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Neutral flow will bring light and variable winds through Monday. A very weak and intermittent coastal eddy circulation is expected tonight into Saturday.

SatWind variable less than 10 kt...becoming W to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 1 to 2 ft at 12 seconds and S 3 ft at 14 seconds. . SunWind variable less than 10 kt...becoming NW 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Swell W 1 to 2 ft..

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Sat Nov 17 -- Light cloud cover seas calm with some light wind texture to it-- small mix of seastate

Local boats out looking foe some of those bonitos or Skipjacks but they seem to be gone or up/ down quickly- 2- 4 off the beach under the birds-- coastal fishing-- maybe a white sea bass or tow around -- moons about right and tides should help--- and maybe a shot at those yellows up by the offshore Oil rigs or that Mussel farm area, Bass should be a early morning bite--

Offshore the Bluefin tunas 40 90lb bite was going strong this morning-- Cortez Bank area- live sardines 3/0-4/0 hooks, even yellowfin still there too- and they'll hit the trolled feathers or X raps--

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Marlin fishin in November--- Last ones still be sought after-- day after day-- East end of the island-- fish in the jigs and dropbacks or quick feeders -- maybe 5 fish released there this morning before the tide switched--

there's one boat west of us--he's hooked up now-- 2:02pm

and it went into the afternoon-- Hooker released one too! Congrats- JD

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------ Friday-- the 16 of November 2019-- marlin fishing!

---------- Nice -----------------

Had three fish up behind the boat-- Two on the Jigs and we had a drop back --- it got ate-- fell off, then the other jig fish came off-- we're glad to get the one fish-- Great to get that fish after two years of engine work and now get one-- 10:29am

Go Get em' Willy--- 11:07 am

Congrats--- go get another one Good going Willy--- 11:27-- released--

Charlie-- nice going-- it come up behind the boat?--- go get another one--12:18pm

Tons of birds and bait 4-5 off South Laguna 12:40pm

JewelLure -- JewelLure-- JewelLure back --were almost to the border--- this is Hooker there still a lot of them left up here-- we're headed across now--

The marlin bite seemed to quiet down after the mid day slack tide--

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--------------------- Thursday Nov 15 2018 -

Beautiful and there's marlin's biting out there this morning---!

We just watched you get that one- East end of Catalina- good show--- 10:48am

We just got a jig fish you guys!--- 10:49 am-- congrats from the C' est la vie

Lots of bait and birds working -- 4-5 off Main Beach Laguna--

Just had a feeder that didn't go for us-- thanks -- 12 to 1:30 was a good bite time yesterday--- 12:56

We had like 4 fish tailing around us-- one under the pulpit-- we just broke off a 200 lb fish-- that's ok --Go get another one 2:31 pm

Plenty of action today-- off the East End of the island-( I think) maybe the 14? - we went 1 for 3-- dumped a big fish 200 lb jig fish-

Geoffs and Jeffs out today -- having fun--

By mid afternoon the bite strated to wain by 3 it was over and no other fish seen after that-- Mid November and were still chasing marlin-- who's to catch the last fish of the season--?


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

Flat and beautiful , better than yesterday- that short S/E wind shop with a short west swell made it a little uncomfortable by mid morning-- -- not the best ride for my flat bottom skiff-- The Newport Bait receiver is closed till next Spring April/ May period---



Yesterday---out front of Newport small spots of the bonito and skippies were up and down pretty quick- You had to get up to the birds and get a cast lure into the baitball before they went down--



took the photo when I should have been casting--




Had a trolled bait out for the marlins that have been around-- using a ballyhoo w/ a rigged circlehook that's held in check via a small release clip -- JD 'Tip ---adding to the dropback's timing, strip off another 20 -25 ft of line and repack into a bucket which will allow the line to come out unobstructed , that extra " Dead in the Water" time allows the bait to act stunned after a strike giving the fish that extra time to take the baits and turn with it--

With the Big Bluefin Tunas still around and their seems to be a good amount of those 2 year old class of fish 40- 60/80 lbs-- and the reports that Squid has moved back into the deeper waters surrounding the offshore islands and even here along the dropoff shelf along out coastline-- that squid should hold these bluefin throughout the winter of 18 and into the spring of 2019--- now the benchmark even higher that the 350b fish -a 400 lber would be the goal-- and the grand prize would be a 500 lb Bluefin-- ya going to need a bigger boat-and tackle!

I spoke to Baitmasters today in regards to the availability of there frozen 8inck flying fish-- the bait (Flyers) come from the island of Trinidad, the bait catchers there have been trying-- but its the wrong time of year, ( spring better) and even if some are obtained now, their sizes are generally much smaller ( 5- 6- 7 inches) the ones we were able to get from the last year were and an abnormality for them to get that big-- - Still hopeful - we may have to wait till early Spring to get any more--

Whale watching skiff- Bimini calls in JD you on this side--- if any of your marlin guys want to now-- we're 4 1/2 miles outside El Moro- got three or four marlins up feeding on a baitball-- 33:29.8 / 117; 52. 1--- 2:00 pm



------- Tuesdays the 13-0 went fishin-----

Monday Nov 12 1018 -----

Warm and sunny once the sun warmed thing up-- even frost on the roofs early today-- light S/W wind stared mid morning-- seas calm and deep blue

Tides are starting to flatten out-- Mid day high slack period should bing up something!--

They said there was a ball of bait up with 6 stripers working it-6 off the beach-- !

Coastal waters have a good mix of clean blue and enriched plankton green water-- and the bait is in that mix-- 2 off Abalone a good spot Skippies caught there earlier at the tide change--

Dolphins balled up the bait --comng up threw the balls of bait --


--Sunday Veterans Day!- Nov 11 2018 --


Light haze and calm seas Light west wind 2 3 kts- -- S/A's due to start up again later today and tomorrow strongest Santa Monica Basin and below San Diego and the Upper Sea of Cortez Stand By--

There must be 8- 10 boats out searching for those elusive Marlins-- outside Dana this morning I think one boat is stretched out--10:48 am

So far this morning not as many signs of those Bonitos or Skippys seen today between Newport and Dana bait and birds showed up on the high tide--

6 off the San Clemente pier another jumper / feeder and bird seen

Bait balls w/ skippys feeding on them- outside Dana- 12:13pm 67 degrees, one boat was saying

Weather stayed nice all day-- other than the brown smog from the wildfires-- Bluefin tuna fishing remains good for the long ride out there-- inshore only a few shots at those marlin here locally-- but waters still blue and clean -- too clean to fish the beach--


---- Sat's report --Nov 10 2018------

Winds gone for now- seas have laid flat-- light marine haze to the south tinged to brown to the West

For the Whale watchers -- I've got 300- 400 common Dolphins headed down the coastline-- (south of Newport ) 2-3 miles- \

Wanted to congratulate you -- we had just left Avalon -- saw you off the Slide -- oh thanks--didn't have to burn much fuel!. 10:05 am

240 degrees- 4-5 miles out of Dana 150- 200 dolphin/ bait-

Strong Offshore- Santa Ann's develop below Ensenada to Turtle Bay on Monday and Tuesday

I'm working N/W of you a couple miles from where we were the other day-- birds nd bait up looks good-- Thanks were trying to get some of those skipjacks' All I saw there was anchovies mackerel bonito I didn't seen any Skipjacks 10:56

They say-- Bonito outside Newport --

we had a knock down- 277 - right on the high spot-- blind jig strike-- gave it the old try--

good radio reception today--

Good customer came in the shop mid afternoon-- just having come back for right outside the harbor 2- 3 miles----- left em'-- 5 was enough for the nice sized Skipjacks-- good fun for them on the light tackle--trolling small mini- jet heads-- 1/4 oz jets - light colors


----------------- Friday-- Nov 9th 2018 ----Dry and windy ----

Northeast Santa Ann's with gusty winds- seas ok pushed flat by the winds some chop -water's blue close to the beach and overall there's a 80% uphill surface current from Mexico to the Channel Islands--

Weekend weather - The window for offshore fishing is Sat by Sunday those Santa ana's winds blow strong again by 10 am in the morning , not the time to head back from Clemente or Catalina--

We're about a mile away from were that bait was, was the bait on those numbers I gave you-- no closer to home-- we're there skipjacks on that bait-- there' might have been-- there were a ton of bonito on it-- the water is great- 69 degrees mexico blue and there's bait-- hopefully we'll snag one here-- OK good luck--

We just got a couple of skipjacks-- there's got to be a good break between you and me, we've got 66 degrees 10:44

You ready for this--- we get a triple on skipjacks, small mako takes one of the skipjacks and a 800 lb sea lion comes in and takes out Mako! 11:09

I just has a either big skipjack--- took out a ton of line -- way back on the stinger-- small tuna feather-- leader was scuffed, I dont know if it was like that before--??-- Well we'll never know? 11:23

that was weird--- just lost another skipjack ? on that same jig?---

Looks like squid--- that funny when we first got there it was finbait- all over the place -- now it's squid-- when we got those bites eariler-- it seemed to between the tides--


Latest Chlorophyll charts---



Western Outdoors Jackpot Tuna Tournament Lots and lots of teams/ boats and anglers--and some big 250+ fish being weighed-- good weather and good fishin! -


----------- Thursdays Report Nov 8th -

Light marine haze this morning-- wind 2- 5 kts south due to swing to the Northwest later today Santa Ana's this evening Avalon to get windy!!! --

Western Outdoors Jackpot Tuna Tournament starts today in Cabo-- should be fun--

I'd forgotten about the snowbirds this time of year--- --- some privates yachts but mostly sailboats headed south for the winter from all ports north-- -- dragging hand lines for the food fishes tunas dorado's and anything else than marlin--

- E Mail this moring--- JD, You are mentioning a possible 400 pound BFT in California waters, this is a photo of Ken Corwin with the fish taken on his trip this past Sunday at 364 pounds on the Cortes Bank, this is the largest one I've heard of this year. -- taken on a Flatfall Lure!


ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Watch Synopsis: El Niño is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19 (~80% chance) and into spring (55-60% chance). ENSO-neutral continued during October, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean All four Niño regions showed increased SST anomalies in October, Positive subsurface temperature anomalie) also continued, due to the persistence of above-average temperatures at depth across the eastern half of the equatorial Pacific Ocean Despite the above-average ocean temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the overall coupled ocean-atmosphere system continued to reflect ENSO-neutral. The majority of models in the IRI/CPC plume predict a Niño3.4 index of +0.5°C or greater to continue through the rest of the fall and winter and into spring The official forecast favors the formation of a weak El Niño, with the expectation that the atmospheric circulation will eventually couple to the anomalous equatorial Pacific warmth. In summary, El Niño is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19 (~80% chance) and into spring (55-60% chance;.

Im on the numbers where we got bit yesterday-- same area from Sundays fish-- / Marlin) 12:07

Let me get behind you so I can get a picture of the marlin jumping behind the boat--- 1:31,

It took the stinger-- took it down into the braid line--- super stoked-- I was talking to my bud over in Hawaii, he was trolling for wahoo-- we had a bet going- who'd get bit first---- 20 sec later it went off-- we're getting it to the boat now-- he's close now--- yea I'll get in close when he jumps-- and I want to get bit here too! That way you can take a picture of me-1:43

that was rad-- I think I got some sweet shots of you--

That was fun-- they're in tight-- they're here-- ???

Turtle Bay-- fuel around $7.00 a gal--

Stan had a sleeper this morning --


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

Overcast sky, warm and calm seas and no wind--light west mid day- building


Post Election results-- -- the fish don't care---

Still a strong flow of tidal currents with the new moon tonight--

Sportboats and a few privates still targeting those Giant Bluefin Tunas-- S/E side of the Cortez Bank this morning-- with the water staying relatively warm so far-- we haven't really had much in the way of major weather systems coming down from the northwest so far- it's good chance they'll stick around for another year - a lot depends on bait availability and the presence of squid in these waters bodes well into the Wiinter- Stand by for next years 400 lb mark to be broken, along with some busted rods reels and lines--

This coming weekend-- San Clemente Island looks to be open for anchorage in Pyramid Cove

Given a few extra hours this time of year- I get the chance to work on the big game bamboo blanks that I've got started-- The outer enamel of each of the bamboo's six sides has to be removed. The original shapping and flex of the blank is done with a flat scrapping of a rasor blade. Each side of the six sides have a distinct flex, twist or strenght to them and shapping and sanding helps to define the top and bottom of the blank. Lots of scrapping and sanding! more to come--




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

Light marine haze this morning-- wind, light to fair out of the South/southeast -seas good- rest of the week looks good too

Western Outdoors Tuna Jackpot this week in Cabo-

I think Vintage had a marlin yesterday off the East End-- 152- and Sleeper just released one this morning 11:56 off the East End too Vick's brother caught and released the fish on 20lb--- --Still more sportfishers and yachts/ ships headed south now--and some headed back to the States after getting their fill of fish and excitement-- Mag Bay and the Ridge has been fun so far this year--

Whale waters were absent of finding much in the way of sealife offshore today- working the 1-5 miles off the beach from San Onofee to Newport- there were some Humpbacks up past the oil rigs last weekend and a reported Gray whale seen off laguna couple of days ago in shallow- the first one of the first of the season's migration-

Not many boats out today-- though nice weather- one other marlin released off the East end this morning and there's lots of bait still there--

Water temps on the Tanner 67 degrees!

Closed on Mondays--


-------------- Nov 4th Coastal fog light to med across the channel, flat calm not much wind if any

Still a strong tide flow- the marlin bite around 1 pm yesterday- tuna fish offhsore still good but starting to scatter out-

-not much sign of those skippies offshore so far today-- lots of birds sealife 6-8 off the beach-

they were here--- - At least your seeing em'---10:30am ( marlin)

Fog thick - reduced to 200 yds-- close to the island- 152 it gets better--

Jumpers seen off dana-- 3 off the beach-- 1:43 --- he was headin' south!

Clearing mid afternoon--

Naw it didn't stick--doing a grass check-- letting it back out and again and zipp-- still a bit foggy here ( east end) 2:12pm

Ohanna just released a marlin 5 off Dana-- 3:19 with wife and daughter -- good times!

------ only a few bites off the east end of Catalina this weekend-- could be the fat lady is getting ready to sing--

Still good fishing for those making the run-- the corner US /Mex border ares holding yellowfin- yellowtail bluefin and dorado and probably soon marlins-- slow trolled live sardines worked better when around the porpoise schools--


------ Nov 3rd 2018 Sat bright and sunny again, light S/W wind 2 kts seas flat great visability and radio reception-

That second school of bluefin I think that was the biggest school I'd seen all summer-- they sunk out on us-- 10:20am

Whale watchers-- outside of Dana watching White -sided dolphins and a few sea lions-- and a marlin! -- 10:44

I checked out that paddy a little south of you-- it's loaded wide open- (425 or south from there) Yellowtail 31.56:01 / 117.18:538

Chasing foamers off the upper 9 mile bank all day--

Couple of boats working the East end this morning-- one boat pounded it for an couple of hours for nothing-- moved back just outside pebbly beach

Some boats in bright sunshine-- others say they're freezing while up in the tower in thick fog--

Tide starts to bottom out 1:14 pm Standing by

we almost had one -- up in the jigs-- 12:40

Lazy tailers up--2:16pm

They might be feeding on squid by now-- Dasiy chained squid teasers help to rasie them-- in stock at JD's


did not eat-- kathy put me on it--- put the bait right in front of his nose-- didnt want it-- 3:34-

Mike-- Just released the fish--bite number 57--- finally got one to stick-- had a double fortunately one fell off after a while--- Contrats-- 3:56



----- Nov the 2 2018------- Bright and sunny Friday-- shouda gone fishin' --

Pale blue sky very light marine haze to the horizon line- seas calm and nice weather--- enjoy it while you can maybe some fog developing over the next couple of days--

The Boys were having fun yesterday--- catching big fat skipjacks-- casting colt snipers or other good casting shinny jigs and they were on-- 8- 10 off the beach between Newport and Laguna--- have fun

Catalina- has a steady bite on the calico--s a few Yellows and even seabass reported off the west end of the island-

Couple marlin boats out today-- no reported fish so far-- 12 noon

Common dolphins 4- off San Mate-- feeding on squid 20.67 43.50

We're on a double right now-- standard spot-- right off the cornor-- had a couple of tailere come up 1:10--Marlin-- It ate both of our dropbacks and we've got a jig fish going too!

there's fish jumping all over the place here now- (Marlin) - we're here in 50 fathoms- ( east end) 1:20pm

Lots of baitfish here in the harbor- pelicans diving on it-- incoming tide-

Just had three sleepers here right on the numbers we had earlier-- 2:05

A triple, single and another single and couldn't get any of them to go--

- this is insane--- I mean we've been casting to these three fish tailing- up swell presenting good bait to the and nothing it's insane bait all these fish and they not biting-- ( must be on squid) we must have casted fifteen times on these things--- all right find some more-- 2:55pm

Geoff's on one-- ---we've got the whole Dana Angling club out here--

General area the Slide off the east end of Catalina--- 18 over 16-- Tyee may have had caught three so far today!

Sport boats working the Tanner hard for the Bigger Bluefin--


-----------------------Nov- 1st 2018-----------------


Nice weather------blue sky , calm blue ocean, light northwest wind beautiful--

We got one, the seal got the other one-- I don't know where they came from -- they weren't here yesterday-- its thick here-- - you saw it-- it was ugly -- 10:54

Chelsea Marie-- you on this side-- you have any squid?-- he's here at the Isthmus he's got bait-- thanks--

Looks like the party boats were working out near the oil rigs today- and right off our coastline below Newport were were some Bonito to be found-- under the birds-- 2-3-4 miles out--

We just picked up two skipjacks inside the 14-- 2:57pm Lots of fun

High Tide got one this moring off the East end of the island -- Richard the angler and drop-back king-- great weather-- we checked out the west end of the island a jumper about a mile off the 125 that as it-- East end had another jumper and maybe another fish on the 152 this morning--

------ Oct 31 2018-------- Spooky ------------

Light marine haze light fog- burning away early mid morning-- seas fine wind 2 -3 kts S/W

Not many boats out so far today-- - radios quiet-

10-29-2018 Pacific Dawn Sportfishing Seventeen Bluefin Tuna over 200 pounds. Everyone got a cow on this 1.5 day trip. Biggest fish weighing in at a whopping 265 pounds! There's still big fish to be had-- mostly fishing the Tanner Bank and up to 30 miles S/W from there to the outer banks

A couple of local water temp charts-- Looks like a warm spot in the lee of clemente--

and the chlorophyll - waters clear blue all the way to the beach-

Boats fishing catalina-- fighing a few bonitos as well as the seals--






---------- Oct 30 2018-------------- Halloween's tomorrow night!

Light cloud cover with some clouds and a mix of blue developing-- wind light from the south seas calm with a west roll- waters blue all the way into the beach - practically-- turns green a mile or so out-- not much bait in it though in the interface .


View of t he coastal flats off Long Beach-( not showing the various hard and soft bottom hills and shelves inside 50 fat) and the oil rigs adjacent to the canyons and that Mussel farm inside a could miles to the north of the rigs ( lots of Black buoys and a yellow working vessel- )

Those marlin were seen up surface feeding there on Sunday--- out of the 4 or five boats that worked the areas yesterday, only Paul saw some morning feeders near the top of the canyon, dorsels up high- splasing around- it got quite from then after - oh a few shearwaters spread apart flew by and a couple of seas seen-- little bit of bait , but that was it--

I was looking forward to a Nantucket sleigh ride-- but never got it--

Bait out-- ballyhoo w/ snelled 8/0 circle hook on 100 fluorocarbon leader, Rod- Daiwa 30lb fiberglass trolling w alum butt-old school, Reel- Penn Int. 30 1988- old school w/ 450 yds 50 lb Garcia Greenspot Dacron- old school, double lines w/bimmi twists and butterfly knots- old school, South-Bend blue & white scooped marlin teaser- old school, Fintrix live-like sardine dredge teaser. It all looks good behind the boat-- wig wagged, up and down the inside drop-off from 8 till 2 pm- no bites bit a pleasant day on the water-- got back home safe and still had fuel left!



