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Tyler Reid catches bluefin tuna from waverunner 20 miles off Rosarito

Ramona man gets record striped bass at San Vincente Reservoir

Trophy bluefin tuna caught aboard the Condor as the phenomenal bite continues into November.
Trophy bluefin tuna caught aboard the Condor as the phenomenal bite continues into November.

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Dock Totals 10/16 – 10/29: 5041 anglers aboard 249 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings over the past two weeks caught 2 barracuda (released), 1940 bluefin tuna (to 285 pounds), 3 blue perch, 815 bonito, 1 cabezon (released), 355 calico bass, 2798 dorado, 12 lingcod, 3 mako shark, 133 rock crab, 3,263 rockfish, 89 sand bass, 525 sculpin, 249 sheephead, 61 skipjack tuna, 121 spiny lobster, 1028 whitefish, 3 white seabass, 5134 yellowfin tuna, and 872 yellowtail.

Saltwater: Anglers are still whacking away at tuna and dorado at a time we normally see rockfish counts begin to rise and endemic fishes are more targeted than pelagic species due to cooling water. Bluefin tuna, many still in the 200-pound class, are still mostly holding south/southwest of San Clemente Island, with schools still being sighted south of the border, while yellowfin tuna and dorado are more spread out to the south off the Baja coast. Rockfish counts are still climbing, but as long as there is a chance for limit-style fishing for pelagics, 1.5- to 3-day boats will still target them.

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Locally, calico bass, bonito, and a few yellowtail are providing surface action for the half-day to full-day boats fishing from off La Jolla down to the Coronado Islands. Further south along the Baja coast, Ensenada operators and those working out of San Quintin are reporting seasonal mixed bag catches of yellowtail, tuna, dorado, lingcod and rockfish. Even as the water turns, this excellent season for offshore and nearshore continues to impress. Here’s hoping for more of the same!

A couple of standout catches have been reported over the past two weeks, including an 80-pound-class bluefin caught by Tyler Reid from his 2015 Yamaha FX HO waverunner that he launched out of Shelter Island and made the journey into Mexican waters about 20 miles off Rosarito. He hooked it while casting a clear popper at breezing fish feeding on the surface, and after a long battle, managed to gaff the fish and stow it in his kill bag. That is a long haul and large fish for a waverunner, but Reid, known as REIDRUNNER on his Youtube channel, went prepared and with a lot of fishing experience from his craft. It’s worth a look; check out his channel.

Freshwater: The other standout was a lake record striped bass caught by Greg LeRoy of Ramona on an Alabama rig casted at boiling fish while bass fishing at San Vicente Reservoir. San Vicente is not known as a striper fishery, though San Diego County lakes fed by the Colorado River occasionally produce one, including a 24-pounder caught in Dixon Lake, an 11.95-pounder at El Capitan Reservoir, and a 15.9-pounder out of Lake Murray. All lake records caught in the past decade. LeRoy’s fish, once certified, will probably stand as a lake record for a while. The 36-inch fish rolled in the bait tank, and when cleaned after being officially weighed and measured, was found to have a largemouth bass in its belly.

In other freshwater news, this weekend, November 5 and 6, is the Trout Opener at Santee Lakes. 3500 pounds of trout will be stocked in lakes 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 preceding the event. No State license is required at Santee Lakes, and fishing permits can be purchased at the entry Gatehouse, or at the General Store situated between lakes 4 and 5. Daily fishing permits run from $3 to $10. Day use parking fees are $4 to $6 ($10 for special events)

Notable catches:

10/16 – 26 anglers aboard the Ranger 85 3.5-day trip enjoyed excellent limit-style fishing with 330 yellowfin tuna, 156 dorado (Mexican limits), 25 skipjack tuna, and 6 yellowtail caught.

10/18The Poseidon called in with 52 yellowfin tuna, 30 dorado, and 6 yellowtail in the hold caught by the 24 anglers aboard their extended 1.5-day trip on what was a tough day for the fleet.

10/20 – 15 anglers aboard the El Capitan 1.5-day scored Mexican limits of 75 yellowfin tuna and 30 dorado.

10/23 – 10 hoop-netters aboard the Jig Strike twilight lobster trip took home 13 lobster and 73 rock crab, while the Ranger 85 2.5-day trip produced 281 yellowfin tuna, 11 dorado, and 5 skipjack tuna for 29 anglers aboard.

10/27 – 28 anglers aboard the Pacifica 1.5-day trip caught 140 yellowfin tuna (Mexican limits), 16 yellowtail, 9 bluefin tuna, and 3 dorado. 22 anglers aboard The New Seaforth half-day trip had great local mixed bag fishing with 40 bonito, 38 whitefish, 22 calico bass, 18 rockfish, 12 sheephead, 3 sculpin, and 2 sand bass in the gunnysacks by the end of the outing.

10/29 – Mexican limits of 120 yellowfin tuna were caught by 24 anglers aboard the Grande overnight run.

