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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October 13, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-10-12-12

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.

Despite another weekend of breezy conditions, the Offshore fishing was again very good. The one day Sport Boats did not get into the wide open Tuna bites they became accustomed to, yet filled the boat with lots of Yellowtail, some Dorado and Tuna. The 1.5 day trips did far better than single day trips, while 2 day and 3 day trips usually ended up with limits of Yellowfin Tuna, and a good variety of Dorado, Yellowtail, Bluefin Tuna and the occasional Albacore.
As the week progressed and our first storm of the year came through the Tuna counts were fading. Would like to get out one more time myself, however, once again on the weekend and forecasted through early next week is breezy offshore conditions. As the water cools the fish head south, bummer. However, it has a been a banner season for most. Far better fishing this year than the last two years.

An area of concern: I know the Sport Boats need to make a decent living, considering the last few years have been poor at best. I just can't get a good handle on why so many Rat Yellowtail are being caught and killed. The same goes for private boaters, although they do not account that much for the thousand a day that are being caught by the Sporties. These small Yellowtail are next year's crop of 10 to 12 pounders and the following year of 20 to 25 pounders. At least this week a number of boats found the bigger models biting, for example:

Off the Searcher 10-08-12, lots of big Yellowtail:

Off the Ocean Odyssey 10-08-12, all the Yellowtail you wanted:



Angler Pam off the Pacific Dawn 2-day trip over the weekend, with big Bull Dorado:


Angler Kevin fished a 1.5 day trip on the Condor over the weekend and caught limits of Yellowfin Tuna and a few Bluefin Tuna. Some pictures:






There were few private boater boats this week with the best fishing down at the 1010 Trench, some 65 miles south of Point Loma. Mostly the bigger boats ventured as far south as the D220 and west to the 213 Banks, with 80 miles a beginning destination for the 1.5 and longer trips. The inshore banks, Hidden, 302, 371 and 425 are still yielding mostly Rat Yellowtail and a few Dorado, yet not much in the way of any Tuna, although the ¾ day boats found a good school of Bluefin Tuna mixed in with the incredible amount of small Yellowtail remaining in the area near the Hidden Bank.
Here is a picture of Eric with a Bluefin Tuna off the San Diego on Tuesday, 10-09-12:



Private boater Jerry hired Dave Hansen to fish Thursday, 10-11-12, leaving Wednesday evening to go long out of Newport Beach, ending up 100 miles south. They found wide open Yellowtail fishing with a good mix of Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado. Here is Scott's son Rocky with a great mix of fish:







The Ranger 85 returned Friday, 10-12-12 from a 2.5 day trip with 30 anglers catching 22 Bluefin Tuna, 93 Yellowfin Tuna, 128 Yellowtail and18 Dorado.

The Pacific Voyager, returned from a successful 2.5 day trip Monday, 10-08-12 with a great mix of fish: 120 Bluefin Tuna, 118 Yellowfin Tuna and 2 Albacore Tuna.

There has been a small snap on the Yellowtail at Catalina Island this week. The ¾ day boat Enterprise made the run to Catalina on Saturday, 10-06-12 and caught 2 Yellowtail, 38 Sheephead, 137 Whitefish, 154 Rockfish, 1 Bonito, 4 Sculpin, 210 Perch and 1 Cabazon.
There was also a short window of opportunity at San Clemente Island on the Yellowtail, where they bit well most of last week until the weather turned on the weekend. Private boater Glen fished the weekend with friends at the Island and they caught 8 Yellowtail on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. The Fury returned from a 2-day trip, Friday/Saturday, caught 131 Yellowtail and lots of Calico Bass on their trip.

In Santa Monica the 3/4 day boat Tradition had a decent day on their Saturday, 10-06-12 trip catching 10 Calico Bass, 6 Sand Bass, 142 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod, 75 Sculpin, 30 Perch and 2 Cabazon. The New Del Mar had a decent day of Bass fishing on Tuesday, 10-09-12, catching 32 Calico Bass, 21 Sand Bass, 1 Sheephead, 85 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 30 Sculpin and 2 Cabazon.

