Bluefin Still Biting
One of my big goals this year was to get one of these local bluefin over 100-pounds. Unfortunately, the way things have lined up, I haven’t had many opportunities.
Hopefully that changes this weekend.
I’ve got my 1.5-day charter leaving tonight (Friday) on the Pacific Queen. I was just on the boat last month. It was my AFTCO sponsored 2-day trip. Typically, the longer trips have been the ones to be on to get after the bluefin, but that trip ended up focused on yellowfin tuna (right).
Naturally, I’ve been keeping my eye on what the boat has been doing. Right now the yellowfin have been really close. So when the boat has had an overnight trip, they’ve caught yellowfin. Day and a half and longer have been bluefin trips.
True to form, the boat came in Thursday morning from a 1.5-day trip with limits of bluefin (34) for 17 anglers (top).
Capt. Gavin Harbour put the anglers on fish mostly in the 40-60# class, but they decked two fish that came in at over a 100! That’s angler Ricky Carmona (left) whose fish weighed in at 102 on the Fisherman’s Landing scale.
I checked in with Gavin yesterday to get an idea of the gameplan and what to bring for our trip. He confirmed that we would most likely be fishing bluefin.
I may get my shot yet!
What To Bring
I was putting together my gear yesterday for the trip. I rigged up 20#, 30#, 40# and 60# bait setups, and then my big flatfall setup. Gavin confirmed I was on the right track. He recommended 25-40# bait setups and the big flatfall rig. He stressed that fluorocarbon and circle hooks (1/0 to 3/0) were an absolute must.
It seems like things are coming together to get my shot. Hopefully, the trip goes as planned. Stay tuned.
What Else Is Going On?
The hot yellowfin bite continues. The storm down below last week (Sergio) that I was worried about may have had the beneficial result of pushing some warm water our way and extending our season.
The full day boats out of San Diego have been on them all week with limits (or close to it) of yellowfin, skipjack, and a decent sprinkle of dorado and yellowtail in the mix.
Locally, bonito has been the staple of sportboats from Dana Wharf to Marina del Rey. The bones are so thick, I’m even seeing reports of them being caught from piers and jetties along much of the coastline. If you’re going to hit the sand/pier/jetty this weekend, I’d definitely make sure I had a Krocodile, Kastmaster or similar in my kit. If there is bird activity within casting distance, throw into it and hang on!
There is a hint of Fall chill in the air, but it’s not time to put away your fishing gear (is it ever?). Get out and enjoy the good fishing.
Good luck if you get out there.