By: Terrence Berg
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite remains strong at the Coronado Islands for the San Diego-based three-quarter day fleet. Not only has the bite become more consistent again over the past week with from one to two fish per angler average, but the size of the fish has jumped back up again. Most of the yellows are 15 to 22 pounds with more bigger than smaller. On Tuesday, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 38 anglers and they had 70 yellowtail. The Malihini out of H&M Landing had 30 anglers Tuesday and they caught 30 yellowtail, 16 bonito, 61 rockfish, and one sheephead.
SAN CLEMENTE YELLOWTAIL: The past two weeks of weather systems have dropped the water temperature around San Clemente Islands from 64 to 64 down to 60 to 62 degrees. The bite became a little tougher for yellowtail for the boats making the full-day and overnight runs out to Clemente, but the overall fishing is still pretty good, with a good volume of bonito filling in the gap. Over the weekend, the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was at Clemente on Sunday with 30 anglers and they landed just five yellowtail, 100 bonito, 26 rockfish, 25 calicos, 24 sheephead, and 23 whitefish. The El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing was out Saturday with 30 anglers at Clemente and they landed eight yellowtail, 50 calicos, nine sheephead, nine whitefish, four bonito, four rockfish, two sculpin, and one barracuda.
CATALINA YELLOWTAIL: The Catalina Island yellowtail bite has been a little more resilient than the Clemente bite with decent scores continuing to be posted. The bad news is that no a single white seabass was caught during the weekend Western Outdoor News white seabass tournament, but there was pretty decent action on yellowtail with a few halibut and decent calico bass action. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing was on a full-day trip to Catalina on Monday with 25 anglers and they landed 32 yellowtail along with 25 keeper calico bass (and 50 released), 52 rockfish, three sheephead, and one halibut.
NEARSHORE YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline has perked the last few days and it looks like the local half- and three-quarter day boats are seeing action as good as the Coronado Islands action. These are also all better quality yellows from 18 to 25 pounds. The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had 15 anglers on its Tuesday morning half-day and they landed 34 yellowtail. The Victory, also out of Pierpoint, was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 14 anglers and they landed 16 yellowtail and 70 sculpin. The Indian out of Redondo Sportfishing was out with just two anglers on Wednesday and they had seven yellowtail.
ROCKFISH STEADY: The good bottom fish bite continues all along the coast from San Diego up into the Channel Islands. The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego had 21 anglers on its morning half-day trip and they landed 91 rockfish and 64 red snapper. On Monday, the New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out on a half-day trip with 30 anglers and they had 240 rockfish, 10 sculpin, and three ling cod. The Stardust out of Sea Landing in Santa Barbara was out on Wednesday with 21 anglers on a three-quarter day trip and they landed 160 red snapper, 60 rockfish, two ling cod, and one sole.
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 trip is a two-day jaunt aboard the Apollo out of Fisherman?s Landing that departs Monday, June 1. Cost is $350 per angler. This trip could be targeting yellowfin tuna by the end of May. Check 976-TUNA.com or call (562) 352-0012 for details.
Southern California: Virgs 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 Sportfishin, 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.
Mexico Landings: Sergio’s Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.