----------July 1st --------------------------------------
El Nino's coming!------ El Ninos coming!-- weird weather-- stand by --
The bigger model Bluefins were down off Oceanside-- we just hung one-- spooled us- finally it broke us off. 11:30am
The tuna fleet seemed to gather closer to the shore from Dana south to Oceanside and the 9 mile bank- boats that had made the run outside - 43 ridge also report seeing puddling tunas and some bird life-
good radio reception- radio air wave reflection off the overcast cloud cover-
Tide just changed -- a bit of sunshine on the water and a light westerly began to blow- metered bait began to come together and more sealife activity, secret radio chatter increased- 11:45am
E-Mail today from Decker-- Hi got Rod Neighbors and his two boys Trevor and Kellen out today ----good yellowtail on kelps
Any reports from the Coronado islands--- lots of sea lions!
Afternoons slack tide aproaching- harpoon stick boats out looking- tuna seiners on the prowl-
Halcos and a natural ceader plug-- the yellowfin started to bite-
Took the morning hours out in my skiff- made the run down below the harbor to the kelp beds , looking for a little larger mackerels, found em' a string of four and also soon found one of the bait rigs hooks embedded deep in the second finger, the other string of dangling hooks wrapped around the mackerels tail, being careful in trying to deal with a tail flapping mackerel with one hook in you finger is bad enough- two -would be very trying- sure enough - yipes the second finger gets one. Hooks in fingers is one of the penatlyies we pay in this game, line clippers are always welcome . After a little self-serving composure, two quick yanks free's the hooks and a painful hand steers the boat out to the 1,000 ft depth and dolphins, shear waters and spots of bait up. One of the surviving smackers is quickly nose hooked and let back for an hours worth of slow rowing between sitting birds and a finbacked whale. tossed on a few scraps of kelp and ran into the shore to fish the calicos- they were hungry even caught two at once - fun fishing. Good luck this weekend if you get out JD
E-Mail -- Hi JD -We caught 5 yellows yesterday and saw 2 whales, a really big Mako at least 5,000 tuna. Duke's was biggest at 40 lbs followed by Jackson's at about 38 lbs. We got 3 of them about 4 mi north of the 279 and two about 7 mi off San O. Dodged the lighting on our way home. Cheers!!
Hi got Rod Neighbors and his two boys Trevor and kellen out today good yellowtail on kelps
30-32 yellowtail and 22 bluefin for the day-- I think SD or Oceanside boat
How's fishing on the 150- we've been at Catalina for most of the day- picked at the 8- 10 lb tails anything going on were on our way home thought we've swing by-- -- got on fish 36 lb - thanks there some slugs there.
Afternoon hours - most of the fleet had dwindeled down - yet radio actitive came up towards the 6 pm hour of fish showing 1/2 miler from where they were yesterday at this time-- Full Moon aproching ,
An area of low pressure is expected to form well to the east- southeast of the Hawaiian Islands by the weekend. Upper-level winds are forecast to become conducive for gradual development early next week while the system moves slowly to the west or west-northwest. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent
------------------ Tuesdays Reports ----------------
The humidly reduced to fog along the coastline -at 2-4 miles it cleared off and good viability. calm seas
8- 10 off Oceanside the Tuna bite- Bluefins and up the line towards the 267 off Dana a spot or two of tuna showed it's backs-
Paul had one one for 45 minutes before it broke off in deep color- 4 shy of the 267
After getting his 23 ft skiff out of the yard for a quick repair- Greg makes it to the harbors entrance and a quick load sardines and out the the sea - returning as dusk- having lost two big yellowtails, I thing a little bigger than he expected and had a ball of bait being hounded by "could they be tuna, not dolphins?" and busting off one real quick, then couldn't get a bite-- came home
coming up on a foamer let you know how we do-- and a bunch of dolphins too- 10:54am
we lost em- come on in--
running a gunning picked up about 9 tails
took us 45 minutes to land this bluefin-- first one of the year-- you right next to us,, off your stern- 30 lb f/ c w/ a c hook 11:32
The oceans boiling with tuna - there're everwhere and not bite anywhere- at least
we had a double going the first one we lost- the other guy's line from that other boat crossed ours -
BAC member Terry Kaser with his BFT caught yesterday slow trolling a sardine around a local kelp.
tides turns around 2:30 this afternoon -- see if Stan and Kathy can hook a marlin !
Boats made a turn and made for harbor-- lightning strikes !! 3:12pm Wind picked up from the south a fresh 12- building 15+ skes darkened
maybe tomorrow-- I saw Vick get his two bites but that's as far as I got to them-
JD ---Went back down off Dana today. Saw some tuna, birds, and found a few yellowtail. Sunny, blue and wonderful.... Then rain, lightning, thunder and wind. Fun day.
Towards the later aftrnoon that squall went through and seas again flattened out with a soft 5- 7 knt south wind-
- A check with the San Clemente Island Security shows the following
NOTICE: - Friday 03 July the SHOBA (including Safety Zones C and D) will be active with hazardous operations from 13:15-21:45 (local). - Saturday 04 July the SHOBA (including Safety Zones C and D) will be active with hazardous operations from 13:15-21:45 (local). - Sunday 05 July: No Hazardous Ops are planned. Information on the safety zone can by clicking on the Safety Zone Procedures link on this website. Please continue to check the website for any changes to the schedule/Safety Zones C and D for the 04 July weekend.
---------------------- Mondays Reports----------
-- one broke loose we got the other one, th water's really nice these are yellowtail and I really don't know where I'm at!- what are you trolling --you trolling cedar plugs-- - my son just got his first yellowtail he's really jazzed- 10:25am
Grunion run at the end of the week- something for the kids to see- if you can find a beach that's open after 10 pm-
scratchy reports coming up the line from below Dana- and off the beach a few miles--
these fish were breaking all around that whale that was up --- you know I saw---- i saw a whale -- possibly flapping his arms-- is that possible?--- yea that's a Humpbacked Whale- 11:02am
Report from Cabo where they just completed the Stars and Stripes tournament-- a combinations of many charity causes under the Stars and Stripes - close to 41 boats fished- 181 Marlin released with and est 500lb Blue in the mix, Tuna at 175 and 187 lbs, dorado and a wahoo the event raised close to $ 2,852,000 dollars towards their causes- great support!-
Tuna up 11:015 right behind you--
E-Mail this morning-- from the weekend- Hi JD Chris from Fish Me. Wow what a day at the end we hooked 5 and landed 2. Headed back out tomorrow Domes 3 of the beach--- took 14 days of chasing these guys
14 all the way down to here- ten miles of completely dead water-- yea there was activity here for about a 45 minute time frame then it went down- thanks for getting us into them-
7 off the point of Dana there was a good showing around 11 am -- then went down
16/ 36 terns up flying aronund - stuff starting to get active- 2:59pm
greasy slick conditiond a few puddeling tunas in the gyros-- got a whole lot of birds up--3:47pm -- this is the most action I've seen for most of the day-
Couple of the local kids-- part of the junior lifeguards program came in the shop talking of the strong current which had caused rip tides had carried a couple of kids further down the beach where their instructors got them back into the beach- strong downhill current ( filling moon) -- Vick on the Sleeper spend the day offshore fishing for the tunas and tails-- a fruitful day-- after 9 tails -- so far off one of the most beautiful kelp paddies he'd seen -- asked if he must have strong arms-- not now he says- from 15 to the last one at 30 lbs-mackerel and -sardines 8.2 190 degrees out of the harbor towards the 14- downhill current would put it south tomorrow several miles at dawn-
Hey JD-- thanks for info--- we're here off the point -- trolling the X raps - we've got two on board now-- that blue one- 5:40pm-
Stan says he was off Long Point carp fishing! no carp yet
Stan you on this size -- 2 miles s/e of the bank- ( A Bank) single jumper--- bonafied Striper about 6 times-- around 4 :30 pm. first I ve seen of the season-- I must have set him up I trolled over that spot eariler today---
----------the Weekends crazy reports --------
Yesterdays weird weather wind rain and current mixed things up- anchorage at Catalina a bit difficult not know which way your chore got twisted up u=in the changeling conditions- Calmer here on the beach- but by the 10 am mark it had started to blow again.
A phone call this morning-- asking if I knew if the Balboa Angling Club's Dorado First Fish Flag had been taken this year---- no, not that I knew of-- Good, Steve - owner of the Honny said Argy just got one-- hooked it at 7 this morning on a purple and black tuna feather --we were only about 7 out of Newport headed south maybe 6 off Laguna-- We were headed out looking for the Yellowfin tunas-- We chased them all day yesterday landed a 53 lb and a 45 lber , lost a big fish at deep color and and another two more bites on the squid and a mackerel bait- chased em to the inside of the 14 last night till dusk,, came back into Newport and headed back out again this morning--
anything happening at the 14-- negative on the 14-- it's 67. were alone out here were 267 same thing-- no one here-- 9:30an
Anyone out here on the 14 want some numbers for the Bluefin--- 12:40pm
windy day again as that afternoon westerly stayed steady since this morning-- makes for a good halibut drift- the tunas pushed in towards the beach below Dana with fish within three miles off the Coast Hwy off San Onofre still tough to get a bite from- but there were those who did stick it out and were rewarded. Building moon over the next few days should help in the bite-
--------------- Sat's Reports -------------
Coastal marine layer- - june gloon-wind from the west building up a steady west swell. sloppy for small boats
Radio active with reports- most catches seemed to be the scattered yellowfin - outer banks and south outside SD
- any action out there on the 14 lots of birds bait-- fish we hooked two but lost em both tuna surfacing real quick then back down-- 10:01am
Seeking the calm waters off Avalon, inside that wind and swell line boats were finding a few kelps holding the tails---
were out here between the181 and the 182 seem like it's getting better weather no white caps-- seeing a few yellow and a dorado
just got two 50's slobs- thier tails sticking out of the ice chest--- we went over a 400 ft long meter mark of the yellowfin-
We're getting beaten up pretty hard --- but it's worth it---- we've got a skipjack and a couple of bluefin--- only a few miles from home we're off the Domes -- what you get em on- bait or the lures-- Cedar plug and a Mexican flag- 1:20pm-
radio reports withered away as the day wore on- by 5 pm not many on the radio, the seas had let down but the overcast sky and a bit of big drop sprinkles kept the boating down-
------------------------ Fridays Reports -------------
23 and 35 the numbers leaked out--
21 and 34 a lot on bait-- jugged with yellowfin here--- absolutely jugged on the porpious 10:37am -- not hearing the complete nuumbers one could only guess- might be off San Onofree a couple of miles or outside the Coranado islands- stand by--
got a couple of handfuls of tuna- sonar mark- spun on it one 70 lb ers--
Long Beach Carnage has live squid out front of Avalon- Newport's receiver has some too-
that weather man said it'd pick up after 11 am-- - coastal weather did as that marine cover started to blow away
Anyone catching yellowtails at the 150---- one-- a 30lbers about 11 am --- any life, birds--puddling bait -- we're 2 miles west of the 150-- lots of life here
Saw some fish on the 14 earlier- moving fast, out here on the 277 it looks like a desert 1:03pm
heading east to west- good amount of 40- 50 YF big fish moving north- birds baits porpious-- 1:33pm
Boat working the porpious off the Domes-- you get one-- 2:12pm
two on the halcos and one on the green and black---- you just talked me into a jig stop--- thank you---- 2:36pm
you hang one - no -- they just came up between you and me--- just came up again- see if I can slow troll one up-
south outside the 277 some of the bigger models showed up- puddlers and then disapeared earlier in the day
Got a foamer up now-- 2:58 - you got that other radio on-- go over--- -- -- -- there's a tonnages of fish here-- some just came up behind me ant that stuff ahead of you-
yesterdays fish went 140 lbs -- I'm still sore!
The 9 Mile Bank had schools of the tuna - there was a good morning bite with the trolled cedar plugs and X-Raps
windy afternoon good luck this weekend-- JD
--------------- Thursday's Reports------
you sound close--- we're outside the 209 and below the 277--- found some small bluefin but they didnt want to bite-- looking for anything now--
Sportfisher on my starboard-- you guys loose that marlin?? 11:30
71.2 degree water is what I'm reading-
seeing em'-- we're just a couple miles below you--- can't get em to bite anything yet-
it's green ( water) but they're hungery-- must b a 30lb er yellowtail-- halfway between the 267/79 and the 145-- 33. 22 / 117.58
upper 9 mile bank looks fishy!
good offshore today got some YF and some yellows-- decent fishing for us-- SD boats--
Filling moon should bring on a White Sea Bass and a Bluefin tuna bite- the bigger females become more aggressive during its full moon phase. Stand By
Boats up on the 150 area milling around --not much reported yet- said same conditions as yesterday not much happened till around noon or 1 when things started to happen. 10:12am
Mixed sea conditions this morning a southeast wind at 6-9 knts and a short period west small swell,
fin whale 3/8 's of a mile out of Dana- 10:15am Green and blue water streaky water
Boat traveling down to the 302 and border corner looking for the tunas and tails-
No Hurricanes forecasted for at least another 5 days--
got 6 in the box -- full speed yellowtails six out of the harbor---- 11:55am--- 21 over 42 in looking at a chart it could be several places - bassed off the scratchy receptions I'd have to say Mission Bay - outside on the bird schools
45 over 20 Bluefins are crashing the baits in a five mile area--- you guy's having any luck? 12:30pm
did see a kelp about two miles back-- must have had 200 10lb yellows under it-- didn't want anything--
Bongos 111 calling in to the BAC-- you open to weigh in a fish---- Sure Joe his familiar voice recognized -- we're bringing in a est 100 lb Bluefin---see you at a quarter to 5 -- General area below the 209 to the 312 area and to the S/W from there-- 3:58 pm hooked around 8:30 this morning-- the heaviest tackle they had on boats a Tiara 30 2 speed loaded with braid line and 80lb F/C leader- the bait a foot and a half long mackerel the biggest he had and an 9/0 hook- came up on a foamer of breaking fish about 5 - 6 miles between the 277 and the 289 fathoms spots-- hadn't had the it in the water 30 seconds when-- I'm on! -- and the battle went on-- a team effort -all five of the anglers got to pull on it-- weighting in at the BAC Club at 126.7 lbs ! Bluefin's and there were lot s others in the school- they didn't have a fish storage box big enough for it!
