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Weak to moderate onshore flow will prevail through the middle of next week.

Today SunWind SW 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ftMixed swell W 2 to 3 ft at 6 seconds and S 2 to 3 ft at 13 ses. MonWind 10 kt... W 10 k afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft Mixed swell W 2 ft and S 2 ft.An intermittent coastal eddy will produce southerly winds near the coast at times.

Hawaii got some weathe going bleow it-- ..othewise a Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

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-------------- Sunday-- so far so good--- July 15th half the months gone by 2018 -

Beautiful day- typical summer morning-- nice-

SD report The Pacific Queen called in with an updated count of 19 Bluefin, with 6 of them ranging from 200 lbs to 280 lbs, and 3 Yellowfin with another day of fishing ahead.

Reception scratchy again at least for us up here in Newport--- foamers and cast poppers were discerned 10:55am-- 33 over 56?

AIS shows a commercial trawler working outside the 277/ 152?

we just had some 150 lbers just exploded here it was insane! 12:19

Late yesterday afternoon between the 43 and Clemente it went off

it's about 200--- -- is it on board?? --- no-- 12:34

Anothe quiet afternoon on the radio-- not much reported off the inner banks outside Newport dana-- there was one report of a 30lb tail from a kelp on a sardine--

Better luck this coming week- JD


--------- Sat- the 14-- phew-- we got by the 13th-- July, now all we only have to worry about are earthquakes, volcano eruptions and tsunamis!

Nice Summer morning-- coastal cloud cover seemingly to go away early mid-morning-- wind light from the west-- a few swells on a otherwise calm sea- High tides and Extreme lows- almost a 9 ft tidal exchange-- Stand By!

I'm in need of something--- text me you numbers--- 34 over 03! 10:03 am

Blue whales still around-- - furthere offshore

Swordfish boats working the lee of catalina-- some bait on the 14-- not much other than that--

Weather's a little up out there today-- better if your traveling with it--

Coastal fishing on the reef last night-- wind against current and every so often a swell to jolt you in keeping you balanced upright-

Sounded like one of the partyboats-- in shearch of good fishing for their passangers had to circle the island ( cat) in order to end up with 20 bass and four yellows-for the day

radio quiet for the Sat of a Summer's day--

Pacific Carnage -- the red & white squid boat was off Avalon- Lover's Cove with live squid for sale--


Only scratchy reception this afternoon--- something about flying kites and going to Pearly's

We just lost a big one---- there lots of fish here---- we're off 7 miles from where I told you I was going--- must have been a 300 lder! We're headed down from Clemente 7 miles before we got there--- there's lots of fish here--- 3:00

Right where your at right now about a hour ago we got fat one-- couple more on the poppers ---yea we got one up above you--- a good one too- going to put out a couple marlin lures and troll on the way home-- good day for us- likewise-- 3:14

wind seemed to be backing off afternoon hours--

Prospector-- did just that prospected south towards the 302 this morning found a bunch of the smaller tunas that didn't want to bite for them-- worked back uphill towards Pyramid-- lots of boats out covering the water-- fair fishing for most-- a few kelps holding dorado that don't want to bite either--

Colt Sniper Jerk bait--

--------- July Friday the 13th ---- yikes! ---

Coastal morning clouds kept the beach and waters coolerlight marine haze- wind lightand fair from the west 5- 7 kts- seas good light cap-

Major tide swings this next couple of days--- Stand BY!!!

Big Bluefin at 125- 150 feet under a baitball-




Hooked fish yesterday went 215-- interesting to note from Geoff's comments-- never saw a bird nor surface fish- only sonar and meter marks kept them in the fish -- at least for a hour or better during the low part of yesterday's slack tide period. Meter marks showed the fish down at 125- 150 feet then shoot up and attack the Yummy- blowing it out of the water --fish after fish competing for the flyer-- At one point another boat's yummy flyer was within good eyesite of their boat off to the side -- and they watched fish after fish come up attacking the yummy



If I heard them correctly- the squid boat had dropped off a load of bait at the pedro receivers--


E-Mail this morning-- Hi JD, I just want say thank you for keeping it real and wholesome all these years. These pictures are from yesterday in us waters with a yummy flyer. Angler is Benny F. on the Fish Nut.Keep upthe good work. Leif





Hi JD, this last Tuesday I caught this 175 BFT on Limitless on 80 Dacron captained byTom. Caught on a pink yummy. Need a few more Yummies and Dac!! Carl


There was the question on rigging the Yummy Flyers to be compliant to IGFA rules and local angling club rules . One of the questions was in reguards to the use of a treble hook and it being attatched to the lure-- the question posed to IGFA-- replys-- that a treble hook may be used but must be free swinging, it may not be attatched as is one of the treble hooks prongs embeded into the yummy or the hook strapped to the lure, zip tie glue .. Yummy Fliers rigged in this fashion where the hook is not free swinging is not compliant with IGFA rules. Hooks and Lures # 2. IGFA regs- Gang hook ruling-

Windy Afternoon---


Looks like we might be filling up some spots for the BAC junior’s tournament. Jack with a BIG one

And a nice halibut too!!


Go Angles!--- Go Dodgers!------


-------- Thursdays report ------

Sorry still limited web access on my end for reporting--

Mix of high and low clouds, blue behind that- wind light and fair from the west- 3- 6 kts- seas calm ,light mix to the sea but smooth-

Avalon had live squid being sold-- boats down south were throwing poppers at tunas outside the 9 Mile Bank-

From the AIS overview- looks like a bunch of San Pedro seiners were on that yellowfin today---

off the north nine looks green water--

A report striped marlin caught over the past few days down by the 302 , first one of the season for the SD fleet- new we need one up here in US waters!

A scratchy voice comes through the squelch -- were on----- it think he says--- you flying any flags yet--- no but were almost on a double now--hung one fish - all right Ill let you go back to work- let us know what happens--- Tuna and Hooked-- 3:01PM

we're north of you-- been a good show for the past three hurs--on th ebig stuff--

- we hooked two lost em both-- stand by I'll tell yu where were at-- let me do the math--- ok--- off this boat its plus 33 and minus 8

Geoff- Hooked calls in--- he's on board-- maybe 235--??--turns out just over 215- who's the Angler-- Dave-- - you going to weigh it in Dana--- yea but were going to get another one real quick- 4:21--


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With marlin starting to show, Dorado a reality and we all know about the tunas, now both bluefin and yellowfin and the yellowtails mauling the bait at Catalina or Clemente-- Anglers are looking forwards to the BAC's honorably named after their past secretary the Helen Smith Offshore Tournament , it's coming up July 27 and 28 Friday and Sat, awards the following Aug the 1st-- Entry $35 for Members. $40 for non members-- give the Club a call or check it out at their web site--



Chances of the emergence of the El Nino weather pattern have increased to 65 percent during the fall and 70 percent during winter 2018-19, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday. The El Niño, a pattern that brings a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific every few years "The forecaster consensus favors the onset of El Niño during the Northern Hemisphere fall, which would then continue through winter," the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in a monthly forecast.


---------- Wed's report ------------

Clear sky this morning-- hazy marine weather on the coast-- wind southwest early in the day- small mix to the seastate and some small wind chop with it--

In house web conections off somewhat today?- limited access- JD

waters warming up to 74 degrees--

we just got the kite up--- havent seen really much except that one batch of fish and there were all those really big ones-- 2:50pm

We're here off the north end-- ( Coronado) seeing mostly breezers--- mostly yellowfin--- a few bluefin

were at 45 over 45---

the 181 looks to be holding--

west side of the 9 mile bank to the border went off earlier today yellowfin and smaller bluefin-- at the turn of the morning's tide

we got good cast into that bunch of fish-- colt snipers, poppers, right into the middle of it-- no bites there must have been 25 other boats in the area

north oif 302-226- 30 over 21 was the zone this morning

we've got dorado under a paddu between the 182 and the 9- 46/16

Hey-- the gray hulled pilot house coming down on us--- we're on a fish-- and streached out--come on give us some room--- 3:53 , we're pulling on a fish-- please turn off

we got good info--- we're headed west north other side of the 181---

this mornings 43 looked good but flat and no wind-- ran inside to the cornor west of the 9 found a mix inside

-------------------- Tuesdays report ------- July 10th -----

Muggy-- and warm- light seabreezz from the south again this morning --seas ok- grease and calm morning hours -light west wind chop afternoon hours-- swells far apart-- good visibility for spotting things-- fish

We got two spots just popped up ---no bird on it-- tossed the jigs at em' got hooked up- passed if off - I think he lost it--

we're three miles inside from there and just put a nice sized one on board. 11:18am

Marlin dope-- rumor says a marlin was lost off the east end this past weekend-- and several swordfish baited off Pyramid -

The meats here-- the big bluefin ---they're still up foaming right behind us-- get down here--- plus 17 and plus 8 11:46

We just got a fat on-- slow trolling that mackerel-- 11:51

We haven't been able to get them to eat the bait- so we're about to put someone in the water and give em the steel!

33 up and they're all over the place-- 12:32

Aren't they pretty fish-- Dorado-- Josh takes the First Fish Flag , Dorado for the BAC this past weekend-- Nice Catch!





- Still taking Monday off- JD --

------------------ Sunday's cool breeze Report--sultry - wind still from the south though not as strong as yesterday-- there's wind chop with it-- and a small mix seastate

There's yellows under that paddy-- we just pulled out a 30 lbers

we're here on the Corner-- not much for us so far--- a few pods of dolphins that's its'

It was insane there were boilers all over us--we just got here-- upper 9 -- what size are they are they all those footballs--- I'd say they were in their 30's, We're outside you towards the 181- 43--

We had a good stop ---stayed up really good-- up 13 up 9 off those numbers I gave you--

they're staying up really good-- couple of sporties on them, we've got 5 on board- they're up for hundreds yards then move off--- come up again a hundreds yards off- 10:09

Outside the Isthmus the Chelse Marie has live squid for sale-- Pacific Carnage out front of Avalon also has Live squid--

Good radio reception--- hearing full voice of boats fishing the Coronado Islands --we've got 5 or 6 30 lbers ion the box

we're were working a two finner-- then this guy came by and ran him over-!--stupid guy--

Bluefin on the slow troll-- 371 area-- thanks--- sardine on 20lb about 40 lbs-- we dint see nothing blind strike-- 425 had lots of boils-- Guy outside Oceanside power plant--- had some yellowtail on a paddy- marked yellowfin---

There's some big fish there--- 267--- the ones I saw were fricking huge!--- I'd put the yummys out!

I just lost a ---- 160 lber at the boat--- sardine-- troll-- kite?-

double on yellowfin at the corner-- 1:30

Water temps and chlorophyll charts today---

32.36 and 117:55 we had em pop up-- triple digits

we hooked about a 240 lb fish at 6:30 spent 4 hours on it-- lost it at the boat--

-4 and +10 random marks here-- no foamers here--

there's a boat north of us--- been on a monster for two hours---
















------------------- Sat's cool seabreeze report-------

Come on down-- the water's fine-- south/ southwest coastal sea breeze -cool and refreshing at 10 kts-plus---- puts a chop on the water and a mix swell uncomfortable for the smaller boats.

Lot's of different radio chatter this morning-- - commercial spanish? commercial draggers? some sailboat regatta stuff- couple of boats headed to Catalina--

How big did you think it was --- off the east end-- bait fish! that's too bad 10:26

The harpoon stick boats working the Ridge- below Catalina-- reports of lots of bait between the two islands-- cat and clemente--

Pacific Carnage- selling live squid -- out front of Avalon--

Where you at-- we're at plus 11 and plus 14---- we're N/W of you 12 miles-- seeing a few of those big ones-- not ready yet--- time of day deal--

Were at +18 and + 17 --we're 10 N/W of you-- yea it's a time of day deal-- most of the stuff were seeing is in that 69.1/2 degrees stuff

we found the jumbos---- 11:26 Slack tide just turned-- low at 10:30

the Corner was loaded with tuna this morning-- 30- 40 boats-- seems they all went south --

Biggest paddy I've seen-- must be twenty birds on it-- yea we just left it twenty minutes ago--- there's yellows under it-- and we metered tuna --40 deep lots of bait- on the outside / birds-- then it all went quiet so we left--

we're north three miles and it's 70 degrees-- below us it was 67-- right on that spot-- Winds up for us now so we'll put up the Yummy-- -- we'll tack back towards the 43 and that cooler water

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Halfway between the La Jolla and the 9- --how you do?-- we'll we had our shots-- we're going to stay here for a while had that big fish on for 1/2 hr till he spit the lure-

How's the 182--- it's dead----- we're two East of it and just had a tuna boil- 2:26

Stayed South all day-- hazy marine southwest wind-- maybe 10- + radio again seemed to silence mid afternoon-

Spent most of the day working on a set of Penn Int 80's and a bigger 130 built in 1984 - simple and still works to perfection


-------- Friday- July 6 2018 ---

Hot inland -muggy warm on the beach-

We're somewhere here between the 226 and the corner-- good radio reception this morning--- there's tunas popping up all over the place here-- got a yellowfin 11:08 am

We got a buck fifty on the deck--- first thing this morning- they blew up right in front of us - set up on it--- (kite) -- on the 118 11 line-- right now- it's down here now-- it's spotty --- we got lucky right spot right time-- we're below you ---we haven't moved - we were really busy this morning-- we had three solid bites - I pulled the plug on one fish- you below us? we're at 32.39 / 118 04 it's everywhere here down for now but it was there earlier -- it's all big up here nothing small -- thanks--

there's at least six whales here-41/28

Weather staying pretty nice so far-- 11:45am

<------------Water temps from 63 degrees to 72 degrees - nice flow of that 70+ water coming up the coastline-- bring with it those yellowfin a dorado or two- the kelp yellows and who knows what-- marlin?

that area by the Corner- spotty- they're here - but reluctant-

Locally Blue Whales passing northbound-- 47/25, 36/06


+--- north 7 from the buoy---

Hot-- Hot-- Hot----wind not as strong as yesterday-- thankfully-- and tomorrow better yet as is Monday-- maybe some thunder storm by then-

A check with San Clemente Island Security shows the Cove open Sat, Sun and Monday-- and the party fleet was working the inside of the Ridge 181- 182 fathoms spots

radio was quite the second half of the day--

California's burning up!

--------------- Thursday sreport ------

July the 5th-Report --- Hot weather developing-- a stiff inshore westerly began mid morning as the heat inland drew it in. - to the west a light blanket of marine layer on the horizon line, blue above it with high clouds . Light wind chop


How ya doing-- were just above the 182- where you at? I'm at 30 over 31--- your inside me-- I lost two fish at 43 and 31 on the poppers---- any size?-- naa maybe 30 maybe 40 -- that's about ten from us now--- OK we'll talk to ya later-- thanks dan-- 10:08 It's a bit choppy-

I'm about 20 below Clemente by the 43 -- that winds come up it'll make for a long run uphill into it-- -

We're on a second bird school, pretty good school -- 12:23

That point just below Black Rock (Catlina) lots of bait balls -- black schols of bait and we saw a giant school of Yellowtail go by-there-

you doing anything out there--- we got one- but it's ugly out here---

Crappy weather pushed most of the smaller craft off the water by mid afternoon-20-25+ kts west-- probably the same tomorrow with this heat wave--


Enjoy a cool one!






---- JULY the 4th 2018 ---

Best morning we've had for a week or better- hazy blue morning sky- wind still there-- light 4-6 kts West/southwest-- mixed sea - livable but a little wish washy at anchorage--

Sea bass bit well yesterday at the island-- some boats limited out-- as boats were calling out VHF ch 11 to see it there was squid for sale-- ??

July 4rd, 2018 The Pacific Queen called in at 6:30AM with 10 Bft 60-80#, 1 at 180# fishing San clemente Island- I heard by 8 am almost a 90% hook up ratio-!

A lot of crazies out there today-- Have a Happy 4th- ! JD


----- Tuesdays July 3rd Report ------

Light overcast and a wind from the south fair at 8- 10 kts-- short wind chop on a mixed seastate - bumpy- Heat inland will increase out coastal winds

The BAC weighed in a big 586 lb Mako Shark- yesterday--on 50 lb tackle! Breakaway the boat Chrissie Jackson the anglerette

Fair to good calico bass fishing-- earlier in the day better- even a few White Sea Bass around-- even a few White Sharks!!

SD report --July 3rd The Liberty just called in with 100+ Yellowtail and still fishing. The Dolphin just called in with 105 Bonito (8-10 lbs) The Pacific Queen called in with 7 Bluefin, 3 at 180-200# and 4 at 30-60#, and still fishing.


You can tell it's summer- all the local kids are in the shop- picking up droplines and a tub of shrimp or package of frozen squid--

Have a save and sane 4th- JD


--------------------- JULY 1st 2018 ----------Sunday's report ---still Closed Monday at request from old time friends-- -

The first of July starts out fine with a lite morning coastal cloud cover away in gaps by mid morning, seas fair and calm and wind is light from the southwest 2-3 kts-

reports- from the radio say fair to good yellows at the island backside, east,

The remaining sand bass- after the uncontrolled take by small boats and partyboats based off the lack of supervision by the F & G that just about decimated the breed, now their slowly trying to make a comeback-- targeting fish during their spawning mode dosen't seem to be the best answer for their comeback-

Nice day-- lots of folks out-- I guess if I took the lock off of the VHF's scan, I'd hear more-

Jokers on their way in with a Bluefin to weigh in-- at the BAC-- 30 lb tackle-- ETA 6:00pm George Garrett the angler-- over 70 lbs! 80 lbs!

It's like a Lake outside-- Caught it on the drift with a live bait- last night might be a Button fish-- !


Water temps from 60 to 74 and the Chlorophyll charts-










- Sat's report -----------

Nice and sunny- a few lingering clouds and a light south wind again today - lots of folks out-- meandering around-

Big fish for the day-- Yellowtails - Catalina was responsible for their catches, A nice 24lb fish comes in from the Gunslinger this afternoon to the BAC, caught on 12 test line-- -

Guest from back East- or wherever they come from were anxious to go deep sea fishing today and catch something big-- hated to disappoint them- but reality was it's only been fair fishing- they wanted to go "Shark" fishing- I told em' catch a couple mackerel at the harbors entrance- go out one or two miles and slow troll them around, something will find you---

a little funky weather today- clouds and some south wind-

An morning dropping tide should spur a sea bass bite or two

Another change in the surface currents with a general uphill current- wind related?


----------------- Fridays--- its friday June 29th-- 2018 Report -

The June Gloom over the coast this morning has put a hush to it-- a few boats starting to move around-- some action on the waterfront- as the noon hour approaches and clears off- a light south wind's got a crinkle on the water - seas mixed-

Mixed surface currents both inshore and offshore-- with what looks like a upwelling between the Mackerel and the 289 banks-- Mag: 9.71 cm/s 0.189 kts Dir: 111.52° from N

Looks like the SD partyboat fleet went south today- general area between the 425 and the upper hidden bank roughly 175 degrees 30 miles below Point Loma, 33.10/ 117.14

Slack tide this morning 11:30- standing by-- - Couple Stick boats working out ther today--

Wind stayed south all day-- fair and brisk at times-- sailboat stuff

Again not munch said on the radio today-- smaller boats heavy with visiting passangers from back East were fishing below the harbor ( newport)-- fair fishing-- those who went up the coastline also found fair bass fishing-- and a wet ride back to the harbor- Local party boats fished the "Pipe" both inside and outer ones- Sand Bass and sculpin-


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---------- Thursdays Report--- Nice day June 28th---

The morning's sun broke down the coastal clouds early- leaving a light southwest breeze at 2- 5 kts- slight wind ripple on the water-- nice-

Good flow of water today with the tide movements--

Quiet on the watr today-- yet you know there's fish out there-- - couple of boats up on the HB flats chasing yellows by the rigs and some barracuda schools / sand bass there too

Full moon might make the squid harvest on the light side tonight--

Good bass fishing today on tha art reefs--

Not much heard from the tuna grounds- reports of seeing fish but not many biting-- some on bait-- and divers were getting their share.

Hope to get some reports tomorrow friday- JD



- Wed's report - June 27 2018 --

Almost a typical Summer day-- overcast morning here on the beach brightens by 10 an and sun showing through by noon- wind light from the south seas calm- should be a nice day on the water .

Strong tides with the full moon, Grunion to be found along the sandy beaches?

They worked back up the backside of Clemente yesterday-- 15- 20 miles found a few kelps the were not holding- down to Desperation Reef area- didn't see much there- Over to the Weather Buoy and up to 6 below Clemente flying that kite--- they weren't big-- but there were schools of them-- foamers-- 20- 40lb Bluefin-- we pulled in the kite-- and made casts off the bow with jigs for a 20 lbers and a 40 lb bait fish to follow-- they were 50- 100 yards off the bow boiling on small anchovies 2- inch stiff came flying out of the water tuna crashing everywhere on them-- made a cast directly into that melee with a 6 inch sardine- -- wouldn't touch it - were on that 2 inch stuff-- Thinking back I should have thrown a 2 inch mega bait I had---- next time--

Other similar reports out there today--

They just came up--- we had our opportunities-- didn't want to bite-- 12:39

For those headed out to San Clemente Island is search of the tunas-- Basically closed on Friday, open most of Sat until 11 pm "Hot" till 2 AM on Sunday morning then again open onward the rest of the week- -

San Clemente Island security web site shows for the anchorage at Pyramid Cove (Zone D) and inside the island (Zone C) that they are "Hot/ Active" starting on Thursday night at 11:30 pm until 4am on Friday- Active again from 7:00 am in the morning until 11:00 pm at night. Open the rest of the night, all day Sat until 7pm - "Hot' to 2 am on Sunday -after that open the rest of the week

39.26 real foam here---seen it up like 5 times nothing like it was earlier-- but run up on it and cast a jig -- you'll get bit--- real foamer-- -- 2:21pm it's like 5 inside Pyramid Head--

Nice day-- the bass bit well-- sand bass in the Full moon breeding phase now-- inshore bay fishing good for those in the know--



---------------------- Tuesday's 26th of July-- it's going fast! ---------

High overcast this morning burning away before noon -leaving a west wind at 5- 7 kts- light wind chop -nice weather

Catalina still giving up some nice yellowtail of the back side/ middle/ west of the island

The Tuna grounds had experienced some tough fishing the past few days- moon. weather ?? but it's looks to be a better catch today- with several of the bigger sportboats hanging 150 lb + fish this morning--

Now that some of that coastal cloud cover is gone a better water temp and chlorophyll

charts are viewable

<-- Water temps from 61 to 74 degrees and chlorophyll--> showing it warm with strong offcolor water against the coastline and spots surrounding Catalina.

Coastal water offcolor


Afternoon westerly-- good halibut drifting weather--


June 26th The Pacific Queen just called in with 5 Bluefin at 150-195#, 2 Bluefin at 70#, and 25 Yellowtail with great sign of more fish!





-Closed Mondays -- till July- JD - went fishing locally yesterday-- all we hooked was a seal-! fought good though before it got away--

Now that some of that coastla cloud cover is gone a better water temap and chloriphill charts are viewable















-- Sundays report June 24 ---

He said it was a lot better than yesterday-- weather wise-- still a light bump to the south wind -5- 7 + kts- sky -gray but lighter than yesterday - sun should come out-- never saw much of it yesterday--

Stand by let me get the kite out-- we've got breaking fish ahead of us- 10:09am

Coastal surface charts shows some uphill movements Oceanside/ to south laguna

Boats returning from Catalina-- found OK fishing backside/ twin harbors area yesterday- a little lee there from the wind-- some nice yellows on trolled rapala lures-

Strong Uphill coastal current-- - first time in two weeks--

Weather turned around mid day- still a little bumpy for the new boater-- tomorrow promises to be better yet-- Guluck- JD

Tomorrows - Day of the Seafarer----

------ Sat's Gloomy windy gray sky report -- June 23rd --

Wind out of the south fair with small wind chop associated with it--

Boats were calling Pacific Carnage-- with hopes of live squid for sale-- ne reply? 10:01 am - they came back to them- but the boat didn't reply?- I think they did have bait for sale-

Reports abound of both good and only fair fishing-- I guess it depends on if their selling tackle or not!-- Several of the privates I spoke to who went to Catalina said a fair bite on the calicos, one yellowtail hook up- and some slimy barracuda- Locally a few bass at the pipe and art reefs-

Possibility of a 12 month California fishing Licence Bill is up before the legislative voting-- a call requesting the bill be approved can be made to 619 338-8090 Senate Bill #518

Airplane spotter reports most of that body of Pacific Bluefin Tunas- mixed schools 25-40 stuff then a mile away 50-60 fish seen in a school of 50- 60lb fish and near by a school of 200 lbs-- the baits the key which seems to be staying in that deeper water below the 43 fathom spot- Southwest and South and Southeast from there. seeing em's one thing getting them to take a bait, jig or anything has been difficult- - They say these Bluefin have some of the best seeing eye's of all the tuna species-- that's why daytime fishing requires the stealthiest approach thin or fluorocarbon leaders. Guluck- JD

Whales watchers outside Dana/ South Laguna Aliso creek report a humpback whale and seeing lots of birds sealife-- 44/ 22 10:39

Still overcast and a bit on the bumppy side for the smaller boats--

So he say's " the crazy thing about it was we were having so much action, doubles on those yellowtails, big fish and there were all these other boats anchored up over by the kelp beds - we figured they race out here-- but no they just stayed there-- I looked overboard while bringing in that mackerel which had been struck, it had come loose form the fish - looking overboard there was a school of big yellows going right under the boat-- brought that mackerel back up to those fish and he was gobbled up-- My son he too got a hooked up - we lost em both! then this Mako Shark takes the bait! Crystal Cove this morning!

Sloppy weather today-- !!



------ Fridays-- it's friday-- it's friday--report of the 22 of June--

May Gray/ June Gloom still overcast here on the coastline-- wind light from the west 2-4 kts- seas calm and carry a little win ripple wit them- made three cast foru little bites quit- Sun peaking out noon hours--

A slow start to the weekend as boaters were scare in getting away from land-

Summer fishing- even harpoon stick boats out---

Squid bait-- was in short supply at Avalon as the Pacific Carnage was about out by noon-- saying there had been a good bite back there this morning--- The hope to get more tonight- last night they got a full load, the night before they struck out--

Despite the fair weather and the want to fish without crowds- there wasn't much said on the radio today-- - The weekends upcoming venture has boats up to the HB Flats, fishing the mussel farm and that general area for the barracuda/ a shot an yellows and a seabass on the art reefs there. Catalina- has the Sea Bass ( East end under the light) , Yellows and Calicos and Seals around the rest of the island . travleing -- Keep your eyes open for any breezing Bluefin-- not out of the question to see them this time of year between the islands-- or a Marlin and Broadbill!

Good Luck this weekend-- South wind Sat and Sunaday afternoon-

Swager comes in the harbor flying a tuna flag--

----- Thursday's Report June 21 Longest day of the year-- also June Gloom too!

Overcast weather - wind light from the south 2- 3 kts seas calm--made two cast one good strong bite-- missed it--

Several private sportfishers down to the tuna grounds this morning-- standing by for their report--- 10:20am

The Pacific Queen called in at 8:30am with 2 Bluefin 180-200 lbs! The Liberty called in this morning with 80 Yellowtail and still fishing.

The flats- Huntington flats has some log Barracuda roaming around-- birds, a good indicator of the schools

Sounds like the Pacific Carnage was sold out of Squid for the day-- we'll try again later this evening-- ch 11 VHF

Yellowtail shoot-out this weekend--

Still scrathy VHF radio reception from the boats down in the tuna grounds-- did hear- one congrats in the afternoon hours 4:05pm Afternoon high tide slack today 5:48 San Diego time--

-------------- Wed's Report -------- June 20th ---------

Morning coastal cloud cover-- wind very light from the south , small mix of swell, tides are building again.

From the Marine traffic AIS website the Tuna fleet looks to be working the Eastern side of the Butterfly Bank this morning- roughly 45/46 miles 230/ 232 degrees from Point Loma-- in US waters---

Pacific Carnage-- off Avalon-- selling Live Squid

San Clemente Island Security--it looks to be "Hot" on Thursday till 1900 hr ( 7 pm ) then its open all the way Friday, Sat and Sunday--

Stayed overcast for most of the day-- a little warmth and shadow mid day - and stayed south all day and seas held their own and being fair too-


-------- Tuesdays report ------------June 19th

Sunny weather with some coastal marine haze and a west wind and small choppy seas--

Took my skiff out yesterday-- 3/4 mile out saw some birds picking at something-- turns out a floating Opah- and that starting me thinking about fishing for them again. There here--- -- there's been a half dozen or more caught between Newport and Laguna and not at any extreme depth either- from 50 ft to 300 ft- along that 400/ 500-600 ft dropoff running along our coastline-- Weather yesterday didn't warrant drifting around -- so next time- JD

Past studies of the fish explain why they're so hard to get a bait hook lodged in their mouth, it's a hard fleshy round structure that's hard to get a hook to sink in-- Lures and jigs or baits that are engulfed taken deeper seen to hook/catch better-



EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIOAlert System Status: El Niño Watch Synopsis: ENSO-neutral is favored through Northern Hemisphere summer 2018, with the chance for El Niño increasing to 50% during fall, and ~65% during winter 2018-19. ENSO-neutral continued during May, as indicated by mostly average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the central and eastern equatorial PacificPositive subsurface temperature anomalies increased over the past month as another downwelling equatorial oceanic Kelvin wave reinforced the already above-average subsurface temperature. . Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions reflected ENSO-neutral. The majority of models predict ENSO-neutral to continue through the summer 2018, with El Niño most likely thereafter The forecaster consensus favors the onset of El Niño during the fall, which would then continue through winter. In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored throughsummer 2018, with the chance for El Niño increasing to 50% during fall, and ~65% during winter 2018-19


---Closed Monday -

-------- Happy "Pop's Day" June 17 2018 ---

Some soft clouds overhead- breaking apart mid morning-- wind light to fair out of the south 5- 7 kts- seas OK better than yesterday- but sill a lump to it-

I'm blessed with two daughters, both have made me proud of them- the older one Rebecca- is married and an accomplished school teacher w/ two growing boys and soon to be joined with a daughter of her own, Hunter's a research biologist at Oxford England with preservation studies of animals throughout the world-- Both are doing well.

Tom P calls in-- you want any Bluefin-- sure--- we were headed down to the tuna ground zones when we saw off in the distance a couple of big splashes-- tunas-- the wind and sea was right so up went the kite-- 15 minutes later we were on-- 204 lbs-- metered Yellowfin too-



And the Sea Bass were biting too---

Hope all the Dad's Sons, Daughters wives and friends had a pleasant family day of it-- Best of luck this coming week- JD



--- Saturday June 16th 2018 - report -

Wind fair and gusty- 8- 12- 14 kts from the south- like the guy said bumpy- gray sky -

Pacific Carnage had about 20- 25 scoops left ( 11:00 am) outside Avalon-- then headed into port for the day and tomorrow--

Bad Company 144 made it's way back out the harbor this mid morning-- amongst the scattered electric boats, skiffs, kayakers, sailboats and stand up crazies the harbor has to offer- probably glad to get back on the open high seas-- Gook Luck to them this season--







A look at the local water conditions-- Water temps from 60 to 75 degree range-- and the Chlorophyll, when looking at the AIS this morning seems the partyboats were all working along that temp/ water plankton line running S/W

Fishing today--- on the slow side--for most- sloppy weather

YSH Update 2:00 pm-- Teri weighed in a 40.1 lb. White Seabass this morning. Jeff Clary caught a 9 lb. Halibut on 20# test! That's all she wrote so far!


Better luck tomorrow-- JD



Note:-- Bob Bisbee has passed away in Texas at 86. Bisbee established Los Cabos as big game fishing waters, eventually running up the purse to millions of dollars. There will be a full obituary in the next issue of the Gringo Gazette.


------------------- Friday- June 15-- 1/2 the month is gone-- and you've only one week left of longer daylight hours, A week from today is the Summer Solstice the longest day of the year-- Carpe Diem they say

Mix of cloud cover-- wind light to fair from the south- a little wind chop and swell mixed with it-- big tide exchanges today-- -

Reports of one seabass in the dark and several others lost--

Pacific Carnage-- out front of Avalon now with some squid-- not a whole lot but they'll try again this evening--

BAC's YSH tournament started last night- 8 pm-it runs till the Sat 5 pm hours--- dozens and dozens anglers out for the multi species tournament- some to Catalina , others to Clemente or along the coast--Private sportfishers and partyboat fishing a good spread of anglers and ways of fishing

Coming to newpor this afternoon-- the BAD Company's 144 ft sportfisher--- Stand by should vbe here around 2:30- 3:00 pm-- coming up form San Diego- AIS has it --





Anthony tells the story of one of the first jobs he had was working on the Thunderbird as the lowly deckhand, he's grown from there to owing one of the finest sportfishing yachts of the world. So you too , if your working as a deck now you can make it-- your goal set for- yes you can do it--


She's big- when you see her in person she's appears big and sleekand dark looking --bad company to mess with -- Welcome to Newport!


and a helicopter too!

Nice big spacious cockpit to work out of--





The Pacific Queen just called in and 9 AM with 1 Bluefin weighing 195 lbs and seeing signs of many large Bluefin

Couple of photos of the Bluefin - inside Clemente towards the 43--










---------- Thursday's Reports-- June the 14-

Gray morning calm weather, seas have flatted somewhat- still lumpy the further south you went

Storng running tides both ways in and out--- made three cast at request off the dock- third cast- nice 11 inch Spotted Bay Bass- - thanks--

This morning's facebook post some nice Sea Bass photos

Scratchy reports of the tunas fishers-- saying to stay here' they're seeing and metering fish there- 11:12am

Spanish voices-- ??

We're about 45 mils out--- there's so much life -- not sure which way to turn-- I'll keep you posted--

We've got a little left on the boat now-- we'll try again tonight- Pacific Carnage- in reply to if they would be there ( offf Avalon) tomorrow morning.

we're seeing lots of sauries

E-Mail -- Hawaiian report --- Hi JD, I just got back from Kona and the fishing is hot right now! We chartered a trip with Hula Girl Sport fishing and ended up with 2 Blues (160#, 180#), 1 AHI (109#), and a few missed shortbill spearfish. The weather was perfect and It made for a great day!


Tuna fishing-- weather- yuck NW swell originating from north of the area supports 7-8 ft seas W of northern Baja California, merged and reinforced by swell generated by the remnant low Aletta and Tropical Storm Bud, creating a confused state of swell direction W of Baja California Sur today.

------ Wed's report June 13 2018 ---------

Light overcast- going away early today- wind light from the west-- seas calm/ fair still with a mix seastate to it-

They were 30 lbers-- we got tow out of that bunch--- looks like those divers were on it too-- we're 15 below you and a little outside

Ryan L. dropped by the shop this morning-- he had the pleasure of a spotter airplane ride earlier this week- showing me some photos he'd taken from the plane-viewed from 800 ft up in the lee of Clemente there were schools of Pacific Bluefin Tuna evenly spaced apart-- another shot of feeding bigger tuna and a shot of a massive school of big yellowtail off Catalina. remarkable of what you could see from up there- and of course Carl the pilot deserves much of the credit of his skills at finding the fish and sealife-

Finally got one of the big boys to go-- where' you at-- were down 24 out 5 from the earlier numbers--

-Is there a lot or just one here- there? -- there's a lot-- no real foamers but they're here- 12:46pm

Scratchy report from a couple of boats-- maybe the Ridge (181-182) or the lee of Clemente-- they've been chasing the tunas all day long - hung a few- mostly they went down before they could get to them--


--------- Tuesdays report -June 12th ------------

Moring coastal cloud cover wind fair from the south- putting a bump and light wind chop on the mix of swells wish/washey, coastal curren donhill agains the uphill wind-and a mix of sea- unconfortable- Several boats out early today- bothe coastal and longer ranged- headed to the tuna grounds they said-

Tomorrow night at the BAC is the Kidkoff for the WSH tournament - give the club a call so they know how many seats to put out!

Major tide exchange over the next week-- something about tides. earthquakes, volcanoes- stand by-

coastal fishing-- wind againts current- today--a few sharks - small makos and threshers, rays, BSB, Calicos, seals, --

Coming to your Theater Soon-- the

Avalon Billfish Challenge

ABC: Avalon Billfish Challenge Sept 16-17and 18th or Email: or Call Russ cell: 310 948 1011 Thanks for your help with this Russ







Newport Harbors, Balboa Yacht Clubis going to berunning aJr. Angling Program this summer and non-member kids are invited to participate. Two days a week from 7-9am fishing out of kayaks in the bay.Thanks, Sign Up Links

Junior Angling Program After a successful program last year, BYC is ready to offer the summer fishing class again! Proposed class format: • Jr. Anglers will bring their own kayaks, anchor, rod, and gear • Meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00am • Basics: Knots, rod and reel care, the art of fillet • Selecting time, location and lure/bait by species • Casting 101 with tournament for distance and accuracy • Summer fishing tournament for youth kayakers • Prizes awarded at Junior Program banquet Program Cost: $250 Comments? Share your thoughts and let us know if your Jr. Anglers are interested. We need at least 7 kids to make this happen. Send your comments to member Gordon Wanlass at

-Closed Monday--

------ Sunday - June 10 --------------

Just like yesterday-same wind sky and water- but stronger tides forming-- and that downhill coastal current remains -

Upwellings of krill in the nighttime, diurnal vertical migration was where they Blue Whales were in-- 800- 1000 feet of water--

Weather backed off --- very nice in the afternoon--- lots of fish catches-- a reported 70lb seabass from Catalina--the WON tournament went off with good scores and the Yellows over in the lee of Clemente were there- not really abundant but they were there- good catches of upwards of a dozen fish a boat- 12- 30+ fish- -- 30lb Bluefin reported caught off cast poppers around the 43 seeing lots of fish- and the weekend was topped of with a pair of twin big 58lb Sea Bass weighed in at the BAC- this coming weekend there's the YSH tournament give the club a call-

-------------- Sat- June 9 2018 report -----------

Cleared off inland quickly, out to the oceans a marine haze- wind from the Southeast 5-8 kts texture to the water and a mixed seastate-

AM radio reports of giant schools of Pacific Bluefin Tunas by the spotter airplane-- saying he'd neve seen so many bluefin tuna in his life!-- thats saying a lot-- !

The SD Tuna fleets been working the general area 35 miles SW 222 Degrees from Point Loma-- Roughly below the 43's southern shelf adjasent to the San Clemente Basin and inside from there towards Mexican waters--- JD's carrys Mexican Fish Permits- if needed, call to reserve yours today-- JD

With those Bluefin tunas, spooky as they are--- several ways to aproach it-- last year a customer did well by a simple sholder bridal hooked mackeral, set it adrif far away w/ a balloon as is the WSB trick and wait it out-- for those who like to cast a lure Shimano's New Colt Sniper Stick Bait that helped with extra distant casting via it's internal weight transfer system,

Lee of Clemente island great yellowtail fishin" cast jigs slow trolled Rapalas or live baits-- 12- 30-40lb fish-

Next weekend--BAC- host their - the YSH Yellowtails, White Sea Bass and Halibuts-

I weighed in a 35lb tail also came from yo-yo ing an Scrambled egg pattern jig- 250ft of water along the inside of Clemente Island-

Decker fished there too with Eric and they conked the tails too-- on surface iron Candy Bar Mint green in color--


A pulse of NW swell prevails west of northern Baja California, with seas greater than 8 ft. This swell will merge with swell generated by Hurricane Aletta west of the Baja Peninsula generating confused seas greater than 8 ft that will persist into early next week, possibly becoming reinforced next week by the developing special feature low pressure system.

------ June 8 th 2018-- the month goes quickly-- Friday-

Weather- what coastal cloud cover there was went away early leaving clear blue behind it- a light coastal haze to the west- Southwest wind starting to show it'self. seas calm stil a light mix to it-Surface Current Mapping still shows a flow from the Long Beach area down the coastline towards Oceanside/ La Jolla where it bends Southwest from there out to sea- with a Mag: 26.61 cm/s or 0.517 kts Dir: 162.42° from N

Pacific Carnage has live squid for sale right out front of Avalon- (10am)-VHF ch 11- says they will be there most of the day till 6 -6:30 this evening then work they way up inside the island towards the Ithumas for the night -be back there tomorrow morning

Got the call late in the afternoon--- of the Pacific Blue Finned Tunas-- those big bruits -Yesterday-- all by ourselves he said-- we had em' up for three hours but boy are they shy-- the one I did hook - cast a 160 gr flatfall into a foamer of those big boys--- w/ a Talica 20 II and 5 ft of 100 lb Fluorocarbon--- I think I had that drag pinned down to full maybe 30 35 lbs of drag pressure-- and I couldn't slow it down- finally got it near the boat and it chewed through the leader-- lost it--prime time-- 10:30 am- Slack low tide-- on the 43!!!!

E-Mail-- No Sea Bass, but had this 6.24# Sand bass inhale a 10” mackerel. Lots of bait everywhere & great weather. Trent-




E-Mail--- Hey JD, another great day halibut fishing In some old areas, 3 fish one at 20 lbs 1 at 10 lbs and one smaller fish released It's looking up to a great summer Ward

San Diego Report-

The Shogun called in with an update of 25 Bluefin Tuna within 1.5 Day range! The Pacific Queen finished up their overnight trip with 11 Bluefin Tuna (30#'s) for 25 anglers. . The Liberty called in with 137 Yellowtail and 20 Calico Bass for 41 anglers.


to date for 2018 these are the Recreational Pacific Bluefin Tuna Catch are Estimates in California

Total est between 819 and 1,106



The remarkable intensification of Aletta has continued through this morning. The eye has become clear and at times has been surrounded by a closed ring of cloud tops colder than -70 deg C. The initial intensity of 120 kt . It is noteworthy that the intensity of Aletta has increased by an estimated 60 kt in just 24 hours since yesterday morning.

Hurricane Aletta centered near 15.8N 111.2W at 1500 UTC or 180 nm S of Socorro Island moving W at 4 kt. Estimated minimum central pressure is 943 mb. Maximum sustained wind speed is 120 kt with gusts to 130 kt. Numerous moderate to strong convection is within 120 nm of the center. Aletta is expected to continue to intensify during the next 12 hours, with its maximum winds reaching 125 kt with gusts to 150 kt later today. Aletta is then forecast to be impacted by vertical shear, and begin to weaken afterwards.

A new pulse of NW swell will reach the waters west of northern Baja California today. As the SW swell propagates northward and merges with swell associated with Aletta this weekend, a very large area of 8 ft or greater seas will expand to include almost all of the basin south of 24N between 100W and 135W by Sunday. Seas are expected to become somewhat chaotic in mixed swell as the weekend progresses, especially near Aletta.-

- Check out Windy-- next week!

Bud's about to grow-Latest computer models suggest that this low could become better organized over the weekend as it moves westward and offshore of Acapulco. -- Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent! Cabo---- stand by!

- Stand By for El Nino!!

------ June the 7th 2018--

Better day- gloom went away early slight southwind maybe 3-5 kts- seas fair a mix in it-

Wind picked up--- by noon 10- 12 S/W

Spent most of the day working on tackle-- couple of rods rewrapped epoxied, several bigger reels refurbished and made ready for those giant Pacific Bluefin tunas and then work on the light reels for game fun fishing-- this year- for what ever reason the develop of the offshore fishing season is slow coming- yet it will come, give it another wave of tropical weather and some steady growing warmth to the oceans waters and a moon or two and we'll be in the thick of em'. If you still need service or your tackle give us a call or drop by - work schedule's about a week to two out-


---------------- June 6 2018- Wed-----------

---------Again June Gloom------- clearing after noon

seas calm with an mixed swell-

They were in the 35- 40lb range, the kind we've been trolling for--- 11:00 am VHF radio chatter- some of the first of the season on tuna fishing reaching our ears-- that would put the VHF reach around the 43 fathom area----???

Got about a 12 lb Butt on the bobber-!-

Headed to San Clemente island this weekend-- sorry the "Cove is" hot from 5pm till 2 am each night- Friday, Sat and Sunday

Whaling this time of year-- not many Grays still heading north-- but there are a few more Blue Whales starting to show up-- mainly in the deeper water -gennerly 1,000 feet of water is a good depth for them.

The BAC's 16th Annual YSH Tournament starts with a Kick-Off Porch Party next Wednesday, June 13th at 5:30 pm at the BAC Clubhouse and we hope you can make it! An entry form is attached for your convenience or you can sign up on-line at: YSH Chairman Mike Parks has been working on some amazing raffle prizes and all anglers are automatically entered into the raffle; you just need to show up at the Awards BBQ on Wednesday, June 20th at 5:30 pm at the BAC.

And the Tournament Season is here-

Yellowtails- White Sea Bass, Halibuts, Tuna and Marlins-

This Season one of the favorites among the off sportfishers was the Stan Miller Invitational , sorry to say will not go on this year-- The big one will be the Master Angler Billfish Tournament hosted by the Balboa Angling Club-- there also the 47th annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament to be held on Sept. 7-12. A kick-off party will be held on Sept. 7th at Channel Islands Yacht Club at 6:00pm. Tournament fishing will begin with a radio start Sept. 8th at the Channel Islands Harbor breakwater at 6:00am. Fishing ends at 4:00pm, Sept. 12th. An awards banquet and raffle will be held 6:00pm, Friday, Sept. 14th at the Channel Islands Yacht Club. For more information visit our website at And thers Russ Armstrongs ABC Avalon Billfish Classic and the always the Pesky Marlin Derby


Long Range Forecast

Summary- High pressure is to the west of northern California and Oregon, with mostly dry westerly flow into central and S California. .Cool sea surface temperatures off N California continue to contribute a dry and cool airmass on frequent occasions, with continued cool mornings and daytimes Warmer than normal sea surface off S Mexico and west to south of Baja California contribute to an environment favorable for tropical cyclone development.

As is normal in June, we will see quite a few coastal eddy periods with deep marine layer and morning drizzle. Monsoonal TSTMS increase about June through August, What is significant in the longer term is the continued tendency for the long range model to show above normal rainfall in SOCAL during September, focusing into L.A.-Ventura-Santa Barbara Co’s, here appears an increased risk for rainfall in SOCAL during September, especially the southcentral coast and specifically Ventura-Santa Barbara Co’s. There is a higher than normal chance for upper lows to form off the coast of SOCAL and N Baja. This, combined with warmer than normal sea surface off Baja suggest greater risk of rains and TSTM events in SOCAL during September. ...Alan Fox, Fox Weather LLC...

--------------------- Tuesday's Report -------------

Derry overcast June Gloom day-- the 5th don't for get to vote!

Wind light and fair out of the south -- seas ok, slight mix of swell- waters warming to a 64- 65 degrees-

Took the day off yesterday-- thought I'd get a early start and was on the water by 6 am-- got to the spot by 6:30-- found out the bite happened a 1/2 hours before I got they-- have to get up earlier next time! did have a good halibut bit-- and hooked an est. 150 lb Thresher that did a cartwheel out of the water - nice Jump- bit me off-

Metered lots of Red Crabs all along the shoreline - almost every bass that come up- is jugged with em!--

Sun appeared out of the gloom midlate afternoon-- wind still light from the south- fishing fair on the bass - calicos and sand seabass?-


------------- closed mondays --------------

- And the month continues, June 3 rd only a couple more weeks till the days begin to become shorter again-- enjoy it while you can--

Morning coastal clouds giving way under a light west 2- 4 kts- seas flat under the grey overcast.

Coastal surface currents still remain in a downhill /south mode although the strong push from Oxnard/ Malibu had lessened and what force there is remains off Dana to Oceanside- an up hill flow emerges up from the Clemente Canyon and spreads towards Catalina's East end where it again finds that southward bound downhill current inside the San Pedro Channel - things are changing--

Weather stayed fair- westerly afternoon - as expected--

better luck next week- JD

--- June 2nd 2018--------

Sunny day-- moon was bright last night and into the morning hours-- good rising morning tide-- seas have a small bump to them, mixed and a light to fair south wind 4- 7 kts- lots of folks out-- Same surface current flow- downhill- -

Channel islands doing well on the White Sea Bass and Yellowtails-- Catalina has seals, Clemente better and improving on the bass and tails, San Pedro/ Long Beach / Huntington Flats a few more schools of Barracuda showing up- they move around a lot- some tails and bass there too, structure fishing, - party boats happy to score sculpin around the oil rigs--Water 63 and cleaning up---

Spotter airplane for the S/D fleet says seeing signs of Pacific Bluefin Tunas 40-- 50 miles Southwest of Point Loma, also a big spot of yellowtail under kelps in that area-

Mum's been the word-- to a degree- Dana- Salt Creek went off for the Sea basses the last few days--the Pipe and Newport Aft reef had a few fish too- the BAC weighed in a couple of 50lb'ers this morning another 30+ fish and still other 40- 50lb fish caught but not weighed--

Word was the Calico Bass were just starting to get into the spawning mode- Orange tinted bottom jaws

Nice day- wind stayed fair for most of the day-- westerly afternoon small wind chop w/ it-

S/D fleet were challenged to put many tunas aboard-- smaller grade better

The First Annual WHOA Tournament War Heroes on Water is approaching in 2 months. The team led by Rod Halperin is focused and working hard for our vets. We are now up to 9 boats total and 25 wounded heroes for this event. Please show your public support here by donating towards this great cause and to raise awareness of our wounded heroes. I also like to thank many of you that have offered products and gifts, along with the boat owners that offered up boats to take the vets, we have announced the boats selected thus far in earlier posts. Please support this great cause and check out our website. http://www.warheroesonwater.comThank you. Anthony H.


----------- June the 1st 2018--------------

Nice day coastal marine clouds backing off early, puffs of clouds remain- blue haze behind that-- seas fair, light mix of swell otherwise calm and nice-- Ocean surface currents still in a downhill trend from Oxford it spits half to the soutwest below the channle islands the other half stays againts the coastline strongest as it aproaches ocenside wheres its magitude is 0.545 kts Dir: 154.41° from the N . it flows again offshore southwest from there-- Good morning and afternoon tide swings--

Something's going on below the harbor this morning- dozens of boats out fishin?-- no idea what for yet--- JD 11:01am

Live Squid available off the Pacific Carnage right out front of Avalon-- Ch 11 VHF Newports receiver has nice 6 inch sardines

The fleets out chasing sea basses-- but not many around--- and or they're keeping it mum-- a 45er at San Onofee, another report/image of a nighttime fish around 60+ reports of others lost at the boat-- so they're around--

lot of small boats out but not many came in with fish

Have a good weekend- JD

----The last day of May- the 31st- 2018 -----

Low broken clouds w blue showing behind, wind soft from the south- seas calm, Nice

Bay waters green incoming morning tides-- 3 cast two nibbles-

Beach waters cleaned up with the undisturbed nights weather- Crossings to catalina yesterday afternoon reveled - not much only a couple of coastal gulls seen- no sealife seen crossing the channel-- 63 degrees-.

Today's the start of a Sea Bass tournament by the Tuna Club ,

CA Senate Passes SB1017 vote--- 32-0.

Whale watchers starting to see more and more Mola Molas-- big ones too , a few Minki whales around too -


---------Drizzly May Gray day the 30th-of 2018 ------

Overcast heavy drizzle then clearing to a overcast sky- wind light from the south 4- 6 kts-seas calm w light texture to it.


The Pacific Queen called in with 6 Yellowtail, 1 Bluefin Tuna (195#), and lost a few Bluefin around the same size. They are a Definite GO for this evening!!! The big blues are out there, but they are stubborn, luckily the weather is looking great for the week with minimal wind.

We're a little late to the party-- but if you have a minute--- A vote is scheduled most likely today so we don't have much time. Recreational anglers need to make a short call to their State Senator requesting that he or she support SB 1017. Be sure to mention you're a recreational angler in their district.

It's important to call first thing today since a floor vote could happen any time.

SB 1017 - a Bill that would phase out the use of Drift Gillnets in California's offshore waters. . SB 1017 provides a plan that would help commercial fishermen transition to a targeted, more sustainable gear type - Deep-Set Buoy Gear. This Bill has a realistic chance of passing, but we need every vote in the Senate.

Both IGFA and CCA-California support this Bill, as do numerous recreational fishing and boating organizations

. Senate District 34Janet Nguyen 916 651-4036 Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Westminster, Garden Grove, Senate District 36 – Pat Bates 916 651-4036 Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Senate District 37 – John Moorlach 916 651-4037 Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Lake Forest, Tustin

<---------- Friday June 8th-- Forecast--- for Mainland Mexico/ Baja-- Stand By for Aletta,



------We're still in May but soon it'll be history-- Mayo 29 2018 --

Gray May-- light west wind 2 3 kts downhill coastal current , strongest S/W of Oceanside, waters holding 63 + degrees-- and clean-- maybe 40 ft visibility this morning-- fair fishing reported so far-- partyboats targeting sculpin outside LB.

Glassy flat calm-- no whales spotted yet--

Water temps ranging from 55 to 65 degrees--

sounds like there were some whales seen below Dana Pt- heading uphill

Still wouldn't forget about any Broadbill Swordfish around-- they're out there

May 29th, The Liberty called in reporting good signs of big Bluefin with several XXL Bluefin hanging.

Quiet day on the water--- never saw any sunshine--


-------- Memorial Day May 28 2018 --------

Overcast May Gray day-- wind soft from the west 2- 4 kts seas calm w/ a small swell to it- The day's slow with boaters getting out - taking their time-

To our fathers, mothers, friends, relatives and all who have helped serve this great nations of ours - Thank You- JD

My father, as many of us at our age had served in World War II, he as a Army Air Force Sergeant, Gunnery Instructor versed in demolition, aircraft armament and aerial gunnery. He taught us boys to fish and hunt-- he was a damn good dove shot too-- Thanks Dad for all you've done.

My old man and his twin boys--



Where's all the Sand Bass go?


------ Sunday Mayo- 27th of 2018-------------

High overcast- a few clouds behind it- looks to brighten up early today wind light from the southwest small lump to the seastate. slow downhill coastal currents.

Only fair fishing so far reported in the local Sea Bass world .

Nice Day--- yet still on the overall cool side-- wind picked up mid afternoon-

Radio quiet today---

---------------- Sat Mayo 26 2018 -------

Broken sky cloud cover and a clearer past evening-- wind fair and light from the south- starting to get ugly outside north but inner waters much better Afternoon wind expected but not as bad as yesterdays blow

The great news broadcast to the public saltwater angler this morning was the catch of several Giant Bluefin Tunas within 50 miles from San Diego-- private boats scored with 180 and 190 lb Pacific Bluefin tuna using rigged "Yummy" flying fish and kites, blow ups on the flown yummy, with strike after strike . Stand By--! 200 lb fish in May-- by Sept and October they'll be over 400 lbers!

A Spotter plane for these Bluefins has been contracted to relay informations to the SAC sportboats, due to go out this coming week to better locate the schools and sealife.

May 26, 2018 The Pacific Queen called in with 1 Bluefin at 190lbs and another Bluefin at 25lbs and 5 Yellowtail.

sloppy out there today-- tomorrow 's a better day- as is Monday--

Guluck- JD

-------------- Fridays Mayo 25 2018---------

Broken cloud cover, more like fall than Spring- light morning west wind seas fair with a light bump and wind chop on it--

A few boats headed to the island early-- others about to make the afternoon journey for the holiday's weekend --

Good visabiliy yesterday in a glazy sea conditions not so today- Whalers out - not seeing much-- yet-

Looks like from returning boats back into the harbor and the gloomy looks that nothing was going on today in the local sea bass world-- downward turned thumbs said so--

sporty conditions---

Boat after boat came back in the harbor by noon- a stiff west at 12 seas bumpy- clearing sky's, at least we'll get a good Satellite water temp image out of it-

Live Squid--- Live Squid for Sale-- Plenty of Live Squid for sale-- Pacific Carnage-- out front of Avalon-- 2:00 pm VHF ch 11





------ Thursday Mayo 24 th of 2018-----

Couple of boys were out today-- in search of those WSB-- both boats came back - didn't look like they had fish in the box-- nice weather- a little drizzly earlier this morning seas fair with a south swell and overcast sky, starting to break up min- morning- / Noon-

Fisherman's Landing reports today . The Pacific Queen called in with 35 Yellowtail and 4 Bluefin Tuna (25-30#) for 18 anglers!

Still a overall downhill surface currents against the coastline-- some uphill on the outside from Clemente to Catalina island -- A check of last months good WSB bite found dozens of 50 lb fish or better landed in the May 5-9-10 in a waining moon phase, the surface currents had changed from that downhill swing to a uphill push for a four or five day period- coinciding with a draining morning's tide. Same tide movement this morning, draining but it was a uphill current- -

-Old photo of Zane Grey with a nice White Sea Bass taken at Catalina


they say good Yellowtail catches developing at Catalina-

Another funky weather day-- south so far today- overcast-sun's trying to come out-

The upcoming weekend's weather shows a blow on the outside Saturday afternoon/night- Sundays better and Monday better yet-- still overcast low pressure dominates

Ocean was calm today--- all the way to Catalina grease

------Wed Mayo 23 2018 report ---------

the month's slipping away-- again light overcast some light morning drizzle w/ a light clearing west wind after noon-- seas fair- south swell and light west wind chop- Water holding 62- 63 degrees

If your traveling to Catalina or San Clemente ( the island's open Friday, Sat, Sun and Monday) keep your eyes out for Broadbill Swordfish-- water's ripe for them-- stand by-

stayed funky west wind all day-- -

Just before the Lily Call Bay fishing tournamenrt

Wildlife Officer Matias assisted Newport Beach PD investigate illegal fishing activity within their city limits. After a late-night traffic stop, by NBPD, over 75 fish were discovered stashed within an SUV. Three subjects were arrested for multiple outstanding CDFW warrants and charged with: use of an illegal gill net; over-limits of several species of fish; possession of undersize halibut, spotted sand bass, and barracuda. California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


------------ Tuesdays Mayo 22 Report ------------

Light high cloud cover-- wind south 2-4 kts- seas OK-calm light mix to it--

Good morning low tide today-- with the swing mid morning you'd think someing would bite-- so far just Bat rays-- water temps 62 +

Light west wind- 6- 8 kts under a overcast sky- filling afternoon tide-- just enough driftthat should bring a strike or two on the halibuts-

Good graphic view of the flats that extends seawards out side Laguna towards the outers shelf above the Oil Rigs - Although it doesn't show the inner bottom layout very well, there's row after row of shelves and small flats where coastal current, like wind sweep hills of rocky hard bottom w shells on the seawards side/ sculpin, mud flats (clam beds/ sand bass) on the leeward side of these small hills, where the Mussel farm is now. It also shows the Newport Canyon where a good drift from the deep part of the canyon- 150-100 feet up the canyon's wall to the 80- 60 ft flats where sunlight just penetrates and where upwelling of the canyon bring little baitfishes for awaiting halibuts all along that shelf and to the west the escarpment ( Bank Perch/ Sand Dabs) of the San Gabriel canyon and it's fissures where the oil rigs are placed


East Coast /Florida -Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

-- Still closed on Mondays---

---------- Sunday Mayo the 20th 2018 ---------

Light Drizzle overcast , wind from the south maybe 2- 3 kts- seas calm-

Several boaters out--- whalers too-- might be some Orca's seen southwest of Dana 6-7 miles

A check around with da boys to see what's been caught today--- 5-6 boats out--- not much to talk about-- the locals had a few bass and other stuff but no big Sea Bass came in to the Club today--- maybe one 30-40 lb fish caught local-- the Reef, (Newport Art reef) had a dozen or more boats fishing around there this morning--

funky weather- saw the sun for maybe five to ten minutes around two pm


E-Mail today--- Hey JD Halibut seam to be coming back to old haunts. We are finding them in old areas using old techniques. This one went just under 20 lbs. Nice to see areas that have been absent of halibut having some nice fish on them. Lb area Thanks for all you do. Have a great day




------------ Sat's Mayo 19th--- --

Mayo-- gray-o, light overcast, wind light from the south maybe 5- 6 kts- seas calm with a mix to the sea state- -

Morning hours has the partyboats rumbling out to sea with the passangers aboard either the whale watching crouds or entuisastic anglers waiting for their catch.

Squid was for sale at San Pedro and Catalina although small in size -5-6 inch stuff and sardines here in Newport - I think the same in Dana-

Check out web site -- Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System and their Surface Current Mapping to get a updated surface flow of our waters-- it helps- JD

On Wednesday, May 23rd at 10:00 am Pacific Fisheries are going to conduct a fish count of the WSB in the Newport Pens and they need volunteers to help. Please call (949) 673-6316 if you can assist next week.

Sticking it out through the tides swings--- a few short White Sea bass, some calicos and a smoothound or two oh and a barracuda that took a jig - only fair fishing so far-- still waiting--3:44 pm


-------------------- Fridays May 18th Report --------

Mix of clouds and blue above- wind still fair from the south, coastal currents still downhill but strength backed down a bit from PV to Dana, from Oceanside to SD strongest towards the south then southwest to the 43. Water remains 60 - 63 degrees, red tide seems to have dissipated somewhat, waters are still green against the coastline and blues up towards the tunas grounds

Strong tide exchanges these days-- -- something about Full and New Moons and Earthquakes and Volcano Eruptions-- Mount St. Helens eruption May 18 1980 two days before the new moon, Hawaiian's eruption one day after the new moon!--

Several boats headed to Catalina for the weekens outing-- -- fair traveling- 10- 12- 15 kts, 3- 6 swell, looking to get within the shadow (lee) of the islands protection-

Good tide movements-- should be a sea bass or two biting--- watch for working bird schools--both the seabass and yellows and even barracuda schools are around--

Pacific Carnage out front of Avalon- selling Live Squid--


FOXI LADY REPORT COSTA RICA---Back from Panama and on our 1st Fad trip in Costa Rica for the season. The rainy season has started here, scatted showers and squals are the norm but the seas were very comfortable. Couple of my friends put new tops on 5 of the fads and placed 2 new ones. The range of these are from 60 to 135 miles out to sea. most are placed on high spots in depths of up to 3000' ft. We were 11/19 on blue marlin plus 5 dorado to 50# we fished 5 different fads and raised fish on 4 of them largest #400. Tight lines Pete--

Stayed south all day-- fair at 8- 10 kts seas have some texture to them and a mix of swell

Good Luck to you this weekend if you get out--- some afternoon west wind expected after 1-2 pm


---------------- Thursdays Report-----------

You could call it sporty-- south wind this morning fair and strong-- seas mixes and choppy- water offcolor green- water temps holding at 60- 61 - just reaching 62- 63 degrees in the afternoon sunshine - four cast no bites-

Not many boats out--


The big picture


---- Wed's May 16 the 2018 Report ----

A real Spring like day-- a few puffy morning clouds-- blue behind them- wind light from the west- no Drizzle like the weatherman said-- seas fair-

BAC Board Member Nate Dunham will be presenting a White Seabass Seminar today- Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30 pm at the BAC and everyone is invited. He gave a spellbinding presentation at the BAC last year and recently spoke to over 50 interested anglers at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. This is definitely a seminar NOT to be missed! Just show up- We hope to see you there!

Light to fair Westerly today

rumors of BFT in US waters has the buzz going--- I personally haven't hear the private boats on the VHF radio spo3eaking of it-- but it's the middle of May- June's only 15 days away and we should be having the Bluefin travel through this time of year-- good luck-- send photos- JD


------------------- Tuesday - May gray 15th report -------------

Light cloud cover-- wind from the west a couple of knts- seas a small mix with some texture to it- coastal currents switched yesterday from the previous 5 days of a uphill current to a strong downhill- still downhill this morning- New Moon tonight strong tide swings---

Fishermans Landing report -The Liberty called in at 11:00 today with 2 Bluefin 50-60 lbs with one hanging and 3 Yellowtail. The Pacific Queen called in at 10:30 AM with 4 bluefin 25-35lbs.and 3 yellowtail. They also report good weather.

Seabass fishing--- there's still a few around but they seem to be off in their biting habits so far today--

Skies cleared w/ a westerly building by noon

Shark kill fishing tournamet held this past weekend out of the Oceanside harbor-- they killed a few and a White Shark ate one of their bigger threshers-- maybe one day they wont have these shark kill tournaments - JD

Calicos and sand bass- waters still holding downhill and water temps creeping up to 61 degrees-

-- Closed Mondays-

--Mom's Day--- Sunday May 13 2018 ------------

Light overcast w a mix of clouds above- clearing mid day- wind light and fair from the southwest- 4- 5 kts seas good- some light chop to it-

Building tide movements

Coastal fishing still effected by that uphill bound current-- and a west swell putting you in the trough- a few bass-- so far

Fishing the Mussel farm this morning, Seth and friend had shots at those 12- 20lb Yellows that like to hang around the buoy , but their cast jigs failed to interest thetails-- they were on something else- chasing the bait right up to the .

Sea Bass should be biting with that tidal change-



San Deigo Fish Report today-- Sunday May 13, 2018 The Pacific Queen called in this morning with 1 Bluefin tuna at 50LBS and 3 Yellowtail so far. Captain Gavin reported gorgeous weather. Yesterday---May 12, 2018 The Condor called in with 5 Bluefin Tuna and Limits of Yellowtail.(The bluefin being 40 to 60 pounds) The Pacific Queen call in with 20 Bluefin. (1 being at 180 pounds and the rest being 50 to 60 pounds). . The Liberty called in with 6 Bluefin Tuna 1 at 140lbs and 5 Bluefin Tuna at 60lbs. They see good sign of fish. Bring 25lb up to 80lb gear. Flat fall jigs are recomended. .

A quick tribute to my Mom- raising my sister, my brother and me, taking care of the household and part-time jobs, a wife to my Dad and making life rewarding.

Photo of my mom with my daughter at two and now she's to have a daughter go along with her two sons.

Happy Mom's Day !


---- Sat the 12th---------

Mix of clouds from the south- wind backing off mid morning from the southeast fair seas and wind - some wind chop- not many boaters out- except a few Jet skiers and sailors and whalers. Coastal curent still advancing from the south. Oceanside area northwards

There must be some boats out today-- weather backing off- tides low at 1-2 pm starting to fill in this afternoon- - but the radio was quiet--

Mercedes Benz commercial-- where they started out with a good idea, saying your hooked up to a 800 lb Blue Marlin--- its fighting right next to the boat-- and then-- That was the right time to think about buying an $40,000 + Mercedes Benz ------- - IF the Ad guys only knew-- it probably took the angler $40,000 or more just to hook that 800 lb Blue Marlin and a car was about the last thing he was thinking of!


----------------- Friday Mayo 11 2018----

South wind and overcast drizzly weather today-- not fun-- wind 12- 15 gusty- wind chop against a west swell and mix sea state-- I was going to go out this morning but the sloppy weather said no-- made two casts off the dock- one nice 10 inch spotty- quit

Today's coastal surface currents showed an increase in strength and a broader influence to it- pushing up from outer Mexico waters as far north at Oceanside, upwelled cold Red Tide conditions against the SD beaches - moving north!


Week ago there was reported a gill net being used in the Newport Harbor's Back Bay--- update-- Three guys we’re stopped by the Police Dept for a traffic violation the PD called Dept of Fish and Wildlife because they saw and smelled fish, they had in posession a long 200 yard gillnet and four buckets of fish The three fishermen were charged with up to eight violations.

A reminder that we still need for people to turn the heads White Sea Bass to the collection centers to see if the fish being caught are hatchery raised fish so they can be scanned for the coded wire tags that are imbedded in their check muscle . This is extremely important information we need to have , especially in light of the criticism the naysayers are having about the ORHEAP program currently.


And if you dont go fishing tomorrow---

Stop by the Club for a Wine Tasting Event-- presented by Cholame Vineyards it's Tomorrow- Sat the 12 th- at the BAC clubhouse on the waterfront--- pick up a bottle of tasty wine for Mom's Day- Only $10.00 it's from 1 to 4 pm and tasting fees go directly to the BAC -

Please RSVP to Mindy at the Club--- (949) 673-6316



and this coming week-- May 16th Wednesday at 5:30 pm: White Seabass Seminar by Nate Dunham for informative methods on how to catch these elusive giants of the sea--

One of the newer casting lures on the market- ( Kept as the secret weapon last year) for Bluefin Tunas , was the

himano's new Coltsniper sinking stickbait lure--- there's is an internal weight that slides to the back tail during the cast, and then spring forward when the lure hits the water, increasing casting distance by up 22-percent. the slow-sinking Coltsniper stickbaits have a wide slide swim action when retrieved. Pretty cool lure- comes in two sizes 120 and 140 gram-- I like the #140 for size and distance casting--


------------ May 10 2018--- nice and calm--- gray sky- wind soft from the south-- tide's starting to deepen

Pacific Carange sitting out front of Avalon-- we've got Squid for sale--and should be albe to provide bait for the weekend to anglers-- VHF ch 11 ------

Nice day to play hooky---- Found mass quantities of bait in our local water- birds working it over everywhere. Spots of micro bait being attacked by mackerels, terns, and pelicans. Didn’t find anything else under them, but did find some fat bass with the plastics on the pipe. Trent--

The fleet was up on the local spots this morning---bait moving through with the downhill current- everyone looking at each other for a sign of action-- not much except the calicos and sand basses.


Dana Whale watchers report a Blue Whlale sighing feeding on Krill-- thats a good sigh too- In as close to the beach as 200 feet of water! 300 ft


Gray day-- sun came out mid day for an hours showing then went back behind the gray- wind still light from the south--


Balboa Angling Club yesterdays weigh ins--- It's a White Seabass day at the BAC! Three in one day! Non-member Ryan Corum caught his 65.1 lb. WSB yesterday on 30# test on the Malia Jean captained by Ryan! Then Billy Seiler came in with his 63 lb. WSB caught on 65# in the ocea


The possibility of a transition to El Niño weather-pattern is nearing 50 percent by the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere winter, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in its monthly forecast.



EL NIÑODISCUSSION 10 May 2018 ENSO Alert System Status: Final La Niña Advisory Synopsis: ENSO-neutral is favored through September-November 2018, with the possibility of El Niño nearing 50% by Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19. During April 2018, the tropical Pacific returned to ENSO-neutral, as indicated by mostly near-to- below average sea surface temperatures along the equator . Subsurface temperature anomaliesremained positive ], due to the continued influence of a downwelling oceanic Kelvin wave Atmospheric indictors related to La Niña also continued to fade. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system reflected a return to ENSO-neutral. The majority of models in the IRI/CPC plume predict ENSO-neutral to continue at least through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2018 As the fall and winter approaches, many models indicate an increasing chance for El Niño. In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored through September-November 2018, with the possibility of El Niño nearing 50% by Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19


Newport Harbor High School First Annual NHS Rat Fishing Tournament. District spokeswoman Annette Funachello said a rat problem has grown and jeopardized campus health and safety."As a leader of the school, it's a privilege and a huge responsibility to look at the diverse ways to address the issue". We came back from spring break and found out it's a much bigger problem than we realized. It looks like we're getting our arms around it, but it doesn't look like we're out of the weeds yet. Closing the school, either fully or partially, "wasn't even a topic of discussion at this time".

Chuck Ouchtech knew exactly where he wanted to cast his hook. "Just down the middle of the hallway, near that water fountain,"Ouchtech said early Wednesday. He wasn't talking about easing a carefully tied fly onto the surface of an inviting pool in a challenging trout stream or flipping an artificial frog into a lily pad Ouchtech was one of nearly 40 contestants who cast hooks baited with peanut butter-smeared bacon, bits of hot dog or raw steak down openings in drainage pipes or over full trash cans for the NHS 1st annual Rat Fishing Contest. Joe Ouchtech's took first place, reeling in a 12 inch, 1 pound rat. "Joe, you catch it honey and I'll club it." said his girlfriend Shirley, a red aluminum baseball bat at the ready. The "anglers" paid a $3 entrance fee. Covering the cost of trophies and a charity donation, to cast their baits down hallways and alleys in the Newport Heights newly constructed school. They aimed for puddles that might attract rodents to drink or particularly pungent piles of school garbage. "We're sportsmen," said Ouchtech, who organized the first tournament after Months of complaints about a rat infestation at Dodge Hall, where math and world language classes are held. "There's a lot of technique to it." The contest actually has a purpose. "What we're trying to do is bring attention to the problem," Ouchtech said. "There's more rats in Newport than there are people! "Thanks for the help, but no thanks, say city officials. "This just does not sound like a responsible way to address a rat problem," said Vector Control District manager Tommy Toostep, a spokesman for the Newport-Mesa's administrative director of facility support.


----------- Wed's Report ---------

Typical Spring day-- overcast morning hours till the mid morning's sun comes through. soft wind from the south starts to back off to build later from the west- seas calm- still somewhat a bit on the cool side-

El Nino?-- Conditions are likely to be ENSO-neutral through summer. The next update will be May 10.

With weather like today-- it signifies a positive change to the atmosphere here along the coastline-- the afternoon wind is fair but not enough to draw off surface water temps-sunlight remains strong for most of the day. Upwelling of cooler offcolor water are to the north and central or northern Californian Ocean currents show these plumes of cooler water pushing further to the west and offshore- and there's a developing northern bound California current pushing up against the Baja peninsula-- Looks positive-

-- -

------------ Tuesdays report -----------

May Gray--- light overcast morning - wind light and fair from the south- still a downhill current- stronger than the uphill wind-- seas OK a slight mix to the seastate- , local seabass fishers - were doing fair - fish up to 62 lbs over the past few day's others lost on the lighter tackle-.

Tide switched at the 11am hour-- a few bites on the Sea Basses just before then--quiet for much of the day after that--

Just when you think you know where the fish are at-- they move or dont bite--- so you leave-- the next guy fills in your spot-- and he gets the bite!

Another big WSB taken locally- and several more followed it up to the boat!-





---- Closed on Mondays --------

----------------------- - The 6 th of Mayo--------- Sunday- still a light west wind and a bump to the sea-- - Mix of cloud cover almost tropical in nature- and wispys mares tails aloft . Cirrus uncinus is a type of cirrus cloud. The name cirrus uncinus is derived from Latin, meaning "curly hooks". Also known as mares' tails


Persistence pays off and luck too!-- Derek New aboard Chris's Prime Time shows us how it's done with this hugh 72.9 lb White Sea Bass-taken on 20 lb test line! Nice catch! JD

Hey JD, Went out yesterday with plans to get away from work and stress. Came back with a WSB 1.1 lbs from world record on 20lb. She weighted 72.9lbs caught it on sardine with a 1oz. Slider. Glad to check it off the bucket list. Best, Derek

Wind still a afternoon factor-- west at 10- 12 kts- seas still a bit bumpy-

Strong downhill coastal current

Sloppy yesterday on the way home-- but happy too- they metered good sign of fish up off the West End of the island-- an hours efforts and no bites-- worked down the backside to the 3 "V's" metered a few more fish in the deeper 120 ft depth-- tide and current started to switch so they ran back up to the bank- and lost some tackle there-- but they were biting for that first hours of current change-- Nice colorful Yellowtail Big "G"


Weather looks promising for another week-- Good Luck-

---- Sat's report ---

- Happy Cinco de Mayo ----and a horse race too!-

Again blue sky with a light morning west wind maybe 5- 10 kts-- seas still have a mixed seastate to them but far apart. Tides are starting to mellow out--

Most of the gray Whales have passed -- now a few more Humpbacks are showing up in pairs--

Rock Cod fishing ( sculpin fishing ) remains the target fish for many of the local partyboats-- Reported a school or two of Yellowtails- 12-15 lbrs patrolling the fishing grounds above the Huntington Flats at what's to be know as the Mussel beds-Latitude / Longitude: 33.61° / -118.11° located 6 miles offshore outside Long beach- 150-foot depth (an Aquiculture enterprise ) those fish are boat shy by now so slow troll a sardine or mackerel a long ways back might tempt a bite.

-Windy and sloppy out there today--- and only fair fishin - Tomorrow Sunday morning looks a little better

The Celebration of Jack Cole's Wonderful life will be May 5, 2018 at the American Legion post 291 On 15th Street, on the Balboa Peninsula from 1:30 Pm until 4:30 PM.

Boats in Jack's sea burial will begin gathering at the Legion guest dock at 11 AM or the public adjacent to the Legion. Contact Larry Hehr for information on boat participation @ 949 230 748


--------------- Friday Mayo the 4th report-----------

Blue sky light west wind- light marine hazy seaward- seas, calm -still a of bit mixed sea state but small and apart.

Sailboats gatherings at and private yachts headed to the Island for the weekend's festivities of the Cinco de Mayo -

There must be 30 boats on the mussel grounds-- ( off Long Beach) 60- 61 degree water 10:33am

Nice day overall-- this weekend looks to be a standard afternoon westernly breeze 12- 15 kts from 1 pm on-till 7 pm

good luck - JD

Couple of images of intrest , for a 8 day composite-- water temps range from 55 to 65 degrees and on the chlorophyll you can see the defined coastal upwelled green water and a plume coming S/E from la jolla-

----------- Thursdays Mayo 3rd 2018--------------

Clear morning skis generally mean a westerly breeze-- and no different today- clear sky west marine haze and wind 10 + seas mixed and small caps on it-- water temps remain close to 60 degrees- downhill current- of interest there's a battling uphill current around the 60 mile Bank-- with a current Direction 0.338 kts, Dir: 333.52° from N

Rummors have it that the Bluefin have made it as far north as the "Ridge" and spots of tuna seen above that?-- go get em!"

and on May 2nd, 2018 5pm The Shogun reported they has landed 20 Bluefin Tuna (around 30#) for 14 anglers on their 1.5 day trip. They are also seeing bigger fish!

Live Squid was being sold long beach receivers-- - sardines at newport-- Sculpins were biting- windy today

sure is ------------- quiet on the radio today--

Halibuts-- were said to be around in good numbers at night with the grunion run, even a reported Striped Bass taken-

Go Angles!-- Pujols at 2998 -- now 2999!


------------------- May showers may brings May flowers - the 2nd ---

Wind out of the south/southeast many 5 or 6 kts- seas mixed but no real wind on it yet- a little lumpy- coastal waters hovering at the 58- 60 degree mark -the barometer is on the rise-

If your up at 11 pm this evening- should be a Grunion run--

The day's brighten and wind backing off- bay fishermen still hanging a halibut here and there using live smelt as bait- Pelican's diving into bait schools here in the harbor-- and prospects look good for weather.

Coming Up this next weekend----~

the Celebration of Jack Cole's Wonderful life will be May 5, 2018 at the American Legion post 291 On 15th Street, on the Balboa Peninsula from 1:30 Pm until 4:30 PM.

Boats in Jack's sea burial will begin gathering at the Legion guest dock at 11 AM or the public adjacent to the Legion. Contact Larry Hehr for information on boat participation @ 949 230 7480.



----------- May 1st- my how the past month flew by- 2018----

Wind south/southeast fair to fast- wind againts coastal current- tought to fish in it-- seas not as bad as yesterday but still lumpy , Broken cloud cover and light spirnkles with it-.

Well the Lily Call Newport Bay fishing tournament hosted by the BAC was fun-- Fair to OK fishing- there were shots at Halibuts and although most of the Bass were on the small side they were not shy at the baits or lures.The Croaker and Corbina catches were challenging-- Only one small Yellowfin Croaker weighed in and no Spotfin at all!

( Left photo- the PCH Bridge )

Now there hasn't been many reports of the Spotfin up and down the coastline over the past month, so maybe there wern't that many to fish for --- yet still disturbing information comes out that previous to the tournament the Dept of Fish and Wildlife/ Game had apprehended some bad guys who had stretched a Gill Net across the waters of the back bay and just about anything that came in or out of the bay was subject to the netting. Reported that hundreds of fish taken.

Still the tournament went on with favorite fishing spots juggled between anglers and tides.

( Left- Josh and friend on a double halibut hook-up!)


A drifted live smelt gave Tommy T this 6.19 lb halibut-- ( right)

Some anglers made the grade of mighty men or woman by starting at midnight Friday night- and by Sundays awards they'd had 38 hours of fishin in the bay--enough to wear anyone out!-


Couple of the young salts playing with the bass and halibuts--


1st place Bass went to a late Sunday weight in by Ryan Lawler and his 2.06 Bass. 1st place Corbina to Tim Humphreys, 1st Croaker to Trentin Humphrey and Tommy Tupman's 6.19 Halibut put him on top- 60 anglers 17 bass weighted, 9 Corbina, 1 Croaker and 4 halibuts









Awards at the Chicken Coup restaurant was attended by the old salts and the new young salts all telling fish stories large and small -- plying for the assortment of prizes all donated by local people and business sponsors- We Thanks You- Aftco, Anglers Centers, Balboa Saloon, Basin Marine, Battery Mart. Big Fish Printing, Bluewater Grill. Catalina Passenger Service, Crew West, Daiwa, Great Mex, Harborside Restaurant, Harry's Marine Service, Island Marine Fuel, JD's Tackle, Ketcheum Tackle, Marker Broiler, Newport Dunes, Newport Landing, Owner Tackle, PCS magazine, Pompanette, Pro- Mar, San Pedro Bait, Shimano, 12 Hour Massages and Vessel Assist. all good business- support them if possible- JD

If you fished the Lily and have a couple of good photos- please send them into Mindy at the BAC - thanks JD


Thanks to KK for MC'ing the event-- and to Mindy Martin the BAC's enthusiastic relentless club secretary- JD






Hi JD, Thanks for the great advice, tackle, and Mexican licenses last week! We just finished another great PV trip on the Apollo highlighted by my sons 361 pound Super Cow! Trip of a lifetime! Eric S.






