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Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

Free!  The 15th Annual Young Anglers Tournament is Set for Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Shelter Island Pier!

     Young Anglers ages 6 through 15 are invited to compete in the free 15th Annual Young Anglers’ Tournament to be held on August 12, 2017 at the Shelter Island Pier which is located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.  The annual tournament is put on by the San Diego Sportfishing Council and is sponsored by the San Diego Sportfishing Council, the IGFA and the Port of San Diego.  One thing new this year is that you can register on line at:

The tournament features a points system to allow for catch and release fishing.  There will be one winner in each age category between 6 and 15 years of age and the winner in each age category will be determined by adding up points earned for the various fish caught.  The angler with the most points overall will be also be recognized on the tournaments’ perpetual trophy.  Representatives and volunteers from various fishing clubs and organizations will be on hand to assist the young anglers and tally their points.

Anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear but a limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available to use on a first come first serve basis as provided by Okuma Tackle.  Bait is being provided by Squidco and Anglers Distributing.

On site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the tournament on Saturday, August 12, 2017.  The tournament fishing starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon.  Prizes are awarded by 1:00 p.m..  Hot dogs, chips and sodas will be served to all registered anglers courtesy of Major Market and Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce!

Sponsors include Okuma, Turner’s Outdoorsman, Anglers Distributing, Squidco, Big Hammer lures, Friends of Rollo, Costa Sunglasses, Uin Goop, Coastal Conservation of California, Three Lollies, Mustad, Everingham Brothers Bait Company, Fathom Bistro at Shelter Island Pier, Fisherman’s Landing Tackle, Booya, San Diego Marine Exchange, Seeker Rods, Point Loma Sportfishing and H&M Landing.  Prizes and raffle drawing items include rods and reels, hats, t-shirts, fishing gear and deep-sea fishing trips.

For more information please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or visit their web site at

Kids 6-15 years of age should come on out, do some fishing and have some fun!

Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:40 PM—The Marlin Club’s Spring Shootout Is Saturday, May 27, 2017!

     The Marlin Club’s Spring Shootout Tournament is this Saturday, May, 27, 2017.  The Spring Shootout is an event that is open to the public and you are invited to participate.  There are over $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs and there are optional Daily Jackpots of $50, $100 and $250 to consider entering as well.  There is also an additional optional $100 High Boat Jackpot to enter for the top 3 combined fish on any boat.  Having 3 fish for weigh in is required to qualify for the High Boat Jackpot.

The species involved in the tournament are a combined tuna and halibut category as well as a combined yellowtail and white seabass category.  Calico bass and bonita can become winning fish there are no qualifying tuna or halibut.

The Captain’s Meeting is at 6:00 PM at Fiddler’s Green on Shelter Island on Friday evening, May 26, 2017 and someone from each participating boat is required to attend.  All questions will be answered and the rules will be discussed and clarified at this meeting.

There is an awards dinner at 6:00 PM the day of the event and the entry fee includes dinner and an event t-shirt.  The entry fee is $60 for adults and $20 for juniors.  Extra dinner tickets are $10 each.

The tournament flyer, rules and entry form are available at The Marlin Club’s web site at .  Melissa will be at The Marlin Club to receive entries between 2 and 6 PM today (5-25-17) and between 2 and 6 PM on Friday, 5-26-17.  The phone number at The Marlin Club is (619) 222-8677 and The Marlin Club is located at 2445 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, Ca 92106.

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM

     A press release from the Port of San Diego indicates that the Shelter Island Boat Ramp will be “closed” for reconstruction beginning on May 23, 2017 and the ramp is anticipated to be “closed” for about 10 months to reopen in March of 2018.

The reason I put “closed” in parenthesis is that they will reopen one lane as set forth in their press release:

” During the summer months of June 2017 through August 2017, one lane of the ten-lane boat ramp will remain open for boaters, but long wait times are anticipated. The Port of San Diego strongly encourages boaters to utilize alternate launch ramps during construction.”

