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Bluefin tuna swim into anglers' spotlight west of San Diego

August 10, 2009 | 12:23 pm


Anglers aboard the New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing on Saturday caught 106 bluefin tuna while fishing an area 60 miles west of San Diego, well within range of the full-day fleet  and in U.S. waters.

Fishermen on the Sea Horse out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing on Sunday bagged 40 bluefin. The tuna are averaging 12 to 40 pounds.

(Hopefully, the galleys of both vessels were stocked with soy sauce and wasabi.)

On Friday, fishermen aboard the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing boated more than 100 yellowtail at the Rockpile and Coronado Islands just south of the border--a remarkable count for a three-quarter-day boat.

"To the west in the cooler water is the bluefin, with some albacore mixed in, and to the south in the warmer water are the yellowtail, yellowfin tuna and dorado," reports 976-TUNA founder Philip Friedman.

And as summer progresses and the water warms all of these schools of fish are expected to migrate to the north.

Meanwhile, anglers on overnight boats out of L.A. and Long Beach harbors are focusing on the fat yellowtail at Cortes Bank, 100 miles offshore. Capt. Ray Lagmay of the Toronado on Monday phoned in a noon count of 50 yellowtail and two bluefin--and his passengers were still fishing.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Bluefin tuna swim in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Tokyo. Credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi / Bloomberg News