Ocean Fishing Report, Aug. 9

SAN DIEGO UPDATE: There has been excellent action for the San Diego fleet fishing on full- to two-day trips. The yellowtail and Dorado are stacked up from 45 to 100 miles (or further) south of San Diego, and yellowfin tuna are also moving up into this area in increasing numbers. Further to the west, the trophy bluefin tuna action has continued with the biggest fish in the past few days a brute that taped out at 302 pounds. The scores tell the story.

Pacific Dawn out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a two-day trip with 17 anglers that returned Aug. 8, and they landed 10 bluefin tuna, 115 yellowtails, and 31 Dorado.

Producer out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip Aug. 8, and the 20 anglers on board landed one bluefin tuna, 40 Dorado, nine yellowtail, and 14 skipjack.

Chief out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its Monday 1.5-day trip, and they landed limits of yellowtail at 115 along with 20 Dorado.

Prowler out of Seaforth Sportfishing on a 1.5-day trip Aug. 8 had 12 anglers who had limits of 24 Dorado and 36 quality yellowtails to 25 pounds.

CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The Coronado Islands and surrounding area has been seeing a big influx of yellowtail, along with the flood of Dorado and yellowfin moving into these waters. There have even been some smaller bluefin in this zone.

Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 24 anglers on its full-day trip Aug. 7 and landed four bluefin, 102 yellowtails, 12 calico bass, and four bonito. The Aug. 6 trip with 22 anglers returned with 57 yellowtails, 16 bonito, eight calico bass, and two rockfish.

CORONADOS ISLAND NEWS: The Los Angeles and Orange County overnight and longer boats are fishing on and around Coronado Island and out to the Cortez and Tanner Banks for yellowtail, white sea bass, and bluefin tuna with pretty good success some days at the late summer bite really heats up. The fallback is to fish calico bass and rockfish, both pretty good right now.

Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing was at the Cortez and Tanner region on Aug. 7 on an overnight trip, and the 20 anglers on that trip landed limits of 60 nice white sea bass, 12 bluefin tuna, and six yellowtails.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on an overnight trip on Aug. 7 and landed 11 bluefin tuna, 12 yellowtails, two white sea bass, one bonito, and limits of 300 rockfish.

CATALINA ISLAND UPDATE: Catalina Island has been decidedly mediocre the past week with spotty overall fishing but incredible recreational boat traffic. At best, anglers are getting a few bass, decent bottom fish, and the rare yellowtail.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY NEARSHORE UPDATE: The bite for the half- and three-quarter-day boats fishing along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastlines have continued to be pretty decent for bottom fish with a smattering of bass.

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, Aloha Spirit had 10 anglers on its full-day Aug. 8 trip, and landed five yellowtails, eight calico bass, and eight barracuda. Gentleman, on a three-quarter-day trip with 53 anglers, returned with nine yellowtails, 170 whitefish, 165 assorted rockfish, six barracuda, and four bonito.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had 23 anglers on its Aug. 7 three-quarter-day trip and landed three yellowtails, 22 whitefish, five keeper calico bass (along with 20 released), five rockfish, five perch, and two barracuda.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit had 22 anglers on its Aug. 8 full-day trip and landed 140 assorted rockfish, 30 whitefish, 10 barracuda, five calico bass, and five sculpin.

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 had 30 anglers on its Aug. 7 three-quarter-day trip, and they caught 153 rockfish, 12 red snapper, and two lingcod.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta was out Aug. 7 with 31 anglers on a half-day trip and landed 150 assorted rockfish, 134 red snapper, and five bocaccio.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger was out with nine anglers on a half-day trip and caught limits of 80 assorted rockfish and 10 red snapper.

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 Legend out of H&M Landing tuna, yellowtail, and other pelagics. The trip departs Sunday, Aug. 19, and the booking price is $470 (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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