BLUEFIN BITE STILL HOT: Hot bluefin tuna action in December? Yes, that is right. The wide open bite on bluefin tuna offshore has continued to be excellent for the 1.5-day boats out of San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles boats making the run. Two-fish limits for all anglers on board have again been the rule this week. These are mostly 25 to 30 pounds. There have also been flurries of excellent yellowtail action and some yellowfin still showing on these trips. The scores tell the incredible story.
At Fisherman’s Landing, Condor was on an overnight trip, Dec. 12, with 18 anglers and had limits of 36 bluefin. Pacific Queen, on a 1.5-day trip Dec. 12, had 20 anglers who landed limits of 40 bluefin along with 47 yellowtails. These two boats along with Liberty have been reporting bluefin limits every day out for more than a week now.
At H&M Landing, the story had been the same. Legend was out Dec. 11 with 18 anglers and came home with 36 bluefin. Mustang returned from a two-day on Dec. 13; the 12 anglers on board had 48 bluefin.
At Seaforth Sportfishing, Aztec had 15 anglers on its Dec. 13 1.5-day trip and landed 30 bluefin and one yellowtail.
At Helgren’s Sportfishing in Oceanside, Oceanside 95 was on a 1.5-day trip with 34 anglers and had limits of 68 bluefin and hammered the yellowtail, putting 191 on the deck.
At Davey’s Locker in Orange County, Freelance was on an overnight trip Dec. 13 with just anglers and landed 10 bluefin and 12 yellowtails. At 22nd Street Landing in Los Angeles County, Fortune had 21 anglers on its Dec. 10 1.5-day trip and landed 42 bluefin.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: The bite for all of the boats running into nearshore waters from San Diego to Los Angeles, the bite has been generally good for bottom fish. The further north or further offshore you travel the more likelihood of limits and better quality fish.
The three-quarter and full-day boats are getting near-limits or limits of assorted rockfish, and good scores on whitefish, with occasional sheephead while fishing around Catalina or some of the other nearshore banks. The half-day fleet is seeing half- to three-quarter limits on the bottom stuff. Mostly light loads, especially during the week.
Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had just six anglers on its Dec. 12 three-quarter-day trip and landed 65 red snapper, 25 whitefish, five sheephead, two lingcod, and one bonus halibut.
Betto-O out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had just five anglers on its Dec. 13 three-quarter-day trip and landed 30 rockfish, 24 whitefish, 15 red snapper, two Spanish jacks, and one sheephead.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landings’ boats continue to have excellent rockfish action. There continue to be a few calico bass in the catch, but the yellowtail seemed to disappear this past week.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Island Tak was on a full-day trip with just five anglers on Dec. 11 and had full, 25-fish, calico bass limits and five rockfish. The half-day Speed Twin with 30 anglers on Dec. 13 returned with 275 rockfish and seven lincod.
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, Outrider was on an overnight trip with 13 anglers on Dec. 10 and landed 130 rockfish, 79 whitefish, 24 lingcod, and 10 sheephead.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo was on a full-day trip Dec. 11 with 20 anglers and landed 140 rockfish, 45 whitefish, 40 lingcod, three sheephead, and one Cabazon.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea had 20 anglers on its Dec. 13 trip and landed 180 rockfish and 30 lingcod.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Offshore winds and low swells made for generally good conditions over the past week, and the rockfish and lingcod bite remained excellent. In the local surf, the barred surfperch bite remains consistent on better quality fish up to three pounds, mostly on live lugworms, blood worms, ghost shrimp, or free-dried blood worms.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the annual John Rowley Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Tournament fish-off, Dec. 9, was won by Jerry Brazeale, Fresno, with a 25.6-pound ling that won him the $5,000 grand prize, while Andrew Johnson, Bakersfield, was second with a 19.2-pound gator, good for the $3,000 prize. Third place and $2,000 went to Robin Moore, Bakersfield, with a 17.8-pound ling. There were 32 qualifying anglers who fished on Fiesta and Rita G at Cape San Martin.
On Dec. 13, Fiesta was on a full-day trip with 25 anglers and landed 225 red snapper, 15 assorted rockfish, and 10 bocaccio, for full rockfish limits. They also had six lingcod and two whitefish.
At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor was out with 19 anglers who landed 190 assorted rockfish and 38 lincod, including a 25-pounder landed by William Do, Bakersfield. On Dec. 11, Avenger had 16 anglers who landed 80 rockfish and 16 lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 18 anglers on its Dec. 13 half-day trip and landed 160 rockfish, 15 lingcod, and four red snapper. A Dec. 12 three-quarter-day trip with 14 anglers produced 64 rockfish, 28 lings, and six red snapper along with 32 dungeness crabs and five rock crabs.
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. 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.
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