

Sounds like a spotter airplane was giving a report of a 1/2 mile spot of Yellowfin up- off Dana 33.1950 -- -- then was covered up with other radio traffic! 11:16am ( near the 267)

San Clemente Island Security as "D " Pyramid Cove active all day Friday the 30 till 1800 (6:00 pm) then open for the rest of the weekend it's open-

D 30-SEP 0600 till 30-SEP 1800 SFC:80K

One boat on the corner says small yellowtails -- too small to catch-

27 over 35 just saw a couple of jumpers--11:35am

10- 12- 15lb yellowtails under kelp paddy on the 181-

we did manage a yellowfin under some hole heads-- sat on em' for a while but they didnt want to bite-

Im at - 28/ 36 saw a couple of jumpers a while ago

Definitely a tail walker here by the Slide-- Trollers finding 74.5 75 degree water and small spots of tunas-- no bites except eel grass on the trolled jigs--

41/41 jumping marlin-- 1:12pm

Kelps on the 277 - empty-

32.42/ 117.42, jumpers

Anyone fishing the 182--- yes we are-- hows fishing --- no tunas but we've seen some marlins--

Good showing of marlin in the lee of San Clemente Island-today--- - baiting a lot of fish that didnt want to bite--

240 degrees 6-9 out of Dana smaller yellowfin puddling fish-- 18- 26 + lb fish--

Hot Hot Hot-- dead calm this afternoon- Hot Hot Hot-- I fished just south of the harbor yesterday afternoon spots of bait up just at sunset-- mackerel and small bonito under it--

40 years ago today-- opened the shop here in Oct of 1976

 

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

Tropical warm morning- a few lingering clouds give some shade to the day, windlight from the south- seas have a light chop on them, calm ocean

Still looking for that FAD ( Fish Aggregating Device) found off the East end of Catalina 152 fathom spot-- it's there- and growing sealife around it-

 

It was placed about four months ago, Its positioned at 50' below the surface and the #'s are 33 14.442N / 118 10.874W This Fad was placed for everyone to use. Would appreciate any reports you might get back. Thanks Pete & Denise Foxi Lady (send to JD's)

A few boats out looking for the tunas-- seeing fish but not bites yet, blue water flowing uphiil from down below- some sealife. birds on the edge- 209 area

A nice body of blue water moving in from the south and spreading outwards can be seen off the Chlorophyll charts. Chlorophyll designates the photosynthesis of plankton sealife- sunlight and plant growth) lack of chlorophyll indicates a cleaner water - blue water, fish can see further in it. Where it butts up against a concentrated plankton rich water is generally where game fish feed. At least that's what the book says--

For the Private Sportfishers headed south-- top off with great treated fuel from Island Marin Fuel here in Newport harbor- price for 500 gal. Diesel at $2.18 a gal, must be by appointment only call them at 949 723 1103

Boater coming in late in the afternoon- having made the run on flat seas and enjoying the ride- fished the FAD off the East end of Cat- found his way down to the 312 area up to the 267/279 bank out to the 14 Mile Bankd and again back here to Newport- boat ran well at 30 knts-- neve saw muche except a few lony seagulls-

Vick also made the long distance run down towards the 312 and out to the 289 -- had a strike but the fish broke it off at the the far end-

 

 

Taking the day off early- sending one daughter off to college ! Oxford!

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Fall seasons upon us, Boats starting to head south while there's still a few fish around here to be caught-- Bluebird skies today- hot- light marine haze burning off early- seas calm-

Headed south-- fishing looks great from Turtle Bay southwards-- JD's carries Rigged and unrigged Ballyhoo's in packs and in cases give up a call 1 800 660 5030 and we'll have they ready for your trip south--

If there was a day for sleepers to show up - today seems the likely one- sultry calm, not Surly

boy what a day to be on the water-- too bad no ones out- radio dead- except for a few sailboats headed south

 

Marlin Genetics Network

Striped marlin genetic samples are being requested for a study on their movements and range- It's really just takes cutting a very small piece of the fin off or tussue and putting it into one of the tubes from the sampling kit before the fish is released, writing down a few pieces of information (date, location), and that's it. Here's the link to the project website if you're interested: phphttp://www.vims.edu/research/departments/fisheries/programs/marlin_genetics_network/index.

Check with the angling clubs for sample kits- Balboa Angling Club 200 A St, Newport Beach, CA 92661 Marlin Club 2445 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Today-- coming in now from Clemente--- we had the early morning bite on the Bluefin-- 2 maybe 80, one pushing maybe a hundred -- squid---- made a handfull of squid in the cove came out to the reef. south of China Point), got lucky-- best weather I seen all year--

 

Osborn Report JD . Was up at the Oz on Sunday and found a few fish, mostly single feeders, right on top of bank. Beautiful day on water, lots of life on the bank. Porpoise schools with some tuna in the deep off the bank. Water a bit off color and not a huge volume of fish but at least there were some up there. Best, PT

 

E-Mail from Greg - Flying Fish. This is our second season on our old Costa Mesa-built ’66 Owens Brigantine, and Michael and I want to thank our crew for our wins in the Tuna Club Benefit, Master’s and Pesky’s.Michael, Chris Dreyer, Burt Moss, Jack Rainwater and I fished the Los Pesky’s derby on Flying Fish. Left Redondo at midnight Thur. 9/22 for the 43-corner zone with all kinds of nasty winds predicted. . Flying Fish was top boat with 4 releases, and Chris and I were 2nd and 3rd place anglers based on the whacky Pesky’s scoring formula. Swagger reported they bageled both their fish and scooped us for 1st place angler. No worries, we were stoked to have double the releases of anyone else in the derby with our 4 fish.

 

 

---------------The colorful weekends Reports -------

A little wind- but nice weather-- ch 72 gets a little off-color for a sunday morning-- fishing dropped off for the tunas yesterday- sportboatsout searching working on sonar schools, a early morning bite with the heaver jigs Flatfall, etc. smaller spots od fish up 8- 9 am quickly to drop out of sight.

Peskys boats limping back to the mainland and port-

Swordfish boat put a set of gear in, top of 9 mile bank 9:45

Hey Mike-- if your not metering any more come over here- We can't put any more in the kill bag 10:12am-

 

Here's the Pesky results. 17 fish caught. 10 Friday. 7 Saturday

High Boat Flying Fish - 4 fish, 2nd Place Chiquilin - 2 fish, 3rd Place Swagger - 2 fish, 4th Bounder 2 Fish.

High Angler - Bruce Binnquist - Swagger - 360 Points, 2nd - Greg Stotesbury - Flying Fish - 336 pts, 3rd - Chris Dryer - Flying Fish - 332 pts. , 4th Doug Carson - Bounder - 180 points, 5th - Sean Kaus - Chiquilin- 180 pts, 6th - Lance Keller - Chiquilin - 180 pts , 11th - Randy Wood - Bounder.

I think these results are correct. Randy had the clipboard with the results and he went back to bed. Pics to follow Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There's foamers of tuna right here---- poppers size schools directly right here on top of the 302 , send me your numbers and I'll forward you the pictures . ( today's world live from the fishing grounds) 10:28am. 5 miles straight east from here--

We were there yesterday afternoon by the bouy-( San Clemente weathere buoy) baited three and saw a bunch of jumpers. spent the night drifting, we didn't move a mile from there, thought sure we'd see some sleepers this morning, two of us in glasses -- but didnt see any , we put the ses anchor out just in case, thought sure we'd see some sleepers.

Kyle spent the night just inside the 43, woke up and there were sleepers twenty feet from the boat!

Got to go -- we've got a feeder here 11:50am- ( slack tide today 12:07)

277 had mixed reports- tuna or nada, wind picked up west/ northwest strong- 1 pm-

Mexican paperwork needed for fishing the 302!

Blue marlin reported off La Jolla ?

Tuna off Church Rk

that's it

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Nice weather--- calmed seas, wind if any light N/E , Dozens and dozens of boats out today- the tuna fleet seems to have moved offshore a little centered around the 312 ( outside Oceanside and a little below) and out to the 181/ 182 Ridge- marlins scattered and catchable-

Marlin fishing improving near the island ( Catalina) morning tailers next to the island's East end/ Slide area

Shellback is that you--- hold on we're hoked up 10:05am we had a triple -- but nothing stuck!

Bottom slack period- 11am Stand by-

Honey was hooked up 9:20 lost 10:16am

Pesky 10:20 up date-- nothing going on since swagger's fish earlier- mon--

Are those wicked tuna?--- no but they're surly!

47/ 46--- I 've got a whold school of tunas coming up couple hundered yards of tuna-- your on that side, let's correl em- 11:22am --We're on---- 11:24am, the Tide just turned--

32:53/ 117:45 -

Damn Pesky sharks!

57/41- 11:41am, #4 hook- 15 fluoro carbon- ,

Hey Dude-- mon--Chiqelin aka- burnt chicken, aka Chicken offering a raffle one day on the chicken wing ok- its a one day charter AKA burnt chicken Chiqelin in Costa Rica! -- includes fishing w one rod and four ballyhoos are included if you want more bring your own-- hold on let me shake it up-- we've got the winner on the Flying fish -Keith no wait- he's not there let's do a redrew- Chuck R- on the Hammer- congrats-

T/C Randy w released, 11:57 bagelled no Cream cheese - Flying fish on a fish lat long-- 46/ 59 Greg-S on the fish-- full garb, ( added bonus points) Hey Dude Mon-

-Joint Venture--hooked up 12:55, Lat/ Long- 51/ 12 Colby's the angler we've got all the garb on-- . hooked 1: 10, bait fish green, brenda, drinking 805- ya dud do we get extra bonus points for a coffee grinder and dacron line? yea mon they're legal east coast coffee grinder , ge tout of the chair though, 2 extra points congrats from the Le La Vie-- - mon! Flying fish and Ganga Away has three,

Blackfin, Bounder, flying fish, Joint Venture all with fish 1:30 pm,

15/17

55/03 Flyingfish - bait fish - on again Greg S the angler and drinking a beer 2:20pm, released no bagel, congrats from the Le La Vie--

Hooker also released one--I think!

Decreasing radius for the Pesky's , a shotgun finish as the 4:30 pm lines out approaches

Catalina East end / Back side had the tunas there along with sport boats and others, tough to get to bite though, Tight to the Slide one marlin released there early this AM .

 

The global models suggest that the shear will become quite strong in 36 to 48 hours as the cyclone begins moving over cooler waters. This should result in a rapid spin down, and the system is likely to become a post-tropical remnant low within 3 days.

 

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They say it was sloppy this morning- wind last night blew in and lumped up the seas, havent heard of a Mahlin hooked yet--mon-

Seas still a bit lumpy at noon, looks to back off for a while then again blow this afternoon- Party boats still fishing outside LaJolla 12- 15 milesQuiet on the radio today---- ----- seas letting down--

No word yet on the Pesky's 2:00pm -- some scratchy reports but not enough to define ??--

Rumors up the line-- 6 fish?--- Scratchy relay- Hamn- --er-- --- --- 3:54pm, tide swings today- 3:43!

---- Charisma-- 4:14, hammer --- --- reley-- - ?? _-- _

Sub Chaser, Pacific Pioneer had fish in the Hunt 5/4/1 all jig fish--

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Relayed catches for the Pesky- say 9 fish so far in the southern zone- another 3 more somewhere East? and not sure what what on up north-- Bounder had a fish early on, Bull Pen, Dreadnought, Drambuie, all had fish released, Flying Fish may have had a double, and Blackfin one too --

Charisma lost the fish-- 17/15 close to the bar-- over mon--

Greg there's birds right in front of you-- 5:57 pm

6 pm Chiqelin had a fish on-- go get em Beek! over mon-- Baggled- and released- Mon---6:08 cheese and lox- Congrats from the Le La Vie--

 

-------------------------- Thursdays Report ------------

Wind fair 7- 10 out of the south light overcast small wind chop associated with it- otherwise fair seas .

Close to 40 boats in the 27th- year of the 2016 Pesky Mahlin Derby , anything that floats may enter, Scoring points as a angler derby not boats with released mahlin at 160 points, kept 1 pt per pound, swordfish at 20 per pound, Dorado and Spearfish get points if filleted, Extra Bonus points gained by Baggeling a mahlin, cream cheese and Lox adds another 3 pt, calling in the hookup correctly another 4 pts, Dude , this is ------ -- -- ---, over Mon-- , etc. dressed in dreadlocks and reggae bennies garb more points, catching a mahlin with a custom Pesky lure, more points if it's rigged with circle hooks, etc-- Stand By!-

Watch out for those damn pesky sharks!

Yellowfin tunas-- smaller grade I think outside and below Encinitas 32.56:30 / 117.29:50 today dozens of partyboats in the general area-

westerly blew up this afternoon- due to swing around from the south tomorrow AM inner waters better- -- wind backed off this afternoon- looks good for the weekend- , Gluck- mon-

Tuna Club of Avalon will also have their Annual Hunt tournament- a gentleman's game-

 

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Muggy tropical stuff still lingering- a fight between the south and the north as a from moves in to our west and another Tropical storm forming below the Cape that bears watching

A Quick over cap of the ABC tournament out of Avalon-- I heard 12 boats each day they released 20 fish for a 40 fish release and two taken- Lat minute Gambler's fish took the big fish and I think Chaser had High boat for releases-

Dorado seen 3 miles -under kelps East off Catalins's Avalon

and those damn pesky sharks are around!

San Clemente Island Security has the "Cove" closed thursday night 10 pm till friday 2 am- then open until friday night 8 pm - Hot till midnight , open all day on Sat untill 10 pm till midnight again - open all day Sunday-

Friday--SHOBALSHGT 22-( thursday night 10 pm) SEP 2200 to friday morning 23-SEP (2 am) 0200- SFC:5000, then open until friday night 23-SEP (8pm)2000 to 23-SEP 2359 (midnight)-SFC:5000-

Saturday --open from midnight throughout the day till 8 pm - SHOBALSHGT 24-SEP 2000 to 24-SEP 2359 (midnight) SFC:5000

Sunday ---D Available - no scheduled operations

Friday- D 22-SEP 2200 23-SEP 0200 SFC:5000, SHOBALSHGT 23-SEP 2000 23-SEP 2359 SFC:5000 SHOBALSHGT

Sat-D 24-SEP 2000 24-SEP 2359 SFC:5000 SHOBALSHGT

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Looking ahead, environmental conditions are expected to remain conducive for gradual development of 10007 mb low pressure currently embedded in the monsoon trough near 11N114W. The low is forecast to move slowly WNW during the next couple of days to near then turn N toward the Revillagigedo Islands this weekend. The low may possibly intensify into a tropical cyclone during this period

1. A large disturbance located about 850 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula is associated with a broad area of low pressure. While this system is producing a large area of shower and thunderstorm activity, there are no signs yet of a well- defined surface circulation. However, environmental conditions appear favorable for a tropical depression to form during the next couple of days. This disturbance is forecast to move toward the northwest and then northward during the next several days. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent

y. The low is forecast to move north-northwest reaching near 16N116W late Sat night with seas gradually building up to maximum of about 16 ft.

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And a look at the waters off Baja as boats start to head south for the Fall season reports of good wahoo, smaller yellowfin's some dorados and pesky marlins--60 to 85 degrees over a three day time frame-- , such a strong temp break running almost west of Mag Bay--

LR Ridge Report ---We're still hammering the hoo down here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

------------- Tuesdays sept 20 report --------

Broken cloud cover and a mix of tropical stuff- south vs north fronts over the next few days-- outer waters will get nasty tomorrow

38/53, another hook up for the ABC's tournament 10:42- 28 fish released yesterday! --- -- Tides about to swing-- stand by--- OK C Bandit got you hooked up at 11:12, 38/53, Ruckus 12:53 39/53 , 06/ 08 -16/15-- 1:00 Update-- Today's released totals 18 so far-- Shannon Rose and Chaser both have 5 fish Released, C-Bandit has 3, Gambler 2 and the rest have 1 release each-- Lines out with two fish coming into the scales-- --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peskys Derby Kickoff at the Chicken Coop this Wedesday Night-- stand by!

IGMR Update: 2015 MABT IGMR Race Report Available The IGMR Race Report is now available on the race page or by clicking here. Thanks to all tag sponsors, captains, anglers and crew that made the second year of striped marlin tagging so successful. Tight Lines, The IGFA

Remarkable science on their 240 day travels and depth over 7,000 miles and depths close to 1,000 deep!

 

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Dan Gorman Sr, Saltwater Cowboy Memorial Fishing Tournament - September 24 & 25, 2016 - Dana Point Yacht Club http://rvangell.wixsite.com/saltwatercowboy

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The Channel Islands Billfish Tournament was held this year from September 10-14. Good weather and good fishing resulted in 12 fish being released by our 16 entered boats. The fish were spread out between the west end of Catalina and Santa Cruz Island. Jim Dalpozza's "Hydrocarbon ( Photo) " with Captain Eric Hermann got highest honors with 4 releases. Gerry Bellaart's "Seaway" took second place with 2 releases and "Ruckus" with C.G Miller and crew took third place with two releases. As always, a good time was had by all.

 

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Heading South this Fall- Starting a list of those departing dates , name of boats and description to let other know who's in front and below you- Couple of boats starting out early this season-

 

( Report from the Lower "Ridge" today---I'm down here on the Ridge for a couple more days. We're doing real well on the wahoo and school sized YFT in the 12 to 25 range. There's lots of Marlin down here, we've been hooking them regularly on our wahoo stops...pesky things!

 

Departs Oct 9th, Bait n' Switch ,55 Fleming

Nov 9th Good Vibrations 48 Riviera

Nov 9 Jam min 42l Tierra

send in your info if you'd like to jdsbiggame@aol.com

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Strange weather-- yesterday afternoon if fell flat calm- midnight thunder and lightning moved in over Catalina Mark W. reports- having made a little squid earlier in the evening they was all set -- but they didn't find them this morning after the nights weather- Sport boats were asking him for marlin advice , marlin were after there trolled tuna feathers- and not sticking-- that's jig fishing!

 

Tuna below the border-- boats fishing 3- 4 miles below the line Coastguard checking those vessels below the border-- make sure you had all your paperwork up to date--

Marlin vs Spectra- Steve tells the tale of baiting a marlin yesterday the anglers sets the hook and out comes a softball size bundle of spectra line all balled up, his hook caught in the mess- apparently the marlin having eaten a bait earlier with the spectra breaking off- the line wound it 'self into a wad in the fishes stomach, the hook pulled it out-- that's a good fish story!

The ABC Avalon Billfish Classic second year event starts this morning has the boys after points and weight. Right on the tide this morning the radio became active with Tournament Control Mary responded with hook up times and confirmed releases by photos taken of various boat gear, chair, ice chest, etc. Fast action with 5 minute fish hook and release times during that peak tide swing today- maybe 5 to 6 fish hooked within a 15 minutes span. areas of fish- 39/54, 39/55, 41/57 , 40/ 57 - 38/53, 37/55, 38/54 as the two thirty afternoon count I think the count was 13 releases and 3 fish lost- pretty good odds!

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The 2016 Masters-

Taken by Dave on Bull Pen Second day of masters - more to come

 

Score sheets Day 1 - Day 2 --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch out for the weather Thursday

and those damn pesky sharks!

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----------Gone fishin- Tournament Controll for the Masters--

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Weather cooperating for this weekend-- thanks-- this mornings light south wind due to swing to a light west. Same thing for tomorrow and Sunday with some late afternoon wind up north-

Bait making off Newport fair to good- with the macks taken off the west jetty with chum- good mix of bait-

Boats headed out today for a bit of Pre Fishing for the Masters-- 41 or 42 boats--Six Angling Clubs this year-- good turn out last night at the Kickoff-

One boat came on the radio 10 am saying they had some marlin dope-- 57/49 not sure if that's up or down--

Takes a lot of bait-- yesterday it was wide open tunas --- nothing for us today- here on the 181-- we're almost out of bait--chuming the sonar marks --hope you've brought a lot of bait.

so and so is 39 up and 42 out -- he's got about 12 of 15 dorado in board already- we're 16 clicks above him for some tunas-- 11:55am

were movng--- haven had a bite must be 50 boats hee and they all look slow--

In Checking with the San Clemente Island Security -for fishing and anchorage at the island-- For today (Thursday) it looks open all day- on Friday Sections C ( inside the island) and section D Pyramid Cove, there are scheduled operations from 9:00 hours till 1600 ( 4 pm), open after that until the following Saturday afternoon 1800 ( 6pm) then scheduled operations are active till 2200 ( 10 pm) then open the rest of the night and all day Sunday

Thursday- C Available - no scheduled operations D Available - no scheduled operations

Friday C 16-SEP 0900 16-SEP 1600 SFC:5000 SHOBALSHGT D 16-SEP 0900 16-SEP 1600 SFC:5000 SHOBALSHGT

Saturday C 17-SEP 1800 17-SEP 2200 SFC:5000 SHOBA/WBX D 17-SEP 1800 17-SEP 2200 SFC:5000 SHOBA/WBX

Sunday C Available - no scheduled operations D Available - no scheduled operations

Latest water and Chlorphill charts

 

ABC the Avalon Billfidsh Challenge

Sept 18 19 20th - Give Russ a call at 310- 948 1011 or High Tide Traders at 310 510 1612

it's the 2 year for this fun event-- should be another great success- Good Luck-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Back running again- was off-line yesterday- - wind, fresh from the west as this low front moves on-- waters chilling a bit with the west clearing wind, it'll concentrate what warm water there is--

E-mail this morning-

Hi JD Finally got one!!! Halfway between the 181 and 182. Caught on flylined sardine, 25 lb test, straight mono, and 2/0 J hook. Weighed 65 pounds on a rusty hand scale. Thanks for all your help. Jim.

Jim's been a good customer for years who, like most of us are excited with the aspects of "just going fishing", This year chasing the bigger tunas from the poppers to trolling kites to soaking baits he always seems to be in good spirits about fishing - Congrats-- JD

 

And another E-mail

Hey JD. Over in PEI with some of the local boys you’ll recognize, we put this 565 lb. Fish on the deck ;-) Bill U

and locally

Drift with baits for the tunas-- still going off for a few boats out there this morning--- scratchy report-

A quick glance at the upcoming weather through Sailflow- shows promiscing weather for the weekend, a south flow Friday morning- swinging to a light west in the afternoon and almost flat clam on Sat with a afternoon west - Best of Luck- JD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Moon--- Full moon this weeknd-- Stand by! Big tides could trigger large earthquakes, study says

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--------------------------- Mondays report -------------

Overcast this morning- light southeast wind on the coastline- 4-6 kts-

Angling clubs and their respective teams were gathering up their light big game marlin gear this week for the BAC's Masters - Kick off will be at the new Marina Park located on the Balboa peninsula just past 18th st.on Wed Night. Give the Club a call if your adding a team or have angler changes, 949 673 6316 or email to the balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net

This year marks the Third Great Marlin Race here in the Masters-- We should give all the Clubs a great hand for their sponsorship towards these studies. It'll be a good turnout and these expert light tackle angles will put their skills to the test- good Luck- JD-- Tournament Control boat " Bacco " on ch 65.

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Refreshed reports of marlin catches in yesterdays Stan Miller Tournament with 12 marlin releases for the two days of fishing. Marlin , although not here in great numbers were around, almost all the high spots or banks or ledges had a fish . Brainstorm 3rd Place two young boys took the 1st and 2nd Juniors awards by releasing a pair off the Slide/ Catalina, Good Karma took 2 nd Place and the High Woman's Angler Tracy D. releases one of their fish and Gadzuks showed what they were made of with one after another catches the second day puttinmg them in 1st Place Congrats- a good turn out and great event-. Scattered catches with most fish centered off the Catalina's West end to the 172 and into Santa Barbara island, others found fish up in the Channel Islands grounds and down on the 43 and tuna grounds-

Boats still out for the tunas--- hey boat coming up right behind me-- we've got a chum line out your going through it-- turn off - 2:02pm

very quiet on the VHF today- you'd think Summer was over

We baited a ton of marlin this morning just N/E of the fleet on the 43-- baited 5 sleepers- we had one marlin hold the bait it in his mouth and spit it- it was a nice one-- they catching 40 grade yellowfin on their sornar-- where that bait was-- though I saw some bigger fish pop there too - next to the New Low -Ann, in that same where all the marlin were - by the 43-- closer to the bank- proper from the 181 --all the way from the-- 41/55 to the 43/ 53 lines-

We just got bit-- three bites, two dropped it- one line broke! 3:32pm

That paddy was loaded with Dorado that would not bite-- bring that other gear with you next time--

Chlorophyll charts show that tongue of blue water coming up from the south-

There's only 5 left--- Boston Fishing Kites- the company's all sold out-- and the 5 are being shipped out today- to JD's Tackle- if you want one, give us a call or email-- JD

 

 

 

----------- The reports -------------

Only a couple privates next to me-- there's a big school coming under the boat-- it's tough-- we've got three on the boat so far- 9:41am

Coastal morning cloud cover- spots of blue behind, wind light from the west light wind ripple with it- seas fair- lots of boats out--

Marlin boats went up north, tuna boats went south- there's a mix in between with either one in the others spot!

Wind picking up along the coast early as that marine coastal cloud cover lifts,

Slow for us so far-- crossing from the rigs towards the A bank, might have been a fish released there earlier this morning-- Stan released one yesterday up towards the 172, another boat one off the Slide , 152 held lots of bait- and one the Isthmus yesterday too .

Halfway between the 181- 182 just picked up a 60lb yellowfin on a Black and purple lure-- 11:17am

T/C Nuevo hooked up--12:24pm

Some of the bigger yellowfin were at 45/ 52

Outriggers paddling across from Catalina's Avalon harbor made it through trolled marlin boats-- - wind stayed fair + for most of the day- 12-west- couple more marlin bites-- one while soaking a sardine in a chum slick when it jumps up attatched to a line- waters a bit offcolored on the A bank 68/70 not much happening-

As the new week begins speculation on the marlin, tunas and weather plays into the game-- good luck next week- filling moon stand by!

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Snotty yesterday afternoon--- you'd have to think there would be some leftover crud from yesterday-- yet inner waters this morning were overcast and was much better than expected- smaller boats made the crossing to Catalina with ease.

Bait was between the gap- below the Channel islands- Anacapa and Santa Cruz.

Tournament Control--- Warren released one 4- 5 south of Smugglers Cove hooked 8:27 released 9:05, got the hook out at 9 took another 5 minutes to revive him before letting to-- OK we got it, what's you get it on--- short corner/ no we renamed it Chunky Monkey Gaybob

With the Marlin season here, or at least the marlin tournamet season is here. The King Harbor Marlin tournament began yesterday and last night here in Newport was the kickoff for the Stan Miller Invitational ( which isn't really a invitational) up north the Channel Islands Billfishing tournamet got going with boats headed out to sea last night. Spread far and wide this morning the radio channels can get a bit challenging as hooked ups and release are recorded.

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The 45th Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament September 10th to 14th. A kick-off party at the Channel Islands Yacht Club will be held at 6:00pm, Friday the 9th. The awards banquet will be held on the following Friday the 16th at 6:00pm at the club. Great food, refreshments and a raffle will be had at both events. For more information please check out our website at www.cibillfish.org.

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Is that you, one of the northern boys--

Just missed one, missed the dropback bait -- and came up on the stuff we were winding in, -lots of smaller tuna around-- 43--- ok we're up here by the - 209 still looking -trying to catch anything but we're after the tunas -- 9:40am

We released two here yesterday-Channel Islands-- -

it's the weekend -- we don't work on the weekend! VHF radio was alive with action-

North of the Head yesterday we had a good body of those bigger bluefin up , drug the kites through them but didn't get a bite--

E-Mail this morning from yesterday ---Hey JD it's Matt, Linda got a jig fish in the afternoon in San Pedro Channel today, Went fishing in the Bounder Thursday & today Baited sleepers and trailers for 0 saw a Swordy butterfly 3x. 1 zip 2 miles short of the 17 out of Newport, Lots of rizzos. Some life- blue water- 70° Probably saw 7 fish, very tough barely tipping -Stayed in SBI, flat beautiful. On the way out (3miles) baited a sleeper in am, no bites on our way to the boot. Released a jig fish (mac clone) today in San Pedro channel in no mans land. And baited a tailer there also.

Didnt get it to stick-- had one in the jigs-- 11:19am Slack tide today--- 10:46-

Westerly breeze up again before noon and the Outrigger paddleing to Avalon from Newport Race has it's challanges--

wr just lost a big one well over 200 on a jig-- 11:44 am --just west nor- west 8-9 miles from where your at (43)--

radio airwaves started to get broken and scratchy- salty air in the increasing wind

hooked up-- allan S the angler-- tides filling-- 1:07

71 to 69 was the break up there by the island- that where I saw that fish get caught- behind the island-

Tournament Controll--- one o two-- hello-- pick this up--

--- -- fast moving tailers downhill- 1:50pm

We just released him- good job--- same one---- negitive-- 2:47pm

I think 5 marlins released so far at the 3 pm Stan Miller roll call,

up date 6 marlin released -- Breakaway- Bull Pin , Gadzuks, Swagger and Good Karma has two fish released 4:30 pm

Another fish released 5 pm and I've heard others out by Clemente Island chasing sauries and a fish released on 20 on the 209 eariler in the day--

and the wind backed off towards the afternoon hours-- gluck tomorrow

------------ Friday's fishing ------------

Coastal clouds light , broken skis as it clears off light west wind at 6+ knts light wind chop with it- seas fair and the tuna fleet moved closer to the beach with the centered from the 181/ 182 "Ridge" into the corner of the US / Mex border-- yellowfin in the 25 lb range- fills the sacks-- -

the Ultra Pacific called in to say they had Live Squid for sale out front of Avalon this morning-- tough to make, he had a limited supply, dosent look like they will be there over the weekend either-- so get it while you can-- I don't think there were others selling it there either-- Tunas were said to be on the squids as baits.

Tonight's the kick off for the Stan Miller Invitational tournament , marlin, tunas and gamefish awards- great event!

N/E of the 277 couple of miles (4) possible tunas also some shots at them on the 277, spots of bonito up outside Avalon-

the tuna grounds ( inner area) for the smaller yellowfin was fun there yesterday only a few boats were on it--- this morning the fleet showed up and got crowded

Tournament Control--- we got it-- hooked up to a marlin--- 11:29am-- --- good job-- go get another one- 11:41 released--

San Clemente island southern end will be closed to anchorage except from midnight till 7 am this weakened Friday, Sat and Sunday - Next weekend for the Masters basically closed for thursday and Friday till 10 pm then cove will be open all Sat and Sunday-- any questions -Hail KRAKEN on Channel 16

Not seeing much , some white caps and thats it for us--

`Wind pick up at noon west 12- + kts starting to get sloppy-

Lots of sheep out there today--- rough and sloppy--

The tropical season continues into the end of summer,

<<<<<--- this latest West Coast/ Eastern Pacific view sure resembles what we'd see in October for the development of those Santa Ana winds- stand by-

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure centered about 850 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California have only become slightly better organized since yesterday Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent

 

 

 

 

------------------------------ Thursdays reports ----------------

Nice flat seas he says-- just coming up to the 14 about to put them in--- the Marlin fleet out and about looking fir the upcoming weekends events-- tuna stuff still going on- weather good-

Eariler this week Donna boards the Condor out of San Diego- nice catch! 83 lbs on 50

Boaters out searching for the marlins-- one sleeper on the way to the west end's 125 that sunk out another one seen as they drove over it-- so there's at least two up there- couple more jumpers seen off the backside east end up the back side, smaller tunas around

Tides about to slack off stand by-- 2:22 high slack

 

just had a couple talilers up here-- thery're here--- 2:31pm

I beleive one fish released I think back side?- tomorrows weather shows afternoon tailing weather--

 

Good news--

EL NIÑO 8 September 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: Not Active Synopsis: ENSO-Neutral conditions are slightly favored (between 55-60%) during the upcoming Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2016-17. ENSO-Neutral conditions were observed over the past month, although sea surface temperatures (SSTs) were below-average over the east-central equatorial Pacific Ocean Overall, the combined ocean and atmosphere system continues to reflect ENSO-Neutral. The more recently updated model runs from the North American Multi-Model Ensemble more strongly favor ENSO-Neutral The forecaster consensus prefers this outcome, which is supported by the lack of significant anomalies in several indicators over the past month (winds, convection, subsurface temperatures). Overall, ENSO-Neutral conditions are slightly favored (between 55-60%) during the upcoming Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2016-17

 

JD's carries Rigged Ballyhoos baits they come rigged or do it yourselves. Circle hooks, belly hooks, two hooks w/ wire ( wahoos/ bluefin) and rigged Swordfish squids all ready to go- Single packs available in store, case packs are available,

Call JD's 1 800 660 5030 or email and we'll set them aside for you-

 

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

Gray overcast sky- wind light from the south- seas fair- a little wind ripple to the sea-

tuna fishin- they're chasing that 1 inch stuff- by the time we got to them they went down

Not much of a chance to update the web site--- sorry- putting line on reels and rigging yummys - radio reports has those chasing tunas- still chasing em'-- weather stayed overcast all day--- wind from the south and at one point it was said it was sloppuy for them, bait making out front of newport- good , and JD's had Rigged Ballyhoo's for the dropback marlin baits--

San Clemente Island looks to be closed ( Pyramid Cove) for the rest of the week-Section B is open

A few tunas on the outside edge of the 9 mile bank, lots of sun calm water for them while fishing further offshore--

Couple of reports--- one says not much was going out out there ( tuna grounds) for them- others said a plunker bite - we were one for 4 broke off one and got one over 100, and Decker and Tracy fought a bluefin on their Disco Punk for a nice fish-- seas were nice- wind stayed south all day 8- 10 knts

seras and tides flatten out the rest of the week--- swordfish--

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

Sheet glass coming out of Avalon this morning for those heading back to the mainland-- mid channel a light west 10+ wind develops-- seas nice- small mix of swells, Marlin seen 3 out of Avon towards NB, no bait- high and dry-- sport boats were chasing the tunas on the 277 smaller grade, those off Clemente having luck with fresh caught squid in the cove- drifting them under a balloon while at anchor 175 -200ft of water off China Point

Decker and guest put two of the bigger tunas aboard late in the aftenoon-- one est at 110 the other around 150- that one on 30 mono 2 1/ 2 hr battle-- Sardine and squids for bait-- off S/W corner of Clemente-

We got a marlin soaking a mackeral in with there tuna fleet, punker bite for the tuna -- thought we had a tuna at first till the line came up-- then up jumps this marlin-- topped the fleet in that catagory today--

Vick saw 3 jumers near the 152 around slack 12:30 time today and lots of bait still showing in the area-- those marlin will eventully show up there- stand by

Weather nice outside- sloppy between the islands and sloppy between Cat and the coastline-

This coming weekend y- the Stan MillerThe SMY Invitational Sept. 9-11 Registration is open! The Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament is back, September 9th - 11th, launching out of Basin Marine in Newport Beach, CA.The SMY Invitational is open to boats of all brands, and is generously presented by Viking, Hatteras and Mag Bay Yachts. Registration is now open - click here to download the registration forms, or email caprice@stanmiller.com for more info. We look forward to seeing you at this year's event-

andthe 35th Annual King Harbor Marlin Club Marlin Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held on September 9th and 10th

~~~~~~And right after that the following week ~~~~~~~~~

Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament

The 35th Master Angler Billfish Tournament

and then ---- ABC the Avalon Billfidsh Challeng Sept 18 19 20th - Give Russ a call at 310- 948 1011 or High Tide Traders at 310 510 1612

and the unforgetable Everything will be alright 2016 Mahlin Derby --September 23 & 24

…..Rasta/Jamaican mon!

 

--------------------------------Labor Days Mondays reports --------

Starting to feel like Fall- cooler mornings, suns warming as the day gets along coastal clouds move in mid late afternoon- pleaeant-

Slack tide mid day-all this week--- should be some swordfish up basking about that time-

Long lines being used between the 267 and 277, reported one boat tangleed up in it -

---------------------------- Sundays Report ----------------

Just like yesterday- yet even more sun early on-- super day-- good luck-----

Looks like Baja and the Sea of Cortez is in for some weather - forecasted for Tuesday

Radio chatter had anglers using the Flat Fall lures for the tunas off Clemente Island - there's a rhythm cadence in the lifting and settling of the lure which give it it's appeal while fluttering in the deep- practice that lift and drop when it's only five or 8 feet below the surface and watch it's descent while dropping, gives you a better judgment of how it acts in the deep! Adding just a little tension to the line while dropping it down straightens it out and it drops quickly to the depth you want, then do the dance-- JD

20 and 03 there's one of your kind-- shipping lanes- marlin up 12:09 pm

Strangely quiet for the mid day radio chatter-- boats had seen tunas in most of the usual spots- but they weren't hungry-- for the past several days there appeared to be a afternoon early evening bite-- so stick it out--

they were there-- but we finally got a couple of them-- Yellowfin on that small sardine bait out of newport

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

Broken overcast clouds this morning-- should clear off earlier, wind light / med 5- 6 knts Southwest eddy seas- kind

Good radio traffic-- from north to south not too many complaints--

The Fleets off the South side of Clemente Island-- and the island is open this weekend -Pyramid Cove, should be a party there tonight, you'll need to reserve a parking space!

Boats fishing the Ridge finding a scattering of the tunas too- hard to get to bite also. afternoon yesterday was a good bite time---

How ya doing--- we're into them--34 over 12-- 10:49

we're on one now, a good one- kite fish---I've got to get down below now--- stand by

One on the boat, one shook the hook at the boat and one was short-- halibut drifting-- baits getting raked each drift-- 10:52am

Wind from the south picked up- making it a bit sparkly to the water--

Morgan ran to the Avalon Bank this morning knowing that, that south wind had been blowing all night- Saw a jumper there and good signs of bait and life-- took what lee the island provided and worked into the East side of the island's 152 spot-- found the tunas there--- but they too were unwilling to bite- wind picked up- ran with it back to newport , says he should had stuck it out on the A bank looked good there- calm and lot of bait--

Scott found a good temp break 74/ 72 between the islands Cat/ Clemente, spend the day looking for swordfish-- saw one swipe from a billfish and a large hammerhead-- some smaller tunas near the 277,

Reported a batch of marlin/ sleepers moving in with that warm water from the south, just what the doctor ordered for the upcoming billfish tournaments

Wind backed off --sun came out strong-- beautiful day on the water---

----------------------- Fridays Reports ------------

Morning Gray still with us mid morning-- Southwest light eddy wind early on this AM, light wind ripple with it- swell mixed a ground swell from the west and a shorter south swell both far apart good traveling weather-- and you'll need it-- not much in the way of sealife near the coastline a few

267 held dolphins and off Catalina' lee dorado under a paddy unwilling to eat what was offered. threatened to be shot with a speargun-

277 said to be holding tuna not eating popping out of the water everywhere-- we got a school in front us us, cant seen to do anything with em,

Live Squid -- plenty of Live Squid the Ultra Pacific was saying-- 10:01 am -- Newports receiver got 4-6 inch sardines

working south of the 34 line ( below SD a few kelps but slow so far-

No love, popping all over the place-- baiting em' throwing some chum-- 5 shy of the 277

Couple boats 1/2 way from the 302 to the Coronado Islands- said it looks good there for tunas but they hadn't caught any heading back to the islands to catche something-- others ask "anyone fishing the Avalon Bank--- -- was there an hour ago-- dead-- 11:15am

Reminder-- if your off Catalina's East end 152 spot-- should be some dorado or tunas hanging around the FAD check it out!

It was placed about two months ago, when we visited it was holding a lot of bait. Its positioned at 50' below the surface and the #'s are 33 14.442N / 118 10.874W This Fad was placed for everyone to use. Would appreciate any reports you might get back. Thanks Pete & Denise Foxi Lady (send to JD's)

20 over 21 big area of bait--

181/ 182 held some smaller yellowfin -

------------------ Thursdays Report ---------------

Light drizzle w/ overcast skies- wind S/W 2- 5 knts seas calm

nice looking water- slow fishing--

we haven seen any of the yellowfin-- spot to spots of those smaller bluefin, we're looking for the yellowfin-- think we might have hooked one fish here now-- their under the boat-- nice weather here inside the lee of Clemente-11:58

inside the 209 couple of boils going couldn't get them to go-- 12: 12pm

one more on the tuna and a couple more dorado from a kelp-- thats it--

he said --- if you coming up on those tunas-- go slow and thros

saw one jumper, did that go off up there ---- --- -- -we're- heading towards the 182 deep water-- saw one jumper earler there's sigh of fish here we're waiting for the tide-- good luck--

Quiet on the water today- overcast for most of the day-

Yummy Flyers, Boston Fishing Kites and Afto Kite release clips -- all in stock- get ready for the weekend-- call to reserve yours today-- 1 800 660 5030- JD

Among the events of this month will be the continuation of the Great Marlin Race, Excerpts from this mornings E Mail from Bob and Sally K. , IGFA’s Great Marlin Race……a citizen science project to better understand billfish behavior and migrations will once again be held during the 35th Master Angler Billfish Tournament in September. During last year's MABT-IGMR two Striped marlin caught in southern California waters migrated west (instead of south), and their tags popped-up a couple hundred miles north-east of Oahu, Hawaii. This migration behavior has not been previously observed for Striped marlin. During this year's Master Angler Billfish Tournament, we hope to sponsor a satellite tag to be deployed on a Striped Marlin aboard our boat, Royal Slam. If you are able to help support this undertaking, a contribution in any amount would be greatly appreciated. Your donation to the International Game Fish Association is tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgment letter from IGFA that can be used for tax purposes. You can make a donation at the Crowdrise secure website www.crowdrise.com/2016MABTIGMR or send your contribution directly to IGFA, Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004 (please note "2016 MABT-IGMR" on your check) Our sincere thanks for considering this important research project to help ensure the long-term survival of billfish worldwide. Warm personal regards, Bob & Sally Kurz

Congratulations to The John & Donna Crean Foundation and Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson for winning the Balboa, USA 2015 IGMR!

--------------------------------- Weds' report ---------------------

He said he's stopped on three bunches of fish but no bites 42/ 36 his buddy having spent 2 1/2 on a 100lb Bluefin with 40lb tackle-- at least he got the bite-- long battle- weather overcast light 1/4 mile fog early in the morning hours- wind slight from the S/W light eddy- offshore a little breazy off the 277

we found one good kelp behind us-- dorado and yellowtails-- 10:30

2 east of the 181 said to be holding fish-

Local water temps from 60 to 76 degrees,

40 over 51 the one kelp we found all day-- some smaller yellowfin inside from there-- 11:55

`````````````` we seeing a bit- seems like every time I get near you-- you get bit-- maybe you'll throw me a few bones to come over again-- naw just luck-- we hung one- lost it--- few boats starting to leave--kicking out their bait out from under them-- that's what all that commotions is over there-- thanks-- go get one

PP says they just got into them about an hour ago 3:54am

Relentless lost his after a 38 minute battle- live mackerel- 11 am 43 bank

late afternoon bite on the tunas---

 

E-Mail this afternoon-- big fish!

JD Fished Monday Tuesday on the Southern Way, Had 3 fish on the kite This one taped out at 54x78.5 ( approx 233) The others were 133/150

 

Captain Rob Petrina M.V. Southern Way

 

 

 

------------------- Tuesdays Reports ------ -

43 says its 73.5 and quiet- ----- seas still have a west swell and light s/w wind chop- sloppy outsie calmer inside

Weather forecasting for this coming week looks like we'll have those morning eddies from the S/W and afternoon west winds inner waters calmer than outer waters-

What's you get it on 40lb test and drifting--

The tuna fleet out of SD were still concentrated off the SouthWest end of Clemente Island- two little 81and a 86 fathom spots and that shelf that extends off the island-some anchored up others drifting-- lumpy seas wrapping aropund from the outside

Playing Chicken-- with the Navy-- Captains says---we'll stick it out till they kick us out formually-- sportboats and privates fishing in the active Navy excerises--

a better directions would be to go into the lee/ frontside of the island where it's open and slow troll mackerals for the yellows-

wind backed off-kite fishing slacked off wind picked up so did the kite fishing-

better sized fish under the birds and a few kelps in the area-- fish up 2:30 Slack tide today-- 2:40pm

not much said on the radio today that I heard- maybe a marlin off the East end and some marlin seen somewhere- spots of tuna from the border corner totowards Clemente and westwards waters warming---

---------------- Monday's report ------------------

Light southwest wind at 2- 3 knts seas fair and kind- swell oot of the west 8-10 backside East end--

Little caps-- fishable they were up on the Osborn Bank-- I think Gadzukes had a double earlier with one release-- Kyle worked their way towards the West end of Cat hoping to get a fish on the 172, only a few boats up there this morning-- 125 had some tunas and seiners (that wont last long)

Vick meanwhile was having fun enticing dorado and yellowfin out from under a paddy on the 277, seas fair

Looking forward to the upcoming weekend- Clemente Island is open Sept-2nd Friday Sat, Sunday and Monday-- gets hot again on Tuesday

Among this past weekends fishing exploits- was the Tuna Club's Benefit- I think only three fish caught-aboard the Latitude Adjustment-- using 20# Dac. Single hook flying fish lure the marlin was T/R which gave Steve S. his qualifying fish into the Club- Hot lure! it's done it's job before

Spots of tuna blowing up-- Osborn Bank

spotter plan up w/ the tuna boats and the SD fleet still off the anchorage of Clements' Pyramid Cove- must be 50 boat there drifting-- chunking - YFT

What looks like four longlinners between the 277 and the shipping lanes??

