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  • Fri W winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 to 4 ft at 11 seconds and SW 2 ft at 14 seconds.Sat NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft. Mixed swell W 1 to 3 ft at 9 seconds and SW 3 ft at 14 sec.Sun W winds 10 to 15 kt with local gusts to 20 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. SW swell 3 ft. Coastal Waters from San Mateo Point to the Mexican Border and out to 30 nmSynopsis. WEAK TO MODERATE ONSHORE FLOW WILL PREVAIL THROUGH MONDAY. Fri Wind NW 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less...3 ft in the afternoon. Mixed swell W 2 to 3 ft at 10 seconds and SW 2 ft at 14 seconds. Patchy drizzle2 to 3 ft at 9 seconds and SW 2 ft at 14 seconds. Sat Wind variable less than 10 kt...W 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 ft at 8 seconds and SW 1 to 2 ft at 14 seconds.Sun Wind variable less than 10 kt...becoming NW 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less... Becoming 3 ft in the afternoon. Mixed swell W 2 ft and SW


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--------------Sept 19 th -----

Mixed swell inside the channel, swell from south and swell from west and wind chop swell from s/w- still not bad without much wind on it--

Newport's Bait receiver fresh out of bait more due in soon they hope--

Graceland Released a marlin this am-- bageled-


Got out early this morning -- put the Green Mack Rapala lure out thinking-- why not-- old Penn Sentaor that came with the boat from four owners ago- drags poor and braided dacron line-- naturally it didn't hit the new lever draged reel-- Wahoo--- 43.5lbs!!. Out of Dana today
Boat "Otter'n'Pop"

On a Rapala
Derek and Andy"Otter" Powell
Angler -- Rick Towne from Murraita.--
Congrats!! JD



And he's still king of the king croakers-- Billy weighs in an 63.7 WSB this morning-- Congrats- JD

Pesky's going on with only a scratchy radio reports breaking the squelch one on a while-- I think they were catching marlin but not sure or who , where or how!



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

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

Get your Blue Suede Shoes on, You ain't nothing but a Hound Dog and Don't be Cruel---- Stand by the Show's about to begin--!! Kickoff Dinner will at the TEE Room at 3100 Irvine Ave in Newport Beach, Wednesday Sept. 17th at 6:30pm. Don't be Square!

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




----------------------- Thursdays reports ----------

It's got a big lump on it- basically ok for travle--were making 18 knts making the crossing between the breakwater and Catalina-

not as many boats out today-- queit on the radio--

Whiskey Sauer " Fun in Acapulco " released a marlin -- on the Avalon Bank - Jig fish -old Bk & Pr Doornob 1:22pm

tuna fleet still working near the 277- windy and sloppy between the islands-- Bigger tuna today--- pushing 30lbs--

and I think at least one other jig fish maybe two this afternoon in the Kiddy pond- turns out three- MacCorkell released one, JJ Bella for another and great news 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

Tomorrow starts the Zany 25th Annual Los Pescadores Mahlin Derby Looking for Elvis--

Elvis either being a Broadbill Swordfish or a Blue Marlin-- let the games begin-- 35 boats and a lot of crazy people having fun- So don't be cruel as a devil in disguise wearing blue suede shoes . Shake rattle and roll, Rock a Hula and All shook up along with the rest of the fleet will be out there - Bonus points awarded in the derby by baggling the mahlin with a peanut butter and banana on it, anglers captain and crew in Elvis tourney garb etc etc-- You can never trust these guys--" We all shook up -- over"

Elvis is in the house-

Results of the 43nd Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament from Sept. 13th to 17th.

 Well the Channel Island boys caught and released 5 marlin this year, top boat honors went to CG Miller aboard "RUCKUS" with two bait fish on day three, "Valkyrie" second place with one jig fish in the shipping lanes on day one  , "Bad Habit with one jig fish off the slide on day three and "HYROCARBON" with one bait fish from up the line on day five .  All 10 boats competting had shots at fish and the action was spread out from the local Channel Islands to the 277 . In five days of burning the Frasers we found  4 sleepers , 6 jumpers and surprisingly not a single tailer . Lots of life everywhere and found some 80.6 degree water ...... amazing year. Here are a shot of Andrew Dalpozza with his first Calif Marlin ( first Bait Fish ) that was caught north of Santa Barbara Island







TROPICAL STORM POLO DISCUSSION NUMBER 14...corrected NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP172014 800 AM PDT FRI SEP 19 2014 corrected to initial intensity Data from a SSMI/S satellite at 1144 UTC revealed that the center of Polo was a little farther to the southeast than previously indicated. The initial position has then been adjusted accordingly. The cloud pattern has not changed very much, and a blend of satellite intensity estimates with an earlier ASCAT pass is consistent in keeping the winds at 60 kt. Most of the guidance show a significant increase in the easterly shear over Polo, and with cooler waters along the expected track of Polo, the NHC forecast calls for weakening. Polo will likely be a remnant low in 96 hours or earlier. The initial motion is a little uncertain given the small adjustment in the initial position. The best estimate is toward the west- northwest or 300 degrees at 6 kt. The mid-level ridge over northern Mexico is forecast to build westward, and this pattern should force Polo to move on a west-northwest to west track during the next several days. The NHC forecast is not very different from the previous one, except during the first 12 hours or so due to the adjustment of the initial position. The rest of the forecast forecast is very close to the multi-model consensus and to the average of the GFS and the ECMWF. These models, as well as the official forecast, keep the center of Polo well south of the the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula.




