Point Loma Sportfishing reported the Mission Belle had 67 yellowtail and three bluefin tuna on Saturday, March 25. There were 22 anglers aboard the ¾ day trip to the Coronados Islands. Seaforth’s San Diego found 37 anglers taking 150 yellowtail on a ¾ day trip.
The next day, March 26, the Liberty from Fisherman’s Landing posted a ¾ day catch of 110 yellowtail for 22 anglers. Mission Belle’s ¾ day trip got 90 yellows for 18 and the San Diego’s ¾ day trip got 185 for 37 anglers. It certainly appears the local yellowtail season will continue, and maybe bluefin season as well.
Last Report Before Boatwork
Intrepid Skipper Bill Cavanaugh wrote March 21: “We arrived back to port this morning from our Catchy Tackle 16-day trip. Fishing this trip was not a slam dunk, but we had opportunities everyday. The weather was just about perfect the entire trip and the group was a joy to fish with. A huge thanks to Wayne Martin, John Grindley, and Mike Lovelle for hosting the trip and for the generous giveaways from Catchy Tackle and Five Star Fish Processing.
Our jackpot winners for the trip are as follows: third place went to Steve Kiesel with a 183.0-pound yellowfin tuna, second place went to Pete Wight with a 193.6-pound yellowfin tuna, and first place went to Jennifer Ramey with a 216.0-pound yellowfin tuna. Strong work! Thank you to everyone that fished with us on this trip. We are in for a couple of months for our annual scheduled maintenance.”
Captain Tom Ferrari skippered Red Rooster III on a 15-day trip that arrived home March 22. Trip charter masters: Loftus & Martin; notable catches were:
1st place jackpot—Jim Ballard, 245-popund yellowfin tuna
2nd place jackpot—Ron Hirao. 220-pound yellowfin tuna
3rd place jackpot—Ray Borders, 215-pound yellowfin tuna
Notes: trolling jackpot—Wayne Honda, 55-pound wahoo
Cows caught: 210-pounder, John Aviles, 207-pounder, Dan Pope Jr., 201-pounder, Bill Brown.
Royal Polaris reported March 27: “Weather continues to be excellent, with a slight breeze, sunny, and warm. The morning was a bit slow, but the afternoon things did turn on. It was a 50-50 day, with half the fish coming in on Sardines, and the rest on the kite. Most of the fish were in the 130 to 150-pound range, with three fish over 200 pounds.
Lucky anglers today were Kirk McCoy with a 214 Yellowfin tuna, and Joe Amagrande with a 209-pound Yellowfin tuna, and Nick Didovic with a 202-pound Yellowfin tuna. Flyers are getting harder to make, but we did get a tank to fish the kite tomorrow. Most of the flyline fish came on 80 and 100-pound test fluorocarbon.”