The weather was beautiful. Flat seas, little to no wind, and a
little fog in the AM rapidly burning away to clear blue skies.
Water temp about 71.5 (+/-) in most places locally.
I only had time for a short day so didn't load up with crew.
Needed fuel so made around trip (including a little off shore
looking). Got up early, ran up to Mission Bay and made some
bay outside the harbor opening - a little slower than before,
but they were there.
Dorado and Yellowtail continue to be caught (as far north as
the Channel Islands), but not quite with the frequency as
recently. The name of the game is Kelp Paddies - got to find
them and slow trolling bait around them seeming to work better
than good old fly lining. But more and more we hear of dry
paddies. And, of course, there are the occasional open water
dodo jig strikes.
Reports have been coming with fish (i.e. Marlin) noted at the
upper end of the "9", 182, 302, Coronados (a 196 pounder taken
last week-end), and regular bites down below. I hadn't seen
Vanian's late report about Berry (FishTrap Lures) Brightenburg
having a triple late Tuesday late in the day and releasing one
of the jig fish as well as one on the drop back. This past
Monday, Harry Okuda on his Alfresco III along with Woodard,
Sr. and ??? worked a paddy inside of the 182. They threw some
mackeral at it. Harry got bit and up jumped a very young
Marlin. They released it and, dripping wet, was estimated to
weigh no more than 80 pds. They would have been black-balled
if they had dared to bring that one in. It probably looked
more like a long billed spearfish. But, a release is a
So I slid out to the "top of the 9", worked that area and then
went northwest. Down there lots and lots of life, especially
flocks of terns, but no actual bait sightings - nothing on the
meter. Worked up off La Jolla as far as Del Mar. Turned around
and worked back down - more inside. About 8 miles off La Jolla
I saw what looked like a quick feeder. White water, but too
far to see an actual fish. Unconfirmed! From there back to the
"9" - worked around and then back to the Point (Loma, that
is). Along the way constant bird life, but no sightings of the
It seems that there have been an usual number of Marlin
hook-ups by baiting the kelp paddies (including Harry's). It's
almost worth throwing mackeral at every kelp paddy, regardless
of the absence of dodos and YTs. The more empty they are the
more likely the Marlin have chased them away.
I later heard that there may have been 3 or 4 caught near the
302. One boat had a double and released both. But the radio
crackled with activity at "The" Island (aka Catalina).
Apparently, the fish had moved in "tight to the island" and
lots of sleepers and slow tailers were being seen close in -
off the Can Dump, slide, etc. "Shano" (aka Tom Shanahan) on
the "Wait N See" reported fishing in "89 fathoms" (only 500
feet) of water. There were lots of bites reported and several
catches (released, of course) reported.
So you check the reports, listen to the radio, and say your
prayers. Get the lines in the water and remember - no one
caught a fish reading reports. And don't forget the age old
excuse: "Time of day." Invariably, we in the right place at
the wrong time and on the wrong date.