SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE AMAZING: From the Coronado Islands to the offshore banks south of San Clemente and south into the waters of northern Baja, the fishing for pelagic species is approaching wide open for the San Diego fleet. The full- to two-day trips are seeing good scores of yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, and bluefin tuna, with some of the schools of the bluefin holding fish topping 200 pounds.
Some bluefin scores from this week. On July 16, Prowler out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 14 anglers on an overnight trip and caught five bluefin tuna. A mid-day July 18 report from anglers on this boat reported two giant bluefin larger than 200 pounds, including one that taped out at 290 pounds.
The new New Lo-An, on a two-day trip out of Point Loma, also reported in mid-day July 18, and the anglers on board had five bluefin from 160 to 200 pounds and a number of smaller fish in the 40-pound class. On the July 16 1.5-day trip with 33 anglers, the boat returned with three bluefin tuna and one yellowfin. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 15 anglers on an overnight trip and caught 11 bluefin and two yellowfin. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 33 anglers on its July 17 1.5-day trip and caught 24 bluefin and 10 yellowfin. Dominator out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 13 anglers on an overnight trip and landed 13 yellowfin tuna on July 17.
But even the one-day boats are finding pretty incredible mixed action on yellowfin, smaller bluefin, and yellowtail fishing just off the Coronado Islands.
Grande out of H&M Landing ran a full-day trip with 36 anglers on July 17 and caught one bluefin tuna, 26 yellowtails, 13 rockfish, 10 bonito, seven calicos, and four barracuda. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 20 anglers on a full-day trip and landed 10 bluefin and five yellowfin. Mission Belle, out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 14 anglers on a full-day trip July 17 and landed 29 yellowtails, 50 calico bass, 16 bonito, and eight rockfish.
A few of the boats from the Los Angeles and Orange County landings are also making the run to the offshore grounds off Clemente. Fortune out of 22nd Street Landing had 19 anglers on a 1.5-day trip and landed four of the bigger bluefin.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: There continues to be a decent pick on quality yellowtail, along with a few white sea bass and some quality halibut on the overnight trips to San Clemente Island.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight trip July 17 to Clemente, and the 18 anglers on board had one yellowtail, limits of 90 quality calico bass, 35 sheephead, 12 whitefish, and three barracuda. The mid-day report from the July 18 trip showed there were more than 10 quality yellowtails, a few 40-pound class halibut, and some white sea bass.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker has been running overnight trips to Clemente this week. On July 17, 26 anglers landed two quality yellowtails, one white sea bass, and one barracuda. On July 16, the 18 anglers on board had just one yellowtail and one white sea bass.
The three-quarter- and full-day boats running to Catalina Island or fishing the nearshore waters with the half-day fleet have been picking away at the bottom fish and bass, with a pretty fair bite (with a lot of short bass). There are also some yellowtail showing at Catalina and the occasional flurry of yellowtail action along the coastal kelp.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 80 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed three yellowtails, 39 whitefish, 31 perch, 12 bonito, 10 calico bass, three barracuda, and three sheephead. Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had just five anglers on a three-quarter-day trip July 17 and had limits of quality calico bass. New Del Mar, also out of Marina del Rey, had 42 anglers on a half-day trip July 17 and caught 52 keeper calico bass, 12 whitefish, eight sand bass, eight sculpin, and three bonus halibut.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The yellowtail continue to show in pretty fair numbers in the northern Channel Islands, but the bite has slowed considerably from last week as we headed into the new moon. Now, the action has reverted to a mixed bag bite, and many skippers are targeting the yellows and calicos early and then falling back on bottom fish to fill sacks before heading in. Overall, very good fishing continues.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard on July 17, Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip and landed just two yellowtails, 71 rockfish, 35 whitefish, three calico bass, two barracuda, and one bonito. Speed Twin had 37 anglers on its July 17 half-day trip and landed 160 whitefish, 82 rockfish, 15 sculpin, six sheephead, and two calicos. Pacific Islander was on a 1.5-day trip with 23 anglers and landed 10 yellowtails, limits of 230 rockfish, 25 whitefish, eight lingcod, seven barracuda, six sheephead, two calico bass, and one sole.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had 19 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip July 16 and landed 101 whitefish, 20 barracuda, 10 rockfish, two calico bass, two sculpin, one sheephead, and one bonus white sea bass.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit had 31 anglers on a full-day trip July 17 and landed 105 rockfish, 11 whitefish, 10 calico bass, and six sculpin.
CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Rockfish are the name of the game on this part of the coast, and the action continues to be largely limit-style with a decent number of lingcod mixed in the catch when boats get out. Inside Morro Bay, there continues to be a lot of bait, but anglers are reporting a few leopard sharks and bat rays, along with the odd halibut. In the local surf, the perch bite remains pretty good, mostly on lugworms or the Gulp! Sand Worms.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot Flying Fish had 24 anglers on its July 17 three-quarter-day trip and landed 131 assorted rockfish, 55 bolina, 53 red snapper, and one bocaccio for full bottom fish limits. They also had nine lingcod.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, there have been no reports since Sunday because of weather, but on Sunday, Black Pearl had 19 anglers on its half-day trip and they had limits of bottom fish (170 assorted rockfish and 20 red snapper) to go along with three lings. Rita G also ran a three-quarter-day trip that day, and the 20 anglers had 175 red snapper, 24 other assorted rockfish, and one bocaccio for limits. There was also a bonus lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 21 anglers on its July 17 half-day trip and caught 120 red snapper and 90 assorted other rockfish for limits along with eight lingcod. The Endeavor’s three-quarter-day July 17 trip with 13 anglers produced 130 red snapper.
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 July 23. The booking price is $470 (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.
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