----------April 16 th ---------
Man, their deep growling grumble of engines sounds good against the morning quietness of the harbor, a pair of speed boats fueled up out from on the gas dock- A fountain and a Donzi headed out to burn fuel and have fun--
Blue skies again- light wind from the west southwest- Bob on the Vikki Vikki- made to the 14 this morning, 63 degrees there some porpoise and fishy- slow trolled a few baits for a while -- no bites but did see a turtle and a est 8- 10 lb tail under a paddy on the way in--
Had a whole wolf pac of em' just swimming along side of the boat--- wont take a thing!- throwing everything we've got--- 10:25am
right here in front of me Jon--11:02pm
And the E-Mail of Hawaii trip of Chris A.Kona fishing turned on the week. We experienced a favorable moon phase coming up to the new moon, strong trade winds and a strong current running north through the grounds enhancing the bite. Water temperature ranged between 79 and 81 degrees, with air temp 84-85 in the day and 73 degrees at night. I fished with Kevin Nakamura on the new Northern Lights, a 47' Buddy Davis.
Caught 2 fish the first day and 9 fish the second day. We also salvaged and towed back to the harbor a Japanese Panga that was floating upside down, way outside where we were fishing for Ahi in the porpoise schools. I suspect it was from the Tsunami, as it had Japanese writing on the bow.
Day 1, Released a 200 lb. Blue Marlin at 7:35am HST and caught a 30 lb. Ono (Wahoo) at 1:15pm
Day 2, April 14th: Caught a 37 lb. Mahi Mahi at 10:00am Caught a Hebi (Spearfish) at 10:50am a 130 lb. Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) at 12:15pm, a 25 Aku Skipjack) at 12:30pm ,85 lb. Ahi at 12:49, an 80 lb. Ahi at 1:15pm and released a Spearfish at 2:00pm, Released another Spearfish at 2:30pm and caught a 20 lb. Ono at 4:00pm Epic trip! Chris Allen
Wind in the afternnon hours steady from the west--- 15- 18 knts choppy
Received this back from IGFA today-- message reads as follows
Dear John, ( I've had a few of those!)
The final tag in the 2014 Master Angler Billfish Tournament (MABT) IGMR popped up this week to win the race! Congratulations to the winning team:Team Kea-Kai Tuna Club of Avalon. Their 45 kg (100 lb) striped marlin swam an incredible linear distance of 1,139 nautical miles (nm) in 183 days! Coming in second place is Team Hooked- Dana Angling Club who's 54 kg (120 lb) striped marlin swam a linear distance of 705 nm in 181 days!
We're also writing with some dissapointing news in regards to the other four satellite tags that were cosponsored during the 2014 MABT last summer. As you may be aware, all six tags deployed during the MABT were programmed to pop-up between March 11th and April 14th (180 days at large). Unfortunately, only two tags reported (Team Hooked- Dana Angling Club and Team Kea-Kai-Tuna Club of Avalon). At this point, we must assume that the tags deployed by Team Charisma-Tuna Club of Avalon, Team Kea Kai-Los Pescadores Fishing Club, Team Joint Venture-Tuna Club of Avalon, and Team Andreya-Balboa Angling Club will not report.
In the IGMR, we have a high tag reporting rate of 83%, so it was very curious to us as to why 67% of the tags from this particular tournament did not report. We deliberated with our partners at Stanford University and we would like to share some possibilities with you:
First, since all the tags were from the same batch and two did report, we doubt that this was a batch-related issue or tag malfunction.
It is possible that these fish died sometime after they were tagged. If there was mortalities associated with tagging and the fish sunk to the bottom, the tags could have been crushed before they released from the carcasses. In addition, even though each tag is painted with anti-fouling paint, biofouling on the tags could have also been an issue. If the antenna becomes encrusted with organisms, it can prohibit the tag's ability to transmit data.
However, once the data from the striped marlin tagged by Team Hooked-Dana Angling Club (Fish 2) were processed, it led us to believe that there might be a possibility that these fish were caught by commercial fishermen and the tags subsequently destroyed. As you can see from the track, Fish 2 traveled south to Mexico where striped marlin are commercially harvested even though it is not legal to do so. We had a similar situation occur in Guatemala, where two of the five sailfish we tagged did not report. As with the case with striped marlin in Mexico, the commercial harvest of sailfish in Guatemala is prohibited but frequently occurs. As such, we hypothesized that these sailfish may have been caught commercially and the tags destroyed. However, we will never be able to ascertain the true fate of tags that do not report. We don't yet have a track for Fish 6 tagged by Team Team Kea-Kai Tuna Club of Avalon, but the tag did report far offshore from Mexico. It will be interesting to see from the fish's track if it skirted the Baja coastline like Fish 2 before swimming farther offshore.
I understand that this is incredibly dissapointing news for the cosponsors of Team Charisma-Tuna Club of Avalon, Team Kea Kai-Los Pescadores Fishing Club, Team Joint Venture-Tuna Club of Avalon, and Team Andreya-Balboa Angling Club, but we want you to know how much we appreciate your sponsorship. We are learning more about billfish behavior because of sponsors like you, and it is our hope that data generated from the project will be used to enact better international conservation measures for billfish.
We'd like to thank all tag sponsors, captains, anglers, crew, and all other participants of the race. A comprehensive report on Fish 2 (Team Hooked-Dana Angling Club) and Fish 6 (Team Kea-Kai Tuna Club of Avalon) will be available on the race page soon.
Tight Lines,The IGFA
------------------- Thursday's Reports ------------------
Tide flow stronger these days- another beautiful day in paradise-- hazy blue skies-- westerly early today- seas have a small wind chop to them
Local partboats were scoring well for the Yellowtails, Catalina and Clemente islands--
Hi JD, Here's the latest update on the MABT Great Marlin Race:-
Just received word that Jock A's tag on Marlin #6 popped-up.
I don't have many details yet, other than the point to point distance was 1,139 nm south-south west from where it was tagged. To quote Randy Kochevar (Stanford University) the tag "popped much further west" than Geoff H's marlin. The tag was deployed for 183 days. More details to follow in the next few days. There is still one more tag (Nate S's) that could report. It was due up around April 10th so it's still within the two week window. I'll keep you posted.
IGFA Representative - Southern California HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator
----------------- Wed's Reports -----------
Wind from the west early- 7- 12 knts- light wind chop swell on the outside waters- Another day in paradise -
Local Newport Bait reciever 5- 7 inch sardines-
stopped on -- maybe three terns diving, diping - had some fish up boiling-- yesterdays bite time was about now-- 11 am -- 10:50am ( 150 spot)
Everytime I stopped the boat those little anchovies or whatever they are swarmed underneath the boat thinking I ws a kelp paddy--
Sorry I couldnt get back to the radio we were pulling on our third fish-- tails from 20- 22 25 lbs- there's only about four of us up here , we all know one another so its nice------- just got another one-12:20pm
I'd given it some thought over the course of the day-- Asking Decker earlier in the day about what colored jigs the tails were eating--- his comment was based off the smallness of the finbait that was up there- lots of micro baits and the jacks taking a liking to chasing bigger baits - and he's right it wasn't "matching the hatch" -it was giving them something bigger and better to eat- he's done well a mint colored jig but others had equal success off various colors- Scrambled egg etc. The count of a couple of seconds after splash down then the retrieve with the jigs kicking action getting the strikes. Given a wall full of various casting jigs my thought ranged to the Wax wings, Salas Jigs and other fishy stuff, poppers, those Orcas should do the trick and even Daiwas Salt Pro surface baits should work-all of it should work---- and then sometimes none of it works other than a slow troll mackerel that seems to always get something- Good luck if you get out and try the whole tackle box- have fun- JD - -
Hi J.D. took a chance on the PROSPECTOR Tuesday that we could beat the weather that was forecasted and we did . Ran to West end of Clemente and fished around the nine fathom spot , water was 64-65 with bait balls , terns , porpoise , seals etc. we caught the yellow on the X-RAP and then decided to cod before the wind came up , Caught 5 lings and limits of rockfish by 11:30…headed home and found glassy conditions between the island with 66-70 degree water between the islands , purple/ blue… cool and green on the beach @ 62 degrees, made it in before the blow yesterday…JB
E-Mail from Costa Rica---
\JD, WE HAVE DEPLOYED 2 FADS HERE IN LOCAL WATERS, HOPING THAT THEY WILL ENCHANCE THE FISHING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYBODY. WANT TO LET THEM GROW FOR 2/3 MONTHS BEFORE SHARING THE LOCATIONS. SEE YA SOON, FOXI LADY
Maybe someone will put some FADs out towards the 150 spot this year?
