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Lat 33.36:23 / Log 117.53:53

Synopsis HIGH PRES WILL BUILD OVER OFFSHORE WATERS THROUGH THU. SWELL FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE MARIE WILL BEGIN TO ARRIVE TODAY AND BUILD THROUGH WED THEN PERSIST THROUGH FRI. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS WILL BE POSSIBLE SOUTH OF POINT CONCEPTION WED.

  • Today Winds variable 10 kt or less...becoming W 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. S swell 6 to 8 ft at 17 seconds..
  • Wed Winds variable 10 kt or less...becoming W 10 to 15 kt afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft . S swell 6 to 8 ft at 15 seconds.
  • Thu Winds variable 10 kt or less...W 10 to 15 kt afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. S swell 5 to 7 ft at 13 seconds.
  • Fri W winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. S swell 2 to 4 ft. Patchy dense fog with vsby 1 nm or less.
  • Sat W winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. SW swell 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog.

 

 

 

 

 

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I didn't expect him to come up on the radio----- currently I'm southeast of the 14 fighting a dorado--- on 8 lb test line--- been on him for about an hour now--- great-- I'll let you go back to work- 10:05am

clear skies foretold of the westerly this morning- steady at 12-14 kts - Calif braces for the waves- reported Santo Tomas at 25 ft--

Tuna fishing --- the 302 was on fire-- the guy says-- as was 32/ 45

we're on our way back in--- fished between the 226 and the cornor-- we've got limits--

E-Mail report from an old acquaintance, Hi JD-- it's been a while- Went out with my brother in law and nephew on Saturday out of Mission Bay in his 15 foot Whaler. Weather let us get to just shy of the 182 and caught 3 nice Yellowfin. Came back to the 9 and put the marlin jigs out. Blind strike and my nephew gets his first marlin. Epic trip. Love your reports. Jim Sieminski

Scattered dorado catches mid channel - shipping lanes--

tuna at 32.34/ 117. 35

Close to four hours, took it down and fought dirty-- finally worked him up from the deep--- we traveled uphill almost 7 miles then back towards where I 'd first hooked him a couple of miles-- a kelp paddy fish--I first I thought it might be a yellowtail - made a drift near the paddy -- got picked up and the line started screaming off the reel- up jumps this dorado-- big fish--- 4 hr and it looked close to forty lbs., saw it as it came up and swam close to the boat-- hooked in the corner of the mouth- dove down and circled under the boat-- line got caught on the rudder post and it parted--- long battle-- it would have been a club record on 8lb test lines for the BAC--- Big dorado- disappointment in Vick's voice as he told the tale--

There was a little spot of blue water just south of the 267 is where we found them Yellowfin

Anyone near--west of the 302 1.7 west of the high spot-- --- 32: 26. 50 / 117:37.99 throw anything in the water and your bit-- Yellowfin-- anybody want these fish--

We had a good tuna bite-- sat there for about 4 hours now our backs are sore!-( south of the 267) --

wind from the west all day- some white capping- backing off towards sunset--

Bait supplies will be effected by these swells and surging coastal water conditions-- hard to get bait for the next three or four days--

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The Labor Day Holiday weekend is coming up- - boats will be headed over to Catalina early to secure a morning- and surging swells from Maria will test the dock lines--

San Clemete Island will be "Hot" till Thursday 6 pm the open Friday, Sat, Sunday and Monday becomes hot agains on Tuesday the 2nd of Sept

E-Mail---- Hi JD--- Fun times on the West End of Cat. over the weekend . Nice feeder show for us on Sunday. Buddy Geoff Heldorn got his second fish in two days on different boats! Fish ate a dropback. Jeff,Black Fin

Tuna fishing continued near the 302 both north and south of it--

Boats fishing the 209 and towards the 181 said it had greend up a bit and didnt find any fish there yet- the kelps were empty-

The Vintage was up on the west end of Cat working the backside's 100 fathom curve, one tailer so far-- not much life seen 2:00

The Honeys Fishing Video #2 on marlin released this past Sat--

 

Right after the Labor Day Weekend will be the Masters-

 

 

 

 

 

This year our event will be part of IGFA’s Great Marlin Race where satellite tags will be deployed to track the marlin migration for up to 180 days.  This is the first time ever in our waters and will benefit everyone! 

