Category Archives: Fishes

Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Closes Thursday August 13, 2015

CDFW staff measures Pacific halibut

CDFW staff collects data from Pacific halibut

After an active summer, the last day of recreational Pacific halibut fishing will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The season will be closed for the remainder of the year. Excellent weather during July and early August and a successful catch rate contributed to the early closure of the fishery by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service following consultation with CDFW.

This was the first year of a newly designed Pacific halibut season structure that provided for set open and closed periods of fishing. The short breaks between open periods were anticipated to spread fishing opportunity from May through October (the entirety of the previous season) without exceeding the quota. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Bluefin Tuna

bluefin tunaNote: Regulation changes regarding filleting tuna at sea, and the bluefin tuna bag limit, are now in effect.

Bluefin tuna may be found statewide off California, with the majority of fish landed weighing between 15 and 30 lb. (1- to 2-year-old fish).  They range worldwide in all but the very coldest seas. Continue reading

Snapshot: New State Diving Record

Mark Mayeda and record bluefin tuna

New diving record holder Mark Mayeda

A new ocean diving record was set on June 11, 2015 when Mark Mayeda speared and landed a 178 lb. 1 oz. bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) at the 277 Spot off Southern California, smashing the previous state diving record for this species by 80 lb. 1 oz. The previous official state record, a 98 lb. bluefin tuna speared by Terry Maas while freediving in 1982, stood unbroken for 33 years. Congratulations go out to Mr. Mayeda, our latest state record holder, for his spectacular catch!

With the current warm water regime off the West Coast, more large, warm water pelagic species such as bluefin tuna have been seen not only off the California coastline, but up into Oregon, Washington, and some reports even indicate into Alaskan waters, according to Continue reading

Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Roland Takayama and his state record Pismo clam (in hand)

Two new ocean sportfishing records were logged into the books towards the end of 2014. On October 12, 2014 Greg Veach landed a 7 lb. 4 oz. olive rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) near Morro Bay to smash that species’ state record by a hefty one pound, six ounces. The previous record, set by Haady Forbes, had been unbeaten for 23 years. Continue reading

Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Summer 2015

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School of Pacific bluefin tuna

At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulations and become effective when published in the California Regulatory Notice Register this summer. CDFW anticipates that federal and state regulations will have the same effective date when the final federal rule is published. These recreational fishing regulation changes complement reductions in commercial catch allowances reached through international treaty agreement with the U.S. and other treaty nations. Continue reading