SAN DIEGO TUNA UPDATE: There continues to be a huge volume of yellowfin tuna in water off San Diego, both north and south of the Mexican border. There are also a good number of skipjack, dorado, and yellowtail mixed in with these fish, and bluefin tuna are still in the picture, depending on where overnight and longer trips run. Even the three-quarter day boats are getting in on the yellowfin tuna bite.
Some recent three-quarter day scores include the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing which had 50 anglers on its Wednesday trip, and they landed 218 yellowfin, 26 skipjack, and four Dorado. Mission Belle, a three-quarter-day boat out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had 15 anglers on its Oct. 4 trip and landed one bluefin, 75 yellowfin, five skipjack, and one yellowtail. Meanwhile, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 33 anglers on its Oct. 3 three-quarter-day trip and landed 165 yellowfin.
The overnight and longer trips also have been posting either very good mixed scores on yellowfin, or if they head to the West instead of south, they are still getting trophy bluefin tuna. The scores tell the story.
Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 32 anglers on its Oct. 4 overnight trip and landed 18 bluefin. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 23 anglers in its Oct. 4 overnight trip and caught 102 yellowfin, nine dorado, and eight skipjack.
Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 240 anglers on its Oct. 3 1.5-day trip and caught 45 bluefin and 120 yellowfin.
On a 2.5-day trip, New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing returned to dock on Oct. 4, and the 22 anglers on board caught 58 bluefin and 27 yellowfin.
BLUEFIN FOR ORANGE AND LOS ANGELES BOATS: The overnight boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange county landings saw and upswing in the bluefin tuna action off San Clemente Island this week going into the full moon.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 29 anglers on its Oct. 4 overnight trip and landed 21 bluefin. The Oct. 3 trip with 19 anglers produced 29 bluefin, 18 yellowtail, and one yellowfin.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its Oct. 4 overnight and landed 32 bluefin and 36 yellowtail. The Oct. 3 trip with 32 anglers produced 29 bluefin and 45 yellowtail.
CATALINA NEWS: The three-quarter- and full-day boats making the run to Catalina Island this past week have continued to see a decent pick on yellowtail and good bottomfish action, along with a decent pick on calico bass and bonito.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 24 anglers on its Oct. 3 Catalina full-day trip and landed five yellowtail in addition to 75 bonito, 73 rockfish, 32 calico bass, 16 bocaccio, 15 red snapper, 14 whitefish, 10 sheephead, seven perch, two barracuda, and two lingcod. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 59 anglers on its Oct. 4 three-quarter-day trip and landed three yellowtail along with 127 rockfish, 21 bonito, 15 whitefish, eight calicos, and two barracuda.
LOBSTER OPENER: The lobster action has been very good since the opener this weekend for the private boat fleet, and commercial sportfishing boats have been averaging from one to three bugs per angler.
Jig Strike out of H&M Landing had eight anglers on its lobster run Oct. 4 and had 25 keepers and 31 shorts released. The Oct. 3 trip with 25 anglers had 25 keepers and 102 released shorts.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have good rockfish action along with a few yellowtail and calico bass.
Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard had 18 anglers on its full-day trip Oct. 4 and landed two yellowtail, 114 rockfish, eight lingcod, eight whitefish, and three calicos. Island Tak had 11 anglers Wednesday and they landed two yellowtail and 30 keeper calicos.
At Ventura Sportfishing, Amigo had 16 anglers on its Oct. 3 overnight trip and landed 135 rockfish, 50 whitefish, 32 lingcod, and one sheephead.
At Hook’s Landing, Coroloma had 49 anglers on its Sunday trip and landed five yellowtail, 412 rockfish, 212 whitefish, 29 sheephead, and 21 red snapper.
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.
Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing had 25 anglers on Tuesday’s three-quarter-day trip and landed 200 rockfish, 50 red snapper, and four lings.
At Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor had 16 anglers on Oct. 4 and caught 140 red rockcod, 10 bocaccio, 10 other rockfish, and 10 lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had 12 anglers on its Oct. 4 three-quarter-day and landed 65 red snapper, 53 other rockfish, 14 lings, and two bocaccio.
The local surf fishing remains good for perch on bloodworms and lugworms. There are also a few stripers showing on Rapalas, and Kenny Barker of Morro Bay had three stripers at Dog Beach last week to about 5 pounds.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day trip aboard the 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; 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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