Ocean Fishing Report, Feb. 22

BLUEFIN ARE STILL THERE: Only Mustang out of H&M Landing continues to plumb the offshore tuna grounds for bluefin, and the bite has been hit and miss over the past week. A Feb. 18 trip had 25 anglers who blanked on bluefin but the returned with limits of 125 yellowtails from 6 to 10 pounds. The Feb. 16 trip with 10 anglers returned with seven bluefin to 40 pounds and three yellowtails.

MEXICAN ROCKFISH STILL GOOD: While only a few boats are running into Mexican waters for rockfish and yellowtail, the bite has been pretty for the full-day and longer boats making the run. Relentless out of H&M Landing ran a 2.5-day trip to Feb. 19; the 19 anglers on board had 95 yellowtails, 190 rockfish, and 95 red snapper.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: The cold snap this week put a cap on what as starting to look like an early spring bite in both the nearshore and local islands off the Los Angeles and Orange County coastlines. But the bite on sculpin, bass, perch, and assorted other fish has been providing slow to fair action over the past week.

New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 20 anglers on its Feb. 20 half-day this week and landed 55 sculpin, 10 sand bass, and four calicos.

Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro had 33 anglers on its Feb. 17 full-day trip and landed 295 perch, 13 calico bass, five sargo, and two sculpin.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker in Balboa had 68 anglers on its Feb. 18 three-quarter-day trip and landed 307 sculpin, 184 perch, 70 sand dab, three sand bass, one calico bass, one sole, and 21 surprise skipjack tuna.

Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing was last out Feb. 16 with just six anglers on a three-quarter-day trip, but they had a good bag of 22 sand bass, 20 sculpin, 20 perch, three keeper calico bass, and one trigger fish.

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 next trip will be an overnight jaunt May 2 aboard Ultra out of San Pedro. The early booking price is just $245 (normal price is $295). 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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