Ocean Fishing Report, Sept. 28

YELLOWFIN UPDATE: The yellowfin tuna bite for the San Diego and Oceanside boats has lulled a little this week during the in-between moon phase. The yellowfin, along with yellowtail, Dorado, and skipjack, are still showing in fair numbers (about one to two fish per rod), but there have not been near as many limit-style trips as the previous week. This action is expected to increase again as we move into the full moon next week.

Some typical boat counts from the last few days tell the story:

Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 35 anglers on its Sept. 26 three-quarter-day trip and landed 89 yellowfin tuna. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Sept. 26 three-quarter-day trip and landed 26 yellowfin and three skipjack. The three-quarter-day boat the Point Loma, out of Point Loma Sportfishing, had 21 anglers on Sept. 25 and landed 28 skipjack, three Dorado, and one yellowtail. Daiwa Pacific out of H&M Landing had 27 anglers on its Sept. 26 three-quarter-day and landed just four yellowfin.

On one of the better overnight trips in recent days, Pegasus out of Fisherman’s Landing had 15 anglers on its Sept. 26 trip and landed limits of 75 yellowfin. Tribute, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, also posted yellowfin limits on Sept. 26 when 20 anglers landed 100 yellowfin and 11 skipjack. Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 28 anglers on its Sept. 26 overnight and caught 89 yellowfin and one bluefin. Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Sept. 26 overnight trip and landed 16 yellowfin, six Dorado, two skipjack, and one yellowtail.

On a 1.5-day trip, Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 13 anglers who caught 26 Dorado, 20 yellowfin, and five yellowtails. On a three-day trip, Pacific Voyager, also out of Seaforth, had 17 anglers who landed 142 yellowfin, 117 yellowtails, and one Dorado.

BLUEFIN BITE ALSO BACKS OFF: Boats out of San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties targeting the trophy bluefin off the coast also saw a pretty dramatic downturn in the action in recent days.

Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker has been making regular overnight trips out off San Clemente for the big bluefin, but they haven’t had a productive trip since last week’s two-day trip, and it only produced 16 bluefin for the 16 anglers on board. There was one bluefin on the Sept. 24 overnight with 12 anglers and had 14 yellowtails; the Sept. 26 overnight had 26 anglers who landed 26 yellowtails.

Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing has been focusing its overnight trips on yellowtail, bass, and bottom fish around San Clemente Island, with good action there. The last bluefin report aboard Freedom was Sept. 19. On the Sept. 26 overnight, 23 anglers landed 58 yellowtails and 42 bonito; the Sept. 25 1.5-day trip with 35 anglers produced 131 yellowtails, 44 bonito, 16 sheephead, and two barracuda.

CATALINA UPDATE: The three-quarter- and full-day boats running out to Catalina Island continue to see very good bonito action and a decent pick on yellowtail, bass, and bottom fish action.

Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 32 anglers on its Sept. 26 three-quarter-day trip and landed five yellowtails, 45 bonito, and five calico bass. Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing had 15 anglers on its Sept. 26 three-quarter-day trip this week and landed four yellowtails, limits of 75 bonito, and five calico bass. Sport King out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had 33 anglers on its Sept. 26 three-quarter-day trip and landed nine yellowtails, 45 perch, 10 calico bass, three sheephead, and one sargo.

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

Island Tak out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its Sept. 26 full-day trip and landed 64 yellowtails and 37 calico bass. The Sept. 26 three-quarter-day trip on Gentleman produced 17 yellowtails, 110 whitefish, 25 rockfish, 17 calico bass, 10 perch, seven sheephead, and two bonito.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Island Spirit had 24 anglers on its Sept. 26 all-day trip and landed 200 rockfish, 21 lingcod, 15 whitefish, and one bonito. On Sept. 24, Pacific Eagle had 24 anglers on its full-day jaunt and landed 76 yellowtail and seven bonito.

At Hook’s Landing, New Hustler was out Sept. 25 with just two anglers and landed limits of 20 rockfish, 20 bonito, five whitefish, one sheephead, and one halibut.

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 ran a long-range private charter up to Cape San Martin, Sept. 23, and the 25 anglers scored 20 lings, 200 reds, 20 coppers, 25 boccacio, four assorted rockfish, and one rock sole. Hung Ly of Newbury Park won the jackpot with a 20-pound ling. On the Sept. 26 half-day, 30 anglers reported 240 rockfish and one ling, while the Sept. 25 trip with eight anglers produced 80 rockfish and two lings.

At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 16 anglers on the Sept. 27 trip and caught 160 rockfish and nine lingcod to 15 pounds. On Sept. 26, Endeavor had 15 anglers who landed 130 rockcod, 20 assorted rockfish, and 13 lings, including a 20-pounder.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, Phenix had 17 anglers on a full-day Sept. 26 trip and landed 145 rockfish, 10 bocaccio, 10 bolina, three red rock cod, and 25 lings. Flying Fish had 17 anglers on its Sept. 26 half-day and had limits of 170 rockfish and 12 lings.

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 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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