Dock Totals Apr 15 – Apr 21: 1,390 anglers aboard 60 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 50 bluefin tuna, 53 yellowtail, 24 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 3,618 rockfish, 370 whitefish, 22 lingcod, 27 bonito, 213 sculpin, 235 sanddab, 23 sheephead, 82 bocaccio, 1 halibut, and 4 gray smoothhound shark.
Saltwater: Bluefin tuna bit on Sunday the 15th for the 1.5 day boats down the coast about 80 miles from Point Loma in the vicinity of the 1010 Trench, and though no reports came in from the grounds during the week, the tuna are biting in the same area as of this writing. The fish are in the medium range from 25 to over 50 pounds, but be sure to have a mix of rods in your quiver from 25-30 pound test to the heavier rigs capable of handling the larger variety tuna from 80 to over 200 pounds.
Yellowtail are biting sporadically at the Coronado Islands, along the coastal high spots and inshore along the outside of the kelp beds in 80 to 120 feet of water. So far, as April winds stir up green water and in spite of lots of spots of sardine and mackerel, the bite has been slow for the boats and moderate for the more stealthy kayaks. White seabass are starting to show up north at the Channel Islands and off Catalina, and while the La Jolla bite has yet to kick into gear, a few large biscuits have hit the beach at the kayak launch at the end of Avenida de la Playa.
Rockfish has been the main staple for the local fleet and have been biting well for those wishing to fill the freezer with taco and ceviche material. The long-range boats have been reporting action on wahoo and yellowfin tuna down south in the grounds ranging from Baja Sur to Puerto Vallarta. The wahoo have been running in an average of 30 to 50 pounds, while many tuna coming over the rail have been cows in the 200 pound-plus range.
Fish Plants: 4/29, Cuyamaca, trout (1500)