Ocean Fishing Report, March 24 report

MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL: The resumption of the 1 1/2-day trips out of San Diego into Mexican waters resumed this past week (after most boats were idle for the Fred Hall Show in Del Mar), and the action was hot for many weekend trips. One of the best was the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing on 1 1/2-day trip that returned Sunday. The 34 anglers on board had full limits of 170 yellowtail and full limits of 170 rockfish. Seaforth Sportfishing’s Eclipse had 23 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 104 yellowtail and 100 rockfish on Sunday. The Dominator out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned Sunday. The 30 anglers on board had 67 yellowtail, 40 rockfish, and five ling cod. 

SAN DIEGO’S CORONADO ISLAND YELLOWTAIL: The three-quarter day boats out of San Diego are again focusing on yellowtail at the Coronado Islands and the bite improved this past week. The Malihini out of H&M Landing has been running almost daily three-quarter day trips for the past week. Sunday was the best day for the three-quarter day boats running to the Coronados, and the Malihini had 23 anglers on Sunday and they had full limits of 115 yellowtail. The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on the three-quarter day trip with 11 anglers who landed 55 yellowtail, full limits, also on Sunday. Out of Seaforth Sportfishing, the San Diego also got into the Sunday binge when its 20 anglers landed 100 yellowtail, also full limits. On other days this past week, the average yellowtail counts on these three boats was one to two fish.

CATALINA YELLOWTAIL PLUS: The Sport King of out L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing and the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing both continue to run three-quarter day trips to Catalina Island. Both have found pretty good action since early last week. On Monday, the 22 anglers on the Sport King had 40 yellowtail, along with 75 whitefish, 18 perch, 16 sheephead, and nine calico bass. On Sunday, there were 43 anglers on this boat who landed 21 yellowtail, 90 whitefish, 20 perch, 12 sheephead, 10 calicos, and three bonito. The 54 anglers on the Pursuit Monday landed 26 yellowtail, 22 whitefish, 10 bonito, seven calicos, and three sheephead. On Sunday, there were 55 anglers who landed 45 yellowtail, 166 whitefish, 72 rockfish, 23 red snapper, 15 sheephead, 12 perch, seven calicos, and one bonito. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing was on three-quarter day trips Saturday and Sunday this weekend. On Saturday, 27 anglers landed nine yellowtail along with 100 rockfish, 40 perch, 30 barracuda, 30 whitefish, 22 red snapper, 13 sheephead, and 12 calico bass. On the Sunday trip, there were 18 anglers who caught nine yellowtail in addition to 80 rockfish, 31 bocaccio, 22 red snapper, 22 perch, 13 calico bass, 10 bonito, six barracuda, four whitefish, three sheephead, and one lingcod. 

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker has been running overnight yellowtail and rockfish trips to Catalina. On Monday’s trip, there were 20 anglers who landed just six yellowtail and 10 rockfish, but on the Sunday trip, the 30 anglers caught 34 yellowtail, 10 rockfish, three sheephead, and two lingcod. On Saturday, the 32 anglers landed 24 yellowtail, 108 rockfish, five sheephead, five whitefish, and two ling cod. But it was last Friday’s trip that got everyone’s attention when 20 anglers had 46 yellowtail, 100 rockfish, 50 red snapper, 29 sheephead, six whitefish, two barracuda, and one ling cod. The Truline out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight on Sunday and the 19 anglers landed four yellowtail, 95 rockfish, 31 legal calico bass, 25 sheephead, and 10 whitefish.

LOCAL ROCKFISH: The bulk of the half- and three-quarter day fleet all along the coast has been running trips into near-shore waters for bottomfish and getting a few bass and yellowtail in the mix. The catch for the half-day boats has been just one to two fish per angler on San Diego boats up to half- to three-quarter limits for the Orange and Los Angeles County boats, to full limits up in the Channel Islands. Heavy loads reduce the numbers. Three-quarter day boats have been seeing better scores.

Monte Carlo was on a half-day trip Monday out of 22nd Street Landing and the 31 anglers on board caught 175 rockfish, 32 red snapper, and one sculpin. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Tuesday half-day and they landed 70 rockfish, six whitefish, and one ling cod. 

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker has been seeing generally good action on bottomfish on its three-quarter day trips. On Monday, there were 50 anglers who landed two yellowtail in addition to 110 rockfish, 88 whitefish, 32 red snapper, 21 sheephead, 11 bocaccio, and one perch. Betty-O out of Marina del Rey was out with 18 anglers on Tuesday and they had 144 rockfish, 30 sculpin, and one ling cod on a three-quarter day trip. Out of Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, the Coroloma had 40 anglers on Saturday’s three-quarter day trip and they had full limits of 400 rockfish. On Wednesday, the Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 20 anglers on a full day trip and they landed 200 rockfish along with 61 whitefish. 

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.

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 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.