The 43rd Annual Charity Heart Marlin Tournament benefiting the American Heart Association and MBMC will be held September 16, 2017. Lots of warm water and fish out there, so get your entries in! Early bird entries are due in by September 8, 2017. Click here to register online OR for the PDF Entry Form.
For more information go to the Heart Tournament page.
MISSION BAY MARLIN CLUB
MONTH LONG TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE FOR 2017
POTPOURRI BAY ONLY TOURNAMENT MARCH 1-31 2017
ROCKFISH TOURNAMENT APRIL 1-30 2017
HALIBUT & WHITE SEA BASS MAY 1-31, 2017
CALICO, SAND, SPOTTED BAY BASS JUNE 1-30-30 2017
YELLOWTAIL TOURNAMENT JULY 1-31 2017
TUNA TOURNAMENT AUGUST 1-31 2017
ROY LIVELY MARLIN TOURNAMENT MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Make a wish tuna challenge
HEART TOURNAMENT SEPTEMBER 16 2017
BANQUET/FUNDRAISER DINNER SEPTEMBER 17 2017
WHAT’S HOT TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 1-31 2017
LING COD TOURNAMENT NOVEMBER 1-30 2017
It’s been an interesting year so far watching the evolution of fishing techniques. The learning curve is steep, and the methods have only been effective for a short time before the fish “Get Hip to It” and scoff at your offering.
This week it has been trolled flying fish delivered from above. The details matter as it pertains to lure placement. Try to keep your lure off to the side in clean water (away from the wake and prop wash), 150 yds back. Tie a bright ribbon 20 ft above your lure so you can track its position, it should skip across the top of the water like a flying fish.
Communicate with the captain to make any necessary course change to keep the kite aloft, and the bird running in clean water. This technique produces spectacular strikes! Once the lure gets knocked down, move your drag to strike and let the fish run. (we run 20-23 lbs of drag @ strike calibrated with a scale)
They will normally dump half the spool on a size 50 Wide reel or more. As soon as he stops running, start grinding – and do not stop! Use low gear if you have to – but keep turning that handle!
The lure should have a 8/0 – 10/0 size J hook and be rigged with 400 lb test crimped leader. The reel should have 100 lb test spectra backing as a minimum. I use a short top shot of 150-200 (heavy mono), crimped to a 300 lb BB snap swivel.
Good Luck and Tight Lines
Captain Jeff Meeker and Tim Honeck
Congratulations to Travis Magnano our August FOM Winner with a 196 lb Bluefin aboard Bueno Pesca. It’s the current largest species so far. A personal best tuna for Travis and dad Frank. Congrats.