BIG BLUEFIN, YELLOWFIN ON CHEW: The big bluefin and yellowfin tuna are both showing in decent numbers for the overnight to 1 1/2-day boats running out of San Diego with the mid-week scores much better than the weekend scores. Tribute, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 32 anglers and they landed 46 yellowfin tuna, and 13 bluefin tuna to 90 pounds. Aztec, also Seaforth, had 20 anglers on a Tuesday overnight trip and they 42 yellowfin. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on an overnight trip on Wednesday and the 27 anglers on board had 35 yellowfin. On Monday’s 1 1/2-day trip, the 26 anglers had 18 bluefin tuna, six yellowfin, and a dorado. The bluefin were up to 90 pounds. Producer out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 25 anglers and they landed 12 bluefin and three yellowfin. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing had 35 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 19 bluefin and 17 yellowfin.
The Orange County boats are also still getting into the bluefin out to the west (near Clemente) and more yellowfin are filtering north. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 30 anglers and they had eight bluefin and 15 yellowtail. On Tuesday’s overnight trip with 27 anglers, the catch included 54 bluefin, 50 yellowtail, and six yellowfin.
These fish are even in range of San Diego’s three-quarter day fleet. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 25 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Wednesday and they landed 46 yellowfin. On Tuesday’s trip, the 47 anglers had 53 yellowfin. Alicia out of H&M Landing had 12 anglers on Wednesday’s three-quarter day trip and they landed 34 yellowfin and a yellowtail. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 44 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 28 yellowfin tuna
CORONADOS YELLOWTAIL STILL ON: The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands is still fairly good. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 13 anglers on Wednesday and they landed seven yellowtail (most in the 18 to 22 pound class), 16 bonito, two calico bass, a barracuda, and one rockfish. On Tuesday, three-quarter day trip, there were 15 anglers and they landed 34 yellowtail, 30 bonito, and a barracuda. Malihini out of H&M Landing had 22 anglers on its Wednesday trip to the Coronados, and they landed 30 yellowtail, 36 bonito, 108 rockfish, and three barracuda.
CATALINA STILL GOOD: Catalina is still providing mixed bag action on yellowtail, bonito, and bass. The bottomfish are also still on the chew if anglers want to add to the mix. The Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 31 anglers on its Sunday trip to Catalina and they landed 34 yellowtail, 28 bonito, 23 calico bass, and 33 whitefish. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 40 anglers on its three-quarter day trip to Catalina on Sunday and they landed 31 yellowtail, 25 bonito, and five calico bass. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 42 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip and they landed 121 yellowtail, 190 bontio, 16 calico bass and three barracuda. The Victory out of Pierpoint Landing had 35 anglers on its three-quarter day trip and they landed 38 yellowtail, 27 whitefish, 25 rockfish, 20 bonito, 15 calico bass, 10 sheephead, six barracuda, and five perch.
NEARSHORE BASS AND BOTTOMFISH: The calico bass action has remained pretty good all along the coast, but a lot of shorts are still in the mix. A wide variety of bottomfish along with some bonito and barracuda make for very good action on half-day and local three-quarter day trips. Some days, there are even some shots at yellowtail. Monte Carlo out of 22n d Street Landing had 17 anglers on it afternoon half-day trip and they landed 85 keeper calicobs, six barracuda, and two bonito. The morning trip with 25 anglers psoted 47 barracuda, a sheephead, a bonito, and a sculpin. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey had 43 anglers on its Wednesday half-day and they landed 32 keeper calicos, 145 rockfish, 21 sculpin, and 19 bonito. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had 24 anglers on its Wednesday half-day this week and they landed 86 keeper calico bass, seven sheephead, six bonito, and four barracuda.
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 trip on the Oceanside 95 leaving Sept. 11 targeting tuna, yellowtail, and dorado. Cost is $350 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.