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FriWind variable lW 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 ft and SW 2 to 3 ft.

SatWind variableg W 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 1 to 2 ft and SW 2 ft.


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----------May 28 th ----

Driving around out here--- just driving around--- not seeing much---

Parker coming up on our stern---- please give us a little slack-- thank you--- 11:44am

That you-- -- how you doing ? --- How about you guys-- your time's going to come---- we got a couple of yellows under a paddy earlier and a couple of Bluefin from a puddler under a couple of birds-- 11:50am

How's you day going so far--- our's isn't good so far-- Sean's one one - Decker got two hooked up--- don't know what happed to those, we got em' popping up right here now!!!! -- right here--- bluefin 50 yards off my bow-- right now-- we're going be here all day-- got to go--11:54 am-

Bluefin on the 30- 35lb range-

we stopped on like 12 paddys and there wasn't nothin under any of em'

wev've been looking at that seiner all day- just looked over and his net was coming off - ( I think west of the 43) 1:09

I was out at the 181-- there's fish out there- saw em' jumping around but couldn't get em' to bite-- OK skipper thanks we're hoping for a sundowner--

and reports / rummors of a party boat having caught dozens of bluefin between Newport and Catalina???


He said there was a good strong temp break out about 12 miles from shore-- almost all the kelps along it were holding 10- 20lb Yellowtails- they crashed the surface iron and cast jigs--- quiting after 5 fish they'd had enough, the tunas were said to be hitting small jet heads- black and purple, black and red- --and sliver and blue!





Afternoon hours the seas started to glass off-

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

May Gray- more like Zane Grey - Giant Tunas ---Wicked Tunas- Bluefin tearing em' up!- E-Mail this morning ---


the one he caught was on a 5/0 ringed hook, w 60 F/C the other fish 40 lb F/ and 65lb backing - having it on a 8 ft rod he just got grilled- lost it afte 4 1/2 hours about 10 ft from the boat-



Hi JD You know me I am Larry Hartmann captain of the ocean explorer out of Daveys. The whale watch guy. And I have the 6 pac Grady white charter boat Discovery. I thought you might enjoy this feel free to post. Yesterday my buddy Tim wanted to do an exploratory goof off trip to look for those bluefin. I had just ran the ocean explorer all holiday 3 day weekend and I was tired. So I gave in and said ok. Well after fishing 3 paddies for 5 yellows up to 25 lbs maybe in 45 minutes. All hell broke loose. Chris one of the captains of the western pride hooked a big bluefin on 40 lb. then Tim on 50lb was slow trolling a sardine as we chased Chris's fish hooks another. Paul who runs the aggressor and patriot and I watched in awe as foamers of huge bluefin came up all around the boat. We knew without bigger equipment it would have been futile to hook more at same time so we watched the show. Bait running under my boat, sauries, mackerel, flying fish. Amazing. At any rate after 2 brutal hours we got Tims fish. 124.5lbs. And then another 2 hours later we lost Chris's fish 15 from boat. Never could there have been a more 4 hour brutal battle. . Between 209 and 181. Fish was caught on my 30 Grady white charter boat Discovery Regards Larry Hartmann Captainlarryadventures.com-- I cannot even begin to describe what I saw yesterday. I swear the first 2 times the bft came up foaming from a half mile away I thought that were common dolphins. Till finally I realized the tails were opposite. Lol. But at the end of the day they were just as big as commons.



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There's fish under these ones- yea the water's a little green right here-- south of here 10 miles it's better, school of porpious was said to be holding!

Looked like Bongos came in , in the afternoon hours flying a tuna flag---!!

Med- wind from the west today--better than yesterday's afternoon westerly- forecast is even better for tomorrow- -

radios been quiet- --- there was a fairly good YT bite up by the rigs this morning on the surface casted jigs- something that could get out there a ways on a quick cast-

------------------ Tuesday's Reports---- crappy weather in the afternoon good fishing am hours-----

Again overcast skies, wind fair from the west - several boats out this morning looking for the bigger game fish!

