---------- Oct 4 th 2015 - Notice-- Store will be Closed on Mondays--JD-----------
It just keeps going on and on-- get to work here this morning,-- by the time I get tuned in- There had been the Conquest trying to get a hold of JD's, been on a marlin for an hour--halfway between the 277/209- still on I guess?- and Jimmy Decker was calling in with a wahoo story--- it just keeps going on and on-- weather flat-- scattered cloud cover slight south wind 2- 5 knts-- water 74 degrees- on the 14 mile bank- -- we should all be out there!
Hammerheads- seen locally-- 2 off the beach--
We got lucky--- trolling a couple of marlin lures an a couple of wahoo lures-- wahoo hit the marlin lure---maybe a mile west of the 14----- I think I just saw a wahoo jump---we're about a mile from this morings spot--- 26/03 now--- ran out to the Avalon Bank-- not much life there- we came back here for the tide--Decker--- 12:25pm
-------------------- The Weekend's Reports-- closed Monday windy-----
Lisa and Jim Werner and Steve wild on Gray Dawn with est 60 l. Wahoo. Sat
JD, I just want to thank you for your valuable big game fishing report. Every year it is a useful tool to determine what, when and how to be a successful angler/captain. Sunday I went fishing with friends Owner/captain Dave Brooks & Ed Leland on the Pacific Player out of HH. We managed one approx. 60 pound Wahoo and a few Dorados. Outside of that it was mostly lifeless around 14, 152 & A Bank. Got beat up by weather early Sunday and ended later as a beautiful day. Thanks Again, Dave Dodge
Overcast skies giving way to some blue behind it-- wind are expected to increase from the S/W but morning hours not bad at 3- 6 knts west- seas have a lump to them, several boats came back in early-- by mid day it started to flatten out--
Whales again being seen along the coastline-- - more bait showing up
The call comes in mid day -JD coming back from Catalina, Whites they had spent the night-- yesterday about 10 below the 209 where they boated a nice 50- 60lb wahoo- needing a Wahoo flag-- ! crossing the channel not bad- going with it and dry-- 1:50pm
Migrations of Striped Mullet seen along the coastline, bays and harbors
Not many boats out or at least on the radio-- seas dont look that bad and with wind backed off to come in out of the south--
Lobster hooping was said to be good for those at Catalina- with not a lot of shorts--
a early morning wahoo from the 14 today--
couple of boats I spoke to said seas were flat this afternoon- beautiful but only a few kelps seen found -some dolphins outside and above the 14 --were metered to be holding--
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Right out the front door here in Newport schools of anchovies and even krill has appeared--- chased by small bonito and a few of those smaller yellowtails and five whales with the assortment of diving pelicans, dolphins and the sea lions-- good show of sealife-
- and the phone rings-- Hey JD- you there-- your not going to believe this--- Go ahead anything's possible this year--- I was just trolling a cedar plug right outside the harbor entrance and I hooked a Hammerhead Shark--- bit me off about twenty feet from the boat---- I'll be in to get a new lure shortly! 9:33am
E-Mail this morning Hey-JD: Troy captured this beaut yesterday off San Diego. Thanks for all your reports!! Best, DAA
They came out of the backyard storage--old tackle boxes and bilges - old Blue Marlin lures, and Wahoo jigs-- The evolution of Blue marlin lure here in So Calif to Baja mainly stausageted in the late 70 and went into to 90's. From enlarged striped marlin lures to coffee can size monsters that dug enormous holes in the water, swimmers, plungers, slant heads and cupped faced heads all found their home- the "Boot" one of the bigger ones put out by Zukers was almost 2 feet long- , Sevenstand Big Daddy and the Hawaii flavor of a Bonzoid Bomber were among the favors. Wahoo Lures went from an extra heavy headed Jap heads with ruby faceted colored eyes and chromed Jet heads with 1/4 holes that drilled a trail of bubbles and vibrations through the water to old spoofer/ feather designs and the old styled Bonito plugs produced by Yo-Y uri that were renamed Marauders - They'll all coming out for a second shot- the worked once they'll work again- Good luck- JD
Bait boat offloaded some anchovies and small sardines---
An abundance of smaller Yellowtail off the East End of Catalina 5- 7 lbs and also found off the kelp beds of Salt Creek-
Hey JD -- you on this side------- JD's Back--- Hi JD this is Dave on the Sleeper --- we're hooked up to a Blue--- been on it for about 40- 45 minutes real nice fish-- Hi Dave --where abouts are you--- off the 152 ( east end of Cat) OK we'll let you get back to work--- good luck- JD 1:00------ slack tide today 1:47
and Happy Hoilday calls in with a Wahoo to Weigh in at the BAC- caught while trolling marlin jig Purple and Black just inside the 209--- Capt Willy!
the question was asked mid- late afternoon - how was the fishing at the 209---- terable aw a total of three small kelps with baby yellowtail-- that ws it-- 2:40
we're two hours, we're into a blue marlin ---actually it's 2 1/2 hours-- 2:40pm
Quite the gauntlet the whales have to travel as they come inshore looking for feed- -- Lobster buoys abound--
Passing the 14 a few miles - tacking down- southeast then back - up toward the shipping and the outer shelf above the 14 the sportboat fleet was found they were into Skippies and smaller yellowfin and those smaller yellowtails--
Wind and choppy mixed seas for the most part today- more tomorrow --
Sleeper- 3 1/2 hrs-- lost it-- shore corner Jig an old Cabo syled Blue narlin lure-- had us down to about 25 ft of line left on the reel spent must have been an hour like that, just needed more line and a chair!
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 1100 AM PDT SAT OCT 3 2015 1. A broad elongated low pressure about 1100 miles southwest Baja is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions expected development system moves slowly northward * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent
2. A well-organized area of low pressure - the remnants of Marty - are located about 350 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. showers and thunderstorms, but strong upper-level winds are anticipated to prevent further significant development. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is possible over portions of northwestern Mexico through early next week, while the low moves north-northeastward at 5 to 10 mph. . * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent *
--------------------- Fridays 2 Report --------------------
Morning brings a lump to the sea, swell from the west coming down the channel and a small swell from the south and a wind chop from the southeast-- fun--
It's a mind field out there today--- there's not a 100 yard stretch south out of Newport to Abalone Point where there isn't a lobster buoy- in most places they're 50 feet or closer together--- use caution if you headed out tonight or early morning hours---
that was interesting! we didn't' know just what you had---- watching you in the binos-- must have been a 400 lb mako!
Partyboats today working just below and outside the 14 for the smaller yellowfin and skipjacks--
Darryl came in the shop-- mid afternoon he'd been out to the 14 and there-about's looking for one of those elusive Wahoo's-- said someone at dawn below there had caught one-- they struck out on the whos but settled for a couple of smaller yellowfin for some table fare. -- Colt snipers did the trick--
------------------- Fair skies--light clouds---
Light southern wind on the beach, eddy from outer winds- seas fair and nice-- water starting to cool off pushing concentration of warm water liking sealife towards the beach-and circulate around the 209/ 312- fathom spots-- -
just above the 209--- same as before-- where are you--- East end of Cat- just trolling around--
Just boated a wahoo 22 over 55-- 12:31pm
How you guys doing--- it's hugh-- we're making progress-- 12:49pm
60- 70lb I'd guess-- got em' in the wagon-- that's our second strike of the day first one-- got him to the boat saw a flash and lost em'-- we kept this one-- we're about 5 below you- 1:12pm
Another Big Blue hung-- I think off the 9 -- still fighting it-- 1:30pm
Hey JD-- the phone call say--- my brother just called ---he's got a big Blue Marlin- Where can he weigh it---- Well , for right now the BAC is upgrading their scales, I'd suggest Dana Point or Avalon-- where he get it-- ---- I think out near the 209--- on a yellowfin! 2:40pm
The Ridge 181 182 and the 43 and to the inside Yellowfin tunas, small but it seemed abundant-- Some larger dorado's near the border - otherwise quiet on the radio Bongos boats had yellowtails, tunas and I think Dorado-- again a nice afternoon- goo luck this weekend if you go out Hoping for the lobsters--
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Hey Mike----- He's about a 300 lb blue--- 9:15am, We want to release em--
found a scrap kelp two small yellows and a small yellowfin tuna-- must be a fleet of boats on the A Bank- maybe something would happen there-
Nice fish-- put on an unbelievable show--It's not a striper----- it's either a Blue or Black--I think its a Black---it's not real big--- I trolled by a scrap paddy and it hit one of the trolled marlin lures way back-- 10;47
We're out her on the 209-- some small yellows under the kelps-- couple of sport boats out here-- we just got bit off on the swivel-- lost the marauder! 11:20am
Last weeks results of the King Harbor Marlin Club Marlin Tournament We had great fishing for Striped Marlin up off the Channel Islands with some boats fishing for the elusive Black and Blue Marlin down in our neck of the woods.
1st Place was RUCKUS Captained by C.G. Miller, 2nd Place was FLYING FISH Captained by Mike Stotesbury, and 3rd Place was EGGCESSIVE Captained by Paul Gillette. Congratulations to all and I would like to thank all that attended in this year’s event. I would also Like to give an honorable shout out to DON PATROLL Captained by Don Butts for releasing the first ever Blue Marlin caught In our Tournament. !!.
Local water temps from 70 to 78 degrees, concentrations of the hottest water still off Dana to SD/ La Jolla `
Little lumpy out there today-- 5 - 0 knts southeast
paddy few and far between- but the ones we found had those small yellows under it-- any paddi you find put a bait on it
We're S/E of the 181-- 25 lb droado-- inside the 181 S/E towards the corner --been catching 20 -25 lb dorado pretty concisely under the paddies-- 32:40 /117 48
There's a Rumor going around the the upcoming Black and Blue tournament has opened up its grid to include Orange County!-
Seriously, numbers of private yachts are preparing to head south this Fall as soon as the weather looks like it will settle down- Fueling at Turtle and Mag Bay comes up as a question-- anyone add any light as their oporations and prices? ? - JD reply to - email@example.com
We just landed it--- couple of birds-- total blind strike were outside the Domes towards the outer perimeter of the 267 -- 279 --- came out late, no bait just came out and started trolling--- really made our day-- 5:39pm --MJG marlin lure-- black and green--- trolling two marauders and a couple marlin lures about 12 knts we had heard couple of other guys said they were at that speed so we notched it up a bit--- worked!-- proof! ---75 even--guess around 50lb Wahoo
Beautiful afternoon weather -- layed down skys blue- no wind-
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Bright full moon last night--
Morning Star calls in released a Blue Marlin 1:05pm Congrats JD --- right on the 14 mile bank-- a dozen boats out there today---- not a whole lot of bait metered--slow overall -a couple of partyboats hanging around and a few more larger kelps out towards the shipping lanes that held skipjacks and a whoo--
Parker with the marlin- headed back into Dana-- where you get it-- guesing 350 lbs--- landward side of the 209--- had another fish hooked--- 1/2 from the /267/ 209 spit it- Black and purple smaller marlin lure-- he ate it! Solo for a 4 hour battle-- Templar--2:20pm
Caught this 868lb. Bluefin Today in PEI, it was the 5th fish I fought, I lost 4 including one about 200 lbs. Bigger! Sounds like Epic fishing on the West Coast, thank God for being a fisherman!!! Best Regards, Bill U ---UltimateFishingChartes.com
Note-- The BAC's weighting stations will be limited to smaller fish ( under 100lbs ) while the replacement pillar for the larger scale is installed.
Hey JD my Dad and friends were trolling by box canyon and when we went to check the jigs two of our marlin lures went of and ten minutes later we landed both wahoo around 50 lbs. ,Danny.H Carlsbad CA
Hey JD, Hooked Blue Marlin just inside 14. Boat : Buck Fever Angler: Jeff Buckley Captain (dad) Mike Buckley Hit the outrigger with bill didn't stick sunk out and hit the stinger way back. Enjoy photos - What a year !
And more whoo's on the troll
The New Moon scored a big wahoo today down off the Domes a coupe miles out and Kea Kai, I think had two hoos too!
----- took Monday off------------- went fishing---
---------- the Weekend's Before the Blood Full Moon- Big Blue Marlin Reports ------
(Big Blues see below)
Light marine layer went away early- westerly mid day-- Dorado and a Wahoo and a blue hooked lost this am--
And Kawakawa has a big marlin-- on their way in -- stand by--- 1:25pm ! He should be here about 2:45 ish.
another boat was saying they had a Blue 300- 350 aboard after a two hour battle-- --- had them on the right gear-- Talica 25 2 speed and a rail rod--- big big boy 1:30pm
My Ty gives a call in-- after just dumping-- well --- they didn't have much of a chance-- had two 100 lb outfits ou,t a 40lb and this light 20 for fun-- a teaser he said - a little chugger that gurgles, dove, popped and sprayed around a lot bubbles-- got ate -- by the time we had the chance to turn around there was just a hole the size of a Volkswagen there and line diminishing-- how big--- uncle Rob says 600 or given a bit of excitement 500lbs-- 1:54pm 1/2 way from the 14 to the bottom of the shipping lanes--
----- I've---- I've got a Blue Marlin hooked up here--- on the --209 -----07 52 I'm solo -- anyone in the area --- I could sure use a hand an aspirated voice comes on-- 2:17--- you sure sound out of breath--
They fished the area yesterday-- had a bite but missed it--- came back today--- blue water, warm and some flyers-- looked good--- Rigger goes off with a Bk/ Pr Moldcraft Wide Ranger- you can't go wrong with one of these world wide- Greg says-- Double hooked and on 100 lb spectra line-- Greg's on the wheel, Steve on the Deck and Mike Hanson the angler---- she came across the spread and made the turn up the side of the boat and dove down-- -- we had a shot at her earlier but she was bright blue and lit up-- not the time---- we backed off and worked her up slow and steady-- got the leader and gaff in-- 430 lbs at the BAC scales, Aftco Gaff, Aftco gloves, Aftco harness and Aftco belt even the crew all sported Aftco clothing--- Must be good stuff --congrats JD
Vick calls in-- he just lost a blue-- big fish too- 7 out of Newport-- took the 80lb mono all the way into the 100 lb braid backing and the swivel straighed out!! ---- 3:39pm--
Wahoo came to the scales for the rest of the day---
Nice afternoon--- great way to end the weekend--
the question now is will the private sportfishes head south too early this year-- like that old addage-- don't leave fish to go find fish!
Closed on the web tomorrow- shop open 10- 2- 3 pm JD
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Light overcast - heaver marine layer or light fog whatever you wanted to call it--- - skys brighten after 10 am -- 182- little spots of skipjacks and little tunas
We got a double going on--- I told you to go there--- got to go- we're busy we'll get back to your-- 10:12am
We just released the second one -- we had three up in the jigs- the one on the jigs that fell off and the two drop back baits--- 10:27am
Don Butts on Don Patroll called in saying they had released a Blue Marlin off the East end of Anacapa Island--just after 10 am this morning--- Steve Butts the angler- at first we est. it at 350+ but in looking at it-- it's probably closer to 300 mark--- nice beautiful fish released alive and well------
and CG calls in saying they had just released a marlin up one off Santa Rosa Island! 10:32am
Excitement for about three seconds black and red marauder
A Blue Marlin had--- us dumped 80 line and 130 lb spectra off our 50 W in about 30 seconds we couldn't clear out all the line quick enough-- broke us off-- 00/ 37 just inside the 312! 10:56am
Beautiful clean tropical water- with - Flying fish abound offshore--
Hi John, Valerie caught this wahoo about 2 miles inside the 14 mile bank about 5:00 this afternoon.( friday) We had a second one on, but he bit the X-Rap off!. --- Max
Small paddy just west of the 425 it's just a small paddy its loaded with fish--
52/ over 25
BAC Just weighed in a 40.75 Wahoo caught by Mike Kuehn and Aaron Jeffrey off the East End of Catalina. Boat is Knot Hers
No one wanted to go with him-- OK I'll go myself--- on the 267 right at Slack tide this morning-- right over the high spot Mackerel colored X-Rap lure-- thanks JD it worked---53.4 lb Wahoo-- all the tackle held togeather-- good to have the pre set drags set and fresh line
Hey JD you on this side---- it's Mike on the Ace High we 've got a fish to weigh in-- do you think the Balboa Angling club could weigh it--- why sure-- they are a public weigh- in for fish-- glad to do it-- what your ETA somewhere around an hour and a half from now-- it died on us-- we couldn't revive it--- it's about a 600 lb Blue we think!--- OK see you at the club-- What the anglers name Tony Wasson, what type of tackle --- well we tried out the 130 lb tackle--- I think we need a new rod holder now---Bait or Lure-- Lure--- OK we'll see you at the club- 1:28pm-
Good radio reception- boats off the hidden bank below the border to marlin fishing off the channel islands-- and all in between-- and in the background of other wahoo reports and Ruckus comes through with another hook up reported to T/C- they had a double going earlier along with other hook ups-- Santa Rosa Island--( I think) released 2:05 four for the day--
Arron Grose also coming in this evening with a big blue taken off San Onofre-- four guys had to man handle this fish into the boat---
618 lbs Blue weighed in at the BAC - 50lb tackle Aaron Grose -High Tide the boat--- --it came at that Magic time when all aboard were feeling it's presence- "you know when it all feels right", they had worked off the beach outside of San Onofrre- towards the 312----- an old Rainbow lure out of Newport beach mfg. red and pink with a few upholstery strips of colored skirting did the trick--- hooked just on the outside of the jaw it held the 12/0 7691 SS, good captain's work at the wheel by Jimmy S. who's been on water since he was a kid--they got it to the boat on a light tipped 50b trolling outfit penn 30 w/ w 50 ande-- great job- Capt., angler and at the gaff and wire man-- congrats- JD
late into the night the Honey released their fish hooked at 5:18 - released in the lights at 8:28pm
good night- JD
And just before the above fish was weighed another Blue at the 500 - 600 mark--came to the the BAC scales ACE High had the big Blue hit a colorful jig as they came off the "Ridge" below Catalina, making the turn off the 277 -that deep canyon' s good spot - the blue crashed the jig tight and they were off to the races-- almost spooled they were prepared with 130lb tack on a 80 w-- The Capt's mom had made the marlin flag back in the fifties , been flown with honor for years but was about time to retire it-- suggested to put the weight of the fish on it with all signatures signed and dated for keepsake- thanks mom--Mike E.
They broke it- at least the scale would not work over 500lbs-- one, twice, three times they hoisted it up--up and before even clearing the deck it held the 500 mark-- several times they tried it-- but nope wouldn't work best they could get was 530 lb still not cleared off the deck- an additions scale helped lift the head off- combined weight put it at 605 lbs-- measured fork of tail to lower jaw length at 121 inches times the girth 57 inches, divided by 800 put it an just under 500 -- how big?-- well it was big-- ACE High's Blue marlin - just inside the 277 bank two hour battle---- sorry dropped the camera in the drink-- no photo! photo to come- JD
we caught and released a short bill spearfish yesterday afternoon While you were over at the scales. 80 lb fish on a mean joe green. Have you ever tried to get the hook out of a short bill??? Quite comical.
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Whaooed again-- a pair of em boated again today-- Ocean calm and smooth this morning- light swell and wind at 2- 7 knts - anchovies - 1- 3 miles off Newport beach
got a 40 lb er off a black and purple maruader-- our's got bit just as we passed a stringer--othere said it was orange and black--
up to 76 degrees reported today -
King Harbor Marlin Club having their marlin tournament- early reports say there were into them up off the Channle islands grounds-
Not much seen along the waters 14- 267 maybe a little on the S/E side of the 267- smaller buller tunas and small foot long tails
JD, Great seeing you yesterday, thanks again for the flag! FYI- The fish went 43# at the club. It also turns out to be the "1st Wahoo Flag" for the Pesky's. Not bad for a 1/2 day of fishing.
Lastly, as we were cleaning the fish, I found 3 of these "globule" type creatures in its stomach. Never seen anything like it. Any idea what they could be?Tight Lines, ~Aaron G. "High Tide" . Marine biologist reply-- .. I also saw one of those in a wahoo I dissected last week.... it is a kind or parasitic worm that lives in the gut of fish... I'm not sure what species it is specifically, but it is likely found in wahoo all the time. Pretty cool!
Boat headed south towards the border did better on the smaller yellowfin and dorados
Marlin hooked up just now over the 14-- we're here on the 14 but we dont see him? 2:50pm-- we started out towards the 209- out to the 289 back to the 277 and got the marlin strike coming up to the 14- just released- a striper that though it was a blue--
21/46 he said for the tunas 3:09pm
Ballyhoo hoods-- work great-- slid over rigged Ballyhoo baits and they help hold them in-line and deep- upwards to7- 8-9- 10 knts-- or fitted with skirts of alluring colors Dorado and Whoos even marlin eat them-- Available at JD's
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Short fined pilot whales off shore 15- 20 miles -not many if any whales inside from there-- last Blue Whale see first part of Sept-
Using drones they were able to get good footage of a Minki Whales --
East end of that island -- Channel islands- early in the morning- 8- 10 marlin were on it---the mackerel balled up
Tuna Club of Avalon haling there annual Hunt tournament--
We haven't seen them for a while a nice mossback close to the beach-- on a surface iron-- ---
Broken radio chatter from the northern waters --- speaking of commerical squid boats making 15 ton a week
we got 1 for two today--- lots of boats up there-- most boat had a shot at one or two some boats got zeroed other and the ones, twos-
Spent the morning out on my familiar grounds south of the harbor-- after that 662 lb Blue Marlin caught in SD and the largest one at 682 that was caught off Abalone Point back in 1931 put me into the big game mood- out off the point this morning with a 6 lb Skipjack rigged w 11/0 and 400lb - sunk some 200- 300 feet and slow rowed around for a few hours---no bites- could only ponder what to do if I did get hooked up-!
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Coastal marine layer offshore obscures Catalina Island , I know its still there- seas flat and smooth- wind light at 2-4 knts- Whale Shark observed-- I think outside Oceanside--
Where are you--- over here on the 14-- no luck -no life out here- about 15 boats out here trolling how you doiing-- sittin on a kelp for a couple hours nothing were headed south-- 10:27
You never know what's to happen these days-- stand by-- building full moon -- good Blue and Black marlin fishing--- stand by--
- Yea we ran out too far-- headed back towards the beach 7-8 off looked better-
Two--- Two-- Two wahoo's on the deck!--- 11:01am
we were the first boats here this morning-Dorado smaller tuna yellows-- 32 14/- 117 33 quite a bit of kelps around here they all seem to have fish--
Hey JD--- you got any wahoo flags--- Arron- here ---yes we've got some--- great we're just getting into the harbor entrance-- congrats where'd you hook it--- out by the 267-- lure - yes-- what type, color--- I'll show you!- 11:14am
Jock was up by Santa Cruz is -- saying a few fish here and there-- trolling around--
Classics Cabo style---- we found a good temp break right on the 267--- lots of scraggly kelps around hard to troll through--- found one big kelp must have been 20 ft across-- dragged the jigs by it--- looking back said to myself there's got to be something there--- when up fly's this wahoo straight out of the water Cabo style--and makes head dive right on the lure--- -- broke the lure right in half! --- - 45 - 50 lbs-- - Wahoo!
slack low tide at 1:00 today-- see what the incomming brings--
And Paul had a Wahoo to the boat too but it came off---
others trolling the 14 and there -a -bouts reports not much happening-- not much in the way of sealife--
The northern marlin boats report fair fishing so far- one here there but no bonaza yet-
14/37 wide open dorado bite--- come on in--
Went off durring the float--- got my 12lb dacron qualifier-- got covered up-- had one on the 20 broke it off- had doubles on the baits-- got covered up three times so far-- it was as good as I've seen in Mexico--- worth every penny--- 17 looked good from the boot's heal to the 17- came up her
MyTie-- just passing the transon of another boat --- trying to revive a est 300- 400lb blue or black marlin- boat name hard to read-- blackfin maybe? 4:01pm
fished the 14 down to the 267- not much going on there-- came inside - some small tails under a paddy-
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Hazy blue sky this morning- wind light west 2- 5 kts- seas subsided to a smoother state.
Sounded like someone was on a fish for a couple of hours now-still on it- 10:30am
we had the kelp to ourselves till that sportboat came in and took over---- they had more bait than us-- Dorado an yellowfins-- fast and furios for about a half hour- stopped on a paddy a few feet wide and the were boiling all over it-- !
Spotter plan up-- saying he'd sem tow of those bigger marlins near the surface 10:45
A call in from Morro Bay--- tuna under kelps--- yep - couple of guys out found em'-- wind and swell and weather delaying any fishing-4- 30-40# BLUEFIN YESTERDAY AND 3 TODAY, 15-25 MILES OUT G-
Wind building from the west by noon today--- is soposto to be good for the next couple of days till Sat afternoon a westerly develops
Stan--- you there--- no but I'm here-- Kathy--- it's Robbi were here with Dell on the Matador-- we've got a Blue Marlin hooked up here--- How big to you think?----- he's big enough for me---we we're right down to the backing --trying to keep up with - --- off the 277 towards the 14-- we've been dragging this stuff around for all day-- paid off-- 2:05 pm
Lost it--- 50 ft from the boat-- hook pulled-- got a way--- 3:05 pm--- estimates rand from a first guess at 300/ 285 then upwards towards the 500 mark as the afternoon bridge talk wore on!
Phone call-- Pete's calling--- he just witnesses the weighing of the 2 largest Blue Marlin weighed in California-- the largest by Alfonse Hamann was at 692 lbs weighed in Balboa Ca 1931,
This one hooked off a 18 ft skiff- two guys in a 18 ft skiff-- Hooked on a lure for a 3 hour battle San Diego ---662 lbs - 3:59pm Matt Santora the angler-- Fin Bomb the boat----- with Andy Vo. at the wheel- Talica 25 100 test line
Channel Islands Billfish Tournament!
44th Annual: Sept 12-16, 2015
We dream of years like this, don't miss this years tournament, firstname.lastname@example.org
Press release from the Channel Islands Billfish Tournament: "The Channel Islands Billfish Tournament held Sept. 11-18 was a great success. The marlin were in close this year but got picky after the Masters Tournament. None the less, "Ruckus" with captain C.G. Miller released 7 marlin and took 1st place. Chasing "Ruckus" was captain Eric Hermann on "Hydrocarbon" with 6 releases earning 2nd place honors. Third place was Frank Sullivan's "Valkyrie" with two releases. The only fish boated in the tournament was Don Johnson's "Margaritaville" and was 136 lbs. By the end the 16 participating boats released 22 marlin and boated 1. It was obvious by the friendly and helpful radio chatter that a good time was had by all." Thanks, Troy Ots CIBT
Jackpot tournament fishing has returned to Catalina! On Sunday, September 20th 55 hopeful sport fishermen, some coming from as far away as Hawaii, gathered at Ristorante Villa Portofino to participate in the first Avalon Billfish Challenge, a new event started by Russ Armstrong and operated by he and wife Jenny. Most of the 11 teams, including local boats Bad Attitude captained by Kelly Whittaker and Scrambler captained by Bob Kennedy and John King, left directly after the meeting and headed west to Anacapa Island, 60 miles from Avalon. Fishing commenced at 6:30am on Monday the 21st and during the course of the two-day challenge 44 marlin were caught and released and two large fish were boated. Mary Schickling and Denny Friedrich handled radio communications from atop Blackjack Summit and documented all of the action. At the awards dinner back at the Ristorante Villa Portofino on Tuesday night guest of honor Rosie Cadman drew raffle tickets for some nice prizes and checks were handed out to the three top teams. The third place team, Chaser, captained by Jimmy Kingsmill, with 7 releases, was awarded $3,850.00. Team End of the Line, captained by Peter Babros, with a boated marlin weighing in at 190.6 lbs. and 8 releases, came in second and received a check for $5,775.00. Team Ruckus, captained by CG Miller, took first place with 17 releases and captured across the board daily jackpots for an impressive win of $55,950.00. Many boats have already pledged to participate in the event next year and Russ closed by saying, “Look for an even better Avalon Billfish Challenge in 2016!”.