------- Friday's Report April 27 --

Gray sky- wind from the west 5-6 kts- seas good- Sailing Newport to Ensenada raceto begin off the Balboa pier-- as they ziz zag getting ready for the start- quite a few spectator boats headed out to watch.


Couple of the big boys going out to play--






The Lily Call starts tonight at midnight - the tide'll be dropping like a rock just about then at 2.2 kts! - A 6 hour flood and a 6 hour drain- same thing with the Saturdays afternoon and Sunday

Gray burnt away- fair sunny skys following with the breeze picking up a bit--

good mackeral fishing off the local piers today--

Good Luck this weekend-- The shop will be closed Sat and Sunday-- Gone fishin! JD

---------------- Thursday's report ------------------

Hazy blue morning- light marine clouds-- seas fair-- wind from the south/southwest couple of knts- bay waters coming and going strong in the tide- offcolor green-

Whale watchers report them to be far and few in between- they're happy to find dolphins--

Reported a 70 lb sea bass taken

And another nice catch by the Quitena - a fat pargo!--

Hey JD-- Check out the Jurassic Pargo Paul just caught on 30 lb test! Great catch! -- Nice catch!-- JD

The Start of the Ensenada Sailboat ragatta is tomorrow- the bays filling up with sailers! RACE START Friday, April 27, 2017…Race Starts off the Balboa Pier at 11:00AM

Took a walk-a-bout in search of bait again today-- rewared with a dozen ghost shrinp and a few more worms-- - I'm ready-- JD


------------------------ Wed's report ----------------

- Morning light fog and marina haze-clear towards noon fills in again mid late afternoon - wind, light from the south 2- 4 kts-- air and water feels cool- sun helping to warm the air- bay water still dirty but seems to be clearing a bit--

Tides dropping out like a rock today-- 2 kts-- by 11 am this morning they'll' be a few worm diggers out

They're kept quiet like prized fishing spot, the prime locations to gather bait for the upcoming Lily Call here in Newport harbor bay falls on the days of low tide prior to the tournament. Tramping around on the muddy shoreline- in search of Innkeeper worms, Grass and Ghost Shrimp, Cockle clams, Rock Scallops Bay, slimy mussels and any lively smelt you can get.

Like fishing sometimes it's the search- that composes the trip- to be successful in the quest- looking for bait or innkeeper worms can be like that, a creature from the Cambia era that burrows in favorable sea bottom mud. And it's like most fishing the search for the favorable conditions is what counts-- finding the right type of sea mud. And like goldilocks in search of the right porridge -Innkeepers Worms don't want it too granny sandy, not too greasy oozy oily black stinky stuff and not too brown sticky mud but just the right consistancy to support their burrowing habit. Finding these favorable spots takes a lot of walking, wading and trial and error . Today was another search - past locations had been dredged no longer good, in another spot an 1 hours search netted one worm and two small shrimp but the search went on and I found a new spot, worms galore ! Success ! Good luck in the tournament if your fishing it-- JD

Called “gaebul” (개불) in Korean and Urechis unicinctus in textbooks, . It’s also called the “fat innkeeper worm” because it creates U-shaped tunnels in the mud where other species like small crabs and tiny fish take up residence, feeding on the gaebul’s leftovers. And about those eating habits: The gaebul creates a slimy mucus “net” inside its tunnel and sucks water in, trapping plankton and other particles until the net is full, then gobbles up the entire net, plankton and all. and their-- delicious!!.

Pretty good for an old guy. Took Peter 3 hours to land this 200 pounder off Zihuatenejo, mainland Mexico . Almost killed him but he got it done. Quitena



------ Tuesday' the 24th brings light wind from the south a bit cool on the beach warm inland - seas fair and could-cover pushing a marine layer/ light fog- water in the bay - dirty green cold-

Tides starting to strengthen all this week-

The Sea Bass fishers-- hit the reef too hard this past Sunday-- the fish moved on-- others targeted then down off Dana and the kelp beds between the tow probably are holding fish too-

Weather backed off for the afternoon


The Lily Call Bay fishing tournament is - April 28 and 29 th-- limited to 75 anglers--over 1/2 full now!!! - get you entry in early!- give the Club a call-- ( 949) 673- 6316 or E mail to












--- Closed Monday ---boat work-

------- Sunday the 22 of April- seems like Spring finally arrived- nice day light marine haze- seas fair light south wind 3-4 kts- lots of folks out-

The buzz this morning was of the Pacific Bluefin Tunas upwards to 150lbs taken yesterday below the border by one of the SD fleet boats. there's a fleet there today-- they had lost a good number of fish in their bite- the fish preferring the light lines and leaders broke off early in the fight-, the other half of the buzz were those big Sea Bass taken yesterday locally out of Newport, they've been up off Palos Verdes for a week or better- the fleets out after them today - So far -bat rays smoothhounds and a lot of waiting- current just starting to move after 11 am 8- 10 boats

Scratchy radio report-- we've been fishing the bluefin foamers for a while so far- hope to get lucky- 11:12am

Wiffs of fog here and there along the coastline--

And a fishing boat said they'd seen their first flying fish of the season!

Catalina Fishing fair-- others ran to Clemente-- fished the 30 fathom for the cods-- fair at that too-

-- Sat the 21st of April--- Nice day-- warm and sunny- light S/W wind at 2 to 3 kts- seas calming.

Sounded like the PBT were biting very light line on the early AM rado fish talk program this morning-- down to #2 hooks- 25 lb test lines and light flourcarbon leaders with sardines nice 20- 40/50 lb fish

West picked up early today--

There's a garage sale here on Balboa Island today--Lots of crazies out--- among some of the oddballs prizes that came in the shop today -- A green two burner Coleman stove- in perfect shape, a couple old fashioned 1950 bamboo rods and black crusty senator reels and a medallion awards badge from a English Sailing club formed in 1896, the Prize- a small stuffed Elephant's foot that was hollowed out to store tobacco in!.

At the Boat Show this weekend stop by the Seakeeper boat display -- check it out, if you can see you way clear to put one in you boat you'll he grateful.


Just when you don't want a crowd around-- it happens-- Billy S and youngTristen S. brings in a pair of 50 lb + White Sea Bass to weigh in at the Balboa Angling Club-- right when they were having their IGFA Knot Tieing seminar- the dock and clubhouse alive with anglers, the questions came rapid like the photos-- where did you get them, what was used for bait, how were you fishing them, on and on. Ttisten's fish tops out at 54.4 lbs taken w/ 50 braid-- Justin had another one an 60 lbs get away right at the boat. Billy said the water was dirty red colored but they stuck it out getting their bites off the bottom. Interesting out of all the four fish they hooked they all came up towards the surface to fight- he's only seen that one or twice before in an entire season - good healthy looking fish- and a proud angler too! Congrats-- JD .


boat coming back from Catalina saying they'd made just enough to fish with making three squids at a time under the lights with a mono brail net-- wished those other things ( WSB/ YT ) would start to bite--

Good Luck


-------------- Friday the 20, Lily Call starts Friday next week at midnight!-

Blue haze morning- a few lingering clouds-- wind light southeast- 2- 3 kts- seas a light mix to them- 4 casts two small nibbles

Cow/ calf off the hospital heading north and some dolphins in eighteen fathoms-

That west wind began again at noon-- not bad but enough to take off the surface warmth of the water--

They caught one small sand dab-- that was it-- fished out of newport this morning S/E made it a bit sloppy- fished off Crystal Cove-- lots of bait some mackerel chasing the baits around but that was it-- went up to the reef-- cold and offcolor at 54 degrees- slow- the fish didn't want to bite!

Mackerel and small sardines being caught off the Jettys and newport and balboa piers

Next weekends weather forecast for SAT APR 28 Sunny 68°56°, 10% chance of rain wind at SSW 11 mph, and SUN APR 29 Mostly Sunny 67°56° 10% , SSW 10 mph

That afternoon westerly backed off towards the later hours of the afternoon--

Still cool although- If you get out- try some Rock Cod fishin--

Bay waters seeing more and more terns hitting the water-- topsmelt-


---------- Thursdays 19 of April- 9 days till Lily Call---

That light rain shower this mornings cleaned up the air and left a few puddles around--- Wind from the south at 3-5 kts- looks to swing West later. Seas still on the cool side but seems to be trying to warm up. Bay water's light green- - 4 casts no bites-

Newports Boat Show-- opens today through the weekend---

Received word yesterday about the Final rulings for 2018's Pacific Bluefin Tuna Commercial fishing regulations--

Revised 2018 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; 2018 Catch Limit Final rule and notice of availability : The National Marine Fisheries Service is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to revise trip limits on the commercial catch of Pacific bluefin tuna applicable to 2018. U.S. commercial fishing vessels are subject to a biennial limit for 2017 and 2018, and the catch limit in 2018 is 114 metric tons (mt). To avoid exceeding the biennial limit, NMFS is imposing a 1-mt trip limit—except for large-mesh drift gillnet vessels, which would be subject to a 2-mt trip limit— throughout 2018 or until the 2018 catch limit is reached and the fishery is closed. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

New Regulations for 2018 This final rule revises the trip limits for U.S. commercial vessels that catch Pacific bluefin tuna in the Convention Area (defined as the area bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N and 50° S parallels, the 150° W meridian, and the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO)) for 2018When the 2018 catch limit of 114 mt is reached, the fishery shall be closed through the end of the 2018 calendar year.

------------ Wed's the 18 of April- only 10 days away from the Lily Call tournament-

Clear and hazy blue and still cool weather here on the beach--South wind at 5-7 kts- water has the air chilled off till late in the day if the wind doesn't blow too hard -- -- made 5 casts, one small bite that fell off- quit- schools of 5-6 smelt and sardines in the bay-no bird life though-

Some Common Dolphins off North Newport 8-10 fathoms actively feeding-- birds and bait - not much seen from there southwards towards Laguna

said he had a yellowtail pushing close to 40lb takens south form Newport -- near dana ( kelp bed fish) was going to eweight it at the BAC club later today--


There is a hope of some relatively warmer water offshore pushing 61- 62 degrees from the south-- but here on the beach it's cold and dirty--Chlorphill chart ( right) shows the cold upwelled planton rich waters and clear ice blue water below-

----------------- Tuesdays April 17 report-------

San Pedro Weather buoy said 55.4 degrees-- that wind yesterday removed any surface warmth there was- coastal air feels cold - inland the sun's warm and sunny Made 3 casts no bites - quit

Only a few boat out today-- mostly traveling-- there is the upcoming Newport Boat show- a few boats headed into the harbor for that-- Whale watchers finding porpious off Laguna-

Vick was out-- come rain or shine he's out-- no bites for him so far except the sea lions wanting his baits- water temps off the newport pier this morning--54 degrees, Northwesterly blew up again 12- 15 kts cold air.

Looking for Sharks?

Hey JD, I was wondering if you might be able to help get the word out that NOAA is looking for female thresher shark reproductive parts.... we need to look into their maturity schedule to help our assessment team.! thanks, Owyn E. Snodgrass Natural Resource Specialist III Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc Fisheries Resources Division Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 334-2884 Lab (858) 334-2879 Office (858) 342-6372 Cell

The Southwest Fisheries Science Center conducts research on the reproductive biology of common thresher sharks and is looking for samples from females 140 cm fork length (4.6 ft) or larger, preferably pregnant. Please do not kill threshers for the sole intent to donate samples.



------ Sundays 15 middle of the month Report --- remember closed on Mondays--

Calm seas, gray and green lay slumbering under a mix of clouds, wind light from the southeast due to swing around later.

Whale watching boat reports pea green water off Dana, at least the upwelled water will bring plankton and feed for plankton eating fishes, aka; anchovies, sardines and red crabs.

Again the pre- fishers of the Lily Call were at it-- sneaking in on local bait spots and diminishing the supply - Ketchum Tackle will be bringing in live Bloodworms for the tournament..

Red R ock Cod fishing and some small Corbina where the highlighs of the days catches- !

Angles won in the snow! ( canceled today) and Dodgers got mauled in the sun! winning today--

--------------- Sat the 14th-- we survived the 13th- ------ report-

Bright blue sky this morning-- a little haze towards the ocean, wind light from the south southwest 2- 4 kts-- expected to blow west this afternoon- San Pedro Weather buoy has the water temp an 58.8 remarkably the San Clemente weather buoy has air temp an 61.5 and the water at 61.7 and holding relatively steady for the past few days

The SD fleet is targeting those Blue finned tunas this morning- down and outside (S/E) Ensenada/ Punta Bunda 40-50 miles 31.24:01 / 117.28.47 Below the 295 fathom spot-

Whale watchers report offcolor green cool water 12 mies out!

Strong tides this weekend-- should get some seabass to bite--

Nice Day-- almost like a regular summer day-- lots of folks out

Hot-- Hot--- and the wind did not blow up--- High pressure should get something to bite!

Couple of pre- fishers for the upcoming Lily Call tournament came in the shop this afternoon --- having caught a leagl halibut , relasing it and a close second sized fish too- trolling lures

go Angles! and Dodgers!


------ Friday the 13th! Yikes--- 2018-

Hazy blue with a light to fair south wind, building west-- seas inshore fair- some swell- offshore still rolly with a leftover lump, three casts, no bites-- Air feels cool, water temps have dropped and its refective in the air temps-- by mid afternoon choppy-

Water themps dropped another degree with this wind

the Long Beach Grand Prix starts today through Sunday--- several boats headed up the line to go watch it-sloppy ride - and starting next week is the Newport Boat Show-- 19-22nd

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION DISCUSSION 12 April 2018 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña is expected to transition to ENSO-neutral during April-May, with ENSO-neutral then likely (greater than 50%chance) to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2018. During March 2018, La Niña continued to weaken While negative anomalies were weakening near the surface, the sub-surface temperature anomalie) warmed due to the eastward propagation of a downwelling equatorial oceanic Kelvin wave . Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remained consistent with a weak La Niña. Most models predict La Niña will decay and return to ENSO-neutral during the current March-May. The forecaster consensus similarly favors a transition to neutral, with a continuation of ENSO-neutral conditions through the summer 2018. Thereafter, there is considerable forecast uncertainty, in part due to the lower prediction skill for forecasts made at this time of year.



------- Thursday's Report -April 12th ----------

Milky blue sky- inshore--west wind light for now expected to increase throughout the day to 20+kts, outer waters 20 now up to 30/40 kts-this afternoon-- one cast, one 12 inch bass, took my lure- quit-

When working on reels-- there is usage of a reel and there is real usage of a reel- once in a while you come across something that's strikes your eye-the clickers ratchet plate reveals the intense wear the reel went through. Thousands of yards of line under stress must have caused this much damage to the plate, a lot of leaping marlins and diving tunas!

Shes a hooting!!!--- there's a small sailboat ragatta here in the bay today--- got blown out!! must be gusting 25+ now-

Sure hope there weren't any small boats out today-- it's dangerously windy out there now-- 12:45pm maybe 35+

Wind stayed strong for most of the day-- that'll drop the water temp a degree or two-- stand by-


Just a couple looks at the chlorophyll charts/ water temp chart- of the Central and Southern Calif offshore waters-- Stronger flow of the Davidson current will drive that offcolor ( red/green) water further south , it's driven currently by these offshore northeast winds , concurrently there is a counter inshore current the California Current flowing up the Baja peninsula, they both counter act each other in a counterclockwise gyro depending on their strengths. . The geography of the So Calif Bight aids in this rotation, swinging the offcolor cooler water in towards the coastline below San Clemente Island by late spring , summer. It's something to keep an eye on, it does bring plankton larvae and bait fishes with it.

--(L)-Water temps from 50 to 75 degrees , - ( M & R) Chlorophyll chart this week and chlorophyll chart 30 days ago---- .

-------- Wed's the 11 of April--------Report - She'll be blowing tomorrow afternoon-- stand by--

Light blue sky- wind fair and light from the south/ southwest 3- 8 kts adding a wrinkle on the water, no swell to speak of. Bay waters seem to have a lot of green plankton in it-- made three casts, five little bites, must be very small bass. Tides starting to flow stronger these days-- couple of guys out -- Pre fishing for the Lily Call-- anchoring up in likely spots-- Remember if your fishing the Lily Call bay tournament - it's the end of this month- and your anchored up in the bay ( out of flow of traffic) it's requested that you fly one of the BAC Yellow flags, it'll help keep the harbor patrol boats from give you any hassle for anchoring up outside the designated area. - flags are available at the club.

Report that the BFT have reappeared in Southern California waters. 44 caught yesterday on Shogun, avg 60 lbs. Half on flat fall lures, half on live bait. 28 caught on Monday on Old Glory and another 1.5 day boat

So he was down in PV mexico- chasing those big yellowfin Tunas-- they saw em', saw em' by the hundreds-- hundred to two hundred lb fish jumping all around the boat they were on those 1- 2 inch fish bait and wouldn't take anything else-- disappointing-- back at the marine docks that night- the underwater light brought up all sorts of krill, little bait fishes-- a cavito bait dropped straight off the transom w/ 65 lb braid line and heavy leader- woof- gobbled down and off the the races it went-- he had the drags pinned tight not wanted any snook (that he was after) to get into the marinas pilings-- a stop, a head shake and the turned the fish-- to be fought all the way back to the boat-- they didn't weigh it-- he's a big man but could hardly get it lifted-- close to 60 or heaver-- biggest ever any of the locals had ever seen a huge Orange Mouth Corvina , they cut it up and ate it! A check later reveals it may have been a World Record-- the heaviest recorded on All Tackle weight was off Guayaquil, Ecuador July 19 1992 at 54.3 lbs--


----------------- Tuesdays Report ----- Light marine haze this morning behind it a hazy blue sky- seas calm and good,wind light 2-3 South-

Couple of boats out fishing the basses up on the Art reefs and stones above Newport and HB Flats, Magumbo's was the hot plastic on suspended fish.

Beautiful day-- not a whole lot of boaters out though- A few calicos found in the deeper water column outside the kelp beds-- not much bait above the Newport harbor's entrance-- more down by the kelps and the uphill side of it--

Fished for Salmon yesterday-- made the run from Newport Canyon down to Balboa's pier and the Newport Jetty along the 200 ft depth, there was a good dirty green/ clean green break running downhill- worked it for about 2 hours no bites, no mackerel , no barracuda, no thresher sharks, nothing, no bait marks , south of the harbor more life-


N swell off Baja California will subside below 8 ft today. Another round of strong NW winds and large NW swell are expected starting Thu. into Fri, bringing seas to near 13 ft over the waters north of 20N and west of 120W. Yet another NW swell will move into the NW waters Sat, with seas once again reaching near 13 ft over the far NW waters.

---------- Closed Mondays -----------

----- April the 8th 2018 ----------- Report --------------

E-mail this morning--- Hi JD, Thanks for helping us promote Balboa Yacht Club’s “In The Bay” Fishing Tournament. We had a terrific turn out of anglers - around 80 kids/adults participated. The entry fee included a tournament Tshirt, BBQ, award’s ceremony, and raffle at the BYC. Thanks to all our sponsors for helping make this tournament possible.

Here are the results: Children: 1st – Mason Baumann 30 pts, 2nd – Ryan Davis - 25 pts 3rd – Ryan Taur - 22 pts 4th – Olivia Norton - 22 pts 5th – Jimmy Glidewell - 22 pts 6th – Tate Ogier - 20 pts

Adults 1st - McKenna Duley - 67 pts 2nd – Robbie Baker - 25 pts 3rd – Steve Bird - 22 pts

Congratulations to all! Ali Johnson

Nice weekend-- with the warming sun and softer wind- Tides starting to move again-


--------------- April 7th Sat- Report -------

Nice warm overcast morning- light south 2-3 kts- light wind ripple with it seas calm-

"The waters are a completely different day than yesterday, it's cleaned up not green at all-- Clear as a bell". He says- off South Laguna Beach whale watching Bottled-Nosed Dolphins--- 2 - 2/12 of the beach 28/46

Newport's bay has 70+ bay anglers fishing the "In the Bay " tournament today-- scattered throughout the harbor they're seen trolling, casting lures or anchored and drifting with baits.

Private Sportfishers - or commercial sport fishing partyboats were finding some weather with 8-10 ft seas has they head north /central Baja over the next couple of days- a short weather window behind that then looking ahead, another cold front will move into the waters north of 25N early next week, accompanied by larger NW swell, with seas peaking 10 to 15 ft over the waters north of 25N and west of 130W waters Tue.-

Alan and crew fishing the Bay-- rewared with a nice halibut to add to their muti-species list-- slow trolled deep diver lures worked off Lido --- Right off Lido where you said to go! Thanks for the guarantee!

Lot's of halibuts caught in the bay tourney- mackerels and even barracudas, not sure if many, if any bass were caught?- but they had a fun family time and maybe over 80 participants-- good show- JD

It's still not quite there yet-- Spring-- waters are still on the cool side, in years past even May and June the upwelled water even dropped it to 56- 57 degrees so that may still come . We all have our own personal Spring time indicators-- maybe it's a morning's bird chirping or their nest building, maybe the dogwood trees start to bloom or flights and flights of Black Brants going south along the coastline. For me, one sign is the Anise plants starting to grow green and leafy, smell like black licorice and attract those shinny red ladybugs- ( they've been late in growth this year) just starting in the last week to grow.Spring It'll come just takes time , and the fish will be bigger by then- Next week's weather should start to warm things up , moon 'll go dark and tides flow strong again, grunion run the following week Mon/Tue/Wed.




-----Friday 4/6------- Feels more like Waters a complent differnet day-- it's ckeane dup not green at all like yesterdya Spring morning--a little more sunlight through the morning's clouds-- seas look calm, light wind 2-3 out of the south small wind ripple to the sea.

You'd never believe what I just saw--- "Breaching completely out of the water"- never seen that before the guy says-- "Fin Whale completely out of the water!"


First Fish Flag for White Sea Bass for the BAC went to Nate Dunham today with a respectable sized fish-- there have been smaller fish caught but this one was at least respectable-- at 57.1 lbs--- Congrats--


Weather stayed west/ southwest all day-- wind fair to light seas stayed good- this weekend's weather looks ok in the inner waters - Good Luck

those Whales and dolphins I believe were outside the Newport Canyon towards the oil rigs--


---------- April 5th Report -----------

Dreary - light to fait wind from the south overcast cool and some drizzle- seas fair, made three casts no bites- waters cold- -one small halibut yesterday-

reported Red Tide off South Laguna

If your headed up towards the Huntington Flats over the next week or so-- might help to bring along a couple of fresh live ones- mackerels or sardines- hunting schools -5- 9 in a pack of breezing yellows seen in the 70 ft depth-- good sized 20+ lb fish-- stand by

And the Newport's Bait Barge should be into the harbor this weekend- pending on bait supplies and operations they should be open soon- we welcome them!

Whales and dolphins eating the red crabs--

Earthquake!- off Oxnard--A moderate earthquake occurred at 12:29:16 PM (PDT) on Thursday, April 5, 2018. The magnitude 5.3 event occurred 29 km (18 miles) SW of Santa Cruz Is. (E end), CA. The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles). The quake struck 48 miles south-west of the Channel Islands Beach at 12:30pm local time (8:30pm UK time), according to disaster officials. The US Geographical Survey (USGS) said the epicentre was about 85 miles west of Los Angeles and 40 miles south of Santa Barbara. No tsunami warning has been issued following the earthquake, and it is not yet known whether anyone was injured.5.3 2018/04/05 12:29:16 33.840 N/ 119.725W 9.9 29 km (18 mi) SW of Santa Cruz Is. (E end), CA

Salmon Season Opener this Saturday from above Monteray Bay south to the Mexican Border-- any Salmon--- no real solid ones that I've heard of--- this weekend is rough with the weather's outlook-- Morro Bay said to have good bait marks at 150 depth, clean water-- Ventura? Redondo and Newport canyon's have held em' in the past-- and off the Balboa Pier to the Jetty's

Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border (Monterey and South) April 7-30 minimum size limit: 24 inches total length daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except Coho General Sport Regulations Daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except Coho. Possession limit: No more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit. Retention of Coho salmon or steelhead trout is prohibited in any ocean fishery. Salmon may not be filleted on any boat or prior to being brought ashore. Salmon may only be taken by angling as defined , No sinkers or weights exceeding 4 lbs may be used, except that a fishing line may be attached to a sinker or weight of any size if such sinker or weight is suspended by a separate line and the fishing line is released automatically by a mechanical device from the sinker or weight when any fish is hooked. North of Point Conception: No more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used and no more than one rod per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board

A local Newport Harbor Bay Fishing Tournament on April the 7th , sponsored by the Balboa Yacht Club Anglers -it's open to members and non-members.

Good family fun and youth participation is encouraged for trophies, food and prizes. For info contact Ali Johnson at 949- 422 9764 or E mail - Good Luck this Weekend if you get out--

Sat Wind variable 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft - Swell W 2 to 3 ft. Chance of rain. SunWind E to 10 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. Swell W 4 to 5 ft.


-------------- April 4 2017 report---

You could call it May Gray or June Gloom, either way it's overcast gray and a bit on the gloomy side- wind light from the south, seas fair- light wind chop-

They've moved in-- the invasion of Red Crabs again birds are puking them up-- from sunset yesterday it seems a wave of then flooded in towards the coastline-- Maybe the overcast sky, late rising moon. incoming tide and coastal city light brought them in towards the shorelines-- but they're here--

E-Mail from Hawaii where Lisa and daugher were fishing-- nice Wahoo--


40 plus lb. Wahoo at Kona Hawaii on the Ihu Nui

Couple of guys back in from a run down towards Dana-- fishing the beach for halibuts- bass- slow fishing for them -- upwelled brown water-offcolor water -- 54- 57 degrees-- slow fishing-- they did see the red crabs around too-




Baja's weather has been nice and warm this winter-- a look at the water temps over the past two years from 60- 80 degrees for April - it also shows a strong bloom or warm water moving north this year-- -










-----------------April the 3rd of 2018------------

lazy overcast day--- light west at 2- 7 kts- light wind chop and West swell- After the holidays weekend not many boaters out today-- caught a 8 inch mackerel on the first cast- lot's of them in the harbor this morning chasing small fry baitfish maybe 3-4 inch stuff-

Good schools of bait balls seen between the two piers ( Newport/ Balboa) this morning Terns working on the Chovies -- Should be some Humpback whales around

Westerly stayed steady all day-- but not bad-- lot of folks want to go out fishing -- but rock codding not their style-- it does however put some eating fish on the plate and satisfies the day's outing this time of year . Not that they are lots of spots out of Newport, there are a few small outcroppings of rocks along that 200/ 300+ shelf outside from the Outer Oil rigs S/East into the Newport Canyon-- the south side of that canyon's 200/300 foot depth hold's some bank perch and sand dabs. A good meter helps and a downhill current helps too. Not many spots from the Newport harbor's entrance southwards to the Laguna's Beach's restrictive zone, but there are some I've been told, again a good meter might help find them.

Give Spring a chance to develop , not much we can do about it otherwise-- good luck- JD -

--- Closed on Monday -------

------------------ Happy Easter, 1st Day of April and it's Fools Day-------

That low foggy moisture seems to have lifted to a high overcast, maybe break up earlier-- still very little wind, south if any and a calm seas- like lead , Not may boats out early in the day, so far-

Made three, four casts off the dock, two bites, one small but strong halibut released.



As boy's waking up Easter Morning with the sound of a shucking shotgun, and my Dad saying some damn rabbit was in the house laying egg's! My brother and I tumbled out of bed-- pleading to him, Don't shoot the rabbit!!-- My mom was not so happy


and the tradition continues-- The Clemente Monster- Out of the Depth, (See Below)




---------------------- Sat's the 31st, last day of March report -- -

Marine coastal fog and haze this morning vis 1/4- 1/ 3/4 or better-still that cool air feeling due to the cool water, hope to burn off later today-- wind 2- 3 kts S/W seas calm- made two casts no bites waters cold- cold bloodied fish are lethargic. A lot more Whales this year-- cooler water


Boats still calling out for any live squid out front of avalon-- no reply-- I think `there was not much taken -

Coastal fishing for the Calicos-- fair + water still cold but the fish bit- mostly sub legal but there were a few keepers found--

Sardines and small mackerals found at the harbors entrance in good numbers for the fishing bait -

A close up look at the Northern Baja's' Chlorophyll and upwelling's of cooler water



And a look at the West Coast/ Northern Baja water charts from last year at this time and this year- same 8 day period



----------------------- 2017---------------------------------- 2018 -----------------

I drew roughly the 60- 63 degree boundary lines, which shows a stronger up welling of cooler water along the Northern Baja coast/ Colinet this year







and a perspective of last years( left ) water temp this year to date, Location centered at 120 degrees West- and the U/S Mex Border line and this years ( right) Out water temps took a dive over the past week-








The Clemente Monster

Out of the Depth,

The following is set down somewhat hesitantly. He who ventures aside from the accepted groves of believe lays himself open not alone to jibes, but to direct attack upon his veracity. It is human nature to scoff at those things which are not understood, or which are not simple of explanation. The most startling incident related in the following pages I experienced myself, saw with my own eyes.. Some twenty-five or thirty personal acquaintances, all of them reputable, many of them men of substance and standing in their respective communities, also saw with their own eyes the identical thing which I saw. The reader is at liberty to believe, or not to believe, what follows. However the fact remains that it happened: that I saw what I am about to describe.

It happen in September of the year 1916. I was over at San Clemente Island after Marlin Swordfish. We had left Mosquito Harbor about seven o’clock in the morning. The day was overcast with a high fog, and windless. The sea was like glass except for a small roll coming down the coast. All objects on the surface, birds and driftwood, appeared black. Visibility was perfect, the sea stretching away to the sharp line of the horizon. These details are important, so bear them in mind. By about eight o’clock we were perhaps a mile and a half off White Rock which is some three miles above Mosquito. I was sitting on top of the cabin watching for fins, my field glasses beside me. My boatman was busy at something down in the cockpit. A bait was out and the rod lashed to the fishing chair.

Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, and to seaward, I saw something big and black lift above the surface. I whirled, gasped, then clapped my glasses on it and yelled to my boaman to head for it. A scant quarter mile of a mile off there reared up out of the water the Thing which I instinctively knew was what, for years, we had called the “Clemente Monster,” which many had see, and about which there had been endless wonderment. I shall try to describe it to you as best I can. Try to imagine a great columnar neck, or body, eight to ten feet thick and lifting twenty feet above the surface. Surmount this neck or body with a flat-topped, blunt, reptilian head. On either side of the head place two huge, round and bulging eyes. I dont believe they were an inch under a foot and a half across, perhaps more. There you have the essentials of what we saw. At my first shout my boatman stuck his head out of the cabin jitney and let out a queer little squawk. I don’t know that I blame him particularly! Steadily we forged towards the Thing.

Remember, it was about a quarter of a mile away. My glasses were of seven power. I had them on it from the first moment I caught a glimpse of it. I don’t know precisely, but would guess that they brought it up to within a couple of hundred yards of us. Certainly I could see it plainly enough to note various details. Two things stood out above all others- those enormous eyes and its unbelievable huge bulk. I never want to look at such eyes again. They were like the creations of a nightmare! Their very size, of course, left one breathless. But that was only a detail. It is utterly impossible to describe the coldness, the expressionlessness of them. It was like looking into the dim past when earth’s life consisted of great, slimy, horrible creatures dragging their way through gargantuan forest and over dead, sullen seas. They litterally froze me in my seat. Later my man said I was as white as a sheet, my teeth chattering, my knees shaking. I wouldn’t be surprised.

Neither in a museum, nor in any reconstructed picture of a prehistoric creature have I ever seen eyes which resembled those. The trunk, or neck, or whatever it was appeared above the surface, seemed to covered with a coarse, reddish-brown bristles. It wasn’t hair. They stood out rigidly from the body. It is strange that I should have gathered any impression of color in the light, but I did and, as will develop later, it is quite likely that I was correct in my impression. The trunk, or neck, was more or less erect. The head was turning slowly as though surveying the surface of the sea. The Thing did not rise and fall in the slight roll of the sea. Instead the waves broke against it. Give full consideration to what that statement means! I gathered the impression that the head was lowered. Certainly I saw nothing resembling a mouth. Others who have seen it say they saw a mouth. I didn’t. The great head continued its pivoting, seeming to make three-quarters of a circle. Then it saw us. The pivoting stopped. Those terrible eyes fixed themselves upon us coldly and without any expression noticeably through the lenses of the field glasses. For a few moments it regarded us fixedly, then, as though some great, hidden hand had seized it, it slowly sank. There was no visible movement of the great trunk, no commotion on the surface. Slowly, majestically, by comparison making the fluking of a whale seem a panicky, convulsive dive, it sank and disappeared beneath the surface. There was no swirl, no bubbles to mark where it had been, or where it sank. I don’t know how long it was up; perhaps a minute and a half, My boatman claims five or tem, but that is ridiculous.

Out boat being slow, by the time we turned towards it I doubt that we approached appreciable closer. So what I saw I saw from about a quarter of a mile away and through the lenses of field glasses. It is a little difficult to describe my emotions after the Thing sank. I had always loved the sea, particularly around and about San Clemente Island. With the appearance of the Thing, and its disappearance beneath the waters across which we were fishing, something of the friendliness went out of that sea and didn’t come back for a long time. I caught myself glancing furtively overside and with a strange prickling sensation up and down my spine. We went on fishing that day but neither of us was particularly happy. I know I felt a pronounced sense of relief when we dropped our hook in Mosquito that night and I stepped out upon the security of land. Well, there it is. You know as much about it as I do. I don’t think there is a shadow of a doubt but that, here in Southern California channels there exists an unknown species of great sea creatures. Ralph Bandini, Veiled Horizons, 1939.


------ March 30 th Friday- Light west with the chill of morning fog- marine haze seas have a light wind chop and swell with them-

Lot's of folks out with the Spring Breakers from all parts of the US- Guys and gals from Midwest and East colleges out paddle boarding and kayaking, unfamiliar with the strength of the full moon's bays tides has them floundering on the water--

WOW-- ( see below)

Reports or rumors of 40- 50lb Sea Bass moving into the outer islands, as well as those who've been spearing them off PV and another report of fish down La Jolla Way--

Cool water temps kept the beachfront on the cool side too- nice when the sun came through, Sweatshirts were nice in the morning and afternoonhours.

Looks like the Freelance out of Newport came in with racks of gunnysacks drying on their railing-- must have been good rock coding for them--

----------- Thursday's the 29th of March--- report -

Coastal marine/ light fog this morning-- wind out of the south 5- 7 kts- light wind chop-

Whale watchers see the northbounders and even a Humpback whale over the past few days--

Another nice afternoon- still a bit on the cool side with the light coastal overcast- but pleaseant-- waters warming every day now--

No word if they're selling live squid at Catalina-- couple of boats hailed out for squid but no reply-- That bright full moon dosent give them much time at it--

Received word that the San Pedro Bait Co will be putting in the Newport's Bait Receiver on April the 6th-- hopefully weather and bait conditions allow them to get some bait into the boxes in the next days. Mostly sardines along the coastline, water warms up a bit maybe they'll be some more chovies move in.


WOW tournament update. As a demonstration of gratitude and appreciation for our military servicemen and women who have sacrificed so dearly for our country, the Southern California sport fishing community is rallying to host a very special fishing event, Warriors on Water (WOW) August 16-19.

Conceptualized by Team Bad Company leader, Anthony Hsieh, this event is designed to: 1. Show appreciation to our nation’s greatest heroes – our servicemen and women. 2. Raise awareness of the challenges veterans face after their tours are complete. 3. Raise funds for organizations dedicated to supporting veterans. 4. No sponsors, only contributors. This will never be a commercial event for any company.

This event is an opportunity for the Southern California sport fishing community to give back to people that are true American heroes, people that have made the ultimate sacrifice to so that the rest of us can live free and achieve the American dream. To show your support of America’s veterans, participate in or donate to the event, please contact: Rod HalperinWarriors on Water Tournament Director

New WOW logo curtesy of Ali - BD outdoors. Contributors are piling in. So many boat owners are offering to participate. This such a good cause and it will be epic, we plan to take 25-30 American heroes. So far boats that are in. Plus the host boat with nightly parties are on the 144. 1. Badco 92 2. Badco75 3. Gambler (85 Nordland) 4. Playing Hookey (65 Michelson Nomad) 5. Pacific Pioneer (54 Bertram) 6. Chaser (54 Viking) 7. Bull Pen (50 Pacifica) 8. Wild In Sack (65 Hatteras) We plan on working with 2 Vet groups, Freedom Alliance and Freedom Fighters Outdoors (the Jimmy Buffett group). Contact Rod Halperin tournament director for information and to contribute/donate.


Go Dodgers and Angels--

------------------ Wed's Report March 28 almost a full Blue Moon --

A pale blue sky this morning- only a light marine haze to the westward-- wind light from the south/southwest couple of knts- seas calm but still mixed up a bit-


----------- Tuesdays the 27 th of March- my how the time fly's-- building tides exchanges as this full moon approaches. Bay waters still a bit cool-57 degrees and more and more bottom growth- algae and sea lettuce growth. and some tough reddish brown straggly weed in the deeper parts of the bay? Sea Temp- 57- 59 degrees , Possible Fog developing over the next few days

Fished the dock this morning, two casts, one nibble. Got out of the wind and fished a couple of the local hot spots in the bay yesterday, caught one of the biggest spotted bay bass I've ever caught- must have been 15 - 16 inches. Big head but thin in body proportional, released healthy.

Westerly came in as scheduled, knocking off what warm the morning hours had gained-

Be warned-- there's some bag guys around the harbor these days, ( Nights) robbing sportfishing boats- striping them of all their rods/ reels and tackle--- beware!

Bass fishing fair on the reefs and Art reefs above Newport-- blown out early--

--- closed Monday-- maybe fishing if this wind backs off-


-------------- Sundays-- March 25th -------

Clearing sky with a early westerly blowing-- white caps already--

The Balboa Angling club- held they Anual Meeting and Awards presentation

Angler of the Year-- Ryan Lawler


Some notable catches for 2017 Season were the Pacific Bluefin Tunas being caught by Club Members on IGFA Class Lines ,

Grant Garrett's 197 1/2 lb fish on 80 lb line and Ali Pflegers World Record catch of a 149.5 Bluefin on 50 Class line and her Dad, Tom with the remarkable feats of Two World Records on PBT of 129.10oz on 16 lb Class and his 130.2 fish on 16 lb Class line-- Sally Kurz took top honors in the First Marlin and First Woman's catch of the Season, Last Marlin of the Season went to Dustin Elm, (that's almost as hard as the First Fish of the Year) and Terry Kaser Released the most for the year. And a proud 6 year old Cole Taite took a pair of Junior World Records in the Small Fry category for Corbina's on 2 and 6 lb test lines , Way to go! The Awards for White Sea Bass went to Billy Seilers 72 lb and 60 lb fish Paul Hoofe's 69.11 on 30lb test line, Vick Sommers 54.11 lb fish on 12 lb and another remarkable catch was made of a 49.5lb White Sea Bass on 8 lb test line by Ryan Lawler,

One of Tom's World records--129.10 lbs Pacific Bluefin Tuna on 16 lb IGFA Class Line-- -

Windy-- Windy-- Windy-

Dropped the water temps a couple more degrees, San Pedro Bouy Water Temperature 57.0 °F





-------- Sat the 24- a Spring like day-- clouds still around- wind expected later today-- sky's blue and clean- seas still mixed up but no wind on it- yet- outer waters yes- and will increase. bay waters still on the green side, not much tidal movement.


North bounders in pairs and threes frolicking in the inshore waters off North Laguna these past few days-

sure lots of folks out today--- wandering around

Weather backed off towards the late afternoon hours, made for a nice sunset--

fishing still fair--

for Sportfishers headed uphill from Baja--- OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF MEXICO... A batch of northwest swell of 7 to 9 ft is spreading SE offshore of northern Baja, and is expected to spread SE across all the waters west of the Baja Peninsula by Sun evening, with a strong northwest breeze setting up along the Pacific coast of northern Baja on this evening. The pressure gradient will further tighten throughout Sun, with fresh to locally strong flow forecast across the entire area N of 21N, W of Baja on Mon and Tue, with seas to 12 ft building along 30N by late Mon

--------------------- Fridays report --------------------

-Broken cloud cover with clearing winds as this front passes to the east and that cold airmass comes down from up north--

The Fred Hall show down in Del Mar is open now through the weekend--

Sea of Cortez / Cabo to the East Cape- producing good fishing-- Sea of Cortez yesterday morning. Girls trip. 150 lb Marlin. Grouper, Red Snapper. Best. Rob, Bacco

Clearing westerly this afternoon--- wind chop with a west swell with it-- water has a greener and cooler look to it--


------------------ the Gully Washer Thursday March 22nd ------

From the looks of it, even Northern Baja will get some much needed rain, light sprinkles mid morning hours in Newport, seastate good, wind light south/southeast 5-7 kts, even a few whale watchers out-- chasing a south bounder


There are some WSB around, smaller fish 28- 32 inch stuff-










The Chicken Little's of Newport worried that the sea levels will rise 12 inches in 40 years from now-- have added a seawall 9 inches around Balboa Island. Why don't they wait 30 years to see if it's needed? Or they're worried about a Tsunami washing over the Balboa penisula and overfowing the island , well 9 inches won't do a whole lot of good at that point . Now every kid who likes to walk on top of the seawall will slip and fall even further-- so the City will likely have to ban walking on them-- great-- the Henny Penney's and Loosy Goosey's should be held responsible!

My soapbox for the day- JD




Project for the rainny day-- Work on some Bamboo rods, handles and restore older reels to match them--





-- March 21st 2018 - Report------

Newport's clear of the rain storm mid morning hours- wind south 2- 5 kts- seas calm light chop- one cast, a nice 11 inch spotted bay bass that came back a second time on the bait- nice strike!- no rain so far--

This weekend- the BAC's Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is on Sunday,March 25th at the beautiful Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, and we hope you can join us to congratulate our 2017 Award Recipients.

Call the Culb for further information-- ( 949) 673- 6316 or E mail to





A look at the ocean's water temps over the past 5 years durring this time frame of year-- it show a steady cooling with 50 - to 60 degree water pushing further and further southwards each year--

-------------------2015-------------------------- ------------- 2016 -------------










----------- 2017 ------------------- ------------------- 2018 ----------------------











Segments of the long range weather forecast for here in So Calif.

What's this mean in the fishing world ?-- I'd guess more towards a normal Spring with calm weather, maybe coastal and ocean fog as those days heat up , so will the ocean. Schools of baitfish will thrive under it's canopy.

30-DAY WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR MARCH 12, 2018, TO APRIL 12, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

Summary- Active development of storms occurs during March 15-22nd, followed by return of dry upper high pressure, and a turn to very warm conditions.

High pressure builds along and off the west coast during the 24-28th. Warm sea surface temperature anomalies persist off to W and SW of San Diego, but are smaller than in previous weeks over the past month. This may start to decrease the available moisture for fronts and storms approaching the coast from the W and NW during late Mar and early Apr. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) continues in the cool (La Niña) phase. This supports a return to dry conditions in California.

Summary – March 30 – April 13… In the southern California, a significant warmup is indicated for March 29-31 in southcentral-S California. However, nights will continue on the cold side, with occasional frosts in the coldest valleys during the first few days of Apr.

During Apr 5-12th, rains appear to return to N and central California (Sierras), but may produce showers in S California as well. In late April, this can mean hot days with highs approaching 90 in the coastal valleys and in S California foothills-valleys, and upper 90s in the deserts. . For Southern California, after the 12th of April, SOCAL appears to turn warmer and drier than normal. Warm and dry conditions in May continue onward through most of June When June is warmer than normal, extremely hot days, hottest of the whole year, are most likely to occur in the SOCAL deserts due to high solar angle and long days. ...Alan Fox, Fox Weather LLC...



----- March 20th Vernal Equinox today marks the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, The Sun will shine directly at the equator and the amount of the day and night throughout the world will be nearly equal! !-- the Winter of 2018 is past history- here comes Spring and Summer of 18', let hope some of those bigger Bluefin stuck around - --

Scattered clouds from the south building cover. wind light from the south 4- 6 kts, seas calm - Weather forecasters sometimes get it right most times they are over cautious!

Coastal fishing fair-- water 58 degrees and the sand or a few early morning calicos found on the local spots- Halibuts still around-- too-

Old Indian proverb-- was when the crescent moon that has been cradling the water, when she tips upright the rains will come! --


-------- Sundays March 18 ------Closed Mondays --------

Several boats out today-- wind still around, with a south/southeast wind this morning- maybe 9- 12 kts-- liveable-- light wind chop- coastal fishing- fair, some Sand Bass and bottom grabbers so far--

Reports of good halibut fishing here in the harbor--- - bodes well for the upcoming bay tournaments. A few spotties on the plastics, white and gray color worked well for the couple of guys who just walked out of the shop.

Couple guys back from fishing Catalina-- said they'd seen good sign of bait balls mid channel, water was only 58 degrees so they kept going-- Catalina was slow for them-- a few sheepheads off the backside-- water just at 60 degrees but not much going on for them-- better luck next time-

Coastal fishing, fair, ok on the halibuts and sand basses

------ Happy St Paddys Day- March 17 2018-------------

Clearing West wind leaving bright blue sky behind it-- fair to west wind-with chop and swell- 12- 17 kts probably increase towards mid day-

despite the light wind chop-- Whale watcher were seeing a fait number of north bounders this morning off Laguna--

Not many folks on the radio so far today-- sailors and such nots-- should be a great sunset-- Tomorrow's forecasted to be a much better day-- go fishin!

--------------- Friday the 16 of March-- 1/2 the month has gone away-

Broken sky 's with some big lofty clouds- wind light to fair from the south-- seas still a bit bumpy from yesterday's wind- Bay waters improving to a army green now lots of plankton life in it- and schools of 4- 5 inch smelts I think- might have been sardines-- a few birds working too. Spinner blades helped in that off color water--

If your up late this weekend you might take a walk on the sandy beaches --- the grunion will run again-- expected runs on the 17th Sat from 10:30 p.m. to12:30 a.m. then Sunday the 18 11:05 p.m. to 1:05 a.m. and on the 19 Monday 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and the 20 thMidnight - 2:00 a.m.

Couple of guys from Minnesota came in the shop today-- amazed at the depth of the water offshore and the size of the tunas from last season. They'd had been fishing for bass, muskies and northerns in reedy shallow waters and seeing the big poppers and size of trolling lures and method of kite fishing was giving them fishy ideas for their type of fishing. Wishing them good luck with their new tackle their minds were far ahead to this Spring's fishing.

Those three giant Penn reels are headed back to Indonesia , just East of Bali, beautiful spot with shear drop offs along green jungle islands and Ono and Maui-Maui plentiful ,


--------Blustery --15th day of March report---

Stiff westerly following that rain storm last night-- seas a mix of swell and sheep- 15- 18kts- 240 degrees ---

Only a few commercial boats out today-- sea burials and such-- a few sailors too-

Reel Work today-- finished up a pair of Sea Bass specials, one to catch the bait with the other to catch the fish with-- the little Torium 14 , cleaned, lube bearings and refurbish drag washers and some new line-- the Trinidad 16 another story--it's shifting arm, stiff, cause of problem--- collar on main shaft corroded, anti - reverse bearing shot and a spool bearings frozen- cleaned, lube and new kelp cutter braid line installed -- she's ready to go now!



More Work as a pair of 130 Penn Internationals come in, from Hawaii they've done their job-- they too need some extra service to them before going home!


------------------ March 14 2018 -- report -

Sea's looks dark blue, ruffled wind fair from the west/ southwest--- 8- 12 kts- seas fair building swell on the outside- one cast- 0-


OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF MEXICO.. Moderate northwesterly winds are across the region with 5 to 7 ft seas off the coast of Baja California and 3 to 5 ft in the Gulf of California. A front will move across Baja California Norte and the northern Gulf of California today before dissipating late today over the Sonoran Desert. Strong westerly gap winds are possible over northern Baja California into the Gulf of California tonight, then diminish as the front moves farther southward and weakens. Long period NW swell in excess of 8 ft will move into the waters off Baja California following the front. The swell will propagate to the waters of Baja California Sur by late Thu before decaying below 8 ft. Winds and seas will continue to diminish into Fri as high pressure builds over the region. Beyond 48 hours, southwest winds will increase and another round of NW swell ahead of another cold front moving west across the region. Strong westerly gap winds are again possible into the northern Gulf of California Fri night into Sat as the front moves through the region.

----------------- March 13 2018 - Tuesdays report -

Bay waters look unappealing - a bit brown and dark green due to the run off- made three cast two solid bites missed em.

Halibut and Sand or Calico Bass still the main table fare here on the coast--There are some bigger White Sea Bass around-- maybe PV? - divers getting them 50- 60 lbers

A long time friend and supporter to the boating community-- Joan Irvine / Irvine Travel has passed away. She assisted with private boaters in their needs of travel into the Mexico waters and foreign ports. Assisting with Mexican Sportfishing Permits, Temporary Import permits, air fares and lodgeing and a general perspective of what is need to enter into Mexico. She will be missed by many. May she rest in peace. JD

Westerly, light wind and rain afternoon hours--


-------------- Sundays new daylight savings time schedule-----March 11th - Closed Monday ---

Still overcast with a few drizzles but said to clear off later today---seas have a south wind on them 8- 10 kts- a bit bumpy- coastal waters hovering in the high 59/ to 60 degrees- outflow for the Santa Ana river and other outlets have a flow of dirty water to it- Still an good number of boats out-- for a boat ride-- rain likly mid next week through the next weekend-

See anything out of the normal at the FH show-- ?

Yesterdays rainny day also had a father and son drop by for some tackle and information about our winter / early spring fishery we have. New to the So Calif waters- ( they were from back East) with such a different type and geography to our coastline- Our water drop off relatively quickly so coastal fishing is generally within a mile, two or less from the shoreline with sand or calico bass a few halibuts or maybe a seabass or some bottom grabbers around. The offshore islands offer again only a short ares against their rocky shorelines or short sandy cove for the same fishes-- . Bide your time I told them. learn the inshore fishing , by June and July the migrating fish show up - then pay attentions to them.

Another customer of ours came in, I think he was maybe 12- 14 when I first worked with his father and him -- Now he's a grown man with kids in college and a thirst for sportfishing around the word- He was off to the Marshall Islands for some sport, surfing and fishing-- Fly rod challenges for the permits. Giant GT's and the deep water jigging for those tough Dog Toothed Tunas-- we set up with one of those incredibly light but powerful 6 ft Shimano Jigging rod rated at 65- 200 lb! Matched to one of their spinning reels loaded with 80 lb braid and a dozen Butterfly jigs rigged with 130 lb fluor carbon leader that should do the trick and for the GT's those Orca Poppers will work great. Photos to come-- JD

Turns out a beautiifil day airs cleaned, enjoy it -- more storm rain weather expected later this week- stand by-


--------------------- Sat's drizzle rainny day------ March 10th-- gray sky- gray ocean light southeast wind maybe 3-5 kts, light chop with it-- short period outside swell from the west brings a mixed seastate.

Most of the whales this time of year are north bounders, although every so often a crazy south bounder will go by, just outside the kelp line to that coastal shelf that runs 800-1000 feet deep is their likely travels.

A local Newport Harbor Bay Fishing Tournament on April the 7th , sponsored by the Balboa Yacht Club Anglers -it's open to members and non-members. Good family fun and youth participation is encouraged for trophies, food and prizes. For info contact Ali Johnson at 949- 422 9764 or E mail -


Rainy day-- Couple of customers came in-- not wanting to challenge the rainy roads and crowds to at the Fred Hall Show-- dropped by for a good chat about the inshore fishing - they were headed down to the Cape - plan to do some surf fishing on the Pacific side-- great fun- a word of warning to them as to the soft grainy sand and uphill slope of those beaches, crashing surf is nothing to not pay attention to-- to cast lures for jacks and Roosters, if there's any around this time of year. Leaving the lure in that draining water just in front of the building wave helped to highlight it as the approaching swell builds.


----- Friday's Report --------------March 9th ------

Mix of clouds and light wind from the south 10+ kts not many boats out but a few still headed to catalina to get the last few days in of the Lobster season-- coastal water clear bay water maybe 6-7 feet-- made three casts, two small bites-


Spent the past couple days working on those old relics of big game reels . Added to the 14/0 and that massive 16/0 which weighs itself at 17 lbs was a measly 12/0 Reel-- it too needed service badly.


Just wear ands tear, mainly handles twisted off their studs, pinion gears frozen with corrosion to the spools main shaft, Main gears frozen to Bridge studs, Drag washers frozen to main gears and all moving parts and bearings worn and needed lubrication .



Penn Senator 12/0, 14/0 and the massive 16/0 Reel, ( shown with a Penn 6/0 Reel)




------- Thursdays report -------March 8th-

Light south/southeast wind 2- 3 kts- seas calm- high overcast- light wind ripple on the water- made two cast-- second cast a solid thud, a pause then the stike into a solid fish-- stayed deep and made several runs-- and spent alot of effort shaking it's head-- released 24 inch halibut- good day to start the day-- my pencil sharper got sharp-!

Web site down- sorry- JD

---------------- Wed's Report --------

Sky mirrored the water, glossy and molten blues grays and white- wind, slight at 1 -2 kts south, seas calm, water temps San Pedro Buoy 59.2 , San Clemente Weather Buoy 61.2 ! Made three cast no bites- quit

Weather like this, A guy could-take advantage of the remaining winter time hours before Daylight savings begins and go out fishing in the morning hours- then go to the fishing show and see what you've been missing- !

Today's projects. to rebuild a couple old war horses-- an Penn Senator 14/0 and a Penn 16/0 reel - both worn to a frazzle in the South Pacific waters where heavy tunas and marlin were their adversaries and the elements forbid the daily rinse of freshwater, it just wasn't possible. Ahaa-- the stories these reel could tell.

Photo of Penn 14/0 and 16/0 next to Shimano Torium 30 what a big size difference- !


Have a good time at the show-- see somthing there but not willing to fight the crowds to purchase it-- give JD's a call we'll try to match it-- JD


------ Tuesday March 6 2018 ----------

Still holding at 57.7 degrees- the water off the coastline clear with a tint of green to it-- seas have calmed down- wind is light from the south skies are clear

One bass so far, Vick said-

Nice Day---

Right before the tide swung the Halibut bit, after spending most of the day in search of a White Sea bass- the current switched and Vick turned his skills to the halibuts-- solid hit in the 100 ft depth for a nice 20 minutes battle on a fish at didn't want to leave the mud, 35.17 lb fish w a mackerel and a pair of old Sealey octopus styled 5/0 hooks snell rigged.


The Fishing Show opens tomorow in Long Beach-

For anglers headed to the Gulf of California: Fresh NNW winds through the entire length of the Gulf overnight are slowly diminsihing this morning.the Gulf showed seas of 4-6 ft between 26N and 27N. Winds will gradually diminish today, especially across N portions, as a high center reorganizes across the offshore waters along 29N-30N. Moderate to locally fresh NNW winds are expected to the next few days, and diminishing further Thu through Fri.

----- Sunday the 4th of March--- We'll be closed on Monday- JD ---

Morning hours brought a little coolness to the air-- clear and cool- light south wind maybe 3-6 kts- light wind chop - with no cloud cover it gets cold at night--

The coastal water temps dropped to 57.8 degrees , fair fishing so far for the bottom fishing red's etc.

This coming Wed's the opening of the Fishing Show in Long Beach should be about a zillion folks there too- be nice if one of the manufactures would ever come up with a good travelable fishing rod, both spin and boat rods for saltwater use-there's a lot of destination travels these days ---- we'll see-


-------- Saturday the 3rd of March--------

Clouds with a light rain passing through mid morning-- west wind 10 kts- light wind and swell -- made two cast -- no bites

Dave P from Shimano was on the AM radio fish talk show this morning speaking of the merits of the stronger Saltwater Spinning reels and their matching powerful rods--

Their Stella SW, the top of the line has proven it 'self on those bigger Bluefin this past season-- the next in line price-wise and every bit as strong was the Twin Power 1400 capable of 55 lb of drag pressure . JD's has a nice combo for sale-- the Twin Power 1400 loaded w/ 50 lb Power Pro Slick marine blue braid line and a Shimano Orca 50- 100 lb rated spinning rod all for the price of $999.95. The Deal of the Week- JD --

Lazy Day-- couple guys headed to the Sea of Cortez-- sailing and wanted to drag a line for dorado , some bay fishers, radio quiet for anything offshore- another guy from the South Pacific said he'd bring in a 12/0 and 14/0 old Penn Senators Reels that they worn out and used - needed service, drags-- was told to come here-" that old school guy could fix em'"- I guess that's me-


----- Fridays the 2nd of March- 2018 ------

We we can forget the rain barrels, it didn't come- (A little bit-- got 17 Gals!)- clearing sky wind from the south strong at 15- 18 kts- seas a bit on the dark side blue with generally a downhill current against that south wind- choppy-

Rock Cod fishing is open - remember only two hook ganions allowed ! Take is prohibited seaward of the 60 fathom depth contour (360 feet)and 10 fish in combination per person


Strong Tides this weekend-- some big sand bass up off the flats above newport- the Pipe and other art reefs north of there.

A Dad came in the shop this morning-- spending some time with his 7 year boy, they've been trying to enjoy some pleasantries of nature while his young daughter is in the hospital, cancer. The father and son having sat off one of the docks here in the harbor trying to catch something-- it's Feb/ March cold and a strong running tide flowing against the blowing wind, fishing has been slow for them-

The Drop Shot method works well with me and I explained, here at noon that draining tide water was running out at 2.5 knts you'd have a hard time keeping any bait on the bottom except straight downhill or out with a 4- 6 oz sinker. You had to work with the tide-- make a series of fan casts by using that wind to help make a long cast upcurrent, let the drop-shot's lure sink to the bottom then work it back with the draining tide, bouncing along off the bottom with a one oz. sinker. That drop-Shot method works well, the sinker on the bottom and the hook tied upright on the line some 3-4 ft with the plastic bait being hooked there. any fish coming up from the bottom takes the bait and dives back down to the bottom thus hooking him or herself. Pretty good system-

Half hour later the father and boy come back in the shop, all happy showing me a photo of the 12- 14 inch halibut they'd caught-- released-- All's a little better now.

JD's carries Mexican Fishing Permits-- if you headed south


------------ Thursday's Report ---

We're into March before you know it-- -- would you believe it's Grunion Season already- yep tonight Grunion Runs MAR 1 Th 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. 2 Fr 10:00 p.m. - Midnight 3 Sa 10:35 p.m. - 12:35 a.m. 4 Su 11:15 p.m. - 1:15 a.m. Not that there's going to to be many folks out walking the beaches in the rain-- but it's forecasted-- The Spring Season is upon us.

As the Spring season comes around new fishy products emerge from the winter thoughts of fishermen -- Lure loops, a simple idea to help keep those dangling lures and hooks from snagging your clothes or damaging your rod's guides. Simple but effective product to make you fishing efforts better. A saltwater resistant cord with a small loop is tied onto the rod, right above the reel set to hold the hook in place.

Turns out to be a nice day-- wind switched to come out of the west- maybe 12 kts-- pushing a bump and a chop on it--

Some boaters and saliors out enjoying a bay cruise

Put your rain barrels out!- JD


--------- Wed's report --------------

Cold, though not as cold as it was-- more frost on the lawns and rooftops this morning, maybe a bit of ice on the docks this morning . A few lazy lingering clouds around-- otherwise blue sky-- wind 10 + building from the south as it gets sucked into this approaching low from the north-- seas a bit wind chop with it. Wind against a west swell- sloppy-

Should have quit after the first cast, one nice 10 inch spotted bay bass, two more cast and nothing-- but was encouraged to find scores of small 3-4 smelt swimming into that outgoing tide-- couple of seagulls with a pelican working across the bay from me- more sealife than I 've seen in a week or better-

Stayed a cold south wind all day-- only a few boats out-- not even the whalers talking--

Couple guys came in the shop -headed to the beaches south of Ixtapa, mainland Mexico for some shoreline casting to Roosters and Jacks-- sounds like fun in the sun!-- Waters in the 80s and gentle surf- good sport- Somme Fluoro Carbon leader material-- couple of shinny lures and some poppers-- that's all thats needed-

stay warm-

----------- Tuesdays the 27th of Feb 2018. --------

Broken cloud cover-- clearing sky, wind slight from the west/ southwest maybe 5-7 kts. Made 4 cast on small bite in that mornings draining tide. Increasing tides. w/ full moon on Thursday

Interesting- this afternoon a customer comes in-- asking a question if I knew of a book published in the late 30's- called the Enchanted Vagabonds-- of a couple named Lamb from Santa Ana area during the depression times- they built their own canoe/ kayaks/ sailing craft and took it all the way to Panama. His questions was in regards to a certain vessel that was seen in Cabo San Lucas when the Lambs were there in 1934/ 35 . The Lambs published journey makes for good reading , being blown offshore hundreds of miles with nothing but a little compass to guide them or making landfall through crashing surf breakers and distilled saltwater or fighting off coyotes, alligators and jaguars. Of fighting off hoards of mosquitoes in the Central Americas jungles, of hidden gold mines and buried treasure. Good read for a cold winter's day-

Turns out to be a nice day--

A few boaters out- some rowers and kayakers, electric boats buzzing around-- nice afternoon--- not a soul on the radio- better luck tomorrow-

Airs nice and clean--good sunset - tides building strong these days --


----- Sunday the 25th of February my how time fly's-- -- Closed on Mondays ---

Clear and crisp- wind fair out of the west 8- 10 kts- light chop-

A call comes in-- Hey JD-- What's the laws on White Sea Bass how big to they have to be, to keep them-- 28 inches is the minimum length, not the weight?- nope just the length-- OK thanks-- -- so these some sea bass to be caught

Up to a seaming 56 degrees so far now that sun gets on it-- it was 55 earlier-- a few lizard fish bites, a shark-- that's it so far--


Forecast for this coming week has the Jet Stream headed south on Monday-- Santa's Ana's on Wed and by Friday another band of cold weather headed for Central Cailf, we'll get the tail of it --


The difference from two days ago ( see below) and yesterdays water temp image-- that cold water crept further down the beach--

Coastal water stayed a consistent 56 degrees up from Dana to newport--- a few bass

Inside Long Beach the bass fishing was decent-- crank baits scored on mix sand and calicos, a 6 lb calico took high honors weight catch of the bass tournament


------ Sat's report ----

Wind and seas calm, wind maybe 3- 6 kts west- Catalina islands lay off in a light offshore brown hazy- sky light blue, clear- seas med blue, flat- Looks like a nice day to take a few folks out for a boat ride-- warming in the sunlight. Not a whole lot of whales reported in the past few days-- weather related- but there are both southern and nothern Grays around-- and the dolphins too-

Water's have cleared with the cold nights-- sea temps dipping below 60 degrees, subject to quick water temps dropping the fish will be a little slower in their aggressive behavior on taking baits or lures. Made two cast off the dock tide draining out. 57 degrees, no bites, quit.

A check through the last years photos Feb 20th 2017 shows with all the rain runoff last winter and the algee bloom it created , this year not nearly as bad--

Weather stayed good for the day-- light west in the afternoon and seas gained a little warmth in the days sun. wind ans seas looks to be picking up next Monday and Tuesday-

With that cool water upwelling below Point Ferfin an a downill current pushing it southwards towards the Huntington flats-- you'd think there would be some squid showing up there. -

Water temps from 55 to 65 degrees--->


----- Friday's Report------- Feb 23rd--- --------

Boy she sure switched around. 90 degrees+-- mid morning from the northeast to a west with gust over 20-22 kts-- morning brisk winds and clear skies. Seas short period 9 sec 3 to 4 ft chop on that-- Small Craft--

This time of year- like the fish, the fishermen take a rest but work still goes on-- time to work on a couple of older reels that needed tune up and cleaning--

Works of art and function


While working on reels you pay attention the small things that get overlooked that can cause problems down the line, like most moving parts preventive maintenance helps--

Corrosion under the handle. Corrosion on the clutch roller bearing and general lubrication-




--- Winter time takes it's toil-- Sad Note again , this morning I heard word that founder and builder of Skipjack Boats, Jack Cole passed way--90 years young , no word on services yet-- He was referred to as a no nonsense type guy-- like his boats they carry the highest degree of prestige - I will let you know of services as as I know- JD -



Strengthening high pressure will increase the winds to fresh to strong this afternoon, with seas building to 7-10 ft in fresh NW swell. The conditions will gradually spread southward offshore of the Baja California peninsula through Sat morning, diminishing thereafter. The associated seas should subside to less than 8 ft by early Mon, with another round of fresh to strong NW winds, accompanied by large NW swell, arriving at 30N120W early Tue with the next cold front.

-----Thursday--- Feb 22 2018-----

Broken cloud cover-- spots of rain showers and a light west/ southwest wind maybe 7-10 kts- seas fair with a bit of chop and short period lump to it-.

It's cold--

A weakening cold front is pushing across the northern Gulf of California and Baja California Norte. Only light to moderate winds are following the front, however, a new cold front or trough will also move into the area by Fri evening. Northerly winds behind that next front will increase to fresh to strong by Fri evening and will spread southward across the Gulf W of 110W throughearly Sat, with fresh to occasionally strong winds then persisting across the central and southern Gulf through early next week. Seas will also build to 5-7 ft during the stronger winds.

A check around the local weather buoys and their water temps-- San Pedro 60.3/4, Santa Barbara Island 59.7, the Tanner Buoy at 59.0 degrees and the San Clemente weather buoy was holding at 61.3 degrees / air was 55degrees-

- Today's So Calif water chart reveals a finger of that 61/ 62 degree water still lingering off northern Baja, outside Colnett 63 . Up here there's some coastal upwelling of cooler water with an overall general 60 degree mark.

Should be a OK sunset


--------- Wed's report -------------

Chilly and crisp morning staying cold for most of the day-- a few lofty clouds around--- wind still out of the south 7- 9 kts light wind chop on the water-- Looking forward there's a serries of cold fronts headed out way for the next week-

Sea of Cortez--- Gentle to moderate winds and 1 to 3 ft seas will prevail in the Gulf of California through Thu. A cold front will reach northern Baja Thu evening. Fresh westerly winds are likely to develop ahead of the front over the Gulf of California N of 29N Thu night and Fri morning, then subside Fri as the front moves S and weakens. High pressure building NW of the region will then bring fresh to strong NW winds to the Gulf of California this weekend, with seas building to about 5-7 ft.

While rummaging around in some old boxes the other day-- ran across a bunch of photos-- Like we all have several boxes of photos taken while fishing that we hardly ever look at--

A dip into a handful of photos reveals a trip to the Cape around 1980 joining George K and friends on his Compadra and out to San Benedicto and Socorro Islands for some wahoo and tuna fishing. Good fun trip, boat ran well, weather was fine and the fishing great, we ran out of freezer space real quick and had to release the wahoos and tunas after the second day-

- One of the highlights for me was to take the inflatable over to the volcanic island San Benedicto itself. Anchored up in a nice little cove after a morning's wahoo fishing, blew up the inflatable and rowed over to the beach. The cone shaped island ( still active) is composed of black lava flows and caulky white Pumice stone sculptured by wind and rain, the porous pumice was soft and crumbly you could break off foot wide pieces of it in your hands. It's counter, the hard black lava was laced with sharpened glass chard's of black obsidian cutting sandals and hands to pieces quickly. I made several cast off one the lave flows that extended out off the beach with a shinny plug, missed a small wahoo bite and caught sparkly blue trevelly .

We got back into the little inflatable navigating the shore break and made our way back towards the ship-- where the rest of the crew was having lunch- a paper plate innocently blew overboard landing in the water right in our path to the boat, up comes this hungry Big 8 -9 ft Galapagos shark trying to eat that paper plate-- he gets frustrated each time trying to take a bite at it as it floats away, it's 10 feet in front of us and comes over to our inflatable trying to nibble the back of it-- Rubber boats don't row all that fast with three guys in it-- with all the yelling, oar slapping and arm jesters we finally get to the boat-- a fun trip-



August 1st, 1952 on a beautiful sunny and calm day when the crew of the tuna clipper M/V Challenger noticed a vertical plume of steam on the tiny island of San Benedicto. The steam rapidly turned into a towering cloud of heavy smoke and ash with explosions hurtling bombs into the air. Daylight turned to darkness. The air became thick with pumice. San Benedicto had erupted and continued to erupt for the next 10 months as a volcanic peak emerged from the sea with magma breaking through a notch on the southeastern side of the lava dome and flowing into the sea forming a spectacular semi-circular lava delta


-----------Tuesday the 29th of Feb.. ------- Cold and Crisp morning hours air temp 37 degrees water temps dropped to 53 in the harbor and 58 along the coast warming sunlight will help-- seas still a bit on the left-over lump side-- light wind chop from the south

We'll how's you do-- got a 7ft smoothound shark-- that was fun-- thought it was the right kind for a while-- good fight-- that's it so far--

Weather stayed clear and crips for the day-- wind backed off towards sunset-- A few halibut bites with that light wind drift this afternoon- shallower water today--the bait was in that 80 85 ft depth-


---------- Sunday Feb 18 2018 ------Closed Monday ----

Light cloud cover- 30 % slight wind from the southwest 2- 5 kts-- seas fair with a small bump- Whale watching yesterday better than in the previous two weeks- Another nice day--

Gulf of California: Strong to near gale force SW-W winds, with seas to near 8 ft, will develop across the waters from 29.5N to 31.5N on Sun evening in association with a cold front. Strong to near gale northerly winds are also forecast NW of the front on Mon and Mon night, with seas building to 10 ft in the longer fetch waters. Conditions will quickly improve on Tue.

A look at last year about this same time--- The domenent news stories of the day were---

From Sat's Report Last Year--- 2/25/17 -------------

Seas calmed down- light south wind at 1- maybe 2-3 kts- water temps San Pedro Buoy- 58.6 degrees- ranges from the Tanner Bank at 59 to Santa Monica and Mission Bay 58.6 degrees-- Snow level 5,000 to 5,500 ft

Hey JD -- it's been wide open here for us today , we must have released 80 bass so far --- hitting the plastics--- --- good current running-- that's great-- what color plastic--- red flake on a 1 oz head-- sweet-- thanks for the report, how's that swell out there ---- 3 ft and a long ways apart-- thanks again-- good luck!10:58am

Great White Shark-- closing the Huntington Beach beaches--- 12 ft'er seen---

Yikes! -- no place to be in a rubber dingy!

A Differernt year- this year---

Stayed southwest for most of the day--- 4 or 5 knts plus picked up later in the day-- and cooled off, lots of folks out enjoying the day--


Bass fishing for most of the day-- or mackerals and perch were the highlights that I know of-- - heck its the middle of winter-- the fish have got to slow down sometime, dont worry- they'll get activce this Spring and Summer stand by-- JD


-Feb. 17 2018- the days are perceivable longer now-light high overcast from the south- wind slight at 2- maybe 4 kts- south seas calm.

Still a good tide flow this weekend, Live squid was being sold at Catalina-- Ch 11 VHF

Sounds like there's plenty of Whales around today-- several pairs of two's heading south even north bounders seen off Laguna-- nice day to take the relatives or friends out for a boat ride -- Like old Fathfull there's spouts everywhere-- South Laguna " we're tripping over them out here!"


A fresh to strong NW breeze will spread SE across the W of the Baja Norte on Mon accompanied by NW swell building seas to 8 to 13 ft. The pressure gradient will relax on Tue.

Another nice day--- and sunset-- I don't think it ever got over 4 knts today--


------ Feb 16th --------- and another beautiful day, no wind calm seas a few scattrered high clouds-- bright and blue sky. light Santa Ana's this afternoon--

Made 5 casts, two good strikes on that first cast nothing after that--

Couple boaters headed to Catalina today to enjoy the three day weekend.

This Weekend--- 9th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, and Travel Show at the OC Fair and Event Center February 16,17,18. The 2018 Season will kick off with the 9th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, and Travel Show at the OC Fair and Event Center February 16,17,18

Good show with lots of manufactures there-- Penn Shimano Daiwa and others on display, carved fish sculptors and fine fish arts. New fishing lures and even old ones for sale, the BAC and SWBA fishing organizations there. Charter boats and landings, Bait systems and marine fabricators, bamboo gaffs and nifty clothing booths. Quite a few tackle shops with their wares dangling sale price tags. a good show Food and beverage there and a lots of indoor boats displayed.

------------------------ Feb 15 th 2018 -----------

Beautiful blue sky and looking seaward beautiful sea today too- -- a little on the cool side refreshing-- wind fair from the west at 6-8 kts-- seas are calm- small wind chop- there is a Volcano Ashfall Advisory: The Fuego Volcano over S Guatemala near at 14.5N 90.9W continues erupting. A plume of volcanic ash may reach to the surface through this evening N of 14N and E of 94W. Low level visibilities may be reduced to 1 nm. Mariners should exercise caution

Anglers heading far south ( Costa Rica/ Panama) keep an eye out for weather--the Gulf of Panama, fresh to near gale force northerly winds are peaking with seas up to 11 ft will still persist before diminishing Fri afternoon.

Sea of Cortez-- Looking ahead, a cold front will approach southern California and Baja California Norte by Sun night. SW flow ahead of the front will increase to 20-30 kt over the far northern Gulf Mon and Mon night. Fresh NW swell of 6-8 ft will also propagate into the open Pacific waters of Baja California Norte.


------ Happy Valentine's Day Feb 14 2018 -------

Broken cloudcover-- light south wind 2- 5 kts seas calm--

Made three cast -- outgoing tide- one little nibble-- that's it- quit, water looking better although more trash and weeds in it today

Whale watchers seeing scattered dolphins in 40- 80 fathoms off Aliso Creek, a pair of grays heading south in 18 fathoms off Abalone point 11am-

Not many boaters out today--

Nice sunset- longer days are extending the sunsets-

---------------- Tuesdays the 13 of Feb --------

Fair clear blue sky this morning--- wind slight 2-5-6 out of the south light wind chop on a calm seastate.

Tides beginning to flow stronger again-- Coastal ocean currents-- downhill from Point Fermin to Dana-- uphill from SD to Dana.

A follow up on that OTCO Trolling reel 6/0 in size made by the Ohio Tool Company, further digging into the catacombs revels a Ashaway Slip Cast reel manufactured by the Ohio Tool Company (OTCO) for the Ashaway Line & Twine Company. The reel was actually designed in 1946 by famed French hotel magnet Charles Ritz (with his friend the prolific reel inventor Paul Mauborgne), who took the prototype to his friend and Ashaway president Julian T. Crandall. Ashaway--which had only made fishing lines up until then--contracted with OTCO of Cleveland to manufacture it and the reel was introduced in early 1948. The most interesting thing about this reel is that it mounts on top of the rod instead of underneath like most spinning reels. It's actually more like an open-face spincast reel than a traditional spinner.

The reel mounted up-right has a push lever ( downwards) which's lifts a bar thus stalling the back winding of the spool ( it hits the bail-stop) and the drag plate and screw's tension top takes over on the line's release--




------------ Closed on Monday------fished the bay for a while -- one small halibut and a small bass- water 63.3-9 degrees fair green in color-- not much metered baitfish ------------

--------- Sunday the 11------hazy cloudy sky- air cooler, Light southwest/ west swung to the west by 10 an-- good halibut drifting weather--- we just got a 15'lber- he says--- only after a short 1/2 hr drift, if that-- finding a shelf or depth the fish were laying at-- there had been some bait metered in the depth they were at--

While rummaging around in the catacombs of the backroom the other day-- refurbishing a bunch of old wooden butts to refit into new split cane bamboo blanks-- I came across and old reel, I knew I'd seen that reel somewhere before on a collectors publication -- turns out it's a OTCO Trolling reel 6/0 in size made by the Ohio Tool Company one of the last great handmade big game reels, and were extremely well made. Featuring an adjustable drag lever, pre set break control and a innovate drag design with and internal cone break. Aged between 1948 and 1950 production.



Still in good shape some wear on the frame where it wore on a rod holder and a few battle scares - I wonder what stories it could tell- initials LRL stamped in the crossbar

A lot of folks out today--- boating, land walking biking etc

Couple more halibuts hooked, "We dumped a good one"-- some smoothhound sharks and other bottom dwellers. Weather stayed fair for most of the day-- wind swung to the southwest again .

----------------------- Sat the 10 of Feb ----------

Moprning cvoastal cloud cover-- lind light to fair from the south/southeast-- 5- 9 kts- light wind chop on a mix seastate. Not quite Febueary weather yet-- but it least there's a chance or rain in the forecast

New to Newport Beach's harbor's bay fishing a father and 9 year ( he say's almost 10) old boy comes in the shop this morning-- they'd like to start fishing. Like so many new anglers to Southern California waters for inshore or offshore you start with the basics. What there's available to catch, where your going and what's the weather or tides influence will be and then how to catch the fish, baits or lures. The What, Where's and How's I like to keep it simple, lord knows there's too many variables in the game of fishing-- Keep it Simple- basic instructions on the reels and rods use and their functions, a cast or two off the beach out front assures confidence in their use-- I tell the kids, it's like a baseball pitcher throwing 100 MPH, it doesn't good any good if it hits everyone in the stands-- it's accuracy that counts- so start off slow and work with accuracy , build from there . A few knots shown and swivels, hooks, sinkers and lures explained. what baits and lures commonly used and why. Within a 1/2 hour maybe 45 minutes father and son were set for a good days outing-- something they'll have for years to come-- glad to help- JD

If your new to the fishy world here in So Calif-- both inshore or offshore, stop by the shop or call, I'll be glad to give my perspective on the tackle use and how our fishing seasons change throughout the year-- glad to help- JD

wind stayed from the south for most of the day--- maybe 5- 8 kts-- overcast too-


Friday the 9th of Feb-- a change in the weather--- morining south wind brought in the low clouds and a cool fog. wind 8- 10- 12 kts has a chop on the surface-- otherwise fair seas-

Tides are fair- coastal currents genneraly downhill,

Still the whale watchers out-- not many whales around--

FYI--Pacific Bluefin Tuna catches for 2017 and so far in 2018---.

2017 Commercial Landings: As of today records indicate that 485.17mt of PBF has been landed in CA for 2017. This represents 114% of the annual catch limit of 425 mt for 2017, and NMFS has closed the fishery for that year.

Recreational Landings: , CPFV logbook records indicate a total of 13,029 PBF have been caught and kept in US and Mexico in 2017. Monthly dock totals estimate that 17,811 PBF were caught in 2017.

2018 Commercial Landings: As of today, records indicate that 0.92mt of PBF has been landed in CA for 2018. This represents less than 1% of the annual catch limit of 114.38 mt for 2018.

Recreational Landings: As of today, CPFV logbook records indicate a total of 214 PBF have been caught and kept in US and Mexico in 2018. Monthly dock totals estimate that 475 PBF have been caught in 2018.

Please remember these tables reflect preliminary fishery information; all information is subject to change.

------------------- Thursdays report ----------

Repeat of yesterday except no morning fog-- just some marine haze lingering- blue above, - wind 2 kts south- seas calm-- hasn't changed much since last October-- and doesn't look like much rain in the near future-- maybe 1/4-1/2 inch next week-maybe-

Bay waters seeing a growth of marine algae in it due to the clearing waters and warm sunshine, stand by it'll grow, and not much in the way of birds working schools of top smelt or bay smelt in the harbor these days-- -

JD' you on this side-- ch 65 vhf--- yea what's up--- wanted to give you a report of something your don't see very often in Feburary-- back side of Catalina we saw several turtles and a 14 inch Sea Snake-- -yikes-- did it have bands of color on it?-- yep--- wow--- how was fishing --- we caught all the short Calicos you'd want-- no halibuts---- nope-- thanks Jammin!

