Tuna (lots) jumping outside Newport Harbor this morning!

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I know, no pics..... but I swear to (name your deity) that I witnessed tuna (BFT) boiling/jumping this morning from about 10:00 AM until about 12:30 PM literally 200 yards to 1/2 mile off of big corona and down to crystal cove. The fish would pop up and boil/jump with tons of birds working. We would run and gun towards the fish and they would sink out. One time we stopped and shut down and watched in amazement while 20#ish tuna fully cleared the water and worked the bait right by the boat. We trolled, we threw iron, we watched this spectacle repeat 10-20 times with 2-4 schools around us, AMAZING!! Water was clear and blue, maybe 60 degrees. Simply amazing!
Thank you Jason the water temps are 7 degrees higher then normal for this time of year. This picture was taken 1-2-2019

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i remember catching those things in that same area( MLPA) a few years back.
SUP guys in the same area.
We were on our way back in from the domes 3 years ago and picked up a couple 50 lbers about 3/4 of a mile off crystal cove. It was nuts! Nat Geo shit
 

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I know, no pics..... but I swear to (name your deity) that I witnessed tuna (BFT) boiling/jumping this morning from about 10:00 AM until about 12:30 PM literally 200 yards to 1/2 mile off of big corona and down to crystal cove. The fish would pop up and boil/jump with tons of birds working. We would run and gun towards the fish and they would sink out. One time we stopped and shut down and watched in amazement while 20#ish tuna fully cleared the water and worked the bait right by the boat. We trolled, we threw iron, we watched this spectacle repeat 10-20 times with 2-4 schools around us, AMAZING!! Water was clear and blue, maybe 60 degrees. Simply amazing!
20lb fish, or 200lb fish? also what is big corona?
 
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Hmmmm. Tuna off my SUP is definitely on my bucket list.

Keep the reports coming in!!! :)
 

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Went looking yesterday out of oceanside. Found a few kelps not holding about 8 miles out. Water was 61. I pushed west to 17 miles and seen 62.3 water that cooled just west of there. No tuna seen. Ended up fishing halibut the rest of the day inside for a few shorts.
On my way out and then back in spread from 1 to 5 miles off the bech there was alot of birdlife and dolphin working bait. At times you couldn't tell it was dolphin as they would not break the surface and they are smaller dolphin too. Only after watching from a distance with the binoculars for long periods would I see one. It was unlike the times I had seen them before with a clear view of multiple dolphin going airborne and breaking the surface. At first I thought it was tuna as other people have been describing, up fast, here and there, boils and splashes. I watched similar events chasing tuna many times before. But it wasn't ! I don't really care as I love the hunt and enjoy being on the water either way. The thought of getting 1 of these bluefin that close to home after chasing them offshore for 2 years now keeps me going even when its 42 degrees at 530 in oceanside
 

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I find it rather amusing that the weather let up right as the season closed. Almost three weeks of straight off shore winds in December into two weeks of calm at the beginning of January...

That said, days with little wind should help keep the water warm, which in combination with the already warmer than usual surface temperature, should produce an early season bite.
 
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January the seas seem to always be calm for the most part...
 

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Amazing for 2-1/2 hours not even a SINGLE BITE! They should catch its by Hand like on the video it will be really AMAZING! :-)
 

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April Fool's comes early? Well they have been reporting Bluefin off Oceanside also, who knows if this is another crazy year on the Bluefin?
 
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I ain’t falling for the banana in the tailpipe.
Are you trying to keep people off the 150 this weekend or what?
I can already see the crowd at the dunes launch ramp.
 

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Perfect timing. Groundfish season closed and we're back to BF.

Sounds like you can catch them with a surf rod this time. Excellent, this will really save on cost.

 
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If anyone wants to go out looking for those fish this week or next, let me know!!! I'm game! Happy to chip in for expenses, etx. etx...

Just holla at me and let me know the when and where!!!
 
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:fighting0061:For this coming weekend, I am tossed between going after a fresh stocking of trout at Lake Laguna versus stocking of bluefin tuna off Dana Point/Newport Beach! Tough decision ...may be rained out according to weather forecast.