Cory Visser

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 15, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-14-14

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 incredible fishing for Tuna and Tails did not skip a beat this week. In fact with Mexico reopening fishing for Bluefin Tuna it just got better, as many boats got into schools of the big Bluefin, with schools averaging 25 to 40 pounds and others averaging 50 to 001 pounds.

Near shore fishing for Tuna between Long Beach and Dana Point did not return in any significant numbers. Some Kelp Paddies have held good quantities of Yellowtail and more Dorado.

Not much change in the San Diego area, where boats are fishing near the border, they have found numerous schools of Yellowfin Tuna and occasionally are running into some very large Bluefin Tuna to 115 pounds just north of the border as well as down south at the Tuna Pens.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has been just sensational, with plenty of Bonito and some Barracuda being caught.

A few Bonito are being caught in Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.

This has to be the worst summer in memories for Sand Bass fishing? It just is not happening!

Ho Hum, The Channel Islands boats continue to catch White Seabass and big Halibut, what a year they are having?

A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Great Dorado fishing on the ¾ day boat Clemente on Mon.-08-11-14:





Private boater Cody with a dandy Do Do and Tuna caught south of Dana Point:




Private boaters Jim and Lindsey find the Tuna on the chew, Saturday, 08-09-14:













Lots of Bluefin Tuna caught fishing on the Searcher over the weekend:





Happy anglers with Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Sunday trip, 08-09-14:















Cow Bluefin caught on the Islander over the weekend:



Angler Mike with a nice Yellowfin Tuna, caught off the Pride Charter he hosted over the weekend:





And big Bluefin Tuna:















A 120 pound Bluefin caught by angler Kane on the Pride:



Some Do Do's:








Big Bluefin and some dandy Dorado off the Aztec on Monday's trip, 08-11-14:




Private boater John with a big Bluefin Tuna caught Sunday, 08-10-14:





Eight year old Joshua with a big Tuna off the Grande:



Angler Dennis with big Bluefin Tuna off the Apollo:






The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf, on a day trip that returned, 08-12-14:








Good fishing off the Tribute on Tuesday, 08-12-14:









Great Tuna fishing on the Freedom:











Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Wednesday, 08-13-14:





Angler Ty and Ben find the night fishing for Calico Bass going off:





Another great day of White Seabass and Halibut fishing, off the Mirage, a trip that returned Sunday, 08-09-14:










Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:




















The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King, Pursuit, Native Sun, Freelance, Enterprise and Victory have all caught plenty of Yellowtail on their trips to the island this week:

Huge Calico Bass caught at the Island:



Triton with a nice catch Wed.-08-13-14:







Catalina on the Spitfire Sunday, 08-10-14:




San Clemente Island!


Freedom with good Yellowtail fishing Tuesday, 08-12-14:






Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Interesting fishing on the Dolphin, throughout the week, lots of species caught:














Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing finds wide open Yellowfin Tuna fishing over the weekend:















A huge Dorado caught out of Cabo:






Humor:









All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks to be very fish-able with a little wind in the afternoon! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

August 08, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-08-14

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.


So far it has been and continues to be an unbelievable season for Tuna and Tails, so close to shore, and everywhere in between. The Long Beach and Newport Beach boats have had to make longer runs to find the Tuna, yet they are still producing too. Unfortunately the Tuna are no longer in 1/2 day range up north, yet near the border the fish remain close.

In the San Diego area, where boats are fishing near the border, they have found numerous schools of Yellowfin Tuna and occasionally are running into some very large Bluefin Tuna to 115 pounds just north of the border.

Although a few Dorado are being caught on most trips, I expect a lot more Dorado will arrive later in August and remain through September?

As far as below the border goes the Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail fishing remains wide open, with sensational counts found on ¾ day boats, one day boats and longer trips! Even the extended half day pm trips on the Dolphin have produced some outstanding results.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has been really going off lately, with some Bonito being caught. However a good many Yellowtail are under five pounds and should be released to fight again next year!

A few Bonito are being caught in Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.

The weekend boat pressure did not put the hex on the Tuna fishing this week, although the frantic pace of easy limits turned into a full working day to fill up the sacks, with so many boats sharing the area.

I fished on the Condor on a 2.5 day trip that fished Sat. and Sunday. Since we could see land off and on during the trip, we were not very far offshore? How cool it is for the boat operators to not spend so much money on fuel on recent trips. We straddled the border and scratched out 101 Yellowfin Tuna on Saturday, with not one single troll fish? How weird?

Sunday was a whole different day, although Saturday and Sunday both contained Monsoonal conditions, with high humidity, off and on rain and a deep marine layer. On Sunday morning we ran across some big Bluefin Tuna. We hooked 25 and ended up catching only 8 to over 90 pounds. Too many folks were using light gear and waved goodbye to their fish shortly after hook up! Unfortunately I never got bit with the heavier gear.

We caught 35+ trolling fish on Sunday as compared to zero on Saturday? We finished off trip limits by early afternoon and again went looking for big blue, with no luck in hooking any, although we ran over several schools. I finished the trip with double US limits!

Some pictures:

Two of the Yellowfin Tuna I caught early:



Here is "Junior", ok Cole with the jackpot winning first day Yellowfin Tuna, a little over 20 pounds:



Angler Tommy with a nice Tuna:



A 70 pound Bluefin Tuna



This one looked to be 90+



Roger with a big Bluefin Tuna:



An 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Condor Tuesday, 08-04-14:





Crew Miguel with a big Bluefin on the Condor:



A few Barracuda being caught daily by the ½ day boats out of San Pedro and Long Beach. Bass fishing is way down right now, and the annual spawn looks to have been cancelled? A crazy year.

The Channel Islands boats continue to catch White Seabass and big Halibut, what a year they are having?

The Excel scores three Opah to 181 pounds on a single stop on their latest trip:







Just off Catalina Island a Marlin is hooked by angler Steve on Saturday, 08-02-14 for Balboa Angling Club's first tag and release of the year:




Some slug Bluefin Tuna caught off the Fortune, Thursday, 08-07-14:




Big Bluefin Tuna caught on the Pacific Dawn over the weekend:








A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Private boater Alex and friends with a dandy Do Do and Tuna caught south of Dana Point:









25 pound Bluefin Tuna caught fishing on the Dana Pride:




Happy anglers with Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Tuesday trip, 08-05-14:















Mission Belle scores 74 Yellowfin Tuna, Wed., 08-06-14:


Sea Adventure 80 with a 115 pound Bluefin to go with all the other 270+ Tuna caught on their recent 2.5 day trip.

Pam with a Dorado and Danny with a 40 pound Bluefin Tuna:










The San Diego caught 61 Yellowfin Tuna on their Thursday, 08-07-14 trip:


The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf with 200 Tuna, on a three day trip that returned, 08-04-14:









The T-Bird caught 46 Yellowfin Tuna, 9 Bluefin Tuna, and 37 Yellowtail on their trip that returned Thurs.-08-07-14:













Good fishing off the Tribute on Monday, 08-04-14:
















Great Tuna fishing on the Freedom:




Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Saturday, 08-02-14 with 27 Sand Bass and a bunch of Sculpin.



Another great day of White Seabass and Halibut fishing, off the Mirage, a 2 day trip that returned Tuesday, 08-05-14:























Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

















White Seabass and Halibut still being caught on the Pacific Islander on Saturday, 08-02-14:



The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King, Pursuit, Native Sun and Victory have all caught plenty of Yellowtail on their trips to the island this week:

The ¾ day boat Enterprise out of Long Beach scores 62 Yellowtail on Thursday, 08-07-14:


San Clemente Island!


No recent reports besides good Calico Bass fishing.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Good fishing on the Dolphin, Saturday, 08-02-14 and more good fishing throughout the week:












Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts the wood to the big Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin:

















Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Tanker White Seabass on the chew to go with another good catch on the Yellowtail and Yellowfin Tuna over the weekend and during the week:


























Humor:









How the dogs beat the heat:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

August 01, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-01-14

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 local fishing for Tuna and Tails from Dana Point to Long Beach took the week off! Not sure why, with water temps as high as 77 degrees. The fish just seemed to move back down south. Fishing in US waters offshore remained stellar, closer to the border and out west between the 43 Fathom Bank and San Clemente Island.

More and more Dorado are being caught, yet nowhere near the levels in the past when the water temps were this high. However, it is still very early, and I expect a lot more Dorado will arrive in August and remain through September?

As far as below the border goes the Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail fishing remains Wide Open, with sensational counts found on ¾ day boats, one day boats and longer trips! Even the extended half day pm trips on the Dolphin have produced some outstanding results.

Bonito and Yellowtail at Catalina Island has been exciting lately. Bonito have also moved into Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.

The weekend boat pressure put the hex on close to shore fishing, yet those that ventured a little further out away from the maddening crowd got the job done!

For example I went fishing with Captain Dave on his 28' Farallon "Hooked" out of Newport Beach Saturday, 07-26-14. We fished offshore some 44 miles offshore, west of the 43 Fathom spot and we found a Kelp Paddy holding Yellowtail, Dorado and a few Yellowfin Tuna. A few miles further we came upon a school of Yellowfin Tuna and shut the boat down. Dave threw out some chum and we had boils all around the boat for three hours. We ended the day with 13 Yellowtail and 13 Yellowfin Tuna. We only had Pinhead Anchovies for bait, Had we had better bait we would of plugged the boat! Some pictures:














So far it has been an unbelievable season for Tuna and Tails, being both so close to shore, and also offshore.

A couple days of decent Barracuda fishing by the ½ day boats out of San Pedro happened mid-week, yet has slowed since. Bass fishing is sort of hit and miss and no sign of the annual spawn is apparent?

I would have to say another huge surprise for the year, which has been mostly overlooked with such spectacular fishing elsewhere, is the consistent White Seabass fishing at the Channel Islands, along with numerous huge Halibut still being caught in late July!

How about a young angler catching a 100 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Producer out of San Diego, Wed.-07-30-14:







Private boaters nail the big Bluefin Tuna:







Private boater Cody with a couple of nice Tuna:



Nice Tuna and Tails off the Aztec and Pride over the weekend:



Now this is what you need to find first thing in the morning away from the maddening crowd:





















Some slug Bluefin Tuna caught off the Fortune, Sunday, 07-27-14 and Monday, 07-28-14:







Anglers Scott shows off Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna caught off the Grande that returned Monday, 07-14-14:

Angler David with an Opah caught off the Fury, Sunday, 07-27-14:



¾ day boat El Gato out of San Diego finds the Yellowtail and Tuna on the chew, Wednesday, 07-30-14:



Private boater Captain Steve with crew and a whole lot of Yellowtail and Yellowfin Tuna caught Sat.-07-26-14:





Big Bluefin Tuna caught on the Outer Limits over the weekend:








Happy anglers with 72 Yellowtail and 7 Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Monday trip, 07-28-14 and 161 Yellowfin Tuna on Wed.:













Mission Belle scores 120 (limits) on the big Yellowtail, Saturday, 07-26-14:



An 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the 3/4 day boat San Diego Saturday, 07-26-14:




The San Diego caught 187 Yellowfin Tuna on their Monday, 07-28-14 trip:










Angler Carolyn with her first Bluefin Tuna:



Good fishing off the Tribute on Saturday, 07-26-14:


















A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Great Tuna fishing on the ¾ day boat Clemente on Mon.-07-28-14, with angler Jimmy and his 28 pound Yellowfin Tuna:






Angler fishing on the Dana Pride caught Yellowfin Tuna and one Bluefin Tuna, Sun.-07-27-14:




The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf with a 50 pound Bluefin Tuna, Sunday, 07-27-14:





The T-Bird caught 166 Yellowfin Tuna, 57 Bluefin Tuna, 5 Dorado, and 126 Yellowtail on their 2 day trip that returned Wed.-07-30-14:














Jackpot and other Tuna on the Fury:













Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Saturday, 07-26-14 with over 100 Sand Bass:



Then they went Tuna fishing on the Liberty:








Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:








The sensational fishing at the Channel Islands continues:

Another great day of fishing, off the Mirage, Saturday, 07-26-14:

Huge Halibut:









And on their Monday trip, 07-28-14:










A bunch of Halibut and some White Seabass off the Sea Biscuit Saturday, 07-26-14:











Lots of White Seabass and Halibut being caught on the Pacific Islander on Saturday, 07-26-14:














The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King and the Pursuit when not fishing offshore have found some good Bonito bites, with some Yellowtail and Calico Bass.



San Clemente Island!

Private boater Dave fished the island with friends on Tuesday, 07-29-14 and slayed the big Calico Bass to 7 pounds. They released well over 100. The Bass bit the iron, Plastics and inhaled the nice Sardines they had on board for bait.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Good fishing on the Dolphin, Saturday, 07-26-14 and more good fishing throughout the week:






All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

July 25, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-07-25-14

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.


This week produced more insane fishing for Tuna and Tails! More and more Dorado moving into the area, even better! The weekend boat pressure put the hex on close to shore fishing, yet those that ventured a little further out away from the maddening crowd got the job done!

Despite mid-week winds unfavorable to most fishing, both Sport Boats and private boaters alike found good fishing.

The only thing a 1.5 day trip or longer provides fishing until dark, and a bit further distance to get to some of the better Bluefin Tuna fishing in US waters. However, one day boats and ¾ day boats still got into some decent Bluefin Tuna fishing. Surprisingly there were catches of Tuna approaching 100 pounds in numerous cases! Even Yellowfin Tuna have been caught over 50 pounds and a few Big Eye Tuna made the counts.

Unbelievable that so many boats are finding Tuna so close to shore, some reports of as little as 3 miles from the coast.

The Barracuda are mostly gone or being ignored due to the Tuna Frenzy. A few caught here and there. Island fishing is almost an afterthought as it is an offshore game plan right now!

Some boats are finding some good schools of huge Bonito to 17 pounds. It's been a crazy and fun year so far.

How about a 100 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Freedom out of Long Beach:



And the rest of the day wasn't too bad either:
















More strange fishing, a four day trip on the Vagabond ending in US waters with a 92 pound Bluefin taking the jackpot, plus a 62 pound Opah!



Private boater Lal with son Brent with a Hen Dorado, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna:






Private boater Dusty with a colorful Hen Dorado off a massive Kelp Paddy:



Nice Bluefin Tuna and Tails off the Aztec and Pride:



A 75 pound slug Bluefin Tuna caught off the Fortune, Tuesday, 07-22-14:



Angler Rick with one of his Bluefin Tuna he caught on the Fortune over the weekend:



Anglers Scott shows off Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna caught off the Grande that returned Monday, 07-14-14:

And the strange season continues, an Opah out of Marina Del Rey:



Private boater Rich with a Yellowfin Tuna caught locally:



A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Great Tuna fishing on the ¾ day boat Clemente on Weds.-07-23-14:





Angler Jimmy fished a full day trip on the Dana Pride and caught 4 Yellowfin Tuna and one Bluefin Tuna, Wed.-07-23-14:



Happy anglers with 174 Yellowtail caught off the Malihini on their Monday trip, 07-21-14:







Mission Belle scores big on the Yellowtail, Wednesday, 07-23-14:




Good fishing off of Oceanside:




The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf with good results:

A nice Bluefin Tuna off the T-Bird:



















The ¾ day boat Enterprise out of Long Beach scores 100 Yellowtail on Monday, 07-21-14:




Good catch out of Newport Beach, 120 Yellowtail and 10 Tuna locally off the boat Freelance, Wednesday, 07-23-14:




Young angler with an 18 pound Halibut out of Dana Wharf fishing on the ½ day boat:



Anglers Scott and Mike win SBA tournament with a huge Calico Bass total of 27.87 pounds:





Nice Yellowfin Tuna:



Anglers with Bluefin Tuna caught in US waters over the weekend on the Condor:







Good fishing off the Tribute on Sunday, 07-20-14:









The Gail Force returns from a successful trip:



A big Bluefin, Yellowfin, Yellowtail and Dorado off the Coral Sea:













Jackpot on the ¾ day Freelance:



Twilight fishing out of Long Beach Sunday, 07-20-14:










A 50 pound White Seabass caught off the Highliner out of Redondo Beach, Saturday, 07-19-14:



Another great day of fishing, off the Mirage, Sunday, 07-20-14:






















Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:











The Islands




Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!



Everyone is fishing offshore!



San Clemente Island!


Everyone is fishing offshore!


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


A huge Dorado caught on the Dolphin, Saturday, 07-19-14 and good fishing throughout the week:



And a big Tuna:





Some Yellowtail:





Private boater Brandon and friends load up on the Hot Tuna bite off San Diego:






Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts the wood to the big Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin:





















Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters had another good catch on the Yellowtail and Yellowfin Tuna over the weekend and during the week:

This Do Do ate a small Yellowtail before being caught:









Quotes:












Humor:

And you think you have problems?



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All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

July 18, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-07-18-14

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.

Tuna and Tail fishing is absolutely off the charts right now. Every private boater with a boat will probably be out searching for fish this weekend and the weather is expected to be excellent. ½ day, ¾ day and full day boats have been out fishing the 1.5 day and longer trips in most cases, as the Tuna are so close to shore, under 20 miles and as close as 5 to 7 miles from the coast.

The full moon over the weekend combined with 12 to 20 knot winds and big swells made for some unpleasant conditions and poorer fishing on 1.5 to 3 day trips. However, when the winds calmed down on Monday the fishing went absolutely berserk! The Bluefin Tuna ban put a downer on expectations, which were quickly forgotten when easy limits of Yellowfin Tuna were achieved so close to port, over a wide area of the coast. More and more Dorado are showing up in the counts as well!

The Barracuda are gone and then they are back out of Long Beach, San Pedro and on down to Newport Beach and Dana Point. The best count was off the ½ day boat Monte Carlo out of San Pedro on Thursday, with 100 Barracuda landed. Many local boats are concentrating on the opportunity to catch Tuna and Tails rather than search for Barracuda schools. Some boats are finding some good schools of Bonito; another added bit of excitement to this season's fishing!

OK private boaters, be careful out there, as the boat traffic will be unreal, so watch out for other water craft and don't set the auto pilot and leave the wheel! All eyes on deck be alert!

Nice Bluefin Tuna and Tails off the Aztec and Pride:











Anglers Scott shows off Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna caught off the Grande that returned Monday, 07-14-14:



¾ day boat El Gato out of San Diego finds the Yellowtail and Tuna on the chew, Monday, 07-14-14:





Limits by 11am, Monday, 07-14-14:



Private boater John with a Yellowfin Tuna caught locally:




Private boater Alex killed them Tuesday, 07-15-14:



Private boater Troy killed them Wednesday, 07-16-14:



Due to offshore fishing the Coronado Islands are no longer being targeted. To be expected the enormous run on White Seabass at the Channel Islands slowed down. Same for San Clemente Island. Good fishing for Huge Halibut adds to the excitement. Catalina fishing for Yellowtail picked up a little bit with an occasional White Seabass in the mix. Calico Bass fishing has also improved.



Daytime Bass fishing is an after thought right now,with no signs of the annual spawn cycle?


Happy anglers with Yellowtail and Barracuda catch off the Malihini on their Sunday trip, 07-13-14:









Tuesdays trip, 07-15-14:





On Wednesday's trip on the ¾ day boat Malahini caught 111 Yellowfin Tuna:














The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf has been on a tear catching Yellowfin Tuna and lots of Yellowtail:

Good catch out of Dana Wharf, Yellowtail and Tuna locally off the boat Reel Fun, Monday, 07-14-14:






According to angler Jimmy Bass the Yellowtail were biting on the Clemente on Weds.-07-16-14:



Angler Sergio with one of four Dorado caught on the Clemente:



Angler Frank with the jackpot Bluefin Tuna:



Good fishing off the Condor on Monday, 07-14-14:








The Searcher returns from a successful trip:




Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:















A 49 pound Halibut caught by angler Warren on the Island Spirit:




Angler with 51.5 pound Halibut caught on the Pacific Islander on Wednesday, 07-16-14:





The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


Private boater Shawn with a Dorado caught off Catalina, Tuesday, 07-15-14:



A good day at the Island on the Charter boat Dreamer, Monday, 07-14-14:





San Clemente Island!



The Fortune gets in on some big Halibut over the weekend:



Big Halibut, White Seabass and Yellowtail caught Monday, 07-14-14 on the Freedom:
















Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Some big Yellowtail caught on the iron fishing on the Dolphin, Monday, 07-14-14:











And a nice Halibut:



Angler Larry and friends with Bluefin Tuna caught off the First String, Monday, 07-14-14:

















Private boater Steven and friend Rich find the local Tuna bite off San Diego hot on Monday, 07-14-14:







Some big Bluefin Tuna to go with the numerous Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail caught on the 2.5 day trip over the holiday weekend on the Eclipse:



60 pound Bluefin Tuna:




Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts the wood to the Tuna with limits on most recent trips:









Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters out of San Quintin had another good catch on the Yellowtail and Tuna over the weekend and during the week:













Humor:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

July 11, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-07-11-14

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 Barracuda are back out of Long Beach, San Pedro and on down to Newport Beach and Dana Point. The best count yesterday was on the ¾ day boat Enterprise which landed 196 Barracuda along with plenty of Sculpin and a few Bass. Local Bass fishing is up and down, with some excellent days followed by some slow ones.

On the Offshore scene, out of San Diego, the Yellowfin Tuna are within one day range, under 60 miles. There remains a nice area of fish in the 80 to 90 mile range as well. A good mix of Yellowtail is being found on Kelp Paddies in many areas. An occasional school of big Bluefin Tuna to 100 pounds makes a showing usually catching any angler with light tackle off guard?

