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--------------July 24 th--------

- China blue skies this morning- coastal haze diminishing early- wind slight at a dead 1-2 knts S- you missed a good morning's outing-.

We've some in the box--- good day so far for us--- we were headed to the 43 - pounding the water till w found this hotel sized paddy--- we've got US limits on the yellow tail --randomly picked up a couple of yellowfin under it - we're going to start trolling looking for more yellowfin- 4-5 inch sardines for bait-

182 wide open yellows - on most of the paddy's out here--

swordfish boat with the plank out ---- 9:15am Slack at 9:34 this morning--

west of the 209 headed towards the 181- picke d up a coiple of yf- 9:32 got them under the birds--- nice sized fish--

San Clements Island looks to be open this coming weekend-- enjoy -go catch a marlin there this weekend! JD

277 looked quiet this morning--

Not as good as fishing so far today as yesterday- 11:00am too much sun? --- they did bite yesteday into the sunset--




Next Weekend the local yacht clubs here in Newport have there Inter Club Challenge and the BAC will host the Helen Smith Offshore tournament and the Tuna Club of Avalon will also have their offshore tournament - Tuna Dorado and Yellowtail- should be a fun weekend! Clemente will be open too!-

advive given- trolling- dark and purle and green and black broomtails- and #1 hook w/ fc leaders for bait-

we're completely jugged out-- stopped on a cedar plug single turned to a 45 bait stop-- I'll be cutting fish for the next hour--30- 35 lb bluefin was our biggest 11:59am

jumpers of dorado outside 267/279

outside the 267 the fleets drifting and chunking--

hey --- boat coming in on the paddy-dont come right up to the paddy-- - 267 we've been drifting 100 yards off itr for an hour - soakin baits-- - boats that come right up and park on a paddy shuts the bite

they will not leave us alone!!!-- crashing the trolled dasiy chains 33.22 / 117. 55 trolling back toward Newport- East of the 14 Mile Bank trolling spreader bars and dasy chains-! Will not leave us alone ---crashing the squid skirts- -start chunking once you hooked up 1:02pm

we just got a blind strik on the dorado ---- 1/2 way from the 267- 209 blind strike--1:27pm

181 , ok skipper- here the numbers 02/50

weather held for the day-- mid day- early afternoon the fish seemd to stay deep- chunking and slow dfrfts w baits- water warm on the beach-12- 15 miles offcolor green- get out to the blue water---

Got out here at 4:pm-- just got our first jig strike on bluefin---out 17 ( I thnk out of Dana) following around the terns-- 6:55pm



Reminder--- JD's is happy to post what's heard on the VHF radio or other fish stuff-it's one of many good web sites on sportfishing- it does take time and some spelling corrections-- if you can see you way clear - Give JD's a bost- it'll help come next winter!- JD


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

Morning broke with clear skies and a sunlight through the light marine layer- wind so far-- light out of the south 1- 3 kts just lifting the flags-- seas calm -

Over 40 tails so far, a few Dorado and one yellowfin--- 10am report from local party boat-- it's going to be one of those days-- stand by!

From what radio reports I've heard so far this am-- still good for a few and not so good for many- the waters below and to the outside of the 209 up towards the 277 have holding kelps.

Looks like the warmth is 209 and the East and West ends of Catalina and 289 fathom spot and also the inside of Clemente too!

Whale watchers boats hanging Yellowfin tuna off trolled Rapala's!

Two Blue Whales, cow and calf of Aliso at 1,000 of water and two Humpbacks off Crystal cove-

Wind hasn't come up as was expected-- nice-- hope it holds-

33.11/ 117.43 tuna-- tuna breaking about 75 yrds off the paddy other kelps in the area holding-- - 11:43am

We're about 5 inside you-( 267/ 209) - you'll find porpoise holding-- you guys getting in front of them with bait-- yea-- awesome day-- thanks - 12:22pm -- add in the Mexican tuna fleet and some chinese chit-chat and you've got the radio alive today--

no response from the 43 from boats seeing if there was anything out there?

ceder plugs and purple ceduer plug-- 33.09 117.51 the general area --- no paddys around just trolling 4 bkuefin and a dorado--

about 5 shi 2 dorado and 4 yellowin on a paddy

Bonogs was callin in early--

The first one we hooked we were in 200 ft of water-- doing a sea trial on a yacht --ate mega bait-- couldn't believe it-- watching the porpious with the terns in front of them -

Bongos calls in with they're 1/2 Day score---- 4 anglers, 11 yellowfin tuna 17 yellowtail and one dorado--- not bad for a 1/2 day trip on the Bongos!--- 12:30pm

sherewaters and terens all balled up- thats were the tuna were--

Somebody just lost a gaff overboard-- on a bluefin-- hoping it would work loose and would float--- ( JD's hint - bring a extra gaff!)

hey you in the small skiff- coming up to this paddy there's bluefin under it--slow down- you on 72 slow down---- that it--- slow down--- naw-- we're taking it over---- 1:38--

On the lower nine you guys got a marlin on--- 1:40pm

This paddys dried up anybody got a paddy I can hop--- we've got a good paddy -117:57 / 33:04- that too much fuel for you old man-

It's getting nuts-- loclk partyboat score-- 131 yellowtail, 11 doardo and I think he said 31 yellowfin and I missed the bluefin count-- - ! JD

a boat burnt up to the water line boat off MRD-

Weather had a bit of breeze mid late in the day - outer waters from 20- 25 off inside it backed off towards the later afternoon hours--- nice -- you should have gone fishing today-- despite what the weathermen said--

Good luck if your headed out tomorrow or the next few days - we're here out on the 267- 279 bank off Dana - 33.18 / 117.46 got a paddy full of dorado if you want em-- about a mile and a half south of the bank- 6:40pm

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

Small craft for waters above the 277 to Dana and to the west- breezy below-

local waters 66 degrees a lot cooler than expected for now- with the wind on it-- it too my drop a bit more-- fog?

Outer water forecast Wed Night Western portion...W winds 15 to 25 kt becoming 10 to 20 kt after midnight. Elsewhere...W winds 10 to 15 kt becoming variable 10 kt or less after midnight. Combined seas 4 to 6 ft dominant period 9 seconds.

