Ocean Fishing Report, March 9

MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL BITE: The bite for yellowtail and rockfish off Colonet has surged back on this past week with much better conditions and weather. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 34 anglers on its weekend 1.5-day trip that returned March 5 and landed 86 yellowtail and 170 rockfish. Old Glory out of H&M Landing, also on a 1.5-day trip that returned March 5, had 24 anglers who landed 12 yellowtail, 96 rockfish, and 11 bonito. Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 2.5-day trip that returned March 5 and the 14 anglers on the jaunt landed 89 yellowtail and 140 rockfish.

ROCKFISH SEASON ROCKIN’: The rockfish season is off to a good start with good to excellent fish all along the coast. This rule of thumb applies: The further south along the coast, the pickier the rockfish bite. The shorter the trip, the fewer the fish that are caught. The half-day boats from San Diego region landings are getting three to five bottom fish per rod. The Orange and Los Angeles county half-day anglers are seeing from four to six fish each. While the Oxnard to Santa Barbara landings are mostly seeing limits or near limits. Jumping up to three-quarter day trips usually adds from two to three fish per rod in each area. Full-day and overnight trips, which can reach more distant and less-fished spots, usually return with limits or near-limits. Light loads also increase the catch per angler on all trips.

The half-day New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 41 anglers on March 7 and landed 270 rockfish and two sheephead. Meanwhile, Patriot out of Newport Landing had 29 anglers on its March 8 three-quarter day trip and landed 121 whitefish, 46 rockfish, 28 bonito, six perch and four sheephead. Victory out of Long Beach Sportfishing had just eight anglers on a March 8 three-quarter day trip who landed limits of 80 rockfish, 25 whitefish, five sheephead and two sculpin.

Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 49 anglers on its all-day trip March 8 and landed 185 rockfish, 70 red snapper, 52 bocaccio, 48 whitefish, five sheephead, three halibut, two lingcod and two calico bass.

El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing was on an overnight trip that returned March 8 and the 14 anglers on board had 139 rockfish, 35 whitefish, 20 lingcod, 17 sheephead and one Cabazon.

The bite has been like this since the weekend. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip that returned March 5 and the 11 anglers on board had 90 rockfish, 20 red snapper, 10 lingcod and five bonito. Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its March 5 three-quarter day trip and landed 23 red snapper, 16 rockfish, 12 perch, eight sargo, five whitefish, three sheephead, three sculpin and one calico bass (along with 12 calicos released). Western Pride, on a three-quarter day trip out of Davey’s Locker, had 54 anglers on March 5 and landed 136 rockfish, 106 Spanish jacks, 45 red snapper, 24 whitefish, 18 bonito, 10 sheephead, eight bocaccio and two sculpin. The March 6 half-day trip on this board had 25 anglers who landed 123 red snapper, eight bocaccio and 19 rockfish.

Up in the Channel Islands, the rockfish bite is just excellent across the board. On March 8, Speed Twin out of Channel Island Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its half-day trip and landed 280 rockfish, 10 whitefish, four sculpin and two lingcod. The full-day Aloha Spirit had 19 anglers who landed 190 rockfish, two lingcod and one sole. Outrider out of Hook’s Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its March 8 full day trip and landed 120 rockfish, 32 whitefish, 22 lingcod and 19 sheephead.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The first 976-TUNA instructional charters of 2017 will be a two-day trip aboard The 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; 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, 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.

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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