The private boater can still join the fun in Tuna fishing with the fish moving closer, although that nice school of fish at the 425 has moved on. Lots of private boaters have searched the US banks to no avail, not even very many Yellowtail on Kelp? With water temps way over 70 degrees everywhere, we should see better action on the northern banks soon? Hopefully a good herd of Dorado will begin to play!

Big Opah off the Shogun:



Anglers Larry and Sergio show off Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna caught off the Ocean Odyssey that returned Thursday morning, 07-10-14:







¾ day boat El Gato out of San Diego finds the Yellowtail and Tuna on the chew, Wednesday, 07-09-14:





Private boater Jim with a Bluefin Tuna:




The White Seabass fishing at the Channel Islands continues at a unbelievable pace, with many boats returning with three fish limits for all! Add to that action with huge Halibut being caught on almost all the trips.

San Clemente Island has been hot as of late with a good combination of Yellowtail to 40 pounds, Halibut and White Seabass! Catalina fishing for Yellowtail picked up a little bit with an occasional White Seabass in the mix. Calico Bass fishing has been steady with some Barracuda in the mix.

Daytime Bass fishing continues to improve, with some nice pockets of Calico Bass to go with the Sand Bass. The fish are getting ready to spawn and are loaded with eggs. The annual spawn should begin soon, as water temps as high as 70 degrees provides ideal conditions for spawning.

Fishing for Yellowtail at the Coronado Islands maintains at a steady pick of 10 to 30 fish. Private boaters have found fish at all three islands.

Private boater Brandon caught some big Yellowtail on their trip Wed.-07-09-14:



Happy young anglers with Yellowtail catch off the Malihini on their Monday trip, 07-07-14:













The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf on a first day of a 2 day trip that returns Thursday, 07-10-14, caught 4 Yellowfin and 144 Yellowtail:





















According to angler Jimmy Bass it was wide open on the 1/2 day boat Clemente for Barracuda on Weds.-07-09-14:






Angler with the jackpot Bluefin Tuna off the Outer Limits:



I enjoyed a great 2.5 day Holiday weekend trip aboard the Condor where the 24 anglers caught 114 Yellowfin Tuna and Limits (240) of Yellowtail. Some pictures:

My first tuna for 2014:





This was our trolling rotation with a five fish climax:



The jackpot for the day was a bait fish and was the biggest Tuna, troll fish or not, about 25 pounds:



The Searcher returns from a successful 2.5 day trip Wed.-07-09-14:








Good fishing within 58 miles on the Sea Adventure II on Weds—07-09-14:



Another great day of White Seabass fishing, off the Mirage, Tuesday, 07-08-14:











And more big Halibut on the Mirage:














Angler Tristan lands a nice Barracuda on a twilight trip:




Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:




















Big Halibut caught by angler Shawn on the Ultra:



Angler Bert with White Seabass caught on the Pacific Dawn on Sunday, 07-06-14:



Angler John with a 41 pound Halibut caught off the Pacific Dawn on their 2 day trip that returned, Tuesday 07-08-14:





The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!



The Sport King caught six Yellowtail on their trips to the island Wed.-07-09-14:




The Fortune gets in on a good White Seabass bite and some big Halibut over the Holiday weekend:










San Clemente Island!




Angler Shon with a 30 pound Halibut, caught Tuesday, 07-08-14 on the Freedom along with 14 other Halibut and 17 White Seabass:



Some more pictures from the trip on the Freedom on Weds:










Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Good Calico Bass fishing on the Dolphin, Tuesday, 07-08-14:







Private boater Brian with a nice Tail:





Some big Bluefin Tuna to go with the numerous Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail caught on the 2.5 day trip over the holiday weekend on the Eclipse:








The Searcher with a nice holiday weekend trip:











Private boater Michael with a surface Iron Yellowtail:



Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters had another good catch on the Yellowtail over the weekend and added some Yellowfin Tuna:













A 297 pound Warsaw Grouper caught by angler Cullen out of Louisiana, 5th largest ever:



Wow, a 150 pound Wahoo, caught in Costa Rica:



Quotes:











Humor:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks to be windy with big swells! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

July 03, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-07-03-14

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 private boater finally got an opportunity to join the fun in Tuna fishing over the weekend, with fish within 25 to 30 miles of San Diego. The majority of the Tuna were Yellowfin and some good sized Yellowtail were also caught. Most of the Tuna are being caught trolling, with bait mostly limited to Anchovies or for those that choose to make bait (Mackerel) which they don't seem to want. The famous 425 Bank was the most productive area, anywhere within five miles south or southwest of the high spot.

There are areas of fish from 60 to 100 miles which are being pursued by the 1.5 day and longer trips with moderate success. A combined mix of 100 fish per boat which includes both species of Tuna and Yellowtail with an occasional Dorado thrown in. Boats leaving out of Long Beach, San Pedro, Newport Beach and Dana point have also gotten in on the action. Have not heard of any Tuna in US waters, other than a small Yellowfin Tuna caught in Newport Beach Harbor in a net?

I am stoked as I'm heading down to San Diego this afternoon to fish on the Condor on a 2.5 day trip that returns Sunday morning. The weather looks sensational!

How about Yellowfin Tuna inside Newport Beach Harbor? El Nino, yep!



¾ day boat El Gato out of San Diego finds the Tuna, Monday, 06-30-14:







And the beat goes on with a steady pick at the Islands, as fishing for Yellowtail and White Seabass continues, with both the Channel Islands and San Clemente having kicked out good counts on both species lately. Good fishing for Huge Halibut adds to the excitement. Catalina fishing for Yellowtail picked up a little bit with an occasional White Seabass in the mix. Calico Bass fishing has also improved.

Most of the Barracuda fished locally are being caught north of Newport Beach, there is a scattering of fish out of Long Beach and San Pedro. The Twilight trips have also picked up some nice Barracuda to go with the excellent night Bass bite. The bite in Santa Monica Bay also cooled off with some decent counts on any given day.

Daytime Bass fishing continues to improve, with some nice pockets of Calico Bass to go with the Sand Bass. The fish are getting ready to spawn and are loaded with eggs. The annual spawn should begin soon, as water temps as high as 70 degrees provides ideal conditions for spawning.

I fished with Lal on the Rubber Ducky and we caught over 100 mixed Bass, 80% Calico Bass to five pounds on Sunday, 06-29-14, all released, all on the plastics. We found water temps as high 71.5 degrees, unreal for early July? The Calico Bass were very active in the water column as we caught fish from bottom to within 15 feet of the surface. A few pictures:

Here I am with a nice 4+ pound Calico Bass:



Here is Lal with a 5 pound Sand Bass:



Here I am with another 4+ pound Calico Bass:



Lal with a colorful Calico Bass:



More quality Calico and Sand Bass:





Fishing for Yellowtail at the Coronado Islands remained steady during the week with counts as high as 25 on the San Diego, Tuesday, 07-01-14, and the Malahini produced 11 Yellowtail with over 180 Barracuda, making for a fun day of fishing.

Private boater Brandon caught their limit of Yellowfin Tuna and some big Yellowtail:





A big Halibut for this lucky angler on the Mission Belle:

Fun fishing off the Malihini as they caught Barracuda and Yellowtail on their Monday trip, 06-30-14:















The Thunderbird out Dana Wharf on a 1.5 day trip that returned Tuesday morning, 07-01-14, caught 88 Yellowfin, Yellowtail and 1 Bluefin Tuna:

























Private boater Brandon and family start the Tuna season off right with limits of Yellowfin Tuna:








Angler Tim with the jackpot Yellowfin Tuna:



Angler Mario with a nice Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado caught off the Condor over the weekend:







Limits of Yellowfin Tuna for the Tribute over the weekend:



Private boater Adam with a Tanker White Seabass out of Dana Point:




Private boater Bobby and friends fishing out of Santa Monica caught these big Sand Bass and Calico Bass Monday, 06-30-14:













Another great day of White Seabass fishing, off the Mirage, Monday, 06-30-14:









More big Halibut on the Mirage:







Now this is a big Halibut:



Monster Sheephead caught locally out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing:



Private boater Evan with a PB 11 pound Calico Bass caught, Tuesday, 07-01-14:



Private boaters Bobby and Anthony with some Dandy Sandies:









Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:





Anyone want to play Volleyball?



Or go to the beach?







Private boater Brandon with a Tanker White Seabass caught locally:



Big Halibut to 50+ pounds on the Ranger 85 this weekend:







A 50+ pound White Seabass, the biggest of 17 caught on the Pacific Dawn on Tuesday, 07-01-14:



They also caught this big Halibut:




The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King has been catching a few Yellowtail on their trips to the island, with decent Calico Bass fishing and some Barracuda. So has the Pursuit.


Angler Jeff and friends with a good day at the Island on the Charter boat Dreamer, Tuesday, 07-01-14:









Private boater Blanca with a Saturday night special White Seabass:





San Clemente Island!


Good Calico Bass fishing with Charter Master Benny at the Island:

Angler Mitchell with a 40 pound Yellowtail, caught Sunday, 06-29-14:



Angler Larry with Jackpot Yellowtail caught off the First String on their 2 day trip over the weekend:













Private boater Brian with a nice Halibut aught at the Island, Sunday, 06-29-14:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Angler John with a nice Halibut caught on the Dolphin, Sunday, 06-29-14:



Oh yeah and the Calico Bass are biting:









A big Lingcod:



And some Halibut off the Dolphin"



This Yellowtail was close to 50 pounds, caught on the Pacific Star:


Some Yellowfin Tuna caught on the 1.5 day trip over the weekend on the Eclipse:




Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing starts the Tuna season off on the right track with limits:




Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters out of San Quintin had another good catch on the Yellowtail over the weekend:











All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Hook Up,Cory

June 30, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-06-27-14

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.

It was another weekend of disappointing Tuna fishing? I'm not sure of what the problem was, nor were all the accomplished Captains out there coming up with any explanations? Wind, drop in water temps, plus an early season that showed way too much, too early? Yet as the week progressed, the Tuna fishing seemed to improve, with some exciting counts on both Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. Several boats had mixed Tuna counts from 60 to 75. The Bluefin Tuna are running big with fish to 100 pounds and the Yellowfin Tuna have been as big as 55 pounds, quite surprising to have Yellowfin running this big this far north. So be sure to bring some 40 to 50 pound outfits.

Bait remains a problem, with few Sardines being located. Making Mackerel before heading for the Tuna grounds has proved rewarding, especially for hooking the big boys on heavy tackle. Throwing out an Anchovy with 25 pound test line is suicide when a 50 pound or bigger Tuna decides to bite!

A steady pick at the Islands, as fishing for Yellowtail and White Seabass continues, as both the Channel Islands and San Clemente have kicked out good counts on both species lately. Good fishing for Huge Halibut adds to the excitement. Catalina fishing for Yellowtail picked up a little bit with an occasional White Seabass in the mix. Calico Bass fishing has also improved.

The best Barracuda fishing locally out of Long Beach and San Pedro has been in the afternoon. The ½ day boats PM runs have far out produced the AM runs. Counts exceeding 100 Barracuda have been common in the afternoon? Also the Twilight trips have picked up some nice Barracuda to go with the excellent night Bass bite. Santa Monica has also seen some excellent runs on the Barracuda recently. A nice school of Barracuda also showed up in Dana Point this week.

Daytime Bass fishing has also improved, with some nice pockets of Calico Bass to go with theSand Bass. The fish are getting ready to spawn and are loaded with eggs. The annual spawn should begin soon, as water temps as high as 70 degrees provides ideal conditions for spawning.

Fishing for Yellowtail at the Coronado Island remained steady during the week with counts as high as 27 on the Mission Belle, Thursday, 06-26-14, and the San Diego produced 20 Yellowtail with scattered counts of Barracuda, making for a fun day of fishing.

Angler Brian caught his limit of Yellowtail on the Mission Belle on Wed.-06-25-14:



A big Halibut for this lucky angler on the Belle:





The Yellowtail offshore were a better grade for the 1.5 day Eclipse trip returning Sun. -06-22-14:



Great Yellowtail fishing off the Malihini as they caught 43 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip:





The San Diego caught 78 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip, 06-21-14:

Angler Travis with a small Bluefin Tuna:



Some pictures off the Chief's 2.5 day trip that returned Sunday, 06-22-14:












The Pacific Voyager caught 48 Bluefin Tuna up to 100 pounds on their recent 2 day trip that returned on Wed.-06-25-14.






Here are anglers Mike and Wes with part of their catch:



The Patriot finds some good Rockfish on the chew:









White Seabass and Halibut, caught off the Pacific Islander, Sunday, 06-22-14:



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Nice
White Seabass, caught by angler Michelle off the Mirage, Monday, 06-23-14:





Also some big Halibut on the Mirage:



Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:







A 53 pound Halibut was caught on the Sea Biscuit, Sunday, 06-21-14:



The Aloha Spirit slams the White Seabass, plus some Halibut on Tuesday, 06-24-14:







A 50+ pound Halibut caught the Pacific Dawn:



They caught 26 White Seabass and more Halibut on their trip, Monday, 06-23-14:







Reds, Halibut and Lingcod off the Stardust:













The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


Private boater Shawn with a nice catch on the Catalina Yellowtail:



The Ultra catching 11 White Seabass Saturday, 06-21-14:










San Clemente Island!

The Thunderbird scores on their Saturday, 06-21-14 trip:











On Tuesday's trip the Thunderbird scored on this 41 pound Yellowtail:



Big White Seabass on their Wed.-06-25-14 trip:







Angler's Norm and Greg catch toad Tails on the T-Bird Thursday:



White Seabass and Yellowtail off the Fury, Sunday, 06-21-14:











Good Calico Bass fishing with Charter Master Benny at the Island:







Angler Greg with a Trifecta:






Good Calico Bass fishing, some nice White Seabass and Yellowtail caught Sunday on the El Dorado:





A good day on the Freedom, Wed.-06-25-14:





Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Angler with a nice Lingcod on the Dolphin, Saturday, 06-21-14:



Oh yeah and the Barracuda are biting:





How about an 8 pound Calico Bass:



A 31" school size White Seabass:



This Yellowtail was close to 50 pounds, caught on the Pacific Star:



Some big Tails caught on the 1.5 day trip over the weekend on the Eclipse:










Private boater Stephen with friends caught 8 Yellowtail on Sun. 06-21-14:




Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing states the big Yellowtail are still on the chew at the Coronado Islands this week:















A surprise White Seabass off a Season's charter:


Angler Roxy with a 60 pound White Seabass:



Private boater Jr. Besara with a 62 pound White Seabass:



Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Yellowtail on the chew at the six fathom spot over the weekend:




And a Bluefin Tuna on the troll, Tuesday, 06-24-14:



Then on Wed.-06-25-14 both the Yellowtail and Tanker White Seabass moved in:





Saved pic



Seeing Red off a K&M Charter:








Quotes:




Humor:


All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for good conditions both offshore and inshore, with Sunday looking to be about the same.

Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

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Hook
Up,Cory

June 20, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-06-20-14

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 full moon had an adverse effect on the weekend Tuna fishing and the lack of counts forced many boats to cancel plans during the week due to lack of passengers. Neither the Yellowfin nor the Bluefin Tuna put in an appearance, even for trips as long as three days. The great early start to the offshore season has now sort of fizzled? The Yellowtail still seem to be plentiful when the right kelp paddy can be found, although too many have very small fish on them. The Condor on a 1.5 day trip fishing Thursday and returning this morning caught 30 Yellowfin Tuna. Not sure what has happened to the Bluefin, yet it remains mind boggling that the Yellowfin are biting this early in the year?

Island fishing for Yellowtail and White Seabass remains promising, as the Channel Islands have kicked out good counts on both species lately. Throw in some Huge Halibut and some trips are just sensational. Catalina fishing for Yellowtail and White Seabass has been hit and miss. No wide open bites lately, but the six pack charters have done well on both while the Pursuit and Sport King have found some Yellowtail on the chew on a daily basis.

More and more Barracuda are being caught locally out of Long Beach and San Pedro, and continue to be caught in San Diego and at the Channel Islands. Finally Santa Monica Bay got into the action. For example the ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 100 Barracuda and the ½ boat New Del Mar put 225 on the deck! Out of Long Beach the ¾ day boat Enterprise caught 142 Barracuda and out of San Pedro the ½ day boat Monte Carlo caught 82 Barracuda. It should be an exciting weekend.

Fishing for Yellowtail at the Coronado Islands and/or Rock Pile remained steady during the week with counts as high as 27 on the Malihini, Thursday, 06-19-14, and they also caught 128 Barracuda, making it a very decent day.









This is just two of the big Yellowtail caught off the Malahini out of 11 Yellowtail and lots of Barracuda on their Sunday trip.








Angler Joe with a nice Thresher caught off San Diego over the weekend:



Private boater Greg and friend with some Tanker White Seabass, caught Sunday, 06-15-14:




Angler with a 30 pound Halibut, caught off the ½ day boat Clemente, Saturday, 06-14-14:



Another decent Halibut caught on Tuesday, 06-17-14:



Private boater gets a PB 49 pound White Seabass:



More local Tankers caught by Father and Son Sat. night 06-14-14:





Angler Ed and son with a nice combo catch, caught off the Pacific Islander, Monday, 06-16-14:



Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:









The Aloha Spirit slams the White Seabass, plus a big Halibut on Wednesday, 06-18-14:











Barracuda, Halibut and Lingcod off the Stardust:








The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


Private boaters Aaron, Joe and Nathan with a nice catch on the Catalina White Seabass over the weekend:










Angler with huge Yellowtail off the Toronado Mon.-06-16-14:



Angler Nick with a nice Yellowtail on the chew off the Freedom:




San Clemente Island!


TheThunderbird scores on their Monday, 06-16-14 trip:








Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Private boater Travis with a nice Bluefin Tuna caught trolling Wed. 06-18-14:



Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing states the big Yellowtail are still on the chew at the Coronado Islands this week:












Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Yellowfin Tuna on the chew over the weekend:









Quotes:



Humor:





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday both inshore and offshore, looks sensational! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Hook Up,Cory

June 13, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-06-13-14

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 big Bluefin Tuna were very moody this week, lots of show and very little go. Those that dropped down in line size usually paying the price of screaming drags and broken lines. There are simply too many fish from 70 to over 100 pounds which have no mercy when hooked on anything less than 40 pound test line?

Captains were seeing some schools of smaller Bluefin, however, they were even more line skittish, both boat and line shy!

There were a few decent counts on the Yellowfin Tuna from 10 to 25 pounds, and the size of the Yellowtail improved somewhat. Previously they are mostly Rats!

Yellowtail fishing at Catalina is hot one day and slow the next, while the White Seabass perform similarly. Limit style fishing for White Seabass has been the case most of the week at the Channel Islands, with a good mix of big boys, along with school size fish. Huge Halibut are being caught at the Islands on a very consistent basis.

There were some good counts of local Barracuda fishing during the week out of Long Beach and San Pedro. They are still being caught in San Diego and at the Channel Islands, only a few have shown up from Newport Beach to Santa Monica Bay locally.

The Coronado Island fishing for Yellowtail picked up again with calmer seas. Lots of fish are being seen, and in many cases this week they went on the chew, as scores ranged from 40 to over 100 per boat Tuesday.

The Producer found the 70+ pound Bluefin Tuna on their trip that returned Wed.-06-11-14:



Now this is a Bloody deck:



Big Bluefin Tuna off the Pacific Voyager that returned:





Now here is a big Bluefin Tuna:






The Malahini contributed 7 Yellowtail on their Sunday trip.













The San Diego caught 9 big Yellowtail on their Sunday trip, 06-08-14:



They caught 111 Yellowtail on Tuesday, 06-10-14:







Private boater Christopher with is PB Tanker White Seabass weighing 68 pounds, caught Tuesday, 06-10-14:




Another local Tanker White Seabass of 50 pounds by private boater Alex caught Sunday night:



And a 48 pounder caught Monday morning:



Angler Mark with a 40 pound Halibut, caught off the ½ day boat Clemente, Sunday, 06-08-14:



Nice Halibut off the Helena on Tuesday, 06-10-14:



This Halibut was caught Monday:



The Twilight fishing on the Liberty continues be excellent:





Nice Father/Son Halibut caught off the Sum Fun, Saturday, 06-07-14:



Angler Sebastian caught this 10.3 pound Calico Bass off the Sum Fun on Wed.-06-11-14:





Private boater Brandon with some evening Sand and Calico Bass fishing on his birthday:





Private boater Cody gets on the local Barracuda:



Angler Deborah with a White Seabass, caught off the Pacific Islander, Sunday, 06-08-14:






Nice White Seabass, caught off the Mirage, Friday, 06-06-14:












Also some big Halibut on the Mirage:




And again a good catch, Wed.-06-11-14 off the Mirage:











Charter Master Larry Heron fishing with his kids Weston and Shane, out of Oxnard, Sunday, 06-08-14:





Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:









Private boater Tyrone and his Dad Norman with a Tanker White Seabass caught locally, Sunday, 06-08-14:



This 55 pounder was caught Saturday, 06-07-14:



They added several more on Tuesday, 06-10-14:



Two Day White Seabass limits on the Ranger 85 this weekend:





The Aloha Spirit slams the White Seabass on Sunday, 06-08-14:





Halibut and Lingcod off the Stardust:












Cobra White Seabass caught, Monday, 06-09-14:






The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King gets the job done on the Yellowtail, Saturday,06-07-14:





And again on Tuesday, 06-10-14:






Private boater Greg with a nice catch on the Catalina Yellowtail over the weekend:



Private boater Shawn with a nice catch on the Catalina Yellowtail:



The Pursuit had their best day on Monday catching 18 Yellowtail and 3 White Seabass.


