GENERAL UPDATE: Winds made fishing conditions much more difficult over the weekend and into this week, but the tides around this week’s full moon actually improved a lot of the bite in spite tougher conditions.
OFFSHORE BLUEFIN: The rougher conditions really impacted the private boater take on bluefin tuna since the weekend, while the bigger sportboats handle the conditions better than smaller vessels. So in spite of the fewer reporte catches, it’s clear the bluefin are still off the coast in good numbers. Outrider out of 22nd Street Landing was out Aug. 16 with eight anglers and they landed 11 bluefin from 70 to 100 pounds along with six yellowtail.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWFIN: There is a significant body of yellowfin tuna 20 to 40 miles south of Point Loma, and the overnight to two-day boats out of San Diego have been focusing on these fish over the past week. Scores have been a mixed bag with a low of a fish or so per rod up to four or five fish. The bulk of these fish are 12 to 22 pounds, but there are some reports of bigger fish (which some are suggesting are misidentified bluefin). Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip that returned Aug. 16 and the 16 anglers on board had 43 yellowfin. Aztec, also on an overnight trip out of Seaforth, reported 22 yellowfin for 22 anglers with the fish running up to 100 pounds. Grande, out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had 30 anglers on its Aug. 14 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 126 yellowfin and nine dorado. New Lo-An, also on a 1 1/2-day trip out of Point Loma, had 26 anglers who landed 19 yellowfin and three dorado. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing, had 32 angblers who caught 55 yellowfin and one yellowtail on its 1 1/2-day trip on Aug. 16. There were 15 anglers on Old Glory out of H&M Landing on its overnight trip and they landed 38 yellowfin.
ISLANDS UPDATE: For the San Diego fleet, the yellowtail bite surged back on this week at the Coronado Islands and the fish are good quality 10 to 18 pounders. Sea Adventure II out of H&M Landing was out with 22 anglers on its three-quarter trip Aug. 16 and they landed 75 yellowtail. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing on a three-quarter day trip had 35 anglers who caught 140 yellowtail, also on Aug. 16.
At Catalina Island, boat pressure was incredible over the weekend (the last weekend before schools resume in most of Los Angeles and Orange counties), and the action was much tougher than previous weeks in spite of good tidal conditions. There continues to be a decent bite on smaller grade yellowtail, bonito, and bass. Sportkind out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had 26 anglers on its Aug. 17 trip to Catalina and they landed 62 yellowtail, 51 bonito, and 10 keeper calico bass.
At San Clemente Island, there has been good yellowtail and calico bass action. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip to Clemente with 34 anglers on Aug. 17 and they landed 150 yellowfin, 40 keeper calico bass (over 100 released), and hooked a bluefin tuna while at anchor.
HALF-DAY BOAT UPDATE: The half-day boat fleet fishing along the coast from San Diego to Ventura has had very good fish on a wide variety of species from bass and yellowtail to rockfish. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had 12 anglers on its morning half-day trip on Monday and they landed 80 red snapper. The Aug. 16 afternoon half-day aboard Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 19 anglers and they landed 16 yellowtail (mostly 2 to 4 pounders), 37 keeper calico bass, seven bonito, and two barracuda. Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Landing had 24 anglers on its Aug. 16 morning half day and they landed 42 rockfish, 17 red snapper, and 54 sand dabs.
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.