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- Sorry missed the first boats shipment of the Flat Fall lures --more on their way for delivery- we'll just have to wait till the lures come it-- the anticapation only adds to their use, the fish will be bigger by then- !

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----------March 5 th --------------

Bluebird weather-- not sure just what that means but it sound good- clear skies, frosty cool this morning warming for the rest of the day- , wind here at the beach light at 35 knts- from the west, slight wind chop- good traveling weather--

Made 5 or 6 casts this morning in that outgoing tide-- not one bite? and you don't see any birds working, nor small bait in the water-- no smelt or small fry near the shoreline--

Windy again this afternoon- solid west northwest wind at 15-20 kts--

wind backed off towards the afternoon- beautiful afternoon--

Party boats targeting the halibuts scoring a few 20 25 lbers each day-- not quite in the spawning mode yet- soon-

At least the Weather forecasters are recognizing there's some warm water here , and developing to a stronger chance for more hot water this summer-- what we don't want is for it to get to hot-- driving all the baitfish further north to Central Calif- along with it the gamefish- It's happened before during that strong El Nino's of 1982- 83 and 1997 -1998 which was the strongest ever recorded where Striped Marlin and dorado were found from the Channel Islands north to Morro Bay! And not much below there-- - you'd go from here to San Clemente island and never see a bird, no kelps, nothing but beautiful clear blue water, no bait no sealife-.

ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory

Synopsis: There is an approximately 50-60% chance that El Niño conditions will continue through Northern Hemisphere summer 2015.

During February 2015, El Niño conditions were observed as the above-average sea surface temperatures (SST) across the western and central equatorial Pacific (Fig. 1) became weakly coupled to the tropical atmosphere. The latest weekly Niño indices were +0.6oC in the Niño-3.4 region and +1.2oC in the Niño-4 region, and near zero in the Niño-3 and Niño-1+2 regions (Fig. 2). Subsurface temperature anomalies increased (Fig. 3) associated with a downwelling oceanic Kelvin wave, which was reflected in positive subsurface anomalies across most of the Pacific (Fig. 4). Consistent with weak coupling, the frequency and strength of low-level westerly wind anomalies increased over the equatorial Pacific during the last month and a half (Fig. 5). At upper-levels, anomalous easterly winds persisted across the east-central Pacific. Also, the equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (EQSOI) remained negative for two consecutive months. Convection was enhanced over the western equatorial Pacific and near average around the Date Line (Fig. 6). Overall, these features are consistent with borderline, weak El Niño conditions.

Compared to last month, several more models indicate El Niño (3-month values of the Niño-3.4 index equal to or greater than 0.5oC) will continue throughout 2015 (Fig. 7). This is supported by the recent increase in subsurface temperatures and near-term model predictions of the continuation of low-level westerly wind anomalies across parts of the equatorial Pacific. However, model forecast skill tends to be lower during the Northern Hemisphere spring, which contributes to progressively lower probabilities of El Niño through the year. In summary, there is an approximately 50-60% chance that El Niño conditions will continue through Northern Hemisphere summer 2015 (click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chance of each outcome).

Due to the expected weak strength, widespread or significant global impacts are not anticipated. However, certain impacts often associated with El Niño may appear in some locations during the Northern Hemisphere spring 2015.

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

And the month just keeps rolling along-- cool night and warm days- Light south wind this morning- due to pick up out of the west later today-- Full Moon tonight - tides strong with a draining tide at 2.1 knts filling this afternoon at 1.6 knts.

Fred Hall whatever you call it show starts today--

A little more sealife starting to develop-- " more dolphins than I've seen in the past two months- below Dana and outside a few miles-- Whale watching boat--

Speculation that the red Crabs were on their way out-- - this morning only a few seen on the beaches too-

If you see something really interesting at the show - give JD's an e-mail and let us know- JD

Made one afternoon cast right before sundown-- nice hook up-- busted me off in a snag?- JD

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

Clearing skies- wind cool, from the west early- due to blow later on today-, water ( bay) has a green tinge to it, army green- made two casts one little nibble. Good tide flow-

E-Mail report from the Foxi Lady- Costa Rica--Pretty good day  we had 2 ladies from the Dana Wharf Lady Anglers Club.  Keep in mind these gals have never fished with ballyhoo or ever caught a sailfish.  they went 16/21  my male guest went 1/8 - that says a lot!!! Out for a couple more days try the the fad tomorrow.  weather super- Pete

A check with San Clemente Island Security- shows the island / Pyramid cove to be active on Sat from 9 am till 1pm ( above White rock. inside open) then the rest of the day open as well as Sunday it's open-- Good Luck

Vick, my friend was up towards the long beach's 150 spot this morning- water clean green at 59 1/2 degrees. slight downhill and out current--- couple of bass on the plastics.

