Ocean Fishing Report, Aug. 31

BLUEFIN NEWS: The San Diego boats are getting into some nice schools of bluefin tuna that are mostly running from 40 to 50 pounds, with some up into the 100- to 200-pound class. Many of the fish are close to Point Loma, so close that catches were even posted on half-day trips, but most are showing on longer jaunts.

Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing was on a half-day trip with 30 anglers and landed 21 bluefin on Aug. 29. Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 20 anglers on its Aug. 29 overnight and landed four bluefin. On Aug. 30, a mid-day report from Grande had 13 bluefin on the deck, and one about to come over the rail on the gaff. Pacific Dawn out of Fisherman’s Landing had 17 anglers on its Aug. 29 overnight trip and landed seven bluefin tuna and one yellowfin. Endeavor out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip on Aug. 29, and the 20 anglers on board landed 18 bluefin and one yellowfin.

Los Angeles and Orange County boats running overnight and longer trips are also targeting bluefin tuna out to the west on the banks off San Clemente Island.

Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 34 anglers on its Aug. 30 overnight trip and landed 14 bluefin. The Aug. 29 trip with 30 anglers returned with 37 bluefin and two yellowfin. The bluefin were up to 50 pounds on these trips.

SAN DIEGO ACTION TOUGHER IN BAJA WATERS: The 1.5-day to two-day trips running down the Baja coast found much tougher fishing and conditions in recent days and the bite was downright tough. Pride out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 17 anglers on a two-day trip returning Aug. 29 and managed to get just one bluefin tuna and seven skipjack. Chief out of H&M Landing had 30 anglers on its two-day trip returning Aug. 29 and managed to land one bluefin, 20 skipjack, 11 Dorado, and five yellowfin.

Pacific Voyager, also out of Seaforth Sportfishing, was on a four-day trip with 20 anglers and had 14 bluefin, 189 yellowtail, and 87 yellowfin tuna running a little further down the line.

SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER-DAY YELLOWTAIL: The San Diego three-quarter-day boats have continued to hammer away on the yellowtail in and around the Coronado Islands.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 46 anglers on its Aug. 29 three-quarter-day trip and landed 103 yellowtail and 98 bonito. The Aug. 28 trip with 42 anglers produced one bonus bluefin tuna, 210 yellowtail (limits), eight bonito, and two calico bass. The three-quarter-day Point Loma had 19 anglers on its Aug. 29 trip out of Point Loma Sportfishing and landed 23 yellowtails, 10 rockfish, eight bonito, two calico bass, and two lingcod. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 37 anglers on its Aug. 29 three-quarter-day trip and landed 85 yellowtail and 10 bonito. Jig Strike out of H&M Landing had 28 anglers on its Aug. 28 three-quarter-day trip and landed 47 yellowtail, seven bonito, and five calico bass.

CATALINA UPDATE: There has continued to be a pick on the yellowtail and bonito at Catalina Island this week, but the bite is off from the previous week.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 38 anglers on its Aug. 29 three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed two yellowtails, 20 bonito, and five calicos. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 43 anglers on its Aug. 29 three-quarter-day trip and landed 14 yellowtails, six bonito, two keeper calicos, and one perch.

NEARSHORE YELLOWTAIL: More and more yellowtails are showing all along the coastal kelp as water conditions improve as we roll toward fall. Most skippers are taking anglers to catches of sculpin, whitefish, rockfish, and a few calico bass.

The half-day Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 17 anglers on its Aug. 29 afternoon half-day and landed seven yellows along with 16 sculpin. The morning trip with 18 anglers produced four yellowtail, 58 sculpin, two keeper calicos, and one bonito. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 43 anglers on its Aug. 29 half-day and landed 290 rockfish and 40 whitefish. The Aug. 28 trip with 40 anglers produced 200 rockfish, 25 whitefish, five lingcod, five sand bass, three calicos, and one bonus mako shark.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The boats out of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings are mostly focusing on the excellent rockfish bite, but those targeting surface species continue to see a decent pick on yellowtail, an occasional white sea bass, and pretty good calico bass action.

Island Tak out of Channel Island Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its Aug. 29 full-day trip and landed limits of 50 keeper calicos along with seven yellowtails. Gentleman, also out of Channel Islands, had 39 anglers on its Aug. 29 three-quarter-day trip and landed two yellowtails, 275 whitefish, 20 rockfish, 12 perch, 10 barracuda, three calico bass, three sheephead, two sculpin, and one bonito. Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing had 16 anglers on its Aug. 30 full-day trip and landed 10 yellowtail, four calico bass, three barracuda, and two bonus white sea 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. The Aug. 29 counts tell the whole story.

At Virg’s Landing, Fiesta was on a special rockfish tagging trip with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the 12 anglers tagged 480 red rockfish on Aug. 29. Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing had 30 anglers on its Aug. 29 half-day trip and landed 150 assorted rockfish, 30 red snapper, 20 bocaccio, and two lings. Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach had 18 anglers on its Aug. 29 half-day and landed 103 assorted rockfish, 65 red snapper, 12 bocaccio, and three lings.

Inside Morro Bay, there is still a lot of bait and the halibut bite continued unabated, with one verified 20-pounder caught in the final days of August. The north and south T-piers are still producing decent quantities of perch with a few biggies in the mix. There have also been some nice catches for barred perch and stripers in the surf from the Dog Beach to Studio Drive in Cayucos.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a 2.5-day trip aboard El Dorado out of Point Loma Sportfishing leaving on Monday, Sept. 4. The early booking price is $500 (not including meals and tips). 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; Fishermanís 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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