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Closed on Mondays---

---- Oct 17 Sunday-- and another Bight and Sunny Day-- light south wind maybe 2-4 kts seas good a small mix of swell and Coastal waters are still Forbidden ( as far as we know!) it's Crazy some beaches of newport open to swimming but not fishing?- the Nuts are running the joint!

Couple of boats out Deep Dropping for the Swordfish today---- No ones told them they couldn't----one saying a friend of his had a battle yesterday-- not sure what the results were-- weathers looks great for a drift-- One Swordfish harpooned Mid channel yesterday mid morning hours and the day before inside the Lee of Clemente another swordfish was stuck-- there's a few around---


Up coming is the Black and Blue--- Now up to $4,540,925.00 and 223 Teams so far--- ! with Fishing Days 10/20/2021 - 10/22/2021 ( Wed, Thurs, Fri) Stand by for Fireworks! and a lot of Rolaids!



And the Tanner is still kicking out the Big Bluefin--- From Yesterday-- Got a nice one for David Payton yesterday at tanner went 250 lbs . Flyer on the kite.


Go Dodgers!


------ Oct the 16 2021--- Bright and shinny--- for the most part a little marine haze seaward--- no wind seas calm-- Should be a swordfish or two up on days like these --------A check locally with the local partyboats-- nope coastal fishing still closed! -- Nuts-- it's getting personal now---

Cabo---- Little Bisbee- Second Day --- Only the one fish yesterday qualifying and a second fish was boated today-- no weight yet--- and they don't appear to be in the Dailies?-- -- standing by-- - Local boat Quiteña leading the pack so far with releases


As the 5pm Lines out only the one boated marlin was to be weighed, if it qualified-- and still at lines out two boats still fighting fish--Gold Tooth Hookers #140 hooked up minutes before at 4:57:33 Pm ( Released) and the Chinito Bonito I Francisco Arturo was on a Yellowfin Tuna hooked at 2:25:49 PM 159 mins Still fighting it- an hour later- ---- Lots of Money on the line-- with a Roll over from yesterday results-- and--- and -maybe only the one fish for the tournament--Doesn't sound like real good fishing--- ------ 183 bo0ats- 1 fish over 300 lbs boated ------- and the Black and Blue is due up in a couple of days--- with No qualifiers Last Year 1/2 that monies was rolled over to this year--over $4 Million --Stand By for Fireworks!!

Beautiful day-- wish we could go fishing locally-- and Im sure there's a hunderd out there doing it--



An early afternoon e mail -- Bluefin Tuna Still here--- the note showing the Backside of Catalina Farnswork Bank area--- BFT There still here. Yesterday a 4:00 several large spots of fish up. Kevin K.


As the years go by-- and after the accumulation of tackle rods and reels-- a customer of ours gave me a call-- having some health restrictions now , he's ready to sell everything--, If your new to boating , just purchased a boat and need a total outfit give Capt. Roy a Call- -CAPTAIN ROY 760-840-1551 Captroy@fishnazi.com



------ Oct the 15 2021-------------- really a nice day-- cool morning air blue sky- warming in the sunshine-- wind light from the west maybe 3 or 4 kts seas great--- Couple of boats out -- heading to the islands for the weekend--- and------- and------ and fishing is still closed here!-- nuts

Regarding the closures and when will they be removed?-- - the -Web shows several California Oil Recovery sites -- a call to them and after several transfers to the different departments--- reveals I should call the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife for the answers,, A call to the Los Angeles Office --- only a recording-- left the question -- a return call today--No answer from them - best check with the Game Warden-- a call to them-- left message-- a returned call from him-- he's not sure either-- saying there were four or five agencies who make the decisions but referred me back to the number of the California Oil Recovery site!--

the run-a round! Who's on First-- What's on Second and I Don't Know on Third and Tomorrow's pitching! -


--- Baja- Cabo San Lucas-- the Little Bisbee is today- (AKA Los Cabos Offshore)

Lots of particapatiomns--- 187 teams! Yikes-- and 1100 anglers--- Yikes-- Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Total Payout: $1,963,500.00 Yikes! --- As of 1 pm their time 12 noon our time--- TEAM PELAGIC Ron Kawaja had boated a 319 lb Black Marlin. Several battles fought lost --- Lines In--- 8:00am-to 5:00pm Tournament Fishing; lines must be out of the water by 5:00pm - and as of the -4:30pm . Couple of boats were still fighting fish-- --- First Strike #150 Chris Campanella called in a couple minutes eariler with a Blue Marlin at 4:28:31 And Listo #62 John Hughes was on a Blue Marlin hooked at 1 3:50:45 PM

-- standing by Line out 5 pm and both of the remaining hooked up fish were released-- looks like One fish out of 187 boats qualified for the day! So far Heavest Marlin with ($76,576.50) and the Dailies w the $500 Daily Jackpott ($65,025.00) , the $1k Daily Jackpot ($114,750.00) and $2k Daily Jackpot ($193,800.00) and they still in the $2k Costa Release Category a lot of money still on the line--

Enjoy the weekend-- JD


--------------- Oct the 14 2021-----Nice weather--- --------- Still fishing is Closed to the take of fish and shellfish and

Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due To Oil Spill October 4, 2021 Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that a threat to public health is likely by fishing in the affected area or consuming fish or shellfish that may have been affected by the spill. OEHHA recommended this fishery closure to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) Administrator, Thomas Cullen, signed the closure on behalf of CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. The closure is in effect until lifted. This new closure document includes a detailed map of the closed areas. The extent of the closure will change as conditions and factors in the area change. Media Contacts: osprfisheriesclosure@wildlife.ca.gov Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 212-7352

They're Nuts!



Los Cabos Offshore Tournament canceled both second and third days fishing--- Little Bisbee still scheduled for today's signup's and fishing tomorrow and Saturday-- lots of boats wanting to get in the action-- fishing reported fair, with only the two qualifiers for the first tournament out of 55 boats

Local 1/2 d boats out of Newport -- Nada--- Bait Barge also Nada-- ---Dana Harbor --fishing OK below the harbors restricted area- and they've got bait--

this weekends-- San Clemente Island is "Hot"from 7am to 5pm on Sat- open from then on and all day Sunday


Coastal water temps over a 8 day Composite---






and the Coastal Water Temps Yesterday, ya think maybe the Fat Lady has sung!









------------ Wed's The 13th of October--- Clear and crisp this AM-- wind light from the Southwest 3-4 kts + ocean looks OK-- Fishing Closure still in effect--- I think they're checking the barnacles to see if they've been infected! Left hand dosen't know what the right hand is doing-- !

Los Cabo's Billfish Tournament at the Cape postponed another day

AIS shows sportboats out of SD out to the tuna grounds--- Tanner and Cortez

and Boats headed to the Cape are making their move now--- Wahoo, Marlin and Tunas await them-- and probably Dorado too- Yellows on the high spots and Cabrilla for the table fair-


Donnie caledl via VHF-- they were mid channel 6 below the A Bank--- nice and calm water but a bit chilly- water temps 61 degrees!

For boats heading south-- Another burst of Santa Anas winds blowning offshore this Friday--Colnett and below--




------- Tuesdays Oct the 12 2021--- or 10122021 ------- Windy-- blue sky this morning and Windy--- Small Craft Advisory and no ones out-- except a few sailors--

A report from the Cape this morning saying lighter winds and rain so far-- Due for more--

Looks like the Los Cabo's Billfish Tournament was delayed a day because of weather-- today- Yesterdays top fish weighed w/ Viking Yachts Daily Marlin Jackpot Level 4 Sneak Attack Steven Perry Black Marlin with a 554 lbs ,, 2nd Place went to the Hooray Eric Dunn Black Marlin at 343 lbs -- will see if the tournament continues tomorrow--

Not much happening here today-- N/W wind all day

Go Dodgers ya Bum's couldn't event hit the ball out of the park-- the other team did!




---Closed on Mondays

10/10/ 21 , Sunday-- a day of rest--- light blue this morning-- wind light from the south to calm- seas flat and calm for the moment-- all due to change tonight and tomorrow--

it's my brothers birthday today-- Happy B- Day Bro--- he's a better surfer than I, but I could out fish him!

Fishing Clousers still in effect till the Coast Guards says otherwise-- 8 Miles off the coastline from Bolsa Chica to San Onofre-- Ouch! -- Maybe tomorrow it will open---??? unconfirmed -- ?

Vick fished off the east end of catalina for the Swordfish-- no bites-- well maybe one when he first got there--- wind came up-- time to head back to port Newport--- maybe--- maybe-- some tunas seen mid channel-- looked good -- otherwise not much on the radio-- --



----- Sat Oct the 9th 2021----------- Clearing westerly wind and cloud cover-- fair West at 8-10 kts seas light west chop-- still a strong tidal flow this weekend--

Boats heading south-- cautious of that upcoming front expected Sunday Monday- and the Cape's Marlin Tournaments-- aware of that tropical storm below them expected to bring rain and wind- maybe a port closure?

Reported Swordfish fisher-- metering bait at 600 even as deep as 1200 ft locally-- no bites said heaver 10 lbs of weight still didn't help in the wind against current movement on their drift--

Still not sure about coastal boat fishing and if it's been OK'ed or not ??

For Boats headed to Mag Bay and the Cape for the Marlins -- latest water temp images

Go Dodgers---




-------- Friday it's that day again--Oct 8 - Dodger baseball at 6 pm this evening-- something to look forward to- Light rain and sprinkles-- clearing off with a westerly-- seas starting to get some cap to them-

Reported that Dana Harbor is Open! and Newport's suppose to have Inspection boats at Harbors entrance to see if the boat is Contaminated, in which a boom float is surrounded the vessel and brought into the Harbor to the Marina Park for cleaning--- nuts! please contact the Newport Harbor Master for Details-- I guess? rumor says 12 midnight tonight the Harbor will be open--- nope -- second rumor says it's open now 12 noon today--?

ATTENTTION-- ATTENTION ALL BOATERS -- Newport Harbor Patrol comes on the radio-- saying as of 3 pm Newport Harbor is open and Dana Point also open--- -- thanks--

Nice afternoon-- clearing air and a fair west wind with a few clouds to highlight the sunset--- Better weather due next week---

Now that boats can go fishing--- what's to fish for--- a while - Calicos are there and there should be some Halibuts in the 70 -65 ft depth-- might be a Marlin or two still around -- haven't heard of much or seen recently-- nor of many jumpers seen just yet--

and there's the Broadbill Swordfish with the coming tournament for them and tuna off shore?

Good Luck- this Weekend--- JD



-------- Thursdays Oct the 7th 2021--- Kinda a gloomy day--- overcast some light drizzle, no wind--- no one out and about except few boat cleaners in the bay and a couple of Harbor Masters little skiffs-- Harbors Still Closed---

If I can recall correctly-- today marks 44 years here in the Shop! ---











Regaining his title, World Record Pacific Bluefin Tuna on 30 lb IGFA line by Tom P. his 213 .9 lb fish caught in Aug of 2017- had been bested only by a couple of pounds-recently-- - this past weekend Tom was out again to regain the title- a tough battle he said "had the Bimimi a dozen times out before the fish would sound again---a 2 1/2 hour battle and the fish takes top honors at 218.8 lbs-- beat it by 3 lbs--- !!!

-Quiet on the waterfront today--- -


------------------- Wed's Oct 6th-- Playoff day for the Dodgers 5:10 pm game starts-- this morining it's a light overcast--- no wind seas are calm and the Harbor Entrance is still closed-- and Fishing off the Jetties, ocean and inside the bays and harbors restricted " No fishing" -

The Harbor's a little spooky-- - with so little actitivty-- very few boats moving around-- some coast guand and harbor police about-- --- and who's the Fish Police?

Word has it that the harbor might be opened tomorrow-- ?? dont count on it!


----------- Tuesday Oct 5th 2021------ Looks like the harbor entrance is closed today-- A catch boom float streaches across the harbors tomorrow? ( there were a few boats going and coming into the harbor) Clearing sky- wind light to med from the south seas have calmed down--

Last nights rain and wind must have dispersed at oil slick-- couple of the tenders were saying they did not see any signs of the slick this morning??

The WHOW Event was great--- this evenings awards being held to honor the Vets and their accomplishments-- good job everyone-- New Year will be even Bigger-- !

The WHOW weigh -in at Avalon last night was spectacular coverage------ FanTail's 240 lb Bluefins Tunas was challenged as these first class sportfishers backed up to the Pier off-loading their big catches-- Weights from 100 lbs upwards to the 200 lb fish ---then a 222lbs, another at 224 lb, then and 226 lb and then Showtimes comes in with two fish-- SHOWTIME first one at 197 lbs their Second fish tops the scales at 245 lbs-- a Monster sized fish, one more boat to weigh their fish-- and they bring in Three fish to weigh-- an 188 lb, second fish at 200 labs and the third fish topped out at 220 lbs---

Good event---


With the closures of the Harbor's entrance-- going back years ago--- it was I believe an bitter cold windy February when that last oil pipe line was damaged by a ships anchor-The Harbor Entrance closed and Class Action law suits were made for loss of business here in Newport-- Six Years later Received the settlement pay out checks, one was $1.30 ---the other $ .19 Cents !!!





Go Dodgers----


Closed on Mondays- Went fishin in the rain with grandson 7 bass and 1 yellowfin coraker-- - JD

---------- Sunday--- and it's Canceled the Air Show off Huntington Beach!!!--Large oil spill/ Slick being the cause--- hope it gets cleaned up before it drifts into the coastline-- otherwise downhill current .8 kts and drifting offshore a bit-- coastal cloud cove with light South wind seas calm- , building tides

ILTT International Light Tackle Tournament out of SD this weekend-- Marlins were the goal and T/C held a roll call with only a few responses- probably out of range looking for the fish--

The WHOW tournament boats spread out of the harbor at sunset last night a couple bent south but most of the fleet straight towards the west end of Clemente the Tanner Bank their goal- it was either the First or Second yacht out of the harbor really put the peddle to the metal and took off in a roar-- Have fun boys and this year two Women are amoung the Vets-- ---( See below)



Nice day-- hope all the Vets enjoyed the day--- weather was good and reported several boats were into the bigger tunas- and trying for the smaller stuff on top of the banks-- good wishes to them--LIVESTREAM on Mon., Oct. 4




Sept- oops -- Its October now-- the 2nd 2021--- Saturday-- and looking out the store window this mornings looks like almost anything that can float is headed out the harbor to towards the Huntington Flats anchor up and watch the Air Show as they BuZZ right over their heads-- gets a little busy and rocky when all the boats head home together lot of mixed wakes-- Weather forecasters said fog-- but it doesn't look that way yet--



WHOW Boat parade this afternoon--- support it all you can-- JD

Our veterans have arrived and we’re excited for the weekend ahead! Follow along on today’s livestream starting at 1:40pm PT for official send-off and Tournament launch coverage: www.warheroesonwater.com. #whow2021

Each of the WHOW participating sportfishers idled up to the dock, the Vets were welcomed aboard by captains and crew and

Anthony was there to shake each and every Vets hand with a welcome and good luck--




The armada of Private Sportfishers/ yachts and their guest Vets aboard impressive traveling up the harbor before heading out to sea for the tournament--.




















Quite the site--- Good Luck Vets-


We just let one go-took a little longer that we wanted to-- to get a tag in it--- - was that a sleeper---- naw a feeder--- we're it that marlin tournament drove by and wanted to say congrats

Congrats from the fleet too-

you in blue water-- naw its really, really green--- look down 20 ft and all you see is something white--

We're a little busy right now --- we're fighting a marlin --- chasing him down- 7 SW of the 371-- 10:14 am

big striper-- --- no in reality it was a male blue marlin?---??

and the beat goes on--- WHOW boated their crew and parade soon to follow--- Best of Luck to them-- JD

Wind picked up westerly in the afternoon- but looks to back off towards the setting sun--


--- Oct the 1st 2021-----------

Light blue sky a little hazy seaward-- wind light S/W 1 -2 kts nice day on the water

Good radio reception from below the border-- 371/ area boats looking for something there--- seeing a few large kelps but no one home under them--- 371 and San Salvador knoll was said to have some fish---down by the 390 nothing there either--

There's a swordfish up finning high and dry right next to your bouy-- ( deep drop set of gear) --- try and run it Down! 11:25am where you at ---right on top of the 152--

We wernt ready for him by the time we got set up it gown down---

there's nothing down for here better up here---

11/over 33 a few kelps---

The Air Show putting on a good show for all to see-- Off HB--

We're down here on the 390 seeing a few dorado jump around but haven't touched our baits---

Had a good show of a Marlin jumping about 10 times in front of me--- Jumping marlin???- 12:38 Slack tide today-- 12:48pm

Jumper outside the 371 this morning-- lot of flying fish out here today-- looks like eveyone just looking around--- we're three outside the Salvador-- started on the 371 --out to the 390 and working this way-- it's warmer water 70./ 71 degrees here--

Outside Mission Bay 72 and lots of birds ,bait looks good--


The Great Marlin Race--- There is no doubt now that Striped Marlin migrate from Here, So Calif to the southern tip of Baja-- cross the Pacific below the Hawaiian Islands -- come north and complete the clockwise migrations back towards the shores of the West Coast--- 6,729 miles in 240 days-- remarkable--









And the 2020 Master Angler Billfish Tournament-IGFA Great Marlin Race Winner is…. A 150lb striped marlin tag sponsored by The Tuna Club of Avalon that popped up 2,122nm from where it was deployed. The fish was caught and tagged aboard the Burning Daylight captained by Hunter Heatley on October 18, 2020, and popped up after a full duration trial of 240 days. This fish is estimated to have traveled a total distance of 6,729nm!!! Learn more about the IGFA Great Marlin Race at https://bit.ly/2IZy2C1 and check out the most recent edition of International Angler for the full MABT report. The IGMR, presented by Costa Sunglasses, is a research collaboration between IGFA and Stanford University and is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Outdoor Fund, EdgeWater Boats, and Release Boatworks.

Congrats to the team aboard Burning Daylight-- nice Job! JD


Offcolor water dominates much of our waters these days-- Front side of Clemente held a few Yellowtails , it was the best fishing report for the days reports-- others saying hundred miles of looking for nothing---












------ Thursday's report--------- Sept 30th -----

---- Nice day--- light ripple on the waters surface-- light west wind--- not as flat and calm as yesterday-- there were several sighting and baiting of broadbill swordfish yesterday--pretty much green water everywhere only a few areas of blue found--

We came south and west from the 371-- didn't find much there- temps dropped so we're headed back uphill-- --- how ya doing-- the fish have lock-jaw here-- we haven't seen a thing here---

Should be another swordfish basking day--- stand by--

Boats heading back from the islands report mostly offcolor water green and not much seen --- above the West End of Catalina, backside some bass no yellows or only a few, bonitos, ----mid ocean between here in Newport and Clemente only a few kelps and they were fishless, further south they were happy to find small 2- 5lb tails under a paddy-- the offshore boys after the tunas reported only fair fishing for them-- and yesterdays lumpy seas back there didn't help much

This weekends weather looks good probably some of that afternoon west wind but not much-

San Clemente island will be open for anchorage Pyramid Cove for the weekend and Monday too!


Have fun-- JD



------------- Humpday-- Wed the 29th of Sept 2021---

Good day for deep dropping for swordfish--- light uphill current- seas are good--- there's bait marks at 600 ft deep over the 12000 depth, some surface bait and birds seen-- water temps improving to 68 1/2 degrees and clean and a soft afternoon tide swing--- Good Luck

SD Party boats targeting below the border more and more for the yellowfin - they're catchable not as spooky to fish during the day--

Clemente held good bass and a few yellows today--- weather great-- and a tailer or two were seen- maybe something will develope this fall Season-- lets hope so--- otherwise it'll be a long winter!





nice day-- moring marine clouds slowlly going aswy seas are calm-- a swell on the beach-- looks good for hte week ahead---

--------- Tuesday Sept the 28 2021---------- another Diurnal Tide today-- Broadbill Swordfish should be basking in the early afternoons sun--- Stand by---Nice day light south wind 2 3 kts- seas OK small mix to them- light overcast looks to burn through.

Foxi lady report --- Fishing is going off today in Mag Bay 60 bites between 9 - 1:30.y

Bring more hooks and Bait!!!


WHOW 2021 starts this Saturday. 100 vets/heroes - 38 beautiful donated yachts - 1.2m raised - 49 Purple Hearts - 108 Commendation Medals - 112 Achievement Medals - 35 Bronze Stars - 14 Humanitarian Assistance Metals. This tournament changes lives. Get involved. www.warheroesonwater.com

Floyd Sparks with his monster bluefin of 395.4, it's the new state record. On a flyer, Shimano Talica 50, Calstsr 775xxxh rod




- Monday--it's a diurnal tide !-

----------- Sunday Sept the 26 --- another gray day-- either its clear and windy or gray and not as windy---

Ladies Awards this evening--- Newport Harbor Yacht Club-- 5:00 pm



The 2021 Balboa Angling Club Ladies Billfish Tournament results are in!!! Congratulations go to: High Angler - Sara Holmes High Boat - Hawk Special thanks to the Tournament Committee: Judy Passerello - Chairman Julie Delucia Ruth Schock



Seas are calm and wind is light from the west--- local coastal waters have cleaned up 20 ft vis-- waters 64 above the harbor- below its 65- not much in the way of Baitfish caught/ mackerels-- look above newport pier in the flats you might find some-- fish the Pipe or Art Reef for bass

Bring a sweatshirt-- it's cool out there---

Next weeks slow rising mid day tide would be considered Prime time for Elvis to appear-- stand by--

Balboa Island-- here-- having their Art Walk today-- with exhibitors showing off their wears-- it brings in the shop dozens of folks fingering the displayed marlin baits and playing the frozen squid in the freezers. -- and looking out the front window-- a private sportfisher pulls up to the fuel dock flying a Marlin flag- released --- fun working here---

The Hunt Tournament / Tuna Club of Avalon-- Hello JD The “OORAH” took "High Boat" and "High Angler" in the ATC Hunt Tournament this Friday & Saturday The big ones: #204, #148, #78, 50 lb Dacron the two smaller: #20 dacron Kevin

That's fun fishin!


Next weeks the WHOW Event---- get involved if you can---

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---- Sat Sept 25 2021---------------- light overcast this morning wind light from the west--- forecasters show a mild day- reality-- westerly stronger than forecasted--- light wind chop and swell

Marlin News--- Ladies Tournament --Sara aboard Hawk, fishing off Mission Bay releases a Marlin at 9 :30 this morning and another fish also released in the area - Congrats JD --

- - wind came up early and the a couple of the boats headed in early-- - Back side of Catalina was the show for the marlins-- T/C Hunt tournament where along that Catalina Encampment earlier today- reported the- Pesca de Oro triples up-- one the jigs and another two on bait -Mike P's gets his Qualifier Congrats--- JD - up north water chilled off and few if any fish were seen up there--- no swordfish reported yet--

Wind stayed steady west for most of the day--- seems to cool things down--- forecasters show 8- 12 in the afternoon hours tomorrow??- we'll see-

reported a few schools of yellowfin tunas outside La Jolla

good luck tomorrow if you get out

coastal fishing fair-- southern waters warmer and cleaner- maybe a swordfish will show itself around the noon hour-- Stand By--

And congrats to all the Lady Anglers in todays event- hope you had fun and had you chances-- --


- Sept the 24th 2021------- Friday-- Hey it's that day again where fun and frolic is at hand---May Gray this mornings here at the b each--- light overcast that is weakening - light south/west wind 3-5 kts-- seas calm looks good- good visibility on the water---

Nothing reported yet on the radio--- 10:47 some scratchy reports too vague to hear- probably out on the Tanner or up to the Channel Islands ---- tuna one way--- marlins the other- and probably broadbill swordfish in the middle-- good tides this weekend-- have fun--

From facebook--- We're gonna need fighting chairs---! they're getting bigger---

Monster 340 pound (tape weighed) bluefin caught aboard @bight_sportfishing — at Fisherman's Landing.




This past weekd ends the 50th AnnualChannel Islands Billfish Tournament Results of are in. The seventeen boats in the tournament produced no fish on Saturday and only one fish on Sunday due to some very tough weather. Brett Bannerman's "Skol" took first place honors with three releases. Mike and Gina Haase on "Tight Riv" released two marlin to place second and C.G. Miller on "Ruckus" came in third with two releases. Also of interest are the vessels "Shameless" and "Tunanator" who both had a bluefin over 200 lbs. "Skol" releasing a marlin.


Mid day afternoon-- a phone call from Barrett-- of May Bay yachts-- having just splashed a new boat in Newport harbor yesterday and out today for a days sea trial --- Hey JD-- we're right outside the harbor- looked over and -- there's a nice swordfish that just swam up to the boat--- ( Must be good Karma for that boat) were in 220 ft of water right out side the harbor--- 2:24pm-- ------- A minute later a customer walks in the door wanting some sabki rigs to go make mackerel ---they were headed over to Catalina to fish for swordfish------ -- he was out the door and defrosting their rigged squid within minutes! good luck-- !!

Thunder and lightning this afternoon -remnants of that last tropical storm off Baja--


yikes-- at the fuel dock --- sitting next to 6,000 of gas yikes-- I'm out of here!





--------------- Sept the 23 Thursday 2021----------------- Blue again with an wift of morning clouds-- Wind west again- though not so strong -- yet--- coastal water green outside Long Beach and a band of blue coming up from below Clemente---

Weather looks good for the Saturdays Ladies Tournament--- have fun!!! --- first one spotting a marlin gets to open the Champagne--- from then on they see lots of marlins!

That finger of warm blue water below the 290 soutwards with edges on both sides of it-- looks interesting--




and the latest images of the oceans surface currents shows strong currents on both sides of the warm water with almost no current in the center--


we're just below the 182--- stopped on a dozen paddies for nothing trolled with a bunch of dolphins for notheing-- were --- -- -- over 39

we're near you-- 06 over 40 -- above the 302 water temps---69 degree water -- guess we won't go UP your way 12:28








From facebook--- from Anthony --- Thank you - thank you - thank you. 38 Yachts donated by gracious and patriotic Yacht owners. We value your time the most given to WHOW for 4 days and making such a difference in this tournament that heals and saves lives. Without our incredible yacht owners, WHOW cannot exist. A big shout out to each and every one of you for achieving such success and sharing it with us. See you all Oct 2nd at the kick off party in Newport Beach.

Wish then good luck and good weather--

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Sept 22 2021- Wed--- another fine summer day--- blue this morning--- calm morning hours but west wind developing seas good for now--- Tunas fishers still doing their thing-- flatfall type lures, live mackerels sunk out deep- Flyers, Yummys and fake flyers have all worked - or they haven't--

Marlin dope--- -- Water temps still seem to be holding OK---Blue water hard to find--- this weekends Ladies Marlin Tournament-- will be off back side of Sept Full moon-- tides this weekend, the mornings sunrise low tide filling to a noontime High-- should be good for something--- if there's any broadbill swordfish around you may see one basking in the sunshine around that noon hour--- feeders will up at noon too- after that the tide drops out and a wind develops in the afternoon for hopeful tailers to come up in the jigs---


<------Satellite image yesterday


I just pulled forwards, there was solid yellows-- surface to bottom - we've got a dozen or more-- party boat Clemente-- 10:36am

Bluefin tunas still being caught further north-- Off Cambria / Morro Bay area- 700 ft of water-- trolling Cedar Plugs--- pretty foggy up thee now -hard to find the bird schools-- but they are there-- two, three four, fish catches a day --- 70-100 lb fish!

That Westerly blew strong today--- stiff at times and steady building up swell and chop--- but this Saturday it looks much better---

San Clemente Island looks open for the weekend-- good Yellowtail fishing there--

and for those heading west- lookimg for the Marlins-- --


Shoud be a nice sunset---


--- Tuesdays Sept the 21-- FULL MOON and she's bright-- strong tides ------Clear blue this morning, gonna be a warm one- probably some west wind later-- calm morning hours with seas calm- small mix of swell- coastal waters temps remain cool and off colored , making mackerel as bait difficult-- chum might help


Water temps degree( C)


Looks like the Bluefin are still biting out on the Tanner-- With some big ans med sized fish-- more yellowfin in the couts these days---

Sportboats were also seeing and and catching the tunas around the 43 and above towards the 289 ----44 and 06 held schools of fish--today


Latest Chlorophyll Chart


Cooler water brought in a few more of the larger halibuts-- 65 ft

Go Dodgers---

---------- Some Computer/ web problems still being resolved--- JD

Closed on Monday---

Hope to resolve some issues for the site---it's getting old!

Didn't hear much on the Pesky's more focused on the web site these days-- Half a dozen fish the first day-- Santa Barbara Island being the area fished---

Did here yesterday of a big 12 ft swordfish following up a deep dropped bait , not sure if it was hooked or not-- More folks trying for them now and the Broadbills may be moving into the area , late Summer fish reported to be smaller and from the south while early season are from the northern waters-- or so the studies show--

Sleepers off Avalon this morning

Weather looked good for the day

continued web updates- JD

Coastal waters cool this morning-- 59 degrees warms up to 64 mid afternoon--- dirty green up above the harbor-- cleaner south-- Calicos were biting

