BLUEFIN TUNA IN BIG NUMBERS: The bluefin tuna continue to be seen in big numbers starting about 30 miles off San Clemente and then continuing south for 200 miles. The fish are all 20 to 200 pounds with a lot of 30- to 40-pound fish. But there is so much baits in the Southern California Bite that the fish are stuffed and picky. There is a tonnage of small saury, 6- to 8-inch fin bait, and red crabs available.
Boats running out of San Diego Landings on everything from three-quarter-day trips to two-day trips are finding great numbers of tuna on the offshore banks south of Clemente, but the scores have been spotty. Finding the biting fish has been the issue. Thankfully, the loads are still very light with many boats running with less than 20 anglers, and the odds of being one of the anglers who hooks one of these quality fish is not terrible. The new moon this week should help the bite, with the bluefin always biting best on the backside of the new.
As a hint the bite was starting at mid-week. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on an overnight run June 13 and reported in before noon with two-fish limits of bluefin for all anglers on board and the fish were all from 25 to 40 pounds. These were all live bait, fly-lined fish.
Early in the week, it wasn’t as good. On June 12, Diawa Pacific out of H&M Landing had just 13 anglers on its overnight trip and landed two bluefin. The full-day Grande, also out of H&M, had 12 anglers on June 11 and also had two bluefin. Also on June 11, New Lo-An out of Seaforth Sportfishing, had 10 anglers on a 1.5-day trip and landed two bluefin along with 25 yellowtails. Condor had a 1.5-day trip on June 10 and the 23 anglers landed seven bluefin.
CORONADO ISLAND YELLOWTAIL BREAK WIDE OPEN: Thanks to the huge volume of bait all along the coast and local islands along with warming water temperatures, the yellowtail have flooded into the coast in huge numbers over the past week and there have been some great scores for the San Diego three-quarter and full-day boats focusing on the Coronado Islands. Most of these fish are from 8 to 18 pounds, with the bulk in the 12- to 13-pound range.
On June 13, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing ran a full-day trip with 43 anglers and landed 138 yellowtails and 86 keeper calico bass. At Seaforth Sportfishing, San Diego had 38 anglers on its June 12 full-day trip and landed 131 yellowtails, 21 keeper calico bass, and five barracuda. Also June 12, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 35 anglers on its full-day trip and caught 81 yellowtails. On June 11, Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 18 anglers on its full-day trip and landed 44 yellowtails, along with 13 keeper calico bass (more than 80 released), five rockfish, and three sand bass.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: At Catalina and San Clemente Islands, the yellowtail and bass bites have both taken off this week, with a smattering of bonito and barracuda to kick off the three B’s season. The rockfish and whitefish bites are also still pretty good and give skippers some backup options if the surface fish don’t bite.
At Catalina, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 71 anglers on its mobbed June 12 three-quarter-day trip and landed six yellowtails, 31 whitefish, 21 Spanish jack, 18 keeper calico bass, 17 bonito, five barracuda, and two rockfish. Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 16 anglers on its June 12 three-quarter-day trip and landed one yellowtail and 73 keeper calicos. They also had 21 whitefish, 17 bonito, four sheephead, and two sand bass. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 32 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip June 12 and landed 40 yellowtails, 101 bonito, 21 keeper calicos, and three halibut.
At Clemente, Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had a two-day trip with 24 anglers and they landed 99 yellowtails, 76 rockfish, 53 whitefishing, 25 bonito, and 21 keeper calico bass.
All along the coast water and bait conditions have really improved as water temperatures jump and the water clears.
Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 18 anglers on its June 12 half-day trip and caught 20 keeper calicos, 11 rockfish, and two sand bass on the afternoon trip. The morning trip with 12 anglers produced 48 sculpin, 34 sand dabs, and three rockfish.
Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 40 anglers on its local half-day trip June 12 and landed 37 keeper calicos (and lost track of released fish), nine sheephead, six sand bass, four perch, and two whitefish.
New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 13 anglers on a half-day trip, June 12, and landed limits of sculpin at 65, along with 30 rockfish, and five whitefish.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The yellowtail bite is also breaking wide up in the northern Channel Islands for Oxnard to Santa Barbara boats running full-day trips, and a few white sea bass, improving calico bass action, and even bonito and barracuda are adding spice to the excellent rockfish bite.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 24 anglers on its June 12 full-day trip and landed 100 yellowtails, 22 keeper calicos, 16 white sea bass, eight barracuda, and six bonito. Cobra was also on a full-day trip June 12, and the 12 anglers on that trip landed 12 yellowtails, 60 whitefish, 12 bonito,
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, New Hustler had 11 anglers on an overnight trip June 12 and landed 110 assorted rockfish (limits), 35 whitefish, and 13 lings. Coroloma had 23 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip June 10 and landed two yellowtails, 50 assorted rockfish, 12 keeper calico bass, one sheephead, one whitefish, one sculpin, and one lingcod.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo was on an overnight trip June 12, and the 20 anglers on board landed limits of 200 rockfish, 68 whitefish, 14 lings, and one halibut. Island Spirit had a full-day trip on June 12, and the 35 anglers on that trip caught three yellowtails, 15 calico bass (five released), 10 barracuda, five halibut, two bonito, and one sheephead.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, there were 23 anglers on the three-quarter-day Coral Sea trip June 12 and had 165 rockfish and 30 lings. The half-day Stardust had 25 anglers on its June 12 half-day and caught 113 red snapper, 27 other assorted rockfish, eight whitefish, four lingcod, and two sand bass.
CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Afternoon winds continue to hamper the full-day anglers, but most boats running from Central Coast landings from Avila Beach to Morro Bay are getting early starts and posting limits of rockfish before the 30 knot make it rough.
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. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lugworms.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had 13 anglers on its June 13 morning half-day trip and landed 85 red snapper, 30 other assorted rockfish and 13 bocaccio. They also had four bonus lingcod. Patriot with 39 anglers on June 13’s half-day returned with 380 assorted rockfish and 10 red snapper for limits. They also had one lingcod on board.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G had 18 anglers on its morning half-day June 13 this week and landed 124 assorted rockfish and 56 red snapper for limits, while Black Pearl ran a three-quarter-day trip with 11 anglers and landed 84 red snapper, 30 other rockfish and one lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, both Endeavor and Avenger had limits of rockfish (15 and 25 anglers respectively) on June 12, and each boat also returned with one lingcod.
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 for offshore yellowtail and tuna on Prowler out of Seaforth Landing June 17-19. The early booking price is just $375 (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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