Cool westerly blew in this afternoon-putting a wind chaop to the water-- it'll drop it a degree or two by tomorrow.

Still a few Yellows up towards the Long Beach grounds-

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

Showers and rainy conditions-- good amount of freshwater to flow into the bays and harbors along the coastline--Clearing this afternoon with a wind behind it, warming and sunshine the middle and later part of the week- expect water turning a bit offcolor/ green by the weekend- Tides beginning to build again as the moon fills on Wednesday.

Baja Peninsula took a dousing of the rain the past few days - roads subject to washout-

Tanner Buoy still held relatively warm for February - we'll see how it holds up for March-

Air Temperature (ATMP): 57.7 °F
  Water Temperature (WTMP): 61.3 °F

Weather cleared off- had to make a few casts keep sane- three cast in that outgoing tide- no bites- quit- back to work-

Not many on the water today- a few sailors and that was it- , better tomorrow - JD

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

Cloudy with a bit of rain spitting here and there-- wind from the south/southeast 6-10 knts- seas still a bit confused.

Five gray whales for the early morning's run for the local whale waters-- and the Red Crabs again on the beach- that the 8th day in a row-- amazing- and they seem for the most part a little bit larger in size too. Made four casts one nibble from a lizard fish or really small bass-

A call come in landline asking if it's ok to bring some reels in for service- yep- this time of year it's good, by May things start to get busy and stacks of reels pile up- best to get them in while uninterrupted concentration can be applied to them.

A quick overall look at these reels reveals they've been well taken care of, f/w hose off , a quick wipe down and lightly lubricated- -- but the preventive maintainance is the key- small spots of saltwater migrate into crevices and cracks of the reel, interior bearing and drags to be checked, handles relubed and fresh line put on them. It's the little things that can hurt you when oportunity arise for a prized fish. Give me a call or drop by to your local repair shop to get them ready for this upcoming season- it has the marks for something special this summer- Stand by- JD

The Fred Hall show or whatever you call it now will opens this Wed- a push for the sportfishing public to join a nations wide coastal conservation originations for the protection of the sportfishing rights of us anglers. And also in the works is the prepared comments to the Pacific Fishery Management Council about phasing out the use of drift gillnets and not allowing longlines within the 200 mile U.S. Economic Zone.  It's extremely important that all recreational anglers get behind this issue!! 

Act now: Tell West Coast fishery managers to phase out drift gillnets and keep out longlines. 

Rock fish opener-- local party boat 221 rockfish 5 sculpin--- all tasty!



Nice sunset and the week ahead promises to get get better and better with only a few showere if any the middle of the month ahead-- save water!





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

Wind fresh out of the west in gusts, 12- 20 + seas choppy with wind slop. Cloudy with a few showers, water getting a bit mixed up- offcolor.

About the only boats out are those making a few $$ off the ocean, Whale watchers have a fair share of paying guest aboard- some seasick- and the death boats taking out some ashes to scatter to the winds and seas ( busiest boats in the harbor 3- 4 times a day, 365 a year)

Rock Cod fishing opens tomorrow- couple of guys came in the shop this morning they had come down to the shoreline to pick up the red crabs to use as bait for the rockcods-- good idea- free bait-- Good luck- JD

Lots of sailors out today in several sailboat regattas-

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

Cloud cover, overcast skies being drawn in from the low that's approaching from the northwest, wind from the south at 8- 14 knts, wind chop and fair seas at this time expected to build throughout the course of the day--

Sailors out today with a couple of regattas, hampers in their way by the Gray Whales in their start positions--

Not as many but still here, the Red Crabs on the beaches again this morning--

A few boats headed to Catalina for the weekend getting a early start- Rock Cod season opens up Sunday-- Still at 50 fathoms but there's works going on that might allow down to 60 fathom later this year. there's going to be some changes in the actual measurement of the depth restrictions, instead of following the contour they've proposed to work off connecting way points, which also will be a bit confusing. especially if you don't have a GPS and only have a depth finder. more government crap- All rockfish fillets must have the entire skin attached, limit no more than 10 of one species and no more that 20 in combination. Lingcod limit 2 min length 22inches, filets 14 "

Good Luck this weekend- JD


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

A few scattered clouds around, blue skies behind- wind from the south 4- 6 kts steady- light wind chop seas good. skies beginning to cloud over mid morning.