Good Eastern Pacific Bonito fishing at Clemente island--






~~~~~~~~ OLD REPORT ~~~~~~





- Sorry Closed on Monday--- Picking up freight from florida-- ballyhoos--- JD

- Sunday and the day of rest--- Nice-- again-- and -- again


Reports of marlin off the Slide to the 152--- marlin showing--- off the east end of the island---10:56

Where's the tuna---

Yesterday--- late in the afternoon hours 14 held fish was well as outside the 267-- we got a blind strike on the Cedar Plug--

this mornings 277 had a showing too- and more boats in towards the beach 14 167 350--

There were like three football sized foamers when we rolled up on them-- then they all sink out---

yesterday afternoon 22/ 55 6 pm 9 out of Dana last night--we'd slut of engines off -

One bird then two three they they'd show up we' de wait till there were foaming before we drifted into them-- mad all the difference-- threw sardines on their heads-- no bites but the smaller stick baits and poppers will well---

< ----Billy T puts on a nice sized one yesterdayy-- Nice catch!

A lot of driving-- seeing a few spots of tuna up-- down--- 14 had a few 267 had em too-



the afternoon news----- Ah-- ah-- we just hooked a swordfish!!! 3:49 --- nix on the swordfish-- it's a mako

tides about to turn-- low at 4:30pm

Turn around there a foamer right behind you--- big one-- 3:56

marlin hook up on the 14 !! a excited voice comes on--- 4:09

They've been showing pretty good for the past couple hours here--- Flying Fish got one ---Joker got one too-- looks like Bobby's on one now--- 4:34pm Happy B Day Bobby!--



--------------- Sat July the 24 2021 --- Nice

Tales of Swordfish and Tuna--- a book written by Zane Grey of earlier times--- yet today reports of Swordfish and Tuna abound--- two Broadbill seen basking off laguna yesterday in tight ( Forbidden Zone) 100 fathom line,, another one seen today outside from there--- Tuna-- a phone call revealed they had been offshore out of Dana--- coming back in spotted foamers from 6 off the beach to within the shallows- working up the line from noon to two pm foamer after foamer to within a mile of the Dana Harbor

Young boy just walked in the shop-- needed to buy a large fishing knife to clean the Bluefin they caught--- mile out of Newport 100lbers--- 10:23 --

The other tuna fleet centered off the Backside of Catalina to the West end of San Clemente island-- and who knows where else--

Casting jigs--- poppers ---- baits-----

A phone call-- Hey JD this is ---- I bought that rod and reel from you the other day-- had that popper on it--- the voice gasps for air--- I--- I - just landed a I don't know maybe an 100 lb tuna on it-- I'm -- I'm off here from Newport-- another gasp of air--- right here off Newport a couple miles--- spent three hours on it-- I'm all by myself-----another gasp of air and a pause--- whew---thanks for the tackle! 1:34pm

there's everywhere and too many boats we'll wait till this afternoon---

Stay there and make bait-- macks-- I've got a dozen so far-- get more!

We just hear a guy saying he was tripled up--- 1:58pm

Fish stories everywhere-- said the guy just pulled in a 50 lber from off the Newport Jetty! 2:20

Deckers and Eric at it again-

we jut got bit-- slow trolling bumping in in nad out of geat-- 2 kts---

We're 2 out of the harbor--- just south of the Balboa Pier we've got our limits--- smallest 70 lbs the others up to 100-there;s 150s here too-- - you the only boat there ---naw theres two or three other boats here-- one boat has a bunch of kids in it-- and 15lb spinning tackle---- they haven't a chance in h=---- 2:51pm

They'er boat shy-- we had to kill the enjoine and slid up into them

We're in front of the river Jettys now---- popping up here there--- 3:02

I finally got bit-- he on-- yea hes ripping out the line--- 3:28--- these things are bigger than I thought---

Sun westering into the afternoon marine clouds, wind backing off and the tide on the rise till dark-- all looks good---

Boats returning into the harbor--- guys in the cockpit washing off the tackle--- flags flying and the bridge full of tales---


The Balboa Angling club-- is a public weight in station--- give em' a call with your ETA within their open hours--

If your headed out tonight of tomorrow good luck--- have fun-- JD




---- Friday July the 23 2021- Light overcast--- wind light from the southeast 2 4 kts- soft seas good light mix of swell- overcast aids to the good visability on the water's surface.

We're on fish now--- the Canyon-- La Jolla --Cat? 1:03

Strong tides this weekend---

We had foamers early on this morning---

We're just outside the rigs-- there's some 100 lbers popping up---we're at 33:31 and 118:03 ---- 2:47 -- there' here from the rigs all they way into the Newport Canyon skittish they're the large size at least a hundred pounds--- 2:53

San Clemente island Security's web site shows the Cove to be open this weekend--- enjoy it--

We've got breaking fish here off the East end---4:48--pm-- incomming tide---

Good yellowtail fishing these past few days-- some under the kelps mid channel,and the lee of Clemente

Have a fun weekend -- weather looks good-

seas flat they popping up left and right---

Reported over the past several weeks now-- of Bluefin Tuna carcass being dumped in the harbor of Newport Beach--- not good and against the law--- if you know of it or someone dong it-- tell them it's not cool-- take the fish out the harbor and dispose of it there-- JD


----------- Thursday July 22 2021-----

Light overcast-- wind fair from the south 6-10 kts-- Seas ok but have a lump and small wind chop to them--

Hey Sportfisher on the Ridge-- coming up behind me--- veer off--- please---- turn off--- 9:43am

We haven't seen much yet-- went down from the Slide for a while now working back up inside the island towards the Avalon Bank 10:02

West end of San Clemente Island and towards the 499 fathom spot, and Osborn Bank and Santa Barbara Island and back side of Catalina holding the tuna-- as well as off La Jolla and the 9 Mile Bank

Full Moon tonight--- Quake?

We're 18 outside Cabrilla got foamers--- 11:50

reports off the Backside of Catalina-- tuna there too-- -

Reported of another Marlin Caught today-- off the Avalon Bank

We were inbetween the 9 and the 181 lots of foamers but no takers-- tought to see them on all sides of the boat and no bites---

Weather forecast looks calm for the weekend-- almost too calm for kite flying , sinker fish during the morning and daytime hours-- kites in the afternoon wind

we spotted a few out by the 267 today--

178 73 degrees birds and baits but no surface tuna seen--


--- Wed' July 2` 2021--- Nice and sunny a few clouds-- wind light from the south- 2 5 kts- seas good--

I'm working my way up to the 267-- little dabs here and there-- 9:14

not like yesterday--- not close---


Full day again-- not much said on the radio so far today-- rumor ha it there were fish on the 14,

Good signs of bait again only a mile and half out front of Newport-- big Mako swimming around there too--

How'd you do for the day --only 3 for the day-- had 50 fish follow the jig to the boat but wouldn't bite it-- our yellow was bigger than the yellows -- We got one bluefin and 7 yellows small yellows --except that one show stopper--

It's not a jumbo but it's good--- got the trank 500 buttoned down and it's smoking us-

foamer after foamer--- go like ten feet and there's another one--4:15

Couple of reports over the past few days- of 150- 200lb tunas taken or lost between the 267 and 14 Mile Bank---

This Weekends the BAC host their Helen Smith Offshore Tournament


----------------------- Tuesday July 20 2021--- we've lost 20 minites of sunlight so far since the 21 of June--

Nice summer day-- warm-- light wind from the southwest--- seas good-- lots of big game tuna anglers out--

Lots of reel repair- line winding and not much time for the web site--- did hear several boaters out-- one said the 289 held tuna- others were working above the west end of Clemente-- most of the SD fleet were in for the day--

best of luck if you get out tomorrow-- JD

Closed on Mondays- Took a nice long boat ride-yesteday- no bites--

July the 18 2021-- Sunday a day of rest-- Tropical weather today-- forecasted possiable thunder and increased winds---

west today light to fair wind- 2- 7+ seas starting to bump up-- otherwise nice---

We were just out gunned on the last two foamers--- 10:12

and a lot of jabber---

We got one hanging--- 10:59

We're driving around with spreder bars - lost a couple of fish at the gaff-- yes they're moving fast-- west---

it was a weird bite-- put the flyer right in that foamer-- wasn't sure what it was- weird bite like it was mouthing it--- --- 29/ 40 We're on---

33.10/ 117.47 foamers 12:02

Fish on the popper-- 33.03 / 119.46 foamers all around--

37/ 40 --036/ 35--,

Afternoon--- radio chatter deteriorated to profanity---- the summertime blues---

working out way back from between the islands-- -- had a marlin on--

sure were a lot of folks on the radio today--- also a lot of fuel burnt too-

E-Mail report from Matt--- One yellowtail at the island. Seals were bad. Bluefin between the mackerel and 289. But they were everywhere. They got bigger as we left San Clemente.

First fish for the BAC and the Dana Angling Club-- Marlin released-!--- E mail from Bob and Sally Royal Slam--- Hi JD, Just a quick note to let you know Royal Slam caught and released the first marlin ( est 150) of the season for BAC & DAC on Saturday,13 nm off Mission Bay. Sally was the angler. Blind strike on a Pakula Black & Purple lure. Best regards, Bob--- --- She's the Angler-- at the wheel Bob and Mitchell F. was leader man--- the Team! Congrats-- JD


-------- Sat July the 17 2021--- the day many fish were chased some caught--

Beautiful Summer morning bright and Blue-- light marine haze seaward seas goon an welcoming-

Harbors all had exodus of boaters today-- tuna the game -- reported from the backside of Catalina- Santa Barbara Island and southwards to below the border - probably off the Santa Rojas Flats too-

The methods to catch these wearier fish ranges from simple hook w/ bait and sinker to elaborate spreader bars and dredges--- kites, drones and balloons and downrigger's too-- ---

Long full day--Tuna reported thick off the west end of clemente -499 went off--

The radio was active---more so than the fish were biting--- late afternoon hours only a few boats entered back into the harbor with tuna flags flying--

reported a Marlin taken this past week?

Friday-- it's Friday! again-- 7/16/21 and lots going on-- the radio alive with fish being spotted-- not as many hooked-- A little ruffle on the water this morning-- west wind to southwest wind 5-7 kts seas still the same good with a ground swell- overhead hazy blue-

They're here-- popping up all over the place-- we've got a couple of 60 lbers on board-- that foamer stayed up for must have been 20 minutes- while we were fighting those fish-- by the time we got them in that school went down-- yea that's our problem they go down within a minute or two-- we cast right into them-- got short bit on a bait and that was it--we've got all day--

Outside La Jolla canyon to the west 10 mile was the fleet-- the large fleet, cattleboats, poush sportfishers, little skiffs, jet skies pattle boarders and who knows what else-- what fun!

light line 25 lb and smal circle hooks was working for us--


San Clemente Island also has good tuna fishing inside the lee-- 5 off White rock puddlers and breaking fish-- 11:10

Moving with their natural instinct to travel to the north-- Monterey next stop--

From Facebook-- Nice to get on the water today with Steve Lassley, DT and DL. Targeting surface swords as always, but these things keep getting in the way. Amazing to have this fishery here for the last several years. WHOW vets, which will be 100 this year on 35 graciously donated yachts. Fishing is great this year, get ready to pull on some monsters in October!!

Just sitting in the area-- there were swjmming under the boat-- we cast everything we had -- wish we had some flyers-- we could drift them a long ways from the boat ---they were everywhere aournd the boat-- ( lee of Clemente?)

This is that Grady next to you--- we're not trying to get next to you--- this fish is pulling us! 12:12pm

51/30---meter marks at 80-120 earlier --- slowed down for the past hour - 51/33 was the bulk off the meat meter mark now at 160 ft--

we just got bit-- sinker fish in the rod holder--- making a good run-- man the meter just lit up-- 2:53

Boats out looking locally for the tunas having just came back in-- report---- nada--- no signs of fish from here ( newport ) to the 267 and out towards the 14--- --- maybe tomorrow?

Got it--60- 70lber-- another one-- on the Nomad-- DXT 9 " -- that's the third strike on that one--

we got one on the Cedar Plug too!

from Facebook --Balboa Angling Club Member Jen Ward took a quick local lunch break, on her boat ‘Gypsea’ and came home with a beautiful bluefin for dinner!!! Nice work

another on the DTX-- inhaled it--- got it on the heavy tackle 4:45


Water temps yesterday--- and Chlorophyll Charts














Good Luck this weekend if you get out--- JD --rumer has it spreader bars, dasiy chaies and dredges East Ccoast stuff might help--and luck--

Maybe a marlin or swordfish will be added to the mix this weekend-- JD


------ July the 15 2021------ Thursday---- morning coastal marine clouds melts away- light south wind-- 2-4 kts seas ---- - good time to go fishin"

We've got our fill-- we're headed home--- sounds great-- go to the other channel---- you there- yea- got 5 or 6 fish and lost a few we've happy -- where were you--- go to the 178 towards the 182-- all you wanted tons of life -- those fish were moving west fast-- get up ahead of them -- thanks-- 10:12.

With the shortage of big game fishing and rods available now-- a lot of the old stuff coming out of retirement-- the older 30 and 50 single speed or 2 speeded reels and roller trolling rods appearing -- if service is need on them give JD's a call , be glad to work on them-- approx one to two weeks turnaround depending on parts-- etc-- JD

32.54 / 117.36

Damn-- that must have been you knot tied!

We picked up one just drifting the dead flyer---

289 stuff dried up-- more signs of sealife up at the Mackeral bank-- 10:55am


Navy submarine surfacing in the tuna fleet-- with boils of tuna around all of them!

they're everywhere-- colt snipers---

we've got five on board---- we're tight again-- there's no one here seeing these breezers-- 1:41

slow trolling and threw some bait they expolded on it--

we went out to the west all formers but no biters-- back in here with the Apollo- they're all bit--2:37

All afternoon the radio chatter revealed the number of fish being seen from the 312 northwards to outside the upper 9 mils bank ----spotter plane--- 04 /41 the spotter plane calls back to a boat near the 312--- Jumbos he said nice spot of Jumbos--3:12

San Clemente Island Security's web site shows the Zone ( B) Gold Bluff area "Hot" for all day tomorrow and Saturday, zones C and D are basically hot from noon till 11PM Fri, Sat but open Sunday as is B

they just sunk out--- seeing giant schools of breezers just sinking out within 200 yards from us--- even slow- out of gear they went down-- 4:05pm

Are those dolphins-- nope big -- big school of tuna--

49 over 33 outside la jolla -- we just had some 40- 50lb stull just pop up there's alot more smaller stuff that's around--

We threw surface iron-- colts snipers, trying a stick bait now-- they're super boat shy -- 4:12pm

we threw everything at them-- !

Bettter luck tomorrow- JD


--------- Wed'7 / 14/ 21 should be a luck day--- again nice summer morning wind a little stronger from the south-- good kite weather and there's a larger ground swell breaking on the beaches--- otherwise seas ok--

E mail this morning --MARLIN HOOKED --TWO OF THEM-!-Hey good morning JD went out yesterday and hooked 2 different marlin on a tuna schools. hooked it on the 289 on a sardine, and the other one on a colt sniper. Wish we caught it so we can bring one in. but there out there. Rudy M.

And a phone call confirms Jumpers seen in the same area--

How ya doing this morning-- we're just outside the armada--- One guys bent , over four other boats circling him--

Swordfish around-- that temp break--

15 off the beach of Encinitas -- or east of the fleet is where we found the fish yesterday afternoon--

A mid day afternoon phone call-- his son calling him while on the beach at Crescent bay (MLAP) Laguna--telling of foamers within sight of them-- 3:24pm

Those bluefin the were here a week ago are probably up to Monterey by now , no telling how far up the line that batch of fish off Laguna will be by tomorrow- they move fast

Good Luck--

---------------- July the 13 2021------- Tuesday

Another nice summer day--- light south wind seas calm with an ground swell every so often, light wind texture to the water-

Tuna--- we'll they're around -- somewhere-- mainly south and outside-- the local stuff out of Newport / Dana swam away-- they swam here then swam away-- still; a good amount of bait along the coastal waters kinda held in there by that clear clean water to the outside-- they' , the tuna will be back again .

Maybe the marlin will show up in the bait schools here on the beach--

Water temps 65 to 78 and Chlorophyll charts










Decker and the boys were out today-- saying outside the 267, 209 and down to the 289 for the tunas grounds---

that one came unbuttoned--- you metering anything over there--


More tomorrow-- JD



- closed on Monday-- going fishing-- --Struck out--

- 7/11/21- Sunday, the day of rest--- for some- a lot of early morning risers this morning--- a few coastal clouds, light south wind-3-5 kts seas responding the same--

Radio chatter- continues--- how's the Newport tuna bite going--- -- fifteen foamers and not a single bite---

How ya doing--- we're out here on the 14-- man there's so much boat traffic-- how ya doing--- haven't seen a thing so far-- 10:33

Boats scattered--- by noon they had spread out , some reported seeing wolf packs or big fish uninterested in anything-- a few breezer's reported-- but not the signs so far like the past few days--- standing by

great marks I'd soak baits here---12:43

we're still marking--- that boat next to us is bent--- 289 2:27pm

Tough day on the water today-- 182 had fish as the 289 - tough to get to bite-- a few yellowfin on foamers and the halibut were biting!


-- July the 10 2021---------

A mix of clouds and blue this morning-- wind fair South with some capping early on-- not to stop the fleet from heading out today--

Quote of the Day -- so far---"seeing enough boats-- think it's a Trump parade! "

The outer banks 181- 182- 289 were reported to have the bluefin AIS shows it--

Marlin Repotted!--- Mark W on the AM fish talk radio show reported a marlin being baited, I believe he said shipping lanes-

Saw some breezer's trolled the kite over them--- great to hear it! 9:45am


Bird action 11 out of San Onofee- 9:47

Tide today-- High Slack at 11:12 am Stand By!!!

It's a full day on the radio today-- some winners -- some losers-- I think chumming helped 65/17

Just a lot of fish watching--

Dude~! a bunch of fish just went under the boat-- 50- 75lb fish---10:23am

Had two on at the same time--one popped off-- sound good-- we're out here in no where's land found a few fish-- -

Dude!-- you look a 1/4 behind--- that black spot is not a cloud-- it's tuna~! 10:55

They're hitting the yummy pretty good

They went down right after the tide changed -- everywhere I looked in the binos- there were fish up

it was a jumbo--- hooked him on the yummy-- 12:54

Where we started this morning--- all the boats left--- we've got one lots of birds working here--- We're flying the yummy n--- we're bit-- whacked it-- we're hanging--- 1:30 --10 off the beach

whacked it like three or four times- brought it in changed the bait- and got bit like fifteen feet from the boat-- 1:42--

Spotter plane up giving directions to boats---

Angler Scott McGuire with the largest bluefin tuna brought to the BAC scales at 178.2 with BAC member Captain Ned Falschlecher at the helm


43 over 51

Spos of bluefin popping up, big gobs of them onthe 267--- 3:11pm afternoon showing

foamers outside Newport too 3:13 two miles?

JD, Went out to make bait and saw foamers ---solo catch ---towed it home until I flagged some guys down to help pull it in the boat --Nate D ,

Out yesterday-- having ran all the way out to the 289-- chased boat shy fish for most of the day-- had one 100+ fish on for an hour -- popper-- bent out the hook--- went out this afternoon to make some bait--- luckly brought my rod ( with the same popper) hadn't changed out the hooks - mile and half saw some foamer - a 2 hour battle by myself-- Old man and the Sea thing --solo-- s --worried that the hook would bend out too--- and got this one 125 lb

Long ay on the water for most---

God luck if your headed out tomorrow-- JD

have fun


Water temps from 64 to 75 and the Chlorophyll Charts--

















--------July the 9th 2021---

-Ah-- the Summers months of July with this morning's betterr blue than before, still the light southwest wind with a small mix of swell altogether good seas--- and lots and lots of boats out and radio chatter- not as many fish ,

How ya doing-- seen a few small ones but nothing for us yet-- how bout you?-- We got one strike on a kinda tuna feather---

The past years and months have taught us many ways to fool the bluefin- I think most of them were being tried today---

we stopped on maybe fifteen schools of tuna one was maybe 100 lbers--- everyone we saw were a few puddlers then went down 150 ft-- if we had a kite but theye're no wind right now-10:39--

where you heading-- 277?--

there was s Sh*#* load od bait under that paddy--

just had a 80lb just crushed the popper right behind the boat--- 10:48---

we're stoked got it all packed up and in the bag--- yea we're 7 shy of you and seeing a few signs of fish here---

Hey Defiance-- nice work-- was that a troll fish?

Deep dropping for swordfish--- marking bait 150

With the good radio reception today-- 100 miles it's added fish reports unknowing where the were being caught or not--

on a bait stop-- just put one on a 40- 50 lbeers and now were ruining over to a spot of foam-- 11:50

haw ya doing we're tied up with our second one-- how far off your numbers-- were north--- 12:01pm

full foamers we're heading into right now--- --plus-- 15 up 8 OK I got that-- were heading you way--go get em--

Casts right in the middle of the breezes --they're not eatin it-- 12:37 baits

popped it off at the gaff--solid 2------ Damit it-- there's a big brezzer right in front of us-- 12:43

where you got you stuff-- we're 8 miles N E of there--

We're at the bank north for those numbers--- lot of yellowfin here we got two in the boat

there's a giant breezer here--12:57-

We're on--- we're tight-- an excited voice come's on 1:04\

We got stopped inside of you -- there football sized schools of breezers there--- but they didn't want to bite-- we drug the flyers though em' with no bites--- we're headed your way-- I'm done with these breezers --there's tonnage here but they will not bite--

there's giants here-- we just got broke off with a 130 lb

had em' blowing on the flyer-- drug a mackeral through em', they're pretty smart

Slit into 100 - 180lbs witht he flyer-- wouldn touch it-- Im tired of chasing em' around--1:24


had one one-- it's insane had it on Jaz's flyer- lost it right at the boat coming out of the water like dolphin--

There's a lot of bait here---

Wide open Yellowfin (SD waters Nomad DTX mackeral jig--

We got a 200 it's well over 200 it's a big one--- we hope we can land it---

thanks for the tip of puttin' it on top of their heads-- thanks we got one-- 2:23

we got tight then it spit it-- lost it--- we're off your starboard-- cruise this way-- there's two breezers out front of us now--

lost one- got bit again--- a small breezer then in front of them are bigger fish-- there's fish everwhere--35/37 there's a lot of fish around--

we're two for three on the yellowin-- lots of jumbos out west --but we dont have the kites or the rubbers for them

so and so got a 125/ 150, we had em blowing up all around the flyers--

We're bit--- the third one--- 3:49pm

bit on the cedar plug--

A high pitched squeaky voice comes on-- we've-- uh-- we've-- uh---got the helium down below in the cabin and we're--we're--- having fun with it!---

And the radio continued into the day ---- so did the afternoon drinks---

Radio reorts ranged from below the border to the west end of Catalina--- 182 had bluefin too-

San Clemente basically closed off for the weekend except the Cove is open from midnight till noon


Long day!

Good luck this weekend-- JD


------July 8th 2021-- warm and muggy---

Light south wind with tropical clouds above-- and the tuna wars continue---- elusive this morning for many-- yet the radio still speaks of -- we're still on one fish-- the split ring caught the spectra------ we had a forty pounded on and a great white just ate it---31/58 - there's a fleet out towards the 14 throwing on em--- they say hundred pounders-- we're fish less too- no tuna aboard here either--- -- and the beat goes on--

Seeing some big old schools all over the palace

---we just saw a pretty big spot of breaking fish about 3 east of the numbers you gave me--- 10:49

Where are you-- between the double rigs?

We're were just east of the 14 there were breaking fish and 30 boats on them--!

you between the 14 and 277-- 3 outside the 14-- 12:12 looks like they're starting to come up---

we've yet to see hin- it's been hours, 12:33pm

yesterday--- we hooked 6 fish from now till 2 pm two on irons four on sardines -- they were eating the dines better---

3.322 /117.11

I’m out of town but Hayden got one on the Hippo.

Man--- we're headed back to the barn-- haven't seen anything all day---


Starting to see more bird action---- 4:21pm

Up and down the birds all all over here---

where you at shipping lanes--

lots of bait metered 277 and beyond

We'll it wasn't as good as yesterday-- but better than nothing--- there were dozens of fish lost-- all heartbreaks-- some after hours of pulling only to break off at the boat or the hooks pulled--- boat traffic and over pressure accounted for much of the fish being put down---some of the better hookup from just shutting down and let the fish come to you, drifting or soaking baits-- chunkin wouldn't be a bad Idea ( five years ago that was the method to catch em")

stand by the weekends approaching---


EL NIÑO/ DISCUSSION ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Watch Synopsis: ENSO-neutral is favored through the Northern Hemisphere summer and into the fall (51% chance for the August-October season), with La Niña potentially emerging during the September-November season and lasting through the 2021-22 winter (66% chance during November-January). Near-average sea surface temperatures, consistent with ENSO-neutral conditions, were observed across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean during June . However, in parts of the eastern Pacific, below-average subsurface temperature anomalies returned near the thermocline Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system reflected ENSO-neutral conditions. A majority of the models in the IRI/CPC plume predict ENSO-neutral to continue through the fall and winter 2021-22 [Fig. 6]. However, the latest forecast model runs from the NCEP CFSv2, many of the models from the North American Multi-Model Ensemble, and some models from our international partners indicate the onset of La Niña during the Northern Hemisphere fall, continuing into winter 2021-22. In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored through the Northern Hemisphere summer and into the fall (51% chance for the August-October season), with La Niña potentially emerging during the September-November season and lasting through the 2021-22 winter (66% chance during November-January;


------ July 7th - 2021----------- and the tuna fishing continue reports of bluefin outside dana to San Onofee yesterday and this mornings catch moved up the line to between Newport and Dana-- a dozen boats on it-- seeing foamers after foamers - -- Never seen so many bluefin tuna they'res foamers ranging from 2-3 miles off the harbor all the way out to the 14 mile bank-- !

Hell of a time to have your VHF radio antenna go down!--back up again--- -

Oceanside 6 1/2 foaming Bluefin 11:47

Just lost a big one-- line got buried in the spool and snapped it--- 11:49

30 over 58 got em' going pretty good-- 12:46

we got 2 on board about 70lbs--- 1:05 right out of Newport-

Got my third one-- 43/ 59

we got two pushing 70 and we're hooked up now--- 1:42 it's everywhere and they're biting the stick baits--

We've been throwing jigs right o the heads-- no bites--they were biting better this morning--

600 ft back-- we're 4 out of NP--spreader bar squid jig- there's a good foamer here--- running 8 kts--

we've been running cedars but only 5 or 6 wakes behind the boat-- we'll put back further

they were up and biting earlier---by 10 it seemed to slow down--- what'd you get em' on-- colt snipers? no a popper!

If the tunas-- would behave like they've been doing this evening/ sunset bite should develop,--

thanks for running over my fish!-3:13

good to see boats coming back into the harbor w tuna flags flying in the breeze--


Quiet for a while then the radio chatter begins again there's three or four bunches around here- one in front of us right now--- 5:05 pm

anybody get any bluefin , yea we got a 80 lber--- was it a foamer--- nope--havent seen a foamer all day- came up to some fish-- chumed had a hot sardine-- let it out- got bit-- we came up from Dana-- got it about 30 minutes ago--- 5:19

Poppers… 3 miles out this morning ! 56 and 59lbs Ryan


3 miles off Newport! Acres of fish out there…..never seen anything like it that close in. It was like the roaring 20s all over again. The lifeguards were seeing the tuna boil from their stands Drew


We just landed two 70 lbers-- one on a jig the other on a bait-- 5:28

Saw my first foamer at 2.9 out of the harbor now were at 5- no luck for us-

Good luck if your headed out tomorrow morning-- making greenies has been tough--bring chum


------- July 6th------- took most of the day off--- JD

July the 5th, the aftermath-- WOW---What a Hoot that was!

The mornings hazy smoke cleared away by mid morning, light south wind-- seas good and welcoming

Happy 5th!

There's a lot more life here----- we're - 5 and+ 6 there's, a lot more birds here-- beautiful seems like there's a lot more life out here-- we slid up and a couple of fish, got one 30 lbers-- the VHF radio has chatter within reach --- only the onr thirty pounder--- this looks proper-- looks good--- wish we've come here first--- 12:55


Nice day-- fishing fair


Happy 4th of July-- Independence Day! In the year 1776 the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, signaling the official separation of the 13 original colonies from Great Britain.

This mornings day broke gray-- sea looks calm and nice-- standing by!

And the celebration was spectacular through out the US !


-------------------- Sat July the 3rd-- 2021---- Still a bit on the overcast side but brighter, wind very light from the south, just enough to lift the flag-- Boats scurrying out the harbor today in search of a lot of things-- but the schools of Bluefin above the border bringing them within reach of the harbors above San Diego has added more boats out- --

AM fish talk radio this morning had a called saying they'd had a bite last night from 9 pm till 11 pm filling their limits, big fish 100 lb upwards to 200 lbs !

reports ranged from the 209 southwards to the border and below there too- no marlin reported yet--and swordfish are yet to appear-

We're gonna need fighting chairs!

Bluefin doing what they do best show themselves and dive deep

Standing by ----yesterdays afternoon evening bite was the ticket

VHF radio din't reveal any catches--- but that's the VHF these days-- --

Have a fun Fouth!


------------- Friday July the 2nd 2021---- Morning sky still a bit hazy-- light marine haze seaward. Seas are good, small mix of swell and light south wind 2-3-4 kts--

The harbor's alive with folks going places---

Kenny says it was Tough fishing. Managed a couple 50 lbrs.


Weather stayed overcast all day--


Hey JD, Haven’t been fishing in a while. Not by choice! Went out yesterday and ran into schools of bluefin from 181 to the 289. Just FYI Happy 4th.




34 over 54 we had a foamer this afternon








---------------- Thursdays July the 1st-- elcome July - nice a sunny morning-- coastal marine haze with a west wind-- stayed med west wind for the day 10+ kts light wind chop with it.

A check to see if the san Clemente island Security web site had changed-- nope still the island becomes basically closed on Sat, Sunday and Monday the 5th--from noon till at least 10:30 PM -- you can spend the night there after 10 pm and be out of there by noon-

-We should be seeing a better water temp image today--- for now the Chlorophyll charts shows a swill of off color water with concentration of kelp and wind lines ( eddy ) pushed by surface currents against that clean water.

SD party boats venturing out towards the Weather buoy , East and west sides of the Butterfly Bank-- those banks below the 43 also showing sighs of fish-

No Marlin Yet--- one of these days and a reported Albacore in the catches out of SD? Fourth of July Albacore-- it's happened before-- -










-------Wed's report , the last day of June-- days getting shorter now---

Overcast again---a little drizzle- wind light from the southwest 3- 4 kts- seas smooth there's a west swell rolling in .

Local party boats- off to the barracuda grounds off the Huntington Flats gennerly 33.39 / 118.06 --Izors Reef area

man bits shark in catalina--- nope other way around--

Sportboats out of SD working up the Ridge- 182 -- 181 fathom banks--- Stand By-!

Nice weather out there today-- for the visiting relatives-- good schools of dolphins found 4 or 5 miles off Laguna today-- maybe even a Blue whale might be seen--


Rumor has it that schools of Bluefin seen below the 14-- wouldn't doubt it-- with that flow of uphill clean warm current. spoke to a boater out on the 14-- not much for him seeing a few large black pilot whales he thought they were=- thats it-- -

Good luck tomorrow--


---- Tuesday's June the 29 - still overcast--- wind light from the south-- may pick up later today-- seas have a mix to them south and west-- light rinkle to the water-- warming each day now--

A check with the San Clemente Island Security's web site shows the island ( Pyrimid Cove SHOBA- zone D and C to be open on this Friday, then the island becomes basically closed on Sat, Sunday and Monday the 5th--from noon till at least 10:30 PM -- looks like Catalina island will be getting get busy -- better get your mooring early this week- you can spend the night there after 10 pm and be out of there by noon---

Sportboats and privats were finding 20- 30lb Bluefin above the border today--- but the fleet daily now is bending out to the west-- out towards the 43 and the banks just below it--

trolled Cedar Plugs-- still hanging fish--!

Boats returning from the lee of Clemente today-- saying lots and lots of seals--- only one or two sportboat there and lots of seals-- fair fishing for them-

South all day-- -

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Closed on Mondays-

-------- Sunday's report -- June 27th-- light overcast - warm-- wind light from the south

Stayed ovecast for most of the day-- and south---


E mail from Decker saying they''d had decent Calico Bass fishing-- I'd gues they went to Clemnte-- that's a fat one- on a crank bait-- -

Looking forward to the weather next week-. Showers and thunderstorms are possible late Tuesday into Wednesday - inner waters looks good-- outer waters-Saturday morning when a strong west pours in- continues into Sunday and Monday

And congrats to Dave Edmondson for the First yellowfin tuna to the BAC this year-- nice catch- they cook up better! --

First yellowfin of the season just weighed in from board of director Dave Edmondson at 27 pounds

Grunion run late tonight-- have fun!




---- Sat report 6/26/21-- ---- June Gloom still- -- overcast and reasonably warm-- seas good wind light from the south- looks to be a great day on the water--

- reports of those Bluefin pushing further up the coastline reported as close as 10 miles from San diego-- !

A word of cushion with the recent high tides and it's draining tides have washed out to sea lots of debris- floating wooden palettes, tree stumps and limbs, trash and plastic bags --

Couple of Blue Whales out there between the 267 and 14 feeding on krill--

Sure were a lot of boats out--- and the beaches were packed --

Disturbed water from yesterdays wind and swell and the flux of the high and low tide being directed by a strong uphill current hitting that shelf above newport probably rolled over the water last night dropping it to 59/60 degrees this AM-- later today warming to 64+ not the best fishing conditions-- hopefully things will settle down for the next few days and improving the bite-- good luck--

Remarkable some Giant Black Sea Bass have been hooked close to shore--


--------------- Friday--June 25 2021-- Nice day- warm inland, cooler here on the beach-- light marine haze and a light south wind 3-6 kts-- ses better tha yesterdays afternoon blow--- some left over swell- good traveling and tomorrow good traveling weather too-

Strong tidal flow for the next few days-- pusing 8 to 9 feet exchange- -

Took grandson and son in-law on the 3/4 day boat of of Newport yesterday , Always and experience to see the multitude of different passengers aboard the partyboats-- - from the regulars to the first timers, from the retired old guy out for fun to the tattooed couples with clouds of Vape smoke surrounding them . Scuplin catches were made early in the trip to keep the fillet table busy for the return trip. For months and months now the cattleboats have had to provide their passengers with some sort of table fare, the spawning grounds of the scuplin have been providing them with their catches- Somewhat under supervision , the 10 inch lengths were adhered too. Reminded me of the slaughter of Sand Bass of years past, hope they don't take all the scuplin. The remained of the trip- to Catalina and the three or four spots tried were fruitless with only a few fish caught- a bonito or two maybe one or two legal barracuda a small sheephead and I think that was it fro the 48 passengers -- but all and all a good trip for the grandson-- baiting his own hooks, bait tank exploring and watching fish cleaning, as all 7 year olds should do. Good times-- JD

SD report-- still catching the tunas-- 06/25/2021 The Libery called in with 56 Bluefin Tuna for 39 anglers on thier Fullday trip The Tomahawk called in with 23 bluefin tuna (5 over 100 lbs, 5 between 150-200 lbs, and 1 over 200 lbs) so far for 30 anglers on their overnight trip. The Mustang called in with 16 Bluefin Tuna (3 over 100 and 1 over 200 lbs.) for 25 anglers on an overnight trip. The Pacific Queen returned with LIMITS (50) of Bluefin Tuna (3@ 100 to 210 lbs.) for 25 anglers on a 1.5 day charter. The Pegasus returned with 21 Bluefin Tuna (30 to 70 lbs.) for 18 anglers on a 1.5 day trip.

The ride over to the island reveled that transition between the green coastal water and that of rich blue water mid channel and up towards the island -good line of kelps drifting down the line just inside the wind line maybe 2 miles from the island-

Water temps and Chlorophyll Charts














Have a good weekend--- JD



-- Closed --on Thursday gone fishing--

------ Wed's report -June 23 -- morning clouds and a bit of overcast looks to be clearing early mid day--wind light from the west southwest 3 4 kts - swinging to a westerly as that low clears out-seas good some mix of swell getting choppy

SD party boats still on the tuna grounds-- we'll see what the Full Moon phase does to the bite count -- Full moon also mean some difficulty in obtaining live squid--

Sorry closed on Thursday-- taking the grandson on the 3/4 day boat- galley hambugers, sodas and anchovies or sardine scales all around-!-

local party boats counts relaying one the sculpin and white fish-- maybe a bass here or there-- a y

------------------June 22nd 2021 - Tuesday--- broken cloud cover and a west wind early-squally-- wind then calm-- mix of sea state and light wind chop on it--- bumpy then glassy- --building wind and clouds rest of the day---Building Full Moon too--

Western Pride got 8 yellows this morning-- off the Huntington .-- Mussel Farm w/ sardines--first thing this morning-!

Swordfish boat tacking around the San Clemnte weather buoy--?

A few sea bass around

Thunderbird found the Big Bluefin today--- nice deck full of big ones- 100 lbers--

should be a good sunset- almost tropical--

- Closed on Mondays -----

Happy Pop's day--- June the 20 2021---------- Sunday and still overcast and calm


Sunday morning and plenty of dads out with kids today-- as it should be- coastal fishing improving with the steadily warming water-- and schools of baitfish also showing up-- Above the Harbor the Art reefs holding good counts of bass- calico, sand and the WSB are there too- below the harbor same thing but not as much - both areas impaired by additional boat and angler traffic for the weekend.

Glad to be a father of my two daughters, one daughter negotiating the trials of being a school teacher, married to enterprising young architect and has three growing children to tend to, the other daughter receiving her biology PHD in animal conservation at Oxford UK this year and now owns her international consultancy company- both doing well. what more can a father ask acept to thankful to their mother for thier birth-- - -

Josh pulls out a 38 lber off the reef this morning--


Interesting Chlorophyll chart- with the dark blue being clear, clean water and to it's fridges the green where the baits is at-- Blue Whales in that clear water from the 14 to the 267

I'd still call it barracuda weather--

Good luck this upcoming week-- JD


------------ Sat June 19 last day of Spring and Summer begins tomorrow, Enjoy the day to it's fullest -- while you can-- Call it a warm May Gray here on the beach this morning-- nice sunrise inland- wind very light / calm maybe 2 kts south / southwest- seas calm - Lots of boaters and watercraft out today-- crazies too!

Even might be a Swordfish around-- a few have been spotted surface fish-- Broadbill swordfish boats were out---

We're here outside the 267 we've got 3 Blue Whales - 33.19 :01 / 117.54:97 10:55am two to three miles West from the 267 towards the 14


Stayed funky for the remainder of the day-- wind stayed down and seas calm- clearing as the sun set-- - Another giant White Sea Bass weighted today at the BAC-- came back from the island-- made a stop and soaked a sardine off the Pipe, instant bite---



---- It's that day again Friday the 18th of June--- it's still on the gray side here on the beach---yet brighter and not as strong of a south wind, maybe 5-7 kts--- seas calmed down better-- more boats heading out to the island. Building moon phase should inspire better fishing till the full- then again after it's filling for four more days--

What's that-- a shadow--- sun breaking through before noon---- then it was gone-- ~!

Barracuda weather---!

And for kicks this weekend-- you might spend a few hours drifing for halibuts along the sandy coastlines , even try your luck for a White Sea bass or toss plastics to Calico bass along the at reefs north of Newport and into the HB flats.

San Clemente Island has yellows for the taking-- Gold Bluff area Zome B is open ( lee of the island above White Rock) and back side middle is also open--


Balboa Angling Club Member Alison Ryffel with a potential IGFA Women’s line class world record White Sea Bass!!! Nice work Alison!!!!







---------- Thursdays Report June the 17th -

South again this morning- even a few rain drops with it-- ovecast here on the beach-- Damn hot inland--

SD part boats continue in their catches of the Bluefin-- seems they moved ( the fleet) back up to the outside and above Ensenada--

San Clemente Island Securitys web site shows the Cove to be hot from 4 am to 8 pm, Friday, Sat and Sunday both zones C and D, zome B is open- above White Rock

Fishings fair again along the coastline-- smaller calicos a few bigger sand bass in the mix--- water clean green at 64 degrees- downhill current -- more bait schools further up the coast towards the HB flats-- there's a few roaming schools of barracuda near Izors and structures spots from there out towards the west.

E- Mail the other day from Down Under-- New Zealand world-- where they have a Yellowtail tournament 12 IGFA line only-- Greetings JD, The International Yellowtail Tournament is a 4 day event. The Russell School Junior Team is leading their section at this 1/2 way point Their 9 Yellowtail average was 33 lbs. all on 12 mono. The largest in the Tournament so far is 56 lbs. also on 12. Yesterday was a lay day as it was blowing 30+ NW with heavy seas. Regards, Jerry



----------- Wed's June the 16 2021-----

Inland -Hot -Hot -hot- Damn Hot - -towards the coastline that coastal eddy's rolling in from the south bringing almost an foggy overcast cloud cover-- wind at 10- 15-17 kts South-- seas ruffled and bumpy-

Fishing bring a lot of touching to nature-- whether it's Blue Marlin- a leaping trout, the tugging of a tuna or simply sitting on dock on the bay with a line in the water--- Bat ray fishers here in the harbor are having fun at it.

The Great Marlin Race--- Informations--2020 MABT-IGMR. As previously reported, a tag sponsored by the Crean Foundation popped-up after 152 days having travelled 715 nm. In the last two days we’ve had two more tags pop-up, both after the full 240 days duration! These tags were sponsored by the Tuna Club of Avalon. The first tag to pop-up was deployed on October 18th on an estimated 150# Striped marlin just north of Cedros Island, North Baja aboard Burning Daylight. This fish traveled an amazing point to point distance of 2,122 nm, the furthest distance recorded for any Striped marlin under the IGMR program. The tag surfaced on June 15th north of the Hawaiian Islands. The second tag was also deployed aboard Burning Daylight on October 19th on an estimated 150# Stripey on the north end of the Ridge, southwest of Punta Abreejos, Baja California Sur. This fish travelled a point to point distance of 1,600 nm. This tagged popped-up on June 16th, southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii. An interesting side note, this tag popped-up in the same area where a tag deployed on an estimated 600# Pacific Blue marlin tagged off the Kona coast also surfaced. Certainly begs a number of questions regarding the significance of this area. Once the data for these two tags is analyzed, more detailed information will be provided to everyone. The 2020 MABT-IGMR is currently at the halfway point as there are still three tags at large. These tags are due to pop-up on June 28th, July 1st and July 2nd. Standby for additional updates. On behalf of IGFA, I would like to extend our appreciation and congratulations to Hunter Heatly and the entire crew of Burning Daylight for their successful tag deployments. Best personal regards, Bob Kurz IGFA Trustee CCA-California Board of Directors Co-Founder HIBT-Great Marlin Race MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator

Pretty amazing technology -- and great to see the tags themselves are performing as well as they did-- great job everyone involved--- JD

Stayed south all day sloppy

better luck tomorrow-- JD


----- Tuesdays Report June the 15 2021--- Light southwest wind this morning-- small wind chop with it-- there's a west swell in there--

Good customer of ours dropped in this morning-- having just returned from a trip out of SD on the Searcher-- Some big fish and some small fish were caught but not a whole lot of fish-- knowledge gained was worthwhile though-- their pre down bite came-- as several bigger 150+ 180 lb fish came under them-- or they over them. with a little wind and drift the bite zone was at 280- 300 ft deep requiring and lure to be dropped straight and quickly- some of the other anglers using the bigger model flat sided flat fall lures fluttered down too slowly to get to the fish-- he's dropped down with a River 2 Sea knife style jig by which cuts deeply like a knife into the depths quickly and got the bite--


Vick called inlat in the day--- a few bass on the plastics to keep busy-- three thresher sharks fouling up the tackle and a mistry bite--

Locally fishing here on a stable fair raiting-- you might find a yellowail under a Paddy-- if the Mussel farm's still there should be a hang out for them there too- Sand and Calico bass being the staple other than the much targeded sculpin grounds. Summers not here yet--



- Closed on Mondays--

June the 13th--- Morning hours found the beach cloaked in a dark overcast layer- soon to be pushed offshore as the sun heated up the shoreline- light south wind 2-4/5 kts-- nice day--swung to the west in the afternoon hours--

Swordfish should bask around 1:30 pm today-- get ready----

SD boats reports terrific fishing all all sizes of fish--schools of 30-40 lbers, 60-80 lbers and brutes at 100 to 200 lbs- and not to far from home either-- party boats leaving at 9 pm were into fish just past midnight- 3 1/2 hrs later! it's still only a two fish limit-so you can limit out quickly--

The Yellows went off at Clemente yesterday-- reported one party boat with over 100 fish called em' all gaffers-- 80- 12lb fish-- must be small gaffs!

And what the heck was it about the Dana partyboats coming all the way up here to the Pipe-- poaching our fish -you'd think there's pleanty of fish and kelp below them--

Whale watchers having to search for whales these day-- most of all the sealife/ bait schools have departed for other waters-- now having to run 15-20 offshore to find some krill/ or bait schools --

Weather to remain about the same for the next four or five days--

Good luck if you get out-- weekend traffic is so brutal, hard to find an un molested area to fish in -- week days better!

----------------- Sat June 12 2021------- Bright and sunny-- regular summer day--- lots of folks out- light south and calm seas--

radio traffic still on the light side-

Yet as the day wore on--- warming air and the advancement of a few broadbill swordfish moving into our waters--- afternoon radio chatter--- "you wouldn't believe it--- we almost had a swordfish! I'll tell you later as we get anchored up"--

Just when you think aha- good radio fishing reports-- none of that negative summertime blues stuff ----- "You idiot-- you just ran over my lines-- Viking with the kayaks on it! ---- aha the summertime blues--

What a great day on the water--- boaters of all sorts enjoying the sunshine ane peasefull weather. Waters still a bit on the cool side but warming , midday slack tide making it prime for the swordfish to warm themselves on the surface--


June 11 2021--- Only 10 more days left!!! ---- todays sunlight 14 hours 22 minutes--June the 21 is the longest of the year--- from there the days become shorter--Make Hay while you can--

Blue again light south wind- light wind chop- nice traveling weather--

SD partyboats streaching out in their fishing grounds-


Clear skys these days should be good for the tuna spotter plane




SD report---

The Liberty called in with 31 Yellow Tail, 2 Bonito, and 7 Bluefin Tuna ( 6 140lb-190lb) for 36 anglers on their full day trip.

Westerly picked up again late in the afternoon--

Have a great weekend--- JD

June 10 2021 - Nice warming sunshine in the morning hours-- blue above, very little marine haze seaward-- wind light from the west- small leftover lump from the west - nice day--

Some interesting satellite water temps images, now that the gloom is gloom for a few days---

Big picture on the West Coast this year and same time last year











And a close up image of the Southern Calif/ Northern Baja region today ( L) and again last years( R) temps same time














<------- 2021 ------------Big difference --------------2020 ------>

Good day to go sailing!



SD Boats continue working the tuna grounds further Northwest this morning--today-- 32:10/ 117.44 - last Tuesday they were at 32:00/ 117:33


EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION ENSO Alert System Status: Not Active Synopsis: ENSO-neutral is favored through the Northern Hemisphere summer (78% chance for the June-August season) and fall (50% chance for the September-November season). ENSO-neutral conditions continued during May, with near-average sea surface temperatures observed across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean Subsurface temperature anomalies remained positive but decreased slightly Low-level easterly and upper-level westerly winds, tropical convection was mostly near average Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system reflected ENSO-neutral conditions. A majority of the model predict ENSO-neutral to continue through the fall 2021 . By the late fall and winter, La Niña chances increase to near 50%, reflecting the historical tendency for a second winter of La Niña following the first, e. In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored through the Northern Hemisphere summer (78% chance for the June-August season) and fall (50% chance for the September-November season



- This coming weekend San Clemente Island Security's web site shows the island open on Friday-- Sat morning SHOBA C & D become active "Hot" from 8 am till 6:30 pm ( open from 11am till 2 pm) , then becomes hot again Sunday morning 8am till 5 pm



---- June 9th -Wed's and the morning's sky was covered with cool clouds-- Mares tales and mackerel skies (cirrocumulus and cirrus) above 18,000ft and a mix of understudy stuff--clearing wind from the west started early-- seas beginning to build a wind chop-

SD party boats working a little further west this morning, maybe 3-10 miles from yesterday's grounds--

Windy today--- !

-- Tuesday June the 8th 2021------- The morning's sun out early along the coastlines- from an early east wind to more south as the day gets along-- seas good-

Started out early yesterday morning- but drizzle, , some wind and prospects if in blowing harder turned me back home-- no fun in a open wet bumpy boat-- getting too old to enjoy that-- yard and houses work and working on bamboo rod kept me busy for the day-- tomorrow would be better - and such a change in weather today!

Tuna Fleet working further north each day now 425, upper hidden bank, roughly 32:00/ 117:33

Good weather today-- fishing around here still fair---Channel islands till producing good catches of White Sea Bass, yellowtails and the asst bottom stuff, LA/Long Beach still targeting the rockfish, whitefish, some sand and calico,s a few barracudas, OC partyboats , Sculpin, Sheepheads and few keeper bass lots of smaller calicos released under 14 inches, Overall fair fishing today-- still waiting for Summer-

Better luck tomorrow--


- Closed on Mondays ------

---- Sundays report June the 6 th- nice morning, light overcast maybe clearing by noon-- wind light from the south, -seas are calm

Seabass fishing very good off the Channel islands--and tuna fishing below the border also very good - Coastal fishing improving with warming waters and the stable conditions over the past week-- even a few yellows seen under paddies-offshore but cooler water remains there--

coastal fishing --- fair- so far- clean green water-- a little windy as that cosatal clouds left- light wind chop-

hat business is good!

Wind stayed south for most of the day--- mid day stronger and a bit on the sloppy side

Overall , Still on the cool side--- some coastal warming water that stretches from the Oil Rigs in towards the beach- down the coastline to oceanside spreads out from there. The was good baitshools in it but pods of dolphins and a few whales making short work of it--


Evidence of that cool water and the baitfish of anchovies one might thin of a few salmon making their way down the coastline-- even surf fisherman speaking of catches and a Newport catch today--- tasty!


SD Report---- Yikes -- big fish eary in the season--The Tomahawk returned this AM with 46 Bluefin (up to 170 lbs. with 8 over 100 lbs.) for 29 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. A sardine on 80# test with a 6 oz. sinker on a 1/0 hook has been the ticket so far. The Pegasus called in this morning with LIMITS (72) of Bluefin Tuna for their 2 day trip with 18 anglers. 28 of these fish are in the 100 to 180 lbs. range. They're asking anglers to come prepared with an 80# setup. The Islander called in with 40 Bluefin Tuna (25@ 100 to 170 lbs.) on a 2.5 day trip with 26 anglers. The Condor returned this AM with 9 Bluefin Tuna up to 195lbs and 20 Yellowtail for their 1.5 Day trip with 30 anglers. The Pacific Queen returned this AM with LIMITS (68) of Bluefin Tuna (24 @ 100 to 205 lbs.) for 34 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. Gavin says anyone that has an upcoming trip on the PQ needs to bring an 80# setup.-

---------- Sat June the 5th 2021 ----------

Nice day light south wind- sky still has a bit of overcast clouds to them-- water calm good day for boating

Whale watchers speaking of seeing good signs of sealife 5 6 miles off Aliso / Laguna beach, maybe be a couple of larger whales there-- porpoise, birds bait etc. tuna?

Lines out at 2:00 pm today for those fishing the three day Seabass events--

Radio talk show this morning spoke of the on going catches of the bigger model Pacific Bluefin tunas-- Spotter plane's last observations- spoke of signs of fish from below Ensenada to the border-- mixed 30/40lb fish and schools over 100+ next to them-- Better bring the whole works if your headed out--

Boat pressure on the inside and backside of the island -(Catalina) challenging at best to find some solitude-- but there were seabass and a few yellows to be taken-- bass, barracuda and bonito -the three "B's kept anglers from going fishless-

Decker and Erik ran to Clemente-- fished the Cove for the Calicos-- said very good fishing for them there--fished till just before noon and made a run down the Ridge-- towards the 43--- good looking deep rich deep blue water and some bait/ whales but no signs of tuna for them

good traveling today-- nicest day in months---


----- Friday it's Friday again- still a bit on the overcast today but not as bad-- wind stayed south all night and into the mid morning hours- probably stay that way for the day---

No word yet from the sea bass fishers yet--

From Tales of Fishes-- Zane Gray a good read----Tales of Fishes Copyright 1919, by Harper & Brothers- Big Tuna---

--We ran over within fifty feet of the edge of the school, stopped the boat, and all climbed up on top of the deck. Then we beheld a spectacle calculated to thrill the most phlegmatic fisherman. It simply enraptured me, and I think I am still too close to it to describe it well. The dark-blue water, heaving in great, low, lazy swells, showed a roughened spot of perhaps two acres in extent.

The sun, shining over our shoulders, caught silvery-green gleams of fish, flashing wide and changing to blue. Long, round, bronze backs deep under the surface, caught the sunlight. Blue fins and tails, sharp and curved, like sabers, cleared the water. Here a huge tuna would turn on his side, gleaming broad and bright, and there another would roll on the surface, breaking water like a tarpon with a slow, heavy souse. “Look at the leaders,” said Captain Dan. “I’ll bet they’re three-hundred-pound fish.” I saw then that the school, lazy as they seemed, were slowly following the leaders, rolling and riding the swells. These leaders threw up surges and ridges on the surface. They plowed the water. “What’d happen if we skipped a flying-fish across the water in front of those leaders?” I asked Captain Dan.


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SD Report--- 6/4/2021 The Liberty called in with 90 Bonito, and 2 Yellowtail for 23 Anglers on their Full Day trip. The Tomahawk called in with 30 Bluefin Tuna (18 over 100lbs.) for 30 anglers on an overnight trip. The Outrider called in with 5 Bluefin Tuna (4@ 110 to 175 lbs. and 1@ 50 lbs.) and 12 Yellowtail for 10 anglers on an overnight trip. The Mustang called in with 11 Bluefin Tuna (1 @ 235lbs, 4 @ 130-180) for 12 anglers on an overnight trip. The Pegasus returned this morning with LIMITS (34) of Bluefin Tuna for 17 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. These fish are 40 to 180 lbs. The Islander returned this morning with 43 Bluefin Tuna (9 over 100 lbs.) for 31 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Pacific Queen returned this morning with LIMITS (68) of Bluefin Tuna for 34 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. 17 of these fish were between 100 and 180 lbs. The Condor returned this morning with 6 Bluefin Tuna for 28 anglers on a 1.5 day trip


--------- Thursdays report - June the 3rd 2021 -

The gloom is going away early today-- hooray! light south wind 2-3 kts seas smooth with a lump once in a while--- great traveling weather---we should get a better sat image for the seawater temps -- we'll it was a good thought-- returned to gloom and light south for most of the day---

Coastal whale watchers finding lots and lots of porpoise and birds working off Dana 5-6 miles--

Water's clean up a lot clear , maybe too clear sometimes--

SD fleet still working below and outside Ensenada

Heading out to the seabass and yellowtail grounds this week , probably wouldn't be a bad idea to bring along some of the frozen stuff--- !


The 6 pm , "Lines in" this afternoon starts the seabass and halibut/ yellowtails tournaments this evening taking advantage of that late incoming tide, fish all day Friday and lines out Sat at 2pm--- by then it will have been a long-



That south wind picked up mid late afternoon making it a bit bumpy for those fishing the East end of the island-- but putting the boats in a good position for those fish to come up-current from the Avalon side, around Seal Rocks and that shelf that extends out from there and towards Chruch Rocks and the backside of the island--




---- Wed's Report----June 2 nd seems like were getting back to normal- it's June and its gloomy-- light west at 2 -3 kts, seas good calm -- IF your coming to the beach--- bring a sweatshirt!

SD boats still finding the Bluefin--- 6/2/2021 The Islander returned this morning with LIMITS (40) of Bluefin Tuna (20 to 60 lbs.) for 20 anglers on their 1.5 day trip. The Pacific Queen returned this morning with 54 Bluefin (10@100 to 210 lbs.) for 34 anglers on a 1.5 day trip.

This coming weekend several angling clubs will be hosting their White Sea Bass tournaments, BAC has their YSH, Yellowtail. Seabass/ Halibut) and the TC their annual White Sea Bass event--both starting at 6 pm on Thursday and continuing into 4 pm on Sat

A check with the San Clemente Security shows the island (Hot) active from midnight till 6 am for Thursday, Friday and Sat and then open all day on Sunday--

Reported that the squid boats -Kinley Marie and Carnage will beat Catalina selling bait--.

SD fleet mainly working the watersd below and outside Ensenada 30- 45 milea

Sea bass still being caught off the East end of the island-- it's going to get crowed there--

Queit and Cool on the beach today --- bay fishin -- a few smaller halibuts, several types of rays including round , bat and the rat-tailed stingrays

Good luck if you get out over the next few days-- bring a sweatshirt!

---------------------------------------- Tuesdays report ----------------- June the 1st ! ------------------

June gloom-- wind light from the S/W 2 4 kts seas good- One of the nicest mornings on the water for the past several weeks-- lots of bait ( mackerel and sardines around) good uphill current early on this morning switched to a downhill mid morning--

A few boats out today-- letting the past weekends crowds go by--

Haven't seen the sun all day--- stayed light S/W all day - Sunny inland overcast here on the beach---

June begins the fishing seasom for many-- The BAC has held their Juniors tournament for close to 70 years-- call the club for details--

Balboa Angling Club 200 A Street Balboa, CA 92661 949.673.6316







--------------------------- Memorial Day May -31 st 2021 ---- Still a gray May day---


Saw this over the past few days-- given me time to try to comprehend all that it means- not only to stand up and be brave, but for what the cause was and still is-

War Heroes on Water· On the occasion of Memorial Day, let us bow our heads in silence to remember and honor the sacrifices of hundreds of men and women who gave their lives for our country.


Overcast and calm seas today---- lots of family and friends out for the mornings boating and fishing trips---

Dept of Fish and Wildlife (F & G) around checking fishing licences and boating stuff---

Good week of weather forecasted this coming week-- Stand by!

S D report--- 5/31/2021 The Tomahawk called in with 14 bluefin on the boat 90-160lbs. for 30 anglers on an extended 1.5 day trip. The Pegasus returned this AM with13 bluefin with 11 100-195lbs for 18 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Searcher returned this AM with31 bluefin and 14 yellowtail for their 2.5 day trip. The Pacific Queen returned this AM with 71 Bluefin Tuna for 25 anglers on their 3 day trip. 46 of these Bluefin are 100 to 220 lbs. The Islander returned this AM with 31 Bluefin Tuna (50-180)lbs for their 2.5 day with 26 Anglers. The Condor returned this AM with 36 Bluefin Tuna (3 over 200 lbs) (13 over 100lbs), and 5 yellowtail for 24 anglers on a 3 day trip.




------------- May the 30th 2021-- Sunday--- Gray again this morning-- wind light from the south and lots of folks out--


AM radio reports this morning speak of both daytime and nighttime fishing for the bluefin

and a scattering of yellowtail found under kelps-- lots of boats out--

Reports of a few scattered schools of tuna seen off the east end of Clemente-- 289 looked good and there was a lot of bait along the coastline 1 to 5 miles off the beach stretching out as far as the 14 where it seemed to die off-- the inside waters look good-real good-- - porpoise and Fin Back whales , wouldn't be surprised of there weren't a few schools of Bluefin working their way up the inside coastline ---


even a surface swordfish seen-- couple of stick boats working the inside of Clemente

Good Luck tomorrow-



A real Gray May Day Sat the 29th even a drizzle or two--- light to fair south wind , seas good other than the small wind chop-- boats everywhere!

The tuna fleet moved further south to below and outside Ensenada-- 100 lb average sized fish--- the fleets there

Catalina got the sea bass fishers off the East end, yellows and bunch boats on the inside of the island,,party boats staying out of the mess and catching sculpin whitefish and bottom stuff out by the rigs--- might be some yellows by those mussel farm buoys---

it was said warming water working it's way uphill

Folks said it was only fair fishing at the island ( cat today) los of boats--

Where's the swordfish!


San Diego report -- 5/29/2021 The Condor called in with 24 Bluefin Tuna (up to 230 lbs.) with more fish hanging. The Liberty called in with 24 Buefin (40 to 70 lbs.) for 39 anglers on their full day trip. They were having success with sinker rigs and colt snipers. They have fish hanging! The Pacific Queen called in with 36 Bluefin so far on their 3 day trip. The fish are (8 @ 50lbs) (24 @ 100-180lbs) and (4 @ 200lbs). The Pegasus returned this morning with 13 Bluefin Tuna (100 to 200 lbs.) and 97 Yellowtail for 19 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Mustang called in with 14 Bluefin Tuna (12 over 130 lbs.) for 30 anglers on their overnight trip.

------------ Friday-- May28 it's that day of the week again Friday-- the beginning of another long weekend---go have fun!

Coastal clouds left early-- light south wind, small wind chop on the water, swell is mixed west and south- good traveling---

Fished this morning--- more like getting the morning's exercise in - watched Alison catch a Thresher, also hooked another one later that made goods jumps before releasing them.. In Tarpon fishing that's all that counts-- get a few jumps out of em' and be happy with that- without spending a lot of time fighting them. Having "Jumped" five fish for the day was better than fighting two fish !

Strong Tides----


SD Report The Pegasus just called in with 9 Bluefin tuna ranging from 100 to 200 pounds and still fishing. The Tomahawk called in with 13 Bluefin Tuna 10 over 100lbs, 1@185lbs, 1@170lbs and 1 @160lbs so far for their Overnight trip with 30 Anglers. The Searcher returned this morning with 14 Bluefin Tuna 100 to 200 pounds for their 2.5 day with 17 anglers The Islander returned this morning with 15 Bluefin from 100 tp 50 to 170 pounds and 8 yellowtail for their 1.5 day for 17 anglers. The Condor Returned this morning with 3 Bluefin Tuna for their 1.5 day trip for 12 anglers.


Water temps from 58 to 73 degrees-- and the Chlorophyll charts














Good luck this weekend


-- May 27 2021 ----- Thursday , coastal marine layer moves inland late afternoon hours-- lingering into the midmorning hours - light southeast wind maybe 2-4 kts seas much better still a small lump to it-- light wind chop--

Lots of boats heading over to the islands early today--getting ready for the long weekend-- Weekends weather still shows a south wind in the morning-- fair- better Sunday--

San Clemente Island still kicking out the Yellowtail as is Santa Barbara Island, Catalina's sea bass grounds beginning to get crowded

San Clemente Island Security's web site shows a change in their scheduling--- the island will be open Friday, Sat, Sunday and Monday---

SD Report-- Most of the tuna were coming from below the border and near the 9 mile bank --- 5/27/2021 The Searcher is up to 14 Bluefin Tuna (90 to 190 lbs.) and 41 Yellowtail so far on their 2.5 day trip. They're seeing a good sign of fish! The Outrider returned with 13 Bluefin Tuna (110 to 190 lbs.) and 10 Yellowtail for 9 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Pacific Queen returned with 18 Bluefin Tuna (90 to 190 lbs.) for 33 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Tomahawk retrned with 18 Bluefin Tuna (90 to 200 lbs.) for 21 anglers on their 1.5 day trip.

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One of today's projects--- restore an old Julius Vom Hofe B Ocean 6/0 Reel carrying the patent date of March 21 1911

I don't think the reel has ever been opened up-- clean as a whistle inside and marvel of workmanship and ingenuity

In 1913, Tuna Club member William C. Boschen debuted the most important innovation in reel design history to date, the star drag. Boschen initially brought his project to Julius Jr. who refined his ideas and developed a working prototype. Boschen’s star drag concept, for the first time, allowed anglers to adjust an internal friction drag while fighting a fish. As if to prove his star drag concept a success even before the debates began, Boschen landed the first broadbill swordfish taken on rod and reel weighing 315 pounds with a working prototype reel. Vom Hofe named the commercially sold version of this reel the "B-Ocean" reel, a homonym and a tip of the hat to Boschen. By 1914 all the major tackle company’s salt water reels had star drags and internalized anti-reverse mechanisms, the modern trolling reel was born. The B-Ocean reel was the first star drag reel on the market and it was a huge success. The B-Ocean reel made its debut in only the 4/0 and 6/0 sizes. Later sizes included a size 1




-- Wed, May0- 26 2021------

Cloudy and a bit sloppy seas, wind fair from the south mixed to a fair sizes swell from the west-- travelable but bumpy--

Live squid was avaialble from several of the squid boats at Catalina -- call on Ch 11 VHF


Stayed south all day-- sloppy seas--

better weather and luck tomorrow--

------------------ Tuesdays May 25th 20211---------

The mornings blue was accented by high Mares Tails clouds, cirrus uncinus clouds ... . , meaning "curly hooks". Also known as mares' tails, ... ... Altitude: (Above 23,000 ft)

down here on earth a light south wind and calming seas--- nice warm day---

Boat fish just west of the 43 this morning said inside them 12-15 miles they had stopped on a kelp for a dozen or more smaller yellows-- let them all go-- no sign of the tuna for them yet-- 10:34am

Filling moon --full tonight--

Coastal fishing for the WSB-- still a challange--but other areas producing good catches of fish-- Channel Islands going off as well as Catalina--

Other than that quick radio chatter this morning-- alls been quiet for the afternoon hours -- wind stayed from the south all day 8-10

Vick tells me -- yesterday he's made a few drifts for halibut--- as had I, --starting in the 50/ 60 ft depth and inwards from there for no bites,, the fish were in the deeper water 70+

E-Mail-- on the halibit fishing-- A lot of Halibut up near the beach waiting for Grunion to show up. We used to troll Rapalas off a Dropper Loop in 20 feet of water near the beach at a speed where we could bounce a 4 oz. torpedo sinker. (1.8 to 3.5 mph). Long Jetty to the Stacks. Jim


--------- Sunday Mayo the 23 2021 the year---Closed Monday- coaught a couple of bass-- fun day - got a little windy in the afternoon -------

Blue sky this morning--light marine haze seaward-- light to fair wind southwest 4-6+ small chop on the otherwise the sea trying to straighten out-- morning high tide--- somehow -- it smells like anchovies?--

Sand Bass willing to bite this morning--

Bait schools found all along the coastline-- as were the Thresher sharks--

The tuna grounds gave up some good sized bluefin in the dark this morning-- partyboats scoring a few fish upwards of a hundered + pounds. weather offshore 7-11 kts west , S/C weather bouy Water Temperature 59.4 °F


Sat 5/22/21 Cloudy morning- clearing-- turning to windy afternoon- mid days was ok- water looks greener--- and cooler-- San Pedro Buoy -Water Temperature (WTMP): 63.3 °F , Mission Bay at Water Temperature (WTMP): 62.4 °F

Well the next week looks better--- said that last week too---

Good luck tomorrow if you get out-- maybe some seabass around--wind should back off a lot and the morning hours calmer--


Friday-- Mayo 21 and the weekend is in front of us--- Ocean still sloppy and bumpy Chunky the guy on the4 surf report said--- leftover short choppy seas from yesterdays wind and combined with this afternoons blow keeping things a little on the slow side-- Sat's forecast shows wind from the south in the morning-- turns west in the afternoon, Sunday morning looks ok but again westerly winds in the afternoon-- you might go golfing!

Mother Nature continues to put her foot in the door as we try to get towards warmer water -- that wind and seas created by the colder water offshore this year is fighting warming land environment , it'll take another month to equalize before things stabilize and warm up .

Windy today-- swung from the west to the southwest this afternoon really mixing up the seastate--- most boating activities outside the harbor today were canceled

Have a great weekend--




The NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) As of May 2021, the SWFSC will discontinue the Cooperative Billfish Tagging Program (CBTP). This means we will no longer distribute new billfish tags, the International Billfish Angler Survey, or the Billfish Newsletter. However, we will continue to log tag recoveries, so please continue to report recaptured billfish tags or the release of any existing tags in your possession. If other options for continuation of tagging efforts through another organization become available, we will send out an email notification.

Since 1963, the CBTP has operated with and for ethical anglers dedicated to the catch-tag-and release of these amazing species. We hope this global practice continues to inspire the next generation of anglers well past the end of the CBTP. Above all, we thank you for your participation in our research, your enthusiasm for conservation science, and your sharing of your time and knowledge for nearly 60 years! Keep fishing and practicing ethical angling! Cheers, Liana --- Liana N. Heberer Fisheries Assistant Specialist Institute of Marine Sciences at University of California Santa Cruz NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla CA 92037


-- Will be closed on Thuraday-- JD --Sign on the door said Gone fishin" but I really went golfing!-- -

--- Wed- May 19 2021---

Coastal clouds this morning-- mixed lumpy seas with a light southwest wind today-

Half moon now with a building tide this weekend as tht moon fills-- should be good fishing by this weekend-- standing by--

By now you'd think we'd be seeing schools of the California Flying Fish moving into the kelp beds to spawn, maybe this next full moon things will develop-- -- There ar a few showin at clemete now--- more to come--

May 18 2021-- Tuesday-- nice day so far-- partly cloudy-- wind light to fair from the west-- feels cool--- despite being the middle of May the air near the water still feels cool. light wind chop on the mixed swell

-- An clean out of the freezers, all the older rigged and unrigged packaged Ballyhoos were put to good use this past weekend-- Allan-- enroute to Mexico said he's take them along -- They Work !

JD, Thank you for the baits last week. We got into the Sails nicely down here and they loved them. Lots of bait, lots of show on these beautiful creatures. Fishing all alone. More to come. AB

Good sized Sailfish!

Coastal fishing today--- fair--- the baits still there-- still a downhill current, going along with that west wind water temps holding at 52/64 degrees water a little off green -- but not much in the way of a bite today--- the calicos are still there but shy as were the sand bass--local Party boats making a living targeting white fish , bottom fish and sculpin, boats to Clemente a few yellows and more bottom stuff--


- Closed on Mondays----

- Sunday-May- 16th - refreshing to see a few clouds with some light rain in them--oceans a bit mixed up though, swells and wind chop different directions mixing up the seastate- otherwise a nice day ahead-with drizzle and light rain--- ! - Offshore a little bumpy and slowly building

San Clemente's Security's web site show the island's Zones C and D ( the Cove & inside the island) SHOBA and surrounding zones to be pretty much Hot for the rest of this coming week-- except Sat and Sundays it's open ( weather next weekend dosen't look all that good for offshoreThurs, Fri or Sat a only a little better on Sunday)

Lots and lots of anchovies / bait schools along the coastline now-- thresher sharks too! and some Humpback whales are here too!

Bluefin doing what they like and were more skitterish today- weather up a bit didnt help-

Better weather tue and wed, turns ugly thurs+

The run down towards the tuna grounds yesterday- was fun but no fish-- back to Clemente for a pair of nice yellows!

---- Sat Mayo- 15 2021 --

Still a light overcast this morning---light wind from the south-- nice morning on the water-

AIS has the Tuna fleet wotking from the 43 fathom sport to the San Clemente basin -limit catches allready for some of the sportboats-- smaller grade fish 15- 40-50 lbs-- early morning bite and again an afternoon incoming tide bite into the night-- bigger fish below the smaller grade stuff-- fun fishing--



Cloud cover and a lowering barometer reading moving in mid day from the south--- tide backing off and the bite slowed.-

He said the first 30 miles on the way home was pleasant--- the last 15 not so nice as they came back into Newport mid afternoon--- having caught their limits of 25-35 lb Bluefin tunas all on the poppers and stick baits-- the fleet , almost all the sportboats from SD, Oceanside Dana and Newport were working the schools of bluefin from the 43 to Clemente--morning show not so good but good weather was welcomed- starting to breeze up and a later morning's incoming tide with a better showing of fish-- inside the 289 and further up the island- spots of fish were up for more solitude fishing--

On bait casting gear too!





----- The being Friday- May the 14 th tomorrow's the official start of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season-for now alls OK - standing by--Locally this morning's sky light clouds giving way to blue-- more clouds later today , light south/southwest wind this morning 4-6 kts--small swell- calm seas- Good tides today--

The fleet's out tuna fishing-- and the few kelps they're finding small yellows-

San Clemente' kicking out some nice White Sea Bass this morning--- boats fishing the Cove were into 30-35lb fish--

Scratchy VHF report-- but it was there-- from here ( Newport to the tuna grounds) --You get him on a cedar plug--- that one and a dropback too! 11:22 -- from this mornings bite near the 43 -- by this afternoon the fleet has moved northwest a few more miles-- 5- 8-10 towards Clemente

With the appearance of squid at Catalina and some found at Clemente-- good idea to pick up some and make the run to SCI for the tails---

Locally the Newport Bay fishing is improving--- incoming tide and a light south wind makes for a good drift for the halibuts from the Jetty's inward-- w chovies or smelts as baits--- stow trolling some deep divers will find the basses.

Have a great weekend--

Good Luck-- JD

------ Thursdays report------- Mayo the 13th---

Gray again for the morning hours-- light west at 2 - 5 kts-- calm seas-- must be half a dozen boats out fishing the sea basses today here locally- light downhill current helped along with the light breeze-- incoming morning tide should have helped-- Same at the islands with that morning incoming tide -


EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 13 May 2021 ENSO: Final La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña has ended, with ENSO-neutral likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer (67% chance in June-August 2021). During April, the tropical Pacific Ocean returned to ENSO-neutral conditions as the coupling between the atmosphere and ocean weakened. Sea surface temperatures were near-to-below average across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean in the past month . Subsurface temperature anomalies continued to increase due to a downwelling Kelvin wave, which reinforced the positive temperature anomalies along the thermocline. Low-level easterly wind anomalies were weakly present i]. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system reflected a return to ENSO-neutral. Most of the models in the IRI/CPC plume predict a continuation of ENSO-neutral through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2021 , and then begins hedging toward cooler conditions as the Northern Hemisphere fall approaches. La Niña chances are around 50-55% during the late fall and winter, which is in alignment with forecasts from the NCEP Climate Forecast System and North American Multi-model Ensemble. However, there is typically large uncertainty with forecasts made in the spring, so confidence in ENSO-neutral for the coming seasons is highest. In summary, La Niña has ended, with ENSO-neutral likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer (67% chance in June-August 2021;

Chances of another El Nino are slim---

Calm seas and before the weekends crouds has several smaller boats out fishing or looking for the tunas-- AIS shows a couiple boats drifting near the 43, othere's enjoying the pleasures of San Clemente islans yellowtails and basses-- probally WSB there to for those dropping squids for the yellows-- Off China point 80/ 120 ft depth was a good spot as it wraps around the cornor.--

San Clemente Island Security Web site shows Friday the C and D zones are open till 6:00 pm then Hot/Active till 11 pm, 14-MAY 1800 to 14-MAY 2300 then open all day and night for Saturday-- Sunday the "Cove " again become active / Hot from1 pm till 4 pm-- 16-MAY 1300 to 16-MAY 1600

Forecasters weatherwise shows a fair west wind Sat morning backing off mid day-- and fair west wind between the islands on Sunday calmer inside-

SD report 5/13/2021 The Tomahawk is returning this morning with 37 Bluefin Tuna (15 over 100 lbs.) for 29 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Pacific Queen returned this morning with LIMITS (68) of Bluefin Tuna (50 to 120 lbs.) and 20 Yellowtail for 34 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Shogun returned this morning with LIMITS (54) of Bluefin Tuna (4 over 100 lbs.) for 27 anglers on a 1.5 day trip

Fun Fishing for the past few days out chasing the bluefin tunas near the US/ Mex border and lately out to the 43 Fathom spot where breezer were up 50- 60lb up to 10lb fish chasing baits and cast poppers and stick baits to them--- --- fun fishing and the weather was great---


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

Mornings' gray sky leaving us before noon- with hazy sky- light west accompanying it as it dissipates-- a little stronger this afternoon , seas looks good with a small chop on it not much of a swell, but it's there--

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Still feels like were a month or two behind schedule-- on note after months of no Bat rays in the harbor-- several this past week were caught here in the bay--- and brown Soupfin sharks were found by those fishing the seabasses--things are changing---



- Tuesdays May 11 2021 --------------

Light gray sky overcast morning east wind turning south and southwest- seas much calmer tha yesterdays bummpy sloppy seas.

Everyday now it's improving-- slowly but improving--- the sea basses showing better, yellowtail and seabass at Catalina and the yellows at Clemente biting better -This time of year-- It's May dont be surprised about schools of Bluefin being seen traveling up the inside of Catalina and Clemente island heading north-

Weather getting nicer and nicer-- stayed calm for the day light west in the afternon clearing sky-- should be good fishing from here on out--

SD report---The Liberty called in with 16 Bluefin Tuna (2 at 100 and 130 lbs., 14 are 20-40 lbs.) and 49 Bonita for 30 anglers.The Condor called in with limits (75) of Yellowtail and 3 Bluefin Tuna for 15 anglers on their 1.5 day trip. The Pacific Queen returned this AM with limits of Bluefin one at 162 lbs. for 22 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. They also have 110 (limits) of yellowtail. The Tomahawk returned this AM with 15 Bluefin Tuna for their extended 1.5 day trip with 4 over 100 pounds for their 11 anglers.

Good Luck if you get out this week--


Monday-- -Went fishin'- a little bumpy for a flat bottomed boat----

------------------- MOM'S Day May 9th 2021 Sunday--------

Quite a few boats out today

And a salute to my Mom who raised a couple of rambunctious twin boys and active daughter and was a thoughtful and loving wife to my Dad and the art she enjoyed, Happy Mom's and Grandmother's Day------

Still south for the day-- weather cleared off mid afternoon leaving a small wind chop--

Not as many boats out as one would think-- local bass fishing improving an the seabass are still here--- ,

Moons going dark next Tuesday stronger morning and afternoon incoming tides--- should be good fishing--- stand by--weather looks better for this coming week--- good luck if you get out-- JD

nice afternoon as that wind backed off-


And another nice White Sea Bass comes to the Club for weighing-- 52.6 lbs-- Nice catch!!


--------------- Saturday May the 8 2021--- Looks like the sun will be out a little better than yesterday here on the coast-- light to fair wind from the south, seas still good small mix of seastate- Whale watchers satisfied in finding dolphins out about 2-5 miles where that water color break- bait scattered all along it-- might be a humpback there too- more towards Dana,

Lots of boats out--- here and Catalina- Party boats strung out from the border to the west side of the Butterfly , Clemente open till Sunday morning 7 am-- quite a few smaller boats out searching--

From the AM radio talk show this morning- one of the better bites came from 3 am till dawn with 300 gram heavy lures sent down hundreds of feet deep-- 40- 60 lb fish only 2 per angler is the limit-- - long day for two fish in the middle of the night-

Southwest for most of the day--- boats running over to the islands had a shot at yellows and basses--

Might be time to check out the Mussel farm area for some yellows ?


By the 9th of May last year---- we were catching Swordfish!








------- Friday-- Friday again May the 7th 2021------

light overcast and a bit of sun peaking through once in a while--light wind from the south southeast then south and by noon west still light at 5 kts--

Building tides this weekend

They said commercial boats out of Moro Bay were doing well on the Salmon some boats up to 30 fish a day--- weather always an issue there--


An reminder on the WSB- catches-- the hatchery program relies on the return of the heads of fish for study-- funding and operation of the program hinges on the return of the coded wire inserted in the 3 inch small fry before releasing. The BAC and most of the landings have provided a freezer to hold these heads- as always check before hand - Good Luck-- rumor has it they were biting during the middle of the tide change--

Good Luck this Weekend-- Slow to improve this Spring-- it does appear the WSB catches from the Channel Islands southwards shows improvements and the Yellows at Clemente and some of the kelps shows promise- we'll have to be happy with them for a while before more tuna move within range and summer heats up things-- standing by


Dodgers vs Angles this evening--- both loosers-- Angles wining only 3 out of the past 10 games Dodgers even worse at 2 wins out of 10 games- hum ho--


-------------- May the 6 the 2021---------- Thursday --------

Overcast morning--- wind light form the southeast 2-5 kts seas ok small mix of seastate-

Took the day off yesterday for a fun trip out to San Clemente Island with Jimmy D-- Can't ask for a more professional guide to fish with-- left the harbor at gray light 30 kts to the island- not much life see, some rafts of shearwaters around the 277 and the Mackerel bank had a bunch of dolphins - arriving at Gold Bluff's area leeward side of the island not much current going on and things were a bit on the quiet side-- Knowledge of the bass fishing and a fast boat helps-- we made several stops casting the plastics and lures to shoreline rocks and deeper spots-- still not much current observed --- at that's the criteria for good fishing--- worked around to the backside of the island-- it's prolific with kelp beds back there stretching out 1/4 to 1/2 mile out from the island- the ideal set up would be a drift along the outside of the kelp beds with the current strong enough laying down the kelp stringers leaving lanes to cast into--- After several more spots Jimmy found what we were looking for---a good drift and good current in the same direction--- and calicos biting , one after another we'd hook and release fish--2 or three fish following it up t hoping to get some part of that lure/ plastic hanging out of the fishes mouth , another lure dropped next to the caught fish resulted in another fish - Plastic swim baits rigged weedless or sub-surface plugs/ S P minnows type lures also did well-


Tide turned a little after noon , current died and kelps floated up to the surface- the bite died down and then a run back home early afternoon-- thanks Jimmy



Just boated….. Vintage tackle - 3 thread Linen/ Ancient Pflueger reel/ on the custom JD’s bamboo rod with agate guides. Took it out of the display case and got it wet. Didn’t take long! Thu, May 6, 2021 11:39 am Trent

They're biting!

AIS shows the tuna fleet in good numbers working south of San Clemente Island must be half a dozen sportboats there this afternoon

San Clemente the Cove is open tonight, tomorrow and all day Sat-- becomes active " Hot" 7 AM on Sunday


--- Closed On Wed's-- Gone Fishin !

------------- Tuesday May the 3rd 2021----- almost forgot what month it was--- Nice morning a few coastal clouds and a gray of marine clouds seaward-- wind light from the south w/ wind ripple on it-- warming- Tides soon to build again- moon darkning--

Paryboats out of SD targeting those yellowfin--- lots of small to med sizes fish--

The Tomahawk returned this AM with limits (110) of yellowtail for their 1.5 day trip with 11 anglers. 05/03/2021 The Tomahawk caught 74 Yellowtail on their Extended 1.5 Day trip for 11 anglers. The Dolphin extended 1/2 day trip caught 75 Rockfish, 5 Calico Bass, 2 Sand Bass and 2 Sculpin for 15 Anglers. The Liberty caught 71 Yellowtail for their Full Day trip with 33 Anglers. The Searcher caught 107 Yellowtail and 7 Bluefin on their 2.5 Day trip with 17 anglers. The Outrider caught 2 Bluefin Tuna and 11 Yellowtail for 6 anglers on their 2.5 day trip.

San Clemente Island Security web site shows the island open, for the most part open this coming weekend--Although some weather may shut it down ----South Wind strong at times-- from early morning hours on both Sat and Sunday--

--The crossing to Catalina this weekend also looks to be against a strong south wind on Sat morning backing off 2- 3 pm and again strong on Sunday morning to midday--

<-----------------Water temps from 58 to 70





Closed on Mondays --

------- Sunday May the 2nd 2021-------Broken clouds and a south wind making it a but bumpy at 10- 14 kts-- wind chop and a mix of seastate-- wishy washy- boats heading to Catalina found it a bit uncomfortable-

Stayed South southeast all day-- not much going on--

better luck this coming week as the weather setttles down--

Good Luck- JD

------ Sat May Day 2021--

May Gray-- light overcast sky today--wonder if that will help the daytime bluefin bite-- wind from the south eddy created by at everlasting outer west wind due to blow up stronger this evening and Sunday---

This evenings weather forecast --- offshore it'll get more windy and choppy - more kelps-breaking loose from their holding from the outer islands -


Got a call from Decker this morning-- he's made the day of it-- up early with a run to the 43 Fathom Spot and general area looking for a shot at those Pacific Bluefin Tunas-- -- the morning sagged with not much seen or metered - most of the other smaller private boats were working the S/C Canyon or Weather buoy area - Partyboats out of SD had been working further out towards the Butterfly Banks to below the Border 425/ 302 areas--and most of their fish bites were Dusk or nighttime till Dawn . Yesterdays Tide topped out a little after one pm and the wind had picked up -- so had the fish - with color spots of fish seen swimming / cursing packs of fish seen 2- 4 feet just under the surface-- We threw everything we had at them' nothing-- no bites very frustrating-- wind picked and a short chop put the day at end for them for a long ride up hill home--- They're there--- one of these days it'll turn to a daytime bite


