Ocean Fishing Report, Feb. 9

MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite off Punta Colonet in north Baja Mexican has been good to excellent for most boats running south from the San Diego-based landings. Two to four fish per angler has been the average on the 1.5-day trips running south, and many anglers have posted full five-fish limits on these trips. Most of these fish are in the 18- to 25-pound class and most are being taken on yo-yo iron. There are also a few bluefin tuna in this region and the first one of the year was reported this past week, and reports are that more fish are heading north to join the home guard tuna.

The scores tell the story: Eclipse, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, returned Feb. 5 from its 1.5-day trip, and the 25 anglers on board landed one bluefin tuna, 71 yellowtail, 32 rockfish, nine bonito, seven whitefish and four red snapper. Vagabond out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a 1.5-day trip (returned Feb. 5) with 74 yellowtail and a mixed bag of rockfish (no angler count available).

Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a 1.5-day trip on on Feb. 7 and the 16 anglers on board caught 36 yellowtail along with 80 rockfish, 10 bonito and two lingcod. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its 1.5-day trip that returned Feb. 5 and landed 12 yellowtail, 21 rockfish and three bonito.

LOCAL SCULPIN AND BASS: The bite for the local half- and three-quarter day fleet all along the coast from San Diego through Orange and Los Angeles counties has been tough. There is a pick on both calico and sand bass, but a lot of the fish are under the keeper-size minimum. Sculpin and perch are filling most sacks with from one to three total fish per rod average on these trips.

These were two of the better scores this past week: Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 46 anglers on its Feb. 4 three-quarter day trip and landed 131 sculpin, 105 sand dabs and 54 perch. On Feb. 5, the Betty-O out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out on a three-quarter day trip with 15 anglers who landed 100 keeper sand bass and 75 sculpin.

LOAD UP ON SAND DABS: Sand dab-special trips are being run occasionally out of Los Angeles and Channel Islands landings. There has been about one per week between all the landings. Ahra Ahn out of Long Beach Sportfishing had a full-day sand dab trip on Feb. 4 and the 19 anglers on board had an estimated 3,000 sand dabs, about 150 fish per angler.

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; Daveyís 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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