For your information- Mexico has adopted new regulations for commercial and sport below- sport is catch and release only. Please see information below from NMFS
For reference- please see information on Mexico’s recently adopted bluefin regulations for sport and commercial- recreational is catch and release .
Mexico published in its Diario Oficial de la Federacion (it's Federal Register) its new regulations on commercial and sport fishing of PBF. The an article summarizing the rule in Spanish can be found here: http://www.conapesca.gob.mx/wb/cona/5_de_abril_de_2015_mexico_df_ and the regs in Spanish can be found here: http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5387662&fecha=02/04/2015
The summary article includes information on additional closures per the tropical tuna conservation measure, which Mexico also applies to bluefin, in addition to yellowfin, bigeye, and skipjack. Its translation is below: The second paragraph reads that this estabilshes a bluefin tuna catch quota applicable to federal waters in the Pacific Ocean as well as waters in the area managed by the IATTC. [the regulations read that this applies to 2015 and 2016; 3000mt limit in 2015 and a 3000mt limit in 2016]. Third paragraph: This applies to Mexican-flagged vessels which operate under a permit or "concesion de pesca" that this refers to the pens] dedicated to tuna fishing in federal waters and areas managed by the IATTC. Fourth paragraph: Will apply to all fishing activities for tuna that catch bluefin tuna, regardless of where the tuna end,or where they are destined to.Fifth paragraph: All sport-recreational fishing for bluefin must be catch and release and retention is prohibited.
Does this apply to US flagged vessels, then?
It is worth noting that they implemented the tropical tuna conservation measures (C-013-01), which include time and area closures, to apply to PBF, in addition to the tropical tunas. The rule can be found here: http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5361799&fecha=29/09/2014 but is also explained in the summary document provided by SAGARPA.
--------------------- Tuesdays Reports --------------
Wind freshened up from the west / southwest mid day-- seas fair
Not much said on the water today-- Coastal waters cooled off- the area above the offshore oil rigs 150 spot chilled off dropped from 62- 63/4 yesterday-- dropped to 58 this morning and only climbed to a 60 later today- wind kept it chilled- fishing poor
increasing winds and seas tomorrow- - our strength of that warming trend has been curtailed for a while, we'll get this off weather for a while, Traditionally the coolest months of the year come in May and June---
E-Mail from Hawaii this morning from Chris
Released a feisty 200 lb. Blue Marlin at 7:35am HST this morning. Mid-day caught an Ono (Wahoo).
fished with Kevin Nakamura on the new "Northern Lights", a 47' Buddy Davis. Heading back out tomorrow morning.
--------------- Mondays Reports ---------------
Blue skies again-- wind light from the south, eddy effect- blowing northwest on the outside .
San Clemente Weather buoy still holding at 64.8 degrees Tanner went down to 61.5 degrees, inside waters cooler next to the beach warms and cleans up mid channel.
A check with the San Clemente's Island Security for those making plans next weekend- the island "Cove" is open all day Friday and friday night but by 1 pm (1300 ) on Sat to 11 pm at night it's off limits, backside Eel point and above is open, Sunday its open until 2 pm 1400 on Sunday when it gets Hot again-
JD, caught this fish Friday off the East end with my son John. Water temp was 63 degrees. Also got into a nice Calico bite with releasing 9 leagls , John C.
Building tides again this week
--------- The Weekends Reports ------
No sign of Humpbacked whales this morning but lots of birds-- bait moving back in with the cooler water-- Off Dana- must be those anchovies- or those Red Crabs-- all the mackerels are stuffed with them up off Newport-
Catalina lost in a layer of marine cloud- to the south clear and sunny- seas calm, light south wind- light wind chop on it- coastal water offcolor green blues up mid channel,
Yellowtails the catch these day- probably we should save some for this coming summer where we'd be happy to see then under a paddy-
One of these days we'll see an Opah being caught locally- there were a few of those Yellows seen chasing bait schools up on the 150 the past few days- hard to get on - up and down quickly-- they were on small 2 1/2 fin bait mixed in with a few Red Crabs-
came across this massive area of birds - a huge whale-- looked really fishy about 12 past the rigs-- porpoise birds- it looked really fishy- metered stuff- -- we only went about four off and missed it-
wind from the south for most of the day--
And a afternoons work brings me to a restoration of drags and lubrication of a Edwards Vom Hofe model 621 6/0 reel patent date May 20 02, clean as a whistle - it may not have ever been used-- never had line on it!- Made with full harness and rod lugs and un-scared leather thumb pad. - nice- be a pleasure to fish a marlin up with.
Taking out a couple of guys from Colorado-- the 150 spot, looked good, almost too good- covered up with porpoise, birds schools, lots of seals and some bait- Decker and clients spent a few minutes there with hopes of the Yellowtails- then bent it in toward the north and found their own bird school in shallower water- Yellows crashing bait and the birds- and a both anglers took the first tails on Kicker surface iron- nice catch!
Doing my part to thin out the local Yellowtail! half day charter for brothers Greg and Jimmy from Colorado These were their first Yellowtail ever on the surface iron
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-The reds were still biting but the surface water temps rolled over in this past wind event we had- water temps 56 and dirty green this morning-- wind light from the south- light marine haze in morning hours sunny afterwards--
Chlorophyll charts shows some upwelling's of richer plankton concentrations from Pt Conceptions extending to the southwest - though not real strong yet, it's another factor to watch over the next coming months to see how strong it develops and what it does to our fishery . Lots of warm clean blue water south of us--
Not much in the way of tide swings these days--
Several boats came in the harbor towards the afternoon hours--- flying yellowtail flags and another report of tuna seen by a partyboat, but by the time they had gotten their rock cod gear cut off and retied to flyline a bait or cast a jig--- they had gone down-
And reports of seeing Flying Fish - the first reports of the season - and I see where the Catalina Island Flying Fish festival has been canceled - due to lack of kelp. ( which is where the flying fish come to deposit their egg - underside of the kelp leaves- at sunset and for a couple of hours)
Lack of Kelp beds-- when you conceder aprox 80% of all the yellowtail we catch here were born off the Cedros Island and it's coastal kelp beds where the kelp beds offered shelter and habitat for them to grow. The Yellowtails were catching now-the 12- 15- 20-25 b fish are 4, 5, and 6 year old fish. If you remember the waters were cold 4-5 and 6 years ago and the kelp flourished then, now that area of kelp habitat has been considerably reduced because of the warming water then consequently there will be a lower percentage of yellowtail ( flying fish and a lot more) that will not have that habitat to survive in this year , we may not see a strong populations growth for awhile.
------------------------------ Fridays Reports -------------
Light wind from the south- light marine clouds that went away early- seas fair and nice- water temps may have dropped a bit locally just pushing the 60 degree mark- water a light green to it-
Quite a few boats out-- must be Spring Break and others- barge workers, cargo ships and their tenders and there's several Sailing regatta this time of year --- who somehow don't respect other radio communication.
Quiet on the radio- but there were several boats out fishing the local art reefs and many of the spots above there towards the outer rigs looking for those tails-- This weekend we'll see many more boats out and reports-- good luck if you get out-- JD
-------------------------- Thursday's Reports --------------
Sunny - soft light south wind- long range weather forecasters limit the chance of rain for another 30 days
On a Spring break with Dad--they ran over to Catalina this morning-- tried for the tails and bass fishing but it just didn't seem to be happening for them-- returning off the island a few miles seeing kelp paddies, another one and another - baiting each of them, on one they just slide by looking down - sure enough there were yellows under that one-- at least a half dozen 12- 15+lbs fish- but by then they had been spooked - casts of their remaining live baits or jigs and lures -a no go- a sliced cut bait held some interest for a few seconds then the fish turned away lost interest----not hungry yet. But the good news is they are showing up in the offshore kelps early this year-- further on they way home-- what could only be descried as un willing to believe yet willing to-- un knowing yet wanting was the sight of quick feeding dark black curved backs with short fins crisis crossing under the birds school and breaking water--- tuna-- they went down before they could get a lure to it and their bait had all been used up on the earlier in the day--
Not uncommon for schools of these bluefin tuna to work their way northward this time of year- May would be traditional for her movement s - this year its early- they'll be pushing through quickly -from the Osborne Banks to off Santa Rosa Flats by this weekend and the Davis Knoll and Rodriguez Seamound for another month.
