ROCKFISH BITE ROCKS: From San Diego to Morro Bay, the bulk of the ocean fishing action has been for rockfish with progressively better action the further north you go up the coast. But that’s not to say the bite isn’t good everywhere.
In San Diego, the Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip and they landed 61 red snapper, 14 rockfish, 24 whitefish, and one sheephead. Last Friday, the Malihini out of H&M Landing was on a three-quarter day trip with 14 anglers, and they landed six yellowtail along with 119 rockfish and seven sheephead.
Further up the coast in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the yellowtail bites fizzled north nearshore and at Catalina, so the skippers focused on the good bottomfish action. The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker was on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday this week and the 27 anglers had 125 rockfish, 55 red snapper, 25 perch, 14 bocaccio, four whitefish, three Spanish jacks, and two sheephead. The New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey was on a half-day trip Wednesday and the 34 anglers on board had 205 rockfish. On Saturday, the Thunderbird, also out of Davey’s, was on an overnight trip with 31 anglers and they landed 131 whitefish, 109 bonito, 103 rockfish, 89 red snapper, 56 bocaccio, and six sheephead. The Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing was out with 25 anglers on its Saturday three-quarter day trip and they landed 150 rockfish, 60 whitefish, 45 bocaccio, 10 sculpin, and four sheephead. The Sport King out of LA Harbor Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday and the 26 anglers on board had 72 red snapper, 47 whitefish, 45 rockfish, 12 sheephead, eight bonito, and two ling cod.
Up in the Channel Islands the rockfish action is excellent and there was a little flurry of yellowtail action going into the weekend, but it has lulled since. The Speed Twin out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 37 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip and they landed 304 rockfish, 89 whitefish, five sculpin, four ling cod, and one sole. The Coroloma out of Hook’s Landing was on a Wednesday half-day with 25 anglers and they had 125 whitefish (limits), 180 rockfish, five sheephead, and two sculpin. Getting a sniff of the yellowtail on Saturday, the Aloha Spirit’s 20 anglers landed two yellowtail along with 125 rockfish, 25 whitefish, three sheephead, two ling cod, and one sculpin. The Island Tak, on a full-day trip from the same landing on Saturday, had 11 anglers and they had three yellowtail and 52 rockfish.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: The overnight and longer trips out San Diego landings continue to see very good yellowtail action in the Colonet region along with solid rockfish action. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip returning Saturday and the 33 anglers had 61 yellowtail, 147 rockfish, and five ling cod. The Dominator out of Point Loma was on a 1 1/2-day trip returning Sunday and the 22 anglers on board had 70 yellowtail, 70 rockfish, seven barracuda, and four ling cod. The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 2 1/2-day trip with 15 anglers and they landed 37 yellowtail, 150 rockfish (two days of Mexican limits), 75 calico bass, and 12 barracuda.
LOBSTERS AND SHORTS: The lobster season, which continues until the 15th of this month, has remained tough along the coast since the weekend storms with no sportboats going out. Private boaters report with a lot of shorts along the coast, but good budding at Catalina.
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 www.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.