It’s all about the warm water.
At $3.80 a gallon, the fuel it takes to get to the right water determines whether or not to go tuna fishing. On average, our temperatures here are somewhere between 50 to 54 degrees F–pretty chilly. PADI maps claim that the temperatures on the north Pacific coast are cold enough to be just on the cusp of having to wear a dry suit when diving.“Tuna water,” as it’s called, is a few degrees warmer; albacore tuna in the North like it at 58 degrees and up (Central and Southern California is higher). I’m not going to go into oceanography, but the upwelling margin is the best place to be. Usually to get to that spot, it’s a long haul (50 miles) to the warm water. Last night however, reports told us the water and tuna were in 13 miles offshore. That’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from us.