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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June 29, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-06-29-12

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 San Clemente Island Yellowtail bit good on Sunday, then the weather turned, and the bite became a slow pick.
Sand Bass and Calico Bass fishing is up and down, with good counts on selected days and boats. The Long Beach Barracuda bite turned into a run and gun style of fishing, chasing schools of Barracuda off the diving birds.

The White Seabass Island bite improved on Sunday, and then faded out The Coastal Tanker bite on the White Seabass has all but died, with only a few fish caught. There were also fewer reports of Halibut being caught along the coast. The weather is keeping a lot of anglers off the water, although it was nice a few days during the week. Water temps declined 8 to 10 degrees locally at one point.

Vick Sommers with possible World Record 66 pound Coastal Tanker White Seabass caught on 8 pound test line:


The Dreamer pulled another rabbit out of the hat catching limits of White Seabass (24) for their eight anglers on Sunday, 06-24-12. No further reports due to poor weather?

The Mardiosa managed to catch 1 Yellowtail, 50 Calico Bass, 5 Barracuda and 5 Sheephead on their trip Sunday, 06-24-12.

The Coronado Islands and Rockpile are still yielding Yellowtail, with decent counts in the 20's on several ¾ day boats Monday, then it returned to slow pick the rest of the week.

The offshore scene is brutal, suffering from 20 to 25 knot winds most of the week, with little let up in sight this weekend. If you could find a kelp paddy holding Yellowtail in the high seas, they caught 50 to 100 Yellowtail, with only a handful of Bluefin Tuna mixed in. Most fish are being caught from 100 to 120 miles south of the border, way out west.

Angler Ron fished the Condor on a 1.5 day trip returning Wednesday, 06-27-12. They caught 48 Yellowtail in tough weather. Some pictures:


A few huge White Seabass from 40 to 65 pounds plus a 47 pound Halibut were caught by the Santa Monica Bay boats this week.

There remains good Sand Bass fishing in the evenings, with a few Barracuda mixed in on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing:
The Freelance fished on Monday, 06-25-12, and caught 245 Sand Bass. The Southern Cal fished on Sunday, 06-24-12, and caught 98 Sand Bass, The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 06-24-12, and caught 108 Sand Bass and 1 Sculpin

In Santa Monica Bay
Private boater Robert fished with his friend Juan on Saturday, 06-23-12 and caught 8.9 and 5.1 pound Sand Bass. Some pictures:





The ¾ day boat Tradition caught 1 Calico Bass, 220 Rockfish and 18 Sculpin on their Saturday, 06-23-12 trip:

The 1/2 day boat Redondo ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-27-12 and caught 39 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 460 Rockfish on their Sunday, 06-24-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 107 Calico Bass, 21 Sand Bass, 2 Sheephead, 60 Rockfish and 35 Red Snapper on their Thursday, 06-28-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Private boater Simon fished with his son Otto out of Oceanside and released a 50 pound Black Seabass. Otto caught a nice Halibut. Some pictures:





Private boater Joe fished with his friend on Monday, 06-25-12 and caught over 20 Calico Bass to five pounds and a few Barracuda. Some pictures:





The ¾ day boat Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Thursday, 06-28-12 and caught 7 Calico Bass, 11 Sand Bass, 1 Barracuda and 2 Sculpin.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 06-24-12 and caught 40 Bocaccio, 37 Rockfish, 127 Sculpin and 180 Sand Dab.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-27-12 and caught 24 Barracuda, 1 Whitefish, 6 Rockfish, 17 Sculpin, 300 Sand Dab and 1 Red Snapper.

Long Beach and San Pedro
The Enterprise fished on Tuesday, 06-26-12, as 29 anglers caught 72 Barracuda, 74 Rockfish and 135 Sculpin.

The City of Long Beach had 17 anglers catch 27 Sand Bass, 15 Barracuda and 15 Sculpin, on Monday, 06-25-12.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Wednesday, 06-27-12, as 24 anglers caught 10 Calico Bass, 52 Sand Bass, 39 Barracuda and 20 Rockfish.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Thursday, 06-28-12 and caught 37 Barracuda, 2 Sheephead and 3 Whitefish.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor fished on Wednesday, 06-27-12, and they caught 5 Calico Bass, 31 Sand Bass 14 Barracuda.

The ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing ran a trip on Tuesday, 06-26-12, as they caught 1 Calico Bass, 10 Sand Bass, 68 Barracuda, 103 Rockfish and 14 Sculpin. Some pictures:

I fished with private boater Lal on Wednesday, 06-27-12 out of Long Beach. We caught 12 mixed Bass to six pounds and a half dozen Barracuda; all the mixed Bass were released. Pictures:


The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Private boater Tyrone caught this Yellowtail at the Island Saturday, 06-23-12:

Private boater Chris caught his first White Seabass at the Island Saturday, 06-23-12:
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Toronado ran to the Island on Wednesday, 06-27-12 and caught 2 Yellowtail, 45 Calico Bass and 5 Barracuda.
The Outrider out of 22nd St. Landing, ran a trip to the Island on Saturday, 06-23-12, with 11 anglers catching 7 White Seabass, 21 Calico Bass and 5 Sheephead.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Thursday, 06-28-12, with 12 anglers catching 85 Calico Bass, 3 Barracuda, 10 Sheephead, 20 Whitefish and 50 Perch.
The Gail force ran to the Island on Wednesday, 06-27-12 and went 7 for 11 on the yellowtail and caught 105 calico bass, 12 Sheephead, and 50 perch. Some pictures:



San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Thursday, 06-28-12 with 28 anglers catching 35 Calico Bass, 1 Barracuda, 2 Sheephead, 7 Whitefish, 1 Rockfish and 86 Perch.
The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Wednesday, 06-27-12 and caught 3 Yellowtail.
The Freedom ran to the island on Sunday, 06-24-12 and caught 15 Yellowtail to 40 pounds, and lost at least that many, also caught 90 Calico Bass, 9 Sheephead, 70 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin and 40 Perch.. Some pictures courtesy of John on Kimura's Charter:



The Pacific Quest ran to the island on Thursday, 06-28-12 and caught 7 White Seabass and 3 Yellowtail, plus limits of Calico Bass. Some pictures:




Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!Private boater Jesse caught this Yellowtail at the Rockpile, Wednesday, 06-27-12:


Private boater John caught this big Halibut, Tuesday, 06-26-12:



The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 23 Yellowtail, 66 Sand Bass and 32 Rockfish on Monday, 06-25-12, their best count for the week and another 5 on Thursday, with a good shot on the Sand Bass.

The Mission Belle headed out on Monday, 06-25-12, and caught 29 Yellowtail, 85 Sand Bass, 1 Lingcod and 10 Sculpin.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 18 Yellowtail, 135 Sand Bass, 1 Barracuda, 1 Lingcod and 4 Sculpin on their trip on Monday, 06-25-12.

Some pictures from the Yellowtail Shootout in San Diego:
Team Outlaw won the tournament with a 39 pound Yellowtail:






All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday locally looks to be fishable in the morning, breezy in the afternoon, the offshore scene calls for it to be really windy, as well as at the Islands . Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

June 22, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-06-22-12

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.

Finally the San Clemente Island Yellowtail made a better showing over the weekend, and the first few days of the week, however strong winds have negatively affected that bite.

Private boater Brandon fished Catalina Island on Saturday, 06-16-12 with friends and caught very little beyond some Calico Bass, then headed to San Clemente Island Saturday night, waking up to good conditions on the back side, they caught a nice variety of fish, including this 8+ pound Calico Bass:

And this dandy Cali:

They then found some big Yellowtail on the chew:







Sand Bass fishing dipped a little bit with some early of the week winds and drop in water temps, however, on Wednesday the Bass went back on the chew, as the Enterprise had limits of both Sand Bass (410) and Sculpin (205). The City of Long Beach caught 310 Sand Bass, while the Victory added 258 Sand Bass to the dock totals. The Barracuda bite faded after good fishing over the weekend most of the week until on Thursday they returned.

The White Seabass Island bite improved on Saturday, and all anglers were able to take advantage of the change in limits on June 15 of three White Seabass each. Several boats reported limits for everyone aboard. The Coastal Tanker bite on the White Seabass came to a screeching halt. There were also fewer reports of Halibut being caught along the coast.

The Dreamer hit the Mother load over the weekend catching limits of White Seabass (18) for their six anglers. They followed that trip up on Tuesday with another 18 White Seabass. Some pictures:



The Mardiosa managed to catch 1 Yellowtail, 4 White Seabass, 60 Calico Bass, 15 Barracuda and 4 Sheephead on their trip Saturday, 06-16-12 and on Wednesday, 06-20-12 at the Islands they caught 1 Yellowtail, 3 White Seabass, 34 Calico Bass, 12 Barracuda and 2 Sheephead.



The Coronado Islands and Rockpile are still yielding Yellowtail, although the counts remain under ten fish on most boats.

