SAN DIEGO YELLOWFIN: The yellowfin tuna action for the San Diego fleet has been exceptional, with even the three-quarter day boats getting in on the action. The boats have been averaging from one fish per angler on the low end up to five-fish limits on the top end. The best action has been on the overnight and longer trips, but there have been some very good scores on three-quarter day trips (although less consistently than on the longer rides). This is a relatively small batch of fish that had been on or below the border, but the fish have been moving north and are now between Point Loma and San Clemente. They are running from 12 to 50 pounds with the average fish in the 18 to 25-pound range. The spots with fish are crowded with boat traffic on weekends, but pretty roomy during the week.
The scores really tell the story: On Sept. 13, Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a 1 1/2-day trip and the 21 anglers on board had 91 yellowfin along with 21 yellowtail. Prowler, also out of Fisherman’s, was on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned Sept. 14 and the 14 anglers on board had 27 yellowfin along with one bluefin. On Sept. 14, New Lo-An, also Fisherman’s, had 32 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip and they had 180 yellowfin. Pegasus, also Fisherman’s, had 18 anglers on its Sept. 14 overnight trip and they landed 109 yellowfin. Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 26 anglers on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned on Sept. 14 and they landed 121 yellowfin tuna. Tribute, also out of Seaforth, was on an overnight trip Sept. 13 and the 26 anglers on board had 82 yellowfin tuna. On Sept. 14, Daiwa Pacific, also out of H&M, had 12 anglers on an overnight trip and they landed 56 yellowfin and five bluefin. Legend, on a two-day trip out of H&M Landing with 18 anglers, returned Sept. 13 with 108 yellowfin.
On Sept. 13, the three-quarter day boat San Diego, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, had 56 anglers who landed 113 yellowfin tuna and one bluefin tuna. On the Sept 12 trip, the 50 anglers on board had 120 yellowfin. Malihini out of H&M Landing had 24 anglers on its Sept. 13 three-quarter day trip, and they landed 15 yellowfin. On the Sept. 12 trip, 10 anglers had 28 yellowfin. Fisherman Landing’s three-quarter day boat Liberty had 41 anglers on Sept. 12and they had 113 yellowfin. On the Sept. 13 trip 45 anglers landed 49 yellowfin. Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 19 anglers on Tuesday’s three-quarter day and they landed 33 yellowfin.
The bluefin tuna haven’t dropped out of the picture completely, but far fewer fish have been showing this week, but there’s a good chance these fish will come back on during the coming full moon over the next week. Most skippers are also focusing on the yellowfin which have piled into U.S. waters.
ORANGE COUNTY BOATS ON YELLOWFIN, TOO: The boats out of the Orange County and Los Angeles landings that had been running out to San Clemente for bluefin and yellowtail were mostly kicked off the island by the Navy this week and moved from inside to outside, switching to yellowfin tuna.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker was on a two-day trip that returned Sept. 10 with 16 anglers and they landed 12 bluefin tuna, 10 yellowfin, two yellowtail, 80 calico bass (limits), and two bonito. The yellowfin came after they were kicked off the island. On Thunderbird’s Sunday overnight trip, there were 24 anglers on board and they had two bluefin and 71 yellowtail, back close to Clemente.
Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing focused on the yellowfin. It was on an overnight trip returning Wednesday and the 36 anglers on board had 55 yellowfin to 30 pounds. On the Sept. 13 trip, 27 anglers had 48 yellowfin tuna. The Sept. 12 overnight with 36 anglers sacked 112 yellowtail and 21 yellowfin, splitting time inside and outside.
CATALINA CONTINUES HOT: There continues to be a very good mixed bag bite at Catalina Island with yellowtail running from 5 to 25 pounds along with a mix of bonito, bass, and bottom fish.
Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had a Tuesday three-quarter day trip and the 16 anglers on board had five yellowtail, 47 bonito, 20 calico bass (including 45 shorts released), seven perch, and six whitefish. On Tuesday’s trip, the 17 anglers landed 11 yellowtail, 32 bonito, 24 perch, 17 calicos, 10 whitefish, and two sheephead. Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Sportfishing had 30 anglers on its three-quarter day trip and they landed 125 bonito, 55 whitefish, 10 perch, five rockfish, two sheephead, and 50 calico bass (all released). Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 18 anglers on its full-day trip and they landed five yellowtail, 43 bonito, 27 whitefish, 23 keeper calico bass, 17 perch, eight sheephead, and two barracuda.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter day fleet (outside of San Diego) has mostly been picking away on rockfish, especially the half-day boats. But there has been some decent action on calicos, bonito, and yellowtail, with the three-quarter day local boats in the Santa Monica Bay doing the best on the yellows.
Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 16 anglers on its Sept. 14 three-quarter day trip and they landed 12 yellowtail, most in the 4 to 5-pound range, 30 bonito which were mostly 2 to 4 pounds, but some in the 5 to 9-pound range, two calico bass, and 115 rockfish. Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing was on a half-day Sept. 13 with nine anglers and they had 45 (full limits) of legal calicos. The Sept. 12 half-day trip, also with nine anglers, returned with 40 calicos, 12 bonito, and two barracuda. Betty-O out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its Sept. 13 half-day and they landed 160 rockfish, while the Sept. 12 half-day with 21 anglers had 140 rockfish, a lingcod, and a mako shark. Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing has been posting near limits or rockfish all of the past week on its half-day trips. On Sept. 14, 14 anglers landed 126 rockfish. On Sunday, 15 anglers had 119 rockfish.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the season, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next available trip is a 1 1/2-day jaunt aboard Triton out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing leaving Sept. 27. Cost is $225 per angler. Check 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.