TROPHY BLUEFIN STILL ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN’: The 1 1/2-day fleet out of San Diego continues to get in on excellent trophy bluefin tuna fishing. While not all anglers are getting fish on these trips, the quality of those tuna has been exceptional with the average running from 60 to 100 pounds, and then a goodly number from 120 to 200-plus. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had an exceptional day on Monday when 27 anglers landed 18 bluefin with six over 100 pounds. On Wednesday’s 1 1/2-day trip, there were 30 anglers who landed six fish, including a 234-pound bluefin landed by Terry Hall. One of the best trips in the past week was a 1 1/2-day trip aboard the Vagabond Tuesday, also out of Point Loma, when 24 anglers had 32 bluefin and a yellowfin. Also on Tuesday, the Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfish had 19 anglers on a 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 13 bluefin. While overnight boats are also getting into the bluefin, most skippers are running 1 1/2-day trips so they can stay on the water into the evening, fishing a full day. Some days the small window of biting fish is in the morning and sometimes at mid-day and sometimes in the evening. The slightly longer trips give anglers a better shot at getting a fish.
MEXICAN WATERS: There has been an increasing number of yellowfin tuna and dorado in the warming coastal waters of northern Baja just acorss the border from San Diego, and a few boats are now running overnight and 1 1/2-day trips down the coast rather than to the offshore grounds for bluefin. The bite on yellowfin has been very good. The Pegasus out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 18 anglers and they had limits of 90 yellowfin tuna.
The Coronado Islands have also surged back on with a very good yellowtail bite in recent days. On Tuesday, the Malihini out of H&M Landing had 36 anglers on a three-quarter day trip and they landed 86 yellowtail, seven barracuda, and one bonito. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 41 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 135 yellowtail and one bonito.
CHANNEL ISLANDS: The bite at Catalina, San Clemente, and the otter islands of the Channel Islands has continued very good for yellowtail, along with a good action on bass, bonito, and a wide variety of bottom fish. The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was out Tuesday with 40 anglers and they had 155 yellowtail from 15 to 35-plus pounds on an overnight trip. They also landed 135 bonito. The Wednesday trip with 34 anglers produced 21 yellowtail, 138 rockfish, 23 calico bass, nine sheephead, six whitefish, and four lingcod.
BASS AND YELLOWTAIL ALONG COAST: The calico and sand bass bite all along the Los Angeles and Orange county coastline has been very good for most of the half-day fleet this past week. On a full-day trip, the Pursuit out of 22nd Street had 47 anglers who landed 82 yellowtail, 107 bonito, 28 calico bass, 12 barracuda, and five sheephead. The half-day boat Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker, had 26 anglers on its Wednesday trip and they landed 24 yellowtail, 51 calico bass, eight bonito, five rockfish, two sheephead, and two perch.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next available trip is a two-day jaunt leaving Sunday, Aug. 14, aboard the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing. Cost is $350 for early registration. Check 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.