Fish Plants: 11/4 - Santee Lakes, trout (3,500 pounds)

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Trophy bluefin tuna caught aboard the Condor as the phenomenal bite continues into November.
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Submit your best fishing photo and every 2 weeks we’ll pick our favorite and run it in this column. Winner will also receive 2 half-day passes ($65–$75 value each) for a sport fishing trip courtesy of the San Diego Sportfishing Council.

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Dock Totals 10/16 – 10/29: 5041 anglers aboard 249 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings over the past two weeks caught 2 barracuda (released), 1940 bluefin tuna (to 285 pounds), 3 blue perch, 815 bonito, 1 cabezon (released), 355 calico bass, 2798 dorado, 12 lingcod, 3 mako shark, 133 rock crab, 3,263 rockfish, 89 sand bass, 525 sculpin, 249 sheephead, 61 skipjack tuna, 121 spiny lobster, 1028 whitefish, 3 white seabass, 5134 yellowfin tuna, and 872 yellowtail.

Saltwater: Anglers are still whacking away at tuna and dorado at a time we normally see rockfish counts begin to rise and endemic fishes are more targeted than pelagic species due to cooling water. Bluefin tuna, many still in the 200-pound class, are still mostly holding south/southwest of San Clemente Island, with schools still being sighted south of the border, while yellowfin tuna and dorado are more spread out to the south off the Baja coast. Rockfish counts are still climbing, but as long as there is a chance for limit-style fishing for pelagics, 1.5- to 3-day boats will still target them.

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Locally, calico bass, bonito, and a few yellowtail are providing surface action for the half-day to full-day boats fishing from off La Jolla down to the Coronado Islands. Further south along the Baja coast, Ensenada operators and those working out of San Quintin are reporting seasonal mixed bag catches of yellowtail, tuna, dorado, lingcod and rockfish. Even as the water turns, this excellent season for offshore and nearshore continues to impress. Here’s hoping for more of the same!

A couple of standout catches have been reported over the past two weeks, including an 80-pound-class bluefin caught by Tyler Reid from his 2015 Yamaha FX HO waverunner that he launched out of Shelter Island and made the journey into Mexican waters about 20 miles off Rosarito. He hooked it while casting a clear popper at breezing fish feeding on the surface, and after a long battle, managed to gaff the fish and stow it in his kill bag. That is a long haul and large fish for a waverunner, but Reid, known as REIDRUNNER on his Youtube channel, went prepared and with a lot of fishing experience from his craft. It’s worth a look; check out his channel.

Freshwater: The other standout was a lake record striped bass caught by Greg LeRoy of Ramona on an Alabama rig casted at boiling fish while bass fishing at San Vicente Reservoir. San Vicente is not known as a striper fishery, though San Diego County lakes fed by the Colorado River occasionally produce one, including a 24-pounder caught in Dixon Lake, an 11.95-pounder at El Capitan Reservoir, and a 15.9-pounder out of Lake Murray. All lake records caught in the past decade. LeRoy’s fish, once certified, will probably stand as a lake record for a while. The 36-inch fish rolled in the bait tank, and when cleaned after being officially weighed and measured, was found to have a largemouth bass in its belly.

In other freshwater news, this weekend, November 5 and 6, is the Trout Opener at Santee Lakes. 3500 pounds of trout will be stocked in lakes 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 preceding the event. No State license is required at Santee Lakes, and fishing permits can be purchased at the entry Gatehouse, or at the General Store situated between lakes 4 and 5. Daily fishing permits run from $3 to $10. Day use parking fees are $4 to $6 ($10 for special events)

Notable catches:

10/16 – 26 anglers aboard the Ranger 85 3.5-day trip enjoyed excellent limit-style fishing with 330 yellowfin tuna, 156 dorado (Mexican limits), 25 skipjack tuna, and 6 yellowtail caught.

10/18The Poseidon called in with 52 yellowfin tuna, 30 dorado, and 6 yellowtail in the hold caught by the 24 anglers aboard their extended 1.5-day trip on what was a tough day for the fleet.

10/20 – 15 anglers aboard the El Capitan 1.5-day scored Mexican limits of 75 yellowfin tuna and 30 dorado.

10/23 – 10 hoop-netters aboard the Jig Strike twilight lobster trip took home 13 lobster and 73 rock crab, while the Ranger 85 2.5-day trip produced 281 yellowfin tuna, 11 dorado, and 5 skipjack tuna for 29 anglers aboard.

10/27 – 28 anglers aboard the Pacifica 1.5-day trip caught 140 yellowfin tuna (Mexican limits), 16 yellowtail, 9 bluefin tuna, and 3 dorado. 22 anglers aboard The New Seaforth half-day trip had great local mixed bag fishing with 40 bonito, 38 whitefish, 22 calico bass, 18 rockfish, 12 sheephead, 3 sculpin, and 2 sand bass in the gunnysacks by the end of the outing.

10/29 – Mexican limits of 120 yellowfin tuna were caught by 24 anglers aboard the Grande overnight run.

Fish Plants: 11/4 - Santee Lakes, trout (3,500 pounds)

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