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Fishing has been nothing but phenomenal this summer. With loads of tunas well within our 3/4 day range, all thanks to the spectacular warm water climates of El Nino.

If you have not already taken advantage of the tuna fishing this year, there is still time to fill your fridges with top grade tuna. Some boats to keep an eye out for is the Pacific Queen, New Lo-An, Tribute, Sea Adventure 80, Apollo, Aztec, Grande, and of course the Condor.

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The Wide Open Fish Crew will also be in Mexico next week and will provide updates on the fishing conditions. Stay tuned!


Trifecta Opal aboard the Excel

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It’s unusually rare to even see one of these out on the water but to catch a large opah? I couldn’t tell you how many boat trips that would take. But here in Socal on a sportfishing boat, anglers out of San Diego manage to land three of the brightly colored ‘moonfish’ on the same day.

Lucky Anglers aboard the San Diego-based Excel have spent the past several days Sacking up on tuna and yellowtail, during what many are describing as the most phenomenal bite in regional waters in decades. Thank you El Nino!

But standing out among the yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and yellowtail are three enormous fish shaped like the moon and nearly as radiant.

They are opah, weighing in at 151, 180, and 124 pounds, caught respectively by Armando Castillo, Joe Ludlow, and Travis Savala (see photo).

To catch one opah on a Southern California-based sportfishing boat (or any sportfishing boat) is rare. To catch three on the same vessel, on the same day, is extraordinary.

This is because the brightly colored fish do not typically swim in large schools. They’re more commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical seas, and their appearance in local waters is often associated with warm-water events such as El Niño. (El Niño-like conditions are what lured the tuna and yellowtail into Southern California waters.)

The Excel has been posting photos of its multi-day trip to its Facebook page. The opah photo is by far the most popular, having been “liked” more than 6,000 times, and shared more than 1,500 times since the fish were caught on Friday.

The opah’s flesh is delectable and served in many restaurants, but there isn’t a direct commercial fishery for opah because the fish aren’t found in large schools. Catches by commercial long-liners, and anglers, are almost always incidental.

Because the species is not believed to be overfished, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Food Watch program rates opah as a “good alternative” to several other fish species.

The Excel stated that five opah were hooked at about the same time Friday, but only the three were landed.


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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