CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The San Diego three-quarter day fleet continues to see a pretty decent pick on the yellowtail at the Coronado Islands. These are mostly 18 to 25-pound class fish and most are being caught on the yo-yo iron or bait right on the bottom. On Monday, the Malihini out of H&M Landing was on a three-quarter day trip to the Coronado Islands and the 25 anglers on board had 13 yellowtail, 100 red snapper, and 70 rockfish. On Saturday, there were 21 anglers on this boat and they caught 36 yellowtail and 15 rockfish.
MEXICAN WATERS YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: San Diego’s overnight to 2 1/2-day boats are running into Mexican waters where the rockfish season remains open. These trips have been plucking away at the yellowtail in the San Martin Island region, along with finding limit-style rockfish action. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip over the weekend, returning on Sunday. The 34 anglers on board had 83 yellowtail and 257 rockfish. The Chief out of H&M Landing was on a weekend 1 1/2-day trip with 32 anglers and they landed 13 yellowtail and 103 rockfish. The Old Glory, also out of H&M, was on an overnight trip with 32 anglers and they landed 24 yellowtail and 141 rockfish. The Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 2 1/2-day trip over the weekend and the 24 anglers on board had 46 yellowtail and 240 rockfish, while the Pacific Voyager, also out of Seaforth, was on a two-day weekend trip and the 19 anglers on board had 80 yellowtail and 190 rockfish.
CATALINA ISLAND NEWS: The Sport King out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing has continued running three-quarter day trips to Catalina Island on the weekend. Saturday’s trip with 24 anglers produced one yellowtail, 49 perch, nine legal calico bass, and one sargo. Sunday’s trip had 16 anglers who landed three yellowtail, 105 perch, and 11 calicos.
LOCAL BOATS WAITING FOR ROCKFISH: The half- and three-quarter day boats all along the coast, from San Diego up into Los Angeles county waters, are mostly in dry-dock or just getting back in the water after a few weeks of maintenance. Most will be back in operation as of March 1 and the rockfish reopener in this region. The handful of boats still running have been finding scratchy fishing for sculpin, calico and sand bass, perch, and sand dabs. There have also been a fair number of yellowtail hanging along the coastal spots and biting on occasion. The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 38 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they landed four yellowtail, 55 sculpin, and 40 sand dabs. The New Del Mar’s half-day trip, also out of Marina del Rey, on Tuesday had 63 anglers and they landed seven yellowtail and one sculpin.
LOBSTERS AND SHORTS: No sportboat trips for lobster this week, but the nearshore private boaters are reporting the same problem: lots of undersize bugs and on a few keepers. Private boaters fishing off Catalina have found much better success with some limits reported and many boats getting at least two or three lobster per angler.
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 first trip of 2016 will be a three-quarter jaunt aboard the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing on Friday, April 29. Cost is $75 per angler. 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.