The press release also says that about 25% of the parking in the area will be closed to allow for staging of construction equipment.

They suggest using alternate launch ramps and list alternatives here:

Here is the link to the entirety of today’s press release.  The press release does not state the May 23, 2017 start of the closure but that date was provided in the cover letter email they sent:

This closure is certainly going to be an inconvenience but hopefully it will be worth it when all is said and done and the project is complete with a brand new ramp facility for our use.  Maybe it will help ease the pain to look at the big picture and focus on how fortunate we are to have such nice ramps available for our use for free in San Diego Bay and Mission Bay.  Hopefully the new ramp will make it worth the grief of having to use other launch ramps until next spring.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Day At the Docks Is This Sunday, April 9, 2017!!

     One of the fun events of the spring will be held this Sunday as the 38th Annual Port of San Diego Day At the Docks will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  I hope you plan to attend as Day At the Docks is always a fun and festive outdoor celebration in anticipation of the fishing season that lies ahead with lots of things to see and do.  Information about Day at the Docks can be accessed at

A great thing about Day at the Docks is that admission is always free!  The Day at the Docks festival will be held at the parking lots where Point Loma Sportfishing, H&M Landing and Fisherman’s Landing are located in Point Loma.  The street address of Fisherman’s Landing at 2838 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA, 92106 will get you there.  There is free parking on Shelter Island and red double-decker buses will be running free shuttles between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

There will once again be lots of exhibitors at this year’s event and 976-Bite Fish Reports will be one of them.  The exhibitors will include tackle manufacturers, marine artists, fishing clubs, tackle retailers, food vendors and more.

I hope you can attend and enjoy the celebration and if you can be there, please stop by the booth and say hello.  We will be offering show specials on 6 month and 12 month subscriptions and renewals and will also have pocket t-shirts and tank tops available for sale at reasonable prices.  Even if you have time remaining on your web site subscription, we can add the renewal on to the end of what you have remaining on your existing subscription if you want to take advantage of the show promotions.

In addition to all the exhibitors, many of the boats of the San Diego sportfishing fleet will have open houses so you can go aboard and check them out and talk to their Captains and crews about their boats and the upcoming fishing season.  Some of the boats will also be offering rides around San Diego Bay for $3 a person.

There are casting contests sponsored by Seeker Rods and Avet Reels and Izorline sponsors a knot tying competition.

There will be catch, prep and cook demos sponsored by Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce held aboard some of the boats.  These demos will feature tips and recipes for seafood preparation and will be given by experts that include professional chefs.

Seminars will be going on throughout much of the day from expert speakers that will cover topics such as fishing techniques, knot tying, rod selection, rigging techniques and much more.

There are plenty of things for kids to do that include a Kid’s Fishing Adventure sponsored by Okuma Tackle and the Everingham Brothers Bait Company where kids from 4-12 can fish for free.

Live bands will be playing throughout much of the day and there will be some great giveaways via three raffles that benefit The Burn Institute.  There are some great prizes available that include fishing trips and fishing tackle.

Day at the Docks is put on by the San Diego Sportfishing Council and their web site provides more information about the event at:

I hope to see you there!

Bob Vanian

976-Bite Fish Reports

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 1:25 pm

The Fred Hall Show In Del Mar Runs From Thursday March 23, 2017 through Sunday March 26, 2017!


     The Fred Hall Show in Del Mar is certainly the best fishing tackle and boat show in the San Diego it begins Thursday, March 23, 2017 and runs through Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Show hours are noon until 8:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Saturday and the show goes from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday. 

The Fred Hall Show has something for the whole family with plenty of things for kids to do including a free trout pond.  Kids 15 years old and younger get into the show for FREE with a paid adult and can fish for free at the Mammoth Lakes Kids Free Trout Pond!  Other great kid’s activities include the Ram Truck Ultimate Air Dogs, the Great American Duck Races, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and the Accurate Kids Fishing Touch Tank will have a booth at the Fred Hall Show and we hope you stop by the booth to say hello and take advantage of the incentives we are offering on web site subscriptions. We also have quality t-shirts for sale and hope to have tank tops ready in time for the show as well.