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

You make it up to the 277---- yea there must be a dozen boats right on the spot, --- we're south of the top of the 277by 2 miles- you must be on other one of the two paddies here-- we're going to follow this line of kelps S/W and see if we can find our own--

Radio reception good almost too good as a dozen voices spoke profanity's to each others --- like Jack N in Mars Attacks -- can't we all get along---some of it's just crazy -Party boats running over aluminum skiffs- lure launching at each other- boats trolling next to kelps with divers flags up- nuts--

Bait problems still as issue

371 holding fish-- 13 over 29

33.05/ 118.06 tunas-- - eaten by a hammerhead !

Hooked a marlin on 25 lb test line-- that didn't last long-chased it around for a while till it broke the hook off at the F/C- - pulled up on the paddy-- wide open for a while- yellowfin then that marlin-

we've got 7 tuna and one dodo-- you next to this fleet with the monster paddy- yep-- had to be 100 yards off the paddy- if you got off the paddy you did better--

04 /01 your welcome to come on it-- we've gott ally we wanted-- 11:01

Black and Purple dasiy chained hooches did it for us- stopped the boat-

I spoke to someone ( Mark) on the radio yesterday ( Tuesday) Ch 72 about having caught a tagged bluefin tuna-- would like to make further contact with him - please call- 1 800 660 5030 thanks JD

Whele watchers seeing 5- 6 whales 1/2 miles off the harbor heading south

Checking with the San Clemente Island security web site ( it sucks- ) the island -- Pyramid Cove is open Thursdays all day- then from Friday at 6am till 7 pm its Hot, same thing Sat and Sunday- Hot from sunrise till sunset)

10 and 54 , 59 over 46-- 05 over 02-- numbers of paddies and tuna dorado etc----- 14 over 53 there's a s--- load of tuna here-- 1/2 way between the 276/ 277-

Triple Marlin hook up off the south side of the 9 mile bank-- 1:01pm just released one still have the others hooked up-- 1:12pm ------- We had made our catch on the 371 for the yellowfin- 20- 30lb stuff-- headed back in-- put the jigs in--- had a triple on the marlin--- got the first one in and released---- then finally the other two-- great job the crew did- what an amazing job they did-- we're right off the Coronado now-- amazing-- Scott on the Crusader- Congrats from the fleet and -- naturally what color jigs?-- -

Westerly blew in mid afternoon- 12- 15 seems to be building--

they were at 90 ft put a live on a 4 oz sinker sand bass sytle and bang your on--

Any skipper were 9 1/2 outside Oceanside and were loaded up with yellowfin tuna and dorado- wide open paddy I can see the train going by right now --- decent grade of yellowfin! 4:09pm

got sloppy out there today -two swells Southwest and west- confusing-


-------------- Tuesdays eports ------------

It's a wahoo-- well let you know--- hooked up-- it hit the marauder-- 10:40am --- no word later----

15/ 18 thank you--- 20 over 05 the numbers continued to roll on--

we're on the 267 got two dorado yellowtail and a 75 lb mako-

Rumors- abound ---wahoo strikes, Blue Marlin Strikes, opah's fighting off mako sharks, sharks eating tunas, it's all there today--- and maybe a few beers early in the day too!

inside and south of the 209 --- we never made it to the 209-- found a couple of paddies - it was all we wanted-- numbers were 4 over 41


Reports from a few boats off Pyramid fishing the tuna -- slim picking today-- lots of San Diego party boats with only a slow pick at the tuna so far--

Others inside them near the 209- 277 did better- finding the kelp early helped-

Elvis has been spotted in the parking lot--- stand by he's going to make his appearance this next few days--- Pesky's is opening up the line class--- might as well try to catch a Blue Marlin, and if you do get a Wahoo there's bonus points awarded based off the weight of the fillets! sorry you don't get the fish back!---

Water temps from 65 to 80 degrees the big picture and the close up image--













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

Come one down to the beach where its cool and refreshing--- take a dip in the water -spend a few hours on the water and you'll be refreshed--

8- 10 knts from the west light wind waves

Tuna fishing continues into this week with setting up on some meter marks, a kelp of birds, chums helps to get them up - a dropped heaver jig also had fish and trolling had a few strikes. Smaller daisy chained black & purple hoochies or the X-Rap took strikes this morning-

There some big-- big marlin in the waters around Catalina-more to follow. and Wahoo- 3:10 anyone got any Wahoo today?--- no reply-- they're out here-- we saw two of them on the 277 under a kelp while we were diving it!--

I was out after the pointy ones, trying not to get around the sport boat tuna fleet.--- We hooked one ! lost it though- #4 hooks and light line didn't last long, 1 mile west of the 209- - working between the two of them- 277 and 209-- - we and another boat stayed away from all the sportboats found our own paddy, started with the skipjacks, dodos, yellowtails ---drifted away from it for the all the yellowfin you wanted - they were chewing that paint off the bottom- it was sicking - me and my buddy must have caught 50 of them, kept only 5--- if you let your back cast get into the water you were bit!,

Best to stay off the paddys not right next to it if you wanted the tuna , we hooked a couple tunas that spooled us -- there's the 30 40ers we got and had a couple you couldn't stop-- that you don't feel any wiggling ---just solid pulls-- those big ones are starting to fill in-

bait being the key- you may have to run to Dana for bait or make your own-- smaller green backs work!


