BLUEFIN TUNA OFFSHORE UPDATE: The bite on big bluefin tuna continues to be hot for Southern California fishing the banks off San Clemente Island. The bulk of the fish being caught are over 100 pounds, and the smaller fish are mostly 40 to 60 pounds. Boats from San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties are making the run for these fish, mostly on 1.5-day trips.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 34 anglers on its Nov. 22 1.5-day trip and landed 24 bluefin to 170 pounds, with 15 of them around 120 pounds, the rest nice 50 to 60 pounders.
New Lo-An out of Point Loma had 33 anglers on its Nov. 21 1.5-day trip out to the bluefin grounds and landed 40 bluefin in an incredible bite on the big fish. Thirty were more than 100 pounds with an average of 130. The big fish was 162 pounds.
SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER-DAY: The three-quarter-day trips out of San Diego fishing around the Coronado Islands are finding a good mixed bag bite with bluefin, yellowtail, and big bonito in the mix, but few boats are making the run these days.
The three-quarter-day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 25 anglers on its Nov. 22 trip and landed two bluefin tuna, four yellowtails, 125 bonito (limits), and five calico bass. The Nov. 21 trip with 18 anglers produced two bluefin, seven yellowtails, 90 bonito, 13 rockfish, and six calico bass.
CATALINA AND NEARSHORE UPDATE: The Los Angeles and Orange County half- to full-day boats are either fishing local rockfish or running out to Catalina and getting a mixed bag of fish, anchored by the bottom fish. Only a few yellowtails have shown in the past week.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 69 anglers on its Nov. 22 three-quarter-day trip and landed 103 rockfish, 71 perch, 52 red snapper, 35 whitefish, five bonito, four sheephead, and two lingcod.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 30 anglers on its Nov. 21 full-day trip and landed 202 rockfish, 150 bonito, 23 whitefish, 18 bocaccios, 16 red snapper, seven sheephead, five perch, and two calico bass.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landingsí boats continue to have excellent rockfish action. There continue to be a few yellowtail and calico bass in the catch, too, especially on the overnight trips.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Mirage was on an overnight trip Nov. 22 with 24 anglers and landed three yellowtails, limits of 240 rockfish, 172 whitefish, 10 lingcod, and three sheephead. Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip Nov. 21 with 54 anglers who slammed the whitefish, landing 500, and that was in addition to 475 rockfish, 27 perch, 17 lingcod, and two sheephead.
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, New Hustler had nine anglers on its Nov. 20 overnight trip and landed limits of 90 rockfish and two sole. But Outrider was on a 1.5-day trip with 10 anglers and went offshore to landed 11 bluefin and one yellowfin.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo was on a full-day trip with 24 anglers, Nov. 22, and landed 50 rockfish, 48 lingcod, 45 whitefish, two sheephead, and one perch. Pacific Dawn had 24 anglers on an overnight trip Nov. 20 and landed 10 yellowtails along with 162 rockfish, 27 whitefish, and five lingcod.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea was out Nov. 22 on a three-quarter-day trip with 19 anglers and landed 189 rockfish, 126 whitefish, six lingcod, five sheephead, and one Cabazon.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Three weeks in a row with good weather, and the hot bite has continued unabated for rockfish and lings for boats running out of Avila and Morro Bay landings. In the local surf, the barred surfperch bite remains consistent on better quality fish up to three pounds on live lugworms, blood worms, ghost shrimp, or free-dried blood worms.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G was on a half-day trip with 23 anglers and landed 180 rockfish, 50 red snapper, and eight lingcod. Fiesta was on a full-day trip and the 24 anglers landed 200 red snapper, 90 rockfish, 50 bocaccios, and 48 lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 20 anglers on its Nov. 22 three-quarter-day trip and landed 230 rockfish, 33 lingcod, and 10 red snapper. Avenger had 21 anglers on its Nov. 21 half-day and caught 170 rockfish, 23 lingcod, 10 red snapper, and five bocaccios.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 51 anglers on its Nov. 22 half-day and landed 171 whitefish, 33 rockfish, and one sheephead. Phenix had 17 anglers on its Nov. 22 three-quarter-day trip and caught 107 bolina, 51 rockfish, 10 red snapper, 19 lings, two Cabazon, and one bonus halibut.
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, 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.
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