Ocean Fishing Report, May 3

BLUEFIN TUNA BITE UPDATE: While the fish have been a little picky again this week, there is still a very good volume of bluefin tuna for the full-day to 1.5-day boats running offshore. Most of the fish are still in the 20- to 30-pound range, but skippers continue to report bigger fish.

New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing blanked on Wednesday’s 1.5-day trip for bluefin, with nine anglers landing 30 bonito. But on Sunday, 32 anglers managed 27 bluefin to 30 pounds, while last Thursday’s trip had 11 anglers catching four tuna.

At H&M Landing, Old Glory ran a 1.5-day trip on Sunday and the 13 anglers on that jaunt landed two bluefin, four yellowtails, and 65 nice bonito. The Saturday Diawa Pacific overnight trip with 24 anglers produced two bluefin and four bonito.

SAN DIEGO CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail are starting to show in very good numbers at the Coronado Islands in better numbers.

On Wednesday this week, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its full-day trip and landed 72 yellowtails and 25 bonito. On Monday, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had a full-day trip with eight anglers and landed 39 yellowtails (one shy of limits) and eight bonito.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY BOATS STILL ROCKFISHING: The weather through the middle part of this week makes you understand why rockfish are still the mainstay for the Los Angeles and Orange county-based sportboats. The weather matched the ocean this week.

At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, Freelance had just 18 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 61 whitefish, 21 bonito, four calico bass, and two rockfish. At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, the full-day Pursuit had 54 anglers on Wednesday and caught 295 assorted rockfish, 40 bocaccio, 32 whitefish, 28 red snapper, 17 sculpin, six sole, and one sheephead. Those scores have been pretty typical for the past week.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: A few white sea bass, yellowtail, and calicos continue to show for the northern Channel Islands for boats running out of Oxnard to Santa Barbara landings, but overall the focus is still on the excellent rockfish, whitefish, and lingcod bites.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, there were 10 anglers on the Wednesday full-day trip on the Aloha Spirit and landed full limits of 100 assorted rockfish, 98 whitefish, and two sheephead. Speed Twin’s half-day trip the same day had 10 anglers who landed 100 rockfish, 52 whitefish, and one ling.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Outrider was on an overnight trip with seven anglers on Wednesday and landed two yellowtails, 60 rockfish, five calico bass, two sheephead, and one lingcod.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Island Spirit was on a full-day trip Sunday; the 28 anglers on board landed 184 assorted rockfish, 60 whitefish, one lingcod, one sheephead, and one sand bass.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the Stardust had a three-quarter-day Wednesday, and the 28 anglers on board landed 191 assorted rockfish and 89 red snapper for full limits.

CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH UPDATE: The rockfish bite on the Central Coast for Avila Beach and Morro Bay landings has been very good with some bouts of wind over the past week.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Flying Fish had seven anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 41 red snapper, 25 other rockfish, four bocaccio, and five lingcod. Patriot‘s half-day trip with nine anglers returned with 53 rockfish, 27 red snapper, three bolina, and three lingcod.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 18 anglers on its full-day trip Wednesday and landed 140 red snapper, 20 other assorted rockfish, and 20 bocaccio for limits. They also had limits of 36 lingcod. Rita G’s half-day trip Wednesday, had 14 anglers who landed 70 red snapper and 70 other rockfish for limits, and they had one bonus lingcod.

At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 12 anglers on its full-day trip, and they landed limits of 120 rockfish and 24 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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