TROPHY BLUEFIN TUNA BITE: The bite on the huge, trophy bluefin is still happening for the San Diego fleet with everything from three-quarter day boats fishing just off the Coronado Islands to the overnight, 1 1/2-day and two-day boats fishing only a little further offshore continue to find good number of these giant bluefin running from 50 or 60 pounds on the small end up to 150 pounds or more on the big end. The attrition rate is huge but anglers are packing on these boats for this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The scores tell you the odds of actually landing a fish, but the quality makes it worth the effort. On a three-day trip on Tuesday, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 43 anglers who landed 10 bluefin from 50 yo 80 pounds. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a two-day trip over the weekend, and the 29 anglers on board boated 14 bluefin, including six that were over 100 pounds and the biggest fish at 190 pounds.
YELLOWTAIL THICK AT LOCAL ISLANDS: The yellowtail remain thick at the Channel Islands, especially at Clemente. Add in white seabass and better calico bass fishing, and the boats from north San Diego county, Orange and Los Angeles counties, are seeing good action on three-quarter day and longer trips. The Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its Monday overnight trip and they landed 29 yellowtail, 31 keeper calicos, 18 rockfish, seven whitefish, six sheephead, four bocaccio, four sculpin, and one barracuda. While Sunday wasn’t a typical day for the past week, there were a couple of big yellowtail scores posted that day. First, the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 29 anglers on its overnight trip that returned Sunday and they landed 207 yellowtail, three white seabass, and one halibut. For fairness, the same boat posted just 12 yellowtail the day before the Sunday trip and 25 yellowtail the day after. The Freedom, out of 22nd Street Landing, had 30 anglers on its Sunday overnight they landed 179 yellowtail, 121 calico bass, 19 whitefish, 13 sheephead, and five barracuda. Most of the island yellowtail have been in the 12 to 25-pound class with few rats and some bigger fish that are never landed. On Wednesday, the Pursuit out of 22n d Street had 46 anglers on its full-day trip and they landed 42 yellowtail and two white seabass along with 40 calicos, 20 perch, 18 bonito, seven barracuda, and three sheephead.
NEARSHORE BOATS STRUGGLING: While the half-day fleet all along the coast continues to see a decent pick on the rockfish, sculpin, and calico and sand bass, The schools of yellowtail and white seabass have remained a little further offshore for the most part. Half-day boats are typically posting three to six-fish catches per rod.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next available trip is a two-day jaunt leaving Sunday, July 10, aboard Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker. Cost per angler is $300. Check 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, 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.