SAN DIEGO TUNA UPDATE: The tuna and yellowtail bite for the San Diego overnight and longer boats has been tough this past week with generally dismal scores and many boats falling back on bottomfish. There continues to be a pick on a few bluefin and more and more yellowfin and even dorado are showing in the counts, but the bite has been tough. The scores tell the story.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 33 anglers on its 1.5-day trip on July 2 and landed three bluefin. Prowler, also out of Fisherman’s, had 12 anglers who landed two bluefin on July 2. The July 1 trip with 35 anglers produced four bluefin, three yellowfin, and three yellowtail.
Constitution out of H&M Landing was one a 2.5-day trip that returned July 3 and the 24 anglers on board landed two bluefin, 12 yellowtail, two yellowfin, two dorado, and one bonito.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 1.5-day trip on July 4 with 27 anglers and returned with 110 rockfish, 25 whitefish, 15 sheephead, and two lingcod.
SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER DAY UPDATE: The three-quarter-day boats out of San Diego are now split between running offshore and focusing on the local bite.
Running offshore looking for tuna, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 22 anglers on July 4 and landed just one yellowfin tuna. The same number of anglers and the same result was reported for July 3, but on July 2, the 18 anglers on board had six bluefin.
Daiwa Pacific out of H&M Landing ran a three-quarter-day offshore trip on July 3 with 30 anglers and managed just three yellowtail.
Staying local, Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing had five anglers on its July 4 three-quarter-day trip and landed 20 keeper calicos (along with releasing over 100 shorts) and five sand bass, in addition to 50 rockfish, one sheephead, on sculpin, and one bonito. The July 3 trip with 20 anglers was nearly as good with 20 anglers landed 51 keeper calicos (more than 150 released), three sand bass, and 31 rockfish.
CLEMENT AND CATALINA UPDATE: The bottom fish action has been salvaging most of the trips to San Clemente and Catalina islands during the first week of July. While there has been a pick on the yellowtail (up to about a fish per rod on some trips) and the odd white sea bass, the bite has been tougher.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 26 anglers on it July 3 overnight trip and landed 20 yellowtail, one white sea bass, 88 rockfish, 47 whitefish, and 26 keeper calicos. The July 2 trip with 27 anglers had a similar score with seven yellowtail and one white sea bass put on the boat, in addition to 129 whitefish, 109 rockfish, nine sheephead, and eight keeper calicos.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 43 anglers on its overnight to Clemente and landed just one yellowtail, along with 347 rockfish, 128 whitefish, 18 lingcod, six sheephead, and one keeper calico bass. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 91 anglers on its July 4 half-day, and even with that mob, there were 201 rockfish, 112 whitefish, 11 keeper calico bass, five keeper sand bass, five sculpin, and one sheephead put on the boat.
Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing had a 1 1/2-day trip, and the 25 anglers on board landed six yellowtail along with limits of 250 rockfish, 80 whitefish, 55 sheephead, 50 lingcod, and two barracuda.
At Catalina, Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 53 anglers on its full-day trip on July 4 and landed 92 yellowtail, 60 bonito, 35 calico bass, five sheephead, four barracuda, and three sculpin.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL NEWS: The nearshore bite along the Los Angeles and Orange countiesí coastline has been generally fair to good with a mix of bottomfish, bass, and sculpin.
For example, City of Long Beach out of Pierpoint Landing had 65 anglers on its July 4 half-day and landed 135 sculpin, 20 whitefish, and five keeper calicos.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA NEWS: For surf anglers, the big news is that the corbina bite has broken wide open at the Ventura and Santa Barbara beaches. The fish are showing on sand crabs and bloodworms, but especially the bloodworms. Clay Rutledge, Bakersfield, and his fishing partners, had eight corbina from 1-8 to 5-3, all on bloodworms.