 

Planning for the future-- have some extra time on your hands and want to help out with the PACFISH White Seabass Pens Eariler this summer we lost all the Juvenile White Seabass in the PACFISH pens in Newport Harbor and Marina del Rey due to warm water. Needed is someone for the Newport Harbor pen's maintenance and new equipment. These are needs before the next batch of Juvenile WSB can be transferred into the pens. A GoFundMe page has been set up if you would like to contribute to help with this important endeavor. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/whiteseabass. Thank you for any consideration you can give these little guys. BAC and Fish Pac

E-mail regarding the Tuna Clubs unique antique tackle fishing tournament the Linen One-- and the Benefit - gives one a good perspective on the challenges it took to hook and land one of these deep sea fish on that light tackle and what the pioneers of our sport achieved

- HI JD, I wanted to just pass along the results of the two Tuna Club tournaments last week. Winning boat/angler of the Benefit tourney was Flying Fish / Greg Stotesbury with one marlin on 12# dac. Three marlin were caught during the Benefit tournament. I also wanted to thank you for the amazing bamboo rods that you have been making and talk with you about getting another one made. I got the Linen One Tournament winning marlin aboard the Kelsey Lee on one of your lighter rods you made for Packy with a Vom Hofe reel on six thread linen. What an amazing experience to get the fish in on that tackle and release it. That was the only fish caught on vintage tackle during the Linen One tournament on Thursday Aug 25. It was a 4 hour 50 minute fight. The drag on the reel instantly went bad on the first long run and would only work half of each spool rotation and the other half felt like it was free spooling. About two hours into the fight the handle on the reel broke off and fell overboard. I was stuck reeling with just the small handle pin. After about three and a half hours the rod started to break just above the handle. I loosened the drag and continued. We got the fish boat side and released it at about 8 PM. Amazing experience and a wonderful tradition. Thanks for helping keep it alive! Sawyer Jones

 

This past week and into the month of September many of the fishing clubs will be hosting their annual fishing tournaments-- among them will be---

-

The SMY Invitational Sept. 9-11 Registration is open! The Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament is back, September 9th - 11th, launching out of Basin Marine in Newport Beach, CA.The SMY Invitational is open to boats of all brands, and is generously presented by Viking, Hatteras and Mag Bay Yachts. Registration is now open - click here to download the registration forms, or email caprice@stanmiller.com for more info. We look forward to seeing you at this year's event-

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament

 

The 35th Master Angler Billfish Tournament

 

If you haven’t already entered do so today. Once you’ve signed-up we hope you’ll consider sponsoring a satellite tag in the 3rd Annual MABT Great Marlin Race. Over the last two years, we observed some pretty amazing migration behavior. Perhaps the first documented Striped marlin migration westward to the Hawaiian Islands. Is this a change in migration behavior or just an anomaly. We hope to learn more during this year’s event. For more information on how you can get involved contact either Bob Kurz at rkurz@hotmail.com or JD Doughty at jdsbiggame@aol.com . You can also go to Crowdrise at crowdrise.com/2016MABTIGMR to help support your favorite team. . Bob Kurz IGFA Representative - Southern California HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator

and the

< ---- ABC the Avalon Billfidsh Challenge

Sept 18 19 20th - Give Russ a call at 310- 948 1011 or High Tide Traders at 310 510 1612

it's the 2 year for this fun event-- should be another great success- Good Luck-

and

the 35th Annual King Harbor Marlin Club Marlin Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held on September 9th and 10th and all boats are welcome. I have attached the entry form and rules so if you could help us spread the word it would be greatly appreciated. I hope all is well. Geoff D'Sena Tournament Director

and

See Avalon transformed into Kingston by a bunch of dreadlock wearing fisherman this September 23 & 24

THEME IS…..Rasta/Jamaican mon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

--------------- The Week's report ------------

Hazy blue sky this AM light west at 4-knts- seas good with light wind chop

Word come back from the marlin grounds--- still a scattering of fish found off the West end of Catalina Island as that Outer Santa Barbara Channel flows up into the Santa Monica Basin- along the northern end of the Catalina Escarpment and subsequent banks of the 125, 175 and the 172 fathom spots, meatballs of bait in that upwelled water-- a few tailers a sleeper and a Swordfish or two spotted hooked fought lost. The T/C's Linen On had fish caught and released on 6 thread lines and their Benefit event had several fish released-Lots of funds raised for the local Avalon charities -

lots of boats-- few fish

We've got a Nat Gego going on-- dorado small tunas everywhere, we're about a mile west of where we last left you 25/50 11:09am

Yellowtail--- they're up busting--- all the way from here to the quary 11:30am

at your 11:0clock-- birds passin us up-- there's a foamer 12:09pm

there's some bigger stuff up here--

lousy west wind again made for unconfortable afternoon uphill travel

Fellow said the 43 had a paddy with dorado - not interested in their offerings, others say 182 paddies were empty- lots of traveled water with not much sealife found in it- tuna boats off Clemente did the drift and cut bait thing- hope for improved fishing as the upcoming Labor Day Weekend approaches

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

Nice calm morning- gray sky- wind expected from the west later on

Enjoyable radio talk this AM- Boats working the 181 and to Clemente and beyond- SD LR boats due south of China Pt/ Clemente island 8-10 miles below the island- 81 fathom spot

got two on the boat and were hanging --

We just had two blow up fifteen feet from the boats-- our baits are out 150 ft!-- --- got to go--- 10:31am

We were 0 for 5 --no sticked em'- there were two- three fish we baited between the two boats, one came in on the jigs-- 34 up- --how you doin--- -- --- --- good to know there's something up there thanks-- we'll stick it out here working this klitte zone maybe 2 mile, there fish fish here--- we're at 33 up and 43 out 11:56am

40 to 50 stuff we've got 4 or 5 in the box-- we were headed into church rock -- but got stopped--

Most of the fleet was 7 off the Head were were 3- SW from there, spend most of the day into tuna light line kept us busy-- bunch of hamerheads-

213.6 lb Pacific Bluefin Tuna on 30 lb test line-- Tom P's pending World Record-- nice catch -what next?

we still got the black and white stripe on us -- wandering out west here--

by the 4 pm hour wind from the west had become apparent-- tomorrow am much better-

fishing off Clemete they struggled to get a bite - metered many-- no luck- then tried chunks- instant bite!

 

------------------ Fridays Reports ---------------------

Light Southeast wind this am- a little wind chop with it-- seas fair - broken overcast-

The tuna fleet spread out, some drifting with live baits or chunking- others hopeful with a rigged yummy flying fish lure or baits drug off a kite skipping along at 5-6 knts -The fleets of long range SD boats centered along the Clamente Canyon East of the Head by 5- 10 miles and the marlin fleet still absent from the reports -

Request for the fish weight formula again L x G (squared) divided by 800 = weight --JD's has a free fish weight chart - ask for one when ypu drop by the shop-

yea we got another one hanging-- 11:22am- the past hour west of the 181 boats has activities going on-- tide change--

Just got a bite now-- 11:25

Boat with the blue top on the 43--- stop--- stop!--- you've got our yummy!

47/ 16 reports of yellowfin near Clemente is

driftin with 4 oz sinkers rubberbanded 60- 100 ft down- also flylined baits- had 60-70yf

marlin were up in the jigs and ate a dropback bait-- aslo feedes off the end of the island Cat- so there's a few marlins still around-- ot sure up north?

got another one -- on the flatfall 200 gram dropped it 200 ft deep- this bait fish we've been on for an hour is a good fish-- 2:09 pulled the hook and flatfall lure chewed the the leader off- lost em' both-- sounds like fish stories!

Afternoon call from Tom P. Hana Paa~ the goal had been to try for one of these Pacific Bluefin Tuna World Records on light tackle-- the 30 lb. World Record--- as time, weather, tackle and fish would allow-- smaller fish toyed with him, the yellowfin tunas were good practice and then the weather- she blew up and was nasty- apparently those bigger Bluefin felt more at ease in the rough surface conditions-- Their first quality fish took half the line-- we had spooled up two Shimino TLD 50W's with 1,000 yards each of IGFA 30 (testing 29lb) test line. The added line welcomed in the long distance kite fishing. The first fish took half their line before it broke off . Glad they had a second back up reel and out it went with the Yummy ---- it too soon was taken by one of the bigger Bluefin and the battle began- "Rougher than Cob", Putting that stern to the advancing wind and waves was testing the lines strength,Tom had to work his way up to the bow to stay up with the fish, their Sea Keeper kept them in fighting position and they were able to get the fish to the boat and aboard , a pending 30 world record, over 200 they say Photos to follow tomorrow

They say it was quiet marlin fishing up north-- a couple of marlin hooked mid late in the day-

beautiful day on the water

 

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

Today has the Tuna Club of Avalon hosting their Linen One tournament, old fashion tackle-- wood or bamboo rods, reels of pre war era and using linen fishing lines, marlin and tunas their goal-- to catch one of these fish on the old tackle is a lifetime achievement, tomorrow they can use their dacron fishing lines and regular rods and reels for the Benefit tournament which support worthy caused in Avalon- Best of luck to them all-

43 on the yummy he was saying 150 lber in the boat-- on the yummy-- kite -50W- 100 lb line took us a hour-- Longfin 12:58pm

limited supply of Yummes (Sold out) and Kites arrived today-- JD

Bumpy seas offshore - weather has that hazy wind look too it-

no word from up north marlin grounds and the tuna grounds where having a go at the yellowfins-- 2:30

others say they got gotten bluefin but no yellowfin-- general area north of the 43 holding fish-

Afternoon early evening the southwind backed off- became overcast again and seas smoothed out - spoke to Vintage-- of the T/C - he had not heard from the boats out west either not sure the results of todays catches-- they had a marlin up 2 inside the A Bank feeder

Clemente island looks to be open Fri, Sat and Sunday and from the AIS- LR sportboats out of SD were fishing just East of the Head several miles for tunas this evening--

----Sold out of Yummys still have a couple of kites left- more on their way--

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

Nice day again--- good to see things back to norm- for those boating this week or weekend keep your anticipations high- positive altitude helps-- helps sharpen the fishing skills - a fleck of a tern's wing , a splash out of the corner of your eye. There are schools of bluefin tuna and yellowfin as well as breezing schools of yellowtail seen capitalize on the opportunity while it still exist, fish go down pretty quickly. , Avalon Bank to the East end- 277 and backside has life and fish in it. Further down the line the general area of 33 / and 118 is all holding fish .

Nothing so far-- time of day deal--10:10am

Skipper on the 289 pilot house flying a kite you on this side-- how ya doing-- not much for us so far- fished the 43 yesterday spent the night at the Cove how you do on the 43, one 100 lb bluefin and s smaller yellowfin-- how'd you doing you fish this morning-- working home ourselves- we were done by 9:15 this morning couple of yellowfin 50- 70 and a 90 lb bluefin-

I think he said he's counted 57 boats in the area ( 43 to the 33/118) area - some boats working west to get out of the fleet- yet the fleet were still getting bites with the kites and yummy flyers -

you on this side hooked one-- broke us off using 400lb leader! 12:24pm Tide slacks off later

one big fish the rest boat lines and they hit the cedar plug-- yellowfins--

Tunas-- 33.16 / 118.08

We were right between the 14 and the East end of the island--- big school of foamers stayed up for quite a while before we could get there-- Yellowfin I'd say 20- 30lb fish- birds, bait, the works-- 3:109pm

Yellowfin about 10 off the island headed towards the 267---3:29pm

they'er biting have'tn had a chance to get the kite up for 5 minutes before we're bit-- nothing over 100---- lost one earlier got a chance to look at it - I'd guess over 300 broke the 400 lb leader--3:44pm

-------------------- Tuesday's 23 report ------------------

Weather nice on the inside greasy smooth light Southeast wind/ calm- a lump on the outside between the two islands,Clemente and Cat-- boats out there still hopeful of something-499 and the 172, 9:40am Osborn--White caps and swell kept the boats from working it--

Get that one on the kite -- Matt got hooked up while he was putting out the kite-- saye's hes snagged-- nope-- Tuna-- 10:32am

look like the tuna fleet- sport boats out of SD were fishing about 4- 5 above the 43--- 32:34 / 118:03 and that general area--

Tapes out to 239 lbs -- nice one! 11:01am-- fish formula based off a sphere football shaped configuration ( tuna) Weight = Length (bottom of jaw to center fork of tail, X times the girth ( around the thickest point) divided / by the number 800

I threw a bunch of bait while we were fighting this one and they came up big time-- we got bit yesterday mid day two good bites-

Neal-- we just put one on the boat about a 100, thanks we just had a blow up ourselves on the yummy- saw some marks - we're outside the fleet so we'll pound it for a while

we're still seeing sonar scratches-all around here--- threw some bait on it--- never had anything come up-- we might drift southwest where there were all those yellowfin-- - holly s-- big schools marking stand by-- I've got to go--- 11:44

We've been sitting here watching the big fish blow up right behind the Ranger 85- 12:31pm

He said between the 289 and the 277- basically 03/ and 03, 03/ 04 seeing lots of tunas but getting them to take something was the problem-- gluck 2:44pm

07 up and out and 44 out--- and 39/58 out

E-Mail this morning- Ken from Kens custom reel in Oceanside ....... testing one of his reels out yesterday. Caught US waters on the Real Nice and Easy.

16 1/2 from Newport just threw on a 60- 70lb tuna on the deck- half way from Avalon to Newport -tiny mega bait on a bass rod-- Deckers getting bold these days!--4:12pm saw a bunch of terns working-- fired out that little hard bait designed for those bonitos over at Clemente where he'd been earlier in the day-

Weather held up for a beautiful day-- wind light and fair from the west--

 

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

At least it's a light south wind this morning, light overcast and hazy marine sky on the water-- seas good and comfortable-

There's some big boys around-- sonar marks have them scattered--lot's of boats -- not as bad as yesterday- we're 1 for 2-- one 80lb yellowfin--- we were surrounded earlier everyone had one or two-- they're here we're sticking it out-- hopefully for a bite- time of day thing-- tides soon to change

We're 2 for 2 both smaller fish 50 lb ers--

They're biting 40 flour good. anything heaver and they just not hitting it-- we've boated 4 so far-- drifting since dawn!-

tuna fishers doing fair to well w/ baits/ chunks and flatfall's lures--

Tailer seen on the 14 earlier this morning and there were some tails and dorado's 267/ 209 kelps and below--

Using light tackle 40lb-- hour and a half-- Im guessing about 150 if we can get this last one in the boat--

they all over the boat-- jumping all over-- should be good here this evening- this weather is amazing-- we're getting back on the deck - good luck- 12:28pm

We'll we got one----- where'd you go up or down--- up-- we didnt do so well down here--didnt look all that good- had a couple chances this morning and that was it for us-- we were one for two now were going for a really big one.

Good customar of ours ran to the 14-- tacked down to the 267- out to the 209 and back again to Newport-- cooler water some small chewed up looking kelps that were not holding water 67-69 degrees fair not much bait metered-

best weather we've had for the past two weeks- hope it holds-- San Clemente Island closed thursday, open Fri Sat and Sunday!

 

---------- The Weekends Aug- 15-21 report -----

light wind from the south light marine haze on the water-- hot inland--

Water's cooling off -

You see any of the Risos on the way down--no--

Weather forecasted on the marlin grounds to get a bit more grumpier than yesterday-- boats up there now say it's not bad - give it a couple more hours

We're off the East end-- water looked good there--

Late yesterday afternoon--- " got one 90 lber today-- you get it on the kite- yep-on the yummy -- going stick it out here till sunset-- look for a school and fish the night with the flatfalls, you all by yourself-- yea and I must have climbed this ladder a 100 times today fishin with that kite!-

Fished the 17 for nothing so far--- water temps cooler-- one boat had 6 bites there the day before, yesterday the whole fleet that was there and didn't have 6 bites and not much today--- looks like the wind knocked it down - seems like it's fizzling out each day now--

they're munching on something- -- killer whales -- they're mowing down something -- big mass of stained water-- eat well-- 11:32am

How you doing-- one big dorado yesterday nothing so far today we're about a mile inside you-- -- we've got two so far-- one about 120 the other 140 -- so far-- and there's stuff to look at on the machine-- they're here--

Chasing schools-- that's about what everyone has to do-- chasing schools and get one or two passes at it-- 32 up and 39 out-- seeing a few-1pm

Hey Mark-- you still see me-there's spots of those tunas over here - 20 and 56 ( 1/2 between the Osborn and 499) 3:44pm

about a mile square-- if you did it right you'd do a good-- big black spots- foamers, some terns-- it's getting a little too much for us-- we'll come back and hit it tomorrow - probably a good idea-- 4:06pm

19/55

Wind-- not as bad as yesterday-- good luck next week- JD-- upcoming Tuna Club's Linen One and their Benefit tournaments - both worthy causes

 

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

Wind light early on from the west- water and air have a feeling of coolness to it-- Like the guy said eariler on the AM radio show-- feels like Fall already--

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Pacific Bluefin World Record (pending) coming into the BAC this afternoon-the fish at 221.5 lbs---an 50lb IGFA Record-- using qualified line breaking just under (24 kg = 52.91lbs) the fish was more than 4 times the line strength- Fishing the Yummy Flyer w/ Boston Kite, letting the flying fish skip and fly off the water similar to a natural flyer trying to escape-- it escaped three times, each time the tuna kelp leaping after the rigged yummy, the forth time clear out of the water he got it- and Tom got the tuna-- congrats---- JD

 

radio checks

We're flying a kite--- for the past two hours nothing for us lately- but Danny got bit twice --Dropping flatfalls at greylight- right next to that fleet-

Sitting and soaking for nothing--

Lots of coverage today--- boats spread out from the Osborn- 499- 267 (outer) 711 down to the Mackerel Bank, 289, the Ridge , 43, the 302 and everything in between a scratch at the Yellowfin tunas from small to large in the southern waters a scratch the at the bluefins small and large middle grounds and stripers in the northern waters--

Slack mid day tide came and went-- by a hour-- then reports of marlin being hooked, tuna up and generally more radio fish reports 1:12pm

Haven't seen anything-no knockdown-- we'll keep looking looking, We got one earlier-- where was that--125 -

We were a little closer to the island we've had like five bites--pulled the hook on that last one-- -- it's quiete down thse past twenty minutes-- 2:27pm

anything on that kelp-- nope they're bleak for some reason!

Tracy-- you see anything more up there--seems like the winds backed off a bit-- there were about 5 bites --they came up on the plastics would'ld eat a dropback and haven't seen anything else since-- 04

6 or 8 fish caught down here today--- we figgered it's be busy up there-- so we came down here- (Osborn)- busy here too- how'd you do yesterday--- 3 for 6 yesterday not so good today----

Windy--- wind building-3:20

Sportfishing clashes with tuna seiners -- getting a little tight these days-

We just put on a 200 lber tuna- 3:59pm

Sounded like there was a show on the marlin up north -- up for only a short time in several locations-- must be the tidal duration time .

we were 6 for 8 looked at a lot of fish there-- you you could make a day of it there--43

windy-- some boat made it up to the Channel islands for anchorage tonight- others to SBI and Clemente long days on the water--

102 Whale checks this afternoon--- tells you something about the abundance of bait here along the coastline-

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

It started out glossy smooth seas as that moon was setting early this morning-- but 9 am that west wind had wrinkled the water- light chop- ground swell from the south every so often- mix w 2-3 west - water seems to be cooling off this this constant west wind-- contrary to what we'd like- .

East end of Catalina hold some big Yellows-- slow trolling macks dawn and dusk.

High tide had some fish up- with reports of foamers-- and tuna action-- mainly near the 302 area- with boats converging towards there-- kites and slow trolling baits-- for the bigger tunas up towards the 43 and Ridge 182/ 181 line--

it's really tough to troll with all these boats around--

We're watching fish all around us-- no bites-- saw a couple of spots that broke up before we got to-- there's one up ahead maybe it'll work- 12:09

got covered up with all these bonitos--

we're working the 43--- metering fish 100- 150 but havn't seen any fish yet--

Mid afternoon -- boats had seen both the smaller yellowfin around the 302/ Corner and up towards the 182-- couple of boats kept at it for the bigger bluefin-- not sure if any of the bigger models were landed--we had two blow up-- since 10 amd theimn morning--

nothing like yesterday-- there was some much meat around yesterdsy nothing like today--

said they had just put a Pig on-- 200 lbers--

Boats were still out on the 43 and outer banks for the tunas running up to Clemente for the night-- good lueck this weekebnd if your getting out--

should be macs at the Newport's jettys Sat morning-- chum helps-- receiver had 2-3 inch anchovies and 3-5 inch sardines-- they were to get more bait Sat morning--

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

Marine marine clouds and light fog clearing along the coast early-- light S/S/w wind 2- 4 knts

Watch that weather down south---

371 we just got one -- tuna-- on the sniper thanks for the tip!--- a Tip was passed on to me regarding the Colt Snipers Lures , when casted into a area of fish- instead a fast retriever or free spooling it to let it sink quickly- keep the line tight and let the lure settle into the deep horizontally.-

We just had a marlin--- on that old squidder 146 straight 16lb test line had him on for 15 twenty minutes--- we were catchin the tunas when this marlin jumps out with my line-- about 120- 150 no leader--- where you at--- 24/ 41 there piles of fish everywhere-- tunas-- one at 20 the others at 10-- between the 371 and the 302-- lot better weather-- - 24 over 41 my buddy says he's getting pretty good over there near the 302--

We're going to check out that 711 spot----- we were there this morning no bait--- --- see any fish-- negitive--- the 267 was better than any of the other stuff -- We worked for there out to the 711-- it kept getting colder 67 degrees and no bait

Spotter plan up-- giving dope out-- at your 2 0'clock ---keep it straight just like that---- keep going straight -- he's about your 1:30 about-- 300 ft keep going straight-- -- left-- he's fiining right in front of your boat about 250 ft swimming away fron you-- he's right there-- 150 ft at your 2 0'clock-- 50 ft---- 12:10 pm

A check with the San Clemente Island Security--- shows the island open Thursday, Friday and Sunday-- with late Sunday SHOBA becomes Hot SHO/WTR/BX 21-AUG 1900--- 21-AUG 2200 SFC:1000

We just got one on the popper--- ! 12:24pm -- cool --following this little school and they been staying up---

West wind began this afternoon- fair- 8-10 knts

Yea were right below you--- you guys flying the kites- yea--- having a good day-- yes we just wacked another one

afternoon hours were quiet, wind a little in the afternoon hours- light marine haze-

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

FAD's-- Fish Aggregating Devices---We need em! (see below)

You skipping a flyer-43-- got a couple troll rods out-- rumer says a wahoo was takern here over this past weekend-- we're headed up to the Mackerel Bank- got word that some of those big guys were up there-- OK let me know how yo do- 11:44am

Local mackerel catching-- Making bait was real easy today loaded up on mackerel for our receiver it helped to put a chunk a bait on the Lucky joe

South of the 182--- working south from there--that yellowtail we got was plugged with red crags when we cut it-- wonder if all those tunas were plugged with the crabs too !

Boats were asking each other other the wherabouts of the Aztex sportfishing boat-- as it was being posted that they were into 75/100 lb yellowfin- the fleet were on the look out-

Boats report not much seen at the 14, 267 -- others say same for the 312-

dorado on the cedar plug-- 9 mile bank-

saw lot af fish today but they didnt want to play-- still going at it-- 3:31pm

those things are smoking fast--- get near them the turn they're under all those birds over there-- Bluefin--

local whale watchere were still watchin says he's had 10 trips so far this week and only have seen some dolphins and one whale--

 

FAD's-- Fish Aggregating Devices---We need em!--- especically this year with the lack of surface kelps paddies---- if you fortunatully in the area and have a imput please e-mail me -and I'll pass it along--- JD-- I received this E-mail this morning--- -- JD, Last year as you will recall we placed two Fads, one at the 267 and another at the 152. Unfortunately, due to equipment failures, they both went away.

This year, I have deployed another Fad at the 152. It was placed about one month ago, and when we visited it last week it was holding a lot of bait. Its positioned at 50' below the surface and the #'s are 33 14.442N / 118 10.874W This Fad was placed for everyone to use. Would appreciate any reports you might get back. Thanks Pete & Denise Foxi Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The BAC has a Potluck Porch Party this Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 at the BAC Clubhouse! We haven’t seen some of you for ages so please make a point to stop by and have some fun with us this Wednesday! Mindy Martin Secretary Balboa Angling Club 200 A Street Balboa, CA 92661 949.673.6316 balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net

 

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Hi JD, I am hosting on behalf of my father (Dan Gorman, Sr.) who recently passed away. 2016 Saltwater Cowboy Memorial Fishing Tournament - September 24 & 25 - Dana Point Yacht Club The tournament dates are September 24 & 25th. The following link contains all the pertinent information for anglers to register for the tournament and banquet at Dana Point Yacht Club. http://rvangell.wixsite.com/saltwatercowboy photo is of Dad hooked up to a Marlin down at the East Cape. Please have any interested parties contact me directly at 714-801-3113 Sincerely, Dan

 

------------------------------- Tuesdays Reports -------------------

How ya doing--- we got a treefish--We're rockcod'n fishin in this weather-- fishing for bass and we get rockcods-got a red, sheephead and 15 assorted other bottom dwellers, we're catching tangles, birds and that treefish,

you on this side-- what's up-- 3 or 4 yellowfin and bluefin- how's it down there its windy but we got the yellowtails -just wonder how your doing in all this wind --- it's getting harder to see-- having to chase them all around --we're fine- how big's the bluefin-- about 35-40 and I've got one pucker.

Sleeper spent the morning working the 277- lots of metered bait but nothing became of it-- big 6-8 ft west ground swell this morning-- laying down mid morning- still that west 1-2 ft wind chop

Water temps for the past three days 60- 77 degrees- it appears that that warming water offshore has weaken and what was left moved in closer to the beach off Oceanside

-- we hooked one a while ago that busted off at the boat-- 4-6 ft seas white caps-- we got it on the kite too-- yummy

425 bit pretty well-- this morning-

we got one to go bait on the 181- yellowfin--

12-15 Tuna pens with working boats--the 425 --- we got triple yellowfin in anonst all those pens- skipper down on the 425 how was the weather-- tough sleading--- it's going be a long run home -- 12-18lbers

15 knts 6 ft swell-

S/E of the 43 we had one to the boat 80- 100 busted off at the boat-- that was the only thing I saw all day-- one other boat had a short bite ---all we saw were birds -- lots of birds-

by late afternoon the wind layed down-- still a leftover lump-

------------Monday--------------

Heat inland-- cooling coastal morning clouds slowly going away--seas ok a little lumpy but travelable- few boats out- tunas and marlin and sculpin fishers

I'm a little below the 125 --we had a miss at a dropback-- some tailers earlier in a pack- we missed that-- - got some marking of bait like mad-- this looks like the spot- How's your weather--- like sleeper conditions compared to what we had before--

Building tides and moon should improve fishing this week --- WSB on a move-- tunas too

Boats out near the 43 report it's blowing too hard for him to fly a kite! 11:03am

E-Mail report - JD this is Mike checking in. Went out Sunday started about 1mile outside 267 heading @255. Found the kelp along that line ran into probably 15-20 car size paddies. 1 patty holding 30 dorado 20# + they were not interested in anything other than large macs. When a large mac was presented they were not line shy at all. Other paddies holding #15 dorados and 1 paddy full of dozens of 10# tails. Very interested in artificial jigs but would not commit. Swarmed lures then would dissipate on every cast.

Boston Fishing Kites-- back in stock this afternoon-- we'll be closed after 3pm today ( monday) back tomorrow tuesday 10 am--- The yummy flyers are in short supply-- I spoke to the Mfg. this past week-- he was completely sold of of product himself and out of the raw plastic material and components to make them- He hopes to get in supplies this week for production next week-- probably middle or later part of next week for the Yummy's-

Seems everywhere we stop there's a Labrador retriever looking at you-- partyboat describing those soft eyed friends

 

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------------------- The weekends reports ------------------

Beautiful morning here on the beach, likewise offshore-- Seas--- Lumpy along the coast from that outside wind--sarts to flatted out a bit offshore-

Coastal fishing busy with day use off the local kelp beds--

mackerel fishing still a chancy thing -- some days yes --some days no--

wind starting early--- by 11 am it's swung around to the west 10+ seems to be building-

Just spit the hook-- 10 minutes out of the anchorage 10:57am

any reports from the 182--- silence -- with only a scratchy report of no fish- 11:27 am

So they arrive fashionably late 10 am gentelmen hours to the tuna grounds-- by 10:30 they got their first Bluefin-- one more later and they were done!

6 for 6 on the good grade bluefin this past Sunday

got a zip- clip pop were here about 5 outside the 267-- 2:40pm

nothing for us today-- jigstirike and saw a couple of tailers that was it for us--

 

And don’t forget the BAC has a Potluck Porch Party this Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 at the BAC Clubhouse! We haven’t seen some of you for ages so please make a point to stop by and have some fun with us this Wednesday! Mindy Martin Secretary Balboa Angling Club 200 A Street Balboa, CA 92661 949.673.6316 balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net

MJG-- everyone had one or two shots this morning seemed had one or two-- on the tide --some boats got one or two I think one boat got three- seemed they were coming up behind the boats on the jigs-- wanting to eat the baits-- some tailers in the afternoon --but no bites-- weather 's gotten better much better than yesterday-- Down on the tuna grounds , Robert Sherrill's new boat christened with a marlin release with a flying fish colored lure

nice to see the boats headed back into the harbor-- bystanders remarking -- look there gos a boat haveing just caught a marlin--

We're out of here -- just can't take any more--- how much did you end up with--- uh-- just under 200-- that's a good day- see ya- ?

 

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

They say 61 counted boats on the 43 on Sat not much hooked, except each others kites! Still others in the know caught fish-- I just saw a photo of two fish taken yesterday both on kites and yummys - 10+ knts! 1/2 way between the 43 and the Ridge-181/182

 

What would the summer's saturday morning weekend radio traffic be without verbal abuse-

I'm headed your way-- 25/ 21 we'll see ya-

Not much of a tide change today long period slack tides-

I've got tons of fish here, just let me work it for a bit-- meter marks all over the place--10:01am

We're flying--- what? , got the kite up--

Bluefin on the 289--- any size 70lbs-- thanks good job--

that 6 chances so far--- with nothing on the boat!

we got like four blow ups below--- we're just coming up to the bank now-

2-3 for seconds touch down for the dragging baits, skipping is better than dragging- we're all learning a new game-

the ones we had yesterday- were the big ones-- these are smaller-- just had another blow up here- 10:17am

Another call this morning looking for the fishing kites-- his friend had just text him having caught two 100 lb tunas this morning off Oceanside with his new kite---first time using it!

other's were touting chunk baits--

you hook a fish and instantly you have ten boats on you--- yea it can get ugly

feeder off our bow--- 10:55-

20- 80 below -- East end of the island ( Cat) lots and lots of metered bait-- waiting for the tide-

We're on the board-- 20 yellowtail-- off a paddy-

this guys in the back---bent hard on the 43- 12:12pm

he said it was a little bumpy and a little rough-- with everyone cutting each other off

he's over 200lbs thats for sure--- happy birtday-- two of us on the Ol Blue--- we lost the kite so I gues were over that for now--- but it was worth it--

must have been a 3 ft tail-- A Bank--

n/w of where we were yesterday- 36 over 58--

Hey jd, big bft on friday for Limitless Sportfishing Hi JD-- I was in your shop last week buying some stuff for these tuna. On Friday we got a fish for the guys that taped out to 268lb aboard Limitless. Thanks for the tackle!

Windy-- windy--- not as bad as yesterday --

Smaller boats were getting off the water the larger yachts can manage it-- and fly a kite in the wind!

they bite the Flat Falls after dark--

Late call in from Kyle-- PP fishing the Osborn along with a dozen or more boats this morning--- common talk was the fish were short biting- zips not really taking the lures or drop back baits, they went 2 for 6 today-- by afternoon hours the fleet had whittled down to those going into SBI for the evening's anchorage and a shot the the fish again tomorrow-- today's fish were active till the 11am time - MJG

Never say Never comes in the shop late today-- picking up a couple release flags they had also been up to the Osborn- also for them the show was a morning show-- packs of fish up behind the teasers or lures --hot color for them MJG

they did it for $2-- they ate the head off the barracuda--! I had a group from Texas, we got lots of shorts bass some barries and bass- tough bunch of guys-

 

---------------------------- Fridays Reports ----------------------

A steady flow of boats, skiffs and yachts poured out of the harbor from early AM hours on-- some to the southwards fishing grounds to be the first there at dawn, maybe find a kelp and a early morning dorado. The tuna fleet seeing good sign- haven't heard of fish boated yet-- some were out to the Mackerel Banks with giants on their mind--- divers poised and ready to jump in at a moments notice- Reports of smaller grade 10 ders tuna off the West End of Catalina's the 125 spot- with lots od fish seen, no bites that I know of-

Marlin boats scratching out a few more fish out of the Osborn Bank area-- might get a bit windy this afternoon up there-- good tailing weather!

add 2 to the top number and 1 to the bottom number I gave you earlier-- looks really fishy here---- I bet here's where it'll happen today-- 10:29 am

Local Yacht clubs have a interclub tournament today-- mulit species awards

Saw some birds and my first batch a few minutes ago-- much more life inside here-- rather than outside-- Im here off your starboard corner-

Lure or Yummy---- yummy-! - well good going on yours---thanks it's a fatty-11:19 am tide starting to slack off -

Can you give us some room --- we're hooked up---

another boat right next to me just got bit-- 1:05pm looks like that smaller stuff must be yellowfin--

I didn't get anything to go-- there was a massive amount of birds bait and fish-- 2:22pm

Looks like Tom just got bit---- 2:45pm Windy

getting tight as anglers, kites and divers all plying for the same grounds-- --- there was a couple of spots that came up-- one really big spot of mixed sized fish-- Tom got bit-- quieted down now-- 3:12pm

how's the 181-- we spent most of our time down on the 182--- thanks for the report- we'll be up in our neighborhood in about ten minutes- thanks-- good idea that chunking! 3:56pm

you just put one on--- on the yummy-- 4:50-we lost a 50ler this morning

Hey Kyle--- we're bit- 4:51pm hit the stiner can in backwards but we release it OK -

53-1/2 x 74"----- 265 est size a lot bigger than we thought---!!

He lost it? --- naw hes on--- 5:31pm

Caught two on the poppers casting into the boils

 

I beleive I heard one boat having released two marlin-- 43 area ??_

We've got tuna popping in front of us-- yea we were chasing them an hour ago--- we had a 100 lb yellowfin tunas swimming right along side of the boat for an hour and a half , following going down swell ----we tried everything-- darnist thing I 've ever seen--

-----------------------Kite Wars! ----------------

He's still one it-?-- 5:54?

Kyle calls in from SBI--they went one for two-- bout average for the boats up there -some better-- wind didn't come up till 3 pm 15 kts--- not bad-- good fishin-

He's still one it-?-6:20pm-

An aspirated voice-- probably 175 now all of a sudden I want to stay out here-all about the kites --all right I got to get back to work-- thanks you that was fun 6:26pm

 

--------------- Thursdays reports ----------------

Watch that wind--- it cleared off early today-- westerly started early with the lands heat- tomorrow it's a little warmer and probably that wind will start early too- - coastal water dropped a few degrees- waters a lot cleaner/ clearer too- light wind chop

E-Mail Fish report --------- up west--- Indian Attack. Had a double going with only 2 of us on board with 4 lines in the water and multiple fish on the teaser. Had our hands full with no one at the helm. First fish fell off after 15 minutes and released the other. Fun day Chuck H. Cowboy

Out here on the 209-- how's fishin-- saw one kelp paddy with a dodo-- who went down and didnt come back up! 12:12pm

 

Shortbill Spearfish--- now that's a big fish !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My buddy Billy caught this casting a sardine into a Bluefin former !!-- Decker

 

 

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP/NWS and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society 11 August 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Watch

Synopsis: La Niña is slightly favored to develop during August - October 2016, with about a 55-60% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17. ENSO-neutral conditions were observed during the past month, featuring slightly below average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) close to the equator across the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean Overall, the combined ocean and atmosphere system is reflective of ENSO-neutral. Many models favor La Niña (3-month average Niño-3.4 index less than or equal to -0.5°C) by the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere fall, continuing into winter . Statistical models predict a slightly later onset time (i.e., mid- to late fall) than dynamical models, and also predict a slightly weaker event. The forecaster consensus favors La Niña onset during the August-October season, and predicts a weak event (Niño-3.4 index between -0.5°C and -1.0°C) if La Niña forms. Overall, La Niña is slightly favored to develop during August - October 2016, with about a 55-60% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17

 

Hi John, had a great trip on the Condor! Caught some quality fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

You get that one on the Yummy-- yea-- both bites were around the 8 am - I don't know what the tides were but that's when we had the two bites.

Beautiful day on the water mornings clouds left early leaving calm seas and s soft southwest wind-- nice-- you should be out there--

Several sportfishers in search of the other fish- marlins were up to the west-- Osborn and above working the banks above SBI-- looks good

Vick had a marlin on yesterday morning for 15 minutes before it fell off- must have been a jig fish-

Boston Fishing Kites came in today-- reserve yours today- call 1800 660 5030 and More Yummy Flyers due in this afternoon! ( they came in)

Looks like San Clemente's Pyramid Cove SHOBA will be closed to anchorage starting friday thru Sunday midnight- the inside of the island "B" is open, (White Rock)

Forecasted offshore weather looks good for thursday, friday-- Sat has some afternoon wind which looks to back off that night with Sunday great weather with a afternoon westerly - Good Luck- JD

just outside the Ridge--209 the water gets really nice and clean blue-- some kelps on that line-

couple spots below the 277that looked good earlier-- but quiet for us so far-

Called in on the phone to check on the IGFA World Record for a Junior's catch on the Pacific Bluefin-Tuna--- the New Zealand fishing grounds has us beat by a long shot-- Junior Male 278.6 KF or 614 lbs and 3 oz from the Hokitika Trench, New Zealand back in 09-- -their 200 plus was a great catch- done all by himself and got it on the kite !

-boats ran to the 277 this morning-- down towards the 209-- saw a bit of bait and some fish - tails and such but no bites for many-- many were asking each other where to go--- slow for most-- except the marlin fishers and they've been on the mum- no telling how many they've been racking up-- weather stayed good for most of the day light med west/ southwest 10- 12 + kts- sunny

How'd you do--- nice day out there--- tough to get them off those micro baits--181-182 west from there -- we could see em'--dropped the yummy right in them-- yea-- I hate that --get all excited drop it right in the middle of them and nothing-- yellowfin or bluefin-- Bluefin- some yellowfin- the bluefin -good sized fish you could see them-- right on the surface- about a foot under the surface--

Bounder came in flying three flags-- Osborne bank he says--

------------------------ Tuesdays report ----------------------

182 held some tunes 50- 100 lbers Yellowfin's maybe some bluefin in the this morning that didn't want to bite-- pretty dead out here now-- there's a dozen boats dragging around the Yummys- 43 and above-- Sport boats camped out 43/ 54 just below and inside the 43 bank

All it takes is one-- and 2 1/2 fight before you can get it on the deck!

Maybe they'll come up this afternoon Slack this afternoon at 2:46 nice gentle ride to the tide-- We'll start seeing Broadbill Swordfish over the next few hours--- Stand by--

Striped Marlin around--- and if baits hard to come by-- - and who like heading out of the harbor with lures alone, it's doable but your confidence is challenged- solution-- Rigged Ballyhoos baits--frozen at your disposal- they come rigged or do it yourselves. Circle hooks, belly hooks, two hooks w/ wire ( wahoos/ bluefin) and rigged Swordfish squids all ready to go- Single packs available in store, case packs are available,

 

Call JD's 1 800 660 5030 or email and we'll set them aside for you-

5 west of where I last saw you and there's a bunch of those smaller grade yellowfin popping up here-- 12:32pm

you looking at em'-- naw-- little more bird life-- 1:01pm

Small aluminum skiff came up to the dock out front early this afternoon- sharing Bluefin meat- 191 lb er he says

Some spots here --- it's not biting --- but fun to look at--- 1:09pm

Oh it's a big fish-- definitely over a 100 lbs-- 1:32pm

We're stickin around here-- not much else to go to-- -- been drifting here for several hours-- got the kites out-- got one about 75 lbs about a 1/2 hour ago--- actually got that with a flylined sardines-- 2:44pm

seeing fish just getting them to take a bait, lure, or somethings the problem-- --- give the moon a couple more days to fill-- stand by-- yesterday overcast all day-- today sunny

Locally this weekend the Interclub Tournament with BYC. Lines in 12:01am, Friday, 8/12… lines out 3pm, Saturday 8/13. Also, Captains Meeting Wednesday, 8/10 at BYC in the Bluewater Room 6:30pm. Questions, contact Chairman Bob Hoose brhoose@purefishing.com.

Upcomming events for sportfishing anglers to enjoy-

Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament

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Before you know it it'll be Billfish Tournamet Season--

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the 35th Annual King Harbor Marlin Club Marlin Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held on September 9th and 10th and all boats are welcome. I have attached the entry form and rules so if you could help us spread the word it would be greatly appreciated. I hope all is well. Geoff D'Sena Tournament Director

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2016 SMY INVITATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT

Join us for the Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament, September 9th - 11th, 2016. This fun, family friendly sportfishing tournament launches from Newport Beach Friday, September 9th and wraps up Sunday evening with a banquet. Boats of all brands are welcome to join! Categories include tuna, dorado, swordfish and marlin release, with extra prizes for Junior Angler, Lady Angler and Top Boat. Please contact Caprice at 562-598-9433,

 

See Avalon transformed into Kingston by a bunch of dreadlock wearing fisherman this September 23 & 24 THEME IS…..Rasta/Jamaican mon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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------ Mondays Events ------------------

Light overcast soft wind from the west-- some ripple/ cross bump to the water otherwise good.

we've got them coming up pretty good now we'll try it again-- little 12-15lb tunas-- doing that puddeling thing-- we've tried C/S, F/F, baits 11:30am

E-Mail this morning--- JD, Its Jean Dupre Just wanted to let you know it wasn't a rumor, Here is a pic of my short billed spearfish caught on my Boat the PURA VIDA On Friday. Fishing with my wife Leah and good friend Sean Cutts. Tight Lines, Jean

Quiet day on the water-- overcast all day-

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

Light overcast clearing early wind SW at 4 5 knts calm seas

Saw one little spot of the bigger bluefin this morning that come up in a couple of sleepers--right now were hanging around a kelp- saw some yellows that didn't want to bite- and a spot of yellowfin came up 50 yards from us- so we'll stick it out here for a while- north of the 209 10:32

Most of the day was quiet-- maybe after yesterdays rough and sloppy weather it kept some boats away-- still lots of boats out but not much said in fish catches-- seeing lots od fish-- schools of bait and rafts of birds on the water- by late afternoon reports filtered back in of dozens of chances but few fish caught- dorado on am morning's kelp - Swordfish seen swimming lazily along the surface following a string of sitting birds on the water. Boats returning in from the west chasing the marlins came in with a few flags-- weather being a issue too-

Ended up with two-- --

 

Kite Fishing old style,!

BAC weighs is a monster 200 lb this afternoon- nice catch--

So they were 100 lbers last year, 200 lbers this year 300 lb ers next year-- natural mortality runs about a 1/3 loss each year- they'll be 1/3 less but 1/3 bigger!

Daylight became overcast mid day-- stayed nice conditions throughout the day--

 

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Twin 230 Yanmars. Very nice, boat catches fish. Ready to go. JD Special 97,000. Mike @ (562) 896-3797

 

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

Another morning overcast day-- seas better-- wind still from the west this AM-- lots of radio chatter-- chatter, chatter,

Busted the 100 lb Spectra Braid line-- well-- it's really 80 but it probably test at 100 lbs-- broke it------ we'll we just broke off a 130 lb braid line! -

Still on ---- yes--- go get em" 11:49am

Just that one this morning--- Im right were we started this morning-- seeing lots of tuna but just the one so far-

- We're on again--- we're on--- 12:28pm Same spot---

Lot's of boats concentrated near the 43 Fathom area

209 had 209 boats all around it's 5- 10 mile radius- not much reported so far-- tide turns a little after 1 pm --standing by --

second one on the deck--- smaller maybe 80- 90lbs 12:58-- what's ya get em' on---- Yummy Flyer--

We've got a foamer up--1:25---pm

we had fish all around us- between the 182 and the 181 - some kelps-- we had plenty for a half day trip- someone said a shortbill spearfish and some dorado on a paddy--

Frustrating--- frustrating-- right there off the corner-- Yellowfin boils and boils of em'--- we threw sardines, baits, colt snipers, poppers, flatfalls everything we had at them for two hours--- frustration-- as sheets of micro baits came out of the water - cast right into the boil- nope they wanted that micro bait-- about halfway between the 267 and the 209-- afternoon wind came up making the return home for many a bit sloppy-

 

------------------------------- Fridays Events ------------------

June Gloom again overcast sky- light cloud cover - seas have a mix to them building swell from the west and a swell and chop from the south wind light 3- 7 knts S/W. Lots of boats headed out this morning - trying to beat the weekend traffic and weather-

Not much reported - terns, a few porpoise schools-- some small skittish yellowtails --- yellowfin spotted outside Oceanside

Water warm on the beach cooling off outer waters-- bait making at the Newport Harbor entrance fair -

Sunset bite off a Yummy flier - maybe a buck forty- 32.42:14 / 117.59:25 7:15pm

Newport had anchovies and sardines as live bait-

a lot of boats out--- many looking - just now a bunch of Bluefin were up pushing water- then sunk out - some of the smaller Yellowfin up longer in this overcast weather-- 10 off the Domes

A quick three day composite of our local waters from 60 to 77 degrees-- much of that warm water by Catalina was flowing to the west ( both side of the island) , water here on the beach warming up - hot , and on the outside a strong break from the 43 northwards towards the 181 then takes a broken path towards the 277 and East end of Catalina bait was and should be stacked up against it-

They must be up----" look at those breaking fish-- wind--- wind--- ---10:19am

It went into doldrums the middle of the day-- a few folks talking-- some trash about divers vs anglers plying over the same kelp - couple of blind Dorado strikes-- more dorado further south you went-- Boats fishing the Corner US/ Mex border had yellowfin and dodo's

East end of Catalina had some good bait marks, birds-- boats were headed around and up to the Osborn for a look around-- -- Inner waters the weather did not blow as hard as predicted and tomorrow forecast better for the AM hours but again westerly's push in after noon time -- Outer waters its 22+ knts on the Osborn Bank 6 pm-- good for tailers I guess-

better luck for tomorrow-

 

-------------------------- Thursdays reports -----------------

Better yet-- light soft marine clouds, gentle wind from the south seas - calm- sweet!--

They're around here-- we lost that school while we were fighting that fish--- your on fire-- we're coming--- good job on finding them that's about a 12 mile run from where we first sighted them-- 9:54am we'll call you when we get closer--

right in front of oceanside

others were calling out-- in search of where they were at--

289 looked like a desert-- no live out thee-- came back inside-- this is the most life we've seen-

San Clemente Island has some closures to it ( Pyramid/ SHOBA) for this weekend's anchorages-- the inside of the island White Rock B looks to be open and there are late night to morning hours open in the cove --- best check schedules and contact / Hail KRAKEN on Channel 16--- KRAKEN will request that you transfer to 82 if you have questions-- we want them on our side, not against us-- use good judgment- JD

we're running up on this school--- looks good-- did you hook one?--you there? - 10:30am

they been showing really good on that tide--

we saw some foamers come up--- somewhere around the 52 and 44 -- but lot of dead water from the 209 towards Avalon-we came down 277 but not much for us either-- no kelps -- few birds sitting on the water- that was all- 10:44am

negative on the 181 we've been circling it all day--

We've been chasing fish -- for the past hour-- inside the 182 --- 58/ 47 we go after them--- they sink out --- we all know the dance by now--- 10:54am

we found a big school of porpoise but nothing with them-- we're near the 277

where we got bite earlier--- he got his first big tuna--- how big-- oh maybe 170/ 180-- on the kite-- --he's definitely tired! 11:32am

just spent an hour and a half on that fish-- we get anothere Im gona release it !-

about 10 off the Domes there was a mile line of anchovies and some yellowfin in it-- they were skitterish wouldn't take a thing--

 

afternoon jabber on the radio says fair number of boats working the 43 fathom bank , kites colts and yummys -- a few caught 130- 170/ 180 lbers 's a lot lost--

 

57th HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT Day Three

MIDWEEK TIE FOR FIRST WITH TWO DAYS TO GO OLD SOUTH MARLIN CLUB ­­- INTERNATIONAL AND MALIBU MARLIN CLUB TOP THE SCOREBOARD

Hello JD, Action picked up today. Chuck S. tagged one. We had one on, but it threw the hook. It's still anyone's tournament going into day four. Best regards, Bob

 

-----------------Weds Repots -----------------

Replete of yesterdays morning-- light west-- a little more humid with a few tropical clouds over head- seas good- we're seeing em' was the mornings first radio call- 9:33am

What's you get it on?-- popper?-- no -- it was on a colt sniper-- looks likes it's got fingernail polish pink on one side and anchovies color on the top-- the fish were just on al those anchovies -- just gobbling em' up-

full on foamer right here-- 10:35am

On a big hammer swim bait-- just put a hundred pounder on the deck-- thanks-- 1:44pm

lots of opportunities today-- but only the one aboard-- (inside lee of clemente is)

Different day here on the coast- many of those small bonito and yellows moved on--

There were puddling fish right on top of the 209-- the one we got was around 90 lb --- small jigs did best--- We counted about 25-30 boats within 5 mileso0f the bank - colt snipers were out best jigs--- everyone was on low power--

We saw fish from the "Slide" all the way down to the 209-

There was a lot more chatter on the radio than I got a chance to hear or write about-- fair day on the water- still tough to get the bluefins to bite-- -- and to a degree --thankfully-- if they bit more or they were a little less cautious in taking baits - we'd be catching tonnage and the government would step in a shut it down-- !

