The following short text from Sportfishing Association of California President Ken Franke was circulated to the fleet on Sunday. It read, “(Mex bluefin) Bluefin tuna fishing now authorized in Mexican waters by Mexican government. Written notice will be available Monday.”
With that, bluefin tuna were back on tap in Mexican waters. At the same time, it was the yellowfin tuna bite that went from good to full limits on every trip longer than a ¾-day.
PINHEAD GETS FIRST bluefin. Nick Landon with a 101.6 pounder caught aboard the Star
San Diego ¾-day boats also had great scores of yellowfin, as 50 to 100 fish per boat were pretty standard ¾-day results all the way to the weekend, when the bright moon stalled the bite.
Bigger bluefin of 70 pounds to as large as the 150 pounder that H&M Landing Manager Rick Marin reported the Spirit of Adventure having caught, were in U.S. waters to the west toward the Cortez, and long-range boats were fishing alongside skiffs targeting the big bluefin (see long range report).
At the same time, Capt. Scott McDaniels of the Sea Adventure 80 was excited to hear the news on Mexican-waters bluefin and suggested anglers come ready with 40-and 50-pound gear, with 2/0 to 4/0 ringed circle hooks for fishing the bigger blues.
The latest buzz was about the popper bite on the yellowfin. “We had a guy get a limit on those fishing the bow,” said McDaniels. Marin suggested the smaller sizes, like the Halco 130 and 105 and the Yo-Zuri Pili Popper.
“It’s a blast to get bit on those,” continued McDaniels. The fish have to come to the surface and take the floating plug right off the top, exploding on the bait. This writer heard of fish taking the bigger Yo-Zuri Sashimis, too.
“Lately the water has been so flat, about the biggest wave we’ve had is when a fish jumped,” said McDaniels. He noted that the water has really heated up with some pockets of 75-degree water showing up.
THE REAL SEA ADVENTURE 80 finds the fish on a recent 4-day trip and
quickly gets into a solid quadruple hook-up. This summer season looks to
be the best in years.
This last week saw the fleet start to book solid each day. “Across the three landings it looks to have been one of the best Julys in history. We’ve broken every record for any July we’ve ever had,” said McDaniels.
He continued, “2014 is turning out to be the real deal, best season ever in many, many decades… and the best is yet to come looking at the long range charts.”
With the offshore tuna bite so good the Coronado Islands got little attention, although the few skiffs fishing there continued to whack the yellowtail, according to Marin.
Even the Seaforth Landing ½-day boat ran for the blue water on some of their afternoon halves, getting yellowfin and a few blues, too. Otherwise it was about the 3 Bs: bass, barracuda and bonito.
By Merit McCrea/WON Staff Writer