The Balboa Angling Club has put together a fundraising website to help raise the money to buy these tags  www.crowdrise.com/2014MABT .  Any donation is appreciated whether it’s a few bucks or a lot and can be applied to a single boat team or club.  - Call up your friends, your business partner or clients as for their support- thanks JDAmy Elliott Club Secretary- Balboa Angling Club 949.673.6316

Ideally the Club would like to firm-up the number of tags we'll need by September 1st  We will be distributing the satellite tags, tagging sticks, deployment instructions, etc. one hour before a the Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, September 10th. please have your club's tagging team represented there.

San Clemete Island will be "Hot" the week of Sept 8-12( including Friday) but will open up on Sat and Sunday

 

 

Stan Miller Yachts Presents 12the Annual CABO/HATTERAS/VIKING CHALLANGE Aug 22~24 had 5 marlin released and dozens and dozens of tuna, yellowtail and dorado caught-- good gatherring and good fun for all-

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HURRICANE MARIE IS CENTERED NEAR 17.9N 114.8W AT 25/1500 UTC MOVING WNW OR 305 DEG AT 11 KT. ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 932 MB. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 125 KT WITH GUSTS TO 150 KT. MARIE CONTINUES TO HAVE A WELL-DEFINED EYE BUT IS SHOWING SOME NORTHERLY SHEAR LIMITING THE EXTENT OF CONVECTION ON THE NORTHERN SIDE. SEAS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE AS HIGH AS 45 FT WITHIN 75 NM IN THE NE QUADRANT OF MARIE AND LARGE AND DANGEROUS WAVES WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT PORTIONS OF SW MEXICO W OF 100W SPREADING NORTHWARD ALONG THE COAST INCLUDING THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA AND INTO THE SOUTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA. SWELLS FROM MARIE ARE ALSO FORECAST TO REACH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TUE BUILDING THROUGH WED WITH DANGEROUS SURF...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING...AND BEACH EROSION LIKELY. SEE LATEST NHC FORECAST/ADVISORY UNDER AWIPS/WMO HEADERS MIATCMEP3/WTPZ23 KNHC FOR MORE DETAILS.

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Joe Houck Passing and services--- Hey Pesky's and other Fishheads For those of you who want to participate ; Plan on being at the harbor entrance to meet the flotilla at 10:00 am Saturday August 30th to spread Grrr's ashes at sea. Those interested and need a ride please email me an I'll find out what boats are planning to attend Pictures Needed to put something together prior to the event.  Please email them to me to help create a digital memory for the family also if anybody has the yearbook page that had the "Houck Isims" (Joe's classic distinctive narrations) please scan a copy and send to me Thanks Matt Earl twofinner@me.com 818 601-1351

and dont forget the Zany Pesky's

We hope the offseason was good to you all.  The marlin are starting to show so it's time tRock & Roll.This year theme is "Looking for Elvis"  so get your entry forms in early and start growing your pompadours & sideburns. Get your crew start planning on how to make your boat rock. uh-huh!

25th Annual Los Pescadores Mahlin Derby
L . P . N . T . A . I . N . S . L . T . B . D.
(Los Pescadores Next To Avalon Invitational Not So Light Tackle Billfish Derby) September 19th & 20th 2014
Official Entry

We’ve Got a REALLY BIG SHOW planned for our 25th anniversary. Please join us in “LOOKING FOR ELVIS”.

 

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The 43nd Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament will be held this year from Sept. 13th to 17th.  A kick-off cocktail and casual dinner party will take place at the Channel Islands Yacht Club on Fri., Sept. 12 at 6:00pm.