Im out to the 209, been looking-- meandering north now, around then head back in- haven't seen many fish caught-- but a few though- we had one small Mako that came off from a kelp- saw lots of kelps but not much with them- on a search for the birds never found any of them that were grouping up.

a shot at the tails early this morning-- some even only a few miles out on trashcan lid size kelps-

Wind came up mid day and became stiff through the course of the day- west by northwest- sloppy heading back into it- Dropped the surface water temps a couple of degrees--



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How you doin' any Bluefin?-- they were around earlier but it's quieted down now -- --big ass bluefin we were at the 9 upper end-- saw a couple bird school-- got bit off on a Colt Sniper-- Big Ass Bluefin-- !!

JD – some nice yellows aboard the Mai Tai off the beach south of Dana yesterday. This was after that pesky marlin ate one of our sardines and took off! Hugh




And Vick scores again with a 57lb White Sea Bass- on a plastic lure---








--------------- The Week Before ---------------

Overcast for most of the day wind fair from the southwest again- seas better than yesterday- about a 100 boats up towards the 150 area- fishing fair-- you had to be lucky and work for them-



15 year old Jack Lander with a Kicker 25 lite - Sweet!



Working a monster sized kelp inside the 14- yellowtail- good sizes one too!

Loggerhead turtles are around-- whale watchers are seeing em'




A call come in from Marty Firestein and son Mitchell-aboard the "A Reel Dream" having landed a pair of Bluefin Tunas today-- they were out between the 181 and the 182, working the high spots when seeing breaking fish, ran over to em' an got clobbered-- Double hook up on jigs- --one on an Hawaiian JT jig and the other on a Red and Black Feather-- right after the bottom of the 10am tide landing them an hour afterwards on 50 lb tackle- est weights 130 and 100 lbs!! His son estimated the weights at 101 and 131, Actual weights-- 107 lbs and 133 lbs-- not bad for a guess! Weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club this afternoon-

photos courtesy of the BAC

That'll get the blood boiling !!

JD, Sorry I didn’t get this off to you earlier, but real life spoils my fishing life. Looks like you got the pics from BAC. Here is one taken on the boat. Could not lift it up so had to drag in the door. Talk to you soon, Marty






And a late afternoon reports of a marlin being hooked-- Kelp Paddy 4 off Dana--- it looked good--- tossing straight 20lb w/ sardine Hugh F. has a marlin eat the bait, makes a jump and breaks off-- stand by-










For the Eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude:

TROPICAL STORM ANDRES DISCUSSION NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP012015 900 AM MDT THU MAY 28 2015 Deep convection associated with the tropical cyclone has continued to expand this morning with a large area of cloud top temperatures colder than -70 degrees Celsius. The convection has also become better organized with an increase in banding and a developing central dense overcast. Dvorak data T-numbers from both SAB and TAFB were T2.5, which support upgrading the depression to a 35-kt tropical storm. The initial motion estimate is 295/12. Andres is located to the south and southwest of a mid-level ridge that extends from south-central Mexico west-southwestward over the eastern Pacific. This ridge is expected to be the main steering influence during the next several days, and should cause Andres to move west-northwestward to northwestward. After 48 hours, track guidance spread increases, with the GFDL, HWRF, and ECMWF models taking Andres on a more northerly track, while the GFS and GFS ensemble maintain a northwesterly motion.

The NHC track forecast remains near the multi-model consensus for now. Warm water and low shear during the next 2-3 days should allow for steady strengthening. In fact, the SHIPS RI index indicates a 60% chance of at least a 30-kt increase during the next 24 hours. The updated NHC forecast calls for a faster rate of intensification over the next 36 h than the previous one. In 2 to 3 days, the cyclone will be approaching slightly cooler waters which should induce weakening by the end of the forecast period. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 28/1500Z 11.6N 111.3W 35 KT 40 MPH 12H 29/0000Z 12.3N 112.4W 45 KT 50 MPH 24H 29/1200Z 13.0N 113.3W 60 KT 70 MPH 36H 30/0000Z 13.8N 114.0W 70 KT 80 MPH 48H 30/1200Z 14.8N 114.6W 80 KT 90 MPH 72H 31/1200Z 16.7N 115.6W 80 KT 90 MPH 96H 01/1200Z 18.0N 117.0W 65 KT 75 MPH 120H 02/1200Z 19.0N 118.0W 50 KT 60 MPH



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

Gray skies, wind light from the west 5- + kt, slight wind chop on the waters seas calm/ building in the chop.

