Saltwater fishing: tuna back on the bite
This weekend's saltwater fishing wrap-up, delivered by 976-tuna.com founder Philip Friedman:
Winds were an issue offshore Saturday and early this morning, but by about 10 a.m. today the wind laid down and fish began to respond. The Condor was on a stop for 20 yellowfin tuna with more fish biting, while at least two other San Diego boats has over 50 yellowfin tuna per boat.
Overall the weekend has been exciting despite the weather. While most boats had slower fishing, the Pacific Queen found a kelp and caught 100 yellowfin tuna Saturday. The Condor had 100 mixed dorado, albacore, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail Saturday.
Tanner Bank has been producing good bluefin tuna fishing for 8- to 30-pound fish all week. The Freedom from 22nd St Landing in San Pedro had 80-plus bluefin tuna while the Outrider from the same landing had 17 bluefin tuna to 25 pounds, 35 bonito to 15 pounds and a lots of rockfish. Pam Sharp of Torrance was on the Outrider and said that the lighter line was the best way to get a bluefin bite. "Twenty-pound test really got more bites," she said.
The Toronado was rolling up on Tanner Bank this morning and experienced a jig strike for three albacore. Skipper Ray Lagmay then dropped his anchor, and two passengers promptly hooked two marlin on sardines. "There are marlin swimming around the boat and bluefin tuna splashing around," said Lagmay. "We are hoping for a great day."
Private boater Don Baker from Long Beach was out on Thursday with a group of friends trying for yellowfin tuna and dorado. They connected with a great catch of 16 yellowfin tuna and three large dorado fishing east of Santa Catalina Island near the 209 and 181 banks. The keys to tuna fishing were finding porpoises and using a 2-ounce sinker to get down to the tuna.
Catalina continues to produce sporadic yellowtail catches, while coastal fishing remains hit and miss for calico bass, sand bass, yellowtail, bonito and barracuda.
-- Philip Friedman
Don Baker displays yellowfin tuna caught east of Santa Catalina Island