9 April 2015 ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory
Synopsis: There is an approximately 70% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere summer 2015, and a greater than 60% chance it will last through autumn.
By the end of March 2015, weak El Niño conditions were reflected by above-average sea surface temperatures (SST) across the equatorial Pacific (Fig. 1), and by the expected tropical atmospheric response. Subsurface temperature anomalies increased substantially during the month (Fig. 3) in response to a downwelling oceanic Kelvin wave, which resulted in strong positive subsurface anomalies across most of the Pacific (Fig. 4). Consistent with ocean-atmosphere coupling, enhanced convection shifted eastward to the central equatorial Pacific (Fig. 5), while low-level westerly wind anomalies continued over the western equatorial Pacific and upper-level easterly wind anomalies continued in the central Pacific. Also, both the traditional and the equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (EQSOI) remained negative during the month. Collectively, these features reflect weak El Niño conditions.
Compared to last month, more models predict El Niño. These forecasts are supported by the increase in subsurface temperatures, enhanced convection over the Date Line, and the increased persistence of low-level westerly wind anomalies. However, model forecast skill tends to be lower during the Northern Hemisphere spring, which limits the forecast probabilities of El Niño through the year. At this time, there is also considerable uncertainty as to how strong this event may become. In summary, there is an approximately 70% chance that El Niño will continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2015, and a greater than 60% chance that it will last through autumn .Starting in May 2015, the ENSO Diagnostic Discussion will be released on the second Thursday of each month.
---------------------- Wed's Reports ------------------
Wind fair from the south/ southwest, feels like it will freshen from the west as it clears with blue skies- light wind chop- seas a little greener this morning and only seeing some very small 1- 1/2 fry mid depth bay water visibility maybe 1 1/2- 2 ft.
A call into the local Newport's Bait barge to see how their bait supply was- 6-8 inch sardines- - big bass like them, slab em' and sand bass eat em' and yellows and halibut like them as well- toss em' at Bluefin too or a marlin!
A check with San Clementes Security shows the Cove hot Friday to 10pm then open Sat all day and night till Sunday afternoon-
E-Mail this afternoon from Mainland Mexico--- Hi JD, Fun trip on the Maximus in PV. This one taped at 185, not as big as last years 275# fish, but good eating all the same. Steve S
Windy all this afternoon - putting a chill to the waters temp- SC bouy 59.7 .
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--------------------------- Tuesday's Reports------------------
Yellowtail fever strikes with caution thrown to the wind by some of the littler boats who venture out-- --
Offshore Bottle-nosed dolphins spread out 5 off Dana- boggieing up the coastline- must be well over a hundred of them-- can't see if "Patches is with them"- they stretch out at least a mile -
If we do get any freshwater rain runoff over the next couple of days - the local bay waters will tend to green up with plankton as the nitrates and phosphates wash into it--
Hi JD, We saw your reports of beached red crab a few weeks ago and came down the next day to collect some for tuna chum and bait. We found large clusters down the street from your shop and bagged and froze them. Almost everything we catch now has red crabs in their stomach contents. Also we saw something unusual on our way to Catalina last weekend. No idea on species of turtle. The ocean never ceases to amaze! We metered what we think was red crab through much of the Catalina channel also. El Nino??? Love your reports! Frank N.
and a Loggerhead turtle reported this morning--
With the water conditions as is- and a potential for a shot at Bluefin Tuna-- report speak of Bluefin Tuna caught between the 14 and 267 yesterday- early in the day before it blew up- fish spotted as puddlers on the surface---- boats out this morning looking for same-- not finding the tunas but a big kelp paddy between the banks - making the circle around it slow trolling a mac and sardine, no bites but upon closer inspections a nice 25/ 30lb tail comes out from under it-- -- Stand by for a early season!--
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SD reports of porpious schools and bird schools- Bluefin by a few and the steady eliniatation of the yellowtail population, sonar fishing the schools, eradicating each one by one. 15- 20lb fish
Yellowtail begin spawning in southern warm water in winter months and spawn into the spring when they surface and feed; 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.
These fish grow fast at a young age and are 3-4lbs at year one, but their growth slows considerably as they age and at 5 years old the average yellowtail is approximately 16lbs. Most spawn in their 2nd year while all spawn in their third year. This means that all of these small yellowtail caught on kelps have not yet spawned, something that surprises me and changes my opinion more than a little. Yellowtail broadcast spawn meaning that they gather in groups and males release sperm in the water with the eggs from the females. Spawning occurs from May through September, right when we are targeting them. Another thing that got my attention is the amount of eggs deposited by smaller yellows in comparison to the larger ones. 3 to 5 year old yellowtail spawn just once per year, releasing about 458,000 eggs while their larger cousins spawn multiple times per year and its more like 4 million eggs!
it's not looking all that good out here-- were right on the high spot-- haven't seen anything- 39/58
We might make a U turn and check out the west end of that edge of current, that 40/118 western edge looks good check it out- it looks dead out here-- we don't see anything out here-- 66 degree water and were 4 inside you- 66 on the 9,
any action on the 302-- or the 182--- no reply-
2 bluefin on a bird school reported-- others saying not much for them - other than a nice day- and the lunar eclipse was good last night-
we had breaking fish but couldn't hook up on them-- 11:00am
Had some numbers--- saw some puddeling fish around - kicked it in and out of gear- red crabs around -- just couldn't get them to go--I'm going to come back here later this afternoon-
Catalina was said to be excellent bass fishing and a strong bite on the yellows- backside
Great yellowtail fishing this morning so far were 6 for for 8 -- Decker up another 5 more by noon
And a mid moring call from Armando - aboard his J. J. Bella- coming back from the 181 found some terns working and a tossed sardine resulted in a nice est. 30lb Bluefin taken on 20 tackle- congrats-- JD 11:45am
E-Mail Fish Report this moring--- JD,
Caught our first Bluiefin of the year on the Black and Blue out of Dana Point yesterday . Decent size all on bird schools on sardine.
Regards, Captain Tony D
Bluefin on the 371!
Regular summer day-- boaters- kayackers- boats and water craft of all description criss cossing each other-- regular summer day-
E-Mail Report ---------------Here is a shot from my buddy Justin Renolds yesterday, Gold Bluff, inside, front side of San Clemente Island, Water temp 67.8- in tight feeding-- they tried to get it to go by baiting it with a bonito and a sardine-- no luck- JD
Bacco along with several othere privats sportfishers ran out to the outer banks-- E Mail Report-- Cortez, Tanner, Pyramid, Whites. Yellowtail, whitefish, Red snapper, Calico, Bonita, sheepshead,
Went out with Brandon Hayward before the Del Mar show- he is running charters out of Oceanside. First drift a Black Sea bass and another bigger black followed it to the boat. Second spot Brandon got bit on the fly lined mackeral and landed his first of 2015 season. Epic day on water. Hoose
Hi John, All fish caught on Fox travel rods from your store, Baru river outside of Dominical, Costa Rica, March 2015..
Beautiful morning on the water- puffy clouds with blue sky behind it--
To our friends- -
Punky's Memorial Service Announcement, :. Compass Bible Church A Memorial Service will be held at 5082 Argosy Ave, Huntington Beach, CA on April 4th beginning at 10:30 am.will hold 450 people. ! We are encouraging the fishing community to wear their favorite Reyn Spooner style fishing shirt. Thanks, Langston Family
The fleet came together this morning, family and friends of Ron Johnson "RJ" to give his ashes to the sea- across the water gathered saying their goodbyes and spoke of his celebration of life. His joys, his fish stories and those wonderful days on the water with him. Sadly he will be missed, here's to RJ who always seemed to know where the fish were at!- Adios Amigo JD
~~~~~ Celebration of Life for RJ- Ron Johnson ~~~~~ a Celebration Of Life after, back at the American Legion with food and drink- All are invited to come plenty of boat room. He will be missed by us all- JD
-------------------- The Weekend's Reports ---------------
Light broken cloud cover, wind mild from the south/ southeast - 20 4-5 knts sea mild
It stayed south fro most of the day-- a little wind wave, seawater remain relatively warm with a deep thermocline Calico and Sand Bass caught off the bottom have red crabs in them-- meter marks show a layer of these crabs on or near the bottom. Strong tide swings should have the Yellowtails and Sea basses moving around these past few days-, Although I haven't heard of much at catalina - other than good calico bass fishings, a few barracuda and bonitos, and big jumbo Green Backed mackerels that look to be two fete long!
