BLUEFIN TUNA BITE UPDATE: There continues to be a good volume of bluefin tuna at the offshore banks for the 1.5-day boats making this run. Most of the fish are still in the 20- to 30-pound range, but skippers continue to report bigger fish.
Shogun out of Fisherman’s Landing had a 1.5-day trip and returned May 8 with 22 anglers landing 34 bluefin to 40 pounds, two yellowtails, and two bonito.
On May 6, Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with 12 anglers they landed three bluefin and limits of 60 yellowtails. Pacific Voyager returned from a three-day trip May 7, and the 18 anglers on board caught 11 bluefin, 93 yellowtails, and 100 rockfish.
SAN DIEGO CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite is happening at the Coronado Islands this week.
At Point Loma Sportfishing, Mission Belle had 17 anglers on its May 9 three-quarter-day trip and landed 61 yellowtails and three barracuda. The May 8 trip with 12 anglers produced 43 yellowtails and one barracuda.
At Fisherman’s Landing, Liberty’s full-day trip May 9 with 43 anglers was near limits with 115 yellowtails. The May 7 trip with 23 anglers produced 112 yellowtails and seven bonito.
At H&M Landing, Legend had a three-quarter-day trip May 7, and the nine anglers on board landed 21 yellowtails and three bonito.
At Seaforth Sportfishing, San Diego had 32 anglers on its May 9 full-day trip and landed 54 yellowtails. The May 7 trip with 43 anglers ended up with 86 yellowtails on the deck and two bonito.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY BOATS STILL ROCKFISHING: You’d think the surface bite would be starting, but most of the boats along the Orange and Los Angeles counties coastline are still focusing on the bottom species, with pretty fair action on the rockfish, sculpin, and whitefish. There does finally seem to be some action on bass and yellowtail, especially at Catalina.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 70 anglers on its May 9 three-quarter-day-trip and landed 98 assorted rockfish, 31 red snapper, 18 whitefish, five bocaccio, and 37 perch.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing ran to Catalina Island with 67 anglers on a full-day trip, May 9, and landed three yellowtails, 115 whitefish, 108 assorted rockfish, 76 bonito, 15 calico bass, 11 red snapper, seven sheephead, three sculpin, and one barracuda.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: Winds continue to hamper the fishing for the sportboats fishing the northern Channel Islands, and there have been no reports of yellowtail or white sea bass this week.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Island Tak had nine anglers on its May 9 full-day trip and landed 14 whitefish, 13 sheephead, 11 calico bass, and 10 assorted rockfish on a trip looking for yellowtail and sea bass. Speed Twin had 36 anglers on its May 9 half-day and caught 245 rockfish, 11 whitefish, and five sculpin.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had 13 anglers on its May 8 three-quarter-day trip and landed 130 rockfish and one whitefish.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo had 22 anglers on its full-day trip May 6 and landed limits of 220 assorted rockfish and limits of 44 lingcod.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Stardust had a half-day trip May 9, and the 19 anglers on board landed bottomfish limits with 118 red snapper and 72 other assorted rockfish.
CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH UPDATE: The rockfish bite on the Central Coast for Avila Beach and Morro Bay landings has been very good with some bouts of wind over the past week.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had nine anglers on its May 7 full-day trip and landed 44 assorted rockfish, 42 red snapper, and four bocaccios (limits). They also had one lingcod.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 18 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip Tuesday, and they landed 100 red snapper, 44 assorted rockfish, and one lingcod. The Monday trip with 28 anglers produced 230 red snapper and 50 other rockfish.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 35 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 300 rockfish and four 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 a two-day trip for offshore yellowtail and tuna on Prowler out of Seaforth Landing June 17-19. The early booking price is just $375 (normal price is $550). 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; 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.
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