Bluefin Tuna Are Still Biting
Andy Cates brought Red Rooster III home to H&M Landing September 28 after a six-day offshore fishing trip. His anglers reported catching 161 bluefin tuna, 151 yellowtail, 180 yellowfin tuna and 60 dorado.
First place: 46-pound bluefin caught by Robert Miller of Fallbrook
Second place: 43.2-pound bluefin by Bill Brown of San Diego
Third place: 41.8-pound bluefin by Robert Pennell of San Diego
Trolling Jackpot: 32-pound bluefin tuna caught by Dave Bobbit of Ashland, OR.
On September 29, skipper Cates wrote, “So far our plan is working out. We made a run out to the Southwest to try for Jack Pot fish and it worked out nice. We also had action on the school size fish, 15 to 22-pounders. The other 20 fish were 50 to 80 pounds, totalling 70 bluefin and 1 Yellowfin and 1 Dorado. A nice start of the trip. Tomorrow we will be working down the beach trying to find the nice sized yellowfin and dorado.”
“We got an early start today on the Larry Brown 7-day,” wrote Brian Sims for the Royal Star September 28. “After getting all rigged up Larry put on his raffle to support youth fishing programs. Marina Del Rey Anglers, L.A. Rod and Reel Club, Friends of Rollo and Lori Byrons Art of Fishing will all split the proceeds.
“We started fishing for a little bit this afternoon connecting with a few local bluefin before continuing on towards our offshore destination for tomorrow. Our weather is excellent and we have good prospects on our bow.”
“Today we started off looking for yellowfin tuna,” posted Excel captain Justin Fleck September 26. “The morning was a bit slow, but we had several kelps with small grade fish on them that kept us busy. We got on one last kelp just after the lunch call. It was loaded! We finally found the grade of fish that we were looking for and they sure wanted to bite. We drifted for a couple hours until everyone had what they wanted to take home. I would like to use the phrase "aquarium style fishing," to describe what we experienced today. We will be in on the beach tomorrow trying to stay out of the weather for a few hours before heading up to the Bluefin grounds.”
“As you read this report,” said the posting from Intrepid September 27, “it is coming out real time so this is Friday morning the 27th. If you have followed us for the last several days, I'm sure that you could tell that we were offshore fishing. So I love it when a plan works out! We had a couple of great days on the quality Yellowfin tuna.
“However, as of right now, Mother Nature has let us know that she would like us to move on, as the weather offshore has turned from beautiful to very rude. Yesterday morning it was still ok, but by the afternoon we had 20 knots and the holes were starting to form. Still very comfortable on this boat as those of you that have been on here can attest, but still not as much fun with the wind. So after another awesome day yesterday, we decided to point the beautiful girl south and head for calmer seas,” he concluded.
“Tough fishing on good size fish today,” noted the posting from Red Rooster III September 25. We picked off about 25 decent fish and weeded through and threw back quite a few small fish.
“The weather is up for the next couple of days and we are committed out here hopefully we get lucky tomorrow. 58 tuna today that we kept and a dozen keeper Dorado.”
“All day action on tuna, dorado and some yellowtail,” said the report from the Searcher for September 24. “We ended up with a limit of yellowfin tuna and close to a limit of dorado. The weather is still very nice and we're headed home. Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon, Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew. Many thanks to Andrew Otero and his group for joining us!
Shogun posted the following September 26: “We traveled up last night in hopes of getting some Yellowfin tuna to end the trip. The area where we had good fishing a few days ago looked bleak at best. The water had cooled dramatically, but despite the change in conditions we were able to locate a nice sized kelp paddy in warmer water that had a giant school of smaller sized tuna and Dorado. What these little guys lacked in size, they made up for in sheer volume and ferocity. Every bait that hit the water was readily devoured by either a tuna or Dorado.”
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