Angler Danny with this White Seabass off the Gail Force Sat.-06-07-14:





White Seabass on the chew off the Fortune:




San Clemente Island!


The Thunderbird scored 11 Yellowtail on their Friday, 06-06-14 trip:















On Monday's trip the Thunderbird scored on more big Halibut and one 20+ pound Yellowtail:

Big Lingcod and Halibut off the Freedom:
















Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Angler Brian with a nice Halibut on the Dolphin, Tuesday, 06-06-14:




And the beat goes on as Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing found the big Yellowtail on the chew over the weekend:














Quotes:





Humor:






All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for breezy conditions offshore, not too bad close to shore, with Sunday looking to be about the same. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
According to Armando this was taken off of Huntington Beach yesterday, yikes if true:





Hook Up,Cory

June 06, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-06-06-14

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.

Mother wind stepped up to put a damper on the Tuna party all weekend and most of the week, as a number of trips were even cancelled during the week because of high seas and wind. Very few Bluefin Tuna were caught as a result and only a few decent counts on the Yellowfin Tuna from 10 to 25 pounds, mostly 10 to 15 pounders. The large counts of Yellowtail are mostly Rats! I strongly encourage everyone to release most of them!

I expect this weekend to be a good one for those scheduled on 1.5 day or longer trips, as the weather is much improved and hopefully the 3 to 4 degree drop in water temps will warm back up. I believe the Bluefin Tuna will return,make sure to bring some 40 and 50 LB. line for the bruisers!

Yellowtail and White Seabass are being still being caught at the Islands, and all along the coast in strategic areas from south of the border to the Channel Islands. In fact limit style fishing for White Seabass has been the case most of the week at the Channel Islands, with a good mix of big boys, along with school size fish. Huge Halibut are being caught at the Islands on a very consistent basis.

Most of the Barracuda are being caught in San Diego and at the Channel Islands, only a few have shown up from Newport Beach to Santa Monica Bay locally. Most ½ day and ¾ day boats have settled for Rockfish and a sprinkling of Bass.

The Coronado Island fishing for Yellowtail took most of the weekend off with windy conditions. Lots of fish being seen, but few being hooked. As the winds died down later in the week, the Yellowtail fishing picked up with some decent scores for Thursday fishing.

Twilight fishing remains the best fishing for Sand Bass. Most landings are now offering Twilight trips especially on weekends!

The Tribute returned with a nice score on the Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail Sunday, 06-01-14:







First Dorado of the year caught on the Eclipse:



Good fishing on the Chief as there was carnage all around on their 2.5 day offshore adventure out of San Diego over the weekend:







The Malihini got into a better bite on Thursday, 06-05-14, as they caught 32 Yellowtail:











The 3/4 day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 15 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip, 05-31-14 with a light load of only 13 anglers:



They had only 8 angles on board their Wednesday trip and caught 7 Yellowtail 20 to 30 pounds and limits of Barracuda.


How about some local White Seabass to 57 pounds by private boater Matt caught Friday night:



Private boater Joe with a 44 pound Halibut, caught locally:



Angler Paul with an Opah off the ½ day boat Western Pride, Monday, 06-02-14:



Private boater Tyrone, Father Norman and friend catch limits of White Seabass Sunday, 06-01-14:







Private Billy and friend with local White Seabass:







Private boater Lucas fishing out of Long Beach caught these big Halibut Saturday, 05-31-14:



Angler Annie with her first ever White Seabass, caught off the Sea Jay, which had limits Tuesday, 06-03-14:



Nice White Seabass for angler Ricardo, caught off the Mirage, Sunday, 06-01-14:



Limits of White Seabass on Monday's trip on the Mirage:












Angler Tito and Friend with Friday's catch:


Good Twilight Sand Bass fishing off the Liberty:






Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:













Private boater Ryan with a Tanker White Seabass caught locally, Monday, 06-02-14:



A pig Halibut and 19 White Seabass on the chew:





Cobra White Seabass, Tuesday, 06-03-14:





The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Sergio with Angler Chronicles joins the Freelance and finds the Yellowtail and Barracuda on the chew, Thursday, 06-05-14:



The Pursuit got in on the White Seabass action, landing 25 to 30 pounds:



They landed 52 Yellowtail on Monday, 06-02-14:




The Mardiosa whacking the school size White Seabass:





Angler Pam won the Jackpot with this Yellowtail off the Gail Force Sat.-05-31-14:



Limits of White Seabass off the Charter boat Tern:






San Clemente Island!


The Thunderbird scored big on the Halibut, Yellowtail and White Seabass on their Saturday, 05-31-14 trip:

















On Monday's trip the Thunderbird scored on more big Halibut and one 20+ pound Yellowtail:











Big Halibut off the Freedom:




Halibut and Yellowtail off the Fury, Saturday, 05-31-14:











Good Calico Bass fishing and a nice Yellowtail caught Monday on the El Dorado:






Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Jackpot Calico Bass on the Dolphin, Tuesday, 06-06-14:



And a big Halibut:



Private boaters Rick and Doug of Let's Talk Hook up, get in on the Yellowtail action at the Coronado Islands and then go to work on the Halibut on Wednesday, 05-28-14:


Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing starting the weekend off with a 34 pound Yellowtail by angler Doc and angler Ramiro with another big one:






Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Yellowtail on the chew over the weekend:





Windy but still biting on Monday, 06-02-14:





31 pound Yellowtail caught Tuesday, 06-03-14 on K&M:



Quotes:







Humor:

Hook up!



Creative thinking and design?





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for breezy conditions offshore, not too bad close to shore, with Sunday looking to be about the same. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.




Hook Up,Cory

May 30, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-05-30-14

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 Holiday weekend fishing did not disappoint and more and more exotics are showing up on ½ day boats, ¾ day boats, full day Island fishing boats and best of all the 1.5 and longer trips out of San Diego.

Yellowtail and White Seabass are being caught at the Islands, and all along the coast in strategic areas from south of the border to the Channel Islands. Barracuda have now arrived almost everywhere and as far north as Santa Barbara. Bass fishing is improving all the time, with some outstanding Twilight trip fishing. Great quality on the Halibut being caught all over. With Barracuda moving in we are now enjoying a fabulous early season extravaganza of fishing opportunities! I am so drooling to get out, yet remain land locked for another few weeks on crutches, so get out and make me jealous of your catch!

As I said in my last report and now confirmed by numerous Captain's, catching Yellowfin Tuna within 1.5 day range of San Diego is virtually unheard of in May! Mix in early arriving huge schools of Bluefin Tuna to over 125 pounds and lots in the 60 to 70 pound range and the excitement runs high. Since everyone is anxious to get their lines wet and pull on these hard fighting fish, remember the sheer brute strength of fighting a 70 to 100 pound Bluefin Tuna tests all your angling skills! Many find out they are not up to the task, nor is their tackle. Be sure that your line you use is fresh, at least 40 to 50 pound in test, the drags on your reels are new or recently serviced, use strong circle hooks and a Flouro carbon leader when possible to gain better resistance in line fraying. Tuna do have teeth!

Unfortunately the quality of the Yellowtail found recently on kelp paddies down near the Tuna grounds have been babies in the 3 to 5 pound. I urge everyone to please release as many as possible and allow them to grow.

I got my first taste of fresh Yellowfin Tuna this week as my good friend Lal caught a couple, he also lost a few big Bluefin Tuna to chewed line and pulled hooks. Fresh Tuna is so rewarding at the dinner table or as sashimi!

If you have the time and the money your best bet on getting into a good Tuna bite is a 2.5 day trip. This allows the Captain to target areas beyond 150 miles, which is the outer limit to a 1.5 day trip. Just think, most sport boats travel at 10 knots, so that is roughly 15 hours out and then 15 hours back, 30 hours of just traveling, which does not leave much time for fishing on a 1.5 day trip, you more than double your fishing time on a 2.5 day trip and can go as far as 190 miles if needed.

Here are some happy anglers with 60 to70 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pacific Voyager which returned Monday from their 2.5 day trip:



The ¾ day boats are still catching lots of Reds, Lingcod and other assorted bottom critters. 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.

This 8+ pound Sand Bass was caught by angler Puria, off the Twilight trip on the Monte Carlo, Sunday, 05-25-14:




Angler John fished on the Eclipse and there was carnage all around on their 2 day offshore adventure out of San Diego over the weekend:



The Condor out of San Diego ran offshore returning Mon. 05-26-14 and committed carnage on some big Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna for a total of 265 mixed fish, outstanding:









The San Diego managed to catch 27 Yellowtail on their Wednesday, 04-09-14 trip to the Coronado Islands. The Malahini contributed 14 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip.

The San Diego caught 1 Yellowtail, plus a bunch of Barracuda on their Tuesday trip, 05-27-14:



Jackpot Lingcod off the Pacific Islander at San Miguel Island Sunday, 04-06-14 by angler Mike:

Private boater Matt fishing with his dad Charter Master Benny caught this 9 pound Calico Bass along the Palos Verde coast on Memorial Day:


Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:






Some exciting fishing happening out of Oceanside this week on the ½ day boats no less, here is a Tanker White Seabass caught on the Helena, Tuesday, 05-27-14:



How about a 41 pound Yellowtail caught off the ½ day boat Sea Trek out of Oceanside Sportfishing, Sunday, 05-25-14:



A second big Oceanside Tail:



Private boater Alex with a 31 pound Yellowtail:



Another private boater named Alex with a 30 pound Yellowtail caught off San Onofre:




Private boater Tim with son find the Yellowtail, Lingcod and a White Seabass on the chew:










Some Barracuda caught out of Dana Wharf:



The Huck Finn finds the Halibut to 28 pounds and Calico Bass to 12 pounds on Wednesday, 05-28-14:






The Aloha Spirit got in a wide open bite on the Barracuda on Tue.-05-27-14:









Nice Lingcod off the Stardust:











The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!



The Sport King gets the job done on the Yellowtail:










Yellowtail caught off the Sport King Tuesday, 05-27-14:









The Pacific Star whacking the White Seabass:





Private boater Tyrone, Father Norman and friend catch limits of White Seabass for the third trip in a row over the Holiday weekend:



Private boater Greg and friend with big White Seabass:





White Seabass off the Seeker:






San Clemente Island!


Huge Calico Bass off the Thunderbird, plus White Seabass and Yellowtail, 05-29-14:











Nice Halibut on the El Dorado:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!



Private boaters Rick and Doug of Let's Talk Hook up, get in on the Yellowtail action at the Coronado's and then go to work on the Halibut on Wednesday, 05-28-14:









Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing took the Holiday weekend off and got back on the water on Wed.-05-28-14 and found the big Yellowtail still on the chew:










Private boaters Brandon and friends continue to score on the Coronado Island Yellowtail:












Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters said the Yellowtail went on the chew over the Holiday weekend and they caught a Tanker White Seabass too:














Quotes:



Big brother Jacob holding my new grandson Landon, born Friday, 05-23-14, which is on my birthday:



Humor:





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for breezy conditions offshore, not too bad close to shore, with Sunday looking to be about the same. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Hook Up,Cory

May 23, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-05-23-14

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.

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:








The Islands



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:



Quotes:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for the Holiday weekend looks to be awesome. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Hook Up,
Cory

May 09, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-05-09-14

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.

Mother wind sure knows how to kill a good bite! The Ghosts (White Seabass) were finally making a good appearance at Catalina, the Yellowtail too! Also Yellowtail at San Clemente Island as well as a more consistent bite down south at the Coronado Islands, Rockpile, Ensenada and San Quintin was affected. This weekend calls for more wind, at least in the afternoon and it looks nasty offshore.

The beat continues, when they can get out, for local Reds, Lingcod and other assorted bottom critters. Local Bass fishing, especially on Twilight runs was showing steady improvement, until water temps fell to 55 degrees. The Barracuda bite never got going this week, soon we hope.

The Dominator out of San Diego ran offshore for an exploratory trip on Sat. 05-03-14 and found a few Yellowtail on the Kelp Paddies, and caught some 15 to 18 pound Bonito while watching 50 pound Bluefin Tuna boil around the boat, yet would not eat anything with a hook in it?





The San Diego managed to catch 18 Yellowtail on their Thursday, 05-07-14 trip to the Coronado Islands.

Charter master Benny put the group on some nice local Calico Bass caught on Saturday, 05-03-14:





Charter master Dave puts this private boater on a 55 pound Yellowtail out of Dana Point:



Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

















Nice Lingcod off the Stardust caught on Sunday's trip, 05-04-13:













The Stardust has another great trip on Thursday, 05-08-14:



Nice Halibut and Reds off the Aloha Spirit Thursday, 05-08-14:





End of a good day, Monday 05-05-14 with a White Seabass on the Spirit:







The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Mardiosa caught 3 White Seabass and 3 Yellowtail Sat. 05-03-14, with good Calico Bass fishing later

Private boater Jonathan made it trip to the island on Saturday, 05-03-14 and found the right kind with lots of Calico Bass:



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San Clemente Island!


Yellowtail caught off the Seeker at San Clemente Saturday, 05-03-14:





Yellowtail caught off the Thunderbird at San Clemente Saturday, 05-03-14:



A nice Halibut and some good Calico Bass caught off the Thunderbird on Thursday, 05-08-14:



Angler Sergio with a big Calico Bass:





Angler Pam fished on the Fortune on Sat. 05-03-14 and caught several Yellowtail out of the 14 landed on the trip:





The El Dorado gets in on the Yellowtail bite, Sat. 05-03-14:

















Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


A big Lingcod and some Reds on the Dolphin, Thursday, 05-08-14:








Point Loma Yellowtail caught by angler John, Mon. 05-05-14:



Private boater Darren with some nice Tails caught over the weekend:





Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts the wood to the Tails over the weekend and Monday:













Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters again found some Yellowtail biting on the iron fishing out of San Quintin, here is angler John with some dandy Tails:






Humor:

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All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is not bad in the morning near shore, but breezy conditions in the afternoon, nasty offshore, not too bad close to shore, with Sunday looking to be a little worse. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

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I am not sure when I will be fishing again as I am scheduled for surgery today to re-attach my quad muscle to my knee cap?

Hook Up,Cory

May 02, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-05-02-14

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.

Gale force winds over the weekend and into the early part of the week left many a boater at home. Consequently the fish reports are scarce for the weekend; however, despite high wind forecasts during the week, many boats made it out and caught a lot of exotics, Yellowtail and White Seabass combined down south and at Catalina and San Clemente!

Both the Pursuit and Thunderbird picked up White Seabass and Barracuda on their Thursday trip to Catalina Island. Let the games begin! We should see Barracuda show up locally as soon as water temps get back into the low to mid 60's!

The Yellowtail continue to go off at the Coronado Islands.

They caught 21 Yellowtail on the Malahini Monday, 04-28-14:





Another 42 Yellowtail caught on the Malahini Thursday, 05-01-14:











The San Diego caught 25 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip, 04-29-14, here is angler John with a nice Tail:







Then the San Diego caught 94 Yellowtail on Wednesday, 04-30-14, here is angler Scott and friends with a few:









How about some local White Seabass to 60 pounds by private boater Brian and brother Nate:





Reds, Lingcod and other assorted bottom critters are on the agenda for most boats. Local Bass fishing, especially on Twilight runs is showing steady improvement, despite water temps that fell to 55 degrees, yikes! This week's occurrence of 90 degree days definitely will help this scenario?

Angler James with a monster Halibut caught on the California Dawn:



Private boater Vince with friend Jason find the Sand Bass and Calicos on the chew in Santa Monica Bay Sunday, 04-27-14:










Private boater Lal with a 7 pound Calico Bass caught at Izor's Reef Thursday, 05-01-14:





Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:























The Stardust fishing Tuesday, 04-29-14:







Speed Twin Lingcod and Sheephead:










The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

White Seabass off the Dreamer, Sat. 04-26-14:





Charter master Dave Hansen found limits of White Seabass for three on Wednesday, 04-30-14:





Angler John with more White Seabass caught at the island:






Charter master Jimmy Decker puts Julia and Tracey on the big Calico Bass:





Charter master Benny with an 8.4 pound Calico Bass caught on Wednesday, 04-30-14:



The ¾ day boat Pursuit has been doing well on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish at the Island when they can get out. Here is a nice Calico Bass caught recently:



The Thunderbird found a White Seabass on the chew at Catalina Island, along with some Barracuda, Halibut and Rockfish on their Monday 04-28-14 run.



Everyone is getting in on the action:





San Clemente Island!

Great fishing off the El Dorado Monday, 04-28-14:





Nice Calico Bass at the Island:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Some nice Sculpin on the Dolphin, Tuesday, 04-29-14:





Captain Jamie of Seasons Sportfishing finds the big Yellowtail on the chew:

















Then Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing did the same thing on Wednesday, 04-30-14, full limits:



Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some Yellowtail biting on the iron fishing out of San Quintin:




Quotes:





Humor:






What we have to look forward too?





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looking to be a bit calmer. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Hook Up,
Cory

May 01, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-Part II Hawaii

by Cory Visser

Regular Tunaslam Corner tomorrow, and yes the fish are biting, despite the wind!

Part II Tahiti and Hawaii 12 day cruise!


For those of you you don't like to read much, skip Day 4 through 8 and start at Day 9, otherwise those that have never been on a cruise, read on!

Day 4 out to sea heading to Hawaii!


I preferred the elegant dining experience of the dining room, as opposed to the breakfast buffet. The service was always superb, although the selections were limited. It also kept me from eating too much and they had Lox and Bagel on the menu daily, not so in the buffet! The wife liked the freedom of choice in the buffet and instant serving.

In addition the Pizza Parlor doubled as an Omelet bar during the breakfast hour. They did make a fabulous Ham, Cheese, Mushroom and Jalapeno Omelet! The amount of different foods offered was extraordinary.

Unlike many buffets you go too, even for breakfast, they always added different items to choose from and the quality was exceptional, similar to a great Las Vegas buffet, with perhaps less seafood? The same could be said for lunch, great variety! We never did the dinner buffet, as the dining room experience was just too good to miss!

With five full days at sea ahead of us, we were now in total relax and unwind mode! Since we had virtually no schedules to worry about, we planned our first day at sea. At 9am there was a tour presentation of the big island of Hawaii, and our first port of call was Hilo.

Sharon was the narrator, a 28 year resident of Hawaii and she was sensational. Sharon did not promote any particular tour. Which we liked, she simply explained all the special places to visit, with some super visual slides. Her in depth knowledge of all Islands allowed for many a question to be answered. The size and age of each island was discussed, the recent volcano activity that had occurred, and any particular area to avoid as a tourist, mostly those areas that required four wheel vehicles and had poor roads or could be dangerous for hiking?

At 10am I signed up for the Hold em Poker tournament at 2pm and it was cancelled due to lack of interest? The wife visited the on board gift shop. Believe it or not the ship's gift shop had some great deals on souvenir items up to 75% off on clearance items, such as shirts and dresses, some costume jewelry and watches.

For example: high quality T-shirts at two for $20.00 or $13.99 each. The cheapest T-shirt I could find in Bora Bora was $31.00! We also both bought some Hawaiian items, a shirt for me, and a blouse and dress for my honey! Funny thing we never worn them, expecting a Hawaiian night that never came? They did have a late night Hawaiian pool party one night, which we chose not to attend. We are not night owls.

At 11am we spent our first time for an opportunity enjoying the ship's pool. So far the weather has been sensational, 78 degrees, little humidity, with scattered clouds, some early morning and late afternoon showers. It did rain hard several nights. Today the seas were calm, and just enough breeze to keep you comfortable while sun bathing.

If you ordered a bucket of beer you got five for the price of four! They had several international flavors, our favorite beer is Dos Equis Amber, unfortunately they had only light, and so we enjoyed their other selection, Becks Beer. Coors, Bud and Miller were all available at $5.00 each, same price as the two offered foreign beers.

We signed up for the wine tasting event at 3pm, so it was time to shower and dress for this enjoyable experience. It was pricey for wine tasting at $25 each, yet we were not disappointed when they displayed four wines and Champagne listed at $89.00. Both white wines, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc were in the mid-$40 range, while the two reds, a Luce Malbec and a Caymus Cabernet were $110 and $150 respectively.

The Luce was beyond spectacular and so was the Cabernet! Later in the trip they offered another wine tasting for less expensive wines at $9.50 each, which we also attended. I believe all the wines were well chosen and priced fairly for elegant dining? The pours were generous compared to some tasting's we have attended, at least four to five sips as opposed to two?

During the wine tasting event which was hosted by the ship's head waiter Flavio, from Romania and head Mater Dei restaurant manager, Pepe from Italy. Flavio became a joy to interact with in the dining room, and assisted me in ordering several excellent wines I was unfamiliar with for our fine dining enjoyment.

We skipped cocktail hour today, given the wine event and watched Saving Mr. Banks in our room. During the trip they offered about five great movies from recent showings and a bunch more from prior years, although we generally only watched TV when dressing for dinner or taking a short break. Both of us preferred to read books the majority of the time, rather than watch TV.

