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Weekly Fish Report

½ Day - ¾ Day: The halibut count keeps edging up as the water warms along the coast. The yellowtail are going off for the boats in the right place. The San Diego, out of Seaforth, reported 251 yellows for the 51 anglers aboard on the 27th! Bluefin tuna are popping up sporadically in large boils and several have been caught within 3 miles of the coast. The calico bass bite is in full force off the kelp just about anywhere from 20 to 80 feet of water.

1 Day to 2.5 Day: No real change here as most of the overnight boats are still chasing the schools of tuna and finding yellows on kelp paddies offshore. Barracuda and bonito are out there with them so sometimes the counts look more like ½ day counts with some tuna mixed in. A couple of dorado were caught within 1-day range of Point Loma this week, signaling the approach of water 70 degrees and up. Hello, El Niño!

June 21-22 San Diego Dock Totals: 4,281 anglers aboard 147 boats caught 3 dorado, 5 white seabass, 295 sand bass, 36 sculpin, 32 sheephead, 1,803 calico bass, 6 whitefish, 4,794 rockfish, 33 lingcod, 240 bonito, 220 barracuda, 371 mackerel, 21 halibut, 6 cabezon, 3,301 yellowtail, 267 yellowfin tuna, 121 bluefin tuna, 82 sanddab, 1 finescale triggerfish, 6 halfmoon, 3 bocaccio and 3 rubberlip seaperch.

Freshwater: Not much change here either from last week. We need rain! Very low levels in most county lakes is creating warmer than normal conditions and heating up the fishing as well. Catfish, red-ear sunfish, and especially largemouth bass are on the chew and all normal baits are working well. Try jerk baits in the morning hours and plastics in the evenings for the bass.

Whale Report: Anglers get a 2 for 1 sometimes as not only the whale-watch operators find the whales. Several of the sportfishing boats out chasing the tuna in local waters have reported several big blue whales in the area. And dolphin, of which there are plenty. Y’know, bow-riding dolphin can turn even some of the saltiest old grumps right back into gleeful little kids after a long day on the water.

Fish Plants: 07/03/15 Santee Lakes (1000 lbs catfish)

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