WHAT NOW?: With rockfish season closed for the next two months off the local coast, the ocean action is mostly quiet. The northern landings have pretty much shut down operations for now, while boats between Los Angeles and San Diego are now focusing on sculpin, bass and sand dabs. There are a few more options south of the border where rockfish remains open and yellowtail are still showing off Colonet.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH: The three-quarter- to 1.5-day fleet (and sometimes even longer trips) are focusing on rockfish in Mexican waters now that the season has closed in U.S. waters. The bite has been good. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a three-quarter-day trip Jan. 1 with 10 anglers and landed 58 rockfish, two lings, one whitefish and one sheephead.
A PICK ON BASS AND SCULPIN: Most of the half-day boats along the entire coast are now focusing on sculpin and bass, and finding slow to fair action.
In the San Diego to Oceanside region the bite has been fair at best. Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 23 anglers on it Jan. 2 afternoon half-day and landed 33 sand bass, 10 sculpin, four calico bass and a bonus halibut. They also caught and released 35 short calicos. That was one of the better trips. New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had nine anglers on its Jan. 3 morning trip and only landed two sculpin. Meanwhile, Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s had 14 anglers on its Jan. 3 half-day and landed 70 sculpin and one triggerfish.
The bite is only a little better in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 75 anglers who landed 264 sand dabs, 114 sculpin, 32 perch and one sand bass on its Jan. 1 expedition. Patriot out of Newport Landing was on a Jan. 2 half-day trip with 25 anglers and landed 50 perch, 12 sculpin, three sand bass and two calico bass. Victory out of Pierpoint Landing had just seven anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and landed 40 perch, 30 sculpin and three sand bass. Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 32 anglers on its Jan. 3 half-day trip and caught 33 sculpin, 11 perch, nine sand bass and a calico bass. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a half-day-trip with 32 anglers and landed 125 sculpin, eight sand bass, two calico bass and two triggerfish.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The last of the 976-TUNA instructional charters for 2016 has been completed. 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. These trips will resume next spring. 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; 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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