GENERAL UPDATE: Very light fishing pressure all along the coast right now with most boats not running trips. The few boats running right now are finding decent action both inshore and offshore.
BLUEFIN AND OFFSHORE UPDATE: The offshore boats have just about closed up shop out of San Diego, with only Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing and New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing still running a couple of 1.5-day trips each week to the offshore bluefin and yellowtail grounds.
Garvin Harbour, skipper of Pacific Queen, reported in with no bluefin on Jan. 24, but he said the 26 anglers on board had landed more than 100 yellowtails for the day. On Jan. 19, the Queen had 31 anglers on its 1.5-day trip and landed 54 bluefin.
New Lo-An’s report from Jan. 18 had 24 anglers on board who landed 48 bluefin to 60 pounds.
Early last week, there were a number of bluefin topping 100 pounds landed, but with so little fishing pressure it is difficult to find the fish reliably.
SAN DIEGO HALF-DAY BASS: Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Jan. 23 half-day trip and landed 27 sand bass, 18 calico bass, two bonito, and one sculpin. Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 21 anglers on its Jan. 22 half-day and landed 67 keeper sand bass and five sculpin. These were the two best scores of the past week for the San Diego half-day fleet, most which have been report about one bass (a mix of both calicos and sand bass) for every four anglers. This bite might be perking up as we head into the full moon, or these might just be a couple of anomalous scores ñ although the Dolphin has been posting consistently better scores.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH BITE: As with the bluefin and yellowtail bites, few boats have been running into Mexican waters in the past week for rockfish, which remain open in Mexico. The most recent report for the bottom fish south of the board was last Friday when Relentless out of H&M Landing went south on a 1.5-day trip with 16 anglers. They returned with limits of 80 rockfish and one lingcod.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL UPDATE: With light loads mid-week, the local action for the Los Angeles and Orange County fleet continues to be pretty fair on the bass, sculpin, and perch. Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had just seven anglers on its Jan. 23 three-quarter-day this week, but they landed 17 keeper calicos, eight sand bass, 54 perch, and four triggerfish. On Jan. 23, New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its half-day and landed 55 perch, 25 keeper sand bass, 12 sculpin, and three calico bass. On Jan. 22, Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 27 anglers on its twilight trip and landed 90 sculpin, 50 undersize calico bass, nine keeper sand bass, eight yellowfin croaker, and two perch.
VENTURA TO MORRO BAY LANDINGS: The landings from the Ventura and Santa Barbara region have started running sand dab, bass, and yellowtail trips, while the Avila Beach and Morro Bay Landings are mostly staying in port until rockfish season reopens (although Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing out of Avila Beach has run a few half-day crab trips since the rockfish closure began).
On Jan. 21, Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 22 anglers on a full-day trip and caught one yellowtail, five keeper calicos, and six perch. On the same day, Gentleman had 60 anglers on a three-quarter day trip, and they landed around 2,800 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; 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; 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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