08 February 2018 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: A transition from La Niña to ENSO-neutral is most likely during the Northern Hemisphere spring (~55% chance of ENSO-neutral during the March-May season). During January 2018, La Niña was evident in the pattern of below-average sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. While negative anomalies were maintained near the surface, the sub-surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean returned to near average during the last month . This was due to the eastward propagation of above-average temperatures in association with a downwelling equatorial oceanic Kelvin wave, which undercut the below-average temperatures near the surface . . Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remained consistent with La Niña. Most models in the IRI/CPC plume predict La Niña will decay and return to ENSO-Neutral during the Northern Hemisphere spring 2018 . The forecast consensus also favors a transition during the spring with a continuation of ENSO-neutral conditions thereafter.



----- Wed the 7th of Feb 2018 --------

Once that fog went away-- blue sky above- still milky white to the west/and south, wind following the fog at a 3- 6 kts west- /northwest- light chop

Wintertime fishing--- or just keeping in touch with the sea-- it's therapeutic. - whether a short walk on the beach tossing grubs, a walk out on one of the piers to see if the salt air fills that need, a half-day trip with a friend to sample some sculpin and sunlight or the longer day at Catalina, Clemente or a trip out of San Diego in search of yellowtails and bluefinned tunas- it's all therapeutic.

E-Mail from Foxi Lady - Pete W. fishing out of Pinas Bay ( Tropic Star) We went down to Pinas Bay Panama in mid December on a 3 month visit to Panama. Fishing at Pina is really dependent on water conditions. The current runs from south to north at about 2+ knots and the wind comes out of the north. So when those two conditions come to pass it can get a little sporty. We’ve been pretty lucky getting on the scoreboard each trip with either blue or black marlin couple sails and dorado. We have had a couple of 2/3 days on both blue and black. Largest a solid 550 black A number of fish at 400+. One of our weeks the water was way off and that really shut the down on the bank 2/3 on blue in the edge was it that week. On the way back to Panama City we saw the water go from blue/green 79% to green/brown 69%. In any event you gotta love pina. Even old guys can get job done! Pete

The fog horn starts to bellow out it's monrfull sound-- at noon--- whooooo whoooo-

E-Mail from Bacco-- in Baja Dennis and Patty. San Jose del Cabo. Dorad and Yellowfins the catch-- a few marlins arund too--







A look at the previous three years for the first week of February 2016, 2017 and 2018 see below judging from the pleasantly warm winter months we've had so far this year--it looks to be a early Springs that's right around the corner -- We should be getting the El Nino report over the next day or so-- Stand by-- If the 50 degree water mark was basically off the Calif border/ Oregon in 2016, in 2017 that cooler body of water came as far south as San Francisco, this year so far, that cool 50 degree water mark remains north off the Cal/ Ore border and the 65 degree water mark go as high as the 35 latitude line Springs around the cornor--




----------- Tuesdays Feb 6 2018 -------

----- Nice weather-- a light marine haze/ fog to seaward , wind maybe 2- 3 kts south , seas calm, not much going on on the water these days- tides starting to flatten out, water at least looks much cleaner and there's some life to it-- cold at 60/61 degrees

Calicos and and Sandys around when there's much of a current moving-

And halibuts in the deep water 120- 135- 140ft- small 8- 10inch mackereral are good baits

Vick puts up a 41lb halibut, a new BAC club record on 16 lb test line A left eyed fish!


And another nice day here in February





Closed Monday the 5th------ Feb 4th --------- even better than yesterday-- a regular summer type day-Blue sky- calm seas--

I'm spoiled-- my 14 ft skiff dosent match up to the comforts of the big boat- more of Costa Rica-- see below- JD -

Super Bowl Special accepted up to the kickoff -so far about 97% N/E-JD


---- Feb 3rd 2018----- another Groundhog Day- repeat from yesterday-- but nicer--With the nice weather folks were getting out today and watch the game tomorrow- some to Clemente which was "off limit" till noon today-- weather super--

More Costa Rica Below--

---- Feb - 2nd ------Nice weather- again-coastal haze and light fog- - made one short cast -- customers in the shop had to cut it short-- sold a hat!

More on Costa Rica's trip later today-- JD See below-


---- Feb - 1st ------Nice weather- again--

This last weeks quick trip to Costa Rica was complements of the owner of the Bad Company, Anthony Hsieh, he had invited several Vets for a weekend's of fishing, two were able to make it but one could not--I was thankful to fill in his spot--

Like Radar in MASH----- he could hear it coming before the rest of us even realized it was coming --whop- whop-- whop - whop, the helicopter to take us back to San Jose airport and the return flight home-- Mike had said earlier-- he wasn't sure about the helicopter ride-- last time he was in one it was while being evacuated due to being an victim of a IED, a planted explosive. Pissed off because he couldn't get revenge back for those who had been wounded or killed, his comrades. Mike had been in the infantry and awarded for his bravery, returned home like so many of our Vets facing the problems here. Anthony Hsieh expressed his gratitude to Mike and Ethan, another brother Vet at the dinner table one night-- saying that if it hadn't been for them and others he wouldn't be able to host then and give back some hope and directions in life-- Mike and Ethan expressed their thanks for the invite and it went from there-- Over dinner and a few after diner drinks it was formed WOW.

Anthony Hsieh January 28 at 7:53am · Ok this year lets do something great for our war heroes. 1st annual WOW tournament. Warriors on Water. Tentatively scheduled for August 25-28 with 2 days of fishing out of San Clemente Island, California. The 144 will be the mothership and provide nightly dinners and tournament award ceremony. We will have 3 other boats from the Bad Company fleet. 92 Jones Goddel, 75 Delta, and 50 Pacifica. Most likely looking for 3 more yachts from fellow yacht owners to participate. This is all tentative but wanted to alert all and will provide more details later. Terry Stewart will be sponsorship director, Rod Halperin will be tournament director, John Ellis will be media director, and Steve Lassley fishing director. We hope to bring as many as 30 war heroes on this epic trip with the help from freedom alliance. And maybe we can get the navy from the island to celebrate with us. Fishing community. Let’s do this! God bless America and our troops. No taking a knee around here.

We arrived late Thursday night, at Los Sueños marina, the big hard bottomed tender meet us at the dock and ferried us over to the big boat, a luxury 144 ft ship- they called it the biggest sportfisher made--met with ice cold towels by crew members, Staterooms were assigned and a game plan made for the following morning. 6 am the smaller 60 ft Viking would pick up Anthony and his friend John E. for the Black Marlin fishing , I joined them for a ride and education of big Black Marlin fishing . the coastal shelf extends offshore 12- 20 miles from land, cut by a few canyons and stones/ rocks structures, Skipjacks, small yellowfin , Wahoo and jacks and red snappers inhabit the area. . Catch a few skippies, slow troll them and maybe smaller a 6- 8lb yellowfin on the downrigger down 75 feet water temps, 85 degrees. bottom 150 200 ft.


Black marlin fishing , like Steve said was like watching paint dry-- he had done well the day before we got there, raising's a 600 and 700 lb beast behind the boat in a hours time right after the afternoons tide began to ebb. Our First day on the water - the Vets having slept in on the big boat after being up half the night telling stories. They ran to the outside shelf with Joe Mike and crew in charge, while I joined Anthony, John and Steve and crew for the day --- from stone to stone and small structure Steve positioned the baits, a constant calling out of approaching spots of tunas and baits schools. Blue spotted silver megabaits lures dropped and worked back help suplement the tuna tubes, the Silver/Bk 100 gr flatfall kept up, but the braided dangling hooks needed to be relaced as they were bitten off quicky, longer shanked Aki 5/0- 7/0 worked better . There was a couple of ocean free divers hanging on the spots, the strong tidal and ocean currents kept them tight to their boats and a few local snapper fishers guarding their favorite spots. We gave it a try, couple of times the baits were dancing around ,a snapper mauled a downrigger skipjack and the older baits were switched out for fresh caught ones-- but no Marlin strikes for us that day, we did manage a smaller wahoo and several yellowfins.

The Big Boat out fished us- Catching a Sailfish early by 8 am, Ethan one of the Vets aboard sticks his head in to Mike's stateroom Get Up!!! I just caught a fish ---a sailfish!! --as he'd just wandered out to the aftdeck and the mate says "Here take this"--good way to start the day ! Mike gets up-- and catches one shortly himself, they have a blue marlin bite and I think two more sails, one apiece! .



The afternoon hours brought both boats back to shore. Fresh ice cold face towels and "Can I get you anything" again greated us aboard as we anchored up outside the Marina,


made some bait that evening sardines and small jreen jacks-- an afternoons relaxing talk around the aftdeck's round table and refreshned with cool drinks and chips. Tasty steak and veges for dinner and sugary treats topped it off for me while the Vets enjoyed their after diner jack and coke-











More -

Clack--clack- clack-clack -the sounders clacking became louder and faster with it's rhythmic noise coming and going--- Steve says get ready they're right in front of us-- a school of skipjacks -- dropping back the mega baits and that Flatfall we pick up two more and into the tubes they go-

Day Two ( Sat) the weekend's crowd shows up on the scattered high spots-- snapper fishing or whatever-- the shifting currents and tidal swing finds waters clarity changing from bright blue to light green, small schools of skippys popping up here- there-- Up on the Bridge with Steve, his eyes attuned to the baits and their movements, ears record the sounders clattering- Suddenly He turns and looks down at the sonar's screen it's sweeping hand reveals a darkened solid red spot--- there's one--- a big Black Marlin!-- - just to the outside of the small stones we'd passed by-- the boats swings in a turn bringing the baits into it's path and we wait--- and wait- nope- not hungry- but we were close. Several other potential chances for the day but alas the afternoon hours wain away and back to the coastline we go- The big boat is there to meet us in a sheltered cove, it's three seakeeper's aboard kept their secrets while other boats rolled, we lay solid like a rock. Some of the local tourist catamaran Sunset Cruses boats were there too, packed to the gills waiting to catch a glimpse of the green flash-- it never came- A few more baits into the tank and talk of the Vet's world emerges over the dinner and after dinner talks.

Day 3, Sunday-- Anthony and John were aboard the smaller boat headed back out in search of the Blacks, John really is a wiz with photography and the drones, buzzing around like a bee's he's got it up top- sidewise, from behind and all over the place the drone keeping up with the boat trolling, filming , hopefully of the strike and a fight of a big Black Marlin off the Bad Company.

The big boat-

The big boat moved several miles southwards along a stretch of palm shore-lined beach with big driftwood logs tossed up on a white beach, strong brown clouded rip lines exit from the surf zone, a few Pelicans and terns working their outer blooms of turbulent water. - The Engineer of the 144fter , Paul and Australia pilots the tender along the coastal outcropping and surging surf while I was tossing a popper and splasher in amoungths little pockets of likely looking water-- a small underwater reef coming out from a headland held several jacks and we played with them for a while. The Big boat anchored up off the beach was something to look at-- she's big and slick-- Capt Joe Mike while maneuvering around for safe anchorage spotted a small rock pile some 100 yards off his post side-- suggested we try it as we came down the line to meet them-- a sardine out and the first pass around it brought the strike-- a nice 12- 15 lb Rooster brought up and released.. how sweet it is





At anchorage, over goes the Jet Ski and the Vet's moved in on that



-- First Ethan, a little hesitant but thoroughly enjoying the ride-- back to the ship and Mikes climbs aboard-- he's spent his early days riding motorcycles-- he was on it like a cowboy on a bronco, zoom he's off and looking for the waves and swell to jump- finding air and I think a great relief in body and mind- A broad smile and a race to the outer range along the beach jumping swells-- free and happy--- Meanwhile at anchorage- Joe Mike tosses over a sardine and he too gets a Roosterfish ! Mike returns and Ethan on it again this time he too sheds some of his armor and flys away around the boat .

Lunch is served, I found my Corona beach, relaxed and content, the boys watch a little football and took naps

. Returning back to the marina at Quepos in the hard bottom tender Paul and I find a Sierra in-tangled in the Rapala's forward hook. We rejoin the big boat in the marina and wait for the news from Anthony and boys-- they had a nice bite on a good sized fish but it didn't stick- More fresh ice cold towels-- Sweet .

We relax in the shade of the overhead while the hot tub's plugged in and filling ( above us) . Stories go around of these Vets and some of the crap they've gone through , I was speechless I was not in the service and could only guess at their perspective of their world. That evening over dinner, I don't know if Antony had this already in mind or not but it came out to help others, other vets to the freedom of the ocean and the bounty it can give-- A gathering of boats this coming summer, maybe Pyrimd Cove or Cat Harbor-- each boat to house a few Vets as reasonably as possible, have them aboard his big boat for a kick off and rewards gathering. The formulation of a fishing event-- speculations rose to the account of who could help sponsor it, even why not ask the Navy to make a Fly Over-- all was possible, WOW was formed


Day 4 Monday-- Still wanting to get a good photo shooting of Anthony catching a Black Marlin-- and drone footage of both boats racing along togeather the mornings game plan was set. Both boats got out early, one paralelling the other and the drone up to take footage- after one or two mishapes with the drone visiting the water, the footage was made. The big 144 pacing the lead at 26/27 knts ( I think she was burning something like 166 gal GPH/ 2046 RPM)

By then we were out 10 miles, might as well go fishing--- the smaller boat headed out in seach of the Black, we stayed aboard the 144 and worked another shelf, a coulpe of tern working , a salifish or two umping around , and turtles abound-- water was blue and warm- looks good, the ballyhoos were set out short and long riggers- the breath of the boats and four spreadered riggers at 24 ft put the baits close th 120 apart. A couple of lures deployed in the wide inside wakes, clean and glossy - the big boat felt fishy.

A knockdown, well, it came out of the clip- maybe a small wahoo, another tack and a skipping 12lb Dorado came into the pattern- taking the long starboard ballyhoo, the riggers snaps clean and there's just me and the decks in the cockpit-- the Vets relaxing in the cool of the A/C. , Heck I'll pick it up --- He makes a couple of jumps shows himself off and I get control, steady pumping gets it to the boat quickly, it's put away. Lunch-- Several more tacks over a shoulder of a ledge and the short Port flatline goes off, I had been staring at that lure for a full minute-- took my eyes off it to check out the long rigger baits when it goes off- line rips from the rod and the decks clear rods and lines while I pick it up--Joe Mike keeps the boat in check, the Vets come out and watch- film it. Well into the braid backing it goes , Talica 20 II , 50lb 80 braid, out dumps 200 yds of line, up comes a Black it's pecks defined outwards dancing on white water, trashing about- down and another run of line out--- up again jumps, shaking i'ts head and bends back in towards the boat - the line comes lack--- reel, reel, but you know its gone-- retrieve the lure, the rear hook cabled with 800 lb braided wire had been "U" shaped the hook's point buried back in the lures skirting by the head forming a 4 inch loop which apparently we just lassoed the bill, which came off.

We'll we were going to let it go anyhow--- On this side of Costa Rica, marlin fishing is big game-- on the Caribbean side where Tarpon are the big game fish-- you'd only "Jump" the fish- having to waste all that time to get the fish to the boat only to let it go-- "Jumping 5 or 6 fish for the day-- outranked the poor guy who finally got a 200 lb fish to the boat. So we "Jumped it" I'd say--

Another hour , baits are replaced, lures out and a marlin bite that came off - the Big Boat gets bit well- --- We'll lets wind em' in-- Capt says-- 12:30 and we've got to get back to the marina and catch the ride back home--- Lines in-- and she roars back to life and heads home--- Joe Mike and I- old time close friend spend the ride back on the bridge -- good to be with old friends again and spending the time with Steve and old friend too was welcomed. We make the Marina just after the 60 ft' er beats us in-- they too had a fish on but it came off-. We'll that's fishing we'll just have to back after them again.

A quick review of some of the footage that John and taken with the drones, saying good bye's to the crews and mates and packed up to catch the waiting shuttle ride. the ride to the Heliport passes a new airstrip being built-outside Quepos - est 3500 ft long another two or three months, -- - through the gated vine covered and fence to the rustic overhang of the waiting area for the helicopter to arrive, complete with the layzy long eared hound dog snifing around-

Like Radar in MASH----- he could hear it coming before the rest of us even realized it was coming --whop- whop-- whop - whop, the helicopter to take us back to San Jose airport and the return flight home-- Mike had said earlier-- he wasn't sure about the helicopter ride.

The ride to San Jose via helicopter over hill and dale, a few farm yards in the lower land of a curved river bottom some pigs and cattle dotted the hillsides and ridge tops shanty's, everything with a rusty tin roof. Meeting us at the airport was Anthony plane to take us home, Thanks Anthony and the Vets--




boy am I getting spoiled!-








------------ Weds the 31 of Jan ------------

Nice weather--- again---again -

Strong running tides and -- Phew--- no earthquakes, volcano eruptions or land slides yet--- !

Vick fished yesterday--- 3 legal sized halibuts caught / released found the fish in 80 ft of water, along the dropoff outside Newport-

---- Tuesday the 30 th of Jan ----------

Just returned from a short great vacation down to Costa Rica guest of Anthony S's Bad Company- Spending the evening hours aboard his 144 Trinity Sportfisher with Capt Joe Mike Lopez and daytime fished aboard the 60 Viking and Capt Steve Lasley Doesn't get much better than that-- Joined me were two Vets and I was honored to be with them.

The trip a couple of days before the Full Moon promised good fishing. Wahoo, Dorado went into the galley and skipjacks, bullet and yellowfin tunas were caught and slow trolled for Black Marlin. The day before we got there, Steve had a pair 600 and 700 lbers up in the spread so they were there-- Coastal fishing we were rewarded with a couple of Roosters and Sierra and the scenic view was spectacular--

More to come-- JD


----------- Jan 24 2018 --------------Taking a few days off this week , will be open next Tuesday-- JD ------

No Bad days here-- nice and sunny after the nights chill, high sweeping clouds, almost dead calm in wind and seas are calm-- Offshore 60- 250 Decaying NW swell are maintaining 8-10 ft seas off the coast of Baja California. The area of high seas will slowly recede today. A fresh set of NW swell will propagate into the waters off the coast of Baja California Norte Thu night. Seas associated with this swell will peak near 12 ft Fri. Meanwhile, fresh to strong NW winds are expected off the far NW waters of Baja California Norte late this week as high pres builds east toward the region. Made two cast no bites quit-I'm headed south where they really bite!

They tell me that the 20% fuel Tax for Off- Road Diesel has been lifted- great news for boaters and farm tractors etc.!!!---

Whale watchers finding a few migrating Grays heading south -- off the beach 7- 8 miles off Dana- inshore a few White sides and some commons dolphins- other than that quite.

Should be a nice sunset JD

off on a 5 day vacation - be back Tuesday-- I think!

Good luck if you get out-- JD



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We'll settle up after the game- hope you win-- JD

---------------- Jan 23 2017 -------------------

Another sweet day here in So Calif. light south wind at 2 or 3 kts, seas calm not much in the way of swells --

Bass are bitting better on the art. reefs and structures above the harbor-- No WSB reported yet-- Made two casts off the dock this morning, second cast a nice 12 inch spotted Bay Bass- -- bit me finger while tring to get the hook out-- drew blood! - I quit -


-- Tectonic Summary The January 23, 2018 M 7.9 earthquake southeast of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska occurred as the result of strike slip faulting within the shallow lithosphere of the Pacific plate which is converging with the North America plate at a rate of approximately 59 mm/yr towards the north-northwest. The Pacific plate subducts beneath the North America plate at the Alaska-Aleutians Trench----- Jan 22st ----------------

Clear and crisp-- light wind from the south a small lump w a low mix sea state. nice as it warms up-- add one more minute to daylight- San Pedro weather buoy shows 59.5 this morning Tanner at 58.8 and San Clemente weather buoy at 61.3

A quick look at the offshore waters from last year at this time and today-- for a 8 day composite-- It shows were well ahead of last year in water warmth- we'll see if it last the balance of the winter and if those Giant Bluefin Tunas will respond! Or schools of those smaller grade Yellowtails will move into the coastline -- Either way a Flatfall lure will work-- Stand By

Fair fishing today--



--------------- Jan 20th 2018-------- 10 hrs 17 minutes of sunlight---

Coastal waters holding at 61 degrees and there's a general current flow to the south/south east at .18 knts a hr- flowing at 140 degrees from north. 15- 25 kts Small Craft , High Surf Advisory

Sailors delight today --- a brisk breeze out of the west/ northwest has their sails full and enjoying the ride-

Let this weather blow by, the sportboats get their yearly maintenance work done, get back on the water and we'll see just how well the bluefin weathered this winter.

She blew for most of the day-- probably dropped the water temp a degree or two-- another bout of wind expected next week Thursday--


------- Jan 19 2018 ------

Light overcast skies beginning to cloud over- wind freshed from the south as this Low approaches--seas beginning to get bumpy with wind chop,

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck offshore Friday in Mexico’s Gulf of California, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Friday morning quake was centered about 48 miles (78 kilometers) north-northeast of Loreto, in the waters between the states of Baja California Sur and SinaloBaja California,Mexico has had: (M1.5 or greater). 1 earthquake in the past 24 hours; 9 earthquakes in the past 7 days; 51 earthquakes in the past 30 days; 799 earthquakes in the past 365 days . The Gulf of California is a result of ocean-floor spreading and transform faulting. The ocean floor spreading tore southern Baja California from mainland Mexico 4 million years ago and has subsequently rafted it 260 kilometers to the northwest along the Tamayo Fracture Zone. Magnetic-anomaly profiles indicate spreading at the mouth of the gulf at 3.0 centimeters per year and a rise-crest offset of 75 kilometers inside the gulf across the Tamayo Fracture Zone


This time of year anglers and angleretts like to follow the sun southwards a eMail from Donna this afternoon -- Hi John, caught this nice Dorado in Cabo at The Golden Gate.


--------------- Jan 18th 2018 ------

Inland it feels warm and sunny-- on the water it's still a bit on the cool side if your out of the sun-- light south wind that seems to be increasing, seas calm with that light wind chop on it

Strong tides these days-- due to flatten out this coming weekend-


In that draing tide tomorrow--



If you've got some time on your hands tomorrow aftemnoon Friday-- the BAC is looking for a few good men and women - E Mail this afternoon Dear Esteemed Members: We have 1,700 juvenile White Seabass coming to the BAC tomorrow at 2:30 and they could sure use some help getting them out to the PacFish pens. Just show up at 2:30 pm and, if you can, bring your boat and the work will go faster! Happy New Year!




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----------------- Jan 17th 2018 ------and the beat goes on- --------

Some light fog this morning- hazy moaning otherwise-- wind light - west maybe, seas calm improving in color- a clean Anderson-- made two cast no bites, no bird activity- quit-

Took the day off Monday-- finished up the yard work early and got down to the boat before the tide a turned, spent the rest of the day chasing halibuts of eagle size-- caught a bunch of lizards and sand dabs and mackerels and basses but not that big one-- waters cleaning up better not a whole lot of bait around-- nor birds-

Couple of Whale watchers out - following what Grays there are heading south

Only a couple of boats talking today-- halibut fishing it sounded like-- getting one or two legals in the shallower water--- the deeper water held the bigger fish , with a strong downhill current --added sinker weights were needed 8- 12 oz's not uncommon

-------------------- Jan 14th 2018--------- Closed Monday and Tuesday-- ----

The New Year keeps marching on--- we've now added about 12 minutes longer these days and to gain about a minute each day till June 21st-- . Today a mix of high clouds and that coastal marine white haze. seas calm wind light at 2- 4 kts

Out of Newport - sometimes bait making this time of year is a little more difficult in finding reasonable sized mackerel or sardines - the harbor entrance on a outgoing tide generally works - or to the north towards the Balboa and Newport piers will hold the bait-- meter marks and birds are the clue.

Should be a great Playoff Special--- Stand by-- !!

Should be a nice sunset with these high clouds

-------------------Jan 13 2018 ------------

Nice weather today, skies are blue with a wisp of clouds to them and some marine haze seaward, wind almost not there- from the south maybe-- seas have a light mix to them pleasant traveling--

A lot of boat getting out of the harbor today-- airing out the bilge and canvas covering --

Local Bay Bass tournament today--- turd fishing at it's best- fishing slow for the some 30 boats out-- - -yuck-- -

Outside locally- Dana has the dines - 5-6-7 inch good halibut bait-- a few of them around too- deeper water during the winter months-- 80- 100+ feet-

Get ready for the JD's Super Bowl Playoff Special--- this weekend's games will help to narrow it down--

- Stand by for Details-!

Time to take a look at what our oceans conditions are vs that of the same time last year for a two week composite of the West Coast both Water Temps ranging from a low at 58 degrees to a high of 70 degrees and Chlorophyll


We're far better off warmth wise this year and the plankton sealife seems to be more concentrated to the north of us. -

--------------- Jan 12 2018 ----------

Foggy-------- light west and small wind chop with it-- Bay waters slowly starting to clear-- now a deep brown tea stained- building tides this weekend should help to clean it out--

Giant Black Sea Bass-- It was easer to hang em' by the jaw vs the tail ( they'd slip off the tail rope)

Still foggy maybe 1/2 - 3/4 mile viability-- puts a dampness to the day-

Watch out for Sea Snakes!! especially Yellowbellied ones!!


Forecast for the weekend say sunny-- maybe in Fullerton - but still foggy here in Newport--



Get ready for the JD's Super Bowl Playoff Special--- this weekend's games will help to narrow it down--



---------------- Jan 11 2018----------

Improving weather, light marine haze- wind calm with maybe a 2 kt south wind-- seas fair with a 2 ft west 6 sec lump, a bit cool at 61/62 degrees -- Bay waters still very dirty looking -recommended to not go swimming in it!

Whale waters seeing migratory Gray Whales these days-- 33.35 / 117.57

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña is likely (~85-95%) through Northern Hemisphere winter, with a transition to ENSO-neutral expected during the spring. La Niña continued during the past month, as indicated by the pattern of below-average sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean . The atmospheric conditions over the tropical Pacific Ocean also reflected La Niña, with suppressed convection near and east of the International Date Line and enhanced convection to the north of Indonesia [FAlso, the low-level trade winds continued to be stronger than average over the western and central Pacific. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remained consistent with La Niña. Nearly all models in the IRI/CPC plume predict La Niña will persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18 In summary, La Niña is likely (~85-95%) through Northern Hemisphere winter, with a transition to ENSO-neutral expected during the spring


And another report of Black Sea Bass around-- -- and another old photo of a pair of em taken in the early days

--------------- Jan 10 2018---------------

Well the rain came and now it's going away-- bay waters are offcolor brown, lot of bird, cat, dog and just about everything else gets washed down from the inland, probably not as clean as we'd like it, Salt water a good acid, give it a few days to do it's work.

Not a lot going on today-- seas were not bad , a little lump to it wind backed off and a few fish bit-- mackerels and bass - the seals and seagulls were on you quickly,

by the weekend it all looks better-- we'll see if those bluefin weathered the storm or not and if the yellows and seabass begin to show better--

nice sunset-

---------------- Jan 7 2018 -------Will be closed on Monday and Tuesday -- JD ---

Light morning wind seas calm-- some overcast to the sky- building--more boats moving around today-- There's some Black Sea Bass around and in the deeper water 100- 120+ depth Halibuts may be found-- small live mackeral or sardine for them

Photo of 304 lb Giant Black Sea Bass takend off El Segundo in the early 30's by Bruce Bethamn




---------------- Jan 6 2018 ----------

Overcast and calm-- no wind, seas flat-- due to change to a westerly-

Sculpin fishing the mainstay of the local partyboats, out by the oil rigs is a good area, jig and cut squid will fill the sacks. -

SD partyboats still fishing for the Bluefin on the 60 while the weather remains good-- stand by for the change---

Slow day-- overecast and a bit foggy - three casts this morning one small bass lost another - quit- tomorrows another day--

---------------- Jan 5 2018 ----------

Another fine day here in So California--- Sweet-- Light westerly-- building this afternoon due to get overcast

Sorry JD's does not carry California Fishing Licences any more-- their requirement of $15.00 a week in order to remain a active agent was not acceptable-- JD

got real pea soupy foggy !

---------------- Jan 4 2018 ----------

Exceptionally beautiful day today-- blue sky with scattered clouds , no wind to speak of, seas clam and sunshine warm. The days getting longer now by about a minute each day- a plus 4 in the mornings hours and we lost a minute at sunset, tomorrow we start gaining it back on both ends-

Radio reception good-- could hear of a couple boats -- must be down near the 43 or below-of below seeing breaking fish in the glare on the waters. 10:34am

The moon dosen't rise up behind Catalina's backside till after 10 pm this evening- Squid for seabass or yellows and halibut are on the table fare with the mornings and afternoon's rising tide this weekend.

Sunny California-- how Sweet it is-- ---

Sculpin fishing - on the art reefs and structure above the harbor - reported good-- squid on jigs best-

---------------- Jan 3 2018 ----------

High clouds from the south-- coastal marine clouds on the sea, the flags not moving-Foggy out by the oil rigs-- -- - calm seas-, two casts, two bites, missed em' both- took the plastic bait away- quit

One of the most enjoyable parts of owning a tackle shop-- is inventory time- yep it true-- you get to see and count every piece of fishing tackle you own-- rod and reels, lures, tools, clothing-, line, spare parts, tackle boxes, sinkers, hooks and swivels, leaders, flags and boat stuff and don't for get the bait-- All these things to catch a fish with! You get to see old and new develops of products and methods used. Grateful to count them-- JD

Again strong tides today--

Halibuts around--- Dana's got some good sardines for bait too-

Funky weather-

we'll see what the sunset brings--- not many on the radio these days--- and still no earthquakes-

The inventory goes well from Drop lines to Yummy Flyingfish

---------------- Jan 2 2018 ----------

Bright and sunny with a few high clouds overhead-- white marine haze on the horizon in the mid days sun- seas calm with a light wind ripple between glades of smooth water--

First of the Year on Yellowtails and Bluefin Tunas for the BAC and the Tuna Club of Avalon- taken!

The Tuna Club's 1st went to the Provider and the BAC's went to the Taravana



--------------- Dec 31 2017 ------Closed New Years Day ---

No major earthquakes so far-- one last night up off the Northern California coastline-- stand by!

Funky weather - with high clouds overhead and coastal hazy fog lingering on the sea. Ocean is calm, wind 1-3 from the west- ,

not many boaters out so far today-- --

Tides about to drop fast - 2.9 kts draining--- made two casts- caught a Pacific greenback mackerel, good marlin bait size too- bright green and slimy .

The Last one of the Season and the First of the New Years- some boats will try for both tonight--

Sportboats out of SD report getting limits of Bluefin on the 60 yesterday???- other did well on smaller yellows under the kelps en route to the 60, another boat coming back up hill from the Lupe reports Bluefin in the 40- 60lb range at 120 miles from SD

Commercial boats working the 289 and Mackerel banks these past few days--

Happy New Year-- and Best of Luck to those out tonight and for the New Year-- JD

--------------- Dec 30 2017 ---------

Foggy in spots, blanket fog vs. sunny skys , wind from the west at 2 -4 kts, seas flat--

Boat going out the harbor early this morning forn fog--- fog and more fog-- not safe for traveling-- up to the pipe line this morning for good bass and some sheepheads- couple of shark bit off's too-

Last fish the season-- or First of 2018- The BAC will be closed on New Years Day-- but there will be weigh masters around to help if you get one --call Ch 65 VHF -- JD or call one of the BAC Directors--

Whale Watcher boat got some great video footage of a bunch of sharks feeding on a Minki Whale today--


------------------ Dec 29 2017 ---------

Wouldn'd you know it- No Fog--- clear skies this morning--- wind slight from the south white marine haze in the sunlight-- seas calm-- Whale watchers up off Pt Fermin (White sides, lots of breching, tail slappings 35.5 25.4 ) seeing lots of life 2- 4 off the Point-- Dolphings, down off Laguna to Dana and out 3-5 miles-- Locally out of Newport-- hang a right outside the harbor look between the piers for some common dolphins--

Party sportboats out of S D still out targeting the Bluefin and Yellowtails 8- 15 lbs down on the 60 Mile Bank and off Kelps--Calicos at Clemente should be fun fishing The Island Security Web site shows the island is open throughout the weekend and the New Years Day---

Major Tides this next week as that Super Moon develops-- Stand By!!-

Deep Drop fishing for Swordfish still a challange-- severasl boats have been out with various areas tried, East end, 152, A Bank with no results, maybe a rod's tip bounced a couple of times-- but no swordfish scratch bites detected on the rigged squids--

Live Squid available at Catalina Back side Cat harbor--- Ch 11 VHF





The Year of 2017's Fishing Report -----condensed-

the First 1/2 of the year----

An change to Rules

IGFA’s International Angling Rules and World Record Requirements. Detailed information regarding these changes is listed below: CHANGES TO THE INTERNATIONAL ANGLING RULES

Backing & Top-Shot

Current IGFA International Angling Rules state: "If the fishing line is attached to backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the lines." This rule has long been contested in cases where the main line or top shot is lighter than the underlying backing, as logic dictates that the lighter line will break before the heavier backing. This is also contrary to IGFA angling rules for fly fishing where the catch is categorized based on the breaking strength of the class tippet, which must be a minimum of 15 inches. To address this issue, IGFA will be making the following alterations to Equipment Regulation A: • Title change from “LINE” to “LINE & BACKING” • Adding a new subsection that reads: “3. The use of backing is permissible.” • Adding a new subsection that reads: “4. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first 16.5 feet (5 meters) of line directly preceding the double line, leader or hook. This section must be comprised of a single, homogenous piece of line.” This change is effective April 1, 2017.

By the March 21 report ---------

Should have gone fishing the day off but elected to do yard work-- Now I find out they were biting-- White Sea Bass finally moved in after months and months of waiting - it pays off, Vick puts a 64.7 White Sea Bass on the boat on IGFA 12 lb test line, 50 minute battle- it weighs a 1/2 pound under the World Record, a New BAC club record and their First Fish of the Year Flag-- Congrats- on a plastic too--- ! Grumpies were biting too --






Still biting today-- with another one , Nates 56 lb fish taken with a live mackeral.



Off of Avalon Friday. Went just over 40'bs. There was a school an acre wide got it in a swim bait after 45 minutes. Tom

---into the -

--April 21st Friday report -

-----Moon 3/4 going dark-------

April-- the Bluefin were here and in huge schools--yea they were all roaming around just like the start of last year--

Reports of Bluefin in great numbers- spotter planes research vessels say--



FAD's were added to local waters


OK boys and girls get you pencils together- FAD Fish Aggregation Device--

E-Mail today--- JD, We have deployed a second Fad this past weekend. We deployed another Fad late last season. The location of the the first fad is 33' 14.432N 118' 10.874W This fad is very close to the 152 off the east end of Catalina. This most recent Fad's numbers ( this weekend) are 33' 01.40N 117 47.996. This fad is located on the 209. In order to continue this program into the future we need feed back on anglers experience at these locations. We are in the process of putting together a web site to make it very easy for people to give us a report. I will be sending you that info shortly. so that more people could take advantage. Appreciate all your help thanks FOXI LADY Pete & DeniseR

and Satellite tagging results in miraculous results-

------------ 2016 MABT-IGMR Interim Report ------------

Hello Geoff, Great news! I just received word that Dana Angling Club’s satellite tag deployed on an estimated 80 pound Striped marlin popped-up yesterday 1,397 nm west of the tagging location (vicinity of the 181 Bank) after 216 days. More details to follow shortly. Best regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Trustee CCA-California Board of Directors HIBT-IGMR Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator

Short lived-- but the earlest recored for the Hurrcaine Season-- Stand By!- Post-Tropical Cyclone Adrian

April and May- White Sharks were the talk of the town-

Dana and -- Boats off Huntington beach way-- trying to follow the Great Whites-- lifeguards telling them to stay 1/4 off the beach-- they want to get in shallow to film them with Drones -

Lot's of sheep out there--- turned nasty mid morning--water temps holding at 60 to 63 degrees --

By May 19 the Bluefin Tuna was in full swing--

that spotter planes being called by another plane to come look at something 100 miles away-- ya gota see this--- working below the border seeing a single school of 80 lb + Bluefin tuna 150 yds wide and streching for 4 miles long-- that's a lot of tunas. And massive amounts of bait schools seen inside Clemente island-- promising-- dozens and dozens of boats out this morning ( Dark of the Moon 1/4 building)

May 26th Tuna 15/31 we're seeing em' --- bait everywhere-- were seeing em' jump around, just a matter of time 12:52pm (371 area 28 miles 199 degrees from Pt Loma)

Yellows were still around but the Bluefin went off the feed for a weeks time- then it changed--

they broke off at least four other fish over hundred, another boat next to them looked like they pulled four fish over the rail- by 2 pm they had at lest one fish aboard,

------------ May 30th 2017------------

May Gray just wont go away


Sad news-- that our good friend Joe Winkelmann “Old Joe passed away in his sleep - So long Joe--



Boat on the 43 saying they'd seen a couple of foamers out there?- 1:47pm June 1st 1/2 full filling Moon---

June 2 there' s 200 lb foamers-- mosty of the time we were on bird schools and foamer, Filling Moon

3rd of June Moon 3/4 Full They went the route-- hit all the standard high spots from dawn onwards-, 43, the Corner, 371, 425, back up the Ridge-- 209 and 8 miles outside of it-- the afternoon tide flooded in- by 2:30 pm the ocean came up-- schools of bait- football sized baitballs with tuna crashing then-- we shut down the engines and slid into them-- left the generator on- they didn't seem to mind, they pushed the small micro 2 inch bait to the refuge of the boat--- hooked two on the 8- 10 inch poppers-- busted them both off!- More tuna then he'd every seen in his life-- all 100- 150lb brutes wine barrel sized fish! maybe that smaller 60 gram Coltsniper w/ 80 fluor would mimic the baits size better-

We fought one for 4 1/2 hours---

found a dozen kelps- no one home- one spot of 30-40 bluefin -- we threw everything at em', no go--

White Shark viewing's becoming an tourist attraction north SD waters-

He said they couldn't get em' to go---- foamers going right after the little 2 inch micro bait, they'd chase the bait right to the boat --- go right under the boat and pop up on the other side of the boat-- 4 inside the 289 yesterday afternoon

Backside of the moon-- slow tuna fishing South wind at 8- 14- 15 knts mixed seastate a bit rolly, light chop.

Quote of the day--" you got foam?"


Ryan comes in late this afternoon- he'd been out today looking for the tunas he's seen yesterday-- conditions have changed overnight-- yesterday coming off the 14 towards the 152- a few miles water temp showed 70 degrees and good looking water and shearwaters doing their head poking thing-- marks of bait along a strong water temp drop and color change-- and a splash here there- big fish--- -- back again there today and it'd changed-- not the current/ water break and the bird life had flown away-- well maybe tomorrow it'll change again

Couple of images of water temps and of the Chlorophyll Charts June 13 2017 --1/2 Moon - going dark---



Yea-- it's a full foamer--- you get any cast to it--- yea tow cast no bites-- into a ful foamer-- Just saw anothe breezer of our bow-- 27/19 was where we last saw em-



They're still around-- Vicks 62 lb WSB the other day- , a good 35 minute battle on 20lb braid line

seen em' boiling around- couldn't get them to take anything with a hook in it--12:28

those things bite for you------ yea---- bait or flatfalls-------- bait-- got the kite up--- we're markin-- we're markin - come up north-- 1:01pm

five inside the 182-- really blue 182 and 182 it's green and alot of bait-- we got three on the popper allready

May Gray and June Gloom went away too---------

-------The Friday June 16 Report ----Backside of the Full Moon 3/4 full waining --------

Sunny and hot inland cool and refreshing here on the beach - gentle sea breezes from the south a light marine layer lays offshore- seas calm and welcoming

Run and Gun --outside the 209 and just below was where we found the Yellowfin yesterday must have made 15 cast to foamers and bird schools or the porpoise--got one 40-50 lb fish on the 80 colt sniper-

Kite back up and we had two more strikes tacking back and forth over this area. The fish seem to hit better on the North bound tack. We landed the next two fish that went (104 and 102lb). Both of my crewmen Jon N. and Justin S. landed their first bluefin and they are both over 100 lbs….lucky guys! We were using 100lb mono top shot, over 100lb braid. Tiagra 30 reel on a very nice Seeker rod with roller guides. Chris--

hour and a half-- we got the second one on the boat-- 38/ 21 about an hour ago--- more and more yellowfin showing--- very spooky-

`well congrats-- you got the tunas-- you went further north than yesterdays numbers--- -- hope to get another evening bite like last night-- `

5-6 boats in the area 3 of which have kites up-- how's your water color down there - green? --yea--- its bluuish green here -a few bird spots of fish up --but its that smnaller grade-- not like it was yesterday--- yea Im gonna stick it out down here for while before I head up--

Anybody doing any good flying those yummys in that green water---- couples of hours nope--- we did have em' up in that gree water - threw the C/S's and everything--- wouldn't touch a thing!-- 2:47

We've seen it all day-- a few puddlers here--- there-- as you get closer to the beach it turns green/ brown and off color-- outside it gets cooler really quick it drops off--- inside from here it turns that offcolor and warm brown water--- this 66.3 66.7 little break here , where its cleaner- we'll wait it out till the tide change,--- just had a big one roll right next to the boat--- really markin' em' now-- -- marken em' 3:51pm

---- Mondays report- - of the 4 of July Weekend-- ----3/4 Full Moon filling --

Cloud cove went early today--freshened by a west/ southwest 6-8 kt breeze- hazy blue sky. Seas ok light wind chop

Good Calico Bass and Sand Bass on the art. reefs above the harbor-- strong downhill current- Catalina has the three "B's" goin

You should go down hill from there-- we just had that foamer up right there behind me -- in that swell---- you could see that big old black boil in it--- drag your yummy right over that spot-- 3:16pm

Just got blown up on the bait 5 times -- missed it---we're gonna make another tack down through there--- - we're about a mile inside you- basically where we fished yesterday-- I think down 3 up 14--- they may have been the smaller stuff-- -- ok rember they take it on the down tack--- tide turns at 2 pm ---12:24pm

July 7th--- we just saw marlin out here-- west of the 302 10:10

33:00 /117:48/ south of the 312 we had em' coming out of the water--- got two tacks through them for nothing- casing em' all around now-- there's a swordfish boat directly on the 312-- (w/ plane) 1:28


Tomorrow the 2nd half-

Spotter plane reports only seeing the smaller stuff- I didnt see any of the big ones just scatterd bunches of that 25- 50lbs stuff-- west of you-- no really big stuff-- spent couple of hours futher down there , didnt see much of that big stuff there--- most I saw was between those too high spots--- both inside the upper high spot and betweedn the two high spots , the Cross

---------------------Sunday the 2th of July ---HOT---------------

I've got 71 degree water-- boats scatter far and wide, seas calm wind light south 2- 4 kts- sky hazy and humid

I've got a swordfish up right here---- 10:52am -- slack tide today 10:51----

25/07 just had a big school came up--- under the birds-- it's 72 and purple blue just outside the 14 mile back--- big schools of shearwates---yellowfin on the dolphins 11:11am


Swordfish still around-- keep ya eyes open for them as this moon wains-

any sword boats around--- --- I've got a swordy here----11:28. slack tide today 12:14

pea green 73 degree water 2 -3 inside the 267 - birds and bait--

Seiners on the 14-- scoping up the yellowfin Just saw seiners putting on 100 er's rigth on and below /outside the 14-- 1:35

we're 25% so far-- 1 for 4 looks like all the fish are headed south-- on the Yo-Zuri Hyrdo Tiger

that was a good show- we missed four of them in 30 seconds--- - breezes up--we -got two ---one on a popper and a colt sniper--- dropback'ed 1"5: not much wind yet, a little starting to blow for the kite flyers--

Seems things got quiet after 1- 2 pm time - maybe a sunset deal

Friday-------------July 3/4 Full Moon going 1/2 -- the 14th But the BLuefin kelp biting againn bigger this time--


Bill--- Billl--- you on this side--- it's definitely going on my 3:00 a 1/2 mile--- 12:57pm

Sometimes things happen , saw a splash and we were in the right position-- got the bite, thanks we're upwind of you--- got one in the box, lost one and got another one going now----- you hear about the 308 yesterday , I knew someone would do it--- Bluefin 2:13pm

Kites were in vogue ------ Winds up west 10 +

you get yours--- yea about a buck and a half,,, we just got it up again---- we're tight--- nice--- 2:54

They wanted to die-- yesterday--- now's the time-- call in sick!-go fishin' -we didn't even land a fish yesterday till 6 o'clock so dont hurry-

The waters warmed up

We lost another one of the good boys--

Steve DeGroote of C-Fab passed away this last week-- , I only had this one photo of Steve--but it shows his zeal for the good life, we tosted each other on a good day of fishin' with- lobsters, steak and fine wines that evenin at the "Head" ---- Vaya con Dios!


And a fish spotter plane says he saw a river of tuna along the inside lee of Clemente Island-- along the shrimp buoys and tonnage of smaller 12- 30 bluefins and a mix of yellowfin out towards the Butterfly Banks-- Kelps below the border were harvested of 15-30lb Yellowtails and smaller dorado and bonito


Moon Dark on the 22nd 1/8 crecent building

Hi JD - Michael and I went out yesterday ( July 24th) and found the larger model yellowfin willing tobite the popper. 76 degree water. They bit the popper and would not touch bait or Colt Snipers. Thanks for the great rigging job on the poppers and the braid on the large spinners. It all worked to perfection. Gary

Giant Bluefin Tuna-

He said there were embarrassing sized tunas-- they're keep getting bigger and out ranking the anglers--- Giant Bluefin Tunas

Clemente looks to be busy this weekend-- you'll need turn singnels to help navigate between on coming sportfisherwe with kites up and those drifting with flatfall lures.

Morning and later afternoon bites on the Tunas and Broadbill Swordfish -like mid days sun--one boat baited three yesterday near the 277!

not much said on the VHF radio hot water , 14 72, towards avalon upwards to 79 !

- July 28th Swordfishing -1/4 Moon -- the 1:00-2:00 pm float had 6 or 7 sets of gear 2- 5 off White rock- San Clemente toda fillingy-- the harpoon fleets there- miles of anchoves seen off the Head/ East-

---------------- Sundays Report the 30th July ---

Light marine cloud cover calmed seas and smooth waters-- greasy flat-- nice-

Ali with her BAC's First Fish Flag on Dorado , Congrats! and it looks like we're in for more of them this coming month and into September, it all looks promising- some of the tuna fleet are working around to the back side of San Clemente Island's

heading home-- we got four ---- saw this big school of porpoise , ( Common Dolphin) we're zigzagging through them now-- -- 39/ 05-- 10:54

He said at on time he'd counted 72 boats fishing the tunas--- !! alot of boat pressure-

First Marlin of the Season that I 've heard caught and released East end of Catalina--- -- by the Gadzukes (1st for the Dana Angling Club I think) - came up on a Candy Eye pusher--- couple of drop back baits got into the water - the fish came up again on the outside rigger --mackeral colored---- Congrats-- JD 10:00am and more to come--- should be a fun season--- stand by--

2nd Marlin of the Season--- And Royal Slam- releases a Fish for the 1st the Year for the BAC off the East End of the island--- Sally K the lady angler , they had one hooked yesterday too but it didnt stick-- this one stuck-- 11`:06 am

I 've heard of a third fish, sleeper off the Domes, Dolly Pardons, that was baited hooked?

This mornings E Mails-- Hi JD. George was able capture a 130+ 24th Linen BFT yesterday.Plans to weigh in at the Green Pier today. ( Avalon) I think only 5 heavy tackle Linen tuna caught in our TC waters since 48. Now looks like 6. Cheers SB

Marlin And it went off with one boat calling in after another -- with the Sub Chaser releasing a fish with Doug Williams pulling on the fish-- Jig fish right near that FAD (33.14:432 N/ 118l10:874 W) off the 152 / East End of the island, and minutes before that the Spike Spot was trying to reach Hooker to tell him that they released a fish too-- 1hr 20 minute battle on 30 nice healthy fish that one a bait fish caught by Bob, tide change today--- 10:50am

Aug 1st

Hi JD, Here’s a pic of my son, Nick, with a dorado he speared on a paddy today about 8 miles off Newport. We were returning from Catalina on Surly Mermaid and had no live bait. It’s his first dorado by speargun. Water was 72.5 degrees. Cheers, Ali




full Moon on the 7th of Aug --

Hey JD - we found the big bluefin yesterday and they were biting the Yummy well. The majority of the fish were in the 130 pound range but we saw fish well over 200 as well as schools of small bluefin from 5-25 pounds. The Yummy rigging was great. Thanks! Gary ( Two Jobo hooks- 7/0 up tail, 9/0 belly)


And word comes down the fishy word of a 470 lb Bluefin brought in by a Seiners into San Pedro- --- that'll be a tought one on 12lb tackle,



- got the 16 lb class fish ( Pending World Record for Pacific Bluefins Tuna) --- 129.6 lbs-- we were driving over fish at 4 pm saying why don't they bite-- then at 6 pm it was like a light switch-- they were biting anything-- broke off fish after fish till we got this one










And the tuna kept getting bigger--



Krystyn Lambert caught this 270 bluefin tuna in 2 hours 40 min standup. Her dad, Carl caught a 123 lb the next day on 50 Dacron. Perfect rig on the pink Yummy. Thanks, JD!


10 ft 400 lb Jenkai leader, #7732 9/0 Belly hooked, #7732 8/0 tail up,



and Provider weighs in a community effort with a 165 lb Bluefin





Several more broadbill were seen - the Tuna fishing was a pick at them with the flatfall and jigs or bait , Kai Kane came in flying a released marlin flag-- congrats--


Aug 17th Moon 1/4 Full going dark

-- the Western Pride-- while trolling for dorado w/a zucchini feather gets bit by a marlin-- couple of other jumpers seen while fighting the fish--- that'll keep them 1/2 day'ers awake ,


Kyle says the water super blue-- aquarium like - 20lb tackle w short 60 lb F/C leader tuna feather set way- way back - they have a fish up in the jigs- and drop backs deployed Kyle up on the bridge winds this tuna feather back in between the drop back baits - fish leaves the baits takes the Jig! 20 minute battle , Mikes on the wheel - fish tagged and released- congrats- Maybe we're trolling too big of lures he says?

Ruckus had a one for two day up above the west end of the island -Sunday-- looks good up there.

and the East End of Catalina-- has tonnage of the 2 inch fin bait-- thousands of birds , seals and a sealife there--

- Jewel Lure says they released one out of two marlins --out towards the Santa Barbara Island yesterday / Jigs and a couple of nice dorado today on baits-

the Navy request all boaters flying kites to pay close attentions to hazard areas and to diligently avoid interfering with Navy's training and that kite flying can pose hazards low flying aircraft. No persons shall fly a kite that causes a hazard, nor higher that 500 ft, at night they need a light and during the day, pennants or streamers not more that 50ft apart starting at 15 ft above the surface and visible for one mile!--


Tom says once they got the fish herded out of the school (of other fish) it took a deep, deep dive and he was able to gain line an inch back at a time-- inch by inch-- Pending World Record on a Pacific Bluefins Tuna - 130.1 lbs on 12lb IGFA Line

Fishing w Kite and Yummy Flyer- 12 lb IGFA Ande Line














--------Friday the 18 th of Aug Report ------








JD, Pretty good day on Friday. Thought I would share. I got this one to eat. Thanks, Greg Zucchero GadZukes

There's breezes everywhere--- were about 1/2 between the 9 and in between the 181 and 182-- there's sportfisher charging into these schools-- Mexican radio chatter overwhelming the radio talk- 11:02 -- 32:48 / 117:38