With the foreign cargo freighters still hung up of the Long Beach ports- interesting to here the radio chatter from their captains, German, Japanese, Vietnamese - of past meetings in Calcutta, Singapore and friends of friends.

Red Crabs again washed up here this morning, coastal fishing fair to slow- it's still February.

Winter time doldrums-- We've gotten most of our tackle taken care of from last years abuse- maybe areel here or there that has some drag or bearing problems to it and those can be serviced over the next few months. The next weeks Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and whatever else you'd call it begins Wed with zillions of people to attend. See something there you would like but don't want to fight the crowds, let me know and I'll see what deal I can get for you.

Tanner Bank bouy still holding at 62.1 degrees, Clemente at 63.3 degrees

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

The beaches on Balboa Island here in Newport harbor today were graced with a dotting of the lifeless red crabs bodies. Hey mister what are those baby crawfish on the sand? Hey mister what are all the baby octopuses doing here??

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.

Each female may have two and sometimes three broods of 3,650 eggs in one season which hatch after about 2 weeks. Crabs larger than about I Inch in carapace length are probably 2 years old

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Mexican Government, have started commercial utilization of the pelagic red crabs! 

Local party boat catch a dozen Sand Bass, 2 sulpin, 65 perch 15 calico bass released, 6 sheeps released, 2 cabazon, released and 5 rock fish released

Nice day-- reports of the Box Canyon again developing into a better bite-

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

Red Crabs--- more of em here in the harbor this morning and metered all along the coastline off the beach- Wwith ater turned a bit greener today- must be the fresh water and sunlight helped the phytoplankton photosynthesis process.

It looks like we'll get some wind this coming weekend as that Jet Stream takes a dip and comes in from the west.

Westerly began to blow early on then backed off then again blew after noon- a few boats moving around enjoying the sunshine and the day


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

Broken stratocumulus cloud cover with a varying south wind at 8- 12kts, cooler air flow, local water temps off the Flats held at 61- 1/2 degrees with a uphill current this morning , couple of bass bites early on

At least the Bassmasters Classic had more entertainment than the oscars!-

Tides starting to flatten out for the later days of February- beaches here in Newport had the stench of squat lobsters rotting on the beach! City workers raked em up by the hundreds, thousands and sent them on their way via truck loads to the local dumps-- couldn't have that bad publicity here in Newport

Wind turned to come out of the west- brisk-- choppy seas and not much fun - those who were out- came in-

Better luck tomorrow- JD

---------------------- The Weekends Events----------------

Wind from the south/ southwest- fair with a small wind chop ruffling the ocean.

Not many out today-- those who were report only fair fishing - releasing a couple of Black Sea Basses

More of the Red Crab invasion this morning as they became stranded on the shorelines and beaches- maybe blown in with the south wind or swam ashore drawn by the city's lights at nighttime.

