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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August 01, 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.
The local fishing for Tuna and Tails from Dana Point to Long Beach took the week off! Not sure why, with water temps as high as 77 degrees. The fish just seemed to move back down south. Fishing in US waters offshore remained stellar, closer to the border and out west between the 43 Fathom Bank and San Clemente Island.
More and more Dorado are being caught, yet nowhere near the levels in the past when the water temps were this high. However, it is still very early, and I expect a lot more Dorado will arrive in August and remain through September?
As far as below the border goes the Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail fishing remains Wide Open, with sensational counts found on ¾ day boats, one day boats and longer trips! Even the extended half day pm trips on the Dolphin have produced some outstanding results.
Bonito and Yellowtail at Catalina Island has been exciting lately. Bonito have also moved into Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.
The weekend boat pressure put the hex on close to shore fishing, yet those that ventured a little further out away from the maddening crowd got the job done!
For example I went fishing with Captain Dave on his 28' Farallon "Hooked" out of Newport Beach Saturday, 07-26-14. We fished offshore some 44 miles offshore, west of the 43 Fathom spot and we found a Kelp Paddy holding Yellowtail, Dorado and a few Yellowfin Tuna. A few miles further we came upon a school of Yellowfin Tuna and shut the boat down. Dave threw out some chum and we had boils all around the boat for three hours. We ended the day with 13 Yellowtail and 13 Yellowfin Tuna. We only had Pinhead Anchovies for bait, Had we had better bait we would of plugged the boat! Some pictures:
So far it has been an unbelievable season for Tuna and Tails, being both so close to shore, and also offshore.
A couple days of decent Barracuda fishing by the ½ day boats out of San Pedro happened mid-week, yet has slowed since. Bass fishing is sort of hit and miss and no sign of the annual spawn is apparent?
I would have to say another huge surprise for the year, which has been mostly overlooked with such spectacular fishing elsewhere, is the consistent White Seabass fishing at the Channel Islands, along with numerous huge Halibut still being caught in late July!
How about a young angler catching a 100 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Producer out of San Diego, Wed.-07-30-14:
Private boaters nail the big Bluefin Tuna:
Private boater Cody with a couple of nice Tuna:
Nice Tuna and Tails off the Aztec and Pride over the weekend:
Now this is what you need to find first thing in the morning away from the maddening crowd:
Some slug Bluefin Tuna caught off the Fortune, Sunday, 07-27-14 and Monday, 07-28-14:
Anglers Scott shows off Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna caught off the Grande that returned Monday, 07-14-14:
Angler David with an Opah caught off the Fury, Sunday, 07-27-14:
¾ day boat El Gato out of San Diego finds the Yellowtail and Tuna on the chew, Wednesday, 07-30-14:
Private boater Captain Steve with crew and a whole lot of Yellowtail and Yellowfin Tuna caught Sat.-07-26-14:
Big Bluefin Tuna caught on the Outer Limits over the weekend:
Happy anglers with 72 Yellowtail and 7 Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Monday trip, 07-28-14 and 161 Yellowfin Tuna on Wed.:
Mission Belle scores 120 (limits) on the big Yellowtail, Saturday, 07-26-14:
An 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the 3/4 day boat San Diego Saturday, 07-26-14:
The San Diego caught 187 Yellowfin Tuna on their Monday, 07-28-14 trip:
Angler Carolyn with her first Bluefin Tuna:
Good fishing off the Tribute on Saturday, 07-26-14:
A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!
Great Tuna fishing on the ¾ day boat Clemente on Mon.-07-28-14, with angler Jimmy and his 28 pound Yellowfin Tuna:
Angler fishing on the Dana Pride caught Yellowfin Tuna and one Bluefin Tuna, Sun.-07-27-14:
The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf with a 50 pound Bluefin Tuna, Sunday, 07-27-14:
The T-Bird caught 166 Yellowfin Tuna, 57 Bluefin Tuna, 5 Dorado, and 126 Yellowtail on their 2 day trip that returned Wed.-07-30-14:
Jackpot and other Tuna on the Fury:
Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Saturday, 07-26-14 with over 100 Sand Bass:
Then they went Tuna fishing on the Liberty:
Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:
The sensational fishing at the Channel Islands continues:
Another great day of fishing, off the Mirage, Saturday, 07-26-14:
And on their Monday trip, 07-28-14:
A bunch of Halibut and some White Seabass off the Sea Biscuit Saturday, 07-26-14:
Lots of White Seabass and Halibut being caught on the Pacific Islander on Saturday, 07-26-14:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Sport King and the Pursuit when not fishing offshore have found some good Bonito bites, with some Yellowtail and Calico Bass.
San Clemente Island!
Private boater Dave fished the island with friends on Tuesday, 07-29-14 and slayed the big Calico Bass to 7 pounds. They released well over 100. The Bass bit the iron, Plastics and inhaled the nice Sardines they had on board for bait.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Good fishing on the Dolphin, Saturday, 07-26-14 and more good fishing throughout the week:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.