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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November 16, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-11-16-12

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.

It was a good season Offshore! So the Party is not over, yeah it is, yes the Ocean Odyssey ran a 3 day trip on Monday, after the storm. Yep they caught 175 Yellowtail and 225 Yellowfin Tuna, (3 day limits), with ten Dorado. However, the warm water is below 160 miles, way over 1.5 day range or even 2 day range unless you run at 5pm. Then there would have to be a hell of a fuel sur-charge. The Ocean Odyssey is running another three day trip this Friday evening. Good for them, I hope they catch a bunch. Basically the Offshore Season is over. There are almost no anglers willing to spend big bucks for little chance to catch Tuna. Well in November, what else would you expect? The winds and the rain came and the water temps dropped severely, consequently the Tuna headed south for the winter.
Listen it was a very good year for a lot of boats fishing offshore this summer. As has been the case for a number of years, there was virtually no spring fishing, and the Albacore pulled another no show. However, the season of catching Bluefin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and baby Yellowtail, lasting into November, provided a lot of boats with enough revenue to survive, far better than last year. Still a few Sport Boats could not make a go of it, so sad! The Bluefin Tuna fishing this year was as good as I can remember. Still amazing to me how great it could be while fishing the Tuna Pens? This gave both private boaters and 1 day Sport Boats an opportunity to make a good day out of it. It also provided a 2 day trip with an option closer to shore on their second day after running over 100 miles on the first day. Sometimes the second day of fishing was better than the first?
Once again the average private boater was shut out of good fishing offshore, either too far to run or too expensive with $4.00+ a gallon fuel. The local banks, like the 302, 390, 425 and 371 generally didn't yield the desired results, plenty of baby Yellowtail, but few Tuna. The 1010, D220 and Knuckle produced well for about six weeks, yet for most private boaters that was out of their range at 60+ miles. US waters were almost an entire shut out. A few Magic Kelp Paddies yielded Dorado and Yellowtail for select few boats, while the50 to 100 boats that ran each day caught little to nothing?
The Island fishing for 2012 was a total bust in my opinion. Catalina and San Clemente Islands were horrible for the most part, with virtually no Yellowtail caught most days. The Coronado Islands were plagued by the Mexican Government and the few greedy politicians trying to make the big bucks with a false regulation of Visas that turned out to be mostly bogus and still is an unknown dilemma? Unfortunately the fish were there, yet most boats wanted nothing to do with the bogus Visas requirement.
It looks like a very difficult period ahead. I can only hope things improve.
This week, Sergio says:

Another Seal gone, unable to steal bait and fish, yeah!

Another pretty lady that fishes:

And Doug says:
I knew there was a reason?

Locally the target is Rockfish, Lingcod, Sculpin, White Fish and Sheephead, with a few Calico and Sand Bass mixed in. This is at best a very slow time of year. I could sure use as many pictures as you can provide to help me write a report that is entertaining.

John with a nice Halibut:

Out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing the ½ day boat Clemente had a decent day of Bass fishing on Wednesday, 11-14-12 catching 1 Whitefish, 24 Bocaccio, 55 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin, 20 Sand Dab and 18 Red Snapper.

Private boater Dave had a great trip on Veteran's day with friends, catching some nice Calico and Sand Bass.

In Santa Monica the 3/4 day boat Redondo Special had a great day on their Sunday, 11-11-12 trip catching 216 Rockfish and 2 Lingcod. The New Del Mar had a decent day of Critter fishing on Monday, 11-12-12, catching 9 Sheephead, 225 Rockfish, 6 Lingcod, 225 Sculpin.

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had a fantastic trip Saturday, 11-10-12 catching 2 Sand Bass, 7 Sheephead, 140 Whitefish (limits), 16 Rockfish, 9 Sculpin and 32 Red Snapper. Some pictures:

Charter Master Eric Groff with a decent day of Halibut fishing last weekend:

Out of Newport Beach, the Freelance fished Monday, 11-12-12 and caught 1 Sand Bass, 5 Sheephead, 20 Bocaccio, 140 Rockfish, 32 Sculpin, 250 Perch and 1 Triggerfish.

Out of Long Beach, the Victory fished Monday, 11-12-12 and caught 48 Sheephead, 22 Whitefish, 171 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin and 10 Perch.

Private boater Japan Ron fished with Lal on the Ducky locally out of Long Beach on Tuesday, 11-13-12 and had a super day on the Calico and Sand Bass to 4 pounds, with some Sculpin, Lingcod and Reds mixed in. They caught and released over 30 Bass and 10 other species to fight another day. Some pictures:

Twilight fishing: No trips, all over?

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Fury had a slow day at the Island on Monday, 11-12-12 catching 1 Calico Bass, 3 Whitefish, 8 Bocaccio, 20 Perch, 1 Sargo, 15 Sand Dab and 31 Red Snapper
The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Tuesday, 11-13-12 catching 10 Sheephead, 10 Rockfish, 11 Lingcod and 43 Red Snapper.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Sunday, 11-11-12, with 24 anglers catching 7 Sheephead, 4 Whitefish, 46 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod, 6 Sculpin and 148 Red Snapper.
Rockfishing on the Outer Limits:

Private boater Oishi had a great trip on Veteran's day with friends, catching some nice Calico Bass.

San Clemente Island!No reports this week.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
It's all about Rockfishing from this point forward.

The sensational 3/4 day boat fishing Offshore for Tuna, Yellowtail and Dorado kept the boats busy for several months.

Well if we are mostly left with Bass fishing and Bottom Critters, so be it. I fished on Wednesday with private boater Bill Fisher and we slammed the Lingcod, Reds and Copper Rockfish down in Salsapuedes. The deep water yielded three Lingcod in the 8 to 10 pound range, with several more that size released. We also released over 50 fish in the shallow water, which were mostly caught on plastics. Some pictures

My second Lingcod:

The day's catch:

Down in San Quitin Captain Kelly and staff are catching a few Big Yellowtail, Halibut and plenty of huge Reds.

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite calm, although you might incur some rain. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (3)

tsurikichi wrote 6 years ago

Hi Cory,

With the darn fishing slowing down all over California and especially SoCal .... looks like we're gonna have to redouble our efforts to make the news ourselves !! Just Kidding

I encourage everyone .... good, so-so, or bad, many or few, please contribute to the boards with your fishing reports. Take us fishin' with ya thru your post !!


RonBeach wrote 6 years ago

Great report...good to take a time out now. LOL

Tunaslam wrote 6 years ago

I will be challenged weekly now to not be boring? Need reports and pic's to make it happen. Thanks.

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