Ocean Fishing Report, Aug. 2

OFFSHORE UPDATE: The San Diego to Los Angeles county based boats are still heading offshore on overnight to 2.5-day trips and finding an incredible mix of trophy bluefin to 200 pounds or better, along with yellowfin, Dorado, and yellowtail, which are mostly in the 12- to 20-pound class. The fishing may not be wide open, but it is pretty darn good.

Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach had 23 anglers on its Aug. 1 1.5-day trip and landed 16 bluefin to 200 pounds and 53 yellowtails. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing had 15 anglers on its Aug. 1 1.5-day trip and caught one bluefin tuna, 60 yellowtails and two Dorado. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 33 anglers on an overnight trip Aug. 1 and landed three bluegill, 23 yellowtails, 13 yellowfin tuna, and eight Dorado. Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned Aug. 1 from a 2.5-day trip with 16 anglers and landed 102 yellowfin tuna, 78 slipjack, 17 Dorado, and one yellowtail.

The San Diego full-day boats fishing around the Coronado Islands or just outside are also getting in on very good yellowtail action and Dorado are flooding up into this zone. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 40 anglers on its Aug. 1 full-day trip and landed 73 yellowtails and three Dorado.

CATALINA UPDATE: For the Los Angeles and Orange County boats fishing around Catalina Island on three-quarter and full-day trips, the bite has been pretty fair for a mixed bag of fish with yellowtail, calico bass, barracuda, and bonito all showing, along with an array of bottom fish.

Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 66 anglers on a packed Aug. 1 full-day trip and landed five yellowtails, 44 keeper calico bass, 33 bonito, 30 perch, 17 whitefish, 10 barracuda, and seven sheephead. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 80 anglers on its Aug. 1 three-quarter-day trip and landed two yellowtails, 61 sculpin, 43 whitefish, 31 perch, 23 calico bass, five bonito, three barracuda, and two sheephead.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY NEARSHORE UPDATE: The bite for the half- and three-quarter-day boats fishing along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline have continued to be pretty decent for bottom fish with a smattering of bass. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey had 67 anglers on its Aug. 1 half-day trip and landed 215 rockfish, 29 whitefish, 19 sand bass, 16 calicos, eight sheephead, and a bonus halibut.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The yellowtail and calico bass bites in the Channel Islands off the Oxnard to Santa Barbara coastline continue to be pretty decent, and the rockfish remain excellent. The odd white sea bass continues to show. The local surf continues to have excellent perch fishing.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Cobra had 13 anglers on a full-day trip Aug. 1 and caught eight yellowtails, 55 whitefish, 15 assorted rockfish, six bonito, six calico bass, five barracuda, and four sculpin.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had 30 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and landed 106 whitefish, 13 barracuda, five calico bass, four assorted rockfish, three perch, one sheephead, and one sculpin.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit had 29 anglers on its Aug. 1 full-day trip and landed 12 yellowtails, 84 calico bass (plus 70 released), 70 whitefish, 40 perch, 20 barracuda, 10 sheephead, and one halibut.

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Rockfish are the name of the game on this part of the coast, and the action continues to be largely limit-style with a decent number of lingcod mixed in the catch when boats can get out. Rough seas continue to be an issue, but it was better much of this past week. Inside Morro Bay, anglers are reporting a few leopard sharks and bat rays, along with the odd halibut. In the local surf, the perch bite remains very good, mostly on lugworms or the Gulp! Sand Worms.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot ran a half-day trip on Aug. 1. The 38 anglers landed 352 assorted rockfish and 28 red snapper for limits.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta was out July 31 with just 14 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and caught 80 assorted rockfish and 60 red snapper for limits. They also had seven lingcod.

At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 20 anglers on a full-day trip and landed 180 red snapper, 20 bocaccio (full limits) and a nice count of 34 lings.

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 aboard Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing for tuna, yellowtail, and other pelagics. The trip departs Sunday, Aug. 12, and the booking price is $400 (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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