FISH-OF-LIFETIME BLUEFIN BITE CONTINUES: While most of the San Diego fleet is heading into Mexican waters for the great yellowfin tuna fishing, 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. Boats running out of San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles county landings are still getting in on this action, and 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 22 anglers on its Oct. 25 1.5-day trip, and they landed 20 bluefin to 160 pounds and two quality yellowfin tuna.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 21 anglers on it Oct. 25 1.5-day trip, and they landed one big bluefin and 27 yellowtails.
The three-quarter Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 31 anglers Oct. 25, and landed 19 bluefin along with 35 yellowtails, 60 bonito, and one barracuda.
YELLOWFIN AND DORADO OUT OF SAN DIEGO: The bite on yellowfin tuna and dorado for the three-quarter-day 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 8 to 20 pounds.
At H&M Landing, Old Glory was on an overnight trip Oct. 25 with 23 anglers and landed 44 yellowfin, 46 yellowtails, five Dorado, and one skipjack. On a 2.5-day trip over the weekend that returned on Oct. 23, Sea Adventure 80 had 24 anglers who landed 120 yellowfin, 120 yellowtails, and four Dorado.
At Seaforth Landing, San Diego had 55 anglers on its Oct. 25 three-quarter-day trip and landed 250 yellowfin, 15 yellowtails, and 10 Dorado. Even the half-day New Seaforth, also out of Seaforth, had 80 yellowtails for 16 anglers (full limits), Oct. 25, while the Oct. 24 morning trip with 16 anglers produced 100 yellowtails and two bonito. On Oct. 24, Tribute had 28 anglers on an overnight trip and landed 140 yellowfin, 20 yellowtails, and 21 Dorado.
At Fisherman’s Landing, Pacific Queen was on a 1.5-day trip with 32 anglers on Oct. 24 and landed 70 yellowfin and 28 Dorado.
CATALINA AND NEARSHORE UPDATE: The yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has dried up, but the action on nice bonito has been exceptional with a lot of five-fish limits. 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.
Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 32 anglers on its Oct. 25 three-quarter day trip to Catalina and landed 122 bonito, one yellowtail, one skipjack, and one bonus mako shark.
At Catalina, The Sportking out of L.A. Harbor Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its Oct. 24 trip and landed 100 bonito, 35 whitefish, 25 rockfish, 12 sand bass, five red snapper, three sheephead, three calico bass, and one barracuda.
At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, New Del Mar had 22 anglers on its Oct. 25 half-day and landed 200 rockfish, five whitefish, and five lingcod.
LOBSTER UPDATE: Jig Strike and Alicia, both out of H&M Landing, continue to run twilight lobster hoop trips. The 10 anglers on the Jig Strike landed 19 keeper lobster, releasing 52 shorts, while the Alicia had 10 anglers who had 19 lobsters with 13 released – both on Oct. 25.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landings’ boats continue to have good rockfish action, and a few yellowtails continue to show in this region.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing, Gentleman was on a three-quarter-day trip Oct. 25 with 24 anglers and landed 225 rockfish, seven lingcod, five perch, one sheephead, and one whitefish. Mirage was on an overnight trip with 22 anglers and landed nine yellowtails, 220 rockfish (limits) and nine lings.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Pacific Dawn was on an overnight trip with 19 anglers on Monday and landed four yellowtails, 150 rockfish and 38 lingcod.
At Hook’s Landing, Coroloma had 20 anglers on its Oct. 21 three-quarter-day trip and they caught one yellowtail, 171 rockfish, 67 whitefish, three bonito, one lingcod, and one sole.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Very high winds and swells Oct. 20-21 kept most boats in, but the weather since has been better and the excellent rockfish action continues.
For shore-bound anglers, the surfperch action continues fair to good when the winds back off. Lugworms and Rapala jigs are the best bets. Inside the bay, the leopard sharks are still providing pretty good action and some anglers are reporting getting spooled by big bat rays.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Rita G had 14 anglers on a Oct. 25 half-day-trip and landed 84 rockfish, 56 red snapper, and five lings. On Oct. 24, Fiesta had 14 anglers on a three-quarter day-trip and caught 119 rockfish, 21 red snapper, and one ling. The top fish this past week was an 18.5-pound sheephead caught Oct. 19 aboard Fiesta by John Roberson, Magalia.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 20 anglers on its Oct. 24 three-quarter-day trip and landed 129 rockfish, 40 red snapper, 30 bocaccio, four lingcod, and one Cabazon.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Flying Fish had 16 anglers on its Oct. 25 half-day and caught 143 rockfish, 12 red snapper, five lings, four bolina, and one bocaccio. Phenix had 12 anglers aboard its Oct. 24 full day and returned with 81 rockfish, 24 bolina, 12 red snapper, and three bocaccio.
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; 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; 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.
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