Ocean Fishing Report, May 18

SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The bluefin tuna have been absent from the San Diego and Oceanside counts since late last week, mostly thanks to tough weather conditions on the offshore grounds, but that looked to be turning around on Wednesday this week with the weather change.

The three-quarter-day boat, San Diego, out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 29 anglers on Wednesday and  landed two bluefin along with 101 yellowtail and 75 bonito. Until that catch, the three-quarter-day fleet had been locked in on yellowtail hammering limits or near-limits of fish from three to 10 pounds most days while the bluefin were absent.

Mission Belle, the three-quarter-day boat out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had just five anglers on Wednesday’s trip and landed limits of 25 yellowtail and 11 bonito. Belle has had limits or near limits of yellowtail on all of its trips this past week. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 21 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 87 yellowtail and 17 bonito. The Tuesday trip with 15 anglers returned with limits of 75 yellwotail. That boat’s counts have been limit or near-limits on the tails much of the past week. Malihini, out of H&M Landing, has been like the other three-quarter-day boats out of San Diego landings, posting yellowtail limits on Monday for 16 anglers (80 fish), and every other day out over the past week.

Weather has kept most of the longer trips in port since the weekend, and even then the number of boats out was down. Those making the longer runs found only good yellowtail fishing.

New Lo-An, on a 1.5-day trip out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had 29 anglers on a weekend trip and  landed 145 yellowtail (limits). Old Glory out of H&M Landing had a 1.5-day jaunt that returned Sunday and the 20 anglers on board had 100 yellowtail.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out most-recently on Sunday on an overnight trip with 15 anglers and  landed limits of 75 yellowtail. Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing has been on 1.5-day trip since last Thursday and that trip was with 16 anglers who landed limits of 80 yellowtail along with five bonito.

CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATES: In spite of the weather, the overnight boats out of the Los Angeles and Orange county landings have continued to focus on San Clemente and Santa Barbara islands, hoping for yellowtail, but often settling for good catches of bottom fish, while the full day and three-quarter-day boats have mostly been at Catalina for a mixed bag. Squid is still everywhere and easy to make at both Catalina and Clemente, but the weather conditions have not made things pleasant for anglers on these trips.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker returned from its most-recent 1.5-day trip on Sunday, and the 25 anglers on board had 137 yellowtail, but that was one of the best scores of the past week. The ‘Birds overnight trip on Friday with 30 anglers produced 44 yellowtail, 100 whitefish, and two sheephead.

It has been much tougher for the all-day and three-quarter-day boats at Catalina, but that also appears to be turning around with the weather change late in the week.
The full-day Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 30 anglers on its Tuesday trip this week and landed 25 yellowtail, 17 calico bass, nine whitefish, seven perch, five barracuda, three sheephead, and three bonito.

Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had just eight anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter-day trip and had all bottom fish, including 36 red snapper, 32 rockfish, 15 whitefish, and one sheephead. You have to go back to last Tuesday to see a yellowtail in the counts. While the three-quarter-day boat, Freelance, out of Davey’s Locker had two yellowtail on Sunday’s trip with 77 anglers, the rest of the catch included 115 rockfish, 30 red snapper, 12 whitefish, 11 sculpin, 10 bocaccio, and five bonito.

NORTHERN CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: There continues to be a pretty fair pick on yellowtail and white seabass in the northern Channel Islands, especially at Anacapa Island in spite of rougher conditions.

Aloha Spirit out of Channel Island Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip and landed seven yellowtail and three white seabass. Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its Monday full-day trip and had 150 rockfish, three whitefish, and one sand bass. The Sunday trip had one white seabass for 15 anglers, along with 126 rockfish and three sheephead.

GRUNION UPDATE: While catching grunion is not allowed in April and May, the next runs are May 25-28, June 9-12, and June 24-27.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing leaving June 25. The early-booking price is $400 (normal price $550). 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 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, 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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