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Saturday April 10th 2010
Jason "Invictus" called in a report from the coastline of Santa Barbara today.
He was partying with some chicks from UC Santa Barbara on the beach and took out his kayak to see what he could catch. The water temp is 54-55F. He and his brother had very good Calico and Sand Bass fishing along the kelplines. They ended up catching black Rockfish as well. All fish released.
They were fishing plastics tipped with squid.
Nice weather 65F during the day.
Last night the squid floated well in West Cove. The squid also was found from Iron Bound on the backside all the way around the west end to Johnsons Rocks.
Skiffs fishing inside the reefs at Johnsons are picking up 15-25lb White Sea Bass. Another area that had fish today was the middle backside beaches. The fish are in the shallows, unaccessable to the bigger boats.
Things are looking good around the squid zones on the west end!
West Cove 33.28.05 x 118.35.85
Ironbound Cove 33.26.79 x 118.34.60
Johnsons Beaches 33.28.80 x 118.35.90
Black Rock 33.28.56 x 118.34.70
Floyd Sparks "Tuna Kahuna" spent part of the week and weekend at the island. He returned today. It was mainly a family trip staying in the cabins at the Isthmus.
He ran down to the east end of the island where everyone was at this morning. Nothing going on and the conditions didn't look right. Ran back to camp all the way up the frontside and decided to round the corner to the west past Arrow Point.
At Stoney Point he and his sun got in to a really good calico bass bite using a flyline live squid. He said the conditions looked really good for seabass but he did not go further up north as there was a big rolley swell going on.
Smooth Seas on the way back home.
The Long Beach Carnage squid boat will be at the island stocked with bait. There is also live squid in the San Pedro and Long Beach Bait Company receivers.
San Clemente Island
Good Rockfishing at the 9 Fathom Spot. Not much else going on this morning. Decent looking water and the weather isn't bad.
The Backside of the island looks good with fair Whitefish, Sheephead and Calico Bass fishing and lots of bait balls off the Dunes area with a little signal of Yellowtail that didn't want to play.
Brett fished out of Dana Point today at the hard bottoms just in front of the harbor.
He got in to a nice little Sand Bass bite today in 70-100 feet of water. He said the 70 foot zone has tons of life in it and bit the best for him. Nicer size 2-3lb fish.
They were lured in to biting a dropper loop with squid strips along with Bucktails with squid strips.
He fished in nice weather from 8am-12pm.
Look around 33.27.750 x 117.42.00 meter around and find the Sand Bass schools.
San Onofre Power Plant kicked out a couple legal Halibut today. The boat Highly Bendable was out fishing the Oceanside Anglers halibut Tourney today and had a couple legals on the boat first thing in the morning.
The Barn Kelp had a nice little snap on the Calico Bass today.
Rick aboard the "Marie Marie" went out with a buddy today. They fished straight plastics and did very well on the sportcoats. 15 maybe 20 fish each for Thier morning session today.
The inside of the kelpline was biting best. Water temp 60F and clean.
Captain Leo Daurte of Aries Sportfishing was on a Spear Fishing Charter and ran up to the Barn Kelp.
He and his crew messed around with some plastics fishing the edges of the kelp waiting for the current to slow down. They caught a handful of Calico Bass for their efforts.
When they finally jumped in around 6PM one of his clients instantly came up with a 50lb grade White Sea Bass. There were others seen and he had two other divers in the water while he was calling in his report.
The current was trickling down and in with 60F clean water.
Captain Leo fishes out of Oceanside and does both rod/reel and diving charters. http://www.ariessportfishing.com
Barn Kelp 33.17.00 x 117.29.40
Thresher Fishermen made mackeral off the Acadamy kelp this morning and drug them around the Carlsbad Canyon for Thresher Sharks. No sharks seen or hooked today.
A lot of pressure in the La Jolla Kelp today. A single White Sea Bass came aboard a kayak inside the kelp, a Yellowtail for a skiff slow trolling a Sardine outside the Kelpline and a baby Thresher Shark for another Kayaker in tight to the kelp.
There was some Yellowtail seen boiling around under the birds off the Kelpline in 200' of water. It's the same school that has been there for the past 3 weeks.
Lots of krill around that the Mackeral are busting the surface on. No pelagics with them.
Lots of boat traffic today.
Boat Name: WAKEDRAGGIN
Weather Conditions: Beautiful
Fishing Report: Checked out the 9 and the 182 and south. 3 miles east of the 182 had about a 6# lone albie jump 15 yards off the bow. 60.3 temp. Nothing else but dry paddies with small bait. Lot's of rizzo's on the 9 and bottlenose by the 182.
Bait Quality: Bait pump stopped working on the way out, checked it back at the ramp and found a wad of mono in the impeller.
Slow overall for the boats that fished the islands today.
The Middle Grounds had some Yellowtail working around the North Island West and East end. When they would come up the birds would get on them and 3-4 sportboats plus all the skiffs. They didn't really want to chew today.