They say there's Bluefin out on the 209 at graylight yesterday morning- breaking schools of fish from 18- 25 lbs- no reason to doubt that, there's a reasonable temp break there with small baits and sauries around , one would think up towards the HB oil rigs / just south of them to the Avalon Bank would harbor something soon.


Fish on!--------- then silence - sounded like he got busy- 9:44am,, tide had just turned

10:07 you get him on board yet?----- ok go get em'

And for those traveling south of the order, tails on the kelps and Yellowfin's in the lower 500 fathom below Ensenada, 75/ 80 out of SD. they said it was and afternoon bite. Diurnal migrations of the baitfish and plankton brought them up and maybe a favorable afternoon wind chop on the water would breaks up the surface and they feels less inhabited about being on top.

30 lber on board, we were all alone by ourselves, outside the fleet, slow trolled around and got smacked- ! 10:18am

check all those paddies, we were about 5 inside the rigs and there were about five of them there, check the paddies! 10:19am

another boat outside the 150 - had fish too- several - and lost several-

Boat that was on th 14 with the yellows, what were the other numbers-- 33:26----- 11::07am

Must have been a time of day deal- sun cleared off the overcast and the bite seemed to quiet down- wind from the west most of the day not bad here in Newport but a little lumpy and mixed sea up towards the Oil Rigs and offshore-

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


From the AM radio talk show this AM - Bluefin tunas were taken above the border by a 3/4 day boat out of SD out towards the lower Ridge and the border's elbow- the weather looks better for the next few days -you should be able to get a shot at them- Yellowtails still present themselves, kelps may have some- not sure if they're hungry just yet and any two or three birds coming together give the possibility of bigger fish below- good luck this weekend- JD


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

Cloud cover with spots or warming sun coming through holes, wind fair from the west/ southwest 12 + knts seas light to med chop mixed swell.

Off to Catalina this morning were boats of all sizes headed to the island for the holiday weekend- and WON's fishing tournament is also going on-

Tides were starting to flatten out- and the wind switch more to come out of the west making the crossing to catalina a little more bumpy-

Sloppy in the afternoon hours as that sea and wind built up - several boats turned around , not much said on the radio other than seeing quite a bit of sealift coming back from the island- birds pecking, doiphins- a whale or two .

Weather feels more like late October than almost June


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---------------------------- Thursday's reports -------------------

Now AvailableThe 60 Fathom Rockfish Conservation Area Waypoints and Navigation Charts are now available on the SAC website. This includes the Channel Islands, Santa Catalina, San Clemente Island, and the coast from Point Conception to the MexicanBorder. The charts and waypoints have been created in a format that can be printed on standard letter size paper. The information is posted on the SAC web site at WWW.CaliforniaSportfishing.Org under the US/MEX Fishing Regs pull down menu and then referring to the California Marine Protected Area Section or by clicking directly to the link (Click HERE). We recommend printing the area you will fish in and laminate it for aboard the boat. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Marine Protected Areas are NOT printed on the charts. Make sure to refer to the MPA booklet issued by the State of CA or refer to the CADFW websitefor the latest information on these areas.



Velella velella's over the past several weeks we're seeing more and more of these -wind sailors-- we'll see more-

In recent weeks, about a billion jellyfish-like"by-the-wind sailors","purple sailors" or Velella velella have washed up on Oregon and Washington State beaches four to six weeks ago, now they started showing up in California.

There is only one known species, Velella velella, They are usually deep blue in colour, but their most obvious feature is a small stiff sail that catches the wind and propels them over the surface of the sea. Under certain wind conditions, they may be stranded by the thousand on beaches, Velella velella are carnivorous. They catch their prey, generally plankton, by means of tentacles that hang down in the water and bear cnidocysts (also called nematocysts). Though the toxins in their nematocysts are effective against their prey, V. velella is essentially harmless to humans. . It is wise to avoid touching one's face or eyes after handling V. velella, and itching may develop on parts of the skin that have been exposed to V. velella nematocysts.

Velella velella lives in warm and temperate waters in all the world's oceans. Velella sails always align along the direction of the wind where the sail may act as an aerofoil so that the animals tend to sail downwind at a small angle to the wind. Having no means of locomotion other than its sail, V. velella is at the mercy of prevailing winds for moving around the seas, and are thereby also subject to mass-strandings on beaches throughout the world.

