SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL NEWS: The bite has been hit and miss for both the bluefin and yellowfin over the past week, but with calm seas by mid-week, the bite was picking back up. Skipper Gavin Harbour reported in mid-day May 24 from Pacific Queen’s overnight trip and reported 10 bluefin on the deck, but the bite was all on light line and live bait with schools of fish everywhere and flat calm seas. Lots of lost fish on the lighter gear, but some fish have been in the 100-pound class. On ‘Queen’s May 23 overnight jaunt out of Fisherman’s Landing, the 29 anglers on board didn’t land one bluefin but had five yellowtail and two bigger bonito. On the May 22 overnight with 19 anglers, there were two bluefin and 95 yellowtail (limits) landed.
There were 27 anglers on New Lo-An’s May 23 overnight trip out of Point Loma Sportfishing, and came back with 29 yellowtail up to 20-plus pounds and 88 bonito running from 4 to 8 pounds. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had a pair of good overnight trips. On May 20, the 33 anglers on board landed four bluefin and 165 yellowtail (limits), and the May 21 trip with just 19 anglers had nine bluefin and 18 yellowtail.
The three-quarter-day boats are also getting into this same bluefin bite. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing reported in on May 24 with nine bluefin early in the day. On a May 23 three-quarter-day trip, 10 anglers landed six bluefin tuna and 28 yellowtail. The May 21 trip with 28 anglers produced just nine yellowtail.
San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 25 anglers on its May 23 three-quarter-day trip and caught six bluefin tuna and one yellowfin tuna. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 11 anglers on a May 23 three-quarter-day trip and caught 18 bluefin tuna, while the May 22 trip with 13 anglers produced 10 bluefin. Vendetta out of H&M Landing had 14 anglers on its May 24 three-quarter-day trip and landed limits of 70 yellowtail.
WINDS HAMPER CLEMENTE AND CATALINA BITES: Typical for May, winds have continue to make fishing conditions tough much of the past week at both San Clemente and Catalina islands for the Los Angeles and Orange County boats making this run. The fishing was tough due to wind Wednesday (a contrast to calm conditions out of San Diego), but the yellowtail showing at San Clemente have been running from four to 30 pounds with a nice 13- to 15-pound average.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on an overnight trip to Clemente with 30 anglers on May 23 and caught 42 yellowtail. The May 22 trip, also with 30 anglers, produced 14 yellowtail. El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing was also on an overnight trip May 23, and the 23 anglers on board landed 26 yellowtail, 16 bonito, 14 whitefish, nine calico bass, two sheephead, and two rockfish. Freedom, on an overnight trip out of 22nd Street Landing May 23, had 17 anglers who landed 18 yellowtail and 45 bonito (and most of the bonito have been in the two to four-pound range off Clemente). On a May 22 overnight jaunt, 26 anglers landed 26 yellowtail and 30 rockfish.
The Catalina action has also been hampered by wind, but skippers continue to find good fallback action on bottom fish and bass. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 42 anglers on its May 23 all-day trip and landed 10 yellowtail along with 34 whitefish, 21 calico bass, 12 perch, four sheephead and two barracuda. Native Sun, also out of 22nd Street Landing, had 29 anglers on its May 24 three-quarter-day trip and landed 72 yellowtail, 42 bonito, five calico bass, and one barracuda.
LOCAL HALF- AND THREE-QUARTER DAY BOATS: The action for the near-shore half- and three-quarter day boats continues to be good for rockfish from Orange County up into the northern Channel Islands, where a few yellowtail show most days. Sport King out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had eight anglers on its May 23 three-quarter-day trip and landed 36 red snapper, 32 rockfish, 15 whitefish, and one sheephead. On May 22, Betty-0 out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 11 anglers who caught limits of 110 red snapper, 17 whitefish, and one sand bass. Pacific Dawn out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 18 anglers on its May 22 overnight trip and landed seven yellowtail and 135 rockfish. The overnight trip on Amigo on May 22, also out of Channel Islands, produced three yellowtail, 180 rockfish, and 36 ling cod for 18 anglers.
GRUNION UPDATE: While catching grunion is not allowed in April and May, the next runs are Thursday through Sunday this week, and then June 9-12, and June 24-27 during the open season.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard the 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 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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