We're in the zone--- there's a few balls of anchovies-- -- he saw some breaking fish in the gyros-- OK were headed up above you--- we're going to give it a shot-- 1:09 tuna fishers-- maybe outside dana? - couldn't get em to take a bait--- 1:11pm there's anothe little spot of fish up there-- lot more birds here-- see if they'll take the sardines---

This looks like all dolphin out here-- there fish were inside from here-- they were confirmed fish-- they went under the boat-- didnt get the bait to them quick enough-- OK hope we can get a foamer here--

Slack today 1:40pm.standing by


- Closed Monday-- went fishing - ------

---- Sundays--------- Oct 28 2018--------

Still heavy marine layer- amongst some fog- vis 1/4 or better-spot of blue- some southwest wind 4-6 kts light bump to the seastate- building

Where you at-- we're about 6 7 off the island, just getting them in-- how bout you-- were here next to the Slide-- couple of fish here already this morning tight to the island-- - OK we'll cover the outer water let you know what happens out here-- thanks-

Prospector has a couple of shots this morning - East End-- then it got quiet

He was sayng the second oil rig and live sardines for Yellowtails--

All you Marlin fishermen--- I've seen 20 feeders-- going by some right now--- all we've got is some rock cod gear and a bag of squid and some bonito feathers----- trolling by some feeders right now--- 11:08am I'm at 33.35:5 and 118.04--- I've got two feeders on the right-- two feeders on the left-- not even paying any attention to us-- there's more over here too- must be a big area of them!! --

*If you got any mackerals I'd head over here---I'm inbound est 15 minutes--at full speed!--

Any bait I could have, I'd appreciate it-- we're comming -- with a bag full!






Offshore's ran in to the Rigs-- hung a toad--! 12:50pm--- released

Vick gets into the action with a fish beating up his dazy chained squid teaser- has a dropback bite-

When you have these Slack tides under the major tidal exchanges -- that Slack tide period may only be a short while-- as was the case today-- if you got there an hour after the tide --- you missed it-- -

Swagger comes in - swaggering with flags- -- season still going strong--


And the Dodgers lost again--- tick- tick--




--- Sat Oct 28 2018----

Foggy- not much wind and foggy--clearing a little offshore--some blue further offshore

Lots of bait- 5-6 off the island- between the A bank to Avalon- mackerels and chovies


Marlin fishing-- Locally-- They fished em' to the dark-- Off the East End I beleive- aboard the Tyee- angler Geoff H posted this Seriously epic day of pure hunting on TYEE with no action until 3:30 pm then hot action into the dark. 3-4 guys in gyros most of the day. First marlin released was from a single tailer that ended up a group of three Hooked at 3:30 and released in 4 minutes. The second from another group of three twitchy sleeper/tailers. Second fish bit at 5:40 pm and released in the DARK at 7:15. Memorable day!!


Stan geta a bite and another marlin was hooked--that wanted to go to Mexico-- good job Willy! I just saw the one tailer -- I counted three


And the B & B finally weighted their late arriving fish in at 308 lbs a qualifier for True Grit, so there were 117 entries, 3 winners and 114 losers! A 510-pound black marlin on the final day of the Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament was worth a staggering $3,004,900 to angler Charlie Lee and California-based Team Chinito Bonito.

1st Chinito Bonito 510 lbs, 2nd 4 Yahoos 395 lbs and 3rd True Grit 308 lbs

The Coast Guard medevaced an injured person via helicopter and rescued 17 passengers, after a vessel collision near the maritime boundary line. The crew of the 332-foot yacht, Attessa IV, contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego's Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders at approximately 7:50 p.m. reporting a collision with the 65-foot sportfisher, Prowler, approximately nine miles offshore of Imperial Beach that resulted in extensive damage to the starboard quarter of the sportfisher and multiple injuries



And they won--! pulled it out late in the night 18th inning--!

---------------- Friday Oct the26- 2018---

Foggy in spots- mostly light 1/4 vis others pea soup- Whale or dolphin watchers glad to see anything-- finding a few outside Dana 4 miles- fog stars to clear up further out .

Couple of boats out marlin fishing off th East end--- party boats up towards the outer oil rigs

San Clemente Island looks open for the weekend and there's Yellowatils to be found in the lee-- nice sizes ones- who knows maybe a marlin or a swordfish good mid day high tide slack periods--

A quick check on the Black and Blue Tournament in cabo--- 117 boats some 700+ anglers over 4,000,000 US dollars at stake, one marlin weighed the First day at 395 lbs- no qualifying fish either yesterday the 2nd day and today's the last chance with minutes ticking away-- away-- away-- it gets a little tight on boat crews and anglers about this time-- tick-- tick-- the minutes tick away- a strike is all that is wanted - currently there are half a dozen boats fighing fish-- we'll see-- Chinito Bonito boats a Black Marlin after a 2 hr battle! 11:38 am

Retriever , Bad Medicine, Quitena (release)all get hooks ups within three minutes apart-- and Suerchingo been on the fish 80 minutes now

tick-- tick

Again the bite develops for the fleet--- El Suertudo hangs one--as does True Grit and Pocket Aces and Bad Medicine and Suerchingo still fighting their fish- -

tick tick - 12:43

True Grit boats their fish--

Tick--Tick 1:30 pm ( 2:30 thir time)

El Suertudo hangs one others still fighing their fish-- 1:47pm

Tick Tick--

- Chinito Bonito's fish--510 lbs- And they're across the board--- except the 20K challange-

Bull Rider, Tag Team and TEAM PELAGIC is on fish-- 2:30

Tick-- Tick-- True Grits yet to weigh their fish - tand theyre across teh board except the 20K and two other fish hanging-- 15 minutes to go-- tick tick--

Lines out-- now the last fish to weigh True Grit's-- STANDING BY!


Dr Mike Thomas;'s big Wahoo caught on the way to the famed marlin grounds off Mag Bay/ Santa Maria-- Nice catch! 90 lbs +


Greg gets a bite-- off the east end-- didn't stick-- 1:11pm

25 ft boat comes in the harbor today flying a marlin flag-- Lady di-- Congrats--

There were three in the at the end-- even one had pushed the bait up to the boat and pinnned it there-- I couildnt go anywhere-- 3:33- East End?-- \

Got some tailers up-- OK go get one-- 4:15PM


It's Still open-- Go Dodgers---

You can bet there's a few bars down in Cabo full of marlin seeking gringos, watching ball games and getting juiced up!

World Series Play-Off Special!

- yep it's back again World famous - Play-Off Specials-

- Dodgers vs the Red Sox's


- Games starts Tuesday - This Year-- you get to pick your winning team and you get to pick one of three lures,,, Colt Sniper (80/100) , Yummy Flyingfish or a Rapala X-Rap #20 Lure.


Rules are-- you pick you team to win, and your lure choice,, if your team Wins you get that Lure Free- yep absolutely Free!!!, if your team losses- you get to buy 2 of them-- you can't go wrong either way-- ! Winners and losers will be notified after the game-

Send your choice in to JD's Big Game or call 1 800 660-5030



------------- Thursdays Oct 25 2018 ----

Light overcast sky- some fog further north-- seas good-- Octobers Full Moon phase--Strong Tides

Several more boats headed south this weekend-- Weather looks good although there's a following sea developing outside north--

Reported off Mag Bay- Pescador's Captain KK landed and est. 92 lb Wahoo that's a beast and some of the marlin fishing below Tasco - the Finger Banks had 44 marlin released in a half days fishing last week!

  1. The Black and Blue continues with better seas today-- As of 10:30 our time no other Big Marlin boated -- standing by - Quitena #58 hooked up again 12:30 pm releases the fish- and Cowboys/ Karma 3 #37 been on a fish for over 2 hours-- Boats it--and they're across the board except the 20K jackpots-- - Not Sure What happened? -- No fish weighed today-- so the $$ Jackpot $$ rolls over to tomorrow and if no fish tomorrow it rolls back to the first days catch! Karma 3's fish had a fateful encounter with a prop voluntary DQ 

And here come the sailboats-Baja Ha-Ha XXV.Departs SD the 29th/ Turtle Bay the 1st of Nov, S/M the 5th and Cabo the 9th

Theft is not a good thing!!-- especially stealing fishing tackle ---Bad Karma comes from it-- recently this past Sunday- Basin - Dock C viewed this guy with a fish shaped skateboard- if you know him tell em to give back the stuff!

Local Water temps-- Good warm Blue water found off San Onofre !-




----------------- Wed's Report Oct 24th 2018 -------------------

light morning overcast-clearing off - wind light from the south 3-5 kts- seas have some texture to them and a low mix of swell-

May Bay Fishing???-- Magdalena Bay, Baja, Mexico. Released 89 striped marlin in 4 days. Really good fishing. Denise& Pete Foxi Lady! Bring more Ballyhoo's they say--'-

Mag Bay fish location! Latitude : 24.82462 (24.49) /Longitude : -112.44406 ( 112.25) roughly 6-10 miles N/W of Cabo San Lazaro ( Bahia Santa Maria)

Several boats headed to Baja/ Mag Bay over the past and next few days-- good traveling expected-

The Black and Blue Starts this morning--! Bumpy seas, forecasted to get better now that Willa has left the stage- $ 4 Million on the line - Local boat Quitena #58 been on a fish for over an hour now-- 12 noon- released-too small-

Weather looked sloppy- Sea Keepers helped!

4 Yahoos brings in the First Qualifier-- an 395 lbs a Black - other than that looks like tough fishing so far-- Santana #76 on a fish-- 3:13pm released -too small--

Only the one fish weighed today close to $480 K -- they were only up to the 3K level in the Jackpots so most of the money rolled over to tomorrows catches-


Go Dodgers-- ! da bums lost again--



-------------- Tuesdays report - Oct 23 2018

More coastal marine / light fog this morning- seas still good with a mix of swell though calm- wind light and fair at 5-6 kts west early

I guess I left early- two marlins released yesterday afternoon off the east end of the island 4 off the end- ( Vick)

PV's and Mazatlan in for trouble--

Coastal waters off color but have a lot of bait in them-- anchovies they look like-- 4-5 inch stuff-

San Clemente Island open this coming weekend- water looks warm in the lee of the island --yellowtails around White Rock and maybe Yellowfin and marlin around the Mackerel bank and the lee of Clemente-- always nice there--

JewelLure III heading south today--

Baja Water temps 65 to 85 degrees

-- Closed on Mondays-- Went fishing- caught mackeal , barracuda and lizzard fish --

Oct 21 Sunday---------- almost as nice- more marine haze and a southeast wind rumpling up the water, making it a bit uncomfortable for those smaller boats anchored up early for the Air Show-- it's due to build up some 10-12 kts by 1 pm more westerly backs off this evening

Cowboy released one this morning-- off the East end of the Island --Congrats to Teri and Chuck-

just got zipped on the flatline-- same place as last time-- wish they stick! 2:52---- 2 off the Slide 19 / 14

Boy -- there sure were a lot of boats heading back into the harbors once the air show was over-- a bit sloppy with all the wakes crisscrossing--

overcast cloud clouds late afternoon--

I received them in a month ago-- but haven't had the devoted time to work with them, Heavy Duty Big Game bamboo rods ( blanks) - hand build by master rod crafter Glen out of Montana - it took a year and a half to get them -- he's in great demand.




These blanks are designed to fish for those giant Bluefin Tunas -It'll take another 6 months of scraping and sanding and varnish finish work before the guides and reel seats and handle can be added.

Photo from Glen

Fall fishing with my fishing buddy,. Glen-

----- Oct 20 2018 ---- Saturday----- Nice ----------

Lots and lots of boats out today-- some whale watchers-- or those heading to Catalina for the weekend, those enjoying a days fishing-- yellowtails up towards the Mussel farm outside Long Beach, those headed offshore for marlins and tunas ( marlins were tight to the island yesterday 400 ft depth- great show of feeders the yesterday- thought they were porpoise- nope 20+ feeders ) the tunas both large and small bluefin or yellowfined around Clemente island -

Pacific Air Show! they say over a million folks will view it today!

And the fleet of boats the armada of boats headed up to the Huntington Flats for the Air Show-- anchored with with sun screen umbrellas , others with banners and flags flying- Should be a spectacular show there today and tomorrow-, clear skies and not much wind-- it gets lots of boats up ther use some caution when returning when the show is over-- too many boats causing too many wakes --small boats take caution!-

great radio reception today--

We're up to 10 so far-- we just got an 102 lbers you copy Mike-- 10:34am S/W of Clemente-

We one on a jig then a bait fish -the jig broke off-- found a paddy with fish on it yellowtails, were near the Slide-- 1/2 way between the 14 to the island

Were out here with the fleet , bluefin there's a dozen sports - were 18 southwest of Pyrimid cove !

In looking at the forecast of the approaching Hurricane which at this point appears to be be crossing directly over the Tres Marias Archipelago an island group located 50 nautical miles off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico in 1905, then president of Mexico Porifirio Diaz placed the islands under federal jurisdiction for use as a federal penitentiary - good fishing there too! it's going get very windy and very wet there- so will PV Stand By!

Greg gets congrats from the fleet for a released fish--off the East end-- 11:50am

We just had some fish up-- soaking a bait now---- maybe they're coming up-- 11:55am

Slack tide today--- 1:30pm

Keep your eyes open -- there's a swordfish up on front of your--- Louie-- there in front of you --- 5 boats-- off your port--- we've baited it several times now--- 12:06

Scratchy report from behind Clemente- see that foamer-- 12:10pm

just had a feeder up-- 2:03

--Great Air Show-- !

The Little Bisbee's got Martha M in the chair for over hours now-?

and I think one or two marlins today east end? and a lot of folks got sun burnt today too!

Looks like there were several bigger marlin taken today and a big 200+ Yellowfin in the little BB tournament in cabo today and latest hurricane forecasted shows it to move onto the Mexican mainland coastline even sooner than expected- heavy rains and winds expected Manazillio and PV.


Go Dodgers--they need help! They Won! Stand by for the famious World Serries Playoff Special !

------------ Friday the 19 of Oct---------

Blue sky- light south wind, low mix of swell- nice-

We saw one sleeper this morning's that's been it for us so far--

A pair of 140's, both baitfish, bluefin tuna we spent the night out there couple of nights ago-- not much of a sunset bite for us although there were some other sportboats out there who seemed to do well- I think their count as 17 or 19 fish for their trip-- we didn't do much there at night nor the morning bite but around 11 am they came up, all over the place- behind us, in front of us, off to the side- all over the place-- we got bit with a live greenback and a sardine (South of Clemente Is. 25 miles 267 bank)

We had quite a few quick feeders-- I think 6 or 7 bites and there was one released- ((East End)

Felicty dumps one too!! on the 14 -Jig fish --2:41

jut got bit again long corner flying fish color- 3:13

JD - Pete got it done today! Congratulations to he and Chris aboard Time Out. Lots of time left to get Chris’s too. AB

West wind 10- 14 kts-- We've got taliers up--- 4:50pm




Go Dodgers!



------ Oct 18 2018-- and the month just keeps rolling along----

Fine weather-- a little dry to the sinuses , clear blue sky- light marine haze to seaward , small mix of seastate otherwise calm with light west wind 5-7 kts- building

The Last one--- of the Season- local Marlin fishing-- or for those chasing numbers they're still here- or at least it sure looks fishy off the East end---- the Pescador, traveling south--was heard via VHF from the lower 500- heading south great weather--

The Mackerel Bank also looks good-- as the question raised about Clemente /Pyrimid Cove being opened - open after 1700 hours today, open all day Friday, Sat and Sunday-

Relentless just finds a marlin within 500 ft of a fish's numbers from yesterday-- ! 12:26

Pacific Air Show this weekend off Huntington Beach-- great entertainment-!

You guys doing any good--- well we saw a nice jumper about an hour ago-- right next to the boat-- 2:56pm

Water gets really nice and warm right next to the island Catalina---- 70+ and a report from the lee of Clemente, nice and warm there too- should be a swordfish or two or three or more basking in the area-- very nice there too- yet no signs of marlins and no signs or swordfish yet- -



The big boy games in Cabo-- The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

--------------Chupacabra 499 ----------------------- Carpe Diem 467 --------------------------Second Wind 363 ----

The Black and Blues and Los Cabos Offshore starts tomorrow-

-------- Oct 17 2018 Wed ------

Clear and Dry again-- very clear and very dry wind light from the southeast maybe 2 3 kts seas calm , flat- swordfish weather!

and you can bet there's several sleepy marlins out there today just sunning themselves- Tyee went 0 for 2 on the marlins this moring- between the Slide and the A bank!

That was a decent show this morning--- yea sure was-- I'm going poke around to the back side ,-- I saw those fish come up from behind me-- then came in between us --- then worked up hill from me-- ok --keep getting em'-- ( my guess between the lines says they were off the East end of Catalina and had a school of Yellowtail come by?) 11:57am

Im on the 371-- skippy--- same here-- were seven from you-- skippies--

Such a beautiful day--- and several of the local private sportfishers having left for Baja and their annual Mag Bay pilgrimage

brings lots of hooks! and facemask and snorkel for the hurricanes!

Go Dodgers---

---------------------- Tuesdays Report Oct 16 2018 ---Oct. marks 42 years here--!

Clear and dry- N/E Santa Ana's- coastal waters dropped to 61 - 62 degrees , bay waters still a dirty tea brown caused by the precious rain debris /crap , and a meager tide to wash it out.

Just had one come unbuttoned on a Jig-- literally acres of bait here- looks like some bonito pushing it-- birds everywhere-- I'm 4 off the Slide- 69.1 degree water it's Blue and lots of bait marks- looks good-- 10:45am Vintage an antique tackle!

Just had a quick feeder come up-- -- 11:34

Just lost another one inside the freighter lanes-- mid channel 12- 15 kts--- 2 -3 ft wind chop-- much nice closer to the island-- 12:58 -- jig fish! It's not over yet--- !!

<---They brought it in yesterday morning to the BAC-- --kept on ice, 249 lbs-- A Party of Three , no details yet!

Reply on the photo--- In 1997 I caught a swordfish off of Catalina and weighted it in at the Balboa Angling Club. Ever since then I’ve been obsessed with catching another swordfish and my goal was to catch it alone. For the past three years I’ve basically ignored all other fishing and focused solely on swordfish. I’ve been mostly using the deep drop method and on my 116th drop I finally caught my fish. On Sunday, October 14th I was north of Santa Barbara Island on my boat, the “PARTY OF THREE” and around 2:00 PM I got hooked-up. I was fishing alone so it was very challenging to work at the rod, maneuver the boat, leader and gaff the fish. He was in 1000 plus deep water and ate a squid, it was a 2 hour fight on 100 lb.line. Obviously the deep drop method is very inefficient in California waters and for safety reasons, I’m not advocating fishing alone. >> >>> Sunset Aquatic Shipyard. > Just chasing a dream, >>> Karl Adriany >>> Congrats- JD !


October 14-18, 2018





And the Tip of Baja for the tournaments





And this mornings water temp charts from 63 to 70 degrees and the Chlorophyll charts-















-- Sorry closed Mondays---

----------------------- Sunday Oct 14 2018 ------

Light overcast against, Seas are like a Lake "he said" , cooler water pushing down from the HB flats and outside- 64 reported off the pipe,

I'm on the A Bank headed to the East End-- wanted to call you before I got out of range-- there were two boats off the backside of the island this morning who had fish ( marlin) I'm headed there now-- 10:27am

Bonito being caught by some of the locals out front of Dana--Newport 1 1/2 - 3 off the beach-- Fun fishing for them-

See what's left over from this wind tonight and tomorrow-- stand by--Avalons on Storm Watch! or should be---

Santa Ana winds weather-- Gulf of California: On Mon, strong to near gale force NW winds will rapidly develop N of 27N in response to robust high pressure building over the Great Basin of the United States. Winds could gust to gale force for the waters N of 30N when this event peaks on Mon. Seas to 9 or 10 ft are possible in the northern Gulf Monday, then seas will gradually subside below 8 ft by Tue evening as winds die down.

----------------- Oct the 13 Saturday rainny ----

Overcast and light rain- wind blew itself ' out leaving seas Ok but still a bit lumpy-

Bonito fishermen , both here and outside Newport chasing a few schools round-- birds are the key , a little white water behind the boat and a skipping feather draws strikes- - Water turning ugly green up west of the harbor-- 68 degrees at the entrance of newport 65 -64 and offcolor to the west towards the Rigs--

Lobsters should be crawling this evening!

Long range weather forecasting for the lower Baja and Mexico shows an hurricane working up Mexican mainland --Stand By--

Afternoon water conditions-- beautiful as it's glassed off from this morning's leftover slop

Foxi Lady Mag Bay Report -- Wed fished 5 miles east of Thetis. Raised 27 released 15. Fishing 4 teasers and pitching ballyhoo Because of hurricane Serigo. Moved boat Wed nite to Finger Bank. Releasing 18 Thursday. Friday anchored at Cape. Back to Mag on Thursday. Tell boats coming down to text us at 310-905 5827. To get up dated info tight lines


-------- Oct 12 2018 - Friday Go dodgers! Well --they lost-- ---

Wind up early today from the west 6- 8+ kts light wind chop and ground swell still mixes but low.