At first it looked like a desert now that were catching fish it looks good ----where you at-- out here by 209-- by those big tankers, you on a paddy-- yea-- both yellowfin and yellowtail, we're a inside you picked up a couple of yellows 10:32am

boats worked the 277- 181/182 ridges - fair- we just caught out first fish-12:39pm yellowail- windy- sunny

kelps on the 14 - not wanting to bite--

Boats using chum ---- they start boiling 181- 209 and to the inside had some luck-- yellowfin under kelps also yellows 3:25pm

local party boats scores 52 yellowtail 6 yellowfin-

25 anglers 22 yellowail one tuna

42/ 52 kelps holding--

They ran to Dana and picked up sardines and made mackerels there too- ---fished the 209 , below it for a few miles and worked back uphill along a line of kelps to the 277 and outside it a bit-- good fishing for them- Yellowfin up to 35 lbs, dorado's in the 20s and yellowtail filled out the rest of the catches--

San Pedro had some sardines - hope to get some into the newport's receives if possiable-


Our tropical storms are starting to heat up again-

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased near a small area of low pressure located about 1125 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development of this system during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...60 percent

2. An area of low pressure is forecast to form several hundred miles south of the coast of Mexico in a few days. Some development of this system is expected by the weekend while it moves generally west-northwestward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent

3. An area of low pressure could form in a few days about 1200 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Some development of this system is possible by the weekend while it moves generally westward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...30 percent.



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

and the saga of 2014 continues-- were bit again- 9:57am

on the 181 single jig stirke by it-- threw a little chum and --- 2 1/2 hrs later were limited out-- go ahead and enjoy it 10:01am

Light overcast seas calm and fair- wind light from west-

Still going on -- off the banks off shore 181- 182- 11:30

209 had leaping bluefin 11:33am

fish all over the place--dorado bluefina nd yellowfin-- what a day!

Lot of yellows at the 277 a few dorado-- got a nice one on the troll saw othere's wouldnt go-- lots of makos out there fliping--

Hey JD, 

E-Mail report -- We picked up 25lb BFT on our way back from Cherry Cove in Catalina, 5 miles from the island on our way to Dana Point.  Blind strike, chummed for more with no luck. Robert H. Island Hopper-


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








Good morning JD.......not the greatest picture in the world, but we got this guy in American waters Saturday. Came up on the cedar plug and ate the drop back. Nice size fish and pulled extremely hard!! Didn't see much else in the area that we were in but it only takes one to make my day! Boat Tonnage. I was driving and Billy Grisham was the angler.Todd

Yes we released him unharmed…….his ears might have hurt…..we did a lot of yelling!! -- ( I had asked todd if there were any remoras or parasites) I didn't’t see anything trailing him……very clean fish and full of energy!!


Breeze picked up 12 noon-- westerly

ah-- ah----- boat out here on the paddy with the diver in the water----- we just passed about 500 or 600lb Mako Shark -- thought you'd like to know!--

came up on a bunch of dorado feeding- didnt have any bait- threw a lure- got bit -- lost it at the boat-- big bull- where were you at-- around the 279 - by that tanker

Blue Whales abound--- off newpot chewing down gulpfulls of anchovies-- even some Hump Backs, Pilot Whales and yesterday a Bryde's Whale and they talk of a Sperm Whales seen offshore-- what a season .

windy for the rest of the day-



---------- The wild Weekends Report -----------

high overcast weather -seas great--

Boats out of here local- out of Newport trolling up near the oil rigs report-- couple of empty paddies - that's it- so far- 9:am

I've got breaking tuna all around me - see if I can get them to go-11:14am-

Just put on a nice Yellowfin-- we're 33:19-18 over117: 59 --18.02 we've got breaking tuna all around us-- 11:37am cant get them to go-- except one dumb one-- , others at 33:17 over 118:09 and the 277 had fish this AM

JD-- we're here off the island (catalina) just put on a nice 30 lb Bluefin-- 1:26pm-

Afternoon radio chatter picked up-- rumors of a wahoo caught on the troll--2:12pm -- radio chatter - -- to quote from Ralph Bandini- Vailed Horizons-- . He who ventures aside from the accepted groves of believe lays himself open not alone to jibes, but to direct attack upon his veracity. Wahooooooo

Light westerly picked up again this afternoon making it a bit bumpy for the smaller craft-- the tuna bite seemed to have quieted down for the most part--

Bongos 3 called in---6 angler 39 yellowtail 1 dorado ---be in at 5--

long weekend for most-- rumor of a couple of marlin seen where?-- the weather forecasted next week looks promising- going into a no-moon phase

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

Better weather this morning than expected almost tropical cloud cover humid, broken sky -nice- light wind from west 2- 4 kts- see what the day brings--

Blind strike on the Purple & Black Cedar Plug-- Dorado- 8:12am

others went fishless- lots of boats out--

we've seen one person here on the upper 9 with a bent rod--- that's it-- 9:12am

we were about 7 south of the 209 got a triple on the big bonito-- came back up hill towards the 277 - not much out here--

Tides turning this morning at 9:40-- more bird activity and breaking fish reported-- 9:22am -- Maybe a Marlin will pop up!- East end of Catalina has a pocket of warm water and 289, 181- 182 has a good break-

I'm just N/W of the 182-- got 73 1/2 degrees- found a small paddy for some small fish we're having fun--

I counted 11 boats on one paddy-- the dificult part is finding a direction to head too- there's too many boats out here!--

Izors Reef had a showing of morning Baracudda fishing

05/over 57 --- hit the cedar plug--- how fast--- 12 knts--- 12 Knt!---yea we were headed over to Clemete-- just trolling along-- there's another boat here who got em' too- 11:34

Phone call-- report- just happened to be in the right spot at the right time and have a lucky charm aboard-- yellowfin came up breaking- chasing bait- off the 267 this morning they didn't want the trolled feathers or plugs but a cast with a mega bait lure and a good sized Yellowfin ate it-- ! 12:05pm

Typical- fishing gets hot mid week by the weekend- its only a should have been here, or just the lucky ones or those who really work at it-


