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Warm water in channel improves offshore fishing

August 15, 2004

JIM NIEMIEC

Warm water currents moved in along the south coast and offshore

fishing really perked up this past week. Marlin finally started

biting both along the coast and off the east ends of both Catalina

and San Clemente islands, yellowtail and dorado were pretty

cooperative when the right floating kelp patty was located and

albacore finally staged a comeback for overnight boats, but

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unfortunately it's still a lot of down days mixed in with wide-open

fishing for the longfins.

Along the beach the sand bass bite continues strong, there are

still lots of big barracuda filling gunny sacks on board sport boats

and the showing of bonito makes the outlook for the remainder of the

summer fishing season pretty promising. Balboa Angling Club member

Joe Lindelmann weighed in a 13-pound dorado he caught about five

miles off the 14 Mile Bank on board the yacht Free Bird.

There is some 72-degree water on the Avalon Bank and that's where

most of the marlin action took place this week. Other areas that also

produced hookups were the 181 spot, off Pyramid Head and the

deepwater trench off San Mateo. Chuck Holland of Balboa went marlin

fishing by himself in his 24-foot Boston Whaler Amorus and hooked

into a spikebill while trolling a lure off Clemente. The fish was

released in the best interest of conserving the billfish fishery off

the Southern California coast. According to J.D., at J.D.'s Big Game

Tackle located on Balboa Island, it looks like the marlin season is

in full swing with a big area of fish showing up. Cold water on the

outside has shoved warmer water close to the beach were there is

plenty of bait to allow marlin to settle down into a pretty steady

feeding pattern.

Other boats that recorded hooked fish over the weekend were:

Harbor area resident Paul Artesen fishing aboard the Blue Chip, who

took the day off from the falling Dow Jones and caught a striped

marlin about eight miles off San Mateo with Captain John Holmes at

the helm. The Poco Loco, skippered by Danny Jones, had a marlin jump

on a yellow and red EAL jig right on top the 279 Spot. This billfish

got tail-wrapped and died and it was a first fish for their friend,

Brett. The Wild Bill, a 40-foot Blackwatch, captained by Bill

Kingsmill of Dana Point, hooked a marlin on a Sevenstrand electronic

lure four miles inside the 279 Spot last Sunday morning and the lucky

angler who grabbed the rod was Dave Herrera of Dana Point.

On Aug. 7 the sportfisher Joker, a 36-foot Pacifica, missed a

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