Offshore Bluefin Tuna (Coronado Canyon) 7/23/22

Sidekick10

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    7/23/22

    Launched around 11am with my nephew and got a half scoop of some big sardines, most had red spots on them but bait is bait. Caught about 25 Mackerel and headed out cleared Point Loma at noon, plan was to hit 9 mile bank and go look for some kelp paddy’s for my first yellowtail and dorado this season.

    Didn’t find any kelp going towards the 9 or on it and went south towards Coronado canyon and finally found a 5 foot paddy around 2:30pm and marked it. Dorado jumping every 5-15 seconds some 3-5 at the same time they looked like 5-10 pounders. Stayed on that kelp tried flyline sardines, Mackerel and slow trolling couldn’t get a bite. Stayed on that kelp for 2 hours and then spotted a foamer south about 5 miles south on the horizon with terns on them but didn’t leave the spot with the kelp. So stayed on that kelp and after about 20-30 min later a big splash off the starboard side about 50 yards, was a bluefin I saw the tail on it. Put out a live mackerel and got hit within 30 seconds, there was a knot stuck on the braid to my reel so he took off and it popped at the knot. Nephews sardine on 20lb flouro got hit, didn’t feel like a dorado definitely was a bluefin and popped it right after it got smoked. Then I look around and see a foamer 500-700 yards out with birds all over it. Reeled in the bait put out the trollers 150 yards and 200 yards on the other. Chased that foamer and got hit within 5 minutes, came off. Damn!

    Trolled again to the next foamer in 3 min about 500 yards away and was going like 15kts didn’t get hit, saw another foamer 2 min later about half a mile away went around the foamer bluefin eating anchovies busting out the water (National Geographic Style) and put those madmacs right through that foamer! 200mm spanish mackerel goes off running and about 5 seconds later green mackerel goes off! Double hook up!

    1 hour plus both Bluefins still on. Landed the closest one to the boat and it’s a guaranteed 100lbs, 2nd bluefin came in close to the boat didnt see color saw a sealion chasing the boat off my stern and about 20 seconds later almost got spooled pretty sure that sealion had it in its mouth! And it popped off!

    Overall 1-5 on the bluefin!

    The bluefins were 100 plus pounds on the foamers!

    Time: 4:30pm-6pm
    Location: Coronado canyon
    Technique: trolling madmacs 200mm / fly line mackerel/sardines
    Gear: Seeker rail rod OSP 1x3 Okuma Makaira 30ii sea 100lb braid to 100lb mono.

    Trolling speed 12-14 knots

    Forecast was 4ft swells at 7 second intervals, overcast.

    Good luck out there and stay safe!
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    NoLDR

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    Not sure a sealion would go for a 100 plus tuna but a mako sure would. Perhaps the sealion was jumping to get away from what was chasing your tuna. Either way congratulations on the nice tuna and what seems like a very active day on the water.
     
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    Sidekick10

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    Great report… did you make the macs next to the bait barge or outside?
    Thank you! I always try to make at least 10 mackerel before I head out, sometimes its not guaranteed, I caught the macks at the bait barge on cut sardines on a sabiki rig. 15 feet from the surface, wide open.
     
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    Sidekick10

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    Not sure a sealion would go for a 100 plus tuna but a mako sure would. Perhaps the sealion was jumping to get away from what was chasing your tuna. Either way congratulations on the nice tuna and what seems like a very active day on the water.
    Yes possibly, that was my 2nd thought on what it could have been. When the sealion popped back up he just looked at me and possibly that bluefin swam out of his mouth, or the Mako had a good meal. If you catch a Bluefin with a green Mackerel madmac 200mm in its mouth chances are that was him.
     
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    Sidekick10

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    Nice work man. You went out and made something happen. Can’t catch those fish sitting on the couch!
    Yes sir, honestly this was the first time we witnessed a bluefin foamer in person besides watching youtube videos from the couch! Hard to explain but it was awesome, a circle ball of bait about 30 yards wide, anchovies jumping out the water boiling, bluefin crashing on them, 30 terns flying around like crazy following them and these foamers were scattered like 2-3 at once, like 300-500 yards apart.
     
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