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Old 12-12-2017, 11:42 AM
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Default WON - Dec 12

Boater’s Report: Plenty Of Bluefin Limits Still Coming Out Of 60 Mile Bank

The holiday season is upon us and Southern California anglers are having to deal with a big distraction in the form of some of the best tuna fishing of 2017. Most of the recent trips to the 60 Mile Bank have been returning with near-limit to limit catches of bluefin tuna, and after limiting out on bluefin, some boats have also found some action on kelp-paddy yellowtail or a few bonus yellowfin while looking around to other areas such as the Butterfly Bank or the Kidney Bank.

Most of the bluefin have been in the 15- to 25-pound range, and there have been occasional reports of some bigger bluefin still holding in the area. The bluefin have been biting best on sardines, and a few are also being caught on Flat-Fall jigs. Boats have been finding action in a variety of ways with drifting, anchoring and slow trolling with sardines being effective techniques. Most of the action has been found while fishing at and around the upper high spot at the 60 Mile Bank which comes up to 53 fathoms.

Some sportboat counts from boats fishing include Fisherman’s Landing that had the Liberty out on a 1.5-day trip that caught limits of bluefin. The Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing was out on an over*night trip, and they had 23 anglers catch 44 bluefin which was just two fish short of limits. Fisherman’s Landing also had a Monday-morning update from the Pacific Queen that is out on a 1.5-day trip and has 34 bluefin aboard and additional hookups going at the time of their report.

H&M Landing had a 1.5-day trip on the Legend Sunday and caught limits of bluefin which was 36 tuna for their 18 anglers.

Point Loma Sportfishing had the New Lo-An out on a 1.5-day trip, and they caught limits of bluefin, 4 yellowfin tuna and 2 yellowtail.

Captain Ron Bowers of the Salt Fever fished a weekend 2-day trip on Dec. 9 and 10 and reported catching 22 bluefin which was just two fish short of limits for their two days of fishing. He reported finding his fish while drifting over meter marks found in the deep water a short way outside of the upper high spot at the 60 Mile Bank.

Bowers said their fish were in the 15- to 25-pound class, and they were finding using live bait outfits with 15- to 25-pound fluorocarbon leaders. What Bowers said was most important was a strong and lively bait. He also reported the best fishing was from the hour of dark just before dawn until 8:00 a.m., and they were still metering a lot of fish after 8:00 a.m. but that it was much more difficult to get a bite. The water temperature at the 60 Mile Bank was at 63.8 degrees on Sunday.

Captain Bob Woodard of the Christina Lynn fished at the 60 Mile Bank on Monday, and limits of bluefin by 11:30 a.m. Woodard said the fish were in the 15- to 25-pound range, and they saw a few boils from fish that looked to be considerably larger.

A report from the Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing with Captain John Bass was from an overnight trip to the 60 Mile Bank on Sunday for 44 bluefin which was just off limits for 23 anglers. All fish were caught on sardines except for two on Flat-Falls. The suggested live bait outfit was one that was rigged with a 25-pound-test fluoro*carbon leader and a size 2 hook.
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