From the reports off May Bay- bring lots of hooks! and bait too- squid teasers help to eliminate some of the unwanted dorado's attacking the jigs-- dropbacks with either rigged ballyhoos or macks for the marlins

- She's a bit blustery out there today-- swells from the south against a stiff west wind it's all jacked up and confused-- yet their are boats headed south today-- Vaya Con Dios!

Weather forecast to get better on Saturday- some left over lump and swell Sunday better- then along comes Santa-- Monday morning--- -- Santa Ana Winds strong at times blowing southwards, Boat traveling south head caution it can come up strong out of the Northeast

Go dodgers!

----Oct 11 2018 - Thursday Report ----

Another nice day-- seas calm with a light cross mix of low swells - wind light from the west/ southwest 3-5 kts- Building to 12- 15 from the west afternoon hours--

Couple of partyboats fishing the Bonitos over at Catalina-- saying they'd had good scores of them,

Sporfishers headed south, held off a day or two till the effects of Serigo go away- Price of Fuel remains high in Mexico -- over $6.50 a gal +++ up to $8.00!! yikes (Turtle)

Reports filter back from the Mag Bay area on the fishing--- Foxi Lady raised 32 fish and released 15 of them on the Thetis Bank- We'll have to see what transpires after the storm goes by-- but it looks good so far!

Bonito outside Dana today -

Headed to Baja mexico--Here's a fww boats headed that way-- send in you info- might help to have someone bring down a part or two! -jdsbiggame@aol.com

Kana Lona Oct 12 Mag Bay

Bull Pen will be heading down to Mag Bay Sunday, Oct 14.

Pescador leaving Oct 17 Mag Bay

JewelLure III leaving Oct 23to Mag Bay

Provider leaving Oct 24 th for Mag

Predator on the 27th of October a 42' Uniflite  to Mag Bay

“SKOL” October 30th. It’s a blue hull 64’ Viking Sportfisher. Mag Bay.

“Shameless" October 30th. It’s a dark blue hulled 61’ Mickelson Mag Bay.

Tin Man - Oct 31, 43’ Mickelson-Mag Bay

Blackbeard- Nov1.---44 Pacifica Mag Bay

Playing Hookie -MNov 1st Mag Bay

Magellan -Nov 1st Mag Bay

Joint Venture- Nov 1st Mag Bay

Bounder plans to depart Nov. 6th for Mag Bay


10/10/18- Wed

Nice morning-- seas have a light mix of swell but othesies flat- by noon a light west began building

Took the morning hours on the water-- soaked a rigged squid at 600 ft deep and a live green backed mackerel out another 150 ft-- water, starts to clean up at around 2 miles, shearwaters and porpoise marks the appearance of bait schools-- - by 9 am the clock on the wall said its time for work- so packed up and headed back escorted by several black n' white hole heads-- nice morning-- no bites- thanks everyone for the good wishes--

E-Mail this morning from the Quitena while haeding south--

700 pounds from yesterday. Died on us, Tiagra reel completely failed and we tied on a new rod and planed her up on light tackle 150 leader. Caught on a Nomad wahoo jig. Rich saw a big sonar mark and was bitching we hadn’t got the marlin spread out when she bit.


Mexico's Water temp


Looks warm down there--



A check with San Clemente's web site

Schedule/Safety Zones shows the Cove to be open for anchrage form 7 pm till 7 am Fri and Sat and becomes active hot again 6 am on sunday- backside tuna grounds open , watch the weather


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-------- Tuesdays report --------- Oct 9th 2018 -----

Nice day-- Seaward , a bank of coastal cloud, wind light from the south seas have that sparkle to them- Swells on the beaches, churning up the water a bit--

Yellowfin and skippes and a few dorado in the mix below the 312 south to the 9 mile Bank and US/ Mex Border and out to the Ridge 182- 181 and maybe as high up as the 209 - better

Heading to Mexico-- price of fuel up these is days-- Island Marine Fuels, out front of JD's shop has a Baja Mexico Special going on -- VALVTECT treated Diesel fuel is 30 cents off the Preferred Customer Pricing with an 400 gal minimum required. Please call for reservations and exact prices as it can change daily --406 South Bay Front . Balboa Island, CA 92662 . (949) 673-1103 Tell em' JD's Sent you!

Struggled with a couple of reels today-- hours to get the bearing out- and replaced-- boat headed to Mexico needs good gear-- no use going south with tackle bound to bind up-- , couple of suggestions Hooks-L J's and leaders and line were common go through's, some small wire and other goodies to fish the inland areas




Today's water temp images and the Chlorophyll- , you ca see where those tunas and dorado are hanging in that warm water 63 to 73 degree














--- Closed Monday--


Por Vida calls in late yesterday afternoon-- they had caught a marlin with a US Vet aboard, he's been wounded in Iraq and this was his first time out Deep Sea Fishin' the quote-- "these sure don't pull like a bass but more like a stock car!" Michael Doole Congrats!


Three marlin off the East End/ Church Rock yesterday


------- Sundays report --------- Oct 7 th--

Wind out of the South, breezy seas have a wind chop and a west swell to them- a little bumpy- not many boats out of the harbor this morning-- and those over in Catalina for Buccaneer Days have a lumpy return back to port today- yuck-

Reported from boats already making the journey to the Cape before the storm-- of smaller/ med sized Yellowfin tunas from San Benito's southwards to the Cape-- a few wahoos on the high spots on the ridge, timing was part of that and of very good Striped Marlin fishing on the Finger Banks, halfway below Mag bay to the Cape . No report of fuel cost at Turtle Bay yet and we'll have to see what transpires there depending on weather this coming week-- Some helpful items may be brought down to them afterwards by private boats

The Baja Ha ha Starts Oct 28- runs to Nov 10th

Weather backed off somewhat mid day-- still bumpy- not many whales or porpoises around for the local whale watchers-- they are seeing breaking fish offshore 4- 5 miles under terns- bonito or skippies

Go Dodgers-

--------- Sat Oct 6 2018 -

Cooling off with a bit of cloud cover and a brisk morning south/southwest wind at 8- 14 kts seas a bit bumpy and a mixed of seastate-- -We've still got a ways before the marlins leave, Santa Ana's and a storm or two to concentrate em' and move them southwards-- Tunas a tails will be out savior for the winter-

Not much to report --facebook says a few skippies around and a marlin heard of, best I can give is a water temp chart today- JD

----------------- Fridays Report -------------Oct 5th ---

So-So out there this morning--- a wavering of the hand denoted the seas were only only so so- VHF radio says newport beach at 4 ft and water temps 66 degrees- water greening up- hazy clear sky w/ few horizon clouds lingering on-

San Clemente Islands Security web site shows the "Cove and inside of the island" up to Whites to be Active from 7 am till 7 pm Friday, sat and Sunday-

Zone- C & D 06-OCT 0700 to1900 SFC:10K SHOBALSHGT

Marlin bite near the A- Bank today-

Good luck this coming weekend-- -

Go Dodgers!!

------ Thursdays report --- beautiful out there today-- clouds and sun- light refreshing breeze- couple of boats out-- one fish I think hooked off the east end of the island

Come on down, the Pargo are biting ! a 56 pound Pargo, Nice Catch--!

I'll have to call you back-- I'm a little busy right now----oh yea? 1:31pm

Hey you've got to turn!!! --- hey can you hear me on the skiff-- you've got to turn-- Sorry-bro-- yea we were way streched--1:39

Go Dodgers!!

Couple more bites towards the east end of the island-- good temp break there--

Beautiful day

-------- Wed's Oct 3 2018 --

Wind steady from the Southeast, seas fair and calm light mix of swell- cloud-cover

Some of the biggest yellowfin tunas many of the newer crowd have experienced are here and still fishable-- finding a school of porpoise and working around the perimeters of them with either trolled plugs or cedar plug lures-, smal jet heads had the skippies on them . Also getting in the middle or get in front of the pack with dropped down live baits sardines or small greenbacks macs - fish up to 60- 70 lbs reported- and a mix of Big eye tuna to boot-- prime areas have been from the 289 it towards Clemete is. and a mile or two from the Head- ( afternoon hours) and down the S/C Canyon to the 43 and back towards the border from there-

Any offshore school of porpoise this time of year may be holding--


E-Mail this morning-- JD, I caught my qualifier ( Tuna Club of Avalon) over the weekend aboard Rod N's Matador! 20 lb Dacron. Tag and release Ryan M

E-Mail from Genesis Team... Catches a Big Eye Tuna on the troll. An additional mixed bag of 15 other tuna... Bluefin,yellowfin and Skipjack.





Headed to Baja mexico--Here's a fww boats headed that way-- send in you info- might help to have someone bring down a part or two!

JewelLure III leaving Oct 23to Mag Bay

Pescador leaving Oct 19 Mag Bay

Playing Hookie ? Mag Bay

Magellan ? Mag Bay

“SKOL” October 30th. It’s a blue hull 64’ Viking Sportfisher. Mag Bay.

“Shameless" October 30th. It’s a dark blue hulled 61’ Mickelson Mag Bay.



---------- Tuesday October the 2nd,

Most of that swell as backed off- seas fair and calm some lump to it, a mix of sea - waters lost some of it;s clarity- baits showing on the 14 but not much else, several boats out searching-- three cast no bites-

Hot Reels releases one 32 minutes on 30 dacron he was towards the east end of the Island 72 degrees 1:16-- slack tide 3:38 this aftenoon

Nice ocean today--

only the one fish off the east end that I know of-- good amoung of bait on the 14 but no fish- water greening up inside waters


-- Sorry closed on Mondays - Didnt catch anthing-

----------- Sundays Report Sept 30 2018 ----

Coastal light clouds- warm and sunny inland-- wind light West/southwest switching to West 2- 3 kts- nice-light texture to the water- mix of low swells- northwest wind building- being sucked southwards by Rosa--

Charisma comes in early today from yesterdays Marlin fishing-

Todays mid day slack tide and a little bit of wind and swell up should bring about some action-- AIS has a dozen boats or more working from the A-Bank to the rigs , 14 and shipping lanes--

Wherw do thes marlin come from and where do they go?--

The Great Marlin Race--- two years ago-- On September 30, 2016 Hooked Captain Geoff Hersch deployed the first tag of the race on an estimated 36 kg (80 lb) striped marlin after a 17-minute bout with angler Jeff Acampora. The effort was collaborative with generous sponsorship from Jeffrey Tom, David Peter, Greg Zucchero, Chris Bailey, Craig Cleaver, John Tully, Dan Gorman, Peter Nannis, David Guyot, and Tucker Guyot On May 4, 2017, 216 days after it was deployed, the tag on Fish 1 (Tag 16P1157) popped up 1,397 nautical miles (nm) away to t ake first place in the 2016 IGMR MABT! After deployment, Fish 1 traveled south for about one month to the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. Then, the striped marlin made a couple of loops in that area for another month before heading southwest into the Pacific. After traveling to about 3 degrees north of the equator, the fish then turned northwest and swam in that direction until the tag popped off above Hawaii! . As evident by the track, we estimate the marlin swam a total distance of 5,560 nm*

Those last ones were like 15 lb er's, they were in the 60 lbs-- we just lost a whopper!! those big ones are pretty assume !, 11:53

Get on top of the meat-- throw some bait, we got two triples last couple of times ---we got on em' there biting-- you know the drill just pull up to the meat- and throw some sardines in the water-- 11:58


at last a decent satellite image of the water temps ( L- 62-72 degrees) and chlorophyll charts (R)














the flags keep on flying--

Offshore and Pescador

and Vicks on another one in the afternoon hours-- inside the 14-- and it's released-- congrats- from the fleet

Overall fishing today was off for the marlins today--

Should be nice sunsets and sunrises the next few day--


Go Dodgers they won- playing tomorrow against the Rockies - Angles- who?-



------ Saturday-Sept 29th - feels like spring- with a few puffy clouds around in the morning hours-- light south wind- 2-5 kts- seas fair with building swell-

A pod of a dozen or so Orca's outside Newport / Dana 8- 10 off the beach-- 2-4miles?

T/C we've got a 12?-- 20 lb bait fish 10:54- ? Control--- it got cut off? Stand by we're pulling on the second fish, one cut the other off- 10:56

Miller time were hooked up on 30 lb-- 11:09

Hey-- boat with no one up on the bridge-- slow down and turn we've got a fish hooked up-- ~!!

Looked like the shipping lanes between the 14 and A bank and the oil rigs was the hot spot--

T/C Cameo is hooked up on 9 thread lines line-- 12:26

Joint Venture hooked up on 30lb-- 12:33--

T/C lines out at 3 pm today and roll call seemed to be a dozen or more boats in their Hunt Tournament--- unfortunately I did not hear the counts but there must have been a dozen or more fish hooked

They tell me the bigger tunas showed back again off the back side of Clemente-- divers speared a 150 +

we got a double going!-- Prospector-- came up on the jigs right next to Randy-- 27/ 11 --- 3:51

sounded like randy also had a pair of them too-

and Prospector gets the releases and congrats

sounded lik good local marlin fishing- feeders tailer- fun-


Go Dodgers--

and Old Joe still fishing through is son-- with Joe Winkelmann's 9 thread Dorado - Congrats- JD


----------- Friday the 28 th - last weekend in September 2018 -

Almost a June Gloom atmosphere here today-- overcast warm- light wind from the south seas calm light mix to it- building swells this weekend from the south-- made two casts, no bites quit

Looks like Broadbill Swordfish tides to me--

You guys have a swordfish rig?? -- we've been playing with it for quite a while-- come on over and give it a try-- all we've got is 30lb tackle he's a big fish!-- 10:59 am


E-Mail this morning We headed out of Newport looking for tuna a full bait tank of sardines and Mackerel. 25’ Pursuit “Reel Friends”Found poroipus schools, whales and birds around the 277 but no strikes. Went towards the 289 and it was lifeless so headed to 182. Windy and overcast so tracked back up to the 209. We got a knock down on the daisy chain cedar plug around 12:00. Saw it was a Marlin. Long time friend Don Kemby dropped back a mackerel at and we watched it inhale it. My son Duncan Wilson brought it to the boat for his first Marlin a Great team effort! Came back in to try around the 14 mile bank and found 5 seiners wrapping Bonitas

See where our bows pointed-- that's where there were all those crashing tunas-- 11:21--

Parker on the 181 , this is the Cabo off your side--- you had any luck---- had one short bite, we've done well on the Halco and a hex head purple and black -- about a half dozen they'd range from 25 down to 15---what color Halco?- purples and blacks seem the hot color-- we had out a cedar plug out the back there, early on with a triple, they seem a little shy right now--- good luck to you- thanks--

San Clemente Island looks to be open for fishing this weekend -- pay head to the weather and swells--

Anybody fishing the 14--- ??-- i've got only a couple skipjacks so far-- anybody? 12:09

You know it slow when guys "on the water" are calling in here via to ask me if I've heard anything?-- quite out there today !

Where's all the big tuna go? Japan?--

Just had a couple feeders up-- you just getting to the zone?-- we had a jig strike about a 1/2 mile behind you half hour ago-- 2:03pm

anybody on the 43--- we're about 11 up the line from it-- had double jig strikes of dorado-- that's been about it-- yea were here rolling into a pod of dolphins right now- -- some kelps here too- we'll let you know--2:12

We're on our way to clemente-- we're on the ridge now -- we didn't see anything interesting all the way --- you into dolphins-- I got you we'll cruse over your way-- drag some cedar plugs-

We worked it for quite a while just about to give up on it-- when we got a really nice one-- ! 3:30

- Lobster Season due to open-- lots of game wardens around-- Make sure you've got all your paperwork and personal gauges on hand--

Reports of Drift Gill Nets being phasaed out by law-

Boy oh Boy--- that was a big fish-- We heard the report of a 500 lb Blue being landed today-- but ours wasn't quite that big but it was big- 300lb + hit that black and sliver jig with a little green on it-- big jig aways back took that 50 W with all ha 80lb Mono and the 100 brad backing down to almost nothing left-- getting it down from the bride rod holder was something - and we stayed on the fish for another 20 25 minutes slowing gaining line-- when something happened maybe the fish was just wrapped but the fish shook and the hook came out-- pulled it-- Just south of the 209 for that bite-- we caught as many yellowfin as we lost- that X-Rap purple and black and the P/BK Halco-- maybe a mile above the 181 is where we found that mile long pod od dolphins the fish were off the back south side of it. Boy oh Boy was that ever a big fish! and reported two wahoo taken today- how's that for a friday late afternoon report-- -


---------------Thursdays Sept 27 2018-

Hazy blue, inland hazy gray seaward- light west wind 2- 4 kts- seas calm, wind light, mix of seastate- Made three casts, one nice 10 inch spotted bay bass- quit-

AIS shows the local sportboat fleet chasing the smaller grade tunas, skippies and yellowfin from the 209 southeastwards

--------radio quiet -------

Water temp/ chlorphill images shows a band of warm blue water pushing up the backside of Catalina- still off-color 68 up on the Osborne-

Where ya goin?? calm down we just got hooked up to a marlin--- twice! 11:31

had a double on the skipjacks on the 277 not mucj else going on here-

10-12 offshore birds and bait mackeral bank

Early afternoon report-- Bill was out--- past the 14 2-3 miles and down to the 267/ 279 bank-- not much going on-- meetered some bait deep 200 ft -- most life seen was S/E of the 267-a few more birds and bait there-- otherwise quite-

Hunt Tournamet tomorrow for the Tuna Club of Avalon-- martlins and tunas the goal--

-just had a marlin greyhounding-- 3:07 Jumper---


Sept 26 2018 Wed- report

Heaver marine clouds this morning- almost a light fog-- wind light from the west-- seas calm a mix of sea , Warm water pushed in towards the coastline-

Areas of fish on Monday dried up on Tuesday-- birds and bait disappeared-! moon phase?currents-

Looking forward Cedros Island and Turtle Bay looks to get wet and windy early next week- -!!-

A congrats went out to a marlin being released- 11:02--

Congrats again --- what's that your third fish for the day--- !! 12:04

remained quiet for most of the day-- a few whales watchers out outside Laguna-- some hole heads there

Another quick review on the water temps and clarity/ Chlorophyll charts- revels just how fast this stuff changes, maybe it's the full moon or tidal movements-

Quite for the rest of the day--

--- Sept 25 2018 Report-

Took the day off yesterday-- went fishing for marlin in my skiff- had the old Zane Gray blue and white teaser out there bobbin an weaving around -starboard side, a set of lifelike plastic sardines rigged in an enlarged umbrella rig -port side, looked real fishy and the rigged ballyhoo looking like a snake back there just swimming along-snaky like- in dark rich blue warm 70.9 degree water , just outside the Forbidden Zone of Laguna-- spent about 5- 6 hours there yesterday, nice boat ride, saw an sea elephant and a patch or of kelp that was it for the day-

Vick ran over towards Catalina-- had a triple and camino had a fish there too- Vintages over on the ridge off Catalina 125// 152 and towards the 277 - lots of bait still showing there- too-

Clemente Islands was reported slow so far this morning-- Full Moon?- hard to catch any flyers there last night--

there's all sorts of smaller yellowin on the 277- skipppies there too-

and some tunas behind the island too-- both islands 20- 30lb stuff-

overcast here on the beach and on the water for most of the day-

We had three sleepers 6 miles outside your house this morning ( laguna) spaced about 1/2 apart- there was some bait there, mackerel chovies-- we pounded it out for couple of hours through the tide change for nothing-- you doing anything?

West wind picked up clearing out that cloud cover-- not much else said on the radio-- boat coming down from S F said inner waters inside Channel islands offcolor- but had sea life in it- seals etc-


---- Sorry will be Closed on Monday!-----

---------- Sundays Sept 23er-- first full day of Fall----

Feels like it too- a different set of morning coulds today-- seas calm- light swell nice-

ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O-- Steve Brackmann tournament High Angler aboard team / boat “Time Out” at the awards held at Catalina for the Pesky's . Went 2 for 5 over the last two days below the 14 Mile Bank. Funnest tourney there is “The Pesky Tournament”!






ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O-

The Bounder and Crew arrive back safely into the harbor-- ALOHA



Swagger comes in flying their laundry--

As well as Nuevo --








Upcoming the Tuna Club of Avalon will host their Hunt Tournament -- one of the last of the season-- Light Dacron line for the marlins and heaver Dacron lines for the Tunas-- if if you really got brave- using linen fishing thread lines ! Just in, 20 lb Cortland Dacron fishing lines also stocked are 30, 50, and 80 lb test Dacron in buld spools- sorry no 12 or 8 lb Dacron-- .


Headed to Mexico--- SAC Sportfishing Asso of Southern California . has the links for that FMN Permit--


Saturdays First Day of Fall- Sept 22 equal day and night time-

A great Pesky Morning to all -- from the Play-N Hookey. Go get em!!

. · Yesterday’s jig fish on the Bounder. 1st days Los Pescadores Marlin Derby multiple fish in the jigs 8 fish released so far good turnout 42 boats ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O---

Light marine coastal clouds haze -Light west wind early-- forecasted to blow 15- 20 midday west- light wind chop on otherwise nice seas for now--

- We're three for for so far--

What time is it!!

ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O Nuevo releases a fish-- on the 14 Mile Bank- 11:14

ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O Noon Update--- 12 fish yesterday and 4 so far today. Caught on the 14, A Bank and the Rigs.

ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O I think he said 23 and 14 jig, rubby, morgan-- Black &Purple- hokd on-- 1:37

I think were Bite--- 2-- 2-1/2 off the light-- 2:48 pm Slack tide today-- 2:28 pm today

ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O Time Out gits a bite minutes before lines out 19 / 05 bait fish- ballyhoo- His Second!














Another look at the changing water temps and Chlorophyll
















Soon to be heading south are dozens of sportfishers-- from aquick water temp review it looks nice and warm off Mag Bay--





------------ Fridays Fish report- 9/12/ 18---

Seas calm with a light roll to it- light wind ripple on it-- nice Full moon building--

ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O-couple of morning bites 59/ 29

We had radio troubles just got the hand held working we had a double on the 277,


That's the second bite we got off that tournament lure-- is that with the palm tree leaves out or laid flat, I'll have to check-


Reel Five-O this this the Hooker-- 11:19 ALOHA- Reel 5 O ya picking me up Dan-O Bill's fishing w/ Stanley--\


The gal' s were out making bait this morning--!



-We just lost one about a 1/2 mile behind us-- yea we had one too - tried to get the bagel on it-- but didn't'

Stanley-- Congrats from the Sel le vie--!

Reel 5- O ya picking me up Dan-O 34/ 05 Kea Kai-- 11:05 we've got a hook up -- and the rest of the stuff- 11:05 released

The fleet's circling the outer oil rigs---!! There's maybe 5 ot 6 marhin release so far today--- 11:54am--










Slack tide today 2:00 Standing by---

Motivator releases one with the garb and all the dressings on-- 2:12

Reel 5- O ya picking me up Dan-O -- Flying Fish also hooked up with Kingmill the angler the crew putting on their garb as well as the angler-- grass skirts- coconut bras and hula looping adds to their points--20 over 09

Reel 5- O ya picking me up Dan-O - another hook up-- 2:43-- the tides turned and the fish were up in it.

And the days radio sparks agiain with another- Reel 5- O ya picking me up Dan-O - something- and - 59 3:50 pm

and for the old timers-- Badges-- we dont need any stinking badges!"

<-----Photo of Beek in his early Days

and Stan in the good ol days too!->

Prospector calls in grass skirts and all-- Reel 5- O ya picking me up Dan-O - 4:59 -- there's no lines out tonight -- so they can fish till 4:08 pm on sat


















-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tuna Stuff ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

They were biting there this morning-- but the Navy has other ideas about fishing there---

They ( scientist) were doing some archival tagging on the Bluefin these past few days--- three different tags in one 150lb fish released

JD, Here is a picture of Todd's 2nd fish (before 8:00 am) caught this morning on a JD's rigged yummy flyer. 1/2 way to limits.. Hello JD, My brother Todd Niles is at SCI trolling one of your rigged yummy flyers and has 2 Bluefin on the boat at 8:00 am. Todd said conditions are good !



--- Thursdays Sept 52- report ---------Coastal clouds lingered longer than expected till noon- light S/S/E wind- seas fair light cross bump to it- Weather looks to be ok for tomorrow but blowing Sat mid-day /afternoon with a left over lump on Sunday--

The marlin fleet out and about---couple of marlin bites between the inner banks and up towards the rigs-

We got a jumper here-- couple around anyway--- thanks buddy we had a jumper the other side of that break-- ( 14) that's all we've seen in the past hour- 11:50 Slack tide today--- 1:30pm

Aloha-- Reel Five-O and Hilo Hookers are the tournament boats-this year for the Pesky's Mahlin Derby--- - Pickin' me up Danno! is the call and Grass skirts, Hulu-Hoops and sandles are part of the garb to wear when hooked up and opened breski's and baggled released mahlin add to angler points- Aloha !

Custom Hulu skirted Tiki God mahlin lure!

Aha---- its a Mako Shark-- no-- turned into a nice big dorado! 1:52

Warren hangs a double up by the oil rigs-- 2:28 released-


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

hazy pale blue sky- light S/W wind 2-3 kts- seas fair and smooth, a little wrinkle here- there-

Said they were finding skippies 7 inside the 209 area and a couple of jumping dorado on a kelp-- others inside and below them towards Oceanside by a war ship reported offcolor green water- bluer outside them

Oil Rigs off Huntington- they were still looking for bird schools 10:12am

Pesky's Kick off Dinner this evening-- ALOHA- ya picking me up Dan-O---


Orcas' still hanging around, lots of common dolphins off the coastline the Killers were swimming amongst them.

We're next to that paddy where that marlin was hanging-- our slow trolled mackeral got crushed!

Tsunami Warning Test today at 3:00--!!! this is a test only---

The 47th Channel Islands Billfish Tournament was held this year from September 8-12. Good weather and poor fishing resulted in 4 fish being released by 11 entered boats. First place went to Brett Bannerman's "Skol" with two releases. Second place with one release was Jim Dal Pozzo's "Hydrocarbon". "Ruckus" with C.G Miller and crew took third place with one release.

Sleeper this moring on the 14 that didnt bite and some more jig bites and a few tailers off the East end of the island--

2018 Masters a fish story

Creak--- Creak----Creak each step betrays me as I crept down that old wooden staircase wondering to myself of how many others have also creep down these same stairs in the dark morning hours not wanting to wake the others upstairs. Yet they too would soon be up and about to test their skills in this sport of deep sea fishing. I was a guest at the Tuna Club of Avalon this past weekend- to act as Radio Control for the Balboa Anglings Clubs Master Angler tournament--

Stationed high up on the hills above Avalon the site held an spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean below and onwards to the East and it’s coastal coastline, the hills of San Pedro rising above the morning’s marine clouds, soon to go away in the daylight.

Up early

Wow—what a scramble during that midday bite --- , now to sort it all out--- , as a precaution I had taken a little tape recorder along to reconfirm all the boats, anglers, tackle and times, only one double check was needed to confirm a 16 lb vs 20 lb fish was hooked— Pleasant up there –no noise other than a few birds chirping and fluttering in amongst the shrub and cactus beds- couple of hiker passed by with a wave, saw an big old shaggy buffalo and what a nice view from up there- till next year

5 Clubs, 39 boats, 172 anglers, 40 hook ups- 27 released, 17 bait fish-, 28 Jig fish

------------- Tuesday Sept 18 2018 ---------

Morning light west wind with the sky blue and hazy light wind chop on that mix of sea-

Regrettably the ABC Avalon Billfish Classic was canceled this year- Bigger and better next year!-- but wait---------- there's more to come-- Yep the Pesky's that zany rowdy bunch of seafarers with this years theme--Hawaiian conplete with Angler outfit Grass skirts, coconut bra, lei’s, Tribal tattoos, slippers while a crew member Hula Hoops!!! Kick off Wednesday at the Chicken Coop starts at 6:30 - Currently the Derby full --

sorry-- sign up early next year!



Sounded like there was good yellowtail fishin up by the oil rigs-

Bumpy outside- 6-8 ft ground swell with some wind on it-- 277 +

Some skippies mid channel, also on the 277 along with a few dodo's

Couple of interesting images of the water temp (L) and that of chlorophyll charts ( R)














------------ Monday Sept 17 2018 ----

Light blue sky after some morning coastal clouds left us-- wind fair from the west early--- light wind chop with it-

Up dates on the Masters catches ( See below)

-While were out chasing marlins and tunas-- Pete's chasing trout--E-Mail-- from Pete- JD Caught a nice steelhead today. 6 wt fly rod w a stonefly nymph. Vancouver Island, BC Cheers PB

Quite a feww boats out today--- fishing both the marlins and tunas 277 had good bait and bird life 71 degrees

Marlin boats chasing bait in 72 1/2 good clear looking water-- 267 Downhill current pushing the bait southwards West wind picking up-- 2:45pm

We found purple blue 72 degree water and 9 dorado while trolling for marlin--

Sloppy mixed seastate this afternoon



Just a few of the photos from the Masters thanks to Eric L.














































Radio Control!










Daily catches


High Club this Year went to the Light Tackle Marlin Club's Team #1 Joint Venture, Pacific Pioneer, Flying Fish and Prospector, High Angler the Master Angler Award went to Don Butts aboard the Magellan catching back to back marlins on 20 and 16 lb test lines. and the High Boat Award went to the Motivator from the Los Pescadores club- Congrats to all the winners! JD

________ Saturday Sept. 15th ________

- Osprey angler John Shaper hooked up on 20 lb, Grid 28 - bait fish -

- 12:43 Donnie Hooked Up on 20lb tackle - Fish came off -

1:00 PM Update

- 3 Fish Being Fought Right Now on Gun Slinger, The Patron (now released on 20 lb), & Osprey -

- 21 Hook-ups -

-10 Bait-fish -

- 11 Jig-Fish -

-12 lb on the "Swagger".. be careful - line breaks too easy -

- Swagger 2:10 PM Hook-up -

- Burning Dayligh: 16 lb -

- "Jack Harris - - 4:18PM So Glassy, Tim, 16 lb, Jigfish Grid -OFF! Darn.. - 40 min left, good luck - Make a couple zigzags and a U-turn, you might get him again, .. Best of luck!"


- 17 Released Today -

-8 Lost -

-1 DQ'ed -

- CONGRATS!! 100% Radio Participation today! - 98% Yesterday - 1 on the head count of the yellow-jacket(s) - Spanish Radios's are tough! - Davy 0ut! -

Radio Talk

Quiet today -

2:22 PM The Breeze is PICKING UP

209: "Any fish today? .. Dorado under the paddy's .. Can't find any paddy's"


The shop will be open from 12 till 5 pm , Thursday, Friday and the weekend-- probably closed on Monday-- JD

-------Wed's Sept 12 2018 Report ---------

Nice morning weather for the inner waters- gray sky, gray ocean flat and calm-- by mid morning marine coastal clouds still lingering light southwest wind 3-5 kts- Weather on the outside starting to blow up--

This evening's the kickoff for the BAC's Masters held at Marina Park 5:30 here in Newport-- Tagging the fish under 10 minute rule reinstated- ( I think)

Last minute rigging of tournament tackle and strategies developing as the Fridays morning start approaches quickly-

Couple of boats out near the 209- south , jig strikes on Dorado-11:22am

Weather cleared up with a light westerly building---

Said there's some big bull dorado under kelps below 209- 14/ over 07

Good Luck in the tournament--

We just got a marlin on a 95 ft Delta-- about 7-8 miles off Dana 1:39 pm

Although cloud cover covers half of it-- it's what we got--

From yesterdays satellite water temp images (L) and the Chlorophyll chart ( R)
















The Master Angler Billfish Tournament is Friday and Sat, Sept 14 and 15 it welcomes all fishing Clubs! You are invited to participate in the oldest and most prestigious all-release marlin tournament on the west coast. give the club a call or e-mail to -info@balboaanglingclub.org

The 47th annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament will be held this year 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 http://cibillfish.org


4th Annual Avalon Billfish Challenge 2018 To: avalonchallenge@gmail.com

Avalon Billfish Challenge ABC: Avalon Billfish Challenge Sept 16-17and 18th or Email: avalonchallenge@gmail.com or Call Russ cell: 310 948 1011

But wait----- there's more!


------ Spet 11 2018 Tuesday----------------

Wind light and refreshing from the south 8- 10 knts-- seas light bump and wind chop

Something about a life-raft up on the beach ( red rock) and some debris in the water- commercial boat?

Do you need any bait-- no we just hung one on the iron--9:56am

Sportfisher on the 277 you seeing anything we just came from the 209-?

Vick released another one yesterday morning,/ East end Catalina- one out of a pair hooked up-- other's also had hook ups both on baits and jigs-- Black and pink, greenish brown both had action- as well as the rigged Ballyhoos ( available at JD's)

Not as much bait showing this morning off Catalina-- only one fish up in the teasers

Just south of the 267 a paddy with a couple of boats on it-- to the third boat aproaching--- saying three's a croud and to keep on moving---

very quiet on the radio today--nice weather--






------------------Sept 10 Monday---------------

Morning hours find light coastal clouds and fair seas---

Tournament time-- Mumms been the word but there's still good fishing goring on especially for those Bluefin out behind Clemente-- "LR boats out of SD been clobbering them" The island's got some Navy restrictions this week but look open Thursday

San Clemente islands looks open for anchorage in the Cove beginning Thursday Fri and Sat and Sunday--

Dorado under paddies outside Oceanside-- 267/ 14 mile bank, marlins around the island- some school tuna below the 209- deep water side of the 277

They said the wanted to buy it--- a rubber flying fish not a yummy but the original rubber flying fish-- years ago while digging in the bay here in Newport looking for worms at low tide 4 am-- my feet got tangled up in some sort of wire on the bottom- tripping me into the drink-- frustrated and dragging up this heavy wire and glob of mud attached to it. - tossed it aboard into a bucket and never looked at it till later in the day-

It must have dropped overboard some time in the late 50's or early 60's it's a rubber flying fish rigged with a pair of 10/0 hooks and heavy cabled wire- - preserved perfectly underwater then--now over the years it's degraded in the air - otherwise it probably could still work!




Sept the 9 2018- Sunday--- report -

Morning coastal and ocean fog, inland warm and sunny- seas calm and not much wind maybe 1 2 south- seems a fair numbers of fishermen out today- Sorry to say the foul mounted crowd back at it again-- rudeness is not needed on the VHF radio, Grow up- speech like that is for pimply faced teenagers who aren't mature yet- The oceans big and deep, we need all the friends we can get out there--

We came from the 181 one dorado a small yellowtail 5 or 6 kelps were empty--

33:07 / 117:49---- 209 and the 267/279 had dorados--

<---Photo from Jenny

He said they ran over to Clemente to fish the giants-- sickle fish he called them, ( meaning their large rear spines in their dorsal fins) roaming schools of maybe 8- 10 fish at a time, the big 250 lb fish-- chasing up some bait-- they run and gun seeing their sickle up fining and try to get the balloon and rigged flyer over to it-- blow ups and missed bites- ahaa- then they were gone- never metered them after that-



they just got one on that boat next to us-- saw him hook up on a jig-- thats about were we were 12:15


E-mail this morning-- Yesterday I made your ballyhoo work, released a nice marlin about 6 miles SW of the East End of Catalina. Clean release, even got the hook back Don P

Anybody-- see that that large jumping fish at 5 off?--- 1:16pm

Late afternoon fish report-- Stil a few marlins around -- East end of Catalins/ Church rock and good looking bait schools down to the 152, weather like a lake out there today-- Sleeper released two, Bounder had one , Kea Kai was there-- and several others got into the action -





--------------------Sept 8 Saturday 2018 -------

Visibility reduced to a mile or less this morning pea soupy fog that looks to be burning away by mid morning-- wind light from the West/southwest 2- 4 kts-- light wind chop/ ripple-

They've stopped the boat three or four times so far-- they're about a half mile for me-

Mid day afternoon hours tailers came up off the East End of Catlalina- giving anglers in the CIYC a shot at some local fish-

We had a 200 lb marlin off the troll--

209 or thereabouts had skippys with the porpious and yellowfin under them-- Mexican Flag worked well for the skippies--

found some nice kelps on the 277 but no one home--

We're back out here where we saw those sleepers this morning--

Yellows at Catalin- 7- 12 lbs-- maybe a bigger one in the mix-- and the Bonitos were 1 1/2 and a bigger grade at 5- 7 lbsers--

We've been watching the meter marks --about 100 ft deep--they're the ones we want-- they won't come up-- another voice chimes in--- they will when the sun comes out-- 11:55 - Slack tide today--- 2:50 pm-- standing by--

117.55/ 33:02 and 04/ 15 holding tunas-

Still overcast on the water - noon-- 1-2-4 kts west

Just south of the 14 just got a skipjack-- waters a little warmer in here-- we're going to Zig- Zag our way down 10- 12 something like that off the beach-- 12:37

we're here at that temp break- 72 degrees, off cat's east end-- that's where it was happening there this morning only some birds here now-- maybe that afternoon tide-- 12:40

we just had that one bite this morning and we also had that feeder this morning that we missed

Sounded like someone was baiting either a swordfish or a marlin-- get a bait on it-- 1:01 pm

Ahh --that's too bad--- jig or bait-- well go get another one--- 2:06 pm

Wow----- Wow--- he's on fire-- couple of rods some teasers and their doing it-- -- they're starting to snap -- get ready-- they were in that exact bit of water-- 2:21pm

White Shark Bites--- they must have been over 50 boats back ther last night-- we were following that fish and had to dodge through the boats drifting-- lots of boat back there-- got one on that new Flatfall 260 with the stripes on it- nice 250+ fish--that outrigger trick work great-- an Big Shark bit the tail right off! --- Jokers fish also had a White Shark bite of their fishes tail too-- Yikes!

One fish released around the cornor a few minutes ago--

We're right on top of the 181--baiting another fish before we go in-- 5:26pm

Skipjack----We're on the 267 got a marlin on----- right behind the boat-- --- thank you--- go get em-- 5:42pm

Nice weather for most of the day once it cleared off-- still light winds inner waters--


----- Sept 7 2018 Friday-- Friday---

Overcast almost dismal looking-- seas OK with a light wind from the west- swell low with some light wind chop-- good traveling and seeing weather--

Several boat headed to the island for an weekend adventure-early today-- - others out to San Clemente looking for Yellows, Dorado and the different sized tunas-- from Med to Ex Large-

Ah -Skipper on the 209 were baitfish or on the troll-- on the porpoise? 11:02 appreciate that-- we're in the area--

100er pounders in the corner-- it was ridicules--! ?

bait been an issue at some of the receivers-- " It's a Joke" ?

Hi JD, went out yesterday on the Wide Open with Terry J. and make quick work at the wedge on the mini macks. Headed towards the 209 and found a nice paddy about 2 miles inside the bank, first cast was instant and we had a double on the Dorado. Landed both! Second cast I handed off to Terry which was instant as well, this was a big Bull and after about 40 minutes on 20 lbs, Terry tapped out and I put the wood to that bull. We ended up with 4 before that paddy became a parking lot. Rest of the day was filled with wind, whitecaps and cold beer!

We've got Teaser hooked up- pretty sure it's a marlin-- bait fish-( CIBT) -1:11pm Big fish!

Master's Boundaries ---extended to a 115 nautical miles from the Newport's bell buoy. the wind forecasted for 23 to 32 knot winds for Santa Cruz on the 13th and 14th, sounds sloppy!!! so maybe this is a mood point?

We're here off Farnsworth there's tuna here-- couple seiners too-- some guys were flying kites--- we came all the way down from the Channel Islands dirty ugly looking water al the way-

One marlin off the west end of the island/ Cat this morning Jig Fish- big fish too

Thunderbird just came back in this afternoon -- looked like some nice catches -- fishing Clemente - private charter for the Dana Angling Club--




Here's what I've got on yesterdays water temps (66- 75) and chloraphill charts















------- Thursdays the 6th Sept Report ------------

Still a west morning wind and it blew weat all day yesterday-- a steady 10-12 kts--seas have a light lump and wind chop to them- -


Went to the BAC's Master Angler Tournament meeting last night- to help finalize some matters and put things together before the event-- -- and I guess like some other board meetings individual expressions get let out of the bag- or some repressed - depending on personalities . Confirmed were the the new IGFA ruling on fishing lines whereas you can use a continuous length of line tied directly to the reel spool, or use backing as specified below: The use of backing is permissible. 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. Leaders The length of the leader and double line is determined by line class. For line classes up to and including 20 lb. the leader shall be limited to 15 feet. The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 20 feet. The leader on all classes of tackle over 20 lb. shall be limited to 30 feet. The combined length of the double line and leader is limited to 40 feet.

