976-BITE 2003 Fish Reports - Marlin

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DECEMBER

Friday Afternoon , December 12, 2003

     On Tuesday,  before the storm hit, there were 2 or 3 swordfish boats working with airplanes between the 182 and 181 Spots.  There was also some interest in looking at the water outside La Jolla, but the cloud cover there was too heavy for the airplanes to work.  At about 1 in the afternoon there was a show of fish where the planes put the boats on at least two fish.

Friday, December 5, 2003

     Nothing to report on the marlin since the jig bite inside the 152 last Saturday.  An airplane report was of lots of life including porpoise around the 277 off the east end of Catalina.  There was a big 350-400 pound class swordfish harpooned above the Mackerel Bank in some 62.5 degree water.  Occasional swordfish are being harpooned around the 277 Spot and 152 Spot.

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

     I have not heard anyone fishing marlin since Saturday when there was a jig strike reported inside the 152 off the East End of Catalina.  The water temperature charts show that the water has cooled to around 61.5 degrees which is right around the temperature that I have noticed that seems to make the late season marlin leave to find warmer water. 

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 29, 2003

     There were a couple of boats out looking for marlin today.  I did not hear of anything being except for what was reported by Dave Devoy of the Scott Free who had a fish up in the jigs that he got a good look at and that bit but did not stick.

    Dave reported having this action while working from the Avalon Bank to the 277 when he was about 4 miles short of the 277 Spot.  The way I lay that out, it puts you about 2.5 miles inside the 152 off the east end of Catalina.  The water temperature was at 61.8 degrees.  There was a lot of life reported 4 to 5 miles off the Slide but nothing was seen in that area that I know of.

Wednesday November 26, 2003

     I have heard no marlin reports since last Friday.  I have not heard anyone out looking so don't take that as meaning that there are no fish around.  On Friday there were some feeders seen around the 277 off the east end of Catalina.  The water temperature charts early in the weeks showed that the water temperature had cooled to around 62 degrees right around Catalina at the Avalon Bank and 125 Spot.  My experience with late season marlin fishing has been that they stay around the areas with bait until the water gets down to around 61.5 degrees so we are right there where the water is getting to be kind of cool for them to be staying around.

    What was most interesting on this afternoon's temperature chart was showing some warming water.  There was a nice looking band of 63.3 degree water that went from the Avalon Bank  on down to the 277 Bank and on down to the 209 Bank.  The warm water also covers the 181 Spot and the 43 Fathom Spot.

  With that water around we could still have some marlin lingering around for a while.

Saturday November 22, 2003

     It was a rough weather day and I heard no boats out fishing marlin today. 

Friday, November 21, 2003--2nd Update

      There were  about three boats out fishing around the east end of Catalina today and the late afternoon report is that the only action was the group of feeders that were reported this morning inside the 277 Spot as discussed in the early report below.  The group of feeders was a nice spot of fish that stayed up for a while and the person that saw them felt that they would have got bit if they had live bait.  Most of the recent action has come on blind jig strikes.  The marlin often will group up in the very late season and if you can find a pack of feeders of tailers they will often be anxious biters. 

   Maybe a few more boats looking on the weekend will be able to locate some more fish.  There were lots of mackerel to catch for bait by the middle barber pole outside of Dana Point Harbor.

Friday, November 21, 2003

     There was a report of a group of feeders seen this morning off the east end of Catalina at around 8:30 am.  They were said to have been spotted "just inside of the 277 Spot."  It is around 1:45 pm as I am preparing this report and I have not heard much going on since.   Most of the action during the week has been happening from blind jig strikes a bit closer to the Island around the 125 Spot and also about half way between the 125 Spot and the east end.  I will do another update if I get any further information later this afternoon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

     There was some improved marlin fishing today as there were two hookups for just a handful of boats fishing.  The first was lost from getting spooled and the second was lost near the boat after about a half hour battle.  The action all came from blind jig strikes and the first hookup was at mid-morning at the 125 Spot off the east end of Catalina.  The second hookup was in the middle of the afternoon about 2.5 miles off the Island between the east end and the 125 Spot.

     It was bumpy in the Catalina area today except that the 125 Spot was pretty nice because of the lee created by the Island.

Tuesday November 18, 2003

     The marlin fishing at Catalina has been slow the past few days.  Today was the first report I have heard since Saturday and the word was that there have been two blind jig strikes since Sunday and that both were from the 125 Spot off the east end of Catalina.  Nothing much has been showing other than some swordfish.  The spotter planes have seen a marlin or two a day over the past couple of days and that is all.  Let's hope that  they pop up again soon and someone will find them if they do.  There was some marlin action below the 371 Bank on Saturday (see the report below) but I have not heard anyone fishing down that way fishing since.

Saturday November 15, 2003

     There was some pretty good marlin action up at Catalina again today.  There were some feeders seen scattered around and one hookup that I know of.  I do not know if they got the fish.  The general area of activity remains the same with the Avalon Bank, also 1.5 to 2 miles northwest of the Avalon Bank, also 2 miles in front of Avalon and 2 to 3 miles off the Slide.

     Captain Randy Hinton of the Blue Water Bound reported catching and releasing a marlin inside the 390 Bank this morning.  The fish hit a cedar plug on a blind strike.  He had this action at latitude and longitude coordinates 3207 and 11735 which is 37 miles 197 degrees from Point Loma. 

     Mike Till of the Viking II was tuna fishing on a friends boat today and reported seeing a marlin down by the Hidden Bank.  I do not have specific coordinates for where he saw the marlin but he was working the area from 3203 and 11729 which is 38 miles 188 degrees from Point Loma, on up to 3206 and 11729 which is 35 miles 189 degrees from Point Loma.

Friday November 14, 2003

     I believe there was one marlin caught at Catalina today.  The radio was very quiet and I do not think many boats were out.  The best areas have been the Avalon Bank, also 1.5 to 2 miles northwest of the Avalon Bank, also 2 miles in front of Avalon and 2 to 3 miles off the Slide.  The best of those have been the Avalon Bank and 1.5 to 2 miles northwest of the Avalon Bank. 

     There has been quite a bit of action from jig strikes and there have also been feeders showing.

 Thursday November 13, 2003

     It was good fishing again today as there were at least two marlin caught for about 6 boats fishing at Catalina.  Most of the action was around and about the Avalon Bank in 65.1 degree water.  In particular the area 1.5 to 2 miles northwest of the highspot at the Avalon Bank was a good zone.  There were two fish caught around the Avalon Bank and I believe a third may have been caught off the Slide.  There were blind jig strikes and there were feeders showing.

 Tuesday November 11, 2003

      It sounded like good marlin fishing at Catalina again today.  I did not hear of many fish showing today, but there were occasional jig strikes for the few boats working the area.  The best areas remain the same with boats fishing around the Avalon Bank and also 2 to 3 miles outside Avalon.  It sounded as if a productive area within that zone today was trolling up and down the 150 fathom curve right out in front of Avalon.  It is still good fishing!

Sunday November 9, 2003

     The marlin bite was good at spots around the East End of Catalina again today.  There were about 4 marlin caught today with one boat getting two.  The best areas were the Avalon Bank and also 2 to 3 miles out in front of Avalon.  There were blind jig strikes and action on feeders.

