BLUEFIN TUNA UNPREDICTABLE: The bluefin tuna have been all over the map this past week, but with generally much slower and less consistent fishing this past week. The fish have been everywhere from half-day to two-day range and everyplace in between. Anglers are seeing lots of fish running from 20 to 200 pounds, but they haven’t been biting very well. Most have been 20 to 30 pounds.
Perhaps the best score came on a two-day trip aboard Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing that returned on June 4. The 16 anglers on this trip had 44 bluefin, one yellowfin tuna, and five yellowtails, but Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing radioed in on June 6 with limits of 20- to 30-pound bluefin for all on board.
One of the best fish of the week came on Prowler, out of Seaforth, on June 2, when 15 anglers on a 1.5-day trip managed to land a 160-pounder. That was the only fish of the day after sliding up on schools all day.
Fisherman III out of H&M Landing had 32 anglers on a June 4 half-day and two bluefin tuna were landed along with 50 mackerel, 31 rockfish, and four sculpin. Go figure.
Old Glory out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip on June 2 with 29 anglers and landed just one bluefin and 40 rockfish.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL PRETTY GOOD: The weekend bite for yellowtail on full-day trips out of San Diego was very good, and the action has continued into this week, but just with fewer numbers in the bag.
Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had a full-day trip on June 6, and the 31 anglers on board caught 35 yellowtails, 29 keeper calico bass, 11 barracuda, seven rockfish, and two barracuda. The June 4 trip with 22 anglers produced 41 yellowtails, 30 calicos, seven whitefish, and five bonito, while a June 3 trip with 21 anglers returned with 64 yellowtails, 18 calico bass, three bonito, and three rockfish.
Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing has also been running full-day trips, and the June 6 jaunt with 29 anglers produced just 20 yellowtails and five calicos. The best trip of the past week was June 4, when 29 anglers landed 91 yellowtail and 10 calicos.
Also on June 4, San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 33 anglers on its full-day trip and landed 109 yellowtails and 35 calico bass. But the June 6 trip this week with 37 anglers produced just 19 yellowtails, 48 rockfish, 20 barracuda, and two bonito.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: The Catalina Island and San Clemente Island bites are finally starting to really heat up with a lot of yellowtail showing in the past week, along with decent bass action, and good bottom fish still showing. Some yellows are also showing up along the nearshore kelp paddies, and the surface bite is improving near the coast, too, as water temperatures rise quickly with the warming weather.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker in Balboa had 30 anglers on an overnight trip June 6 and landed 57 yellowtails, 132 rockfish, 68 whitefish, and 13 calico bass. The June 5 overnight with 30 anglers produced 30 yellowtails. But even Western Pride, on a half-day trip June 6 with 29 anglers, managed to get one yellowtail, 35 calico bass, 12 perch, five sheephead, four sand bass, and two whitefish.
Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 39 anglers on its June 5 three-quarter-day trip and landed one yellowtail along with 95 whitefish, 15 calico bass, 11 sheephead, 10 perch, and three bonito. The June 4 trip with 28 anglers returned with nine yellowtails, 35 whitefish, 27 bonito, six sheephead, and five keeper calicos.
There were 35 yellowtails hoisted over the rails aboard Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing on its June 6 full-day trip. The 70 anglers on board also landed 57 bonito, 33 keeper calicos, 11 whitefish, 10 perch, six sheephead, three barracuda, and one halibut. The June 4 trip with 25 anglers produced 31 yellowtails along with 35 bonito, 22 calico bass, 10 whitefish, five sheephead, five barracuda, and two perch.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: While afternoon winds continue to be a problem, most landings in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region are running boats every day and finding good to excellent rockfish action, and the surface bite is actually pretty good with both white sea bass and yellowtail showing in the counts most days. The calico bass are also picking up.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 19 anglers on June 6’s all-day trip, and they landed one white sea bass, 84 rockfish, nine whitefish, and two sculpin. Sea Jay had 10 anglers on its June 6 full-day, and they caught three white sea bass, one yellowtail, along with 27 keeper calicos, four rockfish, and one sheephead.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, New Hustler had 22 anglers on an overnight trip on Sunday, and they landed 220 rockfish, 140 whitefish, seven lingcod, and six sheephead.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo was on a full-day trip with 10 anglers, and they landed one white sea bass, 75 whitefish, 34 rockfish, 10 calico bass, and nine barracuda.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, there were 21 anglers on Coral Sea’s three-quarter-day trip June 6, and they landed limits of 210 assorted rockfish along with one lingcod.
CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Afternoon winds continue to hamper the full-day anglers, but most boats getting early starts are getting limits before it gets rough for Central Coast boats running out of Avila Beach and Morro Bay.
Inside Morro Bay, leopard sharks continue to bite pretty well, and there continues to be decent jacksmelt and perch action on sabiki rigs baited with pieces of shrimp. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lugworms.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had a half-day trip with 33 anglers, and they landed 254 assorted rockfish, 58 red snapper, 18 bocaccio, and one lingcod.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G had 25 anglers on its morning half-day June 6 this week, and they landed 175 red snapper and 75 other rockfish for limits.
At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 15 anglers on its Tuesday trip, and they caught 150 rockfish and three lings.
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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