ROCKFISH OPENER, FRED HALLS SHOW: Rockfish season reopens on March 1 south of Point Conception after a two-month closure. The Fred Hall Show series also kicks off this weekend, and many boats will be out of the water for maintenance while the staff attends these shows. The first show is March 2-4 in Bakersfield, March 7-11 in Long Beach, and March 22-25 in Corona del Mar. More info on the Hall shows at www.fredhall.com.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL, MEXICAN ROCKFISH: The three-quarter- and full-day San Diego area boats are running to the Coronado Islands and nearby waters in Mexico and seeing pretty consistent yellow and rockfish action.
Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing was at the Coronado Islands on Feb. 26 with 43 anglers on a full day trip and landed 86 yellowtails. The Feb. 24 three-quarter-day trip with 12 anglers produced full five-fish limits of yellowtail and 25 rockfish. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a full-day jaunt on Feb. 26, and the 20 anglers on board landed 63 yellowtails, 20 rockfish, and one halibut. The Feb. 25 trip with 32 anglers produced 77 yellowtails and six rockfish. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing fished the Coronado Islands area on its Feb. 24 three-quarter-day trip, and 20 anglers landed 45 yellowtails, 22 whitefish, and 21 rockfish. Also on Feb. 24, Vendetta out of H&M Landing was on a three-quarter-day trip with 13 anglers and landed 65 yellowtails (limits), 50 rockfish and seven sheephead.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a 1.5-day rockfish trip into Mexican waters with 18 anglers and landed 175 rockfish and five lingcod. Chief out of H&M Landing also ran a weekend 1.5-day trip for rockfish, and the 29 anglers on board landed 290 rockfish.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: Most of the half- and three-quarter-day boats along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastlines have been focusing on sculpin, perch, and a few bass the past week, but that will all change when the rockfish season reopens on March 1.
The few trips to Catalina have found no yellowtail or white sea bass, but have been getting a lot of perch, a few bass and sculpin, and an occasional sargo, bonito, or halibut.
Patriot out of Newport Landing in Balboa had 14 anglers on its Feb. 27 half-day trip and landed 60 perch, nine sand bass, and four sculpin. Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had eight anglers on its Feb. 26 three-quarter-day trip and landed 42 sculpin, 20 perch, and eight sand bass. Also on Feb. 26, New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 24 anglers on its half-day and landed 75 perch, 14 sculpin, 12 sand bass, five calico bass, and two triggerfish.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 16 anglers on it full-day trip to Catalina and landed limits of 160 perch, one keeper calico, one sargo, and one sculpin.
To bide time until rockfish season reopens, Ahra Ahn out of Long Beach Sportfishing has been running sand dab trips at least two or three times a week. This past Saturday’s full-day trip with 16 anglers produced 4,500 or so sand dabs.
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 an overnight jaunt May 2 aboard Ultra out of San Pedro. The early booking price is just $245 (normal price is $295). 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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