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 20, 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.
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:
Good fishing on the Stardust:
Stardust big Lings:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Bonito moving into the island has brought excitement as well as the return of some Barracuda.
Angler Sergio and friends fishing the Pursuit, Sunday, 09-15-13:
The Sport King has caught a few Tails daily at the Island and is now concentrating on Bonito action.
San Clemente Island!
The Yellowtail are there just not many boats making the trip to the island.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Now this is what I call excellent ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin:
Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts them on the fish over the weekend:
Nice Bluefin Tuna under the birds:
Captain Jamie also of Seasons turned in a report for their recent trips and here are some pictures:
Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels had a good offshore trips for Tuna, Dorado and Tails!
Captain Kelly finds the Bluefin, Yellowfin and Yellowtail on the chew in San Quintin offshore:
Quote of the day, something to think about:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Saturday looks good, not so good for Sunday with lots of wind. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.