Boats on 1.5 and 2 day trips this weekend went offshore looking for tuna. Last week, news of tuna at around 175 miles south sent them looking. A lucky few scored the first bluefin tuna of the year. The official first tuna of the year was taken by Ed Glinecki. The bluefin tuna weighed 55 lbs., and was taken on the Old Glory out of H&M Landing.
Most of the boats at that range had limits or close to on yellowtail. The fish were mostly your typical kelp paddy yellows…maybe 8-15 lbs, but you have to be excited about the numbers.
White Seabass Up North
Going into the weekend, the white seabass were the headline fish of the week. The fishing was very good most of the week, culminating in a Friday bite where just about every boat in the northern fleet got their limit. I got my first of the year on Wednesday, aboardfortune the Aloha Spirit.
Unfortunately for the weekend anglers, the bite mostly shut down for the weekend. I’m certain these fish are still around and those skippers up there will find them again. The question is what day. All you can do is go up and give yourself the opportunity. It was nice to see that both the Mirage and Pacific Islander got a seabass on their outer island trips. That’s a really good sign that things are starting to change over from the standard excellent bottomfishing we’re used to out there.
Catalina turned back on this week. Earlier last week, several boats got nice hits on yellowtail. Over the weekend, the seabass bite picked. The Freedom got 14 for 20 anglers on Saturday. The Fortune got 1 yellowtail and 8 seabass for 19 anglers on Sunday at the island. Tony Najafi had a big weekend aboard the Mardiosa catching his first white seabass in about 50 feet of water on a 1/4 oz sliding sinker rig. He topped off the trip with a halibut for good measure. Nice job Tony!
Definitely opportunities to land exotics all up and down our Southern California coast. Locally, the bass and barracuda fishing is turning on. Get your gear together and make plans to get out there. The season is definitely on. Tight lines!