SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE NEWS: The San Diego offshore boats — from overnight trips to three day trips — are heading south and looking for floating kelp and fishing for a nice mix of yellowtail (mostly under 10 pounds, but some in the bigger range), increasing numbers of 8- to 15-pound class dorado, and more and more yellowfin tuna in the 12- to 20-pound class. The longer trips are getting into big jags of yellowfin which are surging up the line into our bait-rich waters.
On overnight trips, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 34 anglers on its Aug. 8 trip, and they landed 50 yellowtail. The Aug. 7 trip with 34 anglers produced 90 yellowtail and six dorado. Producer out of H&M Landing had 30 anglers on its Aug. 8 overnight and landed 70 dorado and 44 yellowtail. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 35 anglers on its overnight trip and caught 24 dorado, 23 yellowtail, four yellowfin, and one skipjack.
Prowler was on a 1.5-day trip with 19 anglers on Tuesday and landed 69 yellowtail, 39 dorado, and two yellowfin tuna. Pegasus, also on its Aug. 8 1.5-day trip out of Fisherman’s, had 21 anglers and had full limits of yellowfin tuna (105) and two yellowtail. Top Gun 80 out of H&M Landing had 25 anglers on a 1.5-day trip and landed 50 dorado.
Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a two-day trip that finished up Aug. 8, and the 19 anglers on board landed 158 yellowfin, 141 dorado, 22 skipjack, and 16 yellowtail. Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing had 29 anglers on its Aug. 8 two-day trip and landed 96 yellowtail, 13 dorado, six bonito, and one bonus bluefin tuna at 210 pounds caught by Elsa Florez. Oceanside 95 was on a two-day trip over the weekend, returning Aug. 6, and the 25 anglers on board landed 116 yellowtail, 23 dorado, nine yellowfin, and two bluefin tuna.
New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing returned from a 2 .5-day trip on Aug. 9, and the 19 anglers on board had 190 yellowfin tuna, 67 yellowtail, and 21 dorado.
SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER DAY UPDATE: The three-quarter-day boats out of San Diego are having spurts of very good action on yellowtail at or around the Coronado Islands, with more and more dorado and quality bonito showing up in the catch.
San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 50 anglers on its Aug. 8 three-quarter-day trip and landed 250 yellowtail (limits), 59 bonito, two dorado, two red snapper, and one bonus bluefin tuna.
Also on Aug. 8, Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishng had 21 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of yellowtail (105) along with five dorado. The Aug. 7 trip with 16 anglers produced 43 yellowtail and 32 dorado. Mission Belle, also out of Point Loma, had 30 anglers on its Aug. 8 trip and landed 27 yellowtail, 34 bonito, and one barracuda. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 42 anglers on its Aug. 8 three-quarter-day and landed 134 yellowtail, 17 bonito, eight barracuda, and four calico bass.
TROPHY BLUEFIN TUNA UPDATE: A contingent of boats from the Los Angeles and Orange County landings continue to run out to the west in search of bluefin tuna off San Clemente and banks to the south. The quality is still there, but the number of fish hitting the deck is still well below the number seen and hooked. Finding fish in a feeding mode has been tough because there continues to be so much bait in the whole of the Southern California Bite.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 24 anglers on its Aug. 8 overnight trip, and the 24 anglers on that trip landed four bluefin from 40 to 100 pounds. They were on fish all day, but getting the fish to bite was the problem. On Aug. 6, Thunderbird returned from a weekend 2.5-day trip and the 16 anglers on that trip landed 44 bluefin.
Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing has been running overnight trips for bluefin. On Aug. 7, the 21 anglers landed four bluefin, and the Aug. 8 trip with 19 anglers posted five yellowfin tuna and one yellowtail. An early report from the Aug. 9 trip put one 175-pound bluefin on the boat with all on board still fishing at mid-morning.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its Aug. 8 overnight trip and landed seven big bluefin for the day with two fish more than 200 pounds.
