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Friday, August 10, 2018
Bluefin and yellowfin catches surge!

Dorado and Yellowfin Start to Bite

Friday, August 3, 2018:

Offshore Anglers Catching Bluefin, Yellowfin, Dorado and Yellowtail!

Some days see the fish on the offshore fishing grounds biting better than others but anglers fishing offshore waters have the chance at catching a variety of fish that include bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, dorado, yellowtail, skipjack tuna and striped marlin. There have also been some wahoo bites and sightings and with offshore water temperatures running as warm as 78 degrees, there could be more wahoo showing up in local offshore waters sometime soon.

The bluefin tuna include some jumbo sized fish to 200+ pounds and the best place to target the jumbo sized bluefin remains in the waters around San Clemente Island with bluefin being found in areas ranging from the waters off Pyramid Head off the east end of the Island on up the back side of the Island to where you are fishing up off the West End. Today there was also a report of bluefin schools being spotted between White Rock and Purse Seine Rock off the front side of the Island. Finding a real big showing of bluefin has become more hit or miss lately when compared to a week or so ago but the area off the stretch of the Island between Eel Point and West Cove has been the most productive during the late part of the week.

The bluefin are being caught in a variety of ways with kite trolled Yummy Flyers, Flat Fall jigs, Colt Snipers, poppers, sardines, mackerel, live squid and flying fish all working for the bluefin tuna. Action has been coming from stopping on meter marks or sonar marks as well as from working spots of breaking fish. In addition to fishing daylight hours, there has been action during the early morning hours before daylight as well as in the hours near sundown and continuing into the dark.

There are kelp paddies holding yellowtail and dorado over a large expanse of ocean ranging from the waters of the Catalina Channel on down to the offshore banks outside of Ensenada and below. There are also some bluefin and yellowfin to be found in some of these productive kelp paddie areas. Although the expanse of ocean of where you can find a productive kelp paddie is widespread, most areas are providing scratchy fishing. The best areas are below San Diego in the region of the 390 Bank, the Upper Hidden Bank, the 475 Knuckle, the 385 Spot and the Peanut Bank. The fishing has been scratchy at areas such as the 14 Mile Bank, 267 Spot, 277 Spot, 209 Spot, 181 Spot, 182 Spot, 9 Mile Bank, 43 Fathom Spot, the Corner, the 224 Spot, 302 Spot, 371 Bank and 425 Bank.

One nice thing is that the yellowfin are changing their habits a bit and more and more yellowfin are being caught around porpoise schools and from around kelp paddies. Kelp paddies are also starting to hold some bluefin as well.

Some fish counts from boats that fished on Thursday, August 2, 2018 start with H&M Landing that had an overnight trip on the Old Glory with 35 anglers that caught 21 yellowtail, 20 dorado, 11 yellowfin tuna and 3 bluefin tuna. The Grande out of H&M Landing had a full day trip with 25 anglers that caught 8 dorado and 4 yellowfin tuna. The Malihini out of H&M Landinghad a full day trip with 8 anglers that caught 4 dorado and 3 yellowtail. The Producer out of H&M Landing fished an overnight trip with 30 anglers that caught 22 yellowfin tuna, 14 dorado and 10 yellowtail. The Relentless of H&M Landing fished an overnight trip with 19 anglers that caught 4 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna and 1 yellowtail. The six pack charter yacht Reel Champion of H&M Landing had a full day trip with 4 anglers that caught 4 yellowtail and 1 dorado.

Fisherman's Landing had a full day trip aboard the Liberty with 36 anglers catch 1 bluefin tuna, 1 dorado and 1 yellowfin tuna.

Seaforth Sportfishing had an overnight trip on the Tribute fishing with 37 anglers that caught 2 dorado. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing fished a full day trip with 52 anglers that caught 1 yellowtail. The Pride out of Seaforth Sportfishing fished an overnight trip with 11 anglers that caught 2 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna and 1 yellowtail.