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had a decent trip Monday, 10-08-12 catching 28 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 16 Sheephead, 7 Whitefish, 16 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 3 Sculpin, 3 Sargo and 46 Red Snapper.

Out of Newport Beach, the Thunderbird ended a 2-day trip on Sunday, 10-08-12 catching 1 Bluefin Tuna, 14 Yellowfin Tuna, 10 Skipjack Tuna, 59 Yellowtail and 17 Dorado for 17 anglers. The Freelance fished Tuesday, 10-09-12 and caught 1 Yellowtail, 58 Calico Bass, 1 Barracuda, 4 Sheephead, 8 Rockfish and 40 Perch.

Out of Long Beach, Japan Ron fished on the 3/4 day boat Victory, Wednesday, 10-10-12 and they caught a good mix of Red Snapper, Lingcod and other assorted Rockfish. Some pictures:







Twilight fishing:
The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 10-08-12 and caught 1 Halibut, 3 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 18 Rockfish, 81 Sculpin, 12 Yellowfin Croaker and 3 Sargo. Most boats have discontinued twilight trips as the demand has dwindled? The Nautilus fished on Saturday, 10-06-12 in the evening catching 7 Calico Bass, 12 Rockfish, 60 Sculpin (limits) and 4 Sargo.

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Friday, 10-05-12 catching 2 Yellowtail, 69 Calico Bass, 1 Barracuda, 8 Whitefish, 5 Rockfish and 137 Perch
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Saturday, 10-06-12, with 20 anglers catching 30 Calico Bass, 35 Sheephead, 45 Whitefish, 40 Bocaccio, 150 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 200 Perch and 19 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf returned from a 2-day trip on Saturday, 10-06-12 with 20 anglers catching 131 Yellowtail, 89 Calico Bass, 5 Barracuda and 3 Bonito. Some pictures courtesy of angler Jimmy: Mike with the jackpot Yellowtail:






The Freedom caught 15 Yellowtail, 26 Calico Bass, 6 Barracuda, 3 Sheephead, 7 Whitefish and 73 Perch on their Saturday, 10-06-12 trip.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boats are running offshore to catch mostly Yellowtail and Dorado; however they got a taste of Bluefin Tuna this week to go with the amazing Yellowtail fishing.
The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 22 Bluefin Tuna, 195 Yellowtail and 11 Dorado on their Tuesday, 10-09-12 trip.

The Mission Belle headed out on Sunday, 10-07-12, and caught 1 Bluefin Tuna, 135 Yellowtail and 12 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malihini caught 2 Bluefin Tuna, 140 Yellowtail and 2 Dorado on their trip on Monday, 10-08-12.

Some pictures off the Pacific Star multi day trip:










All comments and suggestions welcomed!
WeatherThe weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite breezyfor the offshore runs. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

October 05, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-10-05-12

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.

Despite some very breezy conditions over the weekend, due to Hurricane Miriam, the Offshore fishing was decent for most of those that ventured out into the slop. There was a drop off for some Sport Boats on catching Yellowfin Tuna, a few Do Dos, with a few kelp Paddies loaded with the small Yellowtail and some bigger models. Only an occasional few Bluefin Tuna were found, and the same goes for the Albacore. The 1.5 day trips did far better than single day trips, while 2 day and 3 day trips usually ended up with limits of Tuna to 60 pounds.

A few private boaters braved the nasty seas fishing down at the 1010 Trench, some 65 miles south of Point Loma. If they found the right Kelp Paddy they enjoyed a Bonanza on catching multiple species. Mostly only the bigger boats ventured as far south as the D220 and west to the 213 Banks. The inshore banks, 302, 371 and 425 triangle are still yielding mostly Rat Yellowtail, with a few Dorado, and not much in the way of any Tuna this close to shore. The Hidden Bank yielded a few Yellowfin Tuna on the troll and around the Kelp Paddies, however, no large schools were found.