1. An area of low pressure is expected to form several hundred miles south or southwest of the Gulf of Tehuantepec by late this week. Gradual development of this system is forecast, and a tropical depression is likely to form by the end of the weekend while the low moves northward or northeastward toward the coast of Mexico. Interests in Mexico should closely monitor the progress of this disturbance. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent
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Wahoo on a X rap off Dana this morning--
Hey JD, My daughter in town visiting so we decided to take her out and see if we could get some wahoo this past weekend on our new boat a Cabo 31 Express named Really Big Fish and she came through with some luck. We were out of Dana for about 2 hours almost to the 14 mile bank trolling a fire tiger Marauder along with a red & white Rapala X-Rap.
The Marauder went screaming first and my daughter grabbed the rod and went to war for 20 minutes, my buddy Rick did a great job of coaching her and clearing another trolling line. During the commotion the Rapala went off and the next thing we knew we had two hoo on! Got lucky on the Rapala rig since it was straight mono, Rick managed to gaff both fish on board and help my daughter have a very special day with her dad.
Way to go Team Really Big Fish! Take Care, Steve C.
Ruccas had 10 and Chase had 5 yesterday in the Catalina Challange--
C G Miller on Ruckus. won with 17 fish for the 2 days. Congratulations to some really nice folks
<------- Amazing water temps the low is at 70 and high set at 78 degree-s
Couple of swordfish stick boats working above the 14 this morning-- seeing a few marlins--
Wire rigging- for the whos-- their are proponents of the single strand wire-- it's thinner, cuts the water cleaner- doesn't put out negative vibes as it goes through the water- breaks teeth on most whoos- but 50- 70+lb whos have a very strong teeth -and can cut most wire under 125 lbs - it's downfall is, it can kink, bend it too sharply on it 'self and it can snap- tidies with a Haywire twist and kept short - 2- 3- 4 ft will help keep its interiority . Multi stand wire is easier to work with can be cut with dikes and a sleeve crimped into its fibers helps to hold it in place.
Got text from C G Miller on Ruckus. Said they won with 17 fish for the 2 days. Congratulations to some really nice folks.
---------------------------------- The Weekend--------------
And the phone rings this morning--- Hey JD --want to make it straight on the web-- sure, always want to get it right - who's this- oh hi Joe-- Sporty Game-- we were 0 for 6 on Friday ( too many jigs in the water for the three of us, second day Sat we were 2 for 2- using teasers and baits and a couple of jigs way back- out this morning on th 14 we just went 1 for 1 100%on a Blue Marlin-- we estimated it close to 250 lbs--- Ryan leadered the fish the first time but it came up classic polaris missile style only a couple of feet off the boat's transom - he dumps leader and another hour he gets a better wrap and the fish is brought to the boat for a succusful release-- it ate a rigged Ballyhoo behind a teaser- Louie M the angler ( in the photo) , Ryan the leader man and Joe K at the wheel- you know my boats--- she's fast- we had to turn and chase after it, almost got spooled- 50lb tackle-
Slack tide approaching-- stand by---
And another report of a est 500 lb fish brought to the boat-- but got away! Better get the heavy tackle out!--
We haven't found much so far today-- what a deal yesterday-- it ate a sardine with a 2/0 ringed hooked------ a 500 lber is a 500 where ever ----- to happen like that--- 2 hrs and 24 minutes and then we bounced two gaffs off her back!!! ---- twice and that was it!-- -- out here this morning on the 371 few paddies- not like yesterday- it's totally different --we're headed up to the 230 and then 302 --- we were going to start up there this morning-- wouldn't be the first time I zigged when a should have zagged- 30 outfit and 4 feet of 30 flourcarbon leader--- -Joe
Just got a wahoo-- off the Coranado islands another wahoo caught---9:59 Grander #3
We're pulling on something------- it's taking alll out line--- Hot Spot-- 10:05 -- we still need the angler and tackle--
and there's another boat between us and the shipping lanes whos hooked up -- it's bigger than ours-- I saw it-- and he's having a hard time stopping it--- - 10:12am
is it a shark-- no ---- no think it's a Blue marlin--- who's winning--- the fish--- 10:15am
We got the reel locked down on 50-- it's not going out-- -- I guess the fish is pooped- angler is pooped! we may have to hand line it-- 10:30
This paddy is blowing up-- loaded up with the tunas
Out here ---- 181-- 182 haven't seen so many flying fish in years----- all different sizes--- not many kelps out here--- nothing our here--- it-s 74 1/2 here up here on the bank-( 14) -- big wad of fish up there at the Channel islands-- spread up and down the islands -- guess you heard about the Sailfish seen off Cedros !--
The just boated it--How big is it----- looks probably 300lbs--- congratulations- from the Le La Vie-- 11:55am--
Hows it look up there'-- little-- it slowed up there today-- we decided to wrap it up and come down-- excellent conditions here looks good shipping lanes
It's a Black--- it's big--- looks long - its hanging out the back of the boat-- it's big maybe-- must had out 300 -400 -500 yards out and it died-- had some tuna feathers out and a wiskey line out
Hot Spot--- Dennis was pullling on it- then we all pulled on it-- it wore out my new gloves!-- we'll run into the club to weigh it--
OFFShore has a Blue Marlin Bite----- that was big son of a b-------- that a just happened---- was that was you behind me--- that was cool---- the biggest tackle we had----- he was sure in the air-- that was crazy-- what color of Purple and black lures was it-- ---Pink-- Ya got that -- that was assume ---he was huge ----red pink one 5.5 -- right close to the drop off here-- glad I had someone watch us have fun -----we couldn't believe our eyes--- how big that was that thing--- wasn't a monster-- between 300 and 400lbs-- that was fun- dug up two jigs with 30lb -- bottom edge of the Shipping lanes from Cat towards Huntington-- that was at 33/ 13---- 12:45pm
350 lbs actually 349.9 lbs on the certified scales--Black Marlin-( ID's by marine biologists as a Blue Marlin) pecks would not fold into body- Dorsal also rigid, tapped out at 85 1/2 inches fork to Eye and 55 around the girth-- First Black that I can remember being weighed at the BACweigh scale-- I believe there were several Blacks harpooned earlier in time- first Black that I know of-- just a little spot I like to fish Rich the Captain said---they had some dorado lures out--- put this old thing back on the stinger-- rainbow Hawaiian colored one - don't know which color to put out---- put out a rainbow colored - has it all- Billy quotes-!- - -- Rich , down below hears a zip and looks back to a big hole into the water-- oh no----and the rod sings out--- We had all this High Tech tackle on the boat--- it had to be the old 4/0 Penn reel with 40 lb mono and 150lb leader, fitted w a 6 1/2 ft trolling rod that matched it-- Dennis Blake was on the fish ---- after a while the line just went limp---we knew that wasn't good--- -- had to make the decision to bring it in hand line one had after another- , never thought we could do it- -- -- didn't look like it had gotten tail wrapped or wrapped up in the line - came up with the jig in it's mouth-- got it finally to the boat and thought --- now what --- had to get ahold of the tail and pull it in the transom door aand-that was a job- 1200 ft down fought it for 3 1/2 hours--- 1 -1/2 hrs to hand line it up--
In doing some research of old photos I came across of a Loren Grey's fish labled as a Black Marlin 344lbs weighed in at Avalon in Sept 4th of 1940 ?
Lasley's pulling on a Blue right now!-- as congratulates go from from boat to another on Hot Spots catch-- --- headed back to Dana- 2:45pm
Lasley on 50 lb somewhere around the upper 9 mile bank -- had it almost ---they got as much on it as they can-- all I've got is a three foot gaff- -- I've got a couple couple of wahoo rods-- last minute got a couple of marlin lures- Iye yi yi-- 3:58pm- my kids wanted to shoot a wahoo --- failed at that came back inside -put out a couple of marlin lures had a pretty good one come up -- now I've got three 16 year kids battling it-- poor kids-- hands are all blistered, they're getting worn out--- we survived the strike- luckily we were on this little 30 footer and able to spin the boat,, had it once about about 10 ft from the boat--- tailing down swell-- we've weren't beating it-- just got up close to it--- it took off again-- the boys are doing their best- -- 4:05pm -- --- he's 15 ft and probably close to 400 lbs+--
You see that-- just came up jumping- jumping like five times --were hanging on running up hill- how's the boat handling--- doing fine-- we're still connected-- 4:29pm---- tell Pete it's a real one--- --- got the leader---- hanging on--- 4:41pm-- --- Oh boy--- lost it at the leader--- leader broke--- that's at least a 400 lb er-- that's a catch in my book anytime--- very fun--how big do your really think it was--- - right at 600 lbs---that's what we thought --that looked 600-- 650--- - they're pretty bummed out--- good memories-- -- that what I was telling my boys aboard-- that's a lifetime story-!!!-
right below the 279,-- FishMe with a MJG Chris B got a wahoo too--
Went out to the Osborn --not much there, came down to the Tanner tons of skippes - Cortez had good fishing yellowtail and nice yellowfin- no bluefin- s beautiful weather out there- came back into clemente- and hit a dream paddy on the way home- oh we did get a marlin coming out of Cat harbor---- when you cant remember about catching a marlin then that's pretty good fishing--- yea your right about that-- good luck to you too- - got lucky made a bunch of small spanish mackerel at San Clements and the dorado just inhaled them--
AF Panzer flying her laundry as she comes back in the harbor and Eiewwess's closeline is full too- not to be overshadowd by the Black today-
C dock at Balboa Yacht Basin
Water temps 73 tp 78 degrees---
Spotter plans up--- giving whale and porpoise sealife--
We're still working that marlin---
----------------------- Sats Reports ------------------
Good way to start the morning's radio review--Achtung-Achtung-- got one on a jig and the other on a bait!--- 9:02am--- aas the Pesky's Mahlin Derby continues this morning-- yesterday's catchers were hard to hear --- but it went into the sunset--- started again early this morning too!- Achtung-Achtung! Das Motivator released one- still fighting the other- 9:18am
Peskys at play--
Achtung-Achtung- Das Motivator is bit again Tom H is the angler- Jig fish-- 9:39 -Achtung-Achtung
and another -Achtung-Achtung --ah--- his off 10:02 - Tides starting to flatten out-- the bite time "Pop" is longer--
-Achtung-Achtung- Das Motivator is bit again - our Bratwurst is bent over-- Kenny H on a jig-- 10:09 -- releases another one--boy are they hot today!! 56/37
C est la vie our Bratwurst is bent over--37/36 11:55 hooked up bait, rebecca is wife and we're drinking monster and vodka ! released 12:05 and not pretzeled
Peskys at play--
As the Derby draws towards it's afternoon 4:30 lines out today there is a decreasing radius a 40 mile either west or east end of Catalina at 12:00 today, - at 1Pm that's down to 30 miles and 2:00 pm it's 20 miles and 10 at 3 pm
Green hats and all
Peskys at play-- - The Bounder aka, AF Panzer anglerette, Aylson released a marlin est a strong healthy 200 lbs with a Satellite tag dedicated to" RJ --That's the Bottom Line!"--
tailers in yesterdays afternnon and this morning sleepers all over the place. East side of Anacapa Ialand am hours and over to the cornor of the clousure zone towards the afternoon hours.
added to the Pesky's reports were boats pre- fishing for the ABC Avalon Billfish Challenge- which starts tomorrow--
we just had a bite and Ruckus has a guy on the bow-- 2:35pm
A call from The AF Panzer- Bounder- so far in the Derby- 35 boats- 49 marlin released yesterday Friday and the count at 3:30 today was another 21 released ---- 70 marlin released so far--- Friday The Bounder aka, AF Panzer anglerette, Aylson released a marlin est at a strong health 200 lbs with a Satellite tag dedicated to" RJ --That's the Bottom Line"----- Bounder in the late afternoon hours 6:45 had an est 350- 400 lb Blue come in and eat a petrelleo lure on 30lb tackle- Lala had the fish to the boat in ten minutes but it got under the boats when it escaped --- Flyingfish leads the counts with 10 fish- 9 on Friday and one today-- Bounder had 7 the first day and two today- and Motivator was on fire today with (I think)7 releases-- great tournament!! 69 marlin and a spearfish-
And the names of departed friends , captains and boats names kept the fleet alive for good memories- all welcome names and memories. -
And the Chicken song comes on strong --- puck-- puck--puck--puckp--puck--- puck-- puck puck ----hope you anglers--- all had a godd time in the derby--- see you at the awards dinner- puck-- puck-- puck---- puck--- puck--- puck--- puck--- puck- puck -puck puck-- awkk!!! thats it--- go and fun tonight--- thanks from the Ci La Vie!
Wahoo was the word----
Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about 100 miles west-southwest of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico, have continued to become gradually better organized, but there is still no evidence that the low has a well-defined center of circulation. The low is expected to move northward at about 15 mph during the next day or so, and it could still become a tropical depression before it reaches the west coast of the Baja California peninsula tonight. Interests on the Baja Californian peninsula should continue to monitor the progress of the low. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, moisture associated with this disturbance is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of the Baja California peninsula and northwestern Mexico today and Monday, and over portions of southern California and Arizona on Monday and Tuesday. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in mountainous areas. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent
----------------------------- Friday's Reports ----------------
Hazy blue skies this morning, a little lump to the sea and s fresh southeast which turned west early on-
Newports Bait receiver has small mixed anchovies--
Boats working to the 14 mile bank this morning- couple of paddies holding dorado- while others trolled the beaches below Dana looking for a whoo---
Oh- No--- it's a Whoo--------- Billy Seiler shows us how to do it again with a 58.4lb Wahoo taken on a Jet headed jig outside Dana this morning-- 50 lb tackle and a 15 minute battle--- had a feeling today was going to be the day-- he's been out over the past few days looking but up early and at it again this morning-- Wahoo steaks for Dinner tonight-- wahooo!
Congratulations were coming in to the Der Schnaz- releasing a fish Shane H on the fish-- Luftwaffe was, I think 6 for six this morning-- Weinerschlid was 0 for six they couldn't keep a fish on and the rest of the fleet had good scores- Radio channel was switched to ch 63--- seems the port authority at Point Hueneme didn't think it as proper to call in on their working channel all the Peskiest information! --- "Achtung-Achtung--- we released our fish --- got the Pretzel on him but no uniform --- there were two fish a jig and a bait, lost the jig fish got the bait fish-- Great fish for them up there today---
Achtung-Achtung- this is the Der Schnaz-- our Bratwurst is bent over", over' -- 1:50pm
Achtung-Achtung- this is the El Patron-/ Rommel-- our Bratwurst is bent over", over' -- 1:55pm
Achtung-Achtung ---Das Motivator-- our Bratwurst is bent over", 2:10pm released and pretzeled---
Achtung-Achtung Deutchlander our Bratwurst is bent over",2:38pm-- garb on-- ' with fresh brewski's to the captain
4 dorado 6 tuna all earlier--- up inside the 14 -- we got nothing went down to the domes--- out 15 not much life out there-- up by the 14 there w's more life-- - one big paddy with 20 boats all footballs- we found out paddy inside from there-- had it all to our selves-- good fishing for us--
--------------------------- Thursday's reports ---------------
Clear skies-- might marine haze- wind - just enough to lift the flags from the south-- no Tsunami damage-
Coastal waters ahave dropped a degree or two-
Fridays noon high tide will see a swordfish or two pop- stand by-- go get em'
Wahoo's off the Ovceanside party boat--
get your Wahoo Ballyhoos rigs ready--
Not one to miss a sale!--- JD's has Wahoo Wire Riged Ballyhoos in stock! -- double hooked and ready to go!
This information is requested to be viewed only by those in the Los Pesky's Peskyfest Mahlin Derby !---No Exceptions--- --- How many did we get-- 6-- no 7 for the day-- some tailers that would bite and of course they came up in the jigs 2 or more at a time -- Mucho Marlin he says, Andy calls in this afternoon with the Pesky only report from Anacapa Island where they found a little lumpy sea heading up the line but very nice where they were at--- in the 4- 5 miles east of the island, no white caps - a few in the channel between AC and the Santa Barbara channel- but nice---
Where added points are achieved catching a Mahlin with a beer colored lure custom made by Cousins Tackle, wearing garb of lederhosen pants and green hats w/ feathers, blue hose sox and calling in hook-up with "Achtung- give boat name ( Das Boat, Der Schnaz, Eielweiss, Gezhunheit, etc.- ) "our Bratwurst is bent over", over' with fresh brewski's to the captain ! Pretty fun fishing stand by---
6th Annual Los Pescadores Billfish Tournament September 18 - 19, 2015 Avalon, California Join the Peskys and their friends for two days of camraderie, clowning and billfishing. A Fall classic for more than a quarter century, the LPNTAINSLTBFD (LosPescadores Next To Avalon Invitational Not So Light Tackle Billfish Derby) is famous equally for great fishing on the water and great times on the beach. Contested by some of SoCal's best marlineers, the "Pesky" has a relaxed feel you just won't find in othertournaments. Sold out-- Kick off at the Chicken Coop restaurant this evening 6:30
Is that a schnitzel in your lederhosen ..
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The atmosphere remained coupled to the anomalous oceanic warmth, with significant low-level westerly wind anomalies and upper-level easterly wind anomalies
Collectively, atmospheric and oceanic anomalies reflect a strong El Niño. All models surveyed predict El Niño to continue into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2016, and all multi-model averages predict a peak in late fall/early forecaster consensus unanimously favors a strong El Niño, with peak 3-month SST departures in the Niño 3.4 region near or exceeding +2.0oC. Overall, there is an approximately 95% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, gradually weakening through spring 2016 ). El Niño will likely contribute to a below normal Atlantic hurricane season, and to above-normal hurricane seasons in both the central and eastern Pacific hurricane basin
----------------------- Wed's Reports ---------------
Cloud cover moving out-- light swell and light west/southwest wind 3- 5 knts if any
- Coming off the back side of the new moon -- mid days high tide should bring up a few fish on that slack period--
Sat tag deployed by Black Fin Hi JD, Placed our tag on Thursday just before the Masters. 20 lb Jig fish caught by Geoff Heldoorn of the Dana Angling Club near Anacapa. Jeff
26th Annual Los Pescadores Billfish Tournament September 18 - 19, 2015 Avalon, California Join the Peskys and their friends for two days of camraderie, clowning and billfishing. A Fall classic for more than a quarter century, the LPNTAINSLTBFD (LosPescadores Next To Avalon Invitational Not So Light Tackle Billfish Derby) is famous equally for great fishing on the water and great times on the beach. Contested by some of SoCal's best marlineers, the "Pesky" has a relaxed feel you just won't find in othertournaments. Sold out-- Kick off at the Chicken Coop restaurant this evening 6:30
Is that a schnitzel in your lederhosen ..
Coastal fishing has slowed down for those Yellowtail on the Beach/ art reefs off Huntington Flats-- as well as the availability to catch the mackerels for the tails-- or marlins-- Sea lions eating the baits off the Sabiki's rigs outside of Newport this am I heard the afternoon 1/2 boat did not go out--- lack of bait?
coastal coryphane celps
In watching the water temps in the big picture over the past several months, the warm water event "El ~ Nino". We see it here near the coastal shoreline for 50- 75 mile as warm water that's creep up the Baja Coastline- although offshore 100- 200 miles there is a relatively cooler body of water which has come down from the offshore northern waters - pushing almost all the way to the 20 latitude - those hurricanes over the past month or two have been steered to the outside towards the Hawaiian islands by this cooler tounge of water. Latest images shows that it has backed off and is being broken down by that warming push from the south- - we'll have to see how far that warm water goes before any cooling northern fronts work they way south this Fall- stand by--
--------------------- Tuesday's 15 th Repors -----------------
Balboa Angling Club Masters Billfishing Tournament- results-- 7 clubs- 41 boats 170 anglers, 82 hook- ups, 54 marlin released, 1st day 34 releases, 2 nd day 20 marlin released-- - High Club 1st Dana Angling Club ( team 1), 2 High Club, Tuna Club of Avalon (team 1). 3rd High Club Light Tackle Marlin Club ( team 1) , High Boat went to Blackfin w/ 108- points, 2nd High Boat went toe Kelsey Lea w 720 points and 3rd went th Good Karma also w 720 points, High Angler Shane Hurt w/ 1080 pts, 2nd- Dave Harrera 1w/ 660 pts, 3rd Greg Stotesbury w 450 pts , Berry Brighenburg w 450 pts, followed by Bob Petrina w 20 pts, and Larry Coots, jr , Don Butts, Erik Landesfeind, Don Goodwin and Bobby Leinau all had 360 pts- 6 Anglers released fish on 12lb, 9 w 16# tackle, 10 fish on 20# and 19 fish released on 30# also a Great Marlin Race Archival tag was deployed on the Magellan with Bon Butts the angler--
There were some long 8 hour battles and some short 10 minutes battles and great weather great fun- awards were held at the Harborside /Pavilion in Balboa - fun event-- look forward to next years--
Sunset and sunrise on the marling grounds-- spectaular
Huntington Harbor-: whats up the Fuel Dock in Huntington Harbor. Looks like its for sale and it is not going well. Tons of money needs to be invested in infrastructure to keep it running. May close this Fall if no buyer is found. if interested- give them a call- work on the waterfront- good clean air- lots of frendly people -------
-------------Hey JD, I was hoping you would put up our tournament on your website. The King Harbor Marlin Club marlin tourney is sept 25th-26th. It is open to any boats that would like to participate. The awards banquet is in Avalon Saturday night at the sand trap. There are prizes for 1-3 place and also a raffle with great prizes. Last year we had 13 boats. The cost is $125 per angler. I am happy to follow up with anyone interested. Thanks Peter Babros KHMC president Dropback40@yahoo.com ---------
----------------------- The past weekend-- -------------
Boats headed out to sea today to get relief from the sweltering heat inland- fishing the 14 to the 267/ 279 fathom spots was quiet for the most part this morning-- catches of skipjacks and Dorado and tuna found closer to the beach-
JD here is a picture of the striper we release and estimated 300+ blue. I'm no expert in identifying these things but the was definitely differences in physical appearance of the two and the shear size and girth of the blue? The striper was to the boat in less than 20 minutes the blue was 2 hours on the same gear. Thanks, Travis M
Marlin in the boat-- off the oil rigs-- 11:30
Flying fish flying- lots of little kelps around -- looks good
BAC Masters awards at the Harbor Side restaurant ( Balboa Pavilion) at 5 pm this afternoon- lots of good competition
Bacco the Tournament Control boat
Blackfin flying her laundry-- with her 6 fish released in the tournament
Pre-fishing for MABT - Jason Blowers fish on the Eye Candy tight to beach off Oxnard. Good times on Pacific Pioneer. Bob
-- just released a marlin--from Eric his son having released his 4 marlin for he season coming right over the 17 MJG -- Mas Tardes
----------------------------- Sats Reports -------------------
Light overcast- seas calm still some swell but spaced far apart--- Outriggers races from Newport to Catalina this morning- a string of these paddlers will be crossing the channel-
---------------Masters Tournament ---------
Unofficial catches has 34 marlin released yesterday---- more information as it becomes available--
High tide this morning will be close to the 9:45am time-- standing by-- but so far the radio reception that far away has been hard to hear or no reception at all- we'll find out-
as of 10:30 .. So far 10 fish released this morning...
Radio reception improving a bit better this afternoon- Magellan just called in with a hook up on 20lb tackle Don B the angler bait fish-- 1:55pm released it
still scratchy-- what grid-- grid 11 thanks good luck--
A rough count on yesterdays catches were 5 marlin hooked on 12 lb test line, fought to the boat under fair game and released healthy, 6 more with 16 lb test line, 10 more on 20 lb test lines, and 13 on 30lb test for the total of 34 fish released yesterday-
Master Anglers -- lines out at 6 pm-- Great tournament with close to 50 fish caught and released, great weather and great sport-- roll call at 6:05
Another 20 more fish released today for a total of 54 fish released in the tournament--
Don't forget the Pesky's next week !
----------------the tuna / marlin fleet--------------
3 for 5 right now-- soaking baits and chunking - got here at 5 watched the sunrise-- watching these tuna eating the chunks ------were not doing much up here- were headed down to you-- what are your numbers 22.8 / 43.8 near the 267 area -- maybe 20- 25 boats out here now 7:30am
WQere here right on the 152 had some breaking tuna-- and a marlin came up in the mix- couldn't get a bait to it-- yes we just had a zip too- East end of Cat-- 8:25
Right on the 33 line / 117 56 a good dorado bite going on-- 9:25
43 fathom spot- had 78 degree water temps--75.9 was the break- couple of dorado- saw a marlin- the cooler water has more fish in it- 9:37am
Real Nice and easy hooked up on the 9 --- bring it to the scales its about a 100 lb shortbill spearfish! 9:44
Predator just released a short billed spearfish-- 10:25am
And the Buona Peaca calls in with a Mission Bay Heart Tournament catch and release of the marlin for the day--- first fish was a two hour battle- estimated 350lb Blue Released took a mini 1650 Bart Miller Lure came in on a #1650, MJG and later a striped Marlin with attacked all 5 lures out hanging on the 1650 it was also released! congrats-- fishing the N/E side of the 226 fathom spot-
we licked em' up at 12/ and 23 today- almost 30 yf and a bunch of skipjacks mainly on the anchovies, just one lucky kelp
------------------------------ Fridays Reports ----------------------
Sea conditions great- a lump from the west and ground swell from the south-- no wind on it- waters warm and calm-
The Masters started off with a Bang- with half a dozen boats finding fish early on - most of the fleet were working the grounds below Anacappa Island and along the Ridge line which comes up from the West end of Cat. Santa Barbara Is and the 17 fathom spot-- tight areas of fish but the boats seemed to be working with each over jocking for positions to work the shelf's and drop offs- Yesterdays scouting of the area had a dozen boats working the area with most boats having a shot at one or two or three fish-
I show close to 40 boats participating and over 170 anglers-
Saw another marlin-- at 14/ 56 -- we hooked 4 or 5 little 7-9lb yellowfin
First Roll Call for the Masters 11:00am--- has 8 fish had been released and two more were hanging - I've got Cowboy with a fish , Blackfin with one, Teaser with one, AF Bounder w / one, Pescador w/ one, Charisma w/ one, Jeta with one and GadZukes I think has one-- Stand by-- for more
Fairly good radio reception this morning-- as the day gets along the reception seemed to diminish-- 12:14 we had the Kea Kai in grid 10 with a bait fish Bill B. the angler on 12lb test line and --12:15pm---Kea Kai -- Charley A also hooked up on 16lb test line-- bait fish too --- ah-- charlies fish just fell off-- sorry charley!
Good Karma 16 lb hooked up- bait fish Eick's the angler-- grid 11 --12:24pm
Released the fish Kea Kai on 12lb test line Bill B-- 12:28?
T/C-- T/C-- go ahead Teaser--- bait or jig-- 12:28
Good Karma we just released 12:32
GadZukes still on their fish 2- 1/2 hours so far--- ?
