Ocean Fishing Report, April 19

BLUEFIN TUNA HANG IN THERE: The bluefin tuna continue to show in fair numbers with fish to 50 pounds reported this past week for San Diego-based boats, but there has been very little fishing pressure. 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 overnight to three-day trips.

The best trip this past weekend was aboard Tomahawk out of Seaforth Sportfishing, when 21 anglers on the 1.5-day trip had limits of bluefin (42 fish) to 50 pounds. Other trips were more hit and miss. Also on Sunday, New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing has 32 anglers on an overnight trip and landed three bluefin, 12 yellowtails, and 25 bigger grade bonito. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1.5-day trip with 17 anglers on Sunday and landed just two bluefin and two yellowtails. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 27 anglers on its 1.5-day trip Sunday and caught three bluefin, 36 yellowtails, and one bonito.

ROCKFISH STILL FAIR FOR LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY BOATS: While winds have hampered the fishing for ocean boats off and on over the past week, the rockfish bite has remained very consistent with half- to three-quarter limits common on three-quarter-day or longer trips, and lesser scores on the half-day trips. There is still no surface action to speak of for bass, yellowtail, or white sea bass.
In Balboa, Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 22 anglers on its Wednesday morning half-day and landed 46 bocaccio, 12 red snapper, nine sculpin, seven assorted rockfish, and six sheephead. Freelance was on a three-quarter-day trip Tuesday, and the 26 anglers on board landed 41 bocaccio, 39 assorted other rockfish, 38 sculpin, 30 whitefish, and five red snapper.

In San Pedro, Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 18 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 85 whitefish, 45 assorted rockfish, 31 red snapper, 18 perch, five sculpin, and two sheephead. At 22nd Street Landing, Monte Carlo had just 12 anglers on its Wednesday morning half-day and landed 78 red snapper, 16 other rockfish, one bocaccio, two whitefish, and 35 sand dabs.
In Marina del Rey, Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 25 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 170 assorted rockfish, 45 sculpin, and one lingcod. The Sunday trip with 24 anglers produced limits of 240 whitefish, 80 rockfish, and eight sculpin.

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 three-quarter-day to overnight trips when wind allows them to fish. The half-day boats are also sometimes posting limit, but less consistently than earlier in the season.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip and they landed limits of 220 assorted rockfish and limits of lingcod at 44. The three-quarter-day Gentleman had 26 anglers, and they landed 208 rockfish, 40 whitefish, two lingcod, two sculpin, and two sheephead.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Outrider returned from an overnight trip on Wednesday, and the 13 anglers on board had 13 white sea bass (limits) and 90 rockfish. The Sunday trip with 12 anglers also produced limits of seabass along with limits of rockfish (1230), 13 whitefish, and five lingcod.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Pacific Dawn had 17 anglers on its Sunday overnight, and they landed 170 rockfish for limits, three lingcod, and two whitefish.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Stardust had 23 anglers on its morning half-day trip Wednesday and landed 102 red snapper, 61 other rockfish, one lingcod, one whitefish, and one sculpin. Coral Sea had 12 on its Wednesday half-day and landed 80 red snapper and 28 other 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, Flying Fish had nine anglers on its three-quarter day trip Wednesday and landed 44 assorted rockfish, 43 red snapper, and three bocaccio, for full rockfish limits. Patriot had a half-day Wednesday with 13 anglers, and they landed 62 red snapper, 61 assorted rockfish, seven bocacco and two lingcod.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 25 anglers on its full-day trip Wednesday and landed 200 red snapper, 50 other rockfish, and eight lingcod for limits.

At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 19 anglers on its Wednesday trip and landed 190 rockfish for limits along with 38 lingcod, including one at 25 pounds.

SURF PERCH BITE KICKING OFF: The surf perch 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 lug worms 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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