The weather improved during the week and limits of Yellowfin Tuna again became the rule. Unfortunately the weather forecasted for Saturday through early next week calls for windy conditions again.

The Condor has been tearing them up this year, and returned Friday morning with limits of Yellowfin Tuna, 40 Bluefin Tuna to 40 pounds, plus plenty of Yellowtail and a few Dorado. Some pictures courtesy of Norm:







Here are some pictures courtesy of David of the carnage off the off the Legend, Tuesday, 10-02-12:





Angler Ray chartered the boat Limitless with friends on a 1.5 day trip last week. There were only 4 fishermen on board. They caught school size Yellowfin Tuna throughout the day and continued to look for other species to add to the count. Captain Tom trolled through a big meter mark in the afternoon and Ray's son Tom got bit real good and was in for a long fight. Then Ray and friend Brandon hooked baitfish, fortunately on heavier line. All three landed Yellowfin Tuna over 50 pounds with the biggest weighing in at 59 pounds. Some pictures:





Private boater Brandon fished on his boat with friends, on Thursday, 10-04-12 and they caught limits of Yellowfin Tuna, several Bluefin Tuna to 30 pounds and some big Dorado to 20 pounds,at the 213 and 1010 trench. The bonanza:



Private boater Shawn fished on his boat with friends, Sunday, 09-30-12, and they caught limits of Yellowfin Tuna and some Dorado in nasty conditions. A couple of pictures:






Private boater Alex fished on his boat with his wife and Dad, Sunday, 09-30-12, and they caught 4 Dorado to 20 pounds and 8 Yellowfin Tuna in rough seas. A couple of pictures:













Private boater Lal fished with Japan Ron on Tuesday, 10-02-12 and found the Sand and Calico Bass on the chew to four pounds. Some pictures:





The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing ran a trip on Friday, 09-28-12 and caught 1 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, 27 Yellowtail and 10 Dorado.

In Santa Monica the ½ day boat Redondo Special had a decent day on their Saturday, 09-29-12 trip catching 1 White Seabass, 17 Calico Bass, 3 Sheephead, 24 Rockfish, 3 Lingcod, 1 Sculpin, 7 Perch and 2 Cabazon.

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had decent afternoon, Monday, 10-01-12 catching 3 Sheephead, 66 Bocaccio, 167 Rockfish, 8 Sculpin, 45 Sand Dab and 46 Red Snapper.

Out of Newport Beach, the Amigo fished on Saturday, 09-29-12 catching 2 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, 5 Albacore Tuna, 58 Yellowtail and 3 Dorado.

Twilight fishing: The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 09-30-12 and caught 1 Calico Bass, 5 Sand Bass, 17 Rockfish, 74 Sculpin and 3 Sargo . The Nautilus fished on Saturday, 09-29-12 and caught 6 Calico Bass, 7 Sand Bass, 17 Rockfish, 80 Sculpin and 2 Cabazon.

The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Wednesday, 10-03-12, catching 75 Calico Bass, 24 Sheephead, 12 Whitefish, 11 Rockfish, 1 Bonito, 102 Perch and 12 Red Snapper.

The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Wednesday, 10-03-12, with 40 anglers catching 33 Calico Bass,35 Sheephead, 30 Whitefish,40 Rockfish, 404 Perch and 11 Sargo.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Saturday, 09-29-12 with 7 anglers catching 24 Yellowtail, 19 Calico Bass and 1 Sheephead.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!No recent reports about the Yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands, which has been very good for private boaters. The ¾ day boats are running offshore to catch mostly Yellowtail and Dorado, as the Tuna are a bit far south to run to.

The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 125 Yellowtail and 4 Dorado on their Thursday, 10-04-12 trip.

The Mission Belle headed out on Wednesday, 10-03-12, and caught 95 Yellowtail and 12 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 71 Yellowtail and 5 Dorado on their trip on Wednesday, 10-03-12.