CATALINA ISLAND UPDATE: The bite at Catalina Island continues to be pretty good with a great mixed bag of yellowtail, bass, bonito, and barracuda, along with bottomfish.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 68 anglers on its AUg. 7 full-day trip and landed 33 yellowtail along with 48 bonito, 37 keeper calico bass, 25 perch, 15 sheephead, and 11 barracuda. Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing had 34 anglers on its Aug. 7 three-quarter-day trip and landed three yellowtail, 51 keeper calico bass, two bonito, two barracuda, and two sculpin.
SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL: The boats fishing out of south Orange County landings are seeing a pretty good local bite on yellowtail and calico bass, along with a smattering of bonito, barracuda, and sand bass. There have even been some exotics showing up for the boats running offshore to floating kelp paddies.
Helena out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing was on a full-day trip Aug. 8 with 15 anglers looking offshore and landed eight dorado. On Aug. 7, there were 15 anglers on this boatís three-quarter day trip and landed 61 yellowtail, along with 45 sand dabs, 38 sculpin, five red snapper, and three rockfish. Clemente, also out of Dana Wharf, had 47 anglers on its AUg. 8 three-quarter-day trip and landed 52 bonito, 25 keeper calicos (along with 149 released), four sheephead, two sand bass, and one yellowtail. Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 41 on its Aug. 8 half-day and landed 41 sand bass, 29 calico bass, 12 sheephead, four sculpin, and two perch.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA NEWS: The boats out of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings are fishing the northern Channel Islands and finding a nice mixed of yellowtail, the three Bs (bass, barracuda, and bonito), along with continued excellent rockfish action.
The Amigo out of Ventura Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its Tuesday all-day trip, and they landed 11 yellowtail, 65 rockfish, 10 calico bass, seven barracuda, and four sheephead. The Island Spirit, also on a full-day trip out of Ventura on Tuesday, had 17 anglers and they landed 14 yellwotail, 16 barracuda, and 12 keeper calicos. On Mondayís trip, the ëSpirit had 22 anglers who landed 220 rockfish, 50 barracuda, 50 whitefish, 20 sculpin, and released five calicos.
The Cobra out of Channel Islands Sportfishing, had 11 anglers on Tuesdayís all-day trip, and they landed six yellowtail, 85 rockfish, 15 whitefish, eight barracuda, seven sheephead, five sculpin, and three calicos. Also on Tuesday, the Island Tak had nine anglers on it full-day trip and they landed 35 yellowtail, 21 keeper calicos, six barracuda, and two bonito. The Mirage, also out of Channel Islands, was on an overnight trip with 24 anglers on Tuesday, and they landed five white seabass, limits of 240 rockfish, and 27 lingcod.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY UPDATE: The rockfish bite for the Central Coast boats running out of Morro Bay and Avila Beach remain excellent for bottom fish with limit-style fishing most days on most trips, and there continues to be a steady pick on the lings.
Both Rita G and Fiesta had limits of rockfish-red snapper on their Aug. 9 trips. Rita G had 26 anglers who landed 230 rockfish and 30 red snapper. There were also 14 bonus lings on this trip. Fiesta had 19 anglers who caught 170 red snapper along with 20 bocaccio for the rockfish limit. They also had 14 lings. Fiesta ran a long range trip up to Cape San Martin on Aug. 6, and the 22 anglers scored 35 lings to go along with 220 reds. Larry Blue, Bradley, won the jackpot with a 21-pound ling, nice 21-pound ling.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 28 anglers on Aug. 8 and landed 250 rockfish, 30 red snapper, and two lings.
Endeavor out of Morro Bay Landing had 34 anglers on its Aug. 8 trip and they had 280 rockfish along with 60 other bottom species, along with 12 lingcod to 9 pounds.
The local surf, pier, and bay fishing has been excellent for perch and a decent halibut bite has continued in the bay. There have also been some striped bass in the surf at Dog Beach and at Studio Drive in Cayucos.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard
Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing leaving Aug. 13. The early booking price is just $350. 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.
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