Not much on the radio today-- windy and choppy up towards the 150 spot - rain and wind increased towards the late afternoon- that was it-

~~~~~~ Rest in Peace- Ron Johnson ~~~~

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

Low cloud cover- form the south a light wind seas calm and flat- tides high early in the morning hours-- should be some White Sea Bass or the yellows biting on that upswing this AM,

Local party boats had a variety of fish in their catch-- but nothing big-- -- 9 sculpin, 38 blue perch, 1 calico sass, sargo, treefish, sheepheads released and a few calicos released.

Mornings' high tide and maybe a northward bound current and night lights brought a invasion of the pelagic red crabs to Newport harbor today- In looking for a good Match-the-hatch type of lure for the Red Crabs- I came up with these little beauties - almost identical in size and color. worked great- on my first cast this morning- one cast- one bass- quit-

E-Mail from Pete and Denise in Costa Rica with their new boat-


Marked difference from two years ago and today's water temps of the Eastern Pacific- temps range 45 to 90 degrees

<----------2013 and 2015 Feb ---------->

60 to 65 degree water that was off central Baja now is off Point Conception and the cooler water of 50 degrees which was off central California is now above Oregon and into the state of Washington

Skies darkened as the afternoon evening approached, rain showers but not much wind with it- nor is it real cold either.

I saw a e-mailed photo of a swordfish seen jumping off Catalina- only several days ago I was told- I thought it could have been a marlin but the photo , although small, it appeared to be a swordfish with it's classic shape to its dorsal and tail fins silhouetted . I wouldn't doubt it, this year who knows--- a drift over the A-Bank with a rigged bait ??

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

And the winter month of February goes by quietly- remaining warn helps set the stage for an early Spring and into hot summer to come-

Light south wind at 2- 5 knts variable, scattered cloud cover and marine layer- seas calm w/ light wind chop. Made a couple cast yesterday one in the morning for nothing the afternoons incoming tide brought a nice 11 inch spotted bay bass-, one cast this morning no bites-

Today's the start for the Bassmasters Classic , it's the super bowl of freshwater bass fishing- The Bassmaster Classic held in Anderson S.C on Lake Hartwell. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s on Friday when the Classic kicks off. It runs through Sunday.

It'sa live weigh-in through the internet today Sat and Sunday- TV show is next weekend-


Looks just like it did when the humpbacks feeding-- you should see the amount of baitfish we just saw ---must be a acre or more up ---birds on them-- looks very good- 1:0 9pm outside below Dana

Stayed calm for all day still a light southwest wind, tide went out - came back in and not much said on the radio today--

Next week when the FH show comes to town-The IGFA will be holding an Observer Training Course at the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 7th. The course will run from 11 am to 3 pm.

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

Light gray skies, no wind dead calm with a slight roll of a swell from the west-

these are monsters-- big old flukes with em- headed north set your timer-- - at a goTd clip maybe 4 knts- right off the point ( Dana) the other whale watcher up off so. Newport had a snorkeler 1/2 mile off the beach headed south-- whale watching boat trading whale type dope.

Fishing the winter deep water yellows has brought forth a panacea of methods, from the standard dropper looped sardine, mackerel or squid to the heaver iron jigs dropped down and yo-yo ed back up 30 ft - re dropped repeated up down up down. Colors are one's choice of Scrambled Egged , Blue & White, Green Yellow, Birdsh*# t and a dozen others, odd shaped lures like the Lucatius jigs work while other's claim an old fashioned leadhead with a bit of red hanging off it was the hot ticket- We're lucky to have something to fish for during this winter, enjoy it while you can and release a few if you can- it be nice to have a few of these fish leftover for this coming summer.

We just lost one-- what you get bit on -- iron or bait-- 11:29am, tides started to run out-

Quiet for most of the day- couple of guys talking back n' forth between themselves- drifting for the tails off the 150 spot-- couple more bites another one lost- seal got one- -- light westerly sprang up with the afternoon draining tide- downhill current strong.

3 sand bass, 1 sculpin, 71 perch- not sure which type, 1 treefish, 1 sargo, 7 sheeps they were released, 4 cabazon released also, and 75 calico also released - be in at 5:30 local party boat, Whale watchers, scored with seeing 8 Gray Whales on their first trip and 5 Grays on the second trip--!

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

Light foggy conditions marine haze with a westerly behind it- slight wind chop-- feels a bit cooler, strong tide exchanges-

Reports from Clements Island last weekend--Hey JD. Team Good Karma saying hello and wanted to share a fine day of fishing with my dad and friends. Fair grade of yellows but lots of them. Kept dinner and let a bunch go. Great weather and nice to get out to Clemente. Capt. Shawn kept us busy most of the day. Unreal show of whales also. Surrounded by them all day. Will stay in touch Bobby


Quiet on the waterfront today-- only a few boats moving around-

---------------- Tuesday took off work- Mondays Reports --------------

Coastal overcast-- no wind- spots of blue showing through - promises to be another great day - seas calm with a small swell from the west. Stronger tides movements over the next few days, haven't had a good earthquake for a while, maybe this will loosen up the plates and we'll get one, stand by!

Whale watchers continue to praise their never ending whaling season this year.

Coastal fishing for the wintertime Yellows spotty- one day they bite the next not so much-- boat pressure and dwindling stocks of these fish that have migrated up to these waters to winter. Must be over two thousand of them taken from the Oceanside to Dana flats area- another couple of hundred up above the Oil Rigs off Huntington/ Long Beach area- - today they bit again up there- must have been 20- 25 fish pulled over the rails of the boats that were there-- Iron worked well- various colors- green/yellow, scrambled egg, Blue White- enough boats scattered around to keep the seals occupied to the other boats--

The yellows fed the fleet from south of the border, Collenet up to the Coronado Islands (slugs there), reports of yellows big and small at Clemente- some at the canyon of box and up here above the rigs off Huntington- at Catalina, Santa Monica Bay, Redondo Canyon, PV, and the Channel Islands - the fish of the winter 2015

---------------- Sundays Reports ----------------

Early morning whale watchers returned with a count of 4 south bounders grays- Seas calm as usual, light south wind visibility great- nice- ! made two cast no bites

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

A pod of three Gray Whales heading south-off Laguna--traveling around 9-10 knts !

Spots of fog developing later in the midday afternoon - then went away-- with a light westerly behind it-

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" long.   Looks like we'll have fish for dinner everyday this week!!!


