GENERAL UPDATE: Very light fishing pressure all along the coast right now with most boats not running trips. The few boats running trips are finding decent action both inshore and offshore.
BLUEFIN AND OFFSHORE UPDATE: A handful of boats continue to run 1.5-day trips to the offshore bluefin and yellowtail grounds this past week.
On New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing, there were 31 anglers on its Jan. 28 trip who landed 13 bluefin tuna to 50 pounds and 26 yellowtails, while a Jan. 25 trip with 24 anglers produced limits of 48 bluefin to 60 pounds.
Mustang out of H&M Landing had 16 anglers on its Jan. 30 1.5-day trip and landed two bluefin tuna and 80 yellowtails. The Jan. 28 trip with 17 anglers produced 34 bluefin and 45 yellowtails.
MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: A handful of San Diego 1.5-day boats are running south into Mexican waters for yellowtail and rockfish combination trips, and the action has been solid.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 32 anglers on its Jan. 28 1.5-day trip into Mexican waters and landed 71 yellowtails, 140 red snapper, and three lingcod. The Jan. 25 trip with 26 anglers produced 130 yellowtails (limits).
Chief out of H&M Landing had 30 anglers on its trip and landed six yellowtails, 150 red snapper and 100 bonito.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Jan. 28 1.5-day trip and landed seven yellowtails, 140 red snapper, 120 rockfish, 11 bonito, and two lingcod.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL UPDATE: The nearshore bite for the half- and three-quarter-day boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange county-based landings has been pretty fair for sculpin, bass, and perch.
Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Jan. 30 trip and landed 65 sculpin, 40 perch, 20 keeper sand bass, and two keeper calicos.
Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a three-quarter-day trip on Jan. 31 with 20 anglers and landed 45 sculpin, 16 sand bass, and four calicos.
VENTURA TO MORRO BAY LANDINGS: Channel Islands Sportfishing is running sand dab, bass, and yellowtail trips, while boats at other landings are staying at dock until rockfish season reopens.
On Jan. 27, Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip and caught three yellowtails and one sculpin. On the same day, Sea Jay had 11 anglers on its full-day trip and landed 22 keeper calico bass and 25 perch. Gentleman had a three-quarter-day sand dab trip with 41 anglers and they landed over 4,000 sand dabs, also on Saturday.
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 first trip scheduled for 2018 is a two-day trip aboard the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing for offshore tuna and yellowtail. The early booking price is just $450 (normal price is $575). 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.
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