     You can get all the information about the Fred Hall Show on their web site at The web site is loaded with information including show times, directions and a schedule of seminars. You can also purchase admission tickets on the web site and save yourself the possibility of waiting in a ticket line.

     Come on out and see the latest in fishing and boating gear and let’s talk about the upcoming fishing season. I hope to see you at the show!


    Bob Vanian

Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

The Fred Hall Show in Long Beach Runs From Wednesday, March 1, 2017 through Sunday, March 5, 2017!

     It is that time of year and the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach begins on Wednesday, March, 1, 2017!  The show runs through Sunday, March 5, 2017 and Southern California anglers will be gathering at the Long Beach Convention Center to see the latest of what there is to see in the world of fishing products, boating products, fishing vacations and a whole lot more.

The Fred Hall Show is a family event with lots of things to see and do for kids and adults alike.  A great thing is that kids 15 years old and younger get in FREE with a paid adult.  One of the highlights for many kids attending the show is to catch a trout in the Mammoth Lakes and Shakespeare Trout Pond.  There are also lots of free seminars for adults and kids to attend in addition to all the booth displays.

You can get all the information about the show including show times and seminar schedules at the Fred Hall Shows web site at  You can also purchase tickets via the web site and avoid possible ticket lines.

If you come to the show, please stop by the 976-Bite booth and say hello and talk about the upcoming months of what looks like it might be another great fishing year.  There have already been big bluefin tuna caught off the Northern Baja coast!  We are usually located on aisle 300 but I never know for sure until I check in ahead of the show.  I will post our booth number once I find out where we will be located.

We are offering special show incentives for signing up for the 6 month and 12 month subscriptions or renewals and will also be selling heavyweight cotton fish and logo T-shirts that range in size from youth medium up to 5XL.

If your membership is still current you can still take advantage of the show specials as your renewal will just add on to the end of what you have remaining from your current subscription.  It is also no problem for you to take advantage of the show specials and subscribe at the show and have the subscription start at a later date.

I hope you can come out to the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach and have some fun.  Get further details at

Best Wishes,

Bob Vanian


Saturday, September 3, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

     I posted a report earlier this evening and about the sportboat Invicta running into the Coronado Islands and sinking on Friday night while on the way out to tuna fishing .  Later on this evening I got an email from Member John Rodriguez of the Sweet Marie who said that they were the boat that was on scene and took the 30 people onto their 34 foot boat until the Coast Guard arrived.  John and the crew aboard the Sweet Marie are certainly real life heroes to all those that were aboard the Invicta and to their families and friends.

Here is the paragraph I wrote in italics followed by John’s email in bold type.

     I am not sure if you heard the bad news but the sportboat Invicta ran into some part of at the Coronado Islands last night.  I have heard radio chatter about the incident and think they hit somewhere around the Middle Grounds.  I know that the boat eventually sank and that all the people aboard were able to be taken off the boat before it sank.  The story I heard is that they got all 30 people onto a 34 foot private boat that happened to be nearby.  Thank God everyone made it off the boat to safety.

     Hi Bob,
This is John Rodriguez of the Sweet Marie. We are the boat that rescued the passengers off of the Invicta. If not for the fact the we were there at the same time they hit the island and were able to respond within minutes I believe there would have been many fatalities.

     I tell you this not to take credit or pat myself on the back but to help remind everybody how dangerous our sport/ hobby is. The boat broke up within minutes of disembarking the passengers. I had thirty people on my 34 foot boat for over an hour until the coast guard arrived.

     Please remind everybody how important it is to maintain watch and slow down at night. Thanks

Thank you John!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am

It is  Make A Wish Tuna Challenge Time!

The Make A Wish Tuna Challenge is the premier Southern California tuna fishing event and the tournament is fast approaching and is being held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with a Captain’s meeting on Friday evening, August 26, 2016.  It is actually a three day event when you add the great awards ceremony, barbecue and raffle to be held at Silver Gate Yacht Club on Sunday August 28, 2016.