For boat anglers, there continues to be a pick on quality yellowtail and white sea bass in the northern Channel Islands for boats running out of Ventura and Santa Barbara region landings. The best action was July 4 on the white sea bass, with lesser scores before and since. All the boats continue to see excellent rockfish action.
Pacific Dawn out of Ventura Sportfishing had a stellar overnight trip with 21 anglers who landed 63 white sea bass (limits) and two halibut on July 2. Since then, the bite has slowed. The Dawn returned from a two-day trip on July 4 and the 18 anglers on board landed just two white sea bass and a pair of halibut along with near-limits of 340 rockfish, 69 lingcod, 24 whitefish, and eight sheephead. Pacific Eagle had 21 anglers on its July 3 full-day trip and landed two white sea bass and one yellowtail, in addition to limits of 210 rockfish, 27 whitefishing, seven keeper calico bass, seven barracuda, and one lingcod.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip on July 4 and landed 37 yellowtail, 18 rockfish, 16 keeper calicos, nine whitefish, one lingcod, one sheephead, and one barracuda. On July 2, Mirage and Pacific Islander both got into a few sea bass. Mirage was on an overnight with 14 anglers and landed 21 sea bass along with limits of 140 rockfish, 14 lingcod, and six whitefish. The Islander’s overnight trip had 26 anglers and landed 12 sea bass in addition to the 260 rockfish, 28 whitefish, eight lingcod, and two sheephead boated.
Island Tak out of Channel Islands has been focusing on surface species, mostly yellowtail and calico. A full-day July 4 trip with12 anglers on board landed 21 keeper calicos along with 59 whitefish, 30 rockfish, and five barracuda. The July 3 trip with 12 anglers produced four yellowtail, 52 keeper calicos, 15 barracuda, and 14 rockfish. On a July 2 jaunt with 10 anglers, they returned with five yellowtail, limits of 50 keeper calicos, 11 barracuda, 10 rockfish, and eight sheephead.
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, New Hustler had 25 anglers on its July 3 overnight trip and landed seven white sea bass along with 250 rockfish, 20 lingcod, and two whitefish. The July 4 overnight with 18 anglers returned with two white sea bass and limits of 180 rockfish, 30 lingcod, three whitefish, and a bonus halibut.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea and Stardust have both been reporting near-limits of rockfish on daily half- and three-quarter-day trips. On Tuesday, Coral Sea was out with 26 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and landed 158 rockfish, 54 red snapper, 52 lingcod, and one sheephead. The half-day Stardust had 34 anglers on the 4th and landed 171 rockfish, 104 red snapper, 66 whitefish, and three lings.
MORRO BAY-AVILA BEACH UPDATE: The lingcod bite has been challenging, but the action on big reds and other assorted rockfish are filling sacks. Winds and a tough swell came up and blew out everyone’s trips on July 1, but the weather moderated a little since and the good red and mixed rockfish action has continued.
At Virg’s Landing, there were 25 anglers on a July 3 three-quarter-day trip on Rita G and landed 155 rockfish, 95 red snapper, and 21 lingcod. Top ling out of Virg’s this past week was a 17-8 landed by Josh Lamb, Bakersfield, aboard Rita G on a half-day trip.
Endeavor out of Morro Bay Landing had 31 anglers on July 4th and caught 240 rockfish, 60 other mixed fish, and 16 lings, including a 15-pounder caught by Dan Smith, Palo Robles.
In Avila Beach, Flying Fish had 24 anglers on a July 3 half-day trip and landed 236 rockfish, three red snapper, one bocaccio, and eight lingcod.
GRUNION UPDATE: The next grunion runs are July 9-12, July 23-26, Aug. 7-10, and Aug. 21-24. The runs in late July and August start to thin out with fewer and fewer fish showing on beaches. The hand-catching season is back open again after a season closure in April and May. More information at this link: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/grunion.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard the Tribute out of San Diego leaving this coming Sunday, July 16. The price is $450 (normal price $550). 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. For more information, check on 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; Hookís 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.
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