Wine for tonight's dinner was a delightful red Bollo from Spain, as suggested by Flavio, absolutely superb! I had to pay a little bit extra as it was over $50. Featured Appetizer was a duck pate, outstanding with Cream of Asparagus soup. The wife ordered Fettuccine Alfredo, and I ordered Blackened Cod and Scallops. Desert was a Pecan Tart.

There were always five choices for desert not including any flavor of ice cream and sauces, which were always available.

Tonight's entertainment was a Violinist who played with an Irish flair, very upbeat and nicely done!

Day 5, 2nd day out to sea heading to Hawaii!

I was up at 6am, while the wife slept in until 8am. I finished my third book today. We chose the buffet for breakfast. I combined Eggs Florentine with Canadian bacon and Corned Beef Hash. Sheryl loved the large spread of various croissants to choose from, adding one slice of bacon and a small scoop of scrambled eggs.

Today's tour summary was on Kona. Some five years ago we spent a week on the big Island and visited most of the major areas to see. Unfortunately the prime event of watching the volcano flow into the ocean in a fiery explosion of steam was recently diverted by an earth quake and no longer allowed any viewing from shore, only the ocean. Having spent lots of time in the area, we did not plan to do much except ride the trolley, which costs only $2 each and travels as far as 10 miles down the coast to all the beaches and major hotels.

After the tour we met Eric and Jenny, who were avid travelers, and were fortunate enough to having retired in their 50's after selling their Taiwan export/import business. With their children mostly raised, they spent as much time traveling abroad as possible. They discussed their frugal traveling methods with us and we found them quite fascinating. Learning how to stretch a dollar allowed them to do things and go places that much more. Eric and Jenny live in Vancouver where they emigrated from Taiwan in the mid 90's. Our cruise ship continues on to Vancouver for its 2nd leg, an additional 10 days which includes another visit to the four islands we would visit on this leg.

They are already scheduled for a 30 day river cruise in June in Europe, I'm jealous? We left them with promises to meet again and share some activities in Hawaii as well as join them in the Italian dining room; Sabatini's which requires a $25 cover charge each. The other specialty restaurant was a steak house which they had already attended and stated it was quite special.

At 10:30 am I signed up for the Hold em Poker tournament at 2pm and this time the game was on. We returned to our room and read books on our balcony, as it was 80 degrees and balmy out.

We had an excellent lunch in the dining room and I continued on to the poker tournament. There were seven signed up, which is the max for the only table available? Did I mention the ship is small and so is the Casino. We began the game with six players, as number 7 was a no show! It was a $60 buy in and the house would keep $60 leaving $300 for the pot.

On my first hand I almost lost all my chips, as I had two pair and four clubs on the flop! Did not improve my hand and managed to stay in the game with only a third of my beginning chips left. Not a good start! However, I recovered quickly and won the next two hands with three of a kind and a straight. The person who won the first hand and 2/3's of my chips continued to win and knock out other players. I had one more head on head with him and this time I won.

After about an hour the blinds were raised to a level that any conservative player not playing their cards fell by the wayside. It was down to the two of us when number three and four both fell in the same hand.

He had a bit more chips than I and if he prevailed would have ended up winning $210 and I would win $90 as second place. I asked him if he wished to split the pot, $150 each. He hesitated and said I really want to play it out. I told him no worries, however $150 was guaranteed if we split instead of $90 if he lost. He decided $150 was good enough, so we split it.

Joined the wife in the room, took a shower and got ready for cocktails at 5pm. Today it was 24 carat Gold Margarita's made with Tequila, Amaretto and Grand Marnier, wow that was good and became our drink of choice, the rest of the cruise.

For dinner the wine of choice was a fabulous California Zinfandel. Appetizers were Escargot or a tasty ceviche made with Calamari, Shrimp and Crab, then I ordered Cream of Sweet Potato Soup. The main entree was Surf and Turf, Filet and Prawns. Fort desert I had Cheesecake. There were always many other items to order off the menu each night!

Tonight's show was a magic show, quite well done.

Day 6, 3rd day out to sea, heading to Hawaii!


I slept in until 7am today and we both woke up to rough seas. As the day progressed the seas built from 25 knot winds and 6 to 8 foot waves in the morning, to 40 knot winds and 10 to 12 foot seas by late afternoon. Earlier this morning we had crossed the Equator. We had now graduated from being Poly Wogs to Shell Clams, this being our first time crossing the equator by sea!

After a nice sit down breakfast we attended the tour discussion at 9am about Maui. This would be our third visit to this Island and I wanted to rent a car and go to all the places we had not yet visited. I was going to discuss this with Eric and Jenny; however, they did not attend the discussion. It turns out Jenny was seasick? Sharon again made the presentation quite fascinating. My plan included a visit to a pineapple winery for wine tasting and views up high of the other side of the Island, then on to the Iao Needle and then on to the many beaches we had not yet visited.

The poker tournament was again cancelled due to lack of interest. At 11am there was a ceremony welcoming all the Poly Wogs to the group of Clam Shells. The crew dressed up as Islanders and put some volunteers on trial as a hoax and then punished them with floggings, etc.

An example of one person on trial was for being accused as a glutton. The evidence accumulated was for a given day's consumption of meals! The accused was determined to have ordered a continental breakfast in their room, then attending the sit down breakfast, then on to the buffet breakfast.

Later in the morning it was a visit to the Pizza Parlor, a sit down lunch, and on to the buffet lunch. Hamburgers and fries in the late afternoon on the pool deck. Then the attendance to both the sit down dinner early seating, while changing clothes and adding a disguise and false room# to also attend the late seating! And finally an attendance to the midnight buffet! Yikes, guilty as charged and flogged 25 times!

The pool was closed today as the rocking of the boat was splashing water everywhere. So we decided to attend Bingo today. Grand prize for blackout was up to $1050! No winning for us, not even close to one number in the four games played. No one won blackout at 52 numbers, so it rolled over to the next day.

For lunch I ordered spaghetti and meatballs and a slice of meatloaf. Read and watched movies (The Hunger Games) in the room before having more 24K Margaritas at 5pm.

The dining room tonight was half empty as a good many were seasick!
For dinner I had Roast Pork and BBQ Chicken. We both enjoyed Cream Brule for desert. The singing and dancing show planned for the evening was cancelled due to the rough seas, too dangerous! We instead got a repeat performance of the Violinist accompanied by a great Piano Player.

Day 7, 4th day out to sea, heading to Hawaii!

Again I slept in until 7am and woke up to rain, wind and big swells! By this time the sit down Breakfast was all too much the same, so we elected the buffet which continues to provide variety and today had my favorite Lox and Bagel and Eggs Benedict, while Sheryl had a fantastic Belgium French Toast.

We attended the tour discussion at 9am about Kauai. We were really looking forward to this presentation as we have only been there once before some 40 years ago! Eric joined us this time, however Jenny was still seasick, unfortunately. We loved the presentation and the decision was again made to rent a car for the day. Eric agreed to join us on both Maui and Kauai, thereby sharing the cost of the rental car which turned out to average $110 each day, or only $30per day per person compared to most tours costing well over $100 each per day.

Although the pool was still closed and sunbathing in the wind left a lot to be desired we enjoyed another bucket of Beck's beer. Sit down lunch was Fish and Chips with 4 flavor soup including Duck and mushrooms.

Today's wine tasting at 3pm was quite nice, with narrator Flavio and Pepe doing a grand job of explaining which wines grew in what climates best and some details on wine making in their respective countries of Italy and Spain. The wines were refreshing and on the lighter side, but still tasty!

We passed on cocktail hour, given we had beers and wine tasting earlier. We attended a 7pm Magic show before dinner tonight, as there was no late show. Tonight's featured meal was Roast Duckling, an appetizer of Scallops ceviche with avocado, then Oyster soup, a Caesar's salad and for desert a Grand Marnier Souffle!

Day 8, 5th and last day out to sea, heading to Hawaii!

A very rough evening, as the boat rocked and rolled all night, with some darn good slams into the big seas. Still my honey did not get sick, I am so proud of her. Woke up to pouring down rain at 5am and could not go back to sleep, so upstairs for coffee and more reading, now on book number four! Good thing there was always time for naps? The wife joined me at 8am for the breakfast buffet.

We attended the tour discussion at 9am about Oahu, despite the fact we would be able to tour the island, given we had to be at the airport by 10:30 am. The boat was scheduled to leave at 11pm, so there was plenty of time for those staying on the boat and many others stayed an extra night or two on the Island. Once again we had pretty much seen everything on Oahu, having been there six previous times, although we would both want to return as soon as possible, you never get tired of Hawaii?

Nevertheless the presentation was very interesting about the development of the island and its many places to see.

Let me tell, you have missed out, If you have not been to the Polynesian Cultural Center and attended the Luau with a cast of over 100 college students grand performance featuring all the Polynesian cultures in the Pacific Ocean, such as Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and of course Hawaii. They all have unique dance styles and costumes. An unforgettable evening!

As the day progressed the seas and wind subsided somewhat, but were still around 20 knots, with 6 to 7 feet swells most of the day. The bingo blackout was up to $1350 and since it was the last day, a winner was guaranteed! So we played some extra sheets, but no luck for us! Sheryl was one number away, oh so close?

The sit down lunch featured Red Snapper Filets, BBQ Chicken, or Meatloaf, a deep fried Calamari Appetizer, white Cabbage, scalloped potatoes, and fresh broccoli.

Did some more reading and took advantage of nap time. Tonight we were invited to the Captain's Cocktail party at 5pm. The wife was offered some champagne to start, and then chose a Cosmopolitan, as I enjoyed a Vodka Giblet and then a glass of Red wine.

The weather was good enough to allow the show to go on before dinner at 7pm. This was a fun show featuring oldies but goodies! They sang and danced to Beatles songs, Elvis, The Four Tops, Monkeys and more. I can't believe how many costumes they changed into and all were colorful! It was a very fun show!

Dinner tonight included Pheasant or Beef Wellington, I had both. The appetizers and soups were always special and tasty. The special desert tonight was a Chocolate Soufflé. All their Soufflés were sensational!

Day 9, Hilo, Hawaii!

Woke up to pouring down rain, yikes! I slept in until 6:30 am. The boat anchored up at 8am and the Tenders transferred the booked tour passengers to the island first. We were scheduled to depart at 9am; however we waited until the rain stopped at 10am. Being one of the last to depart, we encountered a local tour guide anxious for customers. They were called the Hawaii Adventure Tour. So far they had no takers or we were either their second or last tour opportunity.

We explained that our prime interest was the Botanical Gardens. They stated that was not part of their package, however if no other group appeared in the next 10 minutes we could not only visit the Botanical Gardens but most of their other tour destinations and attractions! That was cool, so we agreed to go!

No one else joined us and our first stop was the Japanese Gardens nearby! Wow this was very nicely landscaped, quite beautiful! Check out these pictures:

















The drive out to the Botanical Gardens was loaded with great tropical views and coastline shots:

This is twin Rocks:



We arrived at the Botanical Gardens and Grace our tour guide said she would return for us in an hour. As we purchased tickets for the visit, we also bought some Mosquito repellant cloth, which was highly recommended. A good choice as the area was loaded with the little rascals! We also grabbed a couple Umbrellas, courtesy of the tour, how cool? Walking into the gardens the rain began. Talk about spoiling our pictures?



We began the descent into the gardens; yikes I have a torn Meniscus and Quad Muscle. This downward approach meant a serious uphill climb on our return, not to my liking, yet I was a good sport? The total walk around was 1.25 miles, a gigantic effort on my part, yet I made it!

The garden was spectacular, and would be even more beautiful with sunlight! Still I got some very sweet looking views:













A waterfall inside the gardens:











The Guardian of the garden?

















At the bottom we reach the ocean, what a beautiful place:









Grace was waiting when we returned from the Gardens. She took us to a number of local sites and tourist attractions, then on to a local beach which was one of the few with White Sands on this side of the island:







We stopped at Long Drugs to buy our allotted one wine bottle per person on the boat. A nice California Chardonnay and Cabernet was purchased. We were now covered for Cocktail hour. Grace was a special guide giving us all we could ask for in a 3.5 hour tour at a price that a simple cab ride to the botanical gardens would of cost us, so cool!

A picture from our room of Hilo Harbor, oh where did the sunshine go?



We returned in time to hit the buffet for lunch at 2pm. Then we simply chilled out for the rest of the afternoon. As I continued to read, the wife watched some more first run movies in the room.
The theme for dinner was Italian. First time I actually recognized a theme, although they were always wearing different uniforms on any given night? We enjoyed Seafood appetizers, Minestrone Soup, all the great kinds of pasta, Lasagna, Spaghetti, Fettuccine Alfredo, etc. Desert was an Italian six layered cake with Ice Cream.

Day 10, Kona, Hawaii.


The ship was able to dock in the harbor at 8am, thereby allowing all passengers to leave at their leisure. No tenders today! We slept in and made our way off the boat at around 9am. We caught the free shuttle to Hilo Hattie's about a mile away from the pier. We were given each a key to open a surprise box. Sheryl's key worked and she had the choice of a silver necklace and pendant or several other nice gift's.

She chose the necklace. We browsed around and bought several other souvenirs and during our hour in the store, numerous people tried their keys and no one else won, as a big bell goes off when someone wins!

From the store we jumped on a Trolley that does a round trip down the coast to all the beaches and major hotels and to all the major department stores. However, since today was Easter almost all stores were closed, except Walmart, and we spent some time there on our return. The trip along the coast was pleasant and there was some good sightseeing except picture taking in the rain does not do well, so no pictures on this journey. For $2.00 each we got quite the grand tour, with some great beaches and surf spots along the way, including Magic Sands Beach which during storms loses all its sand until the next storm when it magically reappears!

We re-boarded the ship at around 2pm just in time for the last call on the luncheon buffet. We then retired to our room for reading and relaxing and some short naps! At 5pm we enjoyed some wine in the room for cocktail hour.

Nice Easter decorations, would love to bite into one of those Chocolate Eggs:







Dinner at 8 was again Prime Rib night and had to have that once more. Skipped the Magic show tonight.

Day 11, Maui, Hawaii

The ship anchored up in the harbor at 7:30 am, and the tenders began to run shortly after the port authorities cleared everyone for departure. Our rental car shuttle would meet us at the dock at 8:30 am. We met Eric and Jenny in the Casino at 8am where we would get our tender tickets to run to the dock. All booked tours received preference for tenders.

Near the dock, this is one of the largest known Banyan trees in the world:





The pier area with lots of charter boat operations:



I asked what was biting and they told me Blue Marlin in the 150 to 300 pound range, 15 to 25 pound Yellowfin Tuna, and similar sized Mahi Mahi!

The shuttle showed up at 8:15 am and took us to the car rental agency. We chose a Chevy Cruze and proceeded to head to the Pineapple Wine Plantation.

The entrance to the tasting room:







Our partners for the day Eric and Jenny:



The wine tasting was very nice and we each purchased a bottle of Pineapple Blanc de Blanc wine, similar to a sweet Chardonnay with a definite pineapple flavor.

It was on to the IAO Needle some 22 miles away. Stopped in town at McDonald's to have lunch, a nice change of pace, although we had to pay?













We spent another hour or more after we left the park to observe the other side of the island before returning the rental car at 4pm. It was a long, yet enjoyable day, and we all had a great time.
Another great dinner and off to bed!

Day 12, Kauai, Hawaii.

We docked at Kauai at 7:30 am and exited the ship at 8:10 am to meet our shuttle to the rental car agency. Since there were six shuttles waiting for passengers from every car rental agency, we were not alone choosing a rental car for the day. We were told the round trip to the canyon was probably going to take 4+ hours given the time to sight see at various points of interest.

It was about an hour drive to the entrance to Waimea Canyon, however the road was nice, yet there was little scenery along the way. We started to climb for about 5 miles before coming across our first view point of the Canyon.



Moving on we next came to this beautiful spot:



And closer:



And on to the next viewpoint:

































It was really blowing up there, could not keep my hat on:



Going down from the canyon on the opposite side:







The river flows into the sea:



Obviously this side is more beautiful than the other side?















Waialua Falls:





Returned to the ship around 5pm, left at 5:30 pm.

Leaving Kauai:



Our final dinner with our gracious hosts head waiter Flavio and Waitress Danielle:



Day 13, Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii.

Land Ho:



Entering the harbor with Diamond Head in the background:





That all folks, end of the pictures! Abandoned ship at O 9:30 am and caught a cab to the airport. Flight at 12:30 pm, arrive LAX at 9:30pm, caught a Super Shuttle home in Diamond Bar by 11pm.

The End!

April 28, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-04-28-14

by Cory Visser

Having just returned from a 12 day cruise from Tahiti to Hawaii, I can only do a quick recap of what I missed in the fishing world while I was gone. Not all that much?

Locally it is still all about Rockfish,Lingcod, Whitefish and Sheephead, with some decent Halibut and Bass fishing. Both Catalina and San Clemente are showing signs of life, with sightings of Yellowtail and scattered White Seabass. The Thunderbird was the first Sport Boat to limit out on the White Seabass, although I heard conflicting reports whether it was at Catalina or San Clemente Island? In either case the fish did not return the next day! Typical for this time of year.

Some short Barracuda have moved into the area. With some warm weather ahead,we should be seeing the bigger log Barracuda show up in the counts and hopefully better Bass fishing as well.

Down south of the border, the Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands and further south of the islands has been fairly consistent with most boats catching from 10 to 40 Yellowtail to over 20 pounds. Neither Ensenada nor San Quintin have recovered completely from the rapid drop in water temperatures in early April.

For those of you who would like to see what you might be missing by visiting Tahiti I have attached Part I of our adventure, which includes arrival to Papeete, boarding the cruise ship in Papeete, tours in Moorea and Bora Bora. After seeing the pictures you just might want to add this destination to your bucket list? Part II would come later this week,detailing our five days at sea and tours in the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai and finally reaching Honolulu, Oahu where we flew home.

Enjoy!

Part I-Tahiti



Our 2014 Tahiti and Hawaii Cruise adventure!



Day 1-Travel day, a very long day.

The alarm was set for 3:45 Am., as we were both taxed to get to work and process our key tasks before leaving on our 14 day adventure, our first 2 week vacation in the last 25 years. With both of us being Financial Controllers, being gone from work that long always has issues? Given we are both approaching retirement age, well I am already there at age 66, next month 67, we felt waiting until we both reached retirement age is risky? So we bit the bullet and booked the 12 day cruise. All is good!

At 11am we both headed home from work, accomplishing our goals to limit the issues that could occur during our absence. Our daughter, JoDel was waiting to take us to the airport, (LAX) for a flight that left at 3:30 pm., on Air Tahiti Nui. We arrived at LAX at 1:30 pm. We boarded the plane at 2:45 pm and felt relaxed, having already spent some serious time on today's events. We left on time and it wasn't long before the crew came through with drink requests! Prepared to pay whatever the rate for a cocktail or wine to unwind, all drinks were included! So I started with their Merlot wine, and the wife Sheryl ordered the Chardonnay.

Dinner was served and it was a tasty Beef Stroganoff or a choice of a chicken dish. A second glass of wine with dinner and all is well.
This was an 8.5 hour flight, so it was nice to settle in. They showed a movie in flight and lots of other short films.I was content to read a book and soon fell asleep.

Around six hours into the flight they served a light breakfast with some much needed hot coffee!

We arrived on time at 9:30 pm Tahiti time, 12:30 pm our time! Our luggage was there, always a concern on a long trip? We cleared customs with no issues, and found a cab to take us to our hotel. It was about a 20 minute ride to our hotel, and as we reached our destination, low and behold, there was our cruise ship directly across the street! Checked in and it was only 1:30 am our time, what a long day, yet we were feeling good, having arrived safely to our destination, in a foreign country at night?

Day 2 in Papeete, Tahiti!

We woke up at 8am Tahiti time and proceeded to breakfast in the hotel. Here is a picture from our room:



Our hotel:



We enjoyed an expensive breakfast in the hotel, $20 each. It did include coffee, croissants, juice, yogurt, ham, eggs, hash browns, and pancakes. We looked into a city tour; however, it was too late, as all tours had already left.

So we walked towards the market center, me with my peg legged, torn Meniscus condition? After viewing the Farmer's Market for no values, we wanted to catch a bus to the local beaches. We waited for a bus and when it arrived they would not take US dollars, only French Francs.

So we headed to a local Bank. I asked for some local currency and was informed that to buy only $10 in francs it would cost a $16 service fee? We said what the heck, we want to go. All of a sudden the bank manager, who apparently over heard the conversation, then came up to us and said that her daughter would gladly take us to the beaches. We said wow, how considerate of you? Ten minutes later her daughter arrived and off to the local beaches we went. This black sand beach was very nice:





A happy couple on their first visit to Tahiti:



Then off to a high spot for another view of the local beaches:





Papeete is a very large city, with an island that is not all that spectacular, closer to another concrete jungle. We were lucky to get to see the few beautiful spots on the island. I offered Elena some gas money after she returned us to our hotel; however she refused any money, how sweet? A nice farewell hug:



We still had some time before we could board our ship and looked to have a cocktail before lunch. The first diner we stopped at showed prices in francs. I shook my head and asked if I was reading it right? It was $20 US for a Mai Tai? The waiter said yes, a bit pricey. He looked away and then said you could go down a couple of blocks to Luce's and get them for a more reasonable price, wow, that was unreal? Sure enough they were only $12 at Luce's.

