WINDY CONDITONS PERSIST: With only brief lulls, winds continue to buffet the coast and make fishing conditions difficult for local sportboats. The anglers braving the conditions continue to see generally good action.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL AND BLUEFIN NEWS: The San Diego fleet continues to target yellowtail and bluefin tuna in U.S. and Mexican waters, and when the conditions smile and skippers find the right spots the bite has been excellent. Pacific Queen went down the coast into Mexican waters on its weekend 1 1/2-day trip and the 34 anglers on board had five-fish limits on yellowtail (170 total) and one quality bluefin tuna. Prowler, also out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip and the 15 anglers on board had eight bluefin tuna and two yellowtail. Vagabond, out of Point Loma, was also on a weekend 1 1/2-day trip with 20 anglers and they landed 15 bluefin. Top Gun 80 out of H&M Landing had 25 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip and they landed four bluefin and three yellowtail. The Old Glory, also out of H&M and on an overnight trip with 16 anglers, returned with 17 bluefin and six bonito. Eclipse and Pacific Voyager, both out of Seaforth Sportfishing, made 1 1/2-day trips down the coast. The 29 anglers on the Eclipse had 145 yellowtail, 60 red snapper, 45 rockfish, and two bonito. The 21 anglers on the Voyager landed 105 yellowtail, 30 rockfish, and three lings.
But even the three-quarter day boats are getting into both bluefin and yellowtail. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its Wednesday trip and they landed one bluefin and 46 yellowtail. On its Tuesday trip, the 26 anglers had one bluefin, 33 yellowtail, and a bonito. Malihini out of H&M Landing had 23 anglers on its Wednesday trip and they landed three bluefin. On the Tuesday trip, the 19 anglers on board had 38 yellowtail and two bluefin.
CATALINA UPDATE: Catalina Islands has contined to produce a nice mixed bag of yellowtail, bottomfish, and bass for the boats running across the channel. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 70 anglers on its full-day trip Wednesday, and they landed 29 yellowtail, 25 perch, 21 calico bass, 20 whitefish, eight rockfish, seven bonito, four sheephead, and a halibut. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 49 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day jaunt, and the 49 anglers had four yellowtail, 206 bonito, eight sheephead, six calico bass, three whitefish, and two barracuda.
SAN CLEMENTE UPDATE: Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker has made the long run to San Clemente Island on a couple of overnight trips in recent days, and the anglers on these trips have been rewarded with great mixed bag fishing. On the trip returning Wednesday, there were 31 anglers who landed 55 yellowtail along with 237 whitefish, 144 rockfish, four sheephead, and two lingcod. On the Sunday trip, the 30 anglers on board had 83 yellowtail, 11 whitefish, four sand bass, four sheephead, four rockfish, and two barracuda.
LOCAL ROCKFISH ROCK ON: The rockfish boats are still seeing good action from the Orange County coastline and north. Half- to three-quarter limits have been the rule for Orange and Los Angeles county boats, while limits have been more common for the Channel Islands fleet. Two representative counts: New Del Mar was on a half-day Wednesday with 38 anglers and they had 260 rockfish. Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its full-day trip Wednesday and they landed 150 rockfish (limits), eight whitefish, three lingcod, two sheephead, and a sculpin.
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 available trip is a two-day jaunt leaving Sunday, June 5, aboard Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker. Cost per angler is $300. 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.