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Need help in San Diego fishing for bluefin tuna

Old 08-06-2019, 12:44 PM
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Hi! I am just wondering if any one could give me some advice on going fishing for blue fin tuna out of San Diego. I was thinking about going this month sometime and I saw there is some good blue fin tuna coming back to the dock. Does anyone know where to catch blue fin tuna, what time is best, and what bait to use, and any other special tips like fishing in the morning or evening or using a kite... I would love to hear from everybody or anyone that's experienced in this area fishing, what are the secrets we need to know. I guess my best tip so far is to follow the sportfishing cattle

boats that's how I caught my first bluefin
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:34 PM
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Brandon Hayward does very well with charters. He has a couple of boats. Not cheap at all, but you are also not on a cattle boat.

If you want to go the party boat route, look at the Vagabond. Capt. Lackey is a known and proven Bluefin guy. Not a premier LR boat, but still a LR boat and way way above the cattle boat.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Anyhoo View Post
Brandon Hayward does very well with charters. He has a couple of boats. Not cheap at all, but you are also not on a cattle boat.

If you want to go the party boat route, look at the Vagabond. Capt. Lackey is a known and proven Bluefin guy. Not a premier LR boat, but still a LR boat and way way above the cattle boat.
yes I plan to take my own boat and catching 3 monster bluefin per day just overdose on sushi. I plan to drag a kite around with real dead flying fish ziptied to the hook with a popsicle stick holding his wings open. If that dont work I'm going spearfishing.
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:35 PM
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Most of the fish caught recently are off San Clemente Island, near the 81 fathom bank and in the canyon. Tackle is bent butt 80 or 130. You must fly a kite and a fresh flying fish or a yummy style flying fish. The bite is best in early gray light or before sunset. Guys are searching for fish on the meter and setting upwind and flying the bait back to the area the fish were at. Try to find fish away from the fleet. They are in the cooler water. Use the Terrafin charts to find the temp and color break that they are on. They have bit the best when the winds are at 15 knots plus. There is a wide range of sizes, but many are 200+ pounds. A friend got a 274 in 5 hours fishing standup IGFA style. Be happy with a single fish, if you are lucky to find them and tease up a bite. It is a big ocean.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:32 PM
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Most of the fish caught recently are off San Clemente Island, near the 81 fathom bank and in the canyon. Tackle is bent butt 80 or 130. You must fly a kite and a fresh flying fish or a yummy style flying fish. The bite is best in early gray light or before sunset. Guys are searching for fish on the meter and setting upwind and flying the bait back to the area the fish were at. Try to find fish away from the fleet. They are in the cooler water. Use the Terrafin charts to find the temp and color break that they are on. They have bit the best when the winds are at 15 knots plus. There is a wide range of sizes, but many are 200+ pounds. A friend got a 274 in 5 hours fishing standup IGFA style. Be happy with a single fish, if you are lucky to find them and tease up a bite. It is a big ocean.
I have the kite and the flying fish. I need to commit to fighting with this kite till it happens. Windy days suck for me too in a small boat. Sounds like an impossible mission. I hope navy seals dont sink my boat while I'm camping at the pyramid. What a terrifying idea to try to do this.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:38 AM
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Don’t fight the kite. Get a Ztrapon, a balloon, and helium.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:26 AM
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Big bluefins are all off PEI and Maine right now.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:15 AM
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Big bluefins are all off PEI and Maine right now.
Every last one of them? Even from the pacific population? Seems like a long boat ride from San Diego.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:50 AM
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I wanna go for it and smack a wicked tuna in socal. So far I found some helpful tips: gas is 2.33 per gallon in Yuma Arizona. I can fill up my boat and save $200 if I stop in Yuma. I plan to freaking make this happen. I am gonna pray to the pyramid that is san Clemente island if anyone is working on that base please do not shoot me down I am only fishing. Last time I went there they shot bombs at me and it was scary. I'm praying to God though that I can make this happen I need a trophy fish.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Every last one of them? Even from the pacific population? Seems like a long boat ride from San Diego.
Probably some good fish up in Nova Scotia right now I agree
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:59 PM
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You trying to fish for cow tuna by yourself? That can be a dangerous proposition, especially on a "small" boat.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Shewillbemine View Post
You trying to fish for cow tuna by yourself? That can be a dangerous proposition, especially on a "small" boat.
oh god I had no idea! What kind of dangers are involved monster tuna fishing?
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Don’t forget to check the island schedule. The Navy has been closing it down the past few weeks. If closed, you can’t stay in Pyramid.

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