E-Mail from the Foxi Lady Costa Rica-- pretty amazing fishing for them-- We are back at the Cerveza Fad 135 miles out to sea. Nobody here?? Too Bad for them!!! we raised 25 blue marlin had 21 bites catching 16. This is a record for for us, 16 in one day!!! Denise (the rod hog) catches 12. Alex Edwards gets 4. There will always be someone or boat to catch more and bigger but this was our day!! have 2 more days here before returning to marina. Pretty sure Riordan and Mcgrade will be the B team after this trip
--------------------- Tuesday's Reports ------------
45 feet really good meter marks, they're here-- 33:08 / 118.05 foamer- coming from Avalon- no bait but they're here !- 10:32pm
The fleet out on the 150 spot partyboats mixed with small boats of every kind- not much going on there so far--
9 1/2 knts keeping up with the dolphins the whale watchers reported-- fast travelers
Good water temp image
60- to 72 degrees
Tuna marks under the dolphins 117.59 / 33 . 13
Solid fish- I'd say 25 lbs
And a phone call this morning--- anomalously - reporting of releasing a Marlin Sunday mid day outside between the 312 and the 209 - 30lb test est 180 lbs with a live mackerel off a kelp paddy-- not wanting to boast about it--- Congrats-- JD'S
Mid-day's slack tides coming up-- should be ripe for swordfish -- stand by--
Sea Lions moving in -in packs around the 150 spot
8 off the Domes and got a bite on the blue and white feather-- straight out in front of the domes ( San Clemente) 2:09pm
20- 30lb bluefin on a Fin whale about a thousand of em'- between the 277 and the 267 dolphins-
There was no lack of it between the two banks-- tons of life- we got a few yellowtails and I swear we had a whole school of Bluefin swim underneath the boats following a whale -saw one big one tuna but most were 20- 30 lbers -you guys cast any jigs--- we tried a little of everything- lures , jigs sardines , the littlest hooks we could , the dolphins didn't want anything to do with us - took us a half hour just to get near them, then they'd vear away- , we found a kelp and drifted - got the yellows- had the tuna erupted 100 yards away- then move in within 75 yards but would not touch anything we had-- they were on those little small fry bait---
Afternoon E- Mail--- Got a few on the 150 today, sardine. Under the birds. Bite didn't get started until around 12:00. Preston
Spent the day yesterday fishing the kelps for only a few tails--- loaded up with the yellows at San Clemente Island , from Pyramid up the inside slow trolling the Rapala's every 5 or 10 minutes 5 to 25 lb fish- we picked up two at Catalina one almost 30 lbs but Clemente was pretty nice-
Just had a double a 5 1/2 knts --ate the cedar plug-- 6:01pm
------------------------------ Mondays Results-------
Light marine coastal clouds, wind fair from the south 8+ knts, light wind chop
the A Bank hnd the bird life-- nothng else yet--- 10:45am- and the 150 area had a yellowtail showing earlier- they were up for an 1/2 hour or better - were on the baits more than the jigs--
E-Mail-- Hey JD, Teaser here, had a Marlin eat a Halco on Sunday, just short of the 277. Had it on for about 5 minutes or so and it threw the hook on a headshaking jump back to the boat.....Had visions of a First Flag. Gonna be fun year......
JD just got back from a trip to see Pete Wishney in Costa Rico , caught 20 blue marlin , one sailfish , one striped marlin in 4 days worth of fishing at the FADS awesome trip !
Navy exercises have some of the radio jammed up -
Bird schools up- hooked three got one-- 3:05 -- this morning it was crazy ( yellowtails)
Yellowfin Tuna @ $2.00 a pound, x 116 tons (correction) of 40- 80 lb fish departed from the waters of the 14 Mile Bank to Catalina -
boats receive- $900.00 a ton
-------------- The weekends news- and more--------------
Morning hours has a light coastal marine layer- spots of light blue starting to show early- south wind, eddy effect 5-7 knts- light wind chop
Dad's and familys out in small and large boats today- good times!
We're just S/W of the 14 and had a full show, sauries sheeting-- the full show 9:24am-we trolled macks- slow trolled some plugs-- but didnt get em'-
the the boat next to us-- there's a paddy upswell from us--- just do a long soak-- we picked up one bluefin that way. Good Luck- thanks
731 lb mako shark weighed - I think in Dana
Cedar plug picking up YF off the Slide- 1:25pm
Not as many fish reports as the day wore on- bighter sunlight and a southwest wind and 8- 10 kts -- drifting with baits/ seemed to get a few bites on the tunas-
Happy Pops Day-
--------------------- Sat's Reports------------
Ahaaa--- the fish jargon on the vhf radio- to the causal shopper picking up a local tee shirt and overhearing the Sat's morning blues on the radio is left wondering "What the H'll going on ?"- by August when the yellowfin really move in it'll be insane-
That is a hump backed whale -- that is a hugh one--- 9:36
We'-- found the tuna --- they're boiling right now--- we'll let you know how it go 5 short of the 277- just east of the freelance- they're goin nuts-- 9:47am
not many paddies holding ------
E-Mail this morning--- Where did all the tuna go?
took me about an hour to get that fish- I had just started the boat kicked out some bait and was bit-, I fished it with the wrong long stick- went back to a 7ft one-
5 out of Dana -- lots of life-10:21am
coming up to the slide from the 277- seeing a bunch of birds working --- had a mackerel a long ways back-- it got bit in half! 10:29am
first cast got picked up--- we had another one hooked too-
really-- it was like wicked tuna-- had to back up with water over the transom- almost spooled us--- broke the hook off !
Interaction with the privates amd commercial tuna fleet got a little touchy this afternoon-
three bluefin the rest yellowfin- -- 42/50 porpious birds
33: 03 / 117:40 paddy held tails-
birds around - shut down and turn off the motor-- soak a bait- I've got a 45lb on board-- 117:37 / 33:12 2:40pm 68.8 and nice and blue outside the green water-
He's running a swordfish ----- 3:40 as a spotted plane directs it's quarry path to the boat below, one boat length- -- sunk out--
Balboa Angling Club- you on this side- we'd like to weigh in a fish- we're here now - got one boat weighing in a a fish -- how big do you think it is---- oh about a thundered---- it's a Opah, it's the second one for the day-- just got it about an hour ago--- 3:46pm Fish Taco- 91.7 and a 104.4 Opah-- Drifting baits deep near the 14 Mile Bank- !
S/W--S/W S/w we've played with him 5 times each tine he gets into the suns glare and we loose him scratching out of site-
Swordfish- Opah's Marlin, Yellowfin, Bluefins, Yellowtails and Dorado was spoke of today- what else ---- -- Turtles too!-
------------- Fridays reports --------------
June Gloom here on the beach- Marine forecast warn of dense fog conditions - though not here in newport now- 10 am - inland it's warm and sunny- the overcast fog lets ultraviolet heat rays in from the sun, the ocean absorbs it, some if its reflecting back and forth under the cloud cover, creating a Theromdor effect warming the ocean
Tuna fishermen still out in force and still a challenge to get them to eat anything constantly- thought there were it seems several boats had em' going around them ridiculous -- you got one going-- 10:12am we're just west of the 209 -33.06 and 54.33 maybe 1 or 2 miles
puddles here and there- its so flat-- mirror for miles I can see in the Gyros for miles seeing puddles here- there- we got a blind strike off a couple of small plywood sized puddlers
Long Beach Carnage out from of Avalon selling Live squid
Trying to find a marlin that just sunk out of here--- Beak--10:15 am we stopped on a kelp - for nothing -- saw a fish tipping- sunk out 52/ 57 inside the 181
36 over 24
Got a swordfish up--- we-re about 6 west of the tip of Catalina-- 10:32am
we threw things in their faces-- the wouldn't' -- 10:36am
the life's all around us also -- lots of fiberglass around them ( party boats complaining about the privets hounding them- )
as this tide builds to the noon days slack- stand by--
we got ours on macks and Rapala's
Hi JD, Here’s a pic of one of the yellowtail we got yesterday while kelp paddy fishing on the Surly Mermaid. My son, Nick, with a nice 25lb YT. Caught big skipjack tuna also. Cheers, Ali
We just boated a 30 lber , I'm sitting here-- sitting---- two boats next to me were kicking ass---- don't know why he left--- now I'm still sitting here twiddling my thumbs!- we're on the outside of you 10:57am
we're inside of you by those seiners -- they've got a plane up circling -- outside the 14 inside the Slide ( shipping lanes) are they setting-- oh yea- 11:14am
E-mail at noon--JD
1st of 5 yellowtail at 277. Long soak sardine on Eli. Seiners at the 14.
Just insidie of the 14-- there's wasn't much around -- then all of a sudden they came up--- boils all around-- blue and chrome ( with sardine spots) Mega Bait 37 lb Yellowfin-
right in the middle between the 14 and the Dana- you guys got any bait, seeing tunas- 7:08pm
good marks inside the 267 later in the afternoon hours-
Seiners mopped up the area from the 14 to the Shipping lanes, back and forth , back and forth- 30- 50lb YFT prime stuff into the nets-
Backside Yt Report--- Weather so nice we took the dinghy around back and found the yellowtail. Everybody got in on the action. Trent
------------------------ Thursday's reports ----------------
We just put three nice yellowtail aboard, these are quality sized fish-- we're west of the fleet- lot's of seiners out here !---
I'm starting to get used to this smell- Overcast here on the beach warm and sunny inland a mile- a little bit of west wind seas good and calm, small mix swell.
Tails and Tunas this morning- the fleet's out today- a morning bite for some of the smaller yellowfin and the bigger yellowtails , how many did you get, what kind tails--- loads of seiners out here
above and inside the short bank, lots of meter marks here- 267 was said to be dead- meter bait but that was it--
Surly Mermaid scores on the tails too-
we're south of you-- the 302 is dead-- ---we have fish breaking next to us-- we're next to the bouy but they dont bite- should have brought some rocks along and hit em' in the head with them!
28 07 dolphins, birds going nuts and tuna marks- 10:31am on the way to Avalon - Tides about to slack - more birds and fish showing 10:34pm
the 150 area still holding the tails--
got one-- what size line- 30 - it's plus 30lbs--
The dentist trip was painless -- only another 1,000 bags of anchovies to sale! --- tuna fishing - hit or miss continued throughout the day- with the radio splattering out bits of information. Tuna Seiners straight out of San Pedro working the 14 and to the outside shipping lanes AIS shows their tracks--
You guys get that fish off the troll- 3:18 pm
Came through a massave school of dolphins on the 209 worked it for a 1/2 hour nothing, right on tha high spot ( 14? ) looked real good that area this morning was the best looking so far- east of here-
those guys came up--- and it was over-- seiners working togeather to round up the schools--3:44pm !
going crazy -- look at all the birds up behind you--4:50pm
Afternoon houres went into the fewer fish reports- San Diego partyboats blanked out for the most part- finding a little bait and some tail on the 270 Fathom Spot upper 9 mile bank - outside of there not much life seen-
tomorrows AM hours look good / OK with a south swell 3 ft and 10 sec - Good luck JD
A check with the San Clemente Security shows only the inside from the "the Head to White Rock area to be open for the weekend , not sure if the Cove is open for anchorage- web site shows red- you'd have to check with Safety Zone Procedures
----------------------- Wed's Reports ----------------------
Brighter sky this morning- marline layer light westerly beginning to show early- at least the wind helps blow away someof the Red Crabs stench here on the beach- I dont mine it- it's a marine envroiment here!-
Seas fair with a slight west wind chop on it -- Enjoy these long days-- they're about to end - starting next Monday they start to shorten again--
Quiet on the radio so far today--- No wonder-- I had the volume down-- sorry- JD
Tuna fishing continues-- some catche em- many do not-- "got one" it wont fit in the kill bag-- must be over 50- 60lbs- 11:38am
Bird schools up- 11:58am you chasing that bird school 267 --- we've been here for the past three hours chasing em-- they're up right behind us now --- head for the back of my boat right now-- head towards the stern-- they're up 1:18 I'em five miles inside the 267 -10 off the beach - it's a hugh we're dropping baits and jig literlly right on their faces-- if frustrating . 16 over 42 it's stupid watching them feed-- schools of bait going under the boat-and the tuna are feeding on them---- Yellowfin --- we foul-hooked one- that's why I know what they are-- my frined was here yesterday and they started to bite 3 pm
green water on the 209--
56 and 56 big spot of fish goin off right here- got to go and get busy-- 1:31pm
Man-- I just got a shower full of anchovies , had em right next to the boat- got the bait right in there-
Really- got em' on the heavy--- 2:02pm--- radio went silent--what were those numbers 56 squared-- it was a small fish--
How's it going over there-- I've got like 6 schools up around the boat-- 3:14pm
19/06 tuna everywhere im looking at abot six groups up around me now 4:29
waters warming to 70 degrees
watching the bait get smashed right next to us- 1/2 way between 14 and 267- we're about to jump in! 4:51pm
Overcast came back in again and the weather stayed clam for the day- one of these days they'll bite then hang on !
------------------------- Tuesday's Reports -------
down 100 ft - you should see my screen-- there's enough for everyone! --- that earlier school was mixed some the smaller grade and the large one too- 11:50
Morning hours and a glassy seas - light wind from the west southwest seas have a bit or wind ruffle to them and a swell that far apart and smooth-
Made the run out of the harbor this morning in my small skiff- first time this year to get it offshore-- I haven't been real comfortable not seeing land- but now that I've got a nice new Lorance GPS / Chart/ fish finder- ( when I figure it out) I'll be set-- worked down to Abalone Point seeing a few kelps a mile or two out- but I was after bigger game- made the turn offshore and put out one rod with a rigged flying fish skipping along nice and clean- - not much sealife till just inside the 14 where several sheets of small sauries made leapfrog jumps -- tacked in and out of several likely looking areas- birds scattered here- there- then off in the distance they were gathering up- dolphins and birds and leaping tunas, a pair of them criss crossing in jumps- - bring the flyer around into the mayly - the reels clicker sings out -- and -- line dumps from the reel-- a look behind and my line takes an upwards slant--- damn bird got the bait and caries it away from the tunas and spits it out -- all scared and messed up - tuna go down ---- time to turn it back towards the shop -- had my shot-- JD
there's some 50 lb ers--- we got one 50lb on the squid had them in the corner and could only get one out of it--
Yellowfin also up around the 14 he says
Newport Bait Receive got a load of sardines in this morning
While the rest of us are chasing the tunas Decker and friends from Pure Fishing spend the day tossing plastics to Calicos and this nice Sea Bass-
and yesterday's speared Giant Bluefin tuna by Ryan- attached to the photo is his You -tu video- Check it out!