~~~~~~~~~~~ Celebration of Life for RJ- Ron Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ahoy JD,
Here is the info for Ron's Burial at Sea.
Monday March 23rd
Meet at the American Legion in Newport Beach, 215 15th Street, at 10:30, for loading on to Boats, plenty of room for all who would love to Celebrate Ron's life.
Then a Celebration Of Life after, back at the American Legion.
If you have a Boat and would like to offer it, let us know-agillettfishes@gmail.com

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

Dozens and dozens of boats left the harbor this morning-- seas calm and flat- weather just fine a few morning clouds- blue skies early on- nice- light southwset wind due to swing around later today-

And working above Newport and the offshore oil rigs--

E-mail report from yesterday-- JD,

Not a bad day for Friday the 13th! Nate

North of Main Beach Laguna a Humpbacked Whale- breaching- really showing well for those watching it-- 100 ft of water- heading north- 12:00 noon

Regular summer day here on the beach- gals and guys paddling around on their paddle boards. kayakers and small skiffs loaded with friends and guests all with a drink in their hands-- yachts with several bathing beauties sunning themselves on the bow, sailboats motoring around and dumb looking pontoon boats better suited for the lakes driving around like there's no tomorrow, add in the Electric boats whizzing in and out of the traffic and a giant Mega Yacht amongst them all- the harbor patrol watching it go by like a parade- Summer in February

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

Same old story-- blue skies, calm weather, warm light wind on the ocean- aah nice--

Afternoon call from yesterday of good yellowtails fishing w/ surface iron while up towards the 105 area outside Huntington/long beach-north of the outer oil rigs area - metering for most of the day yesterday- dropping down and working with what was found- hadn't produced much till the 1:30 hour- tide and current started to move and the bait was chased up to the surface by the tails-- the birds told the story-- finding them and casting the surface iron they got 5 beautiful sized fish, 45 minutes later the birds went away as well as the fish.

the weekend weather looks great-- enjoy- made two casts had two bites - unlucky--missed em' both-- quit

The number of whales seen yesterday was great- maybe the same whales but reports of 3- 5- 6 at a time being followed- white sided dolphins off Dana and Common dolphins also seen-

Boats we up chasing waht bird life there was on the 150 area-- not much going on there today- 190 feet held more life outside the rigs-

Hot-hot hot-- waited till the afternoons dusk to make a few more cast-- had my unlucky needlenosed plyers with me--- one small nibble- could have been a crab or clam tugging at it- missed it- bad luck plyers, I never catch anything when I have them-!- Better luck tomorrow-

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

Blue again- skies clear - Catalina lays calm with a thin layer or brown smudge on the surface- LA and Long Beach residue I suppose. wind steady from the north northwest at 10-12 knts seas fair w/ light wind chop- nice for traveling .

one little bite out of three cast-- I haven't done well this past week-- water looks good- but just no bites I think the fish are dormant.

But reports that Box Canyon bite still putting out good catcher of the Yellowtails yesterday-- iron- blue and white did the trick-- We only spent a couple of hours at it-- got there at around 10 and left a little after noon with two fish- good healthy sized fish -- If a guy worked at it he could probably make a score at it-

Water temps down off Mainland Mexico remain in the 80's and bluer water pushing in from the west- also some tropical weather as


A check with the San Clemente Island security- shows Friday the Cove / Pyramid is open as well as most of the island-- On Sat the island's Cove is open all day- only restrictions is the inside leeward side from the Head up to White rock area ( SHOBA is hot/ active from 3 to 4 pm, them on Sunday that side of the island is active/Hot from 7 am on till 3 pm in the afternoon the Cove is open all day- good luck- tails, seabass, halibuts, tunas, marlin???

