BIG BLUEFIN STILL GOOD ON TANNER BANK: Despite windy conditions that have hampered fishing, the bigger boats are still finding good numbers of the big bluefin tuna on the Tanner Bank. The fish continue to be excellent quality, running from 60 to 120 pounds. The big tuna are focusing on squid, and most boats are carrying the candy bait.
The scores tell the story. Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 1.5-day trip on Nov. 21 and the 30 anglers on board had 43 bluefin. Tribute, also out of Seaforth Sportfishing on a 1.5-day trip on Nov. 27, had 30 anglers and they caught 44 bluefin, 12 bonito, and a mako shark. Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 35 anglers on its 1.5-day trip, and they landed 49 bluefin to 112 pounds. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 28 anglers on its 1.5-day trip and they landed 42 bluefin. Also on Nov. 27, New Lo-An out of Point Loma had 32 anglers on a 1.5-day trip and they landed 21 bluefin. Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing had 30 anglers on an overnight trip on Nov. 21, and they landed 32 bluefin and 17 yellowtail.
YELLOWFIN IN OVERNIGHT RANGE: While the location was not disclosed, Outer Limits out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip on Nov. 22 with 16 anglers. They landed 44 yellowfin tuna and two yellowtail.
CATLINA YELLOWTAIL STILL GOOD: The yellowtail action at Catalina Island remains very consistent with scores ranging from excellent to decent over the week of Nov. 21 to Nov. 27. Add in a good bite on the bonito, a few bass, and a mix of bottom fish, and you have very good action continuing at Catalina.
Some scores to illustrate: On one of the best trips of the past week, Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 58 anglers on Sunday. They landed 120 yellowtail, 80 bonito, 40 red snapper, 30 perch, 13 sheephead, seven calico bass, and two lingcod. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 69 anglers on its full-day trip to Catalina on Nov. 27, and they had 10 yellowtail, 37 bonito, six perch, two calico bass, two sheephead, and one halibut. Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had 17 anglers on Nov. 22, and they landed 13 yellowtail, 57 bonito, 11 whitefish and four calico bass. Sportking’s Saturday trip this past week had 32 anglers who landed 160 yellowtail, 42 bonito, 12 calico bass, 10 whitefish, and three sheephead.
ROCKFISH SCORES GOOD: While the boat traffic is light, there has been good bottom fish action along much of the coast for the half-day and local three-quarter day boats, especially at the more northerly landings. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a half-day trip on Nov. 22 with 60 anglers, and they had 330 rockfish. The half-day on the same boat on Nov. 27 with 48 anglers nearly had limits of 470 rockfish. Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing had 21 anglers on Nov. 22 on a full-day trip. They had 210 whitefish, 125 rockfish, 66 ling cod, and one sheephead. On Nov. 23, Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 29 anglers on its three-quarter day trip. They landed 290 rockfish and one lingcod. On Nov. 22 trip, the 52 anglers on Gentleman landed 520 whitefish, 105 rockfish, 13 lings, and five sheephead.
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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