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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July 26, 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.
Yellowtail took a back seat to the Bluefin Tuna on the Offshore scene! Although the weekend was a bit disappointing for the Tuna, by midweek, the Tuna fishing was game on, with numerous limits, and counts over 100 for several boats like the Grande with a one stop day for 130+ to 55 pounds on Thursday! A few Dorado are still being caught on the Kelp Paddies with the Yellowtail, although most boats only go Kelp Paddy hopping when they are done with the Tuna.
The Tuna Pens are back in action this year. Last year saw some epic fishing at the pens. So far this year it is hit and miss. A few good scores have been made off the pens with most days scratch fishing. The private boater got their first chance this year to fish the Bluefin within one day range. Those that fished on the weekend encountered a down bite, with better results later in the week. Those private boaters that ventured out, did have some excellent success on the kelp paddies they found, with Yellowtail and an occasional Dorado being caught.
Private boater Jeff caught his first Bluefin Tuna of the year at the Pens, a 50 pounder:
He also caught some dandy Yellowtail off the Kelp Paddies:
The Channel Islands continues to kick out White Seabass and huge Halibut on selected trips. The Mirage caught 23 White Seabass and 26 big Halibut on their 2 day midweek trip that returned on Wednesday, 07-24-13.
San Clemente Island slowed down over the weekend with only a few Yellowtail being reported.
The Pursuit caught 18 Yellowtail on their Wednesday trip to Catalina. The Sport King and Gail Force have been scratching out a few Yellowtail on their daily trips. So perhaps this bite will again pick up? I have seen no recent reports of any White Seabass being caught. The Calico Bass fishing remains outstanding at the Island, with a few Barracuda mixed in the catch.
Locally the Sand Bass has slowed way down except on the Twilight bites. The Barracuda bite is hit and miss each day, with some excellent afternoon bites. The ½ day boat Monte Carlo got into a wide open Calico Bass bite on their afternoon trip Thursday, catching and releasing 200 Calico Bass. With so many releases the majority of the Bass must have been less than 14 inches? To me this is great news, because next year this fishery will be all the healthier.
The Coronado Islands and Ensenada remain on the slow side, although Ensenada has benefitted from some decent Bluefin Tuna bites offshore.
Carnage on the Ocean Odyssey with angler Sergio and friends:
Big Kelp Paddy Yellowtail caught private boater Adam on Sunday, 07-21-13:
Big Bluefin Tuna, 50 pounds, caught off the Tribute on their 1.5 day trip:
Angler Michael with Huge Dorado off the Always an Adventure charter that returned Monday, 07-22-13:
Big Sand Bass for Britney on a Twilight trip out on the Enterprise, 07-24-13:
Angler Ron fished on the Victory on Wednesday and they found some good Barracuda fishing:
Private boater Rich and friend Richard fished the Horseshoe Kelp area over the weekend. The morning bite was slow, however, Richard caught this 10+ pound Calico Bass weighed in by the DFG. They both found the Sand Bass on the chew in the afternoon in flat calm seas. Some pictures:
Coastal Tanker White Seabass apparently shut down this week?
Just more pretty ladies that fish or not:
Couple of big Lingcod caught off the Pacific Islander, Saturday, 07-20-13:
Huge Halibut scores Monday aboard the Mirage:
The Mirage returning from a 2 day trip Wednesday, 07-24-13 hammered the Halibut and White Seabass:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Some Yellowtail off the Gail Force on Tuesday's trip, 07-23-13:
A big Yellowtail caught on the Pursuit, Tuesday, 07-23-13:
San Clemente Island!
Angler Jeffrey with a 52 pound Yellowtail:
Private boater Justin with a big Calico Bass at the Island:
The Thunderbird finds some Yellowtail on the chew, Monday, 07-22-13:
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The Half day boat New Seaforth with a 58 pound Yellowtail caught Tuesday, 07-23-13:
A big Sheephead off the Dolphin:
And some nice Lingcod:
Nice 60 pound Bluefin caught by Garret on the Eclipse, Wednesday 07-24-13:
Yep they were really biting:
Nice Bluefin on the Aztec, Wednesday 07-24-13:
Angler Duane of Seasons Sportfishing has a great trip offshore over the weekend:
More big Tails mid-week for Duane:
Great fishing for Yellowtail and a few Bluefin Tuna off the Pacific Voyager:
Angler Kurt with a 60 pound Bluefin Tuna:
According to Captain Joey the Yellowtail were game on for most Kelp Paddies this weekend:
Private boater Brandon and friends had a great day of fishing offshore Tuesday, 07-23-13:
Captain Kelly finds the White Seabass on the chew in San Quentin,:
Quote of the day:
I guess he takes this serious:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a bit breezy both inshore and offshore, while Sunday will a bit calmer. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.