Look in 150-220 feet of water for the meter marks.
The San Diego ended up with 14 for the day and the Mission Belle had a whack at them as well.
Just below South Kelp Ridge Wayne on the "Wasabi" found a big school of bruiser Yellowtail sunning on the surface. He got hooked in to one and got spooled losing the fish. "It was a big fish, after that we lost the school".
Wayne had just come from the IB Kelp and Rosarito Flats / Bullring. He was looking for the rogue Yellowtail or White Sea Bass but found nothing. It was dead water.
After his event below the South Kelp Ridge he got called down to the Rockpile where one angler had caught a Yellowtail while bottom fishing with a dropper looped Sardine.
He did not find any Yellowtail as he worked his way South East to the zone that the Yellowtail had been in. He did find lots of bait and birds but no bigger fish.
Mike Till aboard the "Galaxsea" did the same route as Wayne today. He started out down at the Bullring off a rumor that there was wide open Yellowtail the day before. What he found was dirty green water.
He ran down to the Rockpile and didn't go any further as the water was still green.
He and his crew tried Rockfishing and could only entice a bite out of 5 Rockfish for the day.
They threw in the towel and ran in.
Mike heard on the VHF that there were a few schools of Yellowtail working 2-3 miles below the Rockpile. Boaters were chasing them around for only a few fish caught.
The forecast NOAA gave today of 4-5' waves and 10+ knots of wind was completely off with the day turning out beautiful with no wind or swell.
The Mexican Navy was out checking fishing licenses today. Make sure everyone on the boat has a valid license!
Below the Rockpile
Hot report just in. Larry on the "Ehuki" fished Todos Santos for the past two days.
He's watched the bite die off around Todos. The fish are still there and showing them selfs but the main chunk of fish is up the line.
He ran in to it today on his way home. 3-4 miles below the Rockpile the water has warmed up to 61F and is blue. There was tons of Yellowtail there this afternoon. He caught his limit on surface iron from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
He had smooth seas as he chased around bird schools catching Yellowtail.
The overnight boats also were in the area and will be down there tomorrow.
32.14 to 32.12 and out from 117.07 to 117.10 Below the Rockpile 2-4 Miles. Northern part of the Upper Finger Bank.
A Couple of boats went offshore today after not finding anything at the Rockpile. They did not find anything holding on Kelps at the 425 / 101 Banks.
Got a few calls this morning from some of our FD members. They are down at Todos Santos and they are seeing lots of fish around. "The fish want to show but don't want to go".
The Pangas are up against the island where the SD fleet wants to be. The SD sport boat fleet is fishing on the line outside Todos Santos and San Miguel Reef.
This morning started out slow so far.
The fish are on small bait squid so make sure to bring a small white iron such as a Salas 6x jr or an Ironman 5. Maybe try an all white tuna feather on the troll.
Tony Sanfilippo of the San Diego Boat Club http://www.sandiegoboatclub.com ran down with Captain Dave Hansen http://www.captaindavehansen.com to the bite at Ensenada. In the moring they saw a good volume of fish right on the island at Todos Santos. They caught a lot of legal Barracuda and Bonito but no Yellowtail. There were some caught on the troll by other boats dragging small Rapalas.
Frustrated they ran in to the Hotel Coral and had lunch. After lunch they decided to run back out to San Miguel Reef. When they arrived they found the biggest spot of Yellowtail either one of them has ever seen. The Yellowtail were boiling all around the boat but would not take a jig.
They talked with other boaters in the area and each boat had an average of 3 fish for the day.
Tails between their legs they ran back home to San Diego instead of staying the night at the Coral.
The Mexican Navy was out checking fishing licenses today. Make sure everyone on the boat has a valid license!
Friday September 25th 2009
The frontside of Santa Cruz Island has had good Calico Bass fishing this week. The warmer water from the south is along the east side of the island making the fish go on the chew. There has been some Yellowtail seen cruising under the surface at Yellowbanks but none have been caught that we have heard about.
Chinese Harbor had a few Halibut, Bonito and a scratch of Barracuda this week.
The squid that was at Anacapa Island dried up.
Rockfishing has been decent at The Gap for those just looking to catch some taco's.
Catalina is reported very slow with mackeral on the backside off Salte Verde to Orange Rocks. No one has seen a Yellowtail.
Bonito at K20 but the seals have been a big problem.
Most fishermen out of Avalon are chasing Marlin right now down the slide.
Marina Del Rey
Sport Boats still focused on the Rockfish as the Calico Bass bites have not been good at the AR's and Kelplines.
