BLUEFIN TUNA STILL BITING: While the bite on jumbo bluefin tuna over 100 pounds has backed off this week, the action is still excellent on smaller grade fish for the one and 1.5-day boats running out to the tuna grounds off San Clemente. Most of the fish have been between 15 and 60 pounds with two ranges — 20-pound class fish and 40- to 60-pound class fish. Two-fish limits have been the rule the last few days.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 31 anglers on Wednesday’s 1.5-day trip and landed 42 bluefin, with more than half of the fish in that 40- to 60-pound range. Legend out of H&M Landing had 15 anglers on its Tuesday 1.5-day trip, they had 30 fish, including one in the 90-pound range. Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Tuesday 1.5-day trip and landed 41 bluefin to 50-plus pounds.
NEARSHORE BOATS FOCUS ON BOTTOMFISH: For the half- and three-quarter day boats all along the coast from San Diego to Los Angeles county landings, the focus has become mostly bottom fish. There are still a few yellowtail showing at the Coronado for the San Diego three-quarter day boats, but darn few. The Orange County and Los Angeles boats running to Catalina are still seeing some flurries of good bonito action and some keeper calicos, but the sacks are mostly being filled with bottomfish in a pretty good bite.
Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 12 anglers on Wednesday’s three-quarter-day trip and landed 60 red snapper, 40 rockfish, six bonito, and three calico bass.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 35 anglers on Sunday’s three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed two yellowtail along with 136 rockfish, 50 Spanish jack, 39 perch, 20 bonito, 16 whitefish, and eight calico bass.
Sportkind out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 91 whitefish, 44 red snapper, 24 rockfish, and 10 sheephead.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landings’ boats continue to have excellent rockfish action. There continue to be a few yellowtail and calico bass in the catch.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip Tuesday with 24 anglers and landed 240 rockfish, 225 whitefish, 12 sheephead, and three lingcod. On Sunday, Speed Twin had 39 anglers on a half-day trip and landed 10 yellowtail in addition to 178 whitefish, 156 rockfish, seven sheephead, two lingcod, and one sole.
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, there haven’t been any trips out since last Friday, Nov. 24.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Pacific Dawn had 22 anglers on Sunday’s overnight trip and landed 197 rockfish, 20 whitefish, 11 lingcod, three Cabazon, and one sole.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Stardust was on a three-quarter-day trip Wednesday and the 10 anglers on board had limits of 100 rockfish along with eight whitefish. Coral Sea’s half-day trip with 25 anglers produced 198 rockfish, 50 lingcod, and three whitefish. The tally on its Tuesday trip with 22 anglers was 170 rockfish and 50 red snapper.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Four 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 Rapala jigs or 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 Wednesday with 11 anglers and landed 66 rockfish and 44 red snapper for full limits. Fiesta was on a full-day trip Sunday and the 25 anglers on board caught 150 red snapper, 75 rockfish, 25 bocaccio, and 30 lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 28 anglers on Monday’s full-day trip and landed 200 assorted rockfish, 30 red snapper, 10 bocaccio, and 25 lingcod.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 19 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip and landed 185 rockfish, five red snapper, and six lingcod. The Tuesday three-quarter-day trip on this boat had just six anglers and landed 55 rockfish, five red snapper, and three lingcod. They then caught 20 dungeness crabs and five rock crabs.
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; 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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