Yellowfin tuna bite on in Southern California waters
As reported by 976-TUNA founder Philip Friedman, sportfishing trips out of Newport Beach and Long Beach have had excellent fishing, not only because of the number of yellowfin but also because of the size. Most of the fish boated were in the 15-to-25-pound range, much larger than what the average catch has been thus far this year.
"We love what we are seeing," said Long Beach Sportfishing skipper Eddie Moreno. Moreno has scheduled a series of 1 1/2-day trips to take advantage of the great fishing.
The bite has slowed some due to the change in the weather but will likely pick up again.
A notable catch this week was by Trinh Vu from Buena Park, who was fishing 90 miles southwest of San Diego on an H&M Landing trip. Vu hooked and boated a 167-pound bluefin tuna that took four gaffs to hoist on board.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Trinh Vu and his 167-pound bluefin. Credit: Courtesy of Bill Roecker / H&M Landing