Ocean Fishing Report, March 22

SAN DIEGO STILL MOSTLY QUIET: Most of the San Diego fleet is quiet during the Fred Hall Shows, with the last one this week in Del Mar. The landings have been 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.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its March 20 full-day trip and landed one yellowtail, 65 red snapper, 46 assorting rockfish, one lingcod, one sheephead, and one bonito. The March 19 trip with 11 anglers produced three yellowtails, 55 red snapper, 40 whitefish, eight rockfish, and four lingcod.

Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing has been running daily half-day trips, and posting good scores on the whitefish and rockfish. On March 21, the 16 anglers on board had 67 whitefish, 47 assorted rockfish, and three sheephead.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LANDINGS’ UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter-day fleet running out of landings in Los Angeles and Orange counties continues to post pretty good scores on bottom fish. The bite is on assorted rockfish, whitefish, sheephead, perch, and a few lingcod. Boats running to Catalina and other local islands, are seeing good rockfish action with a rare (at least in the past week) yellowtail, seabass, and calico bass. But those species only seem to be showing on overnight boats that make some squid.

At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, Freelance had 33 anglers on its March 21 three-quarter-day trip and landed 148 rockfish, 42 whitefish, 26 bocaccio, seven red snapper, two sculpin, and one bonito.

Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing in Balboa had 21 anglers on its March 20 three-quarter-day trip and landed 68 red snapper, 24 sculpin, 20 rockfish, eight whitefish, four sheephead, and three lingcod.

At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, Pursuit was on a full-day trip with 15 anglers on March 21 and landed 90 sand dabs, 84 red snapper, and 22 assorted rockfish.

At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, Spitfire had 13 anglers on its March 20 three-quarter-day trip and landed full limits of 130 rockfish, 25 whitefish, and three sculpin.

OXNARD TO VENTURA LANDINGS UPDATE: The rockfish bite continues to be excellent for anglers fishing on sportboats out of Ventura to Oxnard landings. There also continues to be the rare yellowtail caught on overnight trips to the islands.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit has 22 anglers on its March 20 full-day trip and landed full limits of 220 assorted rockfish, 71 whitefish, four sheephead, three lingcod, and one sculpin. Gentleman had 38 anglers on its March 20 three-quarter-day trip, and caught 380 rockfish and 22 sculpin.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea had 25 anglers on its March 19 three-quarter-day trip and landed 183 assorted rockfish along with 67 red snapper for full limits. They also had 14 lingcod.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo was on a full-day trip March 19 with 27 anglers and landed 165 rockfish, 54 lings, and five sole. Pacific Dawn was on an overnight trip March 18, and the 24 anglers on board caught limits of 240 mixed rockfish, 65 whitefish, and 48 lings.

At Hook’s Landing in Ventura, New Hustler had just seven anglers on its March 19 three-quarter-day trip and had limits of 70 rockfish and one lingcod. Outrider was on an overnight, March 18, with 12 anglers and landed two yellowtails along with 120 rockfish and 24 lings, limits of both.

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; 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, 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: 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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