STORM KNOCKS DOWN ACTION: The cold storm front that moved through the region early this week has lulled the ocean action across the board this week. There are still pockets of warm water throughout the region (as high at 70 degrees), but winds have made fishing uncomfortable and difficult. This storm may be the beginning of the end of the incredible exotic fishing season that has been ongoing since March this year. Over the weekend, the fishing was still good, but it is clear things are finally changing on the ocean scene.
YELLOWFIN TUNA AND YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The action on yellowfin tuna has finally pushed well offshore, and this was happening even before this week’s storm hit. No longer are the half- and three-quarter day boats from San Diego to Los Angeles seeing yellowfin tuna (and it has been even longer for dorado). The yellowfin are still showing in excellent numbers to the south and west, and trips to the Cortez and Tanner banks are still producing good numbers of fish. One of the few boats that made that run this past week, the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned on Sunday and the 26 anglers on board had 130 yellowfin and five yellowtail. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned Sunday from a 2 1/2-day trip and the 21 anglers landed 152 yellowtail 40 skipjack, 34 yellowfin, 25 bonito, and six sheephead fishing the same region.
The yellowtail are still at the offshore banks and local islands in very good numbers. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip on Sunday with 11 anglers and they landed 14 yellowtail, 12 skipjack, and eight yellowfin around San Clemente, along with 55 calico bass and 50 bonito. The Malihini, on a three-quarter day trip at the Coronado Islands on Sunday out of H&M Landing, had 28 anglers who landed 95 yellowtail, 59 bonito, eight rockfish, six calico bass, four ling cod, and four sculpin. In the Channel Islands, the Ranger 85 out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on a two-day trip that returned Sunday, and the 21 anglers on board had 156 yellowtail, 220 rockfish, 98 ling cod, 46 whitefish and one halibut.
Thing may finally be cooling down a little, but the yellowtail and yellowfin tuna bites — back in more traditional locations — are going to keep biting for a while longer.
HALF- AND THREE-QUARTER DAY FLEET: The bulk of the half- and three-quarter day boats all along the coast have not been fishing this week with windy and cool conditions keeping mid-week angler pressure to a minimum. The boats that are going out have been finding generally good action on rockfish action, and the bass, barracuda, and bonito fishing has also stayed strong.
The Victory out of Pierpoint Landing was on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday with 16 anglers who landed full limits of 160 rockfish, five ling cod, and one sheephead. The half-day boat the Patriot out of Avila Beach was on a half-day trip Wednesday and the 13 anglers on board had 80 rockfish, 13 red snapper, and three ling cod.
LOBSTER UPDATE: Most of the action has been in a lull with the storm, but the boats still making runs are seeing a ton of shorts. The catch in recent days has been from a third to one lobster per angler on the sportboats and from 3 to 5 per angler for private boaters fishing deeper water.
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 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 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.