GENERAL UPDATE: The fishing overall was a little slower this past week due to deteriorating conditions since May 5. Weekend trips really took a hit. Blame the wind, or the moon, or just a ton of squid and other bait in the water.
SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL: There are vast schools of both bluefin and yellowtail from as close as nine miles off Point Loma down the coast for 60 or 70 miles. The bluefin continue to be everything from 25 to 60 pounds or more, while the yellowtail are mostly four to 12-pound class fish. The first yellowfin tuna of the season also came in late last week, moving into this same zone of fish. The boat score really tell the story of how the bite has been up and down.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was the first sportboat to report yellowfin tuna when it had two on board during a May 4 overnight boat. A May 5 trip with 55 anglers produced 36 bluefin, while 30 anglers aboard a May 6 expedition landed one bluefin and 33 yellowtail.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 13 anglers on a May 9 trip and landed one bluefin and 65 yellowtail, full limits of these four- to 12-pound class fish.
New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 25 anglers on its May 7 1.5-day trip and landed five bluefin tuna, 18 yellowtail, and one yellowfin tuna.
Pacific Voyager, on a two-day trip out of Seaforth Sportfishing on May 6, had 15 anglers who landed 36 bluefin and one yellowtail.
The three-quarter-day boats out of San Diego are also within range of the schools of bluefin and yellowfin and there have been some decent scores for these anglers this past week, but also some dismal days.
The three-quarter-day boat Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 10 anglers on a May 9 trip and landed eight bluefin tuna and five yellowtail. The May 6 trip with 17 anglers produced just three yellowtail, but the May 5 jaunt with 33 anglers returned with 21 bluefin.
San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 26 anglers on a May 9 trip and returned with limits of 130 yellowtail and two bonito, which is a nice bounce-back from the May 6 trip with 33 anglers (one bluefin and one yellowtail).
Malihini out of H&M Landing had 20 anglers on its May 6 three-quarter-day trip and caught one yellowtail along with 25 rockfish, three barracuda, and one keeper calico bass. The May 5 trip, however, had 18 bluefin tuna for 24 anglers.
CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATES: The overnight boats out of the Los Angeles and Orange county landings have mostly been fishing San Clemente and Santa Barbara islands for yellowtail and bottom fish, while the full-day and three-quarter-day boats have mostly been at Catalina for a mixed bag. Squid is everywhere and easy to make at both Catalina and Clemente, but finbait is also working for the yellowtail.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its May 9 overnight trip and landed 130 rockfish, 81 bonito,50 yellowtail, 24 whitefish and 13 sheephead. The May 8 overnight with 21 anglers was even better: 116 yellowtail, 50 rockfish, 26 bonito, 20 keeper calicos, and three sheephead.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 28 anglers on its full-day trip to Catalina on May 8 and landed 17 yellowtail, 15 calico bass, eight perch, seven bonito and three sheephead.
The three-quarter-day Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 11 anglers on its May 9 trip and caught 47 perch, 10 sheephead, three sargo, two calico bass,one yellowtail and one sculpin. The yellowtail counts fell on this boat from a high of 46 on May 5 to the low of one on May 9.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker was on a three-quarter-day trip with 60 anglers on May 9 and landed 58 perch, 25 bonito, 21 whitefish,four yellowtail, four sheephead and a sargo. The May 8 trip with 35 anglers produced eight perch, seven bonito, four whitefish, two rockfish, two sheephead, one yellowtail, one calico bass and one sculpin.
NORTHERN CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: There continues to be a fair pick on white sea bass in the northern Channel Islands, especially at Anacapa. Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 14 anglers on a May 10 three-quarter-day trip and landed three white sea bass along with 140 rockfish, three whitefish and a calico bass. Aloha Spirit, also out of Channel Islands, had 21 anglers on a May 9 full-day trip and landed four white sea bass and three yellowtail, in addition to 97 rockfish, three whitefish, two calicos and one sheephead. The May 8 trip with 22 anglers returned with 16 seabasas, 10 yellowtail and one halibut.
GRUNION UPDATE: While catching grunion is not allowed in April and May, there are runs May 10-13, May 25-28, June 9-12, and June 24-27.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard 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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