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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March 23, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-03-23-12

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 weekend weather was brutal, and was followed by several days of wind, which led to almost no fishing reports for this week. I will cover those few reports later; however, I decided I would do a special synopsis on fishing for Rockfish with a Lucanus or a similar Knockoff Lure to fill in the blanks.

Rockfishing the Lucanus way!
I have to give Hats off to Shimano for introducing the Lucanus Lure and their recommended Rod, Reel, Line and method of fishing for this most interesting new type of targeting Rockfish. For those that enjoy fishing plastics, this process is very similar, only you utilize the increased weight to enable you to get down to 200 to 300+ feet in depth where the bigger Rockfish live.
The best part for you sportsmen is using lighter tackle, 20-25 lb. test line top shots, the bigger models of Level Wind Bass Reels, 8' limber rods, and the primary line being Spectra, which provides a lot more action (feeling the bite) on deep water fishing for Rockfish. Instead of heavy Rods, Reels and line, which provide little fight, the lighter gear enables a better touch with the lively fish on the end of your line, even from 300 feet. Level wind reels allow for ease of winding up the long distance, yet you have a bit of a fight from a bigger fish as you reel it up.
If you haven't tried it, add it to your list of must do! You will be incredibly surprised by your success ratio, it works and it is fun! If Rockfishing is not part of your winter/spring agenda, because you found that fishing with heavy gear eliminated most of the fun, try this method for fishing. Now here are a few tips on how to get the best results.
Although I believe Shimano first introduced the product and fishing technique, although the lures they sell are fairly pricey and you don't need the expensive Rod and Reel combo they recommend, there are plenty available from other manufacturers, sorry Shimano, your pricing encourages competition? The following alternative lures are available, at significantly reduced pricing and they all work too!

The other things I do not especially like about the Lucanus is the tiny hooks and their skirts do not last long, always needing replacement. Most of the other models have larger hooks which can hold on to a Lingcod better, given their violent head shakes. Also both Reds and Bocaccio have soft portions in their big mouths where the hooks can easily rip out.
I first turned to the Braid Knockoff for results, and then added the Thunder Octopus and Thunder Squid to my repertoire. I found that a "Double Trouble" rig produced the best results, given you added small thin strips of squid to each hook and lure. You can use a double Lucanus Lure setup for great results, although, a bottom snag could cost you the loss of what $35, yikes! A Braid and Thunder Combo, as shown in the picture, costs about $12?

Something to consider is that both the Braid and Lucanus have duel hook metal loops which allow for connections to your main line and to the second lure separately, a much preferred setup. The Tako also has that capability. So a good double trouble outfit would be a Lucanus, Braid or Tako on the top, a 2 foot leader and a Thunder or other Knockoff on the bottom.

Since I use 30 pound Spectra for main line, I use approximately 30 feet of 25 pound top shot mono, and a 2 foot 25 pound mono leader, I found the 20 pound breaks more frequently if you have two big Reds hooked up. Of course with no break away, you can lose both lures when snagged on the bottom. A personal choice, I hate losing fish more than lures, and these kind of lures when hung on the bottom are often forgiving, IE; they come loose before the line breaks.

To fish this combo, just pretend it is a plastic. Drop down to the bottom; slowly reel up about ten or more cranks, if not bit, drop back down. While winding up, if you feel a bite, keep winding until the line comes tight, and then set the hook. Sometimes on the wind up you get some little bites, tickles as I call them, you may want to stop until the line loads up, wind tight and set the hook for finicky fish. Most of the time the Big Reds hammer the lure, although sometimes they just nibble, and you need to be patient.

Remember when using this technique be sure you are at least five cranks off the bottom otherwise the nursery fish will attack you.
If you get tired of winding, sometimes just stopping up in the water column results in a good bite. Don't lay the rig on the bottom, its asking for a snag and loss of tackle. Also the little nursery fish live tight to the bottom, so at least reel up five to ten cranks and wait for a bite. When bit, wind down on the fish to set the hook. Given a hook up, wind slowly as a second bite may occur and you may catch a second fish for a "Double Trouble" thrill!

I hope this introduces you to a new method of fishing for Rockfish, and increases your enthusiasm for this kind of fishing.

