Ocean Fishing Report, April 13

OFFSHORE BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The San Diego and Oceanside boats continue to target the bluefin tuna and yellowtail in offshore waters. The fish are within reach of three-quarter-day boats with the best bite at dawn and late in the afternoon and evening. The action has been hit-and-miss but was definitely on an uptick around the April 11 full moon. Bluefin typically bite best in the days after the full. The bluefin are running from 15 to 90 pounds with some bigger, while the yellowtail in this bite are mostly 3 to 12 pounds. The scores from recent days tell the hit and miss story well.

Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing reported in mid-day on April 12 with a bluefin tuna taping out over 209-plus pounds. On the April 10 overnight trip aboard this boat, the 17 anglers landed 59 yellowtail; its April 9 overnight with 30 anglers ended with 37 yellows.

Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a 1.5-day trip on April 10 and the 11 anglers on board landed three bluefin and 18 yellowtail. Tribute, also out of Seaforth, was on an April 11 overnight trip and the 18 anglers on board had 10 bluefin and one yellowtail. Tribute’s April 9 overnight with 31 anglers produced 108 yellowtail, while its April 8 trip with 28 anglers ended with just 10 yellows on the deck. No bluefin on either of those trips.

Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 24 anglers on its April 11 overnight trip and landed 27 bluefin. The April 9 trip with 31 anglers had nine bluefin and 75 yellowtail, while the April 8 trip with 34 anglers ended with 14 bluefin and seven yellowtail on the deck.

Relentless out of H&M Landing had 18 anglers on its 1.5-day trip on April 9 and landed two bluefin tuna and 30 yellowtail. Old Glory, also on a 1.5-day trip out of H&M on April 9, had 26 anglers who landed 23 bluefin and 27 yellowtail.

Meanwhile, the three-quarter day boats have been posting scores nearly as good.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 37 anglers on its April 11 three-quarter-day trip and landed 15 bluefin, 44 yellowtail and one bonito. The April 10 trip with 36 anglers produced two bluefin – including one at 119 pounds – and 42 yellowtail, while the April 9 trip with 32 anglers ended with 32 yellowtail on the boat.

On April 11, the Daiwa Pacific out of H&M Landing had 13 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 43 yellowtail and three bonito, but the April 10 trip with 23 anglers produced just one yellowtail. On April 9, there were 12 anglers on this boat and landed two bluefin and 23 yellowtail.

Liberty, out of Fisherman’s Landing, had 34 anglers on its April 11 three-quarter-day trip; the anglers caught seven bluefin and seven yellowtail. This boat’s April 9 trip with 22 anglers produced just three yellowtail.

Also on April 11, Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 12 anglers who landed three yellowtail. Mission Belle, out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had 29 anglers on its April 9 three-quarter day and landed 34 yellowtail and 10 bonito.

WHITE SEABASS AND YELLOWTAIL IN CHANNEL ISLANDS: The full-day, overnight, and even some 1.5-day trips for boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings are finding hit-and-miss fishing for white sea bass and yellowtail at Catalina, Clemente and Santa Barbara Islands. The smaller six-pack charters are consistently getting limits of one white sea bass per angler, and these fish are mostly 20- to 40-pounders. This action has mostly been at dawn or dusk. When the exotics aren’t biting, the fall back has been to fish rockfish and other bottom fish.

Fortune out of 22nd Street Landing ran a 1.5-day trip (returned April 11), and the 21 anglers on board had 25 yellowtail, limits of 21 white sea bass, 12 rockfish, six cabezon and one sheephead. Pursuit, on a full-day trip on April 10 out of 22nd Street, had 60 anglers who landed 17 yellowtail and one white sea bass along with two halibut, 12 calico bass, seven sheephead and four whitefish. The April 9 trip with 66 anglers produced 55 yellowtail, four white sea bass, 10 calico bass, seven sheephead and one halibut.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had an overnight trip on April 11 and the 29 anglers on board had nine yellowtail and six white sea bass along with six halibut, five calico bass, two barracuda and two sargo. An April 8 overnight trip with 30 anglers produced 12 yellowtail along with 60 whitefish, 30 red snapper, 20 rockfish, 10 bocaccio and five sheephead.

Eldorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its April 10 overnight trip. The anglers landed five yellowtail, 22 keeper calicos, 20 perch, 15 whitefish, 12 sheephead and 10 rockfish.

NEAR-SHORE UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter-day boats continue to see good rockfish action all along the coast and at Catalina.

Freelance, out of Davey’s Locker, had 49 anglers on its April 11 three-quarter-day trip, and landed 49 yellowtail, 34 perch, 12 bocaccio, 10 rockfish, seven calico bass, six sheephead, five whitefish, four bonito and one sargo.

Patriot out of Newport Landing had 10 anglers on its April 11 three-quarter-day trip. The anglers caught 27 red snapper, 14 sculpin, eight sand bass, seven calico bass, three whitefish, two sheephead and two rockfish.

The half-day New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey has been consistently getting half- to full-limits of rockfish on its half-day runs. The 49 anglers aboard an April 11 trip landed 450 rockfish. An April 10 trip yielded 600 rockfish and two lingcod for 65 anglers.

SANTA BARBARA TO VENTURA UPDATE: There are also more and more white sea bass and yellowtail showing in the northern Channel Islands to augment the excellent rockfish bite.

Cobra out of Channel Islands Sportfishing reported in mid-day April 12 with five white sea bass and a halibut. On its April 9 full-day trip the 12 anglers landed six yellowtail, full limits of 120 rockfish, 10 whitefish and two lingcod. Aloha Spirit, also out of Channel Islands Sportfishing, had 20 anglers on its April 11 full-day trip land one white sea bass, full limits of 200 rockfish and one sheephead.

SQUID ALL ALONG COAST AND AT ISLANDS: The full moon has revealed the extent of the squid massing off along the Southern California coast and local islands. The volume has been inspiring with lots of bait at all the local islands, and there has been a big spot off Newport Beach this week. This is translating into decent numbers of sand and calico bass, halibut, and local white seabass, especially for private boaters with this candy bait.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. While all of the April and May trips are booked, the next available trip is a two-day aboard the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker leaving June 11. The early-booking price is just $275 (normal price is $400). 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. 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; Hookís 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.


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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