Here's what my go pro captured https://youtu.be/ngXZqS1gcoM
And dont forget about Costa Rica and the Foxi Lady chasing blue marlins--E-Mail-- DAY THREE AT THE CERVEZA FAD 135 MILES OUT TO SEA. BLUE MARLIN FISHING TOUGH TO GET ANY BETTER FOR THREE DAYS WE ARE 16/26 UP TO 300# THE REAL STORY TODAY IS WE HAD 3 DOUBLES ON BLUES CATCHING 4/6 THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE FIRST FOR US. JERRY BRENNOCK GAVE ME A DEFIBLUATOR IN CASE WE EVER HAD A PROBLEM. WELL MY TWO PULLERS RIRODAN AND MCGRADE WERE STANDING IN LINE FOR A TREATMENT. GOT ONE MORE DAY HERE THEN BACK TO MARINA, THE WEATHER OUTSTANDING
And another E-Mail and another Giant Bluefin speared-- JD, Thanks for the help keeping the scale open for us last night. It went just under 138#. I shot it near the 14 mile bank, Mike Coon with the gaff and tail rope. -- Rick H
And into the late afternoon hours the boats tired for the tunas- a fish here - there -- a 138 lb fish speared, --- the schooling fish- I would say age groups / sizes were found - seen and tred for- very few bites- they're schooling under the boat-! 6:31pm
-------------------Monday's monster fishing ----------------------
Whooo- hold everything - the tunas are getting bigger 150 and 200 lbers crashing bait 16 outside of Newport this morning with the tides turn- 0 for 2 he calls in ---- boiling on a small ball on anchovies- sounds like a waterfall with all the bait frantic on the surface- Decker and his guest- arrive halfway between the 14 and the 267- First cast on the rolling mammoth sized fish and the Colt Sniper lure gets bit - it's on - its chewed through on 60 leader! another Colt Snipers gets fires out- it too is bit- but pulls-- a couple of handle turns and it's bit again- the line rips out- down spirals the fish and the leader again gets chewed through-Big Big Fish!! --ah aaa - the guy in the Jet-Ski next to them jumps in the water and spears a est 180 lber-- -- -- in trying to assist him in getting this beast- I guess he was going to drag in back on a rope-- Jimmy gives him a hand with his long handled gaff- what was thought to be an expired fish bolts downwards pinning him to the railing and straitening the gaff head and the spear pulls - I'll buy every Colt sniper you have in the shop- he says - just put em in a bag and I'll pick them up ! Guess they work- better get heaver leader too!- JD 20 and 02
Hey JD you on this side-- make that 0 for 3-- this time on that flat fall lure--, what color?-- that brown sand eel color-- 11:52 am chewed off again on the 60 FC
had one bite with the jig- 10:32am
yea up and down real quick 10:33
105 the fish coming up in huge schools inside the Patriot -- look at these things-- 11:14 am an excited voice blast through the air waves-
doesn't look like I'll be getting much work done today- - and on the beach out front of the store the stench of red crabs drying in the mid morning's sun adds to the marine environment here in the shop-- Pea U -
When you come up on a bird school set up uphill and drift on don't just come racing in you put em down-- was the advise given--
Local Newport Bait receiver has med- 8- 10 inch sardines-
we had a school of tuna come up--Yellowfin--- ran through em' no hits- what you have out?-- two Rapalas and two buda heads- we got bit on that plain cedar plug-- 12:29pm
the meeter just lit up- 19 over 5
And potential World Record White Sea Bass is coming into the club today . pending WR on 6 lb test line- the old one is 51 lbs and 5 oz-- this one's to challenge it! Vick Sommers solo again-- damn good angler - Standing by for photos and weight- JD
Fish weighed in at 56.3 lbs a Pending World Record- Congrats- JD
way over a hundered pounds - popped the line they were spanking the mac's strippe dout 200 yards before I could even realize it- 14 bank severa tunas over a hundred went into Avalon for weighing today--
And Ryan Lawler goes out for an afternoon's run with a friend Jeff- the mornings fish social network driving him crazy - found the spot and tried the baits, lures, they weren't interested- so he jumps in with his spear gun- amazed at the fish around him at the first big school they came up on- amazed and just soaked in the atmosphere-- they swam away- an hour later another school appears and over he goes again- this time up front and personal- baitfish surround him and he's the center of attraction- in comes a good sized fish and he takes his shot- centered, and the fish feels its thorn in it's side and goes crazy- his speargun's reel empties and the back up line and float takes off- Ryan pops up to the surface and Jeff pulls over and picks him up off to the races following the float- Jeff makes a great gaff shot and tail rope on to the tail- they got him- tough to get the fish aboard they get back to the BAC at dusk and put the fish on the scales -- tops out at 168 . 1 lbs! no wonder it was tought to get in the boat--- not bad for an afternoons run.
Rick H calls in late ine the evening they too has speard a giant tuna-- coming into the club late in thhe evening - how bit ---- we cant lift it--- ! 7:35 pm
45/ 02 Big Yellows tails under a big paddy
Finally got bit on the Rapalla---- I pulled on it for a while- got warmed up now-- it chewed through the leader! 12:47pm
E-Mail from yesterday-- Greg Bohnet got our fist tuna on the new JewelLure III today. A 42# bluefin on a jig trolling through the porpoise. We are headed for Ensenada for the summer. Warren
Hi JD, I was out yesterday near the 14 mile bank. I was trying to make some bait on a patty and caught these. I am not sure what they are. Possibly juvenile Pacific Bonito but I am not sure about that. If they are Bonito you don't want to keep more than five. Three at a time on the sabiki. I caught them on other patties too. I was trolling a giant mack through the area on my heaviest gear hoping for one of those big BFT's. I had a giant boil and line ripped off. Turned out to be a pesky Mako shark cartwheeling behind my skiff. That's it
Boats running out of Morro Bay- out only 18- 20 miles water's blue, 62-_ birds and bait metered fish under it but no bites- wind came up
Heart Breaker We just broke off a 5 1/2 hours breaker- lost em' at the boat--- - world record mako Shark-
Another E- Mail -- Hi JD – Yes, the big ones are biting. I got this “smaller” grade yesterday. 116# on the scale in Dana. Incredible show out there.. Dave P.
And another E mail-- Marlin-- SE of the 302 in 66.8 degree water yesterday the 14th saw a jumper in the gyros. Jumped at least 8 times. Cool to see one anytime much more in June. Bryan El Gato Dos -- The Day before we baited about a #100 swordfish as well. Didn't bite
And another E-Mail-- Hi John, Thanks for taking care of our rod and reels. Sydni caught this nice Yellowtail and a few others on a paddy west of the 277. A nice birthday fish for her. Thanks, Chris
-------------------------The Weekend's Reports,------------
Great as it was might even get better as this moon starts to fill- -------White Sea Bass bag limit up 3 - try to keep the daily limit to 30 lbs of meat, that sounds reasonable- JD - -------------
CRABS- they're everywhere-- washing up on the beaches or along the coastline- Gloom again today must be June- wind light from the west 2- 4 knts seas calm and flat-
and Bongos Sportfishing came in late yesterday with a Bluefin Tuna-- a big tuna weighing in at 130lbs at he Balboa Angling Club, , the club is a public weigh in dock for all sport caught fish- give the club a call if our coming in with a fish (949) 673 6316
we're 3 1/2 south of the 14----- rip it off - we think they are the bluefin's under this kelp paddy-- every bait we put in gets ripped off- -- tried to go heaver tackle and they wouldn't bite anything over 25 lb 10:07am
Whale watchers again seeing tuna under the pods of dolphins straight off Alison 6-7 miles 10:58am-- last night a bioluminescent cruise ( whale watcher) found the red crabs thick about 2 off the beach ( Dana) with red crabs and squid showing up in the underwater lights-
Spent the night off the east end ran off a few miles 16/17 saw all the birds, bait but not tuna--made a move 5 down the ridge- nothing there--- but all of a sudden the tuna start boiling-- the bigger tunas were said to be 277 / 209 and outside of that for a few miles .
below the shipping lanes the small paddies held a few of the tails, some saures there and a flying fish- -- in the deep water
Theres's something going on see a lot of splashes up ahead where that current line is-- 1:15pm westerly wind started to blow as that overcast was driven away- some wind chop-
E-Mail fron Pete and Denis off the Foxi Lady Costa Rica-- We arrived at the cerveza fad 135 miles off shore at about 7:30am, 1st bite at 7:45 am we ended the day 9/13 on blue marlin 5 on lures 4 on live bait. 3 teaser bites, one broken line. the tuna club was well represented today, however there is some question if these guys will make it to the starting line tomorrow. Riordan and Mcgrade are face down in the bunks, give me a break all they have to do is wind. send me some good pullers!! weather super one squal other than that calm seas and brite sun lite. Have 3 more days here hope it holds, tight lines
The saw the tunas over the weekend-- but not many bites -- someone, somehow will figure it out and find the key -maybe it's a giant Alabama rig ?
Sad New's- It is with heartfelt saddness that we inform you that Tuna Club Past President and Tuna Club Foundation President Packy Offield has passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Offield family. notice of services as soon as I know- JD - He did a lot for this world !
------------------ Sat Reports --------------
June Gloom again with a slight southeasterly this AM- light chop on the water- conditions nice, a thousand craft out today all in hope of a fish or two too.
How ya doin'-- we just hook up one yellowtail-- next to the Freelance boat- 9:51pm
Any Luck?- we're in em' now--- there three boats here -- they're up - it's the smaller stuff- any hooks up -- no not for us--- we're south and east of the 277 10:01am
if I could have jumped in I would have--- we were on the 14 they were jumping all over the place just could get them to go-- we're headed over to the 150 with every one else to try to catch the tails-- got there at dawn this morning
we got one on the boat- yellowtin or bluefin?-- 12:09pm
I don't know -------we hooked a monster---- saw some jumpers out near the 277 in the porpoius-- dont know if it was yellowfin or blue -- -- now headed down toward the 209 and got one nice 20-+ yellowtail-
got three really nice yellowail from some of the paddies out here- we're out here near the 277
Tuna ( and tails) showing up right on the bottom of the tide again 12:57pm
48 up 38 out 12:59pm
Whale watchers watching offshore bottled dolphins say a bunch of tunas just came up-- Jumping in amongst the dolphins- pretty cool 1:03pm
E-Mail report this afternoon Hi JD We fished the 14 this morning, almost as soon as we got on the high spot the bluefin (40-50lb range) appeared in with the porpoise but didn't want to play and sunk out very quickly. We worked up to the 150 and didn't see anything, not even a kelp, 150 was a mess with probably 200+ boats and not much happening besides seals taking bait, all in all we got some nice 3-5lb calicos off crystal cove but nothing else. -Robert
And the BAC Weighs in another giant Bluefin Tuna today--- at 102. lbs this time taken on a Blue and Chrome hard jig- angler Garade Thorne aboard the , a 25 Parker while fishing the 209 area- Emali back from Owen- this afternoon- No way! Thanks JD! I will await their call! If they contact you first make sure they remove all the internal organs when they cut it.... The gonads are the closet organ to the back bone and sometimes are easy to miss.... Thanks!
we were on a breaking school at 4 am - they didnt want to bite--
west of the 150 spot the tails in deeper water fot the afternoon bite-
and spots of tuna up- no bites
Studies on the Bluefin Tunas show-
The Pacific Bluefin tuna spawns in the western Pacific, and the juveniles forage along the Japanese coast before migrating to across the ocean to the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Pacific bluefin tunas reach maturity at about 5 years of age, the generation length is estimated at 7–9 years and based on two separate sources the longevity is 15 year or 26 years. At maturity it is about 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) long and weighs about 60 kg (130 lb) -- which leds us to the thought do these bigger Bluefin Spawn here in the Eastern Pacific?--- a E- mail from Owyn Snodgrass Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service - Owen is the biologist who was very interested in that first Wahoo that was caught in Calif water last Summer--- I responded asking him about any results on the carcass that was sent-
Hey JD, I saw the report of that big 178 lb bluefin on your website..... I'm trying to collect the heads and reproductive parts from the larger bluefin that are being caught. Their is a possibility that they are spawning offshore locally and I need to examine the gonads on these fish! If by chance you know the guy can you ask him if he still has the internal organs or head? If so I would be stoked to get a few samples! -- Owyn Snodgrass Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 If you been lucky enough to hook or spear one of these bigger tunas and land it-- contact me or Owen to preserve gonads of the fish- JD
Fig. 2. Gonads of Scomber japonicas (340 days after hatching). An arrow indicates ovulated eggs. A, female ovary; B, male testis.
Thanks In terms of that wahoo I wasn't able to determine the sex because the carcass was missing the reproductive parts. In terms of the age it was also missing the head which is what I would need to determine the exact age. But from the weight and length of that fish it was probably 3-5 years old. We will be using the tissue from that wahoo to try and look at it's position in the food chain... as in we can tell what the wahoo had been feeding on. But we don't have those results yet. When I get them I will forward it to you for sure! Let me know if there is any way I can help you or if you have any other questions.... this is going to be an exciting summer! Hopefully we can work together to better understand the amazing fishing we colud have this year! thanks again, -
---------- Friday's Reports ---------------
Calm seas light south wind this morning overcast drizzle at times seas flat and almost glossy wen a little bit of sun came through- nice-
There's a guy out here hooked up- how could you not get hooked up--- the tales of tails in the yellowtail fleet-- up towards the 150 area ( above the outer rigs)
Making smaller grade mackerel at the harbor entrance - easy pickings - below the harbor the Calicos were hungry for the plastics
is anyone catching them on squid??--- we got 6! -- 12:18pm
slower than the past couple of day-- I think we've only got 20 -22 fish aboard-- guess we're off to find some sculpin--
Deckers out with a guest (Dave) today- having gotten out of the harbor at a comfortable 7 am start- by noon they had three nice yellowail aboart and were off to the tuna grounds to catch a giant Bluefin -
Hello JD, Manage to get out yesterday and it was hard finding the area. Very close quarters. Manage 3 of the nicer size yellows and everyone was happy. Thanks, Captain Tony Black and Blue
the 150 area slowed down after the noon hour-
and not much word form the Tuna Grounds-- although there were boats working the 277- 209 and towards the 289 fathoms spots.
The weekend weather looks promising- at least not windy- maybe some overcast and a sweatshirt is needed but no wind --
best of luck JD
-------------------------- Thursday's reports ------------------
Nice Tuna! Speared State Record (see below)
Light june gloom with a softer wind from the south this AM much nicer--
Est 75 boats + up towards the double oil rigs to the huntington flats- all in hopes of Yellowtail- more hopes than tails so far- there were fish caught though- got on' going now- we're over here by the Liberty Bell one of the cargo ships anchored up off Long Beach- other's trolled around with x-raps and or soaking baits---- in yesterdays bite Enterprise caught 300 YT between tue and wed ! "We had 5 fish, no jig fish yesterday, last week more were jig then bait.", --you get one yet--
A flylined mackerel he said ----you get hit yet--- I see a lot of people bent here--- if I need it -can I get some bait from you?-- ----- -- -- - was that on public air waves?-
he just got a twenty pounder---10:51am-- tides about to bottom out-
Bait news--- Good morning JD, The Newport barge received a fresh load of squid this morning. It should be enough to last a few days or hopefully more. The squid we brought in last week had very little die off. It was great bait. As you probably know, considering the few bluefin bites that guys are getting, squid has definitely been a bait to get bit.