An look at the Chlorophyll Charts revealing the coastal offcolor water and that body of plankton rich water southward bound on the outside


Thunderbird, Eldroado and Toronado sportfishing boats were fishing the Calicos and Yellowtails in lee of Clemente-- good fishing for them---

Stayed south all day- overcast and a little on the down side---

A look at the Chlorophyll carts showing the mucky off colored water stretching all the way down the coastline--also-- being pushed off the coastline from Point Conceptions seaward it's carried southwards by currents on the outside ,

Better luck tomorrow--


--------- April the 30th the last day of the month---blue sky this morning- some marine haze seaward- light S/W wind 3- 5 kts- small mix of swell- good traveling-- lots of boats headed out today for the weekends adventures-

Rumor has it some good sized seabass came from Catalina over the past few days-- not much in the way of commercial squid catches these days--

Coastal fishing this morning-- we'll all I can say it was a good exercise of rowing from below the harbor to Reef Point-- water -- I'd call it clean Anderson Pea Soup Green-- or red/ brown tide--- not much going on no mackerel, nor bass for me today--- back in early

Different day-- they were saying on the tuna grounds--- at least you got one-- stoked on that-- not much for us-- saw some bird schools eariler-- that's been it--

were over it-- yea were over it-- let you know if we seen anything on the way home--- yea we gonna give it another half hour--

SD report The Shogun called in with LIMITS of Bluefin Tuna (25 - 40 lbs.) for day 1 of their 3 day trip. The Royal Star returned with LIMITS of Bluefin (48) for 24 anglers.

Morro bay report-- windy and choppy no Salmon

A check with the San Clemente Island Security show the Island is open ( for the most part) for the weekend-

Enjoy the weekend-- Good Luck--

the coastal fishing was slow-- if you can see you way to the islands proabally better fishing there-- Clemente should be improving


--- April 29th Another nice day here on the beach-- morning low tide giving the beach walkers a good view and a clean breaking surf on the shoreline-- birds and bait schools 1/4 off the beach .-no wind calm seas--

Grunion run tonight on the sandy slopping beaches Midnight--

Radio chatter from a couple of boats fishing down near the US/ Mex border/ conner say not much for them so far-- came across one bull kelp paddy for nada--

A call from James- they'd been out tuna fishing the past few days-- did OK-- fished from the Weather Bouy ( San Clamente/ U S waters) downhill with the wind-- seeing a few spots of the Tuna up-- make a quick shot at them-- a few fish here and there on the flat falls sytle lures, 50- 70- 100 lb fish--daytime the 160 sized weighed lures did better and that brighter colored White / Pink/ Blue lure was the ticket--


Reported there were a dozen boats up fishing the Pipe ( above Newport) with Yellowtail on their mind, don't thing there ws anyone pulling on them -- no tails only a few tales told-


Latest So Calif Water temps from 55 to 65 degrees

He said they only had that one bite for them today-- bluefin fishing/ weather buoy area , working down that temp break below the buoy

Fair westerly this afternoon -

Another White Sea Bass - caugh by Steve G. weighed at the BAC Scales today--- ...49.2 lbs on 30lb tackle!










----- Nice day April the 28 2021--- no clouds and the ocean is calm, small mix of swell otherwise nice ocean,

Note-- for those heading out Newport Harbor- especially at night the huge Dredging operation is underway and it's big-- and looks dark at night-- even though she's lit up with lights she's so big you don't comprehend it--Currently the dredging is starting across from the Pavilion and will be working towards the harbor's entrance now till the summer months . They're in ch 61 VHF if you need to contact them--

San Clemente Island looks Hot for the weekend except inside above White Rock

fishing today--- fair--- the baits there-- water temps still on the cool side at61 degrees-- downhill current for most of the day-- anglers were out drifting for halibuts-- from 65 into 20 ft-- no bites, Sea Bass fishers-- -- no bites for the fleet today-- not even the Thresher shark bites-- fair fishing--- hopefully better this weekend as it warms up--



------- Tuesday April the 27th 2021---- April showers to bring May flowers as the saying goes-- well the little rain helped-- today a few passing clouds to the east-- south wind light to fair 8- 10+ kts , sight wind chop and swell - a little on the cool side, local water temps 61.2 °F- Oceanside at 62.1 °F

The BAC's Newport Harbor Lily Call Bay Tournament was well attended -filling the entry limit of 75 anglers-- dozens of smaller skiffs and boats fliing their bright designated yellow burgees gave evidence of the anglers-- From anchoring up in the "hot spot" the night before to those who enjoyed their morning sleep and causally getting a line wet at noon--- Topping the catchers was undauntedly Josh Kast with a unbelievable 26.89 lbs Halibut on IGFA 4 lb test line! -- remarkably they had lost an equally huge halibut earlier which wouldn't fit into their net and broke off at the boat-- Credit also goes to great boat handling and gaffing the fish ! great catch on 4lb test line-- Kenny Knight took top honors with the Corbina and Bass category and Josh trying to fill the Grand Slam Award added his Yellowfin Croaker to his catch --- Awards up at the Wayfarer with Decker and BAC committee members and crew hosting it-- What'd we do-- only a couple of legal sized bass and a good time-- Good to see everyone on the water again-- the start of a new fishing season






Not to be out done at the Balboa Angling Club with Josh's Big halibut on 4 lb tackle--- In comes the Mikes O.'s OZ with Frank aboard- to weight a fish at the Club--- the Fish a pending World Record White Sea Bass--79 lbs-- An heavy battle on 50lb test line--- up comes this monster Sea Bass-- Frank 's the Angler and Mike on the gaff- A heave to get the fish aboard -- it doesn't clear the side of the boat, another heave and she's in the boat and then starts to flop on the deck shutter the boat--- Now it's Mike's time up-- He too gets bit and it too is a heavy heavy Sea Bass - just as it gets within view the Hooks pulls -Ah --aaa ----- almost Two Monster White Sea Bass-- in one day---

Great Catch-- congrats-- JD




Sorry JD's Gone Fishin' ---dont wish us good luck-- wish the fish-- they're gonna need it-- Closed on Monday too-- ! I guess I needed the luck-- we struck out ! --

-- It's Friday the 23 of April 2021--- the Start of the Ensenada Sailboat Race-today---- 11 am they head south into a mix of a west and a south swell and 2-4 kts of light wind from the south-- swell forecasted to be big against south facing beaches- Tanner Bank weather buoy shows west at a whooping 8 kts--- -Cloudy and light fog forecasted for tomorrow morning--

Lily Call Newport Bay Tournament starts at Midnight tonight--! -

Building tides and water flow with the approaching full Moon--

These Pacific Bluefin should be biting today--- two or three days before the Full Moon-- is good---dispite what the Charter Boats say!


With the Algae bloomed here in the bay that's growing in mats several inches thick-- In a closer look it revels ------- it's formed a good habitat for very- very tiny fish fry, maybe smelt that were 1/4 in in length, darting in and out of its cover.--

Invasive Seaweed Found in Newport Bay Multiple federal, state and local agencies have been notified of an invasive algae species discovered in Newport Bay, Calif. The algae, which is native to Florida and other subtropical and tropical locales, is scientifically known as Caulerpa prolifera. It can grow quickly, choking out native seaweeds and potentially harming marine life through lost habitat. The unusual patch of algae discovered by a diver in Newport Bay was eventually identified by the California Department of Food and Agriculture which alerted other agencies. Federal, state and local agencies have been meeting and working quickly to identify the extent of the algae’s infestation in Newport Bay. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) scientists and divers are currently being deployed to map and identify the location of the species. A similar species of invasive algae, Caulerpa taxifolia, was identified in California in 2000 and was successfully eradicated through a comprehensive joint local, state and federal effort in 2006. Due to the similarity between these two species, scientists believe this algae species may pose a serious threat to our local coastal ecosystems. Caulerpa species can reproduce by fragmentation, which is when small pieces of this algae break off and can root and quickly reproduce, rapidly outcompeting native algae and sea grasses. Although there is significant concern this species could potentially be harmful to native species, there is no danger to humans. However, it is imperative that the public avoid contact with the plant due to its extreme ease of recolonizing from just tiny fragments. If you believe you have seen this invasive algae, please contact CDFW at AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov with the location and description and a photograph if possible. Please do not collect a specimen, as this may lead to further spread. Additional information will be released as CDFW gathers more information with their state, federal and local agency partners


--------------- Thursday- April the 22 -- Light overcast--- calm seas and wind ------ looks nice for the day--


A photos of Lily Call with a Marlin catch in 1950 on aboard their boat Relax with Ray her husband at the wheel--

A few photos from the past Lily Call Bay Tournamenrts



























Let the games begin--- Good Luck !








And it's sad news that Bill Swan passed this past week-. Bill had been battling cancer for many years. He was a great friend and fishing buddy. 90 years old . About 5 years ago he had his boat SWANEE out and got 3 Marlin one weekend. He was a stud and the most up to beat guy I've ever known right to the end. Sure going to miss him. Steve B.

We've lost too many of our friends this year--



----- Wed's report ------------- April 21 2021 -----------

Southwind today broken by a westerly mid day then south again-- cloudy and a bit sloppy on the water-- same for tomorrow--

Tides are starting to drop---and the clam and worm suckers are out---

With the up coming bay tournament , couple of thoughts of the fishing

-- Bass-- it's been fair Try the moorings and structure with the plastics, slow trolling Rapala type lures near the bottom- problem with that is all that algae and moss grow in the bottom clogs up the trolling plug--lures need to be cleaned often-- maybe trolling with the tide might help-- a swivel up the line 3 or 4 feet joining the 4 lb to a 10/12lb leader helps to keep some of the eel grass from sliding all the way down to the lure,

Halibut-- trolling the deep running plugs works well- as well as drifting with live smelt ( catch the smell with real small sabiki hooks) ( oatmeal for chum for the smelt)

Corbina--- They like the soft baits like clams, mussel, worms shrimp, carolina rig works well.

Spotfin Croaker same as above, Yellowfin Croaker-- small strips of squid and the above baits

Good Luck-- JD


----- Tue April 20 2021 --------------

South wind this morning-- Eddy effect - wind and chop from the south west swell at 8 sec-- sloppy today-- yet a few folks were out-- Sand and Calicos still being taken-- thresher sharks still taking the baits and jigs fished for the White Sea Bass and a few halibut bites drifting in the wind along the sandy slopes-- octopuses too!

Steady from the south today--

Yet the surface current charts shows the currents gennerly southward bound-against the wind from the south-- -- mixing up the ocean--




- Closed on Mondays ---

--------- Sunday the 18 th of April 2021--- Mild Santa Ana Winds developed a little stronger that thought of--- some of the smaller skiffs came back in early. forecasters say it'll back off around noon-- standing by--

Nice catch-- Davy puts a 50 lb Sea Bass up on the scales at the BAC---

A little windy today--fishing north out of the harbor, first jig out-- Thresher bite-- that went away-- second bait out Thresher bit that too went away-- others around them also getting their share of the thresher bites


Windy day and a switch to the west strong with 20 kts gusts--- get beat up in the morning from the East then get beat up from the West in the afternoon--- well maybe it'll rain and then get foggy too- why not! -

Where's the Newport Bait Barge---- its moved further inside the harbor due to the first phase of the main channel to be Dredged, all the way from the harbor's entrance back to the Ferry Crossing--!The Bait Barge to be located near the east end of "A" moorings, right side going out the harbor just past the Sea Bass Grow Out Pens






------------ Saturday- April 17th not quite Springtime yet but improving-- coastal water and air still feels cool.-- Couple of boats out early with hopes of something--couple of radio checks--- wind light to fair from the south-- again--been south for quite a few days now-- eddie effect--

AM fish talk radio this morning had one of the party boats call in--Intrepid-- 31° 4' 35.652" N, 117° 19' 35.76" W having seen a fair to good sign of the Pacific Bluefin Tunas in the course of the day hooking maybe 5 fish for the day-- landing one well over a 100 lbs-- sinker w/ bait @ 150 ft deep-- towards dusk found a small kelp with a few marks- set up on it--- - by 10 pm their screen was covered fish and almost every bait or jig was into fish mostly 80- 120 and a few pushing the 200 lb mark-- !

Lily Call is next weekend-- foggy?

better luck tomorrow--

A look at the tip of Baja-- shows there's a warming trend from equatorial currents pushing northwards--










April 16th-- Friday--- yep that day again--- end of the work week for most folks-now ready to take care of household projects and a day of relaxing and maybe a bit of fishing-- weather looks good, maybe some morning fog-- it's a slow climb back towards a warmer water climate but it'll come

E-Mail --- Hi JD , just back from Belize . What a trip ! We were primarily bonefishing on the fly ( with great success ) but everybody at the lodge was targeting permit exclusively as there were numerous schools around . I believe one permit was caught on the fly on the last day of the trip . Several of the anglers were professional guides who couldn’t get the permit to take a fly However , after encountering numerous schools of permit who wouldn’t take a fly we resorted to live crabs on the spinning rig . I gave your silicon crab (pictured0 to my buddy who caught the pictured permit . The guide was astounded and said he’d never seen a permit take anything like it .We gave the lure to the guide who was very grateful . Thanks a million , Stephen

Probably work well for Calicos and Spotties too!




Local report today-- two or three of the locals were out seeking the seabass -- but nada -- nada much caught either-- nada much bait seen on the meters and nada easy to make bait yourself--- Doesn't look line the Newport's Bait receiver is in operation just yet-- maybe tomorrow? Maybe head out to the shelf outside the Newport Canyon and catch some San Dabs for a easy fish dinner- waters warming--- up to 63 in the afternoon and a little sloppy south wind this morning--- it felt like fog but it didn't develop this morning--- ?


WHOW is in October. 2021 and our community is already stepping up BIG!!!!

27 yachts already donated plus the 144 BadCo as host boat. We are shooting for the largest ever with 100 war heroes and 30 plus teams for our tournament this year. Targeting 1m in cash donations to our partner Freedom alliance. Boating community in So Cal, please step up for our heroes. Get involved one way or another. Contact Rod Halperin tournament director. Or read about us at www.warheroesonwater.com




----- Thursdays report - April 15 2021--- Half the months gone---

Better day today weather wise-- light cloud cover and a light west wind--- tides will start to flatten out over the weekend

This evening, Thursday at 5:30pm at the BAC --- 58th Annual Lily Call Newport Harbor tournament, Jimmy Decker will put on a professional seminar on bass fishing and other.

Westerly started up early-- continued to blow for the day-- upwelling and a bit cooler now-- the weekend looks good-- Clemente hot on Sat open on Sunday

only a few boats out today--- not much said

Better luck tomorrow--


------- Wed's report----------- April 14 2021--- feels more like April today-- cloud cover thinner and sun came out better-- light wind still from the south in that eddy effect

Outer winds still coming down from the northwest--- bringing nutrient rich waters alive with anchovy -- and kelps paddies

Should be a Grunion run tonight towards the 11 pm hour--- have fun!


Water temps- Mission Bay at Water Temperature (WTMP): 62.1 °F- Oceanside at Water Temperature (WTMP): San Pedro at 60.8 °F, Water Temperature (WTMP): 61.5 °F

Back room cleaning- reveals some older photos

Back in the day at Guadalupe Island and Bluefin Tunas aboard the C-Time - seconds before a out of control car slams into to all of them!


Cami and Tony with a Salmon and John Lloyd's photo with angler Anita Willinas aboard the Galaxy a 659 lbs Blue at the Cape

















------------- Tuesday April the 13th 2021---- Overcast and a bit on the gloomy side-- wind is light to fair from the south- 4-6 kts-- w/ a small wind chop to it--- seas ok -

Bait fishing smaller makerel were catchable but you had to work at it-- some chum helped -- otherwise Newports Bait receiver should be open?

Sportboats out of SD scoring on the Pacific Bluefin tunas the past few days-- Daytime bites on some smaller yo-yoed type jigs some fish on sinkerw/ sardines late afternoon evening hours good with the jigs--

The Shogun returned this AM from a 1.5 day trip with 10 bluefin, 1 at 190lbs and 9 at 100lbs plus, and 22 yellowtail for 23 passengers. The Outrider called in with 4 bluefin on the boat weighing about 100lbs, Seeing good signs of fish well within 1.5 day range. Other boats in the area are reporting good fishing

The Polaris Supreme returned from their 1.5 Day this morning with 16 Bluefin Tuna from 80-160lbs!

Great Marlin Race-News!-- -- Hello All, As most of you are aware, satellite tags sponsored in conjunction with the 2020 MABT didn’t get deployed in our local waters before the end of last year’s Striped marlin season. So the decision was made, in conjunction with tag sponsors, to deploy these tags off the Baja peninsula. On April 5, 2021, the first of six MABT-IGMR tags reported after 152 days at large. This tag sponsored by the Crean Foundation was deployed aboard Reel Time on November 4, 2020. The estimated 110 pound Stripey was caught on live bait using a circle hook after a 12 minute fight. The tag popped up approximately 715 nm SW of its tagging location (off Agua Fresca, Baja, Mexico). See the chart below for details on tagging (square) and pop up (triangle) locations. Congratulations to Andy Crean and the crew of Reel Time for their tagging success. More details to follow with complete migration tracks for this fish. There are still five tags at large. Each tag has been programmed for 240 days so we’re looking forward to more tagging results over the next 60-90 days. Stay tuned!!, Bob K. MABT-IGMR Event Coordinator


Quiet day on the water- mostly cloudy today-- water warming under the cloud cover canopy-- ultra violets get through and bounce back and forth under it--



Closed on Mondays --

--- Sunday April the 11 2021------ Morning clouds slowly starting to break up high clouds above- seas on the calmide with a swell from the southwest a little bump to it-- wind starting to move to the the west mid morning---

Some of the algae/ moss that's been growing in the bays and harbors is starting to break down-- mats of it flowing out with the tide-

Bay Fishing fair still but seems to be improving with sealife-- pelicans diving and terns picking off baitfish in those incoming tides-- dolphins too !

and coastal fishing -- fair at best--- a few more bass in the catches but not what we'd expect for the first of April--- bait that was out front of Newport and Huntington seemed to have moved on- sharks too-- - maybe south--

Grunion should run the middle of next week--

and an improving weather pattern for the week---

Good Luck-- JD


------ Sat. April the 10 2021------------Another nice day here in So California-- morning marine clouds gave way as that sun came through- light southwest wind turning to the west mid day- seas good on the inner waters-- still feels cool in the air next to the water. Tides moving strong

lots of folks out- everywhere!

Whoops-- Ker-splash-!! - it was gone-- rod and reel overboard --only the remaining swirling diminishing waters where it was-- - Took the skiff out for a row yesterday afternoon catching that incoming tide, the boat rode well with a fresh clean bottom and a lighted boat without all that added boat stuff---rowed to the back-bay bridge with a diving plug lure for only one small bass-- returning up tide was long healthy row--always wonder which was the best way to troll -either into the current or with it--caught fish both ways-- the up tide row was strikeless except lots of weeds that needed to be cleaned off the hooks- slowed down to talk to a couple of paddle boarders, when the splash caught my eye- Whoops-- gone-- overboard-rod and reel - that was a good strike ! Pulled the rod and reel right out of the boat! - I'd not put in the boats rod holders yet, just leaned it against the side of the boat with a cushion holding it in place- won't do that again! all I could do was laugh-- that was a really good strike - yanked it right out of the boat. guess I'll go back there this evening and drag around w/ some big hooks to see if I can retrieve it-- -

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 8 April 2021 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: A transition from La Niña to ENSO-Neutral is likely in the next month or so, with an 80% chance of ENSO-neutral during May-July 2021. La Niña continued during March, reflected by negative sea surface temperatures (SST) anomalies, which extended across much of the equatorial Pacific Ocean - Sub-surface ocean temperatures also weakened during the month, . Currently, negative subsurface temperature anomalies are present from the surface to approximately ~100m below the surface only in the eastern Pacific between 110°W and 80°W [Fig. . The suppression of tropical convection over the western and central Pacific persisted during March, a Overall, the trend in the coupled ocean-atmosphere system is consistent with a weakening La Niña. Most of the models predict a transition to ENSO-neutral during the Northern Hemisphere spring 2021 In summary, a transition from La Niña to ENSO-Neutral is likely in the next month or so, with an 80% chance of ENSO-neutral during May-July 2021


---- April the 9th Friday-- hey it's Friday again--- Morning light wind from the south adding to a small mix of seastate- one little skiff looks like they came in early- little to bumpy for them--

Another boat this morning--- 1/4 outside the harbor entrance ( Newport) just past those seals off the buoy-- we put them in--Rapala- sardine colored--- hadn't gone a hundred and wham ! a 60- 80lb thresher shark on the lure--- twisted off the lure at the boat---incoming tide---

Weather turns nice again with that filling afternoon tide--- and calming winds--sloppy and a bit bumpy this morning-- about the same tomorrow Sat morning--

Local fishing fair- good for the basses but not much else water temps holding at 60 degrees -- Not sure if the Bait Barge at Newport is selling bait yet---so you've got to make it yourself, try 70 90 feet of water either above or below the harbors entrance.

New Moon- Quakes and volcano eruptions--

Good Luck this weekend---


---------------- April the 8th 2021-------

Again a nice day---moring marine clouds slowly going away- light south wind 3-5 knts maybe stronger later today- seas look good -there's a 3-5 ft soft swell and a wind texture to it-- good visability- Days are getting longer now-- adding 2 minutes a day of sunlight - Good tidal swing this weekend morning and afternoon high-- should get a few seabass ot yellows active at the islands and here locally--

Spent a few minutes this morning walking the beach tossing Gulp sand worms to willing surf perch-- good way to start the day--


Another selection of reels that took wear over the past year-- He said they'c caught a lot of tunas and a quick check says he's right-- Bearings , drag replacments and handles to be repaired, it's a welcome to see the wear-- their must have been some good times with them--

Running about a week to two for service--- if your tackle need service -- keep that in mind-- Parts to be ordered can run short these days-- glad to help-- JD


Local party boats still targeting the bottom stuff- 1/2 Day Western Pride 46 Coastal 1 Sheephead, 132 Sculpin, 1 Calico Bass, 1 Rockfish--- Overnight Thunderbird 22 Catalina Island 110 Rockfish, 110 Red Snapper, 1 Lingcod, 23 Whitefish

This Weekends San Clemente Island Pyrimid Cove looks to be open on Sat but Sunday it's hot from 9 am till 7 pm


Weather stayed great all day-- Inner waters looks good for the weekend-- some morning south breeze but should back off by noon--

Good Luck-- JD

---------- Wed's Report April 7th 2021 ----------

Good Morning-- seas were calm maybe a slight wind ripple on it- wind 2 kts South/southeast - nice

Several boats out of the harbor this morning most of them headed up the beach--- catalina another destination

Bait Barge wasn't there this morning--?

This coming weekends the inner waters look OK but the outer waters backside of Catalina/ Clemente and northwards to above the Channel Islands it'll be blowing with a building west swell pushing southwards.

With the winds and heavy seas breaking against the outer islands, breaking loose and uprooting Kelp strands which eventually make their way southwards drifting to the outside of Clemente and with the eddy effect this Spring and Summer months those paddy's will be home for the advancing yellowtail which will move into the waters

An overview of the waters temps 55- 65 degrees from above Catalina to south of the border below Colenet that shows a warming trend --the waters off the Oceanside area warmest - Why? the graft on the right showing how its steadily risen since the 24 of last month

Speculations leads one to think does the warm water upwell there?- not likely but it might with the La Jolla Canyon there?-- another thought-- the warm land breeze coming off the interior's coastline every evening calms and warms the water each day-

Salmon fishing reported good-with many boats with limits - Waters are cold at 48.2 off Morro Bay and and Avlia Beach-- pockets of offcolor water and clear water with the Salmon in the off colored stuff - Watermelon Apex lures reported to do well --


----------- Tuesdays April the 6th 2021----- Morning light overcast-- sun starting to show through mid morning- Seas ok w/ a swell from the west , light southwest wind. Water temps improving- -- ! above the 60 degree mark-- 61.5 above Newport today--- even warmer further south--Bait showing up better---

Calico and Sandbass reacting to the warmer water with many in the 2- 3lb range and the sand bass 4-6 lbs--

AIS gives us the locations of the Polaris Supreme out chasing those Bluefin this morning--- still below and outside Ensenada 31° 26' 23.208" N and 117° 13' 7.32" W

Newport's Bait receiver is back in oporation--- thanks---

Tides starting to have greater movement and the moon darkens and ocean currents becoming more concentrated today as Spring and ocean currents develop-- strong up-hill current against the inside of Catalina Island-- and strong downhill against the coastline Huntington Beach area--

Good local bass fishing today-- maybe 1/2 on plastics - fun fishing--- moring's swell went down and a light westerly for the afternoon--- water warming - all looks good--

One of these days May Gray and June Gloom will be here--


-- Closed on Mondays-----

- Easter Sunday--- God Bless Everyone !

Patchy blue above- light marine clouds towards the sea. wind light from the south 2-4 kts seas good- Enjoy the day- ---

Party boats out of SD found schools of those 30- 50+ Pacific Bluefin Tuna yesterday -most of the fish caught were on flatfall or colt snipers type jigs sent down or casts to the fish while the school was up or under the boat deeper 100 ft or so a fe fish on sinker and sardines fished deep -- I think high boat had 30-35 fish for the day- 2- 5 fish per stop - below and outside Ensenada 40 miles-

Heck of a Basketball game last night-- good game for all -


Finished the final sanding of the last side of the eight split cane bamboo today-- five of them destined for 9 thread rods another 3 for the 6 thread category-- dozens of razor blades used , another dozen or more sheets of 200 and then 400 grit sand paper cut into strips fitting the sanding block- and a lot of elbow grease ---they're smooth and straight now---

Next is sizing cut to fit within the clubs regulations lengths then a deep soaking in spar varnish to be pulled out of if very slow for a smooth finish, drying time to a hard finish, then another series of 600 wet sanding each and another varnish dipping then drying , and then for fitting for handles and hardware- before any guide wrapping can be down--



Happy Easter--




------------ Sat - April the 3rd 2021 or --- 4 -3- 21 ----

Nice day light marine haze seaward-- wind light from the west 3 4 kts-- building west-- seas good mixed small swell --- feels a little cool when your near the waterline-- water temps remaining on the cold side-- under 60 degrees


AM Radio fish talk show this morning spoke of the Polaris Supreme the sportboat out of SD having a few Bluefin catches this morning ---30-40 lb fish with other schools of fish seen--- AIS shows them just below the 238 and 270 fathom spots S/W of Ensenada aprox 40 45 miles


Staying true to the previous weeks-- that westerly blew up in the mid afternoon towards dark-- Some sheep out there today -- and the sealife of dolphins and bait seemed to go away---

Party boats fishing below the border-- Coronado Island scoring on the good sizes 20+ yellows and reports of more squid moving into the Channel Islands up north-- from there we should see more developing and a slow migration of the seabass moving south to our waters-- May looks good---



-- Good Friday-- it's that wonderful day of the week Friday April the 2 2021--- Hazy blue inland- marine clouds seaward, Fair to strong Southeasterly wind this morning good morning Eddie - sloppy seas but travelable several boats headed to the island for the weekend-- Clemente I think is closed for most of the day--

Report from Kenny out doing a light sea trial says along that 100 fathom line outside the Huntington flats lots of sealife, birds, bait, dolphins-- the southeast wind pushing the surface current at 0.105 kts Dir: 338.20° from N-- ( uphill)


Local sportboats fish count-- mostly bottom stuff---

4/2/21 Western Pride 44 AM 1/2 Day 20 Rockfish, 10 Red Snapper, 2 Whitefish, 58 Sculpin, 1 Calico Bass, 5 Sanddabs

4/2/21 Western Pride 33 PM 1/2 Day 105 Sculpin, 1 Rock Sole

4/1/21 Thunderbird 16 Overnight 80 Rockfish, 80 Red Snapper, 170 Whitefish

4/1/21 Freelance 44 3/4 Day 118 Rockfish, 2 Sheephead, 3 Sculpin, 215 Whitefish

This weekend you might target a few of those art reefs structures spots along the Huntington Flats inside 60- 80 ft, Sand Bass- and with the increased bait schools it should be good---

have a great weekend---

watch out for Fog!--

-Happy Easter! -


---------- Tropical Thursday- April the 1st- 2021 -----Fools Day -- and they're a lot of them out there!

Tropical clouds and humidity today - a welcome relief from the windy cold bitter days of winter--- Should be a great sunset this afternoon--

Best I've seen in a long while--Nick owner of East meets West Excursions, Whale watching out of Newport says the ocean seemed to come alive this morning-- 10 miles of dolphins and bait balls of anchovies-- bird piles and bait everywhere--- Waters unbelievable clean and not much sign of that red tide--- from Newport Canyon seaward was alive with the chovies and the dolphins feeding


Young man off the boat Santana-- down in Cabo-- tells me of very good Swordfish catches these past few weeks-- While the boats were out on the offcolored green water/squid grounds glassing around for the Stripers to come up -- up pops the swords- 150 lb size fish-- and they were biting the cast baits to them- smacking a green backed mackerel on the deck before baiting it- resulted un a disoriented baitfish -- - guess the swordfish find the appealing?

Mid day a westerly developed not bad but enought tokeep the head down--

A few more halibut in the bay today ( small) and small leopard sharks too!


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 ten, 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.


--------- Wed's March the 31- 2021 ---Clear blue above, some light marine haze/ fog towards Catalina--- seas good, light west wind at 2-3 kts--- reports of some giant squid off San Clemente- The Thunderbird was fishing there this morning we'll get the reports later--

Good radio reception today-- Pukey Point couple of guys fishing dropping iron for nothing-- couple of bottom fish so far--

Charley H having fun with the yellowtail at the Coronado’



------- Tuesdays March the 30 2021--

Another nice Spring day here in So Calif. light south wind with a light marine clouds seawards--- seas good-- Red Tide moved in from the north--




Spent the day yesterday working on the boat--- hauled her up on the sand during the morning's High tide, beached with a couple of wooded beams under her-- tide went out , dug out the remanding sand, scrubbed and panted the bottom, with the sides and top deck also getting a fresh coat of paint-- tide up again late last night-- floated free and back on mooring-- almost ready to fish again--arms are tired!





A quick look at the local water temps from 55 to 62 degrees and the Chlorophyll chart showing the upwelled red tide water along the beaches -














and the tip of Baja--












----- Sunday -- March 28th 2021-- the month going out like a lion---- Warm sunshine and light wind from the west-- nice day-- big tides these days--- Full moon tomorrow night- tides drainage out at 2 -1/2 knts-- float tubers not making much headway against it in the bay waters---

An 1 -1/2 day Sportboat out of SD headed south in search of those Bluefin Tunas were rewarded with a few fish-- I think 8 or 9-10 fish caught 60- 80lb fish mostly with sardines sunk deeper with sinkers, one baitfish on the surface--

Another report say Albacore were commercially being caught 750 miles S/W of SD which was said to be further southwards then the recent years--

Good day for basketball-- the fishing was only fair for most-- water at best 58 degrees bottom fish fair you really had to pay attentions to the fish finder and work the edges of the drop offs

Wind came up mid day-- stayed fair for the afternoon-- some bump and splash coming back from the island

Red tide developing again north of newport==

Sat March the 27 2021- Nice day!--- Suns out and not too much wind-- water's still cold though--- those fish are still in a little shock for a while, let them adjust to the water and it should improve--they are cold blooded - ( the tunas and swords do have some sort of inner heating to them )

Working on tackle, reels over the years you run across folks who-- for a easy way of saying it-- they just don't belong to the fishing world--- lack of knowledge and respect for the sea- or it's tools which we play with--- fellow asked if I could fix his reels for him-- the didn't work right-- I'm not sure what or how he's gotten that much corrosion in them- they're not that old of reels but there were caked solid with salt corrosion and rust-- nope-- won't work on them-- not worth it-- !

What a nice day--- Out in the sunshine were folks enjoying the day-- the bay-- out front of the shop was a regular parade of all sorts of watercraft, some really glitzy 50ft party boats-- small skiffs, inflatable's float tubers and just about anything in between-- and everyone seeming to have a good time--- bless em'. bay fishing reported to only be only fair with the exception of Stingrays which have been non-existing over the past few months have moved in big time-- nasty little things,

Yellowtail fishing below the border still good and with the improving weather should be good for quite a while-- hit and miss fishing , be months before they move up here--

----- Friday the 26th of March-- 2021---------

Friday a day to get things done before the weekends activities-- Weather look better and a warming trend is needed--

Fishing the bays and harbors a little tough these days as most of the fish hide near the bottom near some sort of structure- bass, halibuts etc, the bottoms covered with an growth dark green algae moss- it'll break down soon and drift away, maybe this strong tide movement this weekend will help-- Grunion run the nights after the Full--or bass- or halibut-- or seabass- or some sunshine-- good luck-JD



------- Thursdays Report -- March 25 2021------

Cooler and wind from the south -a gusty 12-15 kts-- seas bumpy with wind chop against a west swell-- not pleasant-

Not much happening on the waterfront today-- a few sailors went out-- couple larger boats later in the afternoon-- wind turned west and stayed steady 12kts-- Tides are building this weekend---

Good luck-JD

------------------------ Wed- 3/24/21 ------------

Sunny and a mild Santa Ana Wind-- Who what a change in weather- Ocean looks good from the beach- laid dow - probably a lump remaining but she looks good enough to go deep dropping for swordfish-- they like these mild Santa Ana highs--

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 3 in the Monterey management area, from Pigeon Point (37° 11’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border, with a minimum size limit of 24 inches. All other areas of the California coast will remain closed until further notice .Recreational Ocean Salmon Regulations --General Sport Regulations Daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except coho (silver) salmon. . Retention of coho (silver) 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 in 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. ..what'd he say?

<-- This weeks water temps--


Westerly picked up again-- 12 Kts+ early afternoon- pushing 20 late in the aftenoon--

quiet on the radio today--

Better luck tomorrow--





------------------- Tuesdays March the 23 2021-----------

Blue sky- nice a few coastal clouds / haze seaward- Lumpy seas this morning-- from the west , no wind on it yet forecasters show it to pick up this afternoon-- waters cleaned up better-- no red tide above Newport-- it's been pushed further south-- 56-57 degrees-

Morning anglers finding a few sand bass off the structured spots above Newport and the Huntington Flats area-- Cattleboats targeting the bottom stuff out by the outer rigs--

Wind picking up mid day--- Swell on on the flats---6-8 10fters - when that wind got on it-- time to get out of there--

Springtime Salmon----???

W8ind backes off towars sunset-- leaving a large lumpy sea-

maybe a early moring shot friday morning for a quick fishing trip-


Closed on Mondays---

--------- March the 21--2021--- Spring Time ! Blue sky mixed with a light marine cloud towards the sea and a fair south wind at 5-8+ kts small windchop--

Red tide -- maybe only the top 5 feet or more south of the harbor-- mackeral under it--- going north above the harbor, water starts to clean up to a green clean green-- temps 56-58 in the afternoon- slow fishing

This morning's AM fish talk radio show's guest was Art Taylor from the Searcher Sportfishing, I've only fish the boat once, to capture some healthy broad stock White Sea Bass for the Hatchery program at Carlsbad- A dozen or more representives from the fishing industry were invited. Cast after cast w/ squid were made to a line of milky green water in a small cove off the backside of Catalina. Art put us on a school of nice 12- 20 lb fish willing to bite-- anglers scoring fish- one there, another one there-- competition to see who could catch the most was reward with a Jackpot prize of Two Nights at the Ritz Carlton Hotel/ Salt Creek area-- Sweet--- Fluorocarbon leader having just being introduced weeks proved itself. The bite slowed down mid morning-- several of us had two or three fish apiece, when that sun came out-- the bite died, except for one angler , cast after cast with fresh bait took the bites-- another three fish while the others just watched-- Art-- on the tank, asked what's the difference-- I showed him the new leader material and Billy's tip- red hook and a white egg sinker-! they worked! --


With the cooler water temps this early Spring-- a look at last years water temps-- same time - noted that 55 degree water off Central California is is further southwards by 100 miles or more, same as the 65 degree off Baja that last year was near Turtle Bay/ Cedros- this year down towards Mag Bay-- another 100 miles+ further south-and allot more upwelled water along northern Baja-- - it'll take another month to warm up

----- 2020------------------------------------- ---------------------------2021 ------------















-------- Saturday-- March the 20 21 -------- Nice day with a few morning clouds still there--- waters still cool as is the air-seas ok -- rolly swell no wind on it yet-- due for a westerly this afternoon- - Bay waters looks to have another blossom of algae and moss growing this week, as that sun got on it this week-

Only a few whales so far this season-- couple off Pt Firmin this afternoon--


--3/19/21----- Friday--- yup it Friday again--- Best day of the month so far--- light morning coolness left early as the sun rose-- wind from the south/southwest 3- 4 kts--- due to blow stronger west this afternoon--- seas good -small swell- would be a good mornings outing

Tides are flat--- almost no movements at all

Made three cast this morning off the dock-- no bites-quit- lure must be no good !


Scrolling through facebook this afternoon- up pops this photo of the Boys from Cabo-- First liar didn't stand a chance in their fish stories--

Cami, Larry, Kyle, Mouse and Vince


Coastal clouds /fog moven in towards the afternoon hours-- cold water warming inland- May Gray?

Good luck this weekend- couple of deep water spots inside the Rigs for sculpin and Rock Cods--

Rock Cod Sculpin spot inside the rigs 33° 34' 29.136" N, 117° 59' 48.48" W or 33° 34' 32.736" N, 117° 59' 49.2"and 33° 34' 42.564" N, 117° 57' 51.12" 33° 34' 23.232" N, 118° 8' 25.8"




----------- Thursdays Report March the 18 2021 -------

A few morning clouds, and a light marine haze--- seas look good, horizon line and Catalina Island muted by those marine clouds, water temps still cold-- good news is there's schools of bait swimming around in the harbor and along the coastline-- small anchovies they look like

First Day of Spring is this weekend--- almost equal amounts of sunlight and night throughout the world!

Price of fuel these days is going up--- over $4.00 a gal for diesel now-- looking ahead--forecasters are cautious but $5.00 a gal expected and fear at $6 or even $7 a gal by mid summer---! Yikes



Good friend to the fishing community- Rob Thompson owner of the Tuna Mas-- Rob had passed away earlier this year, a Celebration of his Life will be held at the Balboa Yacht Club this coming Saturday 1- 2 pm-- Rob took to the sea for it's enjoyment and comfort - I think the fish were second in mind-- He'll be missed-- JD




------ Wed's March the 17th Happy St Paddys Day--- if you feel frisky wear red today!----

Pretty day-- Warming inland with the sun- coastal beaches still cool with the water temps holding 55 degrees- airs cool too- light West/ southest Wind 3 5 kts-- seas good--- `

Moderate to fresh NW to N winds over the waters north of 20N including the Gulf of California will diminish tonight, and 6-9 ft seas in the area will subside by tonight. Mainly gentle winds are occurring off the west coast of mainland Mexico south of 20N. Another cold front with increasing winds and a set of large NW swell may impact the waters west of Baja California during the upcoming weekend.

All Green Lures 50% off!!!! call for details! JD

Cool day on the waterfront--- westerly picked up a bit --red tide developing off Huntington Beach this morning

not much of a tide exchange today of for the next few days--

went home early-- sore feet!

------ Tuesdays March the 16th 2021------

Cold morning after that wind and rain storm from yesterday---- canvas workers will be keeping busy for a while--- mostly blue above-- oceanwise laying down a light south wind putting a wrinkle on the water otherwise good traveling-- water temps did drop-- National Buoy systems not working right now-- but the water feels cooler--54 this morning early-- warming to 56 mid morning hours- Looks like some Red Tide developing up on the flats- ( does that after a strong wind event upwells on those shallow waters-- last time the Red Crabs appeared-- Stand by--

Weather turned well in the afternoon-- lots of small fry anchovies against the coastline this morning- 2- 3 inch stuff- birds all over the place--- there's a good solid temp break 1/2 to 2 miles off the beach goes from dirty green/ red tide to a clean green--should bee some sealife along that break

Halibuts were again biting 100 ft depth-- -

Closed on Mondays---

Sunday March the 14 th 2021---- Gray morning hours, the sun peaking throught mid morning-- the ocean looks gray -Catalina lost in the gray marine clouds, wind very light as that sun breaks throught from the south-- seas OK some swell - due to build up this evening--

lots of boats out today--


In my spare time--- Keeping up with the Bamboo blanks - they each need a lot more sanding and shaping before varnish can be applied. 9 thread and 6 thread blanks-

Couple of boys came in they had done fair on the local bottom fish-- not a whole lot of rock cods spots here out of newport-- I hear making good sized bait- mackerel;s was tough for the WSB more of 5 -6 inch green back mackerel that larger sizes-- good news was there was better meter marks on the bottom-- Red Crabs? squid.

Sanding and shaping the blanks with a sanding block--- each side with 220 grit, then 400 grit, then 600 before varnishing, sanding again and re varnishing a second and maybe a third time

Better luck after this wind and rain passes by on Monday-- JD



----------- Sat March the 13 2021--------------

Nice morning-- still a bit on the cool side but nice-- blue hazy sky a few clouds about - seas, Fair with a slight swell and S/ wind wrinkle to them-- Quite a few boats out moving today--- Price of Fuel ( Diesel) these days over the $4.10 mark--- when asked about the future prices of diesel this coming Summer-- $5.00 a Gal not unthinkable and the fear at $6 a gal-- Yikes!--- that'll slow down some of the marlin and tuna trolling efforts----

Strong to near gale- force winds are expected near Cabo Corrientes tonight, as high pressure builds southeast toward the area. Gentle to moderate winds will prevail elsewhere over the offshore waters west of southern Mexico. A weakening cold front may approach waters offshore Baja California Norte Mon night

Working a a Penn Fathom reel today--simple re- lubrication to bearings and drags-- - one of the things that Penn has accomplished is building these Fathom reels-- - giant carbon fiber drags and plate, gears are made well and overall a very good reel for their price, simple slot head screws that on any boat in the world they can be taken apart and repaired - thanks Penn


--- Afternoon building clouds---- ??--

Bottom fishing at Clemente was reported good - 5 fish limits on a single species of ten fish total limit per angler


------- Friday--- It's Friday again---- March the 12 2021 -

Nice morning- yet a cool south breeze and wonderful clouds all around- maybe the sunset will be good too- not much of a swell 2- 3 ft and relatively calm sea-- some wind ripple from the south along with the cool wind--

After forty + years on the carpet covered cement flooring here in the store, the feet needed some rest-- walked the beach this morning in that soft wet sand-- good for the soul too --



Good Luck this weekend--- you'll need i!



-- Thursday--March 11 2021---- rain went away leaving a few clouds and blue above, ocean looks gook after the wind and rain of yesterday-- short period swell but no wind on it-- wind calm so far-- water holding at 57-58 degrees. Tide waters draining out the harbor adding by the rain runoff-- lots of small fry in the edges of the current.

Going Back to Normal!!! --- EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION 11 March 2021 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: There is a ~60% chance of a transition from La Niña to ENSO-Neutral during the Northern Hemisphere spring 2021 (April-June). La Niña continued during February, reflected by below-average sea surface temperatures (SST) anomalies, which extended from the western to east-central Pacific Ocean . The below-average SSTs were linked to negative subsurface temperature anomalies which weakened noticeably during the month. Overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system is consistent with a weak or decaying La Niña. Most of the models in the IRI/CPC plume predict a transition to ENSO-neutral during the Northern Hemisphere spring 2021 The forecaster consensus agrees with this transition and then predicts a continuation of ENSO-neutral at least through the Northern Hemisphere summer. In summary, there is a ~60% chance of a transition from La Niña to ENSO-Neutral during the Northern Hemisphere spring 2021

That green algae moss growing in the harbors , bays and bottoms of boats looks to be breaking down a bit-- strands and bunches of it have broken loose and are drifting in the tide

Not much on the radio today-- except a couple of radio checks----- " Radio check, - radio check--anyone picking me up -??? -- by the time you get to answer the radio the scan mode has allready passed on------ if you want a radio check-- say what channel your on!


----- Wed's March the 10 the month is marching right along--before you know it it'll be Spring/ Summer--- it's coming but I think it will be a little late in developing-- we'll see- -

Breif showeres last night this morings broking blue sky dominated by that west fast moving dark grak sky fore telling rain-

Small Craft Warnings today---

Today reel repair and continued to work on that Ocean City Reel-- restoring to to be used again--

Better weather forecasted for the upcoming weekend-- Good Luck--

----- Tuesdays Report March 9th ---------

Cool westerly winds and a scattering of clouds, due to increase as the days goes on--- wind 12- 15 kts seas are bumpy and discolored- Small Craft warning today---Tides building at the week progresses -

Bookkeeping day and more reels and rods to work on--- good cold day projects--

Got the IRS, Franchise Tax, Bank Statements, Invoices, Quickbooks taken care of and sold a few hats today !--

And began reassembling a Ocean City Big Game #603 into a Nep-tuna cradle frame, 1950 era

Cool old setup- the Nep-Tuna reel seat cradle center- balances the reel-

Pinion gear frozen onto main shaft- Drags to be replaced and general cleaning needed-


----- Sunday---March 7 th forbearance to the May Gray?, marine layer this morning and those late afternoon marine clouds that form-- wind light this morning from the south-- still a swell rolling through from the west --


Whale watchers reports seeing lots of Baitballs up--- and lots of birds working--- off Salt Creek 3 4 miles---11:06 - right at the turn of the tides -- No Humpbacks spotted yet-- but with all that bait around so will they .

Well-- it was a long day-- with not much happening-- stayed overcast cool all day--- no sun-- south wind for most of the day-- and a swell to boot-- Local fishing--- only fair with not much caught , that was there current uphill and conditions looked ok but very few bites--

Tomorrows another day--

--- Sat March the 6 2021---- Building clouds and a strong wind from the south-- wind chop along with it-- seas ok but bumpy-

Good day for working on reels- rods and general hat sales!

Mid- day the weather started to back off-- and due to swing west--- lots of folks out enjoying the day-- Most of the artificial reefs or structure spots off Huntington flats should hold sand bass- outer shelf towards the Rigs-- Sand Dabs, Sculpin, bank perch and deeper 300+ the cods good luck remember only two hooks allowed for the rock cod fishing--

That south wind did turn and with that west swell made it sloppy-- tomorrows another day--

There were a few / couple of Gray Whales working their way south, tight to the beach and a couple of Humpbacks reported out of dana, along with lots of dolphins-- good sigh on baitfish showing up

--- Friday-- Hey it's Friday again--- and the weekend is at hand---

Hazy blue and a west wind this morning--- wind fair at 10 + kts--- cooling water holding at 57- 59 degrees--- It's still winter--

Work continues today on the reels with another set Penn International golds, a Trinidad and a Newell reel that needs service-- line replaced, bearing and drags and relubed,

Wind came up--- mid day and chased the boats back into the harbors--- spoke to a couple of guys who had fished the Rock Cods this morning--- got a few but not great fishing but a nice day on the water till it blew up-- also they caught a small halibut--


Another boat stuck it's nose out the harbor this afternoon-- two minutes and they turned tail--- bumpy outside---


--------- Thursday-- March the 3rd 2021--- ------------

Suns out- nice weather for the day--- wind light to fair from the south 4- 6 kts-- - a little cool-- Seas are good-- Moons half, going dark-

Going rock cod fishing this weekend ?/-- San Clemente Island is open Frid Sat and Sunday------San Clemente Island Security-- http://www.scisland.org/

New Zealand- Quake this morning--- no Tsunami

More reel and rod work today--- such a nice day you'd think there'd be a dozen boats out---but the radio is silent and only a few boats stopping at the fuel dock out front--- some sailors but they don't count--


Just received in a couple of the long awaited Shimano Twin Power 14000 SW Spinning reels--- matched to their 8'3" Orca Ocean Plugger Spinning rod and 50/60lb braid w/ 80 lb Fluoro Carbon leader and a casting plug--- and your set for fun, easy cast of 50 -75 yards to those foaming tunas this season--- Have fun! JD

Only --- $1200 !!

- Wed March the 3rd 2021 cool and windy-- from the South fair to strong 10-15+ kts

Seas sloppy and choppy- Small craft today--- water temps 56- to 58 degrees!

Rainy and cool-- what boat were out-- came in early

Clearing south wind- brisk after the breif rain shower--- should be a good sunset--

Spent the day working on tackle--- reels repaired, new lines, guides replaced on some rods and more reels to repair--

tomorrows another day--and warmer too!


--------- Tuesdays March the 2nd 2021------------

Cool and crisp this AM-- blue sky and a few wispy overhead clouds-- wind light to fair 2 5 kts from the south-- seas calm ,light wind chop-

Tide movements still strong till the latter part of the week--

Rock Cod fishing now open being one of the staples for the party boat fleet-- Squid boats at Catalina Island / Palisades and Clemente Island in the "Cove" making bait--

Looked like a nice day on the water-- rock cod fishin reported good for the asst of colors and variety-- caution on keeping the Cow Cods---the others you can eat--- one of the reasons deep water fish taste so good is as they rise to the lesser surface pressure, likewise to their tissue it also expands- tenderizing it-- yumm--

- Closed on Mondays---

Sunday Feb the 28th 2021--- and the month slips away into the past--- Now-- “March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb” means that March starts off with cold winters and ends with warmer, spring weather. Because March straddles the winter/spring line, this is the perfect idiom to describe the weather during this month.

Strong Northeast swung to East now South/ southeast wind this morning--- wind chop and a some bump-- forecasted to back off this afternoon---

AM radio this morning -- caller said after just having come back from the exploratory run looking for those bigger Bluefin off San Quinten /Colonet ---said they'd seem many of them but sorry no bites-- the good news was the offshore kelp paddies held lots of 12- 20+ yellowtails , there must have been a good spawn of them 5 years ago

California Yellowtail spawn every year between the winter months of December and January the female may release up to 150 eggs; however, approximately 100 eggs are fertilized at a time- -Development Fertilized eggs develop into planktotrophic larvae, and eventually into juvenile fish.. During their first year, California yellowtail average 50.8 centimeters ( 20 inches) in length and 1.75 kilograms ( 3 1/2 lbs) ; while at 5 years old, they average 83.82 centimeters ( 32 inches) in length and 7.25 kilograms ( 15 lbs) ; and at 10 years old, they average 111.76 centimeters in length ( 44 inches) and 16 kilograms ( 35 lbs) .

Angles Spring game today--- AM 830 radio

Whether big or little-- finding that " right " lure can make all the difference in a catch on not--- a call from Greg-- from Mexico Cabo-- fishing the Pacific side this morning-- shoreline trolling for the Sierra-- he had several lures out- = Yo-Zuir Crystal Minnow sardine did the trick- 5 to one ! ----- ---- Coincidentally a half hour later his wife walks in the door-- saying she had just received a Text from Greg with a photo of his catch-- saying he'd was having a good time there etc.---- his wife, says-- and He called you First before Me!

--- Sat Feb the 27 2021 --------

Light to fair wind from the south/southeast 7-8 10 + kts- - seas are bumpy with the wind chop-

Tides full and empining today--

Boat that were headed to Catalina looking for Live Squid, the yellows and the basses--- watch out for that Santa Ana Wind to show up Sunday middle of the night--

So far ---maybe it's just the radio reception but no tuna chatter on the radio --

Radio remained on the quiet side today-- whether weather related or I just didn't hear it-- weather held ok for the day-- and there were lots of boaters out---

Feb 26 2021 Friday and a nice warm day too-- light west/south wind 2-3 knts seas calm-- several boats out early for the weekend

Radio Chatter has a couple boats below the border chasing tunas!!

------ They looked good sized fish --popping up her and there-- went down for now-- we've got the poppers and snipers ready-- you over by that cruise ship-- I see ya now we're just west of the 302--- 10:14am

We saw them come up once-- now we don't see any bird-you seeing anything - right on--you right in front of us--- we're west of the cruse ship there's a group of three boats here-- 10:34

We just really had a good shot at em'-- really good school got a couple of baits to em' but no bites-- How's that Bluefin in February-- we're just going to put around here--- 10:40

another bird school, soem splashing-- popping up again we're headed west and north there's spots popping up all over the place-10:57

Another golden opportunity-- threw surface irons on them couldn't get them to go--

just had anothe shot at em', casting poppere righ into to them-- we're going o drag cader plurs 100 yards behind and go around themm see waht happens--

we just had two bites-- surface iron-- both broke off!-- 11:59

- We just got one--- we got two so far-- around 35lbs--

-- Thursday's Report - Feb 25 2021----------

Hazy sky with dust and marine haze-- Catalina's silhouette barely seen over the horizon line-- Ocean looks a little bumpy --greenish tinge to it.

IGFA clarifications on the use of Electric reels for deep Dropping catches-- IGFA Adopts New Language for Electric Reels

PREVIOUS RULE 2. Power- driven reels of any kind are prohibited. This includes motor, hydraulic, or electrically driven reels, and any device that gives the angler an unfair advantage in fighting the fish.

NEW RULE – Effective Immediately 2. Power- driven reels are acceptable under the following situation and configuration. a) Reels that have power accessories (e.g., electric drill attachments, motors or other power accessories specifically designed for a reel) that can be physically removed from the reel may be used strictly for the purpose of retrieving a deployed bait or lure at depth all the way to the boat. b) Power accessories may only be used to retrieve a bait or lure completely to the boat and are not permitted for adjusting the position of a bait or lure in the water column. Once a power accessory is attached to the reel, the bait or lure may no longer be legally used to catch a fish and the bait or lure must be retrieved all the way to the boat for manual redeployment before it may be legally used to hook or catch a fish. Power accessories may not be attached to the reel during the deployment of a bait or lure. c) Power accessories must be physically removed from the reel before the act of hooking and/or fighting a fish. Any fish that strikes a bait or lure being fished with a reel with power accessories still attached- whether or not under electric operation- will not be eligible for record consideration. d) Electric reels that do not have removable electronic components that allow them to be completely manually driven are prohibited.


---------- Wed's Report Feb 24 2021----------

VHF radio's weather channel states Avalon Harbor not a safe anchorage tonight cautioning mariners not to take port there tonight due to increasing Santa Ana Winds forecasted--- backs off Friday otherwise nice today--- wind light so far from the south- seas good ,once in a while a swell -light wind chop from the south--- good movement from the tides today--

Dropped off my grandson at Newport Elementary school- this morning-- took a short ride down towards the Wedge and spent the better pat of two hours walking the beach tossing gulp sandworms to small surfperch-- good environment--

Overall a nice day--- severl boys in a small skiff- out the harbor for some bass- and fun!

not much on the radio today--

Tom's out Bluefin fishin"

------ Tuesday-- Bluebird weather--- blue sky- calm winds, no swell, 70 degreees not bad for the middle of winter---

Tides building

With the nice weather the Bass, Sand and Calico bass fishig has improved--- still structure fishing best but they be moving around a bit more---

Local Party bost still targeting their spaple now--- counts from tne past three days---2/22/21 Western Pride 3/4 day ( Catalina) 155 Sculpin, 5 Blue Perch, 12 Bonito

Western Pride AM 1/2 day 82 Sculpin, 5 Sand Bass, 1 Octopus (Released)

Western Pride PM 1/2 day 52 Sculpin, 32 Sanddabs, 1 Octopus (Released)

Nice afternoon- closed up early and took the dog for a row in the bay--

--------------------- 2-21-21 -------------- Sunday--Closed on Mondays --Went golfing, second time in 30+ years-- missed a hole in one by six strokes! -

Blue sky and some wind in the air--- fresh from the south-- wind doesn't know which way to blow from these days-- sea's ok, some wind chop with it-

Sunday boaters out- lots of boaters out--- fishing fair--- weather had turned over a bit and cooled up - upwelled water might have brought up those red Crabs-- What we don't need are those Humbolt Squids to show up again--- they're due?

Weather forecast shows a good week- then a cool down the beginning of the following week-- Roc Cod opener March 1st

Given the break in the wind-- we should see a rebound of those yellows and sea bass at Catalina and maybe a better show on the sea bass here on the beach

It's still winter-- but give it a month--


-------------------Sat 2- 20 -2021 ---------Nice morning-- blue sky with a few clouds, light south wind--- forecasted to blow up westerly-- we'll see-- light wind ripple on a fair sea so far--

Reported there were squid showing up south of Dana Point/ near the border check zone/ the old "Barn" if I remember correctly was a good area for them , also some reported up here off HB flats/ Long Beach/


Just finished up working on a 24 thread Bamboo rod-- bright orange color wraps and chromed hardware w reinforced wooden butt .


She blew up big time-- started out a light south-- freshened to 10-12 southwest, calmed for a moment then a strong 20-25 + westerly knocking over smaller sailboats and canvas went a flying--

Spent most of the day making sawdust, scraping down the outer shell of the bamboo blanks-- to reveal the grain and start the shaping -


------ Friday-- friday again Feb the 19th 2021 ------

blue sky cool and dry air-- a few high lofty clouds- windlight from the south seas calming-

A Diurnal Tide today--- ( only one high and low tide for the day ) and tomorrow too-


Nice day for February

- Boats fishing locally reported good bass fishing-- even with the good quaintly of baits showing most of the fish came on plastics---

Reported, squid being caught off the Huntington flats, with sea bass on the squid nest-- - water temps early morning at 57 degrees up towards 59 as the afternoon hours held back the wind-- good downhill current too ,

Maybe fog tomorrow??

Reported that the Pacific Bluefin quota for Mexico was reached Jan the 16 or 17th-- not sure about the US, and there's still a volume of those tunas off Colenett ranging from 30 to 300 lbs scattered seawards out from there-- and on the Cortez Bank commercial lobster fisherman reported seeing smaller 20-30 bluefins there too- We're still in the protected rock cod grounds-- the first of next month it opens up and there will be opportunity for rockfish, bluefin and probable a few yellowtail too-


------- Thursday Feb the 18 2021------- clear and windy and warming-

Mild Santa Ana winds and warming conditions-- seas ok- with a mixed of seastate-- light wind chop

Made three cast off the dock this morning-- one bite, missed it-- might have been that Grebe swimming around near the area?-- they fight good!

Another quiet day here at the office-- yet time to work on the bamboo blanks-- it takes a while for each blank-- each of the six sides becomes a backbone to the blank, some naturally are stronger than others, finding the straightest and best flex with some early rough shaping to alter and better the flex is first to be done. .

west wind for the better half of the day-- a bit bumpy and soem wind shop

Bay fishin OK for a couple guys-- said he's started here in the bay at 5 am-- !


--- Feb 17 2021 -- Wed- hump day-- blue hazy sky seaward , south wind 5-7 kts light wind chop to it small / med west swell - nice day

Tide's mellowing out-- moon starting to fill up, old indian saying as that winter moon tilts and fills up rain will fall-- forecasters say not for 10 days though

That light freshwater rain of last week and a little more sunlight and a bit more warming and it's triggered a growth of plankton, algae that's developing along the coastlines bays and harbors

A break in projects today-- worked on one reel, got it corrected and then on to a longed project of working , building a half dozen bamboo rods. Several weeks ago I received a shipment of raw split cane blanks, it takes 4- 6 months to finally get them ready for guide wraps. For now it's razorblade scraping, stripping off the outer rough shell and basically shaping the blanks, smoothing out comes from the sanding, then varnish, sand, varnish, sand, varnish then fitting reel seats add handles, the guides wraps- one step at a time- and it's time to start now-


------- Tuesdays Feb the 16 th 2021- just a little over 11 hours of sunlight today getting longer each day by two minute a day-- hurray!

Mix of clouds today wind, varying from calm to 5- 6 kts- from the west southwest- due to blow further and greater from the west-- S/C warning today , Seas a lumpy bump from the west-

Took the grandson out fishing in the bay yesterday -- trolling the bay we caught a good sized Spotted bay bass- missed another strike and gobs of squid impaled on the hook was boring-- but he drove the boats- understanding the outboard's tiller steering, we zigzagged all over the harbor -had a good time-- JD

Coast Guard searches for missing 28 year-old-man near Crystal Cove State Park U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 02/14/2021 06:49 PM EST— The Coast Guard and local partner agencies are searching for a diver that was reported missing Saturday at 9:45 p.m., near Laguna Beach. . s. Coast Guard air and surface assets remain on scene conducting search and rescue operations. If your out along the coastline-- be aware-- JD

We'll the Small Craft warning was not needed here in Newport-- 4- 5 kts from the southwest-- nice afternoon--

-------- Feb 14 th Sunday Feb 2021--- Valentines Day--

Blue sky with a mix of clouds--- wind on the outside pushing a strong short period swell through---inner coastal waters it's west/northwest 5-8 kts growing-

Not sure if there were many boats out today fishing-- the whale watchers were busy taking and returning back with folks a little green-- seas blew up mid afternoon not but but bumpy .

Working the tackle shop here on the weekends sees a lot of folks , probably from inland ( where else would they come from) but they're just grateful to be on the coastline and see and smell the ocean, let alone try to catch something out of this harbor or the waters outside the harbor,. Many of them enjoy fishing off the piers or docks here in the harbor just fishing for a while, happy to catch a bat ray or perch-- Wish it was as good here as before, but it's not so I'm grateful they just enjoy the waters as it is- ,

Springs not far away -- stand by-

---- Feb 13 2021 ---- Saturday---Small Craft/ Gale this afternoon at least thats what's forecasted-- --

Lots of folks out--- getting out of the house-- overcast clouds -wind here on the beach from the south somtimes gusty-- 4-8-12 kts- wind chop agais a west swell , due to swing later to day from the west blowing-- Tides full at 9 am dropping till late afternoon-

Local partyboats targeting perch? and sculpin these days. (33° 34' 23.232" N, 118° 8' 25.8" W )

SD boats doing well for Sand bass and a few more up the line towards our shorlane flats / Huntington flats etc.

-We'll that Small Craft / Gale warning didn't happen here, wind backed off from the south for a short west then southwest again for the afternoon hours--

--------- Feb , Friday 2-12-21 ----------------

Light Cleansing rain early this morning--- Gusty westerly winds chasing those lofty cumulus clouds being push eastwards . Wind chop and swell from the west-- expected wind for most of the day-- a few brave sailors out

Tides High and very low today-

Windy--- backing off in the afternoon hours-- San Pedro weather bouy shows- Water Temperature (WTMP): 57.9 °F -

7 am wind from the south ---Weather forecast for tomorrow morning-at - 10 am-- it gets winder / west as the afternoon approaches

---------Feb. Thurday 2/11/21------------

Light west wind today putting a light wind chop to flat seas, light overcast seaward- still strong tides with the New Moon -Quakes?

Winter time projects--- One of the oldest big game fishing clubs in the world is here at the neighboring island of Catalina-- the Tuna Club of Avalon , it's yearbook reads, is hereby formed ( 1898) and composed of Gentlemen and Ladies who by their skill and perseverance succeeded in the taking with rod and reel in the waters of this state , and with a line not larger than a 24 thread ( 3 strands of 8 threads/ not greater than 66lbs dry) , one leaping Tuna of not less than 100 lbs weight, ( later to include marlins) , the object of this club is the protection of the gamefish of the state of California and to encourage and foster the catching of all fishes , and especially Tuna , Yellowtail, Sea Bass, Black Sea Bass , etc with the lightest rod and reel tackle and to discourage hand line fishing as being un sportsmanlike and against the public interest. -

- The taking of tunas with line not larger that 24 thread-?? what's 24 thread line-- in those days before synthetic were made-- only natural products were known , Horse hairs, Lamb Gut, strands if silk were woven together, stands of Indian weed also woven together, all of these were for the smaller freshwater fishes but ocean fish required a stronger string-- the Flax of Linen fibers proved themselves to be best used. The mills of Europe wove these linen flax into fishing lines, cable twisted together, in various strands, Over time better and better grades were developed, and prized for their strength, Being a natural fiber is was subject to decaying caused mainly by organisms in the water rotting on the line over time-- The lines were air dried to help prevent this. As synthetic products were developed, fishing lines of braided nylon were soon on the market, later to Dacrons, monofilliments, and the super barids now--- Linen fishing lines are no longer made.

Today's catches of Pacific Bluefin Tuna over that benchmark of 100 lbs are still there-- but the real challenge is finding good 24 linen fishing lines that ceased to be produced 50 years ago-- Ah that's were I come in-- A tackle dealer-- who's goal has to again find and get more of it created-- Still in the works after years of research and a slow climb to the finished product-- recently I received back a sample of that precious 24 thread linen line woven to the standards of the Tuna Club-- Still a ways to go to get the best possible product made-- but were on the positive direction-- maybe by this coming Tuna Season we'll see some tunas caught with this new old line-- JD


----------- Wed' Feb the 10 2021 ---------

Light cloud cover-- very little wind from the south 2 3 kts, seas very calm no swell- flat-- water still on the cool side as is the air-- Tides high in the morning hours-- drains out string till a minus 1.4 this afternoon-- Quakes?

Westerly developed-- cooling the water even more--

They tell me the squid being caught off Catalina-- were big---some of them a foot long! even daytime squid being jigged up-- and Sea Bass were showing better

Better luck tomorrow--

---- Tuesdays Feb the 9th 2021-----------

Overcast cool and quiet----- look s like it will be a quiet day- stay warm- no wind, no swell, no wind chop, no clouds just overcast and cool--- tide moving strong both in and out--

Well it was a Super Blow out--- !

Sun started to peak through towards the mid afternoon-- light west wind-- seas calm

couple of boys headed out the bay for Catalina-- zoom school was out early for them-- so they went fishing!

Not much said on the radio today-- couple boys dropped by-- having caught two halibuts in the bay, one almost legal -- slow trolling yo-zuris, deep divers-- sardine color

thats it-- working on the web site- today hope it works!


Closed on Mondays--

Feb. the 7 2021--- Super Bowl Sunday---

Foggy conditions---not pea soupy 1/2 -1 visibility some spots thicker-- seas relatively calm wind very light from the Southwest 1 2 kts-- tides running out till 1 pm

Local fishing for the sportboats still on the targeted sculpin and a few sand or calico bass, or perch!

Catalina reports to have a better showing of squid showing up-- signs of deep water canyon squid moving up to the shallows behind the island to spawn. Making your own bait/ squid with the squid jigs reported good-- Yellows and calicos-- some bonitos on the front side of the island--

Call from Greg-- down at the Cape-- just returning from a morning trip up to the Golden Gate Banks-- it's been relatively quiet on the pacific side for a while now-- but today quite a few fish showing up ( marlin) jig strikes and slow trolled baits had the stikes-w/ 72.5 degree water--

Weather turned good for the afternoon hours--- good luck this next week if you get out- JD



----- Sat the 6th of Feb Super Bowl weekend--- light to me fog this AM but turned to just a hazy horizon , good drainage tide this morning-- lots of folks out for the days sunshine

Catalina foggy off the backside of the the island, Halibut fishing along the beaches was fair to good, a few legal caught--and some feisty calicos

Bass fishing fair this morning locally - a few sand and calico bass reported, and a Giant Black Sea Bass released locally-- Whale watchers were treated to a pair of Humpback Whales out side Dana Point

Fog banks driffed in--- then left--

Nice day-- not a whole lot of fish biting-- hey if febuary-- but a good day on the water for all-

Stand By for the Super Bowl-JD's Special-- running about 3 to one for the Chiefs-

Good Luck --- JD Special open till the Kick off -- JDS-


--------- Feb the 5th 2021 ------ Friday-- Not a bad day for February- still cool in the shade, wind light from the west-- 4-5 kts- seas good- -- several boats heading out he harbor for a weekend's outing--

A look at the water temps below the tip of Cabo, shows over the past month a change-- the cooling trend continues and the strengh of the warmth seems to have spread out and cooled a bit-- , by Spring there will be a reversal of the water temp being reinforced by warmth from the Pacific Equatorial Countercurrent and or a slacking off of the southern bound California Current- give it another month

January 202


And the First White Sea Bass of the year 2021 for the BAC goes to---------- Billy Seiler with a nice 30 lb fish taken off Newport--- Nice Catch Billy--


------------ Feb 4th 2021---------

Only a couple more days till the BIG GAME-- otherwise known as the Super Bowl-------- Hazy blue sky with a light south southeast wind this morning-- light wrinkle to the water and small swell from the west

Looking forward weather wise for the next two weeks we're staying in the mid 60's and only one day of rain forecasted otherwise good- the moons growing dark so things will quiet down for a while --to sort of let things settle down and stabilize. Spring will be right around the corner stand by-- it's coming


Today's projects-- Service and repair a handle for a Newell reel/ line, look into a Penn 30SW that has bearing problems, line, 4 or 5 more small reels for service/ line and repair/ replace parts to a Shimano Trinidad 20 A,

Boy! We're fortunate to have the company Shimano right here at our doorstep-- I have to hand it to them--- they've developed a system of ordering parts that's unbelievable-- 3- 4- 5 pm in the afternoon parts can be ordered ( if in stock) and thenext morning in walks the UPS delivery with the parts--- that's quick! and the service on the reels can be accomplished much quicker-- thanks Shimano--

E-Mail from Bill -- JD, My brother’s at his home in Tamarindo Costa Rica, his neighbor caught this toad at the mouth of the river, on a leadheaded Shad softbait.

Good weather for the next few days-- go fishin'



--- Feb the 3 2021------

Foggy this morning-- wind light to fair from the south 5-8 kts cool and damp-- gray above- seas ok small swell from the west-- cool

This weekend looks OK for boating-- weather should be OK maybe fog-- ?

Saturday-- San Clemente Island looks to be open morning and mid day, [ 06-FEB 1500 - 2000 ] becomes active after 3 pm and Hot/ Active all day Sunday .

Catalina-- Yellowtails and maybe those White Sea bass will show up-- the tails were on Yo-Yoed jigs and Live Squid, or( frozen works too) Back side Silver Canyon to the East End--

Overcast and cool for most of the day-- sun finally came through in the late afternoon-


Feb. 2 2021 -Feb. 2 2021---- Tuesday------ hazy blue sky this morning, wind fresh from the west at 4-8-maybe 9 kts-- light wind chop with the west swell--water temps 57

Tides starting to mellow out

Weather forecast for the SUPER BOWL in Tampa Bay Floridia---Sun 07 Thunderstorms likely. High 71F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Stayed cold and west wind today--

--------- Jan the31------ 2021- Sunday---SUPER BOWL Next weekend!

Still cold air , what can you expect for January and almost into February-- the fish are resting in hibernation by now -- on most of them are-- Wind light from the south 2-4 kts, seas are calm , above- a few Altocumulus and Altostratus 6K-20K ft clouds

Still open for most of the Angling Clubs would be the First Fish Flag for White Sea Bass- that's the goal for many-- reports are scattered but the timing is due any day now-- we may have to wait till that filling moon phase develops but it's due . There currently are reports of WSB up to the Palos Verdes kelp beds and a report or two at Catalina-- and Clemente has a showing if squid , even here on the beach off the HB flats there were squid-- good sized 6-8 inch stuff- -- let this weather settle down a bit and they'll show up

A mackerel sky is a common term for clouds made up of rows of cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds above 18K ft

Grew overcast with no wind--cooler Barometer: 30.07 inHg. falling

good luck when you get out-- JD

------ Sat, Jan the 30th 2021 -----

Crisp and sunny this morning-- lots of folks out - bicycling, walking, jogging- the bay's dotted with boats, small and large out for the day's outing--- Water, High tide this morning with the rains runoff its' dirty looking and a bit of trash with it-- the outgoing will race out with a lot of flow-- seaward-wind -3-7 south-- small west swell small wind chop, with a texture to the water

This time of year-- mainly bottom fishing-- the Art reefs , sunken wrecks and small structure spots north of Newport and all along those flats off Huntington and Long Beach should be holding a few good sized Sand Bass-- If I remember correctly lime green plastics was a good choice for a color- meter marks in the 60 -80-100 ft depth helps to locate them, depending on the current which side of the structure that were at--

Filling out the bag-- Sculpin catches can be found further offshore towards the outer rigs along that escarpment inside from there try-- --33° 34' 32.736" N, 117° 59' 49.2" W or 33° 34' 42.564" N, 117° 57' 51.12" W

And tis the season for whales--- Grays migrating soutwards tend to work they way along the 100 fathon ledge or thinner, sometime in the 100 ft or shallower depth--offshore there's Fin backs and Humpbacks, the Humpbacks tend to feed on baitfish anchovies, sardines- etc, currently off Salt Creek 3- 4 miles

Cold wind from the west pushing through-- water temps--dropping

might be some squid up off the HB flats, with all those crusise ships and their lights?

Good luck if you get out tomorrow-- enjoy the sunshine


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----------- Jan the 29 21 Friday--- Cumulus all around us today--- clearing west wind due this afternoon--it never came - west at 10 at midday- seas look flat with a wrinkle to them Small Craft Forecasted this afternoon-

Rain water flushing of the land of the West Coast flowing out into the ocean- brings one of the basics for the forming of sealife to our shores , the growth of plankton flourishes with the all the nutrient it brings-- adding the upwelled coastal waters and eventually the California Current swinging down from the north this Spring bringing us the anchovies and sardines other baitfish to our waters-- bring on the rain! -

< -West Coast Chlorophyll chart

The California current is the eastern boundary current of the North Pacific Gyre, running southward to Baja California, Mexico. This current draws cool, nutrient rich waters down along the western coast of North America. Cool, nutrient-rich water is closer to the surface . The intensity of the California current is influenced by strong northwesterly winds. These winds predominantly blow along shore, which because of the earth’s rotation ( Eckman transport) cause water to be transported in an offshore direction flowing southwards.

Quiet in the shop today-- finished up working on those Internationals and some smaller reels, another half dozen reels on the workbench tomorrow and a couple of interesting customizing of reels ahead--



----- Thursdays Report Jan 28 2021-----

Morning hours here in Newport clear with a few horizon clouds - low pressure system working it's way south forecast to rain--- we'll see- seas still have a light wind chop to them from the south against a 3- 4 ft slowwest swell


Todays project


Service on a set of old work horses--4 thirty wide two speeds - still working fine-- glad to work on these reels, older workmanship and raw material-



2:44 pm the rumpling continued for a second time the first one several minutes ago-- a heavy rumble from the south?--not like a quake but a deep quick shudder, The shop here- rest on a foundation buried in the coastal sand all I cold figure was some Navy doing exercise off Clemente-- a check with AIS shows some action currently going on-- ?

the fish need the water!

---- Wed's report Jan the 27th 2021----------

Clouds and sky above-- Wind from the South/southeast 5- 8 kts-- seas have a light to med chop to them-- swells ok--a few folks out why? San Pedro weather buoy shows 57 degrees and off Mission Bay- 58 degrees

Took a walk on the beach this morning-- down by the Wedge-- surprised- naw not really to see all the flotsam and trash on the beach-- most of it smaller plastic stuff and some weeds and---- and lots of Pismo Clams! 3 -4 even 6 and 7 inch clams were washed up in the morning's high tide-- their foot sticking out looking for a hole to dig into-- I tossed back maybe fifteen of them--good to nature surviving--

Not much on the fishing side of it today--- colder water probably curtailed much of a bite-- nice sunset though-

Enjoy the rain



-------Tuesday Jan 26th 2021 ------------

Better weather than yesterday's blow!--- light south wind today but seas are still a bit confused and bumpy--All due to change by the upcoming weekend Stand by








West jetty marker down

Looking forward with the expected rain Thursday and Friday- and the incoming High morning tides , rain water will have no place to go--

Large Swell west of Baja California Norte: Large, long-period, NW swell is propagating across the waters west of Baja California. Wave heights up to 17 ft are peaking now west of Baja California Norte. There is a significant risk of hazardous surf conditions north of Punta Eugenia through this evening

----- Monday--- closed

And the JD's Super Bowl Playoff Special continues

and the prize this year is a Aftco Boken Fishing Knife-- 8"or 10" -- Stand by for details--- JD


---------- Sunday football day Jan 24 2021 -----------

A few lingering clouds-- cool and light to medium south wind w/ light wind chop from the south against that swell from the west-- hard to get set up and stay on a anchored spot--


Water temps off the tip of Baja cooling off with green water pushing in--

and the local water temps from 58 to 63

---------- Jan the 23 the year 2021, Saturday and it's cloudy with a light sprinkle here and there-- seas have a swell to them otherwise calm, not much wind yet--- Stand By--- next Monday and Tuesday--

If your new to boating / fishing here in So Calif waters this year-- please drop by ( we're about the hardest tackle shops to get to by land/ easiest by water) be glad to give you at least our perspective on the fishing and tackle needed as the fishing season progresses - glad to help and if you need the boat outfitted that's what we do best-- other than work on reels-- JD

So I look out the front window of the shop this morning- - a fishing skiff glides by with three rain suited anglers in it heading in -- not many who would go out fishing this morning-- hey they looks like Decker's boat- sure enough they were out early today , Erik, Jimmy and Briggs catching bass above Newport-- -- good for them--





it's one of those days for clean up around the old store-- ran across an old photo album-- had to open it up -- Midway June 1999- photo of the atoll and one of my daughter's in the chair - later that morning to catch the World Record Pacific Blue Marlin for small fry - good two hour battle-!

Nice place, wish we could go there again--

-------------------------Jan 22, 21- Hey it's Friday again-- boy that was quick week- Broken clouds cover above-- wind from the south puffy with ruffled seas Smal Craft expected today-- better tomorrow then it blows up big time on Monday and Tue- stand by!

Not many boats out today---

looks like rain and wind for the next few days stay safe-- and watch a football game!

--------------------------------- Thursday 1/21/21-------------------

Pale Blue Sky this morning- wind fair from the south/ southeast 10 kts- mixed sea state, not much of a tide flow today

A look at the coastal water temps-from 56 to 65 degrees -

The AIS brings forth a whole new perspective in viewing our oceans and the ship that ply the waters, I noted over a week ago if the giant Cruse Ship being in International waters outside Ensenada and along the US/ Mex borders -- they've been there drifting or one or two knts for over 10 days maybe two weeks now--- and due to come barreling in on them this next week will be 30 and 40 knts winds and hazards seas conditions , not the place to be!

Quiet on the radio today--

New civilian boating channel opens in Anaheim Bay The new channel separates Naval vessel traffic from civilian boats coming and going from Huntington Harbour. SEAL BEACH—

Boaters navigating between the ocean and Huntington Harbour have a new route to follow, which will separate them from Naval vessel traffic and provide a more direct route. The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach opened a new small craft channel in Anaheim Bay on Jan. 21. The new channel separates Navy traffic from civilian boat traffic. The old channel previously shared by the two is now closed to the public



------------------------------- Wed Jan 20 2021 ----------

Easterly wind this morning sky's broken clouds and seas relatively calm other than the wind chop-- some west swell- nice otherwise

Windy for most of the day by the late afternoon hours it's backed off nicely--- water settlings towards a glassy sunset

and that small Broadbill Swordfish seen hanging around the A Bank or his mother might sill be there- nice afternoon like this something's should be up finning


- Closed on Monday--- and windy Tuesday -- Ya had to figure it would come one of theses days-- with the warm air and cool water at 57/59 degrees some fog would develop, sure enough Nate says is that fog out there by Catalina?---hour and a half later the approach wall of fog had creep in to the south-- Abalone point was covered up- - then the wispy veils of fog enveloped the boas out fishing for White Sea Bass by noon, not too bad 1/4 mile vis or less , puts a little dampener on the fishing efforts-- no bites quit-- but had good day on the water--













------ the 17 th of Jan 2021------ Sunday's report-

You wouldn't guess it was in the middle of January but there's sunbathers lining the beaches, kayakers and paddlesboard paddling among electric boats, the pontoon crazy boatsw/ music and dancing and private yachts and sailors, lots of folks using the water these days,-- Mask ?---- Mask! --- We don't need no stinking Mask!--

Coastal bass fishing fair--- many boats disturbing the fishing grounds--- waters a little murky green colored

Bobby deep dropped off the backside of Catalina along that deep water encampment and again in front of the island-- had a few bait meter marks but that was all-except great weather-- there was a reported fining (basking) Broadbill seen near the Avalon bank this morning ,probably around that high tide slack time , sunning itself, warming up it's mussels and eyesight

this harbor was well used today-- !


---------- Jan the 16th---------Sunny with a few high wispy clouds overhead-- wind light at 1-2- 3 kts from the south if any-- seas calm and smooth with a lump from the west--

- lots of boaters out- even radio chatter--

E- Mail from Dave--- JD, Bull Pen made the trip back up from Mexico last week stopping at the Potato Bank where the Striped Marlin are still biting. Found nice Yellowtail making the rest of the trip up. Here’s to 2021!





Yesterday I received in a prized selection of raw Six and Nine Thread Bamboo blanks from my Master rod crafter.



Cut strips of Tonkin Bamboo individually picked from the jungles of the Tonkin peninsula in China and shipped to Montana, they're split, milled, and glued into blanks to form the six sides of these rods blanks-- lots of upcoming sanding and finish work is ahead for this winter. good winter projects--



---Friday--- hey it's friday again--- Jan the 15, the months already half over .

37° degrees N 8 mph Cloudy with rain and snow. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 80%. Snow accumulations less than one to three inches.

Tomorrow's forecast--- 35° 45% NNW 11 mph Cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Green Bay Wis.

Coastal fishing improving along with the weather--- Calico and sand bass on the artificial reels and structure above Newport to the Huntington Flats-- shots at the bass and a White Sea Bass will come out of there soon-- Giant Black Sea Bass are there too at this time of year--good fighting fish but must be released unharmed--



Older photo of a Giant Black Sea Bass taken from the flats in the 30's by Bruce Beathem


Offshore deep dropping-- only Blue sharks-- so far--


A sad phone call this morning--- good friend to us all Kathy Pomo passed away yesterday- She was a true sport to our angling world , married to Rich for 51 years, a lifetime of good memories, Vaya con dios we'll miss her, may she rest in peace-- World Record Holder for Corbina on 4 lb test, taken during the 09 Lily Call Bay Tournament



------------ Thursday Jan 14 2021--------

Nice--Day still strong tide flows-- in and out--

Congrats go out to Greg Taite of the BAC for the First Fish Flag of the Year on his 34 lb catch of Yellowtail on 16lb test lines-- Catalina-- nice catch!

Fish the backside of the island for the yellows 80-100 ft Silver canyon was said to have held the fish--

