I get the feeling that I’m starting to sound like a broken record once again, but with this year’s consistently good fishing, it’s hard not to. Not much new this week, except for a couple of blue marlin catches. The bigger of the two was a 650+ pound beast that was the second biggest marlin ever weighed in San Diego.
Along with the opportunities for giant marlin, there are still plenty of wahoo being caught in San Diego and Orange County waters. Several boats this year have gotten bit by doubles on big wahoo and a few have been lucky enough to land both fish. Steve Craig and his daughter Michelle fished both days over the weekend and after seeing a wahoo at the 14 on Saturday went back on Sunday and got two. If you’re looking for some wahoo trolling tips, check out this article.
The tuna are still biting all up and down the coast, but the overwhelming majority of them are small yellowfin and skipjack. John Curry fished with his brother Travis and Brandon Vulgamott on Saturday and reported catching over 50 yellowfin, most of which were released, a bunch of skipjack and several large dorado. They caught their fish between the 277 and the 209.
If you’re wondering where the bigger bluefin have gotten off to, the answer is Morro Bay.
Orlando Cortez and friends fished 28 miles offshore and landed three 50-pound class bluefin. Historically there’s been a fall tuna season in Morro Bay, so this may turn into a viable fishing option over the next couple weeks.
Closer to home, the yellowtail are still biting along the coast and at most of the islands.
I fished out of Long Beach with Matt Kotch on Saturday morning and he caught one nice yellow on the surface iron. We saw quite a few bigger fish in the zone we caught our fish and found schools of smaller ones scattered around the Horseshoe Kelp later in the day. If I were heading out this weekend, I’d try slow trolling mackerel or sardines around the rocks on the west end of the Horseshoe.
There are also yellowtail biting in both ends of the Santa Monica Bay. The fish off Rocky Point have been biting more consistently, but the fish up around Point Dume are larger. These fish are being caught on both live bait and jigs. If the receiver only has anchovies, you’re going to want to snag some mackerel before heading out.
Captain Larry Heron of Calico Hunter Charters reported fishing the yellowtail zone out of Santa Barbara on Saturday. Their intended species escaped them, but his passengers did manage two white seabass and several large bonito and sheephead. As with the bite in the bay you’re going to want to snag some mackerel before heading out.