Ocean Fishing Report, May 31

OFFSHORE UPDATE NEWS: A few big bluefin tuna continue to show on the offshore banks for the overnight to 2.5-day trips running to these offshore spots. There is also still a decent yellowtail bite on these trips. While sometimes spotty, the quality has been good.

On May 30, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 13 anglers on its overnight trip and landed one bluefin and six yellowtails. Slow day, right? Well, yes, but that bluefin was one of four hooked late in the trip, and it weighed right at 200 pounds. The ‘Queen also had a 190-pounder earlier in the week.

On May 27, Prowler out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 21 anglers on a 1.5-day trip and worked several schools of bluefin without getting a fish. But on this trip, they found a nice string of floating kelp and managed to put 61 yellowtails on the boat.

CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The Coronado Islands bite is turning on again for surface species with yellowtail, keeper calicos, bonito, and a few barracuda showing in the three-quarter and full-day trips running to the islands over the past week.

Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 10 anglers on the May 30 full-day trip and landed 17 yellowtails, 20 calico bass, 18 bonito, four rockfish and one lingcod.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: While most of the action continues to be for bottom fish along the coast, 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.

Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker had 23 anglers on its May 30 afternoon half-day trip and landed 24 keeper calicos and three sand bass, along with 26 whitefish, three sheephead, two sculpin, and two rockfish.

Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 15 anglers on May 30’s three-quarter day trip to Catalina and landed 11 yellowtails along with 47 whitefish, 12 calicos, five sheephead, and two bonito. Even the half-day Gail Force had one yellowtail, 35 keeper calicos, 147 whitefish, 10 rockfish, 27 perch, and one barracuda for 17 anglers.


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, Erna B had 12 anglers on its May 30 three-quarter day trip and caught two yellowtail, 12 rockfish, eight keeper calicos, and one lingcod. Island Tac had 12 anglers on a full-day white sea bass trip and caught one white sea bass and 14 rockfish.

At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, Coroloma’s May 30 trip with 17 anglers on board returned with 116 rockfish, 30 whitefish, two sheephead, and two sculpin.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, Amigo had 17 anglers on its May 29 full-day trip and caught 166 whitefish, 163 rockfish, seven sheephead, and four lingcod.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, there were 24 anglers on the May 30 three-quarter day trip aboard Coral Sea and caught 235 rockfish, 116 whitefish, 21 lingcod, two Cabazon, and one sheephead.

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Afternoon winds continue to hamper the full-day anglers. But when boats getting out early continue to hammer the rockfish on 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. There was a halibut caught on a live anchovy, and Kenny Barker, Morro Bay, landed an estimated 150-pound bat ray on a whole mackerel. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lugworms.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Flying Fish had 11 anglers on its May 30 three-quarter day trip and put 67 assorted rockfish, 41 red snapper, two bocaccios, and one lingcod in their sacks.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G had 22 anglers on its morning half-day May 30 this week and landed 132 assorted rockfish and 88 red snapper for limit.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 15 anglers on its May 29 trip and caught 100 rockfish and two lings.

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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