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August 02, 2012

Albacore Arrive Early Off the Coast of Washington State

Anglers are catching longfins all along the Washington coast, some as close as 20 miles offshore

"The tuna are everywhere off the coast from Ilwaco all the way up to Neah Bay," said Wendy Beeghley, a biologist with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife, in report published by The Seattle Times. "At Ilwaco, they did really well at the Ilwaco Tuna Classic (July 27-29) with some boats getting over 10 tuna per person," Beeghly said. She added that the average was between four and five fish per person, and the closest catch was 20 miles out while most were between 30 and 40 miles.

"The salmon boats are also getting a lot of mackerel, which means the water off the coast must be warm," Beeghly said in The Seattle Times article. "It has been a few years since we've seen mackerel off the coast."

Meanwhile, the albacore have completely bypassed traditional sourthern fishing ports such as San Diego, California, where scarcely a longfin was caught this season so far, though bluefin tuna have shown in better numbers than usual for the San Diego sportfishing fleet.