By: Terrence Berg
TUNA BITE ERUPTS: The full moon has turned on the bluefin tuna action all along the Southern California coast with the fish showing as close as three miles off San Onofre this week. They have even been caught on half-day boats out of San Diego Landings, and many of the three-quarter and full-day boats are focusing on bluefin and picking up yellowfin tuna and yellowtail in good numbers, too. The Shogun out of Fisherman’s Landing was returning from a three-day trip and spent the final day in U.S. waters for bluefin and the 30 anglers on board had 92 bluefin to 60 pounds and a couple of yellowfin on Tuesday. The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a morning half-day Tuesday and they 40 anglers on board had two bluefin, 14 yellowtail, five rockfish, two whitefish, and one barracuda. The 3/4-day Malihini out of H&M Landing was out with 38 anglers on Tuesday and they landed five bluefin, 15 yellowfin, two yellowtail, and a bonito. The Pacific Voyager had 15 anglers on Monday for its overnight trip and the anglers landed six bluefin, two yellowfin, and 25 yellowtail in U.S. waters. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a 1 1/2-day trip Tuesday with 21 anglers and they had 51 bluefin. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 19 anglers on a 1 1/2-day trip Tuesday and they caught 27 bluefin and 25 yellowtail. The Chief out of H&M Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip Monday with 19 anglers and they landed six yellowfin, 42 yellowtail, and a mako shark. Most skippers are reporting both yellowfin and bluefin tuna in good numbers in offshore U.S. waters.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: There is a huge mass of yellowtail both at the Coronado Islands in Mexican waters where a U.S. passport is required of anglers and on the U.S. side of the border. Many of the San Diego landings have been running trips to the Coronados when they can fill a load with anglers who have passports, and then fishing the U.S. side when they can’t. The Mission Belle out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 16 anglers and they had 70 yellowtail, three bonito, two rockfish, and a ling cod. On Monday, the 22 anglers on board had 65 yellowtail, six rockfish, and six bonito.
CATALINA-CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL: While conditions where tough over the weekend, the yellowtail fishing has remained good to excellent at Catalina Island and a number of boats that had been fishing San Clemente’s good bite retreated to Catalina this past week because of wind. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was at Catalina on a three-day trip Tuesday and the 57 anglers caught 217 yellowtail, 47 bontio, 39 calico bass, 12 perch, nine barracuda, six sheephead, and four whitefish. The Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing was out Tuesday with 21 anglers and they had 52 yellowtail, 65 bonito, 15 calico bass, and four barracuda. The Gail Force, also on a three-quarter day trip out of LA Waterfront, was out with 16 anglers on Sunday and they had 25 yellowtail, 70 bonito, and 15 calico bass. Wednesday’s early count was over 100 yellowtail.
LA-ORANGE COUNTY YELLOWTAIL: A combination of dismal weather over the weekend and brutal boat traffic caused the local yellowtail bite off the Los Angeles and Orange county coastline to fizzle. But when conditions improved early this week, the bite came right back on. The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing was on a half-day Tuesday with 31 anglers and they had seven yellowtail and 32 sculpin, but on Wednesday they had 16 yellows on the boat. The City of Long Beach out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing was out Tuesday on a half-day with 30 anglers and they landed five yellowtail and 72 sculpin.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NEWS: Rockfish continue to be the mainstay for boats running out of landings from Ventura to Santa Barbara, but there continue to be good snaps on the white seabass and yellowtail for the full-day, overnight, and two-day trips running out of this region. On Monday, the Erna B out of Channel Islands Sportfishing, had 22 anglers who landed 66 white seabass (limits). On Tuesday, the two-day trip aboard the Mirage, also out of CISCO, had 22 anglers who caught 132 white seabass (limits), five yellowtail, 113 rockfish, 31 sheephead, 18 calico bass, one ling cod and one halibut.
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 next trip is a two-day trip aboard the Grande out of Point Loma Sportfish set to depart on July 5. This trip will target pelagic species in offshore waters. Cost is $350 per angler. Check www.976-TUNA.com or 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 Sportfishin, 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.