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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May 23, 2014
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.
Just my luck the fishing goes on a virtual explosion almost everywhere, while I rest on my re-built knee and walk with crutches for another couple of weeks. Well as least the rest of you can take advantage of this exciting arrival of great fishing for Yellowtail at the Islands and offshore on kelp paddies. White Seabass at Catalina, San Clemente and the Channel Islands, which are putting on a good show. And whoever heard of Yellowfin Tuna in May this close to shore, wow? Mix in early arriving Bluefin Tuna and the Holiday weekend is loaded with opportunities to catch a bunch of Exotics, so go get em, as I sit on the sidelines, a wishing I was fishing.
I understand most boats are already sold out down in San Diego for 1.5 to 3 day trips this weekend. The weather is shaping up nicely, so get out and make me jealous by catching some big'ns! Send me your pictures so I can include them in the Corner next week!
The Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands has been the most consistent in recent memory, as these fish started to bite way back in January and are still on a tear!
The ¾ day boats are still catching lots of Reds, Lingcod and other assorted bottom critters that is, those that don't make the run to Catalina for Yellowtail and other exotics. Local Bass fishing is also improving, especially on Twilight runs. Barracuda down south and at the Islands should soon turn into some great local opportunities on the flats and at the Horseshoe Kelp areas. However, offshore is the big story! There has also been some excellent Halibut fishing in a variety of areas, especially at the Channel Islands for the big boys!
Angler Alex took the jackpot on the Eclipse with a 35 pound Bluefin Tuna, he also caught Yellowtail and a Yellowfin Tuna on their 2 day offshore adventure out of San Diego over the weekend:
The Condor out of San Diego ran offshore returning Wed. 05-21-14 and found Yellowtail on the Kelp Paddies, and caught some Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna boil:
The 3/4 day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing managed to catch 43 Yellowtail on their Thursday, 05-22-14 trip to the Coronado Islands. The Malahini contributed 64 Yellowtail on their Thursday trip.
Here are some pictures of the 31 Yellowtail, plus some Barracuda caught on the Malahini Wednesday, 05-21-14:
Another good score on Thursday, 05-22-14:
The Mission Belle caught 26 Yellowtail, plus some Barracuda on their Thursday trip, 05-21-14, here is angler John with his limit of Tails:
Nice Reds for angler Ricardo, Wednesday, 05-21-14:
Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:
Angler Rick catches a nice White Seabass at Santa Cruz Island on Tuesday, 05-20-14:
Blue Horizon finds the White Seabass and Yellowtail on the chew, Tuesday, 05-20-14:
Cobra finds the Halibut and White Seabass on Tuesday, 05-20-14:
Another big Cobra Halibut caught 05-22-14:
Good fishing off the Aloha Spirit on Wed.-05-21-14, Halibut and White Seabass with Anacapa Island in the background:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
A nice Catalina Squid float:
Yellowtail and Barracuda off the Sport King, Tue. 05-20-14:
More Tails on Thursday, 05-22-14:
Lots of Rockfish on Sunday's trip aboard the Sport King:
Private boater Tyrone with White Seabass caught at the island on several recent trips:
Private boater Norman with a toad White Seabass:
The ¾ day boat Pursuit got into the hot Yellowtail bite catching 41 on their Thursday, 05-22-14 trip. They have also caught 34 Barracuda to go with Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish at the Island.
San Clemente Island!
Yellowtail caught off the Thunderbird at San Clemente Tuesday, 05-20-14:
After three cancellations the El Dorado finally got out on a charter that was originally scheduled for March 1st, on Sat. 05-17-14 which I was supposed to be on:
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Angler Buddy with a nice Calico Bass on the Dolphin, Wednesday, 05-21-14:
Angler Larry with a large Yellowtail caught at the Coronado Islands on Monday, 05-20-14:
Angler Aaron and friend with Halibut and Yellowtail:
Big Yellowtail off the Pacific Queen offshore:
Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing continues on a hot streak catching lots of Yellowtail over the weekend and Monday:
Private boaters Brandon and Darren score on the Coronado Island Yellowtail:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for the Holiday weekend looks to be awesome. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.