Ocean Fishing Report, Nov. 9

SAN DIEGO LONG-RANGE: The yellowfin, yellowtail, and Dorado bite for the mid-range trips running down the Baja coast and fishing floating kelp continue to be good.

The 2.5-day trip aboard Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing returned Nov. 5 with 29 anglers who landed 166 yellowfin tuna, 120 yellowtail, and 45 Dorado.

BLUEFIN TUNA NEWS: As the weather cools, the bluefin tuna season is dwindling – not because there aren’t bluefin off the coast, but because angler pressure has declined. The few boats targeting the tuna locally on everything from three-quarter-day trips out of San Diego to the overnight and 1.5-day trips from landings from Los Angeles to San Diego counties are still finding fish. There are far fewer big fish, but still a lot up to 60 pounds.

Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 17 anglers on its Nov. 8 overnight trip and landed 16 bluefin tuna, most 40 to 60 pounds, and lost a couple of bigger grade fish.

Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s had 34 anglers on its Nov. 7 1.5-day trip and landed 18 yellowfin to 60 pounds, but were blanked on the bluefin. The Nov. 5 trip with 35 anglers produced 32 bluefin and one yellowtail.

The three-quarter-day San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its Nov. 8 trip and landed two smaller bluefin tuna, 115 yellowtail, and 50 bonito. The Nov. 6 trip with 24 anglers produced one bluefin, 112 yellowtails, 49 bonito, and 18 calico bass.

CATALINA AND NEARSHORE UPDATE: The yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has become even tougher with just a handful reported over the past week. While a few bonito and bass are still showing, most of the skippers targeting Catalina are switching over to bottom fish. For the nearshore boats fishing mostly half-day trips, the bottomfish action has been pretty good and a lot of bonito are still showing in some areas.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 15 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed 21 perch, 20 rockfish, eight whitefish, three calico bass, two red snapper, two sheephead, and one bonito.

Monte Carlo had 19 anglers on its Nov. 6 half-day out of 22nd Street Landing and landed 75 bonito and 35 rockfish.

At L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing, Sport King had just four anglers on the Nov. 8 three-quarter-day trip, but landed 65 whitefish, 20 rockfish, eight keeper calicos, three red snapper, three bonito, two sheephead, and one sand bass.

New Del Mar out of Maria del Rey Sportfishing had 45 anglers on its Nov. 7 half-day and landed 170 rockfish, 32 bonito, and three lingcod.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have excellent rockfish action, but the bite on calico bass is dwindling for most boats. Those targeting the bass are still getting the fish. A few yellowtails continue to show, mostly quality fish in the 15- to 25-pound range, but the numbers have declined.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, Island Tak had nine anglers on a full-day trip Nov. 8 and landed one yellowtail, 45 calico bass, 12 sheephead, eight bonito, one barracuda, and one whitefish. Pacific Islander was on an overnight trip Nov. 8 and 25 anglers on board landed limits of 250 rockfish, 220 whitefish, two sole, and a sheephead.

At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, Coroloma’s had 21 anglers on the Nov. 8 three-quarter-day trip and landed 164 rockfish, 61 whitefish, two lingcod, and one sheephead. The two-day Outrider trip returned Nov. 5 and produced two-day limits on rockfish and lings for the 10 anglers on board with a total count of 200 rockfish, 148 whitefish, 40 lings and 12 sheephead.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo’s Nov. 8 full-day with 20 anglers returned with 200 rockfish, 85 whitefish, 58 sand dabs, and 40 lingcod. On Nov. 5, Pacific Dawn had 17 anglers on an overnight trip and landed 28 yellowtail, 170 rockfish, seven lings, and two halibut.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, Coral Sea’s Nov. 6 three-quarter-day trip with 16 anglers produced 160 rockfish, 145 whitefish, and 15 lingcod. Stardust’s Nov. 5 three-quarter-day with 33 anglers put 251 rockfish and four lings on the deck.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The weather has been excellent over the past week, allowing boats out every day and the rockfish bite has remained excellent and the lingcod bite has improved.

For bay and surf anglers, the two to three-pound surfperch are still showing in decent numbers on shrimp and Rapala jigs and lugworms if you can find them. The bay has been tougher, although there were reports of a catch of five calico bass off the south T-Pier, and a couple of small thresher sharks were landed in the shallow areas of the bay. Leopard sharks are also still fair.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G had 19 anglers on its Nov. 8 half-day trip and landed 123 rockfish, 29 red snapper, and 26 lingcod. Fiesta had 25 anglers on its full-day trip Nov.8 and landed 180 red snapper, 70 assorted other rockfish, and 30 lings. The Nov. 1 long-range trip to Cape San Martin for Fiesta produced a 27.2-pound lingcod for Eric Soloria, Santa Maria, while Dana Haynes, Bodfish, landed a 15.1-pound limit on the Nov. 4 three-quarter-day trip on Rita G.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 19 anglers on its Nov. 8 trip and landed 100 rockcod, 19 lings, and 11 assorted other fish. Top fish in the past week were a pair of 21-pound lings, one on Avenger and one on Endeavor.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Patriot had 13 anglers on the Nov. 8 half-day trip and landed 120 assorted rockfish, eight red snapper, and two Cabazon for full limits. They also had 19 lings.

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; 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.


Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at odwriter@verizon.net and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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