And to let the anglers / captains to be sure to get their The “MABT Marlin Count Verification Slip”l be completed, signed and turned in by each Boat Captain for all team members who earn points. The slips must be brought in, telephoned or emailed to the BAC prior to 11:00 a.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018. In addition, the score sheet must be brought to the location of the dinner for confirmation on September 16, 2018. Fishing hours shall be 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

1) Ten (10) minutes prior to lines out, radio silence will be in effect on the Tournament Channel (Channel 65). Any boat hooked-up during this time MUST immediately contact Tournament Control, Tournament Committee Boat (BACCO), or Relay Boat (Fin & Tonic). If unable to make contact, the boat must relay their hook-up information through another tournament boat to Tournament Control or the Committee Boat. Hook-up information may also be called into BAC Clubhouse by VHF Radio, Cell, or Satellite Phone (949) 673-6316. Roll Call will follow the announcement “Lines Out” approximately five (5) minutes after stop fishing. Radio control has a good chance for broadcasting from high atop Catalina's Black Jack mountain- so everyone will be able to be heard-- hopefully- JD

And the question on boundaries- comes up-- looking back into the archives of the BAC records it's revealed that at one time the radius extended 115 miles from Newport-- over time it was reduced to 90 miles ( maybe small boats vs big boats?) and at times has been extended outwards to allow those fishing the Channel Islands to get to fish- and that's where that 90 Nautical mile radius cuts across- There were expressed points of view as to will the boundary be extended outwards again this year-- well that's a good question-- as I left the meeting last night it had remained at 90 miles - still not sure-- JD

Windy moat of the day looks 12- 15 kts for most of the time offshore this weekend--

still a W/N/W wind fair at 15- + kts in the early evening, due to back off a bit--


-----------------Wed's Report ------Sept 5 ---

------------- Light morning west/northwest wind maybe 6-9 kts- coastal marine clouds being blown away- light wind chop

And Kea Kai came in the harbor yesterday--flying their laundry-lot's of it-- - Last weeks catches--

Boaters fishing offshore by Santa Barbara Island are reminded to observe the State and Federal Marine Reserve closures, Permitted/ Prohibited Uses:-- Take of all living marine resources is prohibited! - basically it's a square box with the boundary's running from about the middle of SBI- due East to 118.54:527 and due South from the southern end of SBI to 33.21:792 . The Osborn Bank is West of it's westerly boundary and fishable but you have to watch it if you troll back towards SBI for anchorage

I'm up here five or six off the 175 -above it- but I can run to you if things develop-11:08

Backside of clemente still active for those giant bluefin-- more over the 300lb mark every day now--scarry to think of next year's 400 lbers-- -

Mid day low slack tide--- still standing by--

Marlin tournamet time soon-- fish catches /locations are started to be kept on the quiet side

Bait boat-- bait boat --- any bait boats at Catalina have any flying fish for sale--- bait boat-- bait boat-- no answer-- !

Had one good blow up on the Yummy flyer-yesterday--- - big fish just missed the hook-- it shredded the flyer- tore off it's wing-! good foamer came up on that turn of the tide--


----------------- Tuesdays Sept 4th 2018----------

High overcast with a light west wind-- maybe 50 6 kts-- seas calm light wind chop-ripple on it-

Couple of Emails this morning-- Congrats to Bill Mc aboard his Agitator releasing a fish by himself 80 years young- and some tunas behind Catalina

E Mail- Hi John, I caught a Marlin today near the 175, jig fish. i was solo Not bad for an 80 years

young angler. and -- E- Mail- Worked the temp break offshore and went 8 for 12 on the yellowfin all on poppers, biggest went 35. Saw 7 breezes on the way in, one in a 4 pack but no one wanted a bridled mackerel. Tom


--Where's the marlin----???- well- Vick calls in mid-late afternoon--- he'd released two himself today and had 4 other bites!!!

they're still here!-



Labor Day--- the 3rd of Sept-- Overcast and a bit cooler- water offcolor and not exciting-- the lawn needs mowing and yardwork to be done-

Fish report-both good or bad still needs to be expressed--E-mail this morning-- JD, Went to Catalina for a last hurrah fishing trip, which turned out to be not so hurrah. We trolled all the way over from Newport, then down from Whites landing to the Isthmus, chummed for a while and didn’t see so much as a mackerel. Trolled all the way back up to the East end/slide area, had one blind strike that didn’t stick off Avalon, and trolled all the way back to Newport for nada. Water was off-color disgusting brown all over until we got around Long Point, then it blued up nicely west of LP. Wind was nasty, southeast 15+, and current was uphill the entire weekend, not pretty fishing wise! -Robert , Reelt

he said he was leaving em' W/O yellowfin bite on the 209 ? ?--- 12:47-

Not many flags flying for the amount of boats coming back into the harbor this afternoon--- better luck next week-- -- Kai Kaen came in with two release flags--


-------------- Sept 2nd Sunday ----------

Light overcast a spot of drizzle here and there-- wind from the south soft at 2-4 kts-- better than forecasted seas calm but a cross X lump with it--

Radio reception from up north, limited but from what I discerned there were only a few boats up there fishing yesterday - seeing a fish fish ( marlin) but limited coverage and not very fish were hooked.

We're lucky to even see a 5 - 7 b Bonito these years-- if you get the chance for some morning fun- put some smaller feathers out, go fast enough to get some white water behind the boat and look for some birds 2- 5 off the coastline now--

Clemente Island had a good Yellowtail bite- backside was a bit on the lumpy side last night-- better this morning- /

We're south of the 43 a few paddies holding Dorado-- nice sizes ones--

Bumpy in the moring hours by noon and beyond it was much better - but not much better on the fishing for those elusive Tunas- I did hear of one sailboat travling south out of Catlainas and near the 277 having seen a big bunch of tuna come up

In the afternoon hours several boats came in th harbor flying dorado flags-- no tuna flags!

Big Bonitos at Catalina too

Andy pulled out another fish today-- a fair + showing on tailers around the Santa Monica Weather Buoy - out near the 175 fathom spot-- - not much else happened in the northern section - scattered fish reported- bumpy-- ,

Reported An estimated 250- 300 lb fish Sleeper was baited above the W / end of Clemente this morning - and a jig strike in the shipping lanes--


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----- Sept the 1st of 2018 a Saturday --------

A bit on the overcast side- a light south wind 8 9 kts -seas fair and travelable--- bumpy---even for bigger boats

Boats were turning around with some of the bump- having a shot or two at fish- now trolling feathers for more-

We got one good bull ; I worked back up towards the 14 - cooler up there -67 67 degrees - and plenty of good kelps up here-- but no fish under them .

About a mile outside the point-( Dana?) - along the dropoff -- trolling around looking for marks ---- pretty much below the red bouy is were everyones working along that 100 fathomn cruve -- Bonito 5-8 lbs--

We're on a double--- 11:02 am

There's schools of the boneheads up to as far as Newport Pier---

Reported that Andy released one today and the other couple of boats up there had chances-- -

And Dorados were hitting the Yummy flyers off the kites in the wind!

- End of the Month- Aug 31 2018 ------

Hazy blue above, seas fair with a light cross mix of swell- light west wind early---

What's going on---- oh not much-- just trying to stay out of the weather-- scratchy report-- hung a couple of yellows - sea lions got em', some bonito-- (Coronado Islands)

The story on Flying Fish-- frozen from Baitmasters- --Not available till next year!--- they actually collect them from the islands of Tobago and Trinidad in the Caribbean with a Springtime spawning season-- so for now a quick hand with a long handled net will have to do-!--

Weather kept on the fair side-- reported a 250lb tuna from the A Bank yesterday on a Popper!

Boats fishing the local reefs this morning reported only fair fishin- and water was off color all the way down to the 209-- - looks like a good temp break below the 279/ 267

Have fun this weekend-- south wind on Sat- morning eddy wind--

-------------------- One more day left in Aug- its the 30th 2018 --- Thursday -about 12:52 hours of sunset - losing about a minute a day now-

Bright blue sky with a light high wisps of clouds-- inner waters calm mornings till noon -outer waters west swell and wind building tonight to get ugly 30 kts Friday, strong Eddie from the south developing friday and sat mornings - Sunday and Monday look great-- Stand By!-

- with the wind up on the back side of the island-- kite weather-- and Yummys


We just got 6 of em'-- 6 for 6--- I beleive they were Yellowfin outside the la Jolla Canyon-- 11:11- Slack tide today 12:10 Stand By--



We had a 66.8 on the 181 this morning way better water on the inside-- just had a Jig Stike on a cedar plug-- 12:34

Another quick look at water temps 65 to 78 degrees ( left) and Chlorophyll ( Right)


These fish are biting-- it's full speed on the deck--- We up to maybe 50 so far and a couple of Dorado-- 12:5332.58 117.31

We're down here off San O-- it's a desert

Wind backed off late afternoon hours--- - still very quiet on the radio today-- not sure waht happened off the backside of Cat today- yesterdays fish 8 -10 off the island (4 5 outside farnsworth)


Not sure if it's considered fair game- Years ago during some of the World Tuna Tournaments in the mid 50's, East Coast stuff-US vs UK, South America, Those big tunas when they were hooked in the southern deep waters just spooled them- bigger and bigger reels were developed and many methods we use now were formed then-- some good, some--- well maybe on the shady side- To keep the fish from diving deep- Alka Seltzer tabs were wrapped with aluminum foil inside a rigged bait, when the strike was made the foil was torn and the fizzing foaming seltzer would get into the fishes stomach --preventing it from diving down far! --



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--------------- Aug 29 Wed-------

Wind ruffled water greeted the boaters out this morning-- light wind texture to a otherwise calm sea- Wind from the west feeling a bit like Falls in the air-- Looks like a mix of Cirrus and Altostratus clouds above

Boats out on the 209 chasing dorado-- - the Marlins grounds up north has slowed down it's been quiet for a couple of days--

Water nice and blue out here 73 1/2 but not a whole lot of life out here- started to run for the 289 but it got super green -- turned around--

Radio quiet again today-- Couple of boats headed to Catalina to get there before the next holiday's rush--

Ain't AIS great!-- looks like there's been a few stops on the 500 fathom line , Southern edge of the banks below Clemente, - from there down to the 302

Mid to late afternoon sun and the cleansed air making for a beautiful day, wind backing off--- but looks to be blowing hard up north and out west-- Stand by-- Sat looks much better-

They were cautious-- for the first two times coming up to those massive medley of 200lbs + Pacific Bluefin Tunas - hugh boils-- bait fish flying out of the water-- massive tuna under them-- they were cautions on the first two schools they saw - the school going down before they crept up on them, then finally they charged into the boiling mass - right to the edge-- the green back mack's were gobbled up-- 10:30-- 11:00 am they were up- back side of Catalina-- losing one fish , another after a 3+ hour battle on a massively big fish, the Talica 20/2 loaded w/ 100 lb line/ 130 lb F/C leader 8/0 Demon 3X Circle hook bridle rigged w/ Mac worked great-- but time took it's toil on angler and reel--and leader- they were max ed out Talica and not making headway-- a splice of line onto a 50 W and the advanage brought the fish up-- to within almost reach- it turned and the leader parted-- - they're still there-- Bring the heavy gear!!!! JD

With the advent of both Marlins and these Giant Tunas the use of a rigged Ballyhoo bait comes up- here's a basic about them, remember to loosen them up a bit before deploying them-- Pre-soaking them in a brine solution helps to toughen them up as well as adds to their shinning color-

A view of a week ago's ( left) water temps 64 to 78 degrees and that of yesterday-( right) seems like were degrading in warmth














-------- Aug 28 th 2018-------- Tuesday--

Another nice morning coastal clouds still lingering around-- but the sun will get them later today- good mid day slack tides periods this week stand by for Broadbill Swordfish catchers- along with Striped Marlin and Giant Pacific Bluefin Tuna- and the smaller game just as prized with Dorado and Yellowtail in the mix- Good Luck JD --

San Clemente's Islands Security Web sites shows much of the island to be open this coming weekend- starting at 3 am on Sat morning and opend till Tuesday night-

west wind today-- 12- 15 kts--

Quiet on the radio--

Call this morning-- asking if we still had any frozen flying fish left-. He said they were trying to catch the flyers last night at Catalina- failed- - seals got to them before they could reach out and get them as they swam by in the light-- a extra long handled net works better-- JD's Has them! 16 ft with a light mono netting-just the ticket for flyers--

Reports on bait making here in Newport this morning-- OK- with water at 71 degrees- and a good amount of mix to the sizes - West jetty 100 yds- squid tipped on the LJ's and a couple cans of cat food helps--





--- Mondays- 1/2 Day report -! Took the grandson out fishin', only one small spotted bay bass but lots of birdnests and fun!



Nice morning-- a little bit of evening breeze left after the some came up light overcast sky- seas calm with a small west lump to it- wind textured by noon west-

coastal water clean green -some bait in close to the beach - making good sized mackerel a challenge out from of Newport--

Back side of Catlaina giant tuna- north to the Channel Islands Marlins

All big fish-- don't think any of them were under 190 lbs-- one was closer to 300 than 200 lbs-- Swagger went 7 for 16 strikes,





----------- Sunday-- an peaceful Sunday Aug the 26 of 2018--

Coastal moring clouds giving way to spots of sun, more to come - seas calm

The fleets out covering most of the water-- kelps were dry if they found them--

Water south-- 76 degrees and off color green-- a few bonitos jumping around, some bass in the kelps nothing to shout about--


Quote of the day--we went down to the 14- 277, 209 up to the 267--saw a few but they didn't want to bite-- - we got skunked!

They said it was nice on the water today-- but not many fish found, a westerly came up coastlines afternoon hours- weather looks fair for the next few days windy up north next wek-

Better luck next week- remember they only get bigger the longer we wait-- do we want 400 -500 lb Bluefin!

And Decker with a 200 lb fish too! --they ( Eric and Jim) had beat they way up the back side ofCatalina this moring-- getting to the Cat Canyon around 10am for the turn of the tide-- he says-- I guess we're here- as a foamer appears right in front of them-- if they had had four guys aboard they would have had four fish going-- on a popper and a Fathom 40 two speed-- 100 to 100 lb tackleand pined tight drag--- they taped it out at 215lbs-- I think-- No one there- we tried to calling in other boats--- by the time we left you could have seen fish anywhere you looked-- , busted off the gaff- got it twenty minutes I had that drag at sunset-- good battle-!-



Yesterdays water temps and Chlorophyll charts-- ;looks like a great break running off the 152 in towards the beach to below the 267/ 279















---- Sat Mornng-- nice--- moring cloud cover going away mid morning-- wind lithft to fair west 4- 7-8 kts- seas a ligt mix to them small chop-

Not sure waht happedn so far in the Linen or Benifit tournament for the Tuna club of Avalon-- will get a report later today-

inside dope says there's marlin's up north and tunas right out front of Avalon-- -

sorry about some of the lack of fish reports-- other parts of the bis keep me from an ear to the radio-

we're on the S/W side of the209-- got one jig strike Dorado-- we're doing fine-- 11:31am

Afternoon call-- report form yesterday-- they had been out chasing a few dorado below the 267- -- ran out to the 277 and worked down towards the 152- inside ridge- they came up from 3:00 to 3:30 from 40- to 200lb lb Bluefin a regular foamer-- they weren't shy-- we lost 5 of them-- three on 30 lb tackle and one after a 3 1/2 hour battle on 80--late into the afternoon they were still coming up around us-- ate the mackerels real well --

42 and 09 a few keps here-- and some big yellows-- 43 and 09 dorado--


Windy afternoon-- 28 kts- he said-- others said nice and not the wind that had been forecasted -- green water over much of the ocean-- 73 degrees and not many paddies --

went up the backside of the island all the way up that 500 fathon line-- no life- no birds no bait-- came back down to the 209 and back home - didnt see a paddy all day!



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----------- Fridays Report -------- gray morning hazy sky afternoon-- wind from the west light chop-

Fair fishing today-- couple of boys took a 27lb yellow by slow trolling a mackerel a longs ways back out off the HB flats- bird schools / bait yellows

Others made the crossing to Catalina this morning- finding some nice big kelps but no ones home, or those at home didn't want to come out and play--

Back side of catalina had the action with a couple of LR sports back there chasing tunas-- marlins there too-

Clemente-- the fleet's moved away- but there are still a few fish there!

No word yet on the Benifit tournament today-- I think most of the boats were working the backside of Catalina, from Cat Harbor Canyon and along the Catalina encarpment .


--- Thursdays report - Aug 23 2018 -----

Clearing sky and a stronger morning west/by/southwest wind-

South of the 209-- 4 5 miles-- mine was a free swimmer- nice bull-- there was another under it-- yea-- you say there were more over by that paddy next to at tender to the freight-- that paddy was 400 or less yards from that freighter-- those fumes are strong downwind from it-- hope that paddy drifted away from them-

If I remember right-- about a month ago- that Bluefin bite slowed down just prior to that Full Moon-- Building moon phase now

Lots and lots of life here outside Laguna/ North - 2-5- off the beach-- terns, pelicans, seagulls, shearwaters- porpoise-- bait-- drifting north-- 11:07- low Slack tide today-- 2:11pm


Today's the Linen One-- tournament for the Tuna Club of Avalon- only pre-1950's antique tackle allowed- tomorrow they upgrade to Dacron line use only for their Benefit tournament--

Seems the tuna moves on-- I've been everywhere-- the bait left -- there is bait below the osborne -- waters looks right - good color-- maybe thats wher they went?

We spent most of the morning trying for some of that smaller yellowfin 6-7 8 miles below pyramid head with the 6 and 9 thread lines lines for the Linen One-- but all we did-- was watch the seiners wrap the fish all around us-----


-Un official report on the Linen One has a big Pacific Bluefin Tuna caught by Dave P on 24 thread Linen ,24 is not greater then 66 lbs- and has not been made after 1950-- the line is passed from father to son or purchased from a private collector's collection-- by now the lines test if their lucky 45 or 50 lbs, it swells up in size when it gets wet and drags heavy though the water and rots with age-and another angler had a caught marlin on 9 thread linen-this morning-- 9 th not to break over 27lbs-- men battles

ZG with a Hickory rod and 36 th linen line and a black marlin-

Hi JD Got this today on vintage gear in linen one. 24 thread. Hickory rod. Coxe reel. Taped at 215. Fish of a lifetime! Out. Dave

Flying Fish won the Tuna Club’s Linen One tournament with Dave Pfeiffer’s awesome 219 bluefin tuna on 24 thread linen line that tested 51lbs at the club. This is the largest locally caught and weighed tuna on Tuna Club regulation antique tackle since 1901! Ash wood rod and 1930 J.A. Coxe reel. With Michael Stotesbury, Steve Behrens, Dave Pfeiffer and myself. Congratulations DP!!


Yea they eating the mackerel real good-- , you get a marlin in there-- good- that same area?--- beta ya if you put out a ballyhoo out there real long ad swung around it you'd get clobbered!- 3:11pm

Caught on Flying Fish with Greg, Michael, Dr. Hansen and Steve Behrens.







Couple three boys were in this early afternoon- they had been out in their small skiff- looking for the dorado's-- didn't find any-- headed up towards the HB flats-- to chase the Yellows-- found a few bird schools maybe 10 or more with yellows under them-- had several bumps and a hook up but lost it-- - so there's a few fish around on the flats-- good casting outfits- help- Colt Snipers with Spinning tackle the ticket!

