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Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado and striped marlin entice offshore anglers!
Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, dorado, yellowtail and striped marlin have been producing some offshore action but the offshore bite is more often than not on the scratchy side of things with the exception of the yellowtail that have been biting well from kelp paddies being found in areas ranging from some of the offshore banks below and outside of Ensenada on down to the waters outside of San Martin Island.

The past couple of days have been somewhat down days on the tuna after a very good showing of bluefin early in the week. That "down day" pattern seems to be changing for the better today though (Friday, Aug. 2, 2019) with better numbers of bluefin showing up by San Clemente Island in an area about 5 miles south-southeast of Pyramid Head and in an area about half way between the 43 Fathom Spot and Pyramid Head. Today's fishing is also seeing some yellowfin tuna showing around the Kidney Bank while fishing in the region of the 224 Spot and in the area of the Corner. The early part of the week saw very good showings of bluefin in the region of the 43 Fathom Spot and it looks like they might be starting to come up and show better today heading into the weekend.


The bluefin have been ranging from 20 to 250+ pounds with most being up in the 90- to 250-pound range. Most of the yellowfin have been in the 10- to 30-pound range. Spots of breaking fish, meter marks, trolling strikes and sonar marks have been leading to tuna action. Once bluefin are located, most of the action has been coming from poppers, kite trolled Yummy Flyers and flying fish that are fished from a kite that is either drifted or slow trolled.


The yellowfin bite shows signs of improving today and one private boater Skipper reported having 8 yellowfin aboard this morning while fishing the region of the 224 Spot at the upper end of the Kidney Bank. Yellowfin have been biting on trolled Rapalas, trolled cedar plugs, poppers, Colt Snipers and sardines.


The waters around and below the 295 Bank have been producing some pretty good yellowtail fishing and a few dorado for boats fishing from 60 to 75 miles 180 to 185 degrees from Point Loma. The early part of the week saw near limit to limit yellowtail fishing for boats fishing outside of Punta Colnett down between 100 and 110 miles 160 to 165 degrees from Point Loma but that area has slowed down the past couple of days. Today there is also a report about a new area of kelp paddie yellowtail and dorado activity at the 1140 Finger for boats working down between 85 and 90 miles 165 to 170 degrees from Point Loma. Another zone that has been producing good numbers of kelp paddie yellowtail and a few dorado has been while fishing outside of San Martin Island at around 125 miles 160 to 170 degrees from Point Loma. A nice thing about these kelp paddie yellowtail are that they have been decent sized fish that have been running from 8 to 17 pounds.


Striped marlin fishing has been producing a bit of action during the week but there have been very few boats out fishing for them. There has been a bit of marlin activity found while fishing 1 to 4 miles off the eastern part of Catalina in an area ranging from the Can Dump on over to Church Rock. There has not been much marlin activity in the San Diego region during the week but there was a marlin hooked and lost at mid-week by a boat drifting for tuna near the high spot at the 43 Fathom Spot. Most of the marlin action has come from trolling strikes, dropback baits and baited tailers.


The yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands has been pretty good and has been improving after scratchy yellowtail fishing earlier in the week. The yellowtail bite has been picking up each of the past couple of days and there has been a mix of bonito, barracuda, calico bass and rockfish biting to supplement the yellowtail fishing.


Some fish counts from Thursday's fishing start with Point Loma Sportfishing that had the Mission Belle return home from a full day trip with 34 anglers having caught 28 yellowtail, 14 calico bass, 6 rockfish, 4 sand bass and 2 halibut. Seaforth Sportfishing had the San Diego fishing a full day trip with 33 anglers who caught 109 whitefish, 31 rockfish, 10 yellowtail, 3 sheephead, 2 bonito, 2 calico bass and 1 barracuda. Fisherman's Landing had the Liberty fish a full day trip with 48 anglers who caught 40 rockfish, 15 calico bass and 2 sand bass. H&M Landing had the Vendetta fish a full day trip with 8 anglers who caught 34 yellowtail, 15 rockfish and 10 calico bass. H&M Landing also had the Grande fishing a full day trip with 20 anglers who caught 31 yellowtail.


The best areas for the yellowtail fishing have been the Middle Grounds and the weather side of North Island. Look for more of a mixed bag catch while fishing kelp bed areas such as the Ribbon Kelp, 5 Minute Kelp and South Kelp. Yellowtail have been located by finding meter marks, sonar marks, spots of fish up under working birds and trolling strikes on Rapalas or slow trolled sardines. Once yellowtail are located, flylined sardines and slow trolled sardines have been working best.


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.


The fishing along the San Diego County coast remains pretty much unchanged from the fishing of recent weeks and continues to be good for a mix of sand bass, calico bass, reds, rockfish, whitefish and sculpin. In addition, there has also been a chance at finding a flurry of barracuda action along with a bonus yellowtail, lingcod or halibut.


The main surface fishing action has been for calico bass which have been biting well at kelp bed spots up and down the coast. Some of the more productive areas have been the Point Loma Kelp Beds, the kelp at the upper end of La Jolla, the kelp bed areas between Del Mar and South Carlsbad, the Barn Kelp, Yellowtail Kelp and the kelp off Box Canyon.


The places that have been providing an occasional flurry of barracuda action have been the hard bottom to the northwest of Buoy #3 off Point Loma and along the edges of the Point Loma Kelp Beds. The best zone for a chance at a yellowtail has been at the upper end of La Jolla but this morning (Friday morning, Aug. 2, 2019) I also got a report about a private boater who had hooked and lost 3 large yellowtail while slow trolling with sardines outside of the edges of the kelp beds at the Lab area off the Point Loma Kelp Beds.


Hard bottom and structure spots have been producing some bass and sculpin with productive places being the hard bottom to the north and northwest of Buoy #3 at Point Loma, the Green Tank, the upper end of La Jolla, the Anderson and Buccaneer Pipelines, the artificial reefs outside of Oceanside and Box Canyon.


Rockfish have also been biting well at spots along the coast and some of the more productive areas have been while fishing hard bottom areas around the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma, outside of the Green Tank, off the upper end of La Jolla and while fishing outside of Torrey Pines, Del Mar, Leucadia and Box Canyon.


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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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