A fading bite during a waxing moon did not amaze fisherman Dave Henderson, here with a quality bluefin tuna caught using a jig knife while fishing aboard the Intrepid.
Docking amounts 4/10 – 4/16: 1,846 fishermen aboard 74 half-day to 1.5-day trips outside San Diego landings In the past week have caught 954 bluefin tuna (up to 60 pounds), one blue rod, 13 boccacio, 12 bonito, 64 bass clique, 16 linkcode, 1 shark, 2,991 rock fish, 54 sand fish, 40 sandfish, 160 scallops, 19 sheep heads, 739 white fish and 284 yellow.
salt water: The blue fin bite slowed as the moon gradually filled up, while stormy earlier this week held the San Diego sporting fishing fleet at the dock on Tuesday. Still, the sefirot reflect decent fishing off the northern Baja coast, although the size of the tuna captured is smaller than during previous weeks. Bands of blue fin are spread south of the border to the banks outside San Quintin, where panga operators find ready-made fish within 20 miles of shore. There are still no reports of Tanner or Cortez banking activity west / southwest of San Clemente Island, though as conditions flatten out, I expect to see reports from the same area where the fin appears to be inhabited year-round.
The fishing boats on the island of San Clemente, on the other hand, reported a worthy choice for a large Yellowtail up to 35 pounds, although most of these trips operate from landings in the ports of Orange County and Los Angeles, while in San Diego a full day and 1.5 day trips were concentrated In tuna and yellow-tail to the south, with the latter showing signs of improvement throughout the Coronado Islands. Rockfish, sheep’s head, whitefish and lynx fill the catch for the local half-day fleet, though the sandfish bites well. As the water slowly warms up and approaches 65 degrees, we are supposed to see clique counts increasing in the counts, and conditions are starting to prefer the appearance of a yellow tail and white bass outside the La Jolla Reserve.
For sand fishermen, mole crabs, bloodworms and mussels have been good baits for surfing lattice, cracker and corbina, while those fishing for Lucky Craft and other shallow crustaceans occasionally find halibut in cuts and holes near the shore. Stop browsing. Steeper beaches, especially during high tide, are more productive for those fishing lures, especially during smaller waves and when they are able to cast beyond stopping surfing. Lure fishing on slower sloping beaches when the tide rises can be difficult, so often during the spring wind and wave fluctuations, finding a pier to work right behind the surf stop is the better option.
Light art and kayakers fishing in San Diego Bay and Mission Bay find good action on the halibut and spotted bay bass, with a few short corbins in the mix. For the halibut, the holes around the bridges in Mission Bay were the best, while the canal end along the mouth of San Diego Bay between Point Loma Plates and Zoniga Pier held good fish up to about 32 inches. Even within San Diego Bay, the best bet for halibut was around the deeper cuts and marinas, and along sandy areas and channel slopes near the Coronado Bridge.
So, back to blufin and navy. Often, a newcomer to sport fishing in San Diego will notice a ‘hot stick’ fisherman who catches more than the daily limit allowed for fishing while on a fishing boat. Do they not equip once they have their limit and continue fishing? Well, it’s a gray area when it comes to rules. Yes, if they catch and keep more than the daily limit for each species, they are violating California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. On the other hand, sport fishing boats operate under ‘boat restrictions’ in California, and this also applies to long-term trips deep in Mexican waters. Boat limits are the total number of fish caught in fishing pieces (which can include crew) on board. Since not all fishermen are as skilled or lucky as others, there will be cases where a return boat with full restrictions, but some fishermen caught few fish or not, while others exceeded their personal limit. In these cases, the captain and / or crew members will usually divide the ‘extra’ fish among the less fortunate fishermen. Basically, while on a sport fishing boat, a fisherman can catch beyond his limit, but the boat can take no more than the total boat given the number of fishermen on board and the daily bag limits, and a fisherman can not go down with more than his personal daily limit. For trips of 3 days or more, a total of three daily limits is the maximum. So it is quite possible and actually legal to go on a trip aboard a sport fishing boat that reports captured restrictions, not to catch any fish and still return home with fish in a sack.
Boat Restrictions Explained by Cornell Law School: “Along the California shores there are boat restrictions whereby any fisherman aboard a vessel may continue to use recreational fishing equipment up to the combined daily limits of HMS (Higly Migratory Species) for all licensed and young fishermen. “Additional state restrictions on boat restrictions may apply.” Unless otherwise prohibited, when two or more people are fishing for HMS species on board a vessel, fishing may continue until boat limits are reached. “
The confusion about personal limitations and boat limitations is why we sometimes hear or read that the reported counts were inaccurate. To be honest, and after working as deck warehouses, captains and crews are well aware of the limitations and keep track of the number of fish caught because the fines and penalties that can be incurred as an operator can be costly, and certainly outweigh any benefit. Profit from such ‘false advertising’. This is especially true given that most beach trips are sold out well in advance. If, for example, 56 fin blues were caught by 28 fishermen, it really means 56 tonnes were caught, and 28 fishermen were on board. However, it is difficult to prove or disprove what every single fisherman caught, so boat boundaries were generally set.
They’re out there, so go out and get them!
Fish plants: 21/4 – Lake Pavi, Trout (1,500)