Catching Local Yellowfin in November

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.


Local Yellowfin Action Picks Up!!!

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.

Big Bluefin on The Osborn

The bank has been holding the bigger grade bluefin lately if your willing to make the run. The good news, is there’s not a lot of boat pressure on the bank and the tuna are now eating fin bait as well as live squid. They’re also keyed in on the slack tide so make sure your in the zone before the tide changes. If the bite is slow, step down to 50lb flouro and smaller circle hook (even as small #1) can be very effective. Good luck and keep sending in the reports!



Local Marlin Stacked Up At The 277

Lots of reports coming in today and yesterday of marlin being seen and baited along the 277.. not a whole lot of takers! There’s also a nice temp break running along that area, and it’s holding tuna as well.

Update! Another report- a marlin charging in on one of the teasers at the 267, during the slack tide but couldn’t get him to stick. Water temps are 66 degrees and very clean.


Tuna On Local Banks

There have been a lot of yellowfin stacked up on many of these local banks- 14, 267-279, 277 and 209 look for tern birds and kelp.. also there have been some nice models caught under the porpoise behind Catalina. Your best bet is using 20lb fluoro and #2 hooks and a lively dine. Don’t forget to shut down the boat and start your drift while brailing bait to keep them around the boat.

There has also been reports of  40-60lbs bluefin on the East end of San Clemente Island. These fish are line shy, so use 25# fluoro, #2 hook.. they’re keyed in on squid, so don’t forget to tank up.



Yellowfin 5 Miles Off San Clemente Pier

A solid yellowfin report came in this morning. They had 5 in the boat before 9am. They bite before the slack tide all on the sardine with a top shot of 20# fluoro and #4 circle hook. They caught 10 yesterday in the same location!



Yellowfin Fever Off La Jolla

Twenty miles off La Jolla a private boater stopped on a big school of yellowfin up to 30lbs. The best action was fly-lining a sardine on 25lb fluoro and using #2 circle hook. Look for your own bird school away from the other boats to set up your drift. Shut your engines down and let them come to you. Don’t forget to throw chum and brail sardines to keep the tuna around the boat.



Marlin Mayhem

The marlin bite has picked up over the last 5 days with reports coming in confirming that a large body of marlin have moved in below the 181 and the 43. Watch for sleepers at grey light, with the hot bite being 2 hours before the slack. The best colors for jigs are- Mean Joe Green & Black & Purple. The best ratio for hook ups are trolled ballyhoo with circle hooks, and throwing live mackerel.



Yellowfin Action

With all the boat pressure over the weekend the yellowfin bite slowed down. A couple of reports this morning from the 9 mile bank said the bite is back on! What’s been working- 20# fluorocarbon leader, size 4 hooks, lively sardines,  short soaks using chum and brailing lots of bait to keep them around the boat. The average size coming over the rail have been 15 – 35lb. But it’s not uncommon to see a few pushing 50lb.



Yellowfin & Dorado

Good reports are coming in of dorado and yellowfin underneath the kelps above the 277. They’re having more success fly lining dines on 30# fluoro and using 1/4oz sliding sinkers with circle hooks!