CLEMENTE TUNA GROUNDS HOT: The tuna action near San Clemente Island has been pretty much wide open this past week on bigger grades of both yellowfin and bluefin tuna. The yellowfin have mostly been from 40 to 70 pounds in this region, and the bluefin run from 25 to 120 pounds, with a lot of 80-pound class fish. As we come off the full moon and the Santa Ana condition parks over the region, this bite should continue into the coming weekend and next week — if not longer.
The scores over recent days and the past week really illustrate how good this bite has been, but loads remain light (especially during the week) and conditions mostly uncrowded. Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its Wednesday overnight trip and landed 21 of the 40 to 60 pounds yellowfin. The best trip for this boat was on Monday’s 1.5-day trip with 14 anglers who landed 26 bluefin, most 80 to 100 pounds and a couple to 115 pounds, along with 13 bigger yellowfin from 40 to 65 pounds. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing has also been on these fish and Sunday was its best trip in the past week when 30 anglers landed 22 bluefin to 55 pounds, two yellowtail and 13 five- to eight-pound bonito. Relentless out of H&M Landing had 11 anglers on Wednesday’s overnight trip and landed 18 yellowfin to 60 pounds and nine yellowtail. Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 34 anglers on its Sunday trip and had five bluefin and 13 bigger yellowfin. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was at Clemente on an overnight trip Tuesday and the 25 anglers on board had six bluefin and a yellowtail and then slipped in closer to the island to get 100 rockfish, five whitefish, two sheephead and two lings.
OTHER TUNA SPOTS: Fishing a different area down the coast, New Lo-An out of Point Loma was out Monday with 12 anglers and landed 27 yellowfin of mixed grade from 12 to 60 pounds. This batch of fish is scattered from off Baja all the way up into San Diego and Dana Point — and even farther up the coast. Patriot out of Newport Sportfishing was out Wednesday on an extended three-quarter day trip and the 23 anglers on board had three yellowfin and 23 yellowtail. This batch of tuna is only 15 to 25 miles offshore. Private boaters have also been getting a few of these fish in recent days now that fishing pressure has dropped off.
All of the tuna are focusing on squid in deeper water, and while some skippers are working hard and getting the candy bait, most are fishing live sardines in deeper water for both the yellowfin and bluefin and getting bit.
YELLOWTAIL BACK AT CATALINA: A batch of smaller grade yellowtail (most under 10 pounds) moved back into Catalina Island over the past week. The Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 105 yellowtail on Sunday for 22 anglers, while the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 195 yellowtail on Sunday for 44 anglers. That is along with a nice complement of bonito, calico bass, and bottom fish.
ROCKFISH EXCELLENT: If it wasn’t for the continued good tuna and yellowtail action offshore and at nearshore islands, the rockfish action would be getting all the headlines. This bite has been good to excellent for the half-day, three-quarter-day, and full-day boats making these trips from San Diego up into the Channel Islands. Pacific Islander out of Channel Island Sportfishing had limits of rockfish on both of its Saturday and Sunday overnight trips this past week, along with limits of lings. The half-day New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had limits or near-limits of rockfish every day in the past week. Last Friday, there were 26 anglers on the half-day trip and they had 121 rockfish, along with 75 bonito, 10 calico bass, five sheephead and two bonus yellowtail. On Monday, the three-quarter-day boat Clemente out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing was out with 11 anglers and they landed 60 rockfish, 50 red snapper and three bocaccio.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The last of the 976-TUNA instructional charters for 2016 has been completed. These trips are held from early spring through early fall, 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, check on 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; Hookís 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: Sergioís Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.
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