SAN DIEGO TUNA AND YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The overnight and 1.5-day boats saw the tuna bite go sour since late last week. Blame the moon phase and tides, but there hasn’t been anything resembling a decent bite since at least late last week.
Legend out of H&M Landing had 17 anglers on its May 30 overnight trip and landed one bluefin tuna and one opah. On the May 29 overnight with just six anglers, they focused on bottomfish and came home with 60 rockfish. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 33 anglers on its May 29 overnight trip and landed three bluefin, two yellowtail, and one bonito. New Lo-An, running overnight and 1.5-day trips out of Point Loma Sportfishing, resorted to bottom fish on its May 27 overnight with 23 anglers, landing just one yellowtail, along with 135 rockfish, 18 whitefish, four ling cod, four sheephead, four barracuda, and three calico bass. The May 26 overnight with 17 anglers returned with 25 bluefin, and the May 25 trip with 21 anglers came home with 29 bluefin, four yellowtail, and one bonito. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was last out on May 26 overnight and the 26 anglers on board had 33 bluefin.
The three-quarter-day boats have had an even more difficult time this past week, for both the tuna and yellowtail. Even the best scores were picks. With some of the better scores, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 25 anglers on May 30 and landed three bluefin, five yellowtail, and three bonito. The May 29 trip with 32 anglers returned with eight bluefin. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 20 anglers on May 30 and landed 25 yellowtail and 24 of the bigger bonito. The May 29 trip with 23 anglers had three yellowfin, one yellowtail, and 11 bonito. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 14 anglers on May 30 and landed one yellowfin. On the May 29 trip with 21 anglers, just one bluefin and one yellowfin was landed. The May 28 trip with 15 anglers produced just four yellowtail, while the May 27 trip with 35 anglers saw just one bluefin tuna landed. The May 26 trip with 18 anglers returned with 18 yellowtail, while the May 25 trip with 18 anglers had 17 bluefin.
Even the multi-day boats were just seeing mediocre fishing this week. Sea Adventure 80 out of H&M Landing had a three-day-trip that returned May 29 with 21 anglers, and they landed one bluefin, 22 yellowtail, 30 bonito, and one opah. Chief, also out of H&M, had 31 anglers on a 2.5-day trip that also returned May 29 and landed just 54 yellowtail. Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 20 anglers on a 2.5-day trip and landed 19 bluefin and five yellowtail.
CATALINA AND SAN CLEMENTE ISLANDS NEWS: There continues to be a large volume of yellowtail on all of the Channel Islands, with San Clemente and Catalina get the most pressure, and conditions remains less than favorable. The boat pressure shut everything down over the holiday weekend, and the afternoon winds are taking away any warming of the water 40 to 50 miles off the coast. That means the fish counts this past week don’t reflect the volume of fish in local waters.
Most of the overnight boats out of Los Angeles and Orange county landings are running to San Clemente, while the three-quarter and day fleet is fishing Catalina. The scores illustrate what has been happening this past week.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 29 anglers on its May 29 overnight trip and landed five yellowtail, full limits of 290 rockfish, 144 whitefish, 11 sheephead, two lingcod, and one calico bass. The May 28 overnight trip with 30 anglers returned with 160 rockfish and seven yellowtail. Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing had 12 anglers on its May 29 overnight trip and landed three yellowtail, one white sea bass, and two halibut, along with 85 rockfish, 10 sheephead, seven whitefish, and two calico bass. On May 29, Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 33 anglers on its overnight trip and landed six yellowtail, one white seabass, and one halibut, along with 114 rockfish, 34 whitefish, 14 sheephead, and five calico bass.
At Catalina, Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 33 anglers on its all-day May 30 trip and landed 53 yellowtail, 16 calico bass, 14 whitefish, 11 barracuda, five perch, and three sheephead. Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its May 29 three-quarter-day trip and landed five yellowtail, 54 red snapper, 18 bonito, five lingcod, three sheephead, and two calico bass. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 51 anglers on its May 30 three-quarter-day trip and landed one yellowtail along with 75 sculpin, 10 whitefish, eight bonito, four barracuda, three calico bass, two rockfish and one perch.
NEARSHORE ROCKFISH FOR HALF-DAY FLEET: The half-day boats along the Los Angeles and Orange county coastline have continued to see fair to good action on mixed rockfish and other bottom species. There also continue to be a few calico and sand bass mixed in this bite. Marina del Rey boats have consistently had some of the best scores with half- to full or near-full limits pretty common. On May 29, Spitfire had 26 anglers on a three-quarter-day local boat and landed 260 rockfish and 35 sculpin. Even the crowded New Del Mar, with 127 anglers on Monday had 417 sculpin and 99 rockfish. The May 28 trip with 80 anglers returned with 337 rockfish, 227 sculpin, and three sand bass.
NORTHERN CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: The boats out of Ventura and Santa Barbara landings are continuing to see good rockfish action with mixed action on surface species. There have been some good scores on white sea bass and yellowtail.
Island Tak out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 12 anglers on a full-day trip Tuesday and landed limits of 12 white sea bass along with three yellowtail. Most of the boats are running for rockfish and half- to full-limits has been the rule, with the better scores and better quality on the longer trips.
AVILA-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish action has been good to excellent for the boats running out of Avila and Morro Bay, with a good number of reds up to 8 pounds or more. Most trips also have a few lings up to 20 pounds.
Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach had 18 anglers on its May 30 three-quarter-day trip and landed 84 miscellaneous rockfish, 53 red snapper, and six lings. On May 31, Rita G on a half-day trip out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay had 20 anglers who landed 125 rockfish, 18 red snapper, and four ling cod. Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing had 22 anglers on May 30 and landed 220 assorted rockcod along with 15 lings up to 16 pounds.
GRUNION UPDATE: The next grunion runs are June 9-12 and June 24-27. The hand-catching season is back open again after a season closure in April and May.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard the Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing leaving June 25. The early-booking price is $400 (normal price $550). 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; Hookís 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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