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November bluefin, yellowfin, yellowtail, bonito and marlin are biting!
The 2017 Southern California offshore fishing season keeps rolling along and the past week has seen bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail and marlin biting on the offshore fishing grounds. The Coronado Islands continue to produce like it was the middle of summer with a nice mix of yellowtail and bonito biting to go with an occasional bluefin tuna. The fishing along the San Diego area coast is also unseasonably good and is producing bonito, calico bass and rockfish to go with an occasional yellowtail.


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The waters around San Clemente Island have been the best for bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna. The bites on these species can be up and down and erratic from day to day but catches of bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna are still being posted each day. Most of the bluefin tuna have been biting from stopping on meter marks and sonar marks and then working the fish with sardines and Flat Fall jigs. The bluefin have been running from 20 to 100+ pounds with most falling within the 30- to 65-pound range.


I talked with Captain Kley Williams of the Old Glory out of H&M Landing after his overnight trip to San Clemente Island that fished on Wednesday. Williams reported that his 17 anglers caught 16 bluefin tuna out of a long plunker type of stop where they were steadily picking away at the bluefin. They caght nice sized fish with a small bluefin of 48 pounds and with bigger fish that went well up into the 60's.


Williams suggested using 30-pound test line with size 1/0 or 2/0 hooks for fishing with the sardines and added that using fluorocarbon leaders was helpful. At times the bluefin would bite 40-pound test line for them and that was a good way to go when the fish were less touchy.


Williams said they had to leave biting fish to head for home on the overnight trip on Wednesday and wished they could have stayed on the school and fished it until dark. He is shifting the Old Glory over to 1.5 day trips beginning tonight (Friday night, Nov. 10, 2017) and is looking forward to being able to fish each day until dark.


Nice sized yellowfin tuna have also been biting around San Clemente Island with porpoise schools leading to most of the yellowfin action. The yellowfin have been quality sizes fish with most in the 30- to 60-pound range.


Good places to look for the bluefin and yellowfin around San Clemente Island have been the 81 Fathom Spot, 86 Fathom Spot, 190 Spot, 57 Fathom Spot and 381 Spot.


There is not much tuna action to report from other areas with very few boats out fishing. Earlier in the week the area of the 425 Bank that is located below and outside of the Coronado Islands was producing good numbers of yellowtail under kelp paddies along with an occasional yellowfin tuna. There has not been any news one way or the other from the 425 Bank the past several days.


There have been very few boats out fishing marlin lately, but the fish are still around and biting as striped marlin continue to bite for boats fishing areas around the eastern part of Catalina Island. The area of the 152 Spot has been the best with occasional marlin activity also reported 2 to 4 miles outside of the Can Dump and Avalon and between the 14 Mile Bank and the Avalon Bank. Most of the action has been coming from blind jig strikes with an occasional tailer and feeder showing as well.


The fishing at the Coronado Islands remains good with lots of yellowtail, bonito and rockfish biting to go with an occasional bluefin tuna. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing fished a three-quarter day trip to the Coronados on Thursday and had 41 anglers catch 93 yellowtail, 90 bonito and 1 bluefin tuna.


Bonito have been biting in many areas around the Coronados. They are nice sized fish that have been running from 4 to 10 pounds. Productive areas have been the weather side of North Island, the Middle Grounds, the weather side of South Island, the Ribbon Kelp, the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island, the South Kelp and the Rockpile.


Yellowtail have been biting best at the flats area into the east-northeast of North Island. A good depth range has been in 20 to 22 fathoms of water. Other areas that have produced a few yellowtail have been the weather side of North Island, the Middle Grounds, the Ribbon Kelp, the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island and the South Kelp. The yellowtail have been mixed size fish that have been running from 5 to 20 pounds.


A few bluefin tuna have been biting at the Coronados and they have been good sized fish that are in the 18- to 35-pound range. The best areas for a chance at a bluefin have been the tuna pens inside of South Island, the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island and the South Kelp.


The San Diego area coastal fishing remains good for bonito for boats fishing outside of the Point Loma Lighthouse and the Whistler Buoy as well as outside of Point Loma College and La Jolla. The bonito have been located by finding trolling strikes on feathers and Rapalas and bonito have also been biting on sardines after getting a trolling strike. A good depth range has been while trolling in 18 to 40 fathoms of water. Also look for a chance at finding bonito while trolling outside of Leucadia, Box Canyon and Dana Point.


Calico bass continue to bite in the kelp beds at Point Loma and La Jolla. In the Point Loma area try the kelp bed areas between the Green Tank and Point Loma College. The kelp at the upper end of La Jolla has been best for the calico bass for those fishing La Jolla. No recent reports from the kelp beds off Solana Beach and Leucadia but at last word the calicos were biting in those kelp bed areas as well.


Look for a chance at catching a yellowtail incidental to fishing the bonito out in the 18 to 40 fathom depths outside of Point Loma and La Jolla. Also look for a chance at finding a yellowtail biting while fishing the kelp at the upper end of La Jolla and the kelp outside of the Green Tank and Point Loma College at Point Loma.


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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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