There was decent weather from Tuesday thru Thursday; however, the reports were mostly from the ¾ and ½ day Sport Boats locally. Saturday looks to be a good weather window, and then it gets rainy on Sunday.
Rockfishing is still the name of the game right now. The recent storms have maintained the cold dirty water along the coast, which has put a damper on the Bass fishing, although the Native Sun on a Twilight trip had a great bite on the Sand Bass Sunday. Also a few Halibut are still biting locally.

The Toronado and Freedom have scheduled trips to San Clemente and San Nicolas Island on most weekends, although their were no trips made this week. The Thunderbird runs daily trips to San Clemente Island at reduced prices, when enough anglers are booked.

All the 1.5 day trips to Colonet were canceled last week. A few are scheduled for this weekend out of San Diego; unfortunately the demand is dwindling for these trips. A snap on the Yellowtail would sure improve the outlook. We simply need warmer water temps.

Twilight fishing: No reports this week. There are some good opportunities this weekend for twilight trips.

In Santa Monica Bay
The ¾ day Tradition was off line this week for Coast Guard Inspection and is now cleared to run trips which will target Reds, Sculpin and Lingcod.

Private boater Dean fished on Friday, 03-16-12, before the storm and caught a nice Lingcod, Rockfish and hooped for 5 Lobster. The Lingcod:


The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 141 Rockfish and 112 Sculpin on their Thursday, 03-22-12trip.

A Lingcod caught on 03-20-12:


The ¾ day boat Spitfire loads up on the Rockfish on Thursday, 03-22-12, catching 60 Rockfish, 40 Sculpin, 100 Sand Dab and 65 Red Snapper.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Tuesday, 03-20-12 and caught 54 Bocaccio, 232 Rockfish, 150 Sand Dab and 28 Red Snapper.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance found the Rockfish on the chew on their Thursday, 03-22-12 trip, catching 3 Whitefish, 35 Bocaccio, 103 Rockfish, 75 Perch and 21 Red Snapper:

Long Beach and San Pedro

Private boater Eugene with Sand Bass to 11 pounds:


Private boater Cliff took his friend out fishing for his birthday, 03-22-12. They caught Sand Bass, Sculpin and Steve's special request a Halibut, 7 pounds:







The Enterprise fished on Thursday, 03-22-12, and caught 70 Bocaccio, (limits), 185 Rockfish, 105 Sculpin and 42 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Thursday, 03-15-12, as 12 anglers caught 24 Bocaccio (limits), 70 Rockfish and 25 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Thursday, 03-22-12 and caught 49 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod and 124 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor caught 11 Sheephead, 5 Whitefish, 4 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod and 26 Red Snapper for only 7 anglers on their Wednesday, 03-21-12, trip.

The 1/2 day boat Native Sun on their Wednesday, 03-21-12 morning trip, they caught 22 Bocaccio, (limits), 30 Rockfish, 4 Sculpin and 1 Sole.

Japan Ron fished the ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 03-21-12 and loaded up on the Rockfish, a Jackpot Sheephead and 100 Sculpin. Some pictures:








The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
I'm sure the Dreamer will be at the Island again shortly to target the White Seabass which are yet in spawning mode due to the cold water, and lack of Squid at the Island.

The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Thursday, 03-22-12, with 23 anglers catching 3 Calico Bass, 30 Sheephead, 18 Whitefish, 44 Bocaccio, 100 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin, 123 Perch, 1 Sargo and 15 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Thunderbird is running a $99 special to the Island and on their last run caught plenty of rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing is running trips during the week and on Saturdays to San Clemente where they have been catching lots of Reds, some Lingcod and assorted Rockfish. Then they head to San Nicolas on an extended day trip on Sunday's.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boat out of San Diego, The Point Loma with Captain Ron Baker is concentrating on putting anglers on Halibut. On Friday, 03-16-12 trip they caught 3 Halibut, 2 Calico Bass, 3 Sand Bass, 1 Sheephead, 27 Rockfish, 7 Sculpin 1 Perch and 16 Red Snapper.

Private boater Bill out of Las Salinas found the Bocaccio on the chew on his Wednesday, 03-21-12 trip, catching easy limits, with one big Red and a few assorted other Rockfish in only two hours of fishing.