Saturday November 8, 2003

     There was a good marlin bite at Catalina today.  There were at least 5 marlin caught and most boats had a couple of good chances with blind jig strikes and feeders providing most of the action.  The best fishing was in three areas.  There was action at the Avalon Bank, also 2 to 3 miles in front of Avalon and spread from there over to 2 to 3 miles off the Can Dump.  They were up and biting in the mid-morning and also again during the mid-afternoon hours.

Friday November 7, 2003

       There was a jig fish hooked and lost this morning a couple of miles in front of Avalon and there were a few fish seen in that area.

     A boat fishing yellowtail and yellowfin below the 371 Bank reported 66.7 degree water there and had a good kelp paddie for both species.  The message that was left said that there were also marlin seen in that same zone.  Here is a cut and past of what I wrote about their fishing in tonight's offshore tuna report:

      I got a good report on yellowtail and yellowfin tuna from the waters below the 371 Bank.  Private boater Bill Davidson of the Gooey Duck reported that his partner took the boat out today and had an outstanding day of fishing.  The key was getting called in to fish a huge kelp paddie that was loaded with fish.  The yellowtail were biting wide open when you were close to the paddie and the yellowfin were biting well as you drifted away from the paddie.  There were some tackle buster yellowfin in the mix as they lost some bigger fish and saw some boiling around the boat that were up around 50 pounds.  There were also marlin seen in the area.

     The water temperature was 66.7 degrees and the kelp paddie was 7 miles 192 degrees from the 371 Spot which puts you down around the top of the Hidden Bank  in the area of 3210 and 11737 which is 36 miles 201 degrees from Point Loma.

 Thursday, November 6, 2003

     There was some late afternoon marlin action in the Catalina area.  The action was had around both the Avalon Bank and the outside of the 14 Mile Bank.  It was pretty quiet early in the day.

Wednesday November 5, 2003

    Floyd Sparks of the Tuna Kahuna fished marlin all morning at the Avalon Bank and 3 to 4 miles off the Slide where there had been some good fishing the past few days.  Floyd fished it until 1:00 pm and said it was slow.  They left the area and found some porpoise and within a half hour of fishing caught 6 yellowfin tuna to 28 pounds.  Floyd said they got ahead of the porpoise and soaked mini macks and sardines.  Floyd found this action at 3317 and 11802 which is 5.5 miles 007 degrees from the 277 Spot and which is 20 miles 228 degrees from Dana Point.

Tuesday November 4, 2003

  The marlin bite remains good at Catalina.  The best areas are the Avalon Bank and 3 to 4 miles off the Slide.  There have also been some fish at the 125 Spot off the East End and outside Church Rock.

     I have not heard anyone out fishing the local banks outside Point Loma since Sunday.  On the weekend I heard of one marlin seen in the deep water about half way between the upper end of the 9 Mile Bank and the 224 Spot.

  Monday Morning November 3, 2003

     Here is a report from a very reliable private boater source who wishes to remain anonymous regarding the tuna and marlin fishing up in the Dana Point and Catalina area on Sunday:

     Bob,

     Today the Marlin went wide open off the east end
and Avalon bank. Lot of multiple hookups as well as
feeders, tailers and birds on them. Best at slack tide.
 

      Also, yellowfin on the troll with blind strikes inside
the 267 and in the porpoise between the 267 and 14 Mile Bank as
well as the 267 and 209. Also, good yellowtail off the
paddys around the 267 with smaller fish eating the
chovies and bigger fish eating the mackerel.

 

Saturday November 1, 2003

     Here are a couple of email reports forwarded by George Garrett of the Joker about the marlin fishing at Catalina:

     We fished marlin yesterday mostly near the Avalon Bank......Had one short zip, five minutes later had two come up the jigs that did not bite however we hooked one on the drop back that came unhooked after ten minutes and five or so jumps.  Empresario was with us also for one jig bite in the AM, and our action was right around 11AM.  Hooker and Wait-n-Sea passed through the area around 11AM for nothing.  I did not see any other marlin boats in the area.  66-67 degree blue water, bait, and marlin birds in the air all day long.

Good luck if you run this weekend.  George

 
Here is the second report:

       Lost a jig fish yesterday 8 miles off Church Rock .  Paul on Blue Chip got two
jig fish.  One on the Avalon Bank and the other off the Can Dump.  Tight
lines got a small swordie on 30# in 20 minutes.  A few tailers seen early
above the Avalon Bank.  Swordie boat saw some tailers/feeders early 8 miles
off Church Rock.  Nost life is 2-3 off Can Dump.  Water is clear and blue
66.5-68.0 degrees.  Wind blew out of the south all day, decent lump.

    Pat
 

     In the San Diego area there was a tailer seen this morning by a sportboat while looking for kelp paddies around the 224 Spot.
 

OCTOBER

Tuesday Morning October 28, 2003

     The Avalon Bank is an active spot again this morning as a marlin has been caught there on a slow trolled mackerel.  They had a blind strike double on the slow troll right on top of the Avalon Bank and hooked one of the two and caught it.  The slow troll might well be a good way to go when working fishy areas around the East End of Catalina right now as the same boat caught a double on the slow troll at the Avalon Bank on Sunday.

Monday Morning October 27, 2003

     The Avalon Bank remained a good area for marlin through the weekend and there was a fish hooked and lost there this morning.

    The 14 Mile Bank is also providing some action this morning as the water is beautiful and blue and a boat fishing 3 miles inside the bank toward Newport has had a jig bite fall off after a couple of jumps and has had a fish up in the jigs an hour or so later.

Friday Evening, October 24, 2003

     There were two marlin caught that I know of up at Catalina today.  One was caught around 4 miles out of Avalon on a blind jig strike and the other was caught off the at the Avalon Bank  in an area where some feeders were showing.  Also look for some fish 4 to 8 miles off the Slide.  A mackerel color Sevenstrand Clone was a jig that got bit today.

 Friday Morning October 24, 2003

     It sounds like most boats in the Catalina area are now concentrating their fishing efforts at spots around the East End of the Island.  The fishing is scratchy but there is some activity to report.  There has been a bit of action outside Church Rock, off the Slide, from 2 miles in front of Avalon out to the Avalon Bank.  The zone around the Avalon and the Avalon Bank seems the be the most productive with a boat reporting seeing 2 feeders and getting a jig bite this morning at the Avalon Bank.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

     There were some marlin seen in the San Diego area this morning.  One was seen outside the deep water outside the upper end of the 9 Mile Bank in the region of latitude and longitude coordinates 3237 and 11731 which is 15 miles 248 degrees from Point Loma.  The other area was inside the 302 Bank where a boat saw one and then saw two more in the region of 3227 and 11732 which is 20 miles 220 degrees from Point Loma.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

     There was a marlin caught today.  It was taken at mid-morning 5 miles in front of Avalon.  Marlin remain scattered around and about a lot of Catalina Island.  There is no hot single zone to point to, but there are some scattered fish 2 to 4 miles off the Island from Church Rock up to the Farnsworth Bank, around the 125 Spot and the Slide off the East End and scattered up between the 125 Spot and the 172 Spot off the West End.

    There was a report that someone hooked and lost a marlin while fishing around the 302 Spot on Tuesday.

