Cory Visser

Cory Visser, of Long Beach, has been fishing for over 50 years. He has never had a boat of his own but is always there for captains who need a good crew. He is proud that he was once part of a crew that caught a Grand Slam of tuna on a one-day trip.

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April 06, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-04-06-12

by Cory Visser

Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
A Summary of local fishing from Santa Monica to Oceanside, including Catalina and San Clemente Islands, with fishing trips out of San Diego down to Baja, Mexico.

With decent weather forecasted on Saturday, 03-30-12, followed by a storm front on Sunday, which arrived as scheduled, everyone scrambled to get out on Saturday and scratch their fishing itch.

I left Friday evening on the Aztec for a 1.5 day trip down the coast of Baja, one of three boats that ventured down as far as Colonet. The Pacific Voyager and Voyager were the other boats in the area. Captain Mikey on the Aztec knew that a good trip required a good morning of fishing as the winds leading the storm front were scheduled to arrive by noon. Fortunately the winds held off until 2pm, which provided ample time to get the job done. Due to a ripping current and constantly changing condition, the morning bite was a slow pick. You had to work hard at it, yet those that had experience finished with limits of Reds, assorted other Rockfish, and a few nice Lingcod each. A couple of pictures:

After the Voyager limited out on Rockfish on Saturday on the first of a 2-day trip, they fished the shallows on Sunday. Jackpot was this 15 pound Sheephead:

Since opening day of the Rockfish season, March 1st, most everyone has been targeting Reds and Lingcod, with Bass fishing very slow due to cold and dirty water. For the most part it has been an excellent month of Rockfishing in between storms. Occasionally being targeted are Halibut, and there have been some dandy catches on these tasty fish.

Twilight fishing: The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing ran a trip on Saturday, 3-31-12, with 3 anglers catching 20 Sand Bass. Both the Freelance and Western Pride out of Davey's Locker ran twilight trips on Saturday, 3-31-12, and both had excellent Sculpin fishing to go along with some Sand Bass and assorted Rockfish.

In Santa Monica Bay
The ¾ day Tradition ran a trip on Saturday, 03-31-12 and according to Jackpot Jimmy the fishing was excellent, limits of Jumbo Bocaccio, some Reds, and assorted other Rockfish. Some pictures:

Private boater Vince fished on Saturday, 03-31-12 with friend Jason. They slammed the Bass and added a nice Halibut.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 78 Rockfish and 110 Sculpin on their Tuesday, 04-03-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire loads up on the Rockfish on Wednesday, 04-04-12, catching 90 Rockfish and 180 Red Snapper for 34 anglers.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Monday, 04-02-12 and caught 68 Bocaccio, 287 Rockfish and 8 Red Snapper.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker found the Rockfish on the chew on their Monday, 04-02-12 trip, catching 2 Sheephead, 12 Whitefish, 29 Bocaccio, 75 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin, 6 Perch and 78 Red Snapper:

Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Jim fished on Wednesday, 04-04-12 and found the Big Reds on the chew. Some pictures:

Private boater Clifford fished with a friend out of Long Beach and caught this 19 pound Halibut, and some dandy Sculpin:

Charter Master Captain Jaime on his boat the Seasons took a group out on Saturday, 03-31-12 and found the local Reds on the chew:

Private boater Ron took his new boat with friends out to the Long Beach Wall, Wednesday, 04-04-12 evening and found some Calico Bass on the chew:

The Enterprise fished on Wednesday, 04-04-12, as 19 anglers caught 1 Sheephead, 108 Rockfish, 49 Sculpin, 200 Sand Dab and 52 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Wednesday, 04-04-12, as 19 anglers caught 6 Sheephead, 35 Whitefish, 15 Bocaccio, 40 Rockfish and 105 Sculpin.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Monday, 04-02-12 and caught 225 Rockfish, 44 Sculpin and 5 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor caught 18 Bocaccio, (limits), 30 Rockfish and 11 Red Snapper for only 9 anglers on their Monday, 04-02-12, trip.

The 1/2 day boat Native Sun on their Tuesday, 04-03-12 morning trip, as they caught 60 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin and 28 Red Snapper.

Japan Ron fished the ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 04-04-12 and limited out on the Bocaccio and other Rockfish, a Jackpot was a large Bocaccio.. Some pictures:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Wednesday, 04-04-12, with 70 anglers catching 1 Calico Bass, 16 Sheephead, 131 Whitefish, 305 Rockfish, 19 Sculpin, 103 Perch and 5 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Saturday, 03-31-12 and caught 3 Sheephead, 50 Whitefish, 18 Bocaccio, (limits), 31 Rockfish and 41 Red Snapper for only 9 anglers.

The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing is running trips during the week and on Saturdays to San Clemente where they have been catching lots of Reds, some Lingcod and assorted Rockfish. Then they head to San Nicolas on an extended day trip on Sunday's.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Charter Master Captain Rod on his boat the Sweet Teresa ran a Halibut charter on Saturday, 03-30-12 and found a couple of big Halibut on the chew:

The ½ day boat Dolphin caught a load of Reds, Thursday, 04-05-12:

Private boater and Charter Master, Captain Louie, didn't find the Yellowtail on their Tuesday, 04-03-12 trip; however, the Lingcod were definitely on the chew:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

The weather forecast for the weekend is mixed with fierce winds today and tonight, breezy offshore in the morning, and decent locally for Saturday and breezy for most of Sunday? Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hope everyone has a grand Easter weekend.
Hook Up,

Comments (2)

tsurikichi wrote 4 years ago

Hi Cory,

As is the usual, seems folks up and down the coast caught lots of different species of a very high grade average !!

Thanks for the round-up.


tunavic1 wrote 4 years ago

Very nice report and pics Cory,all looked like dynamite trips,killer butts!

Cya Tuna Vic

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