One of the highlights of this mornings AM radio fish talk show was of a San Diego partyboat down below the border- looking for the yellowtails, not having much luck they ventured to explore some of the offshore waters that looked good on the water temps charts--and finding several schools of Bluefin Tuna- est weights from 60 to 100-lbs
local fishing still harassed by sealions-
4.2 off Dana Pt good signs of baitfish, birds, whales
A report or two of yellows at the island, I guess you had to be more fishy that some of the other guys-
Mackerels and sardines showing better along the coastline,
-------------------------- Sat's Reports -------------------
June Gloom- I hadn't seen this since last May-- - refreshing-- later in the day like summer it burnt off and left a light westerly
Boats out Rock Cod fishing- making drifts over banks and coastal dropoff- off the Oil Rigs small rock fish and Sand Dabs and sculpin were coming over the rails. catching a lot of each other too!
several ragattas , sailing going on-- a race to the Cape is underway-
------------------------ Friday's Reports ------------------
I wonder what this Spring will bring us this year-- after last years beginning of exotics that began early, now we're already into the red crab mode- past that even. ?
Light southwest wind, hazy sky, strong tide swing
Quiet day on the water
It's with a sad heart to report the passing of another one of our favored angler friends, Punky Langston passed away yesterday--a heart attack, Family and friends are with Carol his wife now- The Double Hook up was known on the waters for more than 40 years, always friendly and helpfully regardless of where he was or what he was doing he'd always lend a hand. The fleet will miss
Took a few minutes to trim back some palm branches that needed to be cut this morning, knocked off their sharp thorny spikes and saved them dry out for a couple of months, they'll be needed. I did that last year, dried out a dozen of them, tied them apposing to each other, then crossed them in a X type shape fan,. made three sets of these X palm fans and spaced them about 5 feet apart with heavy 3/4 inch polypropylene line roped together along with a couple of floats attached on top, attached below was 950 feet of 300 lb Spectra line, 25 feet of chain and a old 30 lb anchor
Making you own FAD, Fish Aggregating Device . With the help of Decker we set it at 1,000 feet of water in our secret location. Designed to float about 40 ft below the surface, unmolested by other boat traffic, it's locations unknown to all except to us, I had also tied on 50 'of heavy mono line with a Dove decoy with a couple of extra seagull feathers glued on to better disguise it as our marker. We paved out the anchor, chain, line, buoy and dried palm fans methodically, she went down as planned and all that was left was a bird sitting on the water, nothing more--- a week went by and we checked it out- 40 feet below the bird was the underwater FAD with swarms of baitfish, the following week more baitfish and yellowtails!-- Build you own Kelp Paddy FAD this year!
The birds the word
Good luck this coming season!- JD
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~E-Mail this morning- Great Marlin Race--
Good Morning Geoff,
Attached is a chart showing the actual pop-up location of your tag. The actual latitude and longitude are: 21 51' 09" N - 116 14' 49" W. Although I never weighed in on where I thought the tag might have surfaced, in the back of my mind, I was thinking it could very well have been somewhere off Baja.
Typically it takes 4-6 weeks for Stanford University to interpret all the data, but I hope to have an actual track for you before then.
Again, congratulations to you and the Dana Angling Club on this exciting achievement. Let's hope that all the tags deployed during the MABT report back. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
Best personal regards,
IGFA Representative - Southern California
HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator
Right on schedule---Subject: RE: IGMR Update
Hello Jeff, Hooked, form the Dana Angling Club--- Great news!! Your satellite tag popped-up yesterday after a full deployment. I'm waiting for the latitude and longitude of the actual location and will get that information to you hopefully by tomorrow.
This is truly exciting! Thanks again to you and other Dana Angling Club members for your support of this important billfish research program. More details to follow.
Best personal regards,
IGFA Representative - Southern California
HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator
Updated IGFA website with the BAC's Masters Great Marlin Race with the information and
The groundwork has been laid we'll be able to follow their paths of migration in a few months thanks to the efforts of these boats and their sponsors. Next year and the following years we hope to establish a better understanding of these exciting gamefish of the sea--
Hi JD, Here's the latest update on the MABT Great Marlin Race:-
Fish #1 -Team Charisma, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 12th
Fish #2 - Team Hooked, Dana Angling Club - Tag deployed on September 12th.
Fish #3 - Team Kea Kai, Los Pescadores Fishing Club, In Memory of Joe "Grrr" Houck - Deployed on Sept 18th.
Fish #4 -Team Joint Venture, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 27th.
Fish #5 - Team Andrea, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #6 - Team Kea Kai, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #7 - Team Royal Slam, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deploye
2015 Pacific Huracane names this year--- Andres, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf, Patricia, Rick, Sandra, Terry, Vivian, Waldo, Xina,York,Zelda
Howdy J.D. , we fished the West end of San Clemente island on the high spot , great weather and fishing , water 64 , found 67 degree’s on way home off of church rock…yellow’s hit the trolled X-RAP rapala’s..
Ling’s were on Japanese squid tentacles..
Nice Catch-- and maybe there might be a marin to boot in 67 degree water-- who knows-??-- the shadow knows---
5 days in a row they've been here on the beach-- light marine haze off shore- wind enough to lift the flags with a steady wave from the south- seas calm with a slight wind ripple on it-
Some interesting facts- Red Crabs,AKA; Squat Crabs , Tuna Crabs or Plellrollcodes plallipes. Which translates to "bulgy-sided crab with flat feet."
In the wild, Red crabs can be observed swimming backward and upwards at or near the surface and stretch out all their legs thus creating a parachute effect because of the numerous fine hairs on the legs and float slowly downward while using their filtering mechanism to feed. A peculiar behavioral pattern of red crabs related to feeding. About one-third of the red crabs swam upside down and the majority of the crabs rafted up and appeared to maintain themselves at the surface by hanging on the surface film with their legs, presumably feeding on surface plankton.
E-Mail this morning--- Hi JD,
My brother, Mike (visiting from Wisconsin), and my oldest (Duke) each boated nice Yellowtails at Catalina today. We were trolling Rapalas in 50' of water on the East end. Beautiful day on the water, for sure!!! Cheers! Jim
Lots of boats out today--
We were at it again today for a few hours in the late morning. Jackson boated this beautiful yellowtail near Moonstone. It is 20-22 lbs and 40" lonoks like we'll have fish for dinner everyday this week!!!
She's still for sale-- Hawk
1985/2005 29’ Crystaliner w/ Cummins Diesels. -Sale price is Now 75,000 My contact # is 858-354-9904-- Pat
Erik Landesfeind and Chris Oakes
It doesn't come without it's trials and tribulations, evil insects and reptiles inhabit the surrounding flora and fauna- ah- but so do those strange fish desired only in wild dreams .
E-Mail this morning from our world wander Pete B.
JD, I just returned from an epic adventure on the Agua Boa River in the state of Roraima, the northern most and least populated state in Brazil. The fishing was very successful. I am returning with 4 pending IGFA World Records and 2 Peacock Bass over 10lbs which will qualify for the IGFA 10lb Bass Club. We fished out of the legendary fly fishing only Agua Boa Lodge. The guides, fishing, food and hospitality were superior, one of my favorite trips ever.
I fished very light tackle down there. The first photophoto is a 10 1/2lb Speckled Peacock Bass.The second is an Arawana that I landed on 4lb tippet on my 4wt fly rod (Pending World Record). The third photo is an Orinoco Peacock that I landed on 4lb tippet on my 4wt rod (Pending WR). VERY fun action!
A big bonus to the trip was the amazing birding. Huge Jabiru Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Blue and Yellow Macaws etc...I identified over 20 species.
Congratulations to Parker and the Paseana crew…nice fish!
