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Bob Vanian's 976-Bite – HOT BITE

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Kind of a quiet week after what has been a wild offshore fishing season
As we approach the 2019 fishing season the past week has seen things winding down from what has been a very good 2018 season. Last reports from offshore waters indicate there are still some bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, skipjack, yellowtail and striped marlin around but their numbers appear to be declining. The offshore fishing has to be described as scratchy until such time as better numbers of fish are once again located.

The bluefin tuna fishing to the southeast of the Cortes Bank was slower last weekend with just 3 bluefin caught that I know of. On Saturday, boats spread out after finding the Saturday morning bluefin bite to be slow. What was found were some kelp paddie yellowtail and a few skipjack biting while looking for bluefin tuna in the region of the Mushroom Bank and 60 Mile Bank. The lack of tuna found on the weekend kept most boats at the dock during the past week but I am thinking some boats might be out again looking around in an effort to relocate better numbers of bluefin over the weekend.

Bluefin and yellowfin might be able to be located in a variety of areas as last weekend there were some bluefin seen in the areas of the 9 Mile Bank, 302 Spot, 224 Spot and 182 Spot. No boats that I know of have been out looking in this local offshore sector since last Sunday. In similar fashion, there was a yellowfin tuna caught last weekend by a boat trolling in a porpoise school outside of Dana Point, so finding some late season yellowfin action might also remain as a possibility.

Striped marlin have been holding in tight to the eastern part of Catalina during the late part of the season but their numbers have been dwindling. Prior to the recent storms most of the action had been in the 40 to 100 fathom depths for boats fishing between the Rock Quarry and Church Rock. Very few boats have been out looking during the week but there was a feeder marlin reported seen on Wednesday by a Skipper fishing further off the Island at the deep water located outside of the 277 Spot.

No reports coming from the Coronado Islands during the week but last weekend there were a couple of boats out fishing around the Coronados that caught good numbers of rockfish and bonito. The bonito were biting best at the Middle Grounds but were also found around North Island and at the South Kelp Ridge. Good areas for rockfish were at the South Kelp Ridge and at the hard bottom areas to the north and northwest of North Island. The bonito have been mostly 4- to 8-pound fish and have been biting on sardines, small chrome jigs, feathers and Rapalas.

The fishing along the San Diego County coast is mostly into a rockfish fishing mode but there area still a few bass and bonito biting along with a chance at a halibut. There has not been much happening with yellowtail or white seabass. Best chances for bonito have been while fishing outside of the upper end of La Jolla or by the Whistler Buoy and the few bonito that have been biting have been 3- to 8-pound fish.

On Thursday there were good numbers of rockfish and a few lingcod reported to be biting while fishing outside of La Jolla in 160 feet of water. Some of the other more productive rockfish fishing areas have been the International Reef, the Imperial Beach Pipeline, the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma, the Point Loma Pipeline, the Green Tank, The 270, Del Mar, Leucadia and Box Canyon.

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