Ocean Fishing Report, March 16

MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite off Colonet continues to perk along for the 1.5-day fleet running south out of San Diego. The fog has hindered fishing, but the average has been about one yellowtail per rod and then a bonus batch of bottom fish. Relatively light fishing pressure over the past week with only a handful of boats out.

Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a weekend 1.5-day trip return to shore on March 12, and the 13 anglers on board caught 13 yellowtail and 30 red snapper. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing was also on a 1.5-day trip returning on March 12. The 35 anglers on board landed 40 yellowtail, 90 rockfish, 36 red snapper and 17 bonito. Old Glory out of H&M Landing on its weekend 1.5-day trip had 38 anglers who landed 38 yellowtail, 82 rockfish and 13 bonito.

CORONADO ISLANDS SHOWING LIFE: The three-quarter day boats out of San Diego have been hitting the Coronado Islands for the past week or so and there has been a pretty good mixed bite on rockfish with a smattering of yellowtail.

Malihini, out of H&M Landing, is back running three-quarter-day trips several times a week. On March 14, 20 anglers landed two yellowtail, 100 rockfish and 92 whitefish. There were 18 anglers who had four yellowtail and 146 rockfish on the March 13 expedition. A March 11 trip had 17 anglers who landed just one yellowtail, but caught 109 rockfish, 57 whitefish and three sheephead.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a three-quarter-day trip on March 13, and the 17 anglers aboard landed four yellowtail, 85 red snapper, 60 rockfish and one bonito.

CATALINA-CLEMENTE UPDATE: In spite of the fog this past week, a few overnight and full-day trips have fished San Clemente Island and Catalina Island. The action has mostly been for quality bottom fish, but skippers are finding a smattering of yellowtail and white sea bass.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had a pair of overnight trips to San Clemente on March 11 and 12. The March 11 trip with 21 anglers returned with 120 red snapper, 90 rockfish, 15 bonito and six lingcod. The March 12 trip with 19 anglers landed 114 red snapper, 76 rockfish and two lings.

Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 28 anglers on a full-day trip to Catalina on March 13 and landed 135 rockfish, 75 whitefish, 42 red snapper, 35 bocaccio, 12 sheephead, one sculpin and one perch.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTIES NEARSHORE: The three-quarter-day boats fishing off the Orange County and Los Angeles County coastline are generally seeing very good mixed bottom fish action. The scores really tell this story.

Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing was on a three-quarter-day trip March 13 with nine anglers and had full limits of red snapper (90), 35 whitefish, seven perch, four sheephead, three sand bass and two sargo.

Spitfire, running three-quarter-day trips out of Marina del Rey, has had light loads and limit-style rockfish action. On March 13, the 13 anglers on this boat landed 130 rockfish and 15 sculpin. The March 12 trip, with just 12 anglers, returned with 120 red snapper.

Patriot out of Newport Landing had 33 anglers on its March 13 three-quarter day trip and landed 72 rockfish, 43 red snapper, 12 whitefish, four bonito and a sheephead.

Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing was on a three-quarter-day trip March 12 with 22 anglers and landed 200 rockfish, 145 whitefish, and 25 sculpin.

Victory on March 12, fishing out of Long Beach Sportfishing, had 30 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 200 rockfish, 152 sand dabs, 41 red snapper, 31 whitefish, 10 sculpin, and two sheephead.

HALF-DAY TRIPS ALSO PRODUCING: The half-day boats are mostly fishing nearshore waters for bottom fish, and the average catch is better the further north you travel up the coast. The San Diego boats are reporting one to two fish per anglers, while the Orange and Los Angeles county boats are reporting up to half-limits or better.

A couple of the better scores this week included the March 13 run aboard Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing. The 29 anglers landed 111 whitefish, 125 sand dabs, 44 rockfish, 34 red snapper and two bocaccio. Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing has consistently been getting near-limits or rockfish on its half-day trips. The morning half-day on March 15 with 20 anglers produced 188 rockfish. The March 14 trip, also with 20 anglers, returned with 117 rockfish on board. The same is true for New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing. On its March 14 half-day this week, the 55 anglers on board landed 430 rockfish and 10 whitefish.

CHANNEL ISLAND WIDE OPEN: The northerly Channel Islands region is pretty much wide open for bottom fish. If you can jump on a boat with less than 35 anglers, the odds are pretty good you’ll come home with limits of rockfish, even on half-day trips. There will also be some other bottom fish in the sack. The longer the trip, the better the quality of fish and more variety reported.

The March 14 all-day trip on Cobra out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 11 anglers who caught 110 rockfish, 50 whitefish, 15 bonito and one sculpin. Aloha Spirit, also out of Channel Islands, had 22 anglers on its March 14 full-day trip and landed 220 rockfish, 44 lingcod and six whitefish.

CENTRAL COAST SURF PERCH: There has been an excellent bite on surfperch in the Pismo Beach region with a lot of three-pound class fish being reported. The action has been best on bloodworms, lugworms and Lucky Craft Pointer Flash Minnow 110s in metallic sardine, royal black and anchovy.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The first 976-TUNA instructional charters of 2017 will be a two-day trip aboard Chief out of H&M Landing fishing for yellowtail, bass and rockfish off the northern Baja coastline. This trip will depart Sunday, March 26. The early-booking price is just $300 (and a passport is required for this trip). 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 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; Hookís 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.


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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