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 exotics are moving up the line, as more and more Dorado
are being caught. The Thunderbird
ran a 1.5 day trip out of Newport Beach, fishing Thursday and caught 98 Dorado, 84 Yellowtail
and two Yellowfin Tuna
to 50 pounds. They had been fishing the Cortez Bank
, however, the Kelp Paddy hopping just became too good. There are still Bluefin Tuna
being caught at the Cortez Bank, as the Freedom
found 24 willing biters on their 1.5 day trip that returned this morning.
It was an odd weekend fishing Offshore
as some boats caught limits of Bluefin Tuna while others struggled to put together a good day. The weather kicked up on Friday and remained breezy through Tuesday. Then on Wednesday things seemed to settle down and the bite was on again. Many boats began their days looking for kelp paddies, and schools of hungry Tuna. There were more big Bluefin Tuna being caught this week, 70's, 80's and over 100 pounds. So bring one rig with at least 40 pound test line.
The bite continued to be excellent for Yellowtail with many Kelp Paddies holding fish. The size of the Yellowtail improved as well with a good mix of bigger fish in with the rats.
I fished Sunday on the private boat Scorpio, with owners Tony and Alex. We found four Kelp Paddies during the entire day out at the Hidden Bank with three of them holding fish. We ended the day with two nice Dorado 10 to 12 pounds, and limits of Yellowtail to eight pounds.
Pictures of myself and Alex's wife Racal with Dorado:
The weather has continued to hamper the private boater opportunities, especially for Tuna. The pens have not been anywhere near as productive as in the last few, and open water has not produced at all. A few Bluefin are being caught off a Kelp Paddy.
No more Albacore
wandered into the southern California arena this week, as the bite is far north of us so far this season? Private boater Jeff made the long run up north to Monterey
and caught eight 20-30 pound Albacore over the weekend.
The ¾ day San Diego boats have ventured offshore and also found rewarding results off the Paddies at times, including an occasional Bluefin Tuna, Yellowtail and Dorado. The San Diego
caught 50 Yellowtail and 12 Dorado on their Thursday, 08-15-13 trip.
A 55 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Eclipse
And a solid 40 pound Tuna:
A 105 pound Blue Tuna caught off the Producer
And a 107 pound Tuna:
The Channel Islands
long season of catching White Seabass
had shut down the prior week, yet there was a small comeback this week, with scattered counts of White Seabass. The Halibut
fishing remains red hot, with plenty of quality fish to 50 pounds being caught.San Clemente Island
is still yielding a few Yellowtail and occasional White Seabass.
A couple of Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina
on any given day, supplemented with Calico Bass, Sheephead, Whitefish and Rockfish.
Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass
fishing improved somewhat, as did the Barracuda
bite! Counts of Barracuda increased into the sixty's on Thursday. When unavailable most boats have returned to Sculpin and Rockcod fishing! Twilight fishing for Bass is decent on selected nights, although when the Bass are not biting they target Sculpin.Native Sun Twilight fishing
Angler with some nice Sand Bass off the twilight trip on the Enterprise:
A Barracuda on their Saturday trip:
Angler Sergio and friends Twilight fish on the Monte Carlo last night:
Native Sun Rock fishing:
A nice Yellowtail on the half day boat Reel Fun
out of Dana Wharf:
Also a nice Halibut:
A 30 pound Halibut caught off the ½ day boat Clemente
on Sunday, 08-11-13:
Private boater Mark with a Thresher Shark caught locally:
There are still some Yellowtail on the chew at the Coronado Islands
Very quiet in Ensenada
with mostly Yellowtail and Dorado bites offshore.
Good fishing on the Dominator
Pretty Ladies that fish or maybe not:Island Spirit Halibut
A decent day's fishing on the Mirage
A big Halibut and Yellowtail off the Pacific Islander
Lings, some Reds and Copper Rockfish caught off the Star Dust
Nice Halibut off the Stardust:The IslandsCatalina/Santa Barbara Island!
A big Halibut caught off the Options
:San Clemente Island!
fishing SCI Sunday, 08-11-13 with angler Larry holding a big Yellowtail:
Angler Stew with Yellowtail caught Sunday, 08-11-13at SCI off the Options
is still finding a few White Seabass and Yellowtail at the Island, although they have been heading to the Cortez bank lately.Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Nice Halibut caught on the Dolphin:
Private boaters on the Lucky B get the job done Wednesday, 08-15-13:
Chef Marris with a Nice Bluefin off the Voyager
Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing
with some great results over the weekend:
Captain Duane with a colorful Dorado caught Sunday, 08-11-13:
Angler Jesse with a 32 pound Yellowtail:
Several Dorado were caught as well:
Anglers with great fishing on the Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pride:
A 6.8 pound Calico caught by angler Warren fishing off the Dolphin Thursday, 08-15-13:
Another nice Calico Bass:
Quote of the day:
All comments and suggestions welcomed! Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be breezy offshore, while Sunday will be just a little bit worse. Always on the weekend Mother wind, please give us a break? Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock. Hook Up,