Eleven Gray Whales seen today by the boats---

JD- just got a report from a boat that headed south.  A few small YFT's on Ranger bank but slow yellowtail fishing at Cedros.  Lots of yellowtail along ridge and high spots from Turtle Bay south.  No marlin, wahoo, or dorado in their travels.  Better marlin/wahoo fishing down at Cape.  ~Bob


------------------------- Wed'sReports -----------------

Pale blue skies this morning- a light marine haze to it-, seas have subsided with fair conditions for morning hours- waters has clarified better over the past few days- at lease here in the harbor, off the flats it was offcolor- thinner water probably turned over easier then the deeper water south of Newport-

Water conditions offshore remain stable with Tanner Buoy- reading Air at 62.4F Water 62.4 wind 7-9 knts and Clemente' buoy shows air/ 64.8, water 62.6

A massively big Humpbacked whale was moving up the coastline-- off Dana Pt this noon hour slowly working it's way north-- down time about every 4-6 minutes - making large breaching splashes



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

Local waters holding at a low 61/ 62 degrees- offcolor a bit - turbulent wind/ waters changed it to a milky green this morning-- still a few tails around in the 105 area-- some scouting around looking for meter marks- to find the fish-

Conditions stayed good for the day-- but very few angers on the water

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A check with the Eastern Pacific's water temps over the past three years , during the first weeks of February ( range from 45 to 90 degrees) during the 2013 time frame that 50 degree line st reaches northwest above of Point Conception and the 60 to 65 degree boundary runs from mid Baja/ Cedros is westward , in 2014 that cooler 50 degree mark moved northwards towards central/ northern California and the 60- 5 degree range moved up towards So Calif , this year so far 2015 the 50 degree water has been pushed further north to central Oregon and into Washington while 60- 65 and towards 70 degree mark extends from Point Conceptions westwards - a marked difference so far this year-- We'll have to see if these Santa ana winds drive any up welled cooler water off from central calif to effect yo later on this spring/ summer- stand by- things should get real interesting by the time summer rolls around-

------- 2015 ------------------------------ 2014 ----------------------------------------2013-------------------

------------------------ Mondays reports ------------------------

Coastal waters turned over it seems-- maybe a tint of Red Tide developing- -- we'll see if this wind does anything to the conditions-- Wind mid morning from the north 12- + knts building- seas starting to chop up with west swell behind it-

And a sad note-- one of the better noted anglers and boaters among our fishy friends passed on--may he rest in peace.

JD, I am sad to inform you that Ron Johnson (Showdown) Passed away last night. , As soon as I hear of further details for his services I'll pass it on-- One of the good ol' boys- He will be missed


Wind against current today -strong uphill current vs strong downhill wind- tough fishing- afternoon hours the current swung around and followed the wind, that was what the Calicos were waiting for-- good bass fishing in the 3- 4 -6 lbers -eating the macks.

------------------------------------------- the Weekends Reports ---------------

By 10 am the flags were stiffening- the few boats headed to the island for lunch were open to a wash and salt spray from the starboard side- water appears to have dropped a big on the coastline 62 Swell West 4-7 ft, 9 sec, west, water 62.4 degrees -

Fishing the 150 spot--- in 25 fathoms--- these ground swells are large and in charge-- fishing the end of the shipping lanes - looking for clouds of krill metered on the bottom to help to determine if the yellows are there--

The weather backed off towards the late afternoon-- by then most of the boaters had come off the water-

Winter time -- time to get the boats ready again for this coming season-- the days are getting longer-

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

-Daylight brings s light haze and light foggy conditions, seas fair- west swell 3- 5 ft 11- 14 sec, with a slight southwest wind at 2- 3 knts- water temps remains in the low 60- 63-64 degrees

High surf advisory along beaches-

Yellowtails still around to be found early morning hours around the backside of Catalina- Silver Canyon area-- bass fishing's good- waters are warm at 63 degrees and some current-

Should be a good sunset when some of these clouds move in from the west- stand by-

Couple of Orcas' seen up off PV yesterday-- quiet on the radio today--

The six Striped Marlins that were tagged on the Great Marlin Race are still at large- The tags are due up between March 11 and April 12 of 2015, it'll be very interesting to see where they've traveled to- West, north, south ? soon we'll find out-