Kelsey Lea still fighting their fish 12:35-- just released it-- 1:10pm
Reel Time hooked up-- whos the angler-- -- tom-- sorry about that-- go get another--
T/C-- a scratch report-- ??-- 1:30 Kelsey Lee-- released- ?
two more hooks up but a scratchy report- un albe to hear correctly-- standing by- -- go ahead with the line class--
Don B. on 20 lb --2:05 Magellan Hooked up-- grid 10
GadZukes-- still on their fish passing the four hour mark 2:10
Go ahead Fish Me--
It's been one of those quiet periods for the past couple hour of so- tide's about to change -- a low tide at 3:00 anfd filling after that so there should be another run of fish bites stand by-
T/C Don Bass on 20 tackle released the fish with a sonic tage in it--- release time 4:14 pm Magallen ---The Great Marlin Race continues for 2015---
Tournament control--- the Gad Zutes calling---- the leader pated and we lost the fish--- 4:35- ! over a 8 hour battle!
Smugglers Cove on Santa Cruz has the best anchorage up there- sandy bottom- 30- 50 ft deep- some kelp outside 60- -- Afternoon Sundowners come flowing over the hills behind them - similar to Pyramid Cove - sometimes up to 25- 30- 40knts then it backs off to a nice evening- south swell can sometimes make it a bit rolly - Most of the fleet will spend the night there tonight--
AIS showing the tracking of one of the tournament boats-- working that shelf along Anacapa Island- Smuggles Cove on left Santa Cruz Island .
Radio reception poor here in Newport in the aftenoon hours as well as not many saying anything on the radio has the afternoon quiet so far--because they were all hooked up!
The Masters second roll call with be right after 6 pm tonight-- hope to be able to hear what was caught for the balance of today-- stand by- JD
A phone call in from Good Karma-- how's it going--- phenomenal fishing!!!! -- since the 11 roll call there were periods where it was quite then it's come in flurries-- three or for boats would call in with hooks ups-- singles, doubles, fish up in the jigs or up feeding- - light lines being stretched - broken or long battles and even several boats were just drifting live baits off Anacapa island where a deep shelf comes up against its eastern edge- even flying kites like the old Zane Grey Days-- multiple hooks ups with some boats with 3 and 4- 5 catches this afternoon-- Points scored with the light line and the competition between clubs is intense-- -- sounds like fun--- we'll be able to get a better idea of who what tackle later- Stand By--- 5:30pm --Possible unofficial at 31 fish released for the day--
Sorry was unable to get the roll call - will continue to work on it-- best of luck this weekend if you get out-- JD
And the story goes of the Helena - partyboat having caught a small yellowfin had a Blue Marlin after it as it was boated being quick to re-bait it back in the water and the Blue ate it- by the time they had gotten the boat started and going after it the party was over-- Blue marlin are quick!--
--------------------- Thursdays 9/ 10/ 15 Reports ------
Had a real nice one must have been 70-80 lber but it broke off- 10:20am
we ran out of bait didnt have enough to keep em going- kelp paddy were about 2 south of uyou-- saw a marlin too so were sticking around here -
Bait making at the Newport harbor entrance was good this morning-- schools of anchovies wit stacked up against the jetties-- aw was the south swell from Linda--
NW corner of the 14 just some dry paddies
08 and 36 outside Oceanside -- they said it was stupid earlier this morning- --
marking big red worms at about 75 ft- 11 over 44--- 10:49am
killer kelp with massive amounts of yellowtail-- all 4 inches!
The BAC Masters Billfishing tournamet starts tomorrow-- for those who want to listen, the tournament radio channel is 65- it's and important tournament as the Great Marlin Race with the satellite archival tags being used is in conduction with the Masters-- It is requested if possiable to please allow the tournament boats to use this channel (65) on Friday and Sat- if you can use another channel other than 65 it would be appreciated - it's needed to let the tournament control record the catches releases and as important the recording of these tags-- they are very expensive and will benefit all in the future- thanks JD
<---Water temps from 67 to 78 degrees
267 one small yellowfin off a kelp w chucks - some of the best paddies I seen all year- we jumped in but the kelps were dry-- 74 degrees we baited a marlin there too this morning
Kept one Yellow chummed them up pretty good with the cut baits--- wouldn't take anything else than the-cut squid!- we loaded up on the tuna with the squid--
A check with San Clemente Island Security- shows the Cove is open of Friday and there is a short period on Sat where it's hot form 3pm till 4:30 pm and the inside of the island is open on Sunday- JD
Reports of a few marlin here there in the southern waters- one off the upper 9 this morning, another pair seen by a party boat inside the267 and another sleeper seen 155 degrees 12 - 1/2 out of Newport
Tuna fishing was also spotty for those out-- the anchovies were the better bait to use-- unfortunately not very big in the 3 and 4 - 5 inch sizes but there worked w/ #2 or 4 hook and some chum got them going-- Dorado under a few kelps but the general saying today was seeing many kelps -- only a few holding - numbers given out today 33/ 11, 32/ 52, 33/15, 08/ 36, 17/ 59, 08/ 37 and a pair of Wahoo seen free swimming by a kelp inside the267 area-
Good luck - JD
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A good freind of mine said it correctly-- I had stackd up the dishes too high and they all fell over-- had to take a couple days off- JD
Wed-- still a bit on the down side -- we'll continue the fish reports tomorrow- sorry- JD
And the fishing continues- water temps from 65 to 75
E-mail from Pete Foxi Lady Costa Rica--
FISHING THE GOLIFITO SHORT FAD, 1 1/2 DAYS, WITH DENISE AND RYAN'S GIRL FRIEND MICHELLE(WOMEN ARE TRULY BETTER AT THIS THAN MEN). WE STARTED AT 10:30 ON FRIDAY AND STOPPED AT 2:30 ON SATURDAY, WE RAISE 30 HAVE 24 BITES RELEASE 12. THE REAL STORY IS DENISE BREAKS THE PITCH BAIT ROD ON ONE, TAKES AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES ON ANOTHER ONE ESTIMATED 500+ OF THE 12 RELEASED ONLY 2 WERE BELOW 300# IN THE LAST 3 YEARS, WE EITHER BROKE SHAFTS OR SANK AND NEVER GOT TO FISH AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, AM ASSUMING THAT THE BIG GIRLS ARE JUST NOW ARRIVING AT THE PARTY.
Ex tuna club presidents bg Williams on the rod - and Doug Williams releasing Marlin. Photos by Daniel Zirilli ...
Bg Williams caught and released this approx 150 pound stripped Marlin in 30 mins on 30 pound Dacron on a Fin~Nor reel (inside the 17). Sub Chaser out of Huntington harbor. Caught approx 3pm today (Sept 4, 2015). Caught on a black brown gold Rick Rose of Hawaii Marlin jig in 72 degree water.
------------------------- Last week ----------------------
Light overcast- wind - south 3- knts- seas smooth with a lump south and west-
The tuna fleet was out this AM fishing towards the 14-- Sleeper seen 6 out of the jetty-- Thought it might have been a marlin bite-- or it would have been
Boats, yachts, sailboats, skiffs -the fleets headed out for a long weekend--
Radio active with reports- Some guys finding them other still looking around
There was a lot of fish here--- we were using straight 50 --horsing em' straight to the boat--Yea we had em on the trolling gear -- and we had it all to ourselves for an hour-! 10:12am
Long Range boats-- steamed all the way uphill last night from Baja to fish the back side West end of San Clemente Island!
San Clemente Island Security-- shows - a broken schedule for the "Cove" with today Friday it hot ( SHOBA) from 9am till 10 pm tonight-- Sat its Hot at 6:30 pm till 10 Pm then Sunday hot from 4 pm till 10 pm and on Monday hot from 1 pm till midnight--
As the marlin fishing tournaments approaches- the marlin fishing reports begin to diminish- Mum's the word
1/2 boat out of San Pedro good 100 yellowfin yesterday
Limits of Bonitos for the local 1/2 boat today and a few Yellowfin mixed in with them- -
------------ Thursday's Reports ------------
Seas smooth and calm wind very light from the south in that So Calif. eddy effect - outer waters calm at 1 knts
there's a small parking lot of boats-- we're about 8 miles straight out of Dana----
Most of the boats around us are hooked up-- the Freelance has about 4 fish hanging right now and I've seen them pull over the rails another four more tuna- 9:55am
Coastal boats scoring on bass and a few barracuda Huntington Beach smaller bonitos there too
33:24 .24 / 117: 49. 080 Tuna! 10:31am
24/ over 34 --- 23 / 56 yft
1/2 Day boat score for Bongos---- 6 anglers------ 35 Yellowfined tunas --26 Skipjacks, 5 Yellowtails and a Dorado---- not bad for a 1/2 day--- Must be fishing that stuff off dana !
9 yellowtails--- we hammered them big fish too !---- put my buddy on his first Yellowtail-- we we're going to run offshore but turned and came into the beach a little windy for me-----it's only a 16 foot boat- I wouldn't call it bait we had to slow troll them to get them to swim---- 7 yellowtails from 25- 30lbs--- in by 1 pm- Local waters out of Newport 2 miles----
A boat just having returned from Catalina--- fished the East end and around the backside yesterday-- and this mornings-- Some Yellowtails off the Slide tight and spots of Bonito around--- yesterdays back side off the "V" 73.5 degrees this ,mornings water temps same place 69.8 degrees--- no marlin bites for him- Mackerel banks were holding tunas--- 5 lbers--
8-10 between Newport and Huntington was said
to be Wide open on the Yellowfin ?
JD's carry Fish Flags-- Marlin, Woods Hole Tag and Release flags ( red w/ white T ) release (all white) , Swordfish, yellowtails, Dorado, and Tunas and Wahoo Flags--- Hand sewn embodied, Call JD;s and reserve yours today--
Whoo ----Flying fish the guys yell's out as he's giving his whale / fish report-- we've seen a Flying fish so far--
Good Luck JD
---------------------------- Wed's Reports ----------------
Ocean seems deserted this morning-- looking across to Catalina from the coastline o ships seen water has a darker blue and a light south wind on it . Seems cooler.
Couple of local anglers out sea bassing and yellowtailing--
500 Common dolphins off 5 -180 out of the harbor headed south
14 had lots of paddy's a few dorado's--- lost a nice one-- got in front of me and around the bow- broke me off- also got a nice yellowtail off the same paddy- 10:33am
Scraps of Kelps an mylar floating balloon-- all have a shot at holding dorado now--
Backside west end of Clemente island has the Long Range boat chasing the yellowfin and the yellowtail- Up north there were a couple of marlin boats headed that way taking advantage of a couple of days of good weather - and see if those fish were still up there--
Good weather and from the few boats that were out they seemed to have caught both yellowfin and bluefin and tails the Bongos and other charter boat ran to the West end of Clemente/ back side outside west cove shots at smaller 12- 20 bluefins and yellowfin's and they got larger as the day went on-- good fishing- today
------------ Tuesdays Reports --------------
Almost has that Fall feeling to it with the coolness and lofty clouds- wind still out of the south in an eddy from that outer westerly - forecasted to back off tomorrow-
Pamela Rose bait boat just came in the harbor with a load of sardines--- " Best sardines I've seen all year"-- turns out they just had anchovies- but there some macks to be had next to the receiver
Dana had better bait--- kelps 209-- S/E had dorado and a looked at a few tunas-- -
Bonitos and Yellowtails to main show so far today
East End of Caltalina still hopefull for some tuna there
Great weekend of fishing --ended up with eight Marlin !
Dove opener today-- has many of the sportsmen out after those flighty birds- over , under- one behind you, coming over -- the whiff of gunpower smoke and Hoppy's #9 hard is to beat--
I like fish stories--- heard the one today of the guy wanting to catch tuna out of Avalon - small skiff-- heads out mile or so- I think has a mackeral he's dragging and hooks a fish -- almost land's it when a seal gets it-- he brings in a head------- Wahoo head!
Smaller dodo closer to the beach under kelps-
Quiet for most of the day ovecast moved in late afternoon seas smoothed out--
--------------------- Mondays Reports ----------------
A new week -- as the summer comes to a close Labor Day Weekend approaching - price of fuel not bad, fish are around and by this next weekend the wind will have let down forecast show some winds offshore afternoon hours mid/ later part of the week - looks better for the weekend- Good Luck- JD
This mornings marine coastline has a few hazy clouds and a south steady eddy breeze from the 10- 12 ks wind chop on top of it-
Several boats out today-- not saying much other than having a hard time getting the tuna to eat- tossing colt sniper lures to breaking fish--
wind was up and a bit cross-swelly
JD's has Dasiy Chain Squids is stock by Fathom Pink or Natural Gold
Keep in mind of the good sport of light line fishing for Bonito- the old standard Yankee jigs, 1/8oz R & W Jap heads and the small lightweight Cohos flys work great for them-- good sport for the kids to catch-
A look at the West coast's Eastern Pacific water temps --Warming up all the way across the Pacific--Stand By!!
weather was very nice this afternoon-- mackerel catching outside Newport Harbor a little tough-- there were some macs in the bay- but not much at the harbor entrance-- a few more Yellowtails were found up the line towards Huntington-- watch the birds- in as shallow as 100- 70 ft or less - Moon still has it's influence to the tide swings and tidal current these days
Another and another Marlin caught in SD waters
-----------------The Weekends Reports ------- --
Released a fish-- 10:19 Stan Miller tournament- Brainwave--
The radio seemed quiet after yesterdays rambling-- still a few yo yos on it and a spot or two of tuna, yellowtail or a dorado hooked for the course of the day-more and more skip jacks moving in- - Marlin boats making their way back to their ports-- The Tuna Club's Benefit went well with close to 30 fish hooked and I think I heard 10 members qualified for their club, one of the best turnouts they've had in years-- with feats of angling skills and good boatmanship-
The Stan Miller tournament has it closing at 5 pm- boats heading back in with catches and release results-- should be a great awards this evening at Basin Marine where the event is held out of-
Sporty Game heading back to the slip and awards with the laundry out- Taking top Honors for High Boat and 1st place in the Billfish category- Dorado, Tuna and Yellowtails catches also were awarded with Stan Miller Yachts and crew putting on another great event- FFFF was the theme, Family- Fun- good Food and good Fishing
Artwork byPeter J gave the awards a special significance to their catches- good event- next year join in with the fun- !
--------- Sats remarkable reports-----
Wahoo---- Coming into the BAC later this afternoon for weighing and photos-- --- hit a pink marlin lure amongst the marlin fleet on the 17 fathom spot today--half way from Santa Barbara Island and the Channel Islands-- est 35- 40lbs-- caught by 14 year old Mikko Monte aboard the Mas Tarde- - photos coming-see below JD
Marlin boats up north chasing em' hooking em and letting em' go or not- - tuna and dorado boats below hopefully or had em' chunking deep
Dropbacks and jig bites
were one for three had one up- right when you crossed our wake- we had one up in the jigs--- it's getting a little crowded---- our fish went under bgs boat!
Right on top of the 17 or that peanut below it-- all around are boats- that upper area seemed to get a am bite and the lower area on the tide change-
Lots of radio chatter-
33:06 /117:50 , -- 33 16 / 117:57 numbers given
Tides Slack at 9:50 stand by--
Still good weather up there so far- waiting for the wind--
Spotter plane up spotting tunas for the partyboats- So of 209 area-
We got one for three--about an hour ago-- got squeezed out-- were kinda a small boat compared to those bigger yachts--10:12
We released one and just popped the second one off- we did not get the photo of the first fish - it was a clean and release - 10:14
Mackerel banks from Avalon had a few skipjacks- just getting to the M bank
T/C-- Hon ny released one this morning 6:41 20 lb-
We lost a heartbreaker this morning up here on the 17 it 'was a little bumpy here this morning-- better now, Same here on the Mackerel Bank- -- was a little Mw/caps this morning but getting better now-- we've had two - bites between the 152 and the mackerel bank- --both came off-------- hey we've got a marlin hooked up now---- no its a hammerhead!
Good Karma just released a fish jig fish 10:58
Sorry lost mid-day infomations computer glitch- repairing JD
A call comes in on the phone-quarter to one pm- Erick Monte-- aboard the Mas Tardes- says they just caught a wahoo--- still shaking from what had happened-- his 14 year old son Mikko and himself- were fishing in the fleet of marlin boats up on the 17 Fathom spot-- Mikko takes the strike off a pink Hawaiian jig and boats the fish-- more of the story is to be told- now- heading back into Newport with an est - 40lb Wahoo-- --be in, in about three hours--- 37 Hatteras owned by Neal Monte Nice Catch! JD!
52.5 lbs--- on fifty lb test line- 20 minute battle, fish kept coming under the boat- not sure just what it was till they could get a clearer view- A yellowtail- spearfish-- no a Wahoo - Mikko having caught a marlin yesterday and a couple marlin earlier was game - matched with an strong Int 50 reel, IGFA 50 line and and IGFA class 50 rod it came togeather- the Hawaiian jig had a pair of hooks in her and they did their job- xx-xx 59.75, x-x 51 .5 G 24.5
Not one to miss a sale!--- JD's has Wahoo Wire Riged Ballyhoos in stock! -- double hooked and ready to go!
Mid afternoon's SMI scoring had the Good Karma with two marlin releases and the Sporty Game with two releases the rest of the fleet had singles- 30 boats in the turnout-
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Release off Palos Verdes 42/28. Mike and Leane on Ace Hi.
five yellowtfin and dorado and a short billed spearfish! Dos Gringos--
they're tailing up --- big one was just up--- 4:45
---------Fridays Reports -------------------------
Released qualifying fish on 20lb Dacron-
Radio reports good from northern water to below the border- everyone's hot looking for shade!
T/C AM radio roll call had about 1/2 the boat had either hooked up, had released one or were fighting one then- good fishing with light line dacron - 12- 20 and 30lb test lines
Northern Waters- Marlin fishing--- they bit yesterday fish moved inside a bit-- this morning they're all over the place-- they're all behind the boat not in front of the boat-- boats spent the night in Oxnard for the evening- last night- good weather hot and flat-- Santa Barbara north 74 degrees, water A good bite on the tide this morning--
we've got 17 yellowtail so far--- bait schooled metered but no bite yet ( tuna fishing)
came up about 4-5 miles off the whistle buoy caught us offguard good for one tuna- 45- 50 lbs-- looking too greasy -- it blew up Mw/ a dozen or more came up
kelps on the 43 hold a few small fish- skippies- good looking weather-- S/W of the 43 the Bluefins were said to be hanging around- moon?
Reports from BD- of marlin in numbers by the Hidden Bank below the border and near the Knuckle !!- fish
Couple of sleepers seen outside of Dana this morning couple more tailers seen between the 14/ and shipping lanes yesterday afternoon- - outside the oil rigs tuna-- with the dolphins-- that keep swimming couldn't get them to stop- !
Moon getting full-
182 greasy and calm not much going on- mackerel back also said to be calm- about 10 purse seiners were here earlier- dragging- when we first got here could see all the's boats fishing didn't elise till we could see them they had nets overboard they all leaving now-- 10:50am
Mike just release one on 12lb -- Cazador--- Greg gets the congras- 10:55
were right outside the Point Loma== it's wide open-
smaller Yellowfin off Catalina Island East end--
couple of big bluefins not a lot-- few kelps a few terns-- 33/ 22
Any reports from the Coranordo Islands-- saw a marlin some life-- too foggy-- soupy
2 teaser for jig purple
Congrats--- thanks - now I can walk up to the porch with my head held high ---- had a strike ealier fell off the outside rigger --- do what you can from the man upstairs - have him get us a fish-- Ok we'll do what we can-- Hey we've got to go -----got a bite-- 11:38am
-- ah--- Andy--- yu got any paper plates-- we only have four paper plates- we've plenty of food but only four paper plates- - they're in the trash bag we sent over--
E-Mail fron yesterdays fishing- out of Newport ---Hi JD - Took a family trip on the BIG G yesterday to the local tuna areas. Ended up with 20 YFT tuna from 20-40 lbs on a 4 hour drift. Light line and flouro and many lost fish to begin but they were biting straight 40 lb mono at the end. On the way in we found boiling tuna and bird schools as close as 8 miles from the harbor entrance with 74.5 degree water. Keep up the great reports! Gary
I see it jumping right now--- what was it--- a tailer that turned into three feeders--- nice job--- 12:31pm
whats your water temp sayt- mine must be broken-- 76.9-- mine says 79 ! amazing so nice out here
T/Controll-- we've got a double going-- --- ah- ah--- we've got Peter on 20 and Larry on 20--- 1:13pm
03/ 33 and there's a good bite going ( I think tuna)
finaly got a decent stop on the tunas-- think we'll bend it in now-- yea we got a few bigger dorados --had a nice big one in the deeper water that jumped on the jigs-- below the 43---- we're heading in too-
Charisma on a 12 lb fsih-- 2:17pm
33:41/ 119:05 lots of bait at 100 ft and some surface bait--
the Afternoon hours and tide change-- weathere haot and flat-- boat after boat making their way out the harbors- headed to the releif of the islands cool anchorage and ad ip in the sea.
A call up north to the marlin fleet to see if much had developed over the afternoon's tide change today -- a few fish hooked but not as many as yesterday's afternoon tide change -- but the Tuna Club has close to 20 marlin caught in their Benefit Tournament -all on light dacron fishing lines and yesterday's Linen One was topped by Playing Hooky with two fish on 9 thread line and a six thread line battle that went for several hours - it broke off-
Hey JD, Great tuna fishing yesterday again on Surly Mermaid. Biggest fish weighed 58.5 lbs at the BAC. Caught on 20 lb with an anchovy on a size 2 hook. :) Lots of tuna out there and light boat traffic. Cheers, Ali
Bongos 3 calls in with their fish count--
Finally got a few yellowtall--- on the boat ended up off Frog rock - seals were a problem-
Came out of Cat harbor-- fished 499- 267 tuna boiling everywhere but did not see a marlin
AIS shows the Intrepid fishing the Farnsworth Bank this afternoon- probably with a kite too!
------------------------ Thursdays Reports-----------------
Boiling sunshine inland and hazy foggy conditions on the coastline-- offshore it clears up better-
that's our third baitfish--- did you just get that one right after we talked-- yep wasn't a minute afterwards - man your your hot-- 9:44am
we got too close to that kelp--- now the boats a bloody mess's from the dorado--
Camp Pentelton has some war maneuvers going on some areas restricted
371 fishing for tunas ----south 2 -3 miles marlin in the jig and another under under the boat--
you might want to creep back over her-- there were a bunch of feeders here just a minute ago-- 10:44am
Had an hout and a half on that yellowfin-- hammerhead got it--- cut the line the fish was still swimming under the boat we tried to get it but the hammer had got it--
47/27-- 43/ 35 lots of paddies some holding dorado and short supply of tuna taken today--
Water temps from 64 up to 78 degrees with a spread from below SD to the Channel islands--
The Tuna Club a Avalon will be hosting their Linen One tournament today( antique tackle only-- followed by their Annul Avalon Benefit
I hear KK was three for four so far today2:00pm
12:46 hooked up on 6 thread linen line--- Magellan-
A call from the Pacific Pioneer--- still fishing the west towards Santa Barbara Island and above from there--- most of the fleet had two and threes or had shots at them-- Gorgeous weather---
Kelsey Lee-- Chase lost his fish earlier and Playing Hooky just lost his fish after two and a half hours--
There's a hot spot about 1/2 way from Catalina to Clemente Island Mackerel Bank thaw was alive with tuna today--- also a boat off the East end of Catalina spots a big marlin jumping big--- reminded him of a Blue or maybe a Black Marlin-- wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a Black around-- Better break out the heavy tackle!
Risso's Dolphin and metering the squid beds helped find the fish-- Marlins -morning and mid day fishing afternoon a west wind help bring up a few tailers and they came in on the jigs-- PP had another one releasing 5 for the day--
A reminder that there are two FAD's out there--- one off Catalina and another Dana - if you've had any experiences with these - give me an e-mail good or bad and I'll pass it along to Pete who had them build and gifted them to the fishing community--
Two FAD have been placed in our local waters.
THE CORRECT #'S FOR THE FADS ARE AS FOLLOWS: off Catalina is 152 spot 33" 14' 589 / 118" 10' 656.590 and the 267 spot is 33" 17' 845 / 117" 48' 419 , these # are very close and depending on current, tides etc, should work, Appeciate you Help, let us know how you do- Hopeful this will be the biggining of more to come
the photo at left shows the FAD , it's actual position "V" would be invered with bouys suporting it upright and the weight below.
Both are placed below the surface. depending upon the current you should see them on your soun der between 50' and 150". My reasons for doing this 2 fold, -- #1, I am hoping to enhance the fishing experience for everyone ---- #2 Assuming this experiment is successful then perhaps more will be placed in the future, so that more people can enjoy our sport. I have attached a picture to give you a rough idea of what the actual fad looks like. We used approx. #1500 of weight tethered with 25' of 1/2 long neck chain to 3/4 polypro #12,000 test rope to the float, using poly pro stringers through out. I am hopeful you guys have another great season, the only thing I would ask is, that if you do fish the fads, that you would give an accurate report on your trip, good or bad -Pete--- Send info to JD-s firstname.lastname@example.org
-------------------- Wed's Hot and muggy report --------------
Muggy- still a south wind at maybe 7-8 9 knts some marine haze and mugginess to it- banks of fog out there--
Speculations ran vivid yesterday of the lack of fish biting in relations to that of the day before, low pressure system was to blame as was the southwest wind which was said to shut off the bite everytime. Boats metering fish under a paddy deep- --chunking, live baits, lures just about everything they had in the box would not entice a bite from the fish- must be the low pressure or south wind or maybe the fog- or time of sunlight or wind or moon or water clarity, salt ph factors phosphors plankton, or may they were just full-?
38/ 39 kelp with dodos and yft
Boats were out-scattered- but a lot of boats-- tuna fishing- marlin fishing - wide open nothing for some- some tales of tails and tales of tunas coming over the gunnels
Blue whale off South Laguna 29.55 / 48.03
North /Northeast-- quick we just couldn't keep up with that pod of dolphins-- got on the fish once 1
75 degrees off the La Jolla Canyon off color
As far as bait, Newport/ SA Pedro didn’t catch sardines between San Pedro and Newport for three days, but they were able to connect with them again last night.
Hey JD, Hooked up a nice sized marlin yesterday on Naut Hooked, 11 miles off the beach at Camp Pendleton. Ate a sardine on 25 lb test. Great fight for the 15 minutes that it lasted! -- Dennis. O
He said the Halcos-- did the trick for them 7 knts and you'd put em on the deck all day long--- JD's has a few Halcos in stock now--
jig fish and tailers caught this morning-- another marlin seen 4 south of the 14 Mile Bank 11:59am
All these kelps have dorado-- --- outside-- did you say there was tuna on them-- they've got everything on them tuna, tails dorado skipjacks- just cast out and put it in the holder- you'll be bit-- other's said they could find a kelp?-
Tried to bait this marlin four times-- and wouldn't take it-- had all this bait under the boat-- put it into idle and moved away--- had all these fish come up--- a foamer put the bait in w/ 20lb test--couldnt get a bite--cast the poppers right into the middle of them wouldn't stick------ we're just going to puts some bait out and take a nap! 1:14pm
good luck if your gettting out over the next couple of days--- JD
--------------------------- Tuesdays Reports -------------
Light breeze from the south-- mixed cloud cover/ overcast wind ripple and small chop on the water-
Pilot house boat inside the 209--- you guys fishing light tackle?--- 8:02am
33: 02 / 117:38 about 15 off the beach--- on a good one paddy-- we're almost full- come on down-!!- 8:22am
8 1/2 out of Dana-- were headed in now got 9 in the box-- what were they on paddy- birds- crashing-- 9:08am
49/ over 45 numbers were flying so fast hard to keep up them-
33:10-/ 117:48- --- 11/38--- 13/36
sounded like there were a few more tuna jig strikes - on feathers, plugs and such-
tropical weather-- got a bit more blow to it by 10 am
Ballyhoos rigged w' Circle Hook and Chin weight for dropbacks or hooked in the belly w/ weight for either dropback or off the riggers of flat lines also unrigged Ballyhoos available too at JD's call to reserve yours today- JD
We've been on this same drift for about three hours --- been steady pickin' at em--
How ya doin-- nothing but skipjacks for us so far
Amizion -- say that marlin tailwalk that was amazing-- 11:01am
Boat with the wind open bite--- can you give me your general area--------- Pacific---
off the Domes yellowfin tuna 6 off the beach got the three tuna and a marlin released-
Kelps were in short supply---
How 'd you do today--- #2 bait hooks 1/2 oz egg sinker and anchovies--- 6 1/2 off Laguna and we got 15 Yellowfin this morning- it was great!
