The wind has been up offshore the past few days, while news of this yellowfin that weighed 421.5 and 427 pounds has blown across the Internet and cell phones.
While everyone has been quick to call it a world record, the incredible fish that Guy Yocom caught is like the ticket to enter the show. The scales — two were used for the two different weights, but were neither certified? — are going to have to get certified (it appears they were not certified, and the boat’s scale was said to have been “dropped” prompting using the second scale). And then there’s the IGFA rigmarole. It’s an incredibly worthy fish, one that had a plan behind it: seek out a new world record yellowfin for Mustad’s Hook A Million contest.
Yocum put it out that they were 180 miles south of Cabo and the fish was caught on a chunk. The next few weeks and months should be interesting, in the meantime, here’s another look at the fish, courtesy of the Pisces fleet. Dave Poling, Daniel Alvarez, Oswaldo, Guy Yocom, Pepe de la Pena, Todd Clarke, and Captain Greg DiStefano pose with what will hopefully work out to being a new record.
Getting closer to home, the choppy, actually, rough weather the past two days made for difficult working conditions for the overnights on up to the multi-day and long range boats. But there were still some scores, as yellowfin are the big players. The chance at a bluefin kelp it still more than there, though. Bluefin led the count on the Fortune yesterday, with Captain Bruce Smith running the overnight for 39 bluefin, 28 yellowfin, 8 albacore, 8 yellowtail and 18 dorado.
Dorado fishing is at it’s best below Catalina. The Gail Force had 30 of ‘em yesterday out of L.A. Harbor Sportfishing. The grade on what’s left of the local dorado is incredible, with the bulk of them over 20 pounds. Here's a look at the Gail Force's dorado from yesterday and something to ponder: isn't it funny how Southern California Anglers crawl all over themselves to fish local exotics when they first show, but as time wears on they often kind of give up, even though the best always seem to come later. Like now might be the best time to fish dorado: they are big, and the pressure is the lightest of the year, especially mid week. (I've yet to take my skiff offshore, but October, oh October with no, or at least less crowds, should be a fun month with big dorado less than 15 miles from Dana Point and hopefully a little shot of this yellowfin pushes up the line).
The dorado are almost too big, as Brian Woolley on the Sum Fun told me they went through a lot of hookups to get the 6 dorado that got turned into Dana Wharf’s count.
Woolley said it was choppy mid-day, but not flat-out rough like the San Diego boats had to deal with.
But none of that matters now. The Fishing Weatherman says for the second weekend in a row it’s going to be 10 knots or less. He was right last weekend.
Get out there and get some.