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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September 27, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-09-27-13

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.

Right now the sensational Fall fishing is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you are going to get. The majority of boats fishing Offshore have found a good mix of Rat Yellowtail, Dorado and either Yellowfin Tuna or Bluefin Tuna or both Tuna species, an offshore slam. For the Tuna it all depends on which school you run into, as surprisingly some boats get only Bluefin, while others get only Yellowfin Tuna. Yet in most cases they are finding limit style fishing.

No telling how long the current bite continues, it only takes one storm or good blow to cool off the waters, we can probably say this was one of the better summers for the fleet. It was a late start and granted the Rat Yellowtail kept the boats filled until the Bluefin Tuna arrived in force, yet once the season began it has been nonstop fishing. Oh yeah bad weather killed the bite for a few days here and there, however, for the most part boats were plugged with reservations several weeks in advance and almost always got out with a full load. That allowed the boats to go the extra distance, with trip after trip being full, and earlier in the year there were simply few fish within a 100 miles of San Diego.

Lots of boats have been successful in one day range lately, while the counts for 1.5 day trips are more consistent allowing all day to fish with more time available to locate the schools of Tuna. Tuna have been known for ripper sundown bites to save the day. Meanwhile the private boater has been allowed back into the picture, as they were mostly shut out for the majority of the summer, both due to long runs down south and a weather year that has been quite unfriendly to small boats most of the summer!

The ¾ day boats were again on the hunt this week with some excellent counts. For example the San Diego caught 20 Bluefin Tuna, 5 Skipjack Tuna, 46 Yellowtail and 76 Dorado, (limits) on their Thursday trip.

Unfortunately if you have not made a reservation to go this weekend, you are SOL as most all boats are again sold out.

Marlin fishing has turned into high gear lately, with numerous boats catching and releasing multiple fish on any given day. This unusual season has also brought into our local waters a number of Shortbilled Spearfish, a certain anomaly for this area. The ½ day boat even caught both the Shortbilled Spearfish and a small Swordfish recently.

The Coronado Islands are right now a forgotten destination.

The Dominator scores well on a weekend trip:







Colorful Opah off the Fortune:


The Channel Islands are back to fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut are being caught with an occasional Yellowtail and a spot of Barracuda adding to the action.

Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass is all but dormant, and there are few if any Twilight trips being scheduled! Some of the local boats out of Dana Point and Newport Beach have been doing well on catching Yellowtail and Dorado. On their Wednesday, 09-25-13 trip the ¾ day boat Patriot caught 94 Yellowtail and 1 Dorado.

A Dorado caught off the ½ day boat Dana Pride:



Angler Ron fished on the 3/4 day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 09-25-13 and they caught a good mix of Rockfish and Lingcod. Some pictures:









Private boater Sergio fished the Long Beach Bay Thursday and caught some small Sand Bass and Spotted Bay Bass:



Private boater Tom with a dandy Sandy:



Private boater Jimmy with a Sand Bass in the concrete jungle:



Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:









Good fishing on the Stardust up north:






Now this is a big Sheephead:



The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Pursuit has been catching Bonito on a regular basis, to add to some decent catching of Calico Bass and Rockfish.

The Sport King has caught a few Tails daily at the Island to go with the Bonito and Calico Bass fishing, lots of little guys being released.


San Clemente Island!

Few boats have fished the Island, however when they do they usually find some Yellowtail on the chew.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Yep, ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin catching Bluefin Tuna on their PM run:



And even more on their AM runs:







Other pictures off the Dolphin:







Nice Yellowfin Tuna off the Tribute:



Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is really taking advantage of the great Fall fishing offshore:















Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing offshore trip lately
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Captain Kelly holds a big Calico Bass in San Quintin:



Quote of the day, something to think about:









Humor:





Not sure this applies to all men?



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks fishable, while there looks to be calming seas for Sunday. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 20, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-09-20-13

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 fishing is so good right now that not catching an Offshore Grand Slam is becoming a rarity. Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail equals an offshore slam! There is quality fishing well within range of the private boater as well as ½ day and ¾ day boats. Yellowtail and Dorado have moved solidly into US waters with lots of fish being caught as close as Dana Point. I am hopeful that the Yellowfin Tuna make their way up the line, especially those that like to hang with the Porpoise. Three years ago the Yellowfin Tuna fishing was epic between Catalina and San Clemente Island. Those fish averaged 30 to 40 pounds. So far the schools of Tuna are averaging 12 to 20 pounds with an occasional bigger model mixed in.

