Ocean Fishing Report, Feb. 15

BLUEFIN ARE STILL THERE: While almost no skippers hit the offshore bluefin tuna grounds over the past week, Mustang out of H&M Landing ran a weekend 1.5-day trip. They had 21 anglers on the boat that returned on Feb. 11 and landed 37 of the tuna up to 40 pounds and 10 yellowtails. The fish are still there.

MEXICAN ROCKFISH STILL AVAILABLE: San Diego full-day and 1.5-day boats running into Mexican waters for rockfish are still seeing very good bottom action.

Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1.5-day trip on Feb. 11, and the 30 anglers on board landed 150 red snapper, 120 assorted other rockfish, and two lingcod. Chief out of H&M Landing had 31 anglers on a Fab. 11 1.5-day trip into Mexican waters and landed 310 rockfish for full limits.

CATALINA YELLOWTAIL STIRRING: A few yellowtails are starting to show for boats at Catalina Island. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro had 28 anglers on its Feb. 11 full-day trip to Catalina and landed two yellowtails, 215 perch, 12 keeper calico bass, one barracuda, and one sculpin. The Feb. 9 trip produced seven yellowtails for the 49 anglers on board, along with 80 perch, 11 calicos, four sargo, one sculpin and a bonus halibut.

NEARSHORE NEWS: From San Diego to northern Los Angeles County, the few boats making half- or three-quarter-day runs are seeing a pick sculpin, bass, and perch. There have also been a few halibut showing.

In San Diego County, Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing has been posting some decent bass and sculpin scores over the past week. On Feb. 14, there were 20 anglers on the morning half-day and landed 58 sand bass, 42 keeper calico bass, two bonito, and one halibut. On Saturday’s half-day, 30 anglers landed 45 sculpin, 35 sand bass, and two calicos.

In Orange County, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker in Balboa had 76 anglers on its Feb. 11 three-quarter-day trip and landed 212 sculpin, 35 sand dabs, 32 perch, one sand bass, and one calico bass.

In Los Angeles County, City of Long Beach out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach had 29 anglers on its Feb. 11 half-day and landed 105 perch, 28 sand bass, 11 sculpin, and one calico bass.

New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 33 anglers on its Feb. 12 half-day and caught 50 perch, 35 sculpin, 23 sand bass, seven calico bass, and one triggerfish.

SAND DAB TRIPS OUT OF OXNARD: At Channel Islands Sportfishing, Pacific Islander continues to run weekly San Dab trips. On the Feb. 10 three-quarter-day jaunt, 41 anglers on board come home with 4,150 sand dab.

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 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.


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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