Thresher shark parts sought by study

Bacterial brain infection stranding young sharks

Thresher shark
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Weekly fishing report

Inshore: Last week was a coolish, gray week on the water. The full moon phase put a bit of a damper on the upper-water column species, though the yellowtail were definitely out and about as their numbers doubled from the previous week. Most of those were in the 15- to 30-pound range and were caught down by the Coronados on the ¾-day runs. That said, the bottom-fishing dominated the counts with lots of vermilions coming over the rail. Halibut are moving up out of the holes on the days with less current and ambushing bait in 15’-40’ of water while the calico bite continues to improve in the kelp canopies out to 80’.

Outside: The hot white seabass bite off Catalina cooled a bit, though a handful or two are being reported by the boats making the trip. Spotter planes are reporting occasional marauding schools of bluefin boiling on bait within one-day range of Point Loma. These fish can be picky when found, as the counts reflect, but I expect the catches to increase quite a bit as we transition into the new moon and early waxing phase. Outside and on the bottom, lings, reds, and whitefish are being plucked from the high spots by those anglers choosing to wait out the finicky tuna and fill the freezer with taco meat. Then again, a lot of those bluefin caught are in the 60-pound class and one fish can fill a small freezer or two.

5/22 – 5/28 Dock Totals: 2236 anglers aboard 100 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 30 bluefin tuna, 752 yellowtail, 1 white seabass, 106 calico bass, 28 sand bass, 6,395 rockfish, 24 lingcod, 257 sculpin, 73 bonito, 72 barracuda, 33 sheephead, 14 whitefish, 2 cabezon, 4 halibut, 1 blacksmith, 93 sanddab and 11 bocaccio.

Notable: In light of the recent “rampage” of threshers locally, I thought I’d pass this along from California State University Long Beach’s Thresher Shark Research & Conservation Project:

“Young common thresher and salmon sharks have been stranding throughout the beaches of the West Coast due to a bacterial brain infection. The Shark Lab at CSULB is looking for healthy thresher and salmon sharks to study where this bacteria is coming from and how it’s getting into their brain. For that we need to sample brain, inner ear, liver and spiral valve as well as embryos from pregnant female thresher and salmon sharks. We need the help of anglers who are willing to let us sample their catches. If you would like to collaborate we will meet you at your convenience and dispose of the shark’s remains. We will also clean and send you the jaws in sign of appreciation.”

Scheduled fish plants (lbs): No plants scheduled this week. Last plant: 5/27 Wohlford, catfish, (1,000)

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