This is always a fun and fine event and in addition to being a great tuna tournament, it serves a much higher purpose in raising funds to benefit the Make A Wish charity.  Since 1994 the Tuna Challenge has raised well in excess of $2,920,000 to benefit the Make A Wish Charity and has helped fund many wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions.

The list of prizes up for the winning is truly spectacular and includes lots of fishing tackle, stays at fishing resorts and marine related and other prizes that are too numerous to list here.  You have a chance at winning prizes with the fish you catch and there are also incredible raffles and some spectacular things that are up for both silent and live auctions.  The highlight item up for the winning is the Grand Raffle Prize from the special Grand Raffle which is your choice of a Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Mazda CX-3 or Mazda CX-5 that have MSRP of up to $25,000!  Tickets for the Grand Raffle are $10 each, 6 for $50 or 12 for $100.00.

The tournament has award categories for juniors and adults with a small boat and a big boat division as well.  A special division also exists for charter boat anglers.  The cost for entry is $105.00 for adults and $40.00 for a junior. The entry for a Charter Boat Angler (“6-Pack”charter boat)to compete in the Charter Boat Division is $75.00.  The entry fees include a tournament t-shirt and a ticket to the awards banquet.

You can go to the Make a Wish Tuna Challenge web site and get all the details and sign up information at

Please come out and participate and enjoy this fine event!  It is a win-win situation as you can have a good time, have a chance at winning some great prizes and enjoy the warm feeling of benefiting some kids who are in need of some cheering up in the process.

Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

Summary Fish Report—July 29, 2016 at 2:35 PM

 Provided by Bob Vanian of 976-Bite Fish Reports at

     The 2016 Southern California fishing season continues to impress with lots of good choices for anglers to pick from in choosing what they would like to target be it fishing offshore, at local Islands, or along the coast.

On the offshore fishing grounds on the United States side of the Mexico border there continue to be big bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail and dorado to target.  The bluefin tuna have been the highlight fish with most of the bluefin falling within the 50 to 150 pound range and with some jumbo sized fish to 270+ also being hooked and caught.  The bluefin are usually finicky biters and it can be very challenging for anglers to get a bluefin to bite and even more challenging to land one.  There has been one story after the next of anglers looking at massive schools of bluefin right along side the boat that are not at all interested in the baits and lures anglers are presenting them.  There are some hookups to be found though and there are plenty of stories about an angler getting wrapped up in a battle with a big bluefin that lasts for many hours and goes into the night.

The yellowfin tuna in U.S. waters have been ranging from 12 to 100 pounds and they have been acting similar to the bluefin in that it is more often than not very challenging to get them to bite.  Most of the kelp paddie yellowtail on the U.S. side of the border have been the 3 to 12 pound fish and most of the dorado caught from the same kelp paddies have been in the 8 to 20 pound range.

The productive areas for the bluefin, yellowfin, dorado and yellowtail on the U.S. side of the border at the time of this report are the 209 Spot, the 312 Spot, the 181 Spot, the 43 Fathom Spot, the 289 Spot and 10 miles off La Jolla.  Last week there were good numbers of tuna showing 3 to 15 miles off the coast at spots between La Jolla and San Onofre but most of that zone has quieted down over the past few days.

There is an occasional bluefin caught from a trolling strike or kelp paddie but the vast majority of the bluefin have been biting from working spots of fish found at or near the surface via locating breaking fish, breezing fish, puddling fish, shiner spots of fish, meter marks or sonar marks.  The yellowfin found in the same areas as the bluefin have been fished in a similar fashion as the bluefin.

As tough as it can be to get the bluefin and U.S. waters yellowfin to bite, there are some biting bluefin and yellowfin to be found and most have been caught on slow trolled, drifted or kite flown live sardines and mackerel as well as on surface iron, yo-yo iron, poppers and kite trolled Yummy Flyers.  The Flat Fall, Colt Sniper, Megabait, Laser Minnow, Tady 45, Salas 7X light, JRI 4T and JRI 5T jigs have been some of the best for those fishing iron.