Here a pic of my 20lb bluefin on 8lb andie, caught on Sat. 7-18-14 near the 279

Chuck H

Bongos2 fish report 4 anglers- 37 Yellowtail , 5 yellowfin, and a dorado--

182 the kelp started out as rat yellows turned into Dorado and finally Yellowfin down deep-



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

You guys using bait--- small sardines-- sounds like the 209 is where its at--

About a mile south of the 279 ( 267) there's a big area of dolphins--10:29am

So he come in around 10:30 am said he's been oit all morning-- ran to 2567/ 279 out of Dan- work out furthere to the 277, past there, inside back towrds

we've just two yellows on the 209 -- how you doing--- ( I think inside and towards Oceanside) great-- lots of kelps and some tuna/ dorado.


reeze out of the west -- putting a chop on the water 12:30 pm

local party boat score-- a sure thing--- 218 sculpin, 65 dabs and a Red Snapper--

Todays SST image- 68- to 73 degrees - best area today S/E of the 209- watch the weather for the return trip - if' it's been like the past few days -- as soon as it starts to Cap-- think about going back up hill

How;d' you do --5 yellows on the bait nothing but a large bonito on the troll--

Again quiet on the radio this afternoon for any fish reports- 209 and towards Oceanside or working the Ridge 181- 182 showed results.

Weather beaten up after their return trip --- to the 14 this am then southwards to off Dana and back to NP- no fish--- did see fast moving terns and tried to get baits and lures in or in front of them- no success- they were moving too fast-


--------- Bongos 2 calls in with their score---- 6 anglers, 27 Yellowtail, 8 Yellowfin Tunas and 2 Dorado --be in 5:30--- Joe--- he knows how to catch em'-- and where!--

The Battle wore on---- hooked at 9:15 am this morning upper -9 Mile Bank-- struggled thought-out the day - not sure who wore out who- tag teamed it was boated late in the day est 100lb tuna going into San Diego marlin club to weigh-



First Marlin of the Year-- Win yourself $100 from JD's for the First Marlin of the Season Released above the border-- just send photo-- ! Stand By-- the scouts have already arrived-- when releasing em', gently pat em' on the head and tell em' to come back we welcome their kind here- Berkley adds to the First marlin Prize-- Berkley Pro Spec Fluorocarbon leader coils in sizes 20, 25, 30 lb in coral mist (pink) and 80 and 100 lb in ocean blue.  Great for both local tuna and marlin season.  Pick up at JD's in person with confirmed catch.  Tight lines  Hoose

Good Luck-- JD


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

Another day in paradise-- morning cloud cover revealed a lump from the west yesterday's westerly winds- wind at 4-5 kts westerly as the skies cleared.

Ch 72 local here in Newport is sharing the radio waves with harbor yacht clubs hosting small boat sailing races, competitors for all over the globe- show them a little curtsey for the next couple of days - they're over saturday- JD

Speculations run the gamete on fishing - where, what to use and how- that's all part of the sport-

E-Mail -JD,
Good morning. Had a good day Monday. 1 mile south of the 267 boated a 31 lb Mahi, 2 bluefin and on the way home a 25 lb yellowfin half way between the 14 and the outer rigs. Sounds like there was a great bite off the horseshoe on Wednesday. Moving north? Waiting for someone to bridle one of these tunas on a slow troll downrigger and see what's down there. Could be a year a couple big ones show up. 
Regards, Mike "Ace Hi".

Pez Loco a Cabo out of MDR- came south yesterday-- to fish the banks off the beach not wanting to face the inshore skiff kelp deal- Picked up both Yellowfin and Bluefin -- all alone- and a Marlin - small fish maybe 90 lbs got himself hooked on a double tuna feather--- brought to the boat wrestled to get the double hooks out of it and released--- photos?-- well no -- couldn't get the cell phone camera to work- his buddy and dumped his camera in the bait tank the day before-- no photos-- but they did release it--

We've got two yellowfin on the boat-- 11:08am

Boats out to the 14 -- west side say seeing tuna but they were on real small baits and tons of krill in the water--- worked down inside the 267/ 279 and back towards Newport-- no bites--

Phone call- Hey JD-- we just put on a 30lb dorado-- below Dana off the power plant-- on that purple and black cedar plug you sold us yesterday-- thanks -- now where should I go---- -- stay right there! 11:50am JD

Mid day weather calm - but a bit breezy- stand by-- 1:30pm


12 miles off San O, purple cedar on board "MAKAJA Jim J

The Agressor out of Newport have over 100 yellowtail and some bluefin in todays count-- Bongos 5 anglers 50 yellowtail!

Newports Bait receiver-- has--- 3- 4 inch anchovies-- thats it- no sadines--

Afternoon hours had not radio reports from the small privates out to the 14- 126 and back or even to the rigs- --quiet on the radio but weather is a factor windy and chop from the west- 12-15 kts- 209 was sais to have tuna dorado-

Further notes on the Bluefin fishing closure- excerpts of a letter from IGFA

Here’s the short of it.  Pacific bluefin are in bad, bad shape.  Perhaps in worse shape than either Atlantic and southern bluefin tuna.  The last assessment indicated that spawning stock biomass (SSB) is only about 3.6% of historical levels or, in other words, we’ve seen roughly a 96% decline in spawning stock biomass.  Worse yet, they seem to think that most of the existing spawning stock consists of a single year class.  Scientists are proposing up to a 50% reduction in juvenile harvest to achieve a SSB of (25%) in ten years, but the probability of achieving this is only 0-38% depending on recruitment success.    All this indicates that a very substantial reduction in harvest is needed—especially for fisheries that are targeting juveniles.    This is going to affect southern California recreational anglers for several reasons.  First, a lot of the catch consists of juveniles.  Second, in the last ten years recreational anglers have been responsible for 75% of the bluefin catch landed in CA.  

