BLUEFIN TUNA STILL BEING CAUGHT: While only a few trips are being run each week, the bluefin tuna bite for the 1.5-day boats making the run offshore are still finding good schools of bluefin tuna. While most have been under 35 pounds this past week, there are still bigger fish in this bite. Many boats making this run have been using rockfish as a back-up plan if the bluefin aren’t cooperative.
New Low-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing continues to pick away at the bluefin tuna on its 1.5-day trips. On Sunday, there were 24 anglers and landed 25 bluefin along with 120 rockfish and eight lingcod. The Feb. 2 trip with 20 anglers produced seven bluefin and one yellowtail.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 20 anglers on its 1.5-day trip and landed two bluefin tuna and 100 red snapper.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH: San Diego-based boats continue to run into Mexican waters for rockfish, and occasional good flurries of yellowtail if skippers target the forkies.
Old Glory out of H&M Landing ran a 1.5-day trip for Mexican rockfish, and the 22 anglers on board landed 110 red snapper, 88 assorted other rockfish, 21 bonito, and one lingcod.
San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing ran a three-quarter-day trip south with 15 anglers and returned with limits of 75 rockfish.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter-day boats from San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles county landings have been focusing on sculpin, bass, and perch. Light-load trips frequently have limits of sculpin and two to three bass per angler, while busier trips see fewer fish per angler.
On Feb. 6, Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 14 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and had limits (60) of sculpin, 35 perch, 10 sand bass, and two calico bass.
New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Feb. 6 half-day trip and landed 45 perch, 10 sand bass, eight sculpin, four calico bass, and four triggerfish.
At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, Western Pride ran a twilight trip Feb. 4 evening with a packed load of 78 anglers and landed 150 sculpin, 10 sand bass, and five perch.
Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego had nine anglers on its Feb. 6 half-day trip and landed 15 sand bass, seven sculpin, a calico bass, and a bonus halibut.
VENTURA TO MORRO BAY LANDINGS: Channel Islands Sportfishing is running weekend sand dab, bass, and yellowtail trips, and Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach is running crab trips. Most boats at other landings in this region are staying at dock until rockfish season reopens. Overall, the bite has been tough, except for the sand dabs.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing on Sunday, Sea Jay had six anglers on its full-day bass trip and returned with eight keeper calico bass. On Feb. 3, Pacific Islander had 35 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and brought back 2,975 sand dabs.
At Patriot Sportfishing, Patriot had a twilight crab trip on Feb. 3 with 21 anglers and returned with 78 dungeness crabs, six rock crab, and 12 sand dabs.
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.
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