You get anything yet--- just the one --We got fish under the boat-- 51/42

The swordfish fleets working hard up at the Channel Islands-- Anacapa Island and the shelf to the south of the island-- fish both marlins and the swordfish feeding on the shelf ( buoys) -- then drift into deeper water - the whole fleets there-- deep droppers scoring 3- 4 fish a day-- stick boats running around and airplanes spotting fish for them-- We almost went through all our (bait) mackerel the first day casting on the swords. Bring mackerel!

~~~We hooked three of the biggers ones, and dumped them all-- 11:00am ~~~~

Bluefins still showing--

Dad couldn't be much happier than to have daughter land a Pending Woman's World Record of a Pacific Bluefin Tuna with 50 lb test line .. As Tom said it was late afternoon bite, the ninth inning when they got the bite- , unassisted during the 1 hour battle she kept the pressure on, putting that line to it's limits--

Ali Pfleger with here 149. 3 Pacific Bluefin Tuna taken on IGFA 50 lb class line--












So Bounder's --- on their way in with a Broadbill Swordfish to weigh in -- ETA 9 pm tonight!- Congrats-- JD

We got this swordie this afternoon below Anacapa. Angler Doug Carson Ande 50 tournament. 2 hours standup. At angling club about 9pm

The Congratulations from the C'est La Vie!!!!!-- Nice Catch!---

and speaking of a nice catch--- e mail today from Jenny A.

Late morning bite yesterday, 4/4 on these fish. Foamers everywhere with some big ones mixed in as well. Back on the mooring in Avalon by 1:00. So much fun!!!

------- Sundays the 3rd of Sept----

Moon 3/4 Full Flling

Marlin fishin improves

Good weekend for the Bull Pen-- 4 releases -- West end of Catalina and the Avalon Bank--









---------------Tuesday 5 of Sept----

Another sad note to pass along-- another one our friends on the water-- - Gary Samson passed away this past weekend after a fight with Cancer--

We're out here on the 277-- nothing for us now--- eariler we had a fish fall off the jigs -- inside from here--11:09-

saw one jumper on the 209-- thats it for us- so far--

Kea Kai was said to also released a fish today--- other than that a very quiet day on the water as fish catches go---

End of the Line took High Boat ( 2 fish) and Jewlure ( 1 fish) top angler

Bluefin still being caught on the kites--got one about a buck fifteen- we're fighting one right now--was pulling the rod out of the holder about to wind in -- when it came tight- we're fighting it now-- 4:52 pm




------------------ Dec 28 2017 ---------

Foggy morning--

Photo sent from Ryan of Broadbill Swordfish seen off Newport on Christmas Day--- They're here----

I worked on Christmas Day this year for the first time in a while. But it didn't feel like work considering we had the whole ocean to ourselves in perfect weather. Among fun sightings of dolphins and a gray whale, this swordfish! Up until last year I had never seen a swordfish close to Newport. Seems we have been having about 1 sighting per month recently within 10 miles of the harbor.

I heard there were squid boats selling squid at Catalina- West end/ back side--

Took the girls out for some whale watching this morning-- all we saw was the small waves breaking on the shoreline and lots of white milky fog seaward - no whales - fog went out 10 miles--

Young lady was in this afternoon to pick out a Christmas Gift for her son who loves to fish--- Cabellas had mangled up her original orders--so she sought after JD's Tackle who had just the right thing-- an 8 ft 20- 40 casting rod, trigger gripped w/ cork handles. Just the thing for casting on kelp paddies or inshore Calicos- A sweet deal too ! Merry Christmas-JD- -

can see them --they allready saw you-- tides are starting to move around, stand by for next weeks major movements,

------------------- Dec 24 2017 ------------Closed Christmas Day and Tuesday too! -

Humpback whale south of Dana-- outside Dana 3- 5 miles lots of Shearwaters tons of em'- lots of bait in the area and some common dolphins there too-.

Is Deep water swordfishing becoming a reality these days ?-A new winter fishery? summertime too?-- --. In many years pas,t during winter months the 60- 70 's occasionally a swordfish would get wrapped up on someone's rock cod gear- in those days using a 12- -50 hook gannion wasn't all that uncommon-the fish would roll up in them. And in past years the 60 mile bank catches of swords, bluefin and Opah were taken via long lines.


---------- Dec 19 2017 ------- Report--------------

They took a couple of months to finish up but they look fine as gift of a lifetime --

Hand crafted Split Cane Bamboo rods built to the specification's of regulation tackle for sportsmen. A Light Tackle and a Heavy Tackle rod, both parabolic in flex, hard chrome over brass reel seats and gimbals and and guides of stainless steel . Wrapped in marine Blue with Silver trim, Signed and numbered #100 and #104.


For Boats traveling to and from the Cape's weather-- offshore waters of Mexico, gentle to moderate mainly NW winds prevail with 4-7 ft seas. A fresh pulse of NW swell will propagate into the waters off the coast of Baja California Norte Thu behind the next cold front, with seas building briefly 8-9 ft across the far northern waters, then fading to 6-7 ft early Fri.



------------ Monday the 18 of Dec 2017-report`````````- -


Only a few more days now till the shortest day of the year-- from then on things get warmer--! more sun-- Bay and coastal waters clear as ice this morning--- schools of 4-6 inch smelt swimming into the draining tides, one cast two bites missed em both-- had to get back into the shop-- inshore fishing locally good for sand and calico bass using plastics--

--------Dec the 17 2017 Sunday-----------

Mild Santa Ana winds, east/ southeast here on the beach of Newport-- 15- gust 18+ light wind chop, seas have a mix of swell to e

Yesterdays Swordfish--- taken Deep Drop method by the Half Moon--

----------------------------- Fridays the 15 of December---------

Christmas comes Early--another - Deep Drop Swordfish See Below`!-

This mornings Email of an continuing La Nino event- into the later part of Winter and in to Spring-- bodes for less rain and more of the same-- blue sky, light wind calm seas--Strong winds outside up North 30/40+ kts-

Strong tide movements again--

E-Mail from the Foxi Lady-- Costa Rica-- congrats to them- JD We try not to be to much into bragging, especially in the group of traveling boats we normally run with, we normally dont get alot of opportunity to say much. But we just received a email from the Billfish Foundation that the Foxi Lady for the second time has been named the Top Tagging Blue Marlin boat in the Pacific. More importantly Denise was named the Top Blue Marlin Angler in the Pacific. This says a whole lot about the fishing in Costa Rica. We could not have done this without the help from some really great friends, and we appreciate you guys. thanks


JD's Tackle--you on this side Half Moon Calling--- Yea -- what's up-- Christmas came early to us today-- tell me a fish story-- we did that deep drop thing today-- got a swordfish--- That's great-- here on our coast or over towards Catalina---- Near Catalina-- it's a small fish perfect side for us 80lb tackle-- it's around 100 lbs--- about 30 minutes-- we weren't really sure what we had -so me and Sawyer tag teamed it-- So don't think it's time to quit fishing-- the swordfish don't know it's winter!!-- Swordfish for Christmas--- 3:10pm



A question to one of the ocean biloigest at Scripps asking about the Bluefined tunas, the bigger models and any speculation on there whereabouts this time of year--- as he said that is a good question some may have migrated back to the western pacfic, or hanging out further south or west. There had been some tagging done on the BFT earlier this past season and the results had not been made public just yet-- maybe some of that info will get out?

Christmas Tuna this past week

Nice Catch!

Several Swordfish boats out today---


-------- Wed's Dec 13 2017 ------------


Gray Whales starting to show up in their migrations southward


Still a bit of that squid around--- both local up off Long Beach and over to the islands-- the coastal stuff seems to be a bit larger maybe 8-9-10 inch stuff-

Nate and Ryan made the journey out into the blue today-- destination towards the 181 and 43 fathom spots today-- the did find a school of dolphins with yellowfin tuna with them but they were reluctant to bite-- a Humpback whale or two - not much else in sealife for them so far. Vick stayed on the beach fishing the basses.

------------- Mondays Dec 11th Report ----------E-Mail this afternoon---

Hi JD. Found a patty by the 43 loaded with yellowtail 5-10 lbs then a school of bluefin showed, hooked a couple but lost them on 15 lb. Continued to the 60 Bank and got limits of bluefin all slow trolled with a 6 oz sinker rubber banded 30 feet from the 25 lb leader. Biggest went 40 lbs. Dana point has best sardines I've seen all year. Bluefin for Christmas! Hippo crew. Tom

--------- Sunday Report Dec102017 ------

Weird weather, warm high overcast clouds driftin up from tropical seas, mixed with the smoky sky and flat seas have a brown layer of haze to the south and west/ north-

Humpback Whales and porpoise still around for the viewing -- off Main Beach Laguna, 3- 6 miles

--------------------- Sats the 9th Report ----------------

Dolphins still 4- 8 off the beach-- still looking for the Humpbacks, yesterday there were out 8- 13 off from Laguna- Maybe some of those tunas will still be around locally- they'll like being with the porpoise schools-

Boats headed back to shore report Catalina fun fishing, especially bonitos off long Point other than that no Yellowtails for them-- but bass and sheep heads etc, coastal fishing was said to be tough, waters clear--

Orca's seen off San Clemente Pier-- yesterday they were down off SD -

She said ( the whale watcher gal) that it came up and did it's trumper -- it's rosdrum stuck right up and it was like it was talking to us?-- ! 4:24pm

Who's to get the last fish of the year-- and for that matter the First of the Year 2018, those who belong to angling clubs need to get their membership renewed before the 1st if they plan to weigh in their catch for the First Fish of the Year Flag, Tuna, WHite Sea Bass Yellowtail Marlin?

Humpbacks breaching outside Newport to Dana 8-13 offshore-- several pods of them-- incredible they say- Time to take the relatives out for a boat ride-- Lunge feeding-- pods of 5 or 8 of em-- even bubble feeding--- nice to see the sealife right here in our own backyard--

Good meter marks below the harbor-- might even be some squid along our shorelines-- have a good weekend- JD

---- Its Dec the 3rd and there's tuna fish outside the 14 2017! ------

Yesterdays showing of Tuna just outside the 14 Mile Bank ( 33:17 / 118.03) goes in hand with the amount of bait around-- Whale watchers on the inside of the 14 report also large schools of bait there too- shearwaters everywhere , There was a tide influence to it too, low tide today 3:10 pm


E-Mail this morning---

Good morning JD Just returned early from tuna fishing. Got several small BFT and a variety of other fish and was amazingly, miraculously the "hot stick" on the trip, Hooray! Auspicious way to end 2017. Thank you Lisa-


Nice day on the water-- althoght not many out- -- probally at home putting up the christmas lights- or watching the football games--


--------------Dec 2nd 2017 ------

light fog this morning-- sill a bit haze onthe water- west at 4- 6 ktd- light wind chop on flat sea Strong tides exchange this weekend--almost a 8 foot drop Stand By-- the earths doing a lot of flexing these days with the"Super Moon" at 7% closer to the earth at only 357982.59 kilometers ( 222,400 miles) away - Stand by!

Not much in the way of whales out there today-- so far-- 11:00

E-Mail this morning--- Hi JD, went 4/8 on the bluefin yesterday at the 60, All we're in the 20-30 lb range but really fun fishing on light tackle. Fished 25 lb leader fly lined with no weights, got 1 big strike on a balloon but chewed right through the 25lb. Tried deep drop, sliding sinkers , rubber band torpedoes etc. and only fly line got bit. We'll drop some steaks off later today. Thanks for everything. Send pictures later. Tom !

JD-- you still on this side--- yea-- what's up!--- we would have been home hours ago but we ran across all the freeking tunas--- some of them are pretty good sized 60- 80lb + stiff lots of the 10 15- 20 lbs stuff---- up really quick and down --- you get any of them-- we've tried but they don't seem to want our power bait or plastics- we've been fishing Clemente all morning for bass, Don't think this tackle could stand up to some of those bigger fish, the smaller's ones yes-- -- ran across these fish at about a quarter to two-- been on them ever since--- if someones coming out tomorrow they might want to check it out, they were at 17 and 03, ( just outside the 14 mike bank) 3:01pm

----- Dec the 1st 2017---- can you believe it! ---Nice weather a light morning fog/ haze- seas calm ----

Filling moon full tomorrow- good strong running tides, stand by! Low Slack tide today 1:38pm-

They're really starting to bite the plug now--- we can hop scotch back and forth between the two of us over this zone---- we had some monsters come up-- it hasn't changed or anything wind or weather.12:15pm

- Back to Huntington Harbor by 2:30--- after stopping off in Avalon, Catalina to see if he could weigh the fish-- sorry scales were closed for the season--- He'd have to run down to Newport's BAC to weigh it or just give it a good estimate-- a little smaller fish than the one two weeks ago at 188 lbs -- A call from Frank-- " I'm the guy who bought that Swordfish Flag from you a couple weeks ago- Daytime deep dropping for a swordfish"-- - you said the flag comes with a 10 fish guarantee and now there were 9 left-- well now he says there's only 8 left---got one today--Broadbill Swordfish, Last time he was solo, this time he brought his uncle along this time-- they Tag- Teamed it - letting both of them to do battle with the fish -- it surfaced several times, thrashed about-- sounded- good battle-- the hook was lodged firmly in the bottom jawbone- A Rigged Squid was the bait, -277 the area-- - his outfit a Talica 25 loaded with 65 braid line and and 25 ft wind-on leader, at its connection to the line a snap attaches a 3 lb cannon ball sinker. To keep it all from fouling up in the deep decent, resting on the hook of the rigged squid is a bent "U" shaped 3/4" rebar, a couple feet long and weighing close to 10 lbs -- the system, when hitting bottom releases the rebar's weight from the hook and your on the bottom , up the line some 25 ft from the bait is the 3 lb sinker There were at least 5 stick boats around, and I believe another rod and reel swordfish taken today--- -- Photos to come--

they're biting anything in the brown color, they're on the inside of that kelp line--- wind fast-- they're coming up to get em'-- Calicos- There were some White Sea Bass there too-- - Ben

About 10 off the beach headed home from the island, there's a school of Orcas'- incredible--- even a little baby one with them--- 4:51

Maybe the Last Marlin of the season??- who kno!

---Thursdays Report - Nov 30th ------------

Not much in the fishing world being said on the marine band radio today--- Humpback Whales around one outside Abalone Point 2 miles today an report of a dozen to fifteen of them seen off the East end of Catalina the other day-- doing their Lunge feeding-- --

----- Wed's Report ------------

Subtropical weather pushing in from the south-- has the skis overcast with high cloud cover- warm in the sun, seas calm and light wind at 2 kts west- No rain expected for at least the next 10 days

Last marlin of the season?--- --it's cooled off a lot in the northern section (Dana north) although outside San Diego it doesn't look bad- 65/67/ degrees and to the outside of there the water blues up well- and the tuna fleet have been seeing a few sleepers in the morning hours -Bait's still here and weather hasn't been bad-- what makes them leave?- instinct I'd guess-


Boat calling in a stickboat-- just shortly after leaving the island ( Cat) he sees a broadbill finning--- -- dont forget to bring the heavy tackle these days--

Hey JD... Jake picked up this wsb yesterday at the Shoe on a 5” sardine on our little boat, the Sea Donkey. We weighed it in at Alamitos Bay at 52.6 lbs. There’s still fish to be caught locally for those who want to get out!


---------- Sat No 25 th 2017 ------

Another fine day here in So Calif, for the latter part of November still seas calm, light south wind some marine haze towards the sea with spots of fog developing-- some wind behind it- lots of boaters out enjoying it--, looks like the tuna fleet back on the 60 mile bank this morning-- yellowfin traveling with the porpoise- or under kelps,

A Humpback whale 9 off the beach of Dana-

Boats out still trying for that last marlin of the season--


----- Friday ------------

Hope all had a Thankful day yesterday


- took my 4 year old grandson fishin'- he caught 10 fish!




His first fish-- a nice bass that needed a close inspection


Tuna fishing--

A call from the Provider this morning they had made the run down to the 60 Bank, picking up some live squid from a light boat out front of LB eariler - this mornings second scan with the gyros-- found a marlin tailing-- didn't bite. No tuna for them so far - standing by - the Butterfly had the yellowfin 40- 60 fish--- there's a few swordfish around-- keep your eyes open for them -- Slandk Tide today-- 11:30-- Stand by--

Humpback whale at 27/ 57 about--1/2 way from Dana to the 14-- Anchovies baitballs up south of the 267/279 on the mornings slack tide--


JD-- JD you on this side--(ch 65)---JD's back-- what's up--- this is So Glassy-- Jeff's on a swordfish--Where's about's are you-- we're about 10 outside of Avalon--- - who's driving the boat--- -- his wife-- me---- who's going to gaff it?------ OK, don't hesitate to ask for help-- there's plenty of people out here who can help - thanks--- other's chimed in with their support-- standing by-- 12:16pm

JD--- Just put it on board--- est 150- 175 lbs-- I had some bait on the meter, turned around and there it was--- made two casts ---third one, a little mackeral and he ate it-- we were on it for an hour before we said anything-- we're headed over to Avalon now to weigh it--- who gaffed it?? -- My wife!-- she's a keeper-- !! 1:04pm

Hey JD, here are some photos of that swordfish. stoked to get one. Wife did a great job driving the boat and gaffing the fish, just the two of us and the dogs. Luckily I had a swordfish rod and mackerel in the tank. Weighted 182.


they're going to bite every time just a matter of getting out in front of them 100, 200 yds, get a bait out---1:53

Started headed home towards the 43 came across some porpoise -- got some 30 35 yellowfin here-- 2:07

Small spots of bluefin around as well as yellowtails in schools under padies--


------------------ Wed's Report -------- Closed Thanksgiving Day -------

Moon at crescent phase, tides just turned the corner and starting to flatten out- Coastal water over the past few days - slightly- up hill- on the 60 mile bank strong downhill- Blue sky, white off to the horizon- wind light 2-4 kts south, seas calm light wind chop

---------------- Tuesday's Nov 21 Report -------------

Phil called in yesterday--- the other guy bailed out on him so he went solo- in his 28ft Pursuit-- heads south out of Newport 90 some odd miles to the -- the 60 mile Bank southwest of SD, the party boat fleet was there - working the 350- 400 ft self just outside the anchored fleet he'd metered fish in the 260- 300 foot level- once in a while they came up to 100 ft, even seeing breaking fish here/ there. One bait on the surface the other one hung with a 10 oz sinker- the 6 oz wasn't enough in that current-- Flatfall lures didn't produce for him, just that rod that was bent over with the 6/0 ring hooked mackerel w/ 100 F/C leader- solo he considered the situation- first put the boat in gear and slowly pull away from the fleet -to lead the fish-- - leaving the rod on the gunnels' holder the Talica 2 speed did its job by winching up the fish to within eyesite of it --25 feet down, it rolled over and gave him the "stink eye", Phil backs off the drag a bit ready for the dive which came, again to winch it back to the boat- finally to be gaffed and hauled aboard , a trying time in itself. Congrats-- JD .

tapped out 60 x 43 est weight 138.

Good radio reception today-- several boats on the 60 saying they had fish--- one was 3 for 7 bites, others say they had made squid and that was working for them-- one fish est at 180 lbs--

JD you on this side--- It's Eric, Real Noyes just wanted to let you know there's still life out here-- we've been baiting this swordfish for about the last twenty minutes--- god sized fish maybe 300 - few birds around- looks good water 68 degrees just west of the 14 -- --- we'll let you know if something happens--- standing by-- 2:14

I think Bongos came in this afternoon-- having hooked 7 or 8 bluefin from 60 to 125-- seeing lots of other 150 lb fish around


--------------- Sunday's Report ---------Closed on Mondays------------

---------------- Sat Nov 18 2017 --------

Orcas still around this morning-- Whale watchers elated--

This mornings radio talk show had one of the sportboats on live broadcast-they had left out of San Diego last night- anchored up offshore on one of the deep water banks at 4:30 this morning-- by 4:45 everything in the water was bitten by 100- 150 lb Bluefin Tunas- monsters- every bait, every lure was gobbled up. By 7:30 this morning those anglers who were fishing with 100 lb test lines had caught their limit of two (2ea) Pacific Bluefin Tuna for the day, the boat limit hadn't been reached yet, those fishing with 8 0lb tackle had about a 50% catch rate and those with 50 and 65 lb braid lines were at 0% catch rate-- bring the heavy gear, he says-- they had the rest of the day to go chase Yellowfin- not bad fishing for as close to home as it is--

Radio show also spoke of the older tackle used-- and the challenges the anglers make to keep fishing a sport. Setting rules of angling skills with rod length, line tests, leader lengths, hook and their rigging arrangements and fishing methods. If interested in some of the old fishing lines JD's a a few spools left of 9 thread linen fishing line. It's Nine strands of linen flax twisted togeather by three's to hold giving a breaking strength not greater than 27 lbs-- it's old fashioned line just like grampa used!- JD

Whale watchers still onto lots of bait balls outside Dana towards the 14- 1/2 way- 11:11am--- Lunge feeding Whales on it-- giant schools of anchovies in the area-

---------------------- Fridays Report ---------------- still great tuna fishing-- no marlin reported ---

Gray Whale-- one of the first of the Gry;s migrations for the fall/winter's seaons migration , it's in 40 fathoms of water taking a breath about every 45 sec or so- right here out front of our harbor ( Newport) headed south- 10:30- another showing at 7 1/2 outside the harbor--

San Diegos partyboat fleet reports good fishing for them-November 16, 2017 The Liberty called in with 107 Yellowfin Tuna and 10 Bluefin Tuna (110-165#'s). The Captain reported beautiful weather and great sign of fish. Please come prepared with your standard 25-50 lb test gear and also come equipped with at least one 60,80,100 or 130 lb test set up. -200-250 gram flatfall jigs with a short 130-200 lb leader. -2/0-5/0 circle hooks -an assortment of fluorocarbon 25-130 lb - 4-8oz torpedo sinkers and rubber bands - Friday Morning Update The New Lo-An checked in this morning with 10 Yellowfin Tuna up to 50lbs and 11 Bluefin Tuna up to 160 lbs. These are BIG Bluefin, so make sure to bring heavy gear. Friday Report of Bluefin The Tribute has 8 bluefin on the boat for their 1.5 Day trip. Fish are in the 150 pound range!

Another call , a Sat phone call from the Mag Bay area-- Tim on the Latitude Adjustment-- just outside the Thetis Bank area--- by 1:00 time ---so far today-- hard to keep track of it all-- they had released 33 marlin and another 15 got away!! -Everyone's all tired out-- their- Petrolero colored lures ( Brown / Orange) was the drawing color for them, the bigger jigs worked better than the smaller one rigged- hookless-- Feeders, bait balls, bird schools they're' everywhere- making mackerel as the live bait was easy at Santa Maria Bay-- Today its was like glass-- a calm sea even foggy in places-- terrific fishing-- - - --

8 Killers so far seen offshore today--in one group- between Newport and Dana-- total of 14 -- headed towards Catalina--


E-Mail from JewelLure coming back uphill from 5 weeks in the Mag Bay area. Marlin fishing this year, as everyone has heard, was again off the charts. This year almost everything was in the back of the boat. We pulled 2 squid daisy chains only and dropped back to multiple marlin for consistent doubles and triples. Sometimes we could go no farther than 100 yards, headed towards bird schools, before we were stopped. If you haven't tried it, DO!!

------------------- Thursday's Reports --------------

Morning high clouds spread out- marine haze on the waters side, wind, soft at 1-3 kts west- seas calm-Long range scratchy report ----we had one on--- a big one but it got away --we're East of that Navy carrier--- we're seeing fish-- 17/15 11:34am-A call from Mag Bay-- says it was still epic fishing there--- although a small part was needed for a boat down there--- looking for someone headed down that way over the next day ot two--- please call JD - 1 800 660 5030- thanks- JD

The Thetis Bank and just outside from there the marlin up on jigs in the morning hours, after 10 am the birds show up and there's 20/30 marlin under each batch of bird schools--Not many boats out but there were a few- saying they'd seen a 150 lb yellowfin being pulled on board and the boat said and they had a few fish themselves--- maybe near the San Clemente Weather buoy?

-------- Wed's Report ---------

Live Squid available up in San Pedro/ Long beach receivers-- great for the bass fishing--

Reports of still good on the tuna fishing going on-- remarkable - both bluefin and yellowfined fish-- The reports say Bluefin Tuna from 50-200 pounds & 40-60 Yellowfin Tuna from being caught! Most of the fish were caught on a combination of Flatfall jigs & Sinker Rig's- looks like the banks below Clemente Island- the Butterfly area 32.29/ 118.13, 32.31/ 118.17 and to the south and

------Tuesdays Nov 14 2017 ------

Coastal water at 62 degrees and the don't ant the plastics, Slow fishing here on the beach-- Weather fine and calm but fishin slow-

E-Mail this morning--- Hey JD, I’m the kid you sold the ballyhoo to the other day. Just wanted to let you know we found a swordy literally right where you said we might find one. We were at 16 over 16. Few marlin tighter into the quarry area too. Thanks

DANA ANGLING CLUB WINS THE 2016-2017 IGFA GREAT MARLIN RACE Striped Marlin Takes First Place for the First Time in IGFA Great Marlin Race Team Hooked on behalf of Dana Angling Club's winning marlin The sixth year of the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) has officially come to a close with 57 tags deployed on 28 blue marlin, 27 black marlin, and 2 striped marlin in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii & California, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Panama, and Seychelles. Altogether, the billfish swam a combined linear (location of tag deployment to location of tag pop-up) distance of 16,429 nautical miles (nm) and collected 2,632 days of tracking data. One small marlin, however, accounts for 8.5% of the total distance swam last year: an estimated 36 kg (80 lb) striped marlin that swam a remarkable 1,397 nm in 216 days this striped marlin swam a total estimated distance of 5,560 nm!

An E Mail earlier today-- asking what's going on in the Mag Bay Area, seems quiet for a few days now---how the marlin fishing goin'? There comes a time when a fever develops those going below the US / Mexico border-- Baja Fever disturbs their body and souls into the world of un-kept hygiene and the drop or two of spirits their parting words of, " I'll write every day" somehow is lost. The battle of the outside world vs the starry skies at night and endless ocean with teaming fish during the day, Baja fever wins almost every time--


------- Sundays Report ------------- Closed Monday -------- ------ -

Team Name: Team Pacific Pioneer on behalf of Tuna Club of Avalon Sponsor: Tuna Club Foundation Species Tagged: Striped Marlin Species Size: 102 kg (225 lb) Angler: Paul Hoofe Tagged By: Jason Blower Deployment Date: November 4, 2016 Pop-Up Date: July 18, 2017 Distance Traveled: 92 , According to the data sheet, the fish swam away from the boat in "excellent condition"- The tag stayed with the striped marlin for a remarkable 256 days and swam a point to point distance of 92 nm but a total estimated distance of 2,059 nm! It went to the tip of Baja and returned by July.

Water temps begins to drop to 64 degrees by the 14, it was warmer next to the island-- inside the 14 it drops even further to 62 degrees and turns even greener near the beach. Maybe a dozen or more boats were fishing off the East end of Catalina today-- Pat Holms released one and maybe another dozen or more sightings, snaps, zips or shots and fish for the fleet--y- near the quarry, outside from there a mile /mile and a half good meter marks and birds on small bait being pushed up.

Gad Zukes caught a fish early Saturday morning at 17/13 and Rasta Fish caught one Sunday morning released within feet of the quarry buoys.

Nice lazy day--- quiet on the radio though -- Bonitos still around but not in grate numbers-- Sand Bass fishing --- good for those working the art reefs and structured north of Newport--- nice size grumpys - Lime green was said to be a good color for them-- Bait making at newport harbor on the small mini mack size, ok for the bass- only a few marlin sized

Avalon Bank-- it's the spot a few marlin bites - even reports of tunas showing up!

---------------- Fridays the 10 of Nov 2017-------

Still a few boats headed towards mexico, all the way into December while there's a few coming north for the Christmas parades! -- and the snowbird feet-- sailors getting out of the northwest winters weather also heading south to ports unknown Report From Mag Bay-- Paradise .com reports-- they got into the area later in the afternoon yesterday- weather fair better than expected they ended up with 13 marlin for the afternoon bite- both jigs and frozen ballyhoos - best area was approx 18 miles outside the Entrada of Mag Bay-- came back into the bay and mad another 100 pieces of bait for today's adventure-

---------------------- Thursdays report ----------

Another nice day for Autumn - a few puffy clouds around, blue haze to the sea side, light west wind, early- maybe 3- 6 kts- some wind chop and wave wrinkle. Coastline surface currents show a strong flow southwards inside Catalina-- makes a bend in a clockwise movement to come back uphill the backside of the island, the 277 to the Mackerel bank being the vortex of the surface currents.

Approaching weather fronts next week may start to shift the flow of weather further south. We haven't heard the jumping marlins reports for a while, when they start to jump around it seems they're gone soon after that--


--------------------- Wed's Report - Nov 8th ----------

So Ed Martin calls in with a report--- fishing with his adopted grandson from Australia, first time he's been out in the deep water fishing--- they had passed the oil rigs at 9 miles-- another mile out to the dropoff--and a jig bite that stretched out some hundred yard of line - lost it-- got bit off-- maybe a shark bite? leader all scared up. Worked over to the 152 off the East end of the island, made a few tacks and had a double hook up on jigs, fought both marlins - but unfortunately they both came off---- while fighting the fish- another 300/ 400 yards off a bunch of feeders cane up too! --- So there's still good marlin fishing around the east end of the island-- go get the Last one!-- 11:49am

----------------- Tuesdays Report ------------

Beautiful is all one can say-- soft clouds around you seas smooth with a light swell west 2- 5 S/W wind couple seals baking in the background-- tides flowing - lots of small baitfish in the harbors and bays-- pelicans and terns on them,

Robert Goldstein from the Del Rey Yacht Club fishing on his boat Genesis caught on Friday 11/3/2017 his prize fish...a Shortbill Spearfish. Fishing with fellow members Vic Jedlicka, Bob Godfrey and friend Andy he found his fish off of Santa Barbara Island. Congrats Robert! Tight lines Vic Jedlicka, DRYC & SCYA Angler Chair

And from one of the benchmark of the sea an E mail this morning--

--Hi JD, To my knowledge there were 4 Marlin caught off the slide between Church and the 152. There were only 3 to 4 boats in the area. We were fortunate enough to catch one of the four on the Sub Chaser. B. G.

A talk with Kenny K coming back uphill from May Bay- saying it was one of the best he's ever seen down there-- one bad night in traveling above Cedros-- but good traveling now-- the Wahoo bite off the "Ridge" had slowed down and still the marlin bite continued well once you were near the Thetis or below there- excellent- --

Sleeper--- tacked towards the East end of the island-- working towards the Slide and 152 ( 4 miles this side of the 152 right on that dropoff) ---- got it ----1 hour 5 minutes, hit the stinger lure-- 12:45 released

-------------Nov 5 Sunday 2017-----------

Reports filter in -- yes there are still marlin around off the East end of Catalina and tunas off Clemete, There were congratulations to" Beek" for his catch?-

------- Nov 4th Sat 2017 ---------

Nice Day-- the clouds of last night went away leaving bluebird weather this morning-- still some marine haze on the ocean side- wind 1-2 west-- building-short wind chop- not comfortable-- strong tides exchanges

A dozen or more boats were on the Tanner this morning-- Bluefin the goal -getting back home is another--

Whale watching boat commenting on the full moon and the "Arrow" market squids appearance. the other boat who fishes allot says the "these marking are like those of large squids not the smaller market squid-- anyone catching those humbolt's ?, not for about 5 years or more years that I know of, they eat everything, these are definitely all marking like a bigger animal not those markets squids'--- Risos Whales should be around feeding on them--

------- Nov 3rd 2017 ----------

Nice weather--- light cloud cover- broken, and a south wind at 2- 3 kts- light wind chop-Not much said on trhe radio today-- a few boats out fishing-- searching the waters these days--- couple of scratchy voices said" the fish had sunk out" I think Beek was chasing tailers later in the day---Nice weather forecasted-- Tanner Bank was said to be the spot for the bluefin and live squid the answer---

------Nov 2nd --

Patches of blue behind clouds were covered up by a drizzling rain early in the day- seas calm, wind light maybe 1- 3 kts south-- radio quiet - Glassing off mid morning- nice- a couple whale watchers out--

The question posed in this mornings e-mails--- Will the BFT stay around till Thanksgivings ?-- What would cause these game fish to move away? Certainly a weather change with a cooling water trend, but we've haven't really experienced that yet and the forecast looks fair for the immediate future. Maybe the lack of baitfish-- but reports say no also- in some spots still massive amounts of it metered and now squid in the mix so there's still enough feed for them to stay. That's why they come into these waters to fatten up for the leaner times. And over the past three years these BFT's have thrived here off the West Coast, why not another year.

Looking back to the early times of the Catalina's tuna fishing- their epoch was Bluefin Tunas, Leaping tunas they called then for some unknown reason they disappeared for nearly ten years with catches of Yellowfin taking their place for years to come- Now were back to Bluefin-- will they too move away?-- better to fish for them while they're still here!-

May Bay report from the Hooked---Done and flying home today. Sad to leave but reality calls to allow us to do it again some day. Total of 162 Billfish, 6 wahoo, Dorado and yellowtail. Used 180 ballyhoo and went through many live baits staying busy all day. The marlin and sails love the Ballyhoo. Thanks

Interesting in sites on what these Swordfish, Opah and tunas might be feeding on-- the squids They were probably either onychoteuthis or my guess is these guys as we find them in swordfish and opah all the time..... gonatus spp. -- Owen S.



------------ Nov 1st 2017--------

------- Oct 31 2017 ------------------

Wind from the southeast- a little sloppy out there today-

Mag Bay fishishing-- some the best we've heard of in years--- Hooked--- Down to the last bait today (they took 80 unrigged) . All live bait and ballyhoo used up today. Think we finished the day( one days count) with 35 Billfish. Sails and stripes combined and 9 Dorado. Feeders on meatballs. Head is spinning and arms are sore. Taking a break in he mangroves tomorrow. Geoff

Fishing is great down here! Marlin are thick around the Thetis bank and out front of Entrada. Had a record day for us yesterday on Pescador with 34 marlin and 14 sailfish released. Today we had 16 marlin, 12 dorado, 8 sailfish and 1 wahoo. Heading home in a couple days. Weather has been good! KK

Results of the Black & Blue Tournament Winners totals.

Team Ten Brothers $961,518.75, Go Deeper 60 $876,350.00, C-Bandit $764,966.25, Wild Hooker $439,987.50, Chupacabra $69,907.50, Fastball $62,985.00, Pocket Aces $39,100.00, Sneak Attack $21,802.50, Eugene $12,112.50, Chinto Bonito $7,020.00,

Total $3,255,750.00

---Oct 30 - 2017 Report ---Closed Monday--

high overcast gray skies, wind light 2- 3 from the southeast light wrinkle on the water. moon's filling--

Reports scattered as they are speak of both yellowfin and bluefin tunas outside the 267, out to the 209 and behind there towards Clemente-

Hi JD, I know Marlin catch reports are hard to come by and I want to submit one. I took my boat Tunacious Too to Catalina with my 16 year old son, Zach. I have tried to get Zach his first Marlin for the past 5 years with only lost jig fish to show for the effort. Today, we accomplished our goal. Zach hooked a fish on a drop back bait at 1:02 off the 152 and we released it at 1:40 on 30 lb tackle and a circle hook.. I estimate it to be in the 150 to 175 range, but who knows. It would be an honor if this report can make your daily fish report. Thank you, Bob Waters - Glad to post it-- to spend time with family enjoying nature at it's best- JD

Vick had a fish up in the squid teaser --a drop back bait in but the fish ate the droping lure-- came off- Dave ? released one too- 2:16 Bonito along the coastline good numbers of small fish-24 /15 got two feeders up -- 1:48 slack tide today 12:11

Overcast for most of the day-- stayed south and cooled off- barometer dropped---What happened to Summer--

---------- Sat's Report --------

Marine layer low , slow south wind 1- 2 kts- seas smooth as silk--Sounds like a marlin was hooked up off the A bank this morning-- from Dana to the East End 69 degrees-clean water but not much happening so far-- 70- 71 off the east end--I just baited a swordfish--- 11:09am -two batches of feeders up here eariler this morning---we got enotyh they still crashing around the boat--- chunning em yo another long battle on a swordfish I think-- "Had em' 5 ft from the boat before he sunk out 1:28pmMeatballs of bait seen off Dana--- Humpback whales bonitos, -30th Street fishing with Pepperoni as bait - Leopard shark!Ahaa-- the fun days, to walk on the beach carefree and barefooted! -


-------- Fridays report -----------


Almost got to the 152 it's 70.6/7 degrees-- closer to the island there were birds sitting on the water like the were waiting for something-- looked fishy -we're out here fishing tuna--- the fishing skinks-- yea- right now there's not much -- but it's here, it'll come up a little later--10:33We're on the 43 seeing nothing not even meeting any bait nothing-- you still were you were this morning-- ?--Is that you moving up towards the island--- no we're stopped-- got meter marks , there's a huge school of dolphins moving the same as yesterday-- your way-- these are a 100 % tunas we're marking-- but nothing yet-- 11:5306 and 57 --we came back inside a little, found some-- got a couple hangin-- good ones--- 12:34Rich calls in Hot Spot--- just released one Kathy pullled on it around the 152 blind strike est 180 lb fish, Jig Fish Black and purple-----took out 200 yds and came back up jumping next to the boat-- 1:41pmwe just had a good foamer - got to go there' up-- good ones too 2:02 pm 289 71 degrees some birds but eally not seeing much out here---

He had come in the shop several weeks ago-- picked up a couple of those Baitmasters frozen pre-rigged swordfish squids for deep dropping to the broadbills, learing each time it tried it-- couple of times on the 14 for nothing, the 181 and yesterday the 277, Talica 25 loaded with 65 braid line and and 25 ft wind on leader, at its connection to the line was snap attached a 3 lb cannon ball sinker, the rigged squid's hook held a bent "U" shaped 3/4" rebar a couple feet long and weighed close to 10 lbs-- the system when hitting bottom releases the rebar weight and your on the bottom, his line became instantly slack- thinking he'd either broken off or a shark bite on the way down----" there just wasn't any weight- just slack line"-- - hand cranking in the slack-- he sets the rod aside and goes inside the boat and pulls out the De-Walt screwdriver attachment that power winds in the line-- 300 ft comes up quickly --- then--- then the rods starts to load up- and he's on--- the fish erupts 50 yards from the boat--- he had the fish leadered to the boat in 20 minutes-- close enough to get the 3 lb cannon ball weigh off the snap- then the fish sounded again for another run. 2- 1/2 hours later and three times leadering it the fish eyeballing him each time while 25 feet under water finally he gets the fish to the side of the boat and gets rope on it-- hooked at 8 :30 in the morning and to the boat at 11, but the struggles still go on as he's too exhausted and can't pull the fish aboard-- a passerby boat assists as two healthy guys jump aboard and get it onto the swim step - and off the Avalon to weigh it 188 lbs-- all by himself-- nice catch-- JD

we had three yellowfin on about 40 one about 60 and lost a bigger fish at the gaff-- yoyu fish the 381- yea flew the kite there but got em' mostly on the porpious in the insid25/ 48 Minki whale you would not beleive--

Mag Bay report from the Hooked-- -Amazing conditions here only 8-10nm off the Entrada. Today, we released 30 marlin, 2 sailfish and got a wahoo. Must have raised 100 fish. We stayed on the same school all day all within a 1/2 mile. Truly an amazing place. --

Bring more hooks and leaders !!

Inside the 14 this afternoon--Vintage sent in the photo-

Oct 26 ----- Thursdays report ---------

Nice--- what can you say about this morning's day rise- - a small roll of south sea swell on glass - calm and nice-- and the good posibility of fishing--Bonito and Skipjacks along the coastline---

Striped Marlin have been reported still off the West end of the island, you'd' have to think something would develop in that warm water around the Mackerel Bank, and that crystal blue water below Clemente might hold something. A Swordfish seen off Laguna the other day and this weekends mid - day slack tide the prime time to find em. The harpoon fleet stickin' pretty good up by the Channel Islands, Good Luck this weekend-- JD

Rigged Bonito for Swordfish bait--they shine better than mackerel--Reports from boats fishing off Mag Bay-- Pescador --Great weather and fishing. 34 marlin, 1 sailfish and 1 wahoo.

Hana Paa- coming in with a Broadbill Swordfish-- be at the BAC around 2:30 to weigh it--- Putting 45 lb of drag presure to sunset it- proved to shorten the battle to 40 minutes- 135 lb fish on 80lb tackle, Tom Pfleger- Squid for bait-- small 12- 14 inch humbolt squid in its stomach-

First Fish Flag for the BAC and Tom's First Broadbill Swordfish- Congrats--JD


Desperation Reef still holding those bluefin tunas-- 150+ fish


Broadbill Swordfish up---- we're at 20 and 19 we' got on flagging--- 1:37,

04/58- to 04-- , yellowfin--smaller tunas-- up to 100 lbs--from there to Fish Hook-

Hold on we've got a swordfish up-- 4:47pm


Yesterdays results for the Black and Blue Tournament--- today---Chupacabra 682 points with a second scoring fish!!!

1st- Ten Brothers 456, 2nd - Chinito Bonito 442, 3rd - Rising Sun 392, 4th - Porque No 344

--------------------- Wed's report - ---

Back in the Saddle again--- as the old saying goes--

Great to take a break and enjoy some time on the water---Pre-Fished and fished Los Cabos Offshore tourments in Cabo San Lucas , A lots changed since the last time I was down there-- - Fishing fair + for the number of boats out, Weather hot , just like here.


A two billed fish-->












Spent a lot of time watching lures splashing-! although one lure in particular had 6 of our 8 marlin strikes, - ----

Local Report-- said a few spots of tunas were seen outside the Oil rigs--outside Huntington- yesterday- nothing so far today--Bonitos inside the rigs and along the coastline fun fishing for them- -- 4:09pm


Oct 17 th--

Another niceday--- the start of a conflict between the N/W cooler weather fronts and the N/E dry Santa Ana's for the next month or so-- nice ocean todaya few marlin boats out-- good counts for some Santa Barbara island to the West end of Cat area-- The rest of the fleets getting ready to head south if they haven't all ready have. great wahoo fishing on the Ridge, bring more wire, and some big Dorado under kelps mid way down and marlin fishing reported excellent with 10- 20+ daysSee ya-- adios- till next week-JD

-------------- Mondays Report ---------

Hi JD Here is a shot of my son Nicholas’ first marlin he caught this weekend with Captain Jeff and his brother Randy on the Offshore. Great time-great weather. He caught it on a Cousins booger.

And another Great Marlin Tag deployed-- E-Mail today from the Bounder--- John, Wanted to update you. We wound up releasing a third fish for the weekend. We went West over the weekend on a mission to get our Pesky's MABT Great Marlin Race sat tag deployed. We released quick jig fish Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning near SBI, but both were uncooperative in getting the sat tag deployed in.. On our way home at 4:30pm, just short of and inside the West End, , we got bit on a Cousin's petrolero in the rigger. This time we were able to deploy our MABT sat tag. Lala as the angler on 30lb, and after a 12min fight time, Doug leadered the fish allowing Bob Ballenger to deploy the tag. Doug laid down on the swimstep holding the bill in one hand and the dikes in the other, and as we slow troll fish to retrieve the hooks, he cut the stainless Comstock cable and was trying to back out the embedded hook when the fish kicked loose and swam off. It had good color as it swam off. We were very lucky to have gone 3 for 5 on the jig fish. were headed South. We are looking at a Nov 1 departure. Andy


------- the Weekends Report --------------

Some fog this morning--209 was socked in zero vis, clearing off to just haze left and blue sky above. An peaceful Pacific ocean this morning- Good radio reception-- from Newport all the ways to Santa Cruz Island and south towards the tuna grounds--Congrats to Bounder from the fleet La la released one yesterday late afternoon and I beleive another one this morning.

JD's you on this side -- this is John C, Sundance, we just released a fish up here off the West end of the island-125 right on top of it-- we had a knock down here earlier-- Jig fish-- 25 minute battle -it's a qualifier for the Tuna Club of Avalon for angler Austin, now were going see if we can get new member Marshall his qualifier,, To get two qualifying fish for new members in a single days is a feat in angling itself, in some cases a new members can go years before gaining qualifying status as a regular member. 10:31

Other sportfishers working up the line report lots and lots of sealife , just south of the 17 fathom spot, whales, porpoise baits birds looks good.A call from Jon A, he'd just baited a marlin 3- 1/2 miles outside Laguna Beach--- 1:04-- Low Slack today 1:13-- Stand by--Marlin--- bite 1:52-- Nicolas is fighting a marlin----- hey Offshore, Nicolas -- I hear you caught a marlin today--- I sure did! how do you feel-- Like a Man!--- Well congrats from the C'est la vie and the fleet joins in-- congrats--

Congrats to Cowboy's Teri with her marlin release--- 3:13 pmWe're Hooked up a rough voice comes through,,, Go get em Andy----- Ahaaa it just fell off -- wild fish--- 4:09We're bit again---- -- go get em' Andy --that was so cool-4:20


------------------- Sat's Report -----------------

Calm with marine layer-overcast offshore -seas fair good traveling--

JD' you on this side---- JD's back--what's up, This is Will, Real Angel, Just wanted to let you know that sardine colored jigs works well -- we just released one hear on the 14--- right on the mornings high tide mark--Who's the angler,, My Dad! Congrats,, he had come in the shop yesterday, having just flown in from back east and picked it up. Good way to start the day Dad catching his marlin on sons boat-!-Reported last weekend --- hooked a Blue last weekend light tackle tournament. biggest thing I ever saw-- got it up close to the boat--- but it spit the hook-- got it videoed,, not enough drag to set the hook, Anybody in the vicinity of 15 over 58, (Shipping lanes 1/2 way from the 267 to the 277)-- yes we're near there-- we found a little school of porpoise holding a nice school of Yellowfin come right over-- thanks we'll be right over ! 10:51am--Lot's of bait out there,, but that's all we've seen--- couple of foamers , one had a Mako-- almost eat that popper-- boy sure wouldn't want to fight that one with the popper- We baited that swordfish in about 90 feet of water , made three cast but didn't want anything to do with it---swordfish boat comes back-- just above the Dome, inside the lee of Clemente they had been calico bass fishing just leaving the island--

ey swordfish stick boat --- any tuna out there where your at--- yea, we got two out of three on the poppers, best area we saw fish was 3 inside the Mackerel Bank towards the island---- miles of porpoise --- bait balls, We saw that fish just outside that lobster buoys like fifteen fathoms-- We hooked a 40 lber with a saltwater fly tied behind a popper!--- Double header!

Nice day on the water-- wind never came up seas remained fair-- lots of folks out enjoying the weekend--

orning marine cloud layer stronger today-- wind still light from the west/southwest- 2- 4 kts- seas light wind chop on small mix of sea state.Better get your supply of hooks and leaders ready--- and your pocket book too!--- - if your headed south-- this mornings E-Mail-- Fished today off Mag Bay... Caught 23 Marlin today .....31 for two days .. weather great. Fuel in Turtle ..still $8.25. Wally Dialed Inn


----------------- Thursday Report ---------- -

Seals barkin in the morning's air, here in Newport- light marine haze and a soft cool seabreeze from the Southwest, Building to a westerly this afternoon- Water temps remain warn at 68/ 71+ tides are flattening out-- Moons at half going dark.Whale watchers we're seeing Risso's Whales outside Dana this morning-- " I guess theyre's squid around-- we saw one of them take a poooo--- there were lots of black inky looking stuff---Westerly for most of the afternoon--- Thresher shark bites locally w/ Rapala-I hear that there's a Earthquake practice drill coming up this next week Oct 19, good timing -- right on the New Moon phase --- lets hope there's not a real quake that day-! Mexico's quake was on the New Moon phase 19 September 2017 !

------------------------- Wed's report --------------

Mix of clouds some low, others high above-- wind light to fair from the west- seas fair- the weekend promises to be goodThe report was a good showing of Marlin up at Anacapa Island this past weekend-- They must have slid down from there--- Pacific Pioneer took a couple day trip--- One fish released up on the Osborn, next morning a triple on marlin on the O Bank-- they all fell off--- down to the 172 they went- had another triple on jigs- they too fell off- must be using rubber hooks, down to the 125 ( west end of Cat) for another double on the jigs, and they too they all fell off, more rubber hooks!-and one more bait fish that spooled them on 50!-- they were 1 for 12 bites !- No--- the marlin haven't left-maybe just getting here! - just no one fishing for them - Jig colors-- Bogger and Mackerel Clone! --- Hooks-- Rubbermaid . --- --

------------ Tuesdays Oct 11 Report -

Morning marine/ fog haze blown away by the light westerly, seas- still a mix to them

Hey JD Wanted to send you a fish report. I saw your post Saturday about yellows at SBI. I fished that area Sunday for 3 nice yellows and one Marlin.Marlin seen on the 14 this moring also a swordfish---An there's still a bite or two locally for those Yellowtails off the artificial reefs and structure north of Newport to Huntington flats,

--------Closed Monday------- going fishin! JD

Long Boat ride- did see a couple of spots of tuna up between the islands-- -- 4- 5 seconds too late with the cast jig-- that was it-- sunset bite on the West Butterfly did not develop - long boat ride home-- next time!



Birthday poem by Daughter #2 for my birthday when she was 13, still holds the W R for Pacific Blue Marlin, as a Junior Record when she was only 9

I motor out to open sea, A skiff of sorts withholding me

In search of scaling blue green gold, I troll and cast in waters cold

These waves they wash from deep below, Lulling currents I learn to know,

While high above soars birds in flight,A flashing signal to the keen and skilled, For sees of bait tanks full and filled

I grin to hear my motor low, For a tangled forest is where I go

Where fish might come to hide and rest, And keep from predators at best

The world here speaks of light and death, A cycle born from nature's breath

But no despair is found round here, Only beauty cherished dear

For this is a place of peace for me , Motoring out to open sea


-----------------Headed to Mexico this Fall Season--- Top off with good quality Valvec marine Diesel here in Newport---at Island Marine Fuel ( 200 gal min) $2.79 per gal, + tax, Get you fuel now before November 1st--- New Taxes on Gasoline and Diesel ! Gas goes up 12 cents a gal and Diesel goes up 20 cents a gal!! ! A, Reliable Source, just went through Turtle: Diesel $8.25 USD/Gallon, Gasoline $12.00 USD/Gallon ------------- Criminal !!!


------------- Sundays Report -----------

Morning brough stiff South South/east wind- 11- 14 kts- seas a bit bumpy and some wind chop along with it--

Blue Whale seen 3 off Abalone- headed south- be off Dana around noon today--E-Mail today--- Good morning JD - quick report that we released 2 marlin on the Mai Tai yesterday. Double on jigs. Had a third that didn't stick 30 min later. Chased a quick feeder too. Lots of bait on a very fishy 277. Aloha. HughSounds like another fish hooked on the 14 earlier before the tide today---- Sloppy and more marine haze interfering with the radio reception--



Bull Pens' Spearfish catch yesterday--what wondefull colors they have-

Wind backed off towards the late afternoon hours-- still out of the S/W . strong N/W on the outside, Columbus days has a Offshore morning wind- S/E swinging to a NE

Good Luck


------------ Sat Oct 7 Report ------------

-Fine------ a lot like yesterday-- light marine haze off in the distance repots of fog further south/ maybe La Jolla/ 9 Mile bankJust a scrap of kelp--- started off with a few skipjacks , ended with a dozen small yellowfin-- nothing to run over to--- what's you up--- 29-- no 23--Where'd you get off too---- the weather buoy - surrounded by three giant kelps and no bites yet--Good yellowtail fishing at st SB islandsmall tunas on the 43--We just had a jumper--- south of those numbers 8 - 10 miles -- putting the jigs in right now -- just coming up to the 277 -- 10:48Bait all the up from Point Loma to Catalina-- Blue Whale following the 250 fathom curve, off Crystal Cove now heading south - Orcas seen yesterday out by the oil rigs 11:04 doing any good, had a feeder- turned into a fish in the jigs, put a drop back in-- had a pick up--- put it in gear and it's had dropped it--- 11:28am Just got Jig bit--- headed from the first one to the second one 11:29 ILTT (International Light Tackle Tournament) going on today- a handful keeping it rolling---How's it going-- oh a few here-- there just like the whole season nothing special-It was a big one had a couple of chances to toss a bait at it-- it spooked each time-- 11:5How your bait situations-- good-- mind of you toss a few in a bag for us-- - sure where are your -- right behind you-- five yellowfins and a skipjack off it-- our groups happy-- 12: 19Just had one up in the teaser chain--- took out about 30 of it-- pretty cool-12:15Another one on the 14?, and reported lots of bait up behind the island yesterday-- porpoise came in and decimated the area-- only scales and oil left- , we spent most of the day- here on the ridge-- up the inside and back down then outside -- totally different day today from yesterday-28 up 26 1/2 out we found a few kelps-- the bigest had nother the other one , we stopped the boat on-- never started off skipjacks turned into the yellowfin-- 77 degrees in th lee of Clemte this aftenoon- Spearfish on the Bull Pen this afternoon----Hot weather---fair fishing- big swell

---------------- Fridays Oct 6th Report --------------

Nice- clear skies last night light marine haze this am-- seas welcoming- wind one or two from southwest.Buccaneer Days this weekend at Catalina - the fleets headed their wayDave you on this side-yea, go down a couple-- 14 and 05 just had a feeder-- 10:18am Slack today-- 10:00 right on time--Schools of Yellowfin, look for us were at 11/ 14 we're sitting on them w/ baits-- 11:09amGet over here--- we just hooked a blue marlin!---- 11:27 ?? ---- It busted off 80--- took a dead skipjack pitched it to it-- came out and wolfed it--- every bit of 400 lbs unbelievable-- busted us off on 80 , on a better note we're metering fish under us now under the wagon right here-- JD's Tackle you on this side--- Sub Chaser calling--- we just wanted to let you know we just released one-- couple miles below the 277- Son in laws and a couple of their buddies, they did a great job--- beautiful out here--- Doug saw the fish and the boat I just watched!--- -- never seen a spot with so much bait-- couple miles below the 277- 11:38--How ya doing--- we're chasing Bluefin--- had one on the popper -- came off-- we left the island -- saw only one yellowtail go over the rails from the sportboats--- we've got a dozen of those yellowfin, little schooles and one big dorado went south behind the 425--long soaks in the zone, we got one on board , another close--- of one big bruiser--- lost it--- heartbreaker-- off China-- got one smaller one in the bag-- We just dumped a marlin on the Yummy flyer-- kinda cool to see it-- chasing it like they do thrashing around trying to get rid of it-- and he did---

----------------- Thursday the 5 of Oct Report -----

I just remembered !- getting old--- I stated here in October 1976, 41 years ago!-- seen a lot of boats go by, now stand up paddleboarders and their likes, Fishing gone in ups and downs and ups again with ol' Mother Nature offering up her Cornicopia of delights over the years, Glad to still be here- JD--- Nice Morning---------- Nice Seas-- light 2- 3 kts west/southwest, Strong tide exchange,An E-mail to Owen S. of Scripps about the Bluefin Tunas fioshing we're expericing and some questions about wheather some of the bigger fish are spawneng here on the West Coast and of their privious migration and current status in migration. Excerpts of Owen reply's', We are still working up the samples that have been collected all summer So sometime in the next few months I will know more. My preliminary answer is no we have not seen any evidence of spawning. The large females did not appear to be in spawning state as their ovaries were very small and immature. I looked at fish as big as 364 lbs Yes a different research group satellite tagged some big bluefin last year and this year. They are also busy processing the data and haven't shared any of it with us yet. I think they will publish their findings early next spring.... My thoughts are that most of the big fish stayed off California for another year. For example we have had many fish over 300 lbs caught this year and fish as large as 364 lbs were caught in 2017. Last year the biggest fish were around 290 lbs.... so those fish are probably the 300 lb fish we are seeing this year. ---- Better get the fighting chairs mounted--- Next Year we might be seeing 400/ 500 lb fish!-JD

-------------Oct 3 Tuesday----------Broken cloud cover 50% with some marine layer to it-, wind fair/ + out of the south/southeast- 8-10 kts --light wind chop-Quiet on the radio--- still a few Yellowtails to be caught above Newport, Artificial reefs, pipeline and fish havens off Huntington Beach/.Marlin fishing isnt over - just no one's out looking for them-- the baits here- so are they--

----- 1st of October- hard to beleive Sundays report -----------Broken sky this morning with patches of blue behind the marine clouds, light/ med stiff south wind maybe 6- 9 kts + wind chop on small mix sea -bumpyLots of boats scattered out- for those looking for swordfish, tuna fleet and marlins fleet and the air show and boat showReports of Lobsters and only fair catchers on the yellowtails--at Catalina~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This last month we lost another of our great Captains of the Sea, Capt Gary L Sanson, a Celebration of his Life will be held at the American Legion Hall here in Newport today Sunday Oct 1 from 1- to 6 pm . Gloria invites all those who knew him to come by, say hi to old friends tell a fish story or two and pay their respects to a man who was always cheerful and always excited to go fishin' Adios and good luck- JD-- He was an adventurer of the sea.


-------- The last day in Sept 30th 2017 Sat's Report ------

Wind stronger from the Southeast this morning- not foggy- and the marine layer is not as heavy nor as low-- Today's Boat Show in San Pedro and the Huntington Beach Air Show hopefully will go on well,light wind chop along with that south wind, otherwise seas good,Lobsters for dinner this evening- for some- the late afternoon weather looks to back off towards sunset to only a couple of kts.24 up/ 33 ( Mexico) out were some kelps holding yellowfin--Tuna fishing ( the bulk of the fishing) still a ways off form Newport, off Oceanside and further south- although there are some schools pushing to the west from there inside the Catalina's Channel or between Cat and Clemente-- old timers would say for every 100 schools of tuna that pass to the outside of Clemente Island, 10 schools pass between the two islands and one school makes it's way inside Catalina and the San Pedro Channel-

Got to go-- we're on them-- 11:16- A choirs line of Dolphins making they way up from Dana 4-5 miles offshore making they was 4 or 5 knts--SWBS Bass fishing serries hosts their last tournament today-- TOURNAMENT of CHAMPIONS out from Long Beach South Shores Launch Ramp , All 3 Bass allowed- Two Stage Event, fish outside the harbor 1/2 the day inside the othere half.Marlin Fishing-- here- there--- more feeders seen the past few days-- finding them amongst the sea lions, sea lions are now the indicator-- and those jumpers--

---------------- Sept 29th 2017---------

Foggy here and there, clearing then reapearing-- where are you guys?-- wind soft from the south, seas calm-We're here with the fleet-- on the 425-- looks like everyone's still moving--- we just picked up one nice dorado-- we're up here on the high spot, (43), you got alot of bait up there--- got to go--- 10:23amdid have, a little while ago a fish up in the jigs--- 22/02-- twice in the past half hour there was some action10:42am---A 1/2 mile line of finbait strings along the coastline off Newport 4-6 off the beach birds and baitballs lots of em!, looks good-- I heard Kyle had a fish on up west-- came off- , flying fish released one--still fog here on the beach 1/2 mile- Bud on 20lb Mayham--- 12:15 on a fish-- releasedMJG Ruccas-- took out 300 yards like a freight train-- 2 2/1 off the Slide-- lost it-- Yellowfin outside SD out to the 182 Bank- E-Mail today--- Hello JD, Launched out of Mission beach this morning at 5:00 am and my son Griffin and I had 6 YFT 10- 20lbs on the boat by 8:30 just 2 miles shy of the 182. Home and cleaned up in Irvine by 2:30....-Still foggy here on the beach--3pmRoyal Slam dumps one too off the East end-- Fog finally was edged back from the coastline after 5 pm still lingering offshore, Avalon to the LB Breakwater also had fog most of the day

Fuel Price for Turtle Bay--- 35 pesos per liter-- works close to $8.00 a gal- ($7.26 ) - especially if a Credit Card is used add 5- 10 %!The 46th annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament was held Sept. 8-13. Twelve boats participated in this year's tourney. Most of the marlin were found behind Santa Cruz Island. Hydrocarbon took first place honors again this year with six releases. Dawn Patrol came in second with five releases and Ruckus came in third with four releases. Valkyrie, Joy Sea and Nepenthe each had one released marlin. Also caught and released this year were three short bill spearfish

--------- Thursday's Report --------------

Morning hours found the fog had crept in- laying offshore for several miles before it cleared up- light south wind here on the beach 1 - 2 kts- seas calm-Good meter marks, we spent most of the morning around the 125/ 152 good meter marks-but nothing else-- found a nice kelp out past the back side of Church--but nothing--- lots of dolphin, seals lots of bait but nothing else----we're out here on the A Bank seeing some surface bait so far, but that's it for us-- 10:37-We just released one--Hooked off the East end of Catalina- got the Satellite Tag in it-- healthy looking, fish was strong --all lit up-- it was a jig fish--- saw a jumper I assume that was him-- came up on the jig 1:17lots of birds, some bait 5 above the 9 mile bank-- looks goodSwordfish up yesterday 2:00 pm right on the tides-- stand by-- Coastal air waves roaring away as the HB Air Show do some pre- flying maneuvers Anyone want some numbers where the Yellowfin are boiling--- here just west of the 14 Mile Bank--- 33:25/ 118.2 on the Porpoise 1:52 -- birds bait -Jumpers---- Jumpers---- and a few tailers-- accounted for two or three fish today-- Jumpers-- why do they Jump?--- Sportfisher off San Clemete Island pulling a kite-- you doing anything-- OK hi your self, oh about 20 degrees from you we had a bite that was it for us- so , just got herewe just came down from the other side-- didnt see much there either, we came down from the 499 saw a bit of bait but that was it too- thanks--Nice afternoon weather light west-- should be a good weekend- Gluck

------ Wed's Report ---------

Morning fog- went away-- leaving hazy milky sky- light south wind 2- 4 kts seas caln and flat slight mix of sea- Returning back from Avalon/ A Bank towards Newport mid channel yesterday they found a kelp-- good meter marks-- a tossed sardine on 20 lb results in a leaping Striped marlin - breaking off 20 minutes later-- they had been fishing the back side of Cat along with 300 other boats at the Farnsworth Bank trying to entice a yellowtail - there were some taken others lost, heaver tackle helps--Upcoming this weekend offshore will be one of the last local marlin tournamet's-- the boys at the Tuna Club of Avalon have their "Hunt Tournament", With prospects of Marlin, Swordfish and the tunas to fish for--

Water temps charts shows a mix with warm water further south stretching from the 277 over to Clemente and East from there into the 9 Mile Bank warmest towards the 302 and border's corner , another warm body above Catalina towards the west up to the 172/ 175 and out to the Osborn Bk. Swordfish almost anywhere.


Chlorophyll charts gives a general clean blue color to the water south and east of Cat/ Clemente- w some blue to the west of Cat and back side of Clemente where those tuna seiners were. The waters south of SD outside that green water was blue and warm w/ yellowfin and dorado there-

This weekends San Clemente Island closures shows on Friday the "Cove" is Hot/ Active from 6 pm Fri night till 2 an on Sat Morning-- open until 7 am Sat morning, it stays :Hot" all day till 5 pm Sat , open for anchorage from 5 pm till 7 am on Sunday morning them again Hot 7 am till 5 pm that afternoonWhale watchers were delighted with a showing of Minki Whales, even a Humpback whale and a maybe a fin whale in the mix, birds bait-- south outside of Dana--

------ Tuesdays Report-----

Mornings sun rise tainted with the amber orange of the inlands fire-- by mid morning that south wind shifted the smoke and haze further inland- seas fair with that slight 4- 6 Southeast wind-- coastal current running downhill. wind against current hard to set up on the local spots-Mid-days Slack Tide this first part of the week deemed to be the best for a swordfish basking habits--- stand by----E Mail- JD,. Sunday afternoon just after high tide. Located at 55-28. 3 miles inside SCI. Didn't want to die. Sank out Swordfish -Not much said in english on the radio today-- spanish overwelmed the airways-- seiners off Clemente's West end with their hi powereed radios?

Here are the pictures of the Swordy from Gadzukes.

JD, I guess that swordfish flag came in handy before the many more moons that I thought it would be

. It was an epic 5 hour battle for Alan Schlange with an intense ending for all with gaffs. The fish was purple all the way to the finish. What a display of amazing strength when they have such strong will. Truly a majestic creature. Greg Z



and this this past weekend's catch for e a Bluefinn Tuna weighed in at the BAC-

Should be a good Air Show off Huntington Beach this coming weekend-- weather looks great---



------ Took Monday off-- ------------

-------------- Sundays the 24th -----------

Really nice morning on the water- wind soft from the south seas remain good and welcoming- The Pirate Fleet limps back into port- shell shocked-- -AGGRR -(See below)










The general overall marlin fishing-- scattered- a few West end Catalina, a couple strikes on the A Bank/ East End of Cat, a bite or two off the southern waters-- 9 mile bank, the 302 maybe a afternoon bite off Dana - lomg ways to go before they go away-- Good amount of fin bait / Anchovie shows up late afternoon off the Long Beach/ Huntington drop- off 4- 7 off the beach where that cool water up wells-Backside of Clemente--- Tuna fishing didnt develop as well as expected today-- - Joker pulled a fish (Tuna est 140 ) out yesterday 9 AM by the 88, Kite and Yummy not much there today-- Friday good fishing up towards the 289, and from the 289 to the 277 a couple more marlin bites today

------- Sat's Report ----------------

Blue overhead- a few low laying clouds to the horizons-- light south wind at 3- 4 kts- some mix of sea and a light wind wrinkle on it-No word yet on the Pesky's except the reported catch yesterday.AGGRR--- the morning's hi jicks begin with recorded stories- and more AGGRR's as the mid- morning's slack tide approaches-- --- Bait or Jig- ? got the garb on?--Prepare to be boarded- ---Avast matey -AGGRR--So far----A handful fish and , Gadzukes on a Swordie...-AGGRR--.Jewel Lure hooked up ..-AGGRR--.Gadzukes still on Swordie ---------- AGGRR-12:56pmSounded like Cannon battles out there-Flying fish also on a fish--- 2:08pm AGGRR,Ever reducing fishing boundaries as the tournament hours end- by 3 pm it's a 15 mile radius from Avalon- Lines out 4:08 today

sounded like 4 or 5 fish for the Pesky's today and reported the Gadzukes still on their Swordie ---------- AGGRR-3:22 pm

Gadzukes Landed their swordfish-- congrats from the fleett--4:20pm AGGRR


263 LBS his Second Swordfish of the Season!









Cannon fire-- that threatens to shoot Mackerels!



and cannon fire mid ship as they cross paths































And the Chicken Song ended it--and - Royal Slam's Sally releases a jig fish off Church Rock-


-------------------- Friday's Report Sept 22 -------------

Moderate clear sky, light south wind due to swing to the west later today--Air's cooler feels like the start of a early Fall season-- - seas fair w/ a mix of sea-Mid day tide swings should produce a bite or two-- standing by-- High Tide 11:06Noon time came and went-- still no reported action on the radio--it's as thought the fleet had been scuttled by pirates! AGGRR-- Standing By--

Note-- there's some lumber floating off So Laguna 2- 4 off the beach--

As the afternoon wears on- and no reports from the pirate fleet- then -- scratchy garbled comes through-- AGGRR you're about to be boarded--- aggrraa-- 2:37--









Pesky's Fishing hours started at 5:48 am this morning- and goes till Saturday afternoon 4:08 pm-- it's an all-nighter --- if you've got enough rum!Late afternoon hook up- Kacy B currently hooked up, Mike Bruce- 4:52pmA AGGRR------ as the fleet come back into radio range -- bit's and pieces of scrambled Aaarrrga's and repeated of what the bonus scoring points that are needed, boat name, garb worn, "we be bent over hard, matey" name, lat long, time of hook up, bait or jig, color of jig or type of bait, last 4 # of S/S, what the capt drinking, grid number, - lick the fish ad open a fresh brewski, - then repeat it all over again! - Kacy B released their fish !

Wed ------------

Cloudy with a chance of showers- wind light/ fair from the south--light wind chop and ruffled sea state --- She's gonna blow hard this afternoon-- stand by!2017 Pesky Mahlin Derby held it's kick off last night with fish stories matching the drinks, food and review of the rules. 38 vessels masking as pirate ships will be loaded with cannon, ball, bagel, eye patch, hand hook, pirate flag, shark chum and death by shark inflatable, gold earring, eyeliner and a custom made gold doubloon marlin lure!

-------AGGRRR!!-------- Stand By Matey

Couple of boats out today--- one said he'd lost a good sized Yellowtail up by the Santa Ana River pipeline- the afternoon's west wind seemed to die down-- more out of the south towards sunset , Chlorophyll charts shows east end of Catalina and below Clemente clean blue waterSan Clemente Isalnd Security shows the Island open on Friday and becomes Hot Sat morning 8 am till 1800 (6 pm) , same thing for Sunday hot from 8 am till 6 pm

-------------------- Wed's the 20 of Sept Report ------------Broken cloud cover-- cooler-- nice morning- seas have a light south wind some mix of sea but calm-Quiet on the radio so far-- ABC--- Chaser took it all $58,000 in the marlin division and no game fish weighed which was another $2,400 rounded off the $60,000 !

Headed to Mexico?--- Concern has been made from private sportboats headed south this year about Mexico's new regulations about fishing near islands offshore the west coast of Baja. A call to the Dept of Pesca to help be informed ( although the Dept of Pesca is not directly involved with these new regulations they are aware of them)

As you may recall several years ago the Mexican Government decreed ed Guadalupe Island a Natural Reserve while also acting as a prototype to establish how public or commercial were to enter these reserves, how controls or payment made/ wrist bands etc. to be allowed within these boundaries

This last year all the islands off the West Coast of Baja were decreed as Nature Reserves and a One Year time frame was given to CONANP ( Commission National de Natural Protected Areas ) to create these entry procedures. Those procedures are due to be in place by December of this year.

The Sportfishing fleet out of San Diego (SAC) is now working with CONANP to help clarify and establish these procedures , Contact information of the CONANP in Encenada for the managment of this decree is ( from the US ( 011 52- 646-1521290, and SAC

------Baja Bytes Weekly Overview Posted Monday, August 21, 2017 Gary Graham​















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Step 1 – REGISTER / Click here to register and apply for your passes if you plan on visiting these areas. Step 2 – PAY AT A MEXICAN BANK,


According to Orchid Martinez, Baja Fishing Convoys, there are annual passports that provide access in all of the areas which cost approximately $333 Mxn each for one year and can be purchased in bulk. Wristbands are approximately $60Mxn each per day. Currently both Ensenada Conap office and/or La Paz have them available in limited quantities

---------- Tuesday's 19 of Sept Report-----------------

Still gray mid morning-- light southeast wind 2 3 kts small mix of seas otherwise smooth seas-New Moon Earthquake-- -

This morning 10:30 Up-Date in the ABC has the Gambler hooking up at 8:15 this morning-- losing the fish tem minutes later-- and that's been all the hook ups reported so far--- No fish qualified yesterday so the $60,000 was up for grabs today , plus the Gamefish division, Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail had an additional $24,000 !!- Tough fishing so far-- there's a few fish around but reluctant to come aboard easily, The Tournament organizers wanting to give its contestants the best chance of catching a fish ( marlin) has canvassed all the boats with a question if there were any objections about extending the tournament's hours by one more, from 3:30 to 4:30 that change in times allow them a better opportunity at fish as the Slack low tide today is 3:28 pm and that first hour of a rising time has proven it;self for e a good Bite time", All boats agreed apron the extended times--- unless a fish was hooked before the original lines out time at 3:30- 10:36am--then seconds later--haser calls in with a reported hooked 10:37--- Lat/ long-- 22/ 03Chases fish released! 10:48, photo of bino, confirms the catch/ release- Congrats to them- - so officially lines out will now be the original time of 3:30-!----- 1:30 Update-- still the Chasers fish the only one caught so far--- standing by-- 2:30 Update-- still the Chasers fish the only one caught so far--- standing by--Ahaarrrr----3:00 Update-- still the Chasers fish the only one caught so far--- standing by----- 3:30 Lines out--- only the one fish released today---and don't forget the Pesky's

Chicken coup 6:30 Wednesday the 20th 414 Old Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663 Awards Dinner at the M in Avalon 6:30 PM The 23rd

Masters score card for Friday / 1st day and Sat / 2 Day

































--------------- Sept 13 , Wed's report ---------------

With a light west wind again-- coastal clouds and a general cooling to the air/ water?- Westerly this afternoon--

----------------- Sept 11 2017 Report --------------

Stan Miller Invitational had 28 boats listed this year, a long run for the fish caught and not as many fish caught as hoped for, all the bases were covered for the awards, Yellowtail, Dorado, Tuna and Marlins. Real Times received Honorable Mention as 4th place Marlin as they were headed home in the last hours of the tournamet, it came from just outside the oil Rigs off Huntington along that dropoff shelf where the water was reasonably clean and looked good-- bringing in their last trolled line before calling it a day--- when they got bit! Swaggers angler, Elaine V took Top Woman Angler Honors with her first fish, a marlin and a four minute fish at that, "just pick it up and crank!" The boat doing it's maneuvering while she stayed on the fish--- it's was a thrill she says. Bull Pens First Marlin of the day gave them #1 Boat in the Marlin division, Allure took Top Boat honors with a 14 0lb Bluefin Tuna taken off Clemente and adding to their score a Dorado and a Yellowfin -a Simrad $6,000 electronic package 1st Prize! And Brainwave keeps the young anglers tradition alive with Junior Anglers awarded to 11 year old Blake with his hour long battle on a marlin, Bob Hoose and Caprice and Crew held the awards-- nicely done--This week it's the CIBT then due up the Masters-

---Sept -10 2017 ------Report--

The ocean looks great this morning-- a few overhead tropical clouds-- light marine haze on the water- seas calm- warming-- lots of boats out--scattered catches of fish--Coastal partyboats-- southerwaters-- were targeting kelps where they could find them-- with hopes of some Yellowtails or Dorados--T/C We're Bit- ?? -- there's only the two of us -- somebody please relay it for us-- 11:20 hook up-- Ace Hi-- I think-- Stan Miller Tournament-- had the boats going long-- both ways- north and south -- hard to hear the northern boats-- the reports say three fish yesterday- one today- west of Catalina up towards the 17 fathom spot or thereabouts? no boats having multiple catches - opposite end of the reach were those after the bigger tunas- and some boats were successful, Clemente's Pyramid Head and adjacent canyon walls had strong up upwelled water with bait schools that held both the bluefins tunas and yellowfin, Kites, baits both worked. Respectful yet reluctant sportfishers and sportboats moved out of the Navys way during their requested time frame. From there and in between a few dorado and yellowtails under a kelp or to not much reported -- maybe a marlin bite or a jumper seen--By late afternoon the Tournament boats were edging their way back to Newport or home port, this evenings awards and dinner put on a Basin Marine, an event not to miss--- couple of captains discussing their days travels-- not many marlins seen, with hours of trolling for them-- a dorado here, some tunas there, water conditions fair everywhere, etc-- see ya later-- the pot thickens for high boat--A few minutes later--- --- just released one!-- found a spot of nice clean water-- first tack-- hung one we're back for another--- released conformation was a Reel 3:09Starts off well with a light marine haze, wind 1 or 2 knts seas calm and lots of boats out-- Newport to Catalina Outrigger races going on--with accompanying regatta of assist help boats- should be interesting around the Avalon Bank to Avalon as the cross paths with anglers

Stan Millers Tournament's today-- also second day for the Catalina Island Yacht Clubs fishing tournament-One marlin hooked up-- saw the fish put in an old marling jig and he immediately hit it 9:01amSlack tide today 11:50 am-- stand by-T/ control Swagger--- - were bit--- 9:01 -- released quickly--- maybe a 4 minute fish!Radio reception again on the only fair side-14 Mile Bank holding a lot of bait-- but no fish reported there yetNice big paddy here out between the 181- 182--inside the 43--- starting to get a bit bumpy-- 9:57amthere's 50- 75 yards of fish here-- it's a show going off-- "the Head" Are they batches of fish - roaming around chasing bait balls,, it's multiples--- rolling up on a big one now-- pretty cool---Haven't got him to the boat yet--- marlin-- Easy Money's on the fish- 10:09am- you still on him--- it's a mean fish-- what lb tackle--- 50! --- Released 11:03am not very good radio reception this afternoon-- scratchy a afternoon call out to the Jewlure, he'd been out off the east end- 152, one yellowfin tuna on a sardine dropped back in a school of fish-- no marlin seen-- sloppy, 73 degrees headed back to Avalon now-- only a couple of boats out- no other reported marlins-- 3:49pm bit on the wind chop and a mix of sea- --- Wind expected Strong from the west--Tuna fleet still working the 43 and now over to Desperation and banks below-- Surface current comes strong downhill from the inside of the San Pedro Channel, flows southward and outwards from Oceansides, also flows strong and wraps around the East end of Catalina and flows up the backside of the island , joined from a northern flow up from the 289 , upwelling strongest near the 43 where it's dispersed all directions- Albacore!!---E-mail this morning from the Honey JD, 1st of 5 abides this morning. I think this would have been first flag for the Tuna Club and BAC if we hadn't been 45 off Fort Bragg about 300 miles above Point Conception. Steve on the Honey

And another E mail-- Report from the Nuclear Hippo: shot the yellowtail on a patty got the yellowfin on natural cedar plug outside the 14 yesterday

Windy ---- Clear evening with a bright filling moon-- mornings marine haze kept active with a early west wind-- 10- 12 kts- with a little cap on it-- Out to the 14 for a quick look around-- some birds bait marks and dolphin but no sigh of the tunas - lots of terns and bait marks on the 267/ 279 fathon spot-- looks good but no strikes yet--The S/D tuna fleet camped out on the 43 Fathom shelf-- 32:39 / 117:57 he said he's got a big kelp with Dorado -- their biting- 6 out of Dana 180 degrees-Windy-- not many tunas being found by the privates today-- seeing a lot of sheep though!


---------------- Monday Labor Day ---------------

Muggy overcast light wind from the south- maybe 3- 4 kts-- seas fine light wind chop- otherwise calm and gray.Building tides and moon this week-- stand by-- should be favorable to the fishing--weather causing a down day?-- -Tropical--- where'd the storm go? mid morning a med South/Southeast wind at 12- kts- seas carrya wind chop with them,AM radio talk show this mornings had one of the sport boats call in who'd anchored up early this morning near the 43 fathom spot--couple hours later after being mauled by the bigger grade tunas they put one in the boat- other boats near by were also pulling then over the rails. 100- 150+ fish, Sardines and flatfall lures

A morning bite off the west end of Cat this morning-- couple of fish caught released-- three there yesterday-<<<<-- Doug Carson's Broadbill Swordfish at 243 1/2 lbs taken on IGFA 50 Mono-- 2 hour battle-- Doug's old man Ken, would be proud of him!

Marlin fishing improving daily --- casting to a tailer up in the front -- the fish came in on the short line then hit the stingger -- swimmer style head-- although you've still got to work at it-- afternoon tide swing at 2 this afternoon,spots of tunas up through out the area- most go down before you got to them

-------------- Sat's muggy, tropical storm watch days report ---------

SouthEast wind began to build early seas becoming a bit sloppy and wind chop- a lull later this afternoon then building wind tonight -sky a mix of clouds and marine haze stirred up by that southeast wind-Mexican rebels have taken over the VHF !We're Bit--- marlin 9:47- the mornings slack tide-- 8:25Beautiful water here--- got the jigs out again----- we just landed a nice-- 60 lb bluefin--- a little bait around here--- on the 181 10:4We just had a good foamer here-- got three cast into it--- good sized yellowfin----a lot of zeros today--Gadzuks brought in a Broadbill Swordfish into the Avalon Pier last night to weigh-- 236-- they had baited 4 that trip, had 2 hooked up and landed this one-- that good swordfish odds!-- West end of Catalina- has a fair showing of the striped marlins-- 125 area-- a morning's seen-- a fish released there by Kyle- Pacific Pioneer, Black Bart also had a fish there--- water there this afternoon 74 degrees and streaky mixed blue and green-- lots of porpoise around-- This mornings Osborn Bank had a quick feeder up- down and fast moving tailers - no report from up north yet--- the anchorage at Clemente not recommended for tonight through Monday- S/E wind and swell expected JDHow ya doing--- -- were here off in the lee of Clemente Iv;e got -75 water and there's big a big area of tuna here, they were up casing bait like crazy, gone down for now--- we're here half way from the -209 to the 277 and a big foamer just came up--- we got hooked up on a jig--- but knot came undone--it's 71.3 degree water -- there terns everywhere--- we're going put them out again 4:44pmthey were up and we trolling by em' they hit that Halco--

35th Annual Master Angler Billfish Tournament Balboa, USA 2016---Balboa, USA 2016 Race Complete AUGUST 2017 -- Congratulations to Team Hooked on behalf of Dana Angling Club for winning the Balboa, USA 2016 IGMR! On September 30, 2016, Hooked Captain Geoff Hersch tagged the estimated 36 kg (80 lb) striped marlin after a 17 minute bout with angler Jeff Acampora. According to the data sheet, the fish "swam away healthy" and 216 days later, the tag popped up 1,397 nautical miles (nm) away from where it was tagged to take first place in the race! After deployment, the fish traveled south for about one month to the southern tip of the Baja peninsula before eventually heading southwest into the Pacific. Once the marlin reached about three degrees from the equator, it traveled northwest until it's tag popped off. As evident by the track on the map, we estimate that this striped marlin swam a total estimated distance of 5,560 nm! The effort was definitely a joint one with generous sponsorship from Jeff Tom, David Peter, John Tully, Dan Gorman, Craig Cleaver, Peter Nannis, Chris Bailey, Greg Zucchero, Dave and Tucker Guyot. Taking second place in the race was also an MABT IGMR veteran team: Team Pacific Pioneer on behalf of Tuna Club of Avalon. On November 4, 2017, the tag, generously sponsored by the Tuna Club Foundation, was placed on an estimated 102 kg (225 lb) striped marlin by Jason Blower after angler Paul Hoofe caught the fish aboard Pacific Pioneer with Captain Kyle Dickerson. According to the data sheet, the fish swam away from the boat in "excellent condition"- and that it did. The tag stayed with the striped marlin for a remarkable 256 days and swam a point to point distance of 92 nm but a total estimated distance of 2,059 nm! The marlin initially followed a similar path as the winning fish, but then deviated. Where Hooked's marlin moved south into open ocean, Pacific Pioneer's fish turned northwest and remained relatively near the coast for the entire deployment. Since the inaugural MABT IGMR, the marlin have followed similar movement patterns from year to year. However, while Team Hooked's fish followed the trend of marlin in past years, it did go further south than we've seen before, and Team Pacific Pioneer's marlin did not move out into the Pacific at all (unlike past years). It will be interesting to see if the fish tagged during the 2017 Master Angler Billfish Tournament will follow similar patterns. Please join us, in two weeks, for a fourth year of striped marlin satellite tagging at the 2017 MABT on September 15 & 16, 2017 in Balboa, California. To jointly sponsor a tag or to create your own sponsorship, please visit or email IGFA Conservation Coordinator Leah Baumwell with any questions. As you’ll see, there’s a pretty dramatic difference in the overall migration tracks, as well as total distanced travelled, for the two Stripeys. I look forward to continuing this important “citizen science” billfish research project during the 2017 MABT. Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Tuna Clubs Benefit tournament-- not many boats found fish to bite-- a few hooked- a few lost-- except for one boat, one of the Kings of Marlin fishers--- Kingsmill and crew reported to have gone 29 / 14/ and 4/2 (29 bites 14 hooked 4 caught ) for the marlins during daylight hours and drifted for swordfish and had five bites at night! near Anacapa Island---Fair number of fish were seen with the gyro, not really tailing, maybe chasing small bait on the surface, fish feeding on that small 2 inch fin bait not interested in much else-- maybe a tip - tip with their bills on the rigged ballyhoos or lures- but not really that-Sunshine comes early today to the coastline-- milky white sky gives way to blue, wind light from the west-- maybe a bit stronger as the day wears on- seas calm- beautiful day on the waterWe started the day off right--- baited a Sleeper -- maybe 5 above the 175 ( half way from the west end of Catalina to Santa BarbaraKeep your eyes open-- we baited a huge swordfish-- should be in the same area your at now---- that's pro bally the same one we baited earlier--- baited two one smaller one that big one---Tuna Club had their 4 pm roll call with half a dozen fish caught, one boat had five strikes for one fish-- lots of zeros --as well as there were a dozen boats that had chances 210--,100, 110--- mostly west of Catalina-Swordfish were the challenge for the marlin fleet-- East end of Anacapa Island/ Channel islands had a showing of the marlins and swordfish as well as the 17 fathom spot--- hard to get them to bite-- lots of tailers seen--- seems the fish were on that 2 inch small fin bait-- not much squid metered, if any-- lots or sauries seen jumping around-- -- but a good float of the broadbills on greasy slick water earlier today up by Anacapa- one deep dropping commercial swordfish boat put three fish on yesterday- other sport boats baited them-- even hooked them at night- ( line broke) - Fishing the island for Yellows -Back side three v's was good - schools of 8-10 lb fish

----------------- Fridays the 24th Report ------------

May Gray-- overcast light south wind seas calm, low swell mix - Swordfish tides over the next few days-- stand by-- Tuna boats working south of Clemente and Marlin boats up towards the Boot and above the 17 fathom spot- North or South with Yellowtails in-between--Long Beach Carnage right out side of Avalon has Live Squids for sale----With a advent of marlins into the mix of fish to fish for- brings up the upcoming tournament season right around the corner-- S-Fishing the marlins--- was-Morning clouds giving way to sun behind it- light south wind maybe 2 kts- seas calm- the fleets scattered far and wide- North looking for marlins in that warmer body of water-- south the tuna hunters , dorado a second substitute, "We got those three dorado off a trash can lid sized paddy'---Tuna hunters giving "secret dope" We're 3 points south and 2 points west from those numbers I gave you yesterday minus the first two digits of your phone number --- I'm at 70.4 which is the hottest I've gotten all day. I'm at 71. lots of birds-- there's a ton of porpoise abound but I'm not metering any bait-- were on that whale that's feeding , birds --we'll see what happens 9:54am-Starting to show-- they're up all behind us--- seeing them foaming - that guy in front of you is hooked up-- you get that on on the troll- 30lb tuna ---what color jig was that--- pink and white feather--- 10:45am-West of Catalina--- looks like the marlin were biting-- couple releases- Swagger had one and hung another one-, Kai Kai also released one-- others had fish up in the jigs---They're doing their same thing-- we came 10 inside from yesterday- towards the beach inside the "Ridge" (+20 +13 from home base / secert dope) Nate just hung one, my other buddy just hung one and were watching sacattered fish everywhere--- we started on the outside from yesterdays numbers and pushed straight in towards the beach---12:399 ( Off Oceanside/ Carlsbad)-We just now had a foamer come up--- 1:03-Got a baitball up-- dragging the yummy through it now--- big wad of fish here-- about a mile 1:06

---------------------- Thursday ----------

Cloud cover went away early light west/ southwest wind slight wind chop on the sea.-Hooked-- running over to the island for a family time reports beautiful Blue water 1/2 way from the 267/279 and the 14 Mile Bank---E-Mail for Tuesdays Report --. Yesterday (Tuesday) we headed towards the 175 using information from CG on the Rukus. We lost a jig fish in the morning just West of the 172. We looked around the 175 and then went South a bit towards SBI and found another stupid one and this time we were able to release our first Marlin for the year. Didn't look as good today although we got two nice Dorado off a paddy up there. The porpoise are holding tuna but no biters for us. Warren-heard of one boater 1/2 from the oil rigs to A Bank hooking a dorado on a marlin lure,-light westerly -Received this E-Mail this morning in reguards to Kite Flying near San Clemente Island----- Putting that aside-- the reason the Navy is implementing the rules is because of both Private and commercial sportfishing boats have purposely been fishing in the restricted zone "until they kick us out" , with that of altitude. Navy is about to shut the whole island down for fishing due to these boats not following the set rules--- note this is serious, if the Web site says it's restricted- then it's restricted-, you can call Kraken ch 16 to see if there has been any changes with the scheduled if not then stay out-- these Navy maneuvers are on the increased lecheries till Aug 31st then they go back to a less restrictive stage--


Anybody doing any good????---- the call goes out-- ---- no reply-- it's been a quiet day on the water--- 2:19-Afternoon E- Mail--- Out today. Off empire landing blowing 15 kts there funny, channel way calmer. Found a kelp on way over this am holding 10-12 lb dodos. Got one on slow troll dines. Fusion Out E Mail- this morning of a weekend trip- Left Friday night at 7 pm from HH then to pick up 2 scoops from Nacho. Sloppy ride to Pyramid Point in our Bertram 38 at 10 knots. We were over the reef at 3:30 and looking for signs of fish. Continued west for 8 miles dropping 250 gram glow flatfalls on all marks for nada. Turned North and fished the 150 to 200 fathom line with the kite at 10 am. First fist 11:30 am lost at the boat into the props about 200 #s. ( first time kite fishing and first time crew together, crew mistake ) We went 2-3 all kite fish taped at 125 # and 135 # running the 150 to 200 fathom line on the west side of the Island 10:30 to 3:30 just out of the hot zone. We were out there alone. No seiners. Bite shut off at 3:30 Pm. 50 boats in Pyramid Cove Saturday night. Saw a marlin in the flat Sunday water off of the 152 at 10 am but had no bait. Tolled past it and it sunk down. Second pass when it came back up it scooted. I did not bring the rigged ballyhoo you sold me. Remind everyone to always be prepaired. Thank for your support. Chuck N “ Finhunter”

------- Sundays report ------------Clearing off earlier with a light soft south wind at 2- 3 kts-- calm and beautiful--the inside waters covered by smaller skiffs- larger yachts as you got further out with the mix of diehards in their smaller skiffs too. Not much heard on the outers waters tuna fishing-- and inner waters quiet so far on the dorado and yellowtail catches around the 14--- better further south towards Oceanside.ying the water temps dropped a bit off the back side of Clemente 67 degrees- up to 69 later on in the afternoon-- the fish became active between 3 and 4 pm yesterday a few fish were taken- And a call from Morro Bay-- saying some of the comercial crabbing boats having seen 100 lb Bluefin Tunas leaping clear out of the water----- Stand by for another run of Kites and Yummy's for the Central California waters anglers--the fleet wanders in from a long weekend --- calming wind and building cloud cover greets the electrick boats in their bay cruises, just right for cocktails .ling mackerals, got 5 yellowtail largerst is around 27lbs! no sharks! 12:22pmWe got got a open water dorado-- guy right next to us is baithing a fish-- 12:32-- Tides about to go slack- stand by- Some sportboats were pushing the limits of the Navy in their Live Firing exercises-- Not much said on the radio today despite the number of boats out-- the tuna boys working outof Clemente-- were also on the mum of the fish caught- ?--Not much of a water temp image but that break running from the East end towards the 14 looks strong- the bait was there and s North bound current is pushing up on the outside of the 277 Catalina escarpment- good upwelling there--Light overcast early on gray sky gray ocean light mixed swell stronger from the west , calm westerly wrinkle as the sun burnt away the cloud cover--Bait balls of anchovies a mile out front of the harbor spreading southwards towards Abe point. White sided Dolphins abound there-- a comment yesterday by one of the whale watchers stuck in my thoughts--- they've been watching all that bait for a weeks time- his co---1:00 pm -- nice fish that one looked like it had shoulders--- Jig Fish?--7 outside Avalon--- We were trolling right next to him-- I think he was as surprised as we were--

JD We got a Shortbill today 5 miles south of the 14 on The Lady 2 Di 4 Dave F. on a Pink Cedar Plug they were trolling for dorado--Decker was out--- chasing malins I think water turned cooler and offcolor by the island, the 14 was covered up with bait- spent the tide slack there , but no show for him-- waters warm there with life- l Nino--- nope just Neutral conditions forecasted

NSO Alert System Status: Not Active ENSO-Neutral is favored (~85% chance during Jul-Sep, decreasing to ~55% during Dec-Feb) through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18

During July, ENSO-neutral continued, as equatorial sea surface temperatures, upper-ocean heat content,Tropical convection was near average over the eastern half of the Pacific and enhanced over the western Pacific , The lower-level trade winds were slightly enhanced near the International DateLine, and upper-level winds were near average over most of the tropical Pacific. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remains consistent with ENSO-neutral. The majority of models favor ENSO-neutral through the remainder of 2017 , lead forecasters to favor ENSO-neutral through the winter. However, some chance for El Niño (15-20%) or La Niña (25-30%) remains during the winter. Also, ENSO-neutral conditions are predicted for the upcoming peak months (August-October) of the Atlantic hurricane season. In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored.5 The Scouts--- Old timers would say they - the marlin send out scouts --- to find where's the concentrations of bait- for the rest of the migrations to follow -- don't kill the messangers - Lonn range VHF reception this afternoon--- we're working out way west were 10 miles from the Tanner bankk-- seeing that small stuff lots of the 10- 12 stuff - and meetering stuff down below but they're not biting-- 3:56pm Spike Spot-- calls in mid late in the afternoon saying they had just released a marlin on th 267 area--- 4:53pm --- and dumps another one later at 5:34pm- Mike H the angler-- just the two of them aboard here's a nice spot of fish-- what's ypou get them on poppers jigs--- poppers-- thanks-- 5:54-- 9 mile bank? Navy kicked out most of the tuna fleet today from the southern zone-- a few bites-- Pescador lost one at the boat- not sure if anyone else boated a big fish today most of the fleet worked to the west end for nada- We had gotten a late start--- gonna concentrate on marlin today--- we did get a 15- 18lb Yellotail on the marlin lure! 10:18am And looking at the SCCOSS surface water currents it shows a strong compresion running from about La Jolla soutwards towards the Mexician border and 302 area, should be an aboundance of kelps along there-- How ya doing--- we were out looking for the spiked ones- get any---- naw all we found the rainbow colored ones--- we're right out front of Avalon-- all the paddies have some do do on them-- Worked about 3-4 off the island, where there were some fish this past weekend-- we didn't see anything during that slack tide-- didn't metered any bait at all, nothing a desert-- Cabo's got trouble, not only gang shooting but some tropical weather developing on the horizon- No--- orsignificant organization is expected, not sure which one yet! ---- looking ahead 10 days two more tropical storms forming- Bait making here in newport still a challenge for anything small, Thresher Sharks still aroundthosr fish bit on theis mornings Slack tide-- it slacks off again here at 4:00 this afternoon-- we'll see it it develops, a light west wind might help in any tailers-- 3:44pm-and they're still fishing those big Bluefin off the South/west side of Clemente-- one boat got 4 yesterday---Couple more fish came up in that same spot as earlier--- 4:05pm-Whale watchers--- We've been watch a 300 lb sword fish right now incredible-- we could have batted him a hundered times by now--- 11:26am-I got within 500 feet of those numbers-- two little birds sitting on the water -----my heart was beating -- just two birds sitting on the water-- 11:58-Quiet on the radio again for the beginning of the week-- couple of party boats talking of a few smaller dorado and yellowtails off Oceanside/ La jolla-- Thresher sharks along the kelp beds off the coastline, -Grunion should make a run tonight or for the next few nights-U.S. Government Will Not List Pacific Bluefin Tuna as an Endangered Species Sportfishing industry disputed claims by environmental groups that sought to shut down U.S. Bluefin Fishery - The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) approves the decision made today by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) to turn down a proposal to list Pacific Bluefin Tuna under the Endangered Species Act. . NOAA conducted a comprehensive year-long review after a coalition of environmental-based organizations proposed that Bluefin fishing be banned in U.S. waters In review, NOAA found that most recent stock assessments for Pacific Bluefin Tuna projected population increases and that the species is "on a positive trajectory." NOAA noted that the greatest threat is overfishing by non-domestic commercial fleets. Gudes continued, "Bluefin Tuna fishing is an important sport fishery in Southern California that has an economic impact in that area. We made this clear in our comments to the petition. August is the high season for recreational fishing for these pelagic fish. NOAA Fisheries’ decision is welcome news to anglers and the businesses that depend on recreational fishing, from San Diego up the coast to the Los Angeles area."

-E-Mail this morning---Hi JD, fun weekend. Got a 24.7lb Dodo and Released a Marlin. I actually got to be the Angler and Dave Herrera skippered the boat. Teaser-----And more E-mails on the First Marlin of the season by a private sportboats, by now I've heard of maybe 3 or 4-5 fish or more hooked caught over the past two or three weeks, most were on in the tuna grounds. Skiffs, commercial sport boats, charter boats etc-E mail-- I baited my marlin at 8:36am inside the 209 I was captaining on the Boardroom 2 out of Dana wharf sport fishing, Kerwin-and Bull Duram 11 had one 8:32 too---!

Amazing how turned on these fish get at that turn of the tide--- from San Diego to the Channel islands and and beyond they all seemed to get active during that time of the tide flow?--Hey JD. I fished with friends Tim and Cori husband today on their boat Two Timer and caught a marlin at 8:30am Saturday. 277ish. Actually had two on for a while. Hooked one on a sardine on 30lb and while fighting it had a tailer go by that we were able to hook on more proper gear. 277 area. Cori husband was the angler. I tried calling you a couple times before we took off to go around back of SCI. Good BFT around back in the evening. Ben B-Great news they back again.!. Now the questions is where did they come from??? Thanks to satellite tagging we're able to view a their travels for most of the year now -(240 days) it's still limited data -if you haven't seen some of this mapping you'll be surprised as I was-- check out IGFA Great Marlin Race From So Calif to the tip of Baja, dow towards the Equator and back again to above Hawaii in 240 days- the developing theory is the next direction would towards So Calif again! for a complete circle navigation. Stand by for further info!-Tuna Fishing this morning---- we had 12 bites in two 1/2 hours and got 2 more! Geoff -and Dave released a marlin somewhere between the 209 and the 312 this morning--7 Fish caught from yesterday to today ,noon , of that 1 of 7 a bait fish / Offshore's fish , ----stand by I got a big foamer here----- 12:02pn ( By "Fish" means Marin) -

Ross here Finally found a group of fish that bit out near 182 area. All on largesardines with ringed fly liners. Good times for Dad and I . Go get em0-JD'--JD you on this side- Ed Martin, Retriever--- We wanted to put it out ---that Betty Martin, wife-- just released a marlin-- just past the 14 mile bank- lots of boats out here trolling --just the two of us on board-- water 72 degrees, green jig, blunt nose hand made-- 10:29 Congrats!!

And the Offshore calls in with a released marlin, Jeff the angler, randy the captain, coming back from the tuna grounds the caugh the marlin on the A Bank 11:13-- Congrats to Jeff, Rand and crew-- I think it's the 1st for the Los Pescadors Club Whale watchers into 500 dolphins off South Laguna-- Whale watchers report meeting lots of squid deep in their area, thats why there's so muc sea life there-And the Quitena scores well with a three fish day, two cockpit fish- one on the kite yummy, one on a mackerel hung off the kite and then tempted fate with popper fishing off the bow! Later aftrnoon bite into the evening .And Decker has a fish on--- tight to the island early this morning-- came off---

Todays mail- Footballs 3 Miles Off Laguna Canyon--JD, My son and I ran out from Dana this morning and went just short of the 14 looking for paddies but the lettuce was few and far between. We came in shore at Moro and stayed 3-4 miles off the coast making our way back to Dana. We were just about 4 miles straight out from the Roof-Top bar and a school of 7-11lb. football size yellowfin erupt on a school of anchovies. They were bursting through the air and there was no mistaking their identity. We tried to get close to them as we didn't have any jigs tied on our poles and they sunk out. Saw them come up once more and that was it.. Tight lines.. Jeff/Irvine-Sporty Game rolls into the harbor late afternoon with a 133 lb Bluefins and nice 19lb Dorado--- good yft on the mackeral bk.

-------------------- Sat's Report ----------------

Another fine morning-- light marine cloud cover - wind light 3- 6 from the south seas calm with a small mix of seas---Still the tuna boats were mark'in fish, waiting for the afternoon bite-Kile calls in-- they were out on the Desperation Reef area-- three navy boats out there working but letting them fish--- says there's lots of 20 25lb tunas jumping around and a few fish taken on the Yummies so far-- The "Cove" shows it's hot today from 12 noon till midnight-- we'll see if the Navy lets the boats anchored up there for the evening---Boats just kept passing us up headed offshore-- we were only 4 off the beach --could almost see the colored beach towels on the shoreline-- big paddy-- must have been fifty dorado there some big ones too--- we were able to get 6 of the smaller fish-- but hard to get them to bite, every once in a while they'd push the bait up and they'd get on them-- we could pick out one or two each time there Heads and Tails---

------------------------- Fridays report -----------------

muggy -- looks to be clearing off with a westerly this afternoon- morning hours soft moist wind from the south-- seas calm --building to a mixed afternonn chop-Not much said on the radio -- so far today--- several boats headed to the island to get their moorings in avalon - should be a busy weekend---I wouldn't be surprised if a marlin wasn't hooked this weekend-- give it a try-- the First one of the Season has yet to be caught in US waters-- -- perfect moon phase tides-- Stand By-Down here just outside the 302 got some nice dorado a couple of yellows-- kelps-Hey JD-- you on this side-- yep-- what's up Gary-- oh I'm out here on the 14-- beautiful water maybe 7- 8 knts- playing with a few yellowtails under the paddies, one one lost one 8 12/15lb fish-7-8 outside Salt Creek- kelps holding-Yellowfin right in a pod of dolpins on a rapala 2:58-Tought to get these dorado to bite anything-- sometimes a small cut peice of bait-- / something with scent,/ meat/ blood can get them going-- once one starts to feed the others will join in-- Good luuk this weekend JD

--------------- Thursday's report ------------

Still Muggy - they say it'll get better by the weekend-- seas calm-- light south wind, to the west Cirrus clouds above 18,000, inland thunderheads Humid-Hooker Stan you on this side--- ya woke me up!-- you out here?--- ---- --- Avalon Bank looks good-- gobs and gobs of bait there -- that's where we hooked that fish-- beautiful weather-- water starts to turn off color- towards the 125, --- no mackerel made at catalina for us-- , large smelt but no macks-- that strike took out 200, 250 yds of 50lb like it was nothing- big fish-- he must have gotten that hook rig twisted around his bill it came back curved, like it had slipped off the bill--- good sized marlin we saw the fish jump . he says in afterthought - really tough to loose that first fish on the first day of our marlin fishing season- Warren-It's a game of 1/8- 1/4 inches, you can drive for 150 miles and miles do all you can to find the fish get it to bite but it all comes down to that 1/8" of a difference, if that hook starts it's path of lodging.-The past weeks series of tropical storms and hurricanes and diminished some of that surface warmth of the water off Mainland / Baja Mexico resulting in this coming T/S to have limited growth. It'll be a week or so before the generator warms up again- stand y--We're off your starboard-- they're here-- but we havent got them to go--- OK --I want to watch you shoot one-- they were jumping around the paddy 15 minutes ago- 12:09 pm-nice a blue N/W side of the A bank 75 degrees looks good!-Radio reception proablly not bad only not as many boats out-- spoke to a boater just arived back fro Catalina-- picked up some weak dines here in Newport- found a paddy 7- 8 off the beach holding yellows and a couple of Did want anythig Dorado" the caugh two of the tails 10 14lb fish went to the backside of Catalina, 6 more tails there 10- 15 lb stuff, and only one calico-- where's the calicos go he ask!-another customer in the shop- saying they found a school of dolphins south of Desperation reef and follow it for miles getting a dozen strikes on 40- 60 lb nice sized yellowfins on the Yummy flyer---Boats were working further west looking for the BFTs, Clemente island has a broken schedule this weekend I think only open for anchor in Pyramid from midnight till noon Saturday then hot till monday - please check schedule or call Kraken on ch 16 VHF

------ Wed's Report ----------

Muggy and tropical- global warming- here comes the wahoo's and Blue Marlins----Building moon for a full this weekend, , last month about this time 4- 7 days before the Full it was good Bluefin tuna fishing-- Stand by---Light radio chatter today , boats traveling up from Dana--- say hardly anyone on the water--- it wa like sheet glass part of the way-- not much in the way of current today for the coastal fishers, after the noon tide it picked up a bit-Still a few sports out chasing the bigger tunas-- and the swordfish fleet was hard at work during these flat mid day tides-Party boats out from further south report dorado under the kelps not too far offshore and they were happy to pull a few yellows off the weeds. Bonito also near the kelps-A call in this afternoon they had been out yesterday-- outside Dana-- bait pump wasn't working so they relayed on the lures and jigs--- one kelp had a couple of rat yellows under it- four off the beach- gyros helped to see another boat further offshore boating what looked to be a healthy dorado-- maybe 12- 18 lbs- a radio call invited them over and they ended up with yellows and dorado's on flat falls and a scrambled egg iron-- being overcast for most of the early part of the day they stayed with the darker colored Flat falls even when the sun came out they had had success with the dark color they stuck with it for more bites- Boat #7-

----- Tuesdays the 1 of Aug 2017 -------

Warm and muggy inland- skies turn to a milky white at the coastline then darker over the water - seas fair with a mix of long period swells-- wind light south-Not much change in the flow of wind- if anything it got calmer towards the late afternoon hours,-It's a long run out to the fishing grounds-to go just a little bit further, see what's over the horizon , one more kelp-- --- -- that's tuna fishing , driving around , burning fuel trolling, and the return trip depending of sea conditions can eat up the remaining fuel on board, and the remaining few gallons left in the bottom of the tanks sometimes cant be picked up or it's dirty and clogs up filters. Four times over the past couple of days I've heard of those running out or just about running out of fuel . That's a long ways out there and a long ways back- be careful- JD-again a quiet day on the radio- even the whale watchers were hopeful of seeing a Blue Whales now that's the waters blued up on the outside, I think a whaler out of dana had a swordfish pop up next to them around 11:30 this morning - and the private sportfisher were still working below Clemente.Should be a Nice sunset--

-------------------- The start of another week- July 31 2017-----------Morning seas were smooth and glassy except the light swell mix W & S defining it-- light west wrinkle at mid morning. overcast burning off towards noon---ost of the SD tuna sportboat fleet headed below the border chasing the tails, dorado and YF tunas- Privates still out at Desperation reef, and inside the Head. -Water offcolor warn and green against the beach - cleans and blues up only a few miles out---Started out early this morning myself-- due to insuffient fuel reserves elected to stay close to home-- played with the calicos, small barracudas, missed a small 5- 7 lb yellowtail and watched a thresher shark bat a floating flip-flop with it's tail, that was the excitement for the mornings cruise. strong downhill flow.-~~~~-Did well fishing the kelps south of the border. Lost a few due to angler confusion Great weather all day -greasy flat in the morning Thanks for the great reports -keep them coming Wayne S-22/46 there's a 400 lb white shark- here-- flagging not hard to find-- about 4 out of the harbor--- Dana-- 2:29pm


-Another adventure. Craig B. Angler. Taped at 195. Yummy Flyer. Hooked

-Notes on Fair Game-- in perspective Schuberts-Die-Forelle tells us something about it- --Across a clear brook gentle, There shot in eager haste The trout, so tempramental; Quite arrow-like it raced. I on the shore was gazing And watched the brook disclose The merry fish's bathing To me in sweet repose. An angler's reel unrolled From where he stood below. He watched with blood most cold The fish swim to and fro. So long no stone or sod Stirred up the water pure The trout from line and rod Would stay, I thought, secure. At length the thief lost patience And made the brook obscure With crafty agitations, And ere I could be sure The rod had started curving; The squirming fish was hooked. With pounding blood observing, At the betrayed, I looked.-He speaks of the game of angling and the frustrated fisherman having to muddy the water in order of fool the fish which was not fair game in the art of angling . To that thought- what's fair game these days-? is there a limit?- Our angling for these Bluefin Tunas has warped us into the "Wicked Tuna" mode--what next- power electric reels? We've passed the 150 lb braid line X 900 yd's + 300 lb Fluror carbon leaders mark, rigged Flying fish lures with ugly sized double and treble hook sets and Rods / reels never leave the holders and railfishing is the standard now- fair sport-? No , it's just food fishing not sportfishing--as is now there's probably a growing black market for these fish-- I wonder how long before they'll be a open buying market for tuna fish? JD

-------------- Sats report ------------

That south wind kept it up all night- morning hours still sees an light from the south flow, light wind chop on a fair sea amd welcoming-- even water skiers to Avalon this am-- Clearing early- we'll see how the wind fairs today--The VHF Radio seemed unusually quiet this am---Mr. Peabody , "Sherman, set the Wayback machine to 1983.--- yes, Jim S. fishing for 0lbers-- marlins lands the 364 Pacific Bluefin while trolling a marlin lure--- the lure of choice that year was the Pink colored 1220 Goatfish Clone-- Red crabs had inhabited the area for months and red and pink colored lures were the ticket----Blue water pushing in towards the beach off Dana, birds piles reveal baits against that edge below Dana 5-6 off,-Scratch reception-- ionization in the salty air- ot the boats a long ways away--14 Mile Bank bait and dark blue water yellowfin were said to be found under a few kelps in the area--Lots of small thresher sharks at the harbor entrance this morning- 75/ 150ers

-------------- Friday the 28th Report---------- --Mornings starts off overcast muggy light south wind 2-4 kts- Whale watcher says he's had to catch up to the whale he was following up to 12 knts!-- wonder if the whale was using some of that energy from the south swell to glide faster?

E-Mail this morning-- Hi JD, Thanks for all the reports, advice and gear. Here is a nice 25 lb Yellowtail caught yesterday day (7/27) by Randall H at Catalina. It was scratchy but fun! Randy-Bouncy mixed water conditions-- sounded a bit lumpy he called it a complete washing machine-- 4:23pm-A look at yesterdays 24 hr surface current flow--- close to the Head it had a 1/2 kt an southwards direction and up by the 277 it came from the south upwelling over the bank.-And for those flying kites it looks relatively calm tomorrow morning with a s light 5- 7 maybe puffs of 10 knts from the south, the evening wind in the lee of clemente starts to back off by 7 PM with a west/southwest ---San Clemente Island looks to be open for the weekend-- watch that south swell in Pyramid!-Some of the sport boats out fishing Desperation reef - flat falls w/ squid pinned on them to sweeten the offering--Sport boats out of Oceanside/ San Diego- hitting a few kelps for the right one--- dorado and smaller yellows so far---176 lb Bluefin came into the BAC last night at dark-- the boys beat their way uphill all the way from below Clemente with a dead fish weighting them down, big fat tail poking out of the kill bag as the boat backs into the club during its awards for their Helen Smith Offshore Tournament held this last weekend-- The two spent a day bonding, cemented by the elements of capturing a fish . Yummy flyer-And two Giant Bluefin tuna came into San Diego today 318lb and one larger that taped out above 330 lbs the scale broke on the second fish-!-- there still here and biting--Below and backside of Clemente Island-- 42/28-Starred out like the past few days a bit overcast and slight south, swings to south west at 10- 12 by mid afternoon-Strong kite westher by 4 pm -marine clouds again apears late in the afternoon--Building warm and offcolored water - plankton bloom outisde Oceaside towards the S/W- - Blue above it

Tides start to flatten out this next weekend-- with the mid days high tide slack around 1:30 tomorrow and approx 50 minutes later each day through the weekend the mid mornings flood after 7-8-9 am should see some activity too.And Tuna Club catches with a 121 lb BFT on 50lb Dacron by Johnnie C. A hard sought after fish-- Congrats-- JD


- Wd afternoon should be good---Sand bass bite- light westerly blew mid day- not much said on the radio.-telephone service went dead mid day?? great!-Generally 4 to 6 ft in mixed swell through Wednesday. Thereafter...Hurricane Hilary will begin impacting the zones offshore of Baja California through Friday with increased winds and through Saturday night with large southerly swell to 10 ft. Gentle southerly flow will prevail in the Gulf of California, and moderate southerly flow across the northern Gulf of California.

-------------From the talks this AM, fish spotter plane says he saw a river of tuna along the inside lee of Clemente Island-- along the shrimp buoys and tonnage of smaller 12- 30 bluefins and a mix of yellowfin out towards the Butterfly Banks-- Kelps below the border were harvested of 15-30lb Yellowtails and smaller dorado and bonitos' -fishing for the tunas was said to be off-- maybe boat traffic, time of day and overall expatiations higher than catches,-Seiners working the Mackerel Banks--, Sport boats on Desperation Reef, and sports and privates working all the way down the San Clemente Canyon and along the "Ridge" 181/ 182 , 43 , Above Clemente the 267 and 499 looks promising-06/ and 34, 19.5 and 39.7 numbers of fish sightings-- 1:59-Spotter plane seeing shiners down deep-- straight-- right-- right--- I don't see em' right now stand by--- 3:44----- tide today swings 3:45pm--- stand by for the afternoon show-- I see then too far deep for you-- stand by-- -maybe just pull out of gear we'll see where they pop up-- they were near that set of gear- the flag on that swordfish gear--- right-- near that little bit of kelp-- straight--- real easy to the left-- easy---left-- straight-- left-- st-- st--- l, l, st st st right under that skiff------ there's fish deeper---- you can probably see them better with your sonar--Boats scattered far and wide- Catalina still has squid for sale, coastal partyboats complaining about the lack of anchovies for their bass fishing . waters warming steadily- strong tidal exchanges earthquakes?- - Slack at 9:45/ 10 am this morning standing by- tuna fleet moving around searching-- lee of Clemente has a few of the yellowfin tunas showing there, I think the BFT fleet moved further south/ south/ west of Clemente-


Lots of boats out with three or four tournaments this weekend-Kelps mid channel - but not holding much - except further south outside SD and up to Oceanside- there's a few smaller yellowtails and dorado under them--Long Beach Carnage has Live squid, will be off the east end of the island till 5 pm then go around to the backside--schools of Yellowfin starting to show up-- flat falls and colt snipers-late afternoon scratchy reports say there were starting to see smaller bluefin-- below the 43 towards the Butterfly bank- 4:38pm generally slow for the fleet-- boat traffic, most boat metered fish deeper- or a YF foamer with shots at them with popper or C/S ers- Clemente Pyramid Cove will see a few fish tales this evening---Bongos 2 reports- in with its fish catch yft and a private has a 150 almost 200- 5 00pm-Couple of boats still out for them after the long day of practice fishing--6 bites and nothing stuck! he says-- the fish move out--I dont think we'd have a chance on 50 with the ones the bite us today--Congrats to you on your fish--- - Tropical Storm Greg, located several hundred miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Tropical Depression Nine-E, located several hundred miles south of eastern Mexico. 1 Formation chance..high...80 percent -Stand By Cabo and Mag Bay-next weekend----!! and --- ta-da--Hilary!- and below that two more too are coming along-- -Still the marie influence here on the beach , slight overcast- south wind picking up mid morning calm eailer, Building tidal exchanges as the New moon comes around this-there's a big splash,, got to go investigate it-- might have been a marlin did not look like a mammal-- 12:37am Whale watcher----Not much happening for them today-- working back from Clemente's last night stay-- still looking they were 8- 10 off the east end of Cat with hopes of a yellowin or something bigger-Steve DeGroote of C-Fab passed away this last week-- sorry I did not get the servies posted eariler, I only had this one photo of Steve--but it shows his zeal for the good life, we tosted each other on a good day of fishin' with- lobsters, steak and fine wines that evenin at the "Head" ---- Vaya con Dios!-Yellowfin the 14 Bank-- trolled feathers, small squids daisy chained--Mid day the fish (tunas) began to show up again--- 1:15 ---wind still a fair to strong south eddy wind -- seas a bit bumpy-- -You get yours George--- great congrats -- we lost our two-- 1:29-saw some tuna below the 209 today--- baited a swordfish here on the 14, sunk out--3:01-Kite Wars and a lot of traveled water today-- not as many fish as advertised.-schools up 5:09 pm --but most of the fleet had gone home by then

------ Sat's Fishy Report -----------

The Gangs out there tuna fishin' -- Decker too-- , an large ecology system right outside our harbor--( Newport)-- in about a 1,000 of water, massive bird life and bait- dolphins and should be a whale there-- same off south Laguna---Radio commutation - the relaying of an urgent messages from boat to boat is gratifying to know-- thanks JD-I haven't seen it for the past 45 minutes, so take your time--- OK were slugging it out taking our time, a little bumpy weather here-- , were a little west of yesterdays area- we'll start on that eastern edge and work into it- we;All let you know what we do. 9:04am-they wanted to die-- yesterday--- now's the time-- call in sick!-go fishin' --we didn't even land a fish yesterday till 6 o'clock so dont hurry--Still waiting for the show-- a few smaller YFT's reported so far-- standing by-- 10:31 afternoons slack tide 3PM today-We just had em' up but couldn't get on them-- 1:33am staring to "Pop"-Aughhhhh-- pullled the hook 20 ft behind the boat--- 1:48pm-We just hooked one right now--- drifting -- 2:19 ----- pulled the hook on the fish fish - we got ours in-- that's why it was pulling so hard--- it's about hooked in the side 130 lb-- hooked in the peck fin-- yea we pulled hook on that first one it was close to 200, took about 10 minutes to get that second bite,, yea theres a lot of fish here-- the first was huge bite--- -- were tacking now--- 2:20-it's right next to the boat--- going down the side of the boat-- it's hot--- maybe 50 feet from the boat now-- 2:30

it's everywhere---- -Flatfall on the drift!! -where you at +22, +30we're seeing a lot of boats hooked up around us-- we just missed one-- 2:52were tight again after hours of trolling--- -- and we just hooked one too-- 3:21 BAC-- BAC--- we're wired Brians on the fish, Cowboy--- 5:44pmJust boated it--- 5:48pm 150lb estPrime area 32:39.42 / 17:58.23 near the 43 fathon spot- with the past 24 surface current average at .630 kts at 203 degrees from the north.

Friday--------------- the 14th

Morning found a gray low marine layer, seas fair and calm, slight mix of swell , light wind ruffled water giving way to lanes of gloss-or about to get out today for the weekends attack on them-- Bluefin coming into the BAC last night over 200 lbs-- on the yummy flyingfish and the kite-- what a wonderful system that hasn't changed in a hundred years!-- -Still hard to entice but practice pays off for them Fishing the Ridge top and bottom and out towards the 43 fathom spot, spots of tuna,-With the approaching mid day slack, stand by for a marlin or a swordfish caught this weekend-- let me be the first to congratulate you--- nice going-- JD !

AN ESTIMATED 500 TON OF BFT. PLANE ​VIDEO FROM THE 182​ SPOT ​DATE: ​7-12- Bill--- Billl--- you on this side--- it's definitely going on my 3:00 a 1/2 mile--- 12:57pm Sometimes things happen , saw a splash and we were in the right position-- got the bite, thanks we're upwind of you--- got one in the box, lost one and got another one going now----- you hear about the 308 yesterday , I knew someone would do it--- Bluefin 2:13pm Winds up west 10 +you get yours--- yea about a buck and a half, we just got it up again---- we're tight--- nice--- 2:54 tacking uphill, into the wind an powering it downhill in the down wind tack-- Big schools meetering them on the up and down--hope you get the chance to get out--- best of luck-- JD sardines the bait available-- anchovies scare now late report 6:30 we just dumped on--- there's a whole line of em along here


...FERNANDA BECOMES A MAJOR HURRICANE...-Two more below that- Satnad by- as Billy told me- Wind begat waves Wave's begat current

------- Thursdays Report ---------------

Fine morning-- light marine haze , soft warm southern seabreeze, seas welcoming- westerly developing g-AIS shows the Seiners working the Shipping lanes down to the 312 fathom spot below the 209 , probably other's not shown---We're due west 4-5 miles from where we were at yesterday, (182) seeing a a few puddlers, breezes, I'm looking at a br easer right now--- not really enough wind now for us to be flying a kite--what size are they? it' a little mixed but a lot of it's big-- we sitting right now having lunch! 11:40am-Call came in today-- he's been out for most of the day yesterday---traveling rom one spot of tuna/ Yellowfin's mostly-12- 40lb stuff from 5 inside the 14 to 5 outside the 14- shipping lanes down to the 209 and 312 Banks and back up to the 267/79 outside Dana, seeing spot after spot of tunas or signs of tunas and no bites- the question-- how to get them to bite-- we tried getting front of a traveling school of tunas, shut the engines off tans watch the tuna come right to the boat-- go under it and pop back up on the other side of the boat and go merrily along their ways-- baits, lures tried, all frustration-- a thought maybe be to dump live bait along with a hand for of live and dead baits tossed overboard , then free spool the hooked bait and drive away 50 yards leaving the chummed bait and the hooked bait for the tunas to get at/ that might work?-Westering sun fell behind the building afternoon coastal clouds

----- Wed's Report -----------

Clear skies last night by morning the light marine layer had crept over, by 9 today just a haze left seas fair , wind light W/ S/W 3- 5 -6 kts- - Waters warming and promising for the weekends- up coming local fishing tournaments,, or just general fishing - enjoy it- we've already lost 11 minutes of sunlight since the 21st of June-seen a couple of blow ups here-- were' gonna stick it out here------ ---- we are bit 2:17-Different day today--- not the show of tunas up by the 14- 277 shipping lanes as yesterday-- lots of bait meered off the 152 and into the shipping lanes maybe that stuff will come up later in the day-- We're seeing a few breezers and splasers around, 182 area

Tropical Depression Eugene, located several hundred miles west-southwest of Punta Eugenia, Mexico, and on newly upgraded Tropical Storm Fernanda, located several hundred miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. and a Third broad area of low pressure is expected to form a few hundred miles south of Mexico during the weekend. And one behind that-- !

-------------- Tuesdays Report---------------

Still hot-- coastal marine haze left us early mid morning-- seas calm no swell yet and waters warming surface at 73 degrees above Newport and clean clean blue water- good break between the Balboa Pier and the jetty- lots of bait there as well as onward to the south off Abalone pt to Laguna- bird porpoise and bait a few whales there too---Swordfish still around-- keep ya eyes open for them as this moon wains- any sword boats around--- --- I've got a swordy here----11:28. slack tide today 12:14-pea green 73 degree water 2 -3 inside the 267 - birds and bait---Seiners on the 14-- scoping up the yellowfin Just saw seiners putting on 100 er's rigth on and below /outside the 14-- 1:35-we're 25% so far-- 1 for 4 looks like all the fish are headed south-- on the Yo-Zuri Hyrdo Tiger -that was a good show- we missed four of them in 30 seconds--- - breezes up--we -got two ---one on a popper and a colt sniper--- dropback'ed 1"5: not much wind yet, a little starting to blow for the kite flyers---Seems things got quiet after 1- 2 pm time - maybe a sunset deal

------------ Monday's hot Report -----------

Sultry and sticky- light south wind 2-4 knts seas calm, small mixed swell - building from the south--Not as many boats on the water today- as was the weekends crowd trying to escape from the inlands heat wave. - Stand By for the 1st Marlin of the Season-- they're around not great numbers and from where they come from sill uncertain- more-and more satellite tagged fish research shows maybe the early season fish come in from the northern Hawaiian waters wit a second flow of fish from the south later in the season-- either way Stand by---Quiet day on the waterfront still a few spots of the tunas seen outside Oceanside-SCUDDLE REPORT-- 200 FISH COUNT W/ ALBACORE OFF THE DAVISON

---------------------Sunday the 2th of July ---HOT---------------

I've got 71 degree water-- boats scatter far and wide, seas calm wind light south 2- 4 kts- sky hazy and humid-I've got a swordfish up right here---- 10:52am -- slack tide today 10:51-----25/07 just had a big school came up--- under the birds-- it's 72 and purple blue just outside the 14 mile back--- big schools of shearwates---yellowfin on the dolphins 11:11am-We just had a either dorado or yellowtail just break me off in that giant kelp paddy-- then this foamer of yellowfin came up next to it along with a Minki Whale 11:59-Catalina Island was said to have rolled over/washed out front side, slow fishing----312-- fast moving schools of YFT -- hard to get a cast to them-- Flat fall-- it hit it as soon as it hit the water-

A Sea Story--- The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LON 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899. "Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line". Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favour. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many: The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different years, and two different seasons, but it was also in two different centuries - all at the same time.-10 off the domes to Oceanside YFT hard to get them to bite---By mid/ late afternoon the radio reports had quieted down--


------- Sat's Hot report --------------

batches of smaller yellowfin 20- 40 7- 10 outside Point Loma-- also between the 181- 209 -- below the 312 4- miles-lots of boats out-- as well as the crazy radio chatter and some fisy info.-Saltry air- light south wind- seas fair and a light wind chop small mixed sea-We'll the season started out reasonably well with not too much profanity on the radio but- it's gone downhill from there today--maybe too much drinking early in the day? what's wrong with these boaters cussing all the time like 14 year old teenagers just learning to be rude-- maybe they never grew up. Lets try to remain civil on the radio--they came up on that slack tide this morning-- haven't seen any foamers just recently--12:33-33:00 /117:48/ south of the 312 we had em' coming out of the water--- got two tacks through them for nothing- casing em' all around now-- there's a swordfish boat directly on the 312-- (w/ plane) 1:28-one yf on the troll like 7:30 this morning thats been it for us-- others report a few more dorado and bigger yellowtails---reports say live squid was the ticket for the BFT off Desperation reef/ Clemente Island-- couple fish (tunas) taken on the purple/ Bk feathers,, small jets a long ways back- An Opah caught 147 lb Dave H.

----------------- 7th of July--------------

The beach welcomes you today-- light salty air from the south 2- 4 kts a few high scattered clouds-- seas fair to calm- Come on Down--- !-10 am 9 mile report green water 71.9 degrees no fish so far continuing along a slick-- 1/2 degree break---kelps between the 182 and the 181 some holding yellows-- small to med sizes -- no tuna reports so far----we just saw marlin out here-- west of the 302 10:10-reported yesterday 10 off oceaside some small tunas- dry like a desart this morning--Swordfish showing up!--- -we just put on another west southwest of where we were-- 3:11 Go ahead try that paddy there's some small dorado under it--Spotter plane reports only seeing the smaller stuff- I didnt see any of the big ones just scatterd bunches of that 25- 50lbs stuff-- west of you-- no really big stuff-- spent couple of hours futher down there , didnt see much of that big stuff there--- most I saw was between those too high spots--- both inside the upper high spot and betweedn the two high spots , the Cross-it's up pretty good-- dont know if it's that smaller stuff but itls up - 4:07pm At least were getting something there like 40 lbs we got four of em'-- 27 over 39?-some brezzers - have seen a bresser in thirty minutes we're heade back were we where, hope the wind comes up a little more-- 5:30-Full moon making it hard to get the squids last night hope to make some this evening-- barge was out-- another squid boat off Avalon said they had squid for sale?-he says fish everywhere-- I think 9 mile bank

-------- Thursdays report ------

Hot inland warming on the beach - light south wind 2- 4 kts- light marine haze- fading away- -Radio active this morning-- sounded like there was a marlin caught-- not sure who- where- in tuna grounds lots of gibberish about it being a blue- caus it had blue eyes-? said he was gonna weight it in?-Tuna boys saying they seen good meter marks ant 25/ 30 ft down and lots od porpoise around - water temps on the 9 mile bank 68.8/69 -no tunas that I 've heard of yet-- but the day is long - fish report La Jolla only fair- tails- lots of bird life down on the 182--Weathers nice-- seas are fair and the water temps - reasonable-- seems there's a fair amount of bait around--moon phase looks right- maybe some offcolor water swirling around- just no big fish biting -- yet-- - Just got blown up on the bait 5 times -- missed it---we're gonna make another tack down through there--- - we're about a mile inside you- basically where we fished yesterday-- I think down 3 up 14--- they may have been the smaller stuff-- -- ok rember they take it on the down tack--- tide turns at 2 pm ---12:24pm-Bird life and sealife/ fish off Main Beach Laguna---we're just inside the 312--- saw a yellowtail boil under the birds-- 12:31-Just put one on a 20lber-- Im at 32:35 / 117: 33 blue lots of marks-- purple feather-- Im flying the kite too but nothing on the yummy yet-- outside the upper 9 Mile Bank- 2:41 -- looks good--best catches today----- calico bass w/ sardines at Catalina-- - boats working 12- 15 outside of Oceanside-- in that blue water-- finding porpoise and some meter marks , trolling feathers and cedar plugs-- no fish yet-- 12:12

lots of porpoise out there- we came up from the 209-- kelps had a few yellows and all the bonito you could throw away!-9 mile bank working the dolphins-- no luck-- - same here off Camp Pentelton- 15 off oceanside kelps w/ bait no yellowfin- no tails-- fishing a few paddies nothing-- , made some small mackeral for bait-- found a dozen yellows und a kelp-- they didn't want to do anything with them---Light marine layer going away by mid morning- seas fine wind light- west- seems it might be building--

----- Mondays report- - of the 4 of July Weekend-- ------

Cloud cove went early today--freshened by a west/ southwest 6-8 kt breeze- hazy blue sky. Seas ok light wind chop-Good Calico Bass and Sand Bass on the art. reefs above the harbor-- strong downhill current- Catalina has the three "B's" going for it-- .-Clean blue water outside Dana , no whales except a Blue 7 off the beach-We've seen it all day-- a few puddlers here--- there-- as you get closer to the beach it turns green/ brown and off color-- outside it gets cooler really quick it drops off--- inside from here it turns that offcolor and warm brown water--- this 66.3 66.7 little break here , where its cleaner- we'll wait it out till the tide change,--- just had a big one roll right next to the boat--- really markin' em' now-- -- marken em' 3:51pm-You should go down hill from there-- we just had that foamer up right there behind me -- in that swell---- you could see that big old black boil in it--- drag your yummy right over that spot-- 3:16pm-371 report says seeing lots of fish but no bites---Sea Bass still around--- most of the local coastal fishing above Newport concentrated on the art reef, pipe and stones w/ lots of bait around-- birds - fair to good Sand and Calico bass fishin--21/ over 44 we're here next to that sportboat--- reports of yellowfin at the 182--- we're gonin' get out the feathers and the cedar plug-

--------- Gray Sat the 1 of July--------------

Live squid being sold right out front of Avalon--- "Plenty of Live Squid for sale"-- he says any fish out here-- we,ve been up- down to the 182 inside outside -- no fish---Anybody doing any good flying those yummys in that green water---- couples of hours nope--- we did have em' up in that gree water - threw the C/S's and everything--- wouldn't touch a thing!-- 2:47 tide turned 10 am again this afternoon at dusk-- stand by! Whales and dolphins beint the entertainment for the crowds today-- dolphins must be some other place than right out front of the harbor where there's a ton of bait there now- 2:53 couple big fish swimming right down our side--- eye your eye's on it-- !

Kite wars--- a quick check on kite rules and etiquette brings two different schools of thought-- we should respect first claim on sky space or you basically have to avoid other kites and take other kites down to be the only kite left in the air when the battle is done!- Keep your eyes' out for Swordfish too!

1st Marlin of the Season--- it's due July the 4 th or we hope to see one by them---happed back in 87' stand by--- and jugging by last years Great marlin Race satellite tagging we're able to follow "Hooked" fish , tagged in last Sept, fish - went to the tip of Baja, hung out there for a while, meandered all the way down to the Equator!--- Then took a couple thousand mile swim to above Hawaii!! All in 240 days when the tag popped off and data was downloaded for research- that marlin is probably headed out way now along with his buddies ! Get Ready!!