I know this doesn’t bode well for CA recreational anglers that target bluefin.  However, I’m not sure what other options exist to rebuild a fishery that’s been depleted this much.   Again, a 50% reduction in juvenile harvest has a very low probability of increasing SSB by only 21%.   Right now were looking at as little as 10,000 metric tons of SSB and, to put it mildly, that ain’t a lot.    Here’s link to the latest assessment: http://isc.ac.affrc.go.jp/working_groups/pacific_bluefin_tuna.html

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’d also like to hear your perspective on the recreational fishery in CA.Best regards,

Jason Schratwieser Conservation Director International Game Fish Association



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

Nice morning one of the best so far this summer-- wish we were both out there--

How many did you get off that paddy--- oh about 15 --- that's good-- say on your way in- 20 over 45 we found a couple of big paddy's but nothing under them- nothing- but they were at 20/ 45 10:12am

There those guys who are saying there catching something then there's- no guys say they not catching nothing--lots of nice kelps with nothing under them too- that's a tonguefull!

Yellowtail were biting but the Yellowfin were not showing as well today? brighter sunlight? . A 3 year old female will weigh about 10 pounds and spawn approximately 450,000 eggs;

We just Dana got about 3 saw a paddy with a bunch of fish jumping out-- 10:45am

the bite was quieter today-- winder too-

San Clemente Island looks to be open this weekend--

Mid / day early afternoon report--- just spnning my wheels like everyone else-- tuna fishing slowed down- some when shark fishing--

150- 200 ft depth- the meter lit off right here- 2:59

we're metering bigger bluefin at 300 ft as the day goes on they're up to 225 ft- we'll see what happens-- 3:49pm

Zig-zagged to 14, then southeast then back into harbor. Trolled the whole way. 
No fish today, other than looking at a few hundred 3-5 lb YT on a paddy.  Maybe the sun scarred them down or maybe they are moving north quickly.

Yesterdays catches below-

E-Mail Report -- ---- Good day today JD-- we got 7 yellowfin into bluefin one was over 35 pounds nice fish beautiful weather
On the way back in we had some turns and some birds about 6 miles from the outer oil rigs--Fish are really close



Hey JD, Stopped by yesterday on the 25' Parker. We went 12 on the yellowtail and picked up 2 yellowfin on a paddy. Tried trolling for awhile but found a couple small but producing paddys. Got a triple hit and got 2 of the 3 yellowfin on board. Great day all in all and could still see home in the distance. Started at 14 and worked southeast to 267 area. Lots of boats and lots of chatter of nice scores. That is me with the YF and my friend Dan with the YT. I used a Mega bait all day and fish liked it, others used the chovey and it wasn't a problem. To tell you the truth, I think these fish are biting everything . Shannon Mc

JD -  Pretty decent local bite in the 14MB / 267 zone for us.  1 BFT (15#), 2 dorado (18# largest), 3 yellowtail (15# largest), and 9 YFT (24# largest).  Had one bait stop on the tuna’s that produced 4 fish, the second dorado was a bait fish that followed the jig fish to the boat, the rest were single jig strikes.  Really cool fishing looking at Dana Point and Fashion Island during the day.  Thanks again for your Monday suggestion to start at the 14MB and fish east.  GG

Hey JD,

What unbelievable fishing so close to home!  I’m sure you were getting an earful on the vhf the past couple of days.  Took Surly Mermaid out on Monday with every intent of heading down the ridge and spending the night in Mission Bay.  We never made it past the 267.  Monday was a 20 tuna day (bft & yft) - double and triple hook ups on b/p rapalas and cedar plugs.  We only had pinhead anchovies for bait but the tuna loved them.  They would boil behind the boat if you brailed a bunch out on a jig stop.  I’d keep brailing, toss out a 3 inch anchovy on a size 1/0 hook on 20lb, bump the boat forward to get it away from the boat and…hook up.  Fun!  Spent the night in Dana and fished again on Tuesday.  Lots of boats on the water and just a pick on the tuna (7 fish).  Got sardines from the Dana bait barge and had wide open YT fishing on the paddies.  Left them biting.  Ended up with 11 BFT, 16 YFT, and 18 YT over two days for 3 anglers.  Biggest tuna was just shy of 30lbs. 
My family, friends, and neighbors have been begging me for fresh fish - done! Ali



- Fished the 14 yesterday 3 Bluefin, 9 yellowfin and 3 yellowtails-- got a fish on the swimbait-- good battle-








With the clearing skies a little better view of the water temps and what's going on-- that push of the El Nino warmth- it's not over yet- the strongest was forecasted for this Fall - it seems a pulsing thing - we'll have to stand by and watch the developing conditions-- not much we can do about it-- on the positive side if it were to get too warm all the sealife or much of it goes further north into Oregon and Washington we're just left with miles of hot clear water empty - excpet for a few dorado, but for now there appears to be a shift in the strength and even a retardation of the waters warmth





#A shows the water temps off the border, it takes a 1 1/2 degree drop Number #B is Ensenada 2 1/2 degree drop and #C off Punta Baja another drop -- all of it shows each area dropping in water temps by a degrees or so, Further offshore 200 miles the the tempatures have remained the same - maybe even increasing a degree- we'll just have to stand by and watch and be thankful for what we've got-- Good Luck-- JD


The Balboa Angling Club will present a seminar on the upcoming Masters' Billfishing tournament and the IGFA Great Marlin Race the seminar will be held at the BAC'c clubhouse 6:30 pm on Tonight Wed the 16th - They would like to invite all participating clubs to attend, information about the tagging process and questions are encouraged- it's a great opportunity to learn more about these ocean traveling fish- give the club a call 949 673 6316 or e-mail and let them know your attending and jot down a few questions you may have. thanks see you there JD





------------------------------------ Tuesday's Report ---------------

I missed the tide by a half hour- trying to get my boat off the mud flat - but alas it drained out before I could get her floating free-- had to wait till she re floated again before going out--

They look like their feeding on bait fish a big pod of Yellowfin-- I haven't gotten them to go yet-- 7:16am

Hey-- I caught something-- believe it on not- after waiting out the tide to fill- got out the harbor for a quick boat ride--- 1/2 mile out a good break in the water-- couple of garage door sized paddies waiting for me--no other boats around--they seemed to have missed it-- made a few cast on the first one- nada-- second kelp- - cast leeward side of paddy for nada, weather side of the kelp- two cranks and a boil on the plug- hook-up I actually hooked something ! made a roll and dove deep- yahoo dinner-- 8 lb yellow - looked over and a black trash bag w/ red tab goes floating by- swooped it up, tailed the yellow and dropped it in the bag - clean nice and fresh ! JD

Like a left hook- didn't see this coming-

Late word that came into the Dept of Pesca this last Friday- then yesterday the official word came down from the Mexican Government



When I asked the Dept of Pesca they had no basis or reason given to them for the regulations change- it was given to them and they have to enforce it--

Maybe the tuna seiner or their Japanese buyers may have something to do with it? Or we just have to throw more money at them- smells like a tuna permit to me?


