LEGENDARY BIG BLUEFIN YEAR CONTINUES: The bluefin tuna bite surged back on this week in this amazing fall tuna action that just won’t end. Water temperatures remain up from 66 to 68 degrees in most areas and the warm weather is sustaining these surface temperatures. The big bluefin remain off San Clemente at the Cortez and Tanner banks, while the yellowfin are in scatter schools off Dana Point, Newport Beach and Catalina Island. Most of the overnight and 1.5-day boat are getting squid for the early morning and late evening action on bluefin and then chasing dolphin during the middle part of the day for yellowfin and using sardines. The bluefin remain from 70 to 100 pounds and most anglers are taking four different rigs holding 20-, 40-, 60- and 80-pound class line to meet all conditions. There have also been a lot blue sharks mixed in on the offshore action so anglers need to bring extra gear.
The size of the bluefin means hook to land ratios have been from one-in-four when they are biting light line to as high as nearly three-of-four if they eat the heavy string.
Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with 15 anglers on board and had 36 yellowfin to 40 pounds chasing dolphin schools. Aztec, also out of Seaforth, had a 1.5-day trip on Nov. 9 and the 13 anglers on board had 19 bluefin (17 over 100 pounds) along with 16 yellowfin. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 28 anglers on its Nov. 8 1.5-day trip and landed 23 bluefin and one yellowfin. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 36 anglers on its overnight trip and landed 18 bluefin, losing twice that many along with a number of blue sharks lost.
CATALINA REMAINS GOOD: The local boats still making the run to Catalina for yellowtail continue to find good fishing at the island with averages over the past week of one to five yellows per rod. Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 13 anglers last week and landed 10 yellowtail along with 54 bonito, 17 calico bass, 12 whitefish and three sheephead.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 29 anglers and landed 75 yellowtail, 20 bonito, and six calicos on a Nov. 8 trip. One day earlier Pursuit had 19 anglers had 100 yellowtail, 14 bonito, and 10 calicos.
ROCKFISH GOOD TO EXCELLENT: For the nearshore fleet fishing half- and three-quarter-day trips all along the coast (or longer trips up in the Channel Islands), the bottom fish bite has been good to excellent with five to 10 fish per rod common and a nice variety showing on these trips. A few boats are also still focusing on bass and having pretty decent fishing.
Premier, a half-day boat out of H&M Landing, had 15 anglers on Nov. 9 and landed 40 rockfish and one sheephead in the morning trip. The half-day Clemente out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Nov. 8 trip and they landed 20 keeper calicos, releasing 65 shorts, along with nine legal sand bass and nine sheephead. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Nov. 8 half-day trip and landed 205 rockfish and one lingcod. Out of Channel Island Sportfishing, Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip with 11 anglers and they landed 110 rockfish, two lingcod, and a whitefish. Pacific Islander, also out of CISCO Landing, was on an overnight trip Nov. 6 and 7 and the 27 anglers had 270 rockfish, 81 lingcod, 47 whitefish, six perch, two sheephead and two sole.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The last of the 976-TUNA instructional charters for 2016 has been completed. These trips are held from early spring through early fall, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. These trips will resume next spring. For more information, check on 976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
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