you got two more today--- --- same where as yesterday-- go find one more! got our first dorado for the year--- nice kelp-- 15 terns sitting on it, ate the mackerel, 15 lb test light line-- 65 degree water We saw them blew up about 2 miles back-- yea-- quite a bit of bait here--- a few marks-- just waiting for them to come up-- a little offcolor here but bluer outside from here-- 10:26 we got one yesterday 170--- maybe 180-- scratchy report- where? SaYellowfin in that body of warm water outside and below oceanside and further below and outside the La Jolla Canyon Weather flatten out mid late afternoon-- got nice with a few marine clouds developing- still south wind all day-- not much said on the radio-- maybe the 302 had a better show on th bigger fish? South wind against a morning marine cloud/ haze, seas a light bump to them-- traveler - I'm exactly two miles from the harbor ( Newport ) and I've got a Blue Whale and there's a either Bryde's Whales. It's pronounced, "Brude-ess and there's a Fin Whale around too. Not as many boats out today--- I think a couple of boats took the day off after yesterdays frustrating attempts at the BFT-- it blew up on em--- poppers--- 1:26 where?-- We're just setting up now--- where you at -we're going start a fw miles above you this morning we're a few more miles to it, where that had some late yesterday afternoon--- 6 above?--- something like 12 - ok we'll let you know how it goes down here- 10:28 Tide turns at 1:32 this afternoon- standing by--- 5-6 boats in the area 3 of which have kites up-- how's your water color down there - green? --yea--- its bluuish green here -a few bird spots of fish up --but its that smnaller grade-- not like it was yesterday--- yea Im gonna stick it out down here for while before I head up-- That you here--- I'm at (hidden clue) right where your going there some big fish there, yea there's a couple boats dragging kites there, definitely they're here we saw some shiners-- smaller stuff too and some of those bigger shines-- 10:55 We had a tack the opposit direction we had more life inside here-- we just got set up with the kite --after licking our wounds after that afair--- We got bit two or three times-- rod bent over --- came loose -- you see it eat it--- saw it blow up on thae bait-- mackeral -------- wer'e S/E of you about 12 miles 11:13


We ran back out to the spot, put the new kite up and skipping a yummy by 11am, then boom, huge splash and we are hooked up at 11:30 this time to a bigger fish.I was on the fish, 45 minutes, got it to the boat, circling for the last time with its back breaking the water, gaff man ready to swing then the fish rotated, starting coughing up red crabs and bit through the 400lb leader. Estimate 150lb bluefin goes free. I couldn’t believe the fish bit through a 400lb leader.

Kite back up and we had two more strikes tacking back and forth over this area. The fish seem to hit better on the North bound tack. We landed the next two fish that went (104 and 102lb). Both of my crewmen Jon N. and Justin S. landed their first bluefin and they are both over 100 lbs….lucky guys! We were using 100lb mono top shot, over 100lb braid. Tiagra 30 reel on a very nice Seeker rod with roller guides. Chris--

------------Sundays report ----------

Looks like it will be a scorcher today---- cloudcover broke up early today-- hazy blue skies left behind , 15- 20 kts on the outside of Clemente, much nicer on the inside, wind west 6- 10 kts light wind chop bait schools of anchovies above newport-- whale weathers report-- some bird schools-- Full day at work and not much time for the reports-- I did here of BF tunas taken on Yummies/ southern waters, water temps up on the Huntington Flats. horseshoe kelp turned over off color pea green in the 62 strong downhill current-- shut their bite off wind switched around 1- 2 pm from a strong west to a south wind backing off towards sunset-- nice afternoon-- filling tide should spur on a afternoon bite,, it did at sunset last night for the Bluefins on the kites,

------ Sat's Report ------

Sloppy out of the west/ southwest -- wind 8- 10 kts seas mixes with light chop- Quiet on the radio for a Sat-morning-- "what's the best way to cook a mackerel?"-- "Smoke it"---tells you that the natives are getting restless by 10 :45 am you seeing anything on the 14, seeing any yellowfin boils ?---- no not much -- thanks for the update-- cedar plug!--- 11:04-- tide slack today 10:46 we just dumped a big one-- 12:16 scratchy report boat that was off Box Canyon saying you had gone one for three on the good ones, comeback There's was about a 6 miles zone that we metered bait-- more outside the 200-300 curve-- -- inside that 200 fathom there wasn't any bait at all --but out here it's jugged with bait, now that there's some wind we're getting set up with the yummy to make a drift through that bait- just waiting for that time for them to come up--- 1:16pm -- Tide swings at 4:40 this afternoon- How big were yours'' the first one about--about the 150-- second one only 75 or so-- how bout you maybe-- 130/ 140 ----nice going -- 2:32 this area looks good---- I've got some birds up--- oh dude---- right in front of my bow now--- breaking fish--- 2:33 -- we've been going back and forth in this same zone for about four hours-- this is the first good signs we've seen others say it's a desert out here-- Clouds burning off a bit better today-- maybe we'll see a better water temp image this evening-- feels like it's cooling off- or concentrating - Live squid was said to be the key in getting the yellowfins w bait 18/42 was the area - below the 267-

------------------ Fridays Report -------------- Told myself to get up early and go fishin this morning--- but didnt , and naturally the weather turned out flat and calm with a light overcast and sun beginning to peak through mid morning--- should have gone for they wee biting--- at least the sea basses were on the incoming morning's tide- Grunion on the beach at high tide tonight and this weekend- Weak and almost unreadable --- a scratchy report says, Really slow -we ran all the way down to the 43-- -- -- -- - haven't seen any tunas-- -- we're headed back up the line-- 1:20pm Blue Whale right in front of Newport harbor travleing 300 degrees and at 4 knts----- All we've seen so far are the birds ----marking lots of different spots, we're 5 for 9 so far--- 4:10pm We got busting fish---- 4:35 we're racing to em'--- found em in the bino's-- oh yea----- we got em' up foaming hard--- the wind racing in the mike-- where you at- give me a minute-- -- silence--- ---- ------ it's the same stuff as this morning, Yellowfins tons of life, actitivy, birds--- --- I think we're gona dive on em' in a second 4:40 they came up hard on the dolphins - the sportboat ran em over! partyboats were targeting the smaller yellowtails at Clemente and Catalina-- 33/43

------- Thursdays Report -------------

Gray and drizzly early on wind stronger than yesterdays with a t 5- 8+ wind from the south mixed small sea, overcast building tides Long Beach Carnage still hocking their live squid out front of Avalon-- 7-8 off Carlsbad-- Yellowfin--- but I can't get them to go--- 11:22am San Clemente Island open on Friday and Sat-- starts to get "Hot" at 1300 hrs ( 1pm) on Sunday till monday Hey Skipper --- dont drive over those tunas Staying south all morning and into the early afternoon -got the flags almost stiff-- still overcast- spots of sun- a few shots at the YF -- 30-40 fish popped --birds no-- they just popped up-- we haven't seen anything in quite a while a degected voice says- hope they come soon--- 12:54 We slid up to some tuna on that paddy but they swan away before we got there-- waters warmer up here by a 1/2 degrees and see a bird sitting on a kelp -- any spashes? those didnt want us to get close, small spashes maybe they were bonito? nicest water we've seen at least it's fairly clean I can see why there's fish here--- -- as soon as we got into thise deper water it seemed to drop off a bit-- we saw those fish in that little cooler water up there 68.2 68.3 Hey Shawn how ya doing--- getting a few , what kind-- Yellowfin's tunas today , the bigger ones yesterday -- sonar' ed them today but couldn't get them to go- 53/ 41 looked good with a couple spots high and dry lot's of sonar marks-- stayed overcast the entire day light south- How ya doing--- we just got here--- that was it yesterday afternoon about this time like I said I chased that stuff from the east end of the island 152 down to the 277 - that smaller stuff today when we left em was at 53/41 , and below to that 45/38 , didn't see anything there ( 277 ?) this morning deep it was all deep 125 surface stuff down below was the smaller stuff

------------Wed's Report ---------------

It's a grayer day-- coastal marin cloud cover-- wind light from the south- seas w/ a little mix still to them--some morning fog-- Skipper here on the 182 -- we just put on a nice bluefin--- they're coming up all around here-- get a bait out-- 1:20am Run and Gun --outside the 209 and just below was where we found the Yellowfin yesterday must have made 15 cast to foamers and bird schools or the porpoise--got one 40-50 lb fish on the 80 colt sniper- You see that----those fish came up right behind that whale--- 3:45--- there under the terns-- Long Beach Carnage says they've got live squid for sale-- out front of Avalon - now will probably be around back in the dark- In these overcast day's water temp images are hard to get-- as is the Chlorphill charts. For whatever reason it lessings the boating / fishing trafic too- or at least not many on the radio today, maybe the fish are moveing under cover of clouds-Checking the current charts 24 hr average still show a upwell below and outside the 209---

-------------- Tuesday's report ----------------

Marine layer, more concentrated as you get to the beach, light west/southwest wind 3- 7 kts- light chop We're here down between the 181 and the 182 --we looked at every bank on the way down here--- haven't seen much in the way of life-- one small pod of dolphin-- sounds like you got something on board , yea a small yellowtail--10:58 we're down here on the 312--- a had afew porpious but they kinda went away--- it's a desert here now-- Not much sun here on the beach today--- till 3pm before it came out--- windy in the long beach basin --calmer further south ---nice afternoon well congrats-- you got the tunas-- you went further north than yesterdays numbers--- -- hope to get another evening bite like last night-- except for a few yellowtails, sea bass and black sea basses and sandy basses and halibut fishing , they say spotfin and yellowfined croakers have come into the coastal bays and harbors and corbinas are in the surf-- outside a shot at yellows under the paddies, look for swordfish and don't forget the Opahs and of course the yellow or bluefined tunas , bonitos, skipjacks and who's to say when those marlin come back around-- wont be long now-- go fishing the days will get shorter now--


----------Happy Pop's Day -------- the 18th of June 2017

About a miles west of the 209 great tuna marks here-- 10:37 about 125 ft down-- I've got a S--- load of fish that just came up--- hit the ceder plug-- must be on a bait all- 10:40, Low Slack today--- 10:50 inside the 226 more life The general tuna area--- seems from the 209 down to the 312- out to the Border's corner, out to the 182 and up to the 181 and in towards the 209 again. Hey JD.. it's Dave This is Jeff and Cash L. From Seal Beach w/ Cash's first tuna on the Great White here in PV, Mex. Happy Father's Day!!!


E-Mail from the Foxi Lady Costa Rica

We rescued a turtle today. It was caught up in a poly pro bag. It could not go down. Ken Hession was able to get ahold and haul it aboard and remove the bag. Good way to finish a good trip. 8 blue marlin. 3 strip marlin and 3 sails. A lot of rain squalls makes the ocean a little sporty

Took a early day off today-- "Pop" -JD


--------------------Sat's Report -----------

marine clouds light and gone by 10 am, light SA/W wind 2-4 kts- a thousand boats out- Off your starboard side - there's a big group- we've got em' in the gyros-- Yea there's a lot of them around in those porpoise-- hard to get on them- 10:21- Go get em--- get em'' Roger-- 10:31am -- their up right behind you big time there's fish here on the porpious- we saw some of those jumbos and then there's those 50-60 lbers--both kinds blues--- there's up again between us-- 182 SWBA the Salt water Bass fishing and many others joined in with Olive Crest today in a fund raising event out of Long Beach Yacht Club - I think 51 boats and representies from the various commercial food industry got together for this charity fund raiser- good karma- 302-- how ya doing three yellowfin tunas so far-- all on the cedar plug-- 11:11am under the terns--- we just lost a nice one-- La Jolla Canyon-- hour and a half-- we got the second one on the boat-- 38/ 21 about an hour ago--- more and more yellowfin showing--- very spooky- we accually got bit on a black and priple ceder plug in the porpious and later in the day ceder plugs and a Bk/ Pr Zuker feather-- yellowfin-- Long day for most-- but pleasant seas were enjoyed for all- some had "fish in the box" - others -fish were seen but they were not hungry --- yet- Black Sea Bass caught! but released healthy you gettin with the ponies, or birds what? -- birds and dolphins-- were trying to find the dolphin again-- we had back to back triples --- lost em' 4:56 I wanted to comment on the radio etiquette today- reasonable yet fun, refreshing to not hear the dirty talk- lets try to keep it clean this year thanks JD and the rest of the fleet-

------------------- Friday June 16 Report ------------

Sunny and hot inland cool and refreshing here on the beach - gentle sea breezes from the south a light marine layer lays offshore- seas calm and welcoming- Front of the Casino, live squid for sale long Beach Carnage- Yesterday it started there and we worked out way to the north, I'm starting down there again this morning-- 9:36-- just marked one-- at least were in the area---- 39/ 44--- 39/43 we saw one spot that that wasn't very good, then another area where we just saw the swirls under water-- that's it for us- no birds Good yellowtail bite at Catalina-- or at least there's a few of the bigger 20- 30lb stuff around the East End of the island to try for--- Sealions a threat of slow trolled baits or hooked fish-- hopefully there's a partyboat nearby to draw the seals to it, not you. Barracudas in force off Silver Canyon- More and more yellows found under paddies------some small -some 12- 20lbes- they swam by the boat three or four times they would eat our hooked baits-- 10:52 five inside the 182-- really blue 182 and 182 it's green and alot of bait-- we got three on the popper allready-- 12:41we didn't have any luck but sure saw a lot of smaller yellowfin this morning about a mile inside the 9 mile bank --smaller fish -- but didee some jumbos in with them 60 or so most of them were 20 inside the 9- 35/over 40 there's three or for spots here-- someof it's bone, some yellow-Yesterdays Water temps and the Chlorophyll charts-- it sure looks tempting along that break by the 277 fathom spot and remember there's that FAD at near the 209 spot ( 33l.01:40 / 117.47:996 )with that upwelled water above the 289 towards the 277 should be a few swordfish in those waters209 look really nice water no fish so far- east of the ridges/ 302 really spooky fish Found a nice paddy maybe 50 tails under it- he's gonna dive it and see it w can get something-- 16/ 24-this area there's a ton of breezers up-- just going on the outside of em' 28/ over 35-371 -- this afternoon dead-- 4:48pm-- another report-- 4 shy of the 371 proper from the 302-- just look for the muddled waters marks and fish there but we couldn't get any- fish the greener water on the warmer side- 16/ 32How ya doing off the East End--- nada-- a few marks , terns, how far you off-- 8- 10 they here just don't want to play yet-- thanks- 4:58nice afternoon--- time to go fishin--- the days will be getting shorter soon! Next Tuesday!! Have a fun weekend -- Happy Pop's Day next Sunday-We've seen some how you doing?-- a mixed bag-- you still in the cove --no on the front-- we've seen some fish but haven't connected yet ---littery it was non stop for two hours--- we got one on the gun-- 10:49 about 25 west of MB12-13 N/W of north island smaller tunas-- bonito off the Huntington Flats 12- 15 sportboats chasing the smmall yellowtailsyou hear those guys spearing the Bluefins-- you see anything--- negative not one bird---seen em' boiling around- couldn't get them to take anything with a hook in it--12:28those things bite for you------ yea---- bait or flatfalls-------- bait-- got the kite up--- we're markin-- we're markin - come up north-- 1:01pmhow you guys doing -- with the yummy--- we got two--- so did we-- we got three , we got four-, what color yummy- we got a double going-- Fake news!182 Parker-- you doing anything - we've seen tons of foamers but only one little tail from a paddy yea we're marking em too- -we just ran into the school and got a popper to it--

The newer swept back Yummy has a centered slot down it's back the hook can come up or down from there- the hook's eye is brought forward into the bait via leader, the eye will lay latterly and can be judged where it is, centering a needle down through the bait, through the hook's eye and out the bottom, slide a coffee stir ( the hollow kind- those too I swiped from the coffee shop) over the needle and bring it back through and out the top, remove the needle and you've a hollow tube straight through the yummy- top to bottom , insert a toothpick or two and snip off the excess, . The pin ( toothpicks) acts as a harness to help pull the bait and keeps the hook from moving around. You can go through all of that-- or just simply stick a toothpick through it- !

The original Yummy with the broader wing span can also be double hook rigged with the forward hook's eye"pinned down and a trailing hook upwards-4/ 32 pointing it home--this is the first sign of fish we've seen in a couple of hours--- 4:05pm worked the 209-- a desert one kelp had a bunch of Bonito that came up-- after 1/2 hour they went down that was it for the day, yea- we had some of those bluefins up dropped everythingheard two or three fish on the yummys today-- were dragged them through that brezzer four times with nothing -- look there's a big brezzer right off your starboard side- 4:51 ----------- still seeing em' but still hard to get to bite --working west from the 302 ziz zagging up the line-

---------- Wed's June 12? Report ------------

Quote of the day--" you got foam?"

They're still around-- Vicks 62 lb WSB the other day- , a good 35 minute battle on 20lb braid lineFor those venturing offshore this weekend-- San Clemente Island Security shows the "Cove " to be open both days , up inside the lee of the island- Zone "B" looks to be active for most of those days, otherwise the island is open-

That's what I was seeing in the dark- those meter marks down 100 150 ft they just aren't coming up yet--A bunch of big stuff-- chasing it all around-- kept moving up-- breezes w/ poppers- when you get up here go really super slow --super slow-- figure out where's the head of them are-- wait till you get jags on the up and down-- had five drops for four bites-- was really didn't want to do it with my rig-- too light 1:39pmGot them the same way---an 130 and a140 yesterday

We've coming down--- what's your was them 67.4 seeing a lot of marks but that's it-- so far for us-- same thing here- we're gonin bend it west of the 302-- OK will let you know if we see anything -- if these things com up we've got a chance e there all at 150 on my meter yea I'm the same--How ya doing -- saw one boil 20 minutes ago that been it for us- how you-- simply breezers we've got one on the deck and were on another on-- same place were were at the other day 2:01pm39/ 44 (US Waters)Hooked one of the bigger dudes couldn't even lift it--All day-- we finally got one 3:08 226 towards the 182 not much life out here-- We 've got a force feeder -- maybe if we ran 8 miles up there w'ed get a shot--- it'd be worth it-- see em' splashing around to the right --see the birds--- 3:19--- just pulling up to a spot now---you got foam? - --- we've got a full foamer3:29Yea-- it's a full foamer--- you get any cast to it--- yea tow cast no bites-- into a full foamer-- Just saw anothe breezer of our bow-- 27/19 was where we last saw em-We just saw some at minus15 and a plus 17 - fish rolling around 4:19- Yea we're going try trolling the yummy through these ones up here---You hook one--- yea the popper just outside the 289--- you land it--- negative--- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ryan comes in late this afternoon- he'd been out today looking for the tunas he's seen yesterday-- conditions have changed overnight-- yesterday coming off the 14 towards the 152- a few miles water temp showed 70 degrees and good looking water and shearwaters doing their head poking thing-- marks of bait along a strong water temp drop and color change-- and a splash here there- big fish--- -- back again there today and it'd changed-- not the current/ water break and the bird life had flown away-- well maybe tomorrow it'll change again-


Couple of images of water temps and of the Chlorophyll Charts June 13 2017 --













-------------- Tuesday's Report ---------

Compared to the past week it's a lake out there today-- a little ripple from the south seas calm, coastal water has maybe a light green tint to it. Water temps San Pedro buoy 63.7 degrees, Oceanside at 66.7 degrees and Point Loma at 65.8 degrees

Clemente held the better bite on the tails--inside the lee, blowing on the backside-- Didnt hear much on the tunas myself--- JD

----------------- Sat's report ----------

Anybody catch any tuna today------------- ----------------- ------??------------ the radio was silent-

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 08 June 2017 Neutral is favored (50 to ~55% chance) through the Northern Hemisphere fall 2017. During May, ENSO-neutral continued, though sea surface temperatures were above average in the east-central Pacific Ocean. in association with a downwelling oceanic Kelvin wave. While ocean temperatures were elevated, the atmosphere was close to average. Atmospheric convection anomalies were weak over the central tropical Pacific, while the lower-level and upper-level winds were near average over most of the tropical Pacific. Both the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) and Equatorial SOI were also near zero. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remains consistent with ENSO-neutral. Many models predict the onset of El Niño (3-month average Niño-3.4 index at or greater than 0.5°C) during the Northern Hemisphere summer. However, the NCEP CFSv2 and most of the models from the latest runs of the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) are now favoring the continuation of ENSO-neutral.. However, chances for El Niño remain elevated (35-50%) relative to the long-term average into the fall. In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored (50 to ~55% chance) through the Northern Hemisphere fall 2017 (click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chance of each outcome for each 3-month period).


Westerly blew in strong-- and kept up most of the day-- will probably mix up the water a bit, tides flowing stronger now, currents already mixed and baits schools seem to be taking advantages of the offshore islands lees. Reports from Catalina say bird schools- terns by the numbers picking at the surface outside Avalon.


An images of the past 24 hour averages in knots shows a flow from the 2o9 fathom spot in a west/northwest 296 degree flow at .0484 knts.

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Gloomy gray sky, though not as bad as yesterday--- very ligh south/southeast wind this morning- yesterday it had put a good sized s/E wind chop to the a mixed sea state-- a little on the bumpy side.

E-Mail--- Hey JD Caught this on the East end Friday night on a dropper loop with the 20# Dac you set me up with. Weighed in at 31 lbs. Had to pull it out of a Sea Lion’s mouth after he got the first one. Thanks JD

E-Mail--Hello JD, Just got back Sunday from a 3-day on the Shogun. Here are a few picturesof my sons 36.8 (after bleed) jackpot wining BF. If you look closely you will see the eyes of the pole spun 90 degrees from center of the reel. Butt section came unglued so the fish walked him around the boat 4-5 times on 30lb floro and a #2 hook. Jeff / IrvineSounded like the sportboats were ont chasing the bird schools below the border-- not as many "foamers" today, more bird pile ups--

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scrachy report- saying yesterday two miles south and two miles west of the high spot they were all over there foaming -- 9:40He said they couldn't get em' to go---- foamers going right after the little 2 inch micro bait, they'd chase the bait right to the boat --- go right under the boat and pop up on the other side of the boat-- 4 inside the 289 yesterday afternoon--I'm looking at it right now---- a swordfish-- swimming right up next to the boat ---4 miles out of the harbor--- 3:59 pm I'm tempted to go look at it---100 %-- it's a Striped Marlin ------ is it a swordfish or a marlin? -- it's a marlin 100% its swimming 4 knts right up next to the boat--all lit up blue --- it's June the 4 and marlin around-- I got photo of it- sent it to -- says its a swordfish d - either way it was pretty cool- -- lit up blue darting aroundWe're on that same school of dolphins- - tons or birds we dropped baits down-- we didn't get anything -- neither did we-- 9:09am

They're keeping it quiet- the tuna dope-- stand by - Obscure e-mail this morning- -- We'll did they bite for ya? - Yes. We got two over 100#.Couple of Orcas's seen --- heading south and White Shark viewing's becoming an tourist attraction north SD waters-we worked out way down from the 230 found a dozen kelps- no one home- one spot of 30-40 bluefin -- we threw everything at em', no go--They went the route-- hit all the standard high spots from dawn onwards-, 43, the Corner, 371, 425, back up the Ridge-- 209 and 8 miles outside of it-- the afternoon tide flooded in- by 2:30 pm the ocean came up-- schools of bait- football sized baitballs with tuna crashing then-- we shut down the engines and slid into them-- left the generator on- they didn't seem to mind, they pushed the small micro 2 inch bait to the refuge of the boat--- hooked two on the 8- 10 inch poppers-- busted them both off!- More tuna then he'd every seen in his life-- all 100- 150lb brutes wine barrel sized fish! maybe that smaller 60 gram Coltsniper w/ 80 fluor would mimic the baits size better-We fought one for 4 1/2 hours---were out here on the 209-- calm-- a few kelp paddies nothing under them yet---The day returned to a overcast one-- and not much said on the radios-- after 3 pm--- Yellowtails said to be inside the island, slow trolling bait off Toyon 70 Ft. depth- waters green

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Overcast again for the morning hours starts to break up mid morning-- light West/ southwest wind 6- 8 kts- seas are fair with a mix to it- --Radio more active this morning-- boaters out looking for the tunas-- scratch radio reception-so far.Go north ---there' s 200 lb foamers-- mosty of the time we were on bird schools and foamers-it's slow for now-- we're below the 43 now--- the---J had a show inside the 289 2:40pmYea were just looking around now for another bunch-- seeing fish above the corner today- and a report saying there were fish all over the 209---??sliding up on em', spent most of the day outside the 209- 5:17pmBird pile up 4 outside Laguna this afternoon dolphins whales, bait--

I called Owner hooks yesterday-- was looking at their single hook replacements for treble hooks either for plugs or for casting lures, Owner was gracious enough to send over a few samples of their new Zo Wire Single hook replacement, boy they look great-- extremely strong light weight and their eye is in line with the hooks bend -allows it to be attached with a single split rin gand still stay in-line with the lures motions, I found the 5/0 size to be about the right size for the Colt Snipers 80 gram lures and 4/0 size fits the 60 gram lure. Give them a shot I think they'll helpin a lot of lures.

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I spoke to the manufacture of the Yummy Flyers yesterday-- he suggested that the flyer itself be cast directly to the boiling tunas-- the new Super design helps self right themselves upright and they skitter jump around on the retrieve, they are really simple to rig either hook upright or down in the pre-made slot along its back- give it a shot-- I added in a 1 oz torpedo sinker and it helped in the distance of the cast. JD

Boat on the 43 saying they'd seen a couple of foamers out there?- 1:47pm

There's a big spread of commons ( Dolphin) maybe a 1,000 spread out -- birds, bait-- below and outside Dana--

Hi JD, I'm over here in Maui for a wedding and of course brought all my shore fishing gear. I put in about 15 hours over the last couple days and was rewarded with this beautiful omilu (blue fin trevally): I caught her on a locally made ceramic jig by mark white, such a great fight!

Ah aa- walking on the beach feeling the sand erode away under your feet in that warm wash-- a dark spot out 50 yards off the beach offers a target, ya know there's a jack prowling around there somewhere- Sweet!

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Sad news-- that our good friend Joe Winkelmann “Old Joe” passed away in his sleep Monday. Picking the right words to describe all Old Joe is hard. Joe was such an important part of the Anglers and a truly generous and good hearted man. Joe spent the weekend with all of his family in Catalina doing what he loved so much then returned home for a nap where he has now left us. ---- Services will be announced as soon as I know-- JD In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to either the Tuna Club Foundation (P.O. Box 526, Avalon, CA 90704) or the Hoag Hospital Foundation (330 Placentia Avenue, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663) in honor of Joseph B. Winkelmann. Gifts will be directed to Circle 1000 within the Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

Received this E-mail this morning- Re The Great Marlin Race during last years BAC Masters Billfish Tournament-- - Good Morning Team Hooked: I’m writing with more great news. I’ve just added the track for your marlin that swam 1,397 nautical miles point to point- and it’s absolutely incredible! We estimate that the total distance is really about 5,560 nm! Compared to the other tracks from striped marlin deployed in 2014 and 2015, this fish also swam along the Baja coast but continued further south than any tagged in previous years, almost reaching the equator, before making its way north again!

Check out the track in the link below: Regards, Leah Baumwell Conservation Coordinator International Game Fish Association 300 Gulf Stream Way Dania Beach, FL 33004

Whale watchers seeing more and more Mola' Mola's and sealions for the day- there's so much bait out here--- how much did you say they consumed in a day-- about 20 lbs

We literally tried everything-- there were a ton of fish there-- Tunas the big ones-- lots of volume here--Minke Whales seen 4 outside of Dana-- said to be a good swordfish indicator

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Although a good many of boats out today and various radio chatter-- I didn't hear much on the catches of fish-- Sculpin catchers for the 1/2 and 3/4 day boats out of Newport- Long Beach and San Pedro-- fishing the 150 spot out but the oil rigs-- no yellowtails there-- Some basses from the art reefs and structure spots above Newport/ Huntington. Catalina and Clemente had there share of party boats-- tails, bass and rockfish. it was said the tunas around the 181- 182 were a afternoon bite - as that tide changed although I didn't hear it directly-- One boater spoke of the 65 degree purple blue water- which sounded good-

First Fish for the BAC's Tuna Flag, 112.8 lbs -Gary V aboard the Big G, - Colt Sniper re rigged with single hook-- they broke off at least four other fish over hundred, another boat next to them looked like they pulled four fish over the rail-- Gary came in the shop last year- pulled a half dozen snipers off the peg-- almost all I had at that time and some Aki Twist hooks-- buying six at a time seemed a little on the plus side-- but after yesterdays breaking off four fish in a row he's glad to have had them-- JD' Tip buy more than one, you might need them!

School after school of foamers that were on micro fin bait 2 inch stuff- they'd circle the bait into a ball and come running into it-- toss a jig into the melee and you were hooked! South of the 181 Fathom Bank -Yesterday- smaller fish, they didn't stay up very long, hard to get on them-- today it looked better weather so they went, 10 am left the harbor -- by 2 pm they had at lest one fish aboard, Sweet-- Father fought the fish his son Michael drove the boat- gaffed it-- nice job--

Late afternoon early evening report-- we just got on on 65lb-- tuna- 6:15pm


E-Mail-- thanks for the info -- JD, mistakenly, we ended up chasing the internet and bailed on the plan to go south and ended up at the corner up to san clemente canyon. saw a ton of birds and bait, but only a few schools metered and one school that was up and feeding with no birds, got one cast before they sunk out. That was it all day. 23hrs on the water, Skunked! we were fishing the San Diego Marlin Club tournament. It was slow for everyone. Really rough and snotty by the end of the day, no swell but at least a 4ft wind chop coming from all directions. Chris Z


And another E Mail -- Hey JD , Fishing Ensenada on Friday and baited this fish. Had it on for 7 hours on a small Penn single speed reel.Reel just wouldn't do the job at all so we cut the line. Had it close a few times but it just sank out. Please take a look. We thought it was a big blue marlin but someone thinks it's a swordfish?? I'd like your opinion? Thanks. Mike K Black Jack .

I'll let the viewers guess-

Vote 100% Broadbill Swordfish

Thanks Mike for the fish story-- "The one that got away" --- It's certainly has a long enough bill to be a swordfish and it's a big enough fish to be a blue. After I looked closely to the dorsal's fin shape, it doesn't taper down like a marlins would along its back, and it does have a broad bill -odds are in favor of a big swordfish, waters a bit too cool for the Blues but who knows now? could be a sword? either way - it's a big fish -- Boy Big Tunas showing up and now Marlin/ Broadbills-- Stand By-- is all I can say-- JD


Up early to beat the weather, doesn't always happen like you plan-- They stopped stop at the newport receiver for large sardines, the bumpy crossing to the island-- water much cooler that expected 59/ 60 and off color mid channel, what kelps were found were fishless, to the calm of the island where anchored off Hen brought tug-a-wars with good fun fishing. Tacking uphill on their way back-- mid channel water cleaned up 62 and blue- blue-- a kelp paddy approached up wind, slow drift with two baits out-- She says, the gaffer- "Well its the first time I ever gaffed one", looks like she did a good job! - pegged the 30 lb scale!- David


Foxi Lady report -- from Costa Rica out fishing the FAD that are offshore 60 + miles

A Fat Old Man at work in Costa Rica! Great trip, 4 days of fishing and 2 days of traveling Fishing 2 dredges 4 teasers and 2 hooks we raised 52 had 42 bites catch 20 blue marlin and 2 stripes. rained only one day. For what ever reason a number of the newly installed fads have gone away. tight lines Pete-Boy that's some good fishing!! Raised 52, had 42 bites, catch 20 blue marlin and 2 stripes.!!!

Remember there's two FADs off out coastline too! One off the East end of Cat at 33.14:432 N / 118.10:874 W and the second one off the 209 area-- at 33.01:40 N / 117.47:996 W -- have fun let me know how they work out for you-- JD


----m' jump around, just a matter of time 12:52pm (371 area 28 miles 199 degrees from Pt Loma)Strong coastal downhill currents runs from the upper San Pedro Channel southwards to below Dana and Carlsbad and onwards to below San Diego reaching and average of 0.869 kts off San Mateo Pt.

Took my small skiff out yesterday- with hopes of a swordfish or opah bite- found a likely looking high spot along the 1,000 ft dropoff outside Abalone Pt. good running current down hill - spent two - three hours rowing into it- just to stay in place over that high spot, never had a bite but good exercise , ran into the beach and fished the sea bass with a mackerel deep hung on the old Krocodile lure slow rowed along the kelp beds- one thresher shark bite- - good day on the water- JD

AM radio this morning speaks of a spotter planes being called by anothe plane to come look at something 100 miles away-- ya gota see this--- working below the border seeing a single school of 80 lb + Bluefin tuna 150 yds wide and streching for 4 miles long-- that's a lot of tunas. And massive amounts of bait schools seen inside Clemente island-- promising-- dozens and dozens of boats out this morning209, 302, inside the 182, 43 - some bonitos, a few school sizes yellows so far-

E Mail- Hey JD! Saw this guy cruising around just about 3 mi off Dana on our way home from Avalon this morning. A hard reminder to always have a swordfish set up😖Biggest reel we had was a Talica 10 so didn't even try. Fun to see it though as we wereable to get right on top of it.

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Boaters were greeted with blue sky and bright sunshine this morning--- Light West/ Southwest wind-- a little swell mixed with it-- nice traveling-- , a few smaller tails off the backside of Cat. Seals pretty much covered up the "Cove" at Clemente-

How ya doing out on the 43'-- marked something down around 60 ft down-- --not a lot of paddies-- not a lot of anything----------------- The Friday's Report of May 19 th- ----------r.

A fitting good by catch-- - headed back up hill - E Mail this morning- Leaving Friday (tomorrow) for home. Did a little shake down fishing trip this morning and got this nice 35# wahoo caught by Marc Bacon. See you soon, Warren JewelLure I-Couple more nice White Sea Bass weighted at the BAC today-- they're back---it takes that extra time and effort for these fish-- and good technique helps

A lot of billfish and game fish tournaments are held in Baja or Mexico this time of year-- Anglers, in the know bring down their own baits , Ballyhoos and even squid to assure them their best chances at winning and not have to relay on the questionable availability of local baits.Local whales watchers-- were shy of the whales for the past few days-- dolphins filling the sacks- A Blue was spotted 6 3/4 miles off Laguna/ Dana -- todays fishing Party boats fished the lee of Clemente for the Tails and the East end of Cat for tails too- the local WSB swam away- or were caught!


Broken cloud cover- light west wind 6- 7 kts still a little roily out there-- water temps holding at 60 to 63 degrees --Sand basses, a few Calico and threshers sharks were making the fish counts so far today

-------------- Sundays windy Report ---Happy Mom's Day----Lot's of sheep out there--- turned nasty mid morning--

Mummm- -- earlier this week Billy had given me a cut of WSB he had caught-- per his instructions the fish was cut into meal size cuts- wrapped in paper towels and zip locked for later meals--- On both sides were cut bacon strips and microwaved till sizzling, the fish/bacon cuts then lay in browned flour tortillas filled with cheese, tomatoes, greens and sauces. ---- mummm -------thanks Billy-


More sealife seen above the harbor this morning- birds, seals, dolphins, great whites Yikes!He said he's seen at least three fish come over the rail, maybe another one, guy had the gaff out , lost one WSB himself at the boat- line parted- frozen squid pinned on a white salas jig hung 4 -5 feet off the bottom- just bobbin up and down in that swell- worse early on this morning- then better in that brief time while the wind switched-- by noon it has started to blow out of the west pretty good. Thresher sharks and White Sea Basses--lots of macks around easy to make bait there- - a dozen boats in the area- Newport Reef

Wind seemed to back off late afternoon - reports of small threshers up on the reef- suggestion on the smaller threshers-- when possible use a med- sized circle hook w/ the baits, Single stand wire 4- 5 ft or 80- 100 lb Fluor carbon/ mono leaders help to preserve the fish- they leap and put up a good fight. Tail hooked threshers, by the time you get it to the boat it's exhausted to the point it may not survive and the opportunity to releases it gets limited- JD

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Hey JD, We had a successful day yesterday with the sea bass. Bite went red hot for about an hour with favorable conditions and we went 3 for 5 on them on the mid incoming tide. Saw the first one swim up to the boat chasing the bait, so we knew they were there and it didn't take long for more to bite. Great day! Captain Shannon McGraw Owner/Operator Sealutions Sportfishing and Custom Charters

Morning broke too bright-- coast marine haze being blown by a west almost stiff breez at 10+ kts- feels like it'll be a windy day--ong Beach Carnage was still selling the live squids out front of Avalon- 9:25 amBoats off Huntington beach way-- trying to follow the Great Whites-- lifeguards telling them to stay 1/4 off the beach-- they want to get in shallow to film them with Drones -

Great Marlin Race Balboa/ Masters last summer , Dana Angling Club sponcored tag-- 240 day Pop-Up-- shows the coordinates and it looks like it’s about 900 nautical miles northeast of Hawaiian islands.

Short lived-- but the earlest recored for the Hurrcaine Season-- Stand By!- Post-Tropical Cyclone Adrian Discussion Number 8 Adrian consists of a rather insignificant-looking swirl of low clouds with just a few isolated showers. The system has been devoid of significant deep convection since yesterday afternoon, so it is being declared a remnant low on this advisory.

Pacific Carnage here off Avalon has Plenty of Live Squid "right here in front of Avalon"- 10:09amBlue Whale reported 3 off the Balboa Pier yesterday-- -- Stand By--

- Sundays 7th of May 2017 Report ---Not much on the radio today-- another day on serving reels, a pair of Penn Int. 12 T's and a 12 H that had been customized by Cal's for the big tunas, a Penn jigmaster 500, a TLD 2-sp and a Star 15-30 along with fixing a couple of small spinning reels for some kids fishin- good day, but not much on the radio-


11 miles out from the LA light - headed to the harbor/ mainland Long Beach Carnage coming back from Avalon-- done for the day-- will not be at the island today--10 am

Reports that the Bluefin Tunas will be here in great masses sets the pace to have these reels ready-- Gluck JD

With yesterdays E-Mail from Owen about seeing all the velella velella," Little Sailors" and the influx of Mola Mola- one would have to deduce there was a flow of water from the south pushing these little critters and they mates towards So Calif. and indeed there has been a shift in the entire water off the So Calif and Mexico's coastline extending hundreds of miles off.

Reports of Bluefin in great numbers- spotter planes research vessels say--

Fishing the Cape-- Bacco scores well on the tunas, Dennis and Patty. Roband Heidi


Reports from up North-- Salmon--- There was a little bite out of Morro Bay yesterday My biggest this year. Dave

------------ 2016 MABT-IGMR Interim Report ------------

Hello Geoff, Great news! I just received word that Dana Angling Club’s satellite tag deployed on an estimated 80 pound Striped marlin popped-up yesterday 1,397 nm west of the tagging location (vicinity of the 181 Bank) after 216 days. More details to follow shortly. Best regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Trustee CCA-California Board of Directors HIBT-IGMR Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator


Years gone past yet the tried and true methods still work-- Giant White Sea Bass were suckers for a shinny spoon slow trolled along the kelp beds with or without a flyingfish, mackerel or squid pinned on it.

Photos shows several such shinny enticers , (top) a Pflueger Record #1832 -7 with a replaceable hook atatcvhment (centered ) is a Knowles Automatic "Striker" A unique lure with the Pat. date shows Feb.27 1906 and June 18 1918 it features a sliding bar that allowed the hook to "fall " backwards until it stops with a "strike" to help set the hook. Also in the photo is and a hand-made fish shaped spoon/ w red gill stripe- they'll still work today - so does a Krocodile lure!


WSB. Fickle fish and weather, yesterday's challange for those Sea Bass, South wind against current, inshore flow on one side of the kelp/ or offshore flow 50 ft away w bits of kelp and grass/ foggy then hot- boats anchored close to each over, they just didn't bite--Should be better today

This Past Weekend was the BAC's Lily Call bay fishing tournament-- just like Wicked Tuna with all the suspense, glamour, competitiveness, the rewards and defeat -- all that and more that can be. Watching for that tale -tale nibble of the rod's tip - then the rip of line as it peals out. Is it the right kind? Will the line hold up and fearful the hook wont pull out at the last minute, it's not done until it's put in the boat-- measuring tape comes out and jubilant cheers as it's a legal catch, ah-- but the scales will tale the tale.

Saturday's weather turned wicked with wind driving anglers to seek shelter anywhere. drifting for halibuts was possible only in the early hours of the tournament . Hot spots are jockey'ed for and hard to give up. Peace and quiet came late Saturday evening as that weather backed off leaving only the hardy remaining on the water. Sundays morning broke clear and blue with a hot day in promise. The Corbina's catches this year were not big but there was many young 1 -1/2 - 2 lb fish being released that show promise for next year's catches. The Croakers were non existent the first day with only one small Spotfin and a legal sized Yellowfin weighed in on Sunday, Bass catchers were fair and 2 lb stuff were caught -the highlights - Halibut- the tough fish over the past few years were here this year-- a early on 4 lb fish took the lead, later topped by a 5 lb fish and last a 6 lb fish. Awards at the Coup was fun a bunch of goodies given away and burgers and dogs the meal. - till next year--


OK boys and girls get you pencils together- FAD Fish Aggregation Device--

E-Mail today--- JD, We have deployed a second Fad this past weekend. We deployed another Fad late last season. The location of the the first fad is 33' 14.432N 118' 10.874W This fad is very close to the 152 off the east end of Catalina. This most recent Fad's numbers ( this weekend) are 33' 01.40N 117 47.996. This fad is located on the 209. In order to continue this program into the future we need feed back on anglers experience at these locations. We are in the process of putting together a web site to make it very easy for people to give us a report. I will be sending you that info shortly. so that more people could take advantage. Appreciate all your help thanks FOXI LADY Pete & DeniseR


-------------April 21st Friday -----Moon 3/4 going dark--------

These look like they did the start of last year--- I've go 50 passengers aboard-and were all messed up--- if we had someone that could cast the long rod maybe w/ a 7 x we'd get one or two-- you wouldn't get 30 , good boils, white water, yea they were all roaming around just like the start of last year--- how big are they out there where you are-- you got sonar?, some of that smaller grade was to the west of us, bigger ones inside here-- it's got the looks of one of those days where you run around chasing fish all day and get to the dock with nothing---

let us know if you get any more bonito of those smaller bluefin--

The day starts off with radio traffic speaking of roaming Bluefin tunas-- Stand By! long distance casting,-- maybe a kite


What a phenomenal seas we've had for the past two or three years-- the pre warming El Nino years with Striped Marlins thick off the Channel Islands , then the year of Wahoo and Blue Marlins everywhere and last years remarkable and challanging Bluefin Tunas, as it looks very favorable so far this year-- The Club--- the Tuna Club of Avalon marked this past week with their Annual Awards, recognizing their members catches of last season. The Club was founded on the Blue tuna, "Leapers of the Sea" they were called, they were challanges then, a hundred years have passed and their still a challange-- the club members strive for Button Awards and Trophies and this years Awards were something else. In one year almost as many were given out as the past 75 years- and it looks like the tunas are here for another year-- -- With the forecast leaning towards another warming El Nino trend this coming Summer and maybe even earier than that-- better fish for them while they're still here- - -

Received this E mail over the past weekend--- Off of Avalon Friday. Went just over 40'bs. There was a school an acre wide got it in a swim bait after 45 minutes. Tom

And Shimano's pre-made Wind-on Fluorocarbon are a quick and simple method to attach the Flat Falls- JD

Easter Sunday didn't stop the fleet from fishing the coastal Sea Basses-- Marshall Q. with a fine 43 lb fish out of the kelp beds near








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Hey JD-- Hope all is well. Here's a picture of Michael with his first White Seabass. We went 4 for 6 on this grade of fish in 30 minutes. The green "seabass line" you spooled us up with accounted for 5 of the 6 bites. Thanks for the great tips as always! Gary

Whale off So Laguna had a crab trap stuck on it's face - whale watching boat wondered if someone could get a grappling hook on it and jank it off, thinking they might pull it off , or-- maybe they'd get a fight of their lives! -- Yikes hooked up to a whale!



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Should have gone fishing the day off but elected to do yard work-- Now I find out they were biting-- White Sea Bass finally moved in after months and months of waiting - it pays off, Vick puts a 64.7 White Sea Bass on the boat on IGFA 12 lb test line, 50 minute battle- it weighs a 1/2 pound under the World Record, a New BAC club record and their First Fish of the Year Flag-- Congrats- on a plastic too--- ! Grumpies were biting too --






Still biting today-- with another one , Nates 56 lb fish taken with a live mackeral.



This time of year ( our winter/ Spring) is a great time to visit the world down under-- An E-mail to our New Zealand friends the Garrett brings news of their catches this year. Hi JD, The Zane Grey Caribbean Boats International Tournament concluded with 4 Sat tags implanted for the IGFA Great Marlin Race. The winning weighed fish was a Blue Marlin by junior angler Dylan White at 451 lbs on 80. The $50,000 cash will help with his universityeducation! 17 fish total with 10 Striped Marlin tagged and 2 weighed in. 3 Yellowfin, 2 each on Striped and Blue Marlin also brought to the scales. Overall the fishing has been slower than average due, in part, to lower water temp and weather as we have had more rain since records were first taken. It will be interesting to see how the Broadbill season goes in the next few months. Late April through June over the years has been our best time. The wind will preclude deep drift fishing the later in the season as that has been our experience but worth going out as the fish seem to be bigger. Regards, Jerry


What's that Green stuff growing in the bay! the question is asked a lot these days-- An E-mail to the marine science center and Fish and Wildlife gets this reply Most of the algae we see in the marsh is Ulva sp., a common saltwater green alga that can grow vigorously when high nutrients are present and sunlit hours are longer . If you’re worried about eutrophication, ( Excessive richness of nutrients in a body of water, frequently due to runoff from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen.) I would expect to see it near Jamboree Bridge, where freshwater comes down from San Diego Creek carrying a high nutrient load, We haven’t done any formal fish surveys in 2016 or 2017 so it’s hard to say if fish populations would be affected but we haven’t seen any signs of obvious stress. Stand By!


With the Bluefins starting to show up again-- a couple of questions comes to mind--- do they or did they spawn here this past year or so? and did most of them, having reached and semi- adult stage migrate back to the Western Pacific this past winter with some the younger stuff still staying along the Northern Baja



JD Good fish is PV last week on the Southern Way 3 days we went 5/8 186,202,204,236, and this one at 319


Gray May again- wind light from the west/ southwest-- seas calm w/ light wind chop- slight uphill current water temps along the shoreline just hovering under the 60 degree mark, sun will elevate it later today- a few bass biting -- fair +

With the reports of the bigger Bluefins still possible, there's a few more boat out after them every day now--

Balboa Angling Club held their 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards for the 2016 catches, among some of the noted catches were 30 lb Halibuts by Kathy Ecklund on 30lb line, Grant Garretts 211 lb Bluefin Tuna on 80 lb tackle, Tom Pfleger's 211.8 fish on 50 and a 213 .3 tuna on 50 lb tackle and a World Record 213 lb tuna on 30lb tackle (That's a tough battle) , a 63.6 White Sea bass on 50lb tackle by Nate Shill and Chuck Holland's 22.5lb Yellowtail on 8 lb test line. Outstanding Angler of the year Award went to Paul Hoofe - Congratulations to all the anglers and participants in the Club, it's been a fun season with hopes of continued good fishing this coming season. .

Guest Speakers at the Awards were Research Scientists Chugey Sepulvida and "Scoots" Scott Aalbers from the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research ( PIER) with Swordfish and White Sea Bass as the subjects. Of notes, Swordfish swim fast and far-- tagging this past year shows a Swordfish tagged here traveled almost to the Marquesas Island , 4,000 miles in only two months time! Their larva has to have 78 degree or warmer water for them to survive, so they spawn in tropical warm waters. they grow at a fast rate-- and estimated 200 lb fish is approximately 3 years old. Their eyes have a mussel that helps to heat their eyeballs enabling them better vision in the deep dark water at 700- 1300 deep , When they do surface, "Basking" to warm up is for approximately only 20 minutes out of the day and are almost blinded by a bright sunny day and they're hard to hook and land! ----- The White Sea Bass notes show some of the data used to manage the species is dated 1920's stuff, with rethinking some perspectives on growth and migration habits. they too travel great distances with an estimated 1,000 miles logged in a years time, not necessary in a straight line. A 40 lb fish is now estimated at 18 years old. and the 28 inch ( legal size) may not actually be a sexually mature fish to have spawned once which was thought to to be the case. Only the males "Croak" and most big fish 55 or heaver are females. And most importations there seems under recent st


This months 2017 Sportfishing Tide Calendar features Tracy Decker with a nice 5 lb Spotfin Croaker taken with a innkeeper worm out of Newport Harbor-they like natural baits such as mussel, clams, worms and shrimps Next months Lily Call bay tournament contestants will try for these tough battlers as well as the corbinas, halibuts and bass all on 4lb test line!- Durring the past month with all the rain water that's washed into the coastal harbors and bays it's carried lots of nutriments which have helped in the growth of a dark green moss , covering the bottom like a thick carpet. Finding these Innkeeper worms and ghost shrimps and clams will be a little harder. Give the BAC a call if you'd like to fish it-- JD

This mornings AM radio fish talk show was about the upcoming Fred Hall extravaganza which opens on Wed's . My how it's grown over the years-- one of the speakers, Mike L, spoke of a reel he helped contribute to-- one of the first baitcaster's on the market by Shimano, the original Bantam 100. Mike spoke of working in a hunting and fishing retail store and the Shimano salesman ask him to test out a new product for them-That original test model will be featured at the show adjacent to Shimano's newest product. -Mike later went on to become the outside sales rep for California Tackle/ Sabre Rods- and currently now with the Fred Hall program- -I still fish with mine- JD

--------------- Sat's Report 2/25/17 -------------

Clear blue sky this morning, to the crafty and hearty they were up early and fished the filling tide on local spots at sunrise- good bass fishing for them I hear-

Seas calmed down- light south wind at 1- maybe 2-3 kts- water temps San Pedro Buoy- 58.6 degrees- ranges from the Tanner Bank at 59 to Santa Monica and Mission Bay 58.6 degrees-- Snow level 5,000 to 5,500 ft-

D -- it's been wide open here for us today , we must have released 80 bass so far --- hitting the plastics--- --- good current running-- that's great-- what color plastic--- red flake on a 1 oz head-- sweet-- thanks for the report, how's that swell out there ---- 3 ft and a long ways apart-- thanks again-- goodluck!10:58am

Great White Shark-- closing the Huntington Beach beaches--- 12 ft'er seen---

Yikes! -- no place to be in a rubber dingy!




2016 (Center) and for 2017 ( right) Each year it's getting cooler

as well as a Chlorophyll charts for the same weeks 2015, 2016, and2017 each year there's more plankton sealife

s recently met for their annual meeting where they ratified several significant changes to the IGFA’s International Angling Rules and World Record Requirements. Detailed information regarding these changes is listed below: CHANGES TO THE INTERNATIONAL ANGLING RULES

Backing & Top-Shot

Current IGFA International Angling Rules state: "If the fishing line is attached to backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the lines." This rule has long been contested in cases where the main line or top shot is lighter than the underlying backing, as logic dictates that the lighter line will break before the heavier backing. This is also contrary to IGFA angling rules for fly fishing where the catch is categorized based on the breaking strength of the class tippet, which must be a minimum of 15 inches. To address this issue, IGFA will be making the following alterations to Equipment Regulation A: • Title change from “LINE” to “LINE & BACKING” • Adding a new subsection that reads: “3. The use of backing is permissible.” • Adding a new subsection that reads: “4. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first 16.5 feet (5 meters) of line directly preceding the double line, leader or hook. This section must be comprised of a single, homogenous piece of line.” This change is effective April 1, 2017.


Backroom surprises-- in a couple of doubled bagged paper bags- a bunch of older reels and lure-The packaging say the Danny Swimming lure is the ultimate in surface casting plugs, thru wire construction, tail hook dressed with natural deer hair and silver mylar, it's stronger wood and epoxy paint makes it more durable , For daytime use: As the plug hits the water, give the rod a short upward jerk causing the plug to splash gently, now start your retrieve at a pace that causes the plug to swim - leaving a gentle S shape wake , the gentle splash should be repeated every five or six feet. Night use: same except do not splash the lure. Just the thing for those Bluefin last summer. Also a pair of handmade Stan Gibbs Lures , 35 Olds Plymouth Rd, Buzzards Bay, RFD Mass that sport cupped or scooped shaped heads. Odd diamond shaped jigs for the cods, one sporting alligator ridge lines down it 's backsides - cool stuff!




Sad to hear of one of the few remaining Fishing Tackle Wholesalers going out of business this month, Fisherman's Wholesale now joins the ranks of the past supplies of that precious commodity we grew up with. Gone are Munson Sporting Goods who's reps traveled from shop to shop bringing wonders from abroad, California Hardware, downtown LA's New York Hardware and America Hardware's 3 and 4 inch thick catalogs where you could get a sleeping bag, camping lantern, rope, appliances, door hinges, vermin traps, nails, hammers along with all the guns, ammo and fishing gear you'd want, S. H. Barton you could get a "special deal" on a Penn 500 Jigmaster, ( less the wrench, tube of lube, reel strap w/ nuts and bolts, you were lucky just to get the box) , South Coast Fishing Tackle carried tackle from cane pole/crappie flys to Garcia Conlin game rods, Olympic Wholesale AWR Sports which was originally Audrey's Worm Ranch, selling bass tackle have all gone by the wayside, or got gobbled up by the remaining wholesaler Big Rock Sports who in turn are under Henry's..The choices we as retailers have to offer becomes limited. Manufactures in turn faced with fewer wholesalers who only "Cherry Pick" their best selling products are being forced to go public though the Web/ Amazon / etc. Ye' old sporting goods store has changed. .

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------------------ Wed's Report ---------------- The horizon line has some puffy clouds overhead clear and crisp cold morning hours, seas still a mess but will clear out- saltwater is good for taking away the bad stuff. it's salts dissolve most things over time.At least I got the bottom scrapped clean, then righted her again and scrubbed out-- We'll see about the engine- She's a bit waterlogged for now, but's she'll dry out and be the good old jolly boat she was--Right on the button - the shop here , it's foundation resting on the beach sand

I wasn't quite ready to clean the bottom of my boat just yet- -- having archived that "right" amount of camouflage on her- but Mother Natures does what she want to--- and flipped her over during last Sundays Nights blow-- - She's on a shore mooring-- I had pulled her up high on the beach during the previous' afternoon high tide and snugged her tight to the mooring can, Somehow or another she flipped completly over in the wind, rain and tides, the Harbor Patrol calls-- they tried to right here but she was too heavy- I guess all I can do now is get her righted again as that tide drops later today and dry her out-- engine will need work and a lot of sunshine will help - guess it time to clean and paint the bottom too-

The weekends Wild weather Report ---South winds strong with bouts of light rain showers -- so far-- wind 12- 18 S/ due to swing around strong S/W later today-


--------------Jan 2017----------

Sloppy south wind today--- many boats turned around- it's the middle of January! wind 12- 18 + kts from the south/southeast/ wind chop and west swell, not real comfortable-- water temps remains 58-60 degrees. No squid to be made this morning up towards the Long Beach area-- Sailboats out and a few others but that's it-- except the whale/ dolphin watchers- This morning's AM radio fish talk show had Dave P from Shimano on- very knowledgeable information's -- they spoke of the merits of the powerful drag capabilities of their spinning reels used for those Tunas - 200 lb Bluefin boated in 7 minutes-- how was this possible-- a lot of it has to do with the dynamics of a "reel under the rod's" pulling strength - Both hands can grip the rod better, no fingers have to lay the line on the spool, the reel balances better under vs. on top of the rod and of course they were on a fast private boat capable to get to the fish quickly-- Superior casting with a 8 ft Popping rod designed for these big fish - able to make cast after cast with virtually no worry of a backlash, Dave's insight on a medium drag setting on the first run then tighten up drag settings when the real fight began makes good sense. JD's offers this same set up for sale. a SW 14000 Twin Power reel w/ braid line matched to their Terez 8 ft 50-100 lb Popping $1,000Also they "let the cat out of the Bag" about their new smaller sized #300 Trank Reel-about the size of a Curado 300 -I wrote a few words earlier this week about it-- but was asked to remove it saying "not just yet", well the cats out of the bag now and hard to get it back in-- Due out hopefully by the upcoming Fred Hall show a new smaller sized reel two different gear rations and both left handed or right handed--Limited availability on their first run-- - - TRANX 300A 5+1 bearings 22lb max drag setting, Star Drag- 11.57 ounces, 12 lbs mono/ 230 yds or 200 yds 50 lb PP braid 5.8:1-- JD's has them on order-- reserve yours today! Thoughts on Pacific Bluefin Tunas-- will they be here this coming Spring season--- like last year where they never left our waters due to the abundance of food -Red Crabs a holdover form the previous year and the water conditions were favorable for them to stay here-- they just got larger .. Couple of thoughts -- were their many 12- 30 lb Bluefins seen found?- not many--more like 50 to 200 lb fish-- so the recruitment younger stock may not be here or did those larger Bluefins spawn here on the West Coast ? That's a good question - I think still being studied now. Past scientific studies on the Pacific Bluefin suggested the young fish , spawned off Japanese waters migrated here to the northern Baja/ So Calif in early Spring- foraged here and up to the central California area for a period of two or three years reaching a 60- 100 lb range - then migrated back to the Western Pacific, Japanese water where they spent the rest of their lives there--Based of those past studies one would have to think these 100- 200 lb fish we had here last season should/ would migrate back to Japan this winter to be replaced by younger stock replacement this winter-- the question is-- is there enough food/ Red Crabs/ Squid here this winter to hold them over - and are the water conditions this year vs. that of last year sufficient enough to help hold these fish over for another year?--- We'll see- JD ----- one thing we know--- they'll be bigger! Better weather Monday- till Wed / Thursday this comming week-- then the rain and wind thursday night Friday and clearing wind/rain Sat- better luck next week- JD ------ Sat's Report ---------- Cleared weather-- light west wind 5- 8 knts-- seas fine-- Water cooler at 58- 60 degrees- cleaning up - still that strong outgoing draining tide-- Baja/ Mainland Mexico report from the Jewellure III --- left San Jose BCS to fish near the the Tres Marias Islands off PV Sunday the 8th. Fishing was a little slow and water a off color. Three days for 2 blues 350# and 250# and tuna up to 100#. Back to Cabo for the last day for 4 stripers. Looking forward to a couple months there next year. Aboard were Bob M, Curt H and Jeff H. Warren With the cooler water this winter the Kelp Beds are thriving well-- places that were barren a year ago, now have a growth upwards to a foot a day - In Californian and the northern Baja peninsula the kelp forests along coastline and coastal islands , Macrocystis pyrifera is dominate growth that creates good habitat for the fishes and all aquatic sealife- Not much said on the radio today-- but still a nice day on the water-- ------------- Fridays report ------------ Clearing weather-- blue sky behind lingering clouds-- wind light/fair from the west, strong draining tides - bay waters have a tannic looking brown tinge to it-- 4 casts 2 small 7-8 inch spotted bass- This week- out in Vegas one of the major Fishing and hunting wholesalers( AWR/ Big Rock Sports) held their yearly trade show-- Hunting and ammo products have dominated the show these past few years-- no different this year-- the Fishing world side saw a reflection on some of the new products available and a lot of the standard stuff we see everyday-Having only one major Wholesaler here on the west coast limits what products are available to us retailers.Report from the Foxi Lady- Costa Rica--- We left Los Suenos 1/4 headed for Panama for our annual trip there. On board we had the good Dr Brennock and Bob Ballenger. We decided to check out a couple of the fads on our way. We raised 57 blue marlin, had 36 bites and caught 22. There is a saying, "Don't Leave em to Find em" We never made it to Panama, Oh well maybe next yearNice sunset-- let hope some anglers get out for the BAC-- 1st fish Flags are still open-- Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Tuna, etc-- Good luck this weekend- JD ---------- Thursdays report ----------- Light rain showers, wind from the south 10- 14 kts- light wind chop-- no ones out--except a sailboat, an kayaker and a wind surfer-- and the boat scrubbers - new line --5 cast one slight nudge. quit


---------------------- Wed's Report -------------- Broken cloud cover-clearing for now -some sprinkles, wind west south/west at 6- 10 kts- light wind chop , Strong tidal movements- both up and down- - almost 9 ft difference! That's a lot of water weight shifting and the earth's elongations during this Full Moon phase-- Stand By! Made 5 cast--couple of bites- six' d cast spool on the spinning reel fell off -- into the water- had to retrieve 150 yards of 4 lb braid line before getting it back- ------ Happy Birthday Vic---------------------- Tuesday's Report ---------- Light sprinkles with an overcast/ cloudy sky- wind fair from the south 7- 10 knts-- Strong mid-morning draining tide--with the full moon phase, water temps 58-60 degrees- made 10 casts two little bumps- - quitVic made the run up the beach towards Long Beach-- metered scattered squid-( small stuff) - took most of the morning to make a scoop or so , snagged/ squid jigs. Bass fishing fair + - Private Yachts taking advantage of the great weather and good fishing at the Cape/ Yellowfin Tunas and Pargo -----------------------

- The Weekends report -- Closed Monay ------- Boats scattered up the line looking for squid- not as much found---- finding lots of scattered fin bait, slight up hill current-- morning bass bite on the artificial reefs off HB dwindled down as the day wore on- not much happening below the harbor- Building cloud cover to the west- As the New Years begins-- this shop, like most other retailers do a complete inventory as part of their bookkeeping- counting all the hooks, sinkers, lures, gaffs, rod & reels, line, clothing and all the assorted tools, baits and tackle-- I'd venture to say this shop is like many other tackle shops and carry basically the similar products. During this inventory counting I took an extra count on where these products came from-- Made in USA or from out of country, so many of our fishy products come from "Out of Country", Japan etc. . Roughly 40% of the store had USA made products, and 60% Out of Country which included 29% from China, 13% from Japan, 6% from Malaysia and another 12% which included Germany, Mexico, Central America, the Philippines , Norway, Swiss, or Vietnam . Nice afternoon-- more mackerel moved in after that fin bait that's around-- now wind calm seastomorrow's another day- Saturdays Report ------------ Feels and looks like winter--- light sprinkles and some cloud cover- Couple of boaters out- and the constant whale watcher's gab- off Main Beach Laguna and southwards lots of life-- more and more Gray Whles in their migration southwards are showing up- Killer Whales seen out by the oil rigs-- headed towards Newport-- Squid moving in towards the HB flats--

- ---------------------------- Fridays Report ------------- Broken cloud cover-- light wind if any from the south-- nice conditions a little bump from yesterdays from- a few scattered dolphins below the harbor-- Building tides as this moon fills-- With the better weather-- couple of boats out towards the Tanner Bank, 60.8 degrees, 5 ft/ 6 sec. as well as those fishing the beach/ Horseshoe/ Huntington flats area for the tails-- squid is around- 57.9 degrees Couple of boys came up to the dock out front- they'd been below the harbor earlier today---- good news--- that the kelps beds were growing back again-- lots of kelp-- but they had poor fishing-- only a couple of follows on their crank baits-- water clear in spots off-color green closer to the harbor's entrance- Beautiful weather Happy Birthday-- Billy S-- A check with the BAC, to see what 1st Fish of the Year had been caught, Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Tunas, sharks marlins etc. nope-- zero fish weighed so far-- standing by- Lot's of sealife from a boat coming up the line from SD, Oceanside - San Onofree- birds bait-- Have a Great Weekend-- JD ------ Thursday's Report ------

-------- Wed's blue skis turned gray-- light rain showers- wind from the south east 10- 14 kts seas mixed, only a few sailors out that I know of, other than the Whale watchers -- Pretty Cra##y out here--- it's pretty bleak right, now still looking-- we'll need actual rain checks! -- reports over the past few days up towards the Huntington Flats that there were some squid showing up in small amounts-- if you worked at it - able to snag enough for bait-- Those Yellowtails , by now home guards were roaming around the outer flats towards the Rigs- let this weather settle down and we'll get a shot at them again- by mid afternoon the skies began to clear again -- only the sailboats and a couple boaters talking on the radio-- took a walk to the dock out front-- made a dozen cast- only two small bites , maybe those small 6-7 inch bass- quit tomorrows another day-

-------------------------- Wed's Report --------------- High cloud cover- calm weather-- seas calm, no wind, Bottlenosed dolphins swimming to the west outside northern Newport towards the Rigs, traveling with them were Risso's Whales along the 500 ft depth, , only a few anglers out-- Tides are fairWater's too clear not enough current no wind--- Rissos are known to feed on squid bass been coughing em' up all morning long-- (squid) up on the "pipe"--- Decker--- must have releasd 50 fish, many of them legals Nice Day-- weather due to turn-------------------

--------------- Tuesdays Report --

------------ Welcome back to a New Year of Fun and excitement-Cloudy co

ol and fair fishing--- Sand Bass on most of the artificial reefs and rock piles north of the Newport Harbor/ Hunting Flats-- a few marks on towards the flats ( scattered squid) found-- No word an any "2017 First Fish" catches yet, tunas, marlins swordfish, yellowtails or White Sea Bass- Those wishing to pull on something else- the Threshers are still around-- Hello JD wanted to share info with you and your followers...I have enjoyed your reports over the years.. ( where's the $10?) Worked south from Newport for this one, estimating in the 130ish class..brought her a board for a quick pick and released healthy for another day.. Take care. David D Renud II The speculations on this years catches of Bluefin are still on most anglers minds, as well as the possibility of the Albacore to come back to these waters-- Albacore, those so called hummingbirds of the sea with their long pectoral winged fins. Will we see them again after the passing of the El Nino years-- good guess- with the cooling water trends and re growth of anchovies and bait schools one would like so. Past cycles have shown there were good catches of albacore in post El Nino years. In scientific studies, Albacore have about an average 10 year life span, judging from graphs-- there isn't an albacore alive now who's ever been in the California waters! The data suggest that recruitment ofalbacore is relatively low for generations spawned during ENSO episodes, possibly related to the lower ocean primary production, average spawning successor larval survival while ENSO episodes occurred~~~~~~~~~~~


~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2016---Happy New Year---------------------------------

-------------2016- The Year of the Big Tunas - Holdovers from the previous year they fattened up all last winter long on the abundance of those Red Crabs---

Here's a few photos of 2016 that reflect the abundance of the seas and remembrance to those who left us- -

Early in the Year- Tracy shows off a nice local Calico- Private yachts spending the winter in the warm Mexico waters were rewared with a Lovar!White Sea Bass were elusive for most anglers , these boys were glad to score one-






Yellowtails were soon to follow















I was lucky enouth to score this nice Rooster off Panama










By March the Tuna showed up--









We lost "Pickle"- adios!







Grossbeck and crew had a double header Tuna and swordfish! and Bluefin tunas began the gamefish to seek and more tunas-
























And the Tax Man was around and still the Tunas came





























And Capt Mel Loras left us too- Adios-- Bad Company had good company!














And the Gals didnt get left behind-- nice catches!




















and there were Dorado too!and slinky sharks too










and the tunas kept getting bigger Junior World Record too!




























the Boys got a eye full! Bluefin Tunas --- Fat and healthy--


























Tom and the boys showed em how to do it- World Records














With the results of the Great Marlin Race we were blown away in their 240 days travels - remarkable!

and Capt John M took his leave fom us too- Adios-


the Pesky's is always fun! Thanks Andy and crew and all the rest of the Peskys for making it so-- The Bluefin moved out to below Clemente island then out to the Tanner Bank










Report from The Cape-Hey JD. Team SANTANA is in Cabo for the holidays. Released 5 stripers and Joe finally caught his first super cow 354.not bad for our first day--- wind has been blowing going to try again on Friday, I'll keep you posted

Still the birds actitivy south out of Newport towards Dana-- With such a nice boating day and the change in afternoon currents should be some fish biting-- only they weren't

Should be a nice sunset---


Good Children's Book for Christmas -my daughter's the author "The melty summer sun hung hot overhead. Abigail Ann, known by all as Abby, could feel it beatwarmly on her back." A fun and colorful story about a young girl who rescues an injured frog on a busy bike path, and then uses her ingenuity to design a lasting solution so no more frogs get hurt. Written by female Oxford conservation biologist, Hunter Doughty, and illustrated by emerging artist Sarah Wood,. It seeks to empower children with the confidence to think and act scientifically - one frog and bikepath at a time. Abigail Ann in the Bike Path Predicament is now available on Amazon!


------------------- Sundays Report ---------------- Cold night with surface water temps close to 54 degrees here in the harbor this morning warms up to 58 outside the harbor--- mackerels were around harbor entrance for bait and shallow water rockfish were catchable , water offcolor green and dirty- made 3 cast off the dock earlier- one nibble, waters looks like Anderson pea soup and and some drifting garbage to it--Sand bass bit and a few calicos in the bags too-- nice day on the water when the sun was out--- Better luck this coming week--JD -------------------------- Sat's Reports ------- Clear skies- airs cool warming in the sun- wind dissipated to a light south wind at 2- 4 knts, seas still cross chop 2 ft 6 sec, water at 57 - 60 degrees , Tanner Bank 15- 25 knts 62 degrees Bay water dirty and cold- 3 cast one small bass bitelots of folks out walking around- visiting relatives from back East seeing the sights-- coastal whale boats out-- a few quests aboard queasy in the seas-- Not many out fishing today-- a few , something to do, waters cold and the fish haven't adjusted to it yet--. better luck tomorrow- JD ------------------- Fridays windy and cold day ------------ Clearing west wind early--- gray sky's and some broken clouds - seas a mess- tide waters high with the swelling rain water watch for it to exit the harbors and bays under great force this afternoon . Got my coffee and made three cast off the dock this morning-- water hadn't muddied up yet- over the past few days there's been some vegetable matter on the bottom- looks like sea lettuce? and stringers of eel grass fowling the line-- no bites- Tanner Bank buoy the wind was S at 17 gust to 21- swell 3ft at 9 sec/ water temp at 63,- San Clemente weather buoy wind from south 14- 17, swell from the west 2 ft 13 sec air 63/ water 63 The holidays gives the lucky few a chance to head south to Mexico and the fishing there-- weather always a issue this time of year -Gulf of California.. Strong northwest to north winds will then spread southward across the Gulf of California Sat and Sat night as the front moves southeastward through the region.BAC's Christmas party in the rain was fun with lots of new folks and kids bounding on the dock watching the Parade

------- Thursday's rainy day report ------ s are being slashed as well.

Just when the economy seems its got a chance to improve-- , maybe its for the good -- some company will take them over and improve things? Stand by for the rain and wind---

------------ Wed's report -------------- Hazy light marine layer this am, wind light 2- 3 knts from the west/southwest, the aproaching wet weather looks to be coming up from Hawaii- with the strong clearing west wind on Friday- stand by-- Boats were looking for Live Squid for sale- with the full moon last night -- might be limited quantities--AIS has several boats fishing the Tanner Bank, both sportboats and commercial seiners working the bank, weather looks good- wind at 4 knts NNW, NW swell at at 3 1/2 ft at 10 sec. Water Temp at 62.2 °F~~~~~~~

Not much on the radio today-- couple of boats up on the flats-- the usual barge workers and cargo ships conversing-- speculations as to what timing the rain would get here tomorrow-- the BAC has their Annual Christmas Party- Thursday, December 15 – 5:30 pm This is definitely an event not to be missed! Make a plan now to bring your family and enjoy your clubhouse for our Annual Christmas Party and the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade! There are so many reasons to attend: It’s a Potluck so you’ll have an opportunity to impress fellow members with your culinary expertise, 

------------- Tuesdays Report ---------- Light cloud cover-- light marine haze wind from the west/ light- with a out running tide with it-- still dint help on the coastal fishing- , that body of squid that moved in off the flats-- it moved on or was caught?- either way it wasn't there , small mackerel and sardines took their place-- an abundance of them-- Water 60.8 degrees holding - This coming weeks wind and rain should put a damper on the fishing--add to it the strong rain swelled flowing tide should mix in a lot of sediment to the coastal waters. Full Moon tonight- the year's third largest orb. Quakes? maybe unless the stress has already been relieved.

basicly fun fishing today with the nice weather-- but no monsters! good luck this next week- ----------------Sat's 10th reports ---------- Gray sky's, eddy south wind, , current against wind Couple of boys were out deep bounce balling for the halibuts-- 140 ft deep- Up to the flats looking for the squids this morning to make their own-- didn't make it ran into Natchos and bought it-Partyboats up towards the flats--- hopeful of the tails, supplementing the hopes with sculpin in the bags- Pesky Black Sea Bass-- Federally protected since the mid 80's are around--- they like the artificial reefs and old structure found off the Flats. Best not to try to deflate them with any type of puncture in their swollen air bladders, given time on the release they will go down on their own- a head push downwards help send them along heir way- - it didn't use to be that way. Photos from the 1930's from El Segundo and Long Beach


255 degrees out of Newport a humpback whale seen, at 10.6 is where the birds life is. Keeping an eye on the bigger view of the west coast water temps and the chlorophyll bloom that can be driven off the Central California coastline from the Northeasterlys, last years water temps for the first week in December and that of this years, also the chlorophyll charts which directs the plankton bloom southwards eventually


Creeping cooler water up to the northwest pushing this way --------2015 ----------- chlorophyll charts ------------------2016 ---------------- Upwelled plankton rich water being pushed offshore evident off Point Conception ( Red/Yellow/ Green ) - see where it goes from there over the next 4 to 6 months from now- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-

---------------- Fridays report ------------ A blanket of high gray overcast skys, no wind calm seas- weird-- made one cast , one7 inch bass- quit . nice morning Grumpy sand bass on the outside pipe, NP/ HB -frozen squid - simple and fun- Had about a 40lb White swimming under us---tried to drop down to it-- would take the bait--- we had that color spot come up--- got one tail out of it--- ( oil rigs I think) barometer dropped this afternoon-- stayed mild and cool all day-- tomorrows morning hours look good by mid day and afternoon west builds , strong tide exchangeIf you up on the HB flats keep an eye out for birds, both yellows and seabass reported under them-- Guluck this weekend- JD ---------- Thursday's Report ---------------------- light haze, winds at light at 2- 3 knts-at best, seas have calmed down, small west swell, no cast yet- Only two weeks left till the days begin to get longer again Winter Solstic on Dec 21st, 8:28 am, the shortest day on the 20th at 9 hrs and 54 minuts long- from there on till the middle of June the days becomme longer-- Hurray! - This weekends San Clmente Security shows the island ( Pyrimid Cove, #D and #C_ and out towards the Tanner Bk "Hot" active from 12 noon till 5 pm- then "hot" again from 7 pm till 10: 30 at night - Friday, Saturday and Sunday Hot from noon till 5 pm

Boats fishing the Newport Pipe- found good sized Sand Bass in the deeper water and those out by the oil rigs yo-yo ing for the yellowails were finding a few fish- 15- 20lbs-

Couple of gray whales sneeking up the inside at 8 fathoms below newport -headed south Latest ElNino/ La Nino long forecasts suggest a regular season this coming Spring and into Summer and maybe even a warming trend after that- EL NIÑO/ DISCUSSION La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña conditions are present, with a transition to ENSO-neutral favored during January-March 2017. La Niña conditions persisted during November, with negative sea surface temperature anomalies present across most of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Also, Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system during November reflected a continuation of weak La Niña conditions. Given the current conditions and the model forecasts, the forecaster consensus favors continuation of weak La Niña conditions with a transition to ENSO-neutral favored during January - March 2017 What's it mean?-- Considering the reappearance of squid these days , you'd have to speculate that there would be more this coming months and into the spring time ( our waters are generally the coldest in Feb., March and into April) that being said, those fishes that follow the squid migrations would be more in abundance, AKA, White Sea Bass- With the past 15 years of WSB hatchery raised fish introduced back into the waters there must be a million of them out there coming our way! Want to help perpetuate the fishery-- this coming Monday Dec 12 the Balboa Angling Club will assist in their PacFish project of transferring these hatchery raised fish out to the holding pens located in the Newport Harbor, The Club is looking for some volunteers to assist in these transfers from truck to waiting boats. give Mindy a the Club a call ( 949-673- 6316) or email at Earlier this year, a petition was filed by 14 environmental groups to list the Pacific bluefin tuna (PBT) as threatened or endangered via the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If enacted, this listing would ban all fishing offshore in California. NOAA needs to hear from anglers like you before this unnecessary policy is implemented. While there has been a decline in the global PBT stock in recent years, an ESA listing would penalize American anglers who take only 1.5% of the stock but allow fishing by Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Mexico to continue. As a management policy, it would be completely ineffective and would disproportionately harm sportfishing and related industries along the west coast. Even worse, an ESA listing would affect your time on the water and your ability to catch other species. A listing for PBT could quickly lead to limited seasons, restricted fishing zones, and closures. -------- Wed's reports -------- I'm on the leading edge of them--- We started following the birds at the Balboa pier now towards Crystal Cove-- there's three Humpbacks - one big one and two smaller ones behind us and there's 3, to 5,000 Common Dolphins incredible the amount of dolphins about a 1 1/2 wide with the whales mixed up in them-- starting to come toward all those birds , maybe they 'll slow down here towards Laguna/ Main beach- 11:01, yesterday at 11:30 those ones just disappeared- no one saw them after that--

they're mostly 15 lbers. here at the Horseshoe-11:09

Weather good with a light south eddy wind-- high clouds holding moisture- made 2 casts one nibble Report from JewelLure---- Fished the Finger Bank Monday and Tuesday. 50 North miles from Cabo and no place to spend the night. But we found a little beach that looked respectable. Was like anchoring in West Cove in crap weather. But we got through the night and fished a second day. Nothing like the Mag Bay area last month but still 10 fish days. Same routine, diving frigates, bait balls, lots of marlin. Going to be tough in So Cal after being so spoiled. lost one for sure, yellow-- set up the pic at 7:30, got our bite at 8:30 - got one, lost two others, saw some others get bit - seems like they were just swimming along in a school and went through-- there's maybe three miles of sealife-- all going your way ( south ) you wont't miss the shearwaters-- 11:31amby mid afternoon the whales moved out to the deep water west-




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-------------- Tuesdays reports ------------ Wind against current for the local coastal fishing-- southeast wind fiar has the short wind chop on it and a west swell against it- bumpy -- A quick check offshote-- Tanner Bank looks sloppy at 18- 20 knts, dont think there are many, if any tuna fishing boats out thee today- - made one cast off the dock this morning, 14 inch halibut- quit.Whales watchers were watching a pod of Whales---- JD, you ever seen one of these? Pod of 40+ Sperm Whales out there yesterday passing on the outside of the rigs. There must be some sort of sea action taking place off our waters somewhere- traveling seiners bound southwards? Whales of not common sightings, couple more Sperm Whales today and more Orcas spotted south of Newport headed West, then they took a dive and spilt- never to be found again and another Humpback , a big one putting a on a good show down Laguna way and even a Gray Whale the other day-- --- South wind eddy effect all day with at strong N/W on the outside of Cat/ Nic and Clemente- ------------The Weekends short report - Closed Monday ----------- Light southeast wind maybe 2- 4 kts seas calm - cool morning hoursBeautiful Day-- a few bass ,some small sharks, maybe a run to Catalina for a Yellowtail or two and generally a nice day to take the relatives from back East for a boat ride---------------------- Sats Reports ------------------ Still a light wind Northwest this morning-- 7- 8 10+ seas have flatted down a bit- waters cooled off and clear clean green to it. one cast one bite.Several boats out of the harbor this morning-- some staying close to the shore-- for what ever bites. Couple of old salts dropped in the shop yesterday--- fish stories were told-- naturally , Dr Jim fishes the sturgeon in the northern river waters then out to open ocean for the albacores, on his bucket list- fish the East Coast bluefins, this last January his personal best over three hundred. Local fishing in the shallow bays and harbors-- tough-- clear cold water has the bite slowed down --Spots of Tots a charitable fund raiser held in Newport today, three fish were weighed -

Wind backed off to nothing and left the remainder of the day clear and cleanSo he said there was a Yellowfin tunas caught by a comercial fisherman, off the backside of Catlaina using salted anchovies while fishing deep for Balck cod-A look at the water temps--- shows the Tanner holding at 61/62 degrees - and a strong break running up the back side of Catalina, over the 277 and into the beach from there--

-------- Fridays Windy Report ------- wind strong at times, Dirty green with a lot of sheep to it- - Catalina's out there in a haze of wind gusts-- wouldn't want to be headed back to the beach today-- , off the dock made two cast in that wind- got to spots I hadn't fish before, one small sand bass- sweet-She's a hooting-- Nice woman came in the shop this morning, Sandy wanting to get her son a gift for Christmas-- not knowing the fishing world she was a little hesitant in the wrong purchase of a gift.. I assured her-- she wasn't alone in her thinking. I suggested a fishing lure, most people are afraid to buy the "wrong one or type" , consequently then fishing lures are never given as a gift and the anglers have to buy them themselves. Trust me, a good lure is welcomed, you'll see them drift away in fishy thoughts as the gift of a lure is opened. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Windyyyyyyyy----------- Thursday's Report ------------ Anybody want some live squid-- we're here fishing the "Pipe" and looking to give it away--- How'd you do at the Pipe-- couple of sand and calico bass, saw one guy fight a Black Sea Bass- quiet other than that, Where'd you get the Squid--- Catalina's Isthmus, there were a dozen light boats selling it there last night- we went out to the Tanner after than but the wind came up 20- 25 knts, un-fishable for us-- couple guys didn't feel well --- gave up and came back in--- fished the Pipe this morning- The Sea of Cortez is subject to high winds and seas during these Santa Ana type conditions-strong to near gale force winds over the north and central Gulf of California beginning late Friday night into early Sunday. Minimal gale force winds will be possible across the northern Gulf of California early Saturday afternoon, with seas building quite high for the Gulf into the 10 to 11 ft with these strong winds. A look into this weekends weather, tomorrow to Sat shows a N/E Santa Ana wind developing strong offshore with the Tanner Bank area being blow out tomorrow and into Sataturday, it swings to come out of the west in the afternoon with Sunday morning hours better, afternoon at 15 knts west - Inner waters much better ---------------- Wed's report ---------- Flat seas, cold and flat morning, light marine haze, light S/E wind, filling morning tide, then it dumps out the rest of the day 4 or 5 miles off Dana Pt, a pod of Pilot Whales seen, big news for the watchers-- not a whole lot around these days, Other's asking for any squid boats around, ch 11 no reply 10:30 amA few more Calicos starting to bite, getting used to the water temp changePrivate Sportfishers either headed south or coming north these days have a Northwest ocean swell that prevails off Baja California norte, seas a 8 to 12 ft range. Seas will subside 6 to 7 ft Continued pulses of northwesterly swell will push across the area through the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend. Still boats out on the Tanner or surrounding banks drifting for the Bluefin Tunas last night and this morning- seas fair - 10 ft, 10 seconds, 10 knts three cast 3 bites one 14 inch halibut- outgoing tide- water dirty green lots pf plankton life and small 2-3 inch smelt swimming into it Small Shark swimming along the beach, Balboa pier -caused a White Shark alert! Large school of Orcas spotted- from Main beach to Crystal Cove --seen from a distance they were spread out headed north west along that 1,000 ft depth , also a couple of gray whales around, in shallow at 70 ft of water off Long beach headed south --

Ive got at least eight of them north laguna--there's another eight over here 1:40

There's at least 25- 30 of them--- moving at 3 knts-- Stupid guy on a Jet ski-- buzzing around them-- the whales watchers were amazed at his foolishness 2:08 33:31.04/ 118 03.3 moving 7-8 knts west-- headed for the outer oil rigs and the shelf along it. by 3:30 the pods of Orcas were still headed west- and the Jet skier was still tagging along- --------------------- Tuesdays reports --------- Clear blue skies a wisp of clouds far away- Light Santa Ana's brisk and cool- the sunshine helps to warm up things , Gusty N/E 5- 15 wind chop against west swell , sloppy Coastal waters hovering around the 59/ 60 degree mark! clean green, Seas offshore. Tanner Bank Wind Direction N 360 deg true / 9.7 kts - Wave Height 11.2 ft /11 sec. Air Temp 59.2 °F - Water Temp: 62.1 °F , one or two sportboats out there today--- Live Squid being sold this evening-- at Catalina check on ch 11 , White boat white light- Isthmus area. No moon tonight-- should be a few Seabass around with these tides ````````````````---------Closed Monday ----- 59 degrees in the harbor this morning, strong draining tide- murky looking- , outside up on the flats it warms to 61 degrees and a clean green - --------- Sunday Nov. 27th 2016 -----------Whale watching boat hoped to get out for a mid morning's run out of Newport--- turned around--- here it comes-- the Wind - it's smoking out here-- were headed back in- 10:25amClearing west 15-25- 30 kts gust wind due with short period swell following-- made three casts off the dock in that outgoing rain swelled tidal water . one nice multi spotted halibut, not quite 20 inches . With the wind blowing and the seas rough- not much in the way of fishing- except a few boys finding little pockets of "out of the way" wind spots making cast to the spotties in the harbor, waters dirty with the outflow of rain water and there's trash/ weeds washing out with the mornings high tide----------- Sats Reports-- Forecasted to blow early afternoon and it did, strong, wind and chop out of the south as this low approached then swung around this afternoon- , good tidal movements and a few out on the flats hooking halibuts and gotten broken off off a couple of fish, sharks, GSB early in the day--- most folks got off the water early in the day---

------------------- Fridays Reports ------------ Cool morning hours- light marine haze on the water, seas fair with a light bump to it-- not many whales spotted just yet-- the Pipeline artificial reefs and stones above north Newport holding bass and a few yellows JD Happy Thanksgiving We fished yesterday at the pipe 80 feet 2 nice yellows in the afternoon 8 black seabass released in the morning Wishing you well BillySounded like the same guy from last weekend trolling Halcos lures, says he's got Yellowfin again today-- 32:41 / 118:08 ---- 11:42pm Prospector you on this side--- yea--- lets go down a couple--slow down were right behind you--- - they went down to the other channel but failed to make the connection --- we'll Bob missed the opportunity of a lifetime--- A shot at one of the Last Billfish of the year-- where a 1/2 mile below the Newport Bell Buoy!! -- Yep up swimming around on right the surface and naturally the boat calling didn't have a rod aboard! - they played around with the fish for a 1/2 hour!--


Right off the coastline-- Just now from nb bouy Sent from my I phone Robert B. No Joke, the boat called in on the phone , unbelieving just what he's seen ! 3:51 pm This past season there were those who wanted to challenge those Giant Bluefin Tunas with the antique fishing tackle-- Bamboo rods old fashioned reels and lines made from twisted linen flax threads. Well they tried and the found what a challenge those old timers had with the tackle.. Now winter time its a chance to refurbish what was worn, new drags and rudimentary bearing need care.--------------- Thanksgiving Day-- Closed --------------





Cleaning up the boat?,, getting it "put to bed" for a while- take some Pledge spray wax on a soft towel and a quick wipe down with it on the rods and reels, that'll help a lot in preserving them for another day on the water.

------- The Weekends reports -Closed Monday ---------- ---------------November 20 th ----------First words I heard on the morning vhf radio-- You get him?---- yea --that's like 2 for 9--- you get your's --- go it in on the plastics--- 12 lb bass outfit----what's it looks like- 20- 25lbs?--- don't know his still ripping line! 10:32amLayers of clouds overhead- seas calm- ground swell low Still fightin' it--- yep --ok, I'll let you get back to work-- 12:13 pm --aahh broke it off-- must have been a Black-- Sea Bass-- 12:31pm lowering ceiling Kyle calls in--- they were coming up to the west end of Catalina--- after spending the night at Santa Barbara Island--- this morning 7:30 am coming up on the N/E side of the Osborn Bank, Pacific Pioneer raised a marlin on the squid teaser, the drop back bait-- was squished but the fish didn't take it, close----- maybe their last shot at them this year as the waters temps are starting to drop and that cold front the north signals winters approach. The BAC's Last Marlin of the Season a year ago was released by Paul H. on Nov 21, off a day from today's shot at one and two days from Saturdays release of a marlin. A battle in remarkable crystal blue water with a tough fish-- great times-- released with a conventional spaghetti tag, the fish had earned its release un hampered of a large tether to it- 30lb tackle, Yesterdays game played at 4 -3- 1, all behind the boat, raised up on either jigs or teasers, take or not of the drop back baits. The fish came up in the ares the wasn't much bait metered, while other areas thick with finbait showing hadn't held the fish , to date as of Nov the 19, Paul H aboard the Pioneer as the last one released-- Congrats! JD Good Karma having spent the evening and morning hours up on the Tanner, among the fleet that enjoyed last evenings sunset and this mornings glossy rise. The Tunas obliged all. E-mail from Warren G. Wanted to report on our Mag bay trips. On both trips we released in excess of 100 marlin. That's right!! In fact the captain and mate are saying more like 250 for the two trips combined. We got wahoo and dorado also but concentrated on marlin. Weather was great for both trips. The fish for both trips were 6-8 miles above the Thetis Bank so the 30 mile trip back and forth from Santa Maria was a limiting factor on how long we were able to fish each day. The fishing area covered at least 2 miles by 4 miles every day. Birds diving on the bait the marlin were chasing. At least 10 to 50 or more marlin on every bait ball. That's a lot of marlin!! During the first trip bait was plentiful in Santa Maria but for the second trip we had to get mackerel from Mag Bay which also cost us some time. All fish were caught on live bait using 9/0 or 10/0 circle hooks with 3 feet of 60# fluoro to 80# leader. The deck hand would grab the leader and the fluoro would break between the swivel and the hook. We used hundreds of hooks and many many yards of fluorocarbon. Lots of doubles, triples and some quadruple hook ups. Amazing we never had one outfit get spooled but came close many times. Captain Bill and mate Cain did a superb job. We drove away from the fish every day. They were there weeks before we got there and I'm sure they are still there. Hopefully they will move down off Cabo and make a great Thanksgiving/Christmas present. A 50 foot cast or simple dropback was almost always successful. Crystal clear calm water made it even more fun. -------------- Sat's report ----------- Lofty could cover moving in--- wind light from the west/ southwest-- seas fair and mild- Friends and family gathered together to wish a departed friend of the sportfishing community, John Muckenthaler, a loving send off. John was one of the old school private sportfishers who seemed to always be out there first on the fishing grounds and last to leave - The Motovator's legend will continue on strong - Vaya con Dios!

Those out wanting to find some fishing close to home-- found the Halibut fishing still fair to good for this time of year-- 75/ 65 feet of water wa a good depth- the first one was close to 22 lbs-- we lost the second on -- we think it too was a halibut-

A quick review of the last marlin weighed from the BACs yearbook- Dec 3rd had a couple years 1978/ 1995 and the latest at Dec 8th 1974, today's world with released there were fish I believe all the way up to Dec 31! Got a limit of yellowfin--- where was that skipper?--- about 5 south of Catalina , just trolling through the dolphins, pickin' em off one by one every 15 minutes -- how big are they--- about 18- 25 lbs--- got ten, how's the weather--- perfect--- what's you location we're at 33.06 118.06, what's the boat name-- Lone Wolf-- last weekend I was out here got 6 of em, today got my girlfriend out here with me-- we got ten- on the one lure - silver and blue Halco, going 9 miles an hour , find the dolphin troll right through them every time--- sweet congrats-- 2:04pmCirrocumulus ( Mackeral Sky) overhead this afternoon, above 18,000ft You headed to the Tanner--- Yea-- we were there last night -- very-very good fishin in the dark last night we were done by 9 , we're headed there tonight-- headed to the island first get bait and be there by 7:30pm-- troll home for the last marlin--- , now the questions comes who's to catch the last Bluefin tuna of the year-- or the First Marlin or Tuna of 2017?A call in from Mike aboard the 44 ft Pacifica Federal who had made the run out to the Tanner last night-- a little wind chop as they rounded Clemente then it flatten out with a ground swell laying down- approched the Tanner Bank- and found a City of boats, must have been close to a hundred boats out there big and small. coming up to the fleet they not wanting to come charging in-- put them in a mile short of the fleet- to see which way they drift-- arriving at 5:30 am for the dawn bite at 6:30 sunrise, by 6:45 they had three fish going , landing two of them, starting the drift at 42/05 and ended up 42/03, didn't have to run up to the fleet as it looked everyone was bit there too. they went landing two more later -- 6/0 circle hooks, 80 Fluoro carbon and a 1 1/2 os egg sinker, Blue Sharks the enemy out there as they chewed off a lot of baits, Congrats to the Choumas Tuna boys!

Nice sunset ----------------- Fridays reports -------------- Morning hours clear and cold- by mid morning warming and sunny- Light winds south of Newport - Small craft warning northwest of it.- Tides still full and strong- not many boaters on the radio-- Several boats were headed out to the Tanner tonight to be there by 4 am tomorrow to catch the early morning bite. No place for light line-- 50 at the minimum 60- and 80 even better. With the Full moon it's been a little difficult to getting the live squid, Sunset this evening5 pm - Moonrise at 9:30 so there's a 4 hour window in the dark best time to get the bait. Outside two harbors/ catalina was an ares the squid boats were selling it-- try ch 11 to contact them The last Marlin of the season--- ?? there was one caught last Monday by the Bull Pen up on the Osborn Bank, Couple of boats will be trying from them this weekend- to get a satellite tag in one for the tracking of these last season fish- remarkable there travels--- Weather like this, you'd think some big old' swordfish would be up basking in the warm sunshine-- old timers would say they'd turn sunburn pink, so got out looking for a Pink swordfish! just starting to get some current- uphill lots of mackerel, some bass spitting up red crab - that's it-- 2:22pm I couldn't figure it out--- just saw a tail slashing around -- that was a thresher shark! 4:04pm Several boats tring to call -- squid boats- Natchos-- looking for squid-- no reply yet-- Have a great Weekend! JD --------------------------- Thursdays Reports ------------- Clear skies and light wind, the cool air last night settled the water's sediment leaving clear clear water this morning-- wind swung from the south to a afternoon west 10- 12 kts- light wind chop A weather window of opportunity- Friday and better on Saturday and into Sunday before that front moves in on Sunday Night—to fish the Bluefin out on the Tanner Bank-- weather looks OK for tomorrow at least wind wise, still a sea to it and on Saturday looking better with wind down and seas subsiding same on SundayBoats still heading south to Mag Bay-- I think the Bounder had close to 300 fish released for their time there- now down in San Jose Del Cabo for the winter months, and Pescador and others have made their way back north after having one of the best trips ever- Spectaular fishing with multiple groups of feeders on small sardines- the green back mackerels were like candy to them-- If you headed south -- bring lots of hooks!

and JD's has unrigged Ballyhoos in the dozen pack in stock- give us a call if you need them. Coming up to the Christmas Season -- one of the best gifts any boater could have would be a set of Fraser Volpe Stedi-eye Mariners Gyros- Only a few avaialble before Christmas- if interested give us a call and we'll reserve a pair for you--

---------------- Wed's Reports ---------------------- And from the Tanner Bank- eariler this week from Mark C, Did a quick trip out to the Tanner Bank and ended up with one nice BF Tuna at 95 lbs. if anyone has the time they are still out there. They are only eating squid so we had to make a run to Nachos bait barge in Los Alamitos. Very early bite at Grey light then shuts down. Mark Couple of days old report-- from the Bounder out of Mag Bay---- Hi JD, The update from the Bounder Crew for Saturday 42 Marlin and 1 Dorado. The spent time with the 6 go pros getting some great pictures. Jeff W.And todays weather out on the Tanner--Wind Direction : NW ( 310 deg true )- Wind Speed: 25.3 kts - Wind Gust 29.1 kts - Wave Height 14.1 ft -Wave Period : 9 sec - Air Temperature 62.2 °F 5-- Water Temperature : 66.9 °F- And from Carl L who's international pre set knob and drags were serviced-- JD --The 30 w worked great! Caught the 76 pounder in 45 min on dac. Fished the Tanner on Sunday on Provider. Best, Carl L.Looking forward to the Thanksgivings Weekend - San Clemente island will be open on Thursday but limited hours on Friday and closed most of the day Sat and Sunday-

--------------------Sorry Closed for a couple days-- JD -----------------Great mix of clouds this morning-- E-Mail from Mag Bay-- Bounders Report -Hi JD, Bounder crew took Thursday off and spent the day making about 400 pieces of bait. They left early Friday morning and it paid off. The days total of 60 Marlin 1 Sailfish and 1 Dorado. Not a bad day of fishing! They will be back at it tomorrow Jeff W- Headed to Mexico-- beter bring a lot of hooks and some leader material.! and lots of sabiki rigs-- sinkers too! Big old breezer, we slid in-- had like four going- then three -then two-- there a lot of boats on it?-- no - still meetering fish-- 11:01am We've got three on board, fishing over here on the 270,What was that you just pulled over the rail-- 4 inch red flake swimbait accounted for a 20 Yellowtail off the rigs- Still yellowfin up to 10-5- 20- 25lbers 277 to the 152 on the hole heads-- Nice sunset! ------------- Veterans Day-2016 -----Come on in-- were almost out of bait and haven't had a bite for twenty minutes- tuna fishermen south of the 209- Seas calm and welcoming- light east breeze has the water sparklin' with the mornings sunlight.E-mail this morning- JD, got this yesterday about 12 miles in front of the Domes off of a dolphin school, it bit a cedar plug. I was on the Wide Open with Jeff Bacon. The water temp was 70.6° degrees, ocean was grease, didn't see another boat all day long. Gotta love CA weather! Steve R.See all the birds in front of me-- ----- see it pushed up - there's a gigantic amount of it here-- 10:45amGet yourself can of phosphorus spray paint and hang a dozen 1- 1/2 oz egg sinkers on a string and spray paint em' The phosphorus egg sinkers with the live squid was said t o be the secret while fishing those 100 lb Bluefin out on the Tanner Bank Sportboats fishing 32.42:00 / 119.05:22--- 32.44:42 / 119.12:53 --- 32.45:15 119.05:03 over the past few days-- not many shops carry such colored egg sinkers make em' yourself. Couple of boats calling for any squid boats at Catalina--- no reply --------------- Thursdays reports -------- It just dosen't get any better weather for the middle of November-- warm and sunny seas welcoming, life's good, fish are happy . Go fishin! Report from Mag Bay-- Bounder-- ( In two days fishing off Mag Bay they had beaten their own Southern California's record of 97 marlin catches in one season -- the only reason thier two day score wasn't higher was they were runnng out of bait! ) Hi JD, Here is the update from the Bounder Crew. 2nd day feeders everywhere! We only ended up with 48 for the day as we are trying to conserve our bait. Bait was is a little hard to make. Weather has been very nice. We will report back to you. Jeff W there's a lot-- Im seeing tons of splashes out for three miles, dolphins there's like 3,000 of em- South of Newport towards Dana-- moving south 3 to 5 off the coast off Newport- found a paddy stacked up with 10- 15lb yellowtail-- they're around! Hot Hot Hot-- No wind calm seas-- EL NIÑO DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña conditions are present and slightly favored to persist (~55% chance) through winter 2016-17. La Niña conditions were observed during October, . Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system reflected weak La Niña conditions. Given the current atmospheric and oceanic conditions, along with model forecasts, the forecaster consensus favors the continuation of weak La Niña conditions through December-February (DJF) . At this time, the consensus favors La Niña to be short-lived, with ENSO-neutral favored beyond.. Seasonal outlooks generally favor above-average temperatures and below-median precipitation across the southern United States--------------- Wed's the 9ths Report ---------- Light cloud cover- Light Santa Ana's sweet- seas calm except a long peiord swell from the west movings in - Small craft warnings to the west E Mail from the Bounders Crew-- just arived in the Mag Bay area--- Hi JD, Here is the report from the Bounder crew in Mag Bay for there 1st day fishing. Hello Jefe and wifey we had a 52 fish day. Great weather lots of fish, saw one sail FUN. Tailers pushing bait balls allow their friends to come in and feed.One marlin seen yesterday by the whale watching fleet outside Dana-- big fish, and today a large Mola Mola kept their interest upHot hot Hot Water temps from lower Baja and Sea of Cortez 65 to 85 degrees - The main marine issue continues to be repeated sets of large, long period northwest swell, generated by powerful storm systems over the north central Pacific. An earlier set of northwest swell with wave heights in excess of 8 ft lingers over much of the area, and will be reinforced by another set of northwest swell with 12 to 16 ft waves covering the area northwest of a line from 30N122W to 14N140W. Maximum wave heights will subside to 8 to 12 ft as this set will sweep southeast through Thursday, with another set following through Sunday.------------------- Tuesdays Report -------- Light west wind as this marine haze lifts-- calm seas- long period west swell Mackerel and schools of small bonitos harassing the sardines along the coastline-- Newport's Bait barge is out- it's Dana or San Pedro/ Long Beach or make your own.Looking forward, SCI pyramid cove and inside of the island closed friday, Sat 3 pm till midnight, Sunday basically all day- The hot ticket- when available getting squid for live bait for the tunas-- Weather looks fair to good for the next week- , building tides and moon- Out searching---- one little pod of dolphin that might have been holding but couldn't get anything to go out of it-- waters cooled down a bit and not much life. We left out of Dana nd worked from the 209 towards the island over the banks not much there-, another boater came back on-- he's broke off two fish 14 miles out of Oceanside, thanks--- where it looks the warmest water to be------Closed Monday---------------the first week of November----------Light foggy conditions along the coast - for the most part burning off by mid morning- seas calm wind light from the south 2 knts-- looks like were in for another week of sunny weather- E-Mail late yesterday afternoon--- Hi JD its Kyle we got a sat tag in the fish on Friday released in good health big fish About 225 lb biggest one all year!. Tuna Club sat tag Paul H was the angler, Oz was the spot, Only fish for Friday-- Bull Pen got one today Saturday--- jig fish eye candy bugger ! Only two fish for the two days and at least 25 fish seen sleeping--- no bites !!! Thanks Kyle One boat on the 209 asking if fishing any better there than their , got one school of breaking tunas got one fish at 20 lbs broke off another- 277 no much thee either--11:31Not much in the way of a strong tide- but a good "float/ basking" tide for swordfish Whale watchers-- report while looking for Minki whales off Dana-- "lots of fish here"Not quite 6 miles s/sw/ of the 209 a little bit of tuna foaning here- couldn't get them to go-12:50, others saying - they really responded, it was actually a kelp paddy- we left em' biting- 32/11 Newport Bait Barge will be closing for the winter season till early Spring 2017 Bull Pen caught another two more today- up near the Osborn Bank-/ Santa Barbara Island Vick calls in having caught his yellowfin just below and inside the 277- 30 fish on a small B/W mini Jethead- Good afternoon JD!! Yes Nov.Good Karma. Capt Jimmy D and angler Brian G getting it done this AM. Jumper turned tailor wanted to bite! 2 other shots. Sleeper. Tailer. No jig bites.








Capt Dave on the Bull Pen took care of that this AM going 2 for 2. Headed to the east to find miles of tuna off the West end of Catalina and we let Shawn get in on the action!! Once again! Out creating memories on the Good Karma


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Fog all along the coastline this morning-- by 10 am most of it had burnt off leaving as marine haze, very little wind ,calm seas. 3 to 5 miles it clears off-- Izors Reef-- pea soup thick! 10:30am E-Mail from KK at Mag Bay --Marlin bite still a few miles north of Thetis. Caught ten in an hour today after catching a few wahoo above on the ridge. Very little life from Santa Maria down to Tosca. Weather improving. Fuel in turtle just under $5/gal. Here in Mag our source, (not at the pier), $4/gal. Also so far no sign of tuna or dorado. KK no fog on the 277 but quiet fishing-- yes on the fog-- no takers-- Bottom fishing remains fair to good with the coastal fishing for rock cods and halibuts It's a long run but the sport boats are working Cortez , Tanner Bank and to a lesser degree further northwest the Cherry bank for those bigger BluefinsBull Pen-- you get one-- yea came in on the rigger-- big fish-- , I think Jimmy K had a fish on too - still do not know if PP got there fish yesterday-- Good Karma was up there looking too- Fog Bank rolled in 5 pm

------------------------------ Fridays Fishing ------------------ Flat calm. blue sky, no wind- You hear that---- no what--- Kyles on one--- 11:29 - they had seen a jumper just north of the bank fifteen minutes ago- , ( Osborn Bk) Slack tide today 11:40 am---- several boats up there in search of the marlins--- the gagging team as well and others headed that way for the weekends fishing-- seen a few tunas ---looked like they were headed into Mexico--- smaller fish- wouldn't take anything we had to offer-

Go get em' Kyle the fleet cheers on- West end of Catalina-- ton of bait there-- 4-5 lb bonitos birds-- looks good too!Took my small skiff out this morning- went to the usual spot-- birds, dolphins feeding on bait balls of sardines- it looked like- deployed a rigged squid 900 ft deep down- spent the better half of two hours rowing around from sunrise till time to head back to the shop - no bites- tells you something about not much in the way of sharks around-- but beautiful morning . Orcas around? should be a nice sunset-- Cirrus clouds above 18,000 ft I hear you caught em yesterday-- Hi JD yeah sure did! On the dolphin. Mostly on the troll with the black and purple rapala. Got a few baitfish on 8lb for the club board- 66 degree water off east end of Catalina looking for the marlins and tuns- they ran to the 289 down the Ridge to the 43 not much---no life--

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light west wind, seas are better than yesterday- skys blue light haze. Intersesting - several of the coastal rock fish, bocaccio caught had full sized squid in them- jugged!- Rock cod fishing out of Long beach- good- E-Mail from Warren-- Mag Bay 10 Fishing epic!!! Can't imagine it could be any better. Four square miles of feeders. Driving away from them every dayOut after on of the last marlins of the Year- Bob, Sally and guest Scott were out off the East end of the island this morning-- starting out below on the 209 worked up the line towards the 152- water 68 degrees rich blue on the outside of the 277- -Their mission-- to put a satalite tag in a marlin this time of year and ollow it for its 240 day track, part of the Great Marlin Race- remarkable travels these fish do. San Clemente island looks to be "Hot/ active" for the most of the upcoming weekend- Nice weather-- local water temps her in So Calif-- 60 to 70 degrees - reported that there are still marlin on the Osborn Mackeral making at the west jetty -- good all sizes-- a few bonitos mixed in with it--

Sad to also report the passing of another one of the sportfishing legends, one who formed big game fishing here in So Calif and Baja to what it is today JD, I wanted to share with the fishing community that my Dad, John Muckenthaler passed away at 5 pm Saturday October 29th. He went into the hospital 2 days after the Masters Banquet. He lived his life on his terms and was doing what he loved to do right to the end. He touched a lot of people and will be very missed.We are planning to have a cast off outside of Newport with as many boats as we can assemble at 9:30 am Saturday November 19th and a party to follow at the Garden Grove Elks club in Garden Grove 11551 Trask Ave 92843 from 1 pm until 4 pm to toast and celebrate his life ! Mark Mitchell (MOTIVATOR)- ---------

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-- Fair weather this morning- light marine haze lite by sun, wind west at 5- 7 kts- seas fair- lots of white caps out there this morning--- one cast one bass- quit- Sportboats still working the water below Clemente island- tuna fishing- E- Mail from the Mag Bay area from K. K. when asked about the conditions there-- - Wind blowing for a couple days but fishable. Wahoo good on the ridge and marlin as good as it gets a few miles above the Theies. Feeders and tailers on meatballs. 41 caught in just over 5 hours for our crew. Decent bait making in Santa Maria for caballitos and macks in Mag. Scouting a bit out front today and down to Mag on the way to get fuel. KK big pod of dolphins off Main beach- feeding birds on them-- lots going on --Nat geo stuff-- 12:12pm Couple of boats out-- 209 -- 267- 277 still looking for fish-- maybe 1 fish caught- 1:30pmAdding to the Shimano line of their Coltsniper lures - is a new Jerk Bait (casting lure) designed especially for coastal casting for Calico Bass, Yellowtail and even tunas-- there is a sliding internal weight propelled by a coiled spring which helps in the inerishia of the casting- it slides forward during the retrieve helping in the swimming balance of the lure-- two sizes at this time 5 1/5 inch and a 6.7 inch. Colors best for coastal fishing- . couple of boats talking-- one out off Clemente this morning says they got 8 fish for the day-- tunas-- -

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Headed into Mexico - want to get the best deal in US quality fuel-- Election Special-- from now till Election day- Island Marine Fuel's having a 1,000 gal price Special at only $2.30 a gal, you must call for reservations (949 ) 673- 1103 -----------Closed Monday ---------The Weekends Report ------- Overcast - Rain possiable with smoth seas- calm w/ light west wind- 2- 4 kts- despite radio checks and those calling out asking for fish reports ( same thing) not much said on the radio--- Sport boats outof SD working below Clemente-- and banks below- \Newport's bait this morning-- large sardines-- Hey JD-- you on this side--- yea what's up-- it raining in there??--- not bad a few sprinkles--- good line of rain out here-- those yellowfin were right where you said they'd be--- thanks-- (west of the 267 4 miles) not bad weather now - better then earlier-- 12:31pmGot one- 40 lber lost one -desperatations reef --all the way out there for the one-- one other boat out there-- wasnt too bad of weather out there-- Quiet day here in the shop-- chance to work on some tackle and help a few customers in their destination needs- one customer headed to the far- far South Pacific for several weeks of travel, diving and fishing, Rapalas, Halcos and iron all with wire leaders needed, another customer planning a trip out to Christmas Island looking for a travel spinning and conventional outfits and a third headed back to the Sea of Cortez with shoreline casting to the roosters jacks and triggerfish and a forth headed south to Baja aboard their private sportfisher- re rigging marauders and wahoo jigs and light tackle to fish the mangroves inlets within Mag Bays estuary system- a good variety of tackle headed world wide-- and of course the local kids looking for drop lines to fish crabs with , bubblegum's a good bait for em!-

Several boats headed into Mexico this next week-- couple of things that get overlooked in the outfitting and preparations for the trip. Boat needs -Mexican and American flags , extra zip lock bags for fish or tackle storage. Extra flashlight batteries, frozen or canned food for "barter" for some of the locals. Dont forget the Wasabi either! . Fishing needs-Extra bait net, Gaff and fish bat, extra lead sinkers or heaver iron for yo yo fishing, double check sizes on sleeves/ crimps and leader material. Light wire for the Sierra and small swivels, small lures for light tackle casting. JD ~ Like a lake out there this afternoon--- smaller just leagls basses around, not much current or wind.

------------------ Sats Reports ---------------- Beautiful morning-- Altocumulus Clouds- 6,000 to 20,000 feet. Wind starting to blow - west early in the day--.Boats scattered far and wide-- Osborn Bank has the marlin fishers, East end of Catalina Yellowtails and tuna sought, Clemente and below tunas and yellows and even the marlins seen there-- Something just jumped out here-- holly molly! 1:12

we were 4 south of the 267- working up towards the 277-- put on a small black and purple squid lure -- can't keep em off the troll-- put it right in front of those porpoise and we couldn't keep em off it-- 1:58pmNot much said on the radio today--- one alfer afternoon -- anybody catching anything by San Claments Island?? --- no responce --anybody hear this radio check?-- one 40lb yellowfin- thanks-

------------------------ Fridays Reports ----------------- Lazy overcast cloud cover, sun behind it- seas glossy and calm-- no wind-- sweet- So far barge, crane and security works on the radio-- such a flat day only a few out-- Dozen boats left the harbor so far- The Bait Barge in Newport reported to be open at least for another two weeks. After that make your own or San Pedro or Dana

Boats traveling to Mexico finding better seas than expected and fishing still good for the Wahoos and tunas and Marlin. Some unbelievable counts on the marlins-- there's a t least 500 shearwaters here- not sure how many dolphins-- dozen white sides chasing bait up -- birds are on them-- 12:26pm 2000 ft in depth- E-Mail this morning-- JD Made a late run out yesterday to the 277. Left about noon got a scoop of bait ended up with two 25# yft all by myself. Lots of tuna crab on the bank. Flat calm nice trip in last night. Bait barge said there are closing the 7th nice bait --Dave hould be a nice sunset-- lots and lots of bait and birds 1/2 ways towards Catalina from Long Beach A water temp composit for the last three days- ranges from 64 degrees to 69.5 degrees ,

---------------------- Thursdays Report ------ Overcast- clam seas wind-- horizon line lost after 4- 5 files in gray haze, made two cast off the dock out from - slow outgoing tide two cast two bites one 10 inch spotted bay bass- quit- We though we'd try it again, we were out here a couple of days ago and did pretty good. We'll work the same area again -267 - found a kelp this morning with good marks below 75- 100 feet- dropped down but nothing- 209 was dead-- Pull the ceder plug if you want to get bit- boys-- pull the cedar plug-- 10:39amone 20lber--- Came in from the 277 one 25lber from a kelp-- Marlin seen out off the 81 athom spot below clemente yesterday., the tuna fleet seems to be working further south towards the Butterfly Banks today-- and Newport's partyboat was working 2 miles off the east end of Cat/ Church rock- tunas tails? A check with San Clemente Island Security- shows the "Cove" (D) and inside of the island (B & C) basically "Hot/ Active" from 7 or 9 am till midnight each day, Friday, Sat and Sunday- we've got breaking fish all around us, but we can't catch one! 11:39amThey say the lobsters "Crawl" during the rainny weather-- stand by for a herd of em' between the 209 and 277 we saw a bunch of yellowfin come up-- oh about an hour ago-- Small boat pulled into the dock this afternoon-- headed out early this morning - a few birds gathered on the 14 -threw a bait nothing- over towards the East end and down to the277 almost ot toe 209 and inside to the 267-- smooth seas -- not much else- 69 degree water ----------------------------- Wed's Reports ---------------- Mid level wispy clouds from the west- light wind 5- 8 kts-west- seas fair and calm, marine haze Cooling air flow from the west-- Private sportfishers heading south over the next week, first 500 miles relatively barren- From Turtle Bay- the Ridge and Thetis Bank to Mag- Wahoos and very good striped marlin fishing " we couldn't go more than 30 seconds without a strike-- two hours and we'd released thirty fish- that was enough. The banks below Mag.-- Finger Bank, Potato, Morgan and Lusitanian Banks were said to be holding big tunas and blue marlins- Bring lots of extra hooks. waters warm- bait sometimes an issue, teasers with dropbacks, mackerels or rigged Ballyhoos was key.Baitmasters' Unrigged Medium sized 8 1/2" - 9", 12 Baits Per Pack available from JD 's Tackle Warm/ hot water over at mainland's PV-- 92 degrees- fair fishing reported in that hot water-- You couldnt miss em'-- jumping around splashing-- big school and the were holding--- we got in front of them once and got what we wanted out of it-- -- not too many voices on the radio today-- couple of voices saying they were near the 209 area others off Avalon's Slide I think baited a sleeper?wind backed off.- got nice-- Seymour is forecast to turn to the northwest later today, then to the north-northwest and eventually north, with a decrease in forward speed Thursday through Friday. Seymour is forecast to weaken through the day today, with rapid weakening occurring by tonight or Thursday.----------------------- Tuesdays Reports ------------- -Like a lake here this morning-- what a difference from yesterdays mess-Tuna fishing-- Dirty green water-- empty of life-- Im going back home-- he said-- Boat Quiteña and a diverse team from Mexico, Texas, Hawaii and here won the Bisbee for a $2,183,000. And Russ Armstrong aboard the C- Bandit took 2 Place - Congrats to boths temas-- JD -Clearing wind from the west, current uphill-coastal fishing fair-- - 12- 15 knts Fishing advice-- easier said than done-- yet- said, adds to ones knowledge of our perspectives of nature- fishing, Customer comes in the shop earlier he's staying on the island for a few weeks with family, He's 7 year od son and him have been trying to catch something-- not knowing much on fishing he's been using refrozen old squid for bait, stinky stuff. no bites, no wonder-, a bit of advice on tides, baits and tackle and he and son are now living the dream! Success! dad and son comes back in for more questions, success! It's not over till it's over-- the Hurricane Season...SEYMOUR CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN..At 800 AM PDT (the center of Hurricane Seymour was located near latitude 15.6 North, longitude 115.0 West. Seymour is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A west to west-northwest motion is expected through tonight, and a turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Seymour is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is expected today. After that, Seymour is expected to weaken Wednesday through Thursday. Seymour is a small tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 961 mb (28.38 inches).-------------- Closed Monday JD ------------ ----------------- The Weekends Report --------- -18-19 on porpoise-- got to go we just lost one on 30lb, and congratulations from the Sae Le Vie -- Broken cloud cover, splats of raid drops - wind light from the south - lots of boats out09 over 59 lots of fish and lots of boats-- 10:27am 1/2 way from the 209 to the 277 jut weighed one at 39, 2at 27 and a 40 lber-- we're 2 for 3 -- good job-- A-Bank- still looking good for deep dropping a rigged bait!-- Skies grayed over-- Im s/se of you there's marlin mixed in here too- we got one going-- 11:46-- 40/ and 20 Friday we saw twenty fish but couldnt get them to go- yesterday we got one- baited at least 10 -12 fish more -- they'll so full of bait- plugged, was that on squid?- ' the one ge got didn't puke up any-- there's tons of fin bait up there ( Osborn Bank) -

lighting strike between the 181 and the 9 mile bank - ! 12:09pm

we're five for six now-- they're coming up to the boat now-- 20 25 lb fish south of the armada- pickin at em- 2:40Rain and tuna! ------------ Sats reports -------------- He said they were eating straight 30, come on over, everything we get in the waters getting bit-- 10:00 Weekend tuna crowds- seems like there 100 boat fleet outside San Mateo Point lots of boats drifting chunking soaking live baits or just driving around looking for somewhere where there aren't as many boats-- -- any marlin boats out there-- we're about 9 off the straight off the east end of Catalina --there's a marlin up here-- 10:55 am- it's 8 or 9 feet long! ( tides filling till 2 pm thios afternoonlots of boats headed up towards Huntington Beach to watch the air show-- Fog--- developing-- Carlsbad- southwards, 277 -- baited twenty for nothing yesterday-not sure where-- maybe south- Osborn holding marlin still- He said they were getting bit in the porpoise on the smallest purple and black jig they had-- 2-1/4 miles outside the 209 tunas--1:40pm pertty good yellowfin tuna fishing-- 33. 13 / 117.48 2:14pmHow many did you end up with--- we busted off 4 or 5 and got 4, how'd you do-- we've 8, I think and broke off about the same- had to use a lot of chum it make it work-

Speculator the Air Show over Huntington Beach today 12 noon till 4 pm. rolls, spirals, straight up and down, tight formations and maneuvers--- pretty cool, same thing tomorrow-- bring the Gyros--

Go Dodgers- Looks like the fleet of 100 air show watchers coming back into the harbor - best view was from the boats- those on the land had the sun to contend with- Bring the Gyros!

Tehuantepec Environmental conditions are forecast to be generally conducive for development * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent

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he Black and Blue Tournaments in Cabo- 1 st days fishing -- no qualifiers weighed so that money rolls over into today's catches-- so far three fish have been boated , a couple of blues and one Black- 1Pm Old School-- a set of Penn reels in for service today, came up from Mexico where they were work horses -- no telling how many marlins, tunas, wahoos and dorado's they fought but probably in the hundreds if not thousands. Some of the older reels you can find their manufacturing date stamped on the inside side plate--I believe the first letter denotes the month of production- B791621= February 1979- - 36 years old- and still ticking! saw some breaking tunas just south of it-- threw some plug at them-- moving fast- - not much else here on the 14 mile bank 2:40pmN/E of the 209 we got a couple 30lbers-- YFT just a little west of the 14 we've got breaking fish , breaking footballs! 3:55pmbeautiful out here----- but no fish -- so far-- ------------------- Wed's reports ------------------ Clear skies, seas calm wind calm light marine haze. fair number of boats out report seeing 50- 60- 70 lb tunas jumping out of the water also small 30 40 stuff too no bites, and even small 14 inch Dorado under a kelp- mostly the 209 and south/west wards, quiet in the 312- to the 181 area Skipper on the 267 still seeing fish--- we were this morning- Coastal water temps from 63 to 73 degrees-- Warmest water appears to be near the Mackerel Bank and the 289 bank-and a big breakfrom Dana southwards, same from La Jolla southwardsI'm not kidding you-- you can't go for more than a 1/4 withoug seeing jumping fish--- straight in a line from Dana to the 267 --11:40am(Filling tide- high at 12:38) Fresh one-- we got a double-- 11:41amHere it is -- middle of October-- and there's Tunas chasing bait 10 miles from Dana--seeing a lot of fish not catchin em' frustrating----sooner or later they'll start to bite289 has them boiling all over-- 1:25- at least thats what he said-- and if your coming over to Catalina from Long Beach check out the mid channel area between the Avalon Bank and the oil rigs- 33.:28.15 / 118.17:33 We're on a triple-- 298-- get on over here-- light westerly 3p

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Broken cloud cover - light wind from the southwest- 4- 5 knts-- seas were fair . Several boats headed south to the Cape and beyond to mainland's PVLopez Mateos, northern entrance to Mag Bay-- holding some good shoreline fishing for Pacific Black Snook- 12- 30lb fish! Private yachts outside chasing the marlins on the Ridge and outside Santa Maria's outer shelf .Last year we sure had a lot of strange creaturs arive on our shores, not so many this year- except a few, amoung them was this squid found by Richard a good customer of ours and very good fisherman. He came upon this floating on the 14 Mile Bank the other day- bird trying to peck at it—Large squid maybe 6-8 inches in diameter and 3 ½ -4 ft from tail to tentacles, two paw like tentacles were able to extend themselves 15 ft outwards, body seemed to be double ( like a figure 8 sideways) shaped with two sets of flukes ? Animal was still alive still able to use its suctions cups. It’s physical hardness, density was very soft, gaff would tear through it. and very small eyes. Any idea ?

Hey JD, Wow, that is crazy! Looks like a rare deep water species..... Did he by chance keep it? Or does he have the beaks? If so I can identify it, but I usually don't deal with squid that large so the beaks would help. Does he have any other photos of the body? If not I will forward this to an expert and they might be able to identify it. Amazing how long the club tentacles are! What a cool find! Wonder why it was floating. Hope all is well, Owyn --- My colleague believes it is a baby of this species: Architeuthis-- 20,000 Leagues under the Sea stuff!289 held some good sized yellowfin--

Coastal fishing-- out as far as the 14-- they didn't see much this morning-- boat just came in-- water nice but no fish. birds or porpoise-- A quick check on the San Clemente Security shows the "Cove" open from Friday afternoon evening 1700 /5pm --open all day Saturday and Sat night until 7 AM on Sunday where it becomes "Hot" again-- Weath

Go Dodgers-- those boys from back East will be a little warm-- with those Santa Ana's blowing in on Thursday- ! ------------Closed Monday-- Broken skies, rain on Catalina morning hrs- wind light/ fair from the west- mixed sea,Radio traffic on the quiet side so far-- More Whale and dolphin sightings these days-- more bait around too- from 1/2 to 8 off the beach Newport to Dana South-- Cabo the 2016 Los Cabos Offshore Live Scoring First days Fishnig Teams 108, Angler Count: 772 Catch report --- Black Marlin 4, Blue Marlin 41, Weights on biggest fish taken ranged from 391 in First place ( so far) down to 311 lbs Scratchy report from Pacific P-- says they baited something like 25 fish yesterday about the same same today ( 277) , Gadzuks had a double on baits and a single later on yesterday , groups of sleepers that just didn't want to bite- crystal blue water for that tuna bite about 4 inside the island ( Catalina) on the porpoise on the tuna -- or the tuna on the porpoises, threw some bait and they came to us-- ate everything we threw in the water till we ran out of bait--- this morning the porpoise were on your numbers but we'd had enough of them-- nice weather here inside the island -- for now -2:22pm- Marlin still arund anothere one cam in hot to the teaser on the 267-- released Good luck next week- Santa Ana's will keep the waters warm for another week or more

------------------------ Sat's Reports ---------------- Light overcast-- bumpy in the am then turning smooth seas, west wind pm no quake--- yet---Local 3/4 day partyboats fishing the tunas below the 277- 209 area-- lots of boat traffic, putting the fish down--Not the show on the marlin that was expected, on the numbers this morning but the sleepers we're not there-- only one was released so far--Los Cabo's Marlin tournament at the Cape-- just finished up yesterday three days of fishing with 37 teams - minimum weight to qualify at 300 lbs--they say 3 Blacks and 56 Blues and a bunch of Stripers caught -- only three fish qualified

1st Place the Pangalisa's Black Marlin at 378 lbs , 2nd Place- Reel Energy Blue Marlin at 370 lbs and 3rd Place went to Chupacabra Blue Marlin at 321 lbs-- not many qualified for the numbers of fish caught-- The Offshore Los Cabos registration 14th and fishing 15 and 16th and the Black and Blue start the 18- 22, and WON Tuna Jackpot is November 2 – 5, E-Mail this afternoon-- Hey JD We leadered our fist marlin today. Fish was baited 3.5 NM east of the 152. Thanks Jim and Dave on the Eagle Eye-Congrats--JD

And the BAC wants to remind those members and non members all are welcome to join us for 2016’s last Potluck Porch Party! Wednesday, October 19th 5:30 pm Please bring a dish to share

-------------------------- Fridays Reports ------------- Overcast, light fog- seas calm, light wind ripple on the water , strong moving tides today-- earthquake? stand by-- ! Found a little spot of fish just south of that fleet-- threw a little bait and they came up good. We'll stick it out here for a while-- threw the popper but they just want the bait-- anyone get bite?-- couple sport boats in the fleet got a few fish hanging- we didn't get any- we're at 14 and 56 we're inside of you.

E Mail from Costa Rica- Foxi Lady Just finished a 2 1/2 day trip to the 70/80 mile fads. This is the rainy season in Costa Rica. We had a visitor last nite, it's sitting on a 50 wide- pretty big bird with big talons and we are 80 miles out to sea. Never seen a bird like this out here before, possible osprey?? Anyway they bite in the rain 13/21 blue marlin

The sportboats in search of theose tunas have worked themselves around to the back side of San Clemente island-- 32:51 / 118.40, others working outside Dana 267 and towards the 14- another fleet inside the 181 towards the 312, Hey Blackman coming in -- slow down there fish here-- they biting ?---yea, fair - we've been here a hour 1/2 picked at em'- throw some chum- a live scoop once in a while 20- 25lb test -- thanks-- 12 noon we ended up with I think 13 for the 3 of us--- dumped 5 or 6 but it was good for us-- others, down to 15 couldn't buy a bite-

Marlin around--- hard to get to bite too -that you going away from us--- yea-- that's us--- , that's the third one we've seen - sleeping--- yea they don't want to bite-- we're 2 for 12 now--- really twitchy! below the 14 towards the 267--- 1:56 pm It was years ago-- but Joe H figured it out -- at least for that year-- late in the Season the marlin would be found lazily sleepers, cast upon cast and no bites, Joe did well by just slow trolling the live baits a long ways back and circled the baits in front of the fish- The tuna fleet- working a few miles just outside and below the 277 Good Luck this weekend

------------ Thursdays the 13 reports --------------- Looks like Fall is approaching-- Light west wind early-- partly cloudy cooler-- seas fair- If you headed South word comes up the line to be aware of shark buoys strung all along the "Ridge" inside the 40/50 fathom line- boats coming into Santa Maria Bay late evening (night) hours finding the buoys a hazard. Filling Moon- EL N

That low pressure system below Baja looks to be headed due west-

Lets just try it-- earlier this week a customer came in late in the day-- his friend in Santa Ana wanted to go for a boat ride that afternoon so they figured to try for those tunas, stopped in the shop- picked up a cedar plug and a R/W Tuna feather, seemed simple enough, asked where to go- " get a mile or two past the 14 Mile Bank- try it there-, 15 out of the harbor, weather picked up- they spot a school of porpoise- Let's try it-- out goes the feather and plug-- -- Hey that rod's buckled over - no it wasn't a porpoise - tuna they struggle to get it in w/ the small reel they had used in the slop- 35/40 tuna-- they're still here--R/W feather! -------------------------- Wed's Reports------------Overcast-- pleasantly cool wind light seas calm- same thing as yesterday-add in some mid fair west wind in the afternoon- building tides and moon this week- stand by-Boats out to the marlin grounds-- working outside the Navy's restricted areas , in the lee of Clemente- 67.7-67.8 degrees , taking downhill tacks on the warm sunshine-- Reports from boats traveling southwards to the Cape--- sounds like fantastic fishing!!-- Hey JD Team SANTANA headed south for the tournaments. Only 4 were able to make the trip down the rest will be flying down and boy did they miss some good fishing yesterday we had 26 wahoo 6 yellowfin and released 11 striped marli```````