Sunday October 19, 2003

     The marlin fishing in the Catalina area remains pretty good but the fish are widely scattered without a hot area to point to.  There are marlin around the 125 Spot off the East End and from the 125 Spot over to an area 2 to 4 miles off the Slide.  There was a marlin hooked 2 miles off of Avalon this afternoon and there were some marlin seen 3 to 4 miles 82 degrees from the Avalon Bank this afternoon.

     There are marlin scattered up the back side of Catalina from 2 to 4 miles off Church Rock on up to 2 to 4 miles outside Ben Weston and up by the Farnsworth Bank.   There are scattered marlin reported off the West End by the 125 and 172 Spots and there was a report of a good looking area of life outside Arrow Point. 

    There are a few tailers, sleepers and feeders seen but  they are scattered.  There are occasional blind jig strikes in these areas as well.

     In the San Diego area, the marlin fishing remains slow.  The weekend saw an occasional marlin seen or hooked by boats fishing for tuna around the 302 Spot.  Nothing more than just a few fish seen by a lot of boats working the area.

Thursday October 15, 2003

     The marlin fishing in the Catalina area is producing some scattered action but the fish sound really spread out with a few being seen in several areas without any concentration in any one area to provide a hot bite.

     There are a few fish scattered up the back side of the Island between Silver Canyon and the Farnsworth Bank.  There are a few fish out at the 499 Bank and there are also a few fish up above the West End of Catalina on the Ridge between the 125 Spot and the 172 Spot.

     The chatter I am hearing is that the fish between the 125 Spot and 172 Spot do not bite very well and that the fish put at the 499 Bank tend to be better biters.

Tuesday October 14, 2003

     There was some scattered marlin activity in the Catalina area today.  There was a little bit happening at the 499 Spot outside the West End of Catalina as well as scattered between Silver Canyon and the Farnsworth Bank 2 to 5 miles off the Island.  What sounded best though was the area between the 125 and the 172 along the ridge above the west end of Catalina.  Swordfish boats were reporting seeing marlin some what regularly during the day in that zone.  Tailers were seen in this sector at latitude and longitude coordinates 3331 and 11847.

Monday October 13, 2003

     The fishing off the back side of Catalina sounded similar to what was happening on Sunday with some tailers, sleepers and occasional feeders showing in an area spread from Silver Canyon on up to the Farnsworth.  Boats have been working 2 to 5 miles off the Island.  It is not a wide open show but most boats are seeing several fish in a day.

Sunday October 12, 2003

     The best marlin fishing is now spread up and down the back side of Catalina with fish being found scattered 2 to 5 miles off the Island between Silver Canyon and the Farnsworth Bank.  It sounded like the morning bite was best today and that the area off China Point was the most productive.  There were sleepers reported to be showing this morning.  I know of one boat that had a 2 fish day today.

    In the San Diego area there was a boat that reported releasing a marlin this morning and seeing two other tailers in the deep water trench above the 371 Bank.  The coordinates provided were at latitude and longitude 3220 and 11733 which is 26 miles 208 degrees from Point Loma.

Saturday October 11, 2003

     There were a couple of marlin reported to have been caught in the region of the 267 Bank off the West End of San Clemente Island.  The report was that the best looking area was about 2 miles outside the high spot at the 267 Bank.  That would have you working in the region of latitude and longitude coordinates 3313 and 11853 which is 91 miles 279 degrees from Point Loma.

Friday October 10, 2003

     The reports I am hearing from the past two days of fishing at the 499 Spot and at the 267 Spot which are both above the West End of San Clemente Island are that the fishing has slowed down considerably. 

     I heard a boat that went to look at the Osborne Bank today and the water there was 62.5 degrees and off color and it did not look very good. 

     If you want to stay closer a fishy sounding area sounds like 6 to 9 miles off the coast between San Onofre and San Mateo.  The water there is 67 degrees and blue and there were quite a few skipjack biting there today.  All that said, I did not hear of any marlin being seen in that zone.

    I have not heard of much marlin activity being had by the boats fishing yellowfin during the week out by the 371 Bank and 390 Bank.

     Hopefully someone will relocate the good numbers of fish with some better coverage on the weekend.

Wednesday October 8, 2003

     There was some pretty good marlin action up off the West End of San Clemente Island again today.  Boats fishing the 499 and 267 Spots were finding some action.

     I spoke with Marty Morris of the Ken Dan who made the long run up from San Diego and Marty said they saw a few fish and had one come up in the jigs.  He had worked back inside San Clemente Island toward home when I spoke with him during the early afternoon and had not had any hookups at that point.  Marty reported that Harry Okuda of the Alfresco III did catch a marlin up there this morning.  Harry was going to spend the night at Cat Harbor. 
      Marty said that the majority of the fish had moved from inside of the 499 Spot to the 267 Spot and he said that most of the action was being found in that zone.  I heard a set of coordinates today of quite a bit of action happening in the region of latitude and longitude coordinates 3313 and 11847 which is between the 499 and 267 Spots and is 86 miles 281 degrees from Point Loma.

    Here is an email report from George Garrett of the Joker regarding marlin fishing in the 499/267 Bank region on Tuesday:

     Good marlin day yesterday.  Steve had a T & R on 12# dacron from a group of three afternoon sleepers.  We had a quad for the two of us and lost all four fish.  We also baited a swordie at around 11 AM. 

   The Pioneer had 2 jig fish, one drop back fish, and one tailer baitfish and the Donna C caught 4 baitfish which were all slow tailors seen before noon.  Each of those boats had four releases.  The Espadon and Hooker were the only other boats in the general 499 area (11843 & 3313) that I recognized.  I saw another boat that I did not know.  64-65 degree blue water, no wind all day, not a ton of life, and the sight fish were mostly all biters.

 

     Out, George

 Tuesday October 7, 2003

     The marlin fishing remains good up at the 499 Bank off the West End of San Clemente Island.   The last position I heard was on Monday when there were fish 3 miles inside the 499 Spot in the region of latitude and longitude coordinates 3319 and 11843.  There are good numbers of fish still showing and biting up this way. 

    I still hear of an occasional marlin seen by boats fishing yellowfin outside the 371 Bank and 302 Bank.  Roberto Edwards reported hooking a marlin on a sardine on a kelp paddie on Sunday outside of the 371 Bank.  He said he was about half way between the 371 Bank and the 390 Bank. 

    Today there were a couple of marlin reported seen by boats fishing for tuna  inside the 60 Mile Bank.  Take a look in the area of 3157 and 11802 which is 59 miles 212 degrees from Point Loma.

    Some nice blue water has moved in off the East End of Catalina and there was a marlin caught there on Monday.  Some nice water was also reported 6 to 7 miles off the coast at San Mateo.  Hopefully some more fish will move into some of these more local areas that have had green water all year but are now starting to change to blue.

Friday, October 3, 2003

     The best marlin action remains at the 267 Spot and the 499 Spot up above the west end of San Clemente Island.  The report from the region from Thursday's fishing up this way was that there was a very good show of tailers.  The trouble was that the fish appear to be focused on sauries right now and it is very hard to get one to bite.  The area where fish were showing ranged from about 4 miles inside the 499 Spot to the 499 Spot and then from the 499 Spot out to the 267 Spot.  The last word on water conditions up that way is that the water was clean and about 65 degrees.

