SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN TUNA NEWS: The three-quarter-day to 2.5-day trips running out of San Diego landings continue to have up-and-down picks on the bluefin tuna on the offshore grounds. The fish are also moving around a lot right now, showing here one day and someplace else the next throughout the California Bight. The skippers are reporting seeing 20 to 40 schools of fish under birds per days, but the trick has been finding fish willing to bite. The bluefin always seem to bite better on the backside of the full moon, so this coming weekend and early next week could see an uptick in this action. The scores from the past few days tell the story.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 35 anglers on its June 4 1.5-day trip and landed 10 bluefin from 20 to 115 pounds, while the June 2 overnight with 35 anglers produced 13 bluefin. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its June 4 1.5-day trip and landed 15 bluefin. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 16 anglers on its June 4 1.5-day and landed five bluefin.
Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing has had some consistent, but not dazzling days on recent three-quarter bluefin tuna trips. On June 6, 16 anglers landed two bluefin, while the June 3 trip with 16 anglers produced 12 bluefin. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 13 anglers on the June 6 three-quarter-day, and they caught four bluefin. Meanwhile the June 5 trip with 26 anglers returned with just three bluefin. Liberty’s best trip of the past week was on June 4 when 26 anglers landed 27 bluefin. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 33 anglers on its June 6 three-quarter-day trip and landed four bluefin. The June 5 trip with 14 anglers produced nine bluefin, while the June 4 trip with 35 anglers returned with nine bluefin.
CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATE: The Los Angeles and Orange County overnight boats making the run to San Clemente Island (or more distant islands) continue to see a decent pick on yellowtail with an occasional white sea bass, too, but numbers range from about a half-fish per rod to five-plus fish. First String out of Pierpoint Landing posted one of the top scores on June 4. The 14 anglers had 113 yellowtail, 20 rockfish, and one halibut on a two-day trip. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 22 anglers on its June 6 overnight trip and landed 33 yellowtail, along with 10 rockfish, eight calico bass, five bonito, two barracuda, and two sheephead. Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing had 10 anglers on its overnight trip June 6 and landed four yellowtail and two white sea bass. El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with nine anglers and landed six yellowtail, 65 bonito, 15 calico bass, and a barracuda.
At Catalina, Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 47 anglers on its June 6 full-day trip and caught 17 yellowtail along with 14 sheephead, 11 bontio, 10 calico bass, five perch, three barracuda, and three halibut.
BARRACUDA BREAK OPEN, GOOD ROCKFISH FOR NEARSHORE BOATS: The barracuda bite broke wide open for the half- and three-quarter day boats fishing the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline early this week. The best news is most of these fish are on the surface iron and most of the fish are good quality 6- to 10-pound class fish. Out of Pierpoint Landing, Enterprise had seven anglers on June 6 and caught 60 log barracuda along with 30 sculpin and two whitefish. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 28 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip June 6 and had 35 barracuda, 14 calico bass, three rockfish, two sand bass, and one sculpin. Both of these boats had even better scores when they reported in on June 7.
Of course, there has continued to be good action on mixed rockfish and other bottom species, especially mid-week when the boats aren’t jammed. Victory out of Long Beach Sportfishing had been hammering the sculpin, whitefish, and rockfish on its three-quarter-day trips. On June 6, with 18 anglers, the boat returned with limits of sculpin (90) and 45 barracuda. The June 5 trip with 20 anglers had 100 whitefish, 93 rockfish, 61 sculpin, 15 red snapper, and two barracuda. Even the packed Sunday trip with 35 anglers reported in with 150 sculpin, 103 rockfish, 14 whitefish, 10 red snapper, four barracuda, and one each on the calico bass, sand bass, and sheephead.
New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing has been consistently hammering the sculpin and rockfish. On the June 6 half-day, there were 50 anglers who landed 150 sculpin and 130 rockfish, while the June 5 trip with just 24 anglers produced 70 sculpin, 65 rockfish, six calicos, five shitefish, and a lingcod.
VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA NEWS: A few yellowtail and white sea bass continue to show most days for boats running out of Ventura and Santa Barbara landings to the northern Channel Islands. Aloha Spirit had 15 anglers on its full-day trip June 6 and landed one yellowtail and one white sea bass along with 12 calicos, seven barracuda, six rockfish, and one sheephead. Amigo, on a full-day trip out of Ventura Sportfishing, had 14 anglers on June 6 and landed one white sea bass along with 126 rockfish. Pacific Dawn, also out of Ventura, had 23 anglers on its June 4 overnight trip and landed 20 yellowtail and one white sea bass, along with 149 rockfish, two sculpin, and one lingcod.
MORRO BAY UPDATE: The windy weather continues to hamper fishing, but overall the bite has stayed very good for bottom fish. Endeavor out of Morro Bay Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its June 7 trip and landed 170 rockfish along with 34 lings. Top fish was an 18-pound ling caught by Daniel Daramy, Bakersfield. Avenger, also out of Morro Bay Sportfishing, had 20 anglers on June 6 and landed 200 rockfish and three lings. While the lings have won the jackpot on this two boats most of the past week, reds to 8 pounds have also been caught. Rita G out of Virg’s Landing had 14 anglers on its full-day trip June 7 and landed 112 red snapper and 18 lingcod. Fiesta, on a three-quarter-day trip also out of Virg’s, had 24 anglers on June 7 and landed 150 red snapper, 70 other rockfish, and one lingcod. Top lingcod at Virg’s was an 18.2-pounder caught by Dennis Turner, Bakersfield. Martin Dyck, Paso Robles, landed a 15-pound sheephead on a half-day trip aboard Fiesta.
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 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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