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Bob Vanian's 976-Bite – HOT BITE

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It's almost November and yellowfin, bluefin, dorado, yellowtail and marlin are still biting!
It is just 5 days away from the beginning of November and there are fish holding in Southern California offshore waters that would make one think it is still the middle of summer. It is Oct. 27, 2017 and we still have yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, dorado, yellowtail, skipjack and marlin as possibilities on the offshore fishing grounds. The fishing around the Coronado Islands also remains unseasonably good for a mix of bluefin tuna, yellowtail and bonito and the fishing along the San Diego area coast is right in pace and remains good for yellowtail, bonito, calico bass and rockfish. The recent weather has been unseasonably hot and so has the fishing!

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Bluefin tuna remain a big part of the offshore fishing picture with bluefin to 200+ pounds still biting out by San Clemente Island. Desperation Reef and the 86 Fathom Spot are the best zones for the bluefin and this morning (Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2017) there was a good bite on 40- to 60-pound yellowfin tuna that were biting with porpoise at the 381 Spot. Sardines, Flat Fall jigs and kite trolled Yummy Flyers have been best baits for the bluefin. The yellowfin were reported to be biting around porpoise while fishing with Rapalas, cedar plugs and slow trolled sardines.

The Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing has been focusing on fishing for the big bluefin on recent 1.5 day trips and on their most recent trip they had a bluefin that taped out to 238 pounds.

In addition to the yellowfin tuna at the 381 Spot, there have been some yellowfin biting in other areas with a chance at finding some yellowfin in the Catalina region while fishing areas such as the Mackerel Bank, the 277 Spot, the 209 Spot and the 312 Spot. There have been better numbers of yellowfin biting in the region between the 289 Spot and the 43 Fathom Spot as well as in the area between the 224 Spot and the Corner. The fishing in these areas can be hit or miss but the right kelp paddie can produce very good fishing for 5- to 12-pound yellowfin tuna with a chance at finding some action on dorado and yellowtail as well.

Porpoise schools seem to provide a chance at some larger sized yellowfin. A private boater Skipper reported catching a few of the 30- to 40-pound yellowfin tuna this morning while fishing a few miles west of the 43 Fathom Spot.

Private boater Tom Parnakian of the Ambush reported about fishing a three-quarter day trip aboard the Liberty out of Fisherman's Landing on Thursday. He said they had an excellent trip while fishing what he believed to be the region of the 43 Fathom Spot with 22 anglers catching 110 yellowfin tuna, 43 skipjack and 5 dorado. Parnakian's personal catch on the day was 5 yellowfin tuna and 2 skipjack.

Parnakian said they started the day of fishing by working out to the region of the 224 Spot and the Corner. He said they found some dry kelp paddies in their travels and were not doing much in that zone. They worked from that area on up toward the area of the 43 Fathom Spot and ended up finding a couple of productive kelp paddies including one kelp paddie that turned into a wide open yellowfin tuna bait stop.

Parnakian said the yellowfin were mostly 5- to 10-pound fish and that they were biting on sardines that were fished on 20 and 25 pound test. He caught 3 of his 5 yellowfin on sardines and caught the other 2 on Colt Snipers. He said the yellowfin bites on the Colt Snipers came as soon as the jig hit the water.

The yellowfin fishing at the offshore banks outside of the Coronado Islands such as the 302 Spot, 371 Bank, 425 Bank has been scratchy. This morning there were some yellowtail biting under kelp paddies found 2 to 4 miles outside of the Coronados and a Skipper fishing at the 425 Bank reported catching a few kelp paddie yellowtail this morning as well.

Boats fishing the offshore banks below and outside of Ensenada have been picking up a nice mix of yellowfin tuna, dorado and yellowtail. The best of the fishing has been found while working the area ranging from the area inside of the 238 Spot on down to the area outside of the 415 Knuckle while working from 68 to 83 miles 158 to 162 degrees from Point Loma. Some limit catches of yellowfin tuna have been coming from this area during the week.

Not many boats have been out looking for marlin during the week but there has been some action reported in a few areas. Today there was a marlin caught and released from a jig strike found at the 152 Spot off the East End of Catalina. On Thursday, there was a double jig strike on marlin that was lost by a boat fishing inside of the 209 Spot. On Wednesday, private boater Jeff Meeker of the Doghouse reported fishing outside of the 152 Spot off the East End of Catalina and having a hookup on a jig strike that was eventually lost to a broken line. Meeker also had another marlin jig bite that fell off. There has not been much marlin activity reported from the San Diego region but this morning there was a jumper seen by a boat fishing outside of the Coronado Islands at the 302 Spot.

The fishing around the Coronado Islands has been good for a mix of bonito, bluefin tuna and yellowtail. Productive areas have been the Rockpile, the South Kelp, the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island, the Ribbon Kelp, the tuna pens inside of South Island, the Middle Grounds, the Flats inside of South Island and the weather side of North Island. The best zones for a chance at bluefin have been the Rockpile, the South Kelp and the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island.

The bonito have been 3 to 10 pound fish, the yellowtail have ranged in size from 5 to 20 pounds and the bluefin have been running from 15 to 35 pounds.

The bluefin bite has been a bit more hit or miss the past few days and it sounds slow on the bluefin at the Coronados so far today. On Thursday, the Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing fished the Coronados and had 21 anglers catch 40 bonito, 1 bluefin tuna and 31 yellowtail.

The fish have been biting on sardines and iron. Trolling with Rapalas, cedar plugs and feathers has also been effective for yellowtail and bonito. Private boaters have been doing some slow trolling with sardines and this has been another effective technique for bonito, yellowtail and an occasional bluefin.

The fishing along the San Diego area coast has been highlighted by some very good fishing for bonito and yellowtail for boats fishing an area ranging from west of the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma on down to the Mexico Border. A good depth range to locate fish in this region has been 25 to 35 fathoms of water. The area a short way above the Mexico Border tends to be the best within this zone and was the best area again today. The fish have been located by finding kelp paddies, trolling strikes, meter marks and sonar marks. The fishing has been very good at times with some limit catches of bonito and yellowtail being reported.

Once located the yellowtail and bonito have been biting on sardines and iron. Most of the bonito have been running from 4 to 8 pounds and most of the yellowtail have been in the 4- to 10-pound class.

Captain Joe Cacciola of the Sea Star with Sea Star Sportfishing passed along a report from Captain Anthony Maglietto of the Chubasco II with Chubasco 2 Sportfishing. They had an incredible half day trip on Tuesday morning and had 26 anglers catch 130 yellowtail and 26 bonito. This catch was made in 30 fathoms of water while fishing outside of Point Loma. The stop originated from stopping on a sonar mark and the fish were biting well on sardines.

I had a chance to go out and sample the local yellowtail and bonito fishing on Wednesday morning. The trip was aboard the Premier out of H&M Landing with Captain Ray Montera at the helm. It was a fun morning of fishing real close to home as we fished down toward the Mexico border and had a fish count of 23 anglers catching 4 sand dabs, 51 yellowtail and 5 bonito. The stops came from kelp paddies, sonar marks and trolling strikes and most of the sonar marks and trolling strikes were found in areas where there was a kelp paddie nearby. While drifting in a stop, most of the fish were caught on sardines and there were also a few yellowtail caught on iron.

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