Down here on the San Diego coast going out tuna fishing usually involves an overnight ride, nestled in a bunk listening to the big throbbing marine diesels. But not this year, and not now.
For the last eight weeks the tuna fishing off San Diego and the entire San Diego coast has been the best in my memory, with three-quarter day boats returning to their berths with grinning anglers toting gunny sacks of skipjack, yellowfin tuna, plus large yellowtail, wahoo and the occasional bluefin tuna.
It’s hard not to over hype the 2014 summer tuna run off the Southern California coast. It’s just been insane.
Open any saltwater fisherman’s freezer around here and you’re likely to find scores of pounds of tuna steaks, destined for the backyard grill.
I grew up reading San Diego catch reports in the Los Angeles Times and in Western Outdoor News. As soon as I read that most boats were reporting one or two yellowtail per rod, I’d throw my fishing tackle in my car and whiz down to San Diego.
Today i live only about 35 miles from my favorite boats, down at H&M Landing and finance my appx. $100 per trip fishing hobby, out of my mad money savings account. TO save money, I go out on weekday boats, since weekend trips cost up to $310 on some of the sport fishing vessels that work out of San Diego harbor.
I’ve fished enough to have some strong opinions about what defines a great sportfishing experience. It goes without saying that a skipper who csn put his boat on fish is highest on my list of qualifications. Experienced deck hands who take the time to coach young passengers on how to catch tuna and other game fish is also very high on my list.
This summer my two favorite boats are The Producer and the TOP Gun 80 berthed at H&M Landing.
I have yet to have a bad experience on the Producer. It’s skipper finds fish and its deckhands are courteous and patient. the only other thing I could ask for is an on-board galley that makes great chow. The Producer’s galley hits that mark, nicely.
So, while the sun still thinks it’s still mid-summer and the water temps here in San Diego are above 70 degrees, think about hitting the docks and booking a three-quarter day trip on any of the boats at H&M Landing.
I know where I’ll be tomorrow, wearing my nifty scopolamine patches behind my ears and fishing for tuna.Tight Lines--Jim Forbes on September 7, 2014.