     I do not hear much from other areas.  The boats fishing yellowfin around the 371 Bank and 302 Bank see an occasional marlin, but it has not been anything consistent or more than just an occasional random fish.     

 Wednesday Afternoon October 1, 2003

      There are still a few marlin up around the 267 Spot and 499 Spot above the west end of San Clemente Island.  That appears to be the best zone right now but is not the hot bite area that it was during the Catalina Classic.

      In the San Diego region there was a tailer seen this morning at the 302 Spot and the water at the 182 Spot is reported to be green.  Someone else fishing tuna just reported seeing a marlin outside the 371 Bank.  There are a few marlin around but the fishing remains pretty spotty.
 

SEPTEMBER

Thursday September 25, 2003

     The news from the marlin hotspot from early in the week up at the 267 Bank above the west end of San Clemente Island is that things have changed and that the fishing has slowed.  A boat that fished there in the tournament early in the week reported that they went back on Wednesday and found that  water had warmed from 65 degrees to 67 degrees and that the life in the way of birds, bait and marlin were not to be found.

    The same boat is going to check the lee of San Clemente Island today to see if the fish may have moved down to the Island.  One interesting note is that they said that conditions are changing in the region as they had some blue water off Church Rock and out into the channel between Church Rock and San Clemente Island.

     There was a sportboat that caught a marlin on Wednesday afternoon while looking for yellowfin.  I believe they were outside of the 371 Bank.

Tuesday September 23, 2003

     The marlin bite up by the 267 Spot above the West End of San Clemente Island was good today.  I do not as of yet know the totals for the day in the Catalina Classic Tournament but I do not think it was as wide open a bite today as there was on Monday when there were about 29 fish caught.  There were some tailers showing today and some fish seen working sauries.  Check the report below for the coordinates to get you into this area of fish.

Monday September 22, 2003

     The marlin fishing went wide open up at the 267 Spot that is above the West End of San Clemente Island.  The tournament out of Avalon had 10 weighed in and 19 released today.  Marlin Club President Captain Wayne Slahor is fishing in the tournament and called to report the wide open bite going on.

     Wayne said about 70% of the marlin were caught on bait and that a lot of boats were getting hookups by slow trolling or drifting live mackerel around all the bait balls in the area.  I believe one boat had a 4 fish day today. 

     Wayne provided the coordinates of latitude and longitude 3315 and 11850 which is 89 miles 281 degrees from Point Loma and is 18 miles 305 degrees from the West End of San Clemente Island.

Saturday September 20, 2003

     Here is the complete and corrected story on the marlin that was caught on the 16 foot Boston Whaler on Friday.  It was caught just below the 302 Spot in the area of latitude and longitude coordinates 3224 and 11734 which is 23 miles 217 degrees from Point Loma.  It was caught incidental to tuna fishing when the fish hit a natural cedar plug and got snagged at the dorsal. 

     Today there was another marlin hooked not far from the zone described above.  It also was hooked on a natural cedar plug while fishing for tuna.  It was hooked between North Island and the 302 Spot in the area of 3226 and 11727 which is 17 miles 209 degrees from Point Loma.

Thursday September 18, 2003

     The marlin fishing remains slow.  There were a few fish scratched out in the lee of San Clemente Island and around the 289 Spot during the recent 3 day Zane Grey tournament.  Most all the action came on mackerel rather than jigs.

    The past few days have seen an occasional marlin spotted and an occasional incidental jig strike for boats working for yellowfin with the porpoise outside the 9 Mile Bank.  But really, there has not been much happening considering all the boats out fishing the yellowfin.

     This afternoon some saw a marlin outside the 302 Spot at 3226 and 11740 which is 26 miles 228 degrees from Point Loma.

    What sounds as good as anything is that sportboats report seeing occasional marlin on the way home from the Mushroom Bank as they go by the region of the 60 Mile Bank.  They have generally been fishing on course headings ranging from 224 to 228 degrees from Point Loma.  There was also a report that a sport boat saw several marlin a couple of days back while working up from latitude and longitude coordinates 3200 and 11800 which is 55 miles 212 degrees from Point Loma to around 3200 and 11810 which is 49 miles 220 degrees from Point Loma.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

     There were 4 or 5 marlin seen at the 371 Bank today and there was a fish hooked that was lost near the gaff.  I also got a report of several sleepers being seen out to the west of North Island.  The message left from a reliable source did not say how far off the Island.

     Bob Woodard of the Christina Lynn reported seeing a sleeper outside of the 302 Spot at latitude and longitude coordinates 3226 and 11747 which is 31 miles 233 degrees from Point Loma.

     The Master's Tournament was slow fishing again today.  JD's Tackle in Newport Beach is reporting one marlin caught in the tournament today and they believe it to have been caught at the Butterfly Bank.

     There was a radio report of someone loosing a double jig strike out at the Mushroom Bank.  Coordinates given were at 3155 and 11823 which is 74 miles 220 degrees from Point Loma.

Friday September 12, 2003

      The radio waves have been very quiet with regard to marlin fishing news during the week as boats are operating in stealth mode in preparation for and in fishing their tournaments.

     There was a marlin weighed in at the Marlin Club on Thursday, it was caught on the Sidekick near the 371 Bank out at 27 miles 210 degrees from Point Loma.  Another marlin was seen the same day by the Sidekick at the 230 Spot that is  just outside of the 302 Spot.  The water conditions have cleaned up considerably at the local banks outside the Coronados like the 302, 371 and 390.  There was a report of a marlin hookup again today around the 371 Bank.

     A report I got at midweek from a commercial swordfish contact that there have been a few marlin showing in all the spots where they have been such as the 181, 138, 209, 289 and 3 to 5 miles northeast of Pyramid Head at San Clemente Island.  They have been hard to see as the tailers have been just scratching the surface.

     Today there was one marlin caught for 50 or so boats fishing the Master's Tournament.  The one caught was taken in a grid block that has the 289 Spot and the area 3 to 5 miles northeast of Pyramid Head in it.

No reports from the 7th to the 12th

Sunday September 7, 2003

     There were two marlin caught and released in the second and final day of the Marlin Club's ILTT Tournament.  One was caught on the Marlin Man out near the 289 Bank inside San Clemente Island and the other was caught and released on the Encounter at the La Jolla Canyon area outside Torrey Pines.  The Encounter also hooked and lost a second fish in that same zone.  Skete Simmons on the Key To The Sea hooked and lost a swordfish in that same Torrey Pines/La Jolla Canyon zone.

Saturday, September 6, 2003

     Today was a fair day of marlin fishing as there were several fish caught over a big area.  The Marlin Club's ILTT Tournament had one marlin for 23 boats fishing today.  It was caught and released aboard the Key To the Sea and I believe Skete Simmons was the angler.  It was taken around the region of the 181 Spot.

     Barry Brightenburg of Fish Trap Plastics was fishing with Dave Pfeiffer of Shimano on Dave's boat and Barry reported that Dave caught and released a marlin this morning.  It was a baitfish caught from a spot of feeders about 3 miles above the 182 Spot.