San Pedro received a load of squid this morning as well. This morning San Pedro received a beautiful load of four inch anchovies. Both barges have they standard large sardine with mackerel mixed in as well. Thanks for the support, Todd
You putting them on-- we're probably a little west of you--- bait or iron--- 3 on iron and 2 on bait-- we got one in the box too- all cleaned up and we're making a move to a little deeper water-11:03am-
And weighing at the BAC this afternoon is a 63 1/2lb White Sea Bass taken on 20lb tackle nearly missing the clubs 1989 record by only a few lbs--Congtats to Jim D.
Just saw one come over the rail--
Took the boys on a Marine Biology field trip today. The fishing was wide open, but they were definitely keyed on the fin bait. It was tough bite with the squid for us. The boys took turns on this guy. A fun day on the water Trent
And mid afternoon the phone rings-- from a friend of a freind- coming with a large giant tuna- to weigh---- Special K-- speared it !! lower half of the 277-- possiable State Record!! first bird school they came up to--- --- If it works out I think the old state record---- old being only a week or two old was beaten by 5 lbs- 178 Bluefin over the old 173 lbs--
|EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO)|
|DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 11 June 2015 ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory|
Synopsis: There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere fall 2015, and around an 85% chance it will last through the 2015-16 winter.
During May, sea surface temperatures (SST) anomalies increased across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean (Fig. 1 & Fig. 2). All of the Niño indices were in excess of +1.0oC, with the largest anomalies in the eastern Pacific, indicated by recent weekly values of +1.4oC in Niño-3 and +1.9oC in Niño-1+2 (Fig. 2). After a slight decline in April, positive subsurface temperature anomalies strengthened during May (Fig. 3) in association with the progress of a downwelling oceanic Kelvin wave (Fig. 4). In addition, anomalous low-level westerly winds remained over most of the equatorial Pacific, and were accompanied by anomalous upper-level easterly winds. The traditional and equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) were both negative, consistent with enhanced convection over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific and suppressed convection over Indonesia (Fig. 5). Collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic features reflect an ongoing and strengthening El Niño.
Nearly all models predict El Niño to continue throughout 2015, with many predicting SST anomalies to increase into the late fall 2015 (Fig. 6). For the fall and early winter, the consensus of forecasters slightly favors a strong event (3-month values of the Niño-3.4 index +1.5oC or greater), relative to a weaker event. However, this prediction may vary in the months ahead as strength forecasts are the most challenging aspect of ENSO prediction. A moderate, weak, or even no El Niño remains possible, though at increasingly lesser odds. There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere fall 2015, and around an 85% chance it will last through the 2015-16 winter (click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chance of each outcome for each 3-month period).
Across the contiguous United States, temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El Niño are expected to remain minimal during the Northern Hemisphere summer and increase into the late fall and winter (the 3-month seasonal outlook will be updated on Thursday June 18th). El Niño will likely be a contributor to a below normal Atlantic hurricane season, and above-normal hurricane seasons in both the central and eastern Pacific hurricane basins (clickHurricane season outlook for more
Hurricane in Newport 1939-- stand by---
--------------------------- Weds's Reports ------------
Overcast light / med south wind now earlier stronger- mixed wind chop and swell
fishing for the tails reported slow so far 10 am
A check with the San Clemente Island Security shows the anchorage at Pyramid cove ( SHOBA) to be open today- a short period on Thursday it will be closed from 12 Noon till 1600 4:pm it-s hot then open for the rest of the weekend ( there is some activity overhead 4K-5K but their site shows public access open) best of luck JD
E-Mail from fishing the Coronado Islands- We were fishing at Coronado Islands mainly hitting bottom fish like sheepheads and rockfish; couldn't really spot any Yellowtail or other boaters. With the new regulations requiring passport along with visa and fishing license, it seemsed to have scared off a lot of boaters. We were boarded by the Mexican Navy, they were professional and after checking our papers they even took the time to fix our dead battery. Also we wanted to let you know the tuna crabs are spawning again, we spotted them from Coronado islands all the way to Mission Bay.
Never did here what happened to that large tuna that was being fought over the weekend -tapping out at 82" - maybe just a ch 72 fish ??
Bumpy out there today-- uncomfortable--
anything on the 150 -- is it all surface iron or baits------- --- all surface-- what was that--- it's not wide open-- a few on the surface jigs, nothing on the deep iron- 2:09pm
by the late afternoon hours the seas and wind had let down for the most part- quiet on the VHF for the day - big spanish jack mackerels on the A bank- that's about all I heard- better luck tomorrow-
Hey JD here is a pic of two of the three Yellow Rick Hult Ed Heller and myself got on Cazador today.
-------------- Tuesday's Reports ----------
Moisture associated with the remnants of Blanca is expected to affect portions of the southwestern United States tonight and Tuesday-- Hurricane weather---!!!
Switching wind made it a little more difficult to stay on the anchored spots, Calico and Sand Basses good fishing with the live squid for bait-
offshore--- quiet so far the tide's beginning to fill- standing by 10:02 am
radio reception a little hazy-- Weather forecast say one thing actual conditions a little different as boat turned around earlier this morning or forgo their offshore plans a stayed closer to home. Some of the bigger boats stayed true to their course.
By the afternoon hours the wind had backed off an it started to glass off-
very good tails off the rigs area today dozens and dozens taken--
the bigger boats tough it out working out towards the Ridge off the East end of Catalina, the saw em, the baited then, they chased then, the casted baits and jigs to them they prayed a,d cried, the wished and willed but to no avail they didn't bit their offerings. No wonder the Tuna Club prizes the Bluefin tunas so high, one of their members tells me the there hadn't been a Bluefin weighed at the club over a hundred pounds since 1919 that's almost a hundred years-- congrats to the club for still keeping the traditions still going--
Coastal currents today--
After speaking to those weary - after a days fishing for the tuna, questions what would do different--- not go--- we spent five days trying to get one to go- -- I'd stay home!- they were feeding on small 2 inch jack mackerel , we 'd see bait balls of them eaten up and the wouldn't touch a thing we had- frustrating! -
05/ 59 Bluefin
------------------ Mondays Reports ----------
Light marine coastal layer blowen off by that early westerly again-- sea's have a light wind chop-
S/W of the 209- we just can't get them to go-- 9:47am
He's been on the same fish for two hours --117:48 / 33:07 10:09am
Other's out by the oil rigs drifting with baits or chasing the bird life for the tails
E-Mail from the weekend-- Hi JD. Fishing was pretty good for us over the weekend. Great Yellowtail fishing at the West End of Catalina with a few White Sea Bass mixed in. After the bite shut off Saturday morning we motored down the line to the Tuna Grounds to give it a shot at these Big BFT. While driving and scanning in the gyros we found a little area of birds and life and a nice paddy. We drifted the area and our Buddy Mike Hansen resulted in a catch of a life time. 131lbs on #50. A great day on the Joker
and the BAC even weighed in a 40lb Halibut caught right at the harbor entrance yesterday--
and Decker was out with a couple of friends John and Jayden Cooper with their Yellowtail this morning--
Was that a sardine or mackerel fish?--
Finally got it----- 1:58pm thay said it tapped out at 82 " ( thats almost 7 ft long)-- someone said they just put the rod in the rod holder and sat back and relaxed and let the fish fight the boat!
Wind from the west all day against the coastline - offshore better
We at least found a kelp --the third of the day-- had some bait- that was it--- at least we found the kelp! ---we also found a stringer but no bait-- were headed north -- about that time-- sonded like they had struck out for most of the day ( party boats south)
afternoon hours the marine layer began to drift back in wind backed off from the west and swung to the south at 5 - 6 knts- not much said on the radio today -
Tomorrows a new day- making bait was a little difficult -NB receiver had sardines
Another E- Mail-- Hi JD, Got out today for a great day a little to the south. Found a lone kelp outside the 209 and went 1 for 7 over about an hour and a half on big Yellowtail with light tackle on great sardines from Dana bait dock. At least the one we got was the first yt for my friend Rahsaan, nice fish! Spotty breaking tuna around the 181 mid day with a high tide show of hundreds of birds and tiny porpoise (can second the statement of tuna bigger than them) but no luck on that kind for us on the troll or with live sardines or Macks. Fun day on the water and lots of fish for us to pull on at least! Bob
Results from the BAC YSH Tourney 1st place Yellowtail - 30.8 – Dave Fink 2nd place Yellowtail – 27 – Charlie Albright 3rd place Yellowtail – 26 – Charlie Albright 1st place White Seabass – 35 - Charlie Albright No Halibut weighed
------------------------------ The Wild wicked weekend with tunas and tough tails----
Light costal marine layer being blow off by a early morning westerly-- may get winder this afternoon- feels like it- Stars were out for most of the night,
Boats roaming around on the 14 this morning -- no show yet-- 9:30am
Sportboat on top of the 209 on the tuna--
Tuna Club Members, Please find below results for the 2015 Tuna Club White Seabass Tournament.
You've been on that fish for a while --- let us know how it goes--- 11:45?--Bluefin Tuna---- - Hoose has been on that fish for an hour and a half-- aboard the Kea Kai-- with a full crew of support- go get em'
Ahaaa- pulled the hook at deep color----- there's was a bunch that came up as a foamer--- we had a couple of others hooked but they broke off ----they ate the squid pretty good-- 12:00pm ( not sure where they were fishing but sounded like a long ways off maybe 289 area?- JD)
still jumping out here--
The Tuna Club of Avalon having their annual White Sea Bass tournament- were members challenged do they spend the time fishing white sea bass or go chase the tunas which their club was named for---- doing both the Joker works the morning hours taking a fair number of fish - no giants but enough to put them in the running for the sea bass tourney- returning back to Avalon - Bluefin Tuna over 140 lbs-- congrats ! JD
And John C. weighs in a nice Yellowfin at the BAC today-- coming back from the island solo this morning! 35.80 #20 Dacron
did you get your's?--- no came loose------on a dart lure- our's was on a shimano butterfly-- had' to be a full foamer for us to get the bite-- 2:46pm
It's time to fly a kite! -- it's windy enough!
they're up again- they're at my 5:00 the bire
the tuna were bigger than porpious! !
The great "leaping tunas" These were blue-fin tuna which arrived in such great schools that it was said that when they began to feed their breathtaking frenzy would literally churn up acres of white water between Avalon and Long Point. It was Mexican Joe who modified the name for "tunny" to "tuna". Charles Holder was very familiar with them, and had attempted to catch what was commonly referred to as "horse mackerel" one summer in New England. He adopted Joe's slang and extended it to "leaping tuna" in recognition of their spectacular aerial pursuits of the flying fish, their favorite quarry around Catalina. This name stuck for many years. The very fact that they were considered impossible to capture by rod and reel was invitation enough for a few bold sportsmen of the day. In 1896, the first documentation catch was made off Avalon by Colonel C. P. Morehouse. Over the few years, Greer Campbell managed to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat with some regularity. Both men would become charter members of The Tuna Club, but at the time their experiments in sea angling, their only motivation was challenge and adventure.
It still is- good luck, Carpe Diem
In looking at the previous 2 months of water temps here on the West Coast there was a slow down to that warm weather event we had during the winter months -- from a composite of a month of April on the left and of May on the right you can see the warm water that was pushing up from the south off Baja which led to thinking it was going to continue, - it didn't-- in the northern latitudes there was a stronger influence from the California Current pushing down from the north and in the southern latitudes a strong northwest wind curtailed it. but it will change and summer will come, along with it- more fish- stand by- JD
Morning high overcast looks to clear off earlier today wind gentle from the south, seas calm and smooth swell from the south
Partyboats were working along the outer dropoff ledge above the oil rigs off Huntington/ LB -- still looking for the tails, seeing bird schools , a few terns gathered up over spots of krill and 1/2" bait fry. 9:06am
Got a giant slug of yellowtail at 18 fathoms , big red worms metered 9:44am ( Rigs area)
Just north of the 14--- we just had a tuna boil-- just could not get them to go--- 10:44am
It doesn't seen as though their were many reports of either the yellowtails or the tunas being hooked so far today- standing by for the tide swing --
Tide topped out around 1:45 to 2:00 pm and the fish came up with it-- spots of yellows up quickly or couple be metered and those casting surface or got on them with the baits had catches of a half dozen to a dozen a stop- then they'd disappear
Got a huge school of yellows right under me and I haven't got any bait left--- I'm at 33:37.290 / 118: 10.650
Not much said from the tuna grounds--- 2:45
westerly winds since it cleared off by noon
2015 Hurricane names--- Andres, Blanca Carlos Dolores Enrique Felicia Guillermo Hilda Ignacio Jimena Kevin Linda Marty Nora Olaf Patricia Rick Sandra Terry Vivian Waldo Xina York Zelda
--------------------- Friday's Report -------------
Cloudy with a stiff wind from the south, darken horizon with clouds, seas sloppy from the south with wind chop on it . Several larger craft headed out today to Catalina- and smaller skiffs braving it- even boats were headed out last night to drift for swordfish off the 43- long night --- Westerly wind on the outside
They say that the tunas went to the west - those who spent the day closer to the coastlind line yesterday found only a few shots at the tuna- E-mail Hello JD, When local offshore yesterday and found good conditions as far as water temp, bait and birds. Getting a fish to bite a bait with a hook was another story.. Long story ended up getting on a strand of kelp with bait and birds. Got one hit and one 40lb bluefin on 50lb flouro for the day within 12 miles of Dana. Captain Tony Black and Blue Sportfishing Dana Point
and a E Mail from Hawaii where Chris A and son fished the Northern Lights for Ahi, Blue Marlin and Ono
I'm back in Kona with my son Mike for his 21st Birthday. We started the trip with a couple of days fishing on the new Northern Lights with Kevin Nakamura. TT Buoy we caught a small Skipjack and small Ahi. Using circle hooks, slow trolled the Skipjack on the surface and the Yellowfin in the 120 ft. water column using the downrigger. Mike caught and released an estimated 350 lb. Blue Marlin on the surface bait. I caught and released an estimated 250 lb. Blue Marlin on the downrigger. We went 3 for 3 on the Blue Marlin, 4 Ahi from 30 to 101 lbs. and one Ono. Water temp was 81-82 degrees. Heading back out in the morning to fish on the old Northern Lights (a 37' Merritt) with Dave Denholm who flew in today from Kauai. Regards, Chris A
there's some birds here-- some some birds--- got one knockdown but didnt stick- we're headed back towards the 267 11:53am
Partyboats hanging yellows- 11:55am
Another swordfish baited out by the 209 yesterday--
We got one about ah hourt ago--
Newports Bait receiver has some squid
We only had a hour an a half for a lunch break- picked up Sam and his buddy ran out here and threw on two quick ones---!! yelllowtails! 12:23pm Decker--
Hey JD you on this side- -- whats up----- just doing a RC - we're headed back into Dana- works fine how was the day-- we worked the short bank 267 and down towards Oceanside 8- 10 off the beach for nothing--- thanks we know where not to go now-
Westerly blew in 10- 11+ knts-
Local party boats only did fair on the tails today-- looking for some bleach to scrub off the squid ink!
