SAN DIEGO PELAGICS: The half and three-quarter day boats from the San Diego landings continue to hammer on the yellowfin tuna and pick at the yellowtail and dorado. Most of this part of the fleet has shifted back into Mexican waters on the overnight and longer trips because of the incredible volume of yellowfin, but even the half- and three-quarter day boats are getting into the yellowfin and yellowtail in good numbers. This bite has all but overshadowed the good bass action. For example, the half-day Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip and they landed six yellowtail along with 26 calico bass and 16 sand bass.
The three-quarter day boats are doing real damage on the yellowfin. The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out with 16 anglers on Tuesday and they landed 53 yellowfin and four dorado. Also on Tuesday, the Malihini out of H&M Landing had 45 anglers who caught 54 yellowfin. On Wednesday, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 49 anglers who landed 91 yellowfin, three dorado, and one skipjack. The yellowfin have replaced the yellowtail in these counts.
The overnight and longer trips are mostly seeing limit-style tuna action in Mexican waters. The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned Wednesday from a three-day trip and the 14 anglers on board had 198 yellowtail, 117 yellowfin, and 48 dorado. The Voyager, also out of Seaforth, was on an overnight trip with 14 anglers and they landed 23 dorado, 19 yellowfin, five skipjack, and three yellowtail. At H&M Landing, the Old Glory ran and overnight trip Tuesday with 22 anglers and they had 53 yellowfin, while the Legend was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 30 anglers and they had 90 yellowfin. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfish was on a 1 1/2-day trip Tuesday with 32 anglers and they had 96 yellowfin and one dorado.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY COAST UPDATE: The incredible volume of yellowfin tuna that have continued to move into the California bite has made it difficult for the three-quarter day and longer trips running out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings to focus on anything else in recent days, but there continues to be good numbers of yellowtail, dorado, and still bluefin tuna in this region.
The three-quarter day Freelance out of Davey’s Locker has had both yellowfin and yellowtail scores in recent days with big loads of anglers. On Wednesday, there were 78 anglers who landed 16 yellowfin tuna, two yellowtail, a dorado, and one skip jack. On Tuesday, there were 79 anglers who landed 120 yellowtail and five bonito. On an overnight trip, the Thunderbird, also out of Davey’s Locker had 19 anglers who landed 32 yellowfin and 11 skipjack on Wednesday. That boat had returned from a 2 1/2-day trip on Sunday, and the 20 anglers aboard landed 69 yellowfin, 10 bluefin, and one dorado fishing U.S. waters.
Out of 22nd Street Landing, the Native Sun was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 40 anglers and they landed 73 yellowtail, 45 bonito, 40 barracuda, a sheephead, and a red snapper. The half-day Monte Carlo on its morning trip had 39 anglers who landed 41 yellowtail, 68 barracuda, 38 calico bass and two sand bass.
The New Del Mar out of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing was on a half-day trip Wednesday with 71 anglers and they caught 56 yellowtail, 23 calico bass, 16 bonito and one lingcod.
CATALINA UPDATE: Most skippers still aren’t running all the way to Catalina, leaving it to the private boater fleet, but that doesn’t mean the fishing is bad. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing has been one of the consistent exceptions, and one Wednesday this week there were 55 anglers on the full-day trip and they landed 131 yellowtail, 147 bonito, 32 calico bass, three halibut, and one barracuda. The Freedom was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 37 anglers and they landed 34 bluefin tuna, seven yellowtail, seven bonito, 15 calico bass, four whitefish, and one sheephead.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NEWS: There continues to be a major push of pelagic species up into the Channel Islands with many of the boats in the region focusing on yellowtail and bonito. The Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was out on a full-day trip Wednesday with 15 anglers and they landed 20 yellowtail, 30 bonito, and one white seabass. On Tuesday, the Mirage, also out of CISCO, returned from a local two-day trip with 17 anglers who caught nine bluefin, 50 yellowtail, 45 calico bass, one halibut and one barracuda. The half-day Speed Twin had 10 anglers on Tuesday and they caught 41 calicos, 12 barracuda, nine whitefish, eight rockfish, five perch, four bonito, and two bonus yellowtail.
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 trip is a two-day trip departing on Sept. 13 aboard the Old Glory out of H&M Landing. Cost is $350 per angler. Check 976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
LANDING CONTACTS: 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 Sportfishin, 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.