Cory Visser, of Long Beach, has been fishing for over 50 years. He has never had a boat of his own but is always there for captains who need a good crew. He is proud that he was once part of a crew that caught a Grand Slam of tuna on a one-day trip.
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May 10, 2013
by Cory VisserThursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
A Summary of local fishing from Santa Monica to Oceanside, including Catalina and San Clemente Islands, with fishing trips out of San Diego down to Baja, Mexico.
Given the weekend was very windy along the coast, and the early part of the week was Rainey and gloomy, the fishing reports displayed were nothing to write home about. Surprisingly the boats that made it to the Islands found better conditions, although those that did were usually on a bigger Sport Boat. Then there was the successful rescue by the ½ day boat New Seaforth, several miles south of Mission Bay, of three hapless private boaters whose boat capsized. That suggests how bad the conditions were on Saturday morning along the coast. In all fairness to most private boaters that ventured out on Saturday, the weather forecast was totally inaccurate, calling for light winds in the morning, all up and down the coast, not the 20 to 25 knot blasts that occurred?
Despite the unfavorable change in weather again, more and more good signs of spring fishing is slowly happening. This week there were areas where the water temps rose to 64 degrees and even higher. A large southern swell has pushed warmer water up from the south. What a difference that makes to the exotics? For example:
The First Bluefin Tuna of the year was caught off the Independence some 178 miles south of San Diego:
How about these guys being caught:
More and more reports of Coastal Tanker White Seabass being caught is encouraging, as most do not report on these episodes to keep it secret, in order to avoid large crowds invading their honey holes! Yellowtail at San Clemente has occasionally gone on the chew, as most boats have seen big schools that were reluctant to bite. Private boating locally has continued to see an improvement in both the Calico and Sand Bass bite. Many more Halibut are being caught and a few Barracuda have arrived in Long Beach. Still, most of the Sport Boats primarily are concentrating on catching Rockfish, Reds and big Lingcod. A few Twilight trips, when they can get out have found a decent bite on the Bass.
Speaking of Yellowtail, the bite south of the border is on again. Thursday's catch report included counts from 18 to 37 Yellowtail, on the three primary ¾ day boats fishing the Coronado Islands and the Rockpile? They also added a sampling of Barracuda to the counts. Let's see if this bite can be sustained into the weekend, which has not been the case most of the year.
Private boater Brett took his good friend on a search for the big boys and did not disappoint. Peter caught a 54 pound White Seabass Wednesday afternoon:
Angler Sergio fishing the Monte Carlo out of San Pedro Thursday, 05-09-13:
Angler Sergio private boating the Wall Friday evening with friends, 05-03-13:
Just more pretty ladies that fish or not:
Nice 22 pound Halibut caught off Dana Point Sunday, 05-05-13 by angler Jason:
Angler Rich with a nice Calico Bass, Wednesday, 05-08-13:
Big Lings, Reds and Chuckles off the Stardust, Wednesday, 05-08-13:
Big Goat off the Stardust:
Nice Halibut and Lingcod off the Mirage Saturday, 05-04-13:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Angler David fishing on the Pacific Star on a 2 day trip at San Nicolas Island, Sat. 05-04 and Sun. 05-05. Early morning
Halibut drift produced for Julio:
They than moved on to fish for Reds, Lings, Chuckles and other assorted Rockfish:
The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro found Catalina to yield a good count on a variety of Rockfish and other species on their weekend trips.
San Clemente Island!
Private boater Dave found a weather window on Tuesday to fish the Island with four friends. They had a great bite on the Reds to 10 pounds, catching 40 and filling in their limits with other Assorted Rockfish. They also added a couple of Lingcod to 12 pounds. They called it a day early to beat the afternoon wind.
The Yellowtail bite on the Freedom has picked up, and the Tails are big, they caught 9 on Saturday, 05-04-13. Angler Tyrone with one of them:
The Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker has been running to the Island frequently and slamming the Rockfish, Reds and Lingcod.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
A nice Halibut caught off the Dolphin, Tuesday, 05-08-13:
A few Calico Bass:
Also some Reds and Sculpin:
Captain Louie fished on his friend's boat and the four of them caught seven Yellowtail from 15 to 28 pounds. Some pictures:
Angler Matt with friends who caught a bunch of Reds off the Selena, out of Ensenada:
Yellowtail caught on the Penetrator Saturday, 05-04-13:
Captain Juan took a charter out fishing over the weekend, out of San Quintin, and found the Lingcod, a nice Halibut and Reds on the chew:
Some pictures of a cool school of Yellowtail off the 240 bank:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishable, with Sunday a bit breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.