We later learned that French Polynesia was about as expensive as it gets. Hamburgers and fries in both Moorea and Bora Bora ran about $35 to $40. Most dinners were around $100 each, yikes!

We then boarded our Pacific Princess Cruise ship at 1 pm. We headed to our room, with a balcony view on level 7:





No luggage yet so we found the luncheon buffet in full progress. The food was excellent with an abundant choice of entrees, fresh white fish, BBG chicken, roast beef, pork chops and lots of other items. This included a great salad bar and plenty of deserts. We toured the ship to see where everything was, despite my peg leg walk. It was not a big ship, only 562 feet and 10 stories, with a 600 passenger capacity. This cruise had 579 passengers, with a crew of nearly 400.

We returned to our room and the luggage had arrived. Unpacked and it was time for a nap. We both took a quick rest and up for cocktails at 5pm. Today's drink of the day was a Tequila Sunrise. Yep it hit the spot!



All drinks were $7.95 unless you ordered Grey Goose or other very expensive Liquors? We headed back to the room for a quick shower and to dress up for dinner. Dress code required collared shirts and long pants for the guys, a dress or slacks for the gals.
We chose the late seating at 8pm. First seating was 5:45 pm, way too early for us, especially when you go off ship for tours and return at 4:30 and half to rush to get ready for dinner. What would happen to cocktail hour?

It was elegant dining. We were seated at a table for six. Joining us was a single gal from Germany, Gabby, with newly Weds, Kyle and Amanda from Australia. Several days later a seasoned cruiser, Mike would join us, who lived in San Diego. Both my wife Sheryl of nearly 45 years and I enjoy wine, so I purchased the Gold Wine program offered, which allowed you to order any wine up to $45 for only $28 for twelve nights, the length of our cruise. Several times I ordered wines exceeding $45.00 and you paid the difference only. I started with a rich tasting French Bordeaux, it was oh so good!

Our first night of dining was extraordinary. Appetizers were shrimp cocktails, a fruit or cheese platter or a cold consume soup. We both opted for the shrimp cocktail. Yum yum! Next up was a Caesars salad. Then I chose a cream of asparagus soup, the wife skipped this course. The main entree for me was Prime Rib; while Sheryl ordered twin petite Filet Mignon with veggies and potatoes. I had New York Cheesecake for desert, while the wife had a Cream Brule. It was awesome!

We finished dinner just before 10pm, and made the mistake to go back to the room, before proceeding to tonight's Polynesian Show at 10:30 pm. We both fell asleep and missed the show, darn!

Day 3 the Island of Moorea!

I awoke at 5am, (8 am California time) and wandered up to the promenade deck, where they had the buffets. Thank fully they had coffee for us early risers. The buffet opened at 6 Am., or you could go to the dining room for seating at 7am, while ordering off a menu. The weather was ideal at about 78 degrees and little humidity. The scenery was incredible as we coasted into the island of Moorea, docking at 7:30 am.

The wife joined me at 7am and we elected to go to sit down dining. Oh yeah they had our favorite breakfast item, Lox and Bagel, with creamed cheese, capers, onions and tomatoes, oh wow this cruise if off to a fantastic start! I also ordered a Ham, Mushroom and Cheese Omelet.

Some opening pictures of the Island:



Our ship at anchor, and then the ship's tender delivering passengers to the dock:





We had booked a tour where we took a boat to a private island and did some snorkeling and sun bathing, while enjoying the ride there with plenty of great sightseeing of crystal clear waters, beaches, cabins on the water, etc. Some great pictures on the way:
















The entrance to the private island:





A view from the beach while we were sunbathing:



We had a great barbecue lunch, with a salad, rice, squash, chicken, pork and deep fried fish. We returned to the ship at 3:30 pm.
Showered and took a short nap before seeking afternoon cocktails. It was Mai Tai's as our choice, as the drink of the day being a water melon martini, was not to our liking?

Tonight was formal night, so we dressed up:





Our table group:



For tonight's wine I chose a fantastic Zinfandel from Spain.
Diner was again spectacular, as I chose a Scallops and Shrimp in a buttered sherry sauce for the main entree. As an appetizer they had deep fried calamari. Soup was a cream of cheese broccoli. Desert was a featured chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. There were always other selections, with fruit and cheese platters, as well as four kinds of ice cream and sauces available, butter scotch, caramel, and chocolate. New York Cheesecake was also a regular.

We were sure to dink some coffee before the show at 10:30 to stay awake, and then we enjoyed some good singing and dancing performances from the Pacific Princess cast of 8, before retiring for the evening.

Day 3 the Island of Bora Bora!

I was up again in the wee hours as the wife slept in. I was already on my second of five books read on this cruise. As we had to join the tour group at 7:30 am we elected to do the breakfast buffet today. Eggs Benedict was a good start to go with Bacon, Sausage, and hash browns for me. The wife started with a chocolate croissant and also Eggs Benedict.

Some opening pictures of the island, so beautiful:

A small island next to the pier:





An opening view from our jeep:









Today's tour was an around the island, (some 22 miles total) on four wheel jeeps where we would climb up some steep muddy trails to overlook the ocean coves, beaches and reefs! It was treacherous climbing, but it was worth it! Some pictures of WWII guns left on the island:







The clear waters and reefs were unbelievable in beauty:







One of the largest beaches on Bora Bora:





Our last stop was to the World Famous Diner and Bar "Bloody Mary's". Too bad it was Sunday, as they are closed every Sunday:







Leaving Bora Bora:



For tonight's wine I chose a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc from down under.

For appetizer's I chose Smoked Salmon with Avocado, Filet Mignon for the main entree. Soup was a cream of crab. Desert was carrot cake with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The show tonight was a magic show.

Day 4 out to sea heading to Hawaii!

Morning coffee in the dining room:



Hook up!
Cory

April 10, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-04-10-14

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.

Much improved weather conditions over the weekend and through most of the week, provided many opportunities for some excellent fishing for Reds, Lingcod and other assorted bottom critters. Local Bass fishing, especially on Twilight runs is showing steady improvement, despite water temps that fell to 55 degrees, yikes! Nothing like 90 degree days to help this scenario?

The Thunderbird found some Yellowtail on the chew at San Clemente Island, on their Thursday run with plenty of time to fish, landing 3 to 25 pounds.

The San Diego managed to catch 27 Yellowtail on their Wednesday, 04-09-14 trip to the Coronado Islands. The Malahini contributed 14 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip.

Yellowtail on the Malahini Tuesday, 04-08-14:





Pictures of the San Diego Yellowtail on their Wednesday trip, 04-08-14:






Some more pictures off the Liberty and the Enterprise on their Twilight trips Saturday:

Angler Will:



Angler Michelle:



Angler Mathew:



And a few Sculpin:









And a big Cabazon:




And some Reds:



Holy smokes, that's a big'n!



Jackpot Lingcod off the Pacific Islander at San Miguel Island Sunday, 04-06-14 by angler Mike:



Winner of the SWBA Spotted Bay Bass tournament in Mission Bay, Private boater Justin, a prize exceeding $5000:




Nice Reds off the half day boat Monte Carlo:





Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:




Angler Mike with the winning 14.5 pound Halibut out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing Halibut Derby fish off April, 6th on the Clemente:



A local Yellowtail caught on the Charter boat Boardroom out of Dana Wharf Sport fishing Tuesday, 04-08-14 on a 3/4 day run:



How about a 36.5 pound Halibut out of Newport Harbor on a float tube by angler Frankie:



Stardust:








Pacific Islander Lingcod:



Good fishing off the Sea Jay on Tue.-04-08-14, how about this huge Sheephead:





The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The ¾ day boat Pursuit has been doing well on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish at the Island when they can get out.



San Clemente Island!


Nice Red off the Thunderbird at San Clemente Saturday, 04-05-14:



More Thunderbird Reds at San Clemente Island:













El Dorado at San Nicolas, 04-05-14:







Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Some nice Reds on the Dolphin, Saturday, 04-05-14:





Nice Copper:




Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing finds the big Yellowtail on the chew, here is angler David with a dandy Tail:




Quotes:




Humor:












All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for breezy conditions offshore, not too bad close to shore, with Sunday looking to be a bit calmer. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory


April 04, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-04-04-14

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.

There was a good attendance to the Del Mar portion of the annual Fred Hall show last week as far as I heard? Unfortunately I was unable to make it down there. If you did attend, let me know about your experience?

With both breezy and/or rainy conditions most of the week, the reports from private boaters were MIA.

Despite unfriendly weather conditions most of the week the San Diego managed to catch 11 Yellowtail on their Thursday, 04-03-14 trip to the Coronado Islands. Word is that water temps have dropped 2 to 4 degrees in most areas, not a favorable scenario. Fortunately above average day time temperatures are around the corner, which we all hope will return the seas to where they were a week ago?

I did not see any Barracuda in the counts,but there were some sightings of Barracuda south of the border. It is always a boost in excitement when the annual migration of these fun to fish for critters show up along the coast.


The San Diego caught 15 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip, 03-29-14:



The Yellowtail did not return to Ensenada this week, and there were no further reports of Yellowtail being caught in San Quintin either, most likely due to weather conditions?

Locally and all along the coast and up north there remains some excellent fishing for Reds, Lingcod, Sheephead and Whitefish.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:





How about a big Halibut, caught by private boater David, 04-03-14:



The Sculpin and Sand Bass fishing is good, caught off the Twilight trip on the Native Sun, Saturday, 03-29-14:

















Good Sand Bass fishing on the Monte Carlo Twilight trip, Saturday, 03-29-14:



And on Sunday's trip too:



Good bottom fishing on the Fortune, Saturday, 03-29-14:





Releasing a Cow Cod on the Fortune:




Angler Stephen with the winning Halibut out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing Halibut Derby, winning $1820:



A fish off will occur with the top 25 competing for the remaining derby funds April, 6th:

Halibut Leader board:



Angler Ty with a PB Lingcod caught off the Pacific Islander, 03-29-14:



Friend Tyrone also with a nice Lingcod:





Some Coppers and a Red:












How about a Whitefish:





Good fishing off the Stardust on Sat.-03-29-14:















Aloha Spirit fishing was great on Thursday, 04-03-14, with limits of Rockfish and 24 Lingcod:





The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The ¾ day boat Pursuit has been doing well on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish at the Island when they can get out.

Private boater Nathan with a decent Calico Bass Saturday, 03-29-14:





San Clemente Island!


No private boater reports this week, however previous trips have yielded some excellent Calico Bass fishing on the plastics.

The Thunderbird has fished the Island often and found limit fishing for Rockfish on a regular basis, with some Lingcod.

The El Dorado visits San Nicolas Island Sunday, 03-29-14:




























Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!



Fun times off the Dolphin Sat.-03-29-14:















Quotes:


That 5.2 Earthquake Friday night was more powerful at our home in Diamond Bar than I can remember some bigger ones in the past? We had plaster fall off the walls, several cracks in the ceiling and bathroom tile, etc. and a few broken glass items, nothing like this however, thank goodness:



I don't want to be around when a bigger one hits, yikes?





Humor:








Starting them out young:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for breezy conditions and rather large swells at 5 to 6 feet. Sunday looks to be a bit better. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,Cory

March 28, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-03-28-14

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 Del Mar portion of the annual Fred Hall show opened this week and runs through the weekend. Considering the wind is slated to blow all the way into next week, might as well spend a day at the show? Although smaller than the Long Beach show, there are some different vendors attending, and plenty of bargains on terminal tackle.

Just after we witnessed the water temps rising to as high as 64, the recent cold weather and recent storm blew that up. The improved local and Island Bass bite will most likely be placed on hold until we gain better weather conditions? More reports of good Halibut being caught this week, primarily due to the recent grunion runs.

The excellent fishing for both local and Island Rockfish, Lingcod, big Reds, Whitefish and Sheephead should continue as long as the wind and rough seas allow you to fish. Might be awhile before we see calm seas again?

The Coronado Islands Yellowtail bite shut down for a few days, then re-appeared on Tuesday. All the ¾ day boats getting in on the action with moderate counts and light loads of anglers. 15 on the Mission Belle for 9 anglers, 25 on the Malahini for 16 anglers, and 27 on the San Diego for 16 anglers. Some pictures:

Mission Belle pictures last week and Saturday, 03-22-14:









The San Diego caught 27 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip, 03-25-14:




Pictures off the ¾ day boat Malihini out of H&M Landing in San Diego. They ended the day with 25 Yellowtail to 30 pounds on Tuesday:







The Yellowtail did not return to Ensenada this week, and there were no further reports of Yellowtail being caught in San Quintin either?


I fished with private boater Lal on the Rubber Ducky Sunday, 03-23-14. Fishing for Bass was extremely slow, although I started the day out on the right foot with this 4.75 pound Sand Bass, things deteriorated from there.




Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:



Jackpot Jimmy fished the ½ day boat Sum Fun on Saturday, 03-22-14 and they released a whole lot of Calico Bass, most under 14 inches in size. Jimmy also caught this nice Sheephead:

Angler Jimmy with a 4 pound Jackpot Sheephead caught out of Dana Point Sportfishing on the Sum Fun:



His friend with a nice Sand Bass:



How about a local 59 pound White Seabass, caught by private boater Mark, 03-25-14:




The Sculpin fishing is good, caught off the Twilight trip on the Native Sun, Saturday, 03-22-14:







Twilight Native Sun trip yields a nice Sand Bass for this youngster!







Private boater Tyrone with a nice Halibut caught locally on Saturday, 03-22-14:



Angler Bob with a Surf caught Halibut, 03-25-14:



Angler Peggy with a nice Halibut out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing on the Dana Pride, Sunday. 03-23-14.



A 19 pound Halibut caught off the Clemente, 03-25-14:



Angler Chris with a shore caught 21 pound White Seabass, Saturday, 03-22-14:




Happy angler with a big Calico Bass:



A couple more Halibut added to the leader board out of Dana Point Sportfishing Halibut Derby:





A 47 pound Halibut caught off the Mirage Saturday, 03-22-14:



Big Sheephead caught on the Pacific Voyager, Sunday, 03-23-14:




Nice Lingcod caught off the Island Spirit out of Ventura, 03-25-14:

Angler Pete with a 22lb. Lingcod:



Another big Ling:



Nice catch off the Stardust on Sat.-03-22-14:











Nice catch over the weekend on the Ranger 85 2 day trip to San Miguel Island:









Pacific Dawn fishing was great this weekend:









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Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

No recent reports of post storm Bonito being caught, although the ¾ day boats are mainly concentrating on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish.

Private boater Jonathan got into some great Lingcod fishing at the Island Sunday, 03-23-14:









Private boater Cesar, Gregorio and Joe who fished Catalina, Saturday, 03-22-14 and found lots of critters on the chew:








San Clemente Island!

Private boater Bobby and Scott with big Calico Bass caught Sunday, 03-23-14:





The El Dorado visits San Nicolas Island Sunday, 03-23-14:




















Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Nice Halibut off the Dolphin Wed.-03-26-14:



Junior Angler with his first ever Red caught off the Dolphin, Saturday, 03-22-14:



Other Reds caught:





Nice Copper Rockfish:



Another angler catches a large Halibut on Sunday's afternoon trip on the Dolphin:



A nice Cabazon:





Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing finds the big Yellowtail on the chew:

Angler's Brad and Rick fished both days of the weekend and went 14 for 18 on the Yellowtail:







Other angler's with success recently fishing with Duane:





















Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Yellowtail fishing out of San Quintin:




Quotes:






Humor:













All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be breezy both days, with wind 10-20 knots most of the day. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,Cory

March 21, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-03-21-14

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 water temps are rising quickly, 64+ at the islands and locally. Consequently both the local and Island Bass bite has improved, with some good sized Halibut being caught. Excellent fishing for both local and Island Rockfish, Lingcod, big Reds, Whitefish and Sheephead.

The Coronado Islands Yellowtail bite remained steady over the weekend and peaked on Wednesday. All the ¾ day boats getting in on the action with counts as high as 64 on the Mission Belle, 49 on the Malihini and 74 on the San Diego for 27 anglers on Wednesday,03-19-14! Some pictures:

Malihini, 03-17-14:



The San Diego caught 12 Yellowtail out of 37 hook up's on their Sunday trip, 03-16-14:





Tuesday, the 18th:





They caught 74 on their Wed. trip, here is a picture of angler John and friend with their catch:



Another happy angler on the San Diego:




The Yellowtail bite slowed in Ensenada, as water temps were said to very between 59 and 61, dropping from earlier levels of 62 to 64. Yet there is still good fishing as far south as San Quintin, with the Yellowtail mostly being caught on the Yo Yo iron style of fishing or by trolling Rapalas.

The majority of the local boats continue targeting Rockfish and Lingcod, with good results, then looking for local action on both Calico and Sand Bass, while Halibut fishing also remained upbeat.

Most private boaters found improved fishing on both species of Bass, with some great size on the local and Island Calico Bass fishery.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:













Nice St. Patty's day outfit:



The Bass fishing is getting better, here is the Jackpot Sand Bass caught off the Twilight trip on the Native Sun, Saturday, 03-08-14:


Nice Lingcod on the Spitfire, Monday, 03-17-14:




Private boater Danny with a local Halibut:



Private boater Kenrick with a local Halibut:



Private boater Tyrone with his dad and friend catching Cabazon to 15lbs on the iron stripped with Mackerel locally, wow:







Private boater Captain Larry Heron found the Lingcod and other bottom critters on the chew Sunday, 03-16-14 at the Channel Islands:





Angler Jeff with a 17.5 pound Halibut caught out of Dana Point Sportfishing:



This Halibut was caught on Monday's trip:



Nice catch off the Stardust on Sat.-03-15-14:













The Pacific Dawn with nice Halibut caught over the weekend:





The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


No recent reports of post storm Bonito being caught, although the ¾ day boats are mainly concentrating on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish.

Private boater Justin with an 11 pound monster Calico Bass:



Private boaters Bobby, Chris and Nick get in on a hot Calico Bass bite at the island, Wed.-03-19-14:









San Clemente Island!

I fished Saturday and again Wednesday with private boater Dave and friends. We slammed the Reds on Saturday, catching over 35, with one 10-12 pound Lingcod and plenty of other assorted Rockfish. A little slower on the Reds Wednesday, 03-19-14, with 21 Reds, a dozen Coppers, a dozen Whitefish and more Bocaccio than you can count, most released.

Some pictures of the trip:














The El Dorado visits San Nicolas Island Sunday, 03-16-14:




















Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!



Angler Ray with a 30 pound jackpot Yellowtail caught Sat.-03-15-14:




Private boater Pete, Carl and Doug fished the Coronado Islands on Wednesday, 03-19-14 and found some hungry Yellowtail:








Angler Samuel and John with Boccaccio and Lingcod caught off the Dolphin, Sunday, 03-16-14:







Big Reds and Lingcod on the Pride over the weekend:








Big Sheephead for a lucky lady, caught on Thursday, 03-20-14 off the Dolphin:



Another big Sheephead:



And another, 3 big ones caught for the day:




Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Yellowtail fishing out of San Quintin:

A nice sized Halibut held by Captain Kelly:



The big Reds are always biting:




Quotes:

So true?





Humor:



Oops!













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All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be outstanding, same for Sunday. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,Cory

March 14, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-03-14-14

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 much anticipated annual Fred Hall show opened a week ago Wednesday. Most reports indicated the show drew decent crowds, however with fewer exhibitors this year? Not sure why, as for most of the year the economy has been improving? Generally it was considered another good show with average attendance. There was not an abundance of break through deals, yet plenty of discounts were offered on terminal tackle as well as Rods and Reels, etc. There appeared to be a much larger display of boats on hand.

If you missed the Long Beach Show, the Del Mar show starts up next week, although it is usually much smaller in size.

The Coronado Islands Yellowtail bite exploded over the weekend and into early this week. All the ¾ day boats getting in on the action with counts as high as 58 on the Mission Belle, 111 on the Malihini and 80 on the San Diego, full limits for 16 anglers on Monday,03-10-14! Some pictures from all the boats:

Mission Belle:





Angler Matt with a big Yellowtail:



How about a 31 pound Halibut caught on the Yellowtail grounds:



The San Diego caught 23 Yellowtail on their Sunday trip:



They caught 15 on their Saturday trip:






Pictures off the ¾ day boat Malihini out of H&M Landing in San Diego. They ended the day with 40 Yellowtail to 30 pounds on Sunday:









The Yellowtail continue to put on a good show in Ensenada and as far south as San Quintin, with the Yellowtail mostly being caught on the Yo Yo iron style of fishing.

The majority of the local 1/2 day and 3/4 day boats are now targeting Rockfish and Lingcod, with good results, then looking for local action on both Calico and Sand Bass, while Halibut fishing also remained upbeat.

