4:21 PM Breaking News / Reports: Cortez Bank has been producing bluefin tuna averaging 20lbs with yellowtail & bonito mixed in. Several sportboat counts for bluefin have been in the 100+ range. The bug counts over at Catalina have been excellent for guys who are willing to make the cross. First crawl has been the ticket!
3:49 PM Breaking News / Reports: Up and down the coast reports of yellowtail action! Box Canyon is still producing daily counts, but there's a lot of boat pressure on these fish and the yellows are on the move. The yo-yo iron has been the hot ticket on the 6X Jr, but if there's wind.. step up to the 6X or 7X. Anglers are also getting busted off using light line. These fish aren't line shy so bring the heavy gear: 40-50lb. Also, private boaters off of La Jolla are reporting seabass mixed in with the yellowtail.
3:23 PM Breaking News / Reports: Box Canyon is still seeing a lot of yellowtail action, but it's been hit or miss. If you can get on them quickly enough you've got a good shot at them. The yo-yo 6X Jr. has been producing the best results and the bite has been in the morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM.
Another great trip to PEI with Tony's Tuna Fishing........fished three days and landed four giant Bluefin from 550lbs all the way up to 900lbs.......
Before we could meet other fishing vessels, the fleet had headed in because of an impending storm. All day Sunday we had a gale blowing, giving us 10-18 foot seas and driving rain. In the Pacific Northwest, boarding windows come and go, as the ability to launch the small boats is impaired by the fickle weather.
September 22 Central Coast Fishing Update
Tuna fishing continues with albacore catches from the Rodriguez Seamount, Arguello Canyon and the Davidson Seamount. In some central coast areas, longfins are smacking trolled lures just 10 to 15 miles from the beach. Fish are running to 30 pounds, with 20 pounders the average size. Channel Islands fisherfolk are finding sporadic bites of white seabass around the east end of Santa Rosa Island and the southeast portion of Santa Cruz Island. Bounce-ballers are boating halibut from Chinese Harbor, Smugglers Cove, Christy's Ranch and Bechers Bay. Along the mainland coast, halibut are active near Rincon Point, Padero Lane, Goleta, Ellwood and Gaviota. Thresher shark are on a roll near Rock Island, Goleta, Naples Reef and Gaviota. Pier anglers are hooking into a few T-sharks along with other species of shark, they are hauling up a few halibut, scoring well on surfperch and nailing good quantities of mackerel. Read More...
Question: The problem I have at the moment is driving me crazy! I am having a bit of bother with one of my Penn 525 mags. It's the original one that I have had for a good few years but has been well looked after and serviced by myself. Basically the last 2 trips out it has started screaming intermittantly through the cast! Some casts not at all and other casts it will start halfway through as it starts to drop out of the sky. It's sounded like the ratchet vibrating on or engaging. At first as when I fiddled with the ratchet button mid cast it would stop the screaming. Problem solved I thought ! I sanded the ratchet pawl down to nothing so that it cannot engage but next trip out exactly the same. I am using braid on this reel and I know It does not come off as smooth as mono so this may well be making things worse ? However I used it all last year with no bother at all with the same line so it's not the only cause. Bearings are fine and everything else looks to be Ok so what could it be? It can't be anything bad like a bent spindle or else it would do it all of the time. Could the bearing inners be turning on the spindle maybe? Could it be the nylon bearing retaining clip/ratchet cog catching on something?
I have always been a huge fan of the custom-built, East Coast boats. The Carolina flair and classic lines of a Merritt, Rybovich and Buddy Davis are the “Holy Grail” of sportfishing boats in my book. When I got my first look at the Regulator 28 idling down Newport Harbor—from its proud North Carolina design and that pair of twin Yamaha Outboard F300C 4-stroke engines on her stern—I knew this sea-trial assignment was going to be like no other before it.
When we think of bluefin tuna out here on the West Coast we often think of nice 30 to 40-pounders with the occasional 100-pounder and that’s a nice fish--don’t get me wrong. When the guys on Prince Edward Island think of a nice Bluefin, they are thinking something in the 900 to 1000-pound range.