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Archive for October 6th, 2014

October 6

Great hook location!

It’s late in the season, but there’s still marlin being caught and you know what that means – you’re stuck reading at least one more edition of the SCMO Fishing News …

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There’s been dew on the ground and a nip in the air at the SCMO Home Office, but someone seems to have forgotten to tell the fish that autumn has arrived. Fishing action remains strong and is yet to show signs of slowing. The remnants of Hurricane Simon are hitting our shores in the form of elevated surf, but that’s about as much as we’ll see.

Thank you and good night.

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The marlin bite continues strong both north and south. Up here, the east end of Catalina continues to be hot while the 267 off Dana Point produced for Mitch Firestein on Sunday the marlin being released at right. To the south, the 9-Mile Bank remains popular, as does the 302 and 371, where on Friday MADRUGADOR released the marlin you see at left.

The early riser gets the marlin

Part of the challenge all season has been the lack of separation between the various pelagic species. When that happens, particularly if you’re targeting the smaller end of the spectrum, your day of fishing can take some strange turns. Jeff Jones reported getting a double on yellowfin tuna in which a marlin popped up in the spread mid-hookup. Thinking it had the corner lure in its mouth, he smartly accelerated and turned away from the fish to tighten it up – which didn’t get the marlin but did hook a third yellowfin. Meanwhile, Bill Carp and Dave Clay were fishing in 25 fathoms of water off of Oceanside for yellowtail when Bill hooked a marlin on straight 40-lb line. Thanks to their skill – and not a small share of luck – they released the 175-lb fish after an hour and forty minutes.

The watchword this season? Be prepared …

Like puppy love, only slimier …

Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Cardinals started at 6PM, but I’m forcing myself to finish this update before I can watch any of it. It’s been a crazy offseason so far – who thought that the Giants would have won three straight games to be on the brink of the NLCS while the Angels lost three to earn a bus ride home. While it was a little shocking to see Clayton Kershaw get shelled the other night, it can’t be nearly as difficult to watch as it must have been for Arte Moreno to see Zack Greinke spin seven shutout innings, knowing that the Angels had jettisoned him to get … John Hamilton. Ouch …

How strange has this season been? Apparently, 75 sperm whales showed up yesterday off Laguna Beach …

As amazing as the marlin fishing has been this season, it’s the edible pelagics that continue to surprise. Never mind the exotics like wahoo – there’s been a continuous pick of tuna now for nearly six months – it’s crazy! Bluefin and yellowfin tuna continue to be taken in large numbers across a wide swatch of the SoCal Bight, and skipjack are now showing up in large numbers … not that that’s a good thing. There’s even a report that the first three bigeye tuna of the season were landed at the Marlin Club in San Diego. Beyond that, the yellowtail bite remains epic. Earlier this year we saw lots of small but tasty ones being caught under kelp paddies; now it’s more and more large yellowtail that are being caught, like the one getting a little love at right. At least the fish died with a smile on its face …

As I noted at the outset, the changing of the seasons is becoming more apparent every day – hell, I had to put on long pants today, it was so cool. With that change comes more opportunities tugging on those who fish our waters – opportunities to hunt or hoop or just do things onshore. That puts pressure on me to find those of you who are still getting out, and makes me all the more appreciative when you take the time to share with me your fishing experiences and successes. Never forget – you all are a huge part of the success we’ve had with these reports over the years, and I will never stop being grateful.