We left things on Friday with a lot of uncertainty heading into the weekend. The winds blew, the red crabs were ever present…it just looked kind of bleak. We were finally looking at a bit of a weather window for the weekend and I urged you all to go fishing. Those that did were mostly rewarded for the effort as our sportfishing fleet did what they’re good at and found fish for you to pull on.
Here are the highlights…
Yes, they are still around and from what I’m hearing, there is a pretty large spread of fish around. Nobody found the wide open school, but there were plenty of trophies to be had. The good news is there are a lot of fish within overnight range of San Diego. The bad news is it’s a typical scratchy bluefin bite.
One of the boats scoring over the weekend was the Prowler out of Fisherman’s Landing. Capt. Buzz Brizendine headed out with 15 anglers on Friday night, and returned home Sunday morning with 8 bluefin up to 75-pounds. One of my buddies, Mike Hall (pictured top) of Torrance, was onboard for the trip. He said they saw vast schools of fish within 50 miles of Point Loma. Mike was one of the lucky ones to score getting his on a LONG (8-10 ft) leader of 40-pound fluoro and a 2/0 circle hook.
The Vagabond out of Point Loma Sportfishing also scored. Capt. Mike Lackey left on Friday, also on a 1.5 day trip, with 20 anglers. They returned Sunday morning with 15 bluefin. Another buddy of mine, Shek Chun of West Covina (right), scored this 60-ish fish to take jackpot for the trip. Shek told me that he too used a long, 10-foot leader of 30-pound fluorocarbon to get bit. He said they were close enough that he could still see South Island of the Coronados! They also saw vast schools of mixed fish…from 20-60-pounds. They found them both on top as well as sonar fish at around 100-120-feet down.
It definitely sounds like the long leader of fluoro is the ticket.
Awesome Yellowtail Action
Some other boats chose to go down the line and explore the beach area off Northern Baja. The Eclipse was one of them. Capt. Mark Gillette said they had some of the best local yellowtail fishing he’s seen in awhile. Mark put them on 145 Yellowtail (Limits), 45 Rockfish, 2 Bonito, and 60 Red Snapper for the 29 anglers onboard. He said they were able to rope them on 50 as they were not line shy at all.
The Pacific Queen took a different track. They also got limits of yellowtail going down the beach. Instead of bottomfishing afterwards though, they went offshore looking and found 1 bluefin.
The San Diego had a big hit of 111 yellowtail on their ¾-day trip over the weekend. It’s cooled off a bit since they did that on Saturday, but again, the opportunity is always there. Capt. Ryan Bostian is saying to bring ALL your yellowtail gear – yoyo, flyline bait, surface iron setup.
Not too long ago, it was an either/or scenario…head out to the 60 for bluefin, or go down to Colonet for the yellowtail. The bite is close enough now that having a chance at both is not unreasonable at day and a half range! Good luck if you get out there.