Cory Visser

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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January 31, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-31-14

by Cory Visser

Thursday 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 Pursuit found the Bonito on the chew again at Catalina on Saturday, catching 102. This is a bit surprising for this time of year, yet that was it for the rest of the week, with no further reports of finding any Bonito. Sadly the Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands has not returned, it's all about Rockfish this week out of San Diego on the ¾ day boats? How about a surprise showing of night fishing for some White Seabass?

The Pride out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay did some local Ghost Hunting Monday night, 01-27-14 and did well:



The best bet to catch a Yellowtail is jumping on a multi-day trip that can reach the area south of San Martin Island, fishing the high spots.

The Chief out of San Diego returned from a 2.5 day trip on Monday, 01-27-14. They caught 62 Yellowtail, lots of Lingcod and Reds fishing below San Martin and at Colonet. Some pictures:









Nice Cow Cod:



Then some big Lingcod:







And Reds:





Add a few big Whitefish:




The Fortune out of Point Loma also returned from a 2.5 day trip over the weekend and found the Yellowtail, big Reds and Lingcod on the chew:



The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had another excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Big Lings:


























Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:














Private boater Lucas with some sweet Halibut fishing over the weekend out of Long Beach:



Angler Max with a dandy Sandy caught on the Spitfire:



Nice local Calico Bass:



Fishing the Wall Monday night this angler hooked a big Calico Bass:



Lots of Sculpin being caught on the San Pedro Special:



Halibut fishing seems to be really improving as with this happy angler with a 38 pounder caught off the ½ day boat Patriot:

Looks like some great Spotted Bay Bass fishing for Bobby on Saturday, 01-25-14:



A 7 pound Halibut caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which was caught on Saturday, 01-25-14:



Another nice Halibut:



On their Saturday night Twilight run the Native Sun caught 22 Sculpin, 73 Sand Bass and released another 20 under size Bass:










Staying hot on the Twilight runs, the Native Sun caught 154 Sand Bass and 43 Sculpin on their Saturday night trip, 01-25-14, Wow!





Angler Ron with a 17 pound Halibut caught Saturday, 01-25-14 out of Dana Point:



Private boater Dave with a nice local Halibut:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

A recent catch of Bonito brought some excitement, then it died?


San Clemente Island!

Lots of great winter Calico Bass fishing going on, with Bass up to 9.5 pounds!

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing have been slaying the big Lingcod on their south of the border trips.

Private boater Kurt with some excellent fishing from the Rockpile:





Just a baby Yellowtail, caught last year on a long range trip, only 92 pounds, Wow:


Quotes:



Humor:



How about a private boater record Wahoo weighing 116 pounds caught by angler William!



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a bit breezy and Sunday is more fishable with less wind. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

January 24, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-24-14

by Cory Visser

Thursday 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.

This was a bit of the same old, same old week of fishing activities and results, limits of Sculpin, some Bass and a few Halibut. Unfortunately the Bonito stopped biting at Catalina, nor were there any reports of Yellowtail or White Seabass being caught.

Sadly the Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands also went MIA after a several week run, and a great bite on Saturday. I can verify that the fish totally disappeared as I went out Wednesday on the ¾ day boat San Diego with a light load of only 17 anglers and we got zero Yellowtail and the Captain saw little on the sonar. Three boats caught Yellowtail to 38 pounds on Saturday and none that I know of since?

Winter Yellowtail bites tend to have a here today, gone tomorrow sort of nature, and we all hope the fish will return soon? The quality of the Yellowtail has been extraordinary, averaging 25 pounds in size.

Once again the local boats like the ¾ day Spitfire out of Marina Del Rey and the ¾ day Victory out of Long Beach plus many others did well on the Sculpin, a bunch of Sand Dabs and Perch added to the counts, while they had some success on chasing Bass later in the day. The ½ day boat Southern Cal recorded limits of Sculpin and 38 Sand Bass on one of their better trips.

A few more Halibut showed up in the counts this week, which is encouraging. A few boats are again scheduling Twilight trips on the weekend with some decent results on the mixed Bass and plenty of Sculpin.

The last remaining signs of active winter Yellowtail biting is in San Quintin, where many anglers are catching them mostly on the iron, fished Yo Yo style. In the winter the fish seem to hang nearer the bottom.

The Yellowtail bite was Red Hot at the Coronado Islands on Saturday, 01-18-14 on the ¾ day boat San Diego, as they landed 68 Yellowtail to over 30 pounds.







