WEATHERED OUT: The bulk of the sportfishing fleet along the Southern California coast has been idle much of the past week due to rain and then heavy winds between the storm front. With the break in the storm activity early this week, a few more boats starting venturing out locally.
There have been no 1.5-day to 2.5-day boats out of San Diego heading into Mexican waters for yellowtail and/or rockfish during this time either.
The long range fleet, many operating out of Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta, have been finding good action on 150- to 275-pound yellowfin tuna, but even those trips had weather to dodge and watch this past week.
LOCAL UPDATES: The storms have cooled water conditions even more over the past week, but it appears the sand and calico bass bites are still holding up, and the sculpin action remains pretty good.
On New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing, there were 11 anglers who landed 23 sand bass, 12 sculpin and 11 calico bass. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing ran a Jan. 25 afternoon half-day trip. The 15 anglers aboard landed 36 sand bass, 16 sculpin and two calicos.
Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing was out on a three-quarter day trip with 15 anglers Jan. 24 and had full limits of 75 sculpin.
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; 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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