Ocean Fishing Report, Nov. 16

SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE UPDATE: The overnight and longer trips running out of San Diego continue to see good fishing, mostly on quality yellowfin, but schools of the bigger bluefin tuna still mixed in. The loads are light and the number of boats making the run to the offshore grounds dwindling so staying on the fish has been a little more difficult.

Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 18 anglers on its Nov. 15 1.5-day trip this week, and skipper Greg Gawitt called it “some of the best fishing we’ve seen — ever — on the big fish. We lost a lot of fish. They were big, really big, to jumbo. Those were the three classes of fish we saw.” Overall, the 18 anglers on board landed 18 of the big bluefin from 150 to 200-plus pounds, and 41 yellowfin from 25 pounds 70 pounds.

Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 20 anglers on its Nov. 15 1.5-day trip and caught 177 yellowfin tuna and four yellowtails. The Nov. 12 1.5-day trip went out with 15 anglers and landed 81 yellowfin.

New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its Nov. 12 1.5-day trip and landed 108 yellowfin tuna. Also on Nov. 12, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 19 anglers on its 1.5-day trip and caught two bluefin tuna and 74 yellowfin.

SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER-DAY UPDATE: The three-quarter-day boats out of San Diego continue to have pretty good yellowtail fishing around the Coronado Islands, along with getting a lot of the bigger grade bonito. There are also still some schools of bluefin in this area, albeit mostly smaller grade fish.

San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 20 anglers on its Nov. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 38 yellowtails, 53 rockfish, 16 bonito, and one lingcod. The Nov. 12 trip with 35 anglers produced two bluefin, 41 yellowtails, and 175 bonito.

Mission Belle, a three-quarter-day boat out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had 17 anglers on its Nov. 12 trip and landed 28 yellowtails, 50 bonito, and 12 calico bass. The Nov. 11 trip with 23 anglers returned with two bluefin tuna and 32 yellowtails along with 35 bonito, eight rockfish, three calicos, and one lingcod. It’s Nov. 10 trip went out with 28 anglers and returned with two bluefin, 76 yellowtails, 50 bonito, five rockfish, and four calico bass.

CATALINA AND NEARSHORE UPDATE: The Los Angeles and Orange County boats are either fishing local rockfish or running out to Catalina and getting a mixed bag anchored by the bottom fish. Only a few yellowtail have shown in the past week, but the overnight boats are still heading out to the offshore grounds to the southwest and finding yellowfin tuna.

Running overnight trips, Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had good yellowfin tuna fishing over the weekend. Its Nov. 12 trip with 35 anglers produced 73 yellowfin, including fish over 50 pounds, while the Nov. 11 trip with 34 anglers returned with 137 yellowfin.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker in Balboa had 16 anglers on its Nov. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 115 rockfish, 42 whitefish, 12 perch, and two sheephead. The Nov. 14 trip with 25 anglers produced 225 rockfish, 65 whitefish, 10 perch, and four sheephead.

Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Nov. 14 three-quarter-day trip and landed 60 quality bonito, 33 calico bass, 32 whitefish, 20 rockfish, 10 red snapper, three sand bass, and three lingcod.

Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 27 anglers on its Nov. 12 full-day trip and caught 145 of the bigger bonito, 75 rockfish, 34 red snapper, 29 bocaccio, 15 whitefish, six calicos, and five sheephead.

At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, New Del Mar had 28 anglers on Nov. 15 half-day trip and landed 214 rockfish and five lingcod. The three-quarter-day Spitfire had 14 anglers on Nov. 15 and  caught 75 rockfish and 33 bonito. The Nov. 14 trip with 28 anglers returned with 170 rockfish and one mako shark.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have excellent rockfish action, but the bite on calico bass is dwindling for most boats. Those targeting the bass are still getting the fish. A few yellowtail continue to show, mostly quality fish in the 15 to 25-pound range, but the numbers have declined.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Sea Jay was on a full-day trip with nine anglers on Nov. 15 and landed one yellowtail, 28 calico bass, 58 rockfish, four whitefish, and four lingcod. Mirage‘s Nov. 15 overnight trip had 15 anglers on board who managed three yellowtails, limits of 150 rockfish, 53 whitefish, 21 lingcod, three sheephead, and one halibut.

At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, New Hustler had nine anglers on a Nov. 15 overnight trip and landed limits of 90 rockfish, 30 whitefish, seven sheephead, one lingcod, and one perch.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Pacific Dawn was on a full-day trip with 20 anglers and landed three yellowtails, limits of 200 rockfish, 30 lingcod, and three sole.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea was out Nov. 15 with 23 anglers and landed 229 rockfish, 184 whitefish, four lingcod, two sheephead, and one Cabazon.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Second week in a row with good weather for fishing, allowing boats out every day again. The rockfish bite has remained excellent and the lingcod bite is good now.

For bay and surf anglers, the two to three-pound surf perch are still showing in decent numbers on Rapala jigs and bloodworms or lugworms. The bay has been tougher with very few reports this week.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta‘s Nov. 15 half-day trip  with 24 anglers produced 120 red snapper and 120 assorted rockfish for limits along with 48 lings. Rita G with 17 anglers, also on Nov. 15, had 122 rockfish, 14 red snapper, and 17 bonus lings. Top lingcod caught in the past week was a 27.2-pounder landed by Eric Solario, Santa Maria, while Therman Calloway, Pacoima, landed a 17.5-pounder, both on Fiesta trips.

At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had a three-quarter-day trip trip with 21 anglers, Nov. 14. They landed 130 assorted rockfish, 80 red snapper, and 40 lingcod. Top lingcod this past week were a pair of 24-pounders, one from Avenger and the other on Endeavor.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 10 anglers on its Nov. 15 half-day trip and landed 68 rockfish, 10 red snapper, and 20 lingcod. Phenix had 10 anglers on its Nov. 15 three-quarter-day trip and landed 49 rockfish, 43 bolina, eight red snapper, and 17 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. For more information, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.

LANDING CONTACTS
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; Hookís 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; Daveyís Locker, Newport Beach, 949-673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, 949-496-5794; Helgren’s Sportfishing, Oceanside, 760-722-2133; Fishermanís 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.

YOUR FISHING REPORTS
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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