Private boaters Justin and Dom get in on the hot Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands, landing 7 out of 8 hook ups:



The Fortune returned from a 2.5 day trip over the weekend and got into the Yellowtail bite at San Martin Island, and also found big Reds and Lingcod on the chew at Colonet:












The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had another excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Big Lings:









The hitch hiker Ling weighed 22 pounds attempting to eat a 7 pounder:



Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:





Nice Corvina caught in the surf:



This angler fishing the ½ day boat Reel Fun had to release this big Sheephead caught Monday, 01-20-14:



Halibut fishing seems to be really improving as with this happy angler holding a 38 pounder caught off the ½ day boat Patriot:



A 10.4 pound Halibut caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which heads the leader board:



Moving into second place angler Puria with a 9.8 pound Halibut:



Private boater Shawn with a 22 pound Halibut:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Very quiet at the island right now.


San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run. Private boater John with his PB Calico Bass at 9.5 pounds caught Sunday, 01-19-14:







John and his brother ended the day with over 30 Calico Bass, with several lost in the 8 to 9 pound range.

Private boaters Ryan, Nate and Kyle with excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island:







Private boater Dave fished San Clemente Island on Tuesday, 01-21-14 with friends and they caught lots of Calico Bass to six pounds on fresh dead squid. They also had a great bite on the bigger models of Whitefish and some Sheephead all released.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing found the Yellowtail on the chew at the Coronado Islands over the weekend;



And of course big Lingcod:









Nice Lingcod, a big Cow Cod and lots of Reds caught over the weekend down near Colonet on the Dominator that returned from a 1.5 day trip Sunday, 01-19-14:














Private boaters on the Lucky B score well on the Reds and Lingcod south of the border:








Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing on their offshore trips.

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters did very well on the Yellowtail over the weekend out of San Quintin, as did Captain Juan and private boaters Mikey and freinds:







Quotes:



Humor:





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is outstanding, as it looks to be a lake all weekend. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

January 17, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-17-14

by Cory Visser

Thursday 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 game plan for most local boats like the ¾ day Spitfire out of Marina Del Rey and the ¾ day Victory out of Long Beach is targeting Sculpin, Sand Dabs and Perch in the mornings, and then chasing Bass later in the day. The Spitfire has been successfully recording regular limits on the Sculpin, with mixed Bass counts in double figures most days. The Victory also had limits of Sculpin on their last few trips with very light loads. The ½ day boat Southern Cal recorded limits of Sculpin and 19 Sand Bass for only 8 anglers on their Tuesday trip. Very few Halibut or any exotics are being caught.

The Bonito are still on a good chew at Catalina, as the Pursuit managed to catch 300 Bonito and 210 Bonito on their Saturday and Sunday trips respectively. I did not hear of any recent signs of Yellowtail at Catalina this week, while the White Seabass bite is generally a few months away, although a few have been caught.

The Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islandsis still on, after a few slow days later last week, the counts again picked up with the Mission Belle reaching a high of 23 Yellowtail on their Wednesday, 01-15-14 trip. Most of the fish being caught are the bigger models, weighing from 20 and to as high as 36 pounds. Almost all of the Tails are being caught off the bottom on Yo Yo iron fishing.

Here is angler Mark with a 26 pound Yellowtail, caught off the Mission Belle:



Both the San Diego out of Seaforth Landing and the Malahini out of H&M Landing are back on line this weekend after being down for boat work.

A number of boats have been running 1.5 to 2.5 day trips down to Colonet in Mexico with excellent Lingcod fishing to go with big Reds, an occasional Cow Cod and other bottom critters.

Angler Harry fished the Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay and had an excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border off Colonet. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Harry's friend with some big Lingcod:







Some big Lings off the Eclipse, which also ran a 1.5 day trip to Colonet, out of the same landing:



Private boater Dave fished with Captain Steve out of Ensenada on Saturday, 01-11-14. They caught easy limits of Reds and this nice Black Gill Rockfish from very deep water?






Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:


















I might look into bow fishing techinigues soon?



Private boater Lal fished on his boat the Rubber Ducky with friend Mark Saturday, 01-13-14. They managed to catch 16 Bass to 5 pounds with an assortment of Sculpin and Rockfish, all of the Bass and Rockfish were released to fight another day.

Private boater Andrew with a big Sand Bass caught Saturday, 1-11-14:



The Sand Bass were biting on the Western Pride on Sunday, 01-12-14:



Private boater Bobby with some excellent Spotted Bay Bass fishing on Sunday, 01-12-14 out of Long Beach:





Private boater Travis with a nice Sand Bass caught Tuesday, 01-14-14 and another nice one on Wednesday:





Rafael with a 5.5 pound Sand Bass caught off the Monte Carlo Monday, 01-13-14:



An eight+ pound Halibut out of Newport, caught 01-13-14:



According to JD's Big Game website, anyone willing to spend the time fishing the squid grounds might end up with a Coastal Tanker like private boater Nat with this 58 pound White Seabass caught last Friday evening:



Then there was this 66.2 pound White Seabass caught last Wednesday by private boater Dan:



According to JD these persistent anglers are putting in lots of time in order to achieve their targeted species.