------------------------ Thursday's reports --------
Mostly cloudy today wind from the south fair to brisk- seas ruffled with wind chop and swell. a bit bumpy
Run and gun 3 inside the rigs chasing yellowtails, hit amd miss as they's popped up under the birds-- 150 area off San Pedro/ Long Beach/ Huntington
Tuna Grounds--coming up to the mid morning's high slack 11:03am standing by-- with the ruffled seas you'd think the fish and bait would be less inhibited by being up top on the surface- ---
Hey-- I don't know what your doing -but get down here--- one time we had 20 hanging at one time-- they're biting last- two drifts we've jacked em' up must have 30 on board now ( Yellowtail) Rigs area 1:45pm ----- there's there of us here, myself one other boat and the Freedom, first stop was on a sonar mark, then the other one was three terns working-- probably because no skiffs were onit- that one was a ripper--
radio reception poor today--
Afternoon hours and not much said on the radio other than the yellowtail bite out by the rigs-- couple of boats out towards the 209 and if I heard them earlier they had seen some jumping tunas but that was it-- weather, moon, currents- winds?
Starting to look fishing down here- give you a report here in a minute-- 5:47pm -- they came up in the late afternoon hours yesterday-- diurnal vertical migration of the plankton, red crabs and sealife as the sun lowers off the horizon and cloud cover begins to creep in- lots of birs schools here----- there's a acre of birds and bait working here-- ( sounded south like below Dana) 5:49pm
Reports of the tunas make a move towards the 277 and up Catalina escarpment!
-------------- Wed's Report ----------------
High gray clouds cover- water visibility good seas dark gray off to the horizon wind light / med from the south southeast about 10 knts- - swell increasing
got one on the Colt Sniper- out on the 181--- Nice-- we're headed your way- 10:01am
we're got boiling----- 10:02
Boy what's I miss this morning off the radio chatter ( had to go to the dentist! yikes!)
we got one out of that-another one here-10:03 both party boats and privates out for the tunas--
Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Summer 2015 At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulaions and become effective when published in the California Regulatory
and Ryan Lawder- was out on his Top Gun- chasing the tunas all day-- evening hours brought him into the tunas ground off Dana and a hook up at dusk- into the night he went on light tackle and a fish boated aprox 3 am this morning-- being weighed at the BAC today-- Congrats Ryan- get some sleep now- ! 115lb
JD...just to add a bit more details. Correction: Chris Smith was the angler, myself driving the boat. 115lbs at BAC this am. Hook-up time 6:20pm... a stubborn fish from the start. Had it on 50lb but the Torium reel made it difficult to put the proper pressure on the fish- night time sulking behaviors and lack of lighting drew the fight out to 1:20am when we sunk the gaffs in. Big thanks to our friends Evan and Jack who an hour into the fight boarded our boat and set theirs adrift so they could offer additional gaffs- they were stuck with us for 6 more hours! By 12:45am it became a team effort and we are very glad to have the fish. Nobody should kid themselves... these fish are mean and require proper tackle and experienced crew to have the best chance at success!
Breaking fish right here--- off yur port side-- 11:14 am
Broken cell phone call just comes in---boat Reel Chaser we're by the oil Rigs-- we've got 5 Yellowtail on board big fish from 30 to --- 40lbs 12:33pm
that was a good foamer--
we've had em' under the boat at least 10 times-- big brutes--
slide up on them and they sink out- mid day the reports were lacking but again by mid afternoon reports of fish showing again- there's a big wad of them to the east-- oh there's some here too right with the dolphins- 3:58pm
Afternoon hours went into the evening hours and the marine layer moved back in, west wind added to the wind chop and swells- a bit mixed up- no reports of hook up that I heard - sounded like a few of the sport boats had targeted schools of the smaller grade fish -
Good Luck- JD - grunion should run tonight!
------------- Tuesday's Wicked Reports -------------
Wind light med from the east/southeast this morning, sky overcast/cloud, seas have a slight wind chop and swell to them- but fair traveling- good sight fishing
"60 lb lost it at the boat" got it wrapped it up in the props only 2 miles out of Newport- at least that's what he said, trolling cedar plugs and a green and white feather- hooked it on the feather--- says they saw a whale and big pods of dolphin birds bait-- that's within rowing distance! 9:42 am
were right on the 267 saw some 60 80ers this morning--- they're here!
I got a jumper- 9:50 there's some fish jumping off your port side
They're big ones--- had em' come under the boat 4 or 5 times-- there's plenty of fish here-- maybe later when the tide turns-- OK good luck( offshore fishing grounds 209/ 277)
We got one 6 off Dana on a nat. cedar plug---- saw multiple fish after that and they wouldn't touch it---
They're pretty quick- tried mac's, sardines- all of it- the only one I got was at 9 am this morning on that cedar plug-- I have not tried a popper yet!
--- not many fish hooked so far today that I've heard of -- 12:45- JD wind switched a little coming from the south now skys stil a bit overcast-
I had those big models up all around us this morning between the two banks the 209 and the 277 had em' all around the boat but they've gone down for now-- 12:59pm
Queit for most of the mid day- low tide turns around at 3 :30pm and the fish started to show again--- that's a big spot of fish--- see that down below you-- 3:59pm off Dana 267 area
others were off the point Dana ) looking for two finners---
Prospector's been pulling on a big fish for the past several hours--- standing by- 4:30pm they must be sporty fishermen- using 30lb tackle!
Lost it --- 2 1/2 hours never saw it one tough bas---- lost it-!! -- must have chewed through the leader---Hey Bob--- I've gait that bird Bird pile up again it you want to try it --- 5:30pm----- pulled the hook!
Prospecter---- we got one on--( Dialed in) - go get em-- hope you get em"
big school I'm following around on the sonar--- terns are on them ---I can't get close to em-- 5:51pm
He's in the cockpit!!! ---- how many inches? --- on the jig--- got tired of soaking baits- there were a lot of fish up schooling--- mini jet head-- Blue and Green ---- Congrats--- what lb tackle 50lb ------- that great-- 45 minutes Ed Rodriguez 6:55pm -- Weighed in qt the BAC at 121.4 lbs --- and taped out at 55 inches, fat butterball ! Congrats to Ed and Crew - caught on a catchy tackle mini Jet- Green Blue
----------------------- Monday's Reports -------------------
Overcast burnt away earlier in the day - by 1o itt was 75% gone- Dozens of boats out-- not many reported hooked ups boats 312, 181, 43, glassed off and nice out there as that sun came out- a puff of fresh air once in a while- seas calm wind if any from the west-
Filling Moon tonight and tomorrow White Sea Bass and others should bite- stand by
E-Mail this afternoon-- Got a couple 5 miles out of Newport. Nice size paddy, a lively dean did the trick. Water temp 65.8.
"Shadow" was also in the 43 area last Friday, with my son Joe, Trent Smith, and Joe Bariean aboard. After being chased twice by the US Navy (war games) we picked up our first of three Bluefin at 1134 AM. The highlight of our trip was Trent Smith getting a tough 32# fish on 6 thread linen.
Just the right size--- a 190 lb Swordfish caught outside of Dana Point- fishing boat --Steven and Travis Tompkins the Angler--Congrats-- JD
Only a few more days to get your word in- if you''ve got a few extra seconds to spend - it might make for several hours of pulling on a big gamefish!
The final push is on for the Drift Gillnet & Longline Petition Drive prior to the Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting on June 14th
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
---"As recreational anglers, we have witnessed firsthand the destruction that drift gillnets can cause- like the indiscriminate catch of marlin, tunas, and countless other species along the Pacific coast. Drift gillnets are harming the ocean where we recreate and it's time we hold fishery managers accountable. We know that ultimately, it’s not the fishermen – it’s the gear. There are better ways to catch swordfish that fetch a higher price at market- like harpoons and deep-set buoy gear- which will still allow these fishermen to make a living that doesn't result in enormous bycatch. It's time to ask the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) to phase out drift gillnets! Click HERE to show your support." Best personal regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Representative - Southern California ---
E-Mail from PV Mexico--- Hey JD Had “Accurate Jack” on the Great White testing some of their smaller gear on the stocker grade of fish we have down here. Man those little reel’s do a number on the tuna.Extreamly impressed. Dave F.
Beautiful fish-- JD
We're 0 for 2- how you doing -----you get all three?-
Came up to 181, big bird school ---tossed all the chovies we had---- tuna came up--- 65 degreee water couldn't get them to go--- were on a big kelp now
Picked em' up on the troll--- what type of lure were you using-- plain cedar plug---
A quick check for this week and San Clemente's Island security- looks like Pyrimid cove ( SHOBA) will be active "Hot" for Tuesday , Wed. night from 8 pm till Thursday 2 am - then open all day till 8 pm that evening ( thursday) Hot until Friday morining at 2 am and then remain open from that 2 am on Friday morning all day and night Sat and Sunday it is open for ancorage all day and night- have fun JD
slow trolling some dines- she got a nice 30lber 1:12pm
We've got a 5 gal bucker of chum- 53 over 46- see you in a bit-- 1:44pm
West wind picked up mid afternoon-
Not as many boats out today and it did not seem as thought many fish were caught-
------------------------------- The Wicked Weekend!!------------------
Lots of show --- not so much go----overcast sky- light 2- 4 knts southwest- calm seas- the filling moon was covered up with the overcast-
boats spread out on all the high spots, 267 had lots of bait, up and down fish were seen then disappeared, there were allot boats her earlier ---then they all left and the fish came up-- we're sticking around here-- 36/ 22 numbers came through the squelch ,
I hope the rest of the summer's VHF radio cleans up- by 10 am those who hadn't caught anything except the buzz were disgraceful on the public radio-
we're headed out of here- spent most of the day here for nothing- haven't seen anything at all- this area was full of life, then nothing would bite- we'll get the trollers out and see if anything comes up- OK we'll keep you posted
209 was the parking lot- others below the 181, above the 209 - trolling boats were searchfull for kelps-
57/over 55 cluster of boats working 10:22am
spent 3 hours on a fish --- just busted it off about 30 minutes ago-- 10:30am
We went two for three yesterday-- had one of those big gorillas on, we chassed it for a couple of miles before the knot failed, it about spooled him four times -- we had to put him on the bow and chase it, the metered was like wicked tunas when he got bit it was well over 100 lbs,--- we saw a spot of breaking fish about 11 am, few boil till then--- slide in on it and he dropped a jig down and got bit-- -it was 63 out there on the 181 and 67 on the inside towards the 312 . yesterday when we were on that big fish there were red crabs everywhere--
and more and more reports come in of lost fish or epic battles won- we only got this 80 lber- but there must have been 50 tons around us- right at the bottom of the tide they came up-- while we were fight that fish we cold see em' breaking all around us-- red and black Zuker tuna feather- 30 lb mono on a Penn senator 4/0 old style- good battle-
E-mail as they got the chance to sleep in this morning--- Hey-JD - on the Mai Tai we lost a BFT at the boat last night at 11:35pm. Hooked it in a school with some VW Bug sized fish in it on the 181 at about 11:20 am on 30# Dacron. Fish was in the 200's. 12 hours and about 10 miles; thing was a beast. Fish won. Hugh -
Another E- MAIL- Hi JD! We are off to a great start on the Triple T with this 80 pounder on an old 4/0 with 30 pound mono outside the 312 on Saturday! Black and red Zuker from your store and P line mono too! Thanks for all the great tackle and tips!! Eric S.
57 and 11---- blood on the deck-- 12 noon
39 / 57 a bunch of them just came up--- 1:08pm
a lot of fish just popped up here- we're at --- 59-- 1:16pm
it's foaming over here---- we just need to catch em' got some stuff popping up here- we're on the lower edge of that school- 1:44pm
they're still up-- my friend next to us just got one-- a small one- that anothe got just hooked up-- 4:20pm
the afternoon hours - sun came through the overhead gray- slicked off nice- boats entering back into the harbor- a few yellowtail flags and a tuna flag here and there- good weekend for most- a broken rod or two, lost fish and long battles -others , most without but a good time on the water either way.
Mike tells me the Bluefin Tunas like to move/ travel on the full moon -Monday and Tuesday- it might be overcast- maybe they wont see as much and will be hungry in the morning- good luck- JD
------------------ Sats's Reports ------------
Catch of the Day--
and later in the afternoon the BAC weights in a tuna- a big tuna from a 4 hour battle on Game Day with Michael Maddox the angler -and Dad the Captain and gaffer first est over 150lbs!!! came in at 126lbs--- a testament to the Shimano Trinidad- a new reel loaded w/ 80lb braid line, there were lots of red crabs in the area
-- and into the evening it went--- on to the scales at the BAC was another large Bluefin this time taken from the 277 area on bait- a 117 1/2 lb fish taken on 40lb line by Even Salvan- tought battle!-
Overcast with a heavy marine layer this morning- wind from the west bringing in the dampness-
---------- saw some fish breaking over here--- were north of the 181- seemed to be the story for most boaters out there this AM--- 8:58am
Got one big yellow maybe 44- 45 lb yellow at the structure this morning, headed towards the 289 , were 8 shy now
South of the 181 we went to my buddy's numbers from yesterday where they had caught some pretty good bluefin- nothing for us so far-.-- We're got the Ducks game later on so we can't stay very long-- go Ducks-- we're 5 s/sw of the 181
Saw a boil -- he got his, I got a birdsnest--- we'll we've got one nice fish aboard-- 9:36am
And the familiar vhf radio overlapping -- we're right here had a---- -- - how ya doing- seen anything--- ---it was here at-- --- -- ---is that you on the parker-- -- nice fish---
There were about 50 of those birds that dive down and get you bait--- all in a tight ball they mush have had something balled up under them, then we saw some boils and that was it--
40 over 47 got one onboard- 9:59am
we missed en' that time ran over them meetered then -- but taey left!- 10:09 am ---we got one on board -were just circling around here- that you on the skipjack- that was me-- there's a wall of fish here!-- got one 40 lb on board about 15 minuts ago --- 40 over 47 , tossing baits on em'
Yellowfin under the porpoise-
Frank-- what are your numbers---?? over 56--
we've been on this fish for over an hour got the angler up to the bow now high spot on the 181- big school came by-- we've been out here since 4 am seen only two schools of fish and only hooked one--
any reports from the 43--- 3 bluefin between 6 and 7 am nothing since-
our scale only goes up to 50-- -- another boat still hooked up on the 181- chasing the fish off the bow-- 12:41pm
" Don't bring a knife to a gun battle" quote of the day as they had hoped for heaver tackle--
JD Great day aboard papa kilo. Hunter Wetton with the kill on a live sardine. Down at the 43 on a boil.