Whale watching boats report seeing the Mola Molas slurping them down by the dozens!-

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

Hard to believe that June is less than two weeks away- - high cloud cover, some sunshine, wind light seas calm

Those Yellowtail were still out towards the 150 area- watch for bird activity in the afternoon hours and make a long distance cast with a lighter weight surface jig , a darker color worked. it's a time of day deal, current, tide, sunlight-- partyboats spent much of the day just fishing sculpin with a shot at the tails as they came by or when they could get on them to them quickly.

You had to do some searching to find the small pockets of bait, ( tiny 1/2"- 3/4" bait fry) that were balled up tight to the island, calicos and log barracudas had em' corralled up - good fishing for them on the backside of the island.


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

Light broken cloud cover- blue marine skies behind it, wind light at 4-6 knts south, seas have a slight surface ruffle to it.

This coming weekend it looks as though San Clemente Islands / Pyramid Cove will be open for anchorage/ fishing for Thurs ( 21st), Friday ( 22nd) , Sat( 23) and Sunday-(24) Good Luck- JD

It's apparent over the past several weeks that the weather has cooled off, some wind and rain fronts have come through from the northwest, the Jet stream's made several dips and allowed these fronts to drop down- From the water temps images ( left was 8 days in April) from 45 to 85 degrees on the Right is this past 8 days . The marked differences I see is that finger of cooler water temps trying to make it's way sough off Point Conception near the shoreline, the bigger picture is that it's cool water body above it is retarding and to the south along the 22nd latitude all that warm water that stretches to the west that was there a month ago has now cooled off- The sea of Cortez it's warming fast.















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

A long weekend of fishing the 52 nd Lily Call tournament - - now the pick up begins- pick up the back room with all the pieces a gear and tackle rearranged for this past weekends bay tournament and the boat it too needs some attention and motor need to be checked over-again.


Fishing in a little, wet, overcrowded rowboat sure takes it out of you-- but rewarding, fishing with Tracy Decker of SWBA saltwater bass fame- Saturday morning she battled a 20 minute fight with a potential world record Corbina on 4 lb test line, the weight being 5.74 lbs which put her in First Place in the Corbina category, then Sunday morning another long fight with a 4.45 lb Spotfin Croaker which gave her 1st Place in that category. This year there were no qualifying Halibut caught and in the Bass category with only .21 of a pound separating 1st. and 3rd. places with largest bass at 2.19 lbs, Greg Taite was the angler. Sunburnt faces and worn out looks were brightened by a few drinks and lots of give-away's at the awards banquet. Thanks to all those who particapated and thanks to all those who donated towards the prizes and raffle give aways- JD

Yellowtails and a few White Sea Bass being taken up near the 150 spot-

Costa Rica Update from Foxi Lady- Just returned from our 1st Fad trip. Went out to the Cervesa Fad approximately 135 miles from the marina. In the Los Suenos area there are 4 main Fads anywhere from 75 miles out to the 135 mile mark. There are several other private Fads placed by some of the boats here with motherships. To the south towards Golifito there are 2 Fads about the same distance from Los Suenos. Historically the blue marlin bite starts in May about the same time as the raining season starts and trust me it has started. The last couple of years the bite started in March (who knows why ?) This year things seem to be starting slowly, but starting. My suspicion is it may have something to do with the El Nino condition which took place in California last year. We went 8/14 on the blues up to 300#. The interesting thing about the trip is that we only had 4 bites at the FAD which was holding alot of bait. All the rest of the bites came from floating logs and debris. Most all the other boats out this past week experienced the same kind of results. Lures were ok we had one good bait and switch fish, live baiting was unproductive, slow trolling bonito and small tuna skip baits was working for alot of the boats. Tight Lines

--------- Fridays Report ----------

Light rain, gray skies, wind light from the southwest 2- 4 knts- due to clear off this afternoon water temps 55 to 60 degrees , Strong running tide as it drains out this morning pushed by the rain runoff- Wind from the west 12- 15 knt clearing afternoon weather-- pushing 20 knts + by late afternoon

Spotfin Croaker may form small aggregations in depressions or holes near shore a “croaker hole” They range from Point Conception, California to the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico , a heavy bodied fish named for the distinct black spot at the base of the pectoral fin. Spotfin croaker can grow to be at least 27 inches (69 centimeters) and live to be 24 years old. During the summer spawning season, males may exhibit golden colored pectoral and pelvic fins and gold coloring on their backs. Spotfin croaker have pharyngeal tooth plates (modified gill arches with teeth) and feed on benthic invertebrates including clam siphons and small crustaceans. Spotfin croaker may be sexually segregated during the spring and summer months. A study reported male spotfin croaker utilizing primarily soft bottom, nearshore habitat while during the same seasonal period, females dominated the population inside a bay and estuary site. Spotfin croaker are serial spawners and new research estimates that small spotfin croaker (8-12 inches; 20-31 centimeters) may spawn approximately 35,000-641,000 eggs in one batch depending on the size of the female A limited tagging project conducted more than 50 years ago by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) found spotfin croaker moved extensively between Alamitos Bay and Newport Bay in southern California. spotfin croaker tagged in Los Angeles Harbor were recaptured as far south as Oceanside, California, a distance of 61 miles (98 kilometers) In addition, the most recent beach seine study found spotfin croaker are more abundant on lower incoming tides than at other times suggesting daily horizontal movements related to tidal flux.

----------- Good Luck this weekend--- JD

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

Broken cloud cover , sun and clouds with wind from the south 4- 10 knts, light chop on the water- sea's mixed. Made one- no two casts, missed the first bite, second cast resulted in a almost legal halibut- nice festive, good colored fish- released.

Bay water looks better with a cleaner green to it- finding no smelt with a couple handful of oatmeal, only that 1 inch fry stuff.

Local party boats filling thier passanger's bags via the sculpin catches-

Mid days low tide had dozens or more guys and gals out slurping, looking for the elusive ghost shrimps and innkeeper worms-- slurp-- slurp-- slurp-- gooey stinky mud-- fun playing in the dirt!

I think the bait making is half the fun ! The search for the "secret Innkeepers- the hours of wading though sloppy mud and sand, various types of holes explored, some contain shrimp, some are clams, others have oddball alien type worms and mostly just empty holes -- but alas- Eureka I have found one! or several Urechis -- Good Luck in the tournament JD

Interesting why it always seems to get warmer off Carlsbad, Oceanside La Jolla areathe first in the spring, the left images 55 to 65 degrees year 2005 and the right is this weeks image 2015


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Monday's morning light marine layer to burn away through the course of the day- pleasant- south eddy wind at 2- 4 kts, seas calm w/ slight wind ruffle -due to change this week-

A change in the East Pacific oceans water temps over the past several weeks caused from the recent storms, the Northern California to Central California offshore winds have upwelled cooler water. An marked difference from <----last year at this time vs this week 2015 ---->---

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Received this photo of a pair of White Sea Bass caught ( word has it- locally) - big fish! The word gets around quickly these days and the bite seemed to have shutoff the following day- that's fishing!

Hey JD, We love your fish reports and had to tell you about our 72lb and 6 0lb Toads caught on Cinco de Mayo 2015 by Jon Avery (left) and Cody Hubbard (right). Fish hard and best of luck this year fella's!! Capt. Jon Ke Kai Loa

We went though this many years ago- when the harpoon fishery was challenged in its sustainable take in the harpoon swordfish fishery, when the use of Drift Gill nets physically wiped off the face of this earth almost every living shark and fish between Los Angeles and San Diego-- it only took two or three years of un checked - under regulated and both over and under paid politicians before the damages were done. 25 years ago there was not a doubt in the crossing from Newport to Catalina when one didn't see half a dozen or more blue sharks lazily swimming on the sea, mako sharks, bonito sharks they were called then and leaping threshers splashed the water every day - every day!- - then the nets moved in and the fish became not there- swordfish harpoon boats countered with the use of spotter airplanes to aid them in their hunt to stay even witht he fallin price per pound. - going even further, boats would set nets at night and use spotter planes and stick harpoons all day- an double whammy- -- we're just lucky just to see a shark or a swordfish anymore-- the net are very destructive and should not be allowed to ever be used in waters off the coast of California and better yet include Mexico and Canada.

