TOUGHER CONDITIONS, LIGHT FISHING PRESSURE: The water temperatures have continued to go up and down, depending on the weather, but overall the trend continues downward. Water temps at Tanner Bank dropped to 59 degrees the first weekend of December, but had come back up to 61 by mid-week.
TANNER BANK BLUEFIN: In spite of the cooler water temperatures, squid remain at Tanner Bank, which in turn is keeping the bluefin tuna at the bank in good numbers. The fish also have been showing intermittently throughout the day and evening, not just in low light like the previous week. This bite just refuses to go away. Fortune out of 22nd Street Landing had 20 bluefin on a 1.5-day trip. Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 20 anglers who landed three bluefin. The Dec. 2 1.5-day trip on the same boat with 32 anglers had nine bluefin. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 27 anglers on its Dec. 2 1.5-day trip and landed eight bluefin. These are all 80- to 100-pound or better fish.
CATALINA BITE SLOWING: While a few yellowtail continue to show at Catalina Island, most of the skippers fishing around the island now are focusing on the very good bottom action. Sport King out of L.A. Harbor Sportfishing was out Dec. 6 with six anglers and landed 32 red snapper, 13 sheephead, 10 cocaccio, eight rockfish, six lingcod and three whitefish. The last yellowtail reports were the middle of last week.
ROCKFISH EVERYWHERE: While the surface bites are finally slowing down, the rockfish action has been excellent. This season only lasts through the end of the month. The bite has been particularly good up in the Channel Islands where most boats are reporting limits or near-limits, with windy, rough conditions frequently being the limiting factor. Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with 18 anglers and landed 180 rockfish (limits), 39 lingcod, nine whitefish and seven sheephead. Even the San Diego to Los Angeles county boats saw good fishing. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had a half-day trip the afternoon of Dec. 7. The 21 anglers on board had 91 rockfish and two sheephead.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The last of the 976-TUNA instructional charters for 2016 has been completed. These trips are held from early spring through early fall, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. These trips will resume next spring. For more information visit 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.
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