YELLOWFIN IN NOVEMBER: While the bite slacked off at mid-week, the yellowfin tuna action off San Clemente Island was good to excellent right through the weekend and into early this week before winds came up at the back end of the storm front and chopped the water temperature down a couple of degrees most places. However, with the high pressure moving in and warmer temperatures forecast through the weekend, most skippers feel this bite will come back on strong again. The fish are definitely still present.
Over the weekend, the counts ran from 20 to 30 per boat up to over 100 fish. These were mostly 20 to 40-pound fish, but some to 70 pounds are in these schools. Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing returned from a 1.5-day trip on Tuesday and the 15 anglers on board had 49 yellowfin. On Sunday’s trip 19 anglers had 42 yellowfin. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 26 anglers on its Wednesday overnight trip and landed seven yellowfin, four yellowtail, and a mako shark. There were 15 anglers on its Tuesday 1.5-day trip who had 47 yellowfin. San Diego, also out of Seaforth Sportfishing, had 26 anglers on an overnight trip Sunday and landed 146 yellowfin. That was one of the top scores this past week. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 2.5-day trip in the same region, and the 28 anglers on board had 170 yellowfin.
The Los Angeles and Orange County overnight boats were also cashing in on this bite. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on Tuesday and managed only 13 yellowfin as the wind started to kick up. On Monday’s trip, 30 anglers on board had 33 yellowfin, and last Friday this boat had 30 anglers who landed 61 yellowfin. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on a 1.5-day trip with 36 anglers and landed 61 yellowfin to 70 pounds on live squid. They also caught 57 yellowtail to 30 pounds while they were at the island making bait.
There are also still bluefin tuna out there. On Saturday, the Endeavor out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 19 anglers on an overnight trip and they landed 15 bluefin along with 140 yellowfin.
CATALINA STILL PERKING: There is still a decent bite on yellowtail, bonito, a few bass, and excellent bottom fish action at Catalina Island. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing reported in on Wednesday with 20 yellowtail, along with a mixed bag of bonito and rockfish. On Sunday’s trip, there were 25 anglers who landed 190 rockfish, 20 whitefishing, 10 red snapper, nine sheephead, eight bocaccio, two ling cod and one yellowtail.
ROCKFISH RULE: With the weather changing, most of the landings are switching over to rockfish for their half- to full-day trips, and the bite is excellent from San Diego up into the northern Channel Islands. Half to full-limits have been the rule on most trips and there is still a smattering of good bass action and occasional shots on yellowtail and bonito.
Dolphin, on a half-day trip with 32 anglers out of Fisherman’s Landing, returned with 112 rockfish and 18 bonito. Aggressor out of Newport Landing, had eight anglers on its Tuesday half-day and landed three keeper calico bass (plus 50 undersize fish released), 12 rockfish and seven perch. On Monday’s trip, 25 anglers had 90 red snapper, 25 rockfish, 20 sand dabs, one bocaccio and one bonito. The new Del Mar had 42 anglers on its Wednesday half-day out of Marina del Rey and caught 290 rockfish. Betty-O, on a three-quarter day trip out of the same landing, had five anglers who had limits of 50 rockfish. Cobra was on a full-day trip out of Channel Islands Sportfishing with nine anglers on Wednesday and landed 55 rockfish and 12 whitefish in rough conditions.
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; 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, 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.
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