On the Mexico side of the border, there is an area of yellowfin tuna, dorado and yellowtail that has been producing some pretty good to very good overall fishing for boats working the region below the 425 Bank, the area outside of the 475 Knuckle and the Upper Hidden Bank.  The fish down this way are mostly 12  to 20 pound yellowfin tuna, 6 to 25 pound dorado and 8 to 30 pound yellowtail.  There are some good bait stops to be found and there have been occasional limit catches of yellowfin tuna coming from down this way.

The best zone has been while fishing the area from the west of the 475 Knuckle out to the Upper Hidden Bank.  There has been a chance at finding some action once you get below the 425 Bank and the action has been spread  from 27 to 40 miles 175 to 185 degrees from Point Loma.  Kelp paddies, blind trolling strikes, porpoise schools, sonar and spots of breaking or puddling fish have been leading to action down this way.

One of the better counts coming from this zone on Thursday, July 28, 2016 was on the Old Glory out of H&M Landing that had 28 anglers on an overnight trip catch 59 yellowfin tuna.

The Coronado Islands have been providing excellent fishing for a mix of yellowtail, barracuda, bonito and calico bass with some limit yellowtail catches being reported.  There is good action  to be had at various locations around the Islands with the best spots being the weather side of North Island, the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island, the South Kelp, the Ribbon Kelp and the area inside of the north end of South Island.

Pukey Point at North Island and the weather side of North Island have been the best zones for the larger sized yellowtail. This is the zone where Captain Billy of the private boat Efishnsea and the 6 pack charter yacht Tailblazen fished on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 aboard the Efishnsea. Captain Billy reported excellent fishing while catching limits of yellowtail for the 3 anglers aboard by 10:30 AM and said they also caught and released calico bass of 8 pounds, 4 pounds and 3 pounds.

Captain Billy was fishing with a couple of friends that work for the Fred Hall Shows that included Tim Baker and reported that they had all their action on slow trolled sardines while working up and down the weather side of North Island. He said that there were about 15 private boats and 1 sport boat fishing the area and that he found success by working areas where there was some open water with no boats. Captain Billy said he was getting a lot of meter marks in the areas where he was getting bit.

Private boater Tom Parnakian of the Ambush reported about fishing aboard the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. He said they fished the weather side of North Island, the south tip of North Island, the Lighthouse at the south tip of South Island, the Rockpile and the Ribbon Kelp and they had a fish count of  54 anglers on a three-quarter day trip catching 30 bonito, 20 barracuda, 20 calico bass and 135 yellowtail.

Parnakian said they caught yellowtail at each stop but that their two best stops were at the south tip of North Island and at the Ribbon Kelp in the lee of South Island.  He said the yellows they caught at North Island were the larger grade fish that went from 15 to 30 pounds.  The yellowtail that were biting at the Ribbon Kelp were plentiful but were smaller 3 to 12 pound fish.

Tom ended up the day with 4 yellowtail that went to 20 pounds, a good sized calico bass and a log barracuda. He said most of the fish on the trip were caught on flylined sardines with a bit of action to be had for those fishing with surface iron as well.

Most of the sportboats have been fishing while sitting on the anchor and private boaters have also done well while drifting or slow trolling.  Once you get a strike on the slow troll you can drift and fish with sardines and surface iron.  Good choices for surface iron are Tady 45’s, Salas 7X lights, JRI 4T’s and JRI 5 T’s in blue and white, sardine and mint colors.

The fishing along the San Diego County coast has been producing some good mixed bag fishing for calico bass, bonito, barracuda, yellowtail and white seabass.  Calico bass have been making up most of the catch and the fishing has been excellent with most of the kelp bed areas up and down the coast producing lots of calico bass action.