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for the weekend is very calm for Saturday and rain forecasted for Sunday? Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

March 16, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-03-16-12

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 weekend weather was very nice and consequently there were a variety of fishing reports from along the coast and at the Islands. The Fred Hall Show is over for another year; however, anyone who missed the Long Beach show can join those folks down south by attending the Del Mar Show next week. Overall the show was a bit light in traffic this year, especially on opening day. Sunday's traffic was light at first then peaked at around 2pm, with many isles alive and flowing with fishing enthusiasm.

Rockfishing is still the name of the game right now. Cold dirty water along the coast has put a damper on the Bass fishing, although the Native Sun on a Twilight trip had a great bite on the Sand Bass Sunday. Also a few Halibut are still biting locally.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina did not maintain any momentum, with no reports this week of fish caught, although I'm sure the front that came in during the week was the primary cause. It is time for White Seabass to show at the Island; yet the cooler water needs to warm up to at least 60 degrees in order to expect any kind of bite. It would help if the Squid also made a showing, as the last few reports from the Island indicated no floats forthcoming.

Twilight fishing: The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing ran a trip on Sunday, 3-11-12, with 4 anglers catching 10 Rockfish and 20 Lobster. The Native Sun out of Long Beach ran a Twilight trip on Sunday, 03-11-12 catching 79 Sand Bass and 5 Sculpin. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker ran a twilight trip on Sunday, 03-11-12 and caught 4 Sand Bass, 10 Rockfish and 80 Sculpin.

In Santa Monica Bay
The ¾ day Tradition ran a trip on Saturday, 03-10-12, and caught a bunch of Reds and some huge Lingcod. Some pictures:





Jimmy with the big'n of the day, a 16.5 pound Lingcod:





A decent size Johnny Bass:



Private boater Jason fished again on private boater Vince's "Red Drum" on Sunday, 03-10-12. Captain Vince targeted the Rockfish, hoping for some Lingcod; however the Copper and the Reds were on the chew:







The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 275 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod and 88 Sculpin on their Sunday, 03-11-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire loads up on the Rockfish on Thursday, 03-15-12. Sergio with a big Red:





Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Private boater (Yakker) Vincent had a wild ride last Friday, 03-09-12, when he hooked and landed a Thresher Shark. This picture is top of the charts, taken by Vincent while holding on for dear life:





The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Thursday, 03-15-12 and caught 78 Bocaccio, (limits), 99 Rockfish, 100 Sand Dab and 213 Red Snapper.

The ½ day boat Western Pride found the Rockfish on the chew on their Tuesday, 03-13-12 trip, catching 4 Bocaccio, 162 Rockfish and 1 Red Snapper:
Some nice Florida's:


Private boater Travis took out some friends, Daniel and Tyler for Rock Fishing out of Dana Point on Monday, 03-12-12. Travis tried a bunch of local spots with little results before finding the Mother Load, straight Reds:







Long Beach and San Pedro
The Enterprise fished on Thursday, 03-15-12, and caught 3 Whitefish, 42 Bocaccio, (limits), 113 Rockfish, 62 Sculpin, 2 Perch and 55 Red Snapper

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Thursday, 03-15-12, as 12 anglers caught 24 Bocaccio (limits), 70 Rockfish and 25 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sea Angler out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Monday, 03-12-12 and continues to slam the Sand Dabs, catching over 1540!

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor caught 6 Sheephead, 39 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin and 22 Red Snapper for only 8 anglers on their Thursday, 03-15-12, trip.

The 1/2 day boat Native Sun is targeting Halibut for their annual derby, and on their Saturday, 03-10-12 morning trip, they caught 2 Halibut, 2 Sand Bass, 1 Rockfish and 17 Sculpin for 10 anglers.

Japan Ron fished the ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 03-14-12 and loaded up on the Rockfish, with limits of Bocaccio and Sculpin. Some pictures:





The Islands
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Jacob fished on the Charter boat Dreamer at the Island, Friday, 03-09-12. There was little action and less Squid. This lone White Seabass was caught by a lucky lady angler:


The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Wednesday, 03-14-12, with 32 anglers catching 3 Calico Bass, 36 Sheephead, 54 Whitefish, 64 Bocaccio, (limits) 112 Rockfish, 7 Sculpin, 270 Perch and 15 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Thunderbird is running a $99 special to the Island and on their Saturday, 03-10-12 trip they caught 14 Sheephead, 7 Whitefish, 175 Rockfish and 2 Lingcod for 25 anglers.

