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 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!

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,

Comments (3)

bearinla wrote 6 years ago

Looking great. Sorry I missed the "Bad to the bone".

Tunaslam wrote 6 years ago

Next weekend Rick

RonBeach wrote 6 years ago

Cool report Cory...plenty of time to load up
on all these species believe me! Best yet to come
I'm thinkin!

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