By: Terrence Berg
LONG RANGE UPDATE: The long range yellowfin tuna action continues excellent off the tip of Baja. The Independence reported in early Wednesday and said 13 of its anglers were hooked up on big yellowfin at the same time Tuesday evening. The best fish landed Tuesday was a 220 pounder and the rest of the fish kept were from 100 to 180 pounds. The Royal Polaris reported that its’ anglers biggest fish was a 225 pounder Tuesday with nine over 200 pounds. The Excel is in route to Clipperton and will have a report from there later in the week.
ROCKFISH AND BASS: The calico bass bite has been very good, but the new size restrictions are keeping most skippers fishing for the rockfish, which remain very good all along the coast. The Reel Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfish went on a local bass trip Tuesday and the 31 anglers on board had 28 sand bass and 11 calico bass that were keepers, but they released 98 undersize calicos. The bite is good but most guys want to take home some fish, so the rockfish trips are more in demand and the average has been from four to eight rockfish per angler on local half- and three-quarter day trips with some limit-fishing days that include a nice mix of sheephead, whitefish, and sculpin. The Patriot out of Newport Sportfish was out with 33 anglers on a half-day trip Wednesday and the anglers landed 206 rockfish, 61 bocaccio, and four whitefish. The San Pedro Special out of 22nd Street Landing, also had 33 anglers on its Tuesday morning half-day and they landed 72 bocaccio, 63 red snapper, 38 rockfish and nine sculpin. One of the best trips this week was the Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing on Tuesday. The 27 anglers on this half-day morning trip landed full limits — 120 red snapper, 80 rockfish, and 70 bocaccio.
YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The yellowtail bite stormed back on at the Coronado Islands over the weekend and the best bite was on Monday. Since then the bite has lulled with extra boat pressure as the word got out. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out Monday with 16 anglers and they had full limits of 80 yellowtail. On Tuesday, the same boat had 63 anglers and 52 yellowtail, and then 59 anglers on Wednesday and just seven yellowtail and 65 rockfish. The Malahini out of H&M Landing was out Sunday with 27 anglers and they landed 40 yellowtail and 15 rockfish. On its Monday trip with 30 anglers, they landed 111 yellowtail, 18 rockfish, and one ling. The Mission Belle out of Point Loma was out with 18 anglers on Monday and they landed 52 yellowtail, but on Wednesday they had just nine fish.