I fished down south out of Las Salinas Wednesday, 10-03-12, with friend Bill Fisher, and we slammed the Lingcod to 12 pounds, Reds and other Rockfish. We intended to run offshore, however, a heavy fog bank without radar kept us near shore. Some pictures:









All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite breezy for the offshore runs. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 29, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-09-28-12

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.

Fishing has been just short of sensational Offshore with most boats, private and Sport Boats catching limits of Yellowfin Tuna, then add some Bluefin Tuna, along with lots of Yellowtail and Dorado. if you run the distance of 60 to 75 miles. If you find the right Kelp Paddy, you could soon realize the Bonanza of all four species. Adding to the thrill on a few trips is finding big Albacore to 40 pounds.

The Sport Boat industry has needed this late season run, after several very lean years, where many boats exchanged hands, and some excellent captains left the area. Private boaters have also feasted this year on shorter runs locally for Yellowtail and Dorado, while longer runs have provided a great mix of Tuna and Tails. On Friday, 09-28-12 most boats called in with full limits of Yellowfin Tuna for the day, plus a nice complement of Yellowtail and Dorado.

I know everyone is hopeful the fishing season will extend into November, I sure do? Considering Hurricane Miriam is pushing more warm water up from the Baja Coast, that wish might be granted. Meanwhile this storm is going to put the kabash on this weekend's fishing with high surf and winds, negating my planned repeat to last Sunday's wide open bite on a private boat. The open water fishing will still be accomplished, however, with the winds and heavier swells, finding Kelp Paddies will be a challenge.

I had the privilege to be invited on the luxury Yacht "Bad to the Bone" fishing on Sunday, 09-23-12. We started the day just south of the D220 at 74 miles from Point Loma. After a couple of stops on the troll for Yellowfin Tuna we found the Magic Kelp Paddy and proceeded to catch fish off it for nearly three hours. All four species were caught off this Kelp Paddy, some pictures of first Yellowfin Tuna, then Bluefin Tuna:





According to angler Erick their trip on the Pride Wednesday, 09-26-12 was wide open on the Yellowfin Tuna, with 48 Yellowtail, a few Dorado and a couple of Albacore mixed in. Some pictures:





The Aztec, on a 1.5 day trip that returned Thursday, 09-27-12 with 58 Bluefin Tuna, 130 Yellowfin Tuna (limits), 40 Yellowtail and 24 Dorado. Pictures courtesy of Ray:




Angler Mark fished with friends on the Pacific Queen on Sunday and caught some Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, with plenty of Yellowtail and Dorado. Some pictures:











Locally there are still few and far between days where kelp paddies are found holding fish, and that is if you can find one? Yet occasionally the Mother Load Kelp Paddy is found. Do Dos and Tails remain the primary target of the ¾ day and one day boats locally, who head offshore rather than settle for Sculpin and Rockfishing.

On some days the ¾ day boats out of Newport Beach and Long Beach found the right kelp paddy. For example the Freelance on Monday, 09-24-12 caught 33 Yellowtail and 2 Dorado. Out of the same landing as the Freelance the Bongo's III on Wednesday, 09-26-12, caught 45 Yellowtail and 3 Dorado.

The Cortez Bank has been yielding solid counts of Bluefin Tuna and the following boats have been having great success on their 1.5 day trips.
The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing ran a 1.5 day trip returning on Monday, 09-24-12, and caught 44 Bluefin Tuna, 8 Yellowfin Tuna, 1 Calico Bass, 45 Sheephead, 60 Whitefish, 100 Rockfish and 100 Bonito.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing ran a 1.5 day trip and caught 115 Bluefin Tuna, 31 Sheephead, 65 Whitefish, 25 Rockfish and 10 Sculpin returning on Monday, 09-24-12.
Locally the targeted fishing remains Sculpin and Rockfish, with a few Bass mixed in.
In Santa Monica the ½ day boat Redondo Special had a good day on their Thursday, 09-27-12 pm trip catching 3 White Seabass, 21 Calico Bass, 3 Sand Bass, 8 Sheephead, 11 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin, 15 Perch and 1 Cabazon. Also on their Monday trip they caught limits of Calico Bass (70) for 7 anglers.

