Ocean Fishing Report, March 15

DID SOMEONE SAY BLUEFIN?: Legend out of H&M Landing was back out looking for bluefin tuna on an overnight trip, March 10. With just five anglers on board, they managed to land two bluefin tuna and 25 yellowtails.

SAN DIEGO MOSTLY QUIET: With most of the San Diego fleet taking a break for the Fred Hall Shows, one last week in Long Beach, and another next week in Del Mar, the landings have been relatively quiet with only a few half-, three-quarter-, and 1.5-day boats running, mostly for rockfish. With light loads, the half-day trips are seeing up to half-limits of rockfish, with the three-quarter day boats getting better scores of rockfish, sculpin, and whitefish, with a few bonus yellowtail thrown in.

New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its March 14 half-day trip, and landed 64 rockfish, three red snapper, and three whitefish.

Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had a three-quarter-day trip, March 10, and the 18 anglers on board landed 125 rockfish, three sheephead, and one lingcod.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LANDINGS’ UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter-day fleet running out of landings in Los Angeles and Orange counties are mostly seeing fair to good bottomfish action, with mixed bag scores of assorted rockfish, whitefish, sheephead, perch, and a few lingcod. Boats running to Catalina and other local islands are seeing good rockfish action with a smattering of yellowtail and bass.

At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, Freelance was on a three-quarter-day trip March 13 with 24 anglers and landed 132 whitefish, 125 whitefish, 31 perch, 26 red snapper, and seven sheephead. Thunderbird ran an overnight trip on March 12, and the 18 anglers on that jaunt landed limits of 160 rockfish, 140 whitefish, 14 sheephead, and six lingcod.

At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, Monte Carlo had 13 anglers on its morning half-day trip on March 13 and landed 77 whitefish, 55 rockfish, three sheephead, and one lingcod. Truline was on an overnight trip offshore to Catalina, and the 18 anglers landed seven yellowtails, limits of 180 whitefish, 56 sheephead, 51 assorted rockfish, 26 red snapper, and four keeper calico bass.

At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, New Del Mar had eight anglers on the morning March 13 half-day and caught 30 rockfish. Betty-O was on a three-quarter-day trip with eight anglers and landed 46 whitefish, 45 red snapper, 35 assorted other rockfish, and one sheephead.

OXNARD TO VENTURA LANDINGS UPDATE: The rockfish season continues to click along at a great pace for anglers fishing on sportboats out of the northern landings from Oxnard on the north to Ventura on the south.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Gentleman had 40 anglers on its March 13 three-quarter-day trip and had 320 rockfish. Island Tac was on a full-day trip March 12 with nine anglers and landed limits of 90 rockfish, 12 sheephead, and 10 whitefish. Ranger 85 had a two-day trip returning on March 12. The 28 anglers on board landed 556 rockfish, 198 whitefish, 107 sheephead, 75 lingcod, four Cabazon, one sole, and one calico bass.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea had 25 anglers on its March 13 three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of 250 rockfish and four lingcod. The March 12 half-day Stardust had 13 anglers and landed 47 red snapper, 28 assorted other rockfish, 30 whitefish, and six sheephead.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo’s March 12 full-day trip had 22 anglers and landed just 43 whitefish, 24 lingcod, 22 assorted rockfish, and one sheephead. Island Spirit’s March 10 full-day trip had 13 anglers and landed 130 assorted rockfish for limits, 110 whitefish, and six sheephead.

At Hook’s Landing in Ventura, New Hustler had 22 anglers on its March 14 overnight trip and landed 218 rockfish, six sheephead, three whitefish, and two cabazon. Outrider had 10 anglers on its March 11 overnight trip and landed 100 rockfish, 80 whitefish, 13 sheephead, and seven lingcod.

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.

LANDING CONTACTS

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.

YOUR FISHING REPORTS

Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at odwriter@verizon.net and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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