 

One of the many repair jobs one sees these days-- They busted up the handles- wore out some bearings and drag plates and the replacment of line needed -- gears still held up- some wear but certainly useable again-- these early season now middle of the summer brute bluefin can sure put the tackle up to a challenge--

spent the whole day-- never saw a fish--- but going out again-- they're there- just seeing that wave of anchovies coming up-- then the bluefin behind them-that'll keep me coming back again--

--- Tuesdays Reports ------------

West again in the AM hours-skies hazy with a mornings cloud cover going away early- seas good, small mixed sea state. Water warm and bluing up

Good bait marks and birds 9 N/N/W of the 209- no fish seen yet

Below the NP harbor mack's were easier to find- small bonitos north-

That's what happens when you hook a healthy Bluefin Tuna in the mouth and have the lure being pulled over it's nose during the battle with braid line- amazing- -- you can't even bend the lure by hand !- and they landed the fish!

E-Mail on the Bluefin studies --Hey JD, Samples have been coming in pretty steady.... thanks for helping with that. That said I still need a few specific things, All I need now are the gonads from female bluefin tuna over 150 lbs. See picture below to get a visual on what the gonads look like.

Getting the gonads has been difficult as most fish are gilled and gutted. Which is fine as long as the ovaries don't get thrown over board with the guts! The gonads could be placed on ice in a bag and I will pick them up asap! The bigger the fish the better! Let me know and thanks! Owyn -- Owyn Snodgrass Natural Resource Specialist III Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 546-7000 -Lab (858) 342-6372 -Cell

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Chasing unicorns looking for those 209 tunas not even a sniff today --- - good bonito fishing between the NP and BB piers-- small anchovies for bait and small calicos in the kelps--

spots of bait up 1:09--- couple guys out on the bow casting-

This looks like a car fell in the water-- that made the day worthwhile right there--- Mako Shark! 900 lber-- -- came out jumped 6 7 times we had to speed up the boat -- we were afraid he was coming in-- we had to speed up-- Dude that was awesome 1:18pm---

I've been watchin them for an hour or so-- get your gyros out and check em out-- about 5 below you-- there'' breaking water-"-they looks like porpious to me-- 1:57pm

Hey -- we just hung a marlin on the balooon- Striper-- good bite! a little bit of everything here-- marlin , tuna, 2:13pm

we're back to that same location- we're on !--paddy- terns working, whale -- we're working these terns

he looks like he's pulling 3:35pm

125 plus--- yahoo-- just put it aboard!! ---- 4:55pm--afternoon bite - now that all the boats have gone away--

We're going hang out here and look for that swordfish-- congrats on that tuna-- nice going--- 5:01pm

 

Local fishing fun---- lots of those shinny Bonito's around-- Good light tackle sport---

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

More to come as we get settled into mondays schedule- Vick broke off two Bluefin and got one in the boat-- 277 this morning-- 2 lb mackerel as bait-- roaming schools of yellowtails on the Huntington Flats-- Swordfish seen just outside the Santa Ana river jetty's two miles off and another one seen off Main Beach / Laguna just the other day--

Wind up early from the west--

Bad Company's owner Anthony H. were rewarded yesterday afternoon as his daughter, Amanda was after the Pacific Bluefin World Record as a Junior female -- She put her time on a monster sized Bluefin with 130 lb tackle and Penn 70 two speed reel -- heartbreaking as that fish got away-- persistence paid off with her casting an Orca splashier into a school of fish--- 30 minute battle with a Spinning outfit Stella reel, Phoenix spin popping rod and 80 lb braid, 90 F/C puts here in contention for a pending World Record - Nice catch and such a battle for a 14 year old- great job- JD

182 like a big lake 181 quiet and the 209 was a parking lot-- some foamers and puddlers seen there-- 22 off oceanside -- no bites- yesterdays afternoon showing 33/ 118

 

 

 

Coastal fishing good for bonto and gobs of those smaller yellows 3- 5'bs off Newport- just south of the harbor-- 77.9 degree water

4 miles off Newport pier just inside of pipe elbow

we're 0 for 4-- just slid in on one schools--- yea we're 0 for 4----bite offs, hook pulls , falling off the gaffs-- just about everything that could go wrong did-- 12:33pm

he said thee were more boats there today ( 209) than on the weekend!

 

The heck to what the Doctor says-- best cure was to be out enjoying the bounty of nature and being with friends- nice catch-

Wahooo--- on a marlin lure 10 south of the 181---?? 2:55 pm

 

Turn of the tide on that inside ledge of the 277 had the bait schools up -- and the tunas-- 9:30- 10:30 -11 slowed down after that--

Ballyhoos came in -- just in time for the marlins and tunas-- will have in the shop next thursday afternoon rigged and unrigged--. couple anglers in the know-- came in last week - looking for the ballyhoos as a rigged bait for the bluefin tunas- their friend had taken the bluefin the day before on the riiged baits--

 

 

 

 

------------ The weekend's fishy challanges------

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They got the hot dope from the day before, the sport boats up there----- Bluefin tunas up on the Osborn Bank-- you'd have to think that with the flow of current headed that way the Tunas would be there too- -- and -----and the afternoon tailers-- a lot of tailers there-Marlin-- - the word was out to a few-- four boats headed up that way, the game plan work the Osborn during that morning's slack tide and for the noon's slack run up to that that kidney shaped bank above Santa Barbara Island where they had found such a volume of squid there last year--- They never made it-- metering squid in the deeper water surrounding the Osborn and tonnage of fin bait top to bottom right on the bank itself. All for boats had fish there!

Stand by for another spectacular season- Striped Marlin - Bluefin Tuna Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail, even another swordfish seen off Main Beach Laguna yesterday-- not to speak of those pesky sharks and White Sea Bass , Calico's Bonito and barracuda- a full season

A late afternoon report from the Triple T-- saying it had been a good day for them around the 209 area 118:04/ 33.00- tuna up for them for a 4-5 hour run-- spots of fish up throughout the day-- they had done well on the 60- 90lb fish throwing iron--- Colt Snipers he says-- balls of bait up 50 foot across- right on the surface-- they edge up to it-- the guy on the bows about to make a cast--- wohoooooo ---hold up ----Whale right below them coming up!-- they back up and the whale erupts and engulfs the entire school of bait -- anchovies spewing out is jaw right in front of them -- !---

And late in the afternoon the Bad Company calls in with a potencial Pacific Bluefin IGFA World Record for a Junior Angler--- standing by--

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Hazy blue skies this AM- wind light south 2- 4 knts- seas good

saw a feeder this morning-- stuff gong on west---

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Not sure what the weather wants to do-- fair south wind this morning-- inland clear, humid and hot, on the beach/ coastline overcast and muggy- wind 10-12+ from the south light wind chop and s west swell mixing the water,

Boats scattered everywhere and a few jumpers seen there too- !

Hi JD - Here is a pic of the fish that my son Michael and his friend Connor caught yesterday on the 209 on the Big G. Thanks Gary

Scatter catches of dorado--- we need FAD's out there!

Stan on the Hooker-- leadered a marlin-- it got under the boat and busted the leader-- released it---came up on one of your jigs ( I think Tracy's Eye Candy) drop backed a bait and it ate the mackerel, 01/04---- Kathy was on the fish---- large fish --hour and a half pulling on that monster-- finally got it to the boat-- Stan leadered it and was about to get a tag in it when it broke off the leader. Congrats from the fleet---- 12:26pm-

 

This ones about 175lbs-- hit the jigs --went through a bunch of porpoises -looked like a torpedo charging it four or five time before it stuck--- first one strike on on the porpoise, the second one was a blind strike - all in that area we teetered bait--

the Mackerel Bank was loaded with life- birds bait- all we saw were bonito-

We'll -- we've on the upper edge of the 43 -- got the right gear----- bent butt 130 lb tackle-- just on meter marks -- we've had two bites-- I think a couple other bites were here too-2:15pm- - That canyon from the Head down looks to be holding fish-

Water temps from 60 to 82 degrees--- -------->

more reports of marlin around-- Armando has a knockdown on the 277 didn't stick-

They were V W sized --that fish just popped up in front of us--

kelps off Catalina holding a few yellows and dorado-- A Bank holding

Weather held up to a light southwind

And Captain Dickerson aboard the - Pacific Pioneer --They caught a marlin too! - earlier this morning! Kyle says there were four boats up there and them all got bites-- they went one for two on the fish--- First Fish of the season I think- Congrats goes to a new member of the BAC- Bill Wooddrift., caught his first bluefin and his first marlin- even caught the marlin on 20lb string!! -- -- everyone else was a sleep this morning -he's the one who found it--came up on a teaser - bait fish and the second fish came off the jig--- - Kile, and the owners of the boat and crew are always there from the beginning of the season to the end of the season--

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See Avalon transformed into Kingston by a bunch of dreadlock wearing fisherman this September 23 & 24 THEME IS…..Rasta/Jamaican mon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Saw one spot of fish under the terns but we had to move on account of that freighter, Weather a bit more on the wind side this AM, west with a cap to it mid channel cat/ Clemente.

It's almost August!-

Catalina has decent fishing bass and a few yellows and the ever present sealions-

the tide turned-- Bluefin showing off 117 28/ 32.52 Mission Bay SD 12:25pm it's going out of controll

Fishing the 209 ----- has some boils around 9 am this morning -cast iron gor hooked up--- got it to the boat three times hour and a a half -- and it spit the hook at last -well over 100 - it's dead here now a couple kelos and somd dorado

found some fish about 5 inside we had 4 run- a -ways came --- they just came up that one time-- we got zero fish on board- we're headed back where we saw them

a lot of chatter-- a little bit of action-- but most just saw a few.

wind didnt seem to be a issue as the day wore on

Nice spot of fish uphill from us and another right under us at 100 ft-- 3:47pm

How'd you do--- after a long day on the water--- we got one for two----- how big's the one you got-- oh around 50-- lost the big one-- brutal- only a couple shots at the fish early mid day--then only the occasional report on the radio for most of the rest of the day-- the Big G comes into the BA lat in the afternoon hours to weigh a pair of twins dressed out at 65 each- colt snipers he says-- bought at JD-- I told him to say something else as we were sold out of the snipers--! Beefed up single hooks help keep them lodged in place and heavy leader material needed for the long hour battles/ bite off- gluck- JD

 

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

Wind - light from the west 2- 3 knts seas calm, a lite marine layer haze the horizon-

Seeing lots of foamers-- but no bites-- massive bait off outer La Jolla Canyon, radio active this morning as boaters out before any weekend challenges.

Whale watchers seeing more today- unlike the brutality of yesterday's hunt.

209- 312 inside from there- the radio coverd with noise, not much hooked that I could hear- 9:50am

we've got foamers here ring on the 226 (?) the fleets here- 9:55

209 71.4 degrees- boats out asking each other water temps, or how they were doing ?

Those pulsating tropical storms and hurricanes off Mexico and the Baja peninsula just keeps a steady flow of surface driven northward bound swells- and by late August and September they probally will have continued with a path of warm water for all those Striped Marlin off Baja to come our way . With the amount of bait here- should be a spectacular Fall

foamers inside the 312-- anybody have any luck, cant get them to go-- we slow trolled macks for two hours couldn't get them to go-- look to be the right kind

try a small mack under a balloon or a kite--

that kelps loaded with dorado- 209 - come to the outside of us--- 10:27am

Coastal fishing for the Calico bass red hot-- even a few bigger yellows roaming around-- chasing a hooked calico to the boat--- any of the kelp beds or structure spots along the coastline should be good fishing

great meter marks at 150 ft

we're south of the hidden theres a lot of sportboats here-- water's green-

there's a good spot of fish about 19 off the beach spots of breakers-- 209 looks good some meter marks--- outside the 209 it starts to green up--

Come this way--- 56 and 54-- 11:09 should I run?-- naw-- just saw what we were wanting to see-- top of the Ridge--

just found another popper this year-- that's the third one this year!

lots of guys flying kites --it's the right stuff- 11:15am-

Price of fuel, Diesel is great for this summers fishing adventures offshore-- here' in Newport-- Island Marine Fuels has it at the over 200 gal price at $2.19 a gal , say the secret password " Mackerel " for the deal!- JD

We swung and missed --that was fun----anybody else out here get bit off --- southwest of the 209 we got bit off every time-- 4 mile-- no a two mile square of bluefins everywhere--using 30- iron, flatfalls- sardines- we got broke off 20 times---everything we we threw got bit on the light line--- the heavy line they wouldn't bite, southwest of the 209 about 10 miles lots of boats but there there were a million more tunas --we got bit off 20 time they were 150- 200 lbs frustrating when they wouldn't take the 80 line

watched these guys get hooked up--- rod went, in the water -- guy jumps overboard-- handed it back to the boat- gets back in the boat-- rod goes overboard again it was amazing- they might have been butterfingers but it was good 11:44am

they've gone down now--- I didnt land one it was amazing-- anchovies flying out of the water everywhere - it was amazing--we got so excited, we hooked ourselves-- we had to settle down and have a drink before we got started-- 32:58. 40 /117:56. 930

little skiff-- hook up--- -- we've got a triple going-- 12:20pm

for the last hour we were trying to call you-- throwing every thing we've got at em'-- boil after boil right in the miiddle of em- for no love- 2:54pm

you guys see what Im seeing--- yes-- ok were going to sneak up on it-- 3:28

that right there is a 100 ton spot--

JD's you on this side--- Donny on the Patron------ you get a marlin today?--- sure did-- 30 lb dacron- about 2 miles out of Pyramid Head-- 10:05 -- released 10:55 classic textbook hook up and fight- Captain Sierra did honors at the wheel-- Congrats-- that might be the First for the Tuna Club--JD

--------------------- Wed's 27th Reports --------------

A pale blue sky greeted boaters this morning--- light west wind and swell - water deemed to clear up a bit more--

we went out to the 181- but the waves were too big and we didn't seen ay birds -- so came back inside

Water temps as high a 79 degrees and breaks of dirty green water--cleaning up in spots --by the time we got there all we could see were scales floating around-- never saw any birds of fish--

270 it tapped out- another one was said to be on the line after several hours-- Kelps far and few between 11:00

we just left the 182 it's a ghost town there--

slow trolling em' was deadly for them-- we've got 5 or 6 in the box-- broke off a couple too!-

it's shapped like a "U" right now-- won't fit in the fish box-- 276 we retapped it--- kite fish---

-- he's a little busy-- we'll be on that other channel--

we just dumped one--- the 80 parted at the knot-- it's not showing at all just a few tern's picking-- looked fishy 12:40pm

16/ 10 one kelp-- he hooked five off it 33:15.88 / 11809

Dorado and yellowtails 42/ 30 - more and more reports on them now--- - others lost a few of the bigger tunas slow trolling the mackerel where?-- some foamers off Oceanside not wanting to bite anything- 2:21 pm-- tide should start to top off over the next few hours--- stand by--

E-Mail from a good old customer--- Hey JD brought the SANTANA up from Cabo for the summer and went out over the weekend to see what all the bluefin buzz was all about and they decided to cooperate- live macs were the ticket

Again wind seemed to back off for the late afternoon hours--

such profanity on the radio- it's not needed ! Federal Functions Commission FCC at one time issued VHF radio license , all radio communication followed rules, call signs given and sign off, if such language would be used, it would be recorded and fines or radio licence revoked- we'll need more government interjection or a better sense of self restraint.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Wind from the west early this morning a change in the atmosphere- hazy blue skies wind 7-+ light wind chop and still that mixed swell- wind building west this afternoon

Spotter plane you on this side--- couple of planes up-- ---- boats on the 209 report screen full's of bait marks, a few terns picking off the water every so often-- no bluefin foamers seen yet-- boats ran to the 43 yesterday-- nice ride-- came back inside today looling for a shot at those big fish-

289 fathom spot was loaded with bait- birds- still awaiting for the show-- some boats - made no sense driving around just shut down, --- dropped down the colt sniper deep all I brought up was a red crab---

started going off 07/ 28 noth side of the Carlsbad canyon 12:22pm yellowfin about 30 just put one on.

we did well this morning one kelp on the 267 on the baits--,

Water temps over the past three day composit, 64 to 77 degrees

Different day-- westerly wind---a few spot of fish blew up inside and below towards dolly - been quiet for half the day on the radio--

It's starting to feel like the tackle hospital with repairs on damaged reels and rods- stripped reels, broken handles, bearings worn out- guides broken and reel seats twisting- !---

 

4 seiners working the tunas now --- making sets on yellowfin-- 4:12pm

You've got to get the fish anyway you can-- tuna seiners gave the guy some fish-- we'll just get in line get our credit card out-- -- best part of it ----- they waved us over and gave us the fish!-

wind backed off late in the afternoon--- nice

------ Mondays Events --------------- -

Light south wind and swells have diminished some-- not as much life seen this morning-- it's a desert out here--

07/ 40 a little life 9:44am

E-mail this morning of the birds and bait and tunas!

we're just N/E of the 209 a few kelps but that's it for us-- we're S/E and it's starting to go off-12:02pm

More signs of 50+ yellowfins around

We got all we wanted dorado-- off this paddy here's the numbers 33: 02 and 117:56 -, 12:27pm

we had some stuff eariler-- had one on-- lost it off the iron, were 13.7 from Oceanside --we didn't see much till right after noon- a foamer that came to the boat -one cast-- came off-

foamers on the 209 up down quicky then gone- a desert- these things are up and down so fast -- we've just gone to slow trolling the baits- 2:39pm

53 and 31-- Dave spouts out--- all big fish, never seen anything like this in my life it's mind boggling 2:41pm

<-------------In Stock-- Yummy Flyers--- rigged and unrigged--

 

 

---------------- the tuna and weathered weekend--------------

Still from the south with a mixed sea state, 10- 12+ steady blow, a few went out

they were everywhere-

Seeing lots of birds, they weren't taking anything-- 04 over 56- anyone out on the 277 this morning?- the radio lingo goes on and on- good to hear it-

Balboa Angling Clubs-- Offshore Helen Smith Tournament had Chuck and Teri out -- rewarded with this nice 82.5lbs on 30 lb IGFA line in 50 minutes 3 miles south of the 277 on a mackerel clone towed behind Cowboy Chuck H.

 

Encinitas- Carlsbad area wide opens 80- 100 76 degree water 6-7- 10 miles out - it's going off - shut down you engines, drift back a mack

The Tuna Club of Avalon also having their club's Tuna Tournament this past week- 80 lb Bluefin's didn't even get them in the running--- With this year being the best in recent memory of Bluefin Tuna and the challenge of catching one of these Bluefin being what the Club was formed it bought together anglers of the high ese degree - congrats the Joker

 

It wasn't nice today out there- washboard south wind swell and west and northwest swell, but the brave ventured out and were successful- Decker with son Briggs puts on a 80 er-- Decker's poppers falls off, Briggs with the Colt Sniper scores right behind him-- nice catch!

Weather started to back off mid late in the day-- thankfully - its pushed that warm body of offcolored plankton rich water still closer to the beach--

We'll see what this next week will bring--

I think another marlin was released eariler this morning by a skiff-

boaters stuck it out till the late afternoon hours same old story seeing em tough to get a bite--

 

----------------------- Sat's off weather reports----------

Foggy on the morning's water--- pea soupy in some spots rolling in-

Best I've seen in the past three days-- how big-- oh maybe 65/ 70 got the one on a colt sniper-- yea we lost two on them one pulled the other sawed off, we got ours on a mack, small circle hook around 70

80lb bluefin just hit the deck firts one of the season for me-- 9:21am

sitting on a paddy loaded with yellowtaiils can;t ger them to go-- 9:22am

E-mail this morning JD - we got lucky Friday and caught this 146 pound (bled) BFT on a live mackerel, 3/0 super mutu ringed circle hook, and 60 lb flouro leader. We fished the temp break along the 181-182 ridge roughly 40 miles from Dana point at slack tide. Best part was catching it on the custom UCLA Penn Int"l you had sold us awhile back, that rig is now legend. Best, jb (Ramble On)

 

just droped one off the popper lost him after 20 30 minutes -- off oceanside-- they were going off eariler-- 9:24am

good temp break off oceanside 10 miles birds and bait

off La jolla tunas were jumping-- 9:31am

we just put one on th deck --maybe 100 lbs on the popper-- that you right next to us- 10:01am

just had one come up the size of my Volkswagen-- I need a bigger rod-- you'll need a bigger back!

Fog- becomes a challenge for some of the smaller skiffs without radar-

We're still hooked up--- no way--this fish has been to the boat five times---- Three on the boat--- had like five hooked up ar once--they were crashing the boat chasing the iceboats they had balled up - had em' on the colt sniper, omega baits--- I got mine on a black and silver taddy surface iron-- they're were in a frenzy - absolutely mental 10:55am

they're running with the porps--- got em with the porps with bait-- 10:59

we went all the way out to the 43-- coming back in now towards where we started earlier-- kind bumpy out there- smoothing out --and now we're into fog- 11:21am

footbasll field left right pulled into the 267 early this morning-- made casts ---

Foamer 04/ 0ver 26-- 11:44am

Going back --- getting things back in order -got one in the boat--- -findley got something to work---- in the porpious --slow trolling a mackerel- maybe go south- towards the 209-- if we can find the porps again

277 looks good good weather too- further south and outside windy-

they like the snipper!

yea we just got one in yellowfin about 40--- we just put this one on the deck-- where you at-- go to the other channel--- 02/21

we're in almost 76 degree --we're 7-8 off the domes--

where u at-- inside the 181-- marking fish under a kelp- --we're north of the 43-- 68 degree water seeing fish- splashing around-- just trying to get out that fog-- yea clear out here-

add some S/E wind to it and it's a little rolly out there--

got it--- what a ordeal, how big's your fish--- mines about the same-- got some birds starting to work again-- getting the kite up-- finnaly got the skunk off the boat--!! 12:40

we just had a couple of Dorado on-- we went outside but water dropped off ---came back in to the warmer water--

dude --we've seen so much fish- but it's rough, scarry rough-- were headed south off Encinitas seeing em- this whole way 12:59

if you can make it out here-- on the outside it's going off-- 1:25pm

Marlin reported caugh somewhere in the tuna grounds this morning-- Wind and seas chased many of the boats into harbors early in the day---

 

And dont forget those pesky Thresher sharks are around to catch ----- or they might catch you!--- e-mail from yesterday

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five off the torry pines birds everywhere boilling-- 6:33pm

 

-------- Fridays report --------------

Moon still bright this morning- sea's a mix to them swell developing from that west outside blow and a south swell from tropical storms south-otherwise calm light west wind, warm offcolor water inside with bait schools and occasional tuna showing- offshore more yellowfin or a chance of something else- steady flow of boat traffic out all the harbors this am-

inside the 312 a few fish seen

Newport's bait receiver 4-5 inch sardines and 7 -8 size too

Fish stories were common this morning--- lots of fish stories-

there's fish foamin' around us-- just didnt want anything we wanted--

lots of reported seeing fish -- but very few hook ups reported -

Oceanside/ Carlsbad, 312--- ---

 

Hey JD, Love your fish reports and wanted to add one of our own. We got lucky this morning (Thurs) on the local bluefin. Last week I couldn't buy a bite. Brought my son this morning and on the second cast of the day, he was on. We were under-gunned with 40lb test, but he did a great job and got it to the boat in an hour. Jack Denning is the angler and we didn't weigh the fish but it's bigger than any local tuna that I have caught. Poke on the menu for the rest of the week. Keep up the good work. Jeff (AKA JD) on Game Time.

50- 70 lb grade all day outside oceanside-- outside- calming inside towards sunset--

 

 

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------------- Tuesdays missing report -----------

------Server Error------------ the warning panel come up I guess we get too many hits!

Hazy blue skies again for the AM hours- wind fair at 6- 8 west light chop and a mixed swell from the south-- probably keep getting this mixed swell from the south as all these hurricanes off Mexico just keeps churning them out-- They'll keep a steady lapping of surface currents moving our way-over time surface currents lead to deeper water movement.

JD here are a couple photos of the nice Bluefin caught on the Motivator Sunday . Ken Hession caught the fish in 20 minutes on 80 lb Braid talica 25 . The big guy inhaled a yummy flyer on the kite. The girth was 54 inches by 70 inches long approximate 255 lbs .

Lot of bigger yellowfins 50- 60 70 lb mooving quick we got on the throwing biats poppers would have anything we had 181-- area-- we'er heading inside

we just had a bite on the Halco jig-- purple and red-- guy on the fish must tighten the drag and we lost it-- 12:19pm 209/ 312 area

that Jig strike---- clean cut--- maybe--- maybe?--- keep trolling you got a lot of money-- keep trolling-- 12:49pm

Scattered hook up's or at least seeing them - 5 or 6 spots up right now 3:45

Dont know if you called we've been busy down on deck-- that current is sure pushing up hill-- 49/ 32

Couple of boys called in earlier-- wanting to know about weighing in a fish at the BAC ( bluefin) they had caught last night-- keep on ice all night-- fishing off the 9 Mile bank out of San Diego at dusk 8 0'Clock said they had 200 -300 lber's jumping out of the water all around them- caught it on a mackerel colored popper and landed towards the midnight hour-- weight 234 lbs!

were 12 off La jolla ---spots of fish up -- lost a nice medium sized fish-- 4:29

harpoon boat on the 9 you on this one---- 4:35pm

 

 

 

 

------------------------ Mondays day off Report ---------------

Fairs skies this am- what light marine layer was here went away early-- starting to warm up-- maybe more as a westerly this afternoon as it heats up for now south west 5- 7 kts- and yes it is Monday-

209 and the 312-- a fishy area--10:02- we're just south of the 312- looking better- yea ok- we're at 0/ 47 it's starting to look fishy here too- Slack tide today- 9:41 am

We got tuna foaming--- hey skipper -- slow it down you've got tuna foaming right in forning of you---- that's it slow it down we can work together-- 11:01am

56 and 59--

we just saw some tunas here on the 209

Full moon Wed night--

San Clemente Island has some closures to week and weekend - best check their schedule and time frames~

Not nearly as many boats out today nor the bad language- some but not bad-- those that are out there seem to be willing to help each other.

Bill D's fish from yesterday weighed in at 232 lbs on 80lb braid-- used a downrigger and about 75 ft deep and a smaller 4/0 hook to get the bite-

- JD, We fished in the canyon yesterday....big bluefin blowing out everywhere......but no bites....later in the day we got a bite on the Scotty Downrigger 75ft....slow trolling a live mackerel. ....fish took an hour on 80 lb.....100 lb flouro leader.....Cousins rod.....Talica 25....3/0....Gamakatsu circle hook....fish weighed 232.9lb....after bleeding out....had my 6 yr old and my 8 year old boys and dad to share the experience! 3 generations! Bill DePriest Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine

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Foxi Lady Report Back at the dock after a great trip to the seamounts/fads out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica. We had Tuna Club Pres Mike McGrade and his son Garrett, who burried the old man. We fished 3 fads from 80 to 130 miles off shore. Weather was pretty good although lots of squalls. We had 40 bites over 6 days releasing 20 blue marlin and 4 black marlin and 1 stripe marlin. This is the most amazing blue marlin fishery, our high day we had 13 bites. Fads Work!!! tight lines

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HI JD Out fishing the 209 with my boys Friday and picked up a nice Dorado on a cedar plug. Thanks Michael Lindstrom

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------------ The weekend's mess --------------

Light west at 4- 5kts- morning cloud cover broken- light west wind chop

you there--- about 2 miles and a bit down hill was the zone--- we went through there this morning-- lots of searwaters sitting on the water on a current break- showed yesterday spotty-- then a real ripper about 10' 00 Clock-- Inside Clemente island

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66 degree green water terrible looking water

Reluctant to say to much---we were off Clemente-- we got 5 yesterday from 135 upwards to 230 tagged and released one, and tagged and released another one est. at 150 today-- what'd you get em' on ---slow trolled mackerel? --kites?-- yes--

Bill De Priest, Editor of Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine-- calls into the Club this afternoon -- we'll be in 5:40 with a big fish to weigh--- you can tell there'll be a fish story there too!

And the Motivator calls in with a reported double on the Big tunas- down out of San Diego- Kenny H the angler on a est 250 lb fish- congrat!- JD

 

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Results from the

34th Annual Master Angler Billfish Tournament Balboa, USA 2015: ( sill one more tag to calulate is daily travles- it too went to Hawaii)

<--------------- Check out some of these travels- Amazing--

Furthest distance so far-from here to Hawaii via a trip southwards along the Baja penisula then out to the Hawaiian Islands --- Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson Sponsor: The John and Donna Crean Foundation Species Tagged: Striped Marlin Species Size: 77 kg (170 lb) Angler: Alyson Gillett Tagged By: Matt Earl Deployment Date: September 17, 2015 Pop-Up Date: April 24, 2016 Distance Traveled: 2,005 nm

Second longest distance traveled: Team Pelagic on behalf of Balboa Angling Club Sponsor: Rocky Frantic and Ron Kawaja Species Tagged: Striped Marlin Species Size: 45 kg (100 lb) Angler: Jeff Walker Tagged By: Evan Salvay Deployment Date: October 31, 2015 Pop-Up Date: June 27, 2016 Distance Traveled: 1,690 nm

Our thanks and gratitude goes out to new MABT tag sponsors as well as veteran sponsors. This is the second year in a row The John and Donna Crean Foundation, The Tuna Club Foundation, and Jock Albright have independently sponsored tags. This is also the second year in a row from co-sponsorships from David Peter, Geoffrey Hersch, Nate Shill, IGFA Representatives Bob & Sally Kurz, Jeff Tom, Chris Bailey, Craig Cleaver, Matt Kharrazi, Suresh Khemlani, Ron Vesely, David Guyot, Bob Phillips, Willie Waite, John Tully, Don Ebright, Mike Coon, Kelly Shill, Diane Shill, David Shill, Gail Nelson, Sara Unke, and Cortney Walstrom. It is because of support like yours that this research program continues to grow and produce larger datasets that are increasing our understanding of billfish and ensuring the future of our sport.

 

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

Bluefin Mania- Wicked Tuna battles-- Calm overcast skies above, some confusion below at sea level as boats jockeyed for the position in the tuna grounds- from seeing a bunch of fish and no bites to short bursts of mayhem.

They bit right through our 80 lb you got any 100 Fluoro Carbon leader material-- 125- 300 lb clear mono leader too!

Good morning JD. Good start this morning for Savannah down along the Beach. Alan

Driving kinda slow looking around and they blew up --- they were the big ones 10 shy of the 181--

They are the Colt Sniper yesterday- Hot bite time 10 to 11am -

We've got one smaller Bluefin aboard, seen a few of the bigger ones-- but they've gone down for now-- working our way op to the 181 where we saw them yesterday-- 10:00am

They're up-- stand by--------- ----- ---- --- We're on--- 10:07am

He's got the big one hanging--- 10:34am were 5 west of the 209---

Long soak -- wasn't a tuna but a Mako Shark-- finally got it to the boat-- sunk a gaff into it and it tiwused the gaff free and took off!

Yellowfin--- maybe 70 lb on the boat---- we'll get back to you later --getting back on these fish-- 11:13am

S/East edge of the 209 saw some fish but couldnt get them to go--

Big and mean-- we spend most of the day casing these big fish around - just couldn't get on them with this big boat--( 120ft!) - started to slow troll a live bait-- 10 minutes later we were on--- Penn 50w w/ 130 Spectra-- these are mean fish !-- 5 1/2 hours later we got him aboard-- coming in to the club to weigh him-- over the 200lb mark-- Weight at 215lbs bled and iced down-

and a smaller kite fish About 150 ish--->>

Captain Rob Petrina M.V. Southern Way --

 

Waters turning over-- green water-

39 over 44/ got 200 -+ rolling around me-- bait died-- just trolling-- whales, bluefin-- pretty cool----- that whale just came up and took it all -- that was cool- 4:34pm

Boats were into the late afternoon prowling the tuna grounds-- a few fish caught today but not the high hopes for most- couple of the bigger sportfishers were spending the night adrift/ floating on bait marks- 7:32pm

 

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What makes these fish come up from the depths at certine times of the day or night?- Bait movements

Ocean--- Topography, Tides, Currents, Salinity, Water temps, clarity-etc--- Air, barometer, winds, direction of wind, swell, cloud cover, sunlight, angle of sunlight, Sonlunar tables etc--

SUMMARY 1. A study was made with the aid of closing nets of the diurnal vertical migrations of bathypelagic organisms at a station in continental slope ewater of the western North Atlantic. 2. While the hauls were being made a continuous record of the light intensity at the surface was kept. 3. The penetration of light into the upper 84 m. of water was directly measured photometrically; the average extinction coefficient for green light was k = 0.092. 4. All of the malacostracan Crustacea (to which the detailed results presented in this paper are limited) which occurred in sufficient numbers for analysis exhibited diurnal migrations 200 to possibly 600 m. in vertical extent. 5. The speed of vertical movement in these migrations varied from 24 to 125 m. per hour among the various crustaceans. DIURNAL BATHYPLANKTON MIGRATION 277 6. A considerable part of the migrations took place while the light intensity even at the surface was no greater than starlight. 7. SeveralCrustacealivingat 800m. duringthedayshowedexten sive diurnal vertical migrations. 8. It is concluded, however, that whether the migrations are regu lated by external environmental or by internal physiological factors, at some time of day the organisms concerned are affected by light penetrat ing from the surface. 9. Calculations made from the light penetration data indicate that the amount of light probably present during the middle of the day at the depths where the animals were migrating was adequate to support this conclusion(8). LITERATURE CITED

The difference between diurnal and diel is that diurnal is happening or occurring during daylight, or primarily active during that time while diel is (biology) having a 24 hour period regardless of day or night.

 

--------------- Friday the 15 th s Report ----------------------

Overcast again with a light west wind this morning-- never heard such vulgarity early on in the day from the tuna fishermen--

9 Mile Bank had a show early on this morning--- foamers but they were reluctant to take mackerel, sardines, flatfalls, colt snipers, popperes and anything else we could throw at em'

Porpoius on the 209 -

we had full foamers all morning-- slowing down now--

Such chatter hard to keep up with any of it-- overall lots of boats out-- outer waters 289 slow or not much showing yet-- inner waters off SD off color but has bait and fish in it-- La Jolla hard to make bait- outsie from there some morning foamers but not many hook ups- ---

Hey JD! Fishing just above the fleet off Oceanside this morning on Lilly June, slow trolling macs after seeing tuna jumping. Hooked this 80# fish soon after lines went in. Lots of fish down here but lots of boat traffic too. Jenny

7 off Clemente, border check-- tuna this am

It's been nuts--lots of radio chatter-- some folks found fish while other's said it was a hoax -bird life tighter to the beach and seemed the tunas were in as close a 5 miles off

little more wind on the water today-

chasing these fish with a couple of other boats-- Joel's on a 100 lb er with the surface iron-- better on the inside-- we've been just waiting an laughing -- trying to watch the birds and try to get there before any of the other boats get there--- 11:05

 

23/48 la jolla area-slow troll one of these mackeral for another fish

the border corner held lots of smaller grade tuna- 25- 30lbs and below there the kelps ahd small yellows on them

Hit the banks today and managed 2 for 4 ----->

 

 

 

 

Couple of water temps images of interest

First image "big view" shows from 60 to 75 degree waters-- and that California cool water current is to the outside of us reaching down from Northern California the only warm water is here tight to the beach

and second view ...> same water temps- close in of off the San Diego to Newport coastal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpts From yesterdays E-mail Reports - Hey JD, We fished west past the 209 yesterday and every time the yellowfin would pop up in our chum line, a skiff would race over and sink them- heard the radio report of Nat Geo type Bluefin on the inside-- starting fishing a kelp. In 5 minutes we looked north and the whole ocean erupted into a white fury. They sunk out and then all of a sudden both of our boats were smack dab in a square mile of Bluefin. We both hooked up multiples- busted off all of ours, hooked a couple more and same result. The Skipjack battled for 4+ hours and believe the story posted early was their outcome, heartbreak. The fish blew up for 3 solid hours and at 4:30, it slowed a. Till next time.... Captain Shannon M Sealutions Sportfishing

 

 

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

Light overcast this morning--- seas have this small short period mixed swell to them- west and south otherwise smooth and calm. radio traffic early as boaters were out early AM hours, coverage was good with reports water temps on the outside 289 were down to 66 degrees and the "Ridge" 181 warmed up at 71 degrees

Boaters on the 209 said it was quiet no bird life, inside a few birds yet no tuna sighted yet- 277 had some mammals with a bit more sea life seen,

Coastal fishing -- calicos of all sizes hungry- one or two follow any hooked fish- yellowtails around 5-8 to to a dozen lbs along the shoreline kelps or structured spots,

Mackerel - making bait was tough at the harbor entrance bait barge had anchovies I think--

What you catch em' on please?--- how far off Oceanside?--- congrats!---

yea they're pretty tight-- we'll sit right here and wait. 12:41pm

60- to 100 lb fish--

that's the most birds I've seen so froa that bird melay-- 12:59

46-48 / 45-- couple fish seen but they didnt want to go--- 71.9 degree water--

went to the 209-- down from there- came all the way down to the La Jolla Canyon and they came up-- first i've seen, fricken boat drove right over them-

saw one big old paddy had one big dodo under it-- that's it-

we're headed west they're blowingup everywhere-- 2:09

terns everywhere and bluefins flying out of the water everywhere-- 32:45 5/ 117: 22 w 2:10

05 and 36 just got here 15 minutes ago--- we're right near you-- lost one after 3 1/2 hours---

9 should have had 4 only got 2 ----only 9 off the beach--- Oceanside that one fish kicked my as----

big en' yea---- 47 and 38-- I see you guys were 6 outside you -- 2:39pm

E-Mail just in--Hey John, Anthony asked me to send this over to you from him. "Happy Birthday Eliseo Rodriguez. What a way to celebrate with a local swordfish. Thank you for 20 years of team work and friendship, from catching trophy fish, to running to the scales, and for always attending to the needs of my family. Thank you compa! Two O',clock - 20 boats..." Anthony

They have had a pretty good 5 day local trip to Clemente, got a few jumbo BFT, a swordfish, lost a marlin close to the boat, and still fishing. Rod

found one more sworefish that didn t bite !

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Dan B calls via in phone-- they were out there-- outside Oceanside- amidst the bait balls-- must have been we must have pulled up on 30 bait balls the size of this boat-- - there's just so much bait here the tuna have their choice-- metered some fish even cast into boils of 80- 100 fish - casts a 80 gram colt sniper right into the boils-- sank 15 ft and was inhaled- that lasted about 5 seconds -- hook pulled ( JD's tip change to assist hook- single hook a better purchase) - caught one the other day on thaw some jig- they've sunk out for now-- we'll wait it out-

10 l 80 150 sunk 30 bai size of bait bll so mucj 80 ft 5 80 -

44/40--- 5 east of the 182 there were up--

the tuna were at- 06 over 35

OK boys get ready--- foamer--

mission bay right on the fathom curve ?-

that's it-- just 7 bluefin and 2 yellowfin-- Bongo's calls in with their daily report - --

yea we hooked one but that didnt last long --mackerel w/ 30lb line--- got mine on a popper --100 pounder 33:07/ 117:34-35 a five mile area--

 

From yesterdays late afternoon fish report-- e mail-- Hello JD 32.60 / 117.40, That rod and reel that needed help from the spear ended in heartbreak right at sunset after a 5 hour fight. The fish was head down the whole time. The skipper and his two boys called us (spearos) in. Ended up swimming a guy to their boat to give fresh arms. Fish was huge. One of those 280-350 cows, and some 40-50lb Bluefin clear out of the water Lots of bait and a thermocline 30ft down. Surface was 74.5 degrees there. The real show was 12-2pm . Never seen so many birds sitting on the water in a 3 mile block. There are plenty of fish around…..if people learn not to run them over.

count for the day--- one yellowtail approx 2 - 3 lbs and one Bluefin approx 80 lbs!

150 lbers--- Got a double header going on--- we'll call you back-- the excited voice stammered-- 5:09pm

thats a dandy-----

Giant sonar mark under the kite bait-- huge black spot under the kite bait, never even got a swill on the bait--- Yea-- they're all dandies -- we tried mackeral, baits flyers - wouldn't take anythng we had--

we're 7 miles outside Oceanside they're fricking all over the place--

33.06 / 117.34 same spot that went off this moring and all day long-

just coming back into SD 32.39 .8 / 117 24.3 we're getting towed in and hard to watch this stuff going off- right outside SD 5:55pm

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

Coastal clouds light this am- wind light too as usual for the south seas look welcoming. Barge workers still there daily and couple of broken squelches?, some sailboat regatta stuff - AIS shows the partyboats out of SD working below the border-south of Ensenada some 40- 50 miles--- then a clearer voice comes booming through it's Decker-- "it's a 2 /12 mile zone-- bunch of fish popping up here--and bunch of boats here too- we're 0 for 2, they popped up right next to the boat-- you get anything-- beautiful--- 10:43am

Slack tide today 10:53am

Out marlin and tuna fishing today--- Decker was Calico bass fishing yesterday-- saying one of his best days ever for the Calico- Cory, One of young men aboard having caught and released a estimated 35 lb fish fish catch- 7 lb average! nice fishing- now he's after tunas and marlins-

 

we hooked on 03 and 58 11:50 AM

looks like they coming up-- 11:55 am

local party boat out of newport 30lb seabass!

they're going off-- inside the 209

-- 32:59 .084 / 117:39.

we're on 50 lb ---- they're jumping all around here-- we've got 2on the popper and 1on the mackerel --- three bluefin all look like to be over 200 lbs national geographic! 12:19pm

Hey big sportfishers off my port-- they've been up for an hour and they're still up---

north of the 181 4- 5 miles we we're seeing small yellowfin -- yea we threw on them didn't want anything to do with us-- started as bluefin then went to yellowfin--- thanks

whale watcher-- seeing meter marks-- are you seeing any of theose tunas-- yea right next to the boat----- right with the terns-- oh-- look there they are--- cool--- 1:31pm

we just saw some fish up-- it's been all birds-- now were seeing em-- it'll pop any second-- 2:09pm

we're on that filling moon phase now-

terns everywhere you looked -- miles--- 4:09

Ahaaa- lost it--

anyone do anythiung on those yellowfin on the 181--?--

3260 / 11740 needed help to spear a fish that they were rod and reeling--!!

A web site to check out the last 24 hrs of surface currents

we ge em all arouns us - bird bait 181? just a little north 5:55pm

 

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Better morning than yesterday- yet still a bit bumpy out there- 6- 10 out of the south- west swell and southwest swell and chop -a bit on the washboard effect--

Coupe of boats talking- one coming back from Catalina say's the fishing there for them on the yellowtails had dropped off to nothing, they were hopefully of finding a tail under some kelps , some seen yesterday not far off the island, other boat trolling for most of the morning southwards - hadn't seen much except a few dolphins.

Smaller yellows under paddies on the A Bank-- good sized bird schools just inside the 267/ 279 fathom spot- looking good there-- radio reception only fair today-clear hazy skies

only a few scratchy radio reports-- maybe the 9 mile bank-??

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get over here right away--- a full foamer--?? scratchy ??-- 2:49pm--- where's these foamers?---

right outside those numbers we talked about before---

it's more show than go----

181 277 marlin dope-- one caught on the 181 another seen on the 277 and a maybe on the 9 mile bank, tuna yesterday for those who made it out found better conditions offshore and had the fish to themselves-- popper's scored for some anglers--

and a 70+ fish bluefin weighed at the BAC this afternoon , caught yesterday---- off Catalina!

 

 

---------------------------- Mondays events ---------------

Wind freshened up from the south/ southeast this morning- stiff and with wind chop- couple smaller boats turned around not wanting to get beaten up todayMixes swell washboard effect - forecast is for it to back off towards mid day then again from the Southwest this afternoon-- yea I know its Monday--

Offshore it mellows out better 6 kts s/e - the party boats have worked up from below the 43 Fathom area up to the noir th and the were working a tight area just outside the 181 and south a mile or two- tide just started to fill in after 9 am

Alls quiet on the western front-- at least not much said today- couple boats Lou but not much said- Sport boats found better weather off the beach.

