SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL, YELLOWFIN, DORADO: The overnight to two-day boats out of San Diego are hitting the floating kelp paddies and finding pretty good fishing for yellowtail, yellowfin, and dorado. The yellowtail are the dominate fish and they are running 14 to 40 pounds with a lot of the quality fish in the catch. The yellowfin are 12 to 22 pounds, while the dorado have a big range with everything from 5 to 20 pounders in the catch. As a bonus, the mid-week loads have been very light.
Some recent scores show the consistency of this bite. Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned Tuesday with 18 anglers and they landed 36 dorado (limits), 12 yellowtail, and 10 yellowfin. New Lo-An, also Point Loma, had 30 anglers on its Wednesday 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 60 dorado, 30 yellowtail, and 16 yellowfin. Prowler out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a 1 1/2-day trip on Monday and the 21 anglers on boar had 22 yellowfin, eight yellowtail and five dorado. Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 24 anglers that returned Tuesday, and they landed 25 yellowfin, eight dorado, and seven yellowtail. Fortune, out of Fisherman’s, was on a two-day trip that returned Tuesday and the 21 anglers on board had 53 yellowfin, 32 dorado, and 11 yellowtail. Legend out of H&M Landing was also on a two-day trip that returned Tuesday and the 30 anglers on board had 59 yellowtail, 11 dorado, and five yellowfin.
GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA UPDATE: The giant bluefin tuna continue to show off the Southern California coast in unprecedented numbers and quality. Several fish topping 250 pounds have been reported in recent days and some private boater angler and spearfishermen are talking about 300-pound fish. While most of the action is for those private boat anglers, there were 16 anglers on Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing on Sunday and they had 25 bluefin, including three fish over 200 pounds and another five over 100 pounds. New Lo-An out of Point Loma had eight bluefin on Sunday, including two over 200 pounds and one was a 278-pounder which is a potential state record.
BASS SIZZLE ALL ALONG COAST: The nearshore bass bite has been excellent for the half-day fleet from San Diego to Los Angeles. The best action has been on the afternoon half days with the moon phase and tides over the past week. The boats have been posting from two to five legal bass per angler, and releasing scads of undersize fish. Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing, New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing and Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfish have all had good scores over the past week. Ditto for the half-day boats from Dana Point to Long Beach. Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 14 anglers on its Tuesday afternoon trip and they landed full limits of 70 calicos along with two yellowtail, 10 halibut, four barracuda, and one halibut.
YELLOWTAIL LIMITS AT CATALINA: The yellowtail bite at Catalina Island surged on this week with a number of Los Angeles and Orange County three-quarter and full-day boats posting limits for all anglers on board. Patriot out of Newport Landing had 23 anglers on Tuesday and they landed 115 (limits) yellowtail, 44 perch, 20 spanish jacks, 12 calico bass, three sheephead, and one whitefish. Enterprise out of Long Beach had 38 anglers on Tuesday and they landed 190 yellowtail and 60 bonito. Native Sun had 32 anglers on its Tuesday trip and they caught 187 yellowtail, 38 calico bass, 27 bonito, and one sheephead. The bite for all the boats dropped off a little on Wednesday, but two to three yellowtail per rod was still the average. Most of these fish have been 3 to 7 pounds, but some are the bigger grade 15 to 20 pounders.
THE OTHER CHANNEL ISLANDS: There has also been good fishing at the more distant Channel Islands over the past week. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker has been running overnight trips to San Clemente and posted some good scores, including a few bluefin. On Tuesday, there were nine anglers on the boat and they had eight bluefin and eight yellowtail. On Wednesday, there were 26 anglers and they landed two bluefin, 14 yellowtail, and 40 calicos. El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing has been running to San Nicolas Island on overnight trips. On Wednesday’s trip, there were 12 anglers who landed 20 yellowtail, 65 rockfish, 22 whitefish, five sheephead, two bonito, and one ling cod. On Tue Tuesday run, there were 29 anglers who landed 17 yellowtail, 105 rockfish, 50 whitefish, 26 ling cod, seven sheephead, and three Cabazon.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next available trip is a two-day jaunt aboard the Black Pearl out of Long Beach Sportfishing leaving Aug. 21. Cost is $275 for early registration. Check 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, 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.