It’s difficult to believe that it’s already October. The way the last few years have gone, it seem like it’s been one long, never-ending season. It might continue going on in this fashion, but…
What if it doesn’t?
What if things play closer to a “normal” year? If things end up going that way, October could end up being the last big month of the season.
Yellowfin tuna fishing is about as good as it gets right now with many boats reporting limits this week. Even nicer, you don’t have to go long to get them. That’s my buddy Andrew Warren (center – top) crewmember from the Sea Watch, getting out on Liberty Sportfishing (full day boat) on Wednesday. They ended up going 155 yellowfin tuna (5 short of limits), 123 bonito and 17 skipjack for 32 anglers.
Keep in mind though that yellowfin are a warm water fish. One good storm and they could disappear for good this year. Also, Capt. Taro Takeuchi said they got lucky and had 3 good shots on this trip. The more wind and swell there is, the harder those opportunities are to come by.
Bluefin fishing took a little dip with the windy weather we had a couple weeks ago. Once it blew over and after a couple days for the water to settle, they started biting again. It’s a good reminder of how quickly things can change. As winter weather patterns kick in, it’s easy to see that it probably won’t get better than what we’ve got going now.
We’ve gotten to a really good point in the season where there is an abundance of “catchable” 40-80 lb. fish that are biting. At the same time, the bigs are around and biting too.
If you just want to catch bluefin (of any size), get on an overnight or longer headed to San Clemente. It’s mostly a flylined bait type of deal and the good news is it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get lucky landing a fish on a light line and small hook scenario.
If you’re all about targeting trophy cows, look for at least a 1.5 day trip, and one that is advertising going after the big ones. Sportboat caught cows are happening at night, so boats going after them are responding by putting up 1.75 (and 2.75) day trips. These trips typically leave around 11 am or noon, and then return early morning 2 or 3 days later giving you an extra night to get your cow ticket punched. The Aztec and Tomahawk are two boats (both out of Seaforth) that I’ve noticed are putting up these kinds of trips.
The Aztec just returned this morning from a 1.75 day trip. Capt. Greg Gawitt reported good fishing with a big of 225 and the rest mostly weighing in that 50-70# class (right).
Lobster season just opened. It’s a long season, so there definitely isn’t the same urgency in play as there is on tuna. That said, it’s typically best (both in terms of quality and quantity) at the beginning of the season. Hooping is mostly a private boater pursuit, but there are a some sportboats providing opportunities for those us without our own ride. Two that I’ve seen so far are the Jig Strike and Alicia, both out of H&M Landing in San Diego. I expect more to come online in the coming weeks.
Lots of good stuff going on out there. It’s time to cash in on these October fishing opportunities before they pass.
Good luck if you get out there.