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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January 25, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-01-25-13

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.

Amazing what a good forecast for weather does for the fishing spirit and desire to get out and catch a few. Unlike the prior week, lots of anglers gathered up their gear and went fishing this week. The ocean conditions were ideal for the better part of four days, which ran from Saturday through Tuesday. The only primary complaint I heard was for lack of current, which of course does generally affect fishing, mostly in a negative way? Almost everyone however, did not complain about how beautiful the Southern California coast can be in the winter, while back East they are under siege.

Local water temps which had reached a low of 52 degrees last week, were as high as 58 by Tuesday. Unfortunately this nice increase did not quite wake up the dormant Bass to any large degree. Yet there were some good bites at times, as you will see in some of the reports that follow. There were also a number of successful Halibut adventures accomplished. Of big interest down south of the border, a run of winter Yellowtail exploded for those anglers lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time in Ensenada and San Quintin.

With Mexico being the only option for catching Rockfish, the flat calm seas allowed a bunch of private boaters to make a run out of San Diego to fish the Rockpile, Coronado Islands and other points south of the border.

Meanwhile after reading this report and getting fired up to go wet a line, the weather has once again taken a turn for the worse. Rain started on Thursday, and is slated to continue all the way through Monday. Bah Humbug! I guess that's why we all must be prepared to drop everything and get out and go fishing when the conditions allow it this time of year. Enjoy!

This week Sergio says:

Sergio humor;

Just more pretty ladies that fish or not:

And Julie says:

I like this theory by Larry:

Angler Sergio putting in some serious time on the water fished the Sea Trek out of Oceanside on Wednesday, 01-23-13. They caught Sand Bass and Sculpin. Here is Sergio with some nice Sand Bass:

Some of best local fishing for Bass is out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing. On Sunday, 01-20-13 the ½ day boat, Sum Fun had 16 anglers catch 1 Halibut, and 1 Sand Bass. Here is a picture of the 16 pound Halibut caught Sunday by angler Mark:

I fished with private boater Brett on Saturday, 01-19-13 out of Dana Point. We had a slow day of fishing for the mixed Bass, Sculpin and a few Rockfish in drop dead gorgeous weather. Some pictures:

Jason with a good sized Sculpin:

Jason also caught the biggest Calico Bass:

Captain Dave Hansen also fished out of Dana Point and experienced a similar slow day of fishing:

Out of Newport Beach angler Sergio fished with friends on the Freelance on the Sunday, 01-20-13 Twilight trip and caught some nice Sand Bass:

Anglers Dennis and Sergio with great Bass fishing on the Patriot, Tuesday, 01-22-13:

Sergio with the Jackpot 5.5 pound Sand Bass:

In Santa Monica the 3/4 day boat Spitfire had a great day on their Sunday, 1-20-13 trip catching 5 Calico Bass, 50 Sand Bass and 90 Sculpin. The New Del Mar had a decent day of fishing on Sunday, 1-20-13, catching 5 Calico Bass, 21 Sand Bass, 305 Sculpin and 75 Perch.

Private boater Dan caught a nice Calico Bass over the weekend:

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had a decent trip Wednesday, 1-23-13 catching 70 Sculpin and 35 Sand Dabs. The ¾ day boat Sea Angler continues to spank the Sand Dabs, catching 6500 on their Saturday, 1-19-13 trip.

Angler Dennis with a nice Bass trip:

Angler Sergio fished on the Gail Force on a Twilight combo hooping and fishing trip, Monday evening, 01-21-13. They did just ok on the Lobsters, however the fishing was very good for Sand Bass, Sculpin and Rockfish, which were all released:

The Native Sun out of Long Beach with a great second week start to their Halibut Derby as they fished Wednesday, 01-23-13, and caught five Halibut from 6.6 to 27 pounds:

Japan Ron fished with private boater Lal on the Rubber Ducky on Tuesday, 1-22-13. It was a very slow chew, with only ten mixed Bass between them, plus a few Rockfish. A few Pictures:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
No Reports!

San Clemente Island!
No Reports!

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing ran a winter Cod trip out of San Quintin on Saturday, 1-19-13 and found the big Reds on the chew. Then fishing with the same group on Sunday, 01-20-13 Captain Juan called them into a killer winter Yellowtail bite on the iron at the 240 reef. Some pictures:

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing ran a winter Cod trip on Saturday, 1-19-13 and found a good bite on the big Reds and assorted other bottom critters. Some pictures:

Private boater Robert fished Point Loma with a friend on Sunday, 01-20-13 and they both caught some nice Halibut:

Private boater Bill fished out of Point Loma on Sunday, 01-20-13 and caught some nice Rockfish:

Private boater Steve and his Dad allso fished out of Point Loma on Sunday, 01-20-13 and caught some nice Rockfish:

Captain Louie ran his boat out of Ensenada with guests, Saturday, 01-19-13 and they caught Lingcod, Rockfish and some nice winter Yellowtail. Some pictures:

A final thought:
How about these Catfish caught in a German river:

One last attempt at humor according to Julie:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!
WeatherThe weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to contain some rainy conditions, with calm seas near shore and a bit breezy offshore. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (4)

tunavic1 wrote 5 years ago

Very cool report and pics,your research and effort is appreciated!

Cya TunaVic

Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

Thanks Vic, it's good to hear someone appreciates the time invested.

tsurikichi wrote 5 years ago

Hi Cory,

As always ... the fishy porn does gladdin' the heart and the great zingers to keep the ol' brain cells in the thinking mode .... plain good entertainment.

Sorry there's little fishing report 'meat' to sink your teeth into but it's just gotta get better so chin up ol' buddy.


Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

Actually Ron I thought the surprise winter Yellowtail bite in Ensenada might generate some interest? I guess not? With four days of rain and Monday and Tuesday full of wind, this week's report will be as weak as they come, given I can even find any material to talk about?

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