By: Terrence Berg www.976-TUNA.com
LONG RANGE NEWS: The long range fleet out of San Diego is still seeing excellent action off the tip of Baja. While a couple of boats are in for maintenance right now, the Excel has reported fish to 180 pounds this week and the Royal Star has a 227-pound yellowfin on board. The Royal Polaris is at the Clipperton atoll, and reported yellowfin to 150 pounds, excellent wahoo, and good grouper fishing.
CORONADO ISLAND UPDATE: The yellowtail action on the Coronado Islands has been far more hit and miss this past week. Blame moon phase or winds or tides, but the average has gone from one fish per rod to near skunks in recent days. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing has been hitting this bite consistently. On Tuesday, 31 anglers had 32 yellowtail for one of the better days recently. On Sunday, there were 29 anglers and they landed 11 yellowtail, 12 rockfish, and a ling cod. Other boats fishing the Coronados have had similar results. Or worse.
WHITE SEABASS FLURRY: In the days after the full moon and before the gale force winds came up this week, there was a very good flurry of white seabass at San Clemente, Santa Barbara, and Catalina Island. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was at Clemente Sunday with 29 anglers (and five crew) and they returned with 34 white seabass, 80 rockfish, and one halibut. The Seeker out of Long Beach Sportfishing had six seabass at Santa Barbara Island Saturday. There were also reports of private boaters collecting one-fish limits at Catalina late last week and over the weekend. Most skippers think that as soon as the winds die down, all of these seabass bite should come back on strong.
WINDS SLOW ROCKFISH ACTION: Only the winds can slow the excellent rockfish bite that has been going on all along the coast and at the local islands. The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker was on a three-quarter day trip Monday with 66 anglers and posted one of its worst scores in a couple of weeks – 67 rockfish, 41 red snapper, 37 bocaccio, and 11 sand dabs. That’s a little better than a couple of fish per rod, but not what it has been. The Victory out of Pierpoint Landing, out with 21 anglers on Monday, returned with 126 rockfish, 53 red snapper, 10 sculpin, and two perch. At Catalina Island, the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing, had 21 anglers who landed 83 rockfish, 63 bocaccio, 48 red snapper, 10 whitefish, eight perch, five sheephead, and two sculpin for one of the best scores once the wind came up.