Twenty-nine boats competed in the three day tournament based out of
Avalon and hooked 91 marlin and posted a record release rate of 92
percent. There were two large marlin boated during the Zane Grey
tournament that was based on a modified release format. Lynn Jasper
of Dana Point, fishing on her sportfisher Wait N Sea landed a 209
pound marlin and the Brian Collins team, fishing on the Sea Jewel,
also boated a 209 pounder.
Water conditions were almost ideal for marlin fishing with lots of
bait in the area of the 181 that held fish in the area for most of
week. Captains reported seeing good numbers of tailers and feeding
spikebills and the outlook for next week's Hatteras Catalina Classic
Marlin tournament is excellent.
Most of the marlin that were hooked this past week ate drop-backed
green mackerel that would come up on E.A.L. marlin lures. Anglers
also would cast live baits to sleepers from the bow and many bill
fishermen were successful in getting a bait out in front of a tailing
marlin that would turn and attack a well cast greenie.
When the westerly winds backed off better fishing for yellowfin
tuna, dorado and yellowtail rewarded anglers on overnight trips to
the fishing grounds. This outdoor editor fished an Osterkamp Trucking
charter on the sportfisher First String in an area about 40 miles
southwest of Point Loma that accounted for some chunky tuna hooked
under a massive school of feeding porpoise.
Locally fishing remains good for bonito, calico bass and a few
yellowtail are being hooked at the islands. Yellowfin tuna and
yellowtail are being targeted by over night boats making the longer
run out to the blue water. Surf fishing is also holding up for the
early fall season with good numbers of barred perch, corbina, sharks
and a few big halibut being caught on the morning tides. Sand crabs
are still the bait of choice for most species swimming in the surf
line, but there are days that artificial Gulp worms, rigged Carolina
style, are producing for anglers practicing "catch and release"
fishing along the Newport and Huntington Beach coast lines.