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July 30, 2002
Tropical currents pushing into channel waters and brought along big schools of albacore and bluefin tuna. The bite started late last week off the east end of San Clemente Island and continues steady for the sportfishing fleet and private yachts. Bait conditions are good and the water temperature is holding at about 65 degrees, which is ideal for albacore. Another tropical storm that developed below Baja is expected to bring even warmer water off the coast with a good chance that the bluefin tuna bite will get going by this weekend.
NEWS
July 22, 2005
JIM NIEMIEC Albacore could be well within range of overnight boats running out of Davey's Locker, Newport Sportfishing Landing and Bongos Sportfishing Charters as they continue to move up along the Baja California coast. Big schools of albies popped up just 58 miles south of Point Loma and with the full moon these fish could be stacked up on the 43 Fathom spot or in the channel any day. Clay Van Sickle of Costa Mesa was joined by this outdoor editor on an epic albacore trip aboard the deluxe sportfisher Pacific Star captained by Mike Bullard this past week that produced one of the better fishing trips of the season.
NEWS
March 26, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Albacore and bluefin tuna showed in the dock counts over the weekend for a few sport boats and private yachts heading to off shore waters out of San Diego. The season kicked off late last week as calm seas allowed boats to venture out some 80 miles to the fishing grounds but the winds picked up and shut off what had been a pretty decent early bite on albies in the 15- to 18-pound class and a few toad bluefin weighing to 40 pounds. According to the latest fishing reports called in by Captain Buzz Brizendine, owner/operator of the sportfisher Prowler, boats were fishing an area 65 to 85 miles on a 175-degree course out of Point Loma.
NEWS
August 9, 2003
Huge schools of albacore are still hung up along the coast of Baja Norte and haven't started a strong push into channel waters and it's getting pretty well into what is traditionally the peak period of the season for normal migrations of longfin tuna along the south coastline. Davey's Locker has been sending the Cat Special on 1.5 day trips to get anglers into the fishing grounds and will most likely add another one of its fleet to the overnight trips if tuna don't move into closer waters.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Water conditions in the channel looked good to Captain Joe Bairian of Newport Beach on the afternoon of Cinco de Mayo and he made a call to this outdoor writer to join him aboard the fast sportfisher Bongos III for an exploratory trip to the fishing grounds. This unscheduled trip of the young season might have produced the first sport-caught albacore for a Newport Beach sport boat. And there was an even better chance we may have hooked into a yellowtail pulled from under a kelp patty.
NEWS
June 23, 2001
Jim Niemiec Big schools of albacore have moved within the one-day range for Newport-based party boats and private yachts. Longfins are spread out over a large area and the bite was wide open on Tuesday for most boats trolling outer-channel waters. The "Bongos II," captained by Chandler Bell and Jon Taylor of Newport Beach, called in a catch report of 44 albies fishing an area 62 miles from the jetty. Seas were calm, there were lots of breaking fish, meter marks, jig stops and the albacore charged up the chum line pretty good to eat almost every anchovy that hit the water.
NEWS
June 2, 2001
Jim Niemiec The first sport-caught albacore of the season in U.S. waters were landed on board the deluxe sportfisher Bongos II, captained by Richard Ruffini of Costa Mesa on Thursday. The bite exploded for anglers on board the fast six pack charter boat about four miles east of the butterfly Bank. This area is some 75 miles south of Newport's twin jetties, but within easy reach of charter boats and a couple of the day boats running out of Davey's Locker and Newport Landing Sportfishing.
NEWS
June 24, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Limits of sand bass are being caught by half, three-quarter and twilight trips running out of Davey's Locker and Newport Landing Sportfishing. Huge schools moved up the coast and are now holding off Huntington Beach were sportfishers and private yachts are targeting sandies in 12 to 15 fathoms of water. The bulk of the catch is being made up of 1.5- to 3-pounders but there have been a few bigger grumpies weighing up to 8 pounds sacked.
NEWS
September 28, 2002
Mid channel waters are holding good numbers of blue water game fish as the "Indian Summer" fishing period continues to produce warmer water and calm seas. Marlin have moved into fishable waters off the east end of San Clemente Island and are spread out over high spots all the way down to La Jolla. Anglers competing in the Drambuie 2002 Catalina Classic held this week reported seeing many billfish, but the bite was off for most of the 108 boats that competed in the event that was won by the team on the deluxe yacht Puritan XI when the team weighed in a striped marlin at the dock in Avalon scaling 186 pounds.