Angler Mike fished the Aztec on a 3/4 day trip Tuesday, 06-19-12. They caught a bunch of Barracuda, Rockfish and 7 Yellowtail as Captain Mikey stopped on a school of breezing Yellowtail on the way home and spent an extra three hours fishing. Many more Yellowtail were hooked and lost.
Angler Mike with his Yellowtail:



The offshore scene produced some decent Yellowtail counts off the Kelp Paddies, with only a handful of Bluefin Tuna mixed in. Most fish are being caught from 100 to 120 miles south of the border, way out west. Winds from 20 to 30 knots early in the week did not help the counts. Unfortunately the winds are not expected to subside through the weekend.
Angler Jake fished the Grande on a 1.5 day trip returning Sunday, 06-17-12. They caught a bunch of Yellowtail off the Kelp Paddies and slid in on several Bluefin Tuna schools for a handful of Tuna. Some pictures:



Jake's cooler is full!


Angler Ron fished the Condor on a 1.5 day trip returning Sunday, 06-17-12. They caught limits of Yellowtail and 3 Bluefin Tuna. Some pictures:





A few White Seabass are still being caught by the Santa Monica Bay boats once in a while.

There great mixed Bass fishing in the evenings, with a few Barracuda mixed in on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing: The Native Sun fished on Sunday, 06-17-12, and caught. Now that's a big Sand Bass:



The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 06-17-12, and caught 170 Sand Bass, 12 Barracuda, 11 Sculpin and 3 Cabazon. The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-20-12, and caught 210 Sand Bass (limits).

In Santa Monica BayThe ¾ day boat Tradition caught 33 Sand Bass, 45 Barracuda, 1 Sheephead and 1 Rockfish on their Saturday, 06-16-12 trip:

The 1/2 day boat Redondo ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-20-12 and caught 2 White Seabass, 112 Calico Bass, 2 Barracuda, 18 Sheephead and 10 Perch.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 456 Rockfish, 6 Lingcod, 45 Sculpin and 150 Sand Dab on their Sunday, 06-17-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 95 Calico Bass, 140 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod on their Saturday, 06-16-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Private boater Joe spent a few hours targeting the Tanker White Seabass to no avail, and doing research on Bass fishing with great success, catching his PB 8.6 pound Calico Bass, along with plenty of others: Some pictures:




The ¾ day boat Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Thursday, 06-21-12 and caught 31 Calico Bass, 4 Barracuda, 5 Sheephead and 6 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 06-17-12 and caught 23 Sand Bass, 47 Barracuda, 5 Rockfish and 3 Sculpin.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker ran a trip on Sunday, 06-17-12 and caught 11 Sand Bass, 42 Barracuda, 358 Sculpin 50 and Sand Dab .

Big Halibut off the Native Sun Thursday, 06-21-12:



Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Nathan fished with his son on Monday, 06-18-12 and caught several Halibut with this 20 pounder hooked and landed by his son:





Charter Captain Jamie of Seasons Sportfishing ran a local trip targeting Halibut and angler Justin caught this Big'n:



Private boater Erik fished with friends on Tuesday, 06-19-12 and found the Calico Bass on te chew:











The Enterprise fished on Wednesday, 06-20-12, as 41 anglers caught 410 Sand Bass (limits), 1 Barracuda and 205 Sculpin (limits).

The City of Long Beach had 72 anglers catch 143 Sand Bass and 226 Barracuda, on Saturday, 06-16-12.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Tuesday, 06-19-12, as 14 anglers caught 17 Calico Bass, 123 Sand Bass, 19 Barracuda and 1 Sculpin.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 06-17-12 and caught 73 Sand Bass, 1 Barracuda, 11 Rockfish and 4 Sculpin.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor fished on Saturday, 06-16-12, and they caught 188 Sand Bass and 3 Barracuda. Angler Haka provided some pictures from the trip:

















The ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing ran a trip on Saturday, 06-16-12, as they caught 92 Sand Bass and 302 Barracuda. Some pictures from Japan Ron ontheir trips 06-18 and 06-20:







I fished with private boater Brad on Saturday, 06-16-12 out of Long Beach. We caught 20 mixed Bass and several Barracuda; all the mixed Bass were released. Pictures:





The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Private boater Paul caught two Yellowtail on the front side of the Island Friday, 06-15-12:

Charter Captain Jamie of Seasons Sportfishing ran to the Island over the weekend and found the White Seabass on the chew:



The Toronado ran to the Island on Tuesday, 06-19-12 and caught 7 White Seabass, 2 Halibut, 28 Calico Bass, 35 Sheephead, 25 Whitefish, 185 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod.
The Outrider out of 22nd St. Landing, ran a trip to the Island on Saturday, 06-16-12, with 11 anglers catching 2 White Seabass, 32 Calico Bass and 4 Rockfish. Angler Pam provided these pictures:



The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Tuesday, 06-19-12, with 27 anglers catching 20 Calico Bass, 15 Sheephead, 18 Whitefish, 50 Bocaccio, 75 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin, 30 Perch and 23 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Sunday, 06-17-12 with 28 anglers catching 62 Calico Bass, 1 Sheephead, 2 Whitefish, 4 Rockfish, 25 Perch, 2 Sargo and 1 Sole.
The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Monday, 06-19-12 and caught 110 Calico Bass, 3 Barracuda, 41 Sheephead and 86 Rockfish .
The Freedom ran to the island on Thursday, 06-14-12 and caught 3 Yellowtail, 154 Calico Bass, 4 Barracuda, 7 Sheephead and 32 Perch.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 4 Yellowtail, 6 Calico Bass, 115 Sand Bass and 24 Barracuda on Wednesday, 06-20-12, their best count for the week and another 10 on Thursday.

The Mission Belle headed out on Tuesday, 06-19-12, and caught 1 Yellowtail, 14 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 5 Barracuda, 40 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod and 9 Sculpin.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 1 Yellowtail, 73 Calico Bass, 7 Sand Bass, 4 Barracuda, 23 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod on their trip on Tuesday, 06-19-12.

All comments and suggestions welcomed!
Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks really windy, at least on the offshore scene as well as at the Islands . Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

June 08, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-06-08-12

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 Barracuda was very steady throughout the week in Long Beach, moving from the Huntington Flats on Friday to the Horseshoe Kelp on Sunday. Santa Monica Bay boats have had to come down to Long Beach for their shot at the Barracuda. The White Seabass Island bite remains slow, a few fish here and there. Also the Coastal Tankers attracted so much attention; this bite has also dwindled down to only a few fish being caught. Some rather large Halibut have been caught recently at the Domes and south of Dana Point.

The Coronado Islands and Rockpile down south have remained steady, with Yellowtail counts in the high teens most days. Still a few fish being caught at Catalina, with a few schools spotted at San Clemente Island as well as Santa Barbara Island.

The Bluefin Tuna zone has widened, and the Shogun got into a nice school of biting Bluefin Tuna to 65 pounds at noon on Saturday, 06-02-12 on their 2nd day of their 8 day trip: Some pictures:



On day 3 the Shogun remained in the same area and got into a ripper bite on Bluefin to 85 pounds:




A few Albacore are showing up in the counts offshore, as boats search for the Bluefin Tuna. The last few days offshore have been real nasty and conditions are expected to improve shortly and into the weekend. A number of 1.5 and multi day trips have been scheduled to target the Bluefin Tuna and Albacore offshore this weekend. Cross your fingers that this bite starts to heat up.

The Mardiosa managed to catch 3 White Seabass and 20 Calico Bass on Saturday, 06-02-12, and then on Sunday, 06-03-12, caught 8 Yellowtail, 30 Calico Bass, 3 Sheephead and 1 Sargo.

The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 14 Yellowtail on Wednesday, 06-05-12, their best count for the week and another 10 on Thursday.

The Pacific Voyager ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-06-12 to the Coronado Islands and had a good day on catching 54 Barracuda and 16 Yellowtail. Some pictures courtesy of angler Nathan:





Private boater Barry fished on Tuesday, 06-05-12 all night south of Dana Point with friends and they caught this lone White Seabass in the wee hours:



The Pride got into the local White Seabass bite on Tuesday, 06-05-12, with several fish to 50 pounds:



Over the weekend the Pride made a successful halibut run. Pictures courtesy of angler Spike:





Private boater Alex fished on Sunday, 06-03-12 and caught this Tanker White Seabass in the morning after spending all night with no bites:



Private boater Paul fished on Sunday, 06-03-12 and caught this Tanker White Seabass:



Private boater Petey fished on Saturday, 06-02-12 and caught this Tanker White Seabass south of Dana Point:



Private boater Patrick fished on Saturday, 06-02-12, off the Domes and caught this 50 pound Halibut:



A few White Seabass are showing up in the Santa Monica Bay reports. Last year there was a good run of White Seabass in this area for several months. Lets hope there will be a similar run this year.

Daytime Bass fishing is starting to explode, as the 3/4 day boat Patriot caught 330 Sand Bass, (limits), 22 Barracuda and 1 Sculpin on Thursday, 06-07-12. Many other boats this week scored counts over 100 for mixed Bass, when not fishing for the Barracuda. There is still good Bass fishing in the evenings, and even better, the Barracuda are putting on a show at night, on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing: The Native Sun fished on Sunday, 06-03-12, and caught 12 Calico Bass, 26 Sand Bass, 336 Barracuda, 1 Rockfish and 1 Sculpin. The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 06-03-12, and caught 53 Sand Bass, 111 Barracuda and 1 Sculpin. The Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-06-12, and caught 22 Calico Bass, 1 Sand Bass and 1 Sculpin.