     Steve Holliman of the Bobaloo caught and released a marlin about 2 miles southeast of the 371 Bank today.  They saw two or three tailers and got one to bite a sardine on straight 40 pound test.

     There was a marlin released at San Clemente Island.  There was an area that produced a little bit of action 3 to 5 miles northeast of Pyramid Head.  There was also a marlin hookup at 3247 and 11802 which is 15 miles 80 degrees from Pyramid Head.

     Andy Bodjanac of the Deepcolor reported catching and releasing a marlin this afternoon near the 312 Spot that is below the 209 Spot.  He chased a tailer for about a half hour before it finally bit a mackerel.  He caught it on straight 50 pound for a dead boat as his steering broke down during the fight.  He said he was 22 miles 220 degrees from Oceanside Harbor.

Friday September 5, 2003 @ 11:30 am

     Someone is reporting that they are releasing a baitfish and described their location as being "just off the Ridge."

Friday Morning September 5, 2003

    At 9:30 am. a boat came on the radio to report catching a marlin "about half way between the 181 Spot and the 182 Spot".  The water was said to be offcolor. 

    Other than the report above it appears pretty quiet on the marlin front for the very few boats out looking the past couple of days. What follows is some information about water conditions, recent reports from boats that have been out looking around and other tidbits of information that I have picked up over the past several days that might help you make a decision on where to go looking for marlin this weekend.

     I heard a report this morning from a boat that looked over the Ridge, the 289 Spot  and Pyramid Head area on Thursday.  They had no marlin activity to report.  They were frustrated in that there was green water everywhere they went.  They saw some bait at the 181 Spot on the ridge and near the 289 Spot and that was the best signal that they had to report.

    There have been a couple of reports this morning.  There are some small yellowtail on kelp paddies at the 182 Spot but the water is green.  The water was reported to be 68.2 degrees and green this morning at the 181 Spot and a similar report came from the 277 Spot.  A boat fishing 2 to 5 miles northeast of Pyramid Head reports that the water is a touch cleaner when they get in close to the Island.

      If you are looking for places to explore, there were some skipjack and a few yellowfin caught both both to the inside and the outside of the 371 Bank on Thursday.  I do not have any information about what the water was like in that sector or if there are any marlin there, but the water was good enough to be   holding some tuna species on Thursday.  The water at the 425 Bank is reported to be 70.8 degrees and dirty this morning. 

     This morning, a boat fishing just outside the 302 Spot reported 72 degree water that was a bit cleaner that what he found inside the bank and on the bank.  A boat had a paddie with lots of small yellowtail outside the 302 this morning at latitude and longitude coordinates 3223 and 11737 which is 26 miles 220 degrees from Point Loma.

  There was also some marlin activity on the tuna grounds last Monday both outside of the 390 Bank and inside the 60 Mile Bank.  Take a look at Monday's albacore report for details.

    Generally speaking there have not been very many boats out fishing marlin during the week and this morning most of the boats that are out are looking but not finding much action so far, except for the fish caught between the 181 and 182 Spots.  That region between the 181 Spot and the 182 Spot has been the most productive over the past 10 days.

Wednesday Afternoon September 3, 2003

     There is a boat at the 181 Spot that is reporting having two jig bites.  The weather is very sloppy this afternoon.  As always be sure to check the latest marine weather forecast before you go.  (Art on the Safe Harbor)

     There are a couple of boats tuna fishing around the 43 Fathom Spot and the 302 Spot and there have been no reports of marlin activity from any of these boats.

Tuesday  September 2, 2003--Supplement

     Bob Woodard reports that the Legend caught a marlin today at the 138 Spot on the Ridge.  Bob says that they weighed it in at the Marlin Club.  The report was that they saw no other boats working the area.  The 138 Spot is located between the 181 Spot and the 182 Spot at latitude and longitude coordinates 3248 and 11749 which is 31 miles 274 degrees from Point Loma. (Harry Okuda III)

Tuesday  September 2, 2003

     I did not hear anyone out marlin fishing today.  On Monday there was some scattered action on the Ridge between the 181 and 182 Spots.  Also on Monday, there was a marlin caught and another hooked up inside the Dome at San Clemente Island. 

     There was a marlin caught outside the tip of the Finger Bank on Monday.  Look in the area of latitude and longitude coordinates 3202 and 11707 which is 37 miles 158 degrees from Point Loma. 

     Also on Monday there was a report of a marlin hooked on a jig between the 213 Bank and the 390 Bank by private boater Captain Ron Bowers of the Salt Fever.  Not too far away private boater Jim on the Ambusher reported hooking a marlin on a kelp paddies while using a sardine on 25 pound test.  That action came from latitude and longitude coordinates 3159 and 11758 which is 55 miles 210 degrees from Point Loma.
 

AUGUST

Sunday August 31, 2003

     Bob Woodard of the Christina Lynn estimated that 6 marlin were caught by a big fleet of boats that were fishing around and about the 138 Spot up on the Ridge.  Bob said that when you factored in the big number of boats working he area, that you had to call it a significant slowdown in the bite compared to the  fishing what the fishing has been like in the area the past few days.  There were blind jig strikes to be had with some tailers showing at times throughout the day.

     Bob said they had a swordfish hooked up on the Christina Lynn today but it was lost.

     The 138 Spot is located between the 181 Spot and the 182 Spot at latitude and longitude coordinates 3248 and 11749 which is 31 miles 274 degrees from Point Loma.

Saturday August 30, 2003

     Bob Penny reported catching a marlin 1 mile inside of the 182 Spot on Friday.  It was a jig fish.

Saturday August 30, 2003

     I am estimating about 8 marlin caught on the Ridge between the 182 and 181 Spots today.  Check the highspots a bit above and outside the 182 Spot in the region of latitude and longitude coordinates 3245 and 11754 which is 35 miles 267 degrees from Point Loma.

     I heard of some mackerel being caught for bait this evening outside the Hotel Del Coronado and a bit below.  Look for the terns in about 50 feet of water.  There was also a report of mackerel being caught for bait this morning at the old sunken Nell Tower outside of Mission Beach.

 Friday August 29, 2003
     I heard there were  4 or 5 marlin caught between the 182 Spot and 181 Spot today out of an afternoon bite.  The word I have is that one boat had two and that at least two other boats had one each. 

     Captain Steve Perry of the 4 pack charter yacht Sherrita of Sherrita Charters reported that the owner of the Bobaloo was one of those  that caught a marlin in this sector today on his birthday! 

    The fleet was fishing up by the 181 Spot which was hot on Wednesday but did not do much up that way.  The fish were caught when that area was vacated as boats started looking around on the way toward home.

 Thursday August 28, 2003
      There was a good marlin bite around the 181 Spot for the Snooper II.  They boated one marlin and released another.  Last night before they left I provided Chris LaPham of the Snooper II with the information about the showing of marlin 1 to 3 miles above the 181 Spot as set out in last night's marlin report and I believe that is the same area where he found the fish today, just a shore way above the highspot at the 181.

     I also believe that a 6 pack boat caught a marlin out on the albacore grounds today.  It was not weighed in at the Marlin Club as far as I know.  If I can get any specifics on this catch, I will do another update.