CELIA STRENGTHENS A LITTLE MORE centered near 15.1N 125.5W at 1500 UTC moving west or 275 degrees at 11 kt. Maximum sustained winds 80 kt with gusts to 90 - Celia is generating seas to near 31 ft over the open waters of the Pacific with recent altimeter passes confirming 12 ft seas extending up to 210 nm north and 150 nm south of the cyclone. Large seas will continue to propagate away from the cyclone as the system moves generally west-northwest over the next several days

 

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Soft south east wind this morning light overcast promisses to be a nice day- boat traffic building as it gets into the day- Seas flat for now-- expected to get grumpy later this afternoon--

Skipper on the 14 any signs of life--- no not much -- there's a little 8- 10 off the beach- 8:55am

Radio am fish talk show this morning spoke of a great catch of Bluefin this morning, in the dark till after dawn, setting up on bait and meter marks- and most of the catch was on on jigs!--

E-Mail Report on Dorado out of Newport--- JD- Saturday morning on the whale watching trip we found these two dorado tailing on the surface 6 miles from Newport on a 170 heading. Photo was taken from a drone.

 

Strengthening Tropical Storm Celia is generating seas to 26 ft with 12 ft seas extending up to 180 north of the center and 120 nm south of the center with a broad area of 8 ft or higher swell propagating up to 400 nm from the center of the system. Seas will continue to increase in height and coverage as Celia intensifies the next 24 hours.

17/ and 56 a line of kelps and grass- some dodo's on it-- Commercial harpoon boat says - good little break running towards the 209 , thanks Scott!

They're up real good over here-- 9:45 am we're a couple miles Southeast of you- 1/2 between the 43 and the head was active

we' got one- a short voice comes on- off-

another said he had a fish on a Rapala-

we lost it-- ate it off- swallowed the whole lure -- yea-- we're on our second one now - theory all on the poppers- soon as we hooked this fish the whole school disappeared instantly-- 10:29am

we lost that one too- - mackerel

Hey--- we just had a marlin up---- sunk out-- we're right below you--just got back into that warm water-- 10:57am

And Carl L calls in this afternoon with a reported marlin hooked up on the "Chasing Sunshine" while trolling the 181 fathom spot yesterday- hitting a Bk/Pr 3.5 Zukers -far back amongst the other spread they had out---- at first we thought it was a tuna then it woke up and smoked that 50 lb tackle " had shoulders"

how's it looking on the 209--- looking pretty good actually had some fish up right here but couldn't get them to go-- 1:01- got one lost two

we've been into Bluefin all day long- they're around 7 miles N of the 182-- alll around us here now-- 1:15pm

That was the second we've seen so far today--- right on the edge of the Avalon Bank we're at 25/ and 13 I thin the first one was at 24/10-- both tailing up swell-- Marlin-- 1:32pm

coastal clouds begain to come back overhead early afternoon- calm seas-light wind--

several boats still out on the fishing grounds- 5 pm - waiting for that sundowner- spend the mid day at anchore at Clemente island rested for that evening bite-!

finally got one--- you get it on a mackeral---- we lost five of them today--- 5:09pm

good luck this week if you get out- JD

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

1st local caught Marlin of the Year---- See below

Started to get rude early today-- overcast, light south wind 2 knts - seas were fine smooth and glassy, wish the verbal languages was the same- Morning tide changes at 7:30 am afternoon Slack 2:30 stand by ---

10-12 off the beach-- that was were it was at yesterday--

Any signs of the Bluefin out on the 209------- there's "No Parking" signs here! 9:14am

picked up a couple Yellowfin on the 182--- where'd you get em?--- right in the lips!-

38 over 39

Boils all over the place 9:31am

and Nada----- its dead---

Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus orientalis, .Unlike most fish, Bluefin tuna are warm-blooded and can heat their bodies to 6° C (11° F) warmer than the surrounding water. This added warmth helps their muscles work faster and more efficiently. Tuna consume as much as 5% of their body weight daily and must continually swim with their mouths open to force water over their gills, supercharging their blood-rich muscles with oxygen. Pacific bluefin tuna spawn off of Okinawa; between Taiwan and the Philippines; and in the Sea of Japan. They migrate over 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 km) to the eastern Pacific, eventually returning to their birth waters to spawn. A Pacific bluefin tuna is capable of swimming at speeds of 12 to 18 miles per hour (20-30 km per hour) for brief periods. Magnetite, a mineral found in neural pits in the tuna’s snout, may be used by the tuna to detect the earth’s magnetic field for navigation. After two to four years foraging off the Northern Mexican coast, they return home to the same western Pacific waters where they were born.

boats were seeing a few brezzing schools of those bruiser sized tunas, haven't heard of many hooked or boats able to get up on them, impressions they were near the 209 or in towards the beach from there-

thought that was you---- guy on the bow was pulling, I thought that was you-- nope wish it was--11:44am

we're coming up to the 209- got a nice, nice dorado-- that's been it us--- bait fish -mackerel on a kelp-- thanks were out here on the 289 seeing a few signs but nothing for us yet- 12:09pm

Late yesterday afternoon 6:30 I heard of several boats getting hooked up - a sundowner bite

He was saying the north side of the 43 had a good morning bite today--

1st local caught Marlin of the Year---- So the phone rings-- -- old acquaintances-- Brian Ross and his wife Tammy and crew aboard their 42 Bertram, Oh ana -- he asked if any marlin have been caught --- sorry I don't think so, not yet at least -------- well--- we got one -- coming back across the shipping lanes-2:30 pm--feeder up on a ball of bait Tammy's the angler 40 minute battle, we tried to revive it -- but sorry it didn't make it-- we kept it-- est 140 lbs 93 inches Congrats--- JD

Hey JD, Here's a couple pics. Angler was Tammy Ross 93 inch fish, haven't weighed it. Was bleeding out the gills, so we kept him for the smoker! We were in the shipping lanes. He was up feeding on a bait ball. He put on a good show, fun fish. Struck out on the tunas though.

 

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we just put a big one on the boat -- how big-- maybe a buck fifty 5:12pm lot of fish there on the Corner" have a dozen boat there-- down belwo lots of paddies a doznen yellows and and couplke a dorado

we had a quiet day until we came into that zone-- stayed up long for us- and we could get some iron into it-- I got pretty beat up -- 39/ 51

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

One of those glassy smooth days you'd want to be out nearing the first week into July , same as yesterday even more of a relaxed morning- no reports yet-- radio reception should be good- light overcast marine layer.

It's not just one hurricane that helps transport the southern warm waters northbound, some swells exits the area northwards slowly lapping a surface push, it's the series of three or more strong hurricanes that last a while that help develop a stronger and deeper swell movement enhancing the California current northwards -- Stand by

slow trolling live baits sardines helped with the yellowtail catches this morning--

got these yellowfin up ---didn't want anything to do with the poppers--- we're trying the live baits now-- where you at-- you close to the 209 ?-- I got numbers--- 32.55. 75 / 117 .53 -- 10:10am

we're right here close to the 312-- life's starting to show-- porpoise some birds we're gonad stick it out around here for a while ( Slack tide today-- 1:38pm)

Upper 9 mile bank holding Yellowfin-- got one on -- too light of tackle about 75lb fish-- birds that was all we've seen no boils at +all-

get em' on the meter marks and the Flatfall lures-- 10:41am

We got the bluefin in the dirty water toward 2:00 yesterday

they're everywhere--foamer --- these are 100 suckers --those are big fish-- tuna 100 plus--- we just keep watching the birds hope you broght a gaff-- we'll holler at you if we get something else to go--

we got schools up I can see em with the binos-- --

Went late into the day-- but not many fish reports--a few scratchy reports of fish metered and few at that-- weather nice general west 10 - 12 kts west in the afternoon light chop

Interesting to see that warm water work it's way up towards Catalina, probably be a Marlin on the A Bank this weekend somewhere around the 2 pm hour good luck--JD

 

E Mail report Avalon--Hi, watched 3 nice fish weighed in off a battleship on the Avalon pier Wednesday...2 Bluefin at 209 and 238 lbs plus a 25 lb. yellowfin taken down by the 43....still white seabass in the south swell, green water near the East End...yellowtail to 30 lbs off the stone quarry....3 other Bluefin taken by small skiffs staying over the 4th...looking better and better! bob

They gave it the old collage try--- 209 and beyond- saw a few kelps-- a dozen that should have held something-- but not much under them-- couple of dead seals were the highlights -- or lowlights of the day--

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

Back to the mornings overcast cloud cover- light eddy bringing in a southwest wind at 2- 3 knts, seas smooth and calm- skies brightened by mid morning

and a lot more people on the water not wanting to fool around with the weekend challenges, challenge enough to find and hook one of these Bluefin-- Couple boats say they spotted fish breaking outside them but not getting on them in time. Porpoise schools were said to be holding--

Water temps seemed to have dropped a degree or two overall to 67 and not much talk of fish being landed- a few seen but that was it--

Spots of Yellowfin showing up further south

we just had those YF just popped up - we couldn't get on them----baits starting to show--12:02pm

westerly blew in again- hazy afternoon and not much to report-- tomorrows a better day and let that moon again to fill-

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Upcomming events for sportfishing anglers to enjoy-

Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's 8th Annual Newport Harbor Bay Bass Open this coming Saturday, July 9th! It only costs $60 per team (3 Anglers Max) and Sign up early! Sign up often! It’s more fun when you are around .

Right around the corner is the Helen Smith's Offshore Tournament for July 22 & 23

and following into September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament

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Save the Date! SMY Invitational Sept. 9-11 Save the Date! The Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament is back, September 9th - 11th, out of Newport Beach, CA. We are looking forward to another great event! Past tournaments have proved this to be a fun, family-friendly fishing tournament, with an excellent array of prizes (and bragging rights) at stake. The SMY Invitational is open to boats of all brands, and is generously presented by Viking, Hatteras and Mag Bay Yachts. Keep your eye out for additional information as well as our formal entry invitation. We look forward to seeing you at this year's event

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Here are the final race results for the 2015 MABT-IGMR: First Place – Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron “What’s the Bottom Line” Johnson - 2,05 nm on a estimated 170 lb. Striped marlin in 220 days. Second Place – Team Pelagic on behalf of Balboa Angling Club - 1,690 nm on an estimated 100 lb. Striped marlin in 240 days. Third Place – Team Pacific Pioneer on behalf of the Tuna Club of Avalon - 694 nm on an estimated 150 lb. Striped marlin in 201 days. A full MABT-IGMR Race Report (containing details on all tags deployed during this event) will be published in about 60 days. The winning marlin’s tag popped-up in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands. This represents a significant deviation in migratory behavior from that observed in 2014, and the migration route most believed to be the case, when Striped marlin depart from southern California waters. Needless to say, we’ll have to wait for the final report to better understand this year’s results. The final report will be automatically sent to all tag sponsors Our sincere thanks to all of last year’s sponsors for their support of this vital billfish research project……the long-term future of billfishing worldwide may very well depend on the overall findings of this project. Another IGMR will be held during this year’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament sponsored by the Balboa Angling Club. To reserve your satellite tag for this year’s race please contact Bob Kurz at rkurz@hotmail.com or Leah Baumwell at lbaumwell@igfa.org Best regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Representative - Southern California HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator

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The 45th Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament will be held this year from September 10th to 14th. A kick-off party at the Channel Islands Yacht Club will be held at 6:00pm, Friday the 9th. The awards banquet will be held on the following Friday the 16th at 6:00pm at the club. Great food, refreshments and a raffle will be had at both events. For more information please check out our website at www.cibillfish.org.

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

And another beautiful day here on the beach-- wind early from the west-- coastal clouds blew away early- light wind tans swell chop from the west- seas cooled down a degree overnight with yesterdays wind

Don't give up on those paddies-- just landed a nice one between the 279 and the 14 Mile bank-- 11:17am

And a E-mail from the Quitena ---- Just back from the Stars and Stripes in Cabo and then 3 days on the East Cape and then Alijos Rocks. Won three of four categories and the overall tournament , Alijos was WOF. Caught 19 heavy stripers (180 range),

11 wahoo to 65 and 4 big yellowtail in the 45-50 range. The Marlin were on the outer bank off the rocks and super aggressive. Captain Rich Hamilton did a great job landing multiple Marlin hookups of 3 at a time. One of the best fishing days I can recall. Paul-

 

 

 

After this past weekend's boating traffic it's surprising how quiet it's become on the radio since then-- little bit more wind now and plans for this coming weekend for most anglers.

Whale watchers out a couple of miles- blue whales 200 degrees out of newport -3pm--- seems the dolphins a porpoise which like the fin bait are absent- as well as the fin bait---surface water warmed up-- they went somewhere?

Water temps from 60 to 75 dgrees for a 3 day composit image-- --

 

Couple new boats into the harbor today , sleek looking blued hull Tomahawk and the Quitena up from Panama

Welcome to Newport

 

 

 

---------------------------- Tuesday's reports ---------------

Beautiful summer day- what light coastal clouds we had went away early in the day- blue skies with a slight west wind at 4- 7 knts light wind chop on the water--

Poppers account for another nice yellowfin tuna being caught out by the 277 in 69 1/2 degree water--

that's a good size yellowfin for these waters--

San Clemente's Island Security web site show the island pretty much to be open from Thursday, Friday and Sat/ Sunday begins to get active again on the Monday the 12th- good place to fish out of for those tunas this coming week and weekend-- but watch that swell coming up hill from the Hurricane below us, long period swells due in Friday night and into Sat-

Windy this after after noon wetly steady-- that old standard afternoon newport slop

Boat coming back for Catalina- with all the family stuff aboard takes a looks at the Avalon Bank -- just to check it out- seeing a school of two lb mackerel in a baitball themselves?? something was after them-- some sea life on the way back in no great amount though.

Not many on the radio today--

 

Given that Blas is undergoing rapid intensification, the short-term forecast shows a significant increase in intensity within the next 12 to 24 hours Later in the period the hurricane should be moving over cooler waters, so a gradual weakening trend is expected to commence in about 48 hours. If Blas follows a more southern route than anticipated, however, it could weaken more slowly than shown here. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 05/1500Z 14.1N 119.5W 95 KT 110 MPH 12H 06/0000Z 14.4N 121.5W 110 KT 125 MPH 24H 06/1200Z 14.8N 123.7W 120 KT 140 MPH 36H 07/0000Z 15.4N 125.5W 110 KT 125 MPH 48H 07/1200Z 16.0N 127.4W 95 KT 110 MPH 72H 08/1200Z 17.4N 130.9W 75 KT 85 MPH 96H 09/1200Z 19.1N 134.3W 45 KT 50 MPH 120H 10/1200Z 20.6N 137.7W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW

A second tropical storm brewing off Manzanillo- due to grow- 1. An area of disturbed weather is located several hundred miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development, and this system is likely to become a tropical depression by the end of this week while it moves westward and then west-northwestward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent

Blas has the classic appearance of a powerful hurricane in satellite imagery this afternoon, with a 20 n mi wide eye embedded in a symmetric central dense overcast which in turn is almost surrounded by outer convective band

Satellite intensity estimates are 115 kt from SAB and 102 kt from TAFB, and a recent CIMSS Advanced Dvorak Technique estimate is 110 kt. Based on these data, the initial intensity is increased to 110 kt, making Blas the first major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season.

---------------------- Independents Day, the Forth of July-------------

Coastal fishing in these good tidal swings and with pleanty of those anchovies around-- there's been a good showing of White Sea Bass--possiable yellowtails and good bass fishin - as well as those peasy thresher sharks , Vick released a bunch of them yesterday--from small to large!

 

 

Hello J.D. Happy 4th I hope all is well with you & your family. San Clemente Islwas amazing yesterday. Quality yellowtail, bass, bonito & a Giant Black to round out our tour of the Lee & West end. Water cold & dirty around the corner. Yellowtail jugged with small squids & light boats in West cove. Signs of a bite over there with breezing yellowtail in the late afternoon .

A regular 4 th of July parade of boats passing the shop today-- large yachts dressed with flags and pennants- sailors, yackers and pleasure craft of all description- right on que for the Forth-- clear skies for the evenings fireworks-- Windy crossing for those going or coming to Catalina-

 

 

 

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And a sad note of the passing of Capt. Mel Loros We wanted to let everyone know of the passing of one of the original “Cabo Captains,” Mel Loros. Mel started back in the early 70’s aboard the “Chipper.” For over 25 years he ran the boat from Cabo to Alaska.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was 81 years old and will be missed by family and friends. Mels wife Dorothy, still holds the World Record for Pacific Halibut with a remarkable 70 lb fish on only 4 lb test line! Yasha Island Alaska in July of 1991 Mel , to me was one to always count on to get the job done correctly. Adio

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---------------------------------------- Sundays Reports ----------------------

Typically a early summer day-- overcast, light southwest wind seas calm with a ground swell lots of boaters out - remarkably quite on the fishing info other chatter chatted,

A boat load of boys came in late yesterday afternoon having fished the back/west end of San Clemente island yesterday--- after the party boat left for the day- their afternoon drifts with the live squid produced nice fat yellowtails 30- 42 lbers good -fishing for them

 

Local whale watchers-- being out on the bait grounds offshore looking for the humpbacks whales-- finding tuna marks under the dolphins-

Hi JD - Went out yesterday and found the bluefin foamers we were looking for. Went 2 for 2 on the 150+ pound fish on the poppers. Headed to Clemente after and fished yellows for good action on the squid. I'll drop some bluefin at the store tomorrow for you to enjoy. Thanks JD! Gary on the Big G

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We got em'-- got the first on the popper-- lost the second fish at the boat . a heart breaker and broke off a another one!

Boats and all sorts of watercraft in and out of the harbor today-- nice day and good weather-- clearing for the afternoon coastal clouns to come back in again- Stong tide- incoming this evening-- with a minus tomorrow am- best of luck if you get out-- enjoy it- JD

Sand bass and calicos off the art reefs above the harbor-- those pesky sharks are around again-

 

More on the Tuna vs Mako Shark-- Hi JD, picture of the fish with a substantial amount of weight taken by a 12' Mako shark. We didn't measure the girth and estimate the length but this fish was well into the 200 lb range around 230-240 by our estimates. --- Can't "count" as a catch but we got a lot of meat (and a story) to show for it. Fun times. These fish are massive and powerful.

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scratchy report-- Yea we had a shot at em' a couple times -- just S/E of the high spot ( 43) 11:14am AIS also shows the partyboats in that general area too - some party boats working the deep canyon below Clemente and towards the east side of the Butterfly Bank--

-- we did run into a spot of fish just north of the 209 showed well, spotted puddlers birds --- those black birds traveling pretty quick, we finally got em to come to the boat but we didn't get anything-- I keep metering that bait down deep- dropped down with a small sabiki rig-- they were 2 -3 inch anchovies

 

 

 

 

 

Tunas weighed in by the Angler Management and the Bongos 11 yesterday---

 

 

 

 

 

------------------ Sat's reports -----------------

Morning overcast sky- wind very light from the southeast 2- 3 kts seas flat, ground swell humps it's self up on the beaches-otherwise good visability and traveling-

1517 boats out --- not as much radio chatter as one would expect-- you gettin em' yet-- etc.

E-Mail Baja Mexico- -- JD , A report from Mexico. The JewelLure III fished 4 days out of San Jose del Cabo with guests Mike E., Preston S., and Tim G. Beautiful weather and released 14 billfish including 2 sailfish and 2 long bill spearfish. Went 12 for 13 on the jig strikes and 2 on ballyhoo. Stiff single hook rigs really work! Beautiful weather and good times. Warren G.

these fish were really putting on a good show about an hour ago-- 10 am-- so far nothing for us-- 10:55am

03 and 49 and 04 and 48 ( inside the 209) multiple spots up- 11:11am

came across the 277 and some big bluefin--- couldn't get them on the chrome mackerel s or the poppers--

below the 43, a couple of sport boats stopped around noon today N32°36'04.33"/ W118°09'24.02"-- later on worked out to the deep water of the Clemente Canyon for another shot at fish N32°41'35.66" / W118°13'49.13"

spent the day near the 289 saw a few bluefins couldn't get them to go --- found a few kelps with yellows that wouldn't eat the dines or mackerel we had- we also heard of some dodo but we didn't see anything-

Barrette crossing the 14coming back from Catalina got a do- do today--- so there's a few around

another call of a est 115 lb bluefin taken just below the 43-- lost two others- one fish hooked on the mackerel, one hooked on the popper and one hooked on the colt sniper cast jig-- one out of three-

interesting note passed on- earlier this year the tunas were under the terns, their presence revealed hovering over a spot of bait, recently it seemed the tunas were under the shearwaters,

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

A bit stronger south wind this morning more overcast with a 5- 7 knts wind chop- seas favorable -

Reports of some of those bigger bluefin closer to the beach off Oceanside- 15

Looking at this mornings/ mid day AIS for the Sport boats shows many of them working the Clemente Canyon along the self's drop off outside the 43 and up the line towards Clemente island N32°42'49.63" W118°03'48.91"

Yesterdays outing for us- as we came from the 209 towards the 289- not seeing a lot , a few kelps -- with reports of smaller yellowfin up between the 181 and the 182 ( the Ridge) we bent it to the left, another boat 1/2 way between the 289 and Clemente said they'd metered bait and had dolphins and birds but hadn't seen any fish yet- ( 11am) we bent in towards the Ridge and later find the yellowfin came up for them- zigged when we should have zagged-

"So much of the bluefin coming into the fish market now ( net fish) were "net burned" and prices were down to $1.50 a pound, the commercial rod and reel boys or even those darting a fish were getting upwards to 6 bucks a lb, a single fish might bring as much as $1200 "

We saw a couple of fish up- under the bird schools--- 289 had one bunch up of the of big fish- yea were on the 43 but not seeing much- hadn't seen them for a couple of hours now-- 12:51pm

You on this side Mike--- We're just criss crossing the 43--- just put one on the deck- around 225lbs--- yummy flyer, looked at one little speck on the meter-- best I'd seen for the day- kept working it--next thing you know- the guys down below are yelling-- 30W with braid backing--- it's all good- we haven't seen much, very little bird life, seen a bunch of sport boats around they must be see it them on their sonar-- RP got one about the same size as ours this morning-- 2:12pm

Mostly overcast for the entire day-- a few spots of blue above but they go away quickly- wind still light from the southwest clearing off late day on the beach

That's the first I've seen this year-- saw one off the East End-- maybe two milesout--- up feeding might have been two there-- Marlin--- 3:42pm

and the report of the young man- and tossing a sardine to a kelp paddy-- up runs away with all his line was a marlin!- he needed to respool!

Couple of sun burnt boys came in the shop they had been out towards the 289-- no tunas for them but they did score on some nice yellowtails-- lost a few of the bigger ones too-

Good luck this weekend-- be careful don't burn your fingers--

 

Tuna weighed in at Catlaina -- something chomped off it tail-!!!-

We need a bigger boat!

 

 

 

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---------Went fishin Thursday- saw a bunch of Blue Whales out between the 289 ad the 181, lots of water, a few bigger kelps offshore--- small yellows under one of them and a mix of maybe bigger bonitos thrashed a kelp inside the 209-- bait meter marks in the same area- searwaters on the water rafted up 5- 7 off the beach - Laguna-Dana lookd good- not much for us - but a good day on the water----------

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

Sweet refreshing sea breeze this morning along the coastline-- ocean looks beautiful and lots of radio chatter- from those seeing puddlers- boils, terns and tails under paddies-- one bigger bluefin on a mackerel early lots of chatter-- all helpfully to others out-- a few disgruntled boaters dirtied it up-

Hey JD-Here are the photos from our fish we weighed yesterday at BAC. We were out Sunday/Monday bft trophy hunting and finally got these jumbos to bite on day 2 afternoon. Some fish of a lifetime for the ANDREYA! The smaller went 116# caught on a popper and the jumbo went 222# on the trolled kite with yummy flyer. Hope all is well… Thanks, Nate Shill

we're tight--- 11:31am-- Slack tide this morning---- 11:20am amost same time as yesterday

Spotter plane up early- for a long day of it-- saying it's about the best day he's seen for observing the waters- there' was one flag 5 below the 289- -how's it in where your at-? harpoon boat--- sunny in there- it's about 80 % - but there's some holes where we were at yesterday afternoon-11:55am

we got the majority of our yellows south of the 43--- got these trolling just outside the 181 the paddy loaded-- what you get em on skipper--- threw the iron as much I as I could -- wouldn't take anything but the sardines--

Boat came on the radio saying they been at the island for the past few days returning-- hadn't seen any tunas but he said he's actually seen a marlin? 1:41pm

offcolor green 73 degee water- inside better ( SD waters)

we've been at the 182 for most of the day-- not much happening there today--

soaking a mackerel we were about 300 yards from the paddy whey it took it saw the whole fish eat it-- we were after the yellow but that wa a tuna- lost it on 30lb tackle-

Bongos came on in the mid/late afternoon with their fish report-- 7 yellowfined tunas up to 66 lbs, 3 bluefined tunas up to 130 lbs and 1 lonly yellowtail-- nice catch!

Heck-- I might even go fishing on Thursday-JD .60-------------- Tuesdays Reports -------------

-For all of you inland from the coast hwy- eastwards- it was hot and humid-- on the beach overcast and cool-- light south cool Seabee and calm seas--

Lot's of radio chatter this morning mostly out of the San Diego to Dana - boats talking-- 181- 182, the 43 fathom spots and towards the beach from there-- Yellowtails big grumpy ones, some small yellow or Big Eastern Pacific Bonito- roaming around , and still some of the big Bluefin around

Waiting till the tide slacks off or just as it starts to fill in --

Jake's on a good one 11:21am

We're back in the harbor with two aboard!

San Clemente Island Looks to be open Friday, Sat, Sun and Monday! No scheduled operations

Tropical Storm forming down south - Mainland Mexico moving NorthWest

- Pretty good group of sport boats on the 43--- seen a few fish come over the rails--

Parker------ if -- you just stay there--- they 'er coming right at you-- we've been chasing these big Bluefin- casting poppers to em- breezing and big boils-- -- - they coming right at you-- 1:09pm

Party boat-- we stopped on a couple of paddies-- absolutely nothing under them--- drove around--- now headed into the beach and anchor up-- catch them something-

-The local angling club-- BAC weighs in a pair of Bluefin today, an triple duse 222 lber and a 116 lber- the bigger fish on 100 lb Spectra, smaller fish on 65 braid- both from the 43 area and I belive mackeral as baits-- earlier in the day, yesterday-- the three boys brought in their fish from the previous battle that went into the night- , it went 240lbs ," they aint hitting the poppers anymore-he say's- live mackerels"-

and Todd Z weighed in a 61 lb Yellowfin Tuna taken out by the 277 -- Todd got away from the new Fuel Dock Maxum in Huntington Harbor -Congrats Todd

Bluefin going off-- 324 pm ?

anybody have a report from the 182--- the 182's dead-- no life 4:18pm

sounded like the 425 and 02 were also on the slow side--

Couple/3 of images tio look at- - Water temps from 58 to 75 degrees ( Left) and of the Chlorophyll ( Right/ below), and a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third image of the Surface Currents over the past 24 hrs- in .5 knts per hr. strongest in bright red ( Left below)

 

 

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Harpoon boat to spotter airplane-- we got some numbers from a yacht down below here--but got blown out earlier this morning-- airplane/ it's wide spread out this year-- one here- there--he said-

- a few days ago we had one up at 5:30 -- sounds like they were running a fish 5:12 pm left--- left-- looking good--- right right-- right- come to the right-- --thank you!

High tide slack today--- 5:12pm

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there's a second fish up----he's at yur 10 O'clock--- two boat lengths---- 12 00 -- 12:00 o'clock------roger!--Thanks!-

and another one up---- left--- three boat lenghts-- two--- two--- two--- left---- two- - one--- good job! say your pretty good at this 5:55pm

--------------------- Mondays Report-----

Yea I know it's monday-- in for a few hours-- JD

boats scattered out towards the 43 and the Ridge ( 181-182) couple of boys came into the BAC early this morning-- spent the night fighting a Giant Bluefin Tuna in their small skiff-

Yellows being found more and more under paddies and trolled feathers and Rapala also getting yellowfin strikes

Anything going on on the "corner"?-- bunch of yellows under the kelps and a pretty good show on the Bluefin-- any dines-- had them blowing up on the dines earlier this morning--

We're just driving around-- there's quite a few boats out here-- doing the same thing we are-- just driving around-

east of the 181 4- 5 miles water warms up a degree or two-- some yellowfin there-

 

--------------------- The weekends reports --------------

Brighter sky this moring -- a light marine haze which seems to evaperating early in the day- wind light from the S/W 2- 5 knts seas calm

With the sad news of the overturned boat off the backside of Catalina yesterday and lives lost- reminds us to wear your life vest, they make em' light weight and easy to wear- dont leave home without it!!- JD

Parker-- with the tower those fish are just East of you--

180 degrees out of Dana 31 miles -- spots of tuna and a swordfish this morning-- we're off your port side-- ont one hanging lost another-- 10:12am

E-Mail this moring from yesterdays catch--- Go get em gal! Hi JD - Your inspirational words to my daughter on Friday of "young lady, you need to go out and catch a tuna like your brother" came to fruition today. Hannah caught her first bluefin tuna and it weighed 61.7 pounds. She was very excited about her catch. Keep on inspiring our youth to get outdoors and fish. Thanks Gary

Rich--- Rich-- big school of Tuna---- big fish -- big fish!-- 10:26am

Swordfish boat--- Swordfish boat--- you on this side?-- there's a fat one right here off out side we've been baiting it for a couple of hours!- 10:35am

W've got two on the boat-- smaller yellowfin- 30- 40 lbers--

I'm on the 14 mile bank and there's Bluefin everywhere! 1:30pm!!! --??

we're seeing bluefin as far as the eye can see-- ( Note-- for waht it's worth--the clear skies overhead started to become overcast around 1 pm today?) ??

San Clemente Canyon and the shelf to the inside held tunas too

BAC--BAC --Balboa Angling Club-- you on this side---Pacific Pioneer- we're outside the harbor coming in to weigh a fish--- Bluefin somewhere around 130- 140-- short bent standup rod-- most boats had a shot at them today-- about halfway between the 181 and the 289-- slow trolling the mackerels--

Nice yellowfin-- he hit that 4 inch black and purple small jet head-- just put it out

Nice going what you get them on--- we've been getting them on the yummy flyer--- pretty constant bite on them-- 5:39pm

Good luck this upcoming week- JD---------

Good tuna fishing 55 miles out from Cabo on large jigs-- Todd Z

Fight hard but no match for those Calstar rods! Using the small bent butt stand-up with an accurate 50w. Those rods are amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

------------- Sat's reports --------------------

The morning hours greeted the boats with calm seas and overcast sky- wind light from the south/ eddy 2- 4 knts- lots of boats out jabbering--

Hi JD, We went fishing for BFT, but came home with a YFT. My son, Nick, and his 51 lb YFT caught trolling in front of dolphin on Friday - somewhere inside the 181. Ali, Surly Mermaid

we're inside the 267/ warm water and we're marking fish. 9:33am

Just like the old times at the Tuna Club of Avalon-- anglers sore and worn out after long battles with these Giant Pacific Bluefin Tunas telling fish stories of the ones that got away-- - spent 8 1/2 hours on one fish yesterday- after the second hour I could see line beginning to wear, at 22lbs of drag and bumped it up to full "make or break em'"- 6 1/2 later the line parted!-- another fish story of 3 hook up on these brute size fish- all three broke off and another of a 130 lb braid line and 150 Fluorocarbon leader it too broke off

Nice day on the water-- the 43 and general area around there held those bigger bluefins-- slow trolling Mackerel helped for the bigger models. Best of luck tomorrow if your getting out--

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Hi JD - great seeing you this afternoon. Thanks for the new fish club and pliers. Here is the picture from the Angling Club. Keep up the great work! Gary Vaughan

Email this mornings from yesterdays Hey JD-- Well….. we didn’t see any tuna however we did find this guy. Tossed macks on/at him for 30 mins. We finally gave up! Jammin’

 

 

 

 

 

 

----------------------- Friday's reports -----------------

Morning overcast and south wind- afternoon clearing skies and west wind the pattern for a while till we get another heat wave them more westerly-- Calm seas -- swell subsiding over the weekend-

Most boats that were chasing the tunas were happy to find a kelp and drift it-- we're here on the 181- found a paddy and are drifting it, not seeing much -- still quiet on the 209? -- looking for a fish report from the 312---- just a few paddies the reply comes back--- I'm at the 209 and it's really dead out here-- 10:07 am

Thanks for the report were right next to you-- thanks--- got 6 on, 5 in the box chewing on the sardines w/30 fluor 20 lb class fish you on out port side - were on the corner- 10:15

just give it some time- they're right under the paddy-- we've been slow trolling the sardines

11:26 am--

Hey JD! Headed to Avalon with the kids and stopped on a paddy 5 mi out of Dana. Picked up this nice Yellowtail in 70 degree water.

Sport boats out of Oceanside and San Diego were working the deep water drop off outside the 43 and towards the East Wing of the Butterfly general area 32:30 / 117:50/55

11 up and 29 out-- felt like a hours battle was probally more like 10 minutes--- hook pulled or knot? biggest mackeral slow trolled a ways back-

others at top number- 00 and 18 under

we're out here by the 181--- saw a few but couldn't get them to go--- heard a a few fish caught here- there-- but we're not sure and not sure of where they were at-

N32°22'41.27"/ W117°52'09.59" , N32°22'40.29" W117°52'10.36" couple of stops by sportboat- 1:pm today

Does anyone have a fish formula--- it's 61 x 41 1/2" (Length x Girth Squared divided by 800 )- 132 lbs-- came up on the popper just shy of the 181--- nice going!! it was called a yellowfin!

182 had a bite mid-late morning-

182 we lost two got one

Phone call this afternoon--- Hey JD we got "em" couple of tunas around 50 and the other big one around 150+ we'll be in to the BAC to weight them-- where were you at--- right at the US border/ cornor --- got them on poppers- Halco and another popper--- Michael Vaughn on the Big G -- A short while later the phone rings again--- we just weighed the big fish that Cameron Mc Cloud caught--- 218 lbs on the BAC scales the two others were in the 60's !--- sending photos-- !

they we're all over it--- tonnage of small anchovies -- brown bait balls under the boat-- they we were surprised they got it-- , two of the hooks were hanging loose , bent out

Penn Fathon two speed reel

 

Foxi Lady report -- Costa Rica-

Fishing is not supposed to be a contact sport, if you don't count the run to the rod when the reel goes off!! Today you wouldn't know that, My friend Rich Palys was in the fighting chair fighting a blue Marlin, the ocean wasn't calm, we were chasing the fish down and he was close, he turned and jumped towards the boat, landed on the gunnel head and peck fin inside boat, Rich is in the chair (an easy 4+feet from the gunnel) and the fish's bill takes a chunck out of Rich's arm. He will live, tagged his fish, 3/4 at the 110 mile fad, Just another day at work

 

----------------------------------- Thursday's reports ------------

Nice weather-- light south wind this morning-- some coastal clouds which seems to be going away mid morning-- good sized ground swell from the south has the surfers out- a smaller swell from the west - seas fair otherwise.

Quite a few boats out of SD waters-- seeing a few 30 lb bluefin schools no bites- porpoise and birds reported but not much said yet about any tunas caught-- boats ranged from the 209 southwards to the border and the 302/ 425-

Took my yacht out early this morning ( first time in several months) shake down- all working fine and no leaks!- Calico's were biting especially on the New Penny colored Jerk Shads- no big fish but good number of em'- Schools of small anchovies just south of the Newport's Harbor-- Dana Point and below reported to be jugged with anchovies- good news for the later part of the season for the marlin fishing--

AIS shows some of the larger sportboats out of SD were fishing the deep water side of the 43 and out towards the East wing of the Butterfly-

one 25 lb yellowail out from a paddy- live sardine

 

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With the weather at least the wind backing off a bit today -- seems like the radio is active again with the number of boat out--tunas and yellowtails

Light marine cloud cover off on the ocean's horizon- wind from the south 4- 6 knts some light wind chop with it- seas good

Still seeing fish in front of us 100 yards, left - right, staying up for about 5 seconds then down- not one group of fish but 4 or 5 of them - good sized fish but we haven't been able to get on them yet-- 10:24am

Latest water temp images from 55 to 75 degrees

sounds like more and more yellowtails under the kelps-

Newports Bait receiver has 3-5 inch anchovies -- they hope to get more soft and fin bait in befor the weekend-

we came across a school of hundreds of yellows got one on the iron-- 1:12 pm

Sounded like someone saw a swordfish up--1:15pm

All right skippers-- it's been quiet for a while --- anybody seeing anything??---- best bait and birds we saw was around the 302-- quiet elsewhere-- boils seen near the 425

Boats circumnavigating the island Catalina) yesterday were hopefully of yellowtails ----not found- calicos but no yellows and they had the squid for live bait--

South and Southeast of the 312 - 4- 7 miles looks good- birds bait - works work it for most of the day-

 

 

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

Humid south wind this morning strong at times with a haze to the shy- looks like Cirrocumulus clouds above- mackerel sky above 18,000 ft- slight wind chop along with a uphill current-- bass were biting--

A look forward at the San Clemente Island Security shows the island's southern end, SHOBA looks "Hot" all day Friday with anchorage after 1700 ( 5 pm) and again SHOBA is Hot/ active" from 9:00 (9am) to 1400 ( 2 pm)-- open that evening till the same thing on Sunday--hot/ active from 900- 1400 hrs-- looking forward to the Fouthof July weekend its open Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday!

And a E-mail from yesterday's fishing out of San Diego-- Good fishermen know-- when they are here you've got to go get them while you can-- the fish may not always wait t for you pleasure-- and that's what they did- trailered down from Newport and went out of Mission Bay for a pair of fat ones-- congrats-- JD

Boat just in from the backside of Catalina-- east end-- bait boat was there selling squid-- but all they got were some smaller sized bonitos and some good scenery - wind swell and chop from the southeast made it a bit uncomfortable and the overcast sky made for fair fishing- they trolling all the way back for nada-- 2:17pm

someone said a 60er was caught out of newport? with repors of tunas outside the RitZ Carlton 708 miles and a swordfish seen 4 outside Abalone Point

wind and wind chop was steady from the south all day--- 12 15 knts-- skies hazy - odd weather-

A swordfish caught yesterday (165lbs approx) 209 towards the 181 and spots of yellowfin in the area--

San Diego boats were working not to far from home--- 32:47 / 117:21

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------------------- The weekend's reports ----------------

Short period mixed swell with the west starting to blow early- bay water turned cold from the upwelled water at 59 degrees and up to 63 up the flats but still offcolor and fishing slow. Several boats turned around-- sea sick pasangers-

Down below what boats made it out reports seeing some spots of bird activity but no tunas yet-- everyone's waiting for them to come up- 10:00am

We got one in the box--- heading back in early---

Whattt--- ------ we just saw you get that one----yea we just put one on the deck and we've another one hanging-- -- 140 --150 11:17am

they're here-- we just broke one off -- couple splashing around

33:01.47 / 117:39.40--- they're moving up the line--- be on the Avalon Bank and beyond before you know it-- stand by- 1:29pm

32:58.22 / 117:44.35 1:32pm

E-Mail this afternoon- from yesterdays catch-- Between the 182 and the 9 yesterday on a 8" blue and white mackerel popper on Kirk Blackmans Skipjack. Fish came up between 1 and 2 pm. Happy fathers Day!

Got windy mid afternoon - stiff westerly

there's a ton of bait here-- all those little skipjack are blowing up on - birds bait pelicans seals-- 5:20pm

 

 

Long distance casting plugs--- some of the simplest and proven lures are the Rangers, used off the East Cape for long distance casting off the beach to elusive Roosterfish , it's splashy reterive draws strikes- they work excellent for tunas too's!- best action is in the middle to fast range, no rod action is necessary except when water is almost glassy calm. slower receive in rougher water , faster in calmer water is the general rule- priced right too!

 

 

Matched with a pair of Owner assist hooks for a more solid battle . Note when using Assist hooks for the Pacific Bluefin IGFA records, rules - the lead cannot be more than 1- 1/2 the hooks length and bend of hook may not be more than 4 inches ,whichever is less, from the point of attachment on the lure.

 

Doing a bit of research on the water temps ( left) of the west coast I see a small finger of cooler water reaching down from Point Conception winding its way southwards and in a closer image of the chlorophyll charts ( right) there's a strong body of off-colored plankton rich band of water coming southwards from the Channel Islands southwards behind San Nicholas island and down towards the Tanner and Cortez Banks -- might act as a barrier for fish to push through-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot- Hot- Hot inland early west wind in the morning here on the beach . lots ob beach goers- and boaters out-- light wind chop- sounded like they were starting to dring early

boats scattered from Catalina to the Coranado islands and seaward- not many glowing reports yet-- the fish seemed to be up mid morning yesterday till early afternoon- standing by-

Got em' in the boat-- was the last word I heard last night-- about 140 lbs-- that's about the size of fish we have-- - others were tallking of the pros and cons of the 9 ft rods-- saying they done with them-- too long of battles on those tunas-

Couple of boys cane in the shop yesterday afternoon-- having returned back from Catalina in their skiff-- Yellowtail on live squid from a kelp on the 14 mile bank-- they'd seen a good number of fish under it--

Boats ran to the 209 this morning -- hopefull of the tunas--- not finding them came back in looking for kelps and tails- seeing lots of searwaters just south of the 209-- but no terns--

32:17-to 32:13 and 117: 22 to 24-- a wad of fish but sloppy coming back uphill above and a little outside the 425 -- 10:45am

100- 200 lbs 07/ 33 inside edge of the 302-- 11:27am going off--- another guy saying he was on those numbers--- nothing going on for him-- another said anyone going to the 425 nothing for him either except a few bonito-

Sloppy- mid channel-

how about the upper 9 anybody doing anything there-- bumpy water that's all

How you doing-- we got one yellowfin- and a bluefin earlier they are really touchy today--

it got a little overcast/ cloud cover later in the afternoon and wind backed off a few degrees and knts--

Happy Pop's Day---

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Sunny again--- a light southwest carrying the coolness of the the water up to the shoreline- inland hot- light wind chop-

Morning radio chatter - almost alive with boaters-- better reception- we're outside , due west of the upper 9 -- seeing fish everywhere but cant get them to go-- others inside Mex border --down on the 302 looking hard both inside and outside of the back--

What'd you get him on-- Bleeding Mackerel Doornob lure-- 9:50am ( I think tuna)

Anybody fishing the 425--- we saw em' come up once then they went down-- plunking bite-- we're using sardines--

Hooked one fish yesterday- trolled small Halco-- 9 mile bank going off lots of birds bait---

302 queit-- not much life over here---

Water temps off the Coastline from 60 to 72 degrees

 

Seeing fish all over the place but going down before we get them- one boat said he'd five fish

Newport's Bait receiver has plenty of Live Squid

With the filling Full Moon-- adage that tuna migrate durings it's full phase .

hooked a couple on the poppers-- they're around--

Broke off the tuna-- working a 20lb yellowtail now-- Boats are seeing more yellowfin tunas and Bonoto catches now--

just got one on the troll about 4 miles NW of the 9

lots of boats out-- fair fishing fair catching--- wind picked up at noon westerly 12- +

Got one hanging--- 15/ over 34 1:22pm

Slower fishing yesterday much better today-- Pescador coming in this afternoon to the BAC with pair of 100+ fish- congrats-- live squid and a popper-- ouside upper 9 mile bank-- got away from the fleet- spots of foamers when we left-- 1:32pm-- pair of 120lbs on the button! Doug said-- he's seen more tuna over the past there days then he's seen in all the time he'd been on the water--- and they seem to be on the move up the line-- Stand By--

Guys were still after the tunas-- yellowfin's up 4:45 pm-- under the terns-- about a 1/4 mile of fish spread around 26 over 34

and reported a 220+ Bluefin tuna weighed in at SD today--

Late in the afternoon - West wind and chop came up- bigger boats stuck it out-- finnding fish up in the chop- 32:30.00 / 117:31.39 5:44pm

 

And South of the Border--- East Cape stuff- Hi JD, The boys were very successful today landing this 300 pound yellowfin tuna. The chartered 35 foot chartered Cabo headed out of Rancho Leonaro early this morning. This beautiful tuna was caught 15 miles east of Fraileys. Big tuna surfaced with dolphins, this tuna was caught on a Maurader. A three hour ten minute fight and Tim Lovoy boated the fish of his dreams! Robert Sherrill, Gary Fiamengo and Tony Lovoy helped haul this fish onto the boat. A big fish fry tonight at Rancho Leonaro !!!

 

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Sunny, pale blue skies this morning-- first time in a long time- light marine haze along the coastline and a light south wind at 2- 5 knts - seas fair- lots of boats heading out for the weekend already--

Although I didn't hear much -- from the AIS the partyboats out of SD were fishing the 9 Mile bank -chasing the Bluefins- on the deeper outside shelf of it and the 302 area had boats working there as well- , the same old afternoon wind came up- along with the afternoon marine haze-- light chop-- hope to hear more tomorrow- best of luck if you get out this weekend- especially dads!

JD

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Buy Dad a fishing Kite for Dad's Day-- he needs it! Due in today Boston Fishing kites!

reports say some of those Bluefins were out on the 9 mile bank this morning--

heaver overcast cloud cover this morning-- looks to be breaking up mid morning-- Forecast looks better for this weekend -

The take on Bluefin Tuna is regulated , I'll check facts again but the 2016 catch so far was something like 82% for the Pacific with 1.4 mt still available for Eastern Pacific take-

and I was reminded in the IGFA World Record keeping there are three divisions of Bluefin Tuna, the Southern Bluefin (maccoyii) Tuna, the Tuna Bluefin (thynnus) and just recently reclassified the Tuna, Pacific Bluefin (orientalis) and many of these line classes are still open for challenge, men's women's, junior and smallfry and fly fodders--- good luck! JD

 

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and the fish stories continue- grey overcast this morning mixed current and wind on the beach-

E-Mail--- JD,---- We had an EPIC! day of fishing on Sunday. It was Running N Gunning style of popper fishing chasing massive schools of large BFTs as they were in a feeding frenzy on small anchovies at the southwest end of the Knuckle (302). I’ve never seen anything like it before and I’m temped to get back out there again soon. They would only bite on long cast at the bow with poppers when I position the boat in right near the top of the frenzy then in seconds they are gone. We caught 3 estimated weight 65#, 75# and 120# each with long battles to bring these brutes in. Thanks for all you good work with the site David Schwab m/v Lucky Joes

 

In a three hour battle on light 16 lb IGFA Mono Line--- a pending Southern California Tuna Club Record-- Congrats---JD

Another E Mail this morning--- Hey JD, Put me on the reservation list for one of those Boston Fishing kite - Code word “Mackerel”. We used one last weekend and it is by far the easiest kite I have ever used. We didn’t get any fish on the kite, but I did get one soaking a sardine.