Doing any good -- just had one fall off-- we've got 9 so far working about a 2 mile zone---- thanks any sizes--- yf were 15 and the two bluefin about 12-- thanks - where are you -- we're betweed newport and dana about 8 off 10:47am

There were 18- 20 of them-- they were hugh-- thought they were sharks at first --they were huge - following some porpoius that were headed to Catalina - we were trolling too slow for em'.

Whale watchers outside Dana- 5-7 off Salt Creek- watching common dolphins and sportboats fishing tuna under them!-- 11:45am

Bluefin, Yellowfin, Dorado- Yellowtail and big Bonito!- all within reach of small boats out of the local harbors -- go get em'

I'm pulling up on a freikin foamer- man---- 12:31pm -- foamer right here now--

My 7 yr old Troy just got his first Tuna!  14 mile bank on the skiff. Hit a waaaaay back swim bait

Don't forget to bring two knives--- no excuse for only one guy to have to clean all the fish-- outside dana we hadn't gotten three and the tuna were jumping- we got 11 on the black and purple cedar plug! had enough released em after that.

partyboats, skiffs, sailboats even kayakers out for em-

Local Newport Partyboats keep adding to their score- one more dorado-- two more bonito-- add in another yellowfin-- 4:44am

with the influance of the warm blue water, it seems to be

between the short bank and the 209 very fishey

blind jig stikes yellowfin and bluefins on a paddy dorado under a paddy 33:11-13 / 117:47-49 you should be in it-

--------------------- Mondays Reports -------------

Morning hours found a overcast sky wit a few drops, seas fair- light southwest wind 2- 5 kts-

From the start- radio reports kept the ear pealed for info-

Got out this morning early--- found a kelp paddy that had some good marks-- caught a couple of yellowfin, lost a couple-- couple of bait fish lost the others-- those bitsy bitsy hooks we had to use cause' the baits are so small-

Boat on the 267 with the yellowfin-- we're east of you 3 or 4 miles - got three yellowfin and farmed a couple more got a nice bluefin and a yellowtail-- 10:40am

We just had a triple- the rod went off -let it alone and kept on pulling the jigs--hit a purple/orange squid looking things i've got --been working real well for us--and the Mexican flag been working for us too-

We've been cleaning fish all morning-- we were trolling at first --then just started chumming-- didn't take more than 5 minuets and they came up-- had a real nice fish on came off- 20 ft from the boat--

You on the 14 Mile Bank too-- a double on blind natural cedar plug strikes 12:31pm

Dorado, yellowfish, bluefish there's a lot of fish moving in here--

E-Mail report from the Cape-- Hey JD Fished Friday between the Herradura and 1150 banks. Fairly calm seas, clear blue water with temps between 85 - 86 F. Lot’s of flying fish, sea turtles and the little birds that follow blues. Caught two blues one around 250 lbs and the other around 350 lbs and two sail fish. Had three other sailfish come unhooked. Second blue made a couple attempts at joining us in the cockpit after ramming the transom a few times! (try to bring them in quick to release them healthy but it does present some unique challenges for the leader man and angler when they are still hot) Good blue marlin and sailfish action for those willing to travel 25+ miles to where they are hanging. Todd Z.


Got the trifecta today! Nice yellowfin, dorado, and yellowtail! Awesome day on the water! Lots of life out there and it's only July 13th! All fish pictured were caught on live bait. 32lb yellowfin, 17lb dorado, and 24lb yellowtail.

Just had a quadruple inside the 14 4 on at once-- got the one bluefin, the other's fell off-- was fishin the coast and kept hearing about those fish out here-- came out here to see if it was true-- put em in inside the 14 hadn't gone far and a got slammed--- weather great- 5 knts out of the south-- Vick 1:18pm

Hi JD---. Fished Sat and Sun, for our DAC Yellowtail Tournament. Had a great time paddy hopping and chasing the tuna. Logan was lucky enough to get the First Flag for Tuna and Yellowtail this weekend. He also got this nice YFT under the Dolphin just below the 267. It ate Mr. Pakula's Dojo Pesche in Purple with a Chartreuse Tail.  Same lure got another Bluefin about 10 minutes later. Along with that lure they also ate the Cedar plug and the smaller MyLures, but also a nice Blue and Pink Big Bullet made by Maruyama lures...all told 2 BFT, 2 YFT and 15 Yellowtail.  This one weighed 37 +. Jeff Blackfin--

It's gong to be a fun summer-- JD

36 yellowtail 5 yellowfin and a dorado-- local partyboat out of newports

32.29.1 / 117. 51.695 got a little feeding frenzy going one here now - they're headed 320 -- were hitting fish on the surface-- 3:51pm

they're literary doing cartwheels in front of me chasing bait --- and I can't get bit! 4:57pm they're feeding on "No- see em's" - we trolled thought a ball of three boats lengths of em' not one bite--

Hi John

Went out with my kids at 6a - Duke (12) and Jackson (8).  279 then 209 all day.   6 Yellowfin (3 are 30lbs), 1 Bluefin (30lbs), all trolling Rapala & Cedars - and 4 Yellowtail off a paddy. Jim





Coming up Aug 2 and 3rd will be the the Interclub Challenge Tournament, Local yacht clubs here in Newport, the BAC and Tuna Club of Avalon will all have a chance at fishing INTERCLUB CHALLENGE XIV

Entry form

NHYC Hosts Interclub Challenge Offshore Classic XIV August 2nd & 3rd, 2013

Captain’s Meeting Tuesday July 29th, 6pm at NHYC Boardroom

Join us for some reel fun and friendly competition between BYC & NHYC. A great two day tournament

Multiple species: Billfish, Albacore, Dorado, Tuna, Yellowtail , ect.



