Ocean Fishing Report, Oct. 19

WINDS UP, CONDITIONS TOUGH: The winds starting coming up Tuesday in the northern portions of the Southern California Bite, and by Wednesday, conditions were getting very tough and many trips have been scratched for late this week, but things are supposed to moderate by the weekend.

FISH-OF-LIFETIME BLUEFIN BITE CONTINUES: The bite on trophy bluefin tuna continues off the Southern California coast for overnight to 2.5-day boats fishing the banks off San Clemente Island out of San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles county landings. The fish are running from 15 pounds up to 200-plus pounds, with a lot of the bigger grade fish.

Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had just nine anglers on the Oct. 18 1.5-day trip and landed 13 bluefin from 60 to 195 pounds — five at more than 150. The Oct. 15 trip with 28 anglers produced four bluefin, one yellowfin, and a mako shark.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on the Oct. 17 overnight trip off Clemente and landed 25 bluefin, 13 yellowtail, 43 rockfish, 30 whitefish, 13 calico bass, six sheephead, and one halibut. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 16 anglers on the Oct. 16 1.5-day trip and caught three bluefin, along with 37 yellowtail, 50 rockfish, 12 whitefish, and six sheephead.

The three-quarter-day Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 28 anglers on Oct. 17 and landed 31 smaller bluefin along with 12 yellowtail, 60 bonito, three calico bass, three rockfish, and one sheephead. The Oct. 16 trip with 29 anglers returned with 23 bluefin, 12 yellowtail, and 17 bontio. Liberty, a three-quarter-day boat out of Fisherman’s Landing had 23 anglers on its Oct. 17 trip and landed 39 bluefin, 21 yellowtail, and 80 bonito.

YELLOWFIN AND DORADO OUT OF SAN DIEGO: The bite on yellowfin tuna and dorado for the overnight and longer trips out of San Diego heading down the coast into Mexican waters continues to be very good with limits of tuna pretty common. The yellowfin continue to be 12 to 25 pounds and the dorado eight to 20 pounds. The fish are also starting to squirt up into U.S. waters and are within range of San Diego’s three-quarter-day boats which are fishing on both sides of the border.

Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 23 anglers on its Oct. 17 1.5-day trip and landed limits of 115 yellowfin along with six yellowtail. Sea Adventure 80 out of H&M Landing was on an overnight trip on Oct. 17 with 25 anglers and had limits of 125 yellowfin. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 35 anglers on a Oct. 17 overnight trip and landed 175 yellowfin for limits, and the Oct 16 trip with 24 anglers also produced limits of 120 yellowfin, but also 80 skipjack, and 10 yellowtail. On Oct. 14, New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out with 32 anglers on an overnight trip and landed 48 dorado, 12 yellowfin, and 10 yellowtail.

CATALINA AND NEARSHORE UPDATE: The yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has dried up this week, but there continues to be a decent pick on bass, bonito and bottom fish. Along the coast, there have been some good picks on bass and very good rockfish action, especially if you can fish mid-week when the loads are light.

At Catalina, Sportking out of L.A. Harbor Sportfishing had 21 anglers on Oct. 17 and landed 42 keeper calicos along with 73 bonito, 44 red snapper, 24 rockfish, 22 whitefish, three perch, and two sheephead.

At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, Betty-O has been hammering the bottomfish. On the Oct. 17 three-quarter-day trip, six anglers had 30 bocaccio and 30 rockfish for limits. New Del Mar had 13 anglers on its Oct. 17 half-day and posted limits of 130 rockfish.

LOBSTER UPDATE: Jig Strike out of H&M Landing continues to run twilight lobster hoop trips, and one Oct. 17 night there were nine anglers who had 17 keepers, releasing 36 shorts. The Oct. 16 trip with six anglers produced 22 keeper lobster, 32 underside bugs, and two rock crab.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have good rockfish action, but the number of yellowtail and calico bass has declined this week.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing, Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip Oct. 17 with 28 anglers and landed 115 whitefish, 105 rockfish, eight calico bass, five sheephead, and three sand bass. Sea Jay was on a full-day trip Oct. 17 with 10 anglers and landed five yellowtail along with 50 rockfish, 20 whitefish, and 15 sheephead.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Pacific Dawn was on an overnight trip with 15 anglers and landed 147 rockfish, 17 lingcod, and three cabazon. Island Spirit had a full-day trip Oct. 16 with 10 anglers and landed 51 whitefish and 49 rockfish.

At Hook’s Landing, Coroloma‘s had 20 anglers on the Oct. 16 three-quarter-day trip and caught 143 whitefish, 64 rockfish, and five bonito.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Conditions have been fair this past week for the Avila and Morro Bay boats with swells to 7 feet but decent intervals. Winds came up Oct. 15 and blew out fishing, but a few boats have been slipping out since with better conditions.

Perch fishing is still steady in the surf, along with the occasional stripers using Rapala jigs and lug worms. There are also quite a few leopard sharks inside Morro Bay.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G was on a half-day trip with 16 anglers Oct. 18 and landed 153 assorted rockfish and seven red snapper for limits along with 10 lingcod. Fiesta on Oct. 17, had 14 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 134 rockfish and six red snapper along with nine lings. Top fish this past week was a 15.3-pound ling landed by Dave Steele, Clovis, on a Fiesta private charter.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 23 anglers on its Oct. 17 full-day trip and landed 120 red snapper, 110 assorted rockfish, and one lingcod. Endeavor had 10 anglers Oct. 17 and landed 55 assorted rockfish, 30 bolina, 15 red snapper, and eight lings.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Flying Fish had 22 anglers on its Oct. 18 half-day and landed 215 rockfish, three red snapper, and two Cabazon along with seven lingcod. Phenix on its Oct. 17 full-day trip with 10 anglers returned with 65 bolina, 16 rockfish, 15 red snapper, three bocaccio, one Cabazon, and 11 bonus 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. 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.

LANDING CONTACTS
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.

YOUR FISHING REPORTS
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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