MDR Rockfish Banks
33.52.830 x 118.37.120 South Bank Outside Edge
33.54.000 x 118.36.470 NW South Bank
33.53.520 x 118.35.640 South Bank West
33.53.900 x 118.34.870 South Bank Bumps
33.54.960 x 118.33.170 Short Bank
33.53.000 x 118.33.810 South Bank 33 Fathoms
33.52.070 x 118.34.950 SW Bank 40 Fathoms
33.52.870 x 118.32.130 Inside South Bank Pinnacle 26 Fathom
33.51.950 x 118.30.440 Inside SW Bank 33 Fathoms
33.51.950 x 118.30.440 Inside SW 33 FA
33.52.870 x 118.32.130 Inside S 26 FA
33.50.710 x 118.34.050 Volcanic Reef
33.51.230 x 118.36.550 Volcanic Reef NW
33.50.710 x 118.34.050 Volcanic Reef East
Good Sculpin fishing at the Artificial reef. Decent Cod fishing.
We are told that the water is off color green off the Palos Verdes area. Not good for the Calico Bass fishing.
Redondo Artificial Reef
A 33.50.300 x 118.24.567
B 33.50.300 x 118.24.550
C 33.50.283 x 118.24.517
D 33.50.267 x 118.24.550
E 33.50.250 x 118.24.517
F 33.50.233 x 118.24.533
G 33.50.233 x 118.24.533
H 33.50.233 x 118.24.500
I 33.50.217 x 118.24.550
J 33.50.200 x 118.24.567
K 33.50.183 x 118.24.517
33.50.040 x 118.26.20 Redondo Canyon West Wall
33.49.417 x 118.24.883 Palawan Artificial Reef
33.47.801 x 118.27.350 37 FA
33.47.510 x 118.29.420 36 FA Pinnacle
33.46.850 x 118.28.000 40 FA Curve
33.47.270 x 118.29.420 47 FA Ridge
33.46.250 x 118.26.210 18/20FA Rockfish
Newport / Huntington Beach
The Newport Pipe has been the area fished most lately for the sportboats. Sculpin is the targetted species as of late due to the lack of Sand Bass, Bonito or Barracuda.
Use a strip of squid on a swimbait or a dropper loop with squid.
Some Numbers for The Newport Pipe:
33.36.87 x 117.58.36
33.36.64 x 117.58.43
33.36.63 x 117.58.58
The Hardbottoms off Huntington Beach have been producing some Sand Bass and small rockfish.
33.36.917 x 117.58.850
33.37.167 x 117.59.300
Small thresher sharks off Newport being taken by Kayakers and Private boaters. 60-120lbs.
Dana Point - North Oceanside
Some clean water still hanging around the Dana Point area. The fishing in the kelp both above the harbor and below has been decent.
The water is still in the 70-72 range. We have had big sardine all week. With that stuff it's been real hard to catch a bass.
The kelp areas of Yellowtail and the Barn have been ok. Still some yellows along the kelp lines there. A couple guys got their clocks cleaned by some bigger fish down there on Tuesday. These fish have been 25lbs + so the heavy stuff with the flouro would be the ticket.
The half day stuff by the harbor has been focused on sculpin. All you want on that stuff pretty close. We have been getting our sculpin then trying to catch a bass.
As far as the tuna go there has been a ton of that stuff out in that patch of warm water out near the 277 on down to near the mackeral bank. Huge areas of fish on terns out there. Look for the birds and it's pretty much been a sure thing that the tuna are there.
Brian Woolley Sum Fun http://www.danawharf.com
Earlier in the week there were some Yellowtail being taken by Kayaks, private skiffs, commercials and Sportboats. The fish are coming up in chumlines and on slow trolled mackeral. Seals are a problem along the kelpline and have been stealing 90% of the bait and catch.
Look in the area of North West Corner to the Half.
Bonito and Yellowtail in the Lee of South Island, South Kelp Ridge, The Lighthouse, Middle Grounds, 5 Minute kelp, Keyhole, Weather Side of North Island and Pukey Point. They are all over the island. The problem is once chummed up the seals move in and tax %98 of your hooked fish, baits and chum.
Pukey Point is a good place to dump your bait at the end of the day. Watch for Yellowtail foaming up and hook that last fish of the day on the way in. 25-30lb Grade Yellowtail have been taken off Pukey Point this week.
WARNING: THE FOG IS VERY THICK. BOATS RETURNING TONIGHT WERE CAUGHT IN THE FOG WITH ZERO VISIBILITY. IF YOU DON'T HAVE RADAR YOU DON'T BELONG ON THE WATER RIGHT NOW. PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE AS FISH ARE NOT WORTH THE LOSS OF YOUR OR YOUR CREW'S LIFE
Nice flat conditions on the water today.
Sunny above the mexican line, patchy fog to heavy fog below the mexican line that cleared up around the upper 500.
14 mile Bank
Mark Wisch of Pacific Edge Tackle and Charters http://www.pacificedgetackle.com reported in with a Marlin caught earlier in the week off the southern edge of the 14 Mile Bank. We haven't heard much else from that area.
4 Marlin sighted mid way between the 14 Mile Bank and the 277 today around mid day.
152 to the 277
The 152 to the 277 has been the hot spot for Marlin all week. It's been reported an afternoon bite.
There were some tuna seen foaming up yesterday but they did not want anything to do with a boat or a bait.
