Knowing for a few weeks I'd have a shot to get out yesterday I was somewhat happy to see the MB score limits of yellow 2 days in a row. It was also concerning since that meant we'd have a full load. Went out with about 35 anglers, hearing about the previous day's early limits and shooting out on a bluefin hunt. Got to the islands and searched for a good hour plus before seeing anything to stop on. The deckhands said it was a good flyline and surface iron bite with not so much on the yo yo, so I switched my yo yo rig out to another bait outfit. First stop got a handful of fish on surface irons and Capt Steve said the yo yo should be good. There wasn't much current so the fish didn't really show that well. Re-rigged my yo yo setup and was able to score a couple of quick ones on the next couple of stops. By noon we only had just over 20 yellows, but with a couple in the bag the pressure was off me. As the conditions improved the fish started acting better and we had a few good stops. I hung a few more but they came unbuttoned. We hit around 70 fish and I was till stuck at 2, but I had tried dedicating more time to the surface iron with no luck. The better long rodders started putting the wood to them, while showing me I'm not as good as I thought. Went back to the yo yo and got another, then decided to fish bait. We got on a couple of very good schools, the first I hooked fish on bait. Frustrating as the hook pulled on 3 and fluoro broke on the 4th, but encouraging as I was getting bit well. I went up one size on the hook- 1/0 to 2/0-and was able to get 2 more fish to finish my limit, although I did pull another hook and had another break off. Quite good fishing to get bit that well. I was fishing 20 with fluoro and most guys were going a bit heavier so that probably helped. I racked my rods and started tearing stuff down so I could stay out of the way of guys still trying to get some. One newbie was frustrated going fishless all day, finally hooked up but was taken by a sea lion. After quite a long battle he got his fish with only minor superficial scrapes. He then proceeded to nail 4 fish on the next school to finish his limit. The sea lions were pretty ravenous with quite a few guys reeling up heads only after their encounters. Steve stayed out late and then slow putted in to give the crew time to clean fish. We ended with 127 fish for 37 guys. A very very good day. A few 6-7 pound fish, with most running 10-around 16 or so. I love the Mission Belle. Steve is king of the Coronados and the crew was extremely helpful. I really enjoyed fishing with them again. Karen in the galley is great. Just a tremendous operation. Quite a few regulars on the boat which seems to have an unofficial "no Knuckleheads" policy. Definitely my first choice for San Diego all day trips. I really can't believe how good the fishing has been at the islands this year. I find it funny that a Catalina boat scores good yellows one day then runs with 90 passengers the next. The MB maxes at 42. I really enjoy their attitude. On the seminar on the way out Eugene tells everybody they're a yellowtail boat. They won't change up and fish rockfish if it's slow. That's totally my preference.