Ocean Fishing Report, Aug. 17

SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE UPDATE: There is a wide variety of fish in the waters offshore from San Diego throughout the California Bite, along with an incredible volume of bait. At the banks off San Clemente Island, there continues to be a volume of big bluefin tuna some boats target, while fishing down the line into Mexican waters there are huge numbers of yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, and Dorado – all three in increasing numbers. Anglers going out of San Diego landings can pick their poison right now and try for a trophy bluefin or opt for volume action on a growing number of pelagic species.

The overnight fleet can reach both areas of fish. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Aug. 15, and the 16 anglers on board landed 25 Dorado, three yellowtails, and one yellowfin. The Aug. 14 overnight had 29 anglers landing 58 Dorado, nine bluefin, and three yellowtails. Grande, also Point Loma, had 23 anglers on its Aug. 15 overnight and landed 46 Dorado and 12 yellowtails, while the Aug. 14 trip with 27 anglers produced 54 Dorado, 10 yellowtails, one bluefin, one yellowfin, and one skipjack. Endeavor out of Seaforth Sportfishing focused on bluefin on its Aug. 15 overnight trip, and the 14 anglers on board managed to land eight of the bigger grade tuna.

The 1.5-day boats are seeing similar or slightly better scores because of more time on the water, and limits of yellowtail have been pretty common. Pegasus out of Fisherman’s Landing had 16 anglers on its Aug. 15 1.5-day trip, and landed 81 yellowtails, 32 Dorado, and nine yellowfin. On Aug. 14, Prowler, also out of Fisherman’s, had 18 anglers who caught 36 Dorado, nine yellowfin, and one yellowtail. El Capitan out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 18 anglers who landed 36 Dorado, eight yellowfin, and six yellowtails on the Aug. 15 trip. Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a 1.5-day trip on Aug. 15 and the 12 anglers on board landed two bluefin, 60 yellowtails (limits), 18 Dorado, four bonito, two yellowfin, and one skipjack.

The boats making runs further down the line on longer trips are seeing pretty consistently good yellowfin action, along with nice mixes of Dorado and yellowtail on floating kelp. Fortune out of Fisherman’s Landing had 16 anglers on its weekend two-day trip and landed 82 yellowfin, 68 Dorado, and 60 yellowtails. Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing ran a 2.5-day trip (returned Aug. 14), and the 22 anglers on the jaunt landed 113 yellowfin and 43 yellowtails. El Capitan, out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had a 2.5-day trip and the 18 anglers on board caught 138 yellowfin, 14 yellowtails, and four Dorado.

SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER DAY YELLOWTAIL AND DORADO: The bite has broken open in the past week for the three-quarter-day fleet out of San Diego landings. The yellowtail bite remains the mainstay, with very good numbers showing around the Coronados and offshore on kelp. There are school-sized Dorado in good numbers, and some boats have seen a couple of Dorado per rod. More and more yellowfin are showing in the counts, and there are also still schools of smaller bluefin tuna that are on the bite some days. The scores from early in the week show the volume and variety.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sporting had 32 anglers on its Aug. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 160 yellowtails (full limits) along with two bonus bluefin tuna and five keeper calico bass. On its Aug. 14 trip, there were 54 anglers who landed 213 yellowtail, 42 bonito, one calico bass, and two bonus bluefin tuna. On Aug. 15, Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out with 21 anglers and landed 42 Dorado, nine yellowtails, and three yellowfin tuna.

Mission Belle, also out of Point Loma, had 15 anglers on its trip and landed 75 yellowtails, 24 bluefin tuna, and five calico bass. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 54 anglers on its Aug. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 270 yellowtails. The Aug. 14 trip with 50 anglers produced 59 bluefin and 213 yellowtails; The Aug. 13 trip had 52 anglers who landed 260 yellowtails and 48 Dorado. Legend out of H&M Landing ran a three-quarter-day trip on Aug. 15, and the 35 anglers landed seven bluefin tuna, 138 yellowtails, 23 bonito, and 18 calico bass.

SAN DEIGO HALF-DAY BITE: Even the half-day boats out of San Diego landings are finally seeing good local action on yellowtail, bonito, and calico bass.

On Aug. 15, the half-day Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 47 anglers and landed 28 yellowtails, 45 bonito, 37 keeper calico bass (and about 150 other undersize fish released), 13 rockfish, 12 barracuda, and three sheephead. The Aug. 14 afternoon half-day with 36 anglers produced three yellowtails, 49 keeper calico bass (another 100 or so released), 31 barracuda, 25 bonito, six sand bass, and one sheephead. Premier, out of H&M Landing, had 26 anglers on its Aug. 15 morning half-day and landed one yellowtail and 98 bonito. The Aug. 14 morning trip with 19 anglers produced 95 bonito. New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 39 anglers on its Aug, 15 afternoon half-day and landed 16 yellowtails, 30 bonito, 20 calico bass (including 60 or so short fish released), 15 rockfish, one barracuda, and one sheephead.

