BLUEFIN TUNA SHOW IN DECENT NUMBER: There is a line of bluefin tuna that stretch for 100-plus off the coast, from 20 miles south of San Clemente all the way south to off San Quintin. The problem is the fish simply aren’t biting well because the same area is full of surface baitfish (anchovies and sardines) and deeper-water bait (red craps, squid). But it is still an opportunity to catch the tuna of a lifetime with some of the fish pushing 200 pounds on the 1.5-day trips running out of San Diego.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing reported in Wednesday on its 1.5-day trip, and the anglers on board had five quality bluefin to 60 pounds, losing several bigger fish, and a yellowfin tuna, one of the first of the season. Several skippers have reported spots of yellowfin in a spot of warm water (68 degrees) in the Southern California Bite, but numbers are still spotty on the yellowfin.
Pacific Voyager, also out of Seaforth Sportfishing, phoned in Wednesday to report it had two-fish limits of 30- to 50-pound bluefin on a 1.5-day trip. On Tuesday, the same boat returned from a two-day trip with 16 anglers and landed 12 bluefin along with 107 yellowtails. Also on Wednesday this week, New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had just seven anglers on its 1.5-day trip and landed three of the big bluefin running from 130 to around 200 pounds.
On Tuesday, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 19 anglers on an overnight trip and caught seven bluefin from 70 to 190 pounds along with 25 yellowtails. Grande out of H&M landing was on a two-day trip returning Tuesday and the 28 anglers on board had a tough trip landing just two of the bigger bluefin and two yellowtails. On Sunday, Old Glory, also out of H&M, had 36 anglers who managed three bluefin.
CORONADO ISLAND YELLOWTAIL WIDE OPEN: The yellowtail bite just continues to be the hottest action for Southern California anglers. It is “just stupid good,” according to several skippers fishing the region. Limits of 8- to 12-pound class fish have been even more common this past week than the week before for the three-quarter- and full-day boats out of San Diego fishing this region.
On Tuesday, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 53 anglers and they caught 150 yellowtails, eight bonito, one rockfish, and one calico bass. On Monday, the 51 anglers on board had 250 yellows, 46 bonito, 22 keeper calico bass, and 11 barracuda.
Mission Belle out of Point Loma had 34 anglers on Tuesday and landed 135 yellowtails along with 18 bonito, one barracuda, and one sculpin. The Monday trip with 35 anglers produced five-fish limits of 170 ‘tails along with 16 bonito, two rockfish, and one barracuda.
San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 46 anglers on Tuesday this week and landed 98 yellowtails, seven bonito, and seven barracuda.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: At Catalina and San Clemente islands the bite continues to be a pick with some days of decent scores for Los Angeles and Orange County based boats heading to both islands. Clemente had green water move in this past week, and that is still clearing up. Most of the yellowtail returning to the dock in angler’s sacks are 8 to 12 pounds, but there are a few schools to 20- to 40-pound fish that aren’t being landed with most anglers fishing 15-pound test class gear. There is also a decent pick on the white sea bass at both islands for private boaters working the spots.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 11 anglers on an overnight trip to Clemente on Wednesday and landed 33 white sea bass, one yellowtail, 55 keeper calico bass, 12 barracuda, and eight sheephead on an excellent trip. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight with 16 anglers and landed three yellowtails along with limits of 80 keeper calicos.
On Tuesday, Pursuit, also 22nd Street, had a full-day trip to Catalina, and the 38 anglers on board managed to get 34 yellowtails, 22 calico bass, 10 bonito, and three barracuda. Sport King, on a three-quarter-day trip out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing, had 34 anglers on its Catalina trip and they landed just one yellowtail, 47 keeper calicos, 35 whitefish, 13 perch, six sheephead, four bonito, and two barracuda.
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, the Mirage had 19 anglers on an overnight trip that returned Wednesday, and they landed five white sea bass and two yellowtails along with 173 rockfish, 46 whitefish, two lingcod, two sheephead, and one barracuda. The three-quarter-day Gentleman had 45 anglers on its Wednesday trip and landed 18 yellowtails, 35 caico bass, eight perch, six barracuda, five rockfish, four sheephead, and four whitefish.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, New Hustler was on an overnight trip Sunday and 19 anglers on board had five white sea bass and one yellowtail, 154 rockfish, 89 whitefish, six lingcod, five calico bass, and one sheephead.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo was on an overnight trip Wednesday, and the 22 anglers on board landed 20 white sea bass and one yellowtail in addition to 64 whitefish, 57 sheephead, and 28 rockfish. Island Spirit had 32 anglers on a full-day trip and caught six yellowtails along with 107 whitefish, 20 rockfish, five calico bass, and three sheephead.
CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: The high winds of the past month are finally subsiding a little with the more normal 10 to 15 knot afternoon winds. This allows the boats to get out more consistently and allows for more comfortable fishing 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 lug worms or the Gulp! sand worms.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had eight anglers on its full-day trip and landed 51 bolina, 17 assorted rockfish, 8 bocaccio, six lingcod, two rockfish, one Cabazon, and one halibut.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 18 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 140 red snapper, 40 other assorted rockfish, and 14 lings. The half-day Rita G had 13 anglers on Wednesday and caught 85 assorted rockfish and 45 red snapper. Top fish at Virg’s this past week included a couple of jackpot winning lings up to 19 pounds. Steve Howell, Bakersfield, had an 18-pounder fishing aboard Fiesta, while Emma Rodriguez, Visalia, celebrated her 10th birthday with a jackpot 6.5-pound bocaccio caught on a half-day Black Pearl trip.
At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 18 anglers on its full-day trip Wednesday and landed 150 red snapper, 20 assorted rockcod, and 10 bocaccio for limits, along with 36 bonus lingcod. Avenger ran a half-day trip on Tuesday with 35 anglers and had 200 assorted rockfish and 120 red snapper.
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 Grande out of H&M Landing departing June 24 (Sunday). 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.
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