BLUEFIN BITE UPDATE: The pick on huge bluefin continues, but schools of smaller fish are now dominant in the region. These are mostly 15 pounds up to 60 pounds. Few of the 200-plus pound fish are showing in recent days, but still a possibility. The yellowfin tuna and Dorado bite that had been attracting most boats in the San Diego fleet has dried up, and fewer boats from the Los Angeles and Orange County fleet have been making the overnight or longer runs since the size of the bluefin has declined.
The three-quarter-day boat Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 24 anglers on its Oct. 30 trip and landed seven bluefin and 32 yellowtails, along 75 bonito, 12 rockfish, and five calico bass.
Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 20 anglers on its Oct. 30 overnight trip and had Mexican limits of 40 bluefin, but no bruisers.
New Lo-An out of Fisherman’s Landing had 15 anglers on its Oct. 31 1.5-day trip and landed limits of 30 bluefin and 45 yellowtails.
Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing also had limits of 38 bluefin for 19 anglers on its Nov. 1 1.5-day trip with 19 anglers, and all of the fish were 40 to 50 pounds.
Fortune out of 22nd Street Landing had 15 anglers on its Oct. 30 1.5-day trip and landed 30 bluefin and 43 yellowtail.
CATALINA AND NEARSHORE UPDATE: The yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has remained tough, but the bite on bonito has stayed fair to good and the mixed bag of bass and mixed bottom fish has added variety to the sacks. Along the coast, there has been a major shift to bottom fish this week, with generally very good action.
On Nov. 1, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 27 anglers on its three- quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed one yellowtail, 51 bonito, 19 calico bass, 10 perch, six sheephead, and one sand bass.
Sportking out of L.A. Harbor Sportfishing had 11 anglers on its Oct. 31 trip and landed just 13 keeper calico bass, 13 red snapper, 12 assorted rockfish, nine whitefish, four bonito, and three sheephead.
At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, Spitfire had 13 anglers on its Nov. 1 three-quarter-day trip and landed 80 red snapper, 35 rockfish, and two lingcod.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have good rockfish action, but the calico bass and yellowtail bite has also been very good for boats targeting these fish, and a few white sea bass continue to show up in the catch.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing, Island Tak was on a full-day trip Nov. 1 with 10 anglers and had limits of calico bass (50) and 15 yellowtails. Sea Jay, also on a full-day trip Nov. 1, had eight anglers who landed 40 calicos, two yellowtail, and a white sea bass. Speed Twin, on a half-day trip with 19 anglers, had 190 rockfish.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo’s Oct. 30 full-day with 18 anglers returned with 65 rockfish, 37 whitefish, 36 lingcod, three sheephead, two bonito, and one cabazon.
At Hook’s Landing, Coroloma had 16 anglers on its Nov. 1 three-quarter- day trip and landed 105 rockfish, 88 whitefish, 39 red snapper, and two lingcod.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The weather has been better this week, allowing boats out most days, and the he excellent rockfish bite continued.
For shore-bound anglers, the surf perch action continues fair to good when the winds back off. Lug worms and Rapala jigs are the best bets. Inside the bay, the leopard sharks are still providing pretty good action and some anglers are reporting getting spooled by big bat rays.
At Virgís Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta was on full-day trip Nov. 1 and the 25 anglers on board had 175 red snapper, 75 assorted rockfish to fill out limits, and 32 lingcod. On Oct. 31, three-quarter-day trip, the 21 anglers on Fiesta had 180 rockfish, 28 red snapper, two Cabazon, and four lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had just nine anglers on its three-quarter-day trip on Nov. 1 and landed 80 rockfish, 10 red snapper, and four lingcod.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, most recent boat out was Oct. 28 when the Phenix had a half-day trip with eight anglers who landed 76 rockfish, two red snapper, and two bocaccio, along with four 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. 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, 949-675-0550; Davey’s Locker, Newport Beach, 949-673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, 949-496-5794; Helgrenís 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.
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