Have not heard of too many reports of Yellowfin swimming with the porpoise yet, however, I went fishing on Wednesday, 09-18-13 and we found a huge school of porpoise holding big Yellowfin Tuna, as we saw 40 and 50 pounders jumping out of the water. Trolling through the Porpoise we had a double hook up, we caught one Yellowfin Tuna at 15 pounds, darn, and a similar size Skipjack. Having already had an epic day off a magic Kelp Paddy earlier, we were limited out and did not pursue the school of porpoise any further.

Some pictures of our private boating experience some 40 miles south of the border:







Have not heard about any recent trips to the Cortez Bank, as there has been solid fishing closer to port.

Marlin reports remain scarce, although those that are targeting them have caught some Billfish.

A huge Opah off the Freedom yesterday, to go with lots of Tuna and Tails:



The Coronado Islands for the moment are a forgotten destination with so much action elsewhere.

Private boater Brandon and friends with some Slug Tuna and Dorado:





Angler Darren with a dandy Dorado:





The Fortune scores well on a weekend trip:



Tuna off the Pride:





Colorful Dorado off the Tribute over the weekend:





Searcher Yellowfin Tuna:



San Clemente Island continues to yield some good counts on Yellowtail with lots of Rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead to go with some Calico Bass fishery.

Every now and then the Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina, as the Pursuit managed to land 20 Yellowtail on their Monday trip, 09-16-13. The good news for the island is the appearance of Bonito as well as a return of Barracuda. The Pursuit managed limits of Bonita and a dozen Barracuda on their Thursday trip.

Fishing off of Ensenada is primarily targeting the offshore Tails and Tuna.

Locally things have not changed much, with few Twilight trips being scheduled! The local boats are doing well on catching Sculpin and Rockcod, and I am sure looking forward to some offshore Kelp Paddy action within range!

How about local Dorado fishing off the Sum Fun out of Newport Beach:





Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:









The Channel Islands did not do well on the White Seabass this week, nor did they find many Halibut, fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut caught Monday, 09-16-13:



Good fishing on the Stardust:








Stardust big Lings:





The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Bonito moving into the island has brought excitement as well as the return of some Barracuda.

Angler Sergio and friends fishing the Pursuit, Sunday, 09-15-13:



The Sport King has caught a few Tails daily at the Island and is now concentrating on Bonito action.

San Clemente Island!

The Yellowtail are there just not many boats making the trip to the island.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Now this is what I call excellent ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin:








Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts them on the fish over the weekend:

Nice Bluefin Tuna under the birds:



Captain Jamie also of Seasons turned in a report for their recent trips and here are some pictures:











Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels had a good offshore trips for Tuna, Dorado and Tails!

Captain Kelly finds the Bluefin, Yellowfin and Yellowtail on the chew in San Quintin offshore:

Quote of the day, something to think about:





All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather

The weather forecast for Saturday looks good, not so good for Sunday with lots of wind. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 14, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-09-13-13

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.

An Offshore Grand Slam is becoming a common theme lately with the arrival of Yellowfin Tuna into one day range. Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail equals an offshore slam! This becomes the goal of Sport boat Captain and private boater alike. Although just putting quality fish on the boat is the primary goal.

Although lots of Tuna are in the more catchable range of 15 to 30 pounds, enough 40 to 50 pounders are being caught to settle jackpots. The long boat rides down into the 180 to 190 mile range became a less frequent quest with good fishing closer to port.

As far as one day range goes, the counts are excellent for Yellowtail and Dorado. Even the ½ day boats are running offshore to join the ¾ day boats for Kelp Paddy fish, with mixed Tuna joining the counts. The ½ day boat Dolphin caught 22 Bluefin Tuna and 43 Yellowtail on their run yesterday, Friday, 09-13-13. The ¾ day boats had Yellowtail counts approaching 200 during their runs offshore.

There remains an abundance of Rat Yellowtail, with some bigger guys thrown in, and with better counts on Dorado and some Tuna. Unfortunately if you have not made a reservation to go this weekend, you are SOL as most all boats are again sold out again.

There have been a number of recent trips to the Cortez Bank, which despite rough weather, have yielded some solid fishing on Yellowtail to 45 pounds, Bluefin Tuna in the 15 to 25 pound range and a surprise finding of White Seabass. Huge Bonito are also being caught at the bank. The nner Tanner Bank has also been yielding a good amount of Bluefin Tuna and big Yellowtail.

They have been catching lots of Albacore up north in Monterey and Half Moon Bay and further north. Some Albacore showed up in Morro Bay this week.

Private boater Jeff convinced me to make the long run north on Tuesday afternoon and the trip paid off big time as we caught 18 Albacore to over 30 pounds. Some pictures:



We were trolling five rigs, the two outriggers and three others. The short bit lure was also a Zucchini Broomtail. Jeff was using a green and yellow regular feather on his second rig and a plain cedar plug on the third rig. My second rig contained a black and purple daisy chain cedar plug. About ten minutes later we had a double, both on the Zucchini rigs. Jeff also got bit on a diamond jig and promptly got bit off. He tossed out my Mega bait lure and got short bit. We landed both Albacore, cookie cutter 25 pound size.

