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And making the run south to below San Onofre, Dave E. and son Dustin put's on a pair on too- The WSB went 53lbs The YT was 36.7












------ First marlin of the season caught-- above the border-- weight 185 lbs-- big fish!! ate a cast bait-- 181 area-- caught July 3 on the 181 by Oceanside's Jimmy Linville weighed 185 lbs caught on bait---photos coming-- Congrats---JD































































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Let's throw more gasoline on the fire--- if it's hot now-- stand by not only will you have to start trolling marauder Wahoo Lures-- better break out the Bent Butts-- Positive ID on a 600- 700 lb maybe bigger Blue Marlin off the 312 Fathom spot-- ( outside Oceanside) !! Stand By !!!!!

So Eric hadn't put any of the yellowfin tuna they had hooked on the deck, lost three---- running between spots of fish up they trolled an X-Rap 20 ---goes off--- his friend says- you take it-- it's yours -thinking maybe it's a dorado-- --- he's on--- George G. at the wheel- see's the line take a heavy plunge-- it's a healthy fish-- take your time--- no idea for sure what it is--- Eric's an experienced angler and gets the fish to the boat--- #@%&*%$#@!@1#3 a few words are discussed-- don't loose it at the gaff! ---- it goes in and over the rail-- -- Unbelievable-- Wahoo 28 miles out of Newport, below and inside the 276/ 279 fathom spot (outside Dana Pt.) water was blue and nice-- Calstar Rod GFTR 756XL, Shimano Talica 20 2 speed -60 lb mono and a Rapala XRap -20 Sardine-- ! Congrats JD- I don't recall anyone ever catching a Wahoo here before! 50.1 lbs---Eric Kim of Fullerton, Ca 8/30/14

Team Joker in the 267 area.
Angler Eric Kin
Skipper George Garrett
Gaffer Ted Royal





































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Not sure if Rodney got a hold of you but we hooked up to a monster blue marlin yesterday. 4 miles above the 289 after a little bit of Tuna fishing with Cory Wells, Jim Wells, Danny Uribe on Provider, Rodney made the call to put in the marlin jigs. Trolled for about 15 minutes when the left rigger went off. A big blue marlin shot out of the water and started running right at the boat. Rodney made a quick maneuver to miss the on coming missile. As the fish ran past the boat the line broke followed immediately by the sound of the right rigger clip popping and clicker screaming.


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So Steve calls in-- they got the Blue-- stuck around looking for the Swordfish-- find one-- bait it-- but it doesn't take the bait--- close--- heads towards Avalon to weigh the Blue-- dragging a couple of marlin lures and hooks a striper and release it- off the east end of the island 15/10 -- can't get much better that that! - - catch a Blue, bait a Sword and release a Striper all in one day off So Calif-- Remarkable!-- 3:44pm







































































Vick calls in with another 1st for the Year a White Sea Bass caught on 30 lb test line-- Congrats to Vick and crew --outside the Horseshoe Bank
















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Not typical to find these pelagic crabs this time of year-- more like summer months-- water temps remain in the mid 60's


Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean. As the most abundant species of micronekton in the California Current


























took a few minutes to trim back some palm branches that needed to be cut this morning, knocked off their sharp thorny spikes and saved them dry out for a coupleof months, they'll be needed. I did that last year, dried out a dozen of them, tied them apposing to each other, then crossed them in a X type shape fan,. made three sets of these X palm fans and spaced them about 5 feet apart with heavy 3/4 inch polypropylene line roped together along with a couple of floats attached on top, attached below was 950 feet of 300 lb Spectra line, 25 feet of chain and a old 30 lb anchor



Making you own FAD, Fish Aggregating Device . With the help of Decker we set it at 1,000 feet of water in our secret location. Designed to float about 40 ft below the surface, unmolested by other boat traffic, it's locations unknown to all except to us, I had also tied on 50 'of heavy mono line with a Dove decoy with a couple of extra seagull feathers glued on to better disguise it as our marker. We paved out the anchor, chain, line, buoy and dried palm fans methodically, she went down as planned and all that was left was a bird sitting on the water, nothing more--- a week went by and we checked it out- 40 feet below the bird was the underwater FAD with swarms of baitfish, the following week more baitfish and yellowtails!-- Build you own Kelp Paddy FAD this year!