------------------------ The Weekends Report ----------------

Better weather with the sun beating down early along the shorelines- seas fair a rolling swell from the west - light s/w wind 2- 3 knts

We just lost it at the deep color-- tuna on the 209- blind strike 9:09 am

- came by a paddy- couple of yellows came out, had a couple of boils on the yellowfin -- -- 04/ 07-- outside the 277 -- OK thanks we're here with the birds--- the terns seem to be happy like a Alfred Hitchcock scene ?

we've been working pretty hard, finally got em' just below the 181 got two in the bag-- hard to get to go-- 10:47am

JD, finally put my swordfish rod and reel combo to use Friday. Nice rigging! Smooth casting on a 300 lb swordfish near the border and the lower 9. Beautiful fish. Stayed up for a while but wouldn't eat my bait. Great tuna and YT fishing though. Geoff

The mid day quiet zone with radio chatter far in between- towards the afternoon hours and the tide change things begin to happen--

we're done-- rolled up on the paddy erupted with yellowtail and we ended up with a couple of yellowfin--just left the paddy it was wide open-

You see that-- it was a dorado-- came out chasing that spot of bait- sardines-- at first I thought it was s flying fish - going to be a good year--

just coming up to some terns working-- 209 see wahts under them- 3:58pm

tropical weather pushing in from the south-- bringing dorado- - jumbo bonitos found off dana--


--------------- Sat's reports ------

Weather same as yesterday morning nice--

209 - maybe a strike on a free swimming dorado?-- other than that pretty dead out here- 9:14am

With in influence of relatively cooler water in the Huntington Flats to Long Beach a few more sardines showed up, on the perimeter of that boundary, also Krill and Blue Whales-

scratchy reports-- on the radio-- a single here, there--

Just coming up from the 371--coming up to the 302---- looking back-- here's plenty of blood on the deck-- yesterday it was the yellows all your wanted--, tuna today--- it was fun. ---- that Swordfish yesterday was massive--- -- I must have cast twenty of times, it just snubbed it-- -- how your weather -- it's ok-- 12 knts barely just starting to cap now--we're putting out the marlin jigs now--- - it's calm inside here--those tuna this morning were fun- this last stop- had a double on a jigs and three or four on the baits--- close in to beach the Oceanside, Del Mar area the kelps looked to be holding better not so much further out---

12/44 we just had s double here-- 9:47am maybe 11 miles shy if the 312- hit the cedar plug-- not bad weather kinda a ground swell- you see anything?-- had some terns working up in front of us and some porpoise behind us-

we just tanked up with a load of squid-

Strong tidal exchanges this weekend--

just one of those things-- had a jig strike on black and purple, looked over and there was a trash-can sized paddy - had some yellowtail under it -- we drifted off about 300 yd's and got some tuna on the bait--

we just had a triple hook up on bluefin I'll get back to you- 11:25pm

Hammerheads still out there swimming around-- big pyramid shaped doral fin-- hard to fight- their anatomy makes them hard to get their heads turned.

48/11 we've got a dozen big 40lb bluefin come right now

View the Live weigh in around 2 pm today---

SWBA has their bass fishing tournament this weekend- July 12th --All three species ---Iron Man Format!
Boundaries: Pt. Fermin to Pt. Dume in waters no deeper than 120' and deemed legal to fish by local authorities.
6:00am-2:00pm (Safe Light)
MDR Launch Ramp
, MDR. Sign-in deadline 5:15am


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 500 AM PDT SAT JUL 12 2014 For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

------------- Friday's reports -------------

Light high overcast AM hours went away by 10 am with a freshen of breeze from the west-- seas calm and fair. slight 2- 4 groundswell from the west sam wrinkle on it- nice.

Newport's Bait receiver has fair - good sized anchovies- # 4's will work.

I took a stroll off the beach a couple miles this morning-- pulled around a rigged bonito for bait and a shinny spoon for no bites -worked a current break out 2-3 miles- water read 70 degrees but it read 70 in the harbor- didn't trust it-- inside waters off green, outside at the current line a cleaner green-- few small dolphins pushing through, working small surface scattered schools of sardines-- I'd guess they were sardines--poking their heads up like milling trout . no bites came in- nice workout though-

Just had a triple-- --- where you at triple--- 32.32/ 117. 26

267-- 209 back to the 277 and the 14-- two small paddies-- no love- -- that's been it for the entire day--

Forecasted weather shows Saturday to be a bit breezy with Sunday a better day--

JD-- E-Mail report for Thursday-- Fished with friends on a their newly acquired 33 Grady andtook advantage of the 35 knot cruise, fished down to the edge of the butterfly, trolled every pattern, color, plug, chain, rapala in addition to fishing patties on top, deep, with irons, …..  only rat yellows around.  Heard guyscatchingfootball yellow fin on the 425 after the 12pm hour but nothing from the butterfly to Newport.  The bait dock said 2-5’ anchovies but we were fighting each other for the couple 3-4” that were in the 1.5 scoops (the 1-2” made good chum though) , luckily we easily made bait just off the north harbor jetty, good 4-6” macks and the yellowtail were eating them.  There is a 3-4 degree temp break west of the 43 that runs down to the butterfly but no fish on either side Tom E

Kelps 8 off Catalina/ Slide hold a few yellows reluctant to bite much-- water warm there

Whale watching boat / tuna under the dolphins- Dana - Blue Whales 390' of water two of em'-

porpoise and yellowfin a few miles east of the 182- 3:40pm

For most of the rest of the afternoon-- stayed on the quiet side on the radio-- weather stayed fair on the inner waters


Yesterdays Water temps------------------->-


Windy afternoon- you can see it in the faces of those coming back in the harbor late afternoon- salt encrusted. It was like this yesterday afternoon - but this morning it had layed flat-- by 9 am it had freshened up with a steady increasing breeze all day - probably the same tomorrow- good luck- JD

local charter boat called in late with a count of 30+ yellowtail and a yellowfin- - long boat ride-

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

Morning hours on the beach- wonderful---wish I was out fishin' tomorrow if the gods allow it-- today -calm with a overcast that kept the eye's comfortable in searching- wind light west/ southwest 3-6 kts- greater this afternoon

