Ocean Fishing Report, July 5

SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE UPDATE: The big news is big bluefin tuna continue to show in very good number for the overnight and long trips running out of San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles based boats and targeting a long swath of fish starting just south of San Clemente Island and spread south for 100 or more miles. These fish range from 30 pounds on the small end to more than 150 pounds on the upper end, with most of the fish returning to the docks in the 60- to 80-pound range.

Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing reported in early on July 4th on its 1.5-day trip with 10 bluefin tuna on the deck, including one jumbo fish at 180 pounds. Most were 60 to 80 pounds. The July 2 trip was an overnight trip with 34 anglers and landed seven of the big bluefin and six yellowtails. Condor, also out of Fisherman’s Landing, had just eight anglers on its July 3 1.5-day trip and landed six big bluefin and two yellowtails.

New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 25 anglers on its 1.5-day trip that returned the Fourth of July and landed 10 yellowfin to 60 pounds and lost several bigger fish.

Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 22 anglers on an overnight trip and landed seven bluefin tuna and one yellowfin.

Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach had 24 anglers on a 1.5-day trip on July 4 and landed six of the bigger bluefin in the 60-pound range.

The yellowfin tuna have started showing in better numbers this past week within overnight boat range of San Diego, and there was even a dorado reported this week.

Tomahawk out of Seaforth Sportfshing had 26 anglers on a 2.5-day trip running south into Mexican waters and caught two bigger bluefin along with 58 yellowfin tuna and 62 yellowtails.

Ocean Odyssey returned to H&M Landing on July 3 from a two-day 976-Tuna instructional charter and the 28 anglers on board landed six bluefin July 2 and then headed south and landed 43 yellowfin tuna, 43 yellowtail, and one bonito to finish out the trip. Constitution, also out of H&M, was south on a 2.5-day trip that returned July 2, and the 22 anglers on board landed four bluefin, 60 yellowtails, one dorado, and one bonito.

CORONADO ISLAND YELLOWTAIL STILL HOT: The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands has continued to be excellent over the past week, with some boats still scoring limits and most boats averaging at least two or three fish per rod. These are all 8- to 12-pound class fish with a few bigger and very few smaller.

On the Fourth of July, Grande out of H&M Landing had 36 anglers on its full-day trip to the Coronados and had limits of 180 yellowtails, 20 bonito, seven barracuda, and two rockfish. The July 3rd trip with 38 anglers also returned with limits of 190 yellowtails and five bonito.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 26 anglers on its July 4 full-day trip and landed 130 yellowtails and 10 calico bass.

Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had been running full-day trips to the Coronados; the July 3 trip had 40 anglers had had 160 yellowtails, five bonito, and five calico bass.

Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 48 anglers on its July 3 full-day trip and landed 202 yellowtails, seven bonito, six calicos, and four barracuda.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: While a few yellowtail and white sea bass continue to show from the waters around both Catalina and San Clemente islands, the primary bite has been for the three Bs of summer –bass, bonito, and barracuda. The near-shore boats are seeing a nice mix of the three Bs, a few yellowtail, and continued very good bottom fish action.

Pursuit was on a full-day island trip out of 22nd Street Landing on July 3, the 54 anglers on that trip caught 13 yellowtails, 81 keeper calicos, 40 perch, 22 barracuda, 20 bonito, and five sheephead. Freedom, also 22nd Street, ran a 1.5-day trip on July 4, and the 21 anglers on that trip had limits of 105 calico bass, 12 sheephead, seven rockfish, and four barracuda.

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 on both white sea bass and yellowtail in the northern Channel Islands for Oxnard to Santa Barbara boats running three-quarter day to overnight trips. These species join decent picks on calico bass, bonito, and increasing numbers of barracuda. Those all join the excellent rockfish bite.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip and landed three yellowtails, eight calico bass, eight sand bass, five whitefish, and five rockfish. Pacific Islander was on an overnight trip for the Fourth, and the 30 anglers on board managed to get six white sea bass, 300 assort rockfish (limits), 153 whitefish, 26 barracuda, eight lingcod, and one sheephead. Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip with 50 anglers on July 4 and landed seven yellowtails, 200 whitefish, 45 keeper calico bass, 37 barracuda, 31 perch, 25 sheephead, and 21 rockfish.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, New Hustler was on an overnight trip on July 4, and the 25 anglers on board caught one white sea bass, limits of 250 assorted rockfish, 105 whitefish, 12 barracuda, five lingcod, and two sheephead.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo was on an overnight trip July 4, and the 20 anglers on board landed four white sea bass, two halibut, 200 rockfish, 116 whitefish, four sheephead, and three lingcod.

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: The high winds of the past month are over and milder 4- to 6-foot swells during an afternoon of 10- to 15-knot winds have been good for fishing, especially in the mornings. Inside Morro Bay, there continues to be a lot of bait. Leopard sharks and bat rays continue to bite pretty well and dominate the catch, 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, Flying Fish had 18 anglers on its July 4 half-day trip and had limits of rockfish (140 assorted rockfish, 35 red snapper, four bocaccio, and one Cabazon) and one lingcod. Phenix had a three-quarter-day trip on July 4, and the 17 anglers on that trip had 71 bolina, 44 red snapper, 52 other assorted rockfish, and one Cabazon.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, both July 4 trips this week posted limits of rockfish. Black Pearl had 16 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and landed 115 red snapper and 45 other assorted rockfish, while Fiesta had 22 anglers on a half-day trip catch 120 red snapper and 100 assorted other bottom fish. Top fish this past week was a 25.2-pound ling caught on a two-day trip aboard the Black Pearl by Sam Wu, Acton.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger and Endeavor both had half-day trip July 4, and both had limits for all on board. There were 30 anglers on Avenger; they had 160 assorted rockfish and 140 red snapper. The 34 anglers aboard Endeavor 40 assorted rockfish, 60 red snapper, and 40 bocaccio.

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 2, 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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