SAN DIEGO STILL WIDE OPEN: The broken record just keeps repeating the same tune – excellent offshore action for the San Diego fleet. While the yellowfin tuna and dorado might have moved out of half-day and three-quarter day boat range, the overnight and longer trips are still seeing phenomenal tuna and dorado action.
Meanwhile, the yellowtail continue to be excellent for the shorter trips out of San Diego. Scores this week illustrate the point perfectly. The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a half-day trip on Monday with 56 anglers and they landed 16 yellowtail, along with 59 bonito, eight calico bass, two sand bass and a halibut. The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip on Tuesday with 36 anglers who caught 151 yellowtail, 20 bonito, and three rockfish. The San Diego from Seaforth Sportfishing on a three-quarter day trip on Tuesday was out with 24 anglers and they landed 90 yellowtail and 51 bonito. The 14 anglers on three-quarter day trip aboard the Malinini out of H&M Landing on Tuesday caught 74 yellowtail, 57 bonito, three sheephead, and two lingcod.
From overnight to 2 1/2-day trips are still seeing limit-style fishing, or close to it on the pelagic species. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip that returned Monday and the 20 anglers on board landed one yellowfin, two yellowtail, and 40 dorado (limits). The Daiwa Pacific, out of H&M Landing, was on an overnight trip that returned Monday and the 14 anglers on board caught 46 yellowfin, two yellowtail, and 28 dorado. The Prowler out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a 1 1/2-day trip on Tuesday and the 18 anglers on board landed 90 yellowfin tuna and 36 dorado, limits of both species. The Condor, also out of Fisherman’s Landing, was also on a 1 1/2-day trip but headed in a different direction and its 29 anglers returned to dock on Monday with 82 yellowtail, 58 bluefin tuna, and 17 yellowtail. The Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned from a 1 1/2-day trip on Monday and the 27 anglers on that jaunt had 50 bluefin tuna, one yellowfin, 120 yellowtail, 55 bonito, along with 75 rockfish and a lingcod. The Chief out of H&M Landing returned from a 2 1/2-day trip on Monday and the 33 anglers on board had 330 yellowfin, 60 dorado, 54 yellowtail, and two wahoo. Yes, there are still wahoo not all that far from San Diego. This incredible season simply won’t end.
VARIETY FOR THE LA-ORANGE COUNTY BOATS: The Orange and Los Angeles County boats are still getting into the yellowtail and bonito in excellent numbers — on some days and in some place. The near-shore yellowtail are starting to thin out, but the bonito, bass, sculpin, and rockfish are making up for the ‘tails when they don’t show.
A few recent counts will suffice: The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing was on a half-day trip on Tuesday with 43 anglers and they landed 57 yellowtail, 10 bonito, four sand bass and two rockfish. On Monday, the Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Sportfishing was on a half-day trip with 18 anglers and they landed 47 yellowtail and seven bonito. The Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing was on a half-day trip Monday and the 15 anglers landed three yellowtail, six bonito, two calicos, and a sand bass. That was in addition to 36 rockfish, 19 sheephead, 11 perch, five sculpin, one whitefish and one lingcod. The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out on a three-quarter day trip Monday with eight anglers and they landed 55 red snapper, 25 rockfish, 13 calicos, six sand bass, five sheephead, and two bonito.
The one-day trips are still mostly running to Catalina, where the mixed bag action continues. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Sportfishing was on a full-day trip with 27 anglers on Tuesday and they caught 36 yellowtail, 50 bonito, 23 calico bass (including 50 undersize fish released), and 12 perch.
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 charters are done for this fall and won’t start again until early spring. 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.