Lost one on twenty-- backside of the island with all those birds- went through them - got bites both times going throught them--

west wind fair plus since noon 1 pm on -- cooling effect

Newport's sardines were said to be fresh and lively good enough for yellowtail and dorado bites out past the 14 towards the 277-

Hoose released a marlin today on the Prospector first one on the boat!-- congrats and on 9 thread Linen line--- Jack R- boated a est 160 Bluefin I think on 50 lb dacron and - Larry S released a marlin on dacron line on the Pacific Provider-


-------- Wed's 8/22/18 report --------------

A lot like yesterday-- but cleared off earlier-- light southwest wind 4- 6 kts due to swing west this afternoon-

He said the simplest way to catch the tunas was to get there before dark- put out a 12 oz sinker tied about 6 ft above the 6/0 Circle hook w/ with three sardines pinned on it and set down a couple hundred feet-- sounds easy--

Competition starting to develop between anglers and divers-- who's got what paddies to themselves--

The Navy being sure to insure the vessels in it's area to be aware of their live firing exercises Standing- by-- San Clemente Island Security

We came down from the 209-- not much bait -- it's the same all the way-- one bunch of tunas and that was it-- it's either the moon or the stars, Im not sure which - hope it gets better-

We just picked up two dorado on blind jig strikes-- 182--

Spent the night at Clemente last night we got two big tunas this morning--


Words out the tuna were on the 277 today-- foamer around 2:00 pm and fish on kites- baits even dorados around-- gonna be a few folks there this afternoon and tomorrow- good luck-

25 dorado and 10 yellowtail-- be in about 7:30 --fish count form sport boat--

What you fine today -- nothing-- and we traveled -- got three dorado-- heard of some life about 4 1/2 off China pt, by the time we got there it's gone down --- we worked from Cat Harbor down to Church and back 4- 10 miles never saw any bait---

We were East of the island ( Clemente) - down to the 43 up to the 289 never saw any breaking tuna fish all day-- saw four or fish marlins had one bite- spit it-- there were reported a couple swordfish seen that way 's that's way we headed that way--- Saw the biggest school of porpoise I think I've ever seen-- probably 5 6 miles long heading west chewing up a lot of bait in their path-- yea they don't leave much behind-- -

Looks like getting behind Clemente going to be tough with the Navy activity-- --- All that dried up back there yesterday!!--


Three day composite

water temps from 68 to 78 degrees and the Chlorophyll







----------- Tue 8/21/18 reports --------

Just like yesterday -

Thanks really appreciate it-- good karma to you-- good luck-- fish /paddy info


With the craze for th

e heaviest Glow in the Dark Flat Fall style lures - New are the 400 and 500 gram Fall Flat lures they come with a pair of good sized assist hooks which can be reattached up on the top of the lure and an larger tuna style hook put on the bottom for maximum hook up possibilities-- in stock today-

Good scores of the smaller grade yellowfins tuna outside/ west of Encenada- 32.00/ 117.18


Tough to get these dorado to take anything-- they were on some of those really small baits under the paddies--







This weekend the Tuna Club of Avalon will be hosting one of their prestigious tournaments of the year the Linen One-- where antique tackle only to be used-- Linen line- Bamboo or wooden rods and reels made pre-1952, Pacific Bluefin Tuna the goal--

Hey JD, Kenny And crew on “Field Trip “Fished a short day. Found ourselves just N. Of 209--- got a good bite on the Xrap, pulled some line and fell off ---a Marlin followed one of the jigs back in , got the drop back on him at the swimstep! And successfully repelled the boarder! Inspected Xrap and he was all over it KC



Genesis Team scores again with Another Big Bluefin Tuna after a nine our fight!


E-Mail- this morning--- We went deep drop fishing for the day 1 mystery bite loaded up didn’t stick. Then at 5:00 after seeing a few marlin thru out the day we went looking for tailers. Found a 2 pack got two bites one on ballyhoo and one on Mac. The Mac stuck for Travis C’s first marlin. Captian was Swaggers owner Bruce B. The gyro man and leader man George G / Joker partner proceeded to get busy with this very healthy release with a 3 min Marlin. Great times had by all. Bruce B/ Swagger--

E-Mail this morning-- Hi JD, We ran 70 miles from Newport to the 279 to the 209 to the 277 to the 14 for one little yellowtail that weighed in just shy of 16lbs. There was a lot of life between Dana and the 279, desert on the 209, and a few dry paddies between the 209/277. We did see some breaking yellowfin pushing up bait about 4 shy of the 277 but they wouldn’t play. 14 had the most life, and we had a blind strike on the outrigger trolling past a paddy on the 14 that we think was dorado that didn’t stick. Better luck next time... -Robert B Reel-T

--------- Monday's Aug 20 2018 ----- 1/2 day report!-JD

Gray calm morning- light wind texture to the water-- not much of a mix of swell-

From- Anthony H· Not a dry eye in the crowd last night. Words cannot describe the patriotism and American pride we all felt last night. The evening was simply magical. Thank you again to our wonderful vets and our yacht owners for supporting this great event. Thank you to all who supported us. Next year planning is already under way, but in my opinion no matter how big this event becomes, the inaugural first annual event will never be duplicated. It is that special. Check out the video of WWII planes fly by. More photos and videos will follow as we sort things out. God blessAmerica.



Jeff C We caught the 1st bluefin tuna over 200 lbs on my boat this weekend fishing the Southern California Tuna Club Intra Club Tournament. Official weight was 209 lbs. Waiting for tournament results now.

Dorado fishing- improving-- even local San Pedro party boats catching em-- 75 degree water-- kelps by the oil rigs--

Flying Fish --Dave Elm joined Michael Stotesbury and I, and we found a few at Clemente. The big ones got the best of us this time as we had 10 bites, hooked 5 and landed Dave’s 225 yesterday morning. Great trip with a stellar crew!! Thanks again to Anthony Hsieh and all the WHOW heroes!

Abalone Point-- holding a school of Yellowtails just on the north side of the rocks--



--------------------- Sundays report --- Aug 19 2019 -------

Light fog and humid here on the beach-- clearing wind as the inland warms up- The Pacific Bluefin Tuna phenomena continues - one for five - all over 200 and one close to 300 lbs- Back side of Clemente-- these fish are getting bigger and their teeth are also growing --130 lb fluorcarbon leaders being chewed off- at the boat-

Bob and Sally release one this morning off the East End/ backside--

181 was warm and clean a few early morning kelps with unwilling dorado under them

277 was 75.5 not much life/ bait metered.

most kelps were empty - a cople of dodos found by a oil rig paddy-

He had two short bites that did not come tight. 10:43

The WHOW team aboad the Wild in Sac a 65 Hatteras w / Captain: Dave H. had his Vets aboard in a 3-4 hour battle with another giant Bluefin Tuna yesterday--- lost it at the boat---

Scattered radio reports say very few paddies were holding-- one out of 31 one guy said-- and that one paddy they didnt want to bite-

Waters Hot-- earlier in the day they were saying Wahoo-- Wahoo--- on a kelp paddy--- no -- what he really was saying it was some Yahoo who had come into a paddy spooking all the fish-- but warm waters are bringing in warm water fishers-- Spearfish hooked off Catalina on a marlin jig-- --27lbs beautiful fish!

Looks like the WHOW Tournament went off great!-- weather was great!- fishing good and exciting and a positive vibe felt by all involved-- results posted as soon as I know-

it came up a couple times-- good hunded lb fish--

Nice day but not a whole lot of fish-


-----------------------------Sat's Report ---------

Morning gray high overcast leads to good on the water visibility mix of swell and chop low greeted those out this morning-- by mid day it had backed off for a while--- picked up afternoon- Water temps dropping and condensing towards the Oceanside area- W

ater clarity improves a a couple miles inside the 14 -

The 7 Am start of the WHOW with the assmebly of boats outside Avalon this morningit's is as Anothony asked of one vet if he is having fun “fun is a day at a game or going to a concert, this is a lifetime experience that I’ll never forget”. We hope it helps all those in need, its a start- JD



Bad Co on a triple. All vets hooked up on monster Bluefin.!










· Got all 3. We put the Navy guy in the skiff.!!!!



Bam! WHOW. Love our vets.







Between the 267 and 209 paddies had Dorados-- 7-8 west of Ocenaside there's doplhins with tunas but not biting--


Big Hammerfore seen--

The came up for us around 11 am yesterday-- we'd spent the morning's dawns hours without a bite- don't think the fleet either had much luck- we worked up the line towards the west-- they came on the around 11am- all over the place-- got the kite up with a frozen flyer- wham!- got it and lost another--

Did you see what kind of fish it was? was it marlin size?? 10:22am

277 got lots of life-- as from the 277 towards the 289 kelps and Dorados-

It'sd a little crazy- seeing all these fish and they wont take anything--- must be little baits--9:49am

Doardo-- the're not big ones-- but we're keeping everyone happy

Randy caught a real marlin!

Hey JD! Had a great trip on Geoff Hersch’s Hooked yesterday. We hooked a big BFT on a yummy flyer at 1:00. I fought it for 4hrs before tapping out to our son Jack who fought it for another 2hrs. He tapped out and my husband Jason finished it after another 45mins. Long fight but worth all the pain! It was a mean fish that did not want to die. Taped out at 235#. A true team/family effort. So stoked to have gotten in on that bite!!!




E-Mail --- Hi JD: Tom Bass and Rob Boyer tag teamed to land this gladiator on the backside of Clemente today on Ken Verheyen’s boat, the Pura Vida. Going to weigh it in Saturday!

And another E- mail -- saying the other luckyguy's beautiful BFT by San Clemente island. On the kite on the Apollo this morning- an close up image reveals Red Crabs spit up too!-



Subject: 300# (!!!) PBFT on kite. Took team effort including me and 4 gaffs. The entire boat shuddered when this beast hit the deck. Epic trip on the Apollo. And this is just day one of a two day weekend trip!






----Friday Aug 17 2018 Report ------

Coastal cloud cover giving way mid morning to a hazy blue, oceans calm with a mix of swell off shore just a low swell light wind texture to the water. The weekend promises to be good . Enjoy it-

Reports of Dorado some 10 miles off our coastline not real giants but catch able 8- 12lers -the live small greenback mackerels help-

A steady flow of boats headed out the harbors this morning- the crossings to the islands look gentle and pleasant--

Last nights kick off for the WHOW an tribute to the War Heroes on Water was needed - it brought together the sportfishing community to aid in a much needed cause-

As a salute to all those men and women and their families of the Armed Forces where ever they may be Past, Present and those who sacrificed the most-- it would be honorable if every boat out fishing this weekend would fly the American Flag!- Encourage it if you can- JD

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Humpback whale off Emerald Bay several miles--

Boat on the 181 catching the dorado--- they still going? 1:12pm

Came up to 10- 15 wind--

We're just coming south from the 43-- lots of yellowfin on the 43 small fish--2:29pm

north of the 289 kelps and dodo's

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

Light gray overcast this morning-- wind light from the south- stayed steady S/West all yesterday and last night-seas OK, mix of long period swell

Pending World Record-- Pacific Bluefin Tuna by Ali Pfleger on 30lb Tackle- 211 lbs-- Earlier she had hooked and fought an absolute monster of a bluefin for 3 hour battle having lost the fish at the leader right at the boat !!! The crew, her dad and all were were defeated- Nope-- She says "I'm not Done !" lets get another!- 211.7 lbs at the BAC's weigh in dock this morning-- True Grit, a proud Tom calls her-

Mackerel catching out front of Newport - better in the deeper water 100 ft depth maybe up towards the Balboa or Newport piers better- the smaller stuff was at the harbors entrances-

Good Luck tomorrow-- wind again stay from the south all day--fair- swells building--



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--------------------- Wed's report's Aug 15th-- -

Nice- morning coastal clouds just holding back the sun- mix of light wind at it's interface, seas calm nice

Yellowfin-- how big- where you at-- saw the breezes, then saw the foamers-- that was on the troll?-- 11:02

Nice weather like this and the tides are starting to flatten out mid afternoon - expect to see willy around with a afternoon marlin bite this weekend- stand by-


Water temp images 68 to 78 degrees and Chlorophyll-



See that bird school off my bow-- we're here off the East end doing pretty good-- come on in-- 2:41pm

Humpback whale-- up on the HB flats mussel farm area-

- From what I could gather-- shoals of mackerel seen chasing bait along the deep water side of the Ridge ( 277- 152- 125) off the East end of the island and up the backside towards Silver Canyon-

- Wind stayed south all day 10- + kts light wind chop against a west swell-

Thinking about deep dropping for Broadbill Swordfish this season-- here's a diagram of a proven method. The simplest way to send all this down is to lay it all out in a straight line - traveling uphill- maybe just idling along 2 3 kts- The 8 oz sinker goes out first, then slowly pave out the bait and rigging and rest of the line to the desired depth/ length you want- stop the boat and let it all settle down evenly.












--- Tuesdays Report Aug 14 2018 ----------

Beautiful day- light coastal clouds, maybe 2 3 kts from the southwest seas calm andfair- we should both be out fishin' ----

Swordfish off Crystal Cove in 200 fthms, photo from Nick at emwexcursions.com






JD, Greetings. George Garret, Cory Wells and I finally got a Tuna to bite a flying fish rigged from the kite at Clemente. The fish taped out at 69x49 (~207lbs) Fun 4.5 hour battle that ended properly- with a flying gaff sticking solid. Cory Wells the Angler

This weekends San Clemente Security schedule shows on Friday and Saturday -- Zones C ( inside of the island White Rock) and Zone D ( Pyramid Cove) to be active/ Hot from 1300 ( 1 pm) until 2300 (11pm) with the back side Eel Point/ tuna grounds to be openboth days-- On Sunday Zones C and D are Active from 5:30 pm to 2300 (11pm) and the backside Hot from 6 to 9 pm at night--


Quiet afternoon on the radio--- Afternoon west wind slowing things down a bit-- a few bass and halibuts - there were some dorado mid channel too!


----------- closed most of the day 1/2 yesterday ---

Sunday the 12th- Another hot and muggy day - sky's fair and blue- light south wind- coastal marine to the west-

The one's last night were along that 900 to 1,000 fot ledge, then the fleet split up - half to the west the othe half to the east -- they came up this morning - went on for about an hour or so-just as the sun was just hitting the top of the island .

Keep your eyes open and looking for Willy-- he's around-- Deep drop method took a fish this past thursday-- an Est. 400 lbs swordfish lost at the boat- off the East end 152 earlier this week too-

Slack tide today 11:03- standing by

Inner club- BCY and NHYC 200+ big tuna took the prize- It Never Ends--- They ran all theway down south first day -then back uphill 90 miles to the tuna grounds behind Clemente Island- right at sunset-- first drop with the Flatfall lure, rigged with extra big hook off the bottom and assist hook up top- an early gaff shot and a bolting fish took gaff away -4 hour battle gets the fish next to the boat again- feels like the big hook comes loose but the assist hook hangs in there and they get the fish on board! They came back into the harbor with dorado, yellowtails and tunas flags flying! great trip-

E-Mail this afternoon for the results from the BYC/NHYC Interclub Tournament this weekend. BYC beat NHYC this year. High Boat: 1st: It Never Ends (BYC) 2nd: Time Out (BYC) 3rd: La Vieja (NHYC) Top Team (3 highest scoring boats from winning yacht club) BYC It Never Ends Time Out Surly Mermaid Male Angler: 1st: Joe Flexen (BYC) 2nd: Matt Wentz (BYC) 3rd Alex Pico (BYC) Female Angler: 1st: Ali Johnson (BYC) Junior Angler: 1st Morgan Pickney (NHYC) Largest Fish Male: Joe Flexen (BYC) - 202 lb BFT Largest Fish Female: Ali Johnson (BYC) - 15 lb YFT Largest Fish Junior: Morgan Pickney (NHYC) - 20 lb YT Jessup Award: It Never Ends (BYC)



----- it's Sat Aug. 11 2018---

Still warm and muggy-- but it's sill a good day Baby Granddaughter born this morning -mon and baby girl doing well- 6.14 lbs-19 3/4" a keeper!


and there were dozens and dozens of boats out on the water just fishing-- a 20+ yellow from under a paddy 6 inside the island--

Sounded like Andy released a fish-- and someone else also had a fish too- 11:42am --Nice work they were saying

sounded like another boat not too far offshore of Newport had a tuna and a yellow?-

Long ranger SD boat put on a 305 Bluefin yesterday- back side of Clemente

The fleets back there now-- A few fish here / there- 200- 250 depth for the Flatfall's lures rigged with an assortment of hook arrangements- others with a live mackerel or live squid soaked under a bobbing balloon , others with a kite or helium filled balloon suspending either live or frozen flying fish- getting the flyers now required you get your own or buy some from some boat having caught them at night- they're , the real ones are of good size - 2- 3 lbs- some extra rigging is needed as the big baits are harder to take ( swallow) then the smaller frozen ones), keeping the hook exposed helps-

wind picked up from the west this afternoon not bad but steady 10+

They said they had a swordfish up to the swimstem yesterday till a Mako got it!

we stayed away from the fleet last night found a nice pocket of water/ bait-- no bites for us but a nice night for drifting-!

Radio was quiet for most of the afternoon - wind still blew fair plus maybe 12-15 +


Limitess scored well for Carl with his two fish on 50 dacon-- that's tough fishing-- no rail rod fishing!

First fish in 30 minutes. Second one in 4 hours and 40 minutes. Both on 50 Dacron. I will be ordering more soon. The second one humbled me like no other fish! Carl

Couple of rigging tips-- JD












----------- It's Friday-- Aug 10 2018 -----

Warm and sultry- swell at the harbor's entrances- and surf spots-- otherwise fair sea- wind 2 kts south-

Boats working the East End of Catalina finding bait but not much else so far--- the rest of the fleet is south off Clemente Island- Long rangers too- and others ranging even further south to the Cortez Banks / commercial fishing the Yellowfin there too

-New Moon tomorrow night-big tidal exchange-- stand by!

it was a big one loaded with birds-- had 6 or 7 dorado, got 4 or 5 out of it-- yea thanks we've looked at a lot of kelps empty- but it's starting to look better more terns- here-

We'll they got a couple of Dorados-- one about 20 on a bait 9-9:30 this morning on the A Bank- came up on a nice paddy and there they were- got one on the rod reel and after a while things quieted down so we got one on the spear-- went over to the island-- soaked some baits-- not much going on otherwise--

Sportfishers out of SD targeting the waters off Encenada and adjacent inshore banks for thr yellowfin and dorados-- and skipjacks too!

and the afternoon hours were spent with others headed over to Catalina to get out of the heat- and just to enjoy the boat ride- inside dope says there's spots of yellowfin between the two islands and some more marlin dope being kept on the QT. -- back side of the island?

Have a good weekend- JD

------ Aug 9th 2018 --Thursdays report -----

Hot and Humid-- coastal marine some relief-- seas starting to be influenced by stuff-

Slow trolling the sardines resulted in 20- + yellowtails-- he said-- maybe the Coronado Island

They said there were Wahoo's around and reported a Blue marlin lost after several hours of battle! --- and they say I'm not one to push rumors around!

W're in tha bubble of warn hot water and the inland heat contuines to warme it- reporte yesteday outsie the 14 Mile Bank 80.22 degrees!

very nice school -- we got a few out of it-- big school--we just sealioned othewwise we would have got more-- but the sealions have a different plan for us--

Those elusive flying fish--- yep Baitmasters is completely sold out-- be awhile before more are obtainable-- I guess a long handled net and a ride to Catalina or Clemente is needed-

We're just coming up to a fleet of maybe 7 boats here on the 277- guess we'll start trolling from here in -- how'd ya do on the tunas-- oh-- we got a few-- 6 -8 and a yellowtail-- all on the troll-- yesterday afternoon we had em' up a great big area of 50-60 lbers-- cast the poppers-- jigs-- just didn't want anything we had-- this morning we found em's again-- big school--- again casting the poppers, jigs just couldn't get the to go- then two seiners came in and it was over-- had em all around the boat incradable-

You here just here on the A Bank -- you on a fish? 2:25

reported -Gad Zukes released a fish this morning off the East end--

17 over 12 ate the Jig- off the East end- several boats here but overall slow on the Marlin bite--

19 over 14- 3:07pm, tide turned an hour ago- just had a good one come up on the teaser-- switches ver to the corner--- came off-- edge off the bank- out front--

Sad to see our skies filled with smoke -and the devastation these wildfires cause-

Coverage was good today-- inner waters not much happening- some kelps most are vacant meter marks show bait deep- outer waters/ Clemente and tuna grounds were reported still catching-- 3-4 hour battles still on going into late afternoon hours

Letting the outrigger's lift and drop helped with the drifting flatfalls--


Water temps from 65 to 80 degrees and the Chlorphill Charts--













------- Aug 8 th 2018 -----------

Phew--- it's hot---- even here on the beach-- blue sky seaward- hazy brown inland

Calm with only a few knts of wind--

Nice out there today---

not much said so far on the radio?