The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing is running trips during the week and on Saturdays to San Clemente where they have been catching lots of Reds, some Lingcod and assorted Rockfish. Then they head to San Nicolas on an extended day trip on Sunday's.

Private boater Dave on his 28' Farallon, "Hooked" fished on Friday, 03-09-12 with friends on the backside of San Clemente. Dave said the weather was great and the fishing was steady, with near limits of big Reds and limits of Rockfish for the five of them.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boat out of San Diego, The Point Loma with Captain Ron Baker is concentrating on putting anglers on Halibut. On Wednesday, 03-14-12 the big one of the day was a whopping 34.5 pound Halibut:



A 35 pound Halibut caught off the Point Loma:


With the Indian no longer in business, the Finger Bank has been left alone for a few weeks. That allowed me to take advantage of this fact, as I fished with private boater Bill on Wednesday, 03-14-12. We left Bill's slip in Las Salinas at 7am, stopped to make Mackerel as bait for 20 minutes then headed offshore to the Finger in grease calm seas. The Reds and Bocaccio were on a serious chew and we limited out in less than two hours on both species. It was a good thing we headed in to fish shallow water early as Mother Wind came out of nowhere with a fury at 11am and chased us off the water. Some pictures:





OK, this happened several weeks ago in La Jolla, yet how many of us can drool over catching a 52 pound Yellowtail in local waters?



Charter Master Louie fished on Thursday, 03-15-12 out of Ensenada with his wife Pati and her children. They loaded up on the Rockfish after first catching a Yellowtail and losing a couple of others under the Birds. Some pictures:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for the weekend looks awful for both Saturday and Sunday? Time to find some indoor Honey due's, light the fire in the Fireplace and read a good book. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

March 09, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-03-09-12

by Cory Visser



Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
For local fishing in the Santa Monica, Long Beach, Catalina and San Clemente Islands, with trips out of San Diego and Baja, Mexico.
Wow, what a weekend, following up opening day for Rockfish with a bang. Beautiful weather provided all anglers ample opportunity to get out and catch some fish. Almost everyone headed out for their favorite structure spot, hoping to catch Lingcod, Big Reds and assorted other Rockfish. Almost all were rewarded with great fishing. A few continued to target Halibut, while others found Exotics at the Islands.

This was a very exciting week for fishing.
Four Yellowtail were caught at Catalina over the weekend by private boater Jeff, see more details under Catalina. Generally during the Fred Hall Show, this is the time the White Seabass begin to show at the Island, although the cooler water needs to warm up a bit to set them in action. Last weekend's 80 degree weather did not hurt as we saw the water temps increase as much as five degrees from 6am to 6pm. However, the cold front that moved through on Tuesday offset the great weather on the weekend.

The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing fished San Nicolas Island on Sunday, 03-04-12. Everyone caught limits of Lingcod, a bunch of Rockfish, Whitefish and a big Sheephead that took the Jackpot:



The Constitution ran a 1.5 day trip to Colonet and limited out on Reds and other assorted Rockfish. An 11 pound Cow Cod and a similar sized Red shared the Jackpot. Some pictures:

The Jackpot fish:








Local fishing has been sensational for Rockfish, a good shot at the Lingcod, Sculpin and some Bass. Halibut fishing continues to be excellent when targeted. Improved Bass fishing will depend on increasing water temps.

Twilight fishing: The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing ran a trip on Sunday, 3-04-12, with 4 anglers catching 6 Sand Bass, 1 Sheephead, 10 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod, 19 Rock Crab and 2 Spider Crab. The Native Sun ran Twilight trips on Saturday and Sunday catching some Sand Bass and a bunch of Sculpin. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker ran a twilight trip on Sunday, 03-04-12 and caught 2 Calico Bass, 13 Sand Bass, 95 Sculpin and 1 Perch.

In Santa Monica Bay
The Tradition ran ¾ day trips over the weekend, on Saturday, 03-03-12, 37 anglers caught 273 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod, 11 Sculpin, 93 Sand Dab and 1 Thresher Shark .

