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Local Bluefin Foaming Up Down The Coast!

It’s January and there are crashing bluefin less than ten miles off our coast. Jimmy Decker hooked a nice 61 pounder yesterday to kick start the 2019 season and capture the first tuna flag for the Balboa Angling Club, nice work Decker!

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Big Bluefin On The Bite

We received a good report this morning that the backside of Clemente is heating up. The bigger grade of bluefin are back on the chew as we come off the full moon. The hot ticket was fishing the kite using a dead flyer.. the action really picked up after 5pm. The beast weighed in at 280lb, congrats!

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Newport Bass Bite

Below Newport harbor at the #2 spot the calico bite is red hot! If you can get some anchovies your set. But their also inhaling the artificial and the larger dines.. you’ll need to anchor up off the kelp in about 75′ of water… make sure to get a chum line started to draw them in and keep’em around.

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Catalina Yellows

Front side for photos.

This weekend lots of reports were coming in.. yellows are biting at the East & West ends of the island… and all points in between.
Rob Kirnbauer sent in a report of a decent grade of yellows being caught at the West end.
6 out of 9 tails we’re on the iron.. great score!
Look for up hill current. Keep sending in those reports, thanks guys!

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Yellows Are Biting At San Clemente Island

Reports are coming in that the Island has been producing some good size yellows, averaging 15# to 20# with the occasional 30 pounder in the mix.. the hot ticket is live squid, but they’ll come up and bite on finbait.. your best bet is fly-lining a 30# top shot and live squid. Good luck out there, and keep sending us those reports.

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2019 Rockfish Season

March 1st rockfish season opener. New Depth restriction is now 450 feet (75 fathoms) with some exceptions. The Cow Cod Conservation areas has the max depth of 240 feet instead of 120 feet. Always check the regs before going out. Current California Ocean Recreational Fishing Regulations 34°27 N. Latitude (Point Conception, Santa Barbara County) to the U.S. – Mexico Border.

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Yellowfin Off Pyramid Cove

A great report came in yesterday evening.. a grip of yellowfin were caught a few miles off of Pyramid Cove. Also, the bluefin are still stacked up out on Desperation reef. The season isn’t over!

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California Spiny Lobster Season Starts

Make sure you pick up your lobster report card for 2018-2019! California’s spiny lobster, which opens Saturday, Sept. 29 and continues through March 20, 2019. Send us your reports, thanks!

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Local Marlin Bite Goes Off

There have been a lot of local marlin released over the weekend during the local Pesky tournament. Some of the hot spots that were holding a good body of fish have been the 14 mile bank, Avalon bank, 277, the oil rigs, and the slide off of Catalina. Keep sending in your reports, and luck!

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Limits of Yellowfin

There is a good size school of yellowfin around the 226, 302 & 371 area. They are the schoolie kind, not much in size, but  lot of fun on little line. Guys are reporting finding them by watching for bird schools, and blind jig stops. When you get hooked up, don’t forget to keep chumming with chunk and brailing bait to keep them around the boat. The water temp has been 72-73 degree. Good luck, and keep sending in your reports, thanks.

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The Marlin Are Biting

A great report came in on Sunday.. 3 marlin released off the East end of Catalina along the slide off a temp break at slack tide.. all were jig fish!
Also, there have been several kelp holding dorado & yellows when running across the channel. It’s a good start, but not quite full speed yet. Keep sending us those reports!

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Limits of Sand Bass & Barracuda !!!

Horseshoe Kelp just switched on over the weekend! We’ve been getting daily reports of limits on the sand bass and cudas. The bass are eating everything you send down from plastics, iron, fin bait to frozen squid on a light lead head set up. The stove pipes are up to 7-8lbs and have been in haling the Yo-Zuri deep divers, fin bait, and the guys who are fishing the iron, it’s pretty much wide open! Pay attention to the bird schools to get an idea where the cudas are feeding. Horseshoe Kelp- 33D 40.07’N. x 118D 12.15’W
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