Night time Barracuda fishing on the Native Sun, 06-04-12:



In Santa Monica BayThe ¾ day boat Tradition was back on line this weekend and according to Jackpot Jimmy the Barracuda were on the chew both Saturday and Sunday:


The 1/2 day boat Redondo ran a trip on Monday, 06-04-12 and caught 4 White Seabass, 1 Halibut, 20 Sand Bass, 2 Barracuda, 1 Sheephead, 7 Rockfish and 1 Sculpin.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 8 White Seabass, 2 Halibut, 10 Sand Bass and 22 Barracuda on their Monday, 06-04-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 3 White Seabass, 1 Halibut, 68 Calico Bass, 10 Sand Bass, 3 Barracuda and 15 Rockfish on their Monday, 06-04-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
The ¾ day boat Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Sunday, 06-03-12 and caught 122 Calico Bass, 26 Sand Bass, 8 Sheephead and 1 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Wednesday, 06-06-12 and caught 91 Sand Bass, 33 Barracuda and 6 Sheephead.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker ran a trip on Sunday, 06-03-12 and caught 3 Calico Bass, 15 Sand Bass, 12 Barracuda, 255 Sculpin and 75 Sand Dab.

Private boater Jason had to rescue his daughter from going overboard when she hooked this 42.5 pound Halibut, south of Dana Point:



Private boater Dave fished on Saturday, 06-02-12, south of Dana Point and caught this 40 pound Halibut:



Dave also released this huge Black Seabass:


Long Beach and San Pedro
The Enterprise fished on Saturday, 06-02-12, as 65 anglers caught 1 Calico Bass, 24 Sand Bass, 171 Barracuda, 11 Rockfish and 92 Sculpin. Some pictures courtesy of angler Petey:







The City of Long Beach had 58 anglers catch 22 Sand Bass, 261 Barracuda and 16 Sculpin, on Saturday, 06-02-12.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Tuesday, 06-05-12, as 11 anglers caught 36 Calico Bass, 6 Sand Bass and 71 Barracuda.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Tuesday, 06-05-12 and caught 18 Sand Bass and 103 Barracuda.

Angler Phong fished the 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor on Saturday, 06-02-12, and they caught a variety of fish and some big Barracuda. Pictures courtesy of Phong:









Japan Ron fished the ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Monday, 06-04-12 and again on Wednesday, 06-06-12, as they caught a bunch of Barracuda both days. Some pictures:








I fished with private boater Lal on Saturday, 06-02-12 out of Long Beach. Both the Bass and Barracuda were on the chew, as we released limits of mixed Bass and caught limits of Barracuda, keeping ten for smoking. Pictures:





The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Freedom ran to Santa Barbara Island on Sunday, 06-03-12 and caught 1 White Seabass, out of several hook ups and then found the shallow water rockfish on the chew. The lone White Seabass caught:

The Outrider out of 22nd St. Landing, ran a 2-day trip to the Island on Saturday and Sunday, 06-03-12, with 14 anglers catching 22 White Seabass, 25 Calico Bass, 1 Barracuda, 16 Sheephead and 17 Rockfish.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Saturday, 06-02-12, with 35 anglers catching 106 Calico Bass, 2 Sheephead, 10 Whitefish, 26 Rockfish and 47 Perch.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Monday, 06-04-12 with 11 anglers catching 70 Calico Bass, 17 Sheephead and 2 Rockfish.
The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Tuesday, 06-05-12 and caught 8 White Seabass.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!Private boater Jerry fished the Coronado Islands on Saturday, 06-02-12 with friends and caught these Yellowtail:





Private boater Jarod fished the Coronado Islands on Saturday, 06-02-12 with family and caught this Yellowtail, after losing several others, one to a seal:



The Mission Belle headed out on Tuesday, 06-05-12, and caught 14 Yellowtail, 2 Calico Bass, 29 Barracuda and 65 Sculpin.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 17 Yellowtail, 2 Barracuda and 55 Rockfish on their trip on Tuesday, 06-05-12.

Angler Ashley took the Lucky III out for Yellowtail in Ensenada on Friday, 06-01-12 and caught these bad boys:




All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks really fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

May 11, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-05-11-12

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, with the water temps gradually increasing daily to reach the mid 60's, and consequently the fishing continued to improve. More White Seabass were caught at Catalina and a few along the coast to a whopping sixty pounds. Yellowtail remain scarce at Catalina, however, the Calico Bass fishing is much better. More Squid were located at both Catalina and San Clemente Island. Barracuda are moving up the coast and the question is: have they finally arrived in Long Beach? There were sightings on Thursday, yet none were hooked and landed.