33.13 x 118.07
209 to the 267
Nice conditions with lots of bait but no gamefish. The water is a clean green but still offcolor for offshore conditions.
There is an area south of the 209 along the 33.00 longitude that is clean blue water with good water temps. There has been Marlin along this line. Porpoise may also be in this area. If running out of Oceanside point it for the 181 to run this temperature and chlorophyll break.
33.11 x 117.40 Lost 9 Yellowfin landed 4 off Porpoise. Justin on the Eat it Raw.
This is where the big porpoise schools are at. They are holding Yellowfin. In the mornings the propoise are spread out and milling around. They have been coming together in the afternoons along with the tern birds and schooling up. The Yellowfin went on the chew the past couple of days in the afternoon after 1pm. Be patient, don't split up the dolphin and watch for the birds. The yellowfin have been caught on weighted flyline sardines, green mackeral yozuri or rapalas in the small to medium size and chunk baits.
The Freelance, Dana Pride and Bongos have been fishing this school for the past couple of days. Nice size 12-40lb Grade fish.
33.08 x 118.13 Porpoise Schools
32.58 x 118.03 Porpoise Schools
32.55 x 118.10 Kelp with Yellowfin
Late report from Cong that was aboard the Bongo's Yesterday.
21 Yellowfin from 20 to 40lbs north east of 289 on breaking fish, keep your eyes on the terns, thats how we found the tuna. On the way back at the 277 there is 1/4 sqare mile of breaking fish and a thousand birds on it but the fish aren't interested in anything. Good luck.
The bite is not on top of the Mackeral Bank. It's been between the Mackeral Bank and just a mile or two off Pyramid Head. Porpoise and Tern Birds in this area are holding Yellowfin. There is a couple of kelps holding Dorado as well.
33.04 x 118.15 Porpoise
32.58 x 118.20 Tern Birds
181 - 182
There are kelps on the ridge holding Yellowtail. The only problem is they are 6-8 inches long. Marlin are in the area and were seen today crashing on the little schools of Yellowtail on the kelps.
Not much reported on finding propoise or chewing Yellowfin and Dorado this week on these banks.
43 Fathom and SC Buoy
Between the 43 and the San Clemente Buoy there has been kelps holding Yellowfin, Skipjack and Dorado. The Dorado are going 12-30lbs.
North of the 43 towards Pyramid Head there has been some Porpoise and tern bird action on the Yellowfin.
West of the 43 there has been some Dolphin and Tern bird action as well.
9 Mile Bank / 439
This week there has been a lot of Bonito moving in on the 9 mile bank. No Yellowfin that we have heard of on top of the 9 mile bank.
32.30 x 117.30 Marlin seen today
226/224 and 302
Hit or miss in this area. Boats that find the porpoise and keep it quiet can do some damage on the Yellowfin. Boaters finding kelps first and drifting it out up to 100 yards off the paddy are being rewarded with a few fish as well. It's not wide open fishing and it's been very crowded.
32.37 x 117.36 Yellowfin Foamers on Birds. Did not want anything to do with a boat.
32.35 x 117.42 Late in the day Tern Birds working breaking Yellowfin. They wanted to die. After limits all the rest were released. All on live bait.
32.29 x 117.44 Kelp for 8 Yellowtail, 2 Dorado and near limits of Yellowfin
32.28 x 117.32 Porpoise
32.27 x 117.45 Porpoise Fish
32.27 x 117.30 Porpoise
32.25 x 117.36 Skipjack Hell
32.25 x 117.47 Paddys with Yellowfin
230 to the San Salvador Knoll
The area between the 230 and San Salvador Knoll has been better than the 302. Boaters finding Kelps today did well as long as they gave it an honest long drift with weighted and flylined baits.
32.19 x 117.48 Kelp holding Yellowfin
32.18 x 117.47 Limits of Yellowfin and 4 nice Dorado off a kelp. Tuna going 12 to 27lbs
32.21 x 117.46 Limits of nicer size Yellowfin off this kelp. Up to 40lbs. "Fished it for 3 hours"
32.22 x 117.47 Dorado off Kelps 20-25lbs
32.23 x 117.40 Yellowfin on Kelp
Ali Hussainy of http://www.bdoutdoors.com aboard the Tuna Jihad fished 150 miles round trip today from the upper 500 through the 390 and ending up at the San Salvador Knoll. He had no fish on the boat at the upper 500, had a scratch at the 390 then hit the golden paddy at the Knoll.
32.15 x 117.54 Golden Paddy with tuna to 25lbs
32.18 x 117.48 Big Paddy with Tuna
32.19 x 117.47 Big Paddy with Tuna and Tails
Random Kelps West and South of the 371 have been found having Yellowfin, Yellowtail and Dorado.
Lots of boats out working this area today with very little in results.
32.14 x 117.40 Kelp with Yellowtail 6-14lbs
32.14 x 117.34 Terns working Yellowfin
Jim from http://www.fishdoccharters.com on his boat "Wolverine" reported in tonight.
