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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August 15, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-14-14

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 incredible fishing for Tuna and Tails did not skip a beat this week. In fact with Mexico reopening fishing for Bluefin Tuna it just got better, as many boats got into schools of the big Bluefin, with schools averaging 25 to 40 pounds and others averaging 50 to 001 pounds.

Near shore fishing for Tuna between Long Beach and Dana Point did not return in any significant numbers. Some Kelp Paddies have held good quantities of Yellowtail and more Dorado.

Not much change in the San Diego area, where boats are fishing near the border, they have found numerous schools of Yellowfin Tuna and occasionally are running into some very large Bluefin Tuna to 115 pounds just north of the border as well as down south at the Tuna Pens.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has been just sensational, with plenty of Bonito and some Barracuda being caught.

A few Bonito are being caught in Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.

This has to be the worst summer in memories for Sand Bass fishing? It just is not happening!

Ho Hum, The Channel Islands boats continue to catch White Seabass and big Halibut, what a year they are having?

A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Great Dorado fishing on the ¾ day boat Clemente on Mon.-08-11-14:





Private boater Cody with a dandy Do Do and Tuna caught south of Dana Point:




Private boaters Jim and Lindsey find the Tuna on the chew, Saturday, 08-09-14:













Lots of Bluefin Tuna caught fishing on the Searcher over the weekend:





Happy anglers with Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Sunday trip, 08-09-14:















Cow Bluefin caught on the Islander over the weekend:



Angler Mike with a nice Yellowfin Tuna, caught off the Pride Charter he hosted over the weekend:





And big Bluefin Tuna:















A 120 pound Bluefin caught by angler Kane on the Pride:



Some Do Do's:








Big Bluefin and some dandy Dorado off the Aztec on Monday's trip, 08-11-14:




Private boater John with a big Bluefin Tuna caught Sunday, 08-10-14:





Eight year old Joshua with a big Tuna off the Grande:



Angler Dennis with big Bluefin Tuna off the Apollo:






The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf, on a day trip that returned, 08-12-14:








Good fishing off the Tribute on Tuesday, 08-12-14:









Great Tuna fishing on the Freedom:











Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Wednesday, 08-13-14:





Angler Ty and Ben find the night fishing for Calico Bass going off:





Another great day of White Seabass and Halibut fishing, off the Mirage, a trip that returned Sunday, 08-09-14:










Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:




















The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King, Pursuit, Native Sun, Freelance, Enterprise and Victory have all caught plenty of Yellowtail on their trips to the island this week:

Huge Calico Bass caught at the Island:



Triton with a nice catch Wed.-08-13-14:







Catalina on the Spitfire Sunday, 08-10-14:




San Clemente Island!


Freedom with good Yellowtail fishing Tuesday, 08-12-14:






Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Interesting fishing on the Dolphin, throughout the week, lots of species caught:














Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing finds wide open Yellowfin Tuna fishing over the weekend:















A huge Dorado caught out of Cabo:






Humor:









All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks to be very fish-able with a little wind in the afternoon! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

August 08, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-08-14

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.


So far it has been and continues to be an unbelievable season for Tuna and Tails, so close to shore, and everywhere in between. The Long Beach and Newport Beach boats have had to make longer runs to find the Tuna, yet they are still producing too. Unfortunately the Tuna are no longer in 1/2 day range up north, yet near the border the fish remain close.

In the San Diego area, where boats are fishing near the border, they have found numerous schools of Yellowfin Tuna and occasionally are running into some very large Bluefin Tuna to 115 pounds just north of the border.

Although a few Dorado are being caught on most trips, I expect a lot more Dorado will arrive later 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.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has been really going off lately, with some Bonito being caught. However a good many Yellowtail are under five pounds and should be released to fight again next year!

A few Bonito are being caught in Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.

The weekend boat pressure did not put the hex on the Tuna fishing this week, although the frantic pace of easy limits turned into a full working day to fill up the sacks, with so many boats sharing the area.