``````` ---------- Tuesday's reports -------- Overcast-- pleasantly cool wind light seas calm- building tides and moon this week- stand by--

October- has the $ $ $ tournaments in Cabo-- Today's the registration and Captains meeting for the Los Cabo's Billfishing, Next weeks the Los Cabo's Offshore and then the Black and Blue and finally at the end of the month is the WON's Tuna Jackpot -a lot going on--Some of those Yellowfin's- were reported on the 14 mile bank this afternoon- Took the day off yesterday-- naturally went fishing causally got to the skiff by 7 am- scrubbed off the bottom scum- made it to the fishing grounds a few miles off Abalone Pt. with a welcoming sea and day- flat calm- deep dropped a 12" squid, with a 2 oz torpedo sinker stitched in the forward bottom and a piece of Styrofoam tucked inside the mantel kept the squid upright and when slow trolled swam in and enticing swooping action as it dove further into the deep- 500- 600 deep, worked it for several hours, no bites not even a shark! but good exercise- next time- JD E- mail from yesterday--Hey JD! I finally caught, and released, my first striped marlin off the 277 Sunday afternoon! Boat: Edgewater 225 center console Gear: Old Sabre Stroker rod with Penn 6/0 Senator Line: 50lb mono Lure: Sevenstrand Dorado colored Tuna Clone! Sunday morning The morning started with finding a big school of yellowfin all alone SE of the 277, we drifted on them and landed 3 up to 35 lbs. The fish stayed with the boat, but would only eat 15lb, so we had a few losses. decided to head north towards the 277 20 minutes later a Marlin- It took us a little under an hour to bring him alongside the boat, We revived him for a few minutes, but soon he was kicking strongly so we happily let him sink out! Didn't think it was gonna happen so soon, but very stoked to get one and release it healthy! Thanks! Mason

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-------------------------- JD's closed Monday--------------------- ----------------------------- The Weekends Reports----------- Another fine day here in the southland- dead calm conditions light clouds off to the horizons seas flat- nice day- Good radio chatter this morning-- more yellowtails caught closer to the US/ Mex border line- Sportboats worked to the west Cortez and Tanner Bank looking for the Bluefin and tunas-- Privates happy to cast to sleepers inside the lee' south end of Clemente- one of the most memorable spots on earth-- or up the backside of the island looking good too Ocean currents still sweeping southwards in a band extending strongest from Carlsbad southwards off La Jolla, Periodically the October months have hurricanes developing south of the Cape- just in time for their big game sportfishing events-- currently there west allowing he events to go on unmolested -

Feeders up-- 10:37am-- Slack tide today--10:2032 over 117We, I just released my first marlin! 11:45am--- Congrats from the fleet-- how'd you do yesterday-- -- ah-- we lost two and baited a dozen--- Between the 277- and the east end of the island spots of breaking fish -- tunas - no biters Following a large pod - with jumping 30- 40lb tunas-- might try a very small rapallafind the dolphins on the 302 you'll find the fish-- --- Im on the 302 dont see a thing! 29 over 47 kelp holding we just released a striped marlin just S/E of the 277 12:55pm

I'm here on the 181-- it's a 300 lb striper-- big fish---- 2:51pm-- tides about to slack off-

Kyle did one said he's should have done five-- mid afternoon wind between the islands 15- 18 channel crossing as usual sloppy gets better inside the island-- should be another nice sunset-- JD's will be Closed Monday! south of the 277 some feeders and today- from fishing om 1:30- : pm good sleeper show off the Head-Bull Pen-- fishing the lee of Clemente - 15 year old young Cole released his first Marlin-- Nice catch! Congrats------------------------------- Sat's reports ----------------- Flag's laying limp on the mast-- milky blue horizon, calm seas-promises to be warn and pleasant Mexican Navy off the Coronado Islands and up towards the "Corner" - checking permits--

Boats scattered far and wide- 181 and 209 looks like it has some upwelling to it-, downhill current winds its way from the 277 inside towards Carlsbad then bends southwards outwards.

southwards below the border 295- kelps holding yellowfin and yellowtails-- 31:40/ 117 :50 -- we're done 10:24amAnyone seen any marlin today Jeff asked--- two jumpers (marlin) seen off desperation reef this morning-- Sleepers baited inside the island -- Go get another one--

Swordfish seen on the north 9 that wouldn't eat-we got a good cast on it-- - lit up purple, looked at it--- went away-- spooked- -- we got a book with a bunch of picture in it, my friend say it was a swordfish !

Marlin still around - fish seen up on the Osborn a morning sleeper or two- jumper off Cat Canyon-- the 172 had green water jumper seen there-- Sleeper on the Mac Bank this morning-- a few more quick feeders closer to the lee of Clemente--, Andy and crew released one out of a bunch of tailers- they sunk out and came back -took a jig- Scattered catches of tunas -- a few here- there some came in bunches othere's a blind jig strike mid day and mid way between banks--- 1/2 from the 277 to the 289 a bunch of smaller fish came to the boat. Quote of the day so far--- "Does anyone have any toilet paper?"--- it was that kind of day-- Slowed down for a couple of sleepers-- there's only two of us aboard-- Jig goes off, sleepers under the boat-- it was a bit cahos - reels going off -one spitting the hook it falls off -- end up getting one out of it--- Thabnks it was fun watching it-- - Lee of Clemete I think- Nice day on the water-- and sunset too- ------------ Fridays reports ----------------------- Weather -- like a lake, he said early , light land breeze small wind ripple on the water-- lot's of boats up early-- out looking seeing a few tunas and the occasional hooked up- slow trolling a sardine--267 like a spread out parking lot everyone soaking . Un willing private sportfisher fishing off the Sound end of Clemente was repeatedly told to leave the area by the Navy . Spent the morning rowing around outside Abalone point several miles--- bait was up early a 1/2 -1 mile off the beach- pushed by schools of 1- 2 lb bonitos-- bridled up one and sent it down 300- 400 feet deep -- no Opah, no shark, no swordfish or marlin or big tuna bite but good exercise!- 32:18.3 / 117:31.49 Kelps holding, yellowtails -- rats - rat fishing The lure of the rat fishing--- Contestants cast hooks down garbage-strewn alleys in a Baltimore suburb's second annual rat-fishing tournament- Chuck knew exactly where he wanted to cast his hook. "Just down the middle of the alley, near that water",. He wasn't talking about easing a carefully tied fly onto the surface of an inviting pool in a challenging trout stream or flipping an artificial frog into a lily pad. He was one of nearly 40 contestants who cast hooks baited with peanut butter-smeared bacon, bits of hot dog or raw steak down garbage-strewn alleys for the Yellow Rose Saloon's second annual rat-fishing contest. First Place, reeling in a 12 inch. 1-pound rat. "Chuck, you catch it, honey and I'll club it." said his wife, a red aluminum baseball bat at the ready... The aimed for puddles of water that might attract the rodents to drink, or particularly pungent piles of household garbage. "We're sportsmen," he said , who organized the first tournament last year after reading about the city's rat problem, "There's a lot of technique to it "There's more rats in Baltimore than there are people." Thanks for the help, but no thanks, say city officials. "This just does not sound like a reasonable way to address a rat problem spokesman for city’s Department of Housing and Community Development. 181 no life out here-- we came in from the 43 didn't see much here either-- they say one was caught up at Catalina-- ( marlin)

We kept the same school around for about three and a half hours-- nothing secret-- just a steady stream of chum and some live ones out-- right on top of the 267 One yellowfin -- on the troll on the 182-- 20lb fish- 70.8 degree water, what were you trolling--green feather---1:31pm13 and 36 we had one of your kind swimming around-- basically it popped up around our lunch tack-- around 12 30-- whale watch boat saw one off one off Laguna today-- that's two-- Nice day-- tuna didn't want to bite but the weather was great-- Good luck this weekend- JD

-------------------------- Thursdays 6th Report ------ And another nice day here in Newport-- light morning west/southwest wind 2-5 knts-- I don't know how many were hooked up- not many I'd guess- Where you at from the San Clemente Piers to the Domes'' ? we're not far out and literally miles of fish seen here --10:22amCouple boilers here and there-- sportboats and privates in droves fishing the 267 bank airplane dope--- while out looking for swordfish--- couple of spots of tuna --08 and 42 that area looks pretty good- lots of birds, 11:02amWind freshened from the west early-- I'm right next to that stick boat maybe a 1/2 away-- he's got three buoys / black flags on them--- OK I got you--- we're chasing jumpers around here-- 11:15- just coming up to the slack---I think I see 5-6-7-8 boats 5 1/2 miles straight out of Dana schools of tunas tons of fish seen- zero on the boat-- - 11:45am

There's a good kelp line just inside that stick boat--- there's a good paddy at 13 and 59--- check it out-- big area of tuna-- boiling on bait right here off Dana--- looks really good tons of bait all on the inside--- 22.34 / 43 85, 12:09After the mid day slack tide - what radio chatter there was quitted down-- , local pier ( end of the balboa ) had the mackerel catchers on - lots of small 6- 8 inch stuff- Want to get on the Balboa Angling Club's Board of Directors? the Club is looking for responsible members who are willing to commit some time and effort towards this community's sportfishing club. They will be holding elections soon , give the club a call and see what it all entails. 949 673- 6316

--------------- Wed's Reports ------------ Light broken clouds-- wind from the south 2-4 kts- light chop- Hey--Decker calls - there's tuna out here---- really nice now, a little lumpy this morning west swell /south wind,, but it's really smoothed out now- beautiful fall day-- oh they're small 8- 10 -12 stuff they say there's some bigger yellowfin around-- we probably stopped on 5 or 6 schools of boiling fish, got one of the schools to go on the sardines, 15 test and #4 hook,, Newport had great sardines this morning-- there's only four or five other boats out here that I can see- its 69.3 degrees were in about the middle of the banks, 14, 267/ 209/ 277 right out here in the middle 17 / 57 -- 11:27amSmaller tunas like these, the question comes to mind- were these fish spawned here on the Eastern Pacific or are these fish transplants from Japanese waters--??

