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caught bit on a marlin jig while they were trolling back in toward Mission Bay. The way back in to Mission Bay also provided the catch that made their otherwise scratchy bite fishing trip a grand success. Capt. Billy caught a beautiful 27-pound dorado that bit from a kelp paddy that he found just 12.5 miles outside of Mission Bay. The 27-pound dorado was Capt. Billy’s per- sonal best ever dorado! Private boater Brad Stoffers of Amy


Ray fished the area of the 277 Spot and reported catching 10 yellowfin tuna. They were good sized yellowfin that went to 30 pounds and he reported he found action from stopping on spots of working birds and using live bait. The best bite area was found while fishing a short way into the east of the 277 Spot and was at 52 miles 296 degrees from Point Loma. Boats fishing for marlin at spots off


the west end of Catalina Island contin- ue to find good action while fishing around and about spots such as the Osborn Bank, the Boot, the 172 Spot and the 125 Spot. Sleepers and tailers that are baited with mackerel have led to a good a percentage of the hookups. Blind jig strikes account for quite a few hookups as well. The area around and between the 125 Spot and the 172 Spot has been active. My estimation is that about 10 marlin were caught and released from these areas last weekend.


Other areas where recent scattered marlin action has been reported in the Catalina region are the Avalon Bank, the 277 Spot, the 14 Mile Bank and the 209 Spot. Marlin action has improved in the


San Diego area at spots such as the 182 Spot, the 224 Spot, the 302 Spot and the 371 Bank. The Snooper had a fan- tastic day of marlin fishing in catching and releasing three marlins, with a good percentage of its action coming from the region of the 371 Bank. Maurice Smith was out fishing with Jon Epsten of Dos Hermanos. Smith report- ed that Epsten caught and released a marlin from a jig strike they found while fishing the deep water above the 224 Spot. John Plaziak was out fishing with Fred Larson and Art Ponce aboard Larson’s boat Squared Away. Plazniak reported that Larson caught and released a marlin while fishing the northwestern edges of the 371 Bank. I hope you get out there as often as possible and take advantage of the tremendous fishing season we are hav- ing. Keep on fishing and I hope to see you out on the water!


Bob Vanian is the voice, writer and researcher of the San Diego-based internet fish report service called 976-Bite which can be found at www.976bite.com. Vanian also provides anglers with a personal fish report service over the telephone at (619) 226-8218. He always welcomes your fish reports at that same phone number or at bob976bite@aol.com.


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