BLUEFIN ARE POPPING: New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing has jumped back on the bluefin tuna on the backside of this full moon. On April 1, 21 anglers ended up with 42 fish (limits) to 40 pounds on a 1.5-day trip. The fish were a better grade running from 50 to 75 pounds on the April 3 trip.
Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 14 anglers on its April 1 1.5-day trip and landed one bluefin and 15 yellowtails along with 70 red snapper, 43 bonito, seven assorted rockfish, and four lingcod.
ROCKFISH EVERYWHERE: The rockfish action remains pretty fair to very good from San Diego to Los Angeles county 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 Diego, Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its April 3 three-quarter-day trip and landed two yellowtails, 50 rockfish, 28 lingcod, and two bonito.
In Balboa, the Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 64 anglers on its April 3 half-day trip and landed 295 assorted rockfish, 34 bocaccio, and 16 sculpin for a solid five-fish per angler average.
In San Pedro, Sport King had 11 anglers on its April 3 three-quarter-day trip and caught 45 red snapper, 45 bocaccio, five whitefish and one lingcod.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro had 28 anglers on its April 3 full-day trip and caught 138 bocaccio, 102 assorted rockfish, 20 red snapper, 15 whitefish, and two sheephead.
At Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach, the Toronado ran an overnight trip to the local islands with 20 anglers on April 2 and landed limits of 200 rockfish, 41 sheephead, 31 lingcod, and 18 whitefish.
In Marina del Rey, New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had a packed boat with 71 anglers on its April 2 half-day and landed 257 rockfish, 66 whitefish, 25 sculpin, two sheephead, and one lingcod for a fish-fish per angler average.
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.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 19 anglers on its April 3 full-day trip and landed 160 rockfish and 38 lingcod.
Gentleman had 60 anglers on its three-quarter-day run and landed 485 rockfish, 25 whitefish, five sculpin, and one sheephead. Speed Twin was on a half-day trip on April 3, and the 27 anglers on board landed 270 assorted rockfish for limits, 15 whitefish, 12 sculpin, six sheephead, and two lingcod.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had 13 anglers on its April 2 three-quarter-day trip and landed 130 rockfish.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo had 15 anglers on its full-day run on April 3 and landed limits of 150 rockfish, 41 whitefish, and one Cabazon.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea had 17 anglers on its April 3 three-quarter-day trip and landed 170 rockfish for limits along with 16 lings.
CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH REOPENER: The rockfish season on the Central Coast reopened April Fool’s Day, and the rockfish action has been excellent since.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Gentleman had 16 anglers on its April 4 three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of 160 rockfish, 35 whitefish, and one lingcod. Mirage ran an overnight trip with 20 anglers and landed 200 rockfish and 30 lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Flying Fish had 23 anglers on April 3 half-day and landed 156 assorted rockfish, 72 red snapper, and two bocaccio for limits. They also had six lingcod. The full-day trip aboard Phenix for 16 anglers was also excellent with 13 lingcod and limits of rockfish that included 115 red snapper and seven bocaccio.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta was on a full-day trip April 4, and the 25 anglers on board had 210 red snapper, 50 lingcod, and 40 red snapper for limits of rockfish and lings. Rita G was on a half-day with 21 anglers on Wednesday and landed a mixed rockfish limits of 126 assorted rockfish and 84 red snapper along with four bonus lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 25 anglers on its April 3 trip and landed 250 bottom fish along with three lingcod. Top fish was a 12-pound bocaccio.
SURF PERCH BITE KICKING OFF: The surf perch action is also starting to really turn on 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; 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, 49-675-0550; Daveyís 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.
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