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Yellowfin, bluefin and yellowtail providing action!
Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail continue to produce some good fun fishing for those venturing out to the offshore fishing grounds. There has also been a chance at locating a few dorado. The bite can vary from day to day and there are days when the fish bite very well and there are other days when the bite is more hit or miss and Skippers and Anglers need to work harder to hope to put together a good catch.


The areas producing the best numbers of tuna have seen boats moving in a north-westerly direction as the week has progressed. The productive areas have been while fishing waters within 30 to 45 miles or so of Point Loma areas such as the area above the 390 Bank, to the south and southwest of the 371 Bank, to the southwest of the 230 Spot, to the west and to the north of the 302 Spot, to the southwest and the west of the 224 Spot and to the south and the southeast of the 43 Fathom Spot. The westerly movement of fish continues as there was a report of some bluefin starting to show up around San Clemente Island with spots of breaking bluefin reported to have been seen into the northeast of Pyramid Head.


As an example of the recent fishing, some of the fish counts for boats fishing on Thursday, June 27, 2019 start with Seaforth Sportfishing that reports having the Tribute fishing an overnight trip with 29 anglers who caught 17 bluefin tuna and 3 yellowfin tuna. Seaforth Sportfishing also had the Pacific Voyager return home on Thursday evening from a 2 day trip with 22 anglers having caught 22 bluefin tuna and 2 yellowfin tuna. Seaforth Sportfishing also reports that the San Diego fished a full day trip with 33 anglers who caught 9 yellowtail, 6 bluefin tuna and 1 yellowfin tuna. Seaforth Sportfishing also had the Aztec fish an overnight trip with 24 anglers who caught 31 bonito, 24 yellowfin tuna, 7 bluefin tuna and 1 skipjack.


Fisherman's Landing reports that the Condor fished an overnight trip with 18 anglers who caught 4 yellowfin tuna, 4 bluefin tuna and 6 bonito. Fisherman's Landing also had the Liberty fishing a full day trip with 42 anglers who caught 3 bluefin tuna and 2 yellowtail.


H&M Landing reports that the Old Glory fished an overnight trip with 19 anglers who caught 3 yellowfin tuna, 2 bluefin tuna, 2 yellowtail and 8 bonito. H&M Landing also had the Grande fishing a full day trip with 17 anglers who caught 2 bluefin tuna and 2 yellowfin tuna. H&M Landing also reports that the Producer fished a 1.5 day trip that returned home Friday morning with a catch of 2 bluefin tuna, 1 yellowtail, 6 yellowfin tuna and 13 bonito.


The yellowfin tuna, have been running from 12 to 50 pounds with most falling within the 15- to 25-pound range. The bluefin tuna have been running from 25 to 250+ pounds with most falling within the 50- to 80- pound range. Most of the yellowtail being caught offshore have been in the 10- to 15-pound range.


Bluefin action has been coming from stopping on sonar marks, meter marks, spots of puddling fish, spots of breaking fish, spots of foaming fish and spots of breezing fish. There have also been occasional trolling strikes on kite trolled Yummy Flyers. Yellowfin tuna have been biting from spots of breezing fish, spots of breaking fish, blind trolling strikes, sonar marks, meter marks and from trolling around porpoise schools. The yellowtail and the occasional dorado have been biting around kelp paddies and there have been some open water spots of breezing fish or shiner spots of yellowtail being seen as well.


Flylined sardines, sinker fished sardines, sardines fished from a kite and flat fall jigs have been working well for the bluefin. When fishing bluefin, if you have the tackle and the room for the tackle aboard the boat, it is nice to be able to carry live bait outfits with fluorocarbon leader sizes ranging from 30-pound test to 100-pound test. This allows you to be able to quickly switch to an appropriate leader size based on how aggressive the bluefin are biting and what size fish you are encountering in the school of fish you are working.


Rapalas and cedar plugs have been working well for yellowfin on the troll with feathers also producing an occasional yellowfin trolling strike. A sardine fished on a 25- to 30-pound test outfit would be a good way to go for fishing the yellowfin with live bait and a 25-pound test outfit would also be good to carry for the yellowtail and dorado.


The surface fishing around the Coronado Islands has been providing good mixed bag fishing for yellowtail, bonito, barracuda and calico bass. Productive areas for the surface fishing have been the Middle Grounds, the area inside of the Middle Grounds, the north end of South Island, the Ribbon Kelp and the South Kelp Ridge.


The yellowtail have been mostly 10- to 15-pound fish and they have been biting on surface iron, yo-yo iron, sardines and trolled X-Rap Rapalas. Good choices for surface iron have been Tady 45's and Salas 7X lights.


The fishing for rockfish has also been good around the Coronados and the best areas for the bottom fishing have been at the South Kelp Ridge while fishing in 25 to 40 fathoms of water and at the hard bottom areas to the north and northwest of North Island while fishing in 35 to 50 fathoms of water.


As an example of the recent fishing around the Coronado Islands, a fish count from Thursday, June 27, 2019 is the Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing that had a full day trip with 18 anglers catch 33 yellowtail, 2 calico bass and 1 sculpin.


The fishing along the San Diego County coast has been good for a mix of barracuda, sand bass, calico bass, reds, rockfish and sculpin along with a chance at a bonus lingcod or halibut. The fishing for yellowtail along the San Diego County coast has been scratchy but there were a couple of yellows caught off La Jolla by the New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing on Wednesday June 26, 2019. The New Seaforth had a fish count of 43 anglers on a half-day trip catching 2 yellowtail, 5 whitefish, 2 sculpin, 1 sand bass, 15 rockfish and 20 calico bass.


The area that has been providing some barracuda action has been off Point Loma where there have been some pretty good numbers of barracuda biting at times. The best areas have been while fishing the region of the Whistler Buoy as well as while fishing along the edges of the kelp beds off the Lighthouse and at the Dropoff (which is located a short way above the Lighthouse.)


Calico bass have also been providing some surface fishing action in some of the kelp bed areas with the Point Loma Kelp Beds, the La Jolla Kelp Beds and kelp bed areas between Leucadia and Carlsbad reported to be providing some pretty good to at times very good calico bass action.


The remainder of the fishing along the San Diego County coast has been mostly hard bottom and structure fishing for a good mixed bag of reds, rockfish, sand bass, calico bass, whitefish and sculpin. There have also been a few bonus lingcod and halibut biting.


Productive rockfish areas have been the International Reef, the Imperial Beach Pipeline, hard bottom areas in the region of the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma, the Point Loma Pipeline, the Green Tank, The 270 to the west of Mission Bay, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Leucadia and Box Canyon.


Hard bottom and structure areas have been best for the bass and sculpin with productive areas being the Imperial Beach Pipeline, the hard bottom to the north and northwest of Buoy #3 at Point Loma, the Green Tank, the upper end of La Jolla, Del Mar, the Anderson and Buccaneer Pipelines, the artificial reefs outside of Oceanside and Box Canyon.


There have been a few halibut biting in coastal areas. Some productive halibut areas include Box Canyon, the sandy bottom next to the structure of the artificial reefs off Oceanside, the sandy bottom off South Ponto Beach, the sandy bottom next to the structure of the sunken NEL Tower located outside of Mission Beach, the sandy bottom next to the structure of the Yukon Shipwreck located outside of Mission Beach, San Diego Bay and while fishing sandy bottom areas outside of the Imperial Beach Pier. The most consistent of those areas has been while fishing the sandy bottom next to the structure of the sunken NEL Tower outside of Mission Beach.


The fishing at San Clemente Island has seen a good mix of yellowtail, calico bass, barracuda and assorted bottom fish biting. The yellowtail bite continues to be varied with some days of very good yellowtail action and some days when the yellowtail bite has been just fair.


There has been squid around San Clemente Island and Pyramid Cove has been an area that has produced squid for bait at night and which is also producing an occasional white seabass and some nice sized yellowtail. Try for seabass and yellowtail at the squid area in Pyramid Cove and some yellowtail have also been biting along the ridges in the 18 to 25 fathom depths outside of Pyramid Cove. The front side of the Island has also seen some yellowtail, calico bass and a few barracuda biting at spots between Purse Seine Rock and Gold Bluff.


Catalina Island has been seeing improved mixed bag surface fishing action for a mix of calico bass, bonito, barracuda and yellowtail along with an occasional white seabass. Areas that have been providing a chance at finding some surface fishing action have been while fishing along the back side of the Island have been Orange Rocks, Freddie's Beach, Salta Verde, The V's and Church Rock.


Spots along much of the front side of Catalina Island have been producing some mixed bag surface fishing action for barracuda, calico bass, bonito and yellowtail while fishing legal waters ranging from Seal Rocks on up to Black Point. Spots along the front side of the middle part of the Island have been providing some of the best mixed bag fishing on the front side of the Island and some of the best yellowtail fishing along the front side of the Island has been while drifting with live squid between Seal Rocks and the Can Dump in 70 feet of water.


Once the squid boats catch their squid at night, some of the squid boats have been running to the area outside off Avalon to anchor and offer squid for sale to private boaters. Try to raise squid boats on VHF channels 72 and 11.


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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 www.976bite.com . 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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