Private boater Jason fished on Vince's 23' Striper "Big Drum" on Saturday, 03-03-12. Captain Vince found stopped to first catch some Lingcod bait, sand dabs, and then continued on his favorite structure areas usually holding Lings and other bottom critters. The Lingcod were MIA today; however, they caught easy limits of Rockfish, starting with this Copper, then some Reds:








The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 155 Rockfish and 175 Sculpin (limits) on their Sunday, 03-04-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire loads up on the Rockfish:





Newport Beach and Dana Point.
The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Monday, 03-05-12 and caught 32 Bocaccio, 45 Rockfish and 154 Red Snapper.

The ½ day boat Clemente found the Halibut on the chew on their Friday, 03-02-12 trip:


Long Beach and San Pedro
The 3/4 day boat Enterprise fished on Friday 03-02-12, and found the Big Lingcod on the chew:
Big Lingcod:

The Gang's all here:

More Lingcod:




The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Friday, 03-02-12, as 18 anglers caught 2 Sheephead, 12 Whitefish, 34 Bocaccio, 20 Rockfish and 125 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sea Angler out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Monday, 03-05-12 and continues to slam the Sand Dabs, catching over 2950!

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor caught 40 Bocaccio, (limits), 1 Lingcod, 55 Red Snapper and 100 Red Rock cod for only 20 anglers on their Sunday, 03-04-12 trip.

The 1/2 day boat Native Sun is targeting Halibut for their annual derby, and on their Saturday, 03-03-12 morning trip, they caught 4 Halibut, 7 Rockfish and 29 Sculpin.

Private boater Dean took his Skipjack out on Friday, 03-02-12, with friends John and Gary. Captain Dean found his Lingcod honey hole holding a number of the toothy critters:







The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Private boater Jeff fished the Island Saturday, 03-03-12 with friend Darren. They spent the majority of the day catching a load of Rockfish, then got up early Sunday morning with Darren tossing a plastic in the shallows and getting absolutely slammed by a home guard Yellowtail to 35 pounds:

Shortly thereafter Jeff caught a small Yellowtail and then they got a double hook up on 20 pound fish:


Private boater Jonathan fished the Island Saturday, 03-03-12 with wife Jenn. They targeted Lingcod and for most of the morning found lots of Rockfish. Then Jonathan found the right kind of pinnacle, and game on! The first Ling of the day:

And a nice second Lingcod:


The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Wednesday, with 18 anglers catching 2 Sheephead, 8 Whitefish, 35 Bocaccio, 53 Rockfish, 11 Sculpin and 104 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Thunderbird is running a $99 special to the Island and on their Saturday, 03-03-12 trip they hammered the Reds and other assorted Rockfish.






The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing is running trips during the week and on Saturdays to San Clemente where they have been catching lots of Reds, some Lingcod and assorted Rockfish. Then they head to San Nicolas on an extended day trip on Sunday's.
I fished with private boater Dave on his 28' Farallon, "Hooked" on Sunday, 03-04-12 on the backside of San Clemente. The weather was incredible and the fishing was off the charts. We caught two Lingcod, 12 and 16.5 pounds, to go with nearly 40 big Reds and limits of Rockfish for five of us.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boat out of San Diego, The Point Loma with Captain Ron Baker-34 pound Halibut:


A 29 pound Halibut caught Sat. 03-03-12, with Captain Ron Baker:




The ½ day boat Dolphin gets in on the great Halibut fishing:



The ½ day boat Chubasco 2 also gets in on the great Halibut fishing and a 21 pound Sheephead:


Captain Rod running a charter trip Saturday, 03-03-12 for Halibut hit the mother load. Some pictures:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for the weekend looks decent along the coast in the morning and breezy in many areas for both Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon? Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

March 02, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-03-02-12

by Cory Visser



Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
For local fishing in the Santa Monica, Long Beach, Catalina and San Clemente Islands, with trips out of San Diego and Baja, Mexico.
Decent weather on Saturday and Sunday resulted in quite a decent week of fishing for both Sport boats and private boaters. Opening day for Rockfish yesterday was a big success with lighter loads than usual as the forecast called for windy seas.

The Fred Hall Show opens this coming Wednesday, 03-07-12, and runs through Sunday. I will be working the AllCoast booth with Japan Ron and Tailman Lal on Wednesday; I also will be in the booth Sunday. Hope to see you all at the show, stop by and introduce yourself, as I am looking forward to meeting all those anglers frequenting the message boards that I have not met and of course getting reacquainted with all my good fishing friends.

