Though there were a thousand less yellowtail caught this past week and the bluefin count was down a bit, several boats got limits or near limits on yellowtail and some of the bluefin tuna caught were well over 100 pounds with one weighing in at 209.8 pounds, a fat specimen hauled aboard the Oceanside 95 on an overnight run.
Steven Welsh with 209.8-pound bluefin tuna.
Photo from Helgren's Sportfishing
Angler Steven Welsh dropped a nose-hooked sardine with a rubber-banded 3-oz. torpedo sinker to entice the big fish and brought it to gaff in just 30 minutes. The inshore fishing has been heating up as well for the private boaters, though not much is reflected in the landing counts as many of the ¾ day boats are out offshore looking for the tuna.
The local lakes are all reporting good fishing with species caught depending on which body of water and species sought. Lake Wohlford, Lake Poway and Santee Lakes are reporting good trout fishing along with a decent catfish bite, while Lake Murray, Jennings and San Vicente are reporting a strong largemouth bass bite around structure on just about any lure commonly used from drop-shot plastics to top-water buzz baits. The morning hours have been best, with some anglers reporting up to a couple dozen bass caught and released in a few hours. Lake Skinner is a little slow on stripers, though they are reporting a ‘wide open’ bite on carp and decent panfish. Use dough balls for the carp and red worms or small nightcrawlers on the panfish.
Dock Totals 4/9 – 4/15
2511 anglers aboard 98 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 133 bluefin tuna, 1875 yellowtail, 3 calico bass, 32 sand bass, 2,972 rockfish, 304 sanddab, 24 lingcod, 3 halibut, 12 bonito, 249 sculpin, 5 sheephead, 46 mackerel and 33 whitefish.
Top performing boats of the week
4/15: The Liberty took 31 anglers out on a ¾ day run and reported 28 yellowtail, 2 bonito and 3 bluefin tuna caught. The Tribute called in with limits of 165 yellowtail and 4 bluefin tuna for their 33 anglers on an overnight trip.
4/14: 30 anglers aboard the Pacific Queen for an overnight run caught limits of 150 yellowtail and 2 bluefin tuna.
4/13: The Prowler called in 52 yellowtail and 4 bluefin tuna for their light load of just 12 anglers on an overnight run. The Malihini ¾ day run with a lot of elbow room reported 33 yellowtail and 1 bluefin tuna for 11 anglers.
4/12: 10 anglers aboard the Chubasco II caught limits of 100 rockfish on a ½ day run. The Oceasnside 95 took 21 anglers out on an overnight run and reported 2 bluefin tuna and 76 yellowtail caught.
4/11: 24 anglers aboard the Pacific Queen caught 27 bluefin tuna on an overnight run. The San Diego called in with 44 yellowtail, 1 bonito and 15 bluefin tuna on a ¾ day trip with 37 anglers aboard.
4/9: The Pacific Queen makes the list again with limits of 75 yellowtail and 9 bluefin tuna for their 15 anglers on an overnight run. The Daiwa Pacific reported 2 bluefin tuna and 23 yellowtail for the 12 anglers on their ¾ day run.
Fish Plants: 4/25, Lake Cuyamaca, trout (1,200)