EL NIÑO January 2021 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 (~95% chance during January-March), with a potential transition to ENSO-neutral during the spring 2021 (55% chance during April-June). Below-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) extend from the western to the eastern Pacific Ocean, and reflect the continuation of La Niña Most of the Niño indices were relatively steady throughout the month The subsurface temperature anomalies on the equatorremained negative,. The atmospheric circulation associated with La Niña strengthened over the tropical Pacific Ocean during the month. Tropical convection was suppressed over the western and central Pacific and enhanced around the Philippines and parts of Indonesia Overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system is consistent with the ongoing La Niña. A majority of the models in the IRI/CPC plume predict La Niña to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring . In summary, La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 (~95% chance for January-March), with a potential transition to ENSO-neutral during the spring 2021 (55% chance during April-June;


------------ Wed Jan 13 2021 ------------

Anothe nice day-- little cool in the morning hours but warming nicely in the sunshine-- seas OK with a light west wrinkle to them and a med size swell pushing through- calm seas--

San Pedro weather has the water temps at 59 degrees, Mission Bay at 59.5


San Clemente Island looks open for the weekend

Nice days-- go fishin


Report from Cabo--- The cold and green currents continue to progressing move in a southern direction from north of Los Frailes, now these currents have now pushed as far as Red Hill off of San Jose del Cabo. Ocean temperature locally is now in the 68 to 71 degree range. Stripeed Marlins on the Pacific side of the Cape--


------------ Tuesdays Report-- Jan 12 2021-------------

Wow- another nice day here in S Calif-- hazy sun in the morning light west wind maybe 4-5 kts-- Calm seas have a small wrinkle to them- swell far apart to them Tide falling out rapidly today

100- 200 ft depth outside newport- holding small schools of baitfish-- 4-6 inch sardines, and greenbacks 4-10 were under them - very small hook ( #3 /us/#14) sabiki rigs helped in getting them as live bait for the halibuts and bass

Another nice day on the water-- - still fair fishing for the bass---

the art reefs and rock structures outside H B holding the bass- better as a morning bite-- by 10 am its slows down-- - and lots of container ships there too!



-- Closed on Mondays--- Drifted for halibuts - caught only sand bass- nice day on the water--

---- Sunday-- a day of rest-- light high clouds greeting the morning sky otherwise clear and brisk- coastal waters light south wind 3 kts-- Tides again are moving strongly bay waters still clear and cold a few small spotties 6-7 inch stuff- and stingrays pestering those using cut squid for bait--

Good coastal downhill current- lots of baitfish around--- but no great catches of bass yet-- soon coming- they say--

Well it was a nice day--- a little wind and cloud cover mid day-- backed off to grease in the afternoon---- fishing ---- still on the fair side --- it's winter-

Forecast look for a warming trend this next week--- pushing into the 70 and maybe 80 thursday


------ Sat Jan the 9th 2021 --------------

Best morning all this week-- light morning haze with a light southeast wind maybe 3- 5 kts w/ a light wind chop with it-- draining tide after dawn till 1 pm--

There were some good sized Yellows taken this morning at Catlina -30 lbers in the deep water off the back side it was reported Silver Canyon area.

AIS still shows a bunch of the pasenger Cruse lines stacked up either below the border or out in international waters--- drifting-- been there for a week or so-- Long Beach port still looks also stacked up but radio reports seem to say there was movements of container ships and barges.

Bottom bouncing for halibuts in the winter months can pay off- it's tedious and heaver tackle doesn't always seem fair-- but you get em'-

Good day for football--




----------- Jan 8th 2021- Guess what it's Friday again----

Early hours foggy and damp-- by 10 am only a light fog- yet cool for the morning hours-spots of bright sun showing up towards noon- Mild SA's tomorrow-- -

Planning a trip this weekend out to San Clemente Island ?, not sure about the Navy's schedule just yet-- their web site shows no activity for this whole month at all? best double check with Kraken Ch 16 before making any plains around the island--

Catalina-- AIS shows come commercial fishing ( Squid) off the back side of the island , Silver Canyon area-- should be some deep water halibuts holding along that sandy shelf-- and Yellows found in the deep 80- 100 ft and/ or Sea Bass in the inside from there --outside the kelp lines --- even if the fishing is only fair there it's good scenery

Tides are building again this weekend-

For fishing the coastline this weekend-- using some to the nautical charts showing the lat/longs of the artificial reefs and what structure spots are listed - maybe not all these deep water structure spots will hold fish but working several of them one after another up or down the line making drifts on them ( lures or frozen squids) -- one or two of the spots will pay off better- Good Luck

Spotted bay fishing Tournament in SD and Mission Bay tomorrow-- there's been lots of small fry- 1 1/2 to 2/12 bait in the shallows towards the incoming tides-- cormorants and the grebes after them.

Looks like a solid bank of fog moving in towards the sunset-- should clear out OC waters mid day SD looks to be foggy

Good luck this weekend some offshore wind Long Beach H B flats mid Sat morning-- better weather on Sunday

Good Luck



1-7 21-------- Thursday- Foggy morning-- staying light fog for most of the day, light west wind seas ok w a light wind ruffle to them.

Reports of a Swordfish caught yesterday-- Still waiting for further info?--

Spider Crabs-- were being caught--or tangled up in bottom fishing gear-- !












E Mail today--- Hi JD, My name is Alfonso V. and I've been following your reports for some time. I've never sent you any news on my part but I had to send you this. Over the past year my friend/partner Reggie and I have been putting lots of time looking for our first swordfish. After 12 attempts and wives still understanding and supportive; over the course of the year, we finally broke the ice with our first swordfish yesterday morning. We fished Catalina as usual and finally got rewarded for our efforts with a 183 pounder. Not to bad for our first one. Looking forward to the many more to come for this year.. Happy fishing. Sincerely, Alfonso V.


-------- Jan the 6th Wed 2021-----------------

A cool light marine haze during the morning hours. due to burn off- seas calm with a soft swell from the west 2- 4 ft

Not many boaters out these days--

quiet day on the water- truned cold and damp and foggy--

went home early -- some hot spiced rum- sounds good!


Jan the 5 2021-- the start of a whole New Year--- I think maybe a long year-- tides are mellow today , a few baitfish being harassed by the pelicans and grebes in the harbors and bays--- Light overcast with a bit of breath from the west-- 2-4 kts-- seas good Sand Bass about the only thing so far along the coastline- water58 degrees

AIS still shows a dozen cruise ships held up below the border- as well as the port of LA is stacked up with freighters wanting to unload it looks like.

This time of year-- is dificult for those wanting to go fishing and catch fish- simply put---there just are not that many fish wiling to bite-

A look down south to the Tip of Baja-- water temps are quickly concentrating towards the tip--X marks the temps drop from 74 down to 72 in five days--







Year end paperwork-- Store inventories and cost extensions, Sales taxes, Banking needs, accountant requests and fishing tackle to work on-- I'd prefer to work on the tackle but --- the paperwork must be done first----thats life--

Stay overcast for the day-- mid day a med- west cool wind came up by late afternoon and backed off to nothing by dusk-- quiet afternoon-- Vick said the sand bass were biting-



-------------- Sunday Jan the Third 2021-------Took Monday off-- ----

Light fog this morning by 9 am gone-- slight overcast to the sky today-- wind light from the south 2-4 kts seas Ok Big swell on the outside from the west some of it's lump coming through once in a while-

Bait fishing has been tough- only a few small mackerel or sardines found---

AID shows several ( ten) of the giant Cruse Ships just drifting in open waters below the US/ Mex border- for several days now?--


Sad Note this afternoon from a phone call- long time angler and friend of our fishing world -- Rob Thompson -- owner of the Tuna Mas, had passed away. Rob always a friend and willing participant in the Balboa Angling club's events-- He'll be missed-- JD


----------------- Saturday Jan the 2nd 2021 ----------------------

The New Year-- brings sunshine and a few morning clouds--- wind from the south as that Eddy develops today-- better tomorrow-- water temps are in the 57- 58-59 degree mark- cold and the fish ar lethargic it seems-

Fished yesterday in my skiff from dawn till the noon hour-- only one small Calico bass off Ab point rocks, - lost another bigger fish in the kelps off the cottages and had only a few other bites--but made a nice morning out of it--

E- Mail today--- Have been landing one to three nice Halibut a trip just North of the Harbor mini bounce balling smelt on 50-85 feet of water. All 5-12 pounds. All on the trap treble. Nice fish- mini nibbles, the line barely goes right. 12-16 ounce weight, small dodger, 2 feet 50 lb leader. 5/0 hook with 6 inches of leader and # 1 treble. Hope you get on them. Jim

And another customer came in the shop this morning-- he's out of Ensenada, fishing the yellows via deep yo-yo-ing in-- 200 ft, landed a nice 40 lb Halibut--

Weathered stayed S/SE for most of the day-- backing off towards sunset--

No reported Swordfish hooks ups or landed fish today-- only some sand dabs and a few sand bass-- that's it for 2021-- so far-- no First Fish flags have been awarded yet-- Maybe tomorrow?



----- Dec the 31st the Last Day of the Year 2020---------- Thursday and a bright blue morning with a pick up some wind today-- Small Craft this afternoon better tomorrow and Sat and Sunday-- strong tides and a Quake or two --

Happy New Year! Best of Luck in the New Year--- JD

Lots of folks out wandering around - visiting friends and relatives-- some boaters out--

Sloppy seas this morning- and by the mid afternoon it was a westerly at 12 + kts-- probably dropping the surface water temps a degree or two

A couple of looks at our Water temps for the end of 2020 Dec 31 ( Left) and from last year ( Right) same time for the Southern California Bight- from 55 to 75 degrees












And the West Coast 2020 ( left) 2019 ( right) from 50 degrees to 80 degrees















------ Dec 30th the year 2020-----Wed's-----

Another bright and sunny day here in So Calif-- a few hazy clouds around and a brisk cold morning- yet sunshine warming early Sunrise is 3 minutes later and sunset is 6 minutes later so we've gained 3 minutes!

Nice day for boating- several boats out early heading to the islands for the weekend-- sailors out sailing and paddlerers out pladding

Boats out today and tomorrow enjoying the last two days of Rock Cod Fishing--

Nice Sunset this afternnon for the ending of 2020


Bluefin report from Fishermans landing--

12/29/2020 The Shogun on day 2 of a five day trip reported excellent fishing for bluefin tuna. They report fish 70-270lbs. with the majority weighing 110-180lbs. They are fishing approximately 130 miles from San Diego. that puts them near the 117 line and 30:20, below andoutside Colnett, in a spot of 63 64 degree water



--- Tuesday Dec the 29 2020-- Full Moon and strong tides dropping out mid morning hours--


- Weather clearing off with that westerly expected later today-- large swell off northern beaches- out font of Newport

3-4 and spaced apart- nice day on the water till it gets windy this afternoon-


- A look at some of the remarkable catches of this past 2020 year---








































































































It's been a good season-- the fish just keep getting bigger-- Best of Luck in 2021





-------------------- Dec 27 2020 ------Sunday-------Closed on Monday-- -------

Cloudy w/ a chance of light rain wind from the Southeast 5-7 kts light wind chop against a west swell

Tides are stronger with the filling moon--

With the New Year right around the corner and prospects look good for inshore weather-- Fri-- 01 Day- 65°-- 0% --WNW 8 mph Generally sunny. High around 65F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Offshore it's fishable after sunrise and good Friday/Sat- the First Fish Flags for the Angling Clubs are on the table--- shots at Bluefin and Yellows Friday and Sat by Sunday it starts to blow again. Inshore maybe a Sea bass or Yellows at Clemente, Cat, or the flats- or--- Swordfish in the canyon--?


Water temps still holding

Good Luck for the end of this year-- Some remarkable Bluefin Tuna catches and fishing the Broadbill Swordfish was Ok not as many fish hooked caught- lots of pressure on them now-- the Marlins also on the fair side of catches-- yellowtail Ok -dorado- a few-- and future La Nina advisories len to about the same for next year--



------------------- Sat Dec 26 2020 ----------------------

Sunny Morning--- light marine haze westward- wind light to fair from the west 4-7 kts- light wind chop and swell--

Good morning--

Got the chance to work on a few reels between the holidays-- First time of ever seen this-- and I've worked on a lot of reels--- Tiagra 50--while trolling it must have caught a lot of fish and the last one must have been something really big, going fast and hard--- the clicks alert plunger which slides in and out of a Plunger holder (solid metal) so violently that the plunger holder itself broke in half- it's pieces jamming into the gears and completely freezing the reel. The Alert ratchet plate , an S/S ring with holes in it which the plunger bounces in and out of making the clicking sound- the holes were so worn out that there was no depression left. this reel has caught or at least hooked a lot of fish -- fun to see something worn out that that--must have had good fishin!


Whale watchers reported a few, not many yet but a few Gray whales starting to make their appearance here in So Calif as the begin their migrations from the north of southern waters of Baja., their spouts help to locate them--



---------------------- Dec the 24 2020 Christmas Eve ---------------

Light morning cloud's with a sprinkle of rain here- there-- wind light to fair west- seas Ok light wind chop and wind ripple to it--

Quiet day here on the waterfront for a Christmas day Eve-- years past there would be dozens of office boat party cruising on the bay-- people dancing and music blaring- but today only a couple of pelicans pounding the water on a school of baitfish

Wishing all old and new boaters a Merry Christmas-- JD

We 'll be closed Christmas Day-- back open on Saturday--

Sunset Beautiful for a Christmas Eve--


----------- Dec the 23rd 2020------Wed --------

Light cloud cover- gray, the waterfront calm and quiet- just a few smaller boats crossing the channel-- a pelican making it's dives in a school of surface baitfish- tides are slow moving-

Fishing seems to have taken a day off today-- not much on the radio and only a few boats out--- weather cooler and still overcast here on the beach in the mid afternoon hours--

New California Fishing Licenses 2021 -- don't get caught without one-- costly-- this year anglers can choose to Auto-Renew Sport Fishing Licenses directly through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website The cost of a 2021 annual resident fishing licens $52.66, ,a one-day license will cost $17.02. Anglers must enroll in the auto-renewal program through CDFW’s online sales website.

Wishing you all a safe and peaceful Christmas



----------- Dec 22 2020-------- Tuesday- Well according to the Tide log-- today is actually the shorted daylight of the year-- yesterday's sunrise was at 6:54 and sunset was at 4:49pm--- today's sunrise is at 6:55 am ( a minute later) and sets the sane as yesterday-- at 4:49 - so there you have it-- either way tomorrow it starts almost a minute longer each day till June 21st---

Still nice weather light- med southeast wind 3- 7 kts seas seems a little cold with a greenish tint to them-- light wind chop-

Coastal fishing Ok for the basses and sculpin and other bottom fish-- in the deeper water--

Mexico Baja, still has a good warmth to the tip of the penisula-- Stripers are still up the Pacific side--in the 72/ 74 degree water where the baits still abundant-- in the Gulf shots at wahoo fishing and some stripers but the bulk of the marlin are stil up above




---------- Monday Dec the 21st, shorted day of the year--- and a beautiful sunny day it is--- Light South wind Catalina Eddy effect they say-- fair fishing reported so far-- the bass haven't really started to bite yet-- and the deep winter fishing for Halibuts ?

Tides are mellow this week as is the weather-- with the Santa Ana's pick back up again mid week--

A chack with the San Clemente Island Security shows the island open from now till after the First of the New Year----!

Jupiter and Saturn at conjunction are only 0.1 degree apart today, the day of the December solstice.

There's only an hour or so this evening after the sun sets that your able to clearly see the two plantes of Saturn and Jupitor they're off to the lower western horizon, after that the Earths atmosphers dulls the image--- If you've got them Stablized Gyros allow you to see three moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn! pretty cool


Not bad weather for Winter--- Hot---



-- Sunday-- Dec the 20th-- 36 degrees mostly Cloudy a high of 37 today-- - no wait that's New York- poor smucks--- Newport it's 66 and a high of 71- Sunny - soft light wind from the south- 1-2 kts- seas calm

SD report from the PQ fishing the Cortez Banks over the past few days-- Bluefins still there for the taking-- but a long ways- there and back-- First fish flags?

The Pacific Queen returned this morning with 28 Bluefin Tuna (15 to 35 lbs.), 10 Yellowtail (15 to 25 lbs.), 75 Rockfish, 40 Bonito and 12 Vermilion Rockfish for 30 anglers on their 1.5 day trip. They also reported flat calm weather.


According to sources the trend in a shot at the Deep Dropping swordfish lays in at least two factors --temperture kreads and structure/ bottom topography--one probally plays with the other


Following that trend-- the body of water that had contained broadbill over the past month down off the San Diego waters, counter currents have brought some of that water up here towards the 14 Mile bank - might be worth a look along that break-- and in years past December the back side of San Clemente island, along that encampment was where the deadly catches of gill net swords were made for their winter catch--




----- Saturday Dec the 19 th- couple more days till Winter Solstice, celebrated from ancient times- Sun appears to stand still and reverse direction beginning a new solar cycle and longer days- Dec 21st-

Not bad weather here in Newport today-- sunny and bright --light wind from the southwest 2-4 kts--- seas flat with a little wind ripple- sparkly--- - go boating or fishing-- get out of the house-- a few humpbacks and fin wahles around -

fishing fair - the calicos and sand bass being a fish to target-- structure off the HB Flats and slow bouncing off the bottom does the trick--

Deepdroppin for swordfish another shot in the dark---??

Not t oo early to think about the First Fish of the Season-2021--- White Sea bass and Yellowtails or Tuna- Swordfish-- who knows--


A run to Catalina found Decker and son Briggs chasing calicos ( some big one's too) and a score of those healty Bonios for the day---


Nice day!


---- Friday--- not going to say it-- Dec 18 2020-

Clearing skies this morning-- light wind from the southwest maybe 4 - 7 kts-- slight wind chop and a light mix of swell

Boaters out looking for something ---found some Humpback Whales and a few Fin Whales- out 5-6 off the beach between the Newport coastline and Dana Pt/ 267 bank

Deep dropping swordfish fishers still out there---

This weekends weather looks Ok with a west wind late sat afternoon night again good on Sunday.


San Clemente Island (C & D) open for almost all day Sat till late afternoon 6 pm till 9 pm- open after that all night and Sunday-

C & D 19-DEC 1800 19-DEC 2100 SFC:40K SHOBALSHGT

Happy Holidays!


------------------- Dec 17 2020----Thursday- ------Christmas Eve is only a week away- four mor days till the sun grows---- --

Light overcast a few clouds the overcast kept the frost away- a low front sweeping in from the Southwest-- brings some wind and clouds- makes for a nice sunset--but might cloud up the viewing of- Jupiter and Saturn as they merges together, the closest they could be seen in the sky together for nearly 800 years. Known as the Christmas Star!

South wind this morning-- due to swing west later this afternoon-- tides still dropping out like a rock-- 2.4 knts today-

a few boats out in the bay--- harbor cruising with the relatives

In matching up light tackle rods and reels combos for Christmas- - just received in a order from Shimano-- ( order place back in Oct) it's a Teramar XX NE 76 MH casting Rod and a Shimano Trank 400 Reel , 300 yds of 50 lb Power Pro V2- Slick marine blue line. The longer rear grip at 15 inches to an trigger grip reel seat matched with a 7 '6" moderate fast taper makes it a extremely accurate casting machine with power . Nice outfit for med sized tunas yellows and Calicos - $599 -



To further dampen the un-official Christmas Boat parade here in Newport this eveniing -- low tide and it's raining!



--- Wed Dec 16 2020--- Hey it's the middle of December rain, no snow, no blizzards, or icy roads, only clear skies and warming sunshine-- ahaaaa -- So. California---

no wind only a strong tide exchange today

Took a walk this morning out towards the Balboa Jetty/ Wedge- boy what a flat calm day-- only a few boats headed out to sea--- a kayaker- one guy fishing the beach--- after ten minutes he hadn't had a bite but it didn't seem to matter-- nice morning

Schools of 3-4 inch smelt in the bay-- showers erupting from mackerel under them

Stand up paddleboaders enjoying their paddle and some crazy guys flying around on electric powered hydrofoil wings -- where'd they come from?

AIS over the past few days shows very little boating trafic out towards the tuna grounds--- and no reported catches--

Sand Bass , calicos, a few bottom dwellers for the next few months---



------------Tuesdays Dec the 15 2020--------only a week away from the sun staying light longer-- Huray!

Morning brings clear and cool weather-- warming up nicely in the sunshine-- Tides very high in the morning dropping out at 2.9 knts---

Bait wasn't showing up as much as the other day-- but the smaller bass were still biting--


It's getting cooler along the Baja Peninsula concentrating the sealife towards the tip---

Wind came up- switched around several times to finally become a strong westerly--= choppy


Looking forward-- 2021--


IGFA to Host the Inaugural SoCal Swordfish Open Celebrating the iconic broadbill swordfish and the rich angling history of Southern California


– The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) announced today that it will host the inaugural IGFA SoCal Swordfish Open on November 11-13, 2021, out of Newport Beach, California. The inaugural, two-day tournament will require strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules and will have both weight and release categories. “Southern California is the birthplace of big game fishing and that tradition continues today,” stated IGFA President Jason Schratwieser. “We are very excited to expand our tournament reach to Southern California and engage with passionate anglers in a fun and competitive tournament, pursuing one of the most iconic game fish of all time.” The official tournament website will be launched in early 2021, which will provide additional information on the rules, categories, registration, and more. For more information or for any questions, please contact IGFA Events Coordinator Michelle Andersen at mandersen@igfa.org or 954-924-4315.

In reply from IGFA of the concerns of overfishing the resorce--- We are still finalizing all of the specifics for the tournament, but we are definitely going to have minimum sizes for weighed fish, limits to the number of weighed fish allowed per team/per day, and making “high grading” your catches illegal. And of course, there will also be the release category as part of it. Finally, we are hoping to have some state-of-the-art satellite tags at the tournament that we can deploy.

Your input is welcome

-JD -------- jdsbiggame@aol.com


----- Sunday a day of rest- Dec 13 2020---------- Closed on Mondays--

Light cloud cover-- warm in the sun, cool otherwise

light wind form the south 2 3 kts seas calm but with a lump for the west-- Bait ( sardines) moved back in towards the beach off the HB flats-- lots of Dolphins feeding on them-- bass up chasing them in the shallows--

E-mail report from yesterday--- --- Hey JD, caught this today on live squid in 150 ft of water in a spot I was targeting local rock cod! Robert B

( Note not wanting to disclose the "Hot Spot" some coastal land marks were edited out!)

Tides dropped out - hey where'd all the water go-it's a 8 .4 feet of drop today--- - it's a minus 1.4

Good luck if you get out this coming week-- weather looks better--

---- Saturday 12/12/2020 ---

Cloudy, windy, cool and sloppy seas--thats it--

Only a radio check or so on the VHF so far today--

Tides will be dropping like a rock - straight down-- flowing out at 2.7 kts--

Couple of Jet skiers came by the fuel dock this morning-- ( from Canada) wearing shorts and sandles - had a handheld VHF radio with them and topped off with gas --- and they were headed to Catalina-- ! fools

Looks a little breezy out there this afternoon--- mostly good for the rest of the week till next weekend when another front pushes through--

---------------- Friday-- yea its it Friday again- Dec 11 2020------

Cloud cover and a bit cooler-- light west wind 2-4 kts seas ok slight bump and wind texture to it-- nice

Between TShirt and sweatshirts,, rods & reel combos and tools/ knives and bait sales--- today's project and probably the weekends was restore a pair of old Antique reels and rods-- A J Cox from Hollywood Ca 1940 vintage- and heave tackle laminated Bamboo and hickory rod and a Edward VomHofe light tackle reel and bamboo rod, they don't make em like this anymore!



Whale watchers were a little disappointed these days-- hopeful for some sightings for their passengers---- you know how many dolphins were here last week- seems alike the ate up all the baits-- there's;'s no sea life here anymore-- ( inside the lee of catalina) A Fin Back was seen near the shipping lanes

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION isENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 (~95% chance during January-March), with a potential transition during the spring 2021 (~50% chance of Neutral during April-June). La Niña persisted during November, as indicated by well below-average sea surface temperatures The atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific Ocean remained consistent with La Niña. Tropical convection continued to be suppressed from the western Pacific to the Date Line A majority of the models predict La Niña to persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 and to weaken through the spring the forecaster consensus is for a moderate strength La Niña during the peak November-January season. In summary, La Niña is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 (~95% chance for January-March), with a potential transition during the spring 2021 (~50% chance of Neutral during Apr-Jun; click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chances in each 3-month period).


Have a great weekend-- best of luck if you get out-- JD

--- Thursdays Dec the 10th 2020

Light Southeast wind this morning-- bring a few clouds and a light wind chop from the south--

Stand By for some major tide Swings this weekend--- up to 8 feet on exchange in 5 hours-- Highs are early in the mornings, lows in the mid to late afternoons-- Stand By -- Quakes? The moon gravity stretches and compresses the water across the globe, into high and low tides called spring and neap tide, respectively. It pulls on the Earth’s crust!


Spent the day with a few Christmas shoppers outfitting their kids with some light tackle spinning rods and reels and a tackle box full of goodies-- they should have a good time with it- and worked on half dozen reels that all had various problems-- challanges each one-- --

stayed south all day--


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--------- Wed's Dec the 9th 2020----------

- Morning sun rose rose this morning- Seas flat and calm- med swell every so often Great day for boating

In astounishing that with such beautiful weather, the seas are calm and weather is warm-- you'd think at least there's be more on the VHF radio than an radio check-- but thats it not a peep otherwise today--

Several light boats in the harbor today--- getting resupplied

another nice sunset--

better luck tomorrow-- JD

-----------------Tuesday Dec the 7th--------- 2020------

Not bad weather for the middle of December--- warm and not much wind if any--- at least here in Newpoet-- Tides are mellow the first part of the week buiding on the weekend as the moon darken-

Not many boats out so far today-- should be a great sunset this afternoon with the odd cloud formations--

A call out on the radio--- to see if anyone was there--- nope--- like a mouse--- quiet and such a beautiful day-- maybe by this afternoon a few folks will get on the water for the pending sunset-- maybe even go hooping for the night--


fished the bay at sunset--- not a bite but good scenery


Sunday, peaceful Sunday Dec 6th 2020-----Closed Mondays-- ----

Light morning marinr overcast left us by 10 am -wetwards lay milky white to a light blue gray horizon line- seas calm on the inside, larger swell pushing through from the west .

Newport bay's Bay Bass tournament held today--- radio question if anyone had caught a fish yet-- reply was they didn't know if it was a fishing tournament.

With the good weather boats were out deep droppong for swordfish-- late yesterday it was repoted that it had been a late afternoon bite 4:30 pm -- just about dusk

SD report 12/6/2020 The Tomahawk called in with 65 Bluefin Tuna up to 120 pounds and a 40 pound avg. They are on the 2nd day of a 2.5 day trip with 25 anglers. The Pacific Queen returned this morning with LIMITS (68) of Bluefin Tuna for 34 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. These fish were mostly in the 40 to 70 lbs. range with a couple over 100 lbs.

-reported light boats working off the flats in the night-- squid

--- Dec the 5th 2020----- Saturday -----

- Clouds in the morning hours- to only a few in the late afternoon hours-- seas flat-- beautiful water-- but cool with clarity 15- 20 ft-- fishing only fair-- boats that travled to Catalina and Clemente report only fair calicos with not much current or concentration of fish-- nice to fish but catches were hard to come by

Lots of folks out just getting sunshine-- can't blame em'- good to enjoy the outdoors--

SD party boats still finding and scoring of tunas -- from small to 200 lb fish remarlable for December fishing--

12/5/20 The Pacific Queen called in with LIMITS of Bluefin Tuna (40 to 70 lbs.) 2@200+ lbs. The Tomahawk called in with 17 Bluefin Tuna (40 to 120 lbs.) to start of their 2.5 day trip with 25 passengers.

Today, I think i gave away more monofilament line to local residents wanting to hang Christmas ornaments, wreaths or keeping trees in line than I did in selling fishing line to go fishing!



--------- Dec the 4th the yea 2020-- the day Friday-- yea friday again-- -- better sky today with blue above and a light marine haze to the west- calm seas with an occasional lump from the west - nice

Coastal bays and harbors and the shorelines has a ring of soot to them .

Another one of those beautiful days here in So Calif-- -- not much going on in the fish world , Local party boats fishing the bottom stuff--- yesterdays fish count-- Freelance 3/4 Day 191 Rockfish, 35 Whitefish, 22 Sculpin 12/3/20 Western Pride 1/2 Day 5Rockfish, 25 Red Snapper, 2 Bocaccio, 38 Whitefish, 8 Sheephead, 29 Sculpin, 1 Sand Bass, 1 Split-tail Perch, and 1 Octopus

SD boats were chasing 65 Yellowtail below the border and the Tomahawk came back in w/ a 2 Day 26 10 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Yellowtail count


A check with the Water temps here in So Calif



and watching the water temps change over the past month off the lower Baja Pacific and Sea of Cortez drop significantly . Report of the stripers drifting further south with the rest of the sealife-- looks like that little spot of warm water off the tip of Baja-- will slip further south










--------------------- November 2020----------------- ---------------- Dec 2020--------------------------------


--------------- Thursdays report------- Dec 3rd ------Yikes it's friday tomorrow-- ! ----------

Smoke on the water--- stinky smoke smell this morning--- light westerly this afternoon driving most of it away-- Small Craft today-- not many boats left the harbor-- some of the bigger traveling yachts kept on their way-- - water temps at least surface holding at the 60 degree mark--Water Temperature (WTMP): 60.6 °F off Long Beach - 62 off SD ,

I guess its time to go fishin-- might not be many fish around but at least you get off the land and enjoy some sunshine and nature!

or head south to Mexico and further south -- like those traveling yachts did this morning-- !

Couple of boys out the harbor with the draining tide- this afternoon - to fish below the harbor about the only place it's fishable today-- wind backed off to nothing in the afternoon hours

Still lots of folks wanting to just go fishing whether its shoreline. surf fishing or just to find a dock to fish off of ( Sittin on the dock on the bay" ) or getting out of Santa Ana / or wherever, just to find some open space and a breath of fresh air.

Good luck if you get out-- JD


--Wed's Report Dec the 2nd 2020--------

Flat calm seas-- blue sky- a lump swell from the west once in a while -- very nice for a December day--- tides filling morning hours drains out till mid afternoon--

Wind forecasted for late tonight and into Thursday----

Boy it doesn't get much more quiet on the radio nor the conditions than today- afternoon hours here on the beach with calm seas and no wind

Strong northerly winds and building seas of 8-10 ft are expected in the Gulf of California through Fri.



--- Tuesdays Report Dec the 1st 2020 ---------

Another beautiful day here in So calif--Crispy morning turning to bright warming sunshine and sparkly water and calm seas--

Took the day off yesterday to try for the mighty Broadbill Swordfish here off Newport's canyon and dropoff -- flat day-clear and green 57 degree water - don't think we saw more than a dozen birds passing by or came over to us with nothing else to do- they soon flew away-- not a porpoise, dolphin seal, whale or any schools of baitfish came by. nothing all day from 7 till after noon- nada-- only thing seen was the bobbing float off in the short distance, like watching a bobber fishing bluegills with worms only bigger-- the float system - laid out slowly pulling away went down fine --came up fine. I sent down a combinations of blinking lights, lead weighs and sand bags and rigged squid with light line break offs. --it all tangled up! - a second more simplified drop worked flawless but still no bites--came home - always a thoughtful glance back in the receding wake, the sun on the trailing water- peaceful -- nothing ventured nothing gained-- thanks Vick had a good time-

Baja Mexico Cabo looks like a giant $$$ payout for their wahoo dorado tournament

Radio quiet for most of the day-- couple of boats taking, one having been directed out of the Navy's active area this morning - they fished in leeward side of the island-- a yellowtail and some Calicos caught


----- Closed on Mondays---

-------- Sunday Nov 29th 2020- Clear and crisp turning to warm in the sunshine- light 3-5 + kts wind from the south-- seas good-- light cap to it--

Those Bluefin out on the outere banks Tanner etc were showing well again yesterday with good catches of mostly small fish some big--The Tomahawk called in todaywith 70 Bluefin Tuna so far on their 2 day trip with 25 anglers.

East meets West whale watching boat came back in from his morning trip -out by the oil rigs-- dolphins, a finback whale and a Broadbill Swordfish finning-- 25 minutes ago 12:00 32 and 03

While others who were deep dropping locally said no bites for them--

with the nice weather boats stayed out till the late afternoon early evening hours for a calm sunset-

better luck next time-- as the saying goes--


JD off tomorrow to fish w/ Vick and release a swordfish! New Zealand Sytle!








E-Mail this morning from Hammer---- heading back to home port---- Hello JD this is Hammer we got these two Swordfish yesterday on the Nine , the fish weighted 120 for Adam Cargill's fish and 170 for Rick Shedore-- Congrats-- JD















---------- Sat Nov 28 2020-- Crispy morning turning to a sunny nice day very little wind maybe from the south-- seas good w/ a light wind ruffle on it-- Tides running out good and strong,

Several boats deep dropping locally-- 33° 31' 21.864" N / 117° 53' 38.04" W so it's not far from the harbore entrance--

Such a nice day-- time to head offshore--- E mail this afternoon--Hi JD - hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Michael and I headed over to Clemente this morning and found some yellows. Heading back now. Have a good weekend. Gary

Boy the beaches and harbors were crowed today--- -- can't blame them too much on a nice day like today--- not much said on the radio today-- but there were Broadbill hooked if not landed today--

Offshore--- SD reports--- 1/28/2020 The Pacific Queen called in with LIMITS (50) Bluefin Tuna up to 40 lbs so far for day 1 of their 3 day trip with 25 Anglers. They reported great signs of fish !


Grumpys bit late in the afternoon --afte rthe tide changed---



-Friday-- again--- Nov 27 2020---- Clear blue above and to the west too- Santa Ana's' continue to blow fair to strong - tight against the coastal cliffs there's some protection and relief from the wind-- the further out you go the more it builds up and you've got to return into the wind to come home--

Not as many boats out as one would expect with the wind-- by this afternoon it'll back off and more boating traffic is expected- - just to get out of the house!

A walk in the sunshine seemed to be the days events

folks were wanting to catch something but few bites-- inshore bay waters clear- and cold too- mid day the wind switched to be a westerly--- light to fair with some small wind chop to it-- other wise for Black Friday pretty quiet here on the waterfront-- \

good luck this weekend if your get out-- JD

----- Closed Thanksgiving's Day--

---- Wed's Nov 25 Hump Day ! ! ---- light to fair marine clouds this morning-- wind from the south 2 3 kts seas good- light wind ripple on the water-- Strong Santa Ana's Thursday afternoon 4 pm on--

Tides favor a mid afternoon bite

A check with the latest water temp charts shows cool waterss creaping southwards--

Water temps from 58 degrees to 70 degrees , that body of cold water it's growing larger each day!

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgivings-- A day of rest for most and a day of reflections --- and thanks to all who have read these fish reports , --



San Clemente island looks open for the rest of the week, but the Santa Ana winds looks to blow into the island up till friday-- then better for Sat and Sunday-- -


-------------- Tuesday Nov 24 2020 ---------Cloudless sky and morning marine haze seaward-- - coastal water 60 degrees-- ! cold!

Flat, calm and no fish was the report he given- when asked how was it out there--

Big news--- so far today-- whales seen-- must be five of them! Humpbacks -- and there must be 5,000 dolphins--- we're going camp here all day-- it's so concentrated here this time of year-- you could drive around for five miles either way and not see anything-- Humpbacks and dolphins and anchovies-- offshore oil rigs outside Long beach- red buoy to the A Bank

Not much today--- coastal fishing-- still waiting for the WSB to show up-- there were a few Giant Black Bass around-- tackle busters--

-Nicest day this week-

------- Sunday-- a foggy day Nov 22 20---fog horns welcomed--Closed on Mondays-- -

Light wind from the Sout/hSouthwest bringing with it the fog-sunlignt behind it making it brighter - downhill current-not much swell--

Waters cool- 62- 64 degees

Rasta fish-- Dave still on his fish-- yep had him close to the boat once--- ( Swordfish) 10:24

Congrats go out to the Rasta Fish on them boating their swordfish---10:38am

184.2 lbs on 50lb tackle-- a Button fish for Dave-- nice catch!


Foggy in the afternoon hours--






Sat-- The Sleeper got its first Swordfish. Congrats to Lamar Lee and Dezmond Chattleton. We finally did it.!!!


Sat-- Hi JD, our good friend Frank Adler. caught his first broadbill swordfish yesterday - #145 lbs. on the PROSPECTOR. Frank landed his King on #50 lb. dacron stand-up gear and had an epic 3 hour battle. Thanks for your reports and serving our reels etc. Tight lines Hoose









----------- Sat - Nov 21st 2020----------------------

Morning bring a better day here in Newport-- Foggy further down the coastline off San Diego and there-a bouts- brought on by that upwell cold water Seas good light wind if any--

coastal fishing only fair so far-- the Calicos and a few sand bass on Frank Alder scores with 50 Pound Dacron, while fishing on Prospector, captained by George Garrett. Nice work guys!the deeper structure spots--

Tides are mellow this weekend- , Couple deep droppers saying they had had a bite a 1/2 earlier-- came off-severed the bait--

We're just passing the Condom-- where we had some fish eariler-- 39/56 -- 11:17

Bill says he just had a 300 lber come off ( swordfish)

we had one up flagging -- missed it with the dart--- it was squirrelly not much to the east of us--- it's all sliding south----

we're seeing a few batches of fish-- got that one smaller 120-130 slow trolling a bait-- 12:56

we just got wacked off but didnt stick-- just to let you know--- OK go get the next one--- ( Deep droppers Catalina?) 1:38pm

Stagger calls in with a one for one on the Swordfish catch-- below the border Coranado Canyon--

and Hoose was reported also haveing boated a swordfish today-- Clemente?


What the Hell it's Friday again- Nov 20th 2020----------

Light fog or marine haze this morning-- wind from the west light to fair 3-6 kts seas calm light wind chop , Crecent moon filling as the tides flatten out--

Private sportfishers and others- travleing up from Mag or down to the Cape-- have moderate northerly winds across the waters from Punta Eugenia northward, and gentle to moderate northwesterly winds to the south. Wave heights are 5-7 ft in long-period northwest swell, except to 8 ft across the far northern waters. Little change in winds and seas are expected through tonight.

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Light fog mid day went away--- wind died and a few high clouds towards the sunset---

Fin Whales and dolphins seen up by the oil rigs--

Good luck ths weekend if you get out--- JD

-- Thursdays Report Nov 19 2020-----

Morning blue sky to the east westward milky white marine haze- wind fair from the west 6-8-10 kts- seas have a light wind chop to them on a small west swell.

Bay waters have a emerald clear green to them-- lots of smelt in the bays--

feels cooler in the breeze-- not many boats out on the tuna grounds today-- a few working their way southwards below the border in search smaller gamefish

Again one of those quiet days on the waterfront--- wind stayed light to fair for the day-- GJ dropped by- he'd been deep dropping over the past few days Newport and San Onofee - no bites but did see a Great White cruising along the coastline just south of Newport only a mile or so offshore--

Better luck tomorrow--



-------- Wed's Report Nov 18 2020------------ Overcast cool morning with he sun just starting to show itself late mid morning hours-- wind light to fair from the west 4-6 kts seas calm-- gray looking--

SD boats seems to be having only fair Bluefin tuna fishing-- not many for the anglers and the time , further south they were into yellows and some skippies--

The Condor returned with 2 Bluefin Tuna (1@100# and 1@170#) for their 1.5 Day trip with 19 anglers. The Pacific Queen called in with 8 Bluefin Tuna for Day 3 of a 3 day trip with 24 anglers. The Liberty called in with 89 Yellowtail and 4 SkipJack for their Fullday trip with 22 anglers.

Looks like that main body of Striped Marlin in the Mag Bay area has drifted further south of Pt Tasco-- the Finger Banks and below-- soon to stack up on the Golden Gate and Jamie Banks off Cabo-- Stand By!

I'll be interesting to see months from now if those marlin that were Archival tagged above Cedros and then in the Mag Bay area if these fish will turn the corner and move back up into the seas of Cortez or like previous recorded tagging studies showed the fish move further south to almost the equator and or go out west towards Hawaii- we'll find out this coming Summer when the tags pop off-


The day turns out real nice with sun and only a light breeze-- not much said on the radio today-- I hear some small 10-25lb Bluefin showed up off the backside of Catalina and some of the bigger bluefins moved in towards Clemente island over the past few day-- Navy still has much of it closed off--

Hope to have a better fish report tomorrow--

---------------------------------Tuesday's Report Nov 17th 2020-----------

Blue sky above-- coastal ---a wall of white fog against the blue sky- wind, light from the southwest I think- and seas were calm an occasional swell rolls by -- tides are still big and very shallow--

Tuna fishers----Did the water temp change-- ? 64 .5 we had yesterday-- sure changes from yesterday--- meetered lots yesterday nothing so far-- saw one wolfpack but the went down -- nothiong for us so far---

Stayed cool and foggy here on the beach today-


Hey guys, here are more pics of the guy thats been robbing boats in Newport. Who is this? He broke into my buddies boat and stole a bunch of gear. Let’s find this thief! Please Share!

Better video images of the thief-- Call NP Police Dept if you suspect someone-- JD

REWARD $2,000










----- Sunday a Day of rest------- Nov 15th 2020-------------Closed on Mondays-- -

Summers here again-- ! light S/W wind clear blue sky westward it's hazy seas calm

tides moving in and out the harbor's-- greatly--


E- Mail this morning from Chris --- just south of the 371 fathom spot--- Chaos!!! as tuna and tails were surrounding the boat--- Limits on YF and YT by 9:00 am. Capt Lonnie. Fun fishing for November! S 371

Coastal deep droppers working their lines and 800 and 1000 ft -- no fish yet-still - standing by--

He said all they got today were a few barracuda down by the Salt Creek kelp beds--- but they enjoyed the ride there and back--

another smaller boat pulled up to the dock out front-- still cleaning the rock fish they had caught- looks like dozens of them

Bass fishing fair to good up the line--



Hey its Saturday--Nov 14 2020,, Only 37 more days till the Sun begins to rise earlier- The morning clouds left us- blue hazy sky- wind light from the south 2 kts- seas calm- but cool- air feels cool too- waters clarity is good vis at 8-10ft or better- those fish can see you before you see them! Strong running tides--- almost 3 kts!

Coastal water lumpy this morning--- statrted to flatten as the day woar on-- wat themps 57 degrees- big tide swing--- Deep droppers gave up as the day tuned westerly wind came up till the late afternoon hours--- not much said on the radio and only a few halibut bites that i hear of-

better weather expected on the outside--

no quakes so far--


------ friday-- Friday-- friday the 13th-- giant tides and bad luck-- hide!-----

Sky clear and blue- coastal marine haze wind light varring west and south 2-4 kts-- seas calm (inner) outer a mixed small 6 sec. peirod swell

(from facebook KK)---Satellite tagged 3 Marlin on my trip aboard Reel Time, Mag Bay. Now the 9 month wait for results. Great trip with good people! Another 30 or so hours to home.


What an amazing tribute to the study of these beauties of the Sea-- thanks for sharing Kenny great photo---











Couple of deep droppers off Cat--- no fish or bites that I know of but a nice day to do it--

Better luck tomorrow-



------- Thursday's Nov 12 2020-report -- Dotted clouds and blue sky this morning-- wind light from the west 2 kts- seas are fine some light wind chop- it's feels cold -San Pedro's buoy shows it at 57.0-

Building tides this weekend--- Stand By!

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 (~95% chance during January-March) and into spring 2021 (~65% chance during March-May).

Boats fished the east end of cat today-- catching reds and bottom dwellers-- Squid should be there --and yellows too-

Not much else said on the radio today

Call from Greg-- off Mag bay having released over fifteen marlin by 11 am today--- quads on the jigs-- dorado pesky an all lures--




An AIS peak at the boats fishing off Mag Bay shows them in a line working the temps breaks and shelving drop offs outside Santa Maria . Wahoos and marlins and dorados .

the lower fleet below Pt Tasco working more towards the Finger Banks where it warms up again--













--- Nov 11 2020-------- Veteran's Day------Thank you for all who have served this great nation-- !

a beautiful clear day of blue sky against the flat dark blue sea- Catalina in full view and majestic as ever--and snowy mountains inland - we're thankful to have such a view.

Clam seas ,wind very light from the south-- waters clearing up leaving a tea stained bottom in the harbors and bays-- lots of baitfish inside the harbor--

Days like this makes one wonder why they weren't out deep dropping for a swordfish 7 miles outside the harbor-- maybe someone will

radio reports hear of one fellow saying that buoy gear was up --( 9 M bk?)10:34

Simple E- Mail this morning--- Left harbor at 6am, back by 6pm. Left them biting. Tanner yesterday on Hippo (It's not a very big boat!)

deep dropper saying they He'd got one at around 300 all the others came off before he could get to them?--

one thresher shark 175 lb and one of the other kind--

looks like a golf course-- ok meter marks all along the 500 mark depth--

Coastal water temps from 55 to 74 degrees-




Nice day!




------ Tuesday Nov 10 2020 -----------

Cold nights and morning clear skies--- light south wind in the morning hours turning to a med 10 kts + west in the afternoon - wind chop on a left over west swell -water temps tool a plunge-- Water Temperature (WTMP): 57.0 °F

The question did those tunas go away?-

Fisherman's landing web site-- shows---- 11/10/2020 The Pacific Queen called in with 30 Bluefin Tuna 6@ 140-317# so far for day 2 of their 2.5 day trip with 24 Anglers. They reported great weather.

( from Facebook) Anthony Hsieh · Probably the best trip I’ve ever been on. 900 Striped Marlin Released --total with us baiting and catching a tailer at dusk. This group was so much fun, from the high energy fishing, to the luxury of the 144, the amazing food, and the natural beauty of Mag Bay. This trip is one for the books. And of course our 330 record setting day that tops it all. Day 1 330 Day 2 117 Day 3 210 Day 4 243 4 day average 225 Incredibly proud of this group and my crew. And a huge shut out to captain Steve Lassley, the best captain and friend I can ever have. Enjoy the photo by John Ellis. The finish video from this man is going to be completely epic










Cell phone call in the late afternoon from Greg -- on they way south-- Uncle Sam Bank brought them multiple Wahoo bites all good sized fish-- Dorado there too -- relatively quite for them on the Ridge till they got to the Thedis Bank-- Fair to good Marlin. dorados fishing for them there to Santa Maria - heading south below Mag tomorrow




Sunday Nov 8 2020 --------------

Blustery with a clearing wind and swell from the west--- showers and wind-

We'll the big question is-- what will this blow do to the fishing conditions-- after a solid 25 to 40 kts of wind and upwelling water for two three days - ya have to think it will drop 5 maybe 10 degrees - we'll just have to see -- How far in depth does this influence go 30- 50 feet at least--Coastal waters will have the greatest degrading, offshore-- most warmer water fish will leave and they can go quick-- those Bluefin who live at 300- 500 ft below the surface for most of the day-- will probably feel some sort of disturbance - but I"d venture to say give it 4 5 days and we will see them again- of course by new week another blow is forecasted-- and it's these continued blow will make the difference-- standing by-

Boy I'm glad I got my firewood ordered--!-


- Sat Nov the 7th 2020-----

An rainy windy day---- Small Craft Advisory-------- --- only a few sailors out---

Good day to finish up home projects--( inside)

Couple of boats gearing up for their journey south to Mag and points beyond- if you require some of the older tackle refreshed or new line on them give us a call--- ---looks like another blow coming this next weekend too-

Bay waters still relitivly clean, lots of baitfish inside the harbor-- Pelicans diving in on it--

rain squalls passing through



Rank- Team -Angler- Species- Weight--1 Reel Godz of Rodz Shea sumner Tuna 210 2 Rocky Mountain Hookers Travis King Tuna 209 3 Reel Hookers Anthony Sapanero Tuna 202 4 Tuna South Mike Cucuzza Tuna 186 5 BURRO Mauricio Guluarte Tuna 175.5 6 Sea Boy Sean Green Tuna 126.5 7 REEL CAST Taylor Rogers Tuna 115 8 Laguna Madre Kimberly Bullman Tuna 110 9 Baja Jerky Josue Moreno Tuna 104 10 Hooray Nestor Gullemo Tuna 81.5 -- Congrats-- JD

Couple boats weathered in the protection of Cedros-- heading north when they can--

Should be a great sunset--

- Better luck next time! as the saying goes---


----- Friday-- they just keep coming--- Friday the 6 2020 -

-- Mostly Cloudy with a stiff south wind being sucked up by that approaching low pressure system coming-- sky's gray- water choppy small craft-- not many boats out today--

The Great Marlin Race---

We've been blessed with the opportunity to view nature and Her ever increasing wonders-- The Great Marlin Race , a objective to scientifically study the movements of billfish throughout the oceans of the world via archive tagging. The tags are generally placed in the billfish during big game fishing events/ tournaments throughout the world. Since the program launched in 2009/ to 2011, over 400 billfish in 21 countries and logged over 218,000 nautical miles of movement. From the Hawaiian waters Blue marlin were tagged, Australia Blacks, ,Puerto Rico, South Africa and just about everywhere else in the tempernt waters billfish have tagged and studied. The IGMR has fundamentally changed the way that scientists, anglers, and policymakers understand billfish.



In 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 (tagged in Sept tgg popped up in May-- the marlin went to almost to the equator then back to above hawaii before it poped up--

And over the past month--

These are the first two tags to be deployed in conjunction with the 2020 MABT-IGMR. Since no tags were able to be deployed off southern California during this year’s event, all six tags are now going to be deployed off the Baja/Magdalena Bay area. Both of these tags were sponsored by the Tuna Club of Avalon the two sat tags deployed by Burning Daylight on October 18 and 19, 2020 during a 12 day trip from Newport Beach to Magdalena Bay and back. 10/18 was caught on the Ranger Bank, located just north of Cedros Island, North Baja. 10/19 was caught on the north end of the ridge, southwest of Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur.

3 more tags have been deployed off the Baja Coast. Tags (L330-2993 & L330-3035 on behalf of the Crean Foundation) and L330-3037 on behalf of Marty Firestein were deployed aboard Reel Time. And Geoff Hersch indicating the Dana Angling Club tag had in fact been deployed at 24 12.06 N/111 58.42 W in 79.5 degree water. Mission accomplished! Now it’s up to the Stripeys to swim long and far. Hopefully, in 240 days we’ll begin to get reports from these tags. My sincere thanks to all tag sponsors, boat captains and crews for making this important billfish research project possible. Tight lines, Bob Kurz

Hooked-- Had the opportunity to tag a beautiful and strong 130# Striped Marlin here in Mag Bay last week. Now we wait 9 months for data retrieval.



Bad Company is in Fiji at the moment--- nice place to be----


Stand by for the blow !-----she's a comming--









---Thursdays Nov 5th---- Nice fall morning with a light cloud cover and wind light from the southwest-- 4-5 kts seas calm- small mix of swell - due to change tonight--- Stand By---

Cabo San Lucas-Baja -- the WON Tuna Jackpot tournament starts today---

Team Count 149 --Angler Count 522

1st plave so far Reel Hookers Anthony Sapanero Tuna 202


Nice day the clam before the storm--!


------- Yes Dorothy the sun did rise---- it's Wed Nov 4th 2020-----------

Light marine haze seas calm with a small swell from the west -- nice day on the water, Tides swell in the morning hours - Swordfish tides over the next few days as that mid day Slack period brings them up " the Pop" .

Scientific records show Broadbill Swordfish sounding to the depths 800- 1200 ft from dawn - stay deep all day till dusk where again they have a desire to go straight up to the surface within a few meters and stay there till dawn again when the dive deep--- -- Sometimes-- sometimes they come up the the surface during those broad periods of an Slack Tide "Pop" basking themselves in the midday's warming sunshine, ( said to turn "pink" sun burnt) then just as quick as the tides turns they dive down again to that deep depth till sunset--


E-mail from Baja-- Slow pick on the Ridge last week.Water cooled off 4-5 degrees. Headed up Friday and got a triple on the wahoo on the Uncle Sam Bank. Big slab on the deck was 70 plus.

SD Report ---The Tomahawk returned with 26 Bluefin Tuna (2@40#) and (24@130-350#) for their 2.5 day trip with 25 Anglers

Deep droppers were complaining on not catching more than they were--- buying price $5.25 lb

Just got one for three on deck--- from our numbers - 5 and -15 -- You'll see em' on the surface -- like breezing ---try to get you bait in the direction they are breezing---1:19 ---hooked one that never stopped -- it's probably still going on---

We haven't seen any meter marks-- --- oh forget it ----they're right here on the surface behind me---- 34/06--- now were marking them solid from 250 down--- at least the weather is not too bad --1:25

Sounds like Cazador-- Mark has a big tuna aboard--- 240/ 250/

we just put a 270 on board --missed the first one--- radio receptions very good - though scratchy , hearing boats on the Cortez--- here in Newport--

We just got a blow up 20 ft out from the boat just setting it out--- 2:50 and a setting sun



Nov the 2nd 2020--- Sun came up at 6:15 probably do the same tomorrow at 6:15 am --- it will set at 4:59 today and hopefully tomorrow at 4:57 pm

Light marine haze/ fog along the coastline , westerly starting to build as the sun heats up. Tides still strong - though will start to flatten out by the weekend .

Sportfishers traveling north these days from the Cape or Mag bay--- finding only a few short windows of weather for the next week--- stand by---

Wind stayed calm for most of the day--- a few long distance radio calls saying they had tunas up and were chasing them-- not sure where they were but radio reception is good with the 302 and 425 boats talking-- The tuna fleet concentrated on the Cortez or there a bouts - from the web sites still very good fishing big and small


- Closed Monday--

--------- November the 1st the Year 2020---- the day Sunday-- patchy fog and no smashed pumpkins!

Again a coastal fog that extends seawards miles - seas ok- weather has some high tropical looking stuff otherwise calm--a few crying gulls in the foggy background

We just dumped one ---set the pattern out-- came in-- three jumps and it came off--10:21-

He saw a couple of feeders here on the tide-- put the jigs out--

They ran to Dana from Newport--- dragging bonito feathers all the way-- no bonito no life-- that's what the whale watchers were saying--- very little signs of bait or sealife around these days---

whales were out on the Osborn Bank---

yea we're about ready to hang it up -- yea were about to do the same--- as the early day settles into evening the marlin trollers were saying---

The Trmp parade--- paraded around Newport Harbor today----- Never in 40+ years here on the waterfront have I seen such out going display- maybe the Woududed Wares on Water boat prade last summer was more emocianal - good to see active people out voiceing their opinion--

( deep dropper-- 800 ft) off Avalon-- dropping all day-- getting ready to go home and had a nibble were were lucky--- We were up at the west end- 152 heard of one fish up there-- we didnt fiand anything-- looks ok-- but seems a little better road down here-- ( east end of the isand)

- Good luck next week if you get out---


Oct 31 2020 Sat --- Spooky day-- and night

Coastal foggy conditions extends ou seaward a dozen miles--

Boats out looking for marlin, tuna, yellowtails, swordfish - and land---

Congrats to Greg and crew, Randy and his brother Jeff on their Broadbill Swordfish catch yesterday afternoon 80 lb tackle/ no railing 2 1/2 battle 191.8 lbs-- nice looking fish--

Hey-- wind in that buoy line it's getting lost in the fog-- it's sure acting funny--- they were bit-- hours later---When I talked to Randy he said it was right here at the boat got to go--- it just hung there thirty feet off the boat-- Greg put the wood to it and turned it aside and they got the gaffs into it-- more gaffs-- they got the bait back almost un scathed- ready to fish again!

Hooker how's it going----- couldn't be much slower--- 68 .6 degrees haven'ts seen any life in there days ---all the bait we could find was between Long Point to the East end-- I'm out here on the 277 -- it's 67 degrees---we're heaed towards the 209 and where's some sun and blue sky--

Boats out on the 181-- 289 report -- not much life there either--

Swagger how ya doing--- we're not doing much here how about you--- it's 69.5-- where are you at---were out and up from where we were--

were were on the 289 yesterday --lots of life there but no bites for us there

Bass fishing at clemente-- fair with t he full moon

Some fish metered under a kelp 04/29 ( mac bank) no bites--

out here late Deep dropping had a bite got the hook back no bait--- -- had the bite on the first drift--- hoping to catch one-- buoy went down-- got a bite this morning visibility was not so good almost had a boat run into it --


Fat lady still hasn't sung her song yet---

Rasta Fish--Dave Elm stubbs his tow-- ran over one today--- Jig fish -- between the 152 and 277-- 13 / 04-- just the two of them aboard--- his buddy released it---



---Oct 30-- Full Moon - Hey it's Friday again-- yep ! and a Spooky weekend at hand--

- Patches of fog against the coastline the AM hours after the sun came up-- marine haze after the mid morning hours-no wind to speak of-- maybe 2 3 from the west-- calm seas-- no swell - water temps cooler on the shoreline 64- 65- a little off the beach up to 67 degrees

Strong tides

A call to Hooker this morning----you catch a marlin yet-- nope haven't seen one, nor had a bite--- -- Ok we're here out Deep droppin' off Newport-- --

Daily the fishing reports from the boats heading south are enticing-- from tunas, dorados, and marlins--- reports from above Cedros Island last week and scores of tailers seen on the Ranger Bank-- to below Turtle and Stripers galore, Wahoo on the Ridge and more marlin nd wahoos off Mag bay proper-- good times for all---

The weather along the West Coast to Baja's Cape has been relative stable for months - maintaining the majority of sealife mid peninsula -- and it seems stable for a while -- Traditionally by this time of year there would be several Northwest cold fronts coming down the coast interplaying with the Santa Ana highs- but so far really no major storms and 15 day forecast shows a storm two weeks away- so things should stay stable for at least till then--- and maybe even concentrating the sealife more towards Mag bay in the latter half of November--- Stand By--- remember-- bring plenty of circle- hooks-!-

A view from last year at this time and this years water temps for the southern half of Baja--










---------------------2019------------------------------------------- 2020 -----------------

Party boat below the border below the 302 had a marlin--- took a trolling jig-- Nomad tuna lure -- purple

A scratchy call mid afternoon--- JD's tackle--- -- Jason here-- Sea Horse---we're on out way in-- got two super cows on board-- one at 309 and the other at 320--- Wow! 3;15pm


One yesterday afternoon the other this morning--- on the Cortez Bank--- not directly with the fleet but they found bait marks away from the fleet and set up the kites w Flyers--- - Congrats--- JD



A phone call from Matt- telling me he's received cell phone call from the Go- Away--- Greg, Randy and Jeff aboard were drifting for Swordfish--out by the rigs-- - they'd been on a fish for a hour-- got close but it went away-- just about that time a radio call from Randy- confirmed they were on a fish- and still fighting it--- Stand By -- !!

Fog developing all along the shoreline out for five miles heavy at times--- and they're fighting that swordfish in the fog-- eerie!


you still tight--- 5:13--- yep-- go get em--

Towards that setting yellow sun in the mist of the fog--- he're right here next to the boat--- got to go---5:47

You there-- JD--- 5:51 we got em!---- Hooker chimes in--- looking for a feast at the next Pesky meeting - and there's the Congrats from the C'est La Vie

Yea we got it in the boat-- Greg did it himself-- on 80lb tackle-- weird fighting that fish in the fog-- but it's cleared up here now-- looks to be close to the two mark--

-All right-- he's on the boat--- 5:55

Nice going's--- from the fleet-- thanks! took a lot of days but we did it-- he was a tough little guy--- give him someing cold to drink!



--------- Thursdays report ------ Nice light marine haze calm seas- wind light from the S/W 4-5 kts-- water starting to cool off with those nighttime drops in temps--

Again not much said on the radio today-- Stan was out looking for that "last one" not much happening for them-- even lonely with no other boats out---

Couple of Deep droppers dow on the upper ( mile bank-- saying they hadn't meetered much bait--- but they did get at least one fish while moving the gear the fish hit the freshly moved bait--

there were a couple guys talking early- using the largest mackerel he had-- halibut I think he had caught?

nice weather

good luck if you get out tomorrow or the weekend-- JD

Wed Oct 28 2020- Clear and not so smoky-- light wind from the southwest this morning , more towards the west as the day gets along--

We've had three blow-ups on the baits-- We're on a fish now--- where you at plus 15 minus 3three we're starting to mark em' now-- 12:26 trolling the kite w/ a balloon.

Monster 360+ Bluefin weighed at the BAC yesterday-- taken by the Thunderbird out of Newport --- They're getting bigger!

Got a double going---- 12:38-- tuna --- big tunas--- Must be closer that the Tanner or very-very good radio reception today---

------------------- Tuesdays Report Oct 27 2020-------------

Offshore Santa Ana Winds prevail mild compared to yesterdays winds-- No clouds yet sill hazy from inland fires- Tides building and Moons filling--- water clearing as these cold nights settle the sediment that's in the water--

N0ot much wind lee --the coastal bluffs off South Newport-- Salt Creek and a little below Dana-- Back side of Catalina windy otherwise--

Small Boston Whaler came back in the harbor this morning-- By its dominant 80lb Swordfish tackle in the rod holder-- he was out for them this morning-- at least tried- too windy out off the Newport Canyon-- down the line off Abalone Point he gave it an hour or two's try-- but no bites-- came back in as that wind picked up-- Amazing to see --here it's almost November a small skiff with 80 tackle hung off here out fishing for Broadbill Swordfish-

E-Mail of Turtle Bay fueling--- Hey JD, I enjoy your report and the information you provide. I passed through Turtle Bay on Sunday and paid 5.88 per gallon using cash. It appears they have become more reasonable after not receiving much business lately. -Hunter on Burning Daylight.

Deep droppers ( 9 Mile bank to La Jolla Canyon-) --- we set up around noon -- was on set # 8 and saw #1 was on ( bit) and been on ever since---- - Oh Boy that sounds like a big one---yea-- it's traveled a long ways--how you doing--- - We've got a fatty on -- probably 250- 270 --got it on the boat and we're about to run out the gear again-- 3:22pm

There was some grumpling about the fish ( swordfish) that wasn't a swordfish-- shark?

Better weather and fishing tomorrow-- JD


------ Sundays Report Oct 25 2020- Closed on a smoky Windy Monday---

A few light sprinkles in the clouds, light west wind 5-9 kts seas OK with a west swell behind them- Tides again starting to build as that Full develops next week-- Blue Moon again the 31st-

Remarkable fishing for the Pacific Bluefin t=Tunas was remarked last night from the afternoon well into the dark where by Midnight most angles had their limits of 2 each-- big fish 80- 90- upwards to the 150- 200 mark and even bigger fish fought- The heaver Flat fall style lures accounted for the majority of them-- some of bait and daytime the flyers held their attention- Tanner Bank was the general area or AKA the 100 gallon bank --at least--

Boats were out locally fishing for the Broadbill Swordfish-- deep dropping out front of Newport-- 8 and 10 lb weights were needed to keep the baits straight up and down with drift and wind currents moving them around--- maybe a bite or two -- no fish hooked that I heard of--

Mag Bay fishing looking at the AIS shows the boats between the Entrada and Pt Tosca--- no word yet on the numbers--- Others still enjoying the ride- from Turtle southwards to explore the fishing

If you got em' flaunt em", Sleeper with a few dorado and tuna flags flying











Go dodgers--- da bums blew it--


--------------Sat Oct 24 2020 ---------------

Cloudy with a bit or drizzle here- there-- wind light West 3 -5 kts seas calm

Black and Blue--- No real winners other than in the Release Division, in the Kill side of the tournament -- 127 boats entered- 127 lost -


Next Up--- Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, Nov. 4th – 7th where Teams can possiblywin 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall. A maximum of 3 tuna, 1 wahoo or 1 dorado may be weighed per day, per team.





E mail this morning--- Went offshore with Kieth McDonald, my Dad, Clay and Hayden and added 2 more nice bluefin to Chumani’s already great season. Thanks for everything JD


The weather looks Ok for tomorrow Sunday But Stand By for Mondays Blow--- Strong Santa Anas blow in early morning hours---






Another E Mail today--- Hi JD, got bored took out two fishing experts and hooked up yesterday . Good size dorado and small YT all on the fly. Amazing fun day change of pace weather and tons of laughs. Saw a nice swordie baited it ( not on a fly rod) took the Mac on for a bit but line broke. Lots of skippies and fished back side of San Clements in 70 water Cheers Chris


---- Friday Oct the 23 2020--------

Cloudy- light south wind, calm seas--- nice---

The Cabo's Black and Blue 4.2 Million $$ still on the line as no qualifying fish have been weighed yet--- ! Wilkes--- the pressure really builds as that clock keeps ticking away--- you can almost feel the tension -- Stand By- for those last minute hook ups--

- Tick----Tick---- Tick--- by noon still no qualifying fish yet -- rules say most of the Jackpot moines will be refunded except the Base Entry if no qualifying fish weighed-- must have caught them all--? Tick-- Tick Tick the clock winds down--- Lines out 5 PM them Cabo time. ( 4 our time)

#13. If No Qualifying Fish Caught — Refunds- In the event no qualifying fish are caught during the tournament the portion of the optional Daily Jackpot monies that were allocated for cash awards are refunded by check within four weeks to the Team Contact

TICK-- TICK-- Tick-- the day draws towards the end of the tournament - and still no a qualifying fish to be weighed- moon looks about right-- but they weren't biting--

Bluefin tuna continue to be caught--Tanner Bank and there-a bouts-- Big and med sized fish-- the 400lb goal has been reached-- waht next a 500 lb fish--- ! San Clemente Island open for the weekend-- hot till sunset today--

Hour before the end of the Black and Blue-- Team Survivor boats a Blue Marlin?? weight to be determined--- two other boat hooked up at this time 45 minutes left--- 3:45

Tick-- Tick-- Tick-- 30 minutes left- and you can bet the boats are almost willing for any type of a bite to come-- no mistakes at this time-- tick tick -- tick

tick-- tick-- 10 minutes left-- boy the teeth are grinding now-- drinks shortly coming---

Suerchingo hooks up-- 2 minutes to go---- Atlantic Anglers #101 hooks up 1 minute left---

Lines out----- One fish boated no weight yet and two hanging at the end of the tournament-- -- boh fish let go- so the Surivor's fish boated with no weight yet--- standing by--

Team Survivor,-- fish weighed at ----- 225.00 lbs- it did not qualify - so no winners this Year----------

Go Dodgers---



--------------------- Thursday Oct 22 2020---------------

Overcast today-- air's a little cooler and a south eddy wind at 4-6 kts-- seas good

Checking the Black and Blue , Catch State- doesn't looks line any of the 125 boats entered in the B & B did not weigh a marlin yesterday with a minimum weight of the 300 lbs required-- and so far today 11 am only one Blue Marlin has been boated ( no weight yet) and that boat is only in the $500 daily Jackpot-- so all most of the Jack Pot monies roll over from yesterday into today's catches- Yikes that's a lot of money and pressure! 2.7 m

S/D report---he Tomahawk returned with 53 Bluefin Tuna (23 @40-90lbs),(24@ 100lbs plus) (5 over 200lbs), and 1 over 300lbs). for their 2.5 Day trip with 21 anglers. The Outrider returned with 15 Bluefin Tuna (1@ 238lbs. 2 @ 150lbs, and 12 are 100+lbs) for 8 anglers on their 1.5 day trip.

VHF radio sounded like Willy was out swordfishing--- and had a fish on-- 11:57

tossed the mackeral right on his head

Today's work schedule brings the past reels to life again, some service and install that precious Linen line of 9 thread ( wet test 27 lbs) and 24 thread ( wet test 72 lbs)








Wow--- It looks like the Black and Blue did not get a qualifier today--- that means it all rolls over to tomorrow-- boy you don't want to miss any hook up's or blow it on the gaff or get a backlash in the lines-- -- best of luck -- JD

too much pressure!




---- Wed's Report Oct 21 st 2020---

Light overcast calm seas calm- all fine---

Sport boats out of SD still doing well on the tunas bleow the border-- 302 425 etc. the other tuna grounds Cortez and Tanner banks holding fish .

The Tomahawk called in with 25 Bluefin Tuna (1@90# / 24@ 100#-280#) for Day 2 of their 2.5 Day trip with 21 anglers. The Outrider called in with 7 Bluefin on the boat (1@ 238lbs. And 1@ 138lbs) to start their 1.5 day trip with 8 anglers. The Pacific Queen returned this AM with 77 Bluefin Tuna 4@ 80-90# and 27@ 140-260# and 50 Yellowtail for their 3 day trip with 24 Anglers.


Black and Blue starts today in Cabo--- With 123 boats, 853 anglers, and $4,625,550.00 on the line ( five winners and 118 loosers)





Waters still warm with a shot even at Dorado in the waters below Dana and into the warmer clearer water---

















---------------------- Tuesday's 10/20/2020 Report- -------------

Not real sunny yet-- a few clouds and some marine clouds seaward- wind light from the west- 2-5 kts seas OK flat /small mix of seastate-

Fished the Bay over the weekend in the 57th Lily Call bay fishing tournament-- 4 lb lines only-- Bass, Halibut Corbina and Croakers were the target fishes---40 anglers-- Lots of Spotted Bay Bass weighed the largest at 1.77 by Mark A taking First Place, Halibuts at 4.6 lbs by Chris H, Corbina at 2 lbs by myself, and a 4.22lb Croaker by Brett W. Great plaque awards and a fun raffle prizes gives away--

E-Mail from Greg- Gad Zukes/ San Clemente Island marlin 10/15/20 on the second tide. Wally and Tennyson making it happen. Tenny dropped the bait all the back to the stinger to entice the bite as the lure was pulled in to keep the fish following.


Boy was it quiet on the radio today-- yet a very pleasant day on the water-- waters still on the warm side for the middle of October-- we'll see if this approaching front drops it a few degrees - or will it break down the existing conditions we've had for the past month--

Good luck tomorrow if you get out

Go Dodgers


JD's Tackle Closed this Sat- SundayMonday-- fishin' Took First place in the L/C corbina catches- ( small fish ) but lost a much bigger one-- next year! -

-Oct 16 Friday-- Hey it's Friday again-- the weekends apron us with fog on the horizon- Light overcast w coastal fog extending out past Catalina-- 1/4-1/2 mile there- about the same most everywhere else--

SD waters 371 reports good kelps with a few fish under them--

Tides are major this weekend-- drops out at 2.6 knts this afternoon 2.7 kts tomorrow

Shawn says from White rock up to N/W clear and sunny--- foggy to the East from there--- 74 . 5 degrees Nice~!

43 nothing yet---East end nothing yet---- nice conditions--- fog comes and goes but it's flat calm greased off--- not a whole lot of surface life but the glassing conditions awesome -

deep dropping for swordfish-- soakin a bait-- got a marlin and just relased it- off avalon--- big fish--- wind it in to make a move only had about 200 yds out-- in the fog-- man that was a big fish- To the Limit---

Anybody out here by the 290 got a paddy loaded talis and dodo--


We'll some one had to do it--- a 400lb Bluefin Tuna, - 406.8 lbs, 1:32 minutes on 130 lb braid line-- Team Potesta aboard the boat Potesta - Congrats-- JD



Good luck to you if your fishing the Lily Call--JD


------------ Thursday's Report Oct 15 middle of the month------

ANother fine day-- Hot but livable-- Fog in some spots-- otherwise calm seas, wind 2 3 kts South

Morning radio actitivty better seems the fishing has picked up- with more Yellowfin being found-- Im at 12 over 33 I've got Yellowfin going---- Going good?-- Yea-- we'll be right over--- 10:30am

We're getting jig stops about every 5- 10 minutes-- every time these guys take a drink we get bit--

You There---?-- Yea what's up--- We Just got Wahooed--- Crushed the mackerel off the port rigger--- 74.5 outside the Canyon ---Sliced it in half----- Chris lost a massive Blue a couple days ago off Cat - So there's some exotics around---I 've bee trolling that marauder for the past weeks-- it wasn't in the water --now it is--- How you weather--- it comes and goes ( Fog) yea we can see the islands once in a while--- 10:55

you in 300 ft of water? yea we're up on the shelf-- got another school under us-- they're all over here--

How far our you about 3 miles from you--- 15- 20 lb test and #1 hooks-- 15- 12 lbs--- got one about 20--- I'm going to try to find some dorado now 10:58--

We just got a Toad--- That wa a narly blow up-- lost that one but gort anoth one on the line--

We're you at? 58/ 26---got it--- 25- 30 lb wahoos under that paddy--- oh a big sport of fiosh just popped up--- 11:06

We just had a double blow up and no hook ups--

We're on-- sardine plunker--- we're you markin em-- 11:56 it's on a 50 W and 150 lb -

First one 230-- second one about buck and a half. we're still marking them-- you get your fish--it beat us up

Watching the blow up on the kike is increaable-- 4:05

The thought being those fish were up on the shelf and feeding-- then went back into deeper water-- ( maybe off Del Mar?) maybe back up on the flats towards sunset-

sounds like there were more and more bigger bluefin bites today on the kites--

One's over three the others two fiftys ---

13/over 39 paddys loaded--

Baja Way the Los Cabos is over next the Offshore and the Black & Blue--






Billfish 70

Black Marlin 3 Blue Marlin 13 Striped Marlin 52 Pacific Sailfish 1

Rank Team Angler Species Catch Time Fight Time Weight

1 Stella June Hugo Pino Black Marlin Image 593

2 El Suertudo Jeff Richardson Black Marlin396

3 El Suertudo Jeff Richardson Blue Marlin 350

4 Artemis Josh Leffler Blue Marlin 312


---------------------------------- Wed's Oct the 14th 2020--------------------

Another fine morning-- it's Hot---Damn hot! -------- Wind light from the south 3-4 kts just enough to lift the flags - seas good and warm-

The VHF radio has many interesting comments said--- among those this morning-- a tender of two shipping freighters- talking to a deep drop fisherman who had his gear set for two mile,s the tender and freighters heading their way

We'll I can't do any with the gear and it takes two hours to move it-- it's runs at 135 degrees for two miles-- there's ten individual marked buoys

Deep drop boat-- can see the those tankers- headed your way---

My recommendation if it takes two hours to pull you gear you better start now--- your in the designated federal shipping zones - we will be operating for the 48 hours in this vicinity ---- OK I got you-- thank you-- thank you for your cooperation --

full size breesers just popped up--

Scott (Sitck boat) says saw a pair of tailers off the East end of the island ( Can Dump) this morning--- so there' still the Last One to be Caught--- in the 100 fathom depth

they did want want a bait-- had three fish came into the spread--- whacked the teasers and took the smaller jig and reel and spooled us-- Avalon Bank--

Foggy out there-- three boat visibility-- A Bank

East end of the island ( cat) lots of kelps- with perch and a few small yellows-- Mackerel Banks and the middle of the island ( clemente) grease slick and not much life-- no dorado yet-- Stick Boat report--

upwelled green water off SD --

E- Mail this afternoon--- Fished the 181----- Limited out in 40 min YT and dorado. Largest bull 28lbs Chris

said he had a couple of breesers up again-- most of em' in the 60-70lb class- 4:25pm-- not biting we'll have to wait till sunset--- -- these breesers-- the bigger fish were on the outside of them we had 3-4 blow ups- look for the fish deeper-- those are the bigger fish just slow troll those flyers over them--

there's some massive breesers up here-- 4:5


Go Dodgers---

------------------------------ Tuesday- Oct 13 Mars at Opposition the Tide Log says--( The Red Planet closed to earth for something 25 + years-) - Sunny morning- wind--- no wind-- prefect!- seas good--- not many out though- Foggy in some spots--

Tides will start to build this week as the New Moon approaches-

Anything out here on the Upper 9--- we're out here looking for marlin- no marlin yet- no bones either--- ---

Anyone want yellowtail were 32.20/ 117.30 we're here here near the 371-- must have caught 50 so far 4-7-12 lbs--

Anybody fishing the 425-- yea we are-- had a couple of blind strikes--- -- guess we'd have to say -- no-

Keep your eyes we've had at least five quality dorado 12- 20lb fish---we're out past those seiners--- 11:38

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament Three hundred (300) points awarded for every blue or black marlin officially released, or 1.5 points per pound for every blue or black marlin weighed and verified at or over the 300-pound minimum. Twenty-Five (25) points for any striped marlin, spearfish or sailfish officially release Day Two- with 350 and a 312 lb Blue on the board yesterday--

Teams 49 --Anglers 256

Just plain Hot today-- no wind and not much coastal current--

radio still on the quiet side except for the few boaters down south--

Go Fishin!


------ Oct 11 2020-- Sunday with a few clouds overhead- refreshing to see them. Wind light from the west 5- 6 kts- seas light bump otherwise calm and friendly . Should be a great day on the water--- and sunset too--

Good customer dropped by with a reel for repair the other day-. Now in a fishing tackle shop you hear a lot of boastful fish stories-- some you take with a nodding head- the customer - having just made the trip to the Cape to fish the tournaments in a five day voyage. They'd spent time at cedros with some connections there- then trolled down the line towards Mag Bay, small dorado on the jigs were pesky so they switched out to big lures-- not far out of Turtle they hooked and released a 400+ lb Blue marlin, another short run and another 250 Blue marlin released and a third came off- then into wahoos and more stripers --Now having heard of the good Blue marlin fishing up the line one wonders about their travels,,

then this morning heard on the fish talk radio show reports that Groesbeck released a 600 lb blue in those same waters as they were heading south today--- Better break out that heavy tackle early if your headed south--- Check out that high spot 20 south of Turtle--

Why go all the way to Mag?

We've got a jumper --- at 3 O'Clock--- Slack tide today-- 11:50- 12:06pm

Sounded like there was a Swordfish bite-- deep down-- marking the spot for anothe drift-- 1:35

We just had a bite there about 5 minutes ago-- came in--- ate the short corner made about five jumps and we got the lure back---18/ over 50 for what it's worth those were out numbers--- we had another a bite 08/53 couple mile south of the209

Have a good week-- JD

Oct 10 2020---- Saturday-

Nice morning light overcast a mix of clouds- wind slight at 1 maybe 2 kts west/sw? Good day to be on the waters Tides aren't much for the structure fishing but offshore tidal slack periods are extended for hours each way--

Not much said on the radio several boats drffing for swordifsh off Newport --Randy tells the tale of a swordfish swimming lazyly by 30 feet away from the boat. Too much line in the water to reel in and go find it.

Bob fished the 289, never found the dodo's, weather a little sporty till mid day-- fishable-- Things changed--- seems everything seens to have drifted south or east-- we did find a paddy with rat yellows- no marlin on the trolled jigs --

And there was a congrats to a catch off the east end- ?


----- Friday Oct the 9th 2020-------

Change in the weather-- still overcast but cooler with some clouds-- wind light from the west 2-3 kts- seas calm-

E-Mail from Chris this morning--- - JD, hope all is well. Ran out to the 43 today. Temp was 73 not much around. On the way back 46/56 all you can catch 20”YT. The 312 had a marlin on the surface thrashing around. 77 degrees at the 209 lots of empty paddies. Chris

Note from Foxi Lady-- Mag Bay---Pete is anchored in Man of War tonight. No internet however, via satellite text, he said to tell you that it was $3.78/gallon in San Carlos today


San Clemente Island Security's Web site shows the island Pyramid Cove to be Hot today till midnight then open all day Sat but again goes Hot on Sunday morning 7am till late afternoon--


And the much awaited Lily Call Newport Harbpor Bay fishing tournament is right around the cornor-- Oct 17-18 starts Friday midnight till Sunday- 4 lb test only ---Bass, Halibuts Corbina and Croakers--

Call the club for details---949 673-6316 or E Mail to Info@balboaanglingclub.org.







Weather looks OK for the weekend-- go out and enjoy it--


Sunsets should be nice

A Tip- passed on from Bob Hoose- catching those smaller yellows and dorado-- with the standard #2-1 "J" Hooks- where the fish swallowed the hooks, the better method was using fine wire Circle hooks in a 3/- 4/0 size/ Mutu Light- hooked em' prefect in the jaw and very east to shake off the hook when you've got enough of them- good tip--


-- Thursday's Report------Oct 8 2020-

A light overcast sky some broken clouds wind slight at 1 maybe 2 kts flags are limp- seas calm good day to be on the water and forget all this land stuff-- Tides flattening out --------

Radio chatter at a minimum - probably a good day to be out trolling for tunas, marlins dorado's or just out searching the water for the enjoyment of that alone.

Just received in a shipment from a Wholesale supplier of tackle and supplies -- the order was place Sept 12 th ! It takes weeks to get any product these days - and that's if they even have anything in stock themselves.



EL NIÑO 8 October 2020 ENSO Alert System Status: La Niña Advisory Synopsis: La Niña is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 (~85% chance) and into spring 2021 (~60% chance during February-April). La Niñacontinued during September, as evidenced by below-average sea surface temperatures extending from the Date Line to the eastern Pacific Ocean The equatorial subsurface temperature anomalies remained substantially unchanged The atmospheric circulation anomalies over the tropical Pacific Ocean remained consistent with La Niña. . Overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system indicates the continuation of La Niña. La Niña is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2020-21 and into spring 2021

- Nice day-- thats all-- JD


------- Wed's Report Oct 7 2020------

Light fog overcast wind slight from the south 1- 2 seas calm

AIS shows the tuna fleet to the southwest of Clemente island Tanner Bank or there a bouts-- others trolling and the Ridge, 43 -looking for jig strikes of Dorado's and finding some of those kelps with fish under them--

- Fall's approaching and the Northern Pacific Gyros will start spinning some fronts down out way over the next month-- this coming weekend- Sunday a start-

We got a breezer up here and there's a paddy below us-- 10:30am -- still seeing em' jumping around the boat--

Hooker calls in with a release Kathy-- with the fish--- all alone out there today--East End Cat-- with plenty of time for another one or two more today! 11:18

Slack tide today--- (Swordfish tide) 12:11-- standing by--

Young man comes in the shop- towards the late afternoon- they had been out fishing the Dorado-- Whacked em' he says-- out near the Mackerel banks-- kelps and they ate everything- everything --


-------------------------- Tuesdays Oct 6th 2020--------------

Foggy again on the coastline--- breaking up early- seas good weather good other than the fog-

Boats fishing out of SD and below the border for a few miles doing well on the small yellowtail, and dorado's- not all the kelps had fish but there were some kelps showing meter marks 20- 50 ft thick with the tails-- Dorado jumping and a few smaller yellowfin in with the mix.

north of the border--- fair- it seems other than the bonitos- and a few the kelps holding those smaller grade tails and some dodo's


For those who haven't seen the WHOW 2020 Event Recap please check out this Viedmo that was put out-- If you haven't supported them in the past - put it on you calander for next year - You'll be proud you helped!

Patriotism. Pageantry. Purpose. The War Heroes on Water 2020 Tournament, which concluded on Sunday, Oct. 4th, hosted 29 veterans and 12 participating sportfishing yachts, providing exceptional therapeutic healing for our nation’s greatest heroes—our combat-wounded veterans. The Tournament, conceptualized in 2018 by CEO Anthony Hsieh, continues to grow significantly—with plans for next year’s event to feature 100 veterans and raise $1M.


Hooker on the 152 haven't seen anything of interest- yet--

Not much said ont the radio - but the westher was nice


Beter reports tomorrow-- lets hope- JD

Go Dodgers !--------------- Go Padres !



------------ Oct 4th 2020- Sunday ------------ a foggy Sunday- clearing off along the land but soupy offshore--

Boats heading around the west end of cat towards the tuna grounds report clearing weather-- the A-Bank foggy-foggy all the way to the beach too- The East end of the island 2 miles vis blue water and a little life-

Paul found three kelps holding tails and dorado for their WHOW group--found a marlin too! saw a splash, drove over it -fish came up in the spread and a drop back did the trick -

E-Mail---JD, It was an epic battle with the King. 2 hours and 200lbs. Got some help from Bobby Lee at the end after losing 2 gaffs in a failed early gaff attempt. Definitely the most challenging angling event Ive had so far. Tight lines, Chase.

10 west of the 43 seeing lots of life

Silver Canyon had a fish released there yesterday - slow so far this morning---no fish reported yet--


Hi JD its Jolene Hannah's Mom. On the DoubleC it took awhile but we caught our limit...Keep the tips coming.Thank you


we're sitting here bit at 16--- got keyed- by someone?= 12:12pm


20 over 53 short of the Osborn- wou;dnt say they we're foamers but there's birds all over it-- 12:48

we're here in 74 degree water seeing lots of flying fish--thats it--

we show 76.3!

Dorado on the troll for a few- open ocean--

24/over 10 -- Just east of the A Bank we just had one up in the jigs-----I think Scott's bit on Wild Bill- 16/ over 13 1:14 -- Slack tide today--- was at 10


The annual fly over that marks the end of fishing for WHOW 2020. Goosebumps all around as the WWII fighter planes roar over head. Tournament awards dinner tonight at the Newport Country club.

Thanks to all the Vets and boats and supporters - JD


He said he was west of the 43 and had 78 degree water and dorado's -- 2:55- unbelievable--

Working the 499 -said there were seiners mopping up the small fish-


Have a good week-- Fall's approaching-- things get concentrated in the shifting winds and currents-- stand by

Boat gearing up for Baja Bound-- Bring hooks!


------------------- Sat- Oct 3rd 2020----------Wow--- just realized October marks 43 years since I first opened a shop here on Balboa Island--- fishing the public dock with drop lines, my boyhood dream was to open a fishing tackle shop on BI-- - still here -- and selling drop lines! ---

Foggy conditions cover the coastline waters clearing as the morning warms up- to hot- light wind from the south 2-3 kts seas calm

