TRANSITION TIME: While the offshore fishing is still very good, the fishing pressure is dropping way off. Many of the near-shore boats are switching from surface fish to bottom fish. Water temperatures are cooling and the bite is transitioning, but for now both the bottom fish and pelagic action are both very good. Best of all, loads are light all around.
TUNA UPDATE: The overnight to 2.5-day trips out of San Diego, Oceanside, Orange County and Los Angeles landings are finding excellent tuna fishing. There has been a better number of bluefin this past week and the yellowfin bite is also pretty good. The bluefin are all still from 40 to 120 pounds or better. There seems to be two grades of yellowfin – 12- to 18-pounders or 40- to 70-pounders. Anglers still jumping on these trips need to have three or four classes of gear with them to take advantage of the variety of tuna – a 15- to 20-pound class combo, one for 30 to 40, and one 80-pound stick. There are also some dorado and good numbers of yellowtail showing on these trips.
CATALINA UPDATE: While the yellowtail bite has slowed, there is still good action for a few keeper bass and bottom fish. Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 16 anglers on Tuesday and landed 34 keeper calicos (releasing 86 shorts), 83 bonito, 24 whitefish, 15 sheephead and four perch. Victory out of Pierpoint Landing had 20 anglers on its Oct. 10 expedition and landed 148 rockfish, 56 whitefish, 25 sheephead and three perch. Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 31 anglers on its Oct. 11 trip and landed one yellowtail, 81 rockfish, 43 bocaccio, 19 bonito, 12 whitefish, seven red snapper, five calico bass, three sheephead, three perch and two barracuda.
LOCAL ROCKFISH IN FULL SWING: The local boats running half-day and three-quarter-day trips in nearshore waters have turned to the excellent rockfish action. Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing reported limits of rockfish on several recent three-quarter-day trips, including 14 anglers landing 70 rockfish, 70 red snapper and three lings one day and 11 anglers landing 110 rockfish and eight sheephead another day. A half-day trip aboard New Del Mar had 28 anglers who landed 280 rockfish and two sheephead. Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 16 anglers on an afternoon half-day and landed 108 rockfish, 36 red snapper, three whitefish, one sheephead, one lingcod, and one bonito.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The last of the 976-TUNA instructional charters for 2016 was last week. These trips are held throughout the season, 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 visit 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.