Tuna (Bluefin) Fishing in California

Tuna (Bluefin) Fishing in California

Californian Bluefin Tuna are not as massive as their western Pacific or Atlantic counterparts, with good sized Tuna caught up to 120lbs (and a 173lbs fish recently speared in San Clemente waters being an outlier). However, needing to pay a visit to Mexican waters for Bluefin fishing is slowly becoming a thing of the past - the increase in numbers and size of caught fish is a good sign that the SoCal fishery might yet see its peak Bluefin times.

Bluefin can found around Tuna pens and kelp paddies of the northern Baja California. The pens are much easier to find, so most fishermen will head out to them before first light to wait for the feeding Bluefin. Trolling "tuna feathers", cedar plugs or deep diving lures up to 100ft deep or yo-yoing metal jigs have been proven to be the most effective ways.

San Diego (with The Long Run Sportfishing) and Dana Point (with First Dawn Charters) are excellent spots to go out from.

Seasonality:
Tuna (Bluefin) fishing in California varies moderately throughout the year. High season is August. Low season is January to March. There is no closed season.
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