It's time to ask the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) to phase out drift gillnets! Click Here to show your support." Obviously, the language could be modified to your liking. Once the individual clicks on the link, it will take them to the petition where they can submit it directly to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for consideration. In addition to PFMC's inaction on phasing out gillnets, they're seriously considering an experimental longline fishery off the West Coast


and Jims out again with another client- chasing fat calicos




2015 Pacific Hurricane names this year--- Andres, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf, Pa


The sardine fishery will close early this year due to declining populations, looks like currently set to close July 1, so still a ways out, so just a heads up if you haven’t heard

Although directed commercial fishing will close, the Council will allow up to 7,000 tons of sardines to account for small amounts taken as incidental catch in other fisheries (such as mackerel), live bait harvest, Tribal harvest, and research. However, if the allocated amount of incidental harvest is reached, those other fisheries will also be shut down

Nice 43# yellowtail on the flat fall, 160 gr, Sardine color! , first drop!

Have a good weekend- JD

And a Email report from Peter B chssing more world records-- I spent the last weekend in South Florida to attend the annual IGFA World Record Achievement Awards banquet Saturday night. There were 150+ anglers from all over the world in attendance. Great group, very fun/interesting. I snuck out on Friday for a quick fishing trip in Stuart, FL stalking Florida Pompano with a fly rod. I managed to land this nice Pompano that qualifies for a new pending World Record(73!). The weather was perfect up until around 11:30 when things fell apart. Luckily I caught this one early. Stuart, FL has many awesome fishing options, I highly recommend the area.

Up-Date on the Great Marlin Race--

Hello All, IGFA will be releasing a "revised" announcement today regarding the winner of the 2014 MABT-IGMR. However, it looks like Team Andrea's Striped Marlin just nudged out (by 37 nm) Team Kea Kai's fish. Definitely a photo finish!! Congratulations to Nate Shill and all his sponsors. Congratulations also to Team Kea Kai and Team Hooked on finishing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Our sincere thanks to all MABT-IGMR satellite tag sponsors. With out your support, we would not be able to collect this important scientific data regarding these magnificent billfish. A complete written report will be provided to tag sponsors on all satellite tags deployed during the 2014 MABT-IGMR. This report should be available in about 60 days. In the interim, here are the pop-up locations for Team Andrea's and Team Kea Kai's tags: Team Andrea's Marlin (Fish 5) reported from 18° 55.450’N 132° 40.867’W Team Kea Kai's Marlin (Fish 6) reported from 16° 10.033’N 127° 9.733’W Go to the IGMR page on the IGFA website (www.igfa.org) to see the actual pop-up locations for both of these tags. The actual tracks will be posted in about 30 days. In the mean time, you can view the track for Team Hooked's marlin (Fish #2) which hugged the Baja coastline for much of its southerly migration. We're anxious to see if Marlin #5 and #6 follow a similar path.

We look forward to your participation in the 2015 MABT-IGMR as we continue our quest to help ensure the long-term survival of billfish worldwide. One tag has already been sponsored for this year's race. Please contact me at rkurz@hotmail.com or 949 495-7272 if your interested in participating. Until then tight lines. Best personal regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Representative - Southern California HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator and from Team Andrea- Wow-so incredible. Thank you Bob and everyone involved for bringing this great race to our Socal waters and giving us the chance to better understand these fish. Truly amazing. Thanks, Nate Shill

Jason  got one this morning first cast -- fishing with Decker-

were bit- as the afternoon rolls on-

then 3:31 good bluefin bite here on the 43!

Latest news on the Great Marlin Race- also see below-( yesterdays report on the race) -

Great news!!  Just got word that Team Andrea's tag, Marlin #5, just popped-up in the vicinity of Team Kea Kai's marlin.  More details to follow.  It looks like it may be a photo finish for the winner of the first ever Great Marlin Race for Striped Ma

By the way the track for Team Hooked's marlin is now posted on the IGFA website.  Check it out .  Click on the IGMR tab and the go to the 2014 MABT Race page.

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

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


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.

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---









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.


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.





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 

The reds were still biting but the surface water temps rolled over in this past wind event we had- water temps 56 and dirty gree

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 sea

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,

Full moon

any action on the 302-- or the 182--- no reply-

2 bluefin on a bird school reported-

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!


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--

And the Passing of a good freind to all Punky Langston

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


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!


Good luck this coming season!- JD


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Great Marlin Race--

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,

Bob Kurz
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,
Bob Kurz 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



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 rockyellow’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. Great adventure!!!!! Sleepy


 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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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
    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




------------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.






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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

-------------------- 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.


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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




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-




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-



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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

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


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

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

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