Boat: The Kid. Captain: Brett Clark, Gaffers: Phil Capriccio & Miles Norman , Angler: Chris Halliday 115.3lbs caught on 8kg Mono - Pending SCTC club record.

San Clemente Island looks open for this coming weekend- couple of sportboats working the East Wing of the Butterfly Bank this morning--looked like they were into to several stops by noon

this next weekend the moon's filling with a full moon on Sunday/ Monday- the Bluefins should be biting well by then-

 

late afternoon repost -- scratcy at best -- a congrats--- good going on your fish-- glad you got one--- tuna- 5:50pm

 

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The Sun- the Sun!! - at least showing itself early here on the beach today- by 11 pm shadows and the marine layer looks to go away- wind still from the south- 3-8 knts so there's some wind chop associate with it-- seas calm otherwise- lots of boat were out today--

E-Mail this afternnon-- JD , This weekend on Provider, George Garrett caught a nice bluefin. Not sure how big but well over 100 for a Tuna Club local button on Dacron. On way to scales at the BAC

said the fishing yesterday was tough-- till later in the day --- tide filled in and they came up-- still tough but there were fish to be caught --- and today they was a morning bite also-- seems like the larger fish were down near the 302- 425 fathom spots and those general waters-- coming north to the US/ Mex border several schools of smaller 50/60 fish seen- party boats were on them.

130 lb on 80 lb Dacron-- one hour- perfect set up for George-- fast taper 7 ft rod from Cousins Tackle an 2 speeded Penn 50 W loaded with almost 800 yds of 80lb Dacron and a live mackerel dangled off a Boston Fishing Kite-- it's about the only way they could get that heavy line out to where the boat shy fish were - but with a fishing kite and a live bait they had three bites --- JD's is SOLD OUT of the Boston Fishing Kites ---- but More are on order!!! Due in Wed !!-- Reserve yours today---Call 1 800 660 5030 and say the secert word "Mackerel" and receive a free Gift!-- Good Luck JD

 

The Balboa Angling Club was busy this aftenoon-- as returning boats into the harbor flew their flags-- tunas- a long trip southwards and back home but they scored well on some big Bluefin-- Bongos weighted in fish there-- they had gotten 5 for the day!-- found a school of foamers got hooked up! 130 lb fish on the spinning tackle / poppers--

 

---------- Sat's Gloomy day reports --

gloomier than usual stiff wind from the south small craft warning at the harbor's entrance- overcast and drizzle-

Newport receiver had Squid and a load of anchovies this morning-

Dismal-- they said after running all the way down to the 43 out of Newport and down to the border-- said they only had heard of three fish being taken and lots of boats moving around--- all looking no radio chatter to speak of-- couple of big paddies on the 43 but no one home there either-- long boat rides

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Remains the 10 day of the month-- still gloomy marine coastal cloud cover breaks up a little mid day and comes back again towards the afternoons-- that's alright, all the little bait fishes are feeding quite well now, plankton life growing - it's all good--- by July it'll be sunny and lots of fish around- !

Not much said on the radio today--- not much said on the radio at all these days-- social networking taking up the void-- only is over 50 listen to the VHF these days-- form what I could gather-- most of the SD fleet were around the 392 for most of the day-- seas were ok- tomorrow morning a South will will greet boaters-- Clemente Island looks to be open for anchorage in Pyramid Cove for Friday, Sat and Sunday- restricted times on Monday

Guluck- JD

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Light Drizzle, overcast wind fair/ light from the southeast-- small wind ripple on the water- water looks gray - calm seas-- Tides still strong but beginning to flatten out next week-- slack tide this weekend looks good right after that 8:30 an on Sat and the afternoons 3:30 pm high-- swordfish?

Surface Current Mapping Interface to HFRADAR Derived Surface Currents

Today's technology sets us apart from any past history sportfishing efforts- a look at weather forecasts, water and chlorophyll, salinity charts and what surface currents are happening now-- what does it all mean? Well if you can stay with it and comprehend any of it- it lets you plan for your trips offshore-- when you get there it many have changed but at least you've got a starting point to go from and a idea of where to go from there----- -- or watching a seagull fly off into the distance and follow it might be just as easy-- good luck- JD

E-Mail-- While you’re on the BSB subject, a man by the name of Dick Lane caught the world record 557 lb. Black Sea Bass way back in the day off Silver Canyon on the back side of Catalina Island. As you can see, it was weighed in on the pier at Avalon. He had a boat 3 slips down from ours almost 40 years ago when I was a kid. Great guy. I remember listening to his marvelous fish stories, and had this photo hanging in my bedroom room growing up. The record stood for a few years before another angler caught one 6 lbs larger at Anacapa. Thought you might enjoy this

Banged two of em' on the jigs--- ones 50 the other around 70 lbs--- 11:29am

Local Whale watchers report lots of bait schools just south of the harbor out a couple of miles-- and down off Laguna 4 5 miles out bait schools-

sun came out for a hazy mid afternoon then got covered up again with the marine layer-- the incubator-

 

And I thought using kites was fun-- now the craze is with Drones- -- staying away from the foaming tunas-- fly a drone out over them carrying a popper or bait-- a jerk on the line and the lures drop right amonst them-- better have some savvy in flying them and getting it back in the boat!- sounds like a three man job!

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--------- El Nino-- El Nada News---- La Nina's--coming to your theater this fall --

(ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP/NWS and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society 9 June 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: Final El Niño Advisory / La Niña Watch Synopsis: ENSO-neutral conditions are present and La Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016, with about a 75% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17. El Niño dissipated and ENSO-neutral conditions returned during over the past month, as indicated by the expansion of near-to-below average surface temperatures (SST) across the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean Other than the westernmost Niño-4 region, the Niño indices were near zero by the end of May Below-average subsurface temperatures continued and extended to the surface across the eastern equatorial Pacific For the first time in 2016, atmospheric anomalies over the tropical Pacific Ocean were also consistent with ENSO-neutral conditions. The traditional and equatorial Southern Oscillation indices were near zero, while the upper and lower-level winds were both near average across most of the tropical Pacific. Convection was also near-average over the central tropical Pacific and over most of Indonesia Collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic anomalies reflect a transition from El Niño to ENSO-neutral conditions. Many models favor La Niña (3-month average Niño-3.4 index less than or equal to -0.5°C) by the Northern Hemisphere fall (Fig. 6). However, most dynamical models indicate La Niña onset as soon as the Northern Hemisphere summer, which is slightly favored by the forecaster consensus. In contrast, many statistical models favor a later onset time, with about half indicating the persistence of ENSO-neutral conditions through the winter. At this time, the forecasters are leaning toward a weak or borderline moderate La Niña if an event were to form. Overall, ENSO-neutral conditions are present and La Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016, with about a 75% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17

 

----------------- Weds Reports ---------------

Overcast morning again--- a little brighter mid morning- light southeast wind 2- 3 knts smooth seas--

Kids out of school allready-- out for a days fishin'' good to see-

Live Squid For Sale---- the bait receiver spouts out-- Live squid for sale-

Just reminded of those fishing the coastal waters-- Giant Black Sea Bass are around-- Strongly protected - generally agreed now that to just let the fish regain it's own strength and with a nudge downwards they should survive fine-- past ideology was to puncture the sid of the fish to escape the air bladder. Studies show infection into these punctures doesn't help the fish.

 

 

Yummies Flying Fish--- just like the real thing-- either rigged witha single hook or get them un-riggged and rig them anyway you want--- In Stock now-- --- Drag em' under a Boston Fishing Kite for those spooky Bluefin!!!--

 

 

 

 

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And a reminder of one of those who made sportfishing what it is today-

E-Mail about Joe Dill--- J.D. Thanks for all your help with the Pickle deal. I am in charge of the memorial and Bill Mcwethy has offered to help. We are going to do a casual get together of Joe's friends at the Tequila Factory 2467 Juan St. San Diego 92110 at 4 PM Tuesday June 14. I need to know an approximate head count, so people can e-mail me with their plans. Joe had a lot of friends. so I hope Bills restaurant can hold us all.. Please have people ready to participate with Pickle stories in that there is no real agenda.. there will be taquitos and guacamole and a no host bar. thanks John Kirkpatrick 818-429-1940 add a little note that I would like some pictures for the event. People can e-mail them to me Thanks John

mailto:kirkpatrickjohn4@gmail.com

Note---- and sad E-mail --- J.D. It is with great sorrow that I wish to spread the word of the passing of the very popular captain Joe Dill. Anybody with any time in Cabo ' back in the day ' will for sure have fond memories of the Pickle. "Hey Joe where are you going ?---- " I'll be back in a couple hours Ricky I have to do some skipper shit"---- Come share your favorite Pickle story at the memorial even if it has to do with your ex-girlfriend . T B A here Thanks for the space - I know many of Joe's friends read this John K . Details on his services will be posted as soon as I know- -- another legend in our time- JD

 

----------------------------------- Tuesday's reports ---------

Nice weather-- overcast light south west wind-- seas calm-- still the abundance of Red Crabs in local waters-- Calicos were eating them Sculpin were stuffed with them and offshore probably the tunas were on them too- Couple of boats out on the tuna grounds so far-- seeing some fish but I did not hear of hookups--

Nice weather now-- the sun burns off the coastal clouds, light S/W will probably swing to come from the west later this afternoon- couple of boats out-- one said he's caught a 30 lb yellowtail from a kelp out towards the 209-- Yellowtail action below the border doing well-

A check with the local bait receiver--- ? no response?-

Coastal clouds came back early today- sill nice weather- not much of a west wind this afternoon--- local fishing very good for the basses-- both Calicos and Sand Bass-- a few of the pesky sharks around, and no, you can not go fishing for those White Sharks off Huntington-- probably get you in trouble if you hook one-- stay in the deeper water for the Threshers.

I did not hear much on the tuna grounds-- but with the relief of boat traffic now they should still be around-- they say below the 43 ther's lots of bait in that area--

A note on the spinning reel/ rod casting those large poppers--- just a short length of Fluoro Carbon leader is all that's needed , a 2 1/2- 3 ft is fine-- keeping the knot out of the guides, and you are limited to the strength of the cast by how much pressure is applied to your finger while holding the line on the spinning reel-- a band aid or some flex wrap helps protect the finger after a days casting. Best of luck

JD

---------------------------- Monday's reports -------------------

yea I'm back again on Monday-- at least for today-- - the weekend's tunas beat up some of the anglers-- many went fishless while others spent hours-- and hours into the nighttime on those brut sized Tunas giving the anglers second doubts wheather they should have heen hooked in the first place!--

The Shaver Clan , did very well in the Tuna Club Tournamenet for White Seabass ----Osprey taking High Honors for High Boat

And over the weekend Swordfisn and Tuna Highlights-- Controlled Chaos's Swordfish and Tuna, Angler/owner Kevin Harvey 349# swordfish 80# Talaca, on live bait, 1:45 fight time and a Bluefin Tuna, angler owners son Tyler Harvey #223 on #80 Stella 14000 spinner on popper, 2 hr fight time Crew Captain. Pete Groesbeck, Barry Brightenburg, Jim Kingsmill

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Call for Bluefin Tuna Carcasses!

 

 

 

 

 

NOAA Fisheries needs your help! Scientists at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) are in need of biological samples from bluefin tuna caught off Southern California. The waters offshore of San Diego are known to be important foraging grounds for many highly valued sportfish. Working with sportfishing anglers offers a unique opportunity to gather information and samples from recreationally caught sportfish, adding confidence that the data we collect is accurate and representative of what is actually going on offshore. In 2016 bluefin tuna samples will be very important for the ongoing research at the Science Center which is located in La Jolla, California. Most importantly we NEED carcasses with guts and heads from bigger fish (100-250+ pounds). As we learn more about these tuna and their diets we can begin to predict how changes in environmental conditions will affect local fishing… as in how do variations in sea surface temperatures, chlorophyll levels, prey abundance, and oceanography affect where the tunas go and whether they bite or not???

E-Mail-- from Owen S. My buddy and I fished all weekend.... I fished the 371 on Saturday 6/4/16. Lots of scattered fish, and lots of skiffs running them over. Went 2 for 4 on the 100 lb class bluefin. The landed fish went 112 and 107 lbs. Both popper fish on 80 lb to 80 lb on the 90J. Tons of boat pressure with all the long range boats and 100s skiff in a small 2 mile area. Several times while sliding in on a school I would look behind me to see boats running up my wake and stopping within 20 feet of my stern. Pretty scary, and none of those schools would bite. The only bites we got were when we slid on schools well away from ANY other boats.... which is probably why the fish dissipated on Sunday 6/4/16.... I fished that same area on Sunday and the fish were gone.... too much boat pressure! Best bet is to get away from the boats and find your own fish. You don't need to find the foamers. Just find the terns. Our best stop was on three tern birds with no boiling fish seen.... we cast on the tern birds and had an instant double on jumbos....

To donate the head, guts, or entire carcass from your locally caught bluefin tuna please give me a call or email. Contact information is below…. Good luck and be safe out there! Owyn Snodgrass Fisheries Biologist with Ocean Associates and NOAA Fisheries Owyn.snodgrass@noaa.gov (858)342-6372 Owyn.snodgrass@noaa.gov

 

We also examined a stomach from a 70 pound bluefin, caught May 25, 2016. This stomach was stuffed with small krill. When the bluefin are on krill balls it could explain their lack of interest in biting hooked baits or surface jigs. So, if the fish are on krill balls you might have better luck if you can find a different school. Krill balls will show up on your meter as soft back scatter marks.

 

Otoliths were collected from a 168 pound bluefin tuna. Otoliths are very fragile but when dissected from the animal they can be used for many things including age, and migration patters. These otoliths were used to examine the amount of time it takes for bluefin to swim from Japan to Southern California, which we estimate to be around 2 months.

The heads and guts from bigger bluefin (100-250 pounds) are very important. Last year, we looked at samples from the largest fish in our collection last year that were caught during 2015 and determined that the females were all immature. owever, we will continue to look at samples from the larger fish that visit our coast and that is only possible with your help

 

Ovaries collected from a 168 pound immature female bluefin caught in 2015. Thank you Ryan Lawler for donating this fish!

The appearance of bluefin tuna off San Diego during summer and fall likely coincides with warmer regional waters and a peak in abundance of juvenile fish, crustaceans, and squid species. The data we are collecting is helping us to better understand the biological complexity of the region and will ultimately aid in developing an ecosystem-based approach for sustainably managing HMS off the California coast. As we learn more about tuna and their diets we can begin to predict how changes in environmental conditions will affect local fishing. Your donations will help improve the quality of our science! Thank you in advance for your generous donations

Migrations and studies of the Tunas---

here are a few..You may need special permission to see- .. Bluefin migrations: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/13-1467.1/full, http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0049220, https://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/content/72/7/2128.full, http://www.nature.com/articles/srep00654?message-global=remove&WT.ec_id=SREP-20120918,

Albacore https://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/content/72/7/2118.full

 

-------------- The Wicked Tuna Weekend ----

Overcast morning- -- till the first week in July---

The catch of a 325+ Swordfish and Tuna in the 200 lb class- same boat same day-- just goes to show you the finest tackle, First Class boat and First Class Captain and crew can put it all together again-- hard to beat perfection- Congrats to Pete and anglers- crew for an outstanding days fishing here in So Calif-- the first week in June--

And word comes out of the Prospector was on a 20+ hour battle on a Bluefin Tuna -- finally late in the battle the hook pulled-- ahaaaa-- tough battle -- it's not easy with Tuna Club Regulation Tackle -- that's why they are the Tuna Club of Avalon- it's not easy-- Hi JD Joker was fishing Catalina for TC sea bass tourney. It was Prospector with Jack at helm. Send you details when they get in later tonight. Bob------- Grant Garrett was angler - 50 lb tackle 2-speed reel with a Yo Zuri popper. 19 1/2 hours lost it at the boat - hook pulled. Found a school of big models on the corner below and inside 43. Hell of a battle. The Agony of defeat...

Maybe your 3 O'Clock-- about 150 yds--- 10:15am

The Tuna Fleet seems to be centered around 32.24 / 117.44's general area-- outsdie oand south a few miles below the 302-- Mexican Waters--

the 43 quieted down yesterday and today

Catalina keep the Yellowtails in the highlights- the 3 B's in the act too- west wind after 2 pm- chop on the water-- good luck this coming week if you get out- JD

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

overcast morning-- foggy up the coastline where it chills off quicker in that shallow water- the Flats/ Long Beach- light wind from the west 1- 2 knts seas flat calm

The fleets out-- some for the tunas-- some for swordfish ---some for yellowtails and whitefish, radio chatter these days has been kept to the minimum as cell phone to another is done.

JD-- From Hooked--- Email-- Here is a photo of my second swordfish seen in as many trips. The fish took a whack at the bait on this cast but didn't finish it off.

We finished our trip at San Clemente Island for good yellowtail fishing. Bring on summer!

 

One of my nicer casts. Too bad it didn't bite.

If I didn't misread the daily events yesterday-- a slack tide showing of bait and gamefish--today--another shot at the short period slack tide today-- one was at 9-10 am this morning --slack for only a few minute and this afternoons from a low to a filling stage around 3:45 + this afternoon-- stand by---

we got a 60 lb er -- Bluefin---ours about a hundred pounder--- how'd you get it-- just slow trolled a mack----- it just went off--- we caught a swordfish this morning--- about a 225 lb ers ! 12:44 pm Congrats---

We've four other sportboats--- there's a guy inside us-- he's hooked up --- we've em' soaking right now 1:28pm

We had a boil on the kite-- had a solid hook up--- broke the 80lb -- don't know why-- something went wrong-- --that other boat he slid in got immediately three on-- then a single-- and another single and a third single-- six for the day-- I think they went home---

150---lbs--- 4 hours and 15 minutes and I finally got him in the boat!!!!----1:55 pm

Our fish was foul hooked and tail wrapped and we still got in it--- we had em' all around the boat littlerly 20 ft off the boat we through everything -- completely out of the water everyone's all excited -----very frustrating--- *

We've still have em' foaming around us-- they don't want to stay up long-- 2:17 pm

we're out here with the other sport boats-- Shogun, American Angler-- the Intrepid--

Looks like it's 190 on spinning gear and a popper-- they also caught a est-275 swordfish this morning-- 6 :30 this morning--- first cast ate it---

We left em S/W of the 43 a little bit-- hour and a half ---lost it at the boat

Swordfish boats working the inside of Clemete-- warm water-- tight to the beach

----------------------- Friday ------------------

June Gloom-- what's you expect--- it's June--- It's to the betterment of our fishery- ultraviolet rays bounce back in forth under it's canopy- warming the water- bait schools feels less inhabited staying near the surface longer--tides are in full swing this weekend Saturn and Mercury have their added pull to the tides- Grunion on the beach 9 and 10 pm this weekend- it's all good-

--- Scratchy reports from the Tuna grounds-- we just lost a rod in the water-- don't really know what happened fell off? came up on a school of porpoise we were dragging through em, feels like a ghost town out here on the ridge-- hope something pos up when the sun comes out --we're between 181-- 182 right in between-- if you see anything give us a haller.

Cazador--- JD, We had a bit of luck yesterday off the Coronado islands. Two nice BFT in the 120-150 range. Rick Hult and myself were the lucky ones

 

302 we just boated a 115lb fish 10:55am

slow trolled mackerel way--way back--

On the 371 seen only a few boils- We keep -- keep metering marks down at 20 ft-- we've had two bites already-- something gonna happen 12:09

Hey JD, Love your reports, long time reader, first time poster. Great day of catching yesterday. We headed over to the island before Sunrise. Picked up some of the small squid Newport had. One of the squid boats was outside Avalon so we decided to pick up some of the bigger squid as well. We started out on the backside with three yellowtail, and broke off a nice halibut right at the boat. We were chumming with the small squid and fishing the big. We moved spots about noon and ended up getting this nice WSB (my first) and a larger model yellowtail. all in all, a fun day! —

Dan

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More good Tuna Dope---

Hi JD, Ran down to the 371 yesterday, had good sardines with a couple anchovy, would have been great to have all anchovy. Waited until 2pm for the fish to come up and then shut the boat down and chummed fresh frozen chunked sardines from past trips. Had 8 hook ups, got 1 to the boat on 50lb on a tiagra 2 speed but he didn't even know he was hooked until he saw the boat and when he rolled and we made eye contact he decided it wasn't his time yet. We tried everything, small hooks, big hooks, reels in gear with heavy drag, circles, J hooks ....but these fish are so big they inhale the baits and wont touch anything over 50lb. they wouldnt touch irons either. we would have had more chances if boats would understand that running up on a school, even a quarter mile away will scare the fish down. we were the only boat in the area that was getting hooked up so bring a sea anchor and shut the boat down and be patient. The water was too rough to dive and we only had 2 people on the boat so shooting one was not an option. These are BIG fish, a friend of mine shot a 245 lber 2 days ago so heavy tackle is needed to even have a chance. It is tempting to chase them around but didn't we all learn from our mistakes last year? The fish were all over the 371, 302 from 2pm until dusk, we got more action later in the afternoon when they weren't as line shy. tom and clay on the Nuclear Hippo

Swordfish harpoon boat- he's up high and day-- just spinning circles-- 2:09 pm--- Slack Tide today-----2:18pm---

Water's green close to the beach clean's up - 7 off the beach-- better

Parker-- you on a fish--- 5:38pm

 

 

 

Dad's Day is comung up quickly - A Talica 2 speed 20 reel loaded with 80 Super Slick Braid line and matched to a 40- 100 lb Broadbill Swordfish Casting Rod is Exactly what he wants--Use it on those Big Blue fined Tunas too-- -! On Sale this week at JD's for only $995.95

Rigged w/ a wind on leader and 9/0 swordfish hook!

 

JD's now has in stock some of the best Offshore Spinning Reels and Rods

or the Powerfull Offshore Spinning Reel dedicated to the Blue Water angler. The Saragosa SW features Propulsion Line Management System, Paladin Gearing, Waterproof drag and Shielded A-RB bearings. Tackle the toughest species and conditions with elegance and power. Up to 44 pounds of drag to stop even the meanest offshore fish.

Put them to good use with a Shimano Twin Power 14000 Spinning reel matched with 50 or 65lb Braid line for the ultimate casting set ups-- Simanos new

A perfect match-up for Shimano Stella SW and Twin Power SW spinning reels when targeting tuna and other pelagics with Orca and Pop Orca topwater lures, the Ocea Plugger rods combine both Spiral X and Hi-Power X construction features into the blank. The design provides for an extremely strong, lightweight rod that offers both added casting distance and accuracy.

And if you can't cast far enough to them-- then go fly a Kite-- JD's now offers the Boston Fishing Kite-- a Parafoil style design which has the greatest lifting power of all kites -- put a mackerel out bridled throught eh back-- suppend it from a Boston Kite-- let it drift back a 100 yards or more and slow troll it iton one of theose feeding frenzies of Tunas-- Hang on

 

 

 

 

-------- Thursdays June 2 report ------------------

Warming inland-- brings a westerly wind to the shores, marine haze- almost fog- it's clearing off mid day- light west wind with a sea chop on it-- coastal waters look green and offcolor-- feels cool in the air--

Those big fat Bluefin-- taken down below the Coronado islands- Hidden Bank area they call it-- fat healthy fish-- from that general area- upwards to the West all the banks towards the Ridge and in towards the beach could be holding fish-- water may roll over a little with this westerly- concentrated the spots - from some of the posted videos of these schools of Bluefin-- they're going to be challenging-- good luck-- 28/42 the boats were centered at-- from the 43 Bank in towards the US/ Mex border corner

A marlin caught by one of the sport boats down towards Colentt couple of days ago.

Newports got some small squids in their receiver--

Humpbacks---- JD Headed over to Catalina right now for Tuna Club White Seabass Tourney. Just wanted to report some awesome breaching humpback whale action near the shipping lane. 12-15 jumps as we went by. At times all the way out of the water. Good stuff! PB

Balboa Angling Club and The Tuna Club of Avalon are having a go at the Yellowtail and White Sea Bass as their club events unfold this weekend for the fishing seasons - tough to fish the tails and white fish when there's almost unstoppable Bluefinn tuna around, almost unstoppable but possible. Clemente Island looks to be active " Hot " for most of this weekend so no anchorage is available there 12 noon till midnight. Oceanside, Mission Bay and SD for the tunas boats -- or drift all night setting up a chum line for the dawns bite. Santa Barbara Is was the hot spot for the WSB last weekend- maybe so this weekend.

 

 

 

Couple of water temp images, from a month ago in a 8 day period to this past 8 days -- 55 to 75 degrees--- that cool 57 degree below Point Conception looks to be eroding and stronger flow coming from the south towards So Calif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized in association with a low pressure area located about 950 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. However, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next couple of days as the disturbance moves west-northwestward at about 10 mph. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent

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

Big story-- Bluefin Tunas caught with long distance casting conn reels or spinning gear with cast poppers / splashers lures

The POPEYE is for Sale

Fresh out of the boatyard-- she's all new and ready to go Fishing! ~

POPEYE-50' Pacifica

Give Rick a call at (714) 585-9774 or E-mail to

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---------------------------- Tuesdays Reports -------------

June Gloom--- wind light from the south-- sky and sea gray-- light wind ruffle on the water--

Tropical storming forming south of Cabo-- heading west Northwest later this week-Showers and thunderstorms associated with an elongated area of low pressure located about 1000 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula have become less organized since yesterday. However, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for slow development, and a tropical depression is still likely to form later this week as the disturbance moves slowly west-northwestward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent

Overcast for the entire day- wind still from the south-- just enough to lift flags- seas calm---

building tides this next week as the moon darkens--

They say the White Sea Bass fishing at SCI was good over the weekend--Hi JD. While fishing at SBI yesterday we saw a frigate bird!-- First one I have seen in CA waters. Saw a booby bird too... And that stuff up at the Channel Islands slowed down-- Catalina still producing the smaller yellowtails and barracuda in the counts-- WSB off the corners of the island -- evening Skiffs had the bites, Swordfish spotted here-- there-mid channel - Stand By---things are developing well- baits the keys and that vortex of the California eddy will do its charm this summer--

 

---------------- Memorial Day---------------- -

Straight out of the Movie-- Closing the beaches on a Holiday Weekend-- you can imagine the Newport Beach city council having a meeting last night deciding whether or not to close the beaches-- helicopters buzzing the coastline this morning looking for JAWS' --- ---- --- --- --- --- she wasn't there--- thank gawd the Pesky's didn't have any of their fake marlin fins floating around--!

Rumor has it Pete W. had a 200 lb Bluefin on the deck this morning--- standing by for further details--

The 43 fathom spot was good -- at least the huge 5- 6 ft long Bluefin were there pushing up bait schools-- if your were fast or lucky to get on them you had a chance of getting a bite-- -- landing them was another story-- big fish-- one boat slid up on a school of breaking fish-- three anglers hung fish-- down to two and eventually down to one-- I think that one was lost at the boat too--- another boat on the 371 said he's had three fish on-- none landed - smaller bluefin in the 30- 60lb class also popping up -

 

Local Water temps for a 8 day period-- 55 to 70 degrees--

Wind from the west picked up as the weather cleared--

Kathy E- Hooker weighed in a 35 lb Halibut-- taken from the backside of Catalina on 30 lb test line--- and a young man-- coming back from the island-- found a kelp paddy--- baited it and found a large Yellowtail on the end of his line--- 48.33lbs! big fish!!

 

Some of the best sculptures ever made of Bluefin Tuna by Bodo Studio's out of Australia.

 

 

 

 

mailto:robyn@bodostudio.com

 

Bluefin chasing baitfish - height 14" - bronze edition of 100 - on American Walnut

Bluefin chasing baitfish - height 24" - stainless steel edition of 25 - on American Walnut and Bluefin chasing baitfish - height 62 " - stainless steel edition of 11

 

 

 

------------- Sundays Events -------------

Looks like it will clear of earlier than yesterday-- spots of blue behind the coastal clouds--

Couple Humpbacks spotted off Laguna 3- 4 off the beach-- lunge feeding--

Boats fishing those tunas out of San Diego and waters out from there were having good success on the bigger 60- 80 lb fish--- like the guy said on the AM radio this morning- long cast to any surface action, a few terns or breaking fish was one method-- and deep dropping jigs on meter marks and/or skipping a rigged rubber flying fish or such baits had results-- Bluefin were boat shy-- very boat shy.

Again, good signs of bait mid channel-- seems like something would show up there-- opah's, Swordfish, marlin, tunas ?

Yellowtails at both islands---no seabass? cat and clemente--- good customer just came in-- with a report of watching a swordfish get stuck-- inside the lee of Clemente-- spotter plane-

and the Bluefin were down on the 302

42lb SWB weighed in at the BAC- non member-- taken from Catalina

JAW'S---------- --- --- --- -- -- -- -- Shark off Corona Del Mar-- helicoper buzzing around for the past hour or so-- A portion of Corona del Mar State Beach was evacuated after a beachgoer suffered “traumatic injuries” in a possible shark attack Sunday afternoon, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department. About 4:10 p.m., a rescue boat picked up the injured female, according to Battalion Chief Brent Jacobsen of the Fire Department. The beachgoer’s wounds were consistent with signs of a shark attack; however, authorities have not immediately confirmed how she sustained her injuries, Jacobsen cautioned.

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

Still May Gray-- light drizzle- wind from the ? dead calm-- small mixed swell-- water temps on the 14 1/2 dozen boats - rock cod fishing or trolling around for nada-- 63 degrees-- Shipping lanes the water warms up- and mnore bait--

Red Crabs-- thick south of the harbor-- above it it's clean

holiday weekend's got a zillion people and boaters out---

and Welcome Back-- Huntington Harbors new Fuel Dock-- Open for Business Now! ---- JD: It is with great excitement that I would like to tell you that Huntington Harbor once again has a fuel dock that is open. Maxum Marine Fuels is ready to serve the boating community here in Huntington Harbor. We offer three grades of fuel: Regular and Premium gasoline as well as Diesel. Please stop by if you are in the area- Todd Z- mailto:Todd.Zondler@pilotthomas.com

Todd Zondler Fuel Dock Supervisor for Maxum Marine Fuel, 15922 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92649-- Phone 562-280-0103 (DD) | 424-344-0367 (Cell)

 

 

 

 

E-Mail from the Cape---JD--, Just returned from 2 days of Cabo marlin fishing by myself on my new boat JewelLure III out of San Jose. The marlin have finally started to show up to go along with the good wahoo fishing. I got 4 stripers and a blue and a by-catch thresher shark. Beautiful flat calm weather and only 12 miles from the harbor.

That afternoon early evening overcast worked is way back again-Whale watchers were challanged again today-- finding the most sealife south out of the newport harbor towards the 4-5 mile range offshore towards Dana. shearwaters and dolphins

22.33 lbs Yellowtail taking on IGFA 8 lb test line-- White's Cove 1 1/2 hr battle-- with all those mooring lines and boat traffic-- tough battle-- congrats to Chuck H.--Cowboy .

 

 

----------------------- Friday's reports ----------------

May Gray--- wind light 4-5 knts southwest-- seas calm-

For the family's entertainment -whale watching- Couple of Humpbacks and dolphins feeding 8 1/2 south of the harbor (Newport) and offshore 3- 4 miles-

White Sea Bass being caught Catalina, the Channel Islands and off Malibu on the squid spanning next--

Only a few moorings available now in Avalon

Water temps around the 60 degree up to 65--

more and more Black Sea Basses being caught off Catalina--

Tuna's big ones being chased down on the 181- 182--- even flying kites to catch em'-- good luck this weekend

Lots of bait and birds on the way to the Island

 

 

 

 

-------------- Thursday's reports ---------------

Light marine clouds and coastal clouds off to the west-- wind from the south -- eddy form outside westerly-- seas OK- offcolor and turned over from the wind these past few days--- a few common dolphins around mostly offshore 5- 10 in the cleaner water--

First of the tropical storms off the East Coast- due later this weekend-- Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for tropical or subtropical cyclone formation on Friday while the system moves west-northwestward or northwestward toward the southeastern United States coast. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, all interests along the southeast coast from Georgia through North Carolina should monitor the progress of this low.

 

E-Mail- San Pedro Bait / Newport Bait Reciever--- Live Squid for Sale!, just want to pass along that the Newport barge is loaded up with live squid. They also have plenty of 4-7” sardines. Have a great weekend! Todd

Local partyboat-- with catches of smaller sized yellowtail 8-10ers-- they had 176 of them yesterday-- both frontside and backside of the island (Catalina)

Fishing out of PV Mexico---- E-Mail from the Quentia-- Paul's personal best- #200lb Yellowfin-

Weekend weather looks good-- Good Luck- JD morning south/ overcast

clearing to a afternoon 15 knts from the west

 

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

Scattered Cumulus clouds- with Altostratus above them- wind fresh from the west- early--- seas have a small bump and chop to them- more boats headed to the Catalina island for the weekend-- Dolphin pods / schools upwards to 500 + moving up the line above Laguna in about 1,000 ft depth- a couple Humpbacks too along that ledge..

Sportboats out of San Diego targeting the tunas on the outside of the lower 9 Mile Bank

_Windy-- windy--- windy-- out of the west for most of the day-- tomorrows a better day-

E-Mail about Joe Dill--- J.D. Thanks for all your help with the Pickle deal. I am in charge of the memorial and Bill Mcwethy has offered to help. We are going to do a casual get together of Joe's friends at the Tequila Factory 2467 Juan St. San Diego 92110 at 4 PM Tuesday June 14. I need to know an approximate head count, so people can e-mail me with their plans. Joe had a lot of friends. so I hope Bills restaurant can hold us all.. Please have people ready to participate with Pickle stories in that there is no real agenda.. there will be taquitos and guacamole and a no host bar. thanks John Kirkpatrick 818-429-1940 add a little note that I would like some pictures for the event. People can e-mail them to me Thanks John

mailto:kirkpatrickjohn4@gmail.com

Note---- and sad E-mail --- J.D. It is with great sorrow that I wish to spread the word of the passing of the very popular captain Joe Dill. Anybody with any time in Cabo ' back in the day ' will for sure have fond memories of the Pickle. "Hey Joe where are you going ?---- " I'll be back in a couple hours Ricky I have to do some skipper shit"---- Come share your favorite Pickle story at the memorial even if it has to do with your ex-girlfriend . T B A here Thanks for the space - I know many of Joe's friends read this John K . Details on his services will be posted as soon as I know- -- another legend in our time- JD

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Hi JD Here is one of my best shots of Pickle at Guadalupe with Bill McWethy March 14, 1983. Regards, Jerry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lily Call Bay Tournament was tough for most-- at least we learned how to re-tie leaders and rigs' lots of Bat rays, rat tailed Stingrays and some pin-back sharks- all the four species were caught- Halibut, Bass, Corbina and Croaker--although no giants at least 4 species caught this year--

 

The Memorial Weekend is coming up-- Catalina Island already starting to get boats on the Avalon's moorings and plans to go out to San Clemente Island looks good for the weekend-- open for anchorage Friday, Sat Sun and Monday--

Swordfish around--- Clemente area-- more Yellowfin in the mix of Bluefin out of the San Diego waters-- Seiners unable to seine with the mix of bluefin in the same schools- and they say even a Albacore or two caught!

Not much going on today-- at least the radio was on the queit side-- weather -- ok- wind came around to flow out of the west 12- 15 knts-

 

-------- The Weeks report ----------

Shrouds in the moored sailboats were ringing--- chance of rain and wind- -- aaaaha it wouldn't be the Lily Call without some weather-- crappy and sloppy out there this morning- several boats turned around and came back into their harbor stiff south wind white cappy and choppy seas greeted those out early this morning--- Seal Beach Pier's Ruby's is gone in a fire there this morning- ? -

The boats fishing in Newport's bay Lily this weekend have been given tentative permission to anchor in the harbor while fishing- "Not to impede any boating traffic" and BAC L/C rules ask to fly a yellow BAC flag to identify them as fishing in the tournament.

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-------------- Thursdays reports -----------

May Gray--- or June Gloom- either case- overcast skies to clear off somewhere around the noon hour-- coastal marine clouds again apear around 5 pm

Worm time--- early am hours for tomorrow's digging--

A check with some of the other tackle shops in the area--- Big Fish Tackle in Seal Beach will have Blood Worms and Lug Worms and they hope to get a supply of Ghost Shrimp in this evening or first thing tomorrow amd in Costa Mesa now that Grant 's is closed Katchum Tackle will also carry Blood Woorms and Lug Worms -- Best of Luck in the Lily-- JD SIng up-- only a few spots left-- JD

And they were biting-- slugs-- 40 lb fish and larger-- White Sea Bass- at Catalina Island, both ends of the island held fish and squid was there-- the small yellows were there to but the Sea Bass was the game--- after not being fished hard for the past couple of years have grown up!-- Local spots and the kelp beds along the coastline should be holding too--

and the Bluefin down off San Diego waters/ US / Mex border were brutes upwards of a 100 lbs fish caught--- most lost--

Filling moon!-- good luck this weekend if your getting out-- JD

 

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

Nothing ventured -- nothing gained as the old adage goes, Jimmy D. out looking around the 14 Mile Bank - just past it the temp break was 64 1/2 degrees, lots of life-- shearwaters, whales, dolphins-it looks good- in search of those tunas, also reported by Billy that Wily was in the neighborhood too! "keep your eyes open" he says -- And Ali reports seeing a good sized Humpback Whale breaching right in front of them about 1/2 way from Abalone point to the 14 mile bank-- filling moon- it's all good---

Overcast with a light+ west wind light wind chop- wind against current for those fishing above Newport and the Huntington flats-- washboard uncomfortable to stick it out for any length of time-- besides they weren't biting-

Those big Bluefin-- outside San Diego waters--- doing damage to those not prepared-- big fish and down deep-- Flat fall lures in the 160- 200 grams+ were doing the trick-- 12 oz lead dropper loop w/ bait

-Costa Rica Report from the Foxi Lady--Had the Tuna Club boys down, Carl Lambert and (Catalina Island pro) Rock Gosselin in 4 days fishing the fads 130 miles out of Los Suenos raised 30 blues had 24 bites catch 13 up to #400. 2 sails and 2 dorado. These guys are talking about doing a fad around the island. hoping they do. they work!!

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

Overcast mornings-- breaks up mid day- wind light west - seas good- coastal fishing remains fair on the basses-- most bass full of the red crabs-- seems like they were hugging the bottom this morning-- not many seen up top--Having seen a school of Bluefin-- just past the Larson's Knoll ( 14 Mile Bank) a couple of days ago-- ( I think by a helicopter heading to Avalon) the possibilities are here for a shot at them-- If you headed towards the islands this week or weekend-- have a cedar plug or Rapala out-- stand by!

Wind looks to be blowing up this next Sunday--- fish saturday! and for those wanting to go offshore to Clemente-- San Clemente Island Security shows for Fri, Sat " Hot/ Acrive " from 7 am till 7 pn-- Sunday looks open.

Building moon ( depending of cloud cover) may make squid harvesting a little more dificult--after the moon rises up behind the island- Catalina--

SWBA will host another on of their Salt Water Bass tourmennts The Spring Classic this Saturday-Fishing out of Long Beach-6 am to 2 pm

 

and of course the Lily Call Bay tournament here in Newport harbor-- only a few spots left-- call the club if you want to get in this fun event-- ( BAC- closed Mon- Tue- open Wed 12- 5 949 673 6384

 

 

 

-------- The Weekends report's--------

Broken overcast, light wind from the south-lumpy quite a few boats out-- radio traffic fair, no reports of fish yet-- backside of Catalina reception blocked by the island--

Tides are beginning to build again as that moon fills

Hey, JD Went over to the island yesterday morning which was already too late for the WSB bite and tough with all the weekend boat traffic. Loaded up on the misc fish but nothing exotic. Came across a belt of life less than five miles from the harbor and saw a nice kelp with a few terns sitting on it and looked fishy. And it was, Ross landed this 30lb yellowtail on a mack aboard the Sealutions. So, I guess you can say the offshore season is here and its not so far off. Capt. Shando Capt. Shannon McGraw Phone: 949-466-2170 sealutionscharters@yahoo.com www.sealutionscharters.com

Lily Call-- pre fishing today----- smaller skiffs, kayakers and such scattered throughout the harbor today-- testing the waters--- as of this afternoon noon time only 20 spots left to get in the tournament-- call the BAC if you want to get in--

Regular summer type day-- boats, paddleboarder, sailboats, yachts and skiffs and more!

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Today marks the first day of the eastern North Pacific hurricane season,

1. An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located about 1100 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula is associated with a weak area of low pressure. Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur during the next couple of days while it moves westward at around 15 mph. After that time, upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive for development. Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent

Today marks the first day of the eastern North Pacific hurricane season, which will run until November 30. Long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes are 15, 8, and 4, respectively.

