July 14, 2014
Multi-day Fishing Overview
Tuna fishing seemed to improve a good deal for many boats on Saturday, with a couple reporting bluefin that actually wanted to bite on the full moon. Then the breeze came up, which usually puts the bluefin down, and boats with the option headed south of the upper zone, looking for some island fishing or improved chances on The Ridge. The breeze came down on Sunday. Yellowtail fishing hasn’t been as steady as it gets, but it’s been good most of the time, and lately wahoo fishing picked up again, as have the numbers on slightly larger yellowfin.
American Angler posted July 13:
“After a night of choppy weather we were relieved to see the weather come down. We were able to reach clean warm water and start working up to the local BFT zone for tomorrow and we saw scattered sign of small tuna. Most of what we saw was really small but we did boat some 15 to 22-pounders, which is a good sign for the future. Kevin Yoshimoto caught a couple of decent ones and Larry Martin managed a decent dorado. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to catch a few bluefin tomorrow to top off our catch.”
X Makes Move
“We scratched a few,” wrote Excel skipper Justin Fleck July 12.
“We decided to head for the ridge and arrived at 4 A.M. At 4:30 the Yellowtail started biting and we put together a decent score. We also got a couple seabass in the mix. We then trolled around for Wahoo. Good weather and good conditions, we will see what happens and hope to get better action the next couple days. We ended up having a very nice day topped off with this wahoo caught by Marc on a trolled Yo-Zuri Bonita 210.”
Owner-skipper Mark Pisano has the Independence out on a trip that left July 13. He posted the following:
“We got a great load of Sardine and anchovy at the bait receivers and headed out to points south, that’s when the day became anything but normal, at about 4 PM we started to see tuna, the first spot was 50 to 60-pound fish up puddling on some sort of small bait. We stopped on them for no bite, then another good school for no response, then another school and the ocean erupted with 30 to 40-pound bluefin and they bit until dinner time, a great way to start the trip to say the least. The weather has become flat grease so we are going camp out and try this again tomorrow.”
To The Island
Drew Henderson reported for Polaris Supreme July 12:
“Like I said before, we were going to start our morning off tailing. Yellows that is and that’s exactly what we did. The fish bit OK for an hour or so. They were mixed grade from 10 all the way up to 20-plus pounds. Mid morning we headed offshore and had some pretty steady yellowfin striking. We even got them biting bait for a couple stops. On one we had 22 and the other 13! Those are our best yellowfin stops of the year. We kept heading south throughout the day striking them up but the further south we went the smaller the fish got and the windier the weather got. Around 6:30 we stopped on a jig strike and took a good roller and things went flying so with the small grade of fish we were catching and the unsafe drifting conditions, we called it a day. We’re headed to Cedros to do some fishing on those big fat yellowtails we’ve been catching there and to get out of this weather.”
Red Rooster III posted July 11:
“This eight-day trip we have fished from 100 mile from San Diego down to the 450-mile mark on The Ridge. We found action on small Yellowfin the first day and yellowtail, Dorado, Wahoo and even a couple of White Seabass in the following days on the Ridge. All and all, good action on Yellows and a chance at Dorado and Wahoo have made for a nice variety. We are finishing up the trip and will be at Cedros for our last day and then home. This concludes our run of great spring eight-day trips and now we will have reports for the coming four and five-day trips.”
The Rooster’s jackpot winners were posted next day: “First place Jackpot goes to Jeff Bruner with a 58.8-pound White Seabass, caught with a 765 Calstar and Izorline 50-pound test. “Second place goes to Mike Lee with a 47.8-pound White Seabass. Caught with a 610 Calstar, Penn 30 Torsa, with 50-pound. “Third place goes to Kyle Lee with a 45.2-pound Wahoo. Caught with a Seeker, Avet reel, 50-pound test Seaguar. “Trolling jackpot goes to Jeff Bruner with a 49.4-pound Wahoo, caught with a 760 Cal Star.”
Upper Run Best Now
Tim Ekstrom had some comments about the fishing south of San Diego over the past few days, in his report July 10, posted on the 11th:
“The final day drew a yawn, literally and figuratively. There were some serious logs being sawed as anglers reclined in the warm afternoon sun on the back deck and some serious longing on the bridge for any kind of action to awaken the fishing spirit. A few colorful ‘cactus’ began the day on a pleasing note, a little comedic variety and blessing for the larder. We then took advantage of the present run of school-size yellowfin coming up the beach. “Not that it is much of a run, or even much to write about, but it is a little something to add to the equation; more fish at this time of year offshore is always good, a good sign for better things above later. But in the present set up ironically ‘above’ is where the best signs and catching are now, which is fantastic if one is lined up for a shorter venture. Of course these trends offshore are rarely to be counted upon but this just may be that rare one or two out of 20 years. The amount of school-size yellowfin in local waters already suggests this reality.
The next day, Ekstrom’s partner Randy Toussaint posted from the Royal Star:
“After jigging up some yellowfin tuna and seeing good sign of bluefin tuna last night we opted to start our trip on the short banks today. The move paid off big time this afternoon when we got on a school of 30 to 40-pound bluefin that responded and settled in, producing 87 fish out of a five-hour drift. This is the first sign of this bluefin acting right in quite some time so hopefully we’ve turned the corner and are in store for more of this caliber angling. We’re going to fish yellows tomorrow and be back on the offshore grounds Monday when the weather settles down.”
On Sunday, Toussaint wrote, “Not much to report as we poked around on the beach for 25 nice yellows and an assortment of bottom fish this morning. We ventured back offshore after lunch in much improved weather and had a few short stops for 20 school grade yellowfin tuna and two dorado which I’m sure are the vanguard of a big run. We will finish up on the bluefin grounds tomorrow.”