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


As part of the tournament orginziers the event went pretty much without too many hick ups- of note one sour note came up on the Raffle Prizes the much sought after Reliable Fish Bag was mistakenly picked up by someone- if they could return it to me or the club we would appreciate it- and a woman's black sweater top was left- it'll be at the club for pick up- again thank for all who participated and thank you to all the sponsors- JD



------------------ Last week ---------

The yellowfins making their passage between the islands. Old salts would say for every 100 schools of tuna that went West behind Clemente island, 10 schools would make it up between the islands and one schools inside Catalina-- those were the odds - still about the same-

I'll be in the Masters Billfishing Tournament the next few days sorry no fish reports till Sunday/ Monday-- Good luck this weekend if you get out-- JD

It was insane took that purple Black Bark - my first one up here --- then we trolled through to porpoise looking for the tuna but got nothing , we're heading south towards the 371, we hit every kelp towards the 371 all empty-

This weekend's San Clemente Island is "Hot" for most of the day on Thursdays, anchorage ok after 7pm then on Friday morning  it's"Hot" from 8:30 am till 1900/ 7:00 pm that afernoon again anchorage at Pyramid ( Friday night) is open from 7 pm till 700/ 7:00am on Sat morning-- then Hot till 7pm at night-  same thing on Sunday

Scouting far and wide they ranged-tournamnet boats pre fishing-- - but not much said on the radio ---the secert spots remain secert far as I know-- Good luck to the fish they're going to need it--- !

Good luck --have a fun weekend-- JD

--------------------------- Weds Reports -------------

Hazy blue sky this morning again a light west/southwest wind early-seas fair- warming to 76 degrees

- we're down here looking for marlin -- 371 there's a little action going on- but not for us-- -- thought you might be interested at 33 over 13 we saw a jumper-

Got out here at the crack -ran out towards the knoll - water got colder and dirtier-- we came back inside - it's better here don't go there if your thinking about it-

5 south of the 302 was said to have tuna-

Surely Mermaid --- how you doing--- fishless

we're inside and above the mackerel, fishless here too

backside of the 277 lots of big kelps- lot's of em' but not hold much except small yellow tail- and some skipjacks--

Hey-- JD--it's Nate- I'm wired--- on a anchovies--- probably wont last that long-- straight 20 to the hook --- Shipping Lanes-- 11:20-----11:39-- JD-- what's considered a leader fish for a release, I've gotten the knot through the tip several times -- #4 hook just chunking- heard a splash there it was!--- it's only a four ft leader, he seems content just swimming

around - he was pretty active there for a while-- -

181 water temps too damn hot--! just driving around--

152 porpious holding yellowfin- ton of fish under them- 12:02pm

Got here at first light- dark almost-- had a lazy feeder up but sunk out before we could do anything with it-- between the 425 and the 371-- that's been it for the day-- 1:49pm


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

Light marine layer going away early in the day light westerly building-- Building High Pressure on the barometer will bring the westerly's, also will bring up the tailers and swordfish, Full moon- Yellowfin do travel under it at night-

All the paddies we've checked so far were empty-- heading towards the 14 from Newport-, spots of breaking tuna , porpoise on the 267 or east from there,

425, 371 looked slow yesterday- a few dorado small yellows, I'm inside the 302 today- still only a few small yellows- 9:54am

That's what hit just now black and purple cedar plug with a Bk/ Pr daisy chain. -- put it about 7 or 8 wakes behind the boat-- 10:02am

This weekend's San Clemente Island is "Hot" for most of the day on Thursdays, anchorage ok after 7pm then on Friday it's"Hot" from 8:30 am till 1900/ 7:00 pm again anchorage at Pyrimid ( friday night) is open from 7 pm till 700/ 7:00am on Sat morning-- Hot till 7 at night same thing on Sunday


Not many reports today-- a few jumpers seen, a quick feeder, lots of flying fish!

Kick off dinner for the Masters- is this Wed the 10th Tee Room, Costa Mesa 5:30, Great Marlin Race particapants meet and hour earlier.

The Masters-

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

ANy questions Amy Elliott Club Secretary- Balboa Angling Club 949.673.6316




and dont forget the Zany Pesky's

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

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

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



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

-- Paddy flag got dorado all over it- or the blue trash can kelp holding- many kelps holding nothing- or small yellowtails--

Full moon approaching tomorrow, strong tide changes now- will flatten out towards the weekend

Water temps 2 below the 14---- 76.2 degrees--

Yellowfin's between the islands-- we found a hammerhead-- got a few baits in -- that was it for two hours-- all we wanted-- called in other sportboats-


We caught this Friday during the Catalina Yacht Club bill fish tournament on Dialed Inn . We were on the 43 and had a double going but one got off. Of course we released it.

