SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL: The bluefin bite for the San Diego fleet has continued to be surprisingly good, and the action on small yellowtail, when skippers find the right kelp paddy, has also been very good. But there have been slow days of fishing mixed in with the banner ones. Three-quarter-day, overnight, and 1.5-day boats are all fishing offshore in Mexican waters for both the bluefin and yellowtail. The bluefin have ranged from 15 to 100 pounds with a lot in the 40-pound class and 60- to 70-pound class, but there has been everything. The scores tell the story.
Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 21 anglers on its 1.5-day trip that returned April 2 and landed 105 yellowtail along with one 100-plus pound bluefin tuna. Relentless, also out of H&M and on a 1.5-day trip last weekend, had nine anglers who caught four bluefin and 30 yellowtail.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing has been running overnight trips and focusing on bluefin tuna. There were 30 anglers on an April 4 trip and landed three bluefin and seven yellowtail. The April 3 trip with 31 anglers produced six bluefin, while the April 2 trip with 32 anglers had 15 bluefin and 123 yellowtail. On April 1, 33 anglers caught 13 bluefin and 93 yellowtail.
Prowler out of Fisherman’s Landing had a pair of overnight trips this past weekend. The trip fishing April 2 had 29 anglers who landed 70 yellowtail, while the April 1 trip with 30 anglers had one bluefin tuna and 17 yellowtail.
The three-quarter-day boats have been as successful as the longer trips some days. Malihini out of H&M Landing has been hammering the yellowtail on its three-quarter-day trips this week. On April 4, there were 41 anglers who had limits with 205 yellowtail landed. The April 3 trip with 34 anglers also had 170 — full limits — and two bonito. An April 2 trip with 51 anglers returned with 255 yellowtail and one bluefin tuna.
San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 36 anglers on its April 4 three-quarter-day trip and caught 180 yellowtail for full limits along with one bonito. The April 2 trip with 56 anglers returned with two bluefin tuna and 52 yellowtail.
On April 1, Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 25 anglers on its three-quarter day-trip and they caught limits of 125 yellowtail. Meanwhile, Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 42 anglers on its April 1 three-quarter-day trip and landed 53 yellowtail and one bonito.
COLONET YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: Most of the San Diego fleet is focusing on the bluefin and yellowtail, but Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 34 anglers on its 1.5-day trip to Colonet over the weekend and landed 26 better-grade yellowtail, 120 rockfish and eight lingcod.
WHITE SEA BASS BREAK OPEN: The white sea bass bite broke wide open this past week with private boaters and smaller charter boats getting one-fish limits of 20- to 40-pound fish for all anglers on board. The bulk of the fishing pressure has been at Catalina Island. One sportboat skipper reported that there were from 300 to 350 boats from Church Rock to China Point at Catalina on Wednesday, so the word is out and the boat traffic has made fishing difficult by spooking the fish. There has also been a huge influx of smaller yellowtail, most three to seven pounds, at Catalina since Monday. But the sea bass just aren’t at Catalina, there were some good scores posted from the northern Channel Islands and by private boaters from the San Diego-Orange County line and north along the coast.
Fortune, on a 1.5-day trip out of 22nd Street that returned April 4, had 11 anglers who had limits of 11 white sea bass along with 106 rockfish and four lingcod. On April 2, Ultra returned from a two-day trip with 10 anglers and landed 16 white sea bass, nine yellowtail, two halibut and 20 calico bass.
New Hustler and Outrider, both out of Hook’s Sportfishing in Oxnard, have had some good scores on sea bass starting over the weekend. On April 4, Outrider had 10 anglers on an overnight trip and landed four sea bass along with 25 rockfish, 10 sheephead, eight whitefish, two lingcod and one halibut fighting the swell. But on an April 3 trip, 17 anglers had limits of 17 sea bass and limits of 170 rockfish, and the April 2 trip with 11 anglers produced 11 sea bass, 90 rockfish, 18 lingcod, 12 sheephead, five Cabazon and four whitefish. New Hustler on an April 2 overnight trip with 24 anglers produced limits of 24 sea bass along with 120 rockfish, 50 whitefish, six lingcod and three sheephead.
CATALINA YELLOWTAIL SURGING: There has been a big influx of yellowtail at Catalina Island this past week, most under eight pounds, but still providing good fishing.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 25 anglers on its April 4 overnight trip and landed 198 yellowtail and two sargo. The April 3 overnight trip with 30 anglers produced four yellowtail, 100 rockfish, 50 sheephead and six lingcod.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 39 anglers on its April 4 three-quarter-day trip and caught 44 yellowtail, 90 mackerel, 12 barracuda, 12 perch, nine calico bass, four sheephead and one halibut. The April 3 three-quarter-day trip with 52 anglers produced 175 whitefish, 115 rockfish, 61 red snapper, two sheephead, one halibut, one barracuda and one perch.
Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its April 4 three-quarter-day trip and landed 79 yellowtail, 36 red snapper, 36 perch, 35 rockfish, eight barracuda, eight calico bass (plus 75 undersize fish released) and one bonito.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 53 anglers on its April 4 full-day trip and landed 243 yellowtail, 10 calico bass, seven perch, six sheephead, two barracuda and one halibut. The April 3 trip with 22 anglers produced 125 yellowtail and two white sea bass along with 10 calico bass, seven sheephead, three whitefish and two barracuda.
ROCKFISH STILL EXCELLENT: The half-day boats all along the coast continue to focus on rockfish, along with picking away on bass, sculpin and other bottom fish. The best action and biggest fish are coming from the northern Channel Islands, especially on the overnight boats.
Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 20 anglers on its April 5 overnight trip and landed limits of 200 rockfish, limits of 40 lingcod and 11 whitefish. Pacific Islander, also out of Channel Islands, had 24 anglers on its April 5 overnight run and landed limits of 240 rockfish, 121 whitefish and 26 lingcod. Those have been a pretty typical catches for the overnight boats in this region.
The half-day and three-quarter fleet out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing has been posting very good scores on rockfish. New Del Mar on an April 4 half-day had 13 anglers who landed limits of 130 rockfish and one sheephead. The three-quarter-day Spitfire had 17 anglers on an April 3 trip and landed 100 red snapper and 70 rockfish for limits.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. While all of the April and May trips are booked, the next available trip is a two-day aboard the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker leaving June 11. The early-booking price is just $275 (normal price is $400). These trips are held from early spring through fall, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. For more information, check on 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. 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.
YOUR FISHING REPORTS
Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at firstname.lastname@example.org and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.