Weather Conditions: Wind was worst 15 miles out. Actually seemed be down a bit around 30 miles out. Is that possible or just coincidence of my timing?
Fishing Report: The tuna were exactly where you said they were in yesterday's FD report - on the southeast side of the 371. The area came alive around 11 AM. Lots of foamers under the birds. They were keyed in on the chovies. They were ignoring the tolling feathers / cedar plugs and also ignoring the live dines. I had about 50% hookup ratio though by casting megabait into the pile. Paddies in area were also holding YT and dodos. When weather comes down, it will be outstanding fishing.
Bait Quality: Dines all dead by 1 :30 PM. Mostly b/c of sloppy conditions and b/c I was running and gunning and slamming them around quite a bit. No fault of EB.
Tuna Jihad on the Troll
32.03 x 117.48 Skippy and 3 Yellowfin
32.04 x 117.49 Yellowfin
Tailwalker and Seasons Sportfishing have been working this area the last couple of days. They found a couple paddys today but not much in fish. They had to work further south to get their clients on fish.
32.07 x 117.27 Paddy Yellowfin
32.07 x 117.26 Paddy Yellowtail and Dorado
Captain Jamie Thinnes of Seasons Sportfishing http://www.seasonssportfishing.com reported in with some quality Yellowfin today down on the Hidden Bank. 6 fish between 30-40lbs.
31.52 x 117.28 6 big Yellowfin after getting spooled then snapped off on 80lb on the troll with a blind jig strike
32.00 x 117.28 Nice size Dorado on a kelp
Captain Rich Gallegos of Tailwalker Sportfishing http://www.tailwalkersportfishing.com worked south today. Rich ended up running all the way down to the area below the 220 where he found beautiful huge kelps loaded with fish. He saw two sportboats absolutly plug the boat.
Rich started his day at:
32.07 x 117.37 for 5 Yellowfin and 2 Yellowtail
32.02 x 117.20 Blind Jig strike on Yellowfin
32.09 x 117.18 Blind Jig strike at 9 knots on a 30lb Yellowfin
Huge beautiful kelps full of fish at 31.26 x 117.24. Rich could have plugged the boat if his bait pump didn't crap out before he found those kelps.
On his way back in he called to warn everyone about the thick fog tonight. Be careful!
Boats working the Upper 500 reported nothing but skipjack. Tuna Jihad made his way down this way today for nothing while his other buddy boats kept going south to the better fishing.
220 to 295 and below
This area is hit or miss. If you hit it can be the jackpot. If you miss it's slow fishing.
31.36 x 117.36 Huge Aircraft Carrier sized paddy. Limits on Yellowfin, Yellowtail and Dorado for the boat Natalie Ann
31.30 x 117.30 Kelp with Yellowfin
31.31 x 117.36 Skippys with a couple Yellowfin on the troll
31.28 x 117.28 Couple of Yellowfin off a kelp
Below the 220 there is huge paddys with wide open fishing. See yesterdays report from Mike Seymore aboard his buddys boat Pau Hana that were fishing down 85 to 90 Miles with the 1.5-2 day boats with wide open fishing.
Report from The Long Run Sportfishing
Headed southwest from Point Loma on direct course for the Double 220. Figured we would work that, and the 295 and 238 areas and do a quick turnaround, but the fish never let us get that far. First light around the 32.00 line the jigs went off and it was nothing but fish from there until about the 31.45 line when we had to turn back.
Filled up the first kill box on our second stop with medium grade Yellowfin and left them biting in search of something different. Had to drag another kill box down on to the deck as paddy after patty yielded more Yellowfin, Yellowtail, and Dorado. By the time we hit the 31.45 line,
everyone had limits of Yellowfin. Put the jigs in the water for a fast troll back north and had to pull them out after 3 consecutive paddies we rolled by produced more Dorado.
Calm seas and very little wind, some intermittent fog, and mostly sunny otherwise. No need to be specific about coordinates. This area is loaded with big, tight kelp paddies, and they all have fish on them.
30 Yellowfin, 10 Yellowtail, 6 Dorado, 2 Skipjack, 1 Mako (released) and 4 Blue Sharks (released).
Great weather, great fishing, and a great group of fishermen on this trip.
Heads up: Watch the fog coming back into the Coronado's and Point Loma, it's pretty gnarly.
Todays numbers where there were troll fish and kelps reported South of the 220.
31.19 x 117.40 Stop for a couple of Yellowfin on troll
31.21 x 117.40 Kelp for Yellowfin
31.26 x 117.24 Huge Kelps being fished by the sportboats and Tailwalker Sportfishing
Below and west of the 1140 Finger
30.58 x 117.28 Huge kelp with Albacore, Yellowfin, Dorado and Skipjack.
30.59 x 117.15 Huge kelp with Albacore, Yellowfin, Dorado and Skipjack. Nicer size 25lb Dorado
30.58 x 117.16 Huge kelp with Albacore, Yellowfin, Dorado and Skipjack.
