Our resident Dorado are still hanging out in the bay. With so much bait and improving water conditions I believe these fish will stay the entire season. There is just no reason for them to leave. The only thing that will change is their size. Dorado are a fast growing fish with an average life span of only 5 years so they get big fast.These fish now are averaging north of 15lbs.
Yellowtail are starting to settle in and seem to be getting close to spawning. The bite is becoming more predictable as well. These guys are on the rocky spots and seamounts in around 150’ of water. Currently the best option is jigging (yo-yo) using a Salas 6x scramble egg pattern on the ascending tide. Mackerel their favorite forage is also quite effective but getting through the trigger fish can be challenging. These moss backs are also starting to grow up and are running 20-30lbs. We had one fish on the down rigger this week that just couldn’t be stopped, she finally made it to the rocks and that was that. Perhaps a big yellowtail or AmberJack, don’t know.
Cabrilla and Pargo are mixed in with the yellowtail. So far this year they have been a bit on the small size but the season is young. We had our first tuna siting this week. Nice fish in the 60-80 lb class. It looks like they were chasing Ballyhoo but unfortunately they were too close to Los lslotes, so all we could do is watch and hope they move out of the park soon.