Ocean Fishing Report, Sept. 21

YELLOWFIN TUNA HOT: The hot yellowfin tuna fishing continued this week for the San Diego and Oceanside fleet. The fish are from just outside the Coronado Islands to the west and south down the Mexican coast in very good numbers. The fish are mostly from 8 to 22 pounds. Mixed in have been lots of skipjack, and lesser numbers of dorado, yellowtail, and bonito.

Fortune out of Fisherman’s Landing returned from a two-day trip Sept. 19 and the 20 anglers on board had 185 yellowfin and nine dorado. Liberty, also on a two-day out of Fisherman’s, had 24 anglers and  full two-day limits of 240 yellowfin and 44 dorado. Fortune phoned in mid-day Sept. 20 on its 1.5-day trip and already had full limits of yellowfin, 40 or so skipjack, and five dorado and were still poking around.

At H&M Landing, Ocean Odyssey out had 29 anglers on its Sept. 20 1.5-day trip and landed 145 yellowfin (limits), 21 dorado, and two yellowtail. Legend had 32 anglers aboard a Sept. 19 1.5-day trip and landed 109 yellowfin, 65 skipjack, three halibut, and two dorado. Old Glory was on an overnight trip Sept. 19 and the 27 anglers on board had limits of 135 tuna.

At Seaforth Sportfishing, even the three-quarter-day boats have been getting in on the yellowfin action. On Sept. 19, Sea Watch had 21 anglers and landed 17 yellowfin, 11 skipjack, and six dorado. San Diego had 54 anglers on its Sept, 19 three-quarter-day trip and landed 16 yellowfin, 26 skipjack, and one dorado. The overnight trip on Tribute, with 29 anglers on Sept. 19, produced 91 yellowfin and 36 skipjack.

At Point Loma Sportfishing, Point Loma had 20 anglers on its Sept. 19 three-quarter-day trip and landed 61 yellowfin, 21 skipjack, and four dorado. Mission Belle, also on a three-quarter-day trip, had 17 anglers and landed one bluefin tuna, 13 yellowfin, 24 yellowtail, 35 bonito, and two calico bass. New Lo-An on an overnight trip Sept. 19 with 31 anglers returned with limits of 155 yellowfin.

At Helgren’s Sportfishing, Oceanside 95 has been running overnight or 1.5-day trips this past week. The Sept. 18 1.5-day trip with 25 anglers returned with 55 yellowfin and 12 skipjack, while the Sept. 16 overnight with 34 anglers produced 67 yellowfin and 15 skipjack.

BLUEFIN TUNA UPDATE: The big news here is that a 345-pound bluefin tuna was caught aboard Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing on a long-range trip this week by angler Joe Roder. It is the largest bluefin ever landed on a commercial sport fishing boat, according to Western Outdoor News. The boat pulled into port Sept. 20.

Overall, the boats targeting the bluefin tuna at the offshore banks are still getting a few quality fish from 60- to 120-plus pounds. Producer, out of H&M Landing, had 24 anglers on an overnight trip and landed three big bluefin and three dorado. Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 21 anglers on a two-day trip that returned Sept. 19 and landed six bluefin, seven yellowfin, and 17 yellowtail.

At Davey’s Locker, the most recent bluefin jaunt was a 1.5-day trip aboard Thunderbird on Sunday. The 20 anglers on this trip landed three bluefin, 14 yellowfin, 18 whitefish, 16 calico bass, and two bonito.

Out of 22nd Street Landing, the Freedom had 25 anglers on an overnight trip Tuesday, and they landed six bluefin and five yellowfin, and on its Sept. 18 1.5-day trip with 27 anglers, the bluefin were absent, but 51 yellowfin, two dorado, and one skipjack were caught. Ultra had seven anglers on its Sept. 19 overnight and landed 28 bluefin, 21 yellowfin, four yellowtail, and 25 calico bass.

El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Sept. 18 overnight trip and landed 17 bluefin, 14 yellowtail, and six bonito.

YELLOWFIN MOVING INTO L.A.-ORANGE COUNTY WATERS: The yellowfin tuna showing in good numbers for the San Diego fleet are also moving north into the waters of the Southern California bite off Orange and Los Angeles counties. There are also a lot of skipjack, dorado, and yellowtail in this surge of fish. While the overnight and longer trips originally targeting bluefin have been cashing in on these fish, the shorter trips are also getting into this action. The full-day Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 20 anglers Sept. 19 and landed 64 yellowfin and 10 skipjack.

YELLOWTAIL JOIN NEARSHORE BITE: Most of the half- and three-quarter-day boats fishing from San Diego to Los Angeles area nearshore waters and local islands are seeing more and more yellowtail, whether the boats are targeting bottom fish or bass and bonito, the forks are giving a little variety and excitement to these trips.

For example, New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 46 anglers on its Sept. 18 half-day trip and landed two yellowtail, 85 bonito, 75 rockfish, 28 whitefish, 12 calico bass and two sheephead. There was also a black sea bass caught and released on this trip. Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 10 anglers on its Sept. 19 three-quarter-day trip and landed 18 yellowtail.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings’ boats continue to have good to excellent rockfish action along with pretty good yellowtail and calico bass fishing.

Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Sept. 19 full-day trip and landed 13 yellowtail and 75 rockfish. Island Tak, also Channel Islands, had seven anglers on its Sept. 19 trip, and they landed two yellowtail, 27 calico bass, and one mako shark.

At Ventura Sportfishing, the 12 anglers aboard the Amigo‘s full-day trip on Sept. 19 landed 14 yellowtail, while the 33 anglers aboard the Sept. 18 full-day trip aboard Island Spirit landed 41 yellowtail and 70 whitefish.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish action has continued good to excellent over the past week for boats running from this part of the coast.

At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, Fiesta had 21 anglers on its Sept. 18 three-quarter-day trip and landed 130 assorted rockfish, 80 red snapper, and two lingcod.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 21 anglers on Monday’s three-quarter-day trip and landed 110 assorted rockfish, 110 red snapper, and 27 lingcod, it best lingcod count so far this month.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had 18 anglers aboard its Sept. 18 half-day trip and landed 162 assorted rockfish, 20 lings, 14 red snapper, and four bocaccio. Patriot had eight anglers on its Sept. 19 three-quarter-day trip and landed 75 rockfish, five red snapper, and seven lings.

Inside Morro Bay, the halibut are still showing in fair numbers on live bait, along with decent numbers of perch, grassies, leopard sharks and bat rays. In the local surf, the perch action remains good and there continue to be a few stripers in the surf north of Morro Bay.

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.

Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at odwriter@verizon.net and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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