Ocean Fishing Report – March 19

By: Terrence Berg

BLUEFIN UPDATE: The 1 1/2-day boats heading to the Cortez and Tanner banks to the west have continued to pick away at bluefin tuna, yellowtail, and quality bonito. Only one or two boats per weekend are making the run, however. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out over the weekend with 32 anglers and they landed 15 bluefin and 85 yellowtail, along with a smattering of rockfish.

ONE AND ONE-HALF DAY NEWS: The San Diego boats running 1 1/2-day trips to the south for yellowtail and rockfish have also continued to have excellent fishing, but with less coverage it has been more difficult to stay on the yellowtail. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman?s Landing had 28 anglers on its trip this past week and they landed just one yellowtail but had 198 quality rockfish, 22 ling cod, and one bonito.

CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The three-quarter and full-day boats running out to the Coronado Islands continue to have very good yellowtail action during mid-week trips but the scores drop on weekends because of boat traffic. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was at the Coronado Islands on Tuesday with 32 anglers and they landed 70 yellowtail and one bonito.

SAN CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL: The Navy hasn’t clamped down on sportboats at San Clemente, allowing access to the better spots, and the bite has been excellent. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was there on a weekend trip with 27 anglers and they landed 136 yellowtail. On Tuesday, 24 anglers had 86 yellowtail along with 137 whitefish, 125 rockfish, 63 bocaccio, 31 bonito, 24 sheephead, two sculpin, and one ling cod. The Toronado, out of Pierpoint Landing, was out on Sunday with 35 anglers and they landed 158 yellowtail, 110 rockfish, 22 bonito, 10 sand bass, and 10 sheephead.

CATALINA NEWS: With such good rockfish action all along the coast, most boats are making the run clear out to Catalina Island (or they are going further out to Clemente). The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing has been running trips that focus on yellowtail and rockfish. On Tuesday this week, 45 anglers landed 12 yellowtail along with 215 rockfish, 116 whitefish, 102 red snapper, 55 bocaccio, and 35 sheephead. 

LOCAL ROCKFISH: From San Diego up into the Channel Islands (especially in the Channel Islands), the rockfish action all along the coast has been excellent in the past week. Just a couple of examples: The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out on a morning half-day Tuesday with 57 anglers who landed 204 red snapper, 36 rockfish, and one whitefish. The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing, also on a Tuesday half-day, had 42 anglers who caught 142 red snapper, 95 rockfish, 62 bocaccio, and four sculpin. Up in the Channel Islands, the bonito bite broke wide open on Tuesday, joining rockfish in the sacks. On Tuesday, the Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was out with 17 anglers who landed 170 rockfish (limits), 51 bonito, four ling cod, one whitefish, and one calico bass.

SURF PERCH NEWS: The barred surf perch continue to good to excellent with a lot of two to three pound fish, especially in the Pismo-Oceano region. The bite has been good all along the central coast from San Simeon to Ventura. The bite is best on blood or lug worms or the Berkley Gulp! sand worms.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The first of the year will be May 1. This is a three-quarter day trip aboard the Pursuit out of 22nd Street that will probably be chasing yellowtail the way this season is shaping up, but might also focus on bass. Cost is $65 per person and limited to 35. The next trip will be May 6. This is an overnight trip on the Ultra out of 22nd Street Landing. The trip is limited to 10 anglers and the price is $224 per person. The charters are done until early spring. Check 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. Harbor 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: Sergio’s Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.

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