Most private boaters found improved fishing on both species of Bass, with some great size on the local and Island Calico Bass fishery. For example Lal and friend Mark fished on Friday along the Palos Verde Coast for some excellent Calico Bass fishing, then headed toward Izor's Reef on Sunday and got into a wide open bite on the Sand Bass, releasing some 52 combined Bass to 5 pounds.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:















The Bass fishing is getting better, here is the Jackpot Sand Bass caught off the Twilight trip on the Native Sun, Saturday, 03-08-14:











Weekend Native Sun Rockcod trip:



Private boater Dave with his son catching some local Calico Bass:



Private boater John with a nice night time Sand Bass:



Private boater Sivory with PB Calico Bass, caught Sunday, 03-09-14:



Great local fishing out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing on the Dana Pride, Tuesday. 03-11-14. Here is angler Hu who released this six pound Calico Bass:



Private boaters Sergio and Ron with Calico Bass:




Happy angler with an 18 pound Halibut:




The Mirage is back in action, Sunday, 03-09-14:











Big Lingcod caught on the Aloha Spirit, Tuesday, 03-11-14:




Angler Brandon with one of the 60 Lingcod caught on the 2-day trip on the Coral Sea over the weekend out of Oxnard:




The Pacific Islander with big Sheephead, Whitefish and Reds:
























The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


No recent reports of post storm Bonito being caught, although the ¾ day boats are mainly concentrating on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish.

Private boater Brandon who fished with his friend TY found the big Catalina Calico Bass on the chew:



The Sport King taking advantage of the good Rockcod fishing and weather:










San Clemente Island!


Private boater Brandon and his Dad with this big Calico Bass caught Sunday, 03-09-14:



The Fury gets on the Rockfish over the weekend:



















The El Dorado visits the island Saturday, 03-08-14:












Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Angler Scott with a big Yellowtail caught off the Sea Adventure II:



Angler Gio with a couple of Tails:



Private boater Zach and father fished the Coronado Islands on Monday, 03-10-14 and found some hungry Yellowtail:









Nice Sheephead off the Dolphin:



Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing finds the big Yellowtail on the chew:



Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels with friend Angel caught Yellowtail to 32 pounds out of Ensenada on Sunday, 03-09-14:








Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Yellowtail fishing with angler Jeff, Tuesday, 3-11-14 out of San Quintin:










Captain Juan gets in on the Tails out of San Quintin:




Private boaters Stan and Lorenzo get in on the San Quintin Yellowtail and Lingcod action on Saturday, 03-08-14:











Quotes:





Humor:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be outstanding, while Sunday looks to be bit breezier, yet very fishable, with wind under 10 knots most of the day. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

March 07, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-03-07-14

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.

Well most of us survived the well needed storm over the weekend. Rain, large swells and wind unsettled the ocean, however, water temps were not too overly affected. Consequently all opening day Rockfish trips were cancelled over the weekend, a tough blow to the hungry Sportfishing fleet. Nevertheless those capable of fishing mid-week made the most of it with some great trips. This weekend should provide some opportunities to those that missed out on opening day, although the weather forecast for Saturday is less than ideal.

The much anticipated annual Fred Hall Show opened on Wednesday. Most reports indicated decent crowds with far fewer exhibitors this year? Not sure why as for the most part the economy has been improving?

The Coronado Islands on again, off again Yellowtail bite was still on hold, with the ¾ day boat San Diego catching 3 Yellowtail on their Wednesday trip and none on Thursday's trip. No other boats are running this week.

Both in Ensenada and way down south in San Quintin, the usual Charter Masters found the Yellowtail on the chew just before the storm, mostly being caught on the Yo Yo iron style of fishing. Captain Kelly reported that today, Friday one boat reported a wide open bite on the Yellowtail, so the storm did not chase them away!

With most boats now targeting Rockfish and Lingcod, the recent improvement in local action for Bass fishing was put on hold, while Halibut fishing remained upbeat. Local action on Sheephead and Whitefish also showed good signs.

There were no reports from private boaters this week on the Bonito bite at Catalina and no sport boats running to Catalina found them, concentrating on Rockfish.

Most private boaters stayed on shore this week or went to the Fred Hall show. It was the first time in 20 years I have missed opening day at the show. I am still recovering from a bad fall and torn Quad muscle. Hope to hobble there on Sunday?

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:






Rockcod fishing out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing on the ¾ day Clemente, Wed. 03-05-14:



These anglers fished off the San Mateo, Tuesday, 03-04-14:



Nice Halibut off the Sum Fun:



Pro charter master Benny with a 9 pound Calico Bass:



The Mirage is back in action:








The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


Angler Dave with a big Halibut:



Some pictures off the El Dorado fishing San Nicolas Island Monday, 03-03-14:

























San Clemente Island!

No reported action this. Might see some Yellowtail show up soon?

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Big 25.4 pound Sheephead off the Dolphin ½ day boat on Tuesday, 03-04-14:





Nice Cabazon off the Dolphin:



Private boater Adam with a dandy Halibut:




Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels with friend Angel caught Yellowtail to 28 pounds out of Ensenada on Wednesday, 02-26-14:










Captain Juan gets in on the Tails out of San Quintin:








Quotes:







Humor:

In church last Sunday, I heard a sweet elderly lady in the pew next to me saying a prayer. It was so innocent and sincere that I just had to share it with you:

"Dear Lord: The last four to five years have been very tough.
You have taken my favorite actor - Paul Newman;
my favorite actress - Elizabeth Taylor;
my favorite singer - Whitney Houston,
and now my favorite author - Tom Clancy.

I just wanted you to know that my favorite politicians are - Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbra Boxer, Diane Feinstein & Eric Holder.
Amen"




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a little breezy, while Sunday looks to be very fishable with wind under 10 knots most of the day. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,Cory

February 28, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-02-28-14

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.

Everyone is anxiously waiting for opening day Saturday, March 1st for a shot at some Rockfish, Lingcod, Whitefish and Sheephead. Mother Nature decided that we will all have to be patient for a few more days, as wind and rain have cancelled almost all trips along the coast. What a shame as most boats were booked solid for both Saturday and Sunday. Very surprisingly reports of a Hurricane building offshore. Thought you needed warm water for that condition to occur?

The Coronado Islands on again, off again Yellowtail bite was off this week. However, way south down in San Quintin, Captain Kelly found the Yellowtail on the chew, mostly being caught on the Yo Yo iron style of fishing.

There was a marked improvement in local action for the week, as both Sand Bass and Calico Bass along with Halibut fishing picked up. The Bonito bite at Catalina is still in play; however no sport boats are even running to Catalina to find them, only the private boater has enjoyed the fun.

Here is private boater Sergio with a local Calico Bass:



Private boater Bobby with a big Sand Bass caught while hooping Wednesday, 02-26-14:



Here is angler Michael with a nine pound Calico Bass:





Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:







Halibut fishing out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing picking up:



An 18 pound Sheephead caught and released Monday, 02-24-14:



Halibut on the plastics:



Angler Chris with a nice Halibut:



Halibut being caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which ended last week and the top Halibut weighed 28.6 pounds:

Last fish of the derby caught by Javier 11.8 pounds, good for some jigs and a tackle box:





Sand Bass being caught on the Native Sun's Twilight trips:













Angler Paul on the ½ day boat Western Pride with good Sand Bass fishing Tuesday, 02-25-14:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Bonito are there, just no one fishing for them other than private boaters. Private boater Jonathan fished the island over the weekend and hammered the Bonito on light gear, with most fish released. The Bonito were caught on anchovies and a variety of lures to four pounds.



Private boater John and friends with Calico Bass caught Tuesday, 02-25-14:
















San Clemente Island!

Angler Ty with a Calico Bass caught Sunday, 02-23-14:



Private boater Brandon and friends caught some big Calico Bass to five pounds Sunday, 02-23-14:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Private boater Jeff with a 29 pound Yellowtail caught in La Jolla:




Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Yellowtail on the chew on the iron out of San Quintin:









Quotes:











Humor:







Creative thinking?





And paid for by us working folks!






All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday is treacherous, so don't go out! The wind is expected to rise to over 30 knots in some areas, with huge swells, and there are reports of a Hurricane offshore in the Pacific. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

February 21, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-02-21-14

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.

I apologize for no report last week as I played an unfortunate role in "Launch Ramp Follies' Saturday afternoon, 02-08-14. While walking down the ramp at low tide to pull the boat out of the water, I slipped on some muddy moss and slime, resulting in a torn thigh muscle and a messed up knee. Two weeks later I am just now getting off of crutches, yet remain with a serious limp, swelling and substantial pain. Just sitting in a chair at the computer is extremely uncomfortable, and my job as Controller involves nearly 80% of my time on a computer, yikes?

Again the lack of fishing reports is disturbing, and I know many of you can't wait for opening day next Saturday, March 1st for a shot at some Rockfish, Lingcod, Whitefish and Sheephead? Those that couldn't wait have been traveling south to fish on a 1.5 or longer day trip south of the border, although adverse weather has limited those opportunities recently.

The Old Glory out of H&M landing in San Diego did manage to catch 18 Lingcod and limits of Reds on their trip returning Sunday, 02-16-14. The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay also made it out on a 1.5 day trip and they limited out on Reds as well other Rockfish.

The best local action for the week has been some steady bites of Halibut, with a 28 pounder topping the charts. The recent Bonito bite at Catalina is all but history, and no boats are even running to Catalina to find them.

The Coronado Islands found a few new schools of Yellowtail over the weekend with the ¾ day boat San Diego sacking up 44 big Tails on their Saturday trip and 60 on Sunday, then the bite died again. With good weather expected this weekend they may return?



Local Bass fishing has been mostly slow with decent bites on the Sculpin for the few boats running.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:



Halibut being caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament:

Angler John tops the leader board with a 28 pound Halibut:



Wed.-02-26-14 Jackpot winner at 7.55 pounds:



Young Angler Max catches a Halibut that makes it on the leader board:



Angler Bill 21st on the leader board:





Sand Bass being caught on the Native Sun's Twilight trips:



Captain Dave shows his gal how to catch a nice Sand Bass:



The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

No boats are running to the Islands?


San Clemente Island!

Private boaters have caught some big Calico Bass recently at the Island.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing with a big Yellowtail:






Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels caught their first Yellowtail of the year out of Ensenada on Saturday, 02-01-14, plus some nice Lingcod and a Halibut:

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Red fishing with Anglers Robert and family, Monday, 12-30-13 out of San Quintin:

Quotes:

Humor:



Creative thinking?





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishable with wind under 10 knots both days. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

February 07, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-02-07-14

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.

This week's fishing reports were down to almost nothing, I guess everyone was planning a Super Bowl party? The best action for the week was the improvement in Halibut fishing, with a 25 pounder topping the charts. The recent Bonito bite at Catalina is all but history, and no boats are even running to Catalina to find them. The Coronado Islands are all about Rockfishing as the Yellowtail moved on.

Local Bass fishing has been mostly slow with decent bites on the Sculpin for the few boats running.

The best bet to catch a Yellowtail is jumping on a multi-day trip that can reach the area south of San Martin Island, fishing the high spots. It takes a minimum of a 2 day trip to make this long run, preferably 2.5 day and no one scheduled a trip last weekend of this length. Several boats have scheduled longer trips this weekend although the weather looks to be a bit breezy?

The Pacific Voyager managed two Yellowtail on their weekend 1.5 day trip.

The Dominator out of San Diego returned from a 1.5 day trip on Sunday, 02-02-14. They caught lots of big Reds. Some pictures:









The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had another excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They caught lots of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish:




















Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:









Angler Daryl with a very unusual and colorful Sculpin:



Private boater Brandon with a big Sand Bass:



Angler Tristan with a dandy Calico Bass:



Sculpin on the chew for angler Benny:



Lots of quality Halibut being caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which endsin February:

A 25 pound Halibut tops the leader board:



A 15.7 pound Halibut was caught on Saturday, 02-01-14 by angler Dennis:





More Halibut on the Native Sun:

A 15 pounder:



A 14 pounder:













The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

A recent catch of Bonito brought some excitement, and then the bite died?


San Clemente Island!

Private boaters Matt and friends with some big Calico Bass:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels caught their first Yellowtail of the year out of Ensenada on Saturday, 02-01-14, plus some nice Lingcod and a Halibut:









Quotes:





Humor:

All I can say is wow? As an avid USC fan, I just had to root for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Sea Hawks, congratulations on an incredible dominating win, totally unexpected, not just the win, the final score?













All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday calls for calm conditions in the morning and breezy in the afternoon, while Sunday is windy most of the day. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

January 31, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-31-14

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 Pursuit found the Bonito on the chew again at Catalina on Saturday, catching 102. This is a bit surprising for this time of year, yet that was it for the rest of the week, with no further reports of finding any Bonito. Sadly the Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands has not returned, it's all about Rockfish this week out of San Diego on the ¾ day boats? How about a surprise showing of night fishing for some White Seabass?

The Pride out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay did some local Ghost Hunting Monday night, 01-27-14 and did well:



The best bet to catch a Yellowtail is jumping on a multi-day trip that can reach the area south of San Martin Island, fishing the high spots.

The Chief out of San Diego returned from a 2.5 day trip on Monday, 01-27-14. They caught 62 Yellowtail, lots of Lingcod and Reds fishing below San Martin and at Colonet. Some pictures:









Nice Cow Cod:



Then some big Lingcod:







And Reds:





Add a few big Whitefish:




The Fortune out of Point Loma also returned from a 2.5 day trip over the weekend and found the Yellowtail, big Reds and Lingcod on the chew:



The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had another excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Big Lings:


























Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:














Private boater Lucas with some sweet Halibut fishing over the weekend out of Long Beach:



Angler Max with a dandy Sandy caught on the Spitfire:



Nice local Calico Bass:



Fishing the Wall Monday night this angler hooked a big Calico Bass:



Lots of Sculpin being caught on the San Pedro Special:



Halibut fishing seems to be really improving as with this happy angler with a 38 pounder caught off the ½ day boat Patriot:

Looks like some great Spotted Bay Bass fishing for Bobby on Saturday, 01-25-14:



A 7 pound Halibut caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which was caught on Saturday, 01-25-14:



Another nice Halibut:



On their Saturday night Twilight run the Native Sun caught 22 Sculpin, 73 Sand Bass and released another 20 under size Bass:










Staying hot on the Twilight runs, the Native Sun caught 154 Sand Bass and 43 Sculpin on their Saturday night trip, 01-25-14, Wow!





Angler Ron with a 17 pound Halibut caught Saturday, 01-25-14 out of Dana Point:



Private boater Dave with a nice local Halibut:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

A recent catch of Bonito brought some excitement, then it died?


San Clemente Island!

Lots of great winter Calico Bass fishing going on, with Bass up to 9.5 pounds!

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing have been slaying the big Lingcod on their south of the border trips.

Private boater Kurt with some excellent fishing from the Rockpile:





Just a baby Yellowtail, caught last year on a long range trip, only 92 pounds, Wow:


Quotes:



Humor:



How about a private boater record Wahoo weighing 116 pounds caught by angler William!



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a bit breezy and Sunday is more fishable with less wind. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

January 24, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-24-14

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.

This was a bit of the same old, same old week of fishing activities and results, limits of Sculpin, some Bass and a few Halibut. Unfortunately the Bonito stopped biting at Catalina, nor were there any reports of Yellowtail or White Seabass being caught.

Sadly the Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands also went MIA after a several week run, and a great bite on Saturday. I can verify that the fish totally disappeared as I went out Wednesday on the ¾ day boat San Diego with a light load of only 17 anglers and we got zero Yellowtail and the Captain saw little on the sonar. Three boats caught Yellowtail to 38 pounds on Saturday and none that I know of since?

Winter Yellowtail bites tend to have a here today, gone tomorrow sort of nature, and we all hope the fish will return soon? The quality of the Yellowtail has been extraordinary, averaging 25 pounds in size.

Once again the local boats like the ¾ day Spitfire out of Marina Del Rey and the ¾ day Victory out of Long Beach plus many others did well on the Sculpin, a bunch of Sand Dabs and Perch added to the counts, while they had some success on chasing Bass later in the day. The ½ day boat Southern Cal recorded limits of Sculpin and 38 Sand Bass on one of their better trips.

A few more Halibut showed up in the counts this week, which is encouraging. A few boats are again scheduling Twilight trips on the weekend with some decent results on the mixed Bass and plenty of Sculpin.

The last remaining signs of active winter Yellowtail biting is in San Quintin, where many anglers are catching them mostly on the iron, fished Yo Yo style. In the winter the fish seem to hang nearer the bottom.

The Yellowtail bite was Red Hot at the Coronado Islands on Saturday, 01-18-14 on the ¾ day boat San Diego, as they landed 68 Yellowtail to over 30 pounds.







Private boaters Justin and Dom get in on the hot Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands, landing 7 out of 8 hook ups:



The Fortune returned from a 2.5 day trip over the weekend and got into the Yellowtail bite at San Martin Island, and also found big Reds and Lingcod on the chew at Colonet:












The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had another excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Big Lings:









The hitch hiker Ling weighed 22 pounds attempting to eat a 7 pounder:



Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:





Nice Corvina caught in the surf:



This angler fishing the ½ day boat Reel Fun had to release this big Sheephead caught Monday, 01-20-14:



Halibut fishing seems to be really improving as with this happy angler holding a 38 pounder caught off the ½ day boat Patriot:



A 10.4 pound Halibut caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which heads the leader board:



Moving into second place angler Puria with a 9.8 pound Halibut:



Private boater Shawn with a 22 pound Halibut:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Very quiet at the island right now.


San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run. Private boater John with his PB Calico Bass at 9.5 pounds caught Sunday, 01-19-14:







John and his brother ended the day with over 30 Calico Bass, with several lost in the 8 to 9 pound range.

Private boaters Ryan, Nate and Kyle with excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island:







Private boater Dave fished San Clemente Island on Tuesday, 01-21-14 with friends and they caught lots of Calico Bass to six pounds on fresh dead squid. They also had a great bite on the bigger models of Whitefish and some Sheephead all released.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing found the Yellowtail on the chew at the Coronado Islands over the weekend;



And of course big Lingcod:









Nice Lingcod, a big Cow Cod and lots of Reds caught over the weekend down near Colonet on the Dominator that returned from a 1.5 day trip Sunday, 01-19-14:














Private boaters on the Lucky B score well on the Reds and Lingcod south of the border:








Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing on their offshore trips.

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters did very well on the Yellowtail over the weekend out of San Quintin, as did Captain Juan and private boaters Mikey and freinds:







Quotes:



Humor:





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is outstanding, as it looks to be a lake all weekend. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

January 17, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-17-14

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 game plan for most local boats like the ¾ day Spitfire out of Marina Del Rey and the ¾ day Victory out of Long Beach is targeting Sculpin, Sand Dabs and Perch in the mornings, and then chasing Bass later in the day. The Spitfire has been successfully recording regular limits on the Sculpin, with mixed Bass counts in double figures most days. The Victory also had limits of Sculpin on their last few trips with very light loads. The ½ day boat Southern Cal recorded limits of Sculpin and 19 Sand Bass for only 8 anglers on their Tuesday trip. Very few Halibut or any exotics are being caught.

The Bonito are still on a good chew at Catalina, as the Pursuit managed to catch 300 Bonito and 210 Bonito on their Saturday and Sunday trips respectively. I did not hear of any recent signs of Yellowtail at Catalina this week, while the White Seabass bite is generally a few months away, although a few have been caught.

The Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islandsis still on, after a few slow days later last week, the counts again picked up with the Mission Belle reaching a high of 23 Yellowtail on their Wednesday, 01-15-14 trip. Most of the fish being caught are the bigger models, weighing from 20 and to as high as 36 pounds. Almost all of the Tails are being caught off the bottom on Yo Yo iron fishing.

Here is angler Mark with a 26 pound Yellowtail, caught off the Mission Belle:



Both the San Diego out of Seaforth Landing and the Malahini out of H&M Landing are back on line this weekend after being down for boat work.

A number of boats have been running 1.5 to 2.5 day trips down to Colonet in Mexico with excellent Lingcod fishing to go with big Reds, an occasional Cow Cod and other bottom critters.

Angler Harry fished the Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay and had an excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border off Colonet. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Harry's friend with some big Lingcod:







Some big Lings off the Eclipse, which also ran a 1.5 day trip to Colonet, out of the same landing:



Private boater Dave fished with Captain Steve out of Ensenada on Saturday, 01-11-14. They caught easy limits of Reds and this nice Black Gill Rockfish from very deep water?






Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:


















I might look into bow fishing techinigues soon?



Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky with friend Mark Saturday, 01-13-14. They managed to catch 16 Bass to 5 pounds with an assortment of Sculpin and Rockfish, all of the Bass and Rockfish were released to fight another day.

Private boater Andrew with a big Sand Bass caught Saturday, 1-11-14:



The Sand Bass were biting on the Western Pride on Sunday, 01-12-14:



Private boater Bobby with some excellent Spotted Bay Bass fishing on Sunday, 01-12-14 out of Long Beach:





Private boater Travis with a nice Sand Bass caught Tuesday, 01-14-14 and another nice one on Wednesday:





Rafael with a 5.5 pound Sand Bass caught off the Monte Carlo Monday, 01-13-14:



An eight+ pound Halibut out of Newport, caught 01-13-14:



According to JD's Big Game website, anyone willing to spend the time fishing the squid grounds might end up with a Coastal Tanker like private boater Nat with this 58 pound White Seabass caught last Friday evening:



Then there was this 66.2 pound White Seabass caught last Wednesday by private boater Dan:



According to JD these persistent anglers are putting in lots of time in order to achieve their targeted species.

The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Bonito bite is hot right now, and both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on catching Bonito, as well as Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, and Halibut.

San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run.