One of the local Whale Watching boat captains came in the shop mid day-- having just returned with group of folks and about to take out another bunch-- tells me the waters crystal blue 5-6 off the beach - what bird life he's seen was mostly closer to the each maybe a 1- 1/2 out or so-- he also say he's last group got to see the King of the Sea and come within 15 feet of a fining Swordfish- yep up high and dry- sunning itself - these smaller craft and their captains are water wise and able to get up close for a good eye full! --- maybe a 150 lb fish, just the right size! He was taking the next group out Broadbill Swordfish watching !

Boats out searching the local waters --- haven't seen a thing--- maybe 1 out of 15 kelps hold a few shy dorado that didn't want to bite--

77 degrees and green up the inside of the isalnd--

yesterday the terns were pickin a the surface baits --today no terns

Great White out there today-- following the Whale Watching Boats!!


---------- Aug 7th 2018 --------- Not the Dogg days yet--

Where's this fog come from--mile vis- gray and a bit sloppy from the south this morning- the lands heat drawing it in- blue inland--/ break at the coastline- visibility starting to clear up 3- 4 off the East End of the island, Catalina--- Yellowfin tunas down the Ridge from there---

Must be some Spanish sailors on the radio-

Fog evaporated with a south wind at 10 kts-

It was pretty good on the macks for the tails-- -- till the dogs got got on us-- pulled out of there got on on the rapalla, where are you-- on the weatehr side of South Island --that place lit up yesterday afternoon evening--

Boats worked from the shipping lanes to the A Bank this morning-- offcolore warm water - no kelps not much, 152 blue and lots of bait showing but no strikes yet--2:00 pm

Yesterday--- they had 9 hook ups-- landed five-- 25- 30lb Yellowfin -all came on the natural cedar plug trolling- bird life porpoise , water 72 degrees they're bite started on the 277- the the fish seemed to be moving up the ridge towards the 152 before they quite-- today back at the same spot-- different day-- different water-- water temp dropped to 69 degrees -no bird life there only a few big pilot whales hanging around-- no fish- no signs of them --- good chance they went around and up the back side of the island


There is a Potluck Porch Party tomorrow, August 8th at 5:30 pm at the BACClubhouse. I hope everybody can come down and chill as we enjoy the fabulous view, yummy potluck vittles, and cold refreshing beverages. Whatever you do, don't turn on the oven unless you have air conditioning! I hope to see you tomorrow! In the meantime, stay cool! --



Stand By! It's tournamet time--! Local inner club yacht clubs going first-- them the big guns arrive-

Inner Club-NHYCvs BYC All Species this weekend- the Tuna Clubs in there too


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Yesterday's water and chlorophyll carts fog and marine layers covering today's image-









------- Monday the 6 th of August --------

Another peaceful day on the Pacific-- light blue sky- wind light from the west/southwest- seas calm

Not many on the radio so far today---

From yesterdays gathering there were a few of the 150 lb class Pacific Bluefin tunas caught in the late afternoon hours outside San Clemente's' Desperation reef 81 fathom to the 86 banks- some of the smaller yellowfin were seen splashing around the top of the bank -the bigger Bluefin were on the edges of the bank- Boats took their fish with squid. 8 oz lead rubber-banded to the lines and sunk out, couple more on the kite at dusk rigged flying fish or yummy 5-9 pm

South of the border- 371 area held a fair amount of kelps-- holding yellows and dorado but they were lock jawed-- further south 378/ Airplane Banks they were more hungry--scattered tuna or dorado catches off trolled Cedar plugs--

Availability of Gyro-- limited, at this time there's one pair of the Fraser's Mariners left , and one pair of refurbished left--

off for the rest of the day- JD

- Sundays report ----- nice weather---

we just ran over a ton of bait--

Got a triple-- all on jigs -no-- it was a triple on Marlin 33:18/ 118:05-- on 50 lb tackle El Enchanto -east end-- -(got em all ) on that temp break-- 10:50 now trying for a fouth fish on the 14 on their way home!

Offshore waters are blueing up nicely-- lots of sauris in the water--

Were here on the upper 9 looks good but noithing for us so far--- - we're out here-- there fish! -- not enough wind to fly the kite so were throwing poppers and suchlike at em' let you know if we get one--

Two guys-- Hooked up on the spinning rods-- 32:51 / 118.04--- 3:27pm Bluefin

a few kelps on a line by the 289 up towards the 277-- didn't bite-- \

Again overall only fair fishing-- but it looks to be improving--- See what this weather below us brings this coming week-- Stand By--!--

Sighting of tropical bird life over the past week- Brown Boobies and it was either and albatross or a frigate seen with the description given--



And the marlin Boats come back into the harbor flying their flags-- Congrats- JD

<------------- Matador














<--- Bull Pen release

El Encanto's Triple release-->


And facebook today's shows Lasley and Anthony and crew doing it again!--

Lucky 7. First fish seen for me this year, one cast, one bite, one boated. The last personal surface sword was 2 years ago, we casted on 41. Hooked 6 and pulled hooks on all. Over 70 days dedicated to surface Sword fishing last two years until this one. This is a great moment for my Captain Steve Lassley and our dedicated world class crew. We snagged this one on the pecs. I can’t seem to hook them right. But I’ll take it. 1 hour 40 min on 80 stand up. Talica 25 and Cousins custom rod. I love these purple things.



-- Sat Aug 4 2018 ---

Soft morning cloud cover-- giving way to a hazy day- wind light to fair from the southwest- seas ok- little lump- waters cleaning up on the outside 70 10 off the beach-

Reported one more marlin this morning off the East end of Cat-( I think Gad Zukes had the fish) - other's tried for them in the same area-no other reported hook ups-- - some scattered big kelp from Cat to Clemente- empty-

The good news is there's still a few fish around-- not a lot but with todays boat coverage there were some smaller spots of fish up-- mostly the smaller 30- 60 stuff- but a few shots at bigger fish with poppers or the kites at fish up to 150lbs

Congrats Dave-- Bullpen -- Marlin--2:47pm

Slack tide today 3:34

They were down wind from us- they were really big--- huge-- we saw that shinner-3:45

- Big schools of fish up now--- metering them from all the way from 75 to 250 ---each fish was over 250 --easy--- no bites but they're still blowing up around the boat now-- 4:02pm -- (East end of clemente I think)

and more bigger tunas seen "shiners" big brutes rolling on their sides, their glistening bodies reflecting the sunshine- shiners - halfway from the 277 and Mackerel bank--

Overall the fishing was disapointing for most of the boats out in search of anything-- Still seeing few tunas in the late afternoon- some boats elected to drift and soak baits for them-- still only a few bites if any-

we just got a bite on the Yummy we're just outside of you-- 6:29pm

-------------------- friday-- Friday-- it's friday--Aug 3rd report -

Again hot and blue sky- light S/W wind maybe 4 kts seas fine--

Quite a lot of spanish radio chatter these days- seiners??-

Panama report -

LLisa and I are in Panama. 350 lb. Blue Marlin, 3 sailfish so far. Just finished second day of fishing. They completely remodeled Tropic Star main building and cabins. Beautiful original Guy Harvey paintings here too. Nice adventurous group. Lots of teenagers. Lisa

Got one dorado and one yellowtail from under a paddy the rest of them were empty-- (Scratchy report maybe off SD)

and an E -Mail about the Striped Marlin where-a bouts--

I notice that in recent days, your web site has not made any mention of any catches or sightings of them. -- reply--We had a few fish seen/ hooked prior to that Full moon-- not much reported since then--- going back to the old school of thinking the thought was that there were "scouts" just like the belief that there were Albacore scouts that came into the So calif waters, these "scouts were looking for the main area of feed/ bait for the rest of the school.. The first caught albacore's were set free to go forth and tell the others to come on in-- maybe those hooked marlins and one killed marlin were subject to that same instinct, the one that was released went back telling the others to stay away there's danger here? Old school-

Did you see those brezzers-- they were up behind you-- 11:55am

Im outside sthe 271 maybe three miles-- good to have a triple again on the tunas--how big were they- 8- 12lb that's all- 2:14

Slack today 2:42pm stand by--

The big picture on water temps along the Baja Peninsula and up to So Calif--

San Clemente's Security web site shows an update with the Cove open for today and the weekend-- they had completed their operations early and opened up the area- thanks- Navy!

Ahaa-- what a tough working atmosphere we have here--


It was a pale blue sky---they rode smoothly over the seas with hope in their day, refreshed by a light west wind,

We saw a little bird school- that was all we've seen-- 9:12

Good cell phone reception this morning from the back side of San Clemente island, Verizon he said he had-- the Navy had a lot of exercises going on back there-- fishing was slow-- no signs of bait and no other boats except a few far west of them- - In past times the Cherry Bank ( 1/2 to San Nicolas from SC) was a hidden spot for swordfish, marlins and tuna-- maybe again--

reported only one Bluefin taken off the backside of Clemente yesterday, back side of the moon and the bait disappeared.

Just in the Flyers from Baitmasters 5 pack only $14.95-- also in rigged and unrigged Swordfish Squids, as well as rigged and un rigged Ballyhoos--

Couple/ three guys back from Catalina this afternoon-- they had bought squid from the Carnage off Avalon this morning-- - looked for the yellows and had a couple of shots on them --

-and todays water temps and chlorphill charts--


That break off the 277/ East end of Catalina looks promising -- going to the East --->

Afternoon call


Hey JD- just got my qualifier for the Tuna Club for Marlin on 30 lb tackle, went south out of the harbor towards the 267- Casual ride with the family, slack tide today- 2:50 --- I'd put that Bleeding Dorado colored lure ( Orange/ Yellow /Green) out on the port rigger-- -we came up one some kelps and porpoise, looked good -couple of flyers came out of the water--- the reels goes off -- it starts zingging - naw he thinks must be kelp strike- out comes the marlin. The brand new Talica 25 first time in the water, maybe an hour in and the new dacron line w/ regulation leader and doubles are stretched out ( T/C rules) and good luck was with them, the fish up half the time, a 45 minute battle for all-- The family all aboard-- as they were really just headed to Avalon for the weekend-- -- good way to start the weekend!

Nice conditions--- afternoon radio chatter-- waters warmer up above -- it was 81 degrees on this guage--now its 79 here


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


hot and humid seas calm sultry


<-- this mornings water temp image from 65 to 80 degrees-

And a update on the San Clemente Security web's site - it's up again but not very good! - showing the Cove to be Hot this evening 7 to Thurs morning 2 am- --- Thurs Hot from 5 pm to Friday 2 am, Friday Hot from 7pm to Sat 2 am, same schedule for Sat and Sunday. open Monday --the back side of the island looks to be open all the time-

Spoke to several boats today- as well as light radio chatter- revels not a lot going on today in the inner waters-- maybe a few tunas seen traveling up the backside of Catalina towards the Osborn Banks- just an rough "read between the lines" observations- one report said only a few smaller 20- 40 tunas popped up here and there but no real show of fish-- Boats that traveled to the 277 down to the 209 and in towards the beach 267/ 278 did not get much- only a few kelps and they were empty - only heard of one small dorado taken- waters warn but not much life- no bird life ,no bait in the inner waters--

Couple of boats down Ocean way were also on the search

All I got today was wind!

A check with the Bad Companys / Lasley;s facebook shows

Steve Lassley Yesterday at 6:44 AM · Well I gotta say it was pretty cool watching Anthony jump out of the helicopter yesterday. Never sure how some of this stuff is gonna work out. We had a diver in the skiff ready to go just in case.... found some really nice schools of more than agreeable Bluefin yesterday. Pulled the hook on a tanker at the boat. Bent butt in the chair. Ate a fresh dead flier on the kite. Got chewed off on one my kid had on a sniper with 90# flouro pulled the hooks in 2 others. Managed to catch one that taped over 200. Didn’t tape the second probably 180. Both those were on our Swordfish casters. Casting off the bow into the foamers. Fun half day. Anthony had texted me Sunday he wouldn’t mind starting off the season with a tuna. Check. Willy here we come.......


------------ Tuesday's the last day of July 2018 ---

Still muggy here on the beach , salt in the air-- light west wind near the coast- building a little more this afternoon but refreshing-

Water temps pushing the 80 degree mark around the 14 to the A Bank- but offcolor- below and to the south blue water from the 152 down to the 277 and tow.ards the coasts 267/279 banks

Strong uphill current against the coastline-- good healthy downhill wind against it 10 am

Quiet on the radio today-- some sailors and what nots--

On the tuna grounds- night time with the squid lights out/ backside clemente-- the squid came into the bright squid lights, they were even able to jig it-- re tipped to flat fall or other heaver jigs-- the squid attracting the tunas, once one person was bit there were multiple hook ups-- the tunas were jugged with squid--

Late afternoon report from a boat who had gone th distance to San clemente island -- Hopeful that the island was open for fishing went around the bottom of the island and the Navy suggested they turn around-- so they did-- saw only a few kelps, no birds on them-- not much bird or sealife= came all the way back towards the 209- 267/697- for nothing- long boat ride--

Another boater reported catching a couple of dorado off a Kelp paddy out by the 14 this morning -mackerel as a bait.


-------- Yea- it's Monday--- July the 30 2018----------

Mornings coastal marine haze - lingering - salutry humid seabreeze at 3-5 kts west-- light chop otherwise fine seas

weak radio chatter has the Navy doing some excersixes off Clamente island-- maybe a bite developed 6 below Desperation Reef

A check with the San Clemente Islands Security web site shows for today the Zone D Pyramid Cove area to be pretty much Hot/ active all day today- until 2 am on Tuesday morning -- open for most of the day on Tuesday but again Hot / Active from 1900 hours ( 7 pm) to 2 am on Wed morni9ng- -- their site at this time does not show further information for August-

A little better water temp image and the Chlorophyll charts from yesterday-- it's moving around--





Light west throughtout the day-- sunny- light cap to the sea


---- Sundays report --------

First day in quite a while where there was a morning's clear sky at the beach--- ok light marine haze but sky sunny and warm- seas smooth with a few paths of wind ripple on it- nice

we were metering all that bait at 150 with fish in it- 10:37am

it's insane-- the closer we get to the 209 there's more and more bait-- there's breaking fish-- it's insane-- 20-40 lb yea-- the first school we saw they were coming completely out of the water-- and the first school we were running for them with the poppers but they got down before we got to them.-- look over off your bow there's birds gathering up-- 11:04

Hi JD. John on the DOLORES, with his friend Mark, came in yesterday afternoon with this 210 pound PBT. Backside of Clemente on live squid.

They need a bigger cleaning table!- JD

I think he said they had a Striper --slow trolling---bait?- 11:19


Not much of a water temp image yet-- tomorrow we'll have a good shot of today's temp- but yesterday's Chlorophyll shows that blue water moving in- --->

The Condor called in with 100+ mix of Yellowfin tuna, Yellowtail and Dorado. They reported great weather and have all day left to fish! -- fishing down off Baja-- outside Colonet-- 15- 20 miles--

Their busting up all over the place-- 11:54, Slack tide today-- 11:29am

Amazing how close the formula was said 201 and it weighed at 191-- 76 (Length) X Girth squared -- 46 x 46 divided by 800 --the first one we got was on a live squid down 150 ft off a balloon and the other one was off a fresh rigged flying fish and the kite-

- the phone rings, Jason says they been haveing good yellowtail fishing on the kelps around the 277- and below there- 15 and inside the 209, while fishing a kelp (most of the kelps were empry) a spot of 40- 60 lb tunas came up- and another one- -and another -- live squid took one tuna, flat fall lures took the others-

This week looks to be a better weather window- enjoy summer while it's here!- JD


------- Sat's report - July 28th------

Morning- Gray sky at the coastline-gray to the west, almost a heavy marine layer, humid and brightening inland sun beating back that marine layer- seas good with a wind from the south, Hi Eddie as billy would say-- light wind chop on a relatively calm sea.\

Southwind picked up harder then exected - 10-12 kts --gray gave away to a hasy blue day

Reports come back for those who were out trying to catch the wily tunas-- - Backside of Clemente Island- miles of bait and miles of tunas -- and not attracted to the multitude of fake fishes, aka- lures and jigs, live or dead baits presented to them, - boats who drifted there at night amazed at then amount of sealife/baitfish in the lights--- come daylight and through the midday hours were frustration- not much seen on the surface but meter marks showing they were there, some boats took a break and played with the calicos along the backside of the island-- best break of the day-- -- the afternoon hours were different-- maybe it it's the Full Moon but that afternoon/ sunset show was up- and still hard to get a bite even then-

Grunion run over the next few nights-

We started near the 181, looked good some bird life some bait-- waters blue- small dorado on the jigs-- we're over here now on the 277 it's off color and green looking-- not much life-- How'd you do back there-- We may have quit too early--- Jack got one about 8:30 and I think Jock got one around midnight- I'd call it very scratchy--

Conversations about the natural flying fish and their capture- or rigging of them-- , flyers- from open ocean come into the protected kelp beds along the coastline and offshore islands to lay their eggs-- just prior to dusk and into the dark the flyers seek sheltered kelp beds, depositing eggs to the underside of kelp blades. Commercial catches -Prior to their banning, a length of 1 1/2" mesh gillnet was strung in front of the kelp line before dark, a midnight's pull would harvest 50- 100 at a time. Bagged, sewn and frozen for later use. Some of the old school private boat method involved a Coleman lantern lit behind a white bed sheet, strung up and funneled into a bucket. A deck of cards, some rum and a good nights sleep found fresh flyers in the morning--

Rigging tips:- Their extra strong backbone is naturally shaped to wiggle back and forth-- when using as a baitfish, before putting them in the water, work that stiffened backbone back and forth to help keep it limber and attractive.

Some of the Long Rangers would freeze the flyers with their wings spread out, stapeled to a paper plate, later removed after the frozen riga-mortis had set in.

Like skinning cats, there's lots of ways of rigging flyers- an old salt, Harold Woods would for rig a flyer with a 3 ft length of green dacron line, a threaded needle passed though the flyers body mid section just under it's wings- wrapped over the fishes back (to hold the wings in place or under them if you wanted the wings open )and back again through that same hole to come out the other side-- both lines are then brought up tight along the body and passed through the fishes nostril holes, crossing them and pulled tight and knotted snug over the flyers head. --- One end of the tag lines is then passed straight down though the nose and exiting from under fishes chin, a very small cut is made vertically on the flyers lips and both tag end lines are then brought together and tied tight closing the mouth and yet leaving enough length to attach the hook.on the front of the bait. The overall rigging bridle helps keep the wings in place and the rigging crosses the baits eyes to help keep them from washing out. Secret tip- 1/2 oz egg sinkers were sometimes tied in place of the eyes to gave them that added weight in windy or sloppy seas.

The wonder of tuna fishing-- you hear of the boat load of anglers making the long run out there , all day and into the night for zero or maybe one or two fish, one a a Flatfall the other on a yummy flyer, others come back saying they had bites on a slow trolled squid, or a mackerel strung out 100- 150- 200 yards. or a bait dropped deep- -- but no constantly to the bite-- I guess Old Mother Nature doesn't want us to catch them all--


----------- July 27th Friday's report ------------

Still muggy or salty here on the beach- Coastal marine layer holding back the inland heat at least for a while but it feels like it'll sun up . Greasy calm out there this morning , soft swells on a gray morning- not much reported so far in the catching - but boating was nice-

E-Mail this morning-- Thanks for the 20 pound IGFA line--- it taped out 213. We will see mañana. Tom ----

Tom's Fish weighed 207.2 lb. for a pending W R BFT caught on 20# test; . It only took him 15 minutes and he caught it at San Clemente Island on bait. His fish fish hooked the other day -a super cow engulfed the bait and almost spooled them-- broke off. On this fish they were 5 miles above the fleet-- they metered fish on the first sweep of the sonar-- a cast bait and they were on- fish went nuts --all over the place, they were able to with good boat maneuvering and still able to keep in touch with the fish without breaking it off- Nice Catch!

