The offshore fishing season is getting off to an epic start! There are big bluefin tuna right in our backyard, big 60-100 pounders. The fish are close are coming up on bait and showing themselves in big schools, boiling and frothing – the water just turns white with foam.
We have been getting them on surface iron, they are so thick that you can feel your iron bounce off their backs, we’ve even foul hooked some.
The fish that are down on the 60 mile bank are smaller grade, 15 to 30 pounds and are chewing sardines on a plunker bite with light line, 15-20 pound fluorocarbon is a must. They are also eating colt snipers and flat falls. With good weather, they will be chewing!
As far as yellowtail action we’ve seen some them in the 10 pound class on ribbon kelp biting Rapalas, surface iron and sardines. I like to troll the Rapala on 50 pound to get them in the boat quick due to all of the sealions. Bait rods and surface iron sticks are rigged up with 40 pound – they are not line shy. When you get the right school they come to the boat and it’s all surface and bait fishing until the sealions get on us. I’ve been playing cat and mouse with the sealions; we get a few fish then run away from them, wait until the sealions follow us to our boat and then run back over to the fish and catch a few more before they come back.
There are some nice grade yellowtail at North [Coronado] Island and the rockpile as well. Those fish are under birds, surface iron is the key to getting the breezers under the birds.
If you want some good fishing, now is the time to book a trip!