The list of names for 2016 is as follows: Name Pronunciation

Agatha A-guh-thuh, Blas blahs , Celia SEEL-yuh, Darby DAR-bee, Estelle eh-STELL, Frank frank, Georgette jor-JET, Howard HOW-urd , Ivette ee-VET, Javier hahv YAIR , Kay kay, Lester LESS-tur, Madeline MAD-eh-luhn, Newton NOO-tuhn, Orlene or-LEEN, Paine payne, Roslyn RAWZ-luhn, Seymour SEE-mor, Tina TEE-nuh, Virgil VUR-jill, Winifred WIN-ih-fred-, Xavier ZAY-vee-ur, Yolanda yo-LAHN-da, Zeke zeek

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

Overcast- light south wind-- seas ok a ground swell from the west and a light chop -

Squid showing better off the backside of Catalina-- Live Squid for Sale there too--- couple/ three boats selling it there- good float last night--

Yellows -- the smaller grade 10- 12lb stuff there ( 3 V's) and a few home guards, WSB was and incoming afternoon bite

Red Crabs, not 100% sure why they wash up on the beach--- I'd speculate-- with not much of a moon last night and the overcast skies, about the only light in the nighttime skies would be the city lights-- maybe they had towards them and the land gets in the way?-

Anybody fishing the 267?---- Got a couple of boys-- wanted to run out there-- if there was anything going on?---- Nothing here-- 2:42pm