Boat – Paseana, Angler, Parker Quinn, Captain – Sean Holden, Location – Roca Cornitenia, Puerto Vallarta, Date – Jan 17, 2:30pm. (CST), Tackle – Shimano 30w with 50lb mono line, Fish – Est 400lb Black Marlin
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Feels almost like an Augusts mid's summer day, tropical clouds coming in up from the Mexico-- warm air temps seas calm with a slight southeast wind - glassy seas. Water hanging in there at 61 1/2 degrees up above Newport-
War Bait 3/8 and 1/2 oz War Bait jig heads with gold blades and skirts. We crushed the spotties on them in San Diego bay I was really impressed how well they fish. Tight lines Bob
And they say a marlin was spotted yesterday off the 150 spot up tailing ( outside San Pedro/ Long Beach/ Oil Rigs area and this morning reports of a marlin seen up tailing high and dry by Long Point Catalina---- they hang around for another month and by then probably for the rest of the year-- ! Wonder it's that same one that was up off Deep Hole, Ventura's rock cod ground of last month?
E-Mail from Bob and Sally K who just got back from Panama
Hi JD, --Sally and I just returned from 6 days of fishing at Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama. We had a great trip releasing 6 marlin (3 Blues and 3 Blacks, ranging from 250 - 550 lbs.) along with 6 Sails in the 80-90 pound range. For the week, our group tallied 54 Marlin (almost equally divided between Blues and Blacks) and over sixty Sails. Not to mention countless Dorado (30 - 50 lbs.).
As of January 20th, all tags deployed in conjunction with the MABT still appear to be attached to theirrespective Striped Marlin. Great news!! -- We'll know around the end of March to see how far the 6 marlin tagged here will have traveled-
Not typical to find these pelagic crabs this time of year-- more like summer months-- water temps remain in the mid 60's
Made two cast with a plastic ( fish) no bites- put on a Red Crab, scooped up off the beach- one cast, one nice sized Spotted Bay Bass, it's stomach bulging with stuffed crabs--
Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean. As the most abundant species of micronekton in the California Current
and another E-Mail report for Chris Webb on TIME OUT with a bluefin he caught on Tanner Bank. First Flag for BYC.
48 lbs on 30 Vick S.
Trolled for about two hours for the marlin from around Seal Cove back side and back around---conditions looked great-- got some tunas out on the Tanner and Yellowtail in the Cove at Clements this morning---it was good, how was the weather?- never got a drop of water on the boat-- broke off a bunch on the lighter tackle --a little bit east of the high spot---First Tunas for the DAC, Hooked
Tanner Tuna from the Hooked--
Ryan L sent these this afternoon---
E-Mail just in------- Hey JD-- Jack Rainwater got a bluefin at 6:42 yesterday and Jason Blower a yellowtail at 8:15. Both fish on the Tanner Bank in Salas 6x jr blue/white jigs. Weighing them at club tomorrow. Good weather and fishing. Prospector out, Bob
Congrats to the Prospecter and crew- JD
Rodney on the Provider calls in-- They'd hooked a marlin off the backside of the San Clemente Island but lost it-- they also got some tuna out on the bank, Tanner I think-- Congrats to them too- JD
Three of them spent their time out there, really nice weather-- New Years Day on on the bank-got a taste for the tunas and tails even 10-12 lb bonitos- then back to Pyramid for the evening-- joined together for dinner aboard the Provider watching football games, doesn't get much better, tuna tales and football games add in great weather and the beauty of cove. Taking a East tack this morning back up the lee of the Island looking for marlin water 62/63 degrees and some bait--- Provider ran around and went up the backside of the island, dragging ballyhoos- gets a marlin bite a little after 8 am but it gets away! -- not bad way to start the year--- .JD
Vick calls in with another 1st for the Year a White Sea Bass caught on 30 lb test line-- Congrats to Vick and crew --outside the Horseshoe Bank
the end of the year
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--
------------What was caught in 2014 -------
|2014 Fish Counts|
|Value from Recorded catch||Value set at 50 % of Commercial catch|
|Commercial Sportboats||Recreational Private||Totals|
|White Sea Bass||3,793.00||1,896.50||5,689.50|
E-Mail- Hey JD -- Picked off this guy below Cedros 11/10. Note the X-Rap in his mouth. We tried to weigh the fish but the scale bottomed out. I'm 6'-1" so the fish must be 6' or so....Good Vibrations
------------Old Info --- Reports , Photos for this season---------------------
Pacific Pioneer - Released one!! Congrats!! 4 off seal rock Catalina east end of the island-- 69.2 lots of life, birds, porpoise, bait no one here --we're the only boat out here-- Sheet glass conditions-- tough fish almost a hour long battle the fish had only half a bill on it-- ( we call them william for short) - absolute sheet glass out here today--haven't had a ripple in two days,, zero, zero, zero yeaterday Jig fish today mackerel clone! -
Those fish were at box canyon off the domes in 215 feet of water, 72.5 gorgeous blue water John M.
Monday morning wahoo
We tried fishing for the yellowtail but got tired of all the seals taking them-- must have been 40 boats fishing there-- so went trolling off the domes -- water 69 degrees-- we had two other bites but they didn't stick -- this one did marauder black and purple-- nice 45lbs-
All we've been seeing is straight wahoo-- swimming on the surface-
we're down here at the numbers from yesterday's wahoo- must be 40 boats here-- some are fishing yellowtail others wahoo and others marlin-- party boat coming down here to fish the yellows got a wahoo on the maurader-!-
Caught 1st one around 1:30PM second 3 mins after marauder went back in on Dawghaus
Photo's of Geoff H's released marlin yesterday trying to throw that Mackeral Clone!
Radio report-- from one boat on the A bank to the East end--- for what its worth-- we got spooled on 50 lb outfits with Blue Marlin lures! right on the 152 ( East end of Catalina) - birds, bait seals-- two big holes on the strikes--- never saw em', never as a windshield wipe, just big holes and the reels dumped out line-- before I could get the boat turned to get the belly out of the line they both came off! That was about a hour and a half ago-- 1:12pm
JD just wanted to share the dorado Dustin Cookman
Caught. The fish was a 30 lb bait fish on 20lb dacron we were seven off the beach between the 14 and Dana Point
Wahooooo------ Bill Seiler aboard Nuevo with Dave and Derek New------ Congrats-- JD . Billy had been after the Whos for the better part a week now- got one!
Here’s a pic of one of those dorado hanging around the 14 mile bank. Big fat female dodo. Pic doesn’t do it justice. Ended up with 3 after farming a couple. Never saw any bulls swimming around. I can only imagine how big they are….
JD- yesterday off Newport we spotted what we thought was a pack of tailing marlin. My dad cast a mackeral on them but was immediately bit off? Very strange we thought. They popped back up again and we approached them a second time; that's when they swam right off our bow and we realized it was a group of 3 wahoo. I jumped in and shot one with the speargun! Wahoo tailers on a glassy day in mid October, definitely amazing.
( I'd heard the wahoo tailing like geese in a "V" shape pattern right on the surface-JD) -
Hey JD, Here's a picture of the Marlin we caught yesterday on the Kea Kai. We were happy to get our second satelitte tag deployed! It was a sleeper that ate a perfectly casted mackerel by Jock A. The fish put on a great show for us. Sam Long did a great job wiring the fish. Dave Elm placed the tag and I captained the boat and got a few good pictures. Ryan Griffin
Let's hope these marlin stay around for the rest of the Fall season-- even if they don't-- the groundwork has been laid we'll be able to follow their paths of migration in a few months thanks to the efforts of these boats and their sponsors. Next year and the following years we hope to establish a better understanding of these exciting gamefish of the sea--
Hi JD, Here's the latest update on the MABT Great Marlin Race:-
Fish #1 -Team Charisma, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 12th
Fish #2 - Team Hooked, Dana Angling Club - Tag deployed on September 12th.
Fish #3 - Team Kea Kai, Los Pescadores Fishing Club, In Memory of Joe "Grrr" Houck - Deployed on Sept 18th.
Fish #4 -Team Joint Venture, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 27th.