Private boater Ron with friend James caught their limit of White Seabass on Saturday, 05-05-12, catching huge 50 and 60 pound fish:





The Charter Boat Options caught limits of White Seabass on their last two trips to Catalina over the weekend.





A number of Private boaters also got into the Catalina White Seabass action this week.

The Yellowtail in La Jolla returned in small quantities, along with a few White Seabass!

There were some decent counts of Yellowtail found at the Coronado Islands and south of South Island during the week, with high counts of 12 Yellowtail caught, along with a smattering of log size Barracuda.

Coronado Island Yellowtail caught on the Voyager, Sunday, 05-06-12:



The arrival of Barracuda locally will most likely be the primary focus this coming week. While local fishing continues to be excellent on Rockfishing, lots of Big Bocaccio, some huge Reds and some very large Lingcod are being caught, as well as lots of Sculpin. The warmer days have also improved the local Bass fishing.

There were more good evenings of Bass fishing on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing: The Native Sun fished on Sunday, 05-05-12, and caught 56 Sand Bass and 7 Sculpin. The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 05-05-12, as only 11 anglers caught 40 Sand Bass and 4 Sculpin. The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing also ran a trip on Sunday, 05-05-12, and caught 49 Sand Bass, 4 Rockfish and 9 Sculpin.

In Santa Monica Bay
The ¾ day boat Tradition ran a trip on Saturday, 05-05-12 and according Jackpot Jimmy; the light load of 11 anglers limited out on Rockfish and caught 5 Lingcod. Some pictures:














The 1/2 day boat Redondo Special ran a trip on Sunday, 05-05-12 and caught 88 Rockfish, 5 Sculpin and 2 Sole.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 305 Rockfish, 1 big Lingcod and 115 Sand Dab on their Wednesday, 05-09-12 trip.

A picture of the big Lingcod caught on the New Del Mar Wednesday:



The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 60 Rockfish and 110 Red Snapper on their Sunday, 05-06-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
The ¾ day boat Clemente ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-09-12 and caught 35 Calico Bass, 9 Sand Bass, 2 Sheephead and 5 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-09-12 and caught 26 Calico Bass, 4 Sheephead, 42 Bocaccio, 20 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod and 5 Red Snapper.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker found the Rockfish on the chew on their Wednesday, 05-09-12 trip, catching 10 Calico Bass, 12 Whitefish, 24 Bocaccio, 103 Rockfish, 1 Black Sea Bass released, 10 Perch and 87 Red Snapper.


Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Dat fished with his Dad on Sunday, 05-06-12 out of Long Beach. They fished in Dat's favorite Red Hole and they were on the chew. Some pictures:





The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 05-06-12, as 23 anglers caught 46 Bocaccio, (limits), 150 Rockfish, 115 Sculpin and 30 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Thursday, 05-03-12, as 8 anglers caught 1 Whitefish, 16 Bocaccio, (limits), 28 Rockfish, 5 Sculpin and 45 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 05-06-12 and caught 97 Rockfish, 62 Sculpin and 4 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-09-12 and caught 1 Calico Bass, 18 Bocaccio, 29 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin and 11 Red Snapper.


The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Charter Captain Jaime for Seasons Sport Fishing ran a trip to the Island on Saturday, 05-05-12 and caught another White Seabass.

Private boater Bob fished the Island on Saturday evening and at grey light, Sunday morning, 05-06-12, the crew of seven caught limits of White Seabass in 30 minutes, as they left them biting. Some pictures:



The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Saturday, 05-04-12, with 31 anglers catching 25 Sheephead, 95 Whitefish, 62 Bocaccio, (limits), 95 Rockfish, 4 Sculpin, 110 Perch, 2 Sargo and 25 Red Snapper.
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Monday, 05-07-12 with 11 anglers catching 94 Calico Bass, 2 Sheephead and 3 Rockfish.