Point Loma Sportfishing had the New Lo-An fishing an overnight trip with 24 anglers that caught 1 yellowtail they also had the Sauerfish fishing a three quarter day offshore trip with 4 anglers that caught 1 yellowtail, 6 salmon grouper, 4 rockfish and 3 reds.

Striped marlin fishing has been hit or miss with the past weekend and the early part of the week seeing some marlin action between the upper end of the 9 Mile Bank and the 178 Spot and in the area off Church Rock at Catalina. The marlin activity has been pretty quiet the past few days.

Saturday, July 28, 2018 saw 2 marlin caught and released by the 6 pack charter yacht Josie Lynn with Point Loma Sportfishing. Captain Mike Hadfield reported finding the action while fishing the clean water side of a color break between the upper end of the 9 Mile Bank and the 178 Spot. He said he saw feeders, tailers and jumpers in the area and caught and released the two fish from 2 single jig strikes. The marlin bit on a Mean Joe Green color jig and a black and purple color jig.

On Sunday, July 29, 2018 Captain Maurice Smith of the private boat Dos Hermanos went out to try the area between the upper end of the 9 Mile Bank and 178 Spot where Hadfield had his success the day before. Smith reported that marlin were still in the area and that they caught and released an estimated 80 pound marlin that came from a blind jig strike on the troll. The fish was caught and released by Jon Epsten in 12 minutes and it was the first marlin of the season for Southwestern Yacht Club.

Smith reported that he knew of another marlin being caught and released on Sunday. He said it was reported by Captain Jimmy Kingsmill who caught and released the fish while fishing outside of Church Rock off the East End of Catalina.

The fishing at the Coronado Islands has been very good for a mix of yellowtail, bonito, barracuda and calico bass. There has also been a chance at scratching out a bluefin tuna. On Thursday, August 2, 2018 the Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing fished a full day trip with 28 anglers who caught 108 yellowtail, 30 calico bass, 2 bluefin tuna and 10 bonito.

Pukey Point at North Island and the Middle Grounds have been the two best areas for the yellowtail with the Middle Grounds reported to be the best area today, Friday, August 3, 2018.

The yellowtail have been running from 6 to 25 pounds with most in the 10 to 18 pound range. The yellows have been located by finding meter marks, sonar marks, spots of working birds and trolling strikes. Drifted and slow trolled sardines have worked best for yellowtail which have also been biting on trolled Rapalas. Surface iron has also been effective for the yellowtail and good choices would be Tady 45's, Salas 7X lights or JRI surface iron in blue and white, mint, scrambled egg, dorado and sardine colors.

The fishing along the San Diego County coast has been good for a mix of calico bass, sand bass, rockfish and sculpin and is also producing a few barracuda and yellowtail along with an occasional halibut or white seabass.

Kelp bed areas have been producing most of the calico bass action with the top areas being the Point Loma Kelp Beds, the upper end of La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Leucadia, Carlsbad, the Barn, Box Canyon and San Onofre.

The Point Loma Kelp Beds currently provide the best chance at a yellowtail or a flurry of barracuda action but the fishing for those species has been scratchy. Sardines have worked best for the barracuda and yellowtail. There have been a few yellowtail and barracuda to be found while fishing for calico bass along the edges of the kelp beds at Point Loma. There have also been a few yellowtail and what are mostly short sized barracuda to be found biting while fishing outside of the kelp beds. The barracuda and yellowtail outside of the kelp beds have been found by looking for working birds, meter marks or sonar marks out in the 30 to 40 fathom depths.

Captain Joe Cacciola of the Sea Star with Sea Star Sportfishing and the Oceanside Sea Center reports excellent calico bass fishing while working kelp bed areas between Carlsbad and Solana Beach. At last report they had small sardines in their bait supply and Cacciola reported that the small sardines were working very well for the calico bass.

It is my goal to provide you timely and accurate information in these reports containing news from right off the water. If you require more details that include the specific location of where significant catches have been made, I refer you to the daily Member’s Reports at . Those Member’s Reports contain additional specifics that include latitude and longitude coordinates and other descriptive references about where and how fish are being caught. Make the most efficient use of your precious time on the water with the use of timely and accurate information.


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