More of those pelagic Torpedo Rays ( 35 volts) swimming in our waters these days- black/purple colored-- use caution if hooked! Just cut the Line!

Swordfish seen 2 1/2 miles off the headlands of Dana Point-- 1:20pm


Marlin reports-- starting to get hush hush The Masters is this coming Friday and Sat. fishing-( kick off dinner 5:30 Tee room) - the western waters have fish up there- not always showing or in any gathering up over the past week, almost all the high spots below Catalina have seen a fish or two- shipping lanes and off San Onofre/ a fish here and there-- rumor has it the 371 had a bunch of fish thee two days ago and just recently a reports from the Southeast corner of the Cortez Bank has jumpers out there-- We'll just have to see how this week plays out. Good luck- JD

Overall the tuna fishing slower today- low pressure?

--------------------------------- The Weekends Reports---------------

Tropical stratocumulus clouds overhead moved in overnight from Norbert, another one ( ODILE OH-DEAL ) might be brewing again, not for another couple of weeks away, if that-

Nice day - fair and calm, a southern ground swell and building weather-- starting to look ugly the guy said--

We're closer towards the island got a triple, and a double- saw some breaking fish put the lures out, got the jig strikes, then put out the bait- 8:49am

one swordfish baited--

Santa Catalina Island Yacht Club was rewared with 7 marlin releases in their Marlin Tournament , 2 on jigs and 5 bait-- one from the 43, another on the 277 and the other four off the west end of the island from the 125 to the 172

Jewel Lure reports in their King Harbor Marlin tournament, that they had caught a pair of fish coming from just on the outside of theSanta Barbara Island closure that boundaries the Osborn Bank. Ruckuses release three fish there and three other boats had single fish/jig strike coming off that ledge or near by. Not much seen-- come up on the jigs and a quick bite at the lures, guys in Gyros all day not seeing much. It's all different now-- temp charts show it's changed today with offcold water pushing in from the south.


What was that-- that was a lone wolf 22 lb yellowtailon the marlin jig--

Yesterday's Water temps from 68 to 76 degrees--


Hi JD I would be so grateful if you would share this. It was Caelum"s first tuna trip and he scored this little guy......Nice huh? They saw lots of flying fish too...Hannah says Hi, Jolene

Boats fishing near the 267- sportboats were limmiting out on the YF early in the day--

Just starting to come up now stand by--

slightly off color water above the west end-- 172- 17, lots of life dolphin seals etc. a few paddies for nada--

washboard conditions today-- Tuna Fish numbers - being shouted out- ( 302 area) - 22/ over 37, 32/ 46, 26/27, numbers came from all over the place!

we had those fish almost eating the props off the boat-- our biggest looks to be 30lbs--

Hey Cowboy---come on in to ths paddy-- there's terns bouncing off it-- 1:15pm

Just started that paddy-- put out a black dasiy chain just getting it out and this nice 30 lb yellowfin comes crashing the jigs-- 1:20pm

We let one go inside of the 209-- white and green (mac), jig- one other fish up off the west end today a few seen but not the showing that was there over the past few days-

182 marlin - 200lb being fought- 3:51pm

7 off Sano-dolphins holding yellowfin- were out of baits trolling 3:52pm---- 4 1/2 300 degees from the 209-- Yellowfin-

wind chop from the west slowly backing off towards late afternoon-

----------Sats Reports --------

Coastal low clouds light westerly this morning-- got a feel to it that it might blow stronger-- generally does when it gets that hot inland--

Tuna fleet scattered and raunchy

Marlin fleet - most of the fleet went towards the west end of the island-- Paradise dot co. released another one this morning-( thats 4 in two days plus big dorado and tuna in the bag) - bait fish --same place- dozen other boats in the area. another fish lost 6 below the Mackerel bank , 277 had a few feeders yesterday- as well as 209 and 182-

Right now were on the 277- left over lump water temps dropped a degree or two-- 72.9/ 73 degrees some small yellowfin breaking water- same on the 14- bigger fish pushing west-

No Birds No Surface Life Dead Quiet No Marks No Bait on Sounder BLIND JIG STRIKES Both fish out of the water on their tails several times at the same time was an amazing sight behind our boat (yes ... outboards raise pelagic fish) , Captain John S

277 said to be a parking lot---

My up number--is-- you know my phone number -- the up number is add two to the middle number-- subtract 2 from the first number plus 3 on the last one and the out line numbers is 7 ---- ok let me figure this one out?-

we're just above the 277 just got out first yellowfin-- 10:29-

Jimmy you on there - we just got circled up here-- 08 and 06-

20 over 50 tuna skippies--

mile and a half S/E of the 277 good bite goin gon here now-- reeally good-- 10:35am three hour stop

10//15 nobody around-- stopping on a few fish out here--

Low-Slack tide today -1:45 stand by---

Mid day the radio was quite- as was the fishing I suppose, one marlin jig stike by the 43 that was said, I'm sure there were others up off the west end of Catailna.

