FLEET AT FRED HALL SHOW: Many boats are not making runs this week because the owners and staff are attending the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach (March 1-5). The show always serves as a kickoff for the sportfishing season, and many anglers attend this annual event.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: While weather has continued to be a problem for the San Diego 1.5-day boats running into Mexican waters around Colonet for yellowtail, the fleet found pretty fair action on the 15- to 22-pound class yellows during the last weekend of February. Many boats posted scores of around two fish per angler. The scores tell the story.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a 1.5-day trip on Feb. 26 and the 33 anglers on board had 64 yellowtail and 15 rockfish. Liberty, also on a 1.5-day run out of Fisherman’s and returning Feb. 26, had 36 anglers who landed 57 yellowtail and 12 bonito. Relentless, on a two-day trip out of H&M Landing into Mexican waters, had 29 anglers who landed 17 yellowtail, 160 rockfish, four ling cod and two bonito. Old Glory, also out of H&M but on a 1.5-day trip that returned Feb. 26, had 17 anglers who landed 42 yellowtail, 63 rockfish and six bonito. Tribute had 17 anglers on a 1.5-day trip out of Seaforth Sportfishing and landed 32 yellowtail, 85 rockfish, 15 whitefish, 10 bonito and five lingcod.
ROCKFISH OPENER WEDNESDAY: The half- and three-quarter day boats fishing along the coast from San Diego up into the Channel Islands are celebrating the beginning of the rockfish season March 1. Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard had six boats out for the opener, including two overnight boats. The fish counts were impressive.
The 42 anglers aboard Gentleman on a three-quarter day trip returned with 395 rockfish and one lingcod. The half-day Speed Twin, with 48 anglers, returned with 420 rockfish, 127 whitefish, two lingcod and one sculpin. Mirage and Pacific Islander, both overnight boats, had full limits of rockfish (10 per angler) along with a few lingcod and whitefish. At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the three-quarter day Coral Sea had 25 anglers who landed 207 rockfish, 41 red snapper, four lingcod, three whitefish and one Cabazon.
Farther south along the coast, the fishing was nearly as good, at least until you got to San Diego, where boats only averaged one or two rockfish per angler.
Out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing, New Del Mar had 47 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip and they landed 305 rockfish and five lingcod. The 28 anglers aboard the three-quarter day Spitfire returned with 240 red snapper along with 40 miscellaneous rockfish for full limits, along with a pair of lingcod.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 46 anglers on its March 1 full-day trip and landed 115 rockfish, 103 bocaccio, 35 red snapper, 34 whitefish, 22 sheephead, five perch, three sculpin and two bonus halibut. Monte Carlo, on a half-day trip out of 22nd Street, had 24 anglers who landed 79 red snapper, 65 whitefish, 53 rockfish, 27 bocaccio, six sculpin and one sheephead. Redondo Special, running out of Redondo Sport Fishing, had 21 anglers on a half-day trip and landed 210 rockfish, three sculpin and one lingcod.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker did an overnight run with 29 anglers and caught 150 red snapper, 135 rockfish and five lingcod.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The 976-TUNA instructional charters will begin again starting the spring of 2017. 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 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: Sergioís Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.
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