I fished on the Condor on a 2.5 day trip that fished Sat. and Sunday. Since we could see land off and on during the trip, we were not very far offshore? How cool it is for the boat operators to not spend so much money on fuel on recent trips. We straddled the border and scratched out 101 Yellowfin Tuna on Saturday, with not one single troll fish? How weird?

Sunday was a whole different day, although Saturday and Sunday both contained Monsoonal conditions, with high humidity, off and on rain and a deep marine layer. On Sunday morning we ran across some big Bluefin Tuna. We hooked 25 and ended up catching only 8 to over 90 pounds. Too many folks were using light gear and waved goodbye to their fish shortly after hook up! Unfortunately I never got bit with the heavier gear.

We caught 35+ trolling fish on Sunday as compared to zero on Saturday? We finished off trip limits by early afternoon and again went looking for big blue, with no luck in hooking any, although we ran over several schools. I finished the trip with double US limits!

Some pictures:

Two of the Yellowfin Tuna I caught early:



Here is "Junior", ok Cole with the jackpot winning first day Yellowfin Tuna, a little over 20 pounds:



Angler Tommy with a nice Tuna:



A 70 pound Bluefin Tuna



This one looked to be 90+



Roger with a big Bluefin Tuna:



An 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Condor Tuesday, 08-04-14:





Crew Miguel with a big Bluefin on the Condor:



A few Barracuda being caught daily by the ½ day boats out of San Pedro and Long Beach. Bass fishing is way down right now, and the annual spawn looks to have been cancelled? A crazy year.

The Channel Islands boats continue to catch White Seabass and big Halibut, what a year they are having?

The Excel scores three Opah to 181 pounds on a single stop on their latest trip:







Just off Catalina Island a Marlin is hooked by angler Steve on Saturday, 08-02-14 for Balboa Angling Club's first tag and release of the year:




Some slug Bluefin Tuna caught off the Fortune, Thursday, 08-07-14:




Big Bluefin Tuna caught on the Pacific Dawn over the weekend:








A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Private boater Alex and friends with a dandy Do Do and Tuna caught south of Dana Point:









25 pound Bluefin Tuna caught fishing on the Dana Pride:




Happy anglers with Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Tuesday trip, 08-05-14:















Mission Belle scores 74 Yellowfin Tuna, Wed., 08-06-14:


Sea Adventure 80 with a 115 pound Bluefin to go with all the other 270+ Tuna caught on their recent 2.5 day trip.

Pam with a Dorado and Danny with a 40 pound Bluefin Tuna:










The San Diego caught 61 Yellowfin Tuna on their Thursday, 08-07-14 trip:


The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf with 200 Tuna, on a three day trip that returned, 08-04-14:









The T-Bird caught 46 Yellowfin Tuna, 9 Bluefin Tuna, and 37 Yellowtail on their trip that returned Thurs.-08-07-14:













Good fishing off the Tribute on Monday, 08-04-14:
















Great Tuna fishing on the Freedom:




Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Saturday, 08-02-14 with 27 Sand Bass and a bunch of Sculpin.



Another great day of White Seabass and Halibut fishing, off the Mirage, a 2 day trip that returned Tuesday, 08-05-14:























Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

















White Seabass and Halibut still being caught on the Pacific Islander on Saturday, 08-02-14:



The Islands



Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!


The Sport King, Pursuit, Native Sun and Victory have all caught plenty of Yellowtail on their trips to the island this week:

The ¾ day boat Enterprise out of Long Beach scores 62 Yellowtail on Thursday, 08-07-14:


San Clemente Island!


No recent reports besides good Calico Bass fishing.


Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!


Good fishing on the Dolphin, Saturday, 08-02-14 and more good fishing throughout the week:












Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts the wood to the big Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin:

















Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Tanker White Seabass on the chew to go with another good catch on the Yellowtail and Yellowfin Tuna over the weekend and during the week:


























Humor:









How the dogs beat the heat:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

August 01, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-01-14

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 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:

Huge Halibut:









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:














The Islands



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!

Weather

The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory