|It's the first day of fall and yesterday the three-quarter-day boat (actually, technically, a full-day offshore boat this summer) San Diego got the first yellowfin tuna for a trip shorter than an overnight this summer, on its last day of 2012.
Could it be the first sign that predictions could again hold true and we'll get an influx of truly local yellowfin?
Let's be positive and say yes. If nothing else, at least they are in overnight range. Jody Morgan on the Voyager once again pulled the hero card, scoring limits of yellowfin tuna to go with the standard mixed bag sample on yesterday's overnight.
Here are five bites to watch, now that fall is here. And let's just put them in order.
1) Local yellowfin: see above.
2) This bluefin thing at the Cortez and Tanner banks: has anyone looked at the 60 Mile Bank? It seems like this could be the fall of bluefin on the banks, as the Freedom proved with its scores on the BFT (80 plus one trip) before the weather kicked up.
3) Fall yellows: there's squid all over the coast and islands. Somewhere there's going to be some legit yellowtail fishing, if there isn't some going on somewhere that nobody knows about.
4) Central Coast everything: I feel a roadie coming on! Albacore, seabass and even big salmon! Morro Bay to Monterrey is sounding pretty good!
5) Long Range: Fall eight- to 11-day trips are about to kick in. Seems like the good stuff is all pushed with the hot water from Punta Eugenia on up, but it will be interesting to see what all the coverage turns up.