Marlin hook ups off the party boats off Malibu!
bongos 2 6 anglers 15 ytf-
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Still going on----- two stops maybe twenty fish, last two schools wanted to bite-- of we had the bait-- large mackerel were all we had- 46/ 43 big As-- school 10:16am
Steady one's-- two's we've got three going now-- and the tuna fishing continues- remarkable - 181- 182 starting to see more life out here--
Swordfish seen-- swimming uphill- squirrelly as they came up to it-- 10:26am
JD, thanks for the tackle and advice. Adam Cleary and I each released our first marlin yesterday. Ended up going 3 for 4 on the day. We are hooked, was an incredible day. Sean
You guys on the 05 / 42 yellowa and bluefisn still doing any good?
JD, Finally tried the kite and it worked well for us. My largest was 56.6 lbs. I'll never leave home without it again. Jeff
Baby Yellowtails under paddies and spanish mackerel were in the bait receivers scoops
Long range weather for outer northern waters for the next weekend shows a wind from the west, Sat- Sun and Monday--
flylining , chunking all the dead stuff we've got-- just landed one around 50 the others were 40:bs-
Marlin jumping -- 6 off Dana- 12:09am
He said he'd circumnavigated all the way out to San Clemente island and up to Catalina- best water he found was the lee of Clemente where big Yellowfin tunas were jumping out of the water while he was at anchorage-!-
Reports of remarkable fishing west of Catalina over the past weekend-- counts up to 14 fish off one boat released in two days-- fish in the jigs AM hours-and came up on the daisy chained squid rigs for most of the day or tossing at tailers in the afternoon hours--
That was quite a ride --two -there hour stop lost four to that hammerhead-- it was litterly on our swimstep- yes we had it eat one of our tunas tail-- we're out of bait headed home--32:44.469 / 117: 40. 195
Bai receivers -- MB just had big mackeral --SD and limited bait to one scoop only-
Hot paddy yellowfins ands tails paddy- 32: 57/ 117:51- 32 11751
young man come in the shop t his afternoon- having been out - enjoying the day-- points at the chart and says schools of small bonito outside Newport 3- 5-6 miles up and down the coastline- he'd chased the schooling yellowfin -as they popped up mid channel shipping lanes with best results by getting front of the fish and shutting down the engine- tossing in a few live ones in the slick left behind in the wake of the boat as it turned sideways-- dumping a hooked bait in with it-
lots of tuna - spent the day catching em' now spend the afternoon cleaning em- wound up with 52 fish -
we're headed down to Dana to get some bait--how was it today-- it was narley-- they were biting--bongos got up to 80 lbs--- they were biting-- same area--
so the radio late in the afternoon- says---- I know it's late and everyone's already go in-- we're coming back to Dana Pt on a straight course from the 181 we're 24 miles out and there's breaking tuna everywhere--- we've got so many we can't fish them and no bait either-- they're everywhere out here!! -- 6:32pm High tide was at 5:50pm-- Afernoon weather almost glassy- sweet-
------- The Weekends Reports----
\Gray morning- light wind - south- seas good- - stayed partly cloudy for most of the day--- moon's filling stand by for improved fishing--
Spots of tuna still around-- meter marks 150- 200 deep- with once in a while they would be at 50-60 feet- that's when we tossed in the baits and got bit
left the parking lot at the 209--- headed S/E not much for us so far-- 10:am
you still on the 14--- no headed to the 150 we've got 4 tuna so far-- how's you do ? yellowfin 3 on bait off the 277,
Nice sized Yellowfin tuna-- one on the yo- yo --two on bait- -- 277, 11:00om
others on the 14 report no luck--
solid tuna in front to the dolphins--- we hooked a couple of em 30-40 lb saw some 60- + there- between east end of catalina and the 277
33: 35/ 119: 01 marlin up-- 2: 00pm
we got 6 tails allready-- what were you doing --drifting? -- slow trolling with the dines-- 150 area--
Boats who stuck it on on the tuna grounds did well- 5 or 6 fish- a couple lost,- fair fishing- but still encouraging to be out there--- they even popped up late in the afternoon outside Dana Pt. Marlin fishing was reported good above the SB island with action on drop backs or in the jigs- roving bands of seals - weather got better and better and the afternoon hours up there was nothing short of spectacular- with singles, doubles and triples going, guys and gals off the bows fighting fish and fish in the jigs-- fun fishing!!
Good luck this week- JD --moons filling
------------------ Sat's Reports---------
Radio coverage- incredible changed - from one channel to another reports back and forth-- sounds like the tuna fishing continues and marlin fishing up north has great coverage-- weather nice-- light high cloud cover- sea's are welcoming-
52 over 35 tuna--
same marlin up again 23 / 14 10:20am
hooked four -got three- farmed lost one--
Jeff--Jeff- you want me to gaff that for your
same set of numbers as last week and they're still here!-
We had just passed the 209-- saw a few birds a boil of bait - drove by em' with the jigs and threw a handfull of bait and they came up on the baits-- 11:01pm
Northern marlin boats were spreading out -- find good meter marks on massive bait schools-- some birds and looks good- still looking for the marlin though 11:04am
sounded like the tuna fishing was tought for the party boats-- how'd you do so far for the day-- found a kelp -- got one dorado and one yellowfin-- you got me beat by a yellowfin--
A call from Tim M - thay were up above Sata Barbara Island- a little lumpy seas ther this AM - better mid day-- and lots of marlin for the fleet- also seeing fish jumping, big fish- some jumping on the ends of strings too- boats were into the doubles + there today- others worked the self coming down from catalina to SB - finding fish there too!
-------------------------- Fridays Reports ---------------------
Cloud cover and a mixed sea----- 150 area had a yellowtail bie early on- SD fleet fishing outside Encinitas 15- 20 miles---
Newports Bait-- med- small anchovies- a few mixed sardines in a scoop
E-Mail this afternoon JD took my son Ryan and his friend Reef fishing Thursday in search of tuna. We landed 3 out of 5 ( 2 poorly tied knots) 30-35 lb fish and good 20 minute fights. Long soaks and cutting up dead baits for chum line produced all 5 bites. Ryan and Reefs first local YFT, the boys were pretty happy coming in. We landed our tunas 10 miles off the domes then headed closer to DP in search of yellowtail but no luck. Practicing and preaching conservation. John M
Despite the full departures of boats headed out the harbor today for the weekend-- not many fish reports said on the radio-- weather turned better as the day progress by late afternoon wind from the south at 2- 3 knts- seas have subsided- nice-- have a great weekend-- JD
------------------- Thursdays Reports ------------------
Light cloud cover wind light from the south and seas fair- light wind ripple,
Whale watching boats have found a couple of Blue Whales a good showing of them today - south of Newport and other krill / red crab feeders south out of Dana- Common dolphins were out towards the Oil rigs--
Long Range boats found the tuna grounds off Carlsbad approx at 33:00 / 117:35 -- not much of a bottom structure there, couple of small high spots, 389 392, Currents show the area to have a flow of water at 0.366 kts Dir: 151.31° from N
A call from one of the old masters- Ed Martin having gone out to the marlin grounds on the Retriever out of HH earlier this week- 5- 6 7 miles above Santa Barbara Island ---one day--had 8 or 9 bites, released 4 - lost 2 with broken hooks! Not bad fishing for an old guy!
E-Mail Report ----Hi JD, Rod Neighbors and I fished yesterday on Tarvana. Rod caught a nice Bull Dorado on a one of the lone paddies just off the 267. We wrapped the day up fishing the Santa Ana River Pipe for Yellowtail. Rod nailed a nice lunker on a slow trolled mackerel. Shortly after landing the Yellowtail, we also were treated to an amazing display of breaching by a pair of Humpback Whales that got as close as 25 yards from our boat. It appeared as though they were doing a mating ritual, on occasion breaching simultaneously right next to each other. An amazing sight in 70 feet of water! Regards, Chris A
Bongos 111--- 3/4 day report---- 5 anglers-- 20 YFT- 5 dorado 1 skijack tuna -
All it took was one paddy-- several of the LR boats out of SD and a few privates-- politely fish it-- and they all did well-- not much else above there-- outside Lucadia 12- 14 miles a lone paddy 75 degrees Yellowfins-- and Dorado--
Making a challenge of it-- will be anglers trying to catch a Marlin or Tuna for the Tuna Club of Avalon with their Linen One tournament on antique tackle- wooden rods, old reels and lines made from twisted linen flax lines - Aug 27 followed by the Benefit Tournament on the 28 and 29, the Club has helped the City of Avalon for over a hundred years -JD's has 9 thread Linen line in stock- go have fun with it! -
They ran up to the Marlin grounds above Santa Barbara Island yesterday-- didn't get there till around 10 am - put em' in-- great looking spot- birds pick at the squid on top- Rissos whales around --good sea life-- hadn't been there ten minutes had a had a double on- young man aboard caught is first Marlin, and second and third and forth! They pounded the area back and forth - go ten minutes or a half hour between bites-- made the run down to SBI for the night- windy, swelly, rolly night-- back up there this morning --sea life was there but seemed a different bite, the birds weren't on the pick and a different bite-- still they released six fish for the two days-- Charisma
-------------- Weds Reports ---------
Yesterdays Yellowfin tuna fishing below the 267 - was reoported good- afternoon bite
Marlin bites on the sardines while fishing for tuna off the East end- 5 miles off Church-
Talked to a couple of boys who had just came in from the 14-- they hadn't done much-- beautiful day on the water-- a little wind coming up 2 pm- returning to NB harbor finding schools of small bonito 2 miles out-- they said the radio chatter they had heard was from the 209 and S/E or to the outside of the 209-
- Local party boats split-- some were catching calicos, releasing a bunch of smaller ones a couple of tails and some bonitos- the othere 1/2 went offshore--- 42 yellowfin and a dorado and a skipjack
Cousins Tackle recreates the famed 1220 C Mackerel Clone lure - available at JD-
Hook rigging# 101 for marlin--- it's all theory mind you- they (the fish) may be striking short one season, then next climbing all over the jigs the next - Whacking them aggressively this morning or just tapping them with just the slightest interest later on. Single hook or double hooks- stiff rigged or free swinging or a mix of both. Which is right? New ideas emerge or fade away each year, conceptions change. But the proven theory's over time prevails. The fish are built in a physical way , their mouths bills and jaw bones are always shaped the same, maybe even their philosophy remains the same. You can use these characteristics to improve the strikes and the solid hook ups- Over the years I've developed my own theory - On the question of Single or Double hook Rigs. Double hooks hook or snag more fish, simply two hooks catch more things than one hook- they also catch more weeds and everything else in the water. They are a maintenance issue, you have to check them for weeds more often and keep the hooks straight within the skirts to swim well. Single hooks are easier to work with and will allow the lures to swim and look better in the water. The single hook drives well but it's hooking radius is limited. 6/0, 7/0, and 8/0 sized hooks are most common for Stripers, those fishing light lines of 16/ 20/30 lbs can fish the 6/0 and 7/0's well but an 9/0 is to big to drive. 50 and 60lb test lines can support the bigger hooks. Striped Marlin have a fixed upper bill and a flexible lower jaw that clamps upwards, the inner roof of its mouth is the softest area to lodge a hook in or adjacent to it where that soft tissue joins the jawbone. Hooks have to find a home in that soft tissue, wrap around the rounded jawbone and hang or drive into the hard bill it's self. The style of hook must adopt to the bone or flesh. One theory and there are many- is that the fish either strike or take a lure presented to them- They like to "Strike" brightly colored lures (Oranges/bright Greens/Yellows/ Reds) and "Take" resembling or natural colored looking (mackerel colored, dark greens or dark colors) lures- and this method of attacking the lures require a different style of hook to be used. When Striking or bill whacking at a lure- a hook a curved-in barb style (7691S) catches, snags better than an opened throated one- which if it doesn't hit at the best angle it bounces off. With an more resembling looking lure the fish try to "Take" or swallow /eat it from behind, the hook style (7732) with the bigger "bite" radius will catch deeper in the fishes mouth where it finds the softer tissue. Keeping that hook in a "Stiff" relations to the leader and it's pull helps to drive that hook better. - Gook Luck any questions or ideas please call or email- - JD or just go hookless and drop a bait back!
-------------- Tuesdays reports -----------
Different day- still a south wind / s/sw and light seas much better with high coastal clouds, a patch o blue develop
Not as many weekday radio reports these days as summer begins to wane
Tuna still up with the same old stories--- seeing em' but reluctant to bite-- S/E of the 209
Not much in the way of private boats talk but the party boats were still scoring away on the tunas further south below Dana- outside oceanside-
-And the Yellowtail continue to pester the anglers off the San Pedro flats- good fishing for the tails continues they're in a spawing mode- concidering all the breading stock of yellowatil that have been removed from the "local waters- SD - LB" over the past year, it's over the million count- be good to let some of them go -the resourse will need some in the future- and one or two are enough they're big fish- JD
East of the 267 the tuna bit-and Dorado---- good-
The marlin-- reported on the northern grounds were feeding on squid-- metered on the shallower water north of Santa Barbara Island from 200+ deep-- durung tide change the squid came up - along with it the marlin-- in bunches attacking the trolled jigs- some feeders and a few tailers-
queit on the radio - -- Bongos got the tunas and dorado-- 4:30 spots of tuna up schooling up-
sounded like there were some seiners out ther making sets--
------------------------- Monday' s Reports -------
Strong coastal wind from the south at 12- 15 has put wind chop on it-- cloud cover with spots of blue behind it- off the beach it got better-
Weak transmission--- sounded like Stan was congratulating George on a released fish- and a call to JD's earlier in the morning of a marlin being hooked and released off the Avalon Bank-
The Crusader , Scott calls in releases one at 33:23 / 118: 10 on a Bk/ Pr jig-- while coming home from Catalina island this morning-- Rob on the fish-- good wake up call!
Yellowtail fishing still going on off the HB Flats and above the Rigs-- nise sized fish they'e grown over the summer--
Hey JD, Decided to give the offshore and my wallet a break this weekend. Went 3 for 3 on Saturday, done in an hour. Brought my friend Zach out on Sun, landed this 28.6# guy on light gear. Great Newport fishing! Shando
Afternoon reports say that congrats were in order to Stan from George- -- not much in the way of small boat traffic- sloppy ocean- just getting to the point late in the mid day where yo could actually stand up without toppling over- -- Vick out over the 14 with a report of a good amount of bait terns and sea life about 4 or 5 past the 14 seen s blow up of tunas there early but slow trolling baits went without a bite- inside the 14- 4 miles another good meter mark of bait seen- tide doesn't bottom out till later in the afternoon 5:30 - wind still out of the south 12- 14 knts-
Big Bluefin also in the Mix-- some of boys stayed in the Oceanside tuna grounds--
Fishing Kites were in demand this past week-I've got some of the Boston Fishing Kites on order -another week out -- JD) if your in need of one quickly-- a simple stop at the local 5 & Dime or toy store for the inexpensive kites they have- shape like colorful butterfly's, birds, owls, hawks and even seagulls, - Easy to use, inexpensive if you loose it-- put a small blow up balloon on the back to help find it later /floats and take the time to lay it out beforehand to secure the tie downs, etc --easier on land then sea, comes with it's own cheep kite string which breaks away easy ( square knot helps right above the tie to the fishing line) - and simple and effective to use--- put out a rigged bait some 50 - 75 feet behind the boat while traveling into or cross into the wind -4- 5 knts, toss the bird kite into the wind and she sails up easily and quickly, let her up another 50 - 75 feet-then tie the kite string directly onto the fishing line that's got the bait trailing, tie snugly so it doesn't slide up and down the line, cut off the rest of the kite line so that the bird kite fly's up and takes the fishing line with it- and feed back the fishing line as far as you want-- the bait will be suspended by the bird kite-- pump the fishing rod and the bird kite flaps her wings and lifts up -- the bait skipping higher-- boat driver needs to keep into the wind while angler keeps tab on kite and baits-- have fun- JD
E-Mail-- Same story similar results.. Myself ( the e-mail sender) and Wes from Kens Custom Reel in Oceanside,Ca were able to put another 130# and 150# Bluefin this am. What a great year just getting better. Both fish on 100# Blackwater flouro and 7/0 super mutu
--------------The Weekends Reports -----------------
Who brought the fog--- marine layer on the water- removing as the sun gets on it- - seas good- angling good too
Water's are blueing up- pushing 74 degrees he said--
Spots of Krill and crab have brought in more Blue Whales - spots of up on the surface at the mid-days tide slack-
Released one 8:46, it's his first one--- an weak radio transmission, we've past the 175 headed your way-- see any life?--- seen a few tuna birds off the 175 and at the 172-- inside tuna birds -- found a couple paddys tossed some baits for nothing --We're on way there- same area as yesterdays numbers-- maybe a little south- four or five boats spread out -- all working together were working the Southern edge
A stronger radio reception-- we had 4 hooked up-- one came off--- right where your at---- hooked two of them --one stretched us all out before we could get to it and we released one- there's a pile of them there!! ----- 10:09
Marlin Chatter- (Northern fleet above SB island) Greg's pulling right now-- we went three for five yesterday--36/00 right now-- weather today a lot kinder--10:15am
The tides are peaking mid day for the next week-- good swordfish tides as well as marlins- stand by--
We've got one on!---- it may be a Blue-- and it's spooling us--- it's not stopping we're backing down------ 11:50am--- it's big-- taking off-- --- may be its' a big tuna--- 500 yards-- coming back up now-- -- that's a good tuna---
it's weird-- there's no bait no birds - they're just coming up in the jigs MJG was one of our colors--
the northern, northern fleet --we had one knock us down trolling up the Ridge past the 17 by the 63--- fishing where we where last week-
the northern- northern - northern fleet fishing below Anacappa Island 5 - 6 miles we had the quad there earlier there this morning-- one one out of the four we releassed another boat release two and one other boat had one release
The afternoons returning to the harbor- Long days on the water- sunburnt faces and flags flying- along with a few fish stories of the ones that got away---
kelps holding a handfull of dorado for the partyboats- kelps we had yesterday had yellows and tunafish- no dorado-
we got em' boiling all around the boa-t hope we can get one- we got a couple--- the boys were done-- sick - little bit of bait showing-
seeing a bunch of breaking fish---- we got not bait--- coming back from Catalina-- birds-- bait-- fish jumping-- 27 and 57 4:21pm
sounded like the tuna bite quieted down for the day- more yellowtails caught
------------- Sat's Reports ----------------------
Hot-- Hot-- the day's mornin'g coolness is soon open to the glaring sun
This one didn't want to go away--- Todd got one earlier inside these numbers -- come on --mossy on up here and catch a bunch-- came up on the MJG-- Paul K gave it a drop-back bait -- just released it-- Blue Chip-- ---- 33:35 and 19:02- lots of birds-- this fish must have puked up a bucket full of squid-- 9:26 -- tides starting to back off as the slack is at 10:52--- congrats from the fleet!
and in the southern tuna fleet on the 32:40 line fishy looking, but they were again so far today tough to get a bite from and if hooked a tough fish to land--
277 had a fleet- slow trolling sardines--
Bait supplies tough at receivers- mix of mackerel and sardines or chovies
The Yellowtail fleet working the shelf outside Long Beach- only 5 miles out of the slip-- breezing schools coming by every 15- 30 minuets - and some grumpy sand bass too
yea we spent the morning outside Oceanside cutting up chunks-- no love for us there- so we headed out to the 181 - 182-- nothing out there but a parking lot-- inside the 209 a small area of fis were biting- 10:30
another hour of babble and contentious rhetoric-
We just got hung- got two going on the chunks right in out slick we could see em- where you at --- 01 and 34 11:04
at 8 fathoms off the HB
we broke off 4 or 5 landed about 4-
-120 degrees from the 209 16 1/2 miles - 32 :54.55 / 117:37.12 a school of yellowfin- we left em' biting at the boat-- 11:50am terns working-- threw some bait-- they're in the area-- we lost a bigger fish black and purple dasiy chains - broke off 40lb
We're close to you 33:04 / 117:46 - we've got one going -- fish are starting to show-- 12 noon
my buddy just released his third one---- right in the fleet- southern end of the fleet- - we dumped 4--- 0 for 4 --- you seeing anything thing birds jumpers tailers anything-- --- all in the back-- we've not even lookng forward got two guys in the cockpit-- I dumped four --- there's a strong down hill current - a knt - knt and a 1/2 downhill, didnt think I'd get bit charging downhilll like that-- got bit on the MJG on the riggers--- the riggers are gettin bit-- their coming up on the short lines but the riggers are the ones that are getting bit--
big school of sauries up-- just had a marlin up and feeding in it- 12:58
we had a double on---then a third one that hit the lure --- passed up the boat and went in front of us-- wasn't anything I could do-- !- Yea they're here-- it's going to be a good season for them-- we got clobber here earlier--
and I'vw got three sharks on me--- 00 and 28 --we just lost the one fish lost it on 40 and lost two others-- we just keep losing em- and now the sharks! 3:42pm
08 and 35 got four hanging--- bigger models-- 3:46 pm
really big fish here-- got three hanging and we cant see color yet- fishing the 30 and 40-- just had a tripple and pulled three hooks befor- lots of kelps along this line-- Ok-- that what we started with 3:47
We had to leave--- sharks a Hammerhead and a 150lb Blue shark - after spending so much time on the fish -then the fish takes off with the sharks around went 2 for 8 lost a really big fish pull the hook- 00/ 28
We just landed this monster must be 4 ft long -- need to lay down-- fought it for 2 hours-- 4:21pm
We got one!- jig fish---one out of 6 jig bites--- same spot -- I though this was a blue at first--- wrapped around some kelp 300 yards away- next thing e knew war 50 from the boat-- big fish- allright buddy we're going to put them back in-- 4:55pm
boat returning from offshore - just hooked three dorados off a Kelp only 5 out of the harbor- Newport- 6:48pm
Morning hours the radio receptions was extra good- boats from Santa Barbara Island to hear the Coronado Islands - and the reports were good -- by mid day radio reception went downhill- late in the afternoon. a Sat phone call from the Bounder-- they had done it again today with 6 fish ( marlin) being released out of the nine strikes-- all behind the boat-- Andy says they had see a pair of tailers- that found them-- had a pair of double, singles -- Lala released three and Aylson also released three fish , Doug C in the pit- one of the prime area was above Santa Barbara Island along that canyon that comes up at the northern end of the Catalina Escarpment, coming from a depth of 700 fathoms rising to a 172 fathom high spot and further to the 175 fathoms spots and the western edge of that ledge . Pay attention to reserved areas- - I believe all of the other boats up there scored fish too with releases of 1 2 and 3 fish per boat-- When asked on colors- MJG and Petrollo were good for the Bounder-- Congrats- JD
------------ Fridays Reports --------------
With the heat wave there were a lot of boats starting their weekend early hading over to Catalina for the break from the heat- Wind this morning light
from the west at 6- 7 knts with a small mixed sea- a little chunky he said-
Big foamer we slid right into it- working further south than we did yesterday- closer to the border-
This mornings mix on anchovies and small sardines we good baits for the tuna fish dorados and tails- toss in a few dead ones a couple of live anchovies and bait up with a small sardine- all good
Every boat around me is hooked up to a yellowtailed tuna- 10:32
came into a tail end of a bird school hooked three than it all vanished-
The tuna fleet still broad and lot's of boats working from the 267- down to the 209 and inside from there towards the Oceanside bite - 8- 15 off the beach- - the bite has slowed since 9- 10 this morining- yesterdsy second wave started around 12 noon to 1 pm-
Dorado also in the mix- more further south
A check with San Clemente Island Security shows today SHOBA "hot" from 7 am to 10 pm today- basically Sat it's "Hoy" all day and Sunday open from midnight ( sat) to 5 pm on Sunasy afternoon- 4pm Baits starting to show again- fish up- so's the wind-- chunky-
how you doing-- got one --- we got 5 still got one one the line-- west were we started
went as far south ( below the border) as 26 south and out to the 36 line-- nothing but dry kelps-- empty sea-
Im meetering s## of tuna now straight west of Point Loma-- 2:12 we ran to the 181- 182 and back to this
How'd you do?--- did good-- three yellowfisn three bluefin-- lost a big one- and lost a marlin -- it was on a slow trolled sardine-- Yea we lost one too- where you fishing--- East end of Catalina off the 152 - yea thats where we were too- what time you get the bites -- got here around 8 -- they didnt want to bite till about noon. OK thanks-
It was a spot of birds-8 or 10 terns-- there was another sport boat here too- -- the school stuck with us for and hour--- we had em' solid, chunk,s live baits, poppers the works fish all over the deck- seem they were headed north-- we started 53 over 29 and ended up 53 over 30. big school of fish-- epic bite for us - 3:28 pm Dorado we're eating the cleaned fish bits.
13 and 38 we hand fish all afternoon-
Fishing Flag protocol- Common usage by angling clubs-- When entering the harbor and for the remainder of the day upon which the fish was caught or released it is requested the the boat fly the proper species flag. With a released fish a White Pennant or a Wood's Hole Release Flag ( T) is flown below the fish flag, designating that the fish was released and not aboard.
Proper fish flags, Striped Marlin White fish on Blue background, Tuna ( which includes both Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna) is a Blue fish on a White background, only there is not a true yellowfin flag , Albacore is a Red fish on a White background, Dorado, is Blue fish on a yellow background, Yellowtail it's Yellow fish on a White, White Sea Bass- Silver fish on White and Broadbill Swordfish- triangle shape flag, Blue top half, Red bottom half with a White fish.
