Ocean Fishing Report, Jan. 14 report

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Very light fishing pressure in the ocean over the past week. With rockfish season closed, most of the fleet is staying at the dock or running only one or two trips a week. The weather offshore has also been bumpy much of the week, making for less than desirable conditions. Almost no one is fishing Catalina or the Coronados, and San Clemente and the other Channel Islands have been vacant.

MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: The San Diego weekend 1 1/2-day boats continue to focus on Mexican waters around Colonet and cash in on the very good yellowtail and rockfish action. The Chief out of H&M Landing had 31 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip that returned Sunday and they landed 64 yellowtail, 225 rockfish, 16 ling cod, four bonito, and one barracuda. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing also returned Sunday from its 1 1/2-day trip, and the 34 anglers on board had 45 yellowtail, 170 rockfish, and 15 ling cod. The Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 23 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip this weekend and they landed 76 yellowtail, 80 rockfish, and 18 lingcod. Even some of the half- and three-quarter day boats are going into Mexican waters for rockfish, where that season remains open. The Premier out of H&M Landing had a half-day trip on Tuesday with 20 anglers and they landed 125 rockfish. On Monday’s half-day, 16 anglers landed 142 rockfish, three ling cod, and one sheephead.

BASS, SCULPIN, AND BONUS FISH: The handful of half- and three-quarter day boats are focusing on sculpin, bass, and sand dabs right now, but there are enough white seabass and yellowtail around to make things interesting. No, fishing fish is not great with a pick on the legal bass and sometimes decent scores on the sculpin, but the quality of the few yellowtail and seabass being landed is excellent. Most of the yellows reported in the past week have been in the 20 to 30-pound class, while the seabass are mostly 40 to 60 pounds. The Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing has been making daily trips since Saturday and on the Sunday morning half day, there were 18 anglers who landed seven of those big yellowtail. On the afternoon trip, 16 anglers caught one toad white seabass and one thresher shark. The Wednesday half day had 11 anglers and they landed 30 calico bass (five legal, the rest released) two sand bass, and two sculpin. The Patriot out of Newport Landing was out on a half-day Wednesday with 17 anglers and they landed 21 sand bass, 10 calico bass, five sculpin, and four perch. They have posted similar scores all week, and last Friday the 10 anglers on board had 46 sand bass and seven calicos for limits of legal fish along with one sculpin. On Monday, the New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out with 25 anglers on a half-day trip and they landed 100 sculpin, five sand bass, and three calicos. The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a half-day trip Tuesday with 32 anglers and they landed two yellowtail, two calicos, two sculpin, one sand bass, and one halibut.

LOBSTER UPDATE: The lobster action has continued fair to good, with limits of bugs not uncommon at the local islands. The Gail Force out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had limits of lobster for all anglers on board Tuesday evening this week. The Triton, also LA Waterfront, had 10 anglers on Monday and they also had 70 lobster for limits.

SURF PERCH NEWS: The surf perch fishing has been excellent along much of the coast, but especially in the Pismo Beach region where one angler reported catching 43 perch to 2 1/2-pounds on 10 blood worms. 

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. Check www.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. 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.