BLUEFIN BITE STILL HOT: The bluefin tuna action has remained good to excellent for the 1.5-day boats out of San Diego. Most skippers are reporting two fish limits for all anglers on board of the 20- to 60-pound class fish (most on the smaller end now).
Legend, out of H&M Landing, reported bluefin limits on its Dec. 6 trip and also had four bigger grade yellowfin to 50 pounds. Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Dec. 6 1.5-day trip and landed limits of 24 bluefin.
New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its 1.5-day tuna trip, Dec. 5, and landed limits of 24 bluefin. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing also reported easy two-fish limits of bluefin tuna for all 12 anglers on board its 1.5-day trip.
Chief, out of H&M Landing, had 30 anglers on a 2.5-day trip and landed 78 bluefin tuna.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LANDINGS UPDATE: The bite for all of the boats running out of the Los Angeles and Orange county landings has been almost exclusively a bottom fish deal this past week.
The three-quarter- and full-day boats are getting near-limits of assorted rockfish, and good scores on whitefish, with occasional sheephead mixed in 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.
Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 13 anglers on its Dec. 3 three-quarter-day trip and landed 65 quality red snapper, 23 whitefish, 12 rockfish, two lingcod, and two sheephead.
New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 16 anglers on its afternoon half-day trip and landed 145 rockfish and five whitefish.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landingsí boats continue to have excellent rockfish action. There continue to be a few yellowtail and calico bass in the catch, but that action is waning fast now.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Dec. 4 full-day trip run by Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers and landed 217 rockfish, 72 whitefish, 15 lingcod, nine sheephead, and three Cabazon. Island Tak had 10 anglers on its Dec. 3 full-day trip and landed 50 quality calico bass and 22 rockfish. Seabiscuit’s overnight trip, also on Sunday, had 15 anglers and landed one yellowtail, 150 rockfish, 74 whitefish, 26 lingcod, and five sheephead.
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, Outrider was on an overnight trip with 11 anglers on Dec. 3 and landed 24 yellowtails, 110 rockfish, and eight lingcod.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Pacific Dawn had 18 anglers on its Dec. 3 overnight trip and landed 180 rockfish and 13 lingcod.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea had 12 anglers on its Dec. 6 half-day and landed 120 rockfish, 74 whitefish, five lingcod, and one sand bass.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Bumpier weather this week with swells to 10 feet made for rougher fishing much of the past week, but when the boats got out, the rockfish bite continued very good with limits still the rule on everything from half-day to full-day trips. The action on lings ebbed a little, but some nice fish continue to be caught. In the local surf, the barred surfperch bite remains consistent on better quality fish up to three pounds live lugworms, blood worms, ghost shrimp, or free-dried blood worms.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G had 19 anglers on its Dec. 6 half-day trip and landed 170 assorted rockfish and 20 red snapper for limits, along with 12 lingcod. Fiesta’s Dec. 6 full-day trip with 30 anglers produced 150 red snapper, 60 lings, 50 assorted rockfish, and 40 bocaccio.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger hasn’t been out since Dec. 3, but that day’s full-day trip with 19 anglers produced 190 rockfish and 12 lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 13 anglers on its Dec. 6 half-day trip and landed 26 lingcod, 26 rockfish, and five red snapper. The Dec. 5 three-quarter-day trip with 10 anglers produced 80 rockfish, 20 lings, one red snapper, and 25 Dungeness crabs. Flying Fish had 10 anglers on its Dec. 5 half-day and caught 180 assorted rockfish, 10 red snapper, and eight lings.
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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