Private boater Cesar with one of the SWBA winning Calico Bass caught Saturday, 01-11-14:



Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing had to work for it, but finally found some willing biters, with Lingcod and Reds on the chew over the weekend fishing south of the border;









More Yellowtail caught off the Mission Belle:








Crew Shon holding up twin 30 pound Lingcod caught over the weekend down near Colonet on the Fortune with the Gold Coast Lady Anglers:











Private boater Barry with friends catching limits of Reds south of the border on Saturday, 01-11-14:







Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters says the Yellowtail are still around, however, few are targeting them. His recent group found some excellent Reds and Lingcod fishing with out of San Quintin:

Quotes:




Humor:



Instant access, solves any urgency problems?





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is outstanding, so go fishing. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

January 10, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-10-14

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.

OK Rockcod fishing is now off limits for two months, including Lingcod, Sheephead, Whitefish and Reds. So the months of January and February will be spent by most local boats catching Sculpin, Perch and Bass, with an occasional Halibut or exotic mixed in. I did not hear of any recent signs of Yellowtail at Catalina this week, while the White Seabass bite is generally a few months away, although a few have been caught.

Something to get excited about, albeit south of the border is that last Friday the Yellowtail showed up at the Coronado Islands and angler Eddie fishing the Mission Belle Sunday, 01-05-14 found a big guy on the Butterfly Jig:



Eddie with his second Yellowtail:



Angler Doug with some slug Tails:







Most of the fish weighed between 20 and 30 pounds, as the Mission Belle ended the day with 34 big Tails, with perhaps many more hooked. They also had 32 Yellowtail on Monday and 23 Tuesday. More pressure and not so pleasant weather led to a decline in counts on Thursday.

The Malihini also caught Yellowtail over the weekend and during the week.

Yellowtail off the Malihini:





At least you can go to Mexico to satisfy your craving for a fish taco.

The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had an excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed 115 Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish, some Sheephead and Whitefish. Some pictures:

















The Freelance fished Catalina and they caught 81 Bonito on Saturday and 140 on Sunday, 01-05-14. The Pursuit also fished the island on Saturday and Sunday catching 140 and 110 Bonito respectively.

Very quiet in Ensenada this week.

Private boater Roy fished with friends and his son and they caught some very large Yellowtail at the 240 Bank out of San Quintin this week. They also caught an assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water available.


Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:







There were very few local reports this week, how boring? Sorry for this! The local boats are doing well on the Sculpin in the morning and finding a decent Bass bite later in the day, with many Bass being released do to the new size restrictions. At least they are having fun catching fish.

Private boater Terrence and friend with some nice Sand Bass and Calico Bass caught Wednesday, 1-08-14:






Private boaters with some excellent Calico Bass fishing on Sunday, 01-05-14:



A five pound Halibut off the Native Sun caught 01-03-14:



Private boater Norman with his first legal Halibut of 2014:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Bonito bite is going off, and both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are now concentrating on Bonito as well as Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, and Halibut. Occasionally they have caught a stray home guard Yellowtail.

Angler Doug with some first of the year Catalina Tails:




San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run. The private boaters with the skill to fish the boiler rocks and with weedless swim baits (plastics)have found the Calico Bass to be plentiful in the four to five pound range.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

I fished with private boater Bill down in Las Salinas Sunday and Monday, just south of Rosarito Beach in Descanzo Bay. We caught and released a bunch of Lingcod, Reds, Whitefish, Bocaccio, and other Rockfish. Some pictures:

Bill caught a real nice Sand Bass in the four pound range:



I found the Whitefish on the chew on the Mega Bait Lures tipped with squid:



Another couple drifts in this area yielded a few more of the same. Bill moved north another mile or so and this drift resulted in some better bites on the Lingcod. Both of us were using either Mega Bait Lures and/or plastics. Bill caught our first keeper Ling at 25 inches. Unless it's over 28 inches Bill refused to be in a picture. I then caught a 26 inch Lingcod and I wanted to be in a picture:



We both lost a few good size fish, as the Lings can sure move their heads in a mean, radical matter and thus shake off the hook. I then caught our biggest Ling of the day, just over 27 inches:




The shallow water fishing remained very consistent and the Lingcod were definitely on the chew, a few more pictures, as we caught some two dozen Lingcod, keeping only four, releasing some very plump females loaded with eggs:







It became T-shirt weather, as the sun warmed up the air in no time, and the wind did back off, so we decided to check out a few deeper water points further south. The deep water did not yield very much, only a few nice Coppers and a couple of extinct Bocaccio. Surprisingly we only caught four Bocaccio all day? More Bizarre was the fact we caught zero Reds? Here is one of the nicer Coppers caught:



Finally a Red:



And this bigger model:



A Copper:



An okay Lingcod:



Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing had some more excellent fishing for Lingcod and Reds over the weekend fishing south of the border, and Duane fit in a couple of Yellowtail trips as well. Here is Duane with a monster 2014 Yellowtail caught on the Yo Yo Iron at the Coronado Islands:














Angler John with a nice Spotted Bay Bass:



Quotes:










Humor:



Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:



Roughing it the die hard way?









All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is outstanding, while Sunday looks to be a bit breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

January 03, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-02-14

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.

There were some excellent last chance Rockcod fishing, with big Lingcod, Sheephead, Whitefish and Reds caught. Now the next two months will be spent by most local boats catching Sculpin and Bass, with an occasional Halibut mixed in. There are still a few signs of Yellowtail at Catalina, making this an interesting destination with some school size White Seabass on the prowl.

Of course there is always Mexico to satisfy your craving for a fish taco. Several boats have scheduled 1.5 or longer Freezer Specials this weekend and beyond. For example:

The Chief out of San Diego had an excellent 2.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed 147 Lingcod, a Cow Cod and limits of Rockfish, Sheephead and Whitefish.









Both the El Dorado out of Long Beach and the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing scheduled trips over the weekend fishing the shallow water at San Nicolas Island and Monday and Tuesday with great success:

The El Dorado caught 32 Lingcod on their trip Saturday, 12-28-13 and 52 Lingcod on Monday, 12-30-13:



Some excellent Sheephead fishing as well:



Angler Jimmy fished San Nicolas Island on Monday, 12-30-13 off the Pacific Islander and caught limits of Lingcod, Reds and Sheephead:











Scattered reports of breezing Yellowtail at the Coronado Islands and several weeks ago out of Ensenada, with plenty of Rockfish being caught by the very few anglers fishing the area?

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:













Private boater John caught a 26 pound Sheephead and his brother a 24 pounder Sunday, 12-29-13:







Private boater Tyrone and father Norman catch a nice batch of local Reds on Saturday, 12-28-13:



Private boater Scott and son also had a good day of bottom fishing on Saturday:





Angler Sergio with a nice Sheephead off the Enterprise:



And some nice Reds:





And a Sand Bass:



Angler John holding his Jackpot Sand Bass caught on the Spitfire, New Year's Day:



Private boater Benny with a nice local Calico Bass caught New Year's Eve:




Private boater Juanillo catches a Rockpile 28 pound Halibut on Sunday, 12-29-13:



Angler Brandon with a big Spotted Bay Bass:



Nice Halibut off the Native Sun:




The Channel Islands are providing quality Rockfish and Lingcod fishing along with a few nice Halibut Sheephead, and White fish.

Another great catch of Lingcod on the Stardust up north, caught this week:















The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are now concentrating on Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, Halibut and Bonito. Occasionally they have caught a stray home guard Yellowtail. The Freelance caught 21 Bonito on their 01-02-14 trip.

Private boater Jonathan fished with his wife and new born Daughter over the weekend on a 2 day trip and again on New Year's Eve. On the weekend they were able to catch all four of their targeted species, Lingcod, Sheephead, White Seabass and a Yellowtail:








They also ran into a school of Bonito:






On Tuesday, they targeted Sheephead and Lingcod, and the trip did not disappoint. Some pictures:













San Clemente Island!

Private boater Darren finds the Calico Bass on the chew Monday, 12-31-13:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing had some more excellent fishing for Lingcod and Reds over the weekend fishing south of the border:











Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Red fishing with Anglers Robert and family, Monday, 12-30-13 out of San Quintin:








Quote, it is a whole new beginning, all the best in 2014:
















Humor:



















All comments and suggestions welcomed!


Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very calm. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

December 27, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-12-27-13

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 Pursuit managed to catch two Yellowtail at Catalina on Monday, 12-23-13. Otherwise it has been mostly bottom fish for their trips. This is the last weekend to catch Rockfish, Lingcod, Reds, Sheephead ad Whitefish, before we face a two month closure for the months of January and February. That leaves fishing only for Bass, Halibut, Perch, Sculpin and any stray Exotic you can find. The fleet will concentrate on Sculpin in the morning then target the Bass later in the day. Of course there is always Mexico to satisfy your craving for a fish taco.

Both the El Dorado out of Long Beach and the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing have scheduled trips this weekend fishing the shallow water at San Nicolas Island over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday next week:

The El Dorado caught 80 Lingcod on their last trip Monday, 12-23-13:



The Chief out of San Diego is running a 2.5 day trip tonight south of the border.

Scattered reports of breezing Yellowtail out of Ensenada this week, with plenty of Rockfish being caught by the very few anglers fishing the area?

Captain Kelly got a call from Captain Tito and they caught some very large Yellowtail at the 240 Bank out of San Quintin this week. There is always an incredible assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water available.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:











Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky with friend Mark Thursday, 12-26-13. They wanted to go to Catalina, however Mother Wind had other ideas so they fished the Palos Verdes area and caught 15 Calico Bass and six Sand Bass with lots of Sculpin and Rockfish, all of the Bass and Rockfish were released to fight another day.

Angler Jimmy and his Father chartered the ½ day boat Clemente out of Dana Wharf Landing, Tuesday, 12-24-13, catching big Sheephead, Lings and Reds:













The Channel Islands are providing quality Rockfish and Lingcod fishing along with a few nice Halibut Sheephead, and White fish.

Angler Sherm and gang fished the New Hustler up north and found the Lingcod, Coppers and Reds on the chew:













A big Red off the Aloha Spirit:



Huge Lingcod on the Stardust up north, caught this week:









A nice Copper Rockfish:



The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on the Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead. Occasionally they have caught a stray home guard Yellowtail.


San Clemente Island!

I fished with private boater Dave at the Island on Sunday, 12-22-13 and we whacked the Big Reds, Coppers, a few Lingcod and Santa Marias. Some pictures:







I came up with a double on the Reds, what a great start to the day for me:



Mark also caught a nice Red:



Kevin with a big Red:



I caught a few quality Santa Maria's like this::



Mark caught our first legal Lingcod, and then Kevin caught a 25" Lingcod, with Captain Dave catching a nice Red:



Captain Dave with a bigger Red:



Kevin with another nice Red:



Lal also caught some nice Reds:



Charter Master Jimmy Decker finds the Calico Bass on the chew Saturday, 12-21-13:







Private boater Brandon with huge lingcod to 33 pounds and limits of Reds caught Sunday, 12-22-13:










Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Private boater Kody with a big Lingcod fishing Thursday, 12-26-13 on the boat Lucky B, they also caught some quality Reds:






Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing say the big Lingcod were on the chew on the Iron and big Macs over the weekend, before and after Christmas:











Quote:



The reason for the season, yep!






Humor:















All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very calm providing a great opportunity to get out and go fishing in California for your last chance for Rockfish until March, 2014. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

December 20, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-12-20-13

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 last report of a Yellowtail being caught at Catalina, was on the Pursuit, which caught a single on Sunday, nothing since? So as we wrap up 2013 with only two weekends remaining to fish, it appears we will have to be satisfied with bottom fish for the duration. Then we face a two month closure for all Bottom fish, Whitefish and Sheephead in Southern California. That leaves Bass, Halibut, Perch, Sculpin and any stray Exotic you can find. The fleet will concentrate on Sculpin in the morning then target the Bass later in the day. Of course there is always Mexico to satisfy your craving for a fish taco.

The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Landing and the Chief have been running 1.5 day or longer trips south of the border. I'm guessing other boats will join the mix during the closure time period as passenger demand increases.

Some of the very best fishing for big Lingcod, Reds, Whitefish and large Sheephead has been at San Nicolas Island or up north at the Channel Islands.

There were huge Lingcod and other bottom critters caught off the El Dorado fishing the shallow water at San Nicolas Island over the weekend and early in the week:

















The Toronado has scheduled trips out of Pierpoint Landing where they also fish San Nicolas or other Islands for the last two weeks of the year.

Scattered reports of breezing Yellowtail out of Ensenada this week, with plenty of Rockfish being caught by the very few anglers fishing the area?

San Quintin did not report any Yellowtail caught this week. There is always an incredible assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water available.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:





















Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky with friend Mark Tuesday, 12-17-13. They caught a mix of 26 Sand Bass and Calico Bass with some Sculpin and Rockfish, all of the Bass and Rockfish were released to fight another day.

Private boater John with friend Danny slaying the local Long Beach Reds Saturday, 12-14-13:







Angler with an eleven pound Lingcod caught on the ½ day boat Clemente out of Dana Wharf Landing, Monday, 12-16-13:



Kayaker Rudy with a dandy Calico Bass caught local, Monday, 12-16-13:



Nice local Sand Bass caught Sunday, 12-15-13:



Angler Sergio and friends with a good catch off the Enterprise, Sunday, 12-15-13:



Angler Larry with a nice Red:



Angler Sergio with a nice Boccaccio off the Western Pride, Tuesday, 12-17-13:



Angler Kelly with a big Lingcod off the Aloha Spirit:



Huge Lingcod on the Stardust up north, caught Saturday, 12-14-13:











And some Reds:





And a Sheephead:



The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


Private boater Norman with a 30 pound class Yellowtail caught Saturday, 12-15-13:



Private boater Cesar fishing the Island. They missed on the Yellowtail, but caught these nice fish:





Private boater Jonathan fished with his wife and new born daughter on Saturday, 12-14-13. They caught easy limits of Reds. Some pictures:





Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on the Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

Private boaters enjoying some fun Calico Bass fishing at the Island:






San Clemente Island!
I fished with private boater Dave at the Island on Sunday, 12-15-13 and we whacked the Big Reds, Coppers and Santa Marias. Some pictures:

Here is Kevin with a nice Copper and a Red:



Captain Dave with a Gargantuan Red:



Danny with a nice Red and Jim hooked up in the back ground:



Dave continued to find some good spots working our way along the backside of the island. We caught a steady stream of Reds, Coppers and Santa Marias, with a few Boccaccio and other critters mixed in.

Here is Danny with a 3 spot Rockfish:



I came up with a nice double, a Santa Maria and a decent sized Red:



We caught some real nice Copper Rockfish, here is one of mine:



Here I am with another Copper and Danny with a Red:





According to private boater Big Pancho, the Calico Bass were on the chew at the Island on Saturday in great weather. A few pictures:








Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing says the big Lingcod, Vermillion Rockfish, and an occasional Cow Cod are on the chew.

Quote:





Humor:











A final picture to think about: An Alaskan sunset Monday, 12-16-13 provided by Julie:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather


The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very calm providing a great opportunity to get out and go fishing. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

December 13, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-12-13-13

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.

Despite a deep freeze, wind and rain a few folks got out on the water during the week and the fishing was excellent for all sorts of Bottom Critters. Very quietly the home guard Yellowtail have gone off at Catalina, as the Pursuit caught 10 Yellowtail to 25 pounds on Tuesday, 17 Wednesday and 5 Yellowtail to 30 pounds on Thursday. Other than 976-Tuna no one has posted a report? Some pictures off the 22nd St. Landing home page:







Neither the Sport King nor the Freelance went fishing this week, so they missed out on the fun ar Catalina.

The El Dorado fished the shallow water at San Nicolas Island on Monday, 12-09-13 and caught 6 Lingcod, to go with limits of Rockfish, some big Sheephead and Whitefish.

Angler Jimmy with a Jackpot winning Sheephead off the ½ day boat Clemente, out of Dana Point, Sunday, 12-08-13:



Angler Norman with a 17 pound Halibut on the plastics in the rain Saturday:



And his son Tyrone with a just legal Halibut:



Private boater John with a good catch on the Reds, Sunday, 12-08-13 out of Long Beach:





A 20 pound Halibut caught off the Monte Carlo Thursday, 12-12-13:



It remianed very quiet in Ensenada this week?

San Quintin did not have any new reports of Yellowtail being caught, although the weekend weather certainly affected the number of anglers fishing. There is always an incredible assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water available.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:


















Angler Chris with a nice Spotted Bay Bass off of Long Beach:



Angler Rusty with a big Lingcod caught on the ½ day boat out of Newport Beach, Thursday, 12-12-13:



The Channel Islands are exclusively fishing targeting Rockfish. An occasional nice Halibut is being caught. The quantity and quality of Sheephead being caught is outstanding.

Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north:








The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Pursuit found the Yellowtail on the chew and are still doing well on the Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

San Clemente Island!

I fished with Private boater Dave at the Island on Wednesday, 12-11-13 and we whacked the Big Reds, Coppers and Santa Marias. A few pictures:



Here is Jim with a nice Copper Rockfish:



Here I am with a nice Copper:



Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Yep, fishing off the ½ day boat Dolphin is going well, catching big Reds on Wed-12-11-13:



Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing says the big Lingcod, Vermillion Rockfish, and an occasional Cow Cod are on the chew. The bad weather kept them off the water over the weekend, however yesterday's fishing was sensational. Another huge Lingcod:



Quote:









Humor:












All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishable, so get out for some last of the year Rockfishing. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

December 06, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-12-06-13

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.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Holiday Weekend. Although fishing was most likely not on the agenda for many, with visiting family, Holiday shopping, Christmas decorations, some folks made it out in fairly nice weather.

I made some great headway on Christmas Decorations over the weekend, thanks to some excellent help from my son Troy:



Look at all the cute stuffed animals under the tree, hey there's one that came to life, yep that's our Pug, Misty May:




The Bonito all but disappeared from Catalina, as neither the Pursuit, Sport King nor Freelance was able to find any this week. Say goodbye to the last of the exotics, such as it is, with no Yellowtail or White Seabass in the counts either.

The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Landing ran a 1.5 day trip south of the border and returned Sunday, 12-01-13 with 52 Lingcod, and 100 Rockfish and Red Snapper.

The El Dorado fished the shallow water at San Nicolas Island on Saturday, 11-30-13 and caught 63 Lingcod, to go with limits of Rockfish, some big Sheephead and Whitefish.

Nice Lingcod:



The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing also fished San Nicolas on Sunday, 12-01-13, catching 36 Lingcod and limits of Rockfish for only 18 anglers.

Private boaters fish at San Nicolas Island and whacked the big Lingcod. Some pictures:







Angler Jimmy with a 13 pound Lingcod off the Spitfire, out of Marina Del Rey:



Private boater Vince fished with a friend out of Marina Del Rey and slayed the Rockfish and Bass, while doing the same to hooping for Lobster:













No new word out of Ensenada this week, other than Rockfish?

San Quintin also remains quiet and they were the last opportunity to catch Yellowtail this late in the year on a 1 day trip. There is always an incredible assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water available.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:















Private boater Chris with a nice Calico Bass:



What a sunrise:



Private boater Lal fished with friend Dave locally out of Long Beach on Monday, 12-02-13 and they caught over 16 Bass from 3 to 4.5 pounds.

Big Sheephead off the Enterprise, Sunday, 12-01-13:









Angler Larry with a nice catch off the Enterprise:



Some nice additions to the leader board for the Halibut derby out of Dana Wharf:



The Channel Islands are back to fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut are being caught with an occasional Yellowtail. The quantity and quality of Sheephead being caught is outstanding.

Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north out of Ventura:

It was a Copper kind of day:







Then there were Lingcod:















And other critters:





The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on the Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

San Clemente Island!

Private boater Dave fished the Island on Monday, 12-02-13 and whacked the Big Reds and Santa Marias.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

The ½ day boat Dolphin catching big Sheephead, Rockfish and Lingcod:













Captain Duane or Jaime of Seasons Sportfishing is killing the big Lingcod, Vermillion Rockfish, and an occasional Cow Cod on their fall freezer specials. Another good weekend trip:







Angler Ziggy fished with Captain Juan over the weekend in San Quintin catching a nice Yellowtail on the Yo Yo iron and lots of big Lingcod.





Now this is a giant Calico Bass from Cedros Island way south of the border:



Quote:








Humor:







Getting ready for that around the world tour:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is for rain and wind, while Sunday looks to be very breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Hook Up,
Cory

November 29, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-11-29-13

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.

With the rains and wind gone we experienced some of the most spectacular weather this week. Those that found time to go fishing had some great times. Most boats are fishing Freezer Specials, catching plenty of Reds, Lingcod and other Rockfish with some huge Sheephead, Whitefish and Sculpin filling the sacks. For a change of pace the Pacific Adventure is running a Sand Dab special out of 22nd St. Landing in San Pedro. The Ultra fished one of the Islands Saturday and caught 2 Yellowtail for their six anglers plus the usual assortment of Rockfish. Bass fishing remains very slow, while an occasional Halibut is added to the count.

After a brief few days of being MIA the Bonito returned to Catalina, although it was not limit style fishing, with counts in the 30's and 40's for several boats, like the Pursuit and Freelance who are fishing the Island regularly.

The El Dorado has been fishing shallow water at San Nicolas Island and the weather has contributed to awesome catches, with plenty of Lingcod, as recent trips have seen 50 and 60 counts on the Lingcod.



