WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS/MALIHINI
No FMM needed — U.S. waters from the border to La Jolla get an influx of 18- to 25-pound yellowtail just in time for the annual surface iron seminar on the Malihini
THE PROMISE LAND for spring yellows is the deep water anywhere from Point Loma on up to La Jolla. And there’s more on the way, as fish were seen outside Imperial Beach while boat were catching yellowtail outside the Point Loma and La Jolla.
SAN DIEGO — It looked like the annual surface iron seminar was going to lose its magic horseshoe, the one that always seemed to have the yellowtail and/or barracuda show up for the April trip that has everyone ready to go with their Tady lures.
And then — seemingly out of nowhere — the yellowtail showed up from right outside San Diego Bay all the way on up La Jolla. There was no need for the anglers to pick up an FMM (the infamous “visa”) that has kept passenger interest and Coronado Islands’ coverage to all-time lows. There’s no islands this time around, as it’d be a long day spent no more than 10 miles from home, chasing down bird schools and spots of puddling yellowtail.
The show would be incredible, as spots of yellowtail up high and dry on balls of one-inch squid outside Point Loma would put on some impressive shows, racing around the boat, puddling up on tiny bait and turning their noses up to most offerings. In the end two yellowtail — the first two yellowtail of the year for the Malihini — would fall for the jigs and hit the deck, one a 20 pounder on a chrome Tady 9 for Robert Groeber and the other a 22 pounder on a Tady A1 surface iron for this writer who will have the complete story in the April 27 issue of Western Outdoor News.
A CHROME TADY 9 is Robert Groeber’s new favorite jig.