Wind came up westerly in the afternoon a bit sloppy for the smaller boats---

If I heard it right 8 marlin released in the Catalina Island Yacht Club tourny, not sure about the King Harbor tournament- boats fished both-

See below for Norbert - she's forecasted to go ashore below Ensenada and above Cedros Wed and Thursday -- Rain

-------------- Fridays report ---------

Hazy marine layer this morning--wind steady from the west coastal 8-10 kts- wrinkle on the water,

Norbert's in the news as it creeps northwards .

Number 4 on the hook-- jig strikes for tuna

Scratchy reports-- wide open yellowfin 32.44 /117:45 11:32am

Sliding down the southeast 8-10 from where we were last week.

Sleeper at 09/ 59 12:35pm

Marlin reports are a little hush -- hush-- as well as ---- well not many reports--- - one fish released yesterday-above the West end of Cat. some wind expected up north this weekend-- might be a little tough for pre fishing in the smaller boats,

Tuna fishing remains good for those working the outer banks- 277- 209 and below- bird schools and surface fish.

San Clemente Island looks to be open Fri, Sat and Sunday of this weekend, next weekend- 11, 12, and 13th only night time anchorage.

We just got the stink off the boat! the phone calls says--- --- got one this afternoon right after the turn of the noons tide, jig fish came in on a MJG, nice sized fish 150lbs or so- between the 125 and the 172 Hot Reels--

chassing bait ----- oh look at that it's chasing needle fish-- looks like ballyhoos coming out 1:47pm

In stock Rigged Ballyhoos, also unrigged select/ medium size 6 pack, or medium size in the dozen pack - call JD's and reserve yours today-- JD

Hey JD-- you on this side---- Yep what's up--- got to give kudos to Newport's bait receiver actually very good bait-- we took two scoops, maybe 5 or 6 died- the rest we used up-- left em' wide open on the 277 all you wanted- wind came up this afternoon- get in front of the school- shut off the engines and get the baits out---

Catalina's Yacht Club having their first of a two day tournament today-- so far Paradise.com released three fish up off the West end of the island and the Dialed In released one of the two they had hooked near the 43

T/C ----- 30 lb tackle--- jig fish released-F-4 5:51pm -- his first marlin ?? Bleeding mackeral--

Joe dumped a marlin on the 209-- solo-

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

We just had a jumper up- between you and me--- yea ok looks like good water here-- we'll see what goes on-- 10:43:

Yellowtail - small ones --moved in the kelps outside Newport Dana and the closer banks

Reports that the yellowfin were traveling west-- between Catalina and Clemente islands-- up the outer Santa Barbara Channel.

you check out that kelp?-- no one home --defective broken

found one garage door-- started out as rats ended as yellowfin- we're about done with it---32: 34.23 / 117:38.16

Took a boat ride out this morning myself-- looking for Betty, or whatever she calls herself, - we know she's there - swimming around out there somewhere-- a 600 lb blue marlin -- might as well try for her-- caught a couple of live mack's by the jetty- made the dash out to the grounds-- 30- 50 shearwaters sitting on top of bait, put out a live one at 50 feet behind the boat, the other on a deep drop at 500 ft , spent most of the morning getting some exercise rowing around-- no bites but I was curious just what was it that these little birds "who look like small doves" pecking at the water what were the eating?-- it took some time but I caught a couple of em!- scurring around right under the surface a foot-- went out looking for 600 lb marlin came back in with shrimp!

Bongos called in with a morning 1/2 day fish count-- 2 angler- 4 yellowfin- 2 yellowtail--

Hey Decker--- we're here where we said we we're going -- got em' going pretty good now-- must have 30 in the box!

9 off the domes-- we just left boiling tuna 12:39pm 180 out of Dana--- we're out of bait-- we're about 7 off the Domes now still breaking tuna jumping--

Morning cloud cover brunt away-- by 2 a westerly began again-- typical afternoon westerly-

Dorado hitting cedar plugs--

109 yellowfin and 32 yellowtails local fish count- a lot bigger grade of fish today--- -

Where's the marlin??-

Between the 209 and the 277 puddlers, bird schools- and schools of yellowfin-

At least some boats are on the fish-- doubled up on jigs that naturally went different directions on light tackle--, baiting a couple more sleepers earlier too- Congrats- JD


------------ Weds Reports --------------------

Morning hours had a coastal cloud cover that went away leaving again another beautifur day here on the beach00 soft S/W wind at 4 or 5 knts at best- seas - great- you should be out there-

You there Frank , We're right on the bank there's tons of small Bluefin here-- won't come near the boat-- see em' rolling birds working but we haven't gotten any of them to go yet- --- up with terns but it won't come near us--- thanks we're inside the 43--- we're right on the bank- looking for a kelp-- --- and we just found one -- thanks--- we'll let you know how we do--- we're apout to pull up on a spot of breezers here too-- OK good luck 10:12am

Found a kelp here on the 267- loaded with bait but nothing else--

Whale watchers were concerned of a couple of whales being found entangles in net-- Small whale not looking very good-

Water temps from 65 degrees to 77 degrees-

Newports party boats 70 yellowfin 40 yellowtails so far--

Baots out of newport report 7 off the jeddies- yellowfin 1:44pm

Newports bait receiver just got in a load of samll 4-5 inch sardines and the small anchovies