The SWFSC administers the Cooperative Billfish Tagging Program and International Billfish Angler Survey,
JD's has Billfish Tags --- at no charge--- drop by and pick up some, please check your old tackle box or tackle drawers on the boat for any unused ones- or more importantly if you've tagged a fish and haven't sent in the card- do so- it's important for the survey- thanks JD
The angling community working together to promote ethical angling techniques by tagging and releasing billfish
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----------------- Thursdays reports -----------
Hot-- Hot---Hot--- inland nice an cool and refreshing here on the beach!! soft southern wind at 2- 6 knts
The LR boats out of SD are up to the 277 and working the dropoff to the outside and up the inside ledge-
saw one turtle--- oh yea one burlap sack wrapped around a buoy--- we left that one alone, don't know what was inside it but we left it alone! -- no number given--
Boats fishing the 150 spot - picking at the sand bass and the occasionally Yellowtail furies of tails every so often
Not really,,, anyone have any luck at the 181-- water temps came down to 69.8 --182 is at 71 degrees
we got two nice yellowfin tunas on the feathers---
Skippy 's showing more and more-- we went east 100 yards and we're into a full on bite of tuna-
4 or 5 miles off the Slide,( East End of Catalina) it's a parking lot now - I'm here along with 20- 25 other boats- we ran out of bait ! 10:45am
come off our bow where we're kite fishing-
we've been following these dolphins we've been getting stopped on blue and white jigs-- and sardines ---we've got 12--- 13 - fish biggest around 40lbs--
There's biting the lift pole!- get over here as quick as you can-- 12:35pm
Seems like many were catching -- as many we're complaining they weren't
Dorado's and tunas under paddies and most not wanting to bite--
we've invited a whole lot of people here-- we didn't invite-- off Solana Beach 12- 13 miles--
Where we were brailing we put 30 on board-- ! We don't have that much bait but we can chunk--- it was pretty spectacular! 12:41pm
everyone just sitting- meter marks everywhere but no one pulling-- the 267/ 279-- we're heading up to the 14 to see what there--
E-Mail-- JD Cowboy just released one on the tide outside the horseshoe kelps in 37 fathoms jig fish doorknob green white chuck !! Congrats--JD
ran out to the 209---- came back into the 267 is where we got the bites--- later this afternoon--
Wind -- which seemed to be building-- held off a bit--- still a bit chunky out there but liveable- Towards the late afternoon the wind had backed to a light flag lifting-- warm!
You just get a jig strike-- sure did-- real short one---ran out 20 yards--- right in front of me there's a whole school of porpoius
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Clearer skies and a fresh wind from the west, seas still good- a little mixed this morning but started to flatten out mid morning- Tuna fishing remains active inside and below the209 and towards Oceanside- not as many bits - some with chum and some Mw/ live baits but not a lot just yet- 10:14am
How long you been workin him?-- an hour and twenty-- 10:15am
45 min-- chunk bait, real nice grade of fish- Bluefin-- took it right off the swim platform-- 2 miles from of the rocks off Catalina ( East End)
55/48 working uphill-- pretty slow-- a few paddys and only one dorado to show for it-
we were outside 15 miles saw the yellowfin -sat on em for an hour- wouldn't eat a thing- working in towards the beach now to the 33-36 area - 8-10 off the beach- there was a guy in there eariler this morning who had all he wanted-
43 over 45 good doardo
We're headed in- got a couple of fish-- different day than yesterday-- yea totally different these fish don't want anything today -- not like yesterday- - and you don't need many of these fish to fill the box!
50/42 -- 47/ 35 drifting near a kelp paddy bluefin- 12:28pm we got what we needed 30lb fish-
wind picking up- A lot of sheep out there---
rumor 30 miles up- and 30 miles offshore--- Albacore off Morro Bay or Pt San Simmion-
5 anglers- 10 bluefin and a yellowfin-
fish count 14 bluefin 6 yellowfin and a dorado-- everything was over 40 ;bs
4 anglers 5 BT
38/18 and to the west spot after spot of bird schools - 4:55 Wind was up- sloppy and nasty for some of the boats-- in tight to the beach looking for yellowails off Huntington--
big bonito-schools of em' showing up in the SD waters-
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The whole boats bent--- , come on it- OK we're crossing your bow now--!
Overcast cloud cover- no sun here on the beach till late midday- seas calm a little cross swell this morning but it seemed to flatten out to a glassy mirror,
Took a break this morning and took my small skiff out for a row this morning-- not finding much in the way of bait at the harbor entrance ran down ( outboard) to Abalone Pt. found a couple of mackerel there- one slipped away the other into a bucket- out three miles to a bump on the chart and a foam line, birds some dolphins and a whale, Sent a rigged squid down 350 ft and slow rowed the mackerel for a peaceful 2 1/2 hours- no bites- - back to work- next time- JD
05 43/ we're bent- 12:43pm
The partyboats were having a difficult time finding kelps that were holding -- some smaller dorado's-- better outside / south towards the 302-
Frigates-- Man-of-War birds-- I'm looking at a pair of them now--- 09/ 42 we've got limits on the Bluefins now looking for a Dorado- metering bait and tuna 140 feet deep- 1:12pm
1/2 report for the Patriot out of Newport---Jackpot was settled with a 58 lb Yellowfin both bluefin yellowfin and Dorado in their catch today-- not bad for a 1/ 2 Day
weather stayed nice maybe some afternoon wind tomorrow- from the counts it appeared most of the charter boats did well and some of the smaller boats had only a fair catch- -
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we've been on the 279 (267) for most of the morning--- there's been a little action -- but not too much-- OK we'll keep looking-- 10:18am
About 7:30 last night. Two marlin flags and four release flags on Each outrigger...the Bounder comes in after a long weekend-- nice fishing!
You still fishing still fishing -- big fish--Sweet-- The boats were working uo above the Oil rigs outsie of Huntington/ Long Beach- this morning to the outside of the 150 -- yellowfin under the terns--
E-Mail from Hoose-
JD, Good fishing for marlin fleet up on the 17 last weekend. I had Ben Babbitt from WON and my buddy Frank Kosi on PROSPECTOR. After going 3-3-0 on jigs with stiff single hooks, we switched to ballyhoo and squid chain teasers I picked up from your store and released two of the three fish on circle hook rigged ballyhoo. Cheers, Hoose
Customer just dropped in-- handed me a $20 bill for thanks for the web site reports-- It's very much appreciated come this wintertime- every $ makes a difference - thanks-JD- he had been out to the 14 Mile Bank in his small Parker boat this morning, grease slick - made the turn left towards the 267/ 279-- found a school of tuna and they found his friend bait-- est 30lb yellowfin on a spinning gear- heading back, a pod of dolphins off Salt Creek a dozen miles- got a chunk of bait in while they were cleaning up the boat- looking over at a rapidly dwindle spool of line- and another 30 lb yellowfin-- sweet!
E-Mail Hello JD, Launched out of Dana at 5:00 this morning got to the 267 and there was no life so proceeded to the 277. Half way there we come across a nice paddy all to ourselves. Started chunking and got a dodo and nothing else - fished it for 15 minutes left and circled back 15 minutes later - 2nd stop got a personal best 53lb. YFT... we went one for two on the YFT and one for two on the Dodos. Fish and boat clean and in the garage by 1:00. Fosters time
14 over 42 as soon as the wind picked up it didnt seem the same-they were eating the baits-- runnung with the porpoius we've got bite within minutes--
Got out in front of a porpoise school threw a bait-- 10 sec-- 65 lb YF T-- almost 74 degrees out here-- below and outside the 267-
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Strangely quiet on the radio this morning - yet there must be a thousand craft on the water-- I guess everyone's busy? Seas flat - high overcast layer- the dark shape of Catalina on the horizon, trailing paths of boats heading out the harbors-
This morning's mail- JD we got him 50lb YFT on 20lb 2hour battle sunk the gaff and mad him real mad! Pulled me overboard and my friend grabbed my foot as I was under water. The gaff just slipped out of my hand and he took off again. Good thing we were still hooked. As the guys yank me on the boat the deck hatch opens and my foot goes right into the shaft log. Blood and broken toe but who cares get the fish. Then I grab the flying gaff and we get our second chance BAM! got him. After all that the first gaff pops up 50ft away. What a day we went 2 landed 31 and 50lb and lost 7 fish. They only bit the small stuff. Domes! will send pics AM Tired! Chris Fish Me
They had been out to a loaded kelp paddy this morning--- -- everything they could ask for--- then the bait pump died and all with it too- they tried everything, chunks, iron -could see them but no bites for them--frustrated they ran back to the harbor--- swicthed boats and headed back out again to the kelp! tThe day was young--
E-Mail- Hey JD, We hammered them yesterday done by noon. ! 277
20 aand 07 was good-- that would be 32:20 and 118.07
if you got to the 277 east end of the island early with the chum you had a good chance you'd catchem em-- after 1- 2 pm it had slowed down for the day--
On way to West end spotted several spots of YFT 8-12 off. Later slow trolled some baits on eagle reef and my son thought he had a yt- turned out to be a big fat 26" Calico. Found a bunch of 1-2 lb bonito there as well
The Blue Chip with 4 Releases- Nice!
A Sat Phone call from the Pacific Pioneer ( released three)- and a afternoon report of the marlin fishing that had happened after last weeks blow up by the 17 Fathom Spot- -- above the West End of Catalina Island found along Southwestern shelf of the Santa Monica Basin, on a chart the "Boot's toe" points at it 17 miles away , approx 1/2 way from the W/end of Catalina and the Channel Islands-- did they pass us up or are they coming in from the west?-
A mixed school sizes fish with reports of 80 lb fish and 200 lb fish- weather backed off on Thursday and Friday was good for the Bounder, Andy at the wheel , Doug C in the cockpit and a pair of fisherwomen , Lala and Alyson G. Fridays 7 fish and Sats 5 fish catches took the honors for the weekend, spread of four jigs got one fish , then two, then threes- they went hookless and dropped back mackerel, I think they had 4 on jigs and 8 on baits-- , KK Special raised them, MJG, the mackerel clone and purple and Black as well as the peterello and Eye Candy's all doing their job- Fridays water temp 70 1/2, Sat it came down a bit to 68 and as low as 65 , bait moved away and today it seemed to have dried up - a few fish for the fleet today- a morning sleeper an tailer here there but quieter today----- most of the fish came up behind the boat to the jigs, Of the 13- 14 boats that were it seemed everyone had 2- 3 4 or more fish released. Weather was flat calm! Nice
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Sat morning calm seas- Beautiful morning on the water the day looks promising- - caught a dodo on the way out to the 14, saw some boils but nothing would take -was the first radio report I heard this morning- but I was 3 hours shy of the mornings tales-
You in the fleet of boats--- no we're inside the fleet we've got a paddy beautiful loaded- I'm at 19/ 57 it's loaded-- 9:14am
Newport's bait receiver got a load in the morning- fresh live bait-- then take em' offshore, kill em' and cut them up into chunks!
They tell me the half day boat got into both yellowfin and Dorado yesterday-- That'll keep the decks busy!
there's jiumpers --- fish all over the place can't get 100 yds without a jig strike-- 10:12am
Marlin on-- that the same kelp-- 19/57 10:51am, Slack tide 10:52---
The distance and land geography keeps us out of the radio conversations above the west end of Cat-- Santa Barbara Inland and up towards the Channel Islands , Harrison's Reef over on the coastline where the marlin have been reported-- hope to get a better idea as the day goes on up there- JD
Hey JD, hooking EM up on 'REEL TIME', Live sardine chunk bait...... Thanks, JIM
He said they came up to the 14 after getting bait from the NB receiver- good sardines- got to the bank and there were four boats on this kelp-- first two baits in the water and they had a double going-- after they it was chaotic-- by he time we left there were 20 to 30 other boats around- seemed alike they were all hung-- furthest boat back toward newport and they too were hung-- called in another buddy out of Long Beach -- by the time he got there he said a 100 boats there and most were hooked up! The boat looks like a mass murder!
Strangly queit for the day- I guess most were busy--
You really couldn't miss them-- looked like the whole San Diego fleet of long boats were there, East end of Catalina Island to the 277 and the backside- off the backside drop-off- Yellowfin and Bluefin tunas the whole fleet was there-- nice grade of fish to 30- 50lb stuff and some bigger ones bullied in their way - pushing out the small grade ones. chew off's we're not uncommon.
That westerly wind came up -- blowing stiff at 5 pm
good luck JD
277 and the Catalina Escarpments as it drains into the Gulf of Catalina's northern ledge the tuna were moving to the west
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Wind fair out of the South Southeast this morning--coastal mixed seas-- he called em' seasick type seas", early morning mix of seas kept me back, bouncing around in a little row boat is a little uncomfortable and a bit tipsy in my boat- next time-- high overcast leaves the viability only limited by the light marine haze. Getting off the beach 4- 5 miles the seas were better-
Boat after boat left the harbor- the bait receivers had long lines-- enough time to ready all the lines, tie on new leaders and such- the fleet split some to the south for tunas, some to the islands for refuge from the city and some to the west in search of gold and silver fame. Marlin fishing, not that you eat many of them- more of a challenge, the sport of trying to catch one. Reports of Striped Marlin ranged from Morro Bay down to San Quntine, baja Mexico. Still trying to understand these fish a little better the NOAA International Billfish Tagging programs are encouraged, free tags and instructions are available, here at the shop . You might check your old tackle box or drawer in the boat for any un used tags you still have and put them to work this yeare water kinda choppy were going to try maybe for the 43- we're like 11 from it now- the kids on board are sea sick, we've two fish, I can see all the little black birds and terns headed that way--- Like a washing machine -- we;d go for a little was it gets better then again its gets bumpy again--- it's not bad where we are-
Boat headed west found the traveling good as they came up the inside of Catalina- and only a small lump coming down from the west- prospects look good for the fishing up these this weekend-
Making Bait at Newport's west jetty was good even a couple of swordfish sized ones mixed it- 7:00am
Yesterdays catch off Deckers charter- then they went chaising calicos with flyrods--
We've found this kelp-- it's one stop shop-- we've been on this fish for over an hour must be a large one 33.14/ 117.51 8:37am
we got one realy nice dorado off a paddy on the way over -- lost one fish eariler the hook straignted! they here-- we've got two nice yellowfin- there dorado and we're on a bigger fish now-- come on down-- ( I think off the east end of Cat) 8:38
One over a hundred and a couple at that 50- 60lb range-- we got the big one on the downrigger ----where were you ---- up and inside--- whats your sat phone #---- it was much better this morning-- we're still marking em' marking big fish-- just slow trolling baits-- 9:15am
at 09 and 40
Just putting em off the outriggers and putting way-- way --- way back on fifty and sixty fluorocarbon leaders- Just had a double 10:14 am East end
Michael comes in the shop looking for several of his reels that were in the shop for line and repairs - he left the harbor 4:30 this morning with only one rod and reel and a gaff- bought some bait at the receiver and found the 14 Mile Bank at first dawns light- made a tack to the southeast towards the 267 and a return tack to the bank, a single kelp right on top of it holding - it was all he wanted a big yellowfin tuna and a big bull Dorado back to back then back to the harbor by 10 am- !
-E-Mail Report- Hey JD, Here is a late report from yesterday. We launched out of Dana, bait ok. Water temps ranged from 70 out of the harbor up to 74 at the 267. Water a beautiful cobalt blue Stayed in this area & found some tuna that wanted to play after long soaks with a chum line We went 4-5 on the yellow fin! Great Day!
An phone call- interrupted- Got to go we've a triple going---
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Limits of four by 10:30 was all that was said---- 10:30am
Got a couple of tunas now we're on the troll looking for Dorados- good customer came in last evening- stuck his head in the door and said he'd caught a good sized dorado 10 out of the harbor south on a Purple and Bk cedar plug- blind strike out of nowhere-
not seeing anything-- dirter, trashy a little colder- ( yellowtail grounds 150 area)
Newports Bait receiver had a fresh load of 6-8 inch sardines and a fresh load of anchoves at 3 and 4 inches--
Water temps from 65 to 75 degrees
27 and 42 there's a big kelp with good tuna marks, but with the bait we've got almost too big for these tunas-- wish we had anchovies- about the only thing we'll get em' on would be the mega baits they're all down 100- 150 feet the guys with the mega baits are picking at em' -- 20 -25 mixed fish got three going now-- these bait 27.2 / 41.7-- this kelps got plenty of fish on it- I'd hate to think if we had a box of chovies -- we tried fishing with chumps-- it works we;ve got 5 or 6 going--- 11:50 the decks happy as a clam at high tide--
Got a dorado--- That's not all--- We've got high hopes
267 out of Dana had the tuna , boat sardines or chunks worked- you could tell by the dangling chunks of bait still hanging off rods and reels left the rod holder as the boats came back to the fuel dock-
And a Mornings E-Mail--- This was the best fishing trip ever. I won the jackpot on a 60 pound bluefin. I caught four bluefin two yellowfin and a huge Dorado. Not one of those necktie Dorados but a big monster fish. We were at the 43 just off San Clemente Island. We slayed fish all the long day. !!! The guys on deck call me The Slayer.
The mid day radio blahs- but afternoon hours reports start to come in-- Hey JD you here--- we're here off the East End of Catalina-- Pretty good yellowfin tuna fishing here-- for the past two days-- just put on a 50 lber on the deck -- on a chuck-- chunked mackerel or sardines? the sardines didn't seem to want the cut mack's - we've have something like 12 or more fish every 10 or 15 minutes --and a dorado too-- weathered not bad maybe 10 knts not capping-- good place for the weekend !
And a HOOK UP MARLIN comes on the radio-- 3:40-- standing by- Slack tide today 3:14-
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Blue skies this AM, wind already up fresh from the southwest- , seas have a wrinkle to them-
An excited voice almost indistinguishable - get over here--- --- three miles--- , there's four boats all around and hooked up
we've got our tackle failures -- got 1-2-3345-6 rods that have been destroyed-
The fleet outside and south of Dana-- not much in the way of bird life or much of anything else to look at except for some boats hanging around and drifting-- using their graphs to meter fish in the 50- 100 ft depth- just pull up a chair and start cutting bait for chunks-- works-
You busy-- come on over it's wide open yellowfin-- we're jut watching didnt want to shut it down-- naa- come on over-- OK we'll go half way and see what happens 2:44pm
Overall not a lot to look at today-- boats traveling said they could see some spots of Bluefin up along the Ridge below the East end of Catalina- by the time they got up to them -they had sunk to the 300 ft depth-and hung there-- spot after spot at 300 ft depth,
Slow trolling sardines on light 20 lb tackle on the bank off Avalon-- they had a Striped marlin bite, 3 ft leader- which raced off- while clearing the other lines-- "I think this one's hung too"- out pop's a much larger marlin-- they think Blue which does it's gray hounding jumps and breaks off- the first marlin comes off too- left with nothing but and experience!-- stand by for some big fish this year- break out the heaver gear!--
we haven't done much today-- very rough water -----put on a lot of miles--- one bull dorado , green water moving in
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literally threw a handful of those small anchovies for chum-- must have been 200 little 4-5 lb dorado's came up- we're looking for something else now-
Weather hot and what coastal cloud cover there was went away early in the day-- seas calm on the inside --- a mixed swell- wind to the northwest outside the Channel islands, good tailing weather coming our way. RP left that little high spot off in the Catalina Basin and came back the where the Excel had been most of the night near the 312 - the big Bluefin must be living there-
It like the Sahara Desert out here-- Find anything--- ?
we got a fifty pounder- we're here on the 277 11:40
Logan Tom's Release, Hi Jd
Here's Logan's fish from this weekend up by SBI. This Sleeper ate 2 baits and spit one. We DQ'd it for the club as he handed rod off mid way after getting sick, but got back in the saddle to finish it off. Shane Hurt got a second fish casting on tailers. Great experience for him and a blast for us. Jeff, Pete, Geoff, Shane. Black Fin
We're just east of the 14 now-- covered alot or water so far-- came down from the East end of Catalina-- then into the beach a ways and now up here inside the 14--- covered lots of water -- we went quite a ways to the left wasn't much to look at--- a changeing of things- wish you good luck--
Couple of interesting water temp images ,
Left at 65 to 75 degrees for the past three day composit, the RP sat on the warm spor on the Avalon Bank- came down to that warm spot outsie the mackerel bank ( inside San Clemente Is) they went in towrds that hot spot Southest of the 209 some 10- 12 miles wher its 74 degrees,
A broader image of Baja showing a force of water flowing up above Mag Bay water temps from 60- 85 degrees.
And a third images with a wide view to the West showing 72 degree water to the west/ northwest for 400- 600 miles , I wonder what lives out there?
good day for fishing-- catching not so good-
Tides about to turn- we'll see waht happens- Slack tide 1:17pm-
samll sardins out of Newport, Dana was OK and LP had decent bait- sardines-
Birds just started to show up-- is thay guy up ahead hooked up on the bow-- 18/57
nothing wind opend picking away here at em- nice fish 25- 30lb fish- chunking or the partyboats had bothe mackers and anchovies- dines,
Wind from the west began it blow--
------------------------- Mondays Reports -----------------
Weather nice light wind from the south- seas good- light marine coastal clouds went away early--
Paryboats were happy with dorado catches
Inveresting this morings check on the AIS- the Royal Ploirius came up and spend the pre-morning hours off the A Bank- the Tuna Club of Avalon looking out their clubhouse windows could see Long Range boats right out their front door- by 10 am the RP moved down to the 277 Bank
Swordfish boats up and out early on the A Bank too-
And as the season develops more and more marlin reports-- streching from San Diego waters up to Point Dumea nd the Channel Islands and just aboute every high spot in between
Hey JD, I love your site. Thanks so much for all you do. Great day with a buddy sport fishing yesterday on my Cabo 216. I caught, held and successfully released my first Marlin yesterday morning. The rest of the day we were blessed with beautiful seas and many fish to share. Tight lines! Leif A. Oceanside.
Hi JD, Great weekend of fishing on the Surly Mermaid. Find the right kelp paddy, and it’s one stop shopping. Kept 14 YFT and 8 dorado for 2 anglers - released all YT and most of the dorado to catch another day. Didn’t have to burn much fuel to get into great fishing. :) Cheers, Ali
Got some doreitos-- 31.6 and 40.7 on the top end of the bank-- lot's of lost dorados-- line tangles 12:44pm
E-Mail--- JD thought I would share this nice BlueFin caught Sunday with my 12t loaded with 20 pound that you just serviced for the 10 th year in a row and my JD t shirt... Yea 40 min battle... Jack pot.. Thanks Bob
Vick calls in with a catch of tunas using vairious line lines for theanglings clubs points- dorado and tunas- the waters south of Newpir off Dana had a fleet of boats out too- kelps were huddeled around by a dozen boats each trying to keep their distance and most had a fish or two going in the couse of the day-
The RP who had been fish on the Avalon Bank earler predawn hours came down the Ridge below Catalina's East end - played around the 277 fathom spot- then to the outside dropoff at 33.06 / 118.10 and stayed there for most of the day.
Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna 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 all tuna on vessels south of Point Conception.
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Gray sky, gray ocean, almost dead calm on the beach- seas lay flat darkened only by the horizon line- outer waters north expected to have some wind later today
Another flood of boats came out of the harbors this morning-along with the tide- - packaged hooks and armed with new gaffs the fleet made their way from predawn hours to the gentlemen hours of 10 am off the dock-
Radio chatter was kept to a minimum with more substance to it as the tide started to top off-
Flatfall lures were even harder to find on the shelves as their catches get reported-
Radio recption quiet -- almost maybe the lowering cloudcover or most of the marlin fleet went up west or behind the island . A catch of a dorado reported
he's giving us the flipper-- stayed up for a while --- we played with him but he wouldn't take what we had- water 72.5 degrees
Boats that went west scattered as the day went on- there's good marlin fishing up there-- a long ways run- and not much of anywhere to hide if it starts to blow up-
Kelps off the east end of Cat reported to be holding dorado this afternoon, west end had a spotting of marlins jumpers, etc, lots of kelps- and turtles Risos Water temp's up on the 172 went from yesterday's late afternoon 74 degrees to this mornings 69.5 degrees- uphill current and building west swell sent most of the smaller craft home and the tails appeared under kelps inside the 14 this morning-
let the back side of this moon go away- stand by- JD
Just in from Baitmasters--now at JD's
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---------------------- Sats Reports ----------------------------
Boats out covering all the bases- north, south and in between- good sealife seen only 3 miles out of Newport- Yellowfin off a paddy 209 area-the ridge below Clemente to below the 43 and to the southeast long range and private sportfishers were in hopes of one of the giant Bluefin- Massive Kelps off the West End- birds not much else reported-- so far- strong tide flow today
05 and 36
Numbers given out without much else-- other than "they're biting", can be confusing if you are not familiar with the area -- when looking at a nautical chart the numbers represent the back half of the true position- 33.24 / 117.55 or just inside the 14 Mile Bank--some general reading between the lines helps to centralrize the area as the 33 can be 32 degrees latitude which can throw you off 60 miles
Hi JD, We caught these nice ones yesterday at gray light on a kelp paddy about mile west of the 267. Adam found the paddy in near darkness. They came up in our underwater lights... Very cool! Also, caught 7 rat yellowtail Adam, Joe and Dave
Hey JD took local legend photographer Johnny Connel fishing and he landed his first DoDo ever! I hope he likes my photo Dock Holiday
We just hoooked one but spit the hook 10:50am , We're working out way back towards you- -----Kyle- who was the first anger and who's the second one ? Congrats---
We're on feeding frrenzy right now-- it was dead all morning then it just went off --- how many --- I think--one sleeper, two on jigs, Kyle had a jig bite that ate a dropback and on a feeder now. 11:01am ( Slack Tide today-10:58)-
three up and out from the numbers I gave you-
fish the chunks-- for the tunas were at twenty tunas now-and Ive got two hanging now-- lots of stuff puddleing from five poundres to 50 -
-E-Mail this morning--- - Hard to believe this season can get any better! Friday outer banks of north county 4:30 am first bite came on a Mack on 100# Blackwater. Thirty minutes later 205.5# of bft on the cert. Scale hit the deck, stuck it out a while longer and got another bite on 80# landed #2 for the day and this one went 140#
18/ 04 got em hanging-- have a dozen of those 18-20lbers- 1:09 pm-- stumbled on it- saw some puddlers, soaked some sardines -- been on it for about 4 hours now---- they we're eating it-- chunk sardines in the corner---- dorado- nice tunas- just had a 200 300 mako swim by-- my buddy's been on one of those big chunky dorado's, he's hooked it on the light spinning rod--on it for about an hour-
we got four in the box-- think--- all on the flatfall- couldn't buy a bite on the bait all on the metal-- parking lot at the 267--- sardines were used as chunks
We got Logan in the corner pulling on one-- sleeper-- 1:29pm
Pete said he's got a pair up-- we ran over --threw two baits, it ate both baits--- spit one - Logans on the other --- it came up throwing squid---- -- released-- he's resting now--
saw some 5 6 lbtails then the 30-32 lgs dorado
Just landed the second fish 2:00pm, we've got one 100 lb fish in the boat-- we're on the second fish now---- ate the chunks est 100 lb been on it 2 hours now and just hooked up on another one --- Fishing with Decker! Not to mention the other dozen smaller tunas and a hefty Dorado to boot- Good day on the water!
