GENERAL UPDATE: Windy conditions along the coast much of the week, especially at the more northerly landings and offshore.
SAN DIEGO NEWS: Conditions have been pretty tough over the past week, and that has been reflected in the mediocre to poor scores in recent days. The offshore region still is holding a tremendous volume of fish, but conditions for getting them were rugged.
The three-quarter-day Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing has been focusing on offshore fishing rather than falling back on bass and bottomfish. The boat had 22 anglers on June 28, and they landed two bluefin, four yellowfin, and one yellowtail. Its June 27 trip with 11 anglers produced four bluefin, four yellowfin, and six quality bonito. Its scores have been like this for the past week. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip June 28 and landed 12 yellowtail, 20 rockfish, 18 barracuda, and three bonito. But other three-quarter-day boats have posted some tough scores. Legend out of H&M Landing was on a three-quarter-day run June 26 with 16 anglers and only managed seven bonito.
The fishing was not any better for the overnight and 1.5-day trips. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 20 anglers on a 1.5-day trip on June 25 and landed one bluefin and 36 yellowtail. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip June 28 and the 12 anglers on board landed just one yellowfin tuna. The Tuesday trip with 17 anglers produced just one yellowtail.
The two- and 2.5-day boats also had pretty tough fishing this past week. Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 29 anglers on a two-day trip that returned June 27 and landed three bluefin tuna, 33 yellowtail, one yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. That was one of the better trips of the week.
Top Gun out of H&M Landing had a 2.5-day trip that returned June 28, and the 12 anglers on board had 54 yellowtail, 56 rockfish, 38 keeper calico bass, 22 bonito, one halibut, one barracuda, and one sheephead.
CATALINA AND SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND UPDATE: The action was hampered by conditions for boats running to Catalina Island and San Clemente Island this week and counts were down across the board in recent days.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 71 anglers on its June 28 three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed 14 yellowtail, 48 bonito, 21 perch, 13 barracuda, 10 keeper calico bass, and two whitefish. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 56 anglers on its full-day trip and landed three yellowtail along with 41 bonito, 21 calicos, 10 sheephead, five barracuda, and two sculpin. Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had 58 anglers on its June 28 trip and landed seven yellowtail, 158 bonito, 45 whitefish, 16 calico bass, 12 sheephead, 10 perch, three barracuda, and one triggerfish. This is in stark contrast to the June 21 trip when 21 anglers had 53 yellowtail.
At Clemente, Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its June 27 overnight trip and landed 21 yellowtail and 21 quality calicos. The June 25 trip with 28 anglers produced two yellowtail, a halibut, 20 calico bass, 10 sheephead, five whitefish, and two rockfish. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 39 anglers on its June 27 overnight trip and landed 56 yellowtail along with 67 rockfish, 29 bonito, 26 calicos, 10 red snapper, and one halibut.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL: The boats fishing the nearshore waters in Orange and Los Angeles counties continue to see more and bigger bass, along with continued good bottomfish and sculpin action. There have also been flurries of barracuda action and the occasional yellowtail or halibut on these trips to add variety.
Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its June 27 three-quarter-day trip and landed 60 red snapper, 25 rockfish, and three sand bass. City of Long Beach out of Pierpoint Landing had 12 anglers its June 27 half-day and landed limits of 60 sculpin.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: There have been flurries of good yellowtail and white sea bass for the boats out of Oxnard to Santa Barbara landings, especially on the overnight or longer trips. There were even a couple of days where boats returned with three-fish limits on the white sea bass. Some scores tell the story.
Pacific Dawn out of Ventura Sportfishing had one of the best trips of the week when it was on an overnight trip on June 24. The 14 anglers on board landed 42 white sea bass (limits) and 110 rockfish. An overnight trip with 24 anglers on June 28, they landed six yellowtail and five white sea bass along with 220 rockfish, four sole, three lingcod, and three barracuda.
Sea Jay out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 11 anglers on its full-day trip and landed two yellowtail and two white sea bass along with 25 keeper calicos, two sheephead, two whitefish, and one bonus halibut. A June 26 full-day trip, 10 anglers had 42 calico bass, four barracuda, three rockfish, one sheephead, and a single white sea bass. On Saturday, Ranger 85, also out of Channel Islands, had 32 anglers on a two-day trip and landed 57 white sea bass along with 235 rockfish, 25 whitefish, 10 sole, and nine lingcod.
MORRO BAY UPDATE: The spectacular rockfish action continues for boats running out of Morro Bay, in spite of windy rough conditions most days and few boats have been out since the weekend. Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing had 29 anglers on its full-day trip June 25 and landed 200 red snapper, 20 miscellaneous rockfish, and three lingcod. At Patriot Sportfishing out of Avila Beach, Patriot had 35 anglers on Wednesday and landed 220 assorted rockfish, 20 reds, and one ling cod. The jackpot fish was a five-pound red caught by Park Sanford, San Luis Obispo.
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.
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 early booking 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 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, 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: Sergioís Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.
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