181 -- 182 we found a paddy with some small rats just east of the 182-- here's the numbers 32'46:263/ 117'45:748 it's a little patty-- how big-- maybe 8 lb fish-

Gray whale seen off Ritz-- heading north

we're out here on the 181-- not much here--

Phone call this morning-- Hey JD-- this is Kevin--- say we were out on the Huntington Flats yesterday-- --- has anyone ever caught a shortbilled spearfish up here in US waters--"several of them last year"--- -- swear- we were fishing the med sized barracuda there- lots of sportboat's caching em'-- my buddy threw out a sardine--fly lined it --got bit -- fish tore out line made three jumps- I swear it had a short dorsal looked like a small billfish or a spearfish-- broke off the line shredded- could it have been?-- who know this year anything possible-- thanks JD


E-Mail report -- JD: Double D fished about 5 miles east of the Hidden Bank yesterday, July 9th,  for about a dozen small yellowfin.  Consistent jig strikes but no bait fish on small chovies.  Water temp about 70.  Great weather conditions.  Hit the 425 on the way home for small yellowtail and more small tuna.  Water was 72 but off color.  Saw a swordfish but wouldn’t bite.  DAA

Go to 23 23 just s/w of the islands( Coronado Is) 4- 5 miles -there's fish there-- how'd you do down there?-- you go to the pens? -- we did ok stuck around here got 10 yellowtail a bluefin and a whole bunch of big bones-- we're here now on the 9--- I guess there was a good snap of yellows here yesterday afternoon--3:03pm


Synopsis: The chance of El Niño is about 70% during the Northern Hemisphere summer and is close to 80% during the fall and early winter.

During June 2014, Over the last month, no significant change was evident in the model forecasts of ENSO, with the majority of models indicating El Niño onset within June-August and continuing into early 2015 (Fig. 6). The chance of a strong El Niño is not favored in any of the ensemble averages for Niño-3.4. At this time, the forecasters anticipate El Niño will peak at weak-to-moderate strength during the late fall and early winter . The chance of El Niño is about 70% during the Northern Hemisphere summer and is close to 80% during the fall and early winter (click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chance of each outcome).

The first Dorado of the season was weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club July 10th by Past President (1992) and long-time member Jock Albright earning him the First Dorado Flag.  His catch weighed in at 16.83 lbs. and was caught using 25# line.

  Albright and other members of the BAC are getting ready for the Helen Smith Offshore Tournament, scheduled for August 1st and 2nd. 


 E-mail late in the day-JD-- The Crew of SHADOW Crushed it today....full Grand Slam fishing...YFT, BFT, YT and I bagged my first Dorado of the year. About bull on 6 thread. Headed for SD now. More info to follow....just took lines out.What a DAY!!!Peter B


The Balboa Angling Club will present a seminar on the upcoming Masters' Billfishing tournament and the IGFA Great Marlin Race the seminar will be held at the BAC'c clubhouse 6:30 pm on Wed the 16th - They would like to invite all participating clubs to attend, information about the tagging process and questions are encouraged- it's a great opportunity to learn more about these ocean traveling fish- give the club a call 949 673 6316 or e-mail and let them know your attending and jot down a few questions you may have. thanks see you there JD




We invite you to view the Kona, USA 2013 IGMR Race Report, now available on our website. In this report, you will find a summary of the 54th annual HIBT, along with details about the behavior of your fish.
Congratulations to our winning sponsors, Marty and Mitchell Firestein of the Balboa Angling Club, for their blue that swam 2,883 nautical miles- the longest distance recorded in an HIBT race and the second longest distance in IGMR history!
Our many thanks go out to all the sponsors, captains, anglers, taggers, and supporters of the 2013 Kona, USA IGFA Great Marlin Race. We look forward to seeing you again this July for another great event at the 55th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament! For more information on sponsoring a tag for the 2014 HIBT IGMR, please contact IGFA Representative Bob Kurz, your HIBT IGMR Event Coordinator.
Tight Lines, The IGFA

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

My the week fly's by quickly-- again what marine coastal clouds there are are driven back from the land's heat- South wind a gentle at 2- 4 kts- seas fair.

Whale watchers were keying on areas where krill had been located 5 miles off Laguna / Dana--

Newports bait reciever was said to have sardines in it's tanks-

El Patron working the A bank for the past few hours-- couple of kelps- 73 degrees a few birds- no bites- 1:33pm

Spotter plane working the Mackerel Bank to the Head-- a little milky water on the Mac bank- looks better to the south

huge pod of dolphin maybe a thoussand rock wall area-

Good freind of mine fished Cedros Island this past week-- 38 pounds on live mackerel.

Mark difference from the weekends radio chatter to the mid weeks quiet days-- not many out-- -- more tomorrow and friday as the weekend nears- looks like a good temp break running down the backside of the 14 to the southeast-


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

Wind more apparent this morning from the south-- stronger eddy effect skies cleared off mid morning with the blowing wind-- 8- 12 w/ small wind chop- waters warm 73 degrees---

.E-Mail this morning--- Went out fishing yesterday (Monday) and found acres of BFT around the 209 foaming on the surface under terns. Could not get them to bite our lures or anchovies which were almost to small to even get a hook into them. We saw at least four seperate schools about 5 miles apart from each other. Finally Ryan hopped in the water and speared one....which I think was the first tuna speared this season. He said there were about a hundred to choose from all circling under the boat! Drew

Private sportfisher Quintia came up the line from the Cape-- reports super fishing for them-- marlin below Mag Bay- Thetis Bank covered up with yellowtail and wahoo- the double 23 covered up with Wahoos-- Yellows thick off Cedros and the kelps above there to here- Yellowfin also under the kelps but after all the Wahoo filets they had- yellowtail and yellowfin we're not in such demand--

Biggest school we've seen all day got short bit off the small jig- scratchy report-- maybe out towards the Mackerel or 289-- a little marine iodized haze in the air- 1:24pm

