Conditions on the 209 over the past week have looked really good with lots of bird schools and bait around, but without any fish. Over the weekend all that changed. The bluefin finally showed up, and several have been caught on the popper.
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The bigger grade of yellows are starting to show up offshore on the kelp, mixed in with the schoolie sized yellows. A lot of these fish are being taken on fin bait, but the bigger models have been caught on macks! The giant bluefin bit over the weekend from Oceanside down to the 43, but died on Monday. Most of the big boys of been taken on the kite, that way you can step up on leader size. Good luck out there!
Guys are still reporting bluefin schools that have 150 to 200 pound bluefin mixed in. They’re also seeing schools of yellowfin in the 50 to 60 pound range in the same area. One of the keys to finding these fish are paying attention to the terns working in an area. Seems like the larger bluefin were down off the 302-425 spots headed north to the US / Mexico border. The guys who are having the most success are throwing poppers on foamers and using live mackerel on kites.
Yellowtail to 20 pounds are holding at patties sporadically up and down the coast. Sure, you can invest in a trip to the backside of Catalina or off Pyramid Cove, which has also been holding nice quality fish, but you may have just as much success if you can find patties two to 10 mile offshore, especially ones that have got the tern’s interest