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

That's the first mammals I've seen for the past four times out-- might be something with them- worth a try-- 10:12am

The radio seems quiet after all the garbley gook over the past weeks- Weather, pleasant with a slight south wind and seas fair- the sound of barking sea lions and crying seagulls takes over the harbor again, at least for a few days--

The Master's tournament a weekend and a half away- it's coming up quickly we've a full moon on the Tues. the 9th with the tournament starting Friday the 12 th-13th back side of the moon by a couple three days- midday's slack tide at noon-

Not a bad holiday weekend, Penalty Box got his 3 mi off west cove, Hooky got theirs 1.5 mi off the can dump and Bro had a bunch of tuna and dorado down by the 43. Thanks for your great reports. Todd Sherman Crows Nest Yachts N.B.
2801 Coast Hwy S-260 Newport Beach Ca. 92663 949-610-7243

We had a foamer 30- 35lb yellowfin-- foaming all around the boat -didn't hook any of them-- working a five mile block 12:25pm

Maybe it's the coverage today but dosen't sound like many catches of meat fish north of the 267/ 209 area- fish inside and below-

Just had two jumpers up--- 3:29-

---------------- Labor Day Monday -------------------

Different day-- blowing from the southeast for most of the early morning hours-- putting a wind chop from the south and there's a swell from the west on it- uncomfortable.

Hi JD, Well it's been an epic weekend to say the least! We got about 5 miles outside Avalon toward the east end and saw breaking fish,ran through them and stopped on top of them while throwing a live sardine out and BANG! We're on with a 45lb yellowfin. Chased the school toward the east end but couldn't get anymore to go,and finally ended up calling it a day. Today was just as good, left moonstone early this morning at sunrise and trolled out to about 6 off the east end, found a line of paddies and trolled by one,got a 30lb bull dodo on a black and purple marlin lure, hoping to run into something on the way home tomorrow. REEL-T
So far all we've gotten is skipjacks-- the terns are going crazy traveling so fast we're have a hard time getting on them--11:00am

We're four out of the harbor saw a sleeper -

they biting today--- yea we've got stupid fish-- they're even biting this boat-- saw the bird schools-- made a circle turn -- they charged the boat-- hit the jigs before we could get set up-

the Weather - still from the south but backed of-- very nice afternoon maybe the fish we show better

A better showing of marlin- - inside the island, 14 miles bank- shipping lanes, - sleeper here- there, jumper - a zip on the jigs

Kelps left unmolested held the tunas and the fins-

E-Mail ----- JD great day sunday on the Billfish. Took my 5 year old son Parker on his first day southern california marlin fishing and found one right on top of the 277. bit a mean joe green. nice show with some great jumps on the bite and on leader. Parker is now hooked! Rob H would be proud. hope Patrick T.


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

Wind south with a mixed morning swell- getting better as the day developed- morning eddy that stayed that way ( south) all day long-

10 outside Los Pulgas, below Dolly Pardons - the fleets there -- drift with some bait and you were on--

E-Mail on conditions off the Wet end of Cat-Boat: Good Vibrations
West end of Catalina 125, 499, farnsworth, green, green, cloudy water and Green. All for nada. We'd run out to the Osborn this AM if we knew for sure it wasn't GREEN water! Kevin

- E-Mail late last night-- Hi JD... Tuna everywhere 4 miles in front of Avalon.

E-Mail Report-- Good Morning JD, Headed over the Island yesterday with the family for the long weekend and was trolling for marlin when I metered a huge school of YFT 4 miles southwest of the 14 Mile Bank. Stopped and chunked and tossed out a Sardine.  30 seconds later we were wide open. This was my wife's first Tuna!  Left them biting... Thanks, Craig & Michelle

At about my 3' 0'clock a feeder up- 11:21

We metered them down about 5 feet-- started chumming and actually saw them come up into the surface on the meter--

Hey JD--- We had another great day on the Silverback. Found Yellowfin 3 miles west of 267 in the 25-30 pnd range. Water was 68 degrees, green but clear. Tons of life. Fished for 2 hrs and back in Newport by noon. August was an epic month for fishing. Hoping for more in Sept. Happy Labor Day and thanks for the info-- TR

Well there's been Blue Marlin sighting-- a Wahoo caught, Stripers, Opahs, Dorado, Yellowfin ,Bluefin maybe a Big eye yesterday caught and the swordfish are around--- what's next!! -- we're still short a Black Marlin, an Short billed Spearfish and the prized Oarfish and one of my favorites-- Louver as the "Silver Emperor" -- now that would be a challenge-!-



--------- Saturday's amazing Catches------

We started out just below we stared yesterday--- didn't get far-

How yo doing' were out here too- we're out here on the 43, just driving around seeing the breaking tuna-- but haven't got them to go yet-- there's a daisy chain being dragged around-- snapped the line!

