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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June 22, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-06-22-12

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.

Finally the San Clemente Island Yellowtail made a better showing over the weekend, and the first few days of the week, however strong winds have negatively affected that bite.

Private boater Brandon fished Catalina Island on Saturday, 06-16-12 with friends and caught very little beyond some Calico Bass, then headed to San Clemente Island Saturday night, waking up to good conditions on the back side, they caught a nice variety of fish, including this 8+ pound Calico Bass:

And this dandy Cali:

They then found some big Yellowtail on the chew:

Sand Bass fishing dipped a little bit with some early of the week winds and drop in water temps, however, on Wednesday the Bass went back on the chew, as the Enterprise had limits of both Sand Bass (410) and Sculpin (205). The City of Long Beach caught 310 Sand Bass, while the Victory added 258 Sand Bass to the dock totals. The Barracuda bite faded after good fishing over the weekend most of the week until on Thursday they returned.

The White Seabass Island bite improved on Saturday, and all anglers were able to take advantage of the change in limits on June 15 of three White Seabass each. Several boats reported limits for everyone aboard. The Coastal Tanker bite on the White Seabass came to a screeching halt. There were also fewer reports of Halibut being caught along the coast.

The Dreamer hit the Mother load over the weekend catching limits of White Seabass (18) for their six anglers. They followed that trip up on Tuesday with another 18 White Seabass. Some pictures:

The Mardiosa managed to catch 1 Yellowtail, 4 White Seabass, 60 Calico Bass, 15 Barracuda and 4 Sheephead on their trip Saturday, 06-16-12 and on Wednesday, 06-20-12 at the Islands they caught 1 Yellowtail, 3 White Seabass, 34 Calico Bass, 12 Barracuda and 2 Sheephead.

The Coronado Islands and Rockpile are still yielding Yellowtail, although the counts remain under ten fish on most boats.

Angler Mike fished the Aztec on a 3/4 day trip Tuesday, 06-19-12. They caught a bunch of Barracuda, Rockfish and 7 Yellowtail as Captain Mikey stopped on a school of breezing Yellowtail on the way home and spent an extra three hours fishing. Many more Yellowtail were hooked and lost.
Angler Mike with his Yellowtail:

The offshore scene produced some decent Yellowtail counts off the Kelp Paddies, with only a handful of Bluefin Tuna mixed in. Most fish are being caught from 100 to 120 miles south of the border, way out west. Winds from 20 to 30 knots early in the week did not help the counts. Unfortunately the winds are not expected to subside through the weekend.
Angler Jake fished the Grande on a 1.5 day trip returning Sunday, 06-17-12. They caught a bunch of Yellowtail off the Kelp Paddies and slid in on several Bluefin Tuna schools for a handful of Tuna. Some pictures:

Jake's cooler is full!

Angler Ron fished the Condor on a 1.5 day trip returning Sunday, 06-17-12. They caught limits of Yellowtail and 3 Bluefin Tuna. Some pictures:

A few White Seabass are still being caught by the Santa Monica Bay boats once in a while.

There great mixed Bass fishing in the evenings, with a few Barracuda mixed in on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing: The Native Sun fished on Sunday, 06-17-12, and caught. Now that's a big Sand Bass:

The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 06-17-12, and caught 170 Sand Bass, 12 Barracuda, 11 Sculpin and 3 Cabazon. The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-20-12, and caught 210 Sand Bass (limits).

In Santa Monica BayThe ¾ day boat Tradition caught 33 Sand Bass, 45 Barracuda, 1 Sheephead and 1 Rockfish on their Saturday, 06-16-12 trip:

The 1/2 day boat Redondo ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-20-12 and caught 2 White Seabass, 112 Calico Bass, 2 Barracuda, 18 Sheephead and 10 Perch.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 456 Rockfish, 6 Lingcod, 45 Sculpin and 150 Sand Dab on their Sunday, 06-17-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 95 Calico Bass, 140 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod on their Saturday, 06-16-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Private boater Joe spent a few hours targeting the Tanker White Seabass to no avail, and doing research on Bass fishing with great success, catching his PB 8.6 pound Calico Bass, along with plenty of others: Some pictures:

The ¾ day boat Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Thursday, 06-21-12 and caught 31 Calico Bass, 4 Barracuda, 5 Sheephead and 6 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 06-17-12 and caught 23 Sand Bass, 47 Barracuda, 5 Rockfish and 3 Sculpin.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker ran a trip on Sunday, 06-17-12 and caught 11 Sand Bass, 42 Barracuda, 358 Sculpin 50 and Sand Dab .

