gradually increasing air and sea temps here in San Diego is a big reason why I open a browser in the evenings to check fish counts at the two sport fishing operations in San Diego.
It’s been a surprising year with boats like the Producer, the Prowler or the New LoAnn backing into their births with multiple yellowtails per rod plus the occasional bluefin and yellowfin tuna on the deck
Although I grew up fishing for dinky trout on a year round stream in eastern Los Angeles County, My idea of an E-ticket coastal adventure is stand up tuna fishing from the deck of any of the several long range overnight boats that steam out to the tuna grounds 20-30 miles off shore. having a tuna snatch your bait and take off at 20 mph or faster while you’re leaning against a stern rail, looking for color in the blue pacific under a boat is an electrifying experience. It’s something you never forget.
Tuna and most of all albacore) are racers and it’s not unusual for them to hit 20 mph after they’ve taken your prized six-inch wiggly anchovy or sardine, hooked to your line. early morning tuna hits will wake you up faster than a double cappuccino. Twice In my life i've laid my thumb on a fast spooling reel, wrongly thinking I might be able to more easily land tuna. A blistered thumb taught me otherwise.
It’s still early in the 2015 tuna fishing season, but rising water temps are alluring to tuna family members like yellowtail , bluefin, skipjack and other tunas For now, the only thing that’s inshore are schools of zippy yellowtail finning around the Coronado Islands off Tijuana.
It takes a stout hook with a mighty sharp point to catch his type of albacore.
but, I believe in the power of historical geophysical data, blind luck and a couple of talismans I keep in my tackle box. With June gloom nearly over and air temps in the 90’s, the tuna are probably zipping up the coast from Todos Santos in Baja now . To increase my luck,I’ve polished my dogtags and cleaned my plastic tuna doll with WD40.
A spot on most of the full day boats that steam down to the Coronados is about $100 and senior citizen, military and other discounts are offered on most of the fleet. the fare for an overnight boat is almost $200 and includes a sleeping berth.
most of the boats offer onboard tackle rentals, plus one-day California and Mexican fishing permits.
Oh a valid US passport is required on any boat that fishes in Mexican waters.
all of the sport fishing boats i’ve sailed on take pride in providing a great fishing experience. Most captains work hard to put fishermen on the sfish schools and the deckhands are patient enough to help young fishermen get their catches on the deck.
Most of the on board galleys San Diego’s boats are bad places for the dieters. but if they’re on the menu, and you’ve never had on, try a barracuda burger. they're yum yum yummy. tight lines and sharp hooks---Jim Forbes on 06/15/2015.