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Angler's choice San Diego style

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO — As we rolled past Labor Day, the hard-core angler's favorite time of the year is upon us, and its first week did not disappoint. There were school fish galore in dorado and yellowfin on tap. For those with the inclination, the cow bluefin continued to provide the fish of a lifetime for those with the preparation, luck, ability and tenacity to boat one.

Strangely, anything less than a 200 pounder became passé this past week as fish over 300 set the bar. The fleet fell into the groove in this fishery, with trips under 1.5 days heading south for the fast action on the school fish – full limits of yellowfin and/or skipjack, on many outings this past week.

ROD BUILDER ROBBY Cohn got a birthday treat while aboard the Pacific Dawn. He landed two bluefin over 200 pounds!

Those aboard longer trips might, once all had a catch in the hold, opt for Cow Town to the north, and a shot at the fish of a lifetime. Or, instead stay in the slay sector for a second day of yellowfin and such.

It's a sure bet, the skipper's bent followed the gear he saw present in the rod racks, and the angler ability witnessed on deck during day one.

Here are a few weekend results. The Pacific Dawn fished a 1.5 dayer, limiting on yellowfin, adding 14 flat-heads. Earlier in the week rod builder Robby Cohen reported he had fished that boat on his birthday, and landed a pair of bluefin over 200, that's a limit of cows!

Also out of Fisherman's Landing, the Pegasus put limits of yellowfin in the hold as well. Friday the Pacific Queen was back at the dock from a 3 dayer with 24 anglers aboard. Capt. Gavin Harbour reported wrapping up a catch of 360 yellowfin and 130 dorado with 18 bluefin including 4 of the jumbos.

Earlier in the week the Islander wrapped up a 2.5 dayer with 108 dorado and 270 tuna for 28.

Out of Seaforth Sportfishing the Apollo went for the gusto on an overnighter and put 12 bluefin on deck, 7 of which ranged from 180 to 220 pounds. The Tribute was back in from their overnighter with limits of yellowfin for 32 anglers, 10 flatheads and 130 skippies. The jacks have been big ones. Weekday trips post holiday had left the dock with lots of open spots.

stacienimzSTACIE NIMZ-PERKINS on the bow of the Pacific Queen, in the spotlight.

The Red Rooster III put in Cow Town time and landed a super cow at 305 pounds. It was the Excalibur with the exotic tuna, a pair of solid bigeye tuna. Their mid-week trip limited on yellowfin and added 150 skippies too. The Producer limited out, max Mex. style, with 1 dorado and 299 tuna on an over nighter.

The Sea Adventure 80, Constitution, Ocean Odyssey and Legend all returned with near limits of the school fish first, and a handful of the bluefin or more went to the OO and Legend, with the Top Gun 80 on the board with a 202.

In an interesting turn, the Jig Strike encountered larger grade yellowfin tuna Sunday morning. Their 15 anglers got 40 fish in the 30- to 40-pound class early and ended up with 43 yellowfin and 65 skippies for their full-day trip.

Locally the bass bite tapered a bit over the weekend, angler participation was low and there was ample rail space for those that did go. Several outings fell back on the bottom biters even. However, there was a sprinkling of local yellowtail and the New Seaforth actually had a decent local go-'round on the jacks, landing 23 Sunday morning.

CAPT. ART TAYLOR caught on camera scaling dandy bluefin for another lucky angler aboard his boat Searcher.

305-POUND SUPER-COW bluefin tuna aboard the Red Rooster III.

davidbalfour385DAVID BALFOUR WITH his new personal best bluefin aboard the Apollo.

prowlerownerPROWLER OWNER CAPT. Andrew Viola with a 216 pounder and a very stoked client.

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