Reports have been coming in all week that a good size school of barracuda have been around the 150 area, popping up from time to time under the tern birds. They’re having a lot of success throwing iron and also working the yo-yo when they go down.
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A large percentage of paddy’s off the 267-279 and other high spots near by are holding dorado. They’re just settling in and starting to eat. If they don’t hit your bait right away, try slow trolling a dine 100+ feet behind your boat. Another good tactic to get them to eat is chumming small pieces of sardines or what ever you have in bait tank, good luck!
Reports are coming in today.. still a lot of green water up and down the coast, but holding lots of fish/tuna. A decent sized school of dorado were found during the morning slack tide below the 267 on nice temp break, but no takers. They threw iron, dines & chunked to no avail. Water temps in that zone went 75.3. Good luck and tight lines.
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.
Over the weekend the first local marlin was caught out in the shipping lanes, and a few miles closer to shore free swimming dorado were spotted 6 miles off of Newport harbor. Looks like we’re headed for another great season!
Guys are reporting they’re catching yellowfin on the popper and the bigger grade of yellowtail are on the paddy’s. Some areas that have been consistent have been the 277 and 209. Water temps are holding at 69.
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!
Yesterday we received several reports of the bigger grade bluefin moving up the line between the 182 and the 9. The majority of these fish were caught throwing the large surface poppers.
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.
Big bluefin have been up and guys have had lots of success on poppers between the 43, the corner and the kidney bank!