WINDS HAMPER ACTION: Winds early this week hampered bites all along the Southern California, helping surface temperatures cool as we moving into fall. But overall, the bites have all help up and the ocean action remains pretty good across the board.
SAN DIEGO OVERNIGHT BOAT UPDATE: In spite of winds since the weekend, the yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and dorado action has remained pretty good for the overnight to 2.5-day fleet. On Wednesday, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1.5-day trip with 15 anglers and reported in mid-day with near limits on yellowtail and 20-plus yellowfin tuna. Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Tuesday and the 32 anglers on board had 160 yellowtail (full limits), 39 yellowfin, three dorado, and one bonus bluefin tuna. Old Glory was on a 1.5-day trip out of H&M Landing on Monday and the 27 anglers had 155 yellowtail and 54 dorado – limits of both species. New Lo-An out of Point Loma had 24 anglers on a 2.5-day trip that returned Tuesday and had 128 yellowfin and four dorado. They also caught and released at least 250 yellowtail from three to five pounds.
CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The San Diego three-quarter day boat fleet is back to focusing on the Coronado Islands now that the tuna have moved out of range, and the bite on yellowtail from 12 to 18 pounds has been good. On Tuesday, Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 15 anglers on its three-quarter-day trip and landed 30 yellowtail. Malihini out of H&M had 35 anglers on Tuesday and landed 35 yellowtail along with 22 bonito, six calicos, and two rockfish.
SAN NICHOLAS ISLAND NEWS: While winds really hammered the action at San Nicholas Island, the Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had a couple of days late last week with exceptional yellowtail scores — the best being 193 — on its overnight trips to San Nic. Outrider with 10 anglers had 100 fish yellowtail limits. That bite should ramp back up as the winds subside and weather warms for the weekend.
BLUEFIN TUNA UPDATE: Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing has been one of the last holdouts still targeting the bluefin tuna off San Clemente Island on 1.5-day trips, and the wind kept this boat inshore since Friday. But last Friday, 32 anglers on board had 64 bluefin (full limits). With water temperatures cooling to the west and inshore, the tuna are concentrated in an ever-narrowing band of water with ideal temperatures and bait.
CATALINA ALSO HURT BY WIND: Catalina Island was right in the wind line and the bite has slowed for yellowtail over the weekend. Most boats were still getting the odd yellowtail and a decent mixed bag on both surface and bottom species. Victory out of Pierpoint Landing hasn’t reported a yellowtail since last Friday, but on Tuesday’s trip this week, 17 anglers had 74 rockfish, 18 sheephead, 16 whitefish and eight perch. Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing had 15 anglers on Sunday and landed 100 rockfish, 40 bocaccio, 32 bonito, and five calico bass. It was Wednesday last week when this boat last had a yellowtail at Catalina. The best scores at Catalina have been posted by Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing on its full-day trips in recent days. On Tuesday, 24 anglers had 10 yellowtail, along with seven bonito, two calico bass, two sheephead, and one whitefish. There were 25 yellows caught on this boat Monday and 94 yellowtail on Sunday.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: The half-day fleet all along the Southern California coast has continued to see a few bass, but the switch to rockfish is almost complete — and those scores have been pretty good. Just a couple of counts to illustrate. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had 12 anglers on its Sunday half-day and landed 41 red snapper, 31 whitefish, 29 rockfish, seven ling cod, five sheephead, four perch, and one sand bass. Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 15 anglers on its Tuesday half-day and they landed 100 rockfish, 47 red snapper, four whitefish, one sheephead, and one bonito.
LOBSTER OPENER UPDATE: The opening weekend of lobster season was pretty decent. Most near-shore hoopers managed one to two bugs per anglers, while those at the islands managed from five to seven bugs.
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, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
Southern California: Virgís 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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