SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN TUNA NEWS: The three-quarter-day to 1.5-day trips running out of San Diego landings had a tough week on the bluefin with blanks some days. The skippers are still reporting schools of fish under birds, but finding fish willing to bite has been tough. There also have been as many yellowtail and bonito this past week to fill in the gaps on bluefin. Conditions were also pretty tough much of the past week with a big swell and winds. The scores really tell the story.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had eight anglers on its June 13 overnight trip and caught three bluefin. New Lo-an out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 11 anglers on its June 14 overnight trip and they returned with just one bluefin. The June 11 1.5-day trip with 21 anglers produced four bluefin and one yellowfin. Sea Adventure 80 out of H&M Landing had 25 anglers on its June 11 1.5-day trip and landed 24 yellowtail and 40 quality bonito. Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its June 11 1.5-day trip and they landed one yellowfin, eight yellowtail, and two bonito.
It was as bad or worse for the three-quarter-day fleet, most falling back to local fishing. Legend, running a three-quarter-day trip out of H&M Landing on June 14, had 11 anglers and landed 25 barracuda, 13 calico bass, 12 bonito, five whitefish, four sand bass, two sculpin, and one lingcod. Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing had seven anglers on its June 11 three-quarter-day and landed one yellowtail along with 34 keeper calico bass (and 125-plus released), 20 rockfish, two bonito, one sand bass, and one sheephead. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 16 anglers it June 14 three-quarter-day trip and landed just two bonito. The June 13 trip with 16 anglers returned with one bluefin and two yellowtail, while the June 11 trip with 21 anglers reported seven bluefin and one yellowfin. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing also continues to hammer on the bluefin. The June 14 trip with 21 anglers produced one bluefin, while the June 13 three-quarter-day with 22 anglers returned with four bluefin.
CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATE: The Los Angeles and Orange county overnight boats making the run to San Clemente Island and Catalina Island continue to see a pick on yellowtail and good action on bottom fish with a few bass and barracuda mixed in.
At Clemente, Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 15 anglers on its June 14 overnight trip and landed 22 yellowtail, 125 rockfish, 31 whitefishing, 15 sheephead, five calico bass, and four barracuda. The Tuesday trip with 22 anglers reported in with 11 yellowtail, 110 rockfish, 75 whitefish, eight sheephead, seven bonito, and two sculpin. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its June 11 overnight trip and landed 120 yellowtail
At Catalina, Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its June 13 three-quarter-day and landed 45 yellowtail, 23 calico bass, five barracuda, and two bonito.
LOCAL NEARSHORE BITES: While the hot flurry of barracuda action backed off since last Friday, there continues to be generally fair to good action on a wide variety of both surface and bottom fish all along the coast.
Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing had 29 anglers on its June 14 three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of 145 keeper sand bass, 135 sculpin, along with 30 barracuda. This was probably the best trip of the past week. More typical, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 52 anglers on its June 14 three-quarter-day trip and landed 87 sculpin, 38 sand bass, 18 rockfish, and one sheephead. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 36 anglers on its June 14 three-quarter-day and caught 82 sculpin, 64 sand bass, 20 rockfish, 10 calico bass, two barracuda, and one sheephead.
VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA NEWS: Except for the odd yellowtail and white sea bass, the action for the Ventura and Santa Barbara boats continues to be class A bottom fish action with limits the rule on all-day and overnight boats. But even the half-day boats are getting limits or near-limits of bottomfish. The surface season is also starting to kick in.
Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on an overnight trip June 14 and the 22 anglers on board caught 220 mixed rockfish, 14 lingcod, five whitefish, and one sheephead. On Tuesday (June 13) trips, Aloha Spirit and Sea Jay each had one white sea bass on full-day trips on trips targeting these fish, while Island Tak had eight bass anglers on June 13 and \ landed 40 keeper calicos.
MORRO BAY UPDATE: Windy, tough conditions some days this past week, but when the boats could get out, the bite on rockfish has remained excellent. Fiesta out of Virg’s Sportfishing was out on a half-day trip June 14 with 25 anglers and landed 140 mixed rockfish, 10 red snapper, and 14 ling cod. At Morro Bay Sportfishing, they had eight trips from June 3 to June 10 with 165 anglers, and landed a total of 1,693 fish, including 71 lings and 669 vermillions — full limits on all trips. Fiesta went up above Piedras Blancas lighthouse on a long trip June 9, and the 22 anglers on board landed 28 lings, 217 reds, and three cabezon. Rick Both of Ontario won the jackpot with a 12-pound ling.
The surf perch action remains good in the local surf and bay, and leopard sharks are making a good showing in the bay with most anglers report two or three per outing.
GRUNION UPDATE: The next grunion runs are June 24-27, July 9-12, July 23-26, Aug. 7-10, and Aug. 21-24. The runs in late July and August start to thin out with fewer and fewer fish showing on beaches. 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; 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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