MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL, ROCKFISH: The yellowtail action was tough the weekend of Jan. 13 south of the border for San Diego’s 1.5- to 2.5-day fleet, thanks to the weather. Yet the rockfish bites held up in spite of the rain. Most of these boats were fishing the Colonet region. With another round of round expected the weekend of Jan. 20 we could see a repeat of Jan. 13. The counts tell the story:
Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 11 anglers on its weekend 1.5-day trip and landed six yellowtail, four bonito, and 96 red snapper. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had a 1.5-day trip with 32 anglers on board and landed just 13 yellowtail, 130 rockfish, and 18 lingcod. Liberty, also out of Fisherman’s, made a similar 1.5-day trip into Mexican waters (returned Jan. 15) and the 27 anglers on board caught 28 yellowtail, 65 rockfish and 13 lings. Dominator out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a 1.5-day trip (also returned Jan. 15) and the 15 anglers on board had 12 yellowtail and 65 rockfish.
Relentless, out of H&M Landing, went out on a 2.5-day rockcod special trip with 20 anglers. The trip returned Jan. 16 and with 236 rockfish, 140 red snapper, 22 lingcod and two bonito. Outer Limits out of Seaforth Sportfishing also had a 2.5-day trip (returned Jan. 16), and the 21 anglers landed eight yellowtail, 220 rockfish, 23 lingcod and three bonito.
MIXED BAG THREE-QUARTER-DAY ACTION: The three-quarter-day boats all along the Orange County and Los Angeles coastlines are putting together some good mixed bag scores.
Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing had 60 anglers on its Jan. 16 three-quarter-day trip and landed 300 sculpin and two sand bass. Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 31 anglers on its Monday three-quarter-day trip and landed 250 sculpin, 90 sand dabs and 12 keeper sand bass. They also released 20 calicos and 10 sandies, all of them undersized.
Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had a three-quarter-day trip with 13 anglers and landed 37 keeper sand bass, 22 perch, 21 sculpin and four calicos. They also released 31 undersize calicos and 25 undersize sand bass. Meanwhile Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip Jan. 17 and landed 50 sculpin, 30 perch, 20 sand dabs, 14 keeper sand bass, eight calico bass and two triggerfish.
BASS FOCUS: A few boats are focusing on the sand and calico bass bites along the coast and seeing a decent pick. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had nine anglers on its Jan. 16 half-day-trip and caught 25 keeper sand bass and 21 sculpin.
SAND DABS GALORE: A few boats have been making runs just for sand dabs and racking up the big scores on these tasty flatfish. Ahra Ahn out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its three-quarter-day sand dab on Jan. 13 and landed 860 sand dabs and a bonus yellowtail. Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 33 anglers on its Jan. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 4,950 sand dabs and a bonus mako shark.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The 976-TUNA instructional charters will begin again starting the spring of 2017. 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. These trips will resume next spring. For more information, check on 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.