`and later in the afternoon the BAC weights in a tuna- a big tuna from a 4 hour battle on Game Day with Michael Maddox the angler -and Dad the Captain and gaffer first est over 150lbs!!! came in at 126lbs--- a testament to the Shimano Trinidad- a new reel loaded w/ 80lb braid line, there were lots of red crabs in the area
View the fish at the Fishing Festival at the OC Fairgrounds!
-- and into the evening it went--- on to the scales at the BAC was anothee large Bluefin this time taken from the 277 area on bait- a 117 1/2 lb fish taken on 40lb line by Even Salvan- tought battle!-
And the report from New Zealand- Grant Garrett has becomes an official member of that elusive family of catching broadbill swordfish- congrats- JD ---Hi All, We departed Whangaroa Harbour at 5:30 AM for the Garden Patch area which has produced 80% of our Broadbill action over the past 15 seasons.
. At 11:05 the float 100 meters from the stern of Major Tom went flat on the surface. The 37 kg outfit was baited with a large mackerel on a 14/0 J hook so we hoped for the real thing, not another toothie species. Geoff had us pull up the close rig when Grant came tight on the Broadbill at the 250 meter mark. As we got the other bait aboard the Broadbill jumped 150 meters off the stern. Grant was on the strike drag of 12 kg's and as the fight progressed, worked the drag up to 17 kg's. At 2 hours, 15 minutes I had a brief chance at the 25 foot wind on but could not get a wrap. Twenty minutes later the leader was on hand and the fish gaffed. It took a total of 3 minutes for all four of us to pull the fish into the cockpit. Grant has his first Broadbill which Geoff estimated at 150 kg's and all the men's "smart phones" plus the VHF went into action. Around 6:30 PM Major Tom pulled into Whangaroa Gamefish Club Weigh station and Grant's fish went 154.9 kg. Regards, Jerry
And this coming weekend visit the Festival of Sportfishing-- Orange County Fairgrounds
------------------------- Friday's Reports ---------------------
Morning marine layer- it came in last evening and stayed with us all night- - light southwest wind with the cloud cover burning thru by mid morning - nice
We're a couple of miles inside the bank some some tunas but they disappeared, - we're trolling around, we did see a "puddler" of tunas slid into them, but no bites, --- got one small yellowtail from under a paddy early- Did you see that foamer right on top of the bank 312--- they were the 15- 25 lbers not the big boys, water 64.12 degrees here on top of it- we're west 2 miles of the 209 not much here-
Crazy--- crazy--- crazy while going thorough all this C--@#%* in trying to issue California fishing licenses to out of state/ put of country anglers for a half's day of fishing ( waste of time and data) - the radio bounces back and forth in it's scanning between no one catching anything- to those seeing foamers, others just drift fishing whit hopes of a bite where they'd see a tuna roll a 1/2 hour ago to the crazy chatter of the coastguard/ San Clemente Range Officer deploying helicopters to a reported boat shooting Sea Lions and the helicopter being told to Stand Down in live firing at them- - back to the radio scanner of bluefin tunas being seen off Huntington Beach ( really they were Yellowtail by an oil rig) ! Crazy Crazy
4 off Laguna-- a million dolphins- 11:09am
Filling tide and moon- stand by!
Back to the skipper on the 209 with the 100 lb tunas was that on the troll----- thanks for that? 12:04pm others were still soaking baits---
Hey JD, Team Good Karma checking in for today. Capt. Shawn put us on em today ( Thursday) out around the 181. 30-35lb fish. All fish were on live bait. We ended the day with 4 fish and a lot of smiles for Grandpa's birthday trip!!
Another E- Mail-- Hey JD- Had to go out solo yesterday because both parties cancelled. Couldn't resist the possibility to run into one of the large bluefin. I ended up reeling in all the trolling rods and stopping on a meter mark. When it didn't produce I out two rods in the rod holders and slow trolled sardines . Not more than 10 seconds later wan had a nice 40lber. Ended up with 5 bluefin up to 50 lbs just slow trolling sardines the rest of the day. Thanks Black and Blue Sportfishing Dana Point=
We were on the outside Ridge this morning--- saw em' jumping but never got on em', now were on the inside running looking for terns and kelps--
209 this morning for hours and hours-- for nothing- 181/ 182 stuff seen a few fish there-
on the 277 Im marking stuff down at 200 ft crazy like stuff--
We're right here on top of the high spot---- on the 43 all the bluefin you wanted 3:48pm -- others found them unwilling to eat anything- a Halco stopped the boat for one fish and a pair came on bait- another kelp had fish from it-
And another E- Mail -----------Here are some pic's from wednesday trip. 12-17 at 155 heading out of Dana. Big fish. Good pic of my fish gaffed and Dave hooked up on new Cousins Rod. See you soon. Gary
Well how was the sundowner- JD
Hey Jd! Thanks for asking, we made it back alive. Pointed to below the 209 and confirmed we were headed the right direction when we saw Jimmy coming back on the same line; he stopped and gave us numbers and nice bait. A bit NE of the 181 we found the fish with the terns, "smaller" grade 20-40 pound. Skittish and not staying up for long and small spots. Finally got on a good spot and bit on the flyline sardine. That was it for us! Sunset at the 267, back in the harbor at 9pm.
The highlight for the day--we got 5 bonito and one bluefin for the day - not coming back here again tomorrow-
If you dont go fishing Sat or Sunday head to the Festival!
Spotter plans up- working the inside/ leeward side of Clemente Island-
------------------ Thursday's Reports --------------
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.
Better bring the harness and heaver tackle for these girls--- !
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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--
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---
FOXI LADY REPORT- Costa Rica
THE LAST TWO YEARS HAVE REALLY SPOILED ME. I STARTED THINKING THAT EVERY TRIP TO THE FADS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FANTASTIC WELL THE LAST COUPLE OF TRIPS WERE MORE OF A REALITY CHECK, YES WE CAUGHT FISH JUST NOT THE NUMBERS WE HAD SEEN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. ITS THE EXPECTATION LINE CROSSING THE REALITY LINE. I HAD STATED TO THINK THAT THE EL NINO LAST YEAR AND PROBABLY THIS YEAR WAS HAVING AND EFFECT. THE TRUTH IS ANY DAY YOU CATCH A BLUE MARLIN IS A GOOD DAY, AND IF YOU GET 2 IN A DAY THATS A GREAT DAY, AND WHEN YOU GO 7/13 IN ONE DAY AT THE FAD THATS A SUPER DAY. ONE MORE DAY HERE HOPE IT HOLDS BUT A LONGLINER JUST SET UP RIGHT ON TOP OF THE FAD, HOPE THE FISH WILL BE ON OUR SIDE OF HIS THE LINE.
--------------- 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-
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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-
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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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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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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!-
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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.
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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
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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
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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
"Achieving a lifetime goal" he said, - he's got a long future ahead of him in the boat building business, Barrett Howarth's took her maiden voyage this morning , bringing it up to 50 knts in the morning's chop, backing off from there, "rides like a dream , there was allot more to go too!" Build like a rocket ship to go fishin in! Mag Bay 33
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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
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 email@example.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 Marlin!!
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---
\JD, WE HAVE DEPLOYED 2 FADS HERE IN LOCAL WATERS, HOPING THAT THEY WILL ENCHANCE THE FISHING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYBODY. WANT TO LET THEM GROW FOR 2/3 MONTHS BEFORE SHARING THE LOCATIONS. SEE YA SOON, FOXI LADY
Maybe someone will put some FADs out towards the 150 spot this year?
For your information- Mexico has adopted new regulations for commercial and sport below- sport is catch and release only. Please see information below from NMFS
For reference- please see information on Mexico’s recently adopted bluefin regulations for sport and commercial- recreational is catch and release .
Mexico published in its Diario Oficial de la Federacion (it's Federal Register) its new regulations on commercial and sport fishing of PBF. The an article summarizing the rule in Spanish can be found here: http://www.conapesca.gob.mx/wb/cona/5_de_abril_de_2015_mexico_df_ and the regs in Spanish can be found here: http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5387662&fecha=02/04/2015
The summary article includes information on additional closures per the tropical tuna conservation measure, which Mexico also applies to bluefin, in addition to yellowfin, bigeye, and skipjack. Its translation is below: The second paragraph reads that this estabilshes a bluefin tuna catch quota applicable to federal waters in the Pacific Ocean as well as waters in the area managed by the IATTC. [the regulations read that this applies to 2015 and 2016; 3000mt limit in 2015 and a 3000mt limit in 2016]. Third paragraph: This applies to Mexican-flagged vessels which operate under a permit or "concesion de pesca" that this refers to the pens] dedicated to tuna fishing in federal waters and areas managed by the IATTC. Fourth paragraph: Will apply to all fishing activities for tuna that catch bluefin tuna, regardless of where the tuna end,or where they are destined to.Fifth paragraph: All sport-recreational fishing for bluefin must be catch and release and retention is prohibited.
Does this apply to US flagged vessels, then?
It is worth noting that they implemented the tropical tuna conservation measures (C-013-01), which include time and area closures, to apply to PBF, in addition to the tropical tunas. The rule can be found here: http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5361799&fecha=29/09/2014 but is also explained in the summary document provided by SAGARPA.
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,
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,
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 rock…yellow’s hit the trolled X-RAP rapala’s..
Ling’s were on Japanese squid tentacles..
Nice Catch-- and maybe there might be a marin to boot in 67 degree water-- who knows-??-- the shadow knows---
5 days in a row they've been here on the beach-- light marine haze off shore- wind enough to lift the flags with a steady wave from the south- seas calm with a slight wind ripple on it-
Some interesting facts- Red Crabs,AKA; Squat Crabs , Tuna Crabs or Plellrollcodes plallipes. Which translates to "bulgy-sided crab with flat feet."
In the wild, Red crabs can be observed swimming backward and upwards at or near the surface and stretch out all their legs thus creating a parachute effect because of the numerous fine hairs on the legs and float slowly downward while using their filtering mechanism to feed. A peculiar behavioral pattern of red crabs related to feeding. About one-third of the red crabs swam upside down and the majority of the crabs rafted up and appeared to maintain themselves at the surface by hanging on the surface film with their legs, presumably feeding on surface plankton.
E-Mail this morning--- Hi JD,
My brother, Mike (visiting from Wisconsin), and my oldest (Duke) each boated nice Yellowtails at Catalina today. We were trolling Rapalas in 50' of water on the East end. Beautiful day on the water, for sure!!! Cheers! Jim
Lots of boats out today--
We were at it again today for a few hours in the late morning. Jackson boated this beautiful yellowtail near Moonstone. It is 20-22 lbs and 40" lonoks like we'll have fish for dinner everyday this week!!!
She's still for sale-- Hawk
1985/2005 29’ Crystaliner w/ Cummins Diesels. -Sale price is Now 75,000 My contact # is 858-354-9904-- Pat
Erik Landesfeind and Chris Oakes
It doesn't come without it's trials and tribulations, evil insects and reptiles inhabit the surrounding flora and fauna- ah- but so do those strange fish desired only in wild dreams .
E-Mail this morning from our world wander Pete B.
JD, I just returned from an epic adventure on the Agua Boa River in the state of Roraima, the northern most and least populated state in Brazil. The fishing was very successful. I am returning with 4 pending IGFA World Records and 2 Peacock Bass over 10lbs which will qualify for the IGFA 10lb Bass Club. We fished out of the legendary fly fishing only Agua Boa Lodge. The guides, fishing, food and hospitality were superior, one of my favorite trips ever.
I fished very light tackle down there. The first photophoto is a 10 1/2lb Speckled Peacock Bass.The second is an Arawana that I landed on 4lb tippet on my 4wt fly rod (Pending World Record). The third photo is an Orinoco Peacock that I landed on 4lb tippet on my 4wt rod (Pending WR). VERY fun action!
A big bonus to the trip was the amazing birding. Huge Jabiru Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Blue and Yellow Macaws etc...I identified over 20 species. 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
Not typical to find these pelagic crabs this time of year-- more like summer months-- water temps remain in the mid 60's
Made two cast with a plastic ( fish) no bites- put on a Red Crab, scooped up off the beach- one cast, one nice sized Spotted Bay Bass, it's stomach bulging with stuffed crabs--
Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean. As the most abundant species of micronekton in the California Current
and another E-Mail report for Chris Webb on TIME OUT with a bluefin he caught on Tanner Bank. First Flag for BYC.
48 lbs on 30 Vick S.