Fish #5 - Team Andrea, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #6 - Team Kea Kai, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #7 - Team Royal Slam, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
-------------------- Reports ------------------
The only other Big Blue Marlin I know of being weighed was 1931 Alfonse Hamann;s 692 lb fish, 13 ft 5" 65" girth 1hr, 52mn battle for a Marlin, called a Swordfish, or Striped Marlin it was A Blue
So Steve calls in-- they got the Blue-- stuck around looking for the Swordfish-- find one-- bait it-- but it doesn't take the bait--- close--- heads towards Avalon to weigh the Blue-- dragging a couple of marlin lures and hooks a striper and release it- off the east end of the island 15/10 -- can't get much better that that! - - catch a Blue, bait a Sword and release a Striper all in one day off So Calif-- Remarkable!-- 3:44pm
And the Don Juan-- just leaving Newport this morning--- water turns brilliant clear blue several miles out-- why not put em' in--- Bang -----Wahoo- est 50lbs-- slams the rigger Flying fish lure - boated! -- that's the way to start the day! 51.3 lbs!!! Congrats caught it on Dacron line too
E-Mail Report this morning-- Hey JD-- Fished with my good buddy Ken Schilling, and Russ out of SD on his boat Sunday.(302) We had 5 marlin releases that came from 3 triples, we got 4 of the fish this way. We spotted Elvis, had to change gears from 20lb drop back to something bigger. Boat was stopped and the gear coming in, strippers were all over us trying to eat the jigs dangling in the water from the rod holders. It was like being in the middle of a fish bowl. Wild, at the last second the skipper took a look at the size of Elvis and threw behind the boat instead and we were hooked up to another mean stripper again, that was fish #5. Best day ever fishing. I had 3 fish for the day as my fish never fell off. All the fish came to leader at least 3 times before the release, very tough fish, One we estimated to be 200 lbs plus. 2 bait fish, 3 jig fish, and a successful double release with fish off both ends of the boat. All the fish put on great aerial shows, and would not give up. No 10 minute here! here Chuck (Cowboy).
Hey, JD we got a double jig strike late yesterday outside the lower 9, thought it was Marlin... Surprise!! Landed both on Marlin jigs that fortunately had wire double hook rigs. Aditionally we have totaled 5 marlin mostly off the 302 over the past week. Scott H. Crusader
E-Mail from the San Diego Marlin Club Greetings JD
We had some good fishing for our ILTT 10 Boats - 5 fish caught ,4 releases (3 Tagged).
Our boat was the winning team with two fish on 20#. I ended up being Top
Angler with a fish on 20# in 44 minutes. I believe the tournament had a
total of 12 or 13 hookups, mainly grid 67 One of the caught and released fish was positively identified as a Blue Marlin,which was caught by the Lively One.The Lively One also caught and released a Short bill Spearfish.
During our awards dinner on Sunday Bob Woodard JR. brought a 39.8 Wahoo into the scales-this was caught on the inside of the 9 mile bank.That same day we also weighed in a Blue Marlin (126 lb),that was caught at the Hidden Bank-they also reported two more hookups that appeared to be Blue Marlin.. Wayne S
And more Blue marlin reports and those Damn Peaky Sharks are still showing up! Damn Sharks
I was fishing with a buddy yesterday on his 44' Pacifica "Victory" about 8 miles NE of Pyramid when a 500+ pound blue bit a black and purple Zuker 3.5 trolled on the short starboard corner. It bit and came greyhounding up the starboard side of the boat and kept going leaving a trail of white wash for a few hundred yards. The owner of the boat did a great job chasing after it bow first and we got up and down on it in about 20 mins. 10 more mins making progress trying to put the hammer to it b/c I knew we didn't have a chance in a long fight with 100 lb 6 foot mono leader and 50lb main line. Now or never. For the last 15 mins it was holding about 20 feet down below the transom swimming away from us slowly as we were backing down. It took one nice tail kick and busted off after 45 mins total fight time. I snapped this pic on the third and final jump after the line broke; it seemed like F&%$ You jumps Another interesting note: I almost threw bait on a well-manufactured fake Marlin sleeper made of a T-bar PVC pipe with a vinyl cutout of a marlin tail even painted with a metallic navy blue. Very impressed with the thoughtful construction. I gaffed it and took it home. Damn Pesky Sharks! Brian Rapf
Hit a black and purple Cousins lure-- Andreya-- Wired---12:09 pm-coming back from the island-Shipping lanes-- - Swordfish hits the Jig--- Coming back into Newport in an hour-- photos coming-- Congrats-- JD's ---- they found Elvis-- rigger goes off thought it was a marlin--- get it to the boat---- we're all still shaking in disbelief! pretty amazing, Nate Shill the angler-
I've only heard or seen a few swordfish taken on lures mostly black and green or black and purple- this on hit the 1220 flat faced pusher head Cousins Black and purple - 30lb tackle-- basically it made the strike tried to shake look e the hooks then sounded
They were carrying the Great Marlin Race tagging system think it was a small marlin they could tag it-- but as they discovered it turns out to be a broadbill swordfish-- -
Not a big fish but a
Not sure if Rodney got a hold of you but we hooked up to a monster blue marlin yesterday. 4 miles above the 289 after a little bit of Tuna fishing with Cory Wells, Jim Wells, Danny Uribe on Provider, Rodney made the call to put in the marlin jigs. Trolled for about 15 minutes when the left rigger went off. A big blue marlin shot out of the water and started running right at the boat. Rodney made a quick maneuver to miss the on coming missile. As the fish ran past the boat the line broke followed immediately by the sound of the right rigger clip popping and clicker screaming.
Jock on the Kea Kai just called in releasing another fish - ----- with a Great Marlin Race satellite tag-- 95lb fish healthy and actively on his way-- Congrats to the fleet-- JD
8 Clubs, 49 boats, 193 anglers
24 hook up- 15 fish released, 1st Day 9 releases/ 2nd Day 6 released fish
High Club Award went to Pescadors Team #1, 2 nd High Club Award to the Dana Angling Club Team #1 and 3rd High Club to Tuna Club Team #1- Congrats- JD
High Boat Bounder, 2nd Kea Kai, 3rd Poco Loco
High Angler Jock Albright 2nd Bill Buchannan, 3rd Rod Halperin, 4th Vick Sommers, 5th Calen Offield, 6th Drew Lawler, 7th Bob Denault, 8th Brian Fox, 9th Alyson Gillet, 10th Linda Crean, Circle Hook award Vick Sommers
The Great Marlin Race--on the first two fish of the tournament the Satilight Tags were deployed in their releases-Congrats to the Charisma representing the Tuna Club of Avlaon and the Hooked representing the Dana Angling Club for there efforts we are all indebted, thank you.
In 180 days from now the tag will pop to the surface and transmit where these two fish have traveled. A bit of data processing to see which fish traveled the furthest wins the race. And the main reason for the use of the tags is scientific. by then to have recorded all the water conditions and lay track of it's migrations journey though these conditions. And more great news , the other Sat tags not used in the tournament will be used in the next 60 days which keeps them study pool to get a better sampling- best of luck to the other tagging efforts- JD
Team Joker in the 267 area.
Angler Eric Kin
Skipper George Garrett
Gaffer Ted Royal
Species - Wahoo
They plan to head in today and weigh is at the BAC.
Let's throw more gasoline on the fire--- if it's hot now-- stand by not only will you have to start trolling marauder Wahoo Lures-- better break out the Bent Butts-- Positive ID on a 600- 700 lb maybe bigger Blue Marlin off the 312 Fathom spot-- ( outside Oceanside) !! Stand By !!!!!
So Eric hadn't put any of the yellowfin tuna they had hooked on the deck, lost three---- running between spots of fish up they trolled an X-Rap 20 ---goes off--- his friend says- you take it-- it's yours -thinking maybe it's a dorado-- --- he's on--- George G. at the wheel- see's the line take a heavy plunge-- it's a healthy fish-- take your time--- no idea for sure what it is--- Eric's an experienced angler and gets the fish to the boat--- #@%&*%$#@!@1#3 a few words are discussed-- don't loose it at the gaff! ---- it goes in and over the rail-- -- Unbelievable-- Wahoo 28 miles out of Newport, below and inside the 276/ 279 fathom spot (outside Dana Pt.) water was blue and nice-- Calstar Rod GFTR 756XL, Shimano Talica 20 2 speed -60 lb mono and a Rapala XRap -20 Sardine-- ! Congrats JD- I don't recall anyone ever catching a Wahoo here before! 50.1 lbs---Eric Kim of Fullerton, Ca 8/30/14
In an request from biologist Owen S. of Southwest Fisheries Science Center The problem is, it is hard to get samples of marlin caught off California. I could use tissue and anal fin samples from any marlin that are kept. If you hear of any marlin killed and kept please let me know. For future samples we'll need the entire fin including the base that attaches the the body email@example.com
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037-1508
Hey JD, we released a marlin Saturday about 8 am midway between the 14 and Avalon bank on the Janice O. The fish came in and hit a rapala before switching over to a black/purple tuna feather behind a daisy chain. Congrats to Berkele
1st Marlin Released --- Congrats to Todd P /Billy and crew for caching and releasing the First Marlin of the Season-- it's going to be a great season- stand by--
The fish is being smoked and the skeleton and head were picked up by a researcher from NOAH at Scripps to be studied-------
------------------ Friday's reports ----------------
-------- First marlin of the season caught-- above the border-- weight 185 lbs-- big fish!! ate a cast bait-- 181 area-- caught July 3 on the 181 by Oceanside's Jimmy Linville weighed 185 lbs caught on bait---photos coming-- Congrats---JD
I went fishing for my birthday , came up with this 40lb WSB off of Santa Rosa Island. Drizzly morning , but finally calmer weather !