Wind stayed fair- sung to the wes tseas got a bit bumped up later - by the late afternoon hours it began calming down-- maybe 3 - 5 boaters talking to today-- , I'd bet a swordfish or marlin shows tomorrow- a little after noon - Gluck San Clemente Islands is active " hot" on Friday from 7 am till 6 pm then it's open the rest of the night and both Sat, Sunday and Monday all clear- ------------------ Wed's Report ---------------- Little touch of Fall weather-- a few broken clouds overhead-- wind light from the south-- seas a bit mixed but fair. Again not much said on the radios so far-- couple of boats out early taling of tuna catches-- not far from here I think- .Despite a west 15- 20 knts the long range boats worining along the "Ridge" below Turtle Bay to Mag were still doing well on the Wahoos !couple of guys I beleive out of SD saying they'd gotten a yellowtail 30# out from under a paddy-- quite a few paddies, mostly smaller yellowtails pretty slow-- I did scratch one 30 yellowfin outside Dana- long soak light line 3:28pm Coastal fishing --- fair-- wind against current thing hard to set up on a specific spot without twisting about. Weekend's weather look promising- with at Santa Ana's flow late in the week-- maybe the swordfish will float--- they're around the drift buoy boys were pulling a few a week. Following the currents for the past several months at a daily viewing brings one to wonder about their effect on where the bait and sealife appears. Using SCCOOS ( So Calif coastal ocean observing system ) that shows there's a strong upwelling near the 277 the past 24 hours. Couple of Satellite water temp images-(Left) So Calif 65 to 75 and (right) the "Ridge" 65 to 85 degree---------- Monday's reports ---------

Yea -- we'll take next Monday off-- for now it's the end of the month paperwork and work on some tackle for the day-- A look at the tides this next few days- and she looks good for a midday's showing of basking fish- " swordfish or marlin " ! Stand By !As to the world coming to a end tomorrows earthquake prediction-- naw, it's past the New Moon tides were this past weekend, we won't have to worry till the next Super Full Moon - Oct 15/16th when there's really a good tidal swing - maybe as early as the 13 or the 14-- stand by-- Not much going on today-- at least from the radio chatter-- wind freshed up after 3 pm, I went home- JD

--------------------------- The Weekends Blues-------- Cloud cover with a soutwest wind , seas a little bumpy

Tuna fleet using chunk and live baits- yellowfin and Bluefin- couple of areas still prodcing fish-- Off Clementes' China Point 81 fathom spot, right outside Pyrimid Head and closer to the beach outside of Oceanside 12- 15 miles.Sounded like there were tuna fish outside Salt Creek- 5-6 miles lots of bait there- out to the 267 and up to the 14 Mile Bank-- hard to get them to eat anything! Continuing with the third year of Great Marlin Race with Striped Marlin tagged off So California, the Hooked out of Dana deploys another tag today- Remarkable travels we are learning , the First years travels were limited to 180 days which showed a wandering path southwestwards off Baja,. Last years 240 day tags found fish swimming all the way to the end of Baja, out to the west a 1/3 way to Hawaii back to Mag Bay -up to Cedros is then to the West towards Hawaii again. A second fish swam to the mid Baja area taking a southwest track for a thousand miles then north aboveHawaii and a third remarkable swim went from So Calif waters down to Mag Bay, back and forth there for a while then made the incredible journey west to beyond Hawaii and returned back towards California a 1/3 of the way-- all this in 240 days. Remarkable science- Thanks Geoff and all those who have help sponsor these archival tags ! IGMR Update: 2015 MABT IGMR Race Report Available The IGMR Race Report is now available on the race page or by clicking here. Thanks to all tag sponsors, captains, anglers and crew that made the second year of striped marlin tagging so successful. Tight Lines, The IGFA Remarkable science on their 240 day travels and depth over 7,000 miles and depths close to 1,000 deep! Catalina Lobsters--- HI JD its Jolene we ended up with 12 keepers last night. Hannah is beyond excited. Thanks for all your great tips as usual.... Thank you,

--------------------- Sat's reports ---------------- We just had a tailer that sunk out on us-- I'm thinking of working uphill--- get off of some of this boat pressure-- Slack High tide 10 am- quite a few boats below the 181-- just need the fish to show- 10:03am

Lobster buoys - all along the shores and islands-- be watchful they're like mine fields !

Light south wind 6- 7 knts seas generally fair- ground swell coming in form the south mixed with the leftover stuff from the west.Stories of tunas outside newport prompted a late afternoons boat ride- I only got out 2-3 and tacked to the southeast in that afternoon swell, nary did I see any signs of tunas , did hook a bonito at 12 knts - fun boat ride!Couple of sleepers-- got the one- inside the 181 , almost an hour battle -- big fish- Hooked- congrats-- Saw a feeder first, ten minutes later we got bit-- just fell off the jig- Boats were picking at the tunas--and the marlins were taking swipes at trolled jigs all along the "Ridge" or on the drop backed baits, wind from the south increasing a bit- 10- 12 knts- 1 pm Jumpers---- Jumpers- Pulling up on a spot on the 302 spots of yellowfin, bluefin it's all here-- 2:40pm----------------------------

Royal Slam hooked up again after just releasing a bait fish just below the 181-- the second hook up comes just minutes after releasing the first fish - saying-- we'll , we'll go get another one- 2 minutes later !- 10:25am, the tide had just turned- Tuckers Birthday fish-

The tuna fleet- must be 50 boats drifting around a sportboat. we left that fleet and headed west 2 miles found breaking fish- Seas good, light west wind, small wind chop Royal Slam releasing the second fish, short rigger, green white-- go find another-- make it three-- 10:50amAnd I was going to head out this morning- make a short morning's run in my skiff- maybe fish 3- 5 outside and below Abalone Point- seems like there's always a good break there-- -- Hey JD you on this side-- I'm here outside Main Beach Laguna-- I got schools of breaking tuna here- smaller fish maybe 12- 15-20 lb--- don't have any live bait and I've thrown just about everything I got at em'-- no bites-offcolored green water-- - 11:22am15 # size 1 hooks we've got 8 on board here off the Dome's in the fleet-- we've got fish under us-- coming up on the chum -- water cooled off 69 degrees off the corner-- made the loop from the 182 down to the corner, no life here--- more up there- birds and bait-- morning bite for the tunas -- we had em up and crashing the baits- seems it was over after 8/9 am- a few still here and there now- 13/over 42 Hey Bob-- we've got Chris on a baitfish, Lady 2 di 4 on the fish -- 11:59 --

we've got 5 or 6 on boat-- 20- 25 lb on the 15 lb test lines good battles -10 off Dana-- - we had great bait-- Dana started down off of Encenada , picked up 4 on the jigs- went we furtehr south and found a wide open bite nothing over 15 lbs though A few marlins still reported off the Osborn Bank- west end of Cat it's 71 degrees and marlin there too- smaller yellowfin reported off Newport-- - flat calm afternoon-- seems like a good day to take off early and try for some gluck this weekend- JD -------------------- Thursdays Report ------ We're over here by the Dana wharf boats, we got called in over here--- it's going pretty good-- I just broke one off-

There's a big school up here now-- We got fish under the boat-- they wont bite we can see them under the water--- use the chunks on 15# someone says-- OK 10:42am --just S/W of the 182-- 3326 Sounds like the tunas were up and about earlier off the Dome's, Below Dana--afternoon bite at 33:15.13 / 117:37.08 Earlier this morning S/E end of the 9 we saw four sleeping marlin-- threw on em' didn't want it- we went through miles of it-- picked one up in that porpoise, they were in the bird schools, it's little disappointing so far-- saw that one jumper earlier-- fog banks developing we got a Opah this morning--- fishing in the green water ( inside off SD) bluer cooler water holding the smaller tunas on sauriesWe baited a dozen, my brother baited twenty-- couldn't get them to go-- I can get fished metered at 120-- two's and three- single fish-- maybe it was that Santa Ana high pressure that keep them from biting-- I think these fish on are on squid-- seeing the jumpers here now-- - jumper between you and I, 12:12pm ---4 below 226 and and a little below--

Reports come up from Baja- Some of the best marlin fishing he's seen --Millions of em-- Steve L says-- others' on their facebook reports of 15- 20- 25 fish days or more -- and wahoos were stacked up in the corners for the morning's bite, then off to chase the

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- Tropical warm morning- a few lingering clouds give some shade to the day, windlight from the south- seas have a light chop on them, calm oceanStill looking for that FAD ( Fish Aggregating Device) found off the East end of Catalina 152 fathom spot-- it's there- and growing sealife around it-It was placed about four months ago, Its positioned at 50' below the surface and the #'s are 33 14.442N / 118 10.874W This Fad was placed for everyone to use. Would appreciate any reports you might get back. Thanks Pete & Denise Foxi Lady (send to JD's) A few boats out looking for the tunas-- seeing fish but not bites yet, blue water flowing uphiil from down below- some sealife. birds on the edge- 209 area nice body of blue water moving in from the south and spreading outwards can be seen off the Chlorophyll charts. Chlorophyll designates the photosynthesis of plankton sealife- sunlight and plant growth) lack of chlorophyll indicates a cleaner water - blue water, fish can see further in it. Where it butts up against a concentrated plankton rich water is generally where game fish feed. At least that's what the book says-- For the Private Sportfishers headed south-- top off with great treated fuel from Island Marin Fuel here in Newport harbor- price for 500 gal. Diesel at $2.18 a gal, must be by appointment only call them at 949 723 1103 Boater coming in late in the afternoon- having made the run on flat seas and enjoying the ride- fished the FAD off the East end of Cat- found his way down to the 312 area up to the 267/279 bank out to the 14 Mile Bankd and again back here to Newport- boat ran well at 30 knts-- neve saw muche except a few lony seagulls- Vick also made the long distance run down towards the 312 and out to the 289 -- had a strike but the fish broke it off at the the farend- Taking the day off early- sending one daughter off to college ! Oxford! --------

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------ Fall seasons upon us, Boats starting to head south while there's still a few fish around here to be caught-- Bluebird skies today- hot- light marine haze burning off early- seas calm-Headed south-- fishing looks great from Turtle Bay southwards-- JD's carries Rigged and unrigged Ballyhoo's in packs and in cases give up a call 1 800 660 5030 and we'll have they ready for your trip south-- If there was a day for sleepers to show up - today seems the likely one- sultry calm, not Surly boy what a day to be on the water-- too bad no ones out- radio dead- except for a few sailboats headed south Marlin Genetics NetworkStriped marlin genetic samples are being requested for a study on their movements and range- It's really just takes cutting a very small piece of the fin off or tussue and putting it into one of the tubes from the sampling kit before the fish is released, writing down a few pieces of information (date, location), and that's it. Here's the link to the project website if you're interested:


Osborn Report JD . Was up at the Oz on Sunday and found a few fish, mostly single feeders, right on top of bank. Beautiful day on water, lots of life on the bank. Porpoise schools with some tuna in the deep off the bank. Water a bit off color and not a huge volume of fish but at least there were some up there. Best, PT E-Mail from Greg - Flying Fish. This is our second season on our old Costa Mesa-built ’66 Owens Brigantine, and Michael and I want to thank our crew for our wins in the Tuna Club Benefit, Master’s and Pesky’s.Michael, Chris Dreyer, Burt Moss, Jack Rainwater and I fished the Los Pesky’s derby on Flying Fish. Left Redondo at midnight Thur. 9/22 for the 43-corner zone with all kinds of nasty winds predicted. . Flying Fish was top boat with 4 releases, and Chris and I were 2nd and 3rd place anglers based on the whacky Pesky’s scoring formula. Swagger reported they bageled both their fish and scooped us for 1st place angler. No worries, we were stoked to have double the releases of anyone else in the derby with our 4 fish. ---------------The colorful weekends Reports ------- A little wind- but nice weather-- ch 72 gets a little off-color for a sunday morning-- fishing dropped off for the tunas yesterday- sportboatsout searching working on sonar schools, a early morning bite with the heaver jigs Flatfall, etc. smaller spots od fish up 8- 9 am quickly to drop out of sight.

Peskys boats limping back to the mainland and port-

Swordfish boat put a set of gear in, top of 9 mile bank 9:45Hey Mike-- if your not metering any more come over here- We can't put any more in the kill bag 10:12am- Here's the Pesky results. 17 fish caught. 10 Friday. 7 Saturday High Boat Flying Fish - 4 fish, 2nd Place Chiquilin - 2 fish, 3rd Place Swagger - 2 fish, 4th Bounder 2 Fish. High Angler - Bruce Binnquist - Swagger - 360 Points, 2nd - Greg Stotesbury - Flying Fish - 336 pts, 3rd - Chris Dryer - Flying Fish - 332 pts. , 4th Doug Carson - Bounder - 180 points, 5th - Sean Kaus - Chiquilin- 180 pts, 6th - Lance Keller - Chiquilin - 180 pts , 11th - Randy Wood - Bounder. I think these results are correct. Randy had the clipboard with the results and he went back to bed. Pics to follow Andy

Mon- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There's foamers of tuna right here---- poppers size schools directly right here on top of the 302 , send me your numbers and I'll forward you the pictures . ( today's world live from the fishing grounds) 10:28am. 5 miles straight east from here-- We were there yesterday afternoon by the bouy-( San Clemente weathere buoy) baited three and saw a bunch of jumpers. spent the night drifting, we didn't move a mile from there, thought sure we'd see some sleepers this morning, two of us in glasses -- but didnt see any , we put the ses anchor out just in case, thought sure we'd see some sleepers. Kyle spent the night just inside the 43, woke up and there were sleepers twenty feet from the boat! Got to go -- we've got a feeder here 11:50am- ( slack tide today 12:07) 277 had mixed reports- tuna or nada, wind picked up west/ northwest strong- 1 pm- Mexican paperwork needed for fishing the 302!Blue marlin reported off La Jolla ?Tuna off Church Rkthat's it

---------------------- Sat's Reports ------------------ Nice weather--- calmed seas, wind if any light N/E , Dozens and dozens of boats out today- the tuna fleet seems to have moved offshore a little centered around the 312 ( outside Oceanside and a little below) and out to the 181/ 182 Ridge- marlins scattered and catchable- Marlin fishing improving near the island ( Catalina) morning tailers next to the island's East end/ Slide areaShellback is that you--- hold on we're hoked up 10:05am we had a triple -- but nothing stuck! Bottom slack period- 11am Stand by- Honey was hooked up 9:20 lost 10:16amPesky 10:20 up date-- nothing going on since swagger's fish earlier- mon-- Are those wicked tuna?--- no but they're surly!

47/ 46--- I 've got a whold school of tunas coming up couple hundered yards of tuna-- your on that side, let's correl em- 11:22am --We're on---- 11:24am, the Tide just turned-- 32:53/ 117:45 - Damn Pesky sharks! 57/41- 11:41am, #4 hook- 15 fluoro carbon- , Hey Dude-- mon--Chiqelin aka- burnt chicken, aka Chicken offering a raffle one day on the chicken wing ok- its a one day charter AKA burnt chicken Chiqelin in Costa Rica! -- includes fishing w one rod and four ballyhoos are included if you want more bring your own-- hold on let me shake it up-- we've got the winner on the Flying fish -Keith no wait- he's not there let's do a redrew- Chuck R- on the Hammer- congrats- T/C Randy w released, 11:57 bagelled no Cream cheese - Flying fish on a fish lat long-- 46/ 59 Greg-S on the fish-- full garb, ( added bonus points) Hey Dude Mon--Joint Venture--hooked up 12:55, Lat/ Long- 51/ 12 Colby's the angler we've got all the garb on-- . hooked 1: 10, bait fish green, brenda, drinking 805- ya dud do we get extra bonus points for a coffee grinder and dacron line? yea mon they're legal east coast coffee grinder , ge tout of the chair though, 2 extra points congrats from the Le La Vie-- - mon! Flying fish and Ganga Away has three,Blackfin, Bounder, flying fish, Joint Venture all with fish 1:30 pm, 15/1755/03 Flyingfish - bait fish - on again Greg S the angler and drinking a beer 2:20pm, released no bagel, congrats from the Le La Vie-- Hooker also released one--I think!Decreasing radius for the Pesky's , a shotgun finish as the 4:30 pm lines out approaches Catalina East end / Back side had the tunas there along with sport boats and others, tough to get to bite though, Tight to the Slide one marlin released there early this AM .

The global models suggest that the shear will become quite strong in 36 to 48 hours as the cyclone begins moving over cooler waters. This should result in a rapid spin down, and the system is likely to become a post-tropical remnant low within 3 days. ------------------------------Friday's Report ------ They say it was sloppy this morning- wind last night blew in and lumped up the seas, havent heard of a Mahlin hooked yet--mon- Seas still a bit lumpy at noon, looks to back off for a while then again blow this afternoon- Party boats still fishing outside LaJolla 12- 15 milesQuiet on the radio today---- ----- seas letting down-- No word yet on the Pesky's 2:00pm -- some scratchy reports but not enough to define ??-- Rumors up the line-- 6 fish?--- Scratchy relay- Hamn- --er-- --- --- 3:54pm, tide swings today- 3:43!---- Charisma-- 4:14, hammer --- --- reley-- - ?? _-- _

Sub Chaser, Pacific Pioneer had fish in the Hunt 5/4/1 all jig fish--

------------------Relayed catches for the Pesky- say 9 fish so far in the southern zone- another 3 more somewhere East? and not sure what what on up north-- Bounder had a fish early on, Bull Pen, Dreadnought, Drambuie, all had fish released, Flying Fish may have had a double, and Blackfin one too -- Charisma lost the fish-- 17/15 close to the bar-- over mon-- Greg there's birds right in front of you-- 5:57 pm6 pm Chiqelin had a fish on-- go get em Beek! over mon-- Baggled- and released- Mon---6:08 cheese and lox- Congrats from the Le La Vie-- -------------------------- Thursdays Report ------------ Wind fair 7- 10 out of the south light overcast small wind chop associated with it- otherwise fair seas .Close to 40 boats in the 27th- year of the 2016 Pesky Mahlin Derby , anything that floats may enter, Scoring points as a angler derby not boats with released mahlin at 160 points, kept 1 pt per pound, swordfish at 20 per pound, Dorado and Spearfish get points if filleted, Extra Bonus points gained by Baggeling a mahlin, cream cheese and Lox adds another 3 pt, calling in the hookup correctly another 4 pts, Dude , this is ------ -- -- ---, over Mon-- , etc. dressed in dreadlocks and reggae bennies garb more points, catching a mahlin with a custom Pesky lure, more points if it's rigged with circle hooks, etc-- Stand By!- Watch out for those damn pesky sharks! Yellowfin tunas-- smaller grade I think outside and below Encinitas 32.56:30 / 117.29:50 today dozens of partyboats in the general area- westerly blew up this afternoon- due to swing around from the south tomorrow AM inner waters better- -- wind backed off this afternoon- looks good for the weekend- , Gluck- mon- Tuna Club of Avalon will also have their Annual Hunt tournament- a gentleman's game- ------------ Wed's report ---------------- Muggy tropical stuff still lingering- a fight between the south and the north as a from moves in to our west and another Tropical storm forming below the Cape that bears watching A Quick over cap of the ABC tournament out of Avalon-- I heard 12 boats each day they released 20 fish for a 40 fish release and two taken- Lat minute Gambler's fish took the big fish and I think Chaser had High bo

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Broken cloud cover and a mix of tropical stuff- south vs north fronts over the next few days-- outer waters will get nasty tomorrow 38/53, another hook up for the ABC's tournament 10:42- 28 fish released yesterday! --- -- Tides about to swing-- stand by--- OK C Bandit got you hooked up at 11:12, 38/53, Ruckus 12:53 39/53 , 06/ 08 -16/15-- 1:00 Update-- Today's released totals 18 so far-- Shannon Rose and Chaser both have 5 fish Released, C-Bandit has 3, Gambler 2 and the rest have 1 release each-- Lines out with two fish coming into the scales-- --


Peskys Derby Kickoff at the Chicken Coop this Wedesday Night-- stand by!








IGMR Update: 2015 MABT IGMR Race Report Available The IGMR Race Report is now available on the race page or by clicking here. Thanks to all tag sponsors, captains, anglers and crew that made the second year of striped marlin tagging so successful. Tight Lines, The IGFA Remarkable science on their 240 day travels and depth over 7,000 miles and depths close to 1,000 deep! -------------------Dan Gorman Sr, Saltwater Cowboy Memorial Fishing Tournament - September 24 & 25, 2016 - Dana Point Yacht Club Channel Islands Billfish Tournament was held this year from September 10-14. Good weather and good fishing resulted in 12 fish being released by our 16 entered boats. The fish were spread out between the west end of Catalina and Santa Cruz Island. Jim Dalpozza's "Hydrocarbon ( Photo) " with Captain Eric Hermann got highest honors with 4 releases. Gerry Bellaart's "Seaway" took second place with 2 releases and "Ruckus" with C.G Miller and crew took third place with two releases. As always, a good time was had by all.-Heading South this Fall- Starting a list of those departing dates , name of boats and description to let other know who's in front and below you- Couple of boats starting out early this season- ( Report from the Lower "Ridge" today---I'm down here on the Ridge for a couple more days. We're doing real well on the wahoo and school sized YFT in the 12 to 25 range. There's lots of Marlin down here, we've been hooking them regularly on our wahoo stops...pesky things!Departs Oct 9th, Bait n' Switch ,55 Fleming Nov 9th Good Vibrations 48 RivieraNov 9 Jam min 42l Tierra send in your info if you'd like to Mondays Reports -------------- -Strange weather-- yesterday afternoon if fell flat calm- midnight thunder and lightning moved in over Catalina Mark W. reports- having made a little squid earlier in the evening they was all set -- but they didn't find them this morning after the nights weather- Sport boats were asking him for marlin advice , marlin were after there trolled tuna feathers- and not sticking-- that's jig fishing!

Tuna below the border-- boats fishing 3- 4 miles below the line Coastguard checking those vessels below the border-- make sure you had all your paperwork up to date-- Marlin vs Spectra- Steve tells the tale of baiting a marlin yesterday the anglers sets the hook and out comes a softball size bundle of spectra line all balled up, his hook caught in the mess- apparently the marlin having eaten a bait earlier with the spectra breaking off- the line wound it 'self into a wad in the fishes stomach, the hook pulled it out-- that's a good fish story! The ABC Avalon Billfish Classic second year event starts this morning has the boys after points and weight. Right on the tide this morning the radio became active with Tournament Control Mary responded with hook up times and confirmed releases by photos taken of various boat gear, chair, ice chest, etc. Fast action with 5 minute fish hook and release times during that peak tide swing today- maybe 5 to 6 fish hooked within a 15 minutes span. areas of fish- 39/54, 39/55, 41/57 , 40/ 57 - 38/53, 37/55, 38/54 as the two thirty afternoon count I think the count was 13 releases and 3 fish lost- pretty good odds!


The 2016 Masters- Taken by Dave on Bull Pen Second day of masters - more to come Score sheets Day 1 - Day 2 --






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and those damn pesky sharks! -------------------------------

----------Gone fishin- Tournament Controll for the Masters--

---------------------Sept 15---------- Weather cooperating for this weekend-- thanks-- this mornings light south wind due to swing to a light west. Same thing for tomorrow and Sunday with some late afternoon wind up north- Bait making off Newport fair to good- with the macks taken off the west jetty with chum- good mix of bait- Boats headed out today for a bit of Pre Fishing for the Masters-- 41 or 42 boats--Six Angling Clubs this year-- good turn out last night at the Kickoff- One boat came on the radio 10 am saying they had some marlin dope-- 57/49 not sure if that's up or down--

Takes a lot of bait-- yesterday it was wide open tunas --- nothing for us today- here on the 181-- we're almost out of bait--chuming the sonar marks --hope you've brought a lot of and so is 39 up and 42 out -- he's got about 12 of 15 dorado in board already- we're 16 clicks above him for some tunas-- 11:55amwere movng--- haven had a bite must be 50 boats hee and they all look slow-- In Checking with the San Clemente Island Security -for fishing and anchorage at the island-- For today (Thursday) it looks open all day- on Friday Sections C ( inside the island) and section D Pyramid Cove, there are scheduled operations from 9:00 hours till 1600 ( 4 pm), open after that until the following Saturday afternoon 1800 ( 6pm) then scheduled operations are active till 2200 ( 10 pm) then open the rest of the night and all day Sunday Thursday- C Available - no scheduled operations D Available - no scheduled operationsFriday C 16-SEP 0900 16-SEP 1600 SFC:5000 SHOBALSHGT D 16-SEP 0900 16-SEP 1600 SFC:5000 SHOBALSHGTSaturday C 17-SEP 1800 17-SEP 2200 SFC:5000 SHOBA/WBX D 17-SEP 1800 17-SEP 2200 SFC:5000 SHOBA/WBXSunday C Available - no scheduled operations D Available - no scheduled operationsLatest water and Chlorphill charts

ABC the Avalon Billfidsh Challenge Sept 18 19 20th - Give Russ a call at 310- 948 1011 or High Tide Traders at 310 510 1612 it's the 2 year for this fun event-- should be another great success- Good Luck---------------- Wed's Reports ------------ Back running again- was off-line yesterday- - wind, fresh from the west as this low front moves on-- waters chilling a bit with the west clearing wind, it'll concentrate what warm water there is-- E-mail this morning- Hi JD Finally got one!!! Halfway between the 181 and 182. Caught on flylined sardine, 25 lb test, straight mono, and 2/0 J hook. Weighed 65 pounds on a rusty hand scale. Thanks for all your help. Jim. Jim's been a good customer for years who, like most of us are excited with the aspects of "just going fishing", This year chasing the bigger tunas from the poppers to trolling kites to soaking baits he always seems to be in good spirits about fishing - Congrats-- JD

And another E-mailHey JD. Over in PEI with some of the local boys you’ll recognize, we put this 565 lb. Fish on the deck ;-) Bill U and locally



ift with baits for the tunas-- still going off for a few boats out there this morning--- scratchy report- A quick glance at the upcoming weather through Sailflow- shows promiscing weather for the weekend, a south flow Friday morning- swinging to a light west in the afternoon and almost flat clam on Sat with a afternoon west - Best of Luck- JD


Filling Moon--- Full moon this weeknd-- Stand by! Big tides could trigger large earthquakes, study says

--------- Tuesdays offline ------------- --------------------------- Mondays report ------------- Overcast this morning- light southeast wind on the coastline- 4-6 kts-Angling clubs and their respective teams were gathering up their light big game marlin gear this week for the BAC's Masters - Kick off will be at the new Marina Park located on the Balboa peninsula just past 18th st.on Wed Night. Give the Club a call if your adding a team or have angler changes, 949 673 6316 or email to the balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.netThis year marks the Third Great Marlin Race here in the Masters-- We should give all the Clubs a great hand for their sponsorship towards these studies. It'll be a good turnout and these expert light tackle angles will put their skills to the test- good Luck- JD-- Tournament Control boat " Bacco " on ch 65.~~~~~~~~Refreshed reports of marlin catches in yesterdays Stan Miller Tournament with 12 marlin releases for the two days of fishing. Marlin , although not here in great numbers were around, almost all the high spots or banks or ledges had a fish . Brainstorm 3rd Place two young boys took the 1st and 2nd Juniors awards by releasing a pair off the Slide/ Catalina, Good Karma took 2 nd Place and the High Woman's Angler Tracy D. releases one of their fish and Gadzuks showed what they were made of with one after another catches the second day puttinmg them in 1st Place Congrats- a good turn out and great event-. Scattered catches with most fish centered off the Catalina's West end to the 172 and into Santa Barbara island, others found fish up in the Channel Islands grounds and down on the 43 and tuna grounds- Boats still out for the tunas--- hey boat coming up right behind me-- we've got a chum line out your going through it-- turn off - 2:02pm very quiet on the VHF today- you'd think Summer was overWe baited a ton of marlin this morning just N/E of the fleet on the 43-- baited 5 sleepers- we had one marlin hold the bait it in his mouth and spit it- it was a nice one-- they catching 40 grade yellowfin on their sornar-- where that bait was-- though I saw some bigger fish pop there too - next to the New Low -Ann, in that same where all the marlin were - by the 43-- closer to the bank- proper from the 181 --all the way from the-- 41/55 to the 43/ 53 lines- We just got bit-- three bites, two dropped it- one line broke! 3:32pmThat paddy was loaded with Dorado that would not bite-- bring that other gear with you next time-- Chlorophyll charts show that tongue of blue water coming up from the south- There's only 5 left--- Boston Fishing Kites- the company's all sold out-- and the 5 are being shipped out today- to JD's Tackle- if you want one, give us a call or email-- JD ----------- The reports -------------Only a couple privates next to me-- there's a big school coming under the boat-- it's tough-- we've got three on the boat so far- 9:41am

Coastal morning cloud cover- spots of blue behind, wind light from the west light wind ripple with it- seas fair- lots of boats out-- Marlin boats went up north, tuna boats went south- there's a mix in between with either one in the others spot! Wind picking up along the coast early as that marine coastal cloud cover lifts, Slow for us so far-- crossing from the rigs towards the A bank, might have been a fish released there earlier this morning-- Stan released one yesterday up towards the 172, another boat one off the Slide , 152 held lots of bait- and one the Isthmus yesterday too .Halfway between the 181- 182 just picked up a 60lb yellowfin on a Black and purple lure-- 11:17amT/C Nuevo hooked up--12:24pmSome of the bigger yellowfin were at 45/ 52 Outriggers paddling across from Catalina's Avalon harbor made it through trolled marlin boats-- - wind stayed fair + for most of the day- 12-west- couple more marlin bites-- one while soaking a sardine in a chum slick when it jumps up attatched to a line- waters a bit offcolored on the A bank 68/70 not much happening- As the new week begins speculation on the marlin, tunas and weather plays into the game-- good luck next week- filling moon stand by!

--------------------------------- Sat's reports ------------------- Snotty yesterday afternoon--- you'd have to think there would be some leftover crud from yesterday-- yet inner waters this morning were overcast and was much better than expected- smaller boats made the crossing to Catalina with ease. Bait was between the gap- below the Channel islands- Anacapa and Santa Cruz. Tournament Control--- Warren released one 4- 5 south of Smugglers Cove hooked 8:27 released 9:05, got the hook out at 9 took another 5 minutes to revive him before letting to-- OK we got it, what's you get it on--- short corner/ no we renamed it Chunky Monkey Gaybob

With the Marlin season here, or at least the marlin tournamet season is here. The King Harbor Marlin tournament began yesterday and last night here in Newport was the kickoff for the Stan Miller Invitational ( which isn't really a invitational) up north the Channel Islands Billfishing tournamet got going with boats headed out to sea last night. Spread far and wide this morning the radio channels can get a bit challenging as hooked ups and release are recorded.

```The 45th Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament September 10th to 14th. A kick-off party at the Channel Islands Yacht Club will be held at 6:00pm, Friday the 9th. The awards banquet will be held on the following Friday the 16th at 6:00pm at the club. Great food, refreshments and a raffle will be had at both events. For more information please check out our website at```````````````````Is that you, one of the northern boys-- Just missed one, missed the dropback bait -- and came up on the stuff we were winding in, -lots of smaller tuna around-- 43--- ok we're up here by the - 209 still looking -trying to catch anything but we're after the tunas -- 9:40am

We released two here yesterday-Channel Islands-- -

it's the weekend -- we don't work on the weekend! VHF radio was alive with action- North of the Head yesterday we had a good body of those bigger bluefin up , drug the kites through them but didn't get a bite-- E-Mail this morning from yesterday ---Hey JD it's Matt, Linda got a jig fish in the afternoon in San Pedro Channel today, Went fishing in the Bounder Thursday & today Baited sleepers and trailers for 0 saw a Swordy butterfly 3x. 1 zip 2 miles short of the 17 out of Newport, Lots of rizzos. Some life- blue water- 70° Probably saw 7 fish, very tough barely tipping -Stayed in SBI, flat beautiful. On the way out (3miles) baited a sleeper in am, no bites on our way to the boot. Released a jig fish (mac clone) today in San Pedro channel in no mans land. And baited a tailer there also. Didnt get it to stick-- had one in the jigs-- 11:19am Slack tide today--- 10:46- Westerly breeze up again before noon and the Outrigger paddleing to Avalon from Newport Race has it's challanges-- wr just lost a big one well over 200 on a jig-- 11:44 am --just west nor- west 8-9 miles from where your at (43)-- radio airwaves started to get broken and scratchy- salty air in the increasing wind hooked up-- allan S the angler-- tides filling-- 1:07 71 to 69 was the break up there by the island- that where I saw that fish get caught- behind the island- Tournament Controll--- one o two-- hello-- pick this up-- --- -- fast moving tailers downhill- 1:50pmWe just released him- good job--- same one---- negitive-- 2:47pmI think 5 marlins released so far at the 3 pm Stan Miller roll call,

up date 6 marlin released -- Breakaway- Bull Pin , Gadzuks, Swagger and Good Karma has two fish released 4:30 pm Another fish released 5 pm and I've heard others out by Clemente Island chasing sauries and a fish released on 20 on the 209 eariler in the day-- and the wind backed off towards the afternoon hours-- gluck tomorrow ------------ Friday's fishing ------------

Coastal clouds light , broken skis as it clears off light west wind at 6+ knts light wind chop with it- seas fair and the tuna fleet moved closer to the beach with the centered from the 181/ 182 "Ridge" into the corner of the US / Mex border-- yellowfin in the 25 lb range- fills the sacks-- - the Ultra Pacific called in to say they had Live Squid for sale out front of Avalon this morning-- tough to make, he had a limited supply, dosent look like they will be there over the weekend either-- so get it while you can-- I don't think there were others selling it there either-- Tunas were said to be on the squids as baits. Tonight's the kick off for the Stan Miller Invitational tournament , marlin, tunas and gamefish awards- great event!

N/E of the 277 couple of miles (4) possible tunas also some shots at them on the 277, spots of bonito up outside Avalon- the tuna grounds ( inner area) for the smaller yellowfin was fun there yesterday only a few boats were on it--- this morning the fleet showed up and got crowded Tournament Control--- we got it-- hooked up to a marlin--- 11:29am-- --- good job-- go get another one- 11:41 released--

San Clemente island southern end will be closed to anchorage except from midnight till 7 am this weakened Friday, Sat and Sunday - Next weekend for the Masters basically closed for thursday and Friday till 10 pm then cove will be open all Sat and Sunday-- any questions -Hail KRAKEN on Channel 16Not seeing much , some white caps and thats it for us--

`Wind pick up at noon west 12- + kts starting to get sloppy- Lots of sheep out there today--- rough and sloppy--

The tropical season continues into the end of summer, <<<<<--- this latest West Coast/ Eastern Pacific view sure resembles what we'd see in October for the development of those Santa Ana winds- stand by


. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure centered about 850 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California have only become slightly better organized since yesterday Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent ------------------------------ Thursdays reports ---------------- Nice flat seas he says-- just coming up to the 14 about to put them in--- the Marlin fleet out and about looking fir the upcoming weekends events-- tuna stuff still going on- weather good-Eariler this week Donna boards the Condor out of San Diego- nice catch! 83 lbs on 50 Boaters out searching for the marlins-- one sleeper on the way to the west end's 125 that sunk out another one seen as they drove over it-- so there's at least two up there- couple more jumpers seen off the backside east end up the back side, smaller tunas aroundTides about to slack off stand by-- 2:22 high slackjust had a couple talilers up here-- thery're here--- 2:31pm I beleive one fish released I think back side?- tomorrows weather shows afternoon tailing weather--

Good news--

EL NIÑO 8 September 2016 ENSO Alert System Status: Not Active Synopsis: ENSO-Neutral conditions are slightly favored (between 55-60%) during the upcoming Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2016-17. ENSO-Neutral conditions were observed over the past month, although sea surface temperatures (SSTs) were below-average over the east-central equatorial Pacific Ocean Overall, the combined ocean and atmosphere system continues to reflect ENSO-Neutral. The more recently updated model runs from the North American Multi-Model Ensemble more strongly favor ENSO-Neutral The forecaster consensus prefers this outcome, which is supported by the lack of significant anomalies in several indicators over the past month (winds, convection, subsurface temperatures). Overall, ENSO-Neutral conditions are slightly favored (between 55-60%) during the upcoming Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2016-17

JD's carries Rigged Ballyhoos baits they come rigged or do it yourselves. Circle hooks, belly hooks, two hooks w/ wire ( wahoos/ bluefin) and rigged Swordfish squids all ready to go- Single packs available in store, case packs are available,Call JD's 800 660 5030 or email and we'll set them aside for you- --------------- Wed's Reports ----------------------- Gray overcast sky- wind light from the south- seas fair- a little wind ripple to the sea- tuna fishin- they're chasing that 1 inch stuff- by the time we got to them they went downNot much of a chance to update the web site--- sorry- putting line on reels and rigging yummys - radio reports has those chasing tunas- still chasing em'-- weather stayed overcast all day--- wind from the south and at one point it was said it was sloppuy for them, bait making out front of newport- good , and JD's had Rigged Ballyhoo's for the dropback marlin baits--

San Clemente Island looks to be closed ( Pyramid Cove) for the rest of the week-Section B is open A few tunas on the outside edge of the 9 mile bank, lots of sun calm water for them while fishing further offshore--Couple of reports--- one says not much was going out out there ( tuna grounds) for them- others said a plunker bite - we were one for 4 broke off one and got one over 100, and Decker and Tracy fought a bluefin on their Disco Punk for a nice fish-- seas were nice- wind stayed south all day 8- 10 knts seras and tides flatten out the rest of the week--- swordfish--

--- Tuesdays Report ---------- Sheet glass coming out of Avalon this morning for those heading back to the mainland-- mid channel a light west 10+ wind develops-- seas nice- small mix of swells, Marlin seen 3 out of Avon towards NB, no bait- high and dry-- sport boats were chasing the tunas on the 277 smaller grade, those off Clemente having luck with fresh caught squid in the cove- drifting them under a balloon while at anchor 175 -200ft of water off China Point Decker and guest put two of the bigger tunas aboard late in the aftenoon-- one est at 110 the other around 150- that one on 30 mono 2 1/ 2 hr battle-- Sardine and squids for bait-- off S/W corner of Clemente-

We got a marlin soaking a mackeral in with there tuna fleet, punker bite for the tuna -- thought we had a tuna at first till the line came up-- then up jumps this marlin-- topped the fleet in that catagory today-- Vick saw 3 jumers near the 152 around slack 12:30 time today and lots of bait still showing in the area-- those marlin will eventully show up there- stand byWeather nice outside- sloppy between the islands and sloppy between Cat and the coastline- This coming weekend y- the Stan MillerThe SMY Invitational Sept. 9-11 Registration is open! The Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament is back, September 9th - 11th, launching out of Basin Marine in Newport Beach, CA.The SMY Invitational is open to boats of all brands, and is generously presented by Viking, Hatteras and Mag Bay Yachts. Registration is now open - click here to download the registration forms, or email for more info. We look forward to seeing you at this year's event- andthe 35th Annual King Harbor Marlin Club Marlin Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held on September 9th and 10th

~~~~~~And right after that the following week ~~~~~~~~~Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament The 35th Master Angler Billfish Tournamentand then ---- ABC the Avalon Billfidsh Challeng Sept 18 19 20th - Give Russ a call at 310- 948 1011 or High Tide Traders at 310 510 1612 and the unforgetable Everything will be alright 2016 Mahlin Derby --September 23 & 24 …..Rasta/Jamaican mon!

--------------------------------Labor Days Mondays reports -------- Starting to feel like Fall- cooler mornings, suns warming as the day gets along coastal clouds move in mid late afternoon- pleaeant- Slack tide mid day-all this week--- should be some swordfish up basking about that time- Long lines being used between the 267 and 277, reported one boat tangleed up in it - ---------------------------- Sundays Report ---------------- Just like yesterday- yet even more sun early on-- super day-- good luck-----Looks like Baja and the Sea of Cortez is in for some weather - forecasted for Tuesday Radio chatter had anglers using the Flat Fall lures for the tunas off Clemente Island - there's a rhythm cadence in the lifting and settling of the lure which give it it's appeal while fluttering in the deep- practice that lift and drop when it's only five or 8 feet below the surface and watch it's descent while dropping, gives you a better judgment of how it acts in the deep! Adding just a little tension to the line while dropping it down straightens it out and it drops quickly to the depth you want, then do the dance-- JD20 and 03 there's one of your kind-- shipping lanes- marlin up 12:09 pmStrangely quiet for the mid day radio chatter-- boats had seen tunas in most of the usual spots- but they weren't hungry-- for the past several days there appeared to be a afternoon early evening bite-- so stick it out-- they were there-- but we finally got a couple of them-- Yellowfin on that small sardine bait out of newport ----------------------------- Sat's Reports ------------ Broken overcast clouds this morning-- should clear off earlier, wind light / med 5- 6 knts Southwest eddy seas- kindGood radio traffic-- from north to south not too many complaints-- The Fleets off the South side of Clemente Island-- and the island is open this weekend -Pyramid Cove, should be a party there tonight, you'll need to reserve a parking space! Boats fishing the Ridge finding a scattering of the tunas too- hard to get to bite also. afternoon yesterday was a good bite time--- How ya doing--- we're into them--34 over 12-- 10:49 we're on one now, a good one- kite fish---I've got to get down below now--- stand by One on the boat, one shook the hook at the boat and one was short-- halibut drifting-- baits getting raked each drift-- 10:52amWind from the south picked up- making it a bit sparkly to the water-- Morgan ran to the Avalon Bank this morning knowing that, that south wind had been blowing all night- Saw a jumper there and good signs of bait and life-- took what lee the island provided and worked into the East side of the island's 152 spot-- found the tunas there--- but they too were unwilling to bite- wind picked up- ran with it back to newport , says he should had stuck it out on the A bank looked good there- calm and lot of bait-- Scott found a good temp break 74/ 72 between the islands Cat/ Clemente, spend the day looking for swordfish-- saw one swipe from a billfish and a large hammerhead-- some smaller tunas near the 277,

Reported a batch of marlin/ sleepers moving in with that warm water from the south, just what the doctor ordered for the upcoming billfish tournaments Wind backed off --sun came out strong-- beautiful day on the water---

----------------------- Fridays Reports ------------ Morning Gray still with us mid morning-- Southwest light eddy wind early on this AM, light wind ripple with it- swell mixed a ground swell from the west and a shorter south swell both far apart good traveling weather-- and you'll need it-- not much in the way of sealife near the coastline a few 267 held dolphins and off Catalina' lee dorado under a paddy unwilling to eat what was offered. threatened to be shot with a speargun- 277 said to be holding tuna not eating popping out of the water everywhere-- we got a school in front us us, cant seen to do anything with em,

Live Squid -- plenty of Live Squid the Ultra Pacific was saying-- 10:01 am -- Newports receiver got 4-6 inch sardines

working south of the 34 line ( below SD a few kelps but slow so far- No love, popping all over the place-- baiting em' throwing some chum-- 5 shy of the 277 Couple boats 1/2 way from the 302 to the Coronado Islands- said it looks good there for tunas but they hadn't caught any heading back to the islands to catche something-- others ask "anyone fishing the Avalon Bank--- -- was there an hour ago-- dead-- 11:15amReminder-- if your off Catalina's East end 152 spot-- should be some dorado or tunas hanging around the FAD check it out! It was placed about two months ago, when we visited it was holding a lot of bait. Its positioned at 50' below the surface and the #'s are 33 14.442N / 118 10.874W This Fad was placed for everyone to use. Would appreciate any reports you might get back. Thanks Pete & Denise Foxi Lady (send to JD's) 20 over 21 big area of bait-- 181/ 182 held some smaller yellowfin - ------------------ Thursdays Report --------------- Light drizzle w/ overcast skies- wind S/W 2- 5 knts seas calmnice looking water- slow fishing-- we haven seen any of the yellowfin-- spot to spots of those smaller bluefin, we're looking for the yellowfin-- think we might have hooked one fish here now-- their under the boat-- nice weather here inside the lee of Clemente-11:58 inside the 209 couple of boils going couldn't get them to go-- 12: 12pm one more on the tuna and a couple more dorado from a kelp-- thats it-- he said --- if you coming up on those tunas-- go slow and thros saw one jumper, did that go off up there ---- --- -- -we're- heading towards the 182 deep water-- saw one jumper earler there's sigh of fish here we're waiting for the tide-- good luck-- Quiet on the water today- overcast for most of the day-

Yummy Flyers, Boston Fishing Kites and Afto Kite release clips -- all in stock- get ready for the weekend-- call to reserve yours today-- 1 800 660 5030- JD

Among the events of this month will be the continuation of the Great Marlin Race, Excerpts from this mornings E Mail from Bob and Sally K. , IGFA’s Great Marlin Race……a citizen science project to better understand billfish behavior and migrations will once again be held during the 35th Master Angler Billfish Tournament in September. During last year's MABT-IGMR two Striped marlin caught in southern California waters migrated west (instead of south), and their tags popped-up a couple hundred miles north-east of Oahu, Hawaii. This migration behavior has not been previously observed for Striped marlin. During this year's Master Angler Billfish Tournament, we hope to sponsor a satellite tag to be deployed on a Striped Marlin aboard our boat, Royal Slam. If you are able to help support this undertaking, a contribution in any amount would be greatly appreciated. Your donation to the International Game Fish Association is tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgment letter from IGFA that can be used for tax purposes. You can make a donation at the Crowdrise secure website or send your contribution directly to IGFA, Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004 (please note "2016 MABT-IGMR" on your check) Our sincere thanks for considering this important research project to help ensure the long-term survival of billfish worldwide. Warm personal regards, Bob & Sally Kurz Congratulations to The John & Donna Crean Foundation and Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson for winning the Balboa, USA 2015 IGMR!--------------------------------- Weds' report --------------------- He said he's stopped on three bunches of fish but no bites 42/ 36 his buddy having spent 2 1/2 on a 100lb Bluefin with 40lb tackle-- at least he got the bite-- long battle- weather overcast light 1/4 mile fog early in the morning hours- wind slight from the S/W light eddy- offshore a little breazy off the 277

we found one good kelp behind us-- dorado and yellowtails-- 10:30

2 east of the 181 said to be holding fish- Local water temps from 60 to 76 degrees, 40 over 51 the one kelp we found all day-- some smaller yellowfin inside from there-- 11:55 `````````````` we seeing a bit- seems like every time I get near you-- you get bit-- maybe you'll throw me a few bones to come over again-- naw just luck-- we hung one- lost it--- few boats starting to leave--kicking out their bait out from under them-- that's what all that commotions is over there-- thanks-- go get one PP says they just got into them about an hour ago 3:54am Relentless lost his after a 38 minute battle- live mackerel- 11 am 43 bank

late afternoon bite on the tunas--- E-Mail this afternoon-- big fish!

JD Fished Monday Tuesday on the Southern Way, Had 3 fish on the kite This one taped out at 54x78.5 ( approx 233) The others were 133/150 Captain Rob Petrina M.V. Southern Way

------------------ Tuesdays Reports ------

- 43 says its 73.5 and quiet- ----- seas still have a west swell and light s/w wind chop- sloppy outsie calmer inside Weather forecasting for this coming week looks like we'll have those morning eddies from the S/W and afternoon west winds inner waters calmer than outer waters-What's you get it on 40lb test and drifting-- The tuna fleet out of SD were still concentrated off the SouthWest end of Clemente Island- two little 81and a 86 fathom spots and that shelf that extends off the island-some anchored up others drifting-- lumpy seas wrapping aropund from the outside Playing Chicken-- with the Navy-- Captains says---we'll stick it out till they kick us out formually-- sportboats and privates fishing in the active Navy excerises-- a better directions would be to go into the lee/ frontside of the island where it's open and slow troll mackerals for the yellows- wind backed off-kite fishing slacked off wind picked up so did the kite fishing- better sized fish under the birds and a few kelps in the area-- fish up 2:30 Slack tide today-- 2:40pmnot much said on the radio today that I heard- maybe a marlin off the East end and some marlin seen somewhere- spots of tuna from the border corner totowards Clemente and westwards waters warming--- ---------------- Monday's report ------------------ Light southwest wind at 2- 3 knts seas fair and kind- swell oot of the west 8-10 backside East end-- Little caps-- fishable they were up on the Osborn Bank-- I think Gadzukes had a double earlier with one release-- Kyle worked their way towards the West end of Cat hoping to get a fish on the 172, only a few boats up there this morning-- 125 had some tunas and seiners (that wont last long) Vick meanwhile was having fun enticing dorado and yellowfin out from under a paddy on the 277, seas fair

Looking forward to the upcoming weekend- Clemente Island is open Sept-2nd Friday Sat, Sunday and Monday-- gets hot again on Tuesday Among this past weekends fishing exploits- was the Tuna Club's Benefit- I think only three fish caught-aboard the Latitude Adjustment-- using 20# Dac. Single hook flying fish lure the marlin was T/R which gave Steve S. his qualifying fish into the Club- Hot lure! it's done it's job before Spots of tuna blowing up-- Osborn Bank spotter plan up w/ the tuna boats and the SD fleet still off the anchorage of Clements' Pyramid Cove- must be 50 boat there drifting-- chunking - YFT What looks like four longlinners between the 277 and the shipping lanes?? Planning for the future-- have some extra time on your hands and want to help out with the PACFISH White Seabass Pens Eariler this summer we lost all the Juvenile White Seabass in the PACFISH pens in Newport Harbor and Marina del Rey due to warm water. Needed is someone for the Newport Harbor pen's maintenance and new equipment. These are needs before the next batch of Juvenile WSB can be transferred into the pens. A GoFundMe page has been set up if you would like to contribute to help with this important endeavor. Please visit Thank you for any consideration you can give these little guys. BAC and Fish Pac E-mail regarding the Tuna Clubs unique antique tackle fishing tournament the Linen One-- and the Benefit - gives one a good perspective on the challenges it took to hook and land one of these deep sea fish on that light tackle and what the pioneers of our sport achieved - HI JD, I wanted to just pass along the results of the two Tuna Club tournaments last week. Winning boat/angler of the Benefit tourney was Flying Fish / Greg Stotesbury with one marlin on 12# dac. Three marlin were caught during the Benefit tournament. I also wanted to thank you for the amazing bamboo rods that you have been making and talk with you about getting another one made. I got the Linen One Tournament winning marlin aboard the Kelsey Lee on one of your lighter rods you made for Packy with a Vom Hofe reel on six thread linen. What an amazing experience to get the fish in on that tackle and release it. That was the only fish caught on vintage tackle during the Linen One tournament on Thursday Aug 25. It was a 4 hour 50 minute fight. The drag on the reel instantly went bad on the first long run and would only work half of each spool rotation and the other half felt like it was free spooling. About two hours into the fight the handle on the reel broke off and fell overboard. I was stuck reeling with just the small handle pin. After about three and a half hours the rod started to break just above the handle. I loosened the drag and continued. We got the fish boat side and released it at about 8 PM. Amazing experience and a wonderful tradition. Thanks for helping keep it alive! Sawyer JonesThis past week and into the month of September many of the fishing clubs will be hosting their annual fishing tournaments-- among them will be---- The SMY Invitational Sept. 9-11 Registration is open! The Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament is back, September 9th - 11th, launching out of Basin Marine in Newport Beach, CA.The SMY Invitational is open to boats of all brands, and is generously presented by Viking, Hatteras and Mag Bay Yachts. Registration is now open - click here to download the registration forms, or email for more info. We look forward to seeing you at this year's event-

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament The 35th Master Angler Billfish TournamentIf you haven’t already entered do so today. Once you’ve signed-up we hope you’ll consider sponsoring a satellite tag in the 3rd Annual MABT Great Marlin Race. Over the last two years, we observed some pretty amazing migration behavior. Perhaps the first documented Striped marlin migration westward to the Hawaiian Islands. Is this a change in migration behavior or just an anomaly. We hope to learn more during this year’s event. For more information on how you can get involved contact either Bob Kurz at or JD Doughty at . You can also go to Crowdrise at to help support your favorite team. . Bob Kurz IGFA Representative - Southern California HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator and the < ---- ABC the Avalon Billfidsh Challenge Sept 18 19 20th - Give Russ a call at 310- 948 1011 or High Tide Traders at 310 510 1612 it's the 2 year for this fun event-- should be another great success- Good Luck- and the

35th Annual King Harbor Marlin Club Marlin Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held on September 9th and 10th and all boats are welcome. I have attached the entry form and rules so if you could help us spread the word it would be greatly appreciated.

hope all is well. Geoff D'Sena Tournament Director andSee Avalon transformed into Kingston by a bunch of dreadlock wearing fisherman this September 23 & 24 THEME IS…..Rasta/Jamaican mon! ----

----------- The Week's report ---------

--- Hazy blue sky this AM light west at 4-knts- seas good with light wind chop Word come back from the marlin grounds--- still a scattering of fish found off the West end of Catalina Island as that Outer Santa Barbara Channel flows up into the Santa Monica Basin- along the northern end of the Catalina Escarpment and subsequent banks of the 125, 175 and the 172 fathom spots, meatballs of bait in that upwelled water-- a few tailers a sleeper and a Swordfish or two spotted hooked fought lost. The T/C's Linen On had fish caught and released on 6 thread lines and their Benefit event had several fish released-Lots of funds raised for the local Avalon charities - lots of boats-- few fishWe've got a Nat Gego going on-- dorado small tunas everywhere, we're about a mile west of where we last left you 25/50 11:09amYellowtail--- they're up busting--- all the way from here to the quary 11:30amat your 11:0clock-- birds passin us up-- there's a foamer 12:09pmthere's some bigger stuff up here-- lousy west wind again made for unconfortable afternoon uphill travel Fellow said the 43 had a paddy with dorado - not interested in their offerings, others say 182 paddies were empty- lots of traveled water with not much sealife found in it- tuna boats off Clemente did the drift and cut bait thing- hope for improved fishing as the upcoming Labor Day Weekend approaches --------------- Sat's Reports ------------------ Nice calm morning- gray sky- wind expected from the west later on Enjoyable radio talk this AM- Boats working the 181 and to Clemente and beyond- SD LR boats due south of China Pt/ Clemente island 8-10 miles below the island- 81 fathom spotgot two on the boat and were hanging -- We just had two blow up fifteen feet from the boats-- our baits are out 150 ft!-- --- got to go--- 10:31amWe were 0 for 5 --no sticked em'- there were two- three fish we baited between the two boats, one came in on the jigs-- 34 up- --how you doin--- -- --- --- good to know there's something up there thanks-- we'll stick it out here working this klitte zone maybe 2 mile, there fish fish here--- we're at 33 up and 43 out 11:56am40 to 50 stuff we've got 4 or 5 in the box-- we were headed into church rock -- but got stopped-- Most of the fleet was 7 off the Head were were 3- SW from there, spend most of the day into tuna light line kept us busy-- bunch of hamerheads-

213.6 lb Pacific Bluefin Tuna on 30 lb test line-- Tom P's pending World Record-- nice catch -what next?

we still got the black and white stripe on us -- wandering out west here-- by the 4 pm hour wind from the west had become apparent-- tomorrow am much better- fishing off Clemete they struggled to get a bite - metered many-- no luck- then tried chunks- instant bite! ------------------ Fridays Reports --------------------- Light Southeast wind this am- a little wind chop with it-- seas fair - broken overcast- The tuna fleet spread out, some drifting with live baits or chunking- others hopeful with a rigged yummy flying fish lure or baits drug off a kite skipping along at 5-6 knts -The fleets of long range SD boats centered along the Clamente Canyon East of the Head by 5- 10 miles and the marlin fleet still absent from the reports - Request for the fish weight formula again L x G (squared) divided by 800 = weight --JD's has a free fish weight chart - ask for one when ypu drop by the shop- yea we got another one hanging-- 11:22am- the past hour west of the 181 boats has activities going on-- tide change-- Just got a bite now-- 11:25 Boat with the blue top on the 43--- stop--- stop!--- you've got our yummy!47/ 16 reports of yellowfin near Clemente isdriftin with 4 oz sinkers rubberbanded 60- 100 ft down- also flylined baits- had 60-70yf marlin were up in the jigs and ate a dropback bait-- aslo feedes off the end of the island Cat- so there's a few marlins still around-- ot sure up north?got another one -- on the flatfall 200 gram dropped it 200 ft deep- this bait fish we've been on for an hour is a good fish-- 2:09 pulled the hook and flatfall lure chewed the the leader off- lost em' both-- sounds like fish stories! Afternoon call from Tom P. Hana Paa~ the goal had been to try for one of these Pacific Bluefin Tuna World Records on light tackle-- the 30 lb. World Record--- as time, weather, tackle and fish would allow-- smaller fish toyed with him, the yellowfin tunas were good practice and then the weather- she blew up and was nasty- apparently those bigger Bluefin felt more at ease in the rough surface conditions-- Their first quality fish took half the line-- we had spooled up two Shimino TLD 50W's with 1,000 yards each of IGFA 30 (testing 29lb) test line. The added line welcomed in the long distance kite fishing. The first fish took half their line before it broke off . Glad they had a second back up reel and out it went with the Yummy ---- it too soon was taken by one of the bigger Bluefin and the battle began- "Rougher than Cob", Putting that stern to the advancing wind and waves was testing the lines strength,Tom had to work his way up to the bow to stay up with the fish, their Sea Keeper kept them in fighting position and they were able to get the fish to the boat and aboard , a pending 30 world record, over 200 they say Photos to follow tomorrowThey say it was quiet marlin fishing up north-- a couple of marlin hooked mid late in the day- beautiful day on the water

---------------- Thursday's Reports -------------------- Today has the Tuna Club of Avalon hosting the

----Sold out of Yummys still have a couple of kites left- more on their way--

---------------------- Wed's reports -------------------- Nice day again--- good to see things back to norm- for those boating this week or weekend keep your anticipations high- positive altitude helps-- helps sharpen the fishing skills - a fleck of a tern's wing , a splash out of the corner of your eye. There are schools of bluefin tuna and yellowfin as well as breezing schools of yellowtail seen capitalize on the opportunity while it still exist, fish go down pretty quickly. , Avalon Bank to the East end- 277 and backside has life and fish in it. Further down the line the general area of 33 / and 118 is all holding fish . Nothing so far-- time of day deal--10:10am Skipper on the 289 pilot house flying a kite you on this side-- how ya doing-- not much for us so far- fished the 43 yesterday spent the night at the Cove how you do on the 43, one 100 lb bluefin and s smaller yellowfin-- how'd you doing you fish this morning-- working home ourselves- we were done by 9:15 this morning couple of yellowfin 50- 70 and a 90 lb bluefin-I think he said he's counted 57 boats in the area ( 43 to the 33/118) area - some boats working west to get out of the fleet- yet the fleet were still getting bites with the kites and yummy flyers - you on this side hooked one-- broke us off using 400lb leader! 12:24pm Tide slacks off laterone big fish the rest boat lines and they hit the cedar plug-- yellowfins--Tunas-- 33.16 / 118.08 We were right between the 14 and the East end of the island--- big school of foamers stayed up for quite a while before we could get there-- Yellowfin I'd say 20- 30lb fish- birds, bait, the works-- 3:109pmYellowfin about 10 off the island headed towards the 267---3:29pmthey'er biting have'tn had a chance to get the kite up for 5 minutes before we're bit-- nothing over 100---- lost one earlier got a chance to look at it - I'd guess over 300 broke the 400 lb leader--3:44pm -------------------- Tuesday's 23 report ------------------ Weather nice on the inside greasy smooth light Southeast wind/ calm- a lump on the outside between the two islands,Clemente and Cat-- boats out there still hopeful of something-499 and the 172, 9:40am Osborn--White caps and swell kept the boats from working it-- Get that one on the kite -- Matt got hooked up while he was putting out the kite-- saye's hes snagged-- nope-- Tuna-- 10:32amlook like the tuna fleet- sport boats out of SD were fishing about 4- 5 above the 43--- 32:34 / 118:03 and that general area-- Tapes out to 239 lbs -- nice one! 11:01am-- fish formula based off a sphere football shaped configuration ( tuna) Weight = Length (bottom of jaw to center fork of tail, X times the girth ( around the thickest point) divided / by the number 800 I threw a bunch of bait while we were fighting this one and they came up big time-- we got bit yesterday mid day two good bites-Neal-- we just put one on the boat about a 100, thanks we just had a blow up ourselves on the yummy- saw some marks - we're outside the fleet so we'll pound it for a while we're still seeing sonar scratches-all around here--- threw some bait on it--- never had anything come up-- we might drift southwest where there were all those yellowfin-- - holly s-- big schools marking stand by-- I've got to go--- 11:44We've been sitting here watching the big fish blow up right behind the Ranger 85- 12:31pmHe said between the 289 and the 277- basically 03/ and 03, 03/ 04 seeing lots of tunas but getting them to take something was the problem-- gluck 2:44pm 07 up and out and 44 out--- and 39/58 out E-Mail this morning- Ken from Kens custom reel in Oceanside ....... testing one of his reels out yesterday. Caught US waters on the Real Nice and Easy. 16 1/2 from Newport just threw on a 60- 70lb tuna on the deck- half way from Avalon to Newport -tiny mega bait on a bass rod-- Deckers getting bold these days!--4:12pm saw a bunch of terns working-- fired out that little hard bait designed for those bonitos over at Clemente where he'd been earlier in the day- Weather held up for a beautiful day-- wind light and fair from the west--

--------------- Monday's Report ---------------- At least it's a light south wind this morning, light overcast and hazy marine sky on the water-- seas good and comfortable- There's some big boys around-- sonar marks have them scattered--lot's of boats -- not as bad as yesterday- we're 1 for 2-- one 80lb yellowfin--- we were surrounded earlier everyone had one or two-- they're here we're sticking it out-- hopefully for a bite- time of day thing-- tides soon to change

We're 2 for 2 both smaller fish 50 lb ers-- They're biting 40 flour good. anything heaver and they just not hitting it-- we've boated 4 so far-- drifting since dawn!- tuna fishers doing fair to well w/ baits/ chunks and flatfall's lures-- Tailer seen on the 14 earlier this morning and there were some tails and dorado's 267/ 209 kelps and below-- Using light tackle 40lb-- hour and a half-- Im guessing about 150 if we can get this last one in the boat--

they all over the boat-- jumping all over-- should be good here this evening- this weather is amazing-- we're getting back on the deck - good luck- 12:28pm

We'll we got one----- where'd you go up or down--- up-- we didnt do so well down here--didnt look all that good- had a couple chances this morning and that was it for us-- we were one for two now were going for a really big one.Good customar of ours ran to the 14-- tacked down to the 267- out to the 209 and back again to Newport-- cooler water some small chewed up looking kelps that were not holding water 67-69 degrees fair not much bait metered- best weather we've had for the past two weeks- hope it holds-- San Clemente Island closed thursday, open Fri Sat and Sunday! ---------- The Weekends Aug- 15-21 report -----

light wind from the south light marine haze on the water-- hot inland-- Water's cooling off -

You see any of the Risos on the way down--no--

Weather forecasted on the marlin grounds to get a bit more grumpier than yesterday-- boats up there now say it's not bad - give it a couple more hoursWe're off the East end-- water looked good there--Late yesterday afternoon--- " got one 90 lber today-- you get it on the kite- yep-on the yummy -- going stick it out here till sunset-- look for a school and fish the night with the flatfalls, you all by yourself-- yea and I must have climbed this ladder a 100 times today fishin with that kite!- Fished the 17 for nothing so far--- water temps cooler-- one boat had 6 bites there the day before, yesterday the whole fleet that was there and didn't have 6 bites and not much today--- looks like the wind knocked it down - seems like it's fizzling out each day now-- they're munching on something- -- killer whales -- they're mowing down something -- big mass of stained water-- eat well-- 11:32am

How you doing-- one big dorado yesterday nothing so far today we're about a mile inside you-- -- we've got two so far-- one about 120 the other 140 -- so far-- and there's stuff to look at on the machine-- they're here-- Chasing schools-- that's about what everyone has to do-- chasing schools and get one or two passes at it-- 32 up and 39 out-- seeing a few-1pm Hey Mark-- you still see me-there's spots of those tunas over here - 20 and 56 ( 1/2 between the Osborn and 499) 3:44pm about a mile square-- if you did it right you'd do a good-- big black spots- foamers, some terns-- it's getting a little too much for us-- we'll come back and hit it tomorrow - probably a good idea-- 4:06pm 19/55 Wind-- not as bad as yesterday-- good luck next week- JD-- upcoming Tuna Club's Linen One and their Benefit tournaments - both worthy causes -------------------------------- Sat's Reports ----------------------

Wind light early on from the west- water and air have a feeling of coolness to it-- Like the guy said eariler on the AM radio show-- feels like Fall already--~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pacific Bluefin World Record (pending) coming into the BAC this afternoon-the fish at 221.5 lbs---an 50lb IGFA Record-- using qualified line breaking just under (24 kg = 52.91lbs) the fish was more than 4 times the line strength- Fishing the Yummy Flyer w/ Boston Kite, letting the flying fish skip and fly off the water similar to a natural flyer trying to escape-- it escaped three times, each time the tuna kelp leaping after the rigged yummy, the forth time clear out of the water he got it- and Tom got the tuna-- congrats---- JD

radio checks We're flying a kite--- for the past two hours nothing for us lately- but Danny got bit twice --Dropping flatfalls at greylight- right next to that fleet- Sitting and soaking for nothing-- Lots of coverage today--- boats spread out from the Osborn- 499- 267 (outer) 711 down to the Mackerel Bank, 289, the Ridge , 43, the 302 and everything in between a scratch at the Yellowfin tunas from small to large in the southern waters a scratch the at the bluefins small and large middle grounds and stripers in the northern waters-- Slack mid day tide came and went-- by a hour-- then reports of marlin being hooked, tuna up and generally more radio fish reports 1:12pmHaven't seen anything-no knockdown-- we'll keep looking looking, We got one earlier-- where was that--125 - We were a little closer to the island we've had like five bites--pulled the hook on that last one-- -- it's quiete down thse past twenty minutes-- 2:27pm anything on that kelp-- nope they're bleak for some reason!Tracy-- you see anything more up there--seems like the winds backed off a bit-- there were about 5 bites --they came up on the plastics would'ld eat a dropback and haven't seen anything else since-- 04 6 or 8 fish caught down here today--- we figgered it's be busy up there-- so we came down here- (Osborn)- busy here too- how'd you do yesterday--- 3 for 6 yesterday not so good today----Windy--- wind building-3:20Sportfishing clashes with tuna seiners -- getting a little tight these days- We just put on a 200 lber tuna- 3:59pmSounded like there was a show on the marlin up north -- up for only a short time in several locations-- must be the tidal duration time . we were 6 for 8 looked at a lot of fish there-- you you could make a day of it there--43 windy-- some boat made it up to the Channel islands for anchorage tonight- others to SBI and Clemente long days on the water-- 102 Whale checks this afternoon--- tells you something about the abundance of bait here along the coastline- ---

-------Friday's Reports

It started out glossy smooth seas as that moon was setting early this morning-- but 9 am that west wind had wrinkled the water- light chop- ground swell from the south every so often- mix w 2-3 west - water seems to be cooling off this this constant west wind-- contrary to what we'd like- .East end of Catalina hold some big Yellows-- slow trolling macks dawn and dusk.High tide had some fish up- with reports of foamers-- and tuna action-- mainly near the 302 area- with boats converging towards there-- kites and slow trolling baits-- for the bigger tunas up towards the 43 and Ridge 182/ 181 line-- it's really tough to troll with all these boats around-- We're watching fish all around us-- no bites-- saw a couple of spots that broke up before we got to-- there's one up ahead maybe it'll work- 12:09 got covered up with all these bonitos-- we're working the 43--- metering fish 100- 150 but havn't seen any fish yet-- Mid afternoon -- boats had seen both the smaller yellowfin around the 302/ Corner and up towards the 182-- couple of boats kept at it for the bigger bluefin-- not sure if any of the bigger models were landed--we had two blow up-- since 10 amd theimn morning--

nothing like yesterday-- there was some much meat around yesterdsy nothing like today--

said they had just put a Pig on-- 200 lbers-- Boats were still out on the 43 and outer banks for the tunas running -----------------------

Marine marine clouds and light fog clearing along the coast early-- light S/S/w wind 2- 4 kntsWatch that weather down south--- 371 we just got one -- tuna-- on the sniper thanks for the tip!--- a Tip was passed on to me regarding the Colt Snipers Lures , when casted into a area of fish- instead a fast retriever or free spooling it to let it sink quickly- keep the line tight and let the lure settle into the deep horizontally.- We just had a marlin--- on that old squidder 146 straight 16lb test line had him on for 15 twenty minutes--- we were catchin the tunas when this marlin jumps out with my line-- about 120- 150 no leader--- where you at--- 24/ 41 there piles of fish everywhere-- tunas-- one at 20 the others at 10-- between the 371 and the 302-- lot better weather-- - 24 over 41 my buddy says he's getting pretty good over there near the 302--We're going to check out that 711 spot----- we were there this morning no bait--- --- see any fish-- negitive--- the 267 was better than any of the other stuff -- We worked for there out to the 711-- it kept getting colder 67 degrees and no bait Spotter plan up-- giving dope out-- at your 2 0'clock ---keep it straight just like that---- keep going straight -- he's about your 1:30 about-- 300 ft keep going straight-- -- left-- he's fiining right in front of your boat about 250 ft swimming away fron you-- he's right there-- 150 ft at your 2 0'clock-- 50 ft---- 12:10 pm A check with the San Clemente Island Security--- shows the island open Thursday, Friday and Sunday-- with late Sunday SHOBA becomes Hot SHO/WTR/BX 21-AUG 1900--- 21-AUG 2200 SFC:1000We just got one on the popper--- ! 12:24pm -- cool --following this little school and they been staying up--- West wind began this afternoon- fair- 8-10 knts Yea were right below you--- you guys flying the kites- yea--- having a good day-- yes we just wacked another one afternoon hours were quiet, wind a little in the afternoon hours- light marine haze- -------------------Wed's reports--------------

You skipping a flyer-43-- got a couple troll rods out-- rumer says a wahoo was takern here over this past weekend-- we're headed up to the Mackerel Bank- got word that some of those big guys were up there-- OK let me know how yo do- 11:44amLocal mackerel catching-- Making bait was real easy today loaded up on mackerel for our receiver it helped to put a chunk a bait on the Lucky joe South of the 182--- working south from there--that yellowtail we got was plugged with red crags when we cut it-- wonder if all those tunas were plugged with the crabs too !

Boats were asking each other other the wherabouts of the Aztex sportfishing boat-- as it was being posted that they were into 75/100 lb yellowfin- the fleet were on the look out- Boats report not much seen at the 14, 267 -- others say same for the 312- dorado on the cedar plug-- 9 mile bank- saw lot af fish today but they didnt want to play-- still going at it-- 3:31pmthose things are smoking fast--- get near them the turn they're under all those birds over there-- Bluefin-- local whale watchere were still watchin says he's had 10 trips so far this week and only have seen some dolphins and one whale-- FAD's-- Fish Aggregating Devices---We need em!--- especically this year with the lack of surface kelps paddies---- if you fortunatully in the area and have a imput please e-mail me -and I'll pass it along--- JD-- I received this E-mail this morning--- -- JD, Last year as you will recall we placed two Fads, one at the 267 and another at the 152. Unfortunately, due to equipment failures, they both went away. This year, I have deployed another Fad at the 152. It was placed about one month ago, and when we visited it last week it was holding a lot of bait. Its positioned at 50' below the surface and the #'s are 33 14.442N / 118 10.874W This Fad was placed for everyone to use. Would appreciate any reports you might get back. Thanks Pete & Denise Foxi Lady ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~The BAC has a Potluck Porch Party this Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 at the BAC Clubhouse! We haven’t seen some of you

Hi JD, I am hosting on behalf of my father (Dan Gorman, Sr.) who recently passed away. 2016 Saltwater --------- Tuesdays Reports ------------------- How ya doing--- we got a treefish--We're rockcod'n fishin in this weather-- fishing for bass and we get rockcods-got a red, sheephead and 15 assorted other bottom dwellers, we're catching tangles, birds and that treefish, you on this side-- what's up-- 3 or 4 yellowfin and bluefin- how's it down there its windy but we got the yellowtails -just wonder how your doing in all this wind --- it's getting harder to see-- having to chase them all around --we're fine- how big's the bluefin-- about 35-40 and I've got one pucker.Sleeper spent the morning working the 277- lots of metered bait but nothing became of it-- big 6-8 ft west ground swell this morning-- laying down mid morning- still that west 1-2 ft wind chop Water temps for the past three days 60- 77 degrees- it appears that that warming water offshore has weaken and what was left moved in closer to the beach off Oceanside-- we hooked one a while ago that busted off at the boat-- 4-6 ft seas white caps-- we got it on the kite too-- yummy 425 bit pretty well-- this morning- we got one to go bait on the 181- yellowfin-- 12-15 Tuna pens with working boats--the 425 --- we got triple yellowfin in anonst all those pens- skipper down on the 425 how was the weather-- tough sleading--- it's going be a long run home -- 12-18lbers 15 knts 6 ft swell- S/E of the 43 we had one to the boat 80- 100 busted off at the boat-- that was the only thing I saw all day-- one other boat had a short bite ---all we saw were birds -- lots of birds- by late afternoon the wind layed down-- still a leftover lump-


- Heat inland-- cooling coastal morning clouds slowly going away--seas ok a little lumpy but travelable- few boats out- tunas and marlin and sculpin fishers I'm a little below the 125 --we had a miss at a dropback-- some tailers earlier in a pack- we missed that-- - got some marking of bait like mad-- this looks like the spot- How's your weather--- like sleeper conditions compared to what we had before-- Building tides and moon should improve fishing this week --- WSB on a move-- tunas too Boats out near the 43 report it's blowing too hard for him to fly a kite! 11:03amE-Mail report - JD this is Mike checking in. Went out Sunday started about 1mile outside 267 heading @255. Found the kelp along that line ran into probably 15-20 car size paddies. 1 patty holding 30 dorado 20# + they were not interested in anything other than large macs. When a large mac was presented they were not line shy at all. Other paddies holding #15 dorados and 1 paddy full of dozens of 10# tails. Very interested in artificial jigs but would not commit. Swarmed lures then would dissipate on every cast. Boston Fishing Kites-- back in stock this afternoon-- we'll be closed after 3pm today ( monday) back tomorrow tuesday 10 am--- The yummy flyers are in short supply-- I spoke to the Mfg. this past week-- he was completely sold of of product himself and out of the raw plastic material and components to make them- He hopes to get in supplies this week for production next week-- probably middle or later part of next week for the Yummy's- Seems everywhere we stop there's a Labrador retriever looking at you-- partyboat describing those soft eyed friends

------------------- The weekends reports ------------------

Beautiful morning here on the beach, likewise offshore-- Seas--- Lumpy along the coast from that outside wind--sarts to flatted out a bit offshore-Coastal fishing busy with day use off the local kelp beds--mackerel fishing still a chancy thing -- some days yes --some days no-- wind starting early--- by 11 am it's swung around to the west 10+ seems to be building- Just spit the hook-- 10 minutes out of the anchorage 10:57amany reports from the 182--- silence -- with only a scratchy report of no fish- 11:27 amSo they arrive fashionably late 10 am gentelmen hours to the tuna grounds-- by 10:30 they got their first Bluefin-- one more later and they were done! 6 for 6 on the good grade bluefin this past Sunday got a zip- clip pop were here about 5 outside the 267-- 2:40pmnothing for us today-- jigstirike and saw a couple of tailers that was it for us--

And don’t forget the BAC has a Potluck Porch Party this Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 at the BAC Clubhouse! We haven’t seen some of you for ages so please make a point to stop by and have some fun with us this Wednesday! Mindy Martin Secretary Balboa Angling Club 200 A Street Balboa, CA 92661 949.673.6316 MJG-- everyone had one or two shots this morning seemed had one or two-- on the tide --some boats got one or two I think one boat got three- seemed they were coming up behind the boats on the jigs-- wanting to eat the baits-- some tailers in the afternoon --but no bites-- weather 's gotten better much better than yesterday-- Down on the tuna grounds , Robert Sherrill's new boat christened with a marlin release with a flying fish colored lurenice to see the boats headed back into the harbor-- bystanders remarking -- look there gos a boat haveing just caught a marlin-- We're out of here -- just can't take any more--- how much did you end up with--- uh-- just under 200-- that's a good day- see ya- ?-

------------------- Sat's Reports

They say 61 counted boats on the 43 on Sat not much hooked, except each others kites! Still others in the know caught fish-- I just saw a photo of two fish taken yesterday both on kites and yummys - 10+ knts! 1/2 way between the 43 and the Ridge-181/182

What would the summer's saturday morning weekend radio traffic be without verbal abuse- I'm headed your way-- 25/ 21 we'll see ya-

Not much of a tide change today long period slack tides- I've got tons of fish here, just let me work it for a bit-- meter marks all over the place--10:01am We're flying--- what? , got the kite up--Bluefin on the 289--- any size 70lbs-- thanks good job-- that 6 chances so far--- with nothing on the boat!we got like four blow ups below--- we're just coming up to the bank now-2-3 for seconds touch down for the dragging baits, skipping is better than dragging- we're all learning a new game- the ones we had yesterday- were the big ones-- these are smaller-- just had another blow up here- 10:17amAnother call this morning looking for the fishing kites-- his friend had just text him having caught two 100 lb tunas this morning off Oceanside with his new kite---first time using it!

other's were touting chunk baits-- you hook a fish and instantly you have ten boats on you--- yea it can get uglyfeeder off our bow--- 10:55- 20- 80 below -- East end of the island ( Cat) lots and lots of metered bait-- waiting for the tide-

We're on the board-- 20 yellowtail-- off a paddy- this guys in the back---bent hard on the 43- 12:12pmhe said it was a little bumpy and a little rough-- with everyone cutting each other offhe's over 200lbs thats for sure--- happy birtday-- two of us on the Ol Blue--- we lost the kite so I gues were over that for now--- but it was worth it-- must have been a 3 ft tail-- A Bank-- n/w of where we were yesterday- 36 over 58--

Hey jd, big bft on friday for Limitless Sportfishing Hi JD-- I was in your shop last week buying some stuff for these tuna. On Friday we got a fish for the guys that taped out to 268lb aboard Limitless. Thanks for the tackle! Windy-- windy--- not as bad as yesterday --

Smaller boats were getting off the water the larger yachts can manage it-- and fly a kite in the wind! they bite the Flat Falls after dark-- Late call in from Kyle-- PP fishing the Osborn along with a dozen or more boats this morning--- common talk was the fish were short biting- zips not really taking the lures or drop back baits, they went 2 for 6 today-- by afternoon hours the fleet had whittled down to those going into SBI for the evening's anchorage and a shot the the fish again tomorrow-- today's fish were active till the 11am time - MJG Never say Never comes in the shop late today-- picking up a couple release flags they had also been up to the Osborn- also for them the show was a morning show-- packs of fish up behind the teasers or lures --hot color for them MJG they did it for $2-- they ate the head off the barracuda--! I had a group from Texas, we got lots of shorts bass some barries and bass- tough bunch of guys-

---------------------------- Fridays Reports ----------------------

A steady flow of boats, skiffs and yachts poured out of the harbor from early AM hours on-- some to the southwards fishing grounds to be the first there at dawn, maybe find a kelp and a early morning dorado. The tuna fleet seeing good sign- haven't heard of fish boated yet-- some were out to the Mackerel Banks with giants on their mind--- divers poised and ready to jump in at a moments notice- Reports of smaller grade 10 ders tuna off the West End of Catalina's the 125 spot- with lots od fish seen, no bites that I know of-

Marlin boats scratching out a few more fish out of the Osborn Bank area-- might get a bit windy this afternoon up there-- good tailing weather!

add 2 to the top number and 1 to the bottom number I gave you earlier-- looks really fishy here---- I bet here's where it'll happen today-- 10:29 amLocal Yacht clubs have a interclub tournament today-- mulit species awardsSaw some birds and my first batch a few minutes ago-- much more life inside here-- rather than outside-- Im here off your starboard corner- Lure or Yummy---- yummy-! - well good going on yours---thanks it's a fatty-11:19 am tide starting to slack off - Can you give us some room --- we're hooked up--- another boat right next to me just got bit-- 1:05pm looks like that smaller stuff must be yellowfin-- I didn't get anything to go-- there was a massive amount of birds bait and fish-- 2:22pm Looks like Tom just got bit---- 2:45pm Windygetting tight as anglers, kites and divers all plying for the same grounds-- --- there was a couple of spots that came up-- one really big spot of mixed sized fish-- Tom got bit-- quieted down now-- 3:12pm how's the 181-- we spent most of our time down on the 182--- thanks for the report- we'll be up in our neighborhood in about ten minutes- thanks-- good idea that chunking! 3:56pmyou just put one on--- on the yummy-- 4:50-we lost a 50ler this morning Hey Kyle--- we're bit- 4:51pm hit the stiner can in backwards but we release it OK - 53-1/2 x 74"----- 265 est size a lot bigger than we thought---!! He lost it? --- naw hes on--- 5:31pmCaught two on the poppers casting into the boils I beleive I heard one boat having released two marlin-- 43 area ??_ We've got tuna popping in front of us-- yea we were chasing them an hour ago--- we had a 100 lb yellowfin tunas swimming right along side of the boat for an hour and a half , following going down swell ----we tried everything-- darnist thing I 've ever seen--

-----------------------Kite Wars! ----------------

He's still one it-?-- 5:54? Kyle calls in from SBI--they went one for two-- bout average for the boats up there -some better-- wind didn't come up till 3 pm 15 kts--- not bad-- good fishin- He's still one it-?-6:20pm- An aspirated voice-- probably 175 now all of a sudden I want to stay out here-all about the kites --all right I got to get back to work-- thanks you that was fun 6:26pm

--------------- Thursdays reports ---------------- Watch that wind--- it cleared off early today-- westerly started early with the lands heat- tomorrow it's a little warmer and probably that wind will start early too- - coastal water dropped a few degrees- waters a lot cleaner/ clearer too- light wind chopE-Mail Fish report --------- up west--- Indian Attack. Had a double going with only 2 of us on board with 4 lines in the water and multiple fish on the teaser. Had our hands full with no one at the helm. First fish fell off after 15 minutes and released the other. Fun day Chuck H. Cowboy Out here on the 209-- how's fishin-- saw one kelp paddy with a dodo-- who went down and didnt come back up! 12:12pmShortbill Spearfish--- now that's a big fish ! My buddy Billy caught this casting a sardine into a Bluefin former !!-- Decker


2016, with about a 55-60% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17. ENSO-neutral conditions were observed during the past month, featuring slightly below average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) close to the equator across the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean Overall, the combined ocean and atmosphere system is reflective of ENSO-neutral. Many models favor La Niña (3-month average Niño-3.4 index less than or equal to -0.5°C) by the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere fall, continuing into winter . Statistical models predict a slightly later onset time (i.e., mid- to late fall) than dynamical models, and also predict a slightly weaker event. The forecaster consensus favors La Niña onset during the August-October season, and predicts a weak event (Niño-3.4 index between -0.5°C and -1.0°C) if La Niña forms. Overall, La Niña is slightly favored to develop during August - October 2016, with about a 55-60% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17Hi John, had a great trip on the Condor! Caught some quality fish


Wed's Reports ------

You get that one on the Yummy-- yea-- both bites were around the 8 am - I don't know what the tides were but that's when we had the two bites.

