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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September 06, 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.
Go long my friend, go long. That's the best option right now for the Offshore Bluefin Tuna fishing, and bring the big gear. Quality, not quantity has been the name of the game, with a whole lot of heartbreak losses at deep color and near the gaff. More and more 100+ pound Bluefin Tuna have been showing up in the counts. Boats fishing 180 to 190 miles south of Point Loma have found huge schools of the big boys playing around. The good thing is they are not line shy, eating the 50 pound line. Although I must say even on 50 pound test, a 100+ pound Bluefin will test your angling skills to the limit. Boats fishing in this long range area are mostly on 2.5 day or longer trips. The good news is the arrival of Yellowfin Tuna in the mix to 50 pounds. An example of great fishing is the return of the Pacific Voyager on Wednesday, 09-04-13 from a 3 day trip where they caught 116 Bluefin Tuna, 297 Yellowfin Tuna, 21 Yellowtail and 16 Dorado.
As far as one day range goes, the counts are very scratchy. There remains an abundance of Rat Yellowtail, with some bigger guys thrown in, and a handful of Dorado and Tuna. Even on many 1.5 day trips the counts are scarce for the numbers on the Bluefin Tuna, as the better schools are out of range of most boats. At least on the 1.5 day trips you get to spend the entire day looking and fishing, consequently if you do find a good school you can fish it until dark in most instances.
Unfortunately if you have not made a reservation to go this weekend, you are SOL as most all boats are again sold out.
There have been a number of recent trips to the Cortez Bank, which despite rough weather, have yielded some solid fishing on Yellowtail to 45 pounds, Bluefin Tuna in the 15 to 25 pound range and a surprise finding of White Seabass. Huge Bonito are also being caught at the bank.
For the private boater this year, the bite remains out of range in most cases, and hit and miss otherwise. Even that scenario has been iffy with so much wind and rough seas, although the Holiday weekend did contain some nicer weather.
Most private boaters have caught Yellowtail with many Kelp Paddies holding fish. The size of the Yellowtail remained predominately rats in the 5 to 10 pound range, with an occasional 20 pounder mixed in. Occasionally there were some decent bites on the Dorado, with some fish to 25+ pounds.
We all remain hopeful for a late season run of Yellowfin Tuna. Water temps have risen above 70 degrees in prime areas within one day range, so this provides a good opportunity for a solid fall season.
I have not heard much on further sightings of Marlin lately, however the warmer water temps should improve this fishery too.
The Coronado Islands yield an occasional amount of Yellowtail for any given day, yet recent activity has been poor. The ¾ day boats out of San Diego have not ventured offshore, as they have been unable to round up enough anglers to afford a run offshore. Consequently they are mostly fishing for Bass and Rockfish with an occasional Island Yellowtail being caught.
The Outer Limits scores well on a weekend trip:
Angler Jan with 150 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Excel:
The Channel Islands did not do well on the White Seabass this week, nor did they find many Halibut, fishing primarily for Rockfish.
San Clemente Island has yielded some excellent counts on Yellowtail, as the Thunderbird caught 37 Yellowtail on Saturday, 08-31-13. while the Freedom caught six on their Sunday trip, with lots of Rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead to go with some Calico Bass.
The Thunderbird ran a 1.5 day trip on Labor Day and got into a wide open bite on the Bluefin Tuna, catching 211 Bluefin and 32 Yellowtail.
Every now and then the Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina, as the Pursuit managed to land 13 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip, 09-04-13.
Very quiet in Ensenada.
Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass is all but dormant, even on most Twilight trips! The local boats are doing well on catching Sculpin and Rockcod!
Angler Ron fished on the 3/4 day boat Victory on Wednesday, 09-04-13 and they had a real nice day on the Reds and other Rockfish. Some pictures:
Day time Bass fishing is at an all-time summer low, yet Twilight fishing for Sand Bass is a different story.
A very nice Sand Bass off the Native Sun's Twilight trip Sunday, 09-01-13:
Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:
Captain Eric found the Halibut on the chew outside of San Pedro Tuesday, 09-03-13:
Nice Sheephead on the 1/2 day boat Clemente out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
Good fishing on the Stardust:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
An occasional showing on the Yellowtail, with some Calico Bass and other assorted fish filling in the counts. The Sport King has caught a few Tails daily at the Island.
San Clemente Island!
The Thunderbird gets the job done on the Yellowtail on Saturday, 08-31-13, catching 37.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Angler Todd took first place jackpot with a 53 pound Escolar, Brian 2nd place with a 44 pound Bluefin Tuna and Dave 3rd with a 39 pound Bluefin Tuna as they fished on the Vagabond on a 3 day trip over Labor Day weekend. Here are some pictures:
Nice Bluefin Tuna off the Fortune:
Duane of Seasons Sportfishing keeps getting the job done over the weekend:
A huge Dorado caught on their Sunday, 09-01-13 trip:
Nice local Yellowtail caught by angler Dave on their Monday trip:
Duane put the anglers on the big Tails on their Wednesday, 09-04-13 trip:
Big 141 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Pacific Dawn in one day range:
Angler Bert with an 80 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Pacific Dawn:
Angler Sergio with an 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Ocean Odyssey:
Captain Kelly finds the Bluefin, Yellowfin and Yellowtail on the chew in San Quintin offshore:
45 to 50 pound Yellowtail at Cedros Island:
Quote of the day, something to think about:
How about this new World Record 42 pound Brown Trout caught in New Zealand:
Biking and camping, works for me!
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
WeatherThe weather forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day looks to be excellent and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.