MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL: Not a lot of change from last week, but the conditions simply got a whole lot better. The 1 1/2-day boats out of San Diego continue to see good to excellent mixed bag yellowtail and rockfish action with most of the boats focusing in the Colonet and San Martin Island region. Out of Point Loma Sportfishing, the Vagabond had 27 anglers on its weekend trip and they landed 111 yellowtail (near limits) along with 159 rockfish. The Dominator, also on a 1 1/2-day trip this past weekend, had 14 anglers who landed 55 yellowtail, 30 rockfish, 10 lingcod, six barracuda, and four bonito. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 33 anglers on its weekend trip and they landed 127 yellowtail and 165 rockfish (limits). The Chief out of H&M Landing had 31 anglers on its 1 1/2-day weekend trip and they landed 111 yellowtail, 155 red snapper, 39 rockfish, and five lingcod. Out of Seaforth Sportfishing, both the Pacific Voyager and the Eclipse were on 1 1/2-day trips over the weekend. The 18 anglers on the Pacific Voyager had 29 yellowtail and 90 rockfish (limits), while the 26 anglers on the Eclipse had 46 yellowtail and 130 rockfish (limits). In a nutshell: exceptional fishing.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands yo-yo a little over the past week, but the bite was churning on as we moved into the new moon later this week. The Malihini out of H&M Landing tracked this bite perfectly. On Wednesday this week, there were 15 anglers on board the three-quarter day trip and they had full limits of 75 yellowtail. On Tuesday, the same boat was at the Coronados with 18 anglers and they landed just 18 yellowtail and 127 rockfish, while on Monday, the 11 anglers had just four yellowtail, 48 rockfish, four bonito, and four sand bass. On Saturday, the Mission Belle, out of Point Loma Sportfishing, was on a three-quarter day with 17 anglers and they landed 73 yellowtail and two sand bass.
LOCAL BITES: In the San Diego region, even half-day boats are running into Mexican waters for rockfish, but the spring-like weather and good tides also turned on other bite. One of the most novel, the Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a half day trip on Wednesday and the 17 anglers on board had 85 legal sand bass (full limits of 15-inch-plus bass), 11 bonito, two halibut, and two sculpin. The half-day boat Josie Lynn, also out of Point Loma, fished Mexican waters with three anglers and they had three yellowtail, 15 rockfish, 13 perch, one whitefish, and one sculpin. The Premier, out of H&M Landing was on a half-day trip in Mexican waters on Tuesday and the 26 anglers on board landed two yellowtail along with 139 rockfish, two ling cod, and one sheephead.
Further up the coast, most of the landings have been focusing on sculpin, with a decent mix of legal bass and as many sand dabs as anglers want. The New Del Mar out of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing was on a half-day trip on Wednesday with 21 anglers and they landed near-limits of 97 sculpin along with 65 sand dabs. The Spitefire, also out of Marina del Rey, had 14 anglers on a three-quarter day trip and they landed 70 sculpin (limits) along with 250 sand dabs.
One of the few boats making the run over to Catalina Island, the Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing was there on a three-quarter day trip on Wednesday with 12 anglers and they had two yellowtail, eight calico bass, and 68 perch. On its Tuesday trip, the 15 anglers on board had just one yellowtail, 69 perch, 13 calico bass, and two sand bass. The yellowtail have been tough with just one to seven fish per trip in the past week.
LOBSTER ACTION: Winds and tough conditions have made the hoop-netting tough this past week, and most of the local landings didn’t even send boats out.
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. These trips are over for the season. Call 562-352-0012 for details.
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. Waterfront 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.