The first tuna and dorado of the year for San Quintin were caught on board my boat Santa Monica on Thursday, July 13, 2006. We fished 25 miles west of San Martin Island in 68.8 degree clear blue water. We caught 3 yellowfin tuna on trolled plugs, and 7 mahi or dorado and 8 yellowtail on live bait on paddies. The San Quintin fishing tournament is going to be fun. On this day, we landed 4 of the 5 species of competition in the tournament. San Quintin is ready.
On Thursday's trip I fished with Eduardo Castro. We made bait around 6:00 a.m. and headed west from la punta, with little northwest winds. We ran 32 miles. We stopped on the way 2 times on kelp paddies and with live bait we landed 1 dorado and with jigs Curt Lingkist landed 2 yellowtail.
We kept going and 32 miles out of la punta we dropped plugs and 2 minutes after we had a dodo strike, and 15 minutes later 3 yellowfin tuna hit the trolled lures at the same time. We landed 2 tuna of 17 and 20 pounds, but we caught no more after trolling for about 2 hours.
We decided to run and look for kelp paddies on the way back. Straight off San Martin Island, we found 2 kelp paddies with dorados and small yellowtail. The water temp 68.8, clear blue water was rough.
Our total catch was 2 out of 3 yellowfin tuna, 4 out of 7 dorados, and 8 out of 12 yellowtail.
There are lots of yellowtail around Isla San Martin and la punta, tons of bonita everywhere, big sandbass, lots of calico, and white seabass on and off everyday.