WINDS WRECK WEEKEND: Winds over the weekend really placed havoc with the offshore fishing action, but it messed up even the local and island fishing. The winds calmed by mid-week, and most of the bites were coming back on, but this unusual weather pattern persists and this coming weekend looks to be a wild card.
TROPHY BLUEFIN FOR SAN DIEGO FLEET: The offshore boats found very tough fishing for bluefin tuna over the weekend in the dismal windy, rough conditions. New Lo-An out with six anglers on an overnight June 21 returned with just one yellowfin tuna. Over the weekend, the same boat was on a 2 1/2-day trip and the 20 anglers on board only managed 45 yellowtail, a white seabass, and 100 rockfish. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 21 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip June 21 and they landed only two yellowtail and a bonito. By mid-day on Wednesday’s 1 1/2-day trip, however, they had over 40 yellowtail from a single kelp paddy and two bluefin. The three-quarter day boats have actually done fairly well on the bluefin in recent days. On June 21, Malihini out of H&M Landing had 11 anglers and they landed three bluefin, one yellowfin, and one yellowtail. The Monday trip with 17 anglers led to 17 yellowtail. San Diego, on a three-quarter day trip out of Seaforth Sportfishing, had 34 anglers on Tuesday and they landed one bluefin and 14 yellowtail. The Monday trip with 25 anglers produced four bluefin and one yellowtail.
The private boaters have been doing the best on the bluefin, which are showing in packs and most of the action is run-and-gun style fishing on bird schools, boiling, or bubbling fish. The bluefin are mostly on small fin bait. These fish are showing from Cedros Island all the way into the Southern California Bite, and the fish are running from 30 to 40 pounds on the small end, all the way up to 200 pounds or more. Most of the fish in local waters seem to be those in that 60 to 100-pound range this week.
SAN CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL AND CALICO BASS: The action at San Clemente Island for the overnight boats out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings has been very good for yellowtail, calico bass, and even some bigger grade bonito — and that is in addition to other mixed bag fish that help fill the sacks. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was at Clemente on Tuesday’s overnight trip with 30 anglers and they landed 98 yellowtail (5-25 pounds), 60 calico bass, 18 bonito (including some to 6 pounds or better), eight perch, and six sheephead. On Wednesday’s trip, there were 30 anglers and they landed 24 yellowtail, along with 62 calico bass, 60 of those bigger bonito, 10 perch, four sheephead, and two halibut. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 37 anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip to Clemente, and they landed 44 yellowtail, 77 calico bass, 34 bonito, 21 whitefish, eight sheephead, and two barracuda.
CATALINA MIXED-BAG UPDATE: The mixed-bag bite at Catalina Island has continued to be very good with good scores of yellowtail, along with a nice mix of bass, barracuda, whitefish, bonito, and other fish. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was at Catalina on June 21 with 53 anglers on its full-day trip, and they landed seven yellowtail, along with 25 whitefish, 23 calicos, 11 perch, eight barracuda, and five sheephead. On the Monday trip, 55 anglers had 18 yellowtail, 52 calicos, 20 perch, eight bonito, eight sheephead, and three barracuda. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 79 anglers on its overnight trip June 22 and they landed just a single yellowtail, but added 48 calicos, 48 perch, 41 barracuda, 21 whitefish, 11 bonito, and five sheephead.
NEARSHORE CONDITIONS IMPROVING: The water along the coast has been clearing up and conditions improving in recent days. The first yellowtail of the season came from the Orange County region and calico, yellowtail, and white seabass are starting to show in better numbers. While most of the half-day fleet remains on bottom fish, with limit-style rockfish action most places this past week, the surface action is improving. Spitfire, on a three-quarter day trip fishing locally in the Santa Monica Bay, had 19 anglers on June 20 and they landed 130 red snapper, 25 rockfish, 20 whitefish, along with a calico and sand bass.
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 trip leaving July 24, aboard Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing. Cost is $450 for early registration. 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.