San Clemente Island!
Angler Pam fished on the Sport Boat Pacific Star over the weekend and they caught a nice variety of fish, including Rockfish, Lingcod, Sheephead and Whitefish. They never made any squid and saw no exotics. Some pictures:





The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Sunday, 05-06-12 and caught 46 Sheephead, 226 Whitefish, 62 Bocaccio, 251 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod and 13 Sculpin.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing ran to the Island on Sunday, 05-06-12, and caught 4 Calico Bass, 76 Sheephead, 112 Whitefish, 34 Bocaccio, 246 Rockfish, 3 Lingcod, 36 Sculpin, 14 Perch, 27 Red Snapper and 2 Cabazon.
The Big Game 90 fished the Island on a 2-day trip that returned on Sunday, 05-06-12, with a couple of Yellowtail, lots of Reds, Lingcod and assorted Rockfish. Some pictures:



Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Richard with a nice Halibut caught in the Surf:


The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught these Yellowtail on Sunday, 05-06-12, pictures courtesy of angler Debi:













The Tuna Jihad team won the SWYC bottom fishing tournament with a bunch of Big Bocaccio, they also caught a few nice Lingcod to 21.7 pounds, plus some big Reds: Pictures courtesy of Mike, who caught the big Lingcod:









All comments and suggestions welcomed!

Weather
The weather forecast for Saturday looks excellent, and on Sunday it appears to be a bit breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

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

January 20, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-01-20-12

by Cory Visser


Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
For local fishing in the Santa Monica, Long Beach, Catalina and San Clemente Islands.


Many private boaters and local ½ day Sport Boats took advantage of the great weather on Saturday, targeting Calico and Sand Bass with excellent results. The available supply of live squid contributed to the success ratio.

There must be a virtual unlimited supply of Sculpin locally, as ½ day and ¾ day local boats catch limits of these tasty fish repeatedly, when the Bass don't want to play.

Every now and then a Halibut makes an appearance, more so on the private boats, as most Halibut are caught on the drift, which for the most part can't be done very effectively on Sport Boats, as the time invested yields very little in results, creating unhappy anglers anxious to catch a fish.

For Rockfish fishing it is all about Mexico until March 1st, and the multi day trips are doing very well in the great weather we have had recently.

The Indian had a 2.5-day trip Charter over the weekend fishing San Martin Island, and Colonet; they scored big on Huge Lingcod, Reds, Assorted Rockfish, Whitefish, Sheephead and one Yellowtail. Some pictures:














Twilight fishing:
The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing ran a trip on Tuesday, 1-17-12, with 4 anglers catching 6 Sand Bass, 2 Sculpin, 12 Lobster and 41 Rock Crab.

In Santa Monica Bay
Private boater Jason fished Saturday, 1-14-12 with Vince and Dave out of Santa Monica Bay targeting Halibut, with no success, then had a good shot at the local Bass, and in the evening dropped the Hoops and found some Lobster on the crawl! Some pictures:

Vince with a Dandy Sandy:


Jason with another Sand Bass:
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Dave
with a feisty Calico Bass:


And some Bugs and Crab:


The Tradition began running ¾ day trips over the weekend after being down for several months to re-power. They managed to catch limits of Sculpin and 22 Sand Bass on their Saturday, 01-14-12 first trip back on line. Some pictures:







The New Del Mar continues to have great success targeting Bass and Sculpin. The New Del Mar had over 300 Sculpin on their Saturday, 01-14-12 trip and another 215 on Sunday's trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Dave Hansen took out some private boaters over the weekend out of Dana Point and used the live squid to smoke the Sand and Calico Bass. Some pictures:





The ½ day boat Reel Fun caught 150 mixed Bass on Friday, 01-13-12 for 15 anglers, with 80% being Sand Bass.


Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Ryan fished with friends over the weekend and caught some nice Sand Bass and a good sized Halibut:



Private boater Jim fished the Long Beach area with friend Baja Chris from dawn to Dusk on Saturday, 01-14-12, for lots of mixed Bass and a few released Rockfish, some pictures:

Chris with a big Chocolate Rockfish:


Jim with a nice Calico Bass:






Some pictures of Sand Bass caught on the ½ day boat City of Long Beach:




Private boater Leonard fished with friend Gil out of Long Beach over the weekend catching five Halibut.

The rain on Sunday must have been some sort signal for Bass to go on the chew as many boats scored big. For example:
The ½ boat Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing had over a 100 Sand Bass plus a Halibut and some Sculpin on their Sunday, 01-15-12 trip. The ¾ day boat Enterprise also had over a 100 Sand Bass plus limits of Sculpin for their 14 anglers on their Sunday, 01-15-12 trip. The San Pedro Special had limits of Sand Bass, 120 for 12 anglers on their Sunday, 01-15-12 trip.


The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
No reports this week.