The Point Loma Kelp Beds have been producing very good numbers of calico bass along with an occasional flurry of action on bonito, barracuda or yellowtail. An occasional white seabass has been biting at the Point Loma Kelp Beds as well.  Productive areas have been he hard bottom and kelp stringer area to the northwest of Buoy #3, the Dropoff, the Lab, 5 Tanks, Green Tank and Point Loma College.

Up at La Jolla, the upper end of La Jolla is providing some good mixed bag fishing for yellowtail, calico bass, bonito and barracuda.  Most of the fishing is being done while sitting on the anchor on the outside edges of the kelp beds or while fishing outside of the main kelp beds at the kelp stringer and hard bottom area of Northwest. The yellowtail at La Jolla have been mixed size fish that have gone from 2 to 30+ pounds.

In North San Diego County waters, Captain Joe Cacciola of the Sea Star with Sea Star Sportfishing in Oceanside reports that there has been very good calico bass fishing to be found at kelp bed areas such as the Barn, Yellowtail Kelp, Carlsbad, Leucadia and Solana Beach.  In addition to calico bass, Cacciola reports that they have also been seeing occasional action on mixed size yellowtail that go to 30 pounds.  They have also seen occasional action on white seabass and have been catching and releasing an occasional big black seabass as well.

Cacciola says that 5 to 6 inch sardines have been great bait for the fish they have been catching and says that the small mackerel that have been mixed in their bait supply have also worked for the yellowtail. Cacciola says they have also done well for calico bass on Berkley Gulp plastics that are rigged with a 3/8 ounce dart head.  Surface iron is also reported to be working well for the calico bass.

On Thursday, July 28, 2016 Cacciola reported having a trip that included a lot of kids that had fantastic fishing while working kelp bed areas between Carlsbad and Solana Beach.  They caught and released loads of short sized calico bass and Cacciola said there was also a decent percentage of legal sized calicos in the mix with the short sized fish.

In addition to the fantastic calico bass fishing Cacciola said they caught a 30 pound yellowtail on a mackerel and that a 10 year old caught a 42 pound white seabass! There was even more to their day of fishing than all the calicos, the big white seabass and the big yellowtail as they also got to catch and successfully release a 200+ pound black seabass.  The water temperature was very warm and was ranging from 78 to 79.5 degrees.

Private boater Bill Parker of the Cabo reported about fishing at the kelp beds at San Onofre on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Parker was fishing aboard Steve Mote’s private boat Ahhasalot and said they had tremendous calico bass fishing in catching and releasing over 50 calico bass that were in the 11 to 13 inch range.  Parker said the calicos were so plentiful that at times you could look into the water and see clouds of them below the boat.  They had their good fishing on a mix of sardines and anchovies that they got for bait at Oceanside Harbor.

The summer fishing season continues to provide some great fishing.  Do not let the season pass you by.  If you have the chance, make sure you get out on the water and get in on the fun!

      It is my goal to provide you timely and accurate information in these Summary Reports containing news from right off the water.  If you require more frequent reports with more details that include the specific location of where catches have been made, I refer you to the daily Member’s Reports at .  Those Member’s Reports contain additional specifics that include latitude and longitude coordinates and other descriptive references about where and how fish are being caught.  Make the most efficient use of your precious time on the water with the use of timely and accurate information.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

Summary Fish Report—May26, 2016 at 4:40 PM

 Provided by Bob Vanian of 976-Bite Fish Reports at

     The early part of the 2016 spring fishing season has seen unseasonably good fishing with yellowtail, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and albacore all making news from local offshore waters.  For the most part there have not been big numbers of the tuna species biting but most of what has been caught has been of quality size.  The bluefin tuna have ranged in size from 40 to 120 pounds, the yellowfin tuna have been up in the 20 to 60 pound range and the lone albacore caught was reported to be in the 20 pound class.

Yellowtail have been producing action every day out around the Coronado Islands and there have been some yellowtail to be caught at spots along the San Diego County coast as well.  It is still early in the fishing season and anglers are hoping that having tuna in local offshore waters far earlier than what is traditionally considered to be normal is an indicator of another banner year of the summer and fall fishing seasons to come.

