Catalina Half Day Tuna - 9/24

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by flyliner, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    September and October are my absolute favorite months of the year to fish offshore. It's sort of hard to express in words, but there is a certain smell in the air on the water, a certain feeling when summer begins to shift into fall. As an added bonus, there is no more waiting in line to get bait, and if you do find some fish, you usually have it all to yourself.

    So Saturday we decided to check the backside of Catalina to see if the tuna were still around. We got two awesome scoops of small sardines from San Pedro Bait and off we went. The crossing in the morning over to the island was a little bumpy because of the winds the past two days, but eventually things settled down nicely.

    Once we got about four miles behind Cat we noticed a group of terns dipping and diving. As we got closer we started to see puddling tuna, along with a few jumpers. We slid into them nice and easy and my sounder was showing a massive school of fish. Steven started brailing bait as quickly as he could and fish began crashing around the boat by the time I turned off the engines.

    I am pretty sure Steven was the first to get bit, but I wasn't far behind him. Soon enough we were both up at the bow high fiving with a double going and not another boat in sight. Like I said, I love fishing offshore this time of year.

    Steven got his fish to color pretty quick and to our surprise it turned out to be a nice little bluefin tuna.
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    My fish took a little longer but eventually Steven stuck the gaff into a nice late season yellowfin.
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    We got baits back out in the water and were soon hooked up again, this time they both turned out to be yellowfin tuna. Unfortunately after that the school left us even though we kept a steady stream of chum going as we were fighting our fish. Really surprised that the school didn't stick with us.

    Thankfully, it wasn't long before we found another school of fish. This time it was two terns working an area with no visual signs of fish until we got in front of them and started chumming and a much nicer grade of yellowfin tuna began crashing on the surface. By the size of the boils it looked like that 50-80 pound stuff, but that's just a guess.

    Despite putting on quite a show, we never hooked another fish, and that would be the story for the rest of the day. We found four separate schools in total, but were only able to get that first spot of fish to bite. By noon all the life had vanished and we decided to call it a day before the wind started to blow again in the afternoon. We did stop on one nice kelp around the Avalon Bank that as loaded with 2 pound yellowtail, but that was all she wrote.

    Back in San Pedro and in the slip by 1:00 p.m. with our four tuna and we were pretty happy. Still, based on the volume of fish and how they reacted to our chum, I would have expected better fishing. We were using 15 pound and tiny hooks. Maybe 12 pound and spinning gear would have worked for a few more fish. Next time.

    Jonathan
     
  2. Paul Ward

    Paul Ward Well-Known "Member"

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  3. Paul Ward

    Paul Ward Well-Known "Member"

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    Your reports are aways great to read. Your photos always show a clean lite up fish in perfect lighting.Nice pics
     
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  4. dtf

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    Very nice Jonathon, the beans are safe now that your off the beach.
     
  5. jim isbell

    jim isbell Well-Known "Member"

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    I do remember your great shots from earlier this year--or was it last? I have a great shot of you with a huge Dorado--this one's great too. I think one of your keys is getting that shot, immediately after the fish comes out of the water--frameable stuff for sure.
     
  6. Cobia224

    Cobia224 Newbie

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    Awesome fishing intel! Can you please let me know next time you go out? I just want to be the "bat boy" and hand you the rods and watch you do your magic. This year has been skunk land for me every time. Great read with awesome pics.
     
  7. tom cindric

    tom cindric Tom-broke-off

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    Very nice fish and reoprt! Yeah I know no other boats in sight. Nothing beats fresh fall sashimi!
     
  8. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Solid work guys, and NICE FISH! LOL
     
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  9. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    Way to find um' Captain!!! :appl:
     
  10. robaire

    robaire Angler

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    Ahhh, the serenity. :cheers:
    Can't even put a price on it.
    Thanks for the report.
    Robert
     
  11. dmrides

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    Awesome report, as are all of your reports.


    But I'm always left wondering; what would happen if you wore a yellow, or green shirt?
     
  12. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    That's my lucky shirt. I have yet to be skunked offshore while wearing it! Lol.
     
  13. RenoG

    RenoG Mission Bay - Campland 25' Larson Cabin Boat

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    I'm curious; what do you guys chum with? live bait, chunk bait, cat food?
    I can hold about half a scoop maybe 1; so I might be limited to just one feeding frenzy;
     
  14. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    Live sardines for chum.
     
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  15. So Cal Adventure

    So Cal Adventure Well-Known "Member"

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    Temp charts show ULTRA warm 73 deg water there today. Def the time to find YF near Cat! Hope more reports of tuna come in this week from the island.

    Thank you for the report!
     
  16. bottomdweller

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    Way to go Jonathan and Steven, good to see someone catching fish! This has been a very challenging season for most.
     
  17. JFFISHING

    JFFISHING Newbie

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    Very nice!
     
  18. T Shark

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    Always a great report. You sure know how to locate the bite. Thanks for sharing.
     
  19. svue

    svue I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    you always seem to find them on the back side of Cat. way to go.
     
  20. Sciaenops

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    12# lol. like the old days. nice report
     

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