“280 Yellowtail and 31 Dorado for 28 passengers on a 2.5 day rental. Great quality fish too, over 15 lbs and a few yellows in their 30s.”
Anchor Totals 7/17 – 7/23: 5,322 anglers on 230 half-day to 3-day excursions out of San Diego last week caught 142 barracudas, 594 bluefin tuna (to 197 lbs), 55 boccaccio, 636 bonito, 1,253 calico bass, 797 dorado , 8 halibut, 11 lingkud, 1 mako shark, 2181 rockfish, 80 sand bass, 208 chipmunks, 62 scalpins, 29 Sheffield, 145 whitefish, 30 white sea bass, 126 yellowfin tuna, 10171 yellout.
salty water: With the waters hanging in the high ’60s and bluefin tuna still popping up from San Quentin, to Baja, to San Clemente Island, the yellowfin sting has yet to materialize. Yellowtail, on the other hand, have been caught, in numbers that have nearly doubled in the past two weeks from a few thousand to more than ten thousand reported. Usually, when the yellow fin appears within a day’s range, their numbers go up just as quickly as those of the yellow tail.
Dorado numbers were on the rise, in proportion to the season as the waters warmed and the yellowfin tuna appeared, but with the yellowfin tuna still outperforming, the tuna’s bite was generally slow. The fishery appears to be suspended in a transitional phase between cold and warm water tuna while Yellowtail and dorado fill in areas from just off the coast to the outer banks. Bluefin fish come more from fast fishing during the day or dropping a knife at night and in the dark early morning hours. The size range ranges from 40 to over 200 pounds, with the majority of bluefin tuna caught at the lower end of this range.
Yellowfin, for schools early next season in the one-day fleet’s range, rails in the 30-pound range, which is twice the size of a typical yellowfin tuna. This all adds up to mixed catches with our full-day to 3-day boats of bluefin, yellowfin, dorado, bonito, and yellowfin. Among these, the most “magical” species are the dorado and AKA mahimahi in Polynesia and the Atlantic “dolphinfish”.
As far as conservation goes, dorados are a viable species that can be fished sustainably. This has a lot to do with their study habits and growth rates. They are usually found in small “groups” of a few to twenty or so fish, with one to a few males and several females per pack. It cannot be caught in bulk like tuna or yellowtail. Even with a large number of bluefin tuna on our banks since winter, the stocks of bluefin tuna in the North Pacific are estimated to be about 3% of their natural stock. The recreational limit for bluefin tuna is two fish per fisherman per day in American and Mexican waters, and it wasn’t recreational fishing that depleted their numbers: it was the merchant fleets and their huge nets.
The limits have been enforced, though the annual catch of bluefin tuna by US merchant fleets has varied from 11 to 487 metric tons over the past decade, with the fleet exceeding the limits of only one of those years: 2017. Dorado is taken by The line is more than net, and they have been protected from commercial fishing in Mexican waters. The recreational limit of the dorado is also two fish in Mexican waters, and although they are only caught in small numbers in American waters during two months during the summer, they do fall under the allowed limit of 10 fish per species here. Although the dorado is outside our banks, the majority come from areas south of the border and with warmer waters. We see better crops during El Niño years, but this year has been more La Niña set up so far, and although it’s early, the dorado doesn’t seem to mind the slowly warming waters off North Baja.
Dorado is a fast-growing species that lives for a few years. One study showed that a small male Dorado, collected by Captain Ray Rocher of Miami, weighed 5 to 6 pounds when he was taken captive in December 2014. Nine months later, the fish weighed 56.4 pounds — an increase of 50 pounds. In less than a year.
This growth rate arc would be lengthened in a natural environment, but nonetheless, for a fish that might grow to close to 100 lbs in such a short lifespan, this is an astonishing growth rate. The largest caught (unofficially) was 102 pounds off Cabo San Lucas in 2015, the International Fishing Association’s world record for a dorado is an 87 pestle caught from Costa Rica in 1976. Since the dorado lives an estimated 5 years, it must The growth rate slows dramatically in the second half of their life. When they reach sexual maturity within a year and will reproduce year-round in warmer climates, their reproductive rates look healthy considering the rate of harvest.
Dorados are not shy of boats, nor are they picky eaters. Remote-Swimming Starfish Among recreational fishermen, the dorado is found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, and will eat anything from plankton to baitfish, and is often found hanging around floating sargasses or kelp fields.
With its acrobatic aerial combat, willingness to feed, beautiful coloration, and distinction as table fare, the gilded dorado is a favorite with hunters, part of the reason hunters topped 5000 for the first time in 2022 this past week. Since they prefer water temperatures of 70 degrees and above, they should be in the range of full-day and longer excursions. In general, when yellow fins begin to appear in large numbers, the dorado will soon follow. This year, Dorado is leading the charge while Yellowtail takes the slack in its yellowfin sting so far. They’re there, so go get them!
Notable catch last week:
7/17 The Oceanside 95, now operating out of San Diego, had a good two-day catch for its 24 fishermen, with 186 Yellowtail, 6 dorado, and 35 Bonito catches.
7/18 – 22 fishermen on board Pacific Islands 1.5 day trip caught 115 Yellowtail, 1 bluefin, and 1 dorado.
7/20 – 61 yellowtail, 14 blue-tailed, 6 dorado and 1 yellowfin tuna were reported by 16 fishermen on board mustang During an overnight run.
7/21 – 26 fishermen on board leading The ½ afternoon run had a good beach catch, 222 calico bass (150 released), along with 12 rockfish, 3 scallops and 2 sand bass. The luck They were called with 30 white bass, 27 bluefin tuna, 1 halibut and 1 yellowtail for 19 fishermen on their 1.5-day voyage.
7/22 – The Poseidon He returned from his two-day run with 20 fishermen who caught 200 Yellowtail and 19 dorado.
7/23 – 6 fishermen on board sauerkraut For two days of running on the boats 55 Yellowtail, 1 mako shark, 1 dorado and 1 yellowfin tuna. The Grande They were called off their track overnight by up to 115 Yellowtail along with 30 dorados for 23 anglers.
fish plants: 7/25 – Jennings Lake, catfish (1000), 7/29 – Santee Lakes, catfish (1500)