Big bluefin hit long-range boats; albacore closer in

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By Ed Zieralski
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

August 16, 2002

Giant bluefin up to 140 pounds bit yesterday at 150 miles from Point Loma for the American Angler out of Point Loma Sportfishing, turning what already has been a great summer of ocean fishing into a wide-open frenzy for long-range fishermen.

Earlier in the week the Shogun out of Fisherman's Landing, on a research tagging trip, and the Red Rooster III out of Lee Palm Sportfishers, on a sportfishing trip, had similar encounters with the giant bluefin.

Captain Sam Patella, first-year owner of American Angler with Brian Kiyohara, called in at noon yesterday with news of a big score of huge bluefin caught yesterday by anglers on a five-day Sport Chalet charter.

"Sam said they have 23 bluefin up to 140 pounds and one more going," said Judy Collins, the boat's office manager at Point Loma Sportfishing. "He said the weather was fantastic and the fishing was just phenomenal."

On Wednesday, the American Anglers' fishermen boated big albacore up to 35 pounds and then hit a school of bluefin late in the day. The fishermen landed 68 bluefin up to 100 pounds, and that set the stage for a late-night chore of making bait, squid under the lights.

"The only problem on this trip is, when do you sleep?" Patella said.

Offshore, albacore continue to bite in record numbers and big yellowtail are being found under floating kelp. And inshore, the water temperature jumped five degrees to 67 degrees off Point Loma, sparking another good run on sand bass, calico bass and barracuda. Passengers on the Daily Double yesterday caught a mixed bag of those three. The only thing missing from the perfect summer is a late showing of bigeye, yellowfin and dorado, something that could happen, captains say, if the water continues to warm.

Local one-and 11/2-day boats continue to catch albacore and smaller bluefin up to 50 pounds as those fish continue moving northwest. Yesterday's scores were the best of the season for a combination of albacore, bluefin and yellowtail:

The 24 Point Loma-based boats with 507 anglers caught 1,278 albacore, 444 bluefin tuna, 317 yellowtail and two dorado. At Seaforth in Mission Bay, five full-day boats with 95 anglers reported 264 albacore, 198 bluefin tuna and 18 yellowtail.
 

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18 more days 'til my Shogun 5 dayer.  Hold on Bluefin!!!.....hronk
 

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Just getting ready to head out on the OLD#7.  Limits on Albies and the BlueFin are starting to show pretty good the past couple days.  

Be back tomorrow night and post some pics.

Old#7
 

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"The only problem on this trip is, when do you sleep?" Patella said.

Sleep what sleep. When the bite is on, it's time to rock n roll. You can sleep when your dead.(LOL)
 

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