The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Bonito bite is hot right now, and both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are doing well on catching Bonito, as well as Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, and Halibut.

San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run.

Private boater Cesar with one of the SWBA winning Calico Bass caught Saturday, 01-11-14:



Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing had to work for it, but finally found some willing biters, with Lingcod and Reds on the chew over the weekend fishing south of the border;









More Yellowtail caught off the Mission Belle:








Crew Shon holding up twin 30 pound Lingcod caught over the weekend down near Colonet on the Fortune with the Gold Coast Lady Anglers:











Private boater Barry with friends catching limits of Reds south of the border on Saturday, 01-11-14:







Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters says the Yellowtail are still around, however, few are targeting them. His recent group found some excellent Reds and Lingcod fishing with out of San Quintin:

Quotes:




Humor:



Instant access, solves any urgency problems?





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is outstanding, so go fishing. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory

January 10, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-10-14

by Cory Visser

Thursday 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.

OK Rockcod fishing is now off limits for two months, including Lingcod, Sheephead, Whitefish and Reds. So the months of January and February will be spent by most local boats catching Sculpin, Perch and Bass, with an occasional Halibut or exotic mixed in. I did not hear of any recent signs of Yellowtail at Catalina this week, while the White Seabass bite is generally a few months away, although a few have been caught.

Something to get excited about, albeit south of the border is that last Friday the Yellowtail showed up at the Coronado Islands and angler Eddie fishing the Mission Belle Sunday, 01-05-14 found a big guy on the Butterfly Jig:



Eddie with his second Yellowtail:



Angler Doug with some slug Tails:







Most of the fish weighed between 20 and 30 pounds, as the Mission Belle ended the day with 34 big Tails, with perhaps many more hooked. They also had 32 Yellowtail on Monday and 23 Tuesday. More pressure and not so pleasant weather led to a decline in counts on Thursday.

The Malihini also caught Yellowtail over the weekend and during the week.

Yellowtail off the Malihini:





At least you can go to Mexico to satisfy your craving for a fish taco.

The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had an excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed 115 Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish, some Sheephead and Whitefish. Some pictures:

















The Freelance fished Catalina and they caught 81 Bonito on Saturday and 140 on Sunday, 01-05-14. The Pursuit also fished the island on Saturday and Sunday catching 140 and 110 Bonito respectively.

Very quiet in Ensenada this week.

Private boater Roy fished with friends and his son and they caught some very large Yellowtail at the 240 Bank out of San Quintin this week. They also caught an assortment of Lingcod, Reds and Rockfish in both deep and shallow water available.


Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:







There were very few local reports this week, how boring? Sorry for this! The local boats are doing well on the Sculpin in the morning and finding a decent Bass bite later in the day, with many Bass being released do to the new size restrictions. At least they are having fun catching fish.

Private boater Terrence and friend with some nice Sand Bass and Calico Bass caught Wednesday, 1-08-14:






Private boaters with some excellent Calico Bass fishing on Sunday, 01-05-14:



A five pound Halibut off the Native Sun caught 01-03-14:



Private boater Norman with his first legal Halibut of 2014:




The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Bonito bite is going off, and both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are now concentrating on Bonito as well as Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, and Halibut. Occasionally they have caught a stray home guard Yellowtail.

Angler Doug with some first of the year Catalina Tails:




San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run. The private boaters with the skill to fish the boiler rocks and with weedless swim baits (plastics)have found the Calico Bass to be plentiful in the four to five pound range.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

I fished with private boater Bill down in Las Salinas Sunday and Monday, just south of Rosarito Beach in Descanzo Bay. We caught and released a bunch of Lingcod, Reds, Whitefish, Bocaccio, and other Rockfish. Some pictures:

Bill caught a real nice Sand Bass in the four pound range:



I found the Whitefish on the chew on the Mega Bait Lures tipped with squid:



Another couple drifts in this area yielded a few more of the same. Bill moved north another mile or so and this drift resulted in some better bites on the Lingcod. Both of us were using either Mega Bait Lures and/or plastics. Bill caught our first keeper Ling at 25 inches. Unless it's over 28 inches Bill refused to be in a picture. I then caught a 26 inch Lingcod and I wanted to be in a picture:



