Yellowtail fish tips - Fishing for Yellowtail How-To - Yo-Yo, Live Bait or Surface fishing for Yellowtail (Jack not tuna species of fish)

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Popular fishing article about "fishing the iron" - Iron jigs are one of the most popular ways of jig fishing from a deep sea fishing boat.

White Sea Bass fishing tips - Article Rob wrote how to catch White Sea bass from a Southern California deep sea fishing trip.

Yellowtail (Jack) Fishing Tips - How to catch the popular explosive fighting game fish Yellowtail.

Calico Bass Fishing Tips - Calico Bass catching tips. How to fish the kelp and open water for the elusive Calico Bass...

Penn Jigmaster 500 is the best bang for the buck sturdy fishing reel to learn to cast and all around party boats fishing. I found Amazon's best deal cheapest priced Penn Reels:

Calico Bass Q and A with CA Dept. of Fish and Game - Rob asked the CA Department of Fish and Game a few questions about growth and population health of the Calico Bass fishery off Southern California.

Dorado Sportfishing Tips - Article about Dorado or Mahi-Mahi and some tips how to catch them when biting off Southern California.

Barracuda Fishing Tips - Article on Barracuda fishing tips out of Southern California sportfishing landings.

Southern California Sport Boats and Landings with a Facebook page - All in one place the power of social networking for the sportfishing fleet has been awesome. If you don't see your boat listed Email me.

Difference between a Yellowtail and a Yellowfin Tuna - Yellowtail fish species off Southern California and San Diego sport boats often get confused with tuna. The main difference between the two fish.. read more

Tackle List - I updated what tackle to bring depending on sportfishing trip length.

Half-Day trip tackle - Another article what to bring on a San Diego or Southern California half-day and three-quarter day deep sea fishing trip.

Fishing tips for First time sportfishing out of San Diego or Southern California

Saltwater Sport Fishing - All about Saltwater fishing from Southern California and trip definitions good for trip planning.

So Cal Deep Sea Fishing Trip Definitions - Another article I wrote about the various sport fishing trip types out of the Southern California sportfishing fleet. Whether an afternoon half-day deep sea fishing trip or a group multi-day or 6-pack charter there's a trip for your need's and target goals.

Seasonal Targets - Find out what fish species are being targeted throughout the year.

San Diego Sportfishing on a Budget - Article about discounts available with links, how to save money when planning or booking a trip and online printable discounts for half-day, three-quarter day or others.

Trip Types Defined - Read about the various sportfishing trip types. Whether an afternoon half-day or a group multi-day 6-pack charter there's a trip for your need's and target goals.

What to Expect - Here's a article Rob wrote about one of San Diego's most popular year round trips - the half-day and three-quarter day sportfishing trips.

Whale Watching Trips - Learn all about the California Grey Whale, Humpback and Blue and view them as they head South to the warm waters off Baja for the Winter.

Half-Day and Three-Quarter Day Tackle List - a lot can happen on these popular daily fishing trips, leave the dock prepared for not only what IS biting but what MAY bite. Here's my basic tackle suggestions.

Overnight to 2 Day Tuna Trip Tackle List - Here's a list of my suggested tackle to take along on your seasonal Tuna trip.

Fish Processing - You just arrived back at the dock with all this fish now what?

San Diego Open Party Trip Fishing Basics - Here's how to make the most of your time when fishing from the popular open party sportfishing boats.

 

Multiple Rod/Reel Combos Rigged and Ready!

Big events happen fast and unforgiving when tuna fishing - the key is to be ready seconds after you hear the angler or deckhand yell hook-up! - If you can have multiple rod/reel fishing combos you can be ready for any change in conditions or fish target when that precious moment hits on troll when an angler yells, "HOOKUUUPPPP!" The boat then does what's called "slide" into nuetral and immediately the Captain calls out to the deckhand how much live bait to pitch to keep the tuna on the surface and biting angler lines who should already have a bait or jig in the water. Timing and teamwork is essential in successfull tuna fishing Southern California stand-up hook and line style. When the Captain calls out on com what size fish are being marked under the boat, the listening angler then picks up and casts the saltwater fishing rod/reel combo right for the bite. Having multiple setups all ready to go is awesome and can mean the difference between that bucket list 150# class Bluefin Tuna I mentioned earlier just five miles from San Diego ending up in proud pics and on the plate that night over a beer telling the story how glad you are you invested in all this top-quality saltwater fishing tackle this guy Rob at SportfishSanDiego.com suggested he get! lol jk of course again I just love helping fellow anglers land those hard to get once in a lifetime fish.

On the same 5am to 5pm offshore trip you can hook up a 20-30# class Yellowtail on the Yo-Yo Iron Jig, a bucket-list San Diego 2016! 150# Bluefin Tuna on a light Tady 45 surface iron, a 50# White Sea Bass or a 50# class Halibut on live squid or a personal favorite of mine (Rob Mailly Owner SportfishSanDiego.com), a old timer slow-growth lunker elusive Calico Bass while flippin' 3-6' plastics using either my Shimano Calcutta 400

I sell all fishing tackle I mentioned here and truly part of my personal tackle (I chose fishing tackle over a snappy car and wife, lol jk of course) Here's the best deals on Amazon I found for the Boss Valiant BV-300, Daiwa Sealine Series, Avet and Shimano...I haven't left out the first and very best most trusted fishing reel ever made - Penn's Jigmaster 500. My father taught me as a little kid fishing local 3/4 day Coronado Island's trips to learn how to cast a conventional (bait casting) reel using a Penn Jigmaster 500 and a rent rod. He said "son if you can learn to cast a inexpensive old die-hard like a Penn 500, every saltwater fishing reel you cast from now on no matter how expensive and full of features will be a piece of cake and envy of other anglers. It's all about picturing a pendulum and not how hard you cast but proper technique that takes years to perfect for most. Also thumb pressure and controlling backlash which newer high-end saltwater fishing reels like Accurate and Avet have engineered into their respective products. That's another article I will cover.

Shimano Calcutta Series - Best Fishing For Yellowtail

I love this old school reel! Although demands more frequent cleaning and maintenance, it's well worth the relatively good bang for the buck solid live bait or plastics flippin' reel I personally used my Calcutta 400. If you like throwing the plastics (plastic swim baits) this is a solid reel for the job and smooth as silk drag for burning Yellowtail.