TROPHY BLUEFIN TUNA UPDATE: The San Diego fleet’s overnight and longer trips continue to hammer away on the trophy bluefin tuna while fishing out to the west in U.S. waters this past week. The action was improving going into the full moon.
On Tuesday, Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing was on a 1.5-day trip with 25 anglers and landed U.S. limits of 50 bluefin with 10 of those fish more than 100 pounds. Condor out of Fisherman’s Landing was on a 1.5-day trip on Tuesday and the 21 anglers had a terrific morning bite, but it shut down in the afternoon. They ended up with 24 bluefin from 90 to 140 pounds.
Pacific Star out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned from a 2.5-day trip on Wednesday, and the 18 anglers on board had 72 bluefin, two-day U.S. limits of quality fish, along with 47 yellowtail.
Los Angeles and Orange County boats running to the banks off San Clemente Island also continue to see a pretty decent pick on the bigger bluefin, including some days of limit-style fishing, just like the San Diego boats.
Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 15 anglers on its 1.5-day trip on Tuesday and landed five bigger bluefin. The Sunday trip with 23 anglers produced 31 bluefin and nine yellowtail, along with 187 whitefish, 12 sheephead, and one bonito. Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 32 anglers on its Wednesday overnight trip and landed 64 bluefin, 50 bonito, and 38 yellowtail.
SAN DIEGO THREE-QUARTER DAY NEWS: The three-quarter-day boats out of San Diego Landings continue to see good yellowtail action in local waters and at the Coronado Islands. There are also still a few bluefin showing on these trips.
Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 57 anglers on its Monday three-quarter-day trip and landed six bluefin, 103 yellowtail, and 22 bonito. San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 29 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 121 yellowtail.
CATALINA ISLAND UPDATE: There continues to be a pretty good pick on yellowtail and bonito at Catalina Island for boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings. There are also a few calico bass, barracuda, bottom fish in this bite.
Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 33 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip and landed 10 yellowtail and 50 bonito. The Tuesday trip with 20 anglers produced 30 yellowtail, 80 bonito, three barracuda, and one calico bass. Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing had 32 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter-day trip and landed 33 yellowtail. Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 15 anglers on Tuesday’s three-quarter-day trip and landed 37 yellowtail, 22 calico bass, three bonito, and one barracuda.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The boats out of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings are mostly focusing on the excellent rockfish bite, but those targeting surface species continue to see a decent pick on yellowtail, an occasional white sea bass, and pretty good calico bass action.
Island Tak out of Channel Island Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip, and they landed three yellowtail, 15 keeper calicos, and 10 rockfish. On Tuesday, Gentleman, also out of Channel Islands, had 30 anglers in its three-quarter-day trip and landed two yellowtail along with 218 whitefish, 22 rockfish, 21 sheephead, three perch, and one bonito.
Amigo out of Ventura Sportfishing had 15 anglers on Wednesday’s full-day trip and landed 75 rockfish, three sculpin, and two sheephead. On Tuesday’s trip, 14 anglers had five yellowtail, 40 rockfish, nine calico bass, and three bonito. On Monday, Island Spirit, also out of Ventura, had 17 anglers who landed 35 yellowtail.
At Hook’s Landing, Coroloma had 25 anglers on its Wednesday’s three-quarter-day trip and landed five yellowtail, 62 whitefish, 29 rockfish, three sheephead, one calico bass, and one barracuda. New Hustler, also out of Hook’s, had 25 anglers on its Monday full-day trip and landed 38 yellowtail and two bonito.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish bite for the Central Coast boats running out of Morro Bay and Avila Beach remains excellent with a lot of limits reported over the past week, and a steady pick on lings.
At Virg’s Landing, the 20 anglers on Fiesta landed 140 red snapper, 40 rockfish, 20 bocaccio, and 19 lingcod on Wednesday. The Monday trip with 32 anglers produced 220 rockfish, 100 red snapper, and six lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, Avenger had 19 anglers on its Wednesday half-day and landed 60 red snapper, 13 bocaccio, six rockfish, and one ling. Endeavor, had 34 anglers on its Monday half-day and landed 330 rockfish, 10 red snapper, and two lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing, Patriot was on a half-day trip Wednesday with 20 anglers and landed 129 rockfish, 16 red snapper, and two lingcod.
Inside Morro Bay, there is still a lot of bait and the halibut bite is still pretty good. The north and south T-piers are still producing decent quantities of perch, mostly on blood worms. There have also been some nice catches for barred perch and stripers in the surf from the Dog Beach to Studio Drive in Cayucos.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day trip aboard Relentless out of H&M Landing leaving on Monday, Sept. 18. The early booking price is $450 (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; 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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