We both lost a few good size fish, as the Lings can sure move their heads in a mean, radical matter and thus shake off the hook. I then caught our biggest Ling of the day, just over 27 inches:




The shallow water fishing remained very consistent and the Lingcod were definitely on the chew, a few more pictures, as we caught some two dozen Lingcod, keeping only four, releasing some very plump females loaded with eggs:







It became T-shirt weather, as the sun warmed up the air in no time, and the wind did back off, so we decided to check out a few deeper water points further south. The deep water did not yield very much, only a few nice Coppers and a couple of extinct Bocaccio. Surprisingly we only caught four Bocaccio all day? More Bizarre was the fact we caught zero Reds? Here is one of the nicer Coppers caught:



Finally a Red:



And this bigger model:



A Copper:



An okay Lingcod:



Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing had some more excellent fishing for Lingcod and Reds over the weekend fishing south of the border, and Duane fit in a couple of Yellowtail trips as well. Here is Duane with a monster 2014 Yellowtail caught on the Yo Yo Iron at the Coronado Islands:














Angler John with a nice Spotted Bay Bass:



Quotes:










Humor:



Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:



Roughing it the die hard way?









All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday is outstanding, while Sunday looks to be a bit breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

January 03, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-02-14

by Cory Visser

Thursday 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.

There were some excellent last chance Rockcod fishing, with big Lingcod, Sheephead, Whitefish and Reds caught. Now the next two months will be spent by most local boats catching Sculpin and Bass, with an occasional Halibut mixed in. There are still a few signs of Yellowtail at Catalina, making this an interesting destination with some school size White Seabass on the prowl.

Of course there is always Mexico to satisfy your craving for a fish taco. Several boats have scheduled 1.5 or longer Freezer Specials this weekend and beyond. For example:

The Chief out of San Diego had an excellent 2.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed 147 Lingcod, a Cow Cod and limits of Rockfish, Sheephead and Whitefish.









Both the El Dorado out of Long Beach and the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing scheduled trips over the weekend fishing the shallow water at San Nicolas Island and Monday and Tuesday with great success:

The El Dorado caught 32 Lingcod on their trip Saturday, 12-28-13 and 52 Lingcod on Monday, 12-30-13:



Some excellent Sheephead fishing as well:



Angler Jimmy fished San Nicolas Island on Monday, 12-30-13 off the Pacific Islander and caught limits of Lingcod, Reds and Sheephead:











Scattered reports of breezing Yellowtail at the Coronado Islands and several weeks ago out of Ensenada, with plenty of Rockfish being caught by the very few anglers fishing the area?

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:













Private boater John caught a 26 pound Sheephead and his brother a 24 pounder Sunday, 12-29-13:







Private boater Tyrone and father Norman catch a nice batch of local Reds on Saturday, 12-28-13:



Private boater Scott and son also had a good day of bottom fishing on Saturday:





Angler Sergio with a nice Sheephead off the Enterprise:



And some nice Reds:





And a Sand Bass:



Angler John holding his Jackpot Sand Bass caught on the Spitfire, New Year's Day:



Private boater Benny with a nice local Calico Bass caught New Year's Eve:




Private boater Juanillo catches a Rockpile 28 pound Halibut on Sunday, 12-29-13:



Angler Brandon with a big Spotted Bay Bass:



Nice Halibut off the Native Sun:




The Channel Islands are providing quality Rockfish and Lingcod fishing along with a few nice Halibut Sheephead, and White fish.

Another great catch of Lingcod on the Stardust up north, caught this week:















The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Both the ¾ day boat Freelance and the Pursuit are now concentrating on Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, Halibut and Bonito. Occasionally they have caught a stray home guard Yellowtail. The Freelance caught 21 Bonito on their 01-02-14 trip.

Private boater Jonathan fished with his wife and new born Daughter over the weekend on a 2 day trip and again on New Year's Eve. On the weekend they were able to catch all four of their targeted species, Lingcod, Sheephead, White Seabass and a Yellowtail:








They also ran into a school of Bonito:






On Tuesday, they targeted Sheephead and Lingcod, and the trip did not disappoint. Some pictures:













San Clemente Island!

Private boater Darren finds the Calico Bass on the chew Monday, 12-31-13:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing had some more excellent fishing for Lingcod and Reds over the weekend fishing south of the border:











Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Red fishing with Anglers Robert and family, Monday, 12-30-13 out of San Quintin:








Quote, it is a whole new beginning, all the best in 2014:
















Humor:



















All comments and suggestions welcomed!


Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very calm. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,
Cory