I wrote on Tuesday how the New Seaforth got into some nice bluefin on Monday (April 11th). The next day? It was a case of “Shoulda been here yesterday” for the half day boat out of Seaforth Landing. However, the ¾-day boat, The San Diego, found them…nice ones too! They caught 8 fish up to over 70-pounds.
A familiar face in the lineup of successful anglers for the ride was Joe Oyama of San Diego. Joe is a regular on the local San Diego boats and one of the fishiest guys I know. Joe told me he landed the fish on a Shimano Orca using a custom rod made with a United Composites, US 85 Monster blank (8’ 6” rod rated 30-60).
Multiple anglers on the boat told me that Joe hooked, fought and had the fish on deck in less than 2 minutes!
Having fished with Joe on several occasions, I’m not surprised. He’s one of the fishiest guys I know. Clearly, this wasn’t the light line and long soak scenario that I described for the smaller fish that got this bite started. Those fish are still around, but bigger fish are becoming the norm. The Pacific Queen got into fish in the 80-pound range on their overnight trip yesterday.
In my opinion, it won’t be long before someone catches a 100-pound fish on one of these local trips.
Someone asked on the Facebook page, “What kind of setup do I need to catch 100 pounders?” The general of thumb is take 3x the line test and you’ll be in the game for fish up to that size. So a 40–pound rig, could suffice. The bigger concern is making sure you have enough line capacity and drag to withstand that big initial run and slow a fish of that size down.
Personally, I’ll be bringing at least 3 (if not 4) bait rigs, with one of them being a heavy gun to pull out if A) these bigger fish are around, and B) they’re willing to bite the big string. That big gun for me in this scenario is a 60-pound rated rod with an Accurate 665H with 300 yards of 80-pound braid to a long topshot of 60. You definitely want to have a bigger setup on hand if you want to play in this game.
One final note, we’re starting to see yellowfin creep into the counts. On the Pacific Queen trip mentioned earlier, they had 3. Typically we see the bluefin first, then once the water get’s too hot for their liking, they move on and we see more of the yellowfin. If you want a shot at the blues, make your plans now and get out there.