Sun came out mid day- wind stayed down-- good day on the water--

~~~~~~~~~~~~ Red Crabs everywhere! ~~~~~

---------------------------- Friday the 13th Reports ----------------------

May Gray- wind light from the south/ southeast- seas calm-

Several boats heading to Catalina for the weekend headed out the harbor this morning-- The Newport Boat shows going on with some fancy yachts and sportfishers there--

Sunlight hours are fast reaching their maximum times, in a little over a months time - the days will begin to shorten-- take advantage of what we have how!

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Long Beach Carnage and Marie Clair squid boats were at the island and seemed to have a good supply- regulations sized squids-- yellows at the island--

Off San Onofee- 64 degree water - 10- 12 spots of Red Crabs- porpoise herding up the red crabs- seals, whales and the porpoise all feeding on them-- Red Crabs- Everywhere!!

 

 

 

Only one week away!--- the Lily Call Bay Tournament--- limited to only 75 anglers this year-- and it's filling up quickly!

 

 

 

 

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

May gray again--- towards the noon hour starting to burn off- westerly also beginning--- -- never cleared off and the wind stayed under 10 knts--

E-mail-- Hi JD--- Spent the night at Catalina Tuesday.. Had a huge spot of squid come up and circle the boat only to be out of net range. Did manage a few on the net and jigged up about a half scoop until they got chased away by the lions. Managed eight yellows, 4 of really good quality and released the other four smaller models. Best regards, Captain Tony Black and Blue

A check with the San Clemente Island Security shows the island is open on Friday, Sat and Sunday . Weather looks OK for Friday , Saterday morning -OK with a building West wind and swell Sat afternoon and into the night , backs off some early Sunday morning and again a building westerely Sunday Afternnoon.

 

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 12 May 2016 ENSO Status: El Niño Advisory / La Niña Watch Synopsis:

La Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016, with about a 75% chance of La Nina during the fall and winter 2016-17. During the past month, sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies decreased across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, with near-to-below average SSTs recently emerging in the eastern Pacific. . The latest Niño region indices also reflect this decline, with the steepest decreases occurring in the Niño-3 and Niño-1+2 regions . The surface cooling was largely driven by the expansion of below-average subsurface temperatures, which extended to the surface in the eastern Pacific) While oceanic anomalies are clearly trending toward ENSO-neutral, many atmospheric anomalies were still consistent with El Niño, Collectively, these anomalies reflect a weakening El Niño and a trend toward ENSO-neutral conditons. Most models predict the end of El Niño and a brief period of ENSO-neutral by early Northern Hemisphere summer The model consensus then calls for increasingly negative SST anomalies in the Niño 3.4 region as the summer and fall progress. However, there is clear uncertainty over the timing and intensity of a potential La Niña The forecaster consensus favors La Niña onset during the summer, mainly weighting the dynamical models (such as NCEP CFSv2) and observed trends toward cooler-than-average conditions

 

 

------------------------ Weds Reports -----------------

May Gray and June Gloom helps in heating up the water temps, the sun's ultraviolet rays penetrates the cloud cover, hits the ocean's surface waters and reflect back and forth under it's canopy of cloud cover, mid day sun warms the clouds they evaporates and bright sunlight helps heat the water and afternoon evening cloud cover helps to trap the heat again. It's all in our favor--- except the afternoon wind-- -

This week for your yachting pleasure is the Newport Boat Show , the 43rd year as the premier yacht show in the West.

Should be lots of new and used boats there-- buy a new sportfishing yacht and get all the tackle financed in the purchase - Give JD's a call--- packages start at 5K, 10K , 15K and 20K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windy today--

 

---------------------- Tuesdays Reports ------------

May Gray- they call it-- burning off around noon- light 2- 5 knts from the south- seas calm and flat-- Halibuts showing up the the mix, better this year- better than the past several years--

Newport Boat Show the big deal this week-- drop by the show and see some fancy yachts and sportfishers-- and if you are about to purchase a boat-- ask them about the fishing tackle from JD's under the financing-- let the company buy it-- otherwise it's out of your own pocketbook, and California Sales Taxes can be eliminated if the vessel is received out of state! Ask JD's for details!

A call from Rodney-- just coming back from the island ( Catalina) , backside Salta Verde, where they had fished today-- Marie Clair a small squid boat was there selling live squid-- smaller 4- 5 in stuff but the 8-12lb Yellows were on it and a few White Sea Bass in the 12 - 15lb range size were being caught by others around them, overall good fishing for them.

 

--------- The Weekends Reports ----- closed Monday---painted the fence!----

Clearing skies- pale blue behind lingering clouds-- wind light from the west a bit cool waiting for some sun to warm it-- strong draining tide last night and this mornings filling with a 8 1/2 foot change!

Funky overcast day finally brightened up forecast looks promising water temps 65 bass are biting and possible tails under inside and outside paddies- it's Spring -

Sea Bass, the white ones reported up at Anacappa again- 30- 40 lb + fish-- maybe some are the hatchery raised fish-- remember to save the heads for scientific study- by Hubbs Sea World--just recently the Newport Harbor WSB grow out pens received 9,000 fingerlings- maybe 3 - 5 inches long-- at this point close to 2,000,000 two million have been released into the blue, by this point and each year they grow they''' be sustaining both the commercial market and a sportfishing interest.

A quick look at the water temps from 55 to 72 degrees and then a closer image of the Channel Islands waters where those squid and White Sea basses began to show -- and another Chlorophyll images of the same area--

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cloudy with a chance of rain- puffy clouds with moisture in them-- wind fair from the south- seas slight bump and wind chop-

With the reshowing up the those Bluefin tunas outside San Diego waters and there-a bouts this week of the new moon-- breezing fish under bird schools-- I haven't heard of much of fish taken of trolled lures yet -- mostly hard lures or baits tossed to em'.

To me, the most remarkable part of last season's fishing was the not only the concentrated variety of fishes into the boundaries of our local grounds, was the aspect of developing fishing methods, chunking , the type of lures used, methods that were used transported via the internet / social media to others instantly. Proficiency met opportunity- to learn of various methods now- -great fishing- I wonder what will develop this season- giant Alabama Rigs? - good luck this season JD --

A little more wind out of the south that was expected today-- certainly a beautiful day on the water-- the usual suspects rounded up-

Bait, even frozen bait was hard to come by jugging by the number of phone calls from shoreline anglers looking for it--

-------------- Fridays Reports ----------------

Cloudy skies some rain- wind from the south fair-- 4- 10 knts-- some chop to it generally seas good-- Strong tide change this weekend - deep minus tide today earthquakes? - Grunion run this weekend

E-Mail from the land of El Dorado-- New Zealand--- Good Afternoon JD, The men were very pleased with George's fish ( Broadbill Swordfish 224 KG aboard Major Tom 11) plus each tagged a Marlin of around 250 lbs and hooked 2 other Broadbill.

Weigh in on Russell Wharf

The weather was poor so one morning we fished Yellowtail for 2 hours and tagged 8 that were weighed in the net at between 28 and 36 lbs.

George and Jack had good action for a 4 day trip. El Nino in New Zealand has produced excellent Broadbill action. Regards, Jerry

 

Just finished up restoring several of the older reels- used by one the Tuna Club of Avalon members for linen and dacron fishing lines-- old stuff by today's standards- yet they were among the finest in their day-- and to carry that challenge of catching a fish under sporting tackle--- these do just that--!

 

To go from antique reels with added leather thump pads for drags and string made from twisted plant fibers to sophisticated automatic two speed shifting reels with almost unbreakable fishing lines of untold length is quite a revolution in reels. They all need service.

 

Next up in for service are four Shimano 80 w Trolling Reels and a 50 W -- quite the change to the heavy tackle to have ready this Summer if there are Blue Marlin or if any of the bigger Bluefin are about over the next few months- otherwise they're headed south to fish the Black and Blue this Fall-

 

Such a varity of reels to service -- Accurates Twin Drag 2 speed 50 wides with Hi Vis 80 Mono and backed with braid lines.

 

Back to the ultra Light Tackle-- to be used later this month in the BAC Lily Call bay tournament- IGFA 4 lb test lines only-- Ultra Smooth drags and precise knots are needed to get the maximum strength out of that fine line. A challenge for sure.

 

 

From the old to the New-- Shimano's 12 volt Electric Reel with multi settings to drag pressure, depth settings top and bottom, drop speed, receive speed and a futuristic design compared to a pair of 25 year old electrics of the past.

Glad to have the work to do-- if you need reel or rod service to be done- give us a call or drop by- JD

Good Luck this weekend-- sounds like the Bluefin were biting again out of SD--

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

Another funky day- with relatively warm low pressure storm approaching- no major wind or swell with it .- weather cleared off again in the afternoon, light southeast wind- not many boaters out-- San Clemente Island looks to be "Hot Active" for the Weekend--

I had a new customer come in the shop yesterday morning-- new to the area, fishing this last fall with his teenage boys he got a taste of it--they have a 22 ft boat-- to him and the many others who are new to the southern california fishing arena I took some time to lay it out as to why and who shows up in these waters to give him a general overall picture to develop a time frame as to what happens. Sitting here behind the counter for the past-- years you get a general idea so it's helps to pass it along. This mornings satellite image of the west coast reveals a lot for out Spring early summer advancement of the upcoming season

 

That Low pressure system from the north shows it's push southwest along the Northern California coastline, upwelling's of plankton sealife are taken offshore along with the Davidson Current to circulate inwards towards Northern Baja. The flow of California Current is driven northward along the inshore Baja Peninsula by tropical weather early Summer where it eventually start circulating into the Southern California Eddie bringing a mixture of semi- tropical warm water to the plankton sealife that creates conditions favorable to gamefish here in So. Calif waters. Yearly and seasonally changing winds and sea forces drive currents against the islands, canyons, banks or shallow flats that can change daily. The mix of water temps, plankton life or tides are just some of the factors that create fishable conditions-. Tides are predictable, wind and weather sea conditions are almost forecastable now and ocean currents are better being understood now, these things we can factor in for the game plan for the day-- - As I told him their first has to be fish alive and of catchable size to catch- meaning they had to have born in the first place. Most of the fish we seek are between 3 and 5 years old so healthy conditions were needed years ago, they simply have to be there to catch-

 

We went through the general seasons, wintertime calico bass some yellowtail, springtime more active Calicos Yellowtails halibuts, maybe Sand Bass migrate in, by June Yellows show further up the coastline towards Dana, and tunas will be the main event out of San Diego by July and they will have moved northwards towards Catalina and Clemente islands and may be found under kelps paddies along with Dorado. August, tuna are the staple fish to be caught out of SD and Striped Marlin will show up with more Dorado maybe even a swordfish in the mix. September the yellowtail will have lost their appeal and tunas still hold their position as a food fish to be caught- Striped Marlin are the bigger gamefish to seek and remain so into October and by November depending on the severity of Fall and winter approaching things slow down again.

Here's a quick review of the West Coast water temps from 2010 till 2016- 50 to 80 degree range- during the first week of May. Overall for 2016 we look something like 2014, not quite as warm as 2015 and that plume of cool water remains north of us. Best of Luck in 2016 JD

-- 2010 ---- 2011-----2012-----213 ----

--- 2014 ---------- 2015 ---------- 2016

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

May Gray-- wind light from the west skies overcast-- not much swell-

Funky day-- stayed overcast and a west wind till the early afternoon- haze went away- blue behind it-- warming sun-- wind backed off and sung to the south-- tide filled in-- nice afternoon-- not many on the radio today with the funky weather.

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

Fair blue skies- morning hours generally means some westerly wind in the afternoon- so far light from the southwest- seas calm w a mixed small swell- water temps holding back up to 64 degrees

Calico, sand bass and a few thresher sharks around-- mackerel used for bait.

Building tide flows this week--

Wind picked up from the west -- backed off towards the later afternoon hours--

The Huck Fin- came in late in the afternoon-- after having spent the day over at Clemente Island-- Yellowtails were the goal - with the biggest they landed in the 20 lb range but bigger fish were there - a bit windy and some chop- hot lure---- butterfly--- hot color-?-- pink! yellows were coughing up red crabs too!

Not many out today-- Bongos was also over at Clemente-- local partyboats out of newport stayed at Catalina - of note 8 outside Newport this afternoon- hundreds of terns were working the water??- Bluefin traveling through? -- could be

Prices on Fuel seems to have stablized for Diesel-

-------------------------- The weekends Report- closed Monday--- ( windy pm)

From the AM radio show this morning-- those Bluefin tunas- 25 upwards to 60+ were seen is schools around the Airplane Bank yesterday and into the inside from there- bumpy sea conditions may have led them to be near the surface in that chop- either way a better afternoon bite for them- sardines and iron-Shimano- Flat fall lures were said to have caught some of the fish - the Finger Banks above Ensenada were the Yellowtail grounds.

Yacht Clubs have their "Opening" this weekend- showing off their "Yachts" all clean up and ready for inspection. -

Only 20 more days till the Lily Call bay fishing tournament-- sign up now- limited to 75 anglers this year--

E-Mail fishing for for the bay--- Hi JD, we had our BYC Jr. Angler tournament in the bay Saturday. Slow fishing- water was dirty off colored. We managed a dozen short barracuda trolling deep diving Flicker Minnows and a handful of small spotties and sand bass. Seals were a major issue- took 5-6 of our barracuda by coast guard dock. Overall fun day on water. Bob-

Jack Noyes 1st place and High Boat in BYC In the Bay Tournament aboard Lil Reel Noyes

 

 

 

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------------------Sat's reports --------------

Morning broken cloud cove went away - hazy blue sky left behind- wind fair from the south am hours due to swing to the west pm hours.

number of boats and sailing craft out today-- but radio traffic quiet so far.

Couple of gray whales passing through dolphins were in the 100 fathom depth-- probably where most of that bait has moved off to--

reports of bonito down south-- maybe they'll move up here- keep your eyes out for them--good fun if they show up- sounded like world record sized fish?

Wind came around- pretty bumpy all day yet lots of boats coming back in the harbor in the afternoon hours- I say it was only fair fishing today-- better luck tomorrow- weather looks better. reports of yellowtails, a dozen seen under a paddy 20 lb fish-- outside newport-? JD

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

Same as yesterday-- Light marine haze- wind from the south 5- 7 knts

A sign of Spring's in the water Stripped Mullet showing up more and more in the back waters of harbors and bays-- lots of small 1/2- 3/4 and maybe a inch long baitfish in the bays--

Party Boats working the backside of Catalina and the West Cove area-- seas look good there-- outside Clements still a blow- Tuna boats out towards and below the 60 mile bank searching-

Live Ships AIS Currently the new laws that went into effect this month for self-propelled vessel of 65 feet or more in length, engaged in commercial service. § 164.46 Automatic Identification System (a) Definitions. As used in this section-– Automatic Identification Systems or AIS means a maritime navigation safety communications system standardized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), that-- (1) Provides vessel information, including the vessel’s identity, type, position, course, speed, navigational status and other safety-related information automatically to appropriately equipped shore stations, other ships, and aircraft; (2) Receives automatically such information from similarly fitted ships, monitors and tracks ships; and (3) Exchanges data with shore-based facilities. A quick overview with some adjustments to your perimeters and you may see where and what vessels are doing-

Not much said on the radio today- gray whales a humpbacked or two- the common dolphin sightings and generally a ok day- wind stayed steady from the south till mid day came around to the west this afternoon chop on the water, hazy sky , waters cool at 60 degrees

SWBA has their bass fishing event tomorrow-- local clubs have a bay event-- best of luck- JD

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

Meet 9,000 Juvenile White Seabass this Thursday, April 28th at 11:00 am at the BAC and help them get to their new home in the PacFish Pens

Light marine haze- wind from the south 5- 7 knts due to swing to the west and build- building seas w/ short period

Salmon bite improving Central California-

A shot at the Yellowtails this morning up by the offshore Oil rigs outside Huntington/ an Pedro. Seas were sloppy and building on the outside behind Catalina and Clemente -- the tuna fishing's been put on hold for a day or two till things settle down -- inside waters partyboats targeting bottom grabbers and those yellows, or the calicos, and halibuts starting to make a comeback--

Nice aftenoon dispite waht the forecasted said would come-- made about a dozen casts yesterday aftertnoon - hooked a good sized fish-- solid- but hooked failed to lodge, same thing on a smaller fish, made another dozen cast this evening- no bites- Not much said on the radio today--

 

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

High Altocumulus (6,000-20,000 feet) clouds early this morning -stratocumulus on the sea's horizon- wind fair ar 6- 10-12 knts south/southeast. strong eddy from outer westerly winds--

No harm no foul-- car went off the Ferry near our shop late yesterday afternoon-- guy opened the door and got out before it going under- no oil or fuel leaks-- no harm, no foul except for the drain on his pocket book for the crane to pull the car out at 3 am and the added police work -

Great News - E-mail congratulating the Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson for the first Pop Up Tag from The Masters of this past year---

It surfaced about 200 nautical miles northeast of Oahu and recorded a point to point distance of 2,005 nautical miles!

 

Hi Andy, Congratulations! What incredible news! I can't wait to see the actual track. Hopefully, we'll be receiving reports for the remaining five tags in the next few weeks. Anxious to see if they headed in the same direction. Thanks again for your continued support of this important billfish research project. Best to you and Linda. Bob K.

Your tag has popped up! Andy Your tag that was deployed (by Matt ) on a Striped Marlin (caught by Alyson) during the Master Angler Billfish Tournament last summer, popped up last Sunday! It surfaced about 200 nautical miles northeast of Oahu and recorded a point to point distance of 2,005 nautical miles! You can see the pop up location in red (Fish 3) on the satellite map on the website (link below). I’ve zoomed out the map so you can really get an idea of the incredible distance your marlin swam. And although we’ve witnessed this before with tag-recapture methods, our partners at Stanford pointed out that this may be the first time ever that a movement between Southern California and Hawaii has ever been recorded before with a satellite tag on a striped marlin- pretty amazing. https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Balboa%20USA%202015%20Race Once the data is finished transmitting and a track is available on the website, I will be sure to send you another email. Best regards, Leah Baumwell Conservation Coordinator International Game Fish Association 300 Gulf Stream Way Dania Beach, FL 33004

Team 3: Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson Tag distance: 2,005 nm Sponsor: The John and Donna Crean Foundation- Species Tagged: Striped Marlin Species Size: 77 kg (170 lb) Angler: Alyson Gillett Tagged By: Matt Earl Deployment Date: September 17, 2015 Pop-Up Date: April 24, 2016 Distance Traveled: 2,005 nm

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APROACHING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO ACROSS NW MEXICO TONIGHT INTO EARLY THU...WITH WINDS INCREASING TO FRESH TO STRONG N OF 30N W OF BAJA CALIFORNIA IN ITS WAKE. FRESH TO NEAR GALE FORCE WESTERLY WINDS AHEAD OF THE FRONT WILL BE FUNNELED THROUGH NORTHERN BAJA PASSES INTO THE NORTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA FROM 29.5N TO 30.5N BY THIS EVENING.

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Moon's backing off and tides and currents the same-- local water temps took a plunge yesterday with this morings water temps 58 degrees out front of Newport--- more green in it too- seas have a bump/ chop and swell mixed in it. fishiable but not fun

Meet 9,000 Juvenile White Seabass this Thursday, April 28th at 11:00 am at the BAC and help them get to their new home in the PacFish Pens. -- hatchery raised in Carlsbad to a 3-4 inch length, transported via truck to the BAC and hand carried tub by tub to waiting boats, each one will be individually counted to get a pretty good actual count of how many fingerlings are distributed into the pens-- Timer feed daily and voluntary efforts keep the pens operating. By this mid summer they will have more than doubled in size and ready to venture into the great world , currently the are more than a million hatchery raised fish out there-- thanks to donations and voluntary work the replenishing of the sea bass has been a reality--

Before leaving the hatchery they have a small coded wire inserted in their head, years from now we're able to scan a caught fish to see, based off those wire codes which batch of fish they are, how their early diet helped and other scientific studies made Give the BACa call to help out-

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light wind again from the southwest eddy effect - large lumpy seas 8- 10 ft spaced apart coming in from the west- that wind switches this afternoon it'll get sloppy-

I had forgot about the down side of salmon fishing of-- generally slow trolling, nice and slow working any bait schools along the beaches 100- 200 ft drop off -- a couple of lines out ,one deeper than the other, flashers, spoons and weight behind the boat, I had forgot about the Threshers,, and toothy barracuda who also like those flashy tempting slow trolled baits and lures-- they can do havoc on Salmon gear- stupid sharks--

Balboa Angling Club hosts their Open House today--For New and potential members, come down after noontime to visit the club- speak to club directors and the secretary and see what the club has to offer-- which is allot- On the Water Clubhouse loaded with refreshments and a cool break after a day on the water-- Drop in a see the fish board to see who's caught what and spin a few tales yourself-- Clubhouse open 12- 5 pm today- for directions to the BAC call 949 673 6316

E-Mail From Foxi Lady- Costa Rica-- HAD THE TUNA CLUB BOYS COME DOWN FOR A WEEK, ME AND MY BIG MOUTH, 20/30 BITES A DAY IN COSTA RICA!! RIGHT, DEAD CALM ALL THE TIME!! RIGHT, WELL WE MANAGED TO GET A SLAM 2 SAILS, ONE STRIPE, AND ON BLUE, BUT WE ARE PAYING THE PRICE WITH THE WEATHER, STAY TUNED, IF WE MAKE IT THRU THE NITE, TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY

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South wind-- an eddy from the strong developing westerly on the outside- hazy clear skies -

Stayed a a fair wind for most of the day- steady from the west-- 10-12 maybe 15 mid day build a wind chop with it-- Boats traveled out to Catalina working the inside if the island from Two Harbors to the East end- a few of the smaller yellowtails perch etc. stayed out of the wind and swell- same at Clemente . Longer range boats out on the 60 or below looking for the fins.

lots of boaters out- despite the light wind-- water seemed a bit cooler and more green to it-

Those WSB were up towards the Channel Island eariler this week- schools of big fish reported- hard to get them to bite- two sardines on a hooked helped, Anacappa Island- but they didn't bite after that day and the winds blowing now--

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Soft clouds about, wind light from the west 5+ knts clouds on the horizon.

Start of the Ensenada Race today-- they say close to 200 entries this year!-

- and a public advisory issued from the State Dept for travel abroad into Mexico just the other day-- !

E-Mail from PV, Mexico---- Hi JD!--- Personal best last week at 163 lbs! Epic 5 day trip on the Apollo! Average fish went 145 lbs and very mean! Thanks for the tackle!! Eric S.

Sweet deal--- fly out of Orange County's John Wayne airport via Southwest, good deal on airfare and luggage fees now- easy taxi rid to the boat- out for 5 days on the water visit remarkable fishing grounds, some friends dove Corpatainia Rock-- said it was covered up with whoos and they fished the outside north side of the Tre Maria's - tabletop flat weather - Sweet- and yellowfin from 60/80lb and up- they even had all their tunas vacuum packed and ready for the return trip- top it off they caught a midday 100lb swordfish off the kite and helium balloon ---a surface bite!

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Soft cloud cover wind light from the southwest-- outer waters building-- Sunday, and Monday will be unfishable out there- inner waters ok till then,

Rod and Reel repair becomes apparent as we get back into some of the tackle that was used last year--and it was a year to wear out things-- service time will start to get backed up -give your tackle shop a couple of weeks to get repairs done, or if you need some reel repair by JD's you can box em' up and send them to us or drop by either by boat or car ( JD's Tackle is the hardest tackle shop to get to in California!) unlessyour by boat, we're located behind Island Marine Fuels here in Newport Harbor, there is parking behind us, just getting here can be challenging.

Pfluger Templar reels made in the 50's and a few Internationals in for service today--

And a pair of Talica 25 2 speeds in for service they too had hard use this past season- Drags are a carbon fiber which allows the tension of the metal plate against it to slide under pressure yet slip smoothly and without heat build up, light lubricate of Star Drag grease keeps them extra smooth, bearings need a light lube as does handles and gears and all screw holes.

Shimano's quest to go smaller and smaller has driven their connecting screws to such a small size that any corrosion on their slots they become distorted/ striped out and they're unable to back out, freezing them to the frame. Exterior of the reels are great interior they are a little on the rough side- other than that they are great reels-

Tuna fishing these past few days seems to be on the quiet side-- not sure why?-- years ago when the full moon developed the fish counts also developed right along with it- Full Moon would have counts the highest of the month--- maybe the surface warm water's keeping them down for a day or two?

They ran from Newport up to the flats above Huntington-- in search of tail-- not much there so over to Catalina and down the line for a few bass -- around the backside of the island with hopes for some of those smaller yellowtails but sloppy seas turned them down the line to the 277- back into the 14 Mile Bank and the thought about heading back up to the Huntington pipeline against the afternoon's wind and chop was just too much-- only a few smaller bass for the day

6 pairs of Gray whales were said to be heading up hill this morning-- pods of em"

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Blue skies light wind from the south- 2-4 knts just enough to lift the flags.

We've got a pack of about 6 sealions following us- Coronado islands-- saw all the party boats here, maybe only a few tails came over the rails, Rock pile also slow. water looks like sh*##

Ensenada Sailboat Ragatta this week stand by!--

Anybody got a report for the 14 Mile Bank?---- we spent about a 1/2 hour there --didn't see any birds bait or animals -- ok thanks were here on the beach --bait everywhere it's 65 --- just trolling along waiting for something to happen--12:14pm

another nice day --- boats heading over to Catalina for a day or two of fishing, back side Silver Canyon to Church Rock holding a few smaller yellows and OK calico bass fishing, should be some halibuts in that 60- 55 depth along that sandy shelf. Good Luck-

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"all we found were dry paddies, found a couple small yellowtails under a kelp 1/2 wayfrom west of the 9 towards the 182-- but they didn't go- we ran to the 302--- 65 1/2 water perfect --but nothing-- another boater had gone south to the 302 and came back up-hill for the same thing beautiful looking water but not much--- - maybe a time of day deal-

Good to see the arrival of small halibuts to the coastline-- smaller males around shows at least there's a growth of them. Grunion should be in tight to the beaches over the next week-

Nice afternoon- couple of boaters out--- drifting for swordfishes tonight-- gluck- JD

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I just got my first bonito for the year- the excited voice comes over the radio-- and they are beautiful-well shaped with colors of a rainbow greens, blues, purples, gold's with stripes of silvers and blacks and they have shinny teeth!

deep meter marks - done two circles did a long drift- couldn't get anything to go--9:50- we're headed to the 182 and take a look over there-

----- anybody fishing the 43---- pretty quiet- yea roger-- nothing going on here

We've got giant bait balls- animals everywhere-- tried everything but havent caught anything--- luckily it's turned out to be a beautiful day-

- Anybody--- anywhere--- anybody doing anything??---??--- the quest for fish is strong this Spring-- especially after last years full on blue-plate special 10 course version - everyone's hungry for fish now-- any sign, web posting , photo, or story- anything to fill that wintertime gnawing appetite that can only be filled by the surge of a tail .

I got you, we're about 10 outside towards the 182--- anything out there--- nope only flat water

off the 9 --a guy just picked up a bluefin on a blue and white hoochi-

mid day the lack of radio reports spoke of a queit day so far--

then it breakes throught the squlch--"Had him on for two or three minutes , came in and wacked the bait, came at it a second time"-- --- -- 4:50pm

Next few days look good for weather - good luck--JD- - filling moon and earthquakes?

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Gusty Santa Ana's today-- Northeasterly with a west swell -and wind chop to boot!

Seas on the outside - 60 mile bank said for be very good with light wind- water temps 64 degree's coastal waters temps still holding at 62 degrees San Pedro buoy-

Elvis should be appearing on stage at 1: Pm today

4 Gray Whales this morning's trip and two grays and a giant Mola Mola so far today will be in late- 12:06pm--

Boats who ran out to the 181- 182-- one boat reported seeing a large school of Yellowtail between the banks landed one fish est at 40lbs-- all were big fish,

another boat late in the afternoon off Mission Bay seeing jumping tunas ( 5:30pm)

others who ran out towards the 182- reported not seeing much--

Tomorrow's another day and the wind and swell should be subsiding-- JD

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Light southwest wind here on the beach earlt - a little haze with it and slight chop with building swell -

turned around and blew strong from the west-- big swell pounding the beaches small craft-

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 14 April 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory/La Niña Watch

Synopsis: A transition to ENSO-neutral is likely during late Northern Hemisphere spring or early summer 2016, with an increasing chance of La Niña during the second half of the year. Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies were between 1.0° and 1.5°C across most of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean during early April , having weakened appreciably over the last month. The latest weekly values for all of the Niño indices dropped to below 1.5°C The subsurface temperature anomaly in the central and eastern Pacific decreased to negative values in association with a significant expansion of below-average temperatures at depth. Low-level westerly wind anomalies and upper-level easterly wind anomalies weakened compared to February. The equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) remained negative but weakened, Enhanced convection continued over the central tropical Pacific but weakened east of the Date Line, and was suppressed over northern Indonesia and the Philippines). Collectively, these anomalies reflect a weakening El Niño. Nearly all models predict further weakening of El Niño, with a transition to ENSO-neutral likely during late spring or early summer 2016 . Then, the chance of La Niña increases during the late summer or early fall. The official forecast is consistent with the model forecasts, also supported by a historical tendency for La Niña to follow strong El Niño events.

Whats it mean?-- things will get concentrated - We may have it all right in front of us this season stand by--

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Gray skies-- this time of year or in May we'd call it barracuda weather-- overcast for most of the morning- schools of baitfish, anchovies milling on the surface-- but I think most of the Barracuda have gone by the wayside these days-- Weather reports show blowing Wed Thurs and even into the weekend with Sunday being the best day-- Good Luck--

Cow and calf off Main Beach- lots of bait down there--

Looking at the AIS this morning - sport boats are out on the Cortez Bank and it looks like the 3/4 boat out of SD is out chasing somehing outside the 9 mile bank? Live Ships AIS better enjoy the fishing weather now-- forecasted to get pretty windy Thursday and Friday

After a couple dozen calls from customers who keep asking me it those seiners of Newport and Huntington if they were legal to be seining so close to shore sometimes 30- 50 feet deep and are they after anchovies and mackerel sardines for food consummation or for commercial fertilizer and chicken feed?

Reply From the F & Wildlife JD, here's the sections of law from Fish and Game code 8754. After May 1st, there will be a weekend closure along the Orange county coastline. For the question about what is being done with the fish they are catching. The answer is all above, depends on the species they take.

§8754. Districts Where Purse and Round Haul Nets Allowed and Prohibited In Districts 16, 17, 18, and 19, purse and round haul nets may be used, except that purse seines or ring nets may not be used in that portion of District 19 lying within three miles offshore from the line of the high– water mark along the coast of Orange County from sunrise Saturday to sunset Sunday from May 1 to September 10, inclusive. Purse seine or ring nets may not be used from May 1 to September 10, inclusive, in the following portions of District 19: (a) Within a two–mile radius of Dana Point. (b) Within a two–mile radius of San Mateo Point. (c) Within two miles offshore from the line of the high–water mark along that portion of the coast of Orange County lying between the northernmost bank of the mouth of the Santa Ana River and a point on that coast six miles south therefro

E-Mail-- Howdy JD Some good bass fishing yesterday up above Newport yesterday, once the water started moving to fishing was excellent! Took out a pastor from my church and my pops. We were using left over squid from couple years ago that kept well in the freezer. Heck dad even caught two checkers on one piece of sardine tail that we were chumming with. Got out of there by 1 to hit the road home. A Good day, all fish were released to fight another day! . Ross

There's a mon and calf right here-- there really four whales here-- probably go around and head into the Wedge -- roll around in the sand, they seem to like that-- whales passing the harbor entrance-- other boats either headed in or out unaware of the whales.

Nice afternoon light wind from the west patchy marine layer seaward suns shining- wind calming-- should make for a good sunset--

( see below) JD Hi there. I need to hire one great boat Captain

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Clearing sky- light wind from the south a bit stronger than yesterday-- a few milky clouds off in the distance-- seas fair with a slight wind ripple on it-- inthe lower 60's -strong uphill- going north current for the past few days now--

Seiners still working the beach and coastal waters off Newport and Huntington--

bass fishing still good on the artifical reefs above the harbor-- dispite all the seineing going on there

Feels like a warming afternoon- no wind on the water, sunshine bright and warming and the days longer, inshore and bay waters cleaning up- Stand By-- !

And a Email from Cabo--

Things are finally picking up. Today on the JewelLureIII out of San Jose we got 4 nice wahoo and a marlin. Fishing with Bob M., Curt H., and Jeff H. We ended up with 9 wahoo, 3 marlin and a sailfish. Sure glad things are getting back to normal. Warren

I took Monday off yesterday-- thought about with that strong uphill current if it was anything like last years strong uphill almost river /current about this time of year it changed just about everything-- the old goal was to go out a catch a Opah and that current would just about be right for one--

-- but alas that was more than I wanted to do- so elected to simply fish for the calicos in the kelps - tossing jerk shads the fishing was ok, not great but there was enough to chase, not much sea life , birds, bait or seals around but the scenery was better. Vick has said he'd released his third halibut for the morning so I jigged up a nice small mackerel and down she went for drifting and slow rowing for the butt's, a good exercise was all I got.

The run back to the harbor was rewarding, the sun came out and polarized glasses helped-- at least in seeing sealife- I like running in shallow water maybe 15 -20 feet, seeing spots of kelp beds, rocks and garibaldis, and then-- it came in view-- it saw me - turned and swam into the deep, I followed it till lost in the depth. Shark! Maybe a foot or more in diameter and 8 feet long- I'd make a guess at 200-250 lbs, brownish in color except when it made a turn and bit of light color showed, I had to question myself, was that what I thought was- yes a shark, no it did not porpoise up and down like a dolphin and it wasn't a seal and it didnt have a thresher's long tail - it was a good sized shark-- - knowing today's crazy world and how things get carried way beyond reason- bes to now say much- by now she's swam 10 miles from there!-

Local paryt boat catch today 57 Salmon grouper, 115 rock fish, 1 sheephead and 6 calicos--

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Blue skies and broken clouds as the mornings starts here in Newport- couple of anglers headed out for a coastal adventure. wind light from the south 3-6 kts- seas have a swell to them. but no wind , light wind ripple on the water-- seems a bit cool ar least offcolor in spots-- Catalina stands out like a sore thumb, bright and shinny in the morning's light- clouds behind it-

The White Sea Bass--- the bain of many anglers-- the challenge to get the bigone-- and there's a few around these days--- a call yesterday morning- of a tug-a-war battle on big fish in and out of the kelp bed stringers.A late night almost slack tide bite- that got into the kelp- then came free, dove back into it again only to break off a hour later after he's pulled the boat's stern around against the strain of the remaining tide, but a tide switched and current came in and swung the boat back around against kelp and fish, all that was gained was lost and she broke off. A second fish lost on light tackle and a third fish lost due to " I wasn't going go through that again, either I was going to turn her or I wasn't-- I didn't!, Yep they are around-- time and place and baits and tackle the keys to that kelpy neighbored

Some discussion was made about the actual strength of fishing lines and their labeling, monofilament especially. To my recollection back in the early 60's when I began selling it and spinning it on reels Golden Dot, Maxima and others were the top sellers. The line's label ratings was the minimum the line would break at-- a manufacture had been sued for false representation and Weights and Measures required the line to be at Least that of the strength labeled to test at. To that advantage, manufactures began to label 30 lb line at 20 lb with the thought being anglers hung to a fish or the bottom would claim " This is the strongest 20 lb test I've ever used" thus selling the strength of that particular line maker.. One manufacture would try to beat the other in line strength labeling. IGFA lines are rated as the strength of the line shall not exceed that specific line rating, 20lb test lines have to break at or below that strength.

Lots of fin bait above the harbor-- strong uphill current sweeping in new warmer water. upwelling on the flats makes for good feeding grounds for the plankton/ filter feeding chovies and mackerals -

Fishing the bluefin-- they say Yellowfin also caught today!! stand by--

beautiful afternoon-

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Coastal horizon lost in the gray overcast sky- rain expected or at least the thought of rain- wind fresh from the south seems to be building, small wind chop with it and strong tides and current mixed in it--

Looks like Bongos charter boat came in early---good calico bass fishin' for them early--

Sailboat ragatta filling the air waves--

The little band of weather/ rain pushed by-- wind seems to be backing off -- sea conditions really not that bad-- Whale watchers out scouting off Laguna - it's been good sightings of Finback Whales and dolphins- bait around and conditions aren't really bad at all-

Long day with a gray cloudy sky - a few kids looking for something to do fished the bay- weather seemed to back off towards sunset- tide filling for a grunion run towards Midnight- good luck have fun!-

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Gray sky, gray ocean wind fair from the south 5- 7- knts- only a few lonely voices on the radio

Good thing about this storm system-- there's not much wind with it--- so far. cool but not wind whipped

Derry for most of the day now-- wind backed off, flags lays limp and seas calm- no one on the radio except the dock/ cargo workers and whale watchers and some other government study going on-- Spring breakers a bit disillusioned about a sunny weekend here at the beach- standup paddle boarders in their skimpy swimsuits paddling by the shop- a bit too cold for most- --couple kids out tossing plastics for small bass

Arrf-- arrf-- arrf-- seals enjoying the Fresh water bath--

late in the aftenoon hours Bongos 3 calls in with their fish report--

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Solid overcast- wind light from the south, seas reflective of it-- Couple of boaters out early- getting out ahead of the approaching storm from down south-- El Nino---Stand by--

Balboa's Angling Club's monthly BOD meeting was broken up by the phone call--- "We're coming in to weigh a fish-- Bluefin Tuna" -- leaving at 5 am they ran to the waters south-- all the way to the 60 Mile Bank- metering and seeing a good volume of fish there-- just getting them to go was difficult-- 5 or 6 sport boats around and another private-- wasn't until the afternoon hours before they came up for us -- we had a triple going -- got this one in-- First Tuna for the year for the BAC- congrats to Michael a well deserving young man-- and to dad and friend for making the April trip out there-- a little bumpy on the way back-- !

Derry for most of the day now-- wind backed off flags lays limp and seas calm- no one on the radio except the dock cargo workers and whale watchers--

Among the many things the BAC angling club has to do is host two fun upcoming events--

the Lily Call Bay Fishing Tournament - only 4 lb test line allowed which sets the standard, heck not many of the fish ever weigh over 4 lb! The two day event is May 20 and 21 st, Sign up now!

And this coming summer highlight, the Master Angler Billfish Tournament- a inter sportfishing clubtournament, angling club vs clubs and who's the best club, boat and angler for marlin.

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Wind light from the south-- hazy skies with forecast to cloud up-

Welcome to hear the radio chatter- although not a lot caught but welcoming to hear boaters out - giving their reports of who, what and where they were--- not that many were into fish-- other than the party and privates out on the 60 Mile Bank where 10 am limits were had by dozens of anglers. Now in search for bottom grabbers and yellows-

Eric if you can read this, we finally found them puddling around-- pretty good----- just hung one on the iron--- get up here!! ( area?) 10:55

we're out here on the 267 haven't seen much- where are you??--

one on the bait--

Any reports on the 209--- we're on the 209-- pretty dry -- a few signs of bait but that's it--

Boaters off Del Mar report thick fog--

just outside 267 towards the 209-- on a big school of dolphins and birds but outside of that nothing--4 outside the bank- marked some fish

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Fog burning away mid morning-- good down-hill current, light wind from the south/southwest- water remains in the low 60s, warming up every day now it seems, Calico Bass were biting well on most of the art reefs and rock piles above Newport and the Huntington Flats-- in tight off North Newport in 30 50 feet of water there were 6 seiners wrapping as fast as the can - anchovies and anything else they can-- hate to think it's going for chicken feed or fertilizer-

From a scratchy report from a boat out on the 181- tuna looking it was slow for them ( except for the recorded wicked tuna-- " beep--beep-- beep-- we're markin', we're markin' !" good to hear the boys having fun out there today-

Blue water on the 181-- 182-- half way up the ridge there'e some offcolored green water all the bait was in the green water

lots of mammals feeding on something down there - not showing now maybe later this afternoon when they seemed to be showing-

three fish back couple of hundred commons off Laguna-

Good radio receptions-- today-- fair number of boats out looking for the tunas--312, 209, 267, 181, 182- 9 --nothing so far for them-- 11:45am

43 over 25 large pod of porpoise with birds working it--- looked good-- outside upper 9 --- 64.7 just above the 209--- we've got 66 degree water and beautiful looking--

metered a bunch of stuff -- we're downhill from you a 1/2 mile - just couldn't get them to go-- 1:25pm

a few rat yellows out from under a kelp- that was all--

whales and some bait but no breaking fish-- that was it--

Anyone working the 9 today-- see anything--- we were there-- up and down it-- didn't seen anything except a swordfish--- we worked it for about an hour for nothing--

Returning back to newport- tuna searchers reports it all looks real good but they didn't see em today-- but it really looks good-- stand by--

Got even flater as the day went o

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Building tides as that new moon nears - should improve the coastal fishing--

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Almost a June Gloom day with gray in the morning hours, burning through mid morning-- wind light from the west southwest. seas calm

181 182 doing the zone thing--- haven't seen any fish so far, little bit of birds, little bit of porpoise-- We'll let you know if we see anything-- Yea we ran out to the 182-- not much life for us there-- more life inside

regular fish radio talk this morning on the VHF

The SWBA's Offshore Challenge - First Days results put the 5 fish bag high catch weight at over 25 lbs - local anglers Jimmy and Tracy Decker holding their own with a Third Place so far and a 22 lb bag weight- Live weigh in at 4 pm today--

Great to see the Live Bait Barge back in operation here in Newport- Anchovies for bait--

The Balboa Angling Club had its Annual Awards as most angling clubs do- A thanks given back to the Club's own membership's personal support and that of the City of Newport for their assistance in getting new clubhouse foundation and another new weigh station and hoist rebuilt, we needed them! Some remarkable fish were caught this past year- among the notables were Father and Daughter and son team -Cole a proud young man has a 3 lb 6 oz corbina on 2lb! His older sister an adorable young girl Sarah Taite who received two World Records ( Small Fry) on Corbina and Bluefin Tuna and her Dad Greg Taite who took top Honors as Angler of the Year for the Club. BAC and 6 World Records himself, A fishy family. New Club Records went the Chuck Holland with his 23 lb 13oz Yellowtail on 8 lb test, Greg Taite 5 lb 11oz Dorado on 2 lb test line, Vick Sommers lb 25lb 12oz Yellowtail on 8 test line, Peter Binaki's 26lb 9oz Yellowtails on 6lb test line, All remarkable catches. Adding more remarkable catches were Vick S's World Record White Sea Bass at 56 lbs 5 oz on 6l b test line Jim Duncans 63lb WSB on 20 tackle and Marty Firestein's 133 lb Bluefin Tuna on 80 tackle. - Add the incredible Marlin Season with the Bounders 96 Marlin Catches , Linda Crean First Marlin and the Most Releases with 41 Fish and Andy Crean was voted Member doing the Most for Conservation. The Clubs Marlin Catches at 353 fish the best since 1985 .

With Bluefin tunas, yellows and what looks like an healthy amount of bait around prospects look great for this years fishing--

Slow trolled sardines and bait 20- 30lb Bluefin he was saying outside -- off the Point (Loma)

Radio Reception a radio check from Anacapa Island and another from the 60lb Bank

I didn't hear much chatter on tunas being caught, except those close to San Diego, they could have been- weather was a bit westerly today with a steady flow downhill and a bit on the overcast side- .

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You never know about fish caught today???-- but congrats to the angler either way-

Locally caught-?? WSB (last year)

Good News---Good morning JD, the Newport barge is scheduled to be moored up tomorrow 3/31. We had to postpone it a couple of days due to wind and swell. If all goes as planned, we’ll be baited up later in the day Thursday or Friday morning. Bait lately has consisted of good size anchovies and sardines. Squid has been pretty much been non existent due to warm El Nino conditions. We will be operational 24/7 for the season and the barge cell number is 310-461-5370. Thanks, Todd -

April 3rd the BAC will have it's 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet at the Harborside Restaurant 400 Main Street, Balboa , 11 am , Casual Attire. This will be the 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards for the GREAT 2015 fishing season, One of the best of all times!!---- Let's all CONGRATULATE the 2015 Award Recipients! You're Invited Call the club for reservations-/ A Fabulous Menu Has Been Prepared For The Occasion Give the Club a call for you support (949) 673 6316 or Email to Balboa Angling Club

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Not much on the radio today-- a dozen or more smaller skiffs running over to Twin Harbors Catalina for the Offshore Challange- Fishign Catalina, Clemente or Santa Barbara Is. - the Calico Bass fishing curcuit-- live weigh in tomorrow 4 pm

This Weekend the SWBA- Salt Water Bass Asso. host the The California Offshore Challenge it's been called ‘The Super Bowl of Calico Bass Fishing’ 50 of the most hard core anglers vying for supremacy at the only 2-day island based tournament of it’s kind. Anglers equipment, endurance and will are all pushed to the limit as this unfolds for 20 hours of fishing and a combined 2-day weight format. Two Harbors is the perfect venue for this special event. .Catalina, San Clemente & Santa Barbara Islands Calico Bass only!

and what would today be without-- The Clemente Monster Out of the Depth,

The following is set down somewhat hesitantly. He who ventures aside from the accepted groves of believe lays himself open not alone to jibes, but to direct attack upon his veracity. It is human nature to scoff at those things which are not understood, or which are not simple of explanation. The most startling incident related in the following pages I experienced myself, saw with my own eyes.. Some twenty-five or thirty personal acquaintances, all of them reputable, many of them men of substance and standing in their respective communities, also saw with their own eyes the identical thing which I saw. The reader is at liberty to believe, or not to believe, what follows. However the fact remains that it happened: that I saw what I am about to describe. It happen in September of the year 1916.

I was over at San Clemente Island after Marlin Swordfish. We had left Mosquito Harbor about seven o’clock in the morning. The day was overcast with a high fog, and windless. The sea was like glass except for a small roll coming down the coast. All objects on the surface, birds and driftwood, appeared black. Visibility was perfect, the sea stretching away to the sharp line of the horizon. These details are important, so bear them in mind. By about eight o’clock we were perhaps a mile and a half off White Rock which is some three miles above Mosquito. I was sitting on top of the cabin watching for fins, my field glasses beside me. My boatman was busy at something down in the cockpit. A bait was out and the rod lashed to the fishing chair. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, and to seaward, I saw something big and black lift above the surface. I whirled, gasped, then clapped my glasses on it and yelled to my boaman to head for it. A scant quarter mile of a mile off there reared up out of the water the Thing which I instinctively knew was what, for years, we had called the “Clemente Monster,” which many had see, and about which there had been endless wonderment.

I shall try to describe it to you as best I can. Try to imagine a great columnar neck, or body, eight to ten feet thick and lifting twenty feet above the surface. Surmount this neck or body with a flat-topped, blunt, reptilian head. On either side of the head place two huge, round and bulging eyes. I dont believe they were an inch under a foot and a half across, perhaps more. There you have the essentials of what we saw. At my first shout my boatman stuck his head out of the cabin jitney and let out a queer little squawk. I don’t know that I blame him particularly! Steadily we forged towards the Thing. Remember, it was about a quarter of a mile away. My glasses were of seven power. I had them on it from the first moment I caught a glimpse of it. I don’t know precisely, but would guess that they brought it up to within a couple of hundred yards of us.

Certainly I could see it plainly enough to note various details. Two things stood out above all others- those enormous eyes and its unbelievable huge bulk. I never want to look at such eyes again. They were like the creations of a nightmare! Their very size, of course, left one breathless. But that was only a detail. It is utterly impossible to describe the coldness, the expressionlessness of them. It was like looking into the dim past when earth’s life consisted of great, slimy, horrible creatures dragging their way through gargantuan forest and over dead, sullen seas. They litterally froze me in my seat.

Later my man said I was as white as a sheet, my teeth chattering, my knees shaking. I wouldn’t be surprised. Neither in a museum, nor in any reconstructed picture of a prehistoric creature have I ever seen eyes which resembled those. The trunk, or neck, or whatever it was appeared above the surface, seemed to covered with a coarse, reddish-brown bristles. It wasn’t hair. They stood out rigidly from the body. It is strange that I should have gathered any impression of color in the light, but I did and, as will develop later, it is quite likely that I was correct in my impression. The trunk, or neck, was more or less erect. The head was turning slowly as though surveying the surface of the sea. The Thing did not rise and fall in the slight roll of the sea. Instead the waves broke against it. Give full consideration to what that statement means! I gathered the impression that the head was lowered. Certainly I saw nothing resembling a mouth. Others who have seen it say they saw a mouth. I didn’t. The great head continued its pivoting, seeming to make three-quarters of a circle. Then it saw us. The pivoting stopped. Those terrible eyes fixed themselves upon us coldly and without any expression noticeably through the lenses of the field glasses. For a few moments it regarded us fixedly, then, as though some great, hidden hand had seized it, it slowly sank. There was no visible movement of the great trunk, no commotion on the surface. Slowly, majestically, by comparison making the fluking of a whale seem a panicky, convulsive dive, it sank and disappeared beneath the surface. There was no swirl, no bubbles to mark where it had been, or where it sank. I don’t know how long it was up; perhaps a minute and a half, My boatman claims five or tem, but that is ridiculous. Out boat being slow, by the time we turned towards it I doubt that we approached appreciable closer. So what I saw I saw from about a quarter of a mile away and through the lenses of field glasses.

It is a little difficult to describe my emotions after the Thing sank. I had always loved the sea, particularly around and about San Clemente Island. With the appearance of the Thing, and its disappearance beneath the waters across which we were fishing, something of the friendliness went out of that sea and didn’t come back for a long time. I caught myself glancing furtively overside and with a strange prickling sensation up and down my spine. We went on fishing that day but neither of us was particularly happy. I know I felt a pronounced sense of relief when we dropped our hook in Mosquito that night and I stepped out upon the security of land. Well, there it is. You know as much about it as I do. I don’t think there is a shadow of a doubt but that, here in Southern California channels there exists an unknown species of great sea creatures. Ralph Bandini, Veiled Horizons, 1939

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The end of March is at hand and April 's Spring fishing season is around the corner- optimism is high for this year- who can expect it o be a good as last year- maybe not quite as good, a lot of those fish were simply caught and are not alive anymore-- it's not like the fish population doubles itself each year or materialize out of nowhere, it takes time for fish to grow, on average most of the catchable sized fish we seek are 4- 5 years old, so hope there was good bio-conditions for them to reproduce two, three and four years ago- time will tell.

Blue sky's this morning water still cool and clear with bay waters 5- 8 feet. green tint, being clean sunlight helps the green moss to grow quickly, boat scrubbers are busy.

Thanks for sending in you 2015 Marlin count-- if you can and your not on one of the angling clubs marlin catch report- send in you numbers and we'll at it to the growing linst-- thanks JD to jdsbiggame@aol.com

How many Striped Marlins were caught this past season from San Diego to the Channel Islands, recorded counts were sent in from the Tuna Club of Avalon, the Balboa Angling Club, Dana and San Diego and channel islands clubs as well as from some individual private boats, not counted the hundred or more not included, deducting overlapping catches that would be counted by two clubs etc.

Striped Marlin recorded count for 2015- total 94

the counts growing-

Boat running to Clemente Island this weekend will see the island active "Hot"from mid day till 8 pm on Friday-- then the island is open ( Pyramid Cove) all day Saturday and Sunday. Should be good fishing, weather looks to be better and water temps improving, Calicos , Yellowtails, maybe even Bluefin Tunas there and who knows maybe even see a marlin, swordfish or the Clemente Monster--- Stand by---

Whale watches seeing Grey Whales coming up the line shallow 10 fathoms even Humpback seen off Aliso.

Seiners working the shoreline north newport- taking tonnage of baitfish-

Reports that the partyboats out of San Diego were into the bluefin today-- limit of two per angler, I think 60 mile bank

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With the spetacular season last year for the marlin fishery an E-mail this morning from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center's Billfish Tagging Program. . The latest Billfish Newsletter has been published on our website - Please copy and paste the link below into your browser. click on 'Billfish Newsletter', then '2015'. Link to Newsletter and Survey: https://swfsc.noaa.gov/FRD-billfish/

Also, if you haven't filled out a Survey for your billfish fishing in 2015, please follow the link to our 2015 Billfish Angler Survey. You can print out a copy, fill out the Survey, and stick in the mail. Postage paid! Or, scan and email back. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

-- James Wraith NOAA NMFS Fisheries Biologist Southwest Fisheries Science Center 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 546-7087

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In trying to just get and overall assessment of just how many Striped Marlins were caught this past season from San Diego to the Channel Islands, counts were sent in from the Tuna Club of Avalon, the Balboa Angling Club, Dana and San Diego and channel islands clubs as well as from some individual private boats, not counted the hundred or more not included, I came up with the following count of recorded catches, deducting those who overlapping catches that would be counted by two clubs etc.

Striped Marlin recorded count for 2015- total 940

Tuna Club 549 catches, BAC members 134, non-members 67 and Additional e- mails catches of 190 for a recorded catches of 940 and 16 Blue Marlin

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Salmon Fishing---

Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border (Monterey and south) Opens April 2-30, 2016 Minimum size limit: 24 inches total length Daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except coho * Regulations effective on or after May 1 will be decided by the CaliforniaFish and Game Commission and the Pacific Fishery Management Council in April 2016. General Sport Regulations Daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except coho. Possession limit: No more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

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Leftover swell and a crosschop made it uncomfortable out there today-- even the whale waters came in early, rolly swell and forecast of building wind this afternoon cancelled their afternoon trips--

Bluefin Tunas-- Coming back from Clemente Island ( Sunday) after a shot at the yellowtails- (140- 170 deep off China Point), calicos and other bottom grabbers-- seeing school of breaking fish and birds working-- they were 10 miles shy of San Diego in the afternoon hours ( 9 Mile Bank) when 100 lb Bluefins were seen leaping out-chasing baitfish- three schools seen, the first were the big fish a second school had maybe 30-50 lb fish in it and the third school a mix of big and smaller fish-- they didn't hook up but tried, the tunas were on small baitfish and their mackerels were too big-

Red Crabs -- a question of good or bad- with blankets of them on the bottom - feeding on plankton and egg larvae, time will tell.

Wind blowin for the next day, dropping the surface water temps below 60 and into the 57/58 degree range off the Huntington flats where it upwells quicker, the deeper water south will hold up better.

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Slowly burning off to a blue sky behind it- gray off to the sea, wind just enough to lift a flag, from the south. seas calm and flat. Several boats out for their sunrise service this morning-- blessed with these shafts of sunlight as the come through from the heaven above-- sunrise on the water is always a blessing-

a quick call to Vick to see if he was out this morning--- hello-- morning how's things-- couple of sand bass couple of calicos, uphill current, 60.2 degrees and lots of bait around-- sun looks to about coming though- nice day-- thanks gluck-

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Eggshell blue skies this morning-- wind slight from the south- been south for two days now- steady flow uphill current too-

Sea turtle seen at 33.32.6 / 117.53.9

Bluefined tunas-- party boats out of SD catching em' today-- I heard-- limets-- (2-fish per angler) - maybe the 60 mile bank area--

- Above the harbor-- almost all the hard bottom spots- rock piles or art reefs outside north newport/ huntington and towards long beach were holding good sized sand bass- not easy and definitely not in abundance but enough if your worked at it -- enough to make a good day out of it, mostly Sand Bass 3- 5- maybe even a 6-7 lb fish and smaller calicos - miles of bait and birds in the area, small fish fry, some anchovies, and red crabs everywhere - sand bass were coughing them up- some looked like good sized crawdads-- while fishing the plastics--- nothing on the fast retrieve-- slow- almost on the bottom or suspended off the bottom got the bites- most the jigs that had some red in them did better-

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A really nice pod of commons in about 80 fathoms, couple of hundred of them really putting on a show- right by the Betty Davis --10:39 am

Red rock fish and a beautiful morning on the radio this morning--

weather like this there might be Elvis up and sunning itself at the mid mornings slack-- stand by---

banks of fog-- hiding breazing schools of yellows-- another schools just gave us the slip, went under the boat--havn't caught a thing yet--- 11:09am

Hooked three- caught two- yellowtails- just east of where we saw yoiu last-- (Catalina)

A little bit of cloud cover-- might spice up the sunset this weekend

Still hard to find good fishing bait--- Southern California's Commercial Squid Stocks Have Vanished From Warm Pacific Waters SEAFOODNEWS.COM March 3, 2016 LOS ANGELES—Squid have pretty much disappeared from Southern California in the last several months. “Squid’s kind of our bread and butter. That’s what a lot of us make our payments and survive on,” said Corbin Hwho fishes off the coast of Southern California. ”It’s extremely frustrating. It’s demoralizing to go out and not be able to catch anything,” He has not caught any squid for more than four months. Squid is one of California’s largest commercial fisheries, and much of it is exported to countries in Asia and the Mediterranean. Oceanographer Andrew L with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said unusually warm water is causing squid and other fish to move farther north. At a meeting at the Aquarium of the Pacific, scientists explained one cause of the warming waters is what they call “the blob.” “During the, say, 30-year record, this event “the blob” stands out far beyond anything we’ve seen...

Radio reports are scarce these day's even though there's yellows around the radio chatter is limited. Taking a few extra moments to look at the overall picture of our west coast and what the future might bring-- El Nino vs La Nina or El Baracho. A look at the water temps from last year's the beginning of the year Jan. and of March of 2015

and this years Jan to March chlorophyll charts ( see below) and see how far that downhill sweeping California Current will push upwelled green water from the north to the south-- All that fresh water that outflows from the rivers up north will help in the phytoplankton growth , more grass for the smelts, anchovies and fish fry to eat and it's eventually food supply for out tunas, tails and bills for this coming year.

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A closer look at the water below here with water temps from 59 to 64 ( left) and a Chlorophyll chart ( right) of the same area showing a strong body of warm 63- 63 1/2 water that's clean and blue and that stretches southwards uninhibited , note to watch is that cooler water outside Pt Conception and it's offcolor water to see what it does over the next few months-

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Nice morning- Easter Blue skies - wind- slight from the south, seas have calmed down- water temps off Long Beach 57 to 59- off Dana 60.3 off SD 63.1

Good news for the boaters north of Newport-- Maxum Petroleum will re-open the Huntington Harbor Fuel Dock on April 1 – - The fuel dock underwent a facelift after Maxum Properties took over the property; the plans to update the fuel storage tanks and make other improvements during the next three years -

Easter / Spring Break for many schools or colleges now-- warm inviting weather for those visiting from back East. A few more yellowtails in the counts from Catalina, and the rock cod fishing/ sculpin kept the local party boats full of passengers. good mackerel catches for them too-

Just spoke to Drew L, Huck Fin and crew from the Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine they had just returned form fishing the backside of Catalina the greater Farnsworth area-- schools of Yellowtails breezing around -- feeding on small fry baitfish- they wouldn't take a cast lively small greenback or lures-- couple of strikes off a waxwing lure and frustrating seeing all these yellows- mostly 8- 10- 12 lb fish, schools of them diving underneath the boat

Nice weather this afternoon-- lots of folks out, Good luck if your headed out this weekend- JD

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Hazy skies, marine clouds and wind from the south, fair and stiff at times, water's still has a light green to it- the cold air cleaned it up - .

Newport had it's Tsunami warning systems in practice today-- rescue boats on alert- helicopters ready, barking dogs and seals on alert too! Tides came and went normally on the full moon. good day to have it-- with the likelyhood of an earthquake on the full moon and a real tsuami!-

Weather backed off somewhat-- afternoon found the westerly fair at 12- 15 steady- upwelling expected off the Flats

Better weather till late Sunday-

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Today -- clear skies but a steady wind since yesterday from the west has lopped off that top 2 3 feet of warmer water and chilled things down a bit-- wind from the west at 8- 10 building this afternoon

From the entire Pacific view, a series of low pressure systems almost to hurricane force on the horizon to the northwest.

Took the day off yesterday-- after some yard work the goal was a short afternoon trip to the bay for a sampling of the bay waters and it's fishes-- seeing a few more stingrays swimming by and only 1' bait-fry in the shallow water- smelt, always a good sign was in absence. Strange to see all the different marine vegetation that grows, it comes and goes, a week ago the bottom was relatively clean this week its covers with a greenish moss and a reddish fern type of plant- A 45 minute search found me 4 lively worms for bait-- a couple of likely looking fishing holes were checked out-- still to low of tide for them. At anchor by the CH Bridge incoming tide first cast has and 2 - 2/12 lb strong fighting Sargo on it-- but that was it for the afternoon, two other small nibblers, water looked clean, no debris in it- strong flow of water on that rising full moon, should have had more bites-- but at least no more yard work-

Breezy for most of the day-- gust pushing 25- 30 knts, bay waters turned greenish brown in the mix of wind, chop and tide. Tomorrows forecast show a swell from the west short period but not much wind on it till afternoon hours - Ha- what do they know- !

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Like yesterday a gray morning-- wind light at 0-2- 4 knts from the south/southeast- calm seas-- a bit of roll coming in from the west early - First Day of Spring-- Yahoooo

Del Mar-s Fishing tackle show ends today-- a long series of boating, fishing and outdoor seminars and shows- if you saw something that stood out, please let us know- thanks JD

From simple Shimano TLD 15 and Penn Senators to trolling reels and casting reels glad to do the servie on them--

A clean up and some lube keeps them in working shape for this coming season .

Yellowtail-- being the big game fish thee days--- catches of good sized fish- 15- 20lb fish-- One major spawning ground for California Yellowtail is at Cedros Island, where mass amounts of 15- to 20-pound yellowtail can be found. A 3 year old female will weigh about 10 pounds and spawn approximately 450,000 eggs; A 25 pound female will produce more than 1 million eggs. Yellowtail may live to 30 years. - at 5 years old the average yellowtail is approximately 16lbs.

good luck this coming week if you get out- JD

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Gray skies gray ocean, wind light from the south 2- 4 knts

Boaters, whale watchers, sailors out early-- slow for everyone-

Nice day on the water-- a few mystery bites a few whales, even false killer whales, the standard common dolphins that inhibit these waters and improved calico bass bite

Halibuts-- , where are they ? the questinos asked -

With the various baits around, red crabs, some chovy who knows- water hangs in there at 62 -63 degrees by April maybe even Salmon? This time of year it's a time of waiting, the fish have to hibernate sometime, give em' a rest they'll soon be bigger and stronger.

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Again a light wind ruffle on the water this AM from the west- with a ligh bank of fog and marine haze to the west-- wind 3- 6 kts west- seas fair-

Not the right kind, but a 30+ Yellowtail fishing off the kelp beds of south OC county, he was looking for those elusive White Sea Bass- these next few days prior to the full moon should experience a bite for them- stand by-

Grunion should be in the surfzone-this weekend-

About a zillion birds working the beach out front of north Newport beaches coast line these past few days -- bait seiners in tight, many of them and large one's too scooping up the baitfish-- speculations as to where these precious baitfish go to-- from the tuna pens to chicken feed and fertilizer, shame they can't let it alone to grow and populate itself.

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Slight southeast wind ruffle on the water this morning-- marine haze as usual ,

All we've seen so far was a couple of bait schools- we'll let you know if we see anything- 10:12 am

Water temps remain stable so far-- running from 62 to 64 down the coastline to SD- anchovies beginning to show up again in schooling bait balls Yellowtails some at Catalina nd Clemente are fair game, moons filling and coastal fishing for the White Sea Bass look promising-- still no squid available from suppliers!-Banks of fog- which hasn't burnt off yet, restricting whale watchers view

In the never ending wonderful vision of our Fish and wonderful Wildlife/ fishing licence department-- JD's Tackle and I assume other shops this year will not be able to provide the licenses because we did not reach their level of sales for the past several months. We are given a choice of either paying a weekly fee of $15 ( that works out to only $780 a year) just so we may have the privilege to issue them. Heck there's no way any F & G license agent gets back $780 a year in commission fees, let alone the credit card fees that most license are paid with as well as the agents own time to sell them-- you have to wonder what yo-yo's sitting at some board meeting thinks this is a good idea- no wonder license sales are down

Afternoon hours that fog backed off-- couple of boats coming back from Catalina remarked of their late last night's encounters with the Fish and Game while lobster hooping-- the season closed last night-

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Feels like it's gonna get hot today-- coastal haze and calm seas--

The local angling clubs are gearing up for their Spring Fishing seasons events- among them the BAC, Balboa Angling Club will be hosting their Lily Call bay fishing event this coming May 21 and 22nd , 4lb test only in Newport Harbor Bass, Halibuts, Croaker and Corbina, give the club a call to get in---949 673 6316 -this year limited to only 75 anglers-!-

weird, this ones sitting on on the surface trying to lift it's head -- 37/ 17--- whale off long beach, watching boat giving the lat/ logs to the next outgoing boat. Cargo ships and other ships in the area- 3:49 speculations as if it had become entangled in something--- or maybe even giving birth!--

- a series, maybe 10- 12 of them-- big thumps that seemed to emulate from the ocean-- southwest from here--could be Navy fire at Clemente island-- being here on the beach with it's sandy soil and direct impact from the oceans density you can feel these things - 4:40pm

local shark fishing off dana only drank beer and fished for blue sharks-

Boats headed to Catalina- for the last day at Lobster hopping- last nigh's catch said they were crawling like crazy--4 guys onboard limited out in 2 hours!

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Light overcast, wind slight from the south, seas calm water clearing to a dark green .

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory Synopsis: A transition to ENSO-neutral is likely during late Northern Hemisphere spring or early summer 2016, with close to a 50 percent chance for La Niña conditions to develop by the fall. Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies decreased across most of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean during February The subsurface temperature anomalies in the central and eastern Pacific decreased substantially in association with the eastward shift of below-average temperatures at depth Low-level westerly wind anomalies and upper-level easterly wind anomaliescontinued,. The traditional and equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) remained strongly negative. In addition, convection was much enhanced over the central and east-central tropical Pacific and suppressed over parts of Indonesia and northern Australia Collectively, these anomalies reflect the continuation of a strong El Niño. All models indicate that El Niño will weaken, with a transition to ENSO-neutral likely during the late spring or early summer 2016 Thereafter, the chance of La Niña conditions increases into the fall. While there is both model and physical support for La Niña following a strong El Niño, considerable uncertainty remains. The seasonal outlooks for March - May indicate an increased likelihood of above-median precipitation across the southern tier of the United States, and below-median precipitation over the Midwest and part of Pacific Northwest.

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A roll and a twist to the oceans swells has many of the whale watchers- on their knees- water seems and feels cool and has a off green to it- no wind maybe 2- 4 from the south. hazy clear skies-

Geoff sent in this -e-mail - baiting a swordfish in the end of this last February-- Welcome back John. Hope you had an amazing and well deserved rest and relaxation vacation in Panama. While you were out I gave it a go at the end of February and found this beauty floating. Baited it for 30-40 minutes. Came at the bait 2 times and looked at and decided that what I had wasn't good enough. Next time hopefully. Geoff

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Every day is and adventure in itself. Coming into Pinias Bay, Tropic star on the left side of the cove, greeted by the local indian craft and some of their basket weaving and wooden carvings- happy go lucky giggling kids, colorful warps and tightly woven baskets. A cocktail at the bar of the lodge that afternoon, its mounted trophies on the wall and old photos of record catches. Dinner and back to the boat and make a few pieces of bait . The weather looks to blow for the next couple of days and from that awful brown, green and red colored water we'd passed thorough to get down here we elected to take a day or two inshore fishing . The famous Zane Grey Reef, was cold and green red tide water at 69 1/2 degrees, we caught a few skipjacks there, jigging up lures intended for the snappers and groupers there, I broke out my travel ultra light spinning loaded with 4lb Nano fill braid line and drop shot rig like I use here on the dock and was rewarded with a 2lb amberjack but conditions were not favorable for blue water fish so we headed south to Tropic Star / Pinias Bay -

the Jave river mouth a few miles away around the northern corner of the Pinias bay was said to, at the mornings high tide- just as it turned, the bottom was blanketed with giant snook just waiting to be caught- sure enough we were there on time the next morning slow drifting and working freshly caught goggle eye's in the surf zone over the bar just as that tided stated to drained out--- but no bites, so we slow trolled back around and rocky point just seething with possibilities of a jack rooster of those snook, , a hand dipped in the water told you the water was still cold- felt in the low 70's and offcolor, , cast after cast, no bites, we did get a needle fish bite on the bait, and that was it for the mornings run- and back to the boat for breakfast and another round of fishing.

Continuing my fishing story- Panama- aboard Paul F's Quitena a 61 ft Viking Sportfisher with Capt. Rich Hamilton at the wheel and deck, Julio a happy young energetic man from Costa Rica, his spanish kept us in commutations and good spirits kept the boat alive and well. Another fellow shipmate was one of Paul's friend John H. who joined us an experienced boatman and angler, one of Paul's other friends, Peter was unable to go so it was just the five of us.

The ride down to Pinias Bay revealed, to me the shallowness of the Bay of Panama itself- 20- 30- 40- maybe 50 fathoms for miles till the continental shelf where it's crescent shaped ledge coming down from north the Costa Rica coastline crossing the Panama Bay and joins the northern shoulder of South America where Pinias Bay is located, Panama extends it's border down to the Colombia border. The shallow high spots and reefs along this shelf make for the world class fishing there, Zane Grey Reef etc. But over the past several weeks strong Panama Gap Winds from East to West had upwelled these shallow waters and what currents pushing up from the south ( I think the Humbolt) further disturbed the water, brown, green, red in some cases it looked line Campbell's tomato soup! On to the Lodge for the night, it lays in a secluded cove tucked in against the green lush background of jungle growth and mountains that lose their height in the evening haze. a fleet of 31 ft Bertram's lay off to the side and another smaller Viking sportfisher at anchor waiting for the next days clients. Our arrival was greeted by staff and hostess, cold drinks and a tasty Dorado dinner that night.

Up early the next morning for offshore marlin and tuna fishing to the south 12- 15 miles where it had been better the afternoon before improved to a clean green even blue and a spot or two or 80/ 81. Spotting dolphins and birds on a break where water began to clear up- 30- 40-50 lb yellowfin on the 10 inch cedar plug was the ticket. The day spent chasing tunas but no marlin. A couple of drops over a rock pile for bottom grabbers then back on to the Tropic Star lodge for anchored that evening

We fished the next morning for those snook but they weren't there- which brings me back to yesterdays endings. Back aboard for lunch and away again this time to the north in the inflatable around a rock bluff, its clinging trees and vines taking hold wherever they could get a grasp. the coast line a wave sweep rocky reefs, small sandy coves and headlands. Casting Poppers and slow trollin g live baits--

Habit I guess, in acutal casting with the poppers and plugs-- 137 cast for the first Jack!

