MEXICO YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: The San Diego 1.5-day and two-day boats are seeing good yellowtail and rockfish action off Colonet. Most of the yellowtail are running 15 to 25 pounds in this bite and most are showing on yo-yo iron with a few on the dropper-loop. The scores tell the story. Chief out of H&M Landing returned from a two-day trip on Jan. 8 and the 19 anglers on board had 41 yellowtail, 329 rockfish and 10 bonito. Old Glory, also out of H&M Landing, had 26 anglers on its 1.5-day trip (returned Jan. 8) and landed 54 yellowtail, 145 red snapper, five barracuda and one mako shark. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing has two good 1.5-day trips this week. The trip returning Jan. 8 had 32 anglers who landed 151 yellowtail, 100 rockfish and 25 ling cod; a trip returning Jan. 10 had just 15 anglers who caught 50 yellowtail, 75 rockfish and 34 ling cod.
OCEANSIDE SCULPIN: Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing has been running half-day sculpin trips this past week with limit-style fishing most days. A Jan. 10 fishing expedition had 19 anglers catch 95 sculpin; there were 30 anglers on a Jan. 8 trip who caught 150 sculpin. You have to go back more than a week to find a trip without limits.
NEARSHORE PICK FOR ORANGE AND LOS ANGELES BOATS: For the half- and three-quarter-day boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange counties, there continues to be a pick on the sculpin, keeper bass, perch, and sand dabs. Some scores to illustrate:
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 75 anglers on the three-quarter day trip Jan. 8 and landed 264 sand dabs, 114 sculpin, 32 perch and on sand bass. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had a pair of half-day trips on Jan. 8. There were 19 anglers on the morning trip and landed 120 perch, 27 sand bass and 24 sculpin. The afternoon trip had 22 anglers and landed 73 perch, 61 sculpin, and 19 sand bass. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 18 anglers on its Jan. 7 three-quarter day trip and landed 105 perch, 61 sand bass, 19 sculpin, two calico bass and a halibut. New Del Mar, out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing, had just nine anglers on its Jan. 10 half-day and caught 33 sculpin and one calico bass. Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing ran a Jan. 8 three-quarter day sand dab trip and the 20 anglers on board landed 1,800 dabs — that’s 90 each.
LONG-RANGE UPDATE: The boats fishing for the giant tuna off the tip of Baja California are already getting into the giant yellowfin. Constitution finished a 3.5-day charter out of Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday and ended up with five fish more than 200 pounds, including the 232-pounder.
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; 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.
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