Team Fishdope boater Brian Burke on the Reel E'ze called in when he hit the dock this evening. Brian was going to run long and take a look at the stuff further down around the 1140 Finger for us today but decided against it last night after watching the wind. Instead he ran the 371 to the Hidden Bank route that had produced so well the day before. Here is Brian's numbers for the day.
32.09 117.30 Big spots of Blue Fin. Most fish he's seen all season They were on sauries and came right up to the boat. Only hooked 1 on an anchovie. 69.2F
32.08 117.30 Kelp with Dorado, Lost 1 Landed 1 18lbs
32.07 117.29 Kelp with Yellowtail, Lost 1, Landed 1 30lbs
32.06 117.28 Kelp with Yellowtail, Saw lots, Landed 1 25lbs
32.03 117.23 Kelp with Yellowtail. Lost 4, Landed 6 25-30lbs Best Kelp of the day. Huge Kelp.
Brian said the fish didn't want anything heavier than 25lb Florocarbon. No Jig fish today.
Friday April 17th 2009
With the winds behind us the ocean is calming down. Light breeze today and beautiful conditions.
Santa Barbara Area. Tony Vultaggio of http://www.sbsportfishing.com called in this afternoon. He guides Salt and Fresh water. He is on the water right now and reports that the rockfish in Santa Barbara have moved out of the deep and up in to the shallow water. 75-150 feet is the target zone right now. He is filling the bags with good rockfishing. Tonys crew got a 15lb halibut on monday in 40 feet off the beach at Camby's. On the freshwater side he had to brag about fishing Lake Casitas yesturday. Using live shad 17 Largemouth Bass to 10lbs in only a couple hours.
Tony also took a look at the Channel Islands at the begining of the week. He said lots of squid at Beechers on Santa Rosa Island. No seabass or yellowtail he saw or heard of caught yet. The water was very dirty at the island.
Marina Del Rey. Talked to a private boater that fished halibut this morning out of Marina Del Rey. He did not get his target fish but caught sandbass and sculpin as bycatch off the beaches down by Redondo. He said the sportboats in SMB have been fishing the shortbanks for rockfish the past month with nothing exciting to chase. The shortbanks are located at 33.54.96 118.33.17
Newport bait barge is now set up. They currently have Large Anchovies and Sardines. San Pedro Bait is the same.
Long Beach Bait Co. has Live squid and Sardines for the weekend.
Dana Point, Mission Bay and San Diego has 5-7" sardines
They are open 24/7. 310-217-7552 or Channel 11
The water on the backside of Catalina is down to 55F. The conditions are clearing up.
Bait was a full float. Ben Weston to the 3rd V. Hardly any dogs in the area.The Long Beach Carnage has a full load of squid and is sitting in front of Avalon. EDIT Long Beach Carnage is on the backside middle right now.11:26PM. Channel 11 to get a hold of them.
West Cove bit today in 15 feet of water up on the beach. White sea bass limits for the two skiffs this morning that were in the area along with an unnamed sportboat that was seen hooked up as well. The fish are running 12-20lbs. Johnsons beaches bit early today as well for the boats in the area.
Yellowtail have been roaming in the deeper water in West Cove as well but we have not heard of one landed yet today.
Bonito limits for the Freelance out of Daveys Locker. They were again fishing the K20 Kelp (33.23.046 118.21.512). Using sardines, squid, anchovies and the best ratio bite to land was the small chrome metal jigs like a 3" Crocodile. The Bonito are 1-6lbs.
San Clemente Island this morning bit well on rockfish. The water temp is cold at 54-55F. Boats still looking for Yellowtail. The last time we heard of yellowtail was earlier in the week. They have been up on bait and birds between Lost Point and China Point.
The kelp off Laguna Beach and Salt Creek kicked out a few bigger size White Sea Bass this morning. Spearfishermen have been chasing these fish for the last couple of weeks. The fish are deep in the kelp. Wolf packs of 5-8 fish are being seen by the divers. These fish are ranging from 40-65lbs. Water temp is also down in this area from earlier in the week.
There has also been nice size 20lb halibut coming in to the docks by private boaters along these beaches. Try 50-60 feet of water in the sand.
The Newport Pipe in 190-200 feet of water is wide open on Sulpin right now. The cattle boats were fishing the pipe this morning and loading up.
Brian Woolley of the Sum Fun http://www.danawharf.com reports slow fishing out of Dana Point. The 3/4 day boats have been fishing the Box Canyon area for sculpin and rockfish. Nothing really exciting to report. The water temp dropped 5F from these winds. An occasional Sand Bass is coming off the rocks right in front of the Harbor.
South of Dana Point from San Mateo to the Barn Kelp the Spear Fishermen have been pulling out random White Sea Bass. There hasn't been sea bass being hooked by fishermen in this area yet. The White Sea Bass are averaging 40-65lbs and are crusing the edges of the kelp.