Beautiful day on the water mornings clouds left early leaving calm seas and s soft southwest wind-- nice-- you should be out there-- Several sportfishers in search of the other fish- marlins were up to the west-- Osborn and above working the banks above SBI-- looks goodVick had a marlin on yesterday morning for 15 minutes before it fell off- must have been a jig fish- Boston Fishing Kites came in today-- reserve yours today- call 1800 660 5030 and More Yummy Flyers due in this afternoon! ( they came in) Looks like San Clemente's Pyramid Cove SHOBA will be closed to anchorage starting friday thru Sunday midnight- the inside of the island "B" is open, (White Rock) Forecasted offshore weather looks good for thursday, friday-- Sat has some afternoon wind which looks to back off that night with Sunday great weather with a afternoon westerly - Good Luck- JD just outside the Ridge--209 the water gets really nice and clean blue-- some kelps on that line- couple spots below the 277that looked good earlier-- but quiet for us so far- Called in on the phone to check on the IGFA World Record for a Junior's catch on the Pacific Bluefin-Tuna--- the New Zealand fishing grounds has us beat by a long shot-- Junior Male 278.6 KF or 614 lbs and 3 oz from the Hokitika Trench, New Zealand back in 09-- -their 200 plus was a great catch- done all by himself and got it on the kite ! -boats ran to the 277 this morning-- down towards the 209-- saw a bit of bait and some fish - tails and such but no bites for many-- many were asking each other where to go--- slow for most-- except the marlin fishers and they've been on the mum- no telling how many they've been racking up-- weather stayed good for most of the day light med west/ southwest 10- 12 + kts- sunny

How'd you do--- nice day out there--- tough to get them off those micro baits--181-182 west from there -- we could see em'--dropped the yummy right in them-- yea-- I hate that --get all excited drop it right in the middle of them and nothing-- yellowfin or bluefin-- Bluefin- some yellowfin- the bluefin -good sized fish you could see them-- right on the surface- about a foot under the surface--

----------------------- Tuesdays report ---------------------- 182 held some tunes 50- 100 lbers Yellowfin's maybe some bluefin in the this morning that didn't want to bite-- pretty dead out here now-- there's a dozen boats dragging around the Yummys- 43 and above-- Sport boats camped out 43/ 54 just below and inside the 43 bank All it takes is one-- and 2 1/2 fight before you can get it on the deck! Maybe they'll come up this afternoon Slack this afternoon at 2:46 nice gentle ride to the tide-- We'll start seeing Broadbill Swordfish over the next few hours--- Stand by--Striped Marlin around--- and if baits hard to come by-- - and who like heading out of the harbor with lures alone, it's doable but your confidence is challenged- solution-- Rigged Ballyhoos baits--frozen at your disposal- they come rigged or do it yourselves. Circle hooks, belly hooks, two hooks w/ wire ( wahoos/ bluefin) and rigged Swordfish squids all ready to go- Single packs available in store, case packs are available,Call JD's 1 800 660 5030 or email and we'll set them aside for you- 5 west of where I last saw you and there's a bunch of those smaller grade yellowfin popping up here-- 12:32pm


Light overcast soft wind from the west-- some ripple/ cross bump to the water otherwise good. we've got them coming up pretty good now we'll try it again-- little 12-15lb tunas-- doing that puddeling thing-- we've tried C/S, F/F, baits 11:30am E-Mail this morning--- JD, Its Jean Dupre Just wanted to let you know it wasn't a rumor, Here is a pic of my short billed spearfish caught on my Boat the PURA VIDA On Friday. Fishing with my wife Leah and good friend Sean Cutts. Tight Lines, Jean

Quiet day on the water-- overcast all day-

---- The Weekends Reports -------------Light overcast clearing early wind SW at 4 5 knts calm seas Saw one little spot of the bigger bluefin this morning that come up in a couple of sleepers--right now were hanging around a kelp- saw some yellows that didn't want to bite- and a spot of yellowfin came up 50 yards from us- so we'll stick it out here for a while- north of the 209 10:32 Most of the day was quiet-- maybe after yesterdays rough and sloppy weather it kept some boats away-- still lots of boats out but not much said in fish catches-- seeing lots od fish-- schools of bait and rafts of birds on the water- by late afternoon reports filtered back in of dozens of chances but few fish caught- dorado on am morning's kelp - Swordfish seen swimming lazily along the surface following a string of sitting birds on the water. Boats returning in from the west chasing the marlins came in with a few flags-- weather being a issue too- Ended up with two-- --

--------------------------- Sats Reports ---------------- Another morning overcast day-- seas better-- wind still from the west this AM-- lots of radio chatter-- chatter, chatter, Busted the 100 lb Spectra Braid line-- well-- it's really 80 but it probably test at 100 lbs-- broke it------ we'll we just broke off a 130 lb braid line! -

Still on ---- yes--- go get em" 11:49amJust that one this morning--- Im right were we started this morning-- seeing lots of tuna but just the one so far-- We're on again--- we're on--- 12:28pm Same spot---Lot's of boats concentrated near the 43 Fathom area 209 had 209 boats all around it's 5- 10 mile radius- not much reported so far-- tide turns a little after 1 pm --standing by --second one on the deck--- smaller maybe 80- 90lbs 12:58-- what's ya get em' on---- Yummy Flyer-- We've got a foamer up--1:25---pm

we had fish all around us- between the 182 and the 181 - some kelps-- we had plenty for a half day trip- someone said a shortbill spearfish and some dorado on a paddy-- Frustrating--- frustrating-- right there off the corner-- Yellowfin boils and boils of em'--- we threw sardines, baits, colt snipers, poppers, flatfalls everything we had at them for two hours--- frustration-- as sheets of micro baits came out of the water - cast right into the boil- nope they wanted that micro bait-- about halfway between the 267 and the 209-- afternoon wind came up making the return home for many a bit sloppy-

------------------------------- Fridays Events ------------------ June Gloom again overcast sky- light cloud cover - seas have a mix to them building swell from the west and a swell and chop from the south wind light 3- 7 knts S/W. Lots of boats headed out this morning - trying to beat the weekend traffic and weather- Not much reported - terns, a few porpoise schools-- some small skittish yellowtails --- yellowfin spotted outside OceansideWater warm on the beach cooling off outer waters-- bait making at the Newport Harbor entrance fair - Sunset bite off a Yummy flier - maybe a buck forty- 32.42:14 / 117.59:25 7:15pmNewport had anchovies and sardines as live bait- a lot of boats out--- many looking - just now a bunch of Bluefin were up pushing water- then sunk out - some of the smaller Yellowfin up longer in this overcast weather-- 10 off the Domes A quick three day composite of our local waters from 60 to 77 degrees-- much of that warm water by Catalina was flowing to the west ( both side of the island) , water here on the beach warming up - hot , and on the outside a strong break from the 43 northwards towards the 181 then takes a broken path towards the 277 and East end of Catalina bait was and should be stacked up against it-

They must be up----" look at those breaking fish-- wind--- wind--- ---10:19am

It went into doldrums the middle of the day-- a few folks talking-- some trash about divers vs anglers plying over the same kelp - couple of blind Dorado strikes-- more dorado further south you went-- Boats fishing the Corner US/ Mex border had yellowfin and dodo's East end of Catalina had some good bait marks, birds-- boats were headed around and up to the Osborn for a look around-- -- Inner waters the weather did not blow as hard as predicted and tomorrow forecast better for the AM hours but again westerly's push in after noon time -- Outer waters its 22+ knts on the Osborn Bank 6 pm-- good for tailers I guess- better luck for tomorrow- -------------------------- Thursdays reports ----------------- Better yet-- light soft marine clouds, gentle wind from the south seas - calm- sweet!-- They're around here-- we lost that school while we were fighting that fish--- your on fire-- we're coming--- good job on finding them that's about a 12 mile run from where we first sighted them-- 9:54am we'll call you when we get closer-- right in front of oceanside others were calling out-- in search of where they were at-- 289 looked like a desert-- no live out thee-- came back inside-- this is the most life we've seen- San Clemente Island has some closures to it ( Pyramid/ SHOBA) for this weekend's anchorages-- the inside of the island White Rock B looks to be open and there are late night to morning hours open in the cove --- best check schedules and contact / Hail KRAKEN on Channel 16--- KRAKEN will request that you transfer to 82 if you have questions-- we want them on our side, not against us-- use good judgment- JD we're running up on this school--- looks good-- did you hook one?--you there? - 10:30am they been showing really good on that tide-- we saw some foamers come up--- somewhere around the 52 and 44 -- but lot of dead water from the 209 towards Avalon-we came down 277 but not much for us either-- no kelps -- few birds sitting on the water- that was all- 10:44am negative on the 181 we've been circling it all day-- We've been chasing fish -- for the past hour-- inside the 182 --- 58/ 47 we go after them--- they sink out --- we all know the dance by now--- 10:54amwe found a big school of porpoise but nothing with them-- we're near the 277 where we got bite earlier--- he got his first big tuna--- how big-- oh maybe 170/ 180-- on the kite-- --he's definitely tired! 11:32amjust spent an hour and a half on that fish-- we get anothere Im gona release it !- about 10 off the Domes there was a mile line of anchovies and some yellowfin in it-- they were skitterish wouldn't take a thing-- afternoon jabber on the radio says fair number of boats working the 43 fathom bank , kites colts and yummys -- a few caught 130- 170/ 180 lbers 's a lot lost--

57th HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT Day Three MIDWEEK TIE FOR FIRST WITH TWO DAYS TO GO OLD SOUTH MARLIN CLUB ­­- INTERNATIONAL AND MALIBU MARLIN CLUB TOP THE SCORElots of opportunities today-- but only the one aboard-- (inside lee of clemente is) Different day here on the coast- many of those small bonito and yellows moved on-- There were puddling fish right on top of the 209-- the one we got was around 90 lb --- small jigs did best--- We counted about 25-30 boats within 5 mileso0f the bank - colt snipers were out best jigs--- everyone was on low power--

We saw fish from the "Slide" all the way down to the 209-

There was a lot more chatter on the radio than I got a chance to hear or write about-- fair day on the water- still tough to get the bluefins to bite-- -- and to a degree --thankfully-- if they bit more or they were a little less cautious in taking baits - we'd be catching tonnage and the government would step in a shut it down-- !One of the many repair jobs one sees these days-- They busted up the handles- wore out some bearings and drag plates and the replacment of line needed -- gears still held up- some wear but certainly useable again-- these early season now middle of the summer brute bluefin can sure put the tackle up to a challenge--spent the whole day-- never saw a fish--- but going out again-- they're there- just seeing that wave of anchovies coming up-- then the bluefin behind them-that'll keep me coming back again-- --- Tuesdays Reports ------------ West again in the AM hours-skies hazy with a mornings cloud cover going away early- seas good, small mixed sea state. Water warm and bluing up Good bait marks and birds 9 N/N/W of the 209- no fish seen yet Below the NP harbor mack's were easier to find- small bonitos north- That's what happens when you hook a healthy Bluefin Tuna in the mouth and have the lure being pulled over it's nose during the battle with braid line- amazing- -- you can't even bend the lure by hand !- and they landed the fish!E-Mail on the Bluefin studies --Hey JD, Samples have been coming in pretty steady.... thanks for helping with that. That said I still need a few specific things, All I need now are the gonads from female bluefin tuna over 150 lbs. See picture below to get a visual on what the gonads look like. Getting the gonads has been difficult as most fish are gilled and gutted. Which is fine as long as the ovaries don't get thrown over board with the guts! The gonads could be placed on ice in a bag and I will pick them up asap! The bigger the fish the better! Let me know and thanks! Owyn -- Owyn Snodgrass Natural Resource Specialist III Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 546-7000 -Lab (858) 342-6372 -Cell `Chasing unicorns looking for those 209 tunas not even a sniff today --- - good bonito fishing between the NP and BB piers-- small anchovies for bait and small calicos in the kelps-- spots of bait up 1:09--- couple guys out on the bow casting- This looks like a car fell in the water-- that made the day worthwhile right there--- Mako Shark! 900 lber-- -- came out jumped 6 7 times we had to speed up the boat -- we were afraid he was coming in-- we had to speed up-- Dude that was awesome 1:18pm--- I've been watchin them for an hour or so-- get your gyros out and check em out-- about 5 below you-- there'' breaking water-"-they looks like porpious to me-- 1:57pmHey -- we just hung a marlin on the balooon- Striper-- good bite! a little bit of everything here-- marlin , tuna, 2:13pm we're back to that same location- we're on !--paddy- terns working, whale -- we're working these terns he looks like he's pulling 3:35pm125 plus--- yahoo-- just put it aboard!! ---- 4:55pm--afternoon bite - now that all the boats have gone away-- We're going hang out here and look for that swordfish-- congrats on that tuna-- nice going--- 5:01pm

Local fishing fun---- lots of those shinny Bonito's around-- Good light tackle sport---

---------------------- Monday's Report ------- More to come as we get settled into mondays schedule- Vick broke off two Bluefin and got one in the boat-- 277 this morning-- 2 lb mackerel as bait-- roaming schools of yellowtails on the Huntington Flats-- Swordfish seen just outside the Santa Ana river jetty's two miles off and another one seen off Main Beach / Laguna just the other day-- Wind up early from the west-- Bad Company's owner Anthony H. were rewarded yesterday afternoon as his daughter, Amanda was after the Pacific Bluefin World Record as a Junior female -- She put her time on a monster sized Bluefin with 130 lb tackle and Penn 70 two speed reel -- heartbreaking as that fish got away-- persistence paid off with her casting an Orca splashier into a school of fish--- 30 minute battle with a Spinning outfit Stella reel, Phoenix spin popping rod and 80 lb braid, 90 F/C puts here in contention for a pending World Record - Nice catch and such a battle for a 14 year old- great job- JD 182 like a big lake 181 quiet and the 209 was a parking lot-- some foamers and puddlers seen there-- 22 off oceanside -- no bites- yesterdays afternoon showing 33/ 118 Coastal fishing good for bonto and gobs of those smaller yellows 3- 5'bs off Newport- just south of the harbor-- 77.9 degree water 4 miles off Newport pier just inside of pipe elbow we're 0 for 4-- just slid in on one schools--- yea we're 0 for 4----bite offs, hook pulls , falling off the gaffs-- just about everything that could go wrong did-- 12:33pm he said thee were more boats there today ( 209) than on the weekend! The heck to what the Doctor says-- best cure was to be out enjoying the bounty of nature and being with friends- nice catch- Wahooo--- on a marlin lure 10 south of the 181---?? 2:55 pm

Turn of the tide on that inside ledge of the 277 had the bait schools up -- and the tunas-- 9:30- 10:30 -11 slowed down after that-- Ballyhoos came in -- just in time for the marlins and tunas-- will have in the shop next thursday afternoon rigged and unrigged--. couple anglers in the know-- came in last week - looking for the ballyhoos as a rigged bait for the bluefin tunas- their friend had taken the bluefin the day before on the riiged baits-- ------------ The weekend's fishy challanges-----------------Server Down again- Sorry -

They got the hot dope from the day before, the sport boats up there----- Bluefin tunas up on the Osborn Bank-- you'd have to think that with the flow of current headed that way the Tunas would be there too- -- and -----and the afternoon tailers-- a lot of tailers there-Marlin-- - the word was out to a few-- four boats headed up that way, the game plan work the Osborn during that morning's slack tide and for the noon's slack run up to that that kidney shaped bank above Santa Barbara Island where they had found such a volume of squid there last year--- They never made it-- metering squid in the deeper water surrounding the Osborn and tonnage of fin bait top to bottom right on the bank itself. All for boats had fish there! Stand by for another spectacular season- Striped Marlin - Bluefin Tuna Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail, even another swordfish seen off Main Beach Laguna yesterday-- not to speak of those pesky sharks and White Sea Bass , Calico's Bonito and barracuda- a full season A late afternoon report from the Triple T-- saying it had been a good day for them around the 209 area 118:04/ 33.00- tuna up for them for a 4-5 hour run-- spots of fish up throughout the day-- they had done well on the 60- 90lb fish throwing iron--- Colt Snipers he says-- balls of bait up 50 foot across- right on the surface-- they edge up to it-- the guy on the bows about to make a cast--- wohoooooo ---hold up ----Whale right below them coming up!-- they back up and the whale erupts and engulfs the entire school of bait -- anchovies spewing out is jaw right in front of them -- !--- And late in the afternoon the Bad Company calls in with a potencial Pacific Bluefin IGFA World Record for a Junior Angler--- standing by--


Hazy blue skies this AM- wind light south 2- 4 knts- seas goodsaw a feeder this morning-- stuff gong on west--- -------------------------- Sat Report --------------------- Not sure what the weather wants to do-- fair south wind this morning-- inland clear, humid and hot, on the beach/ coastline overcast and muggy- wind 10-12+ from the south light wind chop and s west swell mixing the water,

Boats scattered everywhere and a few jumpers seen there too- !

Hi JD - Here is a pic of the fish that my son Michael and his friend Connor caught yesterday on the 209 on the Big G. Thanks Gary Scatter catches of dorado--- we need FAD's out there! Stan on the Hooker-- leadered a marlin-- it got under the boat and busted the leader-- released it---came up on one of your jigs ( I think Tracy's Eye Candy) drop backed a bait and it ate the mackerel, 01/04---- Kathy was on the fish---- large fish --hour and a half pulling on that monster-- finally got it to the boat-- Stan leadered it and was about to get a tag in it when it broke off the leader. Congrats from the fleet---- 12:26pm- This ones about 175lbs-- hit the jigs --went through a bunch of porpoises -looked like a torpedo charging it four or five time before it stuck--- first one strike on on the porpoise, the second one was a blind strike - all in that area we teetered bait-- the Mackerel Bank was loaded with life- birds bait- all we saw were bonito-We'll -- we've on the upper edge of the 43 -- got the right gear----- bent butt 130 lb tackle-- just on meter marks -- we've had two bites-- I think a couple other bites were here too-2:15pm- - That canyon from the Head down looks to be holding fish- Water temps from 60 to 82 degrees--- -------->

more reports of marlin around-- Armando has a knockdown on the 277 didn't stick-

They were V W sized --that fish just popped up in front of us-- kelps off Catalina holding a few yellows and dorado-- A Bank holding Weather held up to a light southwindAnd Captain Dickerson aboard the - Pacific Pioneer --They caught a marlin too! - earlier this morning! Kyle says there were four boats up there and them all got bites-- they went one for two on the fish--- First Fish of the season I think- Congrats goes to a new member of the BAC- Bill Wooddrift., caught his first bluefin and his first marlin- even caught the marlin on 20lb string!! -- -- everyone else was a sleep this morning -he's the one who found it--came up on a teaser - bait fish and the second fish came off the jig--- - Kile, and the owners of the boat and crew are always there from the beginning of the season to the end of the season-- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~See Avalon transformed into Kingston by a bunch of dreadlock wearing fisherman this September 23 & 24 THEME IS…..Rasta/Jamaican mon! ------------------------ Fridays reports ------------------ Saw one spot of fish under the terns but we had to move on account of that freighter, Weather a bit more on the wind side this AM, west with a cap to it mid channel cat/ Clemente. It's almost August!- Catalina has decent fishing bass and a few yellows and the ever present sealions-

the tide turned-- Bluefin showing off 117 28/ 32.52 Mission Bay SD 12:25pm it's going out of controll

Fishing the 209 ----- has some boils around 9 am this morning -cast iron gor hooked up--- got it to the boat three times hour and a a half -- and it spit the hook at last -well over 100 - it's dead here now a couple kelos and somd dorado found some fish about 5 inside we had 4 run- a -ways came --- they just came up that one time-- we got zero fish on board- we're headed back where we saw them a lot of chatter-- a little bit of action-- but most just saw a few. wind didnt seem to be a issue as the day wore on Nice spot of fish uphill from us and another right under us at 100 ft-- 3:47pmHow'd you do--- after a long day on the water--- we got one for two----- how big's the one you got-- oh around 50-- lost the big one-- brutal- only a couple shots at the fish early mid day--then only the occasional report on the radio for most of the rest of the day-- the Big G comes into the BA lat in the afternoon hours to weigh a pair of twins dressed out at 65 each- colt snipers he says-- bought at JD-- I told him to say something else as we were sold out of the snipers--! Beefed up single hooks help keep them lodged in place and heavy leader material needed for the long hour battles/ bite off- gluck- JD

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------------- Thursdays Reports --------------- Wind - light from the west 2- 3 knts seas calm, a lite marine layer haze the horizon- Seeing lots of foamers-- but no bites-- massive bait off outer La Jolla Canyon, radio active this morning as boaters out before any weekend challenges.Whale watchers seeing more today- unlike the brutality of yesterday's hunt. 209- 312 inside from there- the radio coverd with noise, not much hooked that I could hear- 9:50amwe've got foamers here ring on the 226 (?) the fleets here- 9:55209 71.4 degrees- boats out asking each other water temps, or how they were doing ?Those pulsating tropical storms and hurricanes off Mexico and the Baja peninsula just keeps a steady flow of surface driven northward bound swells- and by late August and September they probally will have continued with a path of warm water for all those Striped Marlin off Baja to come our way . With the amount of bait here- should be a spectacular Fall foamers inside the 312-- anybody have any luck, cant get them to go-- we slow trolled macks for two hours couldn't get them to go-- look to be the right kind

that kelps loaded with dorado- 209 - come to the outside of us--- 10:27amCoastal fishing for the Calico bass red hot-- even a few bigger yellows roaming around-- chasing a hooked calico to the boat--- any of the kelp beds or structure spots along the coastline should be good fishing great meter marks at 150 ft we're south of the hidden theres a lot of sportboats here-- water's green- there's a good spot of fish about 19 off the beach spots of breakers-- 209 looks good some meter marks--- outside the 209 it starts to green up-- Come this way--- 56 and 54-- 11:09 should I run?-- naw-- just saw what we were wanting to see-- top of the Ridge--

just found another popper this year-- that's the third one this year! lots of guys flying kites --it's the right stuff- 11:15am- Price of fuel, Diesel is great for this summers fishing adventures offshore-- here' in Newport-- Island Marine Fuels has it at the over 200 gal price at $2.19 a gal , say the secret password " Mackerel " for the deal!- JD We swung and missed --that was fun----anybody else out here get bit off --- southwest of the 209 we got bit off every time-- 4 mile-- no a two mile square of bluefins everywhere--using 30- iron, flatfalls- sardines- we got broke off 20 times---everything we we threw got bit on the light line--- the heavy line they wouldn't bite, southwest of the 209 about 10 miles lots of boats but there there were a million more tunas --we got bit off 20 time they were 150- 200 lbs frustrating when they wouldn't take the 80 linewatched these guys get hooked up--- rod went, in the water -- guy jumps overboard-- handed it back to the boat- gets back in the boat-- rod goes overboard again it was amazing- they might have been butterfingers but it was good 11:44amthey've gone down now--- I didnt land one it was amazing-- anchovies flying out of the water everywhere - it was amazing--we got so excited, we hooked ourselves-- we had to settle down and have a drink before we got started-- 32:58. 40 /117:56. 930 little skiff-- hook up--- -- we've got a triple going-- 12:20pmfor the last hour we were trying to call you-- throwing every thing we've got at em'-- boil after boil right in the miiddle of em- for no love- 2:54pm you guys see what Im seeing--- yes-- ok were going to sneak up on it-- 3:28that right there is a 100 ton spot-- JD's you on this side--- Donny on the Patron------ you get a marlin today?--- sure did-- 30 lb dacron- about 2 miles out of Pyramid Head-- 10:05 -- released 10:55 classic textbook hook up and fight- Captain Sierra did honors at the wheel-- Congrats-- that might be the First for the Tuna Club--JD

--------------------- Wed's 27th Reports -------------- A pale blue sky greeted boaters this morning--- light west wind and swell - water deemed to clear up a bit more--we went out to the 181- but the waves were too big and we didn't seen ay birds -- so came back inside Water temps as high a 79 degrees and breaks of dirty green water--cleaning up in spots --by the time we got there all we could see were scales floating around-- never saw any birds of fish-- 270 it tapped out- another one was said to be on the line after several hours-- Kelps far and few between 11:00 we just left the 182 it's a ghost town there--slow trolling em' was deadly for them-- we've got 5 or 6 in the box-- broke off a couple too!- it's shapped like a "U" right now-- won't fit in the fish box-- 276 we retapped it--- kite fish--- -- he's a little busy-- we'll be on that other channel-- we just dumped one--- the 80 parted at the knot-- it's not showing at all just a few tern's picking-- looked fishy 12:40pm 16/ 10 one kelp-- he hooked five off it 33:15.88 / 11809 Dorado and yellowtails 42/ 30 - more and more reports on them now--- - others lost a few of the bigger tunas slow trolling the mackerel where?-- some foamers off Oceanside not wanting to bite anything- 2:21 pm-- tide should start to top off over the next few hours--- stand by-- E-Mail from a good old customer--- Hey JD brought the SANTANA up from Cabo for the summer and went out over the weekend to see what all the bluefin buzz was all about and they decided to cooperate- live macs were the ticket Again wind seemed to back off for the late afternoon hours-- such profanity on the radio- it's not needed ! Federal Functions Commission FCC at one time issued VHF radio license , all radio communication followed rules, call signs given and sign off, if such language would be used, it would be recorded and fines or radio licence revoked- we'll need more government interjection or a better sense of self restraint. ---------------------- Tuesdays Report -------------- Wind from the west early this morning a change in the atmosphere- hazy blue skies wind 7-+ light wind chop and still that mixed swell- wind building west this afternoonSpotter plane you on this side--- couple of planes up-- ---- boats on the 209 report screen full's of bait marks, a few terns picking off the water every so often-- no bluefin foamers seen yet-- boats ran to the 43 yesterday-- nice ride-- came back inside today looling for a shot at those big fish- 289 fathom spot was loaded with bait- birds- still awaiting for the show-- some boats - made no sense driving around just shut down, --- dropped down the colt sniper deep all I brought up was a red crab--- started going off 07/ 28 noth side of the Carlsbad canyon 12:22pm yellowfin about 30 just put one on.we did well this morning one kelp on the 267 on the baits--, Water temps over the past three day composit, 64 to 77 degrees Different day-- westerly wind---a few spot of fish blew up inside and below towards dolly - been quiet for half the day on the radio-- It's starting to feel like the tackle hospital with repairs on damaged reels and rods- stripped reels, broken handles, bearings worn out- guides broken and reel seats twisting- !---

4 seiners working the tunas now --- making sets on yellowfin-- 4:12pmou've got to get the fish anyway you can-- tuna seiners gave the guy some fish-- we'll just get in line get our credit card out-- -- best part of it ----- they waved us over and gave us the fish!- wind backed off late in the afternoon--- nice------ Mondays Events --------------- -Light south wind and swells have diminished some-- not as much life seen this morning-- it's a desert out here-- 07/ 40 a little life 9:44amE-mail this morning of the birds and bait and tunas! we're just N/E of the 209 a few kelps but that's it for us-- we're S/E and it's starting to go off-12:02pmMore signs of 50+ yellowfins aroundWe got all we wanted dorado-- off this paddy here's the numbers 33: 02 and 117:56 -, 12:27pm we had some stuff eariler-- had one on-- lost it off the iron, were 13.7 from Oceanside --we didn't see much till right after noon- a foamer that came to the boat -one cast-- came off- foamers on the 209 up down quicky then gone- a desert- these things are up and down so fast -- we've just gone to slow trolling the baits- 2:39pm

53 and 31-- Dave spouts out--- all big fish, never seen anything like this in my life it's mind boggling 2:41pm <-------------In Stock-- Yummy Flyers--- rigged and unrigged--


---------------- the tuna and weathered weekend-------------

- Still from the south with a mixed sea state, 10- 12+ steady blow, a few went out they were everywhere- Seeing lots of birds, they weren't taking anything-- 04 over 56- anyone out on the 277 this morning?- the radio lingo goes on and on- good to hear it- Balboa Angling Clubs-- Offshore Helen Smith Tournament had Chuck and Teri out -- rewarded with this nice 82.5lbs on 30 lb IGFA line in 50 minutes 3 miles south of the 277 on a mackerel clone towed behind Cowboy Chuck H. Encinitas- Carlsbad area wide opens 80- 100 76 degree water 6-7- 10 miles out - it's going off - shut down you engines, drift back a mack The Tuna Club of Avalon also having their club's Tuna Tournament this past week- 80 lb Bluefin's didn't even get them in the running--- With this year being the best in recent memory of Bluefin Tuna and the challenge of catching one of these Bluefin being what the Club was formed it bought together anglers of the high ese degree - congrats the Joker It wasn't nice today out there- washboard south wind swell and west and northwest swell, but the brave ventured out and were successful- Decker with son Briggs puts on a 80 er-- Decker's poppers falls off, Briggs with the Colt Sniper scores right behind him-- nice catch! Weather started to back off mid late in the day-- thankfully - its pushed that warm body of offcolored plankton rich water still closer to the beach-- We'll see what this next week will bring--I think another marlin was released eariler this morning by a skiff- boaters stuck it out till the late afternoon hours same old story seeing em tough to get a bite-- ----------------------- Sat's off weather reports---------- Foggy on the morning's water--- pea soupy in some spots rolling in-Best I've seen in the past three days-- how big-- oh maybe 65/ 70 got the one on a colt sniper-- yea we lost two on them one pulled the other sawed off, we got ours on a mack, small circle hook around 70 80lb bluefin just hit the deck firts one of the season for me-- 9:21amsitting on a paddy loaded with yellowtaiils can;t ger them to go-- 9:22amE-mail this morning JD - we got lucky Friday and caught this 146 pound (bled) BFT on a live mackerel, 3/0 super mutu ringed circle hook, and 60 lb flouro leader. We fished the temp break along the 181-182 ridge roughly 40 miles from Dana point at slack tide. Best part was catching it on the custom UCLA Penn Int"l you had sold us awhile back, that rig is now legend. Best, jb (Ramble On) just droped one off the popper lost him after 20 30 minutes -- off oceanside-- they were going off eariler-- 9:24am good temp break off oceanside 10 miles birds and baitoff La jolla tunas were jumping-- 9:31amwe just put one on th deck --maybe 100 lbs on the popper-- that you right next to us- 10:01amjust had one come up the size of my Volkswagen-- I need a bigger rod-- you'll need a bigger back!Fog- becomes a challenge for some of the smaller skiffs without radar- We're still hooked up--- no way--this fish has been to the boat five times---- Three on the boat--- had like five hooked up ar once--they were crashing the boat chasing the iceboats they had balled up - had em' on the colt sniper, omega baits--- I got mine on a black and silver taddy surface iron-- they're were in a frenzy - absolutely mental 10:55am they're running with the porps--- got em with the porps with bait-- 10:59 we went all the way out to the 43-- coming back in now towards where we started earlier-- kind bumpy out there- smoothing out --and now we're into fog- 11:21am footbasll field left right pulled into the 267 early this morning-- made casts --- Foamer 04/ 0ver 26-- 11:44amGoing back --- getting things back in order -got one in the boat--- -findley got something to work---- in the porpious --slow trolling a mackerel- maybe go south- towards the 209-- if we can find the porps again 277 looks good good weather too- further south and outside windy- they like the snipper! yea we just got one in yellowfin about 40--- we just put this one on the deck-- where you at-- go to the other channel--- 02/21 we're in almost 76 degree --we're 7-8 off the domes-- where u at-- inside the 181-- marking fish under a kelp- --we're north of the 43-- 68 degree water seeing fish- splashing around-- just trying to get out that fog-- yea clear out here- add some S/E wind to it and it's a little rolly out there-- got it--- what a ordeal, how big's your fish--- mines about the same-- got some birds starting to work again-- getting the kite up-- finnaly got the skunk off the boat--!! 12:40 we just had a couple of Dorado on-- we went outside but water dropped off ---came back in to the warmer water-- dude --we've seen so much fish- but it's rough, scarry rough-- were headed south off Encinitas seeing em- this whole way 12:59if you can make it out here-- on the outside it's going off-- 1:25pmMarlin reported caugh somewhere in the tuna grounds this morning-- Wind and seas chased many of the boats into harbors early in the day---

And dont forget those pesky Thresher sharks are around to catch ----- or they might catch you!--- e-mail from yesterday ~~~~~~~~~~five off the torry pines birds everywhere boilling-- 6:33pm

-------- Fridays report -------------- Moon still bright this morning- sea's a mix to them swell developing from that west outside blow and a south swell from tropical storms south-otherwise calm light west wind, warm offcolor water inside with bait schools and occasional tuna showing- offshore more yellowfin or a chance of something else- steady flow of boat traffic out all the harbors this am- inside the 312 a few fish seen Newport's bait receiver 4-5 inch sardines and 7 -8 size too

Fish stories were common this morning--- lots of fish stories- there's fish foamin' around us-- just didnt want anything we wanted-- lots of reported seeing fish -- but very few hook ups reported -Oceanside/ Carlsbad, 312--- --- Hey JD, Love your fish reports and wanted to add one of our own. We got lucky this morning (Thurs) on the local bluefin. Last week I couldn't buy a bite. Brought my son this morning and on the second cast of the day, he was on. We were under-gunned with 40lb test, but he did a great job and got it to the boat in an hour. Jack Denning is the angler and we didn't weigh the fish but it's bigger than any local tuna that I have caught. Poke on the menu for the rest of the week. Keep up the good work. Jeff (AKA JD) on Game Time. 50- 70 lb grade all day outside oceanside-- outside- calming inside towards sunset--

------------------- Weds Report --------- ------------- Tuesdays missing report ----------- ------Server Error------------ the warning panel come up I guess we get too many hits! Hazy blue skies again for the AM hours- wind fair at 6- 8 west light chop and a mixed swell from the south-- probably keep getting this mixed swell from the south as all these hurricanes off Mexico just keeps churning them out-- They'll keep a steady lapping of surface currents moving our way-over time surface currents lead to deeper water movement. JD here are a couple photos of the nice Bluefin caught on the Motivator Sunday . Ken Hession caught the fish in 20 minutes on 80 lb Braid talica 25 . The big guy inhaled a yummy flyer on the kite. The girth was 54 inches by 70 inches long approximate 255 lbs . Lot of bigger yellowfins 50- 60 70 lb mooving quick we got on the throwing biats poppers would have anything we had 181-- area-- we'er heading inside we just had a bite on the Halco jig-- purple and red-- guy on the fish must tighten the drag and we lost it-- 12:19pm 209/ 312 area that Jig strike---- clean cut--- maybe--- maybe?--- keep trolling you got a lot of money-- keep trolling-- 12:49pmScattered hook up's or at least seeing them - 5 or 6 spots up right now 3:45 Dont know if you called we've been busy down on deck-- that current is sure pushing up hill-- 49/ 32 Couple of boys called in earlier-- wanting to know about weighing in a fish at the BAC ( bluefin) they had caught last night-- keep on ice all night-- fishing off the 9 Mile bank out of San Diego at dusk 8 0'Clock said they had 200 -300 lber's jumping out of the water all around them- caught it on a mackerel colored popper and landed towards the midnight hour-- weight 234 lbs!were 12 off La jolla ---spots of fish up -- lost a nice medium sized fish-- 4:29 harpoon boat on the 9 you on this one---- 4:35pm ------------------------ Mondays day off Report --------------- Fairs skies this am- what light marine layer was here went away early-- starting to warm up-- maybe more as a westerly this afternoon as it heats up for now south west 5- 7 kts- and yes it is Monday- 209 and the 312-- a fishy area--10:02- we're just south of the 312- looking better- yea ok- we're at 0/ 47 it's starting to look fishy here too- Slack tide today- 9:41 amWe got tuna foaming--- hey skipper -- slow it down you've got tuna foaming right in forning of you---- that's it slow it down we can work together-- 11:01am56 and 59-- we just saw some tunas here on the 209 Full moon Wed night--

San Clemente Island has some closures to week and weekend - best check their schedule and time frames~

Not nearly as many boats out today nor the bad language- some but not bad-- those that are out there seem to be willing to help each other.Bill D's fish from yesterday weighed in at 232 lbs on 80lb braid-- used a downrigger and about 75 ft deep and a smaller 4/0 hook to get the bite-- JD, We fished in the canyon yesterday....big bluefin blowing out everywhere......but no bites....later in the day we got a bite on the Scotty Downrigger 75ft....slow trolling a live mackerel. took an hour on 80 lb.....100 lb flouro leader.....Cousins rod.....Talica 25....3/0....Gamakatsu circle weighed 232.9lb....after bleeding out....had my 6 yr old and my 8 year old boys and dad to share the experience! 3 generations! Bill DePriest Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine ~~~~~~~~~~~Foxi Lady Report Back at the dock after a great trip to the seamounts/fads out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica. We had Tuna Club Pres Mike McGrade and his son Garrett, who burried the old man. We fished 3 fads from 80 to 130 miles off shore. Weather was pretty good although lots of squalls. We had 40 bites over 6 days releasing 20 blue marlin and 4 black marlin and 1 stripe marlin. This is the most amazing blue marlin fishery, our high day we had 13 bites. Fads Work!!! tight lines~~~~HI JD Out fishing the 209 with my boys Friday and picked up a nice Dorado on a cedar plug. Thanks Michael Lindstrom ~~~~~~

------------ The weekend's mess --------------

Light west at 4- 5kts- morning cloud cover broken- light west wind chop

you there--- about 2 miles and a bit down hill was the zone--- we went through there this morning-- lots of searwaters sitting on the water on a current break- showed yesterday spotty-- then a real ripper about 10' 00 Clock-- Inside Clemente island -------

66 degree green water terrible looking water

Reluctant to say to much---we were off Clemente-- we got 5 yesterday from 135 upwards to 230 tagged and released one, and tagged and released another one est. at 150 today-- what'd you get em' on ---slow trolled mackerel? --kites?-- yes-- Bill De Priest, Editor of Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine-- calls into the Club this afternoon -- we'll be in 5:40 with a big fish to weigh--- you can tell there'll be a fish story there too! And the Motivator calls in with a reported double on the Big tunas- down out of San Diego- Kenny H the angler on a est 250 lb fish- congrat!- JD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Results from the 34th Annual Master Angler Billfish Tournament Balboa, USA 2015: ( sill one more tag to calulate is daily travles- it too went to Hawaii) <--------------- Check out some of these travels- Amazing-- Furthest distance so far-from here to Hawaii via a trip southwards along the Baja penisula then out to the Hawaiian Islands --- Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron "What's the Bottom Line" Johnson Sponsor: The John and Donna Crean Foundation Species Tagged: Striped Marlin Species Size: 77 kg (170 lb) Angler: Alyson Gillett Tagged By: Matt Earl Deployment Date: September 17, 2015 Pop-Up Date: April 24, 2016 Distance Traveled: 2,005 nmSecond longest distance traveled: Team Pelagic on behalf of Balboa Angling Club Sponsor: Rocky Frantic and Ron Kawaja Species Tagged: Striped Marlin Species Size: 45 kg (100 lb) Angler: Jeff Walker Tagged By: Evan Salvay Deployment Date: October 31, 2015 Pop-Up Date: June 27, 2016 Distance Traveled: 1,690 nmOur thanks and gratitude goes out to new MABT tag sponsors as well as veteran sponsors. This is the second year in a row The John and Donna Crean Foundation, The Tuna Club Foundation, and Jock Albright have independently sponsored tags. This is also the second year in a row from co-sponsorships from David Peter, Geoffrey Hersch, Nate Shill, IGFA Representatives Bob & Sally Kurz, Jeff Tom, Chris Bailey, Craig Cleaver, Matt Kharrazi, Suresh Khemlani, Ron Vesely, David Guyot, Bob Phillips, Willie Waite, John Tully, Don Ebright, Mike Coon, Kelly Shill, Diane Shill, David Shill, Gail Nelson, Sara Unke, and Cortney Walstrom. It is because of support like yours that this research program continues to grow and produce larger datasets that are increasing our understanding of billfish and ensuring the future of our sport.

---------------------- Sat's Reports -------------------- Bluefin Mania- Wicked Tuna battles-- Calm overcast skies above, some confusion below at sea level as boats jockeyed for the position in the tuna grounds- from seeing a bunch of fish and no bites to short bursts of mayhem.They bit right through our 80 lb you got any 100 Fluoro Carbon leader material-- 125- 300 lb clear mono leader too!

Good morning JD. Good start this morning for Savannah down along the Beach. Alan

Driving kinda slow looking around and they blew up --- they were the big ones 10 shy of the 181-- They are the Colt Sniper yesterday- Hot bite time 10 to 11am - We've got one smaller Bluefin aboard, seen a few of the bigger ones-- but they've gone down for now-- working our way op to the 181 where we saw them yesterday-- 10:00am They're up-- stand by--------- ----- ---- --- We're on--- 10:07am

He's got the big one hanging--- 10:34am were 5 west of the 209--- Long soak -- wasn't a tuna but a Mako Shark-- finally got it to the boat-- sunk a gaff into it and it tiwused the gaff free and took off! Yellowfin--- maybe 70 lb on the boat---- we'll get back to you later --getting back on these fish-- 11:13amS/East edge of the 209 saw some fish but couldnt get them to go--



Big and mean-- we spend most of the day casing these big fish around - just couldn't get on them with this big boat--( 120ft!) - started to slow troll a live bait-- 10 minutes later we were on--- Penn 50w w/ 130 Spectra-- these are mean fish !-- 5 1/2 hours later we got him aboard-- coming in to the club to weigh him-- over the 200lb mark-- Weight at 215lbs bled and iced down- and a smaller kite fish About 150 ish--->> Captain Rob Petrina M.V. Southern Way -- Waters turning over-- green water-39 over 44/ got 200 -+ rolling around me-- bait died-- just trolling-- whales, bluefin-- pretty cool----- that whale just came up and took it all -- that was cool- 4:34pm Boats were into the late afternoon prowling the tuna grounds-- a few fish caught today but not the high hopes for most- couple of the bigger sportfishers were spending the night adrift/ floating on bait marks- 7:32pm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What makes these fish come up from the depths at certine times of the day or night?- Bait movements

Ocean--- Topography, Tides, Currents, Salinity, Water temps, clarity-etc--- Air, barometer, winds, direction of wind, swell, cloud cover, sunlight, angle of sunlight, Sonlunar tables etc-- SUMMARY 1. A study was made with the aid of closing nets of the diurnal vertical migrations of bathypelagic organisms at a station in continental slope ewater of the western North Atlantic. 2. While the hauls were being made a continuous record of the light intensity at the surface was kept. 3. The penetration of light into the upper 84 m. of water was directly measured photometrically; the average extinction coefficient for green light was k = 0.092. 4. All of the malacostracan Crustacea (to which the detailed results presented in this paper are limited) which occurred in sufficient numbers for analysis exhibited diurnal migrations 200 to possibly 600 m. in vertical extent. 5. The speed of vertical movement in these migrations varied from 24 to 125 m. per hour among the various crustaceans. DIURNAL BATHYPLANKTON MIGRATION 277 6. A considerable part of the migrations took place while the light intensity even at the surface was no greater than starlight. 7. SeveralCrustacealivingat 800m. duringthedayshowedexten sive diurnal vertical migrations. 8. It is concluded, however, that whether the migrations are regu lated by external environmental or by internal physiological factors, at some time of day the organisms concerned are affected by light penetrat ing from the surface. 9. Calculations made from the light penetration data indicate that the amount of light probably present during the middle of the day at the depths where the animals were migrating was adequate to support this conclusion(8). LITERATURE CITED The difference between diurnal and diel is that diurnal is happening or occurring during daylight, or primarily active during that time while diel is (biology) having a 24 hour period regardless of day or night. -

-------------- Friday the 15 th s Report --------------------

--Overcast again with a light west wind this morning-- never heard such vulgarity early on in the day from the tuna fishermen-- 9 Mile Bank had a show early on this morning--- foamers but they were reluctant to take mackerel, sardines, flatfalls, colt snipers, popperes and anything else we could throw at em'Porpoius on the 209 - we had full foamers all morning-- slowing down now-- Such chatter hard to keep up with any of it-- overall lots of boats out-- outer waters 289 slow or not much showing yet-- inner waters off SD off color but has bait and fish in it-- La Jolla hard to make bait- outsie from there some morning foamers but not many hook ups- --- Hey JD! Fishing just above the fleet off Oceanside this morning on Lilly June, slow trolling macs after seeing tuna jumping. Hooked this 80# fish soon after lines went in. Lots of fish down here but lots of boat traffic too. Jenny 7 off Clemente, border check-- tuna this am It's been nuts--lots of radio chatter-- some folks found fish while other's said it was a hoax -bird life tighter to the beach and seemed the tunas were in as close a 5 miles off little more wind on the water today- chasing these fish with a couple of other boats-- Joel's on a 100 lb er with the surface iron-- better on the inside-- we've been just waiting an laughing -- trying to watch the birds and try to get there before any of the other boats get there--- 11:05 23/48 la jolla area-slow troll one of these mackeral for another fishthe border corner held lots of smaller grade tuna- 25- 30lbs and below there the kelps ahd small yellows on themHit the banks today and managed 2 for 4 ----->







Couple of water temps images of interestFirst image "big view" shows from 60 to 75 degree waters-- and that California cool water current is to the outside of us reaching down from Northern California the only warm water is here tight to the beach and second view ...> same water temps- close in of off the San Diego to Newport coastal ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Excerpts From yesterdays E-mail Reports - Hey JD, We fished west past the 209 yesterday and every time the yellowfin would pop up in our chum line, a skiff would race over and sink them- heard the radio report of Nat Geo type Bluefin on the inside-- starting fishing a kelp. In 5 minutes we looked north and the whole ocean erupted into a white fury. They sunk out and then all of a sudden both of our boats were smack dab in a square mile of Bluefin. We both hooked up multiples- busted off all of ours, hooked a couple more and same result. The Skipjack battled for 4+ hours and believe the story posted early was their outcome, heartbreak. The fish blew up for 3 solid hours and at 4:30, it slowed a. Till next time.... Captain Shannon M Sealutions Sportfishing ------------------------------- Thursday's Reports -------------- Light overcast this morning--- seas have this small short period mixed swell to them- west and south otherwise smooth and calm. radio traffic early as boaters were out early AM hours, coverage was good with reports water temps on the outside 289 were down to 66 degrees and the "Ridge" 181 warmed up at 71 degrees Boaters on the 209 said it was quiet no bird life, inside a few birds yet no tuna sighted yet- 277 had some mammals with a bit more sea life seen,

Coastal fishing -- calicos of all sizes hungry- one or two follow any hooked fish- yellowtails around 5-8 to to a dozen lbs along the shoreline kelps or structured spots,

Mackerel - making bait was tough at the harbor entrance bait barge had anchovies I think-- What you catch em' on please?--- how far off Oceanside?--- congrats!--- yea they're pretty tight-- we'll sit right here and wait. 12:41pm 60- to 100 lb fish-- that's the most birds I've seen so froa that bird melay-- 12:5946-48 / 45-- couple fish seen but they didnt want to go--- 71.9 degree water--went to the 209-- down from there- came all the way down to the La Jolla Canyon and they came up-- first i've seen, fricken boat drove right over them-saw one big old paddy had one big dodo under it-- that's it-we're headed west they're blowingup everywhere-- 2:09 terns everywhere and bluefins flying out of the water everywhere-- 32:45 5/ 117: 22 w 2:1005 and 36 just got here 15 minutes ago--- we're right near you-- lost one after 3 1/2 hours--- 9 should have had 4 only got 2 ----only 9 off the beach--- Oceanside that one fish kicked my as---- big en' yea---- 47 and 38-- I see you guys were 6 outside you -- 2:39pm E-Mail just in--Hey John, Anthony asked me to send this over to you from him. "Happy Birthday Eliseo Rodriguez. What a way to celebrate with a local swordfish. Thank you for 20 years of team work and friendship, from catching trophy fish, to running to the scales, and for always attending to the needs of my family. Thank you compa! Two O',clock - 20 boats..." Anthony They have had a pretty good 5 day local trip to Clemente, got a few jumbo BFT, a swordfish, lost a marlin close to the boat, and still fishing. Rodfound one more swordfish that didn t bite ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dan B calls via in phone-- they were out there-- outside Oceanside- amidst the bait balls-- must have been we must have pulled up on 30 bait balls the size of this boat-- - there's just so much bait here the tuna have their choice-- metered some fish even cast into boils of 80- 100 fish - casts a 80 gram colt sniper right into the boils-- sank 15 ft and was inhaled- that lasted about 5 seconds -- hook pulled ( JD's tip change to assist hook- single hook a better purchase) - caught one the other day on thaw some jig- they've sunk out for now-- we'll wait it out- 10 l 80 150 sunk 30 bai size of bait bll so mucj 80 ft 5 80 - 44/40--- 5 east of the 182 there were up--the tuna were at- 06 over 35 OK boys get ready--- foamer-- mission bay right on the fathom curve ?- that's it-- just 7 bluefin and 2 yellowfin-- Bongo's calls in with their daily report - -- yea we hooked one but that didnt last long --mackerel w/ 30lb line--- got mine on a popper --100 pounder 33:07/ 117:34-35 a five mile area--

From yesterdays late afternoon fish report-- e mail-- Hello JD 32.60 / 117.40, That rod and reel that needed help from the spear ended in heartbreak right at sunset after a 5 hour fight. The fish was head down the whole time. The skipper and his two boys called us (spearos) in. Ended up swimming a guy to their boat to give fresh arms. Fish was huge. One of those 280-350 cows, and some 40-50lb Bluefin clear out of the water Lots of bait and a thermocline 30ft down. Surface was 74.5 degrees there. The real show was 12-2pm . Never seen so many birds sitting on the water in a 3 mile block. There are plenty of fish around…..if people learn not to run them over.

----------------------- Wed's Reports ----------------- Coastal clouds light this am- wind light too as usual for the south seas look welcoming. Barge workers still there daily and couple of broken squelches?, some sailboat regatta stuff - AIS shows the partyboats out of SD working below the border-south of Ensenada some 40- 50 miles--- then a clearer voice comes booming through it's Decker-- "it's a 2 /12 mile zone-- bunch of fish popping up here--and bunch of boats here too- we're 0 for 2, they popped up right next to the boat-- you get anything-- beautiful--- 10:43amSlack tide today 10:53am Out marlin and tuna fishing today--- Decker was Calico bass fishing yesterday-- saying one of his best days ever for the Calico- Cory, One of young men aboard having caught and released a estimated 35 lb fish fish catch- 7 lb average! nice fishing- now he's after tunas and marlins- we hooked on 03 and 58 11:50 AM looks like they coming up-- 11:55 amlocal party boat out of newport 30lb seabass!they're going off-- inside the 209 -- 32:59 .084 / 117:39. we're on 50 lb ---- they're jumping all around here-- we've got 2on the popper and 1on the mackerel --- three bluefin all look like to be over 200 lbs national geographic! 12:19pmHey big sportfishers off my port-- they've been up for an hour and they're still up--- north of the 181 4- 5 miles we we're seeing small yellowfin -- yea we threw on them didn't want anything to do with us-- started as bluefin then went to yellowfin--- thankswhale watcher-- seeing meter marks-- are you seeing any of theose tunas-- yea right next to the boat----- right with the terns-- oh-- look there they are--- cool--- 1:31pm we just saw some fish up-- it's been all birds-- now were seeing em-- it'll pop any second-- 2:09pmwe're on that filling moon phase now- terns everywhere you looked -- miles--- 4:09Ahaaa- lost it-- anyone do anythiung on those yellowfin on the 181--?-- 3260 / 11740 needed help to spear a fish that they were rod and reeling--!! A web site to check out the last 24 hrs of surface currents we ge em all arouns us - bird bait 181? just a little north 5:55pm -------------- July 12 Tuesday---------------- Better morning than yesterday- yet still a bit bumpy out there- 6- 10 out of the south- west swell and southwest swell and chop -a bit on the washboard effect-- Coupe of boats talking- one coming back from Catalina say's the fishing there for them on the yellowtails had dropped off to nothing, they were hopefully of finding a tail under some kelps , some seen yesterday not far off the island, other boat trolling for most of the morning southwards - hadn't seen much except a few dolphins. Smaller yellows under paddies on the A Bank-- good sized bird schools just inside the 267/ 279 fathom spot- looking good there-- radio reception only fair today-clear hazy skies only a few scratchy radio reports-- maybe the 9 mile bank-??

Wind freshened up from the south/ southeast this morning- stiff and with wind chop- couple smaller boats turned around not wanting to get beaten up todayMixes swell washboard effect - forecast is for it to back off towards mid day then again from the Southwest this afternoon-- yea I know its Monday-- Offshore it mellows out better 6 kts s/e - the party boats have worked up from below the 43 Fathom area up to the noir th and the were working a tight area just outside the 181 and south a mile or two- tide just started to fill in after 9 am Alls quiet on the western front-- at least not much said today- couple boats Lou but not much said- Sport boats found better weather off the beach. CELIA STRENGTHENS A LITTLE MORE centered near 15.1N 125.5W at 1500 UTC moving west or 275 degrees at 11 kt. Maximum sustained winds 80 kt with gusts to 90 - Celia is generating seas to near 31 ft over the open waters of the Pacific with recent altimeter passes confirming 12 ft seas extending up to 210 nm north and 150 nm south of the cyclone. Large seas will continue to propagate away from the cyclone as the system moves generally west-northwest over the next several days--------------------------------- The Weekends Reports --------------------- Soft south east wind this morning light overcast promisses to be a nice day- boat traffic building as it gets into the day- Seas flat for now-- expected to get grumpy later this afternoon-- Skipper on the 14 any signs of life--- no not much -- there's a little 8- 10 off the beach- 8:55amRadio am fish talk show this morning spoke of a great catch of Bluefin this morning, in the dark till after dawn, setting up on bait and meter marks- and most of the catch was on on jigs!-- E-Mail Report on Dorado out of Newport--- JD- Saturday morning on the whale watching trip we found these two dorado tailing on the surface 6 miles from Newport on a 170 heading. Photo was taken from a drone.Strengthening Tropical Storm Celia is generating seas to 26 ft with 12 ft seas extending up to 180 north of the center and 120 nm south of the center with a broad area of 8 ft or higher swell propagating up to 400 nm from the center of the system. Seas will continue to increase in height and coverage as Celia intensifies the next 24 hours. 17/ and 56 a line of kelps and grass- some dodo's on it-- Commercial harpoon boat says - good little break running towards the 209 , thanks Scott! They're up real good over here-- 9:45 am we're a couple miles Southeast of you- 1/2 between the 43 and the head was active

we' got one- a short voice comes on- off-

another said he had a fish on a Rapala- we lost it-- ate it off- swallowed the whole lure -- yea-- we're on our second one now - theory all on the poppers- soon as we hooked this fish the whole school disappeared instantly-- 10:29amwe lost that one too- - mackerel Hey--- we just had a marlin up---- sunk out-- we're right below you--just got back into that warm water-- 10:57amAnd Carl L calls in this afternoon with a reported marlin hooked up on the "Chasing Sunshine" while trolling the 181 fathom spot yesterday- hitting a Bk/Pr 3.5 Zukers -far back amongst the other spread they had out---- at first we thought it was a tuna then it woke up and smoked that 50 lb tackle " had shoulders" how's it looking on the 209--- looking pretty good actually had some fish up right here but couldn't get them to go-- 1:01- got one lost twowe've been into Bluefin all day long- they're around 7 miles N of the 182-- alll around us here now-- 1:15pm That was the second we've seen so far today--- right on the edge of the Avalon Bank we're at 25/ and 13 I thin the first one was at 24/10-- both tailing up swell-- Marlin-- 1:32pm coastal clouds begain to come back overhead early afternoon- calm seas-light wind-- several boats still out on the fishing grounds- 5 pm - waiting for that sundowner- spend the mid day at anchore at Clemente island rested for that evening bite-! finally got one--- you get it on a mackeral---- we lost five of them today--- 5:09pm good luck this week if you get out- JD --------------- Sat's Reports ----------------


Started to get rude early today-- overcast, light south wind 2 knts - seas were fine smooth and glassy, wish the verbal languages was the same- Morning tide changes at 7:30 am afternoon Slack 2:30 stand by ---

10-12 off the beach-- that was were it was at yesterday--

Any signs of the Bluefin out on the 209------- there's "No Parking" signs here! 9:14ampicked up a couple Yellowfin on the 182--- where'd you get em?--- right in the lips!-38 over 39Boils all over the place 9:31am and Nada----- its dead--- Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus orientalis, .Unlike most fish, Bluefin tuna are warm-blooded and can heat their bodies to 6° C (11° F) warmer than the surrounding water. This added warmth helps their muscles work faster and more efficiently. Tuna consume as much as 5% of their body weight daily and must continually swim with their mouths open to force water over their gills, supercharging their blood-rich muscles with oxygen. Pacific bluefin tuna spawn off of Okinawa; between Taiwan and the Philippines; and in the Sea of Japan. They migrate over 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 km) to the eastern Pacific, eventually returning to their birth waters to spawn. A Pacific bluefin tuna is capable of swimming at speeds of 12 to 18 miles per hour (20-30 km per hour) for brief periods. Magnetite, a mineral found in neural pits in the tuna’s snout, may be used by the tuna to detect the earth’s magnetic field for navigation. After two to four years foraging off the Northern Mexican coast, they return home to the same western Pacific waters where they were born. boats were seeing a few brezzing schools of those bruiser sized tunas, haven't heard of many hooked or boats able to get up on them, impressions they were near the 209 or in towards the beach from there- thought that was you---- guy on the bow was pulling, I thought that was you-- nope wish it was--11:44amwe're coming up to the 209- got a nice, nice dorado-- that's been it us--- bait fish -mackerel on a kelp-- thanks were out here on the 289 seeing a few signs but nothing for us yet- 12:09pmLate yesterday afternoon 6:30 I heard of several boats getting hooked up - a sundowner bite He was saying the north side of the 43 had a good morning bite today-- 1st local caught Marlin of the Year---- So the phone rings-- -- old acquaintances-- Brian Ross and his wife Tammy and crew aboard their 42 Bertram, Oh ana -- he asked if any marlin have been caught --- sorry I don't think so, not yet at least -------- well--- we got one -- coming back across the shipping lanes-2:30 pm--feeder up on a ball of bait Tammy's the angler 40 minute battle, we tried to revive it -- but sorry it didn't make it-- we kept it-- est 140 lbs 93 inches Congrats--- JD Hey JD, Here's a couple pics. Angler was Tammy Ross 93 inch fish, haven't weighed it. Was bleeding out the gills, so we kept him for the smoker! We were in the shipping lanes. He was up feeding on a bait ball. He put on a good show, fun fish. Struck out on the tunas though. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~we just put a big one on the boat -- how big-- maybe a buck fifty 5:12pm lot of fish there on the Corner" have a dozen boat there-- down belwo lots of paddies a doznen yellows and and couplke a dorado we had a quiet day until we came into that zone-- stayed up long for us- and we could get some iron into it-- I got pretty beat up -- 39/ 51 --------------- Fridays reports ------------ One of those glassy smooth days you'd want to be out nearing the first week into July , same as yesterday even more of a relaxed morning- no reports yet-- radio reception should be good- light overcast marine layer. It's not just one hurricane that helps transport the southern warm waters northbound, some swells exits the area northwards slowly lapping a surface push, it's the series of three or more strong hurricanes that last a while that help develop a stronger and deeper swell movement enhancing the California current northwards -- Stand by slow trolling live baits sardines helped with the yellowtail catches this morning-- got these yellowfin up ---didn't want anything to do with the poppers--- we're trying the live baits now-- where you at-- you close to the 209 ?-- I got numbers--- 32.55. 75 / 117 .53 -- 10:10amwe're right here close to the 312-- life's starting to show-- porpoise some birds we're gonad stick it out around here for a while ( Slack tide today-- 1:38pm) Upper 9 mile bank holding Yellowfin-- got one on -- too light of tackle about 75lb fish-- birds that was all we've seen no boils at +all-

get em' on the meter marks and the Flatfall lures-- 10:41am

We got the bluefin in the dirty water toward 2:00 yesterdaythey're everywhere--foamer --- these are 100 suckers --those are big fish-- tuna 100 plus--- we just keep watching the birds hope you broght a gaff-- we'll holler at you if we get something else to go--we got schools up I can see em with the binos-- -- Went late into the day-- but not many fish reports--a few scratchy reports of fish metered and few at that-- weather nice general west 10 - 12 kts west in the afternoon light chop

Interesting to see that warm water work it's way up towards Catalina, probably be a Marlin on the A Bank this weekend somewhere around the 2 pm hour good luck--JD

E Mail report Avalon--Hi, watched 3 nice fish weighed in off a battleship on the Avalon pier Wednesday...2 Bluefin at 209 and 238 lbs plus a 25 lb. yellowfin taken down by the 43....still white seabass in the south swell, green water near the East End...yellowtail to 30 lbs off the stone quarry....3 other Bluefin taken by small skiffs staying over the 4th...looking better and better! bob

They gave it the old collage try--- 209 and beyond- saw a few kelps-- a dozen that should have held something-- but not much under them-- couple of dead seals were the highlights -- or lowlights of the day-- --------------- Thursdays Reports ------------------ Back to the mornings overcast cloud cover- light eddy bringing in a southwest wind at 2- 3 knts, seas smooth and calm- skies brightened by mid morning and a lot more people on the water not wanting to fool around with the weekend challenges, challenge enough to find and hook one of these Bluefin-- Couple boats say they spotted fish breaking outside them but not getting on them in time. Porpoise schools were said to be holding-- Water temps seemed to have dropped a degree or two overall to 67 and not much talk of fish being landed- a few seen but that was it-- Spots of Yellowfin showing up further south we just had those YF just popped up - we couldn't get on them----baits starting to show--12:02pmwesterly blew in again- hazy afternoon and not much to report-- tomorrows a better day and let that moon again to fill- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Upcomming events for sportfishing anglers to enjoy-Don’t forget to sign up for the Balboa Angling Club's 8th Annual Newport Harbor Bay Bass Open this coming Saturday, July 9th! It only costs $60 per team (3 Anglers Max) and Sign up early! Sign up often! It’s more fun when you are around . Right around the corner is the Helen Smith's Offshore Tournament for July 22 & 23and following into September 16 & 17 Master Angler Billfish Tournament ````````````Save the Date! SMY Invitational Sept. 9-11 Save the Date! The Stan Miller Yachts Invitational fishing tournament is back, September 9th - 11th, out of Newport Beach, CA. We are looking forward to another great event! Past tournaments have proved this to be a fun, family-friendly fishing tournament, with an excellent array of prizes (and bragging rights) at stake. The SMY Invitational is open to boats of all brands, and is generously presented by Viking, Hatteras and Mag Bay Yachts. Keep your eye out for additional information as well as our formal entry invitation. We look forward to seeing you at this year's event `````````````````````````````````Here are the final race results for the 2015 MABT-IGMR: First Place – Team Bounder on behalf of Los Pescadores in memory of Captain Ron “What’s the Bottom Line” Johnson - 2,05 nm on a estimated 170 lb. Striped marlin in 220 days. Second Place – Team Pelagic on behalf of Balboa Angling Club - 1,690 nm on an estimated 100 lb. Striped marlin in 240 days. Third Place – Team Pacific Pioneer on behalf of the Tuna Club of Avalon - 694 nm on an estimated 150 lb. Striped marlin in 201 days. A full MABT-IGMR Race Report (containing details on all tags deployed during this event) will be published in about 60 days. The winning marlin’s tag popped-up in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands. This represents a significant deviation in migratory behavior from that observed in 2014, and the migration route most believed to be the case, when Striped marlin depart from southern California waters. Needless to say, we’ll have to wait for the final report to better understand this year’s results. The final report will be automatically sent to all tag sponsors Our sincere thanks to all of last year’s sponsors for their support of this vital billfish research project……the long-term future of billfishing worldwide may very well depend on the overall findings of this project. Another IGMR will be held during this year’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament sponsored by the Balboa Angling Club. To reserve your satellite tag for this year’s race please contact Bob Kurz at or Leah Baumwell at Best regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Representative - Southern California HIBT Great Marlin Race Event Coordinator MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator `````````````````````````The 45th Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament will be held this year from September 10th to 14th. A kick-off party at the Channel Islands Yacht Club will be held at 6:00pm, Friday the 9th. The awards banquet will be held on the following Friday the 16th at 6:00pm at the club. Great food, refreshments and a raffle will be had at both events. For more information please check out our website at```````````````````

------------------------------- Wed's Reports ----------------- And another beautiful day here on the beach-- wind early from the west-- coastal clouds blew away early- light wind tans swell chop from the west- seas cooled down a degree overnight with yesterdays wind Don't give up on those paddies-- just landed a nice one between the 279 and the 14 Mile bank-- 11:17amAnd a E-mail from the Quitena ---- Just back from the Stars and Stripes in Cabo and then 3 days on the East Cape and then Alijos Rocks. Won three of four categories and the overall tournament , Alijos was WOF. Caught 19 heavy stripers (180 range), 11 wahoo to 65 and 4 big yellowtail in the 45-50 range. The Marlin were on the outer bank off the rocks and super aggressive. Captain Rich Hamilton did a great job landing multiple Marlin hookups of 3 at a time. One of the best fishing days I can recall. Paul- After this past weekend's boating traffic it's surprising how quiet it's become on the radio since then-- little bit more wind now and plans for this coming weekend for most anglers. Whale watchers out a couple of miles- blue whales 200 degrees out of newport -3pm--- seems the dolphins a porpoise which like the fin bait are absent- as well as the fin bait---surface water warmed up-- they went somewhere? Water temps from 60 to 75 dgrees for a 3 day composit image-- -- uple new boats into the harbor today , sleek looking blued hull Tomahawk and the Quitena up from Panama

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---------------------------- Tuesday's reports --------------- Beautiful summer day- what light coastal clouds we had went away early in the day- blue skies with a slight west wind at 4- 7 knts light wind chop on the water-- Poppers account for another nice yellowfin tuna being caught out by the 277 in 69 1/2 degree water-- that's a good size yellowfin for these waters-- San Clemente's Island Security web site show the island pretty much to be open from Thursday, Friday and Sat/ Sunday begins to get active again on the Monday the 12th- good place to fish out of for those tunas this coming week and weekend-- but watch that swell coming up hill from the Hurricane below us, long period swells due in Friday night and into Sat-Windy this after after noon wetly steady-- that old standard afternoon newport slop Boat coming back for Catalina- with all the family stuff aboard takes a looks at the Avalon Bank -- just to check it out- seeing a school of two lb mackerel in a baitball themselves?? something was after them-- some sea life on the way back in no great amount though.Not many on the radio today-- Given that Blas is undergoing rapid intensification, the short-term forecast shows a significant increase in intensity within the next 12 to 24 hours Later in the period the hurricane should be moving over cooler waters, so a gradual weakening trend is expected to commence in about 48 hours. If Blas follows a more southern route than anticipated, however, it could weaken more slowly than shown here. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 05/1500Z 14.1N 119.5W 95 KT 110 MPH 12H 06/0000Z 14.4N 121.5W 110 KT 125 MPH 24H 06/1200Z 14.8N 123.7W 120 KT 140 MPH 36H 07/0000Z 15.4N 125.5W 110 KT 125 MPH 48H 07/1200Z 16.0N 127.4W 95 KT 110 MPH 72H 08/1200Z 17.4N 130.9W 75 KT 85 MPH 96H 09/1200Z 19.1N 134.3W 45 KT 50 MPH 120H 10/1200Z 20.6N 137.7W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW A second tropical storm brewing off Manzanillo- due to grow- 1. An area of disturbed weather is located several hundred miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development, and this system is likely to become a tropical depression by the end of this week while it moves westward and then west-northwestward. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent Blas has the classic appearance of a powerful hurricane in satellite imagery this afternoon, with a 20 n mi wide eye embedded in a symmetric central dense overcast which in turn is almost surrounded by outer convective band Satellite intensity estimates are 115 kt from SAB and 102 kt from TAFB, and a recent CIMSS Advanced Dvorak Technique estimate is 110 kt. Based on these data, the initial intensity is increased to 110 kt, making Blas the first major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season. ---------------------- Independents Day, the Forth of July------------- Coastal fishing in these good tidal swings and with pleanty of those anchovies around-- there's been a good showing of White Sea Bass--possiable yellowtails and good bass fishin - as well as those peasy thresher sharks , Vick released a bunch of them yesterday--from small to large!

Hello J.D. Happy 4th I hope all is well with you & your family. San Clemente Islwas amazing yesterday. Quality yellowtail, bass, bonito & a Giant Black to round out our tour of the Lee & West end. Water cold & dirty around the corner. Yellowtail jugged with small squids & light boats in West cove. Signs of a bite over there with breezing yellowtail in the late afternoon .

A regular 4 th of July parade of boats passing the shop today-- large yachts dressed with flags and pennants- sailors, yackers and pleasure craft of all description- right on que for the Forth-- clear skies for the evenings fireworks-- Windy crossing for those going or coming to Catalina- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~





And a sad note of the passing of Capt. Mel Loros We wanted to let everyone know of the passing of one of the original “Cabo Captains,” Mel Loros. Mel started back in the early 70’s aboard the “Chipper.” For over 25 years he ran the boat from Cabo to Alaska. He was 81 years old and will be missed by family and friends. Mels wife Dorothy, still holds the World Record for Pacific Halibut with a remarkable 70 lb fish on only 4 lb test line! Yasha Island Alaska in July of 1991 Mel , to me was one to always count on to get the job done correctly. Adio




Sundays Reports ---------------------- Typically a early summer day-- overcast, light southwest wind seas calm with a ground swell lots of boaters out - remarkably quite on the fishing info other chatter chatted, A boat load of boys came in late yesterday afternoon having fished the back/west end of San Clemente island yesterday--- after the party boat left for the day- their afternoon drifts with the live squid produced nice fat yellowtails 30- 42 lbers good -fishing for them Local whale watchers-- being out on the bait grounds offshore looking for the humpbacks whales-- finding tuna marks under the dolphins-Hi JD - Went out yesterday and found the bluefin foamers we were looking for. Went 2 for 2 on the 150+ pound fish on the poppers. Headed to Clemente after and fished yellows for good action on the squid. I'll drop some bluefin at the store tomorrow for you to enjoy. Thanks JD! Gary on the Big G ~~~~~~~~~~We got em'-- got the first on the popper-- lost the second fish at the boat . a heart breaker and broke off a another one!Boats and all sorts of watercraft in and out of the harbor today-- nice day and good weather-- clearing for the afternoon coastal clouns to come back in again- Stong tide- incoming this evening-- with a minus tomorrow am- best of luck if you get out-- enjoy it- JD Sand bass and calicos off the art reefs above the harbor-- those pesky sharks are around again- More on the Tuna vs Mako Shark-- Hi JD, picture of the fish with a substantial amount of weight taken by a 12' Mako shark. We didn't measure the girth and estimate the length but this fish was well into the 200 lb range around 230-240 by our estimates. --

- Can't "count" as a catch but we got a lot of meat (an

a story) to show for it. Fun times. These fish are massive and powerful. ~scratchy report-- Yea we had a shot at em' a couple times -- just S/E of the high spot ( 43) 11:14am AIS also shows the partyboats in that general area too - some party boats working the deep canyon below Clemente and towards the east side of the Butterfly Bank-- -- we did run into a spot of fish just north of the 209 showed well, spotted puddlers birds --- those black birds traveling pretty quick, we finally got em to come to the boat but we didn't get anything-- I keep metering that bait down deep- dropped down with a small sabiki rig-- they were 2 -3 inch anchovies Tunas weighed in by the Angler Management and the Bongos 11 yesterday--- ------------------ Sat's reports ----------------- Morning overcast sky- wind very light from the southeast 2- 3 kts seas flat, ground swell humps it's self up on the beaches-otherwise good visability and traveling- 1517 boats out --- not as much radio chatter as one would expect-- you gettin em' yet-- etc. E-Mail Baja Mexico- -- JD , A report from Mexico. The JewelLure III fished 4 days out of San Jose del Cabo with guests Mike E., Preston S., and Tim G. Beautiful weather and released 14 billfish including 2 sailfish and 2 long bill spearfish. Went 12 for 13 on the jig strikes and 2 on ballyhoo. Stiff single hook rigs really work! Beautiful weather and good times. Warren G.these fish were really putting on a good show about an hour ago-- 10 am-- so far nothing for us-- 10:55am

03 and 49 and 04 and 48 ( inside the 209) multiple spots up- 11:11am

came across the 277 and some big bluefin--- couldn't get them on the chrome mackerel s or the poppers-- below the 43, a couple of sport boats stopped around noon today N32°36'04.33"/ W118°09'24.02"-- later on worked out to the deep water of the Clemente Canyon for another shot at fish N32°41'35.66" / W118°13'49.13"spent the day near the 289 saw a few bluefins couldn't get them to go --- found a few kelps with yellows that wouldn't eat the dines or mackerel we had- we also heard of some dodo but we didn't see anything- Barrette crossing the 14coming back from Catalina got a do- do today--- so there's a few aroundanother call of a est 115 lb bluefin taken just below the 43-- lost two others- one fish hooked on the mackerel, one hooked on the popper and one hooked on the colt sniper cast jig-- one out of three- interesting note passed on- earlier this year the tunas were under the terns, their presence revealed hovering over a spot of bait, recently it seemed the tunas were under the shearwaters, --------- The Friday's Report -------- A bit stronger south wind this morning more overcast with a 5- 7 knts wind chop- seas favorable -Reports of some of those bigger bluefin closer to the beach off Oceanside- 15

Looking at this mornings/ mid day AIS for the Sport boats shows many of them working the Clemente Canyon along the self's drop off outside the 43 and up the line towards Clemente island N32°42'49.63" W118°03'48.91"

Yesterdays outing for us- as we came from the 209 towards the 289- not seeing a lot , a few kelps -- with reports of smaller yellowfin up between the 181 and the 182 ( the Ridge) we bent it to the left, another boat 1/2 way between the 289 and Clemente said they'd metered bait and had dolphins and birds but hadn't seen any fish yet- ( 11am) we bent in towards the Ridge and later find the yellowfin came up for them- zigged when we should have zagged- "So much of the bluefin coming into the fish market now ( net fish) were "net burned" and prices were down to $1.50 a pound, the commercial rod and reel boys or even those darting a fish were getting upwards to 6 bucks a lb, a single fish might bring as much as $1200 " We saw a couple of fish up- under the bird schools--- 289 had one bunch up of the of big fish- yea were on the 43 but not seeing much- hadn't seen them for a couple of hours now-- 12:51pm You on this side Mike--- We're just criss crossing the 43--- just put one on the deck- around 225lbs--- yummy flyer, looked at one little speck on the meter-- best I'd seen for the day- kept working it--next thing you know- the guys down below are yelling-- 30W with braid backing--- it's all good- we haven't seen much, very little bird life, seen a bunch of sport boats around they must be see it them on their sonar-- RP got one about the same size as ours this morning-- 2:12pmMostly overcast for the entire day-- a few spots of blue above but they go away quickly- wind still light from the southwest clearing off late day on the beach That's the first I've seen this year-- saw one off the East End-- maybe two milesout--- up feeding might have been two there-- Marlin--- 3:42pm and the report of the young man- and tossing a sardine to a kelp paddy-- up runs away with all his line was a marlin!- he needed to respool! Couple of sun burnt boys came in the shop they had been out towards the 289-- no tunas for them but they did score on some nice yellowtails-- lost a few of the bigger ones too-

Good luck this weekend-- be careful don't burn your fingers-- Tuna weighed in at Catlaina -- something chomped off it tail-!!!- We need a bigger boat!

------------------------------------Went fishin Thursday- saw a bunch of Blue Whales out between the 289 ad the 181, lots of water, a few bigger kelps offshore--- small yellows under one of them and a mix of maybe bigger bonitos thrashed a kelp inside the 209-- bait meter marks in the same area- searwaters on the water rafted up 5- 7 off the beach - Laguna-Dana lookd good- not much for us - but a good day on the water---------- ------------------------- Wed's Reports ------------ Sweet refreshing sea breeze this morning along the coastline-- ocean looks beautiful and lots of radio chatter- from those seeing puddlers- boils, terns and tails under paddies-- one bigger bluefin on a mackerel early lots of chatter-- all helpfully to others out-- a few disgruntled boaters dirtied it up- Hey JD-Here are the photos from our fish we weighed yesterday at BAC. We were out Sunday/Monday bft trophy hunting and finally got these jumbos to bite on day 2 afternoon. Some fish of a lifetime for the ANDREYA! The smaller went 116# caught on a popper and the jumbo went 222# on the trolled kite with yummy flyer. Hope all is well… Thanks, Nate Shill we're tight--- 11:31am-- Slack tide this morning---- 11:20am amost same time as yesterday Spotter plane up early- for a long day of it-- saying it's about the best day he's seen for observing the waters- there' was one flag 5 below the 289- -how's it in where your at-? harpoon boat--- sunny in there- it's about 80 % - but there's some holes where we were at yesterday afternoon-11:55amwe got the majority of our yellows south of the 43--- got these trolling just outside the 181 the paddy loaded-- what you get em on skipper--- threw the iron as much I as I could -- wouldn't take anything but the sardines--

Boat came on the radio saying they been at the island for the past few days returning-- hadn't seen any tunas but he said he's actually seen a marlin? 1:41pm

offcolor green 73 degee water- inside better ( SD waters) we've been at the 182 for most of the day-- not much happening there today-- soaking a mackerel we were about 300 yards from the paddy whey it took it saw the whole fish eat it-- we were after the yellow but that wa a tuna- lost it on 30lb tackle- Bongos came on in the mid/late afternoon with their fish report-- 7 yellowfined tunas up to 66 lbs, 3 bluefined tunas up to 130 lbs and 1 lonly yellowtail-- nice catch! Heck-- I might even go fishing on Thursday-JD .60-------------- Tuesdays Reports ------------- -For all of you inland from the coast hwy- eastwards- it was hot and humid-- on the beach overcast and cool-- light south cool Seabee and calm seas-- Lot's of radio chatter this morning mostly out of the San Diego to Dana - boats talking-- 181- 182, the 43 fathom spots and towards the beach from there-- Yellowtails big grumpy ones, some small yellow or Big Eastern Pacific Bonito- roaming around , and still some of the big Bluefin around Waiting till the tide slacks off or just as it starts to fill in -- Jake's on a good one 11:21amWe're back in the harbor with two aboard!

San Clemente Island Looks to be open Friday, Sat, Sun and Monday! No scheduled operations Tropical Storm forming down south - Mainland Mexico moving NorthWest- Pretty good group of sport boats on the 43--- seen a few fish come over the rails-- Parker------ if -- you just stay there--- they 'er coming right at you-- we've been chasing these big Bluefin- casting poppers to em- breezing and big boils-- -- - they coming right at you-- 1:09pm Party boat-- we stopped on a couple of paddies-- absolutely nothing under them--- drove around--- now headed into the beach and anchor up-- catch them something--The local angling club-- BAC weighs in a pair of Bluefin today, an triple duse 222 lber and a 116 lber- the bigger fish on 100 lb Spectra, smaller fish on 65 braid- both from the 43 area and I belive mackeral as baits-- earlier in the day, yesterday-- the three boys brought in their fish from the previous battle that went into the night- , it went 240lbs ," they aint hitting the poppers anymore-he say's- live mackerels"- and Todd Z weighed in a 61 lb Yellowfin Tuna taken out by the 277 -- Todd got away from the new Fuel Dock Maxum in Huntington Harbor -Congrats Todd