I learned a new way to fight rooser fish, as they twist around under the boat!

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--Continued fishing story- for most of the afternoon hours the Jacks kept us busy while slow trolled Rapala's along the shoreline it's pockets of swirling water against the surging swells, casting plugs for the occasional strike but the Rapalas were constant- purple /black and a sardine color worked well for us- a snag or fish into the rocks andJulio jumps overboard to retrieve the fouled lure- they're hard to replace downthere--- -

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Back to the boat in late afternoon hours with enough time for a quick switch to ultra light w/ small freshwater poppers cast up against the cove's overhang of branches and rocks in the twilight, the snappers were mauling the small baitfish fry there- fun stuff with the 4lb braid line then into the lodge for a check in and back to the boats for dinner, make bait the smaller goggle eyes and a striped jack a dozen or more put way.

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Morning and the hired guide Wily shows up for a days offshore fishing again. He'sproficient in rigging sierra mackerel into Panama Strip baits, sewn tightly we plunged into the waters in search of marlin-- a Black, we think comes in on the starboard squid teaser, it drops back behind a plunger lure and drifts away, finally takes a wacky at the dropbacked rigged bait but misses the hook -we continue to work the area-

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Water still has these layers of red and brown patchesto it further south we got out of it and into more dolphin holding Yellowfin-

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- I had brought along a few surface casting plugs, Rangers used primacy for East Coast Stripers and bluefish and also for surf fishermen casting to Roosters down Baja way- their 7- 8 inches long bodies shapes cast like the wind-- they seem to glide in the air. An Daiwa spinning reel loaded w/ braid lines and casts at 50- 75 yards + overhanging outriggers and other anglers toconsider.

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High arching casts would plop down, diving deep and a quick reel bought the lure up and splashing on the surface- the yellowfin loved it-- even more fun was to side-arm cast and let the lure skip like tossing a flat rock and see how many times it would skip-- one skip, a second skip and then it'd get clobbered, the tunas thinking is was a escaping flying fish swallowed the lure whole!

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We put another 3 or 4 more tunas in the boat released some and on to more sights and sounds, the weather improving we figured to let it rest one more day and and had made arrangements with Tropic Stars fine hostess to visit one of the native villages up a river some 5 or 6 miles away.

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Adrienne, the Club's guest relations manager had made the arrangements and sure enough morning hours and the Panga slides up to the boat and we join them for a ride up the coast and though the rivers mouth, the same surf zone place we had snook fished a few days earlier, in through the surf and around the bend to a check in with the local authorities , passports reviewed and away we go-

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A ferry boat was anchored there picking up dozens and dozens of passengers for $20 boat ride to Panama City some 80- 100 miles away! thinking as it loads up with people and packages it had to cross the river mouths bar at near the tides high in a 1/2 hour. we're checked in and up river we head, our crew and guide/ Adrienne and a Captain of one of their sportfishers Chris and his wife Marla and boatman up front to help pole the way up river and through some of the shallows- Coastal tropical palms and shrubs line the waters edge who's limited bottom landfor farming is subject to the rising tides and rainy season.

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No there weren't the tree sloth, nor the monkeys playing loop to loop in the trees, nor flights of parrots and native birds, It's called bush meat for the most part now , mostly gone . The village was vacate, the villagers being tending the crops in the interior, there were a few woman and children around, seemed happy people and proud of their cement structured school house complete with desks and chalkboards- promise of education was there.

Onward-

Sorry-- internet site down-- that's what happens when you take a vacation things go haywire for awhile - hope we get this posted--

and on to todays story--

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Not many boaters out- slow fishin'

Adventures into the Darien-Choco region of Panama and the Wounaan Indian vvillage, a few gathered natives and a tour of the stilted houses, a few gifts bought and a donation to the school for furthering conservation works and back down and out the river's mouth while the bar was still runable

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With hopes of the offshore water improving conditions afternoon hours brought us South again looking for the marlins, tuna and dorado. Bang-- the starboard long rigger goes off and a hefty Dorado, dark yellow in color with its pulsating blues spots gets the gaff- not quite, but eventually into the boat-

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A few more tunas on the cedar plug whild we scouted the bottom topography looking for a likely spot to drift for swordfish that night - years ago the Madam and Hooker were here and scored well on the Swordfish while night fishing.

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We found a bowl-like drop off /shelf about 10 miles above the Panamanian and Columbia border and about 10 off the shoreline. Running back into the beach to a tropical deserted cove with small running springs that fed it on three sides and anchorage gave way to bar b que'd fresh tuna and late sunset, casts off the bow to swirling jacks and other critters. peaceful.

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Fire em up again and out to that likely looking area for a nighttime drift on the swordfish grounds. Rigged spanish mackerel for bait, sinkers tied andstrobing lights lowered away--- supported by a floated balloon two baits were put out---

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The gyrostabilizer Sea Keeper, kept the boat from pitching or rocking in the nights pitch black swell as the moon was not due up till towards midnight. Within minutes foot long squid were in the illumination of the underwater lights that drew a host of minute plankton sealife. Able to get one of the squids netted it was quickly secured on the hook and overboard it went down hundreds of feet-

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The long tedious night spent checking baits, making another move after a two hour drift to repositions the boat for a second drift- right were we wanted to go- an land breeze sprung up and helped complete the drift along that shelf-- but still no bites-- the squid finally had gotten pecked at, maybe other squids but no swordfish bites- nor sharks no sharks

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Fire em'up again at dawn for a mornings shot at trolling for the marlin or tunas. We'd see a couple of larger model Yellowfin and varied out aproach , first flying a parafoil kite with bait underneath it to the dolphin schools then using a modified Greenstick method-- w/ large cross winged bird and float dragging behind-lifted high off the tower and sent back a hundred yards with the powerful electric reel and rigged plastic squids and fishing lines clipped on the main tow line, two or three attempts to the traveling schools of tuna with no results-- Back to marlin trolling again, another big Dorado then back to lodge at Tropic Star for a refreshing frosty cool one by the pool and a refreshing swim.

More to come--

-- I left you off after we'd visited the Indian village, returned back to the boat for the afternoon's offshore fishing with a big dorado catch for the day , back to anchorage at Tropic star lodge, a few minutes to cast a popper or slow troll for the small jacks and sappers along the hidy holes and covered brush in the cove-in for dinner and a drink and out to the boat again for an early morning's start in the inflatable and some diving a reef.

John and myself found the jacks against along the rocky reefs with the Rapala trolling plugs , before leaving the shop for the trip- plastic lured box crammed full with goodies, just one more as I was going out the door- looking up on the wall behind me a montage of old and used one-- yes that white and red headed Rapala with the shinny nose blade - in the box it goes- now the time to use it-- one Jack- another Jack, dropped in the water again-- let back just a few feet more, hold the rod low to the water to deepen its decent and slowly pumping it back and forth giving it more life- it's vibrations felt stronger as it was drawn in closer- a tug and solid take - good sized fish on, I shift in the seat to get a better purchase on it- up gyrates this 3- 4 ft long mouth open, gill flaring ,twisting shinny scaled fish- nice fish in its explosion my mind says tarpon, someone yells snook--- I can use a lot of excuses but the fish throws the hook after the first leap- ahaa's and insults on my fishing skills belabor me for hours afterwards. A look at the red/ white Rapala's hooks

later reveals all rusty hooks, barbs eaten away and dull enough not to stick - good memory- the lost fish-

Onward to a small reef for the boys to spear a grouper - water clarity was poor with micro plankton and sealife organisms and a mix of the red tide put the visibility at only 3 or 4 feet- - back to shoreline trolling and exploring a sandy white beach- leaving foot prints in the sand to wash away some day- mid cove a local fishing for the tablefare said live bait would work for the grouper on a rock pile- we mark the spot,

Back to the boat again and offshore for another try at the night-time drifting for swordfish - or possibly maybe even those bigger Yellowfin tunas rumored to be out there-- We were joined this night with Albert the Tropic Star Fishing coordinator, having been fishing these waters foe decade or better- yes he was amped for a shot at those swordfish--

He brought out his skills in the bait rigging-- spanish mackerel or small skipjacks, their tails being cut away and and replaces with 10/0 11/0 sized strong hooks sewn in backwards with the thought the head of the bait swallowed first and trailing hook being the first to come in contact and lodging in the corner of the mouth sharp cuts and correct placement laid out- a 3 inch tag end of the leader/ crimp spot left room for that tag end to be woven in and out of the remaining length of tail bone to help secure it firmly to the bait- another long night-

Suns sets quickly and soon the dark surrounded the boat-- I've still got to say those gyrostabilizer Seakeepers keeps one's sealegs steady, when there's no horizon and that like misty salt haze in the air, the boat holding in the day's leftover lump was a welcome stable platform to work in- squirts of squid passing by quickly in the boats underwater lights, only to be nailed by burst of speedy 4 ft. long spotted porpoise, a swirl and the squid would be gone.

Out of the boats lights two baits were sunk deep and await for those swordfish bites, we had returned back along a shelf dropping off from the shoreline flats some -6-8 miles offshore. Amazing sea creatures are always attracted to those underwater lights, sagged off a squid jig was this little 6 inch clear worm-like with tiny black eyes and translucent body Those flashing porpoise soon removed most of the squid that came into the lights, and hour would go by still no swordfish bite- nor shark nor any denizen of the deep, we waited - into the stern blue lights another slinky movement came- a yellow and black banded sea snake! -

- the evening wind backed off and a land breeze sprung up putting the baits / floats in twisted angle off the transom and hour later it returned back to normal and still no bites. Dawn found us tired again and morning hours trolling for those elusive marlins.

Water starting to clear up and more porpoise schools and tuna showing- a long night and back to T/S for the day. Not wanting to loose the enjoyment of the area- we've back at it again this time in the inflatable and some live baits to the grouper spot we'd fished earlier-- and the live baits were gobbled up as soon as they got near the bottom. One, two and a lost fish or two - more than enough for a tasty meal.

The following morning we pull anchor and head towards Panama City, a stop over at one of the many island resorts on the way back, a self guided tour of the island sites, a fresh Grouper for dinner and into Panama City the following day- it's sky lined high rise building in contrast to the century old churches and building that help form this region--

Too bad the Black and Blue or Striped Marlin fishing wasn't that good and the swordfish didn't bite but it still was a good vacation-- When the bite again I'll be ready to go --- good luck if your headed that way. Give the Guest relations manager, Adrienne a hello for me and I'm sure she will assist you in anyway, have fun- JD

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Back in the saddle again--- home from a trip aboard a private sportfisher, fishing off Panama's Pinas Bay's/ Tropic Star fishing lodge- wonderful time-- will post stories and photos as soon as I can.

I hear there are some yellowtails around , San Clemente mud flats and even Bluefin Tunas was the word going around the F / H show-

welcome back- to windy and bouts of rain and cooler air- Wind blew up this afternoon - looked like the whale watchers were bundeled up pretty good- not sure if the sp

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E-mail this morning--- Hi JD, Saw something about 6 or 7miles off of Catalina yesterday. Thought it was a shark at first. But followed it for a few minutes and saw the tail come up. We were just doing a shake down cruise and didn't have the tackle on board to play with it. What a great day on the water!! Love yourreports!

Sure looks like the right kind to me--- big fish too- !

There's no reason to not carry something aboard this year- who knows after last year--

Upcoming--- the Fred Hall extravaganza- - regualar summer day out there today--

Angry at the Government-- ?--Each year now the Dept of Fish and Game (Wildlife) are seeing their revenue diminishing from lack of sales of Fishing and Hunting license, latest news to the smaller retail shop/ agent who do their duty in providing these Californian Fishing License to the public , if you now don't meet their "A" list in license sales there will be a mandatory $15.00 weekly charge to the Agent ! Heck they don't make that much in selling them to stay in the business of selling them!- thus making it harder to obtain licenses- they go backwards-- were Angry at the government! -

the tackle bag just keeps getting bigger and heaver--

not a breath of wind in the afternoon hours, here it's in the late February days, dead of winter and it's peacefully warm- , the days are getting longer now- who know what's in store for us-- good luck if your getting out this weekend- JD

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Light high cloud cover still summer here--- gals and guys paddleboarding across the front of the store- light wind , maybe 1- 2 kts from the south- seas calm and fine-grayish reflection off the overhead- tides still running strong-- at the turn this morning a downhill current along the coastline started at 61 degrees early this morning- up to 63 by noon- active fishing for the bass as that tide / current picked up.

With the spring/ summer like conditions, a check on how the ocean's water temps were for this weeks timeframe over the past 4 years, starting with 2013 then 14, last year 2015 and for this weeks time frame in 2016,- from the looks of it we're in a much better state now than 2014 and very similar to 2015 time will tell- Stand By!

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Mondays suppose to be the day off-- but it's a short week for me- off this Friday for a trip south-- figured to keep up with it for now-- Morning's foggy or heavy marine layer going away slowly as the mid morning haze still on the water- inland growing hot- south wind at 2-4 kts light wind chop- otherwise calm seas- Sign of more fin-bait around - small 80 lb thresher shark in the mix of sand bass for one angler this morning- like early spring?

The cry of a seagull and a barking seal waifs through the morning here on the bay

Homeland Security-in their due diligence - were checking boats entering and departing-

A Sat phone call from the After Midnight- while traveling southwards-- Fuel prices at Turtle Bay-- they were asking $4.90 a gal! With some negotiations down to $4.50 a gal , their fishing fair so far-- spotty catches of Yellowtail at Cedros- 71 degree water-- they even saw marlin there-- Down along the Ridge and into Mag Bay/ Belcher's a pick ar some smaller yellowfin water 72 degrees. Hopes of getting into some of the bigger tunas out towards the lower Banks below Mag--

Just another Regular summer day here again for February- guys and gals going by the shop in their rent -a-boats- local's and rented electric boats cruising the afternoons hours , cocktails in hand, some boys coming in from a day on the water-- a bass or two and a mystery bite - wind stayed light from the south all day-- nice

The tackle bag's- gaining in size and weight- -- what to take-- what not to take-- owning a tackle shop it becomes a difficult choice as to what to take on a fishin trip-, Giant sized Dorado, Roosterfish, jacks, Pargos, Black Marlin maybe those big Sailfish and Striped marlin too and who knows what denizens live in the deep or shallows lies, maybe just one of everything !_

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Full moon tonight--- light west wind clear skies a bit hazy on the waterline- warming sunshine--

Just like a regular summer day-- lots pf boats out, kayackers out, paddelboarders out, pontoon boats out-- yachts and sailboats and skiffs-- electric boats too- waters got a little sparkle to it from that light west wind- fishing fair- off Hunting Flats the current's downhill and 62 degrees--- a few bass etc--

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Coastal waters and harbors effected by the tide's current this morning draining out at a fast 2.4 knts! Newport's Bay has a Saltwater Bass fishing tournament going on with smaller skiffs darting in and out of spots tossing plastics- light west/ southwest wind and a hazy clear sky.

They left the harbor at 6 this morning--- raced over to Clemente Island to fish the yellowtails like they have been doing--- not the sealife as they'd seen before- mid channel 58/59 sloppy 6 ft seas no sign of the red crabs, Clements sloppy around the backside from Pyramid too--fished the Cove- up the inside to white rock and above but no sign of those yellowtails --schools of roaming bonitos around but not the same as the earlier part of the week--

Starts today ! --- the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival to be held at the Orange County Fair Grounds February 19, 20 and 21st Tackle Manufactures , seminars and deals. Friday 1-5, Sat & Sun 10-5

Speakers today Friday Near Shore Yellowtail- from 3:00 to 4:15 pm

Sat 10:30- 11- Wahoo, 12:30-1 Bluefin, 12:30- Boats, Sunday 10:30- Yellowtails, 12:30 Bluefin agian and 2:30 bay fishin'

or just go fishing over the weekend-

little wind this afternoon west- choppy- seals still barking--- arf-- arf--

another quiet afternoon cooling pm wind- good luck this weekend--

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She swung around from a south to a west wind around 10 am, skies started to blue up and clear off - lingering clouds should make for a nice sunset- Tides flowing stronger now and the bay draining rain waters are dirty-- seals are barking - arf--- arf-- arf---

two casts, one 10 inch spotted bay bass- quit while the odds were still good-

Quite day on the waterfront-- a few sailboats going by , couple of kids on a small boston whaler tossing plastics, some bigger boats came in for the cheep fuel prices, an oil change and some bottom scrubbers going by- wind blowin' ,Work on rods and reels and selling sweatshirts and hats--

1,000 gal price on diesel --- $1.91. a gal !!!-- call for appointment talk w/ Dave- tell em' JD sent you- - Island Marine Fuel 949 673 1103 I havn't seen that pricing since the late 70's

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Another swordfish spotted this past weekend -- near the Avalon Bank- again no heavy tackle aboard-- fish just milling around on the surface-- - -With what we've had in the way of game fish this past year- you can probably expect just about anything anymore--

Wind from the south this morning increasing as this front approaches couple of boats went out the harbor , smaller boats inflatable-- a bit bumpy and turned around--

With what's called Ski Week some of the local schools have the week off-- not that's much fish around but it's refreshing to see high school kids walking around barefoot in the mud and sandy beaches, tossing plastics being in touch with nature-- except when they walk into the shop with mud all over their feet-- I shoo em' out like flies. - Looking at some of the old antique lures in the display case - one boy quotes---do they work?" with a query face to him-- - such a change of older tackle vs. today's creature plastics he was throwing--

A call in to see if the BAC is open today-- should be- winters hours 12-5 wed- Sunday-- We've got a ---- estimated 40 lb Yellowtail we'd like to get weighed--- where'd you get it--- Catalina?-- no-- San Clemente Island-- how was your weather-- a little bit bumpy with that south wind but we did ok--

They got a dozen-- up to 40 lbs nice fishing all on the old iron-- Clemente Island this morning--

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I'm headed to Panama for a much needed vacation towards the end of this month -- A flight to Panama City- join the boat and crew there and work our way south along the islands and reefs towards Pinas Bay, where the famous Tropic Star fishing lodge is located-- maybe spend a few days in their waters enjoying the sights then anchor up in some tropical cove and see what's there to offer. With today's weather forecast and online presence, it's becomes a small world and for now it all looks good at this stage- see ya- JD

 

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Coastal fishing still fair with the weather a great as it is--- the bass being the staple fish and over at the islands more variety - not bad weather for the middle of February-- onecould get use to it-

E-Mail this morning--- Hi JD - I just wanted to thank you for all of your great service on our reels and the great advice. We went out today and caught 5 yellowtail, 10bass, a handful of bonito, and an assortment of other fish. Water was 62 and clean. Best part was that my son Michael caught 4 of the 5 yellows on the yo-yo iron and captured the BAC flag for the 1st yellowtail. Thanks again and keep up the great work! Gary on the BIG G

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Oh- boy--- --- Oh Boy!!!!-- there' a big as- - ship--- I was just telling you we're turning around, can't see anything in this fog-- Whale Watching boat out of the LB area-- Ho- Boy!!---- 10:07am

The fog- although looks like it might burn off earlier today than yesterday - it has that feel to it- 1/4 mile vis off newport-

Happy Valentines Day!---

Same old story-- a few bass and sculpin for the day-- spots of fog along the coastline--

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US waters--- Bluefin Tuna- on the 60 Mile Bank-- couple long liners on it- some of the bigger commercial boats too. metering fish and - jig fish 12- 15lb fish -Remember either side of the border it's only a two ( 2) fish limit!!! Confirmed-

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Local fishing tough-- Red Crabs inhibit the waters north of the harbor- the local art reefs and rock piles have a few bass and perch on them but were full of the crabs and didn't need to eat plastics. below the harbor only fair fishing--good whale watching-

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP/NWS and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society 11 February 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory Synopsis: A transition to ENSO-neutral is likely during late Northern Hemisphere spring or early summer 2016, with a possible transition to La Niña conditions during the fall. Indicative of a strong El Niño, sea surface temperature (SSTs) anomalies were in excess of 2°C across the east-central equatorial Pacific Ocean during January . The Niño indices in the eastern Pacific declined, while Niño-3.4 and Niño-4 were nearly unchanged The subsurface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific increased due to a downwelling Kelvin wave ), but toward the end of the month weakened again in association with the eastward shift of below-average temperatures at depth in the central Pacific Also, low-level westerly wind anomalies and upper-level easterly wind anomalies continued over much of the tropical Pacific. The traditional and equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) values remained negative but weakened relative to last month. Convection remained much enhanced over the central and east-central tropical Pacific and suppressed over Indonesia Collectively, these anomalies reflect the continuation of a strong El Niño. Most models indicate that El Niño will weaken, with a transition to ENSO-neutral during the late spring or early summer 2016 Thereafter, the chance of La Niña conditions increases into the fall. While there is both model and physical support for La Niña following strong El Niño, considerable uncertainty remains. A transition to ENSO-neutral is likely during late Northern Hemisphere spring or early summer 2016, with a possible transition to La Niña conditions during the fall. . The seasonal outlooks for February - April indicate an increased likelihood of above-median precipitation across the southern tier of the United States,

With the weather nice take the family for a joy ride! go watch some whales or the sunset or that afternoon cruise-- or run to Clemente and fish for a while, Opah, Bluefin deep, yellowtails and don't forget about the Calicos - they grow em' big there- Halibuts too- A check with the islands new Naval Scheduling shows the anchorage at Pyramid and most of the island is open through the weekend--

Local water temps yesterday 55 to 65 degrees- --->

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Spectacular weather-- we'll keep it any day - seas flat and calm water at 60 degrees and some bait around-- North of Newport's piers and Santa Ana River Jetty/ HB / HB Power plants- schools of anchovies tight to the beach-- one seiners yesterday and two or three there today--

Sand Bass and Calicos still biting the baits and plastics- most of the artificial rees and rock plies above the harbor holding- below the harbor what kelp beds we had seems to be shrinking - Red Crabs around--

Thanks to everyone who participated in the S/B Playoff Special-- Everybody gets some great lures-- Squaring up this week- JD

Regarding FAD Fish aggregating Devices- off Central Americas there are a thousand of these floating around by the Tuna Seiners-- Big Eye Tuna being one of the sought after species- E-Mail from Foxi Lady and what they've seen-

This is what a Tuna Boat Fad looks like from the surface. Notice the Satellite Device attached. This sends location and it has a sounder on the under side to send volume of fish under the Fad. I dove the fad it had over 100 ft of small screen nets about 6ft by 10 ft spaced about 20 ft apart down below. This was found about 15 miles of the coast well within the prohibited zone it was floating in approx 1000 ft of water. My suspicion is that since the current runs about 2 knts N to S in this area, It my have been placed off of Nicaragua, and I think the unit has stopped working:

Doesn't get much better for weather conditions here in the middle of February-- more and more Gray Whales being seen these days- in tight ! baits still above the piers and more red Crabs too !

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Lot's of folks out-- boating, walking their dogs, kayakers,, paddle boarding- small skiffs and large yachts- regular summer day-- light west wind at 5-8/10-kts- sparkling water - tides running out stronger-

Bat rays, seal problems and a few bass for the day so far for the fish reports--

Couldn't ask for better weather for the middle of the winter--- soak it up-

You've got till up to the game's kick off!

 

The World Famous JDS Super Bowl Playoff Special--- it's the Broncos and Panthers - as usual it's something good to use-- and again this year we're going with those fish catchers the Shimano Flat Fall Lures, You pick you team and you pick you lure and if your team wins your get that lure Free- yep- Free !!!- if your team gets beaten then you get to buy 2 lures!- either way you can't loose . Give JD's a call or e-mail and we'll settle up after the Game on Feb. the 7th! Good Luck- JD Phone: 800 660-5030 jjdsbiggame@aol.com

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Coastal waters took a plunge into the mid 50's 55 this morning warming by mid morning to 57degrees, bait ( mackerel still hard to make- you had to work at getting 15 spices, inside the 40- 50ft depth towards the beach were schools of anchovies- a good sign . Bass calicos and sandies the mainstay for now--

Those two FAD's that were placed (private sportfisher)for everyone to use this past summer- one off Dana. near the 267/279 fathom spot, the second one off the East end of Catalina 152 fathom spot--- they worked and many fish were caught by them, dorado tuna and maybe a wahoo or two,

The intent was for local Angling Clubs in embrace the FAD ideas and show to the local government agencies that they work around the world and can work here in SO Calif and to make them OK to use- they were set 40- + feet below the surface to avoid boating hazards .

well- with this past storm one of them broke loose and washed up on the Imperial Beach !----

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heck on the torn canvas or worn dock lines from the Blow!-

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Gale Force winds and building seas expected - south 20 kts+ - wind chop and sailboats out- High surf and beach erosion expected- possible water spouts--!

Good chance to work on some tackle today-- a set of Shimano reels destined to Costa Rica later next week needed to be serviced and fresh line installed- surprising when working on reels thinking the reels looked good on the outside- Salt corrosion or broken / old grease clogged springs and needed lubricants are found inside etc. .

She's a hootin!!! blowing 35 kts gusty from the south-- canvas boys will be busy next week- she switched and came out of the west with a vengeance--

be back Tuesday morning- JD

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The ocean this morning , like the sky- gray molty, broken and ruffled, wind light / fair from the west/ southwest 4-8 kts. made three cast one small nibble must be either a smelt or lizard fish-- there's more and more of them showing up now--

Very quiet here on the bay this morning-- only a few boats moving- some kayakers and scullers.

Like most angling clubs they have their "Fish of the Month" category-- theBAC's fish of the month has been absent-- nor have there been of the First Fish of the Year Flags given out--- as the January month comes to an end it was looking like no fish would be weighed-- tomorrow's the 31 doesn't look good weather wise so today was the day to do it and----- E-Mail from the Club--Hey now, Nate Shill just brought in a 63.6 pound white sea bass and has fish of the month and actually owns the Board because he is the only one up there!

Congrats-- JD

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Skies a milky blue this morning-- light marine haze and a light south wind behind it at 2- 4 knts, some wind chop from the south along with it- swells have diminished and tides are starting to flatten out-

For those getting out tomorrow-- Sunday look like a bust as that storm comes in-- there are more and more whales beeing seen Greys and a few Humpbacks , white sided dolphins and common dolphins around these days-

Steady flow of air from the south/ southeast as the low from the Northwest approaches, some cloud cover developing in the west .

Couple of upcoming events-- Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine will be hosting their Sportfishing Festival this coming February 19- 21 at the OC Fair Grounds - it should be a well attended show with almost all venders there- the Fred Hall show is March 2-6 and dates are set for fishing the Balboa Angling Club's Lily Call Bay fishing Tournament for May 21 and May 22 , inside Newport harbor only and 4 lb test line only - Bass, Halibut and Corbina and Croaker categories. That should be another fun event-- more details as they become available.

Have a good weekend- JD

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Another beautiful day here in Newport--light haze , wind only a few mph from the south and seas calm. Calicos and Sand bass continue to keep boaters active, and --- there's a few White Sea Basses around. The boys proudly showing off one from yesterday locally caught-

fishing for the bass several times I'v heard the fish were right on the bottom

2015 NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center International Billfish Angling Survey. Please take the time to fill it out. The amount of days you fished and the number of billfish you catch is important data. We collect this information from around the world and print the results each year in the Billfish Newsletter. If you fished in locations not on the list, please enter these locations in the rows marked "other".

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Last 2015 marlin season was spectacular to say the least , and we learned other techniques other than trolling jigs and tossing baits-, the squid teasers, ballyhoos baits, kite fishing and drifting all played part in the catch- Private sport boats enjoyed this sport of kings and queens too- as witness to the score card for the Bounder this past season- remarkable- Congrats to Andy and crew- JD

Boat Name: Bounder Total Number of Marlin: 96 Comments/Notes: Additional Stats Jig = 38 Bait = 58 Average catch time :13 min Total Time 21hrs 1 min Men catch = 34 fish Women caught 62 fish Fishing Days = 36 All fish caught on 30lb mono Individual Angler Counts: 41 fish - Linda Crean, 20 Fish - Alyson Gillett & Bob Ballenger, 5 fish - Bob Hoose, 3 Fish - Jeff Wood, 2 Fish - Randy Wood, Greg Regatz, & Doug Carson, 1 Fish - Sarah Holmes -- Congrats to Andy and crew- JD

E-Mail this morning--- John ( JD) Thought you might find this interesting. Weighed 240 pounds on certified scale. (we) Got him off Pinnacle Rock off Tosco the other day.Capt. Larry H., Legacy ( below Mag Bay- private sportfisher)

Louvar, it's flesh is delicate and white with mild flavor, considered by many fisherman to be among the most delicious of all fishes, Luvarus imperialis, meaning Silver Emperor - the only member of the family Luvaridae, they occur worldwide, in the eastern Pacific from the Washington state to Chile. Mid water browsers, the feed primarily on gelatinous zooplankton such as jellyfish, ctenophores and free swimming tunicates ( Salps and pyrosomes) but occasionally eat small fish. ! Congrats-- JD

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Cool here on the beach-- water temps at the 59/ 58 degree mark and the air feels the same-- no wind and calm seas--

Not many boats out-- Decker and son were up above the harbor fishing the flats and art reefs/ pipelines, small rock piles and structure-- says good bass fishing for them-- plastics, hard baits and jigs- all did we'll est 50-60 fish released between the two of them for the day-- 1- 6 lb basses

Very little wind-- maybe some around 1- 2 pm then it flattened out again-- same thing forecasted tomorrow

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

Light East wind this morning swings to the south mid morning-Mild Santa Ana's - tide's still strong flows, Calico and Sand Bass on the art reefs above Newport and off Huntington, San Pedro- not many reports of much else-- they say some halibuts below Dana, not many otherwise. Took the day off yesterday, bent it to below the harbor , even before getting out of the the Bay saw what I guessed at were 5- 10 lb fish chasing bait on the surface, turns out there were big bonito- made several cast to no avail. A small halibut and a couple good sized bass and pulled a mackerel around for a couple of hours or so, to no avail- good day off-

E-Mail- JD Here is one of the 60# dorado we caught at Tropic Star, Pin as Bay, Panama. Sally K

Spent part of the day working on a pair of old fashioned reels- a Pfluegher Temco free spool surf caster rudimentary design, a lever which moves the pinion gear an 1/8 of a inch just enough to take the teeth out of gear- thus free spooling absolutely- no drag, but distorted after all these years and had to be realigned, cleaned.

And a Pflueger Templar of the 1933/35 era with an external Williams Drag,A lever moved, raised or lowers a protruding stopping pin which prevents the handle from back winding, the spool and gears continues to spin turning the handle's shaft, Williams threaded Star design had fiber disk drag plates separated by metal plate washers that adjusted the drag's pressure. In later fashion that set of drag washers were housed inside the interior gears, similar to today's standards. Just part of the evolutions of fishing reels-

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Wind from the south this morning-- fair and steady at 10 kts + bringing a cool wind chop with it-- every four of five minutes a 4- 5 ft west swell comes in,fishing fair for the basses, water just under the 60 degree mark at 59.6 a little offcolor green - more boats out today - Catalina lost in a maze of light haze, just it's outline seen. Full moon and earthquakes-----

Coastal fishing OK for the calicos and sand bass- no yellowtail to speak of- nor white sea bass's just yet--

Nice afternoon wind backed off and what swell there was was a long ways apart- Most of the art. reefs and structure along the coastlines have good bass fishing to them--good fun fishing--

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

Arf--Arf--Arf--Arrrf growl -- the makings of a new day-- arf-- arf- as they posture for kingdom, Art--Arf-- - light 1- 2 knts from the southwest, seas flat weather calm, a long period swell with just a raise and drop to it- nice--

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---------------- Fridays Reports ----------

A few barking sea lions, a gull cry and a strong outgoing mornings tide- littered with weed and debris from this mornings high , three casts no bites- quit. Sky, light overcast haze brightened by the sun behind it- seas calm with a bit of sparkle on a small wind chop.

E-Mail from Warren fishing out of Cabo ,Fishing a few days with Bob M and Rodney C.

Came down from San Jose and anchored up in Cabo. Fishing generally slow with decent wahoo fishing, one striper and yesterday we got lucky and found the tuna 30 miles off. This one was 100#. Warren 60 foot Hatteras JewelLure III

33 Sand Basses, 8 Sculpinfish and 55 Perch for today's partyboat score--

Quiet for most of the day-- overcast and cool-- Better luck tomorrow- JD

----------------------- Thursday's reports ------------------

Spots of fog or hazy conditions along the coastline-- and out to the island- by 10 most of it had lifted. no wind- seas flat-

Received notice of classes being held for Boating Skills and Seamanship held here in Newport beginning later this month-- not a bad idea for those who are new to the Southern Calif waters. Classes range from which type of boat is best for you , handling your boat, Rules of the Nautical Road and Navigation and more. For those unaccustomed to boat handling this is a good starting place, Contact: Mary Baine E Mail to marybaine@pacbell.net

Couple of whales wandering around out there-- whale watchers loosing them in the haze-

fog developed more and more- pea soup at the harbor 's entrance-at noon- nice to have radar and course plotter on your GPS. it comes and goes'

-------------- Wed's Reports-- my, the week goes by quickly---

Clouds and chance of drizzle moving on midday hours- seas glassy and becoming glossy with no wind- made two casts, small halibut first cast- nothing second.

JD, I just returned home from a very memorable trip to the Big Island, Hawaii . A few weeks back good friend Joe Thrasher caught a pacific sailfish using kite techniques from the shoreline. It created a big buzz on social media. I was intrigued and started thinking we should document this and release one. Then I got in touch with Chase Offield who suggested placing a Satellite tag in one. On a whims notice I got together with Michael Fowlkes and talked the idea over. The next thing I knew I was on a flight to Kona loaded with gear and cameras. I linked up with Chase Offield, Joe Thrasher, Bob Russel and Jonathan David. Our first day was perfect wind and 2 tide changes. Late in the afternoon we had a big blow up on my bait and that was followed by a sailfish tail walking all over the ocean. The fight was amazing. I ran back and forth along the cliff edge battling the fish. After a 20 minute battle I pulled the sailfish into a tide pool where Bob Russel was able to get hold of the leader. Joe Thrasher placed the SAT tag perfectly. Bob leadered the fish back and forth to revive it and it swam away up right and looking healthy. It was hooked in the corner of the mouth on an 8/0 true circle hook. To our knowledge we are the first ever to tag a Hawaiian sailfish with a SAT Tag and the first ever to do it from shore. We used SFE kites and a Cousins CJB 70MH rod with a Talica 50 loaded with 100 pound power pro. It was a great set up for the job. We ended up fishing all week and had several other bites that didn't stick. Thanks to AFTCO, IGFA, Cousins Tackle, SFE, Shimano, Power Pro and The Offield Center For Billfish Studies For bringing our idea to life!!

It was nice here---- till the fog started to roll in cool and damp!

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---------------------------- Tuesdays Reports--------------------

Light fog, more overcast than fog, wind fair- or less from the west along with the overcast sky- ses's a bit lump to it but smooth- tides moving stronger-

Sand Bass and Calicos being the staple for boaters these days- partyboats working on bag fills are on the sculpin grounds and Catalina and Clemente islands hopeful of yellowtails-

E-Mail from a good customer of ours heading south from Costa Rica over to TropicStar lodge/ Panama-- it sure sounds inviting--If you've ever been there, they say it's one of the best Sportfishing lodges in the world- -

3 DAY REPORT, DAY 1 TRIP DOWN FROM ISLA SAN JOSE TO TROPIC STAR LODGE PINAS BAY, WEATHER BREEZY, HOOK A NICE BLUE, HE SPOOLS US, DAMN NEAR SINKS THE BOAT CHASING HIM- 2FT WATER IN COCKPIT COOLERS ETC ALL FLOATING, HAD TO OPEN DOOR TO LET WATER OUT! GET ANOTHER ONE ON, PULLED HIM OFF. 0/2 IN FAVOR OF THE FISH!

NEXT DAY WE GET EVEN! 2 BLACKS 1 BLUE 1 SAIL --SLAM-- TODAY,HAD GEN PROBLEM! BRANDNEW! BEST LAID PLANS ETC!! LATE START, DECIDE TO GO SOUTH DOWN TO COLUMBIA BORDER EDGE VERY CLOSE TO SHORE. GET 1 BLACK AND 1 SAIL.

ANCHORED IN SMALL COVE IN FRONT OF A SMALL VILLAGE, WEATHER BREEZY OUT OF NORTH WITH THE CURRENT COMING UP FROM SOUTH. STILL ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO FISH

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Worked on some reels this past weekend-- a challenge to get the "lighter" setting for a lever drag reel used for big game fishing w/ light breakable dacron fishing lines.

- Drag settings are generally quick and sharp rise to the strike settings- a reduction to the incline of the Cam was needed to "soften" the settings-- now it's from Zero to 2 lbs - 5 lbs at strike and drags are needed to be up to the task too .

----------------- The past weekend's Report ------------

Overcast foggy morning- light cool N/W wind picks us as the overhead starts to clear, 2- 5 7 kts-

E mail from Trent- typical of so any of us ---- Went down to knock the dust off the boat, got to harbor mouth and it was too nice not to take a run up to the pipe. Threw the plastics for @ 45 minutes for a half dozen 11-13" calico and an 18" Sand bass. My first outing for the new year

No marlin reports yet--- standing by- wind and swell from the northwest expected to build later today--

Another E-mail from good customer of mine-- traveling the waters off Costa Rica and Panama, it's another world down there--

Another one of those mystery splashes-- on the 14 mid morning's filling tide-- no marlin tackle aboard--

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

Calm seas this morning-- overcast with a brighten early mid day-- wind if any from the south- and glassy seas- Dozens of boats out for a early day of fishing or boating before heading in to watch some football bowl games this weekend. Stand By for the Super Bowl Playoff Special!! -- Tides have flattened out for this moon phase and starting to build again as it fills. One 40 ft. Gray Whale outside Newport-and a few dolphins around -

Quiet for most of the day-- local party boat had catches of perch and sargo and a bass, sculpin- slow for them- better luck tomorrow- JD

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

Middle of January and latest El Nino reports show for a decline to an neutral state by late Spring and into the summer- back to a normal-- which if it was like two years ago - that's just fine-- lets hope it doesn't drop below that like the stock market! Overcast, bits lf drizzle from the south/southeast- wind fair at 6- 10 knts- seas have some chop to them -- downright cool today-- barometer dropped a bit and the fish quite biting- made three casts no bites-

Cool damp day-- not many on the radio-- only boats moving in the bay-- the death-boats ( those who take ashes to sea- they work every day) and the bottom scrubbers buzzing around in their skiffs .

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained- as the old adage goes-- and tomorrow the weather and seas hold promise of a shot at the First Marlin of the Season- yep several boats will be out this weekend --- out looking- who knows, those, if there are any marlin left after these last storms - where?

Traditionally they will move to the Southwest, that goes along with the water temps- then again they've been on a steady diet of squid all this past year- maybe they'll be off the backside or east end of Catalina - cool there at 59/ 60 degrees, yet there's a good break down the back side of Clemente island 61/ 62.5 and looks good -Swordfish have been targeted there during the winter months, it's a long boat ride , checking SCI it's open for anchor Sat nite- maybe-?? If your headed out Remember JD's offers a $100 bounty on the First Fish caught in US waters! Gluck JD Send photos!

Back in 87', sonic tracking of the marlin during the last few fish of the year- in Red- tagged in the afternoon- it headed south to the Coronado Island at daybreak- then zigzagged out towards the 43 towards the afternoon 24 hour study!

Humpbacked Whale, a Gray Whale and a bunch of dolphins spotted today-

12 sand bass, 3 calico a sargo and 3 sculpin! days fish count--

---------- Wed's Reports -- took Thurs off- JD -------

-Aaah -the gleeful harmony of barking seals in the morning, arf- arf, aaaaarrrf, bark bark bark-- morning hour here on the bay are generally quite, cept the seals. Bit's of debris and floating weed with the high tides these past few days-- arf--arf-- the barking continues in the background-- haven't heard a car honk in years, only the seals and a few gull cries. Or the rumble of a powerful speedboat as it idles away from the fuel dock out front. Good work environment. Made two casts, one small bay bass, quit at 50% hook up ratio. Seas calm, high overcast-

Such a nice aftenoon- had to go out and make a few more casts in that outgoing tide--- 4 cast no bites but did see a pair of dolphins go up the bay- you don't see that out your office window everyday- but I might-

 

Growing numbers-- Thanks for sending in your marlin count for this past year-- if you haven't already drop us a e-mail with your total-- thanks JD e-mail jdsbiggame@aol.com-

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

I may be out of whack here--- but I thought EL Nino storms meant the "Pineapple Express" with a steady flow of tropical warm moisture from the southwest- no snow- But I'm not on the bandwagon of the local newscasters who follow one another saying these are El Nino driven storms-- heck it's cold, the storms are coming out of the Northwest and there's snow in the mountains!

Took the day off yesterday- spent most of it just rowing around with a hope of a halibut or a bass - caught a few bass, some nice size ones too- nice day on the water-

Coastal fishing fair-- some calicos - lizzardfish and a few seals around--

Wind came up mid day-- but backed off nicely for the afternoon hours-- marlin still out there? maybe--

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

High overcast-- slight East/ northeast wind 2- 5 knts, swell small from the south and coastal current above Newport-- downhill- water cleaning up-- browns gone away leaving a dark green in the harbors, better visibility outside the harbors. Greasy / glossy / glassy water as low as 57 up to 60-62 degrees - made three cast no bites-

Strong tidal exchange--

Cool / cold atmosphere-- not much going on except the basses

With most of us bundled up with this "Warm El-Nino Weather"- Jimmy and Tracy were out for the day - enjoying some time together- doing what they like to do best-- Fishing

Nice Calico-

And we're about 1/2 in their travels of the Great Marlin Race- sponsored by the BAC and the other angling clubs here in So Calif-- back in Sept. the BAC held the Masters Billfish Tournament-- where in the tournament or thereafter- eight satellite tags were deployed on striped marlin. They are about 1/2 way now in their travels for the 240 time period at large- Thanks go out to Team Black Fin on behalf of Dana Angling Club The tag, due up on May 6, 2016, , Team Magellan on behalf of Tuna Club is due to report on May 8, 2016. Team Bounder deployed their tag on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson ,The John and Donna Crean Foundation independently sponsored this tag which is due to surface on May 14, 2016 and the Kea Kai's fish unfortunately, the tag reported the very next day. which may have fell off the fish ,Jock sponsored this tag for Team Kea Kai on behalf of Los Pescadores,

Team Andreya on behalf of Los Pescadores has a fish tagged and is due up on June 1, 2016 and for the Team Kea Kai & Team Royal Slam on behalf of Los Pescadores & Balboa Angling Club the fish they tagged unfortunately the tag reported nine days later, 61 nautical miles (nm) away from where it was deployed, it appears that the tag pulled free from the fish. Then the Pacific Pioneer on behalf of the Tuna Club of Avalon with their tag due to surface on June 6, 2016. And Hawk, sponsored by IGFA Representative Rocky Franich and Ron Kawaja on behalf of Balboa Angling Club. This tag is due to surface on June 27, 2016. It is because of support like this that this research program continues to grow and produce larger datasets that are increasing our understanding of billfish and ensuring the future of our sport. it'll be very interesting to see where they went and when they went-- thanks JD

Question on the number of Marlin caught this past year--- - regardless if they were members of a angling club or on a club member's boat or just out fishing --Please send in your numbers from your clubs, San Deigo Marlin Club , Oceanside Anglers, Dana Angling Club (153), Balboa Angling Club, Los Pescadors, The Tuna Club, Light Tackle Marin club, Channel Island billfish etc. or if you just caught a bunch of them yourself- e-mail me- jdsbiggame@aol.com- let's see how many were caught and if you can estimate the Number that were released or -(1 taken) someone's got to do it--glad to do it-- Keeping a record will help in better management if needed- JD thanks

----------------------- Fridays Events----------------

Cold morning hours- skies clearing except for a few horizon clouds, Catalina Island looks soggy as does the water, mixed in browns and green colors stirred up by rainwater, bay waters and large surf- not much biting-- made three cast three weeds on the line- quit-

A call from the Cape this morning--- little windy and overcast there this morning--striped bite slowed down a bit-- but improved Dorado fishing 15- 20lb fish-Wind still up in the East Cape area-- boats that do get out are finding a few stripers there too-

Foxi Lady- Panama Report -- Dave P. caught this monster. Not sure how big, we didnt have a scale big enough. But Dave is 6' 6" tall and the fish measured 5' 9" --- Pete

So is there any marlin left out there now--- maybe--- just maybe-- Satellite water temps still show a holding of 63 degrees and there's a mix of currents and some bait, the protections of Catalina Island would have held off much of the storms push/ force of water around the island-- Just maybe--- A scouting trip today --- out looking for any signs of sealife -- took one boater to Catalina Island this morning seas were lumpy and mixed, color- off, and bits of debris in the current/ trash lines --- no signs of porpoise dolphins, no spouting of whales, not much there-- a turn back up towards the Oil Rigs, good current break there--- --- there off in the distance a 1/2 miles was a large fish jump --- marlin?- dolphin? shark?-- a quick survey of the area brought no more dolphin sightings-- and generally they jump when there's more around. -- maybe a shark --- or a marlin?-- Last year around this same time there was one hooked lost amongst the fleet fishing for Yellowtails on the outer shelf off the oil rigs--- right around where this splash was seen today-- maybe , just maybe the Fat Lady hasn't sung yet?

earthquake!

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Reports from Joe K.- having made the trip south to Baja last week- he reports their fishing - even though they spent most of the time traveling between what weather windows they had- said the fishing was poor- and very off-colored green water for most of the trip , only catching Stripers on the inside of the Gulf-

This time of year while putting away most of the boating stuff- see if there's a few reels that still need servicing or guides or tip-tops broken off rods - such a past season it put much of our tackle to the test-- if you need service- be glad to work on your tackle- JD

The afternoon are getting longer each day now--- noticeable -

A COLD FRONT WILL BE APPROACHING TO THE NW CORNER ON FRI. EXPECT FRESH TO STRONG SW WINDS AHEAD OF THE FRONT AFFECTING THE WATERS NW OF A LINE FROM 30N135W TO 28N140W BY FRI MORNING WITH SEAS OF 8-11 FT. THE FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE FORECAST AREA BY FRI EVENING EXTENDING FROM 30N136W TO BEYOND 29N140W...THEN WILL LIFT QUICKLY TO THE N AS ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. THIS SECOND COLD FRONT WILL ALSO PRODUCE FRESH TO STRONG SW WINDS NW OF A LINE FROM 30N134W TO 26N140W BY SAT MORNING WITH SEAS OF 9-13 FT IN NW SWELL. THIS FRONT IS FORECAST TO ENTER THE FORECAST WATERS BY SUN MORNING. AT THIS TIME...MARINE GUIDANCE SUGGESTS GALE FORCE WINDS AHEAD OF THE FRONT AND BUILDING SEAS UP TO 19 FT IN ADDITIONAL PULSES OF NW SWELL.

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Made 6 casts- one small bunp at the end of the drift-- water muddy and spririnkled with bits of weed and debri - wind from the south, gusty at 12- 15 knts , tides flowing out strong with the push of draning rainwater.

With a little time on hand-- a question comes to mind with the elevation of fresh water into the coastal regions via river and rain outflow and the warmth of the EL Nino waters effects on the baitfish, Northern Anchovy-

Journal of Marine Research, ,1986 Effects of California El Nino 1982-1984 on the northern anchovy by Pau l C. Fiedler , l Richard D .Methoe and Roger P.Hewitt'· ABSTRACT El Nino caused physical and biological changes in the northern anchovy habitat off southern California . Anomalous sea surface temperatures, surface currents, mixed layer depths, and plankton biomass levels began to appear in late 1982 and persisted into 1984. Growth of juvenile and adult anchovys lowed during EI Nino , probably due to reduced availability of zooplankton prey. A decrease in size-at-age in early 1983, with a recovery in late 1984, can be explained by movements of the stock and the latitude in a decline in size-at- age. Spawning range expanded in 1983 due to shifts in sea surface temperature boundaries . Early larval mortality was unusually high in the yolk-sac stage. Fecundity per unit spawning biomass was low in 1983, due primarily to a high proportion of first-year spawners. Size-at-age was very low by spring 1984, but specific fecundity was surprisingly high. Although EI Nino had a variety of significant effects on the northern anchovy, the stock seems to have recovered

VHF Radio Special Marine Warning--marine warnings report of thunderstorms possible water spouts from San Mateo Point to Mex Border- and out to Clemente Inland- Weather Cell spotted 9 miles off heading to the beach- Stand by Carlsbad !!

Wind switched here at 1:30- strong westerly -- hootin"

The afteroon settled down with a flooding tide to still the bay waters- better luck tomorrow-

------------------ Tuesdays Rainy Day reports -------

Rain today- wind from the south and no boats out--

Spent the day doing year end paperwork- good rainy day projects- one or two sailboats came and went for the day-- harbor patrol made their rounds, gulls sailed in the wind, sunset was spectacular- --

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

Took the day off to work on the boat-- outboard motor had not been starting-- Second pull and it started up again- whoopee-- went fishing-- but ocean was sloppy and large swells- spend the day fishing in the harbor- 4 halibuts none of them legal but they fought well and were released- lost one fish that might have been a Striped Bass- sub-surface lure trolled- fish made a long run hook pulled- good sized fish?

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-Sundays reports --- No Marlin -- yet today-- seas starting to build from the southwest as this front approaches, light wind chop S/W-- current- naturally downhill against it- - Bass fishing continues to be good for those targeting them and the Flats or any structure thereabouts-- Sand Bass- good 2- 5+ grumpy styles- plastics, lead heads, live squid if you had it--

Better luck tomorrow- JD

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

A check with the Prospector this morning-- Bob tells me Rodney on the Provider had a bite off the East End of Catalina Island yesterday--- Striped Marlin-- it came off--- and George had a fish up in the jigs there to this morning-- , - it too came off --couple more feeders seen there yesterday-- so there're still marlin in the US waters for the First of January-- Amazing-- Jokers bite was at 17/18 east end. Rodney lost one on ballyhoo that same zone yesterday. 63 blue lots of bonita tight and red crabs.

Clemente had scores of the bonitos around and a few more Yellowtails-- boats were out scouting around-- water's 63 -1/2 degrees clean green not quite blue- beautiful day on the water--

Mornings low slack tide 10 :24 am- slowly building from there with a afternoons high slack 3:45 pm about the time some tailers will show- gluck- JD

Cabo's Report from Old Joe-- Hi JD, Had a great New Year's Day. Fished with my son and grandson in Cabo and released five Stripers by 11am. Grandson's first! Happy New Year to all

And a report on the Striped Marlin caught this past year--- I think Geoff on the Hooked ended up with 56 fish for the year -- Andy and La-La and crew/anglers Bounder were aproaching thee 100 fish mark when they went south with close to 96 or 97? and this morning's E-mail from Mike-Hey JD, Mike Stotesbury Cptn and owner of the Flyingfish. What a great year of fishing and thanks for doing such a fantastic job on your website. I just wanted to give you our final Marlin count for 2015. We released 68 Stipers and 4 Blues. Our last fish was released on the west end on 11-21, hooked at 12:35 pm and released at 2:15pm it was Blue caught on 20 lb by my brother Greg , we estimated the fish weighed around 175 lbs. Out best weekend we released 17 fish with triple and 2 doubles. Thanks again for all your hard work and Happy New Year. - - And I sure there were a dozens of other boas who had conths in the 50's or above and even just to catch one or two were remarkable - Please send in your counts if possiable -jdsbiggame@aol.com- impressive to see all these marlin released and only a few taken one way or another- Congrats ot all- JD

Hi JD Our last fish of last Season aboard the Pacific Pioneer was caught on Dec 11 But we DQ it, it died on us on 20# dac after three hours so we took turns lifting it with the rod . We got it at 3 hours and 55 min it was 191 pounds it was body wrapped . So our grand total for the year was 43 not counting that one - all but three fish where on 20# or less- dac mostly . Very fun year and I want to thank you for all that you do it makes our job easier !!!!!! Happy new year my Freind

Adding to the Fish counts was GadZukes--- JD, Reporting in fish count as you requested. Everyone had a special season no doubt. GadZukes ended up with 55 Striped Marlin. My last 2 fish were on12/03/15 up west near SBI. All my fish were SBI and west as far as Santa Rosa. I appreciate all the information and pictures you share on your website. Thank You, Greg Z. ---Glad to do it- JD

-And from the Foxi Lady traveling in Centeral Americas waters-- ect: FOXI LADY REPORT PANAMA --PINAS BAY TROPIC STAR LODGE NEW YEARS DAY, SOME PEOPLE RECOVERING FROM THE PARTY, SOME PEOPLE WATCHING PARADE AND BALL GAMES, SOME OF US HAD TO WORK!! SPENT NEW YEARS NITE AT ISLA SAN JOSE IN LAS PERLAS ISLANDS IN PANAMA. ABOUT 80 MILES FROM PINA. WE GOT PAID PRETTY GOOD FOR THE DAYS WORK 1 BLUE 2 BLACKS 1 WAHOO 1 REALLY BIG DORADO. A VERY NICE WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR. I KNOW RICH P. WAS FREEZING HIS ASS OFF TRYING TO GET THE 1ST FISH OF THE YEAR. OUR WATER WAS 85 HERE. TIGHT LINES

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Dec 31st-

Light marine haze with a bit more moisture to the air this morning-- light wind from the south at 2 knts seas flat- some wind ripple

Some memorable photos from this past Year-- again to be able to republish all the stories and photos I want to thank those who have contributed to the site this past year-- lets hope 2016 is just as memorable-- gluck JD

Happy New Year!

A composite of some of this year's photos , each has a tale to it--

Each photo has a tale to it-- thanks JD

Again thanks for all the input from all the anglers this past year-- it's been a long year-- best I've ever seen-- Best of luck to those heading out

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Sundays not so windy report-- looks flat from the costal hills maybe some ruffled water offshore as the sea darkens on the horizon line-- beautiful morning, yet brisk- water temps breaking below that 60 degree barrier 59.6 on the HB flats and not much happening. bait was hard to find- some crab around --

With the high clouds- should be a nice sunset-- stand by-

Westerly sprang up-- not strong but cooled off the air-then backed off-- clouds building in the west-- heard of one Black Sea Bass hooked - -fish report--- 6 sand bass 1 calico bass a mystery bite --- there goes another bite--- clickers whirling in the background--- Got to go!--- -- nearing the bottom of the tide-- 2:30pm -- add to the fish count--- one Bat Ray-- that's it-- looking like a nice afternoon water temps came back up to 61.2 degrees.

<------- Water temps from 59 degrees to 65 . 5 degrees!

Weather buoys-- report water temps Tanner at 60.3, San Clemente's Buoy shows 63.9, Point Loma at 63.7 Dana Point at 62.1 and San Pedro buoy shows 62.2 degrees

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Mornings clear skies and brisk Northeast cold wind- half the boats that went out the harbor turned around early came back in- - small craft warnings- - although the seas were flat close to the beach -- building on the outside- made two cast two bites small fish --third cast - stupid bird ate it-- released unharmed!

Several water temps images for the past three years-- 2013--2014-- 2015 -- of the last 15 days in December--

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in the morning's sun and barking for all to hear-bark-- bark -Ho-Ho Ho - - Tide flowing out strong - army green colored waters lots of sediment /weed in it -- made one cast one med/ halibut -

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Soft northwest wind, overcast sky and clearing with a few seagulls cries off in the distance-- over a seal with a fish- Tides running strong-- moon's pulling it-- Bought myself a Christmas Gift-- a small Shimano spinning reel loaded with that Berkeley Nan o-fill 4lb test line and 10 lb fluoro carbon leader and a drop-shot rigged jackll super pin-tail silver shad plastic bait -w/ bent owner mutu-lite #2 hook for better catchability -- worked!--- made one cast---- long drift in that outgoing tide cross sweep it across the bottom rewarded with a nice sand bass, one cast- one fish, quit 100% Merry Christmas!

And a E-Mail from Costa Rica-- Foxi Lady-- HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THEBILLFISH FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED THE "FOXI LADY" THE "TOP BLUE MARLIN" TAGGING AWARD IN THE PACIFIC FOR 2015. OUR TEAM "DENISE, RYNO MERTENS, MICHELLE SHIEL AND MANY FRIENDS. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT($). AWARD CEREMONY FEB 11, 2011, MIAMI, FL " DRINKS ON PETE" MERRY XMAS

Heck of a Season this year--- hope you fulfilled your dreams--

Red Crab invasion-- full moon?

It's appropriate, the name on his boat reads Vintage, Mike Fowlkes of Inside Sportfishing films achieved his goal this past week qualifying as a Tuna Club member catching a tuna over 100 lbs on Regulations Heavy Tackle. - After becoming exited in the marlin fishing up off the Channel islands and light line fish with Dacron lines but still that prize eluded him. The prize of a 100 lb tuna was available and Guadalupe Island had been just re-opened up for sportfishing , now the challenge in getting the required tackle was daunting- Mike had been collecting older rods and reels for years and his collection is vast-- yet Regulations tackle has its specifications and from the older rods a dozen were pre-bent to see if they'd hold up--- most didn't splintering and guides or handles broken, but a few were found that held up. Reels were selected and reconditioned drags installed, the line was the hardest to find, spool after spool were tested the old line rotting away breaking with just a hand pull, the quest went on with a spool of 24 tread obtained from a collector which seemed to have promise breaking above the 50 lb range- Catching the tuna was challenge- No rail rods or two speeds or spectra lines to use just the original stuff- Seas had build up and conditions were not the best- but Mike did it, not only with the 105 lb fish shown but a half dozen others caught with either the linen or dacron lines --congrats- Mike- nice job -JD

Avalon Tuna Club/ Qualifying Tuna caught on Vintage pre 1953 reel and bamboo rod with 1940's 24 thread line. (left to right) Second Op/Russell Brazwell, Michael Fowlkes and Skipper Aaron Barnhill at Fisherman's Landing after returning from their recent trip to Guadalupe on board the Shogun. Fowlkes also had a 150 pounder on Dacron 80 and a 132 pounder on 24 linen as well.

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-- I did some calculations this afternoon just checking how many miles of fishing line we spooled onto reels this past year---?

173,755 yds of Monofilament, 66,100 yds of Braid Line and 30,000 yds of Dacron line for a combined total of 269,855 yds of line -- or 153.33 miles of it--- that's a lot of line!

Local fishing fair-- with Vick scoring on a nice 7 ft Leopard Shark and a Bat Ray and some sand or calico bass--- fair fishing --interesting to hear about the Leopard they're generally here in the Spring Time?

front approaching- Small craft warning--

A check with the BAC's yearbook shows 36 marlin were caught as the Last Marlin of the Year in November, 3 have been caught in December- two on the 3rd ( 78 & 95) and one of the 8th 1974-- El Nino years, and The First Fish of the Year Award went on Jan 1st in 1984 and 1090 both dates following a two year cycle of Very Strong El Nino years -- Stand By

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

Slimy green colored water he called it--- trying to make several mackerels for the days fishing as bait-- it was tough to make it-- they're just not there in numbers--- maybe 6 7 pieces after several hours of trying chum , etc, water 61.3 degrees below the harbor ( newport) don't know if the mackerels can even see the bait rigs in the slimy green water.

Made three casts one bite-- came off in the receive-- hooks must not be as sharp as they were--

E-Mail-- JD---Last week we delivered a 59' Mikelson to San Jose Del Cabo.Stopped on the "Ridge" for great Wahoo fishing, then on the lower banks we chunked up a nice Yellowfin. Fish had one of our Wahoo tails in it's guts! Bryan

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Wind and spots of rain from the Northwest-- Whale watchers, and the standard boats were harbor bound today--except the Barge workers, which seems to always be on the water working--

And two brothers fishing for marlins on the same day--- another E-Mail report-JD: I saw Patrick's report and couldn't resist. While he was off SBI yesterday I was fishing in Kona with Marlin Parker on the Marlin Magic II. I had my three year old and wife on the boat (my two good luck charms) and managed a late afternoon hook up right in front of the harbor. Fish was in the 600 range. An early release for her at the back of the boat after a few head shakes. A nice blue in December and water still 81 here. El Niño seems to be having an effect in Kona as well with 6 granders here so far this year ( I believe that's the most in one year since the late 70's). . Best, Tucker T -

Made three cast early on befroe it got too windsy-- 2 bites missed em

DISCUSSION... ..AN

`She's a hootin' today! `

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Gray morning on the water - glossy seas - spots of fog along the San Pedro Channel water temps-- Santa Monica Bay 64 degrees, San Pedro bouy 65, Dana 65, Taanner 63 degrees and a 11 ft swell w/ 13 sec period. building tonight with up to 30 -35 knts above Catalina-- good tailing weather!!

Good tidal flow-- made 5 cast's no bites off the dock- water still clear.

E-Mail this afternoon-- from old time friend and customer-- JD – Couldn’t resist trying one more time before the year ends so went with Mike Arujo yesterday on our boat, Billfish. Fished numbers from last weekend off SBI and in 63.5 water found lots of life – birds, seals, porpoise, bait – and just before the tide had one come in on the long rigger MJG. Thought we had fish settled down and hooked solidly but came undone after a few mins. Would have been nice to add a December fish to the resume but not to be. Great to have a shot at one in mid- December nonetheless. Viva El Nino! Happy Holidays to you. Patrick T

Didn't hear many boaters out today-- worked on getting Christmas packages ready - reels and rods repaired and listened to Christmas opera and watched the sun set - it should blow tomorrow and Sat- Good luck Sunday -

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION i 10 December 2015 ENSO El Niño Advisory Synopsis: El Niño is expected to remain strong through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, with a transition to ENSO-neutral anticipated during late spring or early summer 2016. A strong El Niño continued during November as indicated by well above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and Niño-3 indices rose to their highest levels so far during this event,The subsurface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific, while still well above average, decreased slightly due to the eastward push of the upwelling phase of an equatorial oceanic Kelvin wave . . Collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic anomalies reflect a strong El Niño episode that has matured. Most models indicate that a strong El Niño will continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, followed by weakening and a transitionto ENSO-neutral during the late spring or early summer The forecaster consensus remains nearly unchanged from last month, with the expectation that this El Niño will rank among the three strongest episodes as measured by the 3-month SST departures in the Niño 3.4 region dating back to 1950.

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-- Hard to believe it Dec warm and muggy and it's still possible for Yellowfined tunas, yellowtails and maybe even a marlin or two to be caught - this fast moving front will blow by us quickly-- Old timers would say the marlin would start to migrate after the third winter storm, not sure where we stand right now but this might be #1? We'll see what happens, I think they're confused ( the marlins) - southwards propagating surface swell action would allow then to push on further to the southern range of their migration but these northern bound currents are holding them back--why move, just stay where they're at and get fat eating squid!

We had that quick bite for about ten minutes on the yellowfins then is shut down--- beautiful weather--- we're goping to start heading north-- see ya-

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They're still fishing for yellowtails off the oil rigs /flats today!--- reports of two of them already hooked this morning, I think one the other got away- Seal lions are a problem- that swell is there but far enough away from each other that it doesn't cause much effect otherwise calm seas- very little wind, light west 2- 4 kt skys have a high cast of Cirrus clouds 18,000 ft + , Warm and sunny-

Strong Current --up hill ---

The boys took a trip south last week--- down into the Sea of Cortez - trailer boats and a bunch of tackle-- Spoils you Deckers says-- Spotted Grouper (Cabrilla), Golden and Leopard Cabrilla's and Yellowtails were far too many to fish for. The group went down with promotional filming , IMAX and even Drones in use!

I took the day off yesterday-- Didn't catch much but gave it a good effort-- such a nice day out there it was either go home early and paint the fence-- or keep on fishing- not much of a choice to that-- keep fishing and enjoyed the day-- early morning -good calicos in tight to the beach 5- 10 ft of water!

HER ROUND OF NW SWELL.

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High overcast skies, haze cool morning hours- flat seas, wind slight from the West/ Northwest, , Reported the marlin boats were fishing above Catalina and in towards the beach on an area known as the Boot- others still working the 172 and the bank's above Santa Barbara. Is. The Last Fish of the Year ( fish being a Marlin) becomes even a challenge as daily there seems to be reports of fish hooked or caught--- who knows, maybe it'll be right up till the end of the year on Dec 31st -- then the First Marlin of the Year the following New Years Day--- it's happened before! so JD's offers $100 Gift certificate to the Last and First Marlins of the year in US Waters ! Send photo and story Good Luck JD!

Deep water halibuts beginning to show up in some of the fish counts-- shorts and a few legals, deep water at 100 ft means 6-8 oz lead and covering ground in drifts while staying in contact with the bottom while yet sensitive for their bites-- that braid line does wonders for feeling their bites-- Also try one of the Shimano Lucatus jigs bounced along the bottom - JD's Tip

West marlin fishing - Pacific Pioneer had a fish going!!- came in on the jigs dropped a bait back to it--After a two hour battle they were still fighting it- -- ! 12:33pm

Red Crab Bonaza- today was the word of the day-- thick off the reef and some macks there too

A faint radio reception -Pacific Pioneer-- we got it--- 20 dacron-- 3 hours 50 minutes, unfortunately the fish died after three hours and we had to trade-off in lifting it up making it a DQ' ed fish for the angling clubs - still a feat, est weight 190- 200 lbs

Gents , they are still here , some of the largest concentrations of bait & life we’ve seen all year around the 172-175 , hundreds of sea lions , porp’s , birds , bait on the ridge , water was 63.5 , Bullpen had a fish in the jigs twice around 10:00 am then Paul dropped a bait back on the green & white eye candy….fish got body wrapped @ the three hour mark on 20 lb Dacron, took another hour taking turns to slowly plane him up , 191 lbs , coughed up market squid ..viva El Nino ! smoked marlin for Christmas..

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

Morning hours calm w/ light South wind 2- 3 knts - Folks out in family gathering or boating w/ relatives looking for a peaceful day on the water-- Marlin fishers trying the waters at or above Cat, tuna grounds in the concentrated warmer water towards the border-

we're on our way in -- got some fish-- tuna! 11:14am

Weather incredible-- hot even!- wind slight from the west-- I wouldn't be surprised if some fog didn't develop--

The Bounder-- Andy, La La and crew were headed south to the warmth of Baja for the winter months- but not without trying to finish up the year with catching 100 marlin in So Calif, US waters all in one season-- At last count, I think they were up to 96 or 97--- Leaving the harbor in the late evenigs hours last night they hoped to be on that southern side of the potencial marlin grounds while still in the US waters at daylight today-- --one mre shot --- so far no word-- standing by--

they gave out Whale checks today-- local whale watchers-- I think a couple seen up towards the Rigs and another somewhere by Dana-- but not much sea life reported today--

nice afternoon-

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The day starts fair a bit chilly and high overcast that looks cool, seas - light south/ southwest wind here in Newport a small swell and chop with it- due to swing around - tides are mellow and building

E-Mail this morning--- Yellowfined Tunas and a who? Hey JD, My intention was to fish Friday with my son but woke up Thursday morning and looked at various web-cams and wind reports and saw we were supposed to get a 8-9' swell and wind in the afternoon on Friday so the plan changed. Launched out of Mission bay at 10:00 and fished an area about 15 miles straight off LJ (32.50 - 117.38) - Dolphins everywhere. The YFT loved a small Rapala double joint Shad Rap I had until I went by a paddy and Mr. Hoo took off with him chewing through my 80Lb. leader. Got 4 YFT for 3 hours of fishing and headed back to the barn at 2:00. All fishing were caught trolling into the sun and they like the Mexican flag as well as the bright Shad Rap - 8-9 knots.. Tight Lines.. Jeff / Irvine

Contrary to otherideas , buts that's fishing!

And off the West end of Catalina Islands- up towards the 172 fathom spot-- a marlin to have been reported lost ( maybe 1 for 3) and others seen- She's still singing!--

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Flat seas---- light southwest 2- 4 knts --- Couple of boats out--- some for the southern grounds tuna fishing while others off Catalina--- calico bass, drifting for halibuts around the backside of the island and a reported catch White Sea Bass in the mix- nice weather- a little more wind wrapping around the island-

Many of the kelps sown south 302 area were dry except for a few small yellowtails-- still looking for the tunas-- porpoise had good meter marks but no bites

We ran south like 10 miles from the 302 kelps all over the place but most have nothing, we picked up one fish, tuna that got shark bit on the way in--

The Last of the Year Marlin challenge-- --- that's a trophy just as hard to get as the First one of the Season, Capt. Kyle Dickerson and crew / owners of their boat the Pacific Pioneer are trying to do it again - After most of the Fleet has put it away or gone south for the winter months-- she's is out plying the grounds-- Last Year, Patty Blower took the First Fish and Last Fish awards - What with the relative calm weather this past week other than the cool air- the water's temp can still hold fish here-- they'd been on the squid beds above Santa Barbara Is. , by now that body of water had dropped down to the back side of the Catalina and towards Clemente Is-- maybe a few will still be here- Good luck to them- JD ---- they went zero , zero, zero for the trip West end of the island looked good with birds and bait-- but that was it-- nice day -nice sunset--

Calm for all day- high overcast

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We're thirty miles offshore--- a few yellowfin and some skippys , kelps- some boats got em other's not- 10:23am

stopped on a big weed for nothing-- we definitely have all the skipjacks you could want

- reading 68 degrees and going up--

We've been in about a two hour stop----- at 22/ 35 -- near the 302--- they're still under us but line shy--- were using 15lb --- where'd you get the bait----- SD--- figured, we're out of Oceanside fishing the yellows--- we've got 19 or 20 now-- hold on we're bit I'll get back to you in a sec-- good mix of yellowfin here - we're running out of bait we'll keep then around if you can make it-- false alarm- we're busy-- wish we were out there with you 11:09am

Local Whale watchers--- very slow he says- a few sea lions and some birds so far---

Coastal water temps from yesterday-- ranging from 64 to 70 degrees- and judging by this mornings catches of Skipjacks and some Yellowfin near the 302 if follows that pattern of 66-68 degree water temp-

Report comes in early this afternoon --- possible Swordfish in the local waters has a commercial spotter plane up-- looking -- spotting up to 6 striper marlin seen-- from the Avalon Bank to the 152 fathom spot- off the East end of Catalina-- remember there's that FAD there at 33.14:589 / 118.10:656 maybe it'll hold some bait there for the marlin worth a looks at if your headed that way-- Good luck the Fat Lady hasn't sung yet ---

they definitely want the chovies--- we're running out of bait-- fishing em' off the paddies-- yellowfin 302--- we're at 20 and 42 and we're about done !

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Morning light marine haze lingers into mid day- light if any wind , seas calm. wind picked up west after noon brisk and cool - backed off mid aftenoon-- nice

Not much going on on the radio so I was compelled to go out and make a few cast off the dock-- three cast- one bite -missed it-- maybe small halibut-- lot of those in the harbor's and bays now--- as is there's schools of 3- 4-5 inch smelt in the depths, more micro plankton sealife, the water's turning greener.

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Hey JD... the whales may be "far out" off Laguna but they're "tight" off Newport. Breaching humpback from 3pm trip today right off #2-Newport Coastal Adeventures---- Boy that would crush my boat! --JD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the end of the year 2014

I did some research on the number of fish caught here in California, Dock totals recorded by the landings and an estimate of those numbers of fish caught by the recreational anglers-- yes I'm off on some of the estimates for the private boat catches- if anything shy of count on a few fish and maybe more on others but it gives one a perspective of what harvest is caught- others fish get away or are released so you get an idea of how many fish are out there- or were--

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  2014 Fish Counts      
    Value from Recorded catch Value set at 50 % of Commercial catch
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    Commercial Sportboats Recreational  Private Totals
  Bluefin                                            4,814.00                             2,407.00                     7,221.00
  Yellowfin                                          71,608.00                          35,804.00                107,412.00
  Yellowtail                                          43,165.00                          21,582.50                   64,747.50
  Dorado                                            8,500.00                             4,250.00                   12,750.00
  Wahoo                                                  11.00                                     5.50                           16.50
  Albacore                                                  59.00                                   29.50                           88.50
  White Sea Bass                                            3,793.00                             1,896.50                     5,689.50
         

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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- - 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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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 )

https://www.banjercito.com.mx/iitv/sitio/html/cte_h_iitvembarcacion_ing_2.php?pago=S It takes about week or better

to apply for - JD -

http://sat.gob.mx/aduanas/vehiculos/importacion_temporal/Paginas/embarcaciones.aspx

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 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 KillBags, 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  40 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

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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