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San Diego: Coronados yellowtail fishing ignites for a ripper bite midweek

More Colonet bluefin has anglers salivating

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 03, 2020

SAN DIEGO — What a week it was! Yellowtail fishing went Richter at the Coronados mid-week for the San Diego, Seaforth Landing, eventually settling down to a promising pick over the weekend. Meanwhile, offshore of Colonet the Tomahawk, Fisherman’s Landing, roped a lucky 13 bluefin tuna on its weekend 1.5-day trip. The fishing has been summer-like, and it’s only early March.

First, the Coronado Islands yellows. The San Diego has been fishing the islands for only a short time this season, but is already showing its well-known affinity for finding the forktails. Wednesday, with only 14 anglers aboard, the boat hit paydirt: 62 yellowtail in the 15- to 20-pound range! Those fish mainly ate the yo-yo iron, but a few were caught up top on the long rods.

THE YELLOWS THUNDERED for the San Diego, Seaforth Landing, at the Coronados midweek. Fourteen anglers caught over 60, most on yo-yo iron. PHOTO COURTESY THE SAN DIEGO

Friday’s trip couldn’t find the bulk of the fish, but still managed a couple forkies to go with a round of bonito and plenty of rockfish. Just a day later, the count improved to 19 yellows and a halibut. Sunday and Monday were weather scratches.

The San Diego wasn’t the only boat in on the Coronados action. The Mission Belle, Point Loma Sportfishing, captured 9 along with 20 bonito on Saturday. Soon it will be joined by the Liberty full-day boat out of Fisherman’s Landing. The big boat will be online for the Coronados run starting March 4.

Colonet 1.5-day or longer trips have been productive all winter, but the prospect of bluefin tuna has certainly spiced things up. A week ago, the Tomahawk and Pacific Queen, Fisherman’s, opened the tuna action but many of their anglers were undergunned. Now that anglers are ready for bluefin, the catch rate has improved but there is still untold carnage in lost fish, a given with these bruisers.

The Tomahawk went out mid-week for another go and got 4, but 3 were in the 120- to 150-pound range, beautiful fish. This weekend’s 1.5-day was luckier, 13 of the BFTs from 70 to 90 pounds, still good quality. That was to go with limits of jumbo Colonet cods and 8 lings to 22 pounds, a most excellent trip.

Other boats made the journey south but missed on both yellows and bluefin.WON ad sales rep. Dylan Depres was on one such trip on the Relentless, which fished about halfway down, and filed a report.

Depres said a morning search for yellowtail found good conditions and working birds but no jacks, so the boat turned to the dependable rockfish resource. Those fish ate squid strips, live sardine and jigs, with the jigs seemingly out producing natural baits. Once the bags were stuffed the Relentless headed offshore, but couldn’t find any bluefin signal and turned for home.

anotherfineforkieANOTHER FINE FORKIE for a midweek San Diego angler. The boat’s crew reported the average size in the 15- to 20-pound range, excellent quality. PHOTO COURTESY THE SAN DIEGO

richardallenrightRICHARD ALLEN, RIGHT, past owner of Invicta Sportfishing, with a nice Colonet red that nipped a JRI 66 jig. Allen was fishing the Relentess. WON PHOTO DYLAN DEPRES

bruiserBRUISER — A nicer Tomahawk bluefin caught midweek. PHOTO COURTESY TOMAHAWK SPORTFISHING

weekendwarriorWEEKEND WARRIOR — After a tough day with just two yellows, the San Diego was back at the Coronados Friday where anglers landed a decent number, 19. PHOTO COURTESY THE SAN DIEGO

THE TOMAHAWK CREW wrangles a bluefin caught offshore of Colonet mid-week. If you go, bring your heavy gear! PHOTO COURTESY TOMAHAWK SPORTFISHING

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