Paul Caronna, well-known Point Loma yacht broker, dies

Caronna spent nearly his whole life fishing, once catching an 850-pound Pacific blue marlin off the shores of Cabo San Lucas.

STORY UPDATE: A celebrate of life will be held on Nov. 16 from 1-3 p.m. at one of Caronna’s favorite hang outs, Fiddler’s Green, 2760 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego. A scattering of ashes and flowers will follow.

POINT LOMA—Paul Caronna, a Point Loma yacht broker known by many for his love of blue marlin fishing, has died. Caronna’s friend of nearly 40 years, Mary Ann Prall, said he passed away peacefully Aug. 27 from chronic respiratory failure. He was 78 years old.

Corona spent more than 20 years on his yachts, fishing in Cabo and the islands of San Benedito, Sicorro and Clarion, Prall said.

“Those who knew him will tell you he was one of the best blue marlin fishermen in the world,” Prall said.

Caronna came from a big Italian family and grew up in Southern California. Caronna spent his high school days working for Chrysler and advanced to building race engines. In about 1990, he got into the yacht brokerage business, where he spent about 25 years as a yacht broker with Scott B. Jones. Prall said he also started a monthly broker’s forum which still meets in San Diego today.

In a story Caronna wrote about reeling in an 850-pound Pacific blue marlin with Prall in 1983 off the shores of Cabo, he traced his love for fishing back to 5 years old.

“…at that young age, only two things got my attention: fishing and cars,” Caronna penned.

He said in the story when he was young his father took him to Ocean Park pier in Santa Monica to fish. When his dad died when he was 13 years old, he said his mom took him down to the Redondo Beach pier to fish. He spent the rest of his life fishing and in 1983 caught an 850-pound blue marlin.

“After looking how big this fish was and how just the two of us with no crew managed to board this fish made me think a little about life as a fisherman,” Caronna wrote.

Prall said Caronna loved his two sons, Paul Jr. and Frankie, his Rolls-Royces, the Bellagio and going to dinner at his favorite restaurant, Fiddler’s Green.

“Paul lived a magical and fabulous life, fueled by his love of the sea,” Prall said.

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4 thoughts on “Paul Caronna, well-known Point Loma yacht broker, dies

  • September 19, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Paul was a gentle soul, a respected yacht broker, a kind man, and a good friend to all who knew him. He was supportive of the two industries he knew and loved most – fishing and yacht sales, and those of us who make our livings or spend our leisure hours fishing or messing around with boats, will miss his presence. The San Diego Brokers Forum, mentioned in the obituary, does in fact continue to this day, and it is held in high esteem by brokers nation-wide as being truly unique, long-lasting, and successful. Paul’s participation at those Forums, plopped down at his favorite table, will be in many of our memories for years to come. Fair seas and tight lines, old friend!

  • September 26, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Paul we love you and you’ll be terribly missed

  • November 10, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Paul lived an amazing life and there will never be another like Caronna. I miss you Paul, thanks for the memories, my life wouldn’t have been the same without you. Tight lines! See you in heaven!

  • December 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Paul was a close friend for 60 years, a great guy, with a big heart, and a friend for life. We were close from the late 50’s to my, he fllowed me to Georga, then to Mexico City, and back to Manhattan Beach in the late 70’s. It sadens me to think my last call to him at the assisted living home where he was recovering, would be the last time we’ll talk. My you RIP Brother…


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