BLUEFIN CONTINUE TO BITE: Sixty miles to west of San Diego the bluefin action has been consistent over the past two weeks, with many boats reporting two-fish limits, most of which are running 18 to 25 pounds. Top Gun 80 out of H&M Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned Tuesday and the 25 anglers on board had 31 bluefin tuna, three yellowtail, and a bonito. On its Sunday trip, there were 25 anglers and they landed 42 bluefin, three yellowtail, and one bonito. Outer Limits out of Seaforth Sportfishing has also been running overnight trips to the west for the bluefin. On Tuesday’s trip with 24 anglers they returned with 26 bluefin, while the Monday trip with 24 anglers had 13 bluefin and two yellowtail. The Sunday trip with 15 anglers reported 18 bluefin. Voyager, also out of Seaforth, was on an overnight trip on Sunday with eight anglers and they had limits of 16 bluefin. On Friday, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 26 anglers on a 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 52 bluefin tuna. Weekend crowds tend to slow this bite, but the mid-week action has been the best.
THREE-QUARTER DAY BLUEFIN, YELLOWTAIL: There are also some bluefin much closer to San Diego, from 8 to 15 miles to the west, and for the most part these have been bigger fish, running from 35 to 80 pounds. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing has been targeting bluefin tuna on its recent three-quarter day trips just outside of the Coronado Islands in Mexican waters. The bluefin success has been on par as other three-quarter day boats that are targeting yellowtail. On Tuesday, there were 48 anglers on the San Diego and they landed six bluefin. The Monday trip with 23 anglers returned with 23 bluefin. These were fish up to 50 pounds. The yellowtail action has been spotty in recent days. Malihini out of H&M Landing was on a three-quarter day trip on Tuesday with 25 anglers and they had five yellowtail. On its Sunday trip, there was just one yellowtail caught by 16 anglers. At Point Loma Sportfishing, Mission Belle was on a three-quarter day trip Monday with 15 anglers and they landed eight yellowtail, 10 barracuda, and five rockfish.
MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL: The 1 1/2-day boats making runs south along the Mexican coast to the Colonet and San Martin region continue to see generally good yellowtail action, with many boats posting five-fish limits. Shotgun out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip returning Sunday with 31 anglers and they landed 155 yellowtail. Pacific Queen, also out of Fisherman’s, was also on a 1 1/2-day jaunt over the weekend with 34 anglers and they landed 170 yellowtail, 20 rockfish, three bonito, and three ling cod. Most of these yellowtail are 12 to 18 pounds with some up into the low 20s.
CATALINA HAS PICK ON YELLOWTAIL: Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing in San Pedro continues to run daily three-quarter day trips to Catalina Island targeting yellowtail, bass, and bottom fish with fair to good scores every day. These yellowtail are mostly six to eight pounders with an occasional fish to 12 pounds. On Tuesday, there were 22 anglers who landed five yellowtail along with 35 whitefish, 21 perch, 12 sheephead, three calico bass, and three bonito. On the Monday trip, the 16 anglers on board had 16 yellowtail, 23 sheephead, 18 perch, six calicos, five whitefish, five rockfish, five bonito, and one sculpin. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing has also been hitting Catalina, and its full-day trip Tuesday, the 40 anglers on board had just one yellowtail, but added 143 rockfish, 62 whitefish, 29 bocaccio, 24 legal calicos, 20 red snapper, 12 perch, eight sheephead, a sand bass and one barracuda.
CLEMENTE MIRRORS CATALINA: The boats running out to San Clemente Island are seeing very similar action as boats running to Catalina, but with a slightly better grade of fish. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip to Clemente returning Tuesday, and the 26 anglers on this trip landed 17 yellowtail along with 103 rockfish, 35 perch, 28 whitefish, 24 calico bass, 23 bonito, 16 sheephead, and nine sculpin. On the Monday overnight trip on the same boat, the 23 anglers landed 45 yellowtail, 100 perch, and four calicos.
LOCAL ROCKFISH: From San Diego to Morro Bay, the nearshore rockfish action has been consistent. In the San Diego region, the half-day boats have been averaging two to three bottom fish per angler, while the Orange and Los Angeles county boats have reported half to full limits. From Ventura to the north, most boats are reporting limits of rockfish. For example, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker in Balboa was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday and the 38 anglers had 190 bocaccio, 52 rockfish, 15 whitefish, two red snapper, and a sheephead. Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfish was on a three-quarter day trip with 16 anglers on Tuesday and they had 160 red snapper, 50 whitefish, and four sheephead. On Tuesday, Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard was out with 58 anglers on a three-quarter day trip and they landed 580 rockfish and one lingcod. Aloha Spirit had 18 anglers on its Monday full-day trip targeting ling cod and the 22 anglers on board landed limits of 66 lings along with 75 rockfish, 15 whitefish, and a sheephead. Avenger out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach was on a three-quarter day trip with 13 Tuesday and they landed 78 rockfish, 39 red snapper, 32 lingcod, and four cabezon.
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 $250 for early booking. 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.