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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November 15, 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.
Well that Fat Lady did finally sing, although a 1.5 day trip did yield 2 Bluefin Tuna and lots of Yellowtail? The 3 day trip on the Pacific Voyager ended with 148 Yellowtail and over 300 Rockfish. That's about it for the exotics. The Tuna may still be out there, as water temps remain in the mid-sixties, however, there are not enough boats out to cover the area and find the schools of fish.
With many boats in dry dock working on winter maintenance, there are the usual freezer specials being scheduled. For example the Chief has weekend 2.5 days offered to fish Colonet, San Martin and other points south of the border. Locally trips to San Nicolas Island for shallow water Rockfishing is a popular trip on the Toronado, El Dorado and perhaps other charter trips.
Other than offshore, Yellowtail seem to be on vacation, with few signs of them anywhere at the Islands or along the coast. A few Yellowtail have been caught up north at the Channel Islands.
It was very quiet in Ensenada this week, with no exotics reported?
It might be worth a trip to San Quintin as some larger model Yellowtail to 26 pounds is being caught. As they say always good critter fishing down there.
There are still a few Bonito being caught at Catalina, although most of the boats are simply fishing for Rockfish.
There have not been many reports from San Clemente either. Perhaps there are some home guard Yellowtail still hanging around, although none reported lately?
I fished San Clemente Island yesterday, Thursday, 11-14-13 with private boater Dave and crew of Ron, Jim, Kevin and John. The ocean was grease calm all the way to the Island. The water was clear deep blue and 64.5 degrees in Pyramid. As we turned the corner to move up the backside it was quite bumby, and by 9:30 am a bit breezy. We still caught limits of Rockfish, 25 Reds, lots of Santa Marias, too many Bocaccios to count, some Chili Peppers, Bank Perch, and I caught a 15 pound Lingcod. Some pictures:
Here is Jim with a nice Santa Maria:
Here is Jim with one of his Reds caught today:
Some pictures from Dave's Saturday trip where they caught 80% Reds and a couple of nice Lingcod:
El Dorado San Nicolas Island:
Angler David with a nice Halibut, Lingcod and some big Sheephead off the 2 day Pacific Star trip over the weekend:
Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:
I did not see any Twilight trips reported this week!
Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky several times this week with friends. He found the Bass fishing on the slow side, yet managed to catch limits plus on the Sand Bass to four pounds. With little to no current in calm seas the fishing remained slow. They fished Izor's Reef, the Newport Pipe and the oil Rig's over the several days' they fished. They caught some Sculpin and Rockfish to go with the Sand Bass caught, all of the Bass and some of the Rockfish were released to fight another day.
Angler Ron fished on the ¾ day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing Wednesday, 11-13-13 and they had just an OK day on the Rockfish. Some pictures:
And the winner is:
Angler Richard with a nice Halibut off of Seal Beach, Sunday, 11-10-13:
Angler Sergio with some nice Reds caught on the Enterprise Sunday, 11-10-13:
Larry and Dorie with more Reds off the Enterprise:
Sergio did some private boating on Thursday with friends and they caught a good variety of Bass and Rockfish at the wall.
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.
Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit continue doing well on the Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.
San Clemente Island!
Very quiet this week, lots of great Rockfishing.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is killing the big Lingcod, Vermillion Rockfish, and an occasional Cow Cod on their fall freezer specials:
Nice Cow Cod:
Now this is a huge Tarpon:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be as flat as a pond, excellent and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.