It’s been a matter of some debate in the various Internet forums I participate in this week. I mentioned in the last couple articles how most of the boats have transitioned to rockfishing. It’s not that there aren’t pelagic species around. Yesterday, San Diego regular Elmer Mun and another lucky angler scored wahoos at the Coronado Islands while yellowtail fishing.
There were not anyt tuna in yesterday’s count, but there are boats fishing this weekend in search of them. In an absolute sense, the season isn’t over. However, as Capt. Jeffrey Markland of the Thunderbird told me, “When 40 boats are tied to the dock 6 days a week, it’s over.”
So if you want to catch tuna, there are still “local” opportunities to do so, but the days are definitely numbered.
Personally, if I were headed out this weekend, I’d either head north to fish the Channel Islands for rockfish and lingcod, fish Cat or Clemente for a variety of bass, bonito, yellowtail and rockfish, or the ¾ day San Diego boats fishing the Coronados. I’d even consider some of the Long Beach / San Pedro ¾ day boats. There were some spearos last week that scored wahoo by the oil rigs, so you never know what might happen pulling a trolling lure.
Bluefin Tuna Back On In Mexico
No there isn’t a hot new bite that has developed in Mexico. It is good news though.
This week, the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) was informed by Mexican officials that the bluefin fishery in Mexican waters has re-opened. Anglers will be allowed to keep up to 2 fish per day, and up to 6 fish on a 3 day or longer trip. I got to think we will get a re-bite at some point this winter. Maybe they show up at Tanner/Cortez, maybe at that 43 spot south of Clemente…still in U.S. waters. But it’s nice to know if they cross the border, we can chase them in Mexico as well. Viva Mexico!
Good luck out there this weekend.