Finescale triggerfish wanders north; another sign of El Niño

Finescale triggerfish.
  • Finescale triggerfish.

Looks like the barracuda are starting to bite in numbers, the tuna are still in town, and a finescale triggerfish decided to move north of its normal haunts. A few are caught each year from San Diego-based boats, especially during El Niño years, as the triggerfish is a tropical and subtropical species not given usually to water cooler than 70 degrees.

Monday, Tuesday dock totals:

57 anglers aboard 2 boats out of Chubasco 2 Sportfishing caught 84 calico bass, 1 halibut, 1 lingcod, 41 rockfish, 9 sand bass, 1 sheephead and 1 finescale triggerfish.

Dana Landing hosted 5 anglers aboard 1 boat and reported 1 yellowtail, 4 bonito and 3 bluefin tuna caught.

Fisherman's Landing reported that 191 anglers aboard 4 boats caught 22 calico bass, 460 rockfish, 1 white seabass, 3 sand bass, 6 lingcod, 1 halibut, 2 sheephead, 10 sculpin, 50 mackerel and 1 barracuda.

255 anglers aboard 13 boats out of H&M Landing caught 25 yellowfin tuna, 190 yellowtail, 36 sand bass, 1 halibut, 180 calico bass, 395 rockfish, 9 bluefin tuna, 52 bonito, 5 barracuda and 1 lingcod.

Helgren's Oceanside Sportfishing hosted 52 anglers aboard 2 boats and reported 1 sand bass, 16 rockfish, 1 halibut, 1 calico bass, 1 white seabass, 1 yellowfin tuna and 57 yellowtail caught.

192 anglers aboard 8 boats out of Point Loma Sportfishing caught 299 yellowtail, 195 sand bass, 111 rockfish, 33 calico bass, 2 halibut, 10 bluefin, 9 yellowfin tuna, 2 rubberlip seaperch and 2 sculpin.

Seaforth Sportfishing sent 359 anglers out aboard 12 boats for a total catch of 1 sheephead, 415 rockfish, 2 sculpin, 1 lingcod, 428 yellowtail, 43 yellowfin tuna, 1 dorado, 11 bluefin tuna, 2 sand bass, 2 halibut, 95 calico bass, 94 Barracuda and 16 bonito.

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