Channel Islands Billfish Tournament is the oldest billfish tournament on the west coast.  Not known as a "big bucks" event, the tournament prides itself on providing a fun atmosphere for anglers while catching fish.  The winners are awarded prizes and trophies for their efforts.For more information check our website at CIBillfish.org or call Troy Otts at 805-300-0453 or Charlie Farrell at 805-256-4227

E-Mail from Jerry - Afternoon JD ,Here is a bit of history on the tournament. The founders were Ted Naftzger, Bud Smith, Al Carlton and myself in 1972. It was a great event and 90% of the fishing was within 5 NM of Santa Barbara Island! Regards, Jerry

In their first tournament --over 300 broadbill were seen, over 75 fish baited, aprozx 50 were hooked and 16 broadbill landed the largest 454 1/2 lbs--by Don Hubbert!

 

 

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Still the big swell on the beach due for more as Maria approaches, as will tropical conditions for the next week-- Ground swell not noticable while offshore- mid channel it's 72.5 degrees New Moon earthquake--

Any reports for the 182-- 181-- we're out here on the 43 had 4 hookup's but only landed one 9:33am

We've 6 YF 4 miles inside the 209--the yellowfin we all jumping around the boat-- we've two on troll on a small jet head

Just got a blind strike off a dodo- just below the 14 towards the 267-- 10:25am

Upwelled nutrient rich water mid channel turning green and warm with plankton life immerging- water rolled green up near the Long Beach waters--

Just released a drop back fish-it came up on the dasiy squid chain releasing that fish we had another one that came in on the wiskey line-11:09am-

We stayed inside the 43 towards the 181/ 182 with multipal jig stirikes, hook up all you wanted--

Wind freshing up

look for the hammerheads-- we found one and it went wide open 32:41/ 117:55-- went nuts on the birds-- 1:12pm

35/50 hand off on tuna

1:50 Hooked up to a swordfish-- El Patron-- Cabo-- fishing the Cabo Hatteras Viking Challenge-- on the right type of tackle too- stand by---- must have lost him-- came into the harbor without a S/W flag flying

Fishing slower today so far on the 14, 209greened up a bit--

Hey JD-- a call in from the club after weighing in a 40 lb Bull Dorado-- What a battle it must have been-- three guys in a 14 ft skiff, a 25 hp engine, extra Jerry jugs for needed fuel and a bunch of rods, gaffs and the rest of the stuff we all bring along not enough room for the fish!

These kids caught this 40# Dodo on the numbers off your site thanks

Told the wife I'd fill up the boat- she didn't realize I meant bait not fuel-- had to use it up-- ran out after one pm, had a double on some really nice dorado's just east of the 14 ---cedar plug and a mini jet head-- double on the jigs - I looke back and they were fighing on the jigs- hadn't had jig strike like that in a long time- regular cabo dorado strikes.

2 anglers 17 yellowfin 1 yellowtail- Bongos III 3/4 offshore report-

E- Mail-- Hi JD, Good fishing this weekend all up west between the 125 and the 172. We found a sleeper and got him to go. He was a big wild fish. Jumping around in circles, at the boat around the boat he was a tough fish. Thank god Randy and I had Aaron on the boat! He leadered his first marlin and got his 1st swivel tattoo! Great day on the water. Offshore, Jeff

 

Afternoon hours as the fleet comes back into the harbor-- fish being weighed at the local angling club- flags a' flying on released marlin or yellowtail, dorado or tuna caught-- fun afternoon- fun weekend-- Blue Chip and the Black Fin flying release flags-- Congrats-JD-

 

 

 

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The green ones moved in-- they're stupin outside Dana this morning-- we're 4 outside and found a bit of grass- must be 50 Dorado under it--- and all nice sized quailty fish---! 9:15am

Wonderfull weather- Best all year-- enjoy it--

E-Mail-- JD-- I thought you would enjoy some pic's of the Dorado we caught Wednesday. Great day fo fishing with GOOD friends. Take care, Gary--

 

 

 

 

 

and Mark C's Dorado caught this past Thursday using antique fishing tackle- Congrats- JD

 

32.46 and 117.42 we've eleven on board-- 9:29am

The Stan Miller's Cabo, Hatteras, Viking 2014 Challenge is going on today- Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, White Sea Bass and Broadbill Swordfish are all on the wish list-- fishing today and tomorrow with weight slips in by 5:30 on Sunday-