Great radio coverage this morning-- lots of boats out from below the border to the western waters. Kelps spotted as the fog lifts and smaller dorado taken on trolled feathers-

the 43 and south holding lots of life-

Bob--- You get hit on the troll--- we're on a big school of dorado-- get on over here---you said lower 9 didn't you 10:27

is it always this rough out here-- yes--

Hey boat running at us -- turn off turn off your run over our buoy-- sorry I didn't see it---10:59

Good Morning-- -Vietnam!----and the Radio chatter begins to turn-- add in some Chinese and it gets entertaining-10:52

We stopped by these other boats-- they must know something-- been fishing here for a while hadnt caught anything--

We got bit on the natural cedar plug-

- foggy still at the Channel islands and light for extends out off SD to the 9

Bad Company WHOW gave a shout out to the Vets and they're fishing tournament today--

A Bank still holding marlin- and kelps 35/16-- dorados-- 47/18 marlin yesterday-- closer to the Head-- we're 8 inside the 298- towards Pyrimid-- we just let one go--- 1:38

Clemente fishing the yellws and bass -- very good fishing--

lots of boats out deep dropping-- others setting their lobster traps

36.2 / 14.7 best s0onar mark we've seen all day

fog rolling back in SD waters-- 9 getting covered--

had to get off Ch 72--- filthy for a public radio channel -

Decker coming back from a good day of bass and yellowtail fishing at Clemente ran into schools of both Yellowfin and Bluefin---

Bob say the west end looked good --tons of bait, whales- -- drifting, seeing smaller mid grade tunas up around them-- suprized they didn't get a bite

E-mail-- Hi JD, Lost one just behind the boat around 12:30 pm. couple miles off the Slide. Blue water, 74 degrees, some bait balls. Best regards, Bob

Afternoon and boats come back into the harbor- seeing a sporty looking boat mid channel , upon further inspection it's got a Broadbill Swordfish strapped across the transom!. It's broad belly, sword and shape defines it well- the boys in the cockpit telling tales


Water temps and the Chlorophyll charts-















----------- Friday- hey it's Friday again--- time for the weekend fun--Oct 2nd 2020--- Sunny and hot again- though not as hot-- still winds, maybe 1 -2 from the south-- glassy calm and small wind texture to the water- not much swell-

said they were looking for some current or wind to help them along in their Deep drop swordfishing

Other's inside the lee of Clemente saying it was hard to find the paddies they were looking for because the fog--

boat reporting bluefin-- we're here on the 43 how far away were theu--- others say it was 100 miles from home too far for them-- above celmente-

43 held Dorado yellows skippy and bonitos---

Fog covering the 43 as we speak-- Dorado at 32:05/ 118:07

Great White spotted off Huntington Beach--

Saying they had seen a couple of feeders on the A Bank--- that was it

Kyle called in w/ report they had fished the front side of the island and the back side of the island ( catalina) rumor had it there were some marlin seen up inside the Osborn Bank- Several of the WHOW boats ran up there- -- good bottom and some yellows but no marlins as of yet-- 3:00 pm update- they were seen good numbers of tuna up there - but reluctant to bite anything--

Kelps by the 209 holding--- smaller yellows and dodo's

Have a cool weekend--JD


--------------- Thursdays reports--- Hot and sunny and Hot Calm this morning light west this afternoon--

Boats out between the 209 and 181 report it's a desert not much life- other's looking for reports of tuna inside the island or south of it ( Clemente) South end closed navy today- A report saying that the 7/11 was the tuna grounds- roughly 13 miles from the West end of Clemente---- tuna, lots of big fish- foamers- both big and small grade stuff- we got smacked twice on the flyers didn't stick

371 had the yellows

This Afternoons 4:30 WHOW Boat Parade-- Stand By!

Official start to WHOW 2020 on Fox TV this morning. Thank you Freedom Alliance and all the supporters, looking forward to the boat parade this afternoon with over 60 plus boats.

Saw two marlin so far-today-- one off Long Point and another just west of the A Bank- weather's gorgeous like oil- just like yesterday we went all around the island -- haven't seen a shark or sunfish--- back out this morning up to White Rock- the A Bank and now by the 14-- sheet oil conditions--- ( Stick boat)

Maybe a deep drop sword this morning

Chase puts a 200+ fish aboard--- swordfish--

Middle of the afternoon-- radio call 32:31/118:03 about 2 miles towards the 43 from that weather buoy-- yellowtails - we got yellowfin and dorado from it-- good paddy---

Later in the afternoon-- Salt Shaker--Salt Shaker-- any luck--- yea--- we just hooked up--- go get em' 4:17

came un buttoned fought him almost all the way to the top--- came un buttoned-- 4:21


WHOW Parade here in Newport --------- Boat after boat passing by the shop this afternoon--- proud to see the support and the welcome they exhibited-- Good luck to them





Sleeper seen upper 9 this morning sunk out-- up the line from there to oceaside sill offcolor and not much to see- out another 8 and back to SD - no fish- more life middle and below the 9


- Sad News-- E Mail this morning-- Hi JD, I wanted to let you know that the angling community just lost one of its most committed anglers and conservation advocates. Marty Firestein passed away this past Tuesday from an infection following surgery. Marty and his son, Mitchell,, could regularly be seen on the water aboard their boat, A Reel Dream. Marty was an IGFA Representaive, Board Member of CCA-CAL, longstanding member of Balboa Aning Club, Dana Angling Club and Laguna Niguel Billfish Club. Marty was team captain of the winning team at the 60th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) in 2019. He was also an steadfast supporter of IGFA's Great Main Race at the MABT and HIBT. A Cebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Best regards, Bob

--------- Wed's Report------ Sept 30th 2020-

Another change in coastal weather-- warm and sunny this morning-light south wind changed to a west by noon- light wind ripple and a small mix of seastate-

Full moon aproaching we'll see if the Bluefin counts go down and maybe the yellowfin counts come up--- ? should be a good marlin bite today tomorrow stand by--

Fish story- Earlier this week Monday I took my small skiff out- gentleman fishing leaving at 10 am -ran out 3 or 4 miles to the dropoff where shearwaters, gulls and pelicans were working on bait pushed up by some of those smaller bonitos. Kelps held bait but I didn't find any yellows or dorado under them--- - out in the distance a marching band of dolphins was heading my way- figured to toss a colt sniper lure right out in front of them some 30-40 feet-- -- made the cast-- the lures fly's through the air-- just before hitting the water a Dolphin leaps up and lure smacks him right on the side and bounces off- I hit him right when he was in mid air- first time I ever did that-- lure sunk out no bites- went home-


Tomorrow 4:30 in the afternoon War Heroes on Water 2020 Boat Parade Thursday Oct 1 in Newport Harbor-- Boat Parade starts on the end of Lido Isle- up the Newport Channel- back down the peninsula to the Newport Harbor Yacht Club-around Bay Island - the ferry and Pavilion and along the inside channel leading out towards the entrance and back around towards Balboa Island and up to the Coast Hwy Bridge- then up and back the Lido Channel

Show your support to these fine men and women who protect our rights!--





Boats fishing backside of Clemente speak of white caps- not worth fishing it.

San Clemente Island Security's web site shows the island closed on Thursday but open Friday, Sat and Sunday active again Monday morning


------------------------------- Tuesday Sept 29th 2020- --

Foggy here on the beach-- pea soup for the early morning hours-- brightening up as the days goes along-- coastal stiff west wind as it clears off- wind chop with it 5- 10 kts--small mix of seastate

Filling Moon this weekend and building tides exchanges--- Stand By!

A*IS has the tuna fleet working N/W of Clemete Island-- moving northwrds

He said there were out near the 371 only found one kelp--- had to see them today ( foggy)

Fished the Butterfly for two days in a row- only some rat yellows--- we're East of the BF finding some kelps and small yellows too 11:55

Couple of boats fishing off the east end saying things seemed to have changed-- fished the morning tide for nothing yet-- waiting for the afternoon swing--- reports a couple tailers seen off the west end of the island yesterday

Wind started to back off somewhat towards the late afternoon-- one boat still out off the east end saying it had laved down - still a bit of swell but no chop-- no fish yet for them





And Congrats go to Sean Norton for his 24 thread catch of a Pacific Bluefin Tuna at 132 lbs on that old line-- and it's old! Who's next with that same old line-- remarkable it still fishes





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

------- Sunday Sept 27 2020-------

Calm morning-- overcast light south wind 2 3 kts at best seas calm - fishin calm

Looks like some of that bluefin further south off Clemente island slowed down most of the fleet working to the back side of the island now-- also schools of fish seen inside the island ( Clemente 289 area/ east from there to the 181)

Marlin fishers still plowing the grounds off the East End of the island-- the area hasn't changed in a hundred years-- real old timers would sight a line from Church Rock to China Point ( backside of the island) and again sight a line from the inside of the East End ( Little Farnsworth/ Can Dump) to the point of Long Point -- they called it the Gun-Site --still productive today and for years to come-- 16/16





E-mail this morning--- from Alan B with their catch--- nice size Tuna

Congrats on 50 lb Dacron---- Which probally breaks a 42-45 lbs-- nice catch! that takes both boating and angling skills

Just had one come take a sniff at the long one-- right about where you are now--- 11:24am

We just got him--- put him on board--- 11:55

800 ft on the bouy-- Local Swordfish ?--



Good fun fishing for the Tuna boys---

Congrats-- JD

The day passes witn not a whole lot of radio chatter-- I think most folks just enjoying the good calm weather--and a boat ride-- soft overcast sky developed for the day-






--- Sat- Sept 26 2020 the months almost over- October is right around the bend-- Overcast light south wind maybe 2-3 kts seas Calm for the most part-

Chinese again on the VHF radio-

AIS shows the tuna fleet stretched out from behind and west of Clemente southwards to the Cortez Banks- others centered around the Catalina's southern end looking for roaming schools of tuna and the marlin strikes

Stan on the Hooker was congratulating another boat saying they had made the rest of the fleet look bad as they had been catching all the fish- 10:32am --Dave E is the highliner---

Tide change due at 12:30 standing by--

Lots of boats out---- looking, hoping and wishing for a bite-- East end had a few bites on the marlins -- I don't know of many, if any swordfish hook ups- maybe one-- not sure where- Gadzuks relased one too

reported a few of the kelps at only 2 1/2 miles outside the newport harbor holding smaller yellows- 2-4 lb fish-



-- Friday-- yup friday ---Sept 25 2020-------

A comfortable morning here on the shoreline - light south eddie wind 3-5 kts small wind chop with it-

The weekend adventures out all ready- booming music and chattering laughs disturbs the quite of the bay---they fade away to the distance.

AIS shows sport part boats ranging from above Clemente island ( 9 fathom spot) to below Ensenada, private sport boats working from the Channel islands, 172, and the 499 banks southwards to below Clemente and inside by the 289 fathoms spots- Catalina, 152, 277 209 included

And Congrats to Guy Sacco for his Catch for the First Swordfish Flag for the BAC --- 276 lbs on 80 lb tackle nice catch!

For the most part -- for nothing a desert so far-- Pacific Pioneer released one this morning, backside east-end- and still a few knock downs off the end of the island today-- not many but a few--

Nice weather today--- !

thats it--

---- Sept 24th Thursday's report for 2020-------

Morning- Starts out clear with a little haze light fog and marine cloud developed- light south wind maybe 2-4 kts, seas good- a few boats heading out the harbor nice and quiet like-

Can you guys spare a 1/2 scoop of anchovies ----we're all out--- not to bother you while your working that paddy-

Sounded like the Chinese were on the radio air waves again--- mucho---

3-5 lb yellows under what paddys were found 371/ 425 area---

Channel Islands Tournament Update - Twenty boats entered this year's tournament trying to chase the Covid blues away. A tourney record of 19 marlin were released over 5 days of fishing. C.G. Miller's "Ruckus" came in First Place with 5 releases followed closely by Brett Bannerman's "Skol" with 4 releases. Mike and Gina Haase's "Tight Riv" came in Third with 3 releases. A great time was had by all.


Boat fishing the 43-- anything going on out there-- there were some marlin jumping just south of it-- maybe 8 miles---12:55

3239 117 49 had a marlin jumping--12:53

oh oh marlin jumping---

One for two--- The first one inhaled it ---saw it come up - ate it-- went ballistic --30 seconds later got it back- 1/2 hour later had another one come in-- released him--- one for two- hopefully that'll get the stink off the boat-- nice weather I've got it all to myself-- saw a feeder earlier--- super nice weather I'm a little N/E from yesterday--- give me another call -----between you and me sounds like there's another batch of fish--- both on the rigger same jig---3:05pm

How's it going--- without--- beautiful weather--- Erik got a fish-- PP /KK was out-- saw some--- ---





Please come out and support our heroes!!!








And having been postponed till a later date-- the Famous Lily Call Bay fishing ( here in Newport harbor) is scheduled for Oct 17 and 18th give the BAC club a call for details---













Sept 23rd 2020- Wed------------

Light marine haze this morning -- went away leaving milky overcast sky- wind light from the west/southwest 2-4 kts seas good--

Fishing off the East end for marlin several boats working up and down the ridge-- no fish yet-- better bait schools out front of Avalon to long point meter marks and dropped snag lines brought up good sized sardines

You get one Bill--- Yep fair and square--- where were you?---- oh just south of church rock along the drop off- 4 -5 miles--- one in enouth for the day--- got-- him fair and square-- got all wet getting the leader line untangled from the props--- Nice Going from the Hooker --- I was letting the jig back --- almost took in right out of my hands-- setting the jig back thought that's about right and it kept going!!!---


E-Mail this morning---- Hey JD Got out yesterday and finally made it happen. We were in an undisclosed location but got the fish of my life weighing in a #227! We got another one at #132. What a day. We weighed her in at around 10:00 last night and even though they were closed they came in and opened up for us so we could get the weigh in and the picture which was so nice! I told my wife Lisa to get the kids and come down to see the fish since I only catch this size fish once every 49 years. Just want to thank you for all you have helped me with over the years and share our catch with you. Thank you, --Justin G.

Pretty quiet for the afternoon reports-- but nice weather--

Good Luck if you get out tomorrow---looked good near the 14 the other day-- JD


------------- Sept 20 2020 ----- Sunday-

Nice morning--- some marine clouds seaward--s wind light from the south 3- 4 kts-- a few boats coming back into the harbor early after a long weekend

Deep dropping for swordfish--- I've heard of at least three bites here off Newport- yesterday--- one being lost quickly another a 2 1/2 battle not sure where that ended up as- and anothee bait mauled.

A call in from Greg- H coming back from the island-- reports seeing a few smaller schools of small bluefin just above and outside the outer rigs--- cedar plugs or Rapala lures migh do the trick there--

Lots of bait up near the 312-- but no fish yet

Stan and Kathy released another one this morning-- Woo-on had 7 fish on Friday and maybe 2 or 3 yesterday--- two of the fish up towards Long Point the others off the east end of the island from the 125- out to the 152 and even in tighter tot he island than the 125-

Scratchy report--- pusher type jigs--- Black and purple has been good for us- this one this morning--- brown and green---

later afternoon report of wide open tuna going off on the 209---- 2:33

Hey JD-- Spike Spot-- we headed down the Ridge between the 277 to the 209 found good tuna fishing got a couple--- good fishing for them--yellowfin he said 3:24

Have a great week-- JD


--- Sat Sept 19 2020----- the day began with blue overhead with a light marine haze seaward- wind stronger from the south, steady eddie they say- light wind chop small mix of sea.

poorer radio reception--

Woo on control- a scratchy report this morning----not recognizable- something about decreasing radius

Woo on control- raffle drawing--- for a Costa package-a pause while the name is drawn---- - See Ya---you win!

we're out here deep dropping here outside FR

Couple marlin bites so far this morning-- real slow so far-- high tide 11pm-

Woo on control- 6:48 Rick E aboard the Hooker had a hook up- released him uninfected 7:15--- Go Away with Jerome hooked and landed at 7:32 a 17 minute - not bad-- then at 10:30 something call it 10:32 Gadzuks hooked a fish released it and 10:42 congratulations to all you guys-- standing by for the afternoon bite--

Spanish interplay on the VHF Radio-- with those ordering their lunch-- extra salsa please-- please pull forward to the window-- gracias

mostly quiet for the mid day tide--

Skipper on the289 catching dorado---you got numbers?

Royal Slam released a fish off the Slide--- about ten minutes ago-- eye candy bubblegum hot pink 16/ over 12

that was a big foamer ---slid in on them first cast -- broke me off on 65 braid--- they're here-- see that spotter plane just outside us--- 1:27pm

Go ahead Sally you called in first--- 1:45----

Seems marlin fishing sucks today--- want to get into the raffle bag-- anyone want to do that? -- ok Tail Chaser lure pack-- Bill G donation-- thanks it goes to the Spray it-- Spray it --you out there-----??=--- alright congrats ----we're gong do one more raffle--- by a major donate-- Costa--- this go to the Iris Dip ship--!-

any points for a pesky flag on the mooring -- you get an atta -boy-- we need to check that was a swordfish yesterday a chunk to me and another to andy-

we'll do another raffle in about thirty minutes --- a reminder were down to two hours --were going through the number and it's going be close---

there are those who want to be- but aren't in it--

hold on-- we got a fish in the jigs---3:28 --

Hey Bill when you go in to town can yo pick up some rum and limes and ice---- --- ha- hu-- sure what kinda limes do you want-?-- we want the ones ---the ones we've got have brown spots on them-- infected we want un-infected limes--Ok I check with Greg---

shisss- be quiet were baiting tailers--- 3:41

Raffle package-- Aftco- package the full works-- --- scratchy report--- go-- goes to Kuna Kai Congrats-

Just had a Indian attack we're only 4 off seal rocks--- 4:45pm

we just got one about 250lbs 10 outside Pukey point--

and the cluck cluck cluck ck-ck-cluck--ck ch--ch--ch----ch cluck! Cluck!!!! song -- The whoo- on invitations thanks all their sponsors---

Wind came up early today-- by noon most of the fleet were looking for some releif - Kiddy pond fishing-

better weather tomorrow and the rest of the week-


------ Friday yep it's that day again Friday Sept 18 2020-------

Second day in a row where the morning's sky held some blue and a few clouds to it-- Coastal marine haze light south-- eddy wind is seems like

Morning ventures to the marlin fishing off the East end of Catalina where a half dozen boats were concentrated-

some sort of a tournament with bagles was going on congrats from the C'est La Vie came-- around 10:20 no bagel - sorry-


we're went 1 for 3 hook up on these tuna- just dump a lot of bait and they'll come up----

spot of tuna here on the 277 it's massive-- 10:25am-- right in the high tide of the day--- 10:30am High-

Hooker hooked the fish 9:05 --Congrats to Stan and Kathy-- we're still fighting the fish-- tell her to lick it. Chrisma had a jig bite that fell off--and Chicken wing released one---

Come in we've got a full school or dorado here- come on in--- 10:31

Took us over a mile since we hooked it-- what's you get it in 75 ft of water??--

Congrats Kathy--- how ya doing I'm a little tired-- ya got the kinks worked out go get another one-- OK--- thanks--

Parker- with the tower on it-- we just had a marlin on-- there's a couple more around here too- 11:54

This being the Hammer we're be infected and bent over hard!--- 12:06 we' got a sword- how ja' know its a sword- maybe its a thresher-- naw we saw it's nose---one more chance who's the angler--- earth to Hammer over--- one more chance before we d q you-- Larry C's the angler -- what type of underwear he's wearing--- -- green and red stripe---righty tighty or hangers- finally were getting some good information--

We got the fish ---got the fish !!!------what in like three minutes----we' weren't sure what it was till we got the weight off it---so basically you called it in too late----- it's a small version 100- 125lber---we'll have to see- you know if you release it you get more points!

Hooker says it was a hell a of a fight all the way to the end-- Beak had a fish up in the teasers--- jig fish - beak almost had it-- it jumped off the jig 100 ft behind the boat---

1;!5 raffle prize Fin in Tonic gets a lure packages form tail chaser lures--

Ok your---- your infected-- cough-- cough- 118 19 33- what the captain drinking
??--- Miller lite-- underwear- ? all ya got to do is go look---- we've got the spot-spike hooked up---- Kevin martin the angler--- 2:10 bait--

5 west of the 43---- 30 and 03----- five off the 43 big foamers of 50- 100ers up-- just shy of the weather buoy-- 2;19

UpDate- inner club-- 9: 06 Hooker called in with kathy on a fish--- bait- released at 11 ---- Charisma had a hook up--- Hammer Hammer had a swordfish called it in at 12:08 released it at 12:13 --- ! quick swordfish !!

Woooo- han Derby control--- come back--Surley -- just released it--- 3:00pm---DC- who drove the boat?-- they wouldn't let woman drive the boat would they?---

Spot Spike-- You did catch it- bagled it w/lox and cream cheese- on a spanish mackerel --uh ha was caught in the US side of the Border or below the border----- the mackerel or the fish??--- were were up here ----so hwo did you get the spanish mackerel up here? -- remember we built a wall?- we got it in Dana harbor maybe someone brought it up in a panga? a spanish mackerel how's ya know was spanish? was it lazy?- the fish---- no not fish- the mackerel you idiot you said it was Spanish-- well anyhow-- congrats with a release with a spanish mackerel can you send us a pitchure with the bagle and cream cheese and the nose-- it'll help with the points

Congratulations from the C'est La Vie

T/C we have two hooks ups----- but we're not in the tournament-a woman's voice comes on--- - then be quite---3:16-!

Cough cough this ---Kona Kai-- we've got Chris W- we be infected --Chris is bending over---- hard---purple lure- 33:19- 118 16---3:28

Tournament control boat-- we just released our fish-we're not in the tournament---- they why are you talking

TD- come on back with the details--- ballyhoo--- boxers- capt wit, a coors lite-

Woooo- han Derby control-? sorry we had the volume down--was it spanish ballyhoo Apache ballyhoo

Chris-- bageled and relased w/ cream cheese--- we need a pitcure of cream cheese and lox-- ---

Congratulations from the C'est La Vie

Woooo- han Derby control- this be the Hammer--- 3:58- that little swordfish we got was 148 lbs--- do you need us to give you some zip-locks---no we'll get another one tomorrow--

amd into the late afternoon it went- and into the night--

6 O'clock update-- no lines out till tomorrow-

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

Best morning sky we've seen in a long time-- even clouds-- wind light from the west

Whole fleet down here stopping and going-- small fish though-- a few kelps- mackerel sized yellowtails--

Doesn't sound like there were many paddies above the border that held anything--

Upper 9 Mile Bank had a few deep dropper buoy guys- nothing yet-- still looking for that deep scattered stuff-

15 south off the east end of Clemente picked up a tail quiet since then

We lost one a half hour ago-- we had one up here on top a while ago- little fish and a zip down below -11:14

difference conditions here from yesterdays -- wind chop and more meatballs-

are you catching em'-- commercial boys got a lot of buoys out around you-

General area the East end of Catalina--- jumper here there- a zip-- still fishable along a good temp break there

Anything going on on the 181--- nothing here how about the 209--- we're here now not much here also-- we came by the 209 this morning-- nothing there either-- had a marlin on the 312 two days ago-- that's my next destination- 12:21

We're seeing foamers--- 289--- five schools a little east of the high spot--1:41pm

not little tiny baot baoos 150ft deep only saw one pretty good mark next to the meatball- that was it- ows the old mand doing in the cockpit-


After years monitoring the VHF radio-- voices and boats names go together-- Aqua Mar- JD you on this side-- I've got some hot dope four you-- acers of Bluefin!! -- at least eight schools ---we're here inside the 277 towards the beach--- got spooled on on outfit--- another had a 100 lb fish to the boat three times before got loose. What you get bit on--- red and white Rapala --- around 1 pm is when it all started---- we're here all by ourselves--- 3:20pm


Water temps from 64 to 75 and the Chlorophyll charts
















Annual Hunt Tournament is fast approaching. Tournament dates are Friday September 25th and Saturday September 26th.

------ Wed' Sept 16 2020-

Hazy day again- overcast and warm on the beach inland hotter-coastal co0nditions were calm- wind if any form the south 1 -2 kts- seas still have a mixed swell- and a little wind texture to the surface its' warming too

Boat's looking forward to this falls trips to Mexico and Mag Bay--and what fishing tournaments they will have-- still a bit touchy down there now-- -

Bluefin tunas were said to below China Point/ San Clemente island 10 miles and a late afternoon bite----

Building Tides this weekend--- stand by--

181 reported dry-- and dry paddies-- one paddy had a bunch of small yellowtails--- 12:48 we're south of the 181 trolling and haven't seen anything either--

We're west of the 371-- there's paddy's and some fish- but not biting-- yet-- 1:00pm

we saw some breezes out near the 43-

Wind stared from the west around noon stayed steady 12 for the afternoon-- radio reception dwindled to nothing-- except some Chinese , spanish and whales watchers---

wates 73 1/2 --but no fish seen-- yet 4:55

Those marlin that were hanging around the 181-- may have moved up the line-- the fish that were down on the Cornados - moved north also--


Masters results below--

---------JD's will be closed Tuesday-- Sept 15 th-- Dentist work yikes!

Well that wes fun!

-------------------------------- Monday Sept 14 2020-----------

Morning fog turns into overcast warm days-- wind light to fair from the west 4-6 kts-- light wind chop and swell accompanying it-


Well the Masters is over for this year--- 42 boats 5 teams and 130 anglers,

First Days results had 30 marlin hooked with 9 fish released (17 fish lost , 7 of them on the light 12 lb test lines and two fish DQ' ed) , Second Day, there were 16 marlin hook ups and 11 fish released and only 5 lost. Add in some Bluefin tuna, yellowtails and a few shark bites rounded out the catches.




The Master Angler -- Dave Knecht who on the fist day released one fish on 12lb tackle and two more fish the second day on 16lb test lines,


2nd place Angler went to Jimmy Decker with his two fish released on 16lb test lines, and Third place angler went to Mitchell Firestein aboard the Royal Slam with his 20 and 30lb fish released on the second day of fishing--

High Boat award to Hooked with their 660 points awarded and High Club went to the Dana Angling Club --2 High Club Los Pescadors amd 3 High Club the BAC

Fusion took top honors in the Gamefish division with Bluefin tuna being taken on 30 lb test line

Weather was ok the first day foggy and blew up the second day- making it a long ways home for those who had worked down to grid 47 which was near the 181 fathom spot and most of the action centered there. The boats that traveled north to the Channel islands did find a few fish up there but getting on them ( water 67 degrees) was difficult and they just didn't seem to bite much--No surface Broadbill Swordfish were hooked ( Deep dropping for them was not allowed this year)

Kick off Captains and awards were at the Wayfarer

A copy of the days Catch and hook ups results---

Radio Control !



-- Sept th 2020 Wed

Morning foggy condidtions wind fair to light from the south southwest-- seas ok foggy- small mix of seastate

Tonights the kick off for the Masters-- being held at the Wayfarer , 843 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 --- corrnor of Placentia and 19th--- N/W corner of the shopping center---5:00-5:30pm

Balboa Angling Club presents the MASTER ANGLER BILLFISH TOURNAMENTAugust 19 · 2020

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2020 Welcome all Anglers and Fishing Clubs! You are invited to participate in the oldest and most prestigious all-release marlin tournament on the West Coast.

Best of Luck if your in the tournament----JD



sure is quiet on the waterfront these days----- some boats down south - catching dorados, trying for the yellowfin and the big Bluefin still being targeted--

Boat 5 off Fish hook -- I could use some help pulling in this fish-3:21pm

Blue boat approaching our buoy gear-- please veer off--


We're Bit-- was it on the kite or the boogie----- on a boogie--- he had back to the Bluefin area they were at last week and last night they were on the same numbers-- this morning no surface sign but there were some good marks--- they went away --- as the day went on several spots of radio fish showed up- but he said he's stick it out for the tuna of the tide - hour after high tide - he almost got spooled of the 50W - big fish- he's still on it now--- 3:31 persistence pays off-

Still looking for assistance for help to pull in this fish---- boat just leaving Clemente you read me--- could you give me a hand with this fish-- the rod broke and Im handline it in with the other fish still in the process of cleaning I'm sliding all over the place-- 32:51/ 118:17--- 3:40pm---

we got em' Whew---- that was a tough fiosh maybe 300-- 4:35

late afternoon E-mail from Chris JD, Big grade tuna SW China PT. I could not get hooked up AGAIN! ---On the way out I hit 87 degree water on the way out and back in W of the 289. Got a few small YT on paddies 5 off SCI.-


--Sept 8 2020 Tuesaday ---- Well the party's over and back to work for many-- others getting ready for the Masters Marlin tournament , Kick off Wed night , fishing starts Friday till late Sat afternoon

Today's weather it's like a high fog-- not really overcast just sultry overcast-- wind still from from the south/ southeast 5-7 kts light wind chop with it--

Radio seems quiet so far--

E-mail this morning--- Marlin Tag and Release by Mas Tarde Monday--At 11:30 trolling around the 279 we get a strike on the 20 pound and it’s a striper. Eric Monte as the captain has to fight the swells while Matti Monte the angler has to keep the feisty Marlin under control. A difficult fight lasting 3 hours ending at around 2:30, the Marlin finally calms down and we grab the lead to finally claim our catch of an estimated weight of 110 pounds. Catching my first Marlin on 30 pound a year before on the same Labor Day weekend with the same lure, this is a moment I will never forget.

From Facebook---Team Motivator. We went 2 for 5 on Marlin today.(Monday_) Caught a few lost a few. Great fun as always. Where???

Boy--- the radio is like a morgue-- silent-- --- except the local barges and ship traffic.

JD-- you on this side--- Yes JD's back--- This is Mas Tarde we just released another marlin here on the 152, short corner, coggings 12:44pm Congrats--- I thought you had sent me a e-mail this morning on one yesterday?-- yep this one is today- just now--

East wind developing stronger by the hour--then backing off to a light south wind-- almost dead calm towards sunset--- gra6y most of the day--

the Big Bluefin continue to bite off the Backside of Clemente-- some bigger fish showing up now--- there's anothe " Fake" flying fish almost relasitic in size and shape thats had some remarkable success - we'll see if they are avaialbe to resale--

JD's will be closed this coming thursday, Friday, Sat and Sunday-- doing the Masters Tournament Controll- Ch 65 tune in or check out the BAC's Facebook post as the tournament develops-- JD



Labor Day Sept 7 2020 - Monday--

Well what could you expect-- cooler water temps and hot inland-- brings a strong marine layer and foggy conditions- by late mid morning most of the fog had lifted leaving the marine overcast sky -wind strong to fair at times from the south, bumpy seas and poor visibility--

Pretty good size pot holes out here--- !

Vessel heading towards the Parker--- turn right--- your right ----were tight to a fish!! ---go right-- 11:18

Stayed overcast for the day-- wind backed of a little - still keeping it a little bumpy out there today-- Tuna fishers still plugging away at the bigger tunas more it seems S/W of China Pt/ San Clemente and spots of med sized fish up on the inside of the island along with kelps and dorado's- they say-

Yesterdays-- Arrons Swordfish fish went 228lbs aboard Vicks Sleeper-

Mako Sharks doing damage to quite a few Broadbill Swordfish these days--biting their tails off just before being boated--- there was in years past a Stick boat (Little Richard it think)?- seeing quite a white water battle on the oceans surface they ran over to it-- , a giant Mako Shark had come up from behind the big Broadbill basking on the surface, bitting off part of it's tail. The Broadbill striking back with it's sword had wonded the shark-- round and round it went , the stick boat slid in and harpooned the swordfish, the shark giving them problems so they harpooned the Mako --both fish close to 500 if I remenber right-- must have been a site to watch that battle.

I 've heard on one fish being hooked eariler this morning-- jig fish off Catalina-- wind and poor conditions slowed down the eforts today

Long day for many-- just to be glad to get out of that washing machine

Better luck tomorrow- JD


------------------- Sunday Sept the 6th the year 2020-------------

coastal marine clouds light giving away to the heat of the land -- wind light from the south 2-3 kts-- seas good w/ light swell mix- yesterdays west wind leafing some residual wave.

Trump Day here on Newport as the boats begin to line up for their parade

we had a nice one up off the slide earlier- 19/16

Grinding it out on the 152 where we saw one yesterday-- just driving around till we raise one up-- Ok go get those girls a fish good luck-- OK

we got a fish here yesterday , tight to the island--

E-Mail-- JD, Went to SCI 3 times last week, mainly looking for Big Bluefin, N/W end lots of boats, Didn't catch any bluefin metered plenty 30 to 50 lb fish, Ran across some small dorado at mackerel bank 77 degree water, yesterday and small sets of YF around the east end of catalina. SCI had all you can catch zone E, B,B,B. Catalina east end was a little slower but still good. -- Chris K-- thanks for the report JD


And another eailer E mail--- Congrats-- JD--- Hi JD, I had to send this. It was my dream fish. 330.5 at the green pier. Feel free to post. Geoff D'Sena


Keep coming---- get ready to dump all the dead bait you've got---10:39 trying to keep em at the boat



We got our first deep drop swordy yesterday and I already feel it, thanks tommy .Angler is Steven Beck and I was the captain aboard the KASTAWAY! It was a deep drop fish and we must have hit it in the head because we were hooked up in minutes! Unfortunately when we got the fish to gaff it was severely attacked by a 300# mako That ripped the fishes tail off and almost pulled steve in. We quickly put 3 gaffs into the fish and pulled it aboard. Although the tail and right side of the fish were missing We were able to salvage the left side of the fish for some great filets! Cheers and tight lines.. Joshua Kast

We had one on for 20 minutes--- before we got the hook back- bait fish--!

Came up on the same teaser --followed it three or four times -hit the ballyhoos, I dropped the mackerel back in his mouth-- though we had him-- got the hook back-- there was a good color break-- almost a weed line I was just coming down to clear the jigs-- when it came up-


by the 1:00 hour-- spanish covered the VHF 65 and others covered the other radio channels --Catches of Dorado and smaller yellotails and a few Yellowfin came out- marlin jumping downoutside Camp Pentelton- 06/36 and Vick calls in with a Broadbill sword fish catch today

local deep dropping

had one of your kind (Marlin) about 5 off White Rock-- nice one -slow tailing 5-6 off the island from the Mackerel Bank down the inside of the island lots of dorado '

We just had a Jig Strike--- blind strike-- 1:51

That you decker--- right in front of that sailboat there's a big spot of breezers--we're off the East end---they've been up for a while-- how yo doing--- the amount of tuna behind Clemente is amazing and they weren't biting at least not for us we've been chasing them all day-- --3:05

- Jimmy six off long point we just had a batch of feelers up- didn't have a stick of bait on board, they're with those risos' 3:15

I had to use the come-along to get it into the boat-- we got the one fish 160lb- not big giant spots of fish up- just single fish blowing up couple hundred yards from each other-

sounded like Chronic was on another fish, pulling for an hour now--- standing by---5:24

Go Get em Willy!--



----- Sat- Sept 5 2020--------- Nice morning hours, cool - sun heating up quickly after that- Here on the beach the seas look good- light marine haze,, off shore it turns sloppy , east end of Catalina white caps already---

The crazy's are infiltrating the beaches today, from early morning drunks, Kayakers paddleboaders, blow up tube fishers, skiffs yachts, sailors and electric boats all converging to the coastal waters-- by noon a few more will have succumbed to more drinks - We almost got through the Summer months without too much profanity on the VHF, almost-- yesterdays vulgar language so there's still un mature boaters out there-.

Boats scattered far and wide , Stan and Kathy released one this morning-- right on the 152 ( east end of cat)

Wahine boats working the waters south of Dana in search of another marlin-- --

Yesterdays quick shots at east End yellowfin tuna--- Decker with a pair of em'-

He said He though it was a Blue Marlin-- eating the smaller dorado and bonita --

Hey Bob--- we're Wired we're right next to you-- stand by--- 10:21 Slack tide today--- 11:44am

We released it--- 10:40---

Cabin crusers, sailors, cussers---- yea its starting to get ugly early today--- -

Dorado catches and rat yellows starting to be caught above the border--

Several more jig strikes reported--- more boats on the water too- still scattered bites and I think one or two more released for the fleet

Sloppy seas this afternoon--- better weather expected tomorrow--


Satellite images of the local water temps from 65 to 75 degrees---







------- Friday yep Friday again-- Sept 4th 2020-------

Coastal fog this morning not yet to burn off mid morning-- out in the ocean- clear ligh marine haze and warming day and some wind expected

425 bank (below the border) find the right paddie and its WFO dorados , smaller yellows above the border line

No word on the Wahine Tournament so far--- 9:30am

- Slack tide this afternoon 11:10 standing by

Pacific Pioneer reports seeing a sleeper this morning for their efforts - good meter marks and lots of bait around them this morning-- waiting for the tide to turn--- 10:32--

We'll the tide came and went--- bait was up - reports of breaking smaller tunas below the 209-- Kelps 20+ below Dana/ South had dorado on them-- good sized swell 5-6 ft in between the islands-- no wind on it but lumpy-- lots of kelps out there too - with bait but nothing else. Surface seen swordfish and marlins were far and few between.


A call from PP- Kyle-- saying they had worked their' way down towards Carlsbad area in search of game--- what kelps they found were empty and no more marlin sightings-- nor for the other Wahine tournament boats-- which were also working they way back up-hill towards the 209/ 277---2:00 pm update---

Casey ( Fin-N Tonic) you hooked up---- Yea--- 2:50 hook up time--- Julie is the angler--- Jig fish or dropback, Jig fish--- 10/38, 2:52pm

3:13 released--- fish---released it twice!-- --- released the fish the first time at 3:13 fish swam away and got tangled with another line-- it also was released- we were just contemplating what and what to do for the afternoon when the reel went off

Only the one fish so far today--- more kelps holding dorado unwilling to bite- divers on them--

5;05: fish comes into Pacific Pioneer spead, short corner 14/ 41 not far from the earler fish by Fin N Tonic-- no signs of bait in deep water-- Black and Purple jig-- zipped it-- two drop backs and Paddy gets bit-- 5:22 its released--- good jumping fish 120-130 lb est on 20 lb Dacron--- nicley done-- JD

Years past--practical jokes are played - like dumping a bucket overboard w/ leader and snap attached to a trolling rod's line-- bucket and slides down the line till it hits the lure-- Hook Up !!!-- the unsuspecting angler waking up for his nap in the hair is handed the rod and reel with everyone yelling marlin!!-- hooked ---pull- pull- pull- wind- wind -wind--much to his regret it's only a bucket he fought-----

Ahhh-for the Hawaiian tournament an old fastened vinyl phonograph record ( preferable Hawaiian music with Don Ho) is used with leader line through the center hole tied to small ball,. Same idea , angler falls asleep in chair, vinyl record and leader w/ snap is attached to trolling line-- it slides down the line-- Hook Up!!-- be careful it might be an Hawaiian record!!-- the round shape darts it back in forth in the fight-- and a hawaiian record s the catch-! -

Have a fun weekend-- JD


------- Thursdays ( almost Friday) report Sept 3rd 2020---

Comfortable day with a cool marine sea breeze coming in form the south west 2-4 kts at best seas good- Lots of boaters making their way to the ocean and relief from the land

E-mail received today--- Spent the weekend in Catalina Island with the family, they caught the Catalina express home on Monday as we got the gear ready to head offshore got into the zone Monday morning. Didn’t take long to get a bite. Went 8/11 on bites biggest went 388# on the scale at fishermans landing.Measurements on the fish 86.5x 60.-- Wow--- That big-- Nice catch JD

Queit for most of the day on the radio


late afternoon chatter-- saying the fish they got yesterday was late in the afternnoon too-

found a little kelp dorado under it-


Spoke to a boat having just returned from Clemete this afternoon-- they needed to wash the salt off the windows-- sloppy headed back this afternoon--- and not much to claie for the two days fishing-- good bait marks-- but no fish for them--

Wahine Gals tournament starts tomorrow morning



---- Wed's Sept 2 2020---------

Morning hours welcomed seas- with those meandering paths of glassy and wind ruffled water as the overcast lifts, seas calm- nice day ahead-

Party boats out of SD working out to the Tanner Bank this morning-- still a few boats off the backside/ west end of the island for tunas--

Marlins fishers-- still working the waters from the A Bank it towards the island and down the Ridge to the 277 and again the 209 and 267 good locations for fish and bait--

Text report from Vintage-- mid channel -- tuna on micor baits 40-60lb fish shipping lanes--- 68 degree water 10:34 am

Couple of photos for this past weekend-- Biggest I've heard of at 361 lbs+ Hammer--






and Brandy B with a nice one too







Afternoon Newport slop-- westerly winds

They said they made it to Clemente's west end Monday in the late afternoon got the kite up for a while and searched around -- seeing no signs of fish they spent the afternoon in search mode-- no marks nothing--- then 5:45 it seemed the ocean came alive-- mixed tunas from 20 to 150 + brutes- all on micro baits and wouldn't take a thing- all cast lures, baits flying fish skipping over them- mackerels-- nope--- jump in the water and at least stuck one -- following morning- ran out to the Tanner - sport boats there plnker fishing with baits-- they hung another one there with sinker and bait deep- Not much found on their way home Catalina east end look quiet, one quick batch of smaller tuna up- down on the A Bank -the 14 dead-

west wind for the afternoon--



-------- Tuesday- Sept the 1st the year 2020-----------

A light gray sky darkling to the horizon line seaward- calm with a light mix of swell--

it was said someone had five strikes this morning-- missed em' all--

Boats or fishing for the Giant Bluefins-- and marlins too- Yellowfin of good size also present 50-+ lbs- Yellowtails a by product of the day as would be a dorado if caught-

-- A check with t he San Clemente Island Security web site shows the Cove "Zone D" and "Zone C" leeward/ inside Fishhook White Rock" active for the upcoming long weekend--from Aug 27th till Sept 7th - C 27-AUG 1918 07-SEP 2359 SFC:3000 SHOBA D 27-AUG 1918 07-SEP 2359 SFC:3000 SHOBA-- Backside of where the tuna are looks to be open still-

A few marlin -- but not many around so far-- Like Kenny said very few fish seen except those behind the boat up in the jigs---

Quiet day on the waterfront--- boats behnd Clemente too far for me to hear much via the VHF -- the SD sporboat counts show fair catches


Closed on Mondays--- (got the car fixed-)

Aug 30th-- Sunday 2020----------- Best day of the week so far--- morning overcast melts away midmorning- wind light from the west/southwest 2-4-5 kts- will pick up to 15 kts this afternoon West- seas good light wind chop- small mix of seastate--

Congrats go out to Alex on a marlin catch--- jig fish---10:40--- you have one up in the jigs for a short bite eariler?- yep---- we also had one come up popped it out of the rigger - scuffed the new leader up--- green and black-they're not real agressive-- just tapping the jigs-- -we're seeing lots of bait here--

Bob released another-- I hear--

Sounded like they were on the Ridge below the East End of the island---

Clemente island back side still looks to be full of boats-- fish?- yep they were biting-- flyers- baits, lures even marlin there too!

2020 Tuna Club Avalon Benefit Tournament




And they were biting--- some caught and some lost after quick or extended battles into the night-- congrats to the T/C club and their anglers for catching fish and the Benifit that helps so many in Avalon---










Afternoon hours wore on with the bait showing better as the day went- closer to the island they came up good--


E-Mail--Details Marlin update.. JD, had a late start yesterday and wasn't able to make bait...Fortunately we were able to run over a feeder a grab another one on the Eye Candy again. They appear to be feeding on the small Bone Heads. Saw a jumper and tailer in the same area today off the East End. Sean -- Nice catch and release-- JD



And another E Mail--- Hi JD, Went three for three on Stripeys this weekend. Sally got two, one on a Bubble Gum Eye Candy Pusher lure. Also,Trentin Humprehy, Tim Humphrey's son, caught his first marlin today aboard Royal Slam. Photo of Trentin reviving his fish . Best regards, Bob--- Congrats-- JD




Coming up -- -


And the BAC presents the Ladies Tournament!

Contact the club for details--- should be a fun event---

Fishing hours shall be 6:30am to 5 pm on Friday, September 4th and 6:30a to 5 pm on Saturday, September 5th



And- the famous

Balboa Angling Club presents the MASTER ANGLER BILLFISH TOURNAMENTAugust 19 · 2020

It’s Time to Sign Up!!! Don’t wait, the entry fee is going up!!! Tournament: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2020 Welcome all Anglers and Fishing Clubs! You are invited to participate in the oldest and most prestigious all-release marlin tournament on the West Coast.


Note: the 2020 Los Pescadores Derby. Due to the fact that we have over 220 people at our awards banquet and kick off Avalon can't have a spot that is safe with social distancing. Unfortunately this years derby has been postponed until next year due to Covid 19. We could have fished no problem , but a big part of our derby is the awards in Avalon. We just felt with no awards there is really no tournament just a fishing day. Next year we are planning on having a bigger derby than ever.


And for the $$$$$-- side of the tournamnts give Russ an E-Mail @ avalonchallenge@gmail.com,

Sept 20-21 &22 Avalon Billfish Challange---






- Sat Aug 29th 2020------- the months gone by quickly-- light morning overcast that went away by noon- wind light from the south- seas still a small leftover lump and a light wind chop- seems a bit cooler air and water temps---

Not many marlin hooks up so far today-- a quick feeder- a zip and a brief hook up around the East end of Catalina-- boats on the 209 or thereabouts reported couple kelps holding smaller yellowfin---

The Tuna fleet concentrated to the backside of Clemente island--- added boat pressure there for the weekend--

Slack tide change coming up--at 1:30 - stand by-

building moon and tides\

Water temp images a little distorted by wind these days-- so here's the Chlorophyll chart showing that clean water coming up the backside of Clemente and up to the 499--

First fish on the New Boat he yells out--- 1:30

Congrats to you as well-- we got a 135 and a 200lber--

Had two fish up in the jigs--- 2:01 pm

Crazy goverment-- shutting down the beach at Huntington because they someone saw a shark--- Yites a real live shark--- by now that shark 40 miles away--

Congrats Bob and Sally from the 0ooker-- nice going---

Yellows off Salt Creek-- 3 off the beach--

Only had it on for a few seconds-- wasn't sure about this water -- but who knew

Come on in--- Yellowfin tuna- she said--- there's plenty of em' 3:47


Cameo in the T/C Benifit Tournment · Middle son Robbie makes first trip for tuna. We planned to fish Tuesday to Saturday, but weather, boat acting badly, kept us from the tuna grounds till this Saturday am. Robbie hooked fish at 8:03, and boated it at 11:45, a Tuna Club of Avalon rule conforming catch! He’s one for one! Con coached him all the way, and proud Dad kept his mouth shut! Great week for Crean Team Cameo! 147.5 pounds on 50 pound dacron.!



Weather backed off not a bad day overall- not as many fish on the inner waters as we hoped for-- but there were some big scores on the giant bluefin---

Good luck tomorrow if you get out-- -JD



Now having to defend her Thesis submission after years of research and studies ,

An evidence based behavioral intervention on Saiga horn as a traditional medicine in Singapore.

Saiga are Critically Endangered antelopes from Central Asia with horns (often marketed as ling yang) used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Hunter Doughty Doctoral Researcher University of Oxford, my daughter- Congrats - dad-







----- Friday again---- Aug 28 2020-- hazy blue this morning wind from the west fair at 8-17kts depending where you were-- good tailer weather!

Building moon phase and building tides this weekend--

Congrats go out for a released marlin- I think a qualifier for a Tuna Club member--- was that a Jig or bait?--- jig fish-- had another one up on the stinger-- so they're here----- tell Rod congrats and Pete on the wire--nice going--- 10:51am

-SD report--The Pacific Queen returned from their 3 day trip with LIMITS of Bluefin Tuna (144) and 4 Yellowtail for 24 anglers. 15 of the Bluefin they caught were between 120 and 220 pounds. The Condor returned from a 1.5 day trip with LIMITS of Dorado (68), 25 Yellowtail, and 14 Yellowfin Tuna for 34 anglers. The Tomahawk returned from their 1.5 day trip with 41 Bluefin Tuna (5@ 120-180 lbs.) for 25 anglers. The Pegasus returned from their 1.5 day trip with 22 Bluefin Tuna (1@260 lbs.) for 19 anglers. -

T/C gave their noon roll call for their Benefit -- if I heard it right maybe two fish?- Fusion had a fish released and another boat released one?

just west of the 267 lots of birds bait-- a mystery bite there? Osprey had a fish hooked -- came off 30 minutes later--

Sounded like the Chinese took over VHF ch65--??

Wind stayed steady 12+ the rest of the day--- afternoon high tide saw more bait up in the lee of the island---

better weather tomorrow-- JD



- Thursday's Report for Aug 27th 2020-

Hazy blue this morning-- wind already on the make for the west-- coastal it's not bad at all- by noon its to pick up and by 5pm windy and a swell to boot-

There was talk yesterday of smaller bluefin on the inside of San Clemente-- as small as 8 and 10lb fish--

Sounded like someone was deep dropping and maybe a couple of lines tangled up and a fish on the other end.

Notes from last nights seminar

Another Swordfish being weighed at the Club today-- I think they were local?

A call from the tuna boys up off Anacapa/Channel islands-- snotty getting up earlier this morning-- but it's laid down for them now-- ( 3:25pm) actually almost grease where they were at-- no fish though- good meter-marks bait, lots of birds, porpoise around but no billfish yet--- standing by




So they were fishing for halibuts---- no bites-- after a while - why not let go Swordfishing-- deep dropping --- --- look at all that bait------ and four hours later--- 284lb Swordfish-- Congrats-- JD -- he said it wasn't fun-- -- Brutal he says---

Bryan Corum angler 284.4 lbs-!



Wed Aug 26 2020--------------- Starts out as a light overcast mild day-- coastal wind light from the south-seas OK fair with a leftover lump and due to get lumpier this afternoon as that westerly picks up-

We're markijg fish -- waters 74 and greenish--- kelps off La- Jolla--- they say there's some Dorado in tha body of warm water off Oceanside---

Where'd the tuna go-- and when is the main body of marlin due in---- aaah time will tell

Full day winding line on reels again---

Good marlin seminar at the BAC last night-- Thanks Jimmy,


Tuesdays Report - Aug 25 2020------Warm gray morning turning to a hazy milky blue sky- wind light to fair from the west- seas ok-- fair starting to lump up outside--

For what it's worth-- latest three day composite of the water temps from 65 to 80 degrees and the Chlorophyll Chart


Windy and getting more windy---

spent the day winding line on reels and fixing them-- JD

--- Sunday Aug the 23 2020-- we'll we made it through the night, and what a peaceful night it was for those out drifting on the sea-anchor - starlit sky, warm, glassy smooth and a light south swell-

High tropical clouds and hazy blue -wind light southwest 2-4 kts- seas calm

lots of folks out - finding relief from the lands heat

Seiners apparently wrapping sardines or mackerel-

Marlin, Tuna, Kelps and Yellows maybe a Dorado-- wahoo-- swordfish-sharks--- halibuts bass, even WSB around--

And the story goes round of Stotesbury and crew fighting a giant Broadbill Swordfish up at Anacapa Island - into the night-- with a giant Mako about to eat the Swordfish--- finally getting the swordfish into the boat-- minus the swordfish's tail which the shark had bitten off-- ( loose the propeller and they are helpless)

Motivator, got a big fish too- CI, and Vintage puts a big fish aboard too -over the past few days--

Marlin Seminar for next Wednesday, August 26th - 5:30 on the patio here at the club house

Slow marlin fishing- so far-- only one sleeper for the fleet -- others circumnavigated the island for nada-- good looking warm blue water with plenty of bait around--- -- soon coming-- -- they just may not like that warm surface water and are hanging out down deep on the cooler thermocline depth?



Sat- Aug 22 nd a swelting night and day, morning sky, overcast and brassy- seas glassy light wind from the south-

He almost got it-- 6:30 in the evening-- we got a bite --- we also got a bite yesterday on the inside of the rigs-- he almost got it up -two or three times --20- 30 ft from the boat ---each time the fish would go down --- finally the hook pulled-- he was around 300 trying to put a little heat on him and leader him-- no way-- humbling experinace--ok - good luck--- thanks go get em-- hammer--

You see that--- those wern't mackeral--- they were tuna-- we watched them-- not porpious either-- tuna-- ( lee of catalina) 11:23

Slack tide today--- 12:35

there was a Jumper- here and a few tailers- around--- pulling my gear had a tailer go by too- 12:19am--

Puddling tuna seen-- not breaking water but they were there-- off the east end of the island-- 152 area--- here- there- not great numbers but some fish-- marlin seen eariler off chruch rock 6 --1:37

randy-- was that a Great White there behind your boat----?-- \

Center consol off our bow come on in theyre up good--- 2:06

and someone comes on saying he lost a Wahoo at the Rigs-----?? 2:09--- at the rig-- just lost a wahoo--- slow trolled sardine?

Wish my dad would call me in on kelps and tunas fish!

down here where Scott was-- theres a bunch of feeders just came up-- looks like a yacht just hung one--- OK let me know - go hang a striper--- 3:26pm

Afternoon hours gave way to repairting reels, rods and settingup tackle for IFGA records

warm and stick-- boy what a day-- you were luck to get to the seashore or some water releated relief

tomorrows the same and looking forward--- Hernan her-NAHN is next weekend----

No further Wahoo reports---- Guluck tomorrow- Stay cool--


-- Friday- yep-- it's that day again Friday and the weekend is here--Aug 21 st - we've lost almost a hours of sunlight - Hurricane weather, it feels like--- now that the earthquake threat has passed-- for now-

The foamers were up pretty good one time-- we just came in a little too late-- we've seen a couple schools here with the dolphins--10:12am

A pod of a dozen orcas between the islands were report thursday, 05/44 a pod seen today--one big male with a ragged torn fin--

297 lbs. Swordfish on the No ReMorse, thanks to wireman Bill Weilbacher and Doug Armstrong at the wheel. Tuna Club button fish.

San Clemente island Security shows the island open for the weekend-- good luck-- my be some swell in the Cove-- from the south--

Had one short bite on the black and purple just coming up to the 209

When was that?/ --- we'll my hearts still beating if thats what you mean----- we're here on th A Bank and just had some of those big Tunas came up----- they were big one's -- 1:19pm

West wind swung to the south this afternoon and backed off to 4-6 kts--

Maria Jean capt Brian Shimizu

Spoke to Decker this early afternoon - they had just returned back in the harbor-- out to Catalina this morning--spent the early part of the day there-- back out to the A bank- down to the Slide and the ridge ridge to the 152 and 277- back over the Shipping lanes and 14 Mile Bank--- for-- Zero--Zero-Zero- lots of kelps on the A Bank- very warm water there and no fish under the kelps--


And the BAC presents the Ladies Tournament!

Contact the club for details--- should be a fun event---

Fishing hours shall be 6:30am to 5 pm on Friday, September 4th and 6:30a to 5 pm on Saturday, September 5th



And- the famous

Balboa Angling Club presents the MASTER ANGLER BILLFISH TOURNAMENTAugust 19 · 2020

It’s Time to Sign Up!!! Don’t wait, the entry fee is going up!!! Tournament: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2020 Welcome all Anglers and Fishing Clubs! You are invited to participate in the oldest and most prestigious all-release marlin tournament on the West Coast.


Note: the 2020 Los Pescadores Derby. Due to the fact that we have over 220 people at our awards banquet and kick off Avalon can't have a spot that is safe with social distancing. Unfortunately this years derby has been postponed until next year due to Covid 19. We could have fished no problem , but a big part of our derby is the awards in Avalon. We just felt with no awards there is really no tournament just a fishing day. Next year we are planning on having a bigger derby than ever.

And for the $$$$$-- side of the tournamnts give Russ an E-Mail @ avalonchallenge@gmail.com,

Sept 20-21 &22 Avalon Billfish Challange---


------- Thursday Aug 20 2020---

Hazy milky brassy sky this morning--- light wind from the sea- west 2-5 kts-- seas light wind chop/ texture to them-bigger south swell picking up--

Some of the fleet of tuna boats found themselves out to the Cortez and Tanner Bank this morning some smaller grade tunas-- 30- 50lbs nd the Yellowtails there -

good meter and bait marks on the 152 this morning--

East End Swordfish bite seemed to center around the 1 pm mark yesterday--

At the the tail --it's over a foot wide -- it must be over 400 lbs-Swordfish---! Sergio!Official weight 440!

he said his meter read 76 degrees on the 14-- stuck it out threw the tide change-- not much metered there-- one feeder on the high spot at slack tide-- that was it--

Others working off the East end of the island-- deep dropping the 152-

they say the deep dropping for the swords up to the channel islands has improved--

Building south swell--


------------- Wed's Aug 19 2020--- Warm-- and humid-- almost glassy conditions this morning-- light wind from the south 2- 3 kts- seas small and a light mix to them-- lots of boats out-- getting off the heated land-- waters cleaning up and warming--

Couple of reports of tunas-- near the border-- breaking fish 29- 40lb still-- a slow tailer seen off the east end- others deep dropping off the 152

A jig fish dumped off the can dump -- this morning

says almost too much bait in the area--- bird-- terns-looking good 11:53

he calls with a low muffled voice----I'm going to head for the barn--- you want a chunk!?- yea I'll be over in a second---

Another quick looks at the local water temps and the Chlorophyll charts




Update on what's going on here at the Balboa Angling Club. We have rescheduled our Marlin Seminar for next Wednesday, August 26th - 5:30 on the patio here at the club (speaker to be announced.) We are working hard on the MABT tournament, and will have updates on the tournament this Friday along with an exciting opportunity for lady anglers. The re-introduction of the Ladies Billfish Tournament which will be September 4 & 5.


He said there were really good bait marks for tuna on the 277-- 12:59--


The radio seemed quite for most of the afternoon--- reason is --it had followed the secret channel up two, down three and over to your last two numbers of your phone # - somehow ended up on ch 61- wasn't anyone there---

Hot and muggy with the weird tint to the sky- - wind still stayed light from the west all day-

Boats speaking of kelps and paddies holding bait and tails-- along a tideline/

Deep droppers --- 700 ft just saw a red mark among the scatter other stuff , yea that's where Bob got bit winding up


- Tuesday Aug 18th a hot an humid day-- earthquake weather some would say-- add in the major tide swings-- ? Light west wind picking up mid morning hours

Hi JD, We left on Thursday night at 11:00pm. Went to the east end of Catalina and started dropping at 3:00 am. Fished all day Friday and through the night. On Saturday we finally started to mark some fish in the afternoon. Dropped upwind from our marks and hooked up on this one. Same crew as last time. Ricky G and Keith McD from Scales Gear!!! Cheers, Kevin with Ebb Tide




Hey JD, TJ did pretty well..... The Latitude took 4 awards at the BYC & NHYC Interclub Challenge this week, and took biggest fish.. a lot of fun! Hope you had a good weekend!









Came across these whales Friday afternoon on our way back from cat



Hot-- Hot and humid--

scratchy report saying there were breaking fish--it's been pretty quite for the past several hours-- maybe its the breezes that's sprung up ( south7-8) or the swing of the tide to incoming--- something's changed. 3:15p

Sportboat Thunderbird had a score on the Bluefin today---


--- Closed on Mondays----Went fishing-- at least went on the boat and had rod, reel, lin and bait out-- deep dropping for a nice morning row-- no fish-- Sherrif's dept boat came by, circling me-- seeing if I was in distrees- no just out fishin' -

------------ Sunday -- muggy and warm-- it's hot--- wind from the southeast fair to strong -- most of the night and into the morning mid day ---seas have a developed wind chop to them against the light west swell-

Sportfisher dragging for marlin off the fire road-- you on this side-- 10:37am

Saying there was some action on the ridged elow the east end of catalina-- this morning-- 152 to the 277 and west of the A bank

Colby released one this morning- Joint Venture--

we acually netteed up about 500 of those anchovies

some were talking of a mixed up wind and currents-

A single but no bite-- yas we could get to those other's either- 11:31

Blue whales up by the outer oil rigs-- 34.4 /118.16

We got on our second marlin--11:33 on the candy?

We just broke one off-- about where you are about 15 minutes ago-- 12:09 Jig Fish

There's about 6 boats deep dropping around the 152 today--- marlin hooked 19/ 15 good looking fish! 12:18 pm

15 due south of Dana-- lots of bait-- lots of seiners-- -

Just west of the 14-- two seiners just warpping away--- with two planes---sad--- 1:04pm

Same spot second fish-- two hooks up in the past hour--- 19/15

the guy downwind of you is on a swordfish--- been on it for quite a while deep drop-1:09

Standing by for the tide swing---

Congrats-- go out to -Swagger with the marlin release-- congrats-

All sorts of entertainment today--- sailboat (?) lost off Long Beach-- no idea where he was, another boat taking on water-sinking-- coastguard and military boats assist, other's fishing in the MLPS's - marlin hook ups and seiners wrapping schools of tuna-- entertaining-- today--

got a good one here 34.8 /15.8 Whale- blue 2:03



---------Sat. Aug 15 middle of the month and tropical -- getting more tropical by next week, a lot more tropical- stand by! Hot-- Hot-- !!

light wind from the west/southwest this morning- seas good and sky blue with marine haze seaward.

We just had a zip---- couple of em--

Go get em''- -- Yea-- we're on one--- 12:01

sounded like there were a few more bites here-- there 1:24 - slack tide today 1:04

front side of clemente had some puddlers-- we were able to pick up 40 of em-- 1:28pm

all you marlin guys out there--- 22 over 16-- six off the island- 2:26

deep droppers fishing the east end of Catalina-- and into the flats off Avalon as that wind on the outsdie picked--

74- 75.3 water temps reported off Dana-- no kelps--

They say maybe 5 ot 6 mrlin hooks ups today off the east end to the A bhank and Long point

lots of bait meetered on the banks-- 14-- backside of Catalina-- marlin will have a feast as they show up more and more-

A lot of folks on the water today-- just getting relief from the land and conferment there-- welcome to the sea shore




--Aug 14 --- Friday-- yes it's friday again, blue sky morning some light marine haze seaward- wind light from the south/southeast 2-3 kts' nice ocean--

first words I heard this moring on the VHF-- nothing yet---- yesterday they came up pretty good around 1 0'clock--- Tide?

We're not doing anything-- stopped on a little kelp-- good meter marks but nothing showing for us-- no use sitting around here with 50 other boats we're about to go exploring--- maybe west of here a few miles--10:32

boats down to the 371 finding 10 lb dorados under kelps--reported very few yellowfin in the area.

- Looks like the Cape is in for some nasty weather next week

Stand by--

see anything-- saw a jumper here a few minutes ago-- trolled around here for nothing--- looks pretty quiet-- couple guys deep dropping couple guys trolling one guy has a kite up--

deep bouy fishers complaining of bigger sharks 9or something on their gear?


JD...Marlin update...Was able to catch and release a stripe inside the 277 yesterday. 2 bites on a pink Eye Candy we purchased from you ..baited a feeder and tailer in the same area on the temp break....Sean McWhinney / CHIRON

The tuna we got were a little closer to clemente island and we got all our fish on a blue and white daisy chain trolled way back and slower---


we just had one come loose--off Long point--- 3:50pm

that big yacht just had a blow up -on the yummy--- they backing down on something--- 4:41pm

there's nothinbg out here--- there were about 60 boats there this morning--- just coming back around the west end now-- (catalina)


---------- Thursday Aug 13 2020-----

Becoming more like the Fall days each day now-- maybe we'll get an Indian Summer?- Morning high tropical clouds and a 56 % humidity - wind light to fair from the west by 10 am00 light chop on otherwise calm seas-- westerly this afternoon--

Looks like the Tuna fleet has centered of the backside of Catalina and up towards the 172 and the canyon walls leading up to it-

Others up to the Channel Islands targeting the Swordfish and maybe Marlin nd probably the bigger Bluefin as they make they way up to the Santa Rosa Flats-and beyond-

Hi JD Had some luck today on the 30-40 lb BFT Mark

San Clemente Security's web site still shows the Cove to be "Hot" From the 13th till the 23 of this month- --- Just changed for this weekend --- looks open---

13-AUG 0700 till 23-AUG 1700 SFC: CEIL SHOBA

Circled the whole island for nothing--- saw em' but couldn't get them to go---






Wed Aug 12 2020-- Light fog this AM and a clearing breeze going with it as it lifts, wind west , fair at 5-7 kts early seas ok with light wind chop , forecasters speak of a quake over the next week-- just prior to that big tide change in seven days--as the mood darkens - stand by--- Feels like Fall already!

Coastal waters-- cooling off 61 degrees off Newport this AM

Well this mornings AIS shows the fleet of tunas boats heading up the back side of Catalina Island-- mostly in the deep water off Ben Weston up towards the 172/ Santa Barbara Is,, there's some big-- big mako's who live there too!




And a late congratulations to Pete Wishney on his qualifying Swordfish catch!-- Nice going--- Tuna Club Qualifier. East end of Catalina 159# on 50# Dacron

Scratchy report coming back from the back side of Catalina-- Decker-- saying a little tough so far with sightings of surface fish limited--

if I recall several years ago when thsoe tunas were in the same area-- chum really helped-- either live or cut dead baits brought them up ---

I got three shots at them-- got hooked on the poppers--- -- and pulled the hooks--11:37am

you smashin em' --- not really threw back a sculpin and all the sea lions you can eat-- ! --- sounds like coastal fishing slowed down---

we saw one kelp paddy one yellowtail-- we go him and we hooked and fought a marlin up to the boat and eleased em--

21- 22 miles offshore we saw a couple sealions on a bait ball--

Big Bluefin breaking off my starbord side-- a loud VHF radio voice comes through the squealch 3:24

we found the tunas- really moving with the dolphins--- really finicaly-- hooked three of them -- lost them all--

anyone fishing the back side of Catalina today---- yea we did how'd it go--- a little tough-- seemed the bite shut down after 10 am---- we got one--- did it seem they were headed north up the line to the other island, yes it did---- lots of boats up there--- not as many as yesterday--- where's the kelps-- with fish--- haven't found a tail all day-- we baited 30 of em for nothing--

Sounded like the deep drop bouy gear guys had a fish or two-- and some nasty sharks too--- south of here-- maybe the La jolla to the 9


Tuesday Aug 11 2020 --------------- morning marine clouds left us early- leaving blue and a light west wind as it left us-- light wind chop and seas relatively calm-- westerly afternoons cause some chop

Swordfish starting to show up again both up north at the channel islands and off Catalina

Any scrap of kelp you find -- check it out-- we just stopped on a 3 ft stringer -- there were yellowfin under it-- 12:09

Full day in the shop today-- not much time to stay in touch with the VHF-- rumor tells me there were some bigger tunas up off Santa Barbara Island-- no biters-- traveling fish

and this weekends San Clemente Island looks to be Hot /Active from Thursday the 13-- all the way till the 23rd of this month-- no anchorage in Pyramid--


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

------ Sundays Aug 9th 2020-------

Nice moring hours on the water---light haze to go away-wind light from the west 3-4 kts-

Boats spread far and wide-" throw some bait at em'- you'll get bit!
" the radio says-- others having just left Clemente's lee and 5 yellows aboard were out looking for the tunas-- other's marlin fishing off the East End-- tight to the island and long the Ridge heading towards the 152/ 277

And just about anyone heading off shore now has a chance at a tuna- dorado or a yellowtail-- or marlin-- ! there' a like of kelps here-- you guys can come in here closer if you'd like

Look for the bait on the shadow side of the kelp- and the fish too!









Afternoon reports of hook ups, casting into foamers w/ colt sniper lures or baits-- 4:06 pm--

Speaking to boats having just came back in from the days fishing out by Clemente-- starting on the Mackerel Bank this morning -- tacking to the 289 - water having turned cooler and off color they turned back into the island for tails-- then finding schools of tuna a mile or less in the lee of the island-- 30- 50 lb stuff- their everywhere there- poppers, baits, pencil-poppers -- Fun Times

New-- from Shimano SP-Orca FB 150S Sinking Pencil, 5 -7/8 ", 2 1/2 oz has a side to side swimming action! primarily for tunas!

Boy they really attract both you and the fish!!!



And Motivator come in the harbor flying a Marlin flag--- Congrats-- JD

and Rasta Fish also had a marlin--!


------- Sat Aug 8 2020-------------------

Nice weather--- light west morning wind

And a call early on from Ryan L out on his Newport Coastal Adventures Whale watching-- 2.4 miles out of the harbor this morning pods of Dolphin - and 15- 25lb Yellowfin in with them jumping around-- yep Yellowfin 2.4 out of the harbor-- Ryan also got a nice yellow tail 4 off Main Beach yesterday too---

Stand by--

Boats fishing for the marlins off the East end of the island-- no bites for them but the Slide area / can dump looked good for them--

E-Mail the clock reads 1:33 pm---- Hi JD: just put one on the boat 3 miles off Hoag Hospital!- was throwing sardines at them for and hour with no bites and was about to give up- when looking into the bait tank I see one greenback mackerel in with the scoop of sardines I got-- put that on and slow trolled it though the dolphins-- wham- o 30 lb yellowfin---


just had a feeder up and a knock down, so we'll stick it out here for a little while longer-- 3:02

A call in the afternoon hours-- 7 boats had traveled from the back side of Clemente down the-to the banks below and came back inside the island- miles and miles of travels-- and not one big school of tunas seen by any of the boats-- smaller fish found but the big boys---? MIA

Today's work-- a work of art-- 1960's Penn International 80, one or the originals-- with two asbestos drag washers and S/S friction plates, I don't think the reel has seen water to 50 maybe 60 years-- oil and grease had hardened and bearing were gummed up- glaze on drag plates re sanded smooth and all moving parts cleaned and re lubed - resembled and ready to see action again---


Blue Whales showing up-- seeing 6 this afternoon--

Windy afternoon--west 12-15-+


--Aug 7th Friday-- yes its Friday again--- Beautiful day so far-- a few coastal clouds holding sun behind them, seas nice- wind, wind soft at 3-4 kts- wish we were out there--- Tides starting to flatten out-- Swordfish tide's Stand By-

Local waters covered in small 8-12 inch bonito-- some occasional bigger ones--

lots of boats and radio traffic this AM-- mostly looking and checking with others boats on how they were doing--

Did find a kelp that had plenty of fish on it-- if we only had someone who could catch something-- went 2 for 6

Sounded like it was tough fishing for the tunas today-- at least not much said about catches-- only a few sightings-- splashes, some birds working in the early afternoon hours- etc. - boats paddy hopping to fill in any catches

afternoon report-- we looked around the 381 and Desperation--- for not much-- looks pretty quiet --- big swell out there--

Keeping towards the beach there were a few yellows 10- 12 lbers under kelps 8-10 off the coastline

Good luck this weekend- JD-


- Aug. 6th 2020 Thursday- tomorrow it'll be friday again-- low clouds this AM with overcast sky wind from the south 4-6 kts- small mix of seastate, back side of the full moon these days

Boats off the east end of Catalina this morning looking for the marlin- reports not looking good for them on the 152-- still looking

The question posed to me the other day in regards to why do Striped Marlin seem to strike the lures early on in the season and go for the baits later on--?

Not sure if that's always the case--a lot of factors go into what theoretically a fish does and thinks --currents, tides, bait, moon, sky and sea conditions, sunlight, wind, thermocline, topography , all factors and more goes into their behavior. Or it could just be these marlin 110- 120 lb fish 2 -3 years old's maybe having lived in the open ocean all their lives have never seen or heard a motor boat and are simply attracted to that big dark whale shaped thing going through the water the white water and bubbles and those little things trailing along-- they look tasty- maybe just go over and tap them with their curious bills to see what they are-- ?

who knows-- we're not fish--

The Pacific Queen called in with 11 yellowfin and 8 bluefin 6 of which are 140-205 lbs

San Clemente Island Security shows today Hot / Active today 06-AUG 1500 06-AUG 1800 - tomorrow Friday Hot/ Active from 07-AUG 1800 07-AUG 2200 and Open all days Sat till 9:00 Sunday morning--

The BAC-s Helen Smith Offshore Tournament was covered by the BAC's board members -Congrats-for-- - Marlin - Jimmy Decker , Bluefin Tuna - Casey McCann and Yellowtail - Dave Edmondson,

There's still some brutes out there--- Jokers brought in a est 330lb ( taped out) Bluefin caught on the Joker, taped @ 330lbs., caught on kite. Great Fishing trip for a dad (Mark Murtaugh) his son (Zach) & his buddies all tag teamed it!


One of the nicest days of the week so far-- maybe we'll get a satellite water temp image today-- JD


Aug the 5 Wed 2020---- Morning hours quiet here in the harbor-- light south wind gentle seas calm- water warming slowly 64 today here on the beach

Afternoon call from Drew--- having fished off the East End of Catalina today-- looking for that elusive 1st Fish for the Tuna Club--- 8:30 am a lure hook up-- on older 20 lb dacron--- an hour and ten minutes next to the boat- just about to tag it- for the release and the fish shakes it's head takes a swipe at the leader and the shock snaps the line-- so close---

Quiet for the rest of the day--


------------------------- Tuesdays July- oops-- August the 4th 2020----light to med overcast sky- seas ok calm in the morning hours till around noon or so when it freshens up a bit--

Baitfish ---smaller green back mackerel and lots of 5-7 inch sardines along the coastal waters--- mix in small 1 ft or less bonitos in with it too- but the bigger mackerel for marlin and the bigger tunas- were absent--- where'd they go---

E-mail--- JD--- My dad landed a 46” halibut on a sardine. Huntington Flats--- ( last Sunday)

I fished yesterday--- got bit 5 or 6 times, and slammed twice- on bigger halibuts-- missed em' both, when the hook fouled turned into the bait, the second time fish coughed up the bait all scarred up -Lizzard fish for bait.

Bay fishing- Terry S send in this one--

And Pescador gets talked into one this morning--- Nice Catch-- for both of you!

First marlin for the new wife! Twenty minutes on 30#. !! Happy Happy!


This coming weekend San Clemente Island is hot/ Active on Friday till 2200 hours ( 10pm_ then open the rest of the night Fri- all day Sat and Sat night till Sunday morning-- 9 am--


BAC Member Lisa Kitagawa with a couple of light line tuna and a button fish!!!

8 lb and 20 lb tackle!


Closed on Mondays-

Aug- 2 2020 Sunday-- Pea soup fog covers much of the coastline today-- by 10 am better than 1 -2 miles vis still overcast marine with bright sun behind it-

Tuna boats stretched far and wind with boats targeting tunas off the West end of Clemente-- some smaller 10lb ers there- others chasing marlin 11/16 and , coastal fishing well on bigger halibuts and the bass bite was improving--

We just went through a foamer of Giants-- drug the flyer right though it- solid foamers of 150'ers I'm not kidding-- 10:40

Still a overcast sky preventing much of a water temp image but the Chlorophyll charts still viewable-- looks like a band of deep blue water coming up from Mexico-- Dorados/ Yellowfin-

Swagger hangs a double on Jigs this morning-off the East End--- - releasing two of them--

Great seeing Swagger double up today and release them both photo credit Erik L

W've gone through about 4 foamers-- everytime we go through them with the flyer's it puts them dow-- so were going to just drift--- 11:12am

Sinker rig-- we've got one fish hanging-- 11:12

Another marlin hung ( hooked) off the East End of the island this morning

Nice going Scott-- 11:41am coming up from the tuna ground to Catlina-- finds a fish soon after getting here--

We just had a couple blow ups on the Yummy going through a bird spot--- 2:10

The sun never made it to the beach today--- things seemd to quiet down after the low tide today--

Better luck next week- JD -- it's getting interesting--



- August the 1st 2020--- Sat Blue sky-- light to fair wind from the south-- lumpy seas unless you were in a lee somewhere


The phone ringing has a broken voice on it-- can you hear me-- yea -- you get a Marlin--- Yes---7:45 --this morning Erik and I got to the Ridge ( below Catalina) this morning-- put the jigs out-- ten minutes later Goatfish 1210 Clone/ swimmer gets bit---oh maybe a fifteen minute battle on 30 released-- we got some good photos I'll send you--- Congrats the First for the BAC/ Pesky for Decker's Disco Punk First fish Flag---

We're on a pod of Killer Whales--



and Halibut fishing is still good--

Scott Matthews with a 46.4 pound halibut on 50 pound, breaking the old BACrecord of 29 pounds

E-Mail this morning--- Hi JD, interesting fish story. Middle daughter Erin & I were trolling Rapalas for yellowtail in my Caribe about 7:00 pm last night at Whites. Hooked what at first we thought was a nice one (in the anchorage, amongst the yachts, 120’ of water) till it started towing us offshore & I couldn’t lift it. An hour & a half later & over a mile offshore just about dark & up comes a 9’ white shark a few feet from our rubber boat! Was at full drag anyhow so instant extra pressure with my fingers on the spool & popped it off. Spooky part is, lots people swimming off their boats while at anchor at Whites this time of year. Hope you are well JD Russ-

PP you on this side-- yes--- you fishing marlin--- we're between you and the island we just saw 8 or 9 marlin up feeders---just came up 12:03pm

We just got Jig bit--- 16 over 18---1:45pm-- came up and tore it out of the rigger-- didn't want anything to do with the bait---

not a whole lot of bait here-- if it wasn't for the jig bites I wouldn't be here- just a little surface bait-- 70.8 degree water-

And the tuna fishing continues--- sporadically the squelch gets broken-- We just had a blow up--- didn't stick-- there's a ton of fish here-- but all small 3:24pm-

we just had one pull the hool on a rubber flyer--

I've got a huge foamer-- 150 125 fish - all 150 lbers-- I'm going set up up wind of it-- 33.1/ 12.2 4:25pm

And the Helen Smith Tournament has Bluefin in their catch---


July 31 --- Friday-- it's Friday again-- can you believe it--- the weekend is upon us - bright blue sky this morning and a greeting wind from the west early--- bumpy seas early on-- wind at 4-7 kts S/W seas mixed from the west and south-Strong tide exchanged this weekend as that August Full Moon fills-- by all rights today and tomorrow something big should bite--

Sounded like boats were " Cat fishin'" off the end of the island--- no bites yet

Weather forecasted to hoot today, back off Sat morning- then a South wind springs up Sunday morning

Not a whole lot of talk on the radio today--- wind up - although I did see a smaller Parker come up the bay flying a tuna flag and some salt on their windows

So the weekend has al lot in store for everyone-- you can fish for halibuts-- both locally and at the islands- coastal high spots and structure fishing doing well for grumpy sand bass and there's small micro bonito bonito around-- Calicos on all kelp beds- mid ocean-- maybe a tail under the kelps-- as you get out 6-10 miles for the beach-- Swordfish and marlin should be seen this weekend maybe caught--- the tunas still below Clements and off the backside of the island more and more--

and yellowfin along the ridges below Clements to the border- and any school of dolphins travleing-- stand by get the cedar plug out


good luck -- JD

--------- Thursdays July the 30th 2020------------

Typical summer day--- morning marine layer backing off to seaward by 10 am- sunshine behind it- wind from the west as it evaporates light wind chop- windy on the outside- getting winder---- will dislodge kelps from the Channel islands to eventually find they way here-- A second look at the weather for Sat-- looking better!

10 off Monterey they're biting! ( yesterdays photo)

July 29 The Blue fin are still being caught all over the place from Monterey to Half Moon Bay. The majority of the fish seem to be moving around near the edges of the canyons. There were some 150 pound fish landed today. The Salmon fishing was good near 3 Trees and Davenport in 240 feet of water. The Salmon are still being caught near the bottom. The Halibut fishing was great in front of Santa Cruz and down in Capitola. Rock fishing is great. The wind was down due to fog. July 28



Today the tab says-- Viking 44' Controlled Chaos out of Half Moon Bay--

Catching Salmon--- and Pacific Bluefin Tunas Remarkable!---


And the BAC extended the HS tournament to include Sunday due to weather concerns-- \ We have extended the Helen Smith Tournament with the addition of Sunday due to weather. Lines out will be the same as Saturday, Sunday @ 4pm. Weigh slips will need to be turned in by 5pm @ the BAC clubhouse via email or drop off.

Report for Facebook- S L via boats headed uphill from the Cape Those Stripers were actually from the Finger Bank to 27/44 and beyond. They are still seeing them as they are heading towards Mag Bay heading home. Seeing occasional fish without any glassing......

Not the best satellite water temps images yet- cloudcover-- and still the Chlorophyll charts are not that good - but they do show some blue water towards the backside south and inside west ends of Catalina- green on the beach,

Looks windy tomorrow--- Stand by!



----- Wed's July the 29th 2020-------- Light morning overcast went away by noon- still a bit on the refreshing cool side with the light sea breeze from the west 4-5 kts

Results from this past weekends Tuna Club tournamet were great--with 20 Boats and 79 Anglers resulting in 8 total Button Fish caught. One fish qualified it's angler into the Club. One new Club Record and one pending World Record.


This coming weekend is the BAC's offshore Helen Smith offshore tournament--

a check with the weather for Friday, Sat and Sunday-- Looks a windy and a swell building on the outside and below Clements on Friday and Sat and backing off on Sunday

The anchorage at Sam Clemente Island ( Pyramid Cove) this weekend- opens up 8 pm on Friday night- open all day Sat till Sunday mid day


- Tuesdays July 28 2020-------- Light overcast wind light from the south/southwest-- seas ok a cross small mix of sea, coastal water still offcolor green and cool- warming slowly

Boy what a weekend for the boys in the Avalon Tuna Club-- showing off their angling skills in besting those big Bluefin tunas in which their club is named for-- - Obtaining prized recognizing via weighing to fish caught with a limited test of breaking lines made from Dacron. Old school-stand up and fight it like a man style of fishing--

Excerpts from From Facebook---

Sawyer Jones · Went 1 for 3 in the tuna derby. After loosing two to light tackle failures Calen made it look easy getting this nice 134# BFT to the boat in 20 minutes on 50# dac.

Always fun fishing with these guys on the Island Fox

Rob Webster · Life ain’t fair my old man used to say but sometimes, if you work hard and as part of a team, life hands you a really sweet moment. I had one of those today. I hooked and landed a 215 lb Bluefin Tuna on 30# IGFA class dacron tackle. That is a new line class record for the 122 year old Avalon Tuna Club-( and pending W/R) - the quest was to help me get my light line Purple button for the Tuna Club. . 2 hours and 25 minutes later, Jeff gaffed my fish. When I was a kid fishing in my tiny skiff, I never thought I’d be a member of the Tuna Club much less hold any record there.-- Congrats- JD

Bob Hoose Spent my birthday fishing with friends on the PROSPECTOR. Birthday wish was answered and caught a #208 bluefin on stand-up 80 lb dacron. Awesome battle!

Neal Shaver Great Tuna Club tournament with a nice 122.6 pounds bluefin on 50lb Dacron. Lost a couple battles as well. Congrats John Shaver on a great catch..

Johnnie Crean We fished the Tuna Club of Avalon Albacore Tournament, and Con caught two bluefin tuna on 50 pound dacron. Only two fish per angler count for angler score! Are they big enough on light enough line to win? Stay tuned! There are 80 anglers heading to scales, and weight slips due tomorrow nite at 5pm. Maybe we'll know Tuesday!

Eric Noyes Epic weekend with great friends and my son Jack on his 12th birthday. Very special to be able to share this with him. Couldn’t have done without the crew for sure. Happy to finally be in the triple digit bluefin club and obtain my green button for the Tuna Club


Dan Barnett· Another Epic trip for FUSION got 3 BFT today (Sunday) 137-141-152 all 80 Dacron. . Lots of huge fish caught and records broken by a few great members! Congrats to all that participated!






And Darrin Norton 127 on 80 Qualifier for the Club

























Reports of the Giant Pacific Bluefin finding their way up the coastline-- Monterey Bay-- 8 off the beach reported jumpers seen--- big fish -- trolling through a pod of Risios whales they had a triple all 150 lb fish


and Albacore report--- off Fort Bragg- the albies were caught inside (closer to the beach ) than the Salmon were being caught!!


And Pete's new ride showing off with the four big Bluefin caught this past weekend---










I took my skiff out yesterday- Monday- with hopes of catching a Halibut-- watched Vick catch three and all I caught was a Smoothhound shark-!


Closed Monday ------ Sunday morning greetings with overcast light foggy conditions cool and a fair west wind 4-6+ kts-


First Marlin of the Season in US Waters----- Yahoo!--- that was a single tailer--- we didn't get the tag into it--11:20am and we did see a foamer at 45 07 and a good kelp where we got that marlin

Lazy tailier-- Colby Durin/ Jount Venture on 30 dac-- but we missed getting the tag in it-752057-- and a second marlin also caught by a skiff - off that kelp too!

-Hey Sporty-- off my stern--- give us room we're bit!--- 12:48pm

E-Mail this morning--- Hi JD - good seeing you Friday. The repaired reel and new JD’s shirt for Michael put tuna on the boat yesterday. Lots of mixed grade fish but few biters. Thanks and be well. Gary

And another E Mail--- All kinds of bluefin on the ridge. Got one on a dropper loop, one fly line sardine. My buddy tail hooked one with one of your single hook colt snipers. All 30 to 40 pound fish. Last week we got a 130lb on your blue yummy. Hope all is well ,Chris

"My what big eye's you've got"


--The fleet- returning to various ports in the afternoon's wind, some downhill to SD some uphill to Avalon to weigh tunas for the Tuna Club of Avalon's tuna tournament-- Tough to get bites and even tougher battles with the breakable dacron lines testing under 30, 50 and 80 lbs. some big fish caught and good tales to be told

Tales of tunas being eaten at the boat's swim step by huge Mako Sharks---! Yikes




And another E mail today--- Started at the ridge for the yellows and dorado off patties. Then got the bft 3 miles east of 381 on poppers. good temp break there

Many of the paddys were dry-

A little windy in the afternoon hours





------------------------ Sat July 25th 2020--------- Nice day- wind just lifting the flags - west 2-3 kts- seas good light wind ripple

radio reception better today

All Im seeing is the little guys-- Im 17 off the Head- kinda southwest-- 10:14



Not much of a water temp image these days but the Chlorophyll Chart comes out fair-- ?--

Boaters reported seeing lots of fish (tuna) but unable to get them to bite-- tossing spoons, plugs, poppers hard jigs, plastics - saving the day with yellowtail from out under a paddy or a mako shark bite

Got here around 3 am this morning put the squid light out-- made a couple of scoops of squid-- first drop this morning nice 20/25lb yellowtail-lost it at the boat--



A picture of a bluefin Cameo caught yesterday prefishing for the T/C tournament outside Clemente. They pulled the hook on a second one

Fishing can be dangerous-- especially with hooks, gaffs and fish that don't want to get into the boat---


------- Friday-July 24th - it's Friday again--- morning overcast at the beach giving away to light sun by noon- seas good wind light from the S/W 2-4 kts--

