Ocean Fishing Report, Nov. 17

BIG BLUEFIN BITE CONTINUES: The action on the giant bluefin tuna at the Cortez and Tanner banks continues for the overnight and longer trips from Southern California landings. These fish are mostly from 70 to 100 pounds or bigger and the hook-up to land ratio remains pretty dismal.

The scores really tell the story. New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing returned from a 1.5-day trip and the 20 anglers on board landed 13 of the big bluefin. On Sunday’s trip, 32 anglers had 18 bluefin. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was also out on a 1.5-day trip that returned Nov. 16. The 22 anglers  landed six bluefin. Aztec, also out of Seaforth on a 1.5-day trip, had 28 anglers on Nov. 15 and landed 27 bluefin. Aztec‘s Sunday trip with 26 anglers only produced seven bluefin. Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 34 anglers on its Nov. 15 1.5-day trip and landed 24 bluefin. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 36 anglers on its Nov. 15 1.5-day trip and caught 34 bluefin. On Nov. 13, there were 35 anglers who landed 29 bluefin. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 28 anglers on its Nov. 13 1.5-day trip and they landed 16 bluefin. Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing had 36 anglers on its Nov. 13 1.5-day trip and they landed 10 bluefin.

Anglers on longer trips usually come armed with 80-pound class gear and bigger and the catch rates have been a little better. Pacific Voyager, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, was on a three-day trip with 15 anglers last weekend and landed 36 big bluefin and 95 yellowtail.

CATALINA YELLOWTAIL STILL WIDE OPEN: The yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has been wide open for the past week going into the full moon, and it has remained hot every day since. The catches aboard Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing tell the story. This boat had 63 anglers on its Nov. 15 full-day trip to Catalina and landed 230 yellowtail, seven bonito and six calico bass. The Nov. 14 trip with 53 anglers produced 237 yellowtail along with 12 bonito, nine calico bass, four perch and two sheephead. The Nov. 13 trip had 47 anglers who landed 180 yellowtail, 18 bonito, 14 calico bass and two barracuda. On Nov. 12, 58 anglers had 174 yellowtail; the Nov. 11 trip had 63 anglers catching 181 yellows. Well you get it.

YELLOWFIN STILL AROUND: Don’t think all of the yellowfin are gone from local waters. The few boats still prospecting for these tuna continue to find schools of these fish as close as 20 miles off the coast. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker was on at Catalina on a three-quarter day trip Nov. 14 and had two yellowfin in the channel along with 55 yellowtail, nine perch, four sheephead, three calico bass, one whitefish and one bonito. Oceanside 95 has been looking for the bluefin along with many other boats, but a Nov. 11 trip with 33 anglers on board yielded two yellowfin and 18 big bluefin.

SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: While the Coronado Islands yellowtail bite has been off, there have been some local yellowtail off Point Loma. Sea Watch out of Seaforth Sportfishing has been picking up a few each day this past week on its half-day trips. On Nov. 15, with 15 anglers, the final tally was three yellowtail, one white seabass and 12 calicos. It’s Nov. 14 trip featured 14 anglers who landed four yellowtail, 21 keeper calicos, six bonito and five rockfish. A Nov. 13 afternoon trip had 12 anglers who landed 16 yellowtail and one calico.

NEARSHORE ROCKFISH AND BASS: The bulk of the half-day boats and the Channel Islands boats are fishing for bottom fish and/or bass and the bites have been very good. Some scores from north to south: Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing had 13 anglers on its full-day trip Nov. 15 and landed 15 keeper calicos (more than 100 released), five sand bass, 23 whitefish, four sheephead, and a bonus white seabass. Also on Nov. 15, Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip with 15 anglers and landed 135 rockfish, eight ling cod and one whitefish. On Nov. 14, New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 27 anglers on its half-day trip and they landed 250 rockfish, two sheephead and two ling cod. A Nov. 13 half-day trip on this boat had 94 anglers and landed 725 rockfish. On Nov. 12, Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its local three-quarter day trip and landed 115 whitefish, 39 rockfish, 21 red snapper, two sheephead and one sand bass. On Nov. 15, Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 12 anglers who landed 110 rockfish, five lingcod, three sheephead, three calico bass and two bonito.

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.

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; Daveyís 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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