Ocean Fishing Report, July 12

SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE UPDATE: The fishing for the San Diego fleet has been wild in recent days. The yellowfin tuna are already showing within one-day range, the big bluefin tuna remain in the picture and more smaller bluefin have flooded into these water, and the yellowtail action remains good, with fish showing in good numbers at the Coronado Islands and floating kelp offshore. There have even been reports of yellowtail and white seabass at the Point Loma kelp and other nearshore spots this week.

On July 11, San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing, on a full-day trip fishing just outside the Coronado Islands, had 46 anglers on board who landed 14 bluefin, 20 yellowfin, and four yellowtails. Also out of Seaforth, Tribute was on an overnight with 19 anglers on July 11 and landed five of the bigger bluefin along with six yellowfin tuna. Aztec, on a more traditional 1.5-day bluefin trip, had 12 anglers and landed five of the big bluefin, from 165 to 215 pounds.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: There continues to be a good volume of yellowtail and a few white sea bass around both Catalina and San Clemente Islands for full-day and overnight boats running out of the Los Angeles and Orange County-based landings. Most of the action for the half- and three-quarter-day fleet has been for bass, bonito, and barracuda, although the alternate bite on bottomfish, sand dabs, perch, and sculpin have stayed good, too.

At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, Thunderbird was on an overnight trip with 26 anglers and landed six yellowtails, one white sea bass, and three halibut along with 170 whitefish and 25 barracuda. On July 10, this boat returned from a two-day trip, and the 20 anglers aboard landed 26 yellowtails, 11 halibut, and four white sea bass along with 342 whitefish, 21 keeper calico bass, 23 sheephead, 12 bonito, and seven barracuda.

At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, Pursuit was on a full-day trip with 42 anglers on July 11and landed 347 perch, 55 whitefish, 47 keeper calico bass, 33 sheephead, and two sculpin. Monte Carlo had 39 anglers on its July 11 morning half-day trip and landed 125 sand dabs, 92 sculpin, and six red snapper.

New Del Mar had 76 anglers on a Fourth of July half-day trip and caught two bonus yellowtails along with 240 whitefish, 232 sculpin, 53 assorted rockfish, a sheephead, and a halibut.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: There continues to be a pretty decent pick yellowtail with some good scores in the past week, but the bite on white sea bass slacked off a little for the northern Channel Islands for Oxnard to Santa Barbara boats running three-quarter-day to overnight trips. There is also a decent pick on calico bass, bonito, and increasing numbers of barracuda ñ and, of course, there continues to be an excellent rockfish bite.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard on July 11, Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip and landed 62 yellowtails and three white sea bass along with 25 calico bass, nine whitefish, seven barracuda, and six sheephead. Mirage was on an overnight trip with 16 anglers and landed 126 yellowtails, 148 rockfish, five calicos, and three lingcod. Gentleman had 27 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and landed four yellowtails along with 40 whitefish, 30 keeper calico bass, 18 perch, 17 barracuda, 15 assorted rockfish, and 12 bonito. Cobra was on a full-day trip with just four anglers and landed 13 yellowtails, 35 whitefish, seven barracuda, five calicos, and one sheephead.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had 18 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip July 11 and caught 66 rockfish, 13 calico bass, five whitefish, one each on barracuda, lingcod, and perch, and two bonus halibut.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit had 24 anglers on a full-day trip July 11, and the 34 anglers on board landed 162 yellowtails and one halibut.

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Pretty normal weather conditions this past week with afternoon winds and four to six foot swells. Inside Morro Bay, there continues to be a lot of bait. Leopard sharks and bat rays continue to bite pretty well, but a few halibut have been reported each of the past couple of weeks. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lugworms or the Gulp! sand worms.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 22 anglers on a July 11 half-day trip and landed 142 assorted rockfish, 26 red snapper, 10 bocaccio, and three lingcod. Flying Fish had 10 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and landed 76 assorted rockfish and 24 red snapper for limits along with 10 lingcod.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 19 anglers on its full-day trip July 11 and landed 120 red snapper, 25 assorted rockfish, 20 bocaccio, and 24 lingcod. The half-day Black Pearl had 31 anglers who landed 264 assorted rockfish, 32 red snapper, and four lings.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 35 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip July 11 and landed 200 red snapper, 130 other assorted rockfish, 20 bocaccio, and two lings. The half-day Avenger with 31 anglers returned with 290 assorted rockfish, 10 red snapper, and 10 bocaccio (for limits). They also had one lingcod.

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 next trip will be a two-day trip aboard Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing departing Monday, July 23. The early booking price is $400 (normal price is $550). 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; 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.


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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