Ocean Fishing Report, Feb. 16

WEATHER HAMMERED YELLOWTAIL BITE: While the windy weather hammered the yellowtail bite at Colonet in Mexican waters this week, the 1.5-day boats out of San Diego landings focused on the rockfish this past weekend and found limit- or near-limit-style fishing.

Relentless out of H&M Landing had 21 anglers on its 1.5-day trip returning Feb. 12 and landed 210 rockfish. Old Glory, also out of H&M, had just one yellowtail for its 22 anglers, along with 143 rockfish and two bonito on its 1.5-day trip last weekend. Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 1.5-day trip returning Feb. 12, and the 24 anglers on board landed 192 rockfish, 34 red snapper and eight lingcod.

Chief, also out of H&M Landing, was on a two-day trip over the weekend and the 26 anglers on board had 518 rockfish and three bonito.

LOCAL BITE A PICK: There continues to be a pretty fair pick on sculpin, bass, perch, and sand dabs for the half- and three-quarter day fleet all along the coast. That action was reflected early in the week when the good weather conditions returned.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had a three-quarter-day trip on Feb. 12, and the 24 anglers on board landed 200 sand dabs, 116 sculpin, 106 perch and six calico bass. City of Long Beach out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing had 31 anglers on its Feb. 12 half-day trip and landed 150 sculpin, 12 perch and one sand bass. Monte Carlo had 14 anglers on its Valentine’s Day half-day trip and landed 35 perch, 19 sand bass, 13 sculpin and three calicos. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out with eight anglers on its Feb. 14 half-day trip and landed 15 sand bass, eight sculpin and four calicos.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The 976-TUNA instructional charters will begin again starting the spring of 2017. 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. These trips will resume next spring. For more information, check on 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; Hookís 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.


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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