Ocean Fishing Report, May 19 report

BLUEFIN TUNA STILL THERE BUT TOUGH: The bluefin tuna are still offshore in decent numbers, but it has been hit and miss again this week. Part of the problem is the quality of fish showing, but the bite has also been inconsistent. The scores from this week show fewer numbers of fish in the hold. The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had a 1 1/2-day trip on Sunday with 33 anglers and they landed 15 bluefin tuna. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 22 anglers on Sunday and they landed eight bluefin tuna. The Relentless out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip with eight anglers and they landed one bluefin. The Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with 28 anglers and they landed just one bluefin and eight bonito.

SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: The Coronado Islands continue to hold yellowtail, but not in the same kind of volume as last year this time and the size is far more variable. A decent percent of the catch is still bigger grade fish over 20 pounds, and scores of nearly a yellow per rod have been the norm this past week. There have also been a lot of barracuda in this bite — along with rockfish and sculpin. The Malihini out of H&M Landing was on a three-quarter day trip on Wednesday with just six anglers and they landed five yellowtail, 13 barracuda, 35 rockfish, and three lingcod. On its Tuesday trip 19 anglers landed 13 yellowtail, 46 rockfish, and 52 sculpin. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 30 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 23 yellowtail, 40 rockfish, and a bonito. The Tuesday trip with 32 anglers produced 11 yellowtail, 28 barracuda, and a bonito, while the Monday trip with 30 anglers ended with 43 yellowtail, four bonito, and two barracuda on deck. The Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip Sunday with 25 anglers and they landed 37 yellowtail, four barracuda, and two bonito.

CATALINA UPDATE: Catalina Island has continued to produce a nice mixed bag of yellowtail, bottom fish, bonito, and bass for the boats running across the channel. The white seabass are also showing in better numbers by the day. Most of the yellowtail showing are smaller grade fish less than eight pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was on a full-day trip Wednesday with 60 anglers and they landed 75 yellowtail, 33 bonito, 31 calico bass, eight perch, and one barracuda. On its Tuesday trip with 45 anglers, there were 62 yellowtail, 38 bonito, 33 calico bass, 17 perch, five sheephead, and four barracuda put on the boat. On the Freelance out of Davey’s Locker, its Wednesday three-quarter day trip with 56 anglers produced 25 yellowtail, 81 bonito, 25 barracuda, five calico bass, three whitefish, and one sheephead. The Tuesday trip with 61 anglers ended with 32 yellowtail, 210 sculpin, 40 bonito, 30 barracuda, 20 whitefish, three sheephead, and two calico bass.

SAN CLEMENTE UPDATE: The fishing at San Clemente continues to be pretty consistent on yellowtail, bass, and bottom fish in recent days. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip Wednesday with 30 anglers and they had 30 yellowtail. Its Tuesday overnight jaunt with 29 anglers produced 31 yellowtail, 72 calico bass, 48 whitefish, 47 rockfish, 26 perch, and six sheephead. The scores have improved since late last week and through the weekend, when the tally was frequently only one to three yellowtail per trip.

WHITE SEABASS IN CHANNEL ISLANDS: The white seabass is starting to take off in the Channel Islands. The Island Tak out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on a full-day trip with nine anglers on Wednesday and they landed seven white seabass, two yellowtail, 16 rockfish, 11 calico bass, and two barracuda. On its Tuesday trip, 10 anglers had two white seabass and 21 calico bass.

LOCAL ROCKFISH STILL GOOD, BASS MALINGERING: The rockfish action has remained good along much of the coast. The best action is for the more northerly boats, but there continue to be pretty good scores posted for Los Angeles and Orange county landings. The sand bass bite is still slow for boats running twilight trips, but the calico bass bite is improving in nearshore waters all along the coast. The city of Long Beach out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing has been averaging about three bottom fish per rod on its half-day trips. On its Sunday morning half-day, there were 42 anglers who landed 70 rockfish, 18 red snapper, and 13 whitefish. The afternoon trip with 25 anglers produced 47 red snapper, 23 whitefish, 19 rockfish, and three sheephead. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing has been seeing about the same scores. On Wednesday, the half-day trip with 27 anglers returned with 100 rockfish, 14 ling cod, three sculpin, and two sand bass. Spitfire, also out of Marina del Rey, had a three-quarter day trip Wednesday with 21 anglers and they landed 150 red snapper, 60 rockfish, and one lingcod. That is limits on the rockfish. Up in the Channel Islands, Speed Twin out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its half-day Wednesday and they landed a bonus yellowtail along with 170 rockfish, three barracuda, a calico bass, a sheephead, a whitefish, and one ling cod.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next available trip is a two-day jaunt leaving Sunday, July 10, aboard Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker. Cost per angler is $300. Check 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.

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