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 18, 2014
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.
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:
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:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.