Ocean Fishing Report, May 24

BLUEFIN TUNA BITE UPDATE: The bluefin tuna continue to show but the numbers have been spottier this past week. Fortunately, the yellowtails are showing in decent numbers at these offshore banks for the overnight and 1.5-day trips. The one-day and three-quarter-day bite went away.

On May 23, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 11 anglers on its overnight trip. The final count was two bluefin and 41 yellowtails. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing, also on a May 23 overnight trip, had 12 anglers who landed five bluefin and limits of 60 yellowtails. Producer out of H&M Landing had a 1.5-day trip on May 20, and the 10 anglers on board managed one bluefin, 15 yellowtails, and one bonito. Also on May 20, New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 32 anglers on its 1.5-day trip and landed just one bluefin but managed 76 yellowtails.

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 with some pretty good calico bass scores and a few more yellowtail this week.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker in Balboa had 65 anglers on its packed three-quarter-day trip May 22and landed one yellowtail, 127 sculpin, 103 whitefish, five bonito, and three barracuda.

Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing in San Pedro had 15 anglers on its May 22 three-quarter-day trip and landed 54 perch, 47 whitefish, 41 keeper calico bass, 27 sheephead, and two bonito.

The half-day New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its May 22 trip and landed 130 rockfish and 25 whitefish.

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, white sea bass, and calico bass reported again this week over last week.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Aloha Spirit had 11 anglers on its May 22 full-day trip and landed 11 white sea bass, nine yellowtails, 12 calico bass, and 10 rockfish. Sea Jay, also on a full-day trip with 10 anglers, reported four yellowtails, three white seabass, six calicos, two whitefish, and two rockfish.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma had a three-quarter-day trip May 23 with 16 anglers on board and landed 160 rockfish, three whitefish, and one sculpin.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Pacific Dawn had 16 anglers on its May 21 overnight trip and landed 160 rockfish, 55 whitefish, five calico bass, and five sheephead.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, there were 25 anglers on the May 23 three-quarter-day trip aboard the Coral Sea and caught limits of 250 assorted rockfish along with six lingcod.

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Afternoon winds continue to hamper the full-day anglers and were particularly fierce early this week. But when boats get out the rockfish bite has been excellent for Central Coast boats running out of Avila Beach and Morro Bay.

Inside Morro Bay, leopard sharks continue to bite pretty well, and there continues to be decent 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, Phenix had eight anglers on its three-quarter-day trip May 23 and landed 55 bolina, 16 assorted rockfish, six red snapper, along with five lingcod, two Cabazon, and one halibut.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 23 anglers on its May 23 full-day trip and caught 160 red snapper, 50 other assorted rockfish, 20 bocaccio, and 46 lingcod.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 25 anglers on its trip May 22 and caught 250 assorted rockfish for limits along with 15 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.


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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