Most of the tuna fleet working below Clemente to the 43/ Butterfly bank wings and into the US/ Mex border- reported a Bluefin foamer off the East End of Catalina resulting in a 200 lb fish taken there!

Great weather today--- wind stayed light for the day-- lots of coverage in the tuna grounds too many boats pushed the fish down--- looks like the fleet spread out from this mornings main area below the 43- towards the west and the Butterfly banks and int Clemente fo rthe afternoon anchorages

God luck this weekend--


The 49th Annual Channel Islands Billfish Tournament will be held this year from September 12 to the16th, 2020. We're always looking for new anglers to join us so if you're interested and have some questions check out our website at cibillfish.org or you may call me, Charles Farrell, at 805-256-4227.

------- Thursdays report------------ June Gloom- warm and a light wind from the south 2-4 kts seas good- VHF reception still good under this marine layer-- boats working S/W of the 43 chasing foamers-

S/D tuna boats still centered by the US/Mex border to the 43--Boats are recommending 25-pound outfits for the Yellowfin and Yellowtail. 40 to 60-pound outfits for mid-size Bluefin Tuna. 80 to 100-pound outfits for the bigger size Bluefin. Hook size, they are recommending number 1 to 2/0 size circle hooks. They are catching the Bluefin on fly-line rigs, sinkers-rigs, and flat fall jigs.

Good show yesterday afternoon at the BAC with Capt Jimmy Decker and his seminar on tuna fishing - Tuna Fishing BAC Facebook--


We saw your flyer go right in that foamer-- and didn't get a bite--- there's dorado and yellowtail under that kelp-- we're going to work a little to the west looking for a little bigger grade tuna-- 11:03

We got the kite up-- got 4 smaller bluefin and a yellowtail---

AIS today showed the fleet of tuna boats centered below the 43 for the first half of the day-- then seemed to scatter to the west and Clemente as the day went on-

Catalina still good for the tails good sized fish - maybe a few of the bigger halibuts still hanging in the depths - and who knows about the swordfish and this upwelled cooled green water--

Good luck to those fishing the tournaments-- JD

Satellite water temp and chlorphill chart images have beed held back due to cloud cover- from what little I could see was a band of blue water inside the head to the 289-

-------- Weds July the 22 2020 ----

Overcast this morning light drizzle- wind light to fair from the west-- seas good- better radio reception this morning--beach weather cool- bring a sweatshirt--- Tuna boats working mainly below the 43 towards the border corner-- Yellowfin being the main fish caught so far today---

We're gettin on the fish-- but not many landed-- 10:40am we hooked 18 and landed 2- pulled the hooks or broke off everyone else-

Where's the big bluefin tuna go?? MIA

25-30lb yellowfin--we went two for three--

With that upwelled water along the coastlines-- I wouldn't be surprised if Elvis wasn't around these days-- he's probably out there just sunning in that mid day slack tide-- Stand By

That stick boat has about 6 sets of gear here--- they're all in a line- not scattered, yea and there's some deep drop gear out there too- 4:56pm----

He's got a big one on the line--- ( swordfish) commercial boat

Good luck--nice weather tomorrow--


------------------- Tuesday July 21st 2020- a month has gone by since the longest day of the years-- Hake hay while theirs still sun- as the old adage Overcast here on the beach this morning-clearing off mid morning-- warm no wind and calm seas- a little roily that's all- Water temps still cold on the beach--- the Calicos that do bite are lifeless and cold when you bring them up from the deep-Halibut fishing is good and the tuna are still hard to catch-

Took my skiff out yesterday-- motor at least ran--- couple miles below the harbor - tossing plastics to Calicos- pretty good bass fishing- and too many pesky small barracudas - all the bass came to the boat very lethargic - cold to the touch - should have gone halibut fishin--

pruple blue out on the A bank ---turns greener from there towards the beach

Whale watchers say some Minki whales just showed up from the outside-- saw them and a swordfish- by the rigs-- inner waters towards newport puke green


Ready - AIM - Fire! War Heroes On WaterTtournament

Look for an even bigger and better WHOW 2021, we are targeting 75 total vets and 25 yachts and a 1m dollar donation target. The late Ron Ashimine to right of bow, we honored him naming the top Vet anger award in his name. Captain Steve Lassley focused on the foaming Bluefin Tuna school while I get geared up for an underhand cast. Www.warheroesonwater.com


Wind kelp on the mild side-- but not much said on the radio so far today--

Better luck tomorrrow--

Balboa Angling Club · Good news, we plan on having our Tuna Seminar with Jimmy Decker this Wednesday, July 22nd @ 5:30 at the Clubhouse patio. We will keep the attendance at 25 people, outside. There will not be a potluck but we will order pizza. Please call the clubhouse after 1pm tomorrow (7/21/2020) to sign up to attend the seminar (first come first serve.). Please check out the June BAClash for entry information regarding the Helen Smith Tournament starting on July 31st.



July 11-- Russel and his kids caught their new halibut record 56.8 pounds Huntington flats on sardine 20# they are getting bigger and biting.


Closed on Mondays -----

------------ July 19 2020- Sunday--

The cool upwelled water has an effect to the atmosphere here on the beach and 1/4 mile inland where marine clouds

reported 57 off Dana pt this morning--

Decker and Erik called in saying they were still catching the Calicos this morning locally-- course they're professionals!

With the cooler water temps-- bait fishing for Mackerel became a little more difficult--

Afternoon wind picked up-- many of the smaller craft took towards home ports-

Had a foamer right next to the boat-- for ten minutes-- couldn't get a bite!--1:31pm

Windy-- and we'll see just what this latest batch of wind will do the allready upwelled cool water--- Stand by--

Good luck next week-- JD

- Sat July 18---Nice morning--- coastal morning clouds drifting away- wind soft from the south/southwest- better radio reception today-- at least more folks talking on the radio - Forecasters said there would be windy days in the tuna grounds - though reports say otherwise--

Coastal fishing holding fair despite the recent drop in water temps-- they say some barracuda up by the HB Flats- (WSB like to hang under the berry schools picking up the pieces, or unsuspecting mackerel with the berrys) Calicos on the structure and small reefs above Newport.

Yellowtail under paddies- not unreasonable to check them out - birds sitting a kelp-- bait--

Bet ya there's a few out deep dropping for Swordfish, maybe an Opah will grace our scales this weekend- marlin? and the Tuna bite continues around the US/Mex border both above and below--

We're going to work up a little farther-- that was a pretty decent show of fish-- but I didn't see anyone hang any fish--- 10:40am

We're still fighing that fish-- we're into into it some three hours now-- 10:51am

These are the same marks as we saw yesterdayy--- these are big fish!-- Im marking a big school now-- at what depth are you seeing them-- I've got one good mark at 100 ft and another here at 50ft 11:20

Just turn towards me-- there's breaking fish a 1/4 mile streach of fish-- 2:44

The afternoon- went on with an increase of reports of the tunas - by 4:30 blow ups on baits and missed strikes,

He missed it-- another came clear out of the water--- took the flag down-- just didnt stick-- was the story of the day for a lot of boaters--- slow trolling baits also had strikes--


July 17 2020- It's Friday again-- can you believe it-- it's Friday again-- the weekends a head of us- June Gloom here on the beach this morning looks to be slowly breaking apart towards noon- wind feels like an eddy from the south/ southwest fair at 5-6 kts fair wind and swell with it- swinging to the west-

The first US tunas of the years have been caught-- as well as the seabasses and tails, some sharks and a swordfish was caught --- now we're waiting for the Marlins to show up--- Satellite tagging supports the path that some Stripers can and do travel from here (So.Calif waters) in the Fall down to almost the Equator towards the winter months- then back again to above Hawaii by Springtime and then to complete their circulation over to the West Coast/ Channel islands by June/ July and probably an second body of stripers move up from mexico waters towards the latter part of summer--

The boy's are out there now looking for them-- the First Marlin of the Season awaits and Dorado!-

Scratchy report saying he's cast his baits right on top of that big tuna-- still no bite-but looking good with fish all around them-- 11:34

E-mail---just now---- JD, I just got this dorado off a paddy. Hope to make your board. I’ve always wanted to be on your site. Dell



AIS has the tuna fleet scattered from Desperation/ San clemente Island down to the Butterfly Banks, and below the 43 and 302 fishing grounds-- lots of boats out--

Local waters cooling off --clean green by the rigs 66 degrees








Albacore-- yep-- up north-- July 2, 2020: The coastal albacore season has started off the Oregon coast. A number of boats have trickled out of port in the past week and are scattered from 30 – 200 miles offshore. There has been some small catches made and the sea-surface temperature seems to be still lower then normal



----------- Thursdays July 16th -----

Again coastal morning clouds that blend away by noon-- wind light from the west/southwest 4-5 kts seas fair to good, this weekend's weather looks ok for Sat yet Sunday there's a good westerly wind early in the day and windy outside all the rest of the week-- should bring some swell and broken kelps off the outer islands-

-AIS has the SD fleet working the 302 area and the "Corner" US/Mex border and scattered boats up the line towards Pyramid Head-- the island's open Friday morning 3 am for anchorage till next Monday

Whgale watchers-- see a pair of Humpbacks out by the oil rigs- outside HB- lots of sea life also seen

and more phots of big Halibuts came in today,

dark of the moon aproaching this weekend stronger tides


---------------- Wed July 15 the year 2020------------

Sunny inland and coastal marine clouds seaward- gone by noon- wind light west at 5-6 kts- light wind chop agains a small south swell

E Mail on the improved bigger halibuts catches these days--- Hey JD my buddy Russel and I got this Huntington Beach local halibut, weight it in at 45.7 pounds, but we are not sure if it's a record we think it is.

This coming weekend San Clemente Island " the Cove" looks open for anchorage - It'll be "Hot" most of today-all day on Thursday till 3 am on Friday morning then open the rest of the weekend










-- Tuesday July-the 14 2020

Still losing about one minute a day of sunlight coastal weather nice a few morning clouds to cover the sky- wind light from the south/west seas ok, light bump to it slight uphill current-

E-Mail-- JD---- Got our first bluefin on Sat at East Butterfly on the circle hook sinker rig you set up for us using a sardine. Same setup we caught the two yellowtail with at San Clemente Island. 35 lbs and quite the battle on that old rod. Congrats-- JD

and a call from Vick-- who've been chasing the sea bass around these past weeks--- spending some time yesterday targeting the Halibuts and was rewarded with too healthy legal's and today a potential 8 lb class world record-- the old one was at 42 lbs the fish this morning tapped out at 48 inches and would be pushing that 42 lb mark to it's limit-- Stand by for further conformation-- Nice catch!! Live mackerel 35 minute battle- on IGFA 8lb test line!

a quick snap shot of the fish

Hopefull of a W/R the fish weighed at 39lbs-- shy by three pounds-- but a real nice catch on 8lb test line-- Congrats-- JD

Not much said on the radio today??


We had a special trip on "Flying Fish' in pursuit of my 24-thread linen line blue button fish for the Tuna Club on antique tackle. a refurbished 1940's era Penn 9/0 an awesome 80 year old spool of 24-thread linen line a 70 year old bamboo rod on vintage tackle, Special thanks also to Steve B. and George G and Michael -- 2 hours and 20 minutes later buddy Jeff H sunk the gaff perfectly and we had my 127lb blue button fish on the deck of "Flying Fish".So stoked to get this one on the board! Congrats-- JD -- Nice Catch and congrats to the crew too!








------ Sunday July 12th 2020 begins hot with clear sun , seas ok calm for the most part - lots of boats out-- wind light from the south. Cooling sea breeze welcomed

From Facebook--- Looks like Captain Mouse is bringing me home some sashimi it’s good to have Fishing Captains for neighbors Way to go Mikey-- Sister hook

Great way to get the season started-- Congrats-- JD

SD boats were saying the water had turned over and was only 60 degrees! North and South islands but only a few miles from them 70 degrees?


Afternoon in the harbor-- a steady steam of boats coming back to port--- some with their tails between their legs others with their legs between their tales - Nice weather for the most part-- sun burnt faces for most and beards hanging off bow anchors for the clueless.

Good fishing overall for most

and this coming week also looks good to-- Marlin right arond the corner and more swordfish on the surface seen too- couple of deep droppers out front of Newport this morning-- no bites--

found only one spot back there missed it--- it's sloppy back there now----

any yellows here in the lee of clemente-- nice here-- hot and calm--- - a few breesers

----------- Sat July 11 2020-----------

Nice--- not much better can be said for being on the water this AM , boaters enjoying calm seas and a beautiful sunrise- coastal wind light from the west maybe 3-4 kts- sunlit water blooming with plankton sealife-- baits with it-

We're tight here buddy can you pull off- an excited voice peels through the radio this morning-- lots of boats out---- lots of tension on the coveted fishing grounds-- 9:45am

E-mail photo and breif wording-- all that's needed-- "Good fishing at Clemente yesterday, shallow"

We've got the smorgasbord out--- we saw jumpers, foamers lots of life yesterday afternoon


We've got them under the boat--- they're biting-- had a triple- turns into a double --smaller bluefin on the deck-- we got four so far--- 09 over 54 we'll keep em bighting for you--- all on live bait--- 10:54

we're on a big spot of fish ton of marks boxing it with the yummy, then settle down here with the balloon- we're about 5 6 off the island-- green here but there's a ton of marks-- we'll hang here for a hour

got a 80lb on a popper and a 35lb yellow off a paddy

Oh there up right behind us--- foamer--- are they the big ones? -- yep-- big ones 11:08



We got something I'be never seen before looks like a white sea bass, grayish- red, big spinal dorsal, sharp whaoo type razor teeth and allagater type skin--- ?? Oilfish?


We're on-- right on the numbers you gave me--- 12:33

mike hooked one, brian hooked oe- couple more now --we're limited-- just put on a toad on the boat-- 1:43

This was our fish from yesterday Caught on Grandpa Jack Bullard's rod he won in 1978..... the year before I was born for catching a swordfish in 1978...

302 lbs on 50lb dacron 3 hrs-- Pesky's First fish of the Season Flag-- I'm told--

And marlin seen today-- couple of sightings 277 on a paddy chasing bait and further south outside the 43 for a pair of slow tailers--

Fresh one---- we're on 2:53pm

We 've got a double going and they're blowing up all over the place!! 2:58pm


Swordfish @ 304lbs- Pesky first flag but non BAC member. Great guys . Boat Charisma

BAC member Ned’s nephew visiting from Texas, fishing on Chiron on his 16th birthday with Joseph’s first Bluefin Tuna.



and Small Fry tournament angler Brady’s weigh in w/a nice Sandbass!







-- It's Friday again--- July the 10th 2020-

Warm / hot inland generally brings a strong westerly later in the day as that heat lifts off the coastlines- currently coastal morning hours very pleasant-- soft cool sea breeze barely enough to lift the flags-- seas calm wish you were here--

Boats gearing up for the weekend heading out the harbor- water here in the bay still a light greenish tinge to it- but clear--

I thing I got a plunker bite- put on a mackerel I wasn't watching it but when I brought it up there was - 8 inches up the line it was chaffed and the macj=keral gone, missed the bite - I was using too small a hook only a 2/0 leader 15 and 12 ounce 44/08

lots of paddies today nothin on them

we did see a good bunch of them- where you were eailier--mainly yellowfin in the 100 lb class but couldn't get any bites 10:12am

how you doing-- not much --hooked one but lost it-- lots of paddies

Im 7 off the island looks a little green nothing for us now paddy hopping--

We're 6 or 7 above the 43-- seeing lots of yellowfin-- havent got them to go yet-- 10:49

Boy we just had a blow up with those big boys-- 11:07

we had one blow up on the yum--yum- we're pushing out towards the 43-- how you doing-- seeing good meter marks in towards the head-- seeing bait and some fish but nothing for us so far-- 12:15

Water temps increasing-- a call from the lee of Catalina saying they were outside the Slide in 76 degree water-! having just seen a large yellowtail pulled over the railing off a Paddy. He was looking for Marlin--- Where the Marlin???

Where's the Marlin is a question asked these days---

Had one blow up on the kite then the mackerel went off right away-- didn't meter much -- saw one little breezer as we came up - got that kite bite and then we got that other fish-- gonna get another mackerel out--- 3:3

and others report a few yellows outside the kelp of Dana

breezer or a kite bite-- we saw you guys start yelling-- 4:39 right next to us

you get it-- congrats--- yea we're still pulling--4:25

and a call-- JD's you on this side-- Charisma- calling can you call the BAC and let them know were on our way in to weigh a fish-- we're 50 out I'll get you a better ETA--- You see or get a a marlin-- no but we got a swordfish-- congrats-- who caught it--- I Did!-- OK congrats-- 304 lbs-- it was massive-- surface fish over a 3 hour battle--


Good luck this weekend- JD


--------- Thursday July 9th 2020------

Morning marine haze on the water- clearing inland early-- wind light from the south 3-4 kt s seas calm- nice morning-- wish you were out-

where I'm sitting is where there were boiling a while ago-- came over and got bit real quick-- came off-

We're west a few miles from where we started yesterday-- at least got away from the smaller stuff--- 9:56am

the guys just saw em swim right under the boat! ( yellows by the rigs?)



Anothe great day on the wate-- fishing-- fair yellowtail fishin and calicos kep them busy-

the Tuna fleet below Clemente spread out wide working further south from the Head , anchorage at the Cove open later on in the evening-- but the cove becomes active throughout the day Friday and ;Sat- opens up Sunday 8 am

Pending W R for Katie Kosch with her 171.8lb Pacific Bluefin Tuna on 50l line- taken July 5th Congrats-- JD





------------- July the 8th 20202 - Wed

Again light marine could cover went away early today-- hazy blue sky- wind light from the south- seas good-

The harbor starting to get busy again with folks redding for the weekend escape--

not much said on the radio so far today--

-- we got one one C note-- we're headed back up west again looked better up there-- 2:20 a faint scratchy report filters through the squelch

got one dead and one at color--- at 3:58pm

The small skiff- fishing inside the lee of Clemete-- popper fish 110lbs


---- July 7th 2020 Tuesdays's report-

Quiet after the Fourth's crazy weekend --- light wind from the south / light marine haze seaward- light wind texture to the water--- seems a light green to the waters tint here in the harbor-- maybe cooler

Coastal fishing ok-- c

hanging currents paying against the light wind- kept the boats repositioning themselves to set up on the structure spots-- bass fishing good

Good sealife at 7-8 off the beach birds, bait dolphins, Risos whales-- looks good 73 and Blue!

Divers finding yellows upder paddies mid channel, 277, 209/ 267- some of the bigger 12-20lb fish taking cast baits or lures too-

Stayed nice weather all day--




Closed on Mondays---

------ The day after-- the 4th-- and the morning brings heat inland with a scorching sun and a surprise fog to the coastlines- burns off 5-7 off the beach- thick in some spots ( outside Long Beach) seas good and still lots of boats out today- others coming back from the outer islands , weather had been decent for them wind coming up just before noon on the backside / south windward side of the island ( Clemente) good yellows and a shot or two at the tunas-- Large swells had caused the water along backsides of the islands to get stirred up-

we got a school blowing up right now 35/15 just got the kite up -- we'lll see you in a bit-- 11:14am

any good yet-- naw were just boxing the area where those fish blew up--- 11:24am

got it right through the middle of them-- didn't bite it-- right through the foamers-- these looked like the 80lbers not lit those big 200 lb ers we saw earlier-- 11:53

they're scattera all over the place-- one here- one here- heading the same directions Risos Whales being seen by the whales watchers headed south east-

One of the nicest days so far- wind hasn't come up - still a bit of that marine fog on the water-- and folks enjoying a day on the water-- beaches and piers still closed

Hope the weekend was good to you and your families - JD

- The 4 th of July-- Independence Day ------

Dawns with pastel shaded gold's and pinks after last nights bright orb in the sky. Light morning seabreeze brings fair seas- good sized swell pounding on the beaches- and high tides over low lying areas caused flooding--

The harbor- here in Newport setting up defensive measures against visiting fun seeking folks, the Trump boat parade gearing up for action on this bright sunny day-- Stand by!

Couldn't help but wonder what the anchorage must have been like last night in Pyramid Cove- the moon full a few stars twinkling above, grilled steaks and plentiful talk to soothe the days events away and prospects of good fishing tomorrow.

Quotes from Facebook--Steve B--- So I get a call from George Wednesday night. Hey let’s fish Friday. Let’s try to get your 24 thread linen fish and if we are successful let try for your light tackle Dacron button on Tuna. It all came together. Smooth, no drama. Fish did what fish do. Great day on the water today with team Joker.

128 on 30 dacron and 124 on 24 thread linen lines--

Have a great day - be safe and sane!



July the 3rd- 2020--Friday-- ------- morning sky cleared off before 10 am leaving a marine haze and water temps having dropped a bi,t water having upwelled and photosynthesied.

wind light from the west as that marine layer went away-

Partyboat fishing the islands and local coastal waters happy to get legal sized bass- or bottom fish- 3 os sinkers and a peice of squid dropper looped rigged accounted for the bigger bass-

We had two in a row on those poppers- 10:39

We got nothing over here on the 43 few guys here--- you guys doing anything-- 10:41, we've been marking a couple- scattered marks--we've got the kite out-- looking around--

we re tight--- 10:43

yea-- were on-- 32 on the top 22 on the bottom- subtract the 2 from the second number on my cell phone?-12;41

We got a good one on-- hooked it with a jig--- a hurried voice comes on-- 12:44 - getting near the bottom of the tides swing- stand by--- a little more wind up to wrinkle the waters surface and fly the kites

- Local whale watchers say slim picking for the whales-- even dolphins and porpoise are shy in their finding-- bait schools have moved away-- not much bird life


Spoke to several boats whom having fish Clemente basin for the Bluefin today and along that San Clemente Canyon running southeast out of the Head 5- 10 miles - lots of boats out-- almost too many --with flying kites, balloons, slow trolling baits drifting downriggers and there were probably drones out there too-- still fish were caught- but the number of boats kept the fish a little on the skitterish side.

Today's highlights for the angling club was the weighting of Pacific Bluefin Tuna taken with that old fashioned fishing line made of 24 threads of linen strands. 50-60 years old line - and a coveted light tackle category fish ( 9 thread not to exceed 26 lbs/dry)


last couple of days water temp images( left) and the Chlorophyll charts ( right)


July the 2nd 2020------ the mass exodus has begun- like rats leaving a sinking ship --- small boats, bigger boats, yachts-- sailors out the harbor's of California to destination cleaner and more in touch with nature-- ---- -- -

Light overcast sky- higher elevation, looks to give way earlier, wind very light from the southeast- seas calm-

The tuna fleet had broadened it's fishing grounds to the San Clemente Basin ( below Pyramid Cove) schools of bluefin - schools of them frustrating by the number of boats

Hey Sam-- there's some fish up here---- I'm looking at a couple of schools right now--- we got two so far--- up 13 down 22 -(?) --really looks good here ( I'd guess inside the lee of Clemente) 10:58am


------------------------ July the 1st--- Yippee- Summers here-- or July junk so far wind stayed light for the day soft south wind at 3 4 kts- seas great

Not much time today on the radio today-- late afternoon radio reports says they only had two bites on the yummy today-- neither one of them stuck- off to Clemente to spend the night by White rock

Long day at the office today-- getting ready for the Forth of July-- end of the month duties, inventories, Calif Sales taxes, , fish reports- phone calls looking for chicken livers-etc. think I'll have a fifth on the third!



------- June the 30th 2020 --------------

Calm morning- light overcast w a light west by southwest wind maybe 35 kts- ligh winc ripple wit it-- seas good- small mix of seastate-

Tides are building both major lows' and high this coming weekend with the Full Moon and the Eclipse of the moon Sat night ( Stand by for a strong earth - quake this week!)

He said they had seen a few jumpers in the area--- metered bait down 80- 120 ft found a cluster of bait compressed tighter with boomerang marks under it-- set up up wind for a drift-- sinker rigs down 100- 150 ft made the difference --all their bites were on the deep baits--- smaller mako's were attacking their trolled ( expensive) rigged flyers-

This coming weekend San Clemente Island looks to be open from Friday morning 3 am till Monday

SD report --- The Pacific Queen called in with LIMITS of Yellowtail (10-20#) and 5 Dorado so far on their 1.5 day trip.. The Condor called in with 60 yellowtail, 3 bluefin and 1 dorado on the boat to start their morning. The Tomahawk called in with 63 Yellowtail, 6 Dorado, and 4 Yellowfin Tuna so far on their 1.5 day trip. ( they're fishing down the line -off Lower 500/ Ensenada to Collent,)

Boy--- that west wind really pick up today- stiff for the afternoon at 12-16 kts + upwelling coastal water temps- and making it a little wet for those heading into it to come home--


- Closed on Monday- JD

----- June 28th Sunday 2020 --Gray and periods of drizzle and clouds

Southeast and drizzly and a ripping downhill current-- at least here on the coastline-- wind chop against surface current making it hard if not impossible to set up on a structure for the local bass fishing--

Morning incoming tide should spur things- standing by for that afternoon bite-

If you didn't’t already know that dragging an artificial flying fish below a kite can be a productive way to catch big bluefin tuna, Now reported biting in US waters

Coming back from the mussel farm area didn't see much out there-- sloppy yea we're here in on the beach having a hard time fishing the bass here

that weather just changed- swung around-- like a toilet bowl,

All on casting poppers, we were the only ones there--- weather was good out there-- got a little windy here at 6 off the beach-- coming back in-- early afternoon- a early start out of the harbor brought them out to the 43 -- Briggs got his limit on Bluefin -- an 105 and a 147 lb both on 65lb braid and a casting rod-- Congrats! JD saw a spot of yellowfin on the 289-- made their way down the Ridge towards the 43--- saw a couple of birds in the binos ---a few fish jumping around-- 15 minutes later were were on - went from there to chasing ones spot after another as they came up big time right on the tide change. Erik lost one right next to the boat too!


Hi JD, my son Wes and I scored the (not so elusive right now ) California trifecta this morning. Craig on Sea-B Fishing- Nice catch! JD

and the yellowtail fishing at clemente contunes to improve-- backside southern end had lots of boats working it-- dropper rigs w/ sardines



------ June 27 2020 Saturday one of the nicest mornings so far-- clouds went away early- wind light from the S/W 3-5 kts seas good - Lots of boats scattered far and wide- good for some fair of poor for others--

No wind for me

We're going s plans-- gonna do some deep dropping--- we just set up- got bite immediately missed it- now were looking for that mark again 10:17 up 2 / 26

we're out here anchored up rock fishing ( on the 43) doing well

we're out here by the 226 mark just put out the trollers haven seen anything yet- 10:38

Not much for us- one little spot popped up- went down--

From Facebook- Camio's Tuna catches-- Con limited out yesterday on Pacific Bluefin tuna! I have footprints on my back from him beating me to rod! It’s hell being old-JC

I got that one bite on the ballown everything else was on the floater(?)

They're barely puddling under the birds-- we got on them with the poppers--- 3:01pm

Pacific Pioneer -- Fishing tuna below the 43 at 150 ft sinker rig with a mackerel!


and the Provider weighs in a pair of nice Pacific Bluefin Tuna with Rodney's 136lb fish on 50 Dacron a 2 hr 15 battle and a 30lb Dacron fish at 124 lbs for over a 4 hour battle ! Congrats to Rodney , captian and crew -- nice catches-- JD


------ June 26th- 2020-

Better weather this morning-- the sun's pouring through the clouds mid morning- wind light from the west along the coastline as these marine clouds dissipate .

Good radio reception yesterday under that layer of clouds- bouncing the VHF radio waves along-- fair to good reception this morning - or the fish are getting closer-- maybe some of both--

Hey JD- E-Mail this morning-- My son got a nice one yesterday! Troy Smith with a 32.4 lb Yellow “The Sled” > Bait fish at Catalina Island

Nice catch! JD







Mid afternoon the radio again becoms more active-- one boat wishing for a little emore wind for his kite fishing- , the fleet moving up the line along the ridge below Clemente

A check with the water temp images (too much cloud cover) and the chlorphill chars were not much better--- but there was a little image showing blue water ( Purple) pushing up from the lower banks up towards the inside of Clemente island--

Good luck this weekend- JD

------ Wed June 25th 2020 ------------

welcome to the June gloom-

we saw two spots looked like the same stuff

could be a couple of bigger ones mixed with them- looked like it-----not much in the way of condishiions here- ( no wind) glassing around I can see another gorup above us-- this school was really getting ready --- then went down before we got to it by 1/2 mile us --- yea this one fizzed on us too --- lots of bait metered here 10:32am

AIS shows the fleet scattered from the 43 southwards to the 60 and inside to the 302


That yacht just hung one--- 1:07 at least he got a bite---

We got one blow up here---- it was a mile and half from us-- lots of big ones mixed up in it too- looked like it--- 1:37pm

It's about the same as we had yesterday-

looks like there starting to splash around out there-- off your stern 3-400 yds 1:52

Spoke to a customer earlier today-- they had gone to back side of Catalina Island yesterday- in search of the yellowtails -- said it was poor fishing for them- even with the live squids and sardines-- they did get a couple nice legal halibuts and the bass fishing was good- ok-

and another customer came in with a report of fishing Clemente Island yesterday-- spent the day in search of the yellows on the inside of the island -- the bite started well for them around 2 pm-- must have caught a dozen of them , kept two-

it aint easy today for sure-- fifteen shots for three bites--- 5:13

I'm running up the island--- its here man-- its really hard ---your really have to set up right-- it's all been moving west since this morning---

we got a double --one on the kite and one on the fly lined mackerel 6:05 pm

Good luck this weekend-- JD

------ Wed's June 24th 2020-----

Gray again--light to fair wind from the west 5-6 kts- light wind wrinkle to the water- mixed small swell-

SD reports show that those bigger Bluefin still willing to bite and a small mix of the yellowfin tuna-around the 302 fathom area ( below the border)

Wish I could tell you the fish report-- but I haven't heard much- except there was a good among of anchovies mid channel - and a young man came in picked out some small 2/0 sized hooks for trolling for the yellows along the mussel farm area- had to gas the throttles to pull the fish out from the buoy line- trolling the baits for the 10-12 lb sized fish - the bigger 20lb yellows were taken on the jigs--

mid afternoon the gloom came back in-

minus tides- earthquakes!

---- June the 23 2020- Tuesday--

Another gray day on the water--- sun came out for maybe 1/2 hr , wind light from the south/west- 2-4 kt- seas ok- light bump /wind chop to it-

Tides are still strong and conditions still favor a better summer to come

Congrats to Robb and crew aboard the Cameo· My friend Robb Ezzell caught a 181 pound tuna on 50 pound dacron to qualify as a voting member of The Tuna Club of Avalon! A happy crew! Happy Fathers Day! Con is our next angler to get one of these huge fish! Next trip his turn.


A check with the San Clemente Security's web site-- it's up and running again- - showing the island looks to be open this weekend--from 3 am on sat morning till Monday



Lisa and her daughter sporting colorful fish print clothing and a pair of nice tunas taken this past weekend- Congrats-- JD


-- Happy Fathers Day-- Sunday----Closed on Mondays----

- Gray morning again-- not much wind 4- 5 kts west-- seas good- lots of boats out moving about--

They say some barracuda were to be found along the coastline , outside kelp beds south of here (newport) and roaming the waters out on the HB flats-- they make good Swordfish baits-( but not allowed anymore.) JD's Tip before landing any barracuda on the deck, railing or otherwise onto the boat-- wash the boat first with water - their slime is sticky to dry boats- ( it'll be easier to wash off)

Locally OK fishing Western Pride fishing the Flats score for today--1 Kelp Bass, 52 California Barracuda, 2 Rockfish, 10 Barred Sand Bass, 1 California Sheephead

reports of yellowtail off the 267/ kelp-8-10-12lb fish--

Good luck this coming week- JD

-------- Saturday morning - again a light overcast gray sky- wind light from the south/west 3- 5 kts will build westerly later today- seas good- lots of boats out

Pacific Barracuda being found up on the Huntington flats-- chase the birds throwing iron or troll rapala diving lures for them- Bass are on the structure spots

The fleets really far south for the tunas---, Spotter airplane ( tuna) said he'd seen a wide 100 mile length of scattered schools of tunas 50-60-+ ranging from below the 302 to off San Quintin- close to 100 below the border (30.33/ 116.30)

Looks like another fleet of boats working around the San Clemente weather buoy,

We're going to make another tack here-- saw a bunch of fish up- just woundt bite-- a scratchy radio report-- 11:30 maybe towards the 43?

West wind kept steady arouind the Newport / Catalina channel--

Uphill they came, the Prospector from below the border and the Hidden Bank area- -- their goal had been to catch a Pacific Bluefin Tuna over the 100 lb benchmark and obtain the coveted Blue Button award for their club. Using fishing lines with 24 threads of the natural linen flax twisted to a strength not greater than 72 lbs, it get thick as it swells up in the water, like using hemp rope!. Passed down from father to son, this particular spool of 24 linen line has the distinction of being made back in the mid 50's ( it's almost 70 years old line now!! ) passed from Father to brother then back to son then re-loaned now to Bob and then to Jack- now to be carefully cleaned , dried and stored away for another shot at the tuna!

If I got the story right the tuna ate the flyers off the kite, got one ! might as well as try for more-- Jacks 122 lb fish came in quickly for that old tackle- in 20 minutes, (nice work Jack) , and skipper,George now Bob's 117 lb fish took some time-- over a 2 hour battle, putting stress on all of them-- that old line- back and forth over and over through the guides brings sweat to the forehead- glad they had good seas to fight the battle- and Grant Garrett also in the mix with a 141.3 lb fish on modern braid line- Congrats to the team Prospector--

and The Magellan one the board too with Rob's 119 lb tuna on 80 lb dacron

--------- Friday------------ June the 19th -----------

Light overcast this morning- and only a light south wind to lift the flags-- seas good- boats spread out far and wide- Sea Bass, Yellowtail and Halibut on the menu for most ( Tournament time) -- others headed towards the border and below in search of tunas - the smaller fish were beginning to bite better

Good tidal movements and moon phase should get things going, waters are warming up nicely-- up to 70 + in some spot-

San Clemente Island's web site seems to be down for now-- hard to tell whether it's open or hot??

Got one past the sea lions today at Catalina. 21 lb YT. Ali

Nice catch-- JD

That west wind again dominated the afternoon hours-- good ride downhill a- splash in the face once on a while going uphill!

Spoke to a customer who just returned from the island ( cat) having bought sardines here in Newport and live Squid from the island early this morning-- made the run to the back side- worked from their all around to Toyon Bay looking for the yellowtails-- no fish for him -bonito and barracuda and a few bass was it--

good berry bite HB flats--

SD report The Pegasus returned with LIMITS ( 2 ea) of Bluefin Tuna (25-40#), 45 Yellowfin Tuna (14-20#), 3 Yellowtail, and 2 Dorado. The Condor returned with LIMITS of Bluefin Tuna, 16 Yellowfin Tuna, 1 Yellowtail, and 1 Dorado for 22 Anglers on a 1.5-day trip. 6/18/2020 The Shogun returned with 53 Bluefin (25 to 35 pounds) 17 Yellowfin Tuna (10 to 15 pounds) 2 dorado and 1 Yellowtail for 30 anglers on a 1.5 Day trip.


-------- Wed's & Thursdays report------------ June 17 2020-----

Overcast clouds over the ocean today-wind still light to fair out of the south- 4- 10 kts- seas still on the mixed seastate- ok but a little lumpy at anchorage-

Yellowtails and bass being the main players now from the islands--

Weather backed off mid day as the sun shown and seas were better-

A call from Kyle this afternoon- they had taken a boat ride-- in search of big game-- reports good water 14 mile bank and towards the shipping lanes-- in towards the beach from there- greener water and good bait marks, seeing Riscos Whales in the area ( Squid metered 300-400 ft deep) looks good for the coming season--- coming up behind them was a Orcas- surfing his wake- 19 knts it kept up with the boat!

we need a bigger boat!

SD report-- 6/17/2020 The Royal Polaris returned this AM with 30 Yellowtail on their 1.5 Day trip for 19 anglers. The Polaris Supreme called in with an update from Day 1 of their 3 day trip with 5 Bluefin Tuna (60-80lb) and 1 Yellowfin Tuna.


------ Tuesdays Report June 16th 2020--- what- June Gloom--overcast and light wind from the south, eddy seas mixed with a small lump to them-

Phone call this morning asking about whether on not Pyramid Cove/ San Clemente island was open this weekend- a look at their web site for today shows that the Navy has not specified their scheduling for this weekend and into next month just yet- ( probably later today or tomorrow it will be posted) as of now there is a schedule showing both Zones B and C- SHOBA to be active ( Hot) from the 15 till the 22nd of this month- As of today the inside lee of the island (Zone D) and the back side still shows to be open.

SD report-- shows the fishing has slowed down somewhat- or at least the catches have-- 6-16-2020 The Pacific Queen returned this AM with an update from their 1.5 Day Trip with 37 Bluefin Tuna (25-120lb) and 1 Yellowfin for 33 anglers. .The Shogun returned this AM with 12 Bluefin up to 120lbs for their morning The Tomahawk returned this AM with 9 Bluefin Tuna 2 60lbs. 1/140 lbs. They also had 1 Yellowfin Tuna for 23 anglers on a 1.5 Day trip.

Got busy, reels to fix, line to put on and general shop talk kept me off the radio chatter-- but not much said-- Vick said he'd done well on the calicos and sand bass above the harbor-- better ability for making bait was above the Newport Canyon-

weather turned better as the day wore on - afternoon incoming tide had a few bass biting here in the harbor


--Closed Mondays-- --- Sunday June 14 -morning were greeted by a strong south/southeast wind- 6-8 kts+ setting the stage for a good uphill run if your coming back from the tuna grounds-- otherwise some wind chop and a bit of chop wind haze

Whale watchers say lots of food/ bait along the coastlines

Calico bass fishing good today below and above the harbor- sand and calicos

Lumpy off the backsides of the islands-

Overall OK fishing- bumpy this morning- fair this afternoon-- baits schools seems to be moving about-- here one day gone later that day - currents - looking forwards upcoming good late afternoon/ evening high tide

where's the june gloom go? these afternoon westerlys and morning south wind setting up a good rotations of the currents for this summer- stand by!


--------- Sat June the 13th 2020--------

Coastal morning haze went away by noon- light haze and a blue sky- wind light to fair-w/s/sw- due to blow westerly later on- seas OK some bump and cross swell tot hem- light wind chop

- The fleet went south to the tuna grounds- Catalina has some yellows, as well as the Rigs and reported a few near the mussel farm-

Nice Bluefin!! Fun day kite fishing. Sleeper-- Dave O.


That westerly picked up again-- where's the June Gloom go--

Mello tides - might be a few swordfish around??- whale watching boars seeing a fish or two over the past few days-- - one particular fish today-- was said to be agressive--- under the pulpit- charging the boat-! Yikes-



Purple in green water!! Taken by Brian Shaw aboard the Ocean Explorer whale watching boat




--Upcoming BAC Tournament--------












Friday June 12------------ Light marine clouds here on the beach- and seaward - wind stayed south all night- morning hours 3-4 kts - seas okay light wrinkle to them ---

AIS has the fleet south of the border- hopefully around the 302 and further south to the lower Hidden banks outside Ensenada is where the big show is- 50/ 174 out of PL on the average-


The Royal Polaris called in with an update of 6 Bluefin Tuna (60-80#) with 3 hanging on their 1.5 day trip for 19 anglers. ( 31.48:46 / 117.30:19)

The Royal Star returned with 11 Bluefin Tuna on their 1.5 day trip for 14 anglers. The Tomahawk returned with 8 Bluefin Tuna (7 @ 100-130# / 1@ 60#) on their 1.5 day trip for 23 anglers. The Shogun returned with 20 Bluefin Tuna on their 1.5 day trip for 14 anglers. The Condor returned with 15 Bluefin Tuna (up to 130#) and 5 Yellowtail (15#)on their 1.5 day trip. They would like everyone to make sure they bring heavy tackle.

Whale watchers tell me there's been a couple Humpback Whales down the beach off Salt Creek/ to SanO and lots of bait everywhere--

Yellowtail bit well at Clemente--- lots of em"

Rumors have yellowtails off Crystal Cove today--

Couple of images-- water temps on the left- chlorophyll on the right-

it's getting warm--


June 11 2020 ---- Thursday-------------

Another nice day-- wind switched a bit for a morning breeze from the south maybe 4-5 kts- seas good weather good

SD report -- 6/11/2020 The Royal Polaris returned with 8 Bluefin Tuna (70 to 120#) and 1 Yellowfin Tuna for 18 anglers. The Pacific Queen returned with 20 Bluefin Tuna (19 @ 120-220lb) , 2 Yellowfin Tuna, and 42 Yellowtail for 33 anglers on a 1.5 day trip. The Pegasus returned from their 1.5 Day trip with 4 Bluefin Tuna (40-140lb) and 28 Yellowtail for 18 anglers. The Tomahawk called in at 6:00 AM with 5 bluefin on the boat up to 150 lbs.

Not much said on the radio today-- several boats getting ready for this weekend-- tomorrow and SUnday might be the best weather wise-

Still no overall June Gloom so far--

Tides start to mellow out over the weekend--


-------- June 10th 2020-

Morning broke clear and blue and warm- time to be on the water early---

and so she was-- I think I'm bit----she says-- the seabass had gone for her suspended mackerel- yep-- I'm on and a 42.2 lb White Sea Bass finally get into her inflatable - gaffed-- and a pending woman's World record

Congrats--- JD



San Clemente Island , the"Cove" looks to be Hot this weekend until 5 pm- ok for anchorage at night- gets hot again at 6am-- Zone B is open ( inside lee of island above White Rock to Wilson

Boats returning from Catalina report good bass fishing-- a few bonito etc beautiful weather-- they did see a guy pull in a Yellowtail- said he was using squid for bait--





----- June the 9th 2020- Wednesday ------

Warm- Hot and sunny- light seabreese here on the beach maybe 5-6 kts west, seas good with a small wind wrinkle to them -light green - probably a little cooler with that wind whipping up things yesterday--


Coastal water dropped to 65 degrees, downhill switched to a light uphill against a downhill current-- fair fishing so far reported-

6/9/2020 The Shogun called in with 11 Bluefin on board 50 to 130 lbs. and more hanging. The Tomahawk called in with 5 Bluefin Tuna 25 to 35 pounds.The Shogun called in with LIMITS of Bluefin Tuna. They had 10 fish over 100 lbs. and the average was 50 to 70 lbs.

west picked stiff in the afternoon




--Closed on Mondays------

------ June 7th 2020-----------------Battle of Midway--4–7 June 1942-

- It's still out there-- just waiting for someone to go there and drop a line in.- They get bigger as you get further off the reef.

Wind from the south again southeast/ southwest- and small wind chop with it- pushing against an downhill current-- hard to set up on the spots-

Slack tide today around noon, a little window in the eddying wind for those looking for the swordfish to fin-- then the wind should come down from the west-- stand by-

Lots of folks out today-- yachts and sun seekers alike- West wind a blowin12-15+

Reported there were schools of barracudas roaming around the HB flats-- they move quickly from one spot to another-!-

and where's the Springtime migrations of the Sand Bass- ?

Better luck next week!- JD


---- June 6 2020-----as the month rolls on quickly-- Daylight's the longest over the next moth or two- make hey while you can--

Overcast morning clearing off as that westerly builds- wind 7-12 kts + coastal waters mixed swell- building west as the day proceeds- Couple boats, jet skis already returned back inside the harbor by10 am

Weather backed up somewhat mid day into the afternoon hours where at freshen a bit- still west-

Couple of boats fished the rigs-- bottom fish sculpin whitefish said they saw a bunch of breaking fish ( yellows) under birds

Clemente looks like the yellows bit again- at least the Thunderbird had counts into the 30's

A note from the BAC the YSH Tournament is set to go forward on July 19th and 20th with the YSH Award Party on the 22nd The 68th Annual Junior Angler Tournament is also set to go, starting on June 18th, We have also rescheduled the Lily Call for October 17th & 18th, , the club house is now open 7 days a week from 12-5 and we are following county guidelines on Covid 19. Welcome back, we hope you are all healthy and doing well. Truly yours, Alison Ryffel Club Secretary 200 "A" Street, Balboa, CA 92661 | 949.673.6316

Forecasted 15 -20+ west Sunday afternoon 5pm in the channel


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------- June the 5th 2020-------

They said it was June Gloom- light morning drizzle and a overcast sky- wind seems to be building from the south/southeast-4-8 kts, Morning Eddie, seas a bit wrinkled with it.

Seems only a few boats headed out the harbor for the morning -mid/morning hours-- not much said on the radio

Big Tide swings this weekend-- Stand By!

South wind putting a little dampener on those fishing Clemente or the East end of Catalina- Thunderbird in their First Trip to the island ( Clemente) reports marking lots of yellows and had a few fish going early on-- should be a banner day for them--

And a good circulation the surface currents this morning- downhill from Pt Vicente to about Dana then a counterclockwise current develops outside off Oceanside

weekends weather has it blowing on the outside Sat a eddie on Sat morning better Sunday morning

Good Luck- JD

--------------- June the 4th 2020----------

Overcast weather today-- wind from the south 4- 7 kts- seas still have a mix of swell to them- and tides becoming stronger as the moon fills- (Quakes?)

I hear a dorado was caught yesterday , in that warm pocket of water below the border and yellowfined tuna catches improving--

---Wed --- June the 3rd 2020---------------

Anothe nice warm June day- warm inland and a refreshing light cool seabreeze from the west - 4-6 kts- light marine haze seaward- Tides are moving strong-

The radio so far today on the quiet side- Clemente still looks open from Thursday till Monday some offshore backside but the island is open for the most part-

Pretty Crazy day--- out of here a little early today caus of the protests

-- June the 2 2020- Tuesday-------

Mix of clouds the AM humid and warm light wind from the south 2 3 kts seas OK- a mixes seastate- wind on the outside pushing in a swell-

-Approaching Full Moon- should bring some action to the local waters-- stand by---, seems like some of the big game Bluefin tuna fishing below the border has weekend a little yesterday-- maybe fish on the move towards Clemente?

Clemente looks open for next weekend---! go for it!

JD has Flyers in stock! They must be very good, cause they are very expensive!

Congrats to Sean N aboard the Chumani for his fine catch on 80 lb Dacron line for a First Fish Flag for the Tuna Club and a Button fish for him for the BAC club-- nice going--- 134 1/2 lbs- 80 Dac

Quiet day on the water--

Late in the afternoon -- we got one hanging-- 5:35--


------------ May the last day of the month 31st 2020----- Closed on Mondays----------

Morning hours nice-- light west begins mid morning- sky mix of light clouds and blue haze-

The usual supects out boating today--


Yesterday was a special day.....my buddy Pete landed the largest white seabass to hit the decks of “Pacific Bills”. Fished weighed in at 65.5lbs.......head is on its way to BAC to look for tags. Lure fish-- Bait -O -matic-- w/ mackeral fishing for Threshers!!

Only 22 boats on the reef today--- and there Threshers sharks did there thing too- other than than that calicos and a few Sand bass in the mix, baits still there- coming in waves under the boat--

and Calicos abound at the islands--

wind West in the afternoon put things a little on the slow side

Better weatehr tomorrow and what looks like for most of the week , some wind on the outside

Enjoy the water--- JD


---- Sat May 30 th, the year 2020------------

Broken sky this AM with a light west,southwest wind 46 kts- seas still great- lots of boats out , sea bass fishing, deep drop fishing here locally and near the outer islands, below and near the corner of US and Mex lots of boats out scattered looking for tunas- nice 75- 100+ bluefin on the kite flown yummies, saying once you had a strike of found a pack of fish- then the frozen flyers went out - some big fish pushing upwards to the 300 lb range-! We're going to start needing fighting chairs for those 400 lb 'ers !

that westerly picked up early today-- by 10:30 it had fresshed to 10-12 kts from the west-- stand by-- Kite flying weather!

The reef had 15- 18 boats on it this morning--- and there were some sea bass to be had-- after weeding out those pesky sharks-- threshers- did a number on the soaked baits--

Squid at the island running in the $70 75 dollars a scoop range if they had it-- and a few yellows to be caught off the east end of the island-- but hard to get the bites-- you had to work for them, back side blown out



Congrats to Paul H. aboard his Vortex for his 50lb Sea bass on 20 dacron! A First Fish Flag from the Tuna Club of Avalon-








--------------------- Fridays Report ------------------ May 29 2020-

Building tides as this moon fills , weather today- overcast clouds have a little more break to them - wind light from the south, seas must be calm-- should be a nice morning on the water- we should be jealous

A good number of Private boats heading out the harbor early today with Avalon mooring hopes ,

Nice catch Billy--- 60+

A comment from a customer who was in the shop picking up a Flying fish long handled net-- about Bluefin up to and over hunderd lbs being caught through a wide area of water from the 302 to to the 43 fathom spot-- US waters holding fish-- catching then off the Flying fish and live sardines!

Chris calls in - in the afternoon hours-- saying they had made the run out towards the 289 today- did see some tuna up--- but they went down and disappeared! Worked over to the 181--- had a Great White Shark up around the boat--- Found good - no great meter marks on bait between the 289 and the 209--


-------- Thursday May 28 2020-----------

Feels like June with the overcast morning cloud cover- cool and a bit on the windy side-- from the west - 5-8-9 kts

Tomorrow's weather looks better wind wise from Sat and Sunday where there's a stronger westerly afternoon winds especially south of the border.

Private sport boats fishing the 371 ( below the border) area had a good pick at the 20-30 lb yellowfin-- Cedar plugs also took fish and late in the afternoon /dusk there were some good catches of the 100+ Bluefin tunas , Kites and flyers

Mid afternoon call from Stick Boat Lesley Ann headed back to Dana for the day-- he'd seen a couple batches of smaller grade 20-30-40lb stuff up quite a while--tuna-- numbers, 32:54 / 118:07 ( near the 289 fathom spot)

Stayed overcast for the full day-- no sky for the spotter planes but nice water

Katie Kosich Blue Fin Tuna on 50# 129.4 lbs. She also caught a 112.4 lb. BF on 20# - a potential World Record - weighed in @ The Marlin Club - What a honor to have you as a member of the Balboa Angling Club! —

and not to be out done Scotty pulls off another great Club Record catch-- Congrats--- JD--- thats a nice fish!

Scott Matthews New Club Record Croaker on 6# @ 8.31 lbs.
















------------------ Wed May 27 2020 -----------

Coastal overcast this morning-- refreshingly cool - wind very light this morning- maybe 1 or 2 knts from the ? south?- seas good

Deckers out today-- saying very good bass fishing above the harbor-- when it's this good hard to stay away from it-- 10:34am

s May 26 2020--------

Another beautiful day here on the beach morning marine layer keeping the heat away- due to burn off soon- wind light maybe 2-3 kts south- seas good-

Calicos and a few short White Sea bass in the mix below the harbor this morning-- seeing more and more short pencils barracuda in the kelps these days-- waters warming up nice-

This coming weekend San Clemente Island looks open--- starting Friday at 2am till Tuesday-- keep your eye's pealed for surface Swordfish--- they are there-- maybe five fish seen over the weekend-- --

The beach and coastal area remained unded a light cloudcover-- even the look of fog for a while-

reports of tonnage of mackerel and anchovies around 8-10 off the beach-- Dolphin feeding on the mackerels while the macs were feeding on the anchovies

Nice quie day--


--- May 25th Mermorial Day 2020-----


Morning light overcast- the sunshine breaking through bymid morning under a light south wind maybe 2-3+ kts -seas great- almost all boats passing the shop here in Newport are sporting American or California flags

Lots of folks out-- it's building as the sun comes out--

I've got marlin lures out were just over the 14--- I've got 68 degrees water here--

Beautiful day on the water---


There's a lot of things that happen to Newport Bay-- I dont think 've seen this much actitivty as a boat parade than this Mermorial Day and Rally for Trump -there must be 1,000 boats! - tooting horns-thumbs up -flags a waving , from one end of the harbor to the other- never seen anything like it in 40 years!-

It's still going on-- I thinks its the biggest boat parade this harbor has ever seen_!


Pretty sobering to hear Taps being played-




Bass fishing was good today- !

also !


That you Michael-- Yes-- it's Steve-- we just pulled the hook on one!!! --- nice one-- blew up before we could get to it-- Anthony threw a bait on it-- - soon as it hit the water fish turned over on it, had it to the leader a couple times--- big fish---- that's too bad- good going on that one yesterday-- there's a couple more around here-3:12 pm -


sounded like the Chinese were on the radio today---

------Mayo- 24th 2020-----

Morning marine clouds slowly evaporated to a hazy blue above-- wind from the west/southwest expected to freshen from the west later this afternoon-- tons of boats out

A faint scratchy report- saying "these were all big fish up--- hadn't got a bait to them yet"-- 10:12am

Boats out deep dropping since early dawn hours- others out to the outer islands, bass, yellows, a seabass or tow and some boats dropping for the swords off the outer banks--


Must have a dozen boats up the line fishing the local spots for sea bass and those pesky thresher sharks, only one sea bass that I know of but it was a BAC button catch for Josh

White Sea Bass-49.1lbs on 30# Button Fish -Boat - Kastaway - Joshua Kast - congratulations — at Balboa Angling Club.

Boy-- the bay was busy with just about everything that could keep you entertained - from sparking swimsuits to sinking boats ! Blairing music and Trump supporters too!


-- Mayo the 23 2020---- the start of a crazy weekend!

Early morning arrivals of inland folk and those needed to get out in the open- Morning light haze and light wind from the South/southwest 3-5 kts- seas ok feels a bit on the cool side- light wind chop

Good weekend to start fish rumors--- they say Albacore off Guadalupe island!!

Decker and Erik made the run to the West end of San Clemente for nice Yellowtail action on the iron- 20-25lb fish and lots of good Calico Bass fishin'

The harbor --today--- just seems like a celebration--- folks saying hi to each other-- boats w blaring music and laughs abound- hoops and hollers at passing sunbathers aboard the bows of boats with dancing gals in skinny suits in the cockpit with cocktails -- what a day!

Yellows off the East end of Catalina-- nice 10-12-15lb fish onthe live squid--

Coastal bass fishing above the harbor was said to be good-- on the art reefs and pipe lines-- good morning bite before the crowds got there

---------- Mayo 22 2020---------

Again a early blue sky morning- a few morning clouds/ haze early in the day-- wind light to fair from the south- eddie effect-- blowing west offshore- seas light mix seastate and water temps in the low to mid 60'd for the most part- San Pedro - Water Temperature Water Temperature 63.1 °F-- Mission Bay- holding at Water Temperature 64.2 °F, South Point Loma- 66.4 °F

A call this morning from the BAC having just weighed in a pair of Pacific Bluefin Tuna-- almost a matching pair 130 and 128 lbs-- Latitude 33 with BAC Member Tom Bass- photos to come-- nice catch-- below Ensenada- kites and flyers-- Congrats-- JD

Good luck this weekend-- - stayed south all day-- 5-8+ - afternoon marine layer forming-- should back-off some of the weather







Todays Local water temps 60 to 70 degrees waters- then the big picture showing cooler water outside Point Conception that appears to be retarding back northwards as the summer warmer waters develop-


-------------then charts with Water temps from 55 to 75 degrees and the Chlorophyll charts showing a strong body of clean blue water pushing northwards towards Calif


------------------- Mayo 21 - Thursday - sunny w blue sky----------------

Light wind from the southwest maybe 3-4 kts- seas much better---

As life emerges back out from under the rocks - looks like the Newport Harbor Bait receiver will be back in oporation soon this mornings entrance to the harbor with the Bait barge being put back in place---


Deep dropping brought up all sorts of jellylike substance on the lines---

How ya doing-- that you over there-- yep-- Soaking some squid-- yea were doing the same-- still haven't seen a bite yet--- it looked good here earlier- elephant seal- some bait marks right here-- you in about 1400-- no 1200---- we're trying haven't had a bite yet-- well-keep trying -you might be the chosen one--

That the beauty about this local deep -drop broadblii swordfishing , got a couple free hours-- go out 4-5 miles set up and have some lunch, relax and drift for a swordfish! --

The History of Sportfishing - today Facebook 4 pm--


West wind blew up again in trhe afternoon--- 12- 15+ putting a chop to the water--


Boats heading to Catalina or Clemente - there's a good chance there might be some flying fish to be had-- long handled nets- help!

Squid was hard to obtain these past few nights at the island- bring frozen baits!




The Avalon City Council met earlier this week and approved a limited re-opening of the harbor and city effective this Friday, May 22nd, Best check with the Harbor Master if you have questions!

#1 Moorings may be used by owners, permissions, and first-come, first-serve overnighters.

#2 No side-ties will be allowed. Tenders no longer than 14’ are permissible. The Green Pier will remain closed although dinghy docks will be in place at the pier. Transit using the pier will be allowed from the dinghy dock to land.

#3 Masks will be required for all persons on land.

#4There will be some kind of limited shore boat service although we do not have any specifics on that.

#5 Restaurants are approved for curbside pick-up and delivery only although we have no specifics on which restaurants will operate on that basis. The Vons is open.


------- Mayo 20 2020-at 8:20 pm tonight, it's20 20 2020

Blue sky this morning- blew itself out yesterday evening , this morning Wind fresh from the west/southwest 8-10 kts light chop and a small mixed seastate- water has turned a little greener and had a light brown tint to it

Still not much said on the VHF so far-- crowds are starting to gather for this coming extended weekend-- stand by-!

A check with San Clemente Island Security shows Pyramid Cove to be Active " Hot" for most of this week- but starting Saturday morning it's open all day/night Sat and Sunday but again the Cove becomes active Monday morning 6 am-- weather looks good- some afternoon westerly and morning south wind--


- May 19- only 12 more day till June the 1st---2020-

Clearing wind from the west has it a Small Craft Advisory today- mixed seas and chop- water turning cooler and probably will drop a degree or two and upwell offcolored- green water and concentrate some of the oceans temp breaks--

Windy-- she's a hootin!

I sold a hat today! whoopee--

Also sold a $15 t shirt!

and I put a new tip and fixed a kids fishing pole -another 5 bucks!

Not much said on the radio today-- sorry no white sea bass, nor yellowfin or bluefined tuna or broadbill swordfish or yellowtail or halibut reports--- the kid did say he'd caught a stingray and a small bass in the harbor--frozen anchovies


-- May17 2020-- Closed on Mondays---

JD's Store Rules-- only two people in the stop at a time-- and if you touch it--- you bought it!

May Gray returned this morning- seas good light swell, a mix and wind soft from the south- nice morning to be on the water--

we haven't see anything yet--

The Calico and Sand bass should start to bite better and there's halibuts to consider too-

From waht I heard-- fair to good sand and calico up towrds the art reefs above the harbor-- even a Threasher Shark or two-

Radio was quiet on the tuna grounds at least from our vantage point-- still lots of boats out today in hopes of something--sun- distractions from the chaos , half people wearing masks the other half disregarding it-

stay safe--and sane


----- May the16 Sat 2020----

Life goes on for most of us--light morning marine clouds- went away early hazy blue behind it- wind light to fair from the south-- 2-6 kts-- light mix of sea and wind chop

No word yet on whether a swordfish was caught last night and/or into the mid morning hours

Looks like that tuna fleet ( private sportfishers) were working the grounds outside Ensenada and a little above and below- big fish upwards to 100lbs-- Flying Yummies and rigged Flying fish off kites was said to work for them-

Low tide Slack today around 12:30 pm we'll see what develops in the rise of the tide-- stand by--

There's foamers 5-10 lbs---5 or six off the beach seeing foamers 20.8 /44.8 kids are having fun with them, biggest I've ever seen--- Bonito's on the anchovies, I can look up and down the break--- seeing lots of terns--- I'm sure there are plenty of them

1:03 pm

Outside Dana Point---- they're biting the rapalas too-!-

You got me Stan-- there's a foamer at your 10, 9 O' clock-- you went past em'-- --- your 6 O' clock now-- 1:29

Vick calls in mid, later in the afternoon-- they had been above the harbor for most of the day-- a few Sand bass, a Black Sea Bass released early and some thresher shark bites for a couple of the boys above the harbor-- good uphill steady current today bringing clearer and cleaning water conditions-- Pesky Sea lions causing havoc with their baits today and for the past several weeks--

- May the 15th my how time fly's- Stronger south wind that expected morning eddy, 10-14 kts- + mixed seastate, makes it uncomfortable on the anchor while fishing the sea basses , wind against current- also makes it hard to set up with anchorage and structure spots-

Avalon Harbor still on lock down for transit vessels- no mooring till later- Twin Harbor was said to be open this morning, best double check-


The sites, which include Isthmus Cove, Cat Harbor, Fourth of July Cove, Cherry Cove, Hen Rock, White’s Landing, Moonstone, Emerald Bay, Howland's Landing, Little Geiger and Buttonshell, will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7:00am on Thursday.

That same old school-- just keeps popping up-- we had a shot -- but not bites-- 12:24

good radio reception today those tunas boaters maybe outside the 9 Mile bank?

yea that stuffs up roaming around-- hard to get on-- 1:12pm

-- Commercial Swordfish deep buoy fishing-- working local waters-- other private sportfishers out deep dropping too- local WSB anglers also out-- haven't heard if they got any-- it's been quiet

wind freshened up mid/ later afternoon from the west to maybe 12-14 kts- seas still offcolor

Good luck this weekend-- JD wind comes up on Sunday-

---------- Thursdays Report May the 14 2020---------

A little bumpy this morning in that southeasterly wind and a mixed current-by mid morning it had started to back off better- 3 or 4 boats up the line from Newort- fishing for the seabass others off the artificial reefs casting to plastics and crank baits to bass - OK to good fishing-- mix of that red tide but the bass bite-

For years past there were the famous skippers and captains who traveled up and down the Baja Peninsula, known boaters who fished the tournamets or made great names for themselves-- there were other who took the same voyages but just enjoyed the adventure in itself- among those Bob Hersch on the Adventure was one- Sadly a report this morning of his passing from his son- --Hi John, I just wanted to pass along some sad news that my dad, Dr. Robert Hersch, passed away yesterday evening.. I’m sure he is now walking on that eternal white sand beach of the Baja Peninsula or is floating on the tranquil Pacific where he found peace throughout much of his life. The “Adventurer”, “Baja Bob” is resting peacefully forever!! RIP - JD

A check with the San Clemente Island Security's web site shows the anchoraged at Pyrimid to be resticted Sat evening from ( Friday night- 11:30 pm till Sat morning 3am) then open throught out the day /night until the following day Sunday evening where again it becomes active at 6pm till 10 pm-

No anchorage SCI Hazardous Operations Area Schedule for 16-May-2020 Area Start 15-MAY 2330 to 16-MAY 0300

SHOBA 17-MAY 1800 to 17-MAY 2200

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) 14 May 2020 ENSO Alert System Status: Not Active Synopsis: There is a ~65% chance of ENSO-neutral during Northern Hemisphere summer 2020, with chances decreasing through the autumn (to 45-50%). During April 2020, positive sea surface temperature anomalies weakened and were near zero . All of the Niño indices decreased during the month, Equatorial subsurface temperatures declined further and were below average Also low-level wind anomalies were easterly across the central and east-central Pacific, Tropical convection was near average around Indonesia and suppressed over the Date LineOverall, the combined oceanic and atmospheric system remained consistent with ENSO-neutral. though considerable spread is evident at longer lead times. Nino values are expected to decrease through the remainder of the Northern Hemisphere spring and into the summer; with the possibility of below-average temperatures becoming more established toward the latter half of the year. The consensus of forecasters favors ENSO-neutral conditions through the summer and fall, and slightly tilts toward La Niña at the end of the year (~45% chance). There is a ~10% chance of El Niño from the summer through the end the year. In summary, there is a ~65% chance of ENSO-neutral during Northern Hemisphere summer 2020, with chances decreasing through the autumn (45-50%


-------- Wed the 13th of May------------

Morning hours brings a nice day- light to fair wind from the south sky has a few left over clouds from yesterday- seas still a bit on the mixed seastate- color - getting better but sill green towards the beaches and offcolor red tide in flourishes along the coastline with the tides and coastal currents-


this morning a downhill coastal current in some places pushing a 1 knot a hour


Weather looks a little bumpy thursday -- friday better ( still a morning south wind) by noon better and Sat looks good--


--------- Tuesdays report ----------- May 12 the 2020- We're open at least part way-- door's are open but only a limited amount of shoppers in the store at a time-- !

Your looking pretty excited over there---- anything happening---- not yet-- does it show-- 11:14--

From facebook- Another Swordfish weighed in at the club today ( May 10 2020)Kelsey Reisingee on the Susselburg, Captained by Jordan Susman and BAC Member; Sam Long !!


reported that was the First Fish she ever caught--- - they went outside the harbor for a short 3 mile ride- had lunch while drifting with baits out-- - stand up!



Said he was off the East end of the island ( Catalina) catching Yellowtails and sea bass--? ??

Going back through some old photos-- found this one of my brother Gene, cousin Mark and myself- with a string of barracuda and bonito--! those were the days-- carefree and barefoot-

-we'd camp on the beach at Salt Creek for the weekend

then this photo of my Dad and my Uncle- and their stringer of fish







A ridge dominates much of the northern forecast waters while a cold front extends from 30N125W to 22N140W. NW swell behind the front is supporting seas to 8 ft. The front is forecast to dissipate through tonight as it moves eastward across the northern forecast waters. As high pressure builds across the area, behind the above mentioned cold front, expect a slight increase in the trade wind flow, with seas building to around 8 ft W of 130W through the week. The next front will approach 30N140W from the NW on Fri night, moving across the NW waters this weekend with another set of NW swell at 8-10 ft behind it.


---- Sunday and its a Happy Mom's Day- May 10 2020- closed monday

May Gray today- with a light southwest wind maybe 2-4 kts seas are calm and gray building from the west-


It's a good day to celebrate one's mother- she deserves it - --

Westerly picked up to a steady 12 kts putting a bump to it-- water also turned a light green to it-- not much said on the radio today-- still quiet a few boaters out , the harbor being conjugated at times- mix in some wind , tide and drinks it gets a little chancy at times-

And a concentration of water temps and fish at the Cape






------ Sat Mayo the 9th 2020-

Stayed a steady wind flow from the south, yesterday, last night and still this morning--- 4- 5 kts mid morning-- much better than yesterdays afternoon wind- seas good for traveling-

Several boats huddled up off the 43 looking for those tunas-- a few went out there to Desperation Reef--(S/W of China Pt, SC island) now bottom fishing- and there's who are deep dropping for that elusive 2020 Broadbill Swordfish- ( Broadbill is named like that because its flat bill, like a broad sword of eariler times)

Not much said on the radio so far today-- couple guys bass fishing up the line

Reports from offshore where they had worked up from yesterday's Mex/ US corner to to Clemente last night-- and in towards the beach from there 67/degree water some life with a few yellows under a few paddies but not much else for them--

Spoke to a young boy-- just coming back from Catalina-- they had caught 6 or 7 Yellowtails -small fish 8-10 lbs but they had fun- using the live squid-- tight to the island back side, mills landing-- right on the high tide-- then they shut off---- others saying Frog Rock they had a 30lb tail and one bigger too-


----- Mayo the 8th 2020 ----------Friday- Yippee- the front door is open- tell us what you want and well ( I'll) get it for you-- sorry out of squid------open 10/10:30 till 6pm, Tues- Sun

Still a bit overcast and cool morning hours here on the beach , cloud cover begins about a mile from the coastline- sea breeze from the south 3-5 kts- nice- ocean's calm under the overcast sky- light mix of swell-

waiting for tuna reports-- so far it's been quiet- 10am

Only heard scratchy report-- -- sure wish they bite something heaver--- 12:04pm

Yesterday there were tons of bass & barracuda today it's like they don't exist-- good luck ( Catalina report) we got a good spot here good current but nothing biting-- that's Catalina-

A report from a offshore trip yesterday- they ran past Clemente's southern end in search of that good clear blue water green plankton break , the day's trip was delayed by the dozens of kelps they stopped on- finding a few yellows one paddy had dozens of 10-12 yellows not wanting anything, never finding the blue water they came back

Anybody up on the 43? we're headed up that way , spent the morning on the dumper-- nothing we looks all day there - no meter marks birds nothing-- we just got here to the 43, looking around a whole lot of nothing right now-- we're here around the 60--- you didn't like anything south no not much for us-- we're headed up the Ridge towards Clemente for the night- 3:15pm


Before you know it-- we'll be out chasing Striped Marlin ---!--- a brief backwards looks into the performances of tagged marlin via the Great Marlin race / BAC masters-- right now it's a probable scenario there are striped marlin northeast of Hawaii and if their past travels reveal anything they would take the Pacific Gyro flow of water and currants towards the West Coast of California and Northern Baja during the months of May and June-- stand by!

Tagged By: Matt Earl aboard Team Team Bounder , Deployment Date: September 17, 2015 Angler: Alyson Gillett. It popped up on April 24, 2016 to reveal that the estimated 77 kg (170 lb) striped marlin swam south, making several loops along the Baha coast, before heading southwest and then eventually north to Hawaii where the tag popped up about 200 nm northeast of Oahu. The marlin recorded a point to point distance of 2,005 nautical miles but as evident by the track, swam much further- a distance we estimated to be 4,978 nm! Our Stanford colleague also pointed out that this might be the first time movement between Southern California and Hawaii has been seen with a satellite tag for a striped marlin!

and a similar track of Team Hawk's fish on behalf of Balboa Angling Club that popped up on June 27, after reaching the exact programmed deployment period of 240 days, the tag popped up northeast of Hawaii, 1,690 nm away from where it was deployed!

Then the following year on September 30, 2016, Hooked Captain Geoff Hersch tagged the estimated 36 kg (80 lb) striped marlin with angler Jeff Acampora and 216 days later on June 27, the tag popped up 1,397 nautical miles (nm) away from where it was originally tagged. 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 Northeast of Hawaii . This striped marlin swam a total estimated distance of 5,560 nm!

Then Team Pacific Pioneer on behalf of Tuna Club of Avalon. On November 4, 2016 tagged an estimated 102 kg (225 lb) striped marlin after angler Paul Hoofe caught the fish . The tag stayed with the striped marlin for a remarkable 256 days and swam a from the original point to pop up point a distance of only 92 nm but a total estimated travel 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, Pop-Up Date: July 18, 2017

so Stand by----


- Mayo the 7th 2020, Thurs------

Hot Hot inland-- coastal sea breeze are welcomed- - light to fair from the South maybe 7- 10 kts , mix of seastate with light wind chop-

Boaters reporting in from the lee side of Catalina say only some bass and bonito kept them busy but nothing to write home about-- looking for another spots 1:29

Others drifting for halibuts in the light breeze

Says foamer of Bluefin for sure- how ya thing they'd be here- Bluefin for sure-- 1:33

Aaaah this is frustrating ( where have we heard that before) if we don't get something I'm going halibut fishing-- 1:48pm

How's you do there, oh we struck out- well don't overlook that stuff inside there's bait balls in from here--- I'm been chasing em' all day--- saw one wolf pac that were well over 100--- we looked up from here but it didn't look good so we came back here-- that yellowfin proper grade- we're going to stick it out-- been metering fish all through here-- we're just 4 above you-

How's it look up there--- stay right where your at -looks like the mississippi up there-

we, my son had one on but dumped it-

they were in with the mammals

talked w Prospector Bob-- they were working the break below Clemente finding a few smaller yellows under the paddies but no tuna yet-

coastal fishing only fair for some bass- water a mix of green/ red/ green/ red with a downhill current and a uphill wind and small chop- fair--

we just got to them got out first bait into the water-- OK Im going to work further down--(halibut fishing?)

Really good marks under the boat right now---- 2:28pm-- Low tide today 3:30pm-- standing by---

got quiet after that--?

wind still from the south all day- good radio reception-

----Mayo the 6th 2020 Wed------------------

fair day light wind from the south southwest- 5 kts good seas- water still green

Folks are getting anxious to get back on the water-- a check with the San Clemente Island Security show most of this week the anchorage in Pyramid limited to only a few hours in the afternoon-- but Zone B looks open, not much of a anchorage along the lee but there should be good yellows around there. -

------------- May 5th Cinco de Mayo 2020---------

- Blue sky and warming temps - light west/southwest wind 4-8 kts light wind chop seas OK fair- water offcolor green- -----

Small retail shops are opening up early - trying to save some sort of retail sales for their businesses

As of this morning-- No plans have been made for the opening up of Avalon Harbor for visiting boaters---

Coastal water in a downhill flow at least here off newport-- compressing that red tide to the Balboa pier southwards smelly too- bass fishing fair + above the harbor

Catalina has a good sized Yellows along the backside of the island-- divers able to get a few- 30 lb + stuff and seeing more-- skitterish and not willing to take many baits presented to them-



------ Sundays Report May the 2nd----- Closed on Monday's ------ -

Another nice Spring type day- a few moring clouds left over from the evening- wind if much light from the south seas still good.Tthat red tide causing some degradation to local waters condidtions and I hear too at Catalina--


E Mail this morning JD, Saw this awesome whale on the 209 yesterday water was 67. Clear blue. I think it was gray whale. Lot of bait fish around. Didn’t see any game fish. Any idea when your gonna open up. I’m looking for something to toss a popper maybe one of those new Shimano reels, up for suggestions on the rod. Probably pick up a new trolling rod also. Up for suggestions there also. Take care

Reply : I'm here 4-5 days a week in the shop working on some tackle- etc ( call to be sure I'm here) , hate to see the doors closed to the walk-in traffic-- Maybe this coming week the officials will let retail stores open to the public, I hope so! Shimano is open for ordering, although they too are down in stock of inventory , we can see what they got and order from there- thanks for the mail- JD

Boy there's a lot of folks out today-- at least here in Newport Harbor- regular summer type day- with boaters of all sorts moving about, soaking up the sunshine--

Not much to report of the local boats fishing-- lots of them out -- fair fishing reported so far-- some guys were dragging for Threshers


- Sat May the 2 2020--- we were suppose to be having the BAC's Lily Call bay tournament today--- but like so many things have been put off to a later date--

Weather fair- a light to fair south wind 6- 12 kts- sky hazy blue- seas Ok w a light bump to them

Not as many boats out today as compared to last weeks melee- not as hot, weathers a little cooler and the overall restrictions , Loud speakers off Newport's police dept's helicopter flying over the beaches, reminding everyone they they are closed--

Some images from past Lily Call bay tournment, 4lb test only Bass, Halibut, Corbina or Croakers


















While rumming around looking for old photos came across this photo nice Spotfin Croaker 10.3 lbs on 8lb test









--------------- Friday MAY DAY--as a kid we use to run around a flag pole dragging streamers of different colors- wrapping around each other crisis crossing - the past -----

Nice day wind fair from the south maybe 7-10 kts- seas good a light mix of seastate

Pacific Coast hwy at Huntington Beach in protest of the closing of the beaches - crazy- Balboa Island still open

Got to hand it to who ever started the Facebook 10 fish photo challenge- maybe it was Steve or was it Pete- either way I and all of us thank you-- !

A late afternoon call asking if we had Owner Mutu Light 3/0 hooks in stock--- yep- got plenty of them- what's up-- oh we really did well today with them he says-- 8 ft leader of 15 lb Fluoro leader and those fine wire circle hooks really worked good using the anchovies-- 8-12lbs- and this last stop we had, few found a good school of 15- 20+ fish--, how late you open we'll be right over--- where you at?-- Monterey , heck were down here in Newport Beach- So Calif-- oh-- we're up here for the Salmon opener! -- really good fishing for most of us from Monterey to Santa Cruse, the launch ramps are closed but if you've got your boat in the water you can go--

Red tide below Crystal Cove and southwards, above the harbor much better

San Clemente Island looks to be Hot this weekend-- no anchorage that I could see on the web site

this past weeks Chlorphill and water temps charts--


--- Closed Thursday- #600 wet sanded and re-varnished 10 banboo blanks--

------- Wed's Report --almost forgot what day it was---- --

May Gray sky's gray with a light overcast to them, wind light from the south-- boating traffic here in Newport on the slow side so far today-- Newport Beach still open for the upcoming weekend as long as you stayed away from each other-- hell of a thing to type-

Rumor has it several boats out today in search of those elusive Bluefinned tunas-- hope they get em'

Not much going on today-- finished up on those old reels- at least got new drags and lube into them-- Line next

WSB about one a day from the local reefs being hooked -- some further up the line to the Art reefs off Huntington-- market sized squids being sold Nachos in Long Beach-

Will be closed Thursday-- back Friday JD -

--------------------------------- Tuesday April 28th ----------

Hazy Blue mid morning hours-- wind light to fair from the south- 4-8 kts- seas good-

Scratchy report saying there was a good White Sea Bass bite - having to catch the mackerels as bait- for a night time bite--

With the restrictions on gathering , if you did not know it already the BAC's Lily Call Bay Tournament has been postponed to a later date, maybe the Fall sometime during a good tide phase-- standing by

Not as many boaters out today-- like a regular mid spring week day


Always impresed on the workmanship of the early reels- Pflueger Atlapaca 9/0s w/ levered disk braking system on L/Side for control of the free spooling aspects, polished interior ( who looks at that) and simple precision fittings for gears and drag plates, impressive to see what was created and the time put into each reel



-------------- Closed Monday ------

Sunday April 26 - still foggy at the beach's coastline- 1/4 or more visibility- seas ok light wind from the south 2-4 kts-- not as many folks out os of yet in the morning's gray sky--- give it some time to clear off and too get busy-

-spanish radio chatter reminds me of seiners?

Got my work cut for me over the next few days-- refurbish service four antique reels A Julius VomHoff- Ocean, Edward Vomhoff- 621, Pfluger -Atlpac 9/0 and a Pfluger Templar and install new line




And a phone call today informing me of the passing of Ron Birtcher this week , past owner of the sportfisher Legend , RIP



-------- Sat Foggy morning here on the beach April 25th the year 2020-

I should have thought it-- yesterday they said it was 64 degrees off the Oil rigs and shipping lanes- colder that one would have thought - but these past few weeks of a constant west wind stirred up things-- cooler water- and hot inland spells fog-- 1/4 visibility slowly lifting towards noon

Catalina had a few hours of fog that rolled in-- by mid morning bright and sunny- nice, bass barracuda a few bonito- no sea bass or yellows so far--

It's a regular zoo out there today-- just about anything that can float was paddling around once that sun came out afternoon- sailboats, skiffs, yachtsbig and bigger, electric boats, kayaks , row boats, seal barking, harbor patrol roaring by while the ferry's dodging it all



- Fridays April 24th 2020--

Blue hazy sky- wind light to fair from the west-- seas good some swell and chop- red Tide - it's ugly in some spots and what bass are caught spitting up red crabs -

Santa Ana's high pressure periods in years past brought thoughts of finning Swordfish- probably one out there now!

Radio has some response with a few voices back and forth these day- glad to hear it still works-- it's been silent for weeks now--

First of the Seasons Tropical Storms developing off Mainland Mexico over the next few day--

couple of boats out Deep Drifting for Broadbill Swordfish up by the rigs today water 64 and dirty red tide-

making mackerel for bait was tough hours wasted with not much to show for it- a few more to be had when you found the green water above Newport -

Catalina boat reported clear water there and good signs of birds sealife before you got to the island-

( Left) A shot at last years Chlorphill image and of this years ( right) and the changes


------------------Wed April 22th 2020-----------------

The VHF radios says sunny and fair conditions, mostly clear high wind warning Ventura mountains and valleys 45- 75 mph watch out for wind blown branches --

newport's mid morning wind at 12-15 west southwest choppy seas

A thought about these Santa Ana's or offshore blowing winds that the west coast receives-- upwelling coastal waters bringing nutrients for the baitfish, anchovies sardines etc, from egg , larvae, fry, or baitfish it's all driven from Central California to the So. Calif waters by the summer months



We're Still closed and the fish keep getting bigger-- -

Sorry JD's Tackle still closed, By apointment only to drop off reels or pick up - leave message 949 723 0883- JD

Finished up the Pandemic! an heavy tackle 15-24 thread bamboo rod for the tuna club boys-- something to catch a giant Bluefin Tuna with--!


Speaking of tunas-- rumor has it there were some bluefin seen by the 302 and others have reported near the 43-- spoke to one customer today who had spent three days on anchor on the 43-- for nothing-- good signs of life but no tuna for them-- they were headed out there again this evening-- but a check with the Navy San Clemente's web site shows some of that area active this weekend- best check with the web site before heading out there the Cove is also Hot this weekend--

E-mail- Hi JD - Hope you are well and staying safe and healthy during these crazy times. Great seeing you rowing in the harbor a couple weeks ago ( I was out for some excerize) . You brought us good luck with this big home-guard yellow Michael caught on that trip after we saw you.



Another fish story- surf fishing cabo--

4/17/20 The Baja tournaments were over and a few days of relation and fun fishing was needed.

Offshore fishing has it's grandeur and excitement which is great and I enjoy it but for me when I need to spend some time for reflection of nature it's spent on the beach chasing roosters and jacks in the surf with a fly rod . Pounding waves, white water and foam sweep up the slopping sandy shorelines only to slide back into boiling clouds of brown sand mixed with the next series of oncoming waves. In the trough behind these waves, right in the middle of all this confusion life exists. It's amazing that smaller baitfishes use this swirling whitewater environment as shelter from marauding fish or birds.

Tropical storms a hundred miles away were sending in their marching soldiers of waves toward the beaches of Baja, If there's anything I've learned about fishing these shores of Baja is you can't fight Mother Nature, you can only live with it and that means a lot in this type of shoreline fishing, It's said that every seventh wave is the biggest and strongest and it may be something like that, they come marching in series building up for their assault on the beaches, like Normandy only to die in a last gasp on the sands. The first afternoon after the tournaments that I fished the beaches I found these monster sized waves pounding the sand. Could I fish this stuff, faces of waves 6-8 or 10ft crashing into a foot of water only to swoop up the beach spitting granular sand and white foam at you. The first cast brought me back to the meaning of working with Mother Nature, I didn't and I paid for it. You must let the wave crash and expend itself washing up on the beach, a gust of salty warm air rolls over you and then it's time to make the cast, to the back side of the wave. A window of opportunity displays itself only for a brief moment, then as the waters starts to recede you can hold the fly suspended in the upcoming face of the next wave. Silhouetted in the face of the wave the fly presents itself for a seconds or two maybe three, then you've got to pull it out of there or face the consequences of tangles and twisted lines as it gets all jumbled up in the next incoming crashing wave. But that moment of opportunity is there, and that's where you must force yourself to wait for the right time. Waiting and watching, and that watching is pleasant for me. Many a sight have I seen during those times. On that first afternoon no fish, no strikes only a nice sunset.

The second day's morning brought a nice sunrise but still no strikes, big waves, no baitfish along the shore, no birds. That afternoon I missed strike on a popper, waves still big but not quite so bad and a little more life seen on the beach. Third day, the morning looked better as pelicans were tacking along the waves crashing into the water up the beach about a 1/4 mile from where I started but they moved on by the time I got there. Stayed in the area working with an epoxy fly that looked about the right size and color I stayed with it. As the day brightened more birds began to hover over a small area only about 75 to 100 ft off the beach and slicing fins and cut through the surface. A long cast over the top of a wave brought a strike and the first fish, a jack of about 2-3 lbs and a tough battle in the surf zone. Beaching and releasing the fish then back out for another strike and another fish of about the same size. I switched to a Clousner Minnows in green or blue on a #2 hook and that did the trick. The bait had been pushed towards the beach by the bigger fish and held in hostage till that seventh wave approached then the fish would drive the bait up into the swell to get caught up in it's crash on the beach, to be knocked unconscious or dazed and be fed upon by the bigger fish as they get washed back into the trough. Mother Nature. Working up the beach I took a new fish to me a "Lookdown" about the most shinny fish I have ever caught, just beautiful. Shaped somewhat like a perch with a sloping down nose. How they can live in that pounding surf is beyond me. I took three of them that day along with another jack of about 10lbs and lost a fish which could have been a small rooster, lost another fish which bite me off I think a sierra, and also hooked a white skipjack which spit the hook right at the waters edge. For a few hours fishing was excellent for me, then things quieted down and it was time to make the walk back up the road and onwards to the airport for the ride home. Nice way to end a fishing trip.


