Ocean Fishing Report, April 12

BLUEFIN CONTINUE TO SHOW: The bluefin tuna continue to show in fair numbers with fish to 60 pounds reported. The action has been on boats running to the offshore banks near San Clemente with some further south in Mexican waters. This action has been for the 1.5-day to three-day trips.

Old Glory and Top Gun 80 both had 1.5-day trips out of H&M Landing in San Diego on April 8. ‘Glory had 25 anglers and landed 14 bluefin and one yellowtail, while Top Gun 80 had 23 anglers who landed 14 bluefin and eight yellowtails.

Shogun was on a three-day trip that returned April 10, and the 30 anglers on board had 44 bluefin to 35 pounds.

ROCKFISH EVERYWHERE: Not much change for San Diego- to Los Angeles-based landings. The rockfish action remains pretty fair to very good for half- and three-quarter-day boats running from all the landings along the coast. As the weather warms, there are also marginally improving bites on local yellowtail, white sea bass, calico and sand bass, and halibut.

In San Pedro, Pursuit was on a full-day trip on April 11 with 46 anglers and landed 188 assorted rockfish, 51 red snapper, 44 whitefish, 28 bocaccio, 12 perch, 10 bonito, six sculpin, and three calico bass. Native Sun had a three-quarter-day trip with just 12 anglers, and nearly had full limits of rockfish, landing 55 bocaccios, 29 red snapper, and 26 assorted other rockfish. That was in addition to 89 whitefish and two sculpin.

In Balboa, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 36 anglers on its April 10 three-quarter-day trip and caught 103 whitefish, 76 assorted rockfish, 35 bonito, 31 perch, 25 bocaccio, 21 Spanish Jacks, four red snapper, and four sculpin. Thunderbird was on an overnight trip on April 10 and the 13 anglers on board had limits of 130 rockfish, 12 bonito, five lingcod, and two calico bass.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The rockfish bite continues to be excellent for the Southern California Landings in the northern end of the Bite. Oxnard, Ventura, and Santa Barbara region boats are all reporting mostly limits of rockfish on half-day to overnight trips when wind allows them offshore.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Island Tak had four anglers on a full-day trip and landed 40 rockfish, 18 whitefish, one sheephead, and one sculpin. Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip with 38 anglers on April 10 and landed 380 assorted rockfish, 45 whitefish, 25 sculpin, and one sheephead.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Outrider returned from a 1.5-day trip on April 10; the 12 anglers on board landed limits of 120 rockfish, limits of 24 lingcod, 30 whitefish, and four sheephead.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo had 20 anglers on its full-day run on April 9, and they had 200 rockfish, 40 lintcod, 12 whitefish, and one sheephead.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea had 21 anglers on its April 11 half-day and landed 122 red snapper and 76 other assorted rockfish.

CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH UPDATE: The rockfish season on the Central Coast reopened April 1, and it has been excellent since – at least when wind hasn’t kept the boats at the dock.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix was out on a half-day, April 9, and the 11 anglers on board landed 78 rockfish, 30 red snapper, three lingcod, and two bocaccios.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Black Pearl battled the breeze on it April 11 three-quarter-day with 15 anglers and returned with 60 assorted rockfish, 50 red snapper, and two lings. The April 9 three-quarter day trip aboard Fiesta with 14 anglers produced 140 rockfish.

At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 19 anglers on its April 8 trip and caught 190 rockfish and 10 lings.

SURF PERCH BITE KICKING OFF: The surfperch action is pretty good with some quality fish topping 2 pounds showing in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region and the Avila-Morro Bay region. Blood and lugworms have been the best bait.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. These trips are held from early spring through fall, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next trip will be an overnight jaunt May 2 aboard Ultra out of San Pedro. The early booking price is just $245 (normal price is $295). Meals and permits are additional. For more information, check on 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, 49-675-0550; 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.


Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at odwriter@verizon.net and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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