West End of Catalina going off again with feeders up on the mornings tide- the Honey release one fish- and another fish being fought now-- 10:50am

32:29/ 117:49 absolutely crazy fishing-- maybe 25/ 30 lb fish --bigger as they stayed with the boat longer--- Were they on birds, kelps-- we found em with the sonar mark or hammerheads--sonar mark or the up and down-- do a circle, toss a few baits out - other's west of us n/w 33/51 were into these better grade fish and definitely not as much boat pressure-- we've 40 or 50 fish so far-- were done for the day--

25 30 just outside the 182 loaded with fin- -

Marlin reports stretchy- but the western end of Catalina seemed to have the bites-- either everybody's been too busy to talk on the radios or reception off but not much on the radio today- little bit more wind up today-- and skies clearer- if I heard Stan correctly saying heading home the numbers were 33.7 and 23.7 which puts him near the 270 mid channel between the west end and Pt Ferman-

33.20/ 117.54-- Bluefin and Yellowfin-- off Dana Pt- between the 279/ and 14 outside a bit--- 4:15pm

Second stop we were out of bait-- it was carnage------ Bongos III 3/4 day trip offshore-- 5 anglers 43 Yellowfin, 1 Yellowtail, One Dorado and two skipjacks--

How's fishing--- anyone outside of Dana fishing---- 33:21 117:53 five mile square area of fish , Dorado, tuna --lots of little patties out here!! Get out here!!

With the storm surge this past week --- it's broken looks lots of kelp from the offshore island-- we'll have drifting kelps for another month-- stand by--

Osborn had a pretty good bite going-- windy -- started there this morning with 3 of us--- all three of us hooked fish--Reel Time had a double going--C-G had a fish and I think another one or two fish more - by the time we left there were 8 or 9 boats there--

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Several good boats up for sale-- if your interested give em a call tell em" JD's sent you and if you buy the boat I'll throw in a free rod and reel and lure to troll with!-- JD

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2000 36' Riviera Sportfisher

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      Rigged to fish with Custom "WEST COAST" Rails, Cockpit and Bow Bait Tanks, Outriggers, LONG RANGE FUEL and more Give Tony an E- mail Anthony.Sabatino@securitasinc.com

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Hawk is for sale

  It is a 1985/2005 29’ Crystaliner w/ Cummins Diesels. -Sale price is $80k. My contact # is 858-354-9904

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Updated Electronics & super clean, Call Curt at Stan Miller Yachts, Newport Beach, (949) 675-3467

 

E-Mail-- JD,-- Thanks for servicing our reels a couple weeks back, thought I woulds send some photos of some GT's myself and son landed in Tavarua Fiji last week. The Orcas lures were crushing them, we had one day they were eating them 3 feet from the boat floating like a bobber. Thanks, Jeff P

They say its hours of boredom broken by seconds of insanity--- after a full day of looking - working the local banks, shipping lanes and covering all the bases--- Vick heads back into Newport-- tacking in towards the beach to work up the line along that 1,000 1,500 ft contoured shelf from Dana to Newport - - just about to bring in the jigs for it's been a long day-- he gets a double-- two marlin hooked up at once and he's by himself--- the 30 lb tackle sings out and the 16 lb tackle just screams- --- before he can get things settled down the 30 lb fish falls off, then the 16 lb tackle having gotten out with too much line it pops- left with the quiet aftermath- time to re-rig again - 4:20pm-

 

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California Style gets into large school of dorado and yellowtail 6 miles off west end of Catalina. Skipper GJ Socco and Burl Gregory slashed them for 2 hours, what a great afternoon.
Burl