Yutaka jumped on board the ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on opening day and caught the Jackpot Lingcod between 15 and 18 pounds. He also caught a jumbo 8 pound Bocaccio and another legal Lingcod, the 2nd of only three caught on the boat. His Jackpot Lingcod:



The ¾ day Enterprise out of Long Beach did well on opening day catching lots of Reds and limits of Bocaccio:




The San Diego boats had a great weekend of fishing and will continue to run their 1.5 to longer freezer specials down to Colonet or further south, until the Yellowtail begin to show up at the Islands or offshore.

The Indian had another successful 1.5-day trip on Saturday, 02-24-12. The weather on Saturday started out great, but rapidly deteriorated by the afternoon. They still caught plenty of big Reds and Lingcod. Some pictures, courtesy of Chris:













I understand this was Chris Randall's (Captain) last trip on the Indian, as he is moving on to pursue other interests out of state,as the economic climate in California is just too harsh right now.

The Apollo also had a successful 1.5-day trip on Saturday, 02-24-12. They caught the usual assortment of big Reds and Lingcod, also a few Cow Cod and a bunch of large Bonito. Some pictures courtesy of Don:

Bonito on the chew:
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Cow Cod and Reds:






The Constitution also ran 1.5-day trips over the weekend, and did real well on Big Reds, Lingcod, Sheephead, Whitefish and Bonito. Some pictures:






The Halibut fishing this winter continues to exceed expectations and has drawn a lot more interest from private boaters. The Native Sun has been smoking the Halibut as part of it's Pot of Gold Derby. Some recent pictures:







Tom with the jackpot Sand Bass:


Kim with a dandy Sandy:




The ½ day boat New Del Mar continues to have great success targeting Bass and Sculpin. The New Del Mar caught 4 Sand Bass and 295 Sculpin almost (limits) on their Saturday, 02-24-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Private boater Dave fished on Saturday, 02-25-12, and again on Sunday, finding the fishing very slow, losing a big Halibut to tangled lines, and caught a dinner sized Halibut out of Dana Point. Dave said there was abundant bait in the area and good signs of Thresher Shark around the area they were fishing. Dave with his Halibut:



The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Thursday, 03-01-12 and caught 38 Bocaccio, (limits), 36 Rockfish 58 Red Snapper 2 Cabazon for 19 anglers.

Long Beach and San Pedro
The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Thursday, 03-01-12, as 15 anglers caught 30 Bocaccio, (limits), 3 Lingcod, 1 Sculpin and 90 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sea Angler out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 02-25-12 and continues to slam the Sand Dabs, catching over 2900!

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor caught 62 Calico Bass, 17 Sand Bass, 12 Sculpin and 3 Perch for only 13 anglers on their Friday, 02-10-12 trip. Nice Halibut on the Sunday, 02-26-12 trip:



The 1/2 day boat Native Sun is targeting Halibut for their annual Pot of Gold Halibut Derby, and had their best day on Sunday, 02-25-12, catching 14 Halibut. Then on their Wednesday, 02-29-12 morning trip, they started the day off right with this 35 pound Halibut, and added four more Halibut from 10-17 pounds:





Private boater Tony hopped aboard his friend's boat on Saturday, 02-25-12, and caught this nice Halibut:



The Islands
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Private boater Steve made a trip to the Island on Saturday, 02-24-12. They could not get the Squid to float, and did not find anything of value using the frozen squid they brought along.

San Clemente Island!
The Freedom out of 22nd St Landing ran a full day trip to the Island on opening day and caught 35 Reds and a great assortment of other Rockfish, Sheephead and Whitefish.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!Charter Master Louie ran a trip out of Ensenada on Friday, 02-24-12, with several clients, finding the Yellowtail under the birds in the morning proved fruitless; however, the Birds and Tails went on a rampage in the afternoon.


Louie managed to catch a Yellowtail using the Yo Yo Iron.



Another Yellowtail was hooked on a Mackerel by Chris, while a third jig fish spit the hook.


They also targeted an assorted of Rockfish and did well, with some Reds and Lingcod on the chew.




Hats off to Captain Ron Baker inviting Wounded War Veteran JJ along on his ¾ day trip, where JJ caught his first Halibut of the year:

Harry also found fishing Halibut with Captain Ron a success, landing this beauty:
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All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for the weekend looks breezy in many areas for both Saturday and a bit better on Sunday? Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory
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