CAN IT GET BETTER?: The pelagic plethora in the Southern California Bite does keep getting better and better. Yes, the bluefin are showing in unprecedented numbers and sizes, and the yellowfin tuna, dorado, and yellowtail continue to show in incredible numbers and surprisingly large sizes. And more or these fish are pushing into the region each week. They are overshadowing the large number of bonito and barracuda that are in local waters. They are eclipsing the news about the good sand bass and calico bass action. But when the San Diego overnight fleet is returning with two-fish limits of 40 to 50 bluefin on almost every trip, it is hard to pay much attention to other bites. There was even one three-quarter day boat out of Long Beach that had limits of bluefin this week. Other oddies. There are lots of marlin on the 150 bank and one was hooked and lost aboard the Monte Carlo. There was even a marlin hooked and landed by a private boater off the Horseshoe Kelp. There hasn’t been fishing like this in 100 years.
SAN DIEGO UPDATE: The half and three-quarter day boats from the San Diego landings continue to pick away on the yellowtail and yellowfin tuna, along with getting bass, barracuda, bonito, and even a few dorado. On Tuesday, the Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing on was its afternoon half-day with 20 anglers and they landed 47 barracuda, six calico bass, five bonito, three sand bass, and one yellowtail. The Mission Belle, also out of Point Loma, was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 30 anglers and they had 25 yellowfin.
The three-quarter day Malihini out of H&M Landing had 50 anglers on Monday and they landed 40 dorado, eight yellowfin, and four yellowtail. One of the best three-quarter day trips of the past week was Tuesday when the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 51 anglers and they had 51 yellowfin tuna.
Meanwhile, the overnight, 1 1/2, and two-day boats are hamming on the bluefin tuna, along with getting good secondary scores on the yellowfin, dorado, and yellowtail in much greater volume. Many of the weekend overnight and longer trips had full limits on bluefin tuna and that bite has continued into this week. On Wednesday, the Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on an overnight boat with 37 anglers and the landed 30 bluefin tuna, one yellowfin, and one dorado. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 32 anglers and they landed 59 bluefin and two yellowfin. The El Capitan, on a 1 1/2-day trip Tuesday out of Point Loma with 18 anglers, returned with full limits of 36 bluefin, 30 yellowfin, and one yellowtail. The Sea Adventure 80 out of H&M Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 32 anglers Tuesday and they had 63 bluefin. The First String out of H&M Landing was on a two-day trip with 27 anglers and they had 53 bluefin. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma returned from a 2 1/2-day trip on Monday and the 23 anglers on board had two-day limits of 92 bluefin, 76 yellowfin, 13 yellowtail, and eight dorado. The Legend out of H&M Landing was on a 2 1/2-day trip that returned Sunday and the 29 anglers on board had 54 bluefin, 30 dorado, 26 yellowfin, and 14 yellowtail.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY COAST UPDATE: Half-, three-quarter, and overnight boats out of the Orange and Los Angeles county landings are all seeing exceptional fish, very similar to what San Diego boats are experiencing. The half-day boats have posted some incredible scores. The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had a pair of half-day trips on Wednesday. On the morning trip with 60 anglers, they brought home 25 yellowtail, while on the afternoon trip with 51 anglers, the boat returned with 14 yellowtail. Those trips have been fairly common. The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had a pair of half-day trips Tuesday. On the morning ride, 51 anglers had 31 yellowtail, while on the afternoon half-day the 55 anglers landed 121 yellows. Monday’s half-day scores were nearly the same with 29 anglers on the morning trip getting 57 yellowtail along with 64 barracuda and one halibut, while the 34 anglers on the afternoon trip had 54 yellowtail.
The three-quarter and full day boats are fishing the same pieces of ocean, but more time looking for fish generally has meant better scores. The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 73 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 43 yellowtail, two sand bass, and two rockfish. On Tuesday, the Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing was out with 62 anglers on a three-quarter day trip, and they landed 168 yellowtail. This boat has been averaging better than a yellowtail per rod much of the past week and some days they had two or more yellowtail per angler. The three-quarter day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing was out Wednesday with 49 anglers and they caught 68 yellowtail, 10 calico bass, three barracuda, and one sheephead. The three-quarter day Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 40 anglers on its Tuesday jaunt and they landed 110 yellowtail. On Monday, the Toronado, out of Pierpoint Landing, had 22 anglers on its three-quarter day trip and they landed limits of 44 bluefin tuna. Limits of bluefin on a three-quarter day boat! Incredible.
The overnight boats are mostly targeting tuna offshore (but not all that far offshore). The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 30 anglers and they landed 41 bluefin, two yellowfin, and one dorado. The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 36 anglers and they landed 31 bluefin tuna and one yellowfin.
CATALINA UPDATE: Few party boats are running over to Catalina, but the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing has been one of the consistent exceptions. On Tuesday, its full day trip with 41 anglers returned with 47 yellowtail, 32 calico bass, 28 bonito, and one barracuda. Private boaters are finding ellowfin, bluefin, and yellowtail action just off the islands and out toward Clemente. There was even a bluefin tuna hooked and landed from an anchored boat this week.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NEWS: There continues to be a major push of pelagic species up into the Channel Islands with more and more bluefin, yellowfin, yellowtail and dorado showing in the region. Since the weekend, the Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing has had bluefin tuna. First on Monday on an overnight trip when 17 anglers had 34 bluefin and then again on Tuesday when reporting in at the close of a two-day trip with 20 anglers who landed 80 bluefin, along with nine yellowfin, and three yellowtail, along with rockfish and other mixed fish. The Amigo out of Ventura Sportfishing has been racking up similar scores since Sunday on its overnight trips. On Sunday, 20 anglers had 15 bluefin. On Monday, 18 anglers had 36 bluefin and three yellowfin. On Tuesday, 20 anglers had 14 bluefin and 44 yellowfin, and on Wednesday, 19 anglers had just nine bluefin.
FROM AVILA BEACH AND MORRO BAY: While the party boats out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach and Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay are focusing on the incredible rockfishing, private boaters in this region are reporting very good action on big halibut and white seabass. Steve Dent, Bakersfield, landed a 65-plus-pound (it bottomed out his 60-pound scale) fishing out of Avila Beach on a private boat. This week, and there was a report from one of the Morro Bay boats of running over a school of football-sized albacore on Wednesday. The year just keeps getting more and more interesting.
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 is a two-day trip departing on Sept. 13 aboard the Old Glory out of H&M Landing. Cost is $350 per angler. Check www.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 Sportfishin, 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.