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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May 24, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-05-24-13

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.

There was an explosion of fishing opportunities this week on the exotics. Yellowtail seemed to be all of a sudden everywhere. Catalina Island finally broke out with some of the best Yellowtail fishing in years, as counts per boat went as high as 51. Added to that excitement were a number of good counts on the White Seabass at the Island. The Options and Mardiosa six pack charter boats have caught steady limits of White Seabass to add to their Yellowtail counts this week. Continuing with the surprise this week were reports of Kelp Paddy Yellowtail both inshore and offshore, including US waters. Now that's not happened in May in I don't remember how long, if ever, south of the border yes, yet not north of the border this early?

How about the ½ day boat Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Landing catching 11 Yellowtail, 50 Calico Bass and 35 Sand Bass for their 17 anglers yesterday, Thursday, 05-24-13. Wow, what a half day trip! The ½ boat Monte Carlo got in on the action Wednesday, 05-22-13 catching 7 Yellowtail, 33 Calico Bass, 3 Sand Bass, 6 Sheephead, 1 Whitefish and 14 Sculpin.

Tanker White Seabass were again targeted and caught along the coast, while the Channel Islands erupted with large schools of fish up to 67 pounds, with plenty of 50 pound Tankers and several more over 60. The unusual rapid increase in water temps has contributed nicely to these conditions. Halibut fishing has also remained steady all along the coast.

Locally we continue to hope for the Barracuda to arrive in mass, so far the best showing is at Catalina and south of the border. The Calico and Sand Bass fishing has also picked up considerably. What a setup for this Holiday Memorial weekend. So many choices to decide from? Your best bet is to jump on a multiday trip, which allows you to explore several locations and or Islands and improve your chance to catch the right kind. I'm heading out on the Aztec out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay for a 2.5 day trip that returns Monday. We are hoping to take advantage of the Kelp Paddy Yellowtail fishing as well as possibly find a school of hungry Bluefin Tuna? So get out and go fishing, the opportunities have not been this good for quite some time.

How about a half day charter on the Bongos picking up 14 Yellowtail on the kelp paddies:

A Kelp Paddy Yellowtail off the Gail Force, Saturday, 05-18-13:

Just more pretty ladies that fish or not:

Two nice 20 pound Halibut off the Native Sun from Friday's ¾ day trip, 05-17-13:

Nice day of fishing off the Monte Carlo, out of San Pedro, Saturday, 05-18-13:

Private boater Karl with a nice 4 pound Calico Bass along the coast, Tuesday, 05-21-13:

Angler catches a 67 pound White Seabass off the Sea Biscuit, Saturday, 05-18-13:

Angler Hilary off the Aloha Spirit with a 60 pound White Seabass caught Tuesday, 05-21-13:

And they caught more too:

The Mirage scores on the White Seabass, Yellowtail and a big Halibut, Sunday, 05-19-13:

Some pictures from Saturday's trip on the Mirage, with a big Tail and 9 White Seabass:

Nice trip on the Stardust, Sunday, 05-19-13:

Barracuda on the Speed Twin, Tuesday, 05-21-13:

Private boater Matt and friend Dan got in on the Tanker White Seabass again, each catching 50 pounders, Wednesday, 05-22-13:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Yellowtail go off at Catalina as the ¾ day boat Freelance catches 25 on their Tuesday, 05-21-13 trip.

Angler fishing Catalina out of the Newport, 05-20-13:

Newport ¾ day action at the Islands, with Yellowtail and Halibut off the Freelance:

Angler Fred with a White Seabass off the Ultra, caught Sat. 05-18-13:

Yellowtail off the Fury, Sunday, 05-19-13:

The Mardiosa fished the Island Tuesday, 05-21-13 and angler Frank caught this 38 pound White Seabass:

Angler David fishing on the Pacific Star on a 2 day trip at San Nicolas Island, Sat. 05-18 and Santa Barbara Island Sun. 05-19. Early morning Halibut drift produced for angler Kyu:

Conditions were poor at San Nicolas, with lots of wind. Things improved at Santa Barbara, although Rockfishing was still difficult. The big Sheephead and a few 10 pound Lings were on the chew:

The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro found the Yellowtail on the chew at Catalina with counts to 50 during the week, and some Barracuda mixed in.

Over 20 Yellowtail and one White Seabass were caught on the Freedom on Wednesday, 05-22-13:

San Clemente Island!

Calico Bass fishing has improved, with some scattered counts of Yellowtail and Barracuda. Most boats are fishing Catalina for the hot bite there.

The Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker has been running to the Island frequently and slamming the Rockfish, Reds and Lingcod.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Angler Bruce with a huge Halibut caught off the Fortune, Monday, 05-20-13:

Nice Halibut off the Chubasco, Saturday, 05-18-13:

Charter Master Duane of Seasons Sportfishing found the Yellowtail and on the chew Tuesday, 05-21-13. They fished the Coronado Islands and other south of the border areas. Some pictures:

There were 92 Yellowtail caught on the Pac Voyager that returned from an offshore 3 day trip Tuesday, 05-21-13:

Captain Louie on his boat It's 4 Reel ran several charters over the weekend out of Ensenada, and they caught 15 Yellowtail to 25 pounds. Some pictures:

Quote of the day:


Julie's thought for the day:

My day plan:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be very fishable locally and offshore, with Sunday's and Monday's forecast a bit breezier offshore. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,

Comments (4)

ml8fish wrote 5 years ago

Thanks for the report! its looking awesome... gonna try to get out there on a PV from newport harbor sun/mon, hopefully ill get some!


Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

Go get em and thanks!

tsurikichi wrote 5 years ago

Hi tunaslam,

Nice ...... ton of fish this week huh !! Enjoy your 2-day trip and await the good news !!


RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

Wow great report that's a lot of nice fish
for the end of May already..the best is
yet to come. Glad ya got out on Aztec.
I'm on Chief next week 2.5 day see what shakes.

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