BLUEFIN UPDATE: The Los Angeles area and Orange County full-day and overnight boats continue to head to the banks off San Clemente Island to target the big bluefin tuna, where fish more than 100 pounds continue to show daily, and 200-pounders are being caught each week. There are still quite a few yellowtails in this region, and Dorado starting to move in.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its Aug. 15 full-day trip and landed six bluefin, four yellowtail, 20 keeper calicos, and four sheephead. On Aug. 12, the ‘Bird ran a two-day trip with 17 anglers and returned with six bluefin, 170 keeper calico bass (two-day limits), and five yellowtail. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its Aug. 15 overnight trip and landed five yellowtail and five Dorado while chasing the bluefin around. The Aug. 14 1.5-day trip jad 35 anglers landing 32 bluefin, 31 yellowtails, 109 bonito, 31 whitefish, and 16 sheephead.

CATALINA NEWS: Catalina Island continues to have a pick on yellowtail, but a pretty good bite on bonito, calico bass, and a smattering of other surface fish and bottom fish. There have even been some Dorado reports in the channel between Catalina and the mainland.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 80 anglers on its Aug. 15 three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed two yellowtails, 23 bonito, 13 calico bass, eight whitefish, three barracuda, and one rockfish. Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing had 29 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed seven yellowtails, three Dorados, 100 bonito, 14 calico bass, and one barracuda. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 47 anglers on its Aug. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 10 yellowtail along with 58 bonito, 12 calico bass, 10 whitefish, and two barracuda.

NEARSHORE YELLOWTAIL: The half-day boats out of Los Angeles and Orange county landings are mostly focusing on bottom fish, with decent picks on rockfish and sculpin with a few keeper bass in the mix. But there are also a few yellowtails showing on the local kelp paddies, too.

New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 39 anglers on its Aug. 15 half-day and landed four yellowtails, 10 keeper calicos, five rockfish, and four bonito. The Aug. 14 trip with 61 anglers also produced six yellowtails, 75 bonito, 44 whitefish, 12 calicos, and three sheephead.

Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 23 anglers on its Aug. 14 afternoon half-day and landed five yellowtails, 43 sculpin and two rockfish.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The boats out of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings have been consistently getting into fair to good numbers of yellowtail in the northern Channel Islands. The calico bass bite has been good when they are targeted, and the rockfish action remains excellent. There was also a bigeye tuna surprise on Aug. 16.

That bigeye surprise came on a two-day trip aboard Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing that returned on Aug. 16. There were 17 bigeye tuna caught on this trip in addition to 340 rockfish, 98 whitefish, 49 sheephead, 47 lingcod, five calico bass, one barracuda, and one yellowtail.

Aloha Spirit, also out of Channel Islands, had 21 anglers on its Aug. 15 full-day trip and landed 52 yellowtails, 10 calico bass, five bonito, and five barracuda on a surface charter. The full-day Island Tak had 11 anglers and landed 18 yellowtails and 35 keeper calicos. Even the half-day Speed Twin had three yellowtails on its Aug. 15 trip with 34 anglers. They also landed 96 whitefish, 58 rockfish, five sculpin, four barracuda, two calicos, one bonito, and one sheephead.

At Hook’s Landing, Coroloma has been running three-quarter-day trips. On Sunday, the 48 anglers on board landed 38 yellowtails, 102 whitefish, 21 rockfish, and one sheephead. The Aug. 14 trip with 21 anglers produced just five yellowtails, while the Aug. 15 trip with 28 anglers also had five yellowtails. On Aug. 16, the 27 anglers didn’t land any yellowtail, but still had 84 rockfish, 21 whitefish, 11 perch, three calicos, three barracuda, and two sculpin.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Island Spirit had 26 anglers on its full-day trip Aug. 15 and landed 17 yellowtails, 39 barracuda, and one calico. On Aug. 14, the 32 anglers on this boat had 35 yellowtails. Amigo had 17 anglers on an overnight trip Monday, and they landed 21 yellowtail, 13 barracuda, and one bonito.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish bite for the Central Coast boats running out of Morro Bay and Avila Beach remain excellent for bottom fish with limit-style fishing most days on most trips, and there continues to be a steady pick on the lings.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phoenix was on a three-quarter-day trip Aug. 16 and the 11 anglers on board had limits of rockfish made up of 57 assorted rockfish, 42 bolina, 11 red snapper, and eight bonus lingcod. The half-day Flying Fish had 20 anglers during an Aug. 16 trip and caught 198 rockfish, two red snapper, and two lings. Patriot, also on a half-day, had 39 anglers on Aug. 16, also with limits, consisting of 375 rockfish, 15 red snapper, and 10 lings.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta was on the three-quarter-day trip Aug. 15 and the 19 anglers on board had 185 rockfish and five bocaccio. The Aug. 14 trip had 30 anglers and landed 280 rockfish, nine lingcod, and two sheephead.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 23 anglers Aug. 16 and landed 230 rockfish and 23 lings. Big ling of the week was a beast 31-pounder caught by Dennis Turner, Bakersfield, while fishing on the Endeavor, Aug. 13. There were 30 anglers on that trip and landed 300 rockcod and 52 lings.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard Chief out of H&M Landing leaving Aug. 27. The early booking price is just $450. 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 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; 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.


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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