Happy Thursday everyone! Rob here from Basin Tackle again with more fishing reports and fish facts.
Last week the tuna bite continued right until the wind and waves picked up. The fish are a little further out and north. The grade continues to get better and better with some sport boats reporting 15- to 18-pound averages and we’ve seen some honest to goodness 40 pounders in the mix, as well. It’s tough to say if they will still be around after the week of wind the weatherman is predicting.
Salmon are slowly starting to be caught in the bay; we’ve had confirmation of about 10 this past weekend. This is just the beginning, with reports from the jetty to the chip pile and even one off of Point Adams. If we get some rain it’ll speed things up fast and we are stocking up on Jerry’s Gold Label bait, lots of BYO and Shortbus flashers and spreaders and anything else you will need, remember that we’re here seven days a week.
Rockfish in the ocean has been really good, the lingcod bite keeps coming back stronger and stronger and big fat ‘ole cabezon are still getting hauled into boats. Don’t forget about the 20 fathom curve rule in effect for ocean fishing, call the ODFW or us if you need an explanation.
Crabbing seems to be best just outside and to the north, drop your gear in about 30 feet of water. Crabbing in the bay is still good but just as it has been all year it’s hit or miss as to where they are. Move your gear if you have to, if the catch is small move those pots! Crabbing on the bay took a crazy hot turn for the better this past weekend with a lot of folks catching partial and full limits of ocean size Dungeness and really large red rock crab. Herring, sardines, jacksmelt, and anchovies are in the bay now and several people have been catching them for both people and fish food.
With the warm water and tuna out there this time of year we always see cool stuff that we normally don’t see, and today’s topic is one of these critters.
A California Yellowtail was caught last week by James on the fishing vessel EZC while fishing for tuna about 60 miles off shore. The California Yellowtail is a species that covers a whole lot of the world’s oceans. These fish inhabit waters from British Columbia, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Easter Island! The California Yellowtail prefers warm water from 70 to 72 degrees although it has been caught in waters as low as 64 degrees, explaining how we caught one out here.
The California Yellowtail is not to be confused with yellowfin tuna and in fact is not a tuna at all but a species belonging to the family of Carangidae (do NOT ask me how to pronounce that) which are often also referred to as an Amberjack, in this case a Yellow Amberjack. These beautiful and tasty fish feed on mackerel, anchovies, smelt and squid and will sometimes even forage for crab. The world record California Yellowtail is a stout 92.1 pounds and was caught out of San Diego California in 2004 on a rod and reel, not a handline! That’s a whoooole lotta Yellowtail to mess with. Hopefully the tuna and the warm water stay close and we can catch some more exotic species.
Whether you are catching Yellowtail or tuna I hope to see you out there.
Rob Gensorek is the owner of Basin Tackle www.basintackle.com in the Charleston Marina and can be reached by phone at (541) 888-FISH, by Facebook at Basin Tackle Charleston, or e-mail at email@example.com. Robs fishing reports can be heard daily on several radio stations and his Basin Tackle Outdoor Show can be heard Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m. at kwro.com. In addition to all this he sometimes actually gets out and catches a fish or two.