Ocean Fishing Report, May 17

BLUEFIN TUNA BITE UPDATE: The bluefin tuna continue to show in pretty decent numbers for the offshore boats running out of San Diego Landings. While most of the action in on overnight and longer trips that head to the offshore banks, even the one-day boats have been finding a few bluefin closer in.

Pacific Queen had 23 anglers on an overnight trip on May 16 this week and landed 13 bluefin to 70 pounds and one yellowtail. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip May 15, and the 21 anglers on board landed 12 bluefin between 40 and 60 pounds. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its May 15 1.5-day trip and landed just one bluefin and five yellowtails. The May 13 trip with 25 anglers produced 19 bluefin to 71 pounds. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 15 anglers on Sunday’s overnight trip and landed one bluefin tuna and 75 yellowtails.

On the full-day boats, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing was out on May 15 and found nine bluefin and three yellowtails for the 23 anglers on that trip. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing ran a full-day trip on May 14 with 22 anglers and landed two bluefin. These boats had been focusing on the yellowtail action at the Coronados, but most are now looking for the bluefin.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: While most of the action continues to be for bottom fish, there are finally signs of surface action at Catalina Island and the nearshore kelp paddies.

Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing in San Pedro has been running daily three-quarter-day trips to Catalina this week, and the mixed bag action has been very good. On May 15, 12 anglers caught 61 perch, 52 whitefish, 26 sheephead, 16 calicos, 10 assorted rockfish, and one triggerfish. Monday’s trip with 17 anglers returned with a yellowtail in addition to 47 whitefish, 34 perch, 21 sheephead, 13 calicos, five rockfish, and two bonito.

At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, the Pursuit had 46 anglers on its May 15 full-day trip to Catalina and landed two yellowtails, 33 whitefish, 18 sheephead, 12 calico bass, four perch, three barracuda, and two bonito. On the May 14 trip, however, the 49 anglers on board landed 50 yellowtails. Ultra had 10 anglers on an overnight trip and caught 39 yellowtails and one halibut. Monte Carlo’s half-day trip on May 15 had eight anglers and had limits of 80 assorted rockfish and 20 whitefish.

At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, there were 10 anglers aboard Spitfire’s May 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 50 rockfish and 50 sculpin along with 70 sand dabs. Betty-O had seven anglers on its May 15 three-quarter-day trip and caught limits of 70 rockfish and one sculpin.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: While afternoon winds continue to be a problem, most landings in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region are running boats every day and finding good to excellent rockfish action, and the surface bite is starting to pick up with more yellowtail and calico bass reported in the past week.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Speed Twin had 52 anglers on its May 16 half-day trip and landed 448 assorted rockfish, 25 whitefish, and one lingcod. Island Tak had a full-day surface charter, and the five anglers on board had five-fish limits of keeper calicos. It’s May 15 trip with nine anglers produced 45 calicos for limits and a bonus yellowtail.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, the most recent trip was a three-quarter-day trip May 12. Coroloma had 17 anglers who had limits of 170 assorted rockfish.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit had 24 anglers on its May 16 full-day and landed 186 assorted rockfish, 91 whitefish, two sheephead, and two sculpin. Amigo’s May 15 full-day trip with 11 anglers produced 10 yellowtails and limits of 110 assorted rockfish.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, there were 25 anglers on Coral Sea’s May 16 three-quarter-day trip and landed 148 red snapper along with 102 other assorted rockfish for full limits. Stardust had a half-day on May 16 with 36 anglers and landed 87 red snapper, 81 other rockfish, five whitefish, three lingcod, and one sheephead.

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Afternoon winds continue to hamper the full-day anglers, but morning trips have been pleasant this past week and the rockfish bite has been excellent for Central Coast boats running out of Avila Beach and Morro Bay.

Inside Morro Bay, leopard sharks to 5 feet long have been reported in the past week, and there is also good jacksmelt and perch action on sabiki rigs baited with pieces of shrimp. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lugworms.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Flying Fish had 24 anglers on its May 16 three-quarter-day trip and landed 143 assorted rockfish, 72 bolina, and 25 red snapper for full rockfish limits and had two lingcod. Patriot had a half-day with 11 anglers and they caught 66 rockfish, 39 red snapper, and five bocaccio (also for limits).

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 17 anglers on its May 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 140 red snapper, 25 assorted rockfish, five bocaccio for limit, and five lingcod. The Sunday half-day trip on Rita G had 22 anglers and landed 198 red snapper, 22 other assorted rockfish, and two ling cod. Last week, Rita G deckhand Manny Castorena went on a Fiesta three-quarter-day trip on his day off, and caught a 19-pound lingcod on a 12-ounce Big Rig Flutter Jig.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had nine anglers on its half-day trip May 15 and caught 90 assorted rockfish for limits. Endeavor had 16 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 160 assorted 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 jaunt 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.


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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