Good luck this coming season!- JD


f these exciting gamefish of the sea--

Hi JD, Here's the latest update on the MABT Great Marlin Race:-


Fish #1 -Team Charisma, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 12th
Fish #2 - Team Hooked, Dana Angling Club - Tag deployed on September 12th.
Fish #3 - Team Kea Kai, Los Pescadores Fishing Club, In Memory of Joe "Grrr" Houck - Deployed on Sept 18th.
Fish #4 -Team Joint Venture, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag deployed on September 27th.
Fish #5 - Team Andrea, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #6 - Team Kea Kai, Tuna Club of Avalon - Tag not yet deployed
Fish #7 - Team  Royal Slam, Balboa Angling Club - Tag not yet deploye








































A long weekend of fishing the 52 nd Lily Call tournament - - now the pick up begins- pick up the back room with all the pieces a gear and tackle rearranged for this past weekends bay tournament and the boat it too needs some attention and motor need to be checked over-again.


Fishing in a little, wet, overcrowded rowboat sure takes it out of you-- but rewarding, fishing with Tracy Decker of SWBA saltwater bass fame- Saturday morning she battled a 20 minute fight with a potential world record Corbina on 4 lb test line, the weight being 5.74 lbs which put her in First Place in the Corbina category, then Sunday morning another long fight with a 4.45 lb Spotfin Croaker which gave her 1st Place in that category. This year there were no qualifying Halibut caught and in the Bass category with only .21 of a pound separating 1st. and 3rd. places with largest bass at 2.19 lbs, Greg Taite was the angler.


Sunburnt faces and worn out looks were brightened by a few drinks and lots of give-away's at the awards banquet. Thanks to all those who particapated and thanks to all those who donated towards the prizes and raffle give aways- JD





A call come in from Marty Firestein and son Mitchell-aboard the "A Reel Dream" having landed a pair of Bluefin Tunas today-- they were out between the 181 and the 182, working the high spots when seeing breaking fish, ran over to em' an got clobbered-- Double hook up on jigs- --one on an Hawaiian JT jig and the other on a Red and Black Feather-- right after the bottom of the 10am tide landing them an hour afterwards on 50 lb tackle- est weights 130 and 100 lbs!! His son estimated the weights at 101 and 131, Actual weights-- 107 lbs and 133 lbs-- not bad for a guess! Weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club this afternoon-







And Vick scores again with a 57lb White Sea Bass- on a plastic lure-




Catch of the Day--



And the report from New Zealand- Grant Garrett has becomes an official member of that elusive family of catching broadbill swordfish- congrats- JD ---Hi All, We departed Whangaroa Harbour at 5:30 AM for the Garden Patch area which has produced 80% of our Broadbill action over the past 15 seasons.

. At 11:05 the float 100 meters from the stern of Major Tom went flat on the surface. The 37 kg outfit was baited with a large mackerel on a 14/0 J hook so we hoped for the real thing, not another toothie species. Geoff had us pull up the close rig when Grant came tight on the Broadbill at the 250 meter mark. As we got the other bait aboard the Broadbill jumped 150 meters off the stern. Grant was on the strike drag of 12 kg's and as the fight progressed, worked the drag up to 17 kg's. At 2 hours, 15 minutes I had a brief chance at the 25 foot wind on but could not get a wrap. Twenty minutes later the leader was on hand and the fish gaffed. It took a total of 3 minutes for all four of us to pull the fish into the cockpit. Grant has his first Broadbill which Geoff estimated at 150 kg's and all the men's "smart phones" plus the VHF went into action. Around 6:30 PM Major Tom pulled into Whangaroa Gamefish Club Weigh station and Grant's fish went 154.9 kg. Regards, Jerry
































































































































Hi JD - We were fishing tuna schools about 10 miles off the coast below San Onofre yesterday when this young great white came up to the boat. It stayed with us for a while. My son Michael took the video and picture with his Go Pro. Thought you might want to see it. Hope all is well. Gary


































































































































































































------------What was caught in 2014 -------

2014 Fish Counts  
Value from Recorded catch Value set at 50 % of Commercial catch
Fish Count  
Commercial SportboatsRecreational  Private Totals
Bluefin                                           4,814.00                             2,407.00                     7,221.00
Yellowfin                                         71,608.00                          35,804.00                107,412.00
Yellowtail                                         43,165.00                          21,582.50                   64,747.50
Dorado                                           8,500.00                             4,250.00                   12,750.00
Wahoo                                                 11.00                                     5.50                           16.50
Albacore                                                 59.00                                   29.50                           88.50
White Sea Bass                                           3,793.00                             1,896.50                     5,689.50


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