Big Halibut off the Native Sun Thursday, 06-21-12:

Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Nathan fished with his son on Monday, 06-18-12 and caught several Halibut with this 20 pounder hooked and landed by his son:

Charter Captain Jamie of Seasons Sportfishing ran a local trip targeting Halibut and angler Justin caught this Big'n:

Private boater Erik fished with friends on Tuesday, 06-19-12 and found the Calico Bass on te chew:

The Enterprise fished on Wednesday, 06-20-12, as 41 anglers caught 410 Sand Bass (limits), 1 Barracuda and 205 Sculpin (limits).

The City of Long Beach had 72 anglers catch 143 Sand Bass and 226 Barracuda, on Saturday, 06-16-12.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Tuesday, 06-19-12, as 14 anglers caught 17 Calico Bass, 123 Sand Bass, 19 Barracuda and 1 Sculpin.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 06-17-12 and caught 73 Sand Bass, 1 Barracuda, 11 Rockfish and 4 Sculpin.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor fished on Saturday, 06-16-12, and they caught 188 Sand Bass and 3 Barracuda. Angler Haka provided some pictures from the trip:

The ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing ran a trip on Saturday, 06-16-12, as they caught 92 Sand Bass and 302 Barracuda. Some pictures from Japan Ron ontheir trips 06-18 and 06-20:

I fished with private boater Brad on Saturday, 06-16-12 out of Long Beach. We caught 20 mixed Bass and several Barracuda; all the mixed Bass were released. Pictures:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Private boater Paul caught two Yellowtail on the front side of the Island Friday, 06-15-12:

Charter Captain Jamie of Seasons Sportfishing ran to the Island over the weekend and found the White Seabass on the chew:

The Toronado ran to the Island on Tuesday, 06-19-12 and caught 7 White Seabass, 2 Halibut, 28 Calico Bass, 35 Sheephead, 25 Whitefish, 185 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod.
The Outrider out of 22nd St. Landing, ran a trip to the Island on Saturday, 06-16-12, with 11 anglers catching 2 White Seabass, 32 Calico Bass and 4 Rockfish. Angler Pam provided these pictures:

The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Tuesday, 06-19-12, with 27 anglers catching 20 Calico Bass, 15 Sheephead, 18 Whitefish, 50 Bocaccio, 75 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin, 30 Perch and 23 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Sunday, 06-17-12 with 28 anglers catching 62 Calico Bass, 1 Sheephead, 2 Whitefish, 4 Rockfish, 25 Perch, 2 Sargo and 1 Sole.
The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Monday, 06-19-12 and caught 110 Calico Bass, 3 Barracuda, 41 Sheephead and 86 Rockfish .
The Freedom ran to the island on Thursday, 06-14-12 and caught 3 Yellowtail, 154 Calico Bass, 4 Barracuda, 7 Sheephead and 32 Perch.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 4 Yellowtail, 6 Calico Bass, 115 Sand Bass and 24 Barracuda on Wednesday, 06-20-12, their best count for the week and another 10 on Thursday.

The Mission Belle headed out on Tuesday, 06-19-12, and caught 1 Yellowtail, 14 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 5 Barracuda, 40 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod and 9 Sculpin.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 1 Yellowtail, 73 Calico Bass, 7 Sand Bass, 4 Barracuda, 23 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod on their trip on Tuesday, 06-19-12.

All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks really windy, at least on the offshore scene as well as at the Islands . Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (1)

tsurikichi wrote 4 years ago

Hi Cory,

What a mix of species. Our Kalifornia / Mexico fishery has to be hands down one of the best in the world for anything but bluewater fishing when you stand back and look at the recreational fishing catches being made reports of !! Gotta figure there's lots that don't get in the news too !!

Great job as always ..... thanks,


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