~~~~~~~~~ Roosters on Cabrillos ~~~~~~~~~~

I don't think the horses spooked them, maybe the Roosters were used to them as the tourist rode by. We were fly fishing with #9 or 10# weight lines and short 4 ft leaders tied to blue/green backed white streamer and big glittery gaudy poppers. You'd see a few shorebirds wheeling and diving into the breaking waves right on the beach, the silvery baitfish were being pushed into the shallow shoreline by roosters or jacks. Some natural instinct told them just which surge of a wave would be strongest as several fish would corral the bait up tight against that sloping beach to when that strong swell would catch them and toss them up on the shore, stunned by the crashing surf they'd lay flapping on the wet sand till the next wave would wash them back to the awaiting roosters. Smack, smack you could hear em' being picked off as they drained back into the foaming suds. Then they'd be gone to pop up again another 50- 75- 100 yds further down the beach. Trudging after them in that hot white soft sand we'd be exhausted by the time you got there, we needed a better way to get to them quickly. We'd seen the jacks chasing the baits right up to the sand and not being bothered by the tourist as rode by on their horses, why not. The next day we rented a pair, at first we've slide off the horses and make a run down the sloping beach make a few casts, but by the time we'd either caught and played a fish or not the horses would wander off- it was easier just to stay on horseback and make the cast from there. Playing the fish up and down the beach and up higher on the horses we could fight the fish at a better angle. Jack, my friend made the big mistake though, on his back cast he snapped the horse's rump with a nice sharp hook, it stuck- and the race was on bucking and galloping down the beach hanging on for dear life, rod in one hand fly boxes and gear flying all about, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. These days anglers use ATV's, safer but it's not quite as fun-- JD


New signs placed along Newports fuel docks, marinas and boating ramps--Social Distancing when Boating! limiting boating only with limited family members No Guest--- not in your immediate household or your closest fishing buddies


The meeting for Fishing closures is rescheduled

EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION ENSO Alert System Status: Not Active Synopsis: ENSO-neutral is favored for the Northern Hemisphere summer 2020 (~60% chance), remaining the most likely outcome through autumn. During March 2020, above-average sea surface temperatures were observed across most of the tropical Pacific Ocean The latest weekly Niño-3.4 and Niño-3 indices were slightly elevated Equatorial subsurface temperatures remained above average overall, but the anomalies decreased during the month due to the expansion of below-average temperatures into the central Pacific at depth Also during the month, low-level wind anomalies were easterly in the eastern Pacific, while upper-level wind anomalies were westerly over the central and eastern portions of the basin. Overall, the combined oceanic and atmospheric system remained consistent with ENSO-neutral. . In summary, ENSO-neutral is favored for the Northern Hemisphere summer 2020 (~60% chance), remaining the most likely outcome through autumn.


The Bay of Avalon is Closed to all transit morrings/ vessels till at least May 31st--

and Launch ramps up and down the whole coastline, California- and northern states and at least Cabo-- maybe other ports too- Newport harbor still open--

The fish just keep getting bigger the longer we wait ( and we get older too! )--

And more fish stories Black Sea Bass- see below-- JD

The Clemente Monster-- Out of the Depth, See below!

Added a fish story see below-- and a Costa Rica Adventure and Midway Atol too

And another fish Story-- Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mainland Mexico- July 7th 2002 see below- JD

Homework-- Bamboo Rod Building----- it's got to have a name-- the Pandemic!

This Heavy Tackle ( 18- 24 Thread ) split-cane bamboo rod is built to T/C specifications and is available to purchace.- JD









Lots of threads to keep track of--











All guides have a base wrap to them- 1st, 2nd and 3rd guides on so far- clean and simple wraps with a little silver gliter shows off the bright chromed guides .



The work goes on---

Using a burnishing tool really helps in getting the threads to line up smoothly and even

another good tip to help align the threads is a clear plastic ruler acts as a straight edge-

Continuing with the Rod building , a band of blue tape cut on an angle and laid next to the thread wraps helps keep the epoxy on the wraps a clean presentation.

Using the plastic straight edge keeps the tape pressed tight to to each of the six sides of the blank helps preventing the epoxy to creep under it.

A small hair dryer heats the epoxy and a fine brush lays it on the wraps






and a gentle unwrapping of the blue tapes leaves a nice straight edge of epoxy on the thread wraps


A clean up of small thread nubs with a fresh razor blade, another complete re-wrapping of blue tape surrounding all thread wraps


and then another coating of epoxy and the decal installed






Rat Tailled Stingrays

Mainland Mexico Winter Fishing

The winter had taken it's toll and it was time to find some sunshine for the old bones. Opportunity came with a call from an old friend who had moved to mainland Mexico, Zihuatanejo a town located a hundred miles north of Acapulco. Visited by Cortez over 500 years ago this small cove holds excellent anchorage for traveling marniers for years. Today it's a growing metropolis with another city created as a tourist destination called Ixtapa only 5 miles away. Ixapa has mega Hotels and disco nightclubs for it's worldwide clientel. My friend John had gone through the hoops of goverment to have his 34 ft. Raddencraft accepted as a legal charterboat and invited myself and wife to come down for a visit had hopefullly we could work up a charter business for him.

Mainland Mexico is a far cry from the dusty brawly type city of Cabo San Lucas or the old town style of La Paz, Baja. That far south the coastline is lined with lush undergrowth and palm trees planted years ago for the copra business, clean white sandy beaches awashed with warm seas and tropical afternoon breases that keeps the heat of the day away. The trip was much needed and we had wonderfull sailfish fishing with something like 6 or 8 fish for an afternoons fishing and a chance at a blue marlin or two each day. Some of the best billfishing in the world occures along that coastline where one of the greatest Eastern Pacific continental shelf dropoffs is located The trip brought us in contact with another opportunity to work with the local tourist department and a group of hotel managers whom wanted to create an big game fishing tournament and help attract the tourist business during the slow months of January. I had worked with several major tournaments before and we struck up a deal. The goverment of Mexico Toursist Dept would share cost with the hotel assoiation and put up a guaranteed $250,000 as the draw, I would help in the drawing up of the rules with the local charter fleet and we would advertise the tournament in Mexico, the US and internationally.

All went according to plan and the following year the first Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Billfish Classic came to be. Anglers made their reservations, private sportfishers came down from Cabo and the local charter boats were ready for the big event. My family joined me for the week and we stayed in one of the many fine hotels in Ixtapa. If you never been there for a vacation during the winter months it's an excellent place to take the family. Great beaches to wade and safe walkways for evening strolls. It all seemed to be going well and I thought I'd take an early morning surf fishing trip the day before the tournament. I like to wade the beachs chasing Roosterfish with fly rods. It's a challange working within the breaking waves but the bait was being pushed in close and the seas were gentle so I had worked out to about waist deep. Fish were breaking just out of reach so I took another few more steps taking a few waves overhead and bobing up for that long cast.

It came with a sharp pain in my inside left foot, a piercing pain that left me falling back upon my back in the surf not wanting to put my other foot down and not knowing what was down there. Laying on my back being washed over by wave after wave I looked down at my left bloody foot and saw a 3 inch spine from a stingray imbedded. Blood gushing out and still fearing to let my other foot down I backstroked my way back to the beach. Clenching the rod between my teeth I worked my way into the shallows and got to my feet, at least I wasn't going to drown but the pain on my foot was madding. It seemed as though my foot had been put into fire and it was burning me alive. No one to look to for help I started back up the beach, my car was parked a mile up the beach it was going to be a long walk. Wenching the spine out of my foot took nerve but I needed to do it as every step drove further pain into it. The pain begin to work it's way up my leg and I began to panic, a thousand thoughts flood your mind but I had only one goal in mind, get to the car. About halfway back I ran into a couple of local fishermen who understood my delema and though broken spanish they wanted me to urinate on it. Which was not what I really wanted to do and I'm sure I didn't want them to do it. By the time I got back to the car the pain was up to my groin and things were very uncorfortable, the drive back was really a challange as it was a rental stict shift and luckly only a few shifts were needed. As I wheeled into the front of the hotel the doorman found me delirious with pain and he helped me to the lobby where the clerk called the hotel doctor which quickly took me to my room and gave me a pain shot. Plunging my foot into a bucket of ice and alternately into steaming hot water then back to freezing cold water the pain begin to eaze and reality begin to come into focus. The day was a blur from that time on and my family helped me throughout the next few days. The tounament went on without a hitch and I still have that stingrays spine as a decoration of courage. When you wade the beaches ---don't forget to shuffel your feet!


Black Sea Bass

The Time; Sometime mid-summer in 1975;

An early morning trip offshore Southern Calif. for Striped Marlin. Mark and I worked over the Fourteen Mile Bank and down to the 277 Fathom Spot, baited a sleeper with no results and chased down bait and birds throughout the morning. Towards lunchtime we worked our way to the protected waters along the backside of Catalina Island to an sandy shelf with stringers of kelp at about 100m ft. of water, toss in the anchored and swing to a stop. We put on the stove and cook up some beans and rice and open a can of peaches, washing it all down with a couple of beers. By the noon sun beats down and it becomes very relaxing in the cockpit. Out comes a deck of cards, some sunflower seeds and we gently drop in a pair of baited mackerel overboard for the big boys (Blacks) .

It takes some knowledge to understand how to fish these big Blacks, the hooking rigging, on what the strike is like and when to set the hook. A few mackerel are cut up into thirds and tossed in for chum every so often. The day goes on and it's about time to pull up and work our way back offshore and to the outside dropoff then downhill off the East End for the afternoon's trolling for marlin. Mark starts to lift up his bait when it doubles over and he's pulled viciously to one side, I grab my rod to get it out of the way and it's also yanked downwards without pleasure. Our lines cross and we uncross them. Mark's fish drives for the shoreline another couple of hundred yards away my fish parallels his, Marks on the heaver 80lb tackle and he's a big man at 6'3" and maybe 250- he buttons down the drag and puts the "beans" to it. His fish stalls, what a bow in the rod, it's gonna break, but it doesn't and he stops the run. The fish goes to the outside, my fish also stays with his side by side. We've got to get the boat started and follow these fish, I back off on my drag, throw the click on and dump the rod in the cockpit. Up to the bridge to start the engines, remember the batteries or off and then back down to the hatches, turn them back on again, back to the bridge again and start the engines up. Take a few winds on the reel and then run to the bow of the boat to tie off the anchor line to a buoy, toss it over and back up to the bridge again, another few more winds on my reels. Mark's about out of line by now and I put it in gear and spin the wheel, now I remember the pots and pans we had left dangling overboard to wash them clean, they get caught in the props and there's a lot banging going on underneath the boat. A quick reverse and they come out of it, we yanked them aboard, they’re all all banged up. Back to the controls again we pull forwards, both lines have stretched out through a stringer of kelp by now, I pull the kelp towards the boat with a long handled gaff, with no free hands to cut through the kelp I bite it off with my teeth, it's a little salty but we're free to fight the fish now and they both have turned to the outside.

Mark works his fish to within reach of the gaff, the gaff just bounces off it's thick scaly sides, a quick lip gaff controls the fish and we pull it onboard, it dumps into the cockpit and shutters the deck with all it's hundred and eighty pounds of weight, my fish still hanging on down there starts a strong pull to the outside, Marks gets on the wheel now and we follow it, the fish stops and shakes it's head, terrific head shakes that rattle one's bones, the fish turns and makes a B-line directly towards the shoreline and it's lear, some rocky cave buried in the kelp beds. We gun the boat and get in front of the fish, pulling him even more towards the beach, the fish stops and reverses direction and again heads to the outside, we repeated this over and over as we slowly work the fish back offshore. The next hour things go see-saw till the fish gives up and this huge brown shape rises up out of the depths. Another lip gaff and we try to lift it in, no way it's over 300 lbs, we drag it back into Avalon the weigh scales.

Marks fish at 181lb, my fish at 362lbs. Lowered back into the cockpit we travel back to Newport as the evening moon rises up in the east. In looking back down into the cockpit and seeing those two fish I came to the realization to never kill such fish like these again and have since learned how now to revive them. The fish were cutup and the meat was good, big tasty flakes.

Best of Luck when you get out


A good fish story for today---

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.


================ Fish Story =================

Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mainland Mexico- July 7th 2002 It’ll be new moon on the 10th, with good upcoming tides this next week, Reports of some giant 300lbs, Yellowfin Tuna, and some 600lbs blacks, Boat name Espadon, owner Dave Denholm,

Gathered together in the bridge , "We’ll we gave it a good shot", "That’s all we could do". Licking our wounds as we head home after the first days engagement. "We paid our dues today" Ned say’s, I reply, "It's a learning curve, you know, you’ve got the right harness on, in the right position, you've gotten all the other stuff laid out", "And it could very well be I just put too much pressure on that 50 test line", "A ton of life there, wasn’t it", ----------- "How far off the point" , "16.4 from the point, plus another 4 to the anchorage inside Punta Mita, the northern end of Banderas Bay.

The area we’re fishing was nears one of the largest vertical drop-off for the entire west coast of the Americas, the Tres- Maria Islands with it’s summit at something like a 1000 ft borders along a sheer wall and a plummeting depth of 5,000 meters, strong upwelling occure along the volcanic fractures and fissures that bi-sect this shelf along the coastline, In the middle of it, a jutting outcropping of black rock and swells of white water foaming over it, a jagged underwater ridge runs north for a mile. Called Corbetena Rock out in the middle of nowhere, you wonder how many early spanish explores and sailors found their souls resting on its rocky shores. Not always do you find fishing good there. Strong coastal currents can create offcolor water and conditions can change overnight. We had heard from the local IGFA representative in PV that the fish were in conditions were good and so we made the trip. Aboard the new Espadon, she's 80 by 22 ft. and means Swordfish in French, owner Dave Denholm , it's nice yacht, Dave with just the four of us aboard, Capt. Ned Fallsctting , Kirt acts as Deck/Steward, Dave the owner and myself. Dave was not feeling well that day and were hopeful it’s only a 24 hr bug,, he was down for better much the whole day. So that just left the Captain at the helm the steward serving fruit drinks and ice and me the angler on this 80ft yacht, trying the hardest I could just to catch fish, I just wore myself out. Never saw a fish!! Whew’ I’m beat. we got here at dawn this mooring, it’s 5 :15 in the afternoon now, we’ve only put small tuna onboard, we’ve lost everything else,--------- I don’t know what they were , probably huge tuna, although we did see a black marlin at around 400 lb being pulled over the railing of a small charted panga and that was about 8 or 9 this morning. We must had a dozen bites or better throughout the day. Great fishing!

At the gray of dawn this morning we came up to the rocks then tacked downswell or to the North along the ridge to get accustomed to the boat, sea conditions, to get things in order and get rigged up in the cockpit. We put out a couple of tuna feathers short, a small pusher for sailfish and a long line out for any wahoo. One 30lb Yellowfin later we returned back to the rock finding a fleet of 5 or 6 boats from the PV marina working within 1/4 to one mile from the rock, the bottom structure really goes up and down here along this ridge, baitfish were rippling the water’s surface among the swirling tidal eddies that wrap around the rocky highspot. Looking into the waters depth you can see thousands of minute organism in every description, even egg-larva sacks the size of chicken eggs drifting by. The skipjacks were feeding on little 2 to 3 in fry silvery and shinny. A few floating turtles were around, some boobies hitting the water at the edges of the baitfish schools. Their diving bubble trails leaving deep tracks into marine blue water. There were some porpoise on the outside with school sized tuna underneath them but we were after bigger game. You’d slow troll the little hoochies, get bite by the skipjack, bring him in, put him on a bridled hook, then back in the water at 35 yards or longer trailing behind the boat, maybe get two baits out if I was lucky. Separate them so they wouldn't cross, either by holding the line by hand Hawaiian style with a long drop back loop of line trailing behind in the wake or eventually as I ended up by just running them off the riggers held in place with a rubberbands. We were fishing sporting 50 lb mono lines and I think it was just too light in the long run for these big fish, at least the way I pull on them it didn't last.. We had one big strike early in the morning. In making a turn near the rock the line slacked off a bit in the curve and both baits got nervous, it saw the fish flash on my bait, a big explosion, white water boiling in a giant hole where the bait was, these are/ were 4lb- 5lb baits that just got gobbled. The lines sings out, you grasp the rod, reel and get into the harness, it's snapped in place and your buckled up, rear back on the rod and hang on, it pulls over and you say to yourself Jesus Christ . The pressures on your back, there's no time for re-adjustments now, the harnesses and belts must be pre-fit for you. Even for all the different outfits, that particular rod we were using was an standard 50lb IGFA Class 7 ft chair trolling rod and a chair rod without the chair can just beat you up. You’ve got no leverage with it. I think I was on that fish for an hour, I just started getting dehydrated, rehydrated, and exhausted, finally my feet started hurting, legs shaking, arms were sore, I got to double thinking of myself to where I thought I just can’t go on anymore . But then I’d gain an inch or two here, then another two or three, keep it going for another ten minutes. We’ed get stalemated for maybe another 5 or 6 minutes and time goes by you keep working, then the line popped suddenly. ,Ahaaaa--------- wind it in, no idea what happened, worn line spots were evident, no idea how they got there.

Re-rigged and put out the bait rods rigged with the hoochie again, take a break,, cool of with some water, some fresh air, then get back into the game again. Back n’ forth, looking for signs of life, to find he birds once again and get hooked up, wind em’ in, bridle em up’with the needle and deno-tape looped around the 11/0 hook (the knot being pulled up short to the hooks inside barb). Put the needle through that soft membrane between the upper eye socket and eye ball, out the other side of the fish, then through the 6 inch loop of dacron hanging off the hook, twisted it up 4-6 times tight and slide the hooks barb back under that "V" that's formed against the fish, from the front backwards, the deno tape can then be repositioned on the shank to pull in more direct line with the leader. It keeps everything clean and neat, back into the water again in 20 seconds or so, put out 50 yards of line, then up in the riggers with the rubberbands and start going forward again. Half-hour later wham-o it blows up again, we struggle on that fish for a while and it too pulls loose, or comes up cut off or was bitten off, maybe a shark, or the fish got to the bottom and broke it off. A couple of times earlier while were trying to catch bait, either when casting a lure or letting a bait sink out, it would just get eaten. . They say there’s these things down here called Dog-toothed Snapper, there’re big, real big and real mean and that might be what’s chewing us up, they just gobble up those baits. We haven’t even got one to the boat yet, makes you wonder, every skipjack that settled down was taken, the leaders or line would come back all shredded or torn. As we rounded the rock one more time we did have a Wahoo bite, one bait was completely cut cleanly in half like a clever, no marks just simply cut in half. But these Snappers, I dont know, these baits would come back all ragged cuts, scared up, I dont know, looks like they got hit with a shovel and a rake at the same time. I think I broke off 6 fish this afternoon, tunas or snappers or who knows what. This last one we had on, I dont know 20 minutes, had em’ coming up nice and easy working it real slow, lifting it, lifting it and POW the line breaks again, that time breaks right at the double where it joins the swivel, I’d know idea what happened on that fish,. maybe the baitfish had came back through the double line and twisted up the line somehow, who knows it’s exhausting, we’ll give it a shot tomorrow. ------Unbelievable ---------- The water 86.7 degrees, We even got a bite on our green jack today,.

------------------------------- Day Two ----------------------------------

- Had one strike, our first a opportunity on a skipjack this morning, it got munched, might have been one of the snappers again, it just crushed it, munched it, probably another giant tuna. We’ll I blew the second opportunity too, we had caught a nice small yellowfin 4-5 lbs great looking bait, rigged it just fine, no damage to the bait, no bleeding, got it back into the water clean and looked good so put it back about 150 feet, made a dozen turns, 1/2 dozen tacks or so, I felt the bait get nervous, we were making a inside turn and again there was a little more slack in the line, I tightened up the line a little, not wanting the hook to become fouled in the bait. I could feel the bait getting a little more nervous, hang on to it one more time, the baits getting a little more nervous, a little more nervous, then it just didn’t get any more nervous anymore. When we finally brought back the bait in we could see where it had been crushed by a marlins bill, baseball batted in half, so I missed that one too. Hopefully that was not the only one opportunity we’d get for the day. We did see an marlin we think splashing around in the area earlier and Dave had seen a fish underwater, a marlin going down the side of the boat. Color spotting it, saying it looked to be a good sized fish, maybe we’ll get another shot later on.............. well were still trying to get another bait,............an half hour goes by nothing, ..............finally another bait. Another bait, another hooked up, we got hooked up nicely, solidly Dave says. Zeeeeeeee,zeeeeeeeeeeeeee,zeeeeeeee---he’s taking a lot of line-Ze-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, sounds good! the drags are all set,,, the tuna slows down, it stopped it’s run now and I start the winding, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind ,wind ,wind, wind, wind, wind, wind ,wind, "my arms getting tired", wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, "phew", wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, "We get some line back on the spool and the winding stops, " Got back a lot of line didn’t we, I pant". ---- the fish rips out another 50 yards then stops----- wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, turning the cranks a turn or two at a time, "Coming up.. there’s our first mark," a short length of Deno-tape tied on the line as a marker, Wind, wind, cranking in several an inch at a time, another inch, wind, wind, crank another turn, "phew", "there goes the mark again" as the fish takes out more line again, then slows to a constant heavy pulling. We gain a few feet, the feet turn into inches then a slows to stop, the creaking of the line as it’s laid on the reel under the tension cracks and pops then stops as the fish turns towards us, wind, wind, wind, wind, the feet turn to inches then stops coming in all together, the reels ratchet shouts out burst of clicks, dictated by its winding speed and the fish taking line. "There go the mark again", the fish's run stalls after 30 yards, Dave as he at my side , adding advice and comments ,"It’s better to be hooked up, than not" he quotes. My arms are being stretched out of its socket, wind, wind, we gain another foot then another and another, the boats slowly following a path through the fleet, Charted sportfishing boats circling us with their clients snapping photos. Dave and I discuss the bite, "The baits was getting twitchy and I let it go" he says, we joke at the baitfishe's eyes looking behind him ". The reels getting hot, there’s another boat over there hooked up also. It’s going off" the prime time for the fish to feed. I’m worried, the lines beginning to flatten out as wear begins to show by the working back and froth over the same area. We’ve got out 100- 200 yards of line. "I don’t like loosing line" I say as we discuss the fight, the line still see-saws back and forth The on-going fish story I had changed from the longer trolling rod to a shorter stand up style and that allowed me to put the beans to it. With the belt, harness and right set up really makes the difference, This one wasn’t going to get away, a deep bend in the knees and a foot of line was mine, another dip and another foot, we fought like bulls, it took line , I took line. In the end I could feel its power ebbing and it strength limited to its dives. Deep color was spotted, blue and metallic it’s shine came up from the depths, time and persistence wore it out. it slid out from under the corner transom with its enormous head clearing water, like a submarine is slid back into the depths and circled underneath the boat. Ned at the wheel kept up straight. Gaffs were readied and when within range we took it. It took the help of a large swell and three of us to get in on the step. Is that your biggest yellowfin someone ask? "We took one at 250lbs, that one was many years ago off Sororro Island . How long do you think that took?, Kirk guesses at an hour and twenty, they called it one hour, 22 minutes in the end and taped it out at 55’girth and 80 inches long "That’s a three hundred pound tuna, John! 302.5 lbs, a lifetime fish", "Ned, you did a hell of a job keeping us from getting caught up into the corner back there. Thanks", "I kept seeing that fray and abrasion in the line go back and forth", Glad we had it on 80lb" Ned says. The fish held the stage as it took up most of the swimstep, "We’ll better get alot of zip-locs!" Ned replys, "When I was doing the grocery shopping for the trip, I grabbed like 6 boxes of bags, thought to myself, man there’s some big tuna out there, so we took the rest", "There’s going to be some real happy people with this". Photos were taken etc. A beautiful fish. Signs of line wear patterned against it’s side of the mouth, "It never really went that far out and it couldn’t get that far down along this ridgeline. The process of cutting and saving the meat began, Knives were bought out and it was butchered on the step, 3 inch steaks of prime tuna were dipped in the bait tank and zip sealed for freezing. What a battle That night after talking about it we decided to fish with 20lb tackle the next day in hopes of setting a world record. Lines were tested, measured and the hooks pre-tied in preparation for today’s battles.

Back to the rock again, it had rained on and off last night thunder and lighting showed in the heavens. Our first bait in the water got whacked within minutes and the hook pulled as we set it up, another skipjack was caught and back in the water rigged, minutes later Dave’s on solid! 20lb test line, a bright colored green/line line so we could see it better, 700 yards were on the reel. It’s overcast now, a light rain, lightning still here and there on the darken horizon. An 1 to 2 ft chop 10 knt breeze ruffling the ocean’s surface. Against the Rock silhouetted were two small panga skiffs they had spent the night out here last night, what a tough time that must have been for them, their only protection was within that 15ft lee of white water the foamed and sucked in that surging swells that surrounding the rock,------ Dave’s second bait just came back, the hook had turned and fouled back into the bait, so we missed the fish, meanwhile while I sitting here trying to catch more bait with my light tackle outfit, I hook a maybe a 20lb yellowfin, maybe a little bigger, it gets ripped apart as its struggles below.. Ha! There’s fish here, and they’re biting! It’s still in the early morning hours, let’s see what we can do in the next couple of hours while the bites on. And another bait gets ripped apart again!. Boy these things are aggressive! We’re just missing them, the hook’s not sticking , that was a good strike too, the baits just get ripped apart. We get another bait and it too goes back into the water and it’s chewed to pieces. Out times spent trying to catch enough bait. Catching a small 8 lb Yellowfin Tuna we bridle it and get it back in the water finally after what seems an hour. The weathers still overcast, more drizzle and rain it looks like, The word must have gotten out as another dozen boats have arrived from the local marinas, pangas and other chartered boats with their guest alike. Another hour has gone by since our last strike, the baits not up like it was, maybe the bite time has past, you sit on the gunnels and start to daydream a bit. 9:35 am a big hole erupts on Dave bait, we’re hooked up on 20 lb test!. The dropback belly in the line is sucked downwards, Dave mans the rod, the line come tight and rips out from the reel, Dave hangs on desperately, the fish has gone wild, loosing line all the time we back up, following the fish, the reels ratchet click still left on so all can hear it’s progress, or loss. Backing into this stuff, Dave gains line, feet at a time comes in. till it comes tight again, a great battle has just begun, the fish is just going nuts. The first line marker goes by, "Did you see that crash, man wham-o! just a big hole", " Keep coming Ned", Dave calls out he’s steadily on the reel winding, we weave our way backwards with skilled practice. Dave has been on several 12 to15 hours battles with swordfish or tuna, winning most of them. Winding like mad Dave turns the reels handle, keeping things taught with this light line, the fish under its own will makes fast aggressive moves zig-zagging 50 yard stretches at a time. " Look, did you see that! a big marlin jumps up from behind us!. Our fish has spooked it. Dave keeps the pressure up , the marker comes up and goes away again, "Look at him go", the reel’s ratchet protest a hundred yard run, down and fast, a hundred yard run in less that 5 seconds I guess at. White water bouncing off the transom as we back into the weather. Back to the starboard the fish heads, this fish is cutting through the water as fast as it can, it rips out another 50 yards, The fish is going nuts!" Dave says, "Sometimes they wear themselves out" we jokingly say "yea he’s really getting tired we can see that". Dave attention is to the line and rod, a tight drag is applied. The fish heads towards direct towards Corbetena Rock and the jagged bottom, another burst of speed and it turns and heads towards an anchored panga, who sees or plight and raised his anchor and pulls off un molested. "There’s your marker again" as line comes back onto the reel. The line marker has slid along the line so we’ve lost it’s true reason, I had tied it on loosely not wanting to damage the lines strength in tightening the knot. Gaining line sometimes, the boats prop wash weaves a serpentine path behind us. Backing down, hard like this Dave gets the chance to stay close to the fish, it’s changing course puts us at a good 5 knts or better upswell, it’s starting to rain again, the droplets, like buckshot, pelt the waters surface. A building swell from the south and darkening skies approach, flickering with lighting. Dave really got some power into that rod, he’s "putting the beans" to it, 7 knots now backing into the swell and white water covers over the transom.. The fish turns and makes for a dive under the boat, Ned spins the boats transom away, we clear the corner, the fish is fighting harder now. Dave on it with the tight rod, no mistakes here, were right on top of the fish and not letting him get too far away, "We hooked em’, got the right tackle, got the right angler, got the right caption, the right location, the right boat, world record sized fish, and we’re hung to one right now". But it can be a long battle ahead of us, so many things can happen, line fray, scrapes in the line occure, other fishes bite the line, simple nicks in the line, drags fail, fingers fail, anglers fail, you never know, it’s a long battle,---- Dave's fish The rain increases with drops increasing in size, skies are darkening on the horizon. Dave raises the rods tip then drops it gaining another half a foot, the slow steady pull upwards lifting for the quick drop and maybe 6 inches or loose 12 feet as the fish bolts off. He gains another foot, then another, yards are put back on. The fish comes up and makes a turn to our inside starboard, the lines marker goes back onto the reel, the fish bends even tighter to the inside and the boat spins faster, the fish spins faster, --- I’m spinning, the line rising to the surface, it’s trail leaving the water in a roostertail of spray. This is a fast fish, it makes another turn to the outside and comes back to the port. 75 yards of line rip out it turns to the portside, then back again to starboard, it’s a big fish. It makes another hard turn and taking line, it’s bright lime green color shows it’s path, the fish is just going nuts! We back up in to it, Dave gains line. As the line slices through the water, lighting flashes off in the distant. The line marker at 100yds clears the water, the fish off our starboard side now it takes another long run. Dave takes a second to settled down and get the harnesses and gloves re-adjusted. The fish, still out quite a ways turns to the starboard side out 100 yards, it’s fast, it’s real fast, it can travel 50, 75 yards in just 10 seconds- at the most, it seems like only 5 . Back again to the starboard side it turns, the ocean’s increasing swell rolls by in the background. This fish. it knows it’s hooked and it doesn’t like it, it’s doing everything in it’s will to get away. Another ground swell from the south in a building sea. I think maybe we might use that swell to our advantage later on while lifting the captured fish onboard. The boats backing down at 3-4 5 knots. Dave’s winding like crazy, the line rips through the water, back to the port side again, this fish just traveled two hundred yards in less than 10 second , maybe it was three hundred yards, it’s just ripping through the water, its gone from one side of the boat to the other side of the boat, 300 yards behind the boat, as fast as it can. Back again to the Port side, then starboard --- were talking 75- 100 yds runs behind the boat. Completely going from one side of the boat to the other and back in just seconds, Amazing. The line again rips through the water towards us and Ned puts us over the fish. Dave gets pulled to the railing. More popcorn on the horizon as the winds freshen. Over the fish Dave’s got the drag up the button, just a hair above it. The rod’s tip just dipping, dipping, dipping each pulse of the fish’s tailbeat can be seen. Determination on Dave’s face, his fingers tense on the line, gaining another 6 inches, then a foot and more, then it stalls to a stalemate between man and fish. He loses a bit and hangs on, droppings the rods tip to gain some line, lifting slowly he raises the fish again. It starts to come up, gaining yardage now, up , up. The decks rattling as we back into the fish, Dave grinds and the fish makes a quick turn back to our starboard, taking line out at will, pretty much at will. But Dave been putting the beans to it, as much as he can at least. He’s got a good bend on the rod, but he just can't stop this beast. Straight down it dives, we get back over the fish and Dave’s hand signals guide Ned a direction the lines moving. We’ve traveled a mile and a half from where we were first hooked in a zig-zag swerving curve through the fleet. A building crescendo of weather, fishing and excitement was in the air. Dave’s face strains you can see it in him as he lays into the bow of the rod. More than you think it’s going to hold, it’s going to break you think and hope it’s not going to,.. it’s going to.. (Don’t think that, you say to yourself) Back to the fish again we’re staying on top of it a constant 4 --5 knts, backing into the building weather. The strain on Dave is wearing, the line slips steadily off the reel, his fingers holding the lines tension and just thumbing the line a little when he needed to apply pressure. The rod takes another strong dip and the fish gains 5 ft. pulling hard. Ned does the job in keeping up with this fish in grand style. The fish spins to the starboard side and raindrops increase in size, plopping into the flattened chop. It’s become a stalemate between Dave and fish. He’s leans into the rods and gains 6 inches in the dropping swell, the fish takes 5 ft, the line just see-sawing black and forth. Line worries go through your mind,as the fish bends to the outside and raises up. The line broke! ---- It’s recoil could be heard inside the salon, pow! When the line breaks the parties over. "Same drag as always", Dave mumbles to himself "I didn’t have any more or less drag on it , the line just wore out?, 1 hr and 5 minutes, on 20lb line on what might have been a 300lb Yelowfin Tuna, The largest recorded yet is at 213 lbs from Australia, The current 30lb class world record in at 338 lbs and was taken here off PV in 1999.

It very well could have been a world record, Dave owns the World Record for Big Eye Tuna 143.8 lb. on 12lb tackle. We discuss the fight and the loss like a detective agency routing out the reasons it broke. The line's got a small coil created at the snap of the broken line. "I’d like to know where the hook was? Dave questions "I could feel it thumping," We all could see the tails beat on the rod tip dipping in rhythm then it suddenly broke. "Well that’s the way it is" Dave’s voice trails off, "Time well spent" A great battle, 20lb tackle, an estimated 300lb tuna, for two miles we traveled backwards, abrasion on the line seems to be the culprit. We can’t give up now so we’re back to trolling. Catching another bait, Dave gets ripped as soon as we put it in. The bait comes back in all cut up and beaten to a pulp, missed that one! The skies have cleared off and all the baits gone down. Seas have calmed and it’s much nicer weather now. As soon as we lost the big fish the music stopped and the party was over except for a few leftovers. The dozen boats that were out here have dwindled down to only a few and nobody seems to be doing anything, were all looking for bait. Seas are calm and beautiful now with a little windline out of the west starting to develop. Finally after several hours go by we catch a small bullet tuna next the rock for bait and we drag him around for an hour, nothing. That was it and we called it a day, it had been a long day at that, back again tomorrow.

Day four: Back to the bank again, it’s a nice morning with a little ripple on the water, only one another smaller Panga it must have spent the night here. We’ve got a good and early start and we’re raring to go. Again after the 20lb IGFA World Record for Yellowfin Tuna, a challenge. We picked up one small skipjack early and have him bridled in the water on a 14ft leader of 250lb and a 9/0 J hook. Slowing trolling the baits out 50 yards Dave stands poised for action on one side of the boat, I on the other skip a blue hoochie in hopes of catching a second bait. Not having a live bait tuna tubes aboard we could tow the caught baits mid-ship, Panamanian style along the middle of the boat, tied to a cleat and use it when needed. The suns peaking through the cloud cover, glorious morning with patches of blue hidden behind in the sky, a ground swell 3-5 feet and spaced well apart. No bites so far and the day begins to look long, the birds and bait seem to have moved away. The day spent looking for signs of life which never materrrilized. Metering the rragged top of the bottoms ridgeline we opt to do some botton fishing for the Dog Tooth Snappers, being rocked several times we fianally manage to boat a small fish, it was tasty for dinner ! There are times when you've enjoyed the day and try not to push things , such was the day, enjoying it we relaxed and spent the day just goofing off, bottom fishing and some general boat work making an early day of it. While heading back in we were haled by a weak voice on the VHF mayday- Mayday- a small panga with it's two German charted guest aboard had ran out of gas and were drifting. Their red sunburnt gleaming faces relieved, Ah-- saved off the Mexican coastline, their fate was in question. A short tow back to the anchorage and with what little gasoline they had left enabled them to get to the beach. That night after a Dog Tooth Snapper filet we played in the bait-light watching hundreds and hundreds of jacks circling counter-clockwise in it's light. By midnight there were thousands of them. Once in a while something would go splash out in the distance an you wonder what was that! We broke out the light fly tackle and made sport of trying not to get hooked up. You couldn't get the fly three feet without 5 fish attacking it, snipping the hook off was the only answer.

Tomorrow another day. The mornings light found us 30 miles offshore to the El Banko, several others had made their way there from PV. The skippies were there but not in great numbers. We scored first with a small Blue Marlin around 200lbs at best, another one picked our bait and a third one released it'self at the boat, all were under 250. No other boats seemed to be getting strikes, who know why but by noon there only remained ourselves and one other sportfisher. A small boat had some divers in the water, armed with hefty looking spear guns. Out in the middle of the ocean. When you look at the meter and see the ragged bottom you wonder just what denizens of the deep they must meet down there. The rocky shoreline of the Isla Maria Cleofas, off to the north could be seen in the warm marine haze. Part of the penal colony of the Tres Marias Islands it's has kept the imaginations and wonder of what the islands are like in the minds of many mariners. Today the long range fleet out of San Diego have begun to work this same bank, calling it the Cleofas Bank , locals don't know it as such. Like the frigate birds returning to roost on land for the evening we too returned to anchorage late that afternoon, the day was well spent. A refreshing swim around the boat before dark and some casual after-dinner casting for the jacks and that was it. The run back to PV the next morning was punctuated by first one brown booby keeping pace with us, diving on the baitfish we displaced with the boats bow, then joined by another and another in the end a dozen of them were leaving their deep trails of bubbles criss crossing in their efforts in spearing the frightened bait. An afternoon stroll on the boardwalk and a quick lunch brought us to the airport and to home again- - JD -


A trip to Costa Rica-- many years ago---

A Costa Rica’s Rainforest Angling Adventure Jungle, Ocean, River and backwater fishing,

What's there? Saltwater Crocks, Freshwater Sharks, lure eating lizards, leaping tarpon. Who says there’s snook in there, Explore, search and try these waters, The atmosphere was set, the latest sportfishing show attracted my attention, encouraged by friends I approached the booth, Nestled between the shores of the Atlantic and the Pacific, beautiful, friendly and ecology minded Costa Rica offers the finest untapped sportfishing potential in the Western Hemisphere, I rose to the occasion as a speckled trout to a fly.

Two days later, March 1983 I arrived at Casa Mar Resort in Costa Rica and was lucky enough to be bundied up with a Mr. Harry Kime, an expert fly fisherman. This morning at 6:00 we fished the ocean maybe one to two miles outside the river mouth, seeing schools of 50lb plus Tarpon rolling on the surface, they look almost like marlin tailing. The fresh water that’s flowing out of the El Colorado river's mouth keeps sediment and other little morsels of bait suspended in the buoyancy of the fresh water. As it fans out of the entrance it creates somewhat of an umbrella effect with the shrimps and other baits floating overhead to slowly drop down into the clearer salt waters beneath. The tarpon ganging up in schools would fin for awhile then sink out underneath to feed. Cutting the motor we approached softly as our guide Thomas paddled from the front of the skiff towards them with enthusiasm. As we neared the fining fish the signal was given and we shook out lines, the fly rods being #12 weight and large Fenwick fly reels, the fly, called a Cockroach the creation of orange and brown feathers tied on a 4/0 hook, a shock tippet of 30lb test, the class line of 15lb. and 6 feet of 40lb line as the leader behind it. All tied to 30 feet of weight forward fly line and then a backing of 30lb Dacron line under all of this. A lot of connections but it all has a purpose and it works. We had a double hook up almost at once. I had let back my line, unrolling it from the reel the fly acted like a trolled lure. Harry had lobed his first cast off to the side and had let it sink out before his first retrieve. I was blessed to be with the accompany of Harry, his advise, help and concern balanced with my enthusiasm to land these fish, and we fought them

. Most of these fish we saw were in the 80 to 100lb class, leaping beauties, clearing the water 6’, 10, or even 15ft in the air. You soon learn to "Bow to the King", to relax the rods pressure and give a slack in the line when the fish jump. Enabling the fish to pull against it, something like Judo. This sport of “Jumping” the fish is counted high when over cocktails later on in the evenings gathering. With good timing and firm pressure when needed I brought to boat my first fish, approx. 90lbs, Harry followed with his shortly thereafter. I hooked another fish around 70lb which threw the fly promptly, too much pressure on my part. Changing to a casting jig rod and a red & white Porter Sea Hawk I again hooked up but lost the fish, maybe a nick in the line as it popped too early in the fight. Returning through the surf break at the rivers mouth we ran back to the lodge for lunch.

The afternoon's fishing brings us two more big fish, both fish lost or at least not boated due to pulling the hooks, although I learn later that just to "Jump" a fish is ok, almost it’s what you want to do. Hook the fish, get a few jumps out of em' and then let the hooks be thrown. To spend the time bringing the fish to the boat only to release it you loose that precious bite time, better to hook and jump 5 fish for the day that to struggle with one for hours .

Day two The following morning brings one LARGE lost tarpon after a short battle in which it skyrocketed a dozen times finally tossing my plug, a big fish, wish I had gotten a chance to watch it more. Caught a Toro or jack of about 12 lbs or so and hooked another smaller tarpon on the plug. The lure had just landed amongst a school of fish when up jumps this tarpon with my lure hanging in its lip, he also throws it. Hard to keep these fish hooked, their mouths are bony and armor plated. Schools of fish were seen breaking throughout the day. The weather has brightened up to a strong sunlight, yesterday and prior to it, it had rained solid for several days. Again back for a relaxing lunch with my newly aquatinted companions from all over. We'd re-rig the lines and leaders, tie on new flys and see what the other boys were doing. That afternoon I got my first chance to fish in the river’s mouth. I had seen several other anglers anchored in the smooth swirling brown waters, casting and working their flies and lures in methodical sweeping casts. Letting the current sweep their offering down and across the bars and flats. Shrimps and other tidbits were sweep along the bottom and the lures were matching them. Casa Mar is situated off the main Colorado River in a side lagoon. The river waters were the drainage from Lake Nicaragua and its accompanying river basins. We jumped more two tarpon that afternoon but I think I would have enjoyed either the ocean fishing again or to go further inland. We dig get a few good photos of others playing their fish and that was enjoyable.

- JD Day three Thomas and I are together again this morning. My buddied up partner, Harry feels he'll take the day off as he needs a rest, his battle yesterday with a big fish that had broken his rod in half was hard on him, he had to hand wrestle the fish back to the boat, took a lot out of him. He’s in his late 70’s and was willing to just sit back and enjoy the day’s rest. We traveled up river in search of small game today. Traveling in jungle rivers gives one a better understanding of the diversity of life pure and simple survival of the fittest, life as its always been. Overhead, the forest’s canopy is alive with parrots, kingfishers and a host of other colorful birds criss-crossing back and forth across the river. Tree Sloth’s, their slow movements and dark shapes disguise themselves among the darkened molten branches, leaves and tropical vines that are strung about. Orchids in fragrant powerful odors hang in draped displays, hiding peak-a-boo howler monkeys that glide in and out of tree branches. They eye us as we pass through a side channel of the river while casting into murky looking pools. Scattered leaves float in twisted swirling patterns under overhanging banks. A cast with a small popper, like what you’d use for bluegills and basses results in explosive surges of brown water as Guyapote and Majarres try to suck in the fly. Their slurping nature causing you to pause a second before setting the hook, letting them turn away a bit before the hook can strike home. A pleasant time was had by all.

That afternoon we went up river again, this time nearing a wide spot in the river with a small lush covered island centered in the middle. Letting back on the anchor line we sway in the wavering river currents, tarpon rolling on the water here and there or there. Tarpon, their silver sided backs exposed for a brief second only before they slink back into the muddy waters. Too silted up with mud and dirt to see but only a few inches through . It looks like rain coming, thunder rumbling now and again, we relax and enjoy the scenery as is, hearing the monkeys growling in the lush growth on the rivers edges. Yellow-tailed Orioles flying overhead, now again the rude distributing splashes made by rolling tarpon, gasping for air in these muddy waters. Nerve racking is a better word for it, then there right next to the boat one comes up, it's mouth opens and a gasp of air is taken it, again across the river, then again next to us, there must be dozens of these unseen fishes beneath the waters around us but you never see them until its too late. I’m casting a fly crosscurrent, letting it sink out and when it's straight below and sunk to the rivers bottom retrieve with short jerks resembling an tumbling shrimps or something like that. Thomas has the plugging rod with the Sea Hawk plug, deadly lure I’m told. I have a bump on my line, my black and red fly awaits its reward, nothing, and minutes pass, nothing. Thomas keeps up with his casting, fanning the water, he jumps a fish 30 feet from the boat, beautiful he gets four or five jumps out of it , clearing the water at least five feet with the tropical background behind it. Ahaaa - the hook tears free after five minutes of battle. I’m hit! Set the hook, one, twice, three short jabs just like old Harry had said to do, drive the hook's barb deep and up rockets a tarpon, water poring off the silver shinning scales, it’s eyes excited and bulging, bright red gills a flaring and rattling, one jump, two jumps and he throws the hook. Still more thunder in the background and now a strange noise is mixed with the jungle, bird and monkey, it sounds like some kind of roaring coming, maybe it’s a flood rushing down river. I wonder if we’ll be washed down to the sea, I’ll play it cool, C’est la vie" as I look upstream dark almost black clouds are approaching, the air’s gotten thick and stagnant, it seems as though you almost have to suck in to get a breath of air. Rain seems a relief, Thomas dons his rain gear and I follow suit. The rain washes over us in a solid wall, you can’t see five feet in it, solid water coming down, then it’s over with as quick as it started, the warmed air and rain dissipates to a rising mist of steam, swirling in misty winds. Back to fishing again, the tarpon showing again in the flatted smooth brown water. Thomas has another hook-up, a real battle going on, the stout jigging rod he’s using is stiff and short, it’s an honest to goodness one-on-one, stand-up, punch it out, knock down fight, he finally brings it close to the boat and released it, it’s a nice fish around 80lbs. Still hoping for a great one myself I miss a couple of strikes, change flys, shock tippets, sharpen hooks, try again and again. Time passes and the clock works its way. Thomas suggests to head back in shortly before it gets too dark.

. One last cast.----- One last cast, that never ending one last cast, all my thoughts were concentrated on it and the retrieve, slowly, slowly, there it is, that electric shock that’s telegraphed up the line. The line springs alive with a solid tugging. I drive the hook well but allowing a small loop to form in the flyline, just a small simple loop but oh so deadly. Yip's the loop has wrapped around my finger in a half hitch, what a mess, my finger is jerked up to the first guide, the line in-circling it, cutting deep as it being pulled out. The fish explodes right in front of me, its mouth is so large it could swallow a basketball, it’s huge! I’m about to follow it into the river and Thomas thinks he’ll lose and angler overboard when I ungracefully bow to the second jump giving slack to the line and freeing my finger, it’s all fine now except for the sticky warm blood flowing down my hand. The tarpon gives a fine series of high jumps as it distances away from us, can I land this fish? Thomas raises the anchor and we follow downriver, I cussing the SOB for almost taking off my finger, I’ll let him know whos boss, ha! The battle starts on this side of the river then that side, up river then down again, another jump, damn it’s a big fish, Pulling hard in every direction, reel, pump bow lean this way then that way, look our for that snag! Lean into it, whew, we just missed it. A large dugout canoe full of brightly colored tourist buzzes around us for a few minutes allowing its guest a taste of our sport. What a battle, the broad muddy waters with tropical birds, monkeys still howling and growling, the sights and sounds of it all. The guide offers advice. You’ll not lose this fish even if it takes all day and into the night. Another snag protrudes from the water, another near miss, a half-hour goes by and we’ve come down the river a mile or so criss-crossing back and forth. To be tied to this living environment with a fishing line, that's the life. Other native canoes pass shouting good wishes, this fish has you to your knees, no, you’ll not let it. The dried blood coating your hand won’t let you forget it. That damn fish he’s headed for another sang, turn him, turn him, pump, lean on it, 15lb tippet is sure taking a beating, will it last? The fish rushing downstream passing to one side of the snag, we to the other, Thomas tries the motor, cough, cough, sputter, sputter the engine roars to life. Thomas spins the boat just missing the 25ft log. Correcting the boats position all’s quite again and the only noise is me wheezing, this is a challenge! Across and up river again the fish doesn’t want to give up. Come on fish, please, my arms are killing me, knuckles white, all the fingers have gone numb a half hour ago. A zig zag course now I’ll try to turn him in the circle of the downstream run, gaining three inches, again another turn, again three inches, boy this is going to take all week! Thomas says the fish may go out over the bar and into the sea- then the sharks! We’ve drifted and fought are way three or four miles by now and the suns going down, it’s now or never, pull, pull. The 15lb leader is still holding, another log snag, this one’s a killer, it’s going to be close, real close, but I’m turning the fish, he breaches, now I find out that these fish can breath air when needing oxygen . I don’t know whether to pull him up or hold its head under water. Gulping air he dives again, again I give him all I’ve got, which isn’t much, but he slowly rolls over, lifting with steady pulls we work him to the boats side. Thomas leans over and slips the lip gaff in, success!! A few quick photos, a peaceful moment of appreciation and we work him in the gentle waters to get it’s strength back, a gentle tap on the tail and off he goes with only a swirl left in the brown waters. Gone in good health, maybe a bit wiser to pass on to future generations about those nasty red and black feathered flies that bite back and are so strong Best of Luck



Midway Atoll, a trip in 1999 June 5th


Midway Island (Atoll) I keep trying to think of a word or phrase that best describes it, maybe “Primal”, or “God’s Little Acre”, or even three squares a day. Everyday was such an adventure! The air and water are both clean and clear and the environment is full of life just as Mother Nature intended it. The Black Current known as Kuroshio swings up from the Philippine Sea and bathes Japan before sweeping into the nutrient rich waters of the North Pacific. From there it wraps around Midway and on to Hawaii. I visited the atoll last year with my family, this year I only took my youngest daughter Hunter age 9. While fishing there last year she landed the girl’s IGFA World Record Small Fry division in the Trevally category, this year we were after bigger game. Arriving at Honolulu around 12 noon we made our way to Aloha Airlines for the afternoon’s flight out to Midway. From Hawaii it’s another 3 1/2 hour flight which gave me time to finish my Louis L’Amour book. Looking down as we passed over the Pearl and Hermes Shoal with it’s white water and coral reef encircling the brilliant turquoise inside waters. Dodging thunderheads we came down through the clouds to Midway Island actually it’s an Atoll with it’s ring of broken coral reef surrounding the island. Awash in the waters from the Japanese Kuroshio current which brings with it warm waters abundant with sealife. It must be abundant with sealife to support the over 2 million seabirds which nest here annually. Upon climbing out of the airplane the salty sea air fresh off the ocean fills you lungs and heart as it envelops you into one of the most magical places on this earth. Shown to your quarters (which are converted officers quarters) the three story cement building becomes home for the week. Comfortable and clean, the rooms feature A/C if needed and queen sized beds. TV, phone service and guest services are available at a moments notice. An early evening stroll along a pure white beach of powder ground up coral takes you to the Captain Brooks Bar which overlooks this clean safe swimming beach. You get to meet and become aquatinted with the others who have joined you here for the week. Fishing is only one of many reasons the island has become so appealing, there’s scuba and skin divers, ecology and nature enthusiasts. Members of the armed forces return here for lost memories and many come just for just the relaxation that the island has to offer. There are only a limited number of guests allowed on the island per week so reservations are generally requested. The island has year round residents of some 50 people which help keep the inner structure of the island running, water, electricity, sanitation, housing, etc. I think most of the residents have at least two or more jobs just to keep things in shape.

First Day All new guests to the island are required to attend an orientation meeting in which the rules and regulations are discussed as well as what daily activities are available from the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Phoenix guest services. Bicycles or Golf Carts are assigned and Nature walks for those not familiar with the island are encouraged. Last year we had waited till the last day before going snorkeling, I dreamed and thought about that all year, this year I wanted to emerge myself quickly with the waters of Midway so we booked a snorkeling trip out to the reef after lunch. The diving facilities at Midway are superior and we were joined by a group of 20 college students who were here on a extended two week field trip to study the flora and fauna ofthe atoll. With excellent fitting gear, fins, divemasks and wet suits if you wanted them we joined the dive masters and other instructor for a memorable experience. Slipping into the waters one becomes part of this world, the blue and pink corals and brilliantly colored tropical fish both small and large. It seems all the fish here have been given their chance to grow to their full size, at least everything seemed big. The Wrasses were splashed with bands of turquoise and orange, Parrot fish were nibbling on sea algae and gaze up at you, slowly giving way and darting in and out of hidden caves. We swam up to the actual reef itself and felt the surge of the Pacific as it washed through gaps in the reef, fresh with the essence of life this water seemed like the Fountain of Youth. Sparkling with sunlight lit Champaign bubbles seemingly swirl about in an underwater ballet. The many tropical fishes darted in and out playing peek -a- boo always curious they seem awed by your presence and sea urchins their bright reddish orange spines 8 to 12 inches sticking out among the corals. Some twisted strands of cargo or drift net clung to the reef, brought to these shores by the currents, they housed a multitude of marine life which had made their homes in these drifting masses of fiber. The college kids carefuly removed these nets from the fragile coral reefs and glass and plastic floatation balls were sought after prizes. Hunter and I spent the afternoon enjoying ourselves, she hung on me like a barnacle while we explored the reefs. On the return trip back over turquoise waters and sandy bottom flats we watched Manta Rays glide out of our path and rare banded brown booby birds taking refuge on a channel markers. After a hearty meal at the Galley cafeteria, Hunter and I spent the balance of the day, beach combing, bicycling and swimming. Floating and we watched the Ferry Terns hover 3 feet above our head like butterflies they bounce around then scurry off in matching pairs diving and wheeling in exact unison. Laysan Albatross like dive bombers came in out of the sun swooping in noiseless flight they crisscrossed the beach. Ratt-ta-ta-ta-ta, Ratt-ta-ta-ta a dotted line of bullets came on spitting up sand as they strafed the beach. Visions of the war can be seen and felt here but the only real fight you’ll have is with the real bad boys of Midway, the Trevallys, a fish which defends itself admiralty. In the late afternoon the beach’s sand felt cool to my hands as I pushed them through it, soft and white almost like powdered sugar. The waters were clear almost emerald green and sunlight danced on the oceans floor beneath making little patterns in the sand. The sun off on the horizon, it’s rays shining out through the clouds, pink and purple while another albatross whistles overhead, zooming back and forth across the beach. The clouds have a green tint to their bottoms reflecting the hues of the lagoons waters, very peaceful here. Appropriately I’ve chosen William Bebe’s ‘Galapagos World’s End.’, 1912 as a book to read while I’m here.

Second Day Up early to the strange sound of pigs squealing, cows mooing, wood peckers pecking, it sounded like a regular zoo was outside. Pairs of adult albatross stretching their necks and wagging backing forth, rattling their bills and crooning like the farm animals with their inherited mating rituals deeply imbedded. We again breakfasted at the French restaurant and causally biked through the small residential community dogging albatross chicks the size of full grown seagulls which dotted the entire landscape, roads, lawns, fields,Seagul.jpg (15923 bytes) everywhere you look these chicks were half covered with fuzzy charcoal gray down feathers. Through wooded lanes covered with Australian Iron wood trees and spotted with nesting snowy white terns or sooty gray petrels we rode to the marina which harbors two Bertram 38ft. sportfishers and a pair of Glacier Bay 26ft. sportfisher catamaran. Capt. Chris Sheeder was the captain this morning as we took the smaller Glacier Bay 26ft. out to fish the reef. Our goal was to get Hunter a World Record Amberjack for the IGFA Small Fry division (under 10 years of age), second choice was either the Giant Trevally or Wahoo or any other number of fish that were available in her class category. Just outside the entrance in the reef we set up on one of the war’s sunken airplane wrecks, a Corsair in about 80ft. of water resting on a sandy bottom which would give us a little better chance before the fish dove for protection and rocked or reefed us. Chumming with generous inch sized chunks of skipjack we only raised a few smaller sized chubs (like a big perch/ black in color) which crowded in behind the boat. There wasn’t much current at that time and not much developed so we moved further down the line and found another spot with greater current though closer to the reef itself. We weren’t there 5 minutes when Tony the Tiger paid us a visit but kept on going, a quick VHF call to the dive boat in the area alerted them to the sharks presence and they pulled out and moved to another location. The chubs arrived shortly thereafter and with them the sharks. One, then two, then a few more Galapagos Sharks showed in the chum line, not aggressive they just swam back and forth waiting for a few tid bits of chum, though they did race after anything that sat in the water very long. Casting Chum Flys with either spinning rods or fly rods was the method, you’d let the flys drift with the other pieces of chum thrown, the chubs would take the flys then spit them out and if you left it drifting too long the sharks ate them. The trick was to get the flys deeper to where the Amberjacks and trevallies were cruising about. When the Amberjack became a little more aggressive in the chumline or when there were several of them you had to be quick to get the fly in front of them before the other critters got em’. We lost quite a few flys and fish to the sharks. Chris suggested I put on one of the leadhead casting plastic lures which I had brought, Hey, I brought over 35 heads and tails it was time to use them. Well we used them, just about all of them. Almost every cast was an Amberjack, BluefinTrevally or some other unseen beast who would drag them down into the depths only to either break off or the sharks got to the fish before Hunter could wrestle it up out of the deep. She’s only 9 years old and those heavy fish just required strong heavy pressure to keep them out of the reef/ rocks/ sharks, it just didn’t happen, her little arms just hadn’t the strength. We did have several chances though so I felt we had our shots at it. One fish an estimated 40lb Amberjack took the leadhead plastic tailed lure she had cast, letting it sink out and she was on. She stopped the fish from getting into the rocks and it headed offshore so we released the tie-off buoy and followed. With the plastic tail hanging out of the corner of the fish’s mouth it bore out to sea but a giant Giant Trevally came in on the poor jack and tore it right off the side of it’s mouth snapping the line in the process. And we all know that when the line breaks the parties over, it was a good battle though!

