By: Terrence Berg www.976-TUNA.com
OFFSHORE TUNA AND YELLOWTAIL HOT: While winds have hampered the tuna and yellowtail bite for the 1 1/2-day to 2 1/2-day fleet out of San Diego recent days, the volume of fish in the offshore grounds is excellent. The weekend action was very good — except for bluefin which sunk out in the in-between moon phase but even that bite was starting to turn around by mid-week. Just a few scores to show how good the action has been: The Legend out of H&M Landing returned from a 2 1/2-day trip on Sunday and the 29 anglers on board landed limits of 290 yellowtail and 54 yellowfin tuna. The Pacific Queen and Condor, both out of Fisherman’s Landing on weekend 1 1/2-day trips, had limits of yellowtail for all anglers on board and about 1 1/2-yellowfin per angler. The Dominator and New Lo An, both out of Point Loma Sportfishing on 1 1/2-day trips over the weekend, had limits of yellowtail, about a yellowfin per rod, and one bluefin and one dorado. The Eclipse out of Seaforth was on a 1 1/2-day trip returning Sunday with 20 anglers who landed 100 yellowtail, 12 yellowfin, and one dorado. On Wednesday, the Blue Horizon out of Seaforth reported in mid-day with 15 bluefin to 45 pounds and a 100-pound opah. While the bite become very tough late Sunday through Tuesday because of winds, calming weather and the waxing moon has seemed to help the bite.
LOCAL WHITE SEABASS “STUPID GOOD”: The white seabass all along the Southern California bite has been “stupid good,” according to a number of anglers fishing action. The seabass are stacking up on squid nets all along this part of the coast and most of the fish are in the 40-pound class with some honestly topping 60 pounds. The bite is happening on spots from San Diego to Oceanside to Dana Point and up into the Huntington Beach-San Pedro region. Mostly tapped by private boaters, the fish are up in the water column and showing in 10 to 25 feet of water. But the fish are also showing for the local party boats that don’t have many options right now except for rockfish.
CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The yellowtail are still at the Coronado Islands in good numbers, but the bite has been up one day and then down the next. There have also been some good schools of barracuda here, but the sea lions are a terrific problem and not allowing many fish to make it onto the deck.
CATALINA-CLEMENTE UPDATE: There has been some exceptional calico bass action at backside of San Clemente this week during the morning when the wind isn’t hammering the island. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was there Wednesday morning with 18 anglers and they had limits of plus calicos, with some real quality fish in the bite. There are also growing mobs of yellowtail and white seabass at Catalina and Clemente. The yellowtail bite has been tough, but the seabass have been showing in pretty fair numbers in spite of the moon phase.
CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: The Cobra out of CISCO Landing in Santa Barbara had limits of white seabass Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week in an excellent bite on fish to 30 pounds. These northern islands are also jugged with yellowtail and when, if, that bite breaks open, it’s going to be hot.
BARRACUDA OFF LA-OC COAST: There have been some very good schools of barracuda showing throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County coastal region, and they’ve been on the bite. The problem is simply that as soon as one or two fish are hooked, the sea lions mob the action, eating all the hooked fish and spooking the school of barracuda off.