Yes, we couldn't resist the reports of residual Albacore and
Yellowfin tuna down there in the area of the 1010 trench,
double 220, 295, etc. The Marlin are very slowly popping up
here and there, but the thrill of pulling on the tunas was too
much to resist. There was one report of good fishing outside
of the Butterfly Bank, but no current reports. And so, armed
with glowing reports of excellent fishing out-side of the 1010
located at the Terrafin recorded temperature break and numbers
from our reliable source at 976bite "we" headed off to the
southern waters. "We" consisted of my two regulars (Geoff
Halpern and Harry Okuda) and two friends, Ian Orr, executive
chef from Staples Arena, and Bobby Wallace, our Barona
contact. Unfortunately (for us) son Dr. Kenneth was home on
paternity leave. And, of course, we left with the blessings of
the High Seas fuel dock.
Before I forget, the weather was marketable. When one goes
Albacore fishing in flat seas it is always a blessing. And
this was one of those days. 70 miles and not one drop on the
railing is one of those days "they" (and I) like to write
And so, we aimed for the temperature break (71.5 down to 68+)
and started out a little to the northwest of our reported "hot
spot." As the morning progressed we found that the "hot spot"
had cooled appreciably and the ocean was like the proverbial
desert. No birds, no bait, no life of any kind - including
those creatures that breath through gills. Finally, we managed
to bloody the deck with two Yellowtail from separate kelps.
But no tunas. In fact, we did not see a single boat the entire
trip until we found a few seiners working about the 295.
As we passed through the 1010 trench we found our "cherry
patch" - a kelp paddy from which we were able to limit out on
excellent quality 'tails up to 26 pounds. Harry had a nice one
(but hadn't entered the jackpot) and Bobby Wallace took honors
with a 26 pounder. And Geoffrey had lots of 'em. From there, we
pressed on across the 220/220 (for naught) and over to the 295
(for naught) until reaching the 295 (finding only the seiners).
During the day we saw not one sport boat nor one yacht. During
our departure from Pt. Loma we observed the sporties heading
inside and it became obvious that they were working well
inside of us - but where? and how far? So much for our "hot
dope." I think we should have used that age-old dictum -
"follow the sport boats."
With the hours slipping by we turned northward heading back up
the line. Reaching the warmer water we deployed one outrigger
pulling a Marlin jig along with our feathers, cedar plugs and
"whiskey line" tuna feather. As we began "tending to our
catch" the outrigger snapped and the line screamed out.
Optimistically hoping that a marlin had grabbed the B&P
Collector lure we realized that his was a "Dodo" (i.e. Dorado/
Mahi Mahi). Bobby cranked in a nice 15-18 pounder. Nice pictures
and nice eating, but no sushi. Final score: 25 YT and 1
Dorado. The yellowtail fishing for the sport boats has
certainly helped to salvage their season.
Looks like we will be paying more attention to the increasing
reports of local Marlin sightings, bites, and scattered
catches. And, of course, fingers crossed in hopes of a
forthcoming BigEye bite.