Happy 4th of July!
JD. Did you get the pic of David's halibut. 4# line on the troll. 28.7#. Yesterday. In the harbor. Regards. Hal
And less us not forget the young ones who enjoy the sport of fishing-- released alive and well est. 5 lb Spotfin caught by Rick H's son with -- naturally a gob of mussels-- nice catch!]
1st Tuna BAC and Tuna Club 2014 --- Hey JD--- My 9 year old Trey caught his 1st Tuna yesterday 16.2 on 20lb test line to capture first fish flag honors, then promptly are the fishes beating heart! Sea Myth II , Trent S.
Trey Smith (9 years old) on 20# Dacron – 16.26 lbs. caught on June 30th at 1:27 p.m.
And making the run south to below San Onofre, Dave E. and son Dustin put's on a pair on too- The WSB went 53lbs The YT was 36.7
Fishing the old stuff- known as regulations tackle, AKA Linen fishing lines-- 6 thread linen lines, both the Balboa Angling Clubs and that of the Tuna Club of Avalon records were challanged this weekend as anglers who were trying to break the past years catches- Paul H. had it-- them Pete B took it - it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD
2014 Fish Catches
And Hoose shows off hisYellowtail taken on 12lb test dacron--- nice catch!!!
Penn Fathom 12, Cousins rod, 12 lb Dacron. Epic battle on light tackle. Hoose Pending World Record-- Official weight 45.6 lbs
Still here in Port San Luis about 27lb
Got one today------- but that's as high as she could lift it up.!!
Congrats to Aaron Jeffrey of SA with his 152.3 lb Opah!---
Making the crossing back from Catalina--- yellowtail fishing and got em'--- but the bigger news -ELVIS - of seeing a big Swordfish right on todays slack tide in the Shipping Lanes-- having not the bait nor the tackle they just watched-- Stand By!
Could 'a. would 'a should' a-- that's what we said after weighting in the 65.0 White Sea Bass taken this morning by Mike O. fishing under the 30lb tackle category it would have topped the BAC's fish board for the year- beating out Vicks 59 fish from yesterday and just shy of a club record on 30 be a couple of pounds--- ---Could 'a. would 'a should' a- paid up my BAC dues for this year--- sorry-- doesn't count--- - a lessen to be learned-- all the time money and efforts, really not, for nott cause he's really out just for the fishing-- but it would'a, should'a 's and could have been a BAC winning fi
Stayed good for all day-- seemed like it was going to switch and come around from the west but it didnt, stayed southwest all day- --just right -- didn't made the run for nothing--- came up with a nice 59.6 lb WSB caught it on 12 IGFA line-- not quite a BAC Club Record but close-
Hooked started the weekend off right. Last squid in Tank Mike W. caught this 28.85lb WSB
Not the scores I was hoping for today-- but those that got our enjoyed the day on the water-- light westerly sprang up mid- late afternoon but not enough to matter-- a few Black Sea Bass mauled the baits that were set for the White Sea Bass and of course there were the sharkers out--
Just in--Trek Travel Rods by Fox -Sailfish Trek Spin 8 ft KRD-008 The 8 ft length lets you make long cast and soft tip prevents hook pull out's Also very good for beach fishing Fox SIC's guides, Mono & Braid 12 -40 lb, 4 sections, 27" length
KRD-002 Tarpon Trek Spin rods
Permit Trek Spin KRD-006 7 ft 10 to 25 lb mono or braid. Low diameter lightweight blank with very fast tip . 4 sections, 25" length ,Mono or Braid 10 to 25lb
KRDE 013 Stand-Up 30- 50 and KRDE 014 Stand-Up 50- 80 Trolling RodsKRD019 Trek V- Jig 6 ft 6 & Trek V- Jig XT 6 ft 6 Rods KRD-009 Trek Boat rods 7 ft 20- 30lb & KRD- 010 Trek Boat rods 7 ft 30- 50lb-
-----------Fish Photos from 2014------
He caught it on 40lb tackle which puts him in the 50# class New Club Record – 66.2 lbs!
Where did they come from and where do they go-- There are 10 years and older recorded spaghetti style tag studies showing some head south-- some into Mexico, some to the west and some even further to New Zealand- Newer and better studies need to be made--- maybe next years the BAC's Masters will incorporate Great Marlin Race which is used in conjunction of major fishing tournaments around the world to help better understand these migrations for a better fish science management-- Talk to your clubs about sponsoring a tag for next years Masters--- JD
The winner of the 2012-2013 IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is Peter Teakle of Lizard Island, Australia! The satellite tag he sponsored during the 26th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was deployed in a 360 kg (794 lb) black marlin and traveled 2,577 nautical miles in 69 days, creating the second longest billfish track of the research program jointly run by the International Game Fish Association and Stanford University.
“That we’ve now seen the second longest distance of the IGMR project is amazing,” said IGMR co-chair and Stanford University marine biologist, Dr. Randy Kochevar. “But the real win here is that in the past two years we have recorded a total of 31,000 nautical miles worth of data on open-ocean habitat usage available for scientists anywhere. Having access to this kind of data is what researchers need in order to better understand how these incredible animals are using the open ocean.”The winning billfish track, as well as all the other satellite tag tracks generated by billfish tagged during the IGMR, are available on interactive maps on the IGMR website. We invite you to follow the fish and learn more about our billfish research program.
A pending club record for the Tuna Club of Avalon-- 51 lb White Sea Bass caught with 6 thread linen line, it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD
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It’s piscatorial soup of mixed sealife that beckons our shores let's see what happens through the course of this year.
June's Report - Bill, the Striped Marlin,Tetrapturus audax has been following the west winds flow of Central Pacific Gyre’s energy as it translates towards our West Coast, higher in latitude than he feels he’s got a right to be but mother nature takes her course there and so will he, besides he’s got those exploring genes in him and wants to wander around – soon he and his adventurous buddies will be riding those California currents south. Quick as a wink and just as fast, he’s finding he needs to be. At almost 5 feet long now he’s appetite is becoming fond of the abundant Anchovies he’s finding now. Although small they taste good, he just has to eat a bunch of them. The unusually warm water has spurred the hatching of 20 000 to 30 000 eggs per Northern Anchovy or Engraulis mordax from the Greek word Engraulis (European anchovy) and the Latin mordax (biting) they feed on plankton, primarily euphausids, copepods, and decapod larvae. This year 39,000 metric tons of Northern anchovies will reach about 25 cm in length and a life span of about 7 years. Diel migrations occurs, remaining at depths during the day and approaching the surface in low-density schools at night. The eggs float, first with the major axis perpendicular and later with the major axis horizontal. Eggs hatch in two to four days, depending on the water temperature. Bill and company will have a steady diet of mineral and protein Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and selenium rich baitfish this summer. Bill’s southern cousins will soon be chased from the compounds of the Baja Peninsula and make their way around to the Pacific side where it’s a little cooler in semi -tropical conditions. By August they will visit the sunny shores of California. Those Hurricanes are quite distracting to ones appearance.