San Clemente Island!
No reports this week.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
I fished on the Indian on Wednesday, 01-18-12, waiting for clarity on the New Mexican Visas, before returning to Las Salinas to fish with private boater Bill? I had the pleasure to fish with Ron, after many years of exchanging lies on the Web. It was a brutal day of fishing as we woke up to whitecaps, and strong currents. We picked away at mostly small Rockfish, with 9 decent sized Reds and one Jackpot Lingcod holding the only bragging rights for 24 anglers. The Jackpot winner also caught four of the nine Reds, it was his day. I managed only one Red, with a few decent sized Starries and Bank Perch. Even 2 pound sinkers could not hold bottom. Some pictures:
Charles with one of the Reds caught:

Mike the hot stick with Jackpot Lingcod:

Weather
The weather forecast for the weekend is not looking good for Saturday nor for Sunday with lots of rain possible. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory

January 13, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-01-13-12

by Cory Visser

Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
For local fishing in the Santa Monica, Long Beach, Catalina and San Clemente Islands. Through:
01-12-12


1.5 day trips to Colonet -The Dominator, Voyager, and Legend, all had successful trips over the weekend, with a few Yellowtail caught on two of the three boats. The counts included some real big Lingcod and mostly limits of Reds and other assorted Rockfish. Some pictures:

Lingcod off the Legend:




Big Reds off the Legend:






Yellowtail off the Voyager:




Big Reds off the Legend:






Yellowtail off the Dominator:
Tanner with a Yellowtail:


Sonia with a Yellowtail:
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Lingcod
off the Dominator:







Big Reds off the Dominator:







And a Cow Cod:


Twilight fishing: The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing ran a trip on Monday, 1-09-12, with 3 anglers catching 30 Sand Bass, 2 Sculpin, 9 Lobster, 6 Rock Crab and 1 Spider Crab .

In Santa Monica Bay
Private boater Jason fished Sunday, 1-08-12 with Vince out of Santa Monica Bay targeting local Bass, Sand Dabs and then dropped the Hoops and found some Lobster on the crawl, a great way to spend an afternoon and evening on the water! Some pictures:

Vince with a nice Sandy:


The Bug!



The New Del Mar and Spitfire are now concentrating on Bass and Sculpin fishing. The New Del Mar had over 100 mixed Bass and 153 Sculpin on their Thursday, 1-12-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
With live squid just outside the harbor, the mixed Bass have been on the chew as the ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport landing had 68 Sand Bass on their Wednesday, 01-11-12 trip with a few Sculpin. A couple of Halibut have added to the excitement.

Taking advantage of the live squid schools presence, private boater Ken and his son caught over a 100 Calico Bass to 4 pounds and three Halibut fishing the structure out of Dana Point Saturday, 01-07-11.

Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Dave fished with friends over the weekend and caught some nice Sand Bass and a good sized Halibut:



Private boater Gary and friends fished the Long Beach area for a couple of Halibut on Saturday, 01-07-12:



A nice haul off the ½ day boat Southern Cal, Saturday 01-08-12, Sand Bass to five pounds and a 38" Halibut:

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I
fished with private boater Lal on Wednesday, 01-11-12 along the Palos Verde Coastline, as well as the Horseshoe and the Long Beach Wall. Although a bit nippy all day, the sun peeked through the clouds just enough to keep the major chill off. We found a steady bite on the Calico Bass to three pounds until slack tide at 9:30 am. We scratched out an equal amount of Sand Bass also to three pounds the rest of the afternoon, catching and releasing our 50th Bass at 2:30 pm, when we called it a day. We had a combination of grease calm conditions and enough breezes off and on to make a series of solid drifts amongst the structure. Some pictures:

The sky on fire:


Lal with a big Calico Bass:


Myself with a dandy Sandy:


Japan Ron sent me some photos from his 3/4 day trip on the Victory, Wednesday, 1-12-12 with a light load of 8 anglers catching an assortment of Bass and Sculpin. Oh yeah and Lal and I in the Ducky:

Ron with a big Sculpin:


The Ducky:



The Islands


Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Private boater Bob pre fished the weekend SWBA Tournament with friend Tracy for Calico Bass at Catalina, and found some big Cabazon on the chew:



San Clemente Island!
The SWBA tournament over the weekend produced some outstanding Calico Bass fishing off the boilers and in tight to the beach, with nearly a nine pound fish taking the honors.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

The Indian cancelled their trip on Wednesday, 01-11-12, waiting for clarity on the new Mexican Visas?

Massive schools of Squid outside Dana landing rewarded several private boaters with unreal Bass fishing during the week.
Victory fished with his son Thursday, 01-12-12 out of Las Salinas and caught a bunch of Reds and other Rockfish, plus some Calico Bass:




Weather
The weather forecast for the weekend is excellent for Saturday and little wind forecasted for Sunday morning, despite some possible rain. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,
Cory
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