Returning back to the harbor we took a short break and enjoyed bicycling back to the cafeteria for lunch, the Galley is a great place for gathering and it’s where practically everyone on the island eats lunch and it’s only open for a couple of hours so everyone shows up there. Back to the marina after lunch we discuss the afternoons strategy, still after records we opted to work off a cargo pier where a number of bigger Amberjacks have been seen. A short run around the island brought us up to the pier where we tied off, the wind and current bouncing off one side kept us at bay from hitting the pier but it was a little rocky though. Shoals of smaller fish came up on the first tossed chum and it didn’t take long for the smaller jacks to butt their way into the action. Hunter hooked and landed several of these 5 to 12lb trevallies (Bluefin and Butaguchi or big lipped trevallies) then the big boys showed up. Like bullies at a party they pushed their way into this melee of feeding fish and dominated the scene. 60 to 100 pound fish at a rods length they came. As fast as I could tie up new double lines to albright knots and 60lb flourocarbon leaders Hunter broke them off as fish after fish dove into the protection of the pilings. I had ahard time keeping up with her, I was rigging either 12lb or 16lb spinning rods and she just kept breaking them off. Hunter looking for another rod picked up my pre-rigged 12wt. fly rod w/ 16lb tippet & chum fly, she makes a short flip into the water and up comes one of these beast that scares you, sucks it down, she yells “whoa” as it nearly rips the rod out of her hands. If that fish would have turned the other way we might have had a chance in the open water, who knows what would have happen but it would have been a tough fish for anyone to beat on the fly rod. After a couple of hours of this fun and games we headed back to the slip and called it a day. We didn’t set any records that day but we did have fun and that’s what counts. After a quick shower and clean up Hunter and I came down to the beach for a few minutes of relaxation and reflection . The warmth of the sun felt good and sparkling water allways makes me daydream. An albatross’ five foot shadows criss crossing on the sand. The horizon line with it’s black reef and plums of white water which every so often shoot up are silhouetted against the darkened sea behind it, inside the reef dark turquoise green water fades into a brighter emerald green as it nears the shore, the sand turning tan in the afternoon’s sun. It’s nice just being here.

Moisture laden clouds hanging in the air, held suspended by temperature layers thet lay flat bottomed and reflect the green lagoon below. Sunset brought us to the French Clipper restaurant again for a perfect ending to a perfect day. Up again after a peaceful rest the birds awaken you with their ceaseless clamor, we’re off to do damage to the blue water crowd. Joining us this morning on the Yorktown was a Hawaiian named Lincoln acted as deck, he usually runs the Enterprise, the other 38 ft, Bertram. Our goal was to see if we could catch Hunter a blue marlin, Wahoo, Dorado or tuna. An additional brace was put on the foot rest for her size, the bucket harness straps were adjusted and drags were reset light for her strength, using 50lb tackle. We opted to fish the hookless lures as teasers and drop back a rigged skipjack tuna as bait. For her to struggle trying to get the rods out of the holder after the strike would only be difficult so we agreed she’d sit in the chair, watch the lures and when a fish came up in the spread we’d drop back the bait and off we’d go. You can fish/troll entirely around the island’s reef with two main shelves running off to the East or West but it’s not really necessary to travel much. Out of the harbor 15 minutes or so and your over the drop-off. Five minutes after we had the lines in the water we had a respectable fish up on one of Sevenstrands new “Big Daddy Teasers” Black and purple with an aurora flash. The fish came up and tried to munch it and Lincoln who had noticed a flash earlier on it tossed the pre- rigged bait back, the bait sides back and the marlin woofs it down, it’s head half out of the water we can see it take the bait down. And just like that we were hooked up. We dump out another hundred yards of line and Hunter straightens her legs and braces herself as she engages the drag, the rods bows and the hooks come fast. Another two hundred yards races out under pressure. What a thrill, she hangs on watching the line disappear into the depths. I had warned her to expect the fish to bust out and tail walk, but the fish only comes out once and windshield wipes once then dives for another 50 yards. Hunter begins the long battle of learning to fight fish. The reel in high speed we slowly back down to pick up some of the lost line, she works with the lessened pressure and understands the winding and flexing of her legs in the bucket to make the system work efficiently. The first half hour she’s tireless and her enthusiasm bounding with joy, the second half hour she weakens and it becomes a struggle, line is lost during periodic runs and her smooth fluid pumping is lost. Using both hands now, the left hand coming over the reel she tries to reel with both hands but we warn her against it and try to compose the situation. The fish sinks out and it becomes a stubborn battle. We pause for a brief minute to regain composure, a cool drink and a few splashes of water over her head and she’s refreshed again. Dropping into the lower gear she begins the repetitive nature of slowly pumping fish up from the depths, an inch at a time we gain line slowly only to lose it again in the rising swells, a half hour of this battle and she’s gained back half of the line only to loose most of it again as the fish makes another stubborn run. Hunter balances herself in the chair under the drag pressure her legs begin to shake and the winding takes it’s toll on her small muscles, but she’s game and hangs in there. Sometimes I think she’s going to get pulled overboard but the light drags on the reel allows the line to play out before anything bad can happen, a safety line is attached to her and the bucket. This see-saw back and forth doesn’t gain us anything but time and wear, the fish seems to have settled down for the moment so under advice from Chris she bumps the drag knob up and over the strike button, the added tension allows her to gain line in the drop of the swell and to hold it from being lost in the next rising swell, a foot of line is gained then another and another, some line lost but overall we’re now gaining line. A hundred times this is repeated, Hunter’s in rhythm now and she gains line like a pro. The fish nears but it doesn’t like the boat and it struggles to get away and more line is lost but it’s regained, another pump another inch, now a foot, she gets a good wind and now two feet is gained, now one and another, the double comes up but the fish surges off again. Everyone gives her encouragement, “Come on Hunter your doing great another pump”, “one more time, he’s close” , “keep going, another pump” She asks can you see him? “, “I can see him“, Chris oversees from the bridge while at the controls, “Come on Hunter one more time, Keep it up” The double reappears again and Lincoln reaches out, he needs longer arms, not yet, a little more, a little more. There, Lincoln’s got a wrap then another on the heavy leader, like a flash Chris is down in the cockpit with the gaff ready, it makes a few kicks but Hunters relentless pressure has tired it and the gaff does it’s job. The fishes hue is a bright silver and cobalt blue with bars of neon lit azure, Hunter has scampered out of the chair and is amazed at it’s size, “It’s bigger than me! It’s twice as big as me , it’s Huge!! “That was fun let’s do it again” she’s excited. She snaps a few photos and watches as a ramora swims off into the depths leaving it’s host. Bright blue and silver it shines in the mid-morning sun. Two hours even on 50lb tackle, 249lbs. It’s a very, very pretty fish she says. If approved, (at least to our knowledge at that time) it would be a pending world record for IGFA’s Smallfry Division for girls under 10 years of age. I’m Proud. Hunter eager to weigh the fish joins the crew up on the bridge for the return trip, the fish still bright blue below. Students, workers and alike join the crowd as we back into the slip. Congrats, from those waiting there, the word has gotten back to the island and several students come peddling up. Many questions asked and she’s interviewed by a few reporters doing assignments for various magazines on Midway, The fish was hung and weighed in at 249 lbs. Again more photos and Congrats from many. The fish was donated to be smoked. “You slide back and forth when you push off with your feet, and then reel down” she’s heard being quoted. Mike Gaautreaux, the island’s manager from Phoenix Corporation is there to offer his congratulations. Even one of the locals residents wants to make a Japanese fish print of it with acrylic paints and art again was created, nature’s brilliancy was lit again. The laundry crew noticed a shortage of bed sheets that afternoon

The bike rides were pleasant in the afternoons, down canopied lanes of green Australian Iron Wood dotted with the nesting terns, their snowy white feathers and black ruby eyes obvious. Bike trails take you off the main road and reveal other nesting birds hidden among the long stemmed grasses or downed wood shelters. A pair of Red Tailed Tropicalbirds care for one of their kind, the chick glaring out, wondering what’s out there. We finish off the afternoon with another wonderful swim. Dinner of Roast Duck, wine and Shirley temples that night, a treat for all, then a long needed sleep.

And to this day, her records still stands-- She's quite a bit older now--an Research Biologist at Oxford


--------------------------- Tuesday Saint Paddies day! --- March the 17th-------------

Notice--- Per required protocol JD's Tackle will only allow 10 customers in the store at a time! no exceptions!--------

Boats out fishing for the halibut and basses saying not much if any surface current for the drift--

Couple of boys in the shop bought a bag on anchovies and an eastern ovrseas woman came in and bought a hat! -- yikes!-- two more bags of anchovies and some hooks so far--

A tide book ,two lures and some reels that need line and service came in-- thanks for the biz- JD

closed up a little early today--

Monday March 16th - Closed_

The Pacific Queen called in with 60+ Bluefin Tuna (5 over 100 lbs.) with fish hanging.


Sunday- March the 15th 2020 closed for most of the day--

-------------------- Sat the 14 of March-------beware the Ides of March!----

Coastal waters, in the bay-- dirty and brown-, outside the harbor it cleans up quickly-- reaching 61+ degrees- downhill current with a light downhill/west 2-5 kt wind.

White Seabass -- The daily bag and possession limit is three fish except that only one fish may be taken in waters south of Point Conception between March 15 and June 15. The minimum size limit is 28 inches total length or 20 inches alternate length.

Spoke to a customer this morning who had just recently returned from Catalina-- he's seen Bluefin Tuna just outside Long Point a 1/2 mile off the beach, Big 80+ fish pushing bait/ birds and jumping fish!

The Tomahawk called in with 30 Bluefin Tuna (11 between 150 - 180 lbs. and 6 at 50 - 60 lbs.) as well as 10 Yellowtail for 18 anglers on Day 2 of their 2 Day trip. They reported great conditions. The Pacific Queen returned with 47 Bluefin Tuna (15 @ 120 to 170 lbs, the rest are 20 to 70 lbs.) for his 1.5 Day Trip.

Mild weather allows a couple of boats out today- strong tidal movement along the shoreline - carring debri, scraps of kelp and weed that makes for a lot of fouled lines- just outside it in deeper clean water 100 or deeper brought a few halibut bites----bait was metered better today

Weather coming in this next weekend-- so far water temps holding well- above 61 degrees--

better luck next week-- JD


-------------- Light cloud cover-- a spatter of rain here- there- more coming later-- seas look good so far-- light southeast wind 2-4 kts-- swell low-

Lots of people getting out of their house today- walking and bike riding-- some boating activity

The Tomahawk called in with 2 Bluefin Tuna (160# and 130#) with 5 hanging for 18 anglers on Day 1 of their 2 Day trip. They reported great conditions.

The Pacific Queen called in with 9 Bluefin (100#-150#) for his 1.5 Day Trip.

San Pedro weather buoy still holding-- - Water Temperature Water Temperature (WTMP): 61.3 °F

Bluefin tuna--- still lots of open line class categories open for the local angling clubs--- world records? stand by---

Winter time is tough on some of the older folks-- Sad note:- Past President of the Balboa Angling Club and long-time member, Bob “Fergie” Ferguson passed away in his sleep at home on Thursday, March 12th. Fergie recently had been hospitalized No services are planned at this time;

Good sunset!


-------- March the 13 Friday! --- Yikes!--------Plagues, Locust, earthquakes, volcano's' ---------------------beware the Ides of March!

Overcast with light rain, wind from the south light 5-6 kts- seas calmed for the moment, clearing wind later this afternoon- tides still strong with a lot of water coming out of the harbors this morning with that draining tide.

Cool old sailing ship at the dock the other day




1969 Chris-Craft Lancer with walk thru cuddy cabin

For Sale !!. $5,500 OBO. Runs great and catches fish. Motivated seller !!!!!

Call or TEXT to Todd at 949 500-7422 or E mail to todd@soundwavessocal.com


Attention Fred Hall Attendees, We are sorry to inform you that the upcoming Del Mar Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 26-29 has been canceled because the County of San Diego and State of California has issued a mandate to cancel all events over 250 people. At this time we are looking to reschedule for a future date. All tickets that have been prepurchased will be refunded. We are very sorry to miss you all and we will let you know when we are able to reschedule. Thanks -Fred Hall Show Team

Being in retail--- and working with the public brings all sorts of folks into the shop- from all ends of the world-- dealing with curancy, cash and credit cards brings one to work with gloves- ! Even if due precautions are taken, yet avoidance of cash usage can not be avoided and as such it becomes one of the most easy carrier for spreading any virus. It's reiterated that you should wash your hands, including after handling money, especially if you’re eating or touching food.


Woked on a few reels today-- not much else-- went home early- JD


--------------------------- March 12 2020- ------------------

Building rain clouds and light showers into the day and night-- wind fair to stiff from the west, seas sloppy no ones out maybe some sailors!

Good time to stay at home, pull out a few of the old reels or rods to give them a quick check over-- at the least, a wipe down with Pledge wax , that really preserves rods and reels- fills in the small cracks in the rods finish and prevents rust under the guides and protects the reels finish

Well a check on the weather buoys off San Pedro-- still holding above the 60 degrees mark- at 60.8--

Wind, strong swings to come in from the south--


Good day to spend some time working on the Bamboo rod blanks-- still a lot of sanding needed to shape them- each of the 6 sides razor scrapped and sanded to keep the taper straight and flat.


Wind and seas calmed towards the late afternoon hours

Bay waters dirty brown , probably full of rain-washed street gutters and debris



----------March 11 2020 Wed-----

Ha- those weathermen sure missed this one- heavy rain, thunderstorms and waterspouts-- ha-- - blue sky this morning a few lingering clouds on the horizons and a light south wind-- seas good and holding their water temp- coastal bay waters look clean and healthy- small bait fish fry in the shallows and pelicans diving down on surface smelt-

There might even be a boat out deep dropping today--sounded like it-- stand by--

Turns out a beautiful day--

Better luck tomorrow-

Web site might be down for the day--- -- sorry server problems -JD


------------- March 10 2020- Tuesday-------------- light rain- sprinkles and light cloud cover-- wind from the southeast fair 8-12 kts-- seas bumpy with wind chop , med west swell-

Not a whole lot going on today-- working of a few reels that had wear on them- some weekly paperwork- , stock the store with a few items that had been sold, sold a hats and a sweatshirt to some visitors from out of town- , no ones on the radio-

tides are strong , rain this evening will back up on that incoming tide- should exit the harbor tomorrow pushing 3 kts!

Grunion run late tonight- have fun---

They say thunder storms and maybe even water spouts tomorrow-- should be interesting--

----------- Sunday March 8 2020 ----Closed on Mondays--

Nice day- puffy clouds around- sky's blue behind them- wind light to fair from the south- light wind chop and small west swell

Still some sea bass around and those deep water halibuts or the occasional grumpy sand bass should still be there--

the coastal bay waters or surf fishers speak of Spotfin Croaker and the grunion run might spur a better halibut bite-

might be some squid around-- metered 130- 150 ft, bottom marks? red crabs?

hope the weather this coming week doesn't foul things up- stand by

----------- Saturday- March the 7th 2020-------

Broken cloud cover- spots of sunshine and darkling clouds-- wind light to fair from the south- light wind chop to it- otherwise good-

The question keeps coming up -- when was the last Broadbill Swordfish-- (now demeaned down to just swordfish) caught locally via deep dropping-- I'd have to say around the middle of December--maybe commercially taken after that--Hi JD, I believe it was on Sat., Jan 4th my dad and I saw the boat Chronic get a swordie off Huntington Beach

When will they be back--- well those 200- 300-+ that were taken will not be back that's for sure- how many left- ? a thousand? April and May wouldn't be too early to think about them again-- past experiences speak of seeing surface fish in the early spring and into the summer months - -

Tides dropping out at 2.7 kts !

local fishing --- on the slow side today-- a few bottom fishes- lizards, small bass , no mackerel-

Not much going on today-- some pier fishermen and bay bass casters-

better luck tomorrow- JD


------------ Friday-- it's friday again--March the 6th -- Feels a bit like a May Gray day-- light overcast calm here on the beach- seas calm-- no wind-- Full Moon on Sunday strong tide flows- stand by!

Some regatta sailors out-- not much wind for them today--

Looks like there were a dozen or more boats headed to the islands this weekend, Rockfish , whitefish, some sculpin and reds, sheepheads being the main fish reported by the local party boats--

Rock Cod fishing-- This fishery is open to boat-based anglers from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 Take of these species is prohibited seaward of the 75 fathom depth contour (450 feet), ). The daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish in combination of all species within the RCG Complex (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings) per person, with a sub-limit on black rockfish (4 per person) and canary rockfish (3 per person), also included in the 10-fish RCG Complex aggregate limit. Yelloweye rockfish, link opens in new windowbronzespotted rockfish, and cowcod may not be retained (bag limit: zero).

Next week looks a little windy! better fish while you can--

nice afternoon with those soft marine afternoon clouds building up-

Have a fun weekend-- JD

thanks for all you support over the years-- JD

------------------ Thursday March 5 2020-------------

Nice day-- warm and a light cloud cover- almost humid with the coastal haze- wind light to fair from the west 4- 8 kts-

Tackle giant Shimano has pulled out of three fishing events across the US this weekend as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads there. The news comes as the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics, one of the world’s largest trade shows of its kind, announced a new date for its show after cancelling the March event last week. Shimano has pulled out of the Fred Hall Long Beach Show, the Houston Fishing Show and the Bassmaster Classic...

E Mail from the Show-- The Fred Hall Show will be open as scheduled, Wednesday March 4 - Sunday, March 8. The Fred Hall Show and the The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center employs strict sanitation procedures to ensure the health and safety of our guests and employees. We are monitoring the situation closely with local health agencies and continue to promote preventative measures including frequent hand washing and surface cleaning procedures. There are many hand sanitizing stations located throughout the event, and restrooms will be continually monitored to ensure adequate supplies of hand sanitizing soap and paper towels are available. In addition, the Long Beach Convention Center is sanitizing handles and surfaces in all restrooms on a regular basis. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the show while remembering the importance of standard preventative measures including frequent hand washing. We are looking forward to hosting the 74th Annual Fred Hall Show as a memorable experience for our valued guests and exhibitors


Note:-Recreational lobster season closes at 12:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday (night) after the 15th of March. The Ides of March!


The History of Sportfishing A 9-part film series produced in the style and spirt of award-winning documentary film makers Ken Burns and Bruce Brown. Since the beginning of time man has fished to provide food for survival. Over the decades fishing has woven itself into the very fabric of our souls and is as much a part of America as baseball, apple pie and the 4th of July. This is the story of how the sport of fishing was born. Chapter 1 - The Birth of Big-game Fishing Chapter 2 - Birth of Bass Fishing, Chapter 3 - Birth of Fly Fishing Chapter 4 - Evolution of Rods, Reels & Line Chapter 5 - Evolution of Boats, Motors & Electronics Chapter 6 – Spirit of Competition - Freshwater Chapter 7 – Spirit of Competition – Saltwater Chapter 8 – Women in Sportfishing Chapter 9 - The Future of Sportfishing – Conservation




Divers releases baby giant sea bass onto the bottom in 25 feet of water along the southern shore of Santa Monica Bay. a team of scuba-diving biologists on Wednesday released nearly 200 baby giant sea bass that could grow to be a quarter ton or more in size. The four-inch infants — adorned with orange, blue and gray colors — can reach 560 pounds or more, seven feet in length and live to be 75 + years old.

They are also as imperiled as black rhinos. Giant sea bass were among the most overfished species in the 1930s. Today, fewer than 500 breeding adults cruise Central and Southern California’s coastal waters, according to a recent genetic study. “Total success!” “They were behaving as though they had been raised in the wild instead of in captivity,” he said. “Some were chasing each other around. , operations director of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. “We’re incredibly proud,”

Some older photos of Giant Black Sea Bass


In collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Long Beach, 180 baby giant sea bass reared at the San Pedro facility were released Another 175 from the Long Beach aquarium are expected to be released next week. Their parents, each weighing about 200 pounds, were tagged and then released into the ocean in October. Aquarium officials asked that the exact locations not be made public to improve the fish’s odds of survival.




AIS Grand Princess-

------ Wed's the 4th of March- 2020----------

Some morning cloud cover with a mix of hazy sky- wind light to fair 5- o kts from the south-- seas have a south wind chop on a small west swell-

Only barge workers so far on the radio- there were some boaters taking the advantage that other anglers were attending the Fred Hall show today--- fist and elbow bumping instead of the old hand shake when meeting old friends or associates

TROPICAL CYCLONE POTENTIAL BULLETIN ISSUED BY METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF NEW ZEALAND CURRENT STATUS OF CYCLONE ACTIVITY There are presently No tropical cyclones in the Coral Sea or South Pacific areas. FORECAST. OUTLOOK UNTIL 1200 UTC SUN 08-MAR-2020 No tropical cyclones are expected

The day stayed a bit on the quiet side here on the beach today-- AIS shows boats workin the grounds off Collenet, Northern Baja, the Thunderbird returning form a trip to =San Clemente island. Squid reported off the back side of Catalina.

San Pedro weather buoy shows Water Temperature (WTMP)@ : 61.5 °F, Mission Bay buoy showing Water Temperature (WTMP)@ : 61.2 °F

The weekends weather looks good-- Tuesday it blows

San Clemente island open too

Another looks at the changing conditions out front of us--along the west coast-

Last months water temps, this month so far and a chlorophyll chart showing the flow of off colored plankton rich water creeping down from up north--

It appears that that body of colder 50 degree water has retarded back northwards a bit , the 60 degree ( dark blue) has dropped a little further south and there's still the offcolor water to the outside/south of point Conception and the Purple color denotes clear blue water-- - we'll have to watch to see how far south or goes-- Springs here a little early lets hope it continues to improve the conditions--




------ Tuesday March the 3rd 2020 ----------------

It started off good but by noon a stiff wind from the west-- seas have a wind chop to them.

A call from Steve. H fishing below the harbor-- a live green backed mackeral brought a bite-- hopefilly a WSB but it turns out to be a est. 100+ Black Sea Bass- released alive and well- good battle though !

Fishing deep water for those winter time Halibuts--- 200 ft in depth w/ 3lb sinkers and green backed macks, bounce balling

Reports from down south/ Mexico/ PV say some big Yellowfin being caught ! 300 lbers

What a change in weather- blowing different directions west, northwest, calm, south west again-- crazy

if your going to the Fred Hall Show--- have fun--


Still closed on Mondays--- sorry- house, yard and boat all need to be worked on-- JD

------------ March the 1st 2020--- something about lambs and lions----

Blustery day- wind from the west , choppy cloudy--

Fishing where they can-- several smaller skiffs and rental boats fishing the bay this morning-- , not much in the way of tide movements to stir up things-- fishing fair--but still fishing!

BAC's Annual Awards for 2019 was held at the club house this year, freshly painted and sparkly white the Club is honored with some great anglers. Some noted highlights were Johnnie Crean's 304 lb Broadbill Swordfish taken on 50 lb line, a 51 lb Halibut on 20 lb tackle by Bill Woodruff, Tom Pleager's World Record Bluefin Tuna taken on 50 lb tackle, Vick Sommers, 65.8 lb White Sea bass on 50 lb tackle, also a 55.1 WSB on 20 lb line earning him the Outstanding Angler of the Year Award, not to be out done with his brother landing a remarkable 63.1 WSB on 12 lb tackle. Most marlin released Award was a tie with the Prospector and Pescador - good fun, good drinks and lots of fish tales!

---------- Sat. Leap Day! Feb. 29 2020-------

Mix of clouds strong wind from the south-- add in some wind chop-- but still a sunny day-- some boats out lots of folks wandering around-- bicyclers, kayakers, sailors etc.

Attended the Tuna Club of Avalon semi-annual club meeting this morning-- History carries on in the Club-- Still fishing the traditional Dacron and linen fishing lines --- and looking into the modern fishing lines of mono and braid lines. Like many of the clubs these days the use of deep dropping for broadbill swordfish is of discussion and it's merits, credibility and sportsmanship use.

Not much going on today-- worked on some reels and some paperwork-- always paperwork to do--

BAC's Awards on Sunday--

-------------- Friday---Friday again-- Feb 28th 2020---------

Mostly cloudy today warm, light south 1-3 knts -seas calm-

The Tomahawk returned with 4 Bluefin Tuna (1@60# and the other 3 between 120#-150#) on their 1.5 Day trip. They recommend 50# fluorocarbon and a 1/0 Size Hook.

Tides flattening out-- Swordfish tide around noon- stand by--

The boys from Salty Crew clothing came by this afternoon , they been dragging small crank baits in the harbor - saying they caught quite a few smaller halibuts and some bass-- good way to spend some time out of the office !

Should be a nice sunset-- enjoy it--

You'll need some Good luck this weekend- dropping barometer as the front moves in--


--------- Thursday- Feb.. 27 th 2020--------------

Another nice day not bad for the deepest pat of winter-- warm and mostly sunny- light cloud cover- wind gentle from the south- seas calm

Reports of the Bluefins out towards the 43 over the past few days-- couple of boats ut there today-- looks like there were drifting /w chum

The Tomahawk called in with 1 Bluefin Tuna (60#), great sign of fish and beautiful weather on their 1.5 day trip.

Stayed calm all day- high overcast- weird for February-

Today is the Peskys awards and this weekends the BAC Annual awards on Sunday--and the Tuna Club of Avalon lunchen on Saturday

good luck if you get out tomorrow - should be a pleasant day on the water--


----- Wed's day-- Feb.. 26th 2020---my how does the time fly-

Pale blue sky this am, warm, light 3-6 kts+ west wind in the morning - seems to be holding for the rest of the day- seas good- light wind chop-

A call out to see if any sea bass were caught this morning-- a short reported and good signs of bait along the coastline--- no Bluefin sightings as of the past day that I've heard-- but they're around though--- mostly an nocturnal fish they wouldn't have traveled north yet? now that's a good question did those schools go north!

Not much was said on the radio today-- some bass and a whitefish! better luck tomorrow-- Windy!!


------- Tuesday- Feb 25th 2020 ------ Mardi Gras day!

Something about the morning fog-- as it lifts off the water- the ocean smooth- sky bright blue behind white and gray--magical- seas are calm- wind as it lifts, soft from the south,

the sand bass were biting-- and sea bass too

Were in to 11:12 hr of sunlight today-- gaining about one minute of sunlight each day .

Every day now that the weather holds on the positive side- is another day towards the warming summer months - and more gamefish


Weather great like it is--- several boats out-- some even looking for those elusive Bluefin--- saying they seen a good amount of baits up showing on today's slack -- but not metering any bigger fish under them--- still it looks good


and this time of year you'd hope to see more yellowtail or seabass move in-- standing by !!


Vick calls in-- looking for more line-- the IGFA 12lb test line he was using was being being taken away from him , down to the last few yards left, his rewards of a White Sea Bass credits him for the 1st Fish Flag/ White Sea Bass for the BAC-- and a healty fish at that almost 60lbs-- !

Springs here!


------- 2019----------------------------------------2020-----------


A look at the water temps off the West Coast-- From last years conditions and of this years - for a 8 day period.

White marks the leading edge of the 60 degree water , and purple is the 50 degree mark

Those offshore winds that sweep off the Central California coastlines create extensive upwelling of colder sub-surface waters occurs,. The prevailing northwesterly winds acting through the Ekman Effect drive surface water to the right of the wind flow,, which draws water up from below to replace it. The upwelling further cools the already cool California Current. This is the mechanism that produces California's characteristic coastal fog and cool ocean water-

What's the forecast of fishing It all depends how long and strong the offshore's winds blow and what deters that flow of water this coming Spring as the Davidson currents strengthens



----- Sunday- Feb 23 2020--------------Closed on Monday , enjoyed the back yard's sun reading Hemingway and drinking Belgian beer!

Wind came out of the southwest this AM continues throughout the day - light wind chop-

sand bass continue to be the only bigger fish caught these days-- and only a few at that-., sea lions taking the baits of fish hooked up below the harbor off Crystal Cove-- and Clemente was said to be slow for the bass- except sheepheads and whitefish ( un kept)

Tides again moving strong- both flow and ebb

The Bad Company/Down Under- New Zealand world-- headed out soon to test the northern waters , it's the home of those giant Broadbill Swordfish-

- Pictured below is the new world record swordfish (80-lb. line class) weighing 813 lbs. that was caught - after a fight of 14 hrs 20 min - May 28, 2003, by angler Gerry Garrett aboard "Major Tom II" fishing New Zealand's Bay of Islands. The Garden Patch- an area known to hold these giants-- and the bigger an life Striped Marlin live there too with IGFA showing record catches 494 lbs, 466, 423 , 414 and lots of 300 lb fish-Stand by!

Baseball Spring training again starts today - lets hope the Angles do better this year-- ! --

Water temps still holding at 60 to 61 degrees, guess we'll have to wait till it gets above 63 before much happens-


------ Sat 02-22-2020-too

Light sprinkle of rain, some clouds not much of a rainstorm-- wind light from the south- seas ok- light w swell-

It took some time to figgur it out--- It was the difference of .001 of an inch--- that torqued the main shaft out of shape by one of the electric motorized assist handle crankers for deep dropping - the Talica 50 2 speed- just didn't work right-- the amount of added torque on the main drive shaft had distorted it, not much but enough for the reel to not function correctly- shifting became difficult and jumped in and out of gear-- Those electric assist attachments -can cause problem--

Now that that reel is serviced and back in working shape- there's another set of challenges-- they had spent their time in Baja this past several seasons-- it's time to go through them again- lube- bearings handles, drag plates and loose screws all need to be addressed and new line then installed

if your reels need to be serviced, Give JD's a call -est 1- 2 weeks repair time- JD



---------- Friday-- it's friday again--- Feb the 21st 2020--

Nice clouds overhead-- wind light to medium from the south w/ light wind chop .

Building clouds and wind -- not many folks out today-- a few calico bass fishing south of the harbor-- only fair fishing for them-- the artificial reefs and structure spots north of the harbor generally have a good showing of Sand Bass this time of year--

------------- Thursdays Report --02/20/2020----------a lot of 0's and 2's too!

Light morning fog- w/ a light southwest clearing wind as it lifts, Seas good- not many out-- some kayakers paddling around-- tossing plastics and paddling

Whale watchers still seeing whales,

These days-- with some time on hand , able to service reels after this past season's work, a pair of International work horses - --

Nice afternoon and sunset--

A look into some satellite images of the west coast it's water temps and surface currents movements leads one to think there is a light but steady flow of water emerging from inside Guadalupe Island in towards the northern Baja's coastline , Ensenada and up from there-

------ Wed's Report ----Feb 19th 2020

Coastal clouds light-- wind med/light from the south 3-7 kts seas good- light wind ruffle

Not many out - at least on the radio- couple of kayackers drifting by the shop- spottie fishing- waters clear, clean and cold.

Tides have a good flow to them

Radio gets a little more active--

- I'm 6-8 off the beach between Newport and Dana-- haven't seen much yet, soaking a bait----

you get bit back there ?--,

E-mail from yesterday-- JD, Ran over to the island for a hoop net trip on Sunday, about 6-7 miles out we ran across a ton of bait, and crashing on it were what we thought were porpoise, but were a mix of porpoise and tuna. Dropped some jigs on them (no live bait) but couldn’t get anything to go. Also saw a TON of sardines about 2 off Long Point, with seals, porpoise, birds, and some deep meter marks (squid?) underneath it. Couldn’t get anything to go though. Tons of bait all the way from Avalon to Long Point. Flat glass all the way over, not a breath of wind. -Robert

Some nice sized 5-7lb Bonitos over at Catalina--

The other day the fish were in the off colored dirty water- that's where the bait was-- too hard to slow troll a bait without it getting all fowled up in grass --but that's were the fish were-


----------- Tuesdays Report Feb 18th ---------------

We're out looking but it's queit for now , when We first got out here this moring there were signs og bait-- birds but it's quiet for now-- ( outside of Newport)

E- Mail from yesterday JD, My buddy threw his first bait out this morning. Got picked up by a seagull. He tugged it loose and once the bait hit the water. Wham... got spooled with the boat in full reverse. Fun day. 3 off San Clemente pier. Chris K


there's bird schools and bait solid all the way up here to the power plant ( off Huntington) no show of tuna yet but the baits here-- just waiting for them to come up- 11:02 am

Coastal surface currents today--- shows it a light downhill current-- Mag: 15.00 cm/s 0.292 kts Dir: 126.87° from N

The last few days it seemed the fish came up after the tidal low , stand by-- low tide today 12:49 pm

No hook ups as of yet-- 12:42 Standing by--

-- and the day goes on--- 2:43 and still no one saying they've got a hooks up--- whale watchers and a half dozen boats working an area 5 6 off the beach where there were signs of bait schools

- Spoke to Steve-H - he's been working around the 14 Mile Bank today--seeing good signs of bait, mammals - some deep meter marks-- looked good but no tuna for him - best area he saw was just 5 miles east of the 14-

The boats all said it looked good w acres of Anchovies seen but I don't think anyone put a fish aboard-- bluefin---

It was said the "Natchos" had no bait--

Afternoon hours began to glass off- nice afternoon--

Maybe they fish will show up tomorrow?


Monday-Congratulations to Chase Jaramillo who caught the Balboa Angling Clubs First Tuna of the year. 52.9 lbs on 30# 02/16/2020

Just got bit--- slow troll-- 11:52 Bluefin off Newport 5 off the beach--

Popping up here there-- but hard to get on - too fast to get on-- maybe slow trolling some small macks might entice them-

Had him to color three times--70-80 lbs fish--- pulled the hook at the boat! 1:03

they're up behind us-- two big spots-- yesterday they were up good around 2 pm-- standing by

just marked a huge mark-- down around 80 ft--

just had one--- missed him-- didnt eat the bait all the way down-- another big spot up -- 1:20

that was a big school--- got one hanging--- 1:25pm

we're 0 for 2 , just broke one off chewed us off-- what lb leader-- we're using 30--

we're lucky to get this one on board 70-80lb - congrats-- thanks

took a while to catch a dozen baits--- Im inside you- a 1 - 1/2 mile there's fish here too

we're on--- again-- 1:37 -- that fish blew up big time on the mackeral--- he's off ---we're 0 for 3 now! 1:38

come on out here-- just had one blow up on the baits, just missed it--- there fish up in front of you--1:52

Vick just lost one too- made a turn at the boat and popped him off-- 2:09

They up high and dry-- just hooked two on the jigs--- 2:18

Decker put one aboard- First fish for the Pesky's

---------------- Feb 16th 2020- Sunday---- still closed on Mondays-- JD

-- Morning light fog lifted off leaving a light marine haze seaward-- blue inland-wind along the coastline light with the lifting marine clouds- seas good

We'll that rumor was right-- Bluefin Tunas , school of them up chasing baits while the Whale watching boat out of Dana were seeking whales but seeing these 20-40lb tunas up crashing the baits-- located some 4 miles off the San Clemente Pier ( that shelf along here)

If I remember correctly , as out approach to catching bluefin tunas has morphed several times over the past seven or eight years since the first years after that last strong El Nino when we had a early season of these smaller bluefin first show up, the spooky fish were long distance cast to with poppers or small hard jigs , others would find an area of fish sign and set up shop , drifting with chunked baits, a live bait caught fish but the chunked 3/4 - 1 inch of anchovies or sardines did very well- lighter weight hooks helped the chunks drift downward more natural. Might be a method worth trying again-- good luck JD

And Bluefin tunas seen today off Newport ----- He thought there were dolphins or porpoius-- but nope- Bluefin tunas-- the Newport Coastal Whale watching boat seeing them ! 4 miles out of the harbor---- 12:20pm

and a Sablefish was taken eariler this week off Newport close to a 30-40lb fish-- ( I think deep dropping) ( kept on the QT )

And a another call-- it's-- wide--- open--- at lest seeing them-- all they had was a small plastic lure for calicos and 8lb test- ! had a few fish turn on it-- but missed it-- 1:19 pm 2 outside the harbor entrance--

-- Vick calls in he's five from the harbor-- bino's reveal bird schools all with fish on them-- maybe a five mile spread of fish!! 2:06pm

and a report of one fish hung just now-- 2:10

Boat just came up to the dock saying there buddy had 10 bluefin!--- 2:19 ??

Up and down-- for now the fish seemed to have gone down-- bait was at around 50 ft- 3:27pm

might be a tide deal ?

One boater even had a kite up--!

weather - nice--

Good luck tomorrow if you get out--


----------------- Feb 15th Sat 2020--------

Same as yesterday only a little more marine haze towards the coast, cooler too-morning light wind from the south 2-4 kts, seas good- light ruffle to the surface--

Whale watchers again on the radio this morning speaking of grays and fin backs seen-- nice day like this, be a outing the kids might enjoy-- or head to the OC fair grounds for the Pacific Coast Sportfishing's fishing tackle show--

Speaking of fishing tackle shows-- too bad the AM radio talk show doesn't recognize it- there's a lot of the tackle manufactures there to display their goods and good fishing information's given out there. Maybe next year?

And speaking of trade shows and boat shows as they all seem to go together these days-- thinking of buying a boat-- and have it decked out with new electronics and even a Seakeeper--and have all the cost financed out over years -- why not include a complete package of new fishing tackle to go along with it-- Tackle packages range from 5 K to 20 K - Ask your dealer to contact JD's for details--





And the rumor mill continues-- Bluefin off Box Canyon outside and above Oceanside! 11:21am

Boats fishing the Huntington flats or on the outside, some of the older art reefs finding a few biting bass here in the afternoon hours-


------------ Feb 14th Valentine's Day 2020 ------------------

Blue again with a added marine haze and a few clouds-- wind fair and seems building from the West 5-8+ kts-- seas OK with a small wind chop to them-

Whale watchers still finding the Gray's migrationg in pairs or singles headed south--

Weather looks good for the weekend travels--

Things are getting better-- high pressure building and the bass were showing better in the counts-- Yellowtail reported off the back side of Catalina-- nice big ones 20-40lbs-- should be some sea bass there too! Bonito found slow trolling feathers off the east end-- pebbly beach- to around the cornner


have fun this weekend-- JD


-- Feb 13th -- Light blue above- hazy white on the ocean's horizon- wind light from the southwest 1 -3 kts- seas calm- light wind ripple

Feels like Spring each day now-- daylights eariler and sunsets later- birds are nesting and plants are blooming early-- Febuary has nothing on us-

Made only one cast off the dock this morning-- customers and boats got in the way-- no bites but the water's looking better--

Westerly keep up keeping the air and water on the cool side--

Not much going on today-- couple of boats headed to Mexico/ and up into the Sea of Cortez this time of year--

and the Orance County fair Grounds hosting the Pacific Sportfishing fishing trade show starts tomorrow-- fine something interested there- let us know-- JD

Good luck JD

Happy Valentines Day!

-----------Feb 12 ----------- Morning blue sky-- high wispy cirrus clouds above 18,000 ft, coastal and closer to the water a light marine haze , wind light from the south 2- 4 kts- seas calm

Only a few boaters out so far-- -

The day stayed cold-even no sunny wind from the south for most of the day- small wind chop not may fishers out-- those that were targedted the local banks and artificial reefs, Sand Bass for the most part- being caught-

Better luck tomorrow - JD

Tides starting to even itself-- not much being caught here in the bay-- water cold and too good of visibility

----- Tuesdays Report Feb 22 2020-------

Windy and choppy as that wind switched from calm this morning to a strong East then South and to bend out of the West this afternoon-- Tides till strong with major swings-- not many out of any--

Bay and coastal waters-- having the cold nights has settled any plankton - it's clear maybe 10 12 ft visibility


Wind changed directions- then settled down to a light southeast nice- seas let down, high pressure regained it's status and the bass bit well-


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And another sad note of the passing of a noted Captain James Ronas


------ Sunday the 9th of Feb 2020 ------ Closed on Mondays-----

Showeres and light rain- wind from the south gusty , seas white caps from that south wind-- no ones out-- Better weather Next Tuesday--

Good News-- This mornings AM radio fish talk radio program had Tom Green call in- he's a spotter pilot aviator currently spotting for the Tuna fleet-- As you know the Pacific Bluefin Tuna being under management has a quota allowed harvest per year. Tom enjoying the air for the past 48 years has a pretty good perspective on the West Coast's ocean sealife . A good judge of size and mass of tunas school being seen from above. Quote " If you thought the schools of tuna were big last year-- wait till you see what's coming!" remarking of a school he's seen 2 miles in length and 1/2 mile wide-- big Pacific Bluefin Tuna.--nothing looked to be under 160 lbs-- Yikes!

Tom's position helped the Tuna fleet to obtain their yearly quota! Feb ! -- in three weeks fishing time they filled their fill- When asked about the fishes movements pertaining what we as So Calif boaters could hope for, Weather dictates it mainly-- cold water pushing down from the North may stall it- depends on the next few months in weather. The tuna fleet had been working the grounds 40 miles above Cedros Islands and over a three week period the schools moved to 80 miles above the island-- 40 mile in 21 days-- just under 2 miles a day-- Satilite images show the Ocean currents today flowing at 280 degrees at 0.3 km/h .

<----------------Coastwatch's images shows that area for todays inages

Stand By--


And Deep dropping for swordfish was also discussed--- like all types of fishing conditions that change-- as do methods and theories. Broadbill swordfishing- here in So Calif. is not a new thing-- it's been tried for 20 years or better- only once in a while was someone successful - Sharks ate up most of the baits-- now there gone for the most part --Were there always hundreds of swordfish swimming around under us while we didn't know it?-- Harpoon fleet felt ten to one, deep fish to one on the surface, who knew?

The deep water buoy gear was designed to help relieve the gill netting pressure- giving another alterative method of take without the by-catch killing . The social media helped spread the word, hundreds of swordfish caught this past year- various methods are still being tested, it's what fishermen do. The question comes to mind- will there be still hundreds of them this coming spring? I don't know-- As a scale of big game fish a look at the BAC 's yearbook shows marlin catches that vary yearly. In the 75 years of recording 23 years of them there were under 100 fish caught for the season , another 27 years there were over 200 fish caught. Some years were lean only 21, 32, 14 and several years none were caught! Other years were prolific at 421, 363, 531, 515, 502, 353 catches. But it changes just like the wind---One year at 393 the next only 13 or 14 caught then the next year 402 catches. Don't count on it-- There may be a few left around we put a dent in their population, we'll see what the ocean brings us this Spring and Summer - JD



-------------- Sat Feb the 8th 2020---

Morning fog making it drery and damp-- it starts to clear up 3-4 miles offshore still cold and some west wind to drive it through light clothing-- seas have a bump and small wind chop to them

. Still quite a bit of boating trafic-- crusing the bay- electric boats and others

Strong drining tide running out 2.9 kts--

San Dab fishing, some calico or sand bass- maybe a shot at a White Sea Bass or Yellow- -- that's about it for another two months or so-- so enjoy it


An epic video piece done by my good friend John Ellis of our Mag Bay trip lastNovember. 330 Striped Marlin release in a single day - 4 day total 900. 144 was the perfect host and support boat for this trip with 5 star dining and accommodations. We will attempt this same west coast style live bait pitching from the 144 in April at the famous and mysterious Wanganella banks in New Zealand where the Striped Marlin is triple the size of Mag Bay Marlin. Yep - TRIPLE!!! Enjoy.

Latest Video of the Mag Bay fishing trip from this past November aborad the Bad Company--

Good Luck tomorrow if you get out-- JD


---- Friday its Friday again Feb the 7th 2020--------

A pale ble sky this morning-- morning air cool but warming- no clouds, windss light from the West/southwest 4-7 kts seas have a little bump and wind chop to them--

Bay water clear- made another three cast no bites- quit-

Major tide swings this weekend - close to a 8 ft exchange-- a lot of water off the earths plates as well as the body of earth itself elongates-- earthquakes? Stand By--

Westerly stayed a light to med westerly for most of the day- still very travelable

Good luck this weekend if you get out-- Whale watchers sometimes monitor Ch 10 and 7 on the VHF


Tropical Cyclone Bulletins for Northern New Zealand are normally issued during the TC season from 1 Nov to 30 Apr,

A tropical depression 06F may lie over waters west of Vanuatu and it is expected to rapidly intensify over the weekend. This system is expected to slowly track southwards towards New Caledonia during Monday and Tuesday. Expect heavy rain for northern and central Vanuatu as well as areas of strong to gale force winds . Gale or storm force winds are expected for northern New Caledonia.


----- Thursdays Report ------------- Feb 6 2020---

Cold and brisk in the morning hours, goes away quickly as the sun gets up- Blue hazy sky- wind light from the south , seas good-- they tell me the Migration of Gray Whales is upon us from 18 feet of water to the depths between here and San Clemente, protocol in whale watching advises that boats must stay 100 yards from them and your not suppose to approach dolphins or porpoise- but if they come to you that's ok-- ! have fun

Moon's not quite full yet-- it'll slow down some of the squid harvest at Catalina or Clemente as it fills the midnight sky.

Had an older couple drop by the shop yesterday- to say high, tell a few fish stories and put a $20 bill in the cash drawer to say thanks for all the years of fish reports , I thank you and best of luck when you get out this season-- JD

Still a bit on the cool side but the rest of the day was pleasant . A call from a viewer of the web site spoke of fishing for halibut in deeper water, surprising deeper than I would have thought, 180 ft inwards to 170 ft-- and another customer in the shop spoke of the sand dab and sculpin catches by the partyboats that had deep water catches of halibut too-- Go deeper-- maybe you'll get a swordfish too?

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 6-1 Newport Harbor will be putting on the Boating Skills & Seamanship 8 week course starts March 5 through April 23 at the Orange Co Sheriff Dept CDM call 714 309 5789

Goof luck if you get out this week- JD


----- Wed's Feb the 5th 2020------------

High overcast sky- feels like February-- cool and brisk, light wind from the south 3- 5 kts- seas fair-- some wind chop and a small swell

Coastal waters clear and cold-- made three casts today-- no bites-- quit

Weather stayed good for the day-- quiet on the radio though, this time of year only a few out fishing, we've got the upcoming Sportfishing Festival at the Orange County fairgrounds - then next Month the Fred Hall show-- till them we're chasing bass, maybe a yellowtail or sea bass or just practice fishing-



--------------------------- Tuesdays windy report ------- Feb.. 4th 2020----

Strong Northeast winds shutting down most boating traffic except for e few crazy sailors forecasted to become better towards the end of this week- It's pay the piper day!

Tides again start to build as that moon fills

Not much on the radio today--- some barge and cargo workers--- - a few happy sailors tacking up the bay--- and the crew boats doing their rowing thing-- stayed windy all day--


The dreams of a trip to New Zealand ponders heavy on the mind-- I visited there once back in my early days-- a trip that was to follow the travels of the writer and angler Zane Grey- a travel agency set it up to fish the same locations and lodges he fished at in both Salt and Sweet waters, Noth and South islands. Saved my nickels dimes quarters and dollars for the trip - turns out I was the only one who booked the trip, so I had all the camps or lodges too myself. From Kingfish Lodge on the North Island to Milford Sound on the South Island,

They were older boats then , slow trolling or dragging a dead bait in between small little islands/ rocks in the Bay of Islands , Mako Sharks did their toll on the baits

I think that top photo was one of the boats Zane Grey's fished on ( felt like it) , and another old classic boat that was charted for a dayMakos and Giant Yellowtails and photo of the way they rigged the dead baits with break away ties, once the marlin struck the bait the ties would break away until the last one secured to the tail , fish (marlin) swallows the bait head first-- the hook being the last to go down but the first coming out to catch.




Closed on Mondays-- we'll square up then!

------ Sunday Feb 2nd, Feb 2nd, Feb 2nd, Feb 2nd, Feb 2nd 2020 ----

Super Bowl Sunday-- will see who wins and who loses today---- weather changing from blue this morning- to a building cloud-cover and wind from the southwest as that low pressure storm approaches- drawing wind to it- Stand by for it to switch to a strong westerly-- standing by--

Couple boys out in the harbor this morning-- playing with the spotted bay bass or just practice fishing as it's called-

-- Still waiting for the wind--

Better weather forecasted next week-- let's hope this passing storm is not the foretelling of more fronts to sweep down from the north over the next several months , our 60 degree water and overall steady maintaining of these warm conditions since the Fall may help to stall off or at least keep the fronts to the north of Pt Conception.

Good Luck when you get out-- JD

Sat Feburary the 1st 2020-----------

Boy it doesn't get much better for the bottom or winter for us-- poor smucks back East facing cold winds and snow- ha!

Sunny and warm- not much wind- just enough to break the heat- seas calm light west swell- dozens of boats out to enjoy the day--- beautiful-

Not much in the way of tide swings today--drops and rises like two foot for the entire day

Looks like the 49ers are taking the edge in the Super Bowl Special bets-- Good Luck- Taking bets till the Kick off--- Stand By--

That's been about it so far-- saw a gray whale go right by us-- We're out here deep dropping out here-- see ya at the club later-- OK No bites but the day was nice--

Looks to be windy tomorrow afternoon and into Monday morning-- Stand By---

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----------- Friday it's Friday again, the 31st the last day of Jan 2020-

Bluer than yesterday-light marine haze seaward, light south wind 2-4 kts, seas calm w/ light west swell- nice

Several boats getting read yto head to Catalina today--for some hooping tonight and Sat for a Sunday's Super Bowl feast!

If there's any broadbill swordfish around- conditions are favorable for them to bask in the sun during today's high tide slack period-- - just after the noon hours- stand by--

Reported a couple of White Sharks seen up off the West end of the island ( West Cove area)

It was said that Squid was hard to make last night at Catalina--- with White Sea Bass being the goal- and halibuts - there were reports of sea bass being caught or hooked there.

and there was a few out deep dropping for swordfish- no hook up reported-

Deep water bounce balling for halibuts during winter months is an effective way to score some big fish-- Centered at 120 ft deep up to 80 ft a crisis crossing pattern reveals the depth the fish are at. Then working that depth along the shelf brings more strikes. Down Rigger weights working ( bouncing) the bottom with flashing dodger blades with trailing skirts or lures. Slow Mooching along the bottom with 8 to 10 oz torpedo sinkers and double hooked mackerel also scores well


Only a day left to get your Super Bowl bet in---- JD


---------------- Thursday Jan 30 2020- my how the months and years go by quickly

Blue sky a few high wispy clouds, wind 2-3 kts from the sea- south- seas calm

I envy private boats who on days like this that can run to the backside of Clemente Island and toss weedless plastics into brown kelp beds and wave washed rocky neighborhoods, the Calicos were biting-- good memories

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------- Wed's Report Jan 29 2020------------------

Blue sky inland hazy blue here on the beach, wind light to fair from the west northwest 4- 9 kts seas wrinkled 0 swinging to the NE

Bay waters clear , light emeral green and clean -

Wind picking up mid day-- stand by--

Sort windows for boat travling up or down the coast from here to Baja-- good sized N/W swell and wind coming up the end of this week- Stand by--

Whale watchers speak of seeing sheep out there-- they must be out of Long Beach--

Now if Willys out there, maybe we'll see him basking this weekend-- somewhere around 1-2, 2:30 pm- at the rising mid day's tide in the warming sun.

Good luck tomorrow if you get out-- JD


------- Tuesdays Jan 27th 2020 ---------

Warming sunshine with hazy sky here on the beach-- wind light from the south if any- seas calm

I've got a whale here at the harbor entrance, and another Cow /Calf seen off Laguna this morning- seems like it's the beginning to the Gray Whale migration southwards to the warming waters of Baja

The Super Bowl Playoff Special still running about 50/50%-- the Gold Miners vs the Indians -- an age old feud --

Weather nice ans getting nicer- coiple boats headed to Catalina this afternoon- reported seeing Fin Whales mid channel by the 14 Mile Bank

Couple of boats out after the Broadbill Swordfish-- reports of a fish lost at the boat last Sunday-- there were even boats out drifing at night for a bite too

- Another quiet day here on the waterfront-- nice weather but not many folks out to take advantage of it- work gets in the way of things-



--------- Sunday Jan 26th 2020-Closed on Mondays-- -

Overcast cool almost dreary , light southeast wind 5-kts- seas good a few sailors and kayakers out-- uphill coastal currents a .18kts light wind ripple-

Radio silent except for the occasional voice to break the squelch.

no Broadbill Swordfish reported yet today-- sorry--

Coastal fishing includes a few Sand or calico bass maybe a Giant Black Sea Bass- or White, Mud marlin and San Dabs and sculpin-- have fun--

Gray sky-- gray day for all --- RIP

Hope for a better weather week ahead--


--------- Sat Jan 25th 2020--

Morning hours find overcast or light fog along the coastline-- cool weather despite it warming inland-- seas calm with a west swell on the outside, light south wind 2-4 kts , strong tides again-- -- several boats out either coastal bass and bottom fishing -some to Catalina for a weekend break and I hear a deep water swordfish boat or two was out, no reported swordfish yet-

-- Visiting relatives , comrades, friends and just folks out wandering around getting out of the house, find their way down here to Balboa Island for a stroll--A guy who salmon fishes up north and couple guys in today from South Africa -- fishing hidden uninhabited atolls half way to Madagascar for GT's and Black Marlins-- or four guys from Santa Ana just looking for a place to go fishin'

No fishing reports reported on the radio so far--

Better luck tomorrow-- the fish will be bigger then--



------ Friday's Jan 24th Report 2020--

Coastal clouds and light patchy fog early this am as the inlands heat drew in the moisture from the seas-- staying hazy gray here on the beach , wind light 2-4 kts from the south- seas calm light wind ripple- New Moon Tide-- earthquakes-

Made a few cast this morning-- no bites for me but met a couple guys who had been fishing the bay since dawn-- having released a dozen or more spotties and a legal halibut- water looks good but not much in the way of small fry seen in the shallows.

Coming up in a couple of months will be the Balboa Angling Club Lily Call bay tournament-- May 2-3 give the club a call or check their web site out for details-- and this coming weekend San Diego also having their bay tournament- -

No swordfish so far today-- standing by--

For those wanting to venture out this weekend-- San Clemente Island is open for anchorages overnight at Pyramid Cove-- should be some deep water yellows, maybe even sea bass or halibuts and the calicos should be there in that clear water-- fun fishing-- watch out for that big west swell off the backside of the island-

BAC still has all it's First fish Flags available

Quiet day on the waterfront today-- overcast for most of the day-- bring a sweatshirt or jacket if your going out tomorrow -

Wasn't sure if I heard them right-- whale watchers talking of Sperm Whales??

Best of luck this weekend- JD



-------------------- Thursday Jan 23 rd 2020 ---------

Warming temps , hight wispy clouds- wind light from the south 3- kts, seas kind-- still a strong tide drainage.

Not many out fishing-- AIS shows a couple of squid boats at clemente and catalina--

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-------------------- Wed's Jan 22 2020 ---------

Light cloud cover w blue sky behind it-- warming with this light offshore wind-- N/E 4-6 kts light wind chop on the water.

Stronger tides flow today-- 7.3 foot exchange-- from high to low 2.5 knts

Winter times gives one some extra time on my hands-- knowing it takes about 6 months of flat razor blade scrapping, sanding each side evenly w/ various grits of paper, fitting reel seats, handles and gimbals before the first varnishing, more sanding, another varnish coating and wet sanding then thread wrapping of guides and epoxy finish on them, signing and decals before a finished bamboo rod can be created-

all ahead of me.



A work of pride and ownership- JD

The week ahead looks good for boating-- fishing??


------ Tuesday Jan 21 2020------

Cloudy with a mix if wind mainly from the south-- light to fair wind chop on a otherwise flat sea, coastal fishing only fair at best- once in a while a sand bass or calico bass- some bank perch, sculpin or greedy lizard fish taking your baits

Again a building tide exchange over the coming weekend-- Stand By!

Took the day off yesterday, 1/2 day with my grandson fishing the bay for a couple small halibuts, and bass , learning how to cast a baitcaster without back-lasses is trying on the old man-- but he's getting better-

Weather backed off towards the afternoon hours-- glassy as that wind died out--

Water conditions still holding well for this time of year-- give it another month or two and we'll be getting into the Spring and warming conditions-- the report of Striped Marlin still being found in great numbers below the Mag Bay waters also spurs ones thoughts on water temps and bait schools that will push northwards along in the Davidson Current to bring good fishing this coming season.

Sunsets this time of year always good--

no swordfish reported today

maybe tomorrow

or the next


-----------------Sunday----- Jan 19 2020----Closed on Mondays -----

Another rotten day in So Calif for the middle of January- mid seventies calm wind and seas-- water in the low 60's and it's winter--- --the fish take a break once in a while too-- - sandies and calicos on deep water structure, kelp and squid showing up plentiful at Catalina and Clemente-- where there's some of those home guard bigger yellows hanging about--

Turned overcast and grayed up, still no wind- fishing slow overall-

Better luck next week--

Saturday----- Jan 18 2020-----------

Nice day- for the middle of January-- blue sky warming sunshine a few lazy clods around- seas OK- light wind maybe 2 kts from the south-- Couple of boats out today-- goofing around fishing for the bass and even a deep dropper or two out there-- Local party boats fishing for sandy's, perch, sculpin or whitefish-- -

BAC--- Please join us this afternoon seminar from 1-3 with US Boats. We will also have a speaker from PAC Fish regarding the white sea bass pens. Hot dogs & hamburgers on the patio & some great fish stories if you make it. Hope to see you there, Alison R Club Secretary

Nice day- no swordfish reported yet

----------------------Friday, Jan 17th 2020--------------

Clouds both high and low, wind light from the south- seas fine-- what happend to the big storm? Water temps and conditions remain stable--

water temps from 58 to 65 degrees

----------------------Thursday , Jan 16th 2020---------------

-Light wind from the south- southeast 5-8 kts maybe a bit higher, ses ok with a ligh south wind chop on a small west swell. Sky cloudy increasing from the west-- southwest-

Water temps at the San Pedro channel-60.6 °F / at Dana 60.1 °F, and the San Clemente island weather buoy is 59.0 °F

Not much going on in the fishy world these days--- working on the yearly bookkeeping and 2019- 4 qt Sales Taxes paperwork-- ( off only 17 cents )!

A chance to keep up on some of the older repairs of rods and reels that were needed

The threat of rain has quailed much of the boating--


----------------------Wednesday , Jan 15th 2020----------------

One of those lazy days here on the waterfront-- light marine haze overhead- wind light to fair from the west- light wind chop on a calm sea, air feels a bit cool- tide draining away-

Whale watchers happy to fine dolphin-- even running 5- 8 miles looking for it-

Mystery's of the sea--- they were out deep dropping for Broadbill Swordfish today-- till the wind came up and made it too uncomfortable "When the waves start slapping along the side of the boat, it's time to give it up"-- but what they found as they had motored from one spot to another was a pair of giant cuts in their rigged squid bait-- like a sword been stabbed through it sideways and tossed off - at least that was the guess- who knows what goes on down there??

And another e-mail earlier in the week- ask the similar question --what was that ??? -

Water temps still holding at th 60 degree mark

Better luck on Sat & Sunday after this front blows by--J--

--------------------- Tuesday, Jan 14th 2020------------------

Hazy blue gray and white sky- seas better than yesterday , calm today-- wind if any from the south 1 kts- tides starting to mellow out

Only a few boats out today-- those that were out yesterday tried the deep water 100- 130ft depth for halibuts-- couple of bites but no fish landed-

- Was asked the other day about live bait here in Newport-- not that the bait barge is out of the harbor till the early Spring-- Dana Point has good supply of sardines and anchovies usually, or make the run to Long Beach bait receivers-- and if available try to reach any of the squid boats at catalina if they've got any for sale ( ch 11) ,

Or you might have to make it yourselves-- sardines, small or med- sized mackerel are prime live baits. finding them is the challenge-- maybe as much as finding some fish to eat them-- , meter marks , birds, current break, structure all help-- and chum helps too!--


Fishing off Catalina was said to be slow due to the cooler water temps, they had good sardines but there wasnt much in the way of squid available

Bait metered off the newport shelf- 150 ft depth-- not much inside from there-

----------------------Sunday , Jan 12th 2020-------------Closed on Mondays

Blue above, gray and ble on the edges-- light wind from the south- swung to the west mid day-- still nice , some swell- no fish (swordfish) reported, although a bite or two was reported ---

lots of folks out visiting relatives from back East were enjoying the sun and water-

Better luck tomorrow-- JD

---------------------Saturday , Jan 11th 2020--------------------

Wind out of the Southeast brisk and cold- seas only fair, Only a few got out and made the drifts for Swordfish--- no bites and not much in the way of bait metered , out front of Newport-- the rigs or the 14-- coming back in to watch a few football games

Not much said about catching fish today--

it was a nice sunset though!----------------------Friday, Jan 10th 2020--

It's Friday again-- and the month just keeps going on-- nice to have the sunshine -- Not bad weather here on the beach this morning- light Southeast wind maybe 2-3 kts- light wind chop/ ripple with it-- Swell still from the west .

Several whalers headed ut the harbor this morning-- and the thought of a Swordfish still lingers in many some folks out today and more tomorrow before it gets windy on Sunday-- standing by--

Tides under this Full Moon--- strong and lots of ocean's weight lifted and pushed onto the plates, working on the earths faults- earthquakes?- Stand By!

E- Mail this morning--- JD, You delivered on your warranty as the beautiful rod and reel combo you sold me last year, landed the specimen in the attached photos. This was on Monday of this week at the Newport artificial reef in 65 feet of water.

He whacked my live mackerel then came back and ate it 10 yards from the boat. Thankfully I was using a circle hook which lodged in the corner of his jaw as I was using a mono leader. Beautiful fish. I took a chance (I was fishing by myself) and pulled out the hook instead of cutting the line before letting him go. He thanked me with a nice thump of his tail as he took off. Happy New Year and thanks again for all you do. Bill

- - -


---------------------- Thursday, Jan 9th 2020-----

Broken cloud cover this AM- wind light to fair from the south- seas still a mix to them

Small Craft--! stiff West Northwest wind-- noon hours, cooling off the water and air-- later afternoon hours it backed off to a air 10-12 kt westerly- Forecasted to get better on Saturday--

m the west- bumpy- cloudy

Building tide phase-- earthquakes?-

I'm at the double rigs and I've got a big gray- bumpy out here--- 1:39

Any biters over there----- nope---

we got one nibble on one bait--- came up empty 1:45

weather held ok for the day-- the Gray whale evaded the following watchers, and Swordfish catchers kept it quiet for the rest of the day--

The weather looks windy tomorrow, a strong eddy from the south on Friday better seas on Sat and Sunday-- Best of Luck-- the questions is did the Broadbill move away--?

When looking through last years ({ 2019) the photo of a swordfish off Newport was dated Feb. 12th-



---------------------- Tuesday, Jan 7th 2020 -----

Morning hours a few high clouds otherwise sunny wind non existence- swell a little lumpy from the west- otherwise very calm, water temps still hovering at that 60 degree mark,

Couple of swordfish boats out today-- no bites yet- and I don't think there were any yesterday-- fewer and fewer each day now- some bait seen at 1200 ft--

Took the day off yesterday went down to Abalone Point and fished the calicos and worked back to the harbor , a couple shorts and a nice 5- 6 lb calico on a jerk shad, New penny color-- not much in the way of kelp these days steady downhill current against the beach south of the harbor-- reported an uphill current above the harbor

whale watehers finding a few Grays south off laguna yesterday-- althought not as many as there gennerlly are for this time of year--

Nice weather on the water today- should be another nice sunset--

No local swordfish bites that I know of-- nice day on the water though-- started out a little wind but flattend out-

Better Luck tomorrow--


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

--- Sunday Jan 5th 2020----------

Morning fog lifted early - leaving a light S/E wind 2-3 kts- seas fine and calm

Not many boats out yet for the Swordfish-- its' Sunday in January-- but a nice day to get out-- Gentlemen fishers were out at 11am today

Being gentlemanlike like deep droppers were suggesting to space themselves further apart to avoid the lines tangling

How ya doing-- we'll we got a Mantis Shrimp!

The fleet growing as the day warms--

Any Bent rods over there------- no it's all quiet here--

we started in 1400 drifted into 1100 , completely fogged in here now-- 12:41

How's you fishin?--- boring-- we were trying to make you out whether you were a buoy or a boat in this fog

Fog came in and went away-- quieted things down--

Only know of one bite off a bouy line--- Better Luck next time-- JD

I had asked a promanut angler of our time, just how many Broadbill Swordfish he'd thought were caught by sportfishers this Season-- his comments -That’s a great question on the amount of fish caught. I think low 200s? I have tries to do the math. The charter guys here to SD (mostly fishing with buds) have 15 (us) 6 or 7 (Newport) 4 (Dana) 8 (SD); so that’s about 40 fish, by guys who went a lot and took a portion of the public without access to boats. That Ventura deal was good for, 20 fish, day Avalon guys did another 20, mostly two guys caught that Newport, call it 25? Dana: 10-12 Oceanside: 7 San Diego: 40 The. Toss in what you don’t hear about, and i think high 100s to 200 is about right. Pretty much what one net boat would catch on a good moon phase, or what a top buoy boat does in a year. -




--- Sat Jan 4th 2020-----------

Milky white hazy sky this morning, wind light . south/west 1- 2 kts- seas calm water & air feels cold, due to warm up in the day- tides are marginal, downhill and in surface current off Huntington/ Newport 0.080 kts Dir: 75.96° from N -

Anybody deep dropping get any bites ? the questions asked on the radio this AM-- no reply-- I got Skunked was yesterdays reply

How ya doing-- oh just drifting around, how about you--- were doing the same-- off your stern 1/2 mile--

nothing for me-- there was a sportfisher out here -looked like he was pulling on one-- doing circles---I'll give it a few more hours-- meet you at the club for a beer!

Brandon H sent in this photo of their Broadbill Swordfish they caught on the 1st -- hard to top that for the rest of the Year!-- Angler was Marc Levine. 45 minute fish on 80 braid to the usual long wind on. Asian market squid we rig ourselves.


While looking for something to do--- might try some of the local art reefs-- drift them for some large grumpy Sand Bass--jig & squid combo-- who know's maybe even a nice Sea Bass?


Willy -Nice going on your fish-- thanks---

BAC and most of the Angling Cubs First Fish Flags are still open


- JD



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------------------ Friday Jan the 3rd 2020 --it's the roaring 20's they say- -

The day brings a light overcast sky- calm seas and wind if any light from the south at 1- maybe 2 kts- radio quiet so far---


It's like lake Tahoe out here , great weather -- we're out here on the canyon drifting for the swordfish---

We just got back from Clemente- its the biggest I've ever seen 15- 20-25 ft faces the guys got some really good waves -- surfing-- --hot and glassy--- really nice

Dosent get much nicer for January

better luck tomorrow if you get out-- -- -



-----------------------Thursday -- Jan 2nd 2020-----------

A few moring hazy clouds light overcast above- wind fresh this moring from the south-- backing offf mid mornin-g seas the same with a long period west swell in there--

Not as many boats out for the Broadbill Swordfish drifting this morning-- only know of one fish lost yesterday and another one beat the tar out of the bait-- and one was said to had been boated,


Such a nice New Years Day 2020 -- ! took off for a few hours to deep drop for Swordfish-- no luck for me but it sure was pleasant to be out there, next time! --



The First Fishes flags are still open-- !!

better luck tomorrow--


----------------------- Tuesday, the last day of this decade- 2019----

Santa Ana wind ushers in for the last day of the year-- wind strong and gusty at times-- N/E 15- + kts- seas are choppy below the passes and lowlands of Huntington Beach and Santa Monica basin and outside dana where it funnels down from inland-

Haven't heard of many boats out so far-- some barge workers and sailors etc.

The last Swordfish of the year-- the smallest so far--

and tomorrow who's to get the First-Fish Flags-- Tuna, Broadbill Swordfish, sea bass and yellows all on the table- stand by--

That N/E wind switch to a fears westerly early in the afternoon-- sloppy seas to0


Wind backed off by the late afternoon hours--

couple of boats went out with Broadbill Swordfish on their mind-- drifting

Good wishes for the New Year and stay in good health-- Best of Luck in the NEW YEAR , don't forget a new fishing licence either-- JD

Fish Photo's from this past Season-







-----Closed Monday- Dec 30 --

----------------- Sunday Dec 29 2019 -------------------

As I heard this morning-- the last Sunday of this decade--- light overcast sky- wind light from the south/southeast still a uphill current along the coastlines--Mag: 12.04 cm/s 0.234 kts Dir: 265.24° from N,, Seas good, forecasted to blow up tomorrow before the storm front moves through

Several boats out drifting again for those elusive Broadbill Swordfish-- not reports yet-- JD's also carries the squids and leaders, Diamond lites etc. for them.

The boats that were out looking for those bluefin tunas reportedly didn't find them yesterday, they too were elusive - today boats still searching - from the 43 fathom spot to the Butterfly banks--

Youyguys have any luck----- well-- I pulled on a rock!--- that was about we did - got a sand dab and a 6 inch rock fish--

reported yesterday, only one small swordfish taken locally--haven't heard yet today--

Should be a nice Sunset--

with the upcoming New Year- that First Swordfish flag for the BAC will be open- that and the other angling clubs 1st fish flags-- remember to keep your membership dues up and to obtain your new 2020 Fishing Liscene--

-- s

------ Sat Dec 28 2019 ---------

-Morning wind from the Southeast 6-12 kts- making it a bit choppy against the west swell- again a strong uphill current being pushed by the S/E wind making it difficult for the deep droppers too set up vertically over any of the shelf or canyon walls out front of the Newport Canyon--or its adjacent encampment--

Several boats out for the Last Swordfish of the Year--- some setting up too close to others and the chance of fowling lines becomes apparent-- - try dropping a 1/2 mile directly up current from us--

Bumpy this morning-- starting to lay down mid noon hours--- how ya doing so far-- nothing for us that we could say,,-- nothing for us either 12:18


You spinning around over there--- yea 1:03pm

Interesting to work here in a fishing shop on Balboa Island where many folks come to take a walk around and see the sights-- -- family of 6 came in the shop today visiting from Denmark , the father fishes both fresh water rivers and the saltwater-- interesting to hear of their Giant Bluefin Tunas being found in there waters off Copenhagen, they're protected from fishing for them-- but each year now they're finding them bigger then the past year-- now at 400 and 500 kg!

Birdschools chasing bait off the Balboa pier- boiling fish-- - in tight -- Bonito?


Last Swordfish of the Year !--- who's to catch it--- what a incredibile year it's been for Broadbill Swordfish-- how many would you say were caught this season-- 200- 300- 400- 500? --- either way a bunch--

Just for a look at the West Coast water temps for the past two years, We're a bit cooler with that 53 - 59 degree water mark stretching further south this year


Morning chilly weather welcomed the sun by the early mid day hours-- seas calm yet a strong uphill current at a 1/2 knts+ from Oceanside to Santa monica kept the Deep dropping swordfish boats at a strong drift- keeping their weighted squid baits suspended up off the bottom depths-- light south wind 5- 8 kts-- -

Water temps at the 57 degree mark and coastal bay and harbor water in that strong draining tide-- rain washed debris and muddy water.

4 or 5 boats out this morning for the gladiator of the sea-- no bites yet-- reported there were some sharks busting off gear

Other than the few morning conversations on the VHF radio - it's be a quiet radio today--- couple boats headed to Catalina for lobster hooping and some bass or yellows