YELLOWFIN TUNA REMAIN EXCELLENT: The yellowfin tuna have been very good to excellent over the past week with the fish showing from 10 to 45 miles off Point Loma. This means that the San Diego three-quarter day boats get shots at these fish, but the overnight and 1 1/2-day trips have more time on the schools. There are also some schools of yellowtail and dorado in the mix. The action requires that you hit the location at the right time for the best scores. Late last week, some of the yellowfin were in the 70 to 90-pound range, but this week most of the fish are in the 12 to 25-pound range.
The scores tell the story:
The three-quarter day Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its Tuesday trip and they landed 54 yellowfin. San Diego, also a three-quarter day boat from Seaforth Sportfishing, had 36 anglers they landed 107 yellowfin Tuesday. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 21 anglers and they landed 62 yellowfin.
Tribute was on an overnight trip out of Seaforth, and they had just 16 yellowfin for 22 anglers on Tuesday. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 26 anglers on its overnight trip and they landed 45 yellowfin. Constitution, also on an overnight trip out of H&M, had 18 anglers and they had full limits of 85 yellowfin. New Lo-An, on a 1 1/2-day trip out of Point Loma, had 31 anglers and they had 62 dorado (limits) and 12 yellowfin when they returned on Wednesday this week. Fortuna out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a two-day 976-Tuna instructional charter, and the 22 anglers on board had 75 yellowfin and two yellowtail on Tuesday. Grande out of Point Loma was on a 2 1/2-day trip that returned Monday and the 23 anglers had 150 yellowfin.
BLUEFIN TUNA UPDATE: The bluefin tuna are still around, but the Navy has kept anglers out of the area off San Clemente where the biggest concentrations have been and only a few have been reported on sportboats and private boats in the past week. The in-between moon phase isn’t helping this bite, either. This bite is best when four or five of the bigger sportboats get on the fish and chum them up to the surface.
SAN CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail, bonito, and mixed other fish continue to provide good action around San Clemente Island, on the portion that hasn’t been closed by the Navy. Most of the yellowtail are 15 to 18 pounds with some to 25 pounds are better. The bonito are mostly 2 to 3 pounds, but schools of 5 to 8 pounders are still showing, especially to the west of the island.
Thunderbird, out of Davey’s Locker with 26 anglers on Tuesday’s overnight trip, returned with 22 yellowtail to 25 pounds and 70 bonito. The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing with 29 anglers on its Tuesday overnight reported back in with 53 yellowtail, 101 bonito, 13 perch, 10 calico b ass, five sheephead, and one ling cod.
CATALINA ISLAND UPDATE: There also continues to be a very consistent bite on yellowtail at Catalina Island. There is also a good bite of mixed bottom fish and bass on these trips. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 26 anglers on Monday and they landed 40 five to 15 pound yellowtail, 130 bonito, 11 calico bass, and nine whitefish.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: All along the coast from the Santa Monica Bay to San Diego, the half-day fleet has been focusing on the very good rockfish action, and getting a pick on the bass and the occasional yellowtail (especially in the Santa Monica Bay). Half- to three-quarter limits on the rockfish have been pretty common on most half-day boats along with a smattering of other fish.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The last instruction trip of 2016 is a 1 1/2-day jaunt aboard Triton out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing leaving Sept. 27. Cost is $225 per angler. Check 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.