Wednesday August 27, 2003
      There were some pretty good numbers of marlin seen at the 181 Spot today.  The best showing of fish was reported to be 1 to 3 miles above the highspot at the 181.  Taliers and feeders were reported to be showing in the area in the early afternoon hours.

     Captain Greg Rodgers of the En Fuego reported fishing in the Church Mouse Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.  He was fishing aboard the Bad Dog II skippered by Randy Hinton.  They caught a marlin on Tuesday at the 298 Spot on a mean joe green color jig.  The fish placed them 4th in the tournament that had 5 released fish and 4 boated fish by about 90 boats during 2 days of fishing.

     The area 3 to 5 miles east to northeast of Pyramid produced most of the action during the tournament and there were also a couple of fish caught near the 277 off the east end of Catalina.

     There was a marlin weighed in at the Marlin Club today. It was a jig fish that weighed 199 pounds caught 8 miles southwest of the 371 Spot.
    

 Saturday, August 23, 2003
     There was some good marlin fishing up at San Clemente Island today.  Captain Bob Woodard of the Christina Lynn estimated 8 marlin caught as of the time they left the area at 2:00 pm.  I heard some action going on later in the afternoon as well so I would say at least 10 were caught.  The majority of the action was about 7 mile 100 degrees from Pyramid Head at San Clemente Island. 

     Boats fishing the 181, 209, 182 and 302 did not report much action today with just a few scattered fish seen in those areas.

Friday August 22, 2003
     The best area remains out at San Clemente Island with some action at the 289 Spot and also along the lee of the Island from 3 to 5 miles off the island from Pyramid over to the Dome.  There was a report that someone saw a huge group of tailers about half way between Pyramid and the Dome.  They did not get bit but it was the biggest batch of fish I know of seen anywhere this season.  I estimate that there were 3 or 4 marlin caught in the San Clemente Island region today.

    Private boater Fred Partridge relayed news from a reliable source that there have been some good numbers of marlin holding outside the 277 Spot.

    There have been some scattered fish around the 181 and 209 Spots along the Ridge and a few scattered around the 302 Spot. 

     Captain Greg Rodgers of the En Fuego reports that he was able to catch lots of mackerel on Thursday afternoon  outside of the Hotel Del Coronado.  He said he was chasing the diving terns
out in about 50 feet of water.

 Wednesday August 20, 2003
     I heard of one marlin caught at the 289 Spot on a jig this morning.  There were boats fishing from the 182 down to the 302 and it sounded pretty quiet today.

     Rod Hadrian of the Chicken Charlie reported that a friend of his had a fish up in the jigs at the 209 Spot today.  Rod also said that on Sunday another friend had a couple of hookups that they lost fishing 15-18 miles off the coast outside Oceanside. 

Tuesday August 19, 2003@ noon

     A marlin was hooked on a jig and lost around noon at the 302 Spot. Someone also just saw a feeder a short way west of the 302 Spot.

    Bob Eisenberg of the Tuna Tracks reported seeing a sleeper on Monday morning just a short way outside of the Middle Grounds.  Also on Monday, Captain Greg Rodgers of the En Fuego reported having a marlin show while he was catching yellowtail on a kelp paddie down at latitude and longitude coordinates 3204 and 11729 which is 37 miles 188 degrees from Point Loma.   I got a report that someone had a marlin strike on a jig at the 302 Spot on Monday as well.

Monday August 18, 2003

     I did not hear any marlin news today except for Bob Woodard of the Christina Lynn hooking a marlin on a kelp paddie on the way home from Guadelupe, down around 52 miles 182 degrees from Point Loma. 

     Here is a rundown of the fishing on the weekend as Saturday  was a good day of marlin fishing when an estimated 10 marlin were caught from the spots around San Clemente Island, the 181 Spot and the spots around the East End of Catalina.

     The Marlin Club weighed in two marlin.  The first was a 138-pound marlin caught on a jig at the 298 Spot aboard Chris LaPhamís Snooper Too.  The second was a 126-pound marlin caught on a jig aboard Walter Mossís Kryptonite while fishing 6 miles above the 182 Spot.

     Dave Pfeiffer of Shimano Corporation reported catching a marlin on August 17.   The anglers was Ben Secrest who is also from the Shimano Corporation.   Pfeiffer reported that Ben caught and released the marlin while they were fishing between the 289 Spot and the 181 Spot.  The fish was caught on a mackerel presented to a tailer.

Friday August 15, 2003

     There were a couple of marlin caught that I know of today.  One of the two fish was caught on the C-Bandit by Diego Encinas and was weighed in at the Marlin Club.  It was a 123 pound fish caught on a mackerel at Pyramid Head at San Clemente Island.  The fish was hooked at 10:30 in the morning.

     The second fish was taken on a jig between the 289 Spot and the 181 Spot. 

     There were 2 marlin caught in the lee of San Clemente Island on Thursday but I do not know of much happening there today.  I know of a boat that saw two tailers and a feeder around the 312 Spot on the Ridge on Thursday.  The coordinates provided were latitude and longitude 3201 and 11746 which is 35 miles 296 degrees from Point Loma and is about 2 miles northeast of the high spot at the 312 Spot.

    There have been some mackerel to catch for bait along the edges of the kelp at the upper end of La Jolla outside the Cove and also at the kelp at the upper part of Point Loma kelp from about the Green Tank on up the kelp line.  You have to work at it in both areas while fishing on the anchor and chumming chunk bait and cat food.  Another spot I heard of some mackerel being available is just above the North Mission Bay Jetty.

Wednesday August 13, 2003

     There was not much to report today as I heard of very few boat out looking for marlin today.  The weather was sloppy today.  As always be sure to check the latest marine weather forecast before you go.

     The only boat I heard marlin fishing today worked the area from Pyramid Head over to the Dome at San Clemente Island for no action.  They then went over to the east end of Catalina to check out a report that someone had seen a few marlin at the Slide this morning.  That is the second day in a row of slow fishing reported along the lee of San Clemente Island which was the weekend hotspot.

     I did no not know of anyone out fishing the banks local to San Diego today.

Tuesday August 12, 2003

     Today there was a marlin brought into San Diego by Jim Wachtler of the Wild Thing.  Jim was fishing near the 289 spot inside San Clemente Island when the fish hit a jig.  They had one other lost jig strike hookup in that same zone. 

     The lee of San Clemente Island was pretty quiet today after being a hot spot on the weekend.  There were three boats in the area between Pyramid Head and the Dome and the only fish I know of see was a single fish seen by a spotter plane looking for swordfish. 

     There was a marlin caught from a blind jig strike at the 152 off the east end of Catalina and there was a jumper and a tailer seen 2 miles outside of Dana Point.  There was a show of swordfish reported 3 miles outside of the 14 Mile Bank.

     I heard just one boats fishing the 302 Bank area which produced some marlin action on the weekend and the report as of the early afternoon was that is was looking pretty dead.

     Here is an email report from George Garrett of the Joker about marlin fishing in the lee of San Clemente Island on Sunday:

     Sunday's report.....Steve tagged a fish at 8:30 AM on 20# dac from a
small group of feeders at 5 miles north of Pyramid  Head.  Megan, Jack's 12
year old daughter, caught her first marlin in the afternoon from a drop back
on 20# dac.  The fish went nuts during the first ten minutes as it got tail wrapped, went down and died.  She did a great job planing it up for over an hour.  We used the albacore gaff to help us pull it on the swim step as it came in backwards and was dead. 

