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Cabo Hurricane Odile Photos

Cabo took a direct hit, but the locals are confident they will get the harbor cleaned up pretty quickly.

The gigantic and iconic Cabo arch is pounded by the huge weather.

Downtown flooding in Cabol San Lucas

The electricty is down for most everyone, so the first task is cleaning this up and getting the city powered up again.

The airport was hit hard, but word is there will be flights starting nect week and the word is the Mexican military is already using the airport and is assisting in getting stranded visitors home. Rumor is they expect to have commercial flights in service, to some degree, by next week.
Manhattan Beach Lifts Illegal Pier Fishing Ban

Pier will reopen, with new regs 

SACRAMENTO — Yesterday evening (Aug. 12),  due to the backlash they received from anglers throughout the State, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted to lift its pier fishing ban and restored anglers’ right to fish off our State’s coastal waters.

However, in direct violation of State law, the City adopted additional ordinances to regulate fishing by the method and manner of take, an authority that is exclusively reserved to the State Fish and Game Commission, and will consider a plan to establish a State Marine Reservethat would eliminate recreational fishing all together in Manhattan Beach and extend to Hermosa Beach.

Additionally, the Council wants to create no fishing zones on the pier and discussed imposing new time restrictions or hours when people can and cannot fish on the pier, an action that will require permits and approvals from the California Coastal Commission.

“Once again the Manhattan City Council exceeded its authority by imposing draconian regulations to address a regretful and isolated shark attack,” said Marko Mlikotin, executive director of the California Sportfishing League. “To protect access to recreational fishing in California, we will challenge these illegal regulations before the California Fish and Game Commission. The City is also exposing taxpayers to potential costly litigation that will surely result in these illegal regulations being overturned.”

The City also asked Staff to investigate declaring the coastline from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach a State Marine Reserve. While State Marine Reserves are primarily intended to protect endangered marine life, the City Council is now looking to use the designation as a way to eliminate all recreational fishing.

“The City of Manhattan Beach is sending a strong message that recreational anglers are no longer welcome in their city,” said Mlikotin. “The Council simply doesn’t understand that fishing is a safe form of recreation that generates tourism dollars and jobs in their community. We really wished the Council would have respected California’s laws and reached a more sensible solution.”

Since July 31, over 1,000 Californians have signed CSL's online petition opposing any type of ban on pier fishing, including small bait and tackle shop owners who rely upon pier anglers for jobs. Those signed petitions were handed to the Council Members at the meeting where CSL voiced its strong opposition to the proposed ordinances.

In an Aug. 11 letter to the City, the California Fish and Game Commission stated that only the State has the authority to impose limits on fishing practices and gear. The City’s recent actions are clearly at odds with State law.

The California Sportfishing League (CSL) is a nonprofit coalition of fresh and saltwater anglers, and small business owners devoted to protecting access to recreational fishing. Recreational fishing contributes over $4.9 billion annually to California’s economy, a major of outdoor tourism and jobs.

To learn more visit or @CASportfishing

Bluefin tuna fishing now authorized in Mexican waters
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

VIDEO- Epic Gathering of Flying Rays in Baja
A record-breaking school of mobula rays arrived off the coast of Baja and did something totally unexpected. Fortunately for nature lovers, National Geographic was there to film this stunning show by these sleek, mysterious ocean dwellers. I wonder what they're actually almost seems like they're celebrating.

Video by National Geographic Society.

Local Yellows Nibble
Net Update by Bill Roecker

No wide-open bite yet, but on Thursday, April 17, at least two San Diego boats found some biting yellowtail at the Coronados Islands. Malihini of H&N reported a catch of 22 yellows, and Seaforth’s San Diego took 13, along with a lingcod. Rockfish were also caught by Malihini.


Rick Marin at H&M said, “The bite’s pretty consistent, with 20 to 40 fish a day. The little ones are around 12 and the best fish around 40 pounds. It’s mostly been a jig bite on yoyo iron. A good color has been mint and white but no particular color is that much better than the others. Larger jigs are getting the most bites, like the full-size Salas 6X and the Tady 4/0. The water’s still off-color, about 62 degrees, with lots of krill.”

Seaforth spokesman Mike Gauger said, “San Diego was mostly fishing on the anchor, with flylined mackerel and surface iron in sardine color. Bob Fletcher got 5, and three were with treble-hooked mackerel. They’re fishing in more places now, in improving conditions, around South Island and The Middle Grounds.”

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