Reports are coming in about a big school of crashing yellowtail in front of Avalon. Some fish are in the 15 to 20 pound range. They’re keyed in on live squid, and it’s a run and gun situation, good luck!
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There have been reports coming in over the weekend that Farnsworth is holding a large volume of big yellows! Look for bird schools or yellows crashing on the surface chasing bait. Your best shot at these big trophies have been an hour before & after slack tide. Live squid is the ticket, but surface irons and slow trolling live dines & macks have been working. They’re averaging 15 – 25lbs with the occasional 30lb in the mix. Good luck and keep sending in the reports.
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If your over at the island and you want to have a great time. There’s a big a school of firecrack sized yellows in 80 feet of water. When I say big, I mean huge! We found them below Silver Canyon puddling on the surface. When you locate them, start chumming and get out your bass gear and go town! We were using live squid and chumming the whole time to keep that at the boat- man screams in the cockpit for solid a 45 minutes.
There’s still plenty of big bluefin over 100 lbs on the bank. They’re biting in the early morning (2AM to graylight), then the bite slows down throughout the day, usually picking back up in the evening. The hot ticket has been 80# fluoro leader with a 7/0 circle hook with a 4oz glow in the dark egg sinker. Some guys are evening getting bit using heaver leader at night, and then dropping down to 50# fluoro during the day as the bite slows down. Lots of sharks reported and live squid has been the key!
Guys are getting limits of big legal lobsters on the front side of Catalina, especially in deeper water- 150 to 200 feet close to structure. One of the tricks to having a successful trip is having a lot of weight. Try securing a flat 5lb weight to the bottom of your Promar hoop net. This will help get it down faster. The extra weight will also prevent the current from moving it or carrying it away. Make sure you always have an extra 50 feet of rope with you than the depth your hooping at (Promar has these at your local tackle stores).. it might be the difference of not losing your gear. The best bait to use is oily fish- sardine, mackerel, salmon heads & tuna heads are great examples. To secure your bait, I suggest using- Scotty Bait Cages or Promar Crab/Lobster Bait Cages and they’re seal proof. These items can make or break your trip if a seals get a hold of them! Remember… the first crawl can be one of your best sets, so get your traps out early, just before dark!
The yellowfin action is still hot. Over the weekend guys have been catching them near the 277 to the 267/279 in the 15 to 30 pound range. There’s a nice chlorophyll break that runs from both spots. They’ve been finding them under bird schools, and stopping on the porpoise. The tuna are back on fin bait, and I’ve heard some guys are getting them on feathers & cedar plugs. For the fin bait I suggest using 15# or 20# fluoro, with #2 J hook, or #4 circle hook.
Guys, forget about football this weekend. The local YFT bite is epic. It has not been this good in years. Tuna -- literally --- everywhere! From the 14 mile bank to the 277 you will see them boiling every couple of miles. The ones on the 277 are 25 to 35 pounds and are more aggressive than the smaller ones closer to the 14. We made four stops before we found a more aggressive school under dolphin that we're doing the tuna flop. Throw a net full of bait right where the birds are and you have them under your boat for hours.