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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August 02, 2013
by Cory VisserThursday 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:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
San Clemente Island!
The Freedom 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:
The Condor 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, Monday 07-29-13:
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!
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.