We switched out the cedar plugs to more Zucchini Broomtails and the one green and yellow feather. Another ten minutes went by and we had a triple hookup, with a quad being a short biter on the green and yellow. Jeff holding this nice sized Albacore:



My second of the day:



A good start:





We had eight fish in the box and were feeling good about things. Another hookup resulted in a bust off, as the leader was frayed. We checked all the others and did re-ties on those that needed it. Getting bit stretched out to about 30 minutes between hook ups. We had another single and two doubles before deciding it was time to head home now 40 miles from the dock. We left three trollers out while we began filleting 13 Albacore.



Hamming it up with Jeff's favorite ha ha to the Banana Hex:



Seven miles later and nearly done with filleting the fish, Jeff spots jumpers in the distance. Birds were crashing on baits fleeing from their predators. We had a triple hook up and lost one. Put the trollers back in and several minutes passed with another double. We lost a single hook up, while I got bit on a Mega Bait. This was another brute, and took me for a nice ride. It wanted no part of the boat, especially after Sid stuck it in the tail area and it ripped free. Five times I got him to within gaff range only to see the Tuna turn its head and dive. Sid stuck him a second time in the same place and down he went. Jeff told Sid to use the bigger gaff and the tired 30+ pound Albacore was head shot.

More blood to clean up:



Ultra slays them at the Bank:









The Coronado Islands yield an occasional amount of Yellowtail for any given day.

Angler Bubba with a 65 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Impulse from Dana Landing:



Angler Ryan with a 70 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Islander:



Angler Kelly with his PB Bluefin Tuna off the Producer:



The Channel Islands yielded some White Seabass this week, as the Mirage returned from a 2 day trip Friday, 09-13-13 with 17 White Seabass, although most boats are fishing primarily for Rockfish.

San Clemente Island has yielded some excellent counts on Yellowtail, as the Thunderbird caught 16 Yellowtail on Tuesday, 09-10-13.

The Thunderbird ran a 1.5 day trip on Monday and got into a nice Bluefin Tuna bite, catching 51 Bluefin and 11 Yellowtail.

Every now and then the Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina, as the Sport King managed to land a few Yellowtail on their recent trips to the island.

Private boaters have done well recently out of Ensenada catching all four offshore species with some Yellowtail being caught at Todos Santos, and a couple of Barracuda.

Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass is all but dormant, even on most Twilight trips! The local boats are doing well on catching Sculpin and Rockcod!

Day time Bass fishing remains very slow, as does Twilight fishing for Sand Bass.

Private boater Carmelo and friends with local Sand Bass:







Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:



The Islands
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
How about this 188 pound Swordfish off the Island:






San Clemente Island!

The Thunderbird gets the job done on the Yellowtail on Tuesday, 09-11-13, catching 16.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Angler Bruce took first place jackpot with an 89 pound Bluefin, Byron 2nd place with a 72 pound Bluefin Tuna and Brent 3rd with a 72 pound Bluefin Tuna as they fished on the Vagabond on a 6 day trip that returned Tuesday, 09-10-13. Here are some pictures:




Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts them on the fish over the weekend:

A huge Dorado caught on their Sunday, 09-08-13 trip:



More big Tails from Seasons:







Captain Louie charter master of It's 4 Reels found the Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail on the chew Wed.-09-10-13:






Humor:



Captain Kelly finds the Bluefin, Yellowfin and Yellowtail on the chew in San Quintin offshore:

Quote of the day, something to think about:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be a bit breezy yet very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 06, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-09-06-13

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.

Go long my friend, go long. That's the best option right now for the Offshore Bluefin Tuna fishing, and bring the big gear. Quality, not quantity has been the name of the game, with a whole lot of heartbreak losses at deep color and near the gaff. More and more 100+ pound Bluefin Tuna have been showing up in the counts. Boats fishing 180 to 190 miles south of Point Loma have found huge schools of the big boys playing around. The good thing is they are not line shy, eating the 50 pound line. Although I must say even on 50 pound test, a 100+ pound Bluefin will test your angling skills to the limit. Boats fishing in this long range area are mostly on 2.5 day or longer trips. The good news is the arrival of Yellowfin Tuna in the mix to 50 pounds. An example of great fishing is the return of the Pacific Voyager on Wednesday, 09-04-13 from a 3 day trip where they caught 116 Bluefin Tuna, 297 Yellowfin Tuna, 21 Yellowtail and 16 Dorado.

