By: Terrence Berg
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PELAGIC UPDATE: While there was a slight lull in the action this past week, more and more fish continue to pile into the Southern California Bite. More and more dorado have moved into the region, joining the yellowtail, yellowfin, and bluefin in even greater numbers. The local sportboat fleet — from half-day boats to overnight and longer trips — continue to report incredible variety. Almost lost in this incredible action on the pelagic species is a very good bite on barracuda, bonito, and bass (both calico and sand bass).
OVERNIGHT AND LONGER TRIPS ARE ALL PELAGICS: The New Lo An out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego has been doing 1 1/2-day trips and focusing on the big bluefin around floating kelp paddies close to San Diego. On Tuesday, there were six bluefin on the boat that ranged from 127 to 193 pounds and on Wednesday a bigger fish was battled for over two hours and lost. The Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with 22 anglers on Tuesday and they landed 14 yellowfin tuna, two bluefin, two dorado, and one yellowtail. The Tribute, also out of Seaforth, had 29 anglers on its Tuesday overnight and they landed 31 dorado, 15 yellowtail, and four yellowfin. The Producer out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip with 20 anglers on Tuesday and they landed 20 dorado, nine yellowtail, and four yellowfin tuna. You can tell by these counts that the numbers, while still good at a fish or more per rod, have been a little down from previous week. The coming full moon and hot bite that usually ensues as it wanes should make things surge back on for the San Diego boats. In the Los Angeles and Orange County region, the bite didn’t fall off as much and looked to be turning on at mid-week. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 30 anglers and they landed 150 yellowtail, 28 dorado, eight yellowfin, and two bluefin. This was this boat’s best trip in the past few days. The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing was on an overnight trip and the 37 anglers on board had 56 yellowfin tuna and 23 bluefin. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was on a full-day trip on Monday with 51 anglers and they landed 47 yellowtail, 28 bonito, and 25 calicos.
THREE-QUARTER AND FULL-DAY BOAT UPDATES: The San Diego-based three-quarter day trips have had tougher fishing this past week on pelagics. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 48 anglers and they landed just 11 yellowfin tuna and four yellowtail. The Malihini out of H&M Landing was out with 44 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Tuesday and they landed just six yellowfin and three yellowtail. The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out with 27 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Tuesday and they landed nine yellowfin, five dorado, and three yellowtail. The Sea Trek out of Helgren’s Oceanside had 24 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Tuesday and they landed 39 yellowtail, nine calicos, three sand bass, one sheephead, and one rockfish. The fleet running out of Los Angeles and Orange counties also saw a downturn in pelagics, but a little more consistent action on other species. The Victory out of Pierpoint Landing had 50 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 82 barracuda, 21 yellowtail, five sand bass, three rockfish, two whitefish, one calico, and one sculpin. The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out Tuesday with 12 anglers and they landed 25 yellowtail and 50 barracuda. Further up the coast, from the Ventura landings north to Morro Bay, the rockfish action has been simply wide open with limit-style fishing on all the boats, including the half-day fleet. But there has also been flurries of good action on bass and pelegics. The Sea Jay out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 11 anglers on its full-day trip and they landed 55 calico bass (limits), 16 yellowtail, and two white seabass. The Gentleman, on a three-quarter day trip out of the same landing on Tuesday, had 26 anglers and they had limits (130) calicos.
HALF-DAY YELLOWTAIL AND BASS: The afternoon bite has been the best for the pelagic fish for the San Diego region half-day boats. The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an afternoon half-day trip Tuesday with 41 anglers and they landed 54 yellowtail, 15 barracuda, one bonito, and one calico bass. The same has been true further up the coast. The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing was on an afternoon half-day Tuesday with 56 anglers and they landed 42 yellowtail. On the morning half-day, there were 48 anglers who landed 101 barracuda, 25 sand bass, 12 calicos, and eight yellowtail. The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing has consistently been getting into yellowtail on its half-day trips, especially the afternoon trips in the past few days. On Tuesday, the 38 anglers on the after trip had 26 yellowtail and 34 sculpin. On Monday, the 40 anglers on the afternoon trip had 45 yellowtail and 23 sculpin. The morning trips have had just one yellowtail for every four to eight anglers.
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 jaunt aboard the El Dorado out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego leaving Monday, Aug. 31. Cost is $400 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.