The tuna fishing has been grabbing most of the headlines with the big news of the past week being that an albacore was caught aboard the Producer out of H&M Landing.  Ollie at H&M Landing reports that the albacore was a 20 pound class fish and reported that other fish were seen boiling around the boat while the albacore was hooked.  The albacore was caught in an area where a few 20 to 60 pound yellowfin tuna have been biting within 35 miles of Point Loma while fishing between the Kidney Bank and the Corner.

The Producer’s fish count was 20 anglers on a 1.5 day trip that fished on Saturday, May 21, 2016 catching 1 albacore and 2 yellowfin tuna.  The best yellowfin tuna count was on the 6 pack charter boat Joanna out of H&M Landing that had 6 anglers fishing on Friday, May 20, 2016 catch 6 yellowfin tuna.

The bluefin tuna have been biting at areas within 35 miles or so of Point Loma in the region of the 302 Spot, 371 Bank, Upper Hidden Bank and 390 Bank.  With the bluefin it has been quality over quantity with most of the bluefin being up in the 40 to 120 pound range.  A recent fish count from the fishing on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 was the Daiwa Pacific out of H&M Landing that had an overnight trip with 9 anglers catch 5 of the 60 to 80 pound class bluefin tuna and 1 yellowtail.

Captain Kenny Baruch of the Daiwa Pacific reported that the 5 bluefin they caught were quality sized fish that were in the 60 to 80 pound class and mentioned that they had quite a few lost hookups in addition to the fish they boated.  The action was coming on flylined sardines that were presented to the bluefin after stopping on spots of breaking fish that were found under working birds.  He said the bluefin were responding well to the chum and that the fish came to the corner on more than one occasion.

In general, the tuna have been biting from stopping on spots of breaking fish, puddling fish, sonar marks and meter marks along with an occasional trolling strike.  Once located, best bets for yellowfin have been sardines, poppers and thin blade style yo-yo iron such as Flat Fall, Colt Sniper, Megabait and Laser Minnow jigs.  The bluefin have been biting on sardines, mackerel, surface iron and on those same thin blade style yo-yo mentioned that have been effective for the yellowfin.  The most effective method for presenting live baits to the tuna has been flylining with some bluefin also being caught on mackerel that have been fished from kites.

The fishing in the waters around and about the Coronado Islands and below has been producing pretty good mixed bag fishing for yellowtail, barracuda, bonito and rockfish.  The yellowtail bite has been pretty good most days but has generally been falling short of providing near limit to limit fishing.  Barracuda and bonito have been biting in fair numbers and when Skippers turn their attention away from the surface fishing to trying for rockfish, they find the rockfish bite to be good.

As an example of the recent fishing, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 H&M Landing had a 3/4 day trip on the Malihini out fishing with 11 anglers that caught 14 yellowtail.  Wednesday’s fishing also had Seaforth Sportfishing with a 3/4 day trip out to the Coronados aboard the San Diego that had 17 anglers catch 15 yellowtail, 2 barracuda and 1 bonito.

Productive areas for the yellowtail have been the Coronado Canyon, the weather side of North Island, the area inside of the north end of South Island, the Ribbon Kelp, the Rockpile, the 27 Fathom Spot, the Finger Bank and the area outside of and below Punta Descanso.  The past two days have seen the best of the yellowtail fishing coming from the area of the Coronado Canyon and the weather side of North Island.

The yellowtail have been biting from stopping on sonar marks, meter marks and occasional spots of fish found working on the surface.  The yellowtail have been mixed sized fish that are running from 5 to 25 pounds with most in the 15 to 20 pound class.

Surface iron, flylined sardines, yo-yo iron and sardines fished on dropper loop rigs are producing yellowtail action.  Adjust your bait or jig selection based on where the particular school of fish you are working is situated in the water column.

