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August 31, 2018 - Bluefin, Yellowfin and Dorado

Bluefin, Yellowfin and Dorado Highlight Offshore Fishing!

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The last week of offshore fishing has been a good one with the bite on jumbo sized bluefin tuna outside of San Clemente Island leading the way. One new thing of the past week is that some of the "smaller" 50 to 90 pound bluefin started biting in the area to go with the 150 to 250+ pound fish. There have also been showings of the big bluefin tuna off the back side of Catalina but the showings of those fish are erratic and inconsistent from day to day.

At the bluefin grounds outside of San Clemente Island the bluefin have been showing best between the 86 Fathom Spot which is located outside of China Point on up to where you are fishing outside of Seal Cove. The region around and about the 57 Fathom Spot seems to be centrally located to where fish are showing most every day. At Catalina there have been scattered showings of bluefin in an area ranging from the deep water outside of the 500 fathom curve while fishing outside of the Farnsworth Bank on down to where you are fishing outside of the 500 fathom curve outside of Church Rock.

The bluefin have been at San Clemente Island and Catalina have been located by finding meter marks, sonar marks and spots of breaking or breezing fish. The bluefin have been biting on a variety of baits and lures with kite trolled Yummy Flyers, flying fish, mackerel, Flat Fall jigs, live squid and poppers working well. Live squid has been hard to get lately with flying fish and mackerel working best.

There is also good fishing for a mixture of yellowfin tuna, skipjack along with a few dorado and yellowtail for boats fishing the area between the Upper Hidden Bank and the region above and outside of the 385 Spot. Boats are fishing this area while between 40 and 50 miles 170 to 180 degrees from Point Loma. Some of the better days of fishing have seen near limit to limit catches of yellowfin tuna and skipjack being reported. The yellowfin have been mostly 6 to 15 pound fish with a few larger fish to 35 pounds also in the mix. Most of the larger sized yellowfin have been found in porpoise schools.

Elsewhere, it is mostly kelp paddie fishing for a few dorado and yellowtail along with a chance at scratching out a yellowfin tuna for boats fishing offshore areas between Ensenada and the Catalina Channel. The kelp paddie fishing has been hit or miss and generally on the slow side of things but there have been a few biting fish to be found. There are occasional kelp paddies located that are holding a few dorado and some of the better areas are 8 to 15 miles outside of the stretch of coast between San Clemente and La Jolla, the area between the lower end of the 9 Mile Bank and the 224 Spot and the area around and to the east of the 43 Fathom Spot.

Striped marlin fishing has been on the scratchy side of things in the Catalina region during the week with few boats out looking. Last weekend there were scattered sightings of sleepers and taliers in the Catalina Canyon and outside of the West End and outside of Silver Canyon. There was an occasional trolling strike being reported in those areas as well as at the Avalon Bank.

In the San Diego region there was a marlin caught and released on Wednesday by a boat fishing inside of the Kidney Bank and on Tuesday there was a marlin caught and released by a boat fishing the tuna grounds below the Upper Hidden Bank at around 42 miles 176 degrees from Point Loma.

There are a couple of boats fishing the marlin area below Anacapa Island that produced a good amount of action last weekend but an early afternoon report from today's fishing was that there was just one marlin seen by the two boats that were reporting from the area.

The fishing around the Coronado Islands remains good for a mix of yellowtail, bluefin tuna, bonito and calico bass. There have been several productive areas for yellowtail with the best bites being reported from the weather side of North Island, the hard bottom about 1.5 miles northeast of North Island and the Middle Grounds. There has also been a mix of bluefin tuna and yellowtail biting for boats fishing the South Kelp Ridge, the lighthouse at the south tip of South Island and the 5 Minute Kelp area located below and inside of South Island. The yellowtail have been mostly 9 to 12 pound fish and most of the bluefin have been in the 15 to 25 pound range.

As an example of the recent fishing around the Coronados, some fish counts from the fishing on Thursday, August 30, 2018 start with Point Loma Sportfishing that had a full day trip aboard the Mission Belle fishing with 19 anglers catch 86 yellowtail, 29 bonito and 6 calico bass.

Seaforth Sportfishing had a full day trip aboard the San Diego with 37 anglers catch 181 yellowtail, 88 bonito, 11 rockfish, 9 bluefin tuna and 6 calico bass. The El Gato Dos fished a full day trip with 5 anglers who caught 21 yellowtail, 4 calico bass and 4 bonito.

H&M Landing had the Grande fishing a full day trip with 23 anglers who caught 115 yellowtail, 60 bonito and 17 bluefin tuna. The Fisherman III fished a full day trip with 26 anglers who caught 111 bonito, 88 yellowtail and 7 calico bass. The Vendetta fished a full day trip with 12 anglers that caught 35 bonito and 23 yellowtail.

The fishing along the San Diego County coast remains good for a mix of calico bass, sand bass, bonito, rockfish and sculpin and is also producing some better numbers of yellowtail and an occasional halibut.

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 and San Onofre. The La Jolla Kelp Beds currently provide the best chance at some action on yellowtail and bonito and the Jetty Kelp area in front of Mission Bay also produced some yellowtail action on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

The yellowtail at La Jolla have been mostly 8 to 12 pound fish and have been biting on sardines, mackerel and surface iron. Most of the fishing is being done while sitting on the anchor and private boaters have also been catching some yellowtail while slow trolling with live sardines or live mackerel.

As an example of the fishing at La Jolla, on Thursday, August 30, 2018 the New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a morning half day trip with 55 anglers catch 23 yellowtail, 15 calico bass, 7 rockfish and 4 bonito. On the afternoon trip, 56 anglers caught 38 bonito, 4 yellowtail, 8 rockfish, 2 whitefish and 17 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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