Out of Long Beach, according to Japan Ron, the ¾ day Victory had a good day of fishing on Wednesday, 09-26-12, catching Big Reds, lots of Sculpin, and a few Sheephead. Ron also fished Tuesday with Lal on the private boat "Rubber Ducky" and they caught Rockfish and Bass along with this Dandy 7 pound Halibut: Some pictures from Japan Ron:




Angler Hakeli fished on the City of Long Beach ½ day boat on Sunday, 09-23-12. They caught easy limits of quality Sculpin and some Reds and Sheephead. Some pictures:






Out of Newport Beach, the Amigo ended a 2-day trip on Sunday, 09-23-12 catching 2 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, 5 Albacore Tuna, 58 Yellowtail and 3 Dorado.

Twilight fishing: The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 09-23-12 and caught 5 Calico Bass, 2 Sand Bass, 24 Rockfish and 175 Sculpin.

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Tuesday, 09-25-12 catching 115 Calico Bass, 13 Sheephead, 10 Rockfish and 40 Perch.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Sunday, 09-23-12, with 29 anglers catching 1 Yellowtail, 54 Calico Bass, 33 Sheephead, 30 Whitefish, 50 Bocaccio, 103 Rockfish, 158 Perch and 10 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Tuesday, 09-25-12 with 21 anglers catching 150 Calico Bass, 13 Barracuda and 2 Sheephead.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The fishing at the Coronado Islands has been very quiet as of late. The ¾ day boats are running offshore to catch Tuna and Tails as the Visa mess is still up in the air? The last few days the ¾ day boats have found limit style fishing on the Dorado also with lots of Yellowtail being caught offshore on the kelp Paddies.

The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 5 Bluefin Tuna, 8 Yellowfin Tuna, 41 Yellowtail and 7 Dorado on their Tuesday, 09-25-12 trip.

The Mission Belle headed out on Tuesday, 09-25-12, and caught 67 Yellowtail and 20 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 1 Bluefin Tuna, 59 Yellowtail and 5 Dorado on their trip on Thursday, 09-27-12.

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite breezy for the offshore runs. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

September 21, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-09-21-12

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.

And the beat goes on, as the Offshore action remained very steady, with good scores on Yellowfin Tuna, lots of Do Dos and Tails, occasional good schools of Bluefin Tuna of which some were the tackle buster 60 to 100 pound variety, with some decent scores on Albacore. Open water jig strikes were common and the Kelp Paddy fishing could turn into a smorgasbord of all of the above species off of the one Kelp.

In the last several weeks the private boater has enjoyed great fishing down at the 1010 Trench, some 65 miles south of Point Loma. Tuna were also found at the D220 and 213 Banks. The inshore banks, Hidden, 302, 371 and 425 are still yielding mostly Rat Yellowtail and a few Dorado, yet not much in the way of any Tuna. Water temps range anywhere from the high 60's on up to 75 degrees, depending upon the area.

The Legend was one of the lucky boats to find the big bruising Bluefin Tuna, along with limits of Yellowfin Tuna. Some pictures:









The Top Gun 80 returned Monday, 09-17-12 from a whale of a 2.5 day trip with 25 anglers catching 45 Bluefin Tuna, 250 Yellowfin Tuna (full 2-day limits), 4 Albacore Tuna, 50 Yellowtail and 50 Dorado.

