WEATHER DOESN’T SLOW FISHING: The storm that swept through Southern California early this week didn’t slow the exceptional El Niño/warm water fishing that has been ongoing throughout the Southern California Bite. Yellowfin tuna, dorado, and other exotics continue to show in excellent numbers, with the best fishing still out of the San Diego-Oceanside region, but it remains nearly as good further up the coast.
SAN DIEGO UPDATE: The San Diego overnight and longer boats continue to experience limit-style yellowfin tuna and dorado fishing on many trips fishing in Mexican waters very close to San Diego. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned from an overnight trip Wednesday and the 23 anglers on board had 115 yellowfin tuna (limits) and 46 dorado (also limits). The Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 20 anglers and they had 100 yellowfin and 11 dorado.
For the three-quarter day boats in this region, the bite has been nearly as good with skippers staying in U.S. waters. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday with 49 anglers and they landed 171 yellowfin, 85 dorado, 17 skipjack, and two yellowtail. The Legend out of H&M Landing had a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 31 anglers and they landed 155 yellowfin and 12 skipjack.
The Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Oceanside had a three-quarter day trip on Sunday with 20 anglers and they landed 152 yellowfin and 13 skipjack.
ORANGE AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY UPDATE: The overnight boats out of landings in Orange and Los Angeles counties also continue to have excellent action on the offshore pelagic species. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip Tuesday and the 21 anglers on board had 97 yellowfin. The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 36 anglers and they landed 173 yellowfin and 22 skipjack. The Ed Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing was on a 1 1/2-day trip Monday with 31 anglers and they landed 48 yellowfin, 12 yellowtail, 25 bontio, two skipjack, 18 rockfish, and four sheephead. The Amigo out of Ventura Sportfishing was on an overnight trip on Wednesday and the 17 anglers on board had 27 yellowfin and two skipjack.
Three three-quarter day boats along this part of the coast are either hitting Catalina or targeting offshore fish. You can tell which by the scores. If you see bass or bottom fish, the trip was at Catalina. For example, the Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing was at Catalina on Monday and fished offshore on Tuesday for it’s three-quarter day trips early this week. The Monday trip had 20 anglers who landed seven yellowtail, 100 bonito, 32 perch, 24 whitefish, 22 calico bass, and five sheephead. On Tuesday, the 15 anglers on board had 36 yellowfin, 24 yellowtail, 20 dorado, and five skipjack. The Fury out of Dan Wharf was out Tuesday on a full-day trip with 25 anglers and they landed 23 yellowtail and 22 yellowfin tuna. On Monday, the same boat had 23 anglers who landed 181 yellowfin, nine skipjack, six yellowtail, and three dorado. Out of Davey’s Locker, the Freelance had a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 66 anglers and they landed 240 bonito, three yellowtail, one yellowfin, and one dorado. On Tuesday, the Western Pride, also on a three-quarter day trip, had 51 anglers who landed 139 yellowfin, 15 skipjack, six yellowtail, and one dorado. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 30 anglers Tuesday on a full-day trip and they landed 140 yellowfin, nine dorado, eight yellowtail, and seven skipjack. The Enterprise, out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing, was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 23 anglers who landed 11 yellowtail, 105 bonito, 55 calico bass (50 released), three sand bass, and two sheephead. And lest you think the storm ran some of the pelagics. On Wednesday’s trip the anglers aboard the Enterprise had two wahoo as they trolled back from Catalina.
The half-day boats here (and San Diego) have mostly been targeting rockfish, a decent number of keeper calico and sand bass, a few yellowtail, and on some days pelagics. The New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 47 anglers on its Tuesday half-day trip and they landed nine yellowtail, 48 rockfish, 33 calico bass, 13 bonito, and six sheephead. On it’s Monday trip, 48 anglers had 46 yellowtail and 140 rockfish.
LOBSTER OPENER UPDATE: Generally pretty good lobster hoop-netting since the opener both in nearshore waters and at the islands. Many private boaters reported quick and easy limits over the weekend and into this week, in spite of stormy weather. At H&M Landing, Jig Strike was on a twilight lobster trip Monday with 10 anglers and they had 12 legal lobster and 107 shorts. The Alicia, also with 10 anglers, had 25 legal bugs and released 97 shorts.
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. These trips are tentatively over for the season, but with the incredible action other trips may be scheduled. 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.