Angler Pam fished a 2 day weekend trip on the Pacific Star at San Nicolas Island and whacked the Rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead. Some pictures:





A nice batch of Lingcod caught off the Ultra:



It remains very quiet in Ensenada with no exotics reported?

San Quintin remains the only option to catch Yellowtail of late, plus an incredible assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water.

No new reports from San Clemente this week. There is plenty of excellent Rockfishing to be achieved, both deep and shallow.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:










Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky with friend Mark Monday. They caught both Sand Bass and a Calico Bass with some Sculpin, Cabazon and Rockfish, all of the Bass and most of the Rockfish were released to fight another day.

Angler Paul with a 17 pound Sheephead caught on the ½ day boat Monte Carlo, Tuesday, 11-26-13:



Angler Ron fished on the ¾ day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing Wednesday, 11-27-13 and they did well on the Rockfish. Some pictures:


Private boater Tyrone with a nice Halibut caught out of Long Beach, 11-27-13:




The Channel Islands are back to fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut are being caught with an occasional Yellowtail. The quantity and quality of Sheephead being caught is outstanding.

Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north:





Big Cabazon:







The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Not often you see a Sheephead beat out a nice Lingcod for Jackpot? Caught on the Liberty at Catalina, Monday, 11-25-13:



Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on the Bonito, Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

San Clemente Island!

Some great private boating Calico action over the weekend:



Private boater Dave fished the Island on Saturday and again on Tuesday with exceptional counts on the Big Reds and Santa Marias.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Duane or Jaime of Seasons Sportfishing have been killing the big Lingcod, Vermillion Rockfish, and an occasional Cow Cod on their fall freezer specials. As the weekend was windy, there were no recent reports or pictures.










The Dominator with a great weekend catch:

An enormous Red:











I fished with private boater Bill out of Las Salinas, (22 miles north of Ensenada) where we found the shallow water fishing for Lingcod, Johnny Bass, Copper Rockfish, Bocaccio and other Rockfish to be sensational. Some pictures:



Myself with a pesky Bocaccio:





A nice Copper Rockfish:



A few Calico Bass wanted to play as well:







And a lone Sand Bass:





Private boater Todd and friend had a great day on the water fishing out of Point Loma for Lingcod and Rockfish:

How about an 81.4 pound Yellowtail caught off the Apollo on a six day trip:




Quote:

Count your blessings:





Humor:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be calm in the morning, while Sunday looks to be a bit breezier yet very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

November 22, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-11-22-13

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.

Well what can I say, the weather is up, both wind and rain, the interest in fishing is down, and most thoughts are on the Holidays rapidly approaching. Only the diehard's seem to be fishing, especially in the private boater arena? Plenty of Reds, Lingcod and other Rockfish are filling the sacks. Unfortunately this is the only game in town, as Bass fishing remains slow, and so does Halibut this time of year, while we will need to wait until spring for any exotics to arrive in force.

The best thing going this week was a wide open bite on the Bonito at Catalina. For example the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing caught 285 Bonito on their Saturday trip, 1116-13 and 198 Bonito on their Wednesday trip. They also caught one Yellowtail on their Saturday trip to go with a good assortment of Whitefish, Sheephead and Rockfish. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker also took advantage of limit style Bonito fishing on their recent trips.

The Chief ran a 1.5 day trip south of the border and returned Sunday with some decent Lingcod, Rockfish and Red Snapper fishing. They did not finish with limits; however, as most likely the wind was a major factor.

The El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing fished San Nicolas Island on Saturday and whacked the Rockfish and added 62 Lingcod to limit fishing. This is the ideal trip to schedule a trip on as the fishing is primarily shallow water, therefore eliminating what can be a boring task of winding up from 300 feet deep. Personally I enjoy a combination of both. Using Iron, Plastics, and the Lucanus style of lures improves the enjoyment of hooking a fish as opposed to using a 2 hook dropper loop with a large sinker fishing bait. There is something about winding in and getting bit that appeals most to me, when compared to letting your sinker hang 2 feet off the bottom and waiting for a bite?

It remains very quiet in Ensenada with no exotics reported?

Looking for Yellowtail, as well as both shallow and deep water Rockfishing, It might be worth a trip to San Quintin as recently several Yellowtail to over 20 pounds were being caught.

No new reports from San Clemente this week. There is plenty of excellent Rockfishing to be achieved, both deep and shallow.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:







Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky with friend Mark. They caught limits of Sand Bass with some Sculpin, Cabazon and Rockfish, all of the Bass and most of the Rockfish were released to fight another day.

Private boater Randy with a fat Calico Bass:



Angler Ron fished on the ¾ day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing Wednesday, 11-21-13 and they did well on the Reds, Lingcod and other Rockfish. Some pictures:













Nice Lingcod caught Monday, 11-18-13 off the ½ day boat Clemente out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing:



And a big Halibut caught on Tuesday:



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.

Lots of Sheephead, Lingcod and other bottom critters caught off the Mirage over the weekend:

















Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north out of Ventura:











The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on the Bonito, Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

San Clemente Island!

Very quiet this week.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is has been killing the big Lingcod, Vermillion Rockfish, and an occasional Cow Cod on their fall freezer specials. As the weekend was windy, there were no recent reports or pictures.

Private boater Todd and friend had a great day on the water fishing out of Point Loma for Lingcod and Rockfish:




Quote:





Humor:

Tech Team arrives to fix Obama Care:



Oops!

A drunken man who smelled of beer sat down in an underground train, next to a priest.

The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, "Say Father, what causes arthritis?"

The priest replies, "My Son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath."

The drunk muttered in response, "Well, I'll be damned". Then he returned to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?"

The drunk answered, "I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does!

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a little breezy in the morning improving in the afternoon. while Sunday looks to be as flat as a pond, excellent and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

November 15, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-11-14-13

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.

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:















The Islands


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:




Humor:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

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.
Hook Up,
Cory

November 08, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-11-08-13

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.

Can you believe they are still catching Bluefin Tuna in November? Yep the Eclipse finished up their 2 day trip Tuesday, 11-05-13 on a high note. They got a sundowner surprise, a last gasp mind you as they had virtually no fish in the sacks until they found a huge school of Bluefin on the chew at 6pm. The 23 anglers on board ended up landing 63 Bluefin Tuna. Many other boats on 1.5 or longer trips over the weekend caught some Bluefin Tuna. Some boats scratched out a few Yellowfin Tuna with their Bluefin Tuna and some caught limits of Yellowtail.

The biggest problem for most boats now is the lack of reservations for Offshore trips? So the Fat Lady is singing despite the fact the Exotics are still around. There is no doubt that this was the best Bluefin Tuna fishing in the last 30 years or more? It was also one of the highest counts of Yellowtail caught, although shameful that so many were less than 10 pounds! Will this affect our future fishing of these hard fighting, tasty creatures, which remains to be seen?

Not much happening in Ensenada lately either?

It might be worth a trip to San Quintin for a last shot at the Tuna and some larger model Yellowtail. As they say always good critter fishing down there.

The Bonito bite slowed down at Catalina, although as many as 20 Bonito were caught early in the week on the Pursuit, however 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?

I fished at San Clemente with Dave on Wednesday, 07-06-13. The water was clear deep blue and 64.5 degrees on the west end, very fishy looking. We avoided the east end as the Navy declared it was closed in numerous areas. We caught limits of Rockfish, not too many Reds, lots of Santa Marias, too many Bocaccios to count, some Coppers, two Lingcod and some Johnny Bass. Some pictures:











The Toronado, El Dorado and other boats have scheduled weekend trips to San Nicolas Island, which target shallow water Rockfish and big Lingcod, certainly something to keep in mind.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:













The El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing had a couple of great trips at San Nicolas Island over the weekend:









A huge Barracuda caught on the El Dorado:



A big Sheephead caught locally out of Dana Point on live squid:



Davey's Locker is the only landing that is scheduling Twilight trips this year! This seems to be the only way to catch a decent amount of Sand Bass lately.



Young private angler fishing the plastics catches this Dandy Sandy, Monday-11-04-13:



I fished with friend Lal on the Rubber Ducky Saturday, 11-02-13. We found the Bass fishing extremely slow despite outstanding tides and great weather, although little to no current. We added some Sculpin and Rockfish to the nine Sand Bass we caught, all fish released to fight another day.







Angler Ron fished on the ¾ day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing Wednesday, 11-07-13 and they did well on the Rockfish. Some pictures:











Private boater Joshua bay bass'n out of Dana Harbor:



How about some good fishing on the Ultra with limited loads to the local Islands:











The Channel Islands are back to fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut are being caught with an occasional Yellowtail, White Seabass and a spot of Barracuda adding to the action.

The Sea Jay caught these two big Halibut of 39 and 42 pounds on their weekend trip:



The Aloha Spirit fishing the Channel Islands out of Oxnard on Saturday, 11-02-13 caught 30 Yellowtail, 8 White Seabass and three big Halibut:



Huge Sheephead caught Thursday, 11-0713:



Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north:














The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on the Rockfish, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

San Clemente Island!

Very quiet this week.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Yep, ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin catching big Halibut Sat.-11-02-13:





And how about a Sheephead:



Private boaters on the Lucky B catch some nice Reds and Sheephead on Friday, 11-01-13 on the live squid:

Yep the squid are floating:









Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is solidly into the Fall fishing for big Lingcod and Vermillion Rockfish:









Captain Kelly says the Tuna and the Dorado are still biting in San Quintin.

Quote:





Humor:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
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.
Hook Up,
Cory

October 30, 2013

Once upon a 10 day trip on the RP!

by Cory Visser

10 Day Trip-October 18th through the 28th on the Royal Polaris!

Day 1-Departure Oct.-18th

The frenzy at the dock, the anxious wait to load our gear and get the trip off to a good start.



Day-2 Saturday-Oct. 19

Expected arrival to Canoas at 12:30 pm to fish for Yellowtail.

My first 22 pound Yellowtail:



Angler Steve and crew Terrence with a nice Yellowtail:



Read the rest of the 12 page report with 60 pictures on the this link at the Longe Range Board:

http://www.allcoast.com/discussion/ViewTopic.cfm?topic_ID=115637&page=1#id100716472

October 17, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-10-17-13

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 beat goes on for the Bluefin Tuna fishing this week Offshore, on fish averaging 40 to 65 pounds. Find the right school and it is limit style fishing. The better fishing is between 80 and 100 miles, best suited for the 1.5 day trips or longer. One day trips are still finding fish, although they are limited in time, and if the school is found later in the day, the quantities landed are reduced, especially considering the size of the fish.

Still plenty of smaller grade Yellowtail being found on the right kelp paddy, along with some Dorado. The Yellowfin Tuna counts have been dropping with the water temps. The longer trips offshore allow for concentrating on both the Tuna species.

Most one day sport boats have been fishing the Tuna Pens near Ensenada, between 55 and 60 miles south of San Diego, where most of the Bluefin are being found in one day range. The private boater looking for Tuna has found the Pens to be the best bet, while many others have concentrated on Kelp Paddies inside 40 miles.

The Coronado Islands are still yielding Yellowtail to 35 pounds. Here is angler Drew with a nice Yellowtail caught Sunday, 10-12-13:



Bonito at Catalina and Yellowtail at San Clemente highlight the fishing at the local Islands.

Some nice Dorado pictures from the recent Eclipse trip:



Some Yellowfin Tuna off a recent Aztec trip:



Big Bluefin Tuna off the Condor:



Pictures of angler Ron's trip on the Condor:












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. The Island Tak caught 24 Yellowtail on their weekend trip.

A picture of a Local Marlin caught on Tuesday, 10-15-13:



Some Sand Bass are being caught on the few Twilight trips being scheduled! Here is a nice Sand Bass caught off the Native Sun on their weekend Twilight trip:



Good Rockfishing out of Newport Beach:



Angler Ron fished on the 3/4 day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wed-10-16. They did well on the Rockfish. Some pictures:









Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:







Good rockfishing, Wednesday, October 16, 2013 on the El Gato:



Nice Lingcod and Red caught off the Mirage:



Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north:







The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Bonito have returned to the Island and the ¾ day boat Freelance has been finding limit fishing on their recent trips.

The Pursuit is doing well on the Rockfish, when not targeting the Bonito, along with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, and Sheephead.

The Sport King is catching both Rockfish and Bonito on their trips to the Island.

San Clemente Island!

The Thunderbird fished the Island Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 and landed 48 Yellowtail!

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing got on the fish again last weekend, continuing the great Fall fishing offshore:









Duane took a break from the Tuna fishing and killed the Lingcod and other bottom critters:



Captain Kelly says the Tuna to 50 pounds and the Dorado are still biting in San Quintin as they caught these beauties over the weekend:





Quote:



Humor:







Some wild weather in Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday, 10-15-13:



Check out this Camping vehicle. All it takes is money and imagination:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

My home for the next 10 days:



Hook Up,
Cory

October 11, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-10-11-13

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.

Despite this week's storm, sending a chill through the Sportfishing industry, the Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna counts remain very good! In fact there have been some outstanding scores such as the Cortez returning from a 2.5 day trip with 12 anglers catching 80 Bluefin Tuna, 80 Yellowfin Tuna and 80 Yellowtail.

There were some outstanding scores on the Bluefin Tuna on both Thursday and Friday (today). Most of these fish are in the 40 to 60 pound range with an occasional bigger model. Both the one day boats and longer trips scored big time. Some boats also loaded up on Dorado and Yellowtail. Insane fishing considering it is this late in October?

Surprisingly most of the 1.5 day boats and longer are traveling 100 miles or more south of San Diego while one day fishing has produced well off and on. Meanwhile the private boater has concentrated on Kelp Paddies inside 40 miles with a few venturing down to the Tuna pens near Ensenada where the Bluefin are hanging out. Most one day sport boats have been fishing this area successfully.

The ¾ day boats were again on the hunt this week with good counts at the Coronado Islands which have yielded a nicer grade of Yellowtail lately.

Here is a picture from angler Brandon with a big Yellowtail off the ¾ day boat San Diego on Friday:



The Coronado Islands right now are going off with Yellowtail to 35 pounds. Here are some pictures from the recent Chubasco II trip:



Nice Tuna off the Pride which had limits of Bluefin from 30 to 50 pounds on their one day trip Thursday:





Angler Kasey with limit Bluefin Tuna fishing off the Aztec:



Angler Pam with pictures off her Pacific Dawn trip:







The Fortune whacks them again, what a year they have had, Bluefin Tuna to 80 pounds on this trip that returned Monday, 10-07-13:















Marlin fishing remained quiet this week, with few reports.

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!

Angler Ron fished the 3/4 day boat Victory with some decent Rock cod Fishing:





Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:







Nice Lingcod off the Mirage:



Continued good fishing on the Stardust up north:


















The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Pursuit did not catch any Bonito on their trips to the island this week, settling for a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, Sheephead and Rockfish.

The Sport King also relied primarily on Rockfish and other critters for this week's fishing.

San Clemente Island!

The Freedom fished the Island Saturday, Oct. 05-13 and landed 10 Yellowtail, and lost some others!

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!Angler

Big Gabe with a nice Bluefin Tuna off the Black Pearl:



Angler Halen with some Bluefin Tuna off the Condor:



Great fishing off the Ocean Odyssey:













The Intrepid into the Cows very early in the season, which may bode well for my upcoming ten day trip on the RP:





A 254 pounder:




Quote:





Just saying:





Creative Thinking:



Humor:



My kind of mechanic:



Now this is a diehard fisherman, with a no quit attitude:



Cool picture of a school of Yellowtail off La Jolla:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

October 05, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-10-04-13

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 Fall fishing this week found another good mix Offshore , with most boats catching Yellowtail, Dorado and either species of Yellowfin Tuna or Bluefin Tuna. The longer trips offshore allow for concentrating on both the Tuna species offshore. The Bluefin Tuna being found lately have mixed schools of 15 to 30 pound fish and other schools containing the big boys to 70 pounds or even larger to 100 pounds. While most of the Yellowfin Tuna remain footballs at 10 to 15 pounds, with an occasional bigger model found. However, the good news is that in most cases they are finding limit style fishing this late in the year, no matter which species they target.

Most of the 1.5 day boats and longer are traveling 100 miles or more south of San Diego where there are more possibilities with less boat traffic.

Meanwhile the private boater has concentrated on Kelp Paddies inside 40 miles with a few venturing down to the Tuna pens near Ensenada where the Bluefin are hanging out. Most one day sport boats have been fishing this area successfully.

The ¾ day boats were again on the hunt this week with fewer counts offshore, as the Coronado Islands have yielded a nicer grade of Yellowtail lately. Here is a picture from angler Brandon with a big Yellowtail off the ¾ day boat San Diego on Friday:



There appears to be lots of room on all boats during the week, unfortunately if you have not made a reservation ahead of time to go on a weekend, the majority of boats are again sold out. At least this time of year they do not fill up as quickly allowing you judge the weather and current catch reports before making a reservation.

Marlin fishing was a little quieter this week, with few reports. The dropping of water temps below 70 will most likely send both the Tuna and Marlin down south.

The Coronado Islands right now are going off with Yellowtail to 35 pounds. Here are some pictures from the recent Pronto trip:



Nice Tuna off the Pride:



Another great trip off the Fortune:











Nice score off the Pacific Queen:



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! Most of the local boats out of Dana Point and Newport Beach are back to Rock fishing, with few fish being caught off local kelp paddies.

Angler Ron fished the 3/4 day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 10-02-13 and they had a good catch on the bottom critters. Some pictures:









Angler Bob with his first Bluefin Tuna:


Private boater Benny and friends with some dandy Calico Bass caught on the plastics:







Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:











Angler Doug with a big Sheephead:



Nice Sheephead off the Mirage:



Good fishing on the Stardust up north:









The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Pursuit caught 100 Bonito on their Tuesday, 10-01-13 trip, with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, Sheephead and Rockfish.

The Sport King caught 32 Bonito on their Thursday trip. Not much sign of any Yellowtail lately.

San Clemente Island!

Few boats have fished the Island, however when they do, they often find some Yellowtail on the chew.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Yep, ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin catching Tuna, Tails and Do Do's:







Another great trip on the Pride:



Some big boys off the Vagabond up to 145 pounds:



Nice Dorado off the Condor:



Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is really taking advantage of the great Fall fishing offshore:



Dan Hernandez fishing Ensenada caught limits of Dorado and Yellowtail:



Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing offshore out of Ensenada.

Captain Kelly says the Tuna to 50 pounds and the Dorado are biting in San Quintin:















Quote of the day, something to think about:



Humor:



My kind of Rig, oh to be Rich:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday, and Sunday looks to be excellent and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 27, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-09-27-13

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.

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:



The Islands


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
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Captain Kelly holds a big Calico Bass in San Quintin:



Quote of the day, something to think about:









Humor:





Not sure this applies to all men?



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

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.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 20, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-09-20-13

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 fishing is so good right now that not catching an Offshore Grand Slam is becoming a rarity. Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail equals an offshore slam! There is quality fishing well within range of the private boater as well as ½ day and ¾ day boats. Yellowtail and Dorado have moved solidly into US waters with lots of fish being caught as close as Dana Point. I am hopeful that the Yellowfin Tuna make their way up the line, especially those that like to hang with the Porpoise. Three years ago the Yellowfin Tuna fishing was epic between Catalina and San Clemente Island. Those fish averaged 30 to 40 pounds. So far the schools of Tuna are averaging 12 to 20 pounds with an occasional bigger model mixed in.

Have not heard of too many reports of Yellowfin swimming with the porpoise yet, however, I went fishing on Wednesday, 09-18-13 and we found a huge school of porpoise holding big Yellowfin Tuna, as we saw 40 and 50 pounders jumping out of the water. Trolling through the Porpoise we had a double hook up, we caught one Yellowfin Tuna at 15 pounds, darn, and a similar size Skipjack. Having already had an epic day off a magic Kelp Paddy earlier, we were limited out and did not pursue the school of porpoise any further.

Some pictures of our private boating experience some 40 miles south of the border:







Have not heard about any recent trips to the Cortez Bank, as there has been solid fishing closer to port.

Marlin reports remain scarce, although those that are targeting them have caught some Billfish.

A huge Opah off the Freedom yesterday, to go with lots of Tuna and Tails:



The Coronado Islands for the moment are a forgotten destination with so much action elsewhere.

Private boater Brandon and friends with some Slug Tuna and Dorado:





Angler Darren with a dandy Dorado:





The Fortune scores well on a weekend trip:



Tuna off the Pride:





Colorful Dorado off the Tribute over the weekend:





Searcher Yellowfin Tuna:



San Clemente Island continues to yield some good counts on Yellowtail with lots of Rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead to go with some Calico Bass fishery.

Every now and then the Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina, as the Pursuit managed to land 20 Yellowtail on their Monday trip, 09-16-13. The good news for the island is the appearance of Bonito as well as a return of Barracuda. The Pursuit managed limits of Bonita and a dozen Barracuda on their Thursday trip.

Fishing off of Ensenada is primarily targeting the offshore Tails and Tuna.

Locally things have not changed much, with few Twilight trips being scheduled! The local boats are doing well on catching Sculpin and Rockcod, and I am sure looking forward to some offshore Kelp Paddy action within range!

How about local Dorado fishing off the Sum Fun out of Newport Beach:





Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:









The Channel Islands did not do well on the White Seabass this week, nor did they find many Halibut, fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut caught Monday, 09-16-13: