Ocean Fishing Report, Jan. 18

BLUEFIN AND OFFSHORE UPDATE: While there has been almost no pressure on the bluefin tuna in the past week, a couple of boats continue to make offshore runs on 1.5-day trip. Those boats continue to see good action on 40- to 60-pound bluefin — if they find the fish. The abundant yellowtail offshore are the backup fish.

New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 32 anglers on its Jan. 14 1.5-day trip and landed 13 bluefin and 77 yellowtail. On Jan. 17, it took them until afternoon to find bluefin, but they had 25 on the boat with more going when they reported in late in the day. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing had 37 anglers on its Jan. 14 1.5-day trip and never found the bluefin but landed 159 yellowtails.

SAN DIEGO LOCAL YELLOWTAIL: While the half-day bite on yellowtail tanked not long after it was reported last week, there are still a few three-quarter-day boats finding a few yellowtail. There is such light pressure, it has been hard to gauge the action this week.

Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its Jan. 13 three-quarter-day trip and landed 23 yellowtail, 70 rockfish, 15 bocaccio, 15 whitefish, five calico bass, one lingcod, and one halibut.

MEXICAN ROCKFISH BITE: A few boats in the San Diego fleet have headed into Mexican waters where the rockfish season remains open year-around. Everything from half-day to 2.5-day boats are scheduling a few trips south.

In the past week, Relentless out of H&M Landing returned from a 2.5-day rockcod trip on Jan. 15 this week getting limits. The 21 anglers on board had 105 red snapper, 105 rockfish, 105 whitefish, 22 lingcod, and seven bonus yellowtail. On Jan. 15, the half-day Premier fished Mexican waters with 32 anglers and they landed 248 rockfish, 70 red snapper, and two lingcod.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL UPDATE: While much of the fleet is in port doing maintenance, the few boats from landings in Los Angeles and Orange counties making runs are focusing on the bass — both calicos and sand bass — and the sculpin. The action is actually pretty good with two to four or more fish per rod common.

Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its Jan. 16 three-quarter-day trip and landed 23 keeper calico bass, 21 sand bass, eight perch, two triggerfish, and one barracuda. The Jan. 13 trip with nine anglers produced 18 keeper calicos (95 shorts released), 54 perch, six sand bass, and four sculpin.

New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 19 anglers on its Jan. 16 half-day trip and landed 25 sculpin, 20 perch, eight sand bass, two calico bass, and two triggerfish. Also out of Marina del Rey, Spitefire‘s Jan. 15 three-quarter-day trip had 20 anglers and landed 90 sculpin, 60 keeper sand bass, and eight calico bass.

Western Pride, currently the only boat running out of Davey’s Locker, has been running both three-quarter-day and twilight trips over the past week. The Jan. 15 twilight trip had 81 anglers land 195 sculpin, 10 sand bass, and eight perch. On the Jan. 14 three-quarter-day, 67 anglers caught 190 sand dabs, 185 sculpin, 63 perch, and one 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 closed down for fishing 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. 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; 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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