Skipper that caught the Wahoo?-see below!!!!!-

dragging a mack around ---had a marlin pop up here--sea lion and a marlin together, cant get him interested- just yet- 8:47am

we're on a marlin right now--- can't talk-- 9:11am

How's the fishin at the 209?--we've been sitting here for the past four hours-- all the yellowfin you wanted- look for the birds 9:18am

east of the 43 jig strikes- picked up about 6 so far-

Others say the 267 say it's slow for them--182 a bit bumpy decent fishing- 74 degrees,

Nice 1/2 day at the office. One stop 8 tuna 20 to 22 lb

Todd got one off the Can Dump this morning-- on the Mean Joe Green-- above the 9 had another fish yesterday too- sleeper there today- didnt go-

one fish came off the jis after a couple of jumps- - below and out from the head lots of kelps, not much on it thought-

The Osborn had three or four boats up there this morning-- dont think any marlin caught there yet-- looked ok--

Todays Slack tide-- 12:32- stand by--

there triples- quads- it's really good now--27.7/ 24.8

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.

Going from bird school to another dragging a jig--- --

13 over 40 had a jumper-- 1:20pm

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















and into the afternoon it went-- marlin hook ups- up north- tuna below and craziness in between-- Big-Eye reported 10 below the "Head"marlin there too-

Have fun this weekend- JD

------------------- Fridays Reports ---------

Tuna fleet still grind away at it-- called a plunker bite- starting off on a few terns some tossed baits or jigs and a sunk bait-- picking up fish every so often- three on the boat- other's with more some less- seas were ported a bit sloppy- South wind blew all night at 15 knts same this morning cappy short from the south- southwest-

E-Mail from Avalon--- JD  We are in Avalon and arrived around 11am today( Thursday) .  No problems.  Harbor is recovering from swell damage.  Main dinghy dock is functional and CIYC is open.  Casino dock functional and weather is beautiful.  Harbor is OPEN but full.  Geoff

My buddy on the 302 had a triple eariler, everyones at the "Corner" it's a little bumpy - windy-

We might slide up the inside dirty water look for some patties and a dorado--

We've got three in the boat--- we've got 9 west of the 302- we're S/W of the 43 it's looking pomising -bouncing around --- we're hooked to a shark-- the boys wanted to hook a shark, it's deep might be a hammerhead or a mako?- dont know just what it is--

Boats on the 43 have YF, 32:35 / 117:42. corner-

Water temps from 69 tp 76 degrees-

How you doing--- We just stopped on a hammerless-- we've got some meat on the boat-- glad to get it, better than the past few days-- we're up here by the 181 a little sloppy- we've just killing time drifting here.

Stupid fish-- had a fish on the popper--- fish broke me off-- popper floated up--- down swell from here-- now the other fish are trying to eat it- stupid fish-

Got three or four going hooked a couple more fresh ones-- maybe 30 or 40 fish coule be better- people and weather-- birdschool and birds-- there still boailling awound got to get down on deck right now-- 11:35-- what's your out--the 46 line was out first stop worked to the east- we're at 43 line now -- Still some big swells going throught--- we've dumped 1/2 the bait tank that time everything in the wheeelhouse just got thrashed---

had a double jig strike on the dodo's hetthing the marin lures 33:13 / 118:03

32:35 over 117:46 we had five hooked up at once-!- -

we left it about 20 minutes ago--birds were flocking everywhere--- the 302- we've got tuna - they're sporadic showing everywhere- got a nice bull dorado - lost two of them --

181 rough out here now-- 12:09pm---

we're at 29 and 39 bearing down on a big kelp-- 12:12pm

we're just north of the 277 towards the island catching tuna -- nice sized ones too-- 12:17pm

16 from the west end we found a paddy dorado and yellows-- ( barley pop corn) maybe 10 kts we're 8 about from the 125

Coming back into the shop--- wet from the boat's washdown, rubber boots and all- it was a bit sloppy out there today-- ran south this morning out of Newport-- got below the 267 saw a partyboat on a trash can lid sized kelp- couple of guys bent-- -- -- they pull in and left-- we slid over and turned off the engines for four hours-- singles, doubles, quads at least four or five time quads almost all the time - 30+ fish smallest was about 12- largest about 30- yellowfin--32: 12 / and 117: 52-- the guy's next to us in a small boat-- after we've almost filled the boat--- how you guys doing -- we got a couple --- what's you using??--- anchovies-- they had sardines from Dana- we had the chovies and light 20 Flouro Carbon leaders --made the difference-

We got out of the harbor early this morning-- got to the 14--- there was a five miles square area of birds and baits- tuna- we spent the day there--- a ton of life there-- inside the 14 really good fishing -- we got 5-7 inch anchovies at the Newport's Bait barge- that really helped-- !

The Newport Bait barge 5 inch anchovies now till a fresh lode comes in tonight--- they hope--

Have a fun weekend--JD

------- Thursday's Report's ------------

Morning brings clear skies-- coastal marine layer very light, just a haze that's on the horizon. Ground swells from the south churning up the beaches and wrapping around islands. From all the photos of Catalina and I images other harbors and ports north or south damage was done-- just more fodder for the Dorado as it washes offshore.

Seas actually calm with a bit od westerly today-- dozen boats out on the radios-- Tuna fishing the game-- outside Oceanside 7- 8 miles held fish-and below, Porpoise schools below Dana holding, whale watchers trolling feathers!

