Although consistency seems to be lacking, when conditions settle down and the 70 degree water cleans up, there are yellowtail to be caught!
Look for them along the weather side of North Island, the Middle Grounds and the Gun Site. Both yellowtail and bonito are showing at the South Island Lighthouse Kelp, South Kelp and at SKR.
Private boaters around North Island use heavy 40- to 60-pound test line allowing fishermen to slow-troll and haul in the YTs before the sea lions can steal the catch.Many San Diego ¾-day boats aren’t fishing the Islands, preferring the more productive outside fishing for yellowfin.
The local fleet, fishing at Todos Santos, continues to score on a variety of species sending anglers home with full sacks.The smaller variety of yellowtail in the 8 to 12 pound class are biting on bait, live sardine and squid as well as a variety of yoyo lures. Another catch has been smaller bonito and also lingcod, rock cod, and red snapper.
Offshore, beyond the islands, there are dorado and yellowtail beneath the kelp paddies and even an occasional striped marlin.
An update from our last report: The San Diego Long Range fleet has avoided the high-spots that created a territorial dispute with the local sportfishing operations.
La Pesca Baja held their Fourth in the series at San Quintin attracting 45 boats with 162 anglers -- many from the area, plus others who drove down from California. The Fifth and final Championship event will be held in Ensenada on September 23 and 24 to determine the winners of the entire series of events held in San Felipe, Gonzaga Bay, Bahia de Los Angeles, San Quintin and Ensenada.
Fishing was excellent for the contestants at San Quintin.Cliff Vine, San Diego, won the Surface Category with an impressive 53.8-pound white seabass taken while fishing with Captain Juan Cook, a local charter Captain.
Richard Elizondo – captured the largest ling cod weighing 12.7-pounds winning him the top angler title in the Bottom Category.A local angler, he is leading the field in points scored in the four completed events by 48 points.
Summer fishing continues to be red hot with an impressive bucket-list of white seabass, quality yellowtail and calico bass.
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Hot weather persists; unfortunately, fishing has been spotty. Lots of variety with yellowtail, bonito, spotted bay bass, grouper and a shark which was spotted in a fish box.
Fishing continues to excite the fly-in clients arriving each week. Trophy yellowtail and calico are the main catch; however, as September rolls in, expect some exotics. Already hearing yellowfin stories and it’s fair to assume dorado and a stripe marlin or two will be in the mix.