By: Terrence Berg
BLUFIN TUNA NEWS-SAN DIEGO UPDATE: Just as the bluefin tuna bite surged back on after the full moon, the Mexican government announced that it was closing bluefin to all take. Before the word got out, the total dock count on July 15 for bluefin was 2,121. The Prowler out of Fisherman’s Landing returned on a 1 1/2-day trip on July 15 and the 14 anglers on board caugh 70 bluefin, 24 yellowfin, four yellowtail, and one dorado. The 15 anglers on the Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing landed 75 bluefin, 13 yellowtail, three yellowfin tuna, and one dorado on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned July 14 The Seeker out of H&M Landing was out with 18 anglers who landed 70 bluefin, 24 yellowtail, and six dorado on a two-day trip that returned Tuesday. The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a three-day trip with 20 anglers and they landed 200 bluefin, 167 yellowtail, 16 yellowfin, and one dorado. The sportfishing industry was still trying to sort out why and how long the bluefin ban would last, but announced it would continue trips into Mexican waters because the yellowfin and yellowtail action has been so good. For example, the Apollo out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip returning July 15 with 21 anglers who landed 66 yellowtail and one yellowfin. The Cortez, also Seaforth, was on an overnight with 20 anglers who landed 100 yellowtail, 23 yellowfin, and one dorado.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: The local San Diego three-quarter and half-day boats have been finding very good bass and yellowtail fishing along with some pelagic species close to Point Loma. The 3/4-day Mission Belle was out on July 14 with 40 anglers who landed 36 yellowfin tuna, 61 yellowtail, and two dorado. On July 15, 44 anglers had 54 yellowltail, four yellowfin, and one dorado. The half-day New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 47 anglers who landed two yellowtail, 20 keeper calico bass (and over 150 released undersize fish), one sand bass, 10 barracuda, one sheephead, 24 rockfish, and 25 bonito. The Daily Double out of Point Loma was out July 15 with 35 anglers and they landed 175 sand bass, 18 barracuda, and one whitefish.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: The calico and sand bass action has been good all along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline this past week, but most of the fish are underside, and may skippers have made half-day trips combo targeting rockfish and surface fish. Full-day trips from the landings in this stretch of coast have targeting the local islands and offshore areas for yellowtail, tuna, and white seabass. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was out with 37 anglers on a full-day trip July 15 and they landed three bluefin tuna (in American waters), eight yellowfin, 53 yellowtail, six bonito, and one dorado. Closer to the coast, the Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street was on a half-day on July 15 and the 25 anglers on board had one halibut, 15 sand bass, and 25 calicos that were released. The New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a half-day July 15 with 44 anglers who had 42 legal calicos, 18 sand bass, 28 rockfish, and 46 bonito.
CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: The white seabass, calico, and yellowtail bites have continued to show up in spotty to fair numbers, bass and rockfish have been the mainstay for the fleet out of Ventura/Santa Barbara Landings. The Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing was on a full-day trip July 15 with 24 anglers who landed 82 legal calicos (100-plus released), 13 sheephead, 23 whitefish, 73 rockfish, two sculpin, 24 perch, and a cabazon. The Speed Twin, on a half-day trip out of Channel Islands Sportfishing, was out with 23 anglers who landed 45 calico bass, two sand bass, nine sheephead, five whitefish, 17 bonito, 129 rockfish, and three perch. Those types of scores have been pretty typical this past week.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the year, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next trip is two-day trip offshore jaunt aboard the Sea Adventure II out of H&M Landing departing July 20. This is a limited-load trip and costs $350 per person. Check the website for details or call 562-352-0012. The website is www.976-TUNA.com.