Tom's got a few under the belt so far--- Pacific Bluefin Tuna

M-06 kg (12 lb) 59 kg (130 lb 1 oz) San Clemente Is, Ca 17-Aug-2017 Tom Pfleger

M-08 kg (16 lb) 58.8 kg (129 lb 10 oz) San Clemente Is, Ca, 10-Aug-2017 Tom Pfleger


M-10 kg (20 lb) 78.24 kg (172 lb 8 oz) Guadalupe Is, Mexico 03-May-1992 Tom Pfleger ( the good old days)

M-15 kg (30 lb) 96.87 kg (213 lb 9 oz) San Clememte Is, Ca 25-Aug-2016 Tom Pfleger

and his daughter Ali has the womans -24 kg (50 lb) 67.67 kg (149 lb 3 oz) , 24-Aug-2017


A check with IGFA shows the larges PBT at 907 lbs north of New Zealand , 19-Feb-2014 by Donna Pascoe


one fish on the boat so far--- yea we've got a decent yellow on the boat-- thanks were down here trolling between the 181 and the 182

Yellowtail off Ben Weston and squid to be had there too-

Say hello to Scott for me---- OK he's down below cleaning a yellowfin-- where ya get that ---- around the 277, thanks for the relay-- Tell JD there was a couple of tailers seen 3 off the Isthmus yesterday around 2 in the afternoon--- thanks-- hows the swordfishing been for the Lessly Ann-- pretty good so far this season and a good sized fish too


-------------------- Thursday's Report July 26- -----

Overcast and muggy- wind fair from the south swell from the south and light wind texture to the water mix of swell - very travelable-

Kelp--- you eye out for Kelps---

This morning from the Surface Currents web site it looks like there should be a line of kelps running from the 14 Mile Bank towards Avalon Bank---

They were saying the real flying Fish- [ California flying fish (Cheilopogon), are four-winged, with both the pectoral and pelvic (posterior) fins enlarged.] was the ticket for the giant Bluefin--

Now catching flying fish is another story in it 'self. On our knees we've all tried the swimstep with a mackerel bait net-- mostly just try-- what you really needed was a 15 ft long telescopic handle and a 20 inch mono mesh net to scoop them up with when their at the lights edge- JD's has them - extends to 16 ft and take apart too--


Also due in next week will be Baitmasters 5 pack of frozen Flyers 8-9 " along with rigged and unrigged swordfish squid baits--


The Pacific Queen called in this morning with 6 Bluefin (150-250 lbs), 2 Bluefin (30-80 lbs) and 12 Yellowtail at 6:30 AM

Stayed funky all day-- never saw the sun and it remained a south light wind, offshore the sun made it through towards the islands but still not much of a Sat temp water temp or Chlorophyll image today-, from what I could gather from the surface charts that bulge of blue water moving up from the south continued up towards the mackerel bank this afternoon-


Hi JD. Hill caught this 33 lb yellowtail in whites over the weekend. We were fishing in the Ol’ Joe Tournament through NHYC. This was “largest Catch”. Thanks, Kevin (Ebb Tide) Good battle with a light tackle 196-6 old Sabor rod, nice Catch!


----- Wed's the 25 of July report----

Only muggy and warm here this morning - wind light, 2 3kts- South, seas fine -light mix to the seastate-------

Sporties and privates working off the Backside of Clemente for the tunas- I believe some off the Head, 289 to the Mac Bank too.

A check with the San Clemente Island Security 's web site shows the "Cove " to be open this weekend- from Friday Midnight through the weekend--

With a few marlin around, Dorado a reality, some tunas around, now both bluefin and yellowfin and the yellowtail 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--


Weather here on the beach still muggy and a soft shadow under the marine haze-- not much said on the radio today- several tournaments coming up the next weekend, full moon , sea bass, bluefin and marlins

late afternoon radio reception better--- yea we got the yellowfin on the porpoise about one or two every stop-- glassy out here now-- 4:12 pm

Today's ( or really yesterdays) water temp images and Chlorophyll chart showing the warm offcolore water on the beach with a strong arm of blue water meeting it below the 209 area and bending S/W to Clemente Island , sure should be some kelps, bait along that break . And the temp/ color break from the 14 to the 152/ catalina

















Team Genesis lands 253 LB Pacfic Bluefin Tuna after 3 hours on the rod. Captain Bob Goldstein at the helm, Angler Vic Jedlicka, crew Larry Mestyanek and Eric Wilson on the gaffs. Congratulations Guys!

Good E mail this morning--

Hi JD, Greg H and I took the "Dixie Ann" out yesterday looking for the marlin around Catalina. Warm water all around the island but no signs or bites. We tried some spots around the east end of the island to no avail and ended up fishing the bass around the quarry. not much action. I had one bite all day, and that turned into a forty minute pulling contest with about a 200 pound Black Sea Bass. Once to the boat and unhooked it took a few trys to get the fish turned around and headed back down to deeper water. Note to self, it might be wise not to fish sea bass with a marlin caster. Thanks Dick S.


------------- Tuesdays report -Morning pea soupy fog greeted the morning boaters-- not till you got within 1/2 of the beach was it apparent, dropped the air temps to 74/75 degrees matching the water temp. off colored green-- Light S/E wind maybe 5 knts seas still a mix to them- a little rolly polly-


Cool Sea breeze welcome at maybe 4 or 5 knts mid day-

Radio quiet for the most part--- a few Sea Bass to be caught and from the looks of the AIS some of the sports and privates are working off the backside/west of Clemente island--

Whale watchers commenting on such a beautiful; day it was out there--

Well the only warm water shows to be here in the So Calif Blite

65 to 80 degrees

SD Report --he Pacific Queen returned with 11 Bluefin (6 between 180-290 lbs.) The Shogun finished with 25 Yellowtail. The Liberty returned from their 1.5 day trip with 3 Bluefin (206, 202 and 180 lbs.)

Unbeleavable calm out here-- we're going troll the Avalon Bank--

light coastal haze towards the afternoon hours-- seas calm- nice-

-------- Monday July 23rd 2018-- Works still got to me done, something about the grasshopper and ant fable my Mom spoke of-

Warm to hot-- sky clear-marine haze to the west -wind from the west/southwest light this morning due towards 15 this afternoon west- leftover lump on the sea-

Buliding tides as this Full Moon aproaches-

E-mail this moring asking about marlin rigging-- I go back to old school--


Hook rigging# 101 for marlin--- it's all theory mind you- they (the fish) may be striking short one season, then next climbing all over the jigs the next - Whacking them aggressively this morning or just tapping them with just the slightest interest later on.

Single hook or double hooks- stiff rigged or free swinging or a mix of both. Which is right? New ideas emerge or fade away each year, conceptions change. But the proven theory's over time prevails. The fish are built in a physical way , their mouths bills and jaw bones are always shaped the same, maybe even their philosophy remains the same. You can use these characteristics to improve the strikes and the solid hook ups-

Over the years I've developed my own theory - On the question of Single or Double hook Rigs. Double hooks hook or snag more fish, simply two hooks catch more things than one hook- they also catch more weeds and everything else in the water. They are a maintenance issue, you have to check them for weeds more often and keep the hooks straight within the skirts to swim well. Single hooks are easier to work with and will allow the lures to swim and look better in the water. The single hook drives well but it's hooking radius is limited. 6/0, 7/0, and 8/0 sized hooks are most common for Stripers, those fishing light lines of 16/ 20/30 lbs can fish the 6/0 and 7/0's well but an 9/0 is to big to drive. 50 and 60 lb test lines can support the bigger hooks. Striped Marlin have a fixed upper bill and a flexible lower jaw that clamps upwards, the inner roof of its mouth is the softest area to lodge a hook in or adjacent to it where that soft tissue joins the jawbone. Hooks have to find a home in that soft tissue, wrap around the rounded jawbone and hang or drive into the hard bill it's self. The style of hook must adopt to the bone or flesh. One theory of mine and there are many- is that the fish either strike or take a lure presented to them- They like to "Strike" brightly colored lures (Oranges/bright Greens/Yellows/ Reds) and "Take" resembling or natural colored looking (mackerel colored, dark greens or dark colors) lures- and this method of attacking the lures require a different style of hook to be used. When Striking or bill whacking at a lure- a hook a curved-in barb style (7691S) catches, snags better than an opened throated one- which doesn't hit at the best angle it bounces off. With an more resembling looking lure the fish try to "Take" or swallow /eat it from behind, the hook style (7732) with the bigger "bite" radius will catch deeper in the fishes mouth where it finds the softer tissue. A Fixed or stiff hook rigging helps position the hook, acting like a keel to run the lure better as well as helps starts to drive in the hook's barb better-- just a theory - JD


----------- Sundays 7/22/Report -------closed 1/2 day Monday- not sure which half!-----

Clear sky and a mornis west wind more this afternoon though not as strong as previously forecasted, Swells building and wind chop expected--

And the Kea Kai also reported to have caught a Marlin yesterday-- Whos on First, Whats on Second and I Dont Know is on third!

68.3 water on the 43 blue-- looks good we've got the kite out-38 over 59 - thanks we're 1 mile south of the 181 headed your way--

Lots of Sheep out there today-- I said breezy - not breezers!

We're west of the bank good sign of birds- 11:12

we're at 39 over 05 --three really good spots -- they're really coming up now--- 11:37 am one school looks like 50- 70 lbers--

Water from te 277 into the east end-- green \

I'm between the two seiners, there up-- it's all that small stuff--- those are yellowfinseiners--- 2:04

E-Mail from Santana--- Hey JD just wanted to give you a report on Thursday we fished thesouth end of san clemente had good tuna fishing and also baited and released a nice striped marlin saw two other jumpers

Looks like a respectable sized fish-- Congrats-- JD

and the claicos bit well eariler in the day--





Sat's report 7/21/18 ------

the coolness of the coastl waters are refreshing-- warm insland- wind allready starting to blow out of the west-- light chop with it-- Mare's Tails-- she's a blowin--

Marlin report - we're only out for a half day with the kids- out of Avalon Swagger-- finds a fish in the gyros, lazy tailer-- a trolled Dorado clored lure get the strike-- George Garrett the angler , Bruce at the wheel , 30 lb tackle and the fish is released--9:25 am- Congrats from the fleet--- !! First release for the BAC that I know of ( I din't hear of Kea Kai's friday fish till sunday) -- JD--- not bad for a half day's fishing!

How do you catch the first Marlin of the Season for the clubs - you go out a try- and keep trying- gave some swagger to the boat!

or be lucky


So Steve L calls in--- they had run the new Bad Company 92 ft sportfisher up from Cabo--some 900 miles to come up to SD then Catalina-- anchore up yesterday and leave anchorage at 8:45 this morning-- by 9:15 they had a marlin hooked, a baitfish! congrats to the young angler of 15 years , Joshua Masuda of Palos Verdes his first Marlin---

And Kea Kai also had a fish on Friday!!

Good reception-- below Clemente-- boats scattered all along the Clemente Canyon and escarpment below the island-- and up the backside, down to the 60 and out to the Mushroom Banks too-

We went down below the 43 came up the line metered more down there- where you at-- I'm up higher than I was yesterday--- metering lots of stuff-- seeing lots of bird schools , there's scattered tuna all around us now, foamers staying up yellowfin-- there's lots of micro baits around--- we've got the two dorado and one nice yellow off that kelp--- just waiting for the tunas now-- 1:48

20 kts by mid late afternoon -- your not going to like it when you come around that East end of Cat--

Where you at-- about two outside the Cove-- there's about 4 or 5 boats in the cove now-- and a half dozen trolling around- dosen't look like we'll have a problem- 4:56pm

Spots of fish all around, just waiting for it to bite-- calming down here-

Sea Bass fishing good for thoses in the know--

------- Fridays Report July the 20th ----August just around the corner--

--Coastal coolness welcomes those who come from the inland-- wind, light to fair from the west early- cloud cover left early-- Seas OK light bump/chop

Building moon phase

Looks like the tuna fleet below Clemente are spreading out-- some to the west off China Pt. others to Desperation Reef and still along the Clemente canyon.

Hello JD Well…. We got one yesterday! 230 lb on the kite. Thank you for your posts and fishing updates. Kevin - Jammin'

Beautiful fish--! JD

They popped up in all that mico baits - 11:15

we worked down south not much down there-- came back up -- we're 10 below the 43 now--

west wind up early-- by 1:30 starting to cap

Good radio recpetion- were her up at SBI doing any good- yea a few yellows some sea bass-- hows the tuna fishing-- we're just getting there-

39 and 05 we're running up on some foamers now--- 2:25pm

they're up right in front of us--- get a cedar plug out-- 4:16

Swordfish boat was saying another harpoon boat had stuck a fish yesterday--- somehow the line parted and the lost the fish--Today the Swordfish boat found their fish-- being munched on by a big Mako Shark- head and tail and body had large bite on it-- the dart and lily line still in it!

Couple of divers came in the shop mid afternoon having come back from the tuna grounds-- spent the night out there- metered lots of them but reluctant to take the flatfalls- the did get two big tunas--speared em- under the smaller yellowfin-- said his buddy while deep saw a big bluefin come up an smack- ran right into at 40+ yellowfin- chasing them out of their neighbored, water bluish on top down below green and poor visibility-

We just had the kite up here towent minute lots of fish jumpoing all alround us-- we had some small tuna inside us-- Yea we got on on the popper-- this is far as Iv;e gone seeing them on the upa nd downa nd side scanner--

rumor has it that another marlin was caught and released today-- below Clemente!


Water temps--- >












-------- Thursdays report - July 19th ---

cCoastal marine clouds faded away early- wind fair from the south/southeast 5-6 kts, seas ok light chop.

Coasatal water warm at 73+ and green-- swordfish water--

An customer in the shop this morning--buying flatfalls-- going out to the tuna grounds this afternoon-- his buddy- with divers had 7 fish this morning-- all over or close to 200 lbs--

A check with he San Clemente Island Security- shows the Island " Pyramid Cove" to be "Hot/Active" Friday, Sat and Sunday-- and flying kites regulations observed

A question posed about the FAD's that were placed in the waters off Catalin's East end May of last year--should still be there-- if you in the area check em' out-- FADs at 33' 14.432 N / 118' 10.873 W near the 152, the second one is at-- 33'01.40 N / 117' 47.996 near the 209--

The tuna fleet centered below the Head in the deep water-

Kite Wars!!! this dum* *## @#** just got my gear again!! I was 5- 6 miles away from the fleet and he comes downhill right over us again-- !

Windy this coming weekend, good friday sat but blowing Sunday---

SD report- The Condor called in this morning with 8 Bluefin tuna, (1 @ 213#) and (7 @ 25-70#). They are still fishing. The Shogun returned this AM with 15 Bluefin tuna weighing in up to 206 lbs and 1 Yellowfin tuna 35-40lbs. July 18th, 2018 The Pacific Queen finished with 13 Bluefin Tuna (1 @ 205#) and 3 Yellowfin Tuna on their Overnight Trip. . The Pegasus returned this AM with 26 Bluefin Tuna and 5 Yellowfin Tuna (Up to 180#) on their 1.5 day charter. They reported great signs of fish!

See that Black dark seiner -----no I don't see anybody I'm at 46 and 09 there's nobody here--- I'm at -42 and 09 now--- giant foamer right in front of me and nobody's on it- - I'm heading to it now-- inside those number you gave me- maybe a couple miles away--- that dark blue seiner trying to wrap em'- there's a giant foamer right in

front of him-- he's trying for it-- 6:01pm


---------- Wed's the 18 - July-----------

Very nice morning on the water- almost tropical- calm seas, light cloud cover giving way mid morning blue and sun- wind slight from the south-

Really nice day-- went out to the 14- water green and 73 turned 71 past it and started to blue up-- a little bit of a trash line some weeds- seal and a small mako shark swimming-- but that was it-- we turned back into that green water where we'ed seen those birds working-- Bonito-

Sounded like there were dozens of sportfishers out today in search of the bluefin-- and yellowfin - dorado- yellowtail and marlin or a swordfish- and bonito or sea bass too!

It sounded like he said marlin-- but not sure-- saw a swirl, I said throw a bait-- -- we're on--- and its on a spinning gear-- 11:21

Yellowfin on the troll-- 11:34

Yellowfin of the troll- flyer 12:01

We're getting this marlin up to color now--- 2:05

he's headed west now---

Tropical this afternoon - stayed south

We're headed home--- how'd you do-- we'll we lost more than we caught-- think we hooked 5 and got two-- tuna fishing! 4:25pm

looked like some maui back there--- saw some blue behind the jig--

Good temp break running from about the Avalon Bank S/E to inside the 209 then bending down to the 181.

never did hear if they got the marlin or not??



They stayed out of the fleet- who had been working down the line along the San Clemente Canyon-- the sports and dozens of others-- staying above the fleet- a half dozen + miles away they had them to themselves- Leaving the harbor at 8 am by noon they had tag teamed the first fish by the two young boys Pete and Haden for an hours battle at 203 lbs--- the second fish by David at 199 lbs--and a 30 lb yellowfin to boot --Yummy flyer on a calm day without others to bother them- nice catches-- Salt Shaker--


---- Tuesdays 7 17 2018 Report ---------

Muggy warm and coastal drizzle- gray morning wind light from the west 2- 3 kts seas calm and flat--

Still good tide swings and morning and mid-day/ early afternoon slack periods-

So he came in the shop late yesterday afternoon yea, I know I wasn't suppose to to be here- but I was- getting some tackle together to take my Grandson who's 4 1/2 out for afternoon bay fishing-- - The customer sorts out some of the hooks, he'd been whale watching earlier in the day-- seeing a few small dorado under kelps not too far out- he comes up to the counter with a bag of #4 hooks $2.95'w worth-- that should do it! - he's out the door for a late afternoon run at the dodo's. By dusk my grandson and I , a bass and a bunch of bites on frozen squid among the corralling of a small boy on a small boat- with casting practice, baiting hooks, snacks and clearing tangles lines we're back ashore. I look up and the earlier customer goes by- holding up a nice Dorado-- he says 6 miles out !


Hi JD - Hope all is well. Here are a couple of pictures of Michael’s Bluefin from Sunday. The fish taped out at 210 pounds and took him 40 minutes to land. We had a number of other blowups on the Yummy and also caught a yellowfin on it as well. Hope all is well and have a great week. Thanks Gary

E-Mail from Costa Rica--- Foxi LKady Just returned from our last trip to the seamounts/fads Tuna Club friends Rich Palys and Mike Mcgrade did them selves proud releasing 27 blue marlin to 350#. This will be our last trip in Costa Rica, after 6 years here its time to bring the Foxi Lady back to California. We will spend some tiime fishing in Nicaragar, and Guatemala, Puerto Vallarta(big tuna) , Cabo, couple of months in Mag Bay tight lines Pete

A check with he San Clemente Island Security- shows the Island " Pyramid Cove" to be "Hot/Active" Friday, Sat and Sunday--

Well once in a while ya get a few odd ball phone calls - guy calls up wanting to know if he needs a fishing license to knife a fish! yep!

The Pacific Dawn finished their trip with 11 Bluefin Tuna 6 over 200 pounds and 5 over 150 pound and 25 Calico bass, The Liberty just called in with 7 Bluefin Tuna and 2 Yellowfin Tuna so far on their full day trip.

30-day weather outlook Summary- High pressure is expected to continue in the northcentral and northeast Pacific and W of N California and Oregon There continues to be a risk of very hot conditions alternating with very warm and humid weather due to strong upper high pressure in the SW U.S, and weak low pressure off the central and S California coast. Monsoonal moisture and thunderstorms (TSTMS), will increase, following the normal seasonal progression in late July and first part of August. High pressure will continue to produce very hot and dry conditions over most of Mexico and all of Central America during late July through about 20 August. Sea surface temperatures have been colder than normal off Baja California, but a shift to unusually warm anomalies (SSTAs) appears to be returning. The El Niño (warmer than normal sea surface along the equatorial central and E Pacific, is developing. This long term process is expected to continue through the fall and upcoming winter.

--------------------- Monday closed or should have been--------------

-------------- 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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---------- 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-

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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-



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---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: avalonchallenge@gmail.com 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 https://balboayachtclub-qzjnl.formstack.com/forms/summer_fishing_junior_program_copy

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 gordon.wanlass@gmail.com

-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: http://www.balboaanglingclub.org/bac/tournaments/ysh-yellowtail-seabass-halibut/ 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 http://cibillfish.org. 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 info@balboaanglingclub.org - 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 info@balboaanglingclub.org












--- 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 owyn.snodgrass@noaa.gov

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 alijohnson@cox.net - 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 info@balboaanglingclub.org





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 alijohnson@cox.net -


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 sportfishingreport.com 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 sportfishingreport.com 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-











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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--


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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.



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------- 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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---------- 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!


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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

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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 https://www.crowdrise.com/2017mabtigmr or email IGFA Conservation Coordinator Leah Baumwell lbaumwell@igfa.org 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

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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

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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.

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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---

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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

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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.

---------------- Tuesday Report -------------

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--

-------- the 4th of June-- 2017--------------

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

------- 2nd Day of June 2017 ------------

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.

---------------- The First Day of June ------------+

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: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Balboa%20USA%202016%20Race 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

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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! https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996489134


------------------- 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 balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net 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