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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September 27, 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.
Right now the sensational Fall fishing is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you are going to get. The majority of boats fishing Offshore have found a good mix of Rat Yellowtail, Dorado and either Yellowfin Tuna or Bluefin Tuna or both Tuna species, an offshore slam. For the Tuna it all depends on which school you run into, as surprisingly some boats get only Bluefin, while others get only Yellowfin Tuna. Yet in most cases they are finding limit style fishing.
No telling how long the current bite continues, it only takes one storm or good blow to cool off the waters, we can probably say this was one of the better summers for the fleet. It was a late start and granted the Rat Yellowtail kept the boats filled until the Bluefin Tuna arrived in force, yet once the season began it has been nonstop fishing. Oh yeah bad weather killed the bite for a few days here and there, however, for the most part boats were plugged with reservations several weeks in advance and almost always got out with a full load. That allowed the boats to go the extra distance, with trip after trip being full, and earlier in the year there were simply few fish within a 100 miles of San Diego.
Lots of boats have been successful in one day range lately, while the counts for 1.5 day trips are more consistent allowing all day to fish with more time available to locate the schools of Tuna. Tuna have been known for ripper sundown bites to save the day. Meanwhile the private boater has been allowed back into the picture, as they were mostly shut out for the majority of the summer, both due to long runs down south and a weather year that has been quite unfriendly to small boats most of the summer!
The ¾ day boats were again on the hunt this week with some excellent counts. For example the San Diego caught 20 Bluefin Tuna, 5 Skipjack Tuna, 46 Yellowtail and 76 Dorado, (limits) on their Thursday trip.
Unfortunately if you have not made a reservation to go this weekend, you are SOL as most all boats are again sold out.
Marlin fishing has turned into high gear lately, with numerous boats catching and releasing multiple fish on any given day. This unusual season has also brought into our local waters a number of Shortbilled Spearfish, a certain anomaly for this area. The ½ day boat even caught both the Shortbilled Spearfish and a small Swordfish recently.
The Coronado Islands are right now a forgotten destination.
The Dominator scores well on a weekend trip:
Colorful Opah off the Fortune:
The Channel Islands are back to fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut are being caught with an occasional Yellowtail and a spot of Barracuda adding to the action.
Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass is all but dormant, and there are few if any Twilight trips being scheduled! Some of the local boats out of Dana Point and Newport Beach have been doing well on catching Yellowtail and Dorado. On their Wednesday, 09-25-13 trip the ¾ day boat Patriot caught 94 Yellowtail and 1 Dorado.
A Dorado caught off the ½ day boat Dana Pride:
Angler Ron fished on the 3/4 day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 09-25-13 and they caught a good mix of Rockfish and Lingcod. Some pictures:
Private boater Sergio fished the Long Beach Bay Thursday and caught some small Sand Bass and Spotted Bay Bass:
Private boater Tom with a dandy Sandy:
Private boater Jimmy with a Sand Bass in the concrete jungle:
Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:
Good fishing on the Stardust up north:
Now this is a big Sheephead:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Pursuit has been catching Bonito on a regular basis, to add to some decent catching of Calico Bass and Rockfish.
The Sport King has caught a few Tails daily at the Island to go with the Bonito and Calico Bass fishing, lots of little guys being released.
San Clemente Island!
Few boats have fished the Island, however when they do they usually find some Yellowtail on the chew.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Yep, ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin catching Bluefin Tuna on their PM run:
And even more on their AM runs:
Other pictures off the Dolphin:
Nice Yellowfin Tuna off the Tribute:
Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is really taking advantage of the great Fall fishing offshore:
Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing offshore trip lately
Captain Kelly holds a big Calico Bass in San Quintin:
Quote of the day, something to think about:
Not sure this applies to all men?
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Saturday looks fishable, while there looks to be calming seas for Sunday. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.