Ocean Fishing Report, July 26

SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE-CORONADO ISLAND UPDATE: The offshore action for the San Diego and Oceanside boats has continued this week. While the volume of fish was off this past week, the better weather in recent days and the July 27 full moon (and ripping currents it brings) seem to have kicked by bite into a higher gear by mid-week. More migrants are also moving up into the Southern California bite with Dorado starting to join the yellowfin, yellowtail, and bluefin. However, it is still the trophy bluefin tuna that attract most of the attention with a lot of fish topping 200 pounds in recent days.

Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing had four bluefin tuna from 190 to 246 pounds on July 24, the first day of its two-day trip that returned on July 25 this week. That is the good news. The bad news: those were the only fish caught by the 26 anglers on board. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 23 anglers on a 1.5-day trip July 24 and landed 13 bluefin, while Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 21 anglers on its July 24 1.5-day trip and caught three bluefin. These have been pretty typical scores of the past week.

Producer out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip on July 25, and the 14 anglers on board had three yellowtails and 16 Dorado.

Around the Coronado Islands for the three-quarter- to full-day boats, the calico bass bite broke open this week and join the action on yellowfin, yellowtail, and even bluefin and Dorado.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its July 24 full-day trip and landed five bluefin, five yellowfin, 20 yellowtails, and one Dorado. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its July 24 full-day trip and caught 19 yellowtails, limits of 80 keeper calico bass, and 15 bonito. Grande out of H&M Landing had 22 anglers on July 24’s full-day trip to the Coronado Islands and returned with three smaller bluefin, 16 yellowtails, and full limits of the bigger grade keeper calico bass.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: Overall, the bite for the half- to full-day boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings has been just fair over the past week. There continue to be a few yellowtail and white sea bass showing at Catalina Island and the rare fish at the local kelp, but most of the action for the boats has been on bottom fish. There has been a surge in the calico bass action, but most of the fish along this part of the coast are undersize.

Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 45 anglers on its July 24 afternoon half-day trip and landed 21 keeper calicos (along with three sheephead and three perch), while the July 22 three-quarter-day trip with 29 anglers returned with 62 keeper calicos along with 21 sand bass, eight barracuda, and five whitefish.

New Del Mar out of Marina del Ray Sportfshing had 52 anglers on its July 24 half-day and landed 234 rockfish, 40 whitefishing, 10 sculpin, 13 calicos and 10 sand bass.

At 22nd Street Landing, Freedom had 32 anglers on its overnight trip July 25 and landed two yellowtails, four white sea bass, 125 keeper calico bass, 32 sheephead, nine whitefish, and two barracuda.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: There has been a surge in the yellowtail bite this week. Not big numbers of fish, but they are showing over a broad area for the half-, three-quarter, and long trips running out of the landings along this part of the coast fishing the northern Channel Islands. Three- to 10-fish counts on the yellows have been pretty common on these trips and the odd white sea bass continues to show. Also improved calico bass action here, too, and the bottomfish bite has stayed excellent.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Erna B had 13 anglers on its full-day trip July 25 and landed 14 yellowtails, 45 calico bass, and four barracuda. Gentleman had a three-quarter-day trip with 50 anglers and landed three yellowtails, 250 whitefish, 22 rockfish, 12 calico bass, 12 barracuda, and 10 perch.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, New Hustler had seven anglers on a full-day trip on July 23 and caught six yellowtails, 35 calicos (limits), 20 barracuda, 10 perch, six whitefish, two rockfish, and two bonito.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit had just 13 anglers on its July 25 full-day trip and landed nine yellowtails, one bonus white sea bass, 1 halibut, 32 calico bass, 70 rockfish, 20 whitefish, and 10 barracuda.

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 can get out. Rough seas continue to be an issue. Inside Morro Bay, 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 17 anglers on its July 25 half-day morning trip and caught 142 assorted rockfish, 27 red snapper, and one bocaccio for limits. They also had one lingcod.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta was out July 24 with 34 anglers and landed just 114 rockfish and one lingcod. Black Pearl on July 23 had 40 anglers and landed 230 assorted rockfish, 34 red snapper, and three bocacco.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger was out July 25 on a three-quarter-day trip with 35 anglers and landed 170 assorted rockfish, 100 red snapper, 20 bocaccio, and one lingcod. On July 24, the half-day Avenger had 24 anglers and landed 150 assorted rockfish along with 80 red snapper for limits. They also had one ling.

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 Pacific Islander departing July 24, Aug. 7. The booking price is $325 (normal price is $400). 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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