Duane Mellor of http://www.seasonssportfishing.com fished Point Loma Kelp this morning. Duane reported in with a good catch of Calico Bass running 3-5lbs. Had an 8lbish Calico to the boat when it was grabbed by a sealion and ripped off. Duane releases all Calico Bass and it broke his heart to see a fish that size get eaten by the dog. He was fishing in 40-50 feet of water in the kelp pockets with a weedless jig covered in UniButter. Water temp in the area was 58.7 down from earlier in the weeks 60.5f. The water color is a nice inshore green and the fish are very active. The area Duane saw the most life was off the College area. Birds, bait and fish.
Ali on the Tuna Jihad just got off the water. He fished La Jolla Bull kelp south to the Pacific Beach Reef. Using live sardines and plastics. He caught 1 legal lingcod for the day. He said the water was very brown and dirty in the area. The lingcod was caught on a rock in 20 feet of water while fishing halibut. Ali said this morning there was barely any wind but this afternoon it started gusting 15-20 knots.
The North 9 mile bank / La Jolla Canyon was being worked today by shark fishermen. They reported a hookup and a couple knockdowns on thresher sharks. Earlier in the week there had been some threshers hooked in the same area that were running 60-80lbs. Also off Carlsbad Canyon and inshore on the buccaneer pipe there were thresher sharks hooked.
Coronado Islands. The fleet in the area focused on rockfishing most of the day in the deeper water outside South Island. Water temps have dropped in the area. There was a few barracuda and a couple bonito caught by the Sportboats today off the South Kelp Ridge while anchored up and chumming. Yellowtail still roaming the area but hard to get on top of.
Out of Ensenada the charter boat No Limitz with 3 anglers landed 4 yellowail 16-22lbs and 6 bonito 6-12lbs. They were fishing the North East End of Todos Santos Islands. Water temp is 52 F. They were using mackeral and jigs for bait. Conditions were good!
San Quintin. Talked to Captain Kelly of K&M charters. Kelly said the wind blew hard the last couple of days and no one has been going out. He says there is a southernly swell forecasted for next week that will make getting out to fish impossible. He noted the water temperature has dropped in his area as well.
Thursday September 4th 2008
Got some reports to put up from yesterday that were real good for a variety of different fish..Got a report from Rich of Tailwalker Sportfishing who had a spectacular day fishing offshore from San Diego..He started his day at the 302 getting the big slugs on the troll up to about 30-35 pounds..The fish came to the boat but the bait fish were smaller but still respectable at about a 15 pound average..They bit wide open for Rich and had their fill at the 302..They got down to a zone that has been producing and we have been talking about over the last few days which is about 7-10 miles due north of the 390..He got down into this zone and found a kelp that went wide open on the dorado and he got one bull that went 40 pounds..He said it was one of the biggest he has seen locally in a long time..The numbers for the kelp were 32 11 117 50 but they also found some fish along the 45-48 line so it appears that this whole zone is on fire right now..Thanks Rich for the report and contact Rich if you want to get out with him on his Parker for a day of fishing and he is hot right now so get on this immediately..
Joe (26grumpy) called me from his trip yesterday and he knocked the snot out of them again..He launched from Dana and came down the line kinda aiming a little inside of the SC buoy and found a kelp at 32 29 117 50 that was pretty wide and thick..The bait from the kelp came out from under the kelp to his boat and the tuna followed and it went stupid on the yellowfin for about 3 hours..They also had some big albacore cruise through for awhile and when all was said and done they were bloodied and battered and happy as hell!!! They started with 30 pound, then went to 40 and then cut off the jigs on the troll rods and they were chewing the 60 right on the corner of the boat..Joe is on fire right now and probably needs to get to the chiropractor after his last two trips..Thanks for the report Joe and congrats on a sick day on the pond..
Mike on the Tracker did a solo run last night trying to get in on the yellowfin that were right outside of North Island..The wind was up and he was getting soaked and couldn’t find the mammals and guys were very hush hush on the radio for some reason..I find it kinda weird that guys wouldn’t give out numbers at 6:30PM but that’s the way it goes..He did manage to find a decent little kelp and got a 35 pound yellowtail for his efforts..
As for todays fishing, it is going really well for tuna on the local banks outside of San Diego..One change is that the weather is up a little bit with some white caps but the fish are still biting and that is the bottom line..
Ali of the Tuna Jihad found a kelp early today at 32 35 117 46 and it has been full speed for him and his crew all morning long..He said that it was so wide open that the fish were still biting a mile from the kelp..That’s right a mile from the kelp..Speaking of a skipper on fire, this guy has had 5 trips in a row that have been nothing short of spectacular..Of course the curse was lifted a long time ago but for those that were wondering about the curse you can put that all to rest..Other boats have come in on the kelp and are catching as well..He has been working this same area on the last few trips and it has been producing every single time..Congrats TJ, you guys are on fire!!!
