el nino yellowtail fishingOver the past few years, fishing has been mediocre in Southern California but all thats about to change as forecaster’s have been predicing moderate El Nino. As our water temperatures rise, so does the appearance of exotic fishes.

Yellowfin Tuna

The Yellowfin Tuna, often found during the late summers off the waters of San Diego, CA and Mexico is one of the most prized pelagic fishes rarely caught in local waters above Baja. However signs of El Nino are revelant as they are being caught just 50 miles south of San Diego. The surface temperature is as high as 75 degress off Southern California.

Mahi Mahi or Dorado

One of the most beautiful and desired game fish, like the Yellowfin Tuna, are commonly just found near Baja. Local boats from San Diego all the way up to Newport Beach are beginging to see these fish on the surface of kelp paddies.

Striped Marlin

Catching a Marlin is the pinnacle of sportfishing. It’s not an unusual catch in the late summer and early fall off Southern California and Mexico. However it’s extremely rare for sightings north of Los Angeles county. During El Nino years, the warm waters lure the exotic marlin north of their range and is very catchable. Keep an eye out for these.

As of right now, San diego boats are extremely hot on the bite. Anglers aren’t needing to travel far distances to hop on a charter to fish. 3/4 day trips from H&M Landing, Fisherman’s Landing, and Seaforth have produced stellar Yellowtail and Tuna Fishing. Many of these boats are not traveling far to find the kelp paddies, leaving fisherman with plenty of time to load up on these exotics.

Captain Todd Myer aboard the Voyager (Seaforth Landing) has called in from a one and one half day with 100 bluefin and 100 yellowfin tuna.

Captain Mike Pritchard aboard the Tribute (Seaforth Landing) also on a day and a half has called in with 60 yellowfin tuna and 60 yellowtail

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Another rare catch is set to go on public display this week at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor where it will live among other odd-looking lobsters, mostly those with strange coloring. Hopfully this wasn’t a mutation from the Fukushima Radiation Leak, we’d had to see other marine life pop up with various deformities.

But this one will stand out for something quite extraordinary: it has six claws and she’s called Lola.

Capt. Peter Brown and fisherman Richard Figueiredo were lobster fishing aboard The Rachel Leah, one of the five boats featured in “Lobster Wars” on Discovery Channel, when they caught the four-pound, 10-year-old crustacean in one of their traps off Hyannis, Massachusetts.

On the left side, they noticed five Edward Scissorhands-like claws where only one claw should be. A normal claw was on the other side.

Recognizing the lobster as something special, Brown named the lobster Lola and donated it to the Maine State Aquarium.

“This claw deformity is a genetic mutation,” aquarium manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques told WMTW-TV in Maine. “Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw.”

The aquarium has two other lobsters with similar deformities on display, but neither is like Lola. Hayden-Roderiques said she has never seen one with six claws before.

It was also a first for David Libby, a marine scientist for the Department of Marine Resources who works at the aquarium and has 40 years of experience working with marine life.

“Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw,” he told the Bangor Daily News. “But I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Lucky for Lola, the deformity saved her life.

Here’s the video


 

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Fishing has been great all around Southern California. Tuna and yellow tail fishing continues to be spectacular and the seas couldn’t be more calm. These are medium to big grade tunas. Another big news is the Mirage boat out of Channel Islands on a 2 day trip with 31 Halibuts for only 17 lucky anglers.

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Cabo San Lucas Marlin Fishing with RedRum Sportfishing

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Yellowtail, Yellowfin, and BlueFin Tuna Action All Around

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Independence Weekend Blue Fin Bite

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Record Rockfish? 200-year-old Rockfish Could Be Oldest Fish Ever Caught

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Breathtaking Aerial Footage of Channel Island from Our Newest Member: The Quadcopter

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2013 38th Annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Winner

Every year for the past 38 years there’s been a popular event held at Marina Del Mar. The extremely happy fisherman of Venice Ca has won it over this year. The weight of the beast Halibut scaled boldly at 33.5lbs for Tim Sheridan. The 38th Annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby was  held June 8 [...]

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