I 'd think as a tackle shop sellsman--Bluefin lures? - someone's got to figure out the -- the key to success, maybe a couple of those Alabama Rigs or 6 or 8 of them hung behind the boats, or cast em'- something- who knows- with enough trial and error something's got to work- Fuels too expensive not to travel for miles and miles, then getting lures with feet of the fish and not capitalize---- send in your ideas! - JD

Spotter airplane up late in the day-- working inside Catalina-- seeing kelps with yellows, couple of spots of breaking tuna --


Here's a good satellite SST image from 65 to 75 degrees, and also what's below all of this-- Stand By--





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Celebration of Life-- to an salty dog-- Norm Grant passed away this past May- I think of him as a glory and guts type of guy, known among the sportfishing fleet in his day for his passion for broadbill swordfish aboard the Seahorse . A Celebrations of his Life will be held at the American Legion Hall here in Newport on July 17, 2 pm contact Larry H at 949 230 7480 for further info.- I can picture him up on the bridge, no obstructions to hampen his clear view. He was serious about the big fish. Bon Voyage- JD



-------------------------- the 7th--------------

Filling moon phase-- all signs say it's a go-- stand by for lift off---

Big ground swell form the south on the beach- otherwise great weather- light coastal haze - wind from the south 2- 5 knts-

Monday morning radio reports--- scattered boats out all looking-- seeing a lot of empy clean water.

we had two tuna strikes just at gray light this morning- almost still dark - on the 267-- both of them fell off? cedar plugs --

Nice afternoon-- time to go for a row- JD

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



Hawk is for sale

  It is a 1985/2005 29’ Crystaliner w/ Cummins Diesels. -Sale price is $85k. My contact # is 858-354-9904



Went out and got my self my first legal sea bass at Crystal Cove.
-Hunter W

E-Mail report from yesterday-- Fished the little bubble of warm water west of the 43 on Thursday. Got good blue fin on red and pink feathers the fish only hit the short center and corners in the wash. Decent fish brought 5 home Tom and Clay on the Nuclear Hippo.

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

------------------ Friday's reports ----------------

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












First Marlin of the Year-- Win yourself $100 from JD's for the First Marlin of the Season Released above the border-- just send photo-- ! Stand By-- the scouts have already arrived-- when releasing em', gently pat em' on the head and tell em' to come back we welcome their kind here- Berkley adds to the First marlin Prize-- Berkley Pro Spec Fluorocarbon leader coils in sizes 20, 25, 30 lb in coral mist (pink) and 80 and 100 lb in ocean blue.  Great for both local tuna and marlin season.  Pick up at JD's in person with confirmed catch.  Tight lines  Hoose

Good Luck-- JD


Spoke to one of the boys who caught Bluefin below the border, yep thats the one-- hanging off the rodholder still attatched to the rod , bright almost gold looking in the late afternoon sun- Halco Max Range-


so you picked up one, late aftrnoon early evening radio chatter-- outside the 226, west of the 302--6:20pm

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!

Thers's another hook up to my right-- 12:06pm- tides coming up-

Look at the size of that thing-- a huge kelp paddy- tha'ts got to be holding-- that blue colored boat next to it's hooked up--



Looks like everyone has gone home there's nobody around us-- looks like it's starting to gooff again-- might be a good afternoon were on the 44 line, about ten below the border , your at 32.50/ 177 .45 and we're 6 below that , all porpious, 1:44pm


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. 

From yellowtail, yellowfin and a sprinlking of White Sea Bass showing back up and halibuts around - the 4th of July Bar-B-Ques looks to be tasty-



Just wanted to let you know that Stan's new rod works well - he caught a large sailfish, large roosterfish as well as a great big amberjack!   They are sure nice rods.  Kathy




1985 Bertram 54 ' Convertible "Scrambler" Proven West Coast winning Sportfisher!


Contact the Broker
Name: Todd Sherman

Phone: 949.574.7600
Cell Phone: 714.325.8181






Hi JD, my child bride is at it again!  110# yellowfin tuna 16 miles off Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort, under porpoise, on a cedar plug.  Penn international tuna stick, Penn 30 W single speed, 30 lb. Berkeley big game. 1 1/2 hours -a tough fight.





The weekend bait at the San Pedro barge consists of small to medium size anchovies. The Newport barge is loaded with live squid and small to medium anchovies as well.

Newport 310-461-5370 or Ch 79 on the VHF San Pedro 310-365-2516 or Ch 11 on the VHF



The list reads 20 different Hi 5 Lures with an assortment fishy looking colors- With the approaching warmer water and bigger game expected this summer a supply of the newest and greatest Hi-5 Lures came in direct from Cabo San Lucas, produced by master lure crafter Ken Matney - he's secret weapon the silver bullet, some even have cut Mylar flying fish wings on them. Shapes and all sizes for any kind of line or conditions you might find--- if you in the area drop by and take a peek, or bring in some of your older lures and have them re-rigged for the season--- glad to help this season-JD










The Last One- for sale-

Blackfin 31 Twin Cursaders 320's,

Only $79, 500

Updated Electronics & super clean, Call Curt at Stan Miller Yachts, Newport Beach, (949) 675-3467, curkelp beds- a bit calmer there- they were eating the New Penny jerk shads with gusto!-


Taking a looks at the past three months and the defining water currents and water temps from 55 - 72 degrees.

three months ago,

two months and

this month so far-

32 / 120 gives a overall of its changes. but specifically there are marked differences, cooler water retarding and and compression of warm currents against the coastlines.

and looks whats below that--


Cristina went through an extraordinary, but not unprecedented, phase of rapid intensification strengthened so fast that TAFB and SAB satellite estimates are limited to T6.0/115 kt by Dvorak rules. The initial intensity was set at 130 kt, . With Hurricanes Amanda and Cristina reaching category 4 status, this is the first time there have been two category 4 hurricanes through June in the eastern North Pacific basin since the beginning of the satellite era in 1966. Prior to Cristina, the earliest second category 4 hurricane was Hurricane Elida in 1984, which reached that threshold on July 1

I wonder how much it is to get hurricane insurance for a boat this year - up here?




Hawk is for sale

  It is a 1985/2005 29’ Crystaliner w/ Cummins Diesels. -Sale price is $85k. My contact # is 858-354-9904




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



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




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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!---

- --

ine ?




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


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--------------------- 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