I was lucky enough to hitch a ride with Bill on his 26' Striper, fishing Sunday, 09-16-12. Leaving Point Loma we found the going tough, with bumpy seas and 15+ knot winds. We found some dandy Kelp Paddies, mostly holding Rat Yellowtail, and a few small Dorado as we passed the upper part of the Hidden Bank. We arrived late to the party at the 1010 Trench, 10 am, having to listen on the radio about how good the fishing was. Nevertheless, we managed to catch four Yellowfin Tuna to 25 pounds and an 18 pound Bluefin Tuna, with some big boys lost to pulled hooks. A couple of pictures:




Private boater Ed fished on his boat with friends, Sunday, 09-16-12, and they caught limits of Yellowfin Tuna to 25 pounds, a few Bluefin Tuna to 35 pounds and huge Dorado to 45 pounds, for 3 anglers, A couple of pictures:





According to angler Ted his one day trip on the Pride Monday, 09-17-12 was wide open on the Yellowfin Tuna, (limits), with a few Dorado and Yellowtail mixed in.


The Aztec, returned from a successful 1.5 day trip Monday, 09-17-12 with a great mix of fish: 9 Bluefin Tuna, 33 Yellowfin Tuna, 16 Albacore Tuna, 120 Yellowtail and 14 Dorado.

For most of the last several weeks not many kelp paddies in the US were holding fish, however this week that all changed. A number of times the Mother Load Kelp Paddy is found, as Jonathan and his wife Jenn went hunting last weekend, starting at the 277, finding little and continuing further south some 20 miles before coming across the Magic Paddy. Wow it was as good a yield on huge Dorado as I have seen reported this year, regardless of where, US or Mexican waters. They spent hours on the same Kelp Paddy, enjoying a steady bite on Big Bull Dorado to well over 30 pounds, and lots of big Hens too. They kept 10 and released more than that many. Some pictures:






Private boater Joe fished on his boat, Tuesday, 09-18-12, out of Dana Point, and caught lots of Dorado, releasing all but four, as on the way home from Catalina, he found the Magic Paddy. Some pictures:




Most of the ¾ day boats out of Newport Beach and Long Beach had long since given up on kelp paddy fishing and returned to targeting Rockfish and Sculpin, however, this week they are again running offshore, however, the results were not all that great. Here is a nice Dorado caught off the Gail Force on a 3/4 day trip:



To get in on the Tuna, it is necessary to book a 1.5 to 2 day trip out of these northern landings to reach the fish.
There has been a small snap on the Yellowtail and White Seabass at Catalina Island this week.

The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 09-16-12 and caught 3 Bluefin Tuna, 91 Yellowtail and 6 Dorado.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing caught 62 Bluefin Tuna on their trip Monday, 09-17-12.

In Santa Monica the ½ day boat Redondo Special had a decent day on their Saturday, 09-5-12 pm trip catching 2 Yellowtail, 5 Calico Bass, 1 Sand Bass, 2 Sheephead, 9 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin and 11 Perch.

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had decent afternoon, Thursday, 09-20-12 on the Lingcod and Red Snapper, catching 5 Lingcod, 1 Calico Bass, 9 Sheephead, 13 Rockfish, 11 Perch, 36 Red Snapper and 1 Cabazon. Some pictures:





Out of Dana Point, the Fury ran an offshore trip on Tuesday, 09-18-12 and caught 1 Yellowtail, 30 Dorado, 48 Calico Bass and 5 Perch.

Out of Newport Beach, the Amigo ended a 2-day trip on Saturday, 09-15-12 catching 13 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, 25 Albacore Tuna, 30 Yellowtail and 15 Dorado for 14 anglers. The Freelance fished offshore Tuesday, 09-18-12 and caught 14 Dorado, 3 Calico Bass, 2 Sheephead, 2 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin and 45 Perch.

Twilight fishing: The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 09-16-12 and caught 8 Calico Bass, 20 Rockfish, 120 Sculpin and 1 Cabazon. Most boats have discontinued twilight trips as the demand has dwindled?

