Ocean Fishing Report, Jan. 11

OFFSHORE BLUEFIN ACTION CONTINUES: The offshore bluefin tuna bite has continued right up until and into the storm that moved through early this week. Early Jan. 9, New Lo-An returned from its 1.5-day trip and the 22 anglers on board had limits (44) of bluefin from 40 to 60 pounds fishing late Jan. 8. The Jan. 6-7 trip had 27 anglers and landed 54 bluefin of the same grade. Shogun out of Fisherman’s Landing also had a 1.5-day trip returning on Jan. 7 and the 31 anglers on board landed 25 bluefin. This bite is far from over.

SAN DIEGO HALF-DAY YELLOWTAIL HOT: While no boats had been on as of Wednesday after the storm moved through, the bite for the San Diego half-day fleet on smaller-grade yellowtail had continued excellent right up until the storm.

On Jan. 8, Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 13 anglers on its morning half-day and landed 65 yellowtail. The Jan. 7 trip with 11 anglers returned with 51 yellowtails.

Also on Jan. 8, Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 75 anglers on its packed morning half-day and landed 146 yellowtails, one halibut, and one sculpin. The afternoon trip with 42 anglers returned with 61 yellowtails. On Jan. 7, the afternoon trip with 33 anglers came home with 121 yellowtails.

New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 52 anglers on its Jan. 8 afternoon half-day and landed 199 yellowtail sand one sand bass. The morning trip with 42 anglers returned with 201 yellowtails. On the Jan. 7 afternoon trip, the 47 anglers returned home with 235 yellowtails (that’s full limits) and a sand bass.

MEXICAN ROCKFISH: A few San Diego landing boats will continue to make runs into Mexican waters where there is no rockfish closure. This past weekend, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing shot south for its 1.5-day trip that returned to dock on Jan. 7. The 30 anglers on board ended up with 120 bonito, 75 rockfish, 66 red snapper, and one yellowtail.

NEARSHORE UPDATE: With the rockfish season closure in affect, the local half- and three-quarter day boats along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline are focusing on bass and sculpin, and the action has been surprisingly good — both before and after this week’s big storm moved through.

One of the only boats that ventured out Jan. 10 while things were still settling down was Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing. With just 10 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip, they caught 20 keeper sand bass, 12 sculpin, 10 perch, and five keeper calico bass. Before the storm, New Del Mar ran a half-day trip the afternoon of Jan. 7, and the 51 anglers landed 255 sculpin, 83 perch, 12 sand bass, four calico bass, and one triggerfish.

At Davey’s Locker, Western Pride was out on Jan. 8 with 17 anglers and landed 170 perch, 85 sculpin, 10 sand dabs, and two sand bass.

NORTHERN LANDINGS: The landings from the Ventura and Santa Barbara region and the landings in the Morro Bay and Avila Beach region are pretty much closed down during the closed rockfish season.

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. 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; 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, 49-675-0550; 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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