Trolled for about two hours for the marlin from around Seal Cove back side and back around---conditions looked great-- got some tunas out on the Tanner and Yellowtail in the Cove at Clements this morning---it was good, how was the weather?- never got a drop of water on the boat-- broke off a bunch on the lighter tackle --a little bit east of the high spot---First Tunas for the DAC, Hooked
Tanner Tuna from the Hooked--
Ryan L sent these this afternoon---
E-Mail just in------- Hey JD-- Jack Rainwater got a bluefin at 6:42 yesterday and Jason Blower a yellowtail at 8:15. Both fish on the Tanner Bank in Salas 6x jr blue/white jigs. Weighing them at club tomorrow. Good weather and fishing. Prospector out, Bob
Congrats to the Prospecter and crew- JD
Rodney on the Provider calls in-- They'd hooked a marlin off the backside of the San Clemente Island but lost it-- they also got some tuna out on the bank, Tanner I think-- Congrats to them too- JD
Three of them spent their time out there, really nice weather-- New Years Day on on the bank-got a taste for the tunas and tails even 10-12 lb bonitos- then back to Pyramid for the evening-- joined together for dinner aboard the Provider watching football games, doesn't get much better, tuna tales and football games add in great weather and the beauty of cove. Taking a East tack this morning back up the lee of the Island looking for marlin water 62/63 degrees and some bait--- Provider ran around and went up the backside of the island, dragging ballyhoos- gets a marlin bite a little after 8 am but it gets away! -- not bad way to start the year--- .JD
Vick calls in with another 1st for the Year a White Sea Bass caught on 30 lb test line-- Congrats to Vick and crew --outside the Horseshoe Bank
the end of the year
I did some research on the number of fish caught here in California, Dock totals recorded by the landings and an estimate of those numbers of fish caught by the recreational anglers-- yes I'm off on some of the estimates for the private boat catches- if anything shy of count on a few fish and maybe more on others but it gives one a perspective of what harvest is caught- others fish get away or are released so you get an idea of how many fish are out there- or were--
------------What was caught in 2014 -------
|2014 Fish Counts|
|Value from Recorded catch||Value set at 50 % of Commercial catch|
|Commercial Sportboats||Recreational Private||Totals|
|White Sea Bass||3,793.00||1,896.50||5,689.50|
E-Mail- Hey JD -- Picked off this guy below Cedros 11/10. Note the X-Rap in his mouth. We tried to weigh the fish but the scale bottomed out. I'm 6'-1" so the fish must be 6' or so....Good Vibrations
------------Old Info --- Reports , Photos for this season---------------------
Pacific Pioneer - Released one!! Congrats!! 4 off seal rock Catalina east end of the island-- 69.2 lots of life, birds, porpoise, bait no one here --we're the only boat out here-- Sheet glass conditions-- tough fish almost a hour long battle the fish had only half a bill on it-- ( we call them william for short) - absolute sheet glass out here today--haven't had a ripple in two days,, zero, zero, zero yeaterday Jig fish today mackerel clone! -
Those fish were at box canyon off the domes in 215 feet of water, 72.5 gorgeous blue water John M.
Monday morning wahoo
We tried fishing for the yellowtail but got tired of all the seals taking them-- must have been 40 boats fishing there-- so went trolling off the domes -- water 69 degrees-- we had two other bites but they didn't stick -- this one did marauder black and purple-- nice 45lbs-
All we've been seeing is straight wahoo-- swimming on the surface-
we're down here at the numbers from yesterday's wahoo- must be 40 boats here-- some are fishing yellowtail others wahoo and others marlin-- party boat coming down here to fish the yellows got a wahoo on the maurader-!-
Caught 1st one around 1:30PM second 3 mins after marauder went back in on Dawghaus
Photo's of Geoff H's released marlin yesterday trying to throw that Mackeral Clone!
Radio report-- from one boat on the A bank to the East end--- for what its worth-- we got spooled on 50 lb outfits with Blue Marlin lures! right on the 152 ( East end of Catalina) - birds, bait seals-- two big holes on the strikes--- never saw em', never as a windshield wipe, just big holes and the reels dumped out line-- before I could get the boat turned to get the belly out of the line they both came off! That was about a hour and a half ago-- 1:12pm
JD just wanted to share the dorado Dustin Cookman
Caught. The fish was a 30 lb bait fish on 20lb dacron we were seven off the beach between the 14 and Dana Point
Wahooooo------ Bill Seiler aboard Nuevo with Dave and Derek New------ Congrats-- JD . Billy had been after the Whos for the better part a week now- got one!
Here’s a pic of one of those dorado hanging around the 14 mile bank. Big fat female dodo. Pic doesn’t do it justice. Ended up with 3 after farming a couple. Never saw any bulls swimming around. I can only imagine how big they are….
JD- yesterday off Newport we spotted what we thought was a pack of tailing marlin. My dad cast a mackeral on them but was immediately bit off? Very strange we thought. They popped back up again and we approached them a second time; that's when they swam right off our bow and we realized it was a group of 3 wahoo. I jumped in and shot one with the speargun! Wahoo tailers on a glassy day in mid October, definitely amazing.
( I'd heard the wahoo tailing like geese in a "V" shape pattern right on the surface-JD) -
Hey JD, Here's a picture of the Marlin we caught yesterday on the Kea Kai. We were happy to get our second satelitte tag deployed! It was a sleeper that ate a perfectly casted mackerel by Jock A. The fish put on a great show for us. Sam Long did a great job wiring the fish. Dave Elm placed the tag and I captained the boat and got a few good pictures. Ryan Griffin
Let's hope these marlin stay around for the rest of the Fall season-- even if they don't-- the groundwork has been laid we'll be able to follow their paths of migration in a few months thanks to the efforts of these boats and their sponsors. Next year and the following years we hope to establish a better understanding of these exciting gamefish of the sea--
Hi JD, Here's the latest update on the MABT Great Marlin Race:-
Fish #1 -Team Charisma, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 12th
Fish #2 - Team Hooked, Dana Angling Club - Tag deployed on September 12th.
Fish #3 - Team Kea Kai, Los Pescadores Fishing Club, In Memory of Joe "Grrr" Houck - Deployed on Sept 18th.
Fish #4 -Team Joint Venture, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 27th.
Fish #5 - Team Andrea, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #6 - Team Kea Kai, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #7 - Team Royal Slam, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
-------------------- Reports ------------------
The only other Big Blue Marlin I know of being weighed was 1931 Alfonse Hamann;s 692 lb fish, 13 ft 5" 65" girth 1hr, 52mn battle for a Marlin, called a Swordfish, or Striped Marlin it was A Blue
So Steve calls in-- they got the Blue-- stuck around looking for the Swordfish-- find one-- bait it-- but it doesn't take the bait--- close--- heads towards Avalon to weigh the Blue-- dragging a couple of marlin lures and hooks a striper and release it- off the east end of the island 15/10 -- can't get much better that that! - - catch a Blue, bait a Sword and release a Striper all in one day off So Calif-- Remarkable!-- 3:44pm
And the Don Juan-- just leaving Newport this morning--- water turns brilliant clear blue several miles out-- why not put em' in--- Bang -----Wahoo- est 50lbs-- slams the rigger Flying fish lure - boated! -- that's the way to start the day! 51.3 lbs!!! Congrats caught it on Dacron line too
E-Mail Report this morning-- Hey JD-- Fished with my good buddy Ken Schilling, and Russ out of SD on his boat Sunday.(302) We had 5 marlin releases that came from 3 triples, we got 4 of the fish this way. We spotted Elvis, had to change gears from 20lb drop back to something bigger. Boat was stopped and the gear coming in, strippers were all over us trying to eat the jigs dangling in the water from the rod holders. It was like being in the middle of a fish bowl. Wild, at the last second the skipper took a look at the size of Elvis and threw behind the boat instead and we were hooked up to another mean stripper again, that was fish #5. Best day ever fishing. I had 3 fish for the day as my fish never fell off. All the fish came to leader at least 3 times before the release, very tough fish, One we estimated to be 200 lbs plus. 2 bait fish, 3 jig fish, and a successful double release with fish off both ends of the boat. All the fish put on great aerial shows, and would not give up. No 10 minute here! here Chuck (Cowboy).
Hey, JD we got a double jig strike late yesterday outside the lower 9, thought it was Marlin... Surprise!! Landed both on Marlin jigs that fortunately had wire double hook rigs. Aditionally we have totaled 5 marlin mostly off the 302 over the past week. Scott H. Crusader
E-Mail from the San Diego Marlin Club Greetings JD
We had some good fishing for our ILTT 10 Boats - 5 fish caught ,4 releases (3 Tagged).
Our boat was the winning team with two fish on 20#. I ended up being Top
Angler with a fish on 20# in 44 minutes. I believe the tournament had a
total of 12 or 13 hookups, mainly grid 67 One of the caught and released fish was positively identified as a Blue Marlin,which was caught by the Lively One.The Lively One also caught and released a Short bill Spearfish.
During our awards dinner on Sunday Bob Woodard JR. brought a 39.8 Wahoo into the scales-this was caught on the inside of the 9 mile bank.That same day we also weighed in a Blue Marlin (126 lb),that was caught at the Hidden Bank-they also reported two more hookups that appeared to be Blue Marlin.. Wayne S
And more Blue marlin reports and those Damn Peaky Sharks are still showing up! Damn Sharks
I was fishing with a buddy yesterday on his 44' Pacifica "Victory" about 8 miles NE of Pyramid when a 500+ pound blue bit a black and purple Zuker 3.5 trolled on the short starboard corner. It bit and came greyhounding up the starboard side of the boat and kept going leaving a trail of white wash for a few hundred yards. The owner of the boat did a great job chasing after it bow first and we got up and down on it in about 20 mins. 10 more mins making progress trying to put the hammer to it b/c I knew we didn't have a chance in a long fight with 100 lb 6 foot mono leader and 50lb main line. Now or never. For the last 15 mins it was holding about 20 feet down below the transom swimming away from us slowly as we were backing down. It took one nice tail kick and busted off after 45 mins total fight time. I snapped this pic on the third and final jump after the line broke; it seemed like F&%$ You jumps Another interesting note: I almost threw bait on a well-manufactured fake Marlin sleeper made of a T-bar PVC pipe with a vinyl cutout of a marlin tail even painted with a metallic navy blue. Very impressed with the thoughtful construction. I gaffed it and took it home. Damn Pesky Sharks! Brian Rapf
Hit a black and purple Cousins lure-- Andreya-- Wired---12:09 pm-coming back from the island-Shipping lanes-- - Swordfish hits the Jig--- Coming back into Newport in an hour-- photos coming-- Congrats-- JD's ---- they found Elvis-- rigger goes off thought it was a marlin--- get it to the boat---- we're all still shaking in disbelief! pretty amazing, Nate Shill the angler-
I've only heard or seen a few swordfish taken on lures mostly black and green or black and purple- this on hit the 1220 flat faced pusher head Cousins Black and purple - 30lb tackle-- basically it made the strike tried to shake look e the hooks then sounded
They were carrying the Great Marlin Race tagging system think it was a small marlin they could tag it-- but as they discovered it turns out to be a broadbill swordfish-- -
Not a big fish but a
Not sure if Rodney got a hold of you but we hooked up to a monster blue marlin yesterday. 4 miles above the 289 after a little bit of Tuna fishing with Cory Wells, Jim Wells, Danny Uribe on Provider, Rodney made the call to put in the marlin jigs. Trolled for about 15 minutes when the left rigger went off. A big blue marlin shot out of the water and started running right at the boat. Rodney made a quick maneuver to miss the on coming missile. As the fish ran past the boat the line broke followed immediately by the sound of the right rigger clip popping and clicker screaming.
Jock on the Kea Kai just called in releasing another fish - ----- with a Great Marlin Race satellite tag-- 95lb fish healthy and actively on his way-- Congrats to the fleet-- JD
8 Clubs, 49 boats, 193 anglers
24 hook up- 15 fish released, 1st Day 9 releases/ 2nd Day 6 released fish
High Club Award went to Pescadors Team #1, 2 nd High Club Award to the Dana Angling Club Team #1 and 3rd High Club to Tuna Club Team #1- Congrats- JD
High Boat Bounder, 2nd Kea Kai, 3rd Poco Loco
High Angler Jock Albright 2nd Bill Buchannan, 3rd Rod Halperin, 4th Vick Sommers, 5th Calen Offield, 6th Drew Lawler, 7th Bob Denault, 8th Brian Fox, 9th Alyson Gillet, 10th Linda Crean, Circle Hook award Vick Sommers
The Great Marlin Race--on the first two fish of the tournament the Satilight Tags were deployed in their releases-Congrats to the Charisma representing the Tuna Club of Avlaon and the Hooked representing the Dana Angling Club for there efforts we are all indebted, thank you.
In 180 days from now the tag will pop to the surface and transmit where these two fish have traveled. A bit of data processing to see which fish traveled the furthest wins the race. And the main reason for the use of the tags is scientific. by then to have recorded all the water conditions and lay track of it's migrations journey though these conditions. And more great news , the other Sat tags not used in the tournament will be used in the next 60 days which keeps them study pool to get a better sampling- best of luck to the other tagging efforts- JD
Team Joker in the 267 area.
Angler Eric Kin
Skipper George Garrett
Gaffer Ted Royal
Species - Wahoo
They plan to head in today and weigh is at the BAC.
Let's throw more gasoline on the fire--- if it's hot now-- stand by not only will you have to start trolling marauder Wahoo Lures-- better break out the Bent Butts-- Positive ID on a 600- 700 lb maybe bigger Blue Marlin off the 312 Fathom spot-- ( outside Oceanside) !! Stand By !!!!!
So Eric hadn't put any of the yellowfin tuna they had hooked on the deck, lost three---- running between spots of fish up they trolled an X-Rap 20 ---goes off--- his friend says- you take it-- it's yours -thinking maybe it's a dorado-- --- he's on--- George G. at the wheel- see's the line take a heavy plunge-- it's a healthy fish-- take your time--- no idea for sure what it is--- Eric's an experienced angler and gets the fish to the boat--- #@%&*%$#@!@1#3 a few words are discussed-- don't loose it at the gaff! ---- it goes in and over the rail-- -- Unbelievable-- Wahoo 28 miles out of Newport, below and inside the 276/ 279 fathom spot (outside Dana Pt.) water was blue and nice-- Calstar Rod GFTR 756XL, Shimano Talica 20 2 speed -60 lb mono and a Rapala XRap -20 Sardine-- ! Congrats JD- I don't recall anyone ever catching a Wahoo here before! 50.1 lbs---Eric Kim of Fullerton, Ca 8/30/14
In an request from biologist Owen S. of Southwest Fisheries Science Center The problem is, it is hard to get samples of marlin caught off California. I could use tissue and anal fin samples from any marlin that are kept. If you hear of any marlin killed and kept please let me know. For future samples we'll need the entire fin including the base that attaches the the body firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037-1508
Hey JD, we released a marlin Saturday about 8 am midway between the 14 and Avalon bank on the Janice O. The fish came in and hit a rapala before switching over to a black/purple tuna feather behind a daisy chain. Congrats to Berkele
1st Marlin Released --- Congrats to Todd P /Billy and crew for caching and releasing the First Marlin of the Season-- it's going to be a great season- stand by--
The fish is being smoked and the skeleton and head were picked up by a researcher from NOAH at Scripps to be studied-------
------------------ Friday's reports ----------------
-------- First marlin of the season caught-- above the border-- weight 185 lbs-- big fish!! ate a cast bait-- 181 area-- caught July 3 on the 181 by Oceanside's Jimmy Linville weighed 185 lbs caught on bait---photos coming-- Congrats---JD
I went fishing for my birthday , came up with this 40lb WSB off of Santa Rosa Island. Drizzly morning , but finally calmer weather !
Happy 4th of July!
JD. Did you get the pic of David's halibut. 4# line on the troll. 28.7#. Yesterday. In the harbor. Regards. Hal
And less us not forget the young ones who enjoy the sport of fishing-- released alive and well est. 5 lb Spotfin caught by Rick H's son with -- naturally a gob of mussels-- nice catch!]