    The fishing was much slower today (Sunday) according to the boats that fished this general area on Saturday.  I know of four other fish that were taken in
addition to ours for the approximate fifteen boats working the area.  DONNA
C got a tailor to go late in the day, PESCADOR had a jig fish around
8 AM,
and TIGHT LINES had two.

     Thanks again to Hoose for the Saturday evening call with the dope.

     Out, George
 

Monday Morning August 11, 2003

     Sunday saw a boat catch 2 marlin at San Clemente Island.  They were working tailers that popped up in the late afternoon outside the Radar Dome at San Clemente Island.

      There was a hookup reported at the 302 Spot and I did not hear if they ever got the fish. 

     One of the marlin caught late Saturday afternoon was on the Sea Trek IV and Lil Miller at the Marlin Club reported that is was caught 4 miles north of the 138 Spot.  That would have you in the area of latitude and longitude coordinates 3251 and 11748 which is 32 miles 279 degrees from Point Loma.

 

Tuesday August 12, 2003

     Today there was a marlin brought into San Diego by Jim Wachtler of the Wild Thing.  Jim was fishing near the 289 spot inside San Clemente Island when the fish hit a jig.  They had one other lost jig strike hookup in that same zone. 

     The lee of San Clemente Island was pretty quiet today after being a hot spot on the weekend.  There were three boats in the area between Pyramid Head and the Dome and the only fish I know of see was a single fish seen by a spotter plane looking for swordfish. 

     There was a marlin caught from a blind jig strike at the 152 off the east end of Catalina and there was a jumper and a tailer seen 2 miles outside of Dana Point.  There was a show of swordfish reported 3 miles outside of the 14 Mile Bank.

     I heard just one boats fishing the 302 Bank area which produced some marlin action on the weekend and the report as of the early afternoon was that is was looking pretty dead.

     Here is an email report from George Garrett of the Joker about marlin fishing in the lee of San Clemente Island on Sunday:

     Sunday's report.....Steve tagged a fish at 8:30 AM on 20# dac from a
small group of feeders at 5 miles north of Pyramid  Head.  Megan, Jack's 12
year old daughter, caught her first marlin in the afternoon from a drop back
on 20# dac.  The fish went nuts during the first ten minutes as it got tail wrapped, went down and died.  She did a great job planing it up for over an hour.  We used the albacore gaff to help us pull it on the swim step as it came in backwards and was dead. 

    The fishing was much slower today (Sunday) according to the boats that fished this general area on Saturday.  I know of four other fish that were taken in
addition to ours for the approximate fifteen boats working the area.  DONNA
C got a tailor to go late in the day, PESCADOR had a jig fish around
8 AM,
and TIGHT LINES had two.

     Thanks again to Hoose for the Saturday evening call with the dope.

     Out, George
 

Monday Morning August 11, 2003

     Sunday saw a boat catch 2 marlin at San Clemente Island.  They were working tailers that popped up in the late afternoon outside the Radar Dome at San Clemente Island.

      There was a hookup reported at the 302 Spot and I did not hear if they ever got the fish. 

     One of the marlin caught late Saturday afternoon was on the Sea Trek IV and Lil Miller at the Marlin Club reported that is was caught 4 miles north of the 138 Spot.  That would have you in the area of latitude and longitude coordinates 3251 and 11748 which is 32 miles 279 degrees from Point Loma.

Sunday Morning August 10, 2003

     I was able to pinpoint the area where all the marlin were caught at San Clemente Island on Saturday (see the report below).  There were tailers showing well in the afternoon about 3 miles off the Island between Fishook and the Domes.

Saturday August 9, 2003

      I am still trying to gather some more details on today's marlin fishing but there is some good news to report.  There was a real good show and bite today for boats fishing about 5 miles off San Clemente Island. The problem is that I believe them to be 5 miles northeast of Pyramid Head at San Clemente Island but have not been able to confirm that as of yet for sure.

     The Wild Bill had a 4 marlin day in this area another boat reportedly had 2 and another had 1.  It sounded as if they were baiting quite a few fish within this zone during the day.

     The Slide at Catalina was also reported to have produced a few marlin today.  There were quite a few boats working this area but some fish were being hooked and caught.

     In the San Diego area, Bob Woodard of the Cristina Lynn reported fishing with Harry Okuda on Harry's boat Alfresco III  and seeing a marlin and getting a jig strike while fishing about 3 miles southeast of the 302 Spot.   Bob said that Ken Yasuda of the Encounter caught a marlin in the region of the 302 Spot and said that the Anita J caught and released 2 marlin fishing down to the southeast of the 302 Spot.

     Chuck Smith's Sea Trek IV is coming into the Marlin Club with a marlin.  I will update when I get more details on this and any other of these catches

Friday August 9, 2003

      I am still trying to gather some more details on today's marlin fishing but there is some good news to report.  There was a real good show and bite today for boats fishing about 5 miles off San Clemente Island. The problem is that I believe them to be 5 miles northeast of Pyramid Head at San Clemente Island but have not been able to confirm that as of yet for sure.

     The Wild Bill had a 4 marlin day in this area another boat reportedly had 2 and another had 1.  It sounded as if they were baiting quite a few fish within this zone during the day.

     The Slide at Catalina was also reported to have produced a few marlin today.  There were quite a few boats working this area but some fish were being hooked and caught.

     In the San Diego area, Bob Woodard of the Cristina Lynn reported fishing with Harry Okuda on Harry's boat Alfresco III  and seeing a marlin and getting a jig strike while fishing about 3 miles southeast of the 302 Spot.   Bob said that Ken Yasuda of the Encounter caught a marlin in the region of the 302 Spot and said that the Anita J caught and released 2 marlin fishing down to the southeast of the 302 Spot.

     Chuck Smith's Sea Trek IV is coming into the Marlin Club with a marlin.  I will update when I get more details on this and any other of these catches.

Thursday, August 7, 2003--Supplement

     I got the scoop on the marlin caught and released out at the 302 Spot today from Skip on the Cast and Blast who reported getting the fish about 1 mile north  of the highspot at the 302.  He said it was a blind strike on a dorado color 18 inch Zuker that he dragged through a spot of working birds.  Skip estimated the fish to have weighed between 150 and 175 pounds.  Skip also reported the Bob Woodard Jr. of the Dropback caught a dorado on an marlin jig trolled right near the highspot at the 302.

Wednesday August 6, 2003

     There were two marlin caught that I know of today....not bad for a weekday with just a few boats out fishing.

     The Ken Dan tagged and released a jig fish at the 302 Spot.  Harry Okuda was the angler.  A banner day aboard the Ken Dan as they caught their limits of albacore down at the 295 Bank early this morning (see today's albacore report above.)

    The other marlin caught was taken up more toward Catalina between the 209 Spot and the 267 Spot.  It was caught on a black and purple jig and was taken into Avalon.

Sunday, August 3, 2003

     There was one marlin caught that I know of today.  It was hooked on a dropback bait this morning when a tailer showed up in the jigs as they were slowing down to turn on it.  It was caught between the 209 Spot and the 289 Spot at latitude and longitude coordinates 3258 and 11801 which is 45 miles 283 degrees from Point Loma.

