By: Terrence Berg 976-TUNA.com
INCREDIBLE SEASON NEWS TIDBITS: There have now been at least four wahoo caught in Southern California waters. Marlin anglers have been reporting blue marlin in addition to a good volume of striped marlin and swordfish. And that is in addition to the yellowfin tuna bite that just won’t quit. Water temperatures are still from four to six degrees above normal for this time of year and Cabo-California ocean fishing continues to rock and roll.
THE UNENDING YELLOWFIN TUNA SEASON: This is the bite that just won’t end. The yellowfin tuna action off the Southern California coastline is still spectacular most days. While there has been a bit of a lull this past week — where there were merely good fishing days instead of every day being simply unbelievable. The tuna also were less prevalent in the Orange County and Los Angeles coastline area this week. They were not gone, just there in smaller numbers. That means the best action has again been for the San Diego fleet, with the three-quarter boats still getting into the tuna as well as the overnight and longer trips. The yellowfin are averaging 14 to 18 pounds with a few schools holding fish to 30 pounds or a little better. There are also a lot of skipjack, dorado, and bonito mixed in this action. Here are just a few scores from recent boats to illustrate how the excellent fishing has continued: The Prowler, out of Fisherman’s Landing, was on an overnight on Monday and the 24 anglers got into 51 of the better grade yellowfin and one wahoo. The same boat was returning Wednesday from a 1 1/2-day trip with limits of yellowfin and dorado for all anglers on board. The Condor on Monday with 29 also had dual limits at 145 yellowfin and 58 dorado. The Grande out of Point Loma, was out Tuesday with 31 anglers and they landed 124 yellowfin, while the Apollo out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 17 anglers who landed 85 yellowfin and 34 dorado, for limits of both species. The Tribute out of Seaforth was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 32 anglers and they landed 160 yellowfin, 20 skipjack, and six dorado. Even the 3/4-day San Diego was out Tuesday with 46 anglers and they landed 113 yellowfin, 26 skipjack, and six yellowtail.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: A big volume of yellowtail have settled at the Coronado Islands in the past week, and these are mostly better grade fish running from 12 to 25 pounds. The local San Diego boats fishing this action have also reported excellent action on bonito.
BONITO AND YELLOWTAIL EVERYWHERE: The bonito are stacked up in huge numbers at all of the local islands, not just the Coronados, and at a number of spots inshore along the coast. Most skippers are reporting five-fish limits of smaller bonito along with a few bigger fish. They are frequently mixed in with yellowtail that have continued to show in fair to good numbers throughout the region. The hotspots for yellows along the coast have been Pt. Loma, off Dana Point, Rocky Point and Palos Verdes area, and the Deep Hole off Ventura. At all of these places, the bonito are also wide open. Sportboats (half- and three-quarter day) fishing along the coast have been reporting from five to 20 yellowtail per trip, but as an example of how good it can be, the Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing out with 21 anglers on Sunday returned with 94 yellowtail from the Deep Hole area. At Catalina, the yellowtail counts have averaged from 15 to 70 yellowtail per trip on full-day jaunts.
BLUEFIN TUNA STILL THERE: Not seeing bluefin tuna in the counts? Well, the bluefin have been a little further offshore than the yellowfin and dorado, so most skippers simply see no need to drive further to get into more finicky fish. However, the Sea Adventure 80 reported in on Wednesday early in the day with over 100 bluefin on the boat fishing to the west on the outer banks rather than the near-shore banks around San Diego. Most of the fish were 20 to 40 pounds.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the seasonyear, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The last trip of the season is a two-day jaunt aboard the Commander out of Fisherman’s Landing departing on Sept. 28. This trip will target tuna, dorado, and other water-water pelagics. Cost is $350 and limited to 24 anglers. 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 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. Harbor 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.