Yellowtail at OB Pier?

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  1. brick.daniels

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    Went out with my son on a whim and while we were on the pier maybe 100 yds up from the entrance he pointed out two large fish you could clearly see. They were at least 3 ft long. Is this normal? I have never seen fish this big that close to the shore. What do they bite? We tried putting shrimp in front of them but nothing. Ended up with a few leopard sharks and macs.
     
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    Fairly normal. Live bait is your friend for big fish..
     
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    You sure it not dolphin that you see? The dolphin been hanging around out there for the pass couple of weeks chasing after school of baitfish.
     
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    Definitely not a dolphin. I could see their dark blue-greenish back with bright yellow tails.
     
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    Krocodiles can work in those situations but live bait above all. Surface irons don’t swim the best from that high up.
     
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    I’ve heard of yellowtails coming in to chase, say mid-pier, but haven’t heard of any catches....
     
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    It could've been Cobia. It's about time they started showing up with increased frequency around here.
     
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    Curious and curiouser...
    Color me intrigued
     
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    K let's just all agree it's a damn fish -___-
     
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    Dolphins aren't fish. It's still possible that it could have been a dolphin. Since it's a mammal, it could've gotten jaundice, hence the yellowish color.

    Why are you getting agitated about this discussion? We're trying to get to the bottom of this thing.
     
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    Damn I was just messing around lol no hard feeling brah
     
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    But if you can't distinguish a yellowtail or dolphin then yea....... Cheers
     
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    A couple weeks ago when I was fishing with Ucsdsu off SS cliffs, I am pretty sure I saw a school of five rat yellows, another school of around legal barracuda, and another dark fish (good size) with rapid, darting movements (jacks?), All three were in less than six feet of water
     
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    theirs lots of yellowtail off the piers, ive caught them off crystal pier on live mackerel. using a sabiki rig to catch your bait , you need a bucket a long rope to throw off pier and fill with fresh water for your bait. one rod for making bait bait the other for fishing. you also need a pier gaff. they follow the schools of bait, some times the water is very dark its the bait balls. the early morning was best for me.
     
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    Several years ago I read an article pertaining to those Cobia, and them making their way up to San Diego. Something about a big pen that broke open during a storm and the fish were tracked headed our way. Maybe we’ll see a fluke report here one day.
     
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    I've seen yellows before at OB pier chasing mini mackerel. I've also seen them off of Hospitality Pt heading into the bay. Not sure about Cobia making it all the way up here though...
     
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    I have fished Cobia on the east coast . They will be brown on top unless spawning then will adapt a striped pattern tiger like . They are a good fight and fit the table really good . Even being invasive I sort of hope they do show up , just haven't seen or heard anything in the media as of yet . The water is getting warm enough though they like it around 80 + degrees . As a youngster I fished Crystal pier regularly . Caught 1 or 2 yellowtail so it is possible seen plenty of photos of Yellows from the piers as well . Slider rig and live Mac is one approach we used to use especially for the top feeding fish ! Get them next time . Tight lines. WR
     
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    im not sure either, Pinoyfisher, but from what I remember, they were being farmed in South America when the pen broke loose and they showed a trail coming north as to where they had been caught recently. They had made their way north at a pretty fast clip making scientists believe they would get to us fairly quickly and competing with our yellowtail. Again, this was a few years ago, and I haven’t followed up on the whole mess.
     
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