11 over 37 pulled up had double and triples for 4 hours flying the dines-- no time for soaking --- they were just all around the boat -- wouldn bite anything heaver than the 20lb Fluoro-- 11 for 19
Hey-- JD we fishing that 267 FAD- spent 2 1/2 hrus there this morning--there chunking and live bait we got 8 out of 12 yellowfin--
Brent Rose calls in with a Marlin report est 140lbs fish came in on a jig-- and they got a bait back to it-- about a mile above the 175 those rods you made for us were amazing- thanks--- Congrats- JD
Jason Blower on the first fish and Camden Blower released the second one- both 20lb dacron lines- congrats- JD
Marine overcast light wind at 1-3 knts south seas flat- strong tidal exchange today-
We picked up two dodrados off this kelp-- I ca seeyou about a 1/2 for us we're inside you- had our shot at a quick bunch of fish- 0 for 3
doing OK hand fiull of paddies mostly dry one held a dorado
Im 09 over 52--we've got 2 on and there's a third one hanging-- 10:13am
Whale watching boat was remarking about seeing a marlin ever day or so-- out near the Oil rigs---
boats fishin south to the 14- 267 and 209 areas report only fair fishing --- a kelp holding dorado was the Golden one-
You here Stan-- where'd everyone go--- you get it ? -yes the third one, two sleepers and a dropback just getting lucky--- getten em' to bite- where everyone go-- - some went up west-- we're south- 2:45
Everythis was on the dark colors-
little flur in the morning -- mostly dorado a hacdfull of yelltail - for all the kelps we stopped on-
at 25 fathons there's---- at 34/ 16 theres's a whole fleet of small skiffs and they're pulling on big fish-- looks very fishey dont know if it's yellowtail yet- Ive seen two guys pull fish overboard and they were heavy- I couldn't see what they were but big fish- there's fish and birds and gargage everywhere- 4:28pm -----Tuna pretty good ones! I see em' here on the meeter- its bluefin watched this guy get three-where are ya--- at 35 16 now--- one just boiled off the side- green water and bluefin-- 4:33pm
Young man 6 years and his dad- in after a day of boating in yonder seas-- down by the Domes off San Clemente - fishing for the tunas, dorados and what else would bite, six year old gets the rod handed to him here hold this-- Dad--- I've got a bite- Marlin eats two baits , one comes free and the catch and release the fish- nice catch!
------------------ Thursdays Reports -----------------
Marine haze along the coastal waters- light west wind beginning to breeze up by mid morning- seas nice- fishing improving-
That photo of a Big Marlin from Hawiaii whereas it was sent to a friendin Mexico- then to another friend out on the 209 fishing- who had forwarded it to another friend here on the beach who forwarded it to me and I to you-and you to someone else- goes around pretty quickly these days doesn't it-
Dorado showing better for the morning bite between Newport and Dana and to the south from there--
Andys got some fish hanging - one of the partyboats- another having not found anything so far was thankfull to join in -
Decker calls in with 2 Dorado and 2 Tunas-- not a whole lot going on for the fleet- they picked up their Dorado off a kelp and the other one open ocean with a few white terns making dips.
The day seemed queit on the radio- at least I didn't hear much-- there were boats out but the winding of reels and ringing of the cash resister made too muxh noise to pay attentions to the radio! last night another big giant Bluefin in at 177 lbs weighed at the club !! testimony towards the small 2 speeded reel and braid line they had used- 43 fish
Hey JD, Good Karma went 1-2 on stripers this morning. both jig fish. second one just about spooled us before throwing the hook. BIG fish. fun day some pics of the first fish Evan K
Nice healthy fish being filmed
Changes to Recreational Tuna Regulations Now in Effect The California Fish and Game Commission recently adopted changes to recreational tuna regulations. The new regulations are effective as of today, July 30, 2015. The changes include a statewide two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis), which applies to all bluefin tuna possessed in California waters, regardless of where they were taken. Additionally, there are new requirements for filleting sport-caught tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. Changes to fillet rules for all tuna species south of Point Conception were needed to allow for identification of species by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement.
The regulations now require all filleted tuna to have the skin intact and be cut into six pieces as follows: Four loins (two upper and two lower)
Belly fillet including the pelvic fins and urogenital vent
Collar with pectoral fins attached Each fish must be placed in its own bag and clearly labeled with the species name.
Tunas may also be kept whole, or in a manner that retains these identifying characteristics.
------------------------ Wed's Reports -------------
Light coastal moisture overcast went away by noon- seas calm with a light west wind- Boats out scattered loosing for fish- one here- there type of thing-
E-Mail from Anonymous-- 10 miles on a 175 heading- more birds, bait balls and tuna then I have seen all year. No fish in the box. Had great 4” deans- soaked, slow trolled, run and gun, and anything else we could think of- no bites. Frustrating- I’m taking a week off from fishing! Maybe a Kite would have worked………. Anonymous-
We picked up one dorado of a paddy, lost another-
Swordfish plane up early-- --- Tight to Clements island there were some up yesterday--
got em on that deep diver- Yo Zuri- plug-- dark color--
Still a tough day out there-- seeing em but only a few bites on the Bluefin- the Yellowfin racing around with the dolphins were catchable if you were quick and stealthy and could get a bait to them, along with some tossed live chum helped-
Dorado - gaffable sizes were closer to the beach and smaller 3- 5 lbs- were in the outer waters
The BAC weighs in a couple of the big boys-- Bluefin over hundered pounds- 130and 150 lbs- !!
And just as I was going out the door-- the phone call of a Black Marlin being caught on the 209!!!! further details to come!!! False Report- Sorry- JD
not sure who, where, how and on what-
but got this photo late in the evening- Full Moon bite?
E-mail from Costa Rica- Foxi Lady--
WE ALWAYS CHECK THE WEATHER DOWN HERE EVEN THOUGH ITS ALWAYS GOOD. COUPLE OF THINGS IT DOSENT TELL YOU THOUGH, WHEN YOU HAVE A 10KNT BREEZE, COOLS IT DOWN ALOT. BUT WHEN YOU PUT THE CHUTE OUT IN THE EVENING AND THE BREEZE IS BUCKING A 2.5 KNT CURRENT IT REALLY MESSES UP THE SLEEP TIME. WE DRIFTED 16 MILES LAST NITE. THE FISHING HAS REALLY MADE UP FOR ANY DISCOMFORT. WE WENT 25/30 ON BLUE MARLIN FOR THIS TRIP. WE SAW A NUMBER OF BIGGER FISH THAN WE HAVE BEEN SEEING THIS YEAR ALSO, ONE WAS 450/500#. THERE ARE 5 MAIN FADS HERE THAT WE FISH, RANGING FROM 80 TO 135 MILES OUT TO SEA. SINCE MAY WE HAVE RAISED 161 BLUES, WE HAVE HAD 131 BITES, AND WE HAVE RELEASED 95, WE HAVE TAGGED 61. WE USE LURES, LIVE BAITING(CATCHING THE BAIT ON THE FAD), SKIP BAITS, AND PITCH BAIT OFF THE TEASERS. ON THIS LAST TRIP 12/25 WERE BAIT AND SWITCH WITH STANDUP TACKLE (DAVE PETER/MY STUD, YOU CAN VISIT HIM AT THE REHAB CENTER, HE'S OUT FOR THE SEASON). I'M REALLY HOPEFUL THAT THE FADS THAT DENISE AND I PUT OUT IN CALIFORNIA WILL PROVE TO WORK OUT AS WELL, SHOULD KNOW MORE IF WE START GETTING SOME REPORTS BACK
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Taking the day off was time to work on the boats for many- several weeks of battle fatigue and wear needed to be attended to.
A break in the action as these tunas dove foe cover after all the buzzing around overhead these past weeks-
Doardo started showing up in the kelps locally again-
A close inspection of yesterdays water 65- to 75 shows that strong So Calif. eddy effect on the water like a vortex spining whatever kelps and whatnots around centering it'self near the 209 for now- unless that flow of warm warter against the beach pushes upwards between Cat and the mainland- and flows to the north.
Behind us there's a big foamer up- and off to your port there were some dolphin with tunas on it-- couple of boats on it- thanks- we just got a dorado off this kelp. Yea is a hell of a foamer---I can see them in my Gyros and - I can't go-- we have to stay here and look at this whale-- I can see em' it's a big foamer there's one boat on it right now ---came flying in and stopped right on that foam-- we'er here on the inside towards the beach, couple of us here watching whales--- and tunas!-12:15pm--- I got em - they're still up-- where headed right at them- 12:19
Swordfish baiting- Yellowfin and Opah on a kelp-
I was out here all day yesterday-- there wasnt any of this there- cool to watch- foamers off Dana this afternoon-
baited a marlin came up a tuna----- baited some tuna and came up dorado --
A call came in from the Bounder-- saying they had released a marlin -- Greg Regrats the angler-- off the West End of the island-- 172- Fathom Spot about a mile inside towards the island-- came in on a Mackerel Cousins Electonic Lure-- both bites were on it.73-74 degrees- 8-10 knts of wind- water blue-
The Oh Joy -west end lots of tunas showing with foamers and terns everywhere-- hard to get in them --
Bigger tunas off the 43 where the Red Rooster and the New Lo Ann spent the day-- By noon NLA had only landed 6 of them- hooked maybe 20 fish only landed 6 weights est at 120 to 175lb Bluefin--- !!
For boaters headed into Mexico- stronger enforcement of rules- from LA Tines
----------------- Mondays Reports ------------
Start of another week of fishing- - slower fishing over the past few days, mixed swell this morning with a short wind chop and swell, getting better mid morning- water temps seems to have dropped also a bit 69- 70 degrees inside the island- a few tunas popping up here there- but no Bonanza yet so far--
Tides and Moon filling all this week Blue Moon on Friday-
Between the 152 and 277 we got one tuna
Long Range boat Red Rooster cane up from Mexico on the long rang trip - this morning fishing near the 43 fathom spot-- been there for most of the morning-
E-Mail this morning-- Hey JD, team Good Karma here, had a good morning of tuna fishing and then went to look for the yellowtail at Catalina and got a dorado 100yds. off of seal rock..!!.
Another E-Mail-- JD: Hope you are well. Wanted to let you know that we found one off West End on Sunday. Not much to see but metered bait most of the day. Ended up 1 for 2 on the jigs. Rough but fishable and didn't’t see another boat the entire day. First marlin trip of season, good way to start it off. Pat on Billfish -- Congrats- JD
Balboa Angling Club's Offshore Helen Smith tournament
Biggest Tuna - Andrew Gabriel- 52lbs, Yellowtail at 13 lbs by Sr eve Ervin and Dorado was Phillip Di Rocco --High Angler was Andrew
Swordfish days - we saw two today one near the East end the other down towards the 152- couple of yellowtail and a dorado- another seen inside the 267-
Quiet on the Western Front today-- a fewer smaller dorado and tails off the East End kelps- not many reports on the tunas today--- "lots of kelps around , soaked on em,, for nothing"
Interesting water temp pattern forming- watertemps from 65 to 75 degrees yesterdays temps-
Hi JD We just got back from our family trip to Cat with the kids. Got these 20 lbers slow trolling macks on backside. Double hookup was fun playing deckhand for the kids. They were beyond excited! Great season so far! Eric N.
Hi, this was last Friday morning, 24th a bit late, but it was a great long weekend! 5 miles straight out of Dana point. Used Live bait caught 6 between 7:30am-9:00am Andres
---------- The Weelend's News-------------
Balboa Angling Club--- Balboa Angling Club-- the call goes out on the marine radio the first thing I hear in the morning's store opening- -- no reply, then JD's you on this side- yes-- the Sleepers hooked up with a marlin--- Vick's the angler and Arron at the wheel, what lb tackle--- 80#! jig fish--- OK got it --- go back to work, thanks JD- 9:02am -- nice way to start the day!
go down a couple - we tried the west end a little too much wind and swell for us-- we're back here west of the 14 --- best life we saw yesterday was three four miles inside the bank
good bait in Newport this morning- !
Meetered the tuna at 140 feet down, unwilling to come up to the tossed chum
Sleeper calls in again--- lost it 10 feet from the boat - before he couple get a hand on the leader- the short daised chained tuna rig was just a bit short the First Marlin of the Clubs release is still open- - tough- just a few feet short!
slow troll a decent sized dine --- we've a 40 or 50 lb bluefin off the 14- 9:50
Quiet on the inside- and bumpy outside- different day today blue skies early in the day west wind starting to lift the flags by 10 am
cedar plug five out of Newport just landed a Dorado-- 10:51am Sprayit!
the Kelps were stingy today--
Too much boat pressure yesterday- the weather different today- moons 's a little different- not much of a tide- whatever the reason- not as many fish caught today-
----------------------- Sat's Nuts Reports --------------------
Everything floating either saw tuna, was hooked up or wanted to be- Coastal waters hand many small skiffs, bigger yachts and jet skis. weather allowing it today-
Tuna regulation go into effect this next week- limit only of two Bluefin and restrictions on fillets / cutting up-
Freelance was wide open- the VHF radio was alive today- not only alive but spouting forth a constant barrage of fish talk-- catches locations, numbers- who's where what- you on this side, Parker next to the skipjack there's bluefin boiling out in from of you--- we got one on a slow trolled sardine -----got on on light tackle 12lb- that reel's reel seat needs more glue!- slow troll dines-- feather's were better, how slow is slow --Dramamine anyone need it--- 1 -1/2 knts we got three already --yellowfin- slow pick ---you here with the rest of the fleet----- we're west of the north the 9 in that deeper water fish popping -- we just keep the slow trolling -- water 74 almost 75 - yea we're up here- too seeing em' but no bites----- try slow trolling -- the bigger fish were here spent a 45 minute on it spit the hook at the boat-- I started to listen to the AM radio fish radio show-- but ------Sea Mint that guys know what they re doing stick next to the-- what's the limit on these things-- yea go to the other channel-- just keep drifting this area every time we get one-
hey is that you---- doing any good just puddlers on small chovies cant get a bite-- Newport was said to have sardines--
between he 14 and the 209--
we've been trolling fish traps for hours - nothing-- that's great your in a good spot?
there's so many paddies out here anyone getting anything from them?
Like I said I was going to listening to the AM radio fish talk show --- but this was more interesting and live!- nuts out there today glad most will have a chance at something-
yellows on a kelp-- we're outside you number from yesterday-- yellowfin all abound breaking-- beautiful day out here -- the bait the line was too long this morning we got plenty of mackerel --- we just went by a turtle!
Just cracked my second day of beer- 9:30-- it's going to b a long day !
you seeing em" just jumping there see under the birds-
boiling all over the place upper 9 we got one on- 9:31am
calling stupid bigger sportfisher who drive right through a school of breaking fish and birds and boats all drifting next to it -- hey Guggin why don't you just keep on going" what a Guggin!
got the guys in the water lots of life under it-- like 30 dorado they haven't gotten one yet-
got two on bait just had a jig fish come unbuttoned
hey Spanky give me a call--- the othere boats around us are hooked up -- we've got 4 on deck - he gives out his phone # 714- ### ####-
Go up one--- go down two- Pearlies, go to the club channel,
we watched you lose that fish--- unfortunately 9:49am
Moon's half full---- filling all next week- things should get real interesting!
there's about a 10 ft Tiger Shark out here!----
Must be some sort of way of measuring ( maybe the insulting radio chatter) by the numbers or beers consumed in relation to lack if fishing done and its ever increasing ratio- more beers worse fishing and more disturbing radio chatter--
the bait sourounding his boat - hiding under it--
19 and 43 will get yu close enought - go to the other one 20 /43
tuna!!! --- shark !!!!-- turtles !!!
Tracy on the Blue Chip had a marlin hooked today--- jig fish-- but fell off after a while
between the 267 and 209- they were up foaming- 10:20am
Hey that you JD-- we're here off Carlsbad-- had a puddler here- tossed in a chrome and blue jig- on 30---- just got it to the boat est-- 140 lbs Bluefin Mark D.
we're out of bait multiple tuna dorado and yellowtail
100 lb fish maybe 80 lbs, at least it's a 2 speed- little talic reel- red spectra ---it'll be a while-- paty boat with fish hanging--
then we fought a marlin for 45 minutes before it sawed us off- it was beautiful- and we got dorado and yellowfin as well off that paddy! 12:24pm
04 over 04 ----it was a big one ----- 277 between 209 lost there---- they we're all over 10 that high spot between the two banks
54 over 31- 54 / 31-
we're right here on structure a good temp break-- it blew up here ten minutes ago-- just stick it out-- 1:41pm
We got 8 fish today -- thanks -- that new line on my buddies reel really helped him - he got 4 of them-- and that Fluoro Carbon 25 leader was the difference-- the other guy had just straight 25 and he couldn't buy a bite!- I got one of them off a frozen squid and a 4 oz torpedo sinker set down around 100 feet and the other one on that Flatfall- seem to get bit better on it's sink than the detersive-- just south of the 14 -we started late didn't get out of the harbor till after 8am- --didn't take long we set up near one of the sport boats - had to change over the hooks smaller sizes--- by the time we got out there they only had anchovies but they worked well-
Baited 6 sleepers this morning-Blue chip--- -- up off the west end-- another boat says they baited sleepers on the Ridge ( 181-182) this morning also baited a swordfish-
E-Mail JD, A kids first, thank you!---- Just wanted to thank you for all your web reports and tackle tips in the store. Caught a lot of fish in my life but none meant as much as this one I helped my son Ben get yesterday outside Dana. His first bluefin Brandon D
Bongos III calling in--- we've got one yellowfin--- one bluefin and 32 yellowtail !!!---- ahh--- oh yea the bluefin is triple didgets! 40lb tackle hour and a half
And the Bull Pen - ranges out towards the west end of Catalina and Santa Barbara Island-- baiting 3 sleepers, having 4 jig bites one hung on for a while before falling off and baiting a feeder-- they'll Here--
It's been a full day-- good luck tomorrow-- maybe a bit of wind in the afternoon
---------- Fridays Reports------------------------
Nice morning-- looked like just about everything that could float was headed out the harbor this morning-- for a Friday- busy- the Bait receiver here in Newport was sold out by 3 am-- another load of mixed sardines and chovies made they way to the bait receiver around 5:45am- never had a chance - they sold it directly off the boat and again were sold out quickly-- back out at it again to see if they could find some daytime dines or fin bait-- - baits and chum was the method out there this morning.
5- 12 south out of Newport were - with good visibility this morning- I counted 118 boats scattered with bunches of 8- a dozen in general areas- most were just drifting in the calm seas- tossing over a steady chum line-of cut bait or some of the live baits- -- spots of smaller 20 - + tunas popping up between boats- the white terns belayed their presence-
Hey JD - this is Rob- got three yellowfin tuna so far--
Fellow the other day said they taken a chum bucket added some weight to it and sent it down on a heaver 80 outfit some 250 feet deep, jiggled it once in a while to help spread out the chum-- left it there for an 1/2 hour then slowly wound it back up--- the tuna followed and they had good fishing--- pays to think!
Got a good sized Yellowfin about a 35 lbers just a minute ago-- the Dorado were big - there must have been a dozen under that kelp- 1:44pm
25 over 57 just leaving a plunker bite 5 yellowfins and a couple 60lb Bluefins--- 2:20pm
33:00 / 117:36
Spotter plane spots bigger fish at 06 and 47 on a Kelp--- couple of spots -- fish over 100 lbs sliding Southeast-- 4:14pm
Bait report from Dana-- 6- inch 4 inch
Vaughn and Charlie had another good day, this morning eight off Laguna left him biting didn't need any more fish.
Hi JD, we got this dodo and the female right near the 267 FAD #’s yesterday
Thanks to Peter for deploying that and you for promoting it! Jenny A
Hi again, Forget to send this one too, my son Jack and I with a healthy pair of BFT and YFT caught today amongst the fleet on our boat Lilly June. Jenny
Anyone got any yellowfin in the past hour--- yep- 3 off the point- south- just put on a 25 lb yellwfin - 4:20pm 25 over 46 another spot to start your drift with chunks--
FOXI LADY REPORT Costra Rica First 2 days of a 7 day trip starting very well. Got a new puller, Dave Peters (Dana Angler Fame) He's doing pretty well, 3/6 on blues 1st day + 1 sail, 2nd day 7/12 blues + 1 sail. only problem is he's 6'6" and dosent fit in the chair!! Hoping he's going to last!! Really messes up my invitations to Kobe, and Lebron they need to bring their own chairs. Weather dead calm, fishing the Imperial Fad 105 miles out to sea.
----------Thursdays Reports ----------------------
Ocean looks like glass this morning a soft swell mirrored overhead by a layer of soft clouds - nice to be on the water if you were- on land tough!
first radio report I heard-- every baits a bite!- We've got two Bluefin a yellowfin he's got one on so have I and we've got two hanging! 8:33am
Get right off my bow-- worked hard this morning to get them to come in--
I counted 70 boats!
14 mile bank anybody doing there-- 6 in the box and heading home---- I'm trrolling and havent seen nothing
Just like parking next to a party boat within range of casted jigs or in their chum line not the best way to become friends out there- as well as the "new" methodod of just drifting with baits and some chum or chunking up whatever you had as dead bait to get the tunas to come up - not the best way to make friends if you pull into thier drifted lines with baits- pull off the side, up wind but not in the baits-
Tuna Trading ---anyone want to trade a bluefin for yellowfins - I've got three yellowfin---- Bluefin---back--- Bluefin-- yellowfin-- 11:30am
King dorado ---6 yellowfin a bluefin and some King Dorado.
A good customer of ours Ken - trying to put a fish aboard - after several years of frustrations--- the skunk is off the ship- -- head out the harbor 160 degrees, 8 miles find some water that looks fishy, a kelp, etc, just shut it down take some of those sardines that didn't make it from the bait receiver- , chop em' up and toss em' overboard in a steady chum line- have a couple of fresh live baits in the water-- - the rod double over and the fight begins-- brought it to it's knees- nice 50 lb Bluefin Congrats- the skunk os gone! JD
Sorry-- didn't get much of a radio report this afternoon--- spent most of the time spinning line on reels and tieing fishing knots - overall it seemed a morning bite but throughout the day a radio report or two three- saying they had a long soak with mackerels producing bigger fish-
reports of more and more dorado in the outer waters
and a swordfis was caught
Hey JD, Not sure if you heard but my friend and fellow Tuna Club member Sawyer Jones landed a nice 160lb Swordfish the other day near the 209. Fight lasted over 3 hours on 50lb tackle. Congrats to the crew on the Burning Daylight and Capt Hunter Heatly.
--------------------- Wed's Reports --------------------
Overcast sky- seas calm and smooth- nice day on the water- light west wind at 4-6 kts- Time to go fishin
Fellow walks in the shop early he'd been out to the 14 Mile Bank already this morning and was back in the harbor before 10 am-- fishing just south of the 14-- had a seal bite and then a Bluefin does a nice salmon leap right behind the boat - that keeps him interested in staying they- and a Yellowfin takes his sardine- which he gotten from the NB bait reciever- good sized baits but they did't live that long--
Aloha JD Almost 68 degree water! Thanks and see you in the shop soon! Those fish are chewing up my tackle! Mahalo! Joe F Bluefin
We scratchd ou one yellowfin -- where you at-- jst inside the 14-- 10:44am
Local Partyboats scoring of the bluefin outside Oceanside to the Domes- out 12- 15 miles
footballs out front of El moro
And Balboa Angling Club having their Annual Helen Smith Offshore ( in honor of a wonderful past Club secretary and of course her husband Gil they help make the club what it is today) tournament this coming July 24/ Friday and Sat with awards on Sunday at the Club-4 pm- Best of Luck- JD-
just the one fish-- -- we got one small bluefin but we let it go-- that'll bring you good Karma!--- just the one so far-- awesome kelp stand by--
We're done we've been done since 11:30 this morning-- headed back in now--
05 and 90? kelps holding dorado 289 had Dorado too
Weasterly Breeze came up-- early in the afternoon-
they were done in a hour started with tuna and Dorado at 3- 5 off the point--- all you wanted .
started with yellowfin ended up with straight bluefin--Party Boats out of Dana
we got one bluefin and three yelliwfins- got the yellowfins off a paddy by the 267
overall the tuna fleet had good fishing today- got a little crowed outside Dana and to the south
with the upcoming tuna touranments by local angling clubs it's going to be a shootout- best of luck JD
--------- Tuesday's Repots ---------------
A light west/ southwest wind at 3- 5 knts- seas still have a slight south swell very travelable -
So far a quiet day-- the life was up till sunset yesterday- whales, birds, bait up at 7- 10 off the beach- this morning-- a different day the life seems to have gone down or moved--- there is a uphill current this morning-- , bait and some good meter marks inside the 267 earlier in the day-- it too seems to have disappeared- of note the long range boats of of San Diego- Royal Polaris coming from the San Martin area yesterday --steamed uphill last night and this morning was fishing off Oceanside!---
is that right I'm reading 74.5 degrees-- thats what I've got too!
Party boats were scorring well- south off Oceanside -Yellowfin
wandered all around this morning- a few kelps with Dorado- or Yelowtails-- the tuna were not as easy to find--- till ---while heading back in to Newport 1 -1/2 to 2 miles from the jetty-- acreas of small footballed sized yellowfins up -- then down---- a run and gun type fishing- 30 over 52, 74.8 degree water- blue-- 2:45pm
59/00 seeing a lot more actitiy, not seeing the massiness but there some pretty fat ones around-- 33.00 / 117.40 ----- -32. 58/ and 117.38 -----125 lb fish up spotted by spotter plane-- 4:21
There more and more-- as you head that way ---there some 40- 60 lb grade fish right in front of you- 4:24pm
within a 1/ 16 of mile there's a 100 tons on your starboard and 200 tons on the port- -- about 15 boats length at your eleven o-clock-- 4:39
11 o-clock--- 11 o-clock there's some bigger fish-- 10 -- 8 boat lengths--- head a little left-- sinking out-- by that kelp- small breeders
Did you get that visual-- definitively some larger ones- they were in the middle of the pack they may have sunk out spooky
must be two schools-- -- just stay where your at-- -- they were on the same heading as you are--
The day slowly wore on- with the heat and humidly it's a blessing to be here on the waterfront enjoying what seabrease we get- best of luck to you if yu get out tomorrow-- today was a down day for most-- I did hear of a 131lb Bluefin taken slow trolling mackerels inside the 267- so there still the big fish around. Intersting to see the Royal Poliris came up the line and camped out for almost the entire day outside Oceanside- Check out LIVE SHIPS AIS
------------------- Monday's Reports -------------
A couple of football fields were up early-- then went down-- leaving one wondering where they went-- we got one so far, inside 14 Mile Bank-- 10 am
Bumpy this morning- wind from the southeast and a short 3- 5 ft swell- wind wrapping around the east end of Catalina Island and the swell making it uncomfortable there too-
Kinda quiet on the radio today- a few reports throughout the day-- went out to the 181-- didn't find much, any idea where to start tomorrow?-- we had our shot at them-- just couldn't get them to bite anything-- what were you using for tackle 30, 50?- we even went down to 20 - no bites- -
Whatever the reason, storm- wind- swell that low pressure system/ barometer took a dive and so did the fish- metered at 150 feet deep for most of the day-
7- 10 off the beach from Newport southwards
this coming weekend the Tuna Club of Avalon will be having one of their annual tuna/albacore tournaments-- a check with San Clemente's Island Security shows that Pyramid Cove will be open for anchorage and the area round it on Friday, Sat and Sunday -- light line only at 20 dacron-- be a challange to see which will be bigger Yellowfin or Bluefin-
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Hey JD well we did it again. About a hr after the shot we got the 153# Bluefin in the boat on Friday. What a week weighing the 165.5 on rod and reel and now this 153.2
JD, Thanks to you for posting Pete's numbers, and thanks to Pete for making and dropping the FAD. We left DP at 4:30 am on Saturday, slow for us off San O so headed to the FAD at the 267, arriving around 10:30. Had meter marks right off the bat, shortly we had our first hook up with a 26 lb YFT on a fly lined sardine. Got back on the numbers, then I caught the one shown in the photo on a 160 gram flat fall. We got one more, a 33 lb YFT on a sardine, then the bite shut off. 3 hookups, 3 YFT, 3 very happy anglers! Thank you!!
