YELLOWFIN TUNA BREAK OPEN: The yellowfin tuna bite broke wide open early this week, and the action has been very good since for three-quarter day, overnight, and 1.5-day boats running out of San Diego. There has also been a large contingent of private boats hammering these school-sized fish running from 6 to 22 pounds. There have also been some yellowtail, Dorado, and skipjack mixed in, and the tuna are being located on floating kelp, under diving birds, and deeper and located on sonar.
While most of the action is in Mexican waters, scattered schools of these tuna are showing all the way up to Catalina Island and the fall bite seems to be taking off. Some scores tell the story:
Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing was on a 1.5-day trip on Sept. 13 with 22 anglers and landed 136 yellowfin, 20 skipjack, and five Dorado. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Sept. 13 and the 25 anglers on board had 85 yellowfin and 40 skipjack. San Diego, also out of Seaforth, had 55 anglers on its Sept. 13 three-quarter-day trip and landed 140 yellowfin, 15 skipjack, four Dorado, and one yellowtail. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its Sept. 13 overnight and landed 93 yellowfin and 30 skipjack. The three-quarter-day Mission Belle, also out of Point Loma, ran out with 28 anglers and landed 35 yellowfin, 26 skipjack, and one Dorado. Oceanside 95, running out of Helgren’s Oceanside, had 31 anglers on its Sept. 13 1.5-day trip and landed 144 yellowfin and two Dorado.
BLUEFIN TUNA BITE TOUGHENS UP: The bluefin tuna bite has slowed pretty dramatically since the full moon, but there is still a pick on these quality fish on the offshore spots and near San Clemente. Most are still running from 60 to 120-plus pounds.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its overnight trip off Clemente, and landed three bluefin, 46 yellowtails, 18 bonito, and 12 calico bass. A Sept. 9 2-day trip had 16 anglers catch 28 bluefin and 33 yellowtails.
Pacific Star was on a 2.5-day trip out of Seaforth Sportfishing and returned on Wednesday. The 26 anglers on this trip had 28 quality bluefin, 70 bonito, 11 yellowtail, eight Dorado, and five yellowfin. El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 35 anglers it is Sept. 10 overnight trip and landed seven quality bluefin.
YELLOWTAIL GOOD AT ALL LOCAL ISLANDS: The yellowtails are showing in excellent numbers at all of the local islands, from the Coronados off San Diego up into the Channel Islands. Catalina and San Clemente have good numbers of ‘tails, and they are even showing at near-shore kelp from La Jolla to spots off Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 21 anglers on its Sept. 13 three-quarter-day trip and landed 51 yellowtails and five barracuda at Catalina. Freedom, also 22nd Street, had 35 anglers on its 1.5-day trip, and landed 78 yellowtails and 50 bonito. Victory out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 27 anglers on its Sept.13 three-quarter-day trip and landed 18 yellowtail, 42 whitefish, five barracuda, three sheephead, and two calico bass.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The boats out of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings are mostly focusing on the excellent rockfish bite, but those targeting surface species have seen improved yellowtail action in recent days along with an occasional white sea bass, and pretty good calico bass action.
Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Sept. 13 full-day trip and landed 12 yellowtails, 96 rockfish, 37 calico bass, and seven whitefish. Island Tak, also out of Channel Islands, had nine anglers on its Sept. 13 trip and landed four yellowtails and limits of 45 keeper calico bass. At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo had 22 anglers on its Sept. 13 trip and landed five yellowtails, 100 rockfish, four calicos, and three whitefish. Island Spirit’s Sept. 11 trip produced 21 yellowtails, limits of 160 rockfish, 12 whitefish, five sheephead, two barracuda, and one lingcod for the 16 anglers on board.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Great weather and conditions over the past few days made for very good fishing for boats running out of this part of the coast. Rockfish limits remain the rule and there is a decent pick on the lings.
Fiesta at Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay had 23 anglers on its Sept. 13 half-day trip, and landed 210 rockfish, 19 lings, one sheephead, and one whitefish. Fiesta recently ran a long-range trip to Cape San Martin and the jackpot fish was a 25-pound ling landed by Robin Moore, Bakersfield. That trip produced 54 lings.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had rockfish limits on both its Sept. 11 three-quarter-day and the Sept. 12 half-day trips. On Sept. 11, 30 anglers landed 240 red snapper, 20 bocaccio, and 40 miscellaneous rockfish. On Sept. 12, 12 anglers had 100 red snapper and 20 bocaccio.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Flying Fish had 22 anglers on its Sept. 12 half-day trip and landed 214 rockfish, six red snapper, and one lingcod. The full-day trip aboard Phenix on Sept. 12 produced 75 bolina, 25 red snapper, seven bocaccio, three rockfish, and five lingcod for the 11 anglers on board.
Inside the bay, the halibut are still showing in fair numbers on live bait, along with decent numbers of perch, grassies, leopard sharks and bat rays. In the local surf, the perch action remains good and there continue to be a few stripers in the surf north of Morro Bay.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day trip aboard the Relentless out of H&M Landing leaving on Monday, Sept. 18. The early booking price is $450 (not including meals, permits, and tips). 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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