WIND AND TOUGH CONDITIONS: April is usually the windy month along the coast, and that has certainly been the case over the past week (and the forecast for the next week is more of the same). This has slowed some bites, but mostly it has made for uncomfortable fishing conditions across the board.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: The three-quarter day fleet out of the San Diego Landings have continued to focus on the Coronado Islands, and the action has generally been pretty fair with one to two fish per rod the norm early this week, in spite of the wind. Mission Belle, out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had a three-quarter day trip on Saturday and 32 anglers caught 38 yellowtail, 55 barracuda, and four rockfish. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 30 anglers on the Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they had 42 yellowtail. The Monday trip on this boat had 19 anglers who returned with 30 yellowtail and five barracuda. Malihini out of H&M Landing had eight anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 18 yellowtail. There were 16 anglers on the Monday trip and they caught 15 yellows. These boats have been averaging from one to two yellowtail per rod since the middle of last week.
OFFSHORE BLUEFIN: The wind has scattered the big near-shore bluefin tuna (25 to 80 pounds) the San Diego overnight fleet had been targeting, but the smaller offshore tuna (15 to 25 pounds) remained in decent numbers in the 60-Mile Bank region, but numbers have been off this week compared to the limit-style fishing of the previous couple of weeks. Shogun out of Fisherman’s Landing was on an overnight trip that returned Monday with 33 anglers and they landed just one bluefin and seven yellowtail. Condor, also out of Fisherman’s, was on an overnight that returned Monday, and the 37 anglers landed just three bluefin tuna. Legend out of H&M Landing had 13 anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip and they landed three bluefin and seven yellowtail. Endeavor out of Seaforth Sportfish had 13 anglers on its Monday overnight trip and only one bluefin was landed. This is well off from the bluefin bite that held up even into late last week. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on back-to-back overnight trips on Wednesday and Thursday last week. There were 26 anglers on the Wednesday trip and they had 47 bluefin, one yellowtail, and two bonito. On the Thursday trip, the 34 anglers landed 36 bluefin and three yellowfin.
MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL: Last week, the yellowtail fishing off Colonet in Mexican waters was excellent for the San Diego 1 1/2-day fleet with five-fish limits the rule on most trips two weeks ago. Most of that fleet fished in local waters or out to the west this past week and targeted bluefin, so there were no Colonet reports this week.
SAN CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL: There has continued to be a pretty good bite for mid-week yellowtail at San Clemente Island, in spite of rough conditions. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip with 13 anglers Monday and they landed 79 yellowtail, 10 barracuda, and five calico bass. The Sunday trip with 30 anglers returned with 61 yellowtail, 100 rockfish, and 10 whitefish. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight trip Sunday and the 30 anglers on board had 57 yellowtail, 66 rockfish, 40 bocaccio, six calico bass, two barracuda, two ling cod, and one bonito.
CATALINA YELLOWTAIL AND BOTTOMFISH: There has been a pick on the yellowtail at Catalina Island with some flurries of good bonito fishing. The bottomfish, however, have remained very good and continue to fill sacks. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker was on a three-quarter day trip with 41 anglers Tuesday and they landed seven yellowtail, 42 bocaccio, 40 rockfish, six calico bass, two red snapper, and two whitefish. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was on a full-day trip with 30 anglers Tuesday, and they caught four yellowtail, 135 bonito, 19 calico bass, 17 whitefish, 10 perch, five sheephead, three halibut, and two rockfish. Truline, also out of 22nd Street, had 17 anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip and they landed 54 yellowtail, 170 rockfish, 30 whitefish, 22 calico bass, 20 barracuda, six sculpin, and one halibut.
ROCKFISH REMAIN EXCELLENT: The rockfish action remains very consistent with the better action the further north you travel up the coast. The San Diego half-day boats, especially with the windy conditions this past week, have been averaging one to two bottom fish per rod. The Orange and Los Angeles County boats have been seeing from half- to full-limits, and most of the Channel Islands fleet is report limits or near-limits on most trips. Premier out of H&M Landing on its Tuesday half-day trip had 13 anglers and they landed 30 sculpin, 25 rockfish, two sand bass and a perch. New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego had 11 anglers on its morning half-day Wednesday and they landed 51 red snapper and 16 rockfish. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach had 35 anglers on the Wednesday morning half-day and they caught 170 red snapper, 86 bocaccio, and 56 rockfish for near limits. In Oxnard, Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on a full-day combo surface/rockfish trip with 22 anglers on Wednesday and they landed a yellowtail, a white seabass, 98 rockfish, 47 whitefish, seven sculpin, four ling cod and one sheephead. The half-day Speed Twin, also out of Channel Islands, had 22 anglers who landed 130 rockfish and 47 whitefish.
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 next available trip is a two-day jaunt leaving Sunday, June 5, aboard the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker. Cost per angler is $300.
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.