JD- here's the bluefin from yesterday on the Kani Nalu on 14 mile bank. Thanks! Todd!
today-- not much going on since early mornings dawns bite off the Domes
Bait was around -- deep but much else after 10 am-
Bait off Newport 21/51
21/40 the Joker had a marlin hooked-- not sure if it stuck---- dont think so-
27/52 just inside that 70 degree water
Dorado and yellwtail outside 267
West end of Cat 125 holding bigger Yellowfin- not hungry--
Rain came in- chased everone off the water-- rain delay-- swell short perid coming in tomorrow morning-
Hurricane names for 2015-- Andres Blanca Carlos Dolores Enrique Felicia Guillermo Hilda Ignacio Jimena Kevin Linda Marty Nora Olaf Patricia Rick Sandra Terry Vivian Waldo Xina York Zelda
---------------------- Sat's weird weater and fishing report ---------
Stormy seas offshore San Diego calmer as you went north-- catches of Yellowfin and Bluefin tuna--abound, drifting, soaking and trolling. Dead calm here in newport 10 am- swells forecasted from the south-
Hey JD-- the phone says first thing in the morning-- we've got a 35 lb Bluefin on boats-- we're 8 out of newport -- never had seen such fishing-- tuna everywhere-- seas flat and glassy
Radio chatter leaning on the insanity level -
33. 02 / 117. 33 anyone want any tuna-- come on in--- long soak 40 lbes tunas all day long-- ( I think he was driving everyone over to another boat!)
guess what I've got next to me---- I got a swordfish next to me--- and there's a blue whale up too--- where you at-- off Dana--- need any help--- not yet-- 10:39am
14 Mile Bank-- had some nice fish too- got one and farmed another one after a long battle-- 11:14
Just waiting for a foamer-- there's a ton of bait here- from 50 to 150 feet deep 11:18
Had a bluefin hooked up-- fighting that one when the other rod went off-- dodo and there was another one following it-
East end of Catalina got a "Hanking" big swell wrapping around the end of the island-- stand by
slow trolling baits Vick hooks up-- an hour later----- came unbuttoned 1:45
A tip called in- saying they had tried just about everthing they had trying to induce a bite - 6 suid
How you doing--- we've been following you -- didn't notice if you knew we were following you--- that might not be a good thing-- yea- we're wondering around out here in no man's land--
As the rain approaches fromom Dolores- boats scurried back in- mostly wet- tunas in the ice chest and smiles on faces--
Vick hooks up again 2:05 on light tackle-- stand by-- lightening thunder rain squalls- wind picking up from the south-- - slow trolling baits and both spit it-
Found some quality yellowfin away from the crowds!! Not another "fishing" boat in sight all day. Fun fishing! KK--- Halco's, x-raps. With the mammals, and yes, backside. -------
Seas flattend as the wind died, swell starting to makes it's apearance
Hey JD-- Thx for perfect leader, Pat S
Went out on FishMe with Chris F. today. Saw tuna jumping right in front of the boat 10 miles off Oceanside. Threw some sardines in with some chum. Boom 3 hits, 1 bluefin 2 yellowfins. Fun day out in the rain. -Kyle
JD you sold my dad this glow flat fall and said good for bluefin - he got a bluefin on it today off San Ofre. Old guys rule!!! Hoose
overcast errie weather--
Good luck tomorrow!
------------------- Fridays Reports ---------------
Nice glossy seas this morning with a overcast cloud cover - the ocean and overcast sky only broken with a dark line on the horizon, building swell from the south and a small swell and wind chop from he west as the day progressed-
The Tuna fleet spread out from the harbors this morning- every harbor entrance, parking lot and bait receiver had a rush this morning- you'd have to say Dana pt was most active with the small boat fleet pouring out.
A report from boat traveling off the backside of Catalina out looking-- prospecting for bigger game-- finding porpoise and 50- 75 lb Yellowfin-- above the West end of the island not much - a few kelps that were not holding-
Outside the Domes /San Clemente the tuna fleet - soaking baits scored on fish-- one here--- there--- a bite here or there off the smaller skiffs slow trolling the mack's around
Reports of the tuna up and foaming around-- frustrating for most with no bites-
A small aluminum Bass Tracker skiff boats a est 75 lb fish-hauling it over the gunnels just about tips them over!
big fat bluefin--- 14 mile bank he said 2:31pm
scattered talk- mostly no fish or a shot at one or a sighing if fish around them- or other gibberish
scratch report filters in over the radio-- only got one about 120 all on the troll-
What was the result on that double you had---we got the one on board and still fighting the other-- what lb tackle-- 20 light tackle
one guy had three bites in the past few minutes--- 3:44pm
Hello JD, Took my son out and we found them at 8:30 8 miles off Dana Point. 1 hour bait line at 5:15 so we went with iron only. Went 2 for 5 and fought a lager model for 45 minutes - could not move him on 30lb. once 40 feet under the boat and came unbuttoned. Fish sat there and regrouped for 5 seconds before swimming off. Fish stayed up for 1 hour and it was a wild show.. Proud moment for a dad seeing his son get his fist tuna. I can die happy now.
What's the difference from a Yellowfin and a Bluefin-- all sorts of remarks- it's got yellow fins! , if the peck fin reaches its eye it a yellowfin-- if it's caught in mexico it a yellowfin--
We brought something up that's got this thing on is nose like a sword-- any idea what it is--- -- --- -- - he opens for oddball remarks-- Sturgeon-- Narwhal
JD just radioed you from the BIG G here's the picture of the 8 yellowfin and one bluefin up to 45 pounds. Thanks for the great reports.
Here's a photo of the 1st Dorado of the season for the DAC caught by Craig C. on Hooked.
8- 10 straight out of Oceanside - good morning bite-- also 4-7 off the domes
150- 200 depth marks for most of the tuna day-
warmer water held em'- Have a great weekend- JD
---------------- Thursdays reports --------
My how the week flys by-- coastal marine clouds fading away mid morning- seas fine a mix of swells light 3- 5 knts wind w/sw,
Wiki-Wiki--- calls in Hey JD we're one for one-- not too many boats around us-- seen a couple of foamers - tunas up chasing baits-- made a drift with some baits and Pat got bit- about halfway from Aliso to Salt Creek and out four miles or so- nice! 10:25am
Call from a young man this morning-- he'd been out in his 14 whaler, spotting a kelp paddy several miles out of Newport-- ( 4) using a darker colored Flatfall lure ( it was overcast) makes several casts and hooks a nice 20+ Yellowtail- - sun came out and he switched to the Glow in th Dark yellowish colored one- they wanted that one-- having caught enough- returned early in the day-- job done!
Dana Point and below to Oceanside the bigger tunas were caught- sardines and mackerels were the baits - word comes that kite fishing helped in the presentation to the spooky fish and cut up chunked sardines that didn't make it as live bait worked great- several fish caught - when cleaned had all their chunks in them!
Boats -- wandering as the course of the day goes by- out to the west of the tuna fleet it stays at 67 degrees -a few birds -- they to wandering not grouped up- feels cooler atmosphere starts to fill later today with a change at almost 4 pm today and high at 10 pm - Bait and sealife conditions are moving around--
west wind freshend after 3 pm
Inside the 267. Solo. 25lb and 35lb. Also 1 nice yellowtail. Good day
Overall slower today--nothing wonderfull for the amount of boats--
Shimano must have seem the post about no Colt Sniper - receiced in a small supply yesterday!!- for sale today- !
Hey JD nice day on the water today-10 miles out towards the 267 picked up a 15 pound class bull Dorado in my giant 13 foot Whaler Dan Salazar
--------------------- Wed's Reports ----------------
A phone call and a VHF call finding the tuna at 10 straight off Dana- puts him inside the 267/ 279 fathom bank- another call asking --Still gotten them down there---- affirmative the answer-
Hey JD you on this side we've got a Bluefin tuna --and another Hey JD bluefin- congrats- JD ! -
weather fine with the coastal layer of clouds beginning to creep back from the shoreline and a soft gentle wind behind it--
We whacked them so far, got 8 or 10 lost just as many - we're headed in-- filleting them on the way in-- 10:44am
Schools of Bluefin attacking the sportfishing party boat yesterday- leaving havoc and a 75 lber landed -no lives lost-
the tuna fleet stretches from outside Dana towards the south and the Power Domes off San Clemente -- some trolling most slow drifting with baits-
E-Mail this morning-- Hey JD, Hooked the fish at 1 20pm yesterday and sunk a gaff into,the fish after eleven pm were think 150# maybe bigger --
165.5 lbs on 50# Izor line and sixty lb Blackwater flouro for a ten hr fight!
Another E- Mail-- Hey JD this is Mike B Went out today and got a few big bluefin 5 miles out of Dana. Came on to a massive boil where bluefin and yellowfin 40-60lb were jumping 3-4 feet out of water causing hundreds of bait fish to fly out of the water. Landed some 40 lb blues and a my friend Jeremy landed a massive female dodo. Thinking largest to date of the season!!! Also found a school of hundred pound plus tuna but they dove and disappeared before and hook ups.
We just got a nice 30-40lb yellowfin we got in a blind strike out of nowwhere- still cleaning fish- be in soon-
Yellowfin 16 off the point ( Dana) they're biting-- 12:51pm
Long Days- both on the water and or land these days- the tuna fleet seemed to get quiet mid day till the later part of the day when the tide started to fill in- wind backed off - coastal cloud began to appear again seas settled very nice for a afternoon tuna soak- Baits been the key-- good healthy frisky sardines the bigger the better had the bites- mackerel had a few bites too! bigger fish ate them- bridled baits work far better for trolling then just pinning one thorough the nose holes-- they can get foul-hooked back into the baits as well as the baits do not live as well with a hook pinned through them-
Also to get a bait deep---
---------------- Tuesday's Reports ------------
Still shy of the tuna grounds in my small skiff this morning- they were out another couple of miles and being short on fuel and battery life I elected to stay over the bait on the inside with hopes of a marlin or swordfish- but nadd for me - nice day though, wind from the south picked up after 10 am - mixed small swell and wind chop - making bait at the harbor entrance a little difficult -tight to the jetties were sardines, off the kelp beds below the harbor smaller mackerel.
biters in the corner-- the fleet were scoring on the grounds outside Dana and south
Strong tide swings over the next couple of days-- increased coastal flow.
A check with San Clemente Island Security- show the island is open for Sat and Sunday-- word of cushion for anchorage- keep an eye out for south swells from tropical storms
6 7 off Abalone water cleans up a little better- couple of fish on the troll here- there--
E-Mail- Hey JD, Thought you would want to know we drove over your fad on the 152 yesterday and it is still there. We were out of bait and on our way in so we just trolled over it a few times and moved on, but it came up on the meter right on your numbers. Chris ( Note- they'r really not "my" FAD's I just posted the informations on their positions. They were put there by Pete for the general publics use with hopes that they will provide better fishing for all and they prove themselves that others my be deployed in the future by clubs, F & W etc.
THE FADS ARE AS FOLLOWS: off Catalina is the 152 spot located at 33" 14' 589 / 118" 10' 656.590 and the 267 spot is 33" 17' 845 / 117" 48' 419 , these # are very close and depending on current, tides etc, should work, Appeciate you Help, let us know how you do- Hopeful this will be the beginning of more to come
So Calif water temps- Ranging from 62 to 72 degrees- --it's warm still on the beach and cool offshore- that break from the 209 up toward the 14 should be holding a lot of bait-- maybe even a swordfish!- or two
A call comes in -- from Vick- who having caught several of the tunas over the past few days was wanting to catch one on lighter tackle for a club record this morning--- -- released 7 of them so far-- had a foamer around him for 45 minutes - whales and baits all around him- the bait schooled up under his boat for cover- which to Vick's pleasure just drop in a bait and you had a hooked up great fishing-- one fish hooked on 16 lb test line--- just went away-!-
After the tide changed the fish seemed to have gone down
we put four aboard around 9 am --about 4 straight off the headlands ( dana)
Thanks for pulling the plug--- Andy-- yea we've pulled them before--
wind picked up - freshed from the South when that cloud cover went away- -
Tides will still be strong this weekend for
Too Much Wasabi !-- whew--ee - way too much wasabi - we served up with a fresh platter of Bluefin-- caught 6, lost a few, found a paddy 7 off Laguna and soaked some baits- be patience was his advise-- we picked up one bite a 100 yards from the kelp--- then another and a double or a triple-- loose some- get some but always it seemed we'd have one hooked up --spent the better part of a hour there-- by 10 am we were done and spent the rest of the day cleaning fish and having a few drinks - having Bluefin served up on platters with way too much wasabi!!-
This weekend if your not Tuna Fishing and stay in the Bay for the 7th Annual Newport Harbor Bay Bass Open Saturday, July 18, hosted by the Balboa Angling Club. A entry fee of $60 covers all anglers (3 maximum).
The rules includeSpotted Bay Bass only with a minimum of 13”. Lures only. No live or dead bait, no trolling, and there will be no line testing requirements. Lines in at 5:00 a.m. and lines outat 1:00 p.m. All fish must be weighed in by 2:00 p.m. at the Balboa Angling Club. A 3 fish total weight will determine the winners. 1st through 3rd placetrophies will be awarded to the winners. . For more information on the Balboa Angling Club and an Entry Form for the Bay Bass Open, please visit www.balboaanglingclub.org. 2015EntryForm
It's right around the corner, after catching monster sized yellowtails all winter long now into the summer months and Giant Bluefins Tunas and the Yellowfin it'll be time for- Striped Marlin fishing-- Coming this Sept 11 and 12 will be the Master Angler Billfish Tournament hosted by the Balboa Angling Club and in conjunctions will be the Great Marlin race
so gather up your club's teams and get ready!
Balboa Angling Club 34th Annual Master Angler Billfish Tournament (UPCOMING) Balboa, USA 2015 September 11-12, 2015 34th Annual Master Angler Billfish Tournament Balboa, California, USA 2015
The Master Angler Billfish Tournament, hosted by Balboa Angling Club, is one of the most prestigious and longest running marlin tournaments on the west coast of the United States and where striped marlin were first added to the IGFA Great Marlin Race in 2014. This year, the IGMR will be returning for the two-day tournament on September 11 and 12, 2015 and invites individuals and teams to sponsor tags and participate in this amazing conservation project! The sponsor(s) of the malrin that swims the farthest linear distance (the location of where the marlin was tagged to the location of where the tag pops up) will win the 2015 Balboa, USA IGMR! The overall winner of the IGFA Great Marlin Race (the sponsor(s) of the marlin whose tag swims the farthest of all in the entire race year) will be honored at the annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet in January and will receive complimentary lodging for the prestigious event. All tag sponsors will receive periodic updates about marlin tagged in 34th Annual MABT as well as a comprehensive race report about the behavior of their fish after the race is complete. In the past year, the IGMR has deployed 63 tags on billfish during 10 tagging events and since the program began, the IGMR has deployed 180 tags on billfish in 16 countries around the globe (97 blue marlin, 56 black marlin, 6 white marlin, 8 stripeld marlin, 7 sailfish, and 6 shortbill spearfish). Combined, these fish have swam a total point to poitn distance of 108,995 nautical miles and counting! There is a real need to deploy more tags on striped marlin to better understand population connectivity on a global level. The more tags we deploy, the more insight we will have, and the better we can protect the future of our sport. For more information, please visit our website or contact Leah Baumwell: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/IGMR.aspx IGFA Conservation Coordinator Leah Baumwell at email@example.com
https://www.crowdrise.com/2015MABTIGMR , https://www.crowdrise.com/2015MABTIGMR
------------------- Monday's Reports ---------------
Hey JD you on this side--- yes-- Just put on a 35 lb bluefin tuna- 11:17am we're here outside laguna --- we're you on a kelp- birds?--- dolphins and birds you should have seen it-- they were leaping 3 -4 feet out of the air- traveling fast with the dolphins - we just happened to be in the right place at the right time- they came right by us!--
A plunker bite some would say otherwise-- slow drifts with a large sardine-
- -- how' you doing so far---got one blue and one yellow- 11:37am
Strong uphill current sweeping along Dana to Newport-
E-Mail this morning from Chris--
2 miles out of Dana. Wow, great day, so close to the harbor. Farley
and a late afternoon relayed report of a marlin caught 4 miles outside El Morro this afternoon by Tommy T.
And another E mail from another deep water dandy-- Chris W. There were a lots of boats out and scratchy fishing. We got one Bluefin on the trolled X-Rap just outside the fleet about 16 miles SSE from Newport off the Domes (6-8 offshore). Marked lots of tuna, tried trolling, live bait and slow trolling live bait no success.
Got a dorado on live bait under birds. Flat seas, water was 70 degrees and murky blue. Back to BYC by 1pm for cocktails. Great Sunday Funday!
So Mike pulls one out of the hat-- on the way in with improvised rod and reel tackle he spots a few terns and a bit of life a mile and a 1/8 from the harbors entrance ( newport) why not dump in the last of the mackerels he had from the morning's search and clean up the boat before heading in--- nope the rod and line buckles over and he's on with a 35 lb Bluefin-- no gaff aboard, he tire's out the fish to where he can make a quick hand grasp on it's tail-- hoisting it aboard the hook falls out and the rod and Penn Int reel slips overboard--- into the drink it goes and into the boat the fish goes-!-
I've got Fish blowing up right behind the boat-- 1:44 pm between Laguna and Dana-
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Starting to get tropical- Stand By- it's coming--- beautiful day on the water this morning-the seas leveled and now freshen with a light west wind at 2- 5 knts -- the fleet's out!
North of Main Beach and northwest -- more blows up that way- Whales
I just put on a 30 lb'er-- we're 3 up from where we started this morning-- -- up the coast--- there's acers and acers of boiling fish, I got this one then four other boats came in and they went down-- but they're here- just pulled it in 2 minutes ago-- we had pretty cool stuff for awhile--- about 4 outside of Dana Pt. 10:32am
Massive boil came up unbelievable- haven't seen anything like this -professional whale watchers statement--
Amazing 5 times the size I've seen before and there's some big fish it it- too-
JD Ran out to the coordinates you gave off CDM and found a medium size paddy, threw a sardine on it and got hit almost immediately by a bluefin, had it on for about 10 minutes got it to the gaff, then lost it in the props, we also had a nice bull dodo follow one of the sardines to the boat, he wouldn't take it though, really spectacular showing of life, saw 9 blue whales off Laguna and porpoise mixed with tuna that kept sinking out as far as you could see, it was really amazing Robert B-- Reel-T
E-Mail this morning- -- It's Davy S Trifon's friend - Just wanted to say my Dad and I trailered down to Dana, waited 45 minutes in line at 6:00 AM for horse sized mackerel and ended up with the YFT on the flat fall jig - so many boats out today! But I got our first tuna on the Toxic Tuna (our Whaler) and can't wait to do it again - thanks for keeping your blog we read it daily
Hi JD - We were fishing tuna schools about 10 miles off the coast below San Onofre yesterday when this young great white came up to the boat. It stayed with us for a while. My son Michael took the video and picture with his Go Pro. Thought you might want to see it. Hope all is well. Gary
A phone call from a customer who- being in a four story building in Laguna Beach saying thorug their binoculats they were watching tuna jump 3 and 4 feet out of the water-- and he was on the beach! 11:50am--
We just got a triple on -- 40 lb'er in the porpoise--- 2:42pm
the line finally wore out 8lb test for 2 1/2 hours of battle looking for a woman's world record!
Hourly through out the day either a boat would talk on the radio of tuna hooked up or the amount of boats on the water still trying -no fish and some were lucky finding a foamer develop right around them- - by the lat afternoon hours the boats came back in the harbors flying yellowtail and tuna flags-- skiffs saying they went 3 for 5 before getting broken off- colt snipers- slow trolling sardines or the macks
should be a promising week ahead-
--------------- Sats's Reports ----------
Coastal clouds with high altitude clouds above- wind in the forecast later today- starting more apparent in the San Pedro Channel .
A call comes in this morning from Steve on the Honey- being polite he asks how my day was going--- after just cleaning and raking up the beach out front of the store a couple of stupid kayakers with their w/p radio blaring aware and messing up the beach left me a little grumpy- asked how Steve's day was going--he says they had just released a hefty sized striped Marlin on 20 Dacron, young angler Jake, 14 years old from Newport did a great job in his 1hr. 50 minute battle- amongst the other 150 boats that wanted to get a close up view 5 off the Power plant off San Onofree-- a 4 ft leader and a purple and black feather-- the same one that caught a Dorado a week ago!- Congrats to Steve, angler and crew!
Angler: Jake Nadelman Wire Man: Steve Nadelman (Jake's Dad) Boat: HONEY Capt: Steve Bridges Tackle: 20# Dacron on a black & purple Albacore feather and 4' leader. Time: 1 hr 50 min with Jeff Rodriguez (co-Captain) and Jeff Hartman aboard
300 to 350 fathoms off Main Beach Laguna- at least 6 Blue Whales and other types of whales in the area- one of the best shows the whale watchers had seen all year--
E-,mail Dorado- 4 off Dana -blind strike
Donny called in--JD-- We got 10 bluefin yesterday, biggest was on 20 dacron at 49 lbs, off a paddy we found at dawn below Oceanside towards the upper 9, spent some time on it-- almost ready to leave when one of the guys hooks up on a deep dropped jig-- spent the next 4 hours pulling on fish, one about ever 20 minutes, 6 on bait and 4 on the jigs- the flatfalls took two of them we also got a 25 lb Dorado- on the way back to Avalon around the inside of the 209 we came up on one of these foamers 3 to 4 ft of spray as these 150- 200lb fish erupted on the kelp paddy- we couldn't get within 100 yards from them before they'd sink out
the Mackeral Banks also had the tunas
we got one, we're headin in now-- got one on a deep drop chrom iron-
mid afternoon---- there's schools of Bluefin five miles outsie Cronna Del Mar---- 33.31/ 118.02 -3:18pm
and a phone call from Tex, he couldnt have been bette, he's 36 lb yellowtail was topped by his friends 60th birthday40er! -Happy B!
---------------------- Fridays Reports--------------------
Morning hours found a clear sky with a few coastal clouds around- wind light from the west 5- 7 knts seas have a slight wind bump to it. building
Took my yacht out this morning- made the run down the coastline - made 4 baby bonitos on the bait rigs - stuck em' in a bucket and headed offshore several miles in a light morning's chop- found some shearwaters sitting and a few kelps scattered- made a half dozen cast with he famous colt sniper lure- maybe on bump but that was it-- worked out another 1/2 mile and put one of the bonitos on the 50 lb dacron trolling outfit and skipped it along- who knows what would eat it-- found another larger kelp and skipped the bonito near by- got rolled on and the rod doubled over- an nice 20lb yellowtail wolfed it-- 50 lb dacron did it's job- --then back to work- good way to start the day-
We're trying to get these tunas to go--- off San Clemente/beach Bluefin
5- 7 off Dana the kelps were holding-- whales there too-
Now that the cloud cover gone away we can see a better image of the water temps- surprise- surprise - the only hot waters from from below Dana Pt to the 14- over towards the outer oil rigs then back to Long Point - everything that like warm water will be concentrated there-
We came up to three or four other boats that we're all hung--- slow trolling the dine's -- we just shut it down and were bite instantally we got 5 and lost five -- thought they we're all yellowfin till we got them out of the box, the bigger two of them were Bluefin- 5 or 6 off the beach-
Warning--- HB is closed--- helicopters flying up and down the beach looking at white sharks 5:15 pm
We went one for one today-- took him almost a hour to land --- on a spinning reel!-- Big Bluefin- Decker--
And another E mail this afternoon- JD We covered a lot of ground outside Dana to the 267. Found lots of birds, lots of bait, lots of krill and many whales. Fished a dozen kelps for nothing. Soaked several great sonar marks like this one, but nothing for us today....
Hey JD... the whales may be "far out" off Laguna but they're "tight" off Newport. Breaching humpback from 3pm trip today right off #2-Newport Coastal Adeventures---- Boy that would crush my boat! --JD
----------------- Thursdays Reports --------------
Almost a broken sky with spots of blue beginning to show earlier in the day- no sun to speak of yesterday on the beach today looks a bit clearer and maybe some wind on it- am wind at 3-6 kts west southwest - light swell mixed
I wouldn't call it frantic, I'd say it was hurried - the phone call this morning describing the tunas that were foaming 5 miles off San Clemente Pier- eating every jig they had- he had two 30-40lb fish aboard already and they were fighting more- -- had to go!---- like I said a hurried call-
JD - I called you from on the water this morning - . Bluefin wanted the IRON Chrome & Blue Tady A4. Hooked 4 landed two - one swallowed the jig deep and chewed off - the other was a bait fish I had in the holder as I was fighting one on the iron. Another boat had been on them for 45 minutes and killed them - lots of schools under tern 8 miles off the pier in 70 degree water. Back at the dock at 10:00 Jeff N
And another E-Mail---- Hey JD, My dad called me this morning from the ESCAPADA and said they had two bluefin onboard and were pulling on another one. They were just 3 miles off the coast working their way southeast towards Dana. Lots of yellows on kelps too. Slow trolling Newport Bait Barge sardines got the bites. Said some larger models mixed in - pulled hook and had another one chew thru #30 lb fluoro leader. Weather was flat and slight drizzle. ~Bob
- Not much else that was sent except-- 33.10/ 117.44 and a photo!
the mornings show - went down-- those who did a long soak still kept a pick at them-
EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 9 July 2015 ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory Synopsis: There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80% chance it will last into early spring 2016. During June, sea surface temperatures (SST) anomalies exceeded +1.0oC across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean (Fig. 1). The largest SST anomaly increases occurred in the Niño-3 and Niño-3.4 regions, Positive subsurface temperature anomalies weakened (Fig. 3) due to the eastward shift of an upwelling oceanic Kelvin wave, which reduced above-average temperatures at depth in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific (Fig. 4). In many respects, the atmospheric anomalies remained firmly coupled to the oceanic warming. Significant westerly winds were apparent in the western equatorial Pacific and anomalous upper-level easterly winds continued. The traditional and equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) were both negative, which are 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 into the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, with many multi-model averages predicting a strong event at its peak strength . At this time, the forecaster consensus is in favor of a significant El Niño in excess of +1.5oC in the Niño-3.4 region. Overall, there is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80% chance it will last into early spring 2016 contribute to a below normal Atlantic hurricane season, and to above-normal hurricane seasons in both the central and eastern Pacific hurricane basins
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The ocean gray like the sky above it only darker, broken paths of current or wind lines on the seas. Wind light to fair from the south-
Hey Joe - come on out we've got 5 on board now the largest is I'd guess 40 lbs- tails we got ' early closer in- we're out here now on the 277 found a kelp but it was dry- 10:27am
Get over here---- we're still hooked up- been an hour on it-- what size line-- 30-- 12:29pm
I had to vear around them without running over them -- they just popped up- right under those birds-- how many do you think-- few hundered of them at least- they're still up puddeling around still on the surface-- - I knew there would be something happing there-- it went from 63 to 67 degrees when I went through this this morning-- it's 5 inside the horseshoe- want the numbers- yes wait a second- shoot- 36.83 and 11.55 we're on the inside of the 150 12;58pm draw a line from those number towards that inside rigs
E-Mail; this afternoon-- Still here they're all over the 14.
Local bait receiver had good sizes sardines- making bait also at the harbor entrance
- Decker and guest fished between the 14 and 267- saw several searwaters sitting on the water ,a tern or two overhead- tunas should be nearby- first sardine in the water--- 30 sec later it's bite and she's on for her frst saltwater fish -a 30l b tuna- --- followed by several brute yellowtails afternward- good job!