Whale ho--- lots of em mid-channel-

Called Vick earlier this afternoon asking him how his travels had gone-- off towards Catalina, the east end and shipping lanes-- not much for him that tongue of cool water had shut the bite off-- just coming back inside the 14-- water warmed up a bit and looked better-- five minutes later--- JD--I'm wired--- 4:14pm ---- One hour two minutes later--- success tagged and released--- brought to the boat " leadered" earlier but the tagging took extra time and effort-- by himself , he had to keep the boat going the right direction , get the other jigs in, leader the fish and get a tag in it-- Jig Fish- Petrolero color, 30lb tackle, just inside the 14's bank by 2 miles 72.9 degrees est 12 5lb fish -tough fish---

 

 

 

JD- you for all your help and information. I will be visiting your site and purchasing from your store from now on. Here is a pic of our Friday catch. .I think I might be hooked on offshore fishing.Respectfully

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we got the marlin on --------there's a swordish here at my 3 O'clock--Im at 18.2 / 12.9 1:15pm

Swordfish shunk out ---we ran over to where it was -- a marlin popped up---- them the swordfish popped up agains - but we've already made the cast to the marlin-!--

Dustin Elm caught a marlin today in pretty sporty conditions aboard the Rastafish. It was a jig fish on the 172 petrolero

Fishing a little slow- try fishing the flats for the flats--- got his limit today-- 29/34 lbs on 6lb test line and a 34.01 lb fish on 12 lb test line- while the rest of us were burning fuel--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi JD,We just got a double on jigs and caught them both! Aaron and Matt are the anglers. We are just off the West end. What a great day! Jeff W. Offshore 5:47pm

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<---Photo on the left tells it all! They're here and in increasing num

Do Blue marlin come up here?---- I just saw one of your kind- a big marlin made several jumps but he must be a Blue ---must have weighed 400 manbe 500 lbs , he wasnt my kind ( swordfish) and he wasnt a striper -- Im about 5 or 6 below you 33:13 / 118:10 OK thanks we're headed your way- it's 71.2 here off the Slide. 10:42am

There's one of your kind, Striper up behind you- his up tailing 10:45am


 

 

 

 




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

 

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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--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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!
Kathy

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

 

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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. 


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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

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

33 pounds at whites caught off latitude by Tim Johnson.  Best. Rob. BACCO

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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LONG-TERM AVERAGES FOR THE NUMBER OF NAMED STORMS ARE 15,, 8- HURRICANES, AND 4 MAJOR HURRICANES ,

THE LIST OF NAMES FOR 2014 IS AS FOLLOWS:---NAME PRONUNCIATION /NAME PRONUNCIATION

---- AMANDA UH-MAN-DUH, MARIE MUH-REE, BORIS BOR-EES, NORBERT NOR-BERT, CRISTINA KRIS-TEE-NUH, ODILE OH-DEAL, DOUGLAS DUG-LUSS, POLO POH-LOH, ELIDA ELL-EE-DAH, RACHEL RAY-CHULL, FAUSTO FOW-STO, SIMON SY-MUHN, GENEVIEVE JEH-NUH-VEEV, TRUDY TROO-DEE , HERNAN HER-NAHN, VANCE VANSS ISELLE EE-SELL, WINNIE WIN-EE, JULIO HOO-LEE-O, XAVIER ZAY-VEE-UR, KARINA KUR-REE-NUH , YOLANDA YO-LAHN-DA, LOWELL LO-UHL, ZEKE ZEEK

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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,
The IGFA
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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Strong currents run deep – better sharpen you hooks!  JD

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

Good luck this seson- JD

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Those pleasant trips below the harbor - enjoying the scenery and good fishing with your children, wife or friends are no longer permitted due to some idiotic woman and the Laguna Beach city council--  shame on them- Hope they all get voted off their positions,

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Mexico's--- Subject: Temp import permit

 And for those entering into Mexico for a intended trip a E- Mail forwarded to me for the Temporary Import Permit---  From: Victor Barreda Jr.. [mailto:agebarr@prodigy.net.mx] -( he's a good contact in Cabo/ San Jose- JD )

https://www.banjercito.com.mx/iitv/sitio/html/cte_h_iitvembarcacion_ing_2.php?pago=S It takes about week or better

 

 

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http://sat.gob.mx/aduanas/vehiculos/importacion_temporal/Paginas/embarcaciones.aspx

 

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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