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San Diego: Yellowtail and bluefin bites hold up

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: May 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO — Despite less than ideal offshore conditions, the San Diego fleet managed to put a good catch of pelagics in the holds. The Coronado Islands were good for yellowtail and the offshore banks produced bluefin to 140-pounds. Early week and weekend trips found the best conditions and with it good fishing. Fisherman’s Landing posted several good scores on Sunday. The Liberty fished the Coronado Islands with 31 anglers. The group landed 74 yellowtail and 7 bonito. The San Diego out of Seaforth, also at the Coronados, put 88 yellowtail and 11 bonito on the deck for 21 anglers. The Grande out of H&M Landing took 34 anglers to the islands on a full day trip and caught 28 yellowtail. Despite the uneven weather, the bite has seemed to hold up.

A DANDY BLUEFIN landed on the Sea Adventure 80 from H&M Landing in San Diego.

The rest of the fleet was on the bluefin grounds where most boats posted one around scores. Fisherman’s Landing sent these catches, on Friday, the Pegasus returned with 17 bluefin for 18 anglers on a 1.5-day trip. On Sunday, the boat had 13 bluefin tuna ranging from 55 to 85 pounds for 18 anglers on their 1.5-day offshore trip. The Pacific Queen returned Sunday morning with 47 bluefin tuna from 60 to 80 pounds with one at 140 pounds for 34 anglers on their 1.5-day offshore trip. The Condor returned Sunday morning with 13 bluefin tuna weighing from 50 to 135 pounds for 22 anglers on their 1.5-day offshore trip. The Tomahawk returned Sunday morning with 36 bluefin tuna from 40-120-pounds for 27 anglers on another 1.5-day trip. The Sea Adventure 80 with 26 anglers put 15 bluefin on the deck on another 1.5-day trip.

Local fishing saw a mix of sculpin and rockfish. The Premier out of H&M ran a 1/2-day a.m. trip with 38 anglers and scored 54 rockfish and 2 sculpin. The afternoon run saw 36 anglers deck 52 rockfish, 4 sculpin.

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