Yellowtail is an inshore fish, when I was growing up,
we used to catch them of the beach with spinning reels and jigs
they move offshore during summer, to spawn under kelp
so go get some, they are starving and small yellows are careless
and taste very good
My friends and I used to ride our Scwinn stingrays to Seal Beach jetty back in the late 60's from Buena Park and catch so many bonita that our Garcia spinning reals would seize up.
The Asians would come down and buy 'em up for 50¢ a piece which we used to buy lunch.
Good times indeed!
Yeah, I remember in '96? I think I spotted a school right by the bait barge in Dana Point harbor (in the 5-10lb class). I was fishing with my trout setup and large shad colored tube baits for bass. I hooked into a couple but they would just peel line and break me off. Fun stuff! Never saw them again!
I know exactly where this guy is fishing, and yes we used to hammer the bonito here. I caught about a 18" biscuit there a couple months ago, he swam off just fine. Everything on those rocks take the plastics pretty well too, the live bait guys have been around about 10 years or so, mostly smelt...works.
I think we're ( I am) referring to the entrance jettys to Huntington Harbor
back then and now too the Naval Ammo Dump, but who cares? Geez.
Hell my dad and uncle caught them off the Newport Wharf (now pier)
in the 40's and 50's too. They caught Albacore in the channel too then
on all day boats out of LA Harbor, giant black seabass at the 14/Cat.
As well.. Seal Beach...which we not only fished but surfed
in "Ray Bay". A big power plant let out cooling water around 80F
even in winter, so it was our "Hot Spot" for bonito, halibut and
the occasional yellowtail and white seabass even! and Great Surf!!
Oh yeah LOT of Rays on the bottom, had a few "Stingers" then too.