Hammerheads showing up in greater numbers--

Dorado on the troll-next to the birds--

- How you doing?--- stick around--- just start chumming-- they've here we've got twenty in the box--

Picked up two of them yesterday-- right on the west side of the 14 -- porpoise were holding heading west---- water looked green and dirty didn't think there were here, tossed in a few dead baits tossed in a live one and I was on-- got another bait out and on that one two- by the time I got them in I'd lost the school.

Just hooked up on another dorado-- and got one on the boat 10:54am

We're at 11 and 52-- we're done with pulling on em'-- others say-- 33.111.80 / 117: 53 642 Yellowfin-- all you wanted -we're driving away from em'- been drifting for the past two hours-- 1 they down 50- 75 ft use small hooks and use a bit of weight -- between the 277 and the 209-

Bait Barge here in Newport had a battery fire-- extinguished and repairable- back in operation shortly- JD

wind up in the aftenoon - that old westerly blowing again- newport afternoon slop- by late afternoon the wind died down - but most of the radio reports had also died down by that stage-


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

Clear inland with a marine layer of upwelled cooler water/air light fog along the coastline - mix inthe crashing surf. Catalina Avalon Harbor has had troubles, more info to come--if you headed to the island for the weekend , best check with harbor patrol before heading over.-

I'm on a paddy that's non stop-- come on over if you want--10:12am- 29/ 56

Offshore several boats out fishing - no complaints about weather- there is a westerly early so far-- 10- 12 kts- some wind chop mixed seas-

We couldn't get through the dorado to get down to the tunas-- we can see the tuna but can't get to em!-- get em' excited with the dead chunks then throw out a live on and your on-- got one that topped out the scales at 25 lb-- nice size fish for here-- 11:33am

we're out of Oceanside got 5 yellowfin and dorado-- we're shy 7 of the 312-

Tuna under the birds on the 267 12:01pm

33:26/ 117:49 a bit of grass and some fish with it 12:20pm

Seen any marlin--- Saw a jumper S/E of the 277 about an hour ago-- right at the thoat of the canyon, that's the forth jumper I've seen there in the past few trips. 3:15

Tuna-- up mid channel Cat to the mainland-- 3:20pm

tuna between the corner and the 43-and up to the 289-

Boats coming back into harbors meeting draining tidal rips at the harbors bar--with sets of 10'- 12'+ swells that are pushing in-- Boats holding off till the sets passed--

36/27 all you wanted on the tuna-

Mackeral moved in the island ( Catalina) tight to the island-- right in time for tournament time--

Long point's pier gone, White's pier gone- boatyard in avalon gone-- sailboat wound up in a building in the yard-- -- lots of debri around -- broken pilings, scraps of wood, docks etc.- floating debri--


Greetings JD,Wayne Slahor here from the Marlin Club Of San Diego.
I was wondering if  you could post our flyer for the Gene Grimes Memorial
(ILTT),it would help us get the word out.

When:   Sept. 19th, 20th  
Awards dinner @1 pm on the 21st  
Where: The Marlin Club of San Diego
What:    Marlin / IGFA 30 lb test
Cost:  $100 per Angler Visit www.themarlinclub.com for rules and entry form
Questions?  Call Art Ponce @ 619-253-0420

We had a few fish caught down this way over the weekend -9 mile bank and
north of the 224.We also had a release from the nine mile bank last week.



One of the awards went to Top Junior Angler for the CABO/HATTERS/VIKING Challenge 2014, his name is
Josh Brain, 6 years old, he caught this 24.2 lb Dorado on his Grandpa boat
"Brainwave" 54' Hatteras.  He also won 1st place Dorado!!  It was a Jig fish that ate, once again, the Green/Black over Silver by Eye Candy!! More results to follow.  Caprice



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

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

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

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

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

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

Scattered dorado catches mid channel - shipping lanes--

tuna at 32.34/ 117. 35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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


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

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

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

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



------- The Weekend's Reports ----------

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wind freshing up

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

35/50 hand off on tuna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

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

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






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


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

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

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

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

25 30 just outside the 182 loaded with fin- -

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

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

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

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

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

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














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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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













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


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

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

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





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

Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
  La Jolla, CA 92037-1508

Hey JD, we released a marlin Saturday about 8 am midway between the 14 and Avalon bank on the Janice O.    The fish came in and hit a rapala before switching over to a black/purple tuna feather behind a daisy chain.  Congrats to Berkele






















1st Marlin Released --- Congrats to Todd P /Billy and crew for caching and releasing the First Marlin of the Season-- it's going to be a great season- stand by--


















































The fish is being smoked and the skeleton and head were picked up by a researcher from NOAH at Scripps to be studied-------

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







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

Happy 4th of July!


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



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



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

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



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











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


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2014 Fish Catches





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

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

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


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

Another Wpm













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

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










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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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





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






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

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

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

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



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










































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

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

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







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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Strong currents run deep – better sharpen you hooks!  JD

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

Good luck this seson- JD


some day chickens- some days feathers


--------------------- no longer fishing the reefs  and kelp beds off Laguna-- the Forbidden Zone-- -


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

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Mexico's--- Subject: Temp import permit

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

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



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

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

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

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