Stop for a moment and say these words out loud: HALF DAY TUNA
It’s a rare and beautiful thing.
Now consider this…what if they were bluefin, up to over 60-pounds, in April, with half of them coming on poppers. Unbelievable? It’s true!
I posted the picture of angler Lucas Factor of San Diego on the facebook page yesterday. I had gotten word around lunchtime that the New Seaforth was going to look outside for tuna. Lucas was one of the anglers onboard who successfully scored one of 6 fish boated on Monday afternoon’s ride aboard Seaforth Landing’s half day boat. Congrats to Lucas, the other anglers involved and Captains RJ Hudson, Brian Castleton and their excellent crew.
Lucas told me he scored his prize on the 80-gram Shimano Flatfall in the Black Anchovy color.
Anglers on the boat were treated to a half dozen or more opportunities of schools found on birds working and foamers on the surface boiling on the abundant bait in the water.
Lucas said , “Many, many schools! It looked like Panama out there!!!”
Outside half day range, fishing the 60 Mile Bank area on Sunday, the Outer Limits, also out of Seaforth, got the first yellowfin tuna of the season, along with 24 bluefin tuna.
I personally made the trek out to the 60 Mile Bank area aboard the Dominator, out of Point Loma Sportfishing on Friday night, fishing Saturday. The Outer Limits was out there with us, along with the Top Gun 80, and the Old Glory. On that day, the ocean pretty much ate our lunch. We saw visual signs of fish, but they just didn’t want to play too much. To even be in the game, one needed to fish 20-pound fluoro to a size 2 hook or smaller.
There were a couple guys in our group that dropped to 15-pound test and got bit, only to fail in putting the fish on the boat. We ended up with 12 fish up to about 35-pounds for 25 anglers. My buddy, Glenn Allen Jr. was the hot stick on the boat converting 5 bites into 4 landed fish. In stark contrast, fishing the exact same setup (he gave me one of his hooks!), I couldn’t garner even one bite. Very frustrating.
As you might imagine, given the wide range in size of fish being caught and how they’re being caught, it’s going to create dilemmas on what gear to bring.
All I can say is, be ready for anything.
It’s not a bite that anyone would consider consistent or wide open. It seems like anytime something good happens, weather flows through to disrupt the fishing. We will see it happen again this week. All I can say is just make your plans and get out there. There’s enough of an opportunity where you could be one of the lucky ones and enjoy your day in the sun…and some fresh bluefin tuna.
You’ll never know, unless you go. Good luck.