As far as one day range goes, the counts are very scratchy. There remains an abundance of Rat Yellowtail, with some bigger guys thrown in, and a handful of Dorado and Tuna. Even on many 1.5 day trips the counts are scarce for the numbers on the Bluefin Tuna, as the better schools are out of range of most boats. At least on the 1.5 day trips you get to spend the entire day looking and fishing, consequently if you do find a good school you can fish it until dark in most instances.

Unfortunately if you have not made a reservation to go this weekend, you are SOL as most all boats are again sold out.

There have been a number of recent trips to the Cortez Bank, which despite rough weather, have yielded some solid fishing on Yellowtail to 45 pounds, Bluefin Tuna in the 15 to 25 pound range and a surprise finding of White Seabass. Huge Bonito are also being caught at the bank.

For the private boater this year, the bite remains out of range in most cases, and hit and miss otherwise. Even that scenario has been iffy with so much wind and rough seas, although the Holiday weekend did contain some nicer weather.

Most private boaters have caught Yellowtail with many Kelp Paddies holding fish. The size of the Yellowtail remained predominately rats in the 5 to 10 pound range, with an occasional 20 pounder mixed in. Occasionally there were some decent bites on the Dorado, with some fish to 25+ pounds.

We all remain hopeful for a late season run of Yellowfin Tuna. Water temps have risen above 70 degrees in prime areas within one day range, so this provides a good opportunity for a solid fall season.

I have not heard much on further sightings of Marlin lately, however the warmer water temps should improve this fishery too.

The Coronado Islands yield an occasional amount of Yellowtail for any given day, yet recent activity has been poor. The ¾ day boats out of San Diego have not ventured offshore, as they have been unable to round up enough anglers to afford a run offshore. Consequently they are mostly fishing for Bass and Rockfish with an occasional Island Yellowtail being caught.

The Outer Limits scores well on a weekend trip:



Angler Jan with 150 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Excel:



The Channel Islands did not do well on the White Seabass this week, nor did they find many Halibut, fishing primarily for Rockfish.

San Clemente Island has yielded some excellent counts on Yellowtail, as the Thunderbird caught 37 Yellowtail on Saturday, 08-31-13. while the Freedom caught six on their Sunday trip, with lots of Rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead to go with some Calico Bass.

The Thunderbird ran a 1.5 day trip on Labor Day and got into a wide open bite on the Bluefin Tuna, catching 211 Bluefin and 32 Yellowtail.

Every now and then the Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina, as the Pursuit managed to land 13 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip, 09-04-13.

Very quiet in Ensenada.

Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass is all but dormant, even on most Twilight trips! The local boats are doing well on catching Sculpin and Rockcod!

Angler Ron fished on the 3/4 day boat Victory on Wednesday, 09-04-13 and they had a real nice day on the Reds and other Rockfish. Some pictures:











Day time Bass fishing is at an all-time summer low, yet Twilight fishing for Sand Bass is a different story.

A very nice Sand Bass off the Native Sun's Twilight trip Sunday, 09-01-13:



Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:







Captain Eric found the Halibut on the chew outside of San Pedro Tuesday, 09-03-13:



Nice Sheephead on the 1/2 day boat Clemente out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.


Good fishing on the Stardust:











The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

An occasional showing on the Yellowtail, with some Calico Bass and other assorted fish filling in the counts. The Sport King has caught a few Tails daily at the Island.


San Clemente Island!

The Thunderbird gets the job done on the Yellowtail on Saturday, 08-31-13, catching 37.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Angler Todd took first place jackpot with a 53 pound Escolar, Brian 2nd place with a 44 pound Bluefin Tuna and Dave 3rd with a 39 pound Bluefin Tuna as they fished on the Vagabond on a 3 day trip over Labor Day weekend. Here are some pictures:





Nice Bluefin Tuna off the Fortune:





Duane of Seasons Sportfishing keeps getting the job done over the weekend:

A huge Dorado caught on their Sunday, 09-01-13 trip:





Nice local Yellowtail caught by angler Dave on their Monday trip:



Duane put the anglers on the big Tails on their Wednesday, 09-04-13 trip:



Big 141 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Pacific Dawn in one day range:







Angler Bert with an 80 pound Bluefin Tuna off the Pacific Dawn:



Angler Sergio with an 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Ocean Odyssey:



Captain Kelly finds the Bluefin, Yellowfin and Yellowtail on the chew in San Quintin offshore:







45 to 50 pound Yellowtail at Cedros Island:



Quote of the day, something to think about:








How about this new World Record 42 pound Brown Trout caught in New Zealand:



Biking and camping, works for me!



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day looks to be excellent and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory