WINDY CONDITONS WIPE OUT FISHING: All along the coast, the windy weather over the past week has really shut down the fishing with many trips cancelled because of rough conditions. Winds to 50 mph or more offshore have been the culprit, and even the nearshore trips have been uncomfortable. The boats braving the rough seas have reported some pretty fair fishing.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL AND BLUEFIN NEWS: The yellowtail and bluefin bites are still there when conditions allow for more boats to head west and south to the fishing grounds. Shogun out of Fisherman’s Landing targeted bluefin tuna on a trip south of the Nine Mile Bank into Mexican waters and had a 115-pound bluefin on April 25. Pacific Queen, also out of Fisherman’s, had limits of yellowtail for all anglers along with 150 rockfish. These trips suggest the yellowtail are still in very good numbers down at Colonet, and that the big bluefin are still around very close to San Diego in Mexican waters. At the Coronados, only a couple of boats made the run over the weekend, but Mission Belle, also Point Loma, was there April 25 with 11 anglers and they managed 10 yellowtail.
CATALINA UPDATE: Like most other areas, Catalina Island has been largely neglected because of weather conditions, but Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing made the run with 27 anglers on April 26 and ended up with three yellowtail, 77 rockfish, 30 red snapper, 30 whitefish, 28 bocaccio, six sheephead, two calico bass, and one barracuda.
LOCAL ROCKFISH STILL GOOD: The rockfish boats are still seeing good action and have mostly had light loads and not as many limits as in recent weeks because of the rough conditions. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing was out April 26 with eight anglers and landed 24 keeper calico bass (75 released), two sand bass (three released), 69 red snapper, and 11 rockfish. The bass bite appears to be coming on strong and bodes well for calmer weather. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a half day April 27 with 14 anglers and they had 140 rockfish. At Channel Island Sportfishing, Gentleman was on a three-quarter day trip with 37 anglers and they landed 200 rockfish, three whitefish, three sculpin, and three ling cod.
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 June 5, aboard 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.