Ocean Fishing Report, April 26

BLUEFIN TUNA BITE UPDATE: While the fish have been a little picky over the past week, there is still a very good volume of bluefin tuna for the full day to 1.5-day boats running offshore. Fish to 70 pounds were reported this week.

New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 18 anglers on a 1.5-day trip on April 24 and landed 10 bluefin to 70 pounds and 10 yellowtails.

At Fisherman’s Landing, Liberty ran a full-day trip with 17 anglers and landed one bluefin, one yellowtail, and one bonito. Condor had a 1.5-day trip that returned on April 22, and the 16 anglers on that trip landed nine bluefin along with 54 yellowtails.

Top Gun 80 out of H&M Landing also had a 1.5-day trip and the dock tally for 12 anglers was 12 bluefin. Also out of H&M, Old Glory also had a 1.5-day trip that returned April 22, and the 19 anglers aboard landed just one bluefin, but they caught 73 yellowtails, 22 bonito, and one mako shark.

At Seaforth Sportfishing, San Diego made a full day run with 14 anglers and managed to bring home two bluefin tuna, seven yellowtails, and three bonito.

SAN DIEGO CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtails are starting to show at the Coronado Islands in better numbers. On April 23, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing ran a three-quarter-day trip with 25 anglers and landed 45 yellowtails at the Coronado Islands. San Diego, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, had a full day trip April 22, and the 15 anglers on board landed 75 yellowtails (limits) and six bonitos.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY BOATS STILL ROCKFISHING: While it feels like spring and some of the bites are starting to perk offshore and at the local islands, most of the boats along the Los Angeles and Orange county coastline are still focusing on the consistently good rockfish and bottom fish action.

At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, Freelance had 52 anglers on its April 24 three-quarter-day trip and landed 32 whitefish, 13 bonito, six rockfish, and one sheephead. Thunderbird has been running overnight trips to the local islands and banks and finding pretty good bottom action. On April 24, there were 16 anglers on board and landed100 rockfish and three lingcod. The April 22 trip with 14 anglers produced limits of 140 rockfish, 57 whitefish, and one lingcod.

At Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach, Toronado had 32 anglers on its April 22 three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of 320 rockfish, 120 whitefish, 18 sheephead, and 15 lingcod. Its April 21 overnight with 27 anglers produced 270 rockfish for limits again, 91 whitefish, 16 sheephead, 14 lingcod, and one bonus yellowtail.

At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, Pursuit had 16 anglers on a April 24 full-day trip and landed 88 assorted rockfish, 60 red snapper, and 12 bocaccio for rockfish limits. They also had five whitefish, three lingcod, and two sculpin.

At Marina del Reay Sportfishing, Spitfire had 10 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip April 24 and landed 50 red snapper and 50 other assorted rockfish for limits. The half-day New Del Mar had 41 anglers on April 23 and caught 285 rockfish and three lings.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: A few white sea bass, yellowtail, and calicos are starting to show around the northern Channel Islands for boats running out of Oxnard to Santa Barbara landings, but overall the focus is still on the excellent rockfish, whitefish, and lingcod bites.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, there were 10 anglers on the April 24 full day trip on Island Tak and landed four white sea bass, 34 calicos, and seven barracuda in a surface fishing trip. Mirado, on an overnight that came back April 24, had 24 anglers and landed limits of 240 assorted rockfish, 70 whitefish, two lingcod, and one bonus yellowtail.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Outrider was on an overnight trip with 11 anglers on April 24 and landed seven yellowtails along with 25 whitefish, 15 assorted rockfish, and 15 sheephead. Coroloma had 27 anglers on its April 25 three-quarter-day and landed210 rockfish, 25 whitefish, seven sculpin, two sheephead, and one lingcod.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit was on a full day trip with eight anglers on April 23 and caught limits of 80 assorted rockfish, 48 whitefish, one sheephead, and one lingcod. Amigo’s April 23 full-day trip with 25 anglers produced 175 rockfish and limits of 50 lingcod.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the half-day Coral Sea had 23 anglers on April 24 and landed 150 assorted rockfish and 80 red snapper for limits along with one lingcod. Stardust had 17 anglers on its April 24 three-quarter-day trip and landed 114 rockfish, 56 red snapper, 27 whitefish, 12 lingcod, two sculpin, and two sheephead.

CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH UPDATE: The rockfish bite on the Central Coast for Avila Beach and Morro Bay landings has been very good with some bouts of wind over the past week.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had 12 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip April 25 and landed 92 rockfish, 26 red snapper, two bocaccio for bottomfish limits, and 10 lingcod. Flying Fish had 20 anglers on its April 25 half-day and caught 132 assorted rockfish, 66 red snapper, two bocaccio, and eight lingcod.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 24 anglers on its full-day trip April 25 and landed 200 red snapper and 40 other rockfish for limits or bottom fish and landed 29 lingcod. The Fiesta on Tuesday’s three-quarter-day trip had 16 anglers, and they caught 120 red snapper, 40 rockfish, and one lingcod.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 19 anglers on its April 25 trip and landed 190 rockfish and one lingcod.

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 a two-day trip for offshore yellowtail and tuna on Prowler out of Seaforth Landing June 17-19. The early booking price is just $375 (normal price is $550). 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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