Ocean Fishing Report, Oct. 12

BLUEFIN TUNA STILL GOOD: The excellent bluefin tuna bite on the banks off San Clemente Island and high spots south continues this week with a lot of fish from 15 to 300 pounds reported.

Fortune out of Fisherman’s Landing had 11 anglers on its Oct. 9 1.5-day trip and landed 14 bluefin along with 25 yellowtails and 12 calico bass. Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its 1.5-day trip on Oct. 11 and landed five bluefin to 220 pounds and four quality yellowfin to 80 pounds. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its Oct. 10 overnight trip and landed three bluefin along with 46 yellowtail, 15 calico bass, and one lingcod.

Even the half-day and three-quarter-day boats are seeing a few bluefin inside the Coronado Islands. The half-day Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had a bluefin on its Oct. 10 trip, along with 22 yellowtail, 30 rockfish, one bonito, and one sand bass for 20 anglers. Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Oct. 10 three-quarter-day trip and landed 15 bluefin along with 43 yellowtails, 25 bonito, and 21 calico bass.

YELLOWFIN TUNA ALSO HOT: The fall massing of yellowfin tuna off northern Baja and into Southern California waters continues this week, and the bite has been very good from Ensenada to the border. Most of these fish are a solid 12 to 25 pounds with a nice 15-pound class average. There is also a lot of Dorado on the kelp, which are running 8 to 20 pounds, and when you add in the yellowtail, these are excellent trips.

Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 13 anglers on its Oct. 10 1.5-day trip and landed 65 yellowfin (limits) and 26 Dorado. Pacific Star out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 16 anglers on a 2.5-day trip, and they landed one bluefin, 112 yellowtails, 23 yellowfin, and one Dorado.

Even the three-quarter-day boats are cashing in on this bite. Mission Belle out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Oct. 11 day trip and landed limits of 110 yellowfin tuna. Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 42 anglers on Oct. 10 trip and landed nine yellowfin, six yellowtails, five skipjack, and one Dorado. The Oct. 9 trip with 20 anglers produced limits of 100 yellowfin, five Dorado, seven skipjack, and two yellowtails.

CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATES: The action has been hit and miss for Catalina Island on yellowtail, but their continues to be a pretty good bite on rockfish, calico bass and bonito during this in-between moon phase. San Clemente Island, along with Anacapa and Santa Cruz, has continued to produce a good number of quality yellowtail along with pretty decent bass and bottom fish action.

Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 68 anglers on the Oct. 10 three-quarter-day trip to Catalina and landed just one yellowtail, but added 70 whitefish, 24 bonito, 10 Spanish jacks, and two sheephead. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 11 anglers on its all-day trip to Catalina, and landed 84 rockfish, 31 bocaccio, 18 whitefish, 15 red snapper, six perch, five calico bass, four bonito, and one barracuda.

Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its overnight trip to Clemente and landed 55 quality yellowtails and five bonito.

LOBSTER UPDATE: The action has been just fair overall, but boats running in the Santa Monica Bay and San Diego Bay have reported the best scores. Jig Strike out of H&M Landing had five anglers on its Oct. 10 twilight trip andcaught 23 lobsters, releasing 44 shorts. Alicia, also out of H&M Landing on Oct. 10, had 10 anglers and ended up with 18 lobster (59 shorts released) and eight sand bass.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have good rockfish action along with some quality yellowtail and calico bass on surface-fishing trips.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing, Island Tak had 10 anglers on its Oct. 11 full-day trip and landed 30 keeper calico bass and one yellowtail. The three-quarter-day trip on Gentleman with 16 anglers produced 160 rockfish, 64 whitefish, one sheephead, and one lingcod. On Oct. 9, Aloha Spirit had 15 anglers on its Oct. 11 full-day trip and landed 14 yellowtails, 48 rockfish, and 10 whitefish. The Oct. 10 trip had 14 anglers who landed 31 yellowtails, two calico bass, and one sheephead.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Island Spirit had a full-day trip Oct. 10 with 11 anglers and landed 28 yellowtails, 20 rockfish, and five lingcod.

At Hookís Landing, Coroloma’s Oct. 11 three-quarter-day trip with 20 anglers produced 16 yellowtails along with 25 bonito, 23 whitefish, 21 rockfish, and two calico bass.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish bite remains very good to excellent with most boats posting full limits of rockfish. The lingcod action is still up and down, but there are a few on most trips.

At Virg’s Landing, Fiesta had 22 anglers on its Oct. 11 half-day trip and caught 176 rockfish, 44 red snapper, and five lingcod. The Oct. 10 trip with 32 anglers also had limits of cod, including 287 rockfish, 32 red snapper, 12 lings, and one sheephead.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 20 anglers on the Oct. 10 three-quarter-day trip and landed 119 rockfish, 80 red snapper, one bocaccio, and five lings. Endeavor had 17 anglers on Oct. 10 and landed 160 red snapper, 10 rockfish, and 15 lings.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had 13 anglers on the Oct. 11 all-day trip, and landed 72 red snapper, 51 rockfish, six bocaccio, one bolina, and six lingcod.

The local surf fishing remains fair to good for perch on bloodworms and lugworms. There are also a few stripers showing on Rapalas.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day trip aboard Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing leaving Sunday, Oct. 15. The early booking price is $350 (not including meals, permits, and tips). 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; 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.


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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