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Yellowfin tuna bite on in Southern California waters

September 30, 2009 |  2:46 pm

Trinh Vu from Buena Park with the 167-pound bluefin tuna he hooked and boated.

In addition to the great yellowfin tuna bite on in the East Cape region of Baja California as reported earlier by Pete Thomas, the fish have moved into Southern California waters and the yellowfin fishing has been hot early this week.

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