FLEET IN FOR MAINTENANCE: The bulk of the sportfishing fleet along the Southern California coast deferred to the windy and rainy weather, closed seasons and overall slow fishing by staying at their respective docks for annual maintenance. Only a handful of boats have been carrying passengers in recent days, and most of those were local half- and three-quarter day trips for a mixed bag of sculpin, calico and sand bass, perch and sand dabs.
THE LOCAL UPDATE: The local bite has been pretty fair overall, with the better trips seeing a mixed bag with three to six fish per angler from Oceanside north. The San Diego region bite has been tougher. The scores from recent days tell the story.
Electra, a half-day boat out of Helgren’s Oceanside, has been running daily trips, and seeing a decent pick on sculpin and sand dabs. A Feb. 21 trip had 17 anglers reel in 55 sculpin and 47 sand dabs. The Feb. 20 trip with 25 anglers returned with 121 sculpin and 55 sand dabs.
City of Long Beach out of Pierpoint Landing had 16 anglers on its Feb. 19 afternoon half-day trip and landed 62 sculpin and 18 keeper sand bass. The morning trip with 22 anglers had 150 sand dabs and 93 sculpin.
Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 16 anglers on its Feb. 20 half-day trip and landed 38 perch, 12 sand bass and two sculpin.
New Del Marina out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 21 anglers on a Feb. 20 half-day trip and landed 52 sculpin, 22 sand bass, and six calico bass.
MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL NEWS: The San Diego 1.5-day boats fishing yellowtail in Mexican waters have been hampered by the weather for two solid weeks, but Pacific Queen slipped out between storm fronts on Feb. 19 evening and fished on Feb. 20. While the bite was late in the day the anglers on board managed to land 58 yellowtail from 12 to 22 pounds. This bite will happen as soon as the wind and rain subside.
LONG-RANGE TUNA UPDATE: The San Diego long-range fleet has been reporting generally good fishing for giant yellowfin tuna. Most of the boats are fishing out of Cabo San Lucas, with customers flying in and out of there to save six days of boat ride. These boats have had on and off days in the last couple of weeks, but still generally good fishing. Royal Star just completed a trip and mostly had 100 to 200-pound class yellowfin, while American Angler had a 230-pound class fish on its most recent trip and several others in the 180- to 200-pound class. Constitution, fishing out of Puerto Vallarta, had a 414-pound yellowfin last week and a 300-pound fish.
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; 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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