Fishing for dorado and yellowtail full speed with the right paddy

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  • We have been offshore a lot lately and it’s as good as it gets as long as you find the right situation. Right now that means warm, clean water from 70-73° with kelp paddies.

    Yesterday I fished 3 kelps for 40 dorado, 5 big yellowtail and 2 yellowfin tuna. Most fish are coming on 40# fluorocarbon, but also getting fish on surface irons and Coltsnipers. If you want to get bit on the surface iron, fish that first on the kelp – as they’re not shy. Once they get skittish after getting a couple, start chunking bait and that will fire them up again. Bait up a chunk and slide it back in the chunk slick you’ve created. It’s pretty cool to see them swim up the line and take it right in front of you.

    Conditions are changing every day – yesterday was flat, calm and we could spot kelps from 2 miles away. The day before that was rough and could not use the gyros (image stabilization binoculars) so it was much harder to find them.

    There is some really good Coronado Island yellowtail and bluefin fishing going on right now. The water has cleaned up at the islands and is around 70°. The bluefin are coming on slow trolled or fly-lined sardines on 25 pound test with a little #4 circle hook. It has been pretty typical Summer fishing – both at the islands and stopping on kelp. But there are a few troll fish to be found as well – some yellowfin and bigger dorado that are coming on Cedar Plugs (the Natural color) and big Zuker’s Marlin Lures in light colors.

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    Alan Clowers

    Captain Alan Clowers has over 25 years of fishing experience on Southern California lakes, bays, and oceans. He offers guided fishing trips, private fishing lessons, and San Diego Bay tours.

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