PELAGIC UPDATE: There continues to be an incredible volume of warm-water pelagic species off the Southern California coastline with a huge surge of dorado over the past two weeks, and more and more yellowfin tuna. The striped marlin fishing is excellent for private yachts, and there continue to be reports of blue marlin. There was even a wahoo caught north of Santa Barbara Island during a marlin tournament this past weekend. It’s just more of this amazing ocean fishing season.
SAN DIEGO FLEET IN MEXICO: The bulk of the overnight to three-day boats out of San Diego are back to fishing in Mexican waters and most have been returning with limits of both yellowfin tuna and dorado on all of these trips fishing floating kelp paddies. In this region, there have been some smaller grade yellowfin and dorado in the five to 12-pound range, with still a majority of fish in the 18 to 35-pound range. There are usually skipjack and/or yellowtail caught on these trips. A few counts to show how good this bite is right now. On Wednesday, the Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out with 25 anglers they landed 125 yellowfin and 50 dorado, limits of both species. The Old Glory out of H&M Landing had limits of yellowfin and dorado on Wednesday. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing, also on an overnight trip with 31 anglers reported 122 yellowfin, 40 skipjack, 32 dorado, and eight yellowtail. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a two-day trip and the 18 anglers on board had 180 yellowfin and 36 dorado. On a special three-day fly-fishing trip, the Fortune out of Fisherman’s Landing reported the eight anglers on board had full limits of yellowfin and dorado for day one on Wednesday.
BETTER GRADE IN U.S. WATERS: While much of the San Diego fleet has shifted into Mexican waters, the Los Angeles and Orange county boats continue to focus on U.S. waters and are generally finding bigger fish more consistently. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 27 anglers and they had 42 bluefin tuna and 27 yellowtail. The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 31 anglers and they landed 145 yellowtail and 19 bluefin tuna. The Bongos III, also out of Davey’s, had six anglers Wednesday and they landed nine yellowfin tuna and one yellowtail. The bluefin are nearly all from 25 to 60 pounds, while the local yellowfin are mostly 15 to 30 pounds. The yellowtail being caught on these trips are also in the 18 to 25 pound class.
ISLANDS STILL HOT: The yellowtail action remains excellent at the local islands. Catalina Island has been getting the bulk of the pressure because it is so close to the coast, and the yellowtail are mostly five to eight pounds or bigger class fish from 15 to 25 pounds. The Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing was out with 29 anglers and they landed 81 yellowtail. The Pursuit, also out of 22nd Street, had 51 anglers and they landed 188 yellowtail, 72 bonito, and 19 calico bass.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: Even the half-day fleet are getting good scores on the pelagics. The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing was on a half-day trip Tuesday with 24 anglers and they landed 24 yellowtail, a dorado, 41 bonito, 14 calico bass, 11 sand bass, and 11 barracuda. The dorado are simply everywhere no and counts of these fish should continue to climb in the coming days and weeks.
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 trip and the final instructional trip of the season is a two-day jaunt aboard the Commander out of Fisherman’s Landing leaving Sept. 27. Cost is $350 per person. 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.