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Monday, 09-17-12 catching 4 Yellowtail, 42 Calico Bass, 15 Barracuda, 12 Sheephead and 110 Perch.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Wednesday, 09-19-12, with 40 anglers catching 11 White Seabass, 100 Calico Bass, 31 Sheephead and 106 Perch.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Monday, 09-17-12 with 26 anglers catching 211 Calico Bass, 13 Barracuda, 1 Sheephead and 7 Perch.
The Freedom caught 40 Calico Bass, 1 Barracuda, 31 Sheephead, 1 Whitefish, 34 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin and 63 Perch on their Saturday, 09-15-12 trip.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!No recent reports about the Yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands, which has been very good for private boaters. The ¾ day boats are running offshore to catch mostly Yellowtail and Dorado, as the Tuna are a bit far south to run to.
The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 100 Yellowtail 44 Dorado on their Thursday, 09-20-12 trip.

The Mission Belle headed out on Monday, 09-17-12, and caught 80 Yellowtail and 21 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 45 Yellowtail and 22 Dorado on their trip on Thursday, 09-20-12.

Charter Master Jamie, of Seasons Sportfishing fished offshore on the weekend and caught an Offshore Grand Slam of Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail and Dorado. Some pictures:





Private boater Vince fished on friend Dave's boat, Tuesday, 09-18-12, and they caught a bunch of quality Yellowtail and two Albacore to 30 pounds:




Private boater Don with a nice Tuna caught at the 1010 Trench on Wednesday, 09-19-12:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite nice for the offshore runs. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

August 24, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-08-24-12

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.

In recent weeks the Private Boater has enjoyed some of the best fishing in three years. The Offshore action has provided opportunities to catch-Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Do Dos and Tails. The weather has been exceptional for most of the last two weeks, leading to water temps as high as 75 degrees, yikes, Cabo eat your heart out!
An enormous amount of Dorado (Mahi Mahi), are being seen and caught from 150 miles south of the border to 75 miles north of the border. In fact the ½ day boat Patriot caught some Dorado off of Newport Beach recently. The Yellowtail fishing on the Kelp Paddies have been off the charts in many areas.
The secret of successful fishing is finding the Mother Load Kelp Paddy. You find it, and they bite and everyone goes home happy. Locally there are many kelp paddies that are not holding fish, yet there are a bunch of paddies that yield huge results. So don't give up, keep on looking, you may just find that Mother Load Kelp Paddy.

Where ever it was caught, it's a keeper?


Now that's a big Tail:


Speaking of private boater trips, my good friend Lal went fishing on the luxurious yacht ''Salt Fever" with his son and friends. The seven anglers caught 34 Bluefin Tuna over the weekend to 41 pounds, with most of the tuna over 30 pounds. Some pictures:











Well not to be denied, I went fishing with Captain Chris on his luxurious yacht a 50' Viking, "Bad To The Bone" on Sunday 08-19-12. The six of us found the Bluefin Tuna on a serious chew. Some pictures:



Private boaters have been combing the seas from 50 miles south of the border and all the way up to making runs northwest out of Newport Beach. We are all hoping the fish put on a show similar to four years ago, when a run of 10 miles out of either Long Beach or Santa Monica Bay yielded Kelp Paddies loaded with Dorado and Yellowtail. Then the Yellowfin Tuna moved in under the porpoise and it was game on for 30 to 40 pound Tuna.
Angler Tunahead Ron fished the Condor on a 1.5 day trip Wed.-08-22-12 and slammed the fish again. His buddy was hot, catching an offshore slam, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail. Some pictures:




My good friend Rick fished a 2 day trip on the Pride, and loaded the boat with some Bluefin Tuna, yellowtail and Dorado over the weekend. Some pictures:

The Aztec, on its latest 1.5 day trip, which will return Friday morning, 08-24-12, caught 36 Yellowtail, 43 Bluefin Tuna, 38 Dorado and 2 Yellowfin Tuna to 45 pounds.
Angler Raul fished with friends on the Sea Adventure II on Wed.-08-22-12 and caught Dorado, Yellowtail and Bluefin Tuna. Friend Maria caught her first ever Dorado:






Locally:
Private boater Bill fished out of Long Beach over the weekend and found a huge Halibut on the chew:

The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing ran a 1.5 day trip and caught 72 Bluefin Tuna 28 Yellowtail 70 Dorado.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing caught 21 Bluefin Tuna, 62 Yellowtail and 132 Dorado on a 2-day trip.

