Ocean Fishing Report, Aug. 24

GENERAL OFFSHORE NEWS: The waters of the California Bite and down the Mexican coast continue to hold a cornucopia of pelagic fish species thanks to an abundant supply of forage. The action is getting better by the day with only slight ebbs in the action and then even more fish move into the region and the fishing gets even better than the last peak.

BLUEFIN UPDATE: The bluefin tuna have spread out across a wider area and more fish have flushed into the region in recent days. While many of the new fish are small grade tuna in the 10- to 15-pound range, there are still pods of big tuna into the 300-pound class. The tuna are showing from just off San Diego and the Coronado Islands out to the Tanner and Cortez banks and off San Clemente. The new flush of fish produced some excellent catches this week.

In the San Diego region at Seaforth Sportfishing, 56 bluefin tuna were caught by just 14 anglers on Pacific Voyager‘s three-quarter-day trip on Aug. 23 around the Coronado Islands. They also had full limits of 140 yellow. These were the smaller grade bluefin to 15 pounds and yellowtail were 4 to 8 pounds. Pacific Dawn out of Fisherman’s Landing had 17 anglers on its Aug. 22 overnight and landed four bluefin. On Aug. 23, Endeavor, also out of Seaforth, returned from a 1.5-day trip with 17 anglers and had 34 bluefin and 10 yellowtail. Producer out of H&M Landing targeting the bigger bluefin on the Aug. 23 overnight trip, and the 20 anglers on board landed 10 bluefin and one yellowtail. Pacific Star out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 2.5-day trip (returning Aug. 23), and the 21 anglers on board landed 84 bluefin, 102 yellowtail, and two Dorado. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 21 anglers on its Aug. 23 2.5-day trip and landed 84 bluefin and 140 yellowtail. Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing had 25 anglers on its 2.5-day trip that also returned Aug. 23 and landed 50 bluefin, 16 yellowtail, and 29 bonito.

The Los Angeles and Orange county boats also continue to shoot out to the West looking for the bigger bluefin, but finding a lot of the smaller grade fish, too.

On Aug. 23, the full-day Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 25 anglers and they managed just three bigger bluefin. The ‘Bird returned from a two-day trip on Aug. 22, and the 26 anglers on that trip landed 29 bluefin and 56 yellowtail.

MEXICAN WATERS UPDATE: San Diego boats running south into Mexican waters saw continued good fishing on overnight and longer trips, but there have been slightly fewer yellowtail and dorado on the kelp paddies this week, but increasing numbers of yellowfin.

Relentless out of H&M landing was on an overnight trip Wednesday, and the 15 anglers on board had 70 yellowtail, 40 bonito, 19 calico bass, and one sand bass.

Diawa Pacific out of H&M Landing had 17 anglers on Aug. 23 1.5-day trip and landed 20 Dorado, 15 yellowfin tuna, five yellowtail, four skipjack, and one striped marlin.

THREE-QUARTER-DAY BOATS HAMMERING YELLOWTAIL: San Diego’s three-quarter day fleet has been hammering the yellowtail in recent days. While these fish are mostly between 4 and 8 pounds, the action is excellent with limits pretty common. Also with some bonus fish.
Liberty was on a three-quarter-day trip out of Fisherman’s Landing on Aug. 23, and the 37 anglers on board had full limits of 185 yellowtail along with 30 bonito and 15 rockfish. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 39 anglers on its Aug. 23 three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of 195 yellowtail, 10 rockfish, five bonito, and two calico bass. Alicia out of H&M Landing had a three-quarter-day trip on AUg. 23, and the 14 anglers on board landed one yellowfin, 61 yellowtail, 25 bonito, 10 calico bass, and one halibut.

SAN DIEGO LOCAL: Even the half-day boats out of San Diego Landings have been seeing more yellowtail in recent days with a lot of fish on the local kelp this week, along with some exotics usually not this close to shore.

The half-day Dolphin out of Fishermanís Landing had 54 anglers on Wednesday afternoon trip, and they landed 91 yellowtail, 39 bonito, eight calicos, six sand bass, and a sheephead. The morning trip with 57 anglers produced 137 yellowtail. The Wednesday afternoon half-day for the New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 58 anglers and they landed 81 yellowtail, 49 bonito, 44 keeper calico bass, one sheephead, and one rockfish. The morning rip with 46 anglers produced 85 yellowtail, 80 bonito, 18 calico bass, and 10 rockfish.

SEA LION NIGHTMARE: The key to success at Catalina and along the coast has been the ability to escape the pods of sea lions. Once they descend on the boat, the bites shut down. Even if the bite stay on, no fish make it on the deck. Most skippers try to run away from the pests to get some fishing in solitude.

CATALINA CRANKING BIGGER YELLOWTAIL: Catalina Island produced a flurry of bigger yellowtail running from 15 to 30 pounds over the past week with very good late summer fishing at the island. There has also been a nice mix of bonito and barracuda on these trips.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 72 anglers on its Aug. 23 three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed two yellowtail, 65 bonito, seven calico bass, one rockfish and one perch. On its Aug. 22 run, there were 80 anglers who caught nine yellowtail, 103 bonito, 22 calico bass, and five barracuda. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 61 anglers on its full-day trip and  landed 10 yellowtail, 38 bonito, 25 whitefish, nine calicos, seven perch, four barracuda, two sheephead, two sargo, and one halibut.

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 again this week. The calico bass bite has been good when they are targeted, and the rockfish action remains excellent.

On Aug. 23, Erna B out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 13 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 20 quality yellowtail and four calico bass. On Aug. 22, Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its full-day trip and landed 10 yellowtail and one calico bass.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish bite for the Central Coast boats running out of Morro Bay and Avila Beach remains excellent with a lot of limits reported over the past week, and a steady pick on lings.

At Virg’s Landing, Fiesta had 20 anglers on its Aug. 23 three-quarter-day trip and landed 120 red rockcod, 40 rockfish, 30 bocaccio, and 16 lings. Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing had 12 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 70 red snapper, 40 bocaccio, and two lingcod. Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach had 20 anglers on its Aug. 23 half-day and landed 150 rockfish, 40 red snapper, and 11 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 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, 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.

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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