OCEAN FISHING REPORT
By Terrence Berg
LONG-RANGE UPDATE: Royal Polaris reported in last week with almost full holds of yellowfin tuna average from 140 to 180 pounds. Anglers on board reeled in 58 yellowfin on April 14, including four of more than 200 pounds. So far, there have been 20 fish eclipsing the 200-pound mark on this trip.
CORONADO ISLAND YELLOWTAIL: The hot bite on yellowtail at the Coronado Islands has continued for the three-quarter day fleet out of San Diego Landings, even in spite of winds much of the past week that made afternoon conditions tough. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out with 24 anglers April 14 and had 34 yellowtail, one bonito, one sand bass and two rockfish. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 36 anglers on its April 14 three-quarter day trip and caught 85 yellowtail. The bulk of the fish were 12 to 18 pounds, but there were also a wide range of yellows ranging from 8 pounds to 30-plus pounds.
SAN CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL: The overnight boats out of Los Angeles and Orange county landings continue to see good action on yellowtail at San Clemente Island. This bite has been steadily improving again since the cold snap and windy conditions over the past week made things a little more difficult. Pacific Star out of Pierpoint Landing had 25 anglers who landed 60 yellowtail last week. Toronado, also out of Pierpoint Landing, had 35 anglers and caught 101 yellowtail, two bonito and 55 rockfish. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 28 anglers and landed 47 yellowtail, 17 calico bass, 21 whitefish, five bonito and three sheephead.
CATALINA YELLOWTAIL: Even the three-quarter day boats running from Los Angeles and Orange County landings are getting in on the yellowtail bite at Catalina Island this week. These bites had been hit and miss over the past few weeks, but the action improved in recent days. Victory out of Pierpoint Landing was out with 20 anglers April 13 and had 35 yellowtail along with 167 rockfish, 27 calico bass, 11 sheephead, six bonito, four whitefish and four barracuda. Freelance, out of Davey’s Locker, had 46 anglers April 14 and landed 130 yellowtail, 44 perch, 43 calico bass, 14 sheephead, six whitefish, four bonito and two barracuda. Enterprise out of Long Beach Sportfishing, had 22 anglers April 12 and landed 26 yellowtail, 140 rockfish, 33 bocaccio, six calicos, four sheephead, three bonito and two whitefish.
NEARSHORE YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: There are good numbers of yellowtail all along the coast from Point Loma up into the Channel Islands, but this bite has been tougher than at the islands because the last storm/wind session had a major upwelling effect on these nearshore areas and water visibility dropped. This has not affected the excellent rockfish action for the half-day fleet in this region. Figure half-limits in the San Diego region most days, three-quarter to full limits in the Los Angeles and Orange county areas and mostly limits from Ventura and Santa Barbara County landings. Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day nearshore trip with 27 anglers April 14 and landed 150 red snapper, 120 assorted rockfish, 12 whitefish and five sculpin.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The first of the year will be May 1. This is a three-quarter day trip aboard Pursuit out of 22nd Street that will probably be chasing yellowtail the way this season is shaping up, but might also focus on bass. Cost is $65 per person and limited to 35. The next trip will be May 6. This is an overnight trip on Ultra out of 22nd Street Landing. The trip is limited to 10 anglers and the price is $224 per person. The charters are done until early spring. Check 976-TUNA.com or call (562) 352-0012 for details.
LANDING CONTACTS: Southern California: Virg’s Sportfishing, Morro Bay, (805) 772-1222; Patriot Sportfishing, Avila Beach, (805) 595-7200; Sea Landing, Santa Barbara, (805) 963-3564; Harbor Village Sportfishing, Ventura, (805) 658-1060; Channel Islands Sportfishing Center, Oxnard, (805) 985-8511; Hook’s Landing, Oxnard, (805) 382-6233; Port Hueneme Sportfishing has merged with Channel Islands Sportfishing; Malibu Pier Sportfishing, (310) 328-8426; Marina del Rey Sportfishing, Marina del Rey, (310) 822-3625; Redondo Sportfishing, Redondo Beach, (310) 372-2111; Rocky Point Fuel Dock (skiff rentals for King Harbor), Redondo Beach, (310) 374-9858; 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro, (310) 832-8304; L.A. Harbor Sportfishing, San Pedro, (310) 547-9916; Long Beach Sportfishing, Long Beach, (562) 432-8993; Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach, (562) 983-9300; Marina Sportfishing, Long Beach, (562) 598-6649; Newport Landing, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0550; Davey’s Locker, Newport Beach, (949) 673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794; Helgren’s Sportfishing, Oceanside, (760) 722-2133; Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego, (619) 221-8500; H&M Landing, San Diego, (619) 222-1144; Seaforth Landing, San Diego, (619) 224-3383; Point Loma Sportfishing, San Diego, (619) 223-1627; Islandia Sportfishing, San Diego, (619) 222-1164.
Mexico Landings: Sergio’s Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.