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

Hazy lazy day with a light westerly blowin the marine layer- seas have a small wind chop to them- Tides starting to run out after 10 am- fair flow- water color looks green and cool- made 2 cast no bites-

This Weekend the SWBA 1st of a series of tournament will be held in San Diego's harbor and Mission Bay - some of the best bass fishermen and women will compete from now till late Fall in these events-

The Round #1 Border Town Brawl

5 Fish Bag: Spotted Bay Bass Only, 14.25" minimum length. 

Tournament Hours: 6am-2pm (Safe Light) 
deadline: 5am

Boundaries: San Diego Bay and Mission Bay only, in waters deemed legal to fish by local authorities


Couple of boats out early this morning up to the rigs and above for the yellowtails. they're still around and still shy. Newport's Thunderbird traveled out to the Outer Banks, Cortez and put on 80 bluefin's tunas and some yellowtails in their day and half trip-


Wikipedia describes Dormancy

Dormancy is a period in an organism's life cycle when growth, development, and (in animals/ fish/people) physical activity are temporarily stopped. This minimizes metabolic activity and therefore helps an organism to conserve energy. Dormancy tends to be closely associated with environmental conditions. -- It's near the middle of February--- some of this sea life has to slow down a bit - take a breather before it starts all over again this Spring when soon the waters will begin to warm, sunlit days will be longer and more plant and animal growth begins-- give it a month to rest- it'll come back with a vengeance- stand by- JD


light westerly - steady for most of the day- cooled off things a bit--


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

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We're reaching towards the bottom of the winter, coolest time of the year- give it another couple more weeks and we'll be headed back towards Spring - Light foggy conditions here this morning- damp and cool- the sun trying to make its way through- slowly- seas calm and no wind- whales watchers -- looking out of luck so far- I made three cast this morning one small bite-

One of our customers came in the shop yesterday-- he's been down in PV Mexico- says very good fishing for them-- gentleman fishing for them- leaving the dock at 9 am-- a causal breakfast out to the fishing grounds --back in to the harbor at 6 pm - 2 Black Marlin a Blue Marlin, a Sailfish, small tuna and a dorado for the day-- that's my kind of fishin! Lots of rain down there this year- looks like more coming there way again later this weekend.


ENSO Alert System Status: El Nino Synopsis: There is an approximately 50-60% chance of El Niño within the late Northern Hemisphere winter and early spring, with ENSO-neutral slightly favored thereafter.

Equatorial sea surface temperatures (SST) remained above average in the western and central Pacific during January 2015 and cooled across the eastern Pacific Accordingly, Subsurface temperature anomalies across the eastern half of the equatorial Pacific also averaged near zero during the month. However, an extensive area of positive subsurface anomalies persisted near the Date Line, while negative anomalies were prevalent closer to the surface east of 110oW During the last couple of weeks of January, several aspects of the tropical Pacific atmosphere showed some movement toward El Niño. However, for the month as a whole, the equatorial low-level winds were mostly near average across the Pacific.

Similar to last month, most models predict a weak El Niño (3-month values during the Northern Hemisphere late winter and spring However, climatologically, ocean-atmosphere coupling tends to weaken into the spring, which increases uncertainty over whether El Niño conditions will emerge. In summary, there is an approximately 50-60% chance of El Niño within the late Northern Hemisphere winter and early spring, with ENSO-neutral slightly favored thereafter (click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chance of each outcome)

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And the month just keeps marching on-- March around the corner- light fog visibility 3/4 to 1 mile- - More and more whales being spotted these days- both north bounders and south bound. too many boats on the dock to go fishing we'll try later on

Synopsis… The sea surface temperature anomaly pattern supports troughing out at 140-145W to the west of California. There is a weak southern branch of the westerlies, forced by a warm equatorial sea surface anomaly (El Niño), but most of the effect of this is to induce cutoff lows to develop near Baja.

Current guidance from the NOAA/CPC/Climate Forecast System (CFS2) shows above normal rainfall in the northern third of California for February and possibly for all of California in March. We believe that the CFS2 guidance is too optimistic for rain, but we may see near or slightly above normal rainfall in northern California in February, but near to below normal rainfall in southern California.