The Barracuda fishing is all but over for now, with Rockfish, Sculpin, Sand Bass and Calico Bass the targeted species. The ½ day boat Southern Cal had a great day of Sand Bass and Barracuda fishing on Wednesday, 08-15-12 with 46 Sand Bass and 53 Barracuda caught. While the ¾ day Victory managed 69 Sand Bass, 28 Barracuda and 150 Sculpin. Some pictures from Japan Ron:


Twilight fishing:
The Enterprise fished on Thursday, 08-23-12, and caught 1 White Seabass, 1 Calico Bass, 122 Sand Bass and 4 Sculpin for only 22 anglers. The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 08-19-12 and caught 220 Sculpin and 30 Sand Dab. The Southern Cal fished an evening run on Monday, 08-20-12 for 35 Sand Bass and 11 Sculpin for only 11 anglers.

In Santa Monica Bay
Jackpot Jimmy got out on the ¾ day boat Tradition on Saturday, 08-18-12 and they caught some huge Salmon Grouper, Sheephead, Sand Bass and Jimmy caught a 13 pound Halibut:











Newport Beach and Dana Point.There has been some excellent Sculpin fishing with some good scores on the Bass. For example the Freelance caught 290 Sculpin and 100 Sand Dab on their ¾ day trip, Sunday, 08-19-12.

A couple of White Seabass have also shown up in the counts.

Long Beach and San Pedro
There was some great Sculpin and Sand Bass fishing during the week, when not targeting the Barracuda which have been MIA most of the week. The Victory according to Ron caught easy limits of Sculpin and half limits of Sand Bass on their Wed-08-22-12 trip.

The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Freedom is fishing offshore on multi day trips.
The Sport King had a great day at the Island on Thursday, 08-23-12 catching 105 Calico Bass, 4 Barracuda, 10 Sheephead and 22 Perch.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Tuesday, 08-21-12, with 30 anglers catching 103 Calico Bass, 4 Barracuda, 10 Sheephead and 55 Perch.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Tuesday, 08-21-12 with 47 anglers catching 4 Yellowtail, 61 Calico Bass, 2 Sand Bass and 1 Sheephead.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The Yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands has been very good for private boaters. The ¾ day boats are running offshore to catch Tuna and Tails as the Visa mess is still up in the air? The last few days the ¾ day boats have found limit style fishing on the Dorado with some Yellowtail being caught offshore on the kelp Paddies.
The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 11 Bluefin Tuna, 3 Yellowtail and 9 Dorado on their Wednesday, 08-22-12 trip.

The Mission Belle headed out on Wednesday, 08-22-12, and caught 6 Bluefin Tuna, 8 Yellowtail and 12 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 2 Bluefin Tuna, 4 Yellowtail and 31 Dorado on their trip on Wednesday, 08-22-12.

Charter Master Jamie, of Seasons Sportfishing fished offshore on Wednesday 08-22-12 and caught some lots Yellowtail and Dorado:



Private boater Frank fished with friends at the Tuna Pens, and caught four Bluefin Tuna to 38 pounds:

Private boater Bill fished with friends at the Tuna Pens, and caught 7 Bluefin Tuna to 40 pounds. Some pictures:





Private boater Jesse fished with his dad at the Coronado Islands, Sunday, 08-19-12 and Jesse got skunked, losing one to the rocks, while dad caught four Yellowtail to 27 pounds:

Private boater Devin fished with his son offshore and his son caught this 37 pound Bull Dorado:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!
Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks fantastic for both the offshore and local. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory
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