Good choices for yo-yo iron have been Salas 7X heavy, Salas 6X, Salas 6X Jr. and JRI 66 jigs in scrambled egg, blue & white and orange & red color combinations.  For surface iron, try Salas 7X lights and Tady 45’s in blue & white and sardine colors.

Barracuda have been biting around the Rockpile and also at kelp bed areas such as the Ribbon Kelp.   Some of the barracuda action has come from stopping on spots of breaking fish and some of the barracuda action has come from fishing on the anchor at the kelp bed or the hard bottom structure spots.  Try flylined sardines or surface iron for the barracuda.  Look for bonito along the weather side of North Island, at the Middle Grounds and around the Rockpile.

A good zone for the rockfish has been at hard bottom areas to the north and northwest of North Island while fishing in 25 to 45 fathoms of water.

The fishing along the San Diego County coast has been producing some good mixed bag fishing for rockfish, sculpin and bass and there has also been a chance at catching a bonus yellowtail, white seabass or halibut.

The upper end of La Jolla has been best for the coastal yellowtail fishing.  The bite has been scratchy most days but the yellows that have been biting have been mostly quality sized 20 to 30+ pound fish.  The yellowtail have been found by locating meter marks, sonar marks or spots of breezing fish and have been biting on surface iron, yo-yo iron, flylined mackerel and mackerel fished deep on a dropper loop rig.  Anglers need to adjust their bait and lure selection and their presentation based on where the particular school of fish they are working is located in the water column.

The fishing for sand bass, sculpin and rockfish up and down the San Diego County coast has been best at hard bottom and structure spots.  Productive areas have been the Imperial Beach Pipeline, hard bottom areas around the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma, the hard bottom to the northwest of Buoy #3 at Point Loma, the hard bottom outside of the Green Tank, the 270, Torrey Pines, Del Mar, Leucadia, the Anderson and Buccaneer Pipelines, the artificial reefs outside of Oceanside and Box Canyon.

Calico bass and what have been mostly short sized barracuda have been biting along the edges of the coastal kelp beds.  Productive kelp bed areas have been at Point Loma, La Jolla, Del Mar, Leucadia and the Barn.

White seabass are also a possibility at spots along the San Diego County coast.  La Jolla and Point Loma seem to be the areas where an occasional white seabass has been reported during the spring season.  John Campbell of the 2016 Yellowtail Derby reported that private boater Jeremiah Brown caught a 54 pound white seabass on Thursday, May 19, 2016 while fishing iron by the Whistler Buoy at Point Loma.  Brown’s report was that he was metering yellowtail and said that when he dropped his jig down to the yellows the big white seabass found the jig and decided to bite.

San Clemente Island has been producing some pretty good numbers of yellowtail along with some good numbers of calico bass, bonito and rockfish. Productive areas for the yellowtail have been the ridges outside of Pyramid Cove and China Point as well as while fishing along the front side of the Island around the structure of Purse Seine Rock and White Rock.  Yellows have also been biting from sonar marks and spots of breezing fish found between the Purse Seine Rock and White Rock areas.

There have been squid available at Catalina Island and the squid have worked well for the yellowtail at San Clemente Island and at Catalina and have also worked well for white seabass at Catalina.  The Salta Verde area has been a good squid zone at Catalina and at times, squid boats have been offering squid for sale while anchored off Avalon.  Try to raise the squid boats on VHF channels 11 or 72.  Mainland bait receivers at some of the Los Angeles and Orange County area harbors have had squid available for sale at times as well.

Productive areas for white seabass at Catalina have been Salta Verde, Ben Weston, Sentinel Rock, West Cove and Eagle Rock.  There have also been yellowtail biting at spots along the front side of Catalina while fishing spots from Arrow Point on down to Hen Rock. Live squid have been the best bait for the yellowtail and white seabass at Catalina.  The yellowtail have been mixed size fish that have ranged in size from 5 to 25 pounds.  The white seabass have been nice sized fish that have gone up into the 40 pound class.

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