Conditions should continue to be mild thanks to the warm sea surface temperature anomaly along and within 800 miles west of the coastline. During wet periods the snow over the Sierras will fall at elevations that are higher than normal.

Given the current timing of the MJO cycle and medium range guidance, we expect dry conditions through all of California from January 30 to February 7.

In the avocado growing areas, watch for Santa Ana winds between January 30 and February 14 with some freezes following Santa Ana winds. The next chance for rains is from February 9 to 11.

February 15 to 28 Summary… Warmer than normal sea surface temperatures will continue to encourage upper high pressure to recur over California. Upper lows will continue to develop as the southern storm track tries to develop and will tend to alternate with Santa Anas. The current pattern suggests that central and northern California are more likely to see normal rainfall.

From the 21st to the 28th there is a higher chance for upper lows to develop. Depending on available moisture, these could produce either a few showers or heavy showers. If sea surface temperatures remain well above normal, as is expected, as was occurring in late January, then the potential for showers is higher, assuming, as mentioned, that a low actually develops that is strong enough to utilize the available moisture. In any case, prepare for some frosts to occur between rain events.

Seasonal Outlook/El Niño Update – March 1 to 30… The most pressing issue now is the water supply. Currently we face the double problem of minimal snowpack in the Sierras and below normal seasonal rainfall thus far.

Guidance from the CFS2 model has not been helpful this season. CFS2 has continued to show above normal rain amounts for February. Here we are, 5 days before the start of February, and find predominant upper high pressure and offshore flow, weak westerlies, and a sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) pattern that continues to be inconsistent with the CFS2 forecasts.

In the avocado growing areas, rainfall may be above normal in March, but near normal in April as suggested by CFS2 and NOAA/CPC guidance. No significant deviation above or below normal for rainfall is indicated for May, but we can assume warmer than normal conditions due to the warm sea surface temperatures that are expected to continue off the coast of southern California.

...Alan Fox, Fox Weather LLC



E-Mail from Pinas Bay- Hey JD, I just returned from Pinas Bay fishing Mike Kellers 72 ft Viking Bad To The Bone. We fished Monday thru Thursday outside of Pinas with a total of 20 sails and 3 blues from 300 to 450. All released and unharmed. The dorado fishing at this time of year at Pinas was nothing short of EPIC. We ended up with a total of 43 dorado ranging from 25 to 68 lbs. The dorado in photo was caught after a jig stop on a hen dorado with a G Loomis pelagic series rod fitted with a new Shimano Talica 12 two speed with 50 lb spectra and a top shot of Izorline 40 smoke. The bull couldn't resist the large Shimano Waxwing mackerel pattern jig. Insane battle on that gear. Hope you can use the info for others planning on visiting this great region. It is truly Jurassic Park. Tight Lines, Joe Russo


You'd think there would be more radio conversations on a gorgeous day like today-- but no not much said------- but the inside mum's the word-- was of Yellowtails, couple of guys running up to Palos Verde's for some bass fishing see a bunch of birds working-- and it turns to what could be called a foamer on Yellows -- first casts and they were wired-- watch for the birds!--

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.
Great adventure!!!!!


Daylight's stretched on the sunset time frame from last Dec. 21st (first day of winter) with a rise at 6.53am, this mornings rise at 6:54 and sunset last Dec was 4:49 and today it's 5:19, we've gained a half hour of sunlight, more to come. Made three casts no bites -water looks good, emerald green -tides fair

First Fish Flags for local Angling Clubs are still open for Striped Marlin--the tunas and yellowtails should be gone by now-

westerly picked up this afternoon-

 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-

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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

Not too many boaters out today-- fair+ number of Gray Whales showing off Laguna


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--


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  2014 Fish Counts      
    Value from Recorded catch Value set at 50 % of Commercial catch
    Fish Count    
    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






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




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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.







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Monday morning wahoo











Heads Tails

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. T
he 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










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



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




  Unbelievable fishery


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

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






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






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


































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








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

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

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


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

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

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

Not a big fish but a

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


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










8 Clubs, 49 boats, 193 anglers

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

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

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

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

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

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






























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








Species - Wahoo

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

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

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


































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

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-------

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







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

Happy 4th of July!


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



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



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

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



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
















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


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2014 Fish Catches





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

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

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


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











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

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










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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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





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






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

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

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

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



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










































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

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

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







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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Strong currents run deep – better sharpen you hooks!  JD

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

Good luck this seson- JD


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,


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 -



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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--

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