Offshore bite survives the first big blow in style

SCOTT MANSON and a 245- pound broadbill with Bight Sportfishing. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT MANSON

Fishing a fair piece down the coast off Colonet put the Ranger 85‘s anglers on the yellowfin, fish from 10 to 30 pounds reported, 276 of them on a 3.5-day. But that’s not all… 30-some yellowtail and 8 dorado hit the deck too for its 28 anglers.

The Condor had ’em too — so did the Pegasus, limits of YFT.

The Condor put on 270, a bigeye and a mahi for 27 on a 2.5-day — chewing!

The Ocean Odyssey had limits of yellowtail for 21 on a 2.5-day (210) and 52 tuna – 35 yellowfin, 17 blue.


Meanwhile, the Pacific Queen had gone west and pulled 24 bluefin, 18 of which landed in the triple digits to 200 pounds.

The full-day boat San Diego fished local offshore and put 34 folks on fishing good enough for them to land 30 yellowtail and 23 bluefin. The crew offered the following tackle tip: Fly-lined baits on 25- and 30-pound.

Bight Sportfishing 6-packs were into the deep exotics, and put angler and CCA-CAL O.C. Chapter board member Scott Manson and friend Mohib Qidwai on a 245-pound broadbill swordfish.

Other big bluefin scores Sunday included the Fortune with 10 fish to 160 pounds and the Pacific Dawn with 8 between 130 and 190 pounds.

All were seeing lots of fish on the grounds to try for too.

As for the San Diego County local bite, half-day and 3/4-day local stuff was bottom biter based and the Oceanside boats again picked off the best of it, with limits of rockfish and nearly so on 3/4- day runs and plenty of rockfish to go around on the half-day runs.

Sunday the Chubasco II fished 3/4-day with 17 anglers for a S.B. Channel-style bottom biter score of 170 rockfish, 138 whitefish and 4 sheephead. Friday’s half-day run aboard the Southern Cal resulted in 145 rockfish, 24 whitefish and a pair of scorpionfish for 17 anglers.

Helgren’s Oceanside Sportfishing only reported a score from the Oceanside 95‘s offshore run returning Sunday. Their 17 had 55 yellowtail and 17 yellowfin tuna.