      There were several boats working between the 209 Spot and the 181 Spot that were seeing an occasional fish.  One boat did see two tailers together.  One feeder was also seen inside of the 209 Spot at 3307 and 11738 which is 35 miles 310 degrees from Point Loma.

     Mackerel have been kind of tough to catch.  Some boats have been able to catch mackerel outside of the Oceanside Harbor Jetties and there was a report of lots of spots of breezing mackerel to be found between the 277 Spot and the 125 Spot off the east end of Catalina.  There have also been some mackerel to catch for bait outside of Dana Point Harbor.

Saturday, August 2, 2003

     Private boater Marty Morris of the Ken-Dan reported that the Sea Trek IV owned by Marlin Club Member Chuck Smith caught 2 marlin today.  One was a blind strike jig fish and the other was a bait fish that was caught when they baited a tailer.  The marlin were caught between the 209 Spot and the 181 Spot.  Congratulations to Chuck Smith and the crew of the Sea Trek IV!

Friday August 1, 2003 @ 4 pm

     A boat fishing "a few miles 6 degrees from the 152" off the east end of Catalina reported seeing "a few marlin" this afternoon and having one come up in the jigs and bite.  It was 69-70 degrees off color green water.  When I put down the cursor on the chart and try and figure the approximate coordinates I come up with latitude and longitude 3317 and 11810.  The weather has turned breezy and bumpy this afternoon.  As always be sure to check the latest marine weather forecast before you go.

Friday August 1, 2003 @ noon

     The updated information on the marlin tagged and released off The Slide this morning is that it was hooked 1.5 miles east of The Slide and that it bit a bleeding mackerel color Zuker jig.

Friday August 1, 2003 @ 8:50 am.

     The Hooker has just tagged and released their marlin off The Slide.  I believe it to have been a jigfish.

Friday August 1, 2003 @ 8:30 am.

     There is a marlin hooked up off the Slide at Catalina on the boat Hooker.  They intend to release the fish. 

     I talked with Bob Woodard Jr. of the Dropback who fished around the 302 Spot on Thursday and was the one in Thursday's report who saw the marlin there.  He said it was a feeder under birds and that there may well have been more than one fish up.  He baited the spot and then slow trolled mackerel for 20 minutes but could not get bit.

    He saw the fish on the cool side of a temperature and color break where the water went from 68.5 degrees and green on the inside to 66.5 degrees and blue on the outside.  The break was about two miles west of the highspot at the 302.

JULY

Thursday July 31, 2003

     There were a couple of marlin seen today that I know of.  One was seen at the 302 Spot outside the Coronados and the other at the 277 Spot off the east end of Catalina.  No strikes out of either fish and no blind trolling strikes that I know of.

 Wednesday July 30, 2003

     I got a report of a marlin caught and released on an albacore feather down on the albacore grounds on Tuesday.  The fish was caught at 75 miles 170 degrees from Point Loma.

     There were a few boats fishing some of the local banks outside of Point Loma today and I did not hear of any marlin action.  The same report can be made about the 267 Bank outside of Dana Point and about spots around and about the east end of Catalina.

Tuesday Morning July 29, 2003

     The Marlin Club weighed in their first marlin of the year on Monday.  Here is an email report about the catch provided by Marlin Club President Wayne Slahor:

     A 129 lb Marlin was weighed in at the club today.  The boat was the Mil So Mar with Captain Rich Hamilton at the wheel. The Angler was Troy Fitzgerald, he was not a club member so the flags are still up for grabs. The fish was taken on a lure near the "302" spot
      Wayne

     There are some boats fishing the 9 Mile Bank, 7 miles west of North Island and the 302 Spot this morning and I have not heard of any action as of yet today.

     There was also a marlin caught at the 267 Spot outside of Dana Point on Saturday.  It was caught  by the boat Wild Bill and was weighed in at Dana Point. The marlin was hooked in the evening around 7:00 pm when they baited a "lazy tailer". I believe that the first marlin has yet to be weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club.  The Wild Bill caught a swordfish a week earlier in the same area around the 267 Spot. 

     There are a few boats out around the 267 Spot this morning and I have not heard of any marlin action so far today.

     Boats fishing in the albacore grounds below San Diego continue to see occasional marlin and get occasional jig strikes on the albacore feathers and cedar plugs.  A majority of the marlin activity has been a touch closer to the coast than where a lot of the albacore fishing is being done right now.  The main area where the marlin activity has been reported has been between the 3120 and 3130 latitude lines and between the 11710 and 11715 longitude lines.  That has you in an area between the Inner Bank and the 1140 Finger, the middle of which would be about 74 miles 167 degrees from Point Loma.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

     A boat reported having a marlin up in the jigs out at the western edges of the Mushroom Bank.

      A swordfish boat has seen a marlin each of the past couple of days into the northeast of Pyramid Head at San Clemente Island.  The coordinates given were at latitude and longitude coordinates 3256 and 11819 and 3250 and 11814.  This afternoon a boat reported seeing a marlin in that same zone at 3253 and 11816. 

     Captain Joe Cacciola of the Sea Star out of Helgren's Sportfishing reports that a handful of marlin have been baited during the past week or so in the general area of 8 to 12 miles outside of Oceanside.

Friday July 25, 2003

     The past 10 days or so have seen occasional marlin seen and hooked in the albacore fleet that has been working anywhere from 70 to 95 miles 160 to 170 degrees from Point Loma.  The action down there has been widely scattered and random with no real pattern to point to. 

     This morning a boat reported seeing 2 marlin out by the northeast wing of the Butterfly Bank.  I got a report that someone baited a tailer inside of the West End of San Clemente Island a few days back and the Airplanes have reportedly been seeing about 1 marlin per day along the lee of San Clemente Island while looking for swordfish.

 Thursday July 17, 2003

   There are a few marlin showing up on the albacore grounds below Ensenada.  Private boater Jim Daniells of the Wildcat reported that a boat fishing albacore caught a marlin today on the albacore grounds below Ensenada.  Jim said that  it weighed 128 pounds and was hooked at 3128 and 11654 which is 73 miles 154 degrees from Point Loma.

   A sportboat on a 2 day trip had a marlin swimming around under the lights while they were on the sea anchor as few days back as well.

   There was also a jumper seen 8 miles off of Newport Beach late last week.

Tuesday Evening July 15, 2003

     Here is an email from private boater Lou Brito of the Seaya.  Lou was the one who caught and released the first marlin of the year that you will read about in the report below.  Here is the word from Lou himself about the marlin catch and about his day of albacore fishing.  Congratulations Lou! 

     Hey Bob

       First trip of the year got down latitude and longitude coordinates 31 27n & 116 53 (74 miles 153 degrees from Point Loma).  @ 5:30 am put jigs in and got a double within 10 minutes that turned into a bait stop that lasted until 7:30 easy limits for the four of us. Worked around for a few more doubles but not the same action as the early morning. Pretty much the same for Fish Limo who was close by.

       Also we got a Marlin.  It bit a natural cedar plug in close down the middle and released it 45 minutes later.   Great day to say the least.

      Lou Brito

     Seaya