GENERAL UPDATE: Very light fishing pressure all along the coast the final days of January 2017, even with better weather conditions in recent days. Many boats are in dry dock for maintenance and repairs, and many landings are simply not running trips right now during the rockfish season closure.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH AND YELLOWTAIL: The action in Mexican waters for the San Diego fleet has been up and down for yellowtail over the past week, but it remains excellent for rockfish. Most trips are 1.5-days or longer. The yellowtail bite at Colonet was good late last week, lulled over the weekend and was picking up again mid-week.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing reported from its 1.5-day trip to Colonet. By 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, the 22 anglers on board had full limits of yellowtail – 110 forkies.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned from a 1.5-day trip Jan. 29; the 34 anglers on board had just two yellowtail, 90 whitefish, 90 rockfish and three lingcod. Relentless out of H&M Landing returned from its 1.5-day trip Jan. 29 with 16 anglers and had limits of 160 rockfish. Dominator out of Point Loma returned from a 1.5-day trip Jan. 27 and the 22 anglers on board had 34 yellowtail and 110 rockfish.
Outer Limit, also out of Seaforth had 14 anglers aboard a two-day trip and landed just one yellowtail along with 140 rockfish and 17 lingcod. Eclipse, also out of Seaforth, had 16 anglers on a 2.5-day trip and landed 107 yellowtail, 65 rockfish, 43 red rockcod, eight barracuda, and two lingcod.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: The half- and three-quarter-day boats fishing Mexican waters have been averaging about two to four mixed rockfish, whitefish and other bottom fish per rod. The local boats fishing U.S. waters are seeing a pick on bass and sculpin.
Premier out of H&M Landing targeted bass and sculpin on its two Jan. 29 trips, and the 15 anglers on the morning trip had 15 sand bass and seven sculpin, while the 16 anglers on the afternoon trip had 33 sculpin, seven sand bass, and two calicos.
Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had seven anglers on its Monday half-day and they landed eight sand bass, three sculpin, two calicos and a bonus halibut.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: With the rockfish season still closed, the handful of half- or three-quarter-day boats running at landings out of Los Angeles and Orange counties have seen a pretty fair pick on bass, sculpin and perch.
Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 25 anglers on its Jan. 24 half-day trip and landed 75 perch, 18 sand bass, 10 sculpin and six calico bass. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 37 anglers on its Jan. 24 half-day trip and landed 126 sculpin, 35 sand dabs, 16 sand bass, 10 perch, five calico bass, one triggerfish and one sole. Spitfire, also out of Marina del Rey, had 10 anglers on its Jan. 24 three-quarter-day trip and landed 50 sculpin, 12 sand bass, 10 calico bass and one triggerfish.
CHANNEL ISLANDS SAND DABS: While sand dabs are being picked up all along the coast on half-day trips, the Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing has been running three-quarter-day trips targeting the little flatfish every Sunday. This past weekend, there were 44 anglers of this trip and they landed over 1,500 sand dabs — or about 35 each.
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 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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