1st Tuna BAC and Tuna Club 2014 --- Hey JD--- My 9 year old Trey caught his 1st Tuna yesterday 16.2 on 20lb test line to capture first fish flag honors, then promptly are the fishes beating heart! Sea Myth II , Trent S.
Trey Smith (9 years old) on 20# Dacron – 16.26 lbs. caught on June 30th at 1:27 p.m.
And making the run south to below San Onofre, Dave E. and son Dustin put's on a pair on too- The WSB went 53lbs The YT was 36.7
Fishing the old stuff- known as regulations tackle, AKA Linen fishing lines-- 6 thread linen lines, both the Balboa Angling Clubs and that of the Tuna Club of Avalon records were challanged this weekend as anglers who were trying to break the past years catches- Paul H. had it-- them Pete B took it - it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD
2014 Fish Catches
And Hoose shows off hisYellowtail taken on 12lb test dacron--- nice catch!!!
Penn Fathom 12, Cousins rod, 12 lb Dacron. Epic battle on light tackle. Hoose Pending World Record-- Official weight 45.6 lbs
Still here in Port San Luis about 27lb
Got one today------- but that's as high as she could lift it up.!!
Congrats to Aaron Jeffrey of SA with his 152.3 lb Opah!---
Making the crossing back from Catalina--- yellowtail fishing and got em'--- but the bigger news -ELVIS - of seeing a big Swordfish right on todays slack tide in the Shipping Lanes-- having not the bait nor the tackle they just watched-- Stand By!
Could 'a. would 'a should' a-- that's what we said after weighting in the 65.0 White Sea Bass taken this morning by Mike O. fishing under the 30lb tackle category it would have topped the BAC's fish board for the year- beating out Vicks 59 fish from yesterday and just shy of a club record on 30 be a couple of pounds--- ---Could 'a. would 'a should' a- paid up my BAC dues for this year--- sorry-- doesn't count--- - a lessen to be learned-- all the time money and efforts, really not, for nott cause he's really out just for the fishing-- but it would'a, should'a 's and could have been a BAC winning fi
Stayed good for all day-- seemed like it was going to switch and come around from the west but it didnt, stayed southwest all day- --just right -- didn't made the run for nothing--- came up with a nice 59.6 lb WSB caught it on 12 IGFA line-- not quite a BAC Club Record but close-
Hooked started the weekend off right. Last squid in Tank Mike W. caught this 28.85lb WSB
Not the scores I was hoping for today-- but those that got our enjoyed the day on the water-- light westerly sprang up mid- late afternoon but not enough to matter-- a few Black Sea Bass mauled the baits that were set for the White Sea Bass and of course there were the sharkers out--
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KRD-002 Tarpon Trek Spin rods
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He caught it on 40lb tackle which puts him in the 50# class New Club Record – 66.2 lbs!
Where did they come from and where do they go-- There are 10 years and older recorded spaghetti style tag studies showing some head south-- some into Mexico, some to the west and some even further to New Zealand- Newer and better studies need to be made--- maybe next years the BAC's Masters will incorporate Great Marlin Race which is used in conjunction of major fishing tournaments around the world to help better understand these migrations for a better fish science management-- Talk to your clubs about sponsoring a tag for next years Masters--- JD
The winner of the 2012-2013 IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is Peter Teakle of Lizard Island, Australia! The satellite tag he sponsored during the 26th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was deployed in a 360 kg (794 lb) black marlin and traveled 2,577 nautical miles in 69 days, creating the second longest billfish track of the research program jointly run by the International Game Fish Association and Stanford University.
“That we’ve now seen the second longest distance of the IGMR project is amazing,” said IGMR co-chair and Stanford University marine biologist, Dr. Randy Kochevar. “But the real win here is that in the past two years we have recorded a total of 31,000 nautical miles worth of data on open-ocean habitat usage available for scientists anywhere. Having access to this kind of data is what researchers need in order to better understand how these incredible animals are using the open ocean.”The winning billfish track, as well as all the other satellite tag tracks generated by billfish tagged during the IGMR, are available on interactive maps on the IGMR website. We invite you to follow the fish and learn more about our billfish research program.
A pending club record for the Tuna Club of Avalon-- 51 lb White Sea Bass caught with 6 thread linen line, it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD
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It’s piscatorial soup of mixed sealife that beckons our shores let's see what happens through the course of this year.
June's Report - Bill, the Striped Marlin,Tetrapturus audax has been following the west winds flow of Central Pacific Gyre’s energy as it translates towards our West Coast, higher in latitude than he feels he’s got a right to be but mother nature takes her course there and so will he, besides he’s got those exploring genes in him and wants to wander around – soon he and his adventurous buddies will be riding those California currents south. Quick as a wink and just as fast, he’s finding he needs to be. At almost 5 feet long now he’s appetite is becoming fond of the abundant Anchovies he’s finding now. Although small they taste good, he just has to eat a bunch of them. The unusually warm water has spurred the hatching of 20 000 to 30 000 eggs per Northern Anchovy or Engraulis mordax from the Greek word Engraulis (European anchovy) and the Latin mordax (biting) they feed on plankton, primarily euphausids, copepods, and decapod larvae. This year 39,000 metric tons of Northern anchovies will reach about 25 cm in length and a life span of about 7 years. Diel migrations occurs, remaining at depths during the day and approaching the surface in low-density schools at night. The eggs float, first with the major axis perpendicular and later with the major axis horizontal. Eggs hatch in two to four days, depending on the water temperature. Bill and company will have a steady diet of mineral and protein Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and selenium rich baitfish this summer. Bill’s southern cousins will soon be chased from the compounds of the Baja Peninsula and make their way around to the Pacific side where it’s a little cooler in semi -tropical conditions. By August they will visit the sunny shores of California. Those Hurricanes are quite distracting to ones appearance.
Bluefin “Tom” Thunnus orientalis We made it-- Bluefin “Tom” Thunnus orientalis - we’ll at least a few of us made it. In two and a half month’s crossing some felt that urge to bend it to the north following that cooler flow of water but we stood our ground, followed that Magnetite in the neural pits of our snouts, being warm blooded we just swam a little deeper that’s all. Made it here to the West Coast off Northern Baja to find the surface water a little too warm for our liking, the only place of relief was right up close to the beach where it upwelled cool water from a thousand feed deep and that’s where those anchovies are. We’ll stay around for a while till things heat up. June Gloom’s overcast mornings are shorter with longer bright daylight hours now, Tom’s staying deep unless it’s overcast then come up or towards sunset when those choves came up following that Diel migration. Still only a adolescent at only 20 lbs and 2 years he’s relying on the older mature 4 and 5 year olds of his kind, like freshmen and varsity players in high school they know the ropes. There’s a lot to learn and not many teachers around, some of them have already followed the call of the North and on their way already. Pesky gangs of their southern brown bronzed yellow skinned cousins are here too, greedy little brats they steal every scrap of food around. Tom and his black sheep cousin Stink Eye have bigger eyes which help in the chase of their favorite foods, California flying fish, Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus californicus the largest member of the flying fish family. Laying egg sacks in the kelp beds of Cedros Islands where they, themselves were nurtured and now follow the course of the yellowtail and have come north in waves, the Leaping Bluefin will follow--
Mike our Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares For two hundred miles out to sea juvenile yellowfin are beings wept along with the California Counter Current as it moves up along the Baja peninsula Fueled also by the El Nino event Michael and friends have reached 18 lbs and are growing quick, gulping down those Red Crabs their finding along the way. Hummm—like little lobsters –tasty, his own flavor will take on the trait.. Joined in their travels are the dinosaur reptilians of the sea, Chelonia mydas the Green sea turtles and the Caretta caretta, Loggerhead turtles who’ve like Mike’s blue finned cousins have come across from Japan making the overseas 5600 mile crossing just to join in the party.
His bigger brother, Big Eye’d Charlie is along for the ride too. Stink-eye Charlie we’ll call em’, his lifespan is up at 12 years and he’s had sex at age four, lucky guy. He’s a little different –he’s hemoglobin is able to extracts oxygen efficiently in oxygen-poor condition. And heart has the ability to function effectively in cold subsurface water while following the vertical migrations of organisms into the deep scattering layers. Spending prolonged daytime periods as deep as a 1,000 feet deep preying on sources that the yellowfin does not have access to. Charlie preys mostly on cephalopods in deeper waters but must periodically return towards surface waters to warm up and watch that afternoon’s sunset
Mike and all his friends will be at our doorstep soon.
Happy Birthday Jack Yellowtail Seriola lalandi Coming to America-- one year old this month, he’s weathered the storms of early life, gotten away from nasty sealion bites, diving long billed birds of prey and big lipped seabasses--- so far. Pushing 20 inches now and 3.8 lbs with a birthday surprise to his diet’s- Pelagic free-drifting red crabs they taste just like chicken lobsters of the sea He’s not the only one’s, those overweight Calico Bass in the kelphood also relish them too, stuffing their faces with them like candy bars “ Crunchy on the outside but good inside”. They need to go in a diet. Jacks older brothers and sisters, older by a year at 8- 12 lbs along with his parents sent word via Jonathan of the assault on their ranks, another 2569 of them taken this month, that 4,747 in 60 days, not counting the privates loss. Like following gospels they go up into that world “up there” and never come back- a fishy heaven sort to speak. Jack will leave his home now and follow the flow of warm water to the north seeking shelter wherever it’s found. His parents and siblings have crossed above the border undetected and finding better lodging and table fare while visiting old uncles and aunts in their retirement homes of Clemente and Catalina Island.
Thunnus alalunga, Art, our four year old North Pacific Albacore is 12 ½ lbs , 25 ½ inches and has come to a border of his own, being chased from the west with the unpleasantries of oppressive summertime heat and to the southeast a finger of that high salinity low oxygen waters that’s moving in– ahh but to the north there’s a path of the beautiful California Current, rich in anchovy larvae, pinheads and sauries. Let’s hope Art finds his way towards our offshore banks before heading north, maybe that tongue of the C C will finds its way below Clemente and 60 Mile Bank, We’d like to meet him again.
The Dolores’s, Dorado Coryphaena hippurus and her girlfriends are still on hold, We’ll see them in the middle of the summer
Strong currents run deep – better sharpen you hooks! JD
Jan's report - The first Striped Marlin, Tetrapturus audax we see in the season may have been born in the Kuroshio Current a year ago as it flows the ocean’s gyre off the North Pacific. he’s 35 lbs now and festive, having survived the snatching beaks of nasty birds and other deep sea gobblers from below. Later on in the season if currents allow are other year old brothers and sisters of his breed are off the Southern tip of Baja by a thousand miles. Moms were 2 years old and 60 inches when she spawned 20 million eggs with hopes that Dad could fertilized them to develop into planktonic, lecithotropic larvae. Conditions this past year in the northern hemisphere favored a better recruitment of hatching larvae to drift and grow. So right now somewhere swimming in the waters above the Hawaiian Islands or south off Baja hundreds perhaps thousands of miles a 3 or 5 foot long striped marlin lives—let's call him “William” or Bill for short. Bill will live in the upper surface layer on all sages of his life. Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus orientalis, Born of 5 ft long parents and 130 lbs late in the summer four years ago off the southern coast of Japan, now as one or two years old weighing in at 5 to 10 lbs they begins a two month, 6,000-mile cross-oceanic migration to the Eastern Pacific off Baja California in the Spring. After two to four years foraging off the Mexican and California/ Oregon coastlines they'll be returning home to those same Western Pacific waters where born and remain for another 15- 25 years 10 ft and a thousand pounds, slow growing in later life. While here along our coast the younger fish travel further to the north onto Central Calif. in late springtime and return towards the south as Fall and Winter approaches, the older fish mostly stay south off Baja. Magnetite, a mineral found in neural pits in their nose detects the earth’s magnetic field for their navigation. Warm-blooded they can heat their bodies 11° F warmer than surrounding water, that’s why the fight so well. Must consume 5% of their body weight daily and must continually swim with their mouths open to force water over their gills. We’ll call him “Tom” the Bluefin tuna. –Hi Tom. His buddy the Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares , “Mike” we'll call em’, he’s a resident here on the West Coast part of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and doesn't migrate across the Pacific like the Bluefin. Mike’s a fast grower as a youngster, feeds on plankton and then small fish, krill, squid and. crustaceans. At one year he’ll be 24 inches long and might grow to about 300 lbs . Mike reaches maturity at about 2 years and around 40 inches but he doesn't live that long with average age being just 5-6 years old, he'll be a old man at 8 if he makes it that long. March 24” grows about 2” a month, by Dec 40 inches, March 24”, Apr 26, May 28,June30, July32, Aug34, Sept36, Oct38, Nov 40 Dec And the North Pacific Albacore, Thunnus alalunga, “Art” ( Starting this lastJan 2014 he’s only 18 inches and 5 lbs ) and his family we hope to see more of, they travel around a lot. Mon and Dad matured at around 35 inches, 28 lbs at 5 or 6 years old and hope to see 13 years. Albacore are an iteroparous species that breeds seasonally only once a year. Moms lay eggs that are fertilized externally (oviparous) by scatter their eggs throughout the ocean months from November to February which float to within a foot or so of the surface, wave actions mixes them with Dads offerings. That's what a lot of birds are picking at. A 40 lb female can produces 2 to 3 million eggs then migrates towards two regions of the Northeast Pacific. One towards the northern part of Baja the other is off the coast of Washington and Oregon. In the warmer waters off Baja they make dives to depths exceeding 656 feet during the day and stay near the surface at night, while off the coast of Washington and Oregon they stay near the surface the entire day. Albacore move across the Pacific during the fall and appear in Japan in their late winter/spring fisheries then migrate back to North America. Art never really rest; he’s always on the move because of their demand for oxygen and he eats one-quarter its own weight in food a day. Yellowtail, Seriola lalandi We’ve got to call him Jack—Jack comes from the Cedros Islands area. Last July his Mom and Dad were 4 year olds and 10 pounders Mom laid 450,000 eggs that year – she hopes to live to a ripe old age of 30 years and give off 4 million. Jacks been growing quickly he’s a pound now, darting in and out of kelps beds chasing food and/or not being food himself. By this summer he’ll be a year old and 4 lbs, by 5 years he'll be 16 lbs.
Good luck this seson- JD
some day chickens- some days feathers
--------------------- no longer fishing the reefs and kelp beds off Laguna-- the Forbidden Zone-- -
Those pleasant trips below the harbor - enjoying the scenery and good fishing with your children, wife or friends are no longer permitted due to some idiotic woman and the Laguna Beach city council-- shame on them- Hope they all get voted off their positions,