Best joke of the day, yesterday came from the whale watchers-- asking why the hippies over in Laguna couldn't see the whales they were seeing-- too farrr out mannn !!!---
------------------------- Tuesday's Reports -----------
Even gloomier then usual, Yellowtails the name- the overcast sky's kept the fish up for most of the morning- -
East of here 7 -12 from where we came -no birds on the kelps but they're all holding fish-- how far did you go below the bank-- ( 267) just a little- no birds- nothing came back at least I had birds up here- 10:20
here's a Blue Whale-- I think its a Blue-- -- now Im not sure what it 's -- it's laying on it's side! It's got a weird head couple of groves on it head I thinks it's one of those rare Brutus Whale , Bryde’s Whales "Bryde's" is pronounced "broo-dess", and the name is sometimes mistaken as "brutus whale". The Bryde’s whale got its name from Norwegian consul to South Africa, Johan Bryde, who helped set up the first whaling factory in South Africa in the early 1900s.
1.7 miles from where you are we got a kelp went 3 for 5 on the tails
had some dorado between the 267 and the 14 but couldn't get them to go- 2:47pm
yesterdays showing was near the top of the tide- not much so far today-- stick boats out--
the main body of sealife at least around here centered around the 14 Mile Bank today- birds picking, bait a few foamers of the tunas-- but still on that small bait- tails under keeps if your were lucky-
The El Nino report is due out tomorrow-- Stand By-
----------------- Monday's Reports ------------
We're north of the 267- stopped on a couple of paddies - for nothing-
E-Mail this morning-- JD, my Daughter Sarah caught two nice YT fishing paddies this morning.
and another E-Mail report - . Friday morning left Long Beach feathers in around the 14 mile bank. Trolled to the 267, 1/2 found a 22 LB yellowtail on a mackerel, ]hour later] another kelp with a 16 pounder That fish ate a sardine. Lots of bait, birds and propose in the area. temp was at 68.5. As I got closer to the 277, the water temperature was up to 70.5.Left Avalon Only saw two kelps, and didn’t catch anything. Water averaged about 67.5-69.0. Nice calm seas.Looking forward to a great season, Andy M “Fish and Chips”
Dorado showing more and more today
Local Partyboats out looking for the tuna- 267 area- parked on top of it for a 2 hour stop on -yellowtail and maybe some tunas with it- kelp Fish were up from about noon till about 2 pm them went down-
A check with Shimano- to see when their next shipment of the Colt Sniper and Flatfall lures will be coming in---- I guess if you've got one, better tie it on good with strong line- next shipment due in late September!!!
We're still here on the 9 just lost a good bluefin on the troll- 2:22pm
FAD E-Mail's and such
Couple of boys came in the shop yesterday- saying they had ben fishing south out of Newport towards the 267- figured to run to the Fad just below it, even found it on their depth sounder with a cloud of bait surrounded it it- set up for a drift and caught a Blue Shark! Hello Mr. JD! This is thomas and my friend Scott. Attached is the picture of the FAD out near the 267. Thank you for your information! Sincerely, Thomas and Scott
HI JD, I SLID DOWN BY YOUR 152 FAD JUST AS I GOT TO THE NUMBERS I HAD 40 LBS TUNA JUMPING VERY COOL . ALSO THERE WAS A LONG LINE 1/4 MILE EAST SET VERY CLOSE ?
------------- the Wild Weekend--------------
14 holding kelps-- some YFT and tails
Off the oil rigs- tunas- using the colt sniper -- nothing huge the 30 lbs --right outside the Rigs- boiling everywhere-- he says-- 12 noon they don't want to bite anything--
A call come in from 10 off Avalon in a direct course back to Newport- Leaping tunas all around the boat-- no bites yet- 12:55pm
A Mid afternoon-- Hey --JD they're there-- 5 south out of the harbor a full blown foamer of Bluefin-- 180 degrees out of the harbor- 4:36 pm
Hi JD fished Dawg Haus today for a quick AM run and wow nice yellow 267. Hope you had a great 4TH Chris F
Dorado, Yellowtail and tuna flags christened the afternoon boats as they may their way up the harbor this afternoon- refreshing to see the flags flying and the afternoons fish stories on the radio- No marlin or Swordfish flags yet-- soon coming-- A lot of boat pressure over this past 5 days or better on the resources- given a few more days for it to recuperate pleasant days forecasted with maybe an afternoon N W wind 10- 15 knts just enough to stir the pot- - Hawaii due for a tropical storm and maybe will see some that moisture this next weekend-
Moons on the back side and the tunas are eating up the baitfish-- soon they will be hungry for our lures- ! They'll be bigger by then!- Best of Luck JD
----------------- Saturdays "Bang, Boom, Pop" report
Party Time here in Newport Beach- skiffs decorated in Red White and Blue, kayaks paddleboat's yachts, dogs, fish, bicycling and scooters- the works- sunlight burning the mornings June gloom away and drinks were being poured early in th day- wind light with the clearing overcast and seas still calm maybe a westerly this afternoon
I hesitantly post this-- but done for the betterment of the fishery, FAD's Fish Aggregating Devices
JD--- from Pete- I have fished fads in Hawaii, Saint Thomas, Domincan Republic, Costa Rica, and we are all familiar with kelp paddies and the white foam buoys in Baja. The state of Hawaii sponsors approximately 50 Fads. Saint Thomas sponsors some fads also. The Domincan Republic are all placed by commercial fisherman. The Costa Rican fads are all privately placed. Over the years we have had a lot of success fishing the fads. As proof of this I offer the recent trip to Costa Rica where we released 20 Blue marlin in 4 days.(just proves you don't have to have a lot of talent to catch fish!)
E-mail this morning- Thanks for spooling me up, great results, thanks JD happy Fourth of July , Dock Holiday
3327/ 117 48.1150
Breaking tuna - like a shoal of baitfish pushing water- 11:47am
5 south of the 267- yellowtails--
off La Jolla 7- 8 drifting with the sardines - tunas-
the 14 Mile Bank is loaded with tuna-- FYI he says along with a Happy Fouth of July-! 1:37pm
Hey JD --- coming back from the Island-- Tuna at 23 and 05/ 4:12pm
This place- here on Balboa Island Rocks on the forth-- private Sportfishers cruising the harbor all decked out with american flags and banners- barefoot gals in bikinis dancing on the bow to music and cockpits lined with cheering shirtless crews-
Hi JD, Morgan and I got these yesterday. Dorado was between the 267 and 277. Yellowtail was in the Shipping Lanes
A large low pressure system located about 1600 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii continues to produce a large area of disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent
-------------------- Fridays Reports -------------
All we've see in a few scraps- wouldn't even call it a paddy-- out here ont he 302 -- Oceanside bite seemed to have swindled away- not much going on there this morning- boats headed to the Isthmus from Newport had tuna at 25 /03 this morning, A sleeper baited this morning at 7:30 didn't go, at 15 and 53, and we got 5 yellowtail this morning about 5 outside Laguna Beach off a kelp also a rouge Dorado was taken between the 209 and the 277. Lots of life, birds, bait and some kelps between the banks ( 14- 267) but we pounded it for nothing so far-
That's it so far today- lots or radio chatter to filter through.-- overcast, light west no swell. 10:30am
we got three bluefin and a yellotail all on the cedar plug- everthing we had was on them-
had em up behnd the boat all good size ones- couldnt get them to go-
Bluefin on th e Bl/ Pr Rapala, others also report a fish here- there- and just about everywhere and nowhere as other boats went fishless-
we're hooked up now just inside the 302-- 1:44pm
You guys sliding into the tuna-- your really have to be quiter that that- I've been here most of they they're starting to show better now--just take it out of gear and slide in and throw some chum and the come to the boat-- 2:14pm
about a mile southeast of the 267 there were a lot of bluefin crashing around about an hour ago-- 2:50
Wind and chop came up putting the small boats at challange-
Morgan and dad made the run out of Newport this morning- down towards the 267 and the other boats -- enough of that - out towards the 277 and the shipping lanes-- finding a weed and a trash line they set up a dift with baits and were rewarded a 15-17 lb Bull Dorado, another kelp further up the line and a missed yellowtail and another 30 tail from more kelp up the line, many of the kelps were empty .
Have a Safe and Sane 4th- JD
-----------------------Thursday's Reports ---------------
Other than that no tuna no life-- not much else- we got a couple rat yellowatils and a 30 lb tail under of the kelps out here on the 267, most kelps and one ot two rats little green and only 69 degrees
Light overcast here on the beach- seas calm and a small mix of swell- nice-
E-Mail Hey JD -- Took them both combined a half hour to reel this thing in the other day,, Doc Holliday
Looks like a team effort- great photo- JD
30 and 49 all the yellowtail you want-- 10:34am
Reports from the Long Range boats out of San Diego on a 10 day trip fishing the Thetis Bank toss in a bait and yellowtail or a yellowin tuna ate it- -- if------ the packs of striped marlin didn't get it first-- packs of 15- 20 fish in the corner plying for your offering- sounds good to me! Stand By!-
- good one-- Anyone give me a quick radio report---- yourloudandclearDanaPoint!--
Just busted off a big Bluefin-- 11:50am
E-Mail --- Hi JD, We had a great day of fishing aboard the Rail Time. We left Tuesday about 6 PM went over to Catalina made squid- and had a great night bite on the Yellowtail. All nice fish they were all from 20 to 35lbs. Went out by the 43 in the morning and we great Bluefin and retruning boackover the 181/ 182 had a great Yellowfin bite. They were 25 to 44lbs. Total score 18 Yellowtail, 5 Bluefin and 12 Yellowfin. Great time on the RailTime for all!
we're 29 over 33 all twenty plus fish -- 12:40 pm-- 26/ 59 another set of number given
went from the lower 9 -- up to La Jolla draging a couple X raps, a purple and black cedar plug and a feather-- didnt see a thing--
01 / over 31 about 15 outside Oceanside-- Yellowfins we've got one at 50 I'd guess- lots more- 2:44pm
Fish Finder just put on board a nice Dorado- saying it's 73 degrees where he was at- just inside the 312- 3:02pm
wind picked up- no cloud cover --should be a bright moon tonight- squid makeing will be limited /to sunset till about 10- 11pm- grunion begin to mass against the shoreline beaches after 10 pm
Don't over look the fun sport of the bonitos out there-- I think these bigger models are the Eastern Pacific Bonito, local bonito taken at Catlaina now ar the Pacific Bonitos eithert one put up a great battle on light tackle and are tasty too- good luck this weekend- JD
( Left) Pacific Bonito------------ Eastern Pacific Bonito ( right)
The species S. chilensis is made up of two distinct geographic populations: the Pacific bonito (S. chilensis lineolata) and the Eastern Pacific bonito (S. chilensis chiliensis).
Pacific Bonito- It has ten or eleven stripes on its back running obliquely from the dorsum forward, and fifteen or more rakers below the angle on the first gill. The first dorsal fin is contiguous with the second and longer than the head. The caudal peduncle is slender, and the body entirely scaled. It has no teeth on the vomer. It has a small keel on either side of the median keel on the sides of the caudal peduncle, and six to eight finlets on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the caudal peduncle. The maximum length is about 40 inches and weight 25 pounds. It is found anywhere from inshore to about 100 miles offshore from northern Vancouver Island to Chile, though it is not normally found north of Point Conception.
Sarda chiliensis Eastern Pacific bonito Elongate, rounded; no fatty eyelids; top of tongue without cartilaginous crests; jaw teeth conical, large, prominent, 10-30 on each side of each jaw; 23-27 gill rakers; two dorsal fins close together, 1st XVII-XIX spines; 6-8 finlets after dorsal and anal fins; tail base with 2 small keels separated by third larger keel; well developed corselet of large scales on front of body. Top blue-grey, darker on head; belly silver; ~ 5-6 slightly oblique black stripes running along upper back; dorsals dusky, second dorsal white tip; tail dark grey; anal and pelvic white; pectoral grey. Size: 122 cm.
A large area of disturbed weather is located over the far southwestern eastern Pacific centered about 1500 miles east-southeast of the Hawaiian Islands. Environmental conditions are forecast to become conducive for gradual development of this system over the next several days while it moves slowly west-northwestward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent
A new tropical wave located several hundred miles southwest of Manzanillo Mexico is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Upper-level conditions are forecast to become conducive for some development of this system early next week while it moves to the west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent
----------------- Wed's Reports ------------
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 ,
------------------ 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
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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-
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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
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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 !
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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
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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 !
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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--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
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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-
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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-
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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.
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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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Velella velella's over the past several weeks we're seeing more and more of these -wind sailors-- we'll see more-
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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
--------- Fridays Report ----------
Light rain, gray skies, wind light from the southwest 2- 4 knts- due to clear off this afternoon water temps 55 to 60 degrees , Strong running tide as it drains out this morning pushed by the rain runoff- Wind from the west 12- 15 knt clearing afternoon weather-- pushing 20 knts + by late afternoon
Spotfin Croaker may form small aggregations in depressions or holes near shore a “croaker hole” They range from Point Conception, California to the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico , a heavy bodied fish named for the distinct black spot at the base of the pectoral fin. Spotfin croaker can grow to be at least 27 inches (69 centimeters) and live to be 24 years old. During the summer spawning season, males may exhibit golden colored pectoral and pelvic fins and gold coloring on their backs. Spotfin croaker have pharyngeal tooth plates (modified gill arches with teeth) and feed on benthic invertebrates including clam siphons and small crustaceans. Spotfin croaker may be sexually segregated during the spring and summer months. A study reported male spotfin croaker utilizing primarily soft bottom, nearshore habitat while during the same seasonal period, females dominated the population inside a bay and estuary site. Spotfin croaker are serial spawners and new research estimates that small spotfin croaker (8-12 inches; 20-31 centimeters) may spawn approximately 35,000-641,000 eggs in one batch depending on the size of the female A limited tagging project conducted more than 50 years ago by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) found spotfin croaker moved extensively between Alamitos Bay and Newport Bay in southern California. spotfin croaker tagged in Los Angeles Harbor were recaptured as far south as Oceanside, California, a distance of 61 miles (98 kilometers) In addition, the most recent beach seine study found spotfin croaker are more abundant on lower incoming tides than at other times suggesting daily horizontal movements related to tidal flux.
----------- Good Luck this weekend--- JD
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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The only other Big Blue Marlin I know of being weighed was 1931 Alfonse Hamann;s 692 lb fish, 13 ft 5" 65" girth 1hr, 52mn battle for a Marlin, called a Swordfish, or Striped Marlin it was A Blue
So Steve calls in-- they got the Blue-- stuck around looking for the Swordfish-- find one-- bait it-- but it doesn't take the bait--- close--- heads towards Avalon to weigh the Blue-- dragging a couple of marlin lures and hooks a striper and release it- off the east end of the island 15/10 -- can't get much better that that! - - catch a Blue, bait a Sword and release a Striper all in one day off So Calif-- Remarkable!-- 3:44pm
And the Don Juan-- just leaving Newport this morning--- water turns brilliant clear blue several miles out-- why not put em' in--- Bang -----Wahoo- est 50lbs-- slams the rigger Flying fish lure - boated! -- that's the way to start the day! 51.3 lbs!!! Congrats caught it on Dacron line too
E-Mail Report this morning-- Hey JD-- Fished with my good buddy Ken Schilling, and Russ out of SD on his boat Sunday.(302) We had 5 marlin releases that came from 3 triples, we got 4 of the fish this way. We spotted Elvis, had to change gears from 20lb drop back to something bigger. Boat was stopped and the gear coming in, strippers were all over us trying to eat the jigs dangling in the water from the rod holders. It was like being in the middle of a fish bowl. Wild, at the last second the skipper took a look at the size of Elvis and threw behind the boat instead and we were hooked up to another mean stripper again, that was fish #5. Best day ever fishing. I had 3 fish for the day as my fish never fell off. All the fish came to leader at least 3 times before the release, very tough fish, One we estimated to be 200 lbs plus. 2 bait fish, 3 jig fish, and a successful double release with fish off both ends of the boat. All the fish put on great aerial shows, and would not give up. No 10 minute here! here Chuck (Cowboy).
Hey, JD we got a double jig strike late yesterday outside the lower 9, thought it was Marlin... Surprise!! Landed both on Marlin jigs that fortunately had wire double hook rigs. Aditionally we have totaled 5 marlin mostly off the 302 over the past week. Scott H. Crusader
E-Mail from the San Diego Marlin Club Greetings JD
We had some good fishing for our ILTT 10 Boats - 5 fish caught ,4 releases (3 Tagged).
Our boat was the winning team with two fish on 20#. I ended up being Top
Angler with a fish on 20# in 44 minutes. I believe the tournament had a
total of 12 or 13 hookups, mainly grid 67 One of the caught and released fish was positively identified as a Blue Marlin,which was caught by the Lively One.The Lively One also caught and released a Short bill Spearfish.
During our awards dinner on Sunday Bob Woodard JR. brought a 39.8 Wahoo into the scales-this was caught on the inside of the 9 mile bank.That same day we also weighed in a Blue Marlin (126 lb),that was caught at the Hidden Bank-they also reported two more hookups that appeared to be Blue Marlin.. Wayne S
And more Blue marlin reports and those Damn Peaky Sharks are still showing up! Damn Sharks
I was fishing with a buddy yesterday on his 44' Pacifica "Victory" about 8 miles NE of Pyramid when a 500+ pound blue bit a black and purple Zuker 3.5 trolled on the short starboard corner. It bit and came greyhounding up the starboard side of the boat and kept going leaving a trail of white wash for a few hundred yards. The owner of the boat did a great job chasing after it bow first and we got up and down on it in about 20 mins. 10 more mins making progress trying to put the hammer to it b/c I knew we didn't have a chance in a long fight with 100 lb 6 foot mono leader and 50lb main line. Now or never. For the last 15 mins it was holding about 20 feet down below the transom swimming away from us slowly as we were backing down. It took one nice tail kick and busted off after 45 mins total fight time. I snapped this pic on the third and final jump after the line broke; it seemed like F&%$ You jumps Another interesting note: I almost threw bait on a well-manufactured fake Marlin sleeper made of a T-bar PVC pipe with a vinyl cutout of a marlin tail even painted with a metallic navy blue. Very impressed with the thoughtful construction. I gaffed it and took it home. Damn Pesky Sharks! Brian Rapf
Hit a black and purple Cousins lure-- Andreya-- Wired---12:09 pm-coming back from the island-Shipping lanes-- - Swordfish hits the Jig--- Coming back into Newport in an hour-- photos coming-- Congrats-- JD's ---- they found Elvis-- rigger goes off thought it was a marlin--- get it to the boat---- we're all still shaking in disbelief! pretty amazing, Nate Shill the angler-
I've only heard or seen a few swordfish taken on lures mostly black and green or black and purple- this on hit the 1220 flat faced pusher head Cousins Black and purple - 30lb tackle-- basically it made the strike tried to shake look e the hooks then sounded
They were carrying the Great Marlin Race tagging system think it was a small marlin they could tag it-- but as they discovered it turns out to be a broadbill swordfish-- -
Not a big fish but a
Not sure if Rodney got a hold of you but we hooked up to a monster blue marlin yesterday. 4 miles above the 289 after a little bit of Tuna fishing with Cory Wells, Jim Wells, Danny Uribe on Provider, Rodney made the call to put in the marlin jigs. Trolled for about 15 minutes when the left rigger went off. A big blue marlin shot out of the water and started running right at the boat. Rodney made a quick maneuver to miss the on coming missile. As the fish ran past the boat the line broke followed immediately by the sound of the right rigger clip popping and clicker screaming.
Jock on the Kea Kai just called in releasing another fish - ----- with a Great Marlin Race satellite tag-- 95lb fish healthy and actively on his way-- Congrats to the fleet-- JD
8 Clubs, 49 boats, 193 anglers
24 hook up- 15 fish released, 1st Day 9 releases/ 2nd Day 6 released fish
High Club Award went to Pescadors Team #1, 2 nd High Club Award to the Dana Angling Club Team #1 and 3rd High Club to Tuna Club Team #1- Congrats- JD
High Boat Bounder, 2nd Kea Kai, 3rd Poco Loco
High Angler Jock Albright 2nd Bill Buchannan, 3rd Rod Halperin, 4th Vick Sommers, 5th Calen Offield, 6th Drew Lawler, 7th Bob Denault, 8th Brian Fox, 9th Alyson Gillet, 10th Linda Crean, Circle Hook award Vick Sommers
The Great Marlin Race--on the first two fish of the tournament the Satilight Tags were deployed in their releases-Congrats to the Charisma representing the Tuna Club of Avlaon and the Hooked representing the Dana Angling Club for there efforts we are all indebted, thank you.
In 180 days from now the tag will pop to the surface and transmit where these two fish have traveled. A bit of data processing to see which fish traveled the furthest wins the race. And the main reason for the use of the tags is scientific. by then to have recorded all the water conditions and lay track of it's migrations journey though these conditions. And more great news , the other Sat tags not used in the tournament will be used in the next 60 days which keeps them study pool to get a better sampling- best of luck to the other tagging efforts- JD
Team Joker in the 267 area.
Angler Eric Kin
Skipper George Garrett
Gaffer Ted Royal
Species - Wahoo
They plan to head in today and weigh is at the BAC.
Let's throw more gasoline on the fire--- if it's hot now-- stand by not only will you have to start trolling marauder Wahoo Lures-- better break out the Bent Butts-- Positive ID on a 600- 700 lb maybe bigger Blue Marlin off the 312 Fathom spot-- ( outside Oceanside) !! Stand By !!!!!
So Eric hadn't put any of the yellowfin tuna they had hooked on the deck, lost three---- running between spots of fish up they trolled an X-Rap 20 ---goes off--- his friend says- you take it-- it's yours -thinking maybe it's a dorado-- --- he's on--- George G. at the wheel- see's the line take a heavy plunge-- it's a healthy fish-- take your time--- no idea for sure what it is--- Eric's an experienced angler and gets the fish to the boat--- #@%&*%$#@!@1#3 a few words are discussed-- don't loose it at the gaff! ---- it goes in and over the rail-- -- Unbelievable-- Wahoo 28 miles out of Newport, below and inside the 276/ 279 fathom spot (outside Dana Pt.) water was blue and nice-- Calstar Rod GFTR 756XL, Shimano Talica 20 2 speed -60 lb mono and a Rapala XRap -20 Sardine-- ! Congrats JD- I don't recall anyone ever catching a Wahoo here before! 50.1 lbs---Eric Kim of Fullerton, Ca 8/30/14
In an request from biologist Owen S. of Southwest Fisheries Science Center The problem is, it is hard to get samples of marlin caught off California. I could use tissue and anal fin samples from any marlin that are kept. If you hear of any marlin killed and kept please let me know. For future samples we'll need the entire fin including the base that attaches the the body email@example.com
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037-1508
Hey JD, we released a marlin Saturday about 8 am midway between the 14 and Avalon bank on the Janice O. The fish came in and hit a rapala before switching over to a black/purple tuna feather behind a daisy chain. Congrats to Berkele
1st Marlin Released --- Congrats to Todd P /Billy and crew for caching and releasing the First Marlin of the Season-- it's going to be a great season- stand by--
The fish is being smoked and the skeleton and head were picked up by a researcher from NOAH at Scripps to be studied-------
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-------- First marlin of the season caught-- above the border-- weight 185 lbs-- big fish!! ate a cast bait-- 181 area-- caught July 3 on the 181 by Oceanside's Jimmy Linville weighed 185 lbs caught on bait---photos coming-- Congrats---JD
I went fishing for my birthday , came up with this 40lb WSB off of Santa Rosa Island. Drizzly morning , but finally calmer weather !
Happy 4th of July!
JD. Did you get the pic of David's halibut. 4# line on the troll. 28.7#. Yesterday. In the harbor. Regards. Hal
And less us not forget the young ones who enjoy the sport of fishing-- released alive and well est. 5 lb Spotfin caught by Rick H's son with -- naturally a gob of mussels-- nice catch!]
1st Tuna BAC and Tuna Club 2014 --- Hey JD--- My 9 year old Trey caught his 1st Tuna yesterday 16.2 on 20lb test line to capture first fish flag honors, then promptly are the fishes beating heart! Sea Myth II , Trent S.
Trey Smith (9 years old) on 20# Dacron – 16.26 lbs. caught on June 30th at 1:27 p.m.
And making the run south to below San Onofre, Dave E. and son Dustin put's on a pair on too- The WSB went 53lbs The YT was 36.7
Fishing the old stuff- known as regulations tackle, AKA Linen fishing lines-- 6 thread linen lines, both the Balboa Angling Clubs and that of the Tuna Club of Avalon records were challanged this weekend as anglers who were trying to break the past years catches- Paul H. had it-- them Pete B took it - it's test is under 16 lbs ( dry) made from twisted lengths of linen flax. JD's tackle is the only tackle shop in the world which sells this fishing line!- Put a challenge in the game- JD
2014 Fish Catches
And Hoose shows off hisYellowtail taken on 12lb test dacron--- nice catch!!!
Penn Fathom 12, Cousins rod, 12 lb Dacron. Epic battle on light tackle. Hoose Pending World Record-- Official weight 45.6 lbs
Still here in Port San Luis about 27lb
Got one today------- but that's as high as she could lift it up.!!
Congrats to Aaron Jeffrey of SA with his 152.3 lb Opah!---
Making the crossing back from Catalina--- yellowtail fishing and got em'--- but the bigger news -ELVIS - of seeing a big Swordfish right on todays slack tide in the Shipping Lanes-- having not the bait nor the tackle they just watched-- Stand By!
Could 'a. would 'a should' a-- that's what we said after weighting in the 65.0 White Sea Bass taken this morning by Mike O. fishing under the 30lb tackle category it would have topped the BAC's fish board for the year- beating out Vicks 59 fish from yesterday and just shy of a club record on 30 be a couple of pounds--- ---Could 'a. would 'a should' a- paid up my BAC dues for this year--- sorry-- doesn't count--- - a lessen to be learned-- all the time money and efforts, really not, for nott cause he's really out just for the fishing-- but it would'a, should'a 's and could have been a BAC winning fi
Stayed good for all day-- seemed like it was going to switch and come around from the west but it didnt, stayed southwest all day- --just right -- didn't made the run for nothing--- came up with a nice 59.6 lb WSB caught it on 12 IGFA line-- not quite a BAC Club Record but close-
Hooked started the weekend off right. Last squid in Tank Mike W. caught this 28.85lb WSB
Not the scores I was hoping for today-- but those that got our enjoyed the day on the water-- light westerly sprang up mid- late afternoon but not enough to matter-- a few Black Sea Bass mauled the baits that were set for the White Sea Bass and of course there were the sharkers out--
Just in--Trek Travel Rods by Fox -Sailfish Trek Spin 8 ft KRD-008 The 8 ft length lets you make long cast and soft tip prevents hook pull out's Also very good for beach fishing Fox SIC's guides, Mono & Braid 12 -40 lb, 4 sections, 27" length
KRD-002 Tarpon Trek Spin rods
Permit Trek Spin KRD-006 7 ft 10 to 25 lb mono or braid. Low diameter lightweight blank with very fast tip . 4 sections, 25" length ,Mono or Braid 10 to 25lb
KRDE 013 Stand-Up 30- 50 and KRDE 014 Stand-Up 50- 80 Trolling RodsKRD019 Trek V- Jig 6 ft 6 & Trek V- Jig XT 6 ft 6 Rods KRD-009 Trek Boat rods 7 ft 20- 30lb & KRD- 010 Trek Boat rods 7 ft 30- 50lb-
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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,