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.
The Bluefin Tuna
bite over the weekend Offshore
continued to be excellent, Yellowtail
fishing limits were generally reached whenever they had time to fish them. The 1.5 day trips or longer had the best opportunity to catch both species in quantities. Early in the week the one day trips proved to be outstanding for Bluefin Tuna, with little time to spend searching for Yellowtail on the Kelp Paddies. By mid-week the one day trips started to fizzle as the distance of 80 to 95 miles to reach the main schools of Tuna was taxing, and allowed only the morning to find the right school that wanted to bite.
I fished a one day trip on the Islander
on Wednesday, 07-31-13 and we managed only 28 Bluefin Tuna, while several one day boats returned with no Tuna and only a handful of Yellowtail. At noon we were still 80 miles out and after stopping on some kelp paddies on the way home, didn't dock until 9pm, a full 24 hour trip, as we left at 9pm the night before. Meanwhile the 1.5 day boats fishing the same area, or only a few miles further south managed to catch over 100 Bluefin and lots of Yellowtail.
A few Dorado
are being caught by most boats each day, with warmer waters expected in August, these counts should increase. Private boaters, when the weather permits have been finding both Yellowtail and Dorado on Kelp Paddies closer to shore recently. The ¾ day San Diego boats have ventured offshore and also found rewarding results off the Paddies.
The Channel Islands
is having one long White Seabass
season and some of the best Halibut
fishing in years. The quantities and size are unreal. The Mirage
caught 23 White Seabass and 75 Halibut on their recent 2 day midweek trip. San Clemente
Island is still yielding some decent counts on the Yellowtail, with fish to 35+ pounds. The Freedom
caught 14 Yellowtail to 35 pounds and one White Seabass on their Thursday, 08-01-13 trip.
A couple of Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina
per trip, with Calico Bass and some decent Barracuda fishing.
Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass
fishing has really slowed down. The Barracuda
bite is on a day by day basis, with good fishing off and on?
Sand Bass fishing on the Twilight trips has also slowed for the most part.
Both the Coronado Islands and Ensenada
has for the most part remained inactive. The close proximity to the tuna pens has provided Ensenada with some decent Bluefin Tuna bites offshore.
Angler Nicole with a 61 pound Bluefin Tuna off the st First String
, Saturday, 07-27-13:
Carnage on the Dominator on the weekend:
Nice Bluefin Tuna, caught off the Pride
Big Yellowtail and Dorado off the Always an Adventure
charter that returned Saturday, 07-27-13:
Limits of Bluefin on the Impulse
Pretty Ladies that fish or maybe not:
Private boater Ron fished with on the Victory
Wednesday and had a decent day of mixed Calico and Sand Bass fishing:Coastal Tanker White Seabass
can now be considered dead?
A big Red and Copper Rockfish caught off the Star Dust
, Saturday, 07-27-13:
And a Lingcod:
A 43 pound White Seabass off the Sea Biscuit
, Sunday, 07-29-13 caught by angler John:
Big Yellowtail caught off the Pacific Islander
on Sunday, 07-28-13:
And a big Halibut:
Huge Halibut caught off the Cobra
caught Sunday, 07-28-13:The IslandsCatalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Very quiet.San Clemente Island!
is still finding both White Seabass and Yellowtail at the Island, catching six White Seabass and 2 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip, 07-27-13.
A 33 pound Halibut at the Island:Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico
The 3/4 day boat San Diego
runs offshore Saturday and catches 65 Yellowtail:
gets the job done on the Bluefin Tuna and Yellowtail:
Nice Bluefin off the Fortune
, Sunday 07-28-13:
A 55 pound Bluefin caught by John off the Eclipse,
Angler Nicki with a 40 pound Bluefin:
Captain Greg and Angler with a big Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pride
Fun half day fishing off the Dolphin
over the weekend:
All comments and suggestions welcomed! Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a decent both inshore and offshore, while Sunday will be breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock. Hook Up,