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By: JIM NIEMIEC | August 26, 2005
This hasn't been one of the better summer fishing seasons for the Newport party boat fleet and things are also starting off very slow for private yachts trying to catch marlin or any of the pelagics that traditionally show up in local waters by late August. Cold water, much of which is off-color and extends clear out past the 43 Fathom spot, isn't showing much promise of making a quick turnaround. The seas did lay down after a strong northwesterly blew through earlier in the week, but yellowfin tuna, dorado and yellowtail are all stacked up some 85 miles below Point Loma, and these schools of prized species are not showing any signs of moving up the line.
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NEWS
By: JIM NIEMIEC | August 5, 2005
If the strong westerly winds would just back off for a few days, fishing along the entire south coast could bust wide open. The stage is set for an awesome late-summer fishing season that should continue well into the early fall months. Albacore are slowly moving into one-day range, but are hung up by massive schools of small anchovies and sauries southeast of the 60-Mile Bank. A few of the overnight boats operating out of Davey's Locker and Newport Sportfishing Landing are making runs to the fishing grounds, but the counts have not been anything to talk about as tough conditions on the outside are keeping the longfins from coming to the boat.
NEWS
July 22, 2005
JIM NIEMIEC Albacore could be well within range of overnight boats running out of Davey's Locker, Newport Sportfishing Landing and Bongos Sportfishing Charters as they continue to move up along the Baja California coast. Big schools of albies popped up just 58 miles south of Point Loma and with the full moon these fish could be stacked up on the 43 Fathom spot or in the channel any day. Clay Van Sickle of Costa Mesa was joined by this outdoor editor on an epic albacore trip aboard the deluxe sportfisher Pacific Star captained by Mike Bullard this past week that produced one of the better fishing trips of the season.
NEWS
July 18, 2005
JIM NIEMEC It's been a wide open bite for sand bass all along the coast. The red tide seems to have been pushed out by strong currents, the water temperature has jumped up nearly 5 degrees in less than a week and fishing in general has really taken a turn for the better. "Limits of legal sand bass are being sacked by anglers fishing on half-day, three-quarter day and twilight boats making the short run up to the Huntington Beach Flats and there are some barracuda mixed in with the sandies.
NEWS
April 22, 2005
JIM NIEMIEC The first sport-caught albacore of the 2005 season were reported late last week as sport boats running 1.5- to two-day trips out of San Diego landings ran into schools of small longfins some 100 to 115 miles, 190 degrees off Point Loma. The fish averaged 5 to 7 pounds, but there was a mix of 12- to 18-pounders caught. There appears to be a temperature break at this distance where the water is holding between 61.5 to 63 degrees, and perfect sea conditions contributed to the early season catch.
NEWS
March 27, 2005
ROBERT GARDNER EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily Pilot has agreed to republish The Verdict, the ever popular column written for many years by retired Corona Del Mar jurist and historian Robert Gardner, in exchange for donations o the Surfrider Foundation. Freddie Eastmen was a nice guy. He didn't deserve to die the way he did. Freddie was part of the 1930's group of Balboa regulars -- about 20 to 30 young men, usually of college age, who lived on or near Main Street during summer vacation.
NEWS
September 9, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC The ocean couldn't be any nicer than it has been since hurricane Howard moved off to the west leaving behind a south swell and pushing warm water into the channel. Anglers covered a lot of water over Labor Day weekend and reported fair fishing for yellowfin tuna, Dorado and yellowtail inside the 43 Fathom spot, while a few big albacore were still being caught off San Diego and out west around the Cortez Bank. Flat calm seas and brilliant blue water made for excellent fishing conditions and the long range weather map isn't showing any major storms that could affect fishing.
NEWS
July 17, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Northwesterly winds blew pretty strong in outer waters this past week and shut down albacore fishing. Counts for the local fleet took a big drop, but if the wind dies down this weekend we could see good scores posted by the over night fleet of sport boats operating out of Davey's Locker, Newport Landing Sportfishing and Dana Wharf Sportfishing. There are huge schools of big albacore holding about 160 miles below San Diego and conditions are right for these albies to move up the line.
NEWS
June 24, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Limits of sand bass are being caught by half, three-quarter and twilight trips running out of Davey's Locker and Newport Landing Sportfishing. Huge schools moved up the coast and are now holding off Huntington Beach were sportfishers and private yachts are targeting sandies in 12 to 15 fathoms of water. The bulk of the catch is being made up of 1.5- to 3-pounders but there have been a few bigger grumpies weighing up to 8 pounds sacked.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Water conditions in the channel looked good to Captain Joe Bairian of Newport Beach on the afternoon of Cinco de Mayo and he made a call to this outdoor writer to join him aboard the fast sportfisher Bongos III for an exploratory trip to the fishing grounds. This unscheduled trip of the young season might have produced the first sport-caught albacore for a Newport Beach sport boat. And there was an even better chance we may have hooked into a yellowtail pulled from under a kelp patty.
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