Bluefin “Tom” Thunnus orientalis We made it-- Bluefin “Tom” Thunnus orientalis - we’ll at least a few of us made it. In two and a half month’s crossing some felt that urge to bend it to the north following that cooler flow of water but we stood our ground, followed that Magnetite in the neural pits of our snouts, being warm blooded we just swam a little deeper that’s all. Made it here to the West Coast off Northern Baja to find the surface water a little too warm for our liking, the only place of relief was right up close to the beach where it upwelled cool water from a thousand feed deep and that’s where those anchovies are. We’ll stay around for a while till things heat up. June Gloom’s overcast mornings are shorter with longer bright daylight hours now, Tom’s staying deep unless it’s overcast then come up or towards sunset when those choves came up following that Diel migration. Still only a adolescent at only 20 lbs and 2 years he’s relying on the older mature 4 and 5 year olds of his kind, like freshmen and varsity players in high school they know the ropes. There’s a lot to learn and not many teachers around, some of them have already followed the call of the North and on their way already. Pesky gangs of their southern brown bronzed yellow skinned cousins are here too, greedy little brats they steal every scrap of food around. Tom and his black sheep cousin Stink Eye have bigger eyes which help in the chase of their favorite foods, California flying fish, Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus californicus the largest member of the flying fish family. Laying egg sacks in the kelp beds of Cedros Islands where they, themselves were nurtured and now follow the course of the yellowtail and have come north in waves, the Leaping Bluefin will follow--
Mike our Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares For two hundred miles out to sea juvenile yellowfin are beings wept along with the California Counter Current as it moves up along the Baja peninsula Fueled also by the El Nino event Michael and friends have reached 18 lbs and are growing quick, gulping down those Red Crabs their finding along the way. Hummm—like little lobsters –tasty, his own flavor will take on the trait.. Joined in their travels are the dinosaur reptilians of the sea, Chelonia mydas the Green sea turtles and the Caretta caretta, Loggerhead turtles who’ve like Mike’s blue finned cousins have come across from Japan making the overseas 5600 mile crossing just to join in the party.
His bigger brother, Big Eye’d Charlie is along for the ride too. Stink-eye Charlie we’ll call em’, his lifespan is up at 12 years and he’s had sex at age four, lucky guy. He’s a little different –he’s hemoglobin is able to extracts oxygen efficiently in oxygen-poor condition. And heart has the ability to function effectively in cold subsurface water while following the vertical migrations of organisms into the deep scattering layers. Spending prolonged daytime periods as deep as a 1,000 feet deep preying on sources that the yellowfin does not have access to. Charlie preys mostly on cephalopods in deeper waters but must periodically return towards surface waters to warm up and watch that afternoon’s sunset
Mike and all his friends will be at our doorstep soon.
Happy Birthday Jack Yellowtail Seriola lalandi Coming to America-- one year old this month, he’s weathered the storms of early life, gotten away from nasty sealion bites, diving long billed birds of prey and big lipped seabasses--- so far. Pushing 20 inches now and 3.8 lbs with a birthday surprise to his diet’s- Pelagic free-drifting red crabs they taste just like chicken lobsters of the sea He’s not the only one’s, those overweight Calico Bass in the kelphood also relish them too, stuffing their faces with them like candy bars “ Crunchy on the outside but good inside”. They need to go in a diet. Jacks older brothers and sisters, older by a year at 8- 12 lbs along with his parents sent word via Jonathan of the assault on their ranks, another 2569 of them taken this month, that 4,747 in 60 days, not counting the privates loss. Like following gospels they go up into that world “up there” and never come back- a fishy heaven sort to speak. Jack will leave his home now and follow the flow of warm water to the north seeking shelter wherever it’s found. His parents and siblings have crossed above the border undetected and finding better lodging and table fare while visiting old uncles and aunts in their retirement homes of Clemente and Catalina Island.
Thunnus alalunga, Art, our four year old North Pacific Albacore is 12 ½ lbs , 25 ½ inches and has come to a border of his own, being chased from the west with the unpleasantries of oppressive summertime heat and to the southeast a finger of that high salinity low oxygen waters that’s moving in– ahh but to the north there’s a path of the beautiful California Current, rich in anchovy larvae, pinheads and sauries. Let’s hope Art finds his way towards our offshore banks before heading north, maybe that tongue of the C C will finds its way below Clemente and 60 Mile Bank, We’d like to meet him again.
The Dolores’s, Dorado Coryphaena hippurus and her girlfriends are still on hold, We’ll see them in the middle of the summer
Strong currents run deep – better sharpen you hooks! JD
Jan's report - The first Striped Marlin, Tetrapturus audax we see in the season may have been born in the Kuroshio Current a year ago as it flows the ocean’s gyre off the North Pacific. he’s 35 lbs now and festive, having survived the snatching beaks of nasty birds and other deep sea gobblers from below. Later on in the season if currents allow are other year old brothers and sisters of his breed are off the Southern tip of Baja by a thousand miles. Moms were 2 years old and 60 inches when she spawned 20 million eggs with hopes that Dad could fertilized them to develop into planktonic, lecithotropic larvae. Conditions this past year in the northern hemisphere favored a better recruitment of hatching larvae to drift and grow. So right now somewhere swimming in the waters above the Hawaiian Islands or south off Baja hundreds perhaps thousands of miles a 3 or 5 foot long striped marlin lives—let's call him “William” or Bill for short. Bill will live in the upper surface layer on all sages of his life. Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus orientalis, Born of 5 ft long parents and 130 lbs late in the summer four years ago off the southern coast of Japan, now as one or two years old weighing in at 5 to 10 lbs they begins a two month, 6,000-mile cross-oceanic migration to the Eastern Pacific off Baja California in the Spring. After two to four years foraging off the Mexican and California/ Oregon coastlines they'll be returning home to those same Western Pacific waters where born and remain for another 15- 25 years 10 ft and a thousand pounds, slow growing in later life. While here along our coast the younger fish travel further to the north onto Central Calif. in late springtime and return towards the south as Fall and Winter approaches, the older fish mostly stay south off Baja. Magnetite, a mineral found in neural pits in their nose detects the earth’s magnetic field for their navigation. Warm-blooded they can heat their bodies 11° F warmer than surrounding water, that’s why the fight so well. Must consume 5% of their body weight daily and must continually swim with their mouths open to force water over their gills. We’ll call him “Tom” the Bluefin tuna. –Hi Tom. His buddy the Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares , “Mike” we'll call em’, he’s a resident here on the West Coast part of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and doesn't migrate across the Pacific like the Bluefin. Mike’s a fast grower as a youngster, feeds on plankton and then small fish, krill, squid and. crustaceans. At one year he’ll be 24 inches long and might grow to about 300 lbs . Mike reaches maturity at about 2 years and around 40 inches but he doesn't live that long with average age being just 5-6 years old, he'll be a old man at 8 if he makes it that long. March 24” grows about 2” a month, by Dec 40 inches, March 24”, Apr 26, May 28,June30, July32, Aug34, Sept36, Oct38, Nov 40 Dec And the North Pacific Albacore, Thunnus alalunga, “Art” ( Starting this lastJan 2014 he’s only 18 inches and 5 lbs ) and his family we hope to see more of, they travel around a lot. Mon and Dad matured at around 35 inches, 28 lbs at 5 or 6 years old and hope to see 13 years. Albacore are an iteroparous species that breeds seasonally only once a year. Moms lay eggs that are fertilized externally (oviparous) by scatter their eggs throughout the ocean months from November to February which float to within a foot or so of the surface, wave actions mixes them with Dads offerings. That's what a lot of birds are picking at. A 40 lb female can produces 2 to 3 million eggs then migrates towards two regions of the Northeast Pacific. One towards the northern part of Baja the other is off the coast of Washington and Oregon. In the warmer waters off Baja they make dives to depths exceeding 656 feet during the day and stay near the surface at night, while off the coast of Washington and Oregon they stay near the surface the entire day. Albacore move across the Pacific during the fall and appear in Japan in their late winter/spring fisheries then migrate back to North America. Art never really rest; he’s always on the move because of their demand for oxygen and he eats one-quarter its own weight in food a day. Yellowtail, Seriola lalandi We’ve got to call him Jack—Jack comes from the Cedros Islands area. Last July his Mom and Dad were 4 year olds and 10 pounders Mom laid 450,000 eggs that year – she hopes to live to a ripe old age of 30 years and give off 4 million. Jacks been growing quickly he’s a pound now, darting in and out of kelps beds chasing food and/or not being food himself. By this summer he’ll be a year old and 4 lbs, by 5 years he'll be 16 lbs.
Good luck this seson- JD
some day chickens- some days feathers
--------------------- 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,