The 302 is on fire today for a mixed grade of albacore but the cool thing is that there are more and more of those bigger models showing up..Here are some numbers for today for the 302 and other spots that have produced;
- 32 32 117 31 – just inside the 226 and these were the bigger albacore
- 32 27 117 34 – wide open fishing on the albacore
- 32 25 117 35 – right on top of the highspot for the big albacore
- 32 31 117 40 – yellowfin caught with the porpoise
- 32 33 117 52 – good stop on the albacore
- 32 36 118 06 – limits on the tuna and done for the day
- 32 18 117 38 – wide open on the albacore (mostly smaller fish)
- 32 16 117 32 – a mile east of the 371 for a yellowfin on the troll (not on the mammals)
- 32 54 117 53 – numbers for the 181 where a skipper caught a marlin this morning
The area up near Catalina has been showing more and more volume of yellowfin over the past few days..A buddy got into the yellowfin really good yesterday right near the upper cross which is 33 00 118 00..This area is right in the middle of 3 different banks which are the 289, 181 and the 209..There are also some good signs of fish out at the 289 and a little further west of there towards San Clemente Island..The 289 is located at 32 56 118 05..The other area to take a look at is the Slide which is just east of Catalina..There has been some swordies and marlin seen and caught up in this area as well as very good signs of yellowfin tuna..When you look at the map, you can see that this area has very clean and warm water that is ripe for the pickin’..The 209 has a few kelps with dorado on them but they have lockjaw so far today..
I got an email from San Pedro Bait company and they have excellent bait right now which is a mix of chovie and sardine..He indicates that all of the Long Beach operations are shut down till Saturday due to military operations in Huntington Harbor..He said that they have mackerel for sale as well…
Inshore / Islands
There is a batch of cooler and off color water that has moved up the coast into the Pt Loma area that has really affected the bite at the Coronados, the 9 mile bank and around the point proper..This new water slowed the bite on the yellowtail down at the Coronados over the past few days and when you look at the SST it is almost a straight line down the 117 20 from Pt Loma all the way down past the 425 / 101 area..It will definitely slow down the tuna bite that was happening down at the 101, and more than likely the fish will just push out to the west and stay on the warmer side of that edge..If that cooler water pushes out even more, the tuna that are cruising around the 9 could get pushed out to the west as well..The fishing around Pt Loma proper has slowed as well but you can still put together a decent day on the calicos, bonito, barracuda and assorted bottom stuff..
La Jolla hasn’t been affected yet by this water as skippers are doing very well up there today with the Half showing a good volume of fish, northwest is biting as is southwest..The yellows are a nice grade as some are in the 20 pound range but there are some schoolies around as well..You can get them by sitting on the anchor and setting up a chum line or you can drift or slow troll the sardines at less than 2 knots are get them going that way...There are also some barracuda, bonito and calico bass getting caught up that way..
Channel Islands Update
A skipper fishing out of Santa Barbara Harbor reported on encountering a marlin that would not eat the jigs approximately 4 miles outside of Santa Rosa Isle on the SE side. The good rockfishing continues there along with some larger grade yellowtail and small to medium sized white sea bass catches at Eagle's Nest and Rhodes Reef. The live squid is the key so bring the squid catchers for daytime bait making or use the lights at night in 15 to 20-fathoms of water. The weather has been shaky so keep a close eye on it before you go out.. There are medium to large anchovies at the local receivers right now.
Got a call from Ali from Tuna Jihad and got a detailed report from that kelp they found this morning at 32 35 117 46..When they first set up on it and started to drift it was all you want on the doritos..Mostly the little guys but they got two which were in the 15-20 pound class..But in classic southern california offshore fishing form, the tuna came through and it was game on for the next 3 hours..They caught and caught and caught and were still catching when they were a mile off of the lettuce..Ali called other boats in and Frank of the MoBetta told me that all the guys were catching and that he personally got a 30 pound albacore from that kelp..That is what is so cool about this bite right now cause you never now what is going to show up..It could be a marlin, different kinds of tuna, a swordie maybe even a big mako with all the blood in the water..Whatever the case this is some of the best action I have seen in a number of years so get on this bite before they bail the area..
There is a batch of porpoise that are biting this afternoon at 32 23 117 25 and a skipper is trying to get someone to come in and help him keep track of these porpoise cause everytime he gets bit he loses track of the school..Tough problem to have!!! They are also finding porpoise at;
- 32 34 117 26
- 32 36 117 31
- 32 26 117 29
- 32 31 117 34
- 32 35 117 32
- 32 35 117 34
- 32 47 117 27 – all of these pods have biting yellowfin on them
The 209 picked up a little bit this afternoon with one skipper reporting finding the porpoise about 5 miles southwest of the high spot and was able to put